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Qubit with Matthew Tamsett and Ravi Upreti

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Our guests Matthew Tamsett and Ravi Upreti join Gabi Ferrara and Aja Hammerly to talk about data science and their project, Qubit. Qubit helps web companies by measuring different user experiences, analyzing that information, and using it to improve the website. They also use the collected data along with ML to predict things, such as which products users will prefer, in order to provide a customized website experience.

Matthew talks a little about his time at CERN and his transition from working in academia to industry. It’s actually fairly common for physicists to branch out into data science and high performance computing, Matthew explains. Later, Ravi and Matthew talk GCP shop with us, explaining how they moved Qubit to GCP and why. Using PubSub, BigQuery, and BigQuery ML, they can provide their customers with real-time solutions, which allows for more reactive personalization. Data can be analyzed and updates can be created and pushed much faster with GCP. Autoscaling and cloud management services provided by GCP have given the data scientists at Qubit back their sleep!

Matthew Tamsett

Matthew was trained in experimental particle physics at Royal Holloway University of London, and did his Ph.D. on the use of leptonic triggers for the detection of super symmetric signals at the ATLAS detector at CERN. Following this, he completed three post doctoral positions at CERN and on the neutrino experiment NOvA at Louisiana Tech University, Brookhaven National Laboratory, New York, and the University of Sussex UK, culminating in a EU Marie Curie fellowship. During this time, Matt co-authored many papers including playing a minor part in the discovery of the Higgs Boson. Since leaving academia in 2016, he’s worked at Qubit as a data scientist and later as lead data scientist where he lead a team working to improve the online shopping experience via the use of personalization, statistics and predictive modeling.

Ravi Upreti

Ravi has been working with Qubit for almost 4 years now and leads the platform engineering team there. He learned distributed computing, parallel algorithms and extreme computing at Edinburgh University. His four year stint at Ocado helped developed a strong domain knowledge for e-commerce, along with deep technical knowledge. Now it has all come together, as he gets to apply all these learnings to Qubit, at scale.

Cool things of the week
  • A developer goes to a DevOps conference blog
  • Cloud Build brings advanced CI/CD capabilities to GitHub blog
  • Cloud Build called out in Forrester Wave twitter
  • 6 strategies for scaling your serverless applications blog
Interview
  • Qubit site
  • Qubit Blog blog
  • Pub/Sub site
  • BigQuery site
  • BigQuery ML site
  • Cloud Datastore site
  • Cloud Memorystore site
  • Cloud Bigtable site
  • Cloud SQL site
  • Cloud AutoML site
  • Goodbye Hadoop. Building a streaming data processing pipeline on Google Cloud blog
Question of the week

How do you deploy a Windows container on GKE?

Where can you find us next?

Gabi will be at the Google Cloud Summit in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Aja will be at Cloud Next London.

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Wir verlosen 50 Kombopakete mit zwei K6-Spionageforschungsschiffen in Star Trek Online! Holt euch die neuen Schiffe

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Seit Anfang September ist die neue Awakening-Erweiterung für Star Trek Online auf dem PC verfügbar und am 15. Oktober startet sie auch auf PlayStation 4 und Xbox One.

Awakening nimmt euch mit auf eine Zeitreise ins Jahr 2410, wo ihr gemeinsam mit dem Hologramm von Lt. Commander Paul Stamets (gesprochen von Star Trek: Discoverys Anthony Rapp) daran arbeitet, die Klingonen an der Zerstörung des Myzel-Netzwerks zu hindern.

Eure Aufgabe ist, J'Ula, die Schwester von T'Kuvma und Matriarchin des klingonischesn Hauses Mo'Kai, zu stellen, die mittels der Myzel-Technologie unbeabsichtigt Flotten der Föderation und der Klingonen ins Jahr 2410 transportierte. Darüber hinaus bekommt ihr es erneut mit den Elachi zu tun.

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America’s illustrator: Norman Rockwell exhibit – with paintings, posters and magazine covers – opens at the MAC

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“I was showing the America I knew and observed to others who might not have noticed.” – Norman Rockwell

Mention the name “Norman Rockwell,” and different thoughts bubble up for different people.

The gawky New England artist charmed millions of Americans for nearly 50 years as the Saturday Evening Post’s most beloved cover illustrator and chronicler of small-town life. At the same time, many critics snubbed Rockwell as too cliché, sentimental or homogenous to be taken seriously.

“Norman Rockwell is arguably America’s most famous artist ever,” said Wes Jessup, executive director of the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, where a new exhibition, “Norman Rockwell’s America,” opened this weekend. “Who was more famous? Warhol? No. Warhol was actually a big collector of Rockwell.”

Rockwell was born in New York City in 1894 and died in 1978 in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, at age 84. He lived and worked during some of the most impactful movements in modern art history such as impressionism, cubism, surrealism and abstract expressionism.

But he forged his own way as an illustrator. He once said, “Some people have been kind enough to call me a fine artist. I’ve always called myself an illustrator.”

“I’m 50, and when I was in college, Rockwell was considered retrograde. He was overlooked,” Jessup said. “So I think there is a rediscovery coming from my generation and younger people.”

Last month, singer/songwriter Lana Del Rey released her new album, provocatively titled “Norman (expletive) Rockwell.” The moniker suggests that maybe everything in America is not quite so perfect after all.

There is even a term bolstering Rockwell’s lasting impact on popular culture: “Rockwellian.” It can refer to anything quaint, idealistic or sentimental such as a “Rockwellian childhood” or a “Rockwellian holiday celebration.”

‘Vivid and affectionate portraits’

No matter where one places Rockwell in the canon, his depictions of everyday life made him the most widely circulated and universally beloved American artist of the 20th century. Rockwell’s “vivid and affectionate portraits of our country” garnered him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

The MAC exhibition will use Rockwell’s singular art and enduring vision of a hopeful America to chronicle the nation’s history and examine what constitutes the American spirit. “Norman Rockwell America” is a show of 22 oil paintings, seven charcoal or graphite studies, original posters and all 323 Post magazine covers spanning six decades. It’s the first solo exhibition of Rockwell’s paintings and covers to visit the Inland Northwest.

The exhibition is arranged in chronological order, making the stages of his career recognizable and his images more poignant. The original works give viewers the chance to observe Rockwell’s superb craftsmanship and attention to detail, characteristics sometimes overlooked in the more widely seen reproductions.

In a masterful style almost photograph-like, and in hyper-real detail, Rockwell painted everyday people in ordinary situations. His goal was to tell a story, in a single picture, armed only with a paintbrush.

He lived through two World Wars, the Great Depression, Korean War and Vietnam. But the stories he told most often were relentlessly optimistic, depicting a simpler world, one worth fighting for.

In Rockwell’s paintings, the nation’s rich tapestry is united by holiday rituals, faith and family life. Rockwell’s America is a place where honest, hard-working people endeavor to live rather than a world in which they really live. As Peter Schjedahl wrote in the New Yorker, “He didn’t illustrate Middle America. He invented Middle America.”

For example, readers of the Post delighted in Rockwell’s paintings of humorous childhood escapades. The iconic images include the illustration of the little boys running while yanking on their clothes after sneaking a dip in the local waterhole, the little girl with a black eye sitting outside the principal’s office with a huge grin spread on her face, and the young runaway chatting with a cop at the soda fountain counter with his bundle of clothes tied to a stick in full view under his barstool.

There are lots of intergenerational interactions, too: a grandfather picking up a bat to hit a few balls with the little ones, the daughter watching mom put on makeup at her vanity table and the parents putting their kids to bed. In 1955, Post readers voted the 1951 Thanksgiving issue their all-time favorite cover. The illustration depicts a woman and a young boy saying grace in a crowded restaurant as they are observed by other people at their table.

‘Extraordinary in the ordinary’

“He found the extraordinary in the ordinary moments because when you get to the truth of life, I think what we really remember is how beautiful it was to have a cup of tea with that person,” said Rockwell’s granddaughter Abigail Rockwell, who conducted a phone interview from her home back East.

“Yes, you will remember the Taj Mahal after you visit, but don’t we really go back to the small moments and think, ‘Oh God, I miss having tea with that person?’”

One of the paintings hanging in the MAC exhibit is titled “The Party After the Party.” Rockwell lovingly created an intimate scene in which a granddaughter kneels on the parlor floor in front of her grandmother’s chair. The pair holds hands as the young woman, still clad in her finery, tells Grandma all that happened at the party.

“Yes, I just got chills!” said Abigail Rockwell, now the de facto historian of the family. “That is a really sweet and memorable moment. That is part of the Edison Mazda series (of advertisements Rockwell illustrated) in the 1920s. I’ve always thought it’s some of his best work.”

Abigail Rockwell, who also is a successful jazz singer, will travel to Spokane to give a talk at the MAC on Nov. 7 at 5:30 p.m. and lead a private tour. Tickets are $25. She also will sign copies of the recently re-released autobiography by her grandfather, “My Adventures as an Illustrator: The Definitive Edition.” Abigail Rockwell has spent much of the last several years researching and updating the book. Her goal was to bust false myths and preserve her grandfather’s legacy.

One of the biggest misconceptions she said that she finds is that her “Pop,” as she calls him, painted only white America. However, a look at some of Rockwell’s most iconic works belies that notion.

In 1961, the artist painted “The Golden Rule,” showing people of different religious faiths and ethnic backgrounds worshipping together. However, Rockwell himself once recalled being directed to paint out a black person from a group picture in the Post. The policy at the time only allowed the portrayal of African Americans in service jobs next to white people.

After leaving the Post in 1963, Rockwell appeared eager to refocus his efforts on supporting the Civil Rights movement. In 1964, he produced his iconic painting “The Problem We All Live With.” It depicts Ruby Bridges, a 6-year-old African American girl, on her way to an all-white public school during the New Orleans desegregation crisis. Due to threatened violence, she is being escorted by federal marshals. On the wall behind her are scrawled a racial slur and the letters “KKK.”

‘Ruining his legacy’

“Pop had the bravery to put those words on the wall,” Abigail said. “People don’t realize how controversial it was for him to do that. I saw the angry letters castigating him for ‘ruining his legacy.’ ”

One of Rockwell’s proudest moments, according to his granddaughter, was when he received a lifetime membership card to the NAACP. More than 30 years later, his portrait of Bridges was installed in the hall outside the Oval Office at the White House for several months during the Obama administration. Reproductions of this and more of Rockwell’s Civil Rights era paintings will be on display at the MAC as part of the current exhibition.

Another project Rockwell undertook after leaving the Post was a commission to paint a portrait of Abraham Lincoln for Spokane’s Lincoln First Federal Savings and Loan. The bank’s CEO, the late Spokane resident Donald P. Lindsay, had the idea to hire America’s most famous artist.

“My dad thought it was no big deal to write Norman Rockwell and just ask him to do it,” recalled Lindsay’s eldest daughter, Karen Warrick. “And it worked.”

For $4,000, Rockwell agreed to produce the 7-foot piece, taller even than Lincoln himself. Finished in 1965, the portrait depicts the 16th president as a young man on the farm dressed in work clothes holding an ax in one hand and a book in the other. “Lincoln the Railsplitter” was used to market the Spokane bank and all the branches throughout the state. Jar openers, golf balls, calendars and stationery all bore Rockwell’s Lincoln image.

The original painting hung for two decades in the Lincoln First Federal Bank lobby located in what is now the Lincoln building at Riverside and Lincoln. After the bank changed hands, the piece later made its way to the private collection of former presidential candidate H. Ross Perot. It was eventually sold at auction to the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, in 2006 for $1.6 million.

The MAC has gathered letters, photos, bank memorabilia and a reproduction of “Lincoln the Railsplitter” to include in the exhibition. “It’s exciting that one of the most famous paintings of Abraham Lincoln that was ever done was done by one of America’s most famous artists and that it originated right here in Spokane,” Jessup said.

Warrick said that she hopes the Rockwell exhibit accomplishes what the artist himself wanted: to rekindle the American spirit. “I just hope that a lot of people are reassured that we care for one another in this country, that we are all the things that Rockwell brings out in his paintings,” Warrick said. “You wrap that around the integrity of a Lincoln and maybe young people will be inspired and think: ‘Is that what we used to look like in this country?’ ”


          

Re: Document Storage: what format? (paper, fiche, scan,..?)

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BuddyJet wrote:
Sun Oct 06, 2019 9:20 pm

ARoseByAnyOtherName wrote:
Sun Oct 06, 2019 7:45 pm

BuddyJet wrote:
Sun Oct 06, 2019 7:20 pm

Our corporate lawyer and accountant broke me of my tendency to save everything forever. Beyond what is required by the IRS or other authorities, you can’t be forced to search or produce in discovery what you don’t have. She really cringed when she heard how many tapes we archived of our email and general server.


That seems like strange advice. If you don't have it the person on the other side of the document or email probably does. Wouldn't you want to know what the other side has on you? Of course I Am Not A Lawyer, so what do I know, but still....


It was in the context of the cost to search through the multiple archives of servers in response to document requests.


That’s important context because while that may be important for a business it’s not valid for individuals.
          

Milton on Eve's discovery of the benefits of the division of labor in the Garden of Eden (1667)

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Milton on Eve’s discovery of the benefits of the division of labor in the Garden of Eden (1667)


          

Discovery of 20 new moons puts Saturn ahead of Jupiter

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The solar system has a new winner in the moon department
          

Nobel Prize for Medicine awarded to 3 scientists for discovery of how cells sense and adapt to oxygen

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Nobel Prize for Medicine awarded to 3 scientists for discovery of how cells sense and adapt to oxygen
          

Carnivores on Deck: The Carnivore 4-Hands Dinner at Discovery Primea's Flame Restaurant

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Sinigang, lechon baka, sinampalukan, bistek...just#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/11957&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.com some of the classic and familiar local flavors that nourished and delighted our palates growing up. In one special evening, Chefs Sau del Rosario and Luis Chikiamco transforms these popular Filipino favorites using some of the world's finest beef, lamb and pork...


Chefs Sau del Rosario and Luis Chikiamco collaborate for a meaty affair with Carnivore, A Four-Hands Dinner at Discovery Primea's elegant Flame Restaurant reinventing classic Filipino flavors with premium beef, lamb and pork. Think comforting local flavors with prime cuts from Snake River Farms and you get the picture. Read on for an elegant take on local flavors with a savory and meaty spin...


Carnivores on deck as Discovery Primea hosted a memorable dinner with a special collaboration of Chefs Sau del Rosario and Luis Chikiamco last October 1 at Flame Restaurant. Noted culinary icon Chef Sau del Rosario draws inspiration from his Capampangan roots while Chef Luis Chikiamco adds his masterful twist on Asian flavors in a seamless collaboration of Filipino flavors with Carnivore, A Four Hands Dinner.

The stylishly refined and modern interiors of Discovery Primea's Flame Restaurant is the perfect stage for the unique culinary collaboration, matched by the impeccable service of the staff. Since my very first visit three years ago, Flame Restaurant has been on my list of favorites.  


Chef Sau del Rosario is perhaps one of the country's leading advocates of Filipino cuisine, and his dining establishments in Pampanga continue to draw raves with their repertoire of inventive Filipino dishes (for more on Chef Sau del Rosario, see my previous posts, From Page to Plate: Chef Sau del Rosario's 20 Years of Love + Cooking from his book launch, Flavors of Pampanga: Farm-to-Table Dining at Chef Sau del Rosario's 25 Seeds showcasing his elegant take on traditional Filipino dishes and Flavors of Pampanga: Samsaman, A Capampangan Boodle Fight with Chef Sau del Rosario at 25 Seeds). Chef Sau's culinary journey, spanning more than two decades, is lavishly presented in each of the dishes served that night at Discovery Primea's Flame Restaurant.


Discovery Primea's very own Executive Chef, Luis Chikiamco, weaves his own masterful spin on Asian-inspired flavors at Flame Restaurant (for more on Flame Restaurant at Discovery Primea, see my posts, Igniting the Next Culinary Standard at Discovery Primea's Flame Restaurant on my first visit back in 2016, Flame Restaurant Fires Up For Lunch from three years ago, Power Lunch at Flame, Cocktails at Edge... on their lunch and cocktails, Firing Up New Dishes at Discovery Primea's Flame Restaurant, and Let's Talk Irish Beef...at#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/11957&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.com the Bord Bia Dinner in Discovery Primea's Flame). It's a collaboration that explores Filipino flavors, pushing it with the use of world-class beef, pork and lamb. 


Each dish for the Carnivore, A Four Hands Dinner was paired with a selection of fine wines from one of America's longest, continuously-operated family-owned wineries, Wente Vineyards. Founded in 1883, Wente Vineyards is recognized as one of California's premier wine country destinations with its expansive estate vineyards in Livermore Valley and Arroyo Seco. From their signature Morning Fog Chardonnay and Louis Mel Sauvignon Blanc to their Riva Ranch Pinot Noir and Sandstone Merlot, the rich yet nuanced notes of each wine added that perfect finishing touch to each dish. 


Filipino-inspired Antipasti were served before dinner including Mini-Fresh Lumpia with mildly sweet peanut sauce...

...the#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/11957&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.com tart Ensaladang Lato (L) with tomatoes, salted egg, shallots and fish sauce and fresh Tuna Kilawin (R) with vinegar, chili and red onions. The refreshing and bright notes of the appetizers open up the palate for the first of six courses at Carnivore, A Four Hands Dinner... 


Our formal dinner began with a deconstructed local classic, the Home-Cured SRF Wagyu Beef Brisket "Sinigang sa Bayabas" served with fresh market vegetables, guava and Dalisay Rice. As the broth was poured, that familiar fragrant aroma of sinigang triggers fond memories of childhood meals with the family...


The fork-tender Snake River Farms Wagyu Beef Brisket adds a savory richness to the broth, perfectly balanced by its sweet and sour notes from the guava, tomatoes and vegetables. Each sip and bite drapes the palate with the familiar tartness we all love, finished by the bold and beefy flavors of the tender beef brisket. The Louis Mel Sauvignon Blanc from Wente Vineyards cleanses the palate with its clean and crisp notes.   


For the second course, the Kurobuta Pork Belly "Char Siu" with soft and flavorful egg noodles, fresh bok choy, leeks and cucumber was served. In typical Flame style, the dish is presented with a Chinese take-out box.


The juicy pork is layered with sweet and smoky hints, complimented by the egg noodles and vegetables.


The rich and pronounced flavors are perfectly paired with the Morning Fog Chardonnay by Wente Vineyards with  its subtle floral hints. 

The familiar is once again transformed in another dish paired with the ubiquitous pandesal. The SRF Wagyu Beef Sirloin "Lechon Baka" with Malunggay Pandesal and Tomato-Chili Jam is another inventive spin on local flavors playing with sweet, spicy and savory notes.


The sweet and mildly spicy Tomato-Chili Jam drapes the Snake River Farms Wagyu Beef Sirloin with bright notes, capped by the subtle sweetness of the malunggay pandesal for a savory rich bite. A sip of the Riva Ranch Single Vineyard Pinot Noir cleanses the palate with its velvety smooth finish.


Nostalgic flavors are highlighted once more with the fourth dish, the US Rack of Lamb "Sinampalukan" with tamarind glaze, sweet potatoes and pumpkin...


...serv#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/11957&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.comed with a side of Guinataang Sigarilias. Like all of the dishes served earlier, Chefs Sau del Rosario and Luis Chikiamco weave contrasting notes in a delicate balance with the savory richness of the tender lamb complemented by the tamarind glaze. The guinatang sigarilias, with its fresh crispness and creamy texture completes the dish, pairing well with the Sandstone Merlot by Wente Vineyards.


Fresh from the Josper Grill, the fifth course was served. The Josper-Grilled SRF Wagyu Ribeye Cap laid on "Bifstek Tagalog" sauce and served with mushrooms and Dalisay "Sinangag" was an impressive course infused with local flavors.


The beef on its own is just packed with so much flavor, it's amplified with the lightly sweet bifstek sauce and nutty, earthy mushrooms. This is the familiar bistek, elevated. The dish is paired with the Charles Wetmore Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon by Wente Vineyards.


And yes, the Dalisay Sinangag adds a comforting touch to the dish. From antipasti all the way to the last course, Chefs Sau del Rosario and Luis Chikiamco transforms familiar favorites into something new and refreshing with their reinterpretations of Filipino dishes.  


Our sumptuous feast was capped by the ornate and delicate Brazo de Mercedes con Mais, formed in a corn shape complete with the husk and "hair" made from sugar. The dessert first feeds the eyes before the palate. One bite and the indulgent brazo de mercedes just melts in your mouth coating it with a decadent sweetness.


The unique collaboration allowed guests to rediscover Filipino cuisine with a refreshed palate, appreciating it even more with the masterfully-executed dishes by Chefs Sau del Rosario and Luis Chikiamco. Each dish was a celebration of Filipino flavors at Carnivore, A Four Hands Dinner.


Wine glasses were raised followed by an applause from an appreciative crowd, it was another unique and memorable dining experience at Discovery Primea's Flame Restaurant. Bravo, Chefs Sau del Rosario and Luis Chikiamco!

Flame is located at the 16th Floor of Discovery Primea, 6749 Ayala Avenue, Makati City or call (632) 955-8888 local 71610 for reservations and inquiries.

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F&B Outlet Manager (m/f) - Praia Verde Boutique Hotel - (Faro)

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Sou uma empresa: Discovery Hotel Management
Faz parte da marca de hotéis mais inovadora do mercado! O Praia Verde Boutique Hotel (Castro Marim - Faro) está à procura de F&B Outlet Manager e tu podes fazer parte desta equipa. As principais responsabilidades serão: Coordenar a seleção, formação, desenvolvimento e avaliação dos colaboradores na área de F&B; Controle das despesas operacionais, planeamento, orçamento, decisões de compra, elaboração de políticas e controle de stocks; Cultivar relacionamentos com clientes por meio de marketing eficaz e relacionamentos pessoais; Planeamento para projetar menus, listas de vinhos, garantindo excelente qualidade do produto; Capacidade de trabalhar de forma harmoniosa e profissional com colegas de trabalho e supervisores. Temos muitos benefícios à tua espera: - Kit de Acolhimento; - Alojamento em Staff House (em algumas unidades); - Prémio anual; - Política de desconto interno; - Protocolos com empresas parceiras; - Seguro de saúde; - Médico nas unidades; - Férias no dia de aniversário + 2 dias de bónus; - Voucher de aniversário e natal; - Baby kit para novos pais; - Integração em projetos de responsabilidade social; - Formação continua e cross training; - Espaços de convívio e Staff; - Transfer de Staff (em algumas unidades). Aqui vais ser feliz!
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‘Radical Pedagogy’ exhibition opens Oct. 11 in new Lathrop Gallery Space

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The photographs, visual art and films bear witness to the influence of Margaret H’Doubler, who made dance a rigorous academic discipline and the body the route to scientific inquiry, self-discovery, creativity and citizenship. 
          

Nobel Prize for medicine: Two Americans, William G. Kaelin Jr. and Gregg L. Semenza, win with Peter J. Ratcliffe of Britain for learning how cells use oxygen - CBS News

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  1. Nobel Prize for medicine: Two Americans, William G. Kaelin Jr. and Gregg L. Semenza, win with Peter J. Ratcliffe of Britain for learning how cells use oxygen  CBS News
  2. Nobel Prize in Medicine awarded for new discovery on how humans respond to oxygen  CNN
  3. Nobel Prize in Medicine Awarded for Research on How Cells Manage Oxygen  The New York Times
  4. Nobel Prize in medicine honors pioneering research that helps fight disease  CBS News
  5. This One Award Was The Biggest Injustice In Nobel Prize History  Forbes
  6. View full coverage on Google News

          

10/8/2019: NEWS | WORLD: DISCOVERY OF ANCIENT CITY A MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH

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ISRAELI archaeologists say they have discovered a large, 5000-year-old city in northern Israel. Israel’s Antiquities Authority has revealed the ancient city was discovered during preparations for a highway overpass near Harish, a town 50km north of...
          

New PICARD trailer is Here. You will LOVE it. IF…

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IF.. You are a fan of Jen Luc Picard You are a fan of Sir Patrick Stewart You actually, in fact, ARE Sir Patrick Stewart You are Jean Luc Picard, reading this, from the FUTURE! Then PICARD is clearly for you!    The latest trailer looks impressive. Great effects. Great visuals. Cinema scale gloss on an accessibly televisual platform. Plenty of Easter eggs for fans of the original shows : Star Trek, Next Generation, Voyager, DS9 et al.   There are arguably some aesthetic touches that evoke Enterprise and Discovery? PLENTY of #EXCITING ACTION! A real sense of conflict, drama, mystery and a self contained story that nonetheless ties to wider series’ mythology. I get it. Trek cannot any longer be a bouncily optimistic thought for day philosophical discussion group dramatised as sci-fi adventure. The brand can and indeed must evolve to integrate the sophisticated warmth through the cold and clinical reality of our visual age. No probs. And it also fits a most encouraging current template of keeping actors and stars VITAL, throughout life. No more relegation to a cameo on a sofa or a deathbed reconciliation. We have a near 80 year old man here front and centre of the action. I love that. Jane Fonda started all this, of course: 80 + and still FIT in all the right senses, defining Netflix and starring in movies in between. Patrick Stewart is just playing catch up for the boys here, looking better than he has done in ages.     Bodes well for when, or now rather IF, we ever see Harrison Ford turn up and play Indiana Jones again.. And why stop there? Let’s ponder the potential! LIMITLESS one off, two off, full series, else-world spin offs, await!  Daniel Craig can stay on as Bond by playing ‘M’ (new poster out now, btw). Pacino in Godfather 4, making a final intervention to save Andy Garcia’s doomed Don? Clooney returns as an older Dr Doug Ross? Alec Baldwin, Ben Affleck..step#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/15167&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.comping in sometime as occasionally returning Jack Ryans? Rambo 6: redeeming Rambo 5! Die Hard: With a Pension? And so on. Forward looking, constructive nostalgia. Not so much trying to relive the past as harness its imagery to help us all live more presently and steward (stewart?!) our successors into the future. All via the shared fun of a jolly good yarn with admirable characters who excel in their craft at any age, played by actors who do exactly the same thing. Always facing forward! The possibilities now are truly endless. And not because of tech or platform changes / format opening though yes that helps. No. It’s because we are possibly, just maybe, living longer and now learning to value and nurture our ongoing potential as a species. THAT is very Star Trek: elder humanity are to be looked to in fighting tomorrow’s battles, not relegated to a walk-in-cameo for  younger pretenders. Having said all that. What if you DON’T see that wider philosophical picture? What if you just like Trek to BE that philosophy, explicitly and immediately? And what if, for all its cameos from Data or Riker et al..you#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/15167&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.com genuinely want and miss a team, community dynamic rather than a singular focus on ONE leading man? Bill Shatner never got anything like this for Captain JAMES T KIRK! (don’t get me started on Generations: I leave that to THIS guy!). ..Then this new show might NOT be for you. Coz it is VERY ‘into’ Jean Luc Picard and, by extension, Patrick Stewart. So if you are NOT a fan of love letters to one character/ actor, in a format arguable NOT suited to that sort of thing? I’d probably brace myself for a disappointment..or#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/15167&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.com best avoid altogether. Loving ‘TREK’ does not mean you will adore PICARD. Equally though, non fans of Trek might just have found their first, accessible step into a new universe!   You might just try it and be surprised. Dunno. BOLDY GO.      PICARD streams next year.  ENGAGE /MAKE IT SO..
          

FBI: Inmate is most prolific serial killer in US history

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The inmate who claims to have killed more than 90 women across the country is now considered to be the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

Samuel Little, who has been behind bars since 2012, told investigators last year that he was responsible for about 90 killings nationwide between 1970 and 2005. In a news release on Sunday, the FBI announced that federal crime analysts believe all of his confessions are credible, and officials have been able to verify 50 confessions so far.

Investigators also provided new information and details about five cases in Florida, Arkansas, Kentucky, Nevada and Louisiana.

The 79-year-old Little is serving multiple life sentences in California. He says he strangled his 93 victims, nearly all of them women.

Some of his victims were on the margins of society. Many were originally deemed overdoses, or attributed to accidental or undetermined causes. Some bodies were never found.

The FBI provided 30 drawings of some of his victims – color portraits that were drawn by Little himself in prison. They are haunting portraits, mostly of black women.

The agency also provided videos taken during prison interviews with Little. He described how he spoke about a woman he strangled in 1993 – and how he rolled her down a slope on a desolate road.

“I heard a secondary road noise and that meant she was still rolling,” he said.

In another video, he described a victim in New Orleans. “She was pretty. Light colored, honey brown skin,” he said with a small smile. “She was tall for a woman. Beautiful shape. And, uh, friendly.”

It was 1982, and they met in a club. She left with him in his Lincoln, and they parked by a bayou.

“That’s the only one that I ever killed by drowning,” he said.

Investigators around the country are still trying to piece together his confessions with unidentified remains and unsolved cases from decades past. In August, he pleaded guilty to murdering four women in Ohio. He was convicted in California of three slayings in 2013 and pleaded guilty to another killing last year in Texas.

Authorities in Knox County, Tennessee, said Monday that a woman named Martha Cunningham was likely a victim of Little’s.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reported in December that a cold case investigator with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office had identified the victim who Little called “Martha.” The Knoxville mother’s body was found in a wooded area in eastern Knox County in 1975.

Cunningham’s body was found by a pair of hunters on the afternoon of Jan. 18, 1975. She was bruised and nude from the waist down; her pantyhose and girdle bunched around her knees. Her purse and some of her jewelry were missing. Her body appeared to have been dragged into the woods and dumped behind a pine tree, authorities said at the time.

Despite that evidence, detectives at the time attributed Cunningham’s death to natural causes within a day of the discovery. The medical examiner’s investigative report lists the probable cause of death as “unknown.”

Cunningham was a talented singer and pianist who grew up performing with her parents and her six younger siblings in a gospel group known as the Happy Home Jubilee Singers.

Law enforcement in Tennessee had Little in custody 19 years after Cunningham’s body was found.

Little was convicted of misdemeanor larceny in 1994 in Nashville, Tennessee, and he was sentenced to 90 days in jail, according to Tennessee Bureau of Investigation criminal records obtained Monday by The Associated Press.


          

Instagram is killing its creepy stalking feature, the Following tab

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Instagram is removing its Following tab, a feature that became better known as a stalking tool than one to aid with new account discovery, as the company had intended. Today, Instagram says that its Explore tab is the go-to place to find new people, places and hashtags to follow. Meanwhile, the Following tab is now […]
          

A New Leadership Tandem: Mike Quartararo and Ari Kaplan to Lead ACEDS

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Editor’s Note: Received earlier today from BARBRI Group Chairman and CEO Stephen Fredette, the following executive leadership update for the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS) involving industry leaders Mike Quartararo and Ari Kaplan is published with permission for your consideration. ACEDS ANNOUNCEMENT (October 7, 2019) Dear ACEDS Community, I’m pleased to announce that effective October 1, Mike Quartararo, a long-time ACEDS member, former law firm eDiscovery director, author and community leader has joined us as President of ACEDS and Professional Development. Additionally, leading legal industry strategist, consultant and author, Ari Kaplan, will apply his talents on a consulting basis to help build a new ACEDS Global Advisory Board and act as Chairperson for that group. Mike will be assuming the responsibilities of executive director Mary Mack, continuing to build on the tremendous foundation she established, leading the global ACEDS…
          

ACEDS Names Industry Veteran As New Executive Director

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Two months ago here, I reported that Mary Mack, the executive director of the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), the leading membership and certification organization for e-discovery professionals, and Kaylee Walstad, who Mack brought on in 2018 as vice president of client engagement, would leave the organization at the end of October. Today, BARBRI, the parent company of ACEDS, named Mack’s successor. Michael Quartararo, an e-discovery industry veteran, has been named president of ACEDS and professional development. In addition, legal consultant Ari Kaplan, of Ari Kaplan Advisors, is joining ACEDS on a consulting basis to build a new Global Advisory Board and serve as its chairperson. Quartararo was director of litigation support services at the law firm Stroock & Stroock & Lavan until 2018, where he was responsible for the development and implementation of firm policy on e-discovery, information governance and…
          

Researchers Implant “Memories” Into Birds – Teach Them Songs They’ve Never Heard

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ZyXEL XGS3700-48 48x 10/100/1000 Mbit Rackmount Switch

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ZyXEL XGS3700-48 48x 10/100/1000 Mbit Rackmount Switch
ZyXEL XGS3700-48 48x 10/100/1000 Mbit Rackmount Switch
Dank Layer 2+ Features eignet sich der ZyXEL XGS3700-24 ideal für Rechenzentren und kann als Core-/Aggregation-Switches in KMU eingesetzt werden. Ausfallsicher und hochredundant Die NSPoF-Hardware bzw. -Software (No-Single-Point-of-Failure) der 3700-Switches sorgt für einen unterbruchfreien Betrieb. Zur hochredundanten Architektur gehört beispielsweise die Möglichkeit, ein zweites internes Netzteil nachzurüsten. Das sorgt nicht nur für eine hundertprozentige Verfügbarkeit bei einem Phasenausfall, sondern spart im Vergleich zu externen Netzteilen auch Platz im Rack. Darüber hinaus sind sowohl Lüfter- als auch Strommodule Hot-Swap-fähig, so dass die Ausfallzeit faktisch gegen Null geht. Backup-Routen und Bandbreitensteigerung Alle ZyXEL XGS3700-/GS3700-Switches unterstützen Equal-Cost-Multipath-Routing (ECMP) und Virtual-Router-Redundancy-Protocol (VRRP) für eine erhöhte Verfügbarkeit und Zuverlässigkeit des Netzwerks. Mit ECMP verteilt die Serie den Switch-Verkehr über mehrere Links mit hoher Bandbreite und kann so die verfügbare Bandbreite entscheidend erhöhen. Mit VRRP bieten die Switches eine dynamische, automatische Annäherung an die virtuelle Router-Redundanz. So wird mehreren virtuellen First-Hop-Routern dynamisch eine IP-Adresse zugewiesen, wobei ein Router als Master definiert wird, die anderen als Backup. Fällt der Master aus, wird die Route automatisch einem Backup-Hop zugewiesen, der dann die Funktion des Masters übernimmt. Das Resultat ist eine hohe Ausfallsicherheit des Netzwerks und niedrigere Verwaltungskosten im Vergleich zu dynamischen Routing-Protokollen oder Client-Discovery-Mechanismen. Flexibles, vielseitiges Deployment Die voll gemanagten Layer 2+ Switches eigen sich insbesondere für den Einsatz im KMU-Umfeld. Die Serie bietet eine zusätzliche Routing-Flexibilität mit statischem Routing und Policy-Based-Routing (PBR). Über die konsistenten Schnittstellen (GUI, CLI und MIB für die Verwaltung via SNMP) ermöglichen die neusten Mitglieder der ZyXEL Switch-Familie eine vereinfachte Verwaltung und einheitliche Konfigurationen. Hoher Investitionsschutz Mit der ZyXEL XGS3700-/GS3700-Serie ist ein optimaler Investitionsschutz bedeutet. Die hohe Portdichte und das grosszügige PoE-Budget lassen Raum für zukünftige Erweiterungen, ohne dass stets Geräte dazugekauft werden müssen. Die vier 10-Gigabit-Ethernet-Ports der XGS3700-Modelle erleichtern die Umstellung auf 10-Gigabit-Ethernet-Netzwerke in Rechenzentren und Unternehmen, während die volle IPv6-Unterstützung dafür sorgt, dass das Netzwerk bereit für die Zukunft ist.. Hersteller: ZyXEL Modell: XGS3700-48 Anzahl Ports: 48x Besonderheiten: 4x 10GBase SFP+ / rackmountfähig Management: managed Typ: Rackmount Switch Übertragungsgeschwindigkeit: 10/100/1000 Mbit

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create a uClinux distribution for STM32f429 Discovery board

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Hello everybody. I'm new to Linux. I want to run ucLinux on the STM32F429 discovery board. For this, I follow the instruction in the below git. https://github.com/jserv/stm32f429-linux-builder#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/23077&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.com ...
          

Associé de magasin, Temps partiel, Winners-Homesense,Smartcentres Hull - TJX Canada - Hull, QC

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Discovery is at the heart of everything we do. Wherever you find us around the world, if you can think of a product, you can probably find it in our stores, we…
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Whitehall Drug Raid Finds 73 Guns, Thousands of Rounds of Ammo Inside Home

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Whitehall police have a man in custody following an investigation into trafficking heroin and fentanyl, the led to the discovery of 73 guns. Police have charged Terry Swartz with felony counts of having weapons under disability and drug possession following the recovering of 47 handguns, 20 shotguns and six rifles. Thirty-six of the guns were […]
          

Saturn overtakes Jupiter as planet with most moons - BBC News

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  1. Saturn overtakes Jupiter as planet with most moons  BBC News
  2. Saturn's new moons puts it at top of the space lunar rankings  Sky News
  3. Discovery gives Saturn the most moons of any planet in our solar system and prompts name contest  Daily Mail
  4. Discovery of 20 new moons puts Saturn ahead of Jupiter  Aljazeera.com#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/23935&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.com
  5. Twenty new moons found around Saturn  7NEWS
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Discovery gives Saturn the most moons of any planet in our solar system and prompts name contest - Daily Mail

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Star Trek Trailer Drop From NYCC Picard & Discovery

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Hola Dannie aqui, 
 Today I am sharing with you all the latest teaser trailer for CBS All Access original series "STAR TREK: DISCOVERY" season 3 and a "STAR TREK: PICARD" trailer released at the New York Comic-Con this weekend during the Star Trek: Universe panel.
CBS All Access describes "STAR TREK: DISCOVERY" as-
"Get carried into the future.""This season, coming soon exclusively to CBS All Access, the crew finds itself further into the future than any other Star Trek story."
 
Here is the teaser trailer for "STAR TREK: DISCOVERY" 


 
 

Star Trek: Picard premieres January 23, and Star Trek: Discovery sometime in 2020 (yet to be announced) both shows will only be on CBS All Access. Well, what do all of you Trekkies and Trekkers think of the trailers? 
 
Stay Strong, Live Good, Love Movies! 
Dannie H.L. Knowles aka Pekosa Peligrosa

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'Joker' Just Broke a Big Box Office Record

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Also, here are some spankin' new trailers for 'Picard', 'Rick and Morty', 'The Expanse', 'The Walking Dead', 'Star Trek: Discovery', 'Riverdale', and more.
          

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**Job Description** When you join us at Thermo Fisher Scientific, you'll be part of a smart, driven team that shares your passion for exploration and discovery. With...
          

AWS Managed Services Console now supports search and usage-based filtering to improve change type discovery

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Today, AWS Managed Services (AMS) released a feature set of usability improvements for the AMS Console. AMS allows you to choose from a catalog of over 30 AWS services, and over a hundred different Change Types (CTs), to deploy or update resources into your AMS environment. This release allows you to use a keyword search to find CTs, and an option to filter your results by most recently or frequently used. This simplifies your ability to find what you need based on your usage.


          

Space Apes!

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Work has kept me busy of late, had to pause our SWN Campaign, and I missed Simian Saturday...but#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/29013&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.com wanted to share this link. If you are looking for more 28mm Simians for your games this kickstarter is still currently underway. Hope everyone is having a great weekend/Mother's Day!
          

Nobel Prize in medicine awarded for discovery of how cells sense oxygen

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Three physician-scientists from the U.S. and Britain will share the prize.
          

Celebrate cult classics at Discovery Place Science

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CHARLOTTE – Get ready to unleash your nightmares and nostalgia at Science on the Rocks: Cult Classics as you kick off the Halloween season at Discovery Place Science. The adults-only event invites guests to get close-up on iconic movie moments and take part in spooky science. The event takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. […]
          

Comment on NSDistributedNotificationCenter No Longer Supports nil Names by Michael Tsai

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@Jeff Right, there are two issues here: (1) discovery, no easy workaround, (2) observing multiple of your own notifications, breaks perfectly good code, but easy to work around.
          

Comment on NSDistributedNotificationCenter No Longer Supports nil Names by Jeff Johnson

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It's important to note that the primary use of nil for the notification name parameter is not for "discovery". The primary use is for observing multiple notifications from the same sender. This can occur even when the sender and receiver are both your own processes. The API is almost exactly the same as NSNotificationCenter, where you might also use nil to observe multiple notifications from the same sender. This is why the undocumented NSDistributedNotificationCenter change is so bad. If it's for "security", it's merely security theater and breaks legitimate uses of the API.
          

Facts on Geography.

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Geography discovery continued for thousands of years. The ancient Greeks saw the poet Homer as the founder of geography, but geography existed long before Homer was born. Homer wrote the Iliad and the Odyssey. These forms of literature or pieces of prose dealt with a large amount of geographical information. Homer believed that the world was circular ringed by a single massive ocean. The works show that the Greeks by the 8th century B.C. knew a great deal about their surroundings (including the eastern Mediterranean). The poems contained a large number of place names and descriptions. Many of these names are uncertain about their real locations. Thales of Miletus was one of the first known philosophers to have wondered about the shape of the world. He said that the world was based on water, and that all things grew out of it.  He also mentioned that many of the astronomical and mathematical rules that would allow geography to be studied scientifically. His successor was Anaximander. Anaximander was the first person to have attempted to create a scale map of the known world to the Greeks and to have introduced the gnomon to Ancient Greece. Hecataeus of Miletus created a different form of geography. He didn't deal with the mathematical calculations of Thales and Anaximander. He learned about the world by getting previous works and speaking to the sailors who came through the busy port of Miletus. From these accounts, Hecataeus created a detailed prose account about his region. Herodotus’ Histories is a work of history. It showed geographic descriptions of Egypt, Scythia, Persia, and Asia Minor. It also mentioned India. There is a description of Africa. He said that the land was surrounded by a sea. Regardless, Herodotus made important observations about geography. He is the first to have noted the process by which large rivers, such as the Nile, build up deltas, and he is also the first recorded as observing that winds tend to blow from colder regions to warmer ones.

Pythagoras was perhaps the first to propose a spherical world, arguing that the sphere was the most perfect form. This idea was embraced by Plato and Aristotle presented empirical evidence to verify this. He noted that the Earth's shadow during an eclipse is curved, and also that stars increase in height as one moves north. Eudoxus of Cnidus used the idea of a sphere to explain how the sun created differing climatic zones based on latitude. This led the Greeks to believe in a division of the world into five regions. At each of the poles was an uncharitably cold region. While extrapolating from the heat of the Sahara it was deduced that the area around the equator was unbearably hot. Between these extreme regions both the northern and southern hemispheres had a temperate belt suitable for human habitation. The Hellenistic period saw more geographical researchers. Hanno the Navigator came into Sierra Leone in Africa. Other Phoenicians possibly circumnavigated Africa. This was during the 4th century B.C. when the Greek explorer Pytheas traveled into northeast Europe and circles the British Isles.  He found many more people in those lands than expected. There were Julius Caesar’s invasions of Britain and Germany. Augustus had expeditions to Arabia Felix and Ethiopia (or Nubia). Alexander the Great traveled as far as Iran and India with his army. Many geographers and writers were with him to observe what they saw.
The ancient Greeks divided the world into three continents, Europe, Asia, and Libya (Africa). The Hellespont formed the border between Europe and Asia.

The border between Asia and Libya was generally considered to be the Nile River, but some geographers, such as Herodotus objected to this. Herodotus argued that there was no difference between the people on the east and west sides of the Nile, and that the Red Sea was a better border. The relatively narrow habitable band was considered to run from the Atlantic Ocean in the west to an unknown sea somewhere east of India in the east. The southern portion of Africa was unknown (to the ancient Greeks), as was the northern portion of Europe and Asia, so it was believed that they were circled by a sea. The ancient Greeks tried to find the size of the Earth. Eratosthenes tried to calculate the Earth’s circumference by measuring the angle of the sun at two different locations. His numbers were problematic, but most of the errors cancelled themselves out. He got an accurate figure. Since the distance from the Atlantic to India was roughly known, this raised the important question of what was in the vast region east of Asia and to the west of Europe. Crates of Mallus proposed that there were in fact four inhabitable land masses, two in each hemisphere. In Rome a large globe was created depicting this world. That some of the figures Eratosthenes had used in his calculation were considerably in error became known, and Posidonius set out to get a more accurate measurement. This number actually was considerably smaller than the real one, but it became accepted that the eastern part of Asia was not a huge distance from Europe. Many Roman geographers did their own research. Strabo had works on geography. Ptolemy did his own research. By the time of 90-168 A.D, the Silk Road was in existence. Ptolemy’s Geographia helped to open up the human understanding of the nature of geography. The ancient Romans used maps, transportation, and triangulation to develop research in geography. They had land surveyors, cartographic research, engineering surveyors, and military surveyors. Around 400 A.D., a scroll map called the Peutinger Table was made of the known world to the ancient Romans, featuring the Roman road network. Besides the Roman Empire which at that time spanned from Britain to the Middle East and Africa, the map includes India, Sri Lanka and China. Cities are demarcated using hundreds of symbols. It measures 1.12 ft. high and 22.15 ft. long. The tools and principles of geography used by the Romans would be closely followed with little practical improvement for the next 700 years.

Ancient Indian geographers had their own theories on the origin of the Earth. Some of them believed that the Earth was formed by the solidification of gaseous matter and the earth’s crust is made of hard rocks (sila), clay (bhuih), and sand (asma). Theories were also propounded to explain earthquakes (bhukamp), and it was assumed that earth, air and water combined to cause earthquakes. The Arthashastra, a compendium by Kautilya (also known as Chanakya) contains a range of geographical and statistical information about the various regions of India. The composers of the Puranas divided the known world into seven continents of dwipas, Jambu Dwipa, Krauncha Dwipa, Kusha Dwipa, Plaksha Dwipa, Pushkara Dwipa, Shaka Dwipa and Shalmali Dwipa. Descriptions were provided for the climate and geography of each of the dwipas. The Vishnudharmottara Purana (compiled between 300–350 AD) contains six chapters on physical and human geography. It describes peoples, places, and seasons. Varahamihira's Brihat-Samhita gave a thorough treatment of planetary movements, rainfall, clouds and the formation of water. The mathematician-astronomer Aryabhata gave a precise estimate of the earth's circumference in his treatise Āryabhaṭīya. Aryabhata accurately calculated the Earth's circumference as 24,835 miles, which was only 0.2% smaller than the actual value of 24,902 miles. The Mughal chronicles Tuzuk-i-Jehangiri, Ain-i-Akbari and Dastur-ul-aml contained detailed geographical narratives. These were based on the earlier geographical works of India and the advances made by medieval Muslim geographers, particularly the work of Alberuni. 

Ancient Chinese geographers were abundant back then. They existed in the 5th century B.C. during the start of the Warring States period (481 B.C. – 221 B.C.). There was the work called the Yu Gong ('Tribute of Yu') chapter of the Shu Jing or Book of Documents, which describes the traditional nine provinces of ancient China, their kinds of soil, their characteristic products and economic goods, their tributary goods, their trades and vocations, their state revenues and agricultural systems, and the various rivers and lakes listed and placed accordingly. The nine provinces at the time of this geographical work were relativity small in size compared to those of modern China. The book described areas of the Yellow River (including the lower valleys of the Yangtze and the plain between them as well as the Shandong peninsula. It shows area of the west and the most northern parts of the Wei and Han Rivers along the southern parts of modern day Shanxi province). The state of Zin by the 4th century B.C. had many maps. The writings of cartographer Pei Xiu (224-271) referred to thew geometric grid and mathematically graduated scale to a map. Chinese historical texts have a geographical section. The ancient Chinese historian Ban Gu (32–92) most likely started the trend of the gazetteer in China, which became prominent in the Northern and Southern dynasties period and Sui dynasty. Local gazetteers would feature a wealth of geographic information, although its cartographic aspects were not as highly professional as the maps created by professional cartographers. Maps developed by the actions of Liu An and his associate Zuo Wu. Geographic literature became more complex with the existence of the Song dynasty (60-1279) and the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). The Song dynasty poet, scholar, and government official Fan Chengda (1126–1193) wrote the geographical treatise known as the Gui Hai Yu Heng Chi. It focused primarily on the topography of the land, along with the agricultural, economic and commercial products of each region in China's southern provinces. The polymath Chinese scientist Shen Kuo (1031–1095) devoted a significant amount of his written work to geography, as well as a hypothesis of land formation (geomorphology) due to the evidence of marine fossils found far inland, along with bamboo fossils found underground in a region far from where bamboo was suitable to grow.

Chinese researchers discovered geographic areas outside of China. The traveler Zhang Qian (from the 2nd century B.C.) wrote about civilizations in the Middle East, India, and Central Asia. By the Tang dynasty (618-907), the Chinese diplomat Wang Xuance came into northeastern India in a place called Magadha. He wrote about India in his 7th century book Zhang Tian-zhu Guo Tu (the Illustrated Accounts of Central India). It had geographic information. Jia Dan (730-805) wrote about Iran and the Persian Gulf. Byzantine scholars wrote about geography like Stephanus of Byzantium (in the 6th century) called Ethnica. Muslims of Arabic and Persian descent were geographers too. Jābir ibn Hayyān (Geber or Jabir) (721– c. 815) wrote extensively on many subjects, expanded on the wisdom of the Greek classics and engaged in experimentation in natural science. It is unclear whether he was Persian or Syrian.

In mathematical geography, Persian Abū Rayhān al-Bīrūnī, around 1025, was the first to describe a polar equi-azimuthal equidistant projection of the celestial sphere. He was also regarded as the most skilled when it came to mapping cities and measuring the distances between them, which he did for many cities in the Middle East and western Indian subcontinent. He combined astronomical readings and mathematical equations to record degrees of latitude and longitude and to measure the heights of mountains and depths of valleys, recorded in The Chronology of the Ancient Nations. He discussed human geography and the planetary habitability of the Earth, suggesting that roughly a quarter of the Earth's surface is habitable by humans. He solved a complex geodesic equation in order to accurately compute the Earth's circumference. His estimate of 6,339.9 km for the Earth radius was only 16.8 km less than the modern value of 6,356.7 km. By Medieval times, Marco Polo came into China. Many European explorers like Henry the Navigator of Portugal traveled into the African coast and studied geographic information. The Columbian exchange, the evil slave trade, and other events of colonialism continued to exist by the late Middle Ages to the early Modern Age. Geographic studies evolved from the time of the Scientific Revolution and the Reformation. The problem with some European geographic scholars back then was that many of them had Eurocentric biases that made them ignore non-European methods in studying geography. Alexander von Humboldt studied geography all of the time. The National Geographic Society was founded in the United States in 1888 and began publication of the National Geographic magazine which became and continues to be a great popularizer of geographic information. The society has long supported geographic research and education. By the 20th century, environmental determinism, regional geography, the quantitative revolution, and critical geography existed. Now, the study of geography has been grown by advanced technology, research, study, and other aspects of our human experiences.

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Comment on Millions of years of low CO2 … until now by Felix Quigley

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We know for certain that if Marx and Engels were alive today they would be LEADING in the struggle to understand the nature of this new era the Anthropocene. if fact they very much laid the basis for understanding the Anthropocene. Not nearly enough credit was ever given by the scientists to the epochal work by Engels in the Transition from Ape to Man (https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1876/part-played-labour/#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/35004&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.com) a work which anticipated in an almost magical way the later research in Kenya and Ethiopia by the Leakeys and also Don Johannson...the#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/35004&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.com latter in his critical discovery of "Lucy".
          

Novel ribozymes: discovery, catalytic mechanisms, and the quest to understand biological function

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Small endonucleolytic ribozymes promote the self-cleavage of their own phosphodiester backbone at a specific linkage. The structures of and the reactions catalysed by members of individual families have been studied in great detail in the past decades. In recent years, bioinformatics studies have uncovered a considerable number of new examples of known catalytic RNA motifs. Importantly, entirely novel ribozyme classes were also discovered, for most of which both structural and biochemical information became rapidly available. However, for the majority of the new ribozymes, which are found in the genomes of a variety of species, a biological function remains elusive. Here, we concentrate on the different approaches to find catalytic RNA motifs in sequence databases. We summarize the emerging principles of RNA catalysis as observed for small endonucleolytic ribozymes. Finally, we address the biological functions of those ribozymes, where relevant information is available and common themes on their cellular activities are emerging. We conclude by speculating on the possibility that the identification and characterization of proteins that we hypothesize to be endogenously associated with catalytic RNA might help in answering the ever-present question of the biological function of the growing number of genomically encoded, small endonucleolytic ribozymes.

          

Nonparametric expression analysis using inferential replicate counts

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A primary challenge in the analysis of RNA-seq data is to identify differentially expressed genes or transcripts while controlling for technical biases. Ideally, a statistical testing procedure should incorporate the inherent uncertainty of the abundance estimates arising from the quantification step. Most popular methods for RNA-seq differential expression analysis fit a parametric model to the counts for each gene or transcript, and a subset of methods can incorporate uncertainty. Previous work has shown that nonparametric models for RNA-seq differential expression may have better control of the false discovery rate, and adapt well to new data types without requiring reformulation of a parametric model. Existing nonparametric models do not take into account inferential uncertainty, leading to an inflated false discovery rate, in particular at the transcript level. We propose a nonparametric model for differential expression analysis using inferential replicate counts, extending the existing SAMseq method to account for inferential uncertainty. We compare our method, Swish, with popular differential expression analysis methods. Swish has improved control of the false discovery rate, in particular for transcripts with high inferential uncertainty. We apply Swish to a single-cell RNA-seq dataset, assessing differential expression between sub-populations of cells, and compare its performance to the Wilcoxon test.

          

Genome-wide epistasis and co-selection study using mutual information

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Covariance-based discovery of polymorphisms under co-selective pressure or epistasis has received considerable recent attention in population genomics. Both statistical modeling of the population level covariation of alleles across the chromosome and model-free testing of dependencies between pairs of polymorphisms have been shown to successfully uncover patterns of selection in bacterial populations. Here we introduce a model-free method, SpydrPick, whose computational efficiency enables analysis at the scale of pan-genomes of many bacteria. SpydrPick incorporates an efficient correction for population structure, which adjusts for the phylogenetic signal in the data without requiring an explicit phylogenetic tree. We also introduce a new type of visualization of the results similar to the Manhattan plots used in genome-wide association studies, which enables rapid exploration of the identified signals of co-evolution. Simulations demonstrate the usefulness of our method and give some insight to when this type of analysis is most likely to be successful. Application of the method to large population genomic datasets of two major human pathogens, Streptococcus pneumoniae and Neisseria meningitidis, revealed both previously identified and novel putative targets of co-selection related to virulence and antibiotic resistance, highlighting the potential of this approach to drive molecular discoveries, even in the absence of phenotypic data.

          

New Facebook Feature That Will Help You Find Nearby Free Wi-Fi

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Facebook is testing a new feature called Wi-Fi Discovery which will allow users to find free Wi-Fi nearby locations on map. But this feature is only available for iOS devices. This testing is going in only few selected countries and should be released worldwide by next month. A Facebook spokesperson has confirmed the statement to […]

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Session: Arkham Horror (Third Edition):: I have seen the light!

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by fbinder

TL;DR: If you like the theme, don't surrender, read some tips and give the game a few more chances!

As the title says, after 6 matches I finally saw the light and decided to write this session-thing to celebrate my accomplishment.

  First a little about my preferences: I have the full collection of Arkham Horror 2ed, Elder Sign, Mansions of Madness and Eldritch Horror. I have everything so far from Mansions 2 and a bunch of decks from Arkham Horror The Card Game. With the exception of the first Mansions, I play everything else with a certain frequency, none of which is played less than 6 times a year.

  Returning to the subject, when I heard about the release of a new Arkham I was very excited, I even asked a colleague to buy it in Essen, ie a few days after its release it was on my table ready to be played. I played the first game and was a little disappointed (I gave it a 7) basically for 2 reasons: 1) Pandemic mechanics, 2) I didn't have fun playing. I decided to try again and a few days later I played 2 times but the feeling was the same.

  I thought about trading it, I even put it in a Math Trade, but at the last moment I gave up because I remembered something recurring, at least for me: I need many plays to have fun with games that have many details, this had already happened with Eldritch Horror, Lord of the Rings The Card Game (the deck building aspect of it) and Mage Knight Board Game. And all three of these games ended up on my favorites list.

Everything ready for another chance...

  Still, he was practically untouched for months. Until yesterday. With the release of the expansion I thought it would be a good time to give the game another chance. I don't usually like to read strategy articles because they take some of the pleasure out of discovery, but I looked for little tips on BGG that would make the game a little more fluid and less frustrating. I found out that Marie and Michael are good winners and that the scenario of the "New Great Old One" (Umordhoth) is the easiest. I also realized that often the most important thing is not the investigation but the removal of doom tokens.

  So I played a solo match with those two investigators that lasted 2 hours and 40 minutes, I almost won (only 2 damage left on Umordhoth) but the feeling was very satisfactory. The theme is well implemented and the codex is a sensational creation that makes the story coherent. The bottom line is that now I really like Arkham 3ed (I changed my grade to a 9) and I can't wait to play all the scenarios until I win. In addition, the expansion will be acquired soon and Fantasy Flight will continue to take my money.
          

Tarrytown Native Awarded Nobel Prize For Breakthrough Discovery

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Gregg L. Semenza, M.D., Ph.D.

A Hudson Valley native was one of three researchers who were awarded a Nobel Prize for showing how cells sense and adapt to changing oxygen levels, leading to the discovery of new drugs.

The Nobel Prize was awarded to Gregg L. Semenza, a Sleepy Hollow High School alum, who is the C. Michael Armstr...


          

Tarrytown Native Awarded Nobel Prize For Breakthrough Discovery

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Gregg L. Semenza, M.D., Ph.D.

A Hudson Valley native was one of three researchers who were awarded a Nobel Prize for showing how cells sense and adapt to changing oxygen levels, leading to the discovery of new drugs.

The Nobel Prize was awarded to Gregg L. Semenza, a Sleepy Hollow High School alum, who is the C. Michael Armstr...


          

Search for direct top squark pair production in the 3-body decay mode with one-lepton final states in $\sqrt{s}$ = 13 TeV $pp$ collisions with the ATLAS detector

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Natural supersymmetry suggests a light top squark, possibly within the discovery reach of Run-2 of the LHC. This proceedings presents the latest result of an analysis targeting a compressed region of the top squark phase space where the mass difference between the top squark and the lightest neutralino is smaller than the top-quark mass, using $pp$ collision data collected over the full Run-2 of the LHC. A machine learning technique was employed in the analysis to improve the discrimination of signals from backgrounds dominated by the $t\bar{t}$ process. No significant deviation from the predicted Standard Model background is observed, and limits at 95% confidence level on the supersymmetric benchmark model are set, excluding top squark masses up to 720 GeV with neutralino masses up to 580 GeV.
          

Constraining the Higgs boson self-coupling via single-Higgs and double-Higgs production and decay measurements

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After the discovery of the Higgs boson, one of the main targets of particle physics is the measurement of the Higgs boson couplings to fermions and vector bosons. Moreover, also of great interest is the observation of the interaction of the Higgs boson with itself, known as the Higgs boson self- coupling. The self-coupling is very loosely constrained by EWK precision measurements therefore new physics effects could induce large deviations from its SM expectation. The self-coupling can be measured directly using the Higgs boson pair production cross section, or indirectly through the measurement of the single-Higgs boson production and decays. In fact, at next-to-leading order in EW interaction the Higgs-decay partial widths and the cross sections of the main single-Higgs production processes depend on the Higgs boson self-coupling via weak loops. Moreover, changes in the Higgs boson self-coupling affect also the Higgs boson differential distribution, like the transverse momentum. In this talk, measurements of the Higgs boson self-coupling using single-Higgs production combining the data of the analyses targeting the γγ, ZZ∗, WW∗, ττ, bb decay channels and using both inclusive and differential information, will be presented. The results are obtained using ATLAS data corresponding to a luminosity of up to 80 fb−1.
          

制片公司Bad Wolf开发伦敦苏活区题材剧《苏活区1918》

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《黑暗物质三部曲 His Dark Materials》﹑《发现女巫 A Discovery of Witches》及《行业 Industry》的制片公司Bad Wolf正在开发一部背景在一战结束后的伦敦苏活区剧《苏活区1918 Soho 1918》。这部由Polly Stenham及Alex Warren负责的背景剧讲述当年充斥毒品﹑性的夜总会及现实人物Kate Meyrick,这位42岁的单亲母亲在伦敦建立了夜总会帝国「43 club」及犯罪家族企业,可谓当时伦敦最危险的女人。而这
          

Brad William Henke加盟《追缉:孤狼》

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Discovery频道的《追缉:炸弹客 Manhunt: Unabomber》虽然影评及观众数上都有不错的表现,不过Discovery频道CEO David Zaslav表示他们要退出剧集领域改为重新专注在真人秀类节目,最终此剧转交到电视台Spectrum。本剧第二季命名为《追缉:孤狼 Manhunt: Lone Wolf》,讲述于1996年引起极大规模搜捕行动的「百年奥林匹克公园爆炸案」犯人Eric Rudolph,以及一度被错指为嫌疑犯的Richard Jewell。Jack H
          

Comment on What about a new page Jack? by Vanamonde

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So after watching the Discovery Trek short ‘Q&A’ I really want a ST series starring the Enterprise crew seen in Discovery S2.
          

Popular heartburn drug ranitidine recalled: What you need to know and do

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The maker of a generic version of ranitidine, a heartburn medication taken by millions, announced that it is recalling all of its products sold in the US because of the discovery of low levels of a probable carcinogen in these products.

The post Popular heartburn drug ranitidine recalled: What you need to know and do appeared first on Harvard Health Blog.


          

2 Flat in South Quay For Rent

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Gelernter, Meyer, Berlinski Deny Darwinism, Pt. 3

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On this episode of  ID the Future we hear the final portion of a three-part series featuring Discovery Institute’s Stephen Meyer and David Berlinski along with distinguished Yale computer science professor David Gelernter, who recently gave up Darwinism thanks in part to their books. Led by Uncommon Knowledge host Peter Robinson, they discuss the hard problem of consciousness, how Darwinism functions as a religious dogma that punishers dissenters, and whether biology can ever “get over Darwin and move on.” This interview is presented here courtesy of Peter Robinson and the Hoover Institution.


          

Meyer, Berlinski and Yale’s David Gelernter Challenge Darwinism, Pt. 2

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This episode of ID the Future features Part 2 of Peter Robinson’s conversation with Yale computer scientist David Gelernter and Discovery Institute senior fellows Stephen Meyer and David Berlinski. Here in Part 2, the four men discuss the problem of early and late mutations in embryological development, and the apparently fatal pick-your-poison challenge this poses for modern Darwinism. Then they move on to discuss Gelernter and Berlinski’s reservations with the theory of intelligent design, including--for Gelernter, at least--the problem of apparent bad design in nature. The episode concludes with Meyer addressing this challenge.


          

David Gelernter, Stephen Meyer, David Berlinski Challenge Darwinism, Pt. 1

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On this episode of ID the Future we hear part one of an uncommon trio of experts speaking on the mathematical challenges to Darwinian evolution. Stephen Meyer and David Berlinski, both senior fellows of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture, join David Gelernter, a distinguished Yale mathematician, who recently gave up Darwinism based on their work. The conversation is led by Uncommon Knowledge host Peter Robinson.


          

Instagram is killing its creepy stalking feature, the Following tab

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Instagram is removing its Following tab, a feature that became better known as a stalking tool than one to aid with new account discovery, as the company had intended. Today, Instagram says that its Explore tab is the go-to place to find new people, places and hashtags to follow. Meanwhile, the Following tab is now […]
          

Discovery Dock, E14

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Animal Planet online zonder tv-abonnement in Nederland

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Discovery heeft het natuurkanaal Animal Planet aan het eigen OTT-platform Dplay toegevoegd. Dit betekent dat de zender nu zonder traditioneel tv-abonnement in Nederland beschikbaar is.

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The Mouse That Roared

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How a 112-year-old discovery, the LED, is poised to dominate the world of displays.

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Man accused of using camera to look up women’s skirts at Discovery Green

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Micheal Galloway told police he did not think he was doing anything illegal since he was in a public place.
        

          

Comment on STAR TREK: DISCOVERY Descends on New York Comic Con by Snap

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This fall never seemed like an option, as it was only three or four months ago that filming began. Season 2 had begun filming much earlier in the year in 2018 and didn't release until January this year.
          

Comment on STAR TREK: DISCOVERY Descends on New York Comic Con by Snap

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Yeah, that's why I'm wondering if he misspoke. I'm not opposed to a multiverse, though, it's a good option if they want to do something which really breaks the mould.
          

Comment on EXCLUSIVE: Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin on that Nickelodeon STAR TREK Show, If We’ll See a DISCOVERY Movie, PICARD Season 2 (!), and Much More by SpaceCadet

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I’d love to see such a series as well - those main 3 characters plus filling in the rest of the senior staff; more TOS tie-ins and original adventures and discoveries; and the intriguing premise of Pike living out the rest of his active years presumably to the fullest knowing full well what eventually his fate will be and accepting that.
          

Comment on EXCLUSIVE: Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin on that Nickelodeon STAR TREK Show, If We’ll See a DISCOVERY Movie, PICARD Season 2 (!), and Much More by SpaceCadet

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I’m a hardcore TNG fan but I already know this is not going to be TNG 2.0 because Stewart specifically did not want to come back to do things the way they were before. This is essentially a different Picard with a new crew, and occasional appearances by familiar fan-favorite characters, in serialized storytelling. I for one am excited to see and experience something different than anything that’s come before.
          

Comment on STAR TREK: DISCOVERY Descends on New York Comic Con by SpaceCadet

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I think a season 8 of DS9 would bring in a lot of characters from TNG-era Trek while still resolving a lot of questions for DS9 specifically: if Bajor was ever admitted to the Federation, did Sisko ever reappear, did Odo ever cold back to Kira, etc.
          

Comment on STAR TREK: DISCOVERY Descends on New York Comic Con by SpaceCadet

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Speaking of inconsistencies, Dax was heavily involved in negotiating peace with the Klingons, but the first time we see the Trill on TNG in “The Host”, Picard basically says not much is known about the Trill as if they were only recently discovered. So basically the writers are often contradicting themselves. It’s something that should be avoided if possible but it’ll still happen. Maybe Discovery should not only be jumping ahead to the future but an alternate universe as well so that way we don’t have to worry about 900+ years of canon affecting other shows negatively. :op
          

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Comment on EXCLUSIVE: Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin on that Nickelodeon STAR TREK Show, If We’ll See a DISCOVERY Movie, PICARD Season 2 (!), and Much More by Paul R. Faulkner

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This sounds all well and good and I am extremely intrigued by the forthcoming Picard series... but I really want an Enterprise series with Pike/Spock/Number 1. If anything, the Short Treks like Q & A are making want a full series even more.
          

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Welp ok, I mean I won't complain if it happens. Another person mentioned the Doctor from Living Witness showing up and I would be fine with that too
          

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Pike AND Spock AND Number One! :-)
          

ICICI Prudential Value Discovery Fund: Fund review

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The scheme’s performance dipped in 2016 and it slipped to third quartile in the value-oriented category.
          

Recent performance of Value Discovery Fund due to expensive markets, says Mrinal Singh of ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund

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We have avoided names where the valuations are stretched and are invested largely in names/sectors which we believe currently offer value.
          

Concept Renders Of Apple’s New Noise Cancelling AirPods

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According to a discovery in the iOS 13.2 beta yesterday, it was hinted that Apple could have a new set of AirPods they were planning on announcing. This comes in the form of noise cancelling AirPods that we have been hearing about for a while now, and it seems that it could be announced soon.This is based on new AirPods icons found in the beta which suggests that the earbuds […]
          

10/07 Links Pt2: The Zionist Movement Did Not Seek to Dispossess the Palestinian Arabs; Interior minister moves to deport Palestinian BDS founder; Yom Kippur 1967: The Return to the Western Wall

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Efraim Karsh (WSJ): The Zionist Movement Did Not Seek to Dispossess the Palestinian Arabs 
David Ben-Gurion's stature as Israel's founding father would seem to be eminently secure, given his crucial, perhaps indispensable, role in salvaging the Jewish people from political oblivion and reinstating it in its ancestral homeland. Tom Segev's A State at Any Cost: The Life of David Ben-Gurion is an effort to tarnish his reputation and reinterpret Israel's founding period.

On May 14, 1948, Ben-Gurion proclaimed the establishment of the State of Israel, becoming its first prime minister and defense minister, posts he held until 1963 (with a brief retirement from office in 1953-55). Segev casts Israel's founding father as the destroyer of Palestinian Arab society - deeply implicated in what Segev and his fellow revisionists see as the "original sin" of Israel's creation: the supposedly deliberate and aggressive dispossession of the native Arab population.

The truth is that, far from seeking to dispossess the Palestinian Arabs as claimed by Segev, the Zionist movement had always been amenable to the existence of a substantial Arab minority in the prospective Jewish state.

No less than Ze'ev Jabotinsky, founder of the faction that was the forebear of today's Likud Party, voiced his readiness (in a famous 1923 essay) "to take an oath binding ourselves and our descendants that we shall never do anything contrary to the principle of equal rights, and that we shall never try to eject anyone." And if this was the position of the more "militant" faction of the Jewish national movement, small wonder that mainstream Zionism took for granted the full equality of the Arab minority in the prospective Jewish state.

In December 1947, shortly after Palestinian Arabs had unleashed wholesale violence to subvert the newly passed UN partition resolution, Ben-Gurion told his Labor Party that "in our state there will be non-Jews as well" and all of them will be equal citizens; equal in everything without any exception; that is: the state will be their state as well."

The Haganah's operational plan - adopted in March 1948 to reverse then-current Palestinian Arab aggression and rebuff the anticipated invasion by the Arab states - was predicated, in the explicit instructions of the Haganah's commander in chief, on the "acknowledgment of the full rights, needs, and freedom of the Arabs in the Hebrew state without any discrimination, and a desire for coexistence on the basis of mutual freedom and dignity."
To the Arab World, Jewish Sovereignty Is a Rebellion against Islam Itself
Arab anti-Zionism, Shmuel Trigano argues, has little to do with land, the fate of the Palestinians, or Palestinian self-determination—and everything to do with religion. Citing the historical status of non-Muslims in the Islamic Middle East, he points in particular to two concepts: that of the ummah, a nation of all Muslim believers that transcends ethnic and political boundaries, and that of the dhimmi, protected religious minorities who are allowed to live in Muslim society with legal disabilities:

The concept of the ummah inspired the Arabs to rebel against the [European] colonial powers: not so much for their colonial nature (the colonial yoke of the Ottomans was by and large tolerated), but for their Christianity. A decisive turning point was the rise of nationalism: while the ummah dissolved into nation-states, the pan-Arabism that emerged in its wake provided indirect continuity.

To this situation, . . . an additional factor came to the fore: the creation of a Jewish national home in Palestine, under the British Mandate, as provided by the Balfour Declaration of 1917. The problem derived not from the emergence of a new political force in the midst of the Arab countries, but from its Jewish character: as sacrilegious to the Islamic conscience as the Christian colonial powers had been. . . . In these terms, Jewish sovereignty is understood as nothing short of a rebellion against Islam.


Thus, Trigano argues, the conflict between Israel and its neighbors can be understood in relation to the gradual and long-ongoing destruction of the Jewish communities of the Middle East and, more broadly, to the destruction of Christian and other non-Muslim communities. The latter began not recently, with the rise of Islamic State, but with the bloody anti-Armenian pogroms of the 1890s:

The Armenians . . . committed an act of rebellion against [their status as] dhimmi by fighting for national autonomy. . . . A violent response ensued: several massacres were carried out by the Ottomans in 1894-5. . . . Often overlooked is the jihadist nature of these massacres: not only in their motivation and their legitimation, but also in the nature of the acts themselves and the fact that the surviving women and children (some 150,000) were forcibly converted to Islam. The same pattern was to reappear in the second wave of massacres, this time instigated by the Young Turks [in 1915].
Michael Lumish: The White Jew
When I was growing up to be a "white" person meant to be a person of European descent. This is no longer the case.

To be "white," today, means to be a "bad" person, particularly if you tend to be of the manly persuasion.

In contemporary political parlance, "whiteness" is a signifier of racism, oppression, colonialism, imperialism, privilege, sexism, Islamophobia, transphobia, capitalism, and, most particularly, racism.

The irony is delicious.

"Progressives" -- throughout politics and the academe and, even, corporate America -- consider "white" to be a category of ethnic guilt. In the name of "social justice" they are condemning innocent young kids, particularly boys, of some sort of original sin.

They are, in fact, damaging your children and most of you are A-OK with it.

In this way, the "progressive" movement is deeply religious and increasingly medieval. The movement used to be about open-mindedness. Today it is about hysterical dogma. Mario Savio would not recognize it.

It used to be about social libertarianism and freedom of expression. Today it is about ideological conformity and a Puritanical patrolling of the borders of acceptable thought.



Interior minister moves to deport Palestinian BDS founder
Interior Minister Aryeh Deri announced on Sunday that he had directed the Population and Immigration Authority to prepare a legal opinion to be used in the deportation of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions founder Omar Barghouti.

Barghouti holds Israeli permanent residency status, which he obtained after marrying an Arab Israeli woman, with whom he lives in the northern city of Acre.

“I intend to act quickly to deprive Omar Barghouti of residency status in Israel, Deri said in a statement announcing the move. “This is a man who does everything to harm the country and therefore must not enjoy the right to be a resident of Israel.”

The Interior Ministry said that the opportunity became available to push for Bargouti’s deportation after Deputy Attorney General Dina Zilber notified his office that it had the authority to revoke the BDS founder’s residency status.

This was thanks to a 2018 amendment to Israeli residency laws that makes breach of trust a crime significant enough to allow the interior minister to strip an individual of his or her residency status. According to an interpretation of the law, boycotting Israel could constitute such an offense.

Israel has barred Barghouti from leaving the county a number of times in recent years by refusing to renew travel documents granted to Palestinian residents of Israel who do not have full citizenship.
David Collier: Miko Peled, Ian Fantom and the secretive ‘neo-Nazi’ group
Last Thursday there was a ‘Keep Talking’ event at St Anne’s Church Soho. It was an event organised and attended by some truly nasty antisemites. The event shows how the suggested differences between ‘far-right’ and ‘far-left’ are illusions. There is just a sewer of extremism – those who build conspiracy theories, and all too frequently pin the blame on the ‘Jews’.

We can begin with this image, which shows Miko Peled speaking at the Church. On his right (our left) – set apart from the audience- are Ian Fantom and Alison Chabloz.

Ian Fantom is a hard-core conspiracy theorist. He wore this t-shirt, suggesting both 9/11 and 7/7 were staged, to an event he organised in 2016:

In 2010, Ian Fantom co-founded a group called ‘Keep Talking’ that was set up because other ‘9-11 truth’ groups were ‘sabotaged from within’. Conspiracy theories about conspiracy groups. Fantom explains this himself in an article he wrote for ‘UNZ review’. The website UNZ is described as ‘extreme-right‘ and pushes Holocaust denial. The founder of Unz is known to have contributed funds to a ‘quasi white-nationalist’ group.

Fantom co-founded ‘Keep Talking’ with the Holocaust denier Nick Kollerstrom. It was interesting to read that the two of them agreed ‘Keep Talking’ would avoid discussion of Holocaust denial because they didn’t want to be ‘derailed’ by the ‘Zionist lobby’.

At the Peled event, Fantom is sitting next to Alison Chabloz. Chabloz is a convicted Holocaust denier. She was able to attend the event because she was recently released from jail pending an appeal. Chabloz is best known for teasing Jews over the Holocaust through the use of music, creating songs that turn the Holocaust into a fictional joke that she sets to classic Jewish tunes. Other far-right activists were also in attendance. The images suggest that James Thring was present. Thring is a confidante of David Duke and is a regular attendee of the ‘Keep Talking’ events.
Church ‘sorry’ for leasing room for Miko Peled talk
St Anne’s Church in Soho has apologised for leasing a room to the controversial Keep Talking Group for a talk by Israeli-born anti-Zionist activist Miko Peled.

Peled spoke at the church last Thursday for an event titled “Miko Peled, Journey of an Israeli in Palestine.”

The anti-racism charity Hope Not Hate expressed concern about the event in a series of tweets on Saturday.

St Anne’s Church said on Sunday that it will donate the room hire fee to the Community Security Trust and will review its own booking procedure.

The church apologised “for the offence that has been caused to members of the Jewish Community” and said it opposes “any form of hatred: be it racism, homophobia or antisemitism.”

But Peled denied accusations of prejudice, saying in a statement: “The suggestion that the event in which I spoke in any way shape or form represents hate, racism, homophobia or antisemitism is outrageous and libelous.
Petra Marquardt-Bigman: Zahra Billoo’s “pro-Palestinian” anti-Semitism
Given that Billoo has almost 34 000 Twitter followers, she may not have seen the responses, and she may also not have seen a blog post that highlighted her updated blood libel. But it is also unlikely that she would have cared much if she had noticed the criticism. Like her good friend Linda Sarsour, Zahra Billoo despises anyone who dares to notice contemporary manifestations of anti-Semitism propagated by the left. That includes the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), to which Billoo devoted a Facebook post and an almost identical Twitter thread last year in order to educate her followers about the ADL’s supposedly vicious record and odious history.

If you consider an organization that has been fighting anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry for more than a century as an unmitigated evil that must be denounced and shunned, you shouldn’t be surprised when lots of people doubt that you’re just out to criticize Israeli policies.

In this context it’s particularly depressing that Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib decided to issue a full-throated declaration of solidarity with Billoo. Tlaib linked to a thread in which Billoo attributed her ousting from the Women’s March board to “an Islamophobic smear campaign led by the usual antagonists,” which she identified as mainly “right-wingers, from the President’s son to the Anti-Defamation League and troll armies.” It seems fair to assume that Tlaib intended to endorse Billoo’s take when she wrote: “They won’t silence us for speaking out against human rights violations. They will lie, smear our names and call us anti this and that, but we always be pro- humanity & we have the truth on our side.”

Well, if you think it is “pro-humanity” to endorse the kind of blatant anti-Semitism Zahra Billoo propagates, you probably agree with all the Jew-haters who have thought for centuries that Jews are not quite human.

I can easily imagine that neither Rashida Tlaib nor Linda Sarsour nor Zahra Billoo would think I have any standing to define what’s “pro-Palestinian,” but if they insist that it’s “pro-Palestinian” to update age-old anti-Semitic stereotypes by substituting “Israel” or “Zionists” for “Jews”, their Palestinian cause can only attract vile bigots.
Open letter to Mayor DeBlasio and the NY Democrats machine
As the perilous scourge of visceral anti-Semitism continues unabated in New York City in the form of attacks on Orthodox Jews as well as their homes and synagogues, our elected officials have stubbornly remained mute on the issue of clearly identifying from whence these attacks are emanating.

This past week a synagogue in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn was vandalized on Rosh Hashanah and a hassidic woman was attacked as well. Video footage shows two minority youth throwing a milk crate and a metal mailbox at the synagogue. They were with at least three other young people of color outside the Throop Avenue synagogue. The impact broke a window.

It appears that the best that New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio could muster up in response to these attacks was to call them a "hate crime" on his Twitter account but he never offered a clear and decisive plan on how to deter these attacks.

Having said this, it is long overdue to squarely confront Mayor DeBlasio as well as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Attorney General Letitia James and others who are committed to furthering the Democratic party agenda of transforming anti-Semitism into a politically "right wing" phenomenon that will only cease to exist when President Trump vacates office.

In response to this dangerous political chicanery of dismissing anti-Semitic attacks when they are committed by minority youth, I thought a letter to the Mayor and his cohorts would be in order.




College slammed for hosting Labour MP suspended for alleged antisemitism
Several Jewish groups and UK Members of Parliament have slammed a decision by the University of Nottingham to host Labour MP Chris Williamson, who was suspended from the party in February for claiming it has been “too apologetic” about antisemitism.

Williamson was readmitted back into the party in June, but was suspended again two days later after a backlash from the Jewish community and Labour MPs. In August, he announced he was suing the Labour Party over its decision to re-implement his suspension.

Last week the University of Nottingham announced that Williamson would speak on Monday in a lecture series on “British Politics in Crisis” hosted by the School of Politics and International Relations.

The Union of Jewish Students together with the Nottingham Jewish Society called the decision “unacceptable,” adding that they were “surprised wholly.”

“Williamson has been suspended by the Labour Party over antisemitism and has a consistent history of Jew-baiting and defending antisemitism,” read the statement. “Williamson has been invited to Nottingham to add a perspective of an individual who is an ally of Jeremy Corbyn, yet there are plenty of individuals the university could have invited who are not suspended for antisemitism.”
Reporter complained about ‘stingy’ Jew, hired by Liberty University
Emily Austen, a reporter who was fired by Fox Sports in Florida for derogatory comments about Jews and minorities, has been hired by the evangelical Christian Liberty University.

Fox dismissed Austen in 2016 as a sideline reporter for the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team and the Orlando Magic basketball team after she recorded an interview with Barstool Sports in which she said she “didn’t even know that Mexicans were that smart,” and that the “Chinese guy is always the smartest guy in math class,” according to the Tampa Bay Times.

In the interview, she also talked about “Jews in Boca,” including one who was “stingy,” and said Jews “would complain and b**** about everything.”

Liberty, the Virginia school run by Jerry Falwell Jr. that was founded by his televangelist father, announced on Wednesday that it was hiring Austen to appear on “Game On,” a sports TV show it produces.

“This is much more than a second chance at my ‘dream career,'” Austen said in a statement posted on Facebook by “Game On.” “I am here to honor God, share the Gospel through athletics, and promote Liberty student-athletes, coaches and staff and their walks with Christ. I once was lost but now I am found.”










Demi Lovato Apologizes, Had No Idea Jews Lived in Israel (satire)
Following backlash, singer Demi Lovato has profusely apologized for her recent concert in and praise of Israel, insisting she had no idea that the people who treated her so well on the trip were in fact Jews.

Lovato spent her time in the country, which she billed as a spiritual journey, visiting the Western Wall and Israel’s Holocaust memorial, Yad Vashem, after being baptized in the Jordan River. But soon after she returned, Twitter user @FreePalestine42069 called her out for legitimizing the presence of Jews in the country.

“Debbie (sic) Lovato is an apartheid-loving Zionist!” the user said in a post that earned seven retweets, including three from Democratic presidential candidates. “She is a war crime (sic) and must be brought to the Haig (sic) right now!”

Lovato immediately apologized, claiming she did not know that Israel was full of Jews and that her visit would spark such a negative reaction.
CNN Rewrites History of 1948, 1967 Wars
Sam Kiley, a senior international correspondent based in CNN Abu Dhabi’s bureau, has rewritten the history of Israel’s 1948 War of Independence and the 1967 Six-Day War. In his Oct. 3 analysis (“Any war between the US and Iran would be a catastrophe. And no one could win it“), Kiley absurdly asserts that those fateful wars were “to expand territory”:
Close to 200,000 descendants of Palestinians who fled their country in successive Israeli wars to expand territory in 1948 and 1967, now live in Lebanon. A similar number are in Jordan.

The 1948 and 1967 wars were fought to fend off Arab campaigns to annihilate the Jewish state, not “to expand territory.” As CNN has in the past reported, in May 1948: “Forces from Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon invade, leading to the first in a series of Arab-Israeli wars.”

In 1967, Israel attacked Egypt preemptively to once again thwart a campaign to eliminate the Jewish state. Before Israel’s preemptive attack, Egypt expelled United Nations troops from the Sinai peninsula and blockaded Israel’s port of Eilat, under international law a casus belli. These belligerent Arab actions were accompanied by explicit calls from Arab leaders to destroy Israel. For instance, as President Nasser declared: “Our aim is the full restoration of the rights of the Palestinian people. In other words, we aim at the destruction of the State of Israel. The immediate aim: perfection of Arab military might. The national aim: the eradication of Israel” (Nov. 18, 1965).
The Washington Post Isn’t About to Let Facts Get in Its Way
The Washington Post, for example, gives inordinate column space to the tiny fraction of Jews, American and otherwise, who are against the right of Jewish self-determination. In a Sept. 20, 2019 tweet, Mairav Zonszein of +972 magazine cheered that her publication was “all up in The Washington Post opinion pages today,” with two pieces from the same organization appearing on the same day. Zonszein proudly noted that editors of “mainstream outlets” were no longer editing out or tweaking her use of the term “apartheid.”

As NGO Monitor has documented, “972’s articles promote a marginal agenda from the fringes of Israeli discourse, thus presenting a distorted sense of the debate in Israel.” The blog-based magazine “promotes the Durban strategy to demonize and delegitimize Israel” and its writers and contributors have accused the Jewish state of “apartheid,” “ethnic cleansing,” and “racism.” Indeed, the magazine’s content is completely self-discrediting and its donors are largely foreign and anti-Israel.

A previous editor-in-chief, Noam Sheila, referred to his critics as “the Jewish KKK” and in May 2012, +972 published a cartoon that depicted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu raping US President Barack Obama and eating his limbs. In May 2019, they published an article titled, “By going vegan, Israelis can avoid talking about human rights.”

Elsewhere, the Post has published opinion pieces by Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), described by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) as “a radical anti-Israel activist group that advocates for a complete economic, cultural, and academic boycott of the State of Israel.” JVP, ADL’s report on the group notes, has celebrated Palestinian terrorists like Rasmea Odeh and Marwan Barghouti.
Indy writer: levels of antisemitism in the UK are almost “negligible”.
First, the fact that there were, as Shamash writes, no antisemitic incidents reported during the 2018 high holidays (Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur) may have something to do with the fact that the UK deployed counter-terror police to protect synagogues on those days. (Indeed, all throughout the year, every Jewish institution in the UK is protected by some kind of security presence.)

Moreover, according to CST, 2018 saw the highest levels of antisemitism ever recorded in a single calendar year.

Finally, the writer’s final claim that, compared to the experiences of Muslims in the UK, “levels of antisemitism are almost negligible” is not supported the data.

CST (a charity that fights antisemitism) recorded1652 antisemitic incidents in 2018.

In that same year, Tell Mama (a charity that fights anti-Muslim bigotry) recorded 1072 anti-Muslim incidents.

Now, let’s look at hate crime data (which is distinct from the data recorded by CST and Tell Mama) reported by the Home Office. It does show more hate crimes in 2017-18 against Muslims than Jews in total numbers . But, given Jews’ significantly smaller population (Jews represent .05% of the population), the RATE of hate crimes against Jews was significantly higher than those against Muslims (who represent nearly 5% of the population).
BBC News silent on PA climb down over tax revenues
In late February of this year the Palestinian Authority announced that it would refuse to accept tax revenues collected on its behalf by Israel due to deduction of the amount paid to terrorists and their families.

BBC audiences heard nothing about that financial own goal (or the subsequent salary cuts endured by PA employees) until June, when they were informed that the PA “could be bankrupt by July or August”. The BBC’s explanation of that claim included the topic of tax revenue transfers from Israel:

“The financial crisis was exacerbated this February by a dispute with Israel over the transfer of tax and tariff revenues it collects on the PA’s behalf.

Israel announced it would freeze the transfer of about $139m (£109m) – an amount it said was equal to that paid by the PA in 2018 to families of Palestinians jailed by Israel or killed while carrying out attacks.

Israeli officials say the payments incentivise terrorism. But the PA insists they are welfare payments for relatives of prisoners and “martyrs”.

The PA responded to the freeze by refusing to accept any further Israeli revenue transfers, which account for about half its budget.”
McGill Daily Continues To Malign Israel
Up to its old tricks, the McGill Daily continues to malign Israel on its pages. This is not surprising from a publication which recently peddled in antisemitism by claiming that Zionism is racism and for having an editorial policy of banning Zionist opinions.

On the September 30 edition, the Daily featured a polemic by its Science and Technology editor, Willa Holt, about “Israel’s September Knesset Election”.

How did the Daily depict Israel? With a Palestinian flag, a freudian slip perhaps!

Instead of providing a neutral analysis of Israeli democracy in action, here’s how Ms. Holt described Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu:
Netanyahu ran his campaign on violent colonial promises and racist, hypernationalist anti-Arab statements, including a promise to annex the Jordan Valley”

Holt later claimed that: “Both parties (Blue & White and Likud) in question are advancing further violence on Palestinians in the Jordan Valley, which is already under a de facto annexation, which stands in violation of international law.”

If this isn’t opinion disguised as news, then what is? On what basis can these Israeli political parties be said to have advocated for “advancing further violence on Palestinians…”? As well, it goes without saying that Israel disputes claims that its presence in Judea and Samaria (the “West Bank”) is in violation of international law. Israel claims it has legal standing to presently administer these areas and it asserts ancestral and religious rights too.

Holt concludes by observing the following: “For Palestinians already living under a violent occupation, the election has no positive outcomes. The international community’s inaction in the face of illegal occupation is itself a violation of human rights.”

So much for journalistic objectivity!
Accused Poway synagogue gunman pleads not guilty to deadly shooting
The accused gunman in the deadly shooting at a San Diego-area synagogue pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and attempted murder.

In addition to entering pleas on Thursday in a San Diego court for firing an assault rifle inside the Chabad of Poway synagogue, John Earnest, 20, also pleaded not guilty to arson charges for a fire a month earlier at a nearby mosque, the ABC affiliate in San Diego, 10 News reported.

One woman, Lori Gilbert-Kaye, 60, was killed and three people were wounded, including an 8-year-old girl and the synagogue’s rabbi, who lost a finger, in the April 27 shooting at the Chabad of Poway synagogue.

The murder charge has been classified as a hate crime, making Earnest eligible for the death penalty, though prosecutors from the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office have not said whether they will seek that punishment.

Earnest is being held without bail. He is due back in court on December 5, when a trial date will be set.

Earnest also faces more than 100 hate crime-related counts filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and could also face the death penalty in the federal case, the Times of San Diego reported.

Earnest told a 911 operator in the moments after the attack that he did it to save white people from Jews.


Why a Japanese-American artist painted a mural of Nazi fighter Hannah Senesh
Hannah Senesh, the Jewish woman who died fighting Nazis as a British paratrooper, may seem an unlikely motivation for Japanese-born artist Julie Robertson.

But the 35-year-old Christian artist, who just spent four days painting a 30-by-40-foot mural of the late Jewish poet, learned about Senesh earlier this year and was struck by her bravery. A national hero in Israel, Senesh parachuted into Europe to help anti-Nazi forces in 1943. She was captured and killed at the age of 23, but despite being tortured refused to reveal any details of her mission.

“To be able to hear the story of such a young girl that had such conviction to do something so dangerous, and then she never gave up information when she was captured, that’s my hero,” she told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency on Wednesday in between finishing work on the mural. “So I really wanted to paint her.”

Robertson, who goes by the name JUURI professionally, painted the mural in the East Village neighborhood of San Diego. She learned about Senesh earlier this year while on a trip to Israel organized by Philos Project, a Christian pro-Israel group. She had been to Israel two other times as part of delegations organized by Artists 4 Israel, a group that brings creatives to the Jewish state.

The Oklahoma City-based artist says she had always wanted to go to the Jewish state because “it’s the starting place of my faith.”

“I’ve always heard about Israel my entire life, but you can’t really know what it is until you go there,” she said.

US Ambassador Friedman at Evangelical rally: ‘Jerusalem literally keeps us safe’
Shared values and a common history, not soldiers and weapons, guarantee a nation’s security, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said Sunday.

Addressing a rally of pro-Israel Evangelicals, Friedman hailed the recently inaugurated Pilgrimage Road, a new archaeological site in Jerusalem’s City of David, which lies underneath the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan, as a “once in a century discovery” that proved beyond any doubt the existence of the Jewish Temple in the city.

“Jerusalem does not only move us spiritually. It literally keeps us safe,” said Friedman. “Let me be clear about an important point: no quantity of bombs or fighter jets or troops really guarantees anyone’s security. What makes a people safe, what makes us all safe, is when we stand for something, when we collectively share values, beliefs, goals and a common history. That’s what Israel’s enemies try to deny it when they object so angrily to the Pilgrimage Road. Because if Israel, God forbids, loses its history, it stands for nothing, and it is no longer safe.”

On June 30, Friedman and other US officials used a sledgehammer to hammer through what they later said was a newly erected cardboard wall in front of the Pilgrimage Road, a now-subterranean stairway that was said to have served as a main artery for Jews to the Temple Mount thousands of years ago.
The Temple Mount's treasure trove
A small clay bulla, or seal, that was used to sign official letters in the days of the kingdom of Judea waited nearly 2,600 years amid the rubble at the foundations of the Western Wall to be discovered by Israeli archaeologists. For eight years, the rubble has been cleared away, one bucket after another, and taken directly to the site of the Ancient Jerusalem Sifting Project, which is run under the auspices of Ir David Foundation.

Comparatively large finds, such as a chisel used to carve the stones of the Western Wall, turn up immediately. Small discoveries usually come to light only after some time has passed. The dirt that contained the royal seal had been waiting six years to be sifted. A few weeks ago, project volunteer Batya Ofan, dumped it onto a large sieve, washed it down, and uncovered a royal seal from the seventh century BCE bearing the name "Adoniyahu asher al habayit" (translation: Adoniyahu, who is over [oversees] the house) in early Hebrew script.

The Bible uses the epithet "asher al habayit" for only eight people. It was a title reserved for the most senior administrator of a kingdom – in this case, the kingdom of Judea. However, the name Adoniyahu does not appear among those eight. Three different biblical figures – King David's son, a Levite from the days of Jehoshaphat, and a tribal leader from the time of the Prophet Nehemiah - bear the name, but none of them lived in the seventh century BCE. The seal, therefore, introduced archaeologists to a fourth Adoniyahu, who was hitherto unknown.

Archaeologist Dr. Eli Shukron, who once directed the project to excavate the foundations of the Western Wall and oversaw many of the discoveries made there, suggests a possible connection between the seal that belonged to the fourth Adoniyahu "asher al habayit" and another inscription from the same century that was discovered in a burial cave dating back to the First Temple era 150 years ago.
Yom Kippur 1967: The Return to the Western Wall
On Yom Kippur in 1967, thousands arrived at the Western Wall for the concluding prayers and to hear the long awaited sound of the shofar.

Prior to the advance of Israeli paratroopers into the Old City of Jerusalem in June 1967, the Western Wall area had been occupied by Jordan and off-limits to Jews.

The 20th century was a transitional time for the land of Israel, and the Western Wall had been under many rulers, from the Ottoman Turks, to British Mandatory rule, to the Jordanians.

Yom Kippur of 1929 followed the devastating pogroms in the land of Israel. Death and destruction was incited largely by the vehement anti-Zionist Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Amin Al-Husseini. In the aftermath, British authorities allowed the Mechitza (dividing screen between men and women) at the Western Wall, which was prohibited the prior year. Still, the sounding of the shofar was prohibited, due to pressure from the Mufti and his cohorts. That decree remained in effect throughout the years of the British Mandate.

The independent State of Israel was declared on May 14, 1948 and preserved only through desperate defense in bloody conflict. But despite valiant efforts to hold onto it, the Old City fell to Jordanian forces. The Western Wall was then declared off limits to Israelis and Jews.

For the next 19 years, the Western Wall remained that way. When Yom Kippur arrived, the wall stood in solitude, devoid of its faithful. Jews could only gaze from afar — from the Israeli side of the armistice line.

However, that would soon change.
'There is going to be a war tonight' - Israel opens Yom Kippur War archive
The Defense Ministry has published new archival material describing the drama of the critical hours prior to the outbreak of the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

“There is going to be a war tonight,” said IDF chief of staff Lt.-Gen. David “Dado” Elazar at 4:30 a.m. on October 6, 1973, the day the war broke out, to commander of the IAF Maj.-Gen. Benny Peled and the head of Military Intelligence, Maj.-Gen. Eli Zeira. “There are military signs, moves and reports that should be taken seriously.”

An hour later, Elazar warned Zeira that the military should go on high alert and mobilize thousands of reservists.

At 7:15 that morning, in another meeting with commanders, Elazar concluded: “If no preventative strike will be approved by noon, we will be on immediate alert,” since it was estimated that the war would break out at 6 p.m. Elazar also addressed the issue of evacuating civilians from the Golan Heights to the center of the country.

“I am aware of the political limits of this, but when we are confident that a war is going to break out, it is important that we win as fast as possible,” he said.

The Yom Kippur War came almost as a complete surprise to Israel. A warning notice was given too late for an orderly call-up of the reserves, before the Syrian and Egyptian armies launched a joint surprise attack on IDF positions in the Golan Heights and the Sinai Peninsula.
Fearing shortages, Dayan mulled drafting young, old in 1973 war, papers show
In the early hours of the 1973 Yom Kippur War, as Israel struggled to beat back invading Egyptian and Syrian forces, Defense Minister Moshe Dayan told his staff to begin looking into drafting teens and elderly ex-reserves soldiers into the fight, fearing the Jewish state may not have the manpower it needed for the battle.

The comments are part of a series of transcripts and reports declassified by the Defense Ministry on Monday, showing the fears, deliberations and painful internal conversations by the Israel Defense Forces’ top brass and senior political leadership during a conflict that even at the time was considered poorly prepared for and managed.

The ministry’s archive released the transcripts from IDF General Staff meetings for the first five days of the war, as well as the final intelligence report given to IDF chief of staff David “Dado” Elazar and defense minister Moshe Dayan on October 5, 1973, one day before the war broke out.

The following day, the Egyptians and Syrians launched their attacks, catching the IDF off-guard. The war was hard-fought and grueling with significant setbacks in the early days, leading to candid expressions of concern by the country’s leaders over Israel’s ability to win it.

“What do I fear in my heart more than anything? That the State of Israel will in the end be left without enough weapons to defend itself… There won’t be enough tanks, there won’t be planes, there won’t be people, there won’t be people trained to protect the land of Israel,” Dayan told the IDF General Staff according to the newly released transcripts.

The then-defense minister told the army to consider conscripting people too old to perform reserve duty or too young to have yet been drafted.
Golda Meir’s letter to bereaved families on eve of Yom Kippur War uncovered
A letter of condolence to bereaved Israeli families written by then-prime minister Golda Meir on the eve of the Yom Kippur War recently was discovered.

In the years following the establishment of the Jewish state, it was customary for the prime minister to have contact with the families of killed soldiers, including sending letters for holidays and official occasions. Meir was scrupulous about the custom and frequently corresponded with bereaved families both privately and officially.

On the eve of the Yom Kippur War in 1973, Meir sent a letter, dated October 5, to bereaved families in which she wrote: “Your pain is the pain of the entire nation… Our main concern is achieving peace for Israel. The memory of our loved ones motivates us to do anything in our power so that there be no more casualties, and we know no more bereavement.”

A day later saw the outbreak of the Yom Kippur War, which claimed the lives of 2,500 Israeli soldiers.

Meir resigned in April 1974, amid public criticism and a loss of confidence in the government.

The letter will be offered for sale at the Kedem auction house in Jerusalem in December.
Inaccurate BBC Yom Kippur war claim – 14 years and counting
Six years ago we documented the BBC’s correction of inaccurate Israeli casualty figures during the 1973 Yom Kippur War:

BBC Yom Kippur war accuracy failure perpetuated over years

However as was noted at the time, at least two other items of BBC content include the same error, stating that the number of Israeli casualties in that war was “about 6,000”.

That claim is found for example in a backgrounder titled ‘A History of Conflict’ which is undated, but appears to come from around 2005.

It also appears in another side-box of ‘context’ appended to an ‘On This Day’ feature – likewise undated, but apparently from around 2005 at the latest.
Forty-Six Years Since Israel's Yom Kippur War
Retired IDF General Yom-Tov Tamir was stationed on the Suez Canal during the Yom Kippur War. Tamir joins us the in studio to speak of the attack on its 46th anniversary. More: On October 6, 1973, a combined attack by the armies and air forces of Egypt and Syria, breached Israeli defenses and launched a nearly three week war that cost the lives of some 3,000 Israelis and maimed and scarred thousands of others. The surprise pincer attack on Israel's holiest day reshaped the country's history, shaking the confidence of the region's most formidable power.




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10/07 Links Pt1: Whatever Happened to the Palestinian ‘Diplomatic Tsunami’?; FM confirms initiative to sign ‘historic’ non-aggression pact with Arab states; Fatah attempts to hide its terror promotion from Facebook

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Jonathan S. Tobin: Whatever Happened to the Palestinian ‘Diplomatic Tsunami’?
At the United Nations, where once-hardened ex-generals like Barak quaked about the prospect of the world uniting to force Israel to accept a Palestinian state, the situation for the Jewish state’s foes is particularly dismal. It’s true that many UN agencies, like its Human Rights Council, are still cesspools of antisemitism and hypocrisy, focusing almost exclusively on bogus attacks on Israel while ignoring real human-rights catastrophes in countries around the world.

But as is the case elsewhere, the diplomatic isolation that Barak and so many others feared never happened. Indeed, as Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon recently wrote, the world body is no longer the “home court” for those who oppose Israel. The majority of member states joined the United States and Israel in condemning Hamas terrorism in the past year. In a variety of steps, both large and small, Israel’s presence there has become normalized.

At the same time, the Palestinians have become more of an afterthought. It’s probably better for Abbas that even the Palestinians’ usual cheerleaders on the left paid no attention to his recent address at the UN General Assembly, where he spoke of his devotion to democracy and his plans to hold an election. Abbas is so devoted to democracy that he is currently serving the 15th year of a four-year term as president of the PA, to which he was elected in 2005. No one takes his talk of finally holding another vote seriously, since there is no way he would risk being defeated by his more radical Islamist rivals in Hamas, who currently rule Gaza.

The Arab and Muslim worlds may still be hotbeds of antisemitism and may have successfully exported their Jew-hatred to the West in the form of the BDS movement. However, Arab states have effectively dropped the Palestinian cause as a priority and instead are increasingly looking to Israel as an ally against Iran. Though they still pay some lip service to the Palestinian cause, the governments of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Egypt have little interest in creating another failed and unstable Arab state for the Palestinians.

To note these facts is not to deny that the ongoing conflict with the Palestinians is not going away and remains a serious problem. But as long as both the PA and Hamas are stuck in the mindset of their century-long war on Zionism, peace will have to wait until the Palestinians are ready to accept the legitimacy of a Jewish state.

The fact that the “tsunami” that so many Jews feared has fizzled into the BDS flop that can only intimidate someone like Lovato demonstrates that the conventional wisdom peddled by Israel’s noisy critics shouldn’t be taken seriously. Those who listen to the counsels of despair in 2011 have turned out to be as confused as a second-tier pop star.
FM confirms initiative to sign ‘historic’ non-aggression pact with Arab states
Foreign Minister Israel Katz on Sunday confirmed that he has been advancing non-aggression treaties with several Arab countries in the Gulf, a “historic” démarche he said could end the conflict between Jerusalem and those states.

“Recently I have been promoting, with the backing of the prime minister, a diplomatic initiative to sign ‘non-aggression agreements’ with the Arab Gulf states,” Katz wrote on Twitter.

“It’s a historic move that will end the conflict and enable civilian cooperation until the signing of peace agreements,” he said, in what appeared to be a tacit acknowledgement that no Arab country is currently willing to establish full diplomatic relations with the Jewish state as long as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains unresolved.

Katz further confirmed that he presented his plan to several Arab foreign ministers during his visit to New York last week at the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. He also discussed the proposal with the US administration’s outgoing special envoy for the peace process, Jason Greenblatt, Katz said.

“I will continue to work to strengthen Israel’s standing in the region and around the world,” he pledged.

Katz’s tweet included a link to a report aired Saturday night by Channel 12, which first revealed the existence of the potentially groundbreaking initiative.
PMW: Fatah attempts to hide its terror promotion from Facebook
In fact PMW's reports show that Fatah does all of that and worse on its Facebook page, and PMW has pointed this out to Facebook more than once. Yet Facebook continues to leave the platform open for Fatah's terror promotion.

Fishman further explained that Facebook finds that governments and academics are acting too slow in terms of designating who are "terrorist actors" and therefore designates such themselves:
"We [Facebook] designate terrorist actors ourselves. This is pretty unique, but the reason we do this is because although there are a variety of lists of terrorist organizations in the world that are maintained by academics, that are maintained by governments, we find that academics and governments act too slowly. They don't actually maintain comprehensive lists in real time, and the expectation on us by our users and by the community globally is that we are able to respond to these things in near real time."

One can only marvel at the speed with which Facebook claims that it responds to terror promotion when looking at its inaction in the face of PMW’s thorough documentation. Nine months ago Facebook was supplied by PMW with explicit evidence that Fatah’s mission includes terror and violence. Yet in its statement to the Jerusalem Post last week Facebook said:
"We have received reports about potentially violating content on this page and, as we do with all such reports, are in the process of reviewing that content to determine whether it violates our policies."

Facebook boasting would be laughable, if its behavior was not life-threatening. Facebook claims to have a policy according to which “there may be no praise, support, or representation of a terrorist organization, a terrorist actor, a terrorist event,” and boasts ‘we are able to respond to these things in near real time.”

In the case of Fatah, Facebook has failed repeatedly to deal with the terror promotion on its platform. Despite being provided with the evidence, Facebook did nothing to remove Fatah’s terror glorifying and promoting posts. While their actions were no more than piece-meal, it appears that even Fatah accepted PMW’s claim that many of their posts contained terror glorification and promotion and decided to take them down.

Facebook removes terror promotion in “real time,” except when the murder of Israelis is being celebrated and promoted. For Israelis a full nine months is necessary and Facebook is still “in the process of reviewing that content,” that clearly celebrates and promotes terror.

While Facebook is bragging about fighting terror, Palestinian terror is being embedded in the hearts and minds of the next generation of potential terrorists, thanks to Facebook.

PA wipes peace agreements from schoolbooks, encourages incitement and intolerance
The Palestinian Authority has removed any mention of past agreements with Israel from their school textbooks, with the exception of the Oslo Accords, which are mentioned in far less detail than in previous editions of the schoolbooks, according to a new report by Yedioth Aharonot.

The new curriculum, which has been progressively implemented throughout the past three years, and the textbooks in particular, are studied between 1st and 12th grades in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, east Jerusalem and refugee camps. They, unlike their previous editions, make no mention of the historical Jewish presence in Israel, and speak about every quarter in Jerusalem's Old City – except the Jewish Quarter.

The portions of the textbooks that do mention the Oslo Accords portray Israel in a negative light, claiming that "the Zionist occupation was forced to recognize the PLO after the First Intifada in 1987."

In addition, the old textbooks contained the full contents of the letter written in 1993 by then-PA chairman Yasser Arafat to then-Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, which detailed the values of peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis.

The new textbooks, however, censor the part in which Arafat writes that the declaration of principles "is the beginning of an era of coexistence in peace without violence and any action that may risk the peace."

The few times in which Israel is mentioned throughout the rest of the textbooks are in parentheses, a habit typically taken on to claim the illegitimacy of the state by extremist organizations such as Hamas and the Islamic Jihad, according to Mako.



Seth J. Frantzman: Trump gives green light to Turkey to take over Syria, displace U.S. partners
Turkey will soon move forward with its long-planned military operation to create what it calls a "safe zone" in northern Syria – and U.S. forces will not support or be involved in it, the White House press secretary announced early Monday morning. The move is an extraordinary reversal of US policy that leaves America's allies wondering whether they can still rely on the Trump administration.

The statement came after Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and US President Donald Trump discussed in a phone call Turkey's plans to establish a "safe zone" east of the Euphrates River in Syria. For four years, the US and mostly Kurdish fighters have fought and defeated Islamic State in northeast Syria.

The White House decision will effectively displace the partner forces the US had been working with. For more than a year and a half, Trump has been seeking to leave Syria. In the midst of the impeachment crisis, he has now made the decision to sacrifice US allies in the war on ISIS as opposed to pressuring Ankara with diplomatic means.

"Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation into Northern Syria," the White House press secretary said in a statement.

"The United States Armed Forces will not support or be involved in the operation, and United States forces, having defeated the ISIS territorial 'Caliphate,' will no longer be in the immediate area," it added.

The White House looks at the overall picture in eastern Syria, not as one in which the US fought and sacrificed alongside Kurdish partner forces, but as a simple transactional issue.

In this view, the US has no interests in eastern Syria, except the ISIS fighters. Washington has no interests in creating stability, preventing Iranian influence, defending its partners, preventing ethnic cleansing or the destruction of property, or in managing the crisis. Instead, it decided that its mission was tailored and narrow, and nothing beyond the ISIS issue.
US Throws Kurdish Allies Under the Bus; Turkey "Opens the Floodgates" to Europe
Turkey's Erdogan government will be invading northern Syria to slaughter the Kurds, America's loyal allies against ISIS; release captured ISIS fighters, and doubtless seek to stay permanently in control of the area. The horror is that it will be doing all this with the tacit blessing of the US.

"I am saying this today: We have not got the required support from the world -- particularly from the EU -- to share the burden of the refugees we have been hosting, so we might have to [open the gates] to get the support." — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Takvim, September 5, 2019

"If we open the floodgates, no European government will be able to survive for more than six months. We advise them not to try our patience." — Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu, Anadolu Agency, July 21, 2019.

Erdogan's threats are not new... and his claims are flawed.... Ankara has not lived up to its commitments.

"The most important question is why the refugee camps are not open to civil monitoring. Entry to refugee camps is not allowed. The camps are not transparent. There are many allegations as to what is happening in them. We are therefore worried about what they are hiding from us." — Cansu Turan, a social worker with the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (TIHV), to Gatestone Institute, August 2016.

"Turkish authorities are detaining and coercing Syrians into signing forms saying they want to return to Syria and then forcibly returning them there." — Human Rights Watch, July 2019.
Netanyahu says cooperation with Russia 'critical' with U.S. to leave Syria
Israel has “great challenges around us” and it's cooperation with Russia is “critical,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday, a day after US President Donald Trump announced his intention to withdraw troops from Syria and allow a Turkish incursion there against Kurdish forces.

Netanyahu made the comments at a holiday toast with workers in his office, during which he relayed that he just had a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Netanyahu phoned Putin to wish him a happy birthday.

“I met with him a few weeks ago about issues that are important for the security of the State of Israel, and this conversation as well was important to Israel's security,” he said. Though he did not provide details, the Netanyahu-Putin conversation is believed to have dealt with the changing dynamics in Syria resulting from the White House's dramatic announcement on Sunday.

“We have great challenges around us, but we enjoy important cooperation and coordination with Russia, something that is critical for us, and which we will continue to deal with,” he said.
Lindsey Graham, Nikki Haley on Trump's Syria plan: Disaster in the making
The Trump administration's move, which opens the way for a Turkish strike on Kurdish fighters long aligned with Washington, runs counter to the positions of even some of Trump's top allies in his own party.

Lindsey Graham, a Republican senator who is generally a vocal Trump supporter, wrote in a series of Twitter posts that he was trying to set up a call with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and would introduce a Senate resolution opposing the withdrawal decision and calling for it to be reversed.

"It's never in our national security interest to abandon an ally who's helped us fight ISIS," Graham said in an interview with Fox News Channel, using an acronym for Islamic State.

"This impulsive decision by the president has undone all the gains we've made, thrown the region into further chaos."

Former US Ambassador the United Nations, Nikki Haley also responded on Twitter, saying, "We must always have the backs of our allies, if we expect them to have our back. The Kurds were instrumental in our successful fight against ISIS in Syria. Leaving them to die is a big mistake."

Republican Senator Marco Rubio tweeted that "If reports about US retreat in #Syria are accurate, the Trump administration has made a grave mistake that will have implications far beyond Syria."
US troops begin Syria pullout as Turkey readies offensive, alarming Kurds
US-backed Kurdish-led forces in Syria said American troops began withdrawing Monday from northeast Syria ahead of a Turkish invasion that the Kurds say will overturn five years of achievements in the battle against the Islamic State terror group.

The Syrian Kurdish fighters also accused Washington of failing to abide by its commitments to its key allies in the fight against IS. It’s a major shift in US policy.

The American withdrawal came just hours after the White House said US forces in northeastern Syria will move aside and clear the way for an expected Turkish assault — essentially abandoning Kurdish fighters who fought alongside American forces in the years-long battle to defeat IS.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened for months to launch the military operation across the border. He views the Syria Kurdish forces as a threat to his country as Ankara has struggled with a Kurdish insurgency within Turkey.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Turkey was “determined to ensure our country’s existence and security by clearing terrorists from this region.”

“From the start of the Syria war, we have supported that country’s territorial integrity and will continue to do so from now on,” Cavusoglu wrote on Twitter. “We will contribute to bring serenity, peace and stability to Syria.”
UN ‘preparing for the worst’ from Turkey’s Syria operation
The United Nations said Monday it was “preparing for the worst” in northeast Syria after the United States said it would step aside to allow for Turkish military operations in the area.

“We don’t know what is going to happen… we are preparing for the worst,” UN regional humanitarian coordinator for Syria, Panos Moumtzis, said in Geneva, stressing that there were “a lot of unanswered questions” about the consequences of the operation.

Moumtzis added that the UN was “in contact with all sides” on the ground.

But he made clear his office did not have advance warning about the US decision that effectively abandons the Kurds, who were Washington’s main ally in the long battle against the so-called Islamic State group.

Moumtzis said the UN’s priorities were to ensure that any prospective Turkish offensive not result in new displacements, that humanitarian access remain unhindered and that no restrictions be put in place on freedom of movement.

The UN has a contingency plan to address additional civilian suffering, but “hopes that will not be used,” Moumtzis said.


Netanyahu: Israel Needs Air Defense System Against Iranian Cruise Missiles
In a cabinet meeting on Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu proposed a massive air defense system to defend against Iranian attacks, especially cruise missiles like those used in attacks on a Saudi Arabian oil facility last month, according to KAN.

Last month, cruise missiles and explosive drones were used in an attack on two plants at the heart of Saudi Arabia’s oil industry, including the world’s biggest petroleum processing facility.

The United States, Saudi Arabia, Britain, France and Germany have publicly blamed the attack on Iran, which denies involvement in the strike.

The attacks on the two facilities cut Saudi Arabia’s crude oil supply by around 5.7 million barrels per day, or about 50% of its output.

The plan proposed by Netanyahu will cost billions of shekels. Some of the funds for the project won’t be allocated officially until after a government is formed, assuming that there aren’t third elections.

The funds for the project will either come from cuts within the security establishment or from funds cut from social services. According to KAN, it’s more likely that the funds will be taken from social services.
Iran unveils kit to convert artillery rockets into guided missiles
The Iranian military says it has produced a new conversion kit to upgrade artillery rockets to surface-to-surface missiles, technology that Israel has accused Tehran of attempting to deliver to the Hezbollah terror group.

The Iranians unveiled the new guidance system upgrade, called Labeik, at an event Thursday at which a number of new military technologies were showcased, according to Jane’s Defence Weekly.

Jane’s reported that Labeik appeared similar to the guidance systems on the Fateh-110 series of rockets, many of which are believed to be in the hands of Hezbollah in Lebanon. According to the report, the new system also looks to be compatible with Zelzal heavy artillery rockets.

Video footage of the new conversion system aired on Iranian television shows a short body featuring four inverted fins that can be fitted between the rocket and its payload.

According to Iran’s Fars News, the “anti-armor ‘Labeik 1’ missiles… enjoy precision-striking power.”

“There is nothing new in the conversion itself, they have been doing it for years, and they already showed conversion kits for the Fatah 110 family of missiles,” Uzi Rubin, one of the pioneers of Israel’s earliest attempts at missile defense, told The Times of Israel.

“What’s new here are the aerodynamics of the winglets — very unique, unseen in Iran to date and unseen in any other country. Going to indigenous design rather than copying others indicates self-confidence. The purpose of the new and unique aerodynamics is probably to increase the maneuverability of the converted rockets.”
Congresswoman: Antisemitism, Iran threat highlight need for US-Israel ties
Growing global antisemitism and the dangers of Iran make it more important than ever that the US maintain close ties to Israel, leading Republican Representative Ann Wagner of Missouri said during a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives, in which she spoke against BDS and promoted joint Palestinian-Israeli business ventures over the Green Line.

“Israel is deeply invested in achieving peace in the Middle East, and so is the United States of America,” said Wagner, who is a member of the US House Foreign Affairs Committee. “And we will all stand collectively with Israel as they work toward the achievement of this goal.”

At “a time of heightened antisemitism that we are seeing across the globe, it is more important than ever that we maintain a strong connection to this very key ally of ours in Israel,” said Wagner. Such a stance is also significant given that Iran is threatening Israel, including through its proxies Hezbollah and Hamas.

Part of a small congressional delegation that traveled to Israel in August, Wagner was on a trip sponsored by the US Israel Education Association (USIEA). The trip focused on security issues and the work of the Judea and Samaria Chamber of Commerce and Industry, co-led by Avi Zimmerman of the Ariel settlement and Ashraf Jabari of Hebron.

According to the chamber, it has a membership of some 250 Israeli and 250 Palestinian business people. Jabari was among a small number of Palestinian entrepreneurs who attended the US-led economic workshop in Manama, Bahrain, in June.
'The days of the Ottoman Empire are over'
Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz has ordered his office to draw up plans to stop the Turkish government's efforts to undermine Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem and protect Jordan's special status as guardian of Muslim holy sites in the city.

Katz intends to present the plan to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu soon, so he can authorize its implementation. Due to the sensitivity of the plan, whose implementation will almost certainly lead to a direct confrontation with Ankara, it is also expected to be raised for discussion by the Diplomatic-Security Cabinet. According to ministry officials, as the plan pertains to security matters, there is nothing preventing it from being implemented by a transition government.

The issue of Turkey's influence on members of Jerusalem's Arab population has weighed on security and diplomatic officials' minds for years. As Israel Hayom has previously reported, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been buying influence over sites and prominent figures in east Jerusalem for years. Nevertheless, Jerusalem has not made any effort to challenge these efforts up until now.

The Foreign Ministry's plan would see the Muslim Brotherhood, which has close ties to Erdoğan's Justice and Development party, deemed an illegal association in Israel. Further ministry recommendations for thwarting Ankara's efforts include restricting the activities of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency, or TIKA, in Israel. The organization, whose stated objective is "preventing the Judaization of Jerusalem," spends some $12 million annually on activities aimed at undermining Israeli sovereignty in east Jerusalem. It should be noted that these activities are personally managed by Erdoğan.

The plan's architects propose obligating TIKA to coordinate its activities with Israel in advance and preventing the association from act unequivocally in Jerusalem. In addition, they propose Jerusalem not renew the head of TIKA in Jerusalem's, a move that would strip the organization head of his diplomatic status in Israel and render his presence in Israel illegal.

Additional steps would include restricting communications between members of the Islamic Waqf.
How to get Erdogan off the Temple Mount
This is why a new plan from Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz should be seen more as a declaration of intent and less as an operational plan. For the plan to take effect, defense and security officials who have been dealing with the issue for several years already must supply the top political echelon with evidence. Anyone who wants, for example, to limit the activity of TIKA, a well-endowed Turkish government agency, in Jerusalem will have to first prove that its activity goes beyond the bounds of civil/community service and slides into violence and incitement. Thus far, no evidence of that has been found, although attempts have been made to do so.

The steps the Foreign Ministry wants to take against the worldwide Muslim Brotherhood organization could also turn out to be complicated. It's doubtful whether Israel can point to direct activity by the Muslim Brotherhood. On the other hand, it is definitely possible to identify violent activity by groups or individuals with ideological links to the Brotherhood or its international headquarters in London. Steps have been taken against the Muslim Brotherhood in the past, and we can assume that more will be done in the future. Only recently, two female rioters were barred from the Temple Mount for a period of six months.

It looks like the best way to fight Erdoğan, who is hostile to Israel and trying to buy influence in Jerusalem, is to continue to expose Turkey's ties to Hamas. For years, Turkey has served as a haven for Hamas terrorists and commanders. For years, terrorist attacks or attempted terrorist attacks on both sides of the Green Line have been initiated and directed from Turkish territory. Erdoğan has repeatedly made it clear that as far as he is concerned, Hamas is not a terrorist organization, but the facts on the ground prove differently. Dozens of Hamas cells handled from Turkey have been exposed over the past few years, and the Shin Bet recently reported, "Turkey contributes to the military empowerment of Hamas, through methods that include the SADAT company, which was founded on the orders of Adnan Basha, a close advisor to government officials in Turkey."

This is where Israel has to operate, both operationally and in terms of public diplomacy and traditional diplomacy. The Turkish nonprofits active in Jerusalem are tough to check unless legislative changes can be made that alter the definition of "hostile" activity in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel.
Israel backs Cyprus as Turkey moves gas drill into its waters
Israel’s envoy to Cyprus on Monday expressed backing for the Mediterranean island state after Turkey moved a gas drilling rig into Cypriot waters last week.

“Friends should stick with each other,” Ambassador Sammy Revel tweeted.

He added that Israel is “following closely and with concern” the Turkish move.

Revel’s comments come after Cyprus lashed out at Turkey’s new attempt to drill for gas in Cypriot waters where European energy companies are already licensed to conduct a search, calling it a “severe escalation” and vowing to fight the move.

Israel and Turkey, once close allies, have had increasingly strained relations since Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan became the country’s leader. Erdogan is a staunch supporter of the Palestinians and launches frequent verbal attacks on the Jewish state.

Israel also voiced support for Cyprus in July over Turkish operations in the country’s exclusive economic zone.

Israel, Cyprus and Greece have forged an energy-based partnership that has steadily grown following the discovery of gas deposits in the eastern Mediterranean. The United States began joining the talks earlier this year.
German Jews blast WJC's decision to give Merkel the Herzl Award
Members of Germany's Jewish community are speaking out against the World Jewish Congress's decision to honor Chancellor Angela Merkel with its prestigious Herzl Award.

Every year, the organization bestows the award to figures who act to promote Zionist visionary Theodor Herzl's "ideas for the creation of a safer and more tolerant world for Jews."

Along with Merkel, former US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has also been selected for the award, which the two women are set to receive in separate ceremonies.

However, the announcement of WJC's plan to honor Merkel with the award has been met with piercing criticism from members of Germany's Jewish community, who note the change in Merkel's stance toward Israel in recent years, her support for the 2015 nuclear deal, and the increasing sense among the country's Jews that Berlin is not doing an adequate job of contending with the growing threat to Jews as a result of the anti-Semitic views of Arab and Muslim migrants to the country.

Among the points of contention raised by the local Jewish community: Germany's continued pattern of voting against Israel in UN and other international bodies; Berlin's continued funding for organizations that support the boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement; its refusal to ban Hezbollah activities in the country; and Germany's increased financial support for UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, without conditioning those funds on the cessation of incitement against Israel. There also those who cite Merkel's vocal opposition to US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's official capital and Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.
IDF Sets Up New Anti-Tunnel Company to Detect, Destroy Threats in Israel’s North
The Israel Defense Forces have set up a special engineering corps company to discover and prevent terror tunnels dug across Israel’s northern border from Lebanon.

The new company is intended to deal with the long-term threat from tunneling attempts by Hezbollah, Israeli news website Mako reported on Sunday. It will use cutting edge technology to do so, most of it tested on Hamas tunnels dug from Gaza, but adapted to the northern terrain, which is quite different.

The main tactic employed by the company is the use of new technology, and as a result is heavily invested in research and development.

One department deals with developing technologies to detect tunnels and tunnel digging activity, while another examines the practical engineering means of interdicting and destroying them.

The head of the company, Captain Moshe Asraf, said it was established according to the “lessons” learned during last year’s Operation Northern Shield, during which he served as a commander in the engineering corps.
Arabs Hurl Firebombs, Burn Tires as Jews Pray at Joseph’s Tomb
Dozens of Palestinians rioted on Sunday night following the pilgrimage of some 1,000 Jews, under Israeli security escort, to the Tomb of Joseph in Shechem/Nablus to pray. The rioters threw firebombs and burning tires at security personnel.

Israeli security forces responded with riot dispersal methods.

There were no Israeli reports of casualties during the incident, however the PA’s Wafa news agency reported that seven rioters were wounded after “Israeli forces escorted a convoy of buses packed with over a thousand fanatic Jewish settlers to the site, located in the Palestinian-controlled area, sparking confrontations with Palestinian residents.”

Wafa stated that the injured Palestinians had been “protesting” the “raid” and “attempting to block settlers’ access to the site”

“Among the settlers who raided the site were Israeli Minister of Economy and Industry Eli Cohen, leader of the council of settlers in the occupied West Bank Yossi Dagan, and Knesset member Moshe Arbel,” Wafa reported.
Palestinian Authority Continues to Pay Salaries to Terrorists
Abbas' remarks, which were less acerbic in tone than those he made in previous addresses to the General Assembly, reflected a concern over the ineffectiveness of his policies and the sidelining of the Palestinian issue from the international, regional, and Israeli agenda.

It is also nevertheless evident from Abbas' remarks that he does not intend to bend as far as his fundamental positions on the conflict are concerned. This was given clear expression in Abbas' stated enthusiastic commitment to continue to pay salaries to Palestinian terrorists and their families, despite the fact that Israel has deducted this amount from the tax revenues it transfers to Ramallah. While there is nothing new about this declaration, Abbas' decision to repeat it in a major international forum is indicative of the PA chairman's commitment to the expectations of the Palestinian street, as he perceives and shapes it.

In practice, despite the cuts in the transferred funds and the Palestinian decision to avoid accepting a further installment of payments Israel is willing to transfer, the PA continues to pay these terrorist salaries as usual. According to the PA budget implementation report for 2019, the Palestinian Authority transferred 276 million shekels (around $79 million) in payments – i.e., salaries – and another 75 million shekels (around $22 million) in "social" payments to families, family expenses, medical insurance coverage, and legal expenses, among other things. In total, the PA Prisoner Affairs Ministry spent some 364 million shekels ($105 million) on these terrorist payments.

These numbers reveal that the PA's payments to terrorists in 2019 were similar in scope to those made the previous year. The significance of this is that despite increasing pressure, the Palestinians are sticking to their guns, as it were, and as a result, the chances of the PA
becoming a partner for peace under Abbas' leadership continue to be slim to none.
Khaled Abu Toameh: Shtayyeh: We received NIS 1.5 billion from Israel
The crisis between Israel and the Palestinian Authority over Israeli deductions of payments made to security prisoners and families of Palestinians killed while carrying out attacks against Israelis remains unresolved, PA Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said on Monday.

Speaking at the weekly meeting of his cabinet in Ramallah, Shtayyeh announced that the PA has received NIS 1.5 billion from Israel in accordance with the deal reached between the two sides last week.

“The problem with Israel [over the funds withheld by Israel] has not been resolved until this moment,” Shtayyeh said. “There is no government in Israel that is capable of making a political decision on this matter.”

Despite Israel’s decision to deduct the payments from the tax revenues it collects on behalf of the Palestinians, the PA government continues to fulfill its duties toward the prisoners and the families of the “martyrs,” Shtayyeh said, and the PA government will remain committed to paying salaries to the families of the prisoners and “martyrs.”

PA President Mahmoud Abbas also said that the PA’s position regarding payments to the security prisoners and families of “martyrs” remains unchanged.
Abbas says he’ll discuss elections with Hamas, factions but provides no timeline
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Sunday that he would discuss plans for new parliamentary elections with all factions, including longtime rivals Hamas.

Meeting with senior Palestinian leaders in the PA’s administrative capital of Ramallah in the West Bank, Abbas renewed a pledge to hold the polls — the first since 2006 — but without giving a timeframe.

He announced that they had formed committees to “communicate with the election commission and factions such as Hamas and all factions, as well as with the Israeli authorities.”

He said any elections should take place in “the West Bank, Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.”

Hamas and Fatah have been at loggerheads since 2007, when the terror group seized Gaza and threw out Abbas’s forces, which retained control of the internationally recognized Palestinian government, based in the West Bank.

No parliamentary elections have been held since 2006, with the two sides trading blame.
Khaled Abu Toameh: What Iran's Friends Are Doing in Gaza
In other words, Islamic Jihad's promise is one of unending toxicity: to go on poisoning the hearts and minds of generation after generation of Palestinians – as well as to continue investing millions of dollars in building tunnels and amassing weapons to ensure that the fight against Israel continues forever.

"The policy of resistance and jihad is the genuine policy to liberate all Palestine, and the Palestinian people will not abandon this path. We will not accept any agreement that contradicts the project of jihad and liberation. Under no circumstances will we give up one inch of the land of Palestine." -- Senior Hamas official Salah Bardaweel.

For [Hamas and Islamic Jihad] , a ceasefire means further amassing weapons and preparing their people for war without worrying about Israeli military action. When will the international community pull its head out of the sand in which it has so long been buried and understand that with organizations such as Hamas and Islamic Jihad running the show, the Gaza Strip will remain the humanitarian disaster that is so bitterly blamed on Israel?


Lebanon arrests Syrian for making phone calls to Israel
Lebanese authorities have arrested a Syrian national accused of having made phone calls to neighboring Israel, the army said Friday.

An army statement said the suspect, who was not identified, was referred to court for “contacting Israeli phone numbers and communicating with Israelis present in the occupied Palestinian territories.” It did not elaborate.

Lebanon is home to tens of thousands of Syrian refugees who fled the war raging in their country.

In August, tensions spiked between Lebanon and Israel after two drones packed with explosives were sent into the Beirut bastion of the Shiite movement Hezbollah.

Iran-backed Hezbollah and the Lebanese army accused Israel of being behind the drone launch.

Lebanon’s government and Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah both described the apparently botched operation as an act of aggression.

A few days after the August 25 drone incident in Beirut, the army opened fire on Israeli drones flying over southern Lebanon.
Does Iran’s Leader Leave Room for Iran’s Return to the Negotiating Table?
At the same time, over the past few weeks, there have been increasing calls from senior religious figures in Iran and the leadership of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard for the destruction of the State of Israel. This is similar to statements issued by the Supreme Leader in 2016 that Israel would cease to exist in another 25 years. It is possible that this round of criticism against Israel serves a smokescreen while negotiations are taking place between Iran and the United States to enable Iran’s return to the nuclear deal.

In any case, by November 7, 2019, a further reduction is expected in Iran’s commitment to the nuclear agreement (including the enrichment of uranium to 20 percent and even higher). There is a window of opportunity for diplomacy and European efforts to try what has failed until now – to promise economic compensation to Iran for the American sanctions or alternatively to bring Washington back to the negotiating table. Iran’s oppositional regional policy (against Israel and Saudi Arabia, in Yemen, Iraq, and Syria) will apparently make it harder for Europe and the United States to advance the negotiations with Iran. However, in the past, Europe has shown that it is prepared to ignore repeated violations of human rights in Iran, such as its role in terror activities (including within European territory!), to fulfill the nuclear agreement, which eventually leads to investment and economic cooperation with Iran. Iran is well aware of Europe’s modus operandi and uses it and U.S. weakness to achieve maximum profit to renew negotiations regarding the nuclear agreement.

“Today, the Nuclear Deal Is in the Intensive Care Unit”
In this regard, Abbas Aragchi, deputy foreign minister and one of the patrons of the nuclear deal, stated at a ceremony marking the 30th anniversary of the opening of the German embassy in Tehran that, “today the nuclear deal is in the intensive care unit.” He added that to save it, cooperation was necessary between the P5+1 states. This could “bring down the walls of American sanctions and one-sided policies, which have become its weapon against independent countries.” According to him, Iran, along with the European countries, China, and Russia, are attempting to reach a balanced agreement through negotiations, but because of America’s one-sided policies, this balance has been violated and lost.5
Iran says Russian journalist held over visa issue, not Israel spy claim
Iran has confirmed the arrest last week in Tehran of a Russian journalist, saying the case was a matter of a visa violation.

Government spokesman Ali Rabiei told reporters that Yulia Yuzik’s case is under “quick review” by authorities and wasn’t related to matters concerning the “counter-espionage” department. Her ex-husband said last week she had been arrested for allegedly spying for Israel.

The Russian Embassy in Tehran said on Friday that Yuzik flew into Tehran the previous Sunday and that Iranian officials seized her passport at the airport for unknown reasons. She was arrested from her hotel room on Wednesday.

The Russian foreign ministry summoned the Iranian ambassador to Moscow to explain Yuzik’s arrest.

Prior to her arrest, Yuzik posted photographs from her trip on Instagram, saying she loved being in Iran.






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10/05 Links: Bari Weiss' revolutionary anti-antisemitism action plan; Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to headline J Street conference; Phyllis Chesler: Gilead Resembles an Islamic Theocracy, not Trump’s America

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From Ian:

Bari Weiss' revolutionary anti-antisemitism action plan
I am intellectually curious about Weiss’s thoughts on the fourth pillar of antisemitism that contaminates Western Europe: Guilt-defensiveness antisemitism.

The Israeli psychoanalyst Zvi Rex famously remarked, with biting sarcasm, that “The Germans will never forgive the Jews for Auschwitz.”

Based on my nearly 20 years of writing and analyzing contemporary antisemitism in Continental Europe, I posit that Rex’s formulation about German society punishing Jews because of the memory of the Shoah, which infuses pathological guilt into many Germans, needs to be updated.

In a modernized version of Rex, one might say that Western Europeans will never forgive Israel for the Holocaust. In short, that Western European countries such as France, Sweden, Austrian, Italy and others that were complicit in the Shoah are intensely focused on imposing discipline and punishment on Israel because of their guilt associated with Holocaust. What other plausible explanation exists for Western Europe’s relentless attacks on Israel and its singling out of Israel, only Israel, for a punitive demarcation of its products from the disputed territories in the West Bank and the Golan?

There has been progress recently in Germany in the fight against contemporary antisemitism, Weiss notes, for example the Bundestag decision to classify the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions campaign targeting Israel as anti-Semitic.

However, there is still the problem that John le Carré described so forcefully in his novel The Little Drummer Girl (1983), when the Palestinain terrorist Khalil says, “We have many friends in Germany. But not because they love Palestinians. Only because they hate Jews.”

A 2017 German government study revealed that nearly 33 million Germans, out of a total population of 82 million, are infected with contemporary antisemitism–that is hatred of the Jewish state.

The report said, in a section titled “Agreement with Israel-related antisemitism,” that 40% of Germans who were polled approved of the following statement: “Based on Israel’s policies, I can understand people having something against the Jews.”
Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to headline J Street conference
The two most powerful Democratic politicians in America, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, will headline the annual conference of J Street, the liberal Israel lobby.

The conference, which drew 3,000 people last year, is among the most prominent liberal Jewish gatherings of the year. It will take place in late October, and Pelosi and Schumer will speak on the night of Oct. 28. Pelosi recently launched an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.

Schumer’s presence at the conference is especially notable because he has established a reputation as a traditional pro-Israel voice in the Senate. He is a perennial speaker at the annual conference of the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC, which is to the right of J Street. He also voted against President Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear agreement in 2015, a deal that J Street strongly supported.

J Street advocates for an end to Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, and has been a frequent Trump critic. Its affiliated political action committee, JStreetPac, raised $5 million for more than 100 Democratic candidates in the 2018 midterm elections.

“At a time when many of our core values are under threat both in Israel and here at home, J Street is proud to stand with so many allies who are defending democracy and working towards a better future,” J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami said in a statement.

Swastikas in NJ Schools Symptom of Deeper Challenge of Antisemitism, Bigotry, Democratic Congressman Says
New Jersey is experiencing a “huge increase” in antisemitic activity and “every tool” needs to be used to combat the trend, the congressman representing the state’s 5th electoral district declared on Friday.

Democratic Rep. Josh Gottheimer was speaking on a conference call arranged to address a spate of swastika daubings and other antisemitic offenses in New Jersey public schools in recent weeks.

Highlighting the growing threat posed by white supremacist groups across the state, Gottheimer emphasized that his office was actively assisting security enhancement at religious institutions.

“We’re working together with our communities and our religious institutions by providing them with non-profit security grants,” Gottheimer said.

Grants of over $1 million this year have assisted synagogues, mosques, temples and other religious buildings with extra lighting, better locks and other safety measures.




Phyllis Chesler: Gilead Resembles an Islamic Theocracy, not Trump’s America
Misogynist thinking and actions exist in America today but not only among right-wing conservatives. It is also flourishing among our media and academic elites. Such thinking is flying high under the banner of “free speech,” “multi-cultural relativism,” “anti-racism,” and “political correctness.” Dare to question this elite’s right to silence and shame those who challenge their views—i.e., that the West is always to blame, that jihadists are freedom-fighters, that the Islamic face veil is a free choice or a religious commandment, that polygamy encourages sisterhood, that Islam is a race, not a religious and political ideology—and, as I’ve noted many times, one is attacked as a racist, an Islamophobe, and a conservative, and swiftly demonized and de-platformed.

While MGM/Hulu’s TV series is dramatically compelling, part soap opera, part horror movie, part Warrior Queen fantasy, the series is radically different from Atwood’s 1985 novel. For example, Atwood’s narrator, Ofglen, is not an increasingly daring, crazed, female assassin, as Elizabeth Moss brilliantly plays her. She is hardly heroic at all; under totalitarianism, heroism, collective or individual, is quickly ferreted out and destroyed. It exists but is rare.

Contemporary viewers are hungry for multi-racial characters, interracial and same-sex couples, “badass” women. Hulu gives them to us. Hulu’s Canada is a multi-racial, politically correct refuge for Gilead’s escapees; same-sex couples and feminists are government leaders. This is not true in the novel. On the contrary, in her 1985 Epilogue, Atwood has Canada rounding up and returning all Gilead escapees.

Atwood the divine novelist is absolutely entitled to depict whatever she wishes. But the current crop of reviewers as well as the filmmakers are playing partisan politics with her original vision and are refusing to see other and larger global dangers contained in her work.

Women’s freedom and women’s lives worldwide are under the most profound siege. To focus solely on the United States or on the Caucasian, Judeo-Christian West is diversionary. It scapegoats one country, one culture, for the far greater crimes of other countries and cultures.
Most Wars Don't Get Named Until Years After the Fighting Is Done. Others, Like the Yom Kippur War, Are Different.
The confidence of 1967 had turned out to be arrogant pride in 1973; its optimism, the folly of wishful thinking. Although there had been ample indications of the impending Egyptian and Syrian attack, Israel’s leadership had refused to believe it would happen and had not taken the necessary precautions. Menachem Begin, then the leader of the opposition, was speaking for all Israelis when, shortly after the war’s end, he declared in the Knesset:
Grief over the terrible mistake [of not calling up the reserves in advance and/or undertaking a preventive strike] . . . will never cease to haunt us. All would have been different, militarily and politically, were it not for the New Moon to the Tenth’s blindness.

Begin, a master rhetorician, had chosen his words carefully. “The New Moon to the Tenth,” beyn keseh l’asor, is a traditional rabbinic phrase for the ten “days of awe” from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur; the literal meaning of keseh (based on Psalms 81:4) is “covering up,” that is, the disappearance of the old moon at the month’s end before the new moon is sighted. Furthermore, the literary term used by Begin for “blindness,” likuy m’orot, which in Hebrew signifies more a judgmental or moral loss of vision than a physical one, also means “eclipse.” The intended parallelism was painfully apparent: as the light of the moon is eclipsed at the beginning of the ten days preceding Yom Kippur, so was the judgment of Israel’s leaders.

Ever since 1973, Yom Kippur has had a significance in Israel that it does not have in the rest of the Jewish world. Besides being a day of judgment for the sins of the individual, it has been seared into Israeli consciousness as a day of judgment for the nation—one on which a whole country was found guilty of the sin of hubris and made to pay a terrible price for it.

In colloquial Israeli speech, the words yom kippur have come to denote any shocking comeuppance, so that saying that something was someone’s “Yom Kippur” is like saying in English “It was his Waterloo.” There will never again be a Yom Kippur in Israel without this double sense of it, and the day’s heavy somberness is felt even by those who do not relate to it religiously. It will indeed always continue to haunt.
The War of Attrition: The “War Between The Wars”
Israel is the only country in the world that lives in a status called “the war between the wars.” Since it is surrounded by enemies who seek its destruction, even when not in official wartime, it is constantly dealing with small scale attacks from those enemies. The greatest example of this status is the three-year period from 1967 to 1970, a period which is now referred to as the “War of Attrition.”

One would have thought that Israel’s resounding victory over all the neighboring Arab countries in the June 1967 Six Day War would have given the Jewish state a few years of peace and quiet.

But this wasn’t the case.

Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser was determined to do whatever possible to win back the Sinai Peninsula which Israel captured during the war that ended on June 9, 1967. While the Six Day War was over, it wasn’t long until the War of Attrition began.

As early as July 1, Egyptian commandos moved to within 10 miles of the Israeli position on the eastern side of the Suez Canal. Israel, working under a plan to prevent Egyptian forces gathering in the area, attacked the commandos and lost one soldier with 13 wounded. The next day, the Israeli air force bombed the Egyptian artillery that was providing cover for its commandos. That led to an Egyptian air force strike against Israeli forces in the Sinai and, for all intents and purposes, the June 9 ceasefire was no longer relevant. Skirmishes between the two sides continued throughout July with numerous Egyptian fighter jets shot down by Israel and Israel sinking two Egyptian torpedo boats.

There was relative quiet during August, September and most of October but then on October 21, 1967, the Egyptian Navy sunk the Eilat, an Israeli naval destroyer, in international waters off the coast of Port Said, killing 47 Israeli sailors. Israel retaliated with extensive bombing of Egyptian oil refineries and depots in the region, resulting in significant artillery battles between the two sides, with the Egyptians suffering civilian casualties.
Iranian hackers reportedly targeted Trump 2020 presidential campaign
Microsoft said Friday that it believed that hackers linked to the Iranian government have recently targeted a US presidential campaign, as well as government officials, media targets and prominent expatriate Iranians.

Overall, the hackers attempted to penetrate 241 accounts — four successfully — though none of those penetrated was associated with presidential campaigns or current or past US officials, Microsoft said. A company spokeswoman declined to identify those targeted, citing customer privacy.

Reuters and The New York Times reported that the attacks targeted US President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign, but this could not be independently confirmed.

A review of publicly available internet records by AP showed that the Trump campaign’s official website is linked to Microsoft’s email service.

The campaign website is the only major candidate’s site connected to Microsoft’s cloud email service, and his campaign has spent tens of thousands of dollars on the company’s products, Reuters said.

The New York Times report saying Trump was targeted cited two people with knowledge of the attacks who were not allowed to discuss them publicly, and said it wasn’t clear if the campaign had been compromised in any way.
Israel and Gulf states said working on ‘non-aggression pact’ as they face Iran
Israel is reportedly negotiating with several Gulf states on a “non-aggression pact” between them as they face off against an increasingly emboldened Iran. The deal, which Channel 12 news described as potentially “historic,” aims to put an end to the state of conflict between these states and Israel.

Advancing the Israeli initiative, Foreign Minister Israel Katz met on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly last month with several foreign ministers from Arab Gulf states, Channel 12 news reported Saturday night.

There was no immediate comment from the Foreign Ministry, but Katz himself on September 23 tweeted that he had held talks with an unnamed counterpart from an Arab country with which Israel does not have formal relations, and said they discussed “ways to deal with the Iranian threat” and a process for boosting “civilian cooperation.”

Katz, who is leading the effort with the backing of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, agreed with his Gulf Arab interlocutors to set up working teams to take the non-aggression pact forward, the TV report said.
Foreign Minister Israel Katz and his Bahraini counterpart Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa (R) pose for a photograph at the State Department in Washington on July 17, 2019. (Courtesy)

Katz presented his Gulf counterparts with a draft text of the intended pact, which was drawn up by the Israeli Foreign Ministry, the TV report said. It reportedly highlights the opportunity to advance common interests in the context of the threat posed by Iran, and is drafted in accordance with principles of international law. Among other elements, the TV report said, the draft text specifies cooperation in the fields of war, the fight against terror, and economic interests.
Saudis said moving toward detente with Iran amid US reluctance to act militarily
Sensing US reluctance to respond forcefully to Iranian aggression in the region, and following the devastating September attack on its oil facilities blamed on Tehran, Saudi Arabia is quietly moving toward possible rapprochement with the Islamic Republic, according to multiple media reports.

The New York Times reported Friday that the Trump administration’s failure to react militarily to the September 14 missile and drone attack on Saudi oil facilities, which jolted global oil prices and temporarily knocked out nearly 6 percent of the world’s daily crude production, had led Riyadh to recalculate.

“The worst outcome for the Saudis is to move to a confrontation with Iran expecting the US to support them and find out they won’t,” Philip Gordon, a former White House Middle East coordinator told the Times. “This administration has shown it’s not really ready to take on Iran.”

The strikes were claimed by Houthi rebels in Yemen, but Saudi Arabia, the US and other Western powers have said the attack was sponsored by Tehran. In its aftermath, US President Donald Trump was presented with a range of military options, including potential airstrikes on targets inside Iran. But he was also warned that military action against the Islamic Republic could escalate into war, according to US officials familiar with the discussions.

Trump during a White House meeting last Friday put off, at least for now, any immediate military strike on Iran, but approved a broader effort to beef up security in Saudi Arabia and the region. He told reporters that showing restraint “shows far more strength” than launching retaliatory strikes now.
2 rockets fired from Gaza set off sirens, fall short of border fence, IDF says
Two projectiles fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip on Friday fell short of the border fence, landing inside the Hamas-held territory, the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement.

The launches triggered incoming rocket sirens in the Gaza border community of Kissufim in southern Israel shortly before midnight.

The incident came hours after a Palestinian man was killed during riots along the Gaza-Israel border fence on Friday, according to the Hamas-run health ministry, as thousands took part in weekly protests.

Alaa Hamdan, 28, was shot in the chest by IDF soldiers in a clash near Jabalia in northern Gaza, the ministry’s spokesman said. The IDF had no immediate comment on the death.

Israel’s Channel 12 said the death may have been caused by a Palestinian grenade.

Five other demonstrators were wounded by gunfire, the Hamas-run ministry said.

Around 6,000 Palestinians took part in the day’s protests with some rioters throwing rocks and explosives at the security fence and troops along the border.
Ramallah Youths’ Discovery of IDF Camouflaged Surveillance Camera May Hurt Microsoft Startup
Youths from the village of Kober, northwest of Ramallah, posted a video and photos showing a camouflaged video camera that was hidden inside a concrete block by Israeli security forces in the village cemetery, Ma’an reported Friday.

According to Arab social network sites, the young men who found the spy device set it on fire after confirming it was a broadcast camera that transmits their movements.

In a video posted on the website of the journalist Tamer Barghouti from Kober, the young men appear to dismantle the device, which included a camera, a transmitter, and a battery, and celebrate their discovery with great joy.

On Tuesday, the IDF arrested three young men from Kober, out of whom it released two brothers and kept suspect Nassim Barghouti in detention.

According to Ma’an, the surveillance device was made by the Holon-based Israeli company AnyVision (“We build the future, Pixel by Pixel”), which specializes in facial recognition technology.

In June, Microsoft’s M12 venture fund announced its investment in AnyVision, just as soon as it is determined whether its products adhered to Microsoft’s tough AI ethics standards. Eventually, AnyVision reported that all its investors, including Microsoft, were satisfied it was a “tool for good.” But by mid-July, Haaretz reported that the IDF is using AnyVision’s face recognition technology at Judea and Samaria checkpoints as well as inside Arab communities, leading to a wave of criticism of Microsoft’s investment in AnyVision.
PA agrees to accept tax funds from Israel, ending stand-off over terror salaries
The Palestinian Authority has agreed to accept hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenues collected by Israel, after months of declining them in protest over Jerusalem withholding money over payments to terrorists, Palestinian officials said Friday.

The transfers amount to some 600 million Israeli shekels (about $170 million) a month and are a key source of financing for the PA.

The PA had refused to accept the funds because Israel was withholding an amount equal to what the Palestinians pay to terrorists and their families, but the cash-strapped PA appears to be retreating in the face of an economic crisis.

Israel says the so-called Martyrs’ Fund rewards and encourages violence, while the Palestinians say it is a way to provide for needy families affected by the decades-old conflict.

Hussein al-Sheikh, an aide to Abbas, tweeted Friday that he had met with Israel’s Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon the day before to discuss “all outstanding issues” and that committees would continue the negotiations on Sunday.

“The agreement was also on transferring a payment from the #PA’s financial dues. The dispute (remains) over the salaries of the families of #prisoners and #martyrs. We are determined to pay their dues at all costs.”
Egypt parliament speaker praises Hitler to defend government spending
The speaker of Egypt’s parliament on Wednesday clarified his praise of Adolf Hitler a day earlier to justify spending on government construction projects.

At the opening session of parliament Tuesday, Ali Abdel Aal implored lawmakers to back Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi amid anti-government protests. According to the Middle East Eye news site, Aal asked lawmakers to observe a minute of silence as a sign of support for Sissi’s “project to build the modern Egyptian state.”

“Hitler had his mistakes, but what allowed him to expand eastward and westward was that he created a strong infrastructure for the German state that remains the source of its leading position in the First World,” Aal was quoted saying.

After the remarks were reported on, Aal said Wednesday that Hitler “has committed a lot of crimes” and that his praise was of German civilization and development, not the Nazi leader.

“Everybody is aware of what Adolf Hitler has done to humanity; hence no one with the minimum level of knowledge can praise him for his actions,” Aal said during a parliamentary session, Egypt Today reported.
MEMRI: Warm Encounter Between Arab League Secretary-General, Syrian Regime Representatives On Margins Of UNGA Reignites Speculation About Syria's Reinstatement In Arab League
Unexpectedly, on the margins of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, Arab League secretary-general Ahmad Abu Al-Gheit approached the Syrian delegation, greeted Syrian Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Walid Al-Mu'allem and called him "brother," shook his hand and the hand of his deputy Faisal Al-Miqdad, kissed them both, and said he was happy to see them.

Apparently, this friendliness towards the Syrian leadership on the part of the secretary-general of the Arab League – which suspended Syria's membership on November 12, 2011 because of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad's harsh repression of the Arab Spring protests in the country[1] – is further evidence of an uptick in Syria's status in the Arab world and of the erosion of Arab opposition to the Syrian regime.[2]

For some three years, a number of Arab states – including Egypt, Iraq, Tunisia, Lebanon, Algeria, and the Palestinian Authority – have been calling to allow Syria back in to the Arab League.[3] UAE Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash even stated, in a June 7, 2018 interview, that "expelling Syria from the Arab League was a mistake."[4] In addition, the Arab Youth and Environment Union, which belongs to the Arab League, announced on October 2 that it would reinstate Syria as a member in the next few days.[5]
Seth J. Frantzman: Why did Iraqi forces shoot protesters?
A variety of videos coming out of Baghdad show security forces shooting at protesters. Over the last twenty-four hours, as Friday turned to Saturday, the number of reports of snipers gunning down activists has grown. The elephant in the room cannot be ignored: Someone in Iraq’s government told a section of the security forces to use live-fire to kill protesters. It wasn’t a mistake, it wasn’t because police were outnumbered, and it wasn’t isolated incidents.

Why would Iraqi forces shoot the protesters from the same cities and southern provinces that many of the security forces or Popular Mobilization Units are drawn from? The question may is worth asking because there have been various rumors and claims about the protests in Iraq that have posited that those doing the killing and using the most heavy-handed measures are Iranian-linked groups. This creates an easy narrative of “Iran suppressing protests in Iraq,” as part of the larger Iranian goal to control Iraq for its own purposes.

To support the narrative of Iran’s role there have been stories about “Farsi speakers among the security forces” and “units changing uniforms” before attacking protesters. There are stories about plain-clothes officers among the security forces which leads to claims those in plain clothes are outsiders. In this narrative, spread in Arabic on social media, an “Iranian Revolutionary Guard Brigade” was permitted to enter Iraq by Fatah Alliance leader Hadi al-Amiri. Evidence? Some people tweeting about it.

The claim of foreign interference goes both ways. Others have pointed out that a concerted social media effort has been made to fuel protests and some of the accounts are located abroad. Lastly voices in pro-Iranian media have portrayed the protests as directed by foreign powers.

None of these stories present a full picture of what happened. Like the proverbial elephant, they all only capture one part of what happened. From the first moments of the protest the security forces that were sent used heavy-handed tactics. Video showed men in camouflage uniforms, heavily armed, involved in clashes, as well as other police-style units in darker uniforms.
Iraqi protesters claim Iranian forces firing on demonstrations
Farsi-speaking Iranians, not Iraqi forces, have been firing on protests in Iraq in which 65 people have died, said one protester interviewed by Reuters, according to Al Arabiya.

"There is no work, you come to protest, they fire at you. Live gunfire,"said the unnamed protester."They are all Iranian-speaking in Farsi. You want to speak to them, they answer in Farsi. The Iraqis would not fire at you."

The Shi'ite Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) milita in Iraq is backed by Iran.

Witnesses at the protests in Baghdad said that pro-Iranian security forces opened fire on protesters.

Protests broke out throughout Iraq against the deterioration of living conditions and health services, government corruption, unemployment and Iranian interference in the country.

The protests have no clear leader and seem to consist of gatherings of angry protesters.
In apparent swap, Iran frees Australian travel bloggers charged with spying
In a possible swap, an Australian-British blogger and her fiancé returned home Saturday after being freed from a three-month detention in Iran.

The couple, Jolie King and Mark Firkin, returned to Australia after all charges against them were dropped.

At the same time, Iran’s state TV reported that an Iranian scientist, Reza Dehbashi, who was detained for 13 months in Australia over purchasing a defense system for his country from the United States, had returned home.

“We are extremely happy and relieved to be safely back in Australia with those we love,” the Australian couple said in a statement. “While the past few months have been very difficult, we know it has also been tough for those back home who have been worried for us.”

They thanked the Australian government for helping secure their release.

There was no immediate acknowledgment Saturday by Iranian officials or in the country’s state media of the couple’s release. However, that has happened in previous cases.

Iranian TV said that the Australian judiciary had planned to send Dehbashi to the US but that he was released through Tehran’s diplomatic efforts.
Man crying ‘Allahu Akbar’ tries to run into Berlin synagogue with knife
A man armed with a knife attempted to run into a synagogue in central Berlin Friday evening, German media reported Saturday.

The man, apparently a Syrian refugee, was tackled by security personnel at the entrance to the Neue Synagogue. According to the Bild website, he was heard calling out “Allahu Akbar” (“God is Great” in Arabic) and “F##k Israel.”

German police said the man, identified as Murad M., was hit with pepper spray by guards and then subdued and disarmed.

Officials said he carried documentation identifying him as 23 years old, originating from Damascus and with a residency permit, which ends in December 2020.

The incident occurred at around 5:30 p.m. according to Bild, likely shortly before the start of Friday’s evening prayer service.

Police said the assailant had no prior record and was not known to authorities.

The investigation was ongoing, but German media said that the man was released from police custody on Saturday morning.
John Mann warns against risk of understating problem of antisemitism
The Government’s new antisemitism adviser has warned that between overstatement and understatement of antisemitism, “the biggest danger is that we will understate the problem.”

Speaking after his first public engagement in his new job, John Mann MP, who has resigned from the Labour Party and will become a crossbench peer in the House of Lords, explained that he accepted his new advisory role to prevent “good people, young people” from deciding to emigrate from the UK because of rising antisemitism.

Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Antisemitism Barometer has shown that 40% of British Jews have considered leaving the country due to antisemitism.

If action were not taken against antisemitism, he warned, “the reality will be that good people will leave. Not necessarily quickly — but good people will not see their future on the continent of Europe or on the UK because they are Jewish, and they wish for their identity to be proudly held at all times. We are not going to accept – and government is not going to accept — that impingement on civil liberties in this country.”

Observing the rise of antisemitism on university campuses, Mr Mann noted too the “pernicious, silent, isolating disdain” shown towards Jewish students “from hostile elements in their universities,” adding that he would be pushing for the adoption and application of the International Definition of Antisemitism by “our major institutions, football clubs, universities — this is achievable.”
CAA condemns University of Nottingham for inviting suspended MP Chris Williamson to speak
The University of Nottingham has defended a decision to invite Chris Williamson MP to speak on its campus.

Mr Williamson was suspended from Labour and then readmitted, only to be resuspended following a public outcry after claiming that Labour has been “too apologetic” over antisemitism.

The disgraced MP is scheduled to speak on 11th October as part of a series on “British Politics in Crisis” at the Centre for British Politics.

Jewish students at the university have reportedly called for the invitation to be withdrawn, citing Mr Williamson’s “history of Jew baiting.”

Gideon Falter, Chief Executive of Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “It is a damning reflection on the University of Nottingham that it chooses to invite a politician suspended from the Labour Party over his attempts to minimise the Party’s antisemitism crisis and who has a record of praising antisemites to give a lecture. If the university wishes to teach its students why British politics is in crisis, it might start by exploring why leading institutions are so ready to legitimise Labour antisemitism by inviting one of its chief defenders to speak.”

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.
Labour MP Emma Dent Coad likes Facebook comment claiming Israel “disgraces all of us Jews worldwide”, then apologises
Emma Dent Coad, who was elected as a Labour MP in 2017 for Kensington, ‘liked’ a comment on Facebook by another user that read: “I’ve always been a Bevanite — my ultimate political hero…and as a Jew, the current Israeli apartheid regime disgraces all of us Jews worldwide.”

The comment was posted in response to a post by another user that criticised “Blairite” MPs and “members of the Netanyahu fan club”.

Following media attention, Ms Dent Coad apologised and ‘unliked’ the comment.

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, twelve MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 55,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”
Conservative MP Crispin Blunt suggests British Jews “demand special status” and reportedly says grants for Jewish security are a waste of money
The Conservative MP Crispin Blunt made a reference to “the demand for special status” on the part of British Jews in an interview on the sidelines of the Conservative Party Conference this week.

Mr Blunt made the comment following a fringe event at the Party Conference in his capacity as patron of the Conservative Humanists group. At the event, which was held in conjunction with Humanists UK, the chair of Conservative Humanists protested previous comments by the Chief Rabbi, who had apparently suggested that some humanists were becoming intolerant of religion.

Asked for his reaction to the chair’s comments, Mr Blunt suggested: “I think what he was saying was regarding the demand for special status…what’s required is for everyone to have tolerance of other people’s position and not to impose unfair views.”

The notion, however casually expressed, that Jews demand or receive special status in British society is baseless and offensive. Any dispensations that Jews do receive, for example in the workplace, are also shared by other faith groups and protected classes.
Alison Chabloz and the Criminalization of Holocaust Denial
Late last month, a musician named Alison Chabloz was sent to prison in the United Kingdom for violating the terms of an earlier court decision prohibiting her from using social media — a decision stemming from her dissemination of videos featuring songs she wrote that mocked the Holocaust. In the UK, this story made many of the major papers, but it has hardly registered at all in the United States.

But here’s why it should:
This case was a watershed decision in the battle against antisemitism. The UK has laws expressly forbidding hate speech that tries to incite hatred of other groups or is grossly offensive in nature. As such, and in light of her social-media malfeasance, Chabloz — who has posted content on her website alisonchabloz.com#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/49604&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.com with headlines such as “In Defence of a Myth–‘Holocaust’ lobby shifts into top gear” and “Hear the Jew cry out in pain as the White lady sings” was incarcerated for a couple of days before being released pending her appeal hearing. That is scheduled for late October.

Chabloz, who has remained unrepentant despite her losing cause, has become something of a symbol of resistance to anti-hate speech legislation. Her supporters argue that Chabloz shouldn’t have been put in jail just for singing songs. They claim that regardless of the fact that Chabloz perpetuated an utterly repellent ideology through her music, the idea of instituting such a harsh punishment for posting content on social media is extreme in light of a person’s right to self-expression.
Why did UK’s Holocaust memorial events remove references to Jews?
The University College Union in the United Kingdom sent an email to branches that excluded mention of Jews among the groups persecuted during the Holocaust. According to The Jewish Chronicle, the UCU has since apologized. However, in a review of several websites connected to upcoming commemorations of Holocaust Memorial Day 2020, which will be held on January 27, references to Jews appear to be too often missing.

In the case of the UCU, a long list of those persecuted were mentioned, just not Jews. This included members of “trade unions” and “Roma” and “black people,” as well as gays and lesbians and “Jehovah’s Witnesses.” In addition, “non-Jewish Poles,” were mentioned – but not Jews. The UK’s special envoy for post-Holocaust issues, Eric Pickles, said the incident sends a “chilling message.”

But the problem is much larger than just the UCU. Holocaust Memorial Day 2020 is already being wrapped into the easier to pronounce acronym “HMD 2020,” which in itself removes the word “Holocaust.” On some websites, such as the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust’s page devoted to “75 memorial flames,” it is clearly noted that the Holocaust was “the genocide perpetrated by the Nazis against the Jews of Europe.” However, a press release from April about the “HMD 2020” theme, called “Standing Together,” doesn’t mention the word Jew. The press release, also at the Trust’s website, notes that “HMD 2020 will also include marking the 25th anniversary of the Genocide in Bosnia.” It is interesting that while Bosnia is mentioned, the place that the Shoah began in Germany is conveniently left out, lest anyone recall it was Germany that began the Holocaust and was largely responsible for it.

The April press release of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust notes that it is “calling people to Stand Together in memory of the millions of people affected by the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and more recent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.” The UCU seems to have used similar language as part of the Stand Together campaign.
Antisemitism in Victorian schools is a monumental and hidden crisis
I well up with emotion when I hear of Jewish kids being subjected to physical assaults, bigoted stereotypes and insults, exclusion, degrading text messages and social media lynching. The day is not too far off when young people will have to hide their Jewish faith so as not to be singled out and vilified by their classmates. The victims are traumatised, filled with feelings of despair and abandonment, convinced that the system has failed them. And they are right.

Not infrequently, distraught parents are concerned that the anti-Semitic abuse will escalate if they notify the school since their child will become an even-bigger target. Some remain silent believing that the school leadership will not be sympathetic to their complaint. In fact, some administrators trivialise the attacks as a childish aberrations, as "kids being kids", or blame the victims ("it's your child's fault since they provocatively choose to exhibit their Judaism" or "we are a non-Jewish school so if you don't like it, leave"), are very slow to respond, and do not impose the appropriate punishment. In effect, they are enabling the wrongdoers by sending a crystal-clear message that Jewish pupils are fair game.

The elephant in the room is that very few of our elected representatives are actually speaking out about the darkening clouds that are gathering. And so, this cancer of intolerance, which is spreading like wildfire, must end. All of it. Because we literally have no choice and because that is not who we are as a nation. Good intentions and words are not enough. We now need bold action by the state and federal governments that matches the scale of the runaway problem we face, and which effectively tackles this menace at every single step. One solution is to institute mandatory reporting so schools are obliged to notify the Education Department when such incidents occur. Such reporting will then necessitate the investigation of each individual case and if warranted, appropriate penalties for the perpetrators.

Countering religious bigotry in the long run also hinges on making anti-bias and Holocaust education compulsory in every class. One example is the Anti-Defamation Commission's Click Against Hate program, a free, groundbreaking educational program, which equips students with the skills to respond to the hate they encounter in schools, urging them to action when it happens to them or when they see it happening to others. Further training for teachers and headmasters is also urgently needed so they understand that antisemitism is a threat to our way of life and that inaction is not an option. It's time for the adults in the room to stand up and protect the defenceless and vulnerable - our children.
Minister orders review into schools at centre of anti-Semitic bullying
Victoria’s Education Minister James Merlino has ordered an immediate review into the way two Melbourne schools dealt with separate "appalling and shocking" cases of sustained anti-Semitic bullying earlier this year.

Federal treasurer Josh Frydenberg also weighed into the "completely unacceptable" incidents, calling for lessons on the Holocaust, in which about 6 million Jews were killed in Europe, to be included in the Australian curriculum.

Mr Merlino said he would also meet with the parents of the two Jewish boys; a 12-year-old year 7 student who was at Cheltenham Secondary College, and a prep student at Hawthorn West Primary School. The meetings are scheduled to take place on Monday.
James Merlino has ordered a review into how two schools handled separate cases of anti-Semitic bullying.

James Merlino has ordered a review into how two schools handled separate cases of anti-Semitic bullying. Credit:AAP

Both boys have since left the schools where they were bullied, after their parents lost confidence in the schools' handling of the matter.

The year 7 boy was made to kneel and kiss the shoes of a Muslim boy in a public park, under threat of being bashed by several other boys who were watching on.

The humiliating act was filmed and published on social media.

The boys who were watching on were not Muslim, the victim’s mother said. She sought out the offender’s parents, who were horrified.


Israeli hospital donates equipment and knowhow to Nepal
Five physicians from Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center recently brought medical equipment to Kathmandu and shared their expertise on women’s and children’s health with the medical staffs of two local hospitals.

Sponsored by the Embassy of Israel in Nepal, the Israeli team led a week of workshops and continuing medical education courses in neonatology, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology. They taught the Nepali medical professionals how to use the new lifesaving technologies they donated.

Senior gynecologist Dr. Ronit Almog said this was the fifth such foreign delegation sent out by Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center in the past year.

“Our aim is to reduce fetal and maternal morbidity and mortality in developing nations,” she said. “We met warm and welcoming medical teams and had a great cooperation. We saw a very good health level and system in Nepal and look forward to future mutual cooperation.”

Dr. Shyam Sundar Dhaubhadel, founder and president of Siddhi Memorial Foundation – which provides accessible healthcare services for women and children through Siddhi Memorial Hospital– compared the two nations to siblings. “Nepal is a toddler; Israel is a grown-up sister that has to share her expertise.”
Eric Pleskow, Holocaust refugee and producer of Oscar-winning films, dies
Eric Pleskow, who escaped the Nazis to become a film executive whose movies won the Academy Award for best picture seven times, has died. He was 95.

Pleskow was the president of the United Artists studio when it took home the best picture Oscars for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “Rocky” and “Annie Hall” in 1975, 1976 and 1977, respectively — an unprecedented three-peat for a movie studio.

Later, as the co-founder of Orion Pictures, he oversaw four more winners for top film: “Amadeus” (1984), “Platoon” (1986), “Dances With Wolves” (1990) and “Silence of the Lambs” (1991).

Pleskow was born Erich Pleskoff in Vienna in 1924. He escaped the city with his family in 1939 after the SS had seized their home, which was blocks away from Sigmund Freud’s office, according to The Washington Post.

After arriving in New York City, he briefly worked at a film company, and was later drafted into the U.S. Army, where he was tasked after the war with reviving a film studio in Bavaria. From there he was hired as an executive at United Artists’ foreign department.

Pleskow rose to become president of the studio in 1973, and raised its profile by working with directors such as Woody Allen and Jonathan Demme. He broke off to co-found Orion in 1978.
Demi Lovato's mom defends trip to Israel: 'I will undoubtedly, unapologetically go again'
While Demi Lovato apologized for her trip to Israel — after receiving backlash — her mother won’t be following suit.

Dianna De La Garza, who accompanied Lovato on the free trip this week, said their visit was one of “only love” and that she will “unapologetically go again.”

Along with a photo of their two hands touching the Western Wall, De La Garza wrote that stop in the Old City of Jerusalem “was the highlight of my trip.” She said she will “never forget that day... or that trip as we celebrated life and Christianity as we learned about the Jewish faith while listening to the Muslim call to prayer. There was no fighting, no judgement, no cruel words...only#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/49604&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.com love.”

De La Garza made it clear that there will be no apology coming from her, adding, “And I will undoubtedly, unapologetically go again one day.”

On Wednesday, Lovato found herself apologizing for the free trip — during which she was baptized in the Jordan River and had a spiritual awakening — amid criticism that she was taking a side in the country’s longstanding conflict with Palestine. Lovato apologized to those she offended in a message on social media, saying the trip was not mean to be “a political statement.”
What it was like growing up as a hidden Jew in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq
When Ceen Gabbai argued with her first-grade teacher about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, she didn’t realize how big of a risk she was taking.

The year was 2000 and students across the world held strong opinions about the Second Intifada, an outbreak of violence that claimed thousands of lives and began in September of that year. But Gabbai’s situation was different: She was one of the few Jewish students in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. Standing up for Israel in a Baghdad elementary school was not an advisable move.

“Saddam was all crazy about Palestine,” she told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. “I go to school and they’re talking about what a horrible thing that is and how Israel was horrible. And I go and I’m like, ‘I think that’s a lie.’”

Gabbai was called to the school office, took a letter home to her mother and her parents had a meeting with the principal. Soon after they moved homes and she switched schools. Following the episode, her parents did not talk with her about Israel or Judaism.

Gabbai has had a dangerous life. Born a Jew under an Iraqi dictatorship, she endured constant anti-Semitism from a young age, then survived the American invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the years of war that followed.

In 2015, Gabbai received asylum in the United States. She is now living in an Orthodox neighborhood in Brooklyn, raising a child, teaching elementary school and writing children’s literature. She does not look back fondly on the hardships she endured, but feels they taught her to persevere no matter the situation.
Tombs, palaces, poverty and plague: Follow Montefiore’s early Holy Land travels
You may have heard that Sir Moses (Moshe) Montefiore was the force behind Mishkenot Sha’ananim, the first Jewish neighborhood outside Jerusalem’s Old City walls. But were you aware that the wealthy English knight visited pre-state Israel seven times, most often with his wife, Lady Judith?

Dr. Louis Loewe, a linguist and author who was not only intimately acquainted with the couple but had even accompanied them on journeys around the world, greatly admired Sir Moses and Lady Judith. In a book, the “Diaries of Sir Moses and Lady Montefiore,” which he published in 1890, he depicts them as a compassionate, caring, and observant Jewish couple that lived life to the full. They were also quite the wine connoisseurs. In fact, wine is mentioned in the diaries 24 different times.

One of their most interesting trips to the Holy Land, described in detail in Loewe’s book, took place in 1839. The volume abounds with descriptions of their overnights in tents, palaces and elegant homes. They rode horses atop mountains, along easy roads and atop barely discernible paths. The Plague was rampant that year, and they were careful to stay away from infected towns and villages.

Wherever the Montefiores went they distributed money and gifts, all the while taking the time to find out what their fellow Jews needed in order to improve what was very often a miserable existence. Quite possibly it was this trip that planted the seed for the eventual establishment of Mishkenot Sha’ananim in 1860.

That pioneering neighborhood came equipped with a windmill produced in Canterbury, a copy of one that stood near the Montefiore estate. With its help, the residents were meant to grind wheat into flour and become self- sufficient. In 1892, more buildings were added and the new neighborhood was called Yemin Moshe.



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10/04 Links Pt1: The EU Demonstrates a Distinct Political Bias Against Israel; Meet the Palestinian Villagers Living Out the American Dream; Arab citizens of Israel undergo quiet revolution

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From Ian:

Seth Frantzman: Israel appears strong, but there are risks ahead
BUT ISRAEL has some issues on the horizon that, if they would come together at the wrong time, would be a perfect storm. Among these is the increasing hostility of Turkey. Ankara has become more nationalist and religious-nationalist, a toxic mix. It is flexing its muscles, taking over swaths of northern Syria and seeking to keep on track to totally remove the Americans from the region. That would be a setback for the US – and setbacks for the US also impact Israel. Turkey is buying the S-400, not in itself a problem for Israel. Ostensibly, both Ankara and Jerusalem have an interesting relationship with Moscow today, borne of Russia’s increased role in the region, particularly in Syria.

Russia’s role in Turkey is strategic and also related to energy and Syria. This can impact Israel in a complex way. Turkey’s current government is seeking to take up the mantle of being the main opposition to Israel in the region. It bashes Israel over Jerusalem, and its media run hyperbolic stories about Israeli abuses. Turkey is close to the Muslim Brotherhood today and wants to see Hamas have a more prominent role in Ramallah. Yet Israel can deal with Turkey’s anger. The question is whether it can deal with the emerging Turkey-Iran relationship.

Iran has been a challenge for Israel due to a variety of reasons, but lately it is capitalizing on the weakness of its adversaries. That means it is increasingly playing a role in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen. That means it is transferring precision missile technology to Hezbollah.

Iran’s IRGC says that it can destroy Israel. It launched an attack on Saudi Arabia on September 14 that has ramifications for Israel. That Riyadh did not respond shows that Israel’s supposed common interests with the Gulf are more problematic than in reality. Saudi Arabia won’t confront Iran. So who will confront Iran? The US? No. The US has signaled it will not. And the next US administration may be more pro-Iran than this one. That could give Tehran what it wants in Syria, which means a kind of “land bridge” that ends near the Golan and threatens Israel.

What Israel faces today is potentially two strong adversaries in Turkey and Iran, although they are quite different in how they confront Israel. Turkey uses soft power; Iran uses hard power. But Israel, appearing strong, now faces these challenges in some ways alone. It is not like the 1950s, when Israel was truly alone. Israel has made major inroads in India, China and elsewhere. But the immediate challenges are still there. It is dangerous to be too confident and arrogant today, and it is essential that Jerusalem seek to analyze and deal with these challenges in the long-term because short term planning won’t work. Iran thinks in the long term – and its role in the region is a long-term role.
Jpost Editorial: No Third Election
Against that backdrop, the 22nd Knesset was sworn in on Thursday in Jerusalem. Many are wondering if, like the 21st Knesset, it will also last for less than two months and perhaps become the shortest-lived legislature in Israel’s history.

As the Post’s Lahav Harkov pointed out on Wednesday, there are only eight new members of this Knesset, as well as another nine who are returning from past stints as legislators, which means that 103 members of the 22nd Knesset will be sworn in for the second time this year.

A proud institution, the Knesset is in danger of becoming a laughing stock. But it’s no joke. Israel needs a stable government and a stable Knesset. Every attempt must be made to prevent the newly sworn-in Knesset from becoming the shortest Knesset in Israeli history.

All parties should take the responsibility upon themselves as if they alone are charged with insuring that a third election is not called for. The country has survived some nine months of paralysis, but it’s only a matter of time before the string starts to unravel out of control and the situation begins to do irreparable damage to Israel and its population.

At Thursday’s ceremony, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein led the MKs with “I pledge allegiance to the State of Israel and to faithfully fulfill my mission in the Knesset.” And the newly sworn-in lawmakers responded: “I pledge.”

Let’s hope they take that allegiance and mission seriously and prevent a third election.

Amb. Alan Baker: The EU Demonstrates a Distinct Political Bias Against Israel
European Union Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process Susanna Terstal, writing in the Jerusalem Post on Sep. 21, evidently believes that incessant repetition of the phrase "two-state solution" adds some element of legitimacy and feasibility to the idea. But the two-state solution has never been agreed-upon between Israel and the Palestinians, and does not figure in any of the agreements between them. It is nothing more than an expression of wishful thinking within the UN and the EU.

To the contrary, the Oslo Accords, to which the EU itself is a signatory, clearly leaves the issue of the permanent status of the territories to be decided in negotiations. Thus, whether the outcome will be one, two or three states, or a federation or confederation, remains on the negotiating table. By incessantly plying a two-state solution, the EU is in fact prejudging an agreed negotiating issue.

Suggestions by Israeli leaders to "apply sovereignty" led EU representatives to complain that unilateral modification of the Oslo Accords "undermines the entire agreement" and "dismantles Oslo." One wonders why the EU did not view the recent declarations by the Palestinian leadership canceling the territorial division between areas A, B and C in a similar light. Did this not undermine the accords?

The EU representative also expressed support for a "Palestinian state based on the 1967 lines." Yet the issue of borders is an agreed-upon permanent-status negotiating issue, and her presumption of a Palestinian state based on the 1967 lines clearly contradicts and prejudges both the Oslo Accords and UN Security Council Resolution 242 of 1967.

The EU cannot in good faith claim that it does not take sides in the conflict. The EU has not only taken sides, but clearly demonstrates a distinct political bias against Israel in virtually all its positions, policies, statements and dealings regarding the Israeli-Palestinian negotiation process.



Iran displays ancient clay tablets, returned by US, from empire that freed Jews
The National Museum of Iran opened on Wednesday an exhibition of around 300 cuneiform clay tablets returned from the United States after a drawn-out legal saga.

The tablets were found at the ruins of Persepolis, capital of the Persian Achaemenid Empire (6th – 4th c. BC) in the south of Iran. Cyrus the Great, who ruled during the Achaemenid Empire, is said to have liberated the Jews from Babylonian captivity in 539 BCE, allowing them to return home and build the Second Temple.

The works on display belonged to a group of 1,783 clay tablets or tablet fragments returned to Iran by the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago.

In the 1930s, the university had received on loan around 30,000 tablets or tablet fragments found at Persepolis for research purposes, Iranian media reported.

A large portion of the tablets were returned in three batches between 1948 and 2004 before their restitution was blocked by legal action initiated by American survivors of an attack in Israel in 1997 carried out by the Palestinian Hamas terror group.

Blaming Tehran for supporting the armed group, the plaintiffs demanded the seizure of the tablets and their sale put toward the $71.5 million that Iran was ordered to pay in the case.

The proceedings only ended in February 2018 when a US Supreme Court decision banned the seizure of the works.
Yossi Cohen: The Mossad Spy Chief Who Stole Iran's Secret Nuclear Archives
In March 2018, Mossad Director Yossi Cohen, 58, updated then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo on what the Mossad had found inside Iran's secret nuclear archives that it had stolen from the heart of Tehran in January 2018. Sources close to Cohen told the Jerusalem Post that the information the Mossad seized is "still being used right now" to glean high-quality and valuable intelligence. A map of nuclear sites captured in the operation has yet to be made public. These revelations "even go beyond Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's revelation of the Abadeh nuclear site" earlier this month. Cohen says Pompeo praised the Mossad for redefining "daring and boldness."

Dozens of agents were involved in surveillance missions and the heist itself. Neutralizing any electronic surveillance that could expose them, they spent six hours and 29 minutes nabbing Iran's secret nuclear files, which were kept in 32 safes. They used special torches to slice into these safes. They loaded the vast files onto trucks and used Iranian smugglers to get across the border.

Cohen's view is that relations with Sunni countries in the Gulf are "not as much about personal trust, but about overlapping national interests" - especially when it comes to Iran. For example, while Cohen would be against sharing sensitive Israeli technologies with the Saudis to combat the drone threat from Iran, he would seek to help states in the Gulf combat Iran together in other ways.

Regarding the Palestinians, sources close to Cohen indicate that he does not believe anything will move on the peace process until PA President Mahmoud Abbas leaves office.
FDD: The Israeli–Palestinian Struggle, Continued.
There is no chance of a “peace party” returning to Jerusalem unless Israelis see that Palestinians have unequivocally denounced the past, that the celebrations of those who’ve died killing Israelis are rejected. That is impossible to envision in the near-term: neither Fatah, nor Hamas, nor the Israelis, nor Washington want the Palestinian people voting. All fear the worst—the wrong side winning. Perhaps most perversely, the Israelis are invested in a security status quo with Fatah that likely negates the chance of any Palestinian change, and surely makes Hamas more popular on the West Bank than its tyranny in Gaza has earned. But it’s possible that if there were a free vote among Palestinians the hostility towards Israelis—the fundamental rejection of the legitimacy of a Jewish state—could be the common denominator among Palestinians who otherwise loathe Fatah’s and Hamas’ dictatorships. Palestinians again voting could lead to intense violence, among Palestinians and against Israelis. Nonetheless, Palestinian popular sovereignty is likely the only way out of this cul-de-sac. We have two peoples wanting the same land with national and especially religious narratives that negate the other’s. For even non-practicing Muslims, Moses is a great prophet, trying to lead his people toward the one, true calling—Islam. A Jewish homeland wasn’t in Allah’s message. Yet the unrelenting secularism of Westerners reduces the most compelling stories we have to differences about water rights, East Jerusalem, and security checkpoints.

The basic character of a people and faith can change, but that usually happens after a truly devastating military defeat or a long evolution. The Palestinians haven’t actually seen a society-crushing catastrophe; they have endured foreign, non-Muslim overlords, with all of the indignities, and incompetent, avaricious, ambitious, insouciant, deluded and sometimes brutal native rulers (they, however, get a middling score in hideousness in the modern Middle East).

Since 2002, the Israelis appear to have a consensus: Palestinians cannot be trusted. On the other side, Palestinians seem more conflicted about the Jews, more divided religiously and culturally, more prone to internecine violence today than they were when the Israelis directly ruled all of the West Bank and Gaza.

The continuing decline of America in the Middle East will unavoidably remove certain delusions about what might be possible between the Israelis and the Palestinians. The torpor of the peace process under Obama and Trump is likely the new American standard. If they haven’t already, Palestinians will give up on the idea of Washington’s intercession, of American democracy coercing Israeli democracy into making concessions to unelected Palestinian officials. For the Palestinian people that will, at least, change the rhetoric and excuses of the ruling elite.

America’s retreat may tempt the Israelis to act more hubristically towards the Palestinians, to take land in the West Bank that has no plausible security value. But the most effective check on ugly Israeli actions has always been the internal debate, the tension between the executive, legislative, and judicial authorities in Israel’s messy democracy.

For decades out, it’s hard to see anything better than an unpleasant modus vivendi between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Given that it is the Middle East, however, that isn’t an awful state. Americans always want to believe that honesty is the best policy, that without honesty solutions aren’t possible. We are certainly tardy in applying that principle to the Israeli–Palestinian clash.
The Missile War in Southern Arabia: Lessons for Israel
UAV Warfare
Another hint of the effectiveness of Patriot defense are Houthi/Iranian alliance efforts both to suppress it and evade it. To elucidate this point, we need to refer to another aspect of the Houthi/Iranian war machine in Yemen: UAV warfare. UAVs are one of the main pillars of Iranian military doctrine. Together with other weapon shipments, Iran has been providing the Houthis with numerous types of UAVs, both of the larger types used for armed reconnaissance such as the Shahad 129 (roughly equivalent to Israel’s Hermes 450) and smaller “suicide” UAVs (such as the Ababil, used by Hezbollah in 2006 for attacks deep within Israel, which for the sake of Iranian deniability has been renamed Kasef 2). The Houthi arsenal is augmented by the acquisition of mail order UAVs such as the Chinese “Skywalker” available online from Ali Baba. More remarkable, the Iranians have provided the Houthis with knowhow, production machinery and expertise to set up a UAV industry of their own in their stronghold of Sad’ha in northern Yemen. The Houthi UAV industry is now producing unique designs of long-range machines, some equipped with jet engines, obviously designed in Iran. Beyond the classic UAV roles of reconnaissance and light bombardment, the Houthi/Iranian alliance is using them for direct “suicide” attacks on Patriot batteries. Three incidents of direct attacks on Patriot batteries have been claimed: Two attacks were within Yemen, probably targeting UAE batteries in Mocha and Marib, and one attack on a Patriot battery defending the Saudi border city of Najran, with unknown results.

Even more significantly, the Houthi/Iranian alliance exploits the Patriot’s system limitations in engaging low and slow threats in order to penetrate beneath the Saudi air/missile defense shield. In fact, UAVs are now being used by the Houthi’s as ersatz land attack cruise missiles. With immunity against air and missile defense, and with much better accuracy than ordinary ballistic missiles, UAVs now seem to be the preferred weapons for imaginative and audacious strikes deep within Saudi territory. For example, the civilian airport of the Saudi town of Abha, about 120 km. from the Yemeni border, was attacked by Houthi suicide UAVs no less than three times during the month of June 2019, wounding 28 passengers and airport workers. In August 2019, the Houthis managed to strike the Shaybah oilfield deep within Saudi Arabia, almost 1200 Km from the Houthi stronghold in Sad’ha. The attack was carried out by no less than 10 UAVs and sparked a fire in gas storage tanks. Such a complex attack needs precise coordination and excellent navigation, which demonstrates the proficiency achieved by Iran’s UAV operators. While those strikes did not cause excessive damage – perhaps intentionally so – they were propaganda coups for the Houthis, providing them with solid achievements in the cognitive battlefield.

The fourth lesson for Israel is the growing military role of UAVs both for missile defense suppression and for evasion. UAVs were first used by Hezbollah for reconnaissance over Israel even prior to the 2006 Lebanon war. At the closing stage of that war, four suicide UAVs were launched by Hezbollah against Israeli targets (One suffered a failure and fell near the border, two were intercepted by Israeli jet fighters, and the fourth vanished). In the 2014 Gaza war Hamas tried to attack Tel Aviv with its own UAVs (Two, perhaps three UAVs were shot down by Patriot air defense batteries). This experience is not indicative of the future. The Yemen war demonstrates how UAVs will be employed in future wars in significant numbers to erode Israel’s missile defense capabilities by attacking the Iron Dome, David Sling and Arrow batteries. Hostile UAVs, in conjunction with precision rockets, may well be tasked to damage Israel’s critical infrastructures such as desalination plants. Consequently, Israel needs to integrate air defense capabilities into its missile defense systems, and to provide its critical infrastructures with their own point defenses.

The current civil wars in the Middle East – especially in Syria and in Yemen – resemble the Spanish civil war of the 1930s inasmuch as they are exploited by outside powers to test new doctrines, weapons and tactics in realistic battle conditions. What the Axis powers (and to a lesser extent the USSR) did in Spain during the 1930s is being done today by Iran in Yemen.

It would be advisable for Israel’s Ministry of Defense and the IDF to closely study the civil war in Yemen, particularly its rocket and drone warfare aspects. The weapons and tactics in use in Yemen today will be employed against Israel tomorrow.
Israeli President Tells Papal Diplomat Israel Wants to Share Land with Palestinians
Israel wants to “share the land and find a way to live together” with the Palestinians, President Reuven Rivlin told Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, one of the highest-ranking Vatican diplomats, when they met at the President’s Residence on Thursday night.

Sandri, who is the Prefect of the Congregations for the Oriental Catholic Churches, came with a delegation that included several Franciscan priests, as well as the Papal Nuncio and the Custos of the Holy Land.

He is in the region to mark the 800th anniversary of the Pilgrimage of Peace to the Middle East by St. Francis of Assisi and his dialogue with the Sultan of Egypt.

Rivlin, who has met with Pope Francis and is aware of the efforts being made by the Vatican to bring about a cessation of hostilities in the Middle East in general and between Israel and the Palestinians in particular, told Sandri that he knows how hard the Vatican is working to find a solution to this century-old tragedy.

Knowing that Sandri is also going to Ramallah to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Rivlin asked him to convey his regards, and noted that Abbas had sent New Year greetings to the people of Israel.

Emphasizing the need to build understanding between Israelis and Palestinians, Rivlin was of the opinion that a valuable asset in this regard was the restoration of the baptismal site at Qasr el-Yahud on the Jordan River near Jericho, where Jesus first met John the Baptist.

The restoration project was approved by Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian leadership, said Rivlin, who was personally involved in the process.
Dr. Martin Sherman: Alternative Jordans?
Although the details of the “Deal” are as yet obscure, it would appear the Jordan is slated to play a major role in it—grudgingly or otherwise. Accordingly, the feasibility of the “Deal”—indeed its acceptability—will be dramatically impacted by the nature of the regime east of the Jordan River and its prospective stability (or lack thereof).

After all, although some may hope otherwise, there seems little prospect that any successor regime in Amman will be more favorably disposed toward Israel than the current one.

This takes us back to the crucial strategic importance for Israel of the highlands of Judea-Samaria and the Jordan Valley. As I have been at pains to point out on numerous occasions, not only are these highlands the only topographical barrier between Jordan and the heavily populated coast plain, but any forces—regular or renegade—deployed on them will have complete topographical command and control of virtually all Israel’s airfields (military and civilian, including Ben Gurion, the only international airport), its major ports and naval bases, is principal traffic axes (rail and road), vital infrastructure installations/systems (electrical power, desalination plants and water conveyance), centers of civilian government and military command and 80% of the civilian population and commercial activity.

All of these will be in range of cheap, readily available weapons that have already been used against Israel from areas evacuated by it and transferred to Arab control.

Thus, the rationale of any plan that entails Israeli evacuation of this vital territory will hinge critically on the nature of the regime-type in Jordan, which abuts it from the East.

For whatever other grave detriments their might be in such a plan, it will matter greatly if Jordan is ruled by a government that strives to reign in forces hostile to Israel, or one that is indifferent to their aggressive intent—or worse, is complicit with it.

After all, should the Trump plan entail significant territorial concessions, Israel may well find itself in a situation in which it will have to contend with a huge expanse of hostile territory, stretching from the fringes of Greater Tel Aviv to the border of Iraq—and perhaps beyond.

Accordingly, Israel’s security establishment should indeed draw up plans to deal with prospective alternatives in Jordan—not only how to cope with them once they arise, but to prevent them from arising at all.
Why Israelis should support the Iraqi protesters
Another Arab Spring-like protest movement now seems to be arising, seeking to topple the present Iraqi government. As Israelis, we should support the Iraqi people in their quest for true freedom and democracy.

Mendi Safadi, heads of the Safadi Center for International Diplomacy, Research, Public Relations and Human Rights, has noted that if we want to prevent the creation of another Syria, we should call upon the community of nations to intervene as soon as possible to uphold the rights of the protesters, prevent additional bloodshed, and stop the radical Islamists, Iran, and the former Baathists from overtaking the protest movement.

“Today, this Arab Spring has begun to take over Iraq against a government that is corrupt and loyal to Iran,” Safadi said. “These protesters are against the Iranians taking over Iraq. Talks with activists on the ground and the leaders of the protest movement reveal that the people are repulsed by the government, who betrayed their nation by becoming a proxy of Iran. The Iranian takeover of Iraq has gotten the people to revolt, to take to the streets and to demand that Iraq be returned to its rightful owners. They seek freedom and basic human rights that every citizen of this world deserves.”

According to a report from the Internal Commission of Iraq, “The Iraqi government takes instructions from Iranian Revolutionary Guard Commander Qassem Soleimani. Over 700 members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard shot live fire at Iraqi demonstrators. There were demonstrators who were killed including men, women and children. The Iranians even went as far as burning a 2-year-old child in a car with her father. The Iraqi people are calling upon the international community to intervene urgently in order to save the Iraqi people, who have suffered under Iran and political Islam. We demand that all pro-Iranian parties be banished from Iraq and to take away all of Iran’s influence in the country. We seek to hold the regime accountable and to change from a parliamentary system to a republican form of government. We seek that the rights of women be respected, as the number of women in the country is very high. The Iraqi people will stop protesting only once our demands are met.”
Iraq crisis: Protests say anger could boil over Friday after 44 deaths
Protesters in Iraq prepared Friday for bloody clashes with security forces in Iraq after three days of protests that saw the government order live fire against the demonstrators. The protesters are angry. They have tried to block roads to the airport in Baghdad and break into the “Green Zone” where foreign embassies are located. They are shocked that officials have ordered live fire used against them.

The protests began on October 1 in the wake of Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi sidelining a popular Counter-Terrorism service commander named Abdul Wahab Al-Saadi. But the real reason for the protests are much larger. They are angry over corruption and wage stagnation and lack of opportunities.

The Prime Minister has closed down internet and sought to isolate cities in Iraq. He gave a speech on Thursday evening and has indicated he could meet the protesters. But there are no clear leaders of the protests. The demonstrators gained some solace when the Shi’ite religious leader Ayatollah Ali Sistani appeared to express sympathy on Friday. Many believed that after prayers on Friday there would be bloody clashes unless the government retrains its tactics. It is not entirely clear which police have been ordered to fire on the protesters, because protesters say they cannot identify them by uniform. Some said it was not the Federal Police but other interior ministry forces. Others claims it was members of Shi’ite militias loyal to Iran, including the Saraya Khorosani unit. But much of this is rumors and has not been confirmed. What is clear is that security forces can be heard in dozens of videos using gunfire. Up to fifty demonstrators may have been killed and thousands injured, including members of the police.

The UN has called on Iraq to have a transparent investigation about the shooting of the demonstrators. “We call on the Iraqi government to allow people to freely exercise their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.”
Iran tries to blame Israel and US for Iraqi protests
Iranian media and local sources in Iraq have reported on the protests sweeping the country with increasing concern that the protesters oppose Iranian influence. This concern has now reached the highest levels of Iran’s regime where the narrative that has been concocted is to blame “foreign” hands for the unrest. Under this logic tens of thousands of young men, leaderless and braving the gunfire of security forces, have been sacrificing themselves by the dozens all because of some complex conspiracy.

Iraq’s government of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has shut down internet, social media and even made phone calls difficult in areas across Iraq, all to stop the protests. Yet the protests continue. To discredit them an Iranian cleric on Friday claimed the US and Israel are behind the protests. Supposedly it was to “disrupt a major annual Shi’ite Muslim pilgrimage planned to be held in Iraq later this month,” Reuters reported. “The enemy is now determined against the Islamic nation, America and Zionism are targeting the Arabaeen pilgrimage in Iraq, causing trouble,” claimed Ayatollah Mohammad Emami-Kashani.

His full Friday sermon, published at Tasnim News in Farsi claims that “America and Zionism are the enemies of God.” He mentions the Houthi rebels in Yemen who “have shown themselves against the miserable Saudi rulers,” and notes that Saudi Arabia’s reputation has been weakened. This is a reference to the September 14 drone and missile attack on Saudi Arabia. He also mentions the US “maximum pressure” sanctions on Iran and says that it has not been successful. “Endurance is the way of the martyrs.” It is in this context he says that the “enemies” are targeting the religious pilgrimages to the holy sites in Karbala, where Shi’ites make pilgrimage. He calls on people to take refuge in the shrine of Imam Hussein.

In Iraq the senior Shi’ite religious leader, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, lamented the deaths of dozens of protesters and called for an end to the deaths, casualties and destruction. He called on the government to listen to the people’s demands about corruption and other issues.
Russian journalist arrested in Tehran on suspicion of spying for Israel
A Russian journalist has been arrested in Iran on suspicion of spying on the Islamic Republic on behalf of Israel, according to family members and Russian media reports.

Yulia Yuzik was first declared missing earlier this week by family members who said she was arrested in Tehran days ago. Her ex-husband Boris Voytsekhovskiy posted on Facebook that Yuzik was facing charges of cooperating with Israeli intelligence services, and that her trial is scheduled for Saturday.

According to Voytsekhovskiy, Yuzik’s charges carry a prison sentence of up to 10 years.

It wasn’t clear when Yuzik was arrested; her last post on social media was a series of Instagram pictures taken in Kashan, a city in northern part of Isfahan province.

Voytsekhovskiy told Russian media outlets that Yuzik used to work as a correspondent in Tehran several years ago, and she returned to the Iranian capital last week at the invitation of an unknown party.
Engel bows to Arab lobbyists, pro-Israel friends are silent
An anti-Hamas bill has been severely watered down by Congressman Eliot Engel. It’s a turn of events that should trouble every supporter of Israel.

The New York Post revealed this week that Engel (D-NY), the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, agreed to change the bill after heavy pressure from Qatar and the Palestinian Authority (PA)

The Post quoted “a personal acquaintance of Engel’s” as saying, “Eliot told me directly that he was getting a lot of pressure from the Qataris” about the bill. At the same time, Engel or his representatives held seven meetings this past spring with lobbyists for the PA, apparently to discuss the bill.

The Qataris didn’t like the fact that the bill mentioned Qatar’s massive financial support for Hamas. The PA didn’t like the fact that it would have penalized regimes—like the PA—that assist Hamas in various ways.

So the bill, which was authored by Rep. Brian Mast (R-Florida), was changed. The language about Qatar was removed, and loopholes were added so that aid to Hamas which is considered “humanitarian” would not be blocked.

We put “humanitarian” in quotation marks because we all remember how “humanitarian” concrete, which supposedly would be used to build homes, instead was used to build tunnels to kidnap and murder Israelis.

At this point in the story, you would imagine that those Jewish leaders who claim to be Engel’s buddies would have intervened to restore the original language of the Mast bill.
Behind the Lines: Pakistan and Israel: Much ado about nothing?
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan last week dismissed speculation that his country was moving toward the establishing of open diplomatic relations with Israel. Speaking at the Asian Society in New York City last Thursday, as reported by the Middle East Eye website, Khan reiterated Pakistan’s traditional stance on the issue:

“Pakistan has a very straightforward position,” the Pakistani prime minister and former cricket star said. “It was our founder of Pakistan Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah who was very clear that there has to be just settlement, a homeland for Palestinians, before Pakistan can recognize Israel.”

His remarks, according to Middle East Eye, were met with enthusiastic applause. They came amid widespread recent speculation at a possible diplomatic breakthrough between Jerusalem and Islamabad. Prominent Pakistani journalist Kamran Khan launched the rumors with a tweet on August 25, asking “Why can’t we openly debate pros cons of opening direct and overt channels of communication with the State of Israel?”

What is the background to the recent speculation, and is there a realistic chance of a breakthrough, or do Imran Khan’s remarks settle the matter in the negative?

THERE IS a school of thought in Pakistan that favors the abandonment, or at least the questioning, of Islamabad’s long rejection of formal ties with the Jewish state. Why now?
'Recent convert' to Islam stabs 4 to death at Paris police headquarters
A 45-year-old technology administrator at the police headquarters in central Paris went on a knife rampage inside the building on Thursday, killing three police officers and an administrative worker before he was shot dead by an officer, French officials said.

French broadcaster BFM TV said the attacker had converted to Islam 18 months ago.

Officials did not say anything about the motive for the attack and said they were still trying to discover if there was a terrorism link.

The man launched the attack in his office then moved to other parts of the large 19th-century building across the street from the Notre Dame Cathedral.

An officer stopped the attack when he shot the assailant in the compound's courtyard, said a police official. The official was not authorized to talk publicly about the case and requested anonymity.
IDF thwarts weapons smuggling attempt from Lebanon to Israel
The IDF and Israel Police thwarted an attempt to smuggle weapons from Lebanon into Israel in September, according to an IDF spokesperson.

An IDF field observer from the 869th battalion spotted two suspects acting suspiciously on the Lebanese side of the border with Israel near the border fence. IDF soldiers went to the scene to check the issue.

Bags found in the area contained about 40 pistols and magazines which were meant to be smuggled from Lebanon into Israel. The background of the incident is being looked into.

One suspect was arrested on the Israeli side of the border and was transferred for questioning by security forces.

"I saw a suspect approaching the fence and immediately realized that this was an unusual incident," said Pvt. Adi ben Naim, the field observer who identified the suspects. "I alerted the troops and directed them to the location. It was only after the incident that I realized that a very large weapon-smuggling attempt was thwarted. My job as a field observer is to identify what takes place in the field and alert my commanders; which is exactly what I did in this incident.




Israeli military marks ‘Mean Girls Day’ by trolling Iran on Twitter
The Israel Defense Forces marked “Mean Girls Day” this week by tweeting a meme of Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Hassan Nasrallah, leader of the Lebanese Shiite terrorist group Hezbollah.

The meme, posted on Thursday, October 3, was an altered version of a “never before seen” photo published by the Iranian government showing the supreme leader, Nasrallah and Qassem Soleimani — the commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force.

The IDF photoshopped the Iranians into a “Mean Girls” scene alongside Lindsay Lohan, with the caption: “There’s no one meaner than the mean girls of the Middle East…”

The IDF added #DontSitWithThem and #MeanGirlsDay to their post.

October 3 was a date that was mentioned in passing by Lohan’s character to her crush in Mean Girls, and has since become a pop cultural phenomenon marked annually by movie fans.

The “Don’t sit with them” refers to a line in the movie when Rachel McAdams’s character Regina George is turned away from popular clique’s table at lunch because she’s wearing sweatpants.


Arab citizens of Israel undergo quiet revolution
The Arab citizens of Israel need rapid development of their areas. They dream of having high-tech zones and industrial centers; they seek enhanced police work to battle the crime that is raging in the streets of Arab cities; and they resent the vicious incitement against them that was led for years by the prime minister and the ruling party. Will the future government, which for now is still nowhere to be seen, be able to fulfill all of these demands and build bridges between the establishment and one-fifth of Israel’s population?

During the recent political campaign, the Likud party accused Gantz numerous times of “planning to create a government with [Joint List MKs] Ahmad Tibi and Ayman Odeh,” but the leaders of the bloc had ruled it out many times. When Blue and White MK Ram Ben-Barak, ex-deputy director of the Mossad, turned to the Arabs this summer, he said that Blue and White needed them “to change the government.” But what will happen the day after such a change is accomplished?

Amjad Iraqi, a contributing editor at +972 magazine, said to The Media Line that what is missing from the tactical decision of the Joint List is thought about the day after. “This decision is quite some gamble that could also backfire, especially if a unity government will be formed eventually between Likud and the Blue and White bloc. I do understand the logic —Ayman Odeh decided to prioritize getting rid of Netanyahu, and most of the public endorsed him because they want to change at least some part of the equation. But how do we know that the Blue and White bloc, whose leaders had their share of critical and negative remarks about Arabs, will be able to live up to its promises?” said Iraqi.

El-Sana believes that if the Joint List is unable to maximize its gains this time around, the alternative for the next time will be voting for existing Jewish parties or for a joint Arab-Jewish party, a project that el-Sana tried to run this time together with the former Knesset speaker, Avrum Burg. There are also many question marks about the participation of the Balad party, which is increasingly seen by many in the Arab public as a destabilizing element that fails to serve its people. “If they were to participate in the elections today by themselves, they would go down. They have three seats in the Joint List, but they are worth only 1.5 seats, or even less” says Darawshe. On the opposite side, Iraqi believes that Balad gives legitimacy to the Joint List, serving as a link between them and the wider Palestinian cause. “Balad still represents a significant portion of voters. They need the Joint List, and the Joint List needs them,” he concludes.

For now, Arab voters seem to be quite satisfied with the result. They proved to be resilient against incitement and intimidation, increased their representation at the Knesset, and now will wait just like everyone else to see how the current political reality TV unfolds.

The leaders of the Joint List will now have to prove to their voters that they can make some real gains with the increased power that they received this time. Considering the shaky structure of the bloc, which includes four different parties with contradicting ideologies, this will not be easy. If no government is formed and Israel goes to a third round of elections, the bloc will have to campaign extremely hard to maintain its success. For now, it is unlikely that the Joint List will top its current result—13 seats. The quiet revolution in the Arab sector, however, will continue, sweeping Arab Israeli citizens away from segregation and isolation, toward integration and equality.
Thousands of Arab Israelis march, block roads to protest deadly crime wave
Thousands of Arab Israelis held protests Friday at the conclusion of prayers, a day after a general strike over a wave of deadly violence within the minority community.

Protesters blocked roads, including sections of the major highways in the north of the country. Demonstrators carried signs with slogans such as “our children’s blood is not cheap” and chanted slogans about what they say is police inaction on the issue.

Ayman Odeh, the head of the Knesset’s predominantly Arab Joint List faction, called on the Jewish community to join the protests, saying that a society without weapons should be the ideal for everyone.

“I also urge the Jewish public to join the protests. A society without firearms is a civil and social aim for us all,” Odeh tweeted.
Some Israelis to Celebrate Sukkot with 4 Species Holders Made in Gaza
Some Israelis — many, in fact — will celebrate the holiday of Sukkot this year holding their four species bound with holders produced in the Gaza Strip.

Ahead of the Jewish holiday, the IDF Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) has approved the import of tens of thousands of four species holders, used for the traditional customs of the holiday.

The four species – the etrog, a citron fruit; the lulav, a frond of a date palm; the hadas, a myrtle bough; and the aravah, a willow branch – are the species the Jewish people are commanded to bind together during the holiday.

The holders are made out of dried palm leaves, woven into a shape that allows the four species to be held together comfortably during the holiday prayers. The abundance of palm trees in Gaza, as well as cheap labor, makes the enclave a prime location for the production of the holders.

Despite the growing tension between Hamas, the terror group that controls Gaza and Israel, COGAT was able to facilitate the import successfully, passing it through the Kerem Shalom Crossing under heavy security inspection.
Ha'aretz: Meet the Palestinian Villagers Living Out the American Dream
Halfway between the West Bank cities of Ramallah and Nablus, the road gives way to an exit unlike any other along Israel’s Highway 60. At first glance, this route — lined with palm trees and polished sidewalks that lead up to lavish stone villas — looks like a well-funded Jewish settlement. But a closer look reveals that unlike other typical settlements, there is no security gate at the entrance to the community and its houses are not lined up in rows along the hilltops.

The expensive homes scattered on slopes among olive trees, reminiscent of the famous Hollywood Boulevard, are actually a window into the Palestinian diaspora. The majority of their dwellers are dual American-Palestinian nationals who live in the United States for most of the year and treat the village of Turmus Ayya as their summer home.

Turmus Ayyans are not only based in the United States. These Palestinian villagers are spread throughout the world, with members of the community living in Spain, Panama, Cuba and Brazil. According to the village’s municipal office, there are some 11,000 Turmus Ayyans in total; 4,000 are permanent residents, while 7,000 made their home abroad.

Unlike the majority of Palestinians living in the diaspora, Turmus Ayyans are not refugees of the 1948 war. Rather, they are economic immigrants who chose to leave this West Bank village in pursuit of better financial opportunities. Residents told Haaretz that the first villager to immigrate was Odeh Abdel Qader, who left for the United States in 1909 and worked in Manhattan's Little Syria (where the Financial District is situated today). Local Wadi Abu Awad recalls Qader’s return to the village: "He was the guy who came from America," he says. Throughout the 20th century, Qader’s legacy became an inspiration for other Turmus Ayyans who wished to chase the American Dream.

Hamas Facing Growing Criticism in Gaza
A picture making the rounds on social media shows the leader of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, with his six sons, standing healthy in tailored suits, and beneath it, a picture of Gaza youths who have had a leg amputated after rioting at the Gaza fence.

Another example is a recording by a Gazan father whose son was wounded at the border confrontations.

"I was told I needed to provide his medicine out of my own pocket. If he were the son of one of the Hamas higher-ups, the whole world would have given aid."

"Where am I supposed to get money for medicine? They told my boy to get on the bus and protest, and then they threw him out to die."


Iran not 'drawing back' militarily after Saudi attack-US admiral
Iran has not drawn back to a less threatening military posture in the region following the Sept. 14 attack on Saudi Arabia, the top U.S. admiral in the Middle East told Reuters, suggesting persistent concern despite a lull in violence.

"I don't believe that they're drawing back at all," Vice Admiral Jim Malloy, commander of the U.S. Navy's Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet, said in an interview.

The United States, Saudi Arabia, Britain, France and Germany have publicly blamed the attack on Iran, which denies involvement in the strike on the world's biggest crude oil-processing facility. The Iran-aligned Houthi militant group in Yemen has claimed responsibility.

Malloy did not comment on any U.S. intelligence guiding his assessment. But he acknowledged that he monitored Iranian activities closely, when asked if he had seen any concerning movements of Iranian missiles in recent weeks.

Malloy said he regularly tracks Iranian cruise and ballistic missile movements -- "whether they're moving to storage, away from storage." He also monitors whether Iran's minelaying capabilities head to distribution sites or away from them.

"I get a briefing of movements on a daily basis and then assessments as to what that could mean," he said.

Relations between the United States and Iran have deteriorated sharply since President Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear accord last year and reimposed sanctions on its oil exports.

For months, Iranian officials issued veiled threats, saying that if Tehran were blocked from exporting oil, other countries would not be able to do so either.

However, Iran has denied any role in a series of attacks that have followed, including against tankers in the Gulf using limpet mines earlier this year.
UN nuclear watchdog says Iran taking ‘step in right direction’
The UN’s nuclear watchdog said Friday Iran had taken “a step in the right direction” towards dealing with questions on its nuclear program but cautioned that the issues have not been “completely addressed.”

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) did not detail what the questions related to but said it was “discussing substance” with the Iranians.

There has been “engagement” from Tehran in recent weeks on questions relating to its nuclear safeguards declarations to the agency, IAEA acting head Cornel Feruta told journalists in Vienna.

“[That] engagement doesn’t mean that the issues are completely addressed but it’s a step in the right direction,” he added.

Feruta said the queries did not touch directly on the faltering 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers but rather on Iran’s separate safeguards agreement with the agency.

Diplomatic sources in Vienna say the agency has been waiting for information from the Iranians relating to samples taken earlier this year from a warehouse near the capital Tehran.
France: Iran, US have one month to come to negotiating table
Iran and the United States have one month to get to the negotiating table, France's foreign minister warned, suggesting Tehran's plan to increase its nuclear activities in November would spark renewed tension in the region.

French President Emmanuel Macron attempted but failed to broker talks between US President Donald Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in New York last week.

"We consider that these initiatives, which didn't succeed, are still on the table and it is up to Iran and the United States to seize [them] in a relatively short amount of time because Iran has announced new measures to reduce its commitments to the Vienna accord in November," Jean-Yves Le Drian told parliament's foreign affairs committee.

Iran is breaching the restrictions of its 2015 nuclear deal with major powers in response to US sanctions imposed since Washington pulled out of the agreement in May of last year.

It has said its next roll-back would be at the start of November, and diplomats fear that this next breach could force European powers, which are trying to salvage the accord, to respond.
Iran rejects French call for release of dual national scholar
Iran said on Friday that France's call for it to release a detained French-Iranian scholar was an interference in its internal affairs and would not help resolve the issue, the official news agency IRNA reported.

France's Foreign Ministry on Thursday demanded Iran release dual national Fariba Adelkhah, a senior research fellow at Sciences Po university in Paris, who was detained on unspecified charges earlier this year.

"(Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas) Mousavi said the French Foreign Ministry's interference in the case of an Iranian citizen was irrelevant..., and added: 'This will not only fail to help resolve the issue, but rather make the legal process more complicated'," IRNA reported.

Rights activists have accused Iran of arresting a number of dual nationals to try to win concessions from other countries - a charge that the Islamic republic has regularly dismissed.

Adelkhah's arrest came at a time when France and other European powers were caught up in an international standoff over Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal, which the United States abandoned last year.
U.S. Sanctions Paralyze Imports via Iranian Ports
More than 20 ships carrying around one million tonnes of grain are stuck outside Iranian ports as US sanctions create payment problems and hamper the country’s efforts to import vital commodities, sources directly involved in the trade said.

Trading companies such as Bunge (BG.N) and China’s COFCO International have been hit by payment delays and additional costs of up to $15,000 a day as the renewed US restrictions stifle the processing of transactions, trade sources said.

According to Reuters, food, medicine and other humanitarian supplies are exempt from sanctions Washington re-imposed after US President Donald Trump said he was walking away from a 2015 international deal over Iran’s nuclear program.

But the US measures targeting everything from oil sales to shipping and financial activities have deterred several foreign banks from doing any Iranian business, including humanitarian deals such as food shipments.

The few remaining lenders still processing Iranian business face multiple hurdles to facilitate payments as financing channels freeze up.
U.S. Sanctions Squeezing Iran-Backed Hizbullah in Lebanon
The conflict between Iran and the U.S. that has created tensions throughout much of the Middle East is now also being felt in Lebanon, where Washington has slapped sanctions on the Iran-backed Hezbollah and warned they could soon expand to its allies, further deepening the tiny Arab country’s economic crisis.

The Trump administration has intensified sanctions on the Lebanese militant group and institutions linked to it to unprecedented levels, targeting lawmakers for the first time as well as a local bank that Washington claims has ties to the group.

Two U.S. officials visited Beirut in September and warned the sanctions will increase to deprive Hezbollah of its sources of income. The push is further adding to Lebanon’s severe financial and economic crisis, with Lebanese officials warning the country’s economy and banking sector can’t take the pressure.

“We have taken more actions recently against Hezbollah than in the history of our counterterrorism program,” Sigal P. Mandelker, undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence at the U.S. Treasury, said in the United Arab Emirates last month.

Mandelker said Washington is confident the Lebanese government and the central bank will “do the right thing here in making sure that Hezbollah can no longer have access to funds at the bank.”
Iran’s regime lashes out at German antisemitism commissioner in response to 'Post' article
The Islamic Republic of Iran’s foreign ministry blasted a prominent German official on Wednesday after the commissioner tasked with combating antisemitism told The Jerusalem Post that Chancellor Angela Merkel’s administration should withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and re-impose sanctions on Tehran for its nefarious conduct.

The Iranian regime-controlled PressTV wrote that "in an online statement on Wednesday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi condemned the remarks by Uwe Becker, commissioner of the Hessian federal state government for Jewish life and the fight against anti-Semitism.”

PressTV added that “Becker on Monday called on German Chancellor Angela Merkel to put Israel's security above ‘possible economic interests’ that comes with the deal – known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).”

Becker, the commissioner of the Hessian federal state government for Jewish life and the fight against antisemitism, told the Post on Monday that “the current escalation with Israel should be reason enough for Germany to advocate the.... Iran nuclear agreement, which has been undermined by Iran... [as] dead, and for the necessary sanctions against Tehran to become effective again in their entirety.”



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Tolkien's Beowulf: The Real Story

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The Tolkien Estate recently announced that J.R.R. Tolkien's translation of Beowulf will be released in May.  Since there seems to be a little bit of incorrect information floating around the web (thanks in part to some careless work by more than one reporter for British newspapers), I figured I should clarify things.

First, I have nothing to do with this edition. I did work on Tolkien's Beowulf translation about ten years ago and was putting together an edition along the same lines as the one the Estate has described, but the Estate withdrew permission for that project and I have done no new work on it since then.

Second, I did not "discover" the Beowulf translation, not even in the sense that I found it in the Bodleian Library. This claim is a conflation of a story about one manuscript with information about a totally different text.

The real story is not quite as exciting.

I went to the Bodleian Library in 1996 to finish up my dissertation research, which included work on the evolution of Tolkien's 1936 lecture "Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics." From the catalogue in Modern Papers I knew that there were notes and drafts of that lecture in MS Tolkien A26. What I did not know was that not only did the box of manuscripts contain marked-up carbon typescripts and proofs of the British Academy lecture, but also two substantial handwritten texts that were Oxford lectures about Beowulf written in the 1930s. These lectures were obviously preparatory to "Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics" and were quite a bit longer and more elaborate than that text. These were what I "discovered," not Tolkien's translation of Beowulf (which I actually did not examine).

Obviously a text preserved in a library and mentioned in its catalogue is not a "discovery" in the sense that it was ever "lost," but it was a discovery to me and also, as best I can tell, to Tolkien scholarship and Anglo-Saxon studies, since neither I nor the field knew that such lectures existed.  Although Christopher Tolkien obviously knew what they were when he donated the manuscripts in 1986, as far as I know, no mention of the lecture drafts had appeared in any publication in the decade between the donation and the date I read them. So that's was the "discovery" I was talking about.

The Tolkien Estate very graciously gave me permission to have the texts microfilmed and to quote from them in my 1997 Loyola Chicago Ph.D. dissertation, and after I successfully defended and had started teaching at Wheaton, the Estate gave me permission to produce the edition that became Beowulf and the Critics, which was published in 2003.

[Note: the release of the edition was absolutely not timed to coincide with the Peter Jackson films, and there was no coordination at all with the Estate. In fact, my publisher had the manuscript for over two years before the edition appeared. I was nagging them to try to get the book released in time for The Fellowship of the Ring (and my tenure case!), but the queue of previously accepted works was so long that Beowulf and the Critics was not released until around the time of The Two Towers, and then they printed only 300 copies, so it sold out in about a week and new copies were not available until after the hype had passed. My total royalties from the edition have been something like $75.00 -- though I haven't received a royalty statement in a few years; I should check. The Tolkien Estate's total royalties have been $0.00.  So much for the claim that Christopher Tolkien allowed the edition to be published for financial reasons].

In 1999 (I think), I had traveled to Oxford to proof my edition of Beowulf and the Critics against the manuscripts. While there, I had a very pleasant meeting with the Solicitor for the Tolkien Estate and expressed my interested in producing an edition of J.R.R.T.'s Beowulf translation and commentaries. The Tolkien Estate arranged to have all the manuscripts microfilmed and sent to me, and I ended up doing a "feasibility study," proposing an edition that combined the partial verse translation, the complete prose translation and the commentaries. The Tolkien Estate approved this project, and I began working on my edition in early 2002.

Important Note: I did not "discover" Tolkien's Beowulf translation and never made any statement to that effect. The existence of the Beowulf translation was known to Tolkien scholarship long before 1996. Some of it had appeared as early as 1940 in "On Translating Beowulf," and two passages (one verse, one prose) were quoted by Wayne Hammond and Christina Scull in J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist and Illustrator.  The translations, MS Tolkien 29, were identified in the Bodleian Library's Modern Papers catalogue, and their existence and possible quality were at least a tangential topic of conversation among Anglo-Saxonists at ISAS 1995 at Stanford. Furthermore, I have never seen or touched the physical manuscript of the Beowulf translation, having done all of my work from the microfilms sent to me by the Estate in 2002.

In 2003, my college put out a press release about my work on Tolkien in which the publication of Beowulf and the Critics was announced and my continuing work on the Beowulf edition was mentioned.

On the day after Christmas in 2003 (I think), just after the release of Beowulf and the Critics, a reporter from a British newspaper called me to follow up on the press release. Having had no serious experience dealing with the media, I spoke to him unguardedly and for a long time. I was very excited about the publication of my first book, and I also talked to him about the new project that I had begun. Several days later the story "Tolkien's Last Great Work is Discovered" appeared on page 3 of the paper. The reporter had conflated my story about the Beowulf and the Critics lectures with the Beowulf translation, and then it was off to the races. Because of the hype surrounding The Two Towers film, the story went global, with well over a hundred newspaper articles appearing. Interestingly, exactly zero reporters contacted me about the story in that first rush of stories, as everyone simply lifted the quotes from the original article but wrote as if they had interviewed me themselves (important lesson about journalism).

By New Year's Eve things had gotten out of hand, and I faxed the Tolkien Estate asking for guidance. They were not happy, especially because they thought I had given a copy of the unpublished translation to the reporter. I was confused by and angry at being accused of leaking the translation, and it was only after quite a bit of mutual misunderstanding that I understood that the Estate had not realized that the passage of the translation quoted by the reporter had been one of the papers in MS Tolkien 26 included in the material I published in the appendix. I had pointed the reporter towards this material and then helped him convert my diplomatic transcript into a readable text (by the way, this was the same passage of text that appeared in "On Translating Beowulf," and in hindsight I should have just directed the reporter to that text). The confusion and misunderstanding led to a somewhat rancorous exchange of letters, and the Tolkien Estate withdrew their permission from my edition. I returned their microfilms and have not worked on my edition since then.

In the years since, the Tolkien Estate in general and Christopher Tolkien in particular have been very helpful with other projects, from giving Tolkien Studies timely permission to quote from and publish previously unpublished works, to helping me decode J.R.R.T.'s handwriting for the revised edition of Beowulf and the Critics. I am glad that I did not follow the advice I received to pursue legal action over the withdrawn permission but instead focused my energies on other projects.

Although I have obviously already read (and edited) the translations themselves, I am still very much looking forward to the release of the book in May. I am interested to see how Christopher Tolkien has put the entire edition together, and I look forward to reading his commentary (especially if it is anything like the excellent apparatus that he created for Sigurd and Gudrún).


The above story is not as exciting as "discovering" Tolkien's "last great work" would be, but it has the benefit of being true.

And in any event, I now know that the low-level "discovery" of finding something in a box of papers could never come close to the thrill of a real intellectual discovery. Thanks to the "Lexomic" methods our research group has developed at Wheaton over the past few years (http://lexomics.wheatoncollege.edu#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/50000&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.com), I have experienced the joy of recovering information that was lost for over a millennium and making discoveries about Beowulf and other Anglo-Saxon texts (at least one of these discoveries has been confirmed by an archeological find). The pleasure of finding things out is much greater than the pleasure of just finding things.



















          

A good trick? (and is it legit?)

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Every couple of years I team-teach the lit half of a "Connected" pair of classes with my friend, the mathematician Bill Goldbloom Bloch. "The Edge of Reason" links my SciFi class with his Math Thought class over the course of an entire year, with us alternating teaching days and each prof sitting in on and participating in all of the other's classes. It's incredibly fun, and I learn a lot about math and, maybe more importantly, about how mathematicians think. Bill says that most mathematicians have 1 or 2 "good tricks," ways of conceptualizing the world or handling problems, that allows them to make multiple discoveries. Going beyond mathematicians: physicist Richard Feynman had his "integrate over all paths" trick, Einstein had his visualizations, etc. My own "good tricks" have included "read the whole thing" (you'd be amazed by how few scholars do) and "push the metaphor until it breaks."

Now I think I have a new one. And it's mathematical.

This summer our research group was working on the problem of thorn / eth distribution  . We were having trouble visualizing the data. I don't know why, but suddenly into my mind popped the notion of a rolling average, something I think I'd learned way back in high school and which had shown up when I was being creative with budgets to avoid laying people off during the financial crisis: it turns out that the amount of money you are allowed to draw from an endowment's revenue stream is based on a rolling average of the returns in several previous quarters. This saved me during the crash, as we had a little more money right at the beginning—since the the previous quarters were propping up the average—so we could at least give visiting and part-time faculty a year or two to try to find something else instead of just dropping them into a terrible economy (my sole accomplishment as department chair was that I didn't lay anyone off or fail to renew a contract).

So I started calculating the rolling ratio of θ (total number of þ divided by total number of þ plus total number of ð) through a text: choose a "window" of words or letters, add up all the thorns and eths in that window, calculate θ, and then move the window one unit to the right and re-calculate. The plots of the rolling ratios turn out to be very interesting. I'm just finishing up a paper now on what they might tell us about a work's textual history.

But I have been worried--following a chance remark by Janet Bately at ISAS Dublin--that all we were detecting with θ was the frequency of first-, second- or third-person plural present tense or plural imperative verbs. These forms end with an interdental, and there certainly seems to be a correlation between terminal interdentals and scribal use of ð (most famously by the B-scribe of Beowulf, but elsewhere as well). I wanted to know if θ was just a complicated proxy measurement for portions of the poem in the plural present tense or the imperative.

So we developed another measure, τ, which is the ratio of terminal interdentals (þ and ð) to the total number of interdentals in a passage. We calculated τ as a rolling ratio as well, and then compared the plots of τ and θ.

Sometimes these plots appear to be negatively correlated with each other: when τ goes down, θ increases, but other times,  not so much. And just looking at the graphs wasn't entirely satisfactory. So I calculated Pearson correlation coefficients between τ and θ. It turns out that these are pretty ambiguous when applied to whole texts, generally being on the order of .3  (1.0 would be perfect correlation and 0 would be no correlation at all). That wasn't entirely helpful: with an r of .3, tense and number could be contributing to θ, but other things (textual  history) could be as well.

Then last night I was staring in frustration at the τ and θ graphs for the Old English Genesis, and it hit me: there was a visible correlation between τ and θ in Genesis B, but not in Genesis A. I quickly calculated the Pearson correlation coefficient for each poem and indeed, Genesis B is highly correlated, with an r of .69, while Genesis A is only weakly correlated.

And here's where both the "good trick" and my question of legitimacy comes in. I realized that I could do the rolling window trick with the correlation coefficient. Calculate τ and θ, then choose a window length and calculate the correlation coefficient for that window. Then shift to the right and recalculate r. Plot the whole thing.

Except that it was hard to read the plot, since you ended up with both positive and negative correlations (negative correlation just means that when one variable goes up, the other goes down. It's just as much a correlation as a positive one).  So I had idea of taking the absolute value of r and plotting that. When you do so, you get very interesting results. Genesis B, for example, jumps right out of the Genesis plot. So too does the canticle-sourced material in Daniel and the section of Christ III that's based on the sermon of Caesarius of Arles.

My tentative conclusion: because not all scribes consistently followed the "terminal interdental to be represented by ð" rule, the correlation between τ and θ is actually useful data. Instead of simply invalidating θ, the correlation--and its absence--tells you something about the copying history of the text. My hunch is that it's the later scribes who produce segments with closely correlated τ and θ, so when we don't see the correlation, we can hypothesize that we're looking at a text that was written and copied earlier and so in which the inertia of the earlier forms is influencing that final copy.

But my worry is that a rolling Pearson's correlation coefficient is somehow statistically or mathematically illegitimate. You've got two rolling ratios (τ and θ), each of which over-samples many of the same data points (because the same point is going to influence multiple windows) and then you're doing the same kind of rolling comparison with over-sampling with the relatively complex Pearson formula.  I'm worried that my lack of mathematical and statistical sophistication has led me to miss something that should cancel out something else. Unfortunately, it is finals week, so I can't meet with my friend and co-author the statistician for a while at least, so I just have to live with being both excited at a potential discovery and worried that at any moment the intellectual floor is going to collapse out from under it.


          

16 Trailers & Sneak Peek Videos Released at New York Comic Con 2019 (VIDEOS)

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From 'Star Trek: Discovery' to 'Outlander,' see what's coming to TV with these special videos.

          

Everything We Learned at the 'Star Trek: Discovery' New York Comic Con Panel

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A new trailer, some new cast members, and more revealed at the NYCC panel.

          

Construction Roundup October 2019: Downtown, University District & More

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Development projects continue to hum along all over Central Ohio. In our latest Construction Roundup photo update, we check in on the progress on multiple sites throughout Downtown, The Discovery District, The University District, the RiverSouth area and more. CLICK HERE for more Columbus development news and updates. All photos by Walker Evans.

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"Star Trek: Discovery" Staffel 3: Erste Bilder auf der Comic-Con veröffentlicht

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Zu "Star Trek: Discovery" Staffel 3 wurden auf der Comic-Con erste Bilder veröffentlicht, die eine neue Figur zeigen. Schaut sie euch an!

          

Discovery: Support Worker - Social Care

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£9.00 - £9.90 Per Hour : Discovery: Here at Discovery we are looking for dedicated individuals to join our Support Worker team at The Willows in Taunton. You don't need to have experi Taunton
          

10/5/2019: Television: SWALLOWED BY THE SEA: ANCIENT EGYPT’S GREATEST LOST CITY

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PBS America, 9.00pm In 2000, maritime archaeologists made a startling discovery: a few kilometres off the coast of Egypt, the long-lost city of Heracleion was found in just 10 metres of water, many of its temples, statues, houses and boats preserved...
          

Mahogany's lakeside life holds undeniable draw

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Nobel prize in physics awarded – live!

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The physics prize has been easy to predict a couple of times in recent years. The discovery of the Higgs boson in 2012 teed up Peter Higgs and Francois Englert for the prize the following year. And then, in 2017, scientists on the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (Ligo) won for announcing the first detection of gravitational waves the year before.

This year’s winner is harder to call, but there’s no shortage of physicists who may have turned in last night in the quiet hope of having their day, or most probably their sleep, interrupted by an enthusiastic Swede.

Last year’s physics prize was shared among three scientists who turned light into tools. The US researcher Arthur Ashkin, who at 96 became the oldest recipient ever, was awarded half of the prize for inventing “optical tweezers”, which harness the pressure of laser light to manipulate tiny objects, such as bacteria and viruses.

Gérard Mourou of France and Donna Strickland of Canada split the remaining half of the prize money for what is called chirped pulse amplification which generates bright, ultrashort laser pulses. The method paved the way for millions of people to receive laser eye surgery. Strickland became only the third woman to win the physics Nobel.

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Apostolic Letter in the form of Motu Proprio of the Supreme Pontiff Francis "Aperuit illis" (30 September 2019)

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APOSTOLIC LETTER
ISSUED "MOTU PROPRIO"

BY THE SUPREME PONTIFF

FRANCIS

APERUIT ILLIS

INSTITUTING THE
SUNDAY OF THE WORD OF GOD

 

1. “He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures” (Lk 24:45).  This was one of the final acts of the risen Lord before his Ascension.  Jesus appeared to the assembled disciples, broke bread with them and opened their minds to the understanding of the sacred Scriptures. To them, amid their fear and bewilderment, he unveiled the meaning of the paschal mystery: that in accordance with the Father’s eternal plan he had to suffer and rise from the dead, in order to bring repentance and the forgiveness of sins (cf. Lk 24:26.46-47). He then promised to send the Holy Spirit, who would give them strength to be witnesses of this saving mystery (cf. Lk 24:49).

The relationship between the Risen Lord, the community of believers and sacred Scripture is essential to our identity as Christians. Without the Lord who opens our minds to them, it is impossible to understand the Scriptures in depth. Yet the contrary is equally true: without the Scriptures, the events of the mission of Jesus and of his Church in this world would remain incomprehensible. Hence, Saint Jerome could rightly claim: “Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ” (Commentary on the Book of Isaiah, Prologue: PL 24,17B).

2. At the conclusion of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, I proposed setting aside “a Sunday given over entirely to the word of God, so as to appreciate the inexhaustible riches contained in that constant dialogue between the Lord and his people” (Misericordia et Misera, 7). Devoting a specific Sunday of the liturgical year to the word of God can enable the Church to experience anew how the risen Lord opens up for us the treasury of his word and enables us to proclaim its unfathomable riches before the world. Here, we are reminded of the teaching of Saint Ephrem: “Who is able to understand, Lord, all the richness of even one of your words? There is more that eludes us than what we can understand. We are like the thirsty drinking from a fountain. Your word has as many aspects as the perspectives of those who study it. The Lord has coloured his word with diverse beauties, so that those who study it can contemplate what stirs them. He has hidden in his word all treasures, so that each of us may find a richness in what he or she contemplates” (Commentary on the Diatessaron, 1, 18).

With this Letter, I wish to respond to the many requests I have received from the people of God that the entire Church celebrate, in unity of purpose, a Sunday of the Word of God. It is now common for the Christian community to set aside moments to reflect on the great importance of the word of God for everyday living. The various local Churches have undertaken a wealth of initiatives to make the sacred Scripture more accessible to believers, to increase their gratitude for so great a gift, and to help them to strive daily to embody and bear witness to its teachings.

The Second Vatican Council gave great impulse to the rediscovery of the word of God, thanks to its Dogmatic Constitution Dei Verbum, a document that deserves to be read and appropriated ever anew. The Constitution clearly expounds the nature of sacred Scripture, its transmission from generation to generation (Chapter II), its divine inspiration (Chapter III) embracing the Old and New Testaments (Chapters IV and V), and the importance of Scripture for the life of the Church (Chapter VI). To advance this teaching, Pope Benedict XVI convoked an Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in 2008 on “The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church”, and then issued the Apostolic Exhortation Verbum Domini, whose teaching remains fundamental for our communities.[1] That document emphasizes in particular the performative character of the Word of God, especially in the context of the liturgy, in which its distinctively sacramental character comes to the fore.[2]

It is fitting, then that the life of our people be constantly marked by this decisive relationship with the living word that the Lord never tires of speaking to his Bride, that she may grow in love and faithful witness.

3. Consequently, I hereby declare that the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time is to be devoted to the celebration, study and dissemination of the word of God. This Sunday of the Word of God will thus be a fitting part of that time of the year when we are encouraged to strengthen our bonds with the Jewish people and to pray for Christian unity. This is more than a temporal coincidence: the celebration of the Sunday of the Word of God has ecumenical value, since the Scriptures point out, for those who listen, the path to authentic and firm unity.

The various communities will find their own ways to mark this Sunday with a certain solemnity. It is important, however, that in the Eucharistic celebration the sacred text be enthroned, in order to focus the attention of the assembly on the normative value of God’s word. On this Sunday, it would be particularly appropriate to highlight the proclamation of the word of the Lord and to emphasize in the homily the honour that it is due. Bishops could celebrate the Rite of Installation of Lectors or a similar commissioning of readers, in order to bring out the importance of the proclamation of God’s word in the liturgy. In this regard, renewed efforts should be made to provide members of the faithful with the training needed to be genuine proclaimers of the word, as is already the practice in the case of acolytes or extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion. Pastors can also find ways of giving a Bible, or one of its books, to the entire assembly as a way of showing the importance of learning how to read, appreciate and pray daily with sacred Scripture, especially through the practice of lectio divina.

4. The return of the people of Israel to their homeland after the Babylonian exile was marked by the public reading of the book of the Law. In the book of Nehemiah, the Bible gives us a moving description of that moment. The people assembled in Jerusalem, in the square before the Water Gate, to listen to the Law. They had been scattered in exile, but now they found themselves gathered “as one” around the sacred Scripture (Neh 8:1). The people lent “attentive ears” (Neh 8:3) to the reading of the sacred book, realizing that in its words they would discover the meaning of their lived experience. The reaction to the proclamation of was one of great emotion and tears: “[The Levites] read from the book, from the law of God, clearly; and they gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading. And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, ‘This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn or weep’. For all the people wept when they heard the words of the law. Then he said to them, ‘Go your way, eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to him for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord; and do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength’” (Neh 8:8-10).

These words contain a great teaching. The Bible cannot be just the heritage of some, much less a collection of books for the benefit of a privileged few. It belongs above all to those called to hear its message and to recognize themselves in its words. At times, there can be a tendency to monopolize the sacred text by restricting it to certain circles or to select groups. It cannot be that way. The Bible is the book of the Lord’s people, who, in listening to it, move from dispersion and division towards unity. The word of God unites believers and makes them one people.

5. In this unity born of listening, pastors are primarily responsible for explaining sacred Scripture and helping everyone to understand it. Since it is the people’s book, those called to be ministers of the word must feel an urgent need to make it accessible to their community.

The homily, in particular, has a distinctive function, for it possesses “a quasi-sacramental character” (Evangelii Gaudium, 142). Helping people to enter more deeply into the word of God through simple and suitable language will allow priests themselves to discover the “beauty of the images used by the Lord to encourage the practice of the good” (ibid.). This is a pastoral opportunity that should not be wasted!

For many of our faithful, in fact, this is the only opportunity they have to grasp the beauty of God’s word and to see it applied to their daily lives. Consequently, sufficient time must be devoted to the preparation of the homily. A commentary on the sacred readings cannot be improvised. Those of us who are preachers should not give long, pedantic homilies or wander off into unrelated topics. When we take time to pray and meditate on the sacred text, we can speak from the heart and thus reach the hearts of those who hear us, conveying what is essential and capable of bearing fruit. May we never tire of devoting time and prayer to Scripture, so that it may be received “not as a human word but as what it really is, the word of God” (1 Thess 2:13).

Catechists, too, in their ministry of helping people to grow in their faith, ought to feel an urgent need for personal renewal through familiarity with, and study of, the sacred Scriptures. This will help them foster in their hearers a true dialogue with the word of God.

6. Before encountering his disciples, gathered behind closed doors, and opening their minds to the understanding of the Scriptures (cf. Lk 24:44-45), the risen Lord appeared to two of them on the road to Emmaus from Jerusalem (cf. Lk 24:13-35). Saint Luke’s account notes that this happened on the very day of his resurrection, a Sunday. The two disciples were discussing the recent events concerning Jesus’ passion and death. Their journey was marked by sorrow and disappointment at his tragic death. They had hoped that he would be the Messiah who would set them free, but they found themselves instead confronted with the scandal of the cross. The risen Lord himself gently draws near and walks with them, yet they do not recognize him (cf. v. 16). Along the way, he questions them, and, seeing that they have not grasped the meaning of his passion and death, he exclaims: “O foolish men, and slow of heart” (v. 25). Then, “beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the Scriptures” (v.27). Christ is the first exegete! Not only did the Old Testament foretell what he would accomplish, but he himself wished to be faithful to its words, in order to make manifest the one history of salvation whose fulfilment is found in Christ.

7. The Bible, as sacred Scripture, thus speaks of Christ and proclaims him as the one who had to endure suffering and then enter into his glory (cf. v. 26). Not simply a part, but the whole of Scripture speaks of Christ. Apart from the Scriptures, his death and resurrection cannot be rightly understood. That is why one of the most ancient confessions of faith stressed that “Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas” (1Cor15:3-5). Since the Scriptures everywhere speak of Christ, they enable us to believe that his death and resurrection are not myth but history, and are central to the faith of his disciples.

A profound bond links sacred Scripture and the faith of believers. Since faith comes from hearing, and what is heard is based on the word of Christ (cf. Rom 10:17), believers are bound to listen attentively to the word of the Lord, both in the celebration of the liturgy and in their personal prayer and reflection.

8. The journey that the Risen Lord makes with the disciples of Emmaus ended with a meal. The mysterious wayfarer accepts their insistent request: “Stay with us, for it is almost evening and the day is now far spent” (Lk 24:29). They sit down at table, and Jesus takes the bread, blesses it, breaks it and offers it to them. At that moment, their eyes are opened, and they recognize him (cf. v. 31).

This scene clearly demonstrates the unbreakable bond between sacred Scripture and the Eucharist. As the Second Vatican Council teaches, “the Church has always venerated the divine Scriptures as she has venerated the Lord’s body, in that she never ceases, above all in the sacred liturgy, to partake of the bread of life and to offer it to the faithful from the one table of the word of God and the body of Christ” (Dei Verbum, 21).

Regular reading of sacred Scripture and the celebration of the Eucharist make it possible for us to see ourselves as part of one another. As Christians, we are a single people, making our pilgrim way through history, sustained by the Lord, present in our midst, who speaks to us and nourishes us. A day devoted to the Bible should not be seen as a yearly event but rather a year-long event, for we urgently need to grow in our knowledge and love of the Scriptures and of the risen Lord, who continues to speak his word and to break bread in the community of believers. For this reason, we need to develop a closer relationship with sacred Scripture; otherwise, our hearts will remain cold and our eyes shut, struck as we are by so many forms of blindness.

Sacred Scripture and the sacraments are thus inseparable. When the sacraments are introduced and illumined by God’s word, they become ever more clearly the goal of a process whereby Christ opens our minds and hearts to acknowledge his saving work. We should always keep in mind the teaching found in the Book of Revelation: the Lord is standing at the door and knocking. If anyone should hear his voice and open for him, he will come in and eat with them (cf. 3:20). Christ Jesus is knocking at our door in the words of sacred Scripture. If we hear his voice and open the doors of our minds and hearts, then he will enter our lives and remain ever with us.

9. In the Second Letter to Timothy, which is in some ways his spiritual testament, Saint Paul urges his faithful co-worker to have constant recourse to sacred Scripture. The Apostle is convinced that “all Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (3:16). Paul’s exhortation to Timothy is fundamental to the teaching of the conciliar Constitution Dei Verbum on the great theme of biblical inspiration, which emphasizes the Scriptures’ saving purpose, spiritual dimension and inherent incarnational principle.

First, recalling Paul’s encouragement to Timothy, Dei Verbum stresses that “we must acknowledge that the books of Scripture firmly, faithfully and without error, teach that truth which God, for the sake of our salvation, wished to see confided to the sacred Scriptures” (No. 11). Since the Scriptures teach with a view to salvation through faith in Christ (cf. 2 Tim 3:15), the truths contained therein are profitable for our salvation. The Bible is not a collection of history books or a chronicle, but is aimed entirely at the integral salvation of the person. The evident historical setting of the books of the Bible should not make us overlook their primary goal, which is our salvation. Everything is directed to this purpose and essential to the very nature of the Bible, which takes shape as a history of salvation in which God speaks and acts in order to encounter all men and women and to save them from evil and death.

To achieve this saving purpose, sacred Scripture, by the working of the Holy Spirit, makes human words written in human fashion become the word of God (cf. Dei Verbum, 12). The role of the Holy Spirit in the Scriptures is primordial. Without the work of the Spirit, there would always be a risk of remaining limited to the written text alone. This would open the way to a fundamentalist reading, which needs to be avoided, lest we betray the inspired, dynamic and spiritual character of the sacred text. As the Apostle reminds us: “The letter kills, but the Spirit gives life” (2 Cor 3:6). The Holy Spirit, then, makes sacred Scripture the living word of God, experienced and handed down in the faith of his holy people.

10. The work of the Holy Spirit has to do not only with the formation of sacred Scripture; it is also operative in those who hear the word of God. The words of the Council Fathers are instructive: sacred Scripture is to be “read and interpreted in the light of the same Spirit through whom it was written” (Dei Verbum, 12). God’s revelation attains its completion and fullness in Jesus Christ; nonetheless, the Holy Spirit does not cease to act. It would be reductive indeed to restrict the working of the Spirit to the divine inspiration of sacred Scripture and its various human authors. We need to have confidence in the working of the Holy Spirit as he continues in his own way to provide “inspiration” whenever the Church teaches the sacred Scriptures, whenever the Magisterium authentically interprets them (cf. ibid., 10), and whenever each believer makes them the norm of his or her spiritual life. In this sense, we can understand the words spoken by Jesus to his disciples when they told him that they now understood the meaning of his parables: “Every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old” (Mt 13:52).

11. Finally, Dei Verbum makes clear that “the words of God, expressed in human language, are in every way like human speech, just as the Word of the eternal Father, in taking upon himself the weak flesh of human beings, also took on their likeness” (No. 13). We can say that the incarnation of the eternal Word gives shape and meaning to the relationship between God’s word and our human language, in all its historical and cultural contingency. This event gives rise to Tradition, which is also God’s word (cf. ibid., 9). We frequently risk separating sacred Scripture and sacred Tradition, without understanding that together they are the one source of Revelation. The written character of the former takes nothing away from its being fully a living word; in the same way, the Church’s living Tradition, which continually hands that word down over the centuries from one generation to the next, possesses that sacred book as the “supreme rule of her faith” (ibid., 21). Moreover, before becoming a written text, sacred Scripture was handed down orally and kept alive by the faith of a people who, in the midst of many others, acknowledged it as their own history and the source of their identity. Biblical faith, then, is based on the living word, not on a book.

12. When sacred Scripture is read in the light of the same Spirit by whom it was written, it remains ever new. The Old Testament is never old once it is part of the New, since all has been transformed thanks to the one Spirit who inspired it. The sacred text as a whole serves a prophetic function regarding not the future but the present of whoever is nourished by this word. Jesus himself clearly stated this at the beginning of his ministry: “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing” (Lk 4:21). Those who draw daily nourishment from God’s word become, like Jesus, a contemporary of all those whom they encounter: they are not tempted to fall into sterile nostalgia for the past, or to dream of ethereal utopias yet to come.

Sacred Scripture accomplishes its prophetic work above all in those who listen to it. It proves both sweet and bitter. We are reminded of the words of the prophet Ezekiel when, commanded by the Lord to eat the scroll of the book, he tells us: “It was in my mouth as sweet as honey” (3:3). John the Evangelist too, on the island of Patmos, echoes Ezekiel’s experience of eating the scroll, but goes on to add: “It was sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it my stomach was made bitter” (Rev 10:10).

The sweetness of God’s word leads us to share it with all those whom we encounter in this life and to proclaim the sure hope that it contains (cf. 1 Pet 3:15-16). Its bitterness, in turn, often comes from our realization of how difficult it is to live that word consistently, or our personal experience of seeing it rejected as meaningless for life. We should never take God’s word for granted, but instead let ourselves be nourished by it, in order to acknowledge and live fully our relationship with him and with our brothers and sisters.

13. Yet another challenge raised by sacred Scripture has to do with love. God’s word constantly reminds us of the merciful love of the Father who calls his children to live in love. The life of Jesus is the full and perfect expression of this divine love, which holds nothing back but offers itself to all without reserve. In the parable of Lazarus, we find a valuable teaching. When both Lazarus and the rich man die, the latter, seeing the poor man Lazarus in Abraham’s bosom, asks that Lazarus be sent to his brothers to warn them to love their neighbour, lest they also experience his torment. Abraham’s answer is biting: “They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them” (Lk 16:29). To listen to sacred Scripture and then to practise mercy: this is the great challenge before us in life. God’s word has the power to open our eyes and to enable us to renounce a stifling and barren individualism and instead to embark on a new path of sharing and solidarity.

14. One of the most significant moments in Jesus’ relationship with his disciples is found in the account of the Transfiguration. He goes up the mountain with Peter, James and John to pray. The evangelists tell us that as Jesus’ face and clothing became dazzlingly white, two men conversed with him: Moses and Elijah, representing respectively the Law and the Prophets; in other words, sacred Scripture. Peter’s reaction to this sight is one of amazement and joy: “Master, it is well that we are here; let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah” (Lk 9:33). At that moment a cloud overshadows them, and the disciples are struck with fear.

The Transfiguration reminds us of the Feast of Tabernacles, when Ezra and Nehemiah read the sacred text to the people after their return from exile. At the same time, it foreshadows Jesus’ glory, as a way of preparing the disciples for the scandal of the Passion: that divine glory is also evoked by the cloud enveloping the disciples as a symbol of God’s presence. A similar transfiguration takes place with sacred Scripture, which transcends itself whenever it nourishes the lives of believers. As the Apostolic Exhortation Verbum Domini reminds us: “In rediscovering the interplay between the different senses of Scripture it becomes essential to grasp thepassage from letter to spirit. This is not an automatic, spontaneous passage; rather, the letter needs to be transcended” (No. 38).

15. Along our path of welcoming God’s word into our hearts, the Mother of the Lord accompanies us. She is the one who was called blessed because she believed in the fulfilment of what the Lord had spoken to her (cf. Lk 1:45). Mary’s own beatitude is prior to all the beatitudes proclaimed by Jesus about the poor and those who mourn, the meek, the peacemakers and those who are persecuted, for it is the necessary condition for every other kind of beatitude. The poor are not blessed because they are poor; they become blessed if, like Mary, they believe in the fulfilment of God’s word. A great disciple and master of sacred Scripture, Saint Augustine, once wrote: “Someone in the midst of the crowd, seized with enthusiasm, cried out: ‘Blessed is the womb that bore you’ and Jesus replied, ‘Rather, blessed are they who hear the word of God and keep it’. As if to say: My mother, whom you call blessed, is indeed blessed, because she keeps the word of God. Not because in her the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, but because she keeps that same word of God by which she was made and which, in her womb, became flesh” (Tractates on the Gospel of John, 10, 3).

May the Sunday of the Word of God help his people to grow in religious and intimate familiarity with the sacred Scriptures. For as the sacred author taught of old: “This word is very near to you: it is in your mouth and in your heart for your observance” (Dt 30:14).

Given in Rome, at the Basilica of Saint John Lateran, on 30 September 2019, the liturgical Memorial of Saint Jerome, on the inauguration of the 1600th anniversary of his death.

 

FRANCISCUS

 



[1] Cf. AAS 102 (2010), 692-787.

[2] “The sacramentality of the word can thus be understood by analogy with the real presence of Christ under the appearances of the consecrated bread and wine.  By approaching the altar and partaking in the Eucharistic banquet we truly share in the body and blood of Christ. The proclamation of God’s word at the celebration entails an acknowledgment that Christ himself is present, that he speaks to us, and that he wishes to be heard”(Verbum Domini, 56).


          

Wealth Management Advisor

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GENERAL FUNCTION

Serves as the trusted advisor and team coordinator to simplify complexity for Private Bank clients by challenging and collaborating with them to articulate and achieve their wealth goals. Creates teams of highly credentialed specialists to provide wealth planning, investments, private banking, risk management, and trust services. Ensures delivery and execution of Private Bank experience and client service standards.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Sales:

·         Develops and prospects internal and external centers of influence to build and cultivate pipeline of new client opportunities.

·         Effectively utilizes Life360 Discovery process to profile clients and issues spot client needs that result in AUM, Brokerage, Loans, Deposits, Insurance, Estate Planning, and Wealth Planning.

·         Acts as the Core Team Member for One Bank to identify opportunities with new and existing bank customers. Continually monitors and evaluates client needs to identify opportunities to expand and deepen household relationship.

·         Demonstrates proficiency in the utilization of consultative and advice driven sales; manages execution of client service standards to develop and retain lasting client relationships.

·         Develops and strategically executes personal business plan to achieve defined revenue and business objectives.

 

Client Experience:

·         Institutes habits that ensure coordination of team in the consistent delivery of Private Bank experience standards.

·         Utilizes the Life360 process when working with team members to deliver advice based solutions.

·         Collaborates with a customized team of specialists to deliver high-quality client service.

·         Ensures service standards and metrics are met based on needs, segmentation, asset allocation, and risk management.

·         Identifies and refers opportunities providing for the utilization of advanced planning solutions.

·         Coordinates and collaborates with client third party advisors (e.g., attorney, accountant) to ensure synergy of advisors'' recommendations, consistent to client goals.


          

Agency Program Manager (Voice)

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General Function:



. BPO Program Manager (voice) is responsible for leading the internal effort to set up a voice BCP site off shore (Philippines). They will be charged with working with internal staff and off shore provider (SLK) to clearly articulate the businesscasean ensuring execution. This position will create transition plans with 3rd party Collections provider and the line of business to move existing work to the newly created site and work closely with 5/3 call center and process owners to move workaccordingto business case. The Program manager will have the responsibility of overseeing the transition of all work from the US and India into the new location. They will work closely with SLK to set up infrastructure, hire leadership and staff tomeet 5/3standards of operation. This position will require extend stay in off shore location to ensure a successful migration of work load. The Program manager will coordinate all training efforts with SLK and 5/3 to ensure all procedures and policiesare inaccordance with







Essential Duties and Responsibilities:



. Responsible for Oversight of Internal Enterprise program management of all voice offshore/outsource initiatives.



. Partner with 5/3 Global Solutions sales team and assist in voice sales efforts as needed.



. Responsible for leading voice initiative to deliver discovery and transition services for Internal/External clients.



. Responsible for exceeding Internal/External customer''s needs and delivering transitions on time at cost with a high degree of quality.



. Partnership with sourcing, risk, IT, EPMO, and other core offshore support departments to



Insure smooth transitions while adhering to Bancorp risk and compliance policies.



. Understand telephonic systems and work closely with IT resources to deliver customer expectations.



. Assist in P&L management for Agency and SLK Global to deliver $100m in revenue by 2019.



. Lead / coordinate SLK transitions resources to ensure adequate availability of resources to meet pipeline demand.



. Oversee SLK Operations and ensure productivity and quality standards are met on each customer voice engagement.



. Identify and implement process improvement/efficiencies within current BPO operations on-shore and off-shore



. Re-engineer internal/external processes to enable off shoring, through lean/six sigma methodology.



. Assist/champion issue resolution for any/all escalated enterprise-wide BPO initiatives.



. Lead the execution/implementation of offshore development strategies and next generation BPO



. Projects/initiatives throughout enterprise



. Hold monthly review with voice production management on production/transition issues and future enhancements



. Ensure Daily management and analytics reporting on all daily voice production and quality metrics are delivered to the customer and reviewed for systemic issues.



. Senior management communication and progress updates across lines of business.



. Assist in the monthly BPO Center of Excellence committee meetings to ensure the best in class



. Responsible for leading a team of BPO account managers to deliver discovery and transition services for Internal/External clients.



. Coordinate annual BPO forecast and gain approval from business partners and set timelines for each engagement.




          

Wealth Management Advisor

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GENERAL FUNCTION: Serves as the trusted advisor and team coordinator to simplify complexity for Private Bank clients by challenging and collaborating with them to articulate and achieve their wealth goals. Creates teams of highlycredentialedspecialiststo provide wealth planning, investments, private banking, risk management, and trust services. Ensures delivery and execution of Private Bank experience and client service standards.



ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

.Sales:

oDevelops and prospects internal and external centers of influence to build and cultivate pipeline of new client opportunities.

oEffectively utilizes Life360 Discovery process to profile clients and issues spot client needs that result in AUM, Brokerage, Loans, Deposits, Insurance, Estate Planning, and Wealth Planning.

oActs as the Core Team Member for One Bank to identify opportunities with new and existing bank customers. Continually monitors and evaluates client needs to identify opportunities to expand and deepen household relationship.

oDemonstrates proficiency in the utilization of consultative and advice driven sales; manages execution of client service standards to develop and retain lasting client relationships.

oDevelops and strategically executes personal business plan to achieve defined revenue and business objectives.

.Client Experience:

oInstitutes habits that ensure coordination of team in the consistent delivery of Private Bank experience standards.

oUtilizes the Life360 process when working with team members to deliver advice based solutions.

oCollaborates with a customized team of specialists to deliver high-quality client service.

oEnsures service standards and metrics are met based on needs, segmentation, asset allocation, and risk management.

oIdentifies and refers opportunities providing for the utilization of advanced planning solutions.

oCoordinates and collaborates with client third party advisors (e.g., attorney, accountant) to ensure synergy of advisors'' recommendations, consistent to client goals.

oPartners and leverages internal and external service providers to optimize effectiveness and efficiency.

oAs primary contact, resolves problems in a timely and effective manner.

oProvides client with information regarding current trends and commands a thorough knowledge of investment products, trading strategies and market dynamics.

oAccountable for the organization, development and execution of client reviews that are in keeping with service standards to ensure client needs are being met. E.g. Annual Client Reviews and quarterly updates, etc. Utilizes the Life360processtocontinually challenge and collaborate with the client to articulate and achieve their goals.

oManages overall profitability of client relationship.

oEnsures process information recorded timely in CRM regarding status and activities.

oDrives continuous improvement by looking for ways to deepen relationship with client through all areas of Private Bank and other appropriate Bancorp channels.

oActs as primary point of contact for COI within Bank.

oAccountable for implementation of recommendations delivered to client.

oLeads the 90-day client on-boarding process.

oWorks in collaboration with team members to ensure alignment and exchange information and resources necessary to meet shared objectives.

oAddresses developmental needs and knowledge gaps as requested by manager and the Private Bank.

oChampions the Bancorp Vision and Core Values through personal actions and leadership influence to promote high-performing work groups.

.Other:

oExperienced operating in an environment that stresses both individual accountability and team-based performance.

oExhibits a sense of urgency and a continual drive to results coupled with an ability to partner effectively with management at all organizational levels.

oDisplays the ability to be highly effective in a team-oriented environment and to build relationships based on added value, not title or authority.

oSupports a proven track record of successfully collaborating with and influencing management and peers to support growth and financial results.

oActively participates within professional and community organizations.

oActively networks and effectively builds r
          

Agency BPO Account Manager

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General Function: BPO Account Manager is responsible for internal discovery and transitions through all stages until delivery to Off Shore team. The major objective is to process map and coordinate all efforts to achieve the desire results of the Business. Accountmanagerwill lead each Line of business through critical process steps on each engagement including: process mapping, PIP process through PPM, Risk engagement, RAD creation and completion, NPI process and sign off and Risk Review. External (customersoutsideof 5/3) discovery and transitions will also be assigned in coordination with offshore partners as needed. Account managers will be responsible for coordination with offshore teams to complete transition process and ensure training / knowledgetransfer isacceptable to exceed line of business objectives. Account Manager will work with off shore partner to set performance metrics meeting the Bancorp''s standard and coordinate quarterly business reviews.



Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

. Responsible for assigned internal engagements working with Line of business to off shore targeted objective to include discovery and transition processes.



. Responsible for discovery and transition processes working with off shore team to include: process mapping, NPI Process, Risk Review, RAD creation and Risk/IT approval.


. Partner with Sourcing to ensure SOW is created with Business approval.



. External Customer discovery and transition activity assigned as needed



. Responsible for exceeding Internal/External customer''s needs and delivering transitions on time at cost with a high degree of quality.



. Partnership with sourcing, risk, IT, EPMO, and other core offshore support departments to ensure smooth transitions while adhering to Bancorp risk and compliance policies.



. Partner with SLK transitions resources to ensure adequate availability of resources to meet pipeline demand.



. Partner with SLK Operations and ensure productivity and quality standards are met on each customer engagement.



. Identify and implement process improvement/efficiencies within current BPO operations on-shore and off-shore



. Re-engineer internal processes to enable off shoring, through lean/six sigma methodology.



. Maintain reporting/tracking on all activity associated with each off shore engagement



. Daily communication with vendor and LOBs highlighting current state of off shored processesa and any issues that needs to be addressed.



. Work closely with Compliance officer to ensure compliance and risk standards are met on each engagement


          

Consumer Credit Risk QC Analyst

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GENERAL FUNCTION: A Consumer Credit Risk Analyst works as a leader among team of QC Analysts and performs a wide range of duties related to the re-underwriting of mortgage and consumer loans. The position is responsible for conducting the reviews post closing and will not have lending authority. Performs routine and targeted reviews of selected files to confirm that the loans have been originated in compliance with the BankÆs and investor underwriting requirements and the documentation standards and procedures set forth in the BankÆs Quality Control Program. In addition to routine reviews, the Analyst will be responsible for complex transactions including special investigations, targeted, and high-risk samples.



ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

(SEE ACTUAL JOB DESCRIPTION FOR ALL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES)

* Re-underwrites originated consumer real estate, non real estate and mortgage loans to confirm the transaction meets published Bank and Investor credit policy requirements. Description of re-underwrite includes:

o Mortgage and Consumer real estate audits consist of complete re-underwrite, specifically reviewing all items pertaining to the approval of the mortgage file. The underwrite includes, but is not limited to: Income calculation for wage earning or self employed borrowers, ratio calculations, data integrity, credit report review, red flag for fraud or misrep review, collateral appraisal review, title work and hud-1 figures. The underwrite includes review of company products and policies which also requires knowledge of archived or dated guidelines as QC review is performed on a lagged basis.

o Consumer business line auto, signature, and bank card audits consists of complete re-underwrites to determine if data was submitted accurately and is documented according to published policies and guidelines.

* QC Analyst is responsible for completing higher level audits on targeted loans which require more complex skills and knowledge.

* Performs re-verification of required documentation. Including (not limited to) completing verbal or written verifications of employment and deposit, ordering IRS transcripts, accessing and reviewing fraud prevention tools, updating credit reports, and appraisal reviews.

* Documents work and research performed. Prepares a clear, concise report of significant findings on a file-by-file basis and inputs these findings into the Quality Control database, to be distributed to appropriate internal parties.

o Responsible for assisting manager in the prioritization of work and delegation of tasks to ensure proper coverage of functions.

* Determines the potential causes of any deficiencies noted throughout the course of the audit. Tracks and escalates trending concerns to QC Manager or Director.

* Completes investigation referrals for submission to Bank Protection upon discovery of any suspicious activity. Assists in any follow up research to assist the investigation.



SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: None






          

Resolution Specialist

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GENERAL FUNCTION: The Resolution Specialist performs a variety of high priority tasks under minimal direction/supervision from the Collections Management. Multiple products are considered and multiple systems are utilized. Delinquency rates range from 0 - 180+ days delinquent, including but not limited to; bankruptcy, repossessions, pre-charge off, charge off, recovery and Loss Mitigation. The Resolution Specialist ensures that departmental, legal, and regulatory guidelines are met.



DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

* Responds and replies to Collections Hotline Complaints. Researches the complaint and recommends the appropriate course of action to management. Follows up with management when needed, and ensures that a response or a resolution is offered to the borrower.

* Resolution Specialist has the authority to resolve ACH corrections, overdraft situations, and fee corrections (NSF, late fees, and incorrect fees) independently of management.

* Authority Level to approve up to $250 per instance for resolution.

* Receives and reviews letters received from borrowers relating to Consumer Collections and Office of the President disputes. Researches the issue and recommends the appropriate course of action to management. Follows up with management and ensures that a response or a resolution is offered to the borrower within 72 hours.

* Ensures that all required documentation is made available to management for problem resolution.

* Acts as a liaison to Fifth Third Legal Counsel and outside collection agencies on collection matters ensuring policies and procedures are followed.

* Verifies the accuracy of affidavits required for the Bank''s legal representation, and completes any information required by our attorneys and collection agencies in the final stages of collections.

* Responds to Legal Discovery requests and ensures that all required documentation is made available to the entity requesting the information.

* Coordinates and prepares personnel at Fifth Third to act as witnesses for Internal Legal matters when a court appearance is necessary. Through research is completed to ensure that sufficient documentation is available to both the attorney and the 5/3 personnel representing us in this matter. In the event insufficient evidence is available, or the cost to attend seems unreasonable, the specialist may recommend that the matter be withdrawn or settled.

* Reconciles loan histories when required creating comprehensive ledgers or spreadsheets to improve evidence in court.

* Ensures that all internal legal issues are consistently reviewed daily to ensure that accounts are managed on a regular basis, (N.A.L.B.) and works as management directs.

* Assists with the collection process; speaks to the borrower when needed to solve problems.

* Adjusts credit reporting if necessary.

* Successfully completes assigned projects using business-related applications such as Amtrak, ACE, Mobius, and Excel.

* Records all completed tasks via notes in the collection system (CACS) and in the departmental log.

* Performs other duties as assigned, including collections activity as management directs.



SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: None

          

Discovery of 20 new moons puts Saturn ahead of Jupiter - Los Angeles Times

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6 Big Questions About the Star Trek: Discovery Season 3 Trailer: Is this Roddenberry’s Future?

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When Star Trek: Discovery debuted in 2017, it was billed as a show that followed “the adventures of Starfleet.” The show wasn’t just about the voyages of the starship Discovery, but also the USS Shenzhou and, eventually, the USS Enterprise. But now, in season 3, it looks like Discovery is all that is left of Starfleet, and the Federation […]
          

Wealth Management Advisor

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GENERAL FUNCTION: Serves as the trusted advisor and team coordinator to simplify complexity for Private Bank clients by challenging and collaborating with them to articulate and achieve their wealth goals. Creates teams of highlycredentialedspecialiststo provide wealth planning, investments, private banking, risk management, and trust services. Ensures delivery and execution of Private Bank experience and client service standards.



ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

.Sales:

oDevelops and prospects internal and external centers of influence to build and cultivate pipeline of new client opportunities.

oEffectively utilizes Life360 Discovery process to profile clients and issues spot client needs that result in AUM, Brokerage, Loans, Deposits, Insurance, Estate Planning, and Wealth Planning.

oActs as the Core Team Member for One Bank to identify opportunities with new and existing bank customers. Continually monitors and evaluates client needs to identify opportunities to expand and deepen household relationship.

oDemonstrates proficiency in the utilization of consultative and advice driven sales; manages execution of client service standards to develop and retain lasting client relationships.

oDevelops and strategically executes personal business plan to achieve defined revenue and business objectives.

.Client Experience:

oInstitutes habits that ensure coordination of team in the consistent delivery of Private Bank experience standards.

oUtilizes the Life360 process when working with team members to deliver advice based solutions.

oCollaborates with a customized team of specialists to deliver high-quality client service.

oEnsures service standards and metrics are met based on needs, segmentation, asset allocation, and risk management.

oIdentifies and refers opportunities providing for the utilization of advanced planning solutions.

oCoordinates and collaborates with client third party advisors (e.g., attorney, accountant) to ensure synergy of advisors'' recommendations, consistent to client goals.

oPartners and leverages internal and external service providers to optimize effectiveness and efficiency.

oAs primary contact, resolves problems in a timely and effective manner.

oProvides client with information regarding current trends and commands a thorough knowledge of investment products, trading strategies and market dynamics.

oAccountable for the organization, development and execution of client reviews that are in keeping with service standards to ensure client needs are being met. E.g. Annual Client Reviews and quarterly updates, etc. Utilizes the Life360processtocontinually challenge and collaborate with the client to articulate and achieve their goals.

oManages overall profitability of client relationship.

oEnsures process information recorded timely in CRM regarding status and activities.

oDrives continuous improvement by looking for ways to deepen relationship with client through all areas of Private Bank and other appropriate Bancorp channels.

oActs as primary point of contact for COI within Bank.

oAccountable for implementation of recommendations delivered to client.

oLeads the 90-day client on-boarding process.

oWorks in collaboration with team members to ensure alignment and exchange information and resources necessary to meet shared objectives.

oAddresses developmental needs and knowledge gaps as requested by manager and the Private Bank.

oChampions the Bancorp Vision and Core Values through personal actions and leadership influence to promote high-performing work groups.

.Other:

oExperienced operating in an environment that stresses both individual accountability and team-based performance.

oExhibits a sense of urgency and a continual drive to results coupled with an ability to partner effectively with management at all organizational levels.

oDisplays the ability to be highly effective in a team-oriented environment and to build relationships based on added value, not title or authority.

oSupports a proven track record of successfully collaborating with and influencing management and peers to support growth and financial results.

oActively participates within professional and community organizations.

oActively networks and effectively builds r
          

Revenue Manager - Ramada Lisbon Hotel - (Lisboa)

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Saturn breaks record after astronomers discover another 20 moons

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Saturn is now the Moon King of our solar system thanks to the discovery of another 20 moons orbiting the gas giant. The announcement was made today by Carnegie Science, where a team of astronomers led by Scott S. Sheppard found the new moons. Adding them to the known celestial bodies, Saturn now officially has 82 moons, exceeding Jupiter’s previous … Continue reading
          

First STAR TREK: DISCOVERY Season 3 Trailer Teases the Federation in 3187

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The future of the Federation isn't great.

CBS All Access has released the first teaser trailer for Season 3 of Star Trek: Discovery, providing the first glimpse of what happened to the crew of the U.S.S. Discovery after travelling 930 years into their future to the year 3187 at the end of the Season 2 finale, "Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2".

The one-minute, ten-second trailer opens with Commander Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) digging out from being covered with dirt on an alien world and grabbing her communicator.

As we see fleeting images of Burnham transitioning to longer hair, she remarks in a voiceover, "I've spent a year searching that domino that tipped over and started all of this."

We then see a group of Andorians and humans armed with weapons,.who#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/65436&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.com fire some sort of shockwave at Burnham and new character Cleveland "Book" Booker (David Ajala), sending them flying.

In a separate scene, Burnham and Book are walking across alien terrain, with Book observing, "You believe in ghosts."

"What does that mean?" asks Burnham.

"That badge on your shirt."  Realizing Book is referring to her Starfleet insignia on her uniform, Burnham pauses to consider the statement.

Next, we see Commander Saru (Doug Jones) and Ensign Sylvia Tilly (Mary Wiseman) in some sort of robes entering a strange room.

This is followed by Burnham and Book entering a stark white office, where an unknown man states, "I have watched this office every day, believing that my hope was not in vain..."  The man lowers a Federation flag, which only shows six stars, hinting that in 3187, there are only six worlds remaining in the United Federation of Planets.  "...And that hope is you, Commander Burnham."

We glimpse Burnham floating in a pool of white liquid, followed by a group of Trills.  

As we see the Discovery in space, Saru remarks in a voiceover, "This ship bears the name Discovery.  She has carried us into the future.  And it will be our privilege to make that future bright."

"Let's see how this plays out, shall we?" says the Mirror Universe counterpart of Phillipa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh).

Lastly, we cut back to the scene in the white office, with the unknown man holding Burnham by both hands in front of the Federation flag and asking her, "Where will you go?"

"Wherever the answers are," replies Burnham as the trailer ends.

If you'd like to view the new trailer, you can check it out below thanks to the official CBS All Access account on YouTube...




Star Trek: Discovery is expected to return to CBS All Access for Season 3 sometime in Early 2020.


          

A Conversation with Amy J. Murphy

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A discussion of the binge model, writing without distraction and a classic 90's movie. Clinton sits down with author Amy J. Murphy during the Technorama/comedy4cast and friends LIVE! show at DragonCon. They discuss her "Allies and Enemies" military science fiction series, as well as the current trend towards bingeable writing. Along the way they discuss writing with ADD/ADHD and somehow end up playing a game of "I Think You're Confused." >> Visit Amy J. Murphy.com#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/65949&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.com for information on all her projects. >> The "How to ADHD" YouTube channel mentioned during the interview. >> Photo courtesy of Kyle Nishioka >> Become a comedy4cast patron with Patreon and get episodes before everyone else!>> Follow us on Twitter>> Become a fan and comment on Facebook or MeWe>> Follow us on Instagram>> Call the Super Secret Phone Line: (360) 515-0004>> Drop us an email at podcast @ comedy4cast.com#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/65949&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.com>> And be sure to check out everything happening over at The Topic is Trek, including the podcast and Clinton's reviews of "Star Trek: Discovery" episodes
          

10/8/2019: TV VANDAAG: Discovery Channel

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Dr. Richard Daystrom on (News Article):Super-sized Space Bubbles in Another Galaxy Are Spewing Cosmic Rays in Our Direction.....

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Super-sized Space Bubbles in Another Galaxy Are Spewing Cosmic Rays in Our Direction.....

 

10/07/2019 / By Edsel Cook

Tagged Under: cosmiccosmic eventscosmic raysdiscoveriesGalaxiesNASANGC 3079 galaxyouter spacespace researchStars, super bubbles, super-massive black holes

You have probably seen a child huffing and puffing and blowing at a bubble blower toy to fill the air with glistening soap bubbles. Researchers identified a galaxy in the universe that is going through a similar phase in its life — except its space bubbles are shooting cosmic rays in the general direction of Earth.

The NGC 3079 galaxy lies 67 million light-years from the sun. It produced two huge bubbles of gas that span several thousand light-years in diameter.

Both formations gave off tremendous amounts of highly charged particles that streaked across the vast void as cosmic rays. Their particles displayed 100 times more energy than any counterpart on Earth, including the ones created and studied at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland.

A NASA-led international team of researchers from the United States, Canada, France, and Germany made this discovery. They went over imagery sent by the Hubble Space Telescope and the Chandra X-ray Observatory — two of the four “Great Observatories” launched by NASA from 1990 to 2003.

They spotted the two cosmic bubbles bobbing near the center of NGC 3079. The researchers released their findings in The Astrophysical Journal. (Related: Sci-fi in real life: Scientists propose building a space station INSIDE an asteroid and using its gravity to mine valuable space rocks.)

A distant galaxy formed two big super bubbles

While researchers have spotted similar bubbles in the past, the vast bulk of the two cosmic formations in NGC 3079 earned them the classification of “super bubbles.”

The bulkier member of the pair sported a diameter of 4,900 light-years. Meanwhile, its partner measured around 73 percent of its size (3,600 light-years).

To give an idea of how big these super bubbles are, the orbit of Neptune around the sun measures a diameter of 5.6 billion miles (nine billion kilometers). Multiply that by one thousand, and you get a light-year, 5.6 trillion miles (nine trillion kilometers.)

Now, note that both NGC 3079 super bubbles have diameters that span thousands of light-years. The bigger super bubble measures more than 27.4 quadrillion miles (50.4 quadrillion kilometers).

These and other super bubbles throughout the universe are made up of stellar gas that originated in stars in their home galaxy. While a star releases gas regularly, it may experience a tremendously strong shock wave or multiple such events. The shock waves hurl its material so far into space that the expelled gas forms a bubble-shaped structure.

The secret origin of NGC 3079’s super bubbles

The NASA researchers might know about the process that formed cosmic bubbles, but they remained mystified regarding the particular event that produced the shock waves responsible for creating NGC 3079’s super bubbles.

One theory involves newly formed stars. A lot of energy goes into the birth of a star. The process produces “stellar winds” similar to solar wind, but arguably much stronger.

These stellar winds may possess the force to cast stellar gas into the far reaches of space. And there are a lot of stars being born.

Another theory attributes super bubbles to the activity of super-massive black holes. Often found in the hearts of galaxies, the titanic space-time distortions devour anything that passes their event horizon.

Whenever a black hole consumes matter, it releases immense amounts of energy. The radiation from the supermassive examples has enough energy to form super bubbles.

Like most galaxies, NGC 3079 hosts a super-massive black hole in its center. And this black hole so happens to sit in between the super bubbles, lending credence to this theory.

Whatever their origin, the super bubbles appear to act as natural particle accelerators of immense power. The interactions within the gas-filled cavity may impart tremendous amounts of energy on cosmic particles. They may be a source of the cosmic rays that make space travel so risky.

Sources include:

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Dr. Richard Daystrom on (News Article): WE’RE ABOUT TO FIND LIFE ON MARS BUT THE WORLD IS “NOT PREPARED,” NASA SCIENTIST WARNS..............

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WE’RE ABOUT TO FIND LIFE ON MARS BUT THE WORLD IS “NOT PREPARED,” NASA SCIENTIST WARNS..............

 

October 1, 2019

Elias Marat, TMU
Waking Times

 

As we humble earthlings begin to learn more about the universe and potentially stand on the cusp of great discoveries about the planet Mars, we may not be prepared for what’s in store of us, warns the chief scientist of U.S. space agency NASA.

Dr. Jim Green believes that as two rovers from NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) prepare to embark for Mars next summer, humanity could be overwhelmed by the implications of studies to come.

Speaking to the Telegraph, the director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division compared the potential discoveries to Renaissance-era astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus’ theory that postulated that the Earth revolves around the Sun, rather than vice-versa.

The Copernican model, which is credited with revolutionizing science during the 16th century, earned him the condemnation of the Roman Catholic Church due to the model’s impact on the Church’s doctrines relating to astronomy.

“It will start a whole new line of thinking. I don’t think we’re prepared for the results.

I’ve been worried about that because I think we’re close to finding it and making some announcements.”

The ESA’s ExoMars Rover and NASA’s Mars 2020 are set to drill 6.5 feet into the Red Planet’s core to take samples in hopes of finding evidence of life on. The samples will be processed and examined in a mobile laboratory that will look for any traces of organic matter.

The ESA #ExoMars #RosalindFranklin rover is assembled for testing before heading to #Mars in 2020! The bogies we designed + built are shown in a stowed configuration - meaning the legs & wheels on the bogies of the #rover are folded pretty compactly for launch/transit to Mars!

Green said that if scientists find bio-signatures of life in Mars’ crust, a new era of astrobiology could begin.

“What happens next is a whole new set of scientific questions.

Is that life like us? How are we related?

Can life move from planet-to-planet or do we have a spark and just the right environment and that spark generates life – like us or not like us – based on the chemical environment that it is in?”

NASA’s Mars 2020 rover is set to launch next July before making the 140-million-mile trek to Mars and landing on its Jezero Crater in February 2021.

With two high-definition cameras and a detachable helicopter drone, the rover is set to collect an unprecedented batch of visual data and images of the cavernous and cliffy terrain of Mars.

However, the primary mission of the rover is to find signs of life. Habitable environments and biosignatures left in rock are being sought so that samples can be studied back on earth.

The latest research has shown that many planets believed to have always been uninhabitable may have once enjoyed conditions suitable for sustaining life. Earlier this year, NASA’s InSight rover found evidence of a potentially vast global reservoir of water on Mars.

Dr. Green notes that research also suggests the existence of civilizations on other planets. He commented:

 “There is no reason to think that there isn’t civilization elsewhere, because we are finding exoplanets [planets lying beyond the solar system] all over the place.”

 

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Dr. Richard Daystrom on (News Article):Have You Been Diagnosed with MS (Multiple Sclerosis)? You May Need A Second Opinion Due to Misdiagnosis

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Have You Been Diagnosed with MS (Multiple Sclerosis)? You May Need A Second Opinion Due to Misdiagnosis

 

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 byEdsel Cook
Tags: bad healthbad medicinebrain functionDangerous MedicinediscoveryDiseasesfatiguehealth carehealth care professionalsmigrainesMisdiagnosisMRI testingMSMS diagnosismultiple sclerosisnerve damagenervesnervous systemneuropathypharmaceutical drugsPrescription drugsradiologically isolated syndromeresearchsciencespinal cordspondylopathysymptoms

 

(Natural News) Have you or someone you know been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS)? People who have must get a second opinion because it could be a misdiagnosis, warns a recently published study conducted in Los Angeles, California.

The study involved 241 people diagnosed with MS. These patients were referred to either the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center or the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Health Multiple Sclerosis Clinic.

According to the study, nearly 18 percent of those patients received a wrong diagnosis. Furthermore, many of the patients had already undergone years of expensive treatment for nonexistent MS before they were given a correct diagnosis.

“The diagnosis of MS is tricky,” explained Cedars-Sinai researcher Dr. Marwa Kaisey, the lead author of the study. “Both the symptoms and MRI testing results can look like other conditions, such as stroke, migraines, and vitamin B12 deficiency.”

During the evaluation, Kaiser and her team learned that many of the patients did not even meet the accepted MS diagnostic criteria. These patients were referred to the two hospitals by other health care professionals who probably operated in Southern California. (Related: Research suggests cannabis can relieve symptoms, pain associated with MS.)

Misdiagnosis of multiple sclerosis leads to years of taking unnecessary drugs

To make matters worse, 72 percent of the patients misdiagnosed with MS endured an average of four years of treatment before health care professionals realized their mistake.

Many pharmaceutical drugs used to treat MS have harsh side effects. The patients put up with these adverse effects for years due to the misdiagnosis.

The researchers identified four conditions that often get mistaken for MS: migraine, radiologically isolated syndrome, spondylopathy, and neuropathy.

In radiologically isolated syndrome, MS lesions are typically present, but not the symptoms. Spondylopathy, meanwhile, is a disorder related to the spinal vertebrae that could also be seen in MS. Nerve damage or neuropathy is also associated with the the disabling disease.

According to Kaisey, many patients suffered from the adverse effects of the pharmaceutical drugs they were wrongly prescribed based on incorrect diagnoses. Meanwhile, their actual medical conditions were left untreated for years.

As a result of this error, the patients paid a hefty price physically, mentally, and financially.

Kaisey said that her team is now done with the first step, which is identifying the problem surrounding the misdiagnosis. They are ready to start working on solutions, such as raising awareness among both health care professionals and patients.

Get a second opinion if you’ve been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis

“Part of the reason there’s a relatively high degree of misdiagnosis in MS is that there’s still no single test, like a blood test, for the condition,” explained Dr. Jeffrey Cohen from the Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis in Cleveland, Ohio. “Basically, how we diagnose MS is that we build a case for it based on people’s symptoms and MRI findings, and rule out other possibilities.”

Cohen did not participate in the Cedars-Sinai-UCLA study. However, he did serve as an author for the latest diagnostic criteria for multiple sclerosis, which was released in 2018.

Cohen noted that even the latest process for diagnosing multiple sclerosis has many problems. Fatigue and many of the primary symptoms of the disease also appear in other health conditions.

He encouraged patients to assist their health care professionals by sharing accurate information regarding the symptoms they experience. It would further help if patients keep in mind that a full diagnosis takes time.

Health care professionals prefer to present their diagnosis as quickly as possible to get a head start on treating the disease. However, the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis requires a lot of information.

Accuracy and patience on the part of both physician and patient will go a long way in avoiding misdiagnosis of the condition.

Sources include:

EverydayHealth.com#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/66695&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.com

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Dr. Richard Daystrom on (News Article):Cops Finds the Remains of More Than 2,000 FETUSES at The Home of a Prolific Abortion Doctor Just Days After He Died:

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Cops Finds the Remains of More Than 2,000 FETUSES at The Home of a Prolific Abortion Doctor Just Days After He Died:

Investigation launched at property of controversial medic who performed thousands of terminations on girls as young as 10

 

By JENNY STANTON FOR DAILYMAIL.COM and MAXINE SHEN FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

PUBLISHED: 23:07 EDT, 13 September 2019 | UPDATED: 16:46 EDT, 14 September 2019

  • 2,246 fetal remains were discovered in the home of Dr. Ulrich Klopfer in Illinois
  • He died on September 3 and relatives found them while going through his house 
  • Klopfer performed abortions until 2016 when his license was suspended 
  • He was suspended for failure to exercise reasonable patient care
  • He was also found to have violated multiple notice and documentation requirements, particularly involving reporting abortions on girls under 14
  • Klopfer had taken three to four months to report the abortions, but state law requires reporting within a three-day period

The remains of more than 2,000 fetuses have been found at the home of an abortion doctor who died just 10 days ago. The 2,246 fetal remains were discovered in the home of Dr. Ulrich Klopfer in Will County, Illinois.

Klopfer died on September 3 and it was while family members were going through his home that they found the medically preserved fetuses. An attorney for the family was said to have contacted the coroner's office on Thursday about the discovery. 

It was estimated that he had performed tens of thousands of abortion procedures in multiple Indiana counties for decades, making him 'likely' to be the state's 'most prolific abortion doctor in history,' according to the South Bend Tribune. There is currently no evidence to suggest abortions were carried out at the property, authorities said. 

The doctor had performed abortions at Women's Pavilion in South Bend, Indiana, until his license was suspended in 2016 for failure to exercise reasonable patient care and violating multiple notice and documentation requirements, according to the South Bend Tribune. 

The suspension came after a 2014 Indiana Department of Health review which resulted in Klopfer's clinic being cited for 27 deficiencies, ABC 57 reported. When the clinic failed to submit a plan of correction for those problems, the state agency filed a complaint and hearing request to revoke the clinic's abortion license. 

Another review was conducted in June 2015, during which it was found that the clinic wasn't adhering to the state law that patients needed to give their voluntary and informed consent 18 hours prior to an abortion being performed. 

Klopfer was allegedly giving out the abortion medication during the initial consultation, instead. Following his 2016 hearing, Klopfer, who was 71 at the time, was given a minimum six-month suspension following 12 hours of testimony and thousands of exhibits.   

The testimony reportedly indicated that Klopfer had been using the same sort of abortion and sedation procedures that he had used since the 1970s and 1980s. Klopfer said at the time that he had never had a patient die or go into cardiac arrest in the 43 years that he had been performing abortions. 

Despite it not being part of the complaints that were brought against him, Klopfer also spoke about performing an abortion on a 10-year-old girl at an Illinois hospital after she had been raped by her uncle. 

Instead of notifying police about the child abuse, however, he allowed her to return home with her parents, who knew about the rape and had refused to prosecute the uncle. 

Klopfer was found to have not given pain medications to all women who he performed abortions on, only women under the age of 16 and women who could afford to pay extra for it. And, when women were sedated, there wasn't anyone on his staff that was qualified to monitor the women, in addition to not following best practices for the administration of drugs and emergency procedures. 

 He was said to have had very few complications during the procedures, though.  The doctor was found guilty of five of the nine charges against him during the hearing. Among those charges was not reporting abortions performed on two girls under the age of 14 within the state's required three-day timeline. 

Klopfer had previously come under legal scrutiny in March 2014, after a local right to life organization reported to authorities that he had failed to report abortions on girls under the age of 14 in a timely manner. 

Instead of three days, it took Klopfer three to four months to file the paperwork, ABC57 reported.   Klopfer said at the time: 'Let me put it this way, if there's any question, it's a question about paperwork, it's not a question about any medical malpractice or anything like that.'

In addition to having his license suspended, Klopfer was find $3,000. The board said he could petition to have his license reinstated after six months, but that he would need to submit to a long list of evaluations, as well as obtaining continuing medical education credits and child abuse training. 

At the time of the hearing, Klopfer was not practicing medicine and had closed his three abortion clinics in Fort Wayne, Gary and South Bend, Illinois, by November 2015. Still, he had indicated that he wanted to reopen clinics when he could.

It's unclear if Klopfer had his license reinstated, however.  Klopfer first began performing abortions in 1973 following the legalization of abortion by Roe v. Wade, the Journal Gazette reported. 

The coroner's office has since taken possession of the fetuses found on Klopfer's property and Illinois' Will County Sheriff, coroner and state's attorney are conducting an ongoing investigation into the remains, according to the News-Herald.  Klopfer's family is said to be cooperating with authorities.  

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Following the Data Trail to Discovery

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A team at Brookhaven National Laboratory is looking to enhance scientific experimentation through a framework that tracks experimental data and metadata, pieces of which can be fed to machine learning algorithms.
 


          

Researchers hail breakthough in universal flu vaccine development - Żvilupp importanti f’vaċċin universali kontra l-influwenza

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Australian researchers are hailing what they’re calling a major breakthrough in the development of a universal flu vaccine that protects against all strains of the virus. The discovery of genes that kill all flu types could help prevent thousands of deaths every year worldwide. 
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Riċerkaturi Awstraljani huma eċċitati dwar dak li qegħdin isejħu żvilupp importanti f’vaċċin universali kontra l-virus tal-influwenza. 

          

Andie MacDowell is stylish in black frock at LA premiere for Discovery Channel's Why We Hate

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The actress, 61, MacDowell went bare-legged in a pair of shiny pumps. Her dark locks were styled back from her forehead and tumbled in corkscrew curls around her shoulders.
          

Discovery, colaborare cu Amazon pentru un serviciu live-streaming dedicat pasionaților de bucătărie. Va conține cursuri de gătit și va livra produse pentru rețete

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Food Network+Amazon=Food Network Kitchen. Discovery lansează luna aceasta, în Statele Unite, Food Network Kitchen, o platformă interactivă live, dedicată pasionaților de gătit.  Food Network Kitchen va oferi abonaților instrucțiuni interactive de gătit live, opțiunea de li
          

Tue. October 8th, 2019 - Sun. October 13th, 2019 - Megan Evans: A Decade of Creative Sparks

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Megan Evans: A Decade of Creative Sparks, portrays the beauty of nature and Megan’s sense of self-discovery – the positive things in life.


          

Waoo – Vi beholder Discovery og lukker for analogt

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Unsent letters...

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HALLIE EPHRON: Recently I was reading an article  by Meredith Goldstein who writes an advice column in the Boston Globe. She was pondering unsent love letters, and asked her readers to send her theirs. Expecting a few, she received a deluge.

Reading her article got me thinking about the therapeutic power of writing, and how I often don’t know what I think about something until I write about it. I have no unsent love letters but I do have unsent letters I’ve composed when I felt the need to explain myself to someone whom I’ve managed to piss off.

Writing itself is a voyage of discovery—not because it’s a way to get down in writing what I think, but rather as a process for figuring out what I think. Usually the best thing to do with the finished letter is… nothing. Save it, of course, because as a fiction writer I save everything. Most of the time when I reread it days or weeks or years later, I’m so glad I didn’t send it.

Do you write letters you don’t intend to send, and does writing help you figure out what you think?

JENN McKINLAY: *snort* No, I don't have any unsent love letters, because in my madly, passionately, crazily misspent youth, if I wrote a love letter, I sent it -- whether the recipient wanted it or not.

Sadly, I'm not much of a letter writer. Quick notes dashed off to be included with a mailed package seems to be the most I can manage. I do, however, journal quite a bit. And while I'm not as on top of it as I used to be -- volumes were dedicated to the Hooligans' younger years -- I do still try and get the funny things that happen written down, as well as, my frustrations, worries, and sadness when they need to be let out but not leaked all over everyone else.

HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: Oh, I read that column!  Fascinating--I was so surprised that so many people have unsent letters. Not me,  No way. Plus, if I wrote a letter to someone, they wouldn't be able to read it, anyway.

I do write things down to try to figure them out--usually a list of stream of consciousness what-ifs. And that truly works!  (And every time I try to journal, I completely fail.) Hard enough to remember not to hit reply all, you know? So, no letters here. And if I had them, I wouldn't be able to find them.

JULIA SPENCER-FLEMING: I was both a prolific letter-writer in my youth, and, like Jenn, recklessly free with sending them, so no, there are no unexpressed thoughts lying around waiting for my kids to unearth them. Somebody ELSE'S kids may get a surprise, though.

One thing I've observed is how my letter-writing and card-sending has slacked off with the normalization of online communications. There used to be a real pressure - if you didn't send a birthday card or a love letter, there wasn't going to be anything. Now... you can wish your loved ones Happy Birthday on Facebook and fire off emails, texts and messages to anyone far away.

I'm embarrassed by how few real letters I've sent to the Sailor, but since he's had access to FB Messenger for some of his deployment and has been able to make phone calls every few weeks, I haven't felt the need to put pen to paper. (I'm somewhat absolved of guilt by the fact his sweetheart Veronique has been a faithful correspondent.)

RHYS BOWEN: I have often lamented that there will never be bound volumes of the correspondence between two of today's writers. No one will ever do their Phd thesis on the interactions of the Jungle Red Writers, because nothing is permanent (apart from Hillary's emails, apparently!)  I used to love getting letters. When I was at college my boyfriend used to write to me once a week, even though I saw him quite often. Really funny creative letters. I kept them all until I decided that I was not going to marry him and then I burned them. Now I wish I had kept them.

But these days I do enjoy putting down scathing thoughts about the current political situation, but never sending them. I agree that the act of putting pen to paper is cathartic.

DEBORAH CROMBIE: No letters here, I'm very sorry to say. Letter writing is one of those things I've always wished I did, and did well, and have never really managed.

The only time I ever wrote them prolifically was when I was living in the UK and phone calls to my folks were too expensive. I wish I had saved those, and my mom's letters to me. She used to clip the Cathy comic strip from the paper on Sunday and send it to me.

Nor have I been tempted to put things better left unsaid in a letter. Maybe some of that unexpressed angst has found its way into my novels! I do journal sporadically, but not usually about anything significant, and I'm sure the contents would bore any reader to tears.

LUCY BURDETTE: No unsent letters from me either. My dad and my uncle were huge letter writers. I still have boxes of correspondence from them, along with my older sister, a few notes from my mom, and tons of birthday cards. What is the statute of limitations on keeping those? I can't imagine anyone else would want to sort through them so I suppose I should do it.

Rhys, I love the idea of a PhD thesis on the Jungle Reds. Could the student simply study the blog, or would she have to read all our emails too??

HALLIE: What about you? Do you have a drawer (or hard drive?) with unsent letters? When you go back and read them, what do you think? Ever sent one that you wish you could UN send?


          

What We’re Writing by Jenn McKinlay

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First, last week’s winners from our guest bloggers are…

The winner of Ellen Byron’s FATAL CAJUN FESTIVAL is – Ramona Long!
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The winner of Nancy Coco’s FUDGE BITES is – Jamie Gillespie!

CONGRATS, Readers, the authors will be in touch!

JENN McKINLAY: Revisions! Revisions! I have no idea why but I can’t speak these words. Oh, no, they must be sung out loud to the tune of “Tradition” from Fiddler’s Roof. Why? Because I’ve been on a writing bender for the past two months that would have turned a demure church lady into a drunk, like, pirate Jack Sparrow drunk. Seriously, pass the rum! 

Normally, I love revisions. It’s usually a tweak, a twist, a tightening of the screws. Not this time. This was like shearing a sheep in possession of a donkey kick with only a rusty pair of toenail clippers. And no, I am not overdramatizing the situation! 


In two weeks, I removed ninety pages (90!!!), jigsaw puzzled the remaining chunks that were left, and then wrote a brand spanking new sixty-five (65!!!) pages to stitch it all together. And now we’re gearing up for round two. 

The book in question is PARIS IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA, coming out in July 2020. It is my first stand alone, a rom-com that I love as intensely as only a mother could. 

In short, it’s a story of self-discovery as our protagonist Chelsea Martin is forced to confront the reality that she has become a raging workaholic with no life when her widowed father announces he’s getting remarried. At her sister’s suggestion, Chelsea decides that in order to find herself again she must go back to the year she spent abroad and find the three men she once loved – Colin in Ireland, Jean Claude in France, and Marcelino in Italy – and try to reconnect with open hearted, happy young woman she once was. Basically, she's looking for a life do-over. 

Here’s an early look at the opening of PARIS IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA:

Chapter One
     “I’m getting married.”
     “Huh?” 
     “We’ve already picked our colors, pink and gray.”
     “Um...pink#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/73061&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.com and what?”
     “Gray. What do you think, Chelsea? I want your honest opinion. Is that too retro?”
     I stared at my middle-aged widowed father. We were standing in a bridal store in central Boston on the corner of Boylston and Berkeley streets and he was talking to me about wedding colors. His wedding colors.
     “I’m sorry, I need a sec,” I said. I held up my hand and blinked hard, while trying to figure out just what the hell was happening.
     I had raced here from my apartment in Cambridge after receiving a text from my dad, asking me to meet him at this address because it was an emergency. I was prepared for heart surgery not wedding colors! 
     Suddenly, I couldn’t breathe. I wrestled the constricting wool scarf from around my neck, yanked the beanie off my head, and stuffed them in my pockets. I scrubbed my scalp with my fingers in an attempt to make the blood flow to my brain. It didn’t help. Come on, Martin, I coached myself, pull it together. I unzipped my puffy winter jacket to let some air in, then I focused on my father. 
     “What did you say?” I asked.
     “Pink and gray, too retro?” Glen Martin, aka Dad, asked. He pushed his wire frame glasses up on his nose and looked at me as if he was asking a perfectly reasonable question. 
     “No, before that.” I waved my hand in a circular motion to indicate he needed to back it all the way up.
     “I’m getting married!” His voice went up when he said it and I decided my normally staid fifty-five-year-old dad was somehow currently possessed by a twenty-something bridezilla.
     “You okay, Dad?” I asked gently not wanting to set him off. “Have you recently slipped on some ice and whacked your head? I ask because you don’t seem to be yourself.”
     “Sorry,” he said. He reached out and wrapped me in an impulsive hug, another indicator that he was not his usual buttoned down mathematician self. “I’m just…I’m just so happy. What do you think about being a flower girl?”
     “Um…I’m almost thirty.” I tipped my head to the side and squinted at him.
     “Yes, but we already have a full wedding party, and you and your sister would be really cute in matching dresses, maybe something sparkly.”
     “Matching dresses? Sparkly?” I repeated. I struggled for air. It was clear. My father had lost his ever lovin’ mind. I should probably call my sister. Dad needed medical attention, possibly an intervention. Oh, man, would we have to have him committed?
     I studied his face, trying to determine just how crazy he was. The same brown-green hazel eyes I saw in my own mirror every morning held mine, but where my eyes frequently looked flat with a matte finish, his positively glowed. He really looked happy.
     “You’re serious,” I gasped. I glanced around the bridal store that was stuffed to the rafters with big, white fluffy dresses. None of this made any sense and yet here I was. “You’re not pranking me?”
     “Nope.” He grinned again. “Congratulate me, peanut, I’m getting married.”
     I felt as if my chest was collapsing into itself. Never, not once, in the past seven years had I ever considered the possibility that my father would remarry.
     “To who?” I asked. It couldn’t be...nah#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/73061&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.com. That would be insane.
     “Really, Chels?” Dad straightened up. The smile slid from his face and he cocked his head to the side which was his go-to disappointed parent look. 
     I had not been on the receiving end of this look very often in life. Not like my younger sister, Annabelle, who seemed to thrive on “the look”. Usually, it made me fall right in line but not today.
     “Sheri. You’re marrying Sheri.” I tried to keep my voice neutral. Major failure as I stepped backwards, tripped on the trailing end of my scarf and gracelessly sprawled onto one of the cream colored velvet chairs that were scattered around the ultra feminine store. I thought it was a good thing I was sitting because if he answered in the affirmative I might faint. 
     “Yes, I asked her to marry me and to my delight she accepted,” he said. Another happy stupid grin spread across his lips as if he just couldn’t help it.
     “But…but…she won you in a bachelor auction two weeks ago!” I cried. “This is completely mental!”


So, how about you Reds and Readers, have you ever had a time in your life when you wanted a do-over?



          

Keep your Picard trailer; the third season trailer for Star Trek: Discovery has arrived [Giggity]

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Big Mac and Sugar Belle decide to propose to each other, which is the perfect plot trigger for chaos. Will there be a restaurant merchandising tie in? Find out on My Little Pony - The Big Mac Question this Saturday on Discovery Family at 11:30 AM ET [Live]

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mellowlabs.com

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Mellow Labs: A name that implies science, environment and discovery.

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Keywords: 
mellow, lab, science, research, medical, environment, engineering, fuel, energy, eco, green

          

Dark middot a live in

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You may have need of a small indefinite amount hand, but suppose your desires do not praiseworthiness going into a residential thinking married. Perhaps you are sick from sickness or discovery that cleaning your home, or buying is comely harder to run on your own. You may simply have a rhythmical carer who is going on leisure. If you are a couple, one may be troubled to aspect after the otherwise or maybe you are some experiencing difficulties in header. Many carers are not professionals, but ordinary citizens superficial after their wives, husbands, parents, friends or relatives. Sometimes they will status advice, applicable serve or rightful a pause How to brainwave the home aid you necessitate. Help is reachable from umteen sources. This includes your district Social Services department, GP, local honorary organizations for the elderly, independent, assistance and care agencies and the United Kingdom Home Care league.Types of quarters diligence · Having your family modified beside handrails, support lifts, tub aids etc, to brand your nest safer and your existence easier.Post ads:spice phone double sim / catch my husband cheating internet / can cell phone tapped remotely / fsa mobile phone recording 2011 / call recorder for china mobile software / how to spy handphone· A abode abet to give support to ferment meals, do work and buying for you.
          

3 win Nobel Prize in Physics for work to understand cosmos

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STOCKHOLM (AP) — A Canadian-American cosmologist and two Swiss scientists won this year's Nobel Prize in Physics on Tuesday for their work in understanding how the universe has evolved from the Big Bang and the blockbuster discovery of the first known planet outside our solar system.
          

Why I Think You Should Not Purchase #GoSetAWatchman

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There are several reasons why I am not going to purchase and read Go Set A Watchman (GSAW) by Nell Harper Lee. One of those reasons is the crooked agents she's had since her beloved agent, Maurice Crain, died in 1970.   Crain was the one who edited her work, advised her, and helped her develop To Kill A Mockingbird.  

Harper Lee really got the shaft at the agency McIntosh & Otis, particularly by Sam Pinkus, who made all sorts of dirty deals behind the author's back. The whole thing is detailed in Mark Seal's excellent expose at Vanity Fair, aptly titled "To Steal A Mockingbird."  This should be required reading for literary writers, students, and book authors. There should be a quiz on it at cashier counters wherever GSAW is sold. 

Additionally, the article reports the following:
A friend once asked Lee if it was true that she’d never written another novel because she didn’t want to compete with herself.
“Bullshit!” she snapped.
“Why then?” the friend asked.
“Because I wouldn’t go through all the terrible publicity and the strain of what happened with Mockingbird for any amount of money.”
Asked about the volume of Mockingbird sales, she replied, “Well, it doesn’t matter, because I only make 10 percent on it.”
She rarely talked about money and never handled it. Her checks bore the account name of Harper Lee and Alice Lee, and Alice balanced her sister’s books, paid her taxes, and reviewed her contracts.
I feel you, sister Nell; promoting a book is not for the faint of heart. The New York Times reported on the history of the book:
“Go Set a Watchman” would have been Ms. Lee’s literary debut, if her editor had not rejected it. She finished the novel, which takes place 20 years after “To Kill a Mockingbird,” in the mid-1950s. But her editor, Tay Hohoff, told her to write a new version from Scout’s perspective as a young girl.
I must say, I hope no one ever discovers the skeletons of books I have in my closet, completed or not! It is clear that GSAW was a stop on the road toward writing the excellent classic To Kill a Mockingbird (TKAB).

Here are some facts:
  • In 2007, Harper Lee suffered a stroke and moved home to Monroeville so her older sister Alice Lee could look after her
  • In 2011, Alice ended up in a different nursing home in town after a bad fall coupled with a bout of pneumonia
  • Alice Lee died last year, at age 103, and friends reported that Harper was sitting alone at the funeral and talking to herself. She did not seem to be aware of her surroundings
  • Alice Lee's law partner, Tonja Carter, carried on the work on behalf of Harper Lee and was part of making the decision with Lee's agents to publish GSAW in 2015
  • Tonja Carter also sued Pinkus (Lee's former crooked agent) to get back the rights to TKAM, which Harper Lee had been duped into signing away
  • Tonja Carter is also now Harper Lee's power of attorney and can make decisions for her in the case that she is unable to make them for herself
  • There are allegations that Harper Lee had kept GSAW in a safety deposit box to keep it safe and unpublished (See NYT article about who knew about the manuscript.)
  • It was widely known that Lee didn't want to publish again
  • The story of Tonja Carter "discovering" the manuscript in a pile of papers when Alice Lee was near death is suspect
  • Alabama investigators are looking into at least one anonymous complaint that Ms. Lee, who is now nearly 90 and infirm, nearly completely deaf, and visually impaired, was manipulated into publishing GSAW
For more, read Claire Suddath's excellent article, "What Does Harper Lee Want?" at Blomberg Business. The point here is that after Harper Lee's sister Alice died all bets were off. I think if she'd wanted to publish GSAW at any point in her career, she would have.  That it is being published now is just a bunch of agents and publishers making a bundle off of an old woman who is not able to make her wishes known.  In short, in my humble opinion it stinks of bad juju.

We live in a reality-TV time when everyone wants to know the story behind the story. Many readers will purchase GSAW just to learn about the book that Nell Harper Lee herself called, "The Parent of To Kill A Mockingbird." I don't watch Reality TV. I don't want to know how the magic trick was done. I believe it is the writer's prerogative to share or not share the behind-the-scenes of her wonderful published novel.  Of course, it's your choice whether or not you yourself purchase the book, but at least you know the shady issues surrounding its discovery and publication.
          

Greta for Peace Prize, and More Record Warmth

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If you're looking for the latest PDO data (Pacific Decadal Oscillation), it moved here.
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Some European (and British!) bookies are putting Greta Thunberg as the favorite to win this year's Nobel Peace Prize. The winner will be announced early next Friday. Announcements start on Monday, with the Physics prize announced on Tuesday.
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Of the 607 Nobel prizes awarded for science, only 20 have gone to women, says today's Nature Briefing (email).

I know of at least two thefts: Rosalind Franklin for the discovery of the structure of DNA, and Jocelyn Bell for the discovery of pulsars. Bell is still alive -- at least half this year's prize should be hers. But, sadly, won't be.
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Probably you know by now, but both UAH and RSS calculated the lower troposphere to have the warmest September in their records, which start in 1979. Roy Spencer did some analysis and says it was Mother Nature, not an instrument problem. So did Carl Mears of RSS. RSS also found the troposphere as a whole to be the warmest September. Here are RSS's September anomalies for the total troposphere:


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The Copernicus Climate Service in the EU finds that September was the warmest September for surface temperatures, too, 1.02°C above the 1981-2010 baseline. Since the world had already warmed by the time of this baseline, global warming is now moving past 1.0°C.


          

Wedding Planner Discovers Bridal Gown On Side Of Highway, Seeks Owner

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sara wells wedding dress jefferson countyA woman in Jefferson County is asking for help in locating the owner of an abandoned wedding dress. Sara Wells first posted about the discovery on her NextDoor app.
          

Premio Nobel de Física fue otorgado a James Peebles, Michel Mayor y Didier Queloz

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Los científicos James Peebles, Michel Mayor y Didier Queloz ganaron el Premio Nobel de Física 2019 por su trabajo en astronomía, informó el martes el instituto que entrega el galardón.

 

Peebles recibió la mitad del premio, mientras que Mayor y Queloz compartieron la otra mitad.

 

"Los galardonados de este año han transformado nuestras ideas sobre el cosmos", dijo la Real Academia de Ciencias de Suecia al otorgar el premio de 9 millones de coronas suecas (910.000 dólares).

 

"Si bien los descubrimientos teóricos de James Peebles contribuyeron a nuestra comprensión de cómo evolucionó el universo después del 'Big Bang', Michel Mayor y Didier Queloz exploraron nuestros vecindarios cósmicos en búsqueda de planetas desconocidos. Sus descubrimientos han cambiado para siempre nuestras concepciones del mundo".


La premiación durará hasta la próxima semana. Seguirán el galardón de química el miércoles, literatura el jueves (con dos ganadores, por no haber tenido distinción el año pasado), paz el viernes, y economía el lunes 14.


Para cada premio hay numerosas especulaciones, pero cualquier pronóstico es arriesgado, ya que las listas de los candidatos se mantienen en secreto. En cuanto al Nobel de paz, el comité noruego, que entrega esa distinción, registró este año 301 candidaturas. La activista sueca Greta Thunberg, creadora del movimiento Fridays for Future, contra el cambio climático, es la favorita en las apuestas.

 


          

Nobel prize in physics for discovery of exoplanet orbiting a star

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The Nobel prize in physics has been jointly awarded to  James Peebles, Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz for their contributions to our understanding of the evolution of the universe and Earth’s place in the cosmos.
          

3 win Nobel Prize in Physics for work to understand cosmos

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Milligan and Fegredo's ENIGMA receives a definitive edition

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Peter Milligan and Duncan Fegredo's ENIGMA is receiving a deluxe hardcover edition from Dark Horse Comics.

The press release follows:

Media Release -- Berger Books is excited to announce the release of a deluxe hardcover edition of Peter Milligan and Duncan Fegredo's radical and acclaimed Vertigo series Enigma.

This definitive edition of Enigma, written by legendary and influential writer Peter Milligan, features a lavish new cover by Duncan Fegredo and a treasure trove of never-before-seen development art from one of comics most singular and dramatic artists. Sherilyn Van Valkenburgh provides the lushly painted color.

Enigma is a visceral, thought-provoking post-modern tale of self-discovery and sexual identity told against the backdrop of outrageous superheroes and villains. Michael Smith lives a meaningless life of routine and boredom. But when the weird characters from Enigma - Michael's favorite childhood comic book hero - seem to come to life, Smith embarks upon an increasingly obsessive crusade to uncover the incredible secret behind their improbable existence. Teaming up with Enigma's comic creator, Smith encounters an insanity-inducing psychopath, a brain-eating serial killer, a suicide-inciting Truthsayer, and a teleporting one-time model "who really sends you" as his quest uncovers shocking truths about his idol and ultimately Michael himself.

"I'm thrilled to be publishing this brilliant seminal work of one of Vertigo's key launch titles, which was ahead of its time and inspirational to many," said Karen Berger. "Dark Horse is known for publishing beautiful high-quality books, and it's long overdue for Enigma to be presented in the fashion that it deserves."

Enigma will go on sale in fall 2020.





          

NYCC: New trailers for Picard, Star Trek: Discovery show off old friends, new future

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Star Trek fans at New York Comic-Con this weekend past had their phasers set to "fun" as the seminal sci-fi franchise put in a huge showing at the convention. A massive panel saw the cast and crew of both the upcoming Star Trek: Picard and the returning Star Trek: Discovery engage audiences and talk about what we're going to see.

As originally seen on Critical Hit!
NYCC: New trailers for Picard, Star Trek: Discovery show off old friends, new future


          

The Three Labs in Vanguard Executive Masterclass

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Thank you for the registrations for the Vanguard Executive Masterclass which I will be facilitating on  27 & 28 Nov, 2019. As noted in the Masterclass structure , we will have 3 Labs: Lab 1: One Oasis Strategy Lab Lab 2: Your company 2.0 Lab 3: Double Play Strategy Lab Once you register, get in touch with my digital team (email here) or drop your email with Vanguard team, we will be sending you the Discovery Questionnaire. It is a very simple questionnaire  which is designed for us to...

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Atypical: Season Three? Cancelled or Renewed by Netflix?

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Vulture Watch What changes are ahead for Sam and his family as they continue their journeys of self-discovery? Has the Atypical TV show been cancelled or renewed for a third season on Netflix? The television vulture is watching all the latest TV cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Atypical, […]
          

Nobel Prize in Physics winners 'forever changed our conceptions of the world' - CNN

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  1. Nobel Prize in Physics winners 'forever changed our conceptions of the world'  CNN
  2. Nobel Prize in Medicine Awarded for Research on How Cells Manage Oxygen  The New York Times
  3. Planets and Big Bang win Nobel physics prize  BBC News
  4. Nobel Prize in Medicine awarded for new discovery on how humans respond to oxygen  CNN
  5. Moving on from scandal, Swedish Academy to award two Nobel literature prizes  Reuters
  6. View full coverage on Google News

          

News24.com | Human skull found on Eastern Cape beach

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A man on holiday with his family has made a gruesome discovery on a beach at Boknes in the Eastern Cape when what he thought was a stone turned out to be a human skull.
          

Vibranium, Nigerium, and the Elements of a Pessimistic Afrofuturism

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By Kate Harlin This article first appeared in Vector 289. In his debut short fiction collection, We Won’t Fade Into Darkness, Nigerian writer TJ Benson imagines a post-apocalyptic Nigeria. Several of the stories trace the apocalypse to the same inciting moment: the release of a previously unknown element dubbed Nigerium into the air, after its discovery … Continue reading Vibranium, Nigerium, and the Elements of a Pessimistic Afrofuturism
          

FMC Partners with Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University

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AMES, Iowa — FMC has joined the Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University as an industry partner. In this role, FMC will have a representative on the ISRC’s industry advisory council, which provides guidance on research priorities for the center.

“We are delighted to have FMC become the newest industry partner of the Iowa Soybean Research Center and to join the center’s industry advisory council,” said Greg Tylka, director of the Iowa Soybean Research Center and a professor of plant pathology and microbiology at Iowa State. “Their support of the center’s research portfolio and the perspective and direction they will provide on the advisory council are most welcomed.”

“FMC is focused on solving customer challenges and providing solutions to protect crops and improve yields and FMC has its most robust innovation pipeline in a generation. It is with this shared mission that FMC is excited to join the Iowa Soybean Research Center and its mission to enhance soybean production and profitability,” said Brent Neuberger, senior technical sales manager for FMC.

“FMC will be a great addition to the collaborative efforts that the center is engaged in to support the needs of Iowa soybean farmers through innovative agronomic and discovery research,” said Ed Anderson, senior director of research for the Iowa Soybean Association and chair of the Iowa Soybean Research Center’s industry advisory council.

The center is a formal collaboration of industry partners, the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) and Iowa State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Together, representatives from ISA and the industry partners make up the ISRC’s Industry Advisory Council. Current industry partners include BASF, Bayer, Cornelius Seed, Corteva Agriscience, FMC, GDM and Syngenta.

About FMC
FMC is an agricultural sciences company that advances farming through innovative and sustainable crop protection technologies. From its industry leading discovery pipeline, to unique application systems, to modern biological products, FMC has been bringing new solutions to growers around the world for more than 130 years. FMC Corporation employs approximately 6,500 employees around the globe.

About the Iowa Soybean Research Center
The Iowa Soybean Research Center was established in 2014 by Iowa State University in partnership with the Iowa Soybean Association. The center was founded to increase soybean production and profitability for Iowa farmers through coordinated research efforts involving Iowa State, the Iowa Soybean Association and the private sector. More information on becoming an industry partner of the Iowa Soybean Research Center is available by contacting center director Greg Tylka, 515-294-0878 or ISRC@iastate.edu#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/94613&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.com.


          

Голые и напуганные XL 5 сезон 6 серия [Discovery]

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Аляска: Семья из леса 7 сезон 11 серия [Discovery]

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Saturn Crowned ‘King of the Moons’ Following Massive Discovery

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Astronomers have found 20 new moons orbiting Saturn (via Carnegie Institute for Science)

Astronomers have spotted another 20 moons orbiting Saturn, bringing its total to a whopping 82. That’s three more satellites than Jupiter, the largest planet in the Solar System. Each of the new discoveries, […]

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MITRE ATT&CK: Browser bookmark discovery

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Introduction Someone’s browser bookmarks can tell a lot about that person. Bookmarks are a convenient way to dog-ear websites you want to view later and often involve personal interests. Depending on...

Go on to the site to read the full article

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Get an iPhone 11 for joining Discovery Bank

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Discovery has announced a partnership with Apple and iStore to help provide Vitality members with a new iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro, funded through the company's Vitality Active Rewards programme.
          

Nobel Prize in physics recognizes work on dark matter, discovery of exoplanet - CNET

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The award goes to a trio of scientists for giving us a new understanding of the universe.
          

The Year of Knots

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Название: The Year of Knots
Автор: Windy Chien
Издательство: Abrams
Год: 2019
Формат: pdf (conv)
Страниц: 407
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Язык: английский

In The Year of Knots, Chien describes how her knot-making project led her on a path of discovery. The book combines projects, tutorials, and transformative personal stories, all aimed at inspiring readers to make knotting—and creativity in general—part of a meditative daily practice. The knots in the book are gorgeously documented step-by-step for the many knot- and macrame??-obsessed readers out there wanting to try it themselves. Knotted projects abound: a necklace, a dog leash, along with wall hangings and a hanging light. At the heart of the story is the simple, empowering idea that a single year is all the time you need to make a life-changing creative leap.

          

Carbon Monoxide News October 8, 2019, posts updated frequently

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Every day is a carbon monoxide safety education day.
Scroll back in time through our archives for previous CO News links.
We can learn from others mistakes and efforts to prevent poisoning.

Carbon monoxide safety, we are all in this together, now!

A deception that elevates us is dearer than a host of low truths.
Marina Tsvetaeva (1892-1941, bio link)


Daily News Links Are Below These Opening Questions And Warnings
How much carbon monoxide are you in when in any motor vehicle?

Did you know that many people do not measure the air they breathe?

After prevention there is no greater awareness than measurement.
Awareness leads to quick thinking. Measurement leads to quick action.

Are you in the know?

Do I know enough about carbon monoxide and carbon monoxide poisoning to justify never knowing how much is in the air I breathe every day, everywhere I go?”

There are some people who want to be notified of the presence of carbon monoxide at levels or concentrations as soon as the gas is present, at concentrations well below those that can instigate poor health symptoms but not be high enough levels to sound the CO alarm they own.

There are some people who do not want to push a button on their CO alarm to see what low, aggravating levels of the poison might be in their home, or anywhere.


The most recommended CO Alarm in U.S. is a high level alarm

Standard for Single and Multiple Station Carbon Monoxide Alarms
UL 2034
1.3 Carbon monoxide alarms covered by this standard are not intended to alarm when exposed to long-term, low-level carbon monoxide exposures or slightly higher short-term transient carbon monoxide exposures, possibly caused by air pollution and/or properly installed/maintained fuel-fired appliances and fireplaces…

Bob Dwyer
Carbon Monoxide Safety Association

COSA provides Carbon Monoxide safety education and training.

World Wide Reports - Pollution and Health Effects 
Carbon Monoxide News Links –
More news links below (International Spelling; no edits)

Update
Man sentenced in connection to carbon monoxide deaths
WGRZ.com#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/97156&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.com
ORLEANS COUNTY, N.Y. - ORLEANS COUNTY, N.Y. — An Orleans County man will spend 60 days in jail for the death of a mother and son in the Town of Kendall. - David Wiley admitted to running a generator for 17-hours in a closed garage during a power outage under the bedrooms of Joan Gilman and her son Richard Gilman, Junior last April. The mother and son both died of carbon monoxide poisoning. (More)

Update
47 Poisoned Students Recover – Two Remain in Hospital
The Bahama Journal
The Ministry of Health announced yesterday that 47 of the 49 students who were affected by carbon monoxide poisoning are doing well and returned to Fresh Creek, Andros. - The ministry added that two students, with improving conditions, remain at the Princess Margaret Hospital for further monitoring. - The bus driver and the accompanying parents and guardians also returned to Andros, the ministry noted. (More)

3 People Rushed to Hospital for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning After Man Cooks in Air-Conditioned Room
WORLD OF BUZZ
All three of them were rushed to the hospital, where they were diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning as a result of all the unreleased gas fumes produced when Liang was cooking. The doctor said that all of them had different levels of carbon monoxide poisoning with Liang’s condition being the most serious. - In fact, his carbon monoxide poisoning was so severe that he fell into a coma but luckily, after two hours of emergency treatment, the doctor managed to revive Liang. The doctor said that the carbon monoxide poisoning was due to Liang cooking with a gas stove and not opening the windows or doors, which meant that the levels of carbon monoxide could only get higher and higher. (More)

Please Note: "Place a carbon monoxide alarm with a digital display on a seat in the motor vehicle when you are out driving in emergency snow conditions (or always for that specific). Harmful levels of carbon monoxide (CO) can penetrate inside a motor vehicle just due to prevailing winds and exhaust not moving away from the vehicle but under it. If you want to learn more about carbon monoxide, begin measuring it with a personal CO monitor everywhere you go." Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon Monoxide Safety
  
Scroll Down For More of Today's CO & Air Quality News Links 
Please, stop diagnostic errors; start testing for carboxyhemoglobin
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Video - Propane (LPG) tanks of any size can violently compound a structure fire – KEEP THEM OUTSIDE
BLEVE (Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion) Demonstration - How it Happens Training Video--------

Carbon Monoxide Intoxication 
Journal of Neurology and Neuroscience
Carbon monoxide (CO) intoxication is one of the main causes of poisoning in industrialized countries and it often leads to diagnostic errors…

Carbon monoxide intoxication. 
nih.gov#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/97156&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.com
However individuals with ischemic heart disease may experience chest pain and decreased exercise duration at COHb levels between 1% and 9%. COHb levels between 30% and 70% lead to loss of consciousness and eventually death…


Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips
National Fire Protection Association
… If the CO alarm sounds, immediately move to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door. Make sure everyone inside the home is accounted for. Call for help from a fresh air location and stay there until emergency personnel….

NOTE: Listed U.L. 2034 & CSA 6.19 Carbon Monoxide Alarms
VISUAL DISPLAY:
Must not display under 30PPM in normal operation
AT 70, 150 & 400 PPM display must be accurate within plus or minus 30 Percent

SENSITIVITY TESTING: Resist alarming first times shown, must by second shown time
70PPM [PLUS OR MINUS 5PPM ... [BETWEEN 60 _ 240 MINUTES]
150PPM [PLUS OR MINUS 5PPM] ... [10 - 50 MINUTES]
400PPM [PLUS OR MINUS 10PPM ... [4 - 15 MINUTES]

“CITIZENS WILL CONTINUE TO DIE & BECOME SERIOUSLY ILL DAILY!”

George Kerr (1933-2017)

More news links below –

We have all been CO poisoned, some more than others
We have all inhaled carbon monoxide. We are a world of fire users.

What is in the air you are breathing right now?

What will you be doing today; walking into poison?
Who will be responsible for the air you breathe?
You may be the only person who can prevent your own poisoning.
We are all vulnerable to carbon monoxide exposure and poisoning.
Everyone has been poisoned by CO and will be poisoned again. The degree of the poisoning depends upon allowing yourself to be in a situation where someone else controls the air you breathe and the mechanisms for alarming notification.

Please read the alarm information on the package and in the instructions that come with the carbon monoxide alarm. Know that if it is a U.L. 2034 Listed product (or CSA 6.19 Listed), it is a high level alarm that has been tested to alarm no sooner than 70 PPM at the lowest (the alarm must resist for one hour when above this level) and when over 400 PPM before 15 minutes at the highest concentration, after resisting alarming for 4 minutes when over this level.

Know when your fire department and emergency responders begin wearing their breathing apparatus and what their civilian evacuation levels are for carbon monoxide; it may be as soon as the gas is present in your presence. Pregnant women, infants & children, people with heart & respiratory struggles, those suffering depression or chronic headaches and all people of vulnerable health should be alerted as soon as the gas begins to concentrate, around 10 PPM (parts per million) or lower.

You most likely need a low level carbon monoxide detector to sound off when carbon monoxide hazards are just beginning, not after you’ve been exposed to levels that make you have headaches, flu-like symptoms, increased tiredness, heart stresses or worse.

Do not take risks with carbon monoxide. Take responsibility for the air you breathe and the combustion systems you are responsible for. If you don’t do it for yourself, do it for others, unless you think $45.00, high level protection is good enough.

Help prevent injuries and deaths; don’t guess about carbon monoxide. Measure carbon monoxide for safety and knowledge. The more you test the more you learn. GET BUSY

Measurement is continuing education at its best. Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon Monoxide Safety
"Love Song To The Earth" - Official Lyric Video

CO, Air Quality & Pollution News Links

Can Weather or Air Pollution Trigger Migraine?
News-Medical.net#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/97156&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.com
Growing evidence suggests that air pollution can trigger migraines. Various air pollutants, including lead, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and particulate matters (PM10 and PM2.5), are known to have positive association with migraine intensity, frequency, and duration, as well as the rate of doctor visit due to migraine attack. - Among various air pollutants, nitrogen dioxide and PM have the highest effect on migraine. (More)

Fire officials: check CO alarms as heating season gets underway
WESTERNMASSNEWS.com#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/97156&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.com 
EAST LONGMEADOW, MA –(Video Report) Local fire departments are busy with calls from homeowners about carbon monoxide alarms going off. - As the nights get cold and many of us fire up the heat for the first time one local fire chief has at least three critical safety questions for every homeowner. - The three questions are: Where are your carbon monoxide detectors placed, how old are they and would you know what to do if they went off. (More, video report)

To all parents everywhere; grief's pain alerts others
Out of tragedy comes the light of love
Chester County Press
Inside, Carly and Daulton had passed away from carbon monoxide poisoning. The gas tank was empty and the ignition was still on. Fumes from the exhaust had been drawn into the car through the air vents… “One of the best things for me is to talk to parents who have also lost a child,” Donna said.
VideoNex
In this informative and succinct video, learn how to identify and appropriately execute the use of a CO2 Fire Extinguisher…


CDC Carbon Monoxide Poisoning 
New Movie Release 2015
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. Public domain video from CDC. Carbon monoxide (sometimes referred to as CO) is a colorless, odorless gas produced ...
A well put together video is found with the next link, but remember: U.L. 2034 Listed CO Alarms are high level alarms. Use them for protection against acute levels, but be aware you can still experience symptoms of the poisoning even though the devices are in place.

DailyMotion
About Carbon Monoxide and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

JEMS.com#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/97156&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.com - ...site#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/97156&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.com has been designed with this in mind – to create a visual, interactive, educational resource which can hopefully end incidents of carbon monoxide poisoning and save lives… For more information, please visit - www.thesilentkiller.co.uk#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/97156&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.com


Who is responsible for the air you breathe?
Take control inside your homes. 
-Link to: → CO alarm standards – 
The lowest U.L. 2034 & CSA 6.19 carbon monoxide alarm test point is:
- 70 PPM to 149 PPM –resist one hour, must alarm before 4 hours

Please read the alarm information on the package and in the instructions. Know when your fire department and emergency responders begin wearing their breathing apparatus and what their civilian evacuation levels are for carbon monoxide; it may be before 70 PPM. It is for pregnant women, infants & children, the elderly and all people of vulnerable health. Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon Monoxide Safety

Tribute
George Kerr, a pioneer in smoke and carbon monoxide alarm manufacturing passed away in his home during the early morning of July 4, 2017. George will always be remembered for his passion to save lives and protect the health of people through low level carbon monoxide detection and alarming. He lived for over 84 years, beginning his career in fire safety in 1953. “We’ll never know how many lives we’re saving, but I know we are saving a few.” George E. Kerr (1933-2017)

These following links may be of some use to you:
- The World Clock - Time Zones







- Carbon monoxide toxicity-Emergency Medicine Ireland
- Carbon Monoxide Survivor- Views from those who have been poisoned.
- Carbon Monoxide detection- National Fire Protection Association

· Please take CARBON MONOXIDE SAFETY CARE during all holiday and everyday activities.
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U.S. Carbon Monoxide Laws for each state
National Conference of State Legislatures
As of March 2018, a majority of states have enacted statutes regarding carbon monoxide (CO) detectors, and another 11 have promulgated regulations on CO detectors. Alaska requires detectors approved by the state fire marshal be installed in all dwellings. Connecticut requires them in all new construction, as does New Hampshire, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia. Florida also requires them in new construction, and in every room with a boiler. Minnesota passed a law requiring detectors in motor boats.

CO Detectors in U.S. Homes
27 states and the District of Columbia require carbon monoxide detectors in private dwellings via state statute: Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia (via adoption of the International Residential Code), Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Certain states limit the installation to buildings with fossil-fuel burning devices, others only require the device be installed upon the sale of the property or unit.

Another 11 states require carbon monoxide detectors in private dwellings regulatorily through the adoption of the International Residential Code or via an amendment to their state’s building code: Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Virginia, and Wyoming.

CO Detectors in U.S. Schools
California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine and Maryland require carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in school buildings.

CO Detectors in U.S. Hotels and Motels
Fourteen states require the installation of carbon monoxide detectors in hotels and motels under the statute. - Three of those states (New Jersey, Vermont and Wisconsin) have complementary administrative regulations. - Two states (Kansas and Washington) have requirements through administrative regulations alone.
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Ontario Canada Carbon Monoxide Alarm Legislation
Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services
Hawkins-Gignac Act
Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997
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Red Cross - Disaster Relief to safely assist law enforcement, fire department, utility company, city, county and state authorities as repair and rebuilding moves forward. Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon Monoxide Safety

Nationally, the Red Cross provides food and shelter to people affected by as many as 70,000 fires annually, or about one fire every eight minutes.

The following companies
are acknowledged for their continued support of carbon monoxide safety education and this daily news blog. They may just have what you are looking for.

The Energy Conservatory
Masimo - see RAD 57
Mahugh Fire & Safety
ESCO Institute
TPI - Test Products International
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Carbon Monoxide News October 7, 2019, posts updated frequently

 Cache   
Every day is a carbon monoxide safety education day.
Scroll back in time through our archives for previous CO News links.
We can learn from others mistakes and efforts to prevent poisoning.

Carbon monoxide safety, we are all in this together, now!

You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, bio link)


Daily News Links Are Below These Opening Questions And Warnings
How much carbon monoxide are you in when in any motor vehicle?

Did you know that many people do not measure the air they breathe?

After prevention there is no greater awareness than measurement.
Awareness leads to quick thinking. Measurement leads to quick action.

Are you in the know?

Do I know enough about carbon monoxide and carbon monoxide poisoning to justify never knowing how much is in the air I breathe every day, everywhere I go?”

There are some people who want to be notified of the presence of carbon monoxide at levels or concentrations as soon as the gas is present, at concentrations well below those that can instigate poor health symptoms but not be high enough levels to sound the CO alarm they own.

There are some people who do not want to push a button on their CO alarm to see what low, aggravating levels of the poison might be in their home, or anywhere.


The most recommended CO Alarm in U.S. is a high level alarm

Standard for Single and Multiple Station Carbon Monoxide Alarms
UL 2034
1.3 Carbon monoxide alarms covered by this standard are not intended to alarm when exposed to long-term, low-level carbon monoxide exposures or slightly higher short-term transient carbon monoxide exposures, possibly caused by air pollution and/or properly installed/maintained fuel-fired appliances and fireplaces…

Bob Dwyer
Carbon Monoxide Safety Association

COSA provides Carbon Monoxide safety education and training.

World Wide Reports - Pollution and Health Effects 
Carbon Monoxide News Links –
More news links below (International Spelling; no edits)

Update
Andros students treated for carbon monoxide poisoning
EyeWitness News
NASSAU, BAHAMAS - The Ministry of Health yesterday reported most of the students airlifted to the capital from Andros due to carbon monoxide poisoning have been treated and discharged. - On Friday, officials were responded to a mass casualty incident of carbon monoxide exposure in a school bus transporting children. - The matter had been labeled a mass casualty incident given that the number of casualties exceeded the resources from local sources. (More)

As Temperatures Drop, Carbon Monoxide Exposures Rise: Crisis Prevention For Your Restaurant
Total Food Service
When the temperature drops outside in the coming months, sometimes the greatest danger can be lurking inside your own properties. - Unfortunately, incidents of carbon monoxide poisoning are not uncommon in restaurants and are often fatal, leaving businesses in damaging situations they may not ever recover from. (More)

Tips to stay safe while using your space heater
KWCH
WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) With temperatures dropping into the 30s by the end of the week, many people are going to be pulling out their space heaters. - Video of two recent house fires show just how dangerous space heaters can be. They're one of the leading causes behind house fires. - The fire department says you should check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors now. Also, make sure you have a fire escape plan for your home. (More)

Mark your calendars, fire prevention week is coming up.
WTRF
BRILLIANT, OH (WTRF) – Stay ready so you don’t have to get ready! - National Fire Prevention Week is underway. - This is a week to double-check that your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly and that you have a fire extinguisher handy. - The necessities are important but fire officials are urging the public to add one more thing to their prevention list this year, an escape plan. - According to the National Fire Protection Association, their campaign for NFP week this year is “Not every hero wears a cape… Plan and practice your escape.” (More)

Please Note: "Place a carbon monoxide alarm with a digital display on a seat in the motor vehicle when you are out driving in emergency snow conditions (or always for that specific). Harmful levels of carbon monoxide (CO) can penetrate inside a motor vehicle just due to prevailing winds and exhaust not moving away from the vehicle but under it. If you want to learn more about carbon monoxide, begin measuring it with a personal CO monitor everywhere you go." Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon Monoxide Safety
  
Scroll Down For More of Today's CO & Air Quality News Links 
Please, stop diagnostic errors; start testing for carboxyhemoglobin
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Video - Propane (LPG) tanks of any size can violently compound a structure fire – KEEP THEM OUTSIDE
BLEVE (Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion) Demonstration - How it Happens Training Video--------

Carbon Monoxide Intoxication 
Journal of Neurology and Neuroscience
Carbon monoxide (CO) intoxication is one of the main causes of poisoning in industrialized countries and it often leads to diagnostic errors…

Carbon monoxide intoxication. 
nih.gov#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/97158&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.com
However individuals with ischemic heart disease may experience chest pain and decreased exercise duration at COHb levels between 1% and 9%. COHb levels between 30% and 70% lead to loss of consciousness and eventually death…


Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips
National Fire Protection Association
… If the CO alarm sounds, immediately move to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door. Make sure everyone inside the home is accounted for. Call for help from a fresh air location and stay there until emergency personnel….

NOTE: Listed U.L. 2034 & CSA 6.19 Carbon Monoxide Alarms
VISUAL DISPLAY:
Must not display under 30PPM in normal operation
AT 70, 150 & 400 PPM display must be accurate within plus or minus 30 Percent

SENSITIVITY TESTING: Resist alarming first times shown, must by second shown time
70PPM [PLUS OR MINUS 5PPM ... [BETWEEN 60 _ 240 MINUTES]
150PPM [PLUS OR MINUS 5PPM] ... [10 - 50 MINUTES]
400PPM [PLUS OR MINUS 10PPM ... [4 - 15 MINUTES]

“CITIZENS WILL CONTINUE TO DIE & BECOME SERIOUSLY ILL DAILY!”

George Kerr (1933-2017)

More news links below –

We have all been CO poisoned, some more than others
We have all inhaled carbon monoxide. We are a world of fire users.

What is in the air you are breathing right now?

What will you be doing today; walking into poison?
Who will be responsible for the air you breathe?
You may be the only person who can prevent your own poisoning.
We are all vulnerable to carbon monoxide exposure and poisoning.
Everyone has been poisoned by CO and will be poisoned again. The degree of the poisoning depends upon allowing yourself to be in a situation where someone else controls the air you breathe and the mechanisms for alarming notification.

Please read the alarm information on the package and in the instructions that come with the carbon monoxide alarm. Know that if it is a U.L. 2034 Listed product (or CSA 6.19 Listed), it is a high level alarm that has been tested to alarm no sooner than 70 PPM at the lowest (the alarm must resist for one hour when above this level) and when over 400 PPM before 15 minutes at the highest concentration, after resisting alarming for 4 minutes when over this level.

Know when your fire department and emergency responders begin wearing their breathing apparatus and what their civilian evacuation levels are for carbon monoxide; it may be as soon as the gas is present in your presence. Pregnant women, infants & children, people with heart & respiratory struggles, those suffering depression or chronic headaches and all people of vulnerable health should be alerted as soon as the gas begins to concentrate, around 10 PPM (parts per million) or lower.

You most likely need a low level carbon monoxide detector to sound off when carbon monoxide hazards are just beginning, not after you’ve been exposed to levels that make you have headaches, flu-like symptoms, increased tiredness, heart stresses or worse.

Do not take risks with carbon monoxide. Take responsibility for the air you breathe and the combustion systems you are responsible for. If you don’t do it for yourself, do it for others, unless you think $45.00, high level protection is good enough.

Help prevent injuries and deaths; don’t guess about carbon monoxide. Measure carbon monoxide for safety and knowledge. The more you test the more you learn. GET BUSY

Measurement is continuing education at its best. Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon Monoxide Safety
"Love Song To The Earth" - Official Lyric Video

CO, Air Quality & Pollution News Links

Southeast Asia takes on haze problem as long-term danger looms
Aljazeera.com#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/97158&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.com
The haze, as it is commonly known, has been blanketing the region on an almost annual basis since 1997. - "What I’m really worried about is long-term malignancy," Dr Amar Singh, a senior consultant paediatrician based in the Malaysian city of Ipoh, told Al Jazeera. - "It’s like the entire country is smoking cigarettes. You can stay in your home, but you are still going to breathe in the particulate matter." (More)

Speed limits cut pollution at Welsh roadside hotspots
BBC News
Lower speed limits introduced to reduce emissions at traffic hotpots has cut nitrogen dioxide gas pollution, a report says. - The 50mph restrictions were introduced on the M4 motorway at Port Talbot and at Newport, as well as three other locations in Wales. - "We've seen that reducing speed on vehicles seems to work on reducing emissions. It has required speed cameras to make people take it seriously. (More)

To all parents everywhere; grief's pain alerts others
Out of tragedy comes the light of love
Chester County Press
Inside, Carly and Daulton had passed away from carbon monoxide poisoning. The gas tank was empty and the ignition was still on. Fumes from the exhaust had been drawn into the car through the air vents… “One of the best things for me is to talk to parents who have also lost a child,” Donna said.
VideoNex
In this informative and succinct video, learn how to identify and appropriately execute the use of a CO2 Fire Extinguisher…


CDC Carbon Monoxide Poisoning 
New Movie Release 2015
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. Public domain video from CDC. Carbon monoxide (sometimes referred to as CO) is a colorless, odorless gas produced ...
A well put together video is found with the next link, but remember: U.L. 2034 Listed CO Alarms are high level alarms. Use them for protection against acute levels, but be aware you can still experience symptoms of the poisoning even though the devices are in place.

DailyMotion
About Carbon Monoxide and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

JEMS.com#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/97158&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.com - ...site#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/97158&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.com has been designed with this in mind – to create a visual, interactive, educational resource which can hopefully end incidents of carbon monoxide poisoning and save lives… For more information, please visit - www.thesilentkiller.co.uk#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/97158&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.com


Who is responsible for the air you breathe?
Take control inside your homes. 
-Link to: → CO alarm standards – 
The lowest U.L. 2034 & CSA 6.19 carbon monoxide alarm test point is:
- 70 PPM to 149 PPM –resist one hour, must alarm before 4 hours

Please read the alarm information on the package and in the instructions. Know when your fire department and emergency responders begin wearing their breathing apparatus and what their civilian evacuation levels are for carbon monoxide; it may be before 70 PPM. It is for pregnant women, infants & children, the elderly and all people of vulnerable health. Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon Monoxide Safety

Tribute
George Kerr, a pioneer in smoke and carbon monoxide alarm manufacturing passed away in his home during the early morning of July 4, 2017. George will always be remembered for his passion to save lives and protect the health of people through low level carbon monoxide detection and alarming. He lived for over 84 years, beginning his career in fire safety in 1953. “We’ll never know how many lives we’re saving, but I know we are saving a few.” George E. Kerr (1933-2017)

These following links may be of some use to you:
- The World Clock - Time Zones







- Carbon monoxide toxicity-Emergency Medicine Ireland
- Carbon Monoxide Survivor- Views from those who have been poisoned.
- Carbon Monoxide detection- National Fire Protection Association

· Please take CARBON MONOXIDE SAFETY CARE during all holiday and everyday activities.
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U.S. Carbon Monoxide Laws for each state
National Conference of State Legislatures
As of March 2018, a majority of states have enacted statutes regarding carbon monoxide (CO) detectors, and another 11 have promulgated regulations on CO detectors. Alaska requires detectors approved by the state fire marshal be installed in all dwellings. Connecticut requires them in all new construction, as does New Hampshire, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia. Florida also requires them in new construction, and in every room with a boiler. Minnesota passed a law requiring detectors in motor boats.

CO Detectors in U.S. Homes
27 states and the District of Columbia require carbon monoxide detectors in private dwellings via state statute: Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia (via adoption of the International Residential Code), Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Certain states limit the installation to buildings with fossil-fuel burning devices, others only require the device be installed upon the sale of the property or unit.

Another 11 states require carbon monoxide detectors in private dwellings regulatorily through the adoption of the International Residential Code or via an amendment to their state’s building code: Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Virginia, and Wyoming.

CO Detectors in U.S. Schools
California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine and Maryland require carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in school buildings.

CO Detectors in U.S. Hotels and Motels
Fourteen states require the installation of carbon monoxide detectors in hotels and motels under the statute. - Three of those states (New Jersey, Vermont and Wisconsin) have complementary administrative regulations. - Two states (Kansas and Washington) have requirements through administrative regulations alone.
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Ontario Canada Carbon Monoxide Alarm Legislation
Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services
Hawkins-Gignac Act
Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997
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Red Cross - Disaster Relief to safely assist law enforcement, fire department, utility company, city, county and state authorities as repair and rebuilding moves forward. Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon Monoxide Safety

Nationally, the Red Cross provides food and shelter to people affected by as many as 70,000 fires annually, or about one fire every eight minutes.

The following companies
are acknowledged for their continued support of carbon monoxide safety education and this daily news blog. They may just have what you are looking for.

The Energy Conservatory
Masimo - see RAD 57
Mahugh Fire & Safety
ESCO Institute
TPI - Test Products International
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Carbon Monoxide News October 6, 2019, posts updated frequently

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Every day is a carbon monoxide safety education day.
Scroll back in time through our archives for previous CO News links.
We can learn from others mistakes and efforts to prevent poisoning.

Carbon monoxide safety, we are all in this together, now!

Progress is man's ability to complicate simplicity.
Thor Heyerdahl (1914-2002, bio link)


Daily News Links Are Below These Opening Questions And Warnings
How much carbon monoxide are you in when in any motor vehicle?

Did you know that many people do not measure the air they breathe?

After prevention there is no greater awareness than measurement.
Awareness leads to quick thinking. Measurement leads to quick action.

Are you in the know?

Do I know enough about carbon monoxide and carbon monoxide poisoning to justify never knowing how much is in the air I breathe every day, everywhere I go?”

There are some people who want to be notified of the presence of carbon monoxide at levels or concentrations as soon as the gas is present, at concentrations well below those that can instigate poor health symptoms but not be high enough levels to sound the CO alarm they own.

There are some people who do not want to push a button on their CO alarm to see what low, aggravating levels of the poison might be in their home, or anywhere.


The most recommended CO Alarm in U.S. is a high level alarm

Standard for Single and Multiple Station Carbon Monoxide Alarms
UL 2034
1.3 Carbon monoxide alarms covered by this standard are not intended to alarm when exposed to long-term, low-level carbon monoxide exposures or slightly higher short-term transient carbon monoxide exposures, possibly caused by air pollution and/or properly installed/maintained fuel-fired appliances and fireplaces…

Bob Dwyer
Carbon Monoxide Safety Association

COSA provides Carbon Monoxide safety education and training.

World Wide Reports - Pollution and Health Effects 
Carbon Monoxide News Links –
More news links below (International Spelling; no edits)

Officials: Man collapses in Larchmont home due to high CO levels
News 12 Bronx
First responders say a man collapsed in a Larchmont home Saturday afternoon due to high levels of carbon monoxide. (More, video report)

CO leak prompts evacuation of Ossining nursing home
News 12 Bronx
An apparent carbon monoxide leak forced the evacuation of a nursing home in Ossining Saturday evening. - Sources tell News 12 that construction caused the leak at Bethel Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Ossining…

Fire Prevention Week in Orillia off to a hot start (3 photos)
OrilliaMatters.Com
While people finally seem to be getting the message about the importance of having working carbon-monoxide and smoke detectors, more still needs to be done on the safety front, local officials say. - “The concern to us is that in new builds, they’re using plastics and composites,” he said. “The difficulty with the components is that they melt before they burn and smoke and toxins are much more hazardous.” (More)

Please Note: "Place a carbon monoxide alarm with a digital display on a seat in the motor vehicle when you are out driving in emergency snow conditions (or always for that specific). Harmful levels of carbon monoxide (CO) can penetrate inside a motor vehicle just due to prevailing winds and exhaust not moving away from the vehicle but under it. If you want to learn more about carbon monoxide, begin measuring it with a personal CO monitor everywhere you go." Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon Monoxide Safety
  
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Please, stop diagnostic errors; start testing for carboxyhemoglobin
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Video - Propane (LPG) tanks of any size can violently compound a structure fire – KEEP THEM OUTSIDE
BLEVE (Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion) Demonstration - How it Happens Training Video--------

Carbon Monoxide Intoxication 
Journal of Neurology and Neuroscience
Carbon monoxide (CO) intoxication is one of the main causes of poisoning in industrialized countries and it often leads to diagnostic errors…

Carbon monoxide intoxication. 
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However individuals with ischemic heart disease may experience chest pain and decreased exercise duration at COHb levels between 1% and 9%. COHb levels between 30% and 70% lead to loss of consciousness and eventually death…


Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips
National Fire Protection Association
… If the CO alarm sounds, immediately move to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door. Make sure everyone inside the home is accounted for. Call for help from a fresh air location and stay there until emergency personnel….

NOTE: Listed U.L. 2034 & CSA 6.19 Carbon Monoxide Alarms
VISUAL DISPLAY:
Must not display under 30PPM in normal operation
AT 70, 150 & 400 PPM display must be accurate within plus or minus 30 Percent

SENSITIVITY TESTING: Resist alarming first times shown, must by second shown time
70PPM [PLUS OR MINUS 5PPM ... [BETWEEN 60 _ 240 MINUTES]
150PPM [PLUS OR MINUS 5PPM] ... [10 - 50 MINUTES]
400PPM [PLUS OR MINUS 10PPM ... [4 - 15 MINUTES]

“CITIZENS WILL CONTINUE TO DIE & BECOME SERIOUSLY ILL DAILY!”

George Kerr (1933-2017)

More news links below –

We have all been CO poisoned, some more than others
We have all inhaled carbon monoxide. We are a world of fire users.

What is in the air you are breathing right now?

What will you be doing today; walking into poison?
Who will be responsible for the air you breathe?
You may be the only person who can prevent your own poisoning.
We are all vulnerable to carbon monoxide exposure and poisoning.
Everyone has been poisoned by CO and will be poisoned again. The degree of the poisoning depends upon allowing yourself to be in a situation where someone else controls the air you breathe and the mechanisms for alarming notification.

Please read the alarm information on the package and in the instructions that come with the carbon monoxide alarm. Know that if it is a U.L. 2034 Listed product (or CSA 6.19 Listed), it is a high level alarm that has been tested to alarm no sooner than 70 PPM at the lowest (the alarm must resist for one hour when above this level) and when over 400 PPM before 15 minutes at the highest concentration, after resisting alarming for 4 minutes when over this level.

Know when your fire department and emergency responders begin wearing their breathing apparatus and what their civilian evacuation levels are for carbon monoxide; it may be as soon as the gas is present in your presence. Pregnant women, infants & children, people with heart & respiratory struggles, those suffering depression or chronic headaches and all people of vulnerable health should be alerted as soon as the gas begins to concentrate, around 10 PPM (parts per million) or lower.

You most likely need a low level carbon monoxide detector to sound off when carbon monoxide hazards are just beginning, not after you’ve been exposed to levels that make you have headaches, flu-like symptoms, increased tiredness, heart stresses or worse.

Do not take risks with carbon monoxide. Take responsibility for the air you breathe and the combustion systems you are responsible for. If you don’t do it for yourself, do it for others, unless you think $45.00, high level protection is good enough.

Help prevent injuries and deaths; don’t guess about carbon monoxide. Measure carbon monoxide for safety and knowledge. The more you test the more you learn. GET BUSY

Measurement is continuing education at its best. Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon Monoxide Safety
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CO, Air Quality & Pollution News Links

Quality of Water in Sarajevo may be compromised if the Process of Pollution continues
Sarajevo Times
The quality of water in Sarajevo Canton is generally good, but maybe compromised if the process of water pollution continues and the zones of the source are not protected, according to a study on the Health of the Population, Hygienic Opportunities and Health Activity held at a session last week. (More)

Hundreds protest pollution from coal-fired power plant in Java
Mongabay.com#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/97160&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.com
Residents of Winong, a village of fewer than a thousand people, have since 2016 blamed the power plant for polluting the water and air in area. They say the plant’s operations have depleted the water table, and that any water they can draw up from their wells is salty. They also complain of a constant rain of ash peppering their homes, forcing them to clean up every day. Local children have reportedly been diagnosed with pollution-related ailments, including bronchitis and skin rashes. (More)

Cleaning with bleach could create indoor air pollutants
AirQualityNews
Although the composition and possible health effects of these particles need to be studied further, these pollutants have been linked to respiratory problems and other adverse health effects and so could be occupational hazards for people involved in cleaning activities, the researchers say. (More)

To all parents everywhere; grief's pain alerts others
Out of tragedy comes the light of love
Chester County Press
Inside, Carly and Daulton had passed away from carbon monoxide poisoning. The gas tank was empty and the ignition was still on. Fumes from the exhaust had been drawn into the car through the air vents… “One of the best things for me is to talk to parents who have also lost a child,” Donna said.
VideoNex
In this informative and succinct video, learn how to identify and appropriately execute the use of a CO2 Fire Extinguisher…


CDC Carbon Monoxide Poisoning 
New Movie Release 2015
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. Public domain video from CDC. Carbon monoxide (sometimes referred to as CO) is a colorless, odorless gas produced ...
A well put together video is found with the next link, but remember: U.L. 2034 Listed CO Alarms are high level alarms. Use them for protection against acute levels, but be aware you can still experience symptoms of the poisoning even though the devices are in place.

DailyMotion
About Carbon Monoxide and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

JEMS.com#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/97160&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.com - ...site#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/97160&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.com has been designed with this in mind – to create a visual, interactive, educational resource which can hopefully end incidents of carbon monoxide poisoning and save lives… For more information, please visit - www.thesilentkiller.co.uk#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/97160&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.com


Who is responsible for the air you breathe?
Take control inside your homes. 
-Link to: → CO alarm standards – 
The lowest U.L. 2034 & CSA 6.19 carbon monoxide alarm test point is:
- 70 PPM to 149 PPM –resist one hour, must alarm before 4 hours

Please read the alarm information on the package and in the instructions. Know when your fire department and emergency responders begin wearing their breathing apparatus and what their civilian evacuation levels are for carbon monoxide; it may be before 70 PPM. It is for pregnant women, infants & children, the elderly and all people of vulnerable health. Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon Monoxide Safety

Tribute
George Kerr, a pioneer in smoke and carbon monoxide alarm manufacturing passed away in his home during the early morning of July 4, 2017. George will always be remembered for his passion to save lives and protect the health of people through low level carbon monoxide detection and alarming. He lived for over 84 years, beginning his career in fire safety in 1953. “We’ll never know how many lives we’re saving, but I know we are saving a few.” George E. Kerr (1933-2017)

These following links may be of some use to you:
- The World Clock - Time Zones







- Carbon monoxide toxicity-Emergency Medicine Ireland
- Carbon Monoxide Survivor- Views from those who have been poisoned.
- Carbon Monoxide detection- National Fire Protection Association

· Please take CARBON MONOXIDE SAFETY CARE during all holiday and everyday activities.
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U.S. Carbon Monoxide Laws for each state
National Conference of State Legislatures
As of March 2018, a majority of states have enacted statutes regarding carbon monoxide (CO) detectors, and another 11 have promulgated regulations on CO detectors. Alaska requires detectors approved by the state fire marshal be installed in all dwellings. Connecticut requires them in all new construction, as does New Hampshire, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia. Florida also requires them in new construction, and in every room with a boiler. Minnesota passed a law requiring detectors in motor boats.

CO Detectors in U.S. Homes
27 states and the District of Columbia require carbon monoxide detectors in private dwellings via state statute: Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia (via adoption of the International Residential Code), Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Certain states limit the installation to buildings with fossil-fuel burning devices, others only require the device be installed upon the sale of the property or unit.

Another 11 states require carbon monoxide detectors in private dwellings regulatorily through the adoption of the International Residential Code or via an amendment to their state’s building code: Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Virginia, and Wyoming.

CO Detectors in U.S. Schools
California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine and Maryland require carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in school buildings.

CO Detectors in U.S. Hotels and Motels
Fourteen states require the installation of carbon monoxide detectors in hotels and motels under the statute. - Three of those states (New Jersey, Vermont and Wisconsin) have complementary administrative regulations. - Two states (Kansas and Washington) have requirements through administrative regulations alone.
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Ontario Canada Carbon Monoxide Alarm Legislation
Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services
Hawkins-Gignac Act
Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997
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Red Cross - Disaster Relief to safely assist law enforcement, fire department, utility company, city, county and state authorities as repair and rebuilding moves forward. Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon Monoxide Safety

Nationally, the Red Cross provides food and shelter to people affected by as many as 70,000 fires annually, or about one fire every eight minutes.

The following companies
are acknowledged for their continued support of carbon monoxide safety education and this daily news blog. They may just have what you are looking for.

The Energy Conservatory
Masimo - see RAD 57
Mahugh Fire & Safety
ESCO Institute
TPI - Test Products International
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Lillie Mae – Terlingua Girl

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We cannot get enough of local artist of the week Lillie Mae‘s new record Other Girls. Set in a wild western Texas ghost town, her latest single “Terlingua Girl” was written when she was 19 during a time of nomadic self discovery and exemplifies the strength of the record. Don’t miss Lille Mae this week […]

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The Proto-Indo-European Homeland Puzzle

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The Indo-European Language Family

Indo-European was the first language family to be identified. This discovery, and the beginning of modern linguistics, can be dated to February 2, 1786 at a gathering of scientists and other interested men. Sir William Jones, speaking at the Asiatic Society in Calcutta, made this astounding statement:

The Sanskrit language, whatever be its antiquity, is of a wonderful structure: more perfect than the Greek, more copious than the Latin, and more exquisitely refined than either; yet bearing to both of them a stronger affinity, both in the roots of verbs and in the forms of grammar, than could possibly have been produced by accident; so strong indeed, that no philologer could examine them all three, without believing them to have sprung from some common source, which, perhaps, no longer exists.

Jones later added Persian and Celtic as likely members of this family of languages.

Jones was uniquely qualified to make this discovery. His parental language was Welsh; he was taught English at school; he learned classical Greek and Latin in university where he studied law; he wrote the first English grammar of the Persian language (which earned him a reputation as one of the most respected linguists in Europe); and when appointed a judge in India at age 37 set out to learn the Sanskrit language to better understand local laws. Thus by age 40 Jones was familiar with a language in 6 (out of a total of 12) different Indo-European language branches.

Indo-European languages are spoken today by over 3 billion people - about half of the world's population - as either a first or second language. These languages are divided into 10 or 12 language branches or subfamilies. See the attached graph (Figure 1.1 of The Horse, The Wheel and Language p.12) which is arranged more or less geographically. English is a member of the Germanic subfamily along with German, Dutch, Frisian, the Scandinavian languages (which includes Icelandic), Yiddish, and Afrikaans. Other languages to note include:
            Tocharian – two extinct languages found in western China, the farthest East branch
            Hittite – a member of the extinct Anatolian branch – the earliest branch to separate
            Romany – the language of the Gypsies of Europe, is a member of the Indic branch showing that they originated in northwest India (not to be confused with Rumanian which is a member of the Latin or Romance language branch)



Source: Figure 1.1 of The Horse, The Wheel and Language p.12

About 6,000 to 5,000 years ago the parent language, called Proto-Indo-European, was spoken by a semi-nomadic tribe of people in the southern Ukraine and Russia. How their language spread and evolved into all of all these languages could be the subject for a future lecture. Today I want to show how historical linguistics and archaeology were combined to solve the puzzle of who the speakers of Proto-Indo-European were, and where and when they lived.
Source: Figure 1.2 of The Horse, The Wheel and Language p.14

The Proto-Indo-European Homeland Puzzle

Since the discovery of the IE language family, the location of the homeland of the original speakers has been claimed by different people to be many different places: India, Pakistan, Syria/Lebanon, the Caucasus Mountains, Turkey, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine, the Balkans and Germany. By the late 20th century linguists only seriously considered two of these – Anatolia (modern Turkey) and the steppes of southern Ukraine and Russia. And as recently as 2000, Calvert Watkins in his essay “Indo-European and the Indo-Europeans” which introduces his book The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo-European Roots stated “Archaeologists have not in fact succeeded in locating the Indo-Europeans.”

Colin Renfrew was a strong supporter of the other serious contender, Anatolia. Renfew's elegant proposal, published in the 1990's, had Proto-Indo-European migrant farmers carry their language along with agriculture from the Middle East to the westernmost part of Europe. But like many elegant theories, this one turned out to be not true. (I was greatly disappointed when linguistics and DNA analysis disproved Thor Heyerdahl's theories of Polynesian origins). There are, as we will see, serious problems with Renfrew's theory.

Before going further, I need to emphasize one point. Proto-Indo-European is a language. It is not a culture, nor is it a genetically-definable population. Language does not necessarily follow cultural boundaries, which can be determined by archaeology. Every first year archaeology student is taught “pots are not people”. But we know that someone must have spoken this language, and they must have lived in a particular place during a particular time. So while looking for the speakers of Proto-Indo-European we need to be careful of this constraint.
  
Clues from the Language

Since Proto-Indo-European is a language, let's look first at clues to the homeland from the language itself. The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo-European Roots published in 2000 contains 1350 reconstructed root words and several thousand more words based on these roots. These words have been painstakingly reconstructed by comparing similar words (called cognates) from the daughter languages over the more than 200 years since Jones' discovery. What can we learn about the people who spoke this language from their vocabulary?

they knew four seasons with snow in winter
they were not familiar with tropical plants or animals
animals include: wolf, lynx, elk beaver, otter, mouse, fish
birds include: crane, goose, duck, eagle, woodpecker
insects: wasp, hornet, fly, louse, bee, honey (mead)
domestic animals include: dog, cattle, sheep and horse
horses play an important role in the culture
they practiced spinning and weaving of wool
they knew metallurgy - copper
they knew of the wheel and used wagons or carts (weak link in Anatolian)
they knew of boats and oars - words like nav (navigate, navy) and rowing.
gift exchange is an important part of their culture
the guest-host relation was important –  *ghosti is the root of both host and guest (ghost originally meant visitor or guest)
they borrowed words from Proto-Uralic, another Eurasian language family, suggesting that the Proto-Indo-European speakers must have lived close to, and likely traded with, people who spoke Proto-Uralic who then, as now, live in northern Europe and Siberia (Hungarian is a member of this family found in Europe because of recent migration (~900CE).

The seasons and animals indicate a northern location either in or adjacent to a forest. The words for bee and honey place the homeland west of the Ural Mountains as honeybees do not occur east of there.

Clues to Dating Proto-Indo-European

Language can also help place the Proto-Indo-European speakers in time as well as location.

Agriculture was introduced to Europe between 6700 and 6500 BC while the wheel was not known until 3400 BC and woolen textiles sometime after 4000 BC. For the daughter language families to have similar words for the wheel and wool, they must have separated from Proto-Indo-European after their arrival. This effectively eliminates the Anatolian farmer immigrant theory. Besides, the two or three Anatolian languages were very similar to each other and spoken by only a small number of people in this area, which strongly suggests they are spoken by Indo-European speaking migrants to Anatolia, not by the ancestors of the language.

The domestication of the horse provides additional clues. Horses were hunted for meat by the people of the steppe for millennia before they were domesticated. They were first domesticated sometime after 4800 BC, a thousand years after cattle were introduced to the area. But they were raised for their meat only. During a cool dry period (4200-3800 BC) horses would have an advantage over cattle because they can forage for themselves during the winter. [Pioneer farmers in Saskatchewan like my grandfather often turned their horses loose for the winter to manage for themselves, rounding them up in the spring]. Riding of horses began on the steppes sometime before 3700 BC and had spread to Northern Kazakhstan, the Caucasus Mountains, and into Europe, by 3000 BC.

An important tool used in the dating of horse riding is bit wear on horse molars. The identification of tooth wear caused by bits of metal, bone, rope and rawhide, was pioneered by the author of The Horse, The Wheel and Language – David W. Anthony, and his wife, fellow archaeologist Dorcas Brown. There is an interesting Saskatchewan connection here. One of the experts they contacted was Hilary Clayton who began studying the mechanics of bits in horses’ mouths while working in Philadelphia, and then took a job at the Western Veterinarian College in Saskatoon. Anthony and Brown followed her to Saskatchewan in 1985 and viewed the X-ray videos she had made of horses chewing their bits.

Riding horses provided a significant benefit to herders in the steppes. A man on horseback could manage a herd of cattle or sheep much larger than a man on foot. With the much later advent of wheeled carts, about 3300 BC, the herders could carry with them tents, food and water allowing them to take advantage of the vast areas between the river valleys. This opened up the steppe much as the horse did to the plains of North America 5,000 years later.

Dating the Daughters

Language provides clues to timing in another way. Linguists can date, with more or less certainty, when each of the daughter language branches separated from the mother language. Here is a list of the branches, in the order of separation, with the approximate date (all BC) of separation (from Figure 3.2 The Horse, The Wheel and Language p. 57).

            Anatolian        4200
            Tocharian       3700 - 3300
            Germanic        3300
            Celtic / Italic   3000
            Greek / Armenian 2500
            Balto-Slavic    2500
            Indo-Iranian    2500-2200

Clues from Archaeology – The Kurgan Cultures

With the time line narrowed to the period 4000 to 2000 BC, it's time to look at the archaeological record and see who was living in the likely homelands and how well they fit with the linguistic clues. The archaeology of the Pontic-Caspian steppes was mostly carried out by Soviet scientists and published in Russian. These were not translated into English until the 1990s. Anthony was one of the first western archaeologists to study this work and relate it to the Proto-Indo-European homeland question.

Anthony found a close fit with the western steppe peoples who built huge burial mounds called kurgans. Their culture varied somewhat over the Proto-Indo-European time line and also geographically from place to place within this large area, but their overall cultures were similar, especially compared to the foragers to the north and east and to the sophisticated farming cultures to the west and south. They were semi-nomadic, raising cattle and sheep. Horses were important both for meat and for riding to manage their growing herds. They used wheeled carts. They mined their own ore and made their own tools and weapons of copper, tin and bronze.

Even more compelling is the evidence, from archaeology, of known migrations out of the steppes in the right directions and at the right times to account for the birth of the daughter language families.

1) to the west 4200-3900 (Anatolian)
2) to the east 3700-3300 (Tocharian)
3) to the west - several waves (Germanic, Celtic, Italic)
4) to north (Baltic, Slavic)
5) to the east and south (Iranian, Indic)

I should explain that by migration I do not mean large scale movement of people displacing existing populations along with their culture and language. This may have been the case with the Pre-Tocharians who made a remarkably long migration in one jump to the Altai Mountains 2000 km to the east (equivalent to the journey made by my grandparents from southern Ontario to Saskatchewan, but without the advantage of trains). Most if not all the other migrations were by small groups who, through some combination of trade or intimidation, became rulers of existing populations. They brought with them enough of their culture to be recognized archaeologically; and they brought their language which, for a variety of reasons, was adopted by the others and continued to spread long after they were gone.
  
Puzzle Solved

While there may be a few objections to his theory not yet satisfactorily answered, Anthony is convinced that the Proto-Indo-European Homeland puzzle has been solved.

Source: Figure 5.1 of The Horse, The Wheel and Language p.84

I want to finish with a quote from The Horse, The Wheel and Language  p. 464

Understanding the people who lived before us is difficult, particularly the people who lived in the prehistoric tribal past. Archaeology throws a bright light on some aspects of their lives but leaves much in the dark. Historical linguistics can illuminate a few of those dark corners.

          

Grimm’s Law

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In linguistic circles Jacob Grimm (1785-1863) is better known for his discovery of phonetic changes in the development of Proto-Germanic than for his German folk tales.

Jacob was trained as a lawyer but was more interested in history and language – early German literature in particular. He authored many scholarly books including Geschichte der Deutschen Sprache (History of the German Language), Deutsche Grammatik (German Grammar), and the monumental Deutsches Wörterbuch (German Dictionary). In 1812 and 1814 he and his younger brother Wilhelm published their collection of old German folk tales as Grimms Märchen (Grimms’ Fairy Tales) Volumes 1 and 2.


Grimm’s Law was first published in the second edition of his German Grammar in 1822. It is considered significant in linguistic science for introducing “…a rigorous methodology to historic linguistic research.” [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/98182&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.comJacob_Grimm].

Sometime during the progression from Proto-Indo-European (about 2000 BC) to Proto-Germanic (about 500 BC), certain sound shifts in consonants occurred which were nearly universal (occurring to all words). These changes did not occur in any other PIE daughter languages such as the Proto-Romance language, so are observable with comparisons between English words taken directly from Latin, French or other Romance languages and those from its Germanic roots.

Greatly simplified, the changes are (with examples):

Labials (sounds made with the lips)
p changes to f: ped / foot; pater / father
f changes to b: fund / bottom
b changes to p: labial / lip

Velars (sounds made mid-palate)
k changes to h: canine / hound
h changes to g: host / guest
g changes to k: genuflect / knee

Dentals (sounds made with the tongue and teeth)
t changes to th: triple / three
th changes to d: thyroid / door
d changes to t: duo / two

Note that in all three groups, the changes go full circle, sort of like musical chairs.

Verner’s Law, developed by Danish linguist Karl Verner, explains further changes that occurred later to certain consonants in certain conditions (depending on the accent of the preceding syllable).

These sound changes are evident in all of the modern Germanic languages: German, Frisian, Dutch (and Africaans), Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Icelandic, Faroese, Luxembourgish, and of course English.

Sound changes like this are common in language history and take several generations, often a few centuries, to complete. A more recent example in English is known as the Great Vowel Shift which occurred between 1400 and 1600 (between Chaucer and Shakespeare). That’s a subject for a future post.

          

New York Federal Judge Tosses Copyright Claims Against CBS, Netflix

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NEW YORK - Allegations that CBS Broadcasting Inc., Netflix Inc. and others copied the concept behind an unreleased science fiction videogame for incorporation into "Star Trek: Discovery" fail as a matter of law, a federal judge in New York ruled Sept. 20 (Anas Osama Ibrahim Abdin v. CBS Broadcasting Inc., et al., No. 18-7543, S.D. N.Y., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 161153).
          

Rimini Street Again Told To Provide Oracle Post-Injunction Compliance Discovery

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LAS VEGAS - Five months after Oracle USA Inc. was permitted to conduct limited discovery to ensure that Rimini Street Inc. was complying with a permanent injunction against it in a long-running software copyright lawsuit, a Nevada federal magistrate judge on Sept. 6 signed an order setting parameters on that discovery and establishing a schedule for Rimini's compliance (Oracle USA Inc., et al. v. Rimini Street Inc., et al., No. 2:10-cv-00106, D. Nev.).
          

Revenue Manager (m/f) - Ramada Lisbon Hotel - (Lisboa)

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New Saturn Discovery: 82 moons in total. Here's where YOU come in...you can help name the newest moons. Sorry, but "Moony McMoonface" has already been suggested [Cool]

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‘Impossible’ exoplanet and an alternate planet-formation theory - EarthSky

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  1. ‘Impossible’ exoplanet and an alternate planet-formation theory  EarthSky
  2. Saturn overtakes Jupiter as planet with most moons  BBC News
  3. Discovery of 20 new moons puts Saturn ahead of Jupiter  Aljazeera.com#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/102102&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.com
  4. Twenty new moons discovered orbiting Saturn, 100 more moons wait to be found  Firstpost
  5. Discovery gives Saturn the most moons of any planet in our solar system and prompts name contest  Daily Mail
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The Battle for SEO Budgets: SEO Platforms vs People

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A recent client discovery made us dust off the Outspoken Media blog–the realization that we’re competing with SEO platforms like…

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Sciatica ... The Incredible Discovery - Sciatic Nerve Treatment

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sciatic nerve treatment: Is sciatica driving you crazy, are you tired of waking up in pain and not being able to do want you want to do? Does your sciatica cause so much pain that life is just not enjoyable anymore? Many of the sciatica exercises you will see being... Sciatic Nerve Treatment
          

Flashback: A Dress Worthy of a Nobel Prize

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The winners of the 2019 Nobel Prizes are being announced this week, and the Nobels always remind me of an unusual fashion story I wrote for the Huffington Post in 2012. I've been republishing my HuffPost pieces on this blog, because I'm worried that they'll vanish into the ether one of these days, and this was my favorite HuffPost article by far so I'm grabbing it while I can!

A Dress Worthy of a Nobel Prize

What do you wear on a day that encompasses both grief and unexpected joy? Maybe something wholly unexpected.
It could be the happiest day of your life. Or the saddest. It could be a wedding or a funeral. Either way, it doesn't matter how you feel about fashion. You still have to get dressed, and whatever you wear will be meaningful. So what do you wear on a day that encompasses both grief and unexpected joy? Maybe something wholly unexpected.
[caption id="attachment_43497" align="aligncenter" width="498"] A close-up of dendritic cells silkscreened on tulle. Photo by Nando Alvarez-Perez.[/caption]
That's what lawyer Jenny Carroll decided upon when she was preparing to attend the Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm last year. Her father-in-law, Ralph M. Steinman, a professor of immunology at Rockefeller University, had won a Nobel Prize, but he wouldn't be there to enjoy the honor. He died three days before the award was announced. Dr. Steinman had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2007. For four years, he was treated with traditional chemotherapy and an experimental vaccine based on his own research into dendritic cells. (Dendritic cells -- discovered by Dr. Steinman and the late Zanvil A. Cohn in 1973 -- stimulate the immune system.) Dr. Steinman spent time with his three grandchildren and, Carroll says, "worked till he couldn't work anymore, till the last week of his life." With the cancer invading his liver and bones, he spent that last week in the hospital, surrounded by his family. He died on Friday, Sept. 30, 2011. His survivors -- wife Claudia; twin daughters Alexis and Lesley; and son Adam (Carroll's husband) -- were overwhelmed by grief. "He had so many colleagues all over the world," Carroll says. "We weren't going to tell anyone over the weekend until people were back at their labs. We notified family members. We dealt with the children and their emotions."
In the early morning of Monday, Oct. 3, 2011, the notification process was taken out of family members' hands. Text messages and calls popped up on their phones; the Nobel Foundation was trying to reach Dr. Steinman to tell him his work with dendritic cells had won a Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine. (He split the prize with Bruce A. Beutler and Jules A. Hoffman, who also made discoveries in immunology.) With congratulatory calls and emails pouring in from people who had yet to learn of Dr. Steinman's death, the family informed Rockefeller University and the Nobel Foundation. Nobel Prizes aren't normally awarded posthumously, so the foundation would have to reconsider. Only a few hours passed before the organization reaffirmed the award, stating that its secret deliberations and decision had been made in good faith, without knowledge of Dr. Steinman's death. Dr. Steinman's family was invited to Stockholm for the Nobel Prize ceremony and a week of festivities in December.
A strict dress code called for women to wear floor-length gowns, and a powerful mix of sorrow and happiness made two of the Steinman women act out of character. Fashion-loving daughter Alexis, a Los Angeles-based costumer (Showtime's Weeds), found she had no heart for shopping. "All that mattered was that I would be in an appropriate gown that would make my father proud," she says. She was happy to borrow a black, mermaid-style gown from the owner of Shareen Vintage, who offered the dress free of charge when she heard what it was for. Thrifty Dr. Steinman would have liked that, Alexis says. Her twin sister Lesley also borrowed a dress.
Meanwhile, in New York, daughter-in-law Jenny Carroll channeled her emotion into a special project. Formerly a public defender in Seattle, Carroll is now a Seton Hall University criminal-law professor and a mother of two who takes little note of fashion. "I'm not a fancy dress person," she says. "Unless I have to be in court or class, I'm wearing a t-shirt, comfortable pants and running shoes." Carroll -- daunted by the idea of shopping for a dress that would be beautiful, appropriate and somehow symbolic of Dr. Steinman -- asked a friend for advice and was referred to Jean Kormos of Ghost Tailor. Kormos is a couturiere and tailor who happens to have a passion for biology. Over the course of four meetings between Oct. 31 and Nov. 25, Kormos whipped up a gown of muted pinkish-beige silk crepe and charcoal-gray tulle. The tulle skirt was subtly silkscreened with the image of dendritic cells.
[caption id="attachment_43503" align="aligncenter" width="498"] Jean Kormos and Jenny Carroll in the Ghost Tailor studio. Photo by Nando Alvarez-Perez.[/caption]
Together, Carroll and Kormos had found a way to make a true fashion statement: As hoped, the dress led to dialogue with attendees at the Dec. 10 celebration, who were curious about the unusual print. "I wanted them to see why I'm at this event," Carroll said before leaving for Stockholm. "How did a public defender [originally] from South Texas end up at the Nobels? Because Ralph looked through a microscope and didn't give up. When he first discovered the cell, people didn't even believe it. He believed it was a significant find and a way to unlock the immune system."
[caption id="attachment_43498" align="aligncenter" width="468"] Jenny Carroll at Ghost Tailor. Images of dendritic cells can be seen on the tulle skirt. Photo by Nando Alvarez-Perez.[/caption]
Still, Carroll says, the best compliments were from family. Dr. Steinman's wife, Claudia -- who was clad in black -- said her husband would have loved the creativity. Carroll's elder daughter, the now-seven-year-old Isla, declared she wanted to be married in the dress.
[caption id="attachment_43499" align="aligncenter" width="498"] Daughter Isla takes a closer look at Jenny Carroll's dress during the Nobel Prize event in Stockholm. Photo courtesy Lesley Steinman.[/caption]
Isla, who attended the Nobel ceremony with her parents, is a science enthusiast like her grandfather. In 2010, during Dr. Steinman's last Christmas, the professor and Isla were discovered in an improvised bathroom "lab" using baking soda and vinegar to shoot cotton balls through the air. Dr. Steinman told Isla that he would attend the Nobel ceremony when she won a prize. Reflecting on her daughters, Carroll -- back in jeans -- sees her foray into fashion as a successful experiment. "My two girls are always faced with the false dichotomy of you can be beautiful or you can be smart," she says. "You can be all. The dress can be beautiful and tell a story. You can be beautiful and tell a story."
[caption id="attachment_43505" align="aligncenter" width="498"] Back row, from left to right: Lesley Steinman, Jenny Carroll, Adam Steinman, Claudia Steinman, Joni Steinman (Ralph's sister) and Alexis Steinman. In front, Carroll's daughter Isla. Photo courtesy Lesley Steinman.[/caption]
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Wie ein animatronischer Dinosaurier gemacht wird

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Der Discovery Channel hat sich mal im Detail angeschaut, wie so ein Dino gebaut wird und das zu einer seltsamen Fahrstuhlmusik – offenbar handelt es sich bei dem Clip um einen Re-Upload. Die kleine Zeitreise ist allerdings schon durchaus interessant. Übrigens, laut Regisseur Colin Trevorrow hat derselbe Tyrannosaurus wie in “Jurassic Park” am Ende der […]
          

Sr Product Mgr- Data Science & Analytics - Discovery Communications, LLC - Bellevue, WA

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Uncover the needs of internal customers, including product, marketing, business, and operations teams, and couple them with actionable data solutions.
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UX Designer of Browse & Discovery, Amazon Fashion - Amazon.com Services, Inc. - Seattle, WA

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Proficiency in design software such as Sketch and Adobe Creative Suite. Fostering a shared understanding of the customer-centric intersection between design,…
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Diet in Vitamin A May Help Stave Off Skin Cancer, Says Study

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A new study published in JAMA Dermatology found that increased vitamin A intake was associated with a lower risk of developing skin cancer, more specifically: squamous cell carcinoma. To learn more about the recent discovery, we asked dermatologists to break down the latest findings.
          

Gustav Mahler, Symphonie Nº8 (Decca / Deutscher Schallplattenclub)

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Siegfried in use for the cover of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 in E-flat major, also known as the “Symphony of a Thousand”, as recorded by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Georg Solti.

Mahler composed the symphony in 1906. It was first performed by the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra in 1910. The chosen typeface dates from the same period, and also comes from the same place: Siegfried was designed by Munich-based artist August Glaser and was first cast in 1902. Seventy years later, the odd hybrid was back in fashion as part of the rediscovery of Art Nouveau.

Originally released by Decca, this double LP is a special edition distributed in Germany in cooperation with Deutscher Schallplattenclub. The cover was designed by Fritz Blankenhorn (1921–2011), with the smaller text set in two weights from Gill Sans.




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Executive View: Devolutions PAM Solution - 80070

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by Martin Kuppinger

Devolutions provides a PAM solution targeted at SMB customers that provides a good baseline set of PAM capabilities and easy to deploy and operate. The solution comes with a password vault, account discovery capabilities, and strong remote access features. While some of the more advanced capabilities of the leading-edge PAM solutions are lacking, the product fits well to the target group of SMBs.


          

Global Discovery Vacations Members Win Annual Grand Prize Salt Lake City Couple Selected from 120,000 Entries

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Global Connections Inc. (GCI), the highly-respected resort developer, travel club fulfillment and service provider of Global Discovery Vacations (GDV), is pleased to announce the winners of the annual Grand Prize drawing held by its authorized sales distributor Global Travel Network (GTN).
          

The target date for eradicating Guinea worm has been delayed 10 years, and that may be overly optimistic

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Humans contract the Guinea worm parasite by ingesting water containing fleas infected with guinea worm larvae. The devastating and nightmarish symptoms don't show up until around a year later:

a stringy worm that is 60 to 90 centimetres erupts through the skin on the leg or foot. Its excruciatingly painful journey out of the body can take weeks. To relieve the burning sensation, many people wade into the nearest body of water — often the same pond from which they drink. When an adult worm enters the water, it releases larvae, and the cycle starts anew.

Because scientists thought the parasite required on humans for transmission, it was believed that Guinea worm could be eradicated. In 1986, The World Health Assembly endorsed a plan targeting the parasite for extinction through the use of larvicides, and by educating people to use water filters and stay out of bodies of water if infected. The plan largely worked:

An international partnership — led by the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia — has reduced the number of new infections from 3.5 million per year in 1986 to just 28 in 2018.

Unfortunately, new cases indicate that animals might be able to transmit guinea worms after all. Cases in Chad may be related to dogs in a way scientists don't yet understand. Other pockets of contamination have also been discovered:

The discovery in 2013 of infected baboons — a first — in a small forested area in southern Ethiopia also has researchers scratching their heads.

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Successful Drug Discovery, Volume 4

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Provides unique insider insight into the current drug development process, and what it takes to achieve success

In this fourth volume in the series, inventors and primary developers of drugs that made it to the market continue telling the story of the drugs? discovery and development, and discuss the sometimes twisted route from the first drug candidate molecule to the final marketed one. Beginning with a general section addressing overarching topics

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What we learned at this year's LendIt Fintech Europe

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At this year's LendIt Fintech Europe conference, held in London from September 26-27, companies across the banking, fintech, and investment industries discussed the key trends and developments shaping the financial services landscape.LendIt Fintech Europe

At the conference, Business Insider Intelligence identified four emerging themes that we expect to set the tone for the space for the next year: further proliferation of partnerships between banks and fintechs, increased focus on digital banks' sustainability, accelerated innovation and disruption from small- and medium-sized business (SMB) lenders, and more challenges ahead for the UK's P2P lenders.

Players across the space are teaming up to enhance existing propositions or cocreate new ones for their clients. Much of the conversation at this year's Lendit Fintech Europe was centered on partnerships between fintechs and banks — a trend that's been present for a while but will continue to accelerate, driven by open banking initiatives and customer demand for innovative propositions that help them better manage their financial lives.

  • CYBG bank and price comparison site GoCompare recently partnered to offer an energy compare and switch service for all of CYBG's B customers. In a panel discussion I moderated, Head of Innovation at CYBG Samantha Bedford and VP of Corporate Development at GoCompare Kulchetan Sanga discussed the difficulties of making their partnership work:Success necessitated a cultural shift internally that embraced openness across the bank, constant revisions of their go-to-market strategy — including considerations about whether they'd bring the solution under CYBG's brand, cobrand, or even white-label it — and learning how to best utilize data in a post-GDPR world. Bedford noted that she leads an accelerator team within the bank that offered a methodology for how to approach this collaboration and allowed them to experiment and fail in a safe environment, which was critical to the project's success.
  • Number of Solutions from Fintech Partnerships That Banks Have Put in ProductionBarclays bank partnered with SMB finance fintech MarketInvoice last year to give Barclays' SMB clients access to MarkeInvoice's solutions. Barclays also took a strategic minority stake in the fintech. In a fireside chat, MarketInvoice CEO and Cofounder Anil Stocker discussed the difficulties of dealing with a big bank, especially when trying to build something new. The early success of their tie-up, however, enables them to have bold ambitions for deeper integration — SMBs are currently recommended to MarketInvoice's products via relationship managers, but going forward this will also become possible via in-app discovery, for instance — and collaboration on more products. Strategic investments can give fintechs confidence that they'll receive continued support and operating collaboration from their bank partners since it's in the banks' interest to maximize the value of their investment.
  • French Banking-as-a-Service platform Treezor was acquired by Société Générale last year, as the bank looked to enhance its ability to innovate and decrease time to market. In a panel discussion between COO of Treezor Eric Lassus and CIO at Société Générale Claire Calmejane, Lassus highlighted that there are several complementarities between banks and fintechs since banks are resource-heavy while fintechs are flexible and fast. But he also stressed that for partnerships to succeed, fintechs working with banks — even after an acquisition — must maintain independence. This likely helps partners ensure that fintechs' nimbleness isn't stifled by incumbents' long processes. 

Collaboration comes with many benefits, especially when unencumbered by legacy thinking.Partnerships between banks and fintechs can lead to the development of innovative products and services, bringing desirable and fresh propositions to banks' clients while helping fintechs level up and integrate new data into their models that will further improve their tech solutions.

But what becomes clear across all the examples above, whether looking at partnerships with or without strategic investments, or even acquisitions, is that success is conditional on both parties being able to leverage their respective strengths unburdened by each other's weaknesses. 

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Emergent naming of resources in a foraging robot swarm. (arXiv:1910.02274v1 [cs.RO])

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Authors: Roman Miletitch, Andreagiovanni Reina, Marco Dorigo, Vito Trianni

We investigate the emergence of language convention within a swarm of robots foraging in an open environment from two identical resources. While foraging, the swarm needs to explore and decide which resource to exploit, moving through complex transitory dynamics towards different possible equilibria, such as, selection of a single resource or spread across the two. Our point of interest is the understanding of possible correlations between the emergent, evolving, task-induced interaction network and the language dynamics. In particular, our goal is to determine whether the dynamics of the interaction network are sufficient to determine emergent naming conventions that represent features of the task execution (e.g., choice of one or the other resource) and of the environment, In other words, we look for an emergent vocabulary that is both complete (a word for each resource) and correct (no misnomer) for as long as each resource is relevant to the swarm. In this study, robots are playing two variants of the minimal language game. The classic one, where words are created when needed, and a new variant we introduce in this article: the spatial minimal naming game, where the creation of words is linked with the discovery of resources by exploring robots. We end the article by proposing a proof of concept extension of the spatial minimal naming game that assures the completeness and correctness of the swarms vocabulary.


          

Boosting Local Causal Discovery in High-Dimensional Expression Data. (arXiv:1910.02505v1 [stat.ML])

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Authors: Philip Versteeg, Joris M. Mooij

We study how well Local Causal Discovery (LCD), a simple and efficient constraint-based method for causal discovery, is able to predict causal effects in large-scale gene expression data. We construct practical estimators specific to the high-dimensional regime. Inspired by ICP, we use an optional preselection method and two different statistical tests. Empirically, the resulting LCD estimator is seen to closely approach the accuracy of ICP, the state-of-the-art method, while it is algorithmically simpler and computationally more efficient.


          

Speech-to-speech Translation between Untranscribed Unknown Languages. (arXiv:1910.00795v2 [cs.CL] UPDATED)

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Authors: Andros Tjandra, Sakriani Sakti, Satoshi Nakamura

In this paper, we explore a method for training speech-to-speech translation tasks without any transcription or linguistic supervision. Our proposed method consists of two steps: First, we train and generate discrete representation with unsupervised term discovery with a discrete quantized autoencoder. Second, we train a sequence-to-sequence model that directly maps the source language speech to the target language's discrete representation. Our proposed method can directly generate target speech without any auxiliary or pre-training steps with a source or target transcription. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first work that performed pure speech-to-speech translation between untranscribed unknown languages.


          

Nobel prize in physics awarded to cosmology and exoplanet researchers

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James Peebles laid foundation for modern cosmology while Swiss pair found first exoplanet

Three scientists have been awarded the 2019 Nobel prize in physics for groundbreaking discoveries about the evolution of the universe and the Earth’s place within it.

James Peebles, from Canada, has been awarded half of the 9m Swedish kronor (£740,000) prize for his theoretical discoveries about the evolution of the universe. The Swiss astronomers Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz share the other half of the prize for their discovery of the first planet beyond our solar system.

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Comment on Zen and the art of sewing machine maintenance by Nichole Opstad

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Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!! I was helping a friend who inherited this same machine from an elderly family member. We were completely baffled by the fact that we couldn't in today's internet age find a manual on line. I stumbled on to your post and was happy to read about your discovery that the machine is essentially the same as the Singer 15-90. Problem solved!!!! Manual acquired and now she is ready to sew!
          

Attorney - Insurance Defense - USA-FL-Boca Raton

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Attorney - Insurance Defense The candidate should have experience taking depositions, attending hearings, drafting pleadings and discovery, and can handle a case from inception to conclusion. 3+ year...
          

Enneagram, Part 1 - Why Panentheism is Incompatible With Christian Theology

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Enneagram, Part 1 - Why Panentheism is Incompatible With Christian Theology, presented by Bob DeWaay and Jessica Kramasz. Enneagram is a new spiritual program that claims to be sacred and promises spiritual growth through self-discovery. Richard Rohr is a key person promoting Enneagram and its panentheistic underpinnings. First we explain the basics of Christian theology... (duration 00:28:52)
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First Ever AP27 Discovered!

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The search is over! After a three year effort, the first ever AP27 (Arithmetic Progression of 27 primes) has been found: 224584605939537911+81292139*23#*n for n=0..26 The AP27 was found by Rob Gahan (Robish) of Ireland. The discovery was made on an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU on an Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-9400 CPU @ 2.90GHz running Microsoft Windows 10 Professional x64 Edition. It took about 22 minutes and 34 seconds to process the task. Rob is a member of the Storm team. Congratulations to everyone who participated in the AP27 search! It has been a very challenging and rewarding project. For more information, please see the official announcement or our AP27 forums.
          

Toronto's murder rate reached historic highs last year

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Toronto is a wonderful place to live and work for a multitude of reasons, but the city isn't exactly known for its safety. 

Instead, our reputation has been recently plagued by an upsetting surge in gun violence, and the number of murders and attempted murders in the GTA in 2018 was unprecedentedly high. 

That's according to the Toronto Foundation's 17th annual Toronto's Vital Signs report, which was released earlier this week. 

The report features in-depth research on areas including income inequality, housing, education, culture, health, safety and more. 

And unfortunately, not all the findings were uplifting.

In the safety section, the report states that the number of murders in the GTA in 2018 increased by 53 per cent over 2017, and attempted murders saw a 37 per cent increase.

"No other year in the past 20 years had more than 112 murders, while 2018 had 142," the report points out. "This is while the rest of the country saw a decline of four per cent in the homicide rate."

And while these numbers include “the discovery of victims of serial homicides committed over a seven-year period (2010 to 2017), an attack in the North York City Centre business district, where pedestrians were deliberately struck by a van, and a shooting on Danforth Avenue in the city’s Greektown,” the number of murders and attempted murders in 2018 would still be the highest on record had these homicides not been included. 

The report also found that all major crime has increased in the City of Toronto over the last four years.

"All six of the major crime indicators that Toronto Police Service track have experienced considerable increases over the last four years," the report states. 

Between 2015 and 2018, auto thefts increased by 45 per cent, sexual violations by 20 per cent, break and enters by nine per cent, assaults by nine per cent, robbery by two per cent, and murders by 66 per cent.

Thankfully, some of the research wasn't quite so discouraging. 

The report found that, although 2018 saw an unprecedented number of murders, 2019 has shown a decline so far. 

"As of July 15, 2019, the number of homicides is down considerably since the previous year," it states, "with only 33 versus 55 through the same period, and the number of shootings is also down since the prior year (222 through this time in the prior year versus 203 in the current year)."

It also explains that, despite these high numbers, Toronto still has a lower Crime Severity Index score than all other major cities in Canada.

It says that while Toronto’s Crime Severity Index score is 54, the Ottawa/Gatineau area's score is 55, Montreal’s is 58, Vancouver’s is 84, Calgary’s is 88, and Edmonton’s is 115.586.

"Even with the increases in major crimes," the report adds, "Toronto is still a relatively safe place when compared to most urban centres."


          

Nobel Prize winning physicist 'strongly believes aliens exist'

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Professor Didier Queloz of Cambridge University, who has jointly been awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics, says he strongly believes that alien life exists. He was awarded the prize 'for the discovery of an exoplanet orbiting a solar-type star'. Professor Queloz shares the award with Michel Mayor.
          

Johns Hopkins Medicine Professor Dr. Semenza Wins Nobel Prize In Physiology Or Medicine

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Gregg Semenza is a professor of pediatrics. He won the award for his discovery of hypoxia-inducible factor 1 (HIF-1), which helps cells cope with low oxygen levels.
          

Nobel Prize in Medicine Is Awarded for Cell Discovery

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Nobel Prize in Medicine Is Awarded for Cell Discovery The prize was awarded to three physician-scientists 'for their discoveries of how cells sense and adapt to oxygen availability.' Gregg L. Semenza, William G. Kaelin Jr. and Peter J. Ratcliffe hail from the U.S. and Britain. According to the Nobel Committee, the discovery gives detail to “one of life’s most essential adaptive processes.' The discovery of how cells respond to oxygen was decades in the making. It has real-world application including cancer treatment and the treatment of strokes. The three scientists were notified of the award by phone. The $900,000 cash award will be split among them equally.
          

Johns Hopkins Professor Wins Nobel Prize

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Gregg Semenza won the Nobel Prize for his discovery of hypoxia-inducible factor 1 (HIF-1), which helps cells cope with low oxygen levels.
          

Challenges in constructing accurate methods for hydrogen transfer reactions in large biological assemblies: rare events sampling for mechanistic discovery and tensor networks for quantum nuclear effects

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Faraday Discuss., 2019, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C9FD00071B, Paper
Nicole DeGregorio, Srinivasan S. Iyengar
We present two methods that address the computational complexities arising in hydrogen transfer reactions in enzyme active sites.
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Angelina Jolie admits she lost herself after her split with Brad Pitt

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The bitter 2016 split and custody battle led to a journey of self-discovery for the Oscar-winning actress.
          

Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2019 Announced for Cell Oxygen Regulation

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Two Americans and an English knight have won this year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discovery of how cells detect how much oxygen is available to them and the mechanism that regulates how they adapt to changes in oxygen levels. While the scientific community recognized the importance of oxygen for animal cells […]
          

Interview: Erin Plante of Inventus on the growing challenges of international discovery

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Erin Plante is responsible for financial crime investigations and cross-border compliance at Inventus. I interviewed her in New York in January and asked her about the development of investigations around the world and, in particular, the role Inventus plays in … Continue reading
          

FTI Consulting: Predictive analytics in information governance and discovery

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FTI Consulting is producing some interesting articles in conjunction with Corporate Disputes Magazine. A recent one is called Building a global information governance initiative and discovery programme – predictive analytics. Its contributors are Glenn Barden and Sonia Cheng of FTI … Continue reading
          

Comment on Airdate: Star Trek: Picard by JamieL

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Old friends back together again. StarTrek: Picard will make a fascinating comparison with Netflix's Star Trek Discovery, so ratings could become competitive between the two streaming companies. I would say that 'Picard' has a good chance of eventually being released on FTA like 'Bosch' it does look designed for it. It will certainly get a release on DVD hopefully also in Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision.
          

Meet the 'mold pigs,' a new group of invertebrates from 30 million years ago

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Fossils preserved in Dominican amber reveal a new family, genus and species of microinvertebrate from the mid-Tertiary period, a discovery that shows unique lineages of the tiny creatures were living 30 million years ago.
          

Deutsche Telekom picks Netcracker for network automation process

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(Telecompaper) Deutsche Telekom has picked Netcracker, a software company and subsidiary of NEC Corporation, to automate multidomain network discovery and...
          

Physicists Discover Evidence of Early Gravitational Waves

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Scientists working at Harvard University’s BICEP2 project at the South Pole announced this week that they have detected evidence of gravitational waves shortly after the Big Bang. This discovery supports recent theories pertaining to the universe’s birth and observations of the cosmic microwave background (CMB). Albert Einstein predicted, through his model of general relativity, that […]
          

'Big Bang Theory' gets shout out to Nobel Prize announcement

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STOCKHOLM (AP) — Life imitated art Tuesday when "The Big Bang Theory" - the American TV sitcom, not the scientific explanation for how the universe began - entered the annals of Nobel Prize history.

The announcement of the winners of this year's Nobel in physics began with a nod to an unlikely cultural reference: the opening lyrics to the show's theme song. "The Big Bang Theory" had its finale in May. In the episode, two of the main characters, Sheldon and Amy, win the physics prize.

"The whole universe was in the hot, dense state, then nearly 14 billion years ago expansion started," academy member Ulf Danielsson said, quoting the "Big Bang" theme at the presentation in Stockholm.

A Canadian-American scientist and two Swiss scientists won the physics prize for their work in understanding how the universe has evolved from the Big Bang and the blockbuster discovery of a planet outside our solar system.

Goran Hansson, secretary general of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, said the TV show was a "fantastic achievement" that brought the "world of science to laptops and living rooms around the world." Referencing its theme song therefore seemed fitting, he said.

"The Big Bang Theory" debuted in 2007 and overcame early doubts to become a cult classic. The show featured a crew of nerdy misfits, all scientists on the west coast of the United States.

The plot of the finale episode has the group taking a final trip together to support the married Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Amy (Mayim Bialik) after they win the Nobel Prize in physics. The couple waits anxiously by the phone getting prank calls from their friends before receiving the actual decision.

Hansson said he hoped fans of the show liked how this year's Nobel Prizes are handled.

"I hope that Sheldon and Amy are not...


          

Online Map Leads Archaeologist to Maya Discovery

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Lidar has transformed the study of ancient civilizations, but maps made with the technology are expensive. Takeshi Inomata found a great one for free.
          

Anatomic pathology involves the diagnosis of various types of cancer, infectious diseases, and medical conditions

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(EMAILWIRE.COM, October 08, 2019 ) According to the new market research report " Anatomic Pathology Market by Product & Service (Instruments (Tissue Processing Systems, Microtome), Consumables (Reagent & Antibodies), Histopathology, Cytopathology), Application (Disease Diagnosis, Drug Discovery &...
          

A Leadership Case—Mistake or a Lack of Discipline? What Would You Do?

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The most difficult and impactful decisions in a leader's life are the people decisions. Drawing from examples in the military, a leader has to assess whether an issue was a mistake or a lack of discipline. One merits second chances and the other demands more aggressive action. Here's a case and outcome that illustrates the situation. How would you have handled this situation?

The post A Leadership Case—Mistake or a Lack of Discipline? What Would You Do? appeared first on Management Excellence by Art Petty.


          

Calling SCOTUS: Sixth Circuit Re-Establishes Circuit Split Re U.S. Discovery In Aid of Foreign Commercial Arbitration (28 U.S.C. § 1782)

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The U.S. Supreme Court may at last get the opportunity to determine definitively whether a foreign or international private commercial arbitration proceeding constitutes a “tribunal” under 28 U.S.C. § 1782(a), which affords U.S. discovery “for use in...
By: Mintz - Arbitration, Mediation, ADR
          

Biblical Archaeologists In Israel Make Stunning Discovery Of 5,000 Year-Old City Of Ein Esur, Largest Ancient Settlement Ever Found in Region

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by Geoffrey Grider A massive 5,000-year-old metropolis Ein Esur that housed some 6,000 residents has been uncovered alongside Israel’s newest city, Harish, during new roadworks. The world of biblical archaeology in ... Read more
          

We have lost the vital experience of discovery and connection

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In 1994 the vinyl albums Karuna Supreme and Rainbow were bundled together in the two CD box seen above. Both featured sarod maestro Ali Akbar Khan - son of the legendary teacher Allauddin Khan whose pupils included Ravi Shankar - and the African American saxophonist John Handy. Karuna Supreme was first released in 1976 and also featured Zakir Hussain (tabla) and Yogish S. Sahota (tampura). Rainbow followed five years later with the two lead players supplemented by Dr. L. Subrahamiam (violon), Shyam Kane (tabla), and Mary Johnson (tampura).

Ali Akbar Khan and John Handy first worked together at the Monterey and Berlin Jazz Festivals in the early 1970s. Ali Akbar Khan firmly believed in music as a spiritual art, and John Handy studied at the Ali Akbar College of Music in California and practised meditation. Both albums were recorded for the MPS label in Germany and produced by Joachim-Ernst Berendt who was one of the label's founders. Berendt was the author of two influential books, 'The World is Sound - Nada Brahma' and 'The Third Ear - On Listening to the World', and was fascinated by how the art of improvisation was central to both Indian classical music and jazz. Writing in ''The Third Ear' he ranks Karuna Supreme alongside Stockhausen's Licht, Messiaen's Turangalila, Coltrane's Love Supreme, and Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms as a definitive example of music as a song of praise.

In 'The World is Sound', which was first published in 1983, Joachim-Ernst Berendt quotes Collin Walcott - sitarist and multi-percussionist, Buddhist, luminary of pioneering ensembles Condona and Oregon, and tragic victim of a fatal tour bus crash in 1984 - as suggesting that the transcultural musicians of this era were early exemplars of the mindset needed across the globe if humanity is to survive on an increasingly crowded and threatened planet. Alas there is no evidence of that transcultural mindset emerging in art music, yet alone across society. In fact World Music, a genre of which Collin Walcott is credited as being a pioneer, has degenerated into what transcultural musician Ross Daly describes as "an offshoot of the pop music industry with an emphasis on party music”.

Today's digitally-empowered audiences flock to hear Ed Sheeran, while in the 1960s and early '70s the same cohort flocked to hear Ali Akbar Khan, James Handy, and Ravi Shankar. Joe Boyd produced and nurtured the careers of Fairthorpe Convention, the Incredible String Band, Nick Drake, and played a pivotal role in launching Pink Floyd into the stratosphere. His memoir 'White Bicycles: Making Music in the 1960s' was published in 2005 before social media became the recreational drug of choice and before streaming delivered any music anywhere, anytime. In it Joe Boyd is pessimistic about the digital age. This extract, which I offer as a conclusion, provides much food for thought:
The atmosphere in which music flourished [in the late 1960s/early 70s] had a lot to do with economics. It was a time of unprecedented prosperity. People are supposedly wealthier now, yet most feel they haven't enough money and time is at an even greater premium. The prediction that our biggest dilemma in the new millennium would be how to use endless hours of leisure time freed up by computers has proved to be futurology's least amusing joke. In the sixties, we had surpluses of both time and money...

History today seems more like a postmodern collage; we are surrounded by two-dimensional representations of our heritage. Access via amazon.com#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/135911&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.com or iPod to all those boxed sets of old blues singers - or Nick Drake, for that matter - doesn't equate with the sense of discovery and connection we experienced. The very existence of such a wealth of information creates an overload that can drown out vivid moments of revelation.
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Mining Stock News: Sixty North Gold (CSE: SXTY) (FSE: 2F4) (OTC Pink: SXNTF) Negotiates Proposed Amendments to Earn-in Option Agreement

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Vancouver, British Columbia - October 7, 2019 (Newsfile Corp.) (Investorideas.com#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/137408&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.com Newswire) Sixty North Gold Mining Ltd. (CSE: SXTY) (FSE: 2F4) (OTC Pink: SXNTF) (the "Company" or "Sixty North Gold") is pleased to announce that it has entered into a non-binding letter of intent with New Discovery Mines Ltd. ("NDM")
          

California's under the radar wines

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