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IT / Software / Systems: Systems Administrator - Great Falls, Montana

Responsible for designing, organizing, configuring and supporting computer systems, including servers, storage technologies, virtual environments, and other infrastructure technologies. The Systems Administrator maintains operating environments for core applications, including testing, training, and upgrade environments as needed. The Administrator installs, documents, and maintains backup and recovery systems and procedures, working to ensure high availability and performance. The Systems Administrator assists with technical security compliance, including internet web content filtering, e-mail encryption and spam filtering. The Administrator ensures adherence with security, regulatory, BHS policy, as well as best practices regarding design, configuration, and use of system technology. He/she completes other assignments based on ability as needed, and participates in the department's performance improvement and continuous quality improvement (CQI) activities. FLSA: EXEMPT DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Monitors and updates the facility's computer systems to ensure the equipment is functioning properly. Evaluates performance trends and recommends proactive steps to ensure performance. Strictly complies with change control procedures and processes, including effective testing and validation. Demonstrates knowledge of current software systems, operation procedures and technological developments. Designs medium to complex systems and configurations. Evaluates vendor's proposals and technology to complete proper design and configurations, and to secure needed services, hardware/software. Maintains, debugs and changes application software systems and existing programs. Works with Network Administrators and other ITS technicians and vendor personnel to coordinate and integrate systems, Develops downtime and disaster recovery procedures for responsible systems. Provides training and assistance for all systems users. Responsible for meeting the needs of the facility through designing, testing and implementing technical systems. Establishes procedures and configurations to maintain confidentiality and security of computer files. Ensures procedures and processes are in place to back-up files and provide recovery in the event failures. Coordinates information technology response efforts to unplanned outages and security issues. Provides timely reports about the facility's servers and applications including upgrades, risk mitigation, problems and solutions. Tracks performance trends and recommends actions to ensure and enhance performance. Develops and updates policies and procedures governing information technology systems of the facility. Maintains a good working relationship with outside consultants and vendors. Demonstrates the ability to be flexible, organized and function under stressful situations. Maintains a good working relationship within the department and with other departments. Consistently demonstrates a professional, self-directed approach to department responsibilities. Assists and provides mentoring to End User Device Specialists, Technical Analyst II and other IT staff. Performs on call duty as required. Accepts additional responsibilities as assigned. Demonstrates the ability to deal with pressure to meet deadlines, to be accurate, and to handle constantly changing situations. Demonstrates the ability to deal with a variety of people, deal with stressful situations, and handle conflict High school graduate or equivalent. B.S. in Computer Science or related subject, or equivalent experience preferred. Previous experience as a systems administrator preferred. Experience with large network(s) system administration preferred. Technical certification required in relevant area (MCSE, VMWare, Citrix) Experience in systems tuning and performance management preferred Experience with Visual Basic and/or other scripting tools preferred. Community Information: Great Falls has a city population of 60,000, with a draw of over 275,000 people in north central Montana. We experience mild winters and enjoy blue skies over 300 days per year. Great Falls is a wonderful and safe place to raise a family, with nationally ranked public schools and an average commute of under 12 minutes, making the quality of life in Great Falls unsurpassed in the Rocky Mountain West. Additionally, the Missouri River, a blue-ribbon fly-fishing destination, runs through the middle of town. Outdoor activities include camping, hiking, horseback riding, water and snow skiing, rock and ice climbing, boating, whitewater kayaking, off-road motorsports, upland bird and waterfowl hunting, and big-game hunting. Benefis Health System: This is your opportunity to be part of an exceptional health system in a state that is well known for its beautiful four seasons and outdoor lifestyle. While enjoying the last best place, you'll have the added benefit of having access to Benefis Health System, one of the state's most modern and progressive healthcare facilities with 500+ beds and over 270 employed medical staff members representing more than 40 specialties. Our state-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge technologies make Benefis an exceptional working environment and one of the "150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare" five years in a row. ()

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Every week, The GLAAD Wrap brings you LGBTQ-related entertainment news highlights, fresh stuff to watch out for, and fun diversions to help you kick off the weekend.

1) Out producer and director Greg Berlanti will be producing an adaption of popular novel The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue for HBO Max. The book follows Henry “Monty” Montegue, a bisexual British Lord who embarks on an adventure with his best friend and crush Percy, but several things run afoul. The book and its sequel The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy are available for purchase and the third in the series will be released next year. 

2) A release date has been announced for festival favorite French film A Portrait of a Lady on Fire. From out filmmaker Celine Sciamma, the film follows a woman commissioned to secretly paint another woman for her husband-to-be, but the two develop a romance. A Portrait of a Lady on Fire will have a special one-week showing in New York in Los Angeles starting December 6, and will be released in theaters everywhere on Valentines Day 2020.

3) The Criterion Collection announced their next set of releases, which include infamous documentary Paris is Burning. In addition to the original documentary, which follows the ballroom scene, and introduced audiences to the queer and trans people making strides in that community, the Criterion Collection edition will include a full new hour of footage. The film will be available on February 25, 2020. In more documentary news, MTV Documentary Films has announced a film with out producers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbota, Going to Pot: The Highs and Lows of It.

4) Adam became available for purchase on digital platforms on Tuesday. The film follows the titular teen boy Adam who becomes immersed in the queer and trans culture of New York in 2006. The DVD will be released on December 3, where it will have an exclusive audio commentary from the film’s director and trans man Rhys Ersnt. Check out the trailer below!

5) Showtime announced on Thursday that they will be developing non-binary actor and author Jacob Tobia’s book Sissy: A Coming of Gender Story as a dramedy. The show will follow non-binary college grand Tobi Gibran as they move from North Carolina to Ney York City in search of queer utopia but find the city to be less than what they hoped for. Tobia will co-write and co-executive produce the show.

6) A trailer has been released for Everything’s Gonna Be Okay, Freeform’s new comedy from out creator and star Josh Thomas. The show follows Thomas’ character Nicholas, a gay man who ends up being the guardian of his two teenage half-sisters. The show premieres January 16, watch the trailer below. Queer Black writers Julian Breece and Ira Madison III have announced a new dark comedy Canceled for Warner Bros. Television, produced by out producer Greg Berlanti. The show will follow Black social media personalities who get famous overnight for taking down a racist celebrity

7) The first teaser for Netflix’s AJ and the Queen was released on Tuesday. The show stars RuPaul as Ruby Red, a drag queen who has dreams of opening up his own drag club, and ends up on a cross-country road trip with 10-year-old girl AJ. The show will be released on Netflix on January 10, watch the trailer below! Jamie Clayton has been cast in the upcoming second season of Roswell, New Mexico. The trans Sense8 star will play Agent Grace Powell, who was sent to Roswell to investigate disappearances.

8) A teaser has been released for the final season of Schitt’s Creek, showing the Rose family, including newly engaged couple David and Patrick. Watch the teaser here and catch season six of Schitt’s Creek January 7 on Pop TV.  On Monday, Marvel’s Runaways released a new trailer for their third season, but also announced that this will be their final season. The show, featuring superhero teens including queer characters Nico and Karolina will premiere their third and final season on December 13. Watch the trailer below.  

9) Kesha has a new song and video out this week, single “My Own Dance,” off her upcoming High Road, which will come out January 10. Watch the video here, and pre-order the album here. Out artist Big Freedia, who was recently featured on Kesha’s “Raising Hell” has released “Louder,” a new song with an accompanying video. Stream and download the dance song, featuring Icona Pop here, want watch the video below! Singer and trans woman Mila Jam has released a new song "Call It Love," which can be listened to here!

10) Dream machine, lead by queer vocalist May-Kline released their new song “Rich Boys,” which May-Kline says “is about being frustrated with capitalist queer culture while also being envious of those who benefit from it.” Listen to the song here. Sleater-Kinney released a new music video on Thursday for their song “LOVE” off their most recent album The Center Won’t Hold. Watch the music video here and stream and download the album here.  Out queer rapper Chika released a new single on Friday, “Cant Explain it” featuring Charlie Wilson. She released a music video as well that features a queer romance. Stream the song here and watch the video below!

11) The nominees for the Independent Spirit Awards were announced on Thursday. LGBTQ nominees include Tarell Alvin McCraney for his screenplay of High Flying Bird as well as queer-centered films Booksmart in First Feature, Portrait of A Lady on Fire in Best International Film, and Wild Nights with Emily for the John Cassavetes Award. The awards will be handed out on February 8; see the full list of nominees here.

12) Out creator Ingrid Nilsen and Tastemade have teamed up for Cooking with Pride, a weekly series that features Nilsen with LGBTQ chefs where they create food and talk about their LGBTQ experiences. Watch today’s episode with Chef Mac Elliot, a trans man who makes shakshuka on the show, below.

13) Be Gay, Do Comics is an upcoming queer comics anthology that is currently funding from The Nib. The 250-page hardcover book will feature several LGBGTQ cartoonists, writing an drawing on queer history, memoir, and satire. Click here to contribute to the project!

November 22, 2019


STAR Κ.ΕΛΛΑΔΑΣ:"O Δρ.Κ.Φαρσαλινός μιλά για τον αντικαπνιστικό νόμο στην Ελλάδα"


Δείτε εδώ, τη συνέντευξη του Δρ.Κ.Φαρσαλινού στο Star Κεντρικής Ελλάδας. Απαντά σε όλα τα ερωτήματα, που προβληματίζουν και διχάζουν.

Τι ισχύει για το άτμισμα;

Τι ισχύει για το άτμισμα;



"Δοκιμές απέδειξαν πως οι καπνιστές που μεταβαίνουν στο άτμισμα ενισχύουν ταχύτατα την καρδιακή τους υγεία"


Οι μακροχρόνιοι καπνιστές που έκαναν τη μετάβαση από τα τσιγάρα καπνού σε ηλεκτρονικά τσιγάρα ατμού, λαμβάνοντας μέρος σε μια μεγάλη τυχαιοποιημένη δοκιμή ελέγχου, σημείωσαν σημαντική βελτίωση στους δείκτες της καρδιακής υγείας μετά από μόλις ένα μήνα, σύμφωνα με όσα είπαν οι ερευνητές την Παρασκευή. Στα αποτελέσματα των ερευνών που διατίθενται να ελεγχθούν  εξονυχιστικά από εμπειρογνώμονες στον τομέα της υγείας παγκοσμίως, οι Βρετανοί επιστήμονες διαπίστωσαν ότι οι καπνιστές τσιγάρων, οι οποίοι μεταπήδησαν σε ατμιστικά προϊόντα που περιέχουν νικοτίνη, παρουσίασαν σημαντική αύξηση στην αγγειακή τους λειτουργία μια αλλαγή που θα μπορούσε να οδηγήσει σε σημαντικά μικρότερο κίνδυνο καρδιαγγειακής νόσου.

“Με τη μετάβαση από τα τσιγάρα στα ηλεκτρονικά τσιγάρα βρήκαμε μια μέση βελτίωση κατά 1,5% σε διάστημα μόλις ενός μηνός”, δήλωσε ο Jacob George, καθηγητής καρδιαγγειακής ιατρικής και θεραπειών στο Πανεπιστήμιο Dundee της Βρετανίας, σε μια ενημέρωση σχετικά με τη μελέτη.

Άρθρο στο Yahoo News

ΛΟΝΔΙΝΟ  (Reuters) 
Οι μακροχρόνιοι καπνιστές που έκαναν τη μετάβαση από τα τσιγάρα καπνού σε ηλεκτρονικά τσιγάρα ατμού, λαμβάνοντας μέρος σε μια μεγάλη τυχαιοποιημένη δοκιμή ελέγχου, σημείωσαν σημαντική βελτίωση στους δείκτες της καρδιακής υγείας μετά από μόλις ένα μήνα, σύμφωνα με όσα είπαν οι ερευνητές την Παρασκευή. Στα αποτελέσματα των ερευνών που διατίθενται να ελεγχθούν  εξονυχιστικά από εμπειρογνώμονες στον τομέα της υγείας παγκοσμίως, οι Βρετανοί επιστήμονες διαπίστωσαν ότι οι καπνιστές τσιγάρων, οι οποίοι μεταπήδησαν σε ατμιστικά προϊόντα που περιέχουν νικοτίνη, παρουσίασαν σημαντική αύξηση στην αγγειακή τους λειτουργία - μια αλλαγή που θα μπορούσε να οδηγήσει σε σημαντικά μικρότερο κίνδυνο καρδιαγγειακής νόσου.
“Με τη μετάβαση από τα τσιγάρα στα ηλεκτρονικά τσιγάρα βρήκαμε μια μέση βελτίωση κατά 1,5% σε διάστημα μόλις ενός μηνός”, δήλωσε ο Jacob George, καθηγητής καρδιαγγειακής ιατρικής και θεραπειών στο Πανεπιστήμιο Dundee της Βρετανίας, σε μια ενημέρωση σχετικά με τη μελέτη.
“Και για να θέσουμε το παραπάνω σε ένα πλαίσιο, κάθε βελτίωση των ποσοστιαίων σημείων στην αγγειακή λειτουργία οδηγεί σε μείωση 13% στα ποσοστά καρδιαγγειακών επεισοδίων, όπως καρδιακή προσβολή”.
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Ο Jacob τόνισε ωστόσο ότι η μελέτη εξέτασε συγκεκριμένα το άτμισμα σε σύγκριση με το κάπνισμα τσιγάρων, το οποίο προκαλεί καρκίνο του πνεύμονα και άλλους καρκίνους και αυξάνει έντονα τον κίνδυνο θανάτων εγκεφαλικών επεισοδίων, καρδιακών προσβολών και πολλών άλλων καρδιαγγειακών παθήσεων.
“Είναι καίριας σημασίας να υπογραμμίσουμε ότι τα ηλεκτρονικά τσιγάρα είναι  λιγότερο επιβλαβή από τα τσιγάρα καπνού, όταν πρόκειται για αγγειακή υγεία”, δήλωσε ο George.
Τα ευρήματα, που δημοσιεύθηκαν στην Journal of the American College of Cardiology , θα οδηγήσουν σε περαιτέρω διεθνή συζήτηση σχετικά με τους πιθανούς κινδύνους και οφέλη των ηλεκτρονικών τσιγάρων εν μέσω και των 2.000 κρουσμάτων πνευμονικής νόσου που σχετίζονται με το άτμισμα και των περισσότερων από 40 θανάτους στις Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες τους τελευταίους μήνες.Οι ειδικοί των Κέντρων Ελέγχου και Πρόληψης Νοσημάτων των ΗΠΑ λένε ότι οι έρευνες τους δείχνουν ότι οι πνευμονοπάθειες συνδέονται με ατμιστικά προϊόντα που περιέχουν THC το ψυχοδραστικό  συστατικό της μαριχουάνας- και την οξική Βιταμίνη Ε, ή οποία πιστεύεται ότι χρησιμοποιείται ως παράγοντας νοθείας σε παράνομα ατμιστικά προϊόντα με THC.Βρετανοί εμπειρογνώμονες για την εξάρτηση και τοξικολογία δήλωσαν τον περασμένο μήνα ότι οι αμερικανικές ατμιστικές ασθένειες είναι πιθανότατα “ένα φαινόμενο ειδικό για τις Η.Π.Α.” και δεν υπήρχαν ενδείξεις παρόμοιας επιδημίας στη Βρετανία ή αλλού όπου τα ύποπτα προϊόντα δεν χρησιμοποιούνταν ευρέως.Για τη δοκιμή μετάβασης που διεξήχθη στο Dundee, η οποία κράτησε δύο χρόνια και χρηματοδοτήθηκε από το φιλανθρωπικό ίδρυμα της British Heart Foundation, οι ερευνητές στρατολόγησαν 114 μακροχρόνιους καπνιστές τσιγάρων που κάπνιζαν τουλάχιστον 15 τσιγάρα την ημέρα για τουλάχιστον δύο χρόνια.Τοποθετήθηκαν σε μία εκ των τριών παρακάτω ομάδων για ένα μήνα και έκαναν αγγειακές εξετάσεις πριν και μετά. Η μια ομάδα παρέμεινε στα τσιγάρα καπνού, η δεύτερη άλλαξε σε ηλεκτρονικά τσιγάρα με νικοτίνη και η τρίτη άλλαξε σε ηλεκτρονικά τσιγάρα χωρίς νικοτίνη.Τα αποτελέσματα έδειξαν ότι, ανεξάρτητα από το αν τα ηλεκτρονικά τσιγάρα περιείχαν νικοτίνη ή όχι, αυτοί που απομακρύνθηκαν από το κάπνισμα σημείωσαν στην ενδοθηλιακή τους λειτουργία μια μέτρηση για το πόσο εύκολα ρέει το αίμα γύρω από το σώμα σημαντική βελτίωση.


"Χρεωκοπημένες Διοικήσεις Πολιτειών χρωστούν 5.2 δισεκατομμύρια δολάρια σε μεγάλες καπνοβιομηχανίες"


Η τελική αναμέτρηση αρχίζει σήμερα στην ακρόαση διαιτησίας. Οι διοικήσεις των πολιτειών στον αγώνα τους να κλείσουν χάσκοντα κενά στον προϋπολογισμό, διαμάχονται για να πάρουν  δισεκατομμύρια δολάρια από ένα διακανονισμό ορόσημο που έγινε για τον καπνό το 1998 από το οποίο υπολόγιζαν να βοηθήσουν τη χρηματοδότηση των πάντων, από το Medicaid (κρατικό πρόγραμμα περίθαλψης οικονομικά αδυνάτων) μέχρι προγράμματα φροντίδας ηλικιωμένων. Από το 2006, η R.J. Η Reynolds Tobacco Co., η Lorillard Inc., και περίπου άλλοι 40 κατασκευαστές τσιγάρων που υπέγραψαν το διακανονισμό, έχουν παρακρατήσει περίπου 3,2 δισεκατομμύρια δολάρια από τις πολιτείες. Οι εταιρείες ισχυρίζονται ότι οι πολιτείες δεν κατάφεραν να επιβάλουν μια διάταξη που θα σταματούσε τις μικρές, ανταγωνιστικές εταιρείες τσιγάρων που δεν υπέγραψαν τη σύμβαση, να πουλάνε σε χαμηλότερες τιμές. Η διάταξη αυτή απαιτεί από τις πολιτείες να υποχρεώνουν τις καπνοβιομηχανίες που δεν υπάγονται στο διακανονισμό- όπως η National Tobacco Co., η Cheyenne International και η Smokin Joes - να καταβάλλουν μέρος των εσόδων τους σε λογαριασμούς μεσεγγύησης ως αντιστάθμιση έναντι μελλοντικών δικαστικών αγωγών και να ευθυγραμμίζουν τις συνθήκες ανταγωνισμού με τις εταιρείες που υπέγραψαν τον διακανονισμό.

Δημοσίευση από το The Centre For Public Integrity

Η τελική αναμέτρηση αρχίζει σήμερα στην ακρόαση διαιτησίας
Οι διοικήσεις των πολιτειών στον αγώνα τους να κλείσουν χάσκοντα κενά στον προϋπολογισμό, διαμάχονται για να πάρουν  δισεκατομμύρια δολάρια από ένα διακανονισμό ορόσημο που έγινε για τον καπνό το 1998 από το οποίο υπολόγιζαν να βοηθήσουν τη χρηματοδότηση των πάντων, από το Medicaid (κρατικό πρόγραμμα περίθαλψης οικονομικά αδυνάτων) μέχρι προγράμματα φροντίδας ηλικιωμένων.
Από το 2006, η R.J. Η Reynolds Tobacco Co., η Lorillard Inc., και περίπου άλλοι 40 κατασκευαστές τσιγάρων που υπέγραψαν το διακανονισμό, έχουν παρακρατήσει περίπου 3,2 δισεκατομμύρια δολάρια από τις πολιτείες. Οι εταιρείες ισχυρίζονται ότι οι πολιτείες δεν κατάφεραν να επιβάλουν μια διάταξη που θα σταματούσε τις μικρές, ανταγωνιστικές εταιρείες τσιγάρων που δεν υπέγραψαν τη σύμβαση, να πουλάνε σε χαμηλότερες τιμές.
Η διάταξη αυτή απαιτεί από τις πολιτείες να υποχρεώνουν τις καπνοβιομηχανίες που δεν υπάγονται στο διακανονισμό όπως η National Tobacco Co., η Cheyenne International και η Smokin Joes να καταβάλλουν μέρος των εσόδων τους σε λογαριασμούς μεσεγγύησης ως αντιστάθμιση έναντι μελλοντικών δικαστικών αγωγών και να ευθυγραμμίζουν τις συνθήκες ανταγωνισμού με τις εταιρείες που υπέγραψαν τον διακανονισμό.
Η Philip Morris USA, μακράν η μεγαλύτερη εταιρεία καπνού, έχει πραγματοποιήσει τις υπό αμφισβήτηση πληρωμές στις πολιτείες. Αλλά λέει ότι της οφείλεται επιστροφή 1,3 δισ. δολαρίων συν τόκους και θα αμφισβητήσει άλλα 400.000 δολάρια σε πληρωμές που πραγματοποιήθηκαν τα τελευταία δύο χρόνια.
Εν ολίγοις, οι καπνοβιομηχανίες αμφισβητούν περίπου 5,2 δισεκατομμύρια δολάρια σε πληρωμές, σύμφωνα με την Εθνική Ένωση Γενικών Εισαγγελέων.
Μια ακρόαση που ξεκινά σήμερα ενώπιον μιας ειδικής ομάδας διαιτησίας στο Σικάγο είναι το πρώτο βήμα για να καθοριστεί εάν οι εταιρείες καπνού θα απελευθερώσουν αυτά τα χρήματα ή αν οι πολιτείες πρέπει να σκάψουν σε άδεια ταμεία για να πληρώσουν περισσότερα δισεκατομμύρια δολάρια - μια εν δυνάμει πολιτική και δημοσιονομική καταστροφή.
Οι πολιτείες τήρησαν το δικό τους μέρος της συμφωνίας;
Το 1998 ο διακανονισμός για τον καπνό έφερε το τέλος πολυετών δικαστικών διαμαχών για το αν οι εταιρείες είχαν εν γνώσει τους παραπλανήσει τους καπνιστές για τους κινδύνους από τα τσιγάρα, με αποτέλεσμα η υγειονομική περίθαλψη για προβλήματα που σχετίζονται με τον καπνό να κοστίζει στα κρατικά προγράμματα Medicaid.
Οι τέσσερις μεγαλύτερες καπνοβιομηχανίες με τις οποίες συντάχθηκαν τελικά και περισσότερες από τριάντα έξι μικρότερες συμφώνησαν να σταματήσουν τις διαφημίσεις τσιγάρων που απευθύνονται στη νεολαία και  να πραγματοποιούν ετήσιες πληρωμές σε 46 πολιτείες για να βοηθήσουν στην κάλυψη των αυξανόμενων δαπανών για την υγειονομική περίθαλψη. Οι πληρωμές μεταφράζονται σε περίπου 54 σεντς για κάθε συσκευασία που πωλείτο. Το 2010, οι πολιτείες μοιράστηκαν 6,4 δισεκατομμύρια δολάρια.
Οι εταιρείες καπνού που συμφώνησαν με το διακανονισμό θα πληρώσουν περισσότερα από 200 δισεκατομμύρια δολάρια σε 25 χρόνια στις πολιτείες.  Σε αντάλλαγμα, οι εταιρείες καπνού επέμειναν ότι ο διακανονισμός περιλάμβανε μια ρήτρα μεσεγγύησης για την προστασία τους από ένα ανταγωνιστικό πλεονέκτημα για τις εταιρείες που δεν είχαν υπογράψει τη σύμβαση.
Κατά τη συμφωνία, οι εταιρείες καπνού δικαιούνται να παρακρατούν ένα ποσοστό της ετήσιας πληρωμής τους στις πολιτείες, εάν συμβούν δύο πράγματα. Πρώτον, οι αρχικές τέσσερις μεγάλες καπνοβιομηχανίες πρέπει να χάσουν μερίδιο αγοράς από τις καπνοβιομηχανίες που δεν συμμετέχουν στο διακανονισμό και δεύτερον, πρέπει οι πολιτείες να αποτύχουν να “επιβάλλουν επιμελώς” το προαπαιτούμενο για τις καπνοβιομηχανίες που δεν συμμετέχουν στο διακανονισμό να τους καταβάλλουν μεσεγγύηση.  Οι πληρωμές, ένα κλάσμα του ενός τοις εκατό για κάθε τσιγάρο που πωλήθηκε το προηγούμενο έτος, είναι ελαφρώς μικρότερες από τις πληρωμές που κάθε εταιρεία θα είχε καταβάλει εάν είχε υπογράψει τη συμφωνία διακανονισμού.
Το 2006, έγινε σύγκρουση για την πρώτη προϋπόθεση όταν ένας ανεξάρτητος σύμβουλος συμφώνησε με τις μεγάλες καπνοβιομηχανίες ότι οι μη συμμετέχουσες εταιρείες τρώνε το μερίδιό τους από την αγορά. Λίγο αργότερα, οι μεγάλες καπνοβιομηχανίες άρχισαν να παρακρατούν  χρήματα από τις πολιτείες, υποστηρίζοντας ότι δεν είχαν τηρήσει το δικό τους μέρος της συμφωνίας. Οι πολιτείες απάντησαν με ένα κύμα αγωγών απαιτώντας τα χαμένα χρήματα συν τους τόκους.
Οι καταγγελίες των δύο πλευρών βρίσκονται πλέον ενώπιον επιτροπής διαιτησίας που αποτελείται από τρεις συνταξιούχους ομοσπονδιακούς δικαστές. Η επιτροπή θα αποφασίσει τι θα κάνει με περίπου 1,1 δισεκατομμύρια δολάρια σε υπό αμφισβήτηση κονδύλια για το έτος 2003, μια απόφαση που θα θέσει το στάδιο για την επίλυση διαφορών πληρωμής για κάθε επόμενο έτος.
Η ακρόαση αυτής της εβδομάδας πραγματοποιείται σε ξενοδοχείο στο Σικάγο, όπου αναμένεται να παρευρεθούν εκπρόσωποι από τις πολιτείες, καθώς και δεκάδες δικηγόροι των καπνοβιομηχανιών και άλλα ενδιαφερόμενα μέρη όπως οι τράπεζες.
Η ακρόαση θα εξετάσει τα προκαταρκτικά ζητήματα, συμπεριλαμβανομένου του κατά πόσον τα χρήματα που έχουν αφήσει στην άκρη κάποιες εταιρείες καπνού κατά τη διάρκεια της συζήτησης θα πρέπει να μεταβούν στις πολιτείες εν αναμονή της επίλυσης ολόκληρου του θέματος, σύμφωνα με δικηγόρο ο οποίος παρίσταται στην ακρόαση αλλά δεν έχει εξουσιοδότηση να σχολιάσει σχετικά με τη διαδικασία.
Τα μεγάλα ποσά που διακυβεύονται και το ευαίσθητο στάδιο της διαιτητικής διαδικασίας σημαίνουν ότι κανένας από τους εμπλεκόμενους παράγοντες δεν ήταν διατεθειμένος να μιλήσει επισήμως στην εφημερίδα μας.
Ο Matthew Berge, δικηγόρος του γραφείου του γενικού εισαγγελέα της Μασαχουσέτης, ο οποίος λειτουργεί ως συντονιστικός σύμβουλος των κρατών, αρνήθηκε να συζητήσει την υπόθεση. Δυο γενικοί εισαγγελείς, οι οποίοι είναι επικεφαλής μιας επιτροπής που συγκροτήθηκε για τη διαχείριση της διαμάχης, ο Dustin McDaniel από το Αρκάνσας και ο Jon Bruning από τη Νεμπράσκα, δεν απάντησαν στις κλήσεις μας.
Οι R.J. Reynolds, Philip Morris και Lorillard επίσης δεν σχολίασαν.
"Οι πολιτείες αμφισβητούν τους δικούς τους εμπειρογνώμονες"
Οι εκπρόσωποι των πολιτειών εισέρχονται στην ακρόαση σίγουροι από τη δική τους προηγούμενη εκτίμηση για το ότι πολλές από τις μη συμμετέχουσες εταιρείες πληρώνουν στους λογαριασμούς μεσεγγύησης.
Μια υποσημείωση στην έκθεση του 2006 από έναν ανεξάρτητο σύμβουλο που προσλήφθηκε για να καθορίσει εάν η συμφωνία διακανονισμού κοστίζει στις μεγάλες καπνοβιομηχανίες μερίδιο από την αγορά, λέει ότι οι πολιτείες εκτιμούσαν ότι από το 1999 έως το 2003 το ποσοστό συμμόρφωσης των μη συμμετεχόντων εταιρειών τσιγάρων κυμάνθηκε από 36% έως 72% .
"Οι πολιτείες τώρα απαρνούνται αυτήν την εκτίμηση"
Ο Jeremy Bulow, οικονομολόγος της Stanford Graduate School of Business, ο οποίος έχει γράψει εκτενώς για τον διακανονισμό για τον καπνό, δήλωσε ότι η εκτίμηση αποτελεί άσχημα νέα για τις πολιτείες, αν και δεν είναι σαφές εάν αντικατοπτρίζει την πραγματικότητα.
“Αμφιβάλλω ότι ακόμα και οι πολιτείες εμπιστεύονται τα δεδομένα, αλλά αυτό είναι που υπέβαλαν”, δήλωσε ο Bulow στην εφημερίδα μας μέσω email. “Πιθανόν οι πολιτείες να παράσχουν κάποια μη ποσοτικά στοιχεία που να δείχνουν πόσο σκληρά έχουν εργαστεί στην επιβολή της νομοθεσίας, αλλά πώς θα πείσει κανείς τον διαιτητή ότι επιβάλλει επιμελώς τον φόρο όταν η δική του εκτίμηση του ποσοστού συμμόρφωσης είναι τόσο χαμηλή;”
Ο Bulow είπε ότι ήταν σχεδόν αναπόφευκτο ότι η ρήτρα “επιμελής επιβολή” θα προκαλούσε προβλήματα στις πολιτείες.
Οι νομοθέτες του διακανονισμού του 1998 δεν έλαβαν υπόψη μια σημαντική αγορά απομιμήσεων τσιγάρων και οι πολιτείες διαθέτουν “απαίσια” συστήματα δεδομένων λογαριασμών μεσεγγύησης, ανέφερε.
Οι πολιτείες δυσκολεύτηκαν επίσης, τουλάχιστον αρχικά, στο να υποχρεώσουν τις εταιρείες καπνού σε υπεράκτιες χώρες να συμμορφωθούν με το καταστατικό της μεσεγγύησης.
Ο κ. Christian Tweeten, δικηγόρος στο γραφείο του γενικού εισαγγελέα της Montana, δήλωσε ότι η πολιτεία του ξόδεψε πολλά χρήματα μηνύοντας υπεράκτιες εταιρείες επιβάλλοντας τη συμμόρφωση, με περιορισμένη επιτυχία. Συχνά, απλά έκλειναν το κατάστημα και ξανάνοιγαν με διαφορετικό όνομα.
Το 2003, η Μοντάνα και άλλα κράτη άρχισαν να απαιτούν από τις εταιρείες που ήθελαν να πουλήσουν τσιγάρα να αποδείξουν ότι είχαν καταβάλει τη  μεσεγγύηση κανονικά το προηγούμενο έτος. Η Μοντάνα έχει τώρα έναν κατάλογο εγκεκριμένων πωλητών καπνού, όπως και οι περισσότερες άλλες πολιτείες. “Αυτό μείωσε δραματικά το φορτίο για εμάς επιβολής της νομοθεσίας ”, δήλωσε ο Tweeten.
Τα χρήματα που οι εταιρείες καπνού παρακρατούσαν ή δεν κατέβαλαν το 2006 ισχύουν για το ημερολογιακό έτος 2003. Το 2007, παρέμειναν χρήματα για το 2004 και ούτω καθεξής. Αλλά οι πολιτείες λένε ότι κάνουν μεγάλα βήματα για να υποχρεώσουν τους μη συμμετέχοντες στο διακανονισμό κατασκευαστές τσιγάρων να πληρώσουν τα κεφάλαια μεσεγγύησης μέσω νομοθεσίας και άλλων μέσων.
Αλλά παρόλα αυτά , οι εταιρείες καπνού συνέχισαν να αναστέλλουν τις πληρωμές.
Το 2009, οι εταιρείες καπνού κατέθεσαν 576 εκατομμύρια δολάρια που διαφορετικά θα είχαν μεταφερθεί σε πολιτείες σε αμφισβητούμενο λογαριασμό πληρωμών στη Citibank, τον πράκτορα μεσεγγύησης για τον διακανονισμό για τον καπνό, σύμφωνα με έκθεση της Εθνικής Ένωσης Γενικών Εισαγγελέων. Άλλα 21 εκατομμύρια δολάρια απλώς παρακρατήθηκαν ή δεν πληρώθηκαν.
Μια από τις απροσδόκητες διατάξεις της περίπλοκης διευθέτησης του διακανονισμού του 1998 τιμωρεί τις πολιτείες που δεν καταφέρνουν να επιβάλλουν “επιμελώς” τη ρήτρα μεσεγγύησης απαιτώντας από αυτές να καταβάλουν ολόκληρο το οφειλόμενο ποσό από τους μη συμμετέχοντες κατασκευαστές τσιγάρων. Αυτό σημαίνει ότι εάν οι μισές πολιτείες κατάφεραν να αναγκάσουν τις μικρές εταιρείες τσιγάρων που δεν είχαν υπογράψει τον διακανονισμό να πληρώσουν μέρος των εσόδων τους σε λογαριασμούς μεσεγγύησης και οι άλλες μισές δεν το έκαναν, η δεύτερη ομάδα πρέπει να πληρώσει ολόκληρο το λογαριασμό, μέχρι και την τελευταία  δεκάρα που έλαβαν από τα χρήματα από τον καπνό σε ένα συγκεκριμένο έτος.
Ο γενικός εισαγγελέας της Iowa Tom Miller είπε στο The American Lawyer  πέρυσι ότι οι πολιτείες πιέζουν να διευθετήσουν το ζήτημα της επιστροφής χρημάτων από το 2006. Επίσης αναγνώρισε στη συνέντευξη τη δυσκολία συντονισμού της δράσης μεταξύ 46 πολιτειών. “Όταν έχετε 46 κυρίαρχους, θα υπάρξει κάποια διαφορά απόψεων”, είπε.



Megachurch Pastor Glen Berteau 'Stable,' Family 'Hopeful' After Cardiac Arrest


Glen Berteau, senior pastor of The House in Modesto, California, is stable and responding to treatment after a major heart attack this week. Senior Associate Pastor Mike Trenton posted to Facebook today, asking the church to pray specifically that Pastor Berteau's kidneys and liver begin to function normally. Yesterday, church leadership asked the congregation to pray and fast 24 hours for Berteau's healing at this critical time.


Discerning the Sound of a Fivefold Prophet


Though the Bible teaches about the simple gift of prophecy in 1 Corinthians 14—to edify, comfort and exhort—many are still confused about how prophetic people should operate.

Should believers release words outside the bounds of 1 Corinthians? What is the purpose of the office of the prophet if there's a gift we can all use?

In this video, you'll find plenty of biblical insights.


WATCH: Rick Perry Told Trump He Is the 'Chosen One' Like King David


Energy Secretary Rick Perry says he told U.S. President Donald Trump that he is "the chosen one," like kings David, Saul and Solomon.

In August, while discussing a trade war with China, Trump said, "Somebody had to do it. I am the chosen one." His comments received significant backlash at the time from both believers and nonbelievers. Following this controversy, Perry told Fox & Friends he affirmed to Trump that he is "the chosen one."

"God's used imperfect people all throughout history," Perry says. "King David wasn't perfect. Saul wasn't perfect. Solomon wasn't perfect. I actually gave the president a little one-pager on those Old Testament kings about a month ago, and I shared it with him. I said, 'Mr. President, I know there are people that say you said you were the chosen one,' and I said, 'You were.' If you're a believing Christian, you understand God's plan for the people who rule and judge over us on this planet in our government."

The video later clarifies that Perry also believes Barack Obama was sent by God as well.

Following the clip, Fox and Friends Host Pete Hegseth added, "God has used imperfect people forever, because we're all imperfect, but what he has withstood is unlike what really any other mortal could understand."


Why This Businessman Upended His Life and Started a Christian TV Station


A Tampa-based businessman gave up his nice life in order to start a television studio for the glory of God.

In a video interview, Howard Conder, founder of Revelation TV in the UK, says God called him out of a comfortable life to follow him into the television industry.

"I was working in America having set up a music studio in Tampa, Florida in the 1980s," Conder says. "My children were in school, my family settled, and outwardly everything looked great. But in my heart, God was doing something. You know the way God works. Doors open, and other doors close. And suddenly you find yourself doing things you never expected. ... I saw the power of God and I saw the power of television and the good it could do, and I knew I could never go back to being a businessman ever again. God had began a work in me, and when He called, there was no way I was going to refuse Him."

Watch the full video embedded here.


Will Pete Buttigieg Be the First Openly Gay President of the United States?


Moving into the 2020 presidential election, Mayor Pete Buttigieg appears to have the momentum. He's 37, an articulate Millennial and our first openly practicing homosexual (with his "spouse" Chasten) seeking to be president of the United States.

USA Today featured him in a front-page story. Previously they interviewed him in an article titled, "Mayor Pete Buttigieg's countercultural approach to Christianity is what America needs now."

He calls himself a "devout Christian" advocating Christianity going in a "progressive direction" to be on the "right side of history."

He's pro-abortion while regularly quoting Jesus telling listeners to care "for the least of these... "

He wants the electoral college abolished. He criticizes Christian Vice President Mike Pence. His father was a Marxist professor who publicly lauded the Communist Manifesto!

Wednesday evening politicians and pundits said he would be center stage in the Democrat debate.

As Mayor Buttigieg appears to be advancing rapidly in the polls, we need to understand who he is and what he represents. Watch cultural commentator and podcast host Larry Tomczak in this 10-minute video for the fuller story. And check out his "Here's the Deal" podcast, with new episodes Monday-Thursday on the Charisma Podcast Network.


The Real Reason Rome Persecuted the Early Church


Glenn Packiam, associate senior pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, says the early church was persecuted by Rome not because Rome was anti-religion, but because the church represented an existential threat to society as a whole. In a sermon video clip, Packiam posits the church as a community is one of the few forces capable of "undoing" society as we know it.

Packiam begins the video by describing his process of becoming an American citizen in 2009 and how much he loves the country's principles. But he notes that America—for all of its uniqueness as a nation—is not the "most revolutionary community in human history." That distinction goes to the church.

"How is the church the most revolutionary community in human history?" Packiam asks. "It's because of what the church did. Prior to Christianity, human societies organized by families. Ancestry. They organized by geography and region: 'This is our corner of the land.' They organized by ethnicity. They were organized by certain patterns of living: 'There are the nomadics, these are the settlers.' But when the church arrived, it was revolutionary in the ancient world because it began to transcend other ways of defining communal identity. It was absolutely stunning."

He says Romans of the time struggled to understand this new Christian community—and we know this because we have access to their letters.

"Last year I read a book that compiled the opinions of the Romans as they wrote letters to one another trying to figure out who these Christians were," Packiam says. "... They're looking at this new community and scratching their heads and saying, 'How do men and women eat together and it [doesn't] turn into an orgy?' Literally, they were writing letters saying surely something scandalous is going on. And [the believers] were like, 'No, it's not, actually. Because we know how to treat one another with respect.' That was revolutionary. They said, 'How is it that in these gatherings there are masters and slaves that worship together as equals, that pray together as equals before God, as if Jesus is the only master over all? How is it that that can happen? How is it that rich and poor can gather in the same household at the same table? Who are these people?'"

It was too much for Roman society to handle, as Packiam explains it.

"We tend to think that Rome persecuted Christians because Rome was a secular state," Packiam says. "We sort of imagine it like the Communist Soviet Union or Communist China. We're like, 'Oh, Rome was sort of like that. They were anti-religion.' That was the exact opposite of the truth. Rome was pro-religion. They wanted all religions, all gods, all forms of worship. They wanted all the idols except for one name: the name of Jesus. Why? Because the name of Jesus was the only name that threatened to undo society as they knew it. Every other idol left the status quo. Every other idol let you keep your prejudices. ... But one name came to disrupt it all: the name of Jesus."

What do you think? Let us know in the comments.


This Beloved Spirit-Filled Organization Will Move to New Headquarters in December


Morris Cerullo World Evangelism will move its headquarters to the Morris Cerullo Legacy International Center during the first week of December, leaving the headquarters where it's been stationed since 1992. Greg Hodson, vice president of television at MCWE, explained the status of the organization's move in a recent video.

"We're moving to Hotel Circle in Mission Valley, the location of the Morris Cerullo Legacy International Center," Hodson says. "We're very excited. In fact, in just a couple weeks, we're all going to pack up from here and move over there. ... The vision has been manifested. We are moving in."

According to Hodson, Cerullo has been recently away at a Conference on the Holy Spirit in Israel from Nov. 21-23.

Charisma profiled the Legacy Center earlier this year. Read more about it here.


Spirit-Filled Leader: Why We Must Be Careful Not to Dishonor Authority


Putty Putman, overseer of the School of Kingdom Ministry and a leader at the Vineyard Church of Central Illinois, says we must honor our leaders as a way of honoring God's ultimate authority.

In a video, Putman says, "We cannot dishonor leadership without dishonoring the fact that God is the ultimate leader. You can't divide those apart. Once you begin to say, I'm against leadership, in some way you're positioning yourself against authority as a whole and ultimately against God's authority."

He notes that this does not mean, however, that all authority and leadership is perfect—simply that we must show the God-given honor they deserve.

"Not every person in leadership is in alignment with God's will," Putman says. "And do we pray for them? Absolutely. And do we, when necessary, stand for justice? Yes, we do. I'm not saying that we don't pursue the Lord's end. Absolutely we do that. But as we do that, it's very important that we recognize that God created authority and I'm not going to dishonor that reality."

Watch it here.


Accounting, Auditing: Budget Analyst - Ogden, Utah

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Drafts procedural instructions and policy guidance for use byofficials in planning and estimating funding needs for staffing,contractual service, equipment, travel, etc. Reviews and edits budget requests submitted by subordinate unitsto assure that they conform to higher level requirements. Analyzes estimates to identify imbalances among program areas,to eliminate duplication of functions, and to reconcileestimates with current levels of expenditures and anticipatedchanges in programs. Highlights budget changes and trends from year to year to helpsenior level management with program budget decisions. Prepares detailed obligation plans in conjunction with budgetrequests. Provides advice and guidance to managers on writing budgetjustification responses in order to obtain and defend fundingrequests as well as to help prioritize budget requirements. Tracks budget expenditures against approved budget plans toensure that funds are being spent according to financial limits,laws, regulations, policies and procedures. Performs supervisory duties.Travel RequiredOccasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this positionfor meetings, training, or site visits.Supervisory statusYesPromotion Potential12 #### Job family (Series)0560 Budget Analysis- RequirementsConditions of Employment Must be a U.S. Citizen or National. Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registeredor exempt. Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigationand/or fingerprint check. Successful completion of one year probationary period, unlesspreviously served. Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required tohave federal payments made by direct deposit to their financialinstitution. Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. Tolearn more about E-Verify, including your rights andresponsibilities, visit e-verify.govQualificationsIn order to qualify, you must meet the eligibility andqualifications requirements as defined below by the closing date ofthe announcement. For more information on the qualifications forthis position, visit the Office of Personnel Management's GeneralSchedule Qualification Standards.Your application and resume must clearly show that you possess theexperience requirements.Specialized Experience Requirement:For the GS-0560-12: You must have one year specialized experienceequivalent to the GS-11 in the Federal service. Specializedexperience is defined as the following: Providing technical advice,consultation, and assistance to management on a range of budgetprogram issues; and reviewing and editing budget requests to assurethat they conform to higher level requirements; and identifying andanalyzing trends in the receipt, obligation, or expenditure of fundsto ensure that objectives of the annual financial plan were beingmet on a timely basis; and performing analysis of assigned programbudgets and employed techniques such as trend and historicalanalysis to review funding requests.Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteerwork done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps,AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional;philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social).Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, andskills and can provide valuable training and experience thattranslates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit forall qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENT: If you are a current federal employeein the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotionopportunity, you must meet time-in-grade (TIG) requirements of 52weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line ofprogression for the position being filled. This requirement must bemet by the closing date of this announcement.EducationAdditional informationCareer Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List(RPL) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): Toexercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAPcandidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and allselective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated anddetermined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation ofthe competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section.When assessed through a score-based category rating method,CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of apossible 100.Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) provides currentor former temporary and term employees the opportunity to competefor permanent competitive service positions. Individuals must havemore than 24 months of service without a break between appointmentsof two or more years and the last temporary or term appointment musthave been with the Forest Service. Service must be in thecompetitive service and have been at a successful level ofperformance or better. Part-time and intermittent service will becredited only for time actually worked. Non-pay status (such asLWOP) is credited for up to six months in a calendar year; anythingbeyond six months is not credited. Applicants are responsible forproviding sufficient information/documentation to determine if the24 month criteria is met.Selectee will be responsible for tax obligations related to paymentsfor moving expenses - 2017 Tax Cuts and Job Act, Public Law 115-97.Questions should be directed to the Travel help Desk, 877-372-7248,Option 1, or Service daycare facilities are not available.Government Housing is not availableDaycare facilities are not availableThis position is eligible for telework and other flexible workarrangements.We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill oneor more vacancies.How You Will Be EvaluatedYou will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet thequalifications above.You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this positionas evidenced by the experience, education, and training youdescribed in your application package, as well as the responses tothe Assessment Questionnaire to determine the degree to which youpossess the competencies listed below: Financial Management Oral Communication Reasoning Supervision Technical Competence Workforce EnvironmentYour application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire,will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualificationrequirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to thejob-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support yourresponses to all the questions addressing experience and educationrelevant to this position.If you meet the qualification requirements and are determined to beamong the best qualified, you will be referred to the hiring managerfor consideration. Noncompetitive candidates and applicants undersome special hiring authorities must meet minimum qualifications tobe referred.Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supportingdocumentation, a determination is made that you inflated yourqualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to moreaccurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow allinstructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could begrounds for non-selection or disciplinary action.To view the application form, visit: checks and security clearanceSecurity clearanceNot RequiredDrug test requiredNoPosition sensitivity and riskNon-sensitive (NS)/Low RiskTrust determination processCredentialing, Suitability/Fitness- Required DocumentsThe following documents are required for your applicant package tobe complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatiblesoftware, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service,your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted.Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss ofconsideration. Resume that includes: 1) personal information such as name,address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed workexperience related to this position as described in the majorduties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates ofemployment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4)supervisor's phone number and whether or not the supervisor maybe contacted for a reference check; 5) other qualifications. If education is required or you are using education to qualify,you must submit: a copy of your college transcripts. Anunofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, ifyou are selected, you will be required to submit officialtranscripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have beensuccessfully obtained from an accredited school, college oruniversity. If any education was completed at a foreigninstitute, you must submit with your application evidence thatthe institute was appropriately accredited by an accreditingbody recognized by the U.S. Department of Education asequivalent to U.S. education standards. There are privateorganizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee isnormally associated with this service. All transcripts must bein English or include an English translation.In addition to the above, you must submit the documents below if youclaim any of the following:- Current and former Federal employees: 1) Most recent non-awardNotification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing that youare/were in the competitive service, highest grade (or promotionpotential) held on a permanent basis, position title, series andgrade AND 2) Most recent performance appraisal (dated within 18months) showing the official rating of record, signed by asupervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal isunavailable. Do not submit a performance plan.- Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAPpriority: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice ofproposed removal for declining a transfer of function ordirected reassignment to another commuting area, notice ofdisability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation(as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position,grade level, and duty location with your application per 5CFR 330.- Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act Eligible Applicants:please review the Required Documents for Hiring AuthoritiesQuick Guide on the Forest Service website.- If claiming eligibility under a special hiring authority notlisted above, please review the Required Documents for HiringAuthorities Quick Guide on the Forest Service website.If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:Education must be accredited by an accrediting institutionrecognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to becredited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only theattendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accreditinginstitutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in thisvacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or mayaffect the overall rating.- BenefitsA career with the U.S. Government provides employees with acomprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and yourfamily will have access to a range of benefits that are designed tomake your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federalbenefits.Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you holdand whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent.Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specificbenefits offered.- How to ApplyPlease view Tips for Applicants - a guide to the Forest Serviceapplication process.Please read the entire announcement and all instructions before youbegin. You must complete this application process and submit allrequired documents electronically by 11:59p.m. Eastern Time (ET) onthe closing date of this announcement.Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist youduring business hours (normally 8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m., Monday -Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, contact the AgencyContact listed below well before the closing date for an alternatemethod. All hardship application packages must be complete andsubmitted no later than noon ET on the closing date of theannouncement to be entered into the system prior to its closing.This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants withdisabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact the Agency Contact torequest this.To begin, click "Apply Online" and follow the instructions tocomplete the Assessment Questionnaire and attach your resume and allrequired documents.NOTE: If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previoussubmission, which means the previous document is no longer availableto the Human Resources Office. If you are adding to, rather thanreplacing a previous submission, you must upload both the olddocument and the new document. You must verify that uploadeddocuments from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system asthere is a limitation to the number of documents that can betransferred. However, once in the Agency's staffing system, you willhave the opportunity to upload additional documents. Applicants maycombine all like required documents (e.g. SF-50s or veteran docs)into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application.Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping like documents into fileswill simplify the application process. Documents must be in one ofthe following formats: GIF, JPEG, JPG, PDF, PNG, RTF, or Word (DOCor DOCX). Uploaded documents may not require a password, digitalsignature, or other encryption to open.Agency contact informationHRM Contact CenterPhone1-877-372-7248 X2EmailSM.FS.FSJobs@usda.govAddressUSDA Forest Service HRM Contact CenterDO NOT MAIL IN APPLICATIONS, SEE INSTRUCTIONS IN THE ANNOUNCEMENT.Albuquerque, NM 87109USLearn more about this agencyNext stepsYour application will be reviewed to verify that you meet theeligibility and qualification requirements for the position prior toissuing referral lists to the selecting official. If furtherevaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Log into your USAJOBS account to check your application status.- Fair & TransparentThe Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent.Please read the following guidance.Equal Employment Opportunity PolicyThe United States Government does not discriminate in employment onthe basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy andgender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexualorientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age,membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parentalstatus, military service, or other non-merit factor. Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & jobapplicantsReasonable Accommodation PolicyFederal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicantswith disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonableaccommodation for any part of the application process should followthe instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any partof the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact thehiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonableaccommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the workenvironment, or the way things are usually done that enables anindividual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job dutiesor receive equal access to job benefits.Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must providereasonable accommodations when: An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have anequal opportunity to apply for a job. An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to performthe essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace. An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receiveequal access to benefits, such as details, training, andoffice-sponsored events.You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during theapplication or hiring process or while on the job. Requests areconsidered on a case-by-case basis.Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodationsor how to contact an agency.Legal and regulatory guidance Financial suitability Social security number request Privacy Act Signature and false statements Selective Service New employee probationary periodThis job originated on For the full announcement and toapply, visit Only resumessubmitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listedat will be considered. ()

Other: Data Protection Leader - Relocation to Phoenix, AZ Required - Salt Lake City, Utah

Data protection is the foundation of information security. Knowing what data you have, where it is located and how it is protected and in compliance with laws/regulations is the minimum requirements of any security program. This role will evolve the current strategy and implement the next generation enterprise data protection strategy. Use your expertise to help us craft the next generation of our IT Security program. Help us re-think what it means to achieve cyber excellence delivering capabilities in a fast-changing, highly competitive market. Your day could include and experience we would like to see : Acts as a transformation security leader driving change across IT and business departments to implement strong data security practices, encryption and other data protection and privacy requirements. Develop and implement enterprise data protection strategy. Work with asset management program to link data to other areas of the asset taxonomy. Develop approach to identify, protect and minimize data while balancing business needs and privacy requirements. Partner and educate IT partners in data protection requirements and data protection techniques Develop policies, standards and ongoing governance to ensure compliance and resiliency. Lead team of technical resources to implement outstanding outcomes. Identify data protection and minimization strategies, with focus on impact of emerging technology (Cloud, CI/CD) Foster and drive organizational change that leads security towards a comprehensive data protection strategy and implementation plan Actively partner with department leads, architects, and business liaisons to embed the appropriate data protection practices and requirements at the beginning of projects Ability to develop compelling visual materials to communicate with various levels of leadership across IT and the business. Assess data protection practices and implement protection through proper access controls and encryption tools and strategies. Experience managing certificates and cypher keys used in secure communication and the tokenization of data.Education, Certifications and nice to have: Bachelor's degree (in Information Technology or a related discipline) or equivalent work experience 7+ years of Information Technology and Security experience* Experience in Encryption, Access Management, Privacy and other data protection areas Agile operational model experience IS certifications preferred (CISSP, CISM, CISA or Equivalent) Leadership experience (2-5 years) CSAA Insurance Group offers many benefits, including: Comprehensive health care plans, including medical, dental, vision, and tax-deferred spending accounts. Employee assistance, healthy pregnancy and wellness programs. Paid time off, plus nine paid holidays and 24 hours of volunteer time off. 401(k) plus company matching up to 6% and a cash balance pension program. Paid training, tuition reimbursement, self-service training and career development opportunities.Be part of a community that works:At CSAA Insurance Group, we take pride in our values-based culture. Helping our employees have enriched lives and satisfying careers is how we work. Our employees appreciate the integrity and inclusion that is evident throughout our everyday interactions. We respect the diverse range of perspectives, backgrounds and cultures of our teams, and join together when it comes to helping our members, community or one another.Headquartered in Walnut Creek, California, our community also works in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Jersey and Oklahoma. Learn more about us at submit your application to be considered. We communicate via email, so check your inbox to ensure you don't miss important updates from us.We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.Location: Glendale, AZ*LI-SB1#HP ()

Црн петок за тревниците во Карпош, но и за 93 несовесни возачи


Комуналните редари синоќа имале полни раце работа спасувајќи ги зелените површини низ две скопски населби каде несовесни возачи се паркирале каде што не им е место.

Инспекторатот на Град Скопје вчера изрекол 93 казни за паркирање на јавни површини и зеленило во најавената акција против уништувањето на блоковското зеленило во населбите Карпош 3 и Карпош 4. Дополнително, пајакот и сообраќајната полиција имале уште 24 подигања и дополнителни казни за посетителите на Сити Мол за време на познатиот Black Friday.

Секоја година на овој ден граѓаните од околните згради на Сити Мол се жалат на уништени тревници, тротоари и урбана опрема, како и оштетени возила и дрвја. Затоа, градскиот инспекторат оваа година најави акција за казнување неколку дена однапред која заврши со досега рекордни бројки.

Градските и општинските служби повторно ќе ги реконструираат тревниците, но апелират на поголема одговорност од граѓаните и посетителите на околните трговски центри.


Film szkoleniowy z modułu ewidencji odpadów już dostępny!

Film szkoleniowy z modułu ewidencji odpadów już dostępny!

W związku z dużym zainteresowaniem dotyczącym Bazy danych o produktach i opakowaniach oraz o gospodarce odpadami przedstawiamy państwu film instruktażowy przybliżający działanie modułu ewidencji.

Uprzejmie informujemy, że materiał opracowany jest przez IOŚ-PIB i jest objęty prawami autorskimi.



191201 의인이 되어 복을 받아라(롬 4:16-22)



L á t s z o l: Jégvarázs 2.


Megérkezett a Jégvarázs 2., amit meg is néztünk a hétvégén. De mielőtt rátérnék egy rövid összefoglalóra előbb még az első résszel kapcsolatban osztanám meg a kedvenc videómat. Legyen hó 25 nyelven énekelve 

A következő két videóban pedig egy dal, ami mindkét részben szerepel. Az elsőnél én nagyon nem értettem, hogy hogyan passzol bele ebbe a környezetbe, de most, a másodikban erre választ kapunk.

Most pedig jöjjön egy rövid személyes összefoglaló.

Bár az első rész sem volt habos és könnyed, ha valaki arra számít, hogy ugyanolyan lesz ez is, akkor ki kell ábrándítsam. Igazából, ez a rész valamivel nehezebb és inkább a történet vezetése és nem az "akciók" a döntők. Egy kis zavar is van bennem, mert nem tudtam eldönteni, hogy mennyire gondolták ezt kisgyerekeknek szóló mesének. Lehet, hogy ennek eldöntése a készítőknek sem sikerült igazán. Mind-e mellett nekem és a családomnak tetszett.

Vannak benne poénok, vicces szereplők (nem csak Olaf), akik adnak egy jó érzést a nehezebb részeknél is. Az aranyosságuk és viccességük kiemel a szomorúságból. A grafika pedig... Tudom, én mindig a természet megrajzolását emelem nagyon ki, de hát egyszerűen imádom a természetet. Az erdőt, a hegyeket, a sziklákat és itt megint olyan látványt sikerült készíteni, ami egyszerűen lenyűgöz. Jó, a figurák, az emberek nem élethűek, de nem is akarnak azok lenni. Viszont a ruhájuk részletei, szövetmintázata sokszor döbbenetesen jó.

A rénszarvas, Sven, arckifejezése és viselkedése nagyon vicces, inkább egy kutya jut róla eszembe. Ez viszont ad neki egy plusz feelinget. (Igaz, rénszarvast kevesebbszer láttam közelről.)

Szóval, szerettem ezt a részt is. Talán nagyon kicsi gyerekeket nem vinnék megnézni (a korhatár egyébként is 6 év). Lehet, hogy unalmas lenne számukra és túl hosszú is a közel két órányi időtartam. Egyébként múltkor a Jetikölyök című filmen egy 3-4 éves kisgyerek teljesen meg volt ijedve a Jetikölyöktől. Ki is kellett vinni a teremből.

És aki még nem látta volna, annak következzenek a magyar nyelvű előzetesek:



 És néhány kedvcsináló a Disney hivatalos Instagram oldaláról:

A bejegyzés megtekintése az Instagramon

Walt Disney Studios (@disneystudios) által megosztott bejegyzés,

A bejegyzés megtekintése az Instagramon

Walt Disney Studios (@disneystudios) által megosztott bejegyzés,

A bejegyzés megtekintése az Instagramon

Walt Disney Studios (@disneystudios) által megosztott bejegyzés,

A bejegyzés megtekintése az Instagramon

Walt Disney Studios (@disneystudios) által megosztott bejegyzés,

A bejegyzés megtekintése az Instagramon

Walt Disney Studios (@disneystudios) által megosztott bejegyzés,

És a végére néhány plakát:

(A képek forrása: ITT)

Jó szórakozást kívánok mindenkinek! 



Elindult az új honlapom itt: Barti Magdolna, ami annyiban érinti az itteni blogot, hogy a szakmaibb jellegű bejegyzéseket ezentúl ott fogom írni, míg ezen az oldalon maradnak az érdekességek és az élmények.



Gondolkodj képekben!

Megosztom Facebookon! Megosztom Twitteren! Megosztom Tumblren!


Sunday Reads

Prince Andrew continues to live up to his horrible reputation, a reputation going back to the late 1970s.

He is becoming a pariah, even in his own family.

Joe Biden is disappointed by Lindsey Graham, and that is putting it mildly:


Thursday Reads


Prince Andrew has been essentially banned from royal family duties and effectively retired from public life.

It has been years in the making.

One of many livestreams of the impeachment inquiry:

Fiona Hill is up in the impeachment hearings today, and she is every bit as damaging to Trump as the rest of them.  These tweets sum it up.  We have a president and a political party that are literally tools of the Russians.  Who'd have ever thought this forty years ago, let alone ten years ago:


Wednesday Reads

Even Kenneth Starr says Trump may wind up and  quit under Senate pressure thanks to today's events.

Lots of places are live blogging the impeachment hearings or whatever you want to call them.

Today is Joseph Biden's 77th birthday, and he will be celebrating it by debating the other candidates tonight.


It is going to be very, very difficult to change attitudes about sex roles.  Men still don't do shit around the house, and women still tolerate it.

Those crayon-looking notes were for real.

The livestream of the Democratic Debate on NBC/MSNBC is here.


The end of Prince Andrew is pretty much official thanks to this interview:



Antihéroe feat. Clara Yolks - En Invierno (Dir.: Gustavo de la Torre Casal)


An homage to several types of animation, from hand illustration to Cartoon Network and Anime era.


Beach Riot 'Stuck Inside' Dir. Jim Faulkner



Sisteray 'All Boys Club' Dir. Will de Ritter



Way Maker - Christafari (Sinach Cover)


Buy/Stream our Way Maker EP here:

Way Maker is a Christian Music Song of an original composition by Sinach and made popular recently by Leeland , Bethel Music, Michael W. Smith and also with some Spanish versions like Milagroso, abres camino. Our roots reggae version is sung by Avion Blackman and Mark Mohr.


Blackmore's Night "Christmas Eve"





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(Alter Ego) NOKAP
Featuring: MR SHAWTY
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Taekwondo Colombia - Exigen a Juegos Nacionales y al Ministerio del Deporte obrar con transparencia ante descalificación de dos deportistas de Cundinamarca.

Taekwondo Colombia - Exigen a Juegos Nacionales y al Ministerio del Deporte obrar con transparencia ante descalificación de dos deportistas de Cundinamarca.

En días pasados se dió a conocer que dos deportistas con registro de Cundinamarca fueron descalificados, a horas de la competencia, ésto por cuenta de a una supuesta irregularidad en el traspaso de los atletas (de la Liga de Bogotá a la Liga de Cundinamarca), ante este hecho INDEPORTES Cundinamarca expidió un comunicado en el que exige obrar con transparencia, protegiendo los intereses de los atletas que tanto profesan, respetando el derecho al deporte y a la igualdad.

Clic aquí para leer el comunicado de INDEPORTES Cundinamarca >>>

En el caso llama la atenciónen el punto que dice el comunicado de INDEPORTES Cundinamarca: “Claudia Matiz, dirige su comunicado al Vicepresidente de la federación señor Sergio Rodríguez quien preside el comité para dirimir esta situación. El señor Rodríguez es el esposo de la señora Matiz.”

Por otro lado, inquieta que el traspaso de liga se adelantó hace unos años atrás y esperaron al máximo certamen nacional para actuar, lo cual presume un descuido administrativo total y la FCT descarga la responsabilidad al otorgar “autoridad” de objetar a cualquier atleta inscrito, lo cual se evidencia en este caso para no nombrar otros.

“INJUSTO. El vivo ejemplo de que la federación, no hace las cosas bien. Todo siempre a su acomodó.”  expresó Laura Yepes Cubillos en Facebook

Previo a este comunicado, los deportistas descalificados publicaron un sentido video en el que expresan su desconcierto y tristeza ante la abrupta salida, ante lo cual los seguidores expresaron su indignación total.


Además varios seguidores expresaron su inconformidad.

La conclusión de todo es una: negligencia administrativa, lo cual lleva a una falta de transparencia; el tema de este tipo de “objeciones” no es sano para el deporte, más sin embargo, así lo ha querido o permitido la comunidad del taekwondo colombiano, las “objeciones” son típicas en el seno de este deporte.

Este medio consultó con dos abogados especializados sobre el tema pero este punto será tratado en una futura nota.

Taekwondo Radio trató de comunicarse con la Federación Colombiana de Taekwondo pero no obtuvo respuesta alguna.

Noticia en desarrollo.


Matières grises participe Cementlab

Matières grises participe Cementlab 26/11/2019

Matières grises a participé au 5e workshop du Cementlab avec un échiquier en béton connecté réalisé par les étudiants de l' ESTP Paris

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Clovis participe au CementLAB

Clovis participe au CementLAB 26/11/2019

Clovis est une plateforme collaborative de pilotage de projets immobiliers et construction TPE/PME


Clovis a participé au 5e workshop du CementLAB sur Batimat 2019 dédié à l’industrialisation et la digitalisation du chantier.

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DC Brain participe au CementLAB

DC Brain participe au CementLAB 26/11/2019

DCbrain est spécialisé dans l’Intelligence Artificielle appliquée aux réseaux physiques complexes, permettant aux industriels et aux gestionnaires de réseau d’énergie et de marchandises de fiabiliser et d’optimiser leurs flux.

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Wizzcad participe au CementLAB

Wizzcad participe au CementLAB 25/11/2019

WizzCad est une plateforme collaborative Open BIM pour la construction, la réhabilitation et la maintenance des ouvrages

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Ermeo participe au Cementlab

Ermeo participe au Cementlab 25/11/2019

Ermeo est une solution web et mobile de standardisation et digitalisation des métiers et process opérationnels terrain

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The Pacific Community launches new information tools on sustainable fishing practices

The Pacific Community launches new information tools on sustainable fishing practices camillem Thu, 11/28/2019 - 21:23

The Pacific Community (SPC) in partnership with the European Union (EU) is launching today a series of animated videos targeting the fishers, the schools and the general public with the objective of raising awareness on sustainable fishing practices.

The series, called “Fisher’s Tales” aims at disseminating informative and educational toolkits amongst coastal communities from the Pacific region and includes short animated videos compatible with mass media and social networks. The videos will provide information on the habitat, nutrition and behaviour of key marine species, including sea cucumber, as well as advice on how to use these resources in a sustainable way.

The series will be adapted into local languages and disseminated across the 15 beneficiary countries* that are part of the EU-Funded Pacific-European Union Marine Partnership (PEUMP) Programme. Funded by the EU and the Government of Sweden, the EUR 45 million PEUMP programme promotes sustainable management and sound ocean governance for food security and economic growth, while addressing climate change resilience and conservation of marine biodiversity. It follows a comprehensive approach, integrating issues related to oceanic fisheries, coastal fisheries, community development, marine conservation and capacity building under one single regional action.

The Pacific Community has long been supporting its member countries in deploying Community-based Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management. This approach aims at equipping communities with technical information and advice on the fish species and habitats upon which they rely for food security and livelihoods. The overall objective is to see local communities taking a leading role in sustainable management of fisheries resources.

The Head of Cooperation at the Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific, Christoph Wagner said, “In line with the regional strategy, the New Song for Coastal Fisheries – Pathway to Change, the EU has enhanced its focus and financial commitment to support coastal fisheries management. Raising awareness on sustainable fishing practices is a crucial step to promote productive and healthy ecosystems and fish stocks that ultimately contribute to improving wellbeing of coastal communities''.

 “The Pacific Community and its partners are putting emphasis on developing information tools specifically targeting communities, in line with guidelines and policies endorsed by the Pacific-African Caribbean Pacific (Pacific-ACP) countries.” said Neville Smith, Director of the Fisheries Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems Division of the Pacific Community. 

*Pacific-ACP states that are part of the Pacific-European Union Marine Partnership (PEUMP) Programme are the Cook Islands, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Tuvalu, Tonga, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste and Vanuatu.

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To watch the first videos of the series.

Media contacts:
Toky Rasoloarimanana, Communications Officer, Fisheries Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems (FAME) Division, Pacific Community (SPC) | or Tel: +687  89 93 94
Céline Muron, Coastal and Community Fisheries Information and Outreach Officer, PEUMP Programme, Pacific Community (SPC) |

About the Pacific Community Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems Division:
The Regional Fisheries response have been part of SPC mandate for almost seventy years. The SPC Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems Division leads fisheries science and technical expertise in the Pacific region and supports the 22 Pacific Island countries and territories in oceanic fisheries, coastal fisheries and aquaculture. We are working in an area covering 28.2 million km² of ocean, with the support of over 35 international partners.

About the Pacific-European Union Marine Partnership Programme (PEUMP):
The Pacific-European Union Marine Partnership (PEUMP) Programme addresses some of the most serious challenges faced by Pacific countries. Among these are the increasing depletion of coastal fisheries resources; the threats to marine biodiversity, including negative impacts of climate change and disasters; the uneven contribution of oceanic fisheries to national economic development; the need for improved education and training; and the need to mainstream a rights-based approach and to promote greater recognition of gender issues to ensure inclusiveness and positive changes for Pacific island people.  The five-year PEUMP programme is funded by the European Union (EUR 35 million) and the government of Sweden (EUR 10 million). It is implemented by the Pacific Community (SPC), the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the University of the South Pacific (USP) in close collaboration with Non-Government Organisations and the national authorities.

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Sammy Carlson - Over Time



There are a lot of moving parts when it comes to creating something like Sammy Carlson’s new short film, Over Time. 


You need a vision. You need storms to deliver snow. You need the weather to work in your favor. You need to consistently be at the top of your game. You need a good crew. You need good terrain. And more than anything, you need time for all of these things to align. 

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Well, Sammy Carlson started last season with a vision. 

And over time, the conditions came together. 

Over time, he collected hard drives full of A+ clips. 

Over time, that vision came to life. 

Filmed purely in the heart of the British Columbian backcountry, Over Time’s got it all: Powder, pillows, lines, backcountry booters and a bunch of follow-cams. It’s beautifully filmed and produced and, of course, the skiing speaks for itself. 

We hope it inspires you to use your time wisely. After all, if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, winter is on its way.



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Rolling start: Citroen points finger at Ogier, Rally Australia axed, rising star Richard Verschoor and more

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Sébastien Ogier won three rallies in 2019 but lost his world title
Begin your week with the news in brief, as our reporters lift the bonnet on all-things motorsport

In this week's round-up of motorsport news and gossip, Citroën blames Ogier switch for shock World Rally Championship exit, Albon gets nod from Red Bull, an old dog wins new races and Nascar gets more electrifying than usual.

We also name the week's rising star, and highlight some of the greatest machinery ever to enter a motor race. 

Citroën's Ogier blame game

Citroën has sensationally laid the blame for its withdrawal from the World Rally Championship on Sébastien Ogier following his decision to switch to Toyota.

The six-time consecutive champion rejoined Citroën for 2019, but had a tempestuous season as Toyota’s Ott Tänak beat him to the title. The move to axe the programme was expected, but it was thought the PSA Group’s focus on its Formula E attack with DS and forthcoming Peugeot sports car return would be blamed. Instead, the firm said that “without Sébastien Ogier and without any first-class driver available to fight for a world title, Citroën takes the decision to withdraw”. CEO Linda Jackson added: “We obviously have not wished this situation, but could not imagine 2020 without Sébastien.”

Rally Australia cancelled

Rally Australia, which was set to be the final round of this year’s WRC, was cancelled due to bush fires in New South Wales. Instead, drivers, teams and event organisers aided the fire relief effort, organising a charity auction and making substantial donations. The cancellation meant that Hyundai secured its first WRC makes’ title.

Albon gets his reward

A late-race clash with Lewis Hamilton in the Brazilian GP might have cost Alex Albon his first F1 podium, but some good news for the Anglo-Thai driver: he’s been confirmed to stay at Red Bull in 2020. Albon had switched to the team from Toro Rosso mid-season, instantly impressing with his pace.

Life in the old dog

Former British Touring Car Champion Yvan Muller is in contention to win the World Touring Car Cup – at the ripe age of 50. The Frenchman, who already has four World Touring Car titles to his name, won a brace of races at the Macau street track to leave him just 11 points behind Hyundai’s series leader Norbert Michelisz and two adrift of Honda’s Esteban Guerrieri with a round to go. But if he succeeds, Muller won’t be the series’ oldest champ. Last year, Gabriele Tarquini won the title at the age of 56.

Stock cars to go hybrid?

Nascar will feature some level of electrified powertrain in new cars being readied for 2021. The stock car series is known for its rumbling V8s, but series boss Steve Phelps said some electrification was needed to ensure it was “relevant” for Ford, Chevrolet and Toyota. But he added “we’re not going to have a bunch of [full] electric cars going around”, which will be bad news for Jackson Storm fans (look him up…).

Rising star

Richard Verschoor: This 18-year-old Dutchman was only 13th in the FIA Formula 3 Championship this season and was dropped by the brutal Red Bull young driver scheme back in 2017. So why is he on this page? Because he’s just won the Macau F3 Grand Prix, the most prestigious junior single-seater race in the world – and, deliciously, did so by passing and defeating one of Red Bull’s current highly rated prospects, Jüri Vips. Verschoor started fourth and found himself battling for the lead with Vips, before pulling off a tidy late-braking move at the daunting street circuit’s famous Lisboa corner. Anyone who can do that and then win at one of the toughest street tracks in the world, on his first visit, has to be worth a second look – wouldn’t you agree, Red Bull?

Great racing cars

Lotus 49, 1967-1970: Colin Chapman’s masterpiece (well, one of them) brought us the Ford-Cosworth V8 DFV, as a fully stressed member on a monocoque chassis. Added to that, when Jim Clark gave it a winning debut at Zandvoort, the 49s were painted in British Racing Green and had no hint of an aerofoil. By the time the 49Bs bowed out in privateer hands four seasons later, they sported garish liveries representing commercial sponsors and had sprouted rudimentary wings as the penny dropped on downforce. It took a dozen GP wins and carried Graham Hill to the 1968 drivers’ title.


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From dependable to disruptive: the reinvention of Volvo

Volvo 1 After nearly a decade of growth under Geely, safety-first Volvo is preparing to gamble it all on motoring’s electrified future. We learn why

Volvo is probably the most interesting car company in the world right now. Yes, Volvo – that safe, dependable producer of safe, dependable cars. No more: the Swedish firm has morphed into a dynamic, disruptive force, producing stylish machines while challenging car industry conventions.

Some recent examples. Instead of joining the arms race to make cars faster, Volvo is limiting the top speed of its vehicles – and considered putting sensors in its cars to stop unsafe drivers. And while rivals are struggling to meet tough new emissions targets, Volvo is planning to make its entire operations free of carbon emissions a decade faster than regulators demand.

It has turned its little-known performance arm into a stand-alone premium electric brand, and is spinning off its combustion-engine operations into a separate firm so it can focus on EVs. It has expanded production into the US and offered test drives through Amazon. It believes car subscriptions could replace car buying in the near future, wants the public to decide the future of autonomous cars and appeared at a major car show without any cars on its stand. Volvo has also moved upmarket, reinventing itself as an SUV-led brand that rivals the premium German firms, and nearly doubled its sales to more than 600,000 cars. And, as a next step, Volvo wants half of the cars it sells to be fully battery-electric by the end of 2025, despite the fact that its first electric car won’t reach showrooms – real or online – for another year.

That’s all happened since 2010, when car giant Ford finalised a deal to sell the then distressed, struggling brand to Geely, at the time an unheralded Chinese firm known best in Europe for producing copycat cars.

Ford bought Volvo for around $6.5 billion in 1999 to add to what was then a growing line of ‘prestige’ brands. It significantly expanded Volvo’s range, but did so through the use of shared Ford platforms, and the resulting cars lost much of the individuality Volvo had traditionally been known for.

Volvo’s roadmap to revival was actually laid out late in the Ford era, when it began to push the brand further upmarket and launched the XC60 SUV. But when the 2008 economic crisis hit, Ford put Volvo up for sale. Numerous companies showed interest – reportedly including Volkswagen and BMW – but Geely ultimately won out, paying in the region of $1.15 billion.

Given the reputation of Chinese car firms at that time, there were fears Geely’s ownership would lead to a further decline in Volvo’s standards. Instead, Geely was true to its words of hands-off ownership, giving Volvo the resources it needed, then stepping back and letting the firm get on with it. Essentially, Geely’s approach was to let Volvo be Volvo.

A key moment in Volvo’s revival was the appointment of former MAN trucks boss Håkan Samuelsson as CEO in 2012. His polite Swedish calm belies his determined, decisive leadership.

His focused strategy stems from Volvo’s size: even with Geely’s backing, it still can’t match the resources of the VW Group. “We have to prioritise,” says Samuelsson. “We cannot do everything so have to choose.”

He adds: “We like to think we are very good at thinking in an open way. It’s not a disadvantage being small. If you are big, there are probably too many experts on board who will tell you everything is important. That means it’s not that easy to break out of the old way of thinking.”

So far, Samuelsson has chosen right – and with conviction. Volvo worked with Geely to develop the Scalable Product Architecture platform to underpin a new generation of mid-size and larger models, starting with the XC90 SUV in 2016. The first car developed entirely under Geely ownership showed that any fears of a decline in Volvo quality were misplaced.

Volvo has subsequently led the development of the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) for smaller vehicles, including the XC40 compact SUV. Crucially, it also future-proofed CMA by designing it to house both combustion-engined and electric powertrains. Henrik Green, Volvo’s tech boss, says this reflects the fact that Volvo couldn’t afford to develop separate platforms for combustion-engined and electric cars, as the VW Group has done with the MEB architecture. So it applied the lessons it learned surviving with far more limited resources. “You get very creative having no money and no time,” laughs Green, reflecting on the firm’s pre-Geely days.

Volvo is following the same trends – electrification, autonomy, shifting sales patterns – as most major car firms, but is setting itself apart through the decisiveness and speed of its actions. Volvo has turned its relatively small size – traditionally a huge disadvantage in the car industry – into a major strength by acting with the agility and responsiveness of a tech start-up.

Lex Kerssemakers, who has served as Volvo’s commercial boss and now heads its new Direct Consumer Business division, says: “We need to act very quickly if we want to play a role in the future and not just become a commodity player, with third parties taking over our business. That sounds a little bit reactive but it’s not, it’s proactive. We see trends and we want to be part of those trends.”

The biggest trend, of course, is electrification. Tough new emissions requirements and greater environmental awareness are pushing every car firm to electrify their range, but Volvo is aiming to do it faster. Every model it launches from now on will feature an electrified powertrain (a hybrid or full EV) with the aim that every Volvo sold by 2025 will be electrified in some form – 50% of those being an EV. By 2040, and preferably sooner, Volvo wants to be an EV-only firm.

There’s no hedging here: no concurrent development on hydrogen, no further work on combustion engines, no insistence that diesel still has a role to play.

Kerssemakers insists that “the conviction we have as a brand going wholeheartedly into electrification is not because of legislation, but because we believe it’s the right type of vehicle for the consumer”.

The launch of the XC40 Recharge, Volvo’s first EV, coincided with worldwide attention on global warming sparked by Greta Thunberg and other protesters. At the launch event, Samuelsson spoke of how the global community had failed to address the issue, but how he felt the business community could. For him, that means putting sustainability at the core of Volvo’s thinking, “not as some add-on, because it’s good or expected from us, but because we think it’s really good for our business. It’s about concrete actions more than symbolic pledges.”

Coming from the leader of a company that has long produced polluting machines, it’s provocative stuff. But Samuelsson’s conviction was such that you believed he was speaking with honesty. He did so when announcing Volvo would limit all its cars to 112mph from 2021 onwards (“We know speed kills, and there is no reason to go beyond 112mph”) and when looking at how it could use autonomous technology to aid safety by, for example, limiting speeds outside schools (“Some people could see that as intrusion, so we need to ask how far we should go in limiting choice and freedom”).

It’s the same with Volvo’s approach to sustainability and the environment. Samuelsson is honest: he believes Volvo can help save the environment by going electric, but also thinks it can make money.

“If you introduce new technology in the first years, it will probably lower your margins, but after some years, you introduce new technology because you believe it will improve your profit,” he says. “That’s experience from the past. If you stay with outdated technology, that’s not a smart way to improve your profits because the margins start to disappear, and you’ll eventually close down.” Samuelsson likens it to Volvo’s long quest for safety: “I imagine when we introduced airbags in our cars, there were some bean counters who said this is not good for profitability.”

That comparison highlights how Volvo’s current disruptive, dynamic approach is actually consistent with its safety-focused history. At its best, the firm has always showed the courage of its convictions, rather than chasing trends. Geely, to its credit, has recognised that, and given Volvo the space and resources to do so. “In the past, we were also potentially a little bit disruptive,” says Kerssemakers. “But now, with our increased size and importance on the market, people start to look at us a little bit more.”

The timing has been fortuitous, too: the disruptive force of electrification has rewarded the quick thinkers. Samuelsson highlights the appearance of traditional-style engine grilles on EVs being launched by some rival firms as an example of how larger companies can become “trapped in a mindset”.

He adds: “We encourage people to think outside the box, and with new technologies the field is levelled. It’s a chance for smaller companies to make a difference. We realised early on that we have the chance of a lifetime to do something with new technologies coming in – and we are eager to be pioneers.”

Creating a performance brand

Volvo’s influence within the Geely empire now extends across multiple brands: it has turned its motorsport arm, Polestar, into a stand-alone electric performance car brand, and also shares platforms and technologies with Geely’s upmarket new Lynk&Co marque.

Splitting out Polestar – a firm with little name recognition beyond the Swedish Touring Car Championship – seems a bold move, but a deliberately slow and careful brand-building exercise seems to be paying off, with strong early pre-sales for the Polestar 2, a hot SUV on the same CMA platform as the XC40.

Doing so also enables Volvo to focus on its core values of safety and sustainability. The two brands will remain closely linked, however, with future Polestar hot EVs set to be followed by similar-size Volvos on the same platform.

Changing the way we buy cars

Volvo isn’t just changing the way it makes cars, it’s out to reinvent the way it sells them. It is developing a no-commitment subscription-based model that it hopes can distribute a fifth of its cars within five years.

“The world is changing,” says Lex Kerssemakers, who heads Volvo’s new Direct Consumer Business division. “In the past, you went to a dealer, selected a car and followed the process. Now online sales are rising rapidly and we need to do something.”

Kerssemakers describes it as a “non-paced journey”, with Volvo still working out exactly how online sales and subscription services such as the recently launched Care by Volvo scheme (which is due to launch in the UK within the next year) might evolve.

“We are literally talking about a start-up,” says Kerssemakers. “I’m totally convinced it will work, but if it doesn’t, we’ll find something else.”


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Coldplay - Everyday Life

At times beautiful, at others flawed...

Listening to the swirling ambience of 'Everyday Life's orchestral, lyric-less two-minute opening track, a listener would never know that a sweeping commentary on seemingly every global issue was to follow. 'Everyday Life' is not an ambient album - as the first track would suggest - but rather Coldplay’s own misguided stab at social justice through song, one that aims to change the world with a touchy-feely, white-savior-esque, disingenuous call-to-unity that borders a bit on naivety.

Across the 16-song double album, Coldplay cover an impressive amount of thematic ground. Never in the 52 minutes does it sound like they have bit off more than they can chew, but what it does seem they have done is stretched too little into a very thin “too much” - as if they were trying to handle hundreds of years worth of racial tension ('Trouble In Town'), prejudice ('Arabesque'), and complexities of war ('Orphans') into 52 minutes, ending up with a watered-down version of it all.

It’s all dangerously vague, and lumps the “problems of the world” into just that - one mass of "problems" that you think about in theory but forget quickly (especially if they do not immediately concern you), rather than considering the complexities and systems that keep each one of these problems in place.

That said, it would be unfair to let the melodic prowess that Coldplay has shown here go unappreciated. 'Eko' - ignoring the strange lyrics of African pride that a white man has seemed to take on - showcases a soft, acoustic melody that is only enhanced by the beautiful harmony between him and Tiwa Savage. And 'Orphans' - barring its particularly trite pre-chorus - paints a sobering picture of war-torn life for a young girl that juxtaposes well with the upbeat, guitar-driven soundscape behind it.

'Church' is an undeniably ‘Coldplay’ song, with Martin’s signature blooming vocals over riffs that give you a headrush - and is this time bookended by a soothing aria in Arabic.

Despite the album’s missteps, Coldplay manage to find themselves pockets of beauty in the midst of the chaos that they themselves have ironically created, to craft something melodically unique that whisks us back to 2008’s watermark 'Viva La Vida' era.


Words: Valerie Magan

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William Patrick Corgan - Cottilions

A big, brave project...

Smashing Pumpkins frontman William Patrick Corgan demonstrated a while ago that there is more to his identity as a musician than playing routine gigs, touring and fronting an alt-rock band.

The musician spent about three weeks travelling around Middle America. The idea behind the journey was that, through music, he wanted to immerse himself and reconnect with the people and culture of the places he went to.

Being accustomed to playing indoor venues, and nearly always finding himself in confined spaces, the chosen exploratory approach seems to have been liberating, productive and fulfilling. ‘Cottilions’ represents the ambitious fruits of his travel adventures. It’s an album of substance, an authentic account of his experiences. It all comes from an honest, sincere place, but counting 17 tracks in total - a healthy number of songs - irrespective of quality, it could be said that there is too much material on this record.

Having said that, it’s a fascinating concoction. The songs are believable, showing moments of genre-bendiness, eclecticism, curiosity, there’s a genuine interest in things. Incorporating Americana, bluegrass, country and folk, plenty of musical ground is covered, and it is done so with precision and care.

Album opener ‘To Scatter One’s Own’ marks an impressive intro before launching into ‘Hard Times’, a Country-inspired song that tackles different types of fear while a track such as Jubilee’ changes the pace entirely with its vibrant rhythms and dancing violin sounds. The intimate ‘Fragile, The Spark’ signifies a stand-alone moment where Corgan seems to, at least, vocally honour his day job. It’s the most Smashing Pumpkins-like moment on the project, and it’s more than possible to imagine it appearing on one of the band’s albums.

Elsewhere, chirpy Americana bubbles up on tracks such as ‘Faithless Darlin’ - it’s a bright and vibrant moment, and then a track like ‘Colosseum’ occurs. Creating an enormous contrast, the song is heavily led by introspection and reflection. There is a lot of instrumental versatility on this record, and the Country audibles of ‘Buffalo Boys’ with its steel guitars, it really celebrates, and brings that idea home. ‘Like Lambs’ is a mesmeric piano-driven moment where subtle guitar playing supports melancholy atmospherics. Ticking all the folk-rock boxes ‘Apologia’ resembles Jeff Buckley’s album ‘Grace’ album in spirit, sound and dimension.

The concept of ‘Cottilions’ definitely deserves some applause. It’s a big, brave project for anyone to take on, and rather than disappoint or fail, it impresses, and in some places, it shines.


Words: Susan Hansen 

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The Who - WHO

A return to form, reminding us why they deserve their place in rock 'n' roll history...

With their first album in over 13 years, it’s difficult to know what a long-lasting band like The Who might release. It turns out, they haven’t lost their touch.

It’s as if Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey jumped in a time machine when they produced this new album. It takes something to stay true to the original ‘Who-ish’ sound after 50 years in the game, but unlike so many others, this time they’ve managed to do so with impeccable form.

An organ slowly fades in on the opener 'All This Music Must Fade' Roger Daltrey belts out, "I don't care, I know you're gonna hate this song / With that said, we never really got along”, his voice sounding the same as it did back in their heyday.

The album’s bluesy lead single 'Ball and Chain' brings the aggressiveness. A song that packs a punch, reminiscent of the 'Who by Numbers' album era, it harbours a strong political message that takes aim at the controversies surrounding the Guantanamo Bay detention facility: "That pretty piece of Cuba / Designed to cause men pain / Whoa, when you light up in Cuba / You won't feel the same again."

Though there is no connecting narrative or theme that defines the album, each track’s individuality makes them stand out from one another further. 'Street Song' serves as a reminder to Grenfell Tower, with the story of a man who didn't manage to escape the tower, able to call his wife to say goodbye to her. 'I'll Be Back' sees Townshend take over the vocals and bring back his chromatic harmonica: a song that looks back on past times and reconnecting with people from the past.

The combination of Pete’s writing ability and Roger’s musical talent makes the songs on the album come alive; reminding audiences why The Who deserve their place at the pinnacle of rock and roll mythology.

At the latter end of the record, Roger demonstrates his vocal range with 'Rockin' In Rage', before taking listeners on a journey with the slower paced closer 'She Rocked My World', looking back on what could've been with past lovers. Even without late members Keith Moon and John Entwistle, this sounds like classic The Who. Roger Daltrey thinks the band have made their “best album since ‘Quadrophenia’”, and it's hard not to agree.

For two guys in their 70s, it's pretty impressive and if this is their last hurrah, it's surely a fitting one.


Words: Joe Hale

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Beck - Hyperspace

A glittering, multi-sensory synth-pop record that reveals more about its creator...

The 14th album from Beck, and first since 2017's double-Grammy-winning 'Colors', shows the LA-born artist on top experimental form.

Its title 'Hyperspace' captures the album's otherworldly soundscapes: all heavy synths, eclectic beats and emotive vocals. But beneath the sense of carousing carefree through a starry sky is a darker tone, as Beck lyrically grapples with the pain, grief and disorientation of the breakup of his 15-year marriage.

In trademark style, it's a genre-melting pot, with hints and flecks of influences from across the spectrum from synth-pop to R&B to funk to blues. Plus this time round he’s called upon the talent of Pharrell Williams - alongside contributors Paul Epworth, Greg Kurstin, Sky Ferreira, and Terrell Hines - whose penchant for minimalist production and songwriting input is evident on 7 of the 11 tracks. It’s a collaboration 20 years in the making - and evidently worth the wait.

The lead singles provide some of the record’s standout moments: 'Uneventful Day' is all psychedelic vibes, cryptically hinting to us, “You might know my name, but you don’t know my mind” while the beautifully-crafted 'Dark Places' feels melancholic and introspective, revealing, "Some days I go dark places in my soul."

Spacey 'Stratosphere' is blissfully transcendent, helped along by the recognisable voice of Coldplay's Chris Martin, but in reality tackles the trauma of a friend overdosing: "Needle to the spoon / Strike a match and let it breathe," and warns of the temptation of allowing escapism to let you drift: "Halfway to oblivion."

'Star' has a satisfying gutsy bass driving it forward as it conveys the feeling of falling for someone, “She’s got the light in her eyes / And the blue from the sky / She’s crossing my mind / Better hold on to myself.” Meanwhile the anthemic 'Everlasting Nothing' seems arena-ready with its soaring backing vocals and bittersweet sentiments: “Nowhere child keep on running / In your time you’ll find something / In the everlasting nothing.”

While at times the impossible blending of all and everything means some songs virtually implode - 'Saw Lightning' with its unpredictable combo of military-style beats, bluesy harmonica and slide guitar edges being a case in point - in most cases the playful kaleidoscope of sounds succeeds in sending its listener on a delightfully trippy adventure.

Overall, it's a glittering, multi-sensory synth-pop record that compels you to let yourself be transported through cosmic dimensions and the rich, textured under-layers of Beck’s creative psyche.


Words: Sarah Bradbury

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Girl Ray - Girl

A savvy, infectious, pop-focussed return...

On their sophomore record 'Girl', Girl Ray sound like a keyboard is flowing in their veins instead of blood. Dripping synth notes and belting electronic tones paint the album with a rainbow glitterball brush, and it’s a sound that works with the trio’s evolution perfectly.

When lead single ‘Show Me More’ was released at the end of July, the track was immediately infectious, an addictive slice of purebred pop. Inspired by Ariana Grande’s catapult into pop culture legend status, 'Girl' is the pop album we’ve been waiting for.

The album is boldly ambitious yet modest and humble. It’s immediately clear this is a record with an intense amount of thought injected into it; produced by Ash Workman (Christine and the Queens, Metronomy) and out on Moshi Moshi, this record is one to watch.

Third track ‘Just Down The Hall’ is looped around an almost housey beat, groove-heavy basslines and dancefloor-ready percussion - with the addition of an 130bpm bass beat, this track would be club ready. There’s something of Let’s Eat Grandma in the jittered keyboard chord structure of ‘Because’, and something of Marika Hackman in the honest lyricism and synth riffs.

‘Let It Go’ takes the album down a notch - it’s a time for reflection. With a gentle panpipe motif and dub-esque beats, it’s a track drawn with strokes of nature. There’s no time for rest, though, as we’re taken straight into the London rapper PSwuave featuring track; Poppy Hankin’s husky and gentle vocals are gloriously juxtaposed with PSwuave’s melodically insistent delivery. With a minimalist, Latin-inspired electronic production, ‘Takes Time’ is a sensational offering--a treat for the whole aural palate.

'Girl' feels like Girl Ray showing off their stunning ability to write catchy pop songs, but why shouldn’t they show it off? Every single song boasts a glittering chorus and light yet effective production; this is a record built on simple pop tracks that are a pleasure to dig deeper on. 'Girl' is the iceberg of 2019 pop albums; dip under the surface, and you’re awestruck by the depth of it.

It’s on track eight, ‘Keep It Tight’, where the best line of the album is dropped: “I’ve had a few boys, it’s true / he dipped me like a casual fondue”. It helps that the song itself is bloomin' good fun, too. The whole album is; there’s not a single disappointing track or lacklustre note. 'Girl' isn’t perfect, but it’s remarkably close to it.

Panpipes make a return on the tail-end of the album, as do dub-inspired beats and reflective lyricism. 'Girl’s final track, ‘Like The Stars’, is the only song on the album led by a guitar, and it’s a soft, nurturing guitar cut, with balmy ambience and a chilled atmosphere. The album folds itself gently into a close - there’s no bang here. But, with a record this catchy and inspired, does there need to be one?


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CBC Gem Unencrypted Transit

The CBC Gem Android and iOS applications (Android version 9.24.0 and below, iOS version 9.24.0 and below) sends potentially sensitive information such as device model and resolution, mobile carrier, days since first use, days since last use, total number of app launches, number of app launches since upgrade, and previous app session length, unencrypted to both first and third party sites (Adobe Marketing Cloud, ScorecardResearch).

Lea Kissner on user privacy, encryption and ‘tricky human implications’


Lea Kissner, chief privacy offer at HR software company Humu, reflects on her time as Google’s global privacy lead and how modern security culture needs to change.

The post Lea Kissner on user privacy, encryption and ‘tricky human implications’ appeared first on Silicon Republic.


Hacker Claims to Have Epstein's Data

Soon after the sex criminal Jeffrey Epstein died in August, a mysterious man met with two prominent lawyers. ... He told the lawyers he had something incendiary: a vast archive of Epstein's data, stored on encrypted servers overseas. He said he had years of the financier's communications and financial records -- as well as thousands of hours of footage from hidden cameras in the bedrooms of Epstein's properties.

RootsMagic 8 News - To Be Released in 2020?

Bruce Buzbee had a RootsMagic blog post on 13 November - The Road to RootsMagic 8:- An Important Update that all RootsMagic current and future users should read.  The important features of the news were:

*  RootsMagic 8 will not be released by the end of 2019.  Bruce explains why, but does not provide a release date.

*  A 33 minute video of a test drive of RootsMagic 8 - on YouTube at and embedded below:

The video covers all of the main features in RootsMagic 8 except for the Publish features (I think they forgot to click it).  

According to the comments on the blog post and on Facebook, Mac users running RootsMagic 7 should not switch to the new Catalina operating system until the necessary changes to enable RM7 are made, and that RootsMagic 8 will be compatible with Catalina OS when it is released.

The look and feel are significantly different from RootsMagic 7, but the blog post and video assures everyone that all of the latest features in RootsMagic 7 (including the Ancestry TreeShare, FamilySearch Family Tree matching, and WebHints) will work in RootsMagic 8.

I think that there will be a significant learning curve for RM8 users because of the changes, but it should be faster and more intuitive than RM7.  After 13 years with essentially the same screens and navigation tools, this old dog will have to re-train his fingers to do many of the functions that are now "automagic."

My thanks to Bruce and the team for working through all the issues to provide a quality product when RootsMagic 8 is released.


Disclosure:  I have been a happy RootsMagic user since 2006, and have purchased every new version.  I have not received material considerations from RootsMagic.

Copyright (c) 2019, Randall J. Seaver

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Let's Encrypt DNS challenge method fails when using slave autoconfiguration



I am encountering an issue generating and renewing Let's Encrypt certificates that specifically only manifests when using slave DNS servers with Virtualmin (as in the 'DNS Slave Auto-configuration" document found at

Tue, 11/26/2019 - 22:24
Sat, 11/30/2019 - 14:49


certificate error



i am using digital ocean for my servers and i created a virtual server to update my certificate but I am getting an error from lets encrypt. I was advised to contact you. See below email from digital ocean staff and attached for your perusal. Please can you go ahead to fix this bug?


MM trade


Message from digital ocean


Thank you for reaching out,

Thu, 11/28/2019 - 13:32
Thu, 11/28/2019 - 13:32




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Information :

» Use Your Dummy Account First.
» I am not responsible if your account got - Banned, Suspended etc.
» Use Left Mouse to enable or disable hack. Press Insert for hide/show menu.
» Use At Your Own Risk.


» Download the file
» Disable Any Antivirus Program.
» Run As Administrator the Loader
» Press Load and Skip Ad 2 times
»After your SKIP ADS, click "Click Me [After your 2 SKIP ADS]", After your click, Click "OK" then wait!

» Then Click the "Click Me [After your 2 SKIP ADS]" then Press "OK"
» After your clicking, if your Loader is "Successfully Loaded" means go to CF now!

Don't Use Around 5pm to 9pm Daily to Avoid Disconnection Problem And Banned of your Account. /gewd
If gusto mo talaga mag-Cheat around 5pm to 9pm Use Dummy Account or Smiley First na lang para makasiguro if Detected na ba yung Cheat o hindi. If hindi Detected You can Use your Main Account.

[If No Menu, Try to Install "VC++ Runtime x86" Install the .msi File then Run As Admistrator the Loader again and Activate it, FEEDBACK ALSO


[For Not Working HAX]
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Information :

» Use Your Dummy Account First.
» I am not responsible if your account got - Banned, Suspended etc.
» Use Left Mouse to enable or disable hack. Press Insert for hide/show menu.
» Use At Your Own Risk.


[For Not Working HAX]
For Windows 8 and 10 Users : "CLICK ME!"

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Screen Shots:


Fast Knife Video GamePlay

Information :

» Use Your Dummy Account First.
» I am not responsible if your account got - Banned, Suspended etc.
» Use Left Mouse to enable or disable hack. Press Insert for hide/show menu.
» Use At Your Own Risk.

[If not Working Try to Install this Following Files]

"VC++ 2010 Runtime x86"
"VC++ Redis"
"DirectX 9, 10 and 11"

Video Tutorial ( Download and Use )


USE SNAKE-DBR Only, coz KSP58D Machine Gun is now Client Error.


Don't Use Around 4pm to 9pm Daily to Avoid Disconnection Problem And Banned of your Account.

If gusto mo talaga mag-Cheat around 5pm to 9pm Use Dummy Account or Smiley First na lang para makasiguro if Detected na ba yung Cheat o hindi. If hindi Detected You can Use your Main Account.

If natagalan ka po about sa "Please Wait..." Please Download New Version na po tayo.

@jay17 (Forum Moderator)
@Mae (Forum Moderator)
@Ceballos (Administrator)
@FirstPromise™ (Staff Admin)


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1.Use Dummy Account First.
2.Use At Your Own Risk.
3.Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8 and 10.

ESP Glow ON/OFF = F3
Wallhack ON/OFF = F4
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RapidFire ON/OFF = F8
Semi Norecoil ON/OFF = F9
Universal BagHack = B for respawn area, Hold B Use Mouse for universal.
SK Body 10% = Auto
Unlock all zombie = Auto

Video Tutorial:


[How To Use]
Run as admin Loader Then Close.
Run as admin Loader Again Then Press Load.
Finish The Activation then Wait
for Open Crossfire Now.


To Fix MSVCR110.dll is missing

Spoiler: CREDITS
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For Donations​


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Extract and copy d3dx9_43.dll to C:\Windows\System32 && C:\Windows\SysWOW64

Video Tutorial:



Run Loader As Administrator ( Right Click , Run as Admin )


Press Activate.

Do the ADS.


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  • ESP
  • XRAY
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Pekalongan Community
Credits to: @Davinci Junior the MXVIII Rameleague & LC Team, ramleague

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Video Tutorial:

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  • Esp box
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Install Net Frame 4.7 = REQUIRED!

Tutorial Cit / Cheat RØS:

••••••PLEASE! TURN OFF/Disabled all Antivirus, windows defender and anymore••••••
••••••Open Cheat, PLEASE use RIGHT CLICK - Run As Administrator••••••

  • Close ALL BROWSER! (Facebook, google, etc, ALL BROWSER)
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  • ----------------------------------------------------
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  • Happy Cheatting


  • ----------------------------------------------------
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~IF display "Failed Connection"~
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  • ----------------------------------------------------
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    *Matikan Antivirus termasuk Windows Defender (win8 dan 10) = WAJIB!
    *Disable All Antivirus (windows 8 and 10 disabled Windows defender) = REQUIRED!

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    Example For Windows Defender

    Cit Expire = 1 Days (Always update at 08.00-09.00 WIB / UTC+7)

    -Windows xp not support wallhack, but all fiture effect
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    LC SIMPLE & FULL Loader [11/30/2019] w/SKBODY/WeaponHaks! [Safe For HighRank]

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    Happy Thanksgiving Loungin'!

    Well, I know this means nothing to a lot of you non-American folks, but Happy Turkey Day anyway! :) https://encrypted-tbn0...

    [리눅스커널] 안드로이드/라즈베리 파이 부팅 실패 100% 해결하는 디버깅 패치


    많은 개발자들은 '브링업'이란 개발 업무를 맡고 있습니다. 이 과정에서 다음과 같은 어려움을 많이 겪습니다.

       * 보드 브링업을 하다 보니 컴퓨터의 시작 화면까지 보이지 않는다.
       * 부팅 과정에서 출력하는 화면이 계속 출력된다.

    이런 이슈를 겪은 적이 있나요? 보통 이런 상황을 겪으면 굉장히 답답하고 짜증이 납니다. 그 이유는 무엇일까요?

       * 뭔가 문제가 생겨서 부팅이 안되는 상황인데 그 원인을 파악하기 어렵기 때문입니다. 

    달리 말씀을 드리면 정확히 어디에 문제가 생겨서 부팅이 안되는지 알 수 없기 때문입니다. 이번 포스팅에서는 이런 상황에서 사용하면 아주 유용한 커널 패치를 소개합니다.


    안드로이드나 라즈비안 타겟 부팅 과정에서 init이나 systemd 프로세스가 *.rc나 *.sh 셸 스크립트를 실행하면서 각종 서비스나 프로세스를 초기화합니다. 하지만 리눅스 커널 입장에서는 위 레이어에 안드로이드나 라즈비안 혹은 우분투가 돌아가는지 모릅니다. 이를 다음과 같이 요약해 볼까요?

        "유저 공간에서 프로세스나 스레드 생성 요청이 오면 이를 생성한다."
        "'실행 파일'을 실행할 때 커널은 말 그대로 실행시켜준다."

    만약 안드로이드에서 각종 서비스를 실행할 때 커널은 이를 어떻게 처리할까요?

       * /system/bin/sh 파일 처럼 실행할 뿐입니다. 

    커널 패치

    서론이 길었는데, 먼저 커널 패치 코드를 소개합니다.

    diff --git a/fs/exec.c b/fs/exec.c
    index 77c03ce..49b51ce 100644
    --- a/fs/exec.c
    +++ b/fs/exec.c
    @@ -1681,6 +1681,37 @@ int search_binary_handler(struct linux_binprm *bprm)

    +#define PROCESS_ARG_BUFF_SIZE 128
    +void get_process_exec_profile(const char *fname)
    +       char process_arg_buf[PROCESS_ARG_BUFF_SIZE] = {0,};
    +       int len = 0;
    +       len = get_cmdline(current, process_arg_buf, PROCESS_ARG_BUFF_SIZE -1);
    +    if(len == 0) {
    +               pr_info("[-] Error: len: %d \n", len);
    +               return;
    +       }
    +       if(!fname) {
    +               pr_info("[-] Error: fname null \n");
    +               return;
    +       }
    +       if (len > PROCESS_ARG_BUFF_SIZE)
    +               len = PROCESS_ARG_BUFF_SIZE;
    +       process_arg_buf[len] = '\0';
    +       pr_info("[exec:%s-%d] exec_file: %s, arg: [%s] \n",
    +                                       current->comm, current->pid, fname, process_arg_buf);
     static int exec_binprm(struct linux_binprm *bprm)
            pid_t old_pid, old_vpid;
    @@ -1698,6 +1729,9 @@ static int exec_binprm(struct linux_binprm *bprm)
                    trace_sched_process_exec(current, old_pid, bprm);
                    ptrace_event(PTRACE_EVENT_EXEC, old_vpid);
    +               get_process_exec_profile(bprm->filename);

            return ret;

    패치 코드의 내용은 실행 파일과 실행 파일에 적용되는 아규먼트 옵션을 커널 로그로 출력해주는 것입니다.

    커널 로그 확인

    커밋을 반영하고 커널 로그를 받아보면 아래와 같은 시그니처를 볼 수 있습니다. 참고로 아래 로그는 안드로이드 디바이스에서 받았습니다.

    2735:[   77.839144 / 01-01 06:09:53.099][6] [exec:init-1] exec_file: /init, arg: [/init]
    2748:[   78.472964 / 01-01 06:09:53.739][7] [exec:init-1] exec_file: /system/bin/init, arg: [/system/bin/init]
    2761:[   78.957614 / 01-01 06:09:54.229][7] [exec:init-1] exec_file: /system/bin/init, arg: [/system/bin/init]
    2776:[   79.170175 / 01-01 06:09:54.429][1] [exec:init-542] exec_file: /system/bin/init, arg: [/system/bin/init]
    2777:[   79.172863 / 01-01 06:09:54.439][3] [exec:init-543] exec_file: /system/bin/init, arg: [/system/bin/init]
    2780:[   79.298571 / 01-01 06:09:54.559][1] [exec:ueventd-544] exec_file: /system/bin/ueventd, arg: [/system/bin/ueventd]
    2781:[   79.317985 / 01-01 06:09:54.579][0] [exec:apexd-545] exec_file: /system/bin/apexd, arg: [/system/bin/apexd]
    2804:[   79.584330 / 01-01 06:09:54.849][1] [exec:modprobe-546] exec_file: /vendor/bin/modprobe, arg: [/vendor/bin/modprobe]
    2828:[   80.124861 / 01-01 06:09:55.389][2] [exec:modprobe-555] exec_file: /vendor/bin/modprobe, arg: [/vendor/bin/modprobe]
    3518:[  385.662491 / 01-01 06:15:00.929][5] [exec:servicemanager-562] exec_file: /system/bin/servicemanager, arg: [/system/bin/servicemanager]
    3519:[  385.675577 / 01-01 06:15:00.939][6] [exec:logd-560] exec_file: /system/bin/logd, arg: [/system/bin/logd]
    3520:[  385.675634 / 01-01 06:15:00.939][7] [exec:hwservicemanage-563] exec_file: /system/bin/hwservicemanager, arg: [/system/bin/hwservicemanager]
    3522:[  385.711358 / 01-01 06:15:00.979][5] [exec:vndservicemanag-564] exec_file: /vendor/bin/vndservicemanager, arg: [/vendor/bin/vndservicemanager]
    3524:[  385.763532 / 01-01 06:15:01.029][6] [exec:android.hardwar-567] exec_file: /vendor/bin/hw/android.hardware.keymaster@4.0-service-qti, arg: [/vendor/bin/hw/android.hardware.keymaster@4.0-service-qti]
    3525:[  385.764325 / 01-01 06:15:01.029][4] [exec:android.hardwar-569] exec_file: /vendor/bin/hw/android.hardware.keymaster@4.0-strongbox-service-qti, arg: [/vendor/bin/hw/android.hardware.keymaster@4.0-strongbo
    3527:[  385.843622 / 01-01 06:15:01.109][6] [exec:vold-574] exec_file: /system/bin/vold, arg: [/system/bin/vold]
    3532:[  385.929238 / 01-01 06:15:01.189][4] [exec:e2fsck-589] exec_file: /system/bin/e2fsck, arg: [/system/bin/e2fsck]
    3547:[  386.199287 / 01-01 06:15:01.459][6] [exec:vdc-597] exec_file: /system/bin/vdc, arg: [/system/bin/vdc]
    3557:[  386.342132 / 01-01 06:15:01.609][6] [exec:recovery-refres-598] exec_file: /system/bin/recovery-refresh, arg: [/system/bin/recovery-refresh]
    3559:[  386.364102 / 01-01 06:15:01.629][4] [exec:spdaemon-599] exec_file: /vendor/bin/spdaemon, arg: [/vendor/bin/spdaemon]
    3560:[  386.375250 / 01-01 06:15:01.639][4] [exec:sec_nvm-600] exec_file: /vendor/bin/sec_nvm, arg: [/vendor/bin/sec_nvm]
    3563:[  386.412097 / 01-01 06:15:01.679][7] [exec:ipacm-diag-601] exec_file: /system/vendor/bin/ipacm-diag, arg: [/system/vendor/bin/ipacm-diag]
    3565:[  386.414373 / 01-01 06:15:01.679][5] [exec:android.hardwar-603] exec_file: /vendor/bin/hw/android.hardware.atrace@1.0-service, arg: [/vendor/bin/hw/android.hardware.atrace@1.0-service]
    3566:[  386.418336 / 01-01 06:15:01.679][5] [exec:ipacm-602] exec_file: /system/vendor/bin/ipacm, arg: [/system/vendor/bin/ipacm]
    3567:[  386.436995 / 01-01 06:15:01.699][1] [exec:android.hardwar-604] exec_file: /vendor/bin/hw/android.hardware.boot@1.0-service, arg: [/vendor/bin/hw/android.hardware.boot@1.0-service]
    3568:[  386.443772 / 01-01 06:15:01.709][5] [exec:wait_for_keymas-607] exec_file: /system/bin/wait_for_keymaster, arg: [/system/bin/wait_for_keymaster]

    그렇다면 위 로그를 어떻게 해석할까요? 한 가지 예를 들겠습니다.

    [  385.662491 / 01-01 06:15:00.929][5] [exec:servicemanager-562] exec_file: /system/bin/servicemanager, arg: [/system/bin/servicemanager] 

    서비스 매니저가 실행됐다는 정보입니다. arg는 파일을 실행할 때의 아규먼트입니다.
    이번에 다른 로그를 봅시다.

    [  400.060155 / 01-01 06:15:14.839][4] [exec:init.rpi_device.crash-1144] exec_file: /vendor/bin/, arg: [/vendor/bin/sh]

    '/vendor/bin/' 셸 스크립트를 스크립트가 실행합니다.

    부팅하고 난 다음에 다음 시그니처도 확인할 수 있습니다. 
    [  442.944003 / 07-30 05:19:25.069][3] [exec:crash_dump64-4141] exec_file: /system/bin/crash_dump64, arg: [crash_dump64]

    유저 공간에서 Tombstone이 떨어졌다는 사실을 알 수 있습니다.

    다음은 가장 흥미로운 로그입니다.
    [  450.178083 / 07-30 05:19:32.299][2] [exec:sh-4946] exec_file: /system/bin/sh, arg: [/system/bin/sh]
    [  450.224563 / 07-30 05:19:32.349][7] [exec:dmesg-4946] exec_file: /system/bin/dmesg, arg: [dmesg]

    위 로그는 다음 명령어를 실행했다는 사실을 알려줍니다.
          adb shell dmesg > kernel_log.c


    이 패치를 적용하면 커널 로그를 통해 임베디드 리눅스의 어떤 배포판(안드로이드, 라즈비안)이던 부팅 과정을 확인할 수 있습니다. 리눅스 시스템 개발자들이여, 비슷한 문제를 겪으면 이 패치을 적용해 조금 더 일찍 퇴근합시다. 

    패치 설명 동영상


    Red Green on Going to Church



    Nothing religious, just talking about going to churchsurprise



    "Don't Let the Old Man In"


    One of my many cousins sent the link to one of my many sisters, who then sent it to me &  all my other siblings.

    It reminds me that, when I'm out and about with the banjo, or on the motor scooter, I feel as if I deserve the title of

    "World's OLDEST Twelve-Year-Old"

    Hope you get to feel the same way, from time to time.


    27 de Novembro: Dia Nacional de Combate ao Câncer.

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    La policía de Nicaragua utilizó munición española para reprimir las protestas estudiantiles de 2018


    La policía y los paramilitares de Nicaragua utilizaron munición española para reprimir el alzamiento estudiantil de la primavera de 2018. Los cartuchos del fabricante guipuzcoano Trust Eibarrés S.A fueron encontrados el 23 de junio de ese año tras una jornada de protestas en la universidad de Managua en la que murieron 2 personas y 15 estudiantes más fueron heridos. Un comandante del ejército actualmente en el exilio, Roberto Samcam, confirma que los cuerpos de seguridad utilizaban esta munición española importada a través de México. 

    Se calcula que en las movilizaciones de 2018 fallecieron más de 320 personas por los disparos de las fuerzas de seguridad de Nicaragua. La chispa que hizo saltar el descontento contra el mandatario Daniel Ortega fue el intento de acometer reformas sociales que, entre otros aspectos, afectaban al sistema de pensiones. Las protestas se extendieron por todo el país aunque las mayores movilizaciones fueron en las ciudades de Masaya y Managua.

    Según las investigaciones de la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos, Amnistía Internacional y el Alto Comisionado por los Derechos Humanos de las Naciones Unidas, el Gobierno de Ortega y sus paramilitares usaron la fuerza de manera desproporcionada llevando a cabo ejecuciones extrajudiciales, detenciones arbitrarias, desapariciones forzosas, torturas y agresiones sexuales en los centros de detención.

    Estos grupos paramilitares colaboraron junto a la policía para reprimir las protestas. Estaban formados por hombres enmascarados, en ocasiones vestían todos igual, iban perfectamente armados y actuaban en coordinación con las fuerzas policiales. Según BBC Mundo, que entrevistó a uno de ellos, estaban formados por antiguos militares y "combatientes históricos" de la revolución sandinista.

    ¿Qué pasó del 23 de junio de 2018?

    Durante la noche del 22 al 23 de junio de 2018, paramilitares y fuerzas de seguridad de Nicaragua acorralaron a un grupo de estudiantes en la zona de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua (UNAN) en Managua. Diversos medios informaron de que ese día murieron dos estudiantes y cinco fueron arrestados. Según la agencia EFE, esa noche la universidad se convirtió en una "trinchera" y en un "hospital".

    La evidencia de que se usó munición española en ese enfrentamiento se desprende de tres vídeos. En el primero, se muestra cómo un grupo de estudiantes recibe disparos cerca de una rotonda al lado de la universidad de Managua. Los manifestantes corren hacia el noroeste hasta uno de los barrios que quedan cerca de la facultad, según la geolocalización llevada a cabo por esta investigación.

    Unas horas después, se ha geolocalizado un segundo vídeo en el que se muestra a estudiantes recogiendo la munición española en el mismo lugar en el que acabó la filmación del vídeo anterior. 

    Ni los medios ni las investigaciones independientes de ONG concluyeron que los estudiantes usaran armas que pudieran llevar esos cartuchos. En un vídeo grabado durante la mañana siguiente en el que se ven más enfrentamientos de estudiantes contra policías y paramilitares en el mismo lugar, se observa cómo estudiantes de la UNAN se refugian en barricadas de los disparos de los agentes de seguridad. También se ve cómo todos ellos llevan armas caseras y como uno de ellos muestra la foto de los dos estudiantes fallecidos la noche anterior.

    En este vídeo se puede ver lo explicado anteriormente y cómo se han podido geolocalizar las imágenes:

    El flujo de la munición a Nicaragua

    Tras las primeras denuncias en redes sociales de que se estaba utilizando munición española para reprimir las protestas, la empresa productora de estos cartuchos, Trust Eibarrés, emitió un comunicado en el que se desvinculaba de lo sucedido. La compañía -que no ha querido hacer declaraciones para este reportaje- aseguraba en su mensaje que "no suministraba cartuchería de ningún tipo a ningún cuerpo de Seguridad del Estado de Nicaragua". 

    A pesar de que, según el relato de la empresa, no se vendía material directamente a las fuerzas de seguridad de Nicaragua, durante los años anteriores a la protesta sí que se ha podido acreditar un flujo continuo de munición hacia ese país, que no tiene porque implicar que se envía a la policía y al ejército.

    En 2016, España exportó a Nicaragua "material policial y de seguridad" por valor de 1,5 millones de euros, según datos de la Secretaría de Comercio. Las cifras de la Agencia Tributaria indican que se exportó munición desde Gipuzkoa a Nicaragua en marzo y junio de 2015, febrero y agosto de 2016 y diciembre de 2017. Trust Eibarrés es la única empresa que produce munición en esa provincia.

    Roberto Samcam, un coronel retirado del ejército de Nicaragua actualmente en el exilio, aseguró a este periódico que las fuerzas armadas y la policía utilizan esta munición española, que llega importada desde México. Como prueba mandó dos imágenes de estos cartuchos importados desde dependencias mexicanas. Samcam, experto en seguridad y crítico con el régimen de Ortega, huyó del país después de que su casa fuese atacada por paramilitares.

    Los datos de la Agencia Tributaria muestran que ha habido una venta constante de munición desde Trust Eibarrés a México. Durante los últimos años, fueron enviados al menos 3,2 millones de cartuchos en 2014; 2,7 millones en 2015; 1,8 millones en 2016; 1,7 millones en 2017 y 2,4 millones en 2018.

    Según las conclusiones de esta investigación, la munición pudo llegar por tres vías distintas a las fuerzas de seguridad y a los paramilitares de Nicaragua: exportaciones de Trust Eibarrés al mercado civil de ese país; exportaciones a México que después fueron vendidas a Nicaragua con autorización oficial o bien exportaciones a México que después fueron vendidas en el mercado negro.

    La posición común de la Unión Europea, que regula las exportaciones de armamento, establece que los países exportadores deberán denegar las autorizaciones si existe el riesgo de que el material se desvíe dentro del país comprador o se reexporte "en condiciones no deseadas".

    El Ministerio de Industria, Comercio y Turismo, al que está adscrito el órgano interministerial que autoriza las exportaciones de armas, no ha querido hacer ningún comentario para este reportaje.


    Turquía utiliza aviones de fabricación española en sus invasiones en el norte de Siria y Chipre


    Un avión de fabricación española -el A400M- tiene un importante papel en dos de las campañas militares más controvertidas de Turquía:  la invasión de las regiones kurdas en el noreste de Siria y la ocupación ilegal del norte de Chipre.

    Según una investigación de este periódico en colaboración con Lighthouse Reports, la aeronave se utiliza para desplegar tropas de élite en estos territorios. Ambas campañas militares han sido condenadas por todas las principales organizaciones internacionales, incluidas las Naciones Unidas y la Unión Europea. 

    Las exportaciones a Turquía de estos aviones podrían ser ilegales según la normativa europea de exportación de armamento. La legislación establece que se debe denegar la licencia de exportación en el caso de que exista el riesgo de que pueda ser utilizado contra otro Estado miembro, como es el caso de Chipre.

    El Gobierno de Ankara firmó un contrato en 2003 para adquirir 10 aviones A400M, fabricados en la planta de Airbus en Sevilla. El primero fue entregado en abril de 2014. En una entrevista en una revista turca de defensa, un vicepresidente de Airbus aseguraba que las entregas -que deben aprobarse anualmente por el Gobierno- durarían hasta 2022. También precisaba que los últimos tres aviones que se entregarían a Turquía contarían con “capacidades tácticas”. La primera invasión turca en en el norte de Siria se registró en agosto de 2016 y hubo otra en enero de 2018. 

    Traslados de tropas al Kurdistán sirio

    Los datos de registros de vuelos muestran cómo a partir del 7 de octubre (dos días antes de que empezara la invasión) los A400M comienzan a volar hacia aeropuertos cercanos a la frontera siria. Se observan dos vuelos entrando y saliendo de Hatay, en el sur del país, el mismo día 7 y el 15 de octubre. Los días 91516 de octubre se registran vuelos hacia la base aérea de Incirlik, también cerca de la frontera.

    Durante los mismos días también hay evidencias en redes sociales de que los soldados se desplazan hacia esos aeropuertos. Diversas fotografías geolocalizadas en el aeropuerto de Hatay, donde se ven de fondo los mismos aviones registrados en los datos de vuelos, demuestran el envío de tropas hacia esa zona. 

    Las imágenes y las fechas coinciden con otras fotografías tomadas en ese lugar durante esos días. Incluso la hora aproximada de la imagen, obtenida analizando las sombras de los militares fotografiados, coincide con las horas en que fueron tomadas las demás fotografías. 

    Desde esos aeropuertos, soldados de las fuerzas especiales turcas -llamadas Özel Kuvvetler- fueron desplazados al frente en vehículos militares y autobuses civiles de color blanco. En otras ofensivas turcas, como la que se llevó a cabo en Afrin (Siria) en 2018, el ejército usó el mismo método para desplazar a sus tropas.

    Esta investigación también ha podido geolocalizar estos autobuses en varios puntos del mapa gracias a las noticias publicadas en medios turcos y a las imágenes colgadas en la red. Todos los vehículos se dirigían hacia el paso fronterizo de Al-Rai, controlado por los turcos. 

    Desde que el 9 de octubre empezara la invasión turca del territorio kurdo en el noreste de Siria, al menos 176.000 personas han sido desplazadas según la ONU y han muerto casi medio millar de personas. Según Amnistía Internacional, el ejército turco y sus aliados llevaron a cabo crímenes de guerra desde prácticamente el principio de la invasión.

    Diversos países europeos anunciaron entonces un embargo a la venta de armas al ejército turco. España también se sumó pero sin que esto afectara a los contratos ya existentes. 

    Chipre, un conflicto olvidado

    A pesar de las continuas agresiones de Turquía a Chipre, otro estado miembro de la UE, España ha seguido vendiendo armamento al Gobierno de Erdogan que después se utiliza para apoyar la invasión turca en el norte de este país, según ha podido documentar esta investigación. 

    Turquía invadió en 1974 el norte de Chipre y desde entonces el país está partido en dos. La república turca del norte de Chipre no está reconocida internacionalmente y, en 2014, el Tribunal Europeo de Derechos Humanos (TEDH) condenó al gobierno de Ankara a pagar 90 millones de euros a Chipre por las violaciones de derechos humanos en su invasión. A día de hoy, se calcula que el conflicto ha generado más de 228.000 desplazados.

    Tanto los datos de registros de vuelos como fotografías obtenidas en redes sociales muestran un tráfico continuo de estos aviones hacia el aeropuerto de Ercan, en el norte de Chipre, para trasladar tropas. 

    Debido a problemas en la base de datos de ADS-B, que monitoriza todos los vuelos militares, sólo hay disponibles en ese registro los datos de vuelos de los últimos tres meses. Con todo, se observan viajes de este avión de fabricación española los días 8, 9, 16 y 17 de julio así como el 9 de septiembre y el 4 de octubre. Otras bases de datos también muestran vuelos el 25 de marzo de 2019 y el 28 de noviembre de 2018.

    Los aviones localizados tienen los números de registro 4B820B, 4B820E, 4B820C, 4B820F, 4B8210, 4B8212, 4B9211, 4B213 Y 4B8214. En la misma investigación también se han geolocalizado fotografías y vídeos de estos aviones en el mismo aeropuerto del norte de Chipre, concretamente el pasado 17 de julio.

    La tensión territorial ha aumentado durante los últimos meses por la voluntad de Turquía de hacer perforaciones en el sur de Chipre en busca de gas, a pesar de que algunas empresas energéticas europeas ya tienen licencia para ello.

    El Consejo de la Unión Europea instó el pasado julio al Gobierno turco a respetar la soberanía de Chipre y a paralizar los intentos de perforación. El presidente turco, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, respondió que, si fuese necesario, su gobierno "no dudará en dar un paso como el que dio hace 45 años".

    Según los datos de exportaciones de armamento, España ha sido el principal exportador de aviones militares a Turquía. El Gobierno de Ankara se ha convertido además en el principal cliente armamentístico de España, recibiendo el 26% de las autorizaciones de exportaciones de armamento -que superan los 3.000 millones de euros- entre 2004 y 2017, según datos de la Secretaría de Comercio. 

    El Ministerio de Industria, Comercio y Turismo, al que está adscrito el órgano interministerial que autoriza las exportaciones de armas, no ha querido hacer ningún comentario para este reportaje.


    España exporta a Marruecos embarcaciones militares haciéndolas pasar por barcos civiles


    La naviera española Rodman ha estado vendiendo durante años buques militares haciéndolos pasar como embarcaciones civiles y evitando así los controles de exportación de armamento. Buena parte de estos barcos fueron enviados a la marina marroquí entre 2007 y 2010 y se utilizan para ocupar los caladeros del Sáhara Occidental. Este periódico también ha localizado en la misma zona vehículos blindados españoles utilizados para evitar protestas del pueblo saharaui.

    Los navíos, del modelo Rodman 101, fueron presumiblemente exportados como "buques de navegación marina" o "salvavidas" a pesar de que tienen una montura para ametralladoras de 12,7mm o superiores. Según la legislación española y europea, la existencia de esta montura incluye ese tipo de naves en la lista de material militar y la somete a su debido control de las exportaciones. Rodman, la empresa fabricante de estos barcos, no ha respondido a las preguntas de este periódico.

    Las ventas de estos barcos a Marruecos durante ese periodo no aparecen en los registros de exportaciones militares de la Secretaría de Estado de Comercio. En los datos de la Agencia Tributaria de esos años, en cambio, sí figuran exportaciones regulares a Marruecos de "buques de navegación marina o salvavidas" desde la provincia de Pontevedra, donde Rodman Polyships –la división de fibra de este constructor naval gallego– produce estos barcos.

    Imágenes de satélite de septiembre de 2009 y mayo de 2010 muestran a estos navíos en la planta de producción de Rodman en Moaña (Pontevedra). Los mismos modelos han sido geolocalizados posteriormente en los puertos de El Aaiún y Dajla, en el Sáhara Occidental. Las imágenes más recientes son de agosto y mayo de 2019.

    La posición común del Consejo de la UE, legalmente vinculante, establece que no se debe exportar armamento a países que lo usen para "imponer por la fuerza una reivindicación territorial" o para "fines de represión interna", como es el caso de Marruecos con la población saharaui. La ocupación marroquí en ese territorio viola el dictamen de la Corte Internacional de Justicia de La Haya así como varias resoluciones de la ONU, que lo considera un territorio ocupado.

    Por qué son buques militares y no civiles

    Los planos oficiales de estas embarcaciones, obtenidos de la propia web de Rodman, lo muestran equipado con una montura de ametralladora en la proa del barco.

    Un análisis de imágenes de estos barcos en servicio operados por la marina marroquí también muestra en todos ellos la misma montura, aparentemente con un arma encima. Así se ve en las imágenes de los barcos con código de referencia GC131, GC132, G135 y G138 de la marina marroquí.

    Al no poder identificar el arma con precisión en esas fotografías, este diario ha buscado otros modelos del navío Rodman 101 operando en otros países para verificar que la mencionada montura puede portar una ametralladora de 12,7mm o superior.

    En esta imagen de un Rodman 101 de la guardia costera de Filipinas se ve claramente como en la misma estructura hay montada una ametralladora M2 Browning de 12,7 mm. Otras imágenes subidas en la cuenta de Twitter del mismo cuerpo confirman que la montura es idéntica a la del resto de barcos de este tipo y a la que muestran los planos del navío.

    Esto demuestra que los barcos se han estado exportando como buques no militares a pesar de que la ley española y la europea establecen claramente que deberían considerarse material militar y estar sujetos al control de exportaciones de estos materiales.

    Un estudio de anteriores contratos con otros países también indica un posible 'modus operandi' a la hora de exportar estos buques militares como si no lo fueran. Rodman Polyships ha estado vendiendo este tipo de barco a numerosos gobiernos de todo el mundo. Nicaragua adquirió cuatro de ellos en 2008 y tres navíos más fueron entregados a la guardia costera de Omán en 2013. También Camerún, Surinam y Filipinas adquirieron estas embarcaciones en 2000 y 2004.

    Estas transacciones, sin embargo, tampoco aparecen en el listado de material militar exportado durante esos años de la Secretaría de Estado de Comercio. Las imágenes analizadas de estos barcos en los países mencionados también los muestran portando ametralladoras pesadas, algunas incluso superiores a las de 12,7 mm como es el caso de Nicaragua, según afirman medios especializados.

    Blindados españoles en el Sáhara

    El Gobierno de Marruecos no solo utiliza navíos de fabricación española para imponer su ocupación en el Sáhara Occidental. La misma investigación ha podido documentar la utilización en El Aaiún, la capital de la región, de vehículos blindados españoles, concretamente el URO VAMTAC, fabricado por la empresa compostelana Urovesa.

    El Gobierno español y el marroquí llegaron a un acuerdo en noviembre de 2006 para la venta de 1.200 blindados, a pesar de que la ocupación de Marruecos en ese territorio ya había sido denunciada por la ONU y numerosas ONG, que denuncian las múltiples violaciones del derecho al trabajo, la educación y la salud de los saharauis bajo la ocupación marroquí.

    En el momento del acuerdo para vender los blindados la posición común europea sobre exportaciones de armamento (2008) no había entrado en vigor, pero al menos 286 de estos vehículos fueron entregados en 2009, cuando sí lo estaba, según los datos de exportaciones de la Secretaría de Estado de Comercio.

    A pesar de que la presencia de estos vehículos ya había sido denunciada por algunas ONG y medios locales, esta investigación ha podido geolocalizar estos vehículos siendo usados en al menos tres lugares de El Aaiún en el Sáhara Occidental.

    Tras el desmantelamiento del campamento de refugiados saharauis de Gdeim Izik en noviembre de 2010, los saharauis empezaron una campaña de protestas que fue duramente reprimida. El epicentro de estas movilizaciones fue la avenida Smara de El Aaiún, la capital de la región. En este vídeo, geolocalizado en estas coordenadas, se observan las protestas.

    Tras las protestas, la policía y las fuerzas armadas tomaron la ciudad para reprimir las movilizaciones. A partir de esas fechas hemos podido geolocalizar en imágenes y videos varios blindados URO VAMTAC en El Aaiún, la mayoría desplegados en la misma avenida Smara donde se llevaron a cabo las protestas.


    Mailvox: sympathy for the dark lord

    As his channel becomes more popular, the Kurgan begins to grasp the essence of gammatude:
    As my channel slowly grows I am getting a renewed empathy for the level of gamma as well as just general idiocy you deal with, including from some Ilk.

    I mean... I’m not exactly what you’d call a very hopeful and optimistic character when it comes to the expectations of rationality from other humans but it’s truly a wonder to behold to what lengths people will avoid the plain facts in front of them in order to keep believing some absurd concept or outright lie they became invested in.

    I mean... it’s enough to make me wonder if a lot of humans really aren’t monkeys. Darwin wasn’t right, but he may have stumbled upon a Tolkien-like veracity... possibly Satan makes them orcishly stupid, reminiscent of bonobos on crack.

    You have my sympathy given the few orders of magnitude more of volume you deal with.
    One cannot understand the core concept of gamma without grasping that the gamma male's absolute priority is maintaining the integrity of his delusion bubble. Now, every man is capable of being similarly stubborn and stupid about any idea to which he is emotionally attached, but what separates the gamma pattern of behavior from those of other male behaviors is the way that the gamma applies this instinctive response to everything, especially anything that has the potential to threaten his precious self-esteem.

    And as for the reference to gammas among the Dread Ilk, keep in mind that being more or less ideologically correct is no defense against a pattern of behavior instilled over the course of one's formative years. I like to think that the gammas among us have at least a fighting chance to conquer their instincts, given their information on the subject, but that doesn't change the fact that they are facing a daily battle against themselves that the rest of us will never fully understand or appreciate.

    Speaking of The Kurgan's channel, his methodical destruction of Jay Dyer's criticism of the Roman Catholic Church will likely be more than a little familiar to anyone who has read one of my systematic critiques. Being neither Catholic nor Orthodox, I have no dog in this hunt, but it is always a pleasure to read through a dialectical argument with this level of attention to detail.




    I don't know if a band has ever gotten consistently better live over time than Babymetal. It's astonishing to see how far they've come from the days of three girls dancing to a track of Doki Doki Morning. This is the last performance of Mikio, who died tragically in a freak accident one month after the Hiroshima concert. It's a subtle tribute, but when Su sings "Nidoto ae-nai" which means "we shall never meet again", you can see the camera switches momentarily to Mikio.

    Apparently this song has only been performed live five times, never outside of Japan. Su's voice keeps getting stronger over the years, and while one of the guitars are a bit sharp in the first solo, the additional layers provided by the live piano and strings make this my favorite version yet. Although Leda did the original arrangement, I think I like it best when Mikio and Ohmura play it together.

    It's always intriguing to see the way musically sensitive people react to this song. It's not unusual for them to cry despite having no idea what the lyrics are or what the song is about. And understanding them really does not help at all....

    We shall never meet again but I never want to forget you.
    If the dream continues, I hope I never wake up from it.

    DC & Emil - La Mejor




    Cano 'El Barbaro' × Cosculluela - "Con Karma"


    CANO X COSCU.mp3


    Sech × Zion × Dalex × Justin Quiles × La Exce × Feid - "La Isla"




    Papi Goldo - "Madre Guerrera"


    Papi Goldo Madre Guerrera.mp3



    Perlita - "Sale Pa La Calle"


    Perlita Rules - Sale pa la calle.mp3


    Caballero 'The Unfamed' - "Gan-Ga" (0 Muerte Version)


    Ganga Caballero.mp3


    Proyecto La Advertencia - 'Ganga Remix' (Platinum Edition)




    Proyecto La Advertencia - 'Ganga Remix' (Platinum Edition).mp3


    Ozuna - "Fantasía"




    Tempo × Baby Rasta × Ñengo Flow - "Blam Blam"




    Ñengo Flow - "La Prisión"




    Wistel - 'Luces Camara Accion'




    Wistel - 'Luces Camara Accion' (Prod. by Menor Ponce Music).mp3


    Pancho 'El De La Avenida' - 'Demonia'



    Pancho 'El De La Avenida' - 'Demonia' (Prod. by Chochein, JH Beat & Crivas, Eliot El Mago De Oz).mp3


    Ankhal × Lary Over - "No Respetamos"




    Dxter - A-KILL-ES (Official Video) lo



    DXTER - A-kill-Es.mp3


    Jay Wheeler × Farruko - "Otra Noche Mas" (Remix)




    Jon Z × Wisin × Chencho Corleone - "Por Contarles Los Secretos"




    Ozuna: “Anuel y yo somos la combinación más sólida del género”


    Los cantantes de reguetón Ozuna y Anuel AA mantienen una gran amistad que los ha llevado a colaborar en diversas canciones, las cuales han tenido tanto éxito que el popular ‘negrito de ojos claros’ afirma que son “la combinación más sólida del género de la nueva generación”.

    En una reciente entrevista, Ozuna se refirió a su amistad y los trabajos musicales junto al novio de Karol G. El cantante precisó que sus temas se mantienen en la cima de las listas musicales gracias a su “entrega y respeto”.

    “No sé cómo lo van a tomar los demás colegas. Con todo el respeto, creo que es la combinación más sólida del género de la nueva generación. De los top 10, siete temas son míos y de Anuel”, afirmó Ozuna sobre él y Anuel AA en el programa radiofónico Alofoke Show.

    “Es algo exagerado. Creo que es la química, la entrega y el respeto”, añadió refiriéndose a los factores que los han llevado a lo más alto de la industria musical.


    En la misma conversación, al también actor le preguntaron sobre su discusión con Don Omar. Cabe recordar que el pasado septiembre, Ozuna dijo que el 'Rey del Reguetón' no estaba en el mejor momento de su carrera después de que este opinara sobre la compra de visualizaciones en Youtube por parte de los artistas urbanos.

    “Nunca han habido asperezas, siempre le he respetado musicalmente. En lo personal, también. Han cambiado tantas cosas. Ahora veo las cosas de diferentes maneras y entiendo su posición”, precisó.


    Fantasma Ft. Duran & Rexx - 'Se Fue'




    Fantasma Ft. Duran & Rexx - 'Se Fue'.mp3


    Pusho - "Calle Pero Elegante"




    Juni B × Jaeby - "Victoria Secret"




    Daddy Yankee hace historia con el primer museo urbano


    El álbum Barrio Fino de Daddy Yankee cumplió 15 años este año y un nuevo museo celebra la rica historia de un ícono que, con su música, ha revolucionado la cultura en todo el mundo.

    "El Jefe" Daddy Yankee Museum, el primer pop-up diseñado y dedicado a honrar al Rey del Reggaetón, abrio al público en San Juan, Puerto Rico, el 22 de noviembre de 2019 hasta enero de 2020.

    La experiencia del museo destaca las contribuciones del “Big Boss” y su música en una impresionante exhibición que se remonta a sus primeros éxitos escritos, hasta hoy.

    Este es el primer museo del mundo que cuenta parte de la historia del reggaetón a través de los ojos de Daddy Yankee. La exhibición de 8,000 pies cuadrados recrea la historia de su vida en orden cronológico al recrear parte de su vecindario con escenografía, momentos importantes de su carrera y su música, entrevistas exclusivas para el museo, premios, vestuarios del artista de momentos únicos en su carrera y en la historia del género urbano, e incluso los eventos que lo han llevado a ser un ícono de la música en todo el mundo.

    Esta exposición también cuenta con tecnología interactiva donde el público puede sentir esos momentos memorables del ícono de Puerto Rico para que cada persona pueda tomar un recuerdo personalizado de esta experiencia.

    Edición limitada de gorras personalizadas

    Los visitantes al museo podrán tener una experiencia virtual de personalizar gorras en línea, edición limitada para el museo. Disponibles para la venta por medio de un QR Code.

    Sobre la exhibición:

    Abierto al público desde el viernes, 22 de noviembre hasta enero de 2020.

    Admisión gratuita con reservación:

    jueves 21 de noviembre, 2019 a partir de las 12:01 pm EST en


    Plaza Las Américas, Primer Nivel, al lado Sears – (Entradas: Red Lobster & Starbucks y/o Banco Popular)

    Días y horarios:

    Lunes a jueves 10AM - 7PM 

    Domingos 11AM-5PM



    Moving Encrypted Data to Azure SQL Database

    Learn how you can move encrypted data from on premises SQL Server to Azure SQL Database. The post Moving Encrypted Data to Azure SQL Database appeared first on SQLServerCentral . - Source:

    This iPhone Battery Charging Case Has A ‘Secret Button’ Trick


    Since Apple released this year’s iPhone iteration — the iPhone 11 series — we saw the entry of several accessories for the three smartphones, both by Apple and other companies. One such accessory is by the Cupertino tech major itself, which comes with a secret button trick you need to know of.

    iPhone Charging Case With A “Secret Button”

    Apple has launched a new iPhone case for all the new 2019 iPhones — the iPhone 11, the iPhone 11 Pro, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max.

    Retailing at $129, the iPhone cover is not a simple silicone case we come across. This is a Smart Battery Case that is touted to deliver a 50% increase in the battery of the new iPhone models.

    Apart from the in-built battery, the Smart Battery Case has a “secret button” trick that puts an additional button on the iPhone charging case.

    This button is a dedicated camera button that calls for the easy launch of the camera app.

    The button can open up the camera up whether or not the smartphone is locked, takes a picture (from both the rear and front cameras) with a quick tap and videos with a long press.

    Design-wise, the battery case has a microfiber lining on the inside and a soft touch of silicone for ease of usage. Additionally, the iPhone charging case comes with the elastomer hinge design so that it gets easy to remove or put the case on the smartphone.

    The iPhone Charging Case Working

    While I haven’t used the iPhone charging case personally, a recent video by the YouTube channel TechSmartt shows how the “secret button” on it works.

    The button allows for easy picture-taking, which otherwise gets a bit flimsy when we use the volume button for it. Here’s the video for a better look at the iPhone charging case:

    Additionally, iFixit dug deeper to find out how the dedicated camera button works on the case. The teardown of the Smart Battery Case suggested that it has a circuit board that connects the dedicated camera button to the iPhone via the lightning port.

    This is how the button can easily click pictures from the iPhone when it doesn’t have one.

    The iPhone charging case comes in three color variants: Black, White, and Pink Sand and is up for grabs via the Apple website.


    Tesla Model 3 Battery Drain After 22 Days Is Lower Than Your Smartphone


    The Tesla Model 3 ‘Vampire’ battery drain is no longer a problem because after a span of 22 days the car’s battery drained only around 10% in the latest testing.

    The ‘Vampire’ battery drain testing was done by Bjorn Nyland, a Tesla Model 3 owner who also runs an EV-centric YouTube channel by the same name. He owns a Dual Motor Model 3 (white-colored) and has successfully clocked around 42,000 km (26,000 miles) on it.

    Bjorn left his Tesla electric car at an airport in his home country of Norway on 4th November 2019 and went on a 3 weeks trip to Thailand. After 22 days, he came back to find his car still sitting at a mere 10% decrease in battery drain.

    Over the course of 22 days, the car faced several intense snowfalls while being parked at the airport. Here’s what happened.

    Tesla Model 3 ‘Vampire’ Battery Drain After 22 Days No Longer A Threat

    On 4th November 2019, when Bjorn was about to leave his car at the airport in Norway, his car was at 82.6% charge and had a range of about 400 km (248 miles). He mentioned that he left his home with a higher charge and arrived at the airport by losing a mere 15% of the total charge.

    At this point, the battery cell temperature was 29.3-degrees Celsius, which is quite normal. Bjorn, then, went ahead and disabled the sentry mode to save some more energy. He mentions in the video that the Model 3 has no energy-saving mode, so the car will most likely slip into an eco mode when inactive for a long period of time.

    When he returned after a span of 22 days from his Thailand trip, he found his Tesla Model 3 at 72% charge along with some interesting revelations. His Model 3 was around 331 km and the car’s battery temperature was 1.25 degrees Celsius.

    Also, before leaving, Bjorn predicted that some of the battery range will become unavailable as the cells cool down. The same happened when he checked the battery stats after coming back.

    The car’s battery was showing a range of 331 km (green color) but some of the battery range was also locked away due to a very cold battery cell temperature (white color).

    Tesla Model 3 Battery Drain

    Another revelation was that the battery loss was only around 7 kWh over a span of 22 days, which is equal to 337 Wh/day. However, this result is based on an available range of 331 km. If the outside temperature was around 25-degree Celsius, the range available would be around 350 km, thus indicating a charge-drop of approximately 6 kWh.

    As soon as Bjorn turned on the car, the battery inlet temperature started rising immediately and began to heat up the cold battery. This is being done to unlock the remnant battery range as fast as possible.

    Bjorn then went ahead to a Tesla charging station and found out that due to low battery cell temperature the charging rate of his Model 3 was limited to 40 kW only. The overall charging rate was above 50 degrees Celcius but around 7 kW was being consumed by the electric motor to heat up the battery.

    This is a trick that only Tesla does, which is to run the front and the rear motors at a very inefficient mode to generate heat without creating movement. This is brilliant because it (Model 3) doesn’t need a dedicated battery heater.”

    Reason For Improvement

    The Tesla Model 3 uses newer 2170 battery cells made up of nickel-manganese-cobalt. They have 50% more internal volume and therefore can store more energy per battery pack.

    This new upgrade combined with regular firmware updates has optimized the Tesla Model 3 to be the most efficient fuel-efficient electric car. In the latest firmware update, the Model 3 received a 5% power boost along with higher regen braking at low speed.

    Meaning the Model 3 will run and stop faster while saving energy and your brake pads. Do you own a Tesl Model 3? Let us know in the comments about your experience with the car.


    Tesla Cybertruck Vs Ford F150 Tug-Of-War Stunt Has No Point, Shows Video


    The fight of “Tesla Cybertruck Vs Ford F150” tug-of-war, makes no sense at all. Since the launch of the Tesla Cybertruck, the internet has been religiously obsessing over it. One topic of discussion among auto enthusiasts is the ‘tug-of-war’ contest between the Cybertruck and a Ford F150, which showed the former one while driving uphill.

    Naturally, this broke the internet and everyone started giving their own explanation as to why that happened. Thankfully, Jason Fenske, a brilliant mathematician and Youtuber who owns the channel Engineering Explained, is here to rescue us all.

    He started off the video, as any sane person would, by ranting about how exaggerated the launches of any electric vehicles are nowadays.

    He said, “It seems no electric truck can be launched today without some gimmicky marketing to go along with it.”

    “First we had the Ford F150 pulling a million pounds and now we have the Tesla Cybertruck pulling a Ford F150,” he added

    Then he goes on to show why the Cybertruck pulling the F150 is kind of pointless. Watch the video below to find out more.

    Also do note that Jason is an ardent supporter of clean electric technology and he has encouraged, on his channel, several times for people to buy electric vehicles. He himself owns a Tesla Model 3 Performance, which he uses as his daily driver.

    Tesla Cybertruck Vs Ford F150 Tig-Of-War Stunt

    As it is clear from the video, in the words of Jason himself, “The purpose of this video is to explain to you, why that demonstration was completely pointless.”

    According to Jason, the popular misconception in the case of “Tesla Cybertruck Vs Ford F150” tug-of-war fight is that the Cybertruck won because it had more low-end torque. It employs an electric motor that produces more low-end grunt than the internal combustion engines and therefore won the tug-of-war.

    However, that’s not the reason for Cybertruck’s victory. The Ford F150 is equally capable of putting a huge amount of torque on to the ground. As Jason explains in both vehicles, the torque produced by the engine is multiplied before finally reaching the wheels.

    Since the drivetrain specs of the Tesla Cybertruck are not known, Jason assumed a common transmission ratio of 10:1, on the basis of other similar Tesla electric vehicles like the Model X. This means that the wheel torque in the case of the Cybertruck will most likely be around 10 times more than the torque produced by electric motor.

    For the Ford F150, the engine torque becomes 33 times larger when it finally reaches the wheels. This final torque, in both cases, is known as ‘Wheel Torque’, a spec jargon that both Tesla Roadster and Karma SC2 electric cars use in their marketing.

    Jason said that the winner of the tug-of-war competition is decided on the basis of who can put more force on the ground while moving. This force is equivalent to the product of the weight of the vehicle and the coefficient of friction of the tires, explained Jason.

    Since the tire information was unavailable, he chose 1 as the coefficient for both vehicles. The weight of the Ford F150 is known and he assumed the Tesla Cybertruck’s weight to be more than the Model X, equivalent to 6,000 pounds.

    After a bunch of calculations, the result concluded that the reason why the Tesla Cybertruck won was that it simply had more weight over the driven wheels.

    This was the case for a 4X4 Ford F150, however, Jason argued that the Ford truck used in the video is a Rear Wheel Drive (RWD) version with 60/40 weight distribution. He pointed towards the absence of front tire spin and a ‘4X4’ sticker at the side to prove his point.

    In both cases, the Tesla Cybertruck exerted more than 1,000 pounds of force compared to the Ford F150 due to its large weight.

    Jason also proved that the weight advantage does not diminish, even if the Tesla Cybertruck was going uphill.

    “It was very easy for the Tesla Cybertruck to pull the truck uphill simply because it has more weight on the driven wheels,” said Jason.

    Commenting on the heavyweight of the Tesla Cybertruck, Jason also said “It is bad because cars shouldn’t be that heavy, the more weight they have, the more energy it takes to move them around and you know handling suffers,”

    Very recently, Ford’s VP Sunny Madra challenged Elon Musk for an “apples-to-apples” test, signaling at another “tug-of-war” comparison. Elon, unsurprisingly, agreed to the request.

    So despite Jason’s excellent explanation, the internet is going to get blessed with another round of “Tesla Cybertruck vs Ford F150” tug-of-war.


    Bitcoin ransomware forces Spanish security firm Prosegur offline


    Spanish multinational security firm Prosegur has been hit by Ryuk ransomware, the notorious Trojan virus that encrypts files on a compromised device and typically demands payment in Bitcoin to decrypt them. As a result of the attack, the company, which reportedly employs 170,000 people across the globe, has shut down its IT network and its employees were reportedly sent home. The firm, which is credited as being one of the world’s biggest provider of armored vehicles to transport cash, said on Twitter that it had taken “maximum security measures” to avoid propagating the ransomware both internally and externally. Statement on information security incident…

    This story continues at The Next Web

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    Заседание БФК от 25.11.2019



    VM020 Miss Marple #1: 16 Uhr 50 ab Paddington (1961)


    Aus einem unbedacht abgesendet Tweet wurde Ernst. Zusammen mit Flo (König, Bube, Dame, Gast/M*A*S*H unterm Messer/Alt und Verbittert),der die abgefahrene Idee zu diesem Schwerpunkt hatte, arbeiten wir uns durch den ersten von vier Miss Marple Filme aus den 1960ern Jahren. Dabei versuchen wir vor allem die Besonderheiten der einzelnen Krimigeschichten und natürlich auch der Hauptdarstellerin Margarete Rutherford zu beleuchten.

    Episode von Hoaxilla über Agatha Christie

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    NNN015.2 CLASSIC: Comic Allerei und Filme (Teil 2)



    Im überlangen 2. Teil unseres September Doppelfeatures widmen sich Max und Steffen zunächst noch ein paar Comics, die noch so herumlagen. Danach wird sich groß auf mehrere Filme gestürzt. Steffen regt sich zu recht über Zombies auf, Max gibt ein Schweinegeld für Kuchen zwischen Buchdeckeln aus und Tobi mag komischerweise den Green Lantern-Film. Max ist überraschend doch noch zur „Guardians of the Galaxy“-Review erschienen und so schauen wir uns zu dritt — Tobi ist ja auch noch da — den neuesten Marvel-Kinokracher an. Ach ja, wir sind jetzt auch bei iTunes!

    Da die Sendung nachträglich bearbeit wurden, stimmen die Timecodes nicht mehr hunderprozentig, dienen aber noch als Orientierung.

    00:00:00 Intro
    00:02:53 Comic-Reviews
    00:03:16 Bit-Zombie-Reihe (Antarctic Press)
    00:08:07 Superman Unchainded #2 + #3 (Panini/DC)
    00:13:42 Roswell TPB (Dino/Bongo)
    00:23:17 Batman – Alan Davis Collection HC (Panini/DC)
    00:32:04 Kinosommer 2014
    00:32:50 Godzilla (2014)
    00:44:11 X-Men – Days of Future Past (2014)
    01:09:45 Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
    01:39:38 GotG SPOILERPART
    01:51:34 Outro

    Active Knowledge – You Are Halfway There – ACTIVE KNOWLEDGE
    Dj CUTMAN – GreenCat
    Kill Caustic – Delbino Plaza – 1,000 GET
    AnimatedJames – Marvel Musical

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    Βίντεο από τα επεισόδια κατά την είσοδο του ΠΑΟΚ στο ''Καραισκάκης''

    Βίντεο από τα επεισόδια κατά την είσοδο του ΠΑΟΚ στο ''Καραισκάκης''
    Δείτε αποκλειστικό βίντεο του από τα επεισόδια που έγιναν κατά την άφιξη του ΠΑΟΚ στο «Γ. Καραϊσκάκης» πριν το ντέρμπι με τον Ολυμπιακό.


    Ολυμπιακός-ΠΑΟΚ. Γκολ και φάσεις (ΒΙΝΤΕΟ)

    Ολυμπιακός-ΠΑΟΚ. Γκολ και φάσεις (ΒΙΝΤΕΟ)
    Δείτε το βίντεο


    (ΒΙΝΤΕΟ) Με κουκούλες και απειλές. Επίθεση οπαδών του Ολυμπιακού στην αποστολή του ΠΑΟΚ

    (ΒΙΝΤΕΟ) Με κουκούλες και απειλές. Επίθεση οπαδών του Ολυμπιακού στην αποστολή του ΠΑΟΚ
    Δείτε το ρεπορτάζ του open tv


    Άρης-Λαμία. Γκολ και φάσεις (ΒΙΝΤΕΟ)

    Άρης-Λαμία. Γκολ και φάσεις (ΒΙΝΤΕΟ)
    Ισόπαλοι με 1-1 αναδείχθηκαν οι δύο ομάδες. Δείτε τα γκολ και τις καλύτερες φάσεις


    The Rewind: Ben, Robert MacNeil, and Jim Lehrer tell us a little about vegetarians and Thanksgiving



    The Rewind: Ben tells us about the first television production of Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter



    Being Seen, Being Heard

    Our two-month-old granddaughter is an expert at seeing and being seen. Even at two weeks, when I first met her, she would look deep into my eyes. I could see her, and she could see me. Our two-year-old granddaughter has become an expert at all kinds of other things, but she still has the ability to look deeply into a person's eyes, and to know that she is being seen.

    Some of us are not as adept at looking into someone's eyes with the intention of seeing his or her essence. Some of us had the ability in early childhood, but lost it, and some of us who never quite felt "seen" enough in childhood find it difficult to understand the connection between seeing and being seen. For some of us, it becomes a life-long goal to learn to see and learn to be seen. It takes work, but it can be done, though the paths to take are sometimes hard to find.

    When we look at a photograph or an image on the television, we are not being seen by that image. When we scroll through images on line we see, but we are not seen. There a lot of people who spend a lot of time "lurking" in the online world who to want to "see" without being seen.

    It is unusually easy these days to navigate through life without having much physical interaction. A person can get a college education (and even a K-12 eduction) without much in the way of interaction, and there are ample opportunities to do professional work via computer, thus avoiding seeing and being seen by our co-workers.

    We often listen to music under a cloak of invisibility. As lovely as many recordings are, the relationship that any recording has to a person listening to it is one sided. The recording cannot respond to you. You can listen deeply, and pay attention to scads of details. Each listening experience can become more intense for you as you get closer to understanding the way the music is constructed. You can react personally to the particular way the people playing connect to one another, but your presence as a listener will never change the recording.

    If you go to a concert and are seen by the people performing, even if it is just as part of a mass audience, the energy and the way you listen can have an effect on the performance. If you are sitting in the front row sleeping, the people playing will notice and react accordingly. So will the members of the audience. Your physical presence at a concert can never really be anonymous, even if you don't know anyone and nobody knows you.

    If people are listening attentively, the performing musicians feel it. And there is a sense of communication among members of an audience that you NEVER get when people are sitting in their individual houses or cars listening to a recording.

    One of the reasons I love working with children is that we can interact on a deep level: I can see them, and I know that they can see me. If I am working with a child in a lesson and her mind wanders, I can draw her back to the work at hand if I simply listen to her and watch her. Then she can listen to me and watch me. My students LOVE it when they catch me in a mistake: particularly a wrong note or a wrong bowing. I love it when my students see me and hear me. I always present myself as I am, and because of that I expect them to present themselves to me as they are.

    When I listen to my students and I ask them to listen to themselves, I believe that they eventually begin to hear themselves. I believe that once they hear themselves they can accept the feelings that come out in their music making. And once they are able to hear themselves, they have a little more of an idea of who they are, at least as musicians.

    Every person has stuff to express, and having the means to do it is like an emotional super power.

    Because of the illusory and remote nature of internet-dominated interactions, it is easy to feel invisible. And if we aren't constantly raising our "digital voices," whatever we had to say yesterday or last week or last year is no longer interesting to people we are forced to refer to as "followers" or "friends." We are not heard. When we do not engage in those digital platforms, the people we called "friends" no longer "see" us. Unless we really see them in daily off-line life, they are invisible to us, and we are invisible to them.

    Yet we all have the same burning need to be seen and heard. Some of us have, for whatever reason (lack of attention when we were children, perhaps) a greater need to keep the flow of energy going in order to communicate what we feel and experience.

    Maybe that's why I need musical interaction, and maybe that's why I need it to happen in real time, and in real space. I believe playing music with people (and for people) helps fulfill the need to see and be seen, and the need to hear and be heard. And for those of us who may feel socially awkward (and who doesn't feel that way some time), the music to be played dilutes the awkwardness. In many cases I find that the music obliterates it.

    I keep this blog because it helps me to remember that I am a valid human being with things to say. And it's the same with the music I write. I feel that the true value of music exists in the currency of self expression and interaction.

    I think that the best gift I can give is to write music and make arrangements that people can use to communicate with one another. And the greatest gift I can receive is to see and hear people enjoying themselves and expressing themselves through my work (the next best gift is being told about it). It's nice to remember that prose, poetry, art, and music can continue to do what it does, even when the people who first "brought it to life" are no longer around.

    This piece, that I wrote around 20 years ago, is a musical response to a memorial reading (included without attribution, and most certainly written by someone who is no longer alive) from the New Union Prayer Book:
    In light we see; in light we are seen. The flames dance and our lives are full. But as night follows day, the candle of our life burns down and gutters. There is an end to the flames. We see no more and are no more seen. Yet we do not despair, for we are more than a memory slowly fading into the darkness. With our lives we give life. Something of us can never die: we move in the eternal cycle of darkness and death, of light and life.


    The Mister Rogers Who Saw Us

    This New York Times article about Fred Rogers is a beautiful portrait of a beautiful human being, written by a person who had the great good fortune to be a co-worker and a close family friend.

    When I was a child we didn't have a television. But I was able to occasionally watch Mister Rogers' Neighborhood at a friend's house. I was skeptical. I remember hating Lady Elaine. She was scary and ugly, and she had my name. I didn't like that. I remember having a hard time trusting Mister Rogers, and remember wondering how a grown-up person could be so, well, nice. I confess that I had little to do with "the neighborhood" during my childhood. My cousins liked Mister Rogers very much. I just didn't trust grown-ups who were nice.

    But when I grew up and became a parent, Fred Rogers became a fixture in our house. Michael always liked him, and through the experience of raising children with Michael, I learned to trust Mister Rogers. Then, once I started watching his operas, I started to love Mister Rogers. Perhaps it was a little late, but I was able to benefit from the experience of knowing Mister Rogers through the television during a kind of second childhood: the one I was living with my children. Better late than never, right?

    From this article I now understand that he was making his show for grown-ups as well as for children. How many of us grown-ups can relate to this:
    “It’s so very hard, receiving,” he said. “When you give something, you’re in much greater control. But when you receive something, you’re so vulnerable.

    “I think the greatest gift you can ever give is an honest receiving of what a person has to offer.”
    or this:
    “I think that the need to create has to do with a gap,” he said. “A gap between what is and what might be. Or what you’d like to be. I think that the need to create is the need to bridge that gap. And I do believe it’s a universal need. Unless there is somebody out there who feels that what is, is also what might be.

    “I don’t know anybody who has complete satisfaction with everything. Do you?”
    or this:
    “There are those of us who have been deprived of human confidence. Those who have not been able to develop the conviction that they have anything of value within. Their gap is rather a chasm. And they most often despair of creating any bridges to the land of what might be. They were not accepted as little children. … They were never truly loved by any important human other. … And so it seems to me that the most essential element in the development of any creation, any art or science, must be love. A love that begins with the simple expressions of care for a little child.

    “When people help us to feel good about who we are, they are really helping us to love the meaning of what we create.”
    and this:
    “It’s so hard, isn’t it?” he said. “I think there are many people who bring a whole lot of baggage from their past and a whole lot of anxiety about the future to the present moment. What’s so great is that people can be in relationship with each other for the now.”

    “Yeah,” I said.

    “If we can somehow rid ourselves of illusions,” he said. “The illusion that we are greater or lesser than we are. The illusion that we’re going to save the world. There are a lot of illusions that people walk around with. I would love to be able to be present in every moment I have.”

    I have been working on a post about seeing and being seen (and heard and being heard), and in it I mention that images we see on television are not seeing us. But maybe Fred Rogers is different. Maybe he was seeing us: a greater, needier, truly collective "us," and, maybe, by doing so he was teaching that "us" to learn to trust that there is goodness in the world.


    I'm just leaving this bit of Fred Rogers here to watch after reading the article:


    The Rewind: Ben shows us about how photos are used in documentaries



    Should I Encrypt My Time Machine Back Up Drive?

    My question is really a two part one. First, I noticed there is a option to have your data encrypted when you first set up time machine on an external drive. Is this something everyone should do? And what happens to my data, if I’m using file vault on my computer and encrypting my backups […]

    Recap: Celtics fall 112-107 to Dinwiddie and the shooting Nets


    Spencer Dinwiddie and the Brooklyn Nets use hot shooting coupled with big men to down the Boston Celtics 112-107 in a noontime matchup.

    Less than two days after a Kyrie-less Brooklyn Nets came into town, the two Eastern Conference teams switched courts for a post-Thanksgiving matinee matchup. Despite the Celtics coming out on top behind Kemba’s return, the first defense from the Celtics was marred by an inability to stop the deep ball. After giving up a season-high 21 threes to the shooters in black and white, Brooklyn came out of the gates today with exactly what Brad Stevens had feared: a quick start on the offensive end, scoring most of their first quarter points from three or the paint.

    On the Brooklyn side, while Kyrie Irving was still out with a shoulder injury and an Instagram hangover, all-star DeAndre Jordan was available off the bench, giving the Celtics a little more to think about on the boards and in the paint. He finished the game with 23 solid minutes. Irving was also present and available off the bench to clap for a still-strong Nets lineup and his fans were available to make the highlight reel in their own way.

    The Celtics used a couple of big runs to do what they have been known for this season: staying in the game with clutch shots. They were led by NBA Skills Challenge champion Jayson Tatum, who led all scorers with 18 points in the first half. The Celtics also found themselves impact play off the bench with ten men in green scoring points in the first half. The clutch play led the Celtics into the locker room at halftime surprisingly down by only 3 points, despite Brooklyn shooting 11/25 (44%) from 3, out-rebounding the Celtics 26-21, and scoring off 18 assists, as opposed to the Celtics' 10.

    The third quarter was tattooed by another Skills Challenge champion, Spencer Dinwiddie, who had no issues shooting the ball from deep and propelling the Nets to a double-digit advantage. Dinwiddie had a 27-point/10-assist performance before the end of the third quarter. However, the Celtics, yet again, responded with a run, led by fastbreaks and strong offensive performances from Brad Wanamaker and Robert Williams III. Chipping away at a deficit has been no stranger to the deep 2019 Celtics; they entered the final quarter down 6.

    The fourth quarter saw a big-time entrance from “Brick Wall Semi” but Brooklyn seemingly never ran out of a response, either in the form of possession-saving wild shots or transition threes. Marcus Smart, Kemba Walker, and Jayson Tatum did all they could to stay in the fight with hustle and have a chance till the final seconds, but the Nets just proved to be too much and capped off the first NBA game of the day with an emphatic Jarrett Allen dunk to close out the affair.

    The Celtics drop to 8-2 against Eastern Conference opponents and will need the Toronto Raptors to lose tonight against the Orlando Magic to hold second place in the East. The Celtics make the short drive to Madison Square Garden for another day-time game, this time on Sunday against the conference-worst New York Knicks, where they look to regain momentum before heading back home.

    Follow the author at @AhaanRungta and read more here.

    Check out Kevin Garnett in Adam Sandler's new thriller

    Check out that acting!

    Adam Sandler in a serious movie (much more likely to be a good flick) and Kevin Garnett popping up all over the trailer (might need to see this). I suppose this news has been out for a couple months now, but this is the first I've heard about it. Kevin Garnett plays himself, but it's still great to see one of our Celtics in a non-comedy.

    Sandler was impressed with KG's acting chops.

    Ratner (Sandler's character) is obsessed with the NBA and with gambling, and with the help of a broker (LaKeith Stanfield, “Sorry to Bother You”), is introduced to Garnett, who plays himself in the movie. Ratner soon finds himself in a financial mess of his own making, involving a (seemingly) priceless opal, Garnett’s 2008 championship ring, and a big-money wager on KG’s performance in a playoff game.

    “The more I was around Kevin as an actor, the more I got to know him as a person, I feel — I’m so happy that I know him,” Sandler said. “In the NBA and in [“Uncut Gems”], he just took it as serious as you could take something, and cared about his part in this movie.”

    I love the Celtics and I love movies (especially thrillers), so Adam Sandler, despite your parade of recent terrible comedies, I will have to check this one out.


    Kemba Walker's 39 points lead Celtics to 121-110 victory over the Nets

    Welcome back Kyrie Kemba!

    So much for shaking off the rust after having to sit out one game. Kemba Walker exploded for 39 points to lead the way as the Celtics snapped the Kyrie-less Nets 4 game win streak. Jaylen Brown chipped in 22 points. Jayson Tatum and Daniel Theis added 16 and 14 respectively.

    Jaylen sky walks for a bit


    Kemba Walker to return to the court tonight for the Celtics


    5 days after he was taken off the court on a stretcher, Kemba Walker is scheduled to make his return vs the Nets. Walker ended up missing only one game. The Nets are hot riding a 4 game winning streak, which the Celtics will look to halt. Kyrie Irving will sit out his seventh straight game tonight with whatever injury he currently has.

    The Nets are 4-7 with Kyrie playing and 5-1 without him. The Celtics were 11-3 prior to the game Walker left on a stretcher. The C's ended up losing that game to the Nuggets, but bounced back with a win over the Kings. Tremont Waters was able to make an impressive NBA debut in Walker's absence.


    Tremont Waters makes a splash in NBA debut


    Used to hate puns like "Hornets sting Celtics," or "Houston we have a problem, Celtics defeat Rockets," but I've conceded that puns are what the masses want, so thus the "splash" title. Anyway, Celtics 2nd round draft pick Tremont Waters was impressive in his NBA debut. Some people hate +/-, but when you're a whopping +20 in a one point game, you must have been doing something right.

    Waters finished with 7 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds, 2 blocks and 1 steal in just under 20 minutes of action. And his pesky summer league defense translated well to NBA action on the other end versus the Kings.


    Gordon Hayward playing video games to rehab broken hand + Kemba Walker injury update


    Well that's very convenient for Gordon. "You take care of the kids Robyn! I'm busy gaming to rehab my hand." I wonder what video games rehab the hand best?

    The fact that Hayward's injury was upper and not lower body, should allow him to remain in game shape and not take too long to reacclimatize himself to the NBA game when he returns.

    And here's an update on Kemba Walker via the Celtics team doctor Tony Schena:

    No word yet on whether Kemba will be suiting up for tomorrow's game, but he will be practicing with the team today.

    Docker Login the Right Way


    Table of Contents


    Docker Login the right Way

    Hi again!

    It is been a while since I wrote something here, as always, there is no much time for a hobby.

    I’ve been working for a while with docker, not a production level, but for some applications that I use at work. And since the Docker Hub Data breach I put more atention on the security of my data/credentials, so I investigate a little about and found this official repository from Docker where are the supported credential helpers.

    Credential Store

    Docker keeps our credentials saved on a JSON file located on ~/.docker/config.json, but unfortunatelly credentials are just encrypted on base64, here is an articule/video where there is an explanation for the why it is a bad idea to just use base64 encryption.

    The following is a diagram on how a plain text storage works:

    Plain Text Storage

    Here is an exampleon how ~/.docker/config.json looks like when is using plain text credentials:

    cat ~/.docker/config.json
    "auths": {
    "": {
    "auth": "azRjaDA6c3VwZXJzZWNyZXRwYXNzd29yZAo="
    "": {
    "auth": "azRjaDA6c3VwZXJzZWNyZXRwYXNzd29yZAo="
    "HttpHeaders": {
    "User-Agent": "Docker-Client/18.09.6 (linux)"

    After a successful docker login command, Docker stores a base64 encoded string from the concatenation of the username, a colon, and the password and associates this string to the registry the user is logging into:

    $ echo azRjaDA6c3VwZXJzZWNyZXRwYXNzd29yZAo= | base64 -d -

    A docker logout command removes the entry from the JSON file for the given registry:

    $ docker logout
    Remove login credentials for
    $ cat ~/.docker/config.json
    "auths": {
    "": {
    "auth": "azRjaDA6c3VwZXJzZWNyZXRwYXNzd29yZAo="
    "HttpHeaders": {
    "User-Agent": "Docker-Client/18.09.6 (linux)"

    Docker Credential Helpers

    Since docker version 1.11 implements support from an external credential store for registry authentication. That means we can use a native keychain of the OS. Using an external store is more secure than storing on a “plain text” Docker configuration file.

    Secure Storage

    In order to use a external credential store, we need a program to interact with.

    The actual list of “official” Docker Credential Helper is:

    1. docker-credential-osxkeychain: Provides a helper to use the OS X keychain as credentials store.
    2. docker-credential-secretservice: Provides a helper to use the D-Bus secret service as credentials store.
    3. docker-credential-wincred: Provides a helper to use Windows credentials manager as store.
    4. docker-credential-pass: Provides a helper to use pass as credentials store.


    On this post we will explore the docker-credential-secretservice and how to configure it.

    1. We need to download and install the helper. You can find the lastest release on
      Download it, extract it and make it executable.

      tar -xf docker-credential-secretservice-v0.6.2-amd64.tar.gz
      chmod +x docker-credential-secretservice
      sudo mv docker-credential-secretservice /usr/local/bin/
    2. Then, we need to specify the credential store in the file ~/.docker/config.json to tell docker to use it.
      The value must be the one after the prefix docker-credential-. In this case:

      "credsStore": "secretservice"

    To facilite the configuration and do not make mistakes, you can run:

    sed -i '0,/{/s/{/{\n\t"credsStore": "secretservice",/' ~/.docker/config.json

    From now we are uning an external store, so if you are currently logged in, you must run docker logout to remove the credentials from the file and run docker login tostart using the new ones.

    Let me know how this works for you.



    WordPress with Let's Encrypt SSL Certificate on a Load Balancer


    Hi again,

    As many of you know a lot of “Production” applications need to be configured to provide High Availability. With that in mind, a best practice architecture to your application is to add a Load Balancer as a front end who distribute your traffic between your application nodes, as you can appreciate on the next image:

    Load Balancer HA

    SSL Offloading

    In this case, my “Production” application is my blog, and I will install a SSL Certificate on the Cloud Load Balancer(CLB) to offloading the encryption/decryption to the CLB instead of doing it on the webserver. That way your webservers uses port 80 (HTTP), as always, and you serve your content trought port 443(HTTPS).


    Here are the what I use to configure my WordPress with SSL Certificate:

    • SSL Certificate issued using Let’s Encrypt
    • A Client of Let’s Encrypt called acme
    • A Cloud Load Balancer
    • A WordPress installation

    Step 1: Install client

    There is a lot of ACME clients supported by Let’s Encrypt, the most popular is Certbot. However, I prefer to use

    Let’s install it:

    git clone
    # Create a data home directory
    sudo mkdir -p /opt/acme/data
    # Actual command to install it
    bash --install --home /opt/acme --config-home /opt/acme/data --certhome /opt/acme/data/ssl-certs --accountemail

    Step 2: Issue SSL Certificate

    Once is installed, we proceed to issue our first SSL Certificate:

    /opt/acme/ --issue -d -w /var/www/vhosts/
    [Mon Aug 25 06:04:07 UTC 2017] Creating domain key
    [Mon Aug 25 06:04:07 UTC 2017] The domain key is here: /opt/acme/data/ssl-certs/
    [Mon Aug 25 06:04:07 UTC 2017] Single domain=''
    [Mon Aug 25 06:04:07 UTC 2017] Getting domain auth token for each domain
    [Mon Aug 25 06:04:07 UTC 2017] Getting webroot for domain=''
    [Mon Aug 25 06:04:07 UTC 2017] Getting new-authz for domain=''
    [Mon Aug 25 06:04:08 UTC 2017] The new-authz request is ok.
    [Mon Aug 25 06:04:08 UTC 2017]
    [Mon Aug 25 06:04:11 UTC 2017] Success
    [Mon Aug 25 06:04:11 UTC 2017] Verify finished, start to sign.
    [Mon Aug 25 06:04:11 UTC 2017] Cert success.
    -----END CERTIFICATE-----
    [Mon Aug 25 06:04:11 UTC 2017] Your cert is in /opt/acme/data/ssl-certs/
    [Mon Aug 25 06:04:11 UTC 2017] Your cert key is in /opt/acme/data/ssl-certs/
    [Mon Aug 25 06:04:11 UTC 2017] The intermediate CA cert is in /opt/acme/data/ssl-certs/
    [Mon Aug 25 06:04:11 UTC 2017] And the full chain certs is there: /opt/acme/data/ssl-certs/

    Where the explained options are:

    -issue: Issue a new certificate

    -d (-domain) : Specifies a domain, used to issue, renew or revoke, etc.

    -w (-webroot) : Specifies the web root folder for web root mode. This is the DocumentRoot where your site is hosted and it is necessary to verify it by Let’s Encrypt.

    Step 3: Install SSL Certificate on Cloud Load Balancer

    So, at this moment we have our SSL Certificate, Private Key, and Intermediate CA Certificate ready to install on our Cloud Load Balancer (CLB)

    Your cert is in /opt/acme/data/ssl-certs/
    Your cert key is in /opt/acme/data/ssl-certs/
    The intermediate CA cert is in /opt/acme/data/ssl-certs/

    So we should go to -> Rackspace Cloud -> Networking -> Cloud Load Balancers:

    Cloud Load Balancer

    Then, to Optional Features and Enable/Configure on “Secure Traffic SSL”

    Cloud Load Balancer

    Finally, we add our SSL Certificate, Private Key, and Intermediate CA Certificate to the CLB and save the configuration:

    Cloud Load Balancer

    Step 4: Configure WordPress

    We are almost done, at this time we already have configured our SSL on the CLB to provide WordPress over HTTPS, however, WordPress is still with HTTP, so we need to reconfigure our WordPress with SSL.

    Database queries

    First of all, we should update the links from http to https; we are going to do it directly on the database doing the following queries:

    Warning: Change all instances of to your own. If you have the www as part of your WordPress Address(URL) in the WordPress Settings, add the ‘www’.

    Also, if you have a custom table prefix in the WordPress database, something other than the default ‘wp’, then you must change all the instances of ‘wp’ to your own table prefix.

    1. Update any embedded attachments/img that use http:This one updates the src attributes that use double quotes:

      UPDATE `wp_posts` SET post_content = REPLACE(post_content, 'src=\"', \
      'src=\"') WHERE post_content LIKE '%src=\"';

      This one takes care of any src attributes that use single quotes:

      UPDATE `wp_posts` SET post_content = REPLACE(post_content, 'src=\'', \
      'src=\'') WHERE post_content LIKE '%src=\'';
    2. Update any hard-coded URLs for links.This one updates the URL for href attributes that use double quotes:

      UPDATE `wp_posts` SET post_content = REPLACE(post_content, 'href=\"', \
      'href=\"') WHERE post_content LIKE '%href=\"';

      This one updates the URL for href attributes that use single quotes:

      UPDATE `wp_posts` SET post_content = REPLACE(post_content, 'href=\'', \
      'href=\'') WHERE post_content LIKE '%href=\'';
    3. Update any “pinged” links:

      UPDATE `wp_posts` SET pinged = REPLACE(pinged, '', \
      '') WHERE pinged LIKE '%';
    4. This step is just a confirmation step to make sure that there are no remaining http URLs for your site in the wp_posts table, except the GUID URLs.

      You must replace WP_DB_NAME, near the beginning of the query, with the name of your database.

      This will confirm that nowhere in the wp_posts table is there a remaining http URL, outside of the GUID column. This ignores URLs in the GUID column.

      This query only searches; it does not replace anything, nor make any changes. So, this is safe to run. It’s a safe and quick way to check the wp_posts table while ignoring the guid column.

      This SQL query should return an empty set. That would mean that it found no http URLs for your site. (This is all just 1 query. It’s 1 very, very long line.)

      Warning: Remember to replace WP_DB_NAME, near the beginning of the query, with the name of your database.

      SELECT * FROM `WP_DB_NAME`.`wp_posts` WHERE (CONVERT(`ID` USING utf8) LIKE \
      '%%' OR CONVERT(`post_author` USING utf8) LIKE '%%' \
      OR CONVERT(`post_date` USING utf8) LIKE '%%' \
      OR CONVERT(`post_date_gmt` USING utf8) LIKE '%%' \
      OR CONVERT(`post_content` USING utf8) LIKE '%%' \
      OR CONVERT(`post_title` USING utf8) LIKE '%%' \
      OR CONVERT(`post_excerpt` USING utf8) LIKE '%%' \
      OR CONVERT(`post_status` USING utf8) LIKE '%%' \
      OR CONVERT(`comment_status` USING utf8) LIKE '%%' \
      OR CONVERT(`ping_status` USING utf8) LIKE '%%' \
      OR CONVERT(`post_password` USING utf8) LIKE '%%' \
      OR CONVERT(`post_name` USING utf8) LIKE '%%' \
      OR CONVERT(`to_ping` USING utf8) LIKE '%%' \
      OR CONVERT(`pinged` USING utf8) LIKE '%%' \
      OR CONVERT(`post_modified` USING utf8) LIKE '%%' \
      OR CONVERT(`post_modified_gmt` USING utf8) LIKE '%%' \
      OR CONVERT(`post_content_filtered` USING utf8) LIKE '%%' \
      OR CONVERT(`post_parent` USING utf8) LIKE '%%' \
      OR CONVERT(`menu_order` USING utf8) LIKE '%%' \
      OR CONVERT(`post_type` USING utf8) LIKE '%%' \
      OR CONVERT(`post_mime_type` USING utf8) LIKE '%%' \
      OR CONVERT(`comment_count` USING utf8) LIKE '%%');
    5. Now, we move to the wp_comments table. This changes any comment author URLs that point to the http version of your site. This is in case you’ve ever replied to a comment while your URL was pointing to http.

      UPDATE `wp_comments` SET comment_author_url = REPLACE(comment_author_url, \
      '', '') WHERE comment_author_url \
      LIKE '%';
    6. This updates the content of the comments on your site. If there are any links in the comments that are linking to an http URL on your site, they will be updated to https.

      UPDATE `wp_comments` SET comment_content = REPLACE(comment_content, '', \
      '') WHERE comment_content LIKE '%';
    7. Now we move to the wp_postmeta table. This takes care of any custom post meta that points to the http version of your site.

      UPDATE `wp_postmeta` SET `meta_value` = REPLACE(meta_value, '', \
      '') WHERE meta_value LIKE '%';
    8. Now we move to the wp_options table. Update the “WordPress Address (URL)” and “Site Address (URL)”.

      For the WordPress Address URL, you may have to modify If you have WordPress installed in some other directory, then modify this according to your own WordPress URL. For example, some people have WordPress installed in a subdirectory named “blog”, and so their WordPress Address would be

      UPDATE `wp_options` SET `option_value` = "" \
      WHERE `wp_options`.`option_name` = 'siteurl';

      This one will update the Site Address URL (this is the home page of your site):

      UPDATE `wp_options` SET `option_value` = "" \
      WHERE `wp_options`.`option_name` = 'home';

    WordPress Control Panel

    Besides, with run the queries directly on the database, we can update, or verify,  the blog URLs, by going to Settings > General

    And updating your WordPress Address (URL) and Site Address (URL) address fields.

    Updating URLs

    WordPress Config File

    Finally, we should add the following line to our wp_config.php file


    Now, you have configured WordPress with Let’s Encrypt SSL Certificate on a Load Balancer.


    2020 Democratic Debate - SNL



    A teacher adopts a student with Down syndrome after his mom dies from cancer


    Here's one of the most memorable stories of 2019. Four yours ago, Jean Manning, a single Massachusetts mom with breast cancer who had a son with Down syndrome, had a conversation with a special education teacher that would change everyone's lives. The woman, Kerry Bremer, offer to be Jake's guardian in case Jean needed a backup plan. In the following years, Jake got to know her family.

    Last week, Jean passed away—and that same day Jake, 14, moved in with the Bremers.

    Here. Watch. NSFW because you will cry.



    Artigo de Xi sobre estado socialista e sistemas jurídicos com caraterísticas chinesas é publicado


    2019-12-01 18:37:31丨
    As pessoas estão em uma festa noturna na Praça Tian'anmen para celebrar o 70º aniversário da fundação da República Popular da China (RPC), em Beijing, capital de China, em 1º de outubro de 2019. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)

    Beijing, 1º dez (Xinhua) -- Um artigo do presidente chinês Xi Jinping sobre defesa, melhora e desenvolvimento do sistema do estado socialista e dos sistemas jurídicos com características chinesas foi publicado neste domingo na 23ª edição da Revista Qiushi deste ano.

    No artigo, Xi, também secretário-geral do Comitê Central do Partido Comunista da China (PCC) e presidente da Comissão Militar Central, diz que o sistema do estado socialista e os sistemas jurídicos com características chinesas foram gradualmente formados nas últimas sete décadas desde a fundação da Nova China.

    O Partido inteiro deve nutrir uma confiança mais forte no caminho, teoria, sistema e cultura do socialismo com características chinesas, e continuar avançando ao longo do caminho certo, aponta o texto.

    A publicação indica que o estado socialista e os sistemas jurídicos com características chinesas foram formados por práticas e explorações de longo prazo.

    O novo tipo de sistema de estado fundado pelo PCC permitiu à China criar um milagre do rápido crescimento econômico e estabilidade social de longo prazo, e ofereceu uma nova opção para os países em desenvolvimento alcançarem a modernização, ressalta o presidente.

    O artigo salienta que o estado socialista e os sistemas jurídicos com características chinesas são sistemas científicos que foram comprovados pela prática e têm vantagens significativas.

    Além de defender e implementar o estado socialista e os sistemas jurídicos com características chinesas, o texto também enfatiza a importância de melhorar e desenvolver os sistemas.

    Xi Jinping pede no artigo, esforços constantes para fortalecer a inovação institucional na luz das condições nacionais da China.



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    Matilde Cid

    Nasceu em Estremoz e cresceu 
    no seio de uma família ligada à música. Os serões familiares eram passados a tocar viola, piano e a cantar. O pai era fã de jazz, blues e bossa-nova, a mãe de fado e foi assim, através da mãe que o fado se veio a tornar a sua música de eleição. Naturalmente começou a cantar, primeiro nos cafés de Estremoz e mais tarde em Évora, em simultâneo com a vida universitária. Mais tarde veio para Lisboa onde encontrou a verdadeira essência do fado no ambiente boémio das casas de fado da capital. Maria João Quadros convidou-a a integrar o elenco residente da “Casa da Mariquinhas” em Alcântara, onde ainda canta. Em Novembro de 2014 João Braga convidou-a para participar no seu concerto no SLTM, onde a apresentou como uma das novíssimas vozes do fado a não perder de vista nos tempos mais próximos.

    A Petrobrás


    A Petrobras foi criada em 1953 e atualmente é a maior empresa da América Latina.

    A Petróleo Brasil S/A (Petrobras) foi criada no dia 3 de outubro de 1953, pelo então presidente Getúlio Vargas, tendo como principal objetivo a exploração petrolífera no Brasil em prol da União, impulsionado pela campanha popular iniciada em 1946, cujo slogan era “o petróleo é nosso”. Consiste numa empresa estatal de economia mista, ou seja, é uma empresa de capital aberto, sendo o Governo do Brasil o acionista majoritário.

    A Petrobras atua nos seguintes segmentos: exploração, produção, refino, comercialização e transporte de petróleo e gás natural, petroquímica, distribuição de derivados, energia elétrica, bicombustíveis, além de outras fontes energéticas renováveis.

    As instalações da Petrobras foram concluídas em 1954 e sua sede está localizada na cidade do Rio de Janeiro. As primeiras refinarias da empresa foram herdadas do Conselho Nacional de Petróleo, sendo a de Materipe, na Bahia, e Cubatão, no estado de São Paulo. A produção de petróleo teve início nesse mesmo ano e supria apenas 1,7% do consumo nacional.

    Visando expandir sua produção, a Petrobras criou, em 1968, o Centro de Pesquisa e Desenvolvimento (Cenpes), cujo objetivo era proporcionar aparato tecnológico para a expansão da empresa no cenário petrolífero global. O Cenpes se tornou o maior centro de pesquisa da América Latina, recebendo vários prêmios do setor petrolífero mundial.

    A Petrobras deu continuidade aos seus projetos expansionistas, nesse sentido, foi criada, em 1970, a Petrobras Distribuidora, sendo responsável pela comercialização de produtos derivados de petróleo. Os resultados foram satisfatórios, pois a empresa se tornou líder, em 1975, na comercialização de derivados de petróleo, mantendo essa posição até os dias atuais.

    Com investimentos em qualificação profissional e aparatos tecnológicos, a Petrobras tem apresentado fortalecimento econômico a cada ano. O processo de ascensão teve início desde a sua criação com as consequentes descobertas de reservas petrolíferas. Entre as principais estão:
    1974 – Localizada na costa norte do Rio de Janeiro e sul do estado do Espírito Santo, a Bacia de Campos possui cerca de 100 mil quilômetros quadrados, sendo, até então, a mais importante reserva petrolífera do Brasil. Sua produção é responsável por 80% do petróleo nacional.

    1985 – Localizada na Bacia de Campos, o campo de Marlim foi descoberto em janeiro de 1985. Ele está a uma distância de aproximadamente 110 quilômetros do litoral do Rio de Janeiro.

    A descoberta de reservas de hidrocarbonetos em rochas calcárias que se localizam abaixo de camadas de sal (camada pré-sal) poderá triplicar as reservas de petróleo e gás natural do Brasil, a estimativa é que a produção alcance a marca de 50 bilhões de barris.

    Por todo esse processo histórico de evolução, atualmente a Petrobras é a maior empresa da América Latina, a quarta maior empresa petrolífera de capital aberto do planeta e a quarta maior empresa de energia do mundo. Sua atuação expandiu para outros países, estando presente em 27 nações diferentes.
    Por Wagner de Cerqueira e Francisco
    Graduado em Geografia
    Equipe Brasil Escola


    [밀리시타] 2019 크리스마스 마츠리 & 미야 신규SSR 등장!


    2019년 크리스마스 시즌이 찾아왔습니다! 첫 순서는 마츠리와 미야의 신규SSR 의상!

    오오...이번엔 둘 다 귀여운데요?! 갖고 싶구나 ^ㅁ^

    돌 5만개 킵중입니다. 코노미는 대체 언제쯤;

    그럼 한번 땡겨볼까요~~

    (참고로 12/25 까지 1일 1회 단챠 무료입니다.)

    [10] 꽝

    아아...이 쪼그린 자세느으으으으으으으으으은~~~?!?!?!?!

    미야 : 이것 좀 봐주세요 프로듀서~ 저, 눈사람이 되버렸답니다~. 후후후♪

    [20] 2019 클스 미야를 겟또다제!! 


    언제나 유키호와 저의 베스트5 중 5번째 자리를 두고 다투는 중인 미야 ㅠㅠ

    [30] 삼세판이니 한번 더 땡겨봤지만 꽝이네요...

    바로 전 가챠로 한정 이쿠 복각이 있었죠.

    이것도 좀 땡겨봤었는데...

    첫판에 자기 픽업날도 아닌데 0.02%의 확률을 뚫고 한정 미야가 나왔던;

    이후 30연 더 떙겼지만 이쿠는 안 나왔다는 슬픈 이야기 ㅠㅠ

    아직 당연히 영상 올라온게 하나도 없어서 직접 찍었습니다. 이번 복장 귀엽네요 ^ㅁ^

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    [페그오] 5차 크리스마스 이벤트 시작! 세이버 아스톨포 출시!!


    하루 넘게 아이폰 업뎃때문에 서버 점검하더니 조금전에 드디어 오픈했습니다!

    이번 클스 한정가챠는....5성 세이버 아스톨포!! 

    아스톨포는 남자냐 여자냐, 성별은 아무 의미가 없지요. 극상의 오토코노코. 아스톨포는 아스톨포다요!!

    그럼 가볍게 호부부터 긁어볼까요~~

    ....4년만에 처음으로 득하는 앨리스쨩;

    단챠 20회로 앨리스쨩 하나 먹었네요.

    그럼 남은 돌로 다시 가봅니다!

    [31] 이것이 페그오다.

    [42] 이벤트 5성 예장 2장 얻었습니다. 옵션이 미묘하네...보구 난사형 캐릭에게 껴주면 효과가 있으려나?

    금세이버! 제발...제바알~~!!



    와핫하! 와~~핫하하!!

    왔다구 왔어, 드디어 와버렸다구!

    클래스, 세이버! 아스톨포!

    정말로 정말, 우수한 세이버라니깐!

    뭣 하면 나올 부분도 나와도 되니까!

    어흠. 아무튼 잘 부탁할게, 친애하는 마스터!

    [53] 해피엔드 ^^

    프리코네 크리스티나로 멘붕 왔는데 아스톨포쨩으로 치유합니다 ㅠ

    쌓아둔 경카로 만렙 고고!

    90렙 스탯입니다. 최종일러, 좀더 에로모에해도 좋지 않았나...!

    모델링 굉장히 이쁘게 잘 나왔네요~

    1스의 매턴 np회복과 2스의 3회 회피가 눈에 띕니다.

    3스 효과중 버스터 카드 집중도 업은 버카가 1장뿐이라서 계륵이네요.

    보구는 퀵카드업 후 단일 공격. 여러모로 라토키와 비슷한 컨셉인 것 같습니다.

    세이버 아스톨포와 클스 배포 산타 나이팅게일의 영상입니다.

    이제 빨리 이벤트 달리러 출발~~!!

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    IriTech targets online transaction security with iris biometrics-based encryption

    IriTech has announced the development of secure ID management for blockchain applications based on biometric iris recognition. The company notes...

    Comment on Asgard Signs with VirnetX to Sell Gabriel Encrypted Communications and Secure Domain Names by

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    W tym tygodniu kończymy projekt #cojaczytam. Jedno z ostatnich projektowych działań promujących czytelnictwo w naszej szkole było dość nietypowe. Wykorzystaliśmy popularną ostatnio zabawę - Mannequin Challenge - polegającą na nagrywaniu komórką scenek, podczas których biorący w nich udział ludzie zastygają w różnych pozach niczym manekiny. 

    Nagraliśmy film, w którym uczniowie klasy 6c i 2c odwiedzają bibliotekę, wybierają książki, rozmawiają o nich, rozwiązują czytelnicze zagadki i zachowują się tak, jak każdego innego dnia. Nagle wszyscy zastygają w bezruchu i na kilka chwil stają się manekinami. 

    Młodzi aktorzy spisali się doskonale. Zapraszamy do obejrzenia filmu.


    John Phillips followed API Matrix



    API Endpoint:
    API Description: 
    The Matrix RESTful API uses basic HTTP with returns in JSON. Register for an account to receive your API Key. Use the API to create and manage distributed chat rooms. Matrix is built on an open platform and federated in order to be accessible over any system or server. Some of the chat and VoIP capabilities the Matrix API offers are: send and receive extensible messages with (optional) end-to-end encryption, eventually-consistent cryptographically secure synchronization of chat rooms, and extensible control over users and rooms (invite/remove, join/leave, edit room user and room names, add/remove user accounts).
    How is this API different ?: 
    SSL Support: 
    API Forum / Message Boards: 
    Twitter URL:
    Developer Support URL:
    Interactive Console URL: 
    Support Email Address: 
    Authentication Model: 
    Primary Category: 
    Secondary Categories: 
    API Provider: 
    Device Specific: 
    Supported Response Formats: 
    Is This a Hypermedia API?: 
    Supported Request Formats: 
    Architectural Style: 
    Description File URL (if public): 
    Other Request Format: 
    Other Response Format: 
    Type of License if Non-Proprietary: 
    Version Status: 
    Recommended (active, supported)


    Preview: Live transcription with Azure Media Services


    Azure Media Services provides a platform with which you can broadcast live events. You can use our APIs to ingest, transcode, and dynamically package and encrypt your live video feeds for delivery via industry-standard protocols like HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) and MPEG-DASH. You can also use our APIs to integrate with CDNs and deliver to […]

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    How to Install Let’s Encrypt with Apache on CentOS 7

    In this tutorial, we will show you how to install the Let’s Encrypt client on your CentOS 7 VPS and issue an SSL certificate for your domain. Improving your website security through SSL encryption can ... - Source:

    FS#64687: Fail install arch cant load the root

    I try to install with the following commands.

    modprobe dm-crypt
    modprobe dm-mod
    cryptsetup luksFormat -v -s 512 -h sha512 /dev/nvme0n1p3
    cryptsetup open /dev/nvme0n1p3 cryptroot
    mount /dev/mapper/cryptroot /mnt
    cd /mnt
    mkdir boot
    mount /dev/nvme0n1p2
    mkdir boot/efi
    mount /dev/nvme0n1p1 boot/efi
    pacstrap -i /mnt base base-devel openssh linux-headers linux-lts linux-lts-headers linux-firmware networkmanager network-manager-applet wireless_tools wpa_supplicant dialog nano
    genfstab -U /mnt > /mnt/etc/fstab
    arch-chroot /mnt
    nano /etc/locale.gen
    HERE remove # en_US.UTF-8
    echo LANG=en_US.UTF-8
    export LANG=en_US.UTF-8
    ln -sf /usr/share/zoneinfo/US/Central /etc/localtime
    hwclock --systohc --utc
    echo HOSTNAME > /etc/hostname
    nano /etc/hosts
    nano /etc/default/grub
    HERE set GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="cryptdevice=/dev/nvme0n1p3:cryptroot" Can change nvme0n1p3 for UUID
    nano /etc/mkinitcpio.conf
    HERE in the hooks section, add encrypt after block
    mkinitcpio -p linux-lts
    grub-install --boot-directory=-boot --efi-directory=/boot/efi /dev/nvme0n1p2
    grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg
    grub-mkconfig -o /boot/efi/EFI/arch/grub.cfg
    cd ..
    umount -R /mnt/boot
    umount -R /mnt
    HERE remove USB LIVE

    But then reboot appear error device UUID.
    The UUID show is the UUID from cryptroot.

    Why can't I install the arch on my laptop?

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    Turning Too Close


    Turning Too Close

    A glider pilot shares cockpit video of turning too close to mountains where the sailplane almost crashes into the rocks/trees. Both instances shown were purely pilot error and I was lucky to survive. This is a good lesson to always keep your situational awareness when flying close to terrain. Remember that the wind is likely trying to blow you into the mountain as you turn to the side of it. One mistake flying low in the mountains will be fatal 95+% of the time if the glider hits the terrain. The first video was taken on Mount Nebo near Nephi, Utah. The second video was taken on the western side of Elkhorn Peak north of Malad Idaho. I hope you really enjoy this video, maybe learned a few things, and use it as a reminder to fly safely in the mountains. The glider in this video is an ASW 20BL, 15 meter racing glider.

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    Airborne XT


    Roger Hoyt writes:

    This Chase Bank television commercial was filmed at Beagle Sky Ranch in Sams Valley, Oregon, a tiny private grass strip where I frequently fly my trike.

    I found it interesting that they chose to film the ad during last season's forest fire smoke. Note the hills and sun are quite obscured.

    Discuss "Airborne XT" at the Oz Report forum   link»


    Peter Brock's Hang Glider Transporter VW Bus - Jay Leno’s Garage


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    Qué cagada, te amo (parece San Simple)

    Escuchar La otra.-radio el domingo a la medianoche, pero si no llegaste despierto podés descargar el audio acá 

    Parece San Simple hacer un programa de radio los domingos a la medianoche cuando este tiempo de nadie de nada se fue transformando en el horario en el que todo sucede y nada termina de suceder. Como el escrutinio uruguayo, que provisoriamente le da el triunfo a un candidato que se llama Lacalle pero tiene poca y nada calle. Las encuestas daban una amplia ventaja al candidato de la derecha que aspira desplazar al Frente Amplio después de tres mandatos consecutivos que mejoraron la vida del paisito, pero el escrutinio provisorio da algo así como un empate técnico, con votos observados y eso. Ahora parecería que por 30 mil votos los uruguayos deciden hacer su experiencia neoliberal, de la que van a aprender qué cagada es sumergirse en el tardomacrismo después del desquicio que deja la derecha argentina. Los pueblos aprenden. De sus errores. Hay 300 mil uruguayos viviendo en Argentina, probablemente si al final gana Lacalle con su alianza de esperpentos bolsonaristas, en los próximos años ese número se duplique. La otra envió, en un esfuerzo de producción inaudito, un corresponsal al Comando Electoral de la Banda Oriental. Durante la emisión del programa analizamos los resultados provisorios y provisoriamente nos preguntamos el efecto retardado que tiene la vida política argentina en la otra orilla.

    Parece San Simple transitar los últimos días del macrismo que -no- gobierna el país por dos semanas más. Desde que perdió el gato está ensayando diversas formas de la defección, mientras diseña su estrategia comunicacional como oposición y prepara a su núcleo energúmeno para salir a hostigar al gobierno del Frente de Todos desde el primer día de mandato. Con la inestimable colaboración de las mismas corporaciones mediáticas que blindaron su desastrosa gestión, que se dedica a inventar internas imaginarias en el gobierno electo y a tapar las internas de la disgregación del mamarracho saliente.

    Parece San Simple invitar a Luciano Iván Rosé a que seleccione algunas canciones que embellezcan esta zona prosaica de escrutinios y tránsitos lentos. King Krule, Beach House, Talking Heads, Mitski y Lana Del Rey parece san simple que mejoren las dos horas de La otra.-radio. Luciano Iván dice que el disco de Lana es el disco del año. Habrá que anotar. Esta canción no lo desmiente.

    Me gusta ver todo en neón
    Beber lime green, quedarme despierta hasta el amanecer
    Capaz la forma en que vivo me está matando
    Me gusta iluminar el escenario con una canción.
    Hacerme mierda para mantenerme despierta
    Pero un día me desperté pensando
    "Quizás lo haga de otra manera"
    Así que me fui a California, pero es solo un estado de mente
    Porque donde quiera que vayas
    De nada sirve escaparse de una misma
    Quisiera que me abraces o solo digas que sos mío
    Esto me esta matando de a poco
    Soñar un sueñito
    Hacerme algo dulce
    Prender la radio, bailar una canción pop
    Qué cagada, te amo
    Solía chutearme las venas con neón
    Y la mierda es más brillante, te fuiste
    Cuántas cosas te diría
    Te deseo
    Te fuiste a California, pero es solo un estado de mente
    Y sabés que todos te adoran
    No podés sentirlo y estás cansado
    Baby, quisiera que me abrazaras o solo dijeras que sos mío.

    Prendé la radio, baila una canción pop
    Qué cagada, te amo
    Resulta que California era más que un estado de mente
    Te conocí en el bulevar, el viento me revolvió el pelo, me volaste la cabeza
    Y si no estuviera tan jodida, creo que te jodería todo el tiempo
    De verdad
    Me está matando lentamente
    Qué cagada, te amo
    Me mudé a California, pero es solo un estado de mente
    Resulta que donde vayas
    De nada sirve escaparse de una misma
    Qué cagada, te amo
    Parece san simple.

    Parece San Simple cuestionar el modo en que las instituciones de Salud Mental (dispositivos) expulsan a quienes demandan atención por sus consumos problemáticos. Todos los consumos parecen problemáticos, desde el Paco hasta quedar la mirada pegada al celular, pero con algunos se puede funcionar en la civilización neoliberal y con otros te vas muriendo, porque los dispositivos te expulsan, explica un conjunto de profesionales (Alejandro Emilio Brain, Luciano Iván Rosé) que critican la forma en que todo esto funciona (mal). (Ver más acá, La demanda en adicciones, entre la criminalización y la expulsión).  Los dispositivos tienden a autopreservarse, es decir, a funcionar (mal) aunque para esto haya que expulsar a los que necesitarían ayuda. ¿Qué es un dispositivo? Parece san simple entenderlo, pero desde que Foucault o alguien empezó a ponerle dispositivo a todo no es tan simple. 

    Aunque parece San Simple escuchar La otra.-radio descargando el audio desde acá.


    The Fight Over Encrypted DNS: Explained

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    Sage CRM 2019 R2: Some thoughts about moving database servers


    A customer had a requirement to move database servers. This was a straight move from one server to another rather than upgrading database versions.

    There have been some very good tips and advice shared on the forums and I thought it would be useful to bring this advice together in one space.

    I have made the assumption that we are moving from a single webserver/database server to another single webserver/database server.

    If that is the case then I would suggest on the new webserver you start by doing a clean CRM install. That will take care of your install files e.g. Program Files\Sage\CRM\<CRM Install Name>.

    Note: Some of this may not be relevant to your exact needs but read on to understand my logic.

    You need to make sure that it is exactly the same version as your current 'Live' Web server.

    You can then copy over any custom files from your 'Live' servers such as images/custom pages[wwwroot\custom pages and wwwroot\img]

    If your document library & default document templates are on your current Web Server you need to copy this over too.

    From the steps above your new Web Server should be the same version as your Live Web Server and custom files copied over.

    Moving the Database Server

    When you create the new install you can choose to install a clean CRM database on the new database server.

    Then you can restore your "Live" database over it.

    Checking the Registry

    You will need to check the registry on the new web server. This is to ensure that the DefaultDatabase/DefaultDatabaseServer & DatabasePassword all are related to the new DB server. These are on the Web Server under:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\eWare\Config\<CRM InstallName>

    Do make sure that you keep backups of your Live database and current CRM install folder safe too.

    Once you have done that you can start to check whether the new web server is up and running.  Sage CRM should be installed to the same level, with all the custom images/files[asp development etc] and pointing to the new database server, which has a current database restored.

    There are things you need to verify.

    Check things like library document links, custom pages are still working correctly after the move. Check the Admin area to see what else is pointing at a drive e.g. the documents and reports Admin configuration.

    Checking the Configuration Files

    To ensure the aspects of Sage CRM that are delivered using the Apache Tomcat webapps you need to ensure the configuration file is correct:

    C:\Program Files (x86)\Sage\CRM\CRM\tomcat\webapps\crmj\WEB-INF

    Here's a sample connection string for SQL Server 2014 Express (it will be similar in other versions):

    • #SQL Server settings
    • db.driver=net.sf.log4jdbc.DriverSpy
    • db.url=jdbc:log4jdbc:sqlserver://SAGE020111:61364;databaseName=CRM;language=English;instance=CRMEXPRESS2014
    • db.encrypt=true;
    • db.username=sa

    If you're using the default SQL Server instance (usually MSSQLSERVER), you don't need to specify it in the

    Exchange Integration

    If you are using Exchange integration then please also check the file

    C:\Program Files (x86)\Sage\CRM\CRM\tomcat\webapps\crmExchangeSyncEngine\WEB-INF

    • #SQL Server settings
    • db.url=jdbc:sqlserver://SAGE020331:61364;databaseName=CRM;instance=CRMEXPRESS2014
    • db.encrypt=true;
    • db.username=sa

    Other things to Check

    Another possibility is that the SQL Server instance isn't set up to accept connections over TCP/IP. The CRM components driven by the eWare DLL use the SQL Server client tools to connect, so it's possible to have those working, and not the Tomcat webapps.

    You should be able to enable TCP/IP in the SQL Server Configuration Manager. Under SQL Server Network Configuration, check out the Protocols for <your instance> options. TCP/IP will need to be enabled and will need to be listening on a given IP/port combination. You might find it easiest to try enabling the Listen All option on the Protocol tab, then testing a TCP/IP connection using Management Studio.

    This can be done from the connection screen in Management Studio. First set, your authentication method to SQL Server Authentication and make sure that you're using TCP/IP as your network protocol.

    This should ensure your dashboards etc are working. You'll want to check out the logs generated by the Tomcat web apps - you'll find those in the CRM logs directory (/CRM/Logs/), and the Tomcat logs directory (/CRM/tomcat/logs/).

    Only after you have completed the checks should you disable your old web server and send users the new Server URL.


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    NO TIME TO DIE Trailer... Trailer!

    The first actual movie footage of the next Daniel Craig James Bond movie, No Time To Die! Not the actual trailer yet (that's due on Wednesday), but the trailer for the trailer! And it looks amazing! Consider my appetite whetted. This premiered during football tonight in the U.S.


    Good Morning, Dustin Milligan

    It feels so strange, seeing people tweet and post breathlessly about the teaser for the final season of Schitt's Creek -- putting on my Old Man Voice (aka my voice) I remember a time when it seemed as if it was just me out here bleating that beat, when the first season aired in Canada and I, Catherine O'Hara freak that I am, downloaded it fresh as it aired there each week, getting side-eyes whenever I tried to tell people that something called Schitt's Creek was the best new everything. Point being I was right, y'all were dumb, na na na na na.

    Of course now that teaser's been out for a couple of weeks (the sixth and final season premieres in January) and while all y'all post and tweet breathlessly about it my old ass is only getting around to that now. So who won in the long run, Jason? Who won in the long run? Well to make up for my tardiness I'll share with y'all several more photos of Schitt's star Dustin Milligan, aka Ted the Vet, after the jump -- how do we think his relationship with Alexis will end? Any predictions for the season? Share those in the comments...


    The Kelly Gang's Coming Soon

    I have no idea when Snowtown and Macbeth director Justin Kurzel's newest film, called True History of the Kelly Gang and which got some very fine attention at the Toronto Film Festival in September -- including tell of a Nicky Hoult nude scene worth the price of admission -- will be getting a release here in the U.S., but I'm guessing it'll be some ways into 2020. But the film, which also stars Babadook legend Essie Davis and Russell Crowe and 1917 star George Mackay (hey he just sat five inches away from me a couple of days ago) and Charlie Hunnam...

    ... excuse me, and Naked Charlie Hunnam...

    ... the film is getting released in its home country on the Australian streaming service called Stan (which is sort of their Netflix, although they have Netflix too) on January 26th. And so they've gone and released a vertiginous-shaped trailer, which thanks to the wonders of the internet I've now got to share with you. It looks absolutely bonkers. Watch:

    Obviously this is one I'll be covering every single little sniff of information about, so keep coming back to MNPP if you want such a thing! Assassin's Creed aside I think Kurzel is absolutely one of the most interesting directors working today and I can't wait to see what he does with the story of the Kelly Gang -- one of, if not The, Great Aussie Myths, which has already been filmed a ton of times at this point -- and with this insanely talented cast.

    And also with Nicholas Hoult wearing nothing but sock garters. Did I mention Nicholas Hoult wearing nothing but sock garters? Nicholas Hoult wearing nothing but sock garters. There's no glimpse of that bit just yet but obviously they're gonna save the big money-shot for when it counts...


    Calcutta canta in spagnolo: esce Paracetamol e "el corazón va a mil"


    “El paracetamol 500 miligramos si te tomas dos se vuelven mil”. Inizia così la versione spagnola di Paracetamolo, la canzone di Calcutta uscita nel maggio 2018 come terzo brano estratto dall’album Evergreen.

    “La niebla de Milán como una medicina que te curara si lo necesitas”, continua la nuova versione del brano dell’artista classe 1989, intitolata Paracetamol. Si tratta della prima canzone tradotta in lingua spagnola del cantautore di Latina.

    Intanto Calcutta, al secolo Edoardo D’Erme, ha iniziato il suo tour. Dopo la data di San Marino dello scorso 19 novembre, il cantautore sta continuando la sua serie di concerti in Europa. Tra le tappe anche Madrid dove, il prossimo 9 dicembre, l’artista avrà l’occasione di esibirsi in castigliano.


    Un po' bodyguard, un po' navigator. Di Battista suona la carica al fianco di Di Maio


    Partiamo dalla fine. Partiamo da Andrea Marcucci, senatore, capogruppo del Partito democratico. Che a un certo punto della giornata dice una cosa così: “Se il Movimento 5 stelle seguisse le indicazioni di Alessandro Di Battista, provocherebbe sicuramente un problema insormontabile per il governo”. Non semplicemente un problema, non l’ennesima diatriba da risolvere. Un “problema insormontabile”.

    Riavvolgiamo ora il nastro. È la giornata del pasdaran 5 stelle. Una doppia uscita con Luigi Di Maio che guarda benevolo e silente. “Non ti dico che sono concordate – spiega un uomo vicino al capo M5S – ma ti dico che quel che fa Ale non sia meditato”. I due si sono sentiti nei giorni scorsi. E per quanto non concordate al millimetro le uscite di Di Battista fanno parte del grande gioco dei 5 stelle. Prima un’intervista al Fatto quotidiano. Oltre a un’intemerata contro Matteo Renzi e il caso Open. Poi il passaggio chiave: “Io penso che il Movimento debba alzare il tiro su determinati temi, come la giustizia, il Mes e le fondazioni dei partiti. Luigi lo sta facendo e io sono dalla sua parte, lo sostengo in questa linea”.

    L’intervista fa il giro nelle chat dei parlamentari. Riscuote consensi. Di Maio appena ieri ha frenato con i suoi parlamentari sul Mes. La linea è passata da “non si firma senza modifiche” a “cerchiamo di migliorarlo”. Perché è il punto più complesso e incomprensibile ai cittadini su cui alzare il tiro. Ne va di rapporti internazionali, della credibilità del paese, degli equilibri europei. E Giuseppe Conte ha assicurato i 5 stelle che tutto quel che è in suo potere per limare i punti di contrasto verrà fatto. Il Mes è solo un tassello.

    Il caso di giornata riguarda le Autonomie. Francesco Boccia parla dell’intenzione di velocizzare finalmente l’iter, di inserire la legge quadro come collegato alla manovra. “Nessun blitz verrà accettato basta con il fare le cose subito e male solo per dare contentini”, tuona Luigi Gallo, presidente pentastellato della commissione Cultura della Camera. Poco male, perché Gallo è vicinissimo a Roberto Fico, e dalla sinistra del partito non lesina bordate alla leadership. E invece no, perché è lo stesso entourage di Di Maio a spiegare come sia quella la posizione del Movimento tutto, leader compreso, aprendo di fatto un nuovo fronte.

    Di Maio martella su Autostrade, vuole la revoca delle concessioni, tira dritto nonostante le perplessità del Pd, arriva a chiedere la riabilitazione di Danilo Toninelli, silurato appena qualche mese fa. Alfonso Bonafede sulla prescrizione, mettendo in guardia da patti fra Dem e Forza Italia, quasi un’excusatio non petita. A metà pomeriggio Di Battista rincara la dose. Dopo il solito, un po’ posticcio, attacco al gruppo Espresso e a Repubblica, diventata a insaputa sua e del paese tutto un baluardo del liberismo, “Dibba” suona la carica ai suoi: “Accelerate! Soprattutto adesso. Luigi lo sta facendo e lo sostengo per questo. Accelerate sul conflitto di interessi, sulla nazionalizzazione di autostrade, sulla commissione di inchiesta sul finanziamento ai partiti, sul recupero dell’Imu non versato dagli istituti religiosi”.

    Il pasdaran alza, Di Maio schiaccia: “Sulla commissione d’inchiesta sui finanziamenti ai partiti noi siamo pronti. Gli altri? Va avviata entro l’anno”. La prossima settimana Conte andrà in aula, attaccherà Salvini sul Mes. Non è previsto un voto, ma da chi interverrà fra i 5 stelle e da che tipo di parole pronuncerà nel dibattito a seguire si capirà a che livello è l’intensità dello scontro. Si naviga a vista. E la nebbia si fa sempre più fitta.


    Italy's populist Five Star Movement (M5S) party leader Luigi Di Maio (R) and M5S members Roberto Fico (L) and Alessandro Di Battista after the last election campaign meeting in Piazza del Popolo in Rome on March 2, 2018.
Italy's anti-establishment Five Star Movement broke with tradition on March 1, 2018, by announcing its list of ministerial candidates, almost all of them political newcomers, before March 4 general election. / AFP PHOTO / Andreas SOLARO        (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP via Getty Images)


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    [ Audio-Images ] REVUE DE L'ARENE DU 28 NOVEMBRE 2019

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    Nie lubimy kiedy nam się rozkazuje

    Łamanie wszelkich zasad ruchu drogowego to nasz sport narodowy.

    Podporządkowywanie się nie należy do naszych mocnych cech. Jedziemy jednak w złym kierunku ponieważ nie chodzi o to, że ktoś nam rozkazuje na drodze jak mamy jechać, ale to przepisy jednoznacznie określają zasady ruchu drogowego. Z jednej strony niektórym wydaje się, że fajnie jest łamać przepisy bo to dla nich oznacza bycie lepszym. Kiedy jednak zastanowimy się logicznie choćby chwilę to dojedziemy do wniosku, że takie rozumowanie prowadzi do chaosu drogowego.
    Wstręt, wręcz obrzydzenie do jazdy na suwak.

    Powyższy przykład to jeden z wielu kiedy kierowcy mogliby zmniejszyć korek jadąc na tzw. suwak, który to na szczęście będzie obowiązkowy od 6 grudnia bieżącego roku. Już na początku filmiku widać jak kierowca zjeżdża z lewego pasa na prawy po to by ustawić się gęsiego i jechać za tłumem - jechać tak, żeby korek był jak najdłuższy. Pamiętam jak w rodzimych Kielcach była taka sytuacja, że przez kilka miesięcy kierowcy gęsiego ustawiali się na prawym bo lewy się kończył - korki niemiłosiernie wielkie jak na małe Kielce. Nikt z prawego nie chciał nikogo z lewego wpuszczać. Wszyscy jeździli tak, że między auta gazety nie dałoby się zmieścić. Taka chęć pokazania chamstwa, ale dlaczego? Nie znam przepisów, ja stałem to inni też niech stoją? Nagle pewnego dnia drogowcy zmienili oznakowanie i wówczas prawy po pewnym czasie się kończył. Kierowcy nauczeni jazdą na pamięć w dalszym ciągu ustawiali się na prawym - wyobraźcie sobie zdziwienie szeryfów kiedy jechałem i nagle okazywało się, że dziś to ja mam pierwszeństwo. Gdyby jeździli na suwak - niezależnie od tego który pas tam gdzieś daleko kończy się nie było by problemu i korków.

    Przyzwolenie na 10 więcej

    Wśród społeczeństwa panuje przekonanie, że ,,synu, jak na znaku 50, a będziesz jechał 60tkę to jest okej, ale jak już przekroczysz o 2 dyszki to nie bardzo". Przekazywane z pokolenia na pokolenie rady owocują tym, że piratów drogowych jak i samych wypadków i krzyżów przy drogach u nas nie brakuje. Dlaczego 2 dyszki to nie bardzo? Ponieważ inny mit głosi, że większość fotoradarów łapie wykroczenia powyżej 20km/h.
    Nie to nie jest korytarz ratunkowy - serio. To lenistwo, które nakazuje zawsze zaparkować przy samym wejściu, a że to obraz prawdziwego buractwa - kij tam. ,,Henio, czy tu na pewno można stanąć? Nie wiem, ale patrz ilu tak zaparkowało, wszystkim mandatu nie wlepią, parkujemy Halina!"
    Zastanawiacie się ilu kierowców dobrze zaparkowało na zdjęciu powyżej? Odpowiedź brzmi - żaden. Można by snuć teorię, że parkowanie po zewnętrznej stronie parkingu nieco ułatwia sytuację, ale co jeżeli ktoś nauczony, że w zgodzie z przepisami zaparkuje przepisowo?
    To coś jak na tym zdjęciu, powyżej. Zawracanie na ekspresówce ułatwi sytuację, skróci czas, ominie się korek. Co jednak w momencie kiedy służby ratunkowe będą pędzić tym korytarzem aby komuś gdzieś tam dalej uratować życie. Najgorsze jest w tym, że zawrotki nie dokonał jeden naćpany kierowca tylko cała szarańcza, która ma braki w logicznym rozumowaniu. No ale jeżeli na 10 kierowców 8 będzie idiotami to demokratycznie głupota ma przyzwolenie na debilizm drogowym.

    Tłumaczenie, że mam duże auto i dlatego parkuje na dwóch możecie głęboko między stare książki schować. Żadne logiczne wyjaśnienie. To po prostu bajka dla chamów próbujących wciskać kit pozostałym.
    Krzywo zaparkować i poprawić się to żaden wstyd. WSTYD to zaparkować źle, mieć wyjebane, zostawić auto i sobie pójść.
     Ja tylko na chwilę. 1, 2, 3 i cyk zostaje na dłużej plus kilka stów za zdjęcie ciasnej obrączki.
    Zająłem miejsce dla osób do tego upoważnionych. Łoj matko - przecież jest ich wiele, a jak przyjedzie inwalida to stanie obok - pomyślało kilku kierowców ze zdjęcia powyżej i inwalidzi mogą sobie tylko krążyć po parkingu bo ci więksi, umysłowi nie ogarniają kultury. Na powyższym zdjęciu żadne auto nie posiadało uprawnień, większością przyjechali zdrowi, młodzi ludzie. Znowu przykład demokratycznej głupoty.
    Łooo, ale dużo miejsca na tym Ursynowie. Parkuje szybko i spieprzam na kwadrat. Jest późno, parking pusty to nikt nie będzie miał żadnego problemu, a mu się spieszy. Następnego dnia, rankiem, inny kierowca: ,,Dobra jedziemy na Ursynów, wiem, że tam jedno miejsce to się zawsze dla nas znajdzie" - potem krążymy bo jeden gamoń zaparkował na kilku. Znajdzie się na całym parkingu kilku takich i kilkunastu normalnych kierowców musi zaparkować znacznie dalej.
    Parkowanie gdzie popadnie mając wywalone na wszystkich to standard wielu polskich parkingów. Ja nie wiedziałem, ja na chwilę, zaraz wracam czyli tzw. buractwo parkingowe. Powyższe parkowanie to przykład młodej z wyglądu pełnosprawnej kobiety bez dzieci na oko mającej 20-25lat nie wykazującej się przebłyskiem intelektu nadającego się do życia w społeczeństwie a jedynie w odosobnieniu. Aż dziwi, że taka istota udała się do miejsca, gdzie jest duże natężenie ludzi na m2.
    Kiedy dwa pasy ruchu drogowego na jezdni jednokierunkowej i nie ogarniasz to zazwyczaj zaczynasz być nauczycielem. Szeryfem, któremu bez logicznych argumentów wydaje się, że wie lepiej. 
    Jak to pewien szeryf drogowy z powyższego filmu powiedział: ,,ja wiem swoje, pan wie swoje" co w tłumaczeniu oznacza yyyyy eeee uuuu rozbroił mnie pan tym pytaniem, nie wiem co powiedzieć, ja się nie znam, nie wpuszczę pana bo wydaje mi się, że skoro inni napieprzają prawym to lewy pas to jest lawa i lawina ,,cwaniaków".

    Czasem szeryf mi tłumaczy, że ,,Panie trzeba było tam wcześniej już na prawy zjechać" odpowiadam ,,Panie ale kiedy, 300m wcześniej, 428m, 1,5km? Pytam bo nie wiem kiedy mam zjechać, kiedy jest ten dobry czas? Bo tam z tyłu na wjeździe się przykorkowało bo prawy zajęty, bo na skrzyżowanie nie da się wjechać bo tylko prawym każdy jedzie. Pytam, ale ja jestem pewien, że tym pasem mogę jechać do końca, a gdyby ten pas, zwykle lewy po którym teraz jadę był wyłączony z ruchu to drogowcy już by się o to postarali". Następnie jest kilka sekund udawania, że szeryf myśli, przetwarza duża ilość danych jaką mu dostarczyłem, uruchomi swój procesor w łepetynie i przypierdzieli mi jakiegoś txta, że mi szczęka opadnie, bo takie dziwne miny wtedy robią, ale w końcu otwiera usta i mówi pomagając sobie rękami ,,a idź pan w cholerę". 

    Mimo wszystko jak oglądam poniższy film, który sam nagrałem to wciąż jeszcze wierzę, że jest nadzieja w narodzie. Szerokiej drogi!





    O colectivo da So Much MoreYoung Family tem se mostrado um dos principais nomes do nosso RAP na actualidade, principalmente quando se fala em Nova Escola, após vários projectos do grupo e a solo, em um ano que tiveram em destaque pela quantidade e qualidade do seu trabalho, decidiram lançar de forma digital o seu primeiro álbum, “Disco D’Ouro“.
    O mesmo foi gravado em menos de 1 mês, é composto por 12 faixas, com a produção executiva de MadSuperstarNegro Bué + DJ Ritchelly e participações de YunLiloMadSuperstarEmmanuelaArletcheckV-Lex BreezyPlutoYuncllapMulatoohSpace BeatsThomas Cragere Lytton Scot.
    O projecto marca uma nova era para à Young Family e segundo o membro do grupo, Lil Mac “Disco D’Ouro é um titulo escolhido com algum sarcasmo por ser lançado apenas em formato digital“. Curta Aqui.
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    Louco” com a super participação de Bluay e produção instrumental de Rusty, é o novo vídeo single do popular rapper português Piruka que marca o regresso do artista aos lançamentos. Curta Aqui.





    Após 2 anos em silêncio o Patrão do RAP TugaRegula está de volta com um novo vídeo single do álbum “Ouro Sobre Azul“, intitulado “Júlio César” com a produção instrumental de Filetes e visual de Bernardo Lopes & Chris Costa. Curta Aqui.





    Assista aqui o videoclipe da faixa "É Barulho Deles" com a participação de Johnny Berry, extraída do álbum "Abra" do Rapper Cage One



    theqoo: Nạn phân biệt chủng tộc ở Hàn không phải quá nghiêm trọng sao?


    Phản hồi bài viết:

    - Đồng ý...

    - Nếu gặp người ngoại quốc đẹp trai thì dân mình sẽ rất niềm nở chào đón họ. Chúng ta thật sự đang sống trong cái xã hội tệ hại phân biệt ngoại hình

    - Không chỉ phân biệt chủng tộc đâu, nước mình kiểu phân biệt mọi thứ ấy ㅋㅋㅋ

    - Tôi cảm thấy nếu chúng ta không nuông chiều bản thân thì người khác sẽ không coi chúng ta là con người. Ở trên mạng, nếu bạn đẹp thì người ta sẽ nghĩ là bạn cũng tốt tính, nổi cả da gà ㅎ

    - Thật sự thì cũng chả thể làm gì với sự phân biệt này. Nếu đẹp trai xinh gái thì sẽ được khen ngợi, còn không thì sẽ bị ngó lơ

    - Tôi đồng ý với bạn trả lời có và không ㅋㅋ Đúng là nước ta có phân biệt chủng tộc, nhưng không đến mức quá gay gắt

    - Rõ ràng. Phân biệt chủng tộc hay phân biệt ngoại hình thì đều là phân biệt cả thôi

    - Tôi biết, ở các quốc gia khác thì ngoại hình cũng đóng vai trò quan trọng trong việc bạn có được yêu quý hay không, nhưng ở nước mình thì vấn đề ấy được đẩy lên quá nghiêm trọng

    - Tất cả những gì họ nói đều đúng cả ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ Thật ra thì dân mình không quan tâm đến màu da đâu, đây chỉ là một đất nước quan tâm bạn có đẹp hay không thôi

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    theamateurlinguist:In Chile, the country’s largest indigenous...



    In Chile, the country’s largest indigenous people, the Mapuche, will lose more than just the spoken word if their language dies out.  As with other indigenous groups around the world, they are fighting to preserve  their very existence.


    theamateurlinguist:Centre Chief Investigator Nicholas Thieberger...



    Centre Chief Investigator Nicholas Thieberger is Associate Professor and ARC Future Fellow in the School of Languages and Linguistics at The University of Melbourne. In 2003 he helped establish   the Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Resources in Endangered Languages (PARADISEC), and is now its Director


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    11112748_972258576138030_2181064751561871295_o.jpgValami roppant különös és rejtélyes dolog történik az Archers of Loaf háza táján. Csak nem egy új lemez van készülőben?

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    "I wanna rock you, baby...": Black Bombaim & Peter Brötzmann - Self-Titled



    Néhány hete egy másik csatornán megígértem jószívvelnek, hogy amint visszatérek a rendszeres posztoláshoz, az elsők közt fogom kirakni ezt a lemezt. Nos, a jövőt nem láthatom előre, egyelőre fogalmazzunk úgy, hogy visszatérőben vagyok, várni viszont már nem bírok, mert ez egy irdatlanul bivaly lemez, muszáj megmutatnom. A Black Bombaim talán már feltűnt itt egyszer, ők egy portugál banda, amolyan instrumentális pszichedelikus rockot tolnak, enyhén experimentális ízekkel, Peter Brötzmann meg hát... ő Peter Brötzmann. Legenda a free jazzben, szaxofonon és klarinéton  játszik, de például a tárogatónak is igen jó ismerője. Kettejük kooperációjából pedig stílusában pont egy olyan album született, amilyet gondolnánk, ám olyan zabolátlan, őserejű, lávaként fortyogó előadásmódban, ami tényleg csak a legspontánabb rocklemezek sajátja. És ez nem kis részben köszönhető Brötzmannak. Talán csak Steve Mackay (akivel egyébként szintén zenéltek a portugál srácok) fújta ilyen vadállati erővel a Fun House albumon.

    Más: Brötzmann tehetsége tovább öröklődött, bizonyíték erre Caspar Brötzmann munkássága. A Caspar Brötzmann Massaker egyik lemeze szintén szerepelt már a blogon, de majd javítunk a statisztikán, mert egyetlen lemez egy ilyen zenekartól méltatlanul kevés.


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    "I wanna rock you, baby...": Membranes - What Nature Gives... Nature Takes Away



     A Membranes tökéletes példája az érthetetlenül alulértékelt zenekaroknak: a nyolcvanas években csupa zseniális lemezt készítettek, teljesen egyedi, de azért a brit post-punk tradíciókból okosan táplálkozó megszólalással, a noise rock határát súroló intenzitással. Aztán az évtized végén feloszlottak, tehát minden adott lett volna ahhoz, hogy a kilencvenes évek agresszív gitárzenekarai pionírként hivatkozzanak rájuk, de emlékeim szerint ez (egy-két kivételtől eltekintve) nem következett be. Aztán szűk két évtized után újraindult a pályájuk: kicsit nyugisabb tempóval lépkedve négy éve kiadtak egy nagyon erős visszatérő nagylemezt, rá egy évre annak remixváltozatát, majd idén jött egy igazi überalbum, amire én egyszerűen nem találok szavakat. Egészen más okokból a zenei világ nagyobbik része sem talál szavakat, ugyanis a Mark Lanegan Banddel közös turnéjukkal kapcsolatban sok helyen csak lábjegyzetben említik meg őket. Az ilyenkor kötelezőnek számító "post-punk legend" címkével le is tudva egy hibátlan életművet. Annyi baj legyen, mi holnap megtekinthetjük őket Lanegan bácsi szertartása előtt, aki egyébként szintén oda van ezért a lemezért.


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    Earthbreakers เกมผู้สืบทอด Command & Conquer: Renegade โดยอดีตทีมงาน Westwood


    แฟนๆ ซีรีส์ Command & Conquer อาจจำกันได้ว่าเคยมีเกม Command & Conquer: Renegade เกมยิงแนว FPS สวมบทบาทเป็น Nick "Havoc" Parker คอมมานโดฝ่าย GDI บุกเข้าฐานทัพของฝ่าย NOD

    ตอนนี้เกมผู้สืบทอดตำนานของ Renegade กำลังจะกลับมาอีกครั้งในชื่อ Earthbreakers โดยสตูดิโอที่ก่อตั้งโดยอดีตทีมงาน Westwood นั่นเอง

    Command & Conquer: Renegade วางขายในปี 2002 แต่ไม่ประสบความสำเร็จในแง่รายได้และเสียงวิจารณ์ มันถือเป็นเกมลำดับท้ายๆ ของ Westwood Studios ก่อนโดน EA สั่งปิดสตูดิโอในปี 2003

    หลัง Westwood ปิดตัว ทีมงานส่วนหนึ่งย้ายไปตั้งบริษัทใหม่ Petroglyph Games (ผลงานเด่นคือ Star Wars: Empire at War และ Panzer General) ปีที่แล้ว EA เพิ่งประกาศรีมาสเตอร์ Command & Conquer ใหม่ โดยใช้บริการของ Petroglyph ในฐานะที่คุ้นเคยกับเกมต้นฉบับ

    ล่าสุด Petroglyph เปิดตัวเกมใหม่ Earthbreakers ซึ่งหน้าตาและแนวเกมถือว่าเป็นผู้สืบทอดของ Command & Conquer: Renegade ได้เลย

    Earthbreakers เป็นเกมยิงแนว FPS สงครามโลกอนาคต รูปแบบการเล่นเป็น multiplayer PvP ตามยุคสมัย (เล่นพร้อมกันได้สูงสุด 32 คนต่อหนึ่งแผนที่) เนื้อเรื่องของเกมเกิดในปี 2060 ที่โลกเกิดแร่สีม่วงชนิดใหม่ชื่อ Vilothyte ที่ใช้เป็นแหล่งพลังงานได้ และกองกำลังสองฝ่ายต้องมาต่อสู้กันเพื่อแย่งทรัพยากรชนิดใหม่นี้

    ตัวเกมหลักเป็นแนว FPS แต่เพิ่มเกมเพลย์แบบ RTS ให้เราสามารถสร้างสิ่งก่อสร้างในฐานได้เอง สิ่งก่อสร้างช่วยให้เราสร้างยูนิตทหารและยานพาหนะใหม่ๆ ได้ตามแนวทางเกม RTS ทั่วไป

    ตอนนี้เกมมีหน้าเว็บบน Steam แล้ว กำหนดวางขายบอกแค่ว่าปี 2020

    ที่มา - Eurogamer


    ใครคือผู้ก่อตั้ง Kubernetes และปัจจุบันเขาไปอยู่ที่ไหนกัน?


    ตำแหน่งซอฟต์แวร์ที่ร้อนแรงที่สุดในปี 2019 ย่อมเป็นของ Kubernetes ที่บริษัทไอทีสายองค์กรทุกแห่งต้องวิ่งเข้าหา (อ่านบทความ Kubernetes คืออะไร ประกอบ)

    เราอาจรู้ประวัติของ Kubernetes ว่าเริ่มสร้างโดยวิศวกรของกูเกิลในปี 2014 หลังจากนั้นคือปี 2015 ยกให้องค์กรกลางคือ Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) ดูแลต่อ แต่ถ้าถามว่าใครคือผู้สร้าง Kubernetes อาจไม่มีใครตอบได้ในทันที

    Kubernetes เริ่มสร้างโดยวิศวกรของกูเกิล 3 คนคือ Joe Beda, Brendan Burns, Craig McLuckie ซึ่งปัจจุบันไม่ได้อยู่กับกูเกิลแล้วสักคน พวกเขาทำอะไรกันอยู่ในตอนนี้?

    Made in Seattle

    สำนักงานใหญ่ของกูเกิลอยู่ที่เมือง Mountain View ในรัฐแคลิฟอร์เนีย แต่กูเกิลมีสำนักงานอยู่หลายแห่งทั่วโลก และผลิตภัณฑ์หลายๆ ตัวของกูเกิลก็ไม่ได้สร้างขึ้นที่ Mountain View เสมอไป (ตัวอย่างที่ชัดๆ คือ Google Maps สร้างโดยทีมงานในออสเตรเลีย)

    Kubernetes เองก็เช่นกัน มันถูกสร้างขึ้นที่สำนักงานของกูเกิลในเมือง Seattle ซึ่งเป็นฐานที่มั่นของไมโครซอฟท์

    สองคู่หู Joe Beda และ Craig McLuckie เคยเป็นพนักงานของไมโครซอฟท์มาก่อนในยุค 2000s (Beda อยู่กับไมโครซอฟท์ระหว่างปี 1997-2004, McLuckie อยู่ระหว่างปี 2001-2008 และ 2012-2013) ทั้งสองคนโคจรมาพบกันที่กูเกิลสาขา Seattle ราวปี 2013-2014

    ส่วน Brendan Burns เคยเป็นอาจารย์มหาวิทยาลัยมาก่อน แล้วย้ายมาอยู่ที่กูเกิล Seattle ตั้งแต่ปี 2008 จึงเป็นแกนหลักอีกคนในการสร้าง Borg ที่ภายหลังกลายเป็น Kubernetes เช่นกัน

    ผู้ก่อตั้งทั้งสามคนร่วมกันสร้าง Kubernetes ในปี 2014 และเปิดตัวสู่สาธารณะในปี 2015 หลังจากนั้นก็ถึงทางแยกของแต่ละคน

    Brendan Burns ไปไมโครซอฟท์

    Brendan Burns ที่ไม่เคยอยู่กับไมโครซอฟท์มาก่อนเลย ลาออกจากกูเกิลในปี 2016 ไปอยู่กับไมโครซอฟท์ (ซึ่งก็ยังอยู่ในพื้นที่ Seattle) ปัจจุบันเขามีตำแหน่งเป็น Distinguished Engineer ของ Azure Container Service (AKS) รวมถึงดูแลงานด้าน DevOps ด้วย

    Joe Beda และ Craig McLuckie ไป VMware

    ส่วนคู่หู Joe Beda และ Craig McLuckie ลาออกจากกูเกิลในช่วงเวลาไล่เลี่ยกัน (2015-2016) และร่วมกันเปิดบริษัทสตาร์ตอัพ Heptio ในปี 2016 ซึ่งก็แน่นอนว่าทำธุรกิจเกี่ยวกับ Kubernetes

    Heptio ถูกซื้อกิจการโดย VMware ในปี 2018 เพื่อนำความเชี่ยวชาญของทีมงานมาช่วยพัฒนา Kubernetes เวอร์ชันของ VMware (PKS หรือ Pivotal Kubernetes Service)

    ปัจจุบันทั้งสองคนยังอยู่กับ VMware ในฐานะแกนนำคนสำคัญของโครงการ Kubernetes โดย Beda มีตำแหน่งเป็น Principal Engineer และ McLuckie เป็น Vice President

    ทั้งสองคนยังอยู่ในพื้นที่แถบ Seattle เช่นเดิม


    ไมโครซอฟท์แก้มือในยุค Xbox Scarlett เตรียมออกเกมจาก First Party ทุก 3-4 เดือน


    ปัจจัยสำคัญที่ทำให้ Xbox One เป็นรอง PS4 ในสงครามคอนโซลยุคนี้คือ การขาดแคลนเกม first party ที่เป็นจุดดึงดูดของแพลตฟอร์ม

    ไมโครซอฟท์เองก็ทราบปัญหานี้ดี และพยายามแก้เกมด้วยการไล่ซื้อสตูดิโอเกมจำนวนมากมาอยู่ใต้ร่มของ Xbox Game Studios โดยปัจจุบันมีสตูดิโอในสังกัด 15 แห่งแล้ว

    ล่าสุด Matt Booty หัวหน้าทีม Xbox Game Studios ให้สัมภาษณ์กับเว็บไซต์ GameRadar ระบุว่าในยุคของ Xbox Scarlett เขามีแผนจะออกเกมใหม่ให้ได้ทุก 3-4 เดือน ซึ่งด้วยพลังของสตูดิโอทั้ง 15 แห่งก็ทำให้เขามั่นใจว่าสามารถเดินหน้าตามแผนนี้ได้

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    เขาบอกว่าไมโครซอฟท์ต้องใช้เวลาอีกสักระยะ เพื่อเตรียมตัวให้พร้อมสำหรับ Xbox Scarlett มีเกมออกใหม่อย่างต่อเนื่อง แต่ก็ยังเสริมด้วยว่ายังไม่ทิ้งยุทธศาสตร์เกมจากผู้ผลิตรายอื่น (third party) และเกมจากนักพัฒนาอิสระ (ID@Xbox) ที่ยังให้ความสำคัญเหมือนเดิม

    Booty ยังพูดถึงเกมใหม่ๆ ของสตูดิโอในสังกัดที่เริ่มประกาศข่าวออกมา เช่น Grounded ของ Obsidian, Bleeding Edge ของ Ninja Theory และ Wasteland 3 ของ InXile ซึ่งไมโครซอฟท์ถือนโยบายไม่เข้าไปขัดขวางหรือยุ่งเกี่ยวของเกมที่พัฒนาอยู่แล้ว แต่จะช่วยเพิ่มทรัพยากรให้สตูดิโอเหล่านี้มีกำลังพัฒนาเกมมากขึ้นแทน

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    Nintendo ประกาศขอโทษลูกค้าและร้านค้า ที่ Ring Fit Adventure ขายดี จนขาดตลาด


    นินเทนโดเริ่มจำหน่ายอุปกรณ์เสริม Ring-Con กับ Leg Strap ที่ใช้คู่กับการเคลื่อนไหวของร่างกาย โดยมาพร้อมกับเกมแรก Ring Fit Adventure บน Nintendo Switch ตั้งแต่เดือนที่แล้ว ซึ่งกระแสตอบรับน่าจะออกมาดีมากจนสินค้าขาดตลาด

    โดยนินเทนโดญี่ปุ่น ได้ออกประกาศอย่างเป็นทางการเพื่อขอโทษทั้งลูกค้าและร้านค้าที่ Ring Fit Adventure ขาดตลาด พร้อมสัญญาว่าจะเติมสินค้าในทุกสัปดาห์ให้เพียงพอตลอดจนถึงสิ้นปีนี้

    ตัวเลขที่รายงานออกมา Ring Fit Adventure ขายในญี่ปุ่นไปได้แล้วเกือบ 3 แสนชุด ซึ่งแม้ไม่ใช่จำนวนที่สูงมากสำหรับเกมนินเทนโด แต่ก็น่าจะเกินกว่าที่บริษัทประเมินไว้นั่นเอง

    ที่มา: นินเทนโด ผ่าน Nintendo Life

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    Nacho Vigalondo's El vecino

    One of our favorite directors is back with a Netflix superhero show. Nacho Vigalondo (Colossal, Timecrimes) is directing El vecino, where a loser gets super powers. It's coming to Netflix in Spain, but that usually means we get it here in the states too.

    Not sure how to feel as we don't have subtitles, but it's always fun to see Nacho take on something sci-fi or fantasy and just making it about relationships. Though last year's Pooka! was one of his worst works, let's hope this makes him have a come back.

    Here's the synopsis and trailer

    "Javier is going through a bad patch: he can hardly make it to the end of the month, his business of T-shirts with de-motivational slogans is not quite getting the attention, and his relationship with Lola is shacking. The least thing he needed was for an alien to fall on him and transfer his powers to him before dying."


    Le jeu vidéo comme outil pour l’éducation critique des élèves

    Le jeu vidéo comme outil pour l’éducation critique des élèves
    Une table ronde a été organisée au Salon Educatice en partenariat avec Game for change, Ubisoft, le ministère de l’éducation…

    Ils démontrent ainsi l’intérêt du jeu vidéo pour développer les compétences, la citoyenneté et porter un autre regard sur le monde. La rencontre entre un créateur de jeu vidéo et un enseignant qui l’exploite en classe permettra de mettre en lumière et d’interroger ces pratiques.

    Florent Maurin, est le co-créateur du jeu vidéo « enterre-moi mon amour », disponible sur ordinateur, tablette et smartphone (android), lauréat de plusieurs prix et dans lequel le joueur suit et accompagne le parcours d’une jeune femme cherchant à fuir la Syrie.

    Enterre-moi, mon amour, fiction interactive sur smartphone, fait vivre intensément le périple vers l’Europe d’une jeune migrante syrienne en suivant le fil de sa messagerie instantanée. Une histoire d’amour, d’espoir et d’exil. Inspirée d’une histoire vraie.

    Conçue pour smartphone, cette œuvre hybride s’inspire d’un article du, dans lequel la journaliste Lucie Soullier avait reconstitué le périple de Dana S., réfugiée syrienne qui vit aujourd’hui en Allemagne, à travers son fil WhatsApp. Elles ont conseillé les auteurs, Florent Maurin et Pierre Corbinais, afin de rendre les faits et les personnages crédibles.  « Nous nous sommes appuyés sur diverses sources et sur l’expérience de Dana qui a validé l’intégralité des 110 000 mots que nous avons écrits », précise Florent Maurin.


    William Brou est professeur d’histoire et youtubeur (chaîne : histoire en jeu). Il expérimente depuis plusieurs années l’utilisation du jeu vidéo comme outil éducatif en classe. Il publie des vidéos où il démêle le vrai du faux dans les jeux-vidéo dédiés à l’histoire sur sa chaîne Youtube (Histoire en Jeux).

    Une seule question le guide : Peut-on apprendre l’Histoire-Géo en jouant à des jeux vidéo ?

    Il a utilisé ce jeu avec des élèves de 4ème dans le cadre du programme sur les migrations. Ils partent de leurs représentations du parcours et s’achemine vers le vrai de la situation. C’est un jeu qui provoque des émotions dont il faut parler afin qu’ils expriment leur ressenti. Le chemin de Nour suivi sur la carte oblige une recherche de ressources, d’informations. Les élèves découvrent ainsi que le jeu n’est pas hors sol. Il est créé avec un design, une interface, des documents réels, un langage du designer.

    Le jeu n’est pas qu’un divertissement, il est un média, une manière différente de se connecter au monde.

    4 processus créatifs en jeu : le code, l’aspect visuel, le design et la documentation.

    Le matériau n’est pas neutre. Dans le cadre éducatif, le jeu est un outil différent, qui permet des approches différentes, il est un choix culturel (l’actualité, avec les différentes perceptions à l’échelle internationale) il permet la construction du regard critique. A souligner donc, le feed back du professeur, certains jeux présentant parfois des réalités fausses qui peuvent provoquer chez les élèves, des représentations erronées, ou certains auteurs ne laissant pas percevoir leurs intentions.

    Olivier Dauba, Vice-Président Editorial d’Ubisoft. Il coordonne la réflexion éducative au sein de cet éditeur de jeux vidéo mondialement connu (assassin’s creed…)

    Il y a une responsabilité éducative et une éthique. Le jeu vidéo est un média culturel jeune, qui n’en est encore qu’aux balbutiements techniquement et éditorialement !

    C’est une industrie créée par des jeunes en évolution constante. Le regard critique a évolué.

    Les sujets évoluent : moins d’action, plus de profondeur de sujets.

    Ubisoft : des articles sur Educavox présentant un travail partenarial au sein de collèges :

    Fusion Jeunesse

    Alain Thillay, chef du bureau du soutien à l’innovation numérique et à la recherche appliquée (DNE – TN2) à la Direction du numérique pour l’éducation (Ministère de l’éducation nationale)

    On apprend avec le jeu depuis la Grèce antique…Le jeu vidéo est un objet culturel et l’école ne peut donc pas passer à côté. C’est un média au même titre que le cinéma, la littérature la BD. La mission de l’école est bien de critiquer les sources, de confronter les points de vue. Les jeux vidéo permettent de développer les compétences numériques du 21ème siècle.

    Un site d'accompagnement en ligne : Apprendre avec le jeu numérique

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      Bill Kirchen reminiscences on Commander Cody, Iggy Pop, and Bob Dylan before the Ann Arbor guitar legend's Honky Tonk Holiday

      Bill Kirchen reminiscences on Commander Cody, Iggy Pop, and Bob Dylan before the Ann Arbor guitar legend's Honky Tonk Holiday

      Excerpt from Bill Kirchen's Holiday Honk Tonk 2019 poster

      Ann Arbor native Bill Kirchen is instrumental in creating the rootsy country-rock-blues-folk mix we today call Americana. 

      Kirchen hit it big early in his career as the lead guitarist for Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen; he’s responsible for the dazzling guitar work on their enduring 1972 hit “Hot Rod Lincoln.” He’s since become known as an absolute master of the Telecaster guitar, playing with a nearly endless list of impressive names through the years. 

      Most recently, though, Kirchen has found one more way to shine: He’s become well known for his Honky Tonk Holiday tours, which showcase some of the most amazing, overlooked Christmas-themed gems you’ve never heard, alongside some other favorites from throughout his storied career.

      On Sunday, Dec. 1, Kirchen brings his annual holiday spectacular home to Ann Arbor for a show at The Ark.

      Dusting off should-be-classics like “Daddy’s Drinkin’ Up Our Christmas,” “Silent Surfin’ Night,” and “Truckin’ Trees For Christmas,” Kirchen -- now based in Austin -- will appear with his backing band The Hounds of the Bakersfield, featuring Rick Richards on drums and David Carroll on stand-up bass. 

      Kirchen took the time to answer a few questions via email, reflecting on the upcoming show and his time in Ann Arbor.

      Bill Kirchen in 1954, Ann Arbor News

      Caption from the Ann Arbor News, May 14, 1954: "Nature makes mistakes sometimes, and five-year-old Billy Kirchen of 1507 Abbott Ave. is holding one of them. Three dandelions fused into a single stem and then grew a triple flower head." Donated by the Ann Arbor News. © The Ann Arbor News.

      Q: You’re based in Austin, Texas, now?
      A: Yep. Chased the grandkids, daughter, and son-in-law down here almost 10 years ago. I’ve been coming down here to play music the better part of 50 years, so I have a lot of friends and history here. It’s still a soulful town. We’re struggling with explosive growth, but that comes with the territory. It’s a magnet town for pickers and writers, with no actual music industry! I like the community here, but need to make a lot of my livelihood on the road.

      Q: How long have you been playing with the Hounds of the Bakersfield?
      A: Since I moved to Austin, though we rotate the band name. I’ve known bass player David Carroll much longer, at least 20 years. Drummer Rick Richards I met when I got here.

      Q: How often do you get back to Ann Arbor? Do you still have any family here?
      A: At least once a year. Still have a sister Betsy and a brother Harold and sister-in-law Pam in Ann Arbor.

      Q: Do you have any particular favorite memories of your days in Ann Arbor? Any favorite hangouts or events that you still think of fondly? 
      A: Heck yeah. A great place to “grow up,” and I use the term loosely. Favorites? The Ark. The Cinema Guild, for old B&W movies as a kid; then, later, George Manupelli’s Film Festivals. The MUG in the Union and Dominick’s were where I’d find the bohemian crowd in the mid-'60s. While a senior at Ann Arbor High, I created a work/study program that allowed me to leave for the day at lunch, head up to campus, and just hang out. Sweet. It turned out to be actually very enriching, not to mention way more fun than school at that point.

      There was a tremendous folk music scene here. Herb David’s Guitar Shop saw it all come and go. He fixed up a banjo for me that my mom got during a 1930s banjo craze. I saw Clarence and Roland White and the Kentucky Colonels at the Golden Vanity downtown, Junior Wells and Buddy Guy, then the Kweskin Jug Band at the Canterbury House, and much more. Odetta, Bill Monroe, Dave Van Ronk, Pete Seeger, Mike Bloomfield, Brownie McGee, all at various places on campus. I watched Bob Dylan, solo ’64, at my high school from up in the light deck right above the stage.  

      Bill Kirchen in 1962, Ann Arbor News

      Caption from the Ann Arbor News, Sept. 3, 1962: "Bill Kirchen, 14-year-old of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin J. Kirchen of 1507 Abbott Ave., is shown on his extended, high-seat bicycle he and a neighbor friend, John Gostic, created as an interesting diversion on a summer day. Bill is riding high this last week of summer vacation. He is an Ann Arbor High School 10th grader." Donated by the Ann Arbor News. © The Ann Arbor News.

      Q: What was it like to be part of the Ann Arbor music scene back in those days?
      A: Ann Arbor was a crossroads for musicians, artists, fellow travelers, and advanced thinkers, many of whom I’m still friends with today. For every name artist I mention, there were a dozen locals and visitors who had a very big impact on me.

      When I started, I met a lot of musicians at the U of M Folklore Society meetings. Three of them were, among other things, country-blues players. They had an apartment with motorcycles in pieces in the kitchen, a living room crammed with guitars, cool blues records, and a harpsichord one of ’em built. I was just a kid, a junior in high school, but they’d let me come over, play records, and show me how to fingerpick guitar.

      I loved Mississippi John Hurt, who I heard there. They said why don’t you go to the Newport Folk Festival and see him? So summer of ’64, barely 16, I hitchhiked to the festival, saw John Hurt, The Staple Singers, Bob Dylan, Jim Kweskin, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Skip James, Son House, The Swan Silvertones, Jimmie Driftwood, Doc Watson, Johnny Cash, Judy Collins, the list goes on and on. That festival, and the one next year, pretty well blew away the competition for what I was going to do before I, or if, or when, I grew up. 

      In ’64 this guy drives up and parks right on the sidewalk of the Union in his Peugeot car, which actually still had a crank you needed to stick in the front to start it, if your starter motor was broken, like his. I visited him at the Tassajara Zen Center in Big Sur, and still see him today in Vancouver where he teaches ocean sailing and celestial navigation. Another guy came through town who had played with Bill Monroe, and I sat in with him and sang a song. He sold me a Martin D-18 guitar and taught me how to hop freight trains.

      In 1966, two buddies and I hopped those freights back from SF to Ann Arbor, where we started my first electric band, The Seventh Seal. Psychedelic folk-rock. We rented the bandshell in West Park for $15 a pop and put on the town’s first outdoor rock shows one summer, every Sunday afternoon. ["Local Group Denies Playing Riot-Causing Music," Ann Arbor News, July 19, 1967]

      Two noted musicians from the U of M rock ’n’ roll scene saw the Seal on stage at the Cinema Guild, playing along with some Warhol movie while Gerard Malanga danced around the stage in chains. They invited me to play with them, and that became Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen. We played Mark’s Coffeehouse basement, Mr. Flood’s Party, The Blind Pig, the Canterbury House, Hill Auditorium, frat parties, the Cinema Guild, the Ozone Homecoming Parade, and doubtless many more that have slipped through the cracks. 

      The Seventh Seal playing the West Park band shell in 1967

      Caption from the Ann Arbor News, July 19, 1967: "Sunday Concert in West Park: Ron Miller of 1023 Church (right foreground) plays the electric bass guitar at one of The Seventh Seal's Sunday concerts in West Park band shell. Bill Kirchen sings into the microphone just behind Miller. Steve Elliott plays the drums at left. Dan Chesluk is playing the electric organ at center. The concerts are well attended, with hundreds of persons showing up last Sunday. Many city residents have joined the crowds -- some to satisfy their curiousity." Donated by the Ann Arbor News. © The Ann Arbor News.

      At the ’65 high school senior talent show I put together a jug band, The Who Knows Pickers. We had learned “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” already out and on the air, a rock ’n’ roll record by Dylan. I electrified my guitar, but the director wasn’t having it. He’d gotten hay bales for us, and that was that. I went back to Newport that summer of ’65 and saw Dylan go electric with Bloomfield. I heard no boos. My take is that people in the audience overwhelmingly loved it. Booing as an audience team sport began later. 

      The Iguanas were also on that high school talent show. Jim Osterberg (Iggy Pop) sang “Jolly Green Giant” from atop a tall riser while drumming. About a year later I caught the tail end of the first Stooges (then the Psychedelic Stooges) performance at their manager’s house, right up the street from me. Iggy had spray-painted his face gold and was sitting on the floor shoving a mic in and out of a vacuum cleaner. A little later, when he got the band up and running, they were undeniable. We did a couple great shows with them in the late ‘60s. 

      One more Ig-related influence: Danny and Michael Erlewine’s The Prime Movers, with Iggy on drums, were fantastic. Blues, New Orleans, heavy roots stuff. Danny was my first electric guitar hero. Two songs, in particular, stuck with me. Their keyboard player, Robert Sheff, worked at Discount Records, and when asked he found me the album Home of the Blues with “Ooh Poo Pah Doo,” by Jessie Hill, plus a Swan Silvertones album with “Seek Seek and Ye Shall Find.” Quite possibly the best two albums I’ve ever owned. Sheff, now Blue Gene Tyranny, is a longtime avant-garde composer living in NYC. The Once Group, a free-wheeling Ann Arbor music and art collective, had lured him up to town from his native Texas.

      Q: Your “Honky Tonk Holiday” shows are known for showcasing little-known but fantastic gems of holiday music. How do you find these songs? Have you specifically sought them out, or just stumbled across them over the years?
      A: They find me! There are a lot of vernacular music genres where holiday songs of questionable taste are not a problem.

      Q: What makes for a good holiday song? What are a couple more traditional holiday songs that you love?
      A: I love all the traditional carols, probably know at least a dozen, but only the first stanza or so. Someday I’d like to go caroling again, where you go around in the evening and stand under people’s windows and serenade them. Pro tip: This Christmas, buy a bunch of kazoos, enough for all the family and guests; then get everybody on ’em and buzz through the carols. You will thank me.

      Q: As one of the founders of the Americana movement, how would you assess the overall health of the genre today? Any particular favorite artists you think deserve a wider audience?
      A: I think that’s a young man’s job. I like a lot of what I’ve heard and am certainly not worried about the future of Americana, or pop, or acid death metal. Technology will change and the genres will morph and sort themselves out. I enjoy it when friends recommend great new stuff, or my pals put out cool new stuff, or I discover tunes online. But I don’t seek it out or really keep track.

      I already have way more music under my roof than I’ll get a chance to hear in this lifetime. Now you kids get off my lawn.

      Bob Needham is a freelance writer and the former arts & entertainment editor of The Ann Arbor News and

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      The historic protest at the Harvard-Yale football game was years in the making

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      Saturday marked the 136th annual Harvard-Yale football game, a tradition known simply as “The Game” by students and alumni of the rival Ivy League schools. Tens of thousands of people flocked to the Yale Bowl in New Haven to watch. Many more tuned in on ESPNU. But what viewers likely didn’t expect to witness was a historic show of unity between the two schools in the name of fighting climate change.

      Just before 2 p.m., as the halftime show was ending and the Yale marching band exited the field, about 150 people ran down the steps of the stadium and onto the turf, staging a sit-in near the 50-yard line. They unfurled banners that read “Nobody Wins: Yale and Harvard are complicit in climate injustice,” “Presidents Bacow and Salovey: Our future demands action now,” and “This is an emergency.”

      “We planned to remain there until Yale and Harvard met our demands to divest from the fossil fuel industry and cancel their holdings in predatory Puerto Rican debt,” said Nora Heaphy, a junior at Yale and one of the organizers of the protest.

      Campbell Erickson

      Students at both Harvard and Yale have been asking their administrations to divest their endowments from fossil fuel companies since at least 2012. The schools have a combined endowment of more than $70 billion, but they do not disclose how much of that is invested in fossil fuel companies.

      Both universities also have investments managed by hedge funds that hold Puerto Rican bonds. Critics say the bonds are preventing Puerto Rico from rebuilding after Hurricane Maria. A report from Hedge Clippers found that the Baupost Group, which counts Harvard among its largest clients and has investments from Yale as well, has pressured the Puerto Rican government to pay its creditors before paying for basic services or infrastructure. The Yale Daily News reported that one of the funds managed by Baupost actually sued Puerto Rico over the debt in 2017.

      Heaphy said that in the months leading up to the game, students with the groups Yale Endowment Justice Coalition, Fossil Free Yale, and Fossil Fuel Divest Harvard planned the action in secret. They recruited students in person, over the phone, and using the encrypted messaging service Signal, fearing that if either administration got wind of their intentions they would never make it onto the field.

      An initial air of confusion rippled through the stadium on Saturday when the sit-in began, but ten minutes later, the significance seemed to dawn on game-goers all at once, as hundreds more people spontaneously poured out of the stands to join in. Many of those who remained in their seats chanted “fossil fuels have got to go” in solidarity. The protest delayed the game by about an hour, at which point Yale and New Haven police officers ushered the group off the field, issuing citations to 42 students.

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      The Yale marching band and members of both football teams were in on the plan. After the game, the Harvard football captain Wesley Ogsbury recorded a video publicly declaring his support. “Harvard and Yale can’t claim to truly promote knowledge, while at the same time supporting the companies engaged in misleading the public, smearing academics, and denying the truth,” he said.

      Caleb Schwartz, an organizer from Fossil Fuel Divest Harvard, said his group’s goal is to get the university to disclose its investments in fossil fuel companies by Earth Day 2020. Without that transparency, “we can’t even begin to have an honest conversation about Harvard’s role in the climate crisis,” he said.

      Schwartz said Harvard administrators have gone from ignoring calls for divestment to engaging in conversation with activists to ultimately deciding to address climate change through shareholder engagement rather than divestment. In September, Harvard announced it was joining Climate Action 100+, an investor-led initiative to ensure oil and gas companies are taking steps to curb emissions.

      Meanwhile, Yale has partially divested. In April 2016, Yale chief investment officer David Swensen wrote a letter to the student body announcing that two of Yale’s investment managers had sold “less than $10 million” in holdings from coal and oil sands companies. However, the investment office’s official statement on climate change states that “Targeting fossil fuel suppliers for divestment, while ignoring the damage caused by consumers, is misdirected” and that “modern society could not exist without fossil fuel consumption.”

      A statement from Yale in response to Saturday’s protest stated that the university stood “firmly for the right to free expression” but added that it was “regrettable that the orchestrated protest came during a time when fellow students were participating in a collegiate career-defining contest and an annual tradition when thousands gather from around the world to enjoy and celebrate the storied traditions of both football programs and universities.”

      A statement from Harvard provided to the New York Times on Saturday read, “While we agree on the urgency of this global challenge, we respectfully disagree with divestment activists on the means by which a university should confront it.” The statement went on to vow that Harvard would demonstrate climate leadership “through research, education, community engagement, dramatically reducing its own carbon footprint, and using our campus as a test bed for piloting and proving solutions.”

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      Students involved in the protest said that Yale and Harvard should be leaders in divestment. Martin Man, a recent alumni of Yale’s architecture school, said that Yale’s chief investment officer, David Swensen, is an influential figure in the world of university investing and that other schools will likely follow his lead.

      “We know there’s political will for this right now,” said Yale freshman Josephine Ingall. The entire University of California system announced its plan to fully divest its $13.4 billion endowment and $70 billion pension fund from fossil fuel companies earlier this fall. Two small liberal arts colleges, Smith and Middlebury, have also decided to divest from fossil fuel companies in the past year.

      Heaphy, who was charged with a misdemeanor for disorderly conduct and will need to appear in court, said it was a small price to pay. “I’m feeling very hopeful that this could be the moment that changes the tide,” she said. “The people who flooded the field were on our side, and they were willing to, in the moment without knowing this was happening beforehand, show their support in demanding that our universities listen.”

      This story was originally published by Grist with the headline The historic protest at the Harvard-Yale football game was years in the making on Nov 25, 2019.


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      Холодное сердце 2

      Анна, Эльза, Кристоф, его верный олень Свен и никогда не унывающий снеговик Олаф должны будут покинуть уютное королевство Эренделл и отправиться ещё дальше на север, в путешествие, которое приведет их к истокам древних легенд и поможет раскрыть тайны, касающиеся прошлого их родной страны. <br><br> Идет в: <a href="">Победа</a>, <a href="">Савона</a>, <a href="">Мультиплекс</a>


      История одного из самых масштабных и стратегически важных морских сражений на Тихом океане Второй мировой войны. В июне 1942 года американский флот под командованием адмирала Честера Нимица одержал победу над японцами в сражении у атолла Мидуэй, что стало ключевым моментом в Тихоокеанской войне. <br><br> Идет в: <a href="">Победа</a>

      Полароид/Пункт назначения: Смайл

      В руки к нелюдимой старшекласснице Бёрд, работающей в антикварном магазине, попадает винтажный фотоаппарат Polaroid. Девушка тут же делает снимок коллеги, а позже подруга вытаскивает её на вечеринку, где все тоже очень любят фотографироваться. В этот же вечер Бёрд узнаёт, что парень из магазина мёртв, а когда погибает и хозяйка вечеринки, Бёрд начинает догадываться, кто умрёт следующим. Дьявольское устройство убивает любого, кто окажется на фотографии, сделанной с его помощью, и теперь группа подростков должна разрешить загадку проклятия, пока фотоаппарат не прикончил их всех. <br><br> Идет в: <a href="">Победа</a>

      Отель Эдельвейс

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      HomePWN y ataques de Replay BLE: Una demo en BlackHat Europe 2019 (Parte 2 de 2)

      En la primera parte de este artículo vimos cuál era la demo que queríamos realizar para lograr capturar las tramas de apertura de un SmartLock enviadas por BLE para poder hacer un ataque de Replay o de reutilización de paquetes. Este tipo de ataques se aprovechan de que son mensajes estáticos que no caducan y pueden utilizarse de forma repetida.

      Figura 9: HomePWN y ataques de Replay BLE: Una demo en BlackHat Europe 2019
      (Parte 2 de 2)

      En la primera parte vimos cómo era la trama que se enviaba al SmartLock por BLE cuando la capturamos usando la herramienta BTLEJack, que nos permite acceder a las tramas de red que se envían por medio del protocolo BlueTooth Low Energy. Ahora vamos a ver la demo completa.

      HomePWN BLE Replay Attack

      En este apartado vamos a ver la demo paso a paso. Lo primero es tener HomePwn corriendo. Vamos a hacer uso de 3 módulos:
      • Discovery/ble 
      • Ble/read-characteristics 
      • Ble/write-characteristics
      Hay otro módulo que puede ser de gran utilidad en un momento determinado y es el de capture/bluetooth-scapy y capture/bluetooth-tcpdump. Estos módulos permiten capturar el tráfico bluetooth del equipo donde se ejecuta HomePwn.

      Figura 10: Módulo discovery/ble en HomePWN

      Con el módulo de discovery/ble podemos hacer el descubrimiento de dispositivos BLE con cierta información alrededor. Información como:
      • Si es conectable el dispositivo. 
      • El tipo de dirección (random, public...) 
      • El manufacturer. 
      • La bmac o dirección Bluetooth. 
      • La intensidad de señal. Distancia al dispositivo.
      Una vez ejecutamos el módulo y se realiza la búsqueda podemos obtener el listado de dispositivo con las características que se han encontrado. Dependiendo del entorno y del valor del rssi que configuremos podemos obtener un gran listado de dispositivos. Esto hay que tenerlo en cuenta.

      Figura 11: Listado de dispositivos descubiertos

      La información de la bmac es importante ya que para poder conectarnos y leer las características del dispositivo debemos hacer uso de ella. Ahora, cargamos el módulo ble/read-characteristics. Este módulo proporciona la posibilidad de listar las características y las propiedades de éstas.

      Como se puede ver en la imagen, haciendo uso de la bmac, se puede ejecutar el módulo. Si conociéramos el UUID de alguna característica, podríamos acertar más fácilmente con el objetivo. El atributo type debe coincidir con el atributo AddrType del módulo anterior.

      Figura 12: Módulo ble/read-characteristics

      El módulo conecta y obtiene el listado de características y handles asociados. Esto es fundamental para el ataque de replay, ya que debemos conocer dónde se puede escribir, dónde se lee, dónde se puede subscribir al dispositivo, etcétera.

      Figura 13: Información de características de un dispositivo descubierto por BLE

      Si nos fijamos en la última característica, vemos que es de escritura sin respuesta, esto quiere decir que el comando es enviado a la característica, pero no se llevará a cabo ninguna respuesta. Si observamos el UUID de la captura de Wireshark obtenida con BTLEJack en la primera parte de este artículo podemos ver justamente que coincide. Parece que hemos encontrado la característica utilizada por la aplicación para poder escribir el código y abrir el SmartLock.

      Figura 14: Módulo de ble/write-characteristic

      El módulo ble/write-characteristic nos permite podemos escribir la información, previa conexión. En este caso, se configura la bmac, el UUID que hemos obtenido en el módulo anterior, se configura el comando que se quiere enviar a través del atributo data y e se proporciona el tipo de encode. Para este caso tenemos dos tipos de encode: HEX o ASCII.

      La demo en vídeo

      A continuación, os dejamos un vídeo de la demo completa para que podáis verla en ejecución. El ataque de Replay es llevado a cabo gracias al uso de HomePwn. El mundo del BLE tiene muchas posibilidades y esperamos ir añadiendo funcionalidades en el futuro.

      Figura 15: Demo de BLE Replay Attack con HomePWN para abrir un SmartLock

      Esperamos que os resulte de interés una de las demos que trataremos en BlackHat Arsenal 2019 y si estáis por ahí no dudéis en pasaros. Además, el próximo viernes estaré en Cybercamp 2019 con un taller de BLE y una charla sobre ATT&CK y alguna sorpresa. Tenemos una semana intensa como se puede ver. Esperemos estar mucho tiempo al pie del cañon en el equipo de Ideas Locas.


      - HomePwn y ataques de Replay BLE: Una demo en BlackHat Europe 2019 (1 de 2)
      - HomePwn y ataques de Replay BLE: Una demo en BlackHat Europe 2019 (2 de 2)

      Autor: Pablo González Pérez (@pablogonzalezpe), escritor de los libros "Metasploit para Pentesters", "Hacking con Metasploit: Advanced Pentesting" "Hacking Windows", "Ethical Hacking", "Got Root" y “Pentesting con Powershell”, Microsoft MVP en Seguridad y Security Researcher en el equipo de "Ideas Locas" de la unidad CDO de Telefónica.


      HomePWN y ataques de Replay BLE: Una demo en BlackHat Europe 2019 (Parte 1 de 2)

      La próxima semana se celebra la BlackHat Europa de 2019. Allí estaremos para enseñar la herramienta HomePwn que hemos hecho desde Ideas Locas para ElevenPaths. Ya tenemos que es lo que enseñaremos sobre la herramienta, cómo explicaremos las cosas que hace y todo lo que se puede hacer con ella. Como ya hemos comentado es una herramienta que permite auditar y descubrir los “otro tipo de cosas conectadas”, es decir, todo lo que no sea un equipo. Podemos decirlo así.

      Figura 1: HomePWN y ataques de Replay BLE: Una demo en BlackHat Europe 2019
      (Parte 1 de 2)

      En el paper de la herramienta se habla de la idea que hay detrás y cómo puede jugar un papel fundamental el descubrir todos esos servicios y tecnologías que se incluyen en el hogar y en la empresa y suponen un nuevo riesgo asociado, tanto a la vida en el hogar como a las funciones y tareas de una organización.

      Figura 2: HomePWN en el GitHub de ElevenPaths

      Hoy quiero mostrar una de las demos que realizaremos en el evento de Londres, basada en el uso de tecnología BLE y de los módulos que HomePwn proporciona. La idea es mostrar algo del día a día, que todo el mundo puede tener cerca y que con HomePwn se pueda ver qué ocurre alrededor de dicha tecnología.

      Figura 3: Paper de HomePwn Paper

      Una posible demo sería hacer la prueba de los “encuentra-todo” que actúan por BLE. Tenemos el vídeo para mostrarlo y que recordéis lo que sería la demo, eso sí haciéndola con HomePwn. La demo que queremos hacer también es visual. Para ello, vamos a trabajar con una placa Micro:Bit que dispone de un pequeño programa realizado para simular el comportamiento de un smartlock o cerrojo inteligente.

      Figura 4: Demo de enviar comandos vía BLE

      Vamos ahora a ver en primer lugar cómo sería ese programa simulado utilizando la placa Micro:Bit y veamos después, en la segunda parte del artículo, la demo completa en vídeo y paso a paso

      Smartlock simulado en Micro:Bit

      Hace poco un amigo me preguntaba: “Voy a ver qué se puede hacer con esto”. Se refería a las Micro:Bit. La verdad que existen muchos proyectos y es una placa con varios sensores que dan bastante juego. En su día, monté un smartlock simulado para ejemplificar el uso de uno real, pero haciéndolo desde un entorno controlado. Sé que me diréis que hacerlo en la vida real sería más divertido, pero mejor tener el control.

      Figura 5: SmartLock simulado en Micro:Bit

      Lo primero es explicar el código. Al iniciar el programa se puede observar un candado dibujado en la pantalla. El objetivo es conseguir abrirlo. En este ejemplo, no hay cifrado entre las partes. La idea es que cuando el usuario utilice su aplicación para enviar los datos necesarios para que el candado se abra, poder capturarlo por alguna vía. Es una prueba muy sencilla que puede ser el ejemplo de un ataque a una sala de una empresa, en un proceso de Red Team o en un Ethical Hacking, así que merece la pena probarlo.

      Figura 6: El Red Team en la empresa

      Cuando se recibe conexiones por Bluetooth el programa ejecuta el mayor flujo de bloques que se puede ver. Se observa que se recibe una serie de datos a través de UART. Simplemente se comprueba si lo que se recibe es lo que se espera para abrir el candado, cuyo hecho es ejemplificado a través del dibujo de un candado abierto en la pantalla de display. Cuando se cierra la conexión la placa muestra el mensaje: “Bye!”. El reto, de nivel básico, nos vale para ejemplificar funcionalidades de HomePwn en nuestra querida BlackHat.

      La captura de tráfico se puede hacer de dos formas. Si se dispone de la aplicación móvil para poder “jugar” con el dispositivo, se puede hacer uso de la funcionalidad de Android para capturar todo el tráfico Bluetooth que sale del dispositivo. La segunda opción es que, si no tenemos la app, se puede hacer uso de placas Micro:Bit y otros elementos como, por ejemplo, Ubertooth, para poder capturar el tráfico que viaja por el aire.

      Figura 7: BTLEJack en GitHub

      Para este ejemplo, así lo hicimos. Con dos placas Micro:Bit y el uso de BTLEjack se ponen las placas a escuchar en los canales de Advertisement de BLE, que son el 37, 38 y 39. Mejor sería con tres placas para poder cubrir los tres canales. En el momento en el que se detecta un paquete de conexión, podemos observar la conexión o solicitud de ésta entre dos dispositivos.

      Figura 8: Captura de tráfico usando BTLEJack

      Probando y capturando con BTLEJack se obtiene este código: 8dmn4fbh4f#. ¿Qué es eso? Si se vuelve a capturar el tráfico, parece que es el código que abre el candado que hemos implementado. Como se puede ver en la captura anterior, dónde se ve el código de MakeCode, así es. En la segunda parte veremos la demo completa paso a paso con el ataque de BLE Replay.


      - HomePwn y ataques de Replay BLE: Una demo en BlackHat Europe 2019 (1 de 2)
      - HomePwn y ataques de Replay BLE: Una demo en BlackHat Europe 2019 (2 de 2)

      Autor: Pablo González Pérez (@pablogonzalezpe), escritor de los libros "Metasploit para Pentesters", "Hacking con Metasploit: Advanced Pentesting" "Hacking Windows", "Ethical Hacking", "Got Root" y “Pentesting con Powershell”, Microsoft MVP en Seguridad y Security Researcher en el equipo de "Ideas Locas" de la unidad CDO de Telefónica.


      Over the past year, Underworld released a new song and video nearly every week.


      For the past year, Underworld has released a new song and video as part of its first weekly DRIFT series, which spanned 29 tracks spread over five episodes, and concluded in September. (They've since announced they're planning a second series.) Here's a favorite, "Listen to Their No," from the early-summer "Space" episode. You can watch the others here:

      Episode 1: Dust
      Episode 2: Atom
      Episode 3: Heart
      Episode 4: Space
      Episode 5: Game

      And here's an interview with Underworld's Karl Hyde and Rick Smith on the project:

      Rick: It’s been extraordinarily stimulating. It’s made us talk, it’s made us work, it’s made us write, it’s made us experiment more. It’s made us play more. That’s the good stuff. It’s also been a lot of pressure, very long hours... But somehow, that most often turns into good stuff as well. Not always, of course, but that’s been the case here. It’s funny you ask, because I woke up this morning and it’s the first time the gravity of this date has come up. The 52 weeks... We fulfilled our promise—and it made me smile!

      Karl: My thoughts are quite concurrent with Rick’s. It’s been fantastically stimulating and inspiring—to be working closer with Rick, to have a closer and more intense dialogue, to follow Rick's intents, and they’re always good intents. To have a project which, as Rick saw it at the beginning, releases our potential and our skills. It reflects the breadth of Underworld’s catalogue, or landscape. This is built out of the World of Underworld, and the World of Underworld is incredibly broad and eclectic. Everything from film music, to the opening ceremony of the Olympics, to techno, to North African blues... It’s all of those things, and a project like DRIFT kind of demands that you open up to those possibilities as artists.

      Rick: It also demands, whether you like it or not, to release new material on a particular Wednesday night at two in the morning.

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      Has the quantum crypto break already happened?

      Better quantum algorithms and a strange silence since last year from quantum computing researchers suggest that we are closer to breaking traditional encryption than most people believe.

      El Ayuntamiento de Madrid reprueba a Ortega Smith con el apoyo de Ciudadanos y sin el PP por boicotear el acto del 25N


      El boicot del portavoz municipal de Vox, Javier Ortega Smith, al acto institucional contra la violencia de género le ha pasado factura. Este miércoles ha sido reprobado en el Pleno del Ayuntamiento de Madrid con los votos de Ciudadanos, Más Madrid y PSOE. El PP se ha quedado solo en contra de la reprobación. Ha sido el único grupo que no ha apoyado la moción de urgencia del PSOE con el argumento de que es un ataque a la "libertad de expresión". "Ustedes pretenden establecer una mordaza", ha justificado el alcalde, José Luis Martínez-Almeida. 

      Con su voto, Ciudadanos marca una postura oficial que quedará recogida en el diario de sesiones contra Vox, su socio en la práctica. Además, la votación ha dividido al Gobierno municipal y también abre una grieta entre las tres derechas en un momento comprometido para la corporación municipal. José Luis Martínez-Almeida y Begoña Villacís necesitan los votos de los cuatro concejales de Vox para sacar adelante los presupuestos de 2020.

      La vicealcaldesa, Begoña Villacís, ha argumentado que su grupo no reprueba a Ortega Smith "por su ideología" sino por la falta de "respeto" y "humanidad" que, su juicio, demostró en su intervención durante el acto del 25N. "Hay una cosa que no está reñida con la ideología y es el respeto y la humanidad. No se puede presentar delante de mujeres víctimas a hacer esa arenga. Está representando a los madrileños y eso es una altísima responsabilidad", ha afirmado Villacís, que al final de la votación ha recibido un aplauso que ha puesto en pie a Más Madrid y PSOE. 

      El portavoz de Vox cuestionó la violencia de género y pidió el fin de la ley integral aprobada en 2004 en la conmemoración del 25N. En el auditorio había víctimas, trabajadoras municipales del área de Igualdad y asociaciones de mujeres que abandonaron la sala con su discurso. Al final, una superviviente increpó a Ortega Smith para exigirle respeto "a las muertas". "Con la violencia contra las mujeres no se hace política", le dijo.

      El debate ha sido uno de los más broncos del mandato, con interrupciones por el orden de las intervenciones y peticiones de receso por la falta de acuerdo. El regidor de la capital, José Luis Martínez-Almeida, se ha reiterado en los reproches que hizo al portavoz de Vox tras "reventar", según sus propias palabras, el acto del lunes. Pero se ha negado a reprobar a Ortega Smith por su discurso negacionista.

      El PP considera que la moción del PSOE es un "precedente peligroso" porque coarta "el derecho a la opinión". "Distingamos el ejercicio de la opinión de la opinión que se está manifestando en ese momento. La intervención de Ortega Smith fue desafortunada", ha asegurado. El alcalde ha ido elevando el tono en su turno de palabra y ha terminado hablando de ETA y de Venezuela, aplaudido por Vox. 

      Para el portavoz socialista, Pepu Hernández, el alcalde de Madrid "se ha retratado" al oponerse a la reprobación y ha denunciado las "posiciones inconstitucionales" de Vox. Por parte de Más Madrid, Rita Maestre ha señalado a Ortega Smith por sus "intervenciones delirantes" y le ha advertido de que "las palabras de odio contra el feminismo tiene consecuencias". 

      Los dos grupos han valorado el voto a favor de Ciudadanos, que ha permitido que prosperara la reprobación. "Es un gesto que le honra. Ojalá hubiese emprendido ese camino hace meses", ha manifestado Maestre. Para Hernández, "Ciudadanos ha hecho muy bien". Ninguno de los portavoces, sin embargo, ha querido especular con la idea de que esta votación haya alumbrado un consenso entre los tres grupos (Más Madrid, PSOE y Ciudadanos) que ponga en peligro el Gobierno municipal. 

      Ortega Smith: "Me importa un bledo" 

      En declaraciones a los periodistas al final del Pleno, Ortega Smith ha expresado que le importa "un bledo" la reprobación y que, en sentido contrario, es "un orgullo" que le señalen por ir, a su juicio, "en contra del consenso socialdemócrata". 

      Ortega Smith también ha cargado contra Ciudadanos por apoyar la moción del PSOE. "Hoy se han convertido en la veleta morada porque se suman a quienes quieren amordazarnos", ha dicho. 

      Vox ha tratado de aprobar en el Pleno una moción de urgencia para evitar que se "increpe" a los concejales "en los actos oficiales". El recién reprobado Javier Ortega Smith se ha presentado como una víctima de Nadia Otmani, la mujer en silla de ruedas que le plantó cara el 25N.

      El texto, que ha decaído, recogía la obligación de grabar todos estos actos para evitar "la manipulación de los medios de comunicación". Más Madrid y PSOE se han opuesto a la iniciativa y PP y Ciudadanos se han abstenido.  


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      WATCHMEN - Recensione 1x06 "This Extraordinary Being"


      È impossibile definire Watchmen come un comune prodotto di intrattenimento televisivo senza trascurarne gli elementi che lo rendono unico nel sempre più vasto firmamento delle serie TV e con il sesto episodio si è andati oltre i canoni proposti finora (come se questa serie avesse dei veri e propri canoni). "This Extraordinary Being" ci riporta indietro nel tempo sotto tutti i punti di vista, toccando con mano moltissime sfumature e tematiche in ogni singola scena e portando, udite udite, qualche risposta ai misteri della serie. Diretto da Stephen Williams (già regista del terzo episodio) e scritto da Damon Lindelof e Cord Jefferson (The Good Place), questo episodio vedrà Angela ripercorrere il passato di suo nonno Will Reeves, un viaggio che porterà rivelazioni importanti.

      -Finzione televisiva: In un episodio della serie fittizia American Hero Story, due agenti di polizia stanno interrogando il vigilante Hooded Justice circa tutti i criminali arrestati dal suo gruppo, i New Minutemen, per poi fargli domande più personali, come il significato del cappio che porta intorno al collo, la sua relazione con Captain Metropolis, che è il vero motivo della sua presenza. Infatti i due agenti vogliono che Justice porti loro un filmato scomodo posseduto da Metropolis e poi gli chiedono di togliersi il cappuccio per permettergli di fare una foto al suo volto, minaccandolo che la pubblicheranno se non porterà il nastro, che Metropolis vorrebbe usare per ricattare J.Edgar Hoover (trattasi del famoso agente FBI, che ha un certo ruolo anche nel fumetto). Così Justice si toglie la maschera e uno degli agenti inizia a fotografarlo, ma a un tratto Justice li colpisce, fino ad ucciderli, per poi riflettere sul fatto che Metropolis lo abbia tradito con Hoover, una cosa che lo fa' arrabbiare.

      -Promozione: Laurie entra nelle celle e notando uno degli agenti guardare American Hero Story, gli dice di spegnere il televisore. Un' altro agente le dice che Angela ha bisogno di assistenza medica, oppure rischia di andare in coma. Laurie resta sola con Angela e le chiede dove sia suo nonno, ma lei non risponde, essendo sotto gli effetti della Nostalgia. Laurie le spiega che questo farmaco non è altro che ricordi raccolti e messi in pillole, attraverso dei chip inseriti nel cervello del soggetto, un trattamento riservato per le persone anziane e per chi soffre di demenza, che però aveva limitato l'economia, visto che le persone cercavano di vivere lontano dalla realtà e moltissimi morirono per averne abusato. Così la Nostalgia divenne illegale, ma allo stesso tempo Lady Trieu detiene la compagnia che la produce. Angela cerca di lottare per restare sveglia e Laurie la avverte del pericolo che sta correndo, chiedendole di firmare per il rilascio al fine di operarla e rimuovere le pillole. Angela inizia a vedere un poliziotto che suona un tamburo, per poi svenire. Viene mostrato un ricordo remoto di Will, nello specifico il giorno della sua promozione ad agente di polizia nel 1938. Tutti gli agenti ricevono la medaglia dal comandante, ma Will la riceve invece dal suo collega nero, il tenente Battle, il quale gli dice di stare attento ai Ciclopi e gli stringe la mano. In seguito Will beve un drink con una giornalista di nome June, con cui parla del fatto che i poliziotti prendono di mira i neri e che lo hanno arruolato solo per farsi pubblicità. Lei è consapevole che lui è un uomo arrabbiato, come molti di loro, a causa del trauma avuto per la morte dei suoi genitori. Will le dice di non voler vivere nel passato e June afferma che è questo che lo rende arrabbiato.


      -Il proprio dovere: Will passeggia nel cuore della notte, mentre sua madre suona il piano come sfondo ai suoi ricordi. Mentre cammina nota un uomo bianco, Fred, che lancia una bomba Molotov in un negozio ebreo. Così lo segue e lo affronta, e Fred gli dice che l'incendio lo ha causato un ratto. Will lo arresta e lo porta in centrale, dove Fred nega di aver appiccato l'incendio e chiede al sergente se deve credere a lui o a un poliziotto nero. All fine, dopo aver offeso Will, viene portato in cella.

      -Tutta un'altra storia: Will va in un edicola, dove il giornalaio gli mostra il primo volume della collana Action Comics, incentrato su Superman, con cui Will si identifica decisamente, perchè anche lui è stato fatto scappare dalla sua famiglia dal suo pianeta natale, nella speranza di avere una vita migliore. A un tratto Fred si trova a passare e fa' un sorriso malizioso a Will. Così lui torna in centrale e scopre che Fred è stato rilasciato e in merito a questo il sergente lo avverte sui pericoli che potrebbe correre se insiste su questa faccenda. Mentre Will sta tornando a casa, due suoi colleghi gli offrono un passaggio con la macchina, invitandolo a bere una birra con loro. Will dice di no e i due ripartono con l'inquadratura che mostra due corpi legati con una corda sul retro del veicolo, una che scena riporta la mente di Will al massacro di Tulsa. A un tratto l'auto torna indietro e i due agenti picchiano Will per poi portarlo in un bosco, per impiccarlo. Una volta incappucciato e messo con la corda sull'albero, uno dei due la taglia, facendo cadere Will a terra, invitandolo a restare fuori da affari che non lo riguardano, per poi lasciarlo lì. Will osserva il cappuccio che gli hanno messo, con la corda ancora avvolta nel suo collo e si appresta a tornare a casa, quando nota una giovane coppia che viene aggredita da dei malviventi. Così fa dei fori sul cappuccio e lo indossa, per poi attaccare gli aggressori, salvando la coppia, che lo ringrazia prima di andare via.


      -Fare giustizia: Il mattino seguente June, che sembra essere diventata la fidanzata di Will, gli legge un articolo di giornale dove si parla di un eroe mascherato che ha salvato una coppia, consapevole che si tratta di lui. Così lei gli domanda perchè mai ha deciso di mettere il cappuccio e la corda dei suoi aggressori, facendolo riflettere sul suo nuovo scopo come vigilante:

      "J: Why'd you put it on? The hood. 


      W: I already told you. The cops put it on... 


      J: Yeah, but then you put it back on. Why? 


      W: I don't know. 


      J: What's the name of that picture? [...] The movie, the one you watched over and over when you were a boy. You used to tell me about it all the time. 


      W: Oh. Trust in the Law. 


      J: Trust in the Law, that's the one. Tell me how it ends. 


      W: There's a sheriff on a horse. He's shooting at somebody riding after him. It's a man all in black, a man in a hood. And he's got a lasso, and he throws it at the sheriff. Pulls the sheriff right off his horse. And they're in front of the church now, and doors burst open and all the townsfolk come running out to see what's going on. The man in black tells them the sheriff's no good. Cattle thief. He's stealing from the town. And now they ask the man who he is. He throws his hood back, and it's Bass Reeves, the black marshal of Oklahoma. He shows his badge. The townsfolk cheer. 


      J: They cheer for him, huh? 


      W: Yeah. And they start shouting for him to string up the sheriff, but Bass Reeves won't have it. << There will be no mob justice today. Trust in the law. >>


      J: What color were those townsfolk? 


      W: White. 


      J: Tell me, what happened to the Dreamland Theatre, where you watched that picture, over and over, while your mama played the piano? What'd the Klan and the fine white citizens of Tulsa do?


      W: They burned it down. 


      J: You ain't gonna get justice with a badge, Will Reeves. You gonna get it with that hood. And if you wanna stay a hero, townsfolk gonna need to think one of their own's under it. You sure you wanna do this? 


      W: I'm sure."

      Così indossa di nuovo il cappuccio e la corda, truccandosi di bianco intorno agli occhi e scopre che Fred fa' parte del gruppo dei Ciclopi, decidendo di inseguirlo fin dentro una drogheria, dove nel retro vi è uno dei loro covi. Will entra e affronta i membri del Klan e una volta sopraffatti, trova uno strano libro sul tema del mesmerismo, ma viene attaccato alle spalle. I due finiscono nel negozio, dove si trova Fred, il quale gli spara con un fucile. Alla fine Will si getta dalla finestra e la scena si blocca improvisamente.

      -Ritorno alla realtà: Nel presente Laurie controlla Angela, ormai priva di sensi, e le dice che data la dose elevata di Nostalgia da lei assunta, le hanno dovuto somminstrare dell'adrenalina per risvegliarla e che suo marito Cal è venuto a leggerle una cosa al fine di riportarla indietro. Cal legge la storia di Angela e le ricorda che è nel 2019, chiedendole di svegliarsi e di tornare con lui a casa, ma lei sceglie di proseguire nel rivivere il passato di suo nonno.


      -I nuovi Minutemen: In un altro ricordo Will e June stanno mangiando quando ricevono la visita di un uomo di nome Nelson Gardner. June chiede di restare ad ascoltare quello che lui vuole dire a Will e Nelson dice di essere venuto per conto di un vigilante di nome Captain Metropolis, il quale vorrebbe fermare un team di supereroi chiamato New Minutemen. Will gli domanda cosa abbia a che fare questo con lui e Nelson gli dice che nel gruppo serve uno come Hooded Justice, affermando che un poliziotto gli fornisce informazioni sui criminali a cui da' la caccia e che questo sia proprio Will. Proseguendo nel ragionamento June ritiene che Nelson sia in realtà Metropolis dato che entrambi hanno la stessa capigliatura e corporatura. Will gli chiede se conosce il gruppo dei Ciclopi e Nelson risponde che il Klan e i Ciclopi sono la stessa cosa e che è un lavoro adatto al suo team. June pensa che Justice non dovrebbe unirsi ai Minutemen, ma Nelson convince Will del fatto che lui potrà avere dei veri compagni, con scopi simili ai suoi, e se ne va lasciandogli il biglietto da visita. June dice a Will di rifiutare, ma alla fine lui accetta. In seguito Will e Nelson iniziano una relazione segreta, consapevoli l'uno dell'identità da vigilante dell'altro, col secondo che sembra ammirare Will come persona.

      -Lavaggio del cervello: Will e June sono a letto e il primo ammette di aver bisogno di un team per fermare i Ciclopi e le ricorda quando l'ha trovata da neonata nel bosco dopo essere fuggito da Tulsa. June gli chiede di non farla più piangere e gli svela di essere incinta. Will si trucca e si mette il costume per presenziare a una conferenza stampa insieme agli altri Minutemen, dove lui interviene su un complotto segreto, che Metropolis dice essere ordito dal criminale Moloch (se osservate bene la scena, sullo sfondo si vedono, anche se leggermente sfocati, la prima Spettro di Seta, il Comico e Silhouette e altri personaggi del primo gruppo di vigilanti presenti nel fumetto) e Will torna nel camerino decisamente deluso. Il tempo passa e il figlio di Will e June, Marcus, cresce e inizia a notare suo padre mentre si trucca da Hooded Justice. Un giorno Will viene chiamato dai suoi colleghi in un cinema, dove c'è stata una specie di rissa. Will entra all'interno e vi trova una donna, di nome Lorna, che racconta a Will che durante la proiezione del film c'è stato uno strano sfarfallio e poi dice di non ricordare nulla, ma gli altri presenti le hanno detto che ha fatto del male a delle persone. Will capisce che i Ciclopi sono coinvolti nella faccenda, realizzando il perchè ci fosse un libro sul mesmerismo nel loro covo, e mentre esce dal cinema, nota dell'equipaggiamento per proiezioni che viene trasportato in un magazzino. Così Will chiama Nelson per informarlo delle sue scoperte, ma lui non lo prende seriamente, dicendo che il fatto che il Klan usi il controllo mentale è una sciocchezza e che queste cose non sono da Minutemen, invitando Will a discuterne di persona. Will attacca il telefono arrabbiato e incontra Fred, che scopre essere il proprietario del magazzino. Will gli spara un colpo in testa per poi entrare e uccidere i poliziotti e i membri del Klan che lavoravano al proiettore, dove veniva riprodotto un film in cui si incitava i neri ad attaccarsi a vicenda. Dopo aver strangolato l'ultimo di loro rimasto in vita, raduna i corpi e li brucia con la benzina, per poi uscire.


      -Frattura: Tornato a casa col proiettore, Will vede suo figlio Marcus truccarsi come lui e lo sgrida, cercando di pulirlo. June accorre e prende il bambino con se, dicendo a Will che non potrà mai privarsi della sua maschera, perchè ha paura di ciò che ha diventato. Lei sperava che questo suo impegno lo avrebbe aiutato a combattere la sua rabbia interiore, ma invece l'ha solo alimentata, pertanto decide di andare a Tulsa con Marcus, dicendo a Will di stare lontano da loro.

      -Le armi del nemico: In un altro ricordo Angela rivede Will anziano sulla sedia a rotelle, il quale tiene una corda in mano, mentre attende sul lato della strada. Viene riproposta la scena in cui la macchina di Judd viene fatta sbandare sulla strada e quando lui scende dall'auto, nota Will che gli punta una torcia in viso, per controllargli la mente al fine di farlo avvicinare a un albero. Facendolo tornare normale, Will si presenta a Judd come la giustizia e gli dice di sapere che ha una tunica del Klan nel suo armadio. Judd gli spiega che era di suo nonno e che Will non lo conosce, ma l'uomo fa' con la mano il segno dei Ciclopi, confermando di sapere come stanno le cose e con la luce, spinge Judd ad impiccarsi all'albero. Angela ripercorre tutti i ricordi velocemente e vede un anziana signora, presumibilmente sua nonna June che le dice che la riporterà a casa. Poi Angela si risveglia su un lettino con una flebo nel braccio, con Lady Trieu che la riaccoglie nella realtà, chiudendo l'episodio.



      Ancora una volta Watchmen decide di mettere alla prova lo spettatore, in un episodio visivamente intenso e fondamentale, colmando anche dei gap che erano stati lasciati (forse volutamente) nel fumetto di Alan Moore. Il tema centrale è un viaggio nel passato, alla scoperta delle proprie radici ed è questo che Angela riesce a fare, a rischio della sua vita, attraverso le pillole di Nostalgia appartenute a suo nonno Will. Grazie a questo excursus si capisce come mai Will sia un personaggio così avvolto nel mistero, la cui storia sembrava essere terminata nel famigerato massacro di Tulsa, il tutto mostrato in sequenze interamente girate in bianco e nero, con un atmosfera nostalgica e una colonna sonora azzeccatissima per ogni scena (gli esempi migliori sono sicuramente "I Don't Want To Set The World on Fire" e "We Three (My Echo, My Shadow And Me)" degli Ink Spots, "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" nella versione di Eartha Kitt e su tutto, il brano tratto dalla colonna sonora della serie "Nostalgia Blues", composto da Trent Reznor e Atticus Ross). Attraverso le esperienze di Will, vediamo il suo lavoro come agente di polizia, emarginato e maltrattato perchè nero e la sua trasformazione in Hooded Justice, uno dei famosi vigilanti dei New Minutemen, e in merito a questo bisogna fare una precisazione; nel fumetto Hooded Justice viene mostrato solo in costume, e le uniche cose che si sanno sono la sua relazione con Captain Metropolis, presentata nell'episodio in chiave estremamente negativa e critica nei confronti di Nelson Gardner e di quello che rappresenta, e che nel 1955 scompare misteriosamente, facendo presumere che il Comico lo avesse ucciso. A quanto pare Lindelof ha pensato bene di basarsi su questa scarsità di informazioni per mettere in scena l'origin story che non avevamo previsto, ma che tutti, nel nostro piccolo, speravamo di vedere. Una storia di rabbia repressa, di traumi infantili, di una lotta condotta contro un sistema corrotto e che sceglie di non vedere le atrocità compiute al suo interno, quella condotta da Hooded Justice, il quale scopre che il Klan non si è fermato nella sua violenza di razza, ma che piuttosto la compie con metodi ancora più drastici e brutali di quanto si potesse immaginare. Il tutto ricollega, in una ringkomposition, alla morte di Judd Crawford, confermando che è stato proprio Will ad ucciderlo, ripagando il suo nemico di egual moneta, e alla presenza del Settimo Reggimento a Tulsa, facendo presumere che vogliano attuare un piano simile per sconvolgere la città. Insomma, ora che Angela ha compiuto quest'esperienza, fondamentale sia per lei che per noi spettatori, non ci resta che scoprire come userà le informazioni che ha appreso e se riuscirà a porre fine alle macchinazioni del Settimo, perchè tutto ha una fine, prima o poi.

      Nel settimo episodio, dal titolo "An Almost Religious Awe", Angela dovrà sottoporsi a un trattamento non convenzionale da parte di Lady Trieu, Laurie insegue una possibile pista e Ozymandias dovrà difendersi per le sue azioni.

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      WATCHMEN - Recensione 1x05 "Little Fear of Lightning"


      Ancora una volta la miniserie targata HBO continua a rimescolare le carte, a ribaltare gli equilbri e a mettere alla prova la nostra sanità mentale pur camminando su un terreno estremamente familiare per i fan del fumetto originale. "Little Fear of Lightning", frase tratta da una famosa citazione di Jules Verne, compie un processo di transazione vera e propria all'interno dello sviluppo della storia, proponendo il tutto da un punto di vista estremamente interessante. Diretto da Steph Green (The Americans) e scritto da Damon Lindelof e Carly Wray (Westworld) l'episodio esplora il passato di Wade Tillman, noto come Looking Glass, dal suo trauma principale fino al presente, dove egli scopre la verità e rivede tutta la sua visione del mondo messa in dubbio.

      -2 Novembre 1985: L'episodio si apre nel passato, in un periodo che i lettori del fumetto conoscono molto bene. Il 2 Novembre 1985 a Hoboken, nel New Jersey, un gruppo di giovani discepoli, fra cui figura un giovanissimo Looking Glass, scende da un pullman, dove il loro predicatore li invita a pregare prima di entrare in un luogo di perdizione prima di diffondere la verità a un minuto dalla fine del mondo. Così, sulle note di "Things Can Only Get Better" di Howard Jones, Wade inizia a camminare per strada, chiedendo alle persone che incontra se sono pronte a sentire la verità, ma viene assalito da due di loro, che gli sottraggono i volantini. Una ragazza di nome Roxi porta via Wade dal caos e gli chiede di poter sapere di più e i due finiscono in una stanza degli specchi, dove lei chiede a Wade perchè si trova nel New Jersey, domandandogli se crede che la fine del mondo stia arrivando. Wade spiega che è lì per portare la verità ai peccatori e mostra una certa sicurezza, dicendo di non aver paura di nulla. Sulle note sfumate dell'indimenticata "Careless Whisper" di George Michael, la ragazza inizia a svestirlo, apparentemente per fare sesso con lui, ma alla fine lei fugge via con i suoi vestiti. Realizzando di essere stato giocato, Wade si dice patetico e che ha ottenuto ciò che meritava, ma a un tratto vi è una forte esplosione, che fa esplodere gli specchi intorno a lui. In seguito Wade si risveglia col sangue alle orecchie e uscito fuori vede migliaia di corpi a terra per la strada, fra cui Roxi. Così Wade si riprende i vestiti e vede altre persone sconvolte dai molti corpi a terra. Wade inizia a urlare dal terrore, mentre l'inquadratura ci mostra l'origine di questo caso, vale a dire un gigantesco calamaro teletrasportato a New York.

      -Dire la verità: Nel presente Wade lavora come opinionista per delle campagne pubblicitarie e gli viene affidato il commento di uno spot volto a far tornare la gente a New York (con tanto di easter egg in casa HBO, cioè il cameo di Michael Imperioli nel ruolo di se stesso), che lui giudica solo un modo per ricordare alla gente della morte di tre milioni di persone. In seguito mette i panni di Looking Glass e si dirige alla centrale, dove Laurie sta facendo un briefing con tutti gli agenti in merito al Settimo, in particolare sull'importanza di trovare la chiesa dove vengono girati i loro video. Intanto Red Scare e Panda discutono delle varie frange del cristianesimo, quando decidono di chiedere l'opinione di Glass sull'argomento e lui nota che Scare mangia un panino con la lattuga requisita all'uomo che ha sparato a Charlie, non prendendola bene. Poi Angela va alla sua scrivania, chiedendo novità riguardo alle strane pillole del suo nonno, ma lui non ha ancora trovato nulla. Angela gli chiede se ha detto alla sua ex che era una cosa importante e Glass risponde di averlo fatto. Angela lo invita a dirglielo di nuovo, ma lui le spiega che gli sta facendo un favore e che perciò non dovrebbe farci affidamento, ma lei non sembra d'accordo in merito. A un tratto Laurie chiama Glass nel suo ufficio per parlare in privato, invitandolo a togliersi la maschera, visto che conosce il suo viso, ma lui le ricorda che il regolamento prevede l'uso della stessa all'interno del dipartimento, per questioni di sicurezza. Laurie gli garantisce che può fidarsi di lei e così se la toglie. Laurie gli chiede da dove viene e scopre che lui era presente quel famoso 2 Novembre. Lui le conferma che era nel New Jersey e lei gli chiede se è ancora spaventato a seguito di quegli eventi. Glass le dice che dorme bene la notte e Laurie sa bene che il materiale della sua maschera, la reflectatina, viene usata come protezione per le scariche psichiche. Lei sa anche che lavora nella ricerca di mercato, in poche parole dire a un gruppo di idioti quello che dovrebbero dire di un prodotto come copertura per il suo lavoro come vigilante e lui lo conferma. Alla fine lei lo congeda, ma non prima di aver chiesto di certe pillole, dicendo di aver messo una cimice nel cactus della sua scrivania e Glass dice che è una questione privata fra lui e Angela e Laurie decide di lasciarlo andare.


      -In costante allerta: Tornato a casa Wade vede che ha ricevuto una lettera destinata alla sua ex, Cynthia, con in sottofondo "Some Enchanted Evening" di Frank Sinatra. Così si mette la maschera, prepara la cena, e guarda una scena a luci rosse fra Hooded Justice e Captain Metropolis tratta dalla serie tv sui Minutemen. A un tratto un allarme inizia a suonare e Wade corre nel suo rifugio, cercando di spegnerlo. Ma il rumore non smette e così Wade stacca il pannello e lo distrugge con violenza, per poi chiamare l'ente di sicurezza extra-dimensionale in merito al guasto, ordinando anche della reflectatina. Alla fine si siede sul divano e dopo aver indossato la maschera si addormenta.

      -Nostalgia: Il giorno dopo Wade torna al suo impiego di copertura, esprimendo un parere su una linea di profumi, quando riceve una chiamata dalla sua ex Cynthia, la quale lavora in una clinica per la clonazione di animali domestici. Lui la raggiunge e dopo che lei ha scartato uno dei cloni, dice a Wade che le pillole sono Nostalgia, in poche parole dei ricordi in formato pillola, considerati illegali perchè fonte di psicosi, invitando a convincere la sua amica a non prenderle. Wade dice di non aver mai detto di averle avute da una donna e lei gli chiede come mai sceglie sempre quelle che lo mettono a terra. Lui le ricorda che l'ha scelta, ma Cynthia sa che non lo ha mai fatto, perchè ancora traumatizzato dal suo primo incontro con una donna e lui le dice che è per questo che è sfortunato.


      -Terapia di gruppo: Wade partecipa a un gruppo di sostegno per le vittime del 2 Novembre e uno dei partecipanti racconta che sua madre era a Brooklyn quel giorno, restandone molto traumatizzata e sentendo di aver ereditato il trauma. Una donna di nome Renee entra e si siede insieme agli altri e quando un altro chiede se questa situazione finirà, Wade cerca di dare loro una risposta per motivarli:

      "I was where you are. I thought about that one-eyed fucker all the time and it terrified me, but I am no longer afraid. On 11/2, the Soviet Union was on the verge of annihilating us, and we were more than prepared to return the favor. Then that enormous, tentacled abomination teleported into New York. If it hadn't arrived when it did, we would all be ash. It united us against a common threat. Does it ever end? Of course it does, because we are all in a tunnel, and every tunnel ends. It ends with light. And if you trust me, I will do my best to show you to it."

      Alla fine invita tutto il gruppo a ripetere che esistono molte dimensioni, ma che non devono avere paura perchè vivono nella propria. Finito l'incontro Renee dice a Wade che non crede alle sue parole, che in realtà non è mai uscito dal suo tunnel. Lui la invita a presentarsi al prossimo incontro per discutere della sua esperienza, ma lei gli dice di no, per poi invitarlo a seguirla. I due finiscono in un bar, dove parlano di cereali, la guerra del Vietnam e dei loro rispettivi lavori. Dopo essersi conosciuti, Wade invita Renee a raccontare la sua esperienza del 2 Novembre e lei risponde che il suo trauma viene risvegliato da un film di nome Pale Horse, incentrato sul tragico evento (in realtà la pellicola non esiste, ma è un riferimento celato a Schindler's List di Steven Spielberg, incentrato sul tema della memoria). Lei ammette che la scena della bambina col cappotto rosso è quello che la spaventa di più e che guardarlo più e più volte l'ha aiutata a superare le sue paure e che un'altra cosa che la aiuta in tal senso è il sesso. Questo elemento suscita un certo interesse in Wade e dopo che si sono baciati un auto arriva per prelevarla. Lei lo saluta ma quando l'auto sta per allontanarsi, Wade nota della lattuga e realizza che Renee è un membro del Settimo, chiedendo alla centrale se hanno mai recuperato il veicolo dell'uomo che ha sparato a Charlie. Quando sente che la risposta è negativa, Wade decide di seguirli da solo.

      -Il complotto: Wade entra in un magazzino abbandonato e dopo aver trovato una pistola nel furgone di Renee, entra all'interno dell'edificio, per poi ritrovarsi nella chiesa del video. A un tratto una palla da baseballe cade da un portale extradimensionale aperto sopra di lui e così scopre che il Settimo sta creando dei portali. Wade esce allo scoperto e Renee lo nota, mentre un uomo gli spara con proiettili a salve. Lei gli confessa di aver fatto cadere di proposito la lattuga dal furgone per attirarlo all'interno e che in realtà lui non ha contattato la centrale, ma loro. Poi due uomini lo portano in una stanza piena di schermi TV e Renee gli rende indietro il cappello, anch'esso ricoperto di reflectatina. Poi un uomo si siede di fronte a lui e Wade lo riconosce come il senatore Joe Keene. Così si toglie la maschera e gli promette che non lo ucciderà e che il suo compito è impedire omicidi di massa a Tulsa, come Judd avrebbe dovuto fare come capo della polizia. Wade gli chiede se vogliono portare un altro calamaro a Tulsa, ma lui dice che hanno ben altro in mente, proponendo di mostrargli la verità, ma il prezzo per essa è decisamente alto:

      "I'm gonna show you something, and after you see it, you're gonna walk out of here and you're never gonna be afraid of big teleporting aliens ever again. Because I'm gonna set you free. In return, I'm gonna ask you to do me a favor. Call it a squid pro quo. This Angela Abar? She either killed Judd Crawford or she knows who did. Either way, she threatens to disrupt the aforementioned peace. I know Agent Blake already suspects her, so how about you just help that along? Angela trusts you. Serve her up, and that way, I don't have to ask these racist Okies to go to her house and kill her and her entire fucking family. I just need to get her off the board for a couple days while I wrap things up. Your call, Wade. Either way works for me. All right. Couple weeks after I was elected senator of the great state of Oklahoma, I was appointed to the Appropriations Committee, which sucked because I wanted something sexy, like Intelligence or Judiciary, but you get what you get. You don't get upset, so I accepted. In my very first day, they brought me into a little room, and they showed me what I'm about to show you. Took me a couple years to pirate a copy for myself. So, Wade, you can tell your cop buddies I'm running the Kavalry and then I'll convince them all you're crazy, which will not be difficult given your secret shiny hats. Or you can press play, and finally be free. I leave it entirely in your hands."

      Così mette una videocassetta e Wade decide di avviare la riproduzione, dove appare un Adrian Veidt molto più giovane di quanto abbiamo visto, il quale ha un messaggio rivolto a una persona in particolare:

      "Hello, Robert. Adrian Veidt here. Assuming my instructions have been followed to the letter, today is January 21st, 1993, and you were just inaugurated. Allow me to be amongst the very first to say congratulations, President Redford. Sir, I am recording this message on November 1st, 1985, seven years in your past. How I could predict that you would be elected president with such incredible accuracy? Because I didn't predict it. I planned it. Here, in '85, the end is nigh. Nuclear holocaust between the United States and Russia is imminent. Fortunately, I planned for this, too. And the only way to stave off mankind's extinction is with a weapon more powerful than any atomic device. That weapon is fear, and I, Mr. President, am its architect. In 24 hours time, that's seven years ago for you, an extra-dimensional monster will materialize in Manhattan, unleashing a psychic blast that kills half the city's population, and traumatizes millions more. Yet the monster will not have come from another dimension at all. It will have come from me. A hoax, Mr. President. An elaborate, meticulously engineered hoax to save the world. Now, the hard part. What's next. The transition won't start immediately. The world will need time to heal, and, of course, I'll have to maintain the peace with additional small-scale extra-dimensional events. But now, I am sure as you watch this, mankind is ready for change. I envision a stronger, loving world committed to caring for the weak, reversing environmental ruin, and cultivating true equality. I know you share these values. That's why I'll do all I can, and why I did all I could, to get you elected. But this will only work if you willingly become my partner, Mr. President. My partner in building a utopia. But first, I'll need to earn your trust, and you, undoubtedly, have questions. If you'll indulge me for the next few hours, I think I have some answers. So, let's dive in, shall we?"


      -Lontano anni luce: Nel frattempo Ozymandias prepara la sua tuta, dicendo ai suoi servi che il tempo è l'essenza per la sua impresa. Così i due lo caricano sul trabucco e lo sparano in cielo, mandando in una delle lune di Giove. Dopo essersi goduto la vista, Ozymandias prende i corpi ormai congelati dei suoi ex servi e li dispone per scrivere "Save me" e poi guardando un satellite posto sopra la luna, dice di avercela fatta. Ma i suoi cloni tirano la corda e lui ritorna a terra, dove all'arrivo viene accolto da quest'ultimi e dal Game Warden, il quale lo arresta per aver violato le leggi della sua terra e lui dice che ormai Dio lo ha abbandonato, cosa su cui lui concorda.

      -Tradimento: Wade assiste al test di un nuovo profumo e la sua mente torna alla notte del 2 Novembre, con "Careless Whisper" di nuovo in sottofondo, stavolta cantata da Nataly Dawn. Poi torna in centrale, dove Angela gli chiede se ha scoperto altro sulle pillole e lui le pone una domanda davvero criptica:

      "Is anything true?" 

      Angela non capisce cosa voglia dire e gli dice di smettere di giocare e Wade le dice che le pillole sono di Nostalgia, cioè sono ricordi e vuole sapere a chi appartengono. Angela gli racconta di Will Reeves, del suo legame di parentela con lei e del suo ruolo nell'omicidio di Judd e del fatto che lo ha coperto. Wade le dice che gli dispiace e Angela non capisce cosa voglia dire. Laurie esce velocemente dall'ufficio e dice ad Angela di alzare le mani. Lei chiede a Wade cosa ha fatto e Laurie chiede che venga ammanettata, quando Angela ingerisce le pillole, per poi farsi arrestare. Wade guarda Laurie e indossa la sua maschera. Quella sera Wade torna a casa e vede un pacco, con il nuovo sistema di allarme extra-dimensionale, e lo getta via, per poi riprenderlo. Dopo essere entrato in casa, due uomini del Settimo armati entrano dietro di lui, chiudendo l'episodio.



      Una delle caratteristiche più rilevanti di Watchmen, almeno in questi cinque episodi, è l'intensa ed articolata caratterizzazione dei personaggi, utilizzando molto spesso un intero episodio per raccontare la storia che li riguarda, analizzandone il loro punto di vista con incredibile dettaglio, forse il tratto più distintivo dello stile di Damon Lindelof. Già con "She Was Killed By Space Junk" abbiamo visto la buona riuscita di questo stile, con la prospettiva di Laurie Blake narrata sotto forma di barzelletta, ma in questo quinto episodio assistiamo non solo a un focus su un altro personaggio di notevole interesse, ma a una serie di rivelazioni e di spunti fondamentali per quello che avverrà nei restanti episodi. Il protagonista di questo quinto capitolo è Wade Tillman, noto come Looking Glass, un uomo il cui trauma risiede nella tragica notte del 2 Novembre 1985, i cui ricordi continuano a tormentarlo in ogni istante della sua vita, un uomo che vede la verità come suo scopo ultimo (basti pensare al suo lavoro come opinionista pubblicitario e il suo ruolo come vigilante che ricerca le risposte dai sospettati attraverso la capsula con le immagini subliminali), con incredibili difficoltà di relazione (fatta eccezione per il suo legame con Angela, forse andato in frantumi dopo il suo ultimo gesto) e cerca di farsene una ragione su quanto ha vissuto, aiutando quelli che come lui hanno sperimentato la sua medesima esperienza, alla fine ritrovandosi di fronte alla verità con la V maiuscola, scoprendo che Adrian "Ozymandias" Veidt (il quale sembra essere molto più lontano di quanto avevamo previsto) è la mente dietro il calamaro gigante di New York, cosa già nota ai lettori del fumetto, ma anche dietro all'elezione dell'attuale presidente Robert Redford. Il fatto stesso che il tutto venga propinato dal senatore Joe Keery, membro attivo del Settimo Reggimento (non l'ha mai raccontata giusta), il quale sostiene di essere diventato membro della setta per garantire la pace a Tulsa, così come avrebbe dovuto fare Judd ai vertici della polizia, fa' pensare al fatto che sì, è vero del complotto ordito da Veidt, ma è anche vero che il Settimo rappresenti un immagine di spregiudicata violenza, specie nella misteriosa scena conclusiva che vede due di loro che entrano armati a casa di Wade, riportandoci all'unica vera domanda: c'è qualcosa di vero? In ogni caso, è Angela a pagare il prezzo di questa verità, dato che anche lei la sta cercando in merito al suo nonno e decide di farlo nel più radicale dei modi, ingerendo le pillole di Nostalgia prima di farsi arrestare, lasciando aperto uno scenario estremamente affascinante per i prossimi episodi, ed essendone rimasti solo quattro, siamo certi che le emozioni e lo shock perdureranno ancora durante la visione.

      Nel sesto episodio, dal titolo "This Extraordinary Being", Angela sperimenta gli effetti della Nostalgia, rivivendo il passato del suo nonno Will Reeves mentre si trova in detenzione, in un viaggio che le permetterà di capire quali siano le sue vere intenzioni.

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      WATCHMEN - Recensione 1x04 "If You Don't Like My Story, Write Your Own"


      "The world is like a Mask dancing. If you want to see it well you do not stand in one place."
      (Chinua Achebe)

      Nel mondo rappresentato in Watchmen, niente come sembra, e questo quarto episodio ce lo insegna attraverso una storia che noi tutti pensavamo di conoscere. "If You Don't Like My Story, Write Your Own", (titolo tratto dalla famosa citazione dello scrittore nigeriano Chinua Achebe, a cui appartiene la frase in apertura) termina la prima metà di serie in maniera dirompente, rimettendo tutto quello che abbiamo visto finora in discussione, rispondendo a delle domande e ponendone altrettante. Diretto da Andrij Parekh (Succession) e scritto da Damon Lindelof e Christal Henry (Unforgettable), l'episodio mostra l'entrata in scena di un giocatore oscuro e pericoloso, l'indagine di Angela che diventa sempre più strana e l'anima macabra di Ozymandias.

      -Un' offerta particolare: L'episodio si apre con una giovane donna che cerca di vendere uova fresche per la strada, ma senza trovare clienti. Lei è felicemente sposata e i due conducono una vita semplice e normale, fino a quando una sera, qualcuno bussa alla loro porta nel cuore della notte. I due vanno ad aprire e una strana donna entra nella loro casa. Lei chiede loro cosa sanno di lei e il marito la identifica come la persona che sta costruendo l'enorme torre dell'orologio in fondo alla strada, che nessuno ha mai visto a Tulsa da quando di trova lì. La donna dice di essere venuta per loro per una questione estremamente importante: lei vuole la loro casa e il terreno circostante. La coppia dice che non è in vendita, ma la donna la mette sul fatto che la loro discendenza conta di più di una casa e che la loro famiglia morirà, dato che i due non hanno figli. La donna dice di sapere che hanno tentato più volte di averne senza successo e alla fine dice loro che cosa offrirà in cambio della casa: un figlio tutto loro. La coppia rimane sbalordita, ma la donna sembra avere delle risorse infinite, visto che ha un neonato con se', il cui DNA è della coppia, dicendo loro di aver versato cinque milioni di dollari su un conto fatto apposta per loro, al fine di provvedere alla crescita del bambino. All'ultimo secondo la coppia accetta l'offerta e dal cielo vedono cadere qualcosa, come una meteora, e quando chiedono alla misteriosa donna che cosa sia, lei risponde che è qualcosa di suo.

      -Restituzione: Angela va nella sua pasticceria nel cuore della notte per eliminare ogni traccia della presenza del vecchio Will, quando riceve un messaggio automatico dal centro di eredità culturale sulla presenza di un nuovo ramo nella sua famiglia. Così va sul posto e dopo aver notificato la centrale di un irruzione nel centro, lei stessa irrompe nella struttura e chiede al computer di vedere il suo albero genealogico. Angela riceve una ghianda, che dovrà piantare in una sala per gli alberi genealogici e una volta fatto, appare un immenso olo-albero, dove emerge un nuovo ramo sopra Marcus Abar, suo padre. Toccando il ramo, Angela vede il suo nonno Will e i genitori di lui, uccisi nel massacro di Tulsa nel 1921, e stando al computer, anche Will sarebbe morto. Angela è consapevole che non è morto, ma che è solo sparito, e gli chiede indirettamente di lasciarla in pace. Mentre Angela esce dall'edificio, vede la sua auto cadere dal cielo, mentre dall'altra parte Laurie assiste alla stessa scena, come abbiamo visto nel precedente episodio. Laurie le punta l'arma ma Angela identifica il veicolo, chiedendo in centrale di fare un controllo. Laurie le spiega che è caduta dal cielo e assicuratasi che Angela abbia tutto sotto controllo, torna nella sua auto, complimentandosi per il costume. Alla fine Angela trova nel cruscotto una strana boccetta, contenente delle pillole.

      -Fidarsi di pochi: Angela torna a casa e vedendo Cal dormire nel letto matrimoniale con le piccole Rosie e Emma, va in camera di Topher per rassicurarlo sulla sua assenza. La mattina dopo, durante la colazione, Angela discute con Cal di Laurie e della sua irruzione al centro culturale. In seguito Angela va a trovare Looking Glass, il quale sta studiando la pioggia di calamari avvenuta qualche giorno prima, interrogandosi sul suo vero scopo. Lei gli chiede di far analizzare le pillole per capire che cosa siano, e alla fine gli svela che Judd non era chi diceva di essere, mostrandogli il completo del Klan preso dal suo armadio, chiedendogli di tenerlo, affinchè Laurie non lo venga a sapere.


      -Il nuovo capo: Angela getta un borsone in un camion di rifiuti, quando nota un uomo con una strana tuta che la osserva. Lei lo rincorre, ma lui è incredibilmente veloce e agile, al punto da cospargersi uno strano liquido addosso e scivolare in un tombino. In seguito Angela va in centrale dove incontra il senatore Keene, il quale è grato per il suo intervento durante il funerale. Poi mostra la cintura dell'uomo in tuta a Pirate Jenny e Red Scare, i quali le dicono che almeno che non si tratti di uno del Settimo, il nuovo capo non tratterà la questione in alcun modo. Angela chiede chi sia il nuovo capo e con sua grande sorpresa scopre che si tratta di Laurie Blake. Lei le dice di aver rinvenuto delle strane impronte nella sua auto, che ha già fatto analizzare dalla scientifica, che ha trovato la corrispondenza in un uomo di nome Will Reeves, un poliziotto di New York City fra gli anni '40 e '50, ritiratosi piuttosto giovane, e che dovrebbe avere almeno cento anni, accenando al fatto che si muove su una sedia a rotelle. A un tratto Petey entra in ufficio e dopo aver sussurrato qualcosa a Laurie, lei dice ad Angela che hanno trovato qualcos'altro sulla sua auto.

      -Miracolo termondinamico: Sulle note di "You're My Thrill" di Billie Holiday (scelta musicale non casuale, visto che il brano è presente anche nel fumetto in una scena romantica fra Laurie e il suo amante Nite Owl) Angela domanda a Laurie perchè mai è tanto interessata alla sua auto e lei risponde con una semplificazione di un termine che usava il Dottor Manhattan, vale a dire "miracolo termodinamico", un modo per dire che è tutto collegato. Poi Laurie svela di aver parlato con Cal e Angela non apprezza affatto averlo saputo in questo modo, a maggior ragione perchè è andata a casa sua. Laurie le chiede se si sono conosciuti in Vietnam e se avesse una famiglia lì, ma Angela le dice di essere un orfana. Laurie non sembra sorpresa da tale risposta e da' una spiegazione filosofica del loro ruolo di vigilanti:

      "L: Well, people who wear masks are driven by trauma. They're obsessed with justice because of some injustice they suffered, usually when they were kids. Ergo, the mask. It hides the pain. 


      A: I wear the mask to protect myself. 


      L: Right. From the pain." 

      Dopo che Laurie le chiede come è stata cresciuta, svelando che anche lei era una vigilante, Angela le domanda quale fosse il suo trauma e lei chiede a Petey di raccontare una storia che i lettori del fumetto conoscono molto bene:

      "Agent Blake's parents were the Comedian and Silk Spectre. They were both in the Minutemen. [...] The Comedian sexually assaulted Silk Spectre, back in the '40s. Agent Blake didn't find out till much, much later. He... her dad tried to rape her mom." 

      I tre arrivano all'edificio appartenente a Lady Trieu, la misteriosa donna del prologo, e Laurie suggerisce ad Angela di mettersi la maschera per la sua sicurezza. Una volta entrati notano una sorta di velivolo che potrebbe essere stato usato per sollevare un auto e decidono di indagare ulteriormente, chiedendo a Bian (la ragazza dell'edicola del secondo episodio), figlia di Trieu, la lista dei piloti. La ragazza invita Laurie e Angela a prendere un te' con sua madre per discutere della situazione, mentre spiega che l'edificio che stanno costruendo è la meraviglia del nuovo mondo, il cui scopo è dire il tempo. Arrivate al solarium Trieu si presenta e dice che ha deciso di ricreare l'atmosfera della sua terra, il Vietnam, nel suo palazzo e a un tratto chiede ad Angela se ha le pillole, in lingua vietnamita, dicendo che lo chiede Will. Angela risponde in vietnamita che il vecchio può chiederlo di persona. Laurie nota con interesse che entrambe sono del Vietnam e Angela ripropone il concetto di miracolo termodinamico. Trieu chiede loro se pensano che il suo equipaggiamento sia stato usato per rubare un auto e farla cadere e Angela sottolinea che era la sua, chiedendo una lista dei piloti. Trieu incarica di Bian di provvedere a consegnarla e porge le sue condoglianze ad Angela per la morte di Judd. A un tratto Laurie nota una statua di Adrian Veidt e sottolinea che Trieu ha comprato la sua compagnia dopo che lui è sparito (da notare che anche Veidt aveva una passione per le piante nel fumetto), chiedendo perchè lo scultore lo ha fatto così vecchio. Trieu le spiega che effettivamente è vecchio e che nella sua cultura gli anziani sono trattati con rispetto e naturalmente Laurie non risparmia le sue critiche verso di lui.


      -Mente macabra: Ozymandias è in barca su un lago nel cuore della notte, da cui ripesca dei neonati con delle trappole per granchi, scartandone alcuni, e scegliendone due. Tornato nella sua tenuta, mette i due piccoli in una strana camera e quando la accende loro iniziano a piangere, mentre lui si gode la cena. A processo compiuto i due neonati sono diventati Phillips e Crookshanks e Ozymandias spiega loro che presto potranno parlare e che il loro compito è servirlo. Poi li porta nella sala pranzo, dove tutti gli altri cloni sono stati uccisi nei modi più impensabili. Alla fine Ozymandias, sulle note dell'Allegretto della settima di Beethoven, usa una catapulta per scaraventare i suoi servi morti dall'altra parte della radura e afferma che un giorno riuscirà a scappare dalla sua prigionia, durata ben quattro anni.

      -Complicità: Angela torna a casa e trova Cal intento a leggere un libro. Angela gli chiede quando le avrebbe detto della visita di Laurie a casa loro e lui le spiega che voleva sapere chi aveva chiamato quando Judd è stato ucciso. Angela gli chiede cosa le ha detto e lui da' la sua risposta:

      "C: I told her you and I were having sex in the closet when the phone rang. You answered, but I didn't know who you were talking to. Then you handed me a gun and left. I didn't see you all night long, and the next morning, you came back and told me your grandfather murdered our friend, which was confusing because you never told me you had a grandfather. 


      A: You didn't say any of that. 


      C: No, Angela. I lied. 


      A: And you hate lying. 


      C: I do. She knew that we met in Vietnam. 


      A: Did you tell her about your accident? 


      C: It didn't come up. 


      A: Good. 


      C: I think she wants to help you. 


      A: Why? 


      C: It's just a feeling I have. Maybe she knows how to find him. The old man. 


      A: I can find him all by myself."

      Alla fine Angela, consapevole di potersi fidare di Cal, lo invita ad aspettarla nell'armadio per fare sesso.

      -Chi è Will?: Bian si sveglia di soprassalto e l'inquadratura mostra la scritta IV sul suo polso. Spavenata corre da sua madre, raccontandole il suo incubo, dove lei era in un villaggio che è stato bruciato da degli uomini, che poi hanno fatto camminare tutti, compresa lei, molto a lungo, al punto da farle male i piedi. Trieu si rifiuta di accompagnarla a letto e Bian da' la buonanotte a Will, il quale sembra intento a prendere del te' con Trieu, con cui sta avendo una discussione criptica circa le preoccupazioni riguardo alle pillole e al fatto che lui non abbia detto la verità ad Angela:

      "T: If you want her to know who you are, just tell her. 


      W: She's not gonna listen. She has to experience things by herself. 


      T: It's still too cute by half. 


      W: Oh yeah? Is that why you're doing the same thing to your daughter? 


      T: It's entirely different. And this is the source of my concern. When family's involved, judgment gets cloudy, feet get cold, deals get broken."

      Trieu capisce che Will non sta al suo piano e il vecchio si alza dalla sua sedia a rotelle, mostrando che è guarito. L'episodio si conclude con Will che confessa, in modo piuttosto vago, le sue intenzioni verso Angela:

      "I betrayed her. And in three days, she'll know what I have done, and she'll hate me for it. And you're concerned about whether I am in. Well, I am in. All the way. Tick-tock. Tick-tock. Tick-tock. Tick-tock."



      Questo episodio si dimostra il migliore presentato finora, perchè capace di sovvertire gli equilibri posti dalla storia nei precedenti capitoli, mostrando che niente è come sembra e che tutto il mondo, come direbbe Chinua Achebe, è una maschera danzante, che nasconde il vero volto di ogni cosa e persona. L'introduzione di Lady Trieu, la quale ha ereditato la compagnia di Adrian Veidt e con cui condivide il suo senso enigmatico, gioca un ruolo fondamentale nella trama, collegando, seppure in modo indiretto, le due vicende centrali proposte, e portando ad altri misteri sulle sue intenzioni, sullo scopo dell'edificio monumentale che sta costruendo, ma sul suo legame con Will Reeves, nonno di Angela, a cui non sembra aver detto la verità, rendendo l'anziano sulla sedia a rotelle più insidioso del previsto. Tornando alle due vicende di fondo portate avanti nell'episodio, abbiamo da una parte la diatriba fra Angela e Laurie (resa alla grande dal carisma magnetico di Regina King e Jean Smart), le quali hanno davvero molto in comune, ma non si fidano l'una dell'altra, con la prima che sembra avere due validissimi alleati, vale a dire suo marito Cal e Looking Glass, personaggio che assume una connotazione sempre più interessante, mentre dall'altra la storia di Ozymandias comincia ad avere sempre più senso, con il suo ardito piano di fuga, mostrato nelle sue connotazioni più teatrali e macabre, difficili da dimenticare (con Jeremy Irons che sfoggia il suo lato più folle). Watchmen chiude la sua prima metà di serie in modo enigmatico ed intrigante, lasciando sempre quel senso di volere di più, tipico di una serie targata Damon Lindelof.

      Nel quinto episodio, dal titolo "Little Fear of Lightning", scopriremo di più del passato di Looking Glass, che si ricollega al famoso complotto del calamaro gigante avvenuto trent'anni prima a New York, visto nel fumetto, mentre Ozymandias si prepara a mettere in atto la sua fuga.

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      STAR TREK: SHORT TREKS - Recensione "The Trouble With Edward"


      Si continua con l'antologia di cortometraggi a tema Star Trek, in un modo del tutto diverso da quello che ci si poteva aspettarre inizialmente. "The Trouble With Edward", secondo capitolo di questo ciclo di episodi, racconta una vicenda normale in un universo narrativo come questo, ma con un taglio decisamente fin sopra le righe persino per gli standard Trek, nonostante il contenuto potenzialmente buono. Diretto da Daniel Gray Longino (A.P. Bio) e scritto da Graham Wagner (Silicon Valley, Baskets), vede un giovane capitano alle prese con un guaio causato da una persona la quale non si sarebbe decisamente dovuta arruolare alla Flotta Stellare.

      -Nuovo comando: Il corto si apre con il capitano Pike che nel suo diario annuncia che l'ufficiale scientifico Lynne Lucero è stata promossa a capitano e si appresterà a comandare la USS Cabot, incaricata di prestare soccorso a una colonia federale al confine con lo spazio Klingon. Pike la accompagna in sala teletrasporto, dispendiandole consigli su come comandare al meglio e confrontarsi con i suoi colleghi e Lucero, ansiosa come non mai, si prepara per essere teletrasportata sulla Cabot.

      -Piano alternativo: Per affrontare la carestia che affligge la colonia, il neo capitano Lucero si riunisce con gli ufficiali scientifici per discutere su come agire e fra loro emerge Edward Larkin, uno strano individuo che afferma di non appartenere a nessun dipartimento in particolare, il quale propone di utilizzare una specie nativa del pianeta Iota Geminorum IV, trattasi dei famosi e soffici Tribboli, o meglio la carne contenuta sotto il loro pelo, per nutrire la popolazione della colonia. Sfortunatamente i Tribboli hanno un ciclo riproduttivo estremamente lento (dettaglio importante visto che in Star Trek: Enterprise era esattamente il contrario) e pertanto Larkin propone di accelerarlo con la manipolazione genetica. Dopo aver discusso delle conseguenze, sopratutto morali, della questione, Lucero decide di respingere la proposta, assegnando Larkin al dipartimento di climatologia.


      -Colpo basso: In sala mensa Larkin parla con Noel del nuovo capitano e quest'ultimo afferma che piace a tutto l'equipaggio. In seguito Larkin vede Lucero e un altro ufficiale in laboratorio, prima che viene convocato in ufficio proprio da Lucero. Lei lo informa di aver ricevuto delle lamentele anonime dal comando di flotta circa il suo operato come capitano e che sa che Larkin ne è responsabile. Per questo ha deciso di trasferirlo su un altra nave, dato che non lo ritiene adatto per il lavoro che viene svolto a bordo, e lo congeda.

      -Invasione: Larkin esce in pigiama per scoprire che c'è stata una violazione nel laboratorio, causata dal suo esperimento genetico sui Tribboli, che ne ha causato un accelerazione incontrollata del loro ciclo riproduttivo. L'intera nave è invasa dai Tribboli e Lucero dice a Larkin che riferirà al comando della sua diretta disobbedienza. Sulle note della canzone per bambini "Johnny Appleseed", l'equipaggio cerca di contenere il problema, ma non è possibile, dato che i Tribboli alterati nascono già in gravidanza, per via del DNA di Larkin. Non potendo più risolvere la situazione, Lucero ordina l'equipaggio di abbandonare la Cabot, ma alla fine Larkin decide di restare a bordo, morendo soffocato dai Tribboli.

      -Rapporto: Il capitano Lucero viene interrogata dal comando di flotta circa l'incidente avvenuto sulla Cabot, la morte di Larkin e la nascita di una specie geneticamente alterata, che ha invaso la colonia che avrebbero dovuto salvare e persino lo spazio Klingon, domandando come sia possibile che tutto quanto sia stato causato da un solo uomo. Alla fine il capitano Lucero conclude il corto con l'unica cosa che si poteva dire su Larkin:

      "He was an idiot." 

      In una scena post-credits viene mostrato uno spot pubblicitario davvero irrisorio di un tipo di cereali a tema Tribboli.


      Dopo un corto semplice ma ricco di dinamiche come "Q&A", l'antologia Short Treks sforna un secondo capitolo dal tono farsesco e superficiale, che diversamente da "The Escape Artist", altro esempio di questo stile, non ha nulla di salvabile, ad eccezione del cameo di Anson Mount nel ruolo di Christopher Pike e una Rosa Salazar a suo agio nel ruolo della neo promossa a capitano Lynn Lucero. L'idea di fondo, vale a dire rappresentare un tipo di ufficiale antitetico agli standard lavorativi della Flotta Stellare, poteva anche funzionare nel suo piccolo come denuncia verso quelle persone che si ritengono superiori ai propri colleghi e che finiscono nel metterli nei guai, ma sfortunatamente la sceneggiatura appare scialba e non crea affatto un minimo di empatia, qualora se ne possa avere, per il personaggio interpretato da H. Jon Benjamin, come anche il possibile scopo di presentare una origin story sui Tribboli, che non reggerebbe affatto rispetto a quanto proposto in Star Trek: Enterprise, creando un certo problema di continuità. Non che ci si aspettasse un capolavoro contenuto in quindici minuti, ma "The Trouble With Edward" resta decisamente un quarto d'ora da dimenticare per l'intero universo Trek... specialmente per quello spot pubblicitario.

      Il prossimo corto, dal titolo "Ask Not", vedrà come protagonista Christopher Pike, il quale si ritrova prigioniero di un giovane cadetto a seguito di un attacco a una base stellare.

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      This week in KDE: GTK CSD support and more!


      I’ve got big news today. Something major landed: full support for the GTK_FRAME_EXTENTS_ protocol, which hugely improves the user experience for running GTK apps that use client-side decoration headerbars! This includes GNOME apps and an increasing number of 3rd-party GTK apps too. In particular, these apps now display window shadows and have proper resize areas without needing to use a thick border. Here’s how Gedit now looks:

      It’s almost native-looking! And it fits right in with the rest of your apps.

      I’d like to extend a big thanks for Vlad Zahorodnii who has been working hard on this for months! The feature lands in the upcoming Plasma 5.18 LTS.

      But wait, there’s more…

      More New Features

      Bugfixes & Performance Improvements

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      How You Can Help

      Do you love KDE’s apps? Would you like to help develop for them? I knew you would. 🙂 It’s really fun, and you can have a major impact. Many of KDE’s apps are quite beginner-friendly; among them are Dolphin, Elisa, and Spectacle. See the full list here! These apps’ maintainers as well as KDE’s experienced developers are happy to help and mentor newcomers who want to contribute. For more information on how to get help and who to ask, see

      More generally, have a look at and find out more ways to help be part of a project that really matters. Each contributor makes a huge difference in KDE; you are not a number or a cog in a machine! You don’t have to already be a programmer, either. I wasn’t when I got started. Try it, you’ll like it! We don’t bite!

      Finally, consider making a tax-deductible donation to the KDE e.V. foundation.


      रवि शास्त्री के बचाव में आए कोहली बोले- एजेंडा के तहत उनको किया जा रहा है ट्रोल


      नयी दिल्ली। विराट कोहली ने रवि शास्त्री को लगातार ट्रोल किए जाने को एजेंडा से प्रभावित बताया और कहा कि भारतीय कोच इस धारणा से सबसे कम प्रभावित हैं कि वह कप्तान की हां में हां मिलाते हैं। कोहली ने कहा कि शास्त्री ने ‘साहस’ के साथ ‘बिना हेलमेट’ के तेज गेंदबाजों का सामना किया और सलामी बल्लेबाज के रूप में 41 की औसत से रन बनाए जो मौजूदा कोच के आलोचकों को कड़ा जवाब है।

      इसे भी पढ़ें: विराट कोहली को आया गुस्सा, बोले- अनुष्का का नाम बीच में क्यों घसीटते हो

      कोहली ने इंडिया टुडे को उसके विशेष शो ‘इंस्पिरेशन’ पर कहा कि मुझे लगता है कि इनमें से अधिकांश चीजें एजेंडा से प्रभावित हैं और मुझे नहीं पता कि कोई ऐसा क्यों और किसलिए कर रहा है लेकिन इस तरह से झूठ को स्वीकार करना एजेंडा से प्रभावित है। उन्होंने कहा कि भाग्य से रवि भाई के मामले में वह ऐसे व्यक्ति हैं जो इन चीजों की बिलकुल परवाह नहीं करते। बायें हाथ के स्पिनर के रूप में आगाम करने वाले शास्त्री ने बाद में भारत के लिए पारी का आगाज भी किया और 1985 विश्व सीरीज क्रिकेट में उन्हें ‘चैंपियन आफ चैंपियन्स’ का प्रतिष्ठित पुरस्कार भी मिला। मुख्य कोच का समर्थन करते हुए कोहली ने ये सभी तर्क रखे।

      इसे भी पढ़ें: BCCI की बैठक में राजस्थान क्रिकेट संघ को सौंपी गई प्रशासनिक शक्ति

      कोहली ने ट्रोल करने वालों को संदेश देते हुए कहा कि दसवें नंबर से सलामी बल्लेबाज के रूप में भेजा गया और सलामी बल्लेबाज के रूप में उन्होंने 41 के औसत से रन बनाए। वह किसी ऐसे व्यक्ति से परेशान नहीं होने वाले जो घर में बैठकर उनकी ट्रोलिंग कर रहा हो क्योंकि अगर आप उनकी जैसी उपलब्धि हासिल करने वाले व्यक्ति की ट्रोलिंग करना चाहते हैं तो चलिए फिर उन गेंदबाजों का सामना कीजिए, जो उन्होंने किया है वह कीजिए, ऐसा करने के लिए हौसला चाहिए, इसके बाद उनके साथ बहस कीजिए।

      इसे भी पढ़ें: दक्षिण एशियाई खेलों में भारत के ध्वजवाहक होंगे गोला फेंक स्टार तेजिंदर पाल

      हाल में टेस्ट श्रृंखला में बांग्लादेश को रौंदने के बाद कोहली ने अपने तेज गेंदबाजी आक्रमण को ‘स्वप्निल संयोजन’ करार दिया जो किसी भी सतह पर किसी भी तरह के विरोधी को ध्वस्त करने में सक्षम है। ऐसा जसप्रीत बुमराह की गैरमौजूदगी में किया गया। कप्तान ने कहा कि काफी अधिक प्रतिस्पर्धा के बावजूद तेज गेंदबाजों के बीच सौहार्द है और बिलकुल भी असुरक्षा नहीं है। कोहली ने कहा कि बिलकुल भी जलन नहीं है और यह उनका सबसे मजबूत पक्ष है, वे परवाह नहीं करते कि शमी की रैंकिंग सात है या जसप्रीत की रैंकिंग क्या है या इशांत की रैंकिंग क्या है।

      इसे भी पढ़ें: डेविड वॉर्नर ने रचा इतिहास, डे नाइट टेस्ट मैच में जड़ा तिहरा शतक

      कोहली क्रिकेटरों के बीच सचिन तेंदुलकर से प्रेरणा लेते हैं लेकिन खेल जगत में उनका पसंदीदा खिलाड़ी दिग्गज फुटबालर क्रिस्टियानो रोनाल्डो हैं। भारतीय कप्तान ने कहा कि मुझे लगता है कि क्रिस्टियानो रोनाल्डो क्योंकि मुझे यह तथ्य पसंद है कि उसे रोजाना निशाना बनाया जाता है लेकिन वह मानसिक रूप से मजबूत है, कड़ी मेहनत करने का जज्बा और वापसी करने की इच्छा है। उन्होंने कहा कि मेरे लिए ये चीजें वास्तवित नैसर्गिक क्षमता से अधिक मायने रखती है जो लियोनल मेस्सी में है और यही कारण है कि मैं रोनाल्डो से प्रभावित हूं।

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      कोहली ने नए रिकार्ड बनाने को अपनी आदत में शुमार कर लिया है और इसके लिए उनकी तुलना कई बार उनके आदर्श महान बल्लेबाज तेंदुलकर से होती है। कोहली ने कहा कि मुझे नहीं पत