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Coach Dave: Pelosi, Schiff May Be Demons in Human Form

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“Coach” Dave Daubenmire said on his show that he believes Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff are either possessed by demons or are demons themselves who have taken human form. And he adds in a bit of irony capable of destroying every irony meter that exists in the known universe. “In my opinion, Adam Schiff is […]
          

Samsung Galaxy S11 navodno donosi 120 Hz stopu osvježavanja zaslona i tri opcije prikaza

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Kako se približava dan službenog predstavljanja Samsunga Galaxy S11, a to će biti negdje krajem veljače ili tijekom ožujka, logično, sve je više glasina o njegovim specifikacijama i karakteristikama. Najnovije informacije koje prenosi pouzdani cinker Ice Universe potvrđuju prijašnje o 120 Hz stopi osvježavanja zaslona, ali sada ide korak dalje i objašnjava kako će korisnik […]
          

Sevenhugs Smart Remote Universele Afstandsbediening

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Sevenhugs Smart Remote Universele Afstandsbediening.

          

Daniel Isn't Real, 2019 - ★★★★

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“I am the abyss, get in.”

From the producer of Mandy comes another H.P. Lovecraft inspired psychological horror flick. 
This one is a mixture of interpretations of Hieronymus Bosch paintings that can be seen throughout the film while a “Nyarlathotep“ plot line from the lovecraftian universe swirls the undercurrent. 
The plot is filled with modern and antique relics that serve as conduits for cosmic terror and, of course, Daniel serves as the Nyarlathotep character that attempts to manipulate humanity to achieve his ultimate goal which is chaos, hence, Nyarlathotep‘s other alias: “crawling chaos”. 
It’s got practical body horror, blood, the double identity of psyches, cosmic themes that serve the overall goal of Lovecraftian stories: the universe is an existentially terrifying landscape with god knows what out there and it’s not that unlikely that cosmic beings could play a part in ordinary life, it doesn’t mean humans can’t be triumphant over this from time to time but it’s always going to come at a cost. 
I appreciate the way the story plays out especially the last 40 mins. 
Cosmic gothic horror might be creating its own genre, especially with Color Out of Space coming out soon & I’m here for it, all day.


          

A Little Bit Me with Ted Alexandro Episode 049 - Final Date Night Magic with Kate Willett

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It's Thanksgiving, and for Ted that means it's the perfect time to reflect on gratitude or gorge yourself, whichever. While expecting a baby has him feeling like Captain Hook haunted by the sound of a ticking clock, Ted makes an effort to stop and appreciate the things to be grateful for including the sheer novelty this far into an otherwise self-sufficient life of feeling utter panic and the greatest joy simultaneously. Then, with the baby about to arrive, the universe answers the call as Ted and his wife get invitations from friends for a perfect final date night, leaving Ted reflective on how lucky and how grateful he truly is this year. And finally on "The Catch Up" Ted talks politics, comedy, and political comedy with comedian and leftist podcast host Kate Willett.

If you have been enjoying the show, subscribe to A Little Bit Me then check out more from Ted at www.tedalexandro.com and follow him @Tedalexandro on Twitter and Instagram. Buy the 15th Anniversary Edition of As Much As You Want https://800pgr.lnk.to/AlexandroTW and get his new hour special Senior Class of Earth at www.atcspecials.com! Ted photo by Eric Korenman, Music by ProProDLC, Produced & Edited by Matthew L. Weiss @langdonboom

 


          

Vanderbilt Planetarium's Traveling Classroom, "Discover the Universe" Visits Kreamer Street

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Thanks to funding provided by the South Country Education Foundation, the third grade teachers and students at Kreamer Street Elementary School had the amazing opportunity to view Vanderbilt Planetarium's Traveling Classroom exhibit, "Discover the Universe". The exhibit offers an innovative learning experience to help elicit excitement in learning and to enhance the classroom instruction. Provided by the Vanderbilt Planetarium, "Discover the Universe" is a traveling outreach program, designed to bring unique educational experiences consisting of hands-on interactive activities to students as they focus on how astronomers acquire knowledge about the Universe. It consists of various modules that present a different part of how astronomers acquire knowledge of the Universe. The modules include Light, Telescopes, Digital Imaging, the 3-D Universe and Gravity. "The exhibit provided curriculum that enhances the district's continual focus on the Common Core Standards.
          

See the Baby Yoda and 'Avengers: Endgame' mashup, you must

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See the Baby Yoda and 'Avengers: Endgame' mashup, you must

America's ass, it is. 

It took the Avengers two whole movies to defeat Thanos, but imagine if they'd had the powers of Baby Yoda and lightsabers on their side. In an inevitable internet mashup of The Mandalorian and Avengers: Endgame, YouTuber stryderHD brings the Force-filled baby into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

Please someone recut all of Endgame to replace Hawkeye with Baby Yoda. I'll wait. Read more...

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3 Theories for What Revelation's 'Wormwood' Judgment Could Really Be

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Many Christians—and even churches—avoid studying the book of Revelation, often believing it to be too confusing, inapplicable or metaphorical. However, the individual who avoids this book unknowingly shortchanges themselves: Readers are told in the first few verses that those who read and truly hear this revelation will be blessed. Furthermore, believers are challenged in 1 Thessalonians 5 not to be found ignorant regarding these end-times events because we do not belong to the night or in darkness. Today, we will try to dissect one of the most mysterious judgments in Revelation: Wormwood.

In the final book of the Bible, the apostle John is well into a lengthy, colorful description of coming events. Elderly and exiled, John is an eyewitness as a series of seven seals on a vellum scroll are peeled back, one by one. Only the Lamb of God who was slain was deemed worthy to open these seals from what is obviously a very important document. Seal one through six have already been opened with dramatic and effective results. Revelation 8 starts by telling of a period of time—one half-hour—when heaven will be completely silent after the breaking of the seventh seal. Then, seven angels, appointed for this specific moment in time, prepare themselves to sound.

The third trumpet is accompanied by an ominous series of events in John's vision: "The third angel sounded, and a great star from heaven, burning like a torch, fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of waters. The name of this star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the waters, because they were made bitter" (Rev. 8:10-11).

While not everyone asserts that prophecy will be dealt specifically via an incoming comet or asteroid, admittedly, a casual English reading of the entire chapter of Revelation 8 certainly lends itself to such an interpretation. That said, there are other options regarding the meaning of this Wormwood and what its arrival may portend in this prophetic "trumpet" discussion.

Often, in our corporate church imagination, the prevailing narrative regarding the blowing of the trumpet spawns visions of a spiritual entity (angel) perched peacefully on a cloud awaiting his cue. When the time has arrived, he blows the third trumpet and watches, disengaged, from his cushy seat in the heavens while a giant rock splashes into the earth's most important freshwater source.

But maybe, just maybe, there is an angel who is more involved than this cartoon version—and perhaps we're not looking at an impact/collision event at all.

It would be easy to keep our collective sights only on "natural space activity" (however erratic) and forget another theory about Wormwood that may, according to some scholars like Michael S. Heiser, be the most obvious conclusion regarding these poisonous waters. Could Wormwood be a fallen angel?

The notion that trumpet three, Wormwood, would be an entity—especially with how many spiritual and demonic beings these judgments are increasingly producing around this time—will probably appear in that day to both Christ's devoted ones and the Antichrist's followers as a real possibility.

In this article, we will explore possible alternate explanations for Wormwood in order to prepare you for the end-times reality that could begin at any moment. But first, I should explain how to approach serious interpretation of Revelation and its mysterious prophecies.

Biblical Literalism

When interpreting the Wormwood judgment, scholars arrive at many different conclusions—some easier to grasp than others. Some believe the "falling star" could actually mean a "falling angel," and others suggest that the "bitterness" (poisoning) of wormwood actually means "famine" and has nothing to do with water. We'll get to both of those theories in the next section. Nevertheless, both concepts demand that the question of literality in the interpretation of Revelation is at least visited briefly so readers can understand: 1) why the interpretations—even among scholars—vary so widely, and 2) why many of these theories are equally plausible.

There is a popular (and respectable) principle of biblical interpretation that many instructional books will teach as one of the first rules to follow when studying the Bible: "If a verse can be interpreted literally, it should be. The only occasion when a Scripture should not be taken literally is when doing so creates an absurdity."

For instance, 2 Timothy 4:13 contains a clear, non-allegorical order for Timothy to bring Paul's cloak and documents. To take 2 Timothy 4:13 as literal does not create an absurdity, because it's not illogical or unreasonable in any way to assume Paul wanted Timothy to swing by with some supplies next time he was headed Paul's way. However, John 3:3, taken to the fullest application of literality, means that a man must crawl through his mother's womb again (be "born again") before he can go to heaven. But as we know, even Nicodemus realized that a literal interpretation would create an absurdity, so he sought clarification, and Jesus further explained that this rebirth was "of ... the Spirit" (John 3:4-6), leading us today to understand that this was a metaphor.

Therefore, to follow one of the most fundamental principles of biblical interpretation, "wormwood" would be a poisoning of fresh waters (not "famine") and "Wormwood" would be a space-body mass object of some kind (not an "angel" or "fallen angel"). Assuming we're dealing with asteroids and a poisoning, we have been able to conclude a literal interpretation that "does not create an absurdity." This is perhaps why many scholars of the Word resist the allegorical or metaphorical approach to the book of Revelation any time we can see a logical, literal explanation for what's coming.

Yet the very first rule of biblical interpretation, which must be acknowledged before any and all others in any serious approach to Scripture, is this: "There can only be one, true meaning of the verse in question, and that is the meaning that the author of that book intended for his original readers. No interpretation that disagrees with the author of the book (and, by extension, the Holy Spirit who led such a composition) can ever be the right one."

The real issue lies in getting to the bottom of what that author meant, and not in deciding what we think makes the most sense to us today. That faulty approach is called eisegesis—"putting into Scripture what was never there"—which is the opposite of exegesis—"pulling out of Scripture what has been there from the beginning." It's also to commit the error of placing hermeneutics (what it means to us, today) ahead of exegesis (what it meant to them back then).

Yet this conundrum has never been bigger than when we get to Revelation, for the following reasons:

Unlike a didactic work or a historical narrative, John was documenting a future reality, not a past one, and the language of his vision often demands allowance for the same kind of prophetic imagery we have seen elsewhere in the Word, ripe with symbolism and metaphor, much like some of the messages given by the major prophets of the Old Testament.

Parts of Revelation can be interpreted literally without creating an absurdity, whereas other areas absolutely cannot.

As will be shown shortly, the original audience can and did recognize a language and imagery ("star" as "angel") from first-century authors that is lost from mainstream Bible studies today. This unfortunately tends to leave the interpretation of a difficult book like Revelation only to those supremely educated scholars whose field of specialty (like Heiser and Gregory K. Beale) lies in comprehending the full and complete culture at the time of the original author's penning. Since this is a minority, that means that an extreme minority of the church is sorting it all out, and the responsibility of comprehending "literal" versus "nonliteral" appears insurmountable for many.

Based on those points, we may be tempted to say all these trumpet judgments are symbols, and none of them are literal. If John intended to share his already overwhelming prophetic vision in language his contemporaries would understand—perhaps because what he saw was already so hard to put into words of any language—then we, too, should be willing to visit that possibility. It all boils down to context.

Rethinking Wormwood

Well-known among Bible scholars, but largely undiscussed in lay-Christianity, is the fact that the word "star" is frequently a personification of either a saint or angel in the Word, as well as classic and ancient extrabiblical Jewish writings or apocryphal accounts. One major, scriptural point of comparison scholars also make is the link between Michael as guardian angel in Daniel 12:1, and his relation to the intelligent and personified "stars" two verses later. This association was so well known by the New Testament writers that it felt like a natural extension of terms by the time John of Patmos wrote that "The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches" in Revelation 1:20b.

And elsewhere, in The New Bible Commentary, the close proximity of the other stars of the trumpet judgments as angelic messengers of death appears obvious enough to immediately consider Wormwood an angel as well: "Since the star that falls at the sounding of the fifth trumpet (9:1) is an angelic being, it is possible that Wormwood is also an angel."

But another question is now presented: If the "star" is really an "angel" and not an asteroid that might set off eruptive phenomena or some equivalent, then what, exactly, are the "bitter waters" that result in death?

When we trace "wormwood" back to its Hebrew root, la'anah, it represents extreme suffering and destruction—the opposite of righteousness and justice. That could mean just about anything in an eschatological trumpet judgment creating mass death. Beale postulates that Wormwood may not be referring to a literal poisoning of fresh waters, but a pouring out of bitter suffering, a curse, that results in death by famine.

Though Wormwood is described as "burning," fire isn't remotely limited to literality. Even on some occasions when fire has meant a literal flame, it has also indicated a personification or theophany (Ex. 3:2-6, 13:21, 19:18). Most pertinent to our study, however, are moments when "fire" represents a symbol of the wrath of God or a judgment:

God's wrath is fire. Psalm 89:46 says, "How long, O Lord? Will You hide Yourself forever? How long shall Your wrath burn like fire?" (See also Ezek. 21:31, 22:31, 38:19).

God's rebuke is fire. Isaiah 66:15 says, "For the Lord shall come with fire and with His chariots like a whirlwind, to render His anger with fury and His rebuke with flames of fire."

God's fury is fire. Lamentations 2:4 says, "He has bent His bow like an enemy, with his right hand set like an adversary; He has killed all who were pleasant to His eye; in the tabernacle of the daughter of Zion, He has poured out His fury like fire."

God's jealousy is fire. Zephaniah 3:8 says, "Therefore wait for Me, declares the Lord, until the day when I rise up to seize the plunder; for My decision is to gather nations, to assemble kingdoms, to pour on them My indignation, all My fierce anger; for all the earth will be devoured with the fire of My jealousy."

There are more examples, but you get the idea. Fire is used throughout the Word to represent a judgment of God upon the earth. With this in mind, one of the most powerful arguments for "fire" as a judgment of God in the form of famine is Ezekiel 5.

The prophecy regarding the "thirds" begins with friction between Israel and the Babylonian armies, during the symbolic act of cutting Ezekiel's hair:

"As for you, son of man, take a sharp sword. Take and cause it to pass upon your head and upon your beard as a barber's razor. Then take balances to weigh and divide the hair. You shall burn with fire a third part in the midst of the city when the days of the siege are fulfilled. Then you shall take a third part and strike it with the sword all around the city. And a third part you shall scatter in the wind. And I will draw out a sword after them. You shall also take a few in number from them and bind them in the edges of your robes. Then take some of them again and cast them into the midst of the fire and burn them in the fire. For a fire shall come out into all the house of Israel" (Ezek. 5:1-4).

It seems pretty clear by this point that fire is judgment, but obviously not a literal flame that engulfs and kills "all" the house of Israel. Looking a little way down the road in the same narrative, we read what this "fire" actually refers to:

"I will do in you what I have not done, and the like of which I will not do anymore, because of all your abominations. Therefore the fathers shall eat their sons in your midst, and the sons shall eat their fathers. ... A third part of you shall die by pestilence or by famine; they shall be consumed in your midst. ... When I send upon them the deadly arrows of famine which shall be for their destruction and which I will send to destroy you, then I will also increase the famine upon you and break your staff of bread. So I will send upon you famine and wild beasts, and they shall bereave you of children. And pestilence and bloodshed shall pass through you. And I will bring the sword upon you. I the Lord have spoken it" (Ezek. 5:9-17).

This passage is a clear and present indicator that "fire" as a judgment can mean "famine." (For a fuller explanation of this topic—and how the first two trumpets fit this pattern as well—read The Wormwood Prophecy.)

Battle of the Ages

Scripture makes no small point about it: The third trumpet will be devastating and terrifying. It may be delivered via a meteor collision. It could come as a sweeping famine. A nuclear event is not entirely out of the question. Perhaps an asteroid will strike a nuclear power plant, and the ensuing desolation will launch a dearth unlike any the world has yet seen.

Or perhaps the event will have a different, darker undertone.

Maybe the third trumpet—or all the trumpets—will be a byproduct of spiritual warfare taking place in heavenly realms, between which our planet—along with many other unsuspecting cosmic bodies—will become caught in the crossfire.

Some may think that this possibility is surely an exaggeration, but consider this: we often make the assumption that since angels can appear in a fleshly, human form (Heb. 13:2), and since Jesus walked the earth as a man, in the flesh (1 Tim. 3:16), that entities within the spiritual realm are of similar size and capability as human beings. But nothing could be further from the truth. We know from Scripture that God's strength is unending (Job 9:4), His knowledge is infinite (Ps. 147:5) and all victory is His (Col. 2:15).

Furthermore, Revelation 10:1-3 gives us insight as to what one particular angel appearing during this time will look like: "Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven, clothed with a cloud and a rainbow on his head. His face was like the sun, and his feet like pillars of fire. He had a little scroll open in his hand. He set his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land, and cried out with a loud voice, like a lion roaring. When he cried out, seven thunders sounded their voices."

This one holy entity is so large that the Bible tells us he literally stands over the land and sea. His voice—as a roar of a lion—is enough to call forth the response of seven thunders. Thus, this being has the strength to provoke natural elements upon the earth.

Revelation is filled with accountings of holy angels interacting with natural elements in the earthly realm out of obedience to God, but what of the fallen ones? What about those entities who were once similar to the angels of heaven, but rebelled alongside Lucifer so long ago? Will these agents of evil attempt to manipulate created fixtures as well?

We know in that day, Satan will be rallying his forces to wreak havoc upon the earth because he is aware that his time is short (Rev. 12:12). It stands to reason that during these last days, the battle between good and evil, which has raged on since the beginning of the world, would culminate into a climax: the battle of the ages.

To some, this may seem far-fetched, especially since some people interpret the trumpets to represent more subtle means of judgement, such as famine or pestilence. To jump to the conclusion that these instruments of judgment could really mean that bodies within the universe are being knocked around like ping-pong balls seems to some individuals to be quite a jump.

But the next trumpets clearly illustrate that cosmic disturbance will be completely unlike anything our solar system has experienced: "The fourth angel sounded, and a third of the sun was struck, and a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them were darkened. A third of the day had no light, and likewise a third of the night" (Rev. 8:12).

This upheaval will permanently change things on earth. There is no reparation that can be made for the type of damage that will occur for our planet and its surrounding orbital bodies during this catastrophic event.

When the trumpets begin to sound, a dark day has indeed arrived for planet Earth and all those who inhabit it. Death, disease, warfare, pain, torment and dread will run rampant across all who dwell therein on that terrifying day. The only hope for mankind in that moment will be found in whether or not they are one of God's own. For those who reject Him, the nightmare will be just beginning.

But for God's children, Revelation 21:4 tells us a beautiful and joyous reunion with their Maker awaits them: "God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. There shall be no more death. Neither shall there be any more sorrow nor crying nor pain, for the former things have passed away."


Thomas Horn is the CEO of SkyWatchTV and the founder of Defender Films and Defender Publishing.

CHARISMA is the only magazine dedicated to reporting on what the Holy Spirit is doing in the lives of believers around the world. If you are thirsty for more of God's presence and His Holy Spirit, subscribe to CHARISMA and join a family of believers who choose to live life in the Spirit. CLICK HERE for a special offer.


          

How Loving Creation Helps You Fall Deeper in Love With God

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The cause of many of life's failures is that we, as human beings, lack exceeding gratitude for our Creator. Because we take His divine gift of life for granted, we live in discontent and misery, complaining about what we don't have and failing to express genuine appreciation for what we do have.

I am convinced that by simply stopping to appreciate the world around us, our perspective of life can be transformed. This new perspective will reveal the Creator's redemptive plan and fill our hearts with exceeding gratitude for our Creator-Redeemer. This divine relationship will transform us into joyful, ennobled, Christian steward-servants.

Our capacity for knowledge, without which we cannot appreciate life or the giver of life, must be understood as a special gift from our Creator. His grace bestowed upon mankind gives us the intelligence to pursue knowledge. Each individual must choose the source of knowledge to rely on for meaning in life. Your choice of worldview, philosophy, religion or lack of religion will ultimately determine your level of appreciation for life as well as your destiny.

Appreciation means to grasp the worth and value of something or someone; to esteem and properly revere them. God is Creator of the laws of nature; therefore, all of nature reveals God to us. Appreciation for the Creator's intelligent design deepens as we gain knowledge of the unfathomable generosity of our Creator-God.

If you want to live a joy-filled life, you will need to develop a profound appreciation for your Creator, who designed you before time began. As you develop an attitude of exceeding gratitude for God and His awesome gift of life, you will learn to live in satisfying, intimate relationship with Him.

Understanding Appreciation

Creation reveals to us the nature of our Creator. As we behold the Creator's infinite hand in our universe, we begin to understand that He is outside of time or any other finite, limiting force.

Yet I have noticed that even people of faith—born-again believers in Christ who love their Creator-Redeemer—often lack appreciation for His creation. They fail to comprehend the wondrous beauty all around them and often abuse the gift of physical health the Creator has given them.

At the same time, I have observed unbelievers who have not surrendered to Christ as their Savior, who nevertheless enjoy a deep appreciation for the wonders of creation. Their scientific knowledge of the mysterious workings of life and the beauty of the laws of physics, for example, give them a wondrous perspective of life that evokes deep appreciation for the gift of life. It often sets them on a journey, as it did me, to surrender to the love of their Creator.

When these two realities—appreciation for creation and surrender to the Creator—unite in a person's heart, there is an explosion of hope, love, joy, purpose and destiny. Only believers who learn to appreciate their Creator can truly enjoy the eternal benefits of the abundant life Jesus promised (John 10:10).

That deep appreciation in a believer's heart evokes adoration and worship of God. And this divine relationship in turn manifests the power of God's anointing in a life of worship, fulfilling our eternal destiny. It is this anointed life, restored to relationship with the Creator-Redeemer, that brings the deepest satisfaction to the human heart. We never tire of reflecting on the wisdom of John Piper's maxim: "God is most glorified in me when I am most satisfied in Him."

To be grateful means being appreciative of the benefits we have received. But to fully appreciate anything in life, we must acquire an increased awareness of its worth and a heightened perception of its significance. Appreciation involves placing such high value on something that it evokes our deep admiration. To truly appreciate the gift of life, we must learn to appreciate the giver of life.

Lack of appreciation will inevitably cause us to take all of life for granted—not only ours, but also the precious lives of those around us. I believe this sin of omission is one of the greatest failures of mankind. When we truly appreciate our Creator, we will not take for granted the awesome gift of life He has given to us.

For me, the personal discoveries of the gift of life as seen through the microscope caused an explosion of appreciation within my heart and mind for the Creator. Out of sheer gratitude for the unimaginable complexities of every cell, which form more than 200 different kinds of tissues in our body, my heart reached out to thank the one who made it all possible. In my humble acknowledgment of a Creator, I desired to know Him. And as I sought to know Him, I discovered Him—not only as my Creator, but as my Redeemer as well.

Radical Gratitude

The apostle Paul confirmed the impact that expressing gratitude has on our lives in Philippians 4:4-7: "Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! ... Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with gratitude, make your requests known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will protect your hearts and your minds through Christ Jesus."

A personal relationship with God counteracts the destructive power of anxiety from our lives. Paul had his share of troubles, yet he declared confidently: "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? ... No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us" (Rom. 8:35, 37).

Often our lack of appreciation can be heard in our whining complaints: "If only I had this" or "If only I could do that." These and similar statements reveal our selfish nature that lacks appreciation for God's divine gift of life to us. Instead of expressing gratitude daily for what we have, we focus on what we do not have. As a result, we are blinded to all of life's good things we could be enjoying.

There are internal obstacles to seeing the beauty of life clearly. Our degree of spiritual sight hinges on the honesty and sincerity with which we appreciate our Lord. Many people do not appreciate the Lord and His gifts because they are content with the attractions of superficial observations and desires, and they are selfish and proud. The following question may be the beginning of a new vision of life: How can we remain indifferent to the marvelous design of our bodies and the Creator's eternal plans written within them?

Of course, in acknowledging that we owe our lives to the Creator of life, we are expressing dependence on another, which is uncomfortable to our independent minds. However, if we admit the fact that we did not create ourselves, it follows that we cannot know the purpose for which we exist without consulting with the Creator. If we choose to go blindly through life without acknowledging our dependence on our Maker, we are doomed to live in the misery of ingratitude.

Recognizing the Creator

Do you rush madly through the day, the month, the seasons of the year, scarcely noticing anything? Gratitude is the proper response to a God who has so abundantly blessed us with the multitudinous facets of nature. Our Creator not only made life possible, but intended it to be enjoyable as well.

If you have not expressed appreciation for the creation of God that is all around you, why not start today? Ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes to its wonders, its beauties and the refreshing relaxation it holds for you. Begin to focus your senses on the natural phenomena you encounter every day. Touch the bark of a tree or the petals of a delicate flower and allow yourself to marvel in the feeling. When you eat fresh fruit or vegetables, imagine them growing in their natural habitat, and be thankful. Behold the stars and planets in the night sky, and be thankful you have the ability to do so.

In Romans 1:20-21, Paul explains that it is possible to know God's eternal power and His person by acknowledging the wonder of the creation around us and being thankful to Him for it. According to Scripture, the human spirit can grasp the invisible attributes of God through the visible creation He has made.

Of course, we can and must get to know God more perfectly through relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ, who came to the earth to become our Savior. Yet we dare not ignore the wonderful opportunity He has given us to revel in the genius of the Creator—the maker of heaven and earth. {eoa}

James P. Gills, M.D., is an author and the founder and director of St. Luke's Cataract and Laser Institute in Tarpon Springs, Florida.

CHARISMA is the only magazine dedicated to reporting on what the Holy Spirit is doing in the lives of believers around the world. If you are thirsty for more of God's presence and His Holy Spirit, subscribe to CHARISMA and join a family of believers who choose to live life in the Spirit.


          

Gazini inirampa ang ‘Inaul’ ng Maguindanao sa Miss U

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Mga local designer din ang gumawa ng mga isusuot ni Miss Universe Philippines Gazini Ganados sa pre-pageant activities ng 2019 Miss Universe.
          

Our history in tunnel

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Naše dějiny v tunelu

Podzemní chodba spojuje starou a novou budovou Národního Muzea. Stěny jsou v délce 56 m po obou stranách pokryty spojitými obrazy v ploše asi 270 m2. Obrazy doprovázené dramatickým soundtrackem promítá přes zrcadla celkem 38 laserových projektorů vybavených objektivy s krátkou projekční vzdáleností. Animace zachycuje Prahu od vzniku vesmíru do současnosti, to celé během asi 10 minut. Obsahově se projekce skládá ze tří projekcí: Momenty zrození velkoměsta, Momenty dějin 20. století a Momenty života. Závěrečná část se zaměřuje na dokumenty událostí, které se na Václaváku odehrály na pozadí "velkých dějin". Jako by to celé vzniklo v nějakém holywoodském studiu na výrobu podívané. Myslím, že se na tom podílel Matěj Šenkyřík, ale nenašel jsem nikde příslušné informace.

Our history in tunnel

The recently opened multimedia underground corridor connects the old and new buildings of the National Museum. It is 56 m long and on both sides covered with a continuous moving images projections, and sound in an area of about 270 m2. The images are projected by a total of 38 laser projectors through an ultra-short projection lens and mirrors. The animation and the found footage captures Prague from the birth of the universe to today in total about 10 minutes.The content consists of three multimedia chapters: Moments of the Birth of the City, Moments of the 20th Century and Moments of Life. The final part focuses on the scenes that took place on Wenceslas Square against the background of a history. It looks magnificent as a Hollywood spectacle studio product.

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Jsem na něho hrdá, říká Beningová o synovi, který se narodil v ženském těle

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Annette Beningová (61) má s manželem Warrenem Beattym (82) čtyři potomky. Nejstarší Stephen Ira se narodil v ženském těle a již od puberty prodělával postupně změnu pohlaví. Hollywoodská herečka se nyní svěřila s tím, že je na svého transsexuálního syna velmi hrdá.
          

Sexy plavky i kostým 30 let svobody. Hodačová ukázala garderóbu na Miss

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Česká Miss 2019 Barbora Hodačová ve čtvrtek 28. listopadu odlétá do USA, kde se v Atlantě uskuteční světové finále Miss Universe. Před odletem ukázala garderóbu, v níž bude Česko reprezentovat. Nechybí ani sexy plavky.
          

He-Man's Guide to Mastering Your Universe: You Have the Power! (He Man)

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He-Man's Guide to Mastering Your Universe: You Have the Power! (He Man)

Robb Pearlman

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Quantum Physics is No More Mysterious Than Crossing the Street: A Conversation with Chris Fuchs

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According to a quantum interpretation called QBism, there's no need for parallel universes or physics mysticism.
          

новость: Обзорная башня [26.11.2019]

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В этом выпуске: обзоры игр Arena: The Contest, Council of Four, Marvel Champions: The Card Game и «Одержимость», впечатления от «Игрокона-2019» и от сыгранных на фестивале игр, а также стандартный набор (новости, включая настольно-игровые проекты народного финансирования, а также материалы блогосферы за прошлую неделю).

 

[Прим. автора — для статистики: 125 внешних ссылок, 28 внутренних ссылок.

 

Есть вопросы, предложения или интересные новости? Пишите на oranged@tesera.ru. Новости без ссылок на источники буду вынужден оставить без внимания. Не забудьте написать, кого поблагодарить (имя или ник) за предоставленные сведения.]

 

«Тесера»

 

Статьи

 

 

«Совсем недавно произошёл релиз кооперативной «живой» карточной игры Marvel Champions: The Card Game.

 

Я её купил, опробовал и хочу поделиться как описанием игры и впечатлениями, так и некоторыми соображениями на тему».

 

 

Новости

 

«Обзорная башня [19.11.2019]. Обзор за период с 12.11.2019 по 19.11.2019»:

  • Обзор игры «Ужас Аркхэма. Третья редакция», перевод статьи про проблему продолжительности партий, текстовое «включение» с «Игрокона-2019» и стандартный набор (новости «картонных» и цифровых настольных игр, новости настольно-игровых проектов народного финансирования, а также материалы блогосферы за позапрошлую неделю).

Soundheart: «По горячим следам: видео с «Игрокона-2019». Два дня стримов с «Игрокона-2019» от канала «Твой игровой».

 

«С миру по нитке [20.11.2019]. Новости из мира настольных игр»:

  • «Звезда» выпустила игры «Сумерки Венеции» и «EXIT-Квест. Затонувшие сокровища».
  • Hobby World издала игры «Свинтус: Злоключения» и «Золотой БУМ».
  • Games Workshop возродит Старый Свет.
  • Эти и другие новости.

«Голосуем кошельком [21.11.2019]. Обзор настольно-игровых проектов народного финансирования»:

  • «Вальхалла», «Остров кошек» и «Побег из психушки».
  • Stronghold: Undead — осада замка, дополнение превратилось в игру.
  • Hour of Need — кооперативные приключения супергероев.
  • Blood Feud — командная «кабинетная» игра по «Миру тьмы».
  • Namiji — сиквел Tokaido.
  • 1941: Race to Moscow — военно-историческая игра.
  • Venice — евроигра про торговцев Венеции 16 века.
  • Dawn of Madness — сюжетная мрачная кооперативная игра.
  • Настолка по Divinity: Original Sin.
  • А также многое другое.

imurseev: «Граниконовское к-к-к-комбо!». Цитирую: «Лавка игр» открыла предзаказ на первую порцию отечественных игр, которуя взяла на «Граниконе-2019» — «#ПроРисунки» Артёма Лиса и «Карманный детектив» Юрия Ямщикова».

 

«С миру по нитке [23.11.2019]. Новости из мира настольных игр»:

  • «Звезда» выпустила игру «Поселенцы. Наброски империи».
  • Hobby World издала игру «Одержимость» и дополнение «Древний ужас: Маски Ньярлатхотепа».
  • В продаже появился дебютный проект компании Rabbit Hole Games — игра «Махинаторы».
  • «Лавка игр» подхватила детективную игру «Мортум».
  • Эти и другие новости.

UnicornX: «Предварительные результаты 8-го мат. обмена».

 

AngryFerret: «Инициатива Beyond the Monolith. Анонс новой стратегической инициативы издателя».

 

«С миру по нитке [25.11.2019]. Новости из мира настольных игр»:

  • «Эврикус» опубликовал тизер двух игр.
  • Hobby World выпустит «Рик и Морти: Анатомический парк» в конце 2019.
  • В России выйдет Maracaibo.
  • Эти и другие новости, включая новости в вопросах и ответах.

 

Дневники

 

Новости, события, вопросы, объявления и обсуждения:

Своими руками:

Обзоры, отчёты, отзывы и мнения:

 

Файлы

 

  • Djalina: правила дополнения Caverna: The Forgotten Folk.
  • farvater182: правила дополнения Village Port.
  • MiltoLab:
  • OmegaGames: правила дополнения Eclipse: Rockets of Celebration.
  • sakedas: правила неофициального дополнения «Спартак. Грязные игры» (вер. от 04.12.2017).
  • scorp666ion: роли из Nanty Narking, адаптированные под игру «Плоский мир: Анк-Морпорк».
  • zendor: правила игры De Bellis Antiquitatis 3.0.

 

Вне «Тесеры»

 

Новости и объявления

 

«Бешеный кубик»:

«Бородатый блог»:

«Мир фантастики»:

BoardGamer.ru:

BoardGame.top:

DTF.ru:

kg-portal.ru:

 

Обзоры, отзывы и отчёты

 

«Бешеный кубик»:

«Бородатый блог»:

«Всё о настольных играх»:

«Две фишки»:

«Марафон настолок»:

«Настолки ПТЗ»:

«Настольные игры в Беларуси»:

 

«Ох, до сих пор не могу оправиться от прошлого отчёта и заставить себя написать какую-нибудь статейку. А ведь в кое-что мы уже успел поиграть. Поэтому, пока я собираюсь с мыслями, предлагаю посмотреть на внутренности первой волны свежедоставленной Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon. Для меня это одна из ожидаемых игр года, если не самая ожидаемая».

 

«Настольные игры в Латвии»:

BoardGamer.ru:

Dashulkacss:

veletar.com:

 

Статьи, рассуждения и интервью

 

«Мир фантастики»:

«Настольные игры в Беларуси»:

BoardGamer.ru:

 

Клуб «Прямые руки» (самиздат, переводы, покраска миниатюр и т. д.)

 

boardgamegeek.com:

  • jahvanny: колоды наций, технологий и победных условий для игры Axis & Allies Europe 1940.
  • MiltoLab:

BoardGamer.ru:

BoardGame.top:

 

Видео и подкасты

 

«БабАни Play»:

«Грани гика»:

«Знаем Играем»:

«ИГРОПОЛКа»:

«Магия настольных игр»:

«Мир фантастики»:

«Настолки LIVE»:

«Настольные истории»:

«Низа Гамс»:

«Понастолим»:

Сергей Рябухин:

«Твой игровой»:

Beaver Games:

Beznal 72:

Board Game Community:

BoardGamer.ru:

boardgamesvideo:

BoardGame.top:

CrowdRepublic:

TheFalseEmperor:

FamilyPlay:

GaGa Games:

Geek Media:

I am GEEK now:

WwwIgrovedRu:

OMGames:

Pasyans Show:

THE STATION:

 

Магия ККИ

 

magic.wizards.com:



Автор: oranged (Александр Булгаков)

          

новость: Голосуем кошельком [21.11.2019]

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Что можно поддержать кошельком на краудфандинговых площадках? Отвечаем.

 

В этом выпуске:

  • «Вальхалла», «Остров кошек» и «Побег из психушки».
  • Stronghold: Undead — осада замка, дополнение превратилось в игру.
  • Hour of Need — кооперативные приключения супергероев.
  • Blood Feud — командная «кабинетная» игра по «Миру тьмы».
  • Namiji — сиквел Tokaido.
  • 1941: Race to Moscow — военно-историческая игра.
  • Venice — евроигра про торговцев Венеции 16 века.
  • Dawn of Madness — сюжетная мрачная кооперативная игра.
  • Настолка по Divinity: Original Sin.
  • А также многое другое.

 

[Набравшие нужную сумму и не упомянутые в прошлых выпусках активные настольно-игровые проекты «Кикстартера» (или те, что не «доживут» до следующего выпуска, не набрали минимум, но имеют шансы сделать это). Дополнительный критерий отбора: проект поддержали 150+ спонсоров и / или сборы составляют 15 000+ долларов. Все подходящие и не упомянутые ранее проекты площадок «Бумстартер», CPGames.ru, CrowdGames.ru, CrowdRepublic, Pre.GaGa.ru, Izdatel.Igroved.ru, LavkaIgr.ru и Planeta.ru.

 

Есть вопросы, предложения или интересные новости? Пишите на oranged@tesera.ru. Новости без ссылок на источники буду вынужден оставить без внимания. Не забудьте написать, кого поблагодарить (имя или ник) за предоставленные сведения.]

 

Kickstarter.com

 

22.11.2019:

 

laboitedejeu: Clash of Rage, 2nd printing. Второй тираж настолки Clash of Rage, а это борьба за контроль над сказочными землями (детализированные миниатюры прилагаются), а также несколько дополнительных кланов. Для партии требуется 1–5 участников 14+ лет и 90 минут свободного времени.

 

 

23.11.2019:

 

Flying Carpets Games: The Girl and the Robot — The Card Game. Карточная настолка, построенная на принципе русской рулетки: добираем карты, используем способности персонажа и разыгрываем карты действий и оружия, чтобы защититься от появления из колоды демона (нашей погибели). Для партии требуется 2–4 участника 10+ лет и 30–45 минут свободного времени.

 

 

25.11.2019:

 

KafArt Studio: Spartan. Миниатюры масштаба 35 мм — спартанские гоплиты.

 

 

Portal Games: Stronghold: Undead. В 2009 году Игнаций Тшевичек выпустил свою первую большую настолку — Stronghold. Затем эта настольная осада замка обзавелась дополнением Undead. Потом игра получила 2-е издание. И вот наконец настало время дополнению Undead вернуться, причём в переработанном виде и превратившись в самодостаточный продукт. Для партии требуется 2 участника 10+ лет и 90 минут свободного времени.

 

 

26.11.2019:

 

Blacklist Games: Hour of Need. Кооперативная настолка в духе комиксов про супергероев. Авторы игры — Адам и Брэди Сэдлеры — в числе прочего приложили руки к Warhammer Quest: The Adventure Card Game, Descent: Journeys in the Dark Second Edition, Star Wars: X-Wing и Heroes of Terrinoth. Для партии требуется 1–6 участников 14+ лет и 30–120 минут свободного времени. Подробности — в карточке игры.

 

 

27.11.2019:

 

Everything Epic: Vampire: the Masquerade — Blood Feud a Mega Board Game. Командная настолка по миру ролевой игры Vampire: The Masquerade Role Playing Game. Чтобы сыграть в Blood Feud, потребуется 2–4 стола в одной большой или двух маленьких комнатах. Игроки перевоплощаются в кланы вампиров и организации смертных, чтобы отстаивать свои интересы в глобальном конфликте. За одним из столов игроки раздают приказы бойцам — перемещают их по городу и устраивают бои за территории. Другой стол играет роль Совета и рынка; тут игроки используют свои навыки дипломатии и кризисного менеджмента, чтобы добывать улучшения и принимать важные политические решения, влияющие на судьбы всех фракций. Для победы нужно набрать больше всех очков, набирая их за выполнение секретных целей. Для партии требуется 4–32 участника 14+ лет и 120 минут свободного времени.

 

 

28.11.2019:

 

Marzo Projects: Runes of Mayhem — The Tactical Viking Game: Relaunch. Дуэльная тактическая карточная настолка про битву викингов возвращается с 4 дополнениями в одной коробке. Для партии требуется 2 участника 16+ лет и 20–40 минут свободного времени.

 

 

29.11.2019:

 

Jo Smedley: Burglar — a game so fun it's criminal. Настолка про домушников, которых угораздило одновременно забраться в один и тот же дом. Задача вора — найти нужный ему предмет и выбраться из дома, а попутно мешать сделать то же самое конкурентам. Для партии требуется 3–7 участников 6+ лет и 30 минут свободного времени.

 

 

Funforge SARL: NAMIJI — The next chapter in the TOKAIDO universe!. Cамодостаточный сиквел настолки Tokaido. Автор новинки прежний — Антуан Боза (Antoine Bauza), — а вот иллюстрации к ней нарисовал Naïade. Для партии требуется 2–5 участников 8+ лет и 30–45 минут свободного времени. (Tokaido вышла в 2012 году, с тех пор обзавелась локальными версиями на 18 языках мира, включая русский, и разошлась общим тиражом 400 000+ копий.)

 

 

30.11.2019:

 

Jason Tagmire: Button Shy Wallet Games — Reprint Campaign. Дополнительные тиражи карманных настолок издательства Wallet Games.

 

Mint Julep — настолка про лошадиные скачки: набираем карты посредством драфта, делаем ставки, а затем вносим коррективы в гонку, чтобы разбогатеть (для партии требуется 2–4 участника 8+ лет и 30 минут свободного времени).

 

Pentaquark — минималистичная карточная настолка для того, кто хочет попробовать получить стабильный кварк (для партии требуется 1 участник 12+ лет и 15–20 минут свободного времени).

 

Pickpockets — настолка про воришек, тягающих доллары из одного кошелька, и полицейского под прикрытием, который очень хочет увидеть в их руках меченые купюры (для партии требуется 3–4 участника 8+ лет и 20 минут свободного времени).

 

Avignon: A Clash of Popes — дуэльная настолка про кандидатов на место Папы Римского: взываем к представленным картами персонажам (кардиналы, рыцари, знать...) и применяем их свойства, чтобы переманить троих из них на свою сторону (для партии требуется 2 участника 8+ лет и 20 минут свободного времени).

 

Достижение сверхцелей открывает дополнительные игры.

 

 

02.12.2019:

 

Crooked Dice Game Design Studio: Pulp Sci-Fi Heroes and Villains — 28mm Miniatures. Миниатюры масштаба 28 мм для настольной зарубы (скирмиш-варгейма) 7TV: Pulp.

 

 

03.12.2019:

 

Rocky Heckman: Rare Roses. Настолка про конкурирующих флористов. Для партии требуется 1–6 участников 14+ лет и 45–60 минут свободного времени.

 

 

05.12.2019:

 

PYE Games: Spin Dice and Gaming Gizmos: An RPG Player's Dream. Замена обычным игральным костям.

 

 

Txarli Factory: BATTLE BUILDER TECH: The Last Temples. Конструктор элементов местности (террейна) для настолок с миниатюрами; поставляется в виде макетов для 3D-печати.

 

 

07.12.2019:

 

Dan Verssen Games: Thunderbolt-Apache Leader, Fleet Cmdr Nimitz, Tiger Leader. Военно-исторические настолки для одного участника и дополнения к ним.

 

 

10.12.2019:

 

Strategos Games: Glory: A Game of Knights. Настолка про спорстменов 12 века — европейских рыцарей, которые участвуют в турнирах, чтобы прославиться. Правилами предусмотрены одиночный, соревновательный и кооперативный режимы. Для партии требуется 1–4 участника 14+ лет и 30 минут свободного времени.

 

 

Goblivion Games: Dinoblivion — Conquer the Land of the Dinosaurs!. Настолка на колодо- и табло-строение с менеджментом ресурсов и мультифункциональными картами: возглавив примитивное племя, охотимся, возводим тотемы, улучшаем клан и сражаемся с динозаврами. Для партии требуется 1–2 участника 12+ лет и 30–45 минут свободного времени.

 

 

11.12.2019:

 

studio trojan: DOUBLEHEAD KIDS. Традиционная карточная игра Doppelkopf, популярная в Германии (где в неё играют с 1895 года), в доступной форме. Для партии требуется 4 участника (6 при наличии дополнения) 6+ лет и 30–60 минут свободного времени.

 

 

12.12.2019:

 

PHALANX: 1941: Race to Moscow. Военно-историческая настолка (варгейм), посвящена операции «Барбаросса» (Восточный фронт Второй мировой войны). Для партии требуется 1–4 участника 14+ лет и 60+ минут свободного времени.

 

 

13.12.2019:

 

Jesser & Kris London: Dare To Play. Компанейская игра-викторина, неправильные ответы в которой требуют дела («Напиши 10-му человеку в своих контактах, что любишь его», «Наполни свой башмак водой и выпей её» и всё в том же духе).

 

 

16.12.2019:

 

Lewis Shaw: VENICE — Beautiful, Groundbreaking Eurogame for 1–5 Players. Евронастолка на распределение работников про влиятельных торговцев Венеции 16 века, которые используют гондролы, чтобы перемещаться по каналам и выполнять контракты, а попутно мечтают о власти. Для партии требуется 1–5 участников и 20–100 минут свободного времени (по 20 минут на игрока). Подробности — в карточке игры.

 

 

18.12.2019:

 

Diemension Games: Dawn of Madness. Сюжетная кооперативная хоррор-настолка с миром Deep Madness в качестве декораций. Для партии требуется 1–4 участника. Подробности — в карточке игры.

 

 

20.12.2019:

 

Crafty Games: Mistborn Metal Dice. Тематические игральные кости.

 

 

Larian Studios LLC: Divinity Original Sin the Board Game. Официальная настолка по второй части компьютерной ролевой игры Divinity: Original Sin. Для партии требуется 1–4 участника 14+ лет и 60+ минут свободного времени. Подробности — в карточке игры, а также на сайтах dtf.ru и mirf.ru.

 

 

23.12.2019:

 

Moonmares Games: TURRIM Dice — It's How Wizards Roll. Тематические игральные кости, из которых можно построить башню.

 

 

16.01.2019:

 

GoCube: GoDice | Your Favorite Dice Games Reimagined. Замена обычным игральным костям — игральные кости, связанные с мобильным приложением, что позволяет автоматически считывать и учитывать выпавшие грани. Приложение поддерживает классические настолки на игральных костях. Окрытый интерфейс программирования приложений (API) позволяет сторонним разработчикам пополнять список поддерживаемых игр.

 

 

Boomstarter.ru

 

God's Hand Games:

«Сыграть в ящик» — авторская настольная игра»

 

Сбор средств завершится 16 декабря 2019. Доставка спонсорских вознаграждений назначена на февраль 2020.

 

«1920-е. Задумывались вы об этих тяжёлых временах сухого закона в США? Не находите ли вы в этом суровом времени что-то прекрасное, но уже далёкое и невозвратное? Классические костюмы, фетровые шляпы, погони и перестрелки, а также прекрасные вечера в клубах, где на сцене выступает блюзовый оркестр, танцы чарльстон до упада всю ночь и, конечно же, немое кино с Чарли Чаплином в главной роли.

 

Наша игра предоставляет вам возможность погрузиться в атмосферу того времени и понять, что значит перейти дорогу не тем людям.

 

Из-за Акта Волстеда, 18-й поправки к Конституции США, в 1920 году вся алкогольная продукция стала незаконной на территории Штатов. В конце XIX века прибывшие выходцы из Ирландии, Италии, а также люди еврейского происхождения из стран Европы обосновываются в Америке. И как раз эти люди первые организовывают преступные мафиозные группировки после введения сухого закона.

 

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Попробуйте себя в роли босса мафии, цель которого — достичь наивысшей репутации среди прочих преступных организаций путём бутлегерства, устранения конкурентов и выполнения других делишек, а ещё найма новых членов своей банды. Но помните, вы не один, кто хочет достигнуть верхушки преступного мира, поэтому подставляйте других боссов, устраивайте им разборки, выходите победителем из них, а также создавайте хрупкий и шаткий мир с другими мафиями, если вам так выгоднее, но выиграть в этой игре может лишь один. Ты либо побеждаешь, либо играешь в ящик».

 

 

CrowdGames.ru

 

«Вальхалла»

 

Сбор предзаказов завершится 14 декабря 2019. Доставка предзаказанных копий пройдёт в феврале 2020.

 

«Добро пожаловать в мир игры «Вальхалла», основанный на древних скандинавских легендах, пропитанный кровью бесчисленных битв и живущий лишь одним — стремлением снискать вечную славу.

 

В этом мире битв попасть в Вальхаллу достоин лишь тот, кто доказал свою доблесть в бою. Возьмите на себя роль одного из ярлов, борющихся за место в Вальхалле. Соберите отряд из отважных рубак и ведите их в атаку! Завоёвывайте щиты врагов и отправляйте своих воинов в Вальхаллу, но помните, что право пировать с богами есть лишь у победителей.

 

Сочетайте способности своих воинов, используйте способности ярлов и не забывайте о боевых тактиках, которые позволят вам выйти победителем из самого отчаянного сражения. Самый доблестный из ярлов будет воспет в легендах!

 

Игрок, набравший больше всех очков доблести, побеждает. Вы получаете очки доблести за каждый щит вашего клана, оставшийся на вашем планшете, за каждый щит врага, захваченный вами, и за воинов, отправленных в Вальхаллу».

 

 

CrowdRepublic.ru

 

«Мир фантастики»:

«Мир фантастики»: подписка на 2020 год»

 

Сбор средств завершится через 29 дней. Доставка ожидается в феврале 2020.

 

«Благодаря читателям журнал «Мир фантастики» год назад возродился в новом издательстве. Кампания по подписке на 2019 год установила рекорд по сборам на краудфандинговых площадках для российских печатных СМИ. Спасибо вам, что поверили в нас и дали силы двигаться дальше!

 

До конца года осталось всего ничего — а значит, пришло время подписываться на «Мир фантастики» на 2020 год! Если вы хотите поддержать журнал напрямую и получить эксклюзивные бонусы, то лучший способ подписки — кампания на CrowdRepublic. А ещё здесь вы сможете посоветовать, в каком направлении нам стоит развивать журнал и весь проект.

 

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Вы можете выбрать два варианта подписки: на полгода или на год.

 

В этом случае вы получите 6 или 12 ежемесячных номеров «Мира фантастики» — таких, к каким вы привыкли за долгие годы: 112 страниц о книгах, фильмах, играх, фэнтези и фантастике во всех проявлениях. В отличие от прошлогодней кампании, где подписчики получали 9 обычных номеров и 3 спецвыпуска, в 2020 году вас ждут уже 12 журналов и 3 толстых номера!»

 

 

Pre.GaGa.ru

 

«Остров кошек»

 

Сбор предзаказов завершится через 27 дней. Доставка предзаказанных копий пройдёт ориентировочно в июне 2020.

 

«Очаровательная стратегия про спасение кошек, которая совсем недавно стала хитом на Kickstarter.

 

И, хотя кошки здесь деревянные, разных мастей и цветов, прелесть игры вовсе не в них. Дело в потрясающем сочетании механик — тут вам и драфт карт, и выкладывание полимино-тайлов (как в тетрисе), и управление ресурсами, и персональные задачи. Всё это очень здорово работает друг с другом, заставляет «поскрипеть мозгами», привносит в игру море разнообразия и вызывает желание сыграть ещё.

 

«Остров кошек» — это тот удивительный случай, когда игра, предназначенная в первую очередь для искушённых игроков, настолько понятна по правилам, что от нее получают удовольствие и дети 10 лет. Плюс, есть упрощённый режим для детей от 8 лет и даже правила для соло-игры».

 

 

Izdatel.Igroved.ru

 

«Настольная игра «Побег из психушки»

 

Сбор предзаказов завершится 16 декабря 2019. Доставка предзаказанных копий назначена на конец декабря 2019.

 

«Квест — это игра, в которой, решая задачи и загадки, вы движетесь к одной большой цели, например, выбраться из комнаты. Не секрет, что популярность подобного развлечения сильно возросла за последние пять лет. Поэтому неудивительно, что в мире настольных игр «квестов в коробке» тоже становится всё больше.

 

«Игровед» с радостью представляет вам новое детище издательства «Настольные игры — стиль жизни» — настольную игру «Побег из психушки» (Escape from the Asylum), которая разрабатывалась с особой тщательностью более полутора лет.

 

Если вы любите захватывающие игры, в которые погружаешься с головой... Если вам нравятся ролевые игры, в которых персонажи живут своей собственной жизнью... Если вы любите решать задачки и головоломки... То настольная игра «Побег из психушки» — это та самая новинка, которую вы давно ждали!»

 

 

Planeta.ru

 

В. и Н. Свирилины: «Пьенот и Выжра» — игра настольная-застольная»

 

Сбор средств завершится 17 января 2020. Примерная дата доставки спонсорских вознаграждений —1 февраля 2020.

 

«Пьенот и Выжра» — это карточная игра с механиками взаимодействия и избегания наказаний.

 

Но было бы скучно, если люди доставали карточки с заданиями и просто выполняли их.

 

Или не выполняли и получали за это штрафные очки, а по их количеству определяли проигравшего.

 

Поэтому, помимо заданий, игрокам предстоит примерить на себя образы/роли/амплуа.

 

Станьте на время игры, например, пиратом, байкером или библиотекарем.

 

Надо станцевать? — Станцуйте так, чтоб не упасть с мотоцикла.

 

Нужно спеть? — Так сделайте это как настоящий морской волк!

 

Заставьте всех вести себя тихо, ведь вы — хранитель тишины в библиотеке...»

 

 

demidows: «Настольная игра «Лабиринт мумии»

 

Сбор средств завершится 11 января 2020. Примерная дата доставки спонсорских вознаграждений — 30 декабря 2019 [это как так?].

 

«На игровом поле раскладываются вниз изображением пластиковые фишки в два ряда, и выкладывается третьим рядом фишки изображением вверх.

 

Игроки с помощью жеребьёвки определяют с какого угла поля начнут игру.

 

У фишек есть разные типы изображений: с одной стенкой, с двумя, тремя или без стенок, а также различные изображения ловушек, потайных ходов и выхода из лабиринта. При этом у фишек со стенами есть ещё разные цвета.

 

Игроки ходят по очереди (очередь так же определяется жеребьёвкой).

 

Цели игры: первым найти и добраться до выхода из лабиринта или остаться одному в игре, не угодившему в ловушку. За свой ход игрок либо перемещает фишку своего цвета на одну соседнюю клетку (при этом через стену проходить нельзя), либо поворачивает поле, на котором находится, на 90 градусов по или против часовой стрелке, при этом если стоишь на цветном поле, то можно повернуть ещё одно поле в том же направлении такого же цвета (главное, чтобы на этом поле не было другого игрока).

 

Таким образом прокладываешь себе путь на несколько ходов вперёд или же блокируешь путь другому игроку. Ещё один нюанс — когда перемещаешь свою фишку с одного поля на другое, то пол за вами как будто рушится, то есть убирается фишка поля, с которого ушли, и переворачивается та, которая была под ней. Таким образом может открыться позади вас либо выход из лабиринта, либо ловушка, либо обычное поле со стенами, которые могут заблокировать вам путь назад. Если вы на одном поле остаётесь три хода подряд, то пол под вами так же проваливается (убирается одно поле и переворачивается, которое было под ним, а если под ним нет больше поля, то вы проигрываете). Также существуют карты удачи, которые раздаются всем поровну в начале игры и которые могут изменить ход игры (например, сделать два хода вместо одного, или защита от паутины и т. д.). Командная игра отличается тем, что игроки могут помогать друг другу прокладывать путь или освобождать их из тупиковых ситуаций».

 

 

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Автор: oranged (Александр Булгаков)

          

Diving Into Wild At Heart By John Eldredge: Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul

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"There few things worse than being a man and living a passive, dull, and apathetic life." - Craig Groeschel

As part of my 9-month-long leadership development group at Gwinnett Church, we’re exploring numerous books. We first read and discussed Bo’s Cafe, about one man’s journey through a struggling marriage (and his own issues of the soul). 

Next up, we’re diving into Wild At Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man’s Soul by John Eldridge. In his book (which you can check out on Amazon here - affiliate link) Eldridge explores four concepts (The Question, The Wound, The Beauty, and The Adventure) as he dives into, 'what is masculinity?'

Join me in this blog post as I explore Wild at Heart and these four concepts. If you have not read the book, you can check out the following videos and my commentary along the way. Get a glimpse into the soul of every man. 

Wild Life With John Eldredge

"God is calling you to the wild life... A life that is lived courageously and in bold obedience to the God who loves you." - Craig Groeschel

In the following introductory video to Wild Life, John encourages us men, to embrace the adventure that awaits. And through the adventure, it's important we have a safe place with other men to share and discuss our insecurities and challenges (do you have this?).

As he dives into the topic, he reminds of the Genesis story of Adam and Eve, and how relevant it is to us today.

“I run in the path of your commands, for you have broadened my understanding.” King David, Psalm 19:32

There were several points of reflection that came to mind as I watched the preceding video. In the message, John poses the question, what does it mean to be a man? And, what does it look like to be a man in the different channels of our life? Work, home, community? Are we falling into passivity in one or all of these areas or are we living an intentional life? These questions and others are common among us men, and they go back to the beginning.

Made in the image of God, men want to create, to seek adventure, to win the tough battles, and fall in love with the beauty (our co-warrior). It's through this tough journey of pain and sorrow that we warriors (metaphorically speaking nowadays) must embrace responsibility and establish a mastery of the world.

To help us effectively seek out this adventure, its helpful to ask ourselves if there is a vocational place in our life where we come alive. One of those places for me is writing, especially here on this blog. I get the opportunity to create and share the adventure I'm wading through day-to-day and year-to-year. My contract consulting work is another opportunity to live this out (while also getting paid).

What about you? What are the most energy-inciting opportunities that you've come across in your vocational journey?

I also resonated deeply with the idea that such a complex world was created for us humans partially, for us to explore it deeply. There is so much in our world and universe to be discovered. It seems as if there is no end to what we can learn and explore. And God intentionally designed the universe to draw us near to Himself.

And for Adam, it was Eve who was his beauty. She provided intimacy and unconditional love but was also mysterious. Thankfully, this first man no longer had to live in loneliness but could now thrive with a co-warrior; one who was different but also complimentary. 

But, in light of the adventure, potential, and pleasure (through relational intimacy with the opposite sex) there is also great brokenness in those that guide us, others who love us, and in the man who looks back at us in the mirror. 

We long for authentic love, and intimacy, failing to know and act on how to healthily pursue it. Unfortunately, most men try to fix their problems without diving into the heart. Instead, we fill the void through achievement (the adventure) or women (the beauty). It's in this intersection where we find that something inside us needs to be healed. Life is tough, and along the way, we face the guilt and shame of our history and the impact of those who raised us.

But, God (the perfect father) is at work, restoring our hearts. He's healing us of our wounds and dismantling our false understandings.

"Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it." - Proverbs 4:23

The Question

Am I doing it right?

As surprising as it may seem, that is what most men have wondered at some point along the journey. It's also the struggle of what we know we ought to do and our failure in actually doing it.

When we are doing well, we can feel on top of the world. After failing, we can quickly fall into a depression. In the early manhood years, there is a roller coaster of ups and downs. 

Eldridge explores this journey in the following video and I share my thoughts on this part below.

As men, we seek deep profound affirmation from our fathers, and where that is lacking we seek it out from other mentors and leaders around us (positive and negative influences). But while we can seek out that external guidance and support (and often we need it), the core of our masculinity is resolved on the inside, and by facing our fears head-on (which can be part of the adventure).

As we mentally wrestle with whether or not we have what it takes, we men are also facing situations and challenges that allow us to grow into the men we truly want to become. And our vulnerability through the process is critical to how well we can navigate the circumstances while also allowing us to transform from the inside out.

“Adam, where are you?” - God, Genesis

While we may not always appreciate it, the story of Adam and Eve from the Biblical book of Genesis has profound truth to our situation in the here and now. If you've read my story, you know how my journey to move across the country and launch the business was part of my way to run and hide from my sin and those that loved me. It's in this state that we desperately want to be vulnerable without the judgment we expect will likely follow.

And through this journey, we men wonder this one question. Do we have what it takes?

The Wound

Some of us men have had a positive experience with our father, and we must learn to let go and embrace God. For others who have a negative experience with their father, they must learn to trust and let God in.

But, regardless of how positive or negative our father-son experience was growing up, our dads were not perfect. Thankfully, God steps into our lives and fills those gaps and heals our wounds.

John explores this wound idea further in the following video with my thoughts below.

Yes, the vow.

I can recall making a vow not to ever place myself in a situation where I could fail and be subject to the subsequent chastisement. Another was that I would not put myself in a situation where I would succeed greatly for fear of corruption.

As subtly as we make these vows, we also quite arrogantly think the wounds we have, the ways we've been hurt by our father won't affect us. We'll learn to navigate around them but still fall subject to these generational patterns.

As we learn from this in our own journey, we now have a choice and opportunity to turn the generational tide in a positive and better direction. My grandfather did this for my dad, and my father did it for me. My opportunity is to look at where I can take the next step to provide an even better blessing and generational inheritance for my children.

We are sons of God. While we search for validation, we come to appreciate how much our father and son relationship was to our being and identity. We want to be adored, loved, and wanted. When we don't get the delight from our father we crave and need, we often seek it out from achievement and women (more on the beauty in the following video). 

As cliche' as it might seem to you or me, God is our perfect heavenly father. And it is He who fills in the gaps to demonstrate his love. Thankfully, we experience a model in Jesus and the words from a perfect father we all have access to.

“This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” - God 

The Beauty

“...People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” - Jesus

Our wives pull us in and help us feel like a man, but ultimately, what they give, even when done well, is not enough to satisfy and deliver the contentedness we need from God. This video explores this aspect of masculinity. 

“There is Nothing more powerful than beauty.” - John Eldridge
There is beauty and mystery in Eve as she’s created as a co-warrior for Adam. Unfortunately, that beauty can get distorted and in our society today, that often happens through the consumption of pornography. A counterfeit and shallow alternative to the real thing provides that lure of what we want but fails to deliver what we really desire (and need). 

As we seek to love and serve our wives, there is often confusion between what they want or need, how that is communicated, and the ways in which we respond (or fail to). To our wives, they wonder if they will be loved, be made a priority or instead forgotten and neglected.

In the early years of my marriage, I often abandoned my wife in pursuit of a business adventure, something I now regret. As I hear this topic explored in the preceding video, it reminds me of the Stages of Commitment concept where I explore how we move along the spectrum in relation to others towards (or against) a common goal. Eventually, its the clash between our individual intentions and the reality we must contend with.

And, as we men and husbands take on the adventure and fight the battle of providing for our family and making our community better, we're often in a war that is wearing. We want our wives to be our cheerleader, but often they can be the one taking shots at us.

This makes the journey more difficult and can often justify our decision to pursue outlets to medicate or escape the challenges we feel unequipped to handle and overcome. Its the process of pushing through this, reflecting in the mirror, and taking up courage to do the right and good thing even when it could lead to failure, that transforms us into the leader we must become. And it is this action that attracts The Beauty.

The Adventure

As we go out on our journey to pursue the adventure, we're faced with the challenge of the man we want to be versus who we actually are at this moment. In this next video around the campfire, Eldridge and the surrounding young men explore the final topic of adventure.

Have you taken the time to define what it means to be a man? To set the standard of the type of man you want to become? Are you dreaming, wondering what your life could be like? Are you willing to sacrifice and delay that dream, for what matters?

As we pursue our adventure (externally in a literal sense, or metaphorically in a variety of directions) how much do we trust God to guide us along the way? How vital have we placed him in our pursuit? Is He only of value when we want his direction or do we walk with him day-to-day?

As I found in my story, my way of doing things slowly and surely deteriorated into chaos. It wasn't until I set my ego aside and asked God to show me his way that this chaos was redirected towards order and structure. Through this process, God dismantles our false sense of self, heals our wounds, and eventually sets us free.

"They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations." Isaiah 61:4

With new eyes to see, we can stop pretending and be ourselves. We know we are loved and cared for by God, and we can confidently pursue the adventure ahead. Through the surrender of our self-reliance, we grow and change into the son of a perfect heavenly father.


          

Harley Quinn (DC Universe)

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The animated comedy series follows Harley Quinn (voiced by Kaley Cuoco) after her break up with the Joker as she looks to become the "Queenpin" of Gotham and join the Legion of Doom with the help from Poison Ivy (voiced by Lake Bell).

Premieres Nov 29, 2019

          

Weekend links 493

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gaycomix.jpgArt by Rand Holmes for Gay Comix No. 1, September 1980. • In the universe next door, Los Angeles in November, 2019 looks like the drawings in the Blade Runner Sketchbook (1982). The book has been out of print for many years but available online for a while, although seldom in a downloadable form. A […]
          

How to Ask a Girl Out by Text: 10 (Almost) Foolproof Message Templates

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Mobile phones have changed how we communicate. They make it easier to pass a message more so in remote situations. Texting is one of the revolutionary ways of communication at our disposal, courtesy of this device. You get to summarize a lot of information in a short text and send it to a given person(s). In this vein, many people take advantage of the technology to find themselves girlfriends. But does everyone know how to ask a girl out by text? Once you approach a girl you are interested in and shoot your shot, with the best first impression, there are chances that you’ll get her number. Getting the contact is one step close to asking her out and getting to know her further. To take her out, your text game needs to be on top. As such, knowing how to ask a girl out by text is a skill to know. If trying to up your game, take on the following message templates to come up with a worthy “take you for dinner” message. Got To See This Movie On Friday, What You Say? Tickets On Me Regardless of the day, try to know of her schedule and what type of movies she likes. With this knowledge ask her out on a movie date on a day you know she is free and hard to say no. It is a direct message that the lady in question can appreciate and knows that you are responsible enough to set up a date. To use this template, you need to have chatted with her, and you are sure she is comfortable hanging out with you. Try following up with a ‘where should I pick you up?’ text to show you have everything set. What Are You Doing On This Particular Day? Try showing interest in meeting the girl by sending this text her side. Specify the day and even time if necessary. Just like the preceding template, you need to be quite sure that she is free on a particular day and won’t mind spending a moment with you. If she says yes, proceed to let her in on your plan and explain the details. If impressed, you are sure of a date. At times, she may want to know what the idea is, for her to decide. Lay with your letters and make sure you entice her to the deal. In case she says no, try another idea or ask her out on another date in the future. Hey, What About Dinner Tonight? Still, on how to ask a girl out by text, try the good old dinner invitation. Try to invite her for dinner and present her with an option of what to have. By doing this, it shows you already had plans for even though abrupt. If she told you she has no engagements on this particular day, then you are sure of a yes. Make the deal more enticing by adding details of what you will have or where you will go out for the night. Use an emoji to make the pitch more exciting. Hi, Are You In For A Ride Sometime? If you have a car and need some company, try to shoot this text message to your object of affection. It could be a road trip, and if she loves adventures and traveling, then this is an excellent way to lighten up her moods. Inquire on the days she has no commitments and invite her out. If she says yes, then you have a road date. If no, try asking for a day she might be comfortable joining you behind the wheel. There Is This Event That Would Excite You, Care To Join Me? If there is an event going on and you feel it is the perfect fit for a date, then invite her out to grave it. Tell her of the occasion and other relevant details such as what it is about and also location. Find out if she can commit to going out with you with a promise of a worthy time. If the event or the idea of going out impresses her, you are sure of a day out with the apple of your eye. Be responsible and ensure you get everything right for the date. I Have An Extra Ticket To An Event, Coming With me? Still talking of events, send this template if you want to take her out to something you deem exciting and fulfilling. When getting the tickets, be sure that the occasion might interest her, and she won’t have any commitments come that day. Such a text shows you cared enough to get tickets for both of you to have a good time. Do not spare the niceties of the occasion to get her all charged up in anticipation. What Are You Up To? The ‘what are you up to?’ text is a spontaneous one that shows you have an idea of something fun to do. A flirty emoji face can top it up to indicate you have a plan for the both of you. If she says she has no engagements at the moment, then proceed to ask her out on a date. It is a template to opt for to induce the adventure mood, more so if you have something interesting to show her. Hey, I Got Something For You Bank on this text template if you have a present for the girl, which even asking her out can fit the bill. It is an excellent way to ask your girl out by text, and the surprise aspect is which you hope on for a positive response. If she asks what the surprise is, go straight to the point saying you have something for her and you would like to go on a date with her. There is a high chance of you landing a date, so long as you come out clearly in giving your intentions to her. Hi, We Should Hang Out Sometime? Try using the ‘we should hang out’ text to show that you have an interest in her. It is a good shot, especially if you live proximal to each other and you have a ton of meet up ideas to spruce your meeting. If she is interested, give her further details, including a day she can sacrifice for you to hang out. It’s Been Quite Long Without Seeing You If it is quite some time without seeing each other, send this text to show how much you miss her and want to see her. If she feels the same way, then you expect a ‘when can we meet’ message. Set up your plan and see how you will make your date satisfying. Tips On Managing To Ask Your Date Out Using Text Messages Above are some of the templates at your disposal in your bid to know how to ask a girl out by text. Having the templates is not a guarantee but how you play ball at the texting court is a sure way of nailing you a date with the girl you adore. The following are some of the tips to use to improve your chances of getting a yes when asking to take her out. Always Ask About Her Try to know how she is faring by checking up on her. A simple, ‘Hi, how are you doing’ text does justice for you as she knows you care enough to check up on her. Even if you have nothing to tell her, wish her a good day, good night or an excellent time doing whatever she is committing to. Such a demonstration of concern makes it easier for you to ask her on a date without it looking out of place. Spice Up Your Messages Make your texts seem fun and exciting for her to follow to make it easier for her to meet you for your date. Add some humor to crack here up a little to break the ice. Use emoji’s, voice notes and video recordings to add some touch to your texting. Also try out other social media chatting platforms such as Whatsapp, where you even send images. The more fun the interaction between you is, the higher the chances of scoring a day out with her. So don’t spare any effort in making your exchanges enjoyable. Do not make the conversation to formal as you may present an image of someone rigid. Be Consistent In Replies Be consistent in replies and checking up on her to show that you have interest in. Try and be prompt in answering her texts and in case of delay or you are held up, apologize and excuse yourself then promise to get back to her. If you do not reply to her texts, you might come out as rude or proud. An explanation is welcome and shows that you are responsible. Exercise Courtesy You need to let etiquette guide you when chatting up the girl you admire and want to take out. Avoid using vulgar language or that which paints you as arrogant or overbearing. In case of a negative reply when you ask her out, accept her decision and do not belittle or insult her. If interested, ask for the reason for the decline and is she is up for it any other time. Courtesy also takes you to an earlier point of replying to her messages. Even if you were offline or engaged elsewhere, at least communicate it to her. Do not ignore her messages as you kill your chances of going out with her. Have A Buildup When you want to ask her out, have a buildup leading to it to know if you stand a chance should you ask the question. Throw hint, and if she plays along, then you are good to go in asking her for a date. If the response is unsatisfactory, keep trying until she warms up to you, later try her. Always be ready for a negative response and never should you go on the offensive if she declines your advances. Know The Slang In learning how to ask a girl out by text, you need to be aware of the slang she uses for ease in communication. The texting universe has its unique lingo, characterized by short forms and abbreviations. They are easy to grasp, with a companion such as the internet having your back. Knowing the slang makes you understand what the girl is saying and also eases the tension when you are communicating. When she uses slang, most of the time, it is a hint that she is quite at ease interacting with you. Learn To Read The Mood As humans, we are prone to emotional changes, which can affect our judgment. There are times when you will ask her out, but she will decline, not because she does not want, only the mood is not befitting. Try knowing which mood she is on before asking the question. Cheering her up can work, and can get you a definite answer. How to Ask a Girl Out by Text? Texting is a fun way of communicating and helps you keep in touch with your close relations. In messaging, you need to earn how to ask a girl out by text as it is one of the main modes of communication to rely on. There are several templates as highlighted, for you to pick when trying to ask your adored one out on a date. The templates are short though they carry a hint of interest and responsibility when filled with the right words. Also, there are tips of texting her; you need to know to boost your chances of a positive response. Be consistent in conversing with her, so that when the time for asking her out comes, it is a walk in the park. Be polite and let courtesy guide you during your interaction. Keep off insults and vulgar language as you might...

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It's beginning to look at lot like Netflix

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Vulture has a serious conversation about the NCRCU - the Netflix Christmas Romance Cinematic Universe - and how the The Knight Before Christmas, in which the characters watch Holiday in the Wild, fits in with other movies in the Vanessa Hudgeons-centered universe like the Princess Switch in which characters watch A Christmas Prince. Note that the NCRCU is - as far as we know - entirely separate from the HCCU.
          

Comment on Big Bang Hubble Fix by David Hine

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Louis, A very simple equation that tells you Hubble's Constant is 2 X a mega parsec X C, divided by Pi to the power of 21 = 70.98047 kilometres per second per megaparsecc. For this equation, a parsec is the standard 3.26 light years. This equation is not designed to fool anyone, only to give the true Hubble's Constant. This equation comes from 'The Principle of Astrogeometry' on Kindle Books. The 'trickster' scientists hate this equation, as it exposes their false teachings about the universe. Regards to you and CADXX, David Hine
          

Robert Downey Jr. talks to animals in Dolittle character posters

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Robert Downey Jr. can do pretty much anything he wants thanks to leading the Marvel Cinematic Universe for a decade, and it seems that the first thing he wants to do now that he's free from the mantle of Iron Man is talk to animals. The upcoming DOLITTLE is the latest big-screen adaptation of Hugh Lofting's series of Doctor Dolittle novels and finds Downey Jr. starring… Read More...
          

Fermilab Cosmologist Dr. Dan Hooper

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Dr. Dan Hooper is a Senior Scientist and the Head of the Theoretical Astrophysics Group at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Illinois. He is also a Professor in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago. He holds a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Wisconsin.

Dan told me about how his early aspirations as a youth were actually in music. It wasn’t until he took a class as an undergraduate in Relativity that the astrophysics bug bit him. Hard. Dan explained how he landed a post-doc position at Oxford and how he was later hired at Fermilab. Later, we chatted about his interest in the interface between particle physics and cosmology, Dark Matter and what neutrinos can tell us about the early universe. We finished with an overview of his new astrophysics book that explores the mysteries of the origin of the universe.


          

There Might Be Cracks in the Universe — But We Can't See Them from Earth

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We Might Be Seeing Doctor Doom in Black Panther 2

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This will be an interesting rumor if it’s given any truth since Victor von Doom, or Doctor Doom since the ruler of Latveria is in fact an intelligent and accomplished individual and has been since before he took the title known to so many, is one of the deadliest villains in the entire Marvel universe. To see him take on the Black Panther in the second movie would be insane as well as intense considering that both he and T’Challa are rulers of their own country and are both highly intelligent. While Doom is not nearly as martially skilled as

We Might Be Seeing Doctor Doom in Black Panther 2


          

Nach "Iron Man 3" und "Avengers 4": Robert Downey Jr. wird noch einmal als Tony Stark zurückkehren!

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Heute Abend läuft „Iron Man 3“ im Fernsehen – und da werden sich wieder Millionen Zuschauer fragen: War es das jetzt wirklich endgültig mit Robert Downey Jr. im Marvel Cinematic Universe? Inzwischen steht fest: Nein, da kommt wohl noch was!

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Health Vlogger eats poisonous plant on livestream, and you’ll totally believe what happens next

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Church of MO: 2009 BMW F800GS First Ride Review

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Top 5 Marvelous Marvel Superhero Movies

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Recently, I have been following the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I have seen all of the movies and decided to share a list of my Top 5 Marvelous Marvel Movies. 5. AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON: Avengers: Age of Ultron is a very good movie with a very interesting villain. Ultron is a great character and a...
          

Genealogy News Bytes - Tuesday, 26 November 2019

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Some of the genealogy news and education items across my monitor the last four days include:



2)  New or Updated Record Collections:




3)  Genealogy Education - Webinars (times are US Pacific):

 GeneaWebinars Calendar


*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 26 November, 5 p.m.:  Buried Treasures: What's in the English Parish Chest, by Paul Milner

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  I Received DNA Matches, Now What? by Daniel Horowitz

4)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

*  Family Tree Magazine:  Picture-Perfect Photo Books: Episode 131



*  Fisher's Top Tips:  #131r - Slave Research


5)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube):


*  DNA Family Trees:  Black Friday DNA Kits Compared





6)  Genealogy Bargains:





7)  DNA Stories:



8)  Did you miss the last Genealogy News Bytes - 22 November 2019?

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Red Giant’s New Subscription Plan Includes Everything They Make

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Red Giant said today that it’s making Red Giant Complete, an “all-access” subscription to its motion graphics and VFX toolset, available to users. The package, which includes Trapcode Suite, Magic Bullet Suite, Universe, VFX Suite and Shooter Suite, is now available for $599/year, with students and teachers eligible for a special price of $299/year. Red […]

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9 Things To Say To Yourself When You Are Feeling Low.

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Reading Time: 3 minutesGod created this world and in this whole universe we, humans, are one of its kind. We all have the same souls yet with different natures, body structures, mindsets and generations. What is common between all of us is our emotions and feelings. Realizing and cultivating a good, healthy and a successful life, we all […]

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Вот как будет выглядеть Samsung Galaxy S11 спереди

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Как будет выглядеть Samsung Galaxy S11+, мы уже знаем. По крайней мере, если не учитывать споров относительно размещения датчиков изображения в блоке основной камеры. Но это была трёхмерная модель, созданная известным инсайдером. Теперь же другой не менее известный инсайдер Ice Universe поделился фотографией стекла смартфона Galaxy S11...
          

Nonfiction November: 100+ Nonfiction Books I Want to Read

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Nonfiction November is hosted this year by Julie (JulzReads), Sarah (Sarah’s Book Shelves), Katie (Doing Dewey), Rennie (What’s Nonfiction) — is a month-long celebration of everything nonfiction. Each week, they’ll be a different prompt and a different host looking at different ideas about reading and loving nonfiction.

Week 5 (Nov. 26 to Nov. 30)
New to my TBR (Hosted by Rennie at What’s Nonfiction?)
It’s been a month full of amazing nonfiction books! Which ones have made it onto your TBR? Be sure to link back to the original blogger who posted about that book!



What nonfiction have I added this month to my TBR?
Are you ready for this ridiculously long list of books I'm determined to track down and read? To simplify things, I'm sorting the nonfiction by themes. Thank you for sharing your favorites with me this month! 




Art/Creativity/Poetry

The Point of Poetry: How Poetry Can Teach Us About the Things in Life Which Really Matter by Joe Nutt, recommended by Rather Too Fond of Books.

The Pursuit of Art: Travels, Encounters, Revelations by Martin Gayford, recommended by Adventures in Reading, Running, and Working from Home.


Books-about-Books

Books That Saved My Life: Reading For Wisdom, Solace and Pleasure by Michael McGirr, recommended by Brona's Books.

Packing My Library: An Elegy and Ten Digressions by Alberto Manguel, recommended by Words and Peace.




Food

Buttermilk Graffiti: A Chef's Journey to Discover America's New Melting-Pot Cuisine by Edward Lee, recommended by Based on a True Story


Eight Flavors: The Untold Stories of American Cuisine by Sarah Lohman, recommended by What's Nonfiction.

Kitchen Yarns: Notes on Life, Love, and Food by Ann Hood, recommended by Unruly Reader and Gulfside Musing.

More Home Cooking: A Writer Returns to the Kitchen by Laurie Colwin, recommended by What's Nonfiction?

A Square Meal: A Culinary History of the Great Depression by Jane Ziegelman, recommended by Gulfside Musing.




History

Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves by Adam Hochschild, recommended by Just One More Page.

The Children's Blizzard by David Laskin, recommended by Still Life, with Cracker Crumbs.

Dancing Bears: True Stories of People Nostalgic for Life Under Tyranny 
by Witold Szablowski, recommended by What's Nonfiction.


Escape from Paris: A True Story of Love and Resistance in Wartime France by Stephen Harding, recommended by JulzReads.

Expeditions Unpacked: What the Great Explorers Took Into the Unknown by Ed Stafford, recommended by JulzReads.

Forty Autumns: A Family’s Story of Courage and Survival on Both Sides of the Berlin Wall by Nina Willner, recommended by JulzReads and Novel Visits.

The Hidden Places of World War II: The Extraordinary Sites Where History Was Made During the War That Saved Civilization
 by Jerome M. O’Connor, recommended by JulzReads.


The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11 by Garrett M. Graff, recommended by Sarah's BookshelvesTina SaysTBR, Etc., and Novel Visits.

Les Parisiennes: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved, and Died Under Nazi Occupation 
by Anne Sebba, recommended by The Paperback Princess.


Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets by Svetlana Alexievich, recommended by Maphead's Book Blog.

Singled Out: How Two Million Women Survived Without Men After the First World War by Victoria Nicholson, recommended by Books Please.

When Paris Went Dark: The City of Light Under German Occupation, 1940-1944 by Ronald Rossbottom, recommended by TBR, Etc.





Memoir/Biography

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah, recommended by Bookishly BoisterousThe Lowrey Library, and Read All the Things.

Educated by Tara Westover, recommended by The Cozy Reading NookOrange County ReadersThe Lowrey Library, and An Adventure in Reading.

I Miss You When I Blink: Essays by Mary Laura Philpott, recommended by Mind JoggleTina Says, Reading Ladies' Book Club, and Sarah's Bookshelves.



Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro, recommended by Gulfside Musing and Reading Ladies' Book Club,

Kick: The True Story of JFK's Sister and the Heir to Chatsworth by Paula Byrne, recommended by The Paperback Princess.

Tell Me More by Kelly Corrigan, recommended by Sincerely Stacie.

Wine Girl: The Obstacles, Humiliations, and Triumphs of America's Youngest Sommelier by Victoria James, recommended by TBR, Etc.



Miscellaneous

Everywhere I Look by Helen Garner, recommended by NancyElin.

Why You Should Read Children's Books, Even Though You Are So Old and Wise by Katherine Rundell, recommended by Reading With Jade.




Science/Nature
21st Century Yokel by Tom Cox, recommended by Cracker Crumb Life.

Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Franz de Waal, recommended by Maphead's Book Blog.

Around the World in 80 Trees by Jonathan Drori, recommended by Superfluous Reading.

The Armchair Birder: Discovering the Secret Lives of Familiar Birds 
by John Yow, recommended by Words and Peace.


City of Trees by Sophie Cunningham, recommended by Brona's Books.


Gathering Moss by Robin Wall Kimmerer, recommended by An Adventure in Reading.

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach, recommended by An Adventure in Reading.

The Hidden World of the Fox by Adele Brand, recommended by Book Dilettante.


How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature by Scott D. Sampson, recommended by Still Life With Cracker Crumbs.

Life List: A Woman's Quest for the World's Most Amazing Birds by Olivia Gentile, recommended by Words and Peace.

Pleased to Meet Me: Genes, Germs, and the Curious Forces that Make Us Who We Are by Bill Sullivan, recommended by JulzReads and What's Nonfiction?

Rewild Yourself: 23 Spells for Making Hidden Things Visible by Simon Barnes, recommended by Still Life With Cracker Crumbs.

Rewild Yourself: Becoming Nature by Rachel Corby, recommended by Still Life With Cracker Crumbs.

The Source: The Secrets of the Universe, the Science of the Brain by Tara Swart, recommended by Orange County Readers.

Superlative: The Biology of Extremes by Matthew D. LaPlante, recommended by Superfluous Reading.

Tamed: Ten Species That Changed Our World by Alice Roberts, recommended by Kate Vane.

Twelve Patients: Life and Death in Bellevue Hospital
 by Eric Mannheimer, recommended by Hopewell's Public Library of Life.

Vitamin N: 500 Ways to Enrich the Health and Happiness of Your Family and Your Community by Richard Louv, recommended by Still Life With Cracker Crumbs.

Where the Hornbeam Grows: A Journey in Search of a Garden by Beth Lynch, recommended by What Cathy Read Next.

The Wild Remedy: How Nature Mends Us - A Diary by Emma Mitchell, recommended by Reading With Jade.

The World of the Salt Marsh: Appreciating and Protecting the Tidal Marshes of the Southeastern Atlantic Coast by Charles Seabrook, recommended by The Cozy Reading Nook.

Why Birds Sing: A Journey into the Mystery of Bird Song by David Rothenberg, recommended by Words and Peace.





Self-Help/Happiness/Health

The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters by Priya Parker, recommended by Unruly Reader.

Any Ordinary Day: Blindsides, Resilience, and What Happens After the Worst Day of Your Life by Leigh Sales, recommended by Brona's Books.

Bird Therapy by Joe Harkness, recommended by Rather Too Fond of Books.

Create Calm by Kate James, recommended by Brona's Books.

The Dark Side of the Mind: True Stories from My Life as a Forensic Psychologist by Kerry Daynes, recommended by Rather Too Fond of Books.

The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves by Stephen Grosz, recommended by Books Are My Favourite and Best.

The Happiness Curve: Why Life Gets Better After 50 by Jonathan Rauch, recommended by Howling Frog Books.

Home Sweet Maison: The French Art of Making a Home by Danielle Postel-Vinay, recommended by Unruly Reader.

How to Eat Better: Simple Science to Supercharge Your Nutrition by James Wong, recommended by louloureads.

Love's Executioner and Other Tales of Psychotherapy by Irvin Yalom, recommended by Books Are My Favourite and Best.

Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig, recommended by Beverley A Baird.

Small Wrongs: How We Really Say Sorry in Love, Life, and Law by Kate Rossmanith, recommended by Books Are My Favourite and Best.

The Talking Cure: Normal People, Their Hidden Struggles, and the Life-Changing Power of Therapy by Gillian Straker and Jacqui Winship, recommended by Books Are My Favourite and Best.

Welcoming the Unwelcomed by Pema Chödrön, recommended by Lovely Bookshelf 




Simplicity

Bohemian Living: Creative Homes Around the World by Robyn Lea, recommended by Brona's Books.

Chasing Slow: The Courage to Journey Off the Beaten Path by Erin Loechner, recommended by Monica Baker.

Inconspicuous Consumption: The Environmental Impact You Don't Know You Have by Tatiana Schlossberg, recommended by Reading the End.

Mini-Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre by Brett L. Markham, recommended by Based on a True Story



Social Issues

Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News by Kevin Young, recommended by Plucked From the Stacks.

Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt, recommended by NancyElin.

Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy, recommended by BermudaOnion's Weblog.

Factfulness: Ten Reasons Why We're Wrong About the World---And Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling, recommended by Silver Button Books.

Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China by Leslie T. Chung, recommended by Hopewell's Public Library of Life.

Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal
 by Alexandra Natapoff, recommended by Reading the End.


Teacher: One Woman's Struggle to Keep the Heart in Teaching by Gabbie Stroud, recommended by NancyElin.

The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes Us or Breaks Us by Paul Tough, recommended by Tina Says.


Spirituality/Philosophy

Church of the Small Things: The Million Little Pieces That Make Up a Life by Melanie Shankle, recommended by The Cozy Reading Nook.

Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress, recommended by Lisa Notes.

Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again by Rachel Held Evans, recommended by The Lowrey Library

My Bright Abyss: A Spiritual Meditation by Christian Wiman, recommended by Words and Peace.

A Prayer Journal by Flannery O'Connor, recommended by The Lowrey Library

The Problem of God: Answering a Skeptic's Challenges to Christianity by Mark Clark, recommended by Never Enough Novels.


Searching For Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church by Rachel Held Evans, recommended by The Bookworm Chronicles


The Universal Christ: How a Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See, Hope For, and Believe by Richard Rohr, recommended by Monica Baker.


Travel

Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez, recommended by Reading With Jade.

Around the World in 80 Trains: A 45,000 Mile Adventure by Monisha Rajesh, recommended by Reading With Jade.

Bitter Lemons of Cyprus by Lawrence Durrell, recommended by Books Please.

Dispatches from Pluto: Lost and Found on the Mississippi Delta by Richard Grant, recommended by Adventures in Reading, Running, and Working from Home.

In Foreign Fields: How Not to Move to France by Susie Kelly, recommended by Superfluous Reading.

In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin, recommended by For Book Lovers and Random People.

Letters from Iceland by W. H. Auden and Louis MacNeice, recommended by Super Hero Fighter – Old version for Android appeared first on 333download.com.


          

Altered State & Cabal – Magic Mushrooms

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"Found" - Steven Universe: The Movie - EASY Piano Tutorial

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WHY??? "IN SEARCH OF WHY" ...

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"IN SEARCH OF WHY"...a Stoney Lonesome Production.
Join Stoney Lonesome "In Search of Why" as he explores the mysteries of the Universe and arrives at a strikingly simple conclusion. As always, Lonesome actually has NOTHING to say ... it's a silent film with an excellent original musical score by Smokey Hormel.
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BURTON | KIDS' SMALLS BINDING | more colors

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NOTICE | HUARAZ

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BURTON | GORE-TEX EYRIS JACKET

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AMBITION | TEAM | more colors

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AMBITION | XTREME GRIP

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Review: From Out Of Nowhere (Jeff Lynne's ELO)

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#1,501: Having decided to recommence writing new elobeatlesforever (elobf) articles after a seven (7) month hiatus, Yours Truly KJS feels quite strange to be putting together this review regarding "From Out Of Nowhere" (RCA/Big Trilby Records), the latest studio album from Jeff Lynne's ELO, a whole calendar month after its release back on Friday 1st November (which just happens to have been my 52nd birthday) in the wake of its impressive recent chart topping exploits, especially now that the rather nice amazon Black Friday exclusive edition picture disc has enjoined the earlier black, blue and gold vinyl releases and FOON has slipped out of the UK Top 20 after four (4) weeks.

Having reacquainted myself with 2015's "Alone In The Universe" in advance of the release of FOON, my first impression of the 10 new trax on offer was that "From Out Of Nowhere" was an improvement, a more cohesive and consistent recording than AITU. Whereas retrospectively the former now feels like it was hastily assembled, the latter is a much more polished affair, a little like ELO albums of old. From the familiar tones of the opening title track (thanx to extensive BBC Radio 2 airplay) through to classy closer "Songbird", this writer senses a return to the songwriting form of the ELO maestro harking back to the good 'ol days. ELO fans, new and old, will love the changes in tempo afforded throughout what is a relatively short outing (32:42) with the pensive "All My Love" and "Losing You" balanced (with power) by "Down Came The Rain" (a familiar theme)"One More Time" (isn't it great to see Richard Tandy credited on an ELO LP again?) and "Time Of Our Life", a thoughtful inclusion to thank the 60,000+ fans who attended the 2017 "Wembley Or Bust" show. On a personal note, my twin faves at the time of writing continue to be "Down Came The Rain" and "Sci-Fi Woman" - formerly "WiFi Woman".
"From Out Of Nowhere" is a record that deserved to hit the heights of #1 in a challenging modern music market. We now look forward to some extensive 2020 dates and, hopefully, more fabtastic memories. ★★★★★

  Trax: [1] "From Out Of Nowhere" (3:15) ~ [2] "Help Yourself" (3:14) ~ [3] "All My Love" (3:06) ~ [4] "Down Came The Rain" (3:29) ~ [5] "Losing You" (3:36) ~ [6] "One More Time" (3:28) ~ [7] "Sci-Fi Woman" (3:07) ~ [8] "Goin' Out On Me" (3:09) ~ [9] "Time Of Our Life" (3:10) ~ [10] "Songbird" (3:08) 

See also: Hints of New Jeff Lynne's ELO Album Emerge
See also: ChartWatch: From Out Of Nowhere Exits Top 10
See also: ChartWatch: Jeff Lynne's ELO Slipping Away from Top 10
See also: Black Friday Bulletin: Jeff Lynne's ELO, Cheap Trick & Roy Wood

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "From Out Of Nowhere" by Jeff Lynne's ELO to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneThe Traveling WilburysRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

*** Until next "Time" in the elobf universe ... KJS ... 01-Dec-2019 ***

          

UP36264: Telephone Line Twist

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#1,500: Every so often, record collectors of all genres come across vinyl oddities and the same is true when it comes to ELO and related artistes. Regular visitors to elobeatlesforever (elobf) down the years would have read various elobf articles on the subject of rare ELO singles and albums not forgetting the attempts by this writer to locate certain hard to find solid centre issues of "Showdown" (HAR5077), "Turn To Stone" (UP36313) and more latterly "Mr. Blue Sky" (UP36342).

Other than the withdrawn second ELO EP (ELO2), the phantom 1978 Jet/CBS reissue of "Turn To Stone" (SJET103) and even the ultra-rare original UK Jet/Polydor issue of "Olé ELO" (JETLP19), the only remaining realistic record that I'm actively searching for these days is a solid centre copy of "Telephone Line" (UP36254). Hence you can imagine my surprise recently when Yours Truly KJS came across a quirky Irish solid centre copy of "Telephone Line" on the United Artists label (see above photos) - as was the case with "Livin' Thing" (UP36184/JET786), the lead single from "A New World Record" (UAG30017/JETLP20).
"Telephone Line" and its jumbled 'B' side has been the subject of not a few elobf articles down the years!
The funny thing about this particular 7" is that it has been allocated the catalogue number UP36264 (whether intentionally or not) whereas UP36254 is evident in the run-out groove. It's also noteworthy that the flip side features only "Poorboy (Greenwood)" - albeit without the "The" - but not "King Of The Universe", as was the case in the UK. Whilst I'm happy with this capture, the search for that elusive solid centre UP36254 will go on. Please let me know if you see one!

See also: King of the Greenwood Revisited  ~  King of the Greenwood

See also: Turn To Stone: Solid Centre Success! ~ HAR5077: Solid Centre Showdown

*** Until next "Time" in the elobf universe ... KJS ... 28-Nov-2019 ***

          

Black Friday Bulletin: Jeff Lynne's ELO, Cheap Trick & Roy Wood

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#1,499: Watch out for a couple of interesting items that might well have Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood vinyl collectors queuing up to "Hold On Tight" to this coming (Black) Friday 29th November 2019!

Firstly, a rather nice collectable amazon exclusive picture disc edition of the new Jeff Lynne's ELO album "From Out Of Nowhere" will be released on Friday priced at £19.99 with pre-orders now being taken here: www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07YTF5W8W

Secondly, Cheap Trick will be also releasing a cover of John Lennon's "Gimme Some Truth" on Friday backed with a 2018 live version of Wizzard's "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" featuring Roy Wood as a limited edition 7" single in blood red vinyl. Any remaining copies can be ordered from 30.11.2019 here: www.roughtrade.com/gb/cheap-trick/gimme-some-truth

*** Until next "Time" in the elobf universe ... KJS ... 26-Nov-2019 ***

          

Bev Bevan: Happy 75th Birthday!

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#1,498: Today is Monday 25th November and it's also the 75th birthday of Bev Bevan! After starting out with Denny Laine & The Diplomats and then Carl Wayne & The Vikings, Bev co-founded The Move alongside Roy Wood, Trevor Burton, Carl Wayne and Chris 'Ace' Kefford before, of course, also co-founding the Electric Light Orchestra alongside Roy Wood (again) and Jeff Lynne and then ELO Part IIBev also played with Black Sabbath on their "Born Again" tour and more recently has performed with best pal Jasper Carrott in both the Made In Brum and Stand Up & Rock! shows as well as performing with Quill in a 50+ year stellar career.

Throughout the 10+ years of elobeatlesforever (elobf), Yours Truly KJS has often bumped into Bev (often discussing the fortunes of Wolves FC as well as the biz) and featured his many musical projects on multiple occasions. We were there when he received his Broad Street Walk of Fame Star in April 2011 (review here) and also celebrated his induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2017 (report here)Bev has often been supportive of and extended much courtesy to elobf and aside from being the best drummer in the business, the powerhouse of the classic ELO line-up and keeping the music of ELO live (and alive) in the nineties with ELO Part II, it goes without saying that we wish Bev a Very Happy 75th Birthday!

You can still catch Bev performing with Quill during their upcoming Christmas Tour between Saturday 7th and Sunday 22nd December. See poster below for more details or click on this link to buy tickets: www.ents24.com/uk/tour-dates/quill
*** Until next "Time" in the elobf universe ... KJS ... 25-Nov-2019 ***

          

Jet Connections: ELO Related Albums 1979-80

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#1,497: With the back to back success of "Out Of The Blue" (1978), "Discovery" (1979) and "Xanadu" (1980) under their belts, Jeff Lynne and the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) were at their commercial peak as the seventies lapsed into the eighties both in terms of record and ticket sales. Everything they released charted whether it was a single, a new album, a compilation or even a boxed set. This was, of course, good news for both the band and their label since 1975: Don Arden's Jet Records.

ELO were still regarded as a septet by many fans at this time, even though their studio recordings began to revolve around Jeff Lynne, Bev Bevan, Richard Tandy and Kelly Groucutt. It was during this time that various members of ELO's string section began to release albums via Jet (when distributed by CBS) in their own right and/or with side projects. Four albums were issued in total (and a number of singles too, the subject of a future KJS/elobf article) and although only one of the quartet charted, they did and still do generate interest in the ELO fan base for avid vinyl collectors ...

Louis Clark ~ "(per-spek-tiv)n." (1979) ~ JETLP218
Surprising non-charting orchestral outing by the ELO arranger with a little help from his friends including Roy Wood and former Wizzard saxophonist Nick Pentelow.

Violinski ~ "No Cause For Alarm" (1979) ~ JETLP219
Mik Kaminski and his blue violin brigade featuring ex-ELO bassist Mike de Albuquerque crept into the UK Top 50 at #49 with their debut album. Lead single "Clog Dance" (JET136) also made the UK Top 20, peaking at #17.

Wilson Gale & Co. ~ "Gift Wrapped" (1980) ~ JETLP223
ELO cellist Melvyn Gale teamed up with Frank Wilson for this hard to find album with Hugh McDowell also contributing.

Violinski ~ "Stop Cloning About" (1980) ~ JETLP232
Their second album featured "Silent Love" which would likely have been another hit single as Radio 1's "Record of the Week" but for an "account problem" with the Jet label.

It's worth noting that during the Jet Records period between 1975 and 1983, every record released by individual members of ELO (other than those noted above by Mik Kaminski and Violinskidid not trouble the charts. That list includes the solo singles "Doin' That Crazy Thing" (1977) by none other than Jeff Lynne (UP36281/SJET102) and "Let There Be Drums" (JET777) by Bev Bevan! You may also enjoy perusing these elobeatlesforever (elobf) articles on similar subject matter ...

Louis Clark: Get Some Perspektiv
When Jeff Lynne Was Doin' That Crazy Thing
JET777: Bev Bevan's Heavy Headliner
Jet Records Discography

*** Until next "Time" in the elobf universe ... KJS ... 24-Nov-2019 ***

          

Black Friday - Dark Gate

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The problem with time travel

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The master of time travel fiction explains the fundamental problem with stories based on the concept:
The problem afflicting all time travel stories, which makes cause and effect paradoxical, is that time travel makes moral law is paradoxical.

In a universe without time travel, the things done by a man in the past are done.

What is in our past cannot be changed, and the future cannot be known. But introduce time travel, and, suddenly, anyone whose future actions you know (because he is from your past) can be treated as a creature without free will, that is, an entity with no moral self determination. He is an NPC.

This includes the past self of the time traveler himself: from the point of view of the Wednesday Dr Who, Tuesday Dr Who is a like a robot, or a historical character, someone who cannot change his actions because they are set in stone. An NPC.

With time travel, an immoral act like killing an innocent baby, whom the Time Traveler knows will grow up to be a tyrant, seems moral, and a moral act, like saving that same innocent baby, seems immoral.

To make matters worse, if the time traveler on Thursday wants to undo an act he did on Tuesday, such as killing a child fated to be a tyrant, and he leaps backward in time to shoot his Monday self in order to preempt the Tuesday attack on the child fated to be a tyrant, he is killing a man who is, at that moment on Monday, not yet guilty of any crime. Is this moral or immoral? Is this suicide or self defense?

So if yet another version of himself from his own future leaps out of Friday afternoon to land in front of Wednesday, pistols ready, to prevent his Thursday self before the fated this Monday crime of killing his Tuesday self preemptively, can the Wednesday time traveler rightfully defend himself?

Because if it is wrong for Thursday on Monday to kill his innocent younger self in order to prevent the killing of the child on Tuesday, logically, by the same token, it must also be wrong Friday to kill Thursday on Wednesday to prevent Thursday from killing Tuesday on Monday to prevent the prevention.

And yet, also equally logically, on Wednesday, the Time Traveler is guilty of killing a child, and so can be killed in retaliation, or, better yet, killed before he commits the crime, because, unlike human justice, time traveler justice actually can unmake the crime and restore the dead.

Therefore, logically, the fact that killing the innocent is immoral makes it moral for a time traveler to kill the innocent.

I won’t even mention the moral problems arising from the possibility that the tyrant the child is fated to become turns out, in a plot twist, to be the Time Traveler himself, and the one event that warped and embittered his young mind to set him on the path of tyranny was seeing all these murders taking place in the nursery when he was young.

That is the problem with time travel stories.
Mr. Wright is no doubt correct. That being said, his City Beyond Time is without question the greatest collection of time travel stories ever assembled.

Second beginning. This one brighter than the others:

I recall my first view of the city.

I thought it was a job interview. I had no other work, no future, and the best woman I had ever laid eyes on walked out on me the night before. I wasn't in a great mood, but, at that point, I was willing to listen to anything.

Almost anything.

“Time travelers?” I said, trying to look chipper. I was trying to think of a polite way to say goodbye and get lost.

He didn't look crazy. (The real crazies never do). Mr. Iapetus was a foreign-looking fellow in a long red coat of a fabric I didn't recognize. He had dark, magnetic eyes, high cheekbones, and wore a narrow goatee.

His office was appointed with severe and restrained elegance. To one side, a row of dark bookshelves loomed; in the center was a wide mahogany desk, polished surface gleaming; to the other side, heavy drapes blocked a hidden length of window. I did not think it odd at the time to see bright sunlight shining from the carpet at the lower hem of the window drapes. But it had been raining outside when I entered the lobby just behind me.

Mr. Iapetus was standing by the window. He took up a fold of drapes in his hand. “I believe in what you might call the shock therapy method of indoctrination. It helps make the tedious period of disbelief more brief.”

A wide yank of his arm threw the drapes aside. A spill of blinding sunlight washed around me.
Blinking, I saw I was high up, overlooking a shining city. I had been on the ground floor when I came in. Now, I was miles up in the air. And glory was underfoot.
          

Trover Saves The Universe Is Now Available For Digital Pre-order And Pre-download On Xbox One

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Scott Snyder Says the Justice League's Biggest Battle Is Having Faith in Human Nature

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Scott Snyder’s pen is no stranger to most of your favorite DC characters and some of the publisher’s biggest cosmic events. Take Justice League as of late— reality is slowly eating away at the fringes of the universe. The source wall has a big ol’ hole in it after the events of Metal. Planets are being torn apart. The…

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Dienstpflicht | Verordnete Solidarität

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Verordnete Solidarität

Schon im Sommer 2018 diskutierte die Union auf dem Weg zu einem Grundsatzprogramm ein verpflichtendes Gesellschaftsjahr für junge Erwachsene nach dem Schulabgang. Und schon damals schien der Vorschlag merkwürdig. Dunkel mag sich mancher erinnern, dass es 2011 auch die Union unter einem gewissen Verteidigungsminister Karl-Theodor war, die die Wehrpflicht und damit auch den Wehrersatzdienst, gemeinhin als Zivildienst bekannt, zugunsten einer Berufsarmee „aussetzte“. Tausende Zivildienstleistende, die vorher in Krankenhäusern, Altenheimen, Reha-Kliniken, städtischen Gartenbauämtern und so weiter arbeiteten, fielen weg. Der nachfolgende Bundesfreiwilligendienst war offen für weit mehr Menschen als nur junge Männer, aber dramatisch unterbezahlt. Im Jahr 2019 beträgt das monatliche „Taschengeld“ maximal (!) 402 Euro. Zum Vergleich: Ein Zivildienstleistender konnte mit allen Zuschlägen in der letzten Soldstufe zwischen 600 und 700 Euro verdienen, plus bezahlten Urlaub und Entlassungsgeld.

Zum Einmaleins der cleveren Regierungspolitik gehört es, Berichtigungen vergangener Fehler als geistreichen, neuartigen Schachzug zu präsentieren. Annegret-Kramp Karrenbauer zeigte sich beeindruckt von der französischen Idee eines „Service National Universel“, eines Gesellschaftsdienstes im Sinne der Nation. So etwas braucht es auch in Deutschland. „Für mich ist es auch ein zutiefst bürgerlicher Gedanke, seinem Land und der Gesellschaft etwas zurückgeben zu wollen“, sagte sie der Redaktion der Berliner Morgenpost. Und weil es ebenfalls ein zutiefst bürgerlicher Gedanke ist, dass Menschen auf organische Weise keinen Zusammenhalt formen können, müssen sie zu diesem „Wollen“ freilich genötigt werden.

Einfach zwanglos wollen dürfen

Die SPD zeigte sich skeptisch. Franziska Giffey meinte, mit einer Pflicht wäre für den Zusammenhalt wenig getan. Vielmehr sollen die bestehenden Jugendfreiwilligendienste – also etwa das Freiwillige Soziale Jahr oder das Freiwillige Ökologische Jahr (derzeit maximal 402 Euro, de facto circa 150 Euro im Monat) – attraktiver gestaltet werden. Etwa mit mehr Geld, vergünstigten ÖPNV-Tickets oder der Möglichkeit, seine Dienstzeit als Wartesemester auf Studienplätze anrechnen zu lassen. So manchem Kriegsdienstverweigerer aus der grauen Vorzeit vor 2011 mögen diese Anreize bekannt vorkommen, aber was wissen die schon? „Die Jugendlichen sollen wollen dürfen“, sagte Giffey – ein Satz, aus dem die ganze Schönheit der SPD trieft.

Sie schlug vor, dass der Bund den Trägerstellen der Freiwilligendienste künftig bis zu 402 Euro im Monat pro Dienstleistenden erstatten könnte. Damit könnten die Jugendlichen vielleicht sogar ans goldene Soldzeitalter der ehemaligen Zivildienstleistenden heranreichen. Gleichzeitig bekommen junge Menschen zum ersten Mal in ihrem Leben einen realistischen Eindruck davon, wie viel monetäre Wertschätzung Gesellschaft und Politik unter anderem den so dringend benötigten Pflegefachkräften entgegenzubringen bereit sind. Vielleicht wollen die sich nach dieser Erfahrung dann richtig anstrengen und schnell etwas anderes lernen, um nie wieder zu solchen Konditionen in solchen Jobs arbeiten zu müssen. Sozialer Zusammenhalt, induziert durch blanke Abschreckung – es wäre ein zutiefst sozialdemokratischer Gedanke.

Den Unsinn vergangener Tage zu berichtigen stellt sich aber nicht nur aus Gründen des Politikerstolzes als schwieriger heraus als gedacht. Für die Einführung einer Dienstpflicht müsste das Grundgesetz geändert werden. Die Wehrpflicht und damit auch der Wehrersatzdienst waren vom Grundgesetz gedeckt – für Männer. Einen gesetzlich festgeschriebenen, allgemeinen Zwang zur Arbeit gibt es in Deutschland nicht. Er erwächst sanft und fürsorglich aus der Notwendigkeit, es wäre dem Bürger sonst nur schwer zu vermitteln.

Welche Diebe mich bestehlen

Eine Partei weiß das in Deutschland am besten. Christian Lindner sagte zur Dienstpflicht: „Ein ganzes Lebensjahr junger Menschen würde verstaatlicht, nur damit die CDU sich parteipolitisch profilieren kann. Aus unserer Sicht verstößt eine Dienstpflicht gegen das Grundgesetz.“ Korrekt, denn wenn die Schüler nach zwölf bis dreizehn verstaatlichten Schuljahren mit einem Abschluss ins sogenannte „Leben“ entlassen werden, ist ihnen ein Jahr im Dienste der Gesellschaft schlicht nicht mehr zuzumuten. Sie sollen dann selbst entscheiden dürfen, wessen Kapitalinteressen sie sich unterjochen dürfen. Freiheit!

Unterdessen sprechen sich die Bürger recht mehrheitlich für die Idee einer Dienstpflicht aus, das ZDF-„Politbarometer“ ermittelte 2018 eine Zustimmung von 68 Prozent. Wie genau ein solches Pflichtjahr aussehen soll, wie es bezahlt wird und ob es eher eine freiwillige oder eine verpflichtende Verpflichtung wird, wurde nicht genau gefragt. Das zu entscheiden, ist schließlich komplex – und damit Politikersache.

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Saturday, November 23, 2019, Trenton Charlson

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Wow. This was a good old fashioned Saturday struggle for me! I chipped away slowly with little things like EDDA, ERR, ACE, POI, POE, LEA, NIPAT ... and then after guessing CASTLES (Moves two pieces at once, in a way) and putting in "like" at the end of 5D: Oafish (APELIKE), I was able to get PARKINGGARAGES (Places where drivers get tickets), and then, finally, I got a little traction.

POE

False starts for me included pAdthaI for SASHIMI (Dish often served with soy sauce), erasmuS for AQUINAS ("Summa Theologica" philosopher), LABratS for LABMICE (Experiment subjects), SliPSIN for SEEPSIN (Enters gradually), Somme for SEXES ("The Battle of the ____") (D. W. Griffith film)), INSertS for INSOLES (Arch supports), and the one that took me the longest to remove - ironMAN instead of AQUAMAN (Founding member of the Justice League). I was probably confusing my super hero universes with that one, but when I'm trying to solve a puzzle, I can't always be counted on to think entirely rationally. Take the AQUINAS/Erasmus thing - AQUINAS is much more likely, of course, but Erasmus was the first philosopher that came into my head, and it fit, so in it went. Anywho... all that made for a slower solve. 

But none of that diminished my enjoyment of the puzzle. It's just the kind of Saturday I like! HILARITYENSUES (What happens after a zany plot twist) was a great anchor in the lower half, and I liked the "Term of endearment" combo (PRECIOUS/BABE). The connection from corner to corner was a little tight, which made it seem almost like four separate little puzzles, but I don't mind that as much as some reviewers do. (Hi Colum!)

My final of the four little puzzles was that NE corner, where OUTKAST (Rap group with six Grammys) was on the outskirts of my ken, and SILENTW (Who's first?) elicited the required groan only after everything but the last letter had been entered.

Again, this may sound like a negative review in some ways, but challenge is what I want on Saturday. This had only a few little bits of glue, and nothing that was at all objectionable (if, that is, you don't find the word SACS too off-putting).

- Horace
          

Spiritual Fact - Unconditional Love Does Not Judge (no replies)

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Humanity on this planet Individualogist Review is only part of a thin layer of organic life which exists here. When we look to see how small we really are in the scheme of things how can we go about so arrogantly? How can we allow the so called leaders to rule over us as if they were mor important in the scheme of things? A great teacher, 2000 years ago said it very well. "let the dead bury the dead and come ye out from amongst them." Let them have this materialistic world and let you and I and a few others build a better one. We live so far down in the descending scale of Creation (God, Universe, Galaxy, Solar Systems, Earth, Man) that the higher energies can only reach us indirectly through increasing mechanicalness.

The whole Universe is growing. The Galaxies are growing, The Solar Systems are growing. The Sun is growing. The Planet Earth is growing. And the thin layer of organic life on the planet is growing. Everything in this scale of creation eats energy and has it's energies eaten. Do you know who or what is eating you right now? Everything is defined by the energy it eats and what eats it. You can define a tiger by what it eats, a whale by what it eats and a man by what he eats, physically, mentally, emotionally and spirituality. They are all foods.

Here is a thought to ponder. The Moon uses the negative energy of organic life on the planet Earth to grow! The planet Earth is a pain factory for the Moon. Pain and useless suffering; feed the Moon. Another reason to watch your negative emotions. We live in the NOW, therefore all history is imagination. And the winners write history and the loser wail. The paradigm of love says that there is an interconnectedness to all of life and subscribes to the ideal that we are one with God and created in her image and likeness. This God is in collaboration with us in order to allow her to experience in the relative physical world all that she knows conceptually in the world of absolute.

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In this episode, Tom interviews Alice Gorman about the usual things like how you got involved in STEM and Space Archeology. We talked about her beginnings, some actuall space archeology and most importantly, we left plenty unsaid for the next time we get Alice back on the podcast!

You can Find Alice most places as @drspacejunk

Alice Answered the question that Matthew asked about going to Mars, (which was a great answer!) and asked her own here.
What work of art made a difference to how you thought about your science?

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Firstly, read the book that Alice wrote, really! Read it! It is called Dr Space Junk Vs The Universe

Alice recommends that you read the trilogy from C.S. Lewis called The Space trilogy.

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Dahlia Talk: Love in Survival Mode

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Do You Stay Where You Are...Or Take a Risk to Try Again?Book Chat for the book, Devastation or Destiny??? The GambleIt's a crapshoot, in leaving "all you know" to venture out into the "unknown". In love, it's no different. Those who have left long-term relationships (for whatever reason) have jumped back into the dating world, only to find that they could have kept what they had. But, in a good moment, being in the right place at the right time, the Universe sprinkles that spark down on [...]
          

With ultracold chemistry, researchers get first look at exactly what happens during a chemical reaction

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In temperatures millions of times colder than interstellar space, researchers have performed the coldest reaction in the known universe. But that's not all. In such intense cold, their molecules slowed to such glacial speeds, they could see something no one has been able to see before: the moment when two molecules meet to form two new molecules. In essence, they captured a chemical reaction in its most critical and elusive act.
          

Scientists inch closer than ever to signal from cosmic dawn

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Around 12 billion years ago, the universe emerged from a great cosmic dark age as the first stars and galaxies lit up. With a new analysis of data collected by the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) radio telescope, scientists are now closer than ever to detecting the ultra-faint signature of this turning point in cosmic history. The Murchison Widefield Array radio telescope, a portion of which is pictured here, is searching  for a...

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In 'Children Of Virtue And Vengeance,' Magic Has Returned. Now What?

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Children of Blood and Bone was an instant success last year.

The young adult fantasy novel by then-24-year-old author Tomi Adeyemi has so far spent 89 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list. It made countless best books lists, and it was optioned for a movie by Disney. It spoke to people.

"I always pitched it as Black Panther with magic," Adeyemi says. "It's this epic young adult fantasy about a girl fighting to bring magic back to her people."

And now there's a sequel: Children of Virtue and Vengeance. The heroine, Zélie, has succeeded in her quest to bring magic back to her people, the maji, and the land of Orïsha. But the nobility and the military now have powerful magic, too. And civil war looms.

For Zélie and her ally Amari — a runaway princess who has joined the rebellion, so to speak — the question becomes: Now what? And how will their personal traumas play out?

"I'm really mean to my characters," Adeyemi says. "And so they have a lot to both deal with personally, and in terms of like: OK, well, who am I? What am I wrestling with? What do I want? Is what I want actually what you want? Are we actually still on the same team in this? It's about kind of how complicated things is — especially with people that you love."


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On the Nigerian and Yoruban roots of her fictional universe

So the Orisha [deity] that was the inspiration for this world — I didn't know at the time that that was a part of my Nigerian heritage. ... It's a religion. It's a mythology. It started in West Africa and then it was disseminated through the world through the slave trade. And so it sort of looks a little bit different everywhere you see it. So like, for example, you have Santería in Cuba, Candomblé in Brazil. And so it's this rich pot in history, and it resonated with me so strongly. So then to find out that, like, wait, this is a part of me? It was this gift and this ability to build a world based off something that I loved and something that was close to my heart.

On how the blackness of her characters has changed over time

My stories, I call them fantasy memoir fan fiction, in the sense that the common thread has always been like — the first story I ever wrote, I wanted a twin and a horse, and my parents wouldn't give me a twin and a horse, so I'm like: I will give myself a twin and a horse. And I wrote this 30-page story. I was around the age of 6, and the twins were named Tomi and Tomi. And, you know, I was like: OK, cool, now I have everything I wanted.

It kind of kept going with that — just that what I wanted became more magical.But subconsciously, what I wanted also became: Oh, in this, my fantasy, I can be white. Like, oh, I can have magic and I can be white; or I can, you know, shoot lightning out of my hands and I can be biracial. And it was like: It took a lot for me to become the type of person who could even write a story like Children of Blood and Bone.

On the two works of art that inspired Children of Blood and Bone

And really, Children of Blood and Bone too also came from seeing two pieces of of art with black people in [them] — and some of the first two of my life, if not the first ever. And so I'm like: If two photos, two fantastical illustrations of black people, created that 600-page world? ... I always try and quantify representation because it's really hard to explain to someone what not seeing yourself does because it's so internal and it's so deep inside. But it's like: If two pictures equals this book, what do you think this book can mean for people? What do you think this cover can mean for people? I was like: Just a little bit of representation can be monumental. ...

One picture was: I was in a gift shop in Brazil; I was only there because it was raining and I didn't want my hair to get wet. And I see this postcard with the Orisha on it. I didn't know what it was at that time, but I just saw this beautiful, black goddess commanding the sea and this beautiful dark-skinned man breathing fire. And I had never, ever seen, like: Wow, that's myself; like, this is me. This person is even darker than me, and she's doing this beautiful magic. And so that was kind of instantaneous. Like, I saw that, and the world of Orïsha came to me very quickly.

And then about eight months later, I saw this picture on Pinterest. It was a digital illustration of this black girl with luminescent green hair. And I'm like: OK, what if she lived in, like, a space colony? What if she was like a fisherman or a fisherman's daughter of some sort? What if she had to go to the market one day? Oh, what if she's in the market and this girl runs up to ... what if you took this thing and put it in that world you have? Do they fit? Oh, my gosh. They fit so well. And it was two photos of people who look like me when I was, what, 23, I think? Imagine if I had had that when I was 6.

On how the oppressors get magical powers at the same time as the oppressed

The older I get, the more I realized the power of institutions. And institutions are old. They're powerful for a reason. They have been set up a long time ago by very rich and powerful people to disenfranchise you systematically.

And so I think sometimes it's like we focus on — we can look at our political history. We focused on [electing] Obama because that's a goal — that's a battle we can try and fight, like let's try and get this person in the White House. Oh, my gosh, he's in the White House. Magic is back. It's great.

But suddenly police brutality is — I won't, I don't know if it's necessarily on the rise, and this is NPR, so I really don't want to say anything or something that might not be a true fact — but at least it became popularized, in the sense that we realized that was going on. It started with Trayvon Martin and it kind of just snowballed. That was during the Obama presidency. ...

It's like: Yes, you can focus on getting magic, but then you'll see that magic wasn't completely the problem. The entire system is against you. So what are you going to do?

Samantha Balaban and Barrie Hardymon produced and edited this interview for broadcast. Patrick Jarenwattananon adapted it for the Web.

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LE SEVICE NATIONAL UNIVERSEL(SNU)

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Herbert Bayer, Master of the Universe

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Image features a brochure with a diagram of the overall menstrual cycle on the front cover in pink, red, yellow, white, and black against a black background. White numbers representing days of the month are arranged in a circle, and different types of moons appear in white in the four corners. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.Herbert Bayer is known for his work as a student and teacher at the Bauhaus, the famous German art school that integrated art, design, and daily life. During Bayer’s formative years at the Bauhaus (1921–1928), he helped create the modern discipline of graphic design by using photography, type, and geometric systems to promote products and...
          

Gilman, Roeder Named 2020 AAAS Fellows

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Fred Gilman and Kathryn Roeder

Carnegie Mellon University's Fred Gilman and Kathryn Roeder have been selected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

AAAS is the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of several highly regarded journals, including "Science." Fellows are elected by their peers to honor their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. This year, AAAS has elevated 443 of its members with this honor.

Gilman, the Buhl Professor of Theoretical Physics was recognized for his work elucidating the fundamental nature of CP violation and his sustained and successful leadership in the particle physics and cosmology communities.

Gilman has a record of national and international professional service and leadership. Most recently, he served for six years as chair of the committee overseeing the construction of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope. From 1999 to 2005, he chaired the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel, which advises the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy (DOE) on setting the nation's priorities for particle physics. For over a decade he was one of three senior advisors designated by the DOE under the U.S.-China Agreement on Cooperation in High Energy Physics. This led to new Chinese facilities and increased collaboration in particle physics experiments in both China and the United States.

Gilman joined the Carnegie Mellon faculty in 1995. He was the head of the Department of Physics from 1999-2008, where he led its growth in emerging fields such as cosmology and biological physics. He was dean of the Mellon College of Science (MCS) from 2007-2016, where he ushered in many new innovations. He was deeply engaged in and actively oversaw the development and implementation of a new MCS Core Education for undergraduate students; introduced a framework for decreasing bias and increasing diversity in recruiting that has been adopted by other colleges at the university; joined with the dean of the College of Engineering to provide seed funding for new interdisciplinary collaborations; and led the construction of a major neurobiology facility while renovating many labs and creating interactive common spaces in the Mellon Institute.

Prior to arriving at Carnegie Mellon, Gilman was the associate director of the Superconducting Supercollider (SSC) and led the physics research portion of the SSC project. He previously spent 23 years as a faculty member at Stanford University.

Gilman's research has focused on the physics of heavy quarks and leptons and on the difference in the behavior of matter and antimatter (CP violation), which in turn is a key component of an explanation of the dominance of matter over antimatter in the universe.

Roeder, UPMC Professor of Statistics and Life Sciences, is being recognized for her distinguished contributions to statistical genetics and genomics methodology, outstanding research in genetics of autism spectrum disorder and contribution to statistical theory for mixture models.

Roeder started her research career in biology but was soon drawn to statistics. According to Roeder, "every question that interested me could only be answered by solving an even more intriguing statistical puzzle." Her first major data project was in DNA forensics, helping to solidify the credibility of this form of evidence in the judicial system.

As her scientific career advanced, Roeder transitioned to developing statistical and machine learning tools for finding associations or patterns in data. She focuses on high dimensional inference problems with applications such as analyzing variation in the whole human genome and how it relates to disease. Her work has contributed to a better understanding of schizophrenia, autism and other genetic disorders.

"My results for mixture models have been used to better understand a broad range of scientific phenomena," Roeder said. "This, for me, is the most satisfying aspect of statistics, when methods you develop are applied to answer important scientific questions."

Roeder holds a joint appointment at CMU, joining the Department of Statistics & Data Science in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences in 1994 and the Computational Biology Department in the School of Computer Science in 2004. She also served as the university's vice provost for faculty from July 2015 through June 2019.

Roeder has published more than 150 scholarly articles and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2019. She is an elected fellow of the American Statistical Association and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. She received the Snedecor Award for outstanding work in statistical applications, the Janet L. Norwood Award for outstanding achievement by a woman in statistical sciences and the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies Presidents' Award for the outstanding statistician under age 40.

Roeder previously served as the statistics section chair for AAAS and has played an integral role in organizing conference sections aimed at helping her community improve how statistics are communicated across scientific disciplines, as well as to the public.

"I am deeply honored to receive this recognition by my peers," Roeder said. "I will continue to push the boundaries of statistics to uncover the genetic underpinning of diseases and disorders, like autism, and I will continue to work with my colleagues in other fields to translate these findings into biology and therapeutics."

Gilman and Roeder are among 33 AAAS Fellows who have called CMU home. They will be inducted on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020 during the AAAS annual meeting in Seattle.


          

Dipak Gogoi Wins Silver in Mr. Universe C’ship

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Dipak Gogoi, who is a renowned figure in the bodybuilding world, has clinched a Silver medal in the Mr. Universe Championship 2019, held in Hamburg of Germany. Gogoi has already brought laurels to the state by bagging the titles of Mr. Asia and Mr. India, in previously held events.

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Hebrews1:1-3

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In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.
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Update: iNstein (Education)

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iNstein ist ein leicht zu bedienender wissenschaftlicher Taschenrechner mit physikalischen Konstanten. Das ergonomische Tastaturlayout gewährleistet die sichere Eingabe arithmetischer Ausdrücke. Mit Wischgesten kann schnell zwischen den verschiedenen Tastaturen zur Eingabe von arithmetischen Ausdrücke, physikalischen Konstanten und Einheiten-Umrechnungen gewechselt werden. Die Historie speichert automatisch die letzten 100 Ausdrücke. Mit einer Touch-Geste können Rechenausdrücke oder Ergebnisse aus der Historie in die Eingabe eingefügt werden.

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SETI May Ban AMD 5700 GPUs From Searching for Aliens

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In looking for signs of intelligent life somewhere in the universe, SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) is undoubtedly one of the best-known organizations. What you did not perhaps know, however, is that if you are willing to donate your GPU’s running power, you can help them in their work. Sounds great, right? Well, maybe not […]

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vakantiehuisje in Sydals, Denemarken : "Hus nr. 1" voor 5 personen

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vakantiehuisje : "Hus nr. 1"Het prachtige strand Kerneland is gelegen in de prachtige natuur, die u te voet of per fiets kunt verkennen en niet ver van Drejet, een populaire plek onder surfers. Hier vindt u dit prachtige vakantiehuis, samen met elf anderen huizen in Skovmose, het beste strand van As. Vanaf hier heeft u uitstekende mogelijkheden om samen plezier te beleven, of in de speeltuin of in de ruime groene gebieden te spelen. In deze omgeving staat er ook een gemeenschapshuis, geschikt voor 60 personen, die gehuurd kan worden voor een feest of andere gelegenheden. Kerneland is ook een goede plek om te vissen, waarschijnlijk de beste in As, en als u vis gevangen heeft kunt u deze in het gemeenschappelijke gebouw schoonmaken. U kunt ook vissen in de open zee. Bij Mommark Marina boten kunt u een boot huren (bij aankomst kunt u hier navraag over doen). Ervaar ook het ontspannen leven in de stad, want vanaf het vakantiehuis is het niet ver naar Sønderborg, waar u onder andere interessante winkels kunt vinden in de winkelcentra en cafés in de haven. De geschiedenis van de regio, kunt u ervaren in musea en op het Dybbøl waar u ook actief kunt deelnemen aan de Slag van 1864. Bij Sønderborg staat een kasteel met veel historie. Op Nordals is het avonturenpark Universe gelegen, waar u gemakkelijk een hele dag kunt doorbrengen, technische verschijnselen zijn hier toegankelijk en worden hier gemaakt voor een interessante beleving. Het goede eten komt uit Zuid-Jutland en is natuurlijk niet onmisbaar, profiteer daarom van de vele mogelijkheden om de voedsel cultuur te ervaren in restaurants en winkels, vooral het legendarische Zuid-Jutland koffie buffet.
          

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Alright y'all have watched the most recent episode of Watchmen by now right? I have given you another eighteen hours since our last (and first!) Jake McDorman post to do it, so now it's on you. This week's episode gave us flashbacks to the origin story... or I guess I should say "stories"... and I maybe shouldn't even call them "flashbacks" because of the way the show used them as living memories or hallucinations... oh whatever, this week's episode gave us flashbacks to the tale of the superhero called "Hooded Justice" and how that connected to Regina King's grandfather, a story that's been integral...

... to how Damon Lindelof has been beautifully reconfigurating the Watchmen universe to be about Race in the US. This episode -- which, the rumors are true, is absolutely astonishing -- also managed to wrap LGBT history into all of that, and not in a flat way either; the whole shebang of Gayness and Race, the hierarchies of privilege even among minorities, gets plopped onto the table and chopped up into crazy little bits. All that and it's got a whole lotta ass-kicking, plus some hot perving between McDorman and Jovan Adepo (as you'll see below) -- I mean what more could one even want out of their Peak Television? Well if you answered "some gifs of the sexy stuff" hit the jump I got ya covered on that front at least...










          

گلکسی اس 11 به حفره نمایشگر مشابه گلکسی نوت مجهز می‌شود

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همانند همیشه، چندماه مانده به معرفی، لورفتن اطلاعات و تصاویر پرچمدار جدید سامسونگ آغاز شده و تاکنون در برخی از اخبار شاهد رندرها و مشخصات گلکسی اس 11 بوده‌ایم. Ice Universe، افشاگر سرشناس که در افشای اطلاعات پرچمداران سامسونگ سابقه درخشانی‌ هم دارد، به تازگی تصویری از محافظ نمایشگر پرچمدار پیش روی سامسونگ منتشر کرده که تاییدکننده شایعات استفاده از نمایشگری با حفره مشابه گلکسی نوت 10 است.


          

RoundUp 149 - The Butterfly Of Scammers

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ASUS ZenBook 13 (i5, 8 RAM/256GB SSD) für 699€

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Bei Computeruniverse gibt es aktuell bis zum Schwarzen Freitag jeden Tag ein neues Angebot. Heute bekommt ihr das ASUS ZenBook 13 (i5, 8 RAM/256GB SSD) für 699€ (Preisvergleich: 799€) Ersparnis 100€ Produktinfos: 33.8 cm (13.3″) Notebook, Windows 10 Home Display: 1920 x 1080, IPS, matt Intel® Core™ i5-8265U 4x 1.60 GHz Intel® UHD Graphics 620 Shared Memory 8 […]
          

The Mighty High and Dry searches for a groove, the Televisionaries find one in 1963

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What is it that Alan Murphy wants from his band, The Mighty High and Dry? What is it that Alan Murphy wants from his band, The Mighty High and Dry? “I’m looking for a churchy Americana vibe,” he says, “but we have some stuff that people can dance to,” which includes soul and blues.…
          

Wolverine – Infinity Watch (TPB) (2019)

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Logan goes cosmic! Wolverine has returned, alive and well. But hang on — didn’t he have an Infinity Stone? How did that happen?! And wasn’t he popping up all over the place for a little while? The answers are finally revealed as Logan joined forces with everyone’s favorite god of mischief, Loki Laufeyson! Wolverine is the best there is at what he does. But how good is he at protecting the universe from cosmic disaster? Will he be better or worse than Loki, the admitted lord of lies? We’re about to learn! But one thing’s for sure: Logan’s claws will come in handy against the notorious, unstoppable killing machines known as the Fraternity of Raptors! Collects Wolverine: Infinity Watch #1-5.

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Instagram influencers are sunning their naked butts, but should you? (via CNET)

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“Perineum sunning” is catching on with Instagram influencers, but is it safe to butt-chug sunlight? As CNET’s science editor covering the intricacies of climate change, wrestling with the infinite complexity of the universe and explaining the medical advances putting humans in suspended animation, I’m used to being surprised by the wonders of the scientific endeavor. But […]

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Magasin du XIXe siècle, n° 9, 2019: L’universel cabotinage

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SOMMAIRE Leur XIXe siècleComplicités poétiques d’Ernest Pignon-Ernest et André Velter, propos recueillis par Mathilde Labbé et Anne Reverseau  Dossier : L’Universel cabotinageJosé-Luis Diaz et Jean-Claude Yon : IntroductionOlivier Bara : « Le Peuple au théâtre et ses représentations »Éléonore...
          

Comment on The answer to life, the universe, web development and usability by Faster JavaScript Apps with JSON.parse – Bram.us

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Ministry : Dark Side of the Spoon

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Aaah, l'album de Skinny Puppy et de Therapy? et de Primus, de Ministry. C'est qu'à force de le voir arriver avec ses gros sabots, c'est le sabrer qui nous démangerait presque. Mais Dark Side of the Spoon vaut mieux que cela.
Ce que vaut, au moins, un monstre calé (avec son monstrueux cul à trilobe) entre trois chaises qui ont pour nom Psalm 69, Filth Pig et Animositisomina, dont il semble composé de flashes incohérents mais à l'enchaînement pourtant fluidifié par le délire clinique, un peu aidé aussi par ce qui ressemble fort à un cocktail cachets-came-bibine.
Dark Side of the Spoon, malgré son titre assez amusant si l'on considère que toutes choses cérébrales, expérimentales et modérément thrash, chez Ministry, sont par convention universelle associées à Paul Barker, celui qu'Alain Jourgensen à chaque occasion s'échine à faire passer pour un bonnet de nuit et un peine-à-jouir - Dark Side of the Spoon ressemble assez à l'album le plus subutex de Ministry, figurez vous ; un sommet pouvant en être trouvé avec "Nursing Home", qui rend palpable de sublime façon son état totalement perché, la culotte envolée loin par-dessus les moulins, dans la dimension Rien A Foutre ; le monde parallèle bienheureux et en complet bordel où les tox vivent leurs journées, même les obligatoires parties où il faut marcher au soleil - sur lesquelles elles inclinent des persiennes. Ce qui inclut, n'allez pas me faire dire ce que je n'ai pas dit, la permanente angoisse sous-jacente à une existence qui s'en nourrit ainsi qu'on mangerait son propre placenta, et qui de loin en loin remonte presque en squale à la surface, voyez "KAIF".
Voyez même comme la dernière poignée de secondes de l'album (avant la piste-fantôme, s'entend), et la fin d'un "10/10", dont le saxophone à lui seul invite déjà Angel Heart à la table, la laisse brusquement, cette angoisse, vous saisir les boyaux d'un poigne délicate mais glacée (en l'un de ces moments musicaux qu'on ne se rappelle pas se rappeler, mais que l'on reconnaît instantanément et avec saisissement lorsqu'on les entend) ; cette même angoisse, précisément, que le disque suivant embrassera comme l'on change sa propre défaite en attitude victorieuse, par souci de survie dans l'absence d'espoir, et qu'il lèvera comme étendard ; après quoi Ministry se ressaisira, et sifflera la fin de la plus belle période du groupe, cette trajectoire miraculeuse et stellaire (non mais vous avez un autre mot, pour qualifier un enchaînement aussi prodigieux, vous ?) qui durait depuis Psalm 69.
Mais l'heure ici est encore aux sinistres contrepèteries, aux choses lunaires, au sentiment d'irréel omniprésent, qui filtre tout et tout met à distance, y compris les échos des Doors et des Rolling Stones qu'on peut entendre nous parvenir à travers une couche de coton hydrophile de plusieurs kilomètres de benoîte épaisseur ; à cet état chimique où tout, des hallucinations les plus débridées aux poinçons d'anxiété les plus profonds, est assourdi, ses angles émoussés, le cafard étouffé dans la confusion.
Si le disque tue ? Un peu, mon neveu !

          

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Weekly What To Do: Dcon, LA Auto Show & More

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Looks like holiday shopping is in full effect this weekend. We also have some great conventions this weekend with both DesignerCon, which we've been covering for years, alongside the LA Auto Show, covered over the years too. Both are gonna fill your phones with photos.

Winterlit
Now through Jan 20
Winterlit Signature Events and Holiday Market located on Third Street Promenade.
Ice is located on the corner of Fifth Street and Arizona Avenue at 1324 Fifth St.
Santa Monica Place events are located at 395 Santa Monica Place.
Free or priced by activity or event

Celebrate the holiday spirit with family and friends all winter long with festive attractions, special appearances by Santa Claus and more. Opening November 1, skate into the holidays with Ice at Santa Monica, presented by Plaza at Santa Monica, complete with an 8,000-square-foot real ice-skating rink. Stroll down Third Street Promenade under the glow of thousands of colorful, festive lights and décor and enjoy Winterlit signature events including the official City of Santa Monica Tree Lighting Ceremony, and nightly menorah lightings to welcome the holidays with your loved ones.

Annual Tree Lighting & Cocoa Concert
Thursday, November 21, 6:30 p.m.
Union Station - South Patio
Free

Union Station will become a hub for the holidays as it summons the sights and sounds of the season with the Annual Tree Lighting under the stars … and snow on the station’s south patio, accompanied by performances from the Grand Arts Chamber Singers, The Beverly Belles and the Toy Soldiers Drumline.

Cinema Italian Style 2019 
November 21 - 24
Aero Theatre 1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403
$

Join us at the Aero Theatre for our annual celebration of Italian cinema! The 15th edition of Cinema Italian Style includes critically acclaimed dramas, big-budget blockbusters, intimate films with indie budgets, bittersweet comedies and more.




DCon
VIP Night | November 22, 5pm - 9pm
General Entry | November 23, 10am - 7pm
General Entry | November 24, 10am - 6pM
Anaheim Convention Center
800 W. Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA 92802

*Our top pick for the weekend
Very soon, it'll be DesignerCon or simply put DCon, the annual hard to classify with a simple name convention, but essentially all the cool stuff you're older brother has in his room will be there. (It's a designer toy convention with a lot of pop art.) It also devoted to toys, pins, art prints, plushies and designer clothes.

There's special events to check out, here's more info.





2019 LA Auto Show
Fri, 22 Nov 2019 – Sun, 1 Dec 2019
LA Convention Center
1201 S. Figueroa
LA, CA 90015
$6 – $35

"Hundreds of thousands cruise to the Convention Center for LA's massive yearly car show, featuring concept cars, vehicle debuts, custom whips & free test drives."
- LEGO Bugatti Chiron, that actually drives.

FLIGHT OF THE NAVIGATOR
Fri, Nov 22, 7:30pm
Egyptian Theatre 6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028
$

Discussion following with director Randal Kleiser; actors Joey Cramer, Howard Hesseman and Raymond Forchion; producers Jonathan Sanger and Dimitri Villard; and digital effects supervisor Jeff Kleiser.

David Freeman (Joey Cramer) is an ordinary boy destined for a most extraordinary adventure aboard a spectacular, futuristic spacecraft. After a mystifying disappearance, David returns, possessing vast, undiscovered knowledge about the farthest reaches of the universe.

Friday's Book Launch+ Friendsgiving Dinner
Friday, Nov. 22, 7-9PM
Presentation by Clark Thenhaus: 7:30PM
 Lately Restaurant @ Mandarin Plaza
970 N. Broadway #114, Los Angeles, CA 9001

Join us for delicious comfort food by chef Emmanual Johnson, as architect Clark Thenhaus shares his new interpretations of American residential architecture. The event is free and open to the public. Alongside Thenhaus' books, a select dinner menu inspired by Thanksgiving traditions will be available for order.

Rice Lecture & Tasting
Sat, Nov 23, 2pm or 4pm
JAPAN HOUSE Salon, Level 5
6801 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Free, Must RSVP

*Yes, really a rice tasting

Since 1971, the Japan Grain Inspection Association has conducted rice taste sensory tests on a national scale, ranking each regional variant through rigorous scientific assessment to determine the best tasting rice every year. (*) This workshop features a lecture led by the National Agricultural Research Organization of Japan (NARO) in which participants will learn about Japanese short-grain rice and its regional variants, and the best way to cook rice and how to pair side dishes to complement its flavor.
Following the lecture, participants will join in a professional-level sensory test of rice, sampling four types of cooked white rice. Participants will also receive a souvenir as a small token of appreciation to take home.

Renegade Craft Fair Los Angeles
Nov 23-24
Los Angeles State Historic Park
Free

Trendy, pricey stuff with artisnial or organic in the name, it's so LA, it's crazy

35mm screening of Ben Stiller's TROPIC THUNDER
Sat, Nov 23, 2019, 11:59 PM
Vista Theatre
4473 Sunset Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027


          

Ancient Aliens Season 12 Vol 1

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“There is a doorway in the universe. Beyond it is the promise of truth. It demands we question everything we have ever been taught. The evidence is all around us. We are not alone. We have never been alone.” Ever since Eric von Daniken released his speculative book and its subsequent 1970 film Chariots of […]
          

How Chadwick Boseman made '21 Bridges' a more diverse detective story, and earned his producing stripes

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Chadwick Boseman stars as Detective Andre Davis in "21 Bridges," his first foray outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe since "Avengers: Endgame" and his first official producing credit.


          

Learn How to Direct Your Brain’s Pathways – Dr. Tara Swart : 647

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In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, my guest is Tara Swart, M.D., Ph.D., a neuroscientist, medical doctor, leadership coach, and bestselling author. She works with leaders all over the world to help them improve their ability to manage stress, regulate emotions, and retain information. 

She’s a senior lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management where she runs the Neuroscience for Leadership and Applied Neuroscience programs and is an executive advisor to some of the world’s most respected leaders in media and business. She specializes in sectors that face unusual levels of stress or change. She’s also an online columnist for Fast Company and Forbes. 

 She helps high performers achieve their peak brain performance. I’m excited to talk to her about her new book, “The Source: The Secrets of the Universe, the Science of the Brain,” which explains how to rewire the brain’s pathways to make lasting, positive changes in people’s lives.

Part of that rewiring focuses on mental resilience and adversity capability.

“Our ability to endure and bounce back from adversity is a capability that can be built into our brain,” Dr. Swart says. “And there are certain factors that help to really incorporate that into our tool kit. Because of things like the natural loss aversion of the brain, we have to override that with a different form of thinking.

Dr. Swart also is intrigued by the three-way transmission of information between the limbic system, gut neurons and the gut microbiome. 

“Bacteria are using us as avatars to get whatever nutrition or resource they need to be able to survive, to multiply, then transform,” she says. “The way that helps leaders from a pathological angle is if you’ve got an addiction or a terrible craving, understanding that it could be the bacteria in your gut that's causing that, not you. And I think that level of separation helps people to step back and think…”

Listen on to learn more about gaining greater clarity about your own intuition and the untapped potential of your brain.

“I think that whole process of evolving and challenging your beliefs and embracing new ideas is really important,” Dr. Swart says. “I think my niche is to be able to represent based on current modern scientific thinking. How some of those things, like the law of attraction, manifestation, visualization could actually help us to have a slightly better life than the one that we have at the moment.”

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'Harley Quinn' gets an animated workout between 'Joker' and 'Birds of Prey'

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Landing between the live-action movies "Joker" and "Birds of Prey," the timing of "Harley Quinn" -- an animated series for the streaming service DC Universe -- could hardly be better. But the result of this very adult comedy (seriously, not for kids) feels very inside baseball -- skewed as it is toward the kind of fanboys who'll appreciate the way-inside jokes and savor the overall naughtiness.

          

Cryptocurrency will not die. In fact, it might be stronger than ever. Rosecrans Baldwin follows a young man down the rabbit hole.

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I found the present-day crypto landscape to be less like a bygone market, more like the parallel universe found in Westworld, a wasteland of corpses and creeps muttering vows of revenge.

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Who Is Caylee Hammack? An Unwavering Artist Forged in Fire

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Caylee Hammack has made a special request of the universe: "Please, just make me different."
          

Hard Money Mortgages – The New Saving Grace

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“The universe of mortgage lending has gotten to the point where there is a place in it for everybody.” – […]

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Titãs | Asa Noturna se junta aos heróis no pôster do fim de temporada; Confira!

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Estação Nerd - Sua Parada Obrigatória

A DC Universe divulgou um novo cartaz para divulgar o último episódio da segunda temporada de Titãs, que mostrará Dick Grayson finalmente assumindo o manto de Asa Noturna para enfrentar o Exterminador. Confira: A segunda temporada da série estreou nos Estados Unidos no dia 6 de setembro. No Brasil, a primeira temporada está disponível na Netflix.

Titãs | Asa Noturna se junta aos heróis no pôster do fim de temporada; Confira!


          

Silk Music Showcase 515 (Jayeson Andel Mix)

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Search “Silk Music – New Releases” on Spotify to stream all of our new tunes or click here. 1. Ilan Bluestone feat. El Waves – We Are The Universe (Overlay: BRKLYN – Can’t Take My Money (Mordkey Remix)) [Anjunabeats/Armada] [0:00] … Continue reading
          

Craziest Celebrity Transformations Of All Time

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From Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's epic cheat meals, to workouts, diets and exercise plans with a navy seal trainer! Find out exactly how A list celebrities transform their bodies for major movie roles, like Batman, DC Universe, MCU with actors like Margot Robbie, Jason Statham and more!

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Everyone desires that ripped celebrity body and many stars are ready and willing to share all of their secrets! We may not all have the millions necessary to hire the Personal Trainers to the Stars, but with enough willpower and self determination, even we get buff enough to take out bad guys...or at least look halfway decent in a bathing suit. In this video we will explore the training habits and strict rules followed by 10 of today’s top celebrities and marvel at their bodily transformations!

Featuring:
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Duane “The Rock” Johnson
Robert Pattinson
Linda Hamilton
Margot Robbie
Ryan Renolds
Zoe Saldana
Michael B. Jordan
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In A Perfect World Podcast Blog – 2019-11-26 – Is Deprivation A Cure For Curiosity? with Flash & VinE-PG

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Tonight's topic: "Is Deprivation A Cure For Curiosity?" ° Vine Debates The Ways Of The World With Flash ° The Universe Is Mine And Mine Alone ° Do Lemmings Really Commit Mass Suicide? ° Donate to RLM Radio: https://tinyurl.com/y8phqsoy
          

Le gouvernement se mobilise à l’approche d’une grève interprofessionnelle soutenue massivement par les Français

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29/11/2019 – FRANCE (NOVOpress avec le bulletin de réinformation de Radio Courtoisie) : À l’origine de celle-ci se trouve la future réforme des retraites, visant notamment à unir sous un même système universel de retraite les 42 différents régimes existants. Cette loi, qui sera présentée au parlement début 2020, a fait surgir de nombreuses protestations. ... Lire la suiteLe gouvernement se mobilise à l’approche d’une grève interprofessionnelle soutenue massivement par les Français

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Chet Raymo, “The Mystery of Life? I Don't Know”

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“The Mystery of Life? I Don't Know”
by Chet Raymo

“Albert Einstein said, "Theories should be as simple as possible, but no simpler." At first glance, this may sound like a Zen koan, or a paradox. In fact, it is a profound statement that says more than volumes of philosophy. But first, a bit of background.

From the dawn of time, people have resisted saying "I don't know." They looked instead for explanations in tribal tradition, sacred books, or the supposed wisdom of shamans, priests and prophets. The most common cover-up for ignorance is to invoke divinity. A storm that devastates a village is "an act of God." A child taken by disease at a young age is divine punishment for a parent's sin. And so on.

Superstitions too have their origin as a cover for ignorance. I lost my wallet because a black cat crossed my path. My lover left me because Venus was in the wrong house of the zodiac. I won at the roulette table because I was holding my lucky rabbit's foot. In every case a reluctance to say, "I don't know." No admission that the cause of an event might be unknown or unknowable. Traditionally, people have divided explanations into true and false. In general, truth is what we believe. Falsehood is what everyone else believes, if different. Einstein's remark suggests another attitude towards knowledge.

On the one hand, we have reliable theories, characterized by the simplicity with which they explain experience. Not absolute truths, but provisional truths that work well for the time being and are open to revision. For example, Newton's theory of gravity qualifies as reliable knowledge because of the way a few simple equations explain everything from the motion of planets, to the fall of an apple, to the flow of the tides. With Newton's equations we can predict the return of a comet- Halley's Comet, say- to the day, hour, second, hundreds of years in advance. That's reliable knowledge.

The theory of evolution by natural selection explains with almost self-evident simplicity the diversity and interrelatedness of life on Earth as revealed in the fossil record and in the genes. That's reliable knowledge. That's knowledge as simple as we can make it. Beyond that, according to Einstein, we must be humble enough to say "I don't know." Those three little words, "I don't know," are completely modern. They are the essence of the scientific way of knowing, and they set the person of scientific temperament apart from every other people who have gone before- and from most people who are alive today.

Beneath reliable knowledge Einstein draws a line. Don't suppose we know what we don't know, he suggests. Don't make up fictions- gods, spirits, superstitions, the influence of the stars, lucky charms- to explain things for which we have as yet no reliable explanation.

As simple as possible, but not simpler. The physician/essayist Lewis Thomas wrote: "The greatest of all the accomplishments of 20th-century science has been the discovery of human ignorance." He was talking about the recognition that there is an entire universe below Einstein's bottom line about which we know nothing, and about which we should be willing to admit that we know nothing.

Those three little words- "I don't know"- are used far too infrequently by teachers, politicians, religious leaders, even philosophers. With the presumption of knowledge where no reliable knowledge exists goes righteousness. Righteousness breeds pogroms, jihads and crusades. Righteousness flies airplanes into skyscrapers and holds children hostage in schools. Righteousness presumes to forcibly impose on others what we think they want or need.

If science has given one great gift to the world- greater than the wonders of technology, greater than modern medicine, greater than flights to the moon and planets- it has given us permission to say "I don't know." How did life evolve from non-life? I don't know. What is consciousness? I don't know. What started the big bang? I don't know. Why did my father die at a relatively young age of cancer? I don't know. Why do bad things happen to good people? I don't know.

As simple as possible, but no simpler. Ironically, it is when we give up thinking we know it all that we begin to acquire reliable knowledge. When we think we know everything, thinking stops.”

          

Comment on weekend free-for-all – November 30 – December 1, 2019 by Seeking Second Childhood

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The Connie Willis you mention is one of my favorites. She's so flipping versatile...that series spins from an inspirational war story to a tragedy to screwball comedy. Do start with the novella: "Firewatch" lays out a lot of ground rules for the universe. (And it's a must-read for any science fiction fan visiting London.) I think "Doomsday Book" is optional to understanding the series, but others disagree with me.
          

New essay on Polygon: The brilliance of Wesley Snipes as Blade

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I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned this to you guys before, but I think Wesley Snipes is really good as the character of “Blade” in the movie BLADE and also the movie BLADE II and even the movie BLADE’S TRINITY. On the occasion of the character’s impending arrival in the MCU (Marvel’s Cinematical Universe), […]

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Should God intrude on UFO discussions or ufology itself?

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I know some visitors/readers here don’t like the polemics or exchanges that dote on God, those people thinking that God is not relevant to UFOs or are a sidebar to the phenomenon.

And from a scientific perspective they are right.

But should UFOs end up being extraterrestrial craft, one of the first questions that will be asked of the crew, after protracted technical and physicistic queries, will be “Do you have a God or believe in the concept of a super-intelligence.”

This question might be tempered if the UFO “crew” consists of  AI entities (robots).
For some of us, the question of whether there is a God-concept rampant in the cosmos or among other intelligent species is para- mount and hugs our interest in UFOs (ufology).

For others – those inclined to take a “scientific stance” – the idea of God entering into any aspect of life is a no-no, an ignorant insert in any non-religious dialogue.

So, ornery as I am, and my position as a ufological outlier, forces me to insert here, more often than some may like, the question of God and how it impacts the UFO question.

If one takes the position that humans are living in a simulation, the question arises as to whom or what is responsible for the simulated reality. (More and more scientists and philosophers seem to be taking up the question.)
Or if one takes Jacques Vallee’s contention that humans and UFOs are part of a control system, the hint is that a super-intelligence is responsible.

Even José Caravaca’s “external agent” [Distortion Theory] smacks of something above and beyond us implementing his theory's “playful” encounters with humans.

John Keel’s “outsiders” – with its aberrant manipulations of his mind – imply a thing or entities with the abilities that one might infer are god-like or (in Keel’s implications) demon-like which sub-proposes an undemonic counter being.
If UFOs are UAP, from whence does the phenomenon derive? Are they a product of Darwinian-like meteorological evolution or products of quantumism yet unknown?

Is God necessary in a purely mathematical universe, or is math the output of God, his or its method of communication?

For me, God intrudes everywhere, especially when called upon by prayerful entreaties and solicitations, as Melville told us in his brilliant treatise on the nature of God [Moby Dick].
UFOs offer a way, as I keep suggesting, to find out if there is a God (or not).

Thus, the discussion of UFOs will be tinged (tainted even, as some see it) in an occasional posting and commentary here.

Those disinclined toward such posterings can ignore them or make snide ripostes if they like. 

An intellectual smart-ass remark is fine with me, sometimes.

RR

          

‘Shazam’ Mid-Credits Scene Explained

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In the past couple years, Warner Bros has caved to the Marvel trend and begun including bonus scenes during and after the credits of a lot of its movies based on DC Comics. These things tend to exist to tease future movies in a franchise, and that’s exactly what DC is doing with them as Geoff Johns and co. try to rebuild the DC Extended Universe after the “Justice League” disaster. And the latest film in that filmic universe, “Shazam,” definitely has an eye toward the future of the DCEU.

That said, the mid-credits teaser on “Shazam” can be quite a head-scratcher if you don’t know what’s going on, because it gets a little bit obscure with the character it brings out for this extra scene. So let’s take a look at what exactly that bonus scene means.

(This is where the spoilers start for the mid-credits tease at the end of “Shazam.”)

The mid-credits scene catches us up with Dr. Sivana (Mark Strong), now in prison after being defeated by Shazam-powered Billy Batson and his foster siblings. He’s gone a little loopy, covering the walls of his cell with the symbols that played such a prominent role in the movie, and absolutely freaking out when his writing utensil breaks.

But we then hear a strange robotic voice wafting into the scene offering Sivana some reassurance that he still has a part to play. “The seven realms are about to be ours,” the voice says as the camera pans over to a weird looking little worm or caterpillar guy sitting on the window of his cell. The end.

That talking caterpillar was one of Shazam’s oldest archenemies — Mister Mind.

Created by Otto Binder and C. C. Beck, Mister Mind was introduced in 1943 in issue #26 of Fawcett Comics’ “Captain Marvel Adventures.” (Back then Shazam was called Captain Marvel, absolutely no relation to the Captain Marvel of Marvel Comics. Read more about that here.) And just like in the movie, he’s a superintelligent, evil-to-the-core, talking caterpillar.

In his original Fawcett Comics appearances, Mister Mind was a mutant worm from another planet whose powers include telepathy and the ability to spin nearly-indestructible silk cocoons at incredible speeds — which he uses to encase his enemies. Because he’s so tiny, he uses a machine called a “talk box” to communicate with larger beings — that was the thing hanging around his neck in the “Shazam” mid-credits scene — and he wears glasses because he’s nearsighted.

His main superpower is his incredible intelligence, which gives him superior strategic and organizing abilities and makes him a natural leader. Those abilities were front and center in his original appearances during a two-year storyline in “Captain Marvel Adventures” revolving around a group called The Monster Society of Evil.

See, being extremely evil, Mister Mind first came to earth basically to stir up trouble during World War II — really, he’s basically a Nazi from outer space — and to do so he assembled a team — the Monster Society — made up of Captain Marvel’s (AKA Shazam’s) wartime villains.

The Monster Society of Evil is notable as one of the earliest supervillain team-ups in the history of comics — and possibly the very first one made up of villains who were previously defeated by a comic book hero. It has had dozens of lineup changes over the years — more on that below — but the original membership included Captain Marvel enemies like Captain Nazi (a Nazi warrior created by Hitler), and yes, Dr. Sivana.

The society battled Captain Marvel over the next few years until they were finally defeated in 1945’s “Captain Marvel Adventures” #46. Mister Mind was arrested and put on trial, Captain Marvel/Shazam served as the prosecutor, and after it came out that MM had murdered hundreds of thousands of people, his own defense attorney quit. Mister Mind was subsequently executed via electric chair, and his body was stuffed and put into a museum. Damn, the 1940s were hardcore.

That was the end of Mister Mind during the original Fawcett Comics run of “Captain Marvel” titles. However, after DC Comics revived Shazam in the early 1970s, Mister Mind was brought back too, and since then he’s been a frequent thorn in Shazam’s side — and occasionally one of the most powerful beings in the DC Universe.

As for that “Seven Realms” thing Mister Mind mentioned in the mid-credits scene? That’s a reference to a very recent concept from the comics called the Seven Magiclands.

Basically, the idea is that the Rock of Eternity — the lair Billy Batson and his family get to access when they’re powered up with Shazam abilities — is a nexus point linking together all the worlds where powerful magic thrives. These include “Earthlands,” the main Earth of the DC Universe, as well as some weirdly-named places like “Funlands,” “Darklands,” and “Wildlands” where, in current DC Continuity, Mister Mind is rumored to come from.

This is where all those doors that we saw earlier — you know, when the kids opened that one door and saw some alligators playing cards. “Shazam” was already setting up this Seven Realms idea, and this Mister Mind tease for the next movie tells us they’re planning to go full speed ahead into that whole madness. We can’t wait.


          

What Does That ‘Man in the High Castle’ Ending Mean?

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(Spoilers ahead for, you know, the ending of “The Man in the High Castle.” Like the headline says.)

For so much of its four-season run, “The Man in the High Castle” tended to have a pretty messy narrative. It’s a thing that’s bound to happen when a show gets a new showrunner every season. Fortunately it never got nearly so messy that the show fell apart, and that messiness felt pretty fitting anyway given the source material — the Philip K. Dick book of the same name barely even had a plot, really. Given all that, it’s no surprise that the creatives in charge of season 4 would wrap things up in an ambiguous and confusing way.

So as we arrive at that final scene, things are looking up in the, ah, Prime Earth of this story. The Japanese have abandoned North America, and the Black Communist Rebellion is setting up a new, presumably much better government. The east coast has autonomy from Germany, and is now being run by a guy who clearly wants the Nazis gone. John Smith (Rufus Sewell), perpetrator of so many crimes against humanity, is finally dead and gone. These are all good things.

But after all that happened, there was still one last scene for “The Man in the High Castle.” The final scene takes us to the portal the Nazis built so they could travel to alternate universes. Something weird has been going on there all season, with the portal turning itself on a couple times and giving Juliana (Alexa Davalos) weird feelings that something is about to happen with it.

So in this scene, the American resistance has taken the facility where the portal is located from the Nazis, and we’ve got Juliana, Hawthorne (Stephen Root), Wyatt (Jason O’Mara) and a bunch of others hanging out in the portal room as it fires itself up. And once the portal stabilizes, out walks a whole bunch of people. These folks just stroll right through the room, not really acknowledging the people who were already present. And Hawthorne, the Man in the High Castle himself, walks through the crown and into the portal.

It was a very moving moment for me to watch, even though I honestly do not understand what it means. Juliani says these people are coming from “everywhere” but that’s obviously very vague. Was this some kind of metaphor, with the souls of those killed in the past two decades of atrocities around the world returning? Or was it really, literally happening?

“The Man in the High Castle” doesn’t really provide anything in the way of setup for this turn of events, either way. It never established firm details about the travelers who had been bringing those alternate universe films to this version of Earth, and those films came from many more Earths than just the one the Nazis had been using the portal to travel to.

Was there some kind of parallel universe organization affecting events in this world the way the Nazis had been interfering in that other world they kept visiting? And they decided that now was the time to pay it a visit? Or maybe these were refugees who had fled this reality and were now returning?

Over at Entertainment Weekly, showrunner David Scarpa said the scene was intentionally ambiguous. “Part of the intention was to invite the audience to have their own interpretation of what they’re seeing on screen.” Though he does offer a tantalizing detail. “The portal is, essentially, open and it is going to remain open. In effect, what that means is two worlds have become one. There’s a doorway from one world into the next, and now people can move freely between them.”

Since the show is over now, that might be a detail I didn’t need confirmed, because it might keep me up at night as I try to figure out what that means. But since the show is over now, we’re probably never going to get a more real or informative answer than that. But even though I don’t get it, I like the scene a lot anyway. I like the vibe of it.

It feels like victory.

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How 'Man in the High Castle' Grapples With Its Frightening Real-World Relevance In Season 3


          

Your Full Steven Universe Future Schedule

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Steven Universe’s future isn’t very far away. The sequel series Steven Universe Future begins Saturday, December 7, and a press release from Cartoon Network has revealed each episode, along with its airdate. If this is meant to be all of Season One, it’ll be ten episodes long. CN has also released each episode’s plot description. […]

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New Titans Season 2 Trailer Shows Off Nightwing Costume

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When Titans got announced on DC Universe, a lot of people were curious to see how they would handle the transition from Robin to Nightwing for Dick Grayson. And now, in a new trailer for the final episode of Season 2, which arrives on 11/29, we get to see the payoff. The Nightwing suit is […]

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DC Universe’s Stargirl Will Also Air On The CW

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Next year, WB’s superhero-centric streaming service DC Universe will premiere a brand new series, Stargirl. That means this spring, you’ll be able to watch it — on The CW. Wait, what? In an unexpected move, WB has decided to air each episode of Stargirl’s first season the day after they become available on DC Universe. […]

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Steven Universe Future Dated For December 7

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Here they are in the future, Steven and his space friends…what kind of trouble can they get into now? We’ll find out very soon, as Cartoon Network has set the release date for Steven Universe Future for a very near December 7. The Gems have settled into Beach City society and the world is once […]

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When Quantum Mechanics and Relativity Collide | Frontiers - Now. Powered by Northrop Grumman.

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The two greatest achievements of modern physics — quantum mechanics and Einstein’s theory of general relativity — share one serious problem: They don’t agree, argues Rick Robinson, writer and blogger.

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As a result, physicists find themselves in the awkward position of seeking to explain the universe using two theories that are not quite able to explain or account for each other.

In fact, these two theoretical frameworks differ not just in their abstruse mathematics, but in the basic ways in which they view the world. As Space.com puts it, general relativity treats the universe as fundamentally smooth and curved. What looks like sharp edges are simply zones of more rapid change, like musical notes recorded on tape or old-fashioned vinyl.

In contrast, quantum mechanics treats the universe as essentially lumpy and sharp-edged, like a digital music recording. Even transitions that appear smooth, if closely examined, resolve into a series of tiny but abrupt changes.

The Large and Small of It
Most of the time, these very different approaches to nature do not get in each other’s way. Einstein’s relativity theory, in spite of its popular association with nuclear energy, is mainly used to explain how the universe works at large scale: the physics of baseballs, planets, galaxies. Quantum mechanics, in contrast, deals with the very small scale: atomic nuclei and smaller, down to the most fundamental building blocks of matter, quarks...


Misadventures in Renormalization
When the mathematical technique called renormalization is used to demonstrate how this unity is applied to gravity, it doesn’t work. In the quantum mechanics framework, gravity should be associated with theoretical particles called gravitons. But gravitons, by reshaping space, render renormalization calculations endlessly complicated, says Space.com. 

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Stopping Your Zombie Self! (& More Weird Questions)

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In months with five Fridays, we bring you a “Weird Questions” edition of Catholic Answers Live where Jimmy Akin gives shorter answers to all kinds of questions, including this time stopping your zombie self, disembodied brains, no more souls, afterlife in another universe, and more.

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Imagine a universe where sixties music was not dominated by the British Invasion and the rise of the singer/songwriter, a universe in which male pop crooners remained at the forefront of radio play and at the top of the charts. In such a universe, singer Todd Murray would be a part of the pantheon of […]
          

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“The women are up to something in Convocation,” the dons of St. John’s College, Oxford, were warned. “We have to go and vote them down.”

The women at issue were led by a young philosopher named G.E.M. (Elizabeth) Anscombe, who was then a tutor at Somerville, one of the oldest women’s colleges at the University of Oxford. Anscombe had come to Somerville in 1946 on a research fellowship. At that time she was a student of Ludwig Wittgenstein, who entrusted her with the translation of his Philosophical Investigations, which appeared in 1953, two years after his death. Now, in 1956, Anscombe was opposing the university’s decision to grant an honorary degree to former U.S. President Harry Truman.

Speaking on the floor of Convocation to her colleagues on May 1, 1956, Anscombe said that her opposition to granting Truman’s degree was based on his responsibility for dropping the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. “If you do give this honor,” she asked, “what Nero, what Genghis Khan, what Hitler, or what Stalin will not be honored in the future?” In response, a representative of the Hebdomadal Council, then the university’s chief executive body, argued that Anscombe had overstated Truman’s responsibility. “A great many people were involved in the responsibility of the manufacture and delivery of the bomb,” he told the faculty, “and we cannot select one man as being solely responsible, even if his was the signature at the bottom of the order for the bomb to be dropped.”

Anscombe’s cause was doomed to fail. Reports in the Manchester Guardian and the Times of London claimed that no other faculty echoed her dissenting vote, though subsequent reports indicate that three or four had joined her—and Anscombe later dedicated the pamphlet “Mr. Truman’s Degree,” in which she explained the rationale for her opposition, “with respect, but without permission, to the others who said ‘Non placet.’” In the speech she gave to her colleagues on the day of the vote, she acknowledged that these voices were not going to prevail, saying that she had “no ambition or hope to carry the House with me in this, but my hope is that this honorary degree will not be offered without opposition being expressed.”

Truman received his degree at the university’s Encaenia ceremony on June 20, 1956. In a speech awarding the degree, the Chancellor praised him as “most staunch of allies, direct in your speech and in your writings, and ever a pattern of simple courage.” Anscombe, who had concluded her pamphlet with the warning that she herself “should fear to go” to Encaenia “in case God’s patience suddenly ends,” had kept away from the ceremony, telling the Guardian that she “would spend the day working as usual.”

 

The influence of Wittgenstein on Anscombe’s philosophical writing is immense, in both substance and style.

The protest against Truman was hardly Elizabeth Anscombe’s first foray into public controversy. As an undergraduate in 1939, just a year after entering the Catholic Church under the tutelage of the Dominican friars at Oxford, Anscombe and her friend Norman Daniel published a pamphlet titled “The Justice of the Present War Examined: A criticism based on traditional Catholic principles and on natural reason.” It presented “the results achieved in a series of open discussions held at Oxford both before and after” Britain’s declaration of war against Nazi Germany in September of that year. Anscombe and Daniel concluded that the war against Germany was unjust, partly because it would involve the deliberate massacre of civilian populations.

“We have it,” they wrote, following Thomas Aquinas, “that no one may be deliberately attacked in war, unless his actions constitute an attack on the rights which are being defended or restored. To deny this will be to assert that we may attack any one anywhere, whose life in any way hinders the prosecution of the war, or in any way assists our enemies; and such a conclusion is as immoral as to be a reductio ad absurdum in itself.”

Anscombe and Daniel’s pamphlet did not receive anything like the attention of her protest against Truman seventeen years later, which was picked up by the Associated Press and covered in newspapers across the United States and other parts of the world. (A report from Reuters, under the headline “WOMAN DON FAILS TO HALT TRUMAN DEGREE TO OXFORD,” mistakenly gave her first name as “Gladys” rather than “Gertrude.”) The pamphlet did, however, make enough of an impact that in 1940 the Archbishop of Birmingham wrote to a priest at Oxford complaining that Anscombe and Daniel had it “printed and brought out without submitting it to ecclesiastical authority,” and inquiring as to whether they were “deliberately taking a line opposed to that of the hierarchy of this country.”

Despite the need for some sort of military action against Nazi Germany, Anscombe and Daniel were clearly right on two very important points. First, the war that Britain actually waged against the Axis Powers did involve attacks that were targeted directly at civilian populations and, second, a war carried out by such means does violate a central principle of the church’s just-war teaching. It is possible that the war could have been fought without deploying these tactics, and it might have been just if it had been. But Anscombe and Daniel were correct in predicting that it would not be waged in that way. Acknowledging that “to some their arguments may seem temerarious,” they aimed in their pamphlet “to make the Christian tradition clear, to examine the mind of the Church in a rational and scientific manner.”

While Anscombe and Daniel’s 1939 pamphlet was addressed exclusively to fellow Catholics and Christians, Anscombe’s protest of 1956 had a quite different audience. Indeed, in writing her pamphlet “Mr. Truman’s Degree,” Anscombe saw that many of her Oxford colleagues were prepared to accept a conclusion that she and Daniel had presented as a reductio ad absurdum. These philosophers endorsed a doctrine that Anscombe came to call consequentialism, according to which there are no kinds of action—such as murder, rape, torture, and adultery, for example—that any person is prohibited from doing regardless of the situation he or she is in. According to this doctrine it can be right to “attack any one anywhere,” as long as the balance of the consequences speaks strongly enough in favor of it. Faced with a group that found this conclusion acceptable, Anscombe needed to try a different tack.

 

It was as an Oxford undergraduate that Anscombe met her husband, a fellow Catholic convert named Peter Geach, at a Corpus Christi procession in 1938. They married three years later, and during the first few years of marriage they lived apart from one another. Geach worked in a pine forest as a conscientious objector to World War II while Anscombe studied at Oxford and Cambridge. During this time they had two children—the first of seven they would have together, despite often working at universities in separate cities.

Anscombe became a student of Ludwig Wittgenstein shortly after arriving at Cambridge on a research fellowship in 1942, during which time Geach was engaged in forestry work. Wittgenstein was by then a major figure in the world of philosophy, having published his influential Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus two decades earlier. Many students at Cambridge were extremely devoted to him. The Oxford philosopher Gilbert Ryle would later describe the reverential atmosphere at Wittgenstein’s lectures as “pedagogically disastrous for the students and unhealthy for Wittgenstein himself.” But Anscombe’s own view of this dynamic was quite different. In her remembrances of Wittgenstein, she described the attention he would pay to his students as he helped them work through philosophical questions. “Wittgenstein very often seemed to understand one’s philosophical thought and problems better than one did oneself,” she wrote. “One would say what one thought—then he would amplify it, make it seem more convincing, carry it deeper—and then undo it.”

As a teacher Wittgenstein was notoriously unaccommodating for female students, but he quickly took a liking to Anscombe and would refer to her, affectionately, as “old man.” In his biography of Wittgenstein, The Duty of Genius, Ray Monk writes that on one occasion, when Wittgenstein found that there were no other women students remaining at his lecture, he turned to Anscombe and said, “Thank God we’ve got rid of the women!” A letter that he wrote in 1945 in support of Anscombe’s application for a research fellowship characterized her as “undoubtedly, the most talented female student I have had since 1930, when I began to lecture; and among my male students only eight, or ten have surpassed her.” It was not long before Anscombe would surpass those eight or ten as well.

The influence of Wittgenstein on Anscombe’s philosophical writing is immense, in both substance and style. Both of them attend closely to ordinary speech and other forms of human expression and interaction, and reject the demand that philosophy deliver a theory to resolve the questions that we face. While Anscombe presented arguments for straightforward conclusions in many of her philosophical writings, this was always in a way that gave intense consideration to conceptual difficulties and counterarguments. Meanwhile, others of her writings are like Wittgenstein’s in that they deliver no thesis at all but rather take up a question and simply attack it from all sides. In her remembrances of Wittgenstein, Anscombe wrote that he once reproached her for the tendency they both shared to get stuck in philosophical problems. “You know,” he told her, “you strike me as like a person who is walking along a road and comes to a lamp post which is in his way. And [this person] says: ‘There’s a lamp post. I can’t go on.’ It doesn’t occur to you to walk around the lamp post—I have a prejudice, which is that problems are insoluble.”

Wittgenstein could be critical of Anscombe’s written work to a degree that most academics today could barely imagine. Her notebooks recall how, of some of her writing, “he said, ‘Bought for a farthing’ and ‘Shit on the floor’—though the way he put this latter to me was ‘Not house-trained.’” Her husband Peter Geach once told her that having Wittgenstein come to stay with them “was like having a young atom bomb in the house.” Yet Anscombe also wrote of how “kind and considerate” Wittgenstein was, always prepared to help and advise even when this meant interrupting his work, and of how he “hated meanness” and was not “carelessly amiable or carelessly generous.” (Upon discovering once that Anscombe had no wastepaper basket at her lodging in Oxford, Wittgenstein said “You are a writer, you have to have a wastepaper basket”—and he took her out to buy one.) And she also expressed a wish to capture better in her remembrances of her teacher “how funny he could be—but it is possible that the jokes which came often in his lectures and his talks were just for the moment.”

Anscombe’s attitude toward religious topics stood in stark contrast to Wittgenstein’s. While she was a convert to Catholicism whose earliest encounter with philosophy came in an attempt to formalize a proof of God’s existence, Wittgenstein was raised in a Catholic household but had decided around the age of nine that, as Anscombe put it, “the Christian religion (that Catholic one which they were taught) was all a rubble.” Though some of Wittgenstein’s unpublished remarks from the 1930s show him expressing an openness to Christianity, he is reported to have said, in reference to Anscombe and another Catholic student of his, Yorick Smythies, that “I could not possibly bring myself to believe all the things they believe.” In his posthumous work On Certainty, Wittgenstein described this kind of clash between irreconcilable attitudes as one in which two worldviews are so totally opposed that there is no way to give reasons that can be engaged by the other side. The discovery of having been wrong to such an extent would be such that “the foundation of all judging would be taken away from me.”

Despite all this, at one point in 1950 Wittgenstein asked Anscombe to put him in touch with a “non-philosophical” priest, wishing as Ray Monk puts it “to talk to [the] priest as a priest” rather than “to discuss philosophical problems.” While the priest took this as part of an attempt by Wittgenstein to return to his childhood Catholicism, Anscombe herself reportedly doubted this. There were, however, arrangements made by this priest for Wittgenstein to live the life of a brother in a Dominican priory—a plan that had to be abandoned due to his bad health. When Wittgenstein died in 1951 Anscombe was one of a small group at his side that included Yorick Smythies, who brought with him the priest Wittgenstein had met. It was agreed that, since Wittgenstein had expressed hope that his Catholic friends would pray for him, this priest should be allowed to administer last rites.

Wittgenstein was given a Catholic burial the next morning—a decision that was, as Monk argues, surely improper given his professed lack of faith, even as it reflected the religious intensity with which Wittgenstein had lived.

 

Anscombe’s Intention is an extraordinarily dense and difficult book, even by the standards of contemporary philosophy.

After her contribution to the pamphlet with Norman Daniel, the earliest of Anscombe’s published writings is from 1948, based on a debate she had with C. S. Lewis, who was then a fellow at Magdalen College, Oxford. The debate took place in Oxford’s Socratic Club, and concerned the third chapter of Lewis’s book Miracles, which argues that human thought cannot be relied on “if it can be fully explained as the result of irrational causes.” This argument was supposed to show that the only way to have a reasonable belief in the reliability of human reason is to believe in a supernatural God.

Anscombe criticized Lewis’s argument, claiming that it was based “on a confusion between the concepts of cause and reason.” In evaluating, for example, the quality of the argument in a piece of writing, our concern with whether it expresses good reasoning is not about “the circumstances of its production,” but rather about whether the evidence it offers is sufficient to prove its conclusion. She also argued that the term “explanation” can encompass many different things, and that a causal explanation of human thought and behavior in terms of regular patterns in the universe would not preclude there also being explanations in terms of the reasons why people act and believe as they do. Both of these arguments likely had their roots in Anscombe’s interactions with Wittgenstein, as they mirrored ideas that were central to his Philosophical Investigations, and that Anscombe would develop in her own work of the following decade.

There was for some time a lot of controversy over how Lewis was affected by this episode. Anscombe wrote to Wittgenstein the day after the debate that Lewis had been “much more decent in discussion than I expected, though he was glib and played all sorts of tricks to obscure the issue.” She did add, however, that during the discussion the secretary of the club “started going for Lewis, who had said something about having written the book ‘at a fairly popular level’—he [the secretary] reproached him almost in moral terms, that one should not, for the sake of popularizing, put up a bad argument.” While several of Lewis’s biographers claimed that the debate humiliated him and was the end of his career as a public intellectual, Anscombe later wrote that those who knew Lewis reported no such thing at the time, and noted that Lewis revised the argument of that chapter for the second edition of Miracles, presenting it in a way that she found more appropriate “to the actual depth and difficulty of the question being discussed.”

 

The closing paragraphs of Anscombe’s pamphlet “Mr. Truman’s Degree” raised the question of “why so many Oxford people are willing to flatter” a man who had approved the massacre of entire cities. “I get some small light on this subject,” Anscombe wrote, “when I consider the productions of Oxford moral philosophy since the First World War, which I have lately had occasion to read.” (While her early research interests had been in metaphysics and the philosophy of mind, it was when her Somerville colleague Philippa Foot spent a year visiting in America that Anscombe began reading modern ethicists in order to take over Foot’s course in moral philosophy.) One important strand that Anscombe identified in these philosophers was “a doctrine that it is impossible to have any quite general moral laws.” According to this doctrine:

[S]uch laws as “It is wrong to lie” or “Never commit sodomy” are rules of thumb which an experienced person knows when to break. Further, both his selection of these as the rules on which to proceed, and his tactful adjustments of them in particular cases, are based on their fitting together with the “way of life” which is his preference.… These philosophies, then, contain a repudiation of the idea that any class of actions, such as murder, may be absolutely excluded.

This, again, is what Anscombe would call the consequentialist doctrine that any type of action can in principle be justified by considering its likely consequences. According to this logic, it was because his action ended up saving lives, by bringing an earlier end to the war, that Truman was justified in massacring the citizens of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

In “Modern Moral Philosophy,” the influential 1958 paper in which she introduced the term “consequentialism,” Anscombe went to greater length in identifying the error that her Oxford colleagues had committed. This followed a BBC radio address given about a year earlier, in which Anscombe had posed the question “Does Oxford moral philosophy corrupt youth?” and answered it in the negative: the youth were not corrupted, she said, since these philosophers only taught the bad moral views that young people held anyway. Anscombe’s 1958 paper began with a whirlwind history in which she dismissed a series of moral philosophers from David Hume (“sophistical”) to Immanuel Kant (“useless”) to John Stuart Mill (“stupid”) to Henry Sidgwick (“dull” and “vulgar”), and then took aim at the “shallow,” “provincial,” and “corrupt” work of her contemporaries. The latter criticism centered on a conception of intentional action that Anscombe located in the work of Sidgwick, according to which a person “must be said to intend any foreseen consequences of [their] voluntary action.” On Anscombe’s reading, Sidgwick used this definition “to put forward an ethical thesis which would now be accepted by many people: the thesis that it does not make any difference to a man’s responsibility for something that he foresaw, that he felt no desire for it, either as an end or as a means to an end.”

Anscombe illustrated the upshot of this thesis with a simple example. According to a view like Sidgwick’s, there is no difference between the responsibility a man has for withdrawing material support from his children if he does this in order to achieve some further end, and the responsibility the same man would have if he was imprisoned for refusing to commit a disgraceful act. In both cases the man foresees that his choice will have the consequence of withdrawing material support from his children. Therefore, according to Sidgwick’s view, in each case the man is responsible in the same way for this outcome.

It is straightforward to extend this analysis to Truman’s decision to bomb the Japanese cities. Truman could foresee that his decision would lead to the deaths of thousands of innocent civilians. Yet, his defenders claim, a similar or greater number of civilians would have been killed had he chosen not to drop the bombs. On this analysis, Truman would have been equally responsible for the civilian deaths in either case. So the only thing that matters is whether he made the choice that led to better consequences overall—that is, to fewer total deaths.

Anscombe noted in “Modern Moral Philosophy” how surprising it was that none of the philosophers who accepted this position displayed any awareness of how their conclusions were “quite incompatible with the Hebrew–Christian ethic.” According to this ethic, she wrote, “there are certain things forbidden whatever consequences threaten,” and faced with the possibility of doing these things “you are not to be tempted by fear or hope of consequences.” But she saw that in her context she could not respond to this situation simply by defending traditional moral absolutes. Instead, the way forward was to begin “by banishing ethics totally from our minds,” in order to consider “simply as part of the philosophy of psychology” the concepts that ethical thinking presupposes. Among these she listed “action,” “intention,” and “wanting”—all of which are explored at length in the short book she had published a year earlier under the simple title Intention.

 

Anscombe’s Intention is an extraordinarily dense and difficult book, even by the standards of contemporary philosophy. It is just ninety-four pages long, comprising fifty-two numbered sections that range in length from a single paragraph to four or five pages. In this space the book treats an exhausting range of topics—and yet it has no obvious structure, no theses introduced at the beginning or stated clearly at the end, and barely any reference to the authors whose work it engages. It baffled several reviewers when it first appeared, and for a while went out of print. Yet when Harvard University Press reissued Anscombe’s book in 2001, the following quotation from the philosopher Donald Davidson appeared on the cover: “Anscombe’s Intention is the most important treatment of action since Aristotle.”

Anscombe would likely have objected that such praise overlooked at least the importance of Thomas Aquinas, whose influence is everywhere in Intention, even though his name appears only in one stray footnote. Anscombe’s daughter, Mary Geach, wrote in 2011 that her mother “drew on [Aquinas’s] thought to an unknowable extent: she said to me that it aroused prejudice in people to tell them that a thought came from him: to my sister she said that to ascribe a thought to him made people boringly ignore the philosophical interest of it, whether they were for Aquinas or against him.” Because of this, rather than repeating Aquinas’s theses and rehearsing his arguments for them—an approach entirely out of keeping with the way Aquinas himself built on the work of philosophers like Aristotle and St. Augustine—Anscombe’s writing appropriates Aquinas’s ideas in a fresh and novel guise, free of scholastic terminology and ready to be engaged by the contemporary reader.

Because of its scope and style, Intention resists easy summary. Anscombe is opposed throughout the book to thinking of intention primarily as a matter of one’s internal psychology—as the objective one has in doing a certain thing, or the willingness to do a thing on a certain occasion. At one point she identifies Wittgenstein as having advanced such a view in his Tractatus: “The world is independent of my will,” Wittgenstein wrote, and so action depends on a “presumed physical connexion” between one’s will and one’s bodily movements. In a notebook that likely dates from the 1950s, Anscombe cited this passage and wrote of feeling “more certain that there is a mistake here than about anything else in the Tractatus.” She continued: “I wish to say that ‘I do what happens’ when I act. The extraordinary thing is that this assumes an air of paradox.” This quoted remark reappeared in the text of Intention, where Anscombe wrote that though “everyone who heard this formula found it extremely paradoxical,” in fact it can be shown to make good sense.

In order to save this remark from paradox, Anscombe argued in her book that we use the concept of intention to describe what happens in most of our ordinary ways of describing human life. Imagine, for example, that you come into Anscombe’s study and find her sitting at her desk, with a pen in her hand that she is moving across the page. What is she doing? Writing, you will answer—and in describing her movements in this way you have already gone beyond a description in terms of physical bodies and forces. Mere physical objects can shatter, rise, and roll down hills, but they cannot write, jump, or walk. To describe a movement with words like these is to describe it as the execution of an intention.

How does this account apply to the case of Truman? The analysis of intention that Anscombe rejected holds that since Truman did not want the citizens of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to die—since their deaths were not part of his ultimate objective—they therefore fall outside the scope of his intention. By contrast, Anscombe argues that any sensible description of what Truman did must include the fact that he used these civilian deaths as a means to his end. These deaths were not merely incidental, since it was by killing the civilians that Truman brought the war to a close. Truman had innocent people killed in order to achieve his aims—and to do such a thing is to commit an act of murder.

 

To do the truth is not merely to grasp or to speak it; it also entails the kind of activism and advocacy that were such a part of Anscombe’s life.

Apart from her scholarly work, Anscombe also wrote and lectured extensively for wider audiences, usually of Catholics, on matters of popular concern. A frequent topic of this popular work is the Catholic teaching on contraception—a topic Anscombe wrote about as early as 1963, in an exchange with the Dominican friar Herbert McCabe in the pages of New Blackfriars. Later on, in an essay from 1972 published in The Human World under the title “Contraception and Chastity,” Anscombe defended what she called the Christian “ideal of chastity” and argued that the use of contraceptives is in conflict with it.

For Anscombe, what made the Christian teaching on sexuality so important was precisely that this teaching was not “traditional”: the teaching put Christians “at odds with the heathen world,” not only in the life of monastics but “as part of the ordinary calling of a Christian.” And, she argued, it is this view of marriage and family life that provides the rationale for the Christian ideal of chastity:

[T]he ground of [Christian] objection to fornication and adultery was that sexual intercourse is only right in the sort of set-up that typically provides children with a father and mother to care for them. If it’s all right to exclude children, if you can turn intercourse into something other than the reproductive type of act (I don’t mean of course that every act is reproductive any more than every acorn leads to an oak-tree but it’s a reproductive type of act) then why, if you can change it, should it be restricted to the married? Restricted, that is, to partners bound in a formal, legal, union whose fundamental purpose is the bringing up of children?

Anscombe’s argument here is supposed to be a reductio ad absurdum of the claim that contraceptive intercourse is permissible: if this is allowed, she says, then all other restrictions on sexual behavior go with it. It seems possible to resist this conclusion by holding that using contraceptives only sometimes would not sever entirely the link between sex and reproduction. Just as a writer lands most of her words in the wastepaper basket, so most of a married couple’s sexual acts won’t result in any children. And what is the difference between using contraceptives and refraining from intercourse during fertile periods in order not to become pregnant?

Questions like these were the focus of two replies to Anscombe’s article that were published in a subsequent issue of The Human World, one by Peter Winch and the other by Bernard Williams and Michael Tanner—all three professional philosophers, the latter two colleagues of Anscombe’s at Cambridge, where in 1970 she had taken up the chair previously held by Wittgenstein. Winch’s reply was short and substantive, arguing that the method of avoiding procreative intercourse does seem to change the character of “an act of intercourse considered as intentional,” in just the same way as taking a contraceptive pill. Williams and Tanner made a similar argument at greater length, and also voiced displeasure with what they called Anscombe’s “offensive” conclusions and spoke of how hard it was “to suppress feelings of outrage at some of her attacks on the spirit of the age, and the relish with which she launches them.”

Anscombe’s reply to these substantive arguments appealed to some simple analogies. In replying to Winch she asked the reader to imagine a man who operates some machinery in the course of doing his job, compared with another who deliberately sabotages this machinery and then manipulates it, perhaps by turning a crank, in a way that is superficially the same as the first man. The “wider context” between the two men’s actions means that there is a difference in what each of them does—since the fact that the second man has sabotaged the machine means that he is not doing his job, or even “operating” the machine in a strict sense at all. So have the contracepting couple “sabotaged” the sex act by preventing it from achieving its natural end. In replying to Williams and Tanner (whom she addressed as “my friendly neighborhood philosophers”) she pointed to the difference between arranging a meeting at a time when one knows a certain person will not be able to come, in order thereby to exclude that person, and physically barring an unwanted person from a meeting. The former, she wrote, “may be correctly describable as doing my organiser’s duties, namely to arrange the meeting.” But in physically barring an unwanted person, “I would be transgressing [those duties] by arranging to refuse him admission.”

This argument raises the question of whether a married couple has any duty toward their would-be children corresponding to the one that Anscombe’s organizer has to his potential guests. That is a question about the end or aim of married life, and such a question cannot be reduced to the casuistic application of moral principles. Here is how Anscombe addressed that wider question in the 1972 essay:

What people are for is to home in on God, God who is the one truth that is infinitely worth knowing, the possession of which you could never get tired of, like the water which if you have you can never thirst again, because your thirst is slaked forever and always. It’s this potentiality, this incredible possibility, of the knowledge of God and of sharing in His nature which Christianity holds out to people and because of this potentiality every life, right up to the last, is infinitely precious. Its potentialities in all things the world cares about may be slight; but there is always the possibility of what it’s for.

In this context, Williams and Tanner’s complaints on behalf of “the spirit of the age,” and their charge that Anscombe was “preaching impoverishment of life,” come into a different light, as she noted in her reply to them: “That one must be prepared to lose one’s life to save it, that ‘being poor in spirit’ is blessed, that what looks like deprivation and mutilation may be the path of life, the alternative death: all this Christianity has indeed taught.” She then added how strange it is “that ordinary chaste and faithful marriage should seem to exemplify” this spiritual poverty: “But that’s what our age is like.”

           

It is hard to imagine a phrase less descriptive of the life of Elizabeth Anscombe than Williams and Tanner’s charge of “impoverishment.” She was, by all accounts, an astoundingly rich personality, not at all mediocre or ordinary. Her house was filled with children as well as all sorts of visitors. She joked and swore, was famous for smoking cigars and drinking champagne, and loved to eat good food and cook it with her children. One great Oxford philosopher, Sir Anthony Kenny, recalls how in his days as a graduate student it was possible to drop into Anscombe’s house “at any hour of day or night and start discussion of a philosophical problem.” Sir Michael Dummett—who also converted to Catholicism, and who disagreed with Anscombe about contraception—recalls that tutorial meetings with her would last up to three hours rather than the usual one hour.

While not a feminist in any usual sense, Anscombe did keep her maiden name (on aesthetic grounds, apparently—“G.E.M. Anscombe” sounded better, she thought, than “G.E.M. Geach”), and she wore pants exclusively, often under a tunic. This made for some good stories. In one, Anscombe entered a restaurant in Boston where she was told that ladies were not permitted to wear pants, and so she took her pants off. In another, someone at the university told her that ladies had to wear skirts when they were lecturing, and so she began carrying a plastic bag with a skirt in it and then putting it on, over her trousers, just outside the lecture room.

The characteristics that made Anscombe one of the most exhilarating and intellectually formidable philosophers of her time also make most of her scholarly work quite inaccessible to non-specialists. Her popular writings, many of which are collected in Faith in a Hard Ground (2008), are a different story, though these too are not the sort of thing one is used to finding in a popular magazine. Her writing is focused, incisive, uncompromising in its commitment to what she called “doing the truth.” To do the truth is not merely to grasp or to speak it; it also entails the kind of activism and advocacy that were such a part of Anscombe’s life. A remark in one of her notebooks glosses this phrase as equivalent to “acting truthfully”—acting, that is, in such a way that this truth that we long for fills us up entirely as its vessel, animating our life and shining forth through our deeds.

In the final hours before her death, Anscombe was attended by her husband and four of her children, and she died as they finished reciting the sorrowful mysteries of the rosary. Anthony Kenny, who had been a student of Anscombe’s and then carried on with her an extensive correspondence via postcard after confessing to her that he was losing his Catholic faith, recently told the story of her burial. Following a funeral Mass in Blackfriars, Cambridge, the mourners processed to the grounds in Ascension Parish where Wittgenstein had been buried some fifty years earlier. Anscombe had secured special permission to be buried next to her teacher, and the grave was dug at double the usual depth, so her husband could be laid to rest above her. Peter Geach followed her there in 2013.

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Schon immer war die Balkanhalbinsel ein Gebiet der Begegnung, zwischen den spirituellen Weisheits-Kulturen des Abendlandes und des Morgenlandes. Im Osten des Balkan siedelte einst das Volk der Thraker, über das seinerzeit König Oiagros herrschte: Vater des mythischen Sängers Orpheus. Homer nannte Thrakien »das goldene Reich des Orpheus«, wo der legendäre Sänger seine Tradition zu Wege brachte.

Die orphische Tradition nämlich sollte dereinst den Kern einer neuen Kultur bilden. Und da man auch Apollon zu Ehren, dem Gott des Lichts, der Weissagung, der Heilung und der Künste, hier vor mehr als 3000 Jahren heilige Riten abhielt, wird Thrakien auch ein »Land des Lichts« genannt. Damit sollte in Thrakien eine der ältesten Kulturlandschaften Europas entstehen.

Es ist bei alle dem aber nicht allein Mythologie, denn im Balkan des südlichen Bulgarien, wo sich die thrakische Tiefebene erstreckt, fanden Archäologen die Reste einer uralten Hochkultur, die dort ihren Königen Megalith-Bauten (Dolmen) und Hügelgräber errichteten. Nahe des bulgarischen Dorfes Tatul erhebt sich ein thrakisches Felsengrab, das heute gar als Ruhestätte Orpheus' gilt. Es gehört zu einem riesigen Komplex anderer Megalith-Bauten, in denen man erst heidnische, später auch christliche Kulthandlungen durchführte.

Der griechische Kirchenschriftsteller Clemens von Alexandria verglich den Orpheus sogar mit Jesus, dessen Abstieg in die Unterwelt, gewiss dem Abstieg Christi in die Totenwelt entspricht.

Orpheus also ein mythischer Vorgänger Jesu Christi?

Zumindest scheint diese Symbolik möglicherweise die Theologie der Bogomilen mit inspiriert zu haben. Auch sie nämlich kamen vom bulgarischen Balkan und waren eine christliche Sekte die sich ab dem 10. Jahrhundert hier gegründet hatte. Sie nannten sich die »Gottesfreunde« (von slaw. bog, »Gott“ und mil, »lieb«) und waren eine asketisch lebende Gemeinschaft, in der man an eine dualistisch geprägte Weltordnung glaubte und man alles Materielle dem Bösen, alles Geistige dem Guten zuschrieb. Wie auch die Katharer Südfrankreichs, hielten die Bogomilen ihren Glauben für die wahre Lehre Christi.

Durchaus besaßen ihre Lehren einen universellen Charakter, der dem Glauben der Katharer sogar sehr ähnelte. Ihre Religion verkündete ein ganz einfaches, reines und heiliges Leben, dass auf Liebe, Gemeinschaft und Gleichheit basierte. Dabei aber sahen sie sich als die Überbringer vollkommen neuer Vorstellungen über die Bedeutung eines wahren Christentums.

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Gründer der Universellen Weißen Bruderschaft: Petar Danow – »Beinsa Douno«.

Ein Bulgarischer Weiser

Anfang des 20. Jahrhunderts sollte sich in diesem alten Land der Bogomilen erneut eine okkultistisch-religiöse Bewegung gründen: Die Universelle Weiße Bruderschaft.

Gründer dieser Gruppe war der Theologe, Philosoph und spirituelle Lehrer Petar Konstantinow Danow (1864-1944; andere Versionen des Nachnamens: Deunov, Dănov). Er studierte Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts Theologie in den Vereinigten Staaten. Während dieser Zeit stand er in Kontakt mit dort ansässigen Vertretern der Theosophischen Gesellschaft und der modernen Rosenkreuzer-Bewegung.

1896 erschien sein erstes Buch mit dem Titel »Wissenschaft und Erziehung«. Im Jahr darauf erfuhr er seine mystische Initiation und nannte sich seitdem »Beinsa Douno«.

Nach seiner Rückkehr nach Bulgarien wirkte er dort ab 1897 als spiritueller Lehrer und gründete eine Gesellschaft, die sich der Erhebung des religiösen Geistes des bulgarischen Volkes verschrieben hatte. Er sprach da von den Zusammenkünften der »Synarchischen Kette«, an denen drei seiner ersten Schüler teilnahmen: Penio Kirov, Todor Stoimenov und Dr. Georgi Mirkovic. Seit 1900 hielt er im Rahmen dieser Gesellschaft Treffen ab. »Synarchisch« wohl darum, da der Glaube dieser von ihm geführten Gemeinschaft (griech. »archia«, Führung) in sich verschiedene spirituelle Systeme zu einem neuen Glauben synthetisierte.

Schon damals begann er Material zusammenzustellen, womit er dann, im Jahr der Gründung seiner Bruderschaft, seinen Schülern eine umfassende Einführung in den Okkultismus zur Verfügung stellen konnte. In seinem Werk – darunter die Titel »Sieben Gespräche mit dem Geist Gottes« und »Die Drei Dinge« – waren Erkenntnisse enthalten, die er in Meditation empfing.

Im Jahr 1922 ging aus der »Synarchischen Kette« dann die Universelle Weiße Bruderschaft hervor. Danow wollte durch die Gründung dieser Bruderschaft eine Mission erfüllen: Ein neues spirituelles Zeitalter sollte von ihm eingeleitet werden, zur Verkündigung der Wahrheiten des Wassermanns. Es heißt, dass Danow versuchte den uralten und unvergänglichen Weisheiten der Menschheit, damit zu einer neuen Geburt zu verhelfen.

Der Anker des Wassermanns

Im Emblem der Universellen Weißen Bruderschaft kommt dieses Ansinnen zum Ausdruck. Es zeigt einen Anker, der für einen Glauben steht, der an solaren, hohen Idealen festhält, was auf die Bedeutung der Sonne für unseren Planeten anspielt, deren Licht ja die Quelle allen Lebens auf Erden ist. Der Anker galt Danow daher als Symbol aller, die den Ozean des Lebens bereisen und sich bei jedem Ankerwurf mit der Welt des Göttlichen zu verbinden hoffen.

Die Symbolik des Wassers platzierte er in besagtem Emblem als Sinnbild der Quelle des Klaren und Reinen, als ein Brunnen unerschöpflicher Kraft, etwas das notwendig ist damit Leben überhaupt entstehen kann.

Die Hände, die sinnbildlich das Wasser aus der Mündung dieser Quelle führen, gehören Aquarius, dem Wassermann, dessen Zeitalter bei der Gründung der Universellen Weißen Bruderschaft aufdämmerte. Da Aquarius aber astrologisch ein Luft-Zeichen ist, wird damit ein Wasser feinstofflicher, ätherischer Beschaffenheit angedeutet, etwas, von dem man in alter Zeit glaubte, dass daraus der Heilige Geist beschaffen sei. Im Evangelium des Johannes steht diese Symbolik von Wasser und Geist für die Wiedergeburt eines Menschen in ein neues Leben, was natürlich ein Hinweis ist darauf, dass ein Mensch die geistige Fähigkeit besitzt, immer aus seinem bisherigen, in ein neues Leben hervorzutreten.

Es sei denn dass jemand geboren werde aus Wasser und Geist, so kann er nicht in das Reich Gottes kommen. […] was vom Geist geboren wird, das ist Geist.

- Johannes 3:5f

In diesem Sinne wollte auch Petar Danow seine Schüler zur Erkenntnis führen und dabei ihre Herzen erheben. Das sollte geschehen, damit einer diese eben definierte Gnade des Heiligen Geistes, dereinst in sich erfahren und das vollkommene Licht der Wahrheit empfangen solle. Danows Schüler aber wussten dabei immer, dass man über diese Themen viel sagen und noch mehr darüber schreiben kann. Das hier Angedeutete jedoch muss von jedem Einzelnen selbst erfahren und gelebt werden, so dass einer in seinem Erleben Liebe und Weisheit erlange.

Und dieses Erleben versuchte er, durch sein Vermitteln der ursprünglichen Weisheitslehren Jesu Christi, in jedem seiner Schüler zu inspirieren, eben genau so, wie es wahrscheinlich vor 2000 Jahren vermittelt wurde.

Die Schüler der Universellen Weißen Bruderschaft sahen in Danow den Verkünder einer wahren, einzigartigen Philosophie, die sich direkt im Leben anwenden lässt, um einen Menschen zu befähigen in Gott zu weilen. Er wusste »das lebendige Wort« auf eine verständliche, vielleicht sogar empfindsame Weise zu vermitteln. In Kreisen der Universellen Weißen Bruderschaft heißt es sogar, dass Papst Johannes XXIII. (1881-1963) Petar Danow »den größten auf Erden lebenden Philosophen« nannte.

Ziele der Universellen Weißen Bruderschaft

Für die von ihm gegründete Bruderschaft synthetisierte Danow Ideen und Philosophien anderer religiöser Weisheitssysteme zu einem neuen Weltbild. Die Gemeinschaft seiner Anhänger lernten aus Danows Vorträgen, Gebeten und Liedern aber insbesondere die esoterischen Lehren aus der jüdisch-christlichen Tradition, die gewisse Ähnlichkeiten aufweisen mit den Schulen der Rosenkreuzer und der Anthroposophie Rudolf Steiners.

Es ging Danow aber auch darum die Kreativität seiner Schüler zu fördern. Alle Menschen galten ihm von Natur aus als Künstler. Weniger aber versuchte er direkt ein Kunstschaffen zu vermitteln, als seinen Anhängern beizubringen dass Kunst etwas sei, das allein vom Göttlichen her stamme und auch durch Gotteserfahrung direkt dem Menschen zur Verfügung stehe.

Jeder sei vollkommen ausgestattet mit der Fähigkeit zu erschaffen. Davon war Danow fest überzeugt. Was manchen jedoch fehlte, war seiner Meinung nach der Zugang zu diesem Bereich des Seins. Danow wollte seinen Schülern darum durch sein Wirken behilflich sein, durch seine inspirierenden Reden und seine Musik, diesen inneren Teil in ihnen anzuregen, so dass ihn aber jeder durch sein eigenes Wirken entfalten konnte.

Solche inneren Prozesse anzuregen, sollte der Schüler erreichen, durch eine besondere Ernährung, durch Atemübungen, Meditation und bestimmte Gebete.

Er wollte dass die Mitglieder der Bruderschaft erkannten, dass es nicht allein helfe sich nur um sein eigenes Leben zu kümmern. Vielmehr wollte Danow mit seiner Bewegung erreichen, dass sich die Menschen, als Kinder eines einzigen Schöpfers zusammentun, um damit die Probleme der Menschheit zu lösen.

Zugegebenermaßen mögen solch erhabene Ziele dem einen oder anderen recht romantisierend, ja gar sentimental erscheinen. Eigentlich aber ist es doch genau das, was die gegenwärtige Zivilisation unseres Planeten so nötig hat.

Herr, unser Gott, unser freundlicher himmlischer Vater,
Der uns ein Leben schenkte und Gesundheit,
Um in Dir zu frohlocken, drum beten wir zu Dir.

Sende uns Deinen Geist,
Bewahre und beschütze uns vor dem Bösen
Und vor trügerischen Gedanken.

Lehre uns Deinem Willen nach zu handeln,
Deinen Namen heilig zu halten
Und Dich immer zu ehren.

Segne unseren Seelen,
Erleuchte unsere Herzen und unseren Geist,
Auf dass wir Deine Gebote und Regeln einhalten.

Inspiriere in uns mit Deiner Gegenwart,
Deinen reinen Gedanken,
Und führe uns Dir mit Freuden zu dienen.

Unser Leben, dass wir Dir widmen,
Dem Guten für unsere Brüder und Nachbarn willen –
Wir preisen Dich Herr.

Hilf uns und unterstütze uns,
Damit wir wachsen in Wissen und Weisheit allseits,
Von Deinem Wort zu lernen und in Deiner Wahrheit zu verweilen.

Führe uns in allem was wir denken
Und in Deinem Namen tun,
Im siegreichen Heil Deines Reiches auf Erden bestehend.

Nähre unsere Seelen mit Deinem himmlischen Brot,
Und stärke uns mit Deiner Kraft,
So dass wir in unserem Leben vorankommen.

Wie Du uns all Deinen Segen verleihst,
So vermehre in uns Deine Liebe,
Um uns ein ewiges Gesetz zu bleiben.

Denn Dir ist das Königreich
Und die Macht und die Herrlichkeit
Für immer und in Ewigkeit.

Amen.

- Petar Danow, Gebet der Güte

Lichtsymbolik und Sonnengeheimnis

Herr des Lichts vollkommener Fülle und Güte,
Der über den mein Lehrer zu mir sprach,
Offenbare Dich mir wie es Dir gefällt.

Ich bin darauf vorbereitet Deinen Willen zu erfüllen,
Ohne zu zögern, entschlossen
Und ohne von Deinem Willen abzuweichen.

Ich will Dir Herr treu und ehrlich dienen,
Eben so wie Du auch treu und ehrlich bist,
Im Namen meines Lehrer, durch den Du zu mir sprachst.

Und lass mich, oh Herr, sein wie die kleinen Kinder Deines Königreichs –
Gehorsam, gewissenhaft, geduldig, fest und zufrieden in Deiner grenzenlosen Liebe,
Die sich aus Dir allen Schwachen und Müden offenbart,
Die den von Deinem Licht erfüllten Pfad suchen, worin Du weilst.

Ich bete zu Dir Herr,
Dass Du mich erleuchten mögest
Und sich Dein Geist nicht entferne
Von meiner Seele, von meinem Herzen, von meinem Geiste, von meinem Willen.

Lass mich, Herr, ein Überbringer Deines Wortes sein,
Ein Botschafter Deiner Wahrheit
Und ein Diener Deiner Rechtschaffenheit;
Möge Dein Geist in meiner Seele inkarnieren und lass mich frohlocken in der Gegenwart Deines Wortes, im Namen meines Lehrers, durch den Du der Welt bekannt wurdest.

Amen.

- Petar Danow, Lichtgebet

So wie auch in anderen esoterischen Traditionen, spielt in diesem Gebet Petar Danows, eine zentrale Rolle das Licht. Es ist das, womit die Welt zu sein begann – sowohl aus wissenschaftlicher wie auch aus religiöser Sicht. Die berühmten Zitate aus der biblischen Schöpfungsgeschichte und dem Johannes-Evangelium deuten das an:

Gott sprach: Es werde Licht. Und es wurde Licht. Gott sah, dass das Licht gut war. Und Gott schied das Licht von der Finsternis.

- Genesis 1:3f

In ihm (im Wort Gottes, aus dem alles geworden ist) war Leben und das Leben war das Licht der Menschen. Und das Licht leuchtet in der Finsternis und die Finsternis hat es nicht begriffen.

- Johannes 1:4f

Besonders im hier erwähnten Zitat aus dem Johannes-Evangelium, ist das Licht im »Wort Gottes«, ist im »Logos«, dem Wort, das an dieser Stelle, im alt-griechischen Original des Evangeliums verwendet wird. Logos ist allerdings ein Wort mit einem ausgesprochen weiten Bedeutungsspielraum. Bei Johannes steht es aber für das Wort im Sinne einer Existenz des Lichts. Vielleicht aber zunächst weniger jenes Lichts das die Augen sehen, als einem Licht etwas kraftvoll Seiendem, das als Vorstufe aller sinnlich wahrnehmbaren Elemente auch in diesem Augenblick aus dem Verborgenen her wirkt.

und der Logos (das Wort) war bei Gott, und Gott war der Logos (das Wort).

- Johannes 1:1

Aus diesem Logos, aus diesem besonderen Wort, das vielleicht schon immer vorhanden war, als Synonym eines ordnenden, formgebenden Prinzips, entstand das Manifeste, wobei Licht eine Zwischenstufe bildet. Das Licht steht über der Finsternis der manifestierten Welt. Denn was wäre diese, würde kein Licht auf sie fallen: Sie bliebe unsichtbar und kein Leben könnte sich je daraus entfalten.

Auf unserem Planeten Erde aber ist dieses Licht im Zentralgestirn Sonne allgegenwärtig.

St. Michael

Wie uns die Lehren der modernen Theosophie und auch der Anthroposophie wissen lassen, manifestiert sich der solare Logos, das lichthafte Wort der Sonne, in der Erscheinung des Erzengels Michael – der Name jenes größten Erzengels dessen Name die Frage stellt »Wer ist wie Gott?«

Auch im Lebensbaum der Kabbala, wo die sechste Sefirah Tiphereth mit dem Gestirn Sonne assoziiert wird, daraus wirkt die Kraft des Erzengels Michael. Dieser Erzengel ist also ein Geist der in der Sonne lebte. Michael war auch der Engel der den Baum des Lebens bewachte und der Adam und Eva aus dem Paradies vertrieb, da sie vom Baum der Erkenntnis aßen. Von diesem Baum aber schnitt St. Michael einen Zweig und reichte ihn Seth, dem dritten Sohn Adams.

Nun schrieb später der Prophet Daniel über diesen Erzengel Michael:

Zu jener Zeit wird Michael auftreten, der große Engelsfürst, der für dein Volk einsteht.

- Daniel 12:1

Wenn er hier sagt »Zu jener Zeit«, deutet er damit auf ein zukünftiges Ereignis hin. Da nämlich soll der Siegesengel und Beschützer der Menschheit in Erscheinung treten. Im Osten, wo die Sonne jeden Morgen aufsteigt, soll Michael seine himmlischen Heerscharen vor dem Thron Gottes versammeln und von dort aus kommen, um dereinst den Teufel und seine Dämonen vom Himmel zu stürzen (Offenbarung 12:7-9). Sie werden dann, von seinem überirdischen Licht geblendet in die Hölle stürzen.

In unserer heutigen Zeit aber scheint sich etwas zu bilden, worauf das hindeutet, was eben Johannes' Offenbarung prophezeit. Wir werden später erneut darauf zu sprechen kommen, wenn es um die »große Zeitenwende« geht, wo also die hohen Fürsten des Himmels in Erscheinung treten sollen.

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Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov (Bildquelle: Prosveta)

Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov

Im Jahr 1919 kam in den Kreis um Petar Danow der junge Mikhaël Aïvanhov (1900-1986). Schon als Teenager war der junge Mann ein begeisterter Leser spiritueller Literatur, begann schon sehr früh zu meditieren, machte besondere Atemübungen und fastete regelmäßig.

Später beschrieb Aïvanhov in seinem Buch »Die Neue Religion« ein Erlebnis, das er als Sechzehnjähriger hatte. Es war eine Erfahrung die alles veränderte und letztendlich sein spirituelles Erwachen bewirken sollte:

Die Sphärenmusik, die ich gehört habe, war der Gipfel all meiner Forschungen, all meiner Arbeiten, all meiner Übungen, bei denen ich aus meinem Körper ausgetreten bin. Sie ist seither in mir geblieben als Kriterium, als Muster, als Modell, ein Anhaltspunkt, um alles zu verstehen und alles einzuordnen.

- Aus »Die Neue Religion« von Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov

Doch die Zeit aus der Aïvanhov hier berichtet, verbrachte er in bitterer Armut. Auch als er sich der Bruderschaft Danows angeschlossen hatte, sollte sich daran zunächst nicht viel ändern. Immer aber widmete er sich dem Studium der okkulten Wissenschaften und nahm an den Meditationsübungen seines Meisters teil.

Als sein Meister Petar Danow, nach einer etwa einjährigen Exilhaft, im Jahr 1919 entlassen wurde und in den Kreis seiner Anhänger zurückkehrte, faszinierte ihn insbesondere der junge Aïvanhov. Der wurde sein wahrscheinlich ergebenster Schüler. Als Danow mit seiner Bruderschaft später in die bulgarische Hauptstadt Sophia umzog, folgte ihm Aïvanhov nach.

Durch seinen Meister angeregt schrieb sich Aïvanhov dann an der Universität von Sophia ein, um dort zwischen 1923 und 1931 Naturwissenschaften zu studieren. In dieser Zeit besuchte er auch Kurse in Philosophie und Psychologie. Ab 1932 arbeitete Aïvanhov als Lehrer an einer Schule, von der er später auch Direktor wurde.

Der französische Zweig der Weißen Bruderschaft

Als kurz vor dem Zweiten Weltkriegs unruhige Zeiten aufdämmerten, beauftrage Petar Danow den damals 37-jährigen Aïvanhov damit, einen Zweig seiner okkulten Schule in Frankreich zu gründen, wo er die Lehren der bulgarischen Bruderschaft bekanntmachen sollte.

1937 reiste Mikhaël Aïvanhov mit einem einfachen Touristenvisum nach Paris, wo er Kontakt aufnahm zu Menschen, die mit der Universellen Weißen Bruderschaft sympathisierten. Unter ihnen befand sich Stella Bellemin, eine Frau in ihren Fünfzigern, die eine der treuesten Schülerinnen Aïvanhovs werden sollte. Sie hatte Bulgarien bereist, wo sie auch Petar Danow begegnet war. Mit ihrer Hilfe perfektionierte Aïvanhov sein Französisch und begann schon im Jahr darauf erste Vorlesung an der Sarbonne in Paris zu halten. In dieser Zeit schlossen sich ihm immer mehr Menschen an.

Nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg fand Aïvanhovs Bruderschaft ein Haus in einem Vorort von Paris, in Sèvres. Nachdem dort notwendige Renovierungsarbeiten abgeschlossen waren, gründeten er und seine Anhänger Ende 1947 einen Verein mit dem Titel »Fraternité blanche universelle« (deutsch: »Universelle Weiße Bruderschaft«) die dann Anfang 1948 offiziell in das französische Vereinsregister eingetragen wurde. 1953 dann entstand ein weiteres internationales Zentrum der Bruderschaft in der Nähe des südfranzösischen Fréjus, dem sie den Namen gaben »Le Bonfin«.

Begegnungen mit einem indischen Guru

Aïvanhovs reiste 1959 nach Indien und traf dort den Hindu-Guru Neem Karoli Baba (1900-1973) – den seine Schüler »Babaji« nannten, »Verehrter Vater«. Dieser Babaji war ein Meister des Bhakti-Yoga, einem spiritueller Weg im Hinduismus, der sich der Entwicklung liebender Hingabe an Gott widmet. Neem Karoli Baba war auch der Lehrer des amerikanischen Gurus Ram Dass.

Von diesem Guru Neem Karoli Baba auf jeden Fall, erhielt Aïvanhov den Titel »Omraam«, ein Name der sich zusammensetzt aus zwei Sanskrit-Mantras: Om und Ram. »Om« natürlich ist das heiligste Mantra der Hindus, dass für das absolut Göttliche steht. Die Silbe »Ram« steht für das heilige Feuerelement.

Wie es zu dieser Namensgebung kam, versuchte Aïvanhov seinen Schüler durch folgende Allegorie zu veranschaulichen: »Omraam« entsprach dem alchemistischen »solve et coagula« (deutsch: »löse und binde«), wo das »Om« als »solve« alle Dinge auflöst und dabei verfeinert, um sie im »Ram«, dem »coagula«, neu zu materialisieren, wo eine gewonnene Vorstellung quasi zu einer konkreten Tatsache »gerinnt«. Sein neuer Titel stand damit natürlich für das, was er seinen Schülern durch seine Arbeit geben wollte: Hilfe bei der allegorischen Transmutation, bei der Verwandlung ihres bisherigen, in ein höheres, edleres Dasein.

Vor seiner Reise nach Indien hatte sich Aïvanhov, den seine Anhänger »Bruder Michael« nannten, bis dahin immer geweigert, dass man ihn als »Meister« ansprach. Schließlich sah er sich mit ihnen, als Mitschüler seines Lehrers Petar Danow. Doch nach seiner Reise nach Indien und seiner dortigen Begegnung mit dem Guru Babaji, sollte sich jetzt alles ändern.

Was einen Guru ausmacht

Ein Mensch den andere als ihren spirituellen Meister oder Guru bezeichnen, ist jemand der über seine Handlungen, seine Gefühle und über seine Gedanken vollkommene Kontrolle erlangt hat. Meister zu sein bedeutet darum zuerst Meisterschaft über sich selbst zu erlangen. Wer das erreicht und die wesentlichen Probleme des Lebens im Griff hat, der ist frei, besitzt einen äußerst starken Willen und ist jemand der gleichzeitig erfüllt ist von Milde, Liebe und Freundlichkeit.

Es bedeutet wirklichen Aufwand und bedarf beharrlicher Ausdauer, um Meisterschaft über das Selbst zu erlangen. Wem das jedoch gelingt, der ist jemand, der alle Widersprüche in sich aufgelöst hat und bei dem all sein Handeln, Fühlen und Denken mit seiner Lebensphilosophie in Einklang sind. Das macht ihn zum lebendigen Beispiel für das was er anderen mitteilen möchte.

Den Zustand eines sanften und gleichzeitig entschlossenen Bewusstseins zu erreichen, dafür übte einer, den andere dann einen Guru nennen, diszipliniert unter Anwendung besonderer Methoden. Aber auch ein Wissen über die grobstoffliche und feinstoffliche Konstitution des Menschen ist hierbei von Nöten, sowie ihre Wechselwirkung mit den Reichen der Natur und den höheren esoterischen Zusammenhägen im Kosmos.

Wem gelingt, so einer zu werden, der wird eine Quelle der Weisheit und des Lebens, die auf andere Menschen einen Magnetismus ausübt, ohne dabei selbst aktiv auf sie zugehen zu müssen. Man erkennt einen spirituellen Meister deshalb daran, dass er umgeben ist von Jüngern.

So kam es, dass auch Aïvanhovs Jünger wünschten, ihm nach 22 Jahren, in ihrer Anrede gebührenden Respekt zu zollen. Schließlich akzeptierte er als ihr Meister angesprochen zu werden. Seine Begabung mit seinen Schülern eine brüderliche Beziehung zu führen aber änderte sich nie.

Der Melchisedek-Orden

Aïvanhov lud jeden seiner Schüler dazu ein, einen noch größeren Meister wiederzufinden: Melchisedek – König von Salem, Meister aller Meister. Seinem Orden gehörten der Prophet Abraham, später König David und schließlich auch Jesus Christus an. Sie alle nämlich hatten in sich die Prinzipien des Sonnenlogos verwirklicht. Von diesem Orden beziehungsweise einer »Ordnung« des Melchisedeks kündet die Bibel:

Du ist ein Priester ewiglich nach der Weise Melchisedeks.

- Psalm 110:4

Du bist ein Priester in Ewigkeit nach der Ordnung Melchisedeks.

- Hebräer 5:6

Dieser Melchisedek wird auch »König der Gerechtigkeit« und »Priester des höchsten Gottes« genannt, wobei der Zusatz »Salem« in seinem Namen, aus ihm auch einen Friedensfürsten macht, einer Eigenschaft die der biblische König König Salomon nach ihm verwirklichen sollte, als Erbauer des ersten Tempels auf dem Zionsberg in Jerusalem.

Die gnostische Schrift Pistis Sophia nennt Melchisedek den großen Empfänger des Lichts, der die Seelen in ihrem Aufstieg besiegelt und sie, so wörtlich, »zum Lichtschatze« führt. Dieser Priesterkönig Melchisedek ist der Anführer der Paralemptoren, der Empfänger des göttlichen Lichts. Als solcher aber ist er auch der, der die großen Eingeweihten leitete, wie etwa den Hermes Trismegistos, den Orpheus, den Propheten Moses, Zarathustra, König Salomon und Jesus den Christus. Sie alle hatten nur ein wahres Bedürfnis: im Licht Gottes zu handeln, von ihm erfüllt für das Licht Gottes zu arbeiten, damit es sich in der Welt und in jedem Menschen manifestiere.

Ich bin das Licht der Welt. Wer mir nachfolgt, der wird nicht wandeln in der Finsternis, sondern wird das Licht des Lebens haben.

- Johannes 8:12

Yoga des Lichts

Aus diesen und anderen Geheimlehren hatte Aïvanhov seine universelle Lichtmetaphorik entwickelt, auf deren Grundlage er die Mitglieder seiner Gemeinschaft in einen Yoga der Sonne initiierte: den Surya-Yoga. Er leitete sie an, zwischen den Frühlings- und Herbstäquinoktien, immer während des Sonnenaufgangs zu meditieren. Dieses morgendliche Ereignis nämlich bildet jeden Tag eine Zeit, wo sich das Sein des Menschen wieder aufbaut, wo die Sonnenstrahlen dazu beitragen den Meditierenden zu verwandeln und zu erneuern.

In dieser Meditation konzentriert der Praktizierende seine Gedanken auf die Sonne, was die Verbindung zu seinem Geist stärkt. Jeder Mensch nämlich trägt auch in sich ein solares Zentrum, so dass sich der Meditierende damit verbinden kann, wenn er auf die Sonne als Zentrum unseres Planetensystems meditiert. Auf diese Weise stellt der Praktizierende eine Verbindung her zu seinem höheren Selbst.

Ein Symbol für den Sieg über das Niedere Selbst

In seinem Buch »Die Früchte des Lebensbaums« beschreibt Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov die besondere Rolle des Erzengels Michael für unsere Erde und alles was auf ihr lebt. Dieser Engel ist die Wesenheit, die die Erde durch ihren himmlischen Geist reinigt. Das heißt, im Verlauf der vergangenen Jahrhunderte, bis heute, überschwemmten dämonische Kräfte unseren Planeten. In ihrer zerstörerischen Gesamtheit fügten sie sich zu dem zusammen, was Aïvanhov als den allegorischen Drachen beschrieb, der auf Erden sein Unwesen treibt und den dereinst St. Michael stürzen soll.

Wie obiges Zitat aus dem Buch Daniel andeutete, bleibt das in unserer Zeit aber ein zukünftiges Ereignis. Gegenwärtig drängt das Finstere der Welt, das Lichtvolle immer weiter zurück. Es gab aber immer Menschen die im Kampf gegen das Finstere all ihre Kräfte aufboten, um das was im biblischen Kontext das Symbol des Drachen widerspiegelt, zu überwinden. Keinem von ihnen aber gelang bisher, diesen üblen Egregor, diesen dämonischen Gruppengeist zu stürzen. Er nämlich giert nach allem das Furcht einflösst, labt sich am Hass und der Verwirrung aller Menschen, was sich zu eben jenem Geist verdichtete, dessen Seelengefährt jener siebenköpfige Drache aus der Offenbarung des Johannes sein wird.

Und ich sah ein anderes Tier aufsteigen aus der Erde; das hatte zwei Hörner gleichwie ein Lamm und redete wie ein Drache.

- Offenbarung 13:11

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Der Erzengel Michael dargestellt auf einer byzantinischen Ikone eines unbekannten Meisters (um 1390).

Auf dem Weg in ein neues Goldenes Zeitalter

In dieser Symbolik kommt auch zum Vorschein das, was im Hinduismus als unsere Gegenwart im Eisernen Zeitalter beschrieben wird: das Kali-Yuga – das Zeitalter des Streites und des Niedergangs, mit dem ein großer Zyklus enden wird. Am Ende des Kali-Yuga aber soll auf Erden erscheinen, entsprechend dem Erzengel Michael der abrahamitischen Tradition, der zukünftige Buddha Maitreya oder der Kalki-Avatar der Hindus. Sie alle scheinen die selben Prinzipien zu verkörpern eines göttlichen Erretters, der das Böse der Finsternis vernichten und ein neues Goldenes Zeitalter einleiten wird.

So verkörpern der Avatar Kalki, wie auch der Erzengel Michael, ein Prinzip der Hoffnung und der Zuversicht, dass das Licht über die Finsternis in der Welt dereinst obsiege.

Michael und seine Engel erhoben sich, um mit dem Drachen zu kämpfen. Der Drache und seine Engel kämpften, aber sie konnten sich nicht halten, und sie verloren ihren Platz im Himmel. Er wurde gestürzt, der große Drache, die alte Schlange, die Teufel oder Satanas heißt und die ganze Welt verführt; der Drache wurde auf die Erde gestürzt, und mit ihm wurden seine Engel hinabgeworfen.

- Offenbarung 12:7

Und ich sah den Himmel aufgetan; und siehe, ein weißes Pferd. Und der darauf saß, hieß: Treu und Wahrhaftig, und er richtet und kämpft mit Gerechtigkeit. Und seine Augen sind wie eine Feuerflamme, und auf seinem Haupt sind viele Kronen; und er trug einen Namen geschrieben, den niemand kannte als er selbst. Und er war angetan mit einem Gewand, das mit Blut getränkt war [...]

- Offenbarung 19:11ff

Und so wie die Offenbarung Johanni jenen Erretter als auf einem weißen Pfern reitend das Böse vernichten wird, so wird auch in einer heiligen Schrift der Hindus, den Bhagavatapuranas, das Erscheinen des Kalki Avatars beschrieben:

Im Dorfe Shambhala wird der Gott Kalki erscheinen in der Heimat der großen Seele, der gerühmten Herrlichkeit des Gottes Vishnu. Sein schnelles weißes Pferd Devadatta besteigend, wird der Herr des Universums, mit Schwerte ausgestattet, mit überirdischen Fähigkeiten und acht Siddhis (übernatürlichen Kräften), die Verkommenen unterwerfen. Geschwind auf seinem Pferd über die Erde laufend, wird er mit unübertroffener Herrlichkeit die als Könige verkleideten Diebe niedermetzeln.

- Bhagavatapurana 12:2:18ff

Es ist also nur der Name, der in den Kulturen in West und Ost verschieden ist. Die Himmelsgesandten aber übernehmen immer die selbe Rolle. Mal auch als Maitreya oder Imam Mahdi. Das Wesen aber, der zuvor beschriebene Egregor, der in sich alles Leid konzentriert, ja eigentlich die Essenz alles Abscheulichen ist, den nennen die Geheimlehren den Grund für alles Übel auf Erden.

Nur jener himmlische, göttliche Avatara, jener auf Erden erscheinende Abgesandte Vishnus oder Gottes, kann dieses Monster stürzen und dabei die wegen ihm bestehenden Probleme der Menschen beenden und endlich auflösen. Wenn die Zeit dafür reif ist, wird er auf unserem Planeten erscheinen, den Drachen Satan stürzen, damit schließlich in unserer Welt ein neues irdisches Paradies erblühe. Das ist eine religiöse Hoffnung von der alle spirituellen Traditionen künden.

Dann werden St. Michaels Heerscharen die Gebete der Menschen beantworten, die sie seit Jahrhunderten an den Herrn der Welten richteten. Aus diesem Grund legte Aïvanhov seinen Anhängern nahe, solle man sich eben diesem Erzengel Michael zuwenden, sich mit ihm verbinden.

Wer so tut, der solle ihn um Schutz bitten, damit sich jeder Einzelne in diesem Sinne mit seinen Gefährten auf diesem Weg verbinde, einem Weg auf dem St. Michael dereinst mit seinem Licht, die Kräfte der Finsternis zerstreuen wird. So steht es geschrieben im Buch der Offenbarung.

Lohnt es sich deshalb nicht, einen Teil von unserem eigenen Licht, diesem erhabenen Ansinnen zuströmen zu lassen?

Willst Du leben, wahrhaftig leben? Gib Deinem höheren Selbst die Mittel, um über Dein niederes Selbst zu obsiegen.
Aus Perspektive der Einweihungslehren finden Gedanken, Gefühle und Machenschaften, die das höhere Selbst nicht begeistern, einfach nur den Tod, da sie von der Seele und dem höheren Geist nicht berührt wurden.

Dennoch solltest Du nicht versuchen Dein niederes Gemüt zu zerstören. Denn einerseits wirst Du damit erfolglos bleiben – denn Du selbst wirst zerstört, denn es ist ja sehr mächtig, da es ein Teil von Dir ist.
Drum sollte Dein Ziel sein es beherrschen zu lernen, es gefügsam zu machen, damit Dir seine eigentliche Lebendigkeit und Fülle zugutekomme.

Das hier Beschriebene wurde auch in der Offenbarung des Johannes veranschaulicht, wo Erzengel Michael den Drachen niederstreckt. Der Erzengel aber tötet den Drachen nicht; er überwältigt ihn.
Auf diese Weise sollen auch die Schüler den Drachen ihres niederen Selbst überwältigen. Das Symbol des Drachen zu durchschauen, schwächt ihn bereits (und entsprechend das niedere Selbst). Meditiere über dieses Bild und Du wirst vom Tod ins Leben schreiten, aus der Finsternis ins Licht, aus den Begrenzungen in die Grenzenlosigkeit, aus der Sklaverei in die Freiheit, aus dem Chaos in die Harmonie.

- Meditation nach Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov

Sein, Entwerden und Werden

Wie andere vor ihnen, versuchten Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov und Petar Danow den Menschen in ihrem Umfeld, ein Bewusstsein für den Kern ihres wahren Seins zu vermitteln. Wichtigstes Sinnbild für dieses Bewusstsein war immer das Licht, wie es der Erzengel Michael als Logos der Sonne verkörpert oder das Gestirn selbst, wo die Sonne doch schließlich die Quelle allen Lebens auf Erden ist. Denn durch ihre Wärme und ihr Licht entstanden all die unzähligen Lebensformen auf unserem Planeten.

Auf seinem Einweihungsweg muss der spirituell Suchende sich als Ziel setzen die Sonne zu erreichen, das heißt, er muss sich der mit ihr zusammenhängenden Symbolik nähern und nach dem Kern ihres Wesens streben. Die Sonne wird symbolisch zu seiner höchsten Gottheit, da er durch sie zu neuem Leben gelangt. Auf dem Sonnenwagen fahrend begibt er sich als Initiant, auf diese Weise zur Unsterblichkeit.

Wer diesen Sonnenwagen aber besteigen will, wird lernen müssen in seinem gegenwärtigen Leben zu sterben. Denn wie es die Alten sahen, versank ja auch die Sonne bei Sonnenuntergang ins Reich der Toten, in die Finsternis der Unterwelt. Wer sich darum mit einem solaren Bewusstsein durchs Leben bewegen möchte, sollte sich vertraut machen mit diesem Sein, Entwerden und Werden, dem ewigen Wechsel von solve et coagula, vom Lösen des Alten und neuer Zusammenfügung, von Loslassen und neu inspiriertem Handeln. All das zeigt ihm die Sonne Tag für Tag, in ihrem Gehen und ihrer Wiederkehr, als Licht der Welt.

 

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Marvel President Kevin Feige to Reveal More Details About Future of MCU, Deets Inside

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe recently revealed a number of unnamed films lined up to release in 2022 and 2023. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige will be speaking more about them at the Comic-Con Experience in Brazil.
          

Mark Ruffalo Says He Wants to See Wolverine and Hulk Face off

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Mark Ruffalo, who played the green superhero Hulk and Bruce Banner in the Marvel Cinematic Universe phase 3 films, recently said that he would like to see Hulk fight with Wolverine.
          

2019, A Film Odyssey: Creep Shows

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This year's hits you may have missed, flops that you should avoid, hidden gems to discover and more, plus where to watch 'em...


Halloween may be over but there's still time to catch up on the scary movies of 2019:


Velvet Buzzsaw (now streaming on Netflix):
An art world satire crossed with a "curse from beyond the grave" fright flick makes this sound like the snobbiest episode of Night Gallery ever, yet it never quite achieves the camp and/or scare level one imagines from such a possibility. Jake Gyllenhaal is delicious though as the bitchy "Morf Vandewait", a bisexual critic who at one point wears nothing but a laptop. (4/10)

Us (now streaming on HBO):
Jordan Peele's follow up to his Oscar-winning Get Out dives deep into its dark mythology... that somehow connects to Hands Across America?? You won't be able to take your eyes off of Lupita Nyong'o as two sides of the same coin, but the creepy premise just gets more and more preposterous and the results less and less satisfying as every twist is unveiled. Maybe less is more next time, Jordan? (6/10)

The Hole in the Ground (now streaming on Amazon Prime):
After a single mother is reunited with her young son who disappeared mysteriously she begins to notice that there's something... odd about him, as if he was a totally different person. Yes, it's the plot to Clint Eastwood's Changeling, but this here is a horror movie so there is an actual changeling involved. An average allegory of the perils of parental paranoia enhanced slightly by its cold Irish setting. (5/10)

Happy Death Day 2U (now streaming on HBO):
The absurdly named final girl Tree Gelbman is back for this slasher sequel that takes the clever Groundhog Day-ness of its predecessor and morphs it into a sci-fi quagmire of parallel universes where the relentless Babyface killer is still offing co-eds (some things never change). Requiring one to be far too versed on the minutiae of the first film, 2U ultimately drags the original down with it. (4/10)

Little Monsters (now streaming on Hulu):
Who knew that Lupita Nyong'o would be Miss Scream Queen 2019? She gamely headlines this Aussie indie as Miss Caroline, a devoted kindergarten teacher who goes from warbling Taylor Swift tunes to wielding a shovel to protect her adorable charges when a zombie outbreak interrupts their field trip. It bites off more than it can chew, yes, but it's a charming addition to the ranks of ZomRomComs. (6/10)

Midsommar (now available on Blu-ray and DVD):
If Ari Aster's Hereditary kept you up nights then his sophomore effort will make you never want to see the inside of your eyelids ever again. Deeply disturbing images, most displayed frankly in the harsh glare of sunlight against the backdrop of an idyllic Swedish countryside, abound in this millennial fever dream about a college trip gone horribly, horribly wrong. Aster is a bit self-indulgent with the slow burn, and he curiously takes on another "batshit crazy death cult" tale in just his second feature, but you'll never forget what you see here and will likely never want to see it again (in this case, that's a compliment). (8/10)

A Midsommar Nightmare

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NuWho Reviews: The Crimson Horror, Nightmare in Silver, The Name of the Doctor

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The Crimson Horror

TROUBLE AT THE MILL!



Madame Vastra and her crew are investigating strange deaths in which the victims' skin turns red. To their surprise, they discover that their eyes do indeed show the last thing they saw-and the last thing one of them saw was the Doctor.

TO THE PLOT!

Mrs. Gillyflower has a weird little cult thing going on, showing off her scarred daughter as proof that society is terrible (because Mr. Gillyflower abused the girl). Also, she's predicting the end of the world. Big deal, lady! The Earth has an apocalypse every week or so in this universe! Ada, the scarred, blind girl, has a pet, a monster chained up within the Sweetville mill. Jenny discovers that it is the Doctor, suffering from the Crimson Horror. Once he's restored via a super magic wizard chamber, he gives us some backstory. But not before kissing Jenny in gratitude, who doesn't swing that way and slaps him.

He and Clara joined the mill; the Crimson Horror was a way of preserving people for a post-apocalyptic YA novel. It didn't work on the Doctor, but Ada became attached to him. Now that he's free, they rescue Clara (confusing everyone, since last time they saw her she was dead), and Madame Vastra discovers what is causing the "Crimson Horror". Mrs. Gillyflower is harvesting venom from a red leech. She plans on spreading the poison over the world (via a steampunk rocket, because everyone loves steampunk rockets). Only her "perfect" people, preserved in houses, will survive.

Mr. Sweet of Sweetville is a red leech that has attached himself to Mrs. Gillyflower, because Doctor Who loves having bugs attached to people. The Doctor also reveals that Ada wasn't blinded by her abusive father; she was blinded by her mother's experiments on her. The crazy woman tries to take her daughter hostage, but Madame Vastra and Jenny already nicked the vat of poison, and Strax is an angry potato with a gun. He misses, but Mrs. Gillyflower falls to her death. Ada smashes the leech with her cane, as everyone except the Doctor would do.

Behold our villain. Tiny, and infinitely smooshable.

Clara returns home, only to find the kids she babysits have discovered pictures of her past selves. When Clara gets confused, and says she was in Yorkshire, not London...the game is up. They use this to blackmail her into letting them take a time travel trip. She didn't expect a kind of Spanish Inquisition!

I loved the focus on the Paternoster gang in this episode. From what I understand, this was supposed to be testing the waters for a spin-off, but nothing came of it. Alas. Strax apparently gets sugar rushes from eating sherbet. He also obtains a GPS named Thomas Thomas. Those waifish street urchins were all the rage back then.

It was also straight up creepy: it's basically a Victorian temperance/morality campaign dropped into the middle of a penny dreadful, and it works so well. Mrs. Gillyflower is appropriately horrible, and Ada was a very engaging character.

Also, the Doctor remembers spending too much time trying to get a "gobby Australian" to Heath Row.

Look, the joke payoff finally made it!


Nightmare in Silver

Last time on Doctor Who, Clara's delightful charges were blackmailing her for eventually will have scattered herself throughout space and time. Children are jerks. So the Doctor takes them all to a famous theme park.


NO NOT THAT ONE

But it doesn't matter, because the theme park is under...military occupation. That's gotta be a fun assignment, right? Anyways, the Doctor uses his psychic paper to convince the captain that he is an ambassador from the emperor. They get a tour from the theme park operator, meet a dwarf named Porridge who sometimes teaches Charms, discover that the Cybermen were TOTALLY AND COMPLETE DEFEATED A THOUSAND YEARS AGO AND THESE CYBERMEN CANNOT BE ACTIVATED AT ALL, FOR REALZ YOU GUYZ

Oh, let's just cut to the chase. The Doctor finds Cybermites, which are kind of like tiny Cybermats, which are adorable. The Cybermen reactivate, because we all saw that coming a mile away, and the theme park operator Webley, along with the kids, are partially upgraded. Cybermen do only partial upgrades now? What a bunch of slackers. At least they've gotten an Iron Man aesthetic going on. They're Marvel fans! Good on them. The military is no help; they're actually on punishment duty, because they're basically the worst of the worst. Why are they even allowed in the military then...?

Apparently the Cybermen were defeated by blowing up an entire galaxy. Blowing things up is the go-to solution.

There's a reason he's nicknamed "John Nukem Sheridan".

The Doctor puts Clara in charge of the army and asks her to make sure they don't blow anything up.

I...have something to say about a later episode in which Clara is in a similar situation, but let's just wait till we get there, shall we?

The Doctor gets himself partially upgraded too. He is now Locutus of Borg the Cyberplanner, Mr. Clever. Yes, an upgraded Doctor still has his ego and sense of humor fully intact.

RESISTANCE IS FEZZES. Wait, what? YOU HEARD ME.

So the Doctor and Mr. Clever play a chess game, and yes everyone made Pixar chess game jokes. Luckily the Cybermen are still bizarrely vulnerable to gold. You'd think they would have fixed that by now?

Meanwhile, Clara takes away the bomb detonator, and the Cybermen kill the captain before she can use voice command. The army struggles, but unfortunately the Cybermen's foray into the Star Trek universe allowed them to have tea with the Borg, and now they're actually effective. Their collective consciousness allows them to upgrade and adapt very quickly. So the Doctor saves the straggling army by using his own ego against him. I bet you I can win in three moves! Mr. Clever promptly diverts his entire army to figuring out a chess game. This gives the Doctor enough time to activate a pulse which gets rid of Mr. Clever.

I love the power glove. It's so bad.

They fetch the TARDIS, and Porridge, who is actually the emperor, voice activates the bomb and teleports everyone away to his ship. He then proposes to Clara, who finds the idea of ruling a galaxy to be a bit overwhelming.

So this was awesome. We always wondered what would happen if the Doctor were ever upgraded, and here it is. With all the logic of the Cybermen he is...even more ridiculous than before. And I loved every minute of it.


The Name of the Doctor

We open on a very confusing montage of Claras. Clara on Gallifrey, redirecting the First Doctor to the TARDIS. Clara trying to chase down Bessie. (As we all would.) Seeing the Second Doctor on an adventure with the Eighth Doctor (a reference to the first Eight Doctor novel, in which he met his previous incarnations?) Clara watching the Seventh Doctor climb over a railing for literally no reason at all.

Meanwhile, Strax is hanging out in Glasgow, because he loves the Scottish. This makes complete sense. Madame Vastra arranges for a psychic meeting-everyone has to be unconscious for this, so Clara gets a letter covered in a soporific substance, which isn't creepy at all, Madame Vastra.

ALSO RIVER IS THERE, RIVER I THOUGHT WE WOULD NEVER SEE YOU AGAIN

"Don't mind me, I'm just being better than all of you right now."


The point of this meeting? Something is trying to alter the Doctor's reality, and to stop it, he has to go to Trenzalore. Before they can get much further, Jenny remembers that she forgot to shut the front door...and is nearly killed by the Great Intelligence, and his HORRIBLE HORRIBLE THINGS HE CALLS WHISPERMEN, WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU YOG-SOTHOTH, GET BACK TO YER NEW ENGLAND PLOTS

WHYYYYYYYYYYY

Clara pulls herself out of the meeting, and finds that the Doctor is playing Blindman's Bluff with the kids. Except they left to see a movie, and he's been wandering the house blindfolded for a while. When Clara tells him what's going on, our poor 11 actually starts crying. See, Trenzalore is where his grave will be-he will die there in battle. It's also the grave for the TARDIS, and when they go there, the Doctor has to shut her off so they can land.

There, they find the future TARDIS, whose dimensional field is breaking down, and she has become enormous. She has actually merged with the ground, and her memories show up as gravestones. River, still in psychic connection with Clara, follows her and the Doctor into the tunnels under the fields.

There, at the entrance to the tomb, is the Great Intelligence, with the Paternoster gang held hostage by his Whispermen, WHO ARE STILL HORRIBLE MIGHT I REMIND YOU. He demands that the Doctor open the grave, which can only be done by saying his name. He refuses, but River does.

The Doctor's corpse is essentially his impact on the time-space continuum, which is really cool.

Everyone gets to become shiny in science fiction.

The Great Intelligence enters it and begins changing everything about the Doctor's life. Jenny disappears, since it was the Doctor who saved her; Strax reverts to being a typical Sontaran, and has to be killed by Vastra. The stars start going out. Is this like the stars being right? I'm not sure if Yog-Sothoth is even focusing on that right now.

That's when Clara realizes what her various incarnations mean. She has to enter the Doctor's timeline too, and fight the Great Intelligence every step of the way. She does so, and we get a call-back to the montage at the beginning.

Everything is restored. The Doctor reveals he was aware of River the whole time, and finally gets a chance to say goodbye properly. Then he jumps into his timeline after Clara to bring her back out.

And there they find another Doctor in amongst the ones we already know. He is in shadow, and the Doctor is terrified of him. But Clara already knows-this one isn't called the Doctor. He did something so horrible that he dropped that title...

HE IS JOHN HURT AND HE NEEDS ALL OF THE HUGS



I loved this for the explanation about Clara and the Great Intelligence, and for the introduction to the War Doctor. The Whispermen were incredibly creepy. No eyes! Too many sharp teeth! What is wrong with Steven Moffat? Everything, that is what. Also, the Great Intelligence name drops the Valeyard, just to tease the fans some more with the plot line that will never be.

"Sure is a nice series you have there Moffat. Be a shame if something...happened to it."

Also, Strax doesn't understand hair, so he assumes that River's hair just means that she has a very large head.

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Steven Universe hits Apple Arcade in Unleash the Light

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Fans of Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe can play as their favorite character in Unleash the Light, a role playing game that just launched on Apple Arcade. Some titles based on TV shows just glue familiar characters onto an unrelated game. Not this one; it features an original story co-written by Rebecca Sugar, the creator Steven […]

(via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


          

Præsident Donald Trump: Bring retfærdighed til Verden: Frikend Lyndon LaRouche for anklager.

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På Schiller Instituttets konference d. 16. -17. november 2019 i Bad Soden, Tyskland, under titlen “Menneskehedens fremtid som en kreativ art i Universet” (The Future of Humanity as a Creative Species in the Universe”) vedtog over 300 deltagere fra mere end 30 lande, repræsenterende alle seks kontinenter, følgende opfordring ved akklamation: I enestående historiske øjeblikke kan en enkelt afgørende handling […]

Indlægget Præsident Donald Trump: Bring retfærdighed til Verden:<br> Frikend Lyndon LaRouche for anklager. blev vist første gang den Schiller Instituttet.


          

November 28 - Thursday of the 34th Week in Ordinary Time, Year I

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(Dn.6:12-28;   Dn.3:59,68-74;   Lk.21:20-28)  “Your ransom is near at hand.” “He is a deliverer and savior, working signs and wonders in heaven and on earth.”  And as “He delivered Daniel from the lions’ power,” so He shall save our souls from the destruction to come upon the face of the earth. The king’s prayer is answered: “To Daniel he said, ‘May your God whom you serve so constantly, save you.’”  And when the lions’ mouths are closed because of David’s innocence before God and men, Darius in awe of the living God writes to the nations that the kingdom of the God of Daniel “shall not be destroyed, and His dominion shall be without end.”  Another pagan king is brought to his knees in truth…  “Praise and exalt Him above all forever”!  Indeed, “let the earth bless the Lord.” But it is deliverance which is our theme today.  Daniel is delivered from certain death in the lions’ den, and our Lord speaks to us of the utter destruction of Jerusalem and the coming of the end of time – “Jerusalem will be trampled by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled” – and of our means of escape from annihilation.  Yes, we must flee the devastation that is near, flee to the mountains from the midst of the city, not linger behind in the land of Sodom as the angel comes to guide us to safety.  Indeed, we must lift our heads to the sky even as its powers are shaken and all comes crashing to the ground but the strength of our God.  For on that Day He will be made manifest, and on that Day, if we “stand up straight,” our deliverance from sin and the powers of this world will be joyously known by our eternal souls.  And we shall celebrate as did the king and Daniel upon the holy man’s removal from the lion’s den – and we shall praise the Almighty’s name with “nights and days,” with “lightnings and clouds,” with all the elements of the Lord’s universe.  Alleluia! Fear not, brothers and sisters, “in anticipation of what is coming upon the earth.”  Even as you are called, so you must be – to be “clever as snakes and innocent as doves” (Mt.10:16).  Follow the saints’ examples in simple obedience to the Shepherd’s voice and, harboring no ill will toward your persecutors, be prepared to lay down your life if it be in the Lord’s will, knowing full well that He will rescue you.* *  For this final thought I credit St. John Chrysostom and his wisdom, as found in this morning's Office of Readings. ******* O LORD, you are coming with great power and glory – praise your holy NAME! YHWH, we need not fear that the lion’s mouth will close upon us.  Though the heavens be shaken and darkness cover the land, with your Son we may stand tall.  Anticipation of His coming, joy at the salvation He brings – the eternal peace that follows in His wake – will keep us strong on the Day of judgment.  From the den of the lion we shall be freed. The end must come, we know, O LORD.  All these things must pass away.  May we stand in innocence before you on that day, and so live with you forever in your kingdom.  In this city let us not desire to remain, but with your Son let us fly to Heaven. O LORD, let all hearts turn to you before that great and terrible Day; let even the kings of this world recognize you as the one true God.  Send your angels throughout the earth to work your wonders and save all holy souls from destruction.
          

2019 Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar (25 photos)

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Time once more for one of my favorite holiday traditions: the 12th annual Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar. Every day until Wednesday, December 25, this page will present one new incredible image of our universe from NASA's Hubble telescope. Be sure to come back every day until the 25th, or follow on Twitter (@TheAtlPhoto) or Facebook for daily updates. I hope you enjoy these amazing and awe-inspiring images and the efforts of the science teams who have brought them to Earth. And once more, I want to say how fortunate I feel to have been able to share photo stories with you all year, and how much fun I have putting this calendar together every December. Wishing you all a merry Christmas, happy holidays, and peace on Earth.

A Colossal Shell of Light. Spirals of dust swirl across trillions of kilometers of interstellar space as an expanding halo of light around a distant star, named V838 Monocerotis illuminates the giant cloud. The glow comes from the red supergiant star at the middle of the image, which gave off a flashbulb-like pulse of light, This image shows the progress the light-pulse had made after two years of traveling away from the star in all directions, imaged by Hubble on February 8, 2004. V838 Monocerotis is located about 20,000 light-years away from Earth in the direction of the constellation Monoceros, at the outer edge of our Milky Way galaxy. ( NASA, the Hubble Heritage Team, AURA / STScI, and ESA)

          

Podcast: Who doesn't love a good Thanksgiving meal?

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Thanksgiving is probably the best traditional holiday meal in the entire universe.
          

Dove Channel Brings Out Holiday Classics; CW Gets DC Universe Series with Sitcom Star

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The DOVE Channel turns back the clock this holiday season, as the faith-based digital-first Cinedigm (CIDM) network puts the spotlight on four retro classics from Hollywood's Golden Age. As part of this special event, DOVE Channel is giving viewers a chance to enjoy premium programming for the whole family all year long with the "Deck the Halls with DOVE" offer-available for just $19.99. The
          

Gateway and the Protectorate - An Equinox Sourcebook

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Gateway and the Protectorate - An Equinox SourcebookPublisher: Vagrant Workshop

The gargantuan ring structure known as Gateway Station is a shining beacon in the night, a marvel of human engineering, and a symbol of the Protectorate’s dominance over the Sol system. Gateway threads the vast expanse of the Earth Belt and houses more than three billion people, countless industrial facilities, space ports, docks, warehouses, and military areas, as well as the Protectorate headquarters.

To some, Gateway is a shining bulwark against the forces of evil.
To others, the legacy of Earth has become the eye of darkness.

Gateway Station and the Protectorate is a sourcebook adding further detail to the Equinox Universe. In this book, you learn more about how the Protectorate government is organized, its movers and shakers, and its long history. Explore Gateway‘s open-sky habitation areas, its industrial sectors filled with production facilities, habitation hubs, warehouses, and automated systems. Take a journey from its abandoned and rotten bowels to its spaceward-facing outer shell and find out what lies here and beyond: space traffic control, ports, the big asteroids held close for mining, and the vast military power of the Protectorate Fleet.

For use with the Equinox Setting and Match System Guides.

Price: $9.95
          

He-Man - Masters Of The Universe - Super Adventure

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He-Man - Masters Of The Universe - Super Adventure
CONDITION:- GREAT
COMPATIBILITY:-

ZX SPECTRUM 48K / 128K RANGE

FORMAT:- CASSETTE
CASE/BOX TYPE:- DOUBLE CASSETTE / JEWEL

 

 Quick description

Much rarer alternative adventure game release of the He-Man licenced game from US Gold!

          

He-Man - Masters Of The Universe - The Movie

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He-Man - Masters Of The Universe - The Movie
CONDITION:- GREAT, and in a brand new case!
COMPATIBILITY:-

ZX SPECTRUM 48K / 128K RANGE

FORMAT:- CASSETTE
CASE/BOX TYPE:- DOUBLE CASSETTE / JEWEL

 

 Quick description

Hard-to-find release of the He-Man movie licenced arcade action game from Gremlin.

          

BlazBlue series producer would welcome the chance to work with the Marvel or D.C. intellectual properties

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According to Gearnuke, BlazBlue series producer, Toshimichi Mori, is apparently a big fan of the Marvel and D.C. universes. So much so that he would welcome an opportunity to work with either intellectual property.

Gearnuke had the opportunity to ask him some questions during Arc REVO America 2019. This had him talking about which intellectual properties he would be interested in working with.


          

UFOs, RUFOs, and UAPs

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Since 1947 when the “flying saucer” craze first impacted public awareness in a significant way, many books and articles have been published, numerous radio and television specials have been produced, and much interpersonal discussion has been generated. Waves of sightings have occurred periodically. Almost everyone has been a party to these discussions at some point during their life. People are asked, “What is your opinion on flying saucers?” The first reports of these phenomena were popularly described as flying saucers after a famous 1947 sighting in Washington State. Historically, many unidentified phenomena throughout history were described as “saucer-like.”

What do we mean by saucer-like? This is only one description of UFOs. Their shape may be saucer or disc-like. But UAP (unidentified aerial phenomena) is a term from a more modern perspective. The phenomena have appeared in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Some hover; others maneuver at impossible speeds. They have also acquired a wide variety of explanations—inspection and/or invasions by extraterrestrial beings, intrusions from foreign military powers, or evidence of clandestine military research technology from our own military. Errant human perception, faulty description, or hallucination rate as possibilities. Personal opinions regarding UAPs vary widely. The spectrum of belief is wide, indeed.  

Some people do not believe in UFOs for a variety of reasons. Even residual UFOs (RUFOs—those UFOs left over after doubtful sightings are explained away) are subject to question by skeptics who are still in denial concerning these mysterious occurrences. Statistics concerning public belief in UFOs can be confusing. For example, 56% of Americans think UFOs are real. 60% of Americans think human activity or natural phenomena are responsible. About two-thirds of Americans believe the US government is hiding information from the public. Half of those believe alien spacecraft are responsible for the hiding.

In the US 16% of the population has “personally witnessed what they thought was a UFO. 84% have not. 20% of the population in the western US make this claim, while only 12% of easterners have claimed to witness an unidentified flying object. Regionality, therefore, is significant. UAPs seem to gravitate toward population or military centers. We offer a preliminary caveat to our discussion: Apparent surveillance by UFOs so far does not equate to “foreign” conquest. To date, our planetary societies have NOT been threatened or attacked.

An internet search reveals multiple articles on UFOs and their history. Many accounts of UFOs are credible, still unexplained, and occurring throughout human history. Since the modern flying saucer craze began in 1947, many more credible reports have occurred, sometimes in clusters. Among many famous figures who have offered their opinions have been Allen Hynek (1910-1986) and Jaques Vallée (b. 1939). Hynek became convinced of an IDH, an “interdimensional overlap” with our familiar dimensions. Vallée has spoken of “other dimensions beyond space/time.” Early UFO researchers were more convinced of the ETH, the extra-terrestrial hypothesis which proposed that visitors from other planets or locations beyond our solar system have discovered methods of traversing enormous distances from outside Planet Earth using advanced space travel technology. 

With passing time it now appears that the IDH (interdimensional hypothesis) holds more promise from a scientific perspective. Another term for the IDH is supernature, or the supernatural. In future posts we will address further IDH and supernatural hypotheses. In the past several years even government agencies have publicly admitted that RUFOs are real—a vastly more explicit admission than at any time in the past. Our blog will deal with these revelations in future posts.

There are multiple explanatory hypotheses for UAPs. There exists an abundance of opinion to match the hypotheses. Skeptics may insist that UFOs are manifestations of natural phenomena such as reflections, unusual temperature inversions, cloud formations, or even flocks of birds. A reasonable or logical explanation for an unusual UFO sighting commands support from a variety of interested  parties.

Let us conclude with two accounts from Northern New Jersey where I lived and worked for nearly fifty years. The first account is reported to provide comic relief from concern over the serious subject of UAPs. A famous hoax was perpetrated in 2009 in Morris County which fooled thousands of local residents and was reported widely on local and national television. The hoax was even reported on a program produced by History Channel—“UFO Hunters.”

Two young men assembled, ignited, and launched highway flares at night on fishing line attached to large helium balloons. On five occasions over several weeks in January and February 2009 they launched from five to nine red flares. The sightings, visible over a wide area, astonished people in Morris County and around the country. Many local and national mainstream media reported it. It has been described as “the biggest hoax ever covered by the mainstream media” by Reddit. “UFO Hunters” deleted their program soon after the hoaxers confessed and documented their activity in detail. Wikipedia has a lengthy article on the “Morristown UFO Hoax.” Curiously, the 2002 volume by Hugh Ross, Kenneth Samples, and Mark Clark—A Rational Christian Look at UFOs and Extraterrestrials described in some detail that “…less than 1% (of UFOs) have been shown to be hoaxes…..The most common type of UFO hoax is a prank balloon, which involves tying a flare or candle to a helium-filled balloon. On rare occasions elaborate hoaxes have been perpetrated, necessitating a more extensive investigation.” Did the hoaxers use the Ross book, published seven years before their prank, as a source for their ideas? We do not know.

The young men were fined $250 and sentenced to fifty hours of community service. They later noted “If a respected UFO investigator can easily be manipulated and dead wrong on one UFO case, is it possible he’s wrong on most (or all) of them?” The hoaxers passed off their prank as a “social experiment” but stated they would do it all over again. 

The other event took place in 1952 a few miles west of the Morristown during the height of a number of eastern US sightings, many around Washington, DC. I was a teenager who had digested many UFO reports. After dark I spotted a very bright light near the southeast horizon, barely moving. After observing the slowly ascending light it disappeared behind a row of trees. When it reappeared it was barely visible much higher in the sky moving very rapidly. At no time was any noise generated. My next door adult neighbor also reported seeing the phenomenon the next day, his description matching mine almost exactly. Had I observed a UFO? Perhaps. 

Dr. Hugh Ross states in his closing chapter that, “If one takes the extradimensional hypotheses to mean that entities could come into the universe from a spiritual realm, one can see a remarkable coincidence between science and Scripture.” We strongly recommend reading the Ross volume for its thoroughgoing treatment of the RUFO/UAP phenomenon from a sound Christian perspective. 

  





    








    

          

New Vision Photography: Playing the Angles

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The theme of disturbing the universe of expectations was evident in the photographs of László Moholy-Nagy, which expressed the same New Vision. If Moholy-Nagy redefined photography he did so from the inside out. The Eiffel Tower the pinnacle and the predictor of modern urban existence—raw and unfaced, without façade, unclad—was best-known from afar. While most […]
          

Poetry Friday -- Call for Hosts

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It's that time again. Six months have passed since last we queued up to host the Poetry Friday roundups.

If you'd like to host a roundup between January and June 2020, leave your choice(s) of date(s) in the comments. I'll update regularly to make it easier to see which dates have been claimed.

What is the Poetry Friday roundup? A gathering of links to posts featuring original or shared poems, or reviews of poetry books. A carnival of poetry posts. Here is an explanation that Rene LaTulippe shared on her blog, No Water River, and here is an article Susan Thomsen wrote for the Poetry Foundation.

Who can do the Poetry Friday roundup? Anyone who is willing to gather the links in some way, shape, or form (Mr. Linky, "old school" in the comments-->annotated in the post, or ???) on the Friday of your choice. If you are new to the Poetry Friday community, jump right in, but perhaps choose a date later on so that we can spend some time getting to know each other.

How do you do a Poetry Friday roundup? If you're not sure, stick around for a couple of weeks and watch...and learn! One thing we're finding out is that folks who schedule their posts, or who live in a different time zone than you, appreciate it when the roundup post goes live sometime on Thursday.

How do I get the code for the PF Roundup Schedule for the sidebar of my blog? You can grab the list from the sidebar here at A Year of Reading, or I'd be happy to send it to you if you leave me your email address. You can always find the schedule on the Kidlitosphere Central webpage.

Why would I do a Poetry Friday Roundup? Community, community, community. It's like hosting a poetry party on your blog!

And now for the where and when:

January
3    Carol at Carol's Corner
10  Sally at Sally Murphy
17  Catherine at Reading to the Core
24  Kat at Kathryn Apel
31  Jone at Deowriter

February
7    Laura at Writing the World for Kids
14  Linda B. at TeacherDance
21  Cheriee at Library Matters
28  Karen at Karen Edmisten*

March
6    Rebecca at Sloth Reads
13  Matt at Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme
20  Michelle at Michelle Kogan
27  Tabatha at The Opposite of Indifference

April
3    Heidi at my juicy little universe
10  Amy at The Poem Farm
17  Molly at Nix the Comfort Zone
24  Christie at Wondering and Wandering

May
1   Liz at Elizabeth Steinglass
8   Michelle at Today's Little Ditty
15 Jama at Jama's Alphabet Soup
22 Linda at A Word Edgewise
29 Mary Lee at A Year of Reading

June
5   Margaret at Reflections on the Teche
12 Irene at Live Your Poem
19 Tricia at The Miss Rumphius Effect
26 Karen at Karen's Got a Blog!



          

Comment on Letter to Disciples No.303: NEW APPEARANCE, YOUNG SPIRIT ( Thư gửi các trò 303: SẮC MỚI, SỨC TRẺ) by Tantra Sutradaka

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Reverend Gurujee Om Mani Padme Hum I bow before your lotus feet. Buddha has once said that that the universe is in the constant state of flux. One cannot bath in the same river twice. It indicates that anything can't remain immune from the changes. The flow of transformation which is running regularly, has two directions, sublimation and down gradation, upward or down ward. For all the disciples it is a pleasant surprise that in our Song Nguyen Tantra House a radical change has taken place in both the way, physical and spiritual. On physical side it is not lagging behind the rapid development of the modern science and technology in creating an ultra-modern look of the Tantra House which is well furnished and equipped with the modern sophisticated instruments that create comfort and composer for the persons living there. It also provides a spiritual environment that is soothing for meditational practices. Taken together the congenial condition and spiritual blending of the Tantra House is tantalizing me and creating in me inquisitive impulse to visit it once again. On the other hand the spiritual and academic activity has increased tremendously with the emergence of enlightened minds and learned disciples. The regular reading of the articles and commenting on them have on the one hand, sharpened the spiritual and academic edge of the disciples. This has resulted in a number of enlightening comments and article of the disciples. The present article is simply the glimpses of the replica of the sustainable development of Pure Mind Buddhism wherein very many disciples have been showered forth with the ambrosia of benediction in terms of various awards set to be given in the forthcoming conference. This is the indicator of emerging and increasing art and acumen of the disciples in every fields of life, mundane and supra-mundane. I, with the totality of my personality, right from my head to the tip of the toe, bow before the lotus feet of my Guru for his kind compassion on me which guiding me the path even in the darkest of the night. Om Many Padme Hum May all the sentient beings live in peace and happiness. Long live our holy Guru along with his consort for the uplift of the mankind and other sentient beings of the universe. With the Buddha's words Bhavatu Sabba Mangalam, Tantrasutradaka (Avinash Kumar Srivastava)
          

Meditations-Psalm139:13-22 “Possess my reins”

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Predestination is a Theological term expressing the principle where Power and Wisdom of God are equally in display so our physical universe has its measured growth,  totally reined in by God’s Holiness. The Heavens declare they glory is seen in … Continue reading
          

A New Remarkable Triassic Herrerasaurid

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Dinosaur of the day Pelecanimimus, the "pelican mimic" with over 200 teeth.

Interview with Stuart Sumida, biology professor at California State University, San Bernardino, and an anatomical consultant to special effect artists and animators. He’s worked on over 50 films with many studios (Disney, Pixar, ILM, many more) as well as with games (Blizzard), written books, published numerous scientific articles, and led digs around the world.

In dinosaur news this week:

  • A new remarkable early herrerasaurid, Gnathovorax cabreirai, was found in Brazil
  • A new set of Oryctodromeus fossils were found in Idaho including at least one new burrow
  • Crystal Palace dinosaur park in the UK may be getting a new, permanent bridge so visitors can get closer to the dinosaurs
  • Avengers #26 will show the "first superhero" in the Marvel Universe, a T. rex

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Billy Dee Williams, who returns to the Star Wars universe as Lando Calrissian in this month’s The Rise of Skywalker, sat down with Esquire for a wide-ranging interview. In the interview, Williams came out as gender fluid: “What haven’t diminished at age 82 are his style, his confidence, and his effortless charm. In a simple […]

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FBP 720 - The End Times

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In this episode: Christ is King of the universe; Jesus is God and will come to usher in the end of the world; Rapture? The New Testament speaks of the End Times; A reflection of our proclamation of the end of the world in the Ordinary of the Mass

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The Fatherhood of God

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Galatians 4:4–7 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.

There are many people today that believe in God. People believe that God exists or maybe exists. There is no problem in modern days to believe in some form of deity and have a monotheistic view of his existence. In Asia is common to believe in many gods but in western countries people that even have doubts have no problem in either accepting or debating the existence of one God.

What people have a hard time to understand is that God reveals himself to us in different ways but one form, “The Father”.

Knowing the Father

Here’s what Jesus had to say about God in His days,

John 16:2-3 2 They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. 3 And they will do these things because they have not known the Father, nor me.

Jesus explained that it wasn’t enough to believe in God but he was teaching people to get to know Him and the Father. Reading the gospels we can detect that only four times does Jesus so much as mention the name of God, while He speaks of the Father at least forty times.

The revelation of God as the Father of men

The revelation of God as the Father of men was a practically new conception exposed in the teaching and in the life of our Lord Jesus Christ—not in His teaching alone. We should never have known God as Father by the message of Jesus Christ only; we should never have been able to conceive what Christ’s idea of God was if we had not seen that idea worked out in the very person of Jesus Christ Himself. It was not alone that He told us what God was. He said that when He walked before men, He was Himself one with the Father on Whom the eyes of men might gaze:

John 14:6-10 “I am the way, and the truth, and the life: no one cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye would have known my Father also; from henceforth ye have known Him and have seen Him. Philip saith unto Him, Lord show us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus said unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and dost thou not know me, Philip? He that hath seen me hath seen the Father; how sayest thou, Show us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I say unto you I speak not from myself: but the Father abiding in me doeth His works.”

When Christ told us that to see Him was to see the Father, we learned that fatherhood is something expressed in humility, obedience, service, purity, innocent suffering, honorable death, and victory over sin and the grave. Divine fatherhood, in other words, is love and power exercised on behalf of others. The bond between the Father and us is no longer merely what it was in the Old Testament era. The God of Israel has become our abba, an ancient Aramaic word for “Daddy” (Gal. 4:6).

The ”Father” in the Old Testament

The notion that God is a father, of course, is rooted in the Hebrew Scriptures (e.g., Exod. 4:22; Deut. 32:6; Isa. 43:6; 63:16; 64:8; Jer. 31:9, 20; Hos. 11:1; Mal. 2:10). What marks Christian doctrine off from Jewish doctrine (and even far more from pagan doctrine) in this regard is not the paternity of God, but the centrality and emphasis given it by Christ.

The fatherhood of God was constantly on the lips of Christ, from the time He was 12 and told Mary and Joseph He had to be about His Father’s business (Luke 2:49) until the very end of His earthly life, when, on the cross,

He prayed for His executioners and commended His spirit into His Father’s hands (Luke 23:34, 46). Between those two episodes stand many dozens of affirmations concerning the fatherhood of God. Nor is Christ alone in these affirmations for, as a converted Jew, Paul also affirmed his belief in the fatherhood of God (Rom. 1:7; 1 Cor. 8:6; 2 Cor. 1:3; 11: 31; Col. 1:3), as did all the apostles. For biblical and historic Christianity, the supreme name of God is “Father.”

God’s fatherhood

God’s fatherhood is perhaps the most fundamental thing about Him. That is why He is constantly making us — each of us — His children. That is why He is constantly desiring to make a family of us. He will not relent until He has succeeded. His paternity makes it so. When we echo the words of Christ and call God “Father,” when we recite the Creed, meant as it is for those who are born again, we are naming God as our Father and Christ as our Brother, a Brother with whom we are the joint heirs of the universe (Rom. 8:17; Heb. 1:2). As the adopted children of God, we claim membership in a family much more extensive, important, and enduring than the human family from which we sprang. To confess belief in God the Father, therefore, is to affirm belief in an ultimately benevolent universe.

ASCENSION - the right hand of the Father

John 20:17 “Mary, go and tell my disciples that I ascend unto my Father, and your Father, my God and your God”

The ascension is an image from the ancient world’s royal ceremonies. The new king would enter the throne room, the inner sanctum, in a spectacular procession. He began his session at the royal court by giving gifts and appointing governors over the realm.

The Ascension moves Christ’s work from one of humiliation to exaltation. Currently, the Lord Jesus is in heaven. The Scriptures frequently picture Him at the right hand of the Father-a position of honor and authority (Psalm 110:1; Ephesians 1:20; Hebrews 8:1).

The right hand of the Father

The right hand of God (Dextera Domini “right hand of the Lord” in Latin) or God’s right hand may refer to the Bible and common speech as a metaphor for the omnipotence of God and as a motif in art. In the Bible, to be at the right side “is to be identified as being in the special place of honor”. the “right hand” is used throughout the Scriptures as a symbol for both intimacy with, and the power and authority of, God. Thus in the Gospels, Jesus quotes from Psalm 110: “The Lord said to my Lord: ‘Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet’” (Matthew 22:44).

The idea here is of God “the Father, Almighty, the maker of heaven and earth”, enthroned in the heavens, before whom all Creation bows down. And since the “one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son” is as fully and truly God as the Father is, he is enthroned alongside him, as his equal. In heaven no one seats at the left hand of the father since there is no room for lack of honour in the Throne room. Through Christ, we are (or at least have the potential to become) “heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:17). As such, then in our rightful home of heaven, we will dwell in the divine beatitude – that is to say, at the right hand of the Father, along with our fellow human being Jesus Christ.


          

What to expect from the next generation of The Walking Dead

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The Walking Dead has been a major player on television for almost a decade, and while ratings and viewership figures have dropped significantly in that time, it remains one of AMC’s hottest properties, one that’s fast expanding its universe. We’re halfway through the tenth season and the show is flourishing under showrunner Angela Kang, after […]

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Hi DC heroes! There has been a lot of speculation as to whether Henry Cavill would continue in his role as Superman for the DC Cinematic Universe. Fear not! Could this statement from ‘Black Adam’ director Hiram Garcia indicate that there may a possibility for Cavill to return as the Man of Steel?  “I think the DC Universe is a wonderful universe and we’re open to everything. We have big aspirations for it. We’re friends with Henry. [Dwayne] and Henry are friends, it’s a huge comic book brand as well. And I always just loved the idea. Who knows? But man, Black Adam for Superman is really cool. That’d be really powerful.” Though Henry Cavill’s portrayal of Superman divided fans, it also generated a passionate following. Mr. Cavill indeed, tries to be a Superman on and off-stage! The particular portrayal of Superman by the Brit actor was note-worthy as a modern re-telling of the character. It attempted to be a deconstruction of the mythical character by the creative vision of Zack Snyder and presented a modern take that showed Superman making questionable moral choices such as the killing of Zod in ‘Man of Steel’ which passionately divided fans. Black Adam […]

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Bethany R. Lindell’s Newly Released “The Hybridian Way” Is an...

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“The Hybridian Way” from Christian Faith Publishing author Bethany R. Lindell is a fast-paced chase down futuristic space lanes as one man tries to keep his revolutionary research from being exploited...

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Iron Studios: Captain America The First Avenger Art Scale 1/10 – MCU 10 Years CCXP 2019 Event Exclusive

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Iron Studios ha ufficialmente annunciato la Art Scale, dedicata a Captain America nella versione Marvel Cinematic Universe come esclusiva per l’evento CCXP 2019. Questa statica celebra il decimo anniversario... Leggi tutto
          

Roma divatmárka képviselte Magyarországot a Thai Selyem Divathéten

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한국대표팀이인조잔디에적응할수있는시간은공식훈련원주출장안마1시간이전부다.

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[사진김남헌사진가] 서울성수동의한평범한2층짜리건물. 그는“이의원은최근언론을통해‘한국당은잡초근성이부족해직접원주출장안마수리하겠다’고밝히는등스스로가서있어야할곳이한국당임을분명히했다”며“이러한행위는당원으로서의책무를논하기이전에인간으로서의품격과이성을잃은것”이라고도했다.포장김치가께름칙해서힘들어도직접김장을담그던핵심김장층조차김장대열에서이탈하고있다는의미다.80대에들어서도‘아메리칸스나이퍼’‘설리:허드슨강의기적’등꾸준히수작을내놓았다.시골집어귀살랑살랑꼬리쳐모두를살갑게맞아준정많고똘똘한그놈….시골집어귀살랑살랑꼬리쳐모두를원주출장안마살갑게맞아준서울출장만남정많고똘똘한그놈…. 다만,최저임금인상과관련해서는“지난번교섭단체대표연설때한말이내입장”이라며속도조절론에변함이없다는뜻을밝혔다.배당이낮을수록확률이커서,손흥민보다반데이크가선정될확률이높다는의미다.”40~50년이걸려도좋다.. ● 진주출장안마 삼성모바일기기에정통한중국트위터계정아이스유니버스(@UniverseIce)가제작했다. ● 진주출장만남 파이낸셜타임스(FT)에따르면2016년8월중국인민은행은위안화가치를지키기위해한달동안1070억달러의외환보유액을소진했다.원주출장안마하지만홍콩·호주·영국·캐나다의학교로입학을희망하는학생도많다.트럼프대통령도“작은(smaller)미사일”이라며“미국을위협하는게아니다”라고의미를축소했다.그런데여행을가서다른매트리스에서자보니불편하더라고요.또6명의어린이가부상을당했고1명은실종상태다.대구출장안마[AP=연합뉴스]선수스카우트는구단전력인천출장마사지구성을위한선수수급의젖줄이다. 황교안대표는국민에게사과하고정책위의장을사퇴시킬것을촉구한다”고말했다.메탄발생량이많이늘어난탓이다. 이에따라한화갤러리아는27일부터한화갤러리아타임월드의주식공개매수에나선다.11년간3500명이상없다지만…안전성여부미지수  무엇보다인보사에대한안전성여부가현재로썬확실치않다는점이문제다.11년간3500명이상없다지만…안전성여부미지수  무엇보다인보사에대한안전성여부가현재로썬확실치않다는점이문제다.미팅을마치고동료들끼리커피한잔하면서수다를떨지만,비대면업무즉원격업무생활은철저히혼자다.폼페이오장관은“이란과의전쟁을원치않는다”면서도군사적행동을포함한모든걸고려중이라고말했다.비타민D는혈중칼슘·인의수준을정상범위로조절하고평형을유지해골다공증위험을줄이는데도움을준다.대림역12번출구모습.  그러면서북한을협상테이블로끌어내는데일본의원주출장만남역할이컸다고강조했다.“황량한벌판가운데를서울출장샵묵묵히전진하다보면인간의덩어리가점차풀어지는(失)듯한착각이엄습(襲)할때가있다.“황량한벌판가운데를서울출장안마묵묵히전진하다보면인간의덩어리가점차풀어지는(失)듯한착각이엄습(襲)할때가있다.[사진체코수의학처]특히직업사냥꾼만으로는야생멧돼지를도살처분에한계가있다고판단,벨기에군대의저격병을차출해야생멧돼지사냥에투입하기로한것이다. ● 진주콜걸 술에취한채운전하다접촉사고를내고도망친현직경찰관이경찰에붙잡혔다.오른쪽은답변하는박원순서울시장.이변호사는변협인권위원회활동을하며만났는데서울출장마사지개혁에대한의지가강해서직접부탁했다.실시간날씨정보를제공해언제환기를하는것이좋을지알려주는미래형창호에주목하는배경이다. 대구출장마사지A씨는경찰에서당시일부여성들이술자리에간것은사실이지만성매매는없었다며의혹전반을부인한것으로전해졌다.5초를달성한KSTAR플라즈마의모습.서로가지고있던흉기를떨어뜨린A씨와남편이몸싸움을벌였고그과정에서A씨가떨어진흉기를다시들어남편을찔렀다. ● 진주출장마사지  청와대는2차북ㆍ미정상회담개최속보가전해지는대로관련논평을낼계획이다. 화웨이가지난9월독일뮌헨에서공개한신제품TV‘화웨이비전’. 화웨이가지난9월독일뮌헨에서공개한신제품TV‘화웨이비전’. ● 진주출장업소 “ 문재인더불어민주당대표와구미출장샵김무성새누리당대표가2016년중소기업인신년인사회에서얘기를나누고있다.   운전자가쓰러진사고차량에들어가기어를주차위치에놓은길요섭씨.국립산림과학원,전국43곳송진피해지파악전북남원,충북제천,강원평창등흔적많아V자상흔최대1.이에비해아카쓰키는스피드감이있고경쾌하고스마트한것으로대조적이었다. 그러나시상식직후일부선수의대구출장마사지경솔한행동이중국팬들을자극했다.‘우유갑’은한단어로굳어졌다는판단아래사전에하나의표제어로올려놓았다.
          

Les industries pour la construction et leur futur (167)

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Le n°167 de Préventique (nov. 2019)
167
Novembre
2019
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2262-2144

Transition énergétique, pour une stratégie de rupture

Recherche et sécurité, pour une stratégie résiliente et globale

 
Le dossier de ce numéro de novembre 2019 veut faire comprendre les enjeux de la filière des industries pour la construction et son futur tel qu’il se dessine à travers la feuille de route de son comité stratégique. Hugues Vérité, le délégué permanent du comité, présente son action dans le Grand Entretien.

Également à découvrir ci-dessous :

  • l’affaire Lubrizol vue par P. Lagadec et J.-F. Narbonne (rubrique Actualité) ;
  • la gestion des risques au cœur de l’aide à la décision stratégique ;
  • et deux focus : Transition énergétique, pour une stratégie de rupture,
    Recherche et sécurité, pour une stratégie résiliente et globale.

Et puis : la montagne d'or guyanaise, l'Affaire du siècle, l'approche économique de l'action des sapeurs-pompiers, la dissuasion nucléaire, un panorama de la politique extérieure de la France et la coopération franco-belge en matière de sécurité civile.

Extrait de l'éditorial: 

Face aux dérèglements mondiaux et locaux, osons l’action !

Alors que s’allument de très nombreux foyers de protestations violentes (une douzaine à la date où nous écrivons, du Chili à l’Algérie en passant par le Soudan, l’Irak et Hong kong), dont la grande cause se situe dans une mondialisation sans frein, où la croissance est socialement complètement injuste et dont certaines institutions en place profitent seules, confisquant pouvoirs et privilèges, comment agir collectivement pour répondre à ces défis ?[…]

Face aux dérèglements mondiaux et locaux, osons l’action !

Alors que s’allument de très nombreux foyers de protestations violentes (une douzaine à la date où nous écrivons, du Chili à l’Algérie en passant par le Soudan, l’Irak et Hong kong), dont la grande cause se situe dans une mondialisation sans frein, où la croissance est socialement complètement injuste et dont certaines institutions en place profitent seules, confisquant pouvoirs et privilèges, comment agir collectivement pour répondre à ces défis ? Soulignons l’excellence de l’analyse qu’en fait Bertrand Badie, de ce qu’il nomme « l’acte 2 de la mondialisation ».1

Alors que ces risques politiques et sociaux liés à une mondialisation débridée s’aggravent, que les risques liés au changement climatique font converger de très nombreux mouvements, que doit-on faire ?

L’approche par les risques devient universelle » note Brigitte Bouquot, présidente de l’Amrae.2 Elle est même fédératrice et les entreprises s’emparent de plus en plus de leurs responsabilités environnementales et sociales pour réduire les risques écologiques, climatiques et sociaux.
En engageant une enquête sur une grande filière industrielle (les industries pour la construction, 200 Mds d’euros de CA) et sur son combat pour relever certains de ces défis, nous voulons montrer que l’action combinée de laboratoires, territoires et entreprises, en lien avec l’État, sur une approche globale et résiliente peut être une forte contribution dans le combat à mener.
Et il est urgent de construire des réflexions hardies de cette nature, comme le proposent entre autres dans le focus « Recherche et sécurité » (p. 58) :

  • Émile Pérez (directeur de la sécurité d’EDF), en associant très largement la recherche pour développer la sécurité au sens large, pour contribuer à l’élaboration de la stratégie des entreprises.
  • Philippe Dubucs, directeur au ministère de la Recherche et de l’Innovation, et Magali Reghezza, son adjointe, pour mieux articuler les sciences (de la nature, de l’homme et de la société) dans les projets actuels sur la sécurité.

C’est un Think Tank, porteur d’idées nouvelles, pour une approche globale que nous devons construire. Mais c’est aussi un Fab lab, promouvant des projets pilotes et des démonstrateurs dans une approche à 360°, reliant recherche, entreprises et territoires. Parce que les risques sont maintenant bien perçus comme globaux (et locaux), à long terme, très divers, la réponse passe par la construction de diverses formes de résilience, facteurs de performance par ailleurs, des territoires, des entreprises et des tissus économiques.
C’est cette proposition que la nouvelle association Alters3 expérimente, comme le présente la rubrique « Communauté des risques ». « Risquer la confiance », souligne Brigitte Bouquot. Avec la confiance, osons aussi l’action !
Didier Raciné

 

1. Cf. www.lemonde.fr/idees/article/2019/11/08/bertrand-badie-l-acte-ii-de-la-m...

2. Cf. www.amrae-rencontres.fr/

3. Cf. https://alters-association.com

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Nature Symposium: Neutrino Physics, Past, Present, and Future

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Five leading scientists share their excitement about neutrino physics and discuss the challenges they are faced with. Neutrinos may be key to tackling deep questions about the Universe, such as the existence of new physics beyond the predictions of the accepted model of particle physics. There are many things we don’t yet fully understand about […]
          

Trusting In Divine Timing And Divine Wisdom

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Hello everybody. Welcome to Spiritual Business Spotlight with Sue Ellis-Saller. Today’s podcast is brought to you by Connect, which is my group that empowers people to connect with the messages they are receiving from the Universe so they can communicate their own messages through their own filter. It’s a really empowering group. I love teaching this. It […]
          

Success Story: Leslie Phillips

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Every day, we’re blasted with ads for the gym, and glossy images of spray-tanned Instagram experts telling us the importance of being fit. Well, if you’ve ever wanted to press a magic “delete” button to…

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Why Jupiter moving into Capricorn really will make now the most wonderful time of the year

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One of the most pivotal astrological events of the year happens this week—and it’s a lucky one: Jupiter—the planet of abundance, growth, and harbinger of good luck—exits Sagittarius and enters into Capricorn on Monday, December 2. After spending the last year in his home sign of Sagittarius, the planet’s entrance into Capricorn heralds a period when hard work and rigor will provide the path to happiness. Jupiter will stay in Capricorn until December 19, 2020.

This station is especially great news for Capricorns and its Earth-sign-element cohorts, Virgo and Taurus. But regardless of your sun sign, Jupiter’s move in Capricorn stands to offer positive effects for all.

This year’s solar eclipse is a cosmic holiday present

Beyond the transit of Jupiter happening this week, we’d be wise to consider its events later in the month. December ends with a south node solar eclipse in Capricorn on the 26th at 12:12 a.m., EST (so Christmas night, depending on your time zone). Then, Jupiter and the sun will form an applying conjunction. It’s worthy to note now because Jupiter is known as the Santa Claus of the cosmos, and given the planet’s close proximity to the sun at Christmas, many blessings and gifts can be expected this year.

Jupiter is known as the Santa Claus of the cosmos, and given the planet’s close proximity to the sun at Christmas, many blessings and gifts can be expected this year.

This is great news for the end-of-year time, but let’s not to forget the far-reaching impact eclipses stand to offer: They can act like a broom and sweep away what’s no longer relevant while simultaneously opening a portal to new beginnings. Often abrupt and lacking a gentle transition, eclipses unclog the pipes of our lives, opening up new pathways for energy to flow. And given that they always travel in pairs, note that the subsequent lunar eclipse will take place shortly after the solar event, on January 10, 2020.

So, buckle your seat belts because we’re going to hit the ground running in 2020: Change is coming, and it’s coming quick. Now is not the time cling to rigidity because the universe is about to toss a curveball or two.

Jupiter in Capricorn exemplifies a work-hard, play-hard time

With Jupiter in Capricorn, the universe is rewarding a nose-to-the-grindstone work ethic, so take your responsibilities seriously. This is not a time to slack off; look at the details of your life. Where are you procrastinating, what are you avoiding, and what responsibilities are you ignoring? Listen to your feelings, emotions, and intuition, and stay touch with your needs.

Outside the Jupiter transit and the eclipse, the rest of the week remains relatively quiet from an astrological perspective. The waxing quarter moon in Pisces happens early in the morning on December 4. At this time, the cosmos command you to integrate the recent learnings you just received during the recent Mercury retrograde. (Mercury clears his retrograde shadow—or “retroshade”—on December 7.)

All combined, the cosmic forecast calls for attention to detail. This is a moment for radical maturity. Take responsibility for what’s unfolding in your life, and own your part. Step up your self-care game, so you feel ready and able to flow with the numerous pivots ahead. To that point, be sure to eat a blood-sugar-balanced diet, keep an eye on your alcohol intake, get as much rest as you can, and most certainly stick to your fitness routine. Breathe and trust that everything is unfolding exactly as it should.

Jennifer Racioppi is the creator of Lunar Logic—a philosophy that integrates the deep wisdom of both science and spirituality, and blends her expertise in astrology, positive psychology, and women’s health—to coach high-achieving female entrepreneurs to reach their next level of success. 

 


          

La thérapie par la couleur

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La Pensée universelle, 1982. Au format in 8 broché de 220 pages, en bon état.

          

HBO to rebrand MAX channels in 2020

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In 2020 new original productions will arrive at HBO. Among Latin Americans, the fifth season of Chumel con Chumel Torres stands out, and Entre Hombres, held in Argentina, Todxs Nosotrxs, the new Brazilian original series that addresses issues based on the LGBTQIA+ universe and the Colombian series Mil Colmillos, among other planned premieres will be [...]
          

Frequently Used Terms

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Allah: the Arabic word for God, the Creator of the universe. It is also used in Arabic versions of the Bible. Allahu Akbar: God is greater or greatest. Arabs: a race of people that share the Arabic language and culture. Not every Arab is a Muslim. In fact, there are [...]
          

Boom! Studios Universe?

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Hi I've been trying to find comics from Boom! Studios universe that share the same universe. So far, I've only found "Irredeemable" and "Incorruptible". Does anybody knows more comics from them that share the same universe? Thanks anyway!
          

Engineering: Sr. Principal Mechanical Engineer - Huntington Beach, California

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At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems in air and space that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our work preserves freedom and democracy, and advances human discovery and our understanding of the universe. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have a lot of fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work - and we have an insatiable drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history. Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems is seeking a Principle Engineer Mechanical to join the Mechanical Ground Systems Engineering team to develop Mechanical Ground Support Equipment (MGSE) in support of the Integration and Test (I&T) of Space Systems located in Redondo Beach, CA. The candidate will use a systems engineering approach to analyze requirements and design a mechanical solution by creating 3D models and drawings utilizing CATIA V5. In particular, the candidate will create layout drawings, fabrication drawings and engineering change orders, give design review presentations and perform fundamental types of analysis (e.g. strength of materials). Other tasks will include fabrication engineering liaison support, hardware testing, and supporting I&T operations as related to MGSE usage and processing. Basic Qualifications: Bachelor of Science Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) field with at least 9 years of engineering experience; OR Master of Science in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) field with at least 7 years of engineering experience Experience creating 3D models and drawings for fabrication utilizing CAD Practical working experience with Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerance (GD&T) Candidate must have and be able to maintain an active U.S. Government security clearance at the Top Secret level with a background investigation date within 6 years, OR must have and be able to maintain an active U.S. Government SCI access with a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) completed within the last 5 years. Preferred Qualifications: Degree in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering Previous experience with CATIA V5 Previous experience with Risk and Earned Value Management Systems (EVMS) Previous experience leading and mentoring engineers Experience in Support Equipment or Tooling design; weldments, load bearing fixtures, and lifting equipment Experience in I&T operations as related to MGSE usage and processing Active SCI/SSBI Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit www.northropgrumman.com/EEO. U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions. ()
          

Engineering: Sr. Principal Mechanical Design Engineer 4 - Culver City, California

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At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems in air and space that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our work preserves freedom and democracy, and advances human discovery and our understanding of the universe. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have a lot of fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work - and we have an insatiable drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history. Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems located in Redondo Beach, CA has an opening for a Sr. Principal Mechanical Design Engineer 4. The selected candidate will support Spacecraft programs and Advanced Technologies and will participate in the resolution of complex mechanical design problems for space based platforms and missions involving composite and metallic spacecraft structures. The candidate will perform mechanical design of spacecraft structures, deployables, and opto-mechanical design. Duties include requirements definition, conceptual design, preliminary / layout, and detail design, drawing release, design review presentations, and support to fabrication. Responsibilities will include leading a work package including interfacing with customer, technical support, proposal technical inputs, cost estimating, directing and mentoring junior engineers, and meeting schedule and cost commitments. The candidate will work closely with stress, manufacturing, materials and processes and test to develop design requirements, define structural load paths, develop CAD models and prepare engineering drawings to fabricate flight and structural test articles. He/she will provide close integration and oversight of Suppliers to verify/validate mechanical design requirements and ensure qualification/certification deliverables are provided and meet requirements. The position requires extensive experience in: both Composite and Metallic Mechanical Design; knowledge of other related disciplines; exposure to scheduling, budgeting, & risk management; and full understanding of requirements for SRR, IDR, PDR & CDR. Basic Qualifications: Bachelors of Science Degree in Engineering (Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Aerospace Engineering) with 9 years of experience designing composite and/or metallic primary and secondary Aerospace structures OR Master's Degree in Engineering (Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Aerospace Engineering) with 7 years of experience designing composite and/or metallic primary and secondary Aerospace structures OR a PhD in Engineering (Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Aerospace Engineering) with 4 years of experience designing composite and/or metallic primary and secondary Aerospace structures. Working knowledge of CAD Experience with engineering drawings and related Bill-of-Materials. Experience with Geometric Dimensioning &Tolerance applications (GD&T). Experience withtolerance stack-up analysis. Experience working in anAerospace design team environment. Ability to obtain and maintainSCI or DoD Secret clearance Excellent verbal and written communication skills, be skilled in use of the Microsoft Office software suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint). Preferred Qualifications: Working knowledge of CATIA V5 or NX 10 Experience working on Special Access Programs is preferred. Participation in multiple design cycles in spacecraft development programs is desirable. Current (in scope) DoD Secret and SCI clearances is preferred. Previous leadership of a spacecraft structural engineering team is preferred. Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit www.northropgrumman.com/EEO. U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions. NGLinkedAS 1NGSPACE ()
          

Engineering: Sr. Principal Mechanical Design Engineer 4 - Lynwood, California

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At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems in air and space that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our work preserves freedom and democracy, and advances human discovery and our understanding of the universe. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have a lot of fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work - and we have an insatiable drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history. Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems located in Redondo Beach, CA has an opening for a Sr. Principal Mechanical Design Engineer 4. The selected candidate will support Spacecraft programs and Advanced Technologies and will participate in the resolution of complex mechanical design problems for space based platforms and missions involving composite and metallic spacecraft structures. The candidate will perform mechanical design of spacecraft structures, deployables, and opto-mechanical design. Duties include requirements definition, conceptual design, preliminary / layout, and detail design, drawing release, design review presentations, and support to fabrication. Responsibilities will include leading a work package including interfacing with customer, technical support, proposal technical inputs, cost estimating, directing and mentoring junior engineers, and meeting schedule and cost commitments. The candidate will work closely with stress, manufacturing, materials and processes and test to develop design requirements, define structural load paths, develop CAD models and prepare engineering drawings to fabricate flight and structural test articles. He/she will provide close integration and oversight of Suppliers to verify/validate mechanical design requirements and ensure qualification/certification deliverables are provided and meet requirements. The position requires extensive experience in: both Composite and Metallic Mechanical Design; knowledge of other related disciplines; exposure to scheduling, budgeting, & risk management; and full understanding of requirements for SRR, IDR, PDR & CDR. Basic Qualifications: Bachelors of Science Degree in Engineering (Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Aerospace Engineering) with 9 years of experience designing composite and/or metallic primary and secondary Aerospace structures OR Master's Degree in Engineering (Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Aerospace Engineering) with 7 years of experience designing composite and/or metallic primary and secondary Aerospace structures OR a PhD in Engineering (Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Aerospace Engineering) with 4 years of experience designing composite and/or metallic primary and secondary Aerospace structures. Working knowledge of CAD Experience with engineering drawings and related Bill-of-Materials. Experience with Geometric Dimensioning &Tolerance applications (GD&T). Experience withtolerance stack-up analysis. Experience working in anAerospace design team environment. Ability to obtain and maintainSCI or DoD Secret clearance Excellent verbal and written communication skills, be skilled in use of the Microsoft Office software suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint). Preferred Qualifications: Working knowledge of CATIA V5 or NX 10 Experience working on Special Access Programs is preferred. Participation in multiple design cycles in spacecraft development programs is desirable. Current (in scope) DoD Secret and SCI clearances is preferred. Previous leadership of a spacecraft structural engineering team is preferred. Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit www.northropgrumman.com/EEO. U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions. NGLinkedAS 1NGSPACE ()
          

Other: Sr. Principal Communications System Engineer (Restricted Clearance Required) - Monterey Park, California

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At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems in air and space that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our work preserves freedom and democracy, and advances human discovery and our understanding of the universe. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have a lot of fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work - and we have an insatiable drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history.Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems is seeking a Communications Systems Engineer4 to work in Redondo Beach, California. The Communications Systems Engineer4 will support architecture trades, design analysis, and performance modeling through computer simulation. This individual will provide systems engineering support to hardware developments for air, space, and ground systems utilizing state-of-the-art antenna, RF, digital, and microelectronics technologies. Project roles span all phases of product development cycle, from new business acquisition, and IRAD/ technology development to established programs delivering integrated hardware and software systems. Systems engineering activities include system architecture design, trade studies, specification development, requirement definition and allocation, performance analysis and simulation; system modeling and simulation tool development, and support to hardware design, manufacturing, integration and test.Essential experience in the following areas: Communication systems RF and digital hardware design Baseband and digital signal processing Waveform design Signal detection and estimation Synchronization theory Networking SOUTHBAYJOB . Basic Qualifications: Bachelors of Science degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) field from an ABET accredited institution and9 years of engineering experience in an aerospace environment OR Masters of Science degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) field from an ABET accredited institution and7 years of engineering experience in an aerospace environment OR Doctorate of Science degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) field from an ABET accredited institution and4 years of engineering experience in an aerospace environment Practical working experience with system architecture design, trade studies, and performance analysis and simulation Technical experience with supporting hardware development utilizing antenna, RF, digital, and microelectronic technologies Currently possess an Active In-Scope SSBI clearance Preferred Qualifications: AdvancedDegree in Electrical Engineering, Physics, or Computer Science Completed relevant coursework in Communication Theory and Digital Signal Processing Experience with baseband and digital signal processing, and waveform design Possess strong leadership qualities, as well as strong verbal and written communication skills Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit www.northropgrumman.com/EEO. U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions. ()
          

IT / Software / Systems: Software Engineer (Clearance Required) - Buena Park, California

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At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems in air, space and on the ground that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our work preserves freedom and democracy, and advances human discovery and our understanding of the universe. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have a lot of fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work - and we have an insatiable drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history. Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems is seeking experienced Software Engineers to join our diverse team, developing, enhancing and maintainingcapabilities for Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) satellite payload andground systemsfor payload data processing. This position islocated inAzusa, CA at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains in Los Angeles County. Our software engineering teams offer flexible work arrangements as well as career,technical and personaldevelopment opportunities. In this role, the selected candidate will be expected to: Communicate and work effectively with team members and leads in an agile and dynamic team environment Take ownership of tasks assigned by team lead Design, develop, document, test, integrate and debug software written in various computer languages Meet project milestones while ensuring software standards are met Develop technical solutions to complex problems Interface with other groups and subject matter experts within and outside of the project Basic Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) discipline with 2 years related experience OR Master's Degree in STEM discipline with 0 years related experience Proficiency in one or more of the following: C/C++, Java, Python * Possess knowledge of the software lifecycle Active/Current DoD Secret or Top Secret Clearance or SCI program access is required. Preferred Qualifications: Demonstrated ability to implement process improvement, streamline activities, and develop efficiencies Excellent communication and organizational skills; strong interpersonal and analytic skills Previous in-depth domain knowledge of program software design and code * Experience in standard Software Engineering processes and development lifecycle including software architecture, design, development, integration, test and verification, including experience in writing software test plans and test procedures Experience in Object Oriented Design and Unix/Linux platform development Experience with software configuration management and version control tools such as ClearCase, Git/GitHub, Subversion Experience in Agile/Scrum development concepts, methodologies and tools Experience in Real Time Operating Systems (RTOS) such as VxWORKS Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit www.northropgrumman.com/EEO. U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions. ()
          

Featured Video: Black Hole Eats Star

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National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO): What happens when a black hole has a star for dinner? In this new video, Melissa Hoffman of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory takes us on a tour of one of the most disruptive events in Universe: a black hole ripping apart a nearby star. Astronomers call these stellar deaths tidal disruption events, and only a few of them have been observed. Using radio and infrared telescopes, including the National Science Foundation’s Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA), in 2018 an international team of astronomers witnessed this event in a pair of colliding galaxies called Arp 299. Watch the video here. Read the original press release about this finding here. The post Featured Video: Black Hole Eats Star appeared first on National Radio Astronomy Observatory.
          

Full Body Massage Centres In Jaipur | Experience Best Massage Services

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Full Body Massage Centres In Jaipur | Experience Best Massage Services In the present quick life, we regularly overlook that human touch is an amazing healer and we as a whole need it. A huge number of year s numerous societies have rehearsed different back rub medicines with the point of facilitating physical and mental illnesses and edifying otherworldly interest. The body massage in Jaipur is the best alternative all they can get. Massage in Jaipur | Body Massage in Jaipur | Full Body Massage in Jaipur | Female to Male Body Massage in Jaipur | Spa in Jaipur The treatment of Delight Spa decreases body pressure, helps resistant framework and expel torment. has planned every one of its treatments to influence the mental and physical condition of the human body. Utilizing specific Thai make items, our well-prepared specialists will bring you into the universe of unwinding and rejuvenation. Our advisors will spoil your five faculties in a calming climate, to discharge pressure and strain. Delight Family Spa Address – Malviya Nagar Jaipur - 302017 Contact No – 7822920032 Timings – 10 am to 8 pm
          

BI Analyst / Senior Analyst

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A leading company operating in the financial sector seeks an experienced professional to join its dynamic team of experts based in Athens. 

 

Duties and responsibilities

  • Active involvement into all data extraction, validation, analysis and remediation processes, streams and projects. Work together and aligned with BI Managers’ directions in order to transform flat data to meaningful and decision supporting structured information sets and reports.
  • Design, develop and implement efficient and effective data mining processes in order to deliver accurate reports and information sets to internal customers, management and external bodies.
  • Translation, proofing and documenting of all designed, developed and executed processes to solid data flows, selection processes, connections and models. 
  • Undertake of and assigned with specific streams and/or projects of data extraction and analysis in order to support large scale projects.
  • Identification of issues and areas for improvement within entity’s data universe and information sources, propose solutions, remediation actions and efficiencies improvements and develop/implement the required tools/applications/fixes upon approval.
  • Collaborate with all business and functional lines, teams and stakeholders of the entity in order to provide solutions and high-quality services to internal customers re data extraction, analysis and reporting.

          

Why are Hongkongers so angry? Because their baby boomer leaders are living in a parallel universe

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Make a portrait with the Milky Way

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You might be thinking, wha?!? How is this even possible? Well, with a little bit of Lightroom Classic and Photoshop magic by blending two exposures, you can create a magazine-worthy portrait with the Milky Way. Serge Ramelli shows us how it’s done. Learn more by checking out Serge’s Lightroom Universe Masterclass, on sale for $57 […]

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A Stormy End of the Month – Wednesday, November 27th, 2019

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Howdy Folks, This is the first of what will become our regular Monthly Updates since moving away from the weekly cadence we had before. For you U.S. folks, it is almost Thanksgiving Day, which is my (Ash) favorite holiday. That also means this is a short week for the studio, as we take a quick […]
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A Retired Stargazer

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High up in the outskirts of the Chilean Atacama Desert, in the skies above ESO’s La Silla Observatory, a meteor blazes across the star-studded and dust-streaked Milky Way. This picturesque event had a silent, static onlooker, visible here to the left of the frame: the Swedish-ESO Submillimetre Telescope (SEST).

The SEST was built in 1987 on behalf of ESO and the Swedish Natural Science Research Council, and was decommissioned in 2003.For those 16 years it gazed up at some of the darkest and clearest skies in the world. At the time of construction, the 15-metre SEST was the only large telescope in the southern hemisphere designed for submillimetre astronomy

While active, the SEST was used for a broad range of research, including observing the centre of the Milky Way, and studying our galaxy’s two satellites, the Magellanic Clouds. In 1995, SEST observations showed the Boomerang Nebula — a gas cloud formed by a dying star in the constellation of Centaurus (The Centaur) — to be the coldest known location in the Universe at only one degree warmer than absolute zero.


          

Mr. Blue Sky: ELO's Signature Song

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#1,502: If you were to ask the casual music follower and avid ELO fans what, in their opinion, is THE definitive ELO song, many would answer "Mr. Blue Sky" immediately. Taken from the finale of "Concerto For A Rainy Day" on side three of their much loved double album "Out Of The Blue", MBS peaked at #6 in the Official UK Singles Chart at the end of February 1978 and a more modest #35 in the United States Billboard 100. But the story, surprisingly, doesn't end there.

Casual fans are probably aware that ELO's UK chart performance waned as the eighties progressed from the high of "Xanadu" (JET185) reaching #1 in 1980 to the tragedy of "Getting To The Point" (A7317) attaining #97 in 1986. But what this writer didn't realise, thanx to my browsing through the Official Chart Archive, was that "Mr. Blue Sky" has breached the Official UK Singles Chart during the download era on five (5) occasions hitting (for one week) #99 in June 2011, #94 in August 2011, #88 in August 2012 (perhaps due to it featuring in the London Olympics closing ceremony), #97 in October 2012 and #88 again in May 2017.

Undoubtedly, "Mr. Blue Sky" (originally UP36342/SJET104) remains the ultimate iconic, feel good song that simply never loses its appeal across all generations and is always guaranteed to get audiences up on their feet at every ELO themed gig!

See also: Mr. Blue Sky: All Over The World
See also: Mr. Blue Sky: Jeff Lynne Endorses Cancer Charity Single
See also: Mr. Blue Sky Tops Music Charity Feel Good Top 10
See also: B-Side Brum: Mr. Blue Sky

*** Until next "Time" in the elobf universe ... KJS ... 02-Dec-2019 ***

          

An Illustrated Map of Every Known Object in Space: Asteroids, Dwarf Planets, Black Holes & Much More

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Name all the things in space in 20 minutes. Impossible, you say? Well, if there’s anyone who might come close to summarizing the contents of the universe in less than half an hour, with the aid of a handy infographic map also available as a poster, it's physicist Dominic Walliman, who has explored other vast […]

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Engineering: Hardware Engineer - Disposal - Colorado Springs, Colorado

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At Northrop Grumman we develop cutting-edge technology that preserves freedom and advances human discovery. Our pioneering and inventive spirit has enabled us to be at the forefront of many technological advancements in our nation's history - from the first flight across the Atlantic Ocean, to stealth bombers, to landing on the moon. We continue to innovate with developments from launching the first commercial flight to space, to discovering the early beginnings of the universe. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history. No matter the assignment, Northrop Grumman is committed to being a leader in Cyber, Logistics and Modernization, Autonomous Systems, C4ISR, and Strike. For us, it's about more than just performing. It means realizing the values that define us: responsibility, trust, integrity and protecting freedom worldwide. These values inspire and unite our people- who make everything we do possible. The Engineering and Sciences (E&S) organization pushes the boundaries of innovation, redefines engineering capabilities, and drives advances in various sciences. Our team is chartered with providing the skills, innovative technologies to develop, design, produce and sustain optimized product lines across the sector while providing a decisive advantage to the warfighter. Come be a part of our mission! Northrop Grumman Mission Systems (NGMS) is looking for you to join our team as a Hardware Engineer based out of Colorado Springs, CO. What You'll get to Do: Responsible for research and/or product development in system security engineering. Analyzes engineering specifications and drawings; confers with quality, material, manufacturing and subcontractors to provide and obtain technical information; and reviews production schedules and orders. Examines, measures, inspects or tests defective parts for conformance. Evaluates findings to formulate corrective actions. Plans and carries out security measure to monitor and protect sensitive data and systems. Implements and monitors security measures for the protection of computer systems, networks and information. Implements security engineering systems with requirements of business continuity, operations security, cryptography, forensics, regulatory compliance, internal counter-espionage (insider threat detection and mitigation), physical security analysis (including facilities analysis, and security management). Assesses and mitigates system security threats and risks throughout the program life cycle. Validates system security requirements definition and analysis. Implements security designs in hardware, software, data, and procedures. Supports secure systems operations and maintenance. THIS IS NOT A CYBERSECURITY POSITION. Knowledge, Skills and Ability: General frequent use and application of technical standards, principles, theories, concepts and techniques. Demonstrates the skill and ability to perform moderately complex professional tasks. Problem Solving: Provides solutions to a variety of technical problems of increasing scope and complexity as assigned. Solutions are imaginative, thorough, practicable, and consistent with organization objectives. Discretion/Latitude: Work is reviewed for soundness of technical judgment, overall adequacy and accuracy. Works under general supervision. Independently determines and develops approach to solutions. Work is reviewed upon completion for adequacy in meeting objectives. Impact: Contributes to the completion of milestones associated with specific projects. Liaison: Frequent inter-organizational and outside customer contacts. Represents the organization in providing solutions to difficult technical issues associated with specific projects.Basic Qualifications: 2 years with Bachelors, or 5 years similar experience in lieu of a degree; 0 years with Masters Active Secret-level Security Clearance Demonstrate strong people, organizational, presentation and communication skills, written and verbal Ability to work independently with multi-disciplined teams within the program Ability to travel between 10 and 25% of the year Preferred Qualifications: Security + certification or equivalent security relevant certifications Familiarity with remanence security regulations and handling physical and digital media Familiarity with engineering drawings and technical manuals, and the use thereof for operating, maintaining and troubleshooting of equipment What We Can Offer You: Northrop Grumman provides a comprehensive benefits package and a work environment that encourages your growth and supports the mutual success of our people and our company. Northrop Grumman benefits give you the flexibility and control to choose the benefits that make the most sense for you and your family. Your package will include the following: Health Plan Savings Plan Paid Time Off Additional benefits Education Assistance Training and Development Wellness Program Employee Discount Program On-Site Fitness Center (available at some locations) https://benefits.northropgrumman.com/us/en2/BenefitsOverview/Pages/default.aspx Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit www.northropgrumman.com/EEO. U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions. ()
          

Miss Universe 2019 Top 20 - Admin Edition

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Morning guys.....
This my top 20 for Miss Universe 2019 november edition.
Here they are...

From Africa and Asia Pacific region

1. Indonesia Indonesia - Frederika Alexis Cull
2. Philippines Philippines - Gazini Ganados
3. Malaysia Malaysia - Shweta Sekhon
4. Thailand Thailand - Paweensuda Drouin
5. Namibia Namibia - Nadja Breytenbach





From Europe Region

1. Albania Albania - Cindy Marina
2. Germany Germany - Miriam Rautert
3. Kosovo Kosovo - Fatbardha Hoxha
4. Spain Spain - Natalie Ortega
5. Ukraine Ukraine - Anastasia Subbota





From Americas Region

1. United States United States - Cheslie Kryst 
2. Venezuela Venezuela - Thalía Olvino 
3. Mexico Mexico - Sofía Aragón 
4. Canada Canada - Alyssa Boston
5. Brazil Brazil - Julia Horta





WildCard

1. Vietnam Vietnam - Hoang Thuy
2. Sweden Sweden - Lina Ljungberg
3. New Zealand New Zealand - Diamond Langi
4. Colombia Colombia - Gabriela Tafur
5.. Argentina Argentina - Mariana Varela



Final Night: 8 December 2019
 

          

Brenda Castro - Miss Grand International Costa Rica 2019

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Name: Brenda Giselle Castro Madrigal
Born: July 25, 1992 in Guapiles, Limón, Costa Rica Costa Rica
Titles:
1. Señorita Expo-Pococí 2008 - Winner
2. Miss Teenager Costa Rica 2011 - Winner
3. Miss Teenager International 2011 - 2nd Runner Up
4. Miss Latinoamérica Costa Rica 2014 - Winner
5. Miss Latinoamérica International 2014 - 3rd Runner Up
6. Señorita Verano Costa Rica 2015 - Winner
7. Miss Costa Rica 2015 - Winner
8. Miss Universe 2015 - Unplaced
9. Miss Grand International 2019 - Top 21
          

Fiona Tenuta - Miss Universe Uruguay 2019

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Fiona Tenuta hi pangatu sin hula niya Uruguay ha kontes Miss Universe 2019.
          

Anastasia Subbota - Miss Universe Ukraine 2019

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Anastasia Subbota hi pangatu sin hula niya Ukraine ha kontes Miss Universe 2019.
          

Shubila Stanton - Miss Universe Tanzania 2019

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Shubila Stanton hi pangatu sin hula niya Tanzania ha kontes Miss Universe 2019.
          

Dorina Chihaia - Miss Universe Romania 2019

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Dorina Chihaia hi pangatu sin hula niya Romania ha kontes Miss Universe 2019.
          

Paulita Baltrušaitytė - Miss Universe Lithuania 2019

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Paulita Baltrušaitytė hi pangatu sin hula niya Lithuania ha kontes Miss Universe 2019.
          

Stacy Michuki - Miss Universe Kenya 2019

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Stacy Michuki hi pangatu sin hula niya  Kenya ha kontes Miss Universe 2019.
          

Rosemary Arauz - Miss Universe Honduras 2019

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Rosemary Arauz hi pangatu sin hula niya Honduras ha kontes Miss Universe 2019.
          

Kelin Rivera - Miss Universe Peru 2019

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Name: Kelin Poldy Rivera Kroll
Born: 1 October 1993 in Arequipa, Peru Peru
Titles:
1. Miss Peru 2012 - 2nd Runner Up
2. Reina Hispanoamericana - Unplaced
3. World Miss University Peru 2016 - Winner
4. World Miss University 2016 - Winner
5. Miss Peru 2018 - 2nd Runner Up
6. Miss Eco International 2018 - 2nd Runner Up
7. Miss Peru 2019 - Winner
8. Miss Universe 2019 - N/A
          

WATCHMEN: DOOMSDAY CLOCK PART 1 By Geoff Johns and Gary Frank. Review.

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WATCHMEN: DOOMSDAY CLOCK PART 1 By Geoff Johns and Gary Frank DC Comics, h/b, $24.99 Reviewed by Matthew Johns Set seven years after the events of the original Watchmen, Adrian Veidt, aka Ozymandias, is a pariah. His erstwhile colleagues are dead or missing, and the world is rapidly descending into chaos as nations threaten each other with nuclear strikes and begin to make good on their threats. A new Rorschach breaks the psychotic Mime and Marionette out of their prisons, and the four leave on an upgraded Owlship that can now travel dimensionally. Seeking the vanished Dr Manhattan, they arrive in Gotham City in search of redemption for their own Earth but find themselves in a world that too is tearing itself apart. Here, Batman is the pariah, and Joker rules the roost in Gotham. Geoff Johns’ (sadly no relation to this reviewer) superb storyline is brought to life through Gary Frank’s excellent inking. The violent world of the Watchmen crosses into the DC Universe, where it intersects with the increasingly vicious and chaotic world of Batman and Joker. Filled with tragic character backstories, ultraviolence (Mime and Marionette give Joker a real run for his money in the psycho-killer stakes) [...]
          

Pheromones - Human Pheromones And Sexual Attraction: Not So Strange Bedfellows

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Pheromones: Much of life is governed by what we cannot see. Viruses are microscopic, as are chemicals that can get rid of the virus. The microscopic universe has more to do with how we behave and feel than we would like to usually believe. We like to think... Pheromones
          

Thomas Tanase, Histoire de la papauté en Occident (Gallimard)

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Thomas Tanase, Histoire de la papauté en Occident (Gallimard)

C’est une belle synthèse que nous propose l’auteur de cette substantielle histoire de la papauté en Occident, un thème qui est loin de se suffire à lui-même mais qui, au contraire, englobe dans son rayon d’action tant d’autres éléments comme l’empire romain, la ville éternelle, l’Occident, l’Europe, le monde civilisé et même les grandes découvertes. Pourquoi parler de la papauté en tant que telle et non des papes séparément ? C’est parce que cette institution bimillénaire dépasse, et de loin, les hommes qui l’ont incarnée. Ces derniers se considéraient, eux-mêmes, en dépit de nombreuses erreurs de navigation et de confusions des genres (le spirituel et le temporel) comme les chaînons d’une longue tradition qui leur préexistait et, en tout état de cause, leur survivrait.

Je partage le point de vue de cet auteur, lequel connaît bien son affaire, lorsqu’il dit qu’il est très tentant, mais dangereux car on se fourvoie automatiquement, de clouer l’institution pontificale universelle au pilori en l’accusant d’avoir manqué à sa mission qui est de répandre les enseignements de l’Evangile et de vivre sobrement, une sorte d’église de la pauvreté, à la mode de Saint François d’Assise. Cet abandon des valeurs essentielles (l’église des pauvres) a abouti à donner naissance à la Réforme luthérienne.


          

Sunday - Saying Yes to the World

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Do you see how an act is not, as young men think, like a rock that one picks up and throws, and it hits or misses, and that's the end of it. When that rock is lifted, the earth is lighter; the hand that bears it heavier. When it is thrown, the circuits of the stars respond, and where it strikes or falls, the universe is changed. On every act the balance of the whole depends. The winds and seas, the powers of water and earth and light, all that these do, and all that the beasts and green things do, is well done, and rightly done. All these act within the Equilibrium. From the hurricane and the great whale's sounding to the fall of a dry leaf and the gnat's flight, all they do is done within the balance of the whole.

But we, insofar as we have power over the world and over one another, we must learn to do what the leaf and the whale and the wind do of their own nature. We must learn to keep the balance. Having intelligence, we must not act in ignorance. Having choice, we must not act without responsibility.

Ursula K. Le Guin, The Farthest Shore

          

Televisione: Cos'è Swamp Thing, la serie da noi oggi su Amazon Prime Video

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Cos'è Swamp Thing, la serie da noi oggi su Amazon Prime Video

Swamp Thing emerge dalle paludi per scoprire cosa gli è successo quando era ancora umano e quali esperimenti vengono compiuti intorno a lui. E la dottoressa Arcane avrà come unico alleato in un mondo di orrori una entità come non ne aveva mai viste prima.

È stato strano il destino di Swamp Thing, la terza serie in arrivo alla fine del maggio scorso sul nascente canale in streaming DC Universe dopo Titans e Doom Patrol, la prima appena rinnovata per la stagione tre e la seconda per la due. A capo della produzione c'era uno degli artefici dei successi Warner/DC, James Wan con il suo Aquaman e un incasso globale di 1,15 miliardi di dollari. Ma Wan nasceva innanzitutto come nuovo maestro dell'horror con l'ormai conclamata saga di L'evovazione e relativi spin-off, tutti film dai budget modesti ma dai risultati eccellenti. Wan amava da... - Leggi l'articolo

 

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Assistant Director – Media & Public Relations

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The Assistant Director – Media & Public Relations is helping to lead in the development and implementation of Special Olympics Illinois general market (radio, TV & print media) as well as digital and social media marketing strategies in order to drive brand and revenue as well as individual event goals and objectives, specifically in central and southern Illinois. The Assistant Director – Media & Public Relations must be able to aid the SOILL M&C Department in creating consistent, meaningful content that can be implemented throughout media markets in central and southern Illinois on marketing and communications strategies that they helped create as well as onsite at our events. As an integral part, this person would be the media liaison to the regions in central and southern Illinois as it relates to statewide marketing initiatives as well as ones that pertain on a local region level. The Assistant Director – Media & Public Relations will be working closely with all Special Olympics Illinois employees, board members, athletes, volunteers and sponsors.

Assistant Director Core Roles:
  •  Scope of Responsibility: This position category has either shared or partial responsibility over a specified function or project within a department of the organization, including some or all elements having to do with that specified function or project. This position category has a moderate to high level of responsibility for elements of this specified function or project within a department of the organization. This position category has direct oversight from the departmental Chief or another second-level supervisor.
  •  Conduct: Asst. Directors must demonstrate the mission, vision and values of Special Olympics Illinois through consistent adherence to Special Olympics Illinois Values & Behaviors and Working Together Competencies; by exercising a high level of cooperative, friendly, and effective teamwork skills; by resolving conflict directly, effectively, and professionally; and by committing to support and be helpful to other team members and departments within the organization.
  •  Performance: Satisfactory work performance requires consistently strong work product output, including the successful execution and completion of all job duties and goals; autonomy, ownership, competence and excellence of work product; innovation and process improvement; effective resource management; professional development; and compliance with accepted organizational and legal rules, regulations, and policies.
 
  • Primary Duties and Responsibilities
  •  Develop and maintain relationships with print radio, television outlets.
  •  Overseeing digital and social media throughout central and southern Illinois.
  •  Actively work with Marketing & Communications Team to develop and implement marketing and communications strategies, implemented in central and southern Illinois
  •  Represent Special Olympics Illinois at community events and interface with the community on a broad level
  •  Analyze and recommend pro-bono, cash bids and pricing strategies, from general market, digital and social media in central and southern Illinois, to produce the highest possible benefit and cost-savings to the organization
  •  Work with Director- Communications & Media Relations to write, review and distribute press releases for state & regional competitions and Torch Run events ? Write articles covering organization activities, programs and partnership announcements – must feel comfortable interviewing by phone and in person.
  •  Pitch feature stories throughout the year on athletes, fundraising initiatives, coaches and
  • volunteers to media in central and southern Illinois.
  •  Act as a brand steward, upholding brand and trademark standards and consistency throughout the organization.
  •  Assist in providing photography coverage at area and state events when needed; engage volunteer photographers.
  •  Assist in the preparation of budgets and monitor ongoing status of assigned project codes.
  •  Participate in development of department goals and objectives and communicate job-specific activities to better coordinate department activities. ? Build meaningful connections and encourage community members through dialog and messaging both online and offline.
  •  Be a key component, involving the brainstorming and implementation of ideas based on the needs, objectives & feedback of key organizational stakeholders, to overall SOILL branding as well as major events.
  •  Provide support on other projects as needed and assigned.
  • Shared responsibilities with the Manager- Digital & Social Media Marketing to:
  •  Co-Build, execute, and manage social media strategy through research, benchmarking, messaging, and audience identification. 
  • Co-Develop, maintain, and own responsibility for all SOILL social media pages and profiles. 
  • Co-Develop and implement marketing plan and calendar to drive traffic to all digital/social channels. 
  • Align marketing and social to conceptualize, produce and distribute digital content for SOILL website. Includes copywriting, designing, and creation of all assets for digital and social marketing programs, including email marketing and social media ads.
  • Cover events. Writes web posts (before, during and after) about the event and support social media posts about the event.
  • Co-Develop digital marketing programs including email marketing (growing database as well), influencer/blogger outreach, SEM & Google for Nonprofits.
  • Support Special Olympics, Inc. with digital and social media programs and events. 
  • Contribute to thought leadership for social & digital communications strategy
  • Define most important social media KPIs and deliver timely, insightful and actionable analyses for all social media activity. Utilize this information to positively affect future outcomes. This includes tracking and analyzing followers, traffic, demographics, and campaign effectiveness through Sprout Social and other reports.
  •  Actively monitor performance across social and digital channels on a daily basis, ensuring campaigns are executed flawlessly and performance is in line with expectations
  • Co-Manage social media communities across platforms for our brand.
  •  Co-Manage marketing strategy for SOILL across all social and digital channels.
  • Stay abreast of evolving landscape and industry trends and bring forth ideas to stay competitive in the social & digital universe. Through continued education, establish best practices on how to optimize content (video, imagery, GIF, etc.) across all channels.
 
  • Qualifications/Skills and Knowledge Requirements
  •  Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Marketing, Public Relations or other related field.
  •  Strong written (including social conversational writing), oral and interpersonal communication skills. Experience with written articles and blog post or similar types of ling formats.
  •  4 - 6+ years’ professional experience, including the planning, negotiating and implementation of marketing campaigns in general market, digital and social media (event calendar planning, storytelling and maximizing SAR’s).
  •  Understanding of web metrics, digital media testing methodology and optimization strategies
  •  Excellent, adaptive computer skills including proficiency with Microsoft Office products
  •  Ability to work independently without close oversight, but also a team player who productively engages with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside Special Olympics Illinois
  •  High energy and passion for Special Olympics mission ? Meets all team deadlines and responsibilities, listens to others and values opinions, helps team to meet goals, welcomes newcomers and promotes a team atmosphere
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail
  • Customer focus
  •  Ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and build long-term relationships
  •  Professional and resourceful style; the ability to take initiative and to manage multiple tasks and projects
  •  Based in Bloomington/Normal, Illinois- Special Olympics Illinois Headquarter
 
  • Essential Functions
  •  Monday through Friday with frequent evenings and weekends as position demands
  • Independent in-state travel required, including some overnight and weekend travel as an essential function of position
  •  Medium work required, which involves lifting no more than 50 pounds at a time with frequent lifting or carrying of objects weighing up to 25 pounds; includes sedentary and light work
  •  Close visual acuity required to perform activities such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; visual inspection involving small defects, small parts, and/or operation of machines; operating motor vehicles
  •  Thrives in an ever-changing fast paced environment while effectively executing their Primary Duties and Responsibilities.
  •  First Aid/CPR Training and Certification required; must be able and willing to effectively administer First Aid/CPR on-site during events
  •  Valid driver’s license and proof of insurance required
Please send resume, cover letter and references to: Chris Winston at cwinston@soill.org
 

          

Er universet FOR stort? | Bør menn sitte når de urinerer? | Paracet ved feber - yea or nay?

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Ah, spørsmålene er så mange og så dype. Heldigvis er tårnet befolket av eksperter som kan svare på (nesten) alt. - Å ta eller ikke ta febernedsettende, det er spørsmålet. - Hvordan kan vi se lys fra universets barndom, når de den gangen var ganske nære oss? - Noen blir mer elektriske enn andre om vinteren, kan det være genetisk? - Hvorfor ser man stjerner når man reiser seg når man blir eldre? - Universet utvider seg. Betyr det at jeg ville vært en kjempe om jeg reiste tilbake i tid? - Noen har filmet lysets hastighet. Hvordan er det mulig? - Bør menn egentlig sitte når de tisser? - Vil universet en dag trekke seg sammen til ett nytt Big Bang? I panelet Kosmolog Øystein Elgarøy Nanoteknolog Marianne Etzmüller Bathen Lege Ida Kathrine Gravensteen
          

Informal International Regimes : A Case Study of the Arctic Council

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Informal International Regimes : A Case Study of the Arctic Council Smieszek, Malgorzata Institutions—understood as sets of rights, rules, principles, and decision-making procedures that give rise to social practices, assign roles to the participants in these processes, and guide interactions among the participants—are prominent features of governance systems at all levels of social organizations. Regimes constitute a subset of institutions specialized to address functionally defined topics and/or spatially defined areas and this dissertation studies the Arctic Council (AC) as a case of a regime relevant to the Arctic. The AC is a high-level forum established in 1996 by eight Arctic states to promote and facilitate circumpolar collaboration on issues of environmental protection and sustainable development in the Arctic. Since the AC’s inception, the Arctic has gone through a profound transformation resulting from the combined forces of climate change and globalization, tightening the links between the region and the outside world, and drawing interests of various actors worldwide. In similar fashion, the AC has undergone a transition from a low-profile regional institution known to only but a few, to an acclaimed primary forum for circumpolar and global cooperation on issues pertaining to the Arctic. Despite regularly raised criticisms of its soft-law foundation and the lack of regulatory powers, throughout its twenty years in operation, the AC has provided numerous valuable contributions to Arctic governance. In order to shed light on the experience of the council, I examined its effectiveness, performance, and institutional change and dynamics through the lens of regime theory. Findings from this part of my study are described in detail in four peer-reviewed articles that constitute the second part of this thesis. What the in-depth examination of the AC revealed are a number of features that set it apart from the previously examined universe of cases of international regimes established through the means of international treaties and legally-binding instruments. Hence, on the basis of the case study of the AC I formulate a concept of informal international regimes to designate a subset of international regimes that are concluded by states through the means of non-legally binding instruments. In naming these regimes ‘informal’, rather than ‘soft-law’, I deliberately seek to steer away from discussions in which legally-binding norms are by default considered superior to non-legally binding ones; discussions, which focus primarily on questions of compliance and enforcement of international norms, view regimes chiefly in terms of their regulatory functions, and are mostly preoccupied with enhancing soft-law mechanisms via legally binding means. In moving away from the term soft law, I emphasize the need to consider informal international regimes in their own right, rather than, as they are frequently viewed, an “underdeveloped” form of collaboration that might evolve into hard law and legally-binding commitments in the future. Drawing from the observations of the AC I propose a series of initial hypotheses about informal international regimes to be tested through subsequent research and studies. I argue that informal international regimes have a number of features that may make them increasingly important in meeting needs for governance under conditions of rapid, non-linear and compound changes arising today and in the foreseeable future.; Instituutiot voidaan nähdä oikeuksia, sääntöjä, periaatteita ja päätöksentekoa koskevien menettelytapojen koosteena, jotka määrittävät osapuolten rooleja ja ohjaavat heidän välistä vuorovaikutustaan. Instituutiot ovat tärkeitä hallintojärjestelmien muotoja kaikilla yhteiskuntien järjestäytymisen tasoilla. Tietyt institutionalisoituneet hallintomuodot ovat erikoistuneet vastaamaan toiminnallisesti tai maantieteellisesti määriteltyihin aloihin. Tämä väitös tutkii Arktista neuvostoa arktisuuden suhteen relevanttina hallinnon muotona. Arktinen neuvosto on korkean tason foorumi, jonka kahdeksan arktista maata perustivat 1996 edistämään ja käsittelemään sirkumpolaarista yhteistyötä arktisen alueen ympäristönsuojelun ja kestävän kehityksen aloilla. Neuvoston perustamisen jälkeen arktisella alueella on tapahtunut perustavan laatuinen murros, jonka vaikuttavina voimina ovat olleet ilmastonmuutos ja globalisaatio yhdessä. Ne ovat tiivistäneet arktisen alueen ja muun maailman yhteyksiä ja herättäneet erilaisten toimijoiden intressejä maailmanlaajuisesti. Vastaavaan tapaan Arktinen neuvosto on käynyt läpi muutoksen matalan profiilin alueellisesta ja harvojen tuntemasta instituutiosta tunnustetuksi ja ensisijaiseksi foorumiksi arktista aluetta koskevissa sirkumpolaarisissa ja globaaleissa kysymyksissä. Kaksikymmenvuotisen olemassaolonsa aikana Arktinen neuvosto on tuottanut paljon arktisen hallinnon kannalta arvokkaita panoksia huolimatta siitä, että sen toiminta on luonteeltaan ei-sitovaa (soft law) ja että neuvostoa on toistuvasti kritisoitu osapuolia sitovan toimivallan puutteesta. Voidakseni valaista neuvoston työtä koskevia kokemuksia olen tutkinut hallintoteorian valossa Arktisen neuvoston tehokkuutta, suorituskykyä, institutionaalisia muutoksia ja dynamiikkaa. Tutkimukseni tämän osan tulokset on selostettu yksityiskohtaisesti neljässä vertaisarvioidussa artikkelissa, jotka muodostavat väitöskirjani toisen osan. Useat aiemmin tutkituista kansainvälisen hallinnon muodoista on perustettu kansainvälisten sopimusten ja laillisesti sitovien instrumenttien kautta. Arktisen neuvoston syvällinen tarkastelu paljastaa piirteitä, jotka erottavat sen edellä mainituista. Näin ollen olen Arktista neuvostoa koskevan työni pohjalta olen muodostanut epävirallisen kansainvälisen hallinnon (informal international regimes) käsitteen määrittämään sitä kansainvälisten hallintojärjestelmien alaryhmää, johon valtiot ovat päätyneet ei-velvoittavien instrumenttien kautta. Nimeämällä nämä hallintorakenteet epävirallisiksi sen sijaan että käyttäisin pehmeän lain käsitettä haluan hakeutua poispäin keskusteluista, joissa laillisesti sitovia normeja lähtökohtaisesti pidetään parempina kuin ei-sitovia. Nämä viralliset regiimit keskittyvät ennen muuta kansainvälisten normien noudattamiseen ja toimeenpanoon, joissa hallinto nähdään ensisijaisesti säätelevien toimintojen kautta ja joissa enimmältään keskitytään pehmeän lain mekanismien vahvistamiseen laillisesti sitovien keinojen kautta. Liikkumalla poispäin pehmeän lain käsitteestä korostan tarvetta käsitellä epävirallisia kansainvälisiä hallinnon muotoja omana itsenään sen sijaan että ne nähtäisiin, kuten useasti tapahtuu, ”alikehittyneinä” yhteistoiminnan muotoina, jotka saattavat tulevaisuudessa kehittyä velvoittavaksi laiksi ja laillisesti sitoviksi sitoumuksiksi. Arktista neuvostoa koskevien havaintojen pohjalta ehdotan alustavia hypoteeseja, jotka koskevat epävirallisia kansainvälisiä hallintomuotoja ja joita tulee testata myöhemmissä tutkimuksissa. Väitteeni mukaan epävirallisten kansainvälisten hallintomuotojen piirteistö voi antaa niille kasvavaa merkitystä hallinnon tarpeisiin vastaamiseksi tilanteissa, joita nyt ja tulevaisuudessa leimaavat nopeat, ei-säännönmukaiset ja monitahoiset muutokset
          

Hubble Studies Gamma-Ray Burst with the Highest Energy Ever Seen

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Newswise imageNASA's Hubble Space Telescope has given astronomers a peek at the location of the most energetic outburst ever seen in the universe--a blast of gamma-rays a trillion times more powerful than visible light. That's because in a few seconds the gamma-ray burst (GRB) emitted more energy than the Sun will provide over its entire 10-billion year life.
          

Marvel Cinematic Universe: Trivia Night

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MARVEL MOVIE FANS! Listen up! ??? Prove your knowledge and challenge others to see who is the #1 MCU Fan! Join us this December 6, Friday at TableTaft Boardgame Café for the Marvel Cinematic Universe Trivia Night! ? Get a chance to win awesome prizes fr
          

Galaxy S4 Owners Manual Your Quick Reference To All Galaxy S Iv Features Including Photography Voicemail Email And A Universe Of Free Android

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Leibniz Campus Lecture: Are We Alone in the Universe?

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Leibniz Campus Lecture: Are We Alone in the Universe?

Dr Stephen Webb

18/11/19

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18/11/19

Coverage of a lecture given by Stephen Webb on the search for extraterrestrial civilisation

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Miss Universe Professional Hair Dryer

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Deze mooie roze Miss Universe fohn van CHI droogt het haar binnen een handomdraai. De CHI Miss Universe Pink Hair Dryer droogt het haar wel 40% sneller dan alle andere fohns.

          

Miss Universe Titanium Curling Iron 1,25 inch

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CHI Limited Pink Miss Universe 1,25 Inch Krultang heeft een titanium plaat waarmee het haar eenvoudig en snel gekruld kan worden.

          

Miss Universe Titanium Hairstyling Iron

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Titanium Platen. Beperkte oplage. De mooiste haren binnen een handomdraai.

          

Miss Universe Titanium Volumizing Iron

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Volumizing Iron voor het maken van krullen en volume in het haar. Limited Pink Edition

          

VA - Beatport Trance Pack #02 / 2019 / МР3

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Категория: Музыка
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Описание: Исполнитель: VA
Название альбома: Beatport Trance Pack #02
Год выпуска: 2019
Жанр: Electronic, Trance


001. Laura May - Devil With Yellow Eyes
002. Life Extension - Overthrow (Original Mix)
003. Oneworld - Isla Blanca (Original Mix)
004. Mr. Greidor - Rescued In A Storm
005. Kimito Lopez - Arabian Queen (Original Mix)
006. Rexuss - Chase In The Forest
007. Guy Alexander - Retrograde Motion (Radio Edit)
008. Battle Of The Future Buddhas - Barbed Cotton (Original Mix)
009. Tokyo Trend Factory - Alone
010. Scott Mac Vs Uxb - Swell
011. Special - Endema (Original Mix)
012. Tranceye - Viper (Radio Edit)
013. Russell Hais - Renisansse (Original Mix)
014. Max Shandula - Summer Drough (Original Mix)
015. Yahel & Dj Miss T - Open Your Mind
016. Khievo - Hypnosive
017. Paul Van Dyk - Time Traveler
018. Last Warning - Blood s (Radio Edit)
019. Soliquid - Maybe You (Original Mix)
020. Dj T.H. - Checkmate (The Enlightment Edit)
021. Sergey Nevone - Unhappy Marionette
022. Diaz Brothers - Lothario (Original Mix)
023. Ferry Corsten And Johnny B - Hear It Now
024. Genuine - One Breath Away
025. Abide - We Are In The Touch
026. Phaxe & Zora - Aventura
027. Korenevskiy - Endless Fall (Original Mix)
028. Matt Holliday - The Exception (Original Mix)
029. Zoo Brazil - Nickers (Original Mix)
030. Quantum Mechanica - T.R.A (Original Mix)
031. Max Millian - Nusa Penida
032. D-Devils - Bass Explosion
033. Ramin Arab - Love In The Day
034. Alex M.O.R.P.H. - It Is Full Of Stars
035. Velies - Coveted Or Rejected (Original Mix)
036. Philip Mayer - Inspiration (Radio Cut)
037. Glacial Storm And Zaa - Violet
038. Kid Massive - Let Yourself (Original Mix)
039. Fertarium - Interpol 2020 (Original Mix)
040. Dj Spamatic - Spa The Rhythm (Original Mix)
041. Simon Lee And Alvin - Epocalypse
042. Dj Darroo - Secrets Of The Universe
043. Chris Bekker - We Can Be (Radio Edit)
044. Sound-X-Monster - Come Back To Me
045. Adam Ellis Ft. Aylin - Mhysa
046. Altruism - Dreamers Of Dreams
047. Phunk Investigation - Shuri Shuri (Original Club Mix)
048. Khomha - Dreams Of Aegon
049. Dave Silence - With You (Nemphirex Remix)
050. Giuseppe Ottaviani - Lost For Words (Radio Edit)
051. Moon Tripper - Groovy Doobie
052. Ben Nicky Feat. Chloe Stamp - Brave Heart
053. Kuffdam & Plant - Dream Makers
054. Southwild - The Flying Toad
055. Moonbeam - Lacula (Original Mix)
056. Dave Winnel - Hyperloop (Extended Mix)
057. Ben Gold - Sapphire (Recut)
058. Maor Levi - Take Your Love (Extended Mix)
059. Fahjah Feat. Emma Chatt - Far From Home
060. Dmpv - Reincarnation
061. Mark Sixma - Requiem (Exis Remix)
062. Adam Wylie - Hinode (Original Mix)
063. Tecnomind - Breaking Limits (Sunstar Remix)
064. Beat And Voice - Promises (Extended Mix)
065. Alextrackone - Inside The Hole
066. Reverse - Absolute Reality
067. Dj Montana - Southcentral Linez
068. Filo & Peri - Soul And The Sun
069. Twin View - Let U Go (Thoba Extended Remix)
070. Kevin Andrews - Studio Workz (Original Mix)
071. Pavel Tkachev - Point Of No Return (Original Mix)
072. Saandro Delarock - Hypnotize (Original Mix)
073. Emerge - Feeling Free
074. D.V.Project - Dance Space
075. Dave Leyrock - What It Takes (Original Mix)
076. O B M Notion - Even Without You
077. Patrick Roos - Evp (Original Mix)
078. Lokimusic - Matter Of Time (Extended Mix)
079. Arman Bas - Merlin
080. Matt Fax - To The Ground (Mixed)
081. Cj Alexis - Beats (Extended Mix)
082. Saltwater - The Legacy
083. Henrik Nilsson - Butterfly (Original Mix)
084. Mad Morningstar - Ahau
085. Dean Newton - Amnesia (Original Mix)
086. Outside Range - Experiences (Original Mix)
087. Defective Audio - Intoxicating (Original Mix)
088. Somna And Melina Borglowe - Collide
089. Costa Pantazis - Under His Eye
090. Swen Weber - Xonque (Original Mix)
091. Trance Atlantic - Liquid Soul (Original Mix)
092. Dear Guillaume - Equator (Central Mix)
093. Project 247 - Countdown
094. Amfion - They Are Coming (Original Mix)
095. Ultimateblast - Dinajy (Original Mix)
096. Nemphirex - Desert Sun (Original Mix)
097. Nicholson - The Devils Gambit
098. Nanaon - Before Dawn
099. Nikki Shunt - Starlight
100. Ruben De Ronde X Rodg - Whoop (Sodality Extended Remix)
101. Paipy - Therapy (Extended Mix)
102. Astrofegs - Merekara (Extended Mix)
103. Jordy Lishious - Boiler (Original Mix)
104. Dave Winnel - Ksamil (Extended Mix)
105. Genix - Something New
106. Si Whelan - Sapphire (Original Mix)
107. Fawzy - Merely An Illusion (Original Mix)
108. Salez - Factory
109. Occasional & Sophie Pais - Playtime (Vox Mix)
110. Ruben De Ronde X Rodg - Midnight Blue
111. Andy Elliass And Arcz - Octagon
112. Max Trumpetz - Organic Waveforms (Radio Edit)
113. Space Raven - Oxentus
114. Max Maxwell - Memory (Radio Edit Version)
115. Tunecraft Project - Rocket (Radio Edit)
116. Lange - Frozen Beach
117. Trance Forever - The Truth Is Always Hurt
118. Steve Dekay - The Blooming Era
119. Chris Hampshire - Waves Apart (Archive Mix)
120. Ghost Culture - Meltwater
121. Fallen Skies - At Dawn (Radio Edit)
122. Ellez Ria - Mark 1 (Original Mix)
123. Nik Aka Nkm - Melody Of The Moon
124. Material Music - Sugar Computers
125. Random Dj's - Homicide (Original Mix)
126. Sunny Lax - Moonlight
127. Drawn Saga - In The Closet
128. Dj Maxsize - Eternal Life (Original Mix)
129. Terra V. - Loop Driver
130. Alextrackone - Here We Go Again
131. Nikolauss - Time
132. Beltek - Kenta (Original Mix)
133. Dan Kelly - Ready To Procced
134. Daniel Skyver - Don't Let Go
135. Powerdose - Baba Juobua
136. Nash And Pepper - Changed


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VA - New Music Releases Week 47 of 2019 / 2019 / МР3

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Категория: Музыка
Размер: 1.96 GB
Траффик: Раздают (отдают): 25, Скачивают (качают): 8
Добавлен: 2019-11-30 13:20:46
Описание: Исполнитель: VA
Название альбома: New Music Releases Week 47 of 2019
Год выпуска: 2019
Жанр: Dance, Electronic, Hip-Hop, Pop, RnB


01. Coldplay - Champion Of The World
02. Harry Styles - Watermelon Sugar
03. PARTYNEXTDOOR - Loyal (feat. Drake)
04. Kesha - My Own Dance
05. PRETTYMUCH - The Weekend
06. Alicia Keys - Time Machine
07. Tinashe - Save Room for Us
08. Emily Burns - Hate Me Too
09. Toby Green - Haze
10. AJ Mitchell - Unstoppable
11. Dennis Lloyd - Unfaithful
12. Haim - Hallelujah
13. Lil Xan - Wrong Way
14. Smokepurpp - Dirty Dirty
15. Jonas Aden - Library Thugs
16. Wiberg - Overkill
17. Wallaby - Paradise
18. Alok - On & On
19. Darren Styles - Pull Over (Are You Ready)
20. Nora Van Elken - New Guinea
21. Mark Ronson - Then There Were Two
22. Alt Bloom - Stay
23. Xxxtentacion - bad vibes forever
24. Mr Eazi - Tony Montana
25. Global Deejays - Boom (Turn It Up)
26. Matt Nash - Closer
27. No Etiquette - Spiders (AFK Remix)
28. Navvy - Scared to Be Happy
29. Jasmin Walia - Manana (Redfield Remix)
30. Dirty Rush & Gregor Es - U Got 2 Move
31. Stadiumx - Where Are You Now
32. Mia Gladstone - GEEKIN
33. Juanes - Tequila
34. Pascal Junior - No Lies
35. Terrace Martin - Intimidated
36. Trippie Redd - Who Needs Love
37. L8LOOMER - shinelikewhoa
38. Turkum - As Long As I Got
39. Pyro - Not Tomorrow
40. Quix - My house is IKEA
41. Felix Jaehn - Close Your Eyes
42. X Lovers - Cut My Lip
43. Casper Cole - I Want It All (feat. Elderbrook)
44. Laidback Luke - Step By Step (Dannic Remix)
45. Jay Critch - Cameras
46. Syn Cole - Mind Blown
47. pluko - on the way
48. Triple M - Sinner (Radio Edit)
49. MOTi x Aiaya - No Work Today
50. Bart B More - What U Know
51. Filmore - London
52. Fredo Bang - Mongoose
53. Johnny Orlando - All These Parties (Felix Cartal Remix)
54. Pixel Terror - Millennia
55. Tjr - Just Gets Better (Majestic & Luis Rumore Remix)
56. Hardwell - Go To War
57. Pyro - Kiss U
58. Fancy Cars - Cross My Heart
59. Syence - Edge Off
60. 03 Greedo - Disco Shit
61. Johan Lenox - no one wants to dance anymore
62. Tensnake - Rules
63. Lady Bee - Mess (feat. AMY MIYU)
64. Ginger Root - B4
65. DaVido - D & G
66. Sagan - Take Me There
67. DVBBS - GOMF (Tim Baresko Remix)
68. Stephen Puth - Crying My Eyes Out
69. Moguai - ACIIID (Kryder x Benny Benassi Remix)
70. Gracie Abrams - Stay
71. Kastra - Issues (feat. Bianca Linta)
72. Zero 9_36 - Come Thru
73. Croatia Squad - Feeling You
74. Ownboss - Unfucking Believable
75. TMW - All of My Love (Riggi & Piros Remix)
76. David Guetta - Make It To Heaven (with Raye)
77. A R I Z O N A - Problems (Ship Wrek Remix)
78. Bearson - All In
79. Denis First - Like This
80. Lolo Zouai - Money Diamonds Roses
81. Blac Youngsta - Like A Pro
82. Alle Farben - As Far as Feelings Go (Yves V Remix)
83. Tep No - Autopilot
84. Wahlstedt - Nobody Else
85. Mark Sixma - Million Miles (GATTUSO Remix)
86. Taylor Janzen - What I Do
87. Luca Debonaire - Fall In Love With U (Radio Edit)
88. Timmy Trumpet - Carnival (Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike Edit)
89. Nina Nesbitt - Still Waiting to Start
90. Summer Walker - Something Real
91. Eli & Fur - Wall To Wall
92. Christian Alexander - So High
93. MKTO - Consider Me Yours
94. Guaynaa - Full Moon
95. Magnificence - Unboring the Future
96. Deadmau5 - SATRN (Radio Edit)
97. Feed Me - Nothing Hurts Like You (feat. Sam Calver)
98. Carlie Hanson - Side Effects
99. Nasty Cherry - Fuck Modern Love
100. Funk Machine - Gonna Be Alright
101. 4B - Did You
102. Chika - Can't Explain It (feat. Charlie Wilson)
103. Jason Aldean - Tattoos and Tequila
104. Palaye Royale - Massacre, The New American Dream
105. DENM - Alright
106. King Arthur - Friday (Zendlo Remix)
107. Armin van Buuren - Let The Music Guide You (ASOT 950 Anthem)
108. Todd Terry - You Get Down
109. Matt Maeson - Go Easy (Andrelli Remix)
110. Bad Bunny - Vete
111. Fatboy Slim - The Weekend Starts Here
112. Get Real - Jolean
113. Vice Menta - FUSILANDO TUS MEMORIAS
114. Meghan Trainor - Wave (R3HAB Remix)
115. Party Favor - Chicken Dinner
116. doctor P - Voices
117. Farina - Asi Asi
118. ARMNHMR - The Universe Is Yours (feat. Micah Martin)
119. graves, High Zombie - GHOSTS
120. 24kgoldn - PED OUTTA COLLEGE
121. Tech N9ne - Angel Baby
122. Arsen - Goodbye
123. Ekali - Hard To Say Goodbye (feat. Chloe Angelides)
124. Bear Grillz - The Way We Were
125. Jessie J - One More Try
126. Koven - Your Pain
127. Spencer Barnett - I'm Fine
128. Torren Foot - More Life
129. Sean Tyas - Banshee (James Dymond Remix)
130. Cid - ME N U
131. Botnek - Gimme That Juice
132. Elah Hale - Posters
133. Mahalo - So Cold (feat. Lily Denning)
134. Limited Tym - Don't Give Up
135. Casey Veggies - Big Racks (feat. Iamsu)
136. Good Times Ahead, Noizekid - Malvada (feat. Juan Por Dios)
137. LIVA (BR) - How To Love
138. Madison Avenue - Don't Call Me Baby (Super Disco Club Remix - Edit)
139. Bassjackers - Mush, Mush (2019 Reboot)
140. Kove - The Music
141. MfnMelo - What a Life
142. Fatum - Raid 51
143. Alma - Bad News Baby
144. Cazzette - GOOD_BAD (feat. R0RY)
145. Joe Smooth - Promised Land (Erick Morillo Remix)
146. The Japanese House - Chewing Cotton Wool
147. Big Freedia - Louder (feat. Icona Pop)
148. Sofi Tukker - Purple Hat (Novak Remix)
149. Scotty Boy - Lost In The Groove (DJ Vartan & Techcrasher Radio Edit)
150. Litany - Single Player Mode
151. Wasback - Alive
152. Dua Lipa - Don't Start Now (Dom Dolla Remix)
153. Barren Gates - S.O.S
154. Mozzy - Everybody On Go
155. CITYZEN - Misomaniac
156. Beele - Tu Boca
157. RL Grime - Formula
158. Prince Fox - Same Love
159. Jack Back - Freedom (Harry Romero Remix)
160. Moody Good - Kush
161. Tynan - Interdimensional
162. Only The Family - Blika Blika
163. Delaney Jane - Circling The Cage
164. ICON - Dificil
165. Lewis Capaldi - Before You Go
166. Stormzy - Own It (feat. Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy)
167. Phangs - I Forgot You
168. StayLoose - Tiny Warrior (No-One Remix)
169. Kaskade - My Light
170. Dombresky - Trust The Process
171. Adam Melchor - I CHOOSE YOU
172. Little Big Town - Sugar Coat
173. The Knocks - Exit Sign (feat. Gallant) (Wongo Remix)
174. Des Rocs - Give me the Night
175. Jhay Cortez - Easy (Remix)
176. Mitis - Mercy
177. Flipp Dinero - Westside
178. James Arthur - Quite Miss Home (Steve Void Remix)
179. Maggie Rogers - Love You For A Long Time
180. Ozzy Osbourne - Straight to Hell
181. Barkley - Supernatural
182. Showtek - Straight Shots
183. astn - Ain't Dumb
184. Grace VanderWaal - Poser
185. Leyla Blue - I Don't Wanna Know
186. Matt Lange - Push
187. Above & Beyond - Another Angel
188. Lola Young - Blind Love
189. Hannah Diamond - The Ending
190. Ben Bohmer - Decade
191. U2 - Ahimsa
192. Nurko - If It Isn't You
193. Scarypoolparty - Millennial Love
194. The Who - I Don't Wanna Get Wise
195. Convex - Home Soon
196. Don Omar - No Te Vayas
197. Taliwhoah - Sweet Sweet
198. WE ARE FURY - Echoes
199. Rusko - One Family
200. Kloud - ERROR
201. Wildchild - Renegade Master
202. Piero Pirupa - Bassface
203. C. Tangana - 5 Stars
204. Lane 8 - The Gift
205. Piero Pirupa - Acid Skream
206. Galantis - Faith (feat. Mr. Probz) (Jewelz & Sparks Remix)
207. Deadmau5 - COASTED (Radio Edit)
208. Gorgon City - Roped In
209. LO'99 - Stay High (LO'99 VIP Mix)
210. Deaton Chris Anthony - Late Night Lovin'
211. Ferry Corsten - I Am You
212. Billy Da Kid - You Get What You Give (Music in You) (Joel Corry Dub)
213. Labrinth - Oblivion
214. Starkillers - Do You Want A Bag
215. Lil Poppa - On My Own
216. Beck - Chemical
217. Au5 - Dusk (Feat. Nori)
218. Giveon - LIKE I WANT YOU
219. A Great Big World - Fall On Me
220. Pete Tong - Show Me Love
221. Ciara - Melanin
222. SAYGRACE - Doin' Too Much
223. destructo - Twisted
224. Robotaki - Quasar
225. Black Caviar - Kubrick Faked The Moon Landing
226. Fahjah - Dance with Me
227. Josh Butler - Wormhole (EAT) (Edit)
228. Fangs - Solace (Original Mix)
229. Purple Haze - You & Me (Goose Remix)
230. i_o - Rave 444
231. Nur Jaber - Rave With Me
232. Little Fritter - Bumpin N' Jumpin (Original Mix)
233. Franky Wah - Nightfall
234. Idris Elba - On Life (Illyus & Barrientos Remix)
235. Clark - Branding Problem
236. Miguel Campbell - Nobody Wants To Be
237. Mat Zo - Games
238. Amine Edge & DANCE - That's Right Lil' Bitch (Original Mix)
239. A-Trak - What Can I Do
240. Matthias Tanzmann - Continue to Love
241. Pan-Pot - Confronted (Pan-Pot Basement Remix)
242. Pouya - life
243. Little Fritter - Super Earth Express (Original Mix)
244. Monolink - Take Me Home (Purple Disco Machine Remix)
245. Marc Romboy - Space Walk


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November 24, 2019

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Today let us reflect on Jesus Christ as the King of the Universe and the King of our lives.   We would like to have a Senior Women Reflection Group during Advent. If you are interested please fill out one of the surveys near the Bulletin. 
          

Le Prince Igor (Opéra de Paris-FRA Cinéma) Bande-annonce VF

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Grande épopée russe célèbre pour ses Danses polovtsiennes, l’unique opéra de Borodine questionne la responsabilité du leader face à son peuple. Après avoir abandonné le pouvoir au despotisme de son beau-frère pour partir au combat, Igor est fait prisonnier avec son fils. De son refus de pactiser avec l’ennemi à son retour auprès des siens, les actes du prince invitent à repenser nos propres valeurs morales. En délestant l’œuvre de son plus élémentaire folklore, la mise en scène de Barrie Kosky souligne cet universel besoin d’éthique.
          

Sur Lhistoire Universelle

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[SE28] MCU v DCEU and Lessons for Creators

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Today we explore why the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been able to out-pace the DC Extended Universe in box office and critical acclaim, and what lessons we creators can learn from it.

Throughout history, there have been some pretty epic rivalries. Mac vs. PC. Canon vs. Nikon. Marvel vs. DC. There's a lot of discussion and analysis on the internet about this latest topic, specifically the MCU vs. the DCEU. And on this episode of the show, we hear from some experts who help us contribute to that debate. In the end, you'll hear a perspective about how to look at it that I almost guarantee you've never considered.

This week we hear from:

  • Robert Meyer Burnett: A 25+ year veteran of Hollywood, Rob is a director, editor, frequent co-host on Collider Heroes, and self-proclaimed comic book geek.
  • Edu Black: production coordinator on "The Simpsons," one of my co-hosts on the "Wrestling with Westworld" podcast, and huge comic fan.
  • Jevon Phillips: online producer and writer for the L.A. Times Calendar section writing about entertainment.
  • Brett Culp: director of the documentary “Legends of the Knight“, a feature-length documentary about the legend and story of Batman inspiring people living with debilitating or even life-threatening illnesses. Through the success of that film, Brett has since founded “The Rising Heroes Project,” a non-profit that creates uplifting films to support charitable organizations and inspire communities. They are currently touring with their follow-up to “Legends” with “Look to the Sky.”

Music in this Episode

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[FJ30] Tell Deeper & More Meaningful Stories with Iceberg Storytelling

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"For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn." These are the words from Ernest Hemingway's famous 6-word short story. And they're the impetus for today's guest-produced and highly anticipated episode.

"We only give each other the top layers, the top; we dont give each other what lies beneath." ~ Kassim Harris, Director of It Eats You Up

Robert Hardy is a filmmaker and writer who used to write for the popular filmmaking website No Film School. Robert has since left the behemoth site to start his own filmmaker resource for inspiration, Filmmakers Process. I love what Robert is doing with his site. It's very much in line with the spirit and goals of Radio Film School--helping filmmakers become better artists by connecting with what it means to be an artist. As I read the articles on his site, I knew I wanted him to adapt one as a segment for the podcast. That's what you're going to hear on today's episode.

Robert connects with director, cinematographer, colorist and 16mm film fanatic Kassim Norris. His award-winning short film "It Eats You Up" is an excellent example of what Robert calls Iceberg Storytelling. You will be immensely inspired.

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Kassim's film "It Eats You Up".


          

[Breaking the Glass] Star Wars Special

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In keeping with our Star Wars theme this week, today we discuss their strong female characters and how well the series passes the Bechdel Test.

The latest two entries into the Star Wars universe have had strong female leads at the center. Show regulars JD and Yolanda T. Cochran join me today in this special episode to discuss that role that strong women have played in the various franchise installments.

We also get into how many of the films pass the Bechdel Test. The test sets up three simple parameters for a movie: 1) you have two or more female characters, 2) they talk to one another, and 3) they talk about something other than a man. Is the test a valid one for determining a film's gender diversity?

About the Mini-series

Breaking the Glass is a Radio Film School podcast mini-series and short film docu-series addressing the issues of gender inequality in film and television. You can catch all the podcast and video episodes at daredreamer.fm/breakingtheglass.

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One Man Bands [FJ23]

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Filmmaking is a collaborative artform. Yet, tens of thousands of filmmakers all over the world shoot projects each week with no dedicated DP, no sound guy, and no assistants. It's just them, a camera, some lenses, lights, and mics. They are one-man/one-woman bands.

<img title="Read more..." src= "data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAAAAAP///yH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAIBRAA7" alt="" data-wp-more="more" data-wp-more-text="" data-mce-placeholder="1" />This week on the show we hear from a small group of filmmakers who are making waves in the industry despite shooting much, if not most of their work alone -- and in two of the cases, with small, prosumer cameras.

  • There's multi-Vimeo Staff Pick recipient Brandon Li, who's travel docs often feel like narrative shorts.
  • Salvatore "Sal" D'Alia is a New York filmmaker (by way of Italy) who's the brainchild and filmmaker behind Adorama TV's "Through the Lens" Series.
  • And internationally renown director and DP Philip Bloom is back to offer his two cents on what to call yourself if you wear many hats.

Share Your Story with Us

For season 2 of the show, we're looking for filmmakers with stories about overcoming great challenges to complete their projects. Whether or not you succeeded or failed, if you think there's a juicy and educational story with sharing, we want to know about it. The first six people we pick will each get a free music license from show sponsor Song Freedom. Just email radiofilmschool@daredreamer.fm and put "My Story" in the subject line.

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Comic Books Matt Fraction Is Torturing Jimmy Olsen

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Matt talks about his spin on Jimmy working with Greg Rucka and Brian Bendis in the Superman universe and much more
          

The Anatomy Of DC Universe Animation With Andrea Romano

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Casting and Voice Director Andrea Romano with great behind the scene tales of Justice League Batman : The Animated Series and many DCU Films. Plus The Boondocks, celeb casting choices and more
          

Kappa KS 604 Handwärmer: Beheizbare Lenkerstulpen aus Italien

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Passend für die kalte Jahreszeit präsentiert Kappa universelle Handwärmer zur Montage am Lenker. Leider sollen sie erst ab Februar 2020 lieferbar sein.


          

Подсмотренное самоубийство

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[indent] Все рушится как карточный домик. Один из тех, что ты тщательно выстраиваешь, точно стремишься попасть в книгу рекордов, однако одно неосторожное движение, и карты падают одна за другой, вызывая целую неконтролируемую лавину падения. Ливия стоит среди развалившейся колоды, поддевает носком кроссовка белесые прямоугольники, переворачивая их рубашками вверх. Ливия сама виновата в том, что ей остается только и смотреть на разруху, однако это то, кто она есть — разрушительница, и порой с истиной стоит примириться как можно раньше, чтобы не было еще больнее. В конце концов у нее нет ни шанса заполучить Рейчел, так почему бы не оборвать все тросы-канаты, коими связаны по праву рождения, резко и сразу, как перерезают пуповину, и научиться жить одной. Одиночество — ее судьба, пусть привести в действие окончательно получится по достижению совершеннолетия и окончания школы, когда получится уехать как можно дальше под прикрытием учебы да затеряться среди сотен тысяч таких же никому не нужных людей.
[indent] Рейчел с ней не говорит. Рейчел даже не смотрит на нее, то ли пристыженная, то ли обидившаяся, и игнорировать ее становится легче. Отчасти Оливии кажется, что это ее сейчас игнорируют, и пусть в груди что-то протяжно звенит, жжется и тянет, она лишь поджимает ноги, когда сидит с книгой на кровати, да обкусывает сухие губы, обдирая тонкую корочку с ранок, сочащихся сукровицей, едва та на них появляется. Это больно, хоть и не так, как не быть рядом с сестрой, но такая боль пойдет ей на пользу. Поможет избавиться от дури в голове, слезть с этой противоестественной зависимости. Лучше раньше, чем позже. Ведь так? Так?
[indent] Без сестры все как-то неправильно, и даже шоколад оказывается с горчинкой, точно ест просроченные, покрытые белым налетом конфеты, однако Ливия силится и пыжится, как типичный упертый подросток, пытающийся доказать свою точку зрения, не обращая при этом внимания на сопутствующий урон. Главное — правота, достижение цели, и нет разницы, по скольким головам придется пройтись, даже если приходится наступать на одну единственную, пусть и самую важную во всем мире.
[indent] Вот только все в любом случае получается откровенно хреново. Если дома Рейчел, наконец, дает ей то, что она у нее просит — свободу, превращаясь в тихую, вечно сидящую в своей норке мышку, то Оливия ждет, что это изменится, когда они вернутся к занятиям, однако и в школе сестра остается такой же, переставая при этом быть собой. Это не то чего хочет Лив.
[indent] Она хочет избавиться от душащих, неправильных чувств. Она хочет избавиться от унизительного опекунства. Она хочет перестать быть той тихой скромницей, которую просто необходимо социализировать. Но она совершенно точно не хочет, чтобы сестра переставала быть собой: яркой, обжигающе горячей, местной заводилой, окруженной друзьями. Это ее судьба, и черта с два она имеет права отказываться от нее, отказываться от шанса и дальше быть кем-то потрясающим, наверняка с впечатляющим будущим. Кто-то же из их семьи должен добиться всего, коль уж даже поровну разделить фортуну не получается.
[indent] Решение, на самом-то деле, простое, вот только перечеркивает все попытки что-то доказать, все попытки причинить боль малую, чтобы избежать большей. Но наблюдать целый день за поникшей сестрой, похожей на истлевшую свечу, оказывается выше любого максимального уровня ментальной боли.
[indent] Шоколадка — та самая, так горячо любимая марка и вкус — ложится на стол перед Рейчел, едва учитель сразу после звонка объявляет об окончании последнего урока. Оливия смотрит серьезно, снова отдирает зубами корочку на губах и чуть хмурится.
[indent] — Тебе не идет быть букой, — нарушает многодневное молчание, воцарившееся между ними после той истории со злосчастным письмом. — Это моя прерогатива.
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Homily 442 – The End and the Beginning – Christ the King

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This is the last Sunday of the year… but next week is the first. It’s the end, but also the beginning. The last Sunday of Ordinary Time each year is now celebrated as the Solemnity of Christ the King of the Universe. In giving us this feast, the Church is helping to remind us where […]

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Trover Saves the Universe bursts onto Switch with a launch trailer

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After the port’s surprise announcement last week, Trover Saves the Universe has made its way onto Switch. Nintendo’s YouTube channel is marking the occasion with a launch trailer chock full of Rick and Morty-esque antics, which is only appropriate for a game from series co-creator Justin Roiland. Check the video out for yourself below for a healthy dose of the game’s colorful environments and in-your-face humor. As you can see from the video, this game is loaded with jokes. Trover regularly breaks the fourth wall, gives and receives all kinds of witty one-liners, and is subject to a whole lot of […]
          

See the Baby Yoda and 'Avengers: Endgame' mashup, you must

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See the Baby Yoda and 'Avengers: Endgame' mashup, you must

America's ass, it is. 

It took the Avengers two whole movies to defeat Thanos, but imagine if they'd had the powers of Baby Yoda and lightsabers on their side. In an inevitable internet mashup of The Mandalorian and Avengers: Endgame, YouTuber stryderHD brings the Force-filled baby into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

Please someone recut all of Endgame to replace Hawkeye with Baby Yoda. I'll wait. Read more...

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Homily 381 – More Than Meets the Eye – Ascension

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As Jesus ascends to heaven, angels appear to the apostles telling them to stop looking up at the sky. It would be logical to want to focus on Jesus as long as possible but, after the Ascension, Jesus is not “up in the sky.” He’s nowhere on earth or even in this universe. In fact, […]

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John Boyega just really wants Oscar Isaac to love him back

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John Boyega just really wants Oscar Isaac to love him back

Han and Chewie. C-3PO and R2-D2. That one porg and another porg.  

The Star Wars universe is filled with legendary friendships, bonds that overcome adversity and the Dark Side. And with the upcoming release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, can Poe (Oscar Isaac) and Finn (John Boyega) officially join the elite ranks of Star Wars BFFs?

Boyega would like that, but he'd also just really appreciate if Isaac could respond to his text messages. 

In an effort to rekindle their connection (and to publicly shame Isaac for his Resistance to their friendship), Boyega penned a letter to Isaac and shared it on Twitter.  Read more...

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Lettera Apostolica Admirabile signum del Santo Padre Francesco sul significato e il valore del Presepe

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Lettera Apostolica del Santo Padre

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LETTERA APOSTOLICA Admirabile signum DEL SANTO PADRE FRANCESCO SUL SIGNIFICATO E IL VALORE DEL PRESEPE

1. Il mirabile segno del presepe, così caro al popolo cristiano, suscita sempre stupore e meraviglia. Rappresentare l’evento della nascita di Gesù equivale ad annunciare il mistero dell’Incarnazione del Figlio di Dio con semplicità e gioia. Il presepe, infatti, è come un Vangelo vivo, che trabocca dalle pagine della Sacra Scrittura. Mentre contempliamo la scena del Natale, siamo invitati a metterci spiritualmente in cammino, attratti dall’umiltà di Colui che si è fatto uomo per incontrare ogni uomo. E scopriamo che Egli ci ama a tal punto da unirsi a noi, perché anche noi possiamo unirci a Lui.

Con questa Lettera vorrei sostenere la bella tradizione delle nostre famiglie, che nei giorni precedenti il Natale preparano il presepe. Come pure la consuetudine di allestirlo nei luoghi di lavoro, nelle scuole, negli ospedali, nelle carceri, nelle piazze... È davvero un esercizio di fantasia creativa, che impiega i materiali più disparati per dare vita a piccoli capolavori di bellezza. Si impara da bambini: quando papà e mamma, insieme ai nonni, trasmettono questa gioiosa abitudine, che racchiude in sé una ricca spiritualità popolare. Mi auguro che questa pratica non venga mai meno; anzi, spero che, là dove fosse caduta in disuso, possa essere riscoperta e rivitalizzata.

2. L’origine del presepe trova riscontro anzitutto in alcuni dettagli evangelici della nascita di Gesù a Betlemme. L’Evangelista Luca dice semplicemente che Maria «diede alla luce il suo figlio primogenito, lo avvolse in fasce e lo pose in una mangiatoia, perché per loro non c’era posto nell’alloggio» (2,7). Gesù viene deposto in una mangiatoia, che in latino si dice praesepium , da cui presepe .

Entrando in questo mondo, il Figlio di Dio trova posto dove gli animali vanno a mangiare. Il fieno diventa il primo giaciglio per Colui che si rivelerà come «il pane disceso dal cielo» ( Gv 6,41). Una simbologia che già Sant’Agostino, insieme ad altri Padri, aveva colto quando scriveva: «Adagiato in una mangiatoia, divenne nostro cibo» ( Serm . 189,4). In realtà, il presepe contiene diversi misteri della vita di Gesù e li fa sentire vicini alla nostra vita quotidiana.

Ma veniamo subito all’origine del presepe come noi lo intendiamo. Ci rechiamo con la mente a Greccio, nella Valle Reatina, dove San Francesco si fermò venendo probabilmente da Roma, dove il 29 novembre 1223 aveva ricevuto dal Papa Onorio III la conferma della sua Regola. Dopo il suo viaggio in Terra Santa, quelle grotte gli ricordavano in modo particolare il paesaggio di Betlemme. Ed è possibile che il Poverello fosse rimasto colpito, a Roma, nella Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, dai mosaici con la rappresentazione della nascita di Gesù, proprio accanto al luogo dove si conservavano, secondo un’antica tradizione, le tavole della mangiatoia.

Le Fonti Francescane raccontano nei particolari cosa avvenne a Greccio. Quindici giorni prima di Natale, Francesco chiamò un uomo del posto, di nome Giovanni, e lo pregò di aiutarlo nell’attuare un desiderio: «Vorrei rappresentare il Bambino nato a Betlemme, e in qualche modo vedere con gli occhi del corpo i disagi in cui si è trovato per la mancanza delle cose necessarie a un neonato, come fu adagiato in una greppia e come giaceva sul fieno tra il bue e l’asinello». [1] Appena l’ebbe ascoltato, il fedele amico andò subito ad approntare sul luogo designato tutto il necessario, secondo il desiderio del Santo. Il 25 dicembre giunsero a Greccio molti frati da varie parti e arrivarono anche uomini e donne dai casolari della zona, portando fiori e fiaccole per illuminare quella santa notte. Arrivato Francesco, trovò la greppia con il fieno, il bue e l’asinello. La gente accorsa manifestò una gioia indicibile, mai assaporata prima, davanti alla scena del Natale. Poi il sacerdote, sulla mangiatoia, celebrò solennemente l’Eucaristia, mostrando il legame tra l’Incarnazione del Figlio di Dio e l’Eucaristia. In quella circostanza, a Greccio, non c’erano statuine: il presepe fu realizzato e vissuto da quanti erano presenti. [2]

È così che nasce la nostra tradizione: tutti attorno alla grotta e ricolmi di gioia, senza più alcuna distanza tra l’evento che si compie e quanti diventano partecipi del mistero.

Il primo biografo di San Francesco, Tommaso da Celano, ricorda che quella notte, alla scena semplice e toccante s’aggiunse anche il dono di una visione meravigliosa: uno dei presenti vide giacere nella mangiatoia Gesù Bambino stesso. Da quel presepe del Natale 1223, «ciascuno se ne tornò a casa sua pieno di ineffabile gioia». [3]

3. San Francesco, con la semplicità di quel segno, realizzò una grande opera di evangelizzazione. Il suo insegnamento è penetrato nel cuore dei cristiani e permane fino ai nostri giorni come una genuina forma per riproporre la bellezza della nostra fede con semplicità. D’altronde, il luogo stesso dove si realizzò il primo presepe esprime e suscita questi sentimenti. Greccio diventa un rifugio per l’anima che si nasconde sulla roccia per lasciarsi avvolgere nel silenzio.

Perché il presepe suscita tanto stupore e ci commuove? Anzitutto perché manifesta la tenerezza di Dio. Lui, il Creatore dell’universo, si abbassa alla nostra piccolezza. Il dono della vita, già misterioso ogni volta per noi, ci affascina ancora di più vedendo che Colui che è nato da Maria è la fonte e il sostegno di ogni vita. In Gesù, il Padre ci ha dato un fratello che viene a cercarci quando siamo disorientati e perdiamo la direzione; un amico fedele che ci sta sempre vicino; ci ha dato il suo Figlio che ci perdona e ci risolleva dal peccato.

Comporre il presepe nelle nostre case ci aiuta a rivivere la storia che si è vissuta a Betlemme. Naturalmente, i Vangeli rimangono sempre la fonte che permette di conoscere e meditare quell’Avvenimento; tuttavia, la sua rappresentazione nel presepe aiuta ad immaginare le scene, stimola gli affetti, invita a sentirsi coinvolti nella storia della salvezza, contemporanei dell’evento che è vivo e attuale nei più diversi contesti storici e culturali.

In modo particolare, fin dall’origine francescana il presepe è un invito a “sentire”, a “toccare” la povertà che il Figlio di Dio ha scelto per sé nella sua Incarnazione. E così, implicitamente, è un appello a seguirlo sulla via dell’umiltà, della povertà, della spogliazione, che dalla mangiatoia di Betlemme conduce alla Croce. È un appello a incontrarlo e servirlo con misericordia nei fratelli e nelle sorelle più bisognosi (cfr Mt 25,31-46).

4. Mi piace ora passare in rassegna i vari segni del presepe per cogliere il senso che portano in sé. In primo luogo, rappresentiamo il contesto del cielo stellato nel buio e nel silenzio della notte. Non è solo per fedeltà ai racconti evangelici che lo facciamo così, ma anche per il significato che possiede. Pensiamo a quante volte la notte circonda la nostra vita. Ebbene, anche in quei momenti, Dio non ci lascia soli, ma si fa presente per rispondere alle domande decisive che riguardano il senso della nostra esistenza: chi sono io? Da dove vengo? Perché sono nato in questo tempo? Perché amo? Perché soffro? Perché morirò? Per dare una risposta a questi interrogativi Dio si è fatto uomo. La sua vicinanza porta luce dove c’è il buio e rischiara quanti attraversano le tenebre della sofferenza (cfr Lc 1,79).

Una parola meritano anche i paesaggi che fanno parte del presepe e che spesso rappresentano le rovine di case e palazzi antichi, che in alcuni casi sostituiscono la grotta di Betlemme e diventano l’abitazione della Santa Famiglia. Queste rovine sembra che si ispirino alla Legenda Aurea del domenicano Jacopo da Varazze (secolo XIII), dove si legge di una credenza pagana secondo cui il tempio della Pace a Roma sarebbe crollato quando una Vergine avesse partorito. Quelle rovine sono soprattutto il segno visibile dell’umanità decaduta, di tutto ciò che va in rovina, che è corrotto e intristito. Questo scenario dice che Gesù è la novità in mezzo a un mondo vecchio, ed è venuto a guarire e ricostruire, a riportare la nostra vita e il mondo al loro splendore originario.

5. Quanta emozione dovrebbe accompagnarci mentre collochiamo nel presepe le montagne, i ruscelli, le pecore e i pastori! In questo modo ricordiamo, come avevano preannunciato i profeti, che tutto il creato partecipa alla festa della venuta del Messia. Gli angeli e la stella cometa sono il segno che noi pure siamo chiamati a metterci in cammino per raggiungere la grotta e adorare il Signore.

«Andiamo fino a Betlemme, vediamo questo avvenimento che il Signore ci ha fatto conoscere» ( Lc 2,15): così dicono i pastori dopo l’annuncio fatto dagli angeli. È un insegnamento molto bello che ci proviene nella semplicità della descrizione. A differenza di tanta gente intenta a fare mille altre cose, i pastori diventano i primi testimoni dell’essenziale, cioè della salvezza che viene donata. Sono i più umili e i più poveri che sanno accogliere l’avvenimento dell’Incarnazione. A Dio che ci viene incontro nel Bambino Gesù, i pastori rispondono mettendosi in cammino verso di Lui, per un incontro di amore e di grato stupore. È proprio questo incontro tra Dio e i suoi figli, grazie a Gesù, a dar vita alla nostra religione, a costituire la sua singolare bellezza, che traspare in modo particolare nel presepe.

6. Nei nostri presepi siamo soliti mettere tante statuine simboliche. Anzitutto, quelle di mendicanti e di gente che non conosce altra abbondanza se non quella del cuore. Anche loro stanno vicine a Gesù Bambino a pieno titolo, senza che nessuno possa sfrattarle o allontanarle da una culla talmente improvvisata che i poveri attorno ad essa non stonano affatto. I poveri, anzi, sono i privilegiati di questo mistero e, spesso, coloro che maggiormente riescono a riconoscere la presenza di Dio in mezzo a noi.

I poveri e i semplici nel presepe ricordano che Dio si fa uomo per quelli che più sentono il bisogno del suo amore e chiedono la sua vicinanza. Gesù, «mite e umile di cuore» ( Mt 11,29), è nato povero, ha condotto una vita semplice per insegnarci a cogliere l’essenziale e vivere di esso. Dal presepe emerge chiaro il messaggio che non possiamo lasciarci illudere dalla ricchezza e da tante proposte effimere di felicità. Il palazzo di Erode è sullo sfondo, chiuso, sordo all’annuncio di gioia. Nascendo nel presepe, Dio stesso inizia l’unica vera rivoluzione che dà speranza e dignità ai diseredati, agli emarginati: la rivoluzione dell’amore, la rivoluzione della tenerezza. Dal presepe, Gesù proclama, con mite potenza, l’appello alla condivisione con gli ultimi quale strada verso un mondo più umano e fraterno, dove nessuno sia escluso ed emarginato.

Spesso i bambini – ma anche gli adulti! – amano aggiungere al presepe altre statuine che sembrano non avere alcuna relazione con i racconti evangelici. Eppure, questa immaginazione intende esprimere che in questo nuovo mondo inaugurato da Gesù c’è spazio per tutto ciò che è umano e per ogni creatura. Dal pastore al fabbro, dal fornaio ai musicisti, dalle donne che portano le brocche d’acqua ai bambini che giocano…: tutto ciò rappresenta la santità quotidiana, la gioia di fare in modo straordinario le cose di tutti i giorni, quando Gesù condivide con noi la sua vita divina.

7. Poco alla volta il presepe ci conduce alla grotta, dove troviamo le statuine di Maria e di Giuseppe. Maria è una mamma che contempla il suo bambino e lo mostra a quanti vengono a visitarlo. La sua statuetta fa pensare al grande mistero che ha coinvolto questa ragazza quando Dio ha bussato alla porta del suo cuore immacolato. All’annuncio dell’angelo che le chiedeva di diventare la madre di Dio, Maria rispose con obbedienza piena e totale. Le sue parole: «Ecco la serva del Signore: avvenga per me secondo la tua parola» ( Lc 1,38), sono per tutti noi la testimonianza di come abbandonarsi nella fede alla volontà di Dio. Con quel “sì” Maria diventava madre del Figlio di Dio senza perdere, anzi consacrando grazie a Lui la sua verginità. Vediamo in lei la Madre di Dio che non tiene il suo Figlio solo per sé, ma a tutti chiede di obbedire alla sua parola e metterla in pratica (cfr Gv 2,5).

Accanto a Maria, in atteggiamento di proteggere il Bambino e la sua mamma, c’è San Giuseppe. In genere è raffigurato con il bastone in mano, e a volte anche mentre regge una lampada. San Giuseppe svolge un ruolo molto importante nella vita di Gesù e di Maria. Lui è il custode che non si stanca mai di proteggere la sua famiglia. Quando Dio lo avvertirà della minaccia di Erode, non esiterà a mettersi in viaggio ed emigrare in Egitto (cfr Mt 2,13-15). E una volta passato il pericolo, riporterà la famiglia a Nazareth, dove sarà il primo educatore di Gesù fanciullo e adolescente. Giuseppe portava nel cuore il grande mistero che avvolgeva Gesù e Maria sua sposa, e da uomo giusto si è sempre affidato alla volontà di Dio e l’ha messa in pratica.

8. Il cuore del presepe comincia a palpitare quando, a Natale, vi deponiamo la statuina di Gesù Bambino. Dio si presenta così, in un bambino, per farsi accogliere tra le nostre braccia. Nella debolezza e nella fragilità nasconde la sua potenza che tutto crea e trasforma. Sembra impossibile, eppure è così: in Gesù Dio è stato bambino e in questa condizione ha voluto rivelare la grandezza del suo amore, che si manifesta in un sorriso e nel tendere le sue mani verso chiunque.

La nascita di un bambino suscita gioia e stupore, perché pone dinanzi al grande mistero della vita. Vedendo brillare gli occhi dei giovani sposi davanti al loro figlio appena nato, comprendiamo i sentimenti di Maria e Giuseppe che guardando il bambino Gesù percepivano la presenza di Dio nella loro vita.

«La vita infatti si manifestò» ( 1 Gv 1,2): così l’apostolo Giovanni riassume il mistero dell’Incarnazione. Il presepe ci fa vedere, ci fa toccare questo evento unico e straordinario che ha cambiato il corso della storia, e a partire dal quale anche si ordina la numerazione degli anni, prima e dopo la nascita di Cristo.

Il modo di agire di Dio quasi tramortisce, perché sembra impossibile che Egli rinunci alla sua gloria per farsi uomo come noi. Che sorpresa vedere Dio che assume i nostri stessi comportamenti: dorme, prende il latte dalla mamma, piange e gioca come tutti i bambini! Come sempre, Dio sconcerta, è imprevedibile, continuamente fuori dai nostri schemi. Dunque il presepe, mentre ci mostra Dio così come è entrato nel mondo, ci provoca a pensare alla nostra vita inserita in quella di Dio; invita a diventare suoi discepoli se si vuole raggiungere il senso ultimo della vita.

9. Quando si avvicina la festa dell’Epifania, si collocano nel presepe le tre statuine dei Re Magi. Osservando la stella, quei saggi e ricchi signori dell’Oriente si erano messi in cammino verso Betlemme per conoscere Gesù, e offrirgli in dono oro, incenso e mirra. Anche questi regali hanno un significato allegorico: l’oro onora la regalità di Gesù; l’incenso la sua divinità; la mirra la sua santa umanità che conoscerà la morte e la sepoltura.

Guardando questa scena nel presepe siamo chiamati a riflettere sulla responsabilità che ogni cristiano ha di essere evangelizzatore. Ognuno di noi si fa portatore della Bella Notizia presso quanti incontra, testimoniando la gioia di aver incontrato Gesù e il suo amore con concrete azioni di misericordia.

I Magi insegnano che si può partire da molto lontano per raggiungere Cristo. Sono uomini ricchi, stranieri sapienti, assetati d’infinito, che partono per un lungo e pericoloso viaggio che li porta fino a Betlemme (cfr Mt 2,1-12). Davanti al Re Bambino li pervade una gioia grande. Non si lasciano scandalizzare dalla povertà dell’ambiente; non esitano a mettersi in ginocchio e ad adorarlo. Davanti a Lui comprendono che Dio, come regola con sovrana sapienza il corso degli astri, così guida il corso della storia, abbassando i potenti ed esaltando gli umili. E certamente, tornati nel loro Paese, avranno raccontato questo incontro sorprendente con il Messia, inaugurando il viaggio del Vangelo tra le genti.

10. Davanti al presepe, la mente va volentieri a quando si era bambini e con impazienza si aspettava il tempo per iniziare a costruirlo. Questi ricordi ci inducono a prendere sempre nuovamente coscienza del grande dono che ci è stato fatto trasmettendoci la fede; e al tempo stesso ci fanno sentire il dovere e la gioia di partecipare ai figli e ai nipoti la stessa esperienza. Non è importante come si allestisce il presepe, può essere sempre uguale o modificarsi ogni anno; ciò che conta, è che esso parli alla nostra vita. Dovunque e in qualsiasi forma, il presepe racconta l’amore di Dio, il Dio che si è fatto bambino per dirci quanto è vicino ad ogni essere umano, in qualunque condizione si trovi.

Cari fratelli e sorelle, il presepe fa parte del dolce ed esigente processo di trasmissione della fede. A partire dall’infanzia e poi in ogni età della vita, ci educa a contemplare Gesù, a sentire l’amore di Dio per noi, a sentire e credere che Dio è con noi e noi siamo con Lui, tutti figli e fratelli grazie a quel Bambino Figlio di Dio e della Vergine Maria. E a sentire che in questo sta la felicità. Alla scuola di San Francesco, apriamo il cuore a questa grazia semplice, lasciamo che dallo stupore nasca una preghiera umile: il nostro “grazie” a Dio che ha voluto condividere con noi tutto per non lasciarci mai soli.

Dato a Greccio, nel Santuario del Presepe, 1° dicembre 2019, settimo del pontificato.

FRANCESCO

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[1] Tommaso da Celano, Vita Prima , 84: Fonti francescane (FF) , n. 468. [2] Cf. ibid ., 85: FF , n. 469. [3] Ibid. , 86: FF , n. 470.

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LETTRE APOSTOLIQUE Admirabile signum DU SOUVERAIN PONTIFE FRANÇOIS SUR LA SIGNIFICATION ET LA VALEUR DE LA CRÈCHE

1. Le merveilleux signe de la crèche, si chère au peuple chrétien, suscite toujours stupeur et émerveillement. Représenter l'événement de la naissance de Jésus, équivaut à annoncer le mystère de l'Incarnation du Fils de Dieu avec simplicité et joie. La crèche, en effet, est comme un Évangile vivant, qui découle des pages de la Sainte Écriture. En contemplant la scène de Noël, nous sommes invités à nous mettre spirituellement en chemin, attirés par l'humilité de Celui qui s'est fait homme pour rencontrer chaque homme. Et, nous découvrons qu'Il nous aime jusqu’au point de s’unir à nous, pour que nous aussi nous puissions nous unir à Lui.

Par cette lettre je voudrais soutenir la belle tradition de nos familles qui, dans les jours qui précèdent Noël, préparent la crèche. Tout comme la coutume de l'installer sur les lieux de travail, dans les écoles, les hôpitaux, les prisons, sur les places publiques... C'est vraiment un exercice d'imagination créative, qui utilise les matériaux les plus variés pour créer de petits chefs-d'œuvre de beauté. On l’apprend dès notre enfance : quand papa et maman, ensemble avec les grands-parents, transmettent cette habitude joyeuse qui possède en soi une riche spiritualité populaire. Je souhaite que cette pratique ne se perde pas ; mais au contraire, j'espère que là où elle est tombée en désuétude, elle puisse être redécouverte et revitalisée.

2. L'origine de la crèche se trouve surtout dans certains détails évangéliques de la naissance de Jésus à Bethléem. L'évangéliste Luc dit simplement que Marie «mit au monde son fils premier-né; elle l’emmaillota et le coucha dans une mangeoire, car il n’y avait pas de place pour eux dans la salle commune» (2, 7). Jésus est couché dans une mangeoire, appelée en latin praesepium , d'où la crèche.

En entrant dans ce monde, le Fils de Dieu est déposé à l’endroit où les animaux vont manger. La paille devient le premier berceau pour Celui qui se révèle comme «le pain descendu du ciel» ( Jn 6, 41). C’est une symbolique, que déjà saint Augustin, avec d'autres Pères, avait saisie lorsqu'il écrivait : «Allongé dans une mangeoire, il est devenu notre nourriture» (Serm. 189, 4). En réalité, la crèche contient plusieurs mystères de la vie de Jésus de telle sorte qu’elle nous les rend plus proches de notre vie quotidienne.

Mais venons-en à l'origine de la crèche telle que nous la comprenons. Retrouvons-nous en pensée à Greccio, dans la vallée de Rieti, où saint François s'arrêta, revenant probablement de Rome, le 29 novembre 1223, lorsqu’il avait reçu du Pape HonoriusIII la confirmation de sa Règle. Après son voyage en Terre Sainte, ces grottes lui rappelaient d'une manière particulière le paysage de Bethléem. Et il est possible que le Poverello ait été influencé à Rome, par les mosaïques de la Basilique de Sainte Marie Majeure, représentant la naissance de Jésus, juste à côté de l'endroit où étaient conservés, selon une tradition ancienne, les fragments de la mangeoire.

Les Sources franciscaines racontent en détail ce qui s'est passé à Greccio. Quinze jours avant Noël, François appela un homme du lieu, nommé Jean, et le supplia de l'aider à réaliser un vœu : «Je voudrais représenter l'Enfant né à Bethléem, et voir avec les yeux du corps, les souffrances dans lesquelles il s’est trouvé par manque du nécessaire pour un nouveau-né, lorsqu'il était couché dans un berceau sur la paille entre le bœuf et l'âne» [1] . Dès qu'il l'eut écouté, l'ami fidèle alla immédiatement préparer, à l'endroit indiqué, tout le nécessaire selon la volonté du Saint. Le 25 décembre, de nombreux frères de divers endroits vinrent à Greccio accompagnés d’hommes et de femmes provenant des fermes de la région, apportant fleurs et torches pour illuminer cette sainte nuit. Quand François arriva, il trouva la mangeoire avec la paille, le bœuf et l'âne. Les gens qui étaient accourus manifestèrent une joie indicible jamais éprouvée auparavant devant la scène de Noël. Puis le prêtre, sur la mangeoire, célébra solennellement l'Eucharistie, montrant le lien entre l'Incarnation du Fils de Dieu et l'Eucharistie. À cette occasion, à Greccio, il n'y a pas eu de santons: la crèche a été réalisée et vécue par les personnes présentes [2] .

C'est ainsi qu'est née notre tradition : tous autour de la grotte et pleins de joie, sans aucune distance entre l'événement qui se déroule et ceux qui participent au mystère.

Le premier biographe de saint François, Thomas de Celano, rappelle que s'ajouta, cette nuit-là, le don d'une vision merveilleuse à la scène touchante et simple: une des personnes présentes vit, couché dans la mangeoire, l'Enfant Jésus lui-même. De cette crèche de Noël 1223,«chacun s’en retourna chez lui plein d'une joie ineffable» [3] .

3. Saint François, par la simplicité de ce signe, a réalisé une grande œuvre d'évangélisation. Son enseignement a pénétré le cœur des chrétiens et reste jusqu'à nos jours une manière authentique de proposer de nouveau la beauté de notre foi avec simplicité. Par ailleurs, l'endroit même où la première crèche a été réalisée exprime et suscite ces sentiments. Greccio est donc devenu un refuge pour l'âme qui se cache sur le rocher pour se laisser envelopper dans le silence.

Pourquoi la crèche suscite-t-elle tant d'émerveillement et nous émeut-elle ? Tout d'abord parce qu'elle manifeste la tendresse de Dieu. Lui, le Créateur de l'univers, s'abaisse à notre petitesse. Le don de la vie, déjà mystérieux à chaque fois pour nous, fascine encore plus quand nous voyons que Celui qui est né de Marie est la source et le soutien de toute vie. En Jésus, le Père nous a donné un frère qui vient nous chercher quand nous sommes désorientés et que nous perdons notre direction ; un ami fidèle qui est toujours près de nous. Il nous a donné son Fils qui nous pardonne et nous relève du péché.

Faire une crèche dans nos maisons nous aide à revivre l'histoire vécue à Bethléem. Bien sûr, les Évangiles restent toujours la source qui nous permet de connaître et de méditer sur cet Événement, cependant la représentation de ce dernier par la crèche nous aide à imaginer les scènes, stimule notre affection et nous invite à nous sentir impliqués dans l'histoire du salut, contemporains de l'événement qui est vivant et actuel dans les contextes historiques et culturels les plus variés.

D'une manière particulière, depuis ses origines franciscaines, la crèche est une invitation à "sentir" et à "toucher" la pauvreté que le Fils de Dieu a choisie pour lui-même dans son incarnation. Elle est donc, implicitement, un appel à le suivre sur le chemin de l'humilité, de la pauvreté, du dépouillement, qui, de la mangeoire de Bethléem conduit à la croix. C'est un appel à le rencontrer et à le servir avec miséricorde dans les frères et sœurs les plus nécessiteux (cf. Mt 25, 31-46).

4. J'aimerais maintenant passer en revue les différents signes de la crèche pour en saisir le sens qu'ils portent en eux. En premier lieu, représentons-nous le contexte du ciel étoilé dans l'obscurité et dans le silence de la nuit. Ce n'est pas seulement par fidélité au récit évangélique que nous faisons ainsi, mais aussi pour la signification qu’il possède. Pensons seulement aux nombreuses fois où la nuit obscurcit notre vie. Eh bien, même dans ces moments-là, Dieu ne nous laisse pas seuls, mais il se rend présent pour répondre aux questions décisives concernant le sens de notre existence : Qui suis-je ? D'où est-ce que je viens ? Pourquoi suis-je né à cette époque ? Pourquoi est-ce que j'aime ? Pourquoi est-ce que je souffre ? Pourquoi vais-je mourir ? Pour répondre à ces questions, Dieu s'est fait homme. Sa proximité apporte la lumière là où il y a les ténèbres et illumine ceux qui traversent l’obscurité profonde de la souffrance (cf. Lc 1,79).

Les paysages qui font partie de la crèche méritent, eux aussi, quelques mots, car ils représentent souvent les ruines d'anciennes maisons et de palais qui, dans certains cas, remplacent la grotte de Bethléem et deviennent la demeure de la Sainte Famille. Ces ruines semblent s'inspirer de la Légende dorée du dominicain Jacopo da Varazze (XIII ème siècle), où nous pouvons lire une croyance païenne selon laquelle le temple de la Paix à Rome se serait effondré quand une Vierge aurait donné naissance. Ces ruines sont avant tout le signe visible de l'humanité déchue, de tout ce qui va en ruine, de ce qui est corrompu et triste. Ce scénario montre que Jésus est la nouveauté au milieu de ce vieux monde, et qu'il est venu guérir et reconstruire pour ramener nos vies et le monde à leur splendeur originelle.

5. Quelle émotion devrions-nous ressentir lorsque nous ajoutons dans la crèche des montagnes, des ruisseaux, des moutons et des bergers ! Nous nous souvenons ainsi, comme les prophètes l'avaient annoncé, que toute la création participe à la fête de la venue du Messie. Les anges et l'étoile de Bethléem sont le signe que nous sommes, nous aussi, appelés à nous mettre en route pour atteindre la grotte et adorer le Seigneur.

«Allons jusqu’à Bethléem pour voir ce qui est arrivé, l’événement que le Seigneur nous a fait connaître » ( Lc 2, 15) : voilà ce que disent les bergers après l'annonce faite par les anges. C'est un très bel enseignement qui nous est donné dans la simplicité de sa description. Contrairement à tant de personnes occupées à faire mille choses, les bergers deviennent les premiers témoins de l’essentiel, c’est-à-dire du salut qui est donné. Ce sont les plus humbles et les plus pauvres qui savent accueillir l'événement de l'Incarnation. À Dieu qui vient à notre rencontre dans l'Enfant Jésus, les bergers répondent en se mettant en route vers Lui, pour une rencontre d'amour et d'étonnement reconnaissant. C'est précisément cette rencontre entre Dieu et ses enfants, grâce à Jésus, qui donne vie à notre religion, qui constitue sa beauté unique et qui transparaît de manière particulière à la crèche.

6. Dans nos crèches, nous avons l'habitude de mettre de nombreuses santons symboliques. Tout d'abord, ceux des mendiants et des personnes qui ne connaissent pas d'autre abondance que celle du cœur. Eux aussi sont proches de l'Enfant Jésus à part entière, sans que personne ne puisse les expulser ou les éloigner du berceau improvisé, car ces pauvres qui l'entourent ne détonnent pas au décor. Les pauvres, en effet, sont les privilégiés de ce mystère et, souvent, les plus aptes à reconnaître la présence de Dieu parmi nous.

Les pauvres et les simples dans la crèche rappellent que Dieu se fait homme pour ceux qui ressentent le plus le besoin de son amour et demandent sa proximité. Jésus, «doux et humble de cœur» ( Mt 11, 29), est né pauvre, il a mené une vie simple pour nous apprendre à saisir l'essentiel et à en vivre. De la crèche, émerge clairement le message que nous ne pouvons pas nous laisser tromper par la richesse et par tant de propositions éphémères de bonheur. Le palais d'Hérode est en quelque sorte fermé et sourd à l'annonce de la joie. En naissant dans la crèche, Dieu lui-même commence la seule véritable révolution qui donne espoir et dignité aux non désirés, aux marginalisés : la révolution de l'amour, la révolution de la tendresse. De la crèche, Jésus a proclamé, avec une douce puissance, l'appel à partager avec les plus petits ce chemin vers un monde plus humain et plus fraternel, où personne n'est exclu ni marginalisé.

Souvent les enfants - mais aussi les adultes ! - adorent ajouter à la crèche d'autres figurines qui semblent n'avoir aucun rapport avec les récits évangéliques. Cette imagination entend exprimer que, dans ce monde nouveau inauguré par Jésus, il y a de la place pour tout ce qui est humain et pour toute créature. Du berger au forgeron, du boulanger au musicien, de la femme qui porte une cruche d’eau aux enfants qui jouent...: tout cela représente la sainteté au quotidien, la joie d’accomplir les choses de la vie courante d'une manière extraordinaire, lorsque Jésus partage sa vie divine avec nous.

7. Peu à peu, la crèche nous conduit à la grotte, où nous trouvons les santons de Marie et de Joseph. Marie est une mère qui contemple son enfant et le montre à ceux qui viennent le voir. Ce santon nous fait penser au grand mystère qui a impliqué cette jeune fille quand Dieu a frappé à la porte de son cœur immaculé. À l'annonce de l'ange qui lui demandait de devenir la mère de Dieu, Marie répondit avec une obéissance pleine et entière. Ses paroles : «Voici la servante du Seigneur; que tout m’advienne selon ta parole» ( Lc 1, 38), sont pour nous tous le témoignage de la façon de s’abandonner dans la foi à la volonté de Dieu. Avec ce "oui" Marie est devenue la mère du Fils de Dieu, sans perdre mais consacrant, grâce à lui, sa virginité. Nous voyons en elle la Mère de Dieu qui ne garde pas son Fils seulement pour elle-même, mais demande à chacun d'obéir à sa parole et de la mettre en pratique (cf. Jn 2, 5).

À côté de Marie, dans une attitude de protection de l'Enfant et de sa mère, se trouve saint Joseph. Il est généralement représenté avec un bâton à la main, et parfois même tenant une lampe. Saint Joseph joue un rôle très important dans la vie de Jésus et de Marie. Il est le gardien qui ne se lasse jamais de protéger sa famille. Quand Dieu l'avertira de la menace d'Hérode, il n'hésitera pas à voyager pour émigrer en Égypte (cf. Mt 2, 13-15). Et ce n’est qu’une fois le danger passé, qu’il ramènera la famille à Nazareth, où il sera le premier éducateur de Jésus enfant et adolescent. Joseph portait dans son cœur le grand mystère qui enveloppait Jésus et Marie son épouse, et, en homme juste, il s’est toujours confié à la volonté de Dieu et l’a mise en pratique.

8. Le cœur de la crèche commence à battre quand, à Noël, nous y déposons le santon de l'Enfant Jésus. Dieu se présente ainsi, dans un enfant, pour être accueilli dans nos bras. Dans la faiblesse et la fragilité, se cache son pouvoir qui crée et transforme tout. Cela semble impossible, mais c'est pourtant ainsi : en Jésus, Dieu a été un enfant et c’est dans cette condition qu’il a voulu révéler la grandeur de son amour qui se manifeste dans un sourire et dans l'extension de ses mains tendues vers tous.

La naissance d'un enfant suscite joie et émerveillement, car elle nous place devant le grand mystère de la vie. En voyant briller les yeux des jeunes mariés devant leur enfant nouveau-né, nous comprenons les sentiments de Marie et de Joseph qui, regardant l'Enfant Jésus, ont perçu la présence de Dieu dans leur vie.

«La vie s'est manifestée» ( 1Jn 1, 2) : c'est ainsi que l'Apôtre Jean résume le mystère de l'Incarnation. La crèche nous fait voir, nous fait toucher cet événement unique et extraordinaire qui a changé le cours de l'histoire et à partir duquel la numérotation des années, avant et après la naissance du Christ, en est également ordonnée.

La manière d'agir de Dieu est presque une question de transmission, car il semble impossible qu’il renonce à sa gloire pour devenir un homme comme nous. Quelle surprise de voir Dieu adopter nos propres comportements : il dort, il tète le lait de sa mère, il pleure et joue comme tous les enfants! Comme toujours, Dieu déconcerte, il est imprévisible et continuellement hors de nos plans. Ainsi la crèche, tout en nous montrant comment Dieu est entré dans le monde, nous pousse à réfléchir sur notre vie insérée dans celle de Dieu ; elle nous invite à devenir ses disciples si nous voulons atteindre le sens ultime de la vie.

9. Lorsque s’approche la fête de l'Épiphanie, nous ajoutons dans la crèche les trois santons des Rois Mages. Observant l'étoile, ces sages et riches seigneurs de l'Orient, s'étaient mis en route vers Bethléem pour connaître Jésus et lui offrir comme présent de l'or, de l'encens et de la myrrhe. Ces dons ont aussi une signification allégorique : l'or veut honorer la royauté de Jésus ; l'encens sa divinité; la myrrhe sa sainte humanité qui connaîtra la mort et la sépulture.

En regardant la scène de la crèche, nous sommes appelés à réfléchir sur la responsabilité de tout chrétien à être évangélisateur. Chacun de nous devient porteur de la Bonne Nouvelle pour ceux qu'il rencontre, témoignant, par des actions concrètes de miséricorde, de la joie d'avoir rencontré Jésus et son amour.

Les Mages nous enseignent qu'on peut partir de très loin pour rejoindre le Christ. Ce sont des hommes riches, des étrangers sages, assoiffés d'infinis, qui entreprennent un long et dangereux voyage qui les a conduits jusqu’à Bethléem (cf. Mt 2, 1-12). Une grande joie les envahit devant l'Enfant Roi. Ils ne se laissent pas scandaliser par la pauvreté de l'environnement ; ils n'hésitent pas à se mettre à genoux et à l'adorer. Devant lui, ils comprennent que, tout comme Dieu règle avec une souveraine sagesse le mouvement des astres, ainsi guide-t-il le cours de l'histoire, abaissant les puissants et élevant les humbles. Et certainement que, de retour dans leur pays, ils auront partagé cette rencontre surprenante avec le Messie, inaugurant le voyage de l'Évangile parmi les nations.

10. Devant la crèche, notre esprit se rappelle volontiers notre enfance, quand nous attendions avec impatience le moment de pouvoir commencer à la mettre en place. Ces souvenirs nous poussent à prendre de plus en plus conscience du grand don qui nous a été fait par la transmission de la foi ; et en même temps, ils nous font sentir le devoir et la joie de faire participer nos enfants et nos petits-enfants à cette même expérience. La façon d’installer la mangeoire n'est pas importante, elle peut toujours être la même ou être différente chaque année ; ce qui compte c'est que cela soit signifiant pour notre vie. Partout, et sous différentes formes, la crèche parle de l'amour de Dieu, le Dieu qui s’est fait enfant pour nous dire combien il est proche de chaque être humain, quelle que soit sa condition.

Chers frères et sœurs, la crèche fait partie du processus doux et exigeant de la transmission de la foi. Dès l'enfance et ensuite à chaque âge de la vie, elle nous apprend à contempler Jésus, à ressentir l'amour de Dieu pour nous, à vivre et à croire que Dieu est avec nous et que nous sommes avec lui, tous fils et frères grâce à cet Enfant qui est Fils de Dieu et de la Vierge Marie; et à éprouver en cela le bonheur. À l'école de saint François, ouvrons notre cœur à cette grâce simple et laissons surgir de l'émerveillement une humble prière : notre "merci" à Dieu qui a voulu tout partager avec nous afin de ne jamais nous laisser seuls.

Donné à Greccio, au Sanctuaire de la crèche, le 1 er décembre 2019, la septième année de mon Pontificat.

FRANÇOIS

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[1] Thomas de Celano, Vita Prima , n. 84: Sources franciscaines ( FF ), n. 468. [2] Cf. ibid ., n. 85: FF , n. 469. [3] Ibid. , n. 86: FF , n. 470.

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APOSTOLIC LETTER Admirabile signum OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS ON THE MEANING AND IMPORTANCE OF THE NATIVITY SCENE

1. The enchanting image of the Christmas crèche, so dear to the Christian people, never ceases to arouse amazement and wonder. The depiction of Jesus’ birth is itself a simple and joyful proclamation of the mystery of the Incarnation of the Son of God. The nativity scene is like a living Gospel rising up from the pages of sacred Scripture. As we contemplate the Christmas story, we are invited to set out on a spiritual journey, drawn by the humility of the God who became man in order to encounter every man and woman. We come to realize that so great is his love for us that he became one of us, so that we in turn might become one with him.

With this Letter, I wish to encourage the beautiful family tradition of preparing the nativity scene in the days before Christmas, but also the custom of setting it up in the workplace, in schools, hospitals, prisons and town squares. Great imagination and creativity is always shown in employing the most diverse materials to create small masterpieces of beauty. As children, we learn from our parents and grandparents to carry on this joyful tradition, which encapsulates a wealth of popular piety. It is my hope that this custom will never be lost and that, wherever it has fallen into disuse, it can be rediscovered and revived.

2. The origin of the Christmas crèche is found above all in certain details of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem, as related in the Gospels. The evangelist Luke says simply that Mary “gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn” (2:7). Because Jesus was laid in a manger, the nativity scene is known in Italian as a presepe , from the Latin word praesepium , meaning “manger”.

Coming into this world, the Son of God was laid in the place where animals feed. Hay became the first bed of the One who would reveal himself as “the bread come down from heaven” ( Jn 6:41). Saint Augustine, with other Church Fathers, was impressed by this symbolism: “Laid in a manger, he became our food” ( Sermon 189, 4). Indeed, the nativity scene evokes a number of the mysteries of Jesus’ life and brings them close to our own daily lives.

But let us go back to the origins of the Christmas crèche so familiar to us. We need to imagine ourselves in the little Italian town of Greccio, near Rieti. Saint Francis stopped there, most likely on his way back from Rome where on 29 November 1223 he had received the confirmation of his Rule from Pope Honorius III. Francis had earlier visited the Holy Land, and the caves in Greccio reminded him of the countryside of Bethlehem. It may also be that the “Poor Man of Assisi” had been struck by the mosaics in the Roman Basilica of Saint Mary Major depicting the birth of Jesus, close to the place where, according to an ancient tradition, the wooden panels of the manger are preserved.

The Franciscan Sources describe in detail what then took place in Greccio. Fifteen days before Christmas, Francis asked a local man named John to help him realize his desire “to bring to life the memory of that babe born in Bethlehem, to see as much as possible with my own bodily eyes the discomfort of his infant needs, how he lay in a manger, and how, with an ox and an ass standing by, he was laid upon a bed of hay”. [1] At this, his faithful friend went immediately to prepare all that the Saint had asked. On 25December, friars came to Greccio from various parts, together with people from the farmsteads in the area, who brought flowers and torches to light up that holy night. When Francis arrived, he found a manger full of hay, an ox and a donkey. All those present experienced a new and indescribable joy in the presence of the Christmas scene. The priest then solemnly celebrated the Eucharist over the manger, showing the bond between the Incarnation of the Son of God and the Eucharist. At Greccio there were no statues; the nativity scene was enacted and experienced by all who were present. [2]

This is how our tradition began: with everyone gathered in joy around the cave, with no distance between the original event and those sharing in its mystery.

Thomas of Celano, the first biographer of Saint Francis, notes that this simple and moving scene was accompanied by the gift of a marvellous vision: one of those present saw the Baby Jesus himself lying in the manger. From the nativity scene of that Christmas in 1223, “everyone went home with joy”. [3]

3. With the simplicity of that sign, Saint Francis carried out a great work of evangelization. His teaching touched the hearts of Christians and continues today to offer a simple yet authentic means of portraying the beauty of our faith. Indeed, the place where this first nativity scene was enacted expresses and evokes these sentiments. Greccio has become a refuge for the soul, a mountain fastness wrapped in silence.

Why does the Christmas crèche arouse such wonder and move us so deeply? First, because it shows God’s tender love: the Creator of the universe lowered himself to take up our littleness. The gift of life, in all its mystery, becomes all the more wondrous as we realize that the Son of Mary is the source and sustenance of all life. In Jesus, the Father has given us a brother who comes to seek us out whenever we are confused or lost, a loyal friend ever at our side. He gave us his Son who forgives us and frees us from our sins.

Setting up the Christmas crèche in our homes helps us to relive the history of what took place in Bethlehem. Naturally, the Gospels remain our source for understanding and reflecting on that event. At the same time, its portrayal in the crèche helps us to imagine the scene. It touches our hearts and makes us enter into salvation history as contemporaries of an event that is living and real in a broad gamut of historical and cultural contexts.

In a particular way, from the time of its Franciscan origins, the nativity scene has invited us to “feel” and “touch” the poverty that God’s Son took upon himself in the Incarnation. Implicitly, it summons us to follow him along the path of humility, poverty and self-denial that leads from the manger of Bethlehem to the cross. It asks us to meet him and serve him by showing mercy to those of our brothers and sisters in greatest need (cf. Mt 25:31-46).

4. I would like now to reflect on the various elements of the nativity scene in order to appreciate their deeper meaning. First, there is the background of a starry sky wrapped in the darkness and silence of night. We represent this not only out of fidelity to the Gospel accounts, but also for its symbolic value. We can think of all those times in our lives when we have experienced the darkness of night. Yet even then, God does not abandon us, but is there to answer our crucial questions about the meaning of life. Who am I? Where do I come from? Why was I born at this time in history? Why do I love? Why do I suffer? Why will I die? It was to answer these questions that God became man. His closeness brings light where there is darkness and shows the way to those dwelling in the shadow of suffering (cf. Lk 1:79).

The landscapes that are part of the nativity scene also deserve some mention. Frequently they include the ruins of ancient houses or buildings, which in some instances replace the cave of Bethlehem and become a home for the Holy Family. These ruins appear to be inspired by the thirteenth-century Golden Legend of the Dominican Jacobus de Varagine, which relates a pagan belief that the Temple of Peace in Rome would collapse when a Virgin gave birth. More than anything, the ruins are the visible sign of fallen humanity, of everything that inevitably falls into ruin, decays and disappoints. This scenic setting tells us that Jesus is newness in the midst of an aging world, that he has come to heal and rebuild, to restore the world and our lives to their original splendour.

5. With what emotion should we arrange the mountains, streams, sheep and shepherds in the nativity scene! As we do so, we are reminded that, as the prophets had foretold, all creation rejoices in the coming of the Messiah. The angels and the guiding star are a sign that we too are called to set out for the cave and to worship the Lord.

“Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us” ( Lk 2:15). So the shepherds tell one another after the proclamation of the angels. A beautiful lesson emerges from these simple words. Unlike so many other people, busy about many things, the shepherds become the first to see the most essential thing of all: the gift of salvation. It is the humble and the poor who greet the event of the Incarnation. The shepherds respond to God who comes to meet us in the Infant Jesus by setting out to meet him with love, gratitude and awe. Thanks to Jesus, this encounter between God and his children gives birth to our religion and accounts for its unique beauty, so wonderfully evident in the nativity scene.

6. It is customary to add many symbolic figures to our nativity scenes. First, there are the beggars and the others who know only the wealth of the heart. They too have every right to draw near to the Infant Jesus; no one can evict them or send them away from a crib so makeshift that the poor seem entirely at home. Indeed, the poor are a privileged part of this mystery; often they are the first to recognize God’s presence in our midst.

The presence of the poor and the lowly in the nativity scene remind us that God became man for the sake of those who feel most in need of his love and who ask him to draw near to them. Jesus, “gentle and humble in heart” ( Mt 11 :29), was born in poverty and led a simple life in order to teach us to recognize what is essential and to act accordingly. The nativity scene clearly teaches that we cannot let ourselves be fooled by wealth and fleeting promises of happiness. We see Herod’s palace in the background, closed and deaf to the tidings of joy. By being born in a manger, God himself launches the only true revolution that can give hope and dignity to the disinherited and the outcast: the revolution of love, the revolution of tenderness. From the manger, Jesus proclaims, in a meek yet powerful way, the need for sharing with the poor as the path to a more human and fraternal world in which no one is excluded or marginalized.

Children – but adults too! – often love to add to the nativity scene other figures that have no apparent connection with the Gospel accounts. Yet, each in its own way, these fanciful additions show that in the new world inaugurated by Jesus there is room for whatever is truly human and for all God’s creatures. From the shepherd to the blacksmith, from the baker to the musicians, from the women carrying jugs of water to the children at play: all this speaks of the everyday holiness, the joy of doing ordinary things in an extraordinary way, born whenever Jesus shares his divine life with us.

7. Gradually, we come to the cave, where we find the figures of Mary and Joseph. Mary is a mother who contemplates her child and shows him to every visitor. The figure of Mary makes us reflect on the great mystery that surrounded this young woman when God knocked on the door of her immaculate heart. Mary responded in complete obedience to the message of the angel who asked her to become the Mother of God. Her words, “Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word” ( Lk 1:38), show all of us how to abandon ourselves in faith to God’s will. By her “fiat”, Mary became the mother of God’s Son, not losing but, thanks to him, consecrating her virginity. In her, we see the Mother of God who does not keep her Son only to herself, but invites everyone to obey his word and to put it into practice (cf. Jn 2:5).

At Mary’s side, shown protecting the Child and his Mother, stands Saint Joseph. He is usually depicted with staff in hand, or holding up a lamp. Saint Joseph plays an important role in the life of Jesus and Mary. He is the guardian who tirelessly protects his family. When God warned him of Herod’s threat, he did not hesitate to set out and flee to Egypt (cf. Mt 2:13-15). And once the danger had passed, he brought the family back to Nazareth, where he was to be the first teacher of Jesus as a boy and then as a young man. Joseph treasured in his heart the great mystery surrounding Jesus and Mary his spouse; as a just man, he entrusted himself always to God’s will, and put it into practice.

8. When, at Christmas, we place the statue of the Infant Jesus in the manger, the nativity scene suddenly comes alive. God appears as a child, for us to take into our arms. Beneath weakness and frailty, he conceals his power that creates and transforms all things. It seems impossible, yet it is true: in Jesus, God was a child, and in this way he wished to reveal the greatness of his love: by smiling and opening his arms to all.

The birth of a child awakens joy and wonder; it sets before us the great mystery of life. Seeing the bright eyes of a young couple gazing at their newborn child, we can understand the feelings of Mary and Joseph who, as they looked at the Infant Jesus, sensed God’s presence in their lives.

“Life was made manifest” ( 1 Jn 1:2). In these words, the Apostle John sums up the mystery of the Incarnation. The crèche allows us to see and touch this unique and unparalleled event that changed the course of history, so that time would thereafter be reckoned either before or after the birth of Christ.

God’s ways are astonishing, for it seems impossible that he should forsake his glory to become a man like us. To our astonishment, we see God acting exactly as we do: he sleeps, takes milk from his mother, cries and plays like every other child! As always, God baffles us. He is unpredictable, constantly doing what we least expect. The nativity scene shows God as he came into our world, but it also makes us reflect on how our life is part of God’s own life. It invites us to become his disciples if we want to attain ultimate meaning in life.

9. As the feast of Epiphany approaches, we place the statues of the Three Kings in the Christmas crèche. Observing the star, those wise men from the East set out for Bethlehem, in order to find Jesus and to offer him their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. These costly gifts have an allegorical meaning: gold honours Jesus’ kingship, incense his divinity, myrrh his sacred humanity that was to experience death and burial.

As we contemplate this aspect of the nativity scene, we are called to reflect on the responsibility of every Christian to spread the Gospel. Each of us is called to bear glad tidings to all, testifying by our practical works of mercy to the joy of knowing Jesus and his love.

The Magi teach us that people can come to Christ by a very long route. Men of wealth, sages from afar, athirst for the infinite, they set out on the long and perilous journey that would lead them to Bethlehem (cf. Mt 2:1-12). Great joy comes over them in the presence of the Infant King. They are not scandalized by the poor surroundings, but immediately fall to their knees to worship him. Kneeling before him, they understand that the God who with sovereign wisdom guides the course of the stars also guides the course of history, casting down the mighty and raising up the lowly. Upon their return home, they would certainly have told others of this amazing encounter with the Messiah, thus initiating the spread of the Gospel among the nations.

10. Standing before the Christmas crèche, we are reminded of the time when we were children, eagerly waiting to set it up. These memories make us all the more conscious of the precious gift received from those who passed on the faith to us. At the same time, they remind us of our duty to share this same experience with our children and our grandchildren. It does not matter how the nativity scene is arranged: it can always be the same or it can change from year to year. What matters is that it speaks to our lives. Wherever it is, and whatever form it takes, the Christmas cr