Throwback: All For One   

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Mark Yakey from Manchester Christian Church in Manchester, NH brings us this logo and light show in one! (Originally posted July 2011) This stage design was their first attempt at directly linking the series graphics with the set design. The 12×22 flat was constructed of Luan and strapping. “one” was cut out of the wall and […]
          

Tres Chic Expansion Pack Girl 4 Stephanie 4   

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A beautiful set consisting of a fashionable tank top, vest and skinny jeans for your favorite Victoria 4, Aiko 4, Girl 4, Elite and Stephanie 4. Numerous custom fits and adjustment/movement morphs are included for more inspiration.


Add more life and grit to your renders with completely new included textures for all parts of the set!

Don't own the original Tres Chic for Victoria 4 Elite and Aiko 4? Worry not my fine feathered friend... We can help you out! Purchase this this items (Tres Chic Expansion Pack Girl 4 Stephanie 4) on or before July 29th and receive a coupon good for 70% off (yes, you read that right... 70% off!!!) the original Tres Chic for Victoria 4 Elite and Aiko 4. Coupon Code: 70Off3Ch1cVEA will be added to your account after successful purchase. Coupon expires August 31, 2011.

Price: $13.95 Special Price: $6.98


          

Reply To: Delete "button" on child item with refresh for document library   

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This was fixed in DFFS package v4.4.4.2 published on July 31, 2019: https://spjsblog.com/dffs/dffs-change-log/#SPJS-vLookup_v22135

Any buttons (also ones inserted in custom code) will be removed if the field is set as readonly. Please note that only buttons created like this:

<input type="button" onclick="myClickFunction()" value="My button">

and not like this:

<button onclick="myClickFunction()">My button</button>

This is handled in the DFFS_frontend.css file so this must be updated for this to apply.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Alexander


          

Autocomplete, Sort, Source List Over 1,000…   

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Alexander,

Using Autocomplete, I have found that sort of results (orderBy) fails when the source list is over 1,000 items. I am sorting by ID, descending. I have attached two screenshots – one with less than 1,000 items in the source list, and one with more than 1,000 items.

As always, I sincerely appreciate your support and efforts!

R’grds – Ben.
Reference:
Version information
DFFS Loader: v2
DFFS frontend: 4.4.4.10 – September 20, 2019
DFFS frontend CSS: 4.51 / 4.51
Autocomplete: 1.6.37 – September 04, 2019
Cascading dropdowns: 3.7.30 – July 21, 2019
jQuery: 1.12.4
Lookup: 1.1.17 – July 21, 2019
Resource management: 2.4.5 – August 29, 2019
SPJS-Utility: 1.337 – September 04, 2019
vLookup: 2.2.138 – September 04, 2019


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 "applyTo": "TransPipeLookup",
 "helpText": "Key Transaction ID, LOB, or Name...",
 "loadText": "",
 "listGuid": "TransPipeDevX",
 "listBaseUrl": "/sites/spptdgsl/TransPipeDev/",
 "showField": "TransPipeLookup",
 "searchFields": [],
 "filterCAML": "<Where><Eq><FieldRef Name='CommodityType'/><Value Type='Text'>Tech</Value></Eq></Where>",
 "useREST": false,
 "preloadData":false,
 "filterREST": "",
 "optionDetailFields": [],
 "optionDetailPrefix": [],
 "enforceUniqueValues": true,
 "rowLimit": 15,
 "listOptionsOnFocus": false,
 "minLengthBeforeSearch": 2,
 "reValidateOnLoad": false,
 "allowAddNew": false,
 "isLookupInSelf": false,
 "addNewAdditionalFields": [],
 "multiselect": false,
 "multiselectSeparator": "; ",
 "orderBy": [
	{
		"fin":"ID",
		"ascending":false
	}
 ],
 "clearSetFieldsOnInvalidSelection": false,
 "setFields": [	
	{
		"fromFIN":"ID",
		"toFIN":"KeyTransID"
	},
	{
		"fromFIN":"Title",
		"toFIN":"Title"
	},
	{
		"fromFIN":"LOB",
		"toFIN":"LOB"
	},
	{
		"fromFIN":"SubLOB",
		"toFIN":"SubLOB"
	},
	{
		"fromFIN":"TechCommodities",
		"toFIN":"TechCommodities"
	}
],
 "debug": false
});

          

U.S. House passes marijuana banking bill, with support of Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers   

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Congress took its first step Wednesday toward allowing state-sanctioned marijuana businesses to access banking products without fear of a federal government crackdown.

That step included support from Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, an Eastern Washington Republican who has spoken against the state’s legalization of recreational marijuana and received criticism from cannabis reformers hoping to fully legalize the drug.

“I heard from a lot of banks and credit unions about the increased amount of cash that is on our streets, and the danger that it poses for our community,” McMorris Rodgers said in an interview following her vote.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Oregon, prohibits federal regulators from penalizing or limiting financial services offered by lending institutions working with marijuana businesses that followed state laws. The bill passed 321-103with 91 Republicans voting in favor, many of them saying they supported the bill’s narrow scope that is intended to keep such businesses from relying solely on cash. That can make them targets for crime, bill supporters argued.

Many banks and credit unions have avoided working with cannabis businesses, as the drug remains illegal under federal law. Locally, Numerica Credit Union offers a limited set of financial services to growers, processors and retailers.

The U.S. Treasury Department keeps track of banks and credit unions nationwide reporting activity with marijuana businesses as part of its suspicious activity reports program. The department reported in June that there were 715 lending institutions nationwide that were conducting business with marijuana firms.

Advocates pushing for further reform of federal marijuana laws, including the potential declassification of the drug as a controlled substance, heralded Wednesday’s vote. It is the first time Congressional lawmakers have approved any legislation dealing only with marijuana, as more and more states legalize its sale to both medical patients and as a recreational drug.

“For the first time ever, a supermajority of the House voted affirmatively to recognize that the legalization and regulation of marijuana is a superior public policy to prohibition and criminalization,” Justin Strekal, political director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, said in a statement.

The bill doesn’t change marijuana’s classification as illegal under federal law. It also doesn’t address the Justice Department’s apparent attempts to keep bankruptcy cases from people declaring marijuana income out of the courts.

McMorris Rodgers said her support for the legislation was due to its narrow scope. But the congresswoman noted that she’s also co-sponsored another marijuana bill introduced by Oregon Democratic Rep. Ed Blumenauer which would enable the sale of marijuana seeds and plant starts to researchers licensed by the federal government for medical study.

“I continue to have concerns about legalization of recreational marijuana, in particular,” McMorris Rodgers said. “I’m concerned about the safety around it, especially for our kids.”

The House’s approval of the bill sends the legislation to the Republican-controlled Senate, where another Western GOP lawmaker has already convened an informational hearing about a companion bill.

Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo, chairman of the Senate’s Banking Committee, held a hearing in late July on similar bipartisan legislation, but no votes were taken. At the time, Crapo said he was interested in learning more about the legislation, but also concerned about a 2013 Justice Department initiative under President Barack Obama that targeted firearm sellers, payday lenders and other businesses believed to be at risk of committing financial crimes.

“Having a conversation about whether banks should be able to provide banking services to entities engaged in federally illegal behavior brings up the issue and concern that there has been a push to choke off legal industries from the banking sector,” Crapo said at the July hearing.

Strekal and representatives of other marijuana reform organizations urged the Senate to take up the legislation in statements Wednesday. President Donald Trump has not given clear indication whether he would sign marijuana banking legislation if it were to pass both chambers of Congress, but he expressed some support for another bipartisan bill introduced in Congress that, among other changes, would give state-sanctioned marijuana businesses access to banking.

Crapo told reporters for the publication Congressional Quarterly on Wednesday that he wanted to consider a banking bill, which could be separate from the House bill, in the Senate soon.


          

Dlibert creator flails with restaurant in Bay Area   

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Dilbert creator Scott Adams is struggling to manage his restaurant "Stacey's" in a Dublin strip mall, according to a New York Times story today.

The restaurant is bleeding money as customers choose national chain restaurants over Stacey's. Owner adams took over the deteriorating operations in July and tried to improve everything from the food to the decor, but his staff just laughed at him and compared him to an actual infant baby, probably because he has no management experience and virtually zero restaurant experience (he bussed tables a long time ago).

Nevertheless, the whole staff seems to think he's a great guy, and not a terrible boss. Now he's trying to use his Dilbert celebrity to drive business to the place. Oh, also, he has a smaller Stacey;s in Pleasanton that is doing well.

Thanks to the chef-owner who sent me this -- with no small dose of Schadenfreude, surely.

NY Times: The Tables Turn for Dilbert’s Creator


          

Lord Acton on the storming of "the instrument and the emblem of tyranny" in Paris, the Bastille, on July 14, 1789 (1910)   

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Lord Acton on the storming of “the instrument and the emblem of tyranny” in Paris, the Bastille, on July 14, 1789 (1910)


          

McHenry man sentenced to prison for cocaine delivery   

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A McHenry man involved in a single-vehicle crash that sent him to the hospital in 2017 was sentenced to prison Monday for having cocaine in his car the day it collided with a utility pole.

David D. McDow, 27, accepted an offer from the McHenry County State's Attorney's Office Monday and pleaded guilty to a felony charge of delivery of a controlled substance. McHenry County Judge Michael Coppedge sentenced McDow to seven years in prison.

In exchange for McDow's guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to dismiss additional charges, several of which were tied to separate cases. The man's attorney, Sam Amirante, said McDow was satisfied with the plea deal and is ready to put the situation behind him.

"He has come such a long way," Amirante said. "He actually turned from a boy to a man and is very, very mature and responsible in everything that he does now."

McDow was arrested in June 2017 after he reportedly crashed his Chrysler Sebring into a utility pole in Woodstock, according to a July 30, 2018 court filing from the McHenry County State's Attorney's Office.

While McDow was being treated for injuries, police conducted an inventory search of the man's vehicle before it was towed, according to the July 2018 court filing.

During the search, police discovered more than 6 ounces of cocaine packaged and ready for sale, according to a news release the McHenry County State's Attorney's Office sent Monday.

Police later learned McDow's blood-alcohol level was .146 at the time of the crash, prosecutors stated in the July 2018 document.

Since his arrest, McDow has worked through some personal issues, his attorney said.

"He’s really turned his life completely around," Amirante said. "It’s sad to see him go away."


          

Piermont Grand EC markets 375 of its own 820 units over launch weekend break   

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SINGAPORE – Piermont Grand executive residence (EC) – the 1st and also likely only EC launch this year – sold 375 units of a total 820 apartment or condos at a typical rate of $1,080 per square foot (psf) over the launch weekend. Nominated website: Piermont Grand showflat The 46 percent sales achieved since 6pm on Sunday (July 28) “makes ...
          

Park Colonial – The best home   

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Potato Chip Eng Seng Advancement, Heeton Holdings as well as KSH Holdings’ Park Colonial growth has actually become among the brightest places in Singapore’s crowded brand-new condo launch yard. The project has actually observed tremendous take-up given that it was actually first launched in July 2018, right just before the Government firmed up cooling amounts. The 805-unit residential or commercial ...
          

Climate change scientists tout “benefits” of geoengineering (chemtrails) in renewed push to pollute the atmosphere, dim the sun and freeze the planet   

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Climate change scientists tout “benefits” of geoengineering (chemtrails) in renewed push to pollute the atmosphere, dim the sun and freeze the planet Tuesday, July 09, 2019 by: Mike Adams (Natural News) It’s no longer debatable that scientists are advocating the mass pollution of Earth’s upper atmosphere in a foolish effort to halt so-called “climate change.” The agenda is openly admitted in science journals like Nature Climate Change, which recently published this study by Peter ...
          

Comprehensive study confirms the cardioprotective effects of blueberries and strawberries   

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Comprehensive study confirms the cardioprotective effects of blueberries and strawberries Sunday, July 08, 2018 (Natural News) If you’re concerned about a heart attack, there are lots of steps you might take to reduce your risk. Perhaps you’re already exercising and eating a healthy diet, but you’d like to give your efforts that extra edge. Before your doctor convinces you to start taking a long-term regimen of risky medications that may or may not actually be effective, why not turn to ...
          

Here’s how fluoride destroys your health in obvious, and not so obvious, ways   

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Here’s how fluoride destroys your health in obvious, and not so obvious, ways Monday, July 09, 2018 (Natural News) Few people realize just how far-reaching the effects of long-term exposure to fluoride can be. Dental fluorosis may be the most obvious manifestation of fluoride damage as it discolors and pits people’s teeth, but much of the other harm it causes is not as easy to see and is often blamed on something else. Here’s a look at a few of the ways in which fluoride destroys your health. Cognitive ...
          

The WHO’s, CDC’s and FDA’s Vaccine Boondoggle    

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The WHO’s, CDC’s and FDA’s Vaccine Boondoggle July 11, 2018 By Catherine J. Frompovich What’s a boondoggle? “Politically motivated government project.” “A government project of little practical value funded to gain political favor.” My recent article World Health Organization Needs Its Head Examined Regarding Vaccine Adverse Events prompted an email from one of the vaccine researchers I network with which stated, “There have been many times that both medical doctors and even veterinarians ...
          

After US, UK, France Bomb Syria – OPCW Report Contradicts Claims Of “Irrefutable Proof” Of Chemical Weapons    

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After US, UK, France Bomb Syria – OPCW Report Contradicts Claims Of “Irrefutable Proof” Of Chemical Weapons July 11, 2018 By Brandon Turbeville After the lowest moment of Trump’s presidency to date – the bombing of Syria despite the risk of a third world war – the OPCW has released a statement re-affirming that the United States, France, and the UK were wrong about their assertion that the Syrian government used chemical weapons in Douma in April, 2018. In its latest Fact Finding Mission ...
          

El Monumento a los Huelguistas de Hambre de 1981 - La Habana, Cuba   

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Coincidiendo con la finalización de las huelgas de hambre de 1981 (el 3 de octubre de ese año), queremos recordar un monumento en recuerdo de dichas huelgas, que está en la ciudad de La habana, Cuba.

En el parque Víctor Hugo del barrio de El Vedado de la Habana hay un pequeño monolito de mármol con dos placas. Es el monumento dedicado centralmente a los huelguistas de hambre irlandeses que murieron en huelga en 1981 en protesta por las extremas condiciones carcelarias impuestas por el gobierno de Margaret Thatcher, y que se extiende a ''Todos los hombres y mujeres que lucharon por la independencia de Irlanda''.





El monumento fue inaugurado en 2001, coincidiendo con el 20 aniversario de las huelgas de hambre de 1981 y, a su inauguración oficial, acudió Gerry Adams.

En la placa superior del monumento, junto a una réplica del mitológico héroe Cú Chulainn, se reproduce un discurso de Fidel Castro pronunciado el 18 de septiembre de 1981 ante la 68 Conferencia de la Unión Interparlamentaria. El entonces presidente cubano denostaba al gobierno británico por su cruel accionar al dejar morir de hambre a los huelguistas presos.

"La tozudez, la intransigencia, la crueldad, la insensibilidad ante la comunidad internacional del gobierno británico frente al problema de los patriotas irlandeses en huelga de hambre hasta la muerte, recuerda a Torquemada y la barbarie de la inquisición en plena Edad Media.
¡Tiemblen los tiranos ante hombres que son capaces de morir por sus ideas, tras 60 días de huelga de hambre! al lado de este ejemplo ¿que fueron los tres días de Cristo en el calvario, símbolo durante siglos del sacrificio humano? ¡Es hora de poner fin, mediante la denuncia y la presion de la comunidad mundial, a esa repugnante atrocidad!”.

Fidel Castro 18 agosto 1981
68va. Conferencia de la Unión Interparlamentaria




En la placa inferior están los nombres de los huelguistas fallecidos, los 7 del IRA y los tres del INLA. Con las siguientes leyendas:

"En nombre de los mártires irlandeses y la solidaridad internacional Cuba - Irlanda 1981/2001.

Mártires de la prisión H-Block

Vol. Bobby Sands May 5, 1981
Vol. Francis Hughes May 12, 1981
Vol. Raymond McCreesh May 21, 1981
Vol. Patsy O'Hara May 21, 1981
Vol. Joe McDonnell July 8, 1981
Vol. Martin Hudson July 13, 1981
Vol. Kevin Lynch August 1, 1981
Vol. Kieran Doherty August 2, 1981
Vol. Thomas McElwee August 8, 1981
Vol. Mickey Devine August 20, 1981

''Sacrificaron sus vidas por la libertad de Irlanda. Thug siad a raibh acu do shaoirse na hÉireann”.  [Fuair siad bás ar son saoirse na hÉireann]

En un tiempo llegó a tener una tercera placa, más pequeña, que empezaba citando especialmente a Bobby Sands.

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@piarais91

          

WTF: What's Up With the Long-Defunct Sand Bar Inn?   

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Conventional wisdom holds that the first three rules for choosing commercial real estate are location, location and location. If that's the case, what's the deal with the old Sand Bar Inn, a long-vacant motel on the west side of the Sandbar Causeway in South Hero? If ever a spot were prime for commercial ka-ching, this highly visible, 3.7-acre waterfront lot on Route 2 would seem to check all the boxes. It offers spectacular panoramic views of Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains, its own beach access on Outer Malletts Bay, boat slips directly across the road, and Sand Bar State Park about a mile away. It's close to two large population centers — Chittenden County and Montréal — accessible via Interstate 89, and situated in a year-round vacationers' paradise not yet saturated with lodgings and eateries. Developers would also be pleased to know that the site has all the necessary permits in place, no costly or time-consuming environmental review required, a rarity for lakefront development. And, according to its owners, it wouldn't need to be rezoned to accommodate a new motel, restaurant or residential community. Inexplicably, the Sand Bar Inn's website, last updated in 2007, still advertises cottages, lakefront dining, a marina and special events catering. The site even claims that the inn is currently "closed for renovations," though the only signs of repair on a recent July day were new windows installed at least a decade ago. But except for a weekend-long art installation in July 2018 at the inn, titled "From Away," by Burlington-based Overnight Projects, the dilapidated motel has sat unused and unvisited for 14 years, its paint peeling, its roof missing shingles and holes gaping in the siding. "I'm flabbergasted that no one has stepped up and tried to make a run at this property," said Yves Bradley, vice president of commercial brokerage at Pomerleau Real Estate in Burlington, which currently lists the property for sale at $795,000. "But it'll happen." The last decade notwithstanding, Bradley's optimism seems warranted. For nearly a century, the Sand Bar Inn was a popular restaurant and overnight spot for visitors to Grand Isle before it closed for good in 2005. Teresa Robinson, a retired history teacher and former president of the South Hero Historical Society, confirmed via email that the inn was built in 1900 by Benajah Phelps, a toll keeper who collected fares on Sandbar Bridge, a predecessor…
          

天草らめイラスト添削問題とPixio Japanについての忘備録   

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スプラトゥーン界隈の炎上はアーカイブ性が低いのでまとめておく。

  • なにがあったのか

 スプラトゥーンでは、個人が参加者を募って大会を開くことがよくある。

その際、大会を盛り上げ、参加者を集める目的で、上位入賞者にイラストを提供する文化が根付いているが、その際のトラブルも多々見られる。

今回の件もその一例となった。

今回告発することになった絵師は、友人が主催する大会を協力するために無償でイラストを提供した際、過度な修正要求赤ペン先生爆誕な事態に陥った。

 告発した絵師側のツイートは現在削除済み*1で、反省文の方はこちら

  • 天草らめとは何者か

いわゆるバーチャルVチューバー。本人の肩書だと「バーチャルプロゲーマー」。

www.youtube.com

天草らめ (@Rame_Amakusa) | Twitter

とはいえ、You Tubeのページからはろくに配信活動している様子が見当たらず、Vとしてどの程度の活動規模があるかよくわからず。

Twitterでの活動は多くみられるので、そっちが主軸なのかなと。

  • Pixio Japanとの関係性

そんな彼には、Pixio Japanという企業がスポンサーとなっていて、

またPixio Japanが運営するプロゲーマーチームの監督を務めている。  

 https://www.pixiogaming.jp/esports

 チームメンバーの募集には天草らめが広告塔になっていた。

ギア配布企画でホイホイ引っかかってくれる与し易そうな人実力者と繋がるのも、チームメンバー探しの一環だろうか。

 スポンサーの商品を紹介する。社員と親しい。

 元々プロゲーマーだったらしい。

 

 Pixio Japanにはスポンサーとしてこの件に対する質問が寄せられ、以下のように応答している。

天草らめについて、企業があのような性格に問題のあるような人をスポンサーするのは問題があると思います。企業としては | Peing -質問箱-

 

ご質問の内容について、話題になったそもそもの内容が公にするべきものではなく、個人間で解決すべきものであり第三者が関わるべき内容ではないと判断しております。

 以下僕の私見

スプラトゥーン界隈は、有志の大会における運営など、善意によって成り立っている場面が多く、そこに迷惑をかける行為をするものは「厄介者」のレッテルを張られ、敬遠される傾向にある。

界隈にターゲットを絞った「スプラトゥーン特化型Vチューバー」が、よりによって界隈から敬遠される「運営サイドさんへの迷惑行為」を行うって、今後の運営に関してどういう青写真があるのか不思議に思っちゃうね。

どんな判断や、金をドブに捨てる気か。

そして、ゲーミングモニターを販売してる企業が、その顧客層にリーチするためにスポンサーになってる、親密さからして運営そのものにかかわっているのかもと思ったりしますが、そんなVチューバーが、わざわざ顧客層に不興を買う態度をとって、それをふわっとしたお叱り(質問箱での回答)に留めるのも、不思議な対応だなぁと個人的には思います。

 

何はともあれこの件は一応沈静化したっぽいわけで。

スプラトゥーン界隈が平和であるといいですね。それではマンメンミー。

 

 

*1:「晒し行為」に対する批判が寄せられたため、とのこと


          

Retraction: Batumi   

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A few months ago I posted in no uncertain terms that the Black Sea port city of Batumi was a seedy, filthy, gloriously miserable conglomerate of prostitute-hunters, truck-drivers, and oligarchettos looking to play "master of the universe" at seaside nightclubs only slightly marred by oil spills and washed-up jellyfish.

I was wrong. Gloriously wrong.

When I decided to stop in Batumi for the afternoon en route from Mestia (the new road gets from Svaneti to the seaside in five hours flat - vastly preferable to a day's layover in lush but utterly dull Zugdidi), I did so on the expectation that I'd be shutting my eyes, avoiding the probably-insalubrious Glamour Elit Exclusiv Premium tower-block hotels (general Georgia assumption: the more a hotel attempts to convince you that it caters to an exclusive set of well-heeled individuals, the more likely it is actually a roach-teeming brothel), and engaging in a series of quick Black Sea dunks while avoiding radioactive poisoning.

Instead, I found that in the past few months, the reconstruction of Batumi and the renovation of its historic districts has been so utterly tasteful, whimsical rather than tacky, that the city feels less like Trabzon and more like - well - Trieste. The old town now suggests faded grandeur rather than post-Soviet kitsch: the newer buildings serve to highlight the fin de siecle feel of the art nouveau townhouses rather than negate them (the most successful new architecture is that that's willing to wink and nod at its balmy playground past - displayed here). Cafes are no longer empty battlegrounds in which to stare down sullen waiters in a desperate attempt to get a glass of milk (an "Irish coffee," however, still consists of dumping cointreau into an Americano, much to the chagrin of the VEG) - seaside cafes like Nostalgia and Cinema sport artfully mismatched antique furniture and jazz-fusion soundtracks. The seaside boulevard is youthful and thoroughly Mediterranean: packs of Georgian teenagers linger under archways and against colonnades, engaging in a subtle yet intricate form of ritualized wandering I haven't seen since I was a teenager in Rome, trying desperately to understand why on earth my friends were aimlessly meandering around the Campo dei Fiori instead of actually sitting down somewhere.

Tbilisi is Central European, melancholy, filled with gargoyles and ghosts. But Batumi is Mediterranean, colorful, joyful and utterly alive. Its old town (a meandering collection of piazzas and outdoor cafes, vine-tangled windows revealing moldy chandeliers, pink and yellow houses with still-smiling cherubs carved into the doorframes) is a stately pleasure dome - recalling Rivieras and forbidden love affairs and everything that easily-shocked nineteenth-century novelists associate with summertime playground resorts. (Think Eliot's Baden-Baden and Proust's Balbec and something clever out of Tolstoy all in one).

Which is to say, the prostitutes are better-hidden now.

(The beach at Gonio is still lovely and largely empty on a late-July weekday, and the intense chromatic green of the Adjaran mountainside largely distracts from the few distressingly concrete hotel-block-towers.)

          

Does USA want world peace?   

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If you were to examine the 243 year history of the United States Government (USG) you would honestly have to conclude that it is not interested in seeking world peace. In fact, the world considers today the USG as being the greatest threat to world peace! More: https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2017/08/07/polls-us-greatest-threat-to-peace-world-today/

Where is the United Nations (UN) located? This organization, charged with eliminating all threats to world peace, is in the United States of America (USA)! Wouldn’t you say that that poses a conflict of interest, to say the least?



Puerto Rico had already attained self-government from Spain in 1897 when the USG militarily invaded her. That is why, instead of holding a democratic plebiscite to see if the Puerto Ricans wanted to become a USA colony, it decided on a military invasion on July 25, 1898.

After the October 30, 1950 Puerto Rican Nationalist Insurrection led by Pedro Albizu Campos, the USG’s looked to conceal its colony. The USG tried to buy off Albizu Campos, but couldn’t. It then persuaded Luis Muñoz Marin to aid in its cover-up. https://youtu.be/_rExgRaorHw

That was the genesis of what is deceptively called, “The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico” of 1952. It is impossible for a colony to share the wealth with the imperial power. Why do you think that more Puerto Ricans live away than in their own national territory? Why do you think that the USG recruits more people for its military in Puerto Rico than any of the 50 states of the Union?



The USG asked the UN to take Puerto Rico off its list of colonies in 1953, alleging that, in 1952, she had attained self-government. The UN removed Puerto Rico from the list. But, if the USG really cared about Puerto Rico having self-government, it would had never invaded her in the first place!


Although the UN today celebrates a yearly hearing to discuss Puerto Rico decolonization in June, it has never returned Puerto Rico to its list of colonies. That clearly proves that the USG controls the UN. How else would it be possible that the oldest and the most populated colony in the world not be on the UN’s list of colonies?


People who want world peace should engage in permanent resistance to force the USG to comply with the UN’s Charter that prohibits colonialism since 1945, and the 38 UN resolutions asking it to immediately return Puerto Rico’s sovereignty to the Puerto Ricans. http://webtv.un.org/watch/5th-meeting-committee-of-24-special-committee-on-decolonization/6051725003001/

Be part of the revolution, because those who don’t seek for world peace don’t believe in LIBERTY AND IN JUSTICE FOR ALL! https://www.facebook.com/groups/1697349163904877/
USA has never sought world peace.


          

Federal Government Takes Nearly Three Years to Turn Over Public Records   

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The "wheels of justice turn slowly," as the old maxim goes. Less well known is how long the federal government can take to fulfill a public records request. Almost three years ago, in December 2016, Seven Days asked the federal Air National Guard for emails from Vermont Air National Guard officials about Lt. Col. John Rahill, a fighter jet pilot who crashed a small plane on a Lake Champlain island that September. Neither he nor his lone passenger was seriously hurt, and Rahill later said in an email to the Federal Aviation Administration that he'd been practicing emergency landings at the time of the wreck. He was later ordered to retake his civilian pilot's exam to keep his license. By November of that year, the National Transportation Safety Board had released its preliminary report on the crash. And by January 2017, the FAA gave Seven Days various emails and other documents as part of a different public records request. But it wasn't until July 23 — of this year — that the National Guard Bureau's Office of Information and Privacy turned over 12 emails printed on six pages. "This concludes our office's processing of your request," Jennifer Nikolaisen, chief of the office, wrote in a letter accompanying the emails. She did not explain why it took so long to comply with the request. In one email dated September 20, 2016 — one day after the crash — a lieutenant colonel in the 158th Fighter Wing of the state Air National Guard wrote a summary of what had happened. The government redacted the sender's name. "They are lucky to be alive," the person wrote of Rahill and his passenger. "...Another great wake-up call about how close we all are to being 6' under!" Among the emails is one from this reporter and another from someone who warned an unidentified recipient on the day of the incident that the crash "has picked up some media interest." Three years later, we're still interested.

The original print version of this article was headlined "Not Exactly Air Mail"


          

Victor Valdes 'set to quit role as Barcelona youth team coach after spat with Patrick Kluivert'    

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The former Manchester United goalkeeper Valdes assumed the role of Barcelona Under 19s coach in July but his relationship with Kluivert soured to such an extent Valdes feels he has to go.
          

Trump's Ukraine Call Might Violate Election Laws, But No One's Enforcing Them   

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While Congress mulls whether President Trump's phone call soliciting help from the president of Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and his son is an impeachable offense, Trump's action raises another question. Did the president's requests violate campaign finance law? The Department of Justice doesn't think so. DOJ officials and career prosecutors in the department's public integrity section examined the text of the July 25 phone call and concluded there was not a potential campaign finance violation, according to senior Justice Department officials. The facts did not provide a basis for a predicated investigation, they said. In part, it depends on whether the president solicited a "thing of value" and how that term is defined. Brendan Fischer, an attorney with the Campaign Legal Center, believes there was a violation of the law. He says that "there is a long list" of examples of the Federal Election Commission finding that "intangible items like opposition research can constitute a
          

Whistleblower: Officials Told To 'Lock Down' All Records Of Ukraine Call   

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Updated at 7:30 p.m. ET A government whistleblower received information from "multiple" officials that President Trump "is using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election." An unclassified version of the whistleblower's complaint , made public Thursday by the House intelligence committee, says that the president's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, "is a central figure in this effort. Attorney General [William] Barr appears to be as well." The complaint centers on Trump's July 25 call with the president of Ukraine, an account of which was released Wednesday by the White House. That memorandum shows Trump asking the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy for "a favor" — to investigate potential 2020 rival former Vice President Joe Biden. What the complaint released Thursday further reveals is that the whistleblower was told by officials that the record of the call was handled differently than other such transcripts. It was placed in an
          

Joining Hearts 31: Shine   

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My promo podcast for Joining Hearts: Shine (July 21 at the Piedmont Pool Atlanta) featuring tea dance classics and some of the Summer’s hottest anthems by Dua Lipa, Ariana Grande, U2, Tony Moran & Jason Walker, Jess Glyne, Kylie, Gaga, Celine and an encore by Cyndi Lauper! Joining Hearts 31: Shine DJ MIKE POPE 1. Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa - One Kiss (Jason Reilly & Alphalove Club Mix) 2. Ariana Grande - No Tears Left To Cry (Charlie Lane Remix) 3. Robbie Rivera - I Wonder (Original Mix) 4. D-Sol - Don't Stop (Extended Mix) 5. U2 - Love Is Bigger Than Anything In It's Way (Twisted Dee Mix) 6. Tony Moran Ft. Jason Walker - I'm In Love With You (Dirty Disco Mainroom Remix) 7. Jessica Mauboy - We Got Love (Glammstar Remix) 8. Jess Glyne - I'll Be There (Fabio Campos & Andre Grossi Remix) 9. Nacho Chapado, Mauro Mozart, PKDO - The Stars (Original Mix) 10. Kylie Minogue - Stop Me From Falling (Joe Gauthreaux & Leanh Club Mix) 11. Lady Gaga - Your Song (House of Labs Pride Mix) 12. Celine Dion - Ashes (Andre Grossi ETERNA Festival Mix) 13. Tony Moran, Toy Armada, DJ Grind & Zhana Roiya - Let's Get Together (Toy Armada & DJ Grind Anthem Mix) 14. Cyndi Lauper - Shine (Enrico Meloni Pride Remix)
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