Jackie Gingrich Cushman: We have fought many wars as a country but now we are engaged in a battle for our soul   

We have fought many wars as a country, but right now, we are engaged in a battle for our soul.

Kelly Shackelford: New Supreme Court term will signal if religious liberty is making a comeback   

If this term picks up where the last term left off, we may be well on our way to more religious freedom than many of us have known in our lifetime.

Your chance to own a piece of contemporary jewellery! Suspended in Pink Raffle   

Musings about the Suspended in Pink Raffle.

Thanks to Marthe Le Van's recent article, I have been thinking about the 'Suspended in Pink' raffle.

Here is an extract:

"As a retail storeowner and salesperson, the raffle felt amateurish, gimmicky, and a bit desperate—like when I heard about Facebook for the first time. Ultimately, after reconciling all my perspectives, I believe there is much to applaud in the Suspended in Pink raffle. It feels fresh and innovative, optimistic and courageous, liberating and democratic—all worthy consequences pointing toward progress"

Now, I have no problem at all about an idea of mine being compared to the early Facebook- and I am the first to admit the visuals, practicalities and how the raffle is presented still needs some work!
Most raffles are devised as a means of fundraising, to enable an exhibition, event etc... Seen by the  Borax Collective , Handshake Jewellery and an American Art Jewellery group  ( i am sure there are many many more).

And as Le Van notices, through her many astute questions, fundraising is not the aim of the 'Suspended in Pink' Raffle...

So what is it? and WHY should you take part?

I go to many many exhibitions every year. But As a wanna-be collector, I have only three small pins.
I dont want a specially designed brooch with a groups logo on it, a sample piece or a bunch of postcards as a consolation prize- I want THE piece. 

          I want to own Silke Fleischer's amazing necklace and Sam Hamilton's 'Bread' Like brooch.

As a practitioner is who interested in engagement and audience interaction, I am always looking for ways to get my audience to wear the jewellery, understand it, and imagine owning it- and that, in my view, is the real strength of the 'Suspended in Pink' raffle.

So the idea of raffling off one of the jewellery pieces from the Suspended in Pink Exhibition seemed an obvious idea.

 But its more then that.... Once a viewer decides   they wish to take part in the raffle, they then can spend up to an hour, going through the exhibition, trying on the jewellery, comparing, assessing, deciding which item THEY would take home.

Deciding which piece of jewellery spoke out the most to them.

And this was then the piece that they would then bet on.
Maybe they would win it, maybe not- but for £5/€6/$8 it seems like a worth while experience to have- the experience of wearing and imagining that favourite piece of jewellery which YOUR ticket could win you....

And here is the good news- the odds of winning in this raffle are actually really high!

Only a small number of people have guessed the same names, and there are a number of exhibitors who's name has not been guessed yet-

So you have a real chance of winning....

All you have to do is email:
with: your name, the name of the artist who you want to win-

And to send payment of £5/€6/$8 by paypal to:

The winner is announced this Autumn!



Due to the many requests we have had, we would like to announce that the deadline to Suspend.ed in Pink has been extended!!

So the new dates are:



thank you all and good luck!


so exciting....   

Well, many interesting talks in interesting places and with fantastic people-

Soon there will be more exciting announcements for the Suspend.ed in Pink tour-

don't miss out and send your application in now!


PINKY ! jewelry   

Thanks to Marianne Gassier for this wonderful page-
I hope to see some of these designers applying to Suspend.ed in pink!


(too many wonderful pieces to show)

zoe robertson.



Ciągnikiem bez świateł i z promilami   

Blisko cztery promile alkoholu miał w organizmie traktorzysta, zatrzymany przez drogówkę pod Janowem Lubelskim.

5 Reasons the Edinburgh Zoo and Highland Wildlife Park are Must-Visit Attractions   


The Edinburgh Zoo and Highland Wildlife Park are the two animal sanctuaries managed by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS). They’re definitely not your usual animal attractions. The Zoo Has Amazing Conservation Programs The Edinburgh Zoo hardly feels like a zoo; more like an animal conservation center. Many of their animals are endangered and the zoo works with other zoological...

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The 10 Most Anticipated Movies Of The Fall 2019   

2019 gave moviegoers amazing movies such as Avengers Endgame, Us, and Toy Story 4. With so many hits it is...

German gloom as latest figures suggest country is already in recession   

Finance Minister Olaf Scholz has said that Germany would be able to cope with an economic crisis but added he did not expect a downturn to be as bad as it was in 2008/09.

Raja Koduri hints at June 2020 Intel Xe graphics card launch   

For those that have been living under a rock and w onder who the man is, Raja Koduri was the guy behind many Radeon GPUs, and then moved to Intel where he is working on Xe amongst other things. Now, ...

Trump/Perdue not that into Farmers...   

UPDATE 10/7: I think farmers have had enough, maybe, I hope anyway...
1. “I went to Madison feeling financially scared and emotionally depressed but hopeful,” said Paul Adams, who runs a 500-cow organic dairy near Eleva, WI."I came home feeling financially scared, emotionally depressed, unwanted, and unneeded.”

2. Brittany Olson left her Barron County farm at 2am to make the trip to Expo and hear Perdue speak. “To go through the effort to see the USDA secretary, only for him to say that small farms like ours likely have no future made me feel like little more than a peasant in a system of modern-day feudalism,” Olson said.

3. “To me, it really drew a line in the sand on just where this administration stands,” said Chippewa County dairy farmer George Polzin.
Danielle Erdvick summed it up this way in the story:
But I sense a fire growing in the belly of the family farmers I meet in my work with Farmers Union. Farmers are weary. But there’s a growing flicker that’s starting to feed a change in the narrative. No more will they be spoon-fed a top-down vision for rural America. Instead, I see a drive for a farmscape where fair prices, local food systems, clean water, and land conservation are at the heart of farm policy. How can we achieve it? It’ll take actually enforcing America’s antitrust laws and holding corporations accountable when they try to monopolize an industry. It’ll mean addressing market manipulation. It’ll mean not raising our hackles, as farmers and ag groups, every time someone wants to talk about clean water or livestock siting. It’ll mean continuing to adopt regenerative practices and thinking outside the box so we’re protecting our natural resources for our children and grandchildren.

Farmers will never stop voting for Republicans. Sadly, GOP promises of "small government" simply mean they don't really have to do anything for their constituents, and deregulation is anything that basically leaves them alone.

Tariff War is not Their Fight: It seems farmers are okay sacrificing their livelihoods for big corporate interests seeking intellectual rights and protections. 

And then the last shoe dropped; Ag Sec. Sonny Perdue told us what big corporate Republican politicians were really thinking about family farmers:

Perdue told reporters that he doesn’t know if the family dairy farm can survive as the industry moves toward a factory farm model ... “In America, the big get bigger and the small go out. I don’t think in America we, for any small business, we have a guaranteed income or guaranteed profitability.”
A few farmers suddenly realized what was really going on...
Jerry Volenec, a fifth-generation Wisconsin dairy farmer with 330 cows, left the Perdue event feeling discouraged about his future. “What I heard today from the secretary of agriculture is there’s no place for me. Can I get some support from my state and federal government?"

Darin Von Ruden, president of the Wisconsin Farmers Union and a third-generation dairy farmer who runs a 50-cow organic farm (said) getting bigger at the expense of smaller operations like his is “not a good way to go.  Do we want one corporation owning all the food in our country?” 
Democrats, Governor Tony Evers backs Family Farms, despite never getting their vote, but after Sonny Perdue's comment, even our laid back Gov. had to say something:

"Are they struggling? Absolutely. But I think at the end of the day we need to get behind them rather than saying, ah maybe you should go larger. I, frankly, resent that the Department of Agriculture secretary from the federal government came in and kind of lambasted them."
But don't take Evers word for it, here's a comment made at the Minnesota Farmfest about CAFO's. Note: Why were visa's for dairy labor ever determined to be seasonal and not year around?:

Trump Piled on First: Remember this...
Wisconsin dairy farmers are still feeling the sting of Trump's visit to Milwaukee in July, where the president downplayed the suffocation felt by farmers here because of Trump's own tariffs.

Trump: "Some of the farmers are doing well. ... We're over the hump. We're doing really well."
Farmer Response...:
"If he's saying farmers are over the hump, he would be badly mistaken," said Darin Von Ruden, a third generation dairy farmer. "In order to get over the hump we need to stop losing dairy farms."
From PBS's Market to Market: Trump's says farmers are happy...

Farmers are slamming Trump's $28 billion farm bailout — more than double Obama's 2009 payment to automakers — as a 'Band-Aid'.
Perdue editorial doesn't repair Damage: Nope, his word salad backtrack to obscure how he really feels, is a little late. In fact, Perdue reminds farmers how this whole problem was really Trump creation:
Purdue: "President Donald Trump has made it his mission to support American agriculture and negotiate better trade deals so our productive farmers can sell their bounty around the globe."
And don't forget how Scott Walker pushed oversupply in the dairy industry.

Here's what one farmer, "a great patriot," really thinks about Trump:

In Gays Mills, WI, over production and large dairy farms are locking many out of getting into farming. From WPT's Portraits from Rural Wisconsin:


An Iraqi Underground Musician Uses Metal to Attack Islam   

Anahita is a 28 year-old Iraqi woman who fronts two black metal bands. She was raised in an Islamic household, though not a strict one. She recounts how she came to reject her parents’ religion to music writer Kim Kelly in a recent article for The Atlantic. She lost her faith, as so many do, […]

Shit Skeptics Say   

You may think you’re sick and tired of the “Shit___ Say” meme, but John Rael’s “Shit Skeptics Say” is still worth two minutes of your time (NSFW language): There are many good lines, but a few stand out enough to be worth highlighting. Well it was just a theory… like GRAVITY. Aren’t you a little […]

Pokemon Sword & Shield livestream gave us a glimpse of Galarian Ponyta   

As I’m sure you’ve been aware if you’ve been on social media this weekend, the previously reported 24-hour Pokemon Sword & Shield livestream has been happening. While many amusing memes and images circulated the web, we caught a glimpse of the Galarian Ponyta. The Galarian form looks rather nice and two Ponytas were caught playing, which […]

John Kirby, an attorney that successfully defended Nintendo from a Universal lawsuit over Donkey Kong, has passed away   

  Sadly, John J Kirby, Jr. is no longer with us. He passed away on October 2nd at the age of 79, due to complications of Myelodysplastic syndrome, a blood cancer. Kirby was an attorney that defended many big companies, including Pepsi, America Online and Nintendo. In fact, one of his well-known cases involved Nintendo, […]

Indonesia quake victims too scared to return home after fake news of bigger quake   

Thousands of Indonesians are still in shelters nearly two weeks after a deadly earthquake sparked a stream of fake news and hoaxes warning that an even bigger disaster was looming, the government said on Monday.A state of emergency has been declared until Wednesday, with nearly 135,000 people in evacuation shelters and tents.Many displaced people are too scared to return to their homes in the remote Maluku Islands after the area suffered more than 1,000 aftershocks following a 6.5-magnitude…

Paris and Normandy   

Paris and Normandy topics of my recent article in JUF News, Chicago. https://www.juf.org/news/world.aspx?id=448627 For more, including Jewish sites in many cities in France, order "A Travel Guide to Jewish Europe," 4th ed. (Pelican Publishing) wherever books are sold:https://www.amazon.com/Travel-Guide-Jewish-Europe-Fourth/dp/1455623571/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1518623872&sr=1-3&keywords=travel+guide+to+jewish www.bengfrank.blogspot.com. Follow me on twitter @bengfrank.

Donald Trump is the latest to face the satirical treatment from multi-million bestselling series Ladybirds for Grown-Ups   

The Ladybirds for Grown-Ups book series has been a crazy-successful phenomenon since its launch in 2015. So many of us (myself included) grew up reading Ladybird books—beautifully illustrated, slim children’s volumes telling charming stories, often fairy tales (my favourites) or informative little nonfiction reads. Ladybird was […]
Donald Trump is the latest to face the satirical treatment from multi-million bestselling series Ladybirds for Grown-Ups was first posted on October 4, 2019 at 12:42 am.
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4blueyes Jewelry Box   


Do you love the shiny? Do you want the shiny? Want to save about $100? Here you can get a collection of jewelry props from our previous products: Summer Night, Anais Dress, LaciLuv Corset Beauty, Breeze Musume, Aphrodite Blooming and Modern Muses instead of purchasing each and every one of them separately just to get the bling. Get your hands on a whole bunch of treasure, now with more fitting morphs and new and improved Poser and DAZ Studio shaders for each prop! A totally NEW pair of cute goth horns with many MAT options are also included exclusively in this product.

Price: $12.95 Special Price: $6.48


Action Guy Mix and Match Expressions for Darius 8 And Genesis 8 Male(s)   


Action Guy is a must have expression pack for Darius 8 and Genesis 8 Male(s), that consists in expressions organized in three folders (Full Face, Upper Face, and Lower Face), and you also have pose control ERC dials to apply each full face expression. So you can add expressiveness in three ways:

USING FULL AND PARTIAL EXPRESSIONS: Using the partial expressions, you can move all the face, or just the upper and lower parts of the face, mixing both as you like, creating your own original expression for your renders.

USING POSE CONTROL DIALS: Using the pose control dials, you can apply a full face expression as much as you like, and also mix it with another expression dial. It is great to create transitions between expressions in animations or series of renders.

USING BOTH: In many cases you can also mix the partial expressions with the dials.

"Action Guy" adds the degree of realism in expressions that you need for the new generation of Iray renders. Every detail in the face has been adjusted to make your characters look alive. Natural expressions for real faces, with subtle asymmetries to enhance realism. Good taste expressions, no grimaces.

Price: $14.95 Special Price: $7.48


Crop Watch: Rain puts pressure on delayed wheat drilling   


Farmers Weekly

The wet spell continues and there are fears that growers could lose their nerve on delayed drilling of wheat. Persistent wet weather is also affecting weed strategies, with many of the cereals drilled so far in the north not receiving a pre-emergence herbicide, which could lead to some disappointing blackgrass control. Flea beetle continues to […]

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Blackgrass battle hampered by wet and seed dormancy   


Farmers Weekly

The fight to control blackgrass could be tougher this autumn as wet weather is tempting winter wheat growers to drill early while seed of the grassweed shows high dormancy levels. The recent rain has seen the first flush of blackgrass in many fields and continued wet weather is pressurising some winter cereal growers to consider […]

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Atonement - Reconciliation between God and humans.

Atonement is an aged, weathered and worn 3D building. This resting place features distressed and damp surfaces under a veil of decaying ivy. It comes complete with interior walls, articulating doors, gravestones (with adjustable headstones) and modular elements to load complete or in sections as required.

The visual styling means it can be used in many different settings: historical, fantasy or present-day, with high resolution texture maps ideal for close-up and high resolution renders.

The set comes with a full set of CR2s and Poser/DAZ Studio MAT files for ease of loading and customization. Also included are bonus presets for owners of The Guildhall to load and place wall lights from that product in this scene. A DAZ Studio light preset for these wall lights is also included to further enhance the scene.

For full details and additional artwork please refer to the products wiki page.

Price: $24.95 Special Price: $12.48


Authenticity Mix and Match Expressions for Genevieve 7 and Genesis 3 Female(s)   


Authenticity is a set of high quality expressions for Genevieve 7 and Genesis 3 Female(s). For each expression you have 4 ways to use it: one click presets for full face expressions, upper face partial expressions, lower face partial expressions, and pose control dials.

This gives you the option to use the full face expressions via their presets or the dials... and also create your custom expression for your renders in 3 ways:

- USING FULL AND PARTIAL EXPRESSIONS: Using the partial expressions, you can move all the face, or just the upper and lower parts of the face, mixing both as you wish.

- USING POSE CONTROL DIALS: Using the pose control dials, you can apply a full face expression as much as you like, and also mix it with another expression dial. It is great to create transitions between expressions in animations or series of renders.

- USING BOTH: In many cases you can also mix the partial expressions with the dials.

"Authenticity" adds the degree of realism in expressions that you need for the new generation of Iray renders. Every detail in the face has been adjusted to make your characters look alive. Natural expressions for real faces, with subtle asymmetries to enhance realism. Good taste expressions, no grimaces. A must have!

Price: $16.95 Special Price: $8.48

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