Shape Rigger Plus   

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Introducing Shape Rigger Plus. It is designed to make rigging simple for everybody, not just content creators.

Rigging is very important. It ensures that all figure bending and expressions work correctly on a specific morph or shape. This only happens if the figures bones are correctly rigged and aligned.

Rigging can also be a tedious task when only doing partial areas of the figure, and matching up the correct influencing face groups to those selected bones, or if you are trying to rig multiple morphs at once, which can only be saved one at a time.

This is where Shape Rigger Plus comes in. It is designed to rig your morphs accurately with speed and ease. Be it just one morph or an entire batch, Shape Rigger Plus will do it all for you with one click.

What makes Shape Rigger Plus different to "Adjust Rigging to Shape"? Well, because most just click adjust rigging to shape and process all the bones, some bone misalignment happens when all are processed at once. Shape Rigger Plus avoids this by rigging the figures bones in sections to ensure all bones and matching influence face groups are matched. It also smartly detects which bones actually need rigging and only processes what is needed, instead of rigging the entire figure. So let speed up your workflow and get rigging like a Pro!

This product is also a Merchant Resource. Compatible with Genesis 1 to 8.

To see the product in action, please watch the promo video below.

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奥巴马发表胜选演讲   

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OBAMA: Thank you. Thank you. Thank you so much. 奥巴马:谢谢,谢谢,非常感谢。 Tonight, more than 200 years after a former colony won the right to determine its own destiny, the task of perfecting our union moves forward. 两百多年前,美国人民在这块
          

Anti-BDS group backed by Adelson heads to 6 countries outside US   

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From the start of the new academic year, Maccabee Task Force will expand its footprint from American campuses to 'Europe and beyond'
          

Robot Democratization: A Machine for Every Manufacturer   

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With collaborative robots proliferating, we wanted to know who’s using these robots and what tasks they’re doing. Design News caught up with Walter Vahey, executive vice-president at Teradyne, a company that helps manufacturers gear up their automation. Vahey sees a real change in the companies that are deploying robotics. For years robots were tools only for the largest manufacturers. They required expensive care and feeding in the form of integrators and programming. Now, collaborative robots require configuration rather than programming, and they can be quickly switched from task to task.

Vahey talked about robot companies such as Universal Robots (UR) which produces robot arms, and MiR, a company that produces collaborative mobile robots. He explained how they’re putting robotics in the hands of smaller manufacturers that previously could not afford advanced automation. The difference is that these robots are less expensive, they can be set up for production without programming, and they can be quickly reconfigured to change tasks.

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Robots are now within the investment reach of small manufacturers. That's fueling a surge in the use of collaborative robots. (Image source: Universal Robots)

We asked Vahey what’s different about collaborative robots and what he’s seeing in robot adoption among smaller manufacturers.

Design News: Tell us about the new robots and how they’re getting deployed.

Walter Vahey: Companies such as Universal Robots and MiR are pioneering the robot space. They’re bringing automation to a broad class of users and democratizing automation. For small companies, the task at hand is to figure out how to fulfill their orders. It’s particularly challenging to manufacturers. In a tight labor market, manufacturers are facing more competition, growing demand, and higher expectations in quality.

Manufacturer can plug UR or MiR robots in very quickly. Everything is easy, from the specs up front to ordering to quickly arranging and training the robot. There’s no programming, and the robots have the flexibility to do a variety of applications. Every customer is dealing with labor challenges, so now they’re deploying collaborative robots to fulfill demand with high quality.

The whole paradigm has shifted now that you have a broader range of robot applications. You can easily and quickly bring in automation, plug it in ,and get product moving in hours or days rather than months. That’s what’s driving the growth at UR and MiR.

The Issue of Change Management

Design News: Is change management a hurdle?. Does the robot cause workforce disruption?

Walter Vahey: We really haven’t seen that as an issue. The overwhelming need to improve and fulfill demand at a higher quality level helps the manufacturers deploy. It outweighs other challenges. We help with the deployment, and the manufacturers are making the change easily.

We grew up as a supplier of electronic test equipment. Since 2015, we’ve entered the industrial automation market with a focus on the emerging collaborative robot space. We see that as a way to change the equation for manufacturers, making it faster and easier to deploy automation.

Design News: What about return on investment? Robotics can be a considerable investment for a small company/

Walter Vahey: The customers today are looking for relatively short ROI, and we’re seeing it from 6 months to a year. That’s a no brainer for manufacturers. They’re ready to jump in.

We work hard to make deployment less of an issue. We have an application builder, and we use it to prepare for deployment. The new user may have a pick-and-place operation. They choose the gripper, and we guide them to partners who make it easy to deploy.

The application builder helps the customer pick the gripper. The whole object is to get the customer deployed rapidly so the automation doesn’t sit. With MiR, the robot comes in, and we find an easy application for the mobile device. We take the robot around the plant and map it. We’ve work to guide customers through an application quickly and make the robot productive as soon as possible.

There are hundreds of partners that work with UR and MiR, providing grippers and end effectors. We have a system that customers can plug into. Customer can look at grippers from a wide range of companies. We’re not working just on the robot deployment. We work to get the whole system deployed so they can quickly get the ROI.

What Tasks Are the Robots Taking On?

Design News: Who in the plant is using the robots, and what tasks are involved?

Walter Vahey: There is a range of users. To be effective at training a robot and configuring it, the people best suited for it are the ones most aware of the task. To get the robot to be effective you have to know the task. By and large, the person who has been doing that task is best suited to train the robot. That person can then train other robots. Nobody’s better suited to do it than the people who know what needs to be done.

The tasks are broad set of applications. We automate virtually any task and any material movement. It’s not quite that simple, but it’s close. With UR, we’re doing machine learning, grinding, packing, pick-and-place, repetitive tasks, welding. It’s a very broad set of applications. In materials it’s also very broad. Parts going from a warehouse to a work cell, and then from the work cell to another work cell, up to a 1000-kilo payload. We’re moving robots into warehousing and logistics space, even large pieces of metal. The robots are well suited for long runs of pallets of materials.

Rob Spiegel has covered automation and control for 19 years, 17 of them for Design News. Other topics he has covered include supply chain technology, alternative energy, and cyber security. For 10 years, he was owner and publisher of the food magazine Chile Pepper.

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You can use these brain hacks to stop mind wandering. But should you?   

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When you get off-task easily, it disrupts your productivity. It may even decrease your overall level of happiness. But mind wandering isn’t all bad.

We’ve all been there: You’re supposed to be working on a report, or you’re watching someone give a PowerPoint presentation, and your mind starts to wander. You find yourself thinking about a conversation you had last night with your friend, your weekend plans, or a television show you watched last week. Then, you have to snap yourself back to the present to focus on the task in front of you.

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Karl Marx on the necessary task the “bourgeoisie” was doing in putting an end to “feudal and patriarchal relations” (1848)   

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Karl Marx on the necessary task the “bourgeoisie” was doing in putting an end to “feudal and patriarchal relations” (1848)


          

Herbert Spencer takes "philosophical politicians" to task for claiming that government promotes the "public good" when in fact they are seeking "party aggrandisement" (1843)   

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Herbert Spencer takes “philosophical politicians” to task for claiming that government promotes the “public good” when in fact they are seeking “party aggrandisement” (1843)


          

Pep Guardiola wants Man City players to forget about big deficit to Liverpool   

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WTF: How Do Big-Box Stores and Airports Deal With Nuisance Birds?   

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Walk into any big-box store, shopping mall or other sprawling expanse of indoor retail space this time of year, and you're likely to spot a few wild birds flitting about or roosting in the rafters. Winged creatures are especially common in the al fresco garden centers of Home Depot, Lowe's and Walmart — torn bags of birdseed are a likely draw — though wild birds are also known to take up residence in supermarkets and airport terminals. For animal lovers, the presence of uninvited guests inside these cathedrals of consumption may feel like a mischievous act of defiance, as though the animal kingdom were flipping us humans the bird, as it were, saying, "You can wall it in but you can't keep us out!" It may seem fairly innocuous to find sparrows chirping in the hardware department or starlings dive-bombing the home appliances. But there are legitimate health concerns when birds take up shop in a mall or supermarket. So, how do retailers rid themselves of these feathered friends? Recently, a Seven Days staffer heard from a friend that the birds are dispatched with BB guns. Because this method sounded both inhumane and impractical, we reached out to several large retail chains, including Home Depot, Lowe's, Walmart, Shaw's and Price Chopper Supermarkets. Only Price Chopper answered our query. "Birds, unfortunately, are a part of doing business when you're in retail," said Maureen Murphy, manager of consumer services and trends for Price Chopper, headquartered in Schenectady, N.Y. As she explained, the birds typically come in the same way the merchandise does — through the loading docks. But when asked if Price Chopper and other supermarkets use BB guns to dispatch their guests, she seemed revolted by the suggestion. "God, no! I know that we sure as heck don't ... We make sure they're taken care of humanely," Murphy said. "But when they're in our store, we have to be sure they're removed ... because, obviously, food safety is a big issue for us." Indeed, having birds pecking at the salad bar or leaving droppings in the produce section is more than a fowl nuisance. It's also a health code violation. So, as soon as a store manager detects one, she explained, they contact a third-party vendor to catch and remove the bird from the store. That task may fall to Cody Baciuska, a wildlife biologist and co-owner of Loomacres Wildlife…
          

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I am facing an issue while deploying a package on an on-prem UAT.

My package passes the preparation stage successfully but it is failing when I proceed with Update Environment.

I have tried creating package from several different machines i.e. a fresh environment with only required customization, cloud development environment but unfortunately its failing in the deployment stage.

I have checked the events log of Orchestrator and AOS  machines but there is reason for this failure. However I got below errors from these machines. 

It would be a great favor if someone can help me in this regard.

The description for Event ID 65002 from source Microsoft-Dynamics-AX-LocalAgent cannot be found. Either the component that raises this event is not installed on your local computer or the installation is corrupted. You can install or repair the component on the local computer.

 

If the event originated on another computer, the display information had to be saved with the event.

 

The following information was included with the event:

 

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Task OrchestrationService.DeployModulesRunnerTask,OrchestrationService failed for command id a4f91f00-604e-40c3-90a1-bf44bba13bd5

System.InvalidOperationException: Unable to deploy modules

   at OrchestrationService.DeployModulesRunnerTask.Run(OrchestratorRunbookResource runbookResource, String commandId, String jobId, String runbookTaskId)

   at OrchestrationService.OrchestrationJobManager.<>c__DisplayClass23_0.<CreateNewTaskThread>b__4()

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E:\Work\70\s\Source\LocalAgentEvents\LocalAgentEventSource.cs

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The publisher has been disabled and its resource is not available. This usually occurs when the publisher is in the process of being uninstalled or upgraded

 

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The description for Event ID 65002 from source Microsoft-Dynamics-AX-LocalAgent cannot be found. Either the component that raises this event is not installed on your local computer or the installation is corrupted. You can install or repair the component on the local computer.

 

If the event originated on another computer, the display information had to be saved with the event.

 

The following information was included with the event:

 

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Module aos failed

System.InvalidOperationException: Aos app is not healthy

   at AOSSetupHybridCloud.Program.Main(String[] args)

   at System.AppDomain._nExecuteAssembly(RuntimeAssembly assembly, String[] args)

   at System.AppDomain.ExecuteAssembly(String assemblyFile, String[] args)

   at System.AppDomain.ExecuteAssembly(String assemblyFile, String[] args)

   at SetupCore.SetupManager.LaunchProcessInAppDomain(String startupExe, String workingDir, String currentFolder, String[] moduleArgs)

   at SetupCore.SetupManager.<>c__DisplayClass12_1.<InvokeModules>b__6()

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The publisher has been disabled and its resource is not available. This usually occurs when the publisher is in the process of being uninstalled or upgraded

 

 

 

The description for Event ID 56002 from source Microsoft-Dynamics-AX-SetupInfrastructureEvents cannot be found. Either the component that raises this event is not installed on your local computer or the installation is corrupted. You can install or repair the component on the local computer.

 

If the event originated on another computer, the display information had to be saved with the event.

 

The following information was included with the event:

 

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Application fabric:/AXSF is not OK after 20 minutes

   at System.Environment.GetStackTrace(Exception e, Boolean needFileInfo)

   at System.Environment.get_StackTrace()

   at SetupInfrastructure.SetupInfrastructureEventsHelper.ErrorPrettify(SetupInfrastructureEventSource source, Exception ex, Int32 errorCode, String format, Object[] values)

   at SetupInfrastructure.ServiceFabricApplicationSetupManager`1.<CheckApplicationState>d__32.MoveNext()

   at System.Threading.ExecutionContext.RunInternal(ExecutionContext executionContext, ContextCallback callback, Object state, Boolean preserveSyncCtx)

   at System.Threading.ExecutionContext.Run(ExecutionContext executionContext, ContextCallback callback, Object state, Boolean preserveSyncCtx)

   at System.Runtime.CompilerServices.AsyncMethodBuilderCore.MoveNextRunner.Run()

   at System.Threading.Tasks.AwaitTaskContinuation.RunOrScheduleAction(Action action, Boolean allowInlining, Task& currentTask)

   at System.Threading.Tasks.Task.FinishContinuations()

   at System.Threading.Tasks.Task`1.TrySetResult(TResult result)

   at System.Threading.Tasks.TaskCompletionSource`1.TrySetResult(TResult result)

   at System.Threading.Tasks.TaskCompletionSource`1.SetResult(TResult result)

   at System.Fabric.Interop.AsyncCallOutAdapter2`1.Finish(IFabricAsyncOperationContext context, Boolean expectedCompletedSynchronously)

   at System.Fabric.Interop.SharedNativeObject`1.TryAcquireAndInvoke(Action`1 action)

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E:\Work\72\s\Source\SetupInfrastructure\SetupInfrastructureEventsHelper.cs

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The publisher has been disabled and its resource is not available. This usually occurs when the publisher is in the process of being uninstalled or upgraded


          

Correctional Officer - Oregon Department of Corrections - Powder River, WY   

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What if your work environment could include various task allowing you to gain insight on yourself and others? Oregon Department of Corrections Mission. $3,730 - $5,775 a month
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Pep Guardiola wants Man City players to forget about big deficit to Liverpool   

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City face an uphill task to retain their title.
          

Setup and manage one FB ads campaign   

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Task required: ● Setup a new FB ads campaign to promote one specific product (vacation tour) ● Monitor tweak this campaign for 1 month Background: ● FB pixel already active ● Already connected to Google... (Budget: $30 - $250 USD, Jobs: Facebook Marketing)
          

Utawarerumono: ZAN Review   

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A visual novel is an ever-daunting task to partake. Something that, for the most part, would take unsurmountable hours, a huge wall of text and dozens of caffeine-infested beverages before its story can be set to a close. So when Aquaplus announced it was taking the series in a brand new light, it got me…

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Coming Up   

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A Joint Senate and Assembly public hearing on The New York Health Act will be held in Rochester on October 10. The Senate Mental Health Committee will hold a public meeting on domestic violence and its effect on the community on October 11. The Senate Task Force on Opioid and Drug Abuse will hold a series of public meetings to […]
          

Father Domainicus: #Pharisaic elements of the #domain industry   

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Greetings, my brothers and sisters in domaining – this is Father Domainicus, on a beautiful, sunny Sunday afternoon. In recent weeks, my days have been filled with a lot of volunteer work at the local chapter of our Domain Church, serving the Domain Lord. It’s a task of love, educating other members of our community […]

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Michael Mann just stepped in it.   

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Dr. Mann runs his mouth again, and this time I think he’s made a huge mistake. Personally, with what knowledge I have of libel law, I think this is actionable under Canadian law as well as US law, and I hope that Steve McIntyre takes Dr. Mann to task legally. Here is a screencap: The…
          

Condo For Rent In Los Angeles, California (RealtyWW) $2,555   

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Brand New Thoughtfully designed luxury apartments.*Unit Features: Chef-inspired kitchens w Caesarstone quartz counters, tile backsplashesunder-cabinet task lighting, SS appliances, In unit W/D, Chrome fixtures Designer bathrooms feature illuminated vanity mirrors and ceramic-tile flooring, Sustainable, wide-plank flooring throughout. Walk-in closets with built-in organizers, Keyless entry system, Plush carpeting in the bedrooms. Roller shades. *Amenities: Rooftop deck featuring dining areashot bath-tub. residents will enjoy the use of amenities at Axis on Eleventh. 24/7 concierge, offering on-site group fitness classes. Resident lounge, Meeting rooms. BBQ area. Management office onsite offices. Stylized glass-enclosed space on first level available for resident use. EV Charging Stations. Pet friendly with pet spa. Please ask for current special! All prices are subject to change without prior notice* For more information: https://realtyww.info/condos/condo-for-rent-in-los-angeles-california_i9458350

          

PDFelement Review: Editing PDF has Never Been Easier with this PDF Editor + 50% Off   

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It cannot be denied today that PDFs are everything in the content world anywhere you might be. From the office, lecturer room, bedroom, living room, to academic circles and team-based activities PDF documents make every task easier. Even so, tools for creating and managing PDFs, including editing and other features are immense but not the same. Some cost an arm and a leg while some are free with just basic features that can’t take you far.


          

How to Leverage Photoshop Capabilities to Create Designer T-Shirts   

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Adobe Photoshop is one of the most well-known graphic design software packages on the market today. Even novices have used this bundle to perform basic tasks such as taking the "red-eye" out of an image capture to more advanced options including adding layers to a file in order to transform its entire appearance. While many of these tasks have been intended for nothing more than personal amusement or for social media posts, Photoshop can come in very handy for those who wish to market specific products. One common use involves the creation of bespoke t-shirts. Many individuals will be surprised to learn that Adobe is perfectly capable of handling such a task and with the addition of third-party software, turning a handsome side profit might be closer than you might have originally thought. Let's take a look at some of the benefits associated with online t-shirt sales as well as the other tools that can aid in such a venture.

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IOTransfer Review – Your Effective iPhone Data Transfer and GIF Maker   

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Transferring files from PC to iPhone is not an easy task if you use Apple's iTunes sync feature, which will cause deletion or replacement of iPhone data.


          

It's not as simple as the media tries to portray it   

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Important article at CONSORTIUM NEWS by John Kiriakou.  Here's the opening:



The news is dominated by “the whistleblower,” the CIA officer who reported to the CIA Inspector General (IG) that President Donald Trump may have committed a crime during a conversation with the president of Ukraine.  I’ve been fascinated by the story for a couple of reasons. 
First, as a whistleblower and a former CIA officer, I know what must have been going through the guy’s mind as he was coming to the decision to make a report on the president of the United States.  That is, if he is a real whistleblower. 

If he’s a whistleblower, and not a CIA plant whose task it is to take down the president, then his career is probably over.  Intelligence agencies only pay lip service to whistleblowing. A potential whistleblower is supposed to go through the chain of command as the current whistleblower did.  If an employee has evidence of waste, fraud, abuse, illegality, or threats to the public health or public safety, he is supposed to go to the Inspector General.  The IG, then is supposed to go to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI).  And when the DNI investigates and finds the complaint credible, he then takes it to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees.  That sounds straightforward, but it’s not. 


Check out the whole article.  Grasp that it's not necessarily as simple and straightforward as the media wants to portray it. 

Also read Ava and C.I.'s "TV: Few survive THE POLITICIAN."


"Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):
Wednesday, October 2, 2019.  The corruption in the Biden family is a reflection on Joe and in Iraq the security forces attack the protesters.


Starting in the US with the race for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination and starting with the still fading 'front runner' Joe Biden.  War Hawk Joe is the choice of those who would do nothing.  The demands and the needs of people in 2019?  Ignore them, says Joe.  Medicare For All, they don't deserve it.  He's not going to a damn thing.  I would say "except speak a little better than Donald Trump" but Joe can't speak better as we all know.

He certainly can't 'restore ethics' to the White House.  Not with his family.  In recent weeks, a great deal has been rightly made about his niece Caroline Biden.  A few years after she got to walk on assaulting a police officer (if she were African-American, she'd probably been killed in response), Caroline stole over $100,000 by charging -- to a credit card that she had stolen -- purchases at a drug store.  Was the buying drugs?  That's the first question the press should be asking.  As Marcia noted last night, it's doubtful she racked up over $100,000 in charges on toothpaste and tampons.  The second question the press should be asking is what happened to the two men who found Joe's granddaughter's credit card?  When Naomi Biden lost her credit card, two men found it and used it for three purchases.  What sentence did they receive because they charged no where near $100,000.  At least one of those men were African-American.

Most importantly, the press should be asking about the charges.  Caroline was not charged as she should have been.  The press needs to ask why?  Were favors called in?  She was guilty as hell, that's reality.  If a plea deal was made on that case, that needs to be explained.  As it stands, in the state of New York, she should have additional charges the most pertinent being forgery.  There's no way she charged over $100,000 without signing a slip at some point -- a slip with someone else's name since she had stolen the card.  She should have been charged with identity fraud as well.

This was never an issue, for the prosecutors, of can we prove it in court?  The proof was all there, she would have been convicted in court -- and faced a real sentence.  So why did the prosecutors make a deal with her?

People are up in arms over Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, among others, buying their children's way into college.  (As disclosed years ago at THIRD, I know Lori.)  How is Caroline stealing over $100,000 not more appalling?  Don't say, "She's a kid."  No, she wasn't..  She was in her late 20s when that happened, she's over thirty now.

She was allowed to enter a guilty please to two charges.  Why was that allowed?  She'd already assaulted a police officer which, grasp this, is a violent crime.  Who called in favors to get Joe Biden's niece a sweetheart deal that let her admit to fewer charges than she should have been charged with and allowed her to serve no time at all after stealing over $100,000.

Theft and corruption is a pattern with the Biden family.  And, yes, it does reflect on Joe and it should.  Roger Clinton reflected on Bill Clinton, Billy Carter reflected on Jimmy Carter.  In what world do the actions of Caroline Biden, her father James Biden (Joe's brother) and Joe's son Hunter Biden not reflect on Joe?

And let's grasp too that Hunter turns fifty in a few months.  Fifty.  And he's currently got a woman suing him for paternity.  How's Joe going to reassure American families when the reality is that Hunter Biden's not providing for the child that's supposed to be his own?  Even staffers on Joe's campaign have told me it's obvious Hunter's the father of that child.

Family values?  Deadbeat Dad who won't step up to the plate and that's family values?  And Hunter's not a 20-year-old gas pump jockey.  By unethical means, he's earned millions.  And he won't pay child support.

Hunter is unethical and he is the poster boy for "as a Biden" -- remember Joe lying about an incident that didn't happen the way he said it did and swearing that it was true, giving his word "as a Biden."  Hunter's actions (and James and Caroline's actions) say a lot more about what happens "as a Biden."  Patrick Martin (WSWS) notes:

The younger Biden has always been the black sheep of the family, even according to various sympathetic accounts, most of them appearing in publications—The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Washington Post—favorable to the Democrats.
The New Yorker piece, at more than 10,000 words by far the longest, published in July, was obviously planted by the Biden campaign for the purpose of venting all the bad news about Hunter Biden as a preemptive measure against anticipated stink bombs from the Trump campaign.
It was prepared through lengthy interviews by reporter Adam Entous with Hunter Biden. And it delivers a lot of bad news about a career devoted apparently to influence-peddling and drug abuse, both on a scale that matches or exceeds that of any dubious relative of any previous president, at least until Donald Trump.
Hunter Biden was hired by MBNA bank in Delaware, fresh out of Yale Law School, and paid a six-figure salary at the age of 26 because his father was a senator from that state and a fervent defender of the bank and credit card industries. MBNA was then the largest US issuer of credit cards.
He then moved to Washington to take a position in the last years of the Clinton administration. Once the Republicans came to power with the George W. Bush administration, in 2001, he became a lobbyist, helping Jesuit Catholic colleges insert earmarks into congressional appropriations bills.
When earmarks became more difficult to obtain, and after losing money in a speculative venture on the eve of the 2007-2008 financial crash, Biden formed a “consulting” group with Christopher Heinz, stepson of Senator John Kerry and an heir to the Heinz fortune, and a Yale friend of Heinz’s, Devon Archer.
Inevitably, after his father’s election as vice president, given a prominent international role in the Obama-Biden administration, Hunter Biden’s consulting firm branched out into global deal-making, focusing on countries where influence-peddling would be most lucrative and actual business credentials least necessary, among others, China and Ukraine.
In China, the younger Biden traveled on Air Force Two in 2013 with his father, who was making an official trip to Beijing. In the course of this, Hunter Biden introduced a Chinese business partner, Jonathan Li, to the vice president. He left China with promises of future investments, although not with the $1.5 billion that Trump now falsely claims. According to Hunter Biden’s attorney, no money has yet flowed from that particular connection.
Another Chinese business prospect gave Hunter Biden a diamond worth either $80,000 (according to his ex-wife’s divorce suit) or $10,000, according to Biden’s response to the suit, but in any case, much beyond the normal range of business gratuities.
But Ukraine is where Hunter Biden has apparently cashed in most extensively, trading on his father’s name and position. In 2013-2014, a right-wing populist movement backed by the CIA and the German government gained the upper hand in an internal power struggle within the Ukraine capitalist class.
The Maidan “revolution” was actually a right-wing coup, spearheaded by outright fascist forces, some of whom marched under Nazi insignias, against the elected president, Viktor Yanukovych, who was aligned with the Russian government of Vladimir Putin.
Ukraine has been a “wild west” for the operations of foreign intelligence services and capitalist oligarchs at least since the so-called Orange Revolution of 2004, the first successful effort by Washington to bring to power a US-backed regime in one of the major countries emerging from the breakup of the Soviet Union.


Joe Biden trots out his dead family members every chance he gets.  He's been married to Jill, for example, for decades.  But he can't stop trying to get sympathy for losing his first wife.  Apparently, he also trots the dead members out constantly becuase the living ones are so damn corrupt.

I believe it was Elizabeth Edwards, in the fall of 2007, who suggested to the press that if Hillary couldn't even handle her family how was she up to the job of president?  At best, Joe has just looked the other way as unethical deals have been made by his family members who used access to him to rake in millions.  At worst?  Joe may have been an active participant.

He's stated he never spoke to Hunter about the Ukraine deal.  Hunter told THE NEW YORKER that they had one conversation.  But let's again note this Tweet about a photo that was unearthed this week.



BREAKING: After Joe Biden claimed that he never discussed his son’s foreign business dealings with him, A photo surfaced, from 2014, showing the former VP and his son golfing with a board member of the Ukrainian company that paid Hunter Biden $50k a month. This. Is. Corruption.
 
 


Senator Bernie Sanders is also seeking the party's presidential nomination.


Bernie Sanders IS the front runner in every real life measure... 🔥donations 🔥donors 🔥volunteers 🔥number of visits to webpage 🔥mentions & followers on social media Funny how the media give him so much less coverage & act like he is a loser. Can’t wait for real life voters.
 
 




BernieSanders: RT tylerevansokay: We know BernieSanders will fight for the working class as president — because he always has.
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Yesterday's snapshot noted the protest that were just starting to take place in Baghdad (and elsewhere in Iraq).  Last night, Margaret Griffis (ANTIWAR.COM) noted:

Protests across Iraq have left at least 10 dead and 286 wounded. The injured included 40 security personnel. The fatalities occurred in Baghdad and Nasariya. At least 11 people were arrested in Basra. The Iraqi government blamed “groups of riot inciters” for the violence.
At least 1,000 people gathered in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square, where much of the violence took place; the trigger may have been an attempt to enter the Green Zone. This is largest gathering since Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi took power last year. Security personnel at some point had turned to live ammunition to disperse the crowds. Demonstrations were also reported in Basra, Dhi Qar, Diwaniya, Karbala, Najaf, Nasariya and Wasit. Use of live ammo to clear protesters was also reported in Nasariya, where a fatality occurred.
Among the complaints are lack of  basic services, rampant corruption, and unequal treatment within the Iraqi Army. Many of the protesters are unemployable college graduates. Riots during the summer of 2018 turned deadly as well. Today, however, the recent removal Iraq’s counterterrorism chief, Lt. Gen. Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi from his post was an added motive to demonstrate; many marchers carried his photo with them.

When it comes to protests, I always have to question Margaret's wording.  The headline, for example, "protest turn violent."  Really?  Now Margaret can rightly question me back (that I'm too sympathetic to protesters) but the protests didn't turn violent, the security response was violent.  For me, her voice is always too passive when Iraqi security attacks the Iraqi people.

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Antwerp [Belgium], Sept 26 (ANI): India defeated Belgium 2-0 in the opening game of the three-match series as Mandeep Singh and Akashdeep Singh scored in the second half on Thursday.
In a gritty first quarter, India were the ones who took the initiative early, forcing Loic van Doren into a save from the first penalty corner of the game.
Very soon it was India's turn to defend. Krishan Pathak, who started the game in the goal, was up to the task, pulling off a smart save off a Belgium penalty corner to ensure the teams went into the break locked in a stalemate.
India rushed off the blocks in the second quarter and had a succession of penalty corners within the first minute of the period. The Belgium defense was at hand though denying them an opener.
Despite controlling a large amount of possession, India found it difficult to find a breakthrough. The teams went into half-time without troubling the scorers.
India kept the tempo up in the third quarter and forced van Doren into multiple saves. All the circle entries and creative play finally found its reward in the 39th minute as Mandeep scored to give them the lead. It was this narrow lead they carried into the final quarter.
Belgium was forced in the attack in the final quarter and almost immediately tested Sreejesh in goal. He was up to the task pulling off a succession of saves to keep his team in the lead.
India capitalised on Belgium's attacking necessity to earn a pair of PCs themselves. Van Doren's heroics prevented a second. In the 54th minute, Akashdeep Singh finished off a slick move to double India's lead. It was a lead they held to finish the game and take a 1-0 lead in the series.
The second game will be played between both the teams on September 28. (ANI)


          

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