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          Sen. Hatch: Trump Wants Supreme Court To Uphold Constitution, Stop Playing Politics       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Sen, Orrin Hatch, ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee discusses what he thinks the president is looking for in his selection of a new Supreme Court Justice. "The Democrats now are so upset that the Republicans have this opportunity to appoint nominees to the court that they make every doggone appointment a cause celebre, tht's the way they do it," he said. "I think the president really wants somebody who is going to uphold the constitution and stand behind those laws and quit playing politics with the Supreme Court. And I think, I think when he gets through this evening most people will be very pleased with his choice." "I think any of those four will get through the process," he said about the top four nominees reported in the press. "One or more of them may have a more difficult time, but I think that the Republican party is going to be behind whoever it is and I hope there will be some honest Democrats who will go beyond politics and recognize the achievements of whoever the president picks."
          Flower power at Kew Gardens: Perennial borders and rose garden      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

My indulgent family and I took the Tube to Kew Gardens (officially, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew) while in London last month. I could easily have spent the whole day there, but we had only about 4 or 5 hours, so I had to pick and choose among the various gardens and hope we didn’t miss anything spectacular. Speaking of spectacular, the Great Broad Walk Borders made for a gorgeous start to our explorations. Only two years old, this long, colorful double border studded with pyramidal yews draws you along a promenade between the Palm House, one of two grand glasshouses, and the Orangery. In mid-June, swaths of purple-flowering perennials mingled with green foliage, punctuated with jolts of yellow and red. A collection of magnificent trees lines the border and keeps the eye from wandering. The white Orangery building, which houses a restaurant, peeks over ‘Rozanne’ geranium, allium, and Jerusalem sage. Allium looks like purple sparklers. Even more so when it goes to seed. Each plant is arranged in a ribbon that arcs through the bed, creating distinct color blocks. The colors were vibrant on this cloudy day. I wasn’t the only one photographing. Also, I adore those clipped yew pyramids. […]

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          Cloud Architect (Hands On) (Remote) - TEK Connexion - Morgantown, WV      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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I am having similar problems as outlined in numerous other threads on the workmail forum. I am able to send email from workmail webapp to my gmail but not the reverse. Pertinent data is below. I registered/created the new domain all on AWS via Route 53...
          Comment on Tender white cake: a classic for all occasions by The Baker's Hotline      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Hi Martha! We've had success making three tiers using this recipe. Susan, the post author, recommends inserting some "milkshake-style" straws into the centers to add a little extra support if you're going any higher than three tiers. The 9" x 13" should be ok, if you're able to put a parchment paper sling into your baking sheet to easily lift the cake out once it's cool that will help things. Annabelle@KAF
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Before I hired Mr. Kolken I was working with another Immigration Law Firm that claims to have been around for decades with the best Immigration attorneys in the country. It was a major disappointment at all levels from incompetence to ignorance of some Immigration Laws to messing up my application (missing and erroneous information) to showing up 20 minutes late to the USCIS interview appointment.As a consequence of their missteps, incompetence and disorganization I received a several pages long RFE from USCIS. After they reviewed the RFE the told me that my case is desperate now. That was when I decided to fire them.After firing the first law firm, I did interview eleven Immigration attorneys from across the country including Mr. Kolken at the cost of hundreds of Dollars. Of all of them Mr. Kolken stood out as the honest straightforward attorney who explained to me the path forward to resolving my issues and the risks involved. I decided to hire Mr. Kolken.My experience with…
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I apologize for the late post!

This delivered on Sunday...I'm looking forward to getting a chance to play it.

Probably with my inlaws since they all seem to be getting angry with each other over politics and other random stuff lately!\

Poison the well and move on!!
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           Florence A. Bailor, 88, of Warren, PA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Florence Bailor

Florence A. Bailor, 88, of Warren, PA, died Friday, July 6, 2018, at her home following a brief illness.

Born on February 14, 1930 in Whig Hill, PA, she was the daughter of the late Ernest and Florence Salsgiver Berlin. Florence was a 1948 graduate of Tidioute High School. She was employed with GTE Sylvania, retiring in 1992. She was a member of the John Hagee Ministries and enjoyed gardening, crocheting, and her pets.

Florence is survived by 6 children – Renee J. Bailor of Tidioute, PA, SuzAnn (Jim) Warden of Townville, PA, Andra (Dan) Quinn of Irvine, PA, Dana Lou (Dave) Borland of University Place, WA, Tim (Kelly) Bailor of Tidioute, PA, and David Bailor of Warren, PA; 17 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, two sisters – Angeline (Dave) Thomas of Casper, WY, and Mary (Howard) Raybuck of Tidioute, PA; and several nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her parents, Florence was preceded in death by her former husband, John E. Bailor, J., who died in 1983, 5 brothers – Tony and Frank Campisano, George, Gene, and Paul Berlin, and 1 sister – Christina Ochs.

Friends are invited to attend a funeral service to be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, July 14, 2018, at Warren County Memorial Park with Rev. Kathy Thompson officiating. A picnic will be held immediately following at a site to be determined. 

Those wishing to place a memorial may do so through Paws Along the River, 212 Elm Street, Warren, PA, 16365. 

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com
          PFBC Board of Commissioners Installs New Officers, Increases Fees, Endorses Revenue Enhancements, and Makes Property Acquisitions      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
HARRISBURG, Pa. (July 10) – At the start of today’s formal meeting, the Board elected Commissioner Eric Hussar as the new president and Commissioner Richard Lewis as vice-president. President Hussar resides in Lewisburg, Union County, and represents the PFBC’s Fifth District, which includes Bradford, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga and Union counties. Vice President Lewis resides in Gettysburg, Adams County, and is one of two boating-at-large Commissioners.

Commissioners acted on numerous revenue enhancements brought forward by staff designed to counter declines in traditional revenue and escalating costs associated with current programs. Collectively, these revenue enhancements are projected to raise $1.2 million annually beginning in Fiscal Year 2018-19. These enhancements include, the introduction of four voluntary permits: a habitat conservation improvement permit, a muskie permit, a wild trout and enhanced waters permit, and a bass permit. The Commission also approved the establishment of a cover price for the annual Summary of Fishing Regulations and Laws publication, and a Property Use and Entrance Permit, for those members of the public not holding a valid fishing license, launch permit or boat registration.

Commissioners also voted to approve proposed rulemaking to increase permit fees for Scientific Collectors’ Permits and permit fees for Triploid Grass Carp, Snapping Turtles, Venomous Snakes and Organized Reptile and Amphibian Hunts. These proposed increases in permit fees are in line with U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index (CPI) tool that is based on annual inflation rates. Proposed increases are from $5 to $30 depending on the permit. Some of these permits have not been increased since 2008.

The Board also approved increases in seasonal mooring slip fees at Walnut Creek Marina. Rates for some boats at the marina were last increased in 2011, with all other boats last impacted in 2009. Beginning in 2019, slip rates for boats 23 feet in length and less will be $775 annually, and slip rates for boats greater than 23 feet in length will be $1050. The Commission will publish these rate changes as a notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

Additionally, the Board was briefed on the Executive Director’s intent to increase the fee for Commission-issued launch permits, beginning in January 1, 2019, to bring the fee in alignment with those assessed by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

In other official action today, the Board voted to authorize a grant to North East Township in Erie County for the development of an ADA accessible fishing pier, acquire several easements and sell or dispose of two small parcels of property for highway and bridge related improvements at locations across the Commonwealth. Most notably, was the acquisition of an easement on 4,960 linear feet of stream along Sevenmile Creek as it flows across a parcel of property in Harborcreek Township, Erie County for $105,000. Funding for this project was generated from the sale of permits to fish Lake Erie and its tributaries. This action will open more public access to an area of Sevenmile Creek that provides significant steelhead fishing opportunities.

In other action, Commissioners approved the designation of five stream sections to the Commission’s list of Class A wild trout streams. These additions will go into effect upon publication of a second notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. A list can be found on the PFBC website.

Also, the board approved the addition of 99 new waters to the Commission’s list of wild trout streams and revised the section limit of one water. These additions will go into effect upon the publication of a second notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. The list of these waters can be found on the PFBC website.

In Armstrong County, Commissioners approved the raising of the horsepower restriction on Keystone Lake to 20 horsepower. This change will go into effect upon publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

In Clarion County, the board approved a Slow No Wake (SNW) zone for Redbank Creek. The creek traditionally had been treated as a SNW zone without an official designation. This change will go into effect upon publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

The Commission also approved an amendment to regulations pertaining to exemptions from license requirements, to meet current requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). This amendment will go into effect upon publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

A complete copy of today’s agenda is available on the PFBC website.
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          Philippines Hosts Exhibition of Contemporary Art in Southeast Asia      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Wazzup Pilipinas!
As the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) concludes the commemoration of its 50thanniversary, the Philippines marks the historic occasion by hosting a contemporary art exhibition featuring ten artists who will represent each ASEAN member state.

The exhibit titled Ties of History: Art in Southeast Asia is curated by noted art historian, scholar, and curator Patrick D. Flores.

It will be held simultaneously in three major art institutions in the Philippines: the Metropolitan Museum of Manila (MET Manila), the University of the Philippines Vargas Museum, and the Yuchengco Museum.

The exhibition’s artists from the region will gather in Manila to open the exhibition on August 8 (MET Manila), 9 (Yuchengco Museum), and 10 (Vargas Museum) with a series of programs for each venue. The opening reception of each venue starts at 5pm. The exhibition will be on view from August 10 to October 6, 2018.

The project is presented by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) through the Dalubhasaan Para sa Edukasyon sa Sining at Kultura (DESK) with the support of the Office of Senator Loren Legarda.

“Ties of history” is a phrase taken from a document signed by ASEAN’s founding members on August 8, 1967. The document describes “a region already bound together by ties of history and culture.” A region that is “conscious that in an increasingly interdependent world, the cherished ideals of peace, freedom, social justice, and economic well-being are best attained by fostering good understanding, good neighbourliness and meaningful cooperation among the countries of the region.” The document gave birth to the regional organization, which taken as a collective is the world’s 5th largest economy. 

Ties of History: Art in Southeast Asia is a survey of contemporary art, on the one hand. On the other, it is a diligent study of a particular practice. The project selects three works of each artist from the ASEAN countries to be exhibited in three institutions. This enables the exhibition to present a more in-depth look into the interests of the artist and allows the audience from different parts of the city to view the exhibition.

As Flores, who was recently appointed as Artistic Director of Singapore Biennale 2019, explains, “this undertaking…draws attention to the thoughtful and sensitive process of artistic transformation and maturity and tries to avoid the tendency of survey exhibitions to merely select the most popular or the most accessible.”

“It also reminds us that artistic practice is not fully formed but rather gleaned in the condition of constant forming. It is this constant forming that the project endeavors to curate,” he adds.

NCCA Chairman Virgilio S. Almario agrees that “[t]here is much to gain in gathering the talents of the region in order to view not only their works but to also reflect on the realities each of them respond to.” He further emphasizes that “it is a proud moment that the Philippines initiates this celebration of ASEAN artists.”

Almario also remarks on the importance of the ASEAN in the current climate. For him, “[the] ASEAN is a unique regional organization because it aims to be known to the world as one community despite its diversity in religion, race and culture. In a world troubled by differences in belief, finding peace may be meditated through art that lets us see the threads that string us together.”

Senator Loren Legarda, one of the Philippines leading cultural advocates, expresses her pride with the recent developments in Philippine contemporary art: “Support for Philippine contemporary art is at its peak with our participation at the Venice Biennale for four consecutive years after a 51-year absence, with Dr. Flores as the first curator since our re-entry. This collaborative endeavor further puts the country at the center of contemporary art globally, not just in Asia. I invite our ASEAN neighbors to continue this art project annually or in the form of a biennial in the same manner by which we host political and economic affairs in ASEAN.”

Featured Artists

Ties of History: Art in Southeast Asia aims to identify artists from across generations who have demonstrated both responsiveness and range in relation to the concerns of aesthetic material and socio-historical contexts.

A contemporary artist based in Singapore known for her collaborative and multidisciplinary approach to art, Amanda Heng (b. 1951) explores social issues in the context of Singapore’s inter-cultural social milieu.

Roberto Feleo (b. 1954) is a seminal Philippine artist whose works are sharp sociohistorical commentaries on Philippine myth and history and creative investigations into local materials and techniques.

Known for his practice that includes the use of natural materials and traditional tools used in Indonesian craft, Anusapati (b. 1957) has inspired a younger generation of artists disposed to respond to craft, modernism, and the environment.

Do Hoang Tuong (b. 1960) of Vietnam belongs to an influential generation of abstract painters in the South of Vietnam in the 1990s. From an academic perspective and within the narrative space of his paintings, he expresses the desire of a founding condition of a new subjectivity.

Savanhdary Vongpoothorn (b. 1971) was born in Laos and came to Australia in 1979. Her practice implicates Lao cultural references interwoven with Australian and other cultural mediations in a productive space of resettlement.

Working with photography and the moving image, Chris Chong Chan Fui (b. 1972) from Malaysia questions and redirects how humans work within such intersecting fields as economics and ecology.

Jedsada Tangtrakulwong (b. 1972) lives and works in Thailand. His practice is informed by Thai cultural sign systems and reflects on the delicacy of daily existence.

Min Thein Sung (b. 1978), born and based in Myanmar, works with and on motifs, media, and processes inspired by the everyday and his childhood.

Artist and curator Vuth Lyno (b. 1982) from Cambodia is the Co-founding Artistic Director of Sa Sa Art Projects, an artist-run space initiated by the Stiev Selapak collective in Phnom Penh. His artistic and curatorial practice is primarily participatory in nature, exploring collective learning and experimentation.

Working with organic materials, Yasmin Jaidin (b. 1987), a contemporary artist from Brunei, interrogates how these elements are often overlooked in the context of contemporary life.



Selection Process

A network of practitioners in contemporary art in the region was consulted in the selection of artists for the exhibition. These advisors include Ahmad Mashadi, Head of the National University of Singapore Museum; Khim Ong, Deputy Director, Curatorial Programmes at Nanyang Technological University Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (NTU CCA Singapore); Loredana Pazzini-Paracciani, independent curator, writer, and lecturer of Southeast Asian contemporary art; and independent curator and scholar Grace Samboh.

Public Program

The public is invited to join an artist talk and roundtable discussion with the advisors from the region as they discuss contemporary art in Southeast Asia on August 11 at the MET Museum of Manila. There will also be a public and education program to feature talks and lectures by scholars of and practitioners in the region in the duration of the exhibition’s run.

For details relating to the exhibition’s education programs, please check our social media pages @tiesofhistory or email us at info@tiesofhistory.org to be added to our mailing list.


L-R, clockwise- Ties of History: Art in Southeast Asia featured artists— Amanda Heng (Singapore), Roberto Feleo (Philippines), Anusapati (Indonesia), Do Hoang Tuong (Vietnam), Chris Chong Chan Fui (Malaysia), Yasmin Jaidin (Brunei), Min Thein Sung (Myanmar), Vuth Lyno (Cambodia), Jedsada Tangtrakulwong (Thailand), Savanhdary Vongpoothorn (Laos)


Philippines Hosts Exhibition of Contemporary Art in Southeast Asia


Exhibition:                            Ties of History: Art in Southeast Asia

Venue:                                    Metropolitan Museum of Manila
University of the Philippines Vargas Museum
Yuchengco Museum

Dates:                                     August 8 to October 6, 2018

Social Media:                        @tiesofhistory

Opening Reception:             5pm – 9pm
August 8 at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila
                                                August 9 at the Yuchengco Museum
            August 10 at the Vargas Museum


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          MGM Grand Detroit says goodbye to plastic straws      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

On Monday, MGM Resorts International will be phasing out the usage of plastic straws at all of its US resorts, including the MGM Grand Detroit, per The Free Press.… Original published: 2018-07-10 16:06:00 Read the full Detroit News here

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It would be hugely beneficial to have laws in place to protect and maintain all of Croydon's parks and green spaces. How these laws could come about I'm not sure, as it seems that even protected species can fall foul of planning departments (remember the bats in the Good Companions pub anyone?). Another suggestion I spotted today, for a Parks Charter - http://insidecroydon.com/2018/07/09/a-six-point-plan-to-enhance-our-precious-under-threat-parks/
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DIDCOT Town, North Leigh, Kidlington and Thame United have all been handed home draws in next season’s Emirates FA Cup.
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This week’s go-home edition of WWE Raw drew an astonishingly low 2.47 million viewers, down a little over 11% from last week’s show. In terms of cable television ratings, it was the lowest watched episode of Monday Night Raw in the 25-year history of the show. The first hour of Raw featuring a pull-apart between [...]

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          MGM and Hyatt Eradicating Plastic Straws – But If You Want One, Just Ask      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
In 2017, plastic straws were the eleventh most common ocean trash. That’s keeping owners of MGM Resorts up at night.  So effective immediately, they’re discontinuing their current straw practices.  Servers will no longer provide you with stir straws or drinking straws unless you specifically ask. The Senior Vice President of MGM said, The elimination of …
          Decision on Medical Cannabis Within Weeks      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The government says it will reach a decision within the next few weeks on whether laws around medical cannabis will be changed. The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs is now assessing the "balance of harms and public health needs" in terms of rescheduling treatments. It comes after high profile cases involving children with severe epilepsy being denied access to cannabis oil . Cannabis for recreational use will remain illegal. - Read the entire…

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With recreational marijuana set to become legal on Oct. 17, police forces across Canada are stepping up efforts to train officers to detect drivers under the influence of the drug. A new piece of legislation that changed Canada’s impaired driving laws gives police enhanced powers to conduct roadside intoxication tests, including oral fluid drug tests. Driving while high will remain illegal after legalization. Public Safety Canada announced in September 2017 that it would invest up…

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Bill C-46 made reforms to alcohol-impaired driving and drug-impaired driving, and police now have powerful new tools to charge drivers. A sweeping overhaul of Canada’s impaired driving laws was given Royal Assent on Thursday, meaning the new rules are starting to come into effect and drivers should be prepared. Bill C-46 made reforms to both alcohol-impaired driving and drug-impaired driving, and police now have powerful new tools to detect and charge drivers. The bill also…

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The Senate has approved the federal marijuana legalization legislation in a historic vote. Pot advocate Jodie Emery says the vote may be historic, but for lawyers, civil liberties advocates, and herself, the passing of the Cannabis Act brings a number of concerns to the forefront. “[The Act] introduces many more criminal laws with relation to cannabis and it doesn’t look at amnesty or pardons for all of the victims of prohibition in the past.” She…

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Mindful Paws is a company that makes CBD-infused dog treats for people to buy for their furry friends. Samantha Stoner is the owner of Mindful Paws, and we talked to her about how she got into the industry and why Mindful Paws is different than other companies in the industry. What makes your company different from others in the cannabis space? Well first off we help dogs! While most companies in the cannabis space’s main…

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When I'm away from home, I hate carrying my laptop. There's not enough room to use it in coach seating on an airplane and it weighs more than I care to haul around during a press junket. Typically, I pack my 9.7" iPad Pro, instead. It's great for editing photos with, but as a text generation and editing machine, has its flaws as well: Any keyboard case I use with it proves too damn small for me to reliably type on and that it won't work with a mouse or trackpad really slows my workflow down. I've been looking for something that can stradle both worlds--the portability of a lightweight tablet with the ease of use that a mouse can bring to the party--for some time now. My main work machine is a Mac, but I use Windows 10 on a regular basis, as well. As such, I've got my fingers crossed that Microsoft's Surface Go will be the low-cost, juuuuuust good enough work machine that I've been looking for. From The Verge:

It has a 3:2 aspect ratio display (1800 x 1200 pixel resolution), the signature built-in kickstand with unlimited positions, a front-facing camera with facial recognition login, and Microsoft’s proprietary Surface Connector port for charging and connecting to a desktop dock. Microsoft has added a USB-C 3.1 port, capable of charging the tablet or outputting video and data to external devices. It has also rounded the corners a bit compared to the latest Surface Pro, but overall, it’s the same familiar magnesium design Surface users have come to expect.
With a Pentium Gold 4415Y processor, the choice of either 4 or 8GB of RAM and 64GB of eMMC storage or a 128GB SSD, what I want it for, spec-wise, it's just about perfect. That it's USB C powered is a win as well, as I can charge my headphones, phone and the Go... on the go, with a single cable. That it only weighs 1.5 pounds sounds good to me as well. My only real beef is that it runs Windows S, which restricts app use to what you can download from the Microsoft Store. Given my dependence on apps like IA Writer, Scrivener and Adobe Lightroom, the latter of which would, admittedly, run pretty pokey on this thing, it could be a deal breaker if upgrading to Windows 10 is out of the cards. I'm currently working to get my hands on one. If I manage it, I'll tell you what I think. Image via Microsoft
          Who Is Brett Kavanaugh? A Supreme Court Reading Guide      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

President Trump on Monday night nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the seat on the U.S. Supreme Court that Justice Anthony Kennedy will vacate at the end of the month. Kavanaugh is a judge on the powerful U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Below, we’ve gathered some of the best reporting on Kavanaugh.

Did we miss anything? Leave a link in the comments or tweet to us with #scotusnominee.

Potential Nominee Profile: Brett Kavanaugh

SCOTUSblog, June 2018

SCOTUSblog’s profile of Kavanaugh provides a comprehensive summary of the judge’s background, from his upbringing in the Washington area to his college and law school years at Yale to his prestigious positions in various parts of the federal government. As the profile notes, Kavanaugh was a law clerk for Kennedy, whom he has been nominated to replace. The piece offers a highlight reel of Kavanaugh’s time on the federal appeals court in Washington. Ultimately, the article concludes, Kavanaugh “brings a pragmatic approach to judging,” albeit with a serious conservative bent.

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Brett Kavanaugh, a Conservative Stalwart in Political Fights and on the Bench

New York Times, July 2018

The New York Times’ Adam Liptak examines Kavanaugh’s personal and professional history. The profile depicts Kavanaugh as a decidedly conservative Washington insider but hardly a rank partisan. He’s known as a nuanced and careful thinker, and although his judicial opinions are often lauded by voices on the right, he has shied away from absolutist positions, at times to the chagrin of conservatives. He has “formed lifelong friendships with liberals, many of whom praise his intellect and civility,” and those who worked with him before he became a judge described him as “often a moderating force.”

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Kavanaugh Paper Chase Threatens to Draw Out Confirmation Battle

Politico, July 2018

Kavanaugh’s nomination “presents a band of government archivists and White House officials with a herculean task: wading through what could be millions of pages of records” ahead of his confirmation hearings. The paper trail leads back to the two years Kavanaugh spent in Bush’s White House Counsel’s Office and another three years he spent as Bush’s staff secretary. Politico’s Josh Gerstein takes a look at how the extensive documentation of Kavanaugh’s executive branch career could slow the judge’s confirmation process.

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Trump’s Supreme Court Frontrunner Is the “Forrest Gump of Republican Politics”

Mother Jones, June 2018

This Mother Jones profile casts Kavanaugh as a consummate insider of the D.C. conservative establishment who “frequently inserted himself into high-profile political battles.” Kavanaugh worked on the team of Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel who investigated President Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky. He represented the Miami relatives of Elian Gonzalez in a high-profile immigration dispute in 2000, in which they sought to keep the Cuban boy in the United States. He worked on George W. Bush’s legal team during the contentious 2000 presidential election recount in Florida — and went on to oversee judicial nominations in Bush’s White House Counsel’s Office. His ubiquity earned him the nickname the “Forrest Gump of Republican politics.”

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How Four Potential Nominees Would Change the Supreme Court

FiveThirtyEight, July 2018

FiveThirtyEight draws on a tool to measure judicial ideology developed by legal scholars and political scientists to assess Kavanaugh’s potential effect on the Supreme Court’s jurisprudential makeup. The conclusion: a Justice Kavanaugh “would likely represent a reliably conservative voice and vote on the high court”—“to the right of Gorsuch and Justice Samuel Alito, and just to the left of the arch conservative Justice Clarence Thomas.” That would leave Chief Justice John Roberts as the “new median justice.” FiveThirtyEight adds a caveat, however, about the metric it’s relying on: it’s based on the ideology of the politicians who nominated a judge—in this case, Bush—rather than the judge’s rulings.

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Brett Kavanaugh, Supreme Court Front-Runner, Once Argued Broad Grounds for Impeachment

The New York Times, July 2018

The Times’ Mark Landler and Matt Apuzzo take a look at Kavanaugh’s time on Starr’s team — and its implications for Trump. Starr’s report as independent counsel, which Kavanaugh co-wrote, argues that lying to staff members and misleading the public are grounds to impeach a president for obstruction of justice. That “broad definition of obstruction of justice,” Landler and Apuzzo write, “would be damaging if applied to President Trump in the Russia investigation.”

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Top Supreme Court Prospect Has Argued Presidents Should Not Be Distracted by Investigations and Lawsuits

The Washington Post, June 2018

The Washington Post examines a 2009 law review article in which Kavanaugh argued that a sitting president shouldn’t have to deal with “time-consuming and distracting” lawsuits and investigations. The distraction “would ill serve the public interest, especially in times of financial or national security crisis,” Kavanaugh wrote. That, the Post notes, “puts him on the record regarding a topic of intense interest to Trump — and could be a central focus of his confirmation hearing.”

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Holding Court

The New Yorker, March 2012

In this comment, Jeffrey Toobin describes Kavanaugh as a judge in thrall to partisan politics. Toobin characterizes Kavanaugh’s work as an appeals judge as “startling.” He accuses Kavanaugh of “pandering to the base” in a dissenting opinion he wrote in a case challenging Obamacare. Kavanaugh “appeared to offer some advice to the Republicans who are challenging Obama in the election,” Toobin wrote — whatever courts hold, a Republican president could simply decline to enforce the health-care law because he deems it unconstitutional.

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Leading Contender to Be Trump’s Supreme Court Pick Faces Questions from Social Conservatives

The Washington Post, July 2018

The Washington Post’s Robert Acosta and Josh Dawsey survey conservative misgivings about Kavanaugh’s record on the federal appeals court in Washington. Where Toobin saw Kavanaugh as a right-wing partisan, many social conservatives fear he’s not enough of a hardliner. The conservative response to the White House floating Kavanaugh’s name included “a clamor from those who see him as out of step on health care and abortion, or too tied to George W. Bush’s White House.” The concerns arise from opinions Kavanaugh wrote in cases challenging the Affordable Care Act and in a recent case over the right of an immigrant teenager in federal custody to have an abortion. The judge dissented in those cases, but did not go as far as “ideological purists” would have liked.

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Federal Judge Downplayed Role in Detainee Cases

NPR, June 2007

NPR’s Ari Shapiro reported on what some Democratic senators saw as misleading testimony Kavanaugh provided during his 2006 confirmation hearing to become a federal appeals judge in Washington. Kavanaugh had told Sen. Richard Durbin, D.-Illinois, that during his time in the Bush White House he was not involved in conversations about the rules governing the handling of detainees captured in the War on Terror. In fact, he had been involved in 2002 discussions about whether detainees had a right to an attorney. Durbin told NPR he felt “perilously close to being lied to.” (Kavanaugh, through a court spokesman, called his testimony accurate.)

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          Starbucks Joins the Anti-Straw Craze      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
On 07.09.18 05:06 PM posted by Chris White Starbucks plans to stop using plastic straws at all of its stores worldwide within the next two years. The global coffee chain will eliminate all plastic straws by 2020, and will instead cap cold drinks with lids, Starbucks*stated*in a press statement (http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/396057-starbucks-to-eliminate-plastic-straws-in-all-stores-by-2020). Starbucks becomes the most recent company to join a crusade against plastic straws. Image: http://dailysignal.com/wp-content/uploads/DCNF-Logo-300x100.png The move is a “significant milestone to achieve our global aspiration of sustainable coffee, served to our customers in more sustainable ways,” Kevin Johnson, Starbucks president and CEO, said in the statement.
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DomainIncite DomainIncite: The oft-mocked “digital archery” system will not be making a return when ICANN finally starts taking more new gTLD applications. That’s the current thinking of the ICANN community working group looking at subsequent application procedures. Readers with long memories may recall digital archery as a hack for Californian gambling laws that ICANN org pressed for […]

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          Major brands hop on bandwagon to rid the world of plastic straws after Starbucks’ announcement      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Migrant Redistribution Continues Across France: Tranquil Provençal Village (Pop. 470) Set to Receive 72 Asylum-Seekers      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

An idyllic South of France village is set to receive 72 African migrants as the French government continues its program to disperse tens of thousands of new arrivals across the country. Perched high in the wooded hills of Provence’s Var region and overlooking a dramatic ravine, remote Châteaudouble draws summer visitors en route to ”Europe’s […]

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          Comment on ‘All Companies Subject To Stringent Assessment’ by Rocky5      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Bribery Act, 2016 will came into force on 1 September 2017 (the "Bribery Act"). It provides a complete overhaul of Bermuda’s anti-bribery laws. Why should we all be concerned? The Bribery Act creates a new corporate criminal offence – failing to prevent bribery by an associated person – which applies even to non-Bermuda companies and partnerships that CARRY on business (or PART of a business) in Bermuda. There is only one defence to the new corporate offence: the commercial enterprise must prove that it had "adequate procedures" in place, designed to prevent persons associated with it from undertaking acts of bribery. The Bribery Act criminalizes private-sector bribery AND creates a NEW offence of bribing a foreign public official. The Bribery Act goes beyond the US's Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA") in a number of ways, so even companies with robust FCPA compliance programmes need to check that those programmes would be viewed as adequate for the purposes of the Bribery Act. The Bribery Act in a Nutshell The Bribery Act is based on the UK’s Bribery Act, 2010. It abolishes Bermuda's existing anti-corruption laws and replaces them with:an offence of bribing (offering, promising or giving a financial or other advantage); an offence of being bribed (requesting, agreeing to receive or accepting a financial or other advantage); an offence of bribery of foreign public officials and a corporate offence of failing to prevent bribery. The first three offences apply to both individuals and corporations. Regarding the offence of bribing and the offence of bribery of foreign public officials, it does NOT matter whether the advantage is offered, promised or given directly or through a third party. The Bribery Act applies to PRIVATE sector bribery, as well as PUBLIC sector bribery and contains no exemption for facilitation payments or for corporate promotional expenditure. The fourth offence (failure by a corporate to prevent bribery) is a strict liability offence with only one possible defence.
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          Mexico's New President Wants To 'Builds A Wall' On Southern Border - Claims "Human Right" For Mexicans To Pour Into The US      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

This man seems to be encouraging the exact opposite among his people towards our land and our laws rather than his own.

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          Starbucks to Phase Out Plastic Straws by 2020      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The company, which is the largest food and beverage chain to take the anti-plastic straw plunge worldwide so far, estimates the move will keep more than 1 billion pieces of single-use plastic out of the landfill every year. On July 9, Starbucks made an announcement that may just change the way the world drinks coffee: by 2020, it will no longer use plastic straws in any of its stores across the globe. The company, which is the largest food and beverage chain to take the anti-plastic straw plunge worldwide so far, estimates the move will keep more than 1 billion pieces of single-use plastic out of the landfill every year. "Sustainability is part of our DNA and has been so for 30-plus years," a Starbucks spokesperson told Boise Weekly. "... Over the last five years, our cold beverage platform has grown significantly to over 50 percent of sales, while the movement to eliminate plastic straws has also been gaining momentum globally. For these reasons, along with requests from our customers, partners and shareholders, we will develop a recyclable alternative to plastic straws: it’s the right thing for our environment, our partners (employees) and our business." The announcement came on the heels of smaller commitments from other fast-food giants like McDonald's, which the BBC reported will replace plastic straws with paper in its stores in the UK and Ireland this fall, as well as grassroots advocacy for alternatives. One Starbucks employee, Stephanie Muttillo, started a petition for the elimination of plastic straws at the chain in April, which was electronically signed by nearly 150,000 people using the Care2 Petitions platform. In a press release, Muttillo reacted to the Starbucks announcement, saying, “As a Starbucks employee, it's welcomed news to hear the company will phase out the use of plastic straws in their stores by 2020. This is an important first step to cleaning up our seas and protecting wildlife, and I am proud to see Starbucks take this step toward sustainability and promoting a healthier planet for all.” To replace plastic straws, Starbucks has created a so-called "strawless lid," which looks much like the lid currently used for hot beverages, but made from clear rather than opaque plastic. The new recyclable lids are already being tested for a couple of drinks at 8,000 stores in the U.S. and Canada, and should be fully phased in by 2020. After the transition, paper or compostable straws will still be offered on request. …
          The Trump Administration's Human Cages Aren't New — They Have a Long and Shameful American History      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Our forebears once flocked in staggering numbers to “human zoos,” where thousands of kidnapped natives from various countries were displayed.

When Donald Trump recently accused “illegal immigrants” of wanting to “pour into and infest our country,” there was an immediate outcry. After all, that verb, infest, had been used by the Nazis as a way of dehumanizing Jews and communists as rats, vermin, or insects that needed to be eradicated.

Nobody, however, should have been surprised. The president has a long history of excoriating people of color as animal-like. In 1989, for instance, reacting to the rape of a white woman in New York’s Central Park, he took out full-page ads in four of the city’s major papers (total cost: $85,000) calling for the reinstatement of the death penalty and decrying “roving bands of wild criminals roaming our streets.” He was, of course, referring to the five black and Latino youngsters accused of that crime for which they were convicted -- and, 10 years late, exonerated when a serial rapist and murderer finally confessed.

Trump never apologized for his rush to judgment or his hate-filled opinions, which eventually became the template for his attacks on immigrants during the 2016 election campaign and for his presidency. He has declared many times that some people aren’t actually human beings at all but animals, pointing, in particular, to MS-13 gang members. At a rally in Tennessee at the end of May, he doubled down on this sort of invective, goading a frenzied crowd to enthusiastically shout that word -- “Animals!” -- back. In that way, he made those present accomplices to his bigotry. Nor are his insults and racial tirades mere rhetorical flourishes. They’ve had quite real consequences. It’s enough to look at the cages where undocumented children separated from their families at or near the U.S.-Mexico border have been held as if they were indeed animals -- reporters and others regularly described one of those detention areas as being like a “zoo” or a “kennel” -- not to mention their parents who are also trapped behind wire barriers, even if arousing far less attention and protest.

A History of Caged Humans

All the president’s furious contemporary rants and rallies, along with those cages and detainee centers, have certainly brought Nazism to mind for some, but it might be more illuminating to think of them as echoing an earlier moment in history when comparing dark-skinned humans to animals would hardly have caused a stir.  It would have been considered part of normal discourse, in both Europe and the United States.

Indeed, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, millions of Europeans and Americans considered it perfectly natural to treat certain members of our species quite literally as if they were beasts. They were unfazed, so the historical record suggests, by the idea of seeing such “animals,” such oddities, displayed in literal zoo cages at boisterous public events. It may now be hard to believe, but our forebears once flocked in staggering numbers to “human zoos,” where thousands of natives kidnapped from Asia, Africa, and Latin America were exposed to scrutiny, curiosity, and derision, as well as, sometimes, undergoing scientific experimentation.

Today, such mindboggling violations of human rights have almost entirely vanished from public memory. I had only vaguely heard of human zoos myself, before I became obsessed with them when research for my latest novel, Darwin’s Ghosts, led me into the world of human menageries. I discovered that the phenomenon had been launched in the most modest of ways.

One hundred and seventy years ago -- 1848, a year of revolutions across the globe -- a Hamburg fishmonger, Claus Hagenbeck, decided to charge customers to take a peek at some Arctic seals swimming in a large tub in the backyard of his house. Soon enough, that first timid entrepreneurial step developed into a highly lucrative family business exhibiting wild animals, while feeding growing demands for wondrous beasts to populate circuses and fill the private collections of monarchs and other wealthy individuals.

In the end, animals were not enough. By the early 1870s, in conjunction with the Jardin d’Acclimatation in Paris and American impresarios like P.T. Barnum, the Hagenbeck family started dabbling in displaying “savages” from the farthest corners of the planet. The first victims of this desire to bring exemplars from the rest of humanity to viewers in the West were Laplanders, displayed in a setting meant to look like one of their villages. (A similar urge gave birth to the dioramas that soon began to flourish at museums of natural history.)

That first exhibition in Hamburg of “the little men and women” of Lapland proved so sensational -- tours were organized to Berlin, Leipzig, and other German cities -- that the desire to see more “primitive” humans soon became insatiable. Scavengers who had previously specialized in locating and bringing African and Asian wildlife to Europe and the United States were now instructed to be on the lookout for similarly exotic human wildlife. They should not be, it was quickly stipulated, so monstrous as to disgust audiences, but neither should they be so beautiful as to cease to be bizarre.

The Laplanders were followed by a multitude of indigenous inhabitants of the planet forcibly removed from their habitats: Eskimos, Cingalese, Kalmuks, Somalis, Ethiopians, Bedouins, Nubians from the Upper Nile, aboriginal Australians, Zulu warriors, Mapuche Indians, Andaman Islanders from the South Pacific, head-hunters from Borneo. The list went on and on, as those human zoos spread from Germany to France, England, Belgium, Spain, Italy, and the United States, all of which -- what a coincidence! -- just happened to be the globe’s imperial powers of that era.

Representatives of ethnic groups from all over the planet soon became an expectable feature of then-popular World’s Fair pavilions. Besides providing entertainment for the whole family -- they might be thought of as that moment’s equivalents of reality TV shows -- those exhibitions were proclaimed “educational” experiences by the enterprises cashing in on them. Such tableaus of “prehistoric” people offered a way for affluent visitors to gawk at and be amazed by the bizarre habits of the bizarre inhabitants of the faraway lands that their countries were incorporating with great violence into “civilization” via colonial dominion. In fact, that violence was such that some of the native populations on display, like diverse groups of Patagons from Tierra del Fuego at the southern tip of Latin America, were already then on the verge of becoming extinct. One of the draws of seeing living specimens of those strange men, women, and children was to do so before their last remnants, along with their languages and their cultures, disappeared from the face of the Earth.

Even if you were among the millions of Americans and Europeans who couldn’t personally visit such folk displays, ethnic villages, and human zoos, you could still inexpensively and vicariously experience those exotic others. The images of the captives -- who, of course, had been photographed without their consent -- were commercialized on an industrial scale. The postcards upon which their faces and bodies were flaunted soon became an everyday feature of domestic life, one more way that the human zoo was normalized, whitewashed, and sent into the home with barely a thought about the horrors, the suffering being visited on those captives or how their children, husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, relatives, and friends, left behind, were dealing with the trauma of having their loved ones torn from their midst.

Nor were such acts repudiated by the most illustrious members of those “advanced” societies. Quite the opposite, many of the abductions had been financed by scientific institutions eager to discover how such specimens might fit into Darwin’s theory of evolution. Their research, in turn, was backed by government officials more than ready to show their respect and support for scholars looking into the origins of humanity. Were those Africans and South Americans entirely human or did they constitute missing links in the great chain of beings that became our species? Eminent naturalists and doctors debated just such matters, gave lectures on them, wrote treatises about them, and (in what then passed for scientific experimentation) poked at or into the bodies of those who had made the mistake of being born far from the so-called civilized world.

The Ota Bengas of Today

Today, of course, human zoos and the medical experiments on live human beings that went with them are inconceivable. The consciousness of humanity, enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the U.N. 70 years ago, has made such practices disgraceful and intolerable. Who today could stomach the fate of Ota Benga, a pygmy from the Congo who was housed with the primates at New York’s Bronx Zoo in 1906 and committed suicide a decade later when he realized that he would never be able to return to his native land? Who among us would bring their children to gape at “missing links” like Thai dwarfs, Amazonian Indians, or Sudanese villagers as if they were freaks of nature, not human beings?

Unfortunately, congratulations are not (yet) in order, given how often the same racist impulses resurface today, and not only in the president’s intemperate diatribes equating humans and animals (none of which have so far provoked indignation in most of his followers). A similar dehumanization of strangers with darker faces and skins appears to animate current anti-immigrant sentiments in many lands, a desire to escape “infestation” from abroad and maintain mythical versions of racial purity and national identity. Are we really that removed from the spectators who watched their fellow humans abused in zoo-like conditions a century or so ago without blinking or being disturbed?

In retrospect, what’s most sobering about the human zoos of an earlier time is how oblivious those who participated in such degrading spectacles were to the crimes being committed before their eyes. Many of them would have judged themselves decent, enlightened citizens, shining advocates of progress, science, and freedom. And yet, in Berlin in 1882, the police had to be called in to quell a riot by visitors to an exhibition of 11 Kaweshkar natives abducted from Tierra del Fuego. Thousands of customers, having imbibed copious gallons of beer, began to stone the hostages, demanding that they mate in public. Or consider the fate of two female Kaweshkar whose sexual organs, after they died in captivity, were carved from their dead bodies and sent to be examined by a prominent German researcher interested in discovering how such creatures might be distinct from European women.

So many decades later, it’s easy enough to condemn such offenses. More difficult and painful is to ask what injustices are happening now that we take to be as normal as human zoos (or the disempowerment of women and child slavery) were just a few generations ago. Is it the thoughtless annihilation of immeasurable species, the plundering of nature, the loss of wisdom stored for millennia by ethnic groups that are fast disappearing? Is it the punitive incarceration of millions, so many lives wasted? Is it our incredibly counterproductive “war on drugs” that unnecessarily ravages cities, nations, and lives? Or our inability to rid ourselves of the plague of nuclear proliferation, the brutality of widespread hunger, America’s endless wars, the detention centers for immigrants and their children in this country, the spectacle of undocumented minors shut up in cages and crying for their parents, or the overflowing refugee camps elsewhere in the world? And what of so many children displaced in their war-torn lands or incarcerated in poverty? Where is the indignation about them? Who marches to have them released from their structural captivity? And who even noticed the 10,000 children murdered or maimed in armed conflicts in 2017 alone, deaths invisible to us if you didn’t happen to catch a brief news item quickly forgotten?

In reality, those human zoos of the not-so-distant past pose a terrifying question for us: What everyday horrors of our world will our descendants look back on with disgust in the future? How, they will wonder, could their ancestors have been so blind as to condone such transgressions against humaneness and humanity?

 
 

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          Life After Roe v. Wade: Here’s What a Post-Roe America Would Look Like      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Overturning Roe v. Wade would most definitely give individual states the right to outlaw abortion at the state level.

Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts hit the nail on the head last night when—after learning that Judge Brett Kavanaugh would be President Donald Trump’s second nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court—she asserted, in an e-mail, “Make no mistake: Brett Kavanaugh was chosen because conservatives are confident that he would overturn Roe v. Wade.” Bingo.

There are many right-to-privacy Supreme Court decisions that the Christian Right would love to see overturned, from 1965’s Griswold v. Connecticut (which struck down a Connecticut law forbidding the sale or use of contraceptives among married couples) to 2003’s Lawrence v. Texas (which declared a Texas sodomy law unconstitutional and was a major victory for gay rights). And with Kavanaugh likely to be confirmed by U.S. Senate, it is quite possible that the High Court will overturn Roe v. Wade—the landmark Supreme Court ruling of 1973 that, in effect, legalized abortion nationwide.   

The end of Roe v. Wade would not automatically mean the end of legal abortion throughout the United States; in order for the Christian Right to achieve that goal, the overturning of Roe v. Wade would have to be followed by both houses of Congress—the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives—passing a nationwide abortion ban and President Trump signing it into law. Such a federal law would be needed to outlaw abortion in all 50 states, and as it stands now, some states have laws that explicitly protect abortion rights at the state level. Overturning Roe v. Wade would not invalidate those pro-choice state laws.

However, overturning Roe v. Wade would most definitely give individual states the right to outlaw abortion at the state level. And Kavanaugh, a severe social conservative with a “strict constructionist” view of jurisprudence, would likely argue—along with Clarence Thomas, Trump appointee Neil Gorsuch and other social conservatives on the High Court—that Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided because it was a violation of states’ rights and that individual states should be able to decide whether they do or don’t want legal abortion.

So post-Roe v. Wade, it’s entirely possible that one would see abortion outlawed at the state level in Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Oklahoma, Kansas and Utah while remaining legal in New Jersey, California, Oregon, Massachusetts and Vermont. Some Republican-dominated states, including Louisiana and the Dakotas, have “trigger laws” that would automatically ban abortion statewide if Roe v. Wade were overturned. 

The Center for Reproductive Rights has published, on its website, an informative page called “What If Roe Fell?”—which offers a state-by-state analysis of where abortion likely would and wouldn’t be legal if Roe v. Wade were overturned. The Center breaks all 50 states down into three categories: a high risk of abortion being outlawed at the state level post-Roe, a low risk or a medium risk. And some of the swing states in presidential races—such as Pennsylvania and Colorado—fall into the medium risk category.

According to the Center’s post-Roe scenario, legal abortion “appears safe” in 20 states, is likely to be “banned outright” in 22 and faces a medium risk in the others. The end of Roe would likely make abortion a major litmus test for politicians at the state level, and given that the majority of Americans are pro-choice, it isn’t hard to imagine a lot of Republicans being voted out of office in swing states when horror stories over botched back-alley abortions started coming out of Texas, Kansas and Mississippi and voters blamed the GOP.

Pennsylvania, for example, could become a major abortion rights battleground in a post-Roe scenario. Philadelphia is a very Democrat-dominated city—Philly hasn’t had a Republican mayor since Bernard Samuel left office in January 1952, and Republicans are seldom elected to Philly’s city council—and Pittsburgh is very Democratic as well. But the center of Pennsylvania (where Trump benefitted from a high voter turnout in 2016) has a lot more Republicans, and if enough Republicans in Pennsylvania’s state legislature voted to outlaw abortion post-Roe, it’s quite possible that women living in Philly would be seeking abortions in New Jersey.  

Or, if abortion were outlawed in Arizona post-Roe but remained legal in California and Nevada, women living in Phoenix or Tucson might be seeking legal abortions in San Diego or Las Vegas—that is, if they had the funds to travel long distances. Low-income women would be hit especially hard by the end of Roe v. Wade, as they would have less money to travel from anti-choice states to pro-choice states. In many Latin American countries where abortion is illegal, it is poorer women who typically die from dangerous back-alley abortions—not unlike the U.S. before Roe v. Wade—while more affluent Mexican, Salvadoran or Guatemalan women seeking abortions can afford the airfare to Havana, Cuba, where abortion is legal.

Post-Roe, pro-choice activists—from Planned Parenthood, NARAL and the National Organization for Women (NOW) to Emily’s List—could do a lot of recruiting at the state level. The end of Roe v. Wade, if it comes about, could seriously galvanize pro-choice voters in individual states, especially if Kavanaugh and other social conservatives on the Supreme Court overturned Griswold v. Connecticut as well and allowed individual states to outlaw birth control.  

According to the Pew Research Center, almost seven in ten Americans—69%, to be exact—remain pro-choice and oppose overturning Roe v. Wade. But public opinion matters little to today’s overtly authoritarian Republican Party, which is why President Trump has shown so little humility despite the fact that he lost the popular vote to Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016. Authoritarians govern by force or coercion, not consensus. And if Roe v. Wade is overturned despite being broadly popular, abortion rights activists will need to be as vocal and proactive as possible at the state level. 

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          Here Are Some Reusable Straws That Don't Totally Suck      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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          AT&T had a secret reason for wanting to get its hands on Time Warner – it wants to use 5G to get more people to watch TV shows while riding in self-driving cars      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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  • Warner Media CEO John Stankey told HBO employees that 5G and autonomous vehicles is an opportunity to get more content in front of consumers.
  • The conversation was part of an internal town hall that leaked to the media.
  • Stankey predicts that individuals will consume an hour  to an hour and a half more content over the course of the next four years.

AT&T has its eyes squarely set on competing with Netflix.

That much was clear during a recent town-hall event where Warner Media CEO John Stankey addressed 150 HBO employees about the upcoming year.

But Stankey revealed a pair of unexpected motivations for AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner: 5G and autonomous vehicles.

Responding to a question about why 5G matters, Stankey took the time to talk about self-driving cars, according to a transcript of the event that Recode published.

"It does things like it opens up the ability for autonomous vehicles, vehicles that are self-driving," Stankey said. "Why do you care about vehicles that are self-driving? If you’re not driving yourself to and from work to and from Los Angeles anymore, you can sit in the back seat and let the vehicle take you, what do you get? You get another hour or two hours to consume great content that you build every day."

5G is the fifth — and next — generation of wireless technology. Its expected to deliver faster speed than the current 4G LTE standard, and allow for "internet of things" deployments.  Stankey sees this as a boon to content providers.

5G may create brand new media time for consumers

"So now you start to think about why am I bullish on building more content?," Stankey said. "Well, I think that the average number of hours that an individual consumes in a given day might actually increase somewhere in the range of an hour to an hour and a half over the course of the next four years because of that shift."

AT&T doesn't want consumers spending those additional hours on Facebook, Stankey said. It wants to build a product that draws prolonged engagement from consumers, and HBO will help it get there. But to get there, HBO needs to transform, offering bigger and broader content to boost customers' engagement, he said at the event.

That approach is a step in the right direction for AT&T's business model, Daniel Ives, the chief strategy officer at GBH Insights, told Business Insider. He noted that media companies that produce content will be busy in the upcoming year.

The next 12 to 18 months will be a "content arms race," Ives said.

SEE ALSO: 'This next year will ... feel like childbirth': HBO's new corporate overlord warns employees to expect a tough year

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What would the U.S. look like without Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that legalized abortion nationwide? That's the question now that President Trump has chosen conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Reversing the landmark case would not automatically make abortion illegal across the country. Instead, it would return the decision about abortion legality to the states, where a patchwork of laws already in place render abortion more or less available, largely depending on individual states' political leanings. "We think there are 22 states likely to ban abortion without Roe " because of a combination of factors including existing laws and regulations on the books and the positions of the governors and state legislatures, says Amy Myrick , staff attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights, which represents abortion-rights advocates in court. "The threat level is very high now," Myrick says. Kavanaugh never opined on Roe
          Does Scott Pruitt's Slow Ouster Mean Ethics Laws Are Getting Weaker?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
By the time Scott Pruitt resigned, his conduct as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency had become the subject of 12 to 18 investigations, audits and inquiries. It's hard to know the precise number, as only some of the cases are public, but Pruitt may have set some kind of ethics-in-government record. Ethics advocates are asking how he stayed long enough to trigger that many probes. "I think we really do have a dysfunctional ethics system," Washington ethics lawyer Larry Noble told NPR. He said Pruitt was enabled by President Trump, who is committed to reining in the EPA but cares little about ethics. None of the cases involve Pruitt's policy decisions, which aim to halt or reverse many EPA programs. Rather, the problems lie in allegations that over many months, he misused federal funds and federal employees, had undisclosed and improper contacts with lobbyists, and retaliated against whistleblowers. Noble said Trump has mostly ignored the federal ethics system, which
          American Airlines says it’s getting rid of plastic straws      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

American Airlines says it will stop using plastic straws and stir sticks in lounges and on planes

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Oklahoma pushes ahead on medical marijuana after voters in the traditionally conservative state approved one of least restrictive laws in the U.S.

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          14226: Starbucks To Stop Sucking.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

CNN reported Starbucks plans to eliminate plastic straws in its stores by 2020. And Starbucks hopes to eliminate discriminating against Blacks in its stores by 3020.

Starbucks is eliminating plastic straws from all stores

By Danielle Wiener-Bronner

Starbucks is going strawless.

The coffee company announced Monday that it will phase out plastic straws from all of its stores by 2020.

The changes will help Starbucks (SBUX) eliminate more than 1 billion plastic straws per year, the company said.

Plastic straws contribute to ocean pollution and pose a danger to marine life. Some governments have begun banning them.

To eliminate straws, Starbucks is transitioning from the flat, plastic lids that require them, to ones that feature a raised lip you can drink from. The new designs have drawn comparisons to an adult “sippy cup.”

Frappuccino drinks will still be served with dome lids, but with straws made from paper or compostable plastic. Coffee drinkers who prefer straws for other beverages can request the new eco-friendly versions.

Some Starbucks drinks, like cold brew with cold foam, are already served in cups with strawless lids.

Starbucks will begin rolling out the new lids for all drinks this fall, starting with stores in Vancouver, Canada, and Seattle.

In a statement, CEO Kevin Johnson called the move away from plastic straws a “significant milestone” in the company’s sustainability efforts.

Starbucks had already committed $10 million to help develop recyclable, compostable cups for hot drinks.

Other companies have been ditching plastic straws as bans on the item have gone into place.

Last month, McDonald’s (MCD) said that it would start switching to paper straws in the United Kingdom and Ireland in September. The transition will be complete in 2019, the company said.

The announcement from McDonald’s followed an April proposal by the UK government to ban plastic straws in the country. In May, the European Union also suggested a ban on some plastic items, including straws.

In the United States, local governments are already putting similar restrictions into place. Seattle’s ban on plastic straws and utensils went into effect last week. Oakland and Berkeley, California, and other cities have also banned the use of disposable straws.

The UK government said that 1 million birds and more than 100,000 sea mammals die each year from eating and getting tangled in plastic waste.

“Plastic straws that end up in our oceans have a devastating effect on species,” said Erin Simon, director of sustainability research & development and material science at World Wildlife Fund, US, in a statement. “We hope others will follow in [Starbucks’] footsteps.”

Starbucks said that it is the largest food and beverage retailer to have promised to get rid of plastic straws.

Nicholas Mallos, director of Ocean Conservancy’s Trash Free Seas program, called Starbucks’ decision a “shining example” of how companies can help fight ocean pollution.

“With eight million metric tons of plastic entering the ocean every year, we cannot afford to let industry sit on the sidelines,” he said in a statement.

—CNN’s Laura Smith-Spark contributed to this report.

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          American Airlines Joins Efforts To Eliminate Plastic Straws, Stirrers      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The airline's lounges will soon feature sugar cane straws and bamboo stir sticks.
          Millennials Support LGBT Rights But Take Issue With 'Homosexuality'      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

A new survey of young Americans includes some shocking results.

CommentaryCommentary, YouthYouthMaking the Invisible VisibleCathy Cohen

Last week, Supreme Court justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement. With that one event, the political landscape began to shift. Settled law such as Roe v. Wade and same-sex marriage was put in play again, suggesting those battles we thought behind us may have to be won again. At the heart of this political struggle sits millennials, now the largest and most racially and ethnically diverse generation ever, comprising the largest share of eligible voters. And while many of the most important issues facing our country revolve around millennials, rarely are the positions of millennials, especially those of color or queer, front and center in public discourse.

To address this void, I built the GenForward Survey, a nationally representative survey of over 1,750 young adults ages 18-34. The survey is conducted bimonthly and includes oversamples of African-American, Latinx, and Asian-American young adults, ensuring we can accurately represent their positions and the positions of all millennials on important issues facing the country.

Last month we focused our GenForward survey — Millennial Views on LGBT Issues: Race, Identity, and Morality — on LGBT issues and discovered some important insights. For example, 14 percent of millennials identify as something other than heterosexual, ranging from queer to LGBT to same-gender loving. However, irrespective of their sexual identity, majorities of millennials across race and ethnicity say they know someone who is LGB. In contrast, only about a quarter of millennials of color (22 percent) and 37 percent of white millennials report knowing someone who is transgender. Research tells us that knowing someone who is LGBT is important in making the attitudes of individuals more tolerant and respectful when it comes to the rights and equality of the LGBT communities.

The impact of knowing someone LGBT seems evident in millennials' positions on the equality of LGBT citizens. For example, majorities of millennials across race and ethnicity “somewhat” or “strongly” favor allowing LGBT people to adopt children, establishing laws to protect LGBT people from job discrimination, allowing transgender people to serve in the military, increasing government funding for the prevention and treatment of HIV and AIDS, and accepting more LGBT immigrants from countries that criminalize sexuality.

Millennials are also cognizant of the discrimination many members of LGBT communities face. Majorities of millennials across race and ethnicity say that there is “some” or “a lot” of discrimination against LGB individuals and a majority of African-Americans (51 percent) and pluralities of Latinx people (48 percent), and whites (45 percent) believe that there is a lot of discrimination against transgender people. Asian-American millennials (30 percent) are the least likely to say there is a lot of discrimination against transgender individuals in the country.

The concern with the discrimination that LGBT communities face is also evident in millennials' responses to our question about the biggest problems facing LGBTQ people. Again, across race and ethnicity and sexual orientation there is shared priority for reducing violent hate crime and ending bullying against young LGBTQ people. However, despite some agreement about the most pressing issues faced by LGBT communities, majorities of African-American (53 percent) and Latinx (50 percent) millennials believe issues confronting LGBT individuals in communities of color are very different than the issues promoted by mainstream organizations — and 52 percent of LGBT Millennials agree with that position. In contrast, white (58 percent) and Asian-American (54 percent) millennials believe that all LGBT individuals benefit when mainstream LGBT organizations fight for basic rights. This discrepancy deserves attention as LGBTQ organizations develop programs for delivering services and strategies for advocacy.

While nearly every question on our survey indicated overwhelming support for the rights and equality of LGBT individuals and communities, there was one puzzling finding. At the end of our survey, we used an often-asked question, “Has homosexuality led to a deterioration of morality in this country?” Even though a majority of millennials disagreed with this statement, a significant number (41 agreed) agreed. Even more surprisingly, 21 percent of LGBTQ millennials agreed.

What are we to make of this contradiction in beliefs? First, this is the only place in the survey where we used the word “homosexuality.” That word may be a trigger inscribed in our culture as something bad and deviant. It is also possible that for millennials “homosexuality” may mean something quite different than the more familiar “LGBTQ.” This is a contradiction Millennials (and we) will have to work out over time. It should remind us of all the work that remains to be done and how little we should take for granted when it comes to educating young people about the reality of LGBTQ lives, especially the lives of young queers of color.

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CATHY J. COHEN is an American political scientist, author, feminist, and social activist, whose work has focused on the African-American experience in politics from a perspective which is underlined by intersectionality. She is currently the David and Mary Winton Green Professor in Political Science and the College at the University of Chicago, and is the former Director of the Center for the Study of Race.

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What would the U.S. look like without Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that legalized abortion nationwide? That's the question now that President Trump has chosen conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Reversing the landmark case would not automatically make abortion illegal across the country. Instead, it would return the decision about abortion legality to the states, where a patchwork of laws already in place render abortion more or less available, largely depending on individual states' political leanings. "We think there are 22 states likely to ban abortion without Roe " because of a combination of factors including existing laws and regulations on the books and the positions of the governors and state legislatures, says Amy Myrick , staff attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights, which represents abortion-rights advocates in court. "The threat level is very high now," Myrick says. Kavanaugh never opined on Roe
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          7/10/2018: FP EDMONTON: Starbucks to phase out plastic straws at all stores by 2020      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Narwhals Are Real, And They Could Be in Real Trouble      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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Narwhals are sometimes called the “unicorns of the sea.” Like their fictional equine counterparts, narwhals appear to have a horn or tusk—it actually functions more like a tooth—galloping straight out of their heads. Over the centuries, narwhals swam through the realm of folklore, figuring especially prominently in Inuit tales. They also float amid not-quite-truths: In the 16th century, naturalists depicted narwhals as something like razor-toothed alligators with saws erupting through their skulls. One described the whale as “a sea-monster that has in its brow a very large horn wherewith it can pierce and wreck vessels and destroy many men.”

Unlike unicorns, narwhals occupy space in the real world. The whales mostly congregate in Arctic waters around Greenland, Russia, and northern Canada, where they're known to dive nearly a mile deep, and surface for air in between fractured ice. But today, their landscape is changing.

In recent years, as their native waters have warmed and ice cover has shrunk, ship traffic has increased in the region. A handful of countries, including the United States, are “racing to put icebreakers into Arctic waters as rising temperatures uncover new shipping routes, resource deposits, and fishing areas,” as Scientific American reported. In one area where narwhals spend their summers, ship traffic surged by 300 percent between 2015 and 2016 alone.

Narwhals haven't been in dire straits—last year, the International Union for Conservation of Nature downgraded their status from "near threatened" to "least concern"—but shipping traffic could be bad news for these wondrous whales, according to a recent report published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Researchers from the University of Washington and the University of Alaska Fairbanks estimated how vulnerable 80 populations of marine animals are to ship traffic that passes through in September, the month when melted ice yields the most open water. More than half of these populations are exposed to ship traffic, the authors found, and narwhals most of all.

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"Narwhals have all the traits that make them vulnerable to vessel disturbances—they stick to really specific areas, they're pretty inflexible in where they spend the summer, they live in only about a quarter of the Arctic, and they're smack dab in the middle of shipping routes," said study co-author Kristin Laidre, a polar scientist at the University of Washington’s Applied Physics Laboratory's Polar Science Center, in a statement. Since the whales communicate underwater, use sound to navigate, and are “notoriously skittish and sensitive to any kind of disturbance,” Laidre said, they’re also susceptible to being troubled by the noises emanating from ships.

The authors surmised that beluga whales, walruses, and other mammals that hug shipping routes are also vulnerable. Less so for polar bears and roving groups of seals. The researchers found that the risks were especially pronounced in narrow segments of shipping routes—so-called "geographic bottlenecks" such as Lancaster Sound, in Nunavut, and the Bering Strait.

Despite those centuries-old warnings, narwhals aren’t preying on ships, or ramming their crews. But, in a sense, the danger is flowing the other way—at least for now. The Bering Strait and other “pinch points” represent “potentially high conflict areas,” the authors wrote, “but also opportunities for conservation-informed planning” if researchers gather more data about these unusual whales' dark, deep world.


          AWS re:Invent 2018 is Coming – Are You Ready?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
As I write this, there are just 138 days until re:Invent 2018. My colleagues on the events team are going all-out to make sure that you, our customer, will have the best possible experience in Las Vegas. After meeting with them, I decided to write this post so that you can have a better understanding […]
          DeepLens Challenge #1 Starts Today – Use Machine Learning to Drive Inclusion      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Are you ready to develop and show off your machine learning skills in a way that has a positive impact on the world? If so, get your hands on an video camera and join the AWS DeepLens Challenge! About the Challenge Working together with our friends at Intel, we are launching the first in a […]
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          Judge Rejects CFPB's Request To Unseal Ocwen's Responses At Discovery Phase      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - After holding that there is no common-law right of access to discovery, a Florida federal judge on June 25 denied a request by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to unseal discovery materials submitted by loan servicers in a lawsuit in which the CFPB alleges that the servicers violated federal consumer financial protection laws in relation to the servicing of loans (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau v. Ocwen Financial Corporation, et al., No. 9:17-CV-80495, S.D. Fla., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 105620).
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          US Attorney in Massachusetts Issues Statement on Recreational Marijuana      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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As of July 1, 2018, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts legalized the distribution of marijuana for recreational and other non-medical uses and, based on public reports, the Cannabis Control Commission is now reviewing applications for licenses to grow and sell marijuana products. 

Marijuana distribution, however, remains illegal; it is specifically prohibited by federal law.  Because I have a constitutional obligation to enforce the laws passed by Congress, I will not effectively immunize the residents of the Commonwealth from federal marijuana enforcement.  My office’s resources, however, are primarily focused on combatting the opioid epidemic that claims thousands of lives in the Commonwealth each year. 

Having considered these factors, and the experiences of other states that have legalized marijuana distribution for non-medical use, I anticipate focusing my office’s marijuana enforcement efforts in the following areas:

  • Overproduction:  Despite regulatory efforts to address this problem, licensed outdoor marijuana cultivation still creates a significant risk of overproduction, which in turn creates the risk of illegal, and lucrative, marijuana sales to users in nearby states where recreational marijuana use remains illegal.  These out-of-state sales are nearly always cash transactions and so often involve federal tax fraud designed to hide the illicit cash or its true source.
  • Targeted Sales to Minors:  Advocates for state-level legalization fail to emphasize the risks marijuana use poses for minors.  And, despite state-mandated age requirements, marijuana use among minors will surely now increase.  Study after study confirms that regular marijuana use is dangerous to adolescent brain development, a process that appears to continue into a person’s early 20s.  The targeted sale of marijuana to minors may warrant federal prosecution.
  • Organized Crime and Interstate Transportation of Drug Proceeds:  Drug proceeds often finance organized criminal activities.  My office will continue to prosecute organized criminal groups, like MS-13, that distribute drugs in violation of federal law, regardless of whether that distribution is legal under state laws.  To that end, federal investigators will continue to police the Commonwealth for incoming or outgoing shipments of cash as well as use of the federal banking system.

This list is not exclusive, but only intended to clarify which aspects of the state-level marijuana industry are most likely to warrant federal involvement.  My office will continue to review all potential marijuana enforcement matters on a case-by-case basis, guided by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Principles of Federal Prosecution.


          Every Girl Should Give Gigi Hadid's Favorite Bikini a Try      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

One of Gigi Hadid's earliest Instagrams was a mirror shot of herself modeling a high-waisted swimsuit. Every Summer, Gigi seems to return to this one silhouette: a retro-inspired two-piece with a balconette bra top and some sort of playful print.

Though she keeps coveted labels like Solid & Striped and Zimmermann in rotation, the allure of Gigi's suits is that they're so flattering. A high cut draws attention to the smallest part of your waist, and Gigi's well-aware. Read on to see her flaunting the look on the beach, in the pages of Vogue, and behind the scenes, then shop for inspired styles.


          21 Times Victoria's Secret Angel Lais Ribeiro's Sexy Swimsuits Had Our Jaws on the Floor      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Lais Riberio knows a thing or two about making a statement in a swimsuit. She tends to opt for simple suits with her amazing figure as the focal point. The 27-year-old Brazilian model has traveled around the world to remote islands shooting sexy spreads for Sports Illustrated. She's also made multiple appearances in the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, wearing the famous $2 million Fantasy Bra in the 2017 show.

When she isn't on a runway or shooting in the tropics, you can count on Lais to bring the heat in a swimsuit. Don't believe us? Just check out her sexiest swimsuit moments ahead.


          ComicList: DC Comics New Releases for 07/11/2018      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

ComicList: DC Comics New Releases for Wednesday, July 11, 2018, by Charles LePage.

Batman Death And The Maidens TP (New Edition), $19.99
Blue Beetle Volume 3 Road To Nowhere TP, $16.99
Detective Comics #984 (Cover A Eddy Barrows & Eber Ferreira), $2.99
Detective Comics #984 (Cover B Mark Brooks), AR
Eternity Girl #5 (Of 6), $3.99
Ex Machina The Complete Series Omnibus HC, $150.00
Flash #50 (Cover A Howard Porter), $3.99
Flash #50 (Cover B Francesco Mattina), AR
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #48 (Cover A Doug Mahnke), $2.99
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #48 (Cover B Tyler Kirkham), AR
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          Starbucks to phase out plastic straws      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Starbucks said on Monday it will begin phasing out use of plastic straws at its restaurants by 2020 as opposition to them grows.
          Re: Breaking: Fire at the old Ace Hardware building in downtown Berkeley      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

another example of benign neglect. Owners,Developers or ZAB stalling allows these properties to become blight. Some owners just sit on them, waiting for a developer to hand them the golden ticket. The City should enforce blight laws and graffiti abatement plus not make abandoned properties an attractive nuisance while these guys wait for a ridiculous price.


          White Felt Ball Garland- Pom Pom- Nursery- Holiday- Wedding- Party- Childrens Room by LovebugLullabies      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

8.95 USD

♥♥♥PLEASE READ BEFORE PURCHASE!!! : All garlands are HANDMADE TO ORDER, they are NOT premade. Please see "Shipping & Policies" tab located below listing photos or shop homepage announcement for current production time. ♥♥♥


INTERNATIONAL BUYERS
♥Our shop has nothing to do with whether your country charges you for any customs fees, taxes, tariffs, or receiving fees incurred so PLEASE be aware that this is your responsibility and what your government's tax laws are. Also, it is a federal offense to lie on customs forms (this includes marking as a "gift" and lowering the declared value), so please don’t ask us to do it!


FAQ: http://www.lovebuglullabies.com/faq

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

Felt garlands are a sweet and elegant touch for any type of home or party décor- perfect for seasonal and holiday decorating, or the finishing touch to a child's room or nursery.

Felt shapes are moveable on the garland with gentle pressure so you can space and arrange them however you would like. Once in place, shapes will not move on their own. As pictured, shapes are spaced approx. 2-3" apart.

Felt balls measure 1" (2.5 cm)

SIZE:
♥ 4 ft (1.2 m) = 16 balls
♥ 6 ft (1.8 m) = 24 balls
♥ 8 ft (2.4 m) = 32 balls
♥ 10 ft (3 m) = 40 balls
♥ 12 ft (3.7 m) = 48 balls
♥ 24 ft (7.3 m)= 96 balls


♥♥ Let me know if you need a custom length, I will be happy to accommodate!!



GARLANDS ARE FOR DECORATION PURPOSES ONLY. PLEASE FASTEN SECURELY OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN AS THEY ARE NOT A TOY.


          Felt Ball Star Garland- Yellow Gray White- Pom Pom- Nursery- Holiday- Wedding- Party- Childrens Room by LovebugLullabies      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

8.95 USD

♥♥♥PLEASE READ BEFORE PURCHASE!!! : All garlands are HANDMADE TO ORDER, they are NOT premade. Please see "Shipping & Policies" tab located below listing photos or shop homepage announcement for current production time. ♥♥♥


INTERNATIONAL BUYERS
♥Our shop has nothing to do with whether your country charges you for any customs fees, taxes, tariffs, or receiving fees incurred so PLEASE be aware that this is your responsibility and what your government's tax laws are. Also, it is a federal offense to lie on customs forms (this includes marking as a "gift" and lowering the declared value), so please don’t ask us to do it!


FAQ: http://www.lovebuglullabies.com/faq

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Felt garlands are a sweet and elegant touch for any type of home or party décor- perfect for seasonal and holiday decorating, or the finishing touch to a child's room or nursery.

Felt shapes are moveable on the garland with gentle pressure so you can space and arrange them however you would like. Once in place, shapes will not move on their own. As pictured, shapes are spaced approx. 2-3" apart.

Felt balls measure 1" (2.5 cm). Felt stars are approx. 2" (5cm) tall. This may vary slightly as all shapes are made by hand.


SIZE:
♥ 4 ft (1.2 m) = 16 balls
♥ 6 ft (1.8 m) = 24 balls
♥ 8 ft (2.4 m) = 32 balls
♥ 10 ft (3 m) = 40 balls
♥ 12 ft (3.7 m) = 48 balls
♥ 24 ft (7.3 m)= 96 balls

♥♥ Let me know if you need a custom length, I will be happy to accommodate!!


♥♥ Find the matching MOBILE here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/500777545/felt-star-ball-yellow-gray-white-nursery?ref=shop_home_active_15 ♥♥



GARLANDS ARE FOR DECORATION PURPOSES ONLY. PLEASE FASTEN SECURELY OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN AS THEY ARE NOT A TOY.


          APN Global Segment Leader, Power and Utilities - Amazon.com - Seattle, WA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Prepare and give business reviews to AWS senior leaders. Do you have strong business development, strategic alliances, and entrepreneurial skills?...
From Amazon.com - Thu, 10 May 2018 07:53:32 GMT - View all Seattle, WA jobs
          Bartender (PT) - Troon Golf - Sheridan, WY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Ensures compliance with applicable state liquor laws and standard operating procedures provided by the management....
From Troon Golf - Thu, 05 Jul 2018 20:27:07 GMT - View all Sheridan, WY jobs
          AWS re:Invent 2018 is Coming – Are You Ready?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
As I write this, there are just 138 days until re:Invent 2018. My colleagues on the events team are going all-out to make sure that you, our customer, will have the best possible experience in Las Vegas. After meeting with them, I decided to write this post so that you can have a better understanding […]
          DeepLens Challenge #1 Starts Today – Use Machine Learning to Drive Inclusion      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Are you ready to develop and show off your machine learning skills in a way that has a positive impact on the world? If so, get your hands on an video camera and join the AWS DeepLens Challenge! About the Challenge Working together with our friends at Intel, we are launching the first in a […]
          If High Court Reverses Roe v. Wade, 22 States Likely To Ban Abortion      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
What would the U.S. look like without Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that legalized abortion nationwide? That's the question now that President Trump has chosen conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Reversing the landmark case would not automatically make abortion illegal across the country. Instead, it would return the decision about abortion legality to the states, where a patchwork of laws already in place render abortion more or less available, largely depending on individual states' political leanings. "We think there are 22 states likely to ban abortion without Roe " because of a combination of factors including existing laws and regulations on the books and the positions of the governors and state legislatures, says Amy Myrick , staff attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights, which represents abortion-rights advocates in court. "The threat level is very high now," Myrick says. Kavanaugh never opined on Roe
          7/11/2018: MONEY: Starbucks to scrap plastic straws by 2020      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Starbucks plans to eliminate plastic straws globally by 2020. The coffee-shop giant announced Monday that it will use recyclable strawless lids and an alternative-material straw option in its more than 28,000 stores around the world. The move will...
          7/11/2018: NEWS | OPINION: Opposing view: Enforce our laws and secure our borders      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
As a mother and family physician, I understand that no American wants to see children separated from their parents. However, as elected officials, our first priority must be to enforce our immigration laws, secure our borders and protect American...
          MAV Cashier (Adventure Guide) - Maverik - Sheridan, WY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Review and adhere to all city, county, state, and federal laws affecting store operations. Get your employment adventure started today.... $10.25 an hour
From Maverik - Mon, 09 Jul 2018 19:11:13 GMT - View all Sheridan, WY jobs
          Assistant Department Administrator I - (Mt. Talbert) - (Clackamas, Oregon, United States)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Assistant Department Administrator (ADA) I role serves as a development opportunity to build the experience necessary to assume the accountability for coordinating all back office clinical functions including the implementation of regionally consistent practices, processes, and protocols within a clinical department to achieve excellence in quality of care, service, access, resource utilization, employee/physician satisfaction and workplace safety. Through this experience, the ADA I shares accountability with management for the implementation of regionally consistent practices and processes within a clinical department to ensure a consistent care experience for our members. The ADA I works very closely with physician partners and the Department Administrator (DA) in fulfilling the job accountabilities.


Essential Responsibilities:
  • Coordination of Back Office Clinical Operations: Supervises and coordinates all back office activities necessary to provide excellent patient focused care. Acts as a liaison between the physician partners, care team, support departments to ensure effective communication for overall patient care services, including regional communication cascade to frontline staff. Selects, coaches, develops and performance manages staff and affiliated clinicians in collaboration with physician partners and in compliance with requirements of EEO/AA goals, union contracts, and personnel policies of the organization. Collaborates with nursing leadership team and regional nursing services to ensure that quality and patient safety assurance processes are conducted, trends identified and remediation strategies implemented. Provides daily oversight over multi-disciplinary teams to ensure effective teamwork and adherence to standard workflows and processes. Collaborates to develop recommendations, implement, and evaluate improved processes and systems within multi-disciplinary care teams and across the continuum of care. Collaborates with physician partners and nursing leaders to ensure accreditation requirements met. Supports activities to develop, implement and sustain competency and standard workflows for support staff and clinicians. Works collaboratively with other supervisors/managers in the medical office building to provide highly coordinated care for patients. Ensures adoption through training and reinforcement of procedures designed to impact quality measures as appropriate, i.e., HEDIS and Department-specific quality and continuous improvement goals. Ensure back-office practices are in compliance with all Revenue Cycle requirements. Acts as a patient advocate when necessary. Prepares assigned team(s) for all KPHC upgrades and enhancements in partnership with the KPHC team. Co-leads unit based teams (UBTs). Ensures the UBTs continuously focus on identifying and implementing ways to meet/exceed quality, safety, and service targets and implement regional initiatives. Monitors and controls expenditures, overtime, and staffing levels. Maintains current information and collaborates with regional nursing service or RN ADA partner to ensure that clinical activities and training incorporate all applicable KP policies, local, state, and federal laws and regulations and accreditation standards. Ensures health care team compliance with related Patient Safety, EH&S regulations, training requirements and regional emergency preparedness expectations. Researches and resolves customer complaints. Accountable for consistently demonstrating service behaviors and principles defined by the KPNW Quality of Service Behavior Standards the KP Mission and any specific department/organizational initiatives.
  • Support regional projects and committees


    Basic Qualifications:
    Experience
  • Minimum two (2) years of experience planning, directing, and coordinating the operations in a non-healthcare organization -OR- minimum one (1) year of experience planning, directing, and coordinating services and operations in a healthcare organization - OR - one (1) year as a KP Fellow.
    Education
  • Master's degree in a business or health care related field OR a bachelor's degree AND two (2) years of experience in a directly related field OR an associate's degree AND four (4) years of experience in a directly related field OR six (6) years of experience in a directly related field
  • High School Diploma or General Education Development (GED) required.
    License, Certification, Registration
  • N/A


    Additional Requirements:
  • Ability to lead in a culturally diverse environment and promote culturally competent care.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in written and spoken English.
  • Ability to analyze, integrate and use quantitative data informed decisions about quality improvement and collaborating with clinical staff, back office staff, and team to achieve expected outcomes.
  • Ability to attend to details, prioritize and complete multiple tasks independently in a fast-paced environment and following agreed upon timeline.
  • Demonstrated understanding of clinical and operational processes; staff licensure/certification, clinical competency requirements and scope of practice concepts.
  • Excellence in customer service, service recovery and complaint resolution skills.
  • Must be able to work in a Labor/Management Partnership environment.


    Preferred Qualifications:
  • Business management experience in health care setting.
  • Supervisory experience in a unionized health care setting.
  • Clinical background.
  • Ambulatory health care experience.
  • Ability to lead and implement change management and process improvement activities.
  • Ability to understand and utilize data to improve performance.
  • Ability to apply process improvement and project management principles.
  • Ability to manage performance, coach, and develop staff.
  • Ability to establish partnerships with physician group, organized labor representatives and peers in order to create a culture of commitment to patient focused service, excellent support of physician and nursing practices, innovation, compliance and integrity.


  •           Outpatient Pharmacy Tech Trainee (OCP-4973) - (Garden Grove, California, United States)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Under direct supervision of a licensed Pharmacist, may perform packaging, manipulative, repetitive,and other non discretionary tasks, including removing drugs from stock, counting, pouring, or mixing pharmaceutical.

    Essential Functions:
  • Under direct supervision of a licensed Pharmacist, may perform packaging, manipulative, repetitive, and other non discretionary tasks, including removing drugs from stock, counting, pouring, or mixing pharmaceutical.
  • Placing product into a container.
  • Affixing label(s) onto container.
  • Packaging and repackaging.
  • Performs other duties as required.

    Basic Qualifications:
    Experience
  • N/A.
    Education
  • High school diploma or GED equivalent.
    License, Certification, Registration
  • CA Registered Pharmacy Technician.

    Additional Requirements:
  • Successful completion of the Kaiser Outpatient Pharmacy Technician Program required.
  • Working knowledge of current drug forms, dosage strengths, generic and trade name equivalents.
  • Knowledge of federal and state laws / regulations regarding the provision of pharmaceutical services.
  • Must be able to either type 30 wpm or 6,000 kph, or type prescription labels.
  • Ability to learn and operate the pharmacy computer system and other equipment.
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time w/ frequent bending, stooping, lifting and reaching.
  • Ability to read, understand and transcribe pharmaceutical information.
  • Lift or transport items of 1 - 50 lbs.
  • Consistently demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors necessary to provide superior and culturally sensitive service to each other, to our members and to customers, contracted providers, and vendors.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must pass entrance exam and background check.


    Notes:
  • Must be willing to work at multiple locations.
  • PR # OCP- 4973

  •           Inpatient Pharmacy Tech (LR-3746) - (Woodland Hills, California, United States)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Under direction of a licensed pharmacist, transcribe abbreviated & symbolized information from physician's orders to patient' medication profile, through manual & computer entry. Select & prepare medications, pharmaceutical products, & intravenous admixtures, including chemotherapeutic agents. Assist in the dispensing & distribution of medications. Maintain pharmacy merchandise & equipment. Review medication cassettes for returned medication. Types unit dose & intravenous admixture labels. Transport pharmacy merchandise.

    Essential Functions:
  • Review physician orders for completeness; transcribes appropriate information through computer order entry to generate patient medication profile by using pharmaceutical/ medical terminology, symbols, & abbreviations
  • Select & prepare medications & pharmaceutical products by name & dosage listed on physician's order, place merchandise in proper container w/ correct label, make required notations & initials physician's orders
  • Review physician's orders & patient medical record in order to determine whether allergies, sensitivities and/or reactions have been documented
  • Assure allergy/sensitivity information is recorded on patient medication profile
  • Alert pharmacist when prescribed medications may be contraindicated due to drug allergies, sensitivities, or interactions as indicated by information systems
  • Fill unit dose mediation cassettes from patient medication administration records by dispensing the appropriate supply through calculations based on dosage, strength & frequency of administration; perform substitution of drug equivalents through knowledge of generic, trade, chemical drug names & approved therapeutic equivalents; reviews medication administration record for appropriateness (i.e., drug entry, dosing frequency & documentation of administration), & advises appropriate licensed personnel of discrepancies
  • Maintain pharmacy inventory in designated areas; review pharmacy inventory for medications to be returned (i.e., expired products, deteriorated products, illegible labels, etc)
  • Assist the pharmacist in preparation, distribution, & record-keeping of controlled substances, i.e., narcotics, hypnotics, barbiturates, etc (Class II, III, IV, V), governed by federal & state law
  • Demonstrate the ability to distinguish controlled substances on physician's orders
  • Prepare required pharmacy products; use mathematical calculations & conversions from apothecary & avoirdupois to metric system
  • Prepare pharmacy products through an understanding of physical characteristics of medications, which require special packaging or handling
  • Prepare sterile admixture products, such as intravenous piggybacks, large volume parenterals, syringes, chemotherapy, & bulk manufactured products using techniques governed by aseptic parenteral admixture policies & procedures
  • Operate & maintain specialized pharmacy equipment (such as automated dispensing devices, IV compounding pumps, & unit dosing machines), cleaning, & performing periodic checks & adjustments
  • Chart all scheduled maintenance designed to ensure sterility according to protocol
  • Participate in the preparation, documentation, & scheduling of drug therapy for non-hospitalized patients
  • Assist or perform the duties of the inventory control assistant/stock clerk to prioritize & maintain maximum work flow in the pharmacy
  • Assist in medical office stocking-to-standards by organizing, replenishing stock, & preparing monthly recharges & credits

    Basic Qualifications:
  • Must possess current California Pharmacy Technician (CPT)registration
  • Working knowledge of aseptic technique and ability to prepare sterile IV products
  • Ability to learn and willingness to prepare chemotherapeutic agents in locations where chemotherapy agents are prepared
  • Proficiency in oral and written English communication skills
  • Ability to read, understand, and transcribe pharmaceutical information
  • Working knowledge of current drug forms, strengths, generic and trade name traditional and current equivalents
  • Requires working knowledge of, and the ability to become proficient in, the pharmacy computer system
  • Knowledge of federal and sate laws and regulations regarding the provision of pharmaceutical services
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time, and communicate with co-workers and patients
  • Ability to lift/transport 1-50 lbs. Ability to do frequent bending, stooping, and reaching


    Notes:
  • PR#LR-3746.

  •           Outpatient Pharmacy Tech Trainee (JL-249) - (Bellflower, California, United States)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Under direct supervision of a licensed Pharmacist, may perform packaging, manipulative, repetitive,and other non discretionary tasks, including removing drugs from stock, counting, pouring, or mixing pharmaceutical.

    Essential Functions:
  • Under direct supervision of a licensed Pharmacist, may perform packaging, manipulative, repetitive, and other non discretionary tasks, including removing drugs from stock, counting, pouring, or mixing pharmaceutical.
  • Placing product into a container.
  • Affixing label(s) onto container.
  • Packaging and repackaging.
  • Performs other duties as required.

    Basic Qualifications:
    Experience
  • N/A.
    Education
  • High school diploma or GED equivalent.
    License, Certification, Registration
  • CA Registered Pharmacy Technician.

    Additional Requirements:
  • Successful completion of the Kaiser Outpatient Pharmacy Technician Program required.
  • Working knowledge of current drug forms, dosage strengths, generic and trade name equivalents.
  • Knowledge of federal and state laws / regulations regarding the provision of pharmaceutical services.
  • Must be able to either type 30 wpm or 6,000 kph, or type prescription labels. Typing must be current within one (1) year. Please contact Human Resources for testing.
  • Ability to learn and operate the pharmacy computer system and other equipment.
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time w/ frequent bending, stooping, lifting and reaching.
  • Ability to read, understand and transcribe pharmaceutical information.
  • Lift or transport items of 1 - 50 lbs.
  • Consistently demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors necessary to provide superior and culturally sensitive service to each other, to our members and to customers, contracted providers, and vendors.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must pass entrance exam and background check.


    Notes:
  • PR# JL-249

  •           Outpatient Pharmacy Tech Trainee (LR-3744) - (Simi Valley, California, United States)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Under direct supervision of a licensed Pharmacist, may perform packaging, manipulative, repetitive,and other non discretionary tasks, including removing drugs from stock, counting, pouring, or mixing pharmaceutical.

    Essential Functions:
  • Under direct supervision of a licensed Pharmacist, may perform packaging, manipulative, repetitive, and other non discretionary tasks, including removing drugs from stock, counting, pouring, or mixing pharmaceutical.
  • Placing product into a container.
  • Affixing label(s) onto container.
  • Packaging and repackaging.
  • Performs other duties as required.

    Basic Qualifications:
    Experience
  • N/A.
    Education
  • High school diploma or GED equivalent.
    License, Certification, Registration
  • CA Registered Pharmacy Technician.

    Additional Requirements:
  • Successful completion of the Kaiser Outpatient Pharmacy Technician Program required.
  • Working knowledge of current drug forms, dosage strengths, generic and trade name equivalents.
  • Knowledge of federal and state laws / regulations regarding the provision of pharmaceutical services.
  • Must be able to either type 30 wpm or 6,000 kph, or type prescription labels. Typing must be current within one (1) year. Please contact Human Resources for testing.
  • Ability to learn and operate the pharmacy computer system and other equipment.
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time w/ frequent bending, stooping, lifting and reaching.
  • Ability to read, understand and transcribe pharmaceutical information.
  • Lift or transport items of 1 - 50 lbs.
  • Consistently demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors necessary to provide superior and culturally sensitive service to each other, to our members and to customers, contracted providers, and vendors.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must pass entrance exam and background check.


    Notes:
  • PR # LR-3744
  • Must be willing to work at multiple locations.

  •           RN - PICU - Maxim Healthcare Services - Seattle, WA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Job Description: Maxim Healthcare Services is looking for an individual who is licensed under the laws of the state as a Registered Nurse / RN. The...
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              ED, Facilities Services - WA - (Renton, Washington, United States)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    The Executive Director NFS, KPWA provides leadership to the integrated facilities, security and clinical technology management team located in the Washington Region, including planning, acquisition and operations. The Executive Director NFS, KPWA has dual reporting to the NFS Vice President, Operations and the Regional President and CFO for KPWA. The Executive Director will draw upon the services of the NFS Business Lines for Facilities Planning and Design, Construction Acquisition, Clinical Technology, Facilities Operations, and Real Estate Acquisition. In this region, National Facilities Services are delivered through an outsourced third party services provider. NFS has been operating under this model since 1998. This position consistently supports compliance and the Principles of Responsibility (Kaiser Permanente's Code of Conduct) by maintaining the privacy and confidentiality of information, protecting the assets of the organization, acting with ethics and integrity, reporting non-compliance, and adhering to the applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, accreditation and licenser requirements (if applicable), and Kaiser Permanente's policies and procedures. Where facilities, security and/or clinical technology compliance is involved, the Executive Director is accountable for identification, reporting, resolution and escalation of compliance issues. Ensures compliance by actively participating in the development, implementation and evaluation of effective policies, standards, practices and procedures. Coordinates local/state fire authority and other regulatory/accreditation agency visits involving facilities or clinical technology concerns. Responsible for achieving NFS goals in accordance with company policies, rules, and regulatory mandates.

    Essential Responsibilities:
    Capital Acquisition
  • Coordinate facility planning activities between regional and national planners.
  • Develop and execute a pipeline of Plant Maintenance and Repair projects to achieve an acceptable facility condition index.
  • Direct the capital project teams in the design and construction of projects in accordance with national objectives and policies.
  • Maintain full accountability for staying within valid construction schedules and budgets, and ensure the delivery of cost-effective and functionally effective buildings that meet national quality standards.
  • Coordinate with local, state and national regulatory agencies.
  • Acts as primary decision maker for dispute resolution and risk management.
    Facilities Operations
  • Manage the Facilities Condition Assessment program for the Washington Region.
  • Direct the ongoing property management and maintenance of facilities to assure continued functionality of capital assets and usefulness of buildings, grounds and equipment.
  • Develop and oversee the implementation of a long-term maintenance plan and integrated budget (both capital and operating) for engineering and maintenance service needs for clients, buildings vehicles, equipment and grounds to assure preservation of the Program-s physical assets, continued safety, effectiveness and functionality.
  • Develop and oversee the implementation of a plan for managing all service contracts, properties budgets, landlord relations and other management insures for leased properties.
  • Develop and oversee the maintenance of the 10 year planned maintenance program.
  • In partnership with other medical center and regional departments, ensure that the maintenance operations and security programs are integrated with other programs (business continuity/disaster preparedness, infection control, employee health and safety, etc.)
  • Develop and administer a sustainable resources program for the region that addresses reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, energy and water consumption and related expenses. Use an integrated lifecycle model to analyze, evaluate and select appropriate energy and water related investments.
    Clinical Technology
  • Ensure that medical devices are available and safe for use.
  • Administer Region-wide comprehensive and cost effective maintenance service program for all of the medical devices and associated systems and interconnectivity of those systems.
  • Provide technical input to the Clinical Technology Business Line on clinical technology selection, integration, deployment and support.
  • Oversee administration of a clinical technology service program that optimizes service quality and cost.
  • Align clinical technology implementations with the Capital Projects program and KPIT to ensure that new technologies are delivered on time, on budget, and meet the technical and operational specs that have been defined. Communicate key deliverable dates, milestones and interdependencies.
  • Provide guidance and direction to Clinical Technology resources that he/she does not directly manage (those affiliated with other KP departments, outside vendors and contractors),
  • Ensure that the clinical technology program identifies any issues where coordination and integration of systems is required to ensure the proper functionality of the technology spanning the technology life cycle from technology assessment to support and retirement.
  • Ensure that all Clinical Technology service delivery efforts including the work of external resources and contractors are managed and tracked by appropriate financial systems and controls.
    Real Estate
  • Collaborate with the Real Estate Acquisition Business Line to identify properties for the development of facilities as specified in the capital plan and by operating requirements.
  • Ensure effective evaluation of site options, environmental assessments, interface with regulatory agencies, and disposal of property no longer required.
  • Manage lease renewal and lease management policies.
    Management and Administration
  • Utilize enterprise-wide systems for project management, cost reporting and estimating; as well as maintenance management, facility condition assessment and utility bill processing.
  • Collaborate with NFS Learning and Development to maintain a highly qualified and competent staff.
  • Develop consistent program-wide measurement system for customer satisfaction and performance of facilities and real estate services.
  • Prepare for Joint Commission inspections to ensure there are no facilities-related findings.

    Basic Qualifications:
    Experience
  • Minimum ten (10) years of progressively responsible management experience in the combined areas of facilities development, operations management, strategic planning and related areas.
  • Minimum seven (7) years of experience leading multi-disciplinary teams.
    Education
  • Bachelor-s degree in Architecture, Engineering, Construction Management or a related field.
    License, Certification, Registration
  • N/A.

    Additional Requirements:
  • Knowledge of architecture, construction and engineering principles, facility management, maintenance principles, real estate practices, contract management/accounting and information management systems.
  • Direct reports are anticipated to be in the range of 5 to 10 employees, with accountability for over 150 employees in an outsourced environment.
  • Experience and ability to lead through influence and collaboration.
  • Demonstrated ability to determine key issues, involve appropriate individuals, develop appropriate plans of action, and make consistently sound business and financial judgments.
  • Ability to assemble teams of risk takers and creative thinkers.
  • Highly developed analytical capabilities, change management and strategic planning skills.
  • Ability to influence regional and service area management decisions about the use of standards leveraged purchasing opportunities and us of productive improvement systems.
  • Working knowledge of the services within the scope of National Facilities Services. Proven ability in areas such as establishment of building design, construction, maintenance standards, and contracting.
  • Strong written oral and communication skills. Excellent interpersonal skills.

    Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience in the health care industry is preferred.
  • Advanced degree preferred.
  • Knowledge of health care facilities related regulatory and accreditation agencies such as the Joint Commission, their requirements and application in both inpatient and outpatient facilities is preferred.
  • Demonstrated understanding of facilities impacts on staffing, infection control and brand image is preferred.

  •           Licensed Vocational Nurse - Outpatient Nursing - Grade 615 (Temporary) - (Walnut Creek, California, United States)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Provides nursing care, under the direct supervision of a Registered Nurse or physician, in accordance with the legal scope of practice and within established standards of care, policies, and procedures. Demonstrates performance consistent with the Medical Center Vision, Mission, and Strategic Plan of the organization. Remains flexible to changing systems; is expected to demonstrate quality and effectiveness in work habits and clinical practice; and treats co-workers, patients, families, and all members of the health care team with dignity and respect.

    Essential Responsibilities:
  • The Licensed Vocational Nurse demonstrates proficiency by exhibiting the following skills, competencies, and behaviors:
  • Leadership
  • Upholds Kaiser Permanente-s Policies and Procedures, Principles of Responsibility, and applicable state, federal and local laws.
  • Demonstrates a professional, supportive attitude.
  • Identifies and supports new ideas.
  • Utilizes effective communication strategies, including chain of command and issue escalation, which result in intended outcomes.
  • Participates in problem identification and resolution.
  • Mentors and orients others in skill and behavioral learning.
  • Demonstrates ability to problem solve with other departments in order to assist member problem resolution.
  • Prioritizes and delegates work assignments appropriately to ensure completion of patient care activities.
  • Complies with regulatory requirements, policies, procedures, and standards of practice.
  • Nursing Process
  • Performs patient care activities, within the scope of competency, considering age-related needs of the patient as assigned.
  • Reports unusual findings to the physician and/or Registered Nurse and contributes recommendations for revision to the plan of care.
  • Adheres to medical center standards, which customize care for age-related needs of the population served.
  • Keeps health care team members informed regarding patients- responses to interventions.
  • Collaborates with physician and/or Registered Nurse to develop individualized plan of care that reflects clinical findings, planning, implementing, and evaluating the outcomes of that plan.
  • Monitors patients- progress based on the plan.
  • Assures care meets standards of practice.
  • Collaborates with physician and/or Registered Nurse to assure patient/family education.
  • Documentation
  • Charting is legible, dated, and timed.
  • Documentation reflects thorough data collection and care provided.
  • Utilizes computer systems effectively and efficiently.
  • Safety
  • Complies with Patient Safety Standards.
  • Maintains a safe work environment.
  • Clinical Outcomes
  • Discusses patient findings and progress toward outcomes with physicians, Registered Nurse, and other members of the health care team.
  • Demonstrates competencies during the probationary period and ongoing by completion of departmental competency validation.
  • Participates in departmental performance improvement activities, i.e., planning, and measuring/monitoring, assessing and improving.
  • Customer Service
  • Practices customer service standards as defined by the Medical Center and specified department.
  • Anticipates the customer-s needs, takes proactive steps to meet those needs, by listening and taking responsibility within scope to ensure issues are resolved.
  • Promptly responds to alarms and patient requests.
  • Facilitates the customer-s ability to utilize resources.
  • Assures a clean, orderly, and functional work environment.
  • Team Commitment
  • Is an effective team member who is flexible, cooperative, and willing to assist others.
  • Manages difficult or conflict situations constructively and seeks appropriate assistance.
  • Takes accountability for own actions.
  • Acts as a resource and mentor to new employees, students, and other team members.
  • Actively participates in departmental professional development activities.
  • Adheres to Attendance Policy.
  • Supports a collaborative labor-management partnership environment.
  • Supervisory Responsibilities
  • This job has no supervisory responsibilities.
  • Compliance Accountability
  • Consistently supports compliance and the Principles of Responsibility (KP-s code of conduct) by maintaining confidentiality, protecting the assets of the organization, acting with ethics and integrity, reporting non-compliance, and adhering to applicable Federal and State laws and regulations, accreditation and licensure requirements, and KP policies and procedures.
  • Competencies
  • To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies :
  • Analytical - Collects and researches data; uses intuition and experience to complement data.
  • Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions.
  • Customer Service - In addition to defined technical requirements, accountable for consistently demonstrating service behaviors and principles defined by the Kaiser Permanente Service Quality Credo, the KP Mission as well as specific departmental/organizational initiatives. Also accountable for consistently demonstrating the knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors necessary to provide superior and culturally sensitive service to each other, to our members, and to purchasers, contracted providers and vendors.
  • Interpersonal Skills - Maintains confidentiality; treats co-workers, patients, and facility visitors with respect.
  • Oral Communication - Listens and gets clarification to ensure that instructions and requests are fully understood.
  • Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; reads and interprets written information.
  • Teamwork - Contributes to building a positive team spirit; balances team and individual responsibilities.
  • Physical Demands
  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an incumbent to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this Job, the incumbent is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The incumbent is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The incumbent must regularly lift and /or move up to 25 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
  • Work Environment
  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an incumbent encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this Job, the incumbent is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts. Frequent exposure to patients who may be experiencing a wide range of acute and chronic medical conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
  • In addition to defined technical requirements, accountable for consistently demonstrating service behaviors and principles defined by the Kaiser Permanente Service Quality Credo, the KP Mission as well as specific departmental/organizational initiatives. Also accountable for consistently demonstrating the knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors necessary to provide superior and culturally sensitive service to each other, to our members, and to purchasers, contracted providers and vendors.


    Basic Qualifications:
    Experience
  • Minimum six (6) months acute care and/or related outpatient experience within past four (4) years.
  • Minimum one (1) year acute care experience within past four years if working in a Home Health/Hospice Department.
    Education
  • High School Diploma/GED
    License, Certification, Registration
  • Current California Vocational Nurse License.
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) required.


    Additional Requirements:
  • Additional certification maybe required based upon department needs within six (6) months of hire (PALS, ACLS, NALS).
  • Experience requirements may be waived or modified when an appropriate program or course is available and successfully completed for New Graduate LVNs.
  • Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to write simple correspondence. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other incumbents of the organization.
  • Must be willing to work in a Labor Management Partnership environment.


    Preferred Qualifications:
  • N/A.






  •           Audio Book Blitz/eBook Sale: Our Alternate Ending by Katie Fox      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Title: Our Alternate Ending
    Author: Katie Fox
    Genre: Contemporary Romance
    Release Date: March 8, 2018 Narrators: Troy Duran and Romy Nordlinger 
    She was the hot mess who stumbled through his door. He was the one who gave her a chance. When Elle Callihan finds herself on the twenty-sixth floor of the country’s top publishing firm after putting her dreams on hold for five years, she's not about to allow the opportunity to slip through her fingers. There’s just one problem. Her new, humorless, this-needs-to-be-done-right-now, jerk of a boss makes her working life a living hell. With the minutes on his own clock ticking, CEO and certified workaholic, Owen Caldwell, has no time for anything. Not relationships. Not life. And certainly not the connection that simmers between himself and his new assistant. As the pair work together, their undeniable attraction draws them closer, bringing a realization that sometimes life and the people in it are worth slowing down for. But when Elle is presented with a plot twist she never saw coming, she quickly learns that crafting her own story may be much harder than she initially thought. Faced with a difficult decision, she has two choices: write the truth or deliver an alternate ending she knows they both deserve.
    Katie Fox was born in Florida and raised in Pennsylvania, where she still resides with her gamer husband and four-year-old son. An avid reader and hopeless romantic, she is a sucker for a good love story. When she isn't found spending time with her family, she typically has her nose buried in a book or is in her writing cave, giving life to the voices in her head. Since a very young age, writing has been her passion. Her works include Moment of Weakness, World of Darkness, as well as her co-written titles, Whispers From The East and Beauty of a Monster.
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              Videos, Celebrities And City Governments: How The Movement To Ban Plastic Straws Caught On So Fast      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    As bans go, the effort to outlaw plastic straws is moving at lightning speed, surprising even its proponents.
              Balanced Recovery and Musical Creativity.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    This month at Little Creek Lodge, four of our Clients created an entire album called “Clinical Staff”.  Our newest group of musicians came together and identify as “The Lodge”.  These four gentleman wrote, recorded and rehearsed an entire album this month.  After recording, the Lodge and Andy Pace made a trip up to Logic Paws […]

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              Bartender (PT) - Troon Golf - Sheridan, WY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Ensures compliance with applicable state liquor laws and standard operating procedures provided by the management....
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              Aunt Grace asks residents to recycle      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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    Back from Pensacola Beach — tanned and rested.
    What a great place for a vacation.
    We ate lots of fish, swam in the ocean (around the jellyfish), watched the dolphins play and just relaxed on the beach and at the pool.
    From afar the beach looks white and pristine.
    However, when you walk up and down the beach, you can find all kinds of interesting garbage — cans that had washed ashore or been left behind, lots of cigarette butts, plastic play buckets, plastic bags and straws — it reminded me of the photo on Facebook of a huge pileup of trash left in the ocean.

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              This Coast casino won't offer plastic straws anymore to help save the oceans      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    The Beau Rivage Resort & Casino and its parent company are joining the flood of U.S. companies pledging to stop using plastic drinking draws because of the environmental harm they … Click to Continue »
              IAW ~ Idiocy , Inspiration, and Sanity with Paul Sutliff      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    An inspiring day for America... Idiocy continues to run rampant in Canada and the UK... Islam is  not letting up, in fact it's doubling down... Wild Bill's Bytes from The Outlaws Chapel  Kel is all alone today, call in and keep her company... I step out of the MSM and share the truths at my own peril. Welcome to Infidels Are Watching with Kel Fritzi, where I discuss the Doctrine of Islam. I hope to offer you the tools for study, and further educate others in that there will be a united understanding Islam (and its abettors, Dhimmi Western Governments in particular) continues to be the greatest threat facing Western Democracies today. Ask to join Kel’s IAW Facebook Page @  Infidels Are Watching …AND join the GPR Facebook page @  Global Patriot Radio  and follow @  Global Patriot Radio Twitter “Mass Islamity ~ Stop the Insanity”  
              Research and Market Development Officer Job Opportunities – Capital Markets Authority (CMA)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Job Title:    Research and Market Development Officer Organisation: Capital Markets Authority (CMA) Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda Reports to: Director Research and Market Development About CMA: The Capital Markets Authority (CMA) was established by the Capital Markets Authority Act Chapter 84 Laws of Uganda as a semi-autonomous body responsible for the promotion, development and Source: Uganda Jobs
              Re: What She Said: Amanda Marcotte On the Fight      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    Lissa,

    Again, I voted for Clinton. I agree it would be better if she were elected. But unless you have a time machine, there's nothing we can do about that now. So instead of repeatedly saying that if Clinton had won, things would be different, why not start to analyze why she lost and what we can do about it going forward? Because saying that things would be peachy if Clinton won is A) not true and B) irrelevant. If you want to try the smae strategy again next time you will have the same results.

    Rhizome,

    What caused the USSR to collapse? Among many things, it was their attempt to both fund their massive military and also invest in social programs. Do you think it was a conspiracy theory to point out that the people who controlled the Soviet state in the 60s-80s were also the people who profited from it? The US is the only country in the world that can run such a massive deficit and still be wealthy. It has a deficit nearly five times greater than the next largest. This is not a problem like conservatives make it out to be with their worries about deficit spending- if they thought so they wouldn't invest so much in the military. It's not a problem SO LONG as capitalism continues to expand because the dollar is the capitalist world's default currency. This means all around the world, people invest surpluses in the US, buying their debt, trading in dollars, etc. I'm sure you know this. So think through what it requires for a second. In this unique situation, the US is also capable of investing huge amounts of money in both the military- trillions, with a military presence in a 1/3 of the worlds countries, by far the greatest arms exporter, occupations and regime changes and coups and election interference everywhere. I know damn well why they do this- it's because without doing it they'd lose regional hegemony in some places and the US share of control of global wealth would start to decline which would be catastrophic not just for US domestic economics but also global capitalism. While they are doing this, they are also investing heavily in infrastructure and welfare state programs- taxpayers fund both, both the military and the domestic infrastructure. It's impossible to pay for all of this - a very expensive state AND by far the greatest and most expensive military in the history of the world (greater than just about everyone else combined)- without running a massive deficit. Impossible. The Soviets tried, and it broke them. So this is all fine and dandy so long as capital continues to expand and the wealthy continue to invest their surpluses in dollars. Now the problem is that the rest of the world is rising too and now the share of wealth and places you can invest is likewise declining - simultaneously, corporations and the ruling class here in the US have been reducing what they pay in taxes and their investments in social infratructure and welfare programs. So people who are not rich are having to subsidize that wealth- you cut taxes on the rich and you give corporations massive tax breaks so that they continue to do business in your town but you still have to fund roads and schools etc- so now you are going to pay for that with property taxes and sales taxes increases etc. This is a requirement short term because it increases the profits of the very rich- they are the ones who LITERALLY (and you can't call this an exaggeration or a conspiracy theory) fund elections and lobby groups and influence legislation and foreign policy, and if you don't give them what they want, they will go somewhere cheaper- there's nothing corporate sponsored politicians can advocate for otherwise. Longer term, it's a requirement to keep dollar based capitalism expanding- first there was investment and growth in Japan and Germany then secondary states around that (Trump is trying something similar with KSA right now) and this requires fighting to maintain that hegemony. Then there was an investment in China. Now it's in the urban building boom. I don't know where they will go next. So all at the same time, you have 1) the share of global wealth that the US controls shrinking (as other states rise up), 2) the cost of maintaining what we have left is rising (military costs), 3) the wealth that is generated domestically is also at a higher cost, the very rich are hoarding more of it than they ever have since the pre New Deal days through regressive taxes and subsidies, and 4) the social infrastructure defunded and privatized more than it has ever been since pre New Deal days yet still requiring even more investments. The political class in this country is doing what they have been purchased to do- buffer these losses by creating policies that support the very rich to help them maximize their profits within this situation. There is no opposition doing the same for public infrastructure or people- we just eat the loss and fund the rich's. Neither in labor nor in any political group with power- you can't look at the recent SCOTUS decision about labor, the tax bill, citizens united, etc, and see otherwise. And so you have literally very rich people fighting for short term control of massive wealth because the expansion is accelerated and the need to for shorter and shorter term returns is likewise accelerated. It would be a conspiracy theory if I thought there were smart evil rich people at the top pulling the strings of all of this. Instead, I see it for what it is- unstable race to the bottom with very wealthy fighting over the last remnants of it for the purpose of short term profit. The rest of us have already lost.

    Foreign policy is not a pet project. It's literally life and death for millions of people including people I know and love, and the cause of the massive refugee and immigration crisis around the world that yes obviously affects everyone's life here. What the US could do with those 'hard decisions' is not intervene. They don't have to carry out wars for regime change or interfere in others politics, and you can't make a serious humanitarian argument that US interference has helped- the histories of Central America, Southeast Asia, Middle East and North Africa demonstrate otherwise. So they could choose to not intervene. The reason they don't is that it another power would step in, be it Chinese or Russian, and accelerate the loss of US hegemony and share of global wealth and slowly but surely chip away at the unique position that allows capitalist expansion and the running of a US deficit. This is why both our corporate parties have the same foreign policy. The question is how you feel about living in a state that literally requires the destruction of millions of lives around the world. I have a hard time voting for that, and I see the urgency to create an alternative system, not just reform the one we have. I also have no idea how to do that, and I'm not sure that socialist projects will be sufficient. But at least they are advocating for the prioritization of the public sphere and the end to imperialism. As I have lived in other countries, including those that the US has destroyed, I can see what is going to happen. We are going to end up with some sort of corporate control oligarchy that sets trade laws and regulation policy and tax policy and that operates in pockets of wealth- people who can afford to purchase infrastructural services will have them and will be able to shop and have a nice life, and the rest of us will be outside at each other's throats. This is how it is in much of the world, only we have millions of guns and fragmented communities with already despairing levels of alienation, isolation and individual violence.

    Now you were basically taunting me to explain a very complicated subject, and I have done my best. I suggest instead you read about it if you are really curious why so many of us on the left see this in terms of extremely wealthy corporations vs public sector.


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              Arrogant Supreme Court Justices Trample the Law in Service of the Rich      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    (TriceEdneyWire.com) – We are witnessing an astounding attack on democracy by the five male right-wing majority of the Supreme Court — “black robed rulers,” Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan called them, “overruling citizens’ choices” in a series of 5-4 decisions. These are right-wing lawless judges ignoring the laws and will of our elected representatives and […]
              SDET Engineer, Software Development Engineer in Test, JavaScript Framework, ReactJS, Selenium, Cloud      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    CA-Culver City, SDET Engineer, Software Development Engineer in Test, Software Design Engineer in Test, JavaScript Framework, ReactJS with 4-6+ years of experience for a long-term contract. Tasks: - Automates testing for all UI features, Cloud, AWS - Works with JavaScript Framework automation, React, ReactJS, React.js - Responsible for quality of development - Does test case automation using Selenium - Creates Te
              American Airlines the latest to get rid of plastic straws      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    American Airlines says it will stop using plastic straws and drink stirs and replace them with biodegradable alternatives.


              Risk Management Officer      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    • Risk Register: Maintain a risk register based on the identified applicable laws and regulations, fraud schemes, and AML considerations. • Controls Catalogue: Based on review of procedures and walkthroughs, maintain an inventory of internal controls and map them to key risk areas. • Issues Management: Track the progress of remediation of control weaknesses identified by Internal Audit, self-testing, or controls assessment. • Risk Assessment: Assist in the execution of the corporate compliance, fraud, and risk assessments by identifying the key risks and assessing mitigating controls to determine the risk profile for the company. • Risk Monitoring: Assist in the development and monitoring of key risk indicators (KRIs) that are mapped to various risks to determine elevations in risk and proactively implement risk mitigation measures. • Emerging Risks: Identify emerging risks that present new regulatory, fraud, or money laundering risks. These includes risks associated with new products and services, customer types, geographies, and channels. • Data Analytics: Coordinate the collection of risk information from source systems, departments, and reporting. Analyze the data and apply to various key risk areas to update the risk profile. • Policy and Procedure Maintenance: Provide assistance to in developing and updating policies and procedures by enforcing document standards.
              RAW Draws Lowest Viewership In History      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    WWE set a new record on Monday night and not in a good way. RAW this week only drew 2.470 million viewers making it the lowest RAW viewership in the history of the company. The record was previously set back on September 26th, 2016 when the show did 2.478 million viewers when it went up […]

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              Claws S:2 | Vaginalologist E:5 | AfterBuzz TV AfterShow      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    Jenn Lyon and Jason Antoon join Jeff Graham, Jaimi Gray, Rochelle Pollard, and Jazzi, for what might be the most LIT Aftershow Afterbuzz has ever produced, as they discuss Season 2 Episode 5 of Claws, “Vaginologist.” Among other things, the crew discusses Dr. Ruvall’s Proposal, Jenn and Bryce’s contstant drama, Dr. Ken’s arrest, and the […]

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              Adobe July Patch Tuesday fixes over 100 flaws in Adobe Acrobat and Reader      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    Adobe released July Patch Tuesday security updates that address over 100 flaws in Acrobat and Reader, and other issues in Flash Player, Experience Manager, and Connect. Adobe on Tuesday has released July Patch Tuesday security updates that addressed more than 100 flaws in its products, including 105 vulnerabilities in Acrobat and Reader, two in Flash […]

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              Catholic archbishops say confessional laws make children 'less safe'      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Australia's most senior Catholic Church leaders have criticised ACT laws that would force priests to break the seal of confession to report child abuse.
              Plastic-Free July: Sinfreestraws Helps Eliminate Single-Use Plastic      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    Sinfreestraws aims for zero waste, one plastic-free straw at a time We’ve long been supporters of the plastic-free movement here in Hong Kong, and to help commemorate Plastic-Free July, we sat down with Hong Kong entrepreneurs, Marc Tacchi and Tania Sibree, who decided to take their concern about the environment and turn it into something […]

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              Hong Kong (香港)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    【一地兩檢】高院准援引內地法律專家證供 決定同時聽取5宗覆核論據 (Hong Kong court allows report from mainland legal experts, will hear five appeals on co-location together)
    Ming Pao, July 10, 2018
    https://news.mingpao.com/ins/instantnews/web_tc/article/20180710/s00001/1531196796946

    Hong Kong lawmaker draws ire by suggesting up to 10,000 “domestic servant” jobs be reserved for people from ethnic minorities
    South China Morning Post, July 10, 2018
    https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/community/article/2154608/hong-kong-lawmaker-suggests-reserving-10000-domestic

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    “Everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect”: British lesbian QT on her Hong Kong court win
    Hong Kong Free Press, July 10, 2018
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    Tuesday, July 10, 2018

              Will Boris Johnson’s Departure Prompt New UK Diplomacy?       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    Britain's Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson arrives at 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, July 3, 2018. 

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    Several months before his resignation this week, the UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson claimed that standing up for human rights creates a “more prosperous and progressive world,” and spoke of “championing” human rights. But despite this, the current UK government’s approach to human rights has been weak, inconsistent, and often incoherent.

    For example, the UK remains one of the Saudi-led coalition’s strongest supporters. The UK refuses to call out the coalition’s massive violations of the laws of war in Yemen, even though the coalition continues to unlawfully kill Yemeni civilians, strike weddings, and bomb homes. The UK has sold at least £4.6 billion worth of arms to Saudi Arabia since the beginning of the conflict, and the UK government’s refusal to halt Saudi arms sales puts it at risk of being complicit in future unlawful attacks. Documents made public in a court case last year suggest that Johnson played a crucial role inside the government in pushing for a continuation of UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

    London’s diplomatic record on Myanmar, where a military campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya – which constitutes crimes against humanity – has forced more than 700,000 people from their homes, is equally problematic. The UK Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee said as much when it sharply criticized the government’s lack of leadership on the global stage, saying its efforts had “struggled to achieve a clear sense of direction.” 

    Despite being a permanent member of the UN Security Council, the UK has failed to advance a resolution for a vote to refer the situation in Myanmar to the International Criminal Court, leaving hundreds of thousands of victims of atrocities without redress. Meanwhile, the UK’s efforts to combat sexual violence in conflict – a landmark initiative created by one of Johnson’s predecessors William Hague – has been left wanting in the face of widespread rape against the Rohingya.

    The UK’s policy on Egypt has also been very weak. Under the leadership of President al-Sisi, more than 60,000 people have been imprisoned, protests have been effectively banned, and the Egyptian army is committing terrible abuses in Sinai. Human Rights Watch has exposed the widespread torture of political detainees by Egypt’s security forces. Yet the UK government has remained silent, with Foreign Office Middle East Minister Alistair Burt even praising Sisi’s abusive counterterror operations.

    If the new Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt wants to advance Britain’s diplomatic reputation and voice in the world, he should make sure that human rights return to the centre of UK foreign policy.


              7月9日(月)のつぶやき その1      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    Data(Driven) Journalism post 紙が更新されました! paper.li/ujigis/1389940… おかげで @Ali_Tehrani @fpiccato @MediaEu #journalism #data

    — ジオねこ@うじじす ☘️geo-cat (@ujigis) 2018年7月9日 - 06:42

    記録的豪雨。広島県、岡山県の全容把握はこれから?
    災害救助法適用された7府県の災害報から市町村別の被害をスプレッドシートにまとめました。>7府県被害状況まとめ(7/7現在) gensaiinfo.com/blog/disaster/…twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

    — 減災インフォ (@gensaiinfo) 2018年7月8日 - 05:28

    ujigis opendata Times 紙が更新されました! paper.li/ujigis/1387861… おかげで @lamachineacafe @docfranzke @oliverrack #opendata #bigdata

    — ジオねこ@うじじす ☘️geo-cat (@ujigis) 2018年7月9日 - 19:58

    今津勝紀先生の研究成果の一部 cc.okayama-u.ac.jp/~kimazu/map/ma… GISで利用できる旧国日本地図(shapeファイル)などもあります。

    — 山口欧志 (@H_Y77) 2013年2月22日 - 18:04

    旧国日本地図 (shape版) 、旧国日本地図(古代) (shape版) 、備中国郡図 (shape版) / “今津勝紀の研究と教育” htn.to/eAWCPk #HistoricalGIS

    — ジオねこ@うじじす ☘️geo-cat (@ujigis) 2018年7月9日 - 21:27

    #リアルタイム GIS を実現する ArcGIS GeoEvent Server ~ SNS とつながる! #Twitter 上のつぶやきを地図で可視化 - blog.esrij.com/2018/07/06/pos… pic.twitter.com/CmC2g0dOOe

    — ESRIジャパン ブログ (@EsriJapanBlog) 2018年7月6日 - 19:00

    地盤、地質、GIS、建機あたり強めですね。

    — トレンド銘柄のK.K (@analyzesoon) 2018年7月9日 - 08:43

    「絵図は情報の玉手箱。作成時の時代背景や作成者の意図,測量技術の巧拙など,最新のGIS技術を駆使して近世測量絵図を読み解く」琉球王国・徳島藩・加賀藩(金沢)ほか。
    ⇒平井松午、安里進、渡辺誠編『近世測量絵図のGIS分析』古今書院kokon.co.jp/book/b166056.h…

    — 猫の泉 (@nekonoizumi) 2014年2月14日 - 22:54

    歴史地理学・地図史などの研究者15名による歴史GIS研究の成果。 / “近世測量絵図のGIS分析 - 古今書院 Since1922 地理学とともに歩む” htn.to/yFoWzHZ #HistoricalGIS

    — ジオねこ@うじじす ☘️geo-cat (@ujigis) 2018年7月9日 - 21:43

    宇宙APIのサイトをご紹介します!

    ◆宇宙ディレクトリ
    無償公開されている衛星データと、利用に必要なGISデータ、アプリケーションなどを揃えました早見表で各データを比較することができます。 spaceapi.info/spacedirectory/

    — 宇宙ビジネスコート/Space Business Court (@SpaceBizCourt) 2018年7月8日 - 09:00

    「GIS]“宇宙ディレクトリ 無償公開されている衛星データと、利用に必要なGISデータ、アプリケーションなどを揃えました早見表で各データを比較することができます” / “宇宙ディレクトリ|宇宙API” htn.to/NGPeog #地理空間情報

    — ジオねこ@うじじす ☘️geo-cat (@ujigis) 2018年7月9日 - 21:45

    【北海道公式ウェブサイト】【オープンデータ活用事例】「ひなたGIS」に北海道森林情報が追加されました。【総合政策部 情報統計局情報政策課】
    pref.hokkaido.lg.jp/ss/jsk/opendat…
    #CCBY

    — 北海道 (@PrefHokkaido) 2018年7月6日 - 15:52

    OSC2018北海道でのセミナー資料公開しました。「MySQLに本格GIS機能がやってきた」
    slideshare.net/sakaik/mysqlgi… #mysql_jp #osc18do

    — 坂井 恵(SAKAI Kei) (@sakaik) 2018年7月7日 - 18:33

    “MySQLに本格GIS機能がやってきた~MySQL8.0最新情報~” htn.to/QjVyJS #GIS #MySQL

    — ジオねこ@うじじす ☘️geo-cat (@ujigis) 2018年7月9日 - 21:47

    NHKってGIS扱える人いないのかな?
    この図から正確な降水量を理解するのは難しいし、日本海側の降水量は見えない。 pic.twitter.com/dUcUvywIZf

    — はーつくらい (@_HeartsCry) 2018年7月7日 - 09:42

    斎藤英二 (2017) 日本列島下の海洋プレートのGISデータ作成. 地質調査総合センター研究資料集,no. 647,産総研地質調査総合センター
    gsj.jp/researches/ope…
    shapefile で公開されている… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

    — S.Hirano (@Bimaterial) 2018年7月6日 - 23:40

    “データはShapefile、qgisおよびjsonであり、Web-GL対応ブラウザでみることもできる。” / “no. 647 / 日本列島下の海洋プレートのGISデータ作成|研究紹介|産総研地質調査…” htn.to/Baj88m #GIS #地理空間情報

    — ジオねこ@うじじす ☘️geo-cat (@ujigis) 2018年7月9日 - 21:52

    防災科研のシステムと、県が開発した地理情報システム「ひなたGIS」とを連携させ、救援物資の支援が必要な場所の特定や、避難の呼び掛けなどが迅速に発信できるシステムを開発し、来年度からの導入を目指す
    >災害情報システム開発へ 県、防災… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

    — 減災インフォ (@gensaiinfo) 2018年7月3日 - 22:33

    AWSからオンデマンドサービスを提供するEO / GISトレーニングラボ/EO/GIS Training Lab with On-demand Services from AWS zpr.io/6sGSP

    — 吉田真吾 / CYDAS (@yoshidashingo) 2018年7月6日 - 03:23

    告知しそびれてたので、こっちもついでに宣伝。こちらは関学のリポジトリで全文公開されています。
    波江彰彦(2017.12)「地理学を専攻しない学生を対象とする地理情報システム(GIS)教育の実践と課題―甲南大学文学部における授業を事… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

    — 波江彰彦 (@namie_ak) 2018年7月5日 - 23:48

    昨日獨協大学地域総合研究所の研究会にて、所長の倉橋先生にお声掛けいただき、「都市地域研究におけるGISの活用-女性就業と通勤時間ー」について講演しました。研究、教育、政策におけるGISの活用法等について、参加者の皆様と有益な議論ができました。

    — Mizuki Kawabata 河端瑞貴 (@mizuki_kawabata) 2018年7月5日 - 13:22

    酪農学園大学の環境GIS研究室が「平成30年度地域環境保全功労者」環境大臣表彰を受賞 -- 小学校向けの出前授業「巨大空中写真に見る江別の環境」など環境教育活動が評価 u-presscenter.jp/2018/07/post-3…

    — 大学プレスセンター (@u_presscenter) 2018年7月5日 - 10:05

    【事例】西日本高速道路エンジニアリング九州株式会社では、高速道路の点検業務にArcGISを活用し、現場調査員がタブレット端末でGISを利用しています。ArcGISの導入により、作業の準備から点検作業、点検後のデータ管理など、一連の… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

    — ESRIジャパン (@ESRIJapan) 2018年7月4日 - 19:30

    #日本の滝100選 にも選ばれている大分県の原尻の滝をドローンで撮影し、Drone2Map for ArcGISで3Dデータを作成しました。Drone2Map for ArcGISは専門知識不要で簡単に撮影画像からGISデータを作… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

    — ESRIジャパン (@ESRIJapan) 2018年7月4日 - 12:00

    MySQL 8.0はGIS、RDBとNoSQLのハイブリッド、API、データ分析/処理/耐障害性/セキュリティ機能を強化。Oracle Labsからは「MySQL Autonomous DB」構想が語られ、自動チューニングによりM… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

    — いとうちひろ(Chihiro Ito) (@chiroito) 2018年7月4日 - 11:47

    第57回古代山城研究会「古代山城とノロシ~高速軍事通信の実態 ~」:ujigis.blog.fc2.com/blog-entry-182…:【ブログ更新】#GISevents:「GIS(地理情報システム)活用推進ブログ」

    — ジオねこ@うじじす ☘️geo-cat (@ujigis) 2018年7月9日 - 22:11

    奈良大学は、平成30年度 奈良大学学校教員研修支援オープン講座として、「GIS講座」を、2018年8月3日(金)に開催します。
    2022年、GIS(Geographic Information System:地理情報シス ... – is.gd/t3vqgX

    — 教育家庭新聞 (@kyoikukatei) 2018年7月3日 - 15:59

    新学習指導要領への移行準備やGIS導入事例、実習による教員サポートを行います。 / “奈良大学学校教員研修支援オープン講座「GIS講座」8月3日開講|KKS Web:教育家庭新聞ニュース|教育家庭新聞社” htn.to/7QS7xGg #GIS教育

    — ジオねこ@うじじす ☘️geo-cat (@ujigis) 2018年7月9日 - 22:13

    奈良大学学校教員研修支援オープン講座「GIS講座」:fc2.to/1grBKX:【ブログ更新】#GISevents:「GIS(地理情報システム)活用推進ブログ」

    — ジオねこ@うじじす ☘️geo-cat (@ujigis) 2018年7月9日 - 22:14

    第1回入ゼミ説明会にてPEARL生はゼミに入れますか?という質問がいくつか見られました!
    ①日本語で進行するゼミに問題なく参加できる方
    ②PEARL生は河端教授の経済地理を履修できないため、自主的にGISの勉強を行える方
    の2つの… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

    — 河端瑞貴研究会 (@kwbt_seminar) 2018年7月3日 - 15:44
              20XX (Switch) Review      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    This futuristic space shooter never ends.

    In 2014, developer Batterystaple Games set out on an ambitious task: to replicate the Mega Man X games in the form of a procedurally generated platformer. Three years later, 20XX released on Steam and it is finally hitting consoles for the first time. While this new roguelike doesn’t capture the same magic as the classics it draws so much inspiration from, 20XX still feels great to pick up and play.

    Read more...
              GUEST VIEW: Online privacy: Time for Facebook’s apology tour to end      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    The following editorial was published in the San Diego Union-Tribune: (TNS) The European Union and California lawmakers have embraced some of the strongest online privacy laws ever seen in […]

    The post GUEST VIEW: Online privacy: Time for Facebook’s apology tour to end appeared first on Manistee News.


              Concord Commits to Renewable Energy Goal, Cites Climate Change Threat      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Concord is the latest city to set a goal of working toward using all renewable energy sources in the coming decades. Concord's city council unanimously passed a non-binding resolution on the issue Monday night. The new goal includes public works, homes and businesses, and covers heat and transportation, as well as electricity. Over the next year, the city will seek public input and write a strategic plan on how it could achieve the goals. Concord officials say they also hope to rewrite solar power zoning laws and propose new large-scale solar projects in that time. A handful of New Hampshire towns and cities are already working toward similar clean energy goals.
              Judge Doubles Down on “Catch and Release”      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Jeff Sessions wants to end the "catch and release" policy because it obviously makes our immigration laws unenforceable. It also encourages parents to endanger their children and even encourages child-trafficking by human smugglers.
              What Is the Answer to School Illiteracy?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    A Federal lawsuit sues government for forcing kids into school illiteracy. When truancy laws and taxes train families to turn their kids over to the public education system where they are NOT taught how to read (or to calculate) the result is school illiteracy. The government has basically robbed students by manipulating them into a […]
              2019 Election: Abass Abolaji declares for Oyo Assembly      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    As 2019 election draws nearer, a former chairman of Ibadan South East Local Government, Ahaji Abass Abolaji Najimudeen, has declared his intention to represent Ibadan South East Constituency 1 in the Oyo State House of [...]

    The post 2019 Election: Abass Abolaji declares for Oyo Assembly appeared first on Tribune.


              Are We in a Trade War?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Are We in a Trade War?

    TV pundits keep repeating that we’re in a “trade war.” What does that even mean?

    For starters, if you want to learn more about tariffs and trade, we will hold an informational call on Thursday to discuss newly imposed tariffs, progress on the North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiations and steps the labor movement is taking to find trade policy solutions that benefit working people. (Click here to RSVP.)

    Now, let’s tone down the rhetoric just a bit. Real wars, such as those in Iraq and Afghanistan, are deadly, dangerous, scary affairs. No one should confuse tariffs with real wars.

    In terms of economics, the closest thing we have to a “war” is the relentless attack on workers that has been taking place for several decades as economic elites (including corporate CEOsbad actor employers and the 1% who don’t want to pay their fair share of taxes) have worked to rig global economic rules to benefit themselves at the expense of ordinary working people.  

    The attack on workers has been waged on many fronts, from so-called “right to work” laws that deny our freedom, to regressive tax laws such as the recent Republican tax bill giving big tax breaks to companies that outsource jobs, to attacks on overtime pay and workplace safety, to defunding schools and meals for our children. The attack on workers also comes in the area of trade policy, and includes unfair, predatory actions by China. Trade attacks on workers are aided and abetted by greedy corporations that outsource jobs and abuse workers, and by U.S. officials of both political parties who have failed to stand up for us.

    So why are so many people saying we’re in a trade war? First, to scare us. Maintaining the status quo is exactly what the powerful want to keep workers and wages down. Second, because the U.S. is finally starting to do something about harmful trade practices that hurt working people. It has been so long since the U.S. has ambitiously used trade remedies to defend our economy that Wall Street fat cats are calling it a trade war.

    While tariffs are not dangerous per se (in fact, they can be a very effective tool to address harmful trade practices and create jobs), they must be applied carefully, thoughtfully and strategically. If done right, tariffs can persuade trading partners to change their harmful practices. In that case, the tariffs will disappear quickly. On the other hand, if the tariffs are applied haphazardly, they may backfire, causing more economic disruption than necessary. As with anything it does, the government should be smart in how it applies tariffs. And it should have a plan that minimizes negative side effects for the U.S. economy and prioritizes benefits for working families—no matter in what industry those families work.

    Kenneth Quinnell Tue, 07/10/2018 - 12:08
              The Trump collusion timeline      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    The Trump collusion timeline

    by digby




    Just Security has put together a nice timeline of Trump's interactions with the Russian government since he was elected. It's quite interesting when you look at it all together. It's certainly fine to propose a fresh start with relations between the two countries. But they seemed to have a much more specific agenda from thevery beginning.

    I've just excerpted the first six months after the election:

    Nov. 14, 2016 — In their first official phone call, President-elect Trump and Putin agree on the “absolutely unsatisfactory state of bilateral relations” between Russia and the U.S., according to the New York Times. The two leaders agreed to meet at some point in the future and “endorse” the idea of taking efforts “to normalize relations and pursue constructive cooperation on the broadest possible range of issues.”

    Nov. 18, 2016 — President-elect Trump names retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as his national security advisor, stirring controversy in part because of Flynn’s ties to Russia, according to the Washington Post. In 2015, Flynn accepted payment from RT — a Russian news channel that had become a propaganda arm — to attend the station’s gala event in Moscow. Putin also attended the gala, and RT later published photos of the two dining next to each other.

    Dec. 1 or 2, 2016 — Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak meets with former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and Trump Senior Advisor Jared Kushner in Trump Tower. The meeting is not disclosed to the public until March 2017. The White House first states that its purpose was to “establish a line of communication.” Kislyak later reports to superiors in Moscow that, in the meeting, Kushner suggested setting up a secure channel between the Trump transition team and the Kremlin, to be hosted at the Russian embassy or consulate, according to the Washington Post.

    Dec. 12, 2016 — President-elect Trump officially nominates Rex Tillerson as secretary of state, spurring controversy because of Tillerson’s close relationship with Russia. As CEO of Exxon Mobil, Tillerson had engaged in joint ventures with Rosneft, a state-backed Russian oil company, and had received the Order of Friendship from Russia in 2013, according to the New York Times.

    Dec. 13, 2016 — Senior Trump Advisor Jared Kushner meets with Sergey Gorkov, then-chairman of Russia’s government-owned Vnesheconombank (VEB) and a close ally of Putin, at Russian Ambassador Kislyak’s request. The bank was placed on the sanctions list following Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea. In June 2017, the Washington Post reports that VEB says the meeting was conducted in relation to Kushner’s family real estate business. However, the Trump White House later maintains it was a diplomatic meeting in which Kushner was acting in his role as soon-to-be presidential adviser. Kushner testifies on July 24, 2017 to the Senate and House Intelligence Committees that Kislyak had recommended the meeting because Gorkov “had a direct relationship with” Putin. Kushner said they discussed the general poor state of US-Russian relations but that they didn’t touch on any specific policies nor on Obama-era sanctions against Russia. “At no time was there any discussion about my companies, business transactions, real estate projects, loans, banking arrangements or any private business of any kind.”

    Dec. 29, 2016 — Shortly after the White House notifies Russia of sanctions that the Obama administration will impose for election interference, Michael Flynn speaks with Russian Ambassador Kislyak. During the phone call, Flynn discusses the sanctions. According to several current and former officials who read transcripts of the call, Flynn told Kislyak that Russia should not overreact to impending sanctions for election interference because the Trump administration would be in a position to revisit the sanctions and change policy toward Russia, according to the Washington Post. Nearly one year later, Flynn pleads guilty to lying to investigators regarding his conversations with the Russian ambassador.

    Dec. 29, 2016 — Within four hours of the Obama White House’s announced sanctions against Russia for election interference, Trump issues a written statement in response saying, “It’s time for our country to move on to bigger and better things.”

    Dec. 30, 2016 — Following Russia’s surprise turnaround decision not to respond to the U.S. sanctions in-kind, Trump tweets: “Great move on delay (by V. Putin) – I always knew he was very smart!” Putin’s decision came as a surprise in part because Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had earlier said in televised remarks, “Of course, we cannot leave these sanctions unanswered … Reciprocity is the law of diplomacy and international relations.”

    Jan. 3-4, 2017 — In a series of tweets, Trump disparages the intelligence from U.S. agencies scheduled to brief him on their findings that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.

    Jan. 6, 2017 – May 9, 2017 — Jan. 6 is the date then-FBI Director James Comey helped brief Trump on Russian election interference, and May 9 was his final day as FBI Director. In his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey is asked (by Senator Joe Manchin) whether Trump showed “any concern or interest or curiosity about what the Russians were doing.” Comey responds that he does not recall any conversations with Trump about Russian election interference during the former FBI Director’s time in office. Comey is also asked (by Senator Martin Heinrich), “Did the President in any of those interactions that you’ve shared with us today ask you what you should be doing or what our government should be doing — or the intelligence community — to protect America against Russian interference in our election system?” Comey says he does not recall any conversation like that–“never.”

    Jan. 6-7, 2017 — After the briefing by intelligence officials, Trump acknowledgesthat the Russian government may have been involved in the hacking of Democratic National Committee computers, but says it didn’t affect the outcome of the election because Russia didn’t gain access to voting systems, and says he wants to improve relations with Russia.

    Jan. 11, 2017 — George Nader, a Lebanese-American fixer and advisor to the United Arab Emirates, convenes a secret meeting in the Seychelles at the “behest” of UAE Crown Prince Mohammed, according to the New York Times. The meeting is between Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater and a Trump supporter (and brother of Betsy DeVos, Trump’s then-nominee to be secretary of education), and Kirill Dmitriev, a Russian wealth fund manager with ties to President Putin. The apparent purpose of the meeting is to test Russia’s commitment to Iran and to set up a communication channel between President-elect Trump and Moscow, according to the Washington Post.

    Prince testifies before Congress in November that the meeting with Dmitriev was a “chance-encounter,” and that he traveled to the Seychelles to pursue a “business opportunity” with potential customers from the UAE, who had suggested that he meet with a Russian businessman staying at the same hotel, Vox reports. However, according to reporting by ABC News and the Washington Post, Special Counsel Robert Mueller reportedly has new evidence and a cooperating witness in Nader, who is allegedly testifying that the meeting was preplanned to set up communications between the Trump transition team and Moscow so that they could “discuss future relations between the countries.” The New York Times also reports that Kirill Dmitriev had met Trump associate Anthony Scaramucci at the 2017 Davos forum, after which Scaramucci criticized the Obama administration sanctions on Russia with a TASS reporter.

    Jan. 11, 2017 — At a news conference, Trump says, “I think it was Russia” that hacked the 2016 U.S. election, but then diminishes its significance, adding, “But I think we also get hacked by other countries and other people.” He draws comparisons to other incidents of hacking, and suggests that the DNC left itself open to hacking and deserves some blame. Trump also says, “Russia will have much greater respect for our country when I am leading it than when other people have led it,” according to CNN.

    Post-Jan. 20, 2017 — In the “early weeks” of the administration, top Trump administration officials task State Department staff “with developing proposals for the lifting of economic sanctions,” until their efforts are blocked by State Department officials and members of Congress, according to reporting by Michael Isikoff of Yahoo News.

    Jan. 20-early Feb., 2017 — National Security Advisor Michael Flynn advocates for closer military communication with Russia to fight ISIS. According to several current and former Pentagon sources cited by the Daily Beast, Flynn suggests that a military communications channel originally established to prevent in-air collisions be expanded for other purposes that could have approached “outright cooperation” with Russia. Both the Pentagon and Centcom oppose Flynn’s idea.

    Jan. 26-Feb. 13, 2017 — Acting Attorney General Sally Yates meets personally with White House Counsel Don McGahn about National Security Advisor Flynn’s conversations with Russian Ambassador Kislyak in December 2016. Yates warns the White House Counsel that Flynn’s statement that he did not discuss sanctions with the Russian Ambassador is untrue and that in her view Flynn is accordingly vulnerable to being blackmailed by Russia. Yates is fired on January 30 for refusing to enforce the immigration ban. (ABC News). It is not until February 13 that Flynn is asked to resign, following a Washington Post story revealing the meeting with Yates and the White House Counsel. (New York Times) (Washington Post)

    Feb. 6, 2017 — In a Super Bowl interview with Bill O’Reilly, Trump says he respects Putin and dismisses the host’s characterization of the Russian president as a “killer.” “There are a lot of killers,” Trump says. “Do you think our country is so innocent?

    Feb. 14, 2017 — The New York Times reports that Russia has deployed a cruise missile in violation of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Force (INF) treatysigned by President Ronald Reagan and his Soviet counterpart Mikhail Gorbachev. In congressional testimony, Gen. Paul Selva, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff states, “We believe that the Russians have deliberately deployed it in order to pose a threat to NATO and to facilities within the NATO area of responsibility.” The administration does not issue a public statement rebuking Russia. When Trump is asked about the violation in a February 24 interview with Reuters, he says, “To me, it’s a big deal,” and adds that he “would bring it up” with Putin “if and when we meet.” The State Department reiterated the alleged violation in its April 2017 report and in December 2017, released a strategy to counter the alleged violations, according to the Arms Control Association.

    March 21, 2017 — The State Department announces that Secretary Rex Tillerson will not attend his intended first NATO meeting in Brussels on April 5-6, and will instead stay in the U.S. to join Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. During the same announcement, the State Department notes that Tillerson will travel to Russia in April, drawing criticism that the administration is prioritizing Russia over historical allies and the NATO alliance, according to Reuters. Subsequently, the State Department offers new dates to reschedule the NATO meeting, and Tillerson attends.

    March 31, 2017 — Tillerson meets with NATO leaders in Brussels. In his remarks, Tillerson reiterates the frequent U.S. exhortation over the years that allies increase their defense spending, but seems to take it a step further, saying: “As President Trump has made clear, it is no longer sustainable for the U.S. to maintain a disproportionate share of NATO’s defense expenditures.”

    April 2-27, 2017 — In an interview on April 2, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley says: “Certainly I think Russia was involved in the U.S. election.” On April 5, Haley criticizes Russia for obstructing UN action on Syria and for supporting Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. Haley says Russia made an “unconscionable choice” by opposing a resolution condemning the use of chemical weapons, and rhetorically asks “how many more children have to die before Russia cares?”

    However, during a working lunch on April 24 with UN Security Council ambassadors including Haley, Trump jests, “Now, does everybody like Nikki? Because if you don’t … she can easily be replaced,” according to the Washington Post. Further, on April 27, Secretary of State Tillerson sends UN Ambassador Haley an email instructing her that, from then on, her comments should be “re-cleared with Washington if they are substantively different from the building blocks, or if they are on a high-profile issue,” according to the New York Times.

    April 6, 2017 — In response to a reported chemical attack perpetrated by the Assad regime, the Trump administration launches a military attack on a Syrian-government airfield near Homs from which the chemical weapons attack reportedly was launched, according to NBC News. In an interview with Fox News, National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster suggests Russia may have known about the chemical attacks in advance saying: “I think what we should do is ask Russia, how could it be, if you have advisers at that airfield, that you didn’t know that the Syrian air force was preparing and executing a mass murder attack with chemical weapons?”

    April 23, 2017 — In an Associated Press interview, Trump expresses strong support for far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in upcoming French elections; Le Pen is supported by Putin and promises to remove France from the EU, a long-term goal for Putin. Le Pen had also visited Trump Tower in January, according to AP and Politico.

    May 10, 2017 — Secretary of State Tillerson meets with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and Ambassador Kislyak and says the U.S. would no longer require Russia to unfreeze the construction of an American consulate in St. Petersburgbefore considering handing back seized Russian diplomatic compounds in Maryland and New York as part of the Obama sanctions for election interference. The statement represented a reversal of the position staked out two days prior by Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon, the Washington Post reports.

    May 10, 2017 — During an Oval Office meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and Ambassador Kislyak, Trump tells the Russian officials that he had fired the “nut job” FBI director (James Comey) who was investigating Russian election interference, according to the New York Times. Trump also says he had faced “great pressure” because of Russia, which had now been relieved. Additionally, Trump discloses highly classified information to the Russian officials. The intelligence was provided by Israel, which had not authorized the U.S. to share it, according to the Washington Post. The intelligence centered on Syrian extremist bomb-making plans, and was obtained in part through highly classified cyber operations, the disclosure of which “infuriated” Israeli officials, according to the New York Times. Israel subsequently changes its intelligence sharing protocols with the United States. No U.S. press are allowed into the Oval Office meeting, but Trump does allow TASS, the Russian state-owned agency, according to the Washington Post. Trump does not disclose to the press that Kislyak attended the meeting until TASS publishes photographs showing him in the room; the White House releasefollowing the meeting only mentions Lavrov. In a later interview, National Security Advisor McMaster refuses to confirm that Russian interference was discussed, even when asked directly about it.

    May 10, 2017 — Following the meeting with Trump, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov tells TASS: “At present, our dialogue is not as politicized as it used to be during Obama’s presidency. The Trump administration, including the President himself and the Secretary of State, are people of action who are willing to negotiate.”

    May 25 – 26, 2017 — Arriving in Europe with Trump, top White House economic advisor Gary Cohn tells reporters that the U.S. is “looking at” the future of sanctions on Russia. When pressed on what the current U.S. position is, he says: “Right now we don’t have a position.” The following day, Cohn counters that statement, saying the U.S. will not ease sanctions on Russia and, “if anything, we would probably look to get tougher.”

    May 25, 2017 — In Europe, Trump chastises NATO leaders for their “chronic underpayments” to the alliance and fails to reaffirm U.S. commitment to Article 5 – the collective defense clause of the NATO agreement – promising only to “never forsake the friends that stood by our side” in the wake of Sept. 11 (a statement later labelled by the administration as an affirmation of Article 5). According to Politico, several Trump advisors, including National Security Advisor McMaster, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, are surprised by the omission, having endeavored to include language supporting Article 5 in Trump’s remarks prior to the summit. Additionally, National Security Council spokesman Michael Anton says Russia was not discussed in a larger meeting between American and European officials, but that he could not speak for a meeting involving just Trump, President of the European Council Donald Tusk, and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker. Tusk later says he is “not 100 percent sure” he and Trump share a “common position, common opinion, about Russia,” according to the New York Times.

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    I am still deep into major home renovations, and have little time to sit down these last few days to surf the internet... But I finally got a bit of time this afternoon to post an article or two here at this blog!

    I have been waiting patiently for any updates on that ludicrous and truly criminal "trial" in Germany for both Monika and Alfred Schaefer who of course are sitting in that kangaroo court on "charges" of "inciting hate".... And thanks to Lady Michel Renouf, who has been attending this "trial" in the court audience, we now have the following update for all to see...

    I also want to thank John Kaminski of course who forwarded the following report via email to myself... And without any further adieu, here is that report here:

    SCHAEFER TRIAL, MUNICH, GERMANY, THURSDAY, DAY #4, JULY 5, 2018

    SCHAEFER TRIAL, MUNICH, Germany, Thursday, DAY #4, July 5, 2018

    Report From the Right End of the Horse

    Press correspondent for The Barnes Review and American Free Press, Lady Michèle Renouf writes:


    This imprisonment of ordinary citizens asking legitimate questions, will no longer be ignored by the citizens. 
     

    PREAMBLE

    As explained to me by Scientist of Law Sylvia Stolz: The “Muppet Show” trials (as defined by Defendant Alfred Schaefer) in Munich are occurring in the Germany of today which technically is still without a constitution – for the Basic Law (Grundgesetz) is NOT a State Constitution (Verfassung), since the Federal Republic (Bundesrepublik) is not a State.  
     
    Sylvia pointed out that Professor Carlo Schmid (one of the most important constitutional advisers in the development of post-1945 Germany) described the Basic Law to which he was a signatory in 1948 as not a sovereign State constitution, but rather as “Organisationsform einer Modalität der Fremdherrschaft” – an Organisational Form of a Mode of Foreign Domination.  Prof. Schmid explicitly stated that the German people were not sovereign, and that the Basic Law was precisely that – a Basic Law not a Constitution: a transitional holding mechanism of rules and regulations. Thereby the Federal Republic is not a State.
     
    Grand Admiral Karl Dönitz was arrested as an alleged war criminal a few days after the signing of a military capitulation. Thereby no Head of State (as Dönitz was for the  German Reich) signed a peace agreement and thus Germany is still a victors’ occupied country. 
    This Basic Law was imposed on Occupied Germans by the “victors” – the Western Allies – following the senseless inter-gentile World War 2.  German Citizens were not consulted on this in 1948, in the way German citizens had been democratically consulted in 1933. And so, unlike previous wars, there has never been a negotiated peace treaty with the still-valid German State (Deutsches Reich from 1871) whose authority survives although its on-going existence remains disdained by the Occupying “victor” Allies since 1945.  This is the key to the case the Schaefers are opening in their quest for all to grasp – this, as it were, holding law cornerstone, which they would like to see fall down. 
     
    The important implication of this trial is pertinent for us all worldwide.  Apart from a Japanese reporter who came with me for the first day or so of the Munich trial, there was no British or English-speaking reporter on the spot – nor seemingly any other, not of the mainstream media, which means perhaps no foreign journalist will risk handling this topic in Germany because the laws are so ludicrously dangerous.  An unwary foreigner raising an arm publicly in a greeting could find it clapped in handcuffs!  Now a crime is a gesture, thought, opinion, word, insignia rather than a brutal act, anti-social swindle, or property theft. This case requires international eyes.
     
    In England, an ex-soldier with an “exemplary record”, Jeremy Bedford-Turner, has been given a 12 months’ custodial sentence for publicly and peacefully informing his fellow citizens at a demo that one exceptionalist-identifying people warrant a “vigilante” police force paid for by the general taxpayers.  Trained and empowered by the genuine police, this “community service” operates on our streets in imitation uniforms, vehicles, and equipment – the only difference is their cars bear the Jewish word Shomrim instead of Police, and their focus is on protecting one select component of the citizenry in Britain’s unelected “multi-culti” experiment. Bedford-Turner allegedly said: “All politicians are nothing but a bunch of puppets dancing to a Jewish tune.”  
     
    A State’s law and its law-enforcers are supposed to be for all.  The Volksverhetzung para.130 law under which the Schaefer Siblings are being tried in Germany is imposed upon one sort of opinion and insignia mode and not upon all unpopular political and repellent fashion modes. Attorneys are generally reluctant to defend politically “incorrect” citizens for the real fear of being prosecuted themselves if they seem to act “too well” in the interests of their clients.  Such attorneys who do risk defending their clients by arguing for their case must dance on the wire.

    Trial Session: Thursday, DAY #4, July 5, 2018

     
    Yesterday’s trial session saw Monika describing herself growing up amidst a well-blessed family even as she mentions that there was a certain stigma about being German after the war (which I can confirm as equally true in other former British dominions like Australia and New Zealand).   These siblings each showed themselves and their family history as far from any cases of what the Prosecution would wish to present as damaged hate-filled personalities.  Monika had presented herself as a former Jasper Park ranger, an environmental activist as a spokesperson for the Jasper Environmental Association, and had run as a candidate for the Green Party in Alberta, Canada. Currently a musician, a violin and viola teacher, she sees herself in essence as a peace-loving “social justice warrior”.  At university she studied Natural Law.  Since making her pacific video on German soil, belatedly to her mother: “Sorry Mum I was Wrong About the Holocaust” –  in Canada, Monika Schaefer has suffered social exclusion and cruel ostracism. Her case did not attract much mainstream media attention, either in Canada or in Germany.  She lacks, perhaps, the notoriety of the late Ernst Zündel, convicted of similar charges by a German court in 2007. Yet Ernst Zündel who spent two years in solitary confinement in the Toronto Detention Centre + a further five years in Mannheim Prison in Germany, emerged still declaring to me in my Telling Films “Unbowed” that “thoughts are free”.  
     
     
    I, and my international Winter Solstice 2017 guests, plus those who may view that 11 minutes’ private film about her “The Good Comrade” – https://youtu.be/sf0fbRb_pS8 – will happily confirm that being in Monika Schaefer’s presence is life enhancing.
    She spent much naturally generous teaching time in showing a young guest aged nine the fundamentals of the piano and violin.  The same applies to her convivial and generous-spirited brother who likewise seems gifted with natural teaching disposition to foster intellectual enquiry.  The Prosecution will have an impossible task to convince, to the contrary, anyone with a respect for truth and justice …yet that contrariwise will be the goal of the Prosecution.  The law concerns incitement with malicious intent. These siblings are all about educational intent, and like their parents, evidently are prompted by light-hearted civic-mindedness.
    Here is a photo spoof intended to illustrate the mocking fun Alfred means to make about the ludicrous criminalising of the Roman salute which in his case he says he is indicating how high his dog can jump!
    Curiously, and perhaps not unrelately, Thursday’s session begins with the aggressively theatrical arrest of  a spectator in the public gallery.  An unnamed man is pointed out by the Judge who accuses him of insulting the Prosecutor yesterday on his way out at the end of the day.  (Legal expert Sylvia Stolz points out to me that this Prosecutor is not a ‘State’ Prosecutor because the Federal Republic has no State status in law, for the Basic Law is a holding law since today’s Germany has no Constitutional sovereignty.)   The unnamed man was said to have told the ’State’ Prosecutor that she should be ashamed of herself and experience prison from the inside. It’s a citizen’s harmless opinion – and was not made during the proceedings but afterwards – yet the exceedingly enraged judge ordered the man to spend 4 days in prison for his passing aside.  With the tone of “off with his head!” the shouting judge’s behaviour was reminiscent of the playing cards Queen in Alice in Wonderland.  He then turned on Alfred whom he accused of shaking his head into his hands.  The judge seemed set upon strategically goading an hysterical atmosphere but Alfred did not rise to it, stating only that whatever he said in reply would be “twisted and weaponised” into seeming quite contrary to his character.  
     
    The histrionic judge required a brief recess to collect himself.  The Prosecution will have to wind up Alfred if there is any hope of portraying this good-natured man as “aggressive” in order to fit the “menace” charge.  (I witnessed this very technique with the judge at the trial in London of Jeremy Bedford-Turner who like Alfred, is good-natured and prompted by civic-conscientiousness not malice.)  RA Nahrath called for a two hours’ interruption in which again to draw up a complaint about the bias of the leading judge. From 10 a.m. to noon the session was duly suspended to the purpose. When the trial resumed RA Miksche submitted his statement regarding the judge’s partiality, and was told the issue would be considered next week.  
     
    The session proper began with the screening of Alfred’s first film to show the commencement of his political awakening. Earlier the judge had tried to limit the viewing of Alfred’s video to the single frame where there appears the banned emblem of a swastika.  Alfred succeeded to insist the court view his entire 63 minutes’ video – The Gatekeepers of 9/11 – Controlled Opposition” .  The facile cherry picking of the judge who had simply wanted to point to the swastika at minute 23 would have meant missing the point that at that period in 2013 Alfred was what he called  “75% still indoctinated with anti-Fascist left-leaning sympathies”. Indeed in this first film, Alfred is using the swastika and referring to fascism and to Goebbels the propagandist in an entirely derogatory politically-correct manner!  This film is in English, with German subtitles.  
     
    In this film (at minute 23) the sole purpose (in line with Alfred’s beliefs in 2013) of displaying the swastika is to draw an equivalence between Zionism and “nazism”, as differentiated from Jews and Germans.
     
    Two professional translators will be given the task of producing German subtitles for the court, for each of Alfred’s films. 
     
    Following the screening, the Prosecution claims Alfred has deployed no facts to simply project upon others his own fantasies.
     
    In “The Gatekeepers of 9/11” Alfred focuses on his former hero, famous linguistics professor Noam Chomsky.  He describes the correspondence he had with Chomsky over 9/11 and the scientifically-discredited consensual opinion concerning why the third tower (‘Building 7’) collapsed, though no one even claims it had been struck by a plane.  Alfred cites Russia Today who interviewed Jon Cole (of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth); Elizabeth Woodworth (of consensus911.org); and Dr Graeme Macqueen (Eyewitness Research) who relies on 118 witnesses which include the first fire-fighting responders.  Alfred was prompted to write to his hero Chomsky after being “disappointed” with Chomsky’s “denigrating and dismissing” the status of the scientists, architects and engineers as a tiny bunch of “people who spend one hour on the internet and think they know everything”.
     
    Chomsky’s recorded attitude towards those scientists whom he denigrates as unserious reminds me of The Holocaust Industry author Norman Finkelstein. During a 2006 television discussion between two guests – Finkelstein and myself – the self-promoting ‘political scientist’ disdained all participants (which included university professors) at the Teheran Conference 2006 (an all-sides, open debate on ‘The Holocaust – A Global Review’) as only “kitchen-sink people”. In his film Alfred says Chomsky displayed “evasive behaviour as well as denigrating the vast community of architects and engineers and other concerned citizens” as a mere “small, isolated clique – your problem, not mine”. The film continues with his being interviewed by Christopher Bollyn. The correspondence Alfred pursues with Chomsky is at no time anything other than respectful and cordial, never aggressive: even as Chomsky accuses him of “insults”, Alfred thanks him for “taking up so much of his precious time” to correspond with him.  There is no basis for the Judge’s contention that Alfred was aggressive and disrespectful towards Chomsky.
     
    Alfred’s two questions to “each and every one” of his viewers are:
    1) When did you become informed about what really happened on 9/11?
    2) What did you do with the knowledge?
     
    These questions do not seem “incitement” to violence; rather they are “incitement” to intellectual enquiry.
     
    Alfred questions Chomsky about his “denial” of the evidence that the official version of 9/11 depends on asserting facts that are scientifically impossible – that “are only possible if you believe in magic”.
     
    This brings to mind the incident during the 1980s Toronto trials of Ernst Zündel.  Canadian Attorney Douglas Christie cross-examined the doyen of “Holocaust” historians Dr Raul Hilberg.  Christie asked whether this eminent academic can produce any form of written order to carry out industrial, mass homicidal gassing of Jews.  Dr Hilberg replies: “I am at a loss.”  Hilberg repeated his view that the “Holocaust” had been achieved by “an incredible meeting of minds, a consensus-mind reading by a far-flung bureaucracy”.  (He had first used these words in a lecture in 1982, and research for Zündel’s defence team by Prof. Robert Faurisson, a specialist in precise documentary analysis, had given Doug Christie the devastating material for his revelatory cross-examination.)
     
    President Bush’s “Homeland Security” czar Michael Chertoff (a dual U.S.-Israeli national) is highlighted in Alfred’s film.  Chertoff “allowed the crucial evidence to be destroyed” – physical evidence from the 9/11 scene, such as the buildings’ steel structures – rather than allowing it to be properly analysed.  “Nearly all of this crucial evidence wound up being hastily chopped up into small pieces in New Jersey scrap yards and shipped to China, where it was melted down.”  Alfred describes this as “a clear case of the criminal destruction of evidence”, for which Michael Chertoff (“the son of an Israeli Mossad agent, Livia Eisen”) was responsible.
     
    Side-lining of evidence is standard practice in German courts.  For example I witnessed the trial of Germar Rudolf, the Planck Institute chemist who had gone to Auschwitz following the pioneering example of U.S. execution technology expert Fred Leuchter. The evidential exhibits which Germar wished to present to the court in support of his case were in themselves disdained by the court as contravening the doctrine that orthodox “Holocaust history” is to be deemed “manifestly obvious” (“offenkundig”), hence escaping scientific scrutiny – any dissent being condemned as criminal heresy.  Yet another example of where an attorney defending a case can face prosecution if appearing to “defend their client too well”.
     
    In the manner of a schoolteacher giving “a lesson”, Alfred concludes: “one very positive thing about 9/11 (every cloud has a silver lining!) is that it has rekindled interest in other strange events of the past, such as Israel’s attack on the USS Liberty, which some people are not even aware of”.
     
    Specifically addressing “my Jewish friends”, Alfred said “you are completely innocent of wrongdoing; you have only been deceived and brainwashed like almost all of us were.  And now that you know, it is of utmost importance to reach out to your friends and neighbours [to inform them] before they come to you”.  Yet the Judge accused Alfred of insulting Jews.  It is likewise clear in the film that Alfred speaks in polite, non-threatening terms when, under the heading of “Chomsky Stumbles” he expresses his disappointment that “Chomsky places tribal instincts above his sense of humanity”. 
     
    The overall accusation seems to be, that Alfred’s behaviour and his videos are the product of an inherently aggressive nature, and that in his videos Alfred supposedly makes threats against people who have a different opinion.  As evidence of the effects of this alleged “aggression” the Prosecution has pointed to the behaviour of the man in the public gallery who spoke after the close of yesterday’s proceedings to the Prosecutor.  Obviously this little drama was being deployed in order to present Alfred as a very aggressive person, despite the evidence of this film that Alfred is clearly of a patient school teacher’s disposition.
     
    During the trial session on Thursday July 5 the judge clearly tried to corner Alfred with this: he accused Alfred, after the German version of his video
    Ende der Lüge” (“End of the Lie”) was shown, of making threats in his video. Alfred answered, that there is a difference between threatening and warning.
    The judge asked him to explain this and Alfred gave a perfect example without hesitating. He said: if you want to swim across the lake on a cold winter’s day
    I will tell you that you should not do this, because you will drown. This is a warning, not a threat!  Frau Schaufer, Alfred’s wife, told me that “The judge began playing around with words like “freiwillig”, which means voluntary, or not “freiwillig”. Even I couldn’t quite follow his train of thought. How should Alfred.  The language Alfred mainly grew up with – at school, university, in his jobs and in everyday and social life – is English. One can clearly notice this, when he speaks openly in German. He is not as fluent and eloquent as he is, when he speaks openly in English. He is not familiar with the subtleties of the German language”.
    The explanation by Alfred during the trial, about the difference between a threat and a warning, appears to have something to do with his current arrest, though I do not understand the circumstances.
     
    I heard two non-political locals from Munich with whom I got chatting in a cafe say they would not dare take an interest in the trial because they must show their passports to obtain entry to the public gallery.  This they feared might put them on some watch list even though they are in no way party to the issues.  Terror.  I am sure that if citizens in England were legally obliged to submit to revealing their identities before showing an ordinary curiosity about the goings-on in our courts, that many of them, too, would shy away from attending any politically related trial.  Terror, the ‘lynch’-pin of a police-state.  All Alfred is trying to teach would seem to be that legal and ‘State’ prejudice against political free-will to hold and advance an opinion is no longer to be ignored by the citizens.
     
    The same is true of Jeremy Bedford-Turner who said to his fellow citizens, “did you know about this?”.  This is public need-to-know. Curiouser and curiouser is this “first the verdict” conduct in “Muppet Show” bewilderland. Heresy fear and persecution avoidance was foreshadowed so aptly by the Monty Python sketch when the Pavlovian trigger response to “Jehovah!” releases a barrrage of stones upon the offending heretic.  This response is no longer restricted to satirical sketches.  I have had my house windows literally stoned repeatedly by Antifa simply for my Telling Films which attempt to record these Trials and tribulations of the likes of the late attorney Manfred Roeder and the late publicist Ernst Zündel. On such occasions these stonings occurred to mark the death of these, in fact, harmless international peace-through-open-debate warriors.
     
    RA Nahrath has succeeded after asking the Court to have all Alfred’s videos translated into German.  This means that the Trial dates are now extended into August. The case continues on Thursday July 12thFriday 13th, Monday 16th, plus dates to be announced in August.  
     
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    Friday afternoon update, July 6th 2018

     
    New police raid during thought-crime trial in Munich of Canadian-Germans Monika and Alfred Schaefer
     
    Alfred Schaefer seized in Police raid at his home

    At the home of Alfred Schaefer he and I had just finished watching and discussing matters re his videos he was succeeding to screen in full in the Munich courtroom …and then his wife laid table for lunch after I removed my laptop …and so I went to wash my hands. I then heard Police, a
    t 2 pm, knocking on my bathroom door announcing their arrival. It was as if one were suddenly in a nightmare Hollywood movie about a police state action! At first I thought maybe high-spirited Alfred was playing a joke. On opening my bathroom door, there stood 2 armed officers awaiting me.
    I handed over my passport; they said they’d come to arrest Alfred. I saw 5 of them handcuff my host.
    Taking with him the little packed cheese lunch his experienced wife swiftly made and handed to one officer for her husband, Alfred was hauled away for reasons the police declined to explain to me. Possibly it was about something he had perhaps said when yesterday he had duly turned up at the police station, as he has to do twice per week since he is out on bail. Whatever this “crime” was, he’s again in a police cell now. His wife advised that I and HH should disappear asap in case police returned knowing now that we two were there, easy to haul in for good measure. Vot a business. Cat and mouse – but at least valiant Frau Schaefer made sure we each retrieved the cheese!
     
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    Sunday update, July 8th 2018 

     
    Yesterday the magistrate decided that Alfred has to remain in custody in Stadelheim Prison in Munich until the next day of his trial begins, which is 
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    That is not, by any means, to adopt a cynical or 'woe-is-me' attitude to the biggest, best, and noblest thing I've done with my life thus far (however poorly I've actually done it; and the empirical evidence is pretty damning).  It is to say that, one way or another, our kids will, inevitably, disappoint us; sometimes crushingly so.  And that the heartbreak of parenting is one of the main ways that we fulfil what Mother Theresa liked to refer to as 'our main task in this life' - 'to learn what it really means to love'.

    When my kids were born, I held such high hopes and dreams for them.  Not, to be sure, that I had 'The Plan' for their lives, or anything like that.  I actually looked forward to the adventure of finding out who they were, and what amazing and wonderful traits they would blend from Jen and me into their own, unique selves, and what traits of theirs might go off in some entirely unforeseen directions.

    And it has been wonderful to see all their lives unfold.  Several of our kids are very musical - 1F, 3M and 7M perhaps most especially.  3M, 7M and 8M are near-genius bright.  4M and 6F are both hard-working and good-looking, and 4M is a star athlete (sometimes I wonder how this kid ever came from me; Jen assures me that he did).  1F, 2F, 5M and 8M are all very kind and compassionate.  And so it goes.

    But our kids, being, alas, human (wait, that doesn't sound right; I'm really, really glad that they aren't newts, or tapeworms, or whatever), are subject to the effects of The Fall, just like Jenn and I are (well, I know that I am; I'm pretty sure that she is, too, but her case is less obvious than mine).  And therein lie the seeds of heartbreak.  In our early years of parenthood, we hoped to raise a family of kids who were better than we were - with all our strengths (which we were just arrogant enough to think were considerable), but none (or at least, not so many) of our weaknesses.  We hoped that they would be smart, strong, wise, virtuous, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent, without all that nagging selfishness and venality.  Because, of course, we were better than our own parents had been, right?  (Well, of course not; but we thought we were.  It's a Boomer thing.)  And we would just impart our own superior wisdom, virtue, etc. to our kids, and all would be well.  Right?

    (*sigh*)

    When 1F was in her teens, people used to congratulate us for having raised such a wonderful young woman. And I (perhaps inspired by a salutary humility; or perhaps merely prophesying a glimpse of the future) used to reply that it wasn't really wonderful teenagers I was after, but rather capable, wise and virtuous adults. And it wasn't too many years before my own words were borne out, to my own chagrin.

    Back in the days when our older kids were passing through middle school, the Religion teacher (if that strikes your ear as a trifle odd, it's a Catholic school thing. . .) was a very wise woman, who became a good friend.  In the course of a, uh, conversation we were having about one of our kids, who was proving to be a tad more intractable than we had planned on (but which didn't seem to faze her all that much), she told us, with a wistful maternal smile, that the day would inevitably come when we would find ourselves talking to the police about one of our children (and not necessarily the one we were discussing at the time); that it had happened to her, and that it happened to most parents sooner or later, no matter how earnest or capable they were, and that we shouldn't freak out when it did.  And Jenn and I both shook our heads inwardly, certain in our own minds that her words were ridiculous, that such a thing would never happen to parents as conscientious as we were.

    Such touching naivete, right?

    It wasn't that many years later (distressingly few, in fact) that one of our kids (I'll decline to say which one) threw back at us, as I was retrieving him from a night in jail, that all of our kids down to him had now had run-ins with the police, and that, as far as he was concerned, that constituted slam-dunk definitive empirical proof that we were simply, utterly, execrable parents (OK, he didn't use the word 'execrable', but he used one of its synonyms).  In the years since then, that flawless record has been extended by a few kids younger than him.

    I have written elsewhere of some of the youthful (or even not-so-youthful) misadventures of our older kids.  I won't rehash them for you here (and I think I've mostly taken those posts down from my old blog), but trust me when I say that we were utterly, absolutely flabbergasted.  We'd said and done all the right things, as best we could see, and as best we were able (well, you know, aside from a certain proclivity to outbursts of temper, and a few (*ahem*) minor character flaws on that order; but God understands our weakness, right?), and it hadn't been enough.  And I can tell you that it hasn't ended with them; our younger kids have made their own significant contributions to the broken-ness of our hearts

    It slowly dawned on us (perhaps a good bit more slowly than it should have, but both Jenn and I had been 'good kids', so our own experience had left us a tad ill-equipped to deal with kids who were less 'with the program' than we'd been) that God, in his wisdom, had blessed our children, just as he'd blessed us, with Free Will (what He was thinking when He did that, I've had occasion to wonder).  And that, our own earnestness and sincerity notwithstanding, our kids, even though made, as we were, in the Image and Likeness of God, were also, as we were, subject to the effects of The Fall, and capable of the same sorts of jaw-dropping venality we were; sometimes, even moreso.  Even astoundingly moreso.

    Taken all together, in the fullness of time it became an occasion of deeper insight into what it means to be human, to carry simultaneously within ourselves, and virtually side-by-side, both significant markers of divinity, and appalling selfishness and venality.  And to learn, on a deep, down-and-dirty level, what Jesus was talking about when he said (in so many words) that the measure of love isn't how you treat agreeable, congenial people, but rather, in how you deal with (as Thomas a Kempis called them in The Imitation of Christ) "hard, obstinate and undisciplined people".  Which is to say, people like our kids.  And us.  At least, some of the time (distressingly much of it, to be brutally candid).  Put another way - it's not the absence of heartbreak, or disappointment, that makes our lives successful, it's what we DO with the heartbreak that will, inevitably, come into our lives – can we let “love cover a multitude of sins”, or not?

    So yeah - heartbreak is part of the deal.  Our kids will never be as perfect as we wish they were, and their flaws will be all-too-evident (and the ones they've picked up from us will be duly galling).  But somewhere along the way, we'll have made progress toward what Mother Theresa was talking about, learning 'what it really means to love'. . .

    O Lord, have mercy. . .
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    Islamabad, Pakistan, Jul 10, 2018 / 05:17 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A candidate for prime minister in Pakistan’s upcoming general election has defended the country’s controversial blasphemy laws, which have been used to harass, jail, and kill members of religious minorities disproportionately.

    Imran Khan, chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, a centrist party, said he fully supports the blasphemy law of the Pakistan Penal Code. The statement was made July 7 after giving an address at the Ulema and Mashaikh Conference at Golra Sharif in the capital of Pakistan, Islamabad.

    “We are standing with Article 295c and will defend it,” said Khan, according to the Guardian.

    A former member of the National Assembly of Pakistan, Khan will be considered for prime minister along with Shehbaz Sharif of the Pakistan Muslim Leage (N) and Bilawal Zardari of the Pakistan Peoples Party.

    The general election will take place July 25. PML-N is forecast to win the election, though there have been allegations of vote rigging in favor of PTI.

    Pakistan's blasphemy laws impose strict punishment on those who desecrate the Quran or who defame or insult Muhammad. Pakistan's state religion is Islam, and around 97 percent of the population is Muslim.

    Although the government has never executed a person under the blasphemy law, accusations alone have inspired mob and vigilante violence.

    Blasphemy laws are reportedly used to settle scores or to persecute religious minorities; while non-Muslims constitute only 3 percent of the Pakistani population, 14 percent of blasphemy cases have been levied against them.

    Many of those accused of blasphemy are murdered, and advocates of changing the law are also targeted by violence.

    In 2011 the Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer, a Muslim critic of the blasphemy laws, was assassinated. Shahbaz Bhatti, a Catholic and the only Christian in Pakistan’s cabinet, was also assassinated the same year by militant supporters of the blasphemy laws. Bhatti's cause for beatification was opened by the Diocese of Islamabad-Rawalpindi in 2016.

    The blasphemy laws were introduced between 1980 and 1986. The National Commission for Justice and Peace said over 1,300 people were accused under this law from 1987 until 2014. The Centre for Research and Security Studies reported that at least 65 people have been killed by vigilantes since 1990.

    Pakistan’s authorities have consistently failed to implement safeguards on behalf of religious minorities, despite numerous policies in favor of economic and physical protections for members of non-Muslim religions.

    In 2013, PML-N, the governing party, promised a quota for jobs in the educational institutes and the public sector for members of religious minorities. That same year, the PPP discussed an Equality Commission to monitor job quotas in Sindh.

    After Muslim extremists attacked All Saints Church in Peshawar, killing over 70 people in 2014, Chief Justice Tassaduq Jillani issued an eight-point decree to improve access to jobs, education, and protective forces.

    However, none of these safeguards have moved beyond verbal affirmation into action.

    Last year, Bethel Memorial Methodist Church in Quetta was attacked by two suicide bombers. The attack killed 9 people and injured 35 others, according to the New York Times.  

    A member of the Implementation of Minority Rights Forum said government support was not made available after the attack.

    “The government was not ready to even disburse compensation cheques among families, and none of the minority parliamentarians were interested in making noise about it,” said Imtiaz, according to Dawn, Pakistan's largest English-language newspaper.


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    ‘Not Worthy of Being Spat On:’ Veteran Palestinian Authority Figure Nabil Shaath Denounces Australia’s Move Against ‘Pay-For-Slay’ Policy
    Algemeiner.com by Barney Breen-Portnoy
    Father of American Victim of Palestinian Terror Calls New US, Israeli Laws Penalizing PA ‘a Good Beginning’
    Algemeiner.com by Eyal Zisser / Israel Hayom / JNS.org
    The End of the Syrian Revolution



    North American Terrorism and Anti-Semitism
    Algemeiner.com by Jerold Auerbach
    Israel on Fire and the NY Times
    Algemeiner.com by JNS.org
    Muslim Democrat Running for Congress Blames Israel for ‘Evil Doings’ in Gaza
    Daily Wire by Paul Miller
    South Carolina Becomes First State To Define Anti-Semitism
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    Anne Frank’s Family Was Thwarted by U.S. Immigration Rules, New Research Shows
    Algemeiner.com by Shiri Moshe
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    Deaths
    כיכר השבת על ידי קובי רוזן
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    Miracles
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    חסדי ה': מחבל ירה לעבר בית בבית אל: בנס לא היו נפגעים



    Kiddush Hashem
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    Border Guards Save Life of Chevron Arab Infant



    Judaism
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              Schumer draws battle lines on Kavanaugh, enlisting the public as foot soldiers in the fight      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    Minority Leader Chuck Schumer seems to get that the battle to block Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, is critical—both legally speaking and to the morale of the progressive base. An Intercept piece notes Schumer has been telling his Democratic colleagues in the Senate that "if they don’t put up a brutal fight... there will be hell to pay from the Democratic base."

    The strategy Senate Democrats have settled on to thwart Kavanaugh’s nomination is primarily centered on issues rather than process. Internal polling showed that voters found substance-driven arguments on issues like abortion more compelling, for instance, than an argument over Senate precedent during an election year. In a CBS News interview Tuesday morning, Schumer laid out the strategy, which is partially dependent on a robust assist from voters. 

    "I believe if we can prove to the American people, which I believe is truly the case, that this nominee will lead to a court that repeals women's reproductive freedom, repeals ACA with its protections for pre-existing conditions, we will get a majority of the Senate to vote for it,” Schumer told “CBS This Morning” when asked how he might block Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

    Democratic senators are definitely pushing issues they believe are most compelling to their constituencies. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, one of three Democrats who cast a "Yea" vote for Trump's last nominee, has been advancing health care access as a key concern for him in considering Kavanaugh. "The Supreme Court will ultimately decide if nearly 800,000 West Virginians with pre-existing conditions will lose their healthcare," he said Monday, following Trump's announcement.

    Other Democratic senators, such as New Jersey's Cory Booker, have been honing in on the conflicts presented by allowing a president under investigation to appoint a judge who might decide his fate. “We can’t underscore enough the fact that @realDonaldTrump is a subject of an ongoing criminal investigation & there's a clear conflict of interest for this president," Booker tweeted Monday night, noting the Supreme Court may ultimately weigh the legal question of whether a sitting president can be criminally indicted or pardon himself.


              Cartoon: If life imitated politics      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    The Supreme Court announcement happened a little too late for my deadline this week, but I'm not sure I have too much to say right now.

    The mister and I have often marveled how U.S. politics can be so awash in unreality while other aspects of life still proceed mostly according to the laws of empiricism. Certainly there are scams and lies in everyday life too, but the idea of truth still exists in many places where society needs it to function. Airplane mechanics: still reality-based (for now)! If other fields took the same approach to facts as the White House, we'd quickly devolve into total chaos. Alas, this may be the case soon enough as all regulation of business ceases.

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              HBO Scores a Solid Opening in the Ratings for Amy Adams’ ‘Sharp Objects’ – Observer      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    ObserverThe series marks yet another instance of HBO wooing a movie star to the small screen with the promise of juicy prestige television, following Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman in Big Little Lies and Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in True …Sunday cable ratings: ‘Sharp Objects’ premieres well, ‘Claws’ ticks upTVbytheNumbersRatings: “Sharp Objects” Premiere Outdraws […]
              Dunkin draws call buyers as shares reach new highs      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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              APN Global Segment Leader, Power and Utilities - Amazon.com - Seattle, WA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Prepare and give business reviews to AWS senior leaders. Do you have strong business development, strategic alliances, and entrepreneurial skills?...
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              Water Punishment - Juliette - Scene 2 - Full HD 1080p      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   


    The man stops pouring the water and goes over to the table where he picks up the clothespins and black tape. He goes over to Juliette and waits while she calms down a little. The man begins to play with her nipple, making it hard and sensitive. After a while he grasps her breast to present her nipple and slides the jaws of the pin over her nipple. He repeats it with the other nipple. He takes a piece of the black tape and places it diagonally over the pin across the spring mechanism.

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              As German neo-Nazi trial ends, families still seek answers      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Families of those killed by a neo-Nazi group that sought to terrorize migrants in Germany called Tuesday for the investigation into the case to continue, even as the trial of its only known surviving member and four supporters draws to a close this week.
              [英語の落ち穂拾い]biodegradable 復習      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

     スターバックスは使い捨てストローを2020年までに廃止することを発表しました。

    Starbucks, citing ocean threat, is ditching plastic straws

    Starbucks will eliminate plastic straws from all of its locations within two years, the coffee chain announced Monday, becoming the largest food and beverage company to do so as calls for businesses and cities to cut waste grow louder.

    While the straws account for a small percentage of the pollution that ends up in the ocean, they've become a flashpoint because they're seen as an easy way to reduce waste.

    "There are several of these single-use items the public is realizing, hey, we don't actually need these," said Denise Hardesty, a scientist with Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation who studies plastic pollution.

    A week after its hometown of Seattle banned plastic drinking straws and utensils, Starbucks said Monday that by 2020, it will use straws made from biodegradable materials such as paper and specially designed lids. The company already offers alternative straws in Seattle.

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    http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201807100019.html

     biodegradable /bàɪoʊdəɡréɪdəbəl/ を取り上げます。接頭辞のbioから、生物に関連することばであることがわかります。『ライトハウス英和辞典』(第5版 研究社)で調べると「微生物の作用で無害物質に分解する、生分解性の」とありました。

     LDOCEには “materials, chemicals etc that are biodegradable are changed naturally by bacteria into substances that do not harm the environment” と定義されています。

     degrade /dɪgréɪd/ は「…の品位(価値、評価)を落とす」という意味の他に、化学では「(物質)を分解する」という意味を表します。(『ライトハウス英和辞典』)これにbioとableが組み合わさることで上記の意味になると考えられます。(aqua)

    biodegradable 復習 - 田邉祐司ゼミ 常時英心:言葉の森から


              Deranged: raised the bail by $33 tells you much      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    Owner of infamous 'F--- TRUMP' truck arrested; wife's GoFundMe campaign to pay his bond flops


     - The Washington Times - Monday, July 9, 2018
    A lot of anti-Trump stickers … but not enough license plates.
    The husband of Karen Fonseca, the Texas woman who became a celebrity by plastering her truck with “F– TRUMP” stickers, is now in trouble for driving that vehicle, the Houston Chronicle reported.
    But not because the cops are in cahoots with President Trump.
    According to the Chronicle, Miguel Fonseca was pulled over at 5:41 p.m. Sunday on U.S. Highway 59 in Sugar Land, Texas, because the not-MAGA-compliant vehicle was also not in compliance with Texas vehicular laws — it didn’t have the required front license plate.
    Sugar Land Police Department spokesman Doug Adolph said Monday that the officer also quickly learned that Mr. Fonseca, who is listed as the truck’s owner, had two outstanding warrants — for speeding and failure to appear.
    According to Mr. Adolph, Mr. Fonseca refused to exit the truck and had to be forcibly removed, which added a new resisting arrest charge. The state impounded the truck because, Mr. Adolph said, by the time Mrs. Fonseca arrived to collect it, Mr. Fonseca was not present to give consent, as the owner must in such cases, because he’d already been hauled off to jail, where he remains Monday evening.
    Mrs. Fonseca took to GoFundMe to dispute the charge and play the race card.
    She said her husband was initially pulled over because the windows were tinted too dark.
    “He was followed by 3 white police officers that were in our neighborhood due to an unrelated dispute,” she wrote on the page titled “Free Mike Fonseca,” which had a $1,000 goal.
    As of Monday afternoon, it had been up 18 hours and raised $33.



              Brett Kavanaugh Is The Wrong Choice For The Supreme Court      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Brett Kavanaugh Is The Wrong Choice For The Supreme Court boston Tue, 07/10/2018 - 12:32
    Trump Kavanaugh

    President Donald Trump announced last night that Brett Kavanaugh is his nominee to be the next U.S. Supreme Court justice. The president has shown that he has little respect for the separation of church and state, so it is no surprise that he has chosen a nominee who rejects this fundamental value as well. In fact, Kavanaugh believes that the “wall of separation” metaphor, invoked by Thomas Jefferson and long used to explain the protections guaranteed to us in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, “was wrong as a matter of law and history.”

    The separation of church and state is the linchpin of religious freedom. We can’t afford to have a Supreme Court that would undermine it. By nominating Kavanaugh to the court, Trump threatens the vision of religious freedom for which Americans United has fought over the last 70 years. That’s why Americans United must oppose him.

    Trump chose Kavanaugh, who currently sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, from a list of conservative judges that the Chicago Tribune explained “had been outsourced to, and approved by, the conservative legal organization the Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.” And according to The Washington Post, conservatives were looking for a nominee “willing to shield religious objectors from progressive policies or soften the boundaries between church and state.” They want a justice who will allow religion to be used to undermine antidiscrimination laws that protect LGBTQ people and to obstruct women’s access to health care, including birth control.

    According to a new report by Americans United, Kavanaugh’s record demonstrates that he would likely undermine religious freedom in a number of ways.

    First, Kavanaugh would likely grant religious exemptions to businesses and nonprofit organizations even where the exemption could cause real harm to other people. In his dissenting opinion in Priests for Life v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Kavanaugh argued that employers can cite religious beliefs to obstruct their employees’ access to contraception. Kavanaugh’s dissent suggests that he would permit the government to grant religious exemptions in future Supreme Court cases even if they result in the denial of health care or discrimination against women, LGBTQ people, or religious minorities. The court could distort religious freedom from a shield to protect religion into a sword to harm others.

    Second, Kavanaugh is critical of five decades of Supreme Court rulings that prohibit public schools from sponsoring prayer. As an attorney, Kavanaugh wrote a friend-of-the-court brief in Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe, defending a public school that broadcast student-delivered prayers at its football games. Kavanaugh implied that practices “deeply rooted in our history and tradition” should be permitted even if they “favor or promote religion over non-religion.” The Supreme Court disagreed with Kavanaugh. So does Americans United: Religious freedom requires that the government treat all religions equally, including belief systems that are nontheistic.

    Third, in friend-of-the-court briefs in both Santa Fe and Good News Club v. Milford Central School, as well as in a 2017 speech, Kavanaugh argued against long-standing precedent prohibiting the use of public funds for religious activities. If the Supreme Court were to adopt Kavanaugh’s views on public funding of religion, that would upend the bedrock constitutional principle that we each get to decide for ourselves whether and how our money goes to support religion.

    When you add all this up, Kavanaugh proves to be the wrong pick for the Supreme Court. With this nomination, the court could be in a position to play favorites and approve practices that promote the majority religion while harming schoolchildren, nonreligious people, women, LGBTQ people, taxpayers and others.

    It is crucial that the Senate reject Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. Religious freedom for all Americans hangs in the balance.

    You can read Americans United's report on Judge Kavanaugh record and you can take action to tell your senators to reject his nomination here.


              Jr (PuppyFind) $1,100      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    So I am a Fib Cockapoo, apricot in color. I will be a little dog as an fully grown as my parents are eleven to 15 pounds. in weight. My tale is docked and dewclaws removed and also am up to date on deworming and vaccine.

              Zeke (PuppyFind) $1,100      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Ok, my pictures aren't the greatest, but I am a very attractive male, Cockapoo, F1b puppy. (Hopefully my owner will post better pics soon.) My tale is docked and dewclaws removed. Also am up to date on Vaccine and deworming. Txt or email and there is more information available.

              Kia (PuppyFind) $1,100      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Hi, just a little information about me, my color is apricot, tale has been docked and dewclaws removed. I am up to date on vaccine and deworming. I will be a smaller dog as my parents both weigh between eleven and 15 pounds. Also, I am a F1b Cockapoo as my mother is a 1st generation Cockapoo. My father is a AMERICAN Kc reg, pure bred toy Poodle with champion blood lines. I really like kids.

              Python Web Developer      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    TX-Plano, GDT is looking for a Python Web Developer (or similar) who will be responsible for managing the intercgange of data between the server and the user. Specifically, we need someone to create a dashboard using metrics from AWS and other sources. Candidates must have experience with AWS and Lambda.
              PA Headline      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Alaska Airlines, the fifth-largest US carrier, will also phase out plastic straws and citrus picks starting this summer.
              Bartender (PT) - Troon Golf - Sheridan, WY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Ensures compliance with applicable state liquor laws and standard operating procedures provided by the management....
    From Troon Golf - Thu, 05 Jul 2018 20:27:07 GMT - View all Sheridan, WY jobs
              CNA - Certified Nursing Assistant - Brookdale Sugarland Ridge - Sheridan, WY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Exhibits understanding of and follows medication policies and procedures. Follows physician orders and state laws to administer medications to residents who...
    From Indeed - Thu, 21 Jun 2018 21:20:10 GMT - View all Sheridan, WY jobs
              CIO - AWS Cloud Engineer - Experis - Ashburn, VA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Seeking: AWS Cloud Engineer Duration: 6 month contract up to 2.5 years Location: Ashburn, VA ; Plano, TX Description: AWS Cloud engineer who can automate...
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              Human Resource Manager      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    CA-Pleasanton, job summary: Human Resource Manager - Pleasanton, CA • This is a contract role expected to last 3 months. Human Resource Manager- Job Duties: • Manage and guarantee weekly disbursement of multi-state payroll, including garnishments, benefits and taxes 500+ employees consistent with federal and state wage and hour laws • Ensure the processing of new hires, temporary workers, transfers, promotions a
              Jr (PuppyFind) $1,100      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    So I am a Fib Cockapoo, apricot in color. I will be a little dog as an fully grown as my parents are eleven to 15 pounds. in weight. My tale is docked and dewclaws removed and also am up to date on deworming and vaccine.

              Zeke (PuppyFind) $1,100      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Ok, my pictures aren't the greatest, but I am a very attractive male, Cockapoo, F1b puppy. (Hopefully my owner will post better pics soon.) My tale is docked and dewclaws removed. Also am up to date on Vaccine and deworming. Txt or email and there is more information available.

              Kia (PuppyFind) $1,100      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Hi, just a little information about me, my color is apricot, tale has been docked and dewclaws removed. I am up to date on vaccine and deworming. I will be a smaller dog as my parents both weigh between eleven and 15 pounds. Also, I am a F1b Cockapoo as my mother is a 1st generation Cockapoo. My father is a AMERICAN Kc reg, pure bred toy Poodle with champion blood lines. I really like kids.

              AWS Engineer - Cypress Global Services, Inc - Reston, VA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Job Description • Expertise in the knowledge of programming languages, relational databases, and NoSQL databases • Experience building infrastructure as code...
    From Cypress Global Services, Inc - Fri, 27 Apr 2018 07:37:47 GMT - View all Reston, VA jobs
              Re: RV campers get one more week at marina, after contentious council meeting      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    Because they are breaking the law, obviously. Do you feel laws should be selectivey enforced? Why?


              Heavy Duty Cleaner (St Clair College) Full time - Compass Group Canada - Windsor, ON      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Safe use of equipment, site safety practices, fire prevention and work regulations. Working knowledge of various industrial regulations and laws pertaining to... $14 an hour
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              AWS Infrastructure Automation Software Development Engineer - Amazon Photos - Amazon.com - Seattle, WA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Do you dream of working on systems that operate at exabyte scale? Do you love solving complex problems?...
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              Enterprise Solutions Architect – Strategic Accounts - Amazon.com - Seattle, WA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    You will be part of a culture of innovation where you’ll use AWS services to help our customers rapidly get products and services to market through continuous...
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              Transparency report: Updating our report for the second half of 2017      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    The laws related to government requests for user data are changing fast: from passage of the CLOUD Act by the US Congress to the US Supreme Court’s recent decision in Carpenter v. United States. In this environment, Dropbox is more committed than ever to protecting user privacy. As part of that commitment, today we’ve updated our Transparency Report today to uphold this promise, and provide insight about the government requests Dropbox has received since our last reporting period.
              What are the real tradeoffs of the straw ban?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Seattle's straw ban has coincided with hometown coffee chain Starbucks' decision to phase out all single-use plastic straws by 2020. The new sippy cup-esque lid is recyclable - but what it's not is accessible to folks with disabilities who rely on single use plastic straws.
              Starbucks to Stop Using Plastic Straws      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    The company will replace plastic straws with new, strawless drink lids.

    Starbucks Coffee Company announced it will eliminate single-use plastic straws from its more than 28,000 company operated and licensed stores by making a strawless lid or alternative-material straw option available. Starbucks anticipates the move will eliminate more than one billion plastic straws per year from Starbucks stores.

    Starbucks has designed, developed and manufactured a strawless lid, which will become the standard for all iced coffee, tea and espresso beverages. The lid is currently available in more than 8,000 stores in both the U.S. and Canada for select beverages including Starbucks Draft Nitro and Cold Foam. The lid is also being piloted for Nitro beverages in additional markets including China, Japan, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. In addition, Starbucks will begin offering straws made from alternative materials—including paper or compostable plastic—for Frappuccino blended beverages and by request for customers who prefer or need a straw.

    “For our partners and customers, this is a significant milestone to achieve our global aspiration of sustainable coffee, served to our customers in more sustainable ways,” said Kevin Johnson, president and CEO of Starbucks, in a statement.

    Customers in Seattle and Vancouver will be the first to see the strawless lids implemented, starting this fall, with phased rollouts within both the U.S. and Canada to follow in FY19. A global rollout of the strawless lid will follow, beginning in Europe where strawless lids will arrive in select stores in France and the Netherlands, as well as in the U.K. just as the market expands its 5p paper cup charge to 950 stores, to further promote reusability.

    “Starbucks’ goal to eliminate plastic straws by 2020 from their stores globally represents the company’s forward thinking in tackling the material waste challenge in totality,” said Erin Simon, director of sustainability research and development and material science at World Wildlife Fund, U.S., in a statement. “Plastic straws that end up in our oceans have a devastating effect on species. As we partner with Starbucks in waste reduction initiatives such as Next Gen Consortium Cup Challenge and WWF’s Cascading Materials Vision, we hope others will follow in their footsteps.”

    Starbucks has a 30-year track record of focusing on sustainability across all aspects of its business, including achieving 99 percent ethically sourced coffee. In addition to this announcement, Starbucks has previously committed $10 million to develop and help bring to market a fully recyclable and compostable hot cup, in partnership with Closed Loop Partners, through the NextGen Cup Consortium and Challenge.

    As Johnson outlined in his presentation to investors at the Oppenheimer Consumer Conference in June, the company is focused on adapting to rapidly changing consumer trends with cold beverages accounting for more than 50 percent of Starbucks' beverage mix in the U.S., up from 37 percent just five years ago. The movement to eliminate single-use plastic straws has been gaining tremendous momentum globally, with consumers showing increased concern for the greater issue of waste, of which straws is just a part. That’s why Starbucks recognizes the work ahead to build on its long history in sustainability, which includes:

    • Achieving 99 percent ethically sourced coffee.
    • Trialing a 5p paper cup charge in London, which will be expanded to 950 stores in the U.K. later this month, to promote reusability.
    • Offering a discount to any customer who brings a reusable cup or tumbler to company-owned stores around the world.
    • Starbucks cups contain 10 percent post-consumer fiber, introduced in 2006 and a number the company expects to double by 2022.
    • Building more than 1,500 LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) stores in 20 markets, including all 50 states and Puerto Rico, the largest green retailer in its sector.
    • Starbucks purchases Renewable Energy Certificates, currently covering 62 percent of electricity usage globally, with a goal of reaching 100 percent globally by 2020.
    • Expansion of the FoodShare program that donates unsold food to food banks around the country.

              Hyatt Aims to Reduce Single-Use Plastics      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    Hyatt hotels around the world plan to eliminate single-use plastic straws and drink picks.

    Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced Hyatt hotels around the world plan to eliminate single-use plastic straws and drink picks. After September 1, straws and picks will be available by request only, and eco-friendly alternatives will be provided where available.

    “At Hyatt, we care for people so they can be their best, and this care extends to our communities and to preserving resources for future generations,” said Frank Lavey, senior vice president of global operations for Hyatt, in a statement. “Eliminating plastic straws and drink picks builds on the environmental sustainability programs we have in place and further drives our global efforts to reduce environmental impact. This is a meaningful step, and our commitment doesn’t stop with straws and drink picks. We will continue exploring viable alternatives everywhere we can.”

    This move away from single-use plastics builds on efforts already underway across Hyatt’s global portfolio, including to minimize and divert food waste, source responsibly and reduce water and energy consumption. Since launching its 2020 Environmental Sustainability Vision in 2014, Hyatt has made significant strides toward its goals, integrating sustainability guidelines into purchasing criteria and engaging suppliers around sustainable practices. Among the progress detailed in Hyatt’s latest Corporate Responsibility Scorecard:

    • Nearly 100 percent of Hyatt’s Avendra suppliers and distributors now have sustainability policies in place.
    • Hyatt surpassed its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions per square meter by 25 percent in all regions when compared to 2006.
    • Fitness centers at Hyatt hotels across North America now offer earbuds that are recyclable rather than single-use. In 2017, more than 80 participating Hyatt hotels contributed to nearly 65,000 pairs of recycled earbuds.

    Additionally, 2018 marks 10 years of Hyatt’s collaboration with Clean the World, a nonprofit that collects used soap and shampoo products from hotels, recycles them and then donates them to communities in need. Over the past nine years, Hyatt hotels have donated 475,000 pounds of bar soaps and toiletries. During the hurricanes in 2017 alone, Clean the World donated 185,000 hygiene kits and 250,000 bars of soap.


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    Alaska Airlines, the fifth-largest US carrier, will also phase out plastic straws and citrus picks starting this summer.
              7/10/2018: Life: Starbucks bans plastic straws      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    STARBUCKS has vowed to phase out the one billion single-use plastic straws it gives customers each year. The world’s biggest coffee chain said it would stop using them at all its 28,000 outlets by 2020, but will increase the use of recyclable plastic...
              Deuce - Male Great Dane (Advertigo)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Hello Good Dane Lovers If interested in adopting please visit our web siteto submit an on-line adoption form. We do NOT have a shelter facility all our dogs are in foster homes. We have many MEET N GREETS monthly all over El Paso but these are NOT adoption events meaning our dogs don t get adopted from these events unless you have an approved application in our system. GDRescueEPMy name is Deuce and I m nearly years of age. I have not had the very best of life yet so I m crossing my paws that now that I am with the big Dog Rescue that my luck will change I was previously an outdoor dog and apparently I outgew my yard and my owners wanted to get rid of me. Well now I am learning my indoor manners and I m beginning to think that my foster mom is pretty swell. She s good to me has taken me to the doggy Doctor feeds me plenty of good food and even gives me doggy cookies when I m a good boy.

              7/10/2018: Formula One: Froome claws back time on rivals      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    CHRIS FROOME turned the tables on his most dangerous rivals in the Tour’s key third stage, the team time trial, taking back the time he lost in Saturday’s opening stage, when he crashed into a field. Froome and his Team Sky team-mates were second in...
              Bartender (PT) - Troon Golf - Sheridan, WY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Ensures compliance with applicable state liquor laws and standard operating procedures provided by the management....
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              Pay History Matters in an Era When Workers Have More Rights — Top Chicago Employment Lawyers      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    A Philadelphia law banned questions about pay in a federal district court ruling by ruling that it was an impingement on free speech.  A recent ruling was made by a female who sued her employer for paying her less than her male colleague based on the scale of her prior salary. It was clearly made known to the court that she had received the same step increases as males under the union contract but was hired at a lower rate due to her prior salary.  The employer testified to that being the only basis for the difference. Application of the Equal Pay Act could not justify this at all.  It was a clear violation as the act prohibits discrimination against employees on the basis of sex by paying fewer wages "for equal work on jobs requiring equal skill, effort, and responsibility performed under similar working conditions." There are factors other than sex that would change that. Some executives that employ see some appeal in this when it comes to uniformity in pay. This will eventually be reflected in internal policy when it comes the employment screening process.  Let’s face it, some did not even like to probe questions concerning salary history which has the ability to show candidates that relationships do not need to become estranged.  This case is indicative of the trend that is happening nationally. A number of states and cities have passed such laws banning prospective employers from asking such questions over the last year. A bill has also been introduced at the federal level. The employer-employee relationship comes out stronger as a result.    This has the capability of garnering interest in company culture.
              Airbnb says tougher guest house laws will create 'lose-lose' situation for Hong Kong's residents and local tourism sector      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Fighting an uphill battle, Airbnb has warned of a "lose-lose situation" for Hong Kong's tourism sector and homeowners if a tough amendment bill against illegal short-term rentals and unauthorised guest houses is eventually passed into law.The
              Re: Commission awards cannabis cultivation permits      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    No meeting. Potential Investigations. No denial letters. Fraudulent applications amongst other fraud allegations. Seems like a lot of laws just got broken. Should be interesting to see the commisioners depositions when this hopefully goes back to circuit court.
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              What company will ban plastic straws next?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    "No restaurant wants to be known as the last one to use Styrofoam packaging."
              Starbucks says it will stop offering plastic straws by 2020      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Activists are pressuring businesses to ditch plastic straws because they can end up in the ocean and hurt marine life.
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    President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee may not have to wait too long for controversial cases if he is confirmed to the job, with disputes involving abortion, immigration, gay rights, voting rights and transgender troops possibly heading toward the justices soon. Republicans are hoping Brett Kavanaugh, the conservative U.S. appeals court judge selected on Monday by Trump to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, will be confirmed by the Senate before the next Supreme Court term opens in October. There are no blockbusters among the 38 cases already on the docket for the justices, but they could add disputes on controversial issues being appealed from lower courts. Abortion Legal battles are developing over state laws restricting abortion including one in Arkansas that effectively bans medication-induced abortions. The justices in May opted not to intervene in a case challenging that law, waiting instead for lower courts to rule, but it could return to them in the future. Other abortion-related cases could reach the court within two years. These involve laws banning abortions at early stages of pregnancies, including Iowa's prohibition after a fetal heartbeat is detected. There is litigation arising from plans by certain states including Louisiana and Kansas to stop reimbursements under the Medicaid insurance program for the poor for Planned Parenthood, a national abortion provider. There also are challenges to state laws imposing difficult-to-meet regulations on abortion providers such as having formal ties, called admitting privileges, at a local hospital. Kavanaugh's judicial record on abortion is thin, although last year he was on a panel of judges that issued an order preventing a 17-year-old illegal immigrant detained in Texas by U.S. authorities from immediately obtaining an abortion. Gay Rights Another issue expected to return to the court is whether certain types of businesses can refuse service to gay couples because of religious objections to same-sex marriage. The high court in June sided, on narrow legal grounds, with a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for two men because of his Christian beliefs, but sidestepped the larger question of whether to allow broad religious-based exemptions to anti-discrimination laws. That issue could be back before the justices as soon as the court's next term in a case involving a Washington state Christian florist who similarly spurned a gay couple. Kennedy, who wrote the baker ruling, cast decisive votes backing gay rights four times, most notably in 2015 when the court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. It is not known how Kavanaugh would vote on those issues as he has not been involved in any gay rights cases during his 12 years as a judge. Transgender People in the Military Trump's bid to ban transgender people from the military has been challenged in lower courts. That issue could make its way to the Supreme Court. After lower courts blocked Trump's ban last year, he announced in March he would endorse Defense Secretary James Mattis' plan to restrict the military service of transgender people who have a condition called gender dysphoria. Trump's administration has asked courts to allow that policy to go into effect, but so far to no avail. Sharon McGowan, a lawyer with gay rights group Lambda Legal, said she saw no evidence Kavanaugh would be any less conservative on gay and transgender rights than Trump's other appointee to the court, Neil Gorsuch. Immigration On immigration, litigation is continuing over Trump's plan to rescind a program created under Democratic former President Barack Obama that protected from deportation hundreds of thousands of young immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children. Lower courts blocked Trump's plan to scrap the program. Congress has failed to agree on a plan to replace it. Gerrymandering Kavanaugh could have to deal with cases involving a practice called partisan gerrymandering in which state legislators redraw electoral maps to try to cement their own party in power. In June, the justices avoided a broad ruling on whether partisan gerrymandering violates the constitutional rights of voters and whether federal judges can intervene to rectify it. Democrats have said Republican gerrymandering has helped Trump's party keep control of the U.S. House of Representatives and various state legislatures. Kennedy previously kept his conservative colleagues from closing the door to litigation in federal court challenging partisan gerrymandering. The partisan gerrymandering case most likely to return to the Supreme Court involves claims that Republican legislators in North Carolina manipulated the boundaries of the state's 13 U.S. House districts to ensure lopsided wins for the party. Attorney Paul Smith of the Campaign Legal Center, which represents the North Carolina plaintiffs, said they had been focused on trying to convince Kennedy to rule in their favor, and now will try to convince Chief Justice John Roberts, seen as the next-most-moderate of the conservative justices. Smith viewed Kavanaugh as likely voting with the court's most conservative justices to reject gerrymandering challenges.
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              Toadcast #118 - The Ashcast      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    Mrs. Toad has been stranded in God Bless America by that infernal cloud of Icelandic ash, so I am home alone for the last week and all of the next one.  This is very much Not Fun, because as much as she's a mean old bitch, I do seem to have developed a grudging affection for the silly old mare so a fortnight apart is very much unappreciated.  It's about time those Icelanders re-established some bloody discipline, honestly.

    Anyhew, there is some excellent stuff on this podcast, even though it really doesn't hang together around a particular theme as they sometimes do.  In actual fact, I don't think I've done a themey one for a while - might give that a go next week.

    Toadcast #118 - The Ashcast

    01. Johnny Flynn - Kentucky Pill (4.11)
    02. Burnt Island - A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again (10.51)
    03. Draw Me Stories - Becomes the Hunted (18.25)
    04. Haunted Stereo - Lock the Doors (22.29)
    05. Ragged Claws - Lamed Wufniks (30.44)
    06. Fleet Foxes - Silver Dagger (36.07)
    07. Hezekiah Jones - I Love My Family (40.13)
    08. Cocorosie - Lemonade (42.14)
    09. Br'er - Crocus (50.41)
    10. Devolver - Promise (56.24)
    11. Giant Sand - Anarchistic Bloshevistic Cowboy Bundle (58.44)


              Toadcast #98 - Randomness      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    I get an awful lot of stuff in my inbox.  When I get jaded and fed up it seems like a bit of a burden, in all honesty, like I owe it to every band and every publicity monkey who ever gets in touch with me to give them complete attention and the time to let the music sink in and all these things which just aren't possible.

    Sometimes, though, I get in the right mood and having an inbox full of bits and bobs is an indulgent treat.  This week is one of those weeks, where I am enjoying pottering through my inbox and having a listen to this and that and basically, it's just a bit of a treat.

    So, after weeks of structured and themed stuff, this week I am basically playing whatever the fuck it is I fancy.  No theme, no plan no goal and no coherence in particular

    Toadcast #98 - Randomness

    01. Stanley Brinks - The End of the World (01.42)
    02. Tune Yards - Hap-B (08.09)
    03. eagleowl - Laughter (17.00)
    04. Stringjammer - Long Road Home (19.45)
    05. Eels - Little Bird (26.09)
    06. Fang Island - Daisy (31.32)
    07. Candy Claws - Island Grows (41.30)
    08. Animal Collective - Bleeding (43.41)
    09. Dylan in the Movies - Josephine (52.53)
    10. Clues - Perfect Fit (61.20)


              Toadcast #53 - Shiny!      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    This is just an overspilling of all the shiny new things I have in my inbox this week.  It's so fabulously up to the minute that there are songs in here which only landed in my inbox yesterday.  There's a slightly sneaky legend making an appearance as well, in the shape of Jason Lytle.  Jason was the lead singer of Grandaddy, a legendary group who disbanded back in about, erm, 2006 or so, leading to Jason moving to a house out in Montana and apparently giving up on the idea of making a living out of music altogether.

    The thing is, music is an art form, and no-one makes a fucking living out of making art.  The only exceptions are deplorable cunts like Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst and fucking Bono, so please can we dispel the idea that art is a profession.  It's not a job, nor a career, it's a fucking calling; an obsession.  Of course, the good news for us fans is that, because it's a calling rather than a job, Mr. Lytle was never likely to stay away forever.  If you care about something it's almost impossible to stop yourself doing it.  Believe me, I know - I feel the same way about masturbation (sorry, not that funny, I know).

    Oooh, by the way, I was very macho this evening.  I got home and I opened the gate to find some random chump sitting on our steps drinking beer.  So I bellowed with rage, grabbed him by the lapels and flung him out into the street, shouting angry man things like 'get the fuck out of my fucking house you cunt or I'll fucking batter you fucking senseless' and other well known aristotelian arguments.  Unfortunately, as is often the case with fighting, one proved vastly less capable than the other, and he apologised and asked for the rest of his beer back and acknowledged that was in the wrong.  Christ that made me feel like a prick and a bully.  So I ended up pointing out that my wife was small and that if she came home and found someone sitting on our steps drinking beer she's have been scared, and that I was sorry for being so violent and please just bugger off etc etc.  He agreed and apologised and basically took all the fun out of being an alpha male, the bastard.  Christ, I might have to wait ten years to be that macho again, why did he have to ruin it for me?

    Toadcast #53 - Shiny!

    01. Orouni - A Greased & Golden Palm (05.47)
    02. The Gillyflowers - Country Boy (09.25)
    03. Trips & Falls - And in Real Life He Wears Corduroy Pants (16.45)
    04. Ragged Claws - On the Death of an Emperor (25.00)
    05. Findo Gask - Wrapped in Plastic (Live) (32.00)
    06. Enfant Bastard - Landscape Painting is Easy (36.23)
    07. Scuff - Sailing Three Sheets to the Wind (40.56)
    08. Jason Lytle - Birds Encouraged Him (Live at Maps) (47.34)
    09. Auld Lang Syne - Where My Fortune Lies (51.01)
    10. Scott Pinkmountain & the Golden Bolts of Tone (58.24)

    Song, by Toad



              Toadcast #43 - The Fightcast      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    The Fightcast?  Yes, the fucking Fightcast.  Why?  Well because mp3 bloggers have been taking it in the arse with some force over the last week.  Posts are being deleted left right and centre, so presumably the major labels have decided to declare all-out war on blogs.  This is because they are scabby old unwashed cheesy penises.  This is not slander, I can prove it with charts and graphs.

    Ultimately this is about corporate control of culture.  I don't want to sound like a ranting conspiracy theorist, but put simply, this is how it works.  People pay for things they feel passionate about.  People feel passionate about art, the creation thereof and the participation therein.  Consequently any company vaguely engaged in cultural endeavours desperately wants to own the loyalty and devotion of as many people as possible, and anyone participating in this arena is a threat.  Because grassroots art has more emotional resonance with people it is an ever bigger threat and must be exterminated.

    They want blogs to exist inasmuch as we provide free market research and free A&R, but if we think we have any influence, any rights, or indeed any genuine loyalty, they wish us dead.  Fuck them, fuck their little games and fuck the horse they rode in on, they are whores.  If they don't want to play with normal people then let them withdraw.  Let them take REM and U2 and fuck off.  I would rather form a massive great list of small independent record labels that do want to play nicely and only ever cover them and unsigned bands, and let the big boys compete with the X-Factor, if they think they can.  Fuck them, let them drown in their own greed.

    Toadcast #43 - The Fightcast

    01. The Love Language - Lalita (02.20)
    02. Honey Claws - Shout Out (07.14)
    03. Findo Gask - One Eight Zero (10.56)
    04. The Avett Brothers - Murder in the City (23.25)
    05. Yusuf Azak - Ursa Major (28.02)
    06. Miracle Fortress - Have You Seen in Your Dreams (30.53)
    07. How To Swim - From Here to Dundee/Eternity (33.55)
    08. Jib Kidder - Flip Flap (45.09)
    09. Situationists - Onwards & Upwards (46.17)
    10. Yusuf Azak - 19.19 (53.45)
    11. The Avett Brothers - The Greatest Sum (Acoustic) (62.02)

    Song, by Toad


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    I’m in America at the moment at my brother’s wedding, but I very kindly recorded this before I went away.  I’ve thrown in some stuff about weddings and some summery happy tunes too.

    Also, he’s getting married on Cape Cod, and I worked there as a waiter for two Summers when I was a student - with my everso English accent the tips were quite splendid - so I’ve thrown on a few songs that remind me of my Summers on Cape Cod, although not all are obviously related.  All in all it’s a cheerful, happy mix with a nice atmosphere to it, so you should like this one.

    By the time you hear it though I could very easily have sworn myself into exile and ruined my relationship with my new in-laws forever.  Wish me luck, Toadlings, wish me luck.

     Toadcast #4 - Summery Songs and Wedding Bells
    1. Billy Bragg - The Marriage (0.46)
    2. Tom Waits - Better Off Without a Wife (5.10)
    3. Clem Snide - Happy Birthday (9.38)
    4. Gomez - Make No Sound (13.36)
    5. Dave Matthews Band - Two Step (19.56)
    6. Vampire Weekend - Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa (26.49)
    7. Judy Garland - Get Happy (30.20)
    8. Tom Waits - Never Let Go (34.59)
    9. Bell X1 - Bound For Boston Hill (38.12)
    10. Suburban Kids With Biblical Names - Funeral Face (43.37)
    11. Luna - Sweet Child O’ Mine (48.41)
    12. Len - Steal My Sunshine (54.07)
    13. Billy Bragg & Wilco - Hesitating Beauty (59.28)
    Song, by Toad

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    We have reached the mid-season mark in the 10-episode second season of Claws, and ‘Vaginalologist’ did a lot to change things up for Desna and her crew. It is going to be interesting to see how she decides to deal with Zlata. I was provided a screener of ‘Vaginalologist’ for review. The opinions are my […]

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    Blues Beatles
    Blues Beatles started during the breaks of the rehearsals of Today -- an original band that Marcos Viana, Flavio Naves, Lancaster Ferreira, Bruno Falcão and Fred Barley started in 2010. Marcos, the singer, would invariably pick up his acoustic guitar and start playing Beatles songs. The other members of the band were amazed at how natural the songs sounded, as if he had written them himself. The reason for this was that Marcos really identified with the songs and never imitated John or Paul. He simply sang with his own voice and from his heart. Being blues players the rest of the band started adding their blues twist to these "break songs". One day Lancaster said: "why don't we mix these two things we love to play? We could call this Blues Beatles!"Everyone loved the idea and together they started the Blues Beatles in 2013.

    The first version of the Beatles songs that caught people's attention was Ticket To Ride. The video has now more than two million views on Facebook. The band has worked and reworked many different songs since it was formed, but only the ones that sound natural to their ears stay in the repertoire. Most of the vocal melodies are kept in their original form, but interpreted with Marcos Viana's unique voice, in an unpretentious and heart-felt way. The arrangements combine blues and soul grooves that suit the vocals of the songs while adding a different feel to them. Instrumental solos and improvisation, typical elements of the blues, are an integral part of the Blues Beatles style. Their fiery live performances showcase their individual and collective skills as soloists.

    The personal and musical affinity between the members of the Blues Beatles is a very strong bond that makes them a band in the true sense of the word. Mutual admiration is the key element in their partnership. "We are big fans of one another and after every concert we always feel that we are lucky to have met each other. We are not better than anyone, we just love playing together", says the whole band in unison.

    The blues aspect of the band is deep-rooted. Lancaster, the guitar player of the Blues Beatles is a pioneer of the Chicago blues style in Brazil, with a thirty-year career and six CDs released since 1996. Flavio Naves has released two CDs, played as guest on many others and was the first blues musician to dedicate himself to mastering the Hammond B3 organ in Brazil. Fred Barley is one of the most renowned drummers in the country. His amazing technique and tasteful playing has influenced a legion of younger drummers. He is in constant demand as a session player in the studio and onstage. Bruno Falcão is the kind of bass player that can bring down a wall with his massive fat sound. A reference in the blues scene in Brazil, his walking bass lines defy the laws of physics: they are fluid and solid at the same time. He lays down the foundation and grooves that make the Blues Beatles sound powerful and contagious.

    Blues Beatles released their debut CD, Get Back to The Blues recorded in 2016 at the Space Blues Studios in São Paulo, Brazil. To achieve the sound they were looking for they invited their favorite saxophone player Denilson "Big D" Martins to record several tracks. Later the band invited him to join them on tours. In December 2016 they started divulging their videos internationally on Facebook and their instant success was overwhelming. Their rendition of A Hard Day's Night reached one million views in only one week. Be on the LOOKOUT for Blues Beatles coming to a town near you in Fall of 2017/Spring of 2018.
              Colin Hovde To Step Down as Artistic Director of Theater Alliance      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    After eight years of leadership, Colin Hovde will step down as the artistic director of Theater Alliance in June 2019, at the conclusion of the 18/19 Season. A search for his successor will begin this summer.

    "These past years at Theater Alliance have been challenging and fulfilling, and I am so proud of all the work," Hovde said. "The Theater Alliance of today is a culmination of the vision, and commitment of its founders, the community, and all who have been a part of our mission. I am honored to have been able to serve as the artistic director over these last years. Through the dedication and support of so many, we've had a greater impact than I could have imagined."

    "It is time that we make space for new leadership at Theater Alliance, and it is also time that I make space for myself. I cannot wait to see the next artistic director build on the success of the company and take it to new heights. I look forward to Theater Alliance continuing, as the resident company at Anacostia Playhouse, to serve as a part of the Anacostia community and the Washington theater family. Over the next year I am committed to working alongside the new artistic director to ensure a smooth transition."

    A catalyst for innovation and diversity, Theater Alliance produces thought-provoking and socially pertinent work, successfully uniting audiences of all backgrounds through the power of creative presentation and participation.

    Board President Molly Singer praises Hovde's work and impact on the community. "Colin has been invaluable in cementing Theater Alliance's mission and leveraging the art of theater to facilitate difficult conversations and promote thought-provoking works that engage the community in dialogue. Because of his sterling character, Colin is a leader, a professional, and an artist who draws people to him and raises the level or work, discourse, and commitment to an issue or piece of theater. I have particularly loved seeing actors, playwrights, and directors cultivate careers under his guidance, and through his commitment to fostering socially conscious theater. I think every person who has attended a Theater Alliance production and post-performance discussion has learned how to see, listen, and participate in new ways."

    During Hovde's tenure, Theater Alliance has staged 26 productions and received 16 Helen Hayes Awards. It has seen productions re-mounted, presented locally and even produced off-Broadway. The company has anchored its artistic work in community action, partnering with groups like Black Lives Matter, TransLatin@ Coalition, Whitman-Walker Health, Black Girl Vision, Girls Inc, TransLaw, TransLatina, Words Beats Life, and Young Playwrights Theatre to explore how the themes onstage interface with our daily lives. It has made its programming accessible through partnerships with DC schools and name your own price tickets to all productions. And it has supported local talent and new play development, enriching our vibrant artistic community.

    The board of Theater Alliance will be launching a local search for a new artistic director and, as part of that search, will be conducting focus groups among artists, supporters, and community members. To participate in a focus group, send an email to board@theateralliance.com.

    "Under my tenure at Theater Alliance, I have been honored to work with so many fiercely talented artists, hungry and engaged audiences, and courageous donors and supporters. I have no regrets about the hours and passion that I have poured into this company alongside so many others. But I know that now is the time to make space for someone else to take over, to step in and catapult this company to new heights. I am certain that the next leader of Theater Alliance will share the company's vision of how theater can foster nuanced conversations around shared stories, represent the full spectrum of who we are in this moment, and act as a catalyst for focused personal and social action in our community.


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    "Within the next few months, Brett M. Kavanaugh will get a vote in the Senate to determine whether he joins the Supreme Court. In all likelihood, that vote will be close but will work out in Kavanaugh’s favor. Republicans currently have a 51-to-49 majority in the Senate, and even if the ailing John McCain (Ariz.) doesn’t vote, if they hold the rest of their members (and they will) the result would at worst be a 50-50 tie that Vice President Pence would break.

    That vote will be a vivid reminder that we are living in an age of minority rule. In fact, that is one of the central features of this political era. The Republican Party represents a minority of the American electorate, yet it controls not only all three branches of the federal government but also most state governments, as well.

    Why do I say that a vote in Kavanaugh’s favor is an example of minority rule? Because the body that will confirm him is built in its current formation to almost guarantee Republican control, despite the fact that most American voters selected Democrats to represent them there.

    Using Dave Leip’s invaluable election atlas, I added up all the votes cast for Democrats and Republicans in the 2012, 2014 and 2016 Senate elections, which put the current Senate in place. I didn’t bother with the few special elections since 2012, which in total wouldn’t change the results much, but I did include Bernie Sanders’s and Angus King’s last elections, since they are nominally independent but caucus with the Democrats. Here are the results:

    Republican votes: 102.3 million

    Democratic votes: 117.4 million
    In the elections that determined the current Senate, there were 15 million more votes cast for Democrats than for Republicans. Yet Republicans maintain control and therefore get to confirm President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.

    Well, that’s just how it is, you might say. Blame the framers. And that’s true: They set up a system in which Wyoming’s 580,000 residents get two senators and California’s 40 million residents also get two senators.

    But that doesn’t mean it’s fair or right or that Democrats shouldn’t be livid in cases like this where it leads to such an antidemocratic outcome. And the GOP’s built-in advantages combine to make the country much more hostile to the policies the majority actually wants.

    So we will now have an intensely conservative Supreme Court in which five of the nine justices were appointed by Republican presidents, despite the fact that in six of the past seven presidential elections, the Democratic candidate won the most votes. That’s because of the electoral college, another feature of our system with a built-in Republican advantage.

    Were it not for the skew of the Senate, Mitch McConnell would not have had the ability to refuse to hear the nomination of Merrick Garland, in which case the margin would have been 5-4 in favor of Democrats. Were the presidency determined by which candidate got the most votes — as it is in every other democracy on earth — Hillary Clinton would be president right now, and the margin would be 6-3 in favor of liberals.

    There’s a related situation in the House, where most analysts believe that in order to take control Democrats will have to not just win the popular vote, but win it by a huge margin of 6 or 7 points. And all this is why enormously popular policies like minimum wage increases, greater funding for education, and universal health coverage never see the light of day, while our national legislature eagerly cuts taxes for the wealthy and corporations whether that’s what the public wants or not. And one of the things you can absolutely count on from the newly (even more) conservative Supreme Court is that they will approve every step Republicans take to suppress the votes of those inclined to oppose them, making their continued hold on power all the more likely.

    In other words, our entire political system is built to give the Republican Party a series of advantages, even when they represent a minority of the public, as they now do. In some cases that’s by their design, and in some cases it’s a happy accident, but it all points in the same direction. And when Republicans have power, they work ceaselessly to make the system even less democratic and more rigged in their favor.

    So every time the Supreme Court issues another ruling that cheers conservatives, whether it’s restricting reproductive rights or gutting campaign finance laws or undercutting environmental regulations, we should remember that it was made possible by a minority president with the aid of a minority Senate.

    When he ran for president, Donald Trump told his voters that they were the victims of a rigged system. Nurture your rage, he urged them, and strike a blow against that system by voting for me. In truth, he was the product of the rigged system, not its enemy. So maybe it’s time for liberals to finally get angry about it."
    -Paul Waldman, "We're living in an age of minority rule"

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    Reaction is coming in to President Donald Trump’s announcement that D.C. judge Brett Kavanaugh is his pick for the soon-to-be vacated Supreme Court seat held by Justice Anthony Kennedy. If confirmed, Kavanaugh, will likely be the reliable conservative that some have hoped for, and others have feared said Peter Margulies, a lawyer and professor at the Roger Williams University law school. “I think on most issues, Judge Kavanaugh will defer to the government, in many cases involving national security for example. But he’ll be less willing to defer to the government on issues involving regulation,” said Margulies. The Ivy-league educated judge clerked for Justice Kennedy, as did other Trump pick, current Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. However Margulies says Kavanaugh may not be as willing as Kennedy to waver from conservative viewpoints. “The process President Trump here followed was to try to avoid surprises like Kennedy,” said Margulies. “Conservatives certainly don’t want that.
              This I Believe New England: Diversity      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    What is it that draws so many of us to the Ocean State and keeps us here, even when opportunities elsewhere beckon? In a word, community. Somehow Rhode Island’s intimate and quirky scale, its mix of neighborhood and neighborhood characters – even with their sometimes rough edges – manage to pull us in and get ahold of us, a bit like flypaper. For so many of us, Rhode Island’s complex richness seeps into our bones and, even with all its challenges, becomes part of who we are. And that’s just what we hear from Karen Lee Ziner. Karen Lee Ziner has lived in Providence since 1980. For many years Ziner served as a staff writer for The Providence Journal. A version of this essay previously appeared in the Providence Sunday Journal.
              If High Court Reverses Roe v. Wade, 22 States Likely To Ban Abortion      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    What would the U.S. look like without Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that legalized abortion nationwide? That's the question now that President Trump has chosen conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Reversing the landmark case would not automatically make abortion illegal across the country. Instead, it would return the decision about abortion legality to the states, where a patchwork of laws already in place render abortion more or less available, largely depending on individual states' political leanings. "We think there are 22 states likely to ban abortion without Roe " because of a combination of factors including existing laws and regulations on the books and the positions of the governors and state legislatures, says Amy Myrick , staff attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights, which represents abortion-rights advocates in court. "The threat level is very high now," Myrick says. Kavanaugh never opined on Roe
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              Remarks by President Trump Announcing Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh as the Nominee for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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              23 creative ways states are keeping women from getting abortions in the US — that could erode Roe v. Wade without repealing it      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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    The US Supreme Court declared abortion was legal and that women had a constitutional right to the procedure with the landmark case Roe v. Wade in 1973.

    But the reality of that right today varies considerably across the states.

    Since then, antiabortion activists and lawmakers have found ways around Roe to make it as difficult as possible for women to get the procedure in most states.

    Many legal scholars don't think the Supreme Court would outright overturn Roe — even if President Donald Trump gets his second nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, on the bench. The more likely route is that abortion rights will slowly erode over time until only women in blue states (or rich women who can travel there) can get them.

    Here's a look at some of the major state laws that are restricting access to abortion across the country:

    Targeted Restrictions on Abortion Providers (TRAP) Laws

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    Targeted Restrictions on Abortion Providers — or TRAP — laws impose strict requirements on abortion clinics and providers. The standards are frequently so specific that clinics often can't afford the changes, and end up closing down altogether.

    Nine states specify the size of the procedure rooms, seven specify the width of the clinic corridors, and eight require physicians to have admission privileges at a nearby hospital in case complications arise — even though less than 0.5% of abortions result in complications that require a hospital visit.

    An Alabama law mandated that abortion clinics cannot be within 2,000 yards from a school before a judge struck it down.

    The most famous law, Texas's HB2, went all the way to the Supreme Court in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt. In June 2016, the high court struck it down in a 5-3 decision.

    The justices concluded that the law "provides few, if any, health benefits for women, poses a substantial obstacle to women seeking abortions, and constitutes an 'undue burden' on their constitutional right to do so."

    Though SCOTUS deemed Texas's TRAP law unconstitutional, 23 states still have laws on the books that "regulate abortion providers and go beyond what is necessary to ensure patients’ safety," according to the Guttmacher Institute, a leading research and policy organization on reproductive health.



    Specific week bans

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    One of the most common ways to restrict abortions is to set limits on when women can get them. Specific week bans, the most popular of which is the 20-week ban, only allow abortions before 20 weeks into the pregnancy, for example.

    In Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court didn't specify when abortions were legal, deciding at the time to vaguely make it unconstitutional to outlaw them up until the fetus was "viable," since the science hadn't (and still hasn't) determined at the time when that was, medically speaking.

    States have seized on this ambiguity and passed specific week bans. A whopping 43 states have passed some type of gestational limit, usually only allowing exceptions to if the mother's life is in danger.

    According to 2014 data, 89% of elective abortions occur in the first trimester of pregnancy. The vast majority of the 10% that occur after are for medical reasons.

    Three specific examples of week bans include fetal heartbeat, fetal pain, and personhood restrictions.



    Fetal heartbeat limits

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    In December 2016, the Ohio legislature passed a bill that would ban abortion after the fetus' heartbeat can be detected.

    Gov. John Kasich vetoed the so-called heartbeat bill, saying it was "clearly contrary to the Supreme Court of the United States' current rulings on abortion," and that signing it into law would ensure the "State of Ohio will be forced to pay hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars" in a losing lawsuit. (He also signed a 20-week ban into law that same day).

    Doctors can detect a fetus' heartbeat as early as six weeks into pregnancy. Women usually don't find out they're pregnant until four to seven weeks in — meaning the bill could have left many women unable to get a safe, legal abortion in the state because they wouldn't have known they were pregnant.

    Several other states have passed or tried to pass fetal heartbeat laws, but governors have vetoed them, the bills have died in committee, or courts have struck them down. No state currently has such a law on the books.




    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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              VSB Bancorp, Inc. Second Quarter 2018 Results of Operations      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    STATEN ISLAND, NY / ACCESSWIRE / July 10, 2018 / VSB Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQX: VSBN) reported net income of $694,032 for the second quarter of 2018, a decrease of $198,521, or 22.2%, from the second quarter of 2017. The following unaudited figures were released today. Pre-tax income was $938,228 in the second quarter of 2018, compared to $1,373,321 for the second quarter of 2017. Net income for the quarter was $694,032, or basic income of $0.39 per common share, compared to net income of $892,553 or $0.50 basic net income per common share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2017. Return on average assets decreased from 0.79% in the second quarter of 2017 to 0.77% in the second quarter of 2018, while return on average equity decreased from 8.98% to 8.47%.

    The $198,521 decrease in net income was due to a decrease in net interest income of $211,877, a $147,183 increase in non-interest expense, and a decrease in non-interest income of $76,033. We did not record a provision for loan loss in the second quarter as we had net recoveries of loans previously charged off of $62,000 in 2018. The decrease in net income was partially offset by a $236,572 decrease in the provision for income taxes, due to the decrease in federal income tax rates,

    The $211,877 decrease in net interest income for the second quarter of 2018 occurred primarily because our interest income decreased by $141,322, while our cost of funds increased by $70,555. The drop in interest income resulted from a $246,519 decrease in income from loans. The year to year decline in income on loans was principally due to $187,143 in past-due interest that we received in the second quarter of 2017 on non-performing or charged-off loans. In addition, we had a 27 basis point decrease in average loan yields between the periods, as we booked new loans at lower rates due to a more competitive environment. The average balance of loans decreased slightly as the payoff of some of our construction loans primarily offset our new originations. Income from investment securities increased by $137,494, as the average loan yields between the period increased by 11 basis point and the average balance of investment securities increased by $33.7 million, as we deployed lower-yielding overnight investments into higher-yielding investment securities. The 2017 period included $139,622 of interest due to prepayment of interest on a FNMA security.

    Interest income from other interest earning assets (principally overnight investments) decreased by $32,297 due to a $28.7 million decrease in the average balance partially offset by a 79 basis point increase in the average yield. This average yield increase corresponded to the Federal Reserve's increase in the target federal funds rate between the periods. However, since the overnight investment yield was still below the yield we were able to earn on investment securities, we deployed a portion of the cash funding overnight investments into investment securities with higher yields. Overall, average interest-earning assets increased by $4.9 million from the second quarter of 2017 to the second quarter of 2018.

    The increase in interest expense was principally due to a $63,446 increase in the cost of time accounts, due primarily to a 48 basis point increase in average cost. There was a $35,090 increase in interest on NOW accounts, as the average cost increased by 17 basis points while the average balance between periods increased by $13.8 million. The rates on time deposits and NOW accounts increased as the Federal Reserve's target federal funds rate increased, resulting in higher general market interest rate conditions. These increases in deposit costs were partially offset by a $26,178 decrease in interest expense of money market accounts, as the average cost decreased by 8 basis points and the average balance decreased by $8.7 million. Our overall average cost of interest-bearing liabilities increased by 14 basis points. The Federal Reserve once again increased the benchmark federal funds rate by 25 basis points in June 2018, which may result in additional upward pressure on deposit rates generally.

    Average demand deposits, an interest free source of funds for us to invest, remained stable at $143.0 million and represented approximately 43% of average total deposits for the second quarter of 2018. Average interest-bearing deposits increased by $3.4 million, resulting in an overall $3.5 million increase in average total deposits from the second quarter of 2017 to the second quarter of 2018.

    The average yield on earning assets rose by 9 basis points while the average cost of funds rose by 14 basis points. The increase in the yield on assets was principally due the shift in mix away from overnight investments in favor of investment securities. The receipt of $326,765 in non-recurring interest income from loans and investment securities in the second quarter of 2017, as discussed above, created upward distortion in reported yields in the 2017 period. Without the non-recurring income in 2017, our average yield increased by 14 basis points from the 2017 period to the same period in 2018. Our interest rate margin increased by 1 basis point from 3.21% to 3.22% when comparing the second quarter of 2018 to the same quarter in 2017, while our interest rate spread decreased by 5 basis points from 2.97% to 2.92% in the same period. We estimate that without the 2017 non-recurring income, the spread would have not have changed between the periods.

    The margin, adjusted for the 2017 non-recurring interest income, increased because of a combination of factors. Our average investment securities portfolio increased by $33.7 million, our average balance of lower yielding other interest earning assets decreased by $28.7 million and we continue to have an increase in earnings from assets funded by non-interest bearing demand deposits and capital as our average yield increases. However, while our current cost of deposits has risen, additional increases in the federal funds rate this year has increased competition for deposits, as more banks raise their interest rates to attract new deposits, which may necessitate further increases in future deposit rates.

    Non-interest income decreased to $565,808 in the second quarter of 2018, compared to $641,841 in the same quarter in 2017. The decrease was a result of a $51,523 decrease in loan fee income, as we collected prepayment income and exit fees on loans that were repaid ahead of maturity in the 2017 period, and a $18,577 reduction in net rental income, as we are no longer renting one of our properties in 2018.

    Comparing the second quarter of 2018 with the same quarter in 2017, non-interest expense increased by $147,183, totaling $2.5 million for the second quarter of 2018. Non-interest expense increased for various business reasons including: (i) an $101,083 increase in salary and benefit costs due to a higher level of staff; (ii) a $35,855 increase in occupancy expenses due principally to the commencement of rent payments on our new branch that is under construction; and (iii) a $31,506 increase in other expenses for various reasons including increased insurance costs for construction and increased franchise tax.

    Total assets increased to $368.8 million at June 30, 2018, an increase of $19.0 million, or 5.4%, from December 31, 2017. The largest components of this increase were a $14.2 million increase in investment securities, as we redeployed cash from new deposits, and a $10.4 million increase in cash and other liquid assets, partially offset by a $6.7 million decrease in loans. Our non-performing loans increased from $593,000 at December 31, 2017 to $1.4 million at June 30, 2018, due primarily to the addition of $815,000 in non-performing loans in 2018 principally loans secured by mortgages on real estate in Staten Island. There was no OREO at June 30, 2018. Total deposits, including escrow deposits, increased to $333.3 million, an increase of $17.7 million, or 5.6% during 2018. The increase was primarily attributable to increases of $11.6 million in demand and checking deposits, $9.7 million in NOW accounts, and $3.8 million in time deposits, partially offset by $6.9 million decrease in money market accounts.

    Our total stockholders' equity increased by $1.0 million, principally due to $1.3 million in retained earnings, $117,863 in additional paid in capital and $50,062 of amortization of our ESOP loan, partially offset by a $436,488 decrease in other comprehensive income as the market value of our investment portfolio dropped as market yields increased. VSB Bancorp's Tier 1 capital ratio was 9.29% at June 30, 2018. Book value per common share increased from $17.82 at year end 2017 to $18.37 at June 30, 2018.

    For the first six months of 2018, pre-tax income decreased to $2.1 million from $2.3 million for the first six months of 2018, a reduction of $230,011, or 9.9%. Net income for the six months ended June 30, 2018 was $1.6 million, or basic net income of $0.90 per common share, as compared to net income of $1.5 million, or basic net income of $0.85 per common share, for the six months ended June 30, 2017. The increase in net income for the six months ended June 30, 2018 compared to the same period in 2017 was attributable principally to a $315,452 decrease in the provision for income taxes, a $30,574 increase in net interest income, a $15,000 reduction in the provision for loan loss. These increases were partially offset by an $160,781 increase in non-interest expenses and an $114,804 decrease in other income.

    The increase in non-interest expense of $160,781 was due primarily to (i) an $88,532 increase in salary and benefit costs due to a higher level of staff; (ii) a $74,188 increase in occupancy expenses due principally to the payment of partial rent on our new branch under construction; and (iii) a $51,707 increase in other expenses for various reasons. The increases were partially offset by a $26,532 decrease in professional fees because as we did not have recruitment agency fees in 2018 and a $25,723 decrease in legal fees as we had lower legal collection costs. The net interest margin increased by 6 basis points to 3.27% for the six months ended June 30, 2018 from 3.21% in the same period in 2017, as the average balance of our investment securities grew by 18% and the average balance of other interest earning assets decreased by 58% during the periods. Without the effect of the non-interest income, the net interest margin increased by 3 basis points. Average interest earning assets for the six months ended June 30, 2018 increased by $5.2 million, or 1.5%, from the same period in 2017.

    Raffaele (Ralph) M. Branca, VSB Bancorp, Inc.'s President and CEO, stated, ''Excluding the effect of non-recurring income in 2017, we had a 4% growth in net interest income. Our loan growth has been hampered by the payoff of our larger construction loans, but management continues to work to increase our loan portfolio.'' Joseph J. LiBassi, VSB Bancorp, Inc.'s Chairman, stated, ''We increased our cash dividend by 10% this quarter and we are now paying, on a quarterly basis, 11 cents per share. We paid our forty-third consecutive cash dividend and our book value per share has now reached $18.37. Our continued success is a direct result of delivering the best in personal service,''

    VSB Bancorp, Inc. is the one-bank holding company for Victory State Bank. Victory State Bank, a Staten Island based commercial bank, which commenced operations on November 17, 1997. The Bank's initial capitalization of $7.0 million was primarily raised in the Staten Island community. The Bancorp's total equity has increased to $33.6 million primarily through the retention of earnings. The Bank operates five full service locations in Staten Island: the main office in Great Kills, and branches on Forest Avenue (West Brighton), Hyatt Street (St. George), Hylan Boulevard (Dongan Hills) and on Bay Street (Rosebank). We are planning to open a sixth branch in Meiers Corners section of Staten Island, in 2018, as we have received both regulatory and building department approvals.

    FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

    This release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties. Such risks and uncertainties may include but are not necessarily limited to adverse changes in local, regional or national economic conditions, fluctuations in market interest rates, changes in laws or government regulations, weaknesses of other financial institutions, changes in customer preferences, and changes in competition within our market area. When used in this release or in any other written or oral statements by the Company or its directors, officers or employees, words or phrases such as ''will result in,'' ''management expects that,'' ''will continue,'' ''is anticipated,'' ''estimate,'' ''projected,'' or similar expressions, and other terms used to describe future events, are intended to identify ''forward-looking statements'' within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (''PSLRA''). Readers should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements, which reflect management's view only as of the date of the statement. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly revise these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances. This statement is included for the express purpose of protecting the Company under the PSLRA's safe harbor provisions.

    Contact Name:

    Ralph M. Branca
    President & CEO
    (718) 979-1100

    VSB Bancorp, Inc.
    Consolidated Statements of Financial Condition
    June 30, 2018
    (unaudited)


    June 30, December 31, 2018 2017 Assets: Cash and cash equivalents $ 23,342,552 $ 12,920,547 Investment securities, available for sale 41,642,006 46,080,113 Investment securities, held to maturity 164,449,301 145,853,876 Loans receivable 130,408,101 137,180,384 Allowance for loan loss (1,377,591 ) (1,564,698 ) Loans receivable, net 129,030,510 135,615,686 Bank premises and equipment, net 1,017,666 1,086,569 Accrued interest receivable 922,726 888,936 Bank owned life insurance 5,488,586 5,433,064 Other assets 2,937,049 1,929,175 Total assets $ 368,830,396 $ 349,807,966 Liabilities and stockholders' equity: Liabilities: Deposits: Demand and checking $ 142,897,403 $ 131,300,711 NOW 62,807,504 53,070,471 Money market 47,971,402 54,894,238 Savings 23,094,530 23,715,892 Time 56,126,736 52,297,151 Total Deposits 332,897,575 315,278,463 Escrow deposits 393,732 281,505 Accounts payable and accrued expenses 1,927,971 1,647,658 Total liabilities 335,219,278 317,207,626 Stockholders' equity: Common stock, ($.0001 par value, 10,000,000 shares authorized 2,092,926 issued, 1,829,465 outstanding at June 30, 2018 and at December 31, 2017) 209 209 Additional paid in capital 10,708,420 10,590,557 Retained earnings 27,001,808 25,722,467 Treasury stock, at cost (263,461 shares at June 30, 2018 and at December 31, 2017) (2,813,653 ) (2,813,653 ) Unearned ESOP shares (584,063 ) (634,125 ) Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of taxes of $208,260 and $142,754, respectively (701,603 ) (265,115 ) Total stockholders' equity 33,611,118 32,600,340 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 368,830,396 $ 349,807,966

    VSB Bancorp, Inc.
    Consolidated Statements of Operations
    June 30, 2018
    (unaudited)


    Three months Three months Six months Six months ended ended ended ended June 30, 2018 June 30, 2017 June 30, 2018 June 30, 2017 Interest and dividend income: Loans receivable $ 1,871,049 $ 2,117,568 $ 3,823,955 $ 3,998,314 Investment securities 1,188,832 1,051,338 2,254,251 1,922,849 Other interest earning assets 95,338 127,635 171,110 221,171 Total interest income 3,155,219 3,296,541 6,249,316 6,142,334 Interest expense: NOW 66,783 31,693 118,769 55,022 Money market 87,558 113,736 178,895 225,812 Savings 11,895 13,698 24,853 26,424 Time 135,139 71,693 214,396 153,247 Total interest expense 301,375 230,820 536,913 460,505 Net interest income 2,853,844 3,065,721 5,712,403 5,681,829 Provision for loan loss - - - 15,000 Net interest income after provision for loan loss 2,853,844 3,065,721 5,712,403 5,666,829 Non-interest income: Loan fees 7,554 59,077 129,681 123,044 Service charges on deposits 474,400 479,575 913,950 986,585 Net rental income (561 ) 18,016 (17,306 ) 28,817 Other income 84,415 85,173 169,896 172,579 Total non-interest income 565,808 641,841 1,196,221 1,311,025 Non-interest expenses: Salaries and benefits 1,292,751 1,191,668 2,522,173 2,433,641 Occupancy expenses 385,822 349,967 759,454 685,266 Legal expense 72,620 80,298 144,370 170,093 Professional fees 109,190 114,972 215,819 242,351 Computer expense 102,809 106,476 200,403 210,305 Director fees 63,754 61,888 126,578 120,067 FDIC and NYSBD assessments 45,000 51,000 82,000 80,000 Other expenses 409,478 377,972 760,942 709,235 Total non-interest expenses 2,481,424 2,334,241 4,811,739 4,650,958 Income before income taxes 938,228 1,373,321 2,096,885 2,326,896 Provision (benefit) for income taxes: Current 217,334 477,281 519,904 845,636 Deferred 26,862 3,487 (20,833 ) (31,113 ) Total provision for income taxes 244,196 480,768 499,071 814,523 Net income $ 694,032 $ 892,553 $ 1,597,814 $ 1,512,373 Basic net income per common share $ 0.39 $ 0.50 $ 0.90 $ 0.85 Diluted net income per share $ 0.39 $ 0.50 $ 0.89 $ 0.85 Book value per common share $ 18.37 $ 17.51 $ 18.37 $ 17.51

    SOURCE: VSB Bancorp, Inc.

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              DONALD TRUMP LEADS A GLOBAL REVIVAL OF NATIONALISM / THE FINANCIAL TIMES OP EDITORIAL      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    Donald Trump leads a global revival of nationalism

    The US president has soulmates in Europe where far-right parties govern in coalition

    Gideon Rachman



    An international nationalist movement sounds like a contradiction. Nationalists are concerned above all by the fortunes of their own tribe. International co-operation does not come naturally to them. And yet, despite this, the world is seeing the emergence of a “nationalist international”. Nationalist political parties are on the rise across the west — and they are taking inspiration from each other and working together.

    Donald Trump is central to this development. The US president is often portrayed as an isolated maverick on the world stage. But, in fact, he is emerging as the informal leader of an international movement. By shifting American politics in a more nationalist direction, Mr Trump has changed the tone of politics everywhere.

    The US president already has ideological soulmates in Europe, where the key figures include Viktor Orban, the prime minister of Hungary (who came to power before Mr Trump), and Matteo Salvini, Italy’s deputy prime minister. Europe’s nationalists include far-right parties that are now in coalition governments, such as Mr Salvini’s League and Austria’s Freedom Party. But nationalist themes have also been increasingly adopted by more traditional centre-right parties, such as Germany’s CSU, Britain’s Conservatives and Austria’s People’s party.

    The nationalists’ dominant issue is usually immigration — and the need to defend the nation against “swarms” of migrants from outside the west. When it comes to economics, they are often drawn to Trump-style protectionism.

    These nationalists are also hostile to international institutions and treaties, which they regard as the playthings of a rootless, global elite. The Trump administration has withdrawn from international treaties such as the Paris climate accord, and organisations like the UN Human Rights Council. The European nationalists focus their ire on the EU and the international rules governing the treatment of refugees.

    Increasingly, they are looking to co-operate. Sebastian Kurz, Austria’s chancellor, has mused about organising a “Berlin-Rome-Vienna” axis to fight illegal immigration. Richard Grenell, the US ambassador in Germany, has talked about empowering Trump-style “conservatives” across Europe. Steve Bannon, Mr Trump’s former chief strategist, convened meetings of nationalist parties in Rome during the Italian elections, writing later: “It’s hard not to feel we’re on the right side of history.”

    The nationalists are often fans of Vladimir Putin. The Russian president is admired as a tough guy who sticks up for his nation. His violation of international laws in the process is regarded as a plus — not a minus. By contrast, the nationalists detest Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, and Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister, who are seen as preachy internationalists, hopelessly soft-headed on the defining issue of immigration.

    This nationalism is not confined to the west. In Delhi, recently, I had a long conversation with Jayant Sinha, a government minister. He argued that the Modi government rejects universalism, in favour of a defence of India’s unique culture. “People feel their heritage is under siege,” he said, “in that sense we are part of a global narrative.”

    Many liberal internationalists find it hard to accept that the nationalists are making progress partly because they have some genuine political insights. Their emphasis on the enduring importance of the nation-state clearly resonates with voters. Demands for tougher control of illegal migration flow naturally from that idea — since the question of who is entitled to citizenship is central to national identity.

    Europe’s nationalists, such as Mr Salvini, Mr Orban and Britain’s Nigel Farage, have capitalised on complaints that the EU grabbed too many of the traditional powers of the nation and controls everything from national budget deficits to citizenship rights.

    The central demands of the new nationalists, such as control of immigration or protectionism, have a legitimate place in democratic politics. But the policies adopted by them, once they are in power, have quickly spun off into horrifying directions, such as the detention of migrant children in the US or Mr Salvini’s demand for a mass expulsion of the Roma population from Italy.

    One key problem is that the nationalist emphasis on the nation-state usually has a strong cultural and racial element. Once you start thinking of outsiders as less worthy than your compatriots — indeed, as people who “infest” your nation (in the words of President Trump) — than it becomes much easier to treat them brutally.

    A second problem is that the new nationalists often ignore the complexity of the modern world. International rules are not simply the product of the ideological preferences of an unmoored globalist elite. They are the necessary means to regulate the interactions of nations on everything from trade to travel. Abolish all those fussy international laws and you are on the route to anarchy, a trade war — or a real war.

    So while the nationalists are making common cause in taking on their liberal internationalist foes around the world, the “nationalist international” is intrinsically unstable. A world in which nation-states see each other above all as rivals is one that is primed for conflict.
              THE WAY THE MOUNTAIN MOVED Opens July 14      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    The Oregon Shakespeare Festival will open the world premiere of Idris Goodwin's The Way the Mountain Moved, directed by May Adrales, on July 14 in the Thomas Theatre. Preview performances are July 10, 12 and 13, and the play runs through Oct. 28, 2018.

    Goodwin's American Revolutions commission journeys into the genesis of the Transcontinental Railroad and explores often untold perspectives of an iconic chapter in American history and the events that shaped the country's moral and environmental future. In a remote desert in the 1850s, four men-a U.S. Army lieutenant, a sharpshooter, a botanist and an artist-set out to survey a route for the new continent-spanning railroad. After being scattered on separate odysseys, they cross paths with lost pioneers, cautious Native Americans and an African-American Mormon couple unsure whether to befriend, fight or flee the newcomers. Whose dreams will prevail?

    "What is so fascinating about this play is that as people were moving out West, we were at this precipice where we wondered about America: What is it and what could it be? Idris's play presents a question of what could it have been," says director May Adrales, who previously directed 2016's Vietgone at OSF. "Could America have been a place where there is multiplicity and is there a way that these different values and cultures could have lived side by side? Did there have to be a winner?"

    The Way the Mountain Moved joins All The Way, Sweat, Roe, Party People and other commissions from American Revolutions: The United States History Cycle that explore key moments of change in U.S. history.

    "When Idris so generously agreed to create a play for American Revolutions, we talked about him touching on a moment of change in the history of our environment," says Alison Carey, director of American Revolutions. "The Way the Mountain Moved brings to life not only the people that headed West in the 1800s, but the land itself and the creatures on it. It is a story of beauty and changing bounty, and it is a gorgeous testament to the richness of the world around us."

    The cast of The Way the Mountain Moved features Christiana Clark as Martha, Al Espinosa as Luis Núñez Arista, Rex Young as George Harris, Julian Remulla as Jonathan Handle, Michael Gabriel Goodfriend as Lt. Gerald Smith, Christopher Salazar as Tuwuda, Rodney Gardiner as Orson, Sara Bruner as Phyllis Cooke, Maddy Flemming as Helen Cooke, Krista Unverferth as Hannah, Robert Vincent Frank as Bart, Shyla Lefner as Kusavi and Jen Olivares as Chuxa.

    Scenic design for The Way the Mountain Moved is by Sara Ryung Clement, costumes are by Deborah M. Dryden and lighting is by Keith Parham. Charles Coes and Nathan Roberts are composers and sound designers. Projections are by Shawn Duan and Laura A. Brueckner is production dramaturg. David Carey and Rebecca Clark Carey are voice and text directors and U. Jonathan Toppo is fight director. Amy Miranda Bender is production stage manager and Rachel Gonzalez is production assistant.

    The Way the Mountain Moved runs through Oct. 28, 2018, in the Thomas Theatre. Due to high demand, nine bonus performances have been added: July 31, Aug. 5, Aug. 26, Sept. 2, Sept. 5, Sept. 20, Sept. 26 and Oct. 11. Tickets for all performances are available at the OSF Box Office, via phone at 800-219-8161, or online at www.osfashland.org and osfashland.org/TheWayTheMountainMoved.

    Upcoming engagement programming related to The Way the Mountain Moved includes Festival Noons Prefaces July 12 and July 28, free Festival Noons Park Talks July 15 (with actor Christopher Salazar) and July 24 (with actor Michael Gabriel Goodfriend) and a Festival Noons talk July 25 titled "American Revolutions: The Way the Mountain Moved and Beyond" featuring American Revolutions Director Alison Carey and Associate Director Julie Felise Dubiner. Tickets and information are available at osfashland.org/FestivalNoons. More engagement programming for The Way the Mountain Moved and other 2018 productions for August and beyond is to be announced.

    The Way the Mountain Moved is the recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award. Lead Sponsor is Louise L. Gund. Sponsors are Amy and Mort Friedkin and The Hobbes Family. Partners are Nancy and Donald de Brier, Cynthia Muss Lawrence and the National Endowment for the Arts. OSF's 2018 season is sponsored by U.S. Bank.

    OSF's full 2018 playbill includes Othello, Sense and Sensibility, Destiny of Desire, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! and Snow in Midsummer in the Angus Bowmer Theatre; Henry V, Manahatta and The Way the Mountain Moved in the intimate Thomas Theatre; and Romeo and Juliet, The Book of Will and Love's Labor's Lost in the outdoor Allen Elizabethan Theatre.

    Founded by Angus Bowmer in 1935, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) has grown from a three-day festival of two plays to a nationally renowned theatre arts organization that presents an eight-month season of up to 11 plays that include works by Shakespeare as well as a mix of classics, musicals and world-premiere plays. OSF's play commissioning programs, which include American Revolutions: the United States History Cycle, have generated works that have been produced on Broadway, throughout the American regional theatre, and in high schools and community theatres across the country. The Festival draws attendance of more than 400,000 to approximately 800 performances every year and employs approximately 575 theatre professionals.

    OSF invites and welcomes everyone, and believes the inclusion of diverse people, ideas, cultures and traditions enriches both our insights into the work we present on stage and our relationships with each other. OSF is committed to equity and diversity in all areas of our work and in our audiences.

    OSF's mission statement: "Inspired by Shakespeare's work and the cultural richness of the United States, we reveal our collective humanity through illuminating interpretations of new and classic plays, deepened by the kaleidoscope of rotating repertory."

    Photo credit: The Way the Mountain Moved (2018): Christopher Salazar, Christiana Clark, Sara Bruner, Al Espinosa. Courtesy of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.


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