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          CA Court Gets Tougher On Anti-Jewish Campus Hate      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Los Angeles city prosecutor Spencer Hart, who is reviewing the belligerent shutdown of a Students Supporting Israel panel at the University of California-Los Angeles on May 17, 2018, has requested additional investigative materials from the UCLA Police, according to a prosecution source. The request on Case 18-1206 was transmitted to UCLA campus Detective Selby Arsena, who assembled the original investigative package submitted to Los Angeles Pacific Branch prosecutors in mid-July.

The request was seen as an indication that LA prosecutors are taking the case seriously and undertaking a thorough review. No timeline for a decision could be identified, prosecution sources say, because prosecutor Hart, who is second in command at the Pacific Branch, not only handles his own substantial caseload but as the assistant supervising attorney, he also oversees the caseloads of other prosecutors. However, since a one-year statute of limitations applies, investigative sources envision a decision on the prosecution by year’s end.

In the now well-known case, Students Supporting Israel gathered in a UCLA function room on May 17, 2018, for a panel discussion titled Indigenous Peoples Unite. Disrupters—suddenly and loudly—stormed into the room mid-session. One person tore down the students’ flag, demonstratively pulled away a desk placard, and cursed threateningly close to the face of a panelist. With bullhorns, whistles staged dancing, and slogan shouting, the event was shut down. The disruption and nose-to-nose intimidation of the students attending the SSI event was documented in a video, beginning at minute 41. 

After media revelations about UCLA’s initial inaction, two Jewish groups stepped up—the Louis D. Brandeis Center, headed by constitutional attorney Alyza Lewin, and the StandWithUs Saidoff Legal Department, headed by attorney Yael Lerman. The Washington-based Brandeis Center flew its attorney, Aviva Vogelstein, to LA. Together, Lerman and Vogelstein personally escorted numerous students as well as one member of the community into the UCLA police department, where they all filed formal complaints. These resulted in a formal referral of the incident to city prosecutors. 

The failure of UCLA to act swiftly and transparently has been viewed by the larger Jewish and pro-Israel community as symptomatic of academic administrations across the nation that has allowed anti-Jewish and anti-Israel agitation to flourish and escalate to violence. 

UCLA spokesman Tad Tamberg repeatedly declined to respond to questions, and his office has also instructed the UCLA police to not respond to questions by this reporter. 

More than a few have compared the intensifying intimidation on campus to something approaching Brownshirt tactics in 1932, just before Hitler came to power. Nazi storm troopers would violently break up Jewish and anti-fascist meetings. 

In an August 2, 2018 letter to prosecutor Hart, the Coalition for Jewish Values, representing some 1,000 conservative and orthodox rabbis, urged prosecution of the UCLA disrupters citing verisimilitude to the “Nazi Party in Germany and its Sturmabteilung (SA), the stormtroopers or brownshirts.” 

Facing university inaction across the nation, Jewish and pro-Israel groups have turned to the criminal code. Several organizations are preparing students and community members on other campuses to call 911 to initiate police investigations for referral to prosecutors. 

Headlines were recently made at Stanford University when third-year student and former student senator Hamzeh Daoud, hired as a dorm residential advisor, issued the following Facebook warning: “I'm gonna physically fight Zionists on campus next year if someone comes at me with their ‘Israel is democracy bullshit’ : ) and after I abolish your ass I’ll go ahead and work every day for the rest of my life to abolish your petty ass ethnosupremacist settler-colonial state.” In a Twitter post, Daoud reportedly wrote, "fuck your liberal Zionist ass. fuck your Jewish state … Israel is a state that needs to be dismantled. Any other opinion is complicity." 

The Brandeis Center has been at the vanguard of the criminal referrals at UCLA and was quick to spring into action. Writing to Stanford president August Marc Tessier-Lavigne, Brandeis president Alyza Lewin insisted the threat was “so severe as to potentially violate … Title 11.5 of the California Penal Code, §422, ‘Punishment for threats’ [which] states: Any person who willfully threatens to commit a crime which will result in death or great bodily injury to another person, with the specific intent that the statement, made verbally, in writing, or by means of an electronic communication device, is to be taken as a threat, even if there is no intent of actually carrying it out … shall be punished by imprisonment … not to exceed one year.”

Likewise, the ZOA demanded, “Daoud’s actions be reported to law enforcement for possible criminal prosecution.”

The Israel Group, headed by Jack Saltzberg, went further and directly petitioned Santa Clara District Attorney Jeffrey F. Rosen to commence prosecution under the same 422 penal code statute known as the “Threat Law,” and to add a second count under 422.55, California’s “Hate Crime” statute. “Mr. Daoud’s threat is exacerbated by his being employed by Stanford on the campus as a Residential Assistant,” Saltzberg wrote. In an interview, Saltzberg said his group was bypassing the police and going directly to prosecutors because Stanford students “are not willing to file a complaint. Most are afraid to even go on record using their name regarding their thoughts.” The Israel Group has located just one student who “may be willing to file a complaint,” but the individual is still “undecided.” 

On July 31, 2018, the Pennsylvania law firm of Marcus & Auerbach wrote to Stanford on behalf of a student “client [who] wishes to remain anonymous out of concern for his/her physical safety.” The firm demanded Stanford take action against Daoud.

Other organizations, such as StandWithUs, are already arranging for students at various campuses who have been intimidated to walk into police stations and file complaints. 

Seeking a national “911 on campus” strategy against intimidation, the Brandeis Center is now assembling a catalog of relevant criminal statutes in all fifty states, to be itemized in a handy guide to be distributed to students nationwide. 

As students prepare for the fall, many organizations have decided to draw a line in the sand at the May 17 UCLA incident.

Edwin Black is the award-winning New York Times bestselling author of IBM and the Holocaust and Financing the Flames.  


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          The 'Greatest Generation' vs Pelosi's 'Delusional Generation'      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

When Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7, 1941, America's leaders took responsibility for defending the country's borders and destroying its enemies once they realized - quickly- the existential threat posed by the Axis Powers.  This fearless leadership and commitment  to protecting the American people came to define, in part,  those preserving during that period as  “The Greatest Generation.”  

In just 44 months, America and its allies planned,  built, and then rushed into battle,  fleets of new airplanes, fighter aircraft, and bombers.  And in just 44 months, fleets of ships were launched.  Nuclear weapons were, for the first time devised, created, tested and successfully deployed. 

But America's leaders today, with few exceptions, would hardly qualify for any title except, perhaps, the most delusional or most corrupt generation.

Nancy Pelosi and her political cohorts provide ample evidence of just how far our nation has fallen.  

On September 11, 2001, nineteen alien terrorists inflicted more casualties on the United States than did the entire Japanese fleet on, the day that as President Roosevelt declared, would “live in infamy.”

Those 19 hijacker-terrorists turned passenger airliners into de facto cruise missiles -  creating horrors and carnage that will be forever etched in the minds and hearts of those who lived through those attacks on our nation.

On July 27, 2018, Nancy Pelosi uttered jaw-dropping description of the terror attacks of 9/11 as the “9/11 incident.

How could anyone of sound mind and possessing a firm grip on reality, describe the worst terror attack ever committed on U.S. soil as a merely “incident?”

Pelosi then went on to chastise the Republicans for failing to support border security claiming that the Democrats were far more committed to securing our borders and following the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission.

The harsh reality is that the globalist leaders of both the Democratic and Republican parties have repeatedly and steadfastly refused to secure America’s borders and indeed enforce our immigration laws effectively.  There is ample evidence that the leaders of both parties have refused to adequately address the multitude of failures and vulnerabilities of the immigration system.

The leadership of both parties is determined to ram a massive DACA amnesty down our throats even though the 9/11 Commission identified immigration fraud as the critical method of entry and embedding of terrorists.

I addressed this concern in my article, DACA Solution Must Heed 9/11 Commission Findings.

Now the Trump administration is contemplating shutting down the government, to protect America and Americans by finally getting the funds to construct a border wall.

However, first and foremost, let us not forget, that the “leaders” of the Democratic Party have led demonstrations demanding that ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) be disbanded and that interior enforcement of the immigration laws is terminated.

Let us not forget Pelosi herself has outrageously repeatedly accused ICE agents of terrorizing immigrant communities.

Just months ago, on February 28, 2018, Nancy posted the following press release on her official Congressional website. The title of her press release was, Pelosi Statement on Trump Administration ICE Raids Targeting the San Francisco Bay Area:

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after the Trump Administration conducted sweeping raids across Northern California that resulted in the arrest of more than 150 men and women, at least half of whom did not have a criminal record:

“The Trump Administration’s raids were a shocking abuse of law enforcement power.  Again, the White House has reached into our communities to detain scores of hard-working, law-abiding immigrants indiscriminately.

“Fully half of those swept up in the ICE raids have no criminal record.  This raid was intended solely to terrorize innocent immigrant families and instill fear in the hearts of our communities – not to keep Americans safe.  Parents will now be torn from their children, and spouses ripped away from their loved ones.

“The Administration continues to brazenly target the cities that refuse to bow to its blatantly bigoted anti-immigrant and mass deportation agenda.  The people of the San Francisco Bay Area will continue to oppose these cowardly attacks, and we will remain open to the patriotic immigrants who are the constant reinvigoration of America.”

Worksite investigations are an element of the interior enforcement of our immigration laws, an aspect, I might add, that the 9/11 Commission directly addressed.

In point of fact, the day before a terrorist carries out a terror attack he/she is likely hiding in plain sight at work.

Consider my recent article: Congressional Hearing: Iranian Sleeper Cells Threaten U.S.

Work-site investigations are primarily conducted to liberate jobs stolen by illegal aliens that American and lawful immigrant workers desperately need so they can support themselves and their families.

Sleeper agents are so named because they maintain a shallow profile and seek to avoid calling attention to themselves.  While they may violate our immigration laws, they are fastidiously careful never to get arrested.  They quietly wait for the day they are called to action.

The official report, 9/11 and  Terrorist Travel referenced interior enforcement of our immigration laws repeatedly,  Consider this example:

Thus, abuse of the immigration system and a lack of interior immigration enforcement were unwittingly working together to support terrorist activity. It would remain mostly unknown since no agency of the United States government analyzed terrorist travel patterns until after 9/11. This lack of attention meant that critical opportunities to disrupt terrorist travel and, therefore, deadly terrorist operations were missed.
The aliens arrested during these field investigations that Pelosi railed against, were not taken into custody to “terrorize immigrant communities” but to seek the removal (deportation) of aliens who violate our nation’s borders and violate our laws.  This is also done to deter other aspiring illegal aliens, from around the world, from coming to the United States illegally or with the intention of violating the terms of their lawful admission into the United States. 

I can also tell you that when I was an INS agent, I located numerous alien fugitives during routine worksite investigations.  These aliens had committed serious crimes, including murder and rape.

In one particularly memorable case, I encountered a citizen of Belize working in a glass factory in Brooklyn, New York.  He had no ID but claimed that he had become a naturalized citizen.

The owner of the factory swore that the guy was the most trustworthy employee he had ever hired.  He told me that he even trusted him to open the factory in the morning and close it at night if he was away from the factory and he frequently had dinner at the owner’s home with his wife and kids.

Long story short, when no records were found to corroborate his claims about being a naturalized citizen, my colleagues and I took him into custody.

It turned out that he lied about his identity and circumstances.  He was indeed from Belize; however, he had never become a naturalized citizen.

He had, however, been previously deported from the U.S. after he completed his prison sentence following his conviction for manslaughter.

He had re-entered the U.S. illegally, had been located, arrested by INS agents and prosecuted for that unlawful reentry.  He subsequently escaped from a federal correctional facility and ultimately found work in that factory where we saw him.  He was a fugitive.

His boss nearly went into cardiac arrest when he learned of these extraordinary circumstances concerning his “most trusted employee!”

Meanwhile, Pelosi defamed courageous federal agents and used inflammatory language in accusing ICE agents of staging “cowardly attacks” on “law-abiding” and “patriotic immigrants.”  

It would appear she was attempting to incite violence against ICE agents.  Should any agent be attacked, perhaps they or their families should consider suing Pelosi personally for inciting hostility by abusing her authority as a leader of the United States House of Representatives.

Law enforcement officers are indeed made accountable, why shouldn’t our elected “representatives” also be made responsible?

Furthermore, contrary to Pelosi’s lies, aliens who violate our immigration laws are, by definition, not law-abiding!

The ICE agents who took the immigration law violators into custody did not do so not out of bigotry or hatred, but because of the oaths, they made when they entered on duty with the federal government to uphold the Constitution and enforce our nation’s laws.

Our immigration laws have nothing to do with race, religion or ethnicity.  

Title 8, United States Code, Section 1182 enumerates the categories of aliens excluded.  Among these classes:  aliens with dangerous communicable, diseases, convicted felons, human rights violators, war criminals, terrorists, spies, and other usual suspects.

The term patriotic has been defined, in part as “having or expressing devotion to and vigorous support for one's country.”

How on earth is an individual who violates the sovereign borders of a country in which he/she is not a citizen demonstrating patriotism?

Perhaps the issue of patriotism should be reviewed in examining the conduct of Ms. Pelosi, whose words and exhortations undermine the dangerous and vital work of America’s immigration law enforcement officers.  We should, therefore, ask if her conduct is a demonstration of patriotism or, more appropriately, of treason.

Motorists who drive erratically are likely to be pulled over by police officers to make sure that they are not operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs and also to make sure that they possess valid driver’s licenses.

Pelosi’s rhetoric and evident detachment from reality cause me to wonder if when she made that statement was suffering the effects of psychedelic drugs or had too much to drink.  

Other possibilities include that she is senile or suffers from an abject inability to discern reality from a fantasy world she has created within the realm that lies between her ears.

Or perhaps,  she knows what she must say to get campaign contributions from her globalist campaign contributors.

Drunk drivers are said to be driving under the influence (DUI).  Perhaps Ms. Pelosi is guilty of GUI (Governing Under the Influence).

I provided testimony to the 9/11 Commission.  As an INS agent, I investigated and arrested many international terrorists.  About three years ago I wrote an extensive article, The 9/11 Commission Report, and Immigration: An Assessment, Fourteen Years after the Attacks.

Pelosi and her colleagues should be required to read it along with, the 9/11 Commission Report and 9/11 and Terrorist Travel.


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          Pulitzer Prize-Winning Humorist Dave Barry to Headline Kent State Tuscarawas 50th Anniversary Celebration      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Humorist, columnist and author Dave Barry is headlining the Kent State University at Tuscarawas 50th Anniversary on University Drive Celebration on Mon., Sept. 10, in the Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m., with theater doors opening at 6:30 p.m. The presentation is free and open to the public. Tickets are required and will be available Fri., Aug. 10, at the Performing Arts Center. This is a return performance to the campus for Barry, as he also spoke as part of the Voices of Distinction Series in 2012.

 

A writer who has built a career out of finding the humor in nearly everything, Barry shares his witty observations of everyday life – from technology to the lowly toothpick to his own aging. Barry was a humor columnist for the Miami Herald for over 25 years. His syndicated column appeared in more than 500 newspapers in the United States and abroad.

 

In 1988, Barry won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary, and The New York Times has pronounced Barry as “the funniest man in America.”  Barry has also written more than 30 books. Among his best-selling books are Big Trouble, Lunatics, Tricky Business, and most recently, Insane City. Two of his books, Dave Barry Turns 40 and Dave Barry’s Greatest Hits, were used as the basis for the CBS television sitcom “Dave’s World,” in which Harry Anderson played the role of Barry.

 

Barry also plays lead guitar in a literary rock band called the Rock Bottom Remainders, whose other members include Stephen King, Amy Tan, Ridley Pearson and Mitch Albom. The band was originally formed to perform at a 1992 American Booksellers Association convention.

A Haverford College graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in English, Barry began his journalism career as a reporter for The Daily Local News, in West Chester, Pa. Born and raised in Armonk, NY, Barry and his family now live in Miami, Fla.

Along with Barry’s appearance, several special events are scheduled for the week of Sept. 10 – 16 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary Celebration, including a presentation by historian Todd Hartline, a Kent State Tuscarawas instructor, on the history of the Tuscarawas campus, Mon., Sept. 10, at noon in the Founders Hall auditorium. An Alumni Reunion of Kent State Tuscarawas alumni, former athletic team members and campus retirees will be held Wed., Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. in the Founders Hall lobby. On Fri., Sept. 14, Bob and Melody Liberatore will perform Love Letters on the Performing Arts Center stage at 7 p.m., with open seating. The week will culminate with a Community Open House and tours of all campus buildings on Sun., Sept. 16, from 1 – 3 p.m. These special events are free and open to the public – no tickets are required.

Celebration events will extend to October, as the Tuscarawas Philharmonic season opens with a unique program designed to honor Kent State Tuscarawas, founded 50 years ago when the music of the Beatles was all the rage. A Tribute to the Beatles with the Tuscarawas Philharmonic will be held at the Performing Arts Center on Sat., Oct. 13, at 7:30 p.m., with the Classical Mystery Tour, one of the foremost tribute bands to recreate music from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Magical Mystery Tour and other great Beatles music. Tickets for this event are available by calling 330.308.6400 or visiting www.TuscPhil.org.

“We look forward to celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Kent State Tuscarawas on University Drive with our alumni, current students and the community,” said Brad Bielski, Dean and Chief Administrative Officer of Kent State Tuscarawas. “This is a huge milestone for the campus and the community. With about 200 students, Founders Hall first opened its doors in 1968. Since then, the campus has successfully grown over the years, with an enrollment today of nearly 2,200 students and the additions of the Science and Advanced Technology Center, the Performing Arts Center and the Tolloty Center.”

The campus continues to grow, with the Gateway Entrance Project now under construction and future projects in the planning stages.

“The community’s input and support of the past and future endeavors of Kent State Tuscarawas are invaluable assets,” said Bielski.

 

Tickets for Dave Barry are required and will be available, free of charge, Fri., Aug. 10, at the Performing Arts Center.

 

Celebration events are subject to change. For additional information, contact Chad Conrad, Kent State Tuscarawas Director of Advancement, at 330.308.7445 or cconra1@kent.edu.

 

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          Corporate Vice President & Actuary - USA-NY-New York City      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Why ‘Fred’ Is the Best Friend of Economics Writers - New York Times      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          New York Congressman Chris Collins Arrested on Insider-Trading Charges - Wall Street Journal      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          (USA-NY-Syracuse) Clinical Leader      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Provides consistent day to day leadership and clinical expertise on the unit that drives customer service, quality, and the Patient Experience. Participates in the Clinical Advancement Program and is an active member of the unit leadership team. Experience consistent with specialty area preferred. Role primarily in the Pediatric ED. Possession of or eligibility for a license to practice as a registered nurse in New York State and two years of post-licensure clinical nursing experience in an acute care specialty area.
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The Pediatric Emergency Department delivers specialized pediatric emergency care to children newborn up to, and including, 19 years of age. RNs provide family centered care to patients and families presenting to the ED for care. Care includes assessments, medication administration, patient education, and other necessary nursing duties to achieve optimal patient outcomes. Nurses in the emergency department care for patients on a spectrum of acuity, ranging from non-urgent complaints to critical care. One year acute care experience required. Pediatric and/or emergency department experience preferred. Positive and effective communication skills, positive attitude, and strong work ethic required. Possession of or eligibility for a license to practice as a registered professional nurse in New York State and one year of post-licensure acute care nursing experience. Candidates with less than one year of post-licensure acute care nursing experience who possess a license, or eligible, to practice as a registered nurse in New York State will be considered for appointment to a Nurse 1 position.
          (USA-NY-Syracuse) Registered Nurse      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Pediatric Emergency Department delivers specialized pediatric emergency care to children newborn up to, and including, 19 years of age. RNs provide family centered care to patients and families presenting to the ED for care. Care includes assessments, medication administration, patient education, and other necessary nursing duties to achieve optimal patient outcomes. Nurses in the emergency department care for patients on a spectrum of acuity, ranging from non-urgent complaints to critical care. One year acute care experience required. Pediatric and/or emergency department experience preferred. Positive and effective communication skills, positive attitude, and strong work ethic preferred. Possession of or eligibility for a license to practice as a registered professional nurse in New York State and one year of post-licensure acute care nursing experience. Candidates with less than one year of post-licensure acute care nursing experience who possess a license, or eligible, to practice as a registered nurse in New York State will be considered for appointment to a Nurse 1 position.
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          SBP moves to regulate banks’ overseas operations       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

KARACHI: After two of the country’s largest private banks had their skirmishes with regulatory authorities in the United States, the State Bank of Pakistan moved to develop a more detailed “governance framework” for the overseas operations of all banks.

In a document released on Tuesday, the SBP said the framework is issued in light of “changing dynamics of foreign environment” and aims “to further strengthen the governance, risk management & compliance practices for banks’ overseas operations.”

The framework covers all foreign operations of Pakistani banks including general operations, overseas subsidiary operations, overseas operations and profit repatriation, performance monitoring & regulatory reporting of overseas branch operations shall be applicable with immediate effect.

In addition to penalties incurred by the Habib Bank Limited last year, the United Bank (UBL) also signed an agreement with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York last month to comply with laws and regulations of United States.

According to the agreement with Federal Reserve Bank of New York, UBL is taking steps to address deficiencies relating to New York branch’s risk management and compliance framework under federal and state laws, rules, and regulations relating to anti-money laundering compliance, including the Bank Secrecy Act.

Half of all profits from overseas branches to be remitted back; boards to play more active role in oversight

SBP’s framework will ensure that the boards and senior management at banks must “have clear understanding of relevant important laws and regulations in respective overseas jurisdictions.” It also mandates banks to “repatriate at least 50 per cent of its profit after tax of each jurisdiction” to the head office in Pakistan every year.

“The bank is expected to maintain Return on Equity — profit after tax/total capital — in each jurisdiction at least equivalent to industry or peer average of that particular jurisdiction,” the circular adds, saying that those overseas operations that fall below this standard for two consecutive years will have to submit an action plan to the SBP explaining reasons for the losses as well as actions planned to be taken to reverse the trend.

All local banks with overseas operations will have to develop a mechanism whereby their respective boards will be required to oversee and regularly evaluate financial and operational performance of its overseas subsidiary, sub-subsidiary, joint venture operations; and that of overall overseas branch operations within the next three months.

Under the framework, all banks will be required to develop comprehensive risk governance framework for its overseas operations within six months.

Furthermore, “the bank with overseas assets of over $1 billion, will consider forming a separate sub-committee of board to oversee its overseas operations,” said the State Bank.

Banks may also consider forming a dedicated management committee under the chair of President for their respective overseas operations, the SBP suggested.

Moreover, under the framework, banks will have to ensure that all their transactions, dealings, contracts with foreign branches and joint ventures of those foreign branches among themselves are also carried out in a transparent manner under a board-approved policy.

Banks will not be allowed to expand operations in jurisdiction(s) where SBP itself is unable to conduct on-site examination or through a third party due to host country’s laws and regulations.

“In jurisdictions where no such bar is in place, the bank will bear the cost if SBP decides to conduct an inspection of bank’s existing operations through a third party,” said the SBP.

Under the policy which shall be applicable with immediate effect, SBP advised banks with overseas operations to ensure strict compliance of ‘Framework’ in letter and spirit within the given timelines.

“There will be a zero tolerance towards regulatory non-compliance,” said the SBP.

Published in Dawn, August 8th, 2018


          (USA-NY-New York) PR Coordinator, NY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Luxe yarns and a minimalist aesthetic have defined the Vince heritage since the brand’s inception in 2002. Designed in California and crafted using innovative fabrications and techniques, Vince infuses urban utility and modern sensibility into signature, luxury fundamentals. From its edited core collection of ultra-soft cashmere knits and cotton tees, Vince has evolved into a global lifestyle brand and destination for both women’s and men’s apparel and accessories. Vince is headquartered in New York City and operates 44 full-price retail locations, 14 outlet stores and its e-commerce site, vince.com. Vince is searching for talent to contribute to the future development of the brand who have passion, creativity, and an entrepreneurial spirit. As a company, we are committed to offering our employees a challenging and rewarding work environment, opportunities for growth and development, a customer focused culture, a community to “give-back”, and competitive pay and benefits. Position Description The PR Coordinator works directly with the Sr. PR Manager to create and maintain the positive public image of Vince across all categories, including women’s, men’s, home and lifestyle. This position will also work closely with the Marketing department to enhance the public perception of the Vince brand. Organizational Structure The PR Coordinator will report to the Sr. PR Manager + Assist team in outreach to targeted editors and stylists to secure fashion and lifestyle coverage. + Proactively monitor media coverage across digital, print and social media platforms. + Create and maintain media lists for domestic and international markets. + Assist with planning, preparation and execution of all press events, including seasonal press previews, dinners and launch events. + Compile weekly, seasonal and event press recaps. + Work directly with Sr. PR Manager to create relevant pitches that correlate with editorial calendars, seasonal trends and relevant topics. + Assist in drafting and preparing press releases, media alerts and other press collateral. + Assist Sr. PR Manager in managing responsibilities of seasonal PR intern. + Manage all sample traffic activity for domestic, international and VIP requests. + Establish and cultivate strong relationships with relevant media, including print and digital editors, celebrity stylists and key influencers. + Effectively build and maintain interdepartmental coordination and communication for various projects and tasks. + Perform general administrative duties including but not limited to filing, scanning, copying and packaging. + Must have Bachelor’s degree in Communications, PR or a related major + Must have one to two (1-2) years of work experience in Communications or Public Relations + Must be highly organized, detail-oriented, and have the ability to adhere to tight deadlines + Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills + Must be highly perceptive and anticipate the needs of the department by taking initiative + Must have excellent problem-solving skills + Must be proficient with FashionGPS/Launchmetrics, MS Office, Cision, Dropbox, Fedex and social media platforms – Photoshop experience a plus Compensation: The successful candidate will enjoy a competitive compensation package which may include short and/or long term incentives, clothing allowance, and merchandise discount, in addition to base salary and full health and welfare benefits. Vince strives to maintain a diverse workplace and does not discriminate against any employee or job applicant because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, physical or mental disability, or age. Vince is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Affirmative Action Employer, M/F/D/V External Company Name: Vince, LLC External Company URL: Vince.com Street: 500 5th Ave Overview: Luxe yarns and a minimalist aesthetic have defined the Vince heritage since the brand’s inception in 2002. Designed in California and crafted using innovative fabrications and techniques, Vince infuses urban utility and modern sensibility into signature, luxury fundamentals. From its edited core collection of ultra-soft cashmere knits and cotton tees, Vince has evolved into a global lifestyle brand and destination for both women’s and men’s apparel and accessories. Vince is headquartered in New York City and operates 44 full-price retail locations, 14 outlet stores and its e-commerce site, vince.com. Vince is searching for talent to contribute to the future development of the brand who have passion, creativity, and an entrepreneurial spirit. As a company, we are committed to offering our employees a challenging and rewarding work environment, opportunities for growth and development, a customer focused culture, a community to “give-back”, and competitive pay and benefits. Position Description The PR Coordinator works directly with the Sr. PR Manager to create and maintain the positive public image of Vince across all categories, including women’s, men’s, home and lifestyle. This position will also work closely with the Marketing department to enhance the public perception of the Vince brand. Organizational Structure The PR Coordinator will report to the Sr. PR Manager Responsibilities: + Assist team in outreach to targeted editors and stylists to secure fashion and lifestyle coverage. + Proactively monitor media coverage across digital, print and social media platforms. + Create and maintain media lists for domestic and international markets. + Assist with planning, preparation and execution of all press events, including seasonal press previews, dinners and launch events. + Compile weekly, seasonal and event press recaps. + Work directly with Sr. PR Manager to create relevant pitches that correlate with editorial calendars, seasonal trends and relevant topics. + Assist in drafting and preparing press releases, media alerts and other press collateral. + Assist Sr. PR Manager in managing responsibilities of seasonal PR intern. + Manage all sample traffic activity for domestic, international and VIP requests. + Establish and cultivate strong relationships with relevant media, including print and digital editors, celebrity stylists and key influencers. + Effectively build and maintain interdepartmental coordination and communication for various projects and tasks. + Perform general administrative duties including but not limited to filing, scanning, copying and packaging. Qualifications: + Must have Bachelor’s degree in Communications, PR or a related major + Must have one to two (1-2) years of work experience in Communications or Public Relations + Must be highly organized, detail-oriented, and have the ability to adhere to tight deadlines + Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills + Must be highly perceptive and anticipate the needs of the department by taking initiative + Must have excellent problem-solving skills + Must be proficient with FashionGPS/Launchmetrics, MS Office, Cision, Dropbox, Fedex and social media platforms – Photoshop experience a plus Compensation: The successful candidate will enjoy a competitive compensation package which may include short and/or long term incentives, clothing allowance, and merchandise discount, in addition to base salary and full health and welfare benefits. Vince strives to maintain a diverse workplace and does not discriminate against any employee or job applicant because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, physical or mental disability, or age. Vince is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Affirmative Action Employer, M/F/D/V
          Dolan praises St. Dominic at KofC convention      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Baltimore, Md., Aug 8, 2018 / 03:54 pm (CNA).- The Archbishop of New York encouraged Catholics to imitate the patient and persistent prayer of St. Dominic, during a homily Aug. 8 at the 2018 Knights of Columbus convention in Baltimore.

“Jesus prefers patient, persistent, persevering, pestering prayer! St. Dominic claims this creates within us a readiness, a space, to receive God’s answer.  We would say such constant prayer exercises our ‘faith muscle,’ which tends to get flabby,” said Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York.

The cardinal pointed to St. Dominic’s dedication to the rosary and contemplation of the Gospels as daily practices worthy of imitation, comparing St. Dominic’s perseverance with that of the Canaanite woman in the Gospel.

Dolan also commended the amount of prayer that takes place at the Knights of Columbus’ annual convention, which includes daily Masses, a Eucharistic adoration chapel, and invocations before every event.

Aug. 8 is celebrated in the Church as the memorial of St. Dominic, the 13th century founder of the Order of Preachers, known as the Dominicans, who spread devotion to the rosary.

“This towering saint gives us an abundance of attributes to celebrate: his preaching, so renowned that his spiritual sons are called ‘the order of preachers’; his intellect, the spring that gave us scholarly giants such as St. Albert and St. Thomas Aquinas; his zeal, as St. Dominic was non-stop in his teaching, preaching, travel, and work, all for Jesus and His Church,” said Dolan.

However, he reminded the Knights that prayer was “what generated the renowned preaching, scholarship, and evangelical energy of St. Dominic.”

After the Mass, the Greek Melkite Archbishop of Aleppo, Syria, Jean-Clement Jeanbart spoke briefly about a pilgrim icon of Our Lady Help of Persecuted Christians, which was then blessed by Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore.

Lori’s blessing was the kickoff to the Knights’ Marian icon prayer program. The archbishop invoked St. Paul’s words, “though we are afflicted in every way, we are not crushed; though perplexed, not driven to despair; though persecuted, not forsaken; though struck down, not destroyed.”


          Young Catholics release open letter on McCarrick, call for investigation      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Washington D.C., Aug 8, 2018 / 02:30 pm (CNA).- A group of young Catholic writers, intellectuals, and activists released an open letter Aug. 8 calling for an independent investigation into the alleged crimes of Archbishop Theodore McCarrick. The letter also calls Catholic leaders to recommit themselves to the Church’s teaching on sexuality.

The letter was published Wednesday on the website of First Things.

Matthew Schmitz, senior editor at First Things and a signatory of the letter, told CNA that it was written by a “diverse group of Catholics from a whole host of backgrounds.”

The letter’s signatories said their letter was written in part to respond to a Vatican request that young people offer reports on their faith and the role of the Church in their lives, in advance of an upcoming Church synod on young people and vocations. 

The letter noted the the signatories were all children in the decades before the public sexual abuse scandals of 2002, and that they are now faithful adult Catholics.

“We ask you to agree to a thorough, independent investigation into claims of abuse by Archbishop McCarrick, both of minors and of adults. We want to know who in the hierarchy knew about his crimes, when they knew it, and what they did in response. This is the least that would be expected of any secular organization; it should not be more than we can expect from the Church,” the letter said.

In June, the Archdiocese of New York deemed an allegation that McCarrick serially sexually abused a minor to be “credible and substantiated.”

Since that initial allegation became public, additional accusations have surfaced concerning McCarrick’s alleged misconduct with adult seminarians, including confirmation of two out-of-court settlements reached with adult-aged accusers by dioceses previously led by McCarrick. Pope Francis accepted Archbishop McCarrick’s resignation from the College of Cardinals July 28.

Schmitz told CNA that the letter was a call for transparency and accountability by the hierarchy.

“We'd like to see light come in. We want an investigation. We want a new attitude on the part of the bishops.”

Such an investigation would be carried out by people not directly connected to McCarrick, and would report to both the Vatican as well as the Catholic faithful, Schmitz said.

Schmitz said the letter addresses a problem that goes beyond the McCarrick allegations. The signatories called for renewed emphasis on the Church’s teachings on sexuality and chastity, as well as “acts of public penance and reparation” by bishops to begin to restore trust among the Catholic faithful.

“I think over the last 50 years in our culture, with the sexual revolution, there's been a sense that the Church needs to broadly accommodate itself to sexual sins,” said Schmitz.

“McCarrick, I think, shows one of the possible outcomes of that accommodation.”

Schmitz warned of a slippery slope if the Church were to change or ignore her teachings on sexuality, bringing up the example of St. Peter Damian, an eleventh-century Benedicte monk, who confronted sexual sins in his own community. The saint recognized that sexual sins compound on another, explained Schmitz, suggesting there exists such a possibility in the contemporary Church.

"I don't think that this crisis would have happened had the Catholic community not succumbed to various sins and made compromises with the flesh," he said.

The letter emphasized this point: “As Catholics, we believe that the Church’s teaching on human nature and sexuality is life-giving and leads to holiness. We believe that just as there is no room for adultery in marriages, so there is no room for adultery against the Bride of Christ. We need bishops to make clear that any act of sexual abuse or clerical unchastity degrades the priesthood and gravely harms the Church.”

Schmitz also cited the recent accusations of widespread sexual abuse and misconduct in Honduras’ national seminary, as well as claims from former seminarians in the United States.

He said that there is a prevailing attitude among bishops to mitigate or dismiss the severity of abuse against adult men, and that this also must change, and that the laity have a duty to make their objections to this behavior known. 

"I think the laity should make itself heard and let the bishops know that it is an act of abuse for a bishop to molest the seminarians,” said Schmitz.

“Even if any of these acts were perfectly consensual, they are contrary to the Church's teaching and so profoundly scandalize the faithful."

The letter expressed gratitude for “the way good priests and bishops lay down their lives for us day after day. They say the Mass, absolve us from sin, celebrate our weddings, and baptize our children. Through their preaching, teaching, and writing, they remind us that Jesus Christ has conquered evil once and for all. Their daily sacrifices give us blessings of infinite worth. For all of this, we are profoundly thankful.”

However, Schmitz said an investigation should consider those clerics who have been negligent in uncovering sexual sins among the clergy, along with those who know about misconduct and failed to act. An investigation is needed to ensure a focus on individual responsibility, said Schmitz, and it should not simply result collective statements of fault and regret, as that would dilute the failings of those most responsible.

It is not acceptable for a bishop to plead ignorance, he said, as they are part of the Church hierarchy and must be accountable.

"A shepherd is supposed to protect his sheep, and if the wolves come and attack them, he can't simply say, 'well, I was asleep.'"


          LendingClub stock falls farther after disclosure of new investigation      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

LendingClub Corp. disclosed a Massachusetts investigation into its advertising and disclosure practices Thursday, sending shares down in after-hours trading following a rough regular session. In its quarterly filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the online lender said that it had received a civil investigative demand from the Massachusetts attorney general in June. The company also noted that it had "responded to inquiries from the California Department of Business Oversight and the New York Department of Financial Services regarding the operation of the company's business and the overall 'FinTech' industry." LendingClub did not disclose the investigations in its earnings report nor in its related conference call Tuesday afternoon. LendingClub stock plunged 10% in Wednesday's regular session after the earnings were released, and declined another 2% in after-hours trading after the new disclosure circulated.

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          (USA-NY-Plainview) Roofing Inspector      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Roofing Inspector + Plainview, NY + Full Time + Solar Installations + Mid Level Share Momentum Solar is a leading residential solar provider, with over 850 employees and offices in New Jersey, New York, California, and Florida. Momentum has grown from $2 Million in revenue to approximately $110 Million in 2 years, and we are on track to double our growth in 2018. Overview The Site Survey Reviewer will work in an office position providing support and feedback for site survey technicians in the field. Work will primarily consist of checking photos and documents provided by surveyors for all necessary information, mistakes and any construction or electrical issues pertaining to install of the PV system. Being an entry-level position, prior experience is not required and training will be provided. Responsibilities + Acts as a liaison and aids communication regarding the performance of field technicians to their respective supervisors + Follows a checklist to ensure all necessary data is collected by the site surveyor before finalizing and submitting a report to both the design team and Site Survey Supervisors + Checks pictures and forms for any electrical, structural or roof condition issues. + Extrapolate data for areas of improvement based on reviews of survey work. + Relays pertinent information regarding projects to technicians in the field as needed. + Additional duties as required Qualifications + Excellent verbal and written communication skills + Roofing experience + Ability to stay organized while managing work responsibilities, updating data sets, reporting, communicating via email + Familiar with MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint) + Personal internet access, ability to work remotely and unmonitored + Ability to manage and be responsible for company provided equipment. (Laptop, Phone, tablet) + Maintain availability by phone or email during Business hours. + High School Diploma or G.E.D. Momentum is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to attracting and retaining a talented and diverse workforce. All qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age or protected veteran status.
          (USA-FL-Orlando) Inspection Technician      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Inspection Technician + Orlando, FL + Full Time + Solar Installations + Mid Level Share Momentum Solar is a leading residential solar provider, with over 850 employees and offices in New Jersey, New York, California, Texas, and Florida. Momentum has grown from $2 Million in revenue to approximately $110 Million in 2 years, and we are on track to double our growth in 2018. Role This individual should have advanced knowledge of local, state, and federal code requirements for their projects. General electrical knowledge will be very beneficial for this position as well. They must be problem solvers who multitask effectively and work well with other inspectors to reach construction objectives in a timely manner. They should also have excellent interpersonal skills to communicate with other contractors, vendors, and government officials. Responsibilities + Work with local town inspectors on solar projects and sites to ensure safe working conditions, correct materials, and eventual structural integrity. + Examine, draw, and write reports and diagrams to demonstrate progress and plans, including those necessary for permits. + Examine plans and blueprints to identify errors in design and construction, then communicate those findings. + Ability to use appropriate tools to repair and replace equipment as needed + Ability to read blue prints and understand the NEC code book Momentum is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to attracting and retaining a talented and diverse workforce. All qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age or protected veteran status.
          (USA-NY-Plainview) Inspection Technician      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Inspection Technician + Plainview, NY + Full Time + Solar Installations + Mid Level Share Momentum Solar is a leading residential solar provider, with over 850 employees and offices in New Jersey, New York, California, Texas, and Florida. Momentum has grown from $2 Million in revenue to approximately $110 Million in 2 years, and we are on track to double our growth in 2018. Role This individual should have advanced knowledge of local, state, and federal code requirements for their projects. General electrical knowledge will be very beneficial for this position as well. They must be problem solvers who multitask effectively and work well with other inspectors to reach construction objectives in a timely manner. They should also have excellent interpersonal skills to communicate with other contractors, vendors, and government officials. Responsibilities + Work with local town inspectors on solar projects and sites to ensure safe working conditions, correct materials, and eventual structural integrity. + Examine, draw, and write reports and diagrams to demonstrate progress and plans, including those necessary for permits. + Examine plans and blueprints to identify errors in design and construction, then communicate those findings. + Ability to use appropriate tools to repair and replace equipment as needed + Ability to read blue prints and understand the NEC code book Momentum is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to attracting and retaining a talented and diverse workforce. All qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age or protected veteran status.
          (USA-CA-Orange) Inspection Technician      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Inspection Technician + Orange, CA + Full Time + Solar Installations + Mid Level Share Momentum Solar is a leading residential solar provider, with over 850 employees and offices in New Jersey, New York, California, Texas, and Florida. Momentum has grown from $2 Million in revenue to approximately $110 Million in 2 years, and we are on track to double our growth in 2018. Role This individual should have advanced knowledge of local, state, and federal code requirements for their projects. General electrical knowledge will be very beneficial for this position as well. They must be problem solvers who multitask effectively and work well with other inspectors to reach construction objectives in a timely manner. They should also have excellent interpersonal skills to communicate with other contractors, vendors, and government officials. Responsibilities + Work with local town inspectors on solar projects and sites to ensure safe working conditions, correct materials, and eventual structural integrity. + Examine, draw, and write reports and diagrams to demonstrate progress and plans, including those necessary for permits. + Examine plans and blueprints to identify errors in design and construction, then communicate those findings. + Ability to use appropriate tools to repair and replace equipment as needed + Ability to read blue prints and understand the NEC code book Momentum is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to attracting and retaining a talented and diverse workforce. All qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age or protected veteran status.
          (USA-PA-Wayne) Solar Sales Representative      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Solar Sales Representative + Wayne, PA + Full Time + Sales + Entry Level Share Company Overview Momentum Solar is a leading residential solar provider, with over 850 employees and offices in New Jersey, New York, California, Florida, and Texas. Momentum has grown from $2 Million in revenue to approximately $110 Million in 2 years, and we are on track to double our growth in 2018. Job Summary We are currently seeking a highly motivated, adaptable In-Home Sales professional to play a vital role on the leading team in the Renewable Energy market. In this role, you will receive pre-set appointments via our CRM tool and travel to a customer’s home. Additionally, you will educate clients on the benefits of Solar energy solutions, close sales, and be part of a rapidly scaling team with an unparalleled opportunity for growth. Momentum Solar offers the most lucrative commission structure in the industry. Average earnings are 80k and top earners can easily earn up to 150k+. Responsibilities and Duties + Conduct sales presentations with prospective customers in their home and prepare customers for an energy product purchase and secure energy sales. + Educate homeowners on how solar can save them money and help the environment. + Demonstrate a strong understanding of Momentum Solar products, promotions, and sales offerings. + Properly prepare for appointments by building proposals, preparing for objections + Maintain current knowledge of the latest company and industry developments by attending sales meetings, and training. + Accurately disposition and report on outcomes via our CRM tool Qualifications + Relevant prior in-home sales experience with a strong record of achievement is an asset, but not required + For those with the drive, determination, and right core skill – we’ll train you to thrive on our team + Bulletproof confidence with exceptional communications and presentation skills + Unique capacity to connect with and talk to anyone + Ability to work evenings and weekends + Prior exposure working in canvassing, home shows, malls and/or mailers a plus + Demonstrated track record in closing company generated leads + Must possess positive outlook and intrinsic desire to achieve + Must successfully complete a background check + Must possess a valid driver's license
          (USA-NJ-Atlantic City) Outside Sales-In-home Pre-set Appointments      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Outside Sales-In-home Pre-set Appointments + Atlantic City, NJ + Full Time + Sales + Entry Level Share Company Overview Momentum Solar is a leading residential solar provider, with over 850 employees and offices in New Jersey, New York, California, Florida, and Texas. Momentum has grown from $2 Million in revenue to approximately $110 Million in 2 years, and we are on track to double our growth in 2018. Job Summary We are currently seeking a highly motivated, adaptable In-Home Sales professional to play a vital role on the leading team in the Renewable Energy market. In this role, you will receive pre-set appointments via our CRM tool and travel to a customer’s home. Additionally, you will educate clients on the benefits of Solar energy solutions, close sales, and be part of a rapidly scaling team with an unparalleled opportunity for growth. Momentum Solar offers the most lucrative commission structure in the industry. Average earnings are 80k and top earners can easily earn up to 150k+. Responsibilities and Duties + Conduct sales presentations with prospective customers in their home and prepare customers for an energy product purchase and secure energy sales. + Educate homeowners on how solar can save them money and help the environment. + Demonstrate a strong understanding of Momentum Solar products, promotions, and sales offerings. + Properly prepare for appointments by building proposals, preparing for objections + Maintain current knowledge of the latest company and industry developments by attending sales meetings, and training. + Accurately disposition and report on outcomes via our CRM tool Qualifications + Relevant prior in-home sales experience with a strong record of achievement is an asset, but not required + For those with the drive, determination, and right core skill – we’ll train you to thrive on our team + Bulletproof confidence with exceptional communications and presentation skills + Unique capacity to connect with and talk to anyone + Ability to work evenings and weekends + Prior exposure working in canvassing, home shows, malls and/or mailers a plus + Demonstrated track record in closing company generated leads + Must possess positive outlook and intrinsic desire to achieve + Must successfully complete a background check + Must possess a valid driver's license
          (USA-NJ-Parsippany) Outside Sales In-home Pre-set Appointments      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Outside Sales In-home Pre-set Appointments + Parsippany, NJ + Full Time + Sales + Entry Level Share Company Overview Momentum Solar is a leading residential solar provider, with over 850 employees and offices in New Jersey, New York, California, Florida, and Texas. Momentum has grown from $2 Million in revenue to approximately $110 Million in 2 years, and we are on track to double our growth in 2018. Job Summary We are currently seeking a highly motivated, adaptable In-Home Sales professional to play a vital role on the leading team in the Renewable Energy market. In this role, you will receive pre-set appointments via our CRM tool and travel to a customer’s home. Additionally, you will educate clients on the benefits of Solar energy solutions, close sales, and be part of a rapidly scaling team with an unparalleled opportunity for growth. Momentum Solar offers the most lucrative commission structure in the industry. Average earnings are 80k and top earners can easily earn up to 150k+. Responsibilities and Duties + Conduct sales presentations with prospective customers in their home and prepare customers for an energy product purchase and secure energy sales. + Educate homeowners on how solar can save them money and help the environment. + Demonstrate a strong understanding of Momentum Solar products, promotions, and sales offerings. + Properly prepare for appointments by building proposals, preparing for objections + Maintain current knowledge of the latest company and industry developments by attending sales meetings, and training. + Accurately disposition and report on outcomes via our CRM tool Qualifications + Relevant prior in-home sales experience with a strong record of achievement is an asset, but not required + For those with the drive, determination, and right core skill – we’ll train you to thrive on our team + Bulletproof confidence with exceptional communications and presentation skills + Unique capacity to connect with and talk to anyone + Ability to work evenings and weekends + Prior exposure working in canvassing, home shows, malls and/or mailers a plus + Demonstrated track record in closing company generated leads + Must possess positive outlook and intrinsic desire to achieve + Must successfully complete a background check + Must possess a valid driver's license
          (USA-NJ-Metuchen) Outside Sales In-home Pre-set Appointments      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Outside Sales In-home Pre-set Appointments + Metuchen, NJ + Full Time + Sales + Entry Level Share Company Overview Momentum Solar is a leading residential solar provider, with over 850 employees and offices in New Jersey, New York, California, Florida, and Texas. Momentum has grown from $2 Million in revenue to approximately $110 Million in 2 years, and we are on track to double our growth in 2018. Job Summary We are currently seeking a highly motivated, adaptable In-Home Sales professional to play a vital role on the leading team in the Renewable Energy market. In this role, you will receive pre-set appointments via our CRM tool and travel to a customer’s home. Additionally, you will educate clients on the benefits of Solar energy solutions, close sales, and be part of a rapidly scaling team with an unparalleled opportunity for growth. Momentum Solar offers the most lucrative commission structure in the industry. Average earnings are 80k and top earners can easily earn up to 150k+. Responsibilities and Duties + Conduct sales presentations with prospective customers in their home and prepare customers for an energy product purchase and secure energy sales. + Educate homeowners on how solar can save them money and help the environment. + Demonstrate a strong understanding of Momentum Solar products, promotions, and sales offerings. + Properly prepare for appointments by building proposals, preparing for objections + Maintain current knowledge of the latest company and industry developments by attending sales meetings, and training. + Accurately disposition and report on outcomes via our CRM tool Qualifications + Relevant prior in-home sales experience with a strong record of achievement is an asset, but not required + For those with the drive, determination, and right core skill – we’ll train you to thrive on our team + Bulletproof confidence with exceptional communications and presentation skills + Unique capacity to connect with and talk to anyone + Ability to work evenings and weekends + Prior exposure working in canvassing, home shows, malls and/or mailers a plus + Demonstrated track record in closing company generated leads + Must possess positive outlook and intrinsic desire to achieve + Must successfully complete a background check + Must possess a valid driver's license
          (USA-NJ-Cherry Hill) Outside Sales      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Outside Sales + Cherry Hill, NJ + Full Time + Sales + Entry Level Share Company Overview Momentum Solar is a leading residential solar provider, with over 850 employees and offices in New Jersey, New York, California, Florida, and Texas. Momentum has grown from $2 Million in revenue to approximately $110 Million in 2 years, and we are on track to double our growth in 2018. Job Summary We are currently seeking a highly motivated, adaptable In-Home Sales professional to play a vital role on the leading team in the Renewable Energy market. In this role, you will receive pre-set appointments via our CRM tool and travel to a customer’s home. Additionally, you will educate clients on the benefits of Solar energy solutions, close sales, and be part of a rapidly scaling team with an unparalleled opportunity for growth. Momentum Solar offers the most lucrative commission structure in the industry. Average earnings are 80k and top earners can easily earn up to 150k+. Responsibilities and Duties + Conduct sales presentations with prospective customers in their home and prepare customers for an energy product purchase and secure energy sales. + Educate homeowners on how solar can save them money and help the environment. + Demonstrate a strong understanding of Momentum Solar products, promotions, and sales offerings. + Properly prepare for appointments by building proposals, preparing for objections + Maintain current knowledge of the latest company and industry developments by attending sales meetings, and training. + Accurately disposition and report on outcomes via our CRM tool Qualifications + Relevant prior in-home sales experience with a strong record of achievement is an asset, but not required + For those with the drive, determination, and right core skill – we’ll train you to thrive on our team + Bulletproof confidence with exceptional communications and presentation skills + Unique capacity to connect with and talk to anyone + Ability to work evenings and weekends + Prior exposure working in canvassing, home shows, malls and/or mailers a plus + Demonstrated track record in closing company generated leads + Must possess positive outlook and intrinsic desire to achieve + Must successfully complete a background check + Must possess a valid driver's license
          (USA-NJ-Cherry Hill) Inspection Technician      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Inspection Technician + Cherry Hill, NJ + Full Time + Mid Level Share Momentum Solar is a leading residential solar provider, with over 650 employees and offices in New Jersey, New York, California, Florida and Texas. Recognized by Inc. Magazine, we're among the fastest growing companies in the nation and led by a Forbes "30 under 30" CEO. Momentum has grown from $2 Million in revenue to over $100 Million in 2 years, and we're on track to double our growth in 2018. To continue to fuel this growth and evolve our team, we're looking for talented leaders with unparalleled drive to join our ranks. We embody work hard and play hard, rise to any challenge, empower our team to deliver outsized results, and consistently outperform. Role This individual should have advanced knowledge of local, state, and federal code requirements for their projects. General electrical knowledge will be very beneficial for this position as well. They must be problem solvers who multitask effectively and work well with other inspectors to reach construction objectives in a timely manner. They should also have excellent interpersonal skills to communicate with other contractors, vendors, and government officials. Responsibilities + Work with local town inspectors on solar projects and sites to ensure safe working conditions, correct materials, and eventual structural integrity. + Examine, draw, and write reports and diagrams to demonstrate progress and plans, including those necessary for permits. + Examine plans and blueprints to identify errors in design and construction, then communicate those findings. + Ability to use appropriate tools to repair and replace equipment as needed + Ability to read blue prints and understand the NEC code book Momentum is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to attracting and retaining a talented and diverse workforce. All qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age or protected veteran status.
          Indicted Rep. Collins was early loyalist to Trump      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

WASHINGTON (AP) - New York Rep. Chris Collins was one of the first House members to back Donald Trump for president in 2016 and quickly became a ubiquitous surrogate for the future president on cable television. On Wednesday, federal prosecutors announced indictments of the Buffalo-area congressman, his son and a ...

          Sales Engineer - Hitachi Vantara - New York, NY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Account Managers, internal specialists and customers. Understanding of Data Science and Machine Learning....
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          Casper Is Opening 200 Stores Across America      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Mattress company Casper will open 200 stores in the United States. 6 months after launching its first permanent shop in New York, the online-mattress startup confirmed plans to drastically increase its store count across the US. According to Business Insider, Casper CEO Philip Krim said sales have grown more quickly in markets where the company has opened temporary stores, saying 'It's a way to educate new consumers'.
          Product Manager, Consumer Experience - Aetna - New York, NY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
In the past two years this team has launched joint venture (JV) health plans with Banner (Arizona), Texas Health Resources (Dallas/Fort Worth), Allina...
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          (USA-NY-Buffalo) Counselor- Chemical Dependency      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Horizon Health Services is a not-for-profit corporation in Western New York that provides hope and healing for individuals and their families dealing with substance use and/or mental health disorders. Horizon is committed to its community and its staff in the knowledge that a team of highly contented, highly trained and dedicated care givers is required to provide the highest quality, most effective, and empathetic treatment and recovery services to those in need. For more than 40 years, Horizon has remained constant in its commitment to be progressive and independent, and to seek out the best clinical and operational practices, emerging technologies and new strategies to help patients and their families. For ten consecutive years Horizon has been named one of the 50 Best Companies to Work for in New York State. Our sincerest appreciation to our employees, patients, families and community members who have the continued strength to work alongside our mission, Together for Recovery. Changing Lives. Saving Lives. Job Summary Under the supervision of the Program Director, the Chemical Dependency Counselor is responsible for assessing patient needs in areas of service planning, group process and direct services to patients. Duties and Responsibilities + Maintains a caseload consistent with regulations + Conducts comprehensive assessment of patient needs + Based on assessment, develops a treatment plan reflective of these needs and identified strengths + Initiates consultation with multi-disciplinary team regarding patient assessment and treatment plans + Ongoing assessment of service needs and modification of treatment plan to reflect these changing needs + Provides patients with linkages to other supportive services as identified in the assessment + Maintains patient records and ensures documentation consistent with regulatory agencies, UR/QA and payers + Provides crisis intervention and management to patients + Maintains working relationships with referral agencies and supportive services to enable comprehensive service provision to patients + Performs other duties as defined by the Program Director This job description should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the exclusive standards of the position. Incumbents may be required to follow any other instructions, and to perform any other related duties, that may be required by their supervisor Basic Knowledge/Skills/Abilities + Demonstrates a knowledge base which they provide direct service and clinical advisement Location 77 Broadway, Buffalo, NY Position Hours Monday- Friday day shift, two evening shifts per week. Applicants without minimum education will not be considered for this position. Within this position you would be eligible to take approved free courses toward licensure renewal and continuing education! Approved licensures include: + CASAC + LMSW + LCSW + LMHC This job opportunity may be available at multiple Horizon locations. Please check out our full listing of job opportunities for additional information. Master’s degree in Social Work or related field required, though consideration may be given to individuals in the final semester of their graduate program who demonstrate advanced skills and experience. Learn why you should apply to Horizon here!
          Level 1 Support Analyst - Mi9 Retail - Montréal, QC      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Our clients include globally recognized names, including Levi’s, Abercrombie & Fitch, BevMo!, Billabong, Dolce & Gabbana, Tommy Bahama, Barney’s New York, Tory...
From Mi9 Retail - Tue, 24 Jul 2018 16:06:11 GMT - View all Montréal, QC jobs
          O & W Railroad Talk In Sullivan County      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
President of the O&W Railway Historical Society Jeffrey Otto will lead a presentation on the O&W (the New York, Ontario and Western Railway), from Young’s Gap (just north of Liberty) to Cadosia, concentrating on the many bridges in that section and the industries served by the railroad. This presentation also includes a visit to the […]

          Culper Spies: Curse of the Black Letter      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
I was researching the biography of Dutchess County Revolutionary War Militia Colonel Jacob Griffin. I was having a hard time of it. By sheer accident I came upon an old historical text entitled New York in the Revolution, as Colony and State: Supplement. The book was compiled and written during the years 1895-1901, by a […]

          NNY American Canadian Genealogy Conference      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Northern New York American Canadian Genealogical Society (NNYACGS) Conference will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 28, 29 and 30, 2018, at the Dannemora Civic Center for three days of genealogical talks and research. On Friday and Sunday, the genealogical library will be open from 10 am to 4 pm for free […]

          Technical Consultant - Mi9 Retail - Toronto, ON      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Our clients include globally recognized names, including Levi’s, Abercrombie & Fitch, BevMo!, Billabong, Dolce & Gabbana, Tommy Bahama, Barney’s New York, Tory... $75,000 - $90,000 a year
From Mi9 Retail - Sat, 04 Aug 2018 21:43:03 GMT - View all Toronto, ON jobs
          Senior Web Developer - Mi9 Retail - Toronto, ON      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Our clients include globally recognized names, including Levi’s, Abercrombie & Fitch, BevMo!, Billabong, Dolce & Gabbana, Tommy Bahama, Barney’s New York, Tory...
From Mi9 Retail - Wed, 01 Aug 2018 21:36:25 GMT - View all Toronto, ON jobs
          Senior MicroStrategy Developer/Architect - Mi9 Retail - Toronto, ON      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Our clients include globally recognized names, including Levi’s, Abercrombie & Fitch, BevMo!, Billabong, Dolce & Gabbana, Tommy Bahama, Barney’s New York, Tory...
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          BI/Analytics Developer - Mi9 Retail - Toronto, ON      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Our clients include globally recognized names, including Levi’s, Abercrombie & Fitch, BevMo!, Billabong, Dolce & Gabbana, Tommy Bahama, Barney’s New York, Tory...
From Mi9 Retail - Wed, 01 Aug 2018 21:36:25 GMT - View all Toronto, ON jobs
          Director, Software Development - Mi9 Retail - Toronto, ON      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Our clients include globally recognized names, including Levi’s, Abercrombie & Fitch, BevMo!, Billabong, Dolce & Gabbana, Tommy Bahama, Barney’s New York, Tory...
From Mi9 Retail - Tue, 24 Jul 2018 16:06:11 GMT - View all Toronto, ON jobs
          DeGrom lowers ERA to 1.77, gets run support; Mets blank Reds      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Jacob deGrom struck out 10 over six innings, received rare significant run support and earned his first win in nearly two months as the New York Mets blanked the Cincinnati Reds 8-0 on Wednesday.
          Senior Solution Consultant (Pre-sales) Thailand - Hudson - Singapore      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Hudson Global Resources (Singapore) Pte Ltd. A multi-national enterprise software company headquartered in New York City, is looking for a Senior Solution...
From Hudson - Tue, 07 Aug 2018 05:09:27 GMT - View all Singapore jobs
          New York City puts cap on Uber, other ride-hailing services      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
America's largest city moves to slow the growth of ride-hailing services after a spate of driver suicides
          Backend Web Developer - Pulse Digital - New York, NY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Pulse Digital team is working alongside our strategy consulting affiliate, The Dedham Group, in developing various web-based applications to help our...
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          Software Engineer, Backend - The Dedham Group - New York, NY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Pulse Digital team is working alongside our strategy consulting affiliate, The Dedham Group, in developing various web-based applications to help our...
From The Dedham Group - Thu, 02 Aug 2018 22:30:48 GMT - View all New York, NY jobs
          Analyst or Senior Analyst - The Dedham Group - New York, NY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Analyst or Senior Analyst position at ‘TDG’ is a rare and exciting opportunity for junior team members who are extremely smart and ambitious looking to...
From The Dedham Group - Tue, 29 May 2018 07:54:29 GMT - View all New York, NY jobs
          Analyst (Life Sciences Consulting) - The Dedham Group - New York, NY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Dedham Group is a boutique strategy consulting company located in Midtown West. Our client base consists of pharmaceutical and biotech companies;...
From The Dedham Group - Wed, 23 May 2018 06:20:37 GMT - View all New York, NY jobs
          Something Digs Intricate Tunnels in Garnets. Is It Alive? - WRAL.com      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Something Digs Intricate Tunnels in Garnets. Is It Alive?
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By Veronique Greenwood, New York Times. Deep red garnets are found all over the world, from Thailand and Sri Lanka to the Adirondacks. They're even the state gem of New York. The stones that make their way into rings and necklaces must have a ...

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          New York City Council caps Uber and Lyft vehicles      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The New York City Council on Wednesday voted to impose a one-year freeze on new licenses granted to Uber, Lyft, and other ride-sharing vehicles. The city said that the measure will allow it to determine a long-term solution to mounting traffic congestion. The number of licensed ride-share vehicles in New York skyrocketed from fewer than 13,000 in...
          Software Engineering Returnship - ShopKeep - New York, NY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
About This Role ShopKeep is seeking a Software Engineer to join our growing team. You’ll be working on features to improve the experience of our existing...
From ShopKeep - Mon, 14 May 2018 20:35:03 GMT - View all New York, NY jobs
          NY: Man shoots woman to death in hospital bed, then kills self      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

VALHALLA, N.Y. (AP) — A man shot a patient to death in her bed at a suburban New York hospital Wednesday and then killed himself, police said. Police were trying to determine the connection between the two, who were found in a fourth-floor room after gunfire rang out around 9:40 a.m. at Westchester Medical Center […]

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          Inside The Trial Of 3 Guatemalan Mothers Separated From Their Children      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Three young Guatemalan women went on trial this week at the red-rock federal courthouse in Alpine, Texas. It's about 70 miles from the spot in the border town of Presidio where they waded across the Rio Grande three weeks ago, with their eight- and nine-year-old sons in tow. One of the women, Emilia Figueroa, testified during the trial that she believed if she brought her boy with her, the two of them would be released to live in the United States until their immigration court date. But, to their horror, the opposite occurred. Agents booked the Guatemalan mothers for unlawful entry and took their children away — to a shelter in New York City. Chris Carlin, the public defender handling their cases, said in an interview that he thinks this is all part of the Trump administration's mean-spirited plan to deter more unauthorized immigrants from coming. "The only thing that makes sense to me is to make it far more onerous to reconnect the adult with the child," Carlin said. "Why else would
          Brow Daddy Takes Bite Out of Big Apple with Sold Out Ombre Powdered Brow Permanent Makeup Class      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Brow Daddy, the permanent makeup artist who also goes by Ruben Kasper, is ready to teach a sold out class at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan in New York City on August 10. He will be teaching his signature Ombré Powdered Brow technique.
          Nach Protesten: New York deckelt Zulassungen für Uber und andere Fahrdienste      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Der Taximarkt in New York ist völlig überlastet, seit Jahren schwelt ein Konflikt zwischen lizensierten Fahrern und Anbietern wie Uber und Lyft. Nun hat der Stadtrat reagiert.
          Something Digs Intricate Tunnels in Garnets. Is It Alive? - New York Times      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

New York Times

Something Digs Intricate Tunnels in Garnets. Is It Alive?
New York Times
The deep red gems have long been found marred with internal markings. Researchers propose a new explanation involving fungal microorganisms who have found a nice place to live. Image. Microscopic tubular structures found within red garnets may be ...
Tiny tunnels inside garnets appear to be the result of boring microorganismsEurekAlert (press release)

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          US stocks close mixed amid trade tensions      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

New York, Aug 9 (IANS) US stocks closed mixed as investors monitored the latest development of US-China trade conflicts.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average on Wednesday was down 45.16 points, or 0.18 per cent, to 25,583.75. The S&P 500 erased 0.075 point, or 0.03 per cent, to 2,857.70, Xinhua news agency reported.

The Nasdaq Composite Index increased 4.66 points, or 0.06 per cent, to 7,888.33.

The Chinese Ministry of Commerce announced on Wednesday a 25 per cent charge on $16 billion worth of US goods, including auto and crude oil.

The announcement came after the US government released a finalised list of $16 billion worth of Chinese goods that will be charged with higher tariffs.

This earnings season has been stronger than analysts had expected.

Second quarter earnings are expected to increase 23.5 per cent from the same period last year. Excluding the energy sector, the earnings growth estimate declines to 20.4 per cent.

--IANS

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          Nackenschlag für US-Fahrdienste in New York: Keine neue Fahrzeuge für Uber, Lyft und Co.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
In der US-Metropole New York dürfen Uber, Lyft und andere Fahrdienste für mindestens ein Jahr keine neuen Fahrzeuge mehr zulassen. Ausserdem müssen die Unternehmen ihren Fahrern einen geregelten Mindestlohn auszahlen
          The CrabFeast 325: Chris Distefano      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

There are New Yorkers and then there's Chris Distefano and then there's Chris's dad!!! High school couldn't have been easy when your dad shows up to school and threatens to beat your principal to death. And Yankee games can't be fun when your dad asks you to pretend to be someone you're not for better seats. But now Chris is a dad...as good as his own? We're not sure. Let's just hope his child doesn't swallow another magnet while Chris is 12 beers deep on a TOOZDEE. Such great ep, be sure to share with friends. #FTCF

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          the good mother      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
fooling around on amazon with my daughter - she found 3 movies to put in amazon library - and i saw 1 i wanted.

'the good mother.'

this was a wonderful movie based on amazing book by sue miller.

diane keaton should have won another oscar for this 1.  she is amazing as anna.  the basics are she and her husband divorce.  they have a daughter.  anna's raising her daughter and working.  she ends up having a boyfriend (liam neeson) and that ticks the ex-husband off. 

the daughter ends up in a custody battle - i'm providing as few spoilers as possible.

it's a really good movie.  leonard nimoy directed it.

i think 'shoot the moon' is probably diane's most amazing performance ever.  but 'the good mother' is probably close.   diane's a great comedy actor but she can deliver in a drama and has repeatedly.  she's just an all around strong actress. 

she's made some films that will stand the test of time.  those include the 1s with woody allen, the godfather movies, 'something's got to give,' 'reds,' 'shoot the moon,' 'looking for mr. goodbar,' '1st wives club' and many more.  and let's name the woody classics - 'sleeper,' 'love & death,' 'annie hall,' 'manhattan' and 'manhattan murder mystery.'

she really is something amazing.

oh, and she just co-starred in the summer's biggest comedy: 'book club.'



let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'


Tuesday, August 7, 2018.

We're going to start with something non-Iraq at all (we'll also be ending with something non-Iraq).  I know Illeana Douglas and have known her for years.  As Rebecca noted last month, I first heard of Leslie Moonves' assault of Illeana years ago.  At THIRD this week, we did "Unlike Alyssa Milano, we'll stand with Illeana Douglas."  (Ann offered "Alyssa Milano reveals she doesn't give a damn about women" last night.)

Alyssa Milano is not who she claims or self-presents as.  Rose McGowan rightly called her a lie.  Though Corey Feldman was sympathetic to her, he publicly mocked her -- rightly so -- when she claimed she never had any idea that he or Corey Haim had been molested as children.  She knew.  She claims she never knew that Brad Kern was abusive to women on the set of CHARMED -- where she was a producer.  Everyone else knew.  There were complaints.  Repeated complaints.  She took a producer's credit (and pay) and it was her job to provide a safe work environment.  She failed.  To TIME magazine and others, she has presented herself as the head of #MeToo (after stealing the phrase from African-American  woman Tarana Burke -- one of her many cultural appropriations).  Yet though she Tweets over and over daily, she's still not Tweeted about Illeana or any of the other women who spoke out in Ronan Farrow's NEW YORKER piece.


Not one Tweet.  CAA is the reason I'm not part of #MeToo.  CAA pimped out women constantly.  There's a foreign actress who appeared in several hit films and was used by CAA before and after.  They pimped her out.  She remains destroyed today.  (If she chooses to tell her story publicly, I will support her.  Currently, she's still in therapy attempting to deal with what they put her through.)  Alyssa's married to CAA's David Bugliari and Alyssa's a "CAA speaker" that you can 'book.'

Alyssa's silence backs up everything many of us have long said.  She's is not a friend to women, she is stilted actress determined to self-promote, desperate for a career.  She is not about empowering women.  She's is about co-opting anything she can.

As for CBS, Leslie is part of a long pattern there that began with William Paley and the hell he put his wife (Babe Paley through) -- one affair after another, while he stopped having sex with her early in their marriage, his refusal to allow her to raise their children or even hug them in front of him.  He was pure filth and set the tone all those years ago.  CBS has always been hostile to women.  Most networks would be thrilled to have a hit show but CBS has always only been thrilled to have a hit show if it starred men.  Whether we're talking DESIGNING WOMEN, CAGNEY & LACEY, CYBILL, THE NANNY or the now returning MURPHY BROWN, CBS repeatedly undercuts and undermines their programs with female leads, undercutting them, pushing them through one time change after another, etc., etc.  At THIRD, Ava and I have long documented the institutional sexism at CBS and we've done it for a reason.

Leslie is guilty and if I were Julie Chen, sleeping with my married boss and then lucky enough to get him to leave his wife for me, I guess I'd rush forward to defend him too.  I mean, what career would Julie have if she hadn't slept with Leslie?  None at all.  I could go on and on here.

The point is Illeana told the truth and has been telling it to a number of us over the years.  And CBS has made clear that they do not take harassment seriously by allowing Moonves to remain on the job while he is under investigation.  He should be put on administrative leave.  Anything less goes to CBS not taking the issue seriously.  He is accused of harassment and attempted rape.  These are serious charges.  If you take them seriously, you put him on administrative leave until the investigation is over.  Otherwise?  You're saying work safety and the right of women to be safe at work does not matter.

Grasp that fake ass Alyssa is not just refusing to stand up for Illeana, she's refusing to stand up for women who may encounter Leslie.  He needs to be removed during the investigation.


Meanwhile, protests continue in Iraq.

Why?  Each year, Iraq rakes in billion from oil sales.  And the World Bank estimates the current population of Iraq to be 37.2 million.

With that kind of money coming in and that small of a population, meeting the needs of the people should be easy.

But it hasn't been.  The World Bank notes, for example, "The poverty rate increased from 19.8 percent in 2012 to an estimated 22.5 percent in 2014."  How does that happen?  Government corruption.  Politicians and officials stealing the public's money.

And it leaves nothing for the people.  Hence the video below.


Another video of Iraqi children eating from the garbage.


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The corruption has enriched many.  Nouri al-Maliki's son, for example, has some really swank living spaces in England and some really sporty cars.  That's nice for a man who's never really worked in his life.  But that's awful for the Iraqi people.

The Iraqi people are protesting to save their lives.  They are risking their lives with these ongoing protests and 14 have already died.


The excessive violence and cruelty used by the Iraqi security forces ended the lives of 14 demonstrators in 10 days of ongoing protests calling for economic and service improvements," the Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights said."




They are demanding basic rights including access to electricity and potable water, including jobs.

These protests are now a month old and it's amazing how many of the Twitter 'social justice warriors' have ignored these protests.

Why do they have to protest?

Among other things because the US government destroyed Iraq with the (ongoing) war.  The US still bombs Iraq.  Monday, the US Defense Dept announced:



Strikes in Iraq
There were no reported strikes conducted in Iraq yesterday.
On Aug. 4 near Dulab, coalition military forces conducted a strike consisting of an engagement against ISIS targets, destroying two ISIS tunnels.
On Aug. 3 near Wadi Ashai, coalition military forces conducted a strike consisting of an engagement against an ISIS tactical unit.
There were no reported strikes conducted in Iraq on Aug. 2.
On Aug. 1 near Wadi Ashai, coalition military forces conducted a strike consisting of five engagements against ISIS targets, destroying two ISIS-held buildings and three ISIS supply caches.
On July 31 near Wadi Ashai and Wadi Zagatoon, coalition military forces conducted two strikes consisting of two engagements against ISIS targets, destroying an ISIS-held building.

On 30 July 30 near Wadi Ashai, coalition military forces conducted a strike consisting of an engagement against ISIS targets. The strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit.

The US government turned Iraq into a land of widows and orphans.  And it compounded the problems by 'selecting' Iraq's prime ministers.  Yesterday, we went over Nouri al-Maliki and Barack Obama, then-US president, selected Hayder al-Abadi to replace him in 2014.  (After Nouri's actions led to the rise of ISIS in Iraq.)


Supporting Abadi "was the easy way for the US to try to protect the gains it has made in Iraq over the last four years without having to do the substantial groundwork that would have been required to build up a range of political alternatives"
          This Westchester Locale Ranks As No. 1 Safest Spot In Nation      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

This historic bell is in one of America's "Safest Cities." This village ranked second in Westchester, statewide and ninth nationwide based on FBI crime statistics. Lewisboro and Briarcliff ranked as No. 1 and No. 2 safest "cities" in New York state.

According to this newly released crime data analysis by Safewise, nine communities in Westchester County, two in Putnam County and three in Orange County are the safest in New York state and among the "Top 100" safest places to live in the entire United States.

Safewise analyzed the most recent FB...


          Westchester Man Driving With Flat Tires Was Under Influence, Police Say      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

A New York man was arrested by Greenwich police for DUI.

A Westchester man operating a motor vehicle with flat tires was driving under the influence, Greenwich Police said.

Bryan Morabito, 44, of White Plains, was arrested around 6:58 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, after officers were dispatched to the area of Lake Avenue for the report of an erratic driver, dr...


          Wellness Wednesday: Food Safety Tips, Changing Up Your Workout Routines      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
As of Monday, more than 600 people have filed complaints against a Chipotle in Powell, Ohio. Last week, the fast-casual Mexican restaurant began receiving hundreds of complaints that the restaurant’s food was making people sick. Two lawsuits have since been filed. Today on Wellness Wednesday we discuss ways to protect yourself against food-borne illness, as well as why variety in workout and recovery routines benefits health. Guests: Alex Hutchinson , science journalist with Outside Magazine and author of “Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance” Paul Dawson , professor of food safety at Clemson University Sophie Egan , New York Times health contributor and author of “Devoured: How What We Eat Defines Who We Are”
          Hambletonian champion Zeron at Batavia Downs Wednesday in NYSS      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

(Photo of driver Scott Zeron courtesy of Geri Schwarz.)

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Fresh off his $1 million Hambletonian win with the filly Atlanta on Saturday (Aug. 4), driver Scott Zeron will be competing at Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Aug. 8) in the $109,000 New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings. 

Zeron will drive in both $54,500 divisions as well as two of the three $15,000 Excel “A” races on the card. 

The NYSS are in races two and six with post time for the first race at 5 p.m.

Zeron had a huge afternoon at the Meadowlands on Saturday. Besides winning the Hambletonian with Atlanta (who became only the 14th filly to win that 3-year-old trotting stake in its 93-year history), he also won the $286,650 John Cashman Memorial trot with Marion Marauder (who Zeron also won the 2016 Hambletonian with) and the $260,100 Sam McKee Memorial pace with Western Joe.   

In the first NYSS division at Batavia on Wednesday, Zeron will drive Thunder (Conway Hall-Cr Oh Suzanna) for trainer John Butenschoen. 

Thunder has had some issues, making a bad break two starts ago. However last week at Saratoga Raceway he seems to have righted the ship by winning in 1:59.2 to gain his first lifetime win. Zeron drove him last week in that NYSS event and will look for a chance to have him double up in this race, starting from post seven. 

He will have to take on the morning line favorite Chip Chip Conway (Conway Hall-Get Chipped) who is coming in off two strong outings. 

After making two consecutive breaks in his first two NYSS starts, trainer Gary Messenger added trotting hobbles and the gelding qualified back fine. Since then he has won in a lifetime best 1:58 at Tioga Downs and finished second by a head to Thunder last week. Regular driver Jim Taggart Jr. will be back in the bike once again, leaving from post six.

In the second division, Our White Knight (Crazed-Psychotherapist) gets the services of Zeron and looks to up his game. So far this year he is a perfect four for four finishing second and is still looking for that first win. 

Our White Knight got away well last week and became forwardly placed early, which helped his good closing ability to be more effective at the end of the mile. With an inside post this week, look for a similar situation with Zeron up from post two. John Butenschoen also trains this gelding.

The main rival here is morning line favorite Labadee AS (Conway Hall-Smith Hall) who has two consecutive open-length wins in Excel “A” action. However this week he moves back up to the top tier for this race, which is the first time he has been in a NYSS event since his first lifetime start on July 9. Andy Miller, who finished second to Atlanta in the Hambletonian with Met’s Hall, picks up the lines for trainer Anette Lorentzen for the first time behind Labadee AS with post one. 

In the Excel “A” races, Zeron will also drive Simple Kaos (RC Royalty-Ksenia) from post one in the eighth race for trainer George Ducharme and Crazy Every Time (Crazed-Bar Ballad) from post five in the ninth race for trainer Jim Mc Donald. 

Although only driving for 12 years, the 29-year-old Zeron has posted some phenomenal numbers through his career, starting out on the very competitive Ontario tracks and then moving to the Grand Circuit. 

Currently Zeron has 3,390 wins, 2,870 seconds and 2,785 thirds out of 22,014 start with $62,507,595 in earnings. 

Zeron was the youngest Canadian driver to reach 1,000 wins and the youngest driver in history to reach 2,000 wins. He was also the youngest driver ever to win the Little Brown Jug with Michael's Power in 2012. 

In 2012 Zeron received the Rising Star Award from the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) and showed why he got that honor with the biggest year of his career (to that point) in 2016 when he won the Meadowlands driving title and the trotting Triple Crown with Marion Marauder.


          À New York, c'est la descente aux enfers pour les VTC (LePoint)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
La Grosse Pomme a decide d'interdire pour la premiere fois les nouveaux permis VTC pour un an. Une mesure combattue par les geants du secteur dont Uber.
          Hustlers (Lorene Scafaria, 2019)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
*Jennifer Lopez* protagonizará *Hustlers* para *Annapurna Pictures* Basado en un artículo de la revista New York, trata sobre un grupo de ex...
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          Ixis.co.uk - Thoughts: Last month in Drupal - July 2018      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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Award to recognize individual dedicated to the advancement of women in security
08/08/2018
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SILVER SPRING, Md.—The Security Industry Association has opened nominations for the inaugural SIA Progress Award, an initiative sponsored by SIA’s Women in Security Forum.

Nominations for the SIA Progress Award are being accepted through Aug. 24, and the recipient of this new award will be recognized at SIA Honors Night 2018 on Nov. 14 in New York City.

“SIA’s annual Honors Night is one of my favorite SIA events because we honor leaders who dedicate time and resources to promote key SIA initiatives such as fostering industry diversity,” Don Erickson, SIA’s CEO, said in the announcement. “This year’s program will inspire all of us as we celebrate the advancement of women in the security industry with the inaugural SIA Progress Award. SIA is proud to promote women’s involvement and professional growth and grateful to those paving the way forward for women in the industry.”

The new SIA Progress Award will celebrate an individual who is advancing opportunities and success for women in the security industry. The winner will be determined based on the following criteria:

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  • Promoting women’s professional growth through mentorship and/or sponsorship
  • Recognitions and/or awards for related activities
  • Demonstration of the highest levels of professionalism and integrity in the security industry

All nominees for the SIA Progress Award must be employees of SIA member companies, and each nomination must include a letter from a colleague in the security industry on why the candidate deserves the award.

SIA’s Women in Security Forum is designed to support the participation of women in the security industry. Through programs like a new roundtable series, thought leadership opportunities, professional development offerings and networking events, the forum engages both men and women who share this goal.

Along with the awards ceremony, SIA Honors Night—held each year concurrent with ISC East, New York City’s biggest security products trade show—features a gala dinner reception benefiting Mission 500 and engaging entertainment. As part of the awards ceremony, SIA will also present the George R. Lippert Memorial Award, the Jay Hauhn Excellence in Partnerships Award, the SIA Insightful Practitioner Award and the Women in Biometrics Award.

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Humanae Vitae, camino de santidad

Cardenal Robert Sarah

Prefecto de la Congregación para el Culto Divino y la Disciplina de los Sacramentos

Abadía de Santa Ana de Kergonan - 4 de agosto de 2018, En  el 50 aniversario de Humanae Vitae

 

Introducción

Hace exactamente 50 años, el Papa Pablo VI firmó su última y más importante Carta Encíclica, Humanae Vitae. Era el 25 de julio de 1968. Si situamos esta enseñanza del Beato Pablo VI en su contexto histórico, medimos qué coraje, qué gran fe en Dios y qué docilidad al Espíritu Santo, le tomó al Papa atreverse a tal acto. Mientras muchos teólogos, e incluso a veces incluso obispos lo instaban a poner a la Iglesia a raya del mundo y los medios, el Papa insistió en que la Iglesia no puede enseñar nada más que lo que ha recibido de la Iglesia. Cristo: la verdad revelada, que es el único camino de felicidad y santidad para los hombres. [1]

Entonces, a pesar de la tormenta que Humanae Vitae ha causado, podemos ver por nosotros mismos lo poderoso que estuvo presente el Espíritu Santo y con el apoyo de la función de Pedro: en medio de un mundo esclavizado y dominado por la perversión de la revolución sexual, abandonada y aislada por muchos cardenales, obispos y teólogos Pedro estaba solo y Pedro se mantuvo fuerte. Pablo VI no solo reafirmó la doctrina histórica y apostólica, sino que fue sobre todo inmensamente profético. Cincuenta años después de su publicación, esta enseñanza magisterial no solo revela su verdad inmutable, sino que también revela la clarividencia con la que se enfrentó el problema.

"También existe la preocupación de que el hombre que se acostumbra al uso de las prácticas anticonceptivas, eventualmente perderá el respeto a la mujer y, sin preocuparse por el equilibrio físico y psicológico de la misma, llegue a considerarla como un mero instrumento de disfrute egoísta, y ya no como su respetada y amada compañera.» (HV 17)

"No se necesita mucha experiencia para conocer la debilidad humana y comprender que los hombres -los jóvenes, especialmente, tan vulnerables en este punto- necesitan ser alentados para ser fieles a la ley moral, y que no se les debe ofrecer un medio fácil para evitar su observancia.» (HV 17)

"Pensemos también en el arma peligrosa que se pondría en manos de las autoridades públicas con poca preocupación por los requisitos morales". ¿Quién podrá culpar a un gobierno por aplicar a la solución de problemas comunitarios lo que se les permitiría a los cónyuges resolver un problema familiar? ¿Quién impedirá que los gobernantes favorezcan e incluso impongan a sus pueblos, si lo estiman necesario, el método anticonceptivo que estiman más efectivo? Y así los hombres, al querer evitar las dificultades individuales, familiares o sociales que nos encontramos en la observación de la ley divina, lograría dejar a la merced de la intervención de las autoridades públicas el sector más personal y el más reservado de intimidad conyugal» (HV 17)

 Pablo VI no pudo callar, la gracia del sucesor de Pedro le dio coraje para hablar con claridad y firmeza. No pudo hacer otra cosa porque se trata de Apocalipsis, el mensaje de Cristo. No podía callar porque lo que está en juego en la encíclica Humanae Vitae es, ni más ni menos, la santidad de las parejas cristianas.

I - Lucidez profética

Al resistir los medios y la presión mundana, Pablo VI realizó un acto profético. No solo porque, de alguna manera, anticipó los descubrimientos científicos más recientes sobre la nocividad de los anticonceptivos químicos para la salud humana. Pero mucho más profundamente porque al traer la luz de Dios a la vida conyugal, ha resaltado un camino de santidad.

Hoy, me gustaría resaltar este aspecto de la encíclica Humanae Vitae, leyéndolo nuevamente en particular a la luz de los grandes textos de San Juan Pablo II, que son su interpretación auténtica. Debemos darnos cuenta de que Humanae Vitae no es solo un documento disciplinario, una simple condena de la anticoncepción; mucho más profundamente, Humanae Vitae es una invitación a la santidad conyugal, a una forma de vivir la vida de una pareja y la responsabilidad de los padres según el plan de Dios.

En esto, Pablo VI es realmente como un profeta que invita al Pueblo de Dios a la conversión. Él nos invita, él los invita, hogares cristianos, a la comunión con Dios.

II - Un error de perspectiva

 El rechazo de Humanae Vitae, la desconfianza de esta enseñanza a menudo proviene de un error de perspectiva. A menudo se oye decir: " la regla de la Iglesia es dura " o "la Iglesia carece de misericordia" o "la regla es imposible de observar en los hechos."

Como si Pablo VI, al condenar la anticoncepción, hubiera decidido arbitrariamente lo permitido y lo prohibido. Este es un error fundamental! Pablo VI no tuvo "un buen día" y decidió prohibir la anticoncepción, por puro capricho o deseo de imponer una opinión personal. Fue después de cuatro largos años de estudio, reflexión, consulta, lectura de documentos científicos de calidad sobre el tema, después de haber rezado y entregado por completo al Espíritu Santo, y movido por el agudo sentido de su grave responsabilidad como padre y pastor ante Dios, ante la Iglesia y ante la humanidad, absolutamente fiel a su fe católica y dócil al duradero magisterio de la Iglesia, que Pablo VI tomó la decisión de explicar las circunstancias y razones que le movieron a recordar la firme enseñanza de la Iglesia.

Esto es lo que él mismo dice al presentar la Encíclica Humanae Vitae a la audiencia general del 31 de julio de 1968.

"Este documento pontificio no es solo la declaración de una ley moral negativa, es decir, la prohibición de cualquier acto que pretenda imposibilitar la procreación (n.14), sino que es sobre todo la presentación positiva de la moral conyugal, en relación con su misión de amor y fertilidad "en la visión integral del hombre y su vocación natural y terrenal, pero también sobrenatural y eterna" (n.7).

Este documento sigue siendo la aclaración de un capítulo fundamental de la vida personal, conyugal, familiar y social del hombre; pero no es la declaración completa de todo lo que se relaciona con el ser humano en el campo del matrimonio, de la familia, de la honestidad de los modales, un dominio inmenso sobre el cual el magisterio de la Iglesia puede y probablemente regrese, con un propósito más amplio, orgánico y sintético. Esta encíclica responde a preguntas, dudas, tendencias, sobre las cuales, como sabemos, la discusión ha sido bastante amplia y animada, en los últimos tiempos, y a la que hemos estado muy interesados, por nuestra función pastoral y doctrinal. No vamos a hablar ahora de este documento, en primer lugar debido a la delicadeza y la gravedad de su propósito, que parece ir más allá de la simplicidad de este discurso semanal, porque seguramente, no falta y no faltarán publicaciones que estarán a disposición de quienes estén interesados en el problema desarrollado en la Encíclica (por ejemplo: G. Martelet, amor conyugal y renovación conciliar ).

Solo diremos algunas palabras, no en el documento en sí, sino en los sentimientos que fueron nuestros durante este largo período de preparación.

Sentido de la responsabilidad de aclarar la verdad un problema complejo, difícil y serio

Nuestro primer sentimiento fue el de Nuestra grave responsabilidad. Nos llevó al corazón del tema y nos tuvo inmerso durante los cuatro años necesarios para el estudio y desarrollo de esta encíclica. Y podemos afirmar que este sentimiento de Nuestra responsabilidad no nos ha hecho sufrir poco espiritualmente. Nunca, como en esta situación, sentimos el peso de Nuestra carga. Estudiamos, leímos, discutimos tanto como pudimos, y también rezamos mucho. Ciertas circunstancias relacionadas con este problema son conocidas por usted: debemos responder a la Iglesia, a toda la humanidad; debíamos evaluar, con el compromiso, y al mismo tiempo, la libertad, de nuestro deber apostólico, una tradición no solo secular, sino reciente, de nuestros tres predecesores inmediatos; Nos vimos obligados a hacer nuestra la enseñanza del Consejo que nosotros mismos, promulgamos; Nos inclinamos a dar la bienvenida, hasta el límite donde parecíamos poder ir, las conclusiones -aunque de carácter consultivo- de la comisión instituida por el Papa Juan XXIII y ampliado por nosotros mismos, sin perder de vista nuestro deber de prudencia; Sabíamos de las controversias suscitadas por este problema tan importante, con tanta pasión pero también con tanta autoridad; Percibimos las voces poderosas de la opinión pública y la prensa; Oímos las voces más débiles, pero más penetrantes para Nuestro corazón de padre y pastor, de tantas personas, especialmente mujeres respetables, ansiosas por este problema difícil y por su experiencia aún más difícil; Leemos los informes científicos sobre los alarmantes problemas demográficos del mundo, respaldados por estudios de expertos y programas gubernamentales; Recibimos publicaciones de todos lados, algunas inspiradas en el examen de ciertos aspectos científicos del problema, otras por consideraciones realistas de muchas situaciones sociológicas serias, o por aquellas, tan imperativas hoy, de mutaciones que impregnan todos los sectores de la vida moderna.

¿Cuántas veces no nos hemos sentido abrumados por esta acumulación de documentos, y cuántas veces, humanamente hablando, no hemos entendido la insuficiencia de Nuestra pobre persona, frente a la formidable obligación apostólica a tener que pronunciarse sobre este problema; Cuán a menudo no hemos temblado ante este dilema de fácil condescendencia con las opiniones actuales, o de una sentencia mal tolerada por la sociedad moderna, o que es arbitrariamente demasiado grave para la vida conyugal.

Hemos confiado en muchas consultas especiales de personas de alto valor moral, científico y pastoral; e invocando al Espíritu Santo, ponemos nuestra conciencia en un estado de disponibilidad total y libre a la voz de la verdad, se trata de interpretar la regla divina que vemos emerger de la exigencia intrínseca del auténtico amor humano de estructuras esenciales de la institución del matrimonio, de la dignidad personal de los cónyuges, de su misión al servicio de la vida, de la santidad del matrimonio cristiano; Reflexionamos sobre los elementos estables de la doctrina tradicional y actual de la Iglesia, luego especialmente sobre las enseñanzas del Concilio reciente; sopesamos las consecuencias de una u otra decisión, y no tenemos dudas sobre Nuestro deber de pronunciar Nuestra oración en los términos expresados por esta encíclica."

¡Sí! Disponibilidad a la voz de la verdad, fidelidad a la doctrina tradicional y actual de la Iglesia, y sumisión humilde y filial a Dios que nos revela la verdad del amor, del ser humano y el significado del matrimonio.

Queridos amigos, queridos cónyuges, si vosotros, como cristianos, rechazáis la anticoncepción, no es antes que nada " porque la Iglesia lo prohíbe ". Es más bien porque tú sabes a través de la enseñanza de la Iglesia que la anticoncepción es intrínsecamente malvada, es decir, que destruye la verdad del amor y la relación humana. Reduce a la mujer a ser un objeto de placer y disfrute siempre disponible en todo momento y en todas las circunstancias para el impulso sexual del hombre.

Eso me parece muy importante. El principio de la moral cristiana no es el respeto por un deber impuesto externamente y pasivamente sufrido, sino el amor al bien, a la verdad del ser.

Pablo VI por la encíclica Humanae Vitae primero buscó contemplar la verdad del ser humano sexuado y la pareja humana. Buscó descubrir el diseño que el Creador ha inscrito en la naturaleza del hombre y la mujer. Pablo VI buscó hacernos descubrir el bien hacia el cual esta naturaleza profunda nos hace esforzarnos. Él buscó hacernos desear el bien sobrenatural, es decir, la santidad a la que Dios llama a las parejas a través de su vida conyugal.

III - Una verdad según la razón y confirmada por Apocalipsis

 Debe resaltarse que esta verdad del amor humano es accesible a la razón humana. Juan Pablo II recordó y la afirmación de que "cualquier acto conyugal por sí mismo permanece abierto a la transmisión de la vida" (HV 11), describe la "verdad ontológica", la "estructura íntima," la "estructura real" [2] del acto conyugal, por lo tanto, es sobre todo una afirmación de acuerdo con la razón humana, accesible a todo hombre que busca la verdad" [3] .

Esta razonabilidad es el fundamento de la afirmación de Pablo VI y Juan Pablo II: "Los estándares morales de Humanae Vitae son parte de la ley natural. Todo hombre de buena voluntad puede sentir y descubrir que una actitud anticonceptiva es contraria a la verdad humana del amor conyugal " [4] .

Pero debemos ir mucho más allá. De hecho, San Juan Pablo II afirma firmemente que la norma moral formulada en Humanae Vitae es parte de la Revelación divina. Porque la Iglesia enseña este estándar a pesar de que no se expresa formalmente (es decir, literalmente) en las Sagradas Escrituras; lo hace en la creencia de que la interpretación de la ley natural es la competencia del Magisterio. Sin embargo, podemos decir más. Incluso si la norma moral, tal como está formulada en la Encíclica Humanae Vitae, No se encuentra, literalmente, en la Sagrada Escritura, sin embargo, debido a que está contenida en la tradición y - en las palabras de Pablo VI - que estaba "repetidamente expuesta a los fieles por el Magisterio (HV 12), se deduce que esta norma corresponde a la totalidad de la doctrina revelada contenida en las fuentes bíblicas (HV 4).

Tal afirmación es crucial para comprender el error de todos los que piden un "cambio de disciplina", de todos aquellos que dicen "la Iglesia es demasiado dura" o "la Iglesia debe adaptarse". A través de la Encíclica Humanae Vitae, la Iglesia solo transmite lo que ella recibió del mismo Dios. Ella no, nunca tendrá el poder de cambiar nada. La norma moral de Humanae Vitae "pertenece no solo a la ley moral natural, sino también al orden moral que Dios ha revelado: desde este punto de vista también, no podría ser diferente sino solo y solo según lo transmitido por el la Tradición y el Magisterio" [5] .

Por lo tanto, podemos decir que Dios mismo se ocupó de revelarnos los caminos de la felicidad y el bien para la pareja humana.

Aceptar la Humanae Vitae, no es solo una cuestión de sumisión y de obediencia al Papa, sino principalmente escuchar y acoger la Palabra de Dios, la amable revelación de lo que somos y de lo que tenemos que hacer para corresponder a su amor. La apuesta es, de hecho, la de nuestra vida teológica, de nuestra vida de relación con Dios. Cardenales, obispos y teólogos que rechazaron la Humanae Vitae e incitaron a los fieles a rebelarse contra la Encíclica, se opusieron, por tanto, deliberada y públicamente en contra de Dios mismo. Lo más grave es que invitaron a los fieles a oponerse a Dios.

IV - Tres errores

Estos recordatorios nos permitirán descartar tres errores sobre Humanae Vitae .

- El primer error es con los fieles y los cónyuges en particular. Algunos pueden sentir que la Iglesia les impone un peso insoportable, una carga demasiado pesada que afectaría su libertad.

Queridos amigos, ¡una idea así está mal! La Iglesia solo transmite la verdad recibida de Dios y conocida por la Razón. ¡Ahora, solo hay una verdad que hace libre! Queridos amigos, queridas parejas que viven de esta verdad, ¡debéis testificar a los demás! ¡vosotros también debéis ser profetas! Debe decirse que el rechazo de las prácticas anticonceptivas y la mentalidad libera a la pareja del peso del egoísmo. ¡Una vida según la verdad de la sexualidad humana libera el miedo! Libera las energías del amor, ¡la hace feliz ! ¡Tú que lo vives, dilo! ¡Escríbelo! Testifica! ¡Es vuestra misión de laicos! ¡La Iglesia cuenta contigo, te confía esta misión!

Por lo tanto, debe dar testimonio del hecho de que la encíclica Humanae Vitae no debería recibirse con una obediencia que sería solo material. Debe ser recibido con inteligencia y con el consentimiento del corazón. La inteligencia debe apropiarse de la verdad que se contempla y se revela. El corazón debe desear el bien propuesto a nuestro amor.

Recibir Humanae Vitae no significa, material y sistemáticamente, "tener muchos hijos". ¡No! Simplemente significa abrirse de manera generosa y amplia a la vida y recibir a tantos niños como su salud, su amor y sus medios lo permitan, en un profundo sentido de gratitud hacia Dios. Aceptar Humanae Vitaees es entrar en la naturaleza profunda del amor humano y, por lo tanto, participar en un enfoque de paternidad-maternidad responsable que, aunque rechaza cualquier práctica anticonceptiva, sabe cómo abrir a la pareja a una bienvenida generosa e inteligente de la vida, no a toda costa, sino de acuerdo con las capacidades de cada pareja. Sabiendo a veces, si las circunstancias justificadas lo requieren, espaciar los nacimientos utilizando la alternancia de los períodos de fertilidad. Siempre para proteger mejor el amor conyugal y familiar.

- El segundo error que debe evitarse es entre teólogos y moralistas. Me gustaría abordar aquí, con fuerza, las mismas palabras de Jesús: "¡Cuidado con los falsos profetas! Vienen a disfrazarlos como corderos, ¡pero por dentro son lobos rapaces! "(Mt 7, 15) 'Estas personas, dice St. Pablo, son falsos apóstoles, falsificadores, disfrazados de apóstoles de Cristo; nada sorprendente en esto: el mismo Satanás se camufla de ángel de luz... Pero su fin será conforme a sus obras "(2 Corintios 7: 13-15) Sí, cuidado con aquellos que les dicen que mientras la intención general de la pareja es correcta, las circunstancias podrían justificar la elección de los medios anticonceptivos. Queridos amigos, ¡esas palabras son mentiras! Y aquellos que os enseñan tales aberraciones "falsifican la Palabra de Dios" (2 Cor 4: 2). No hablan en el nombre de Dios. Hablan en contra de Dios y las enseñanzas de Jesús. Son como las serpientes ardientes del libro de Números, cuya mordida se destruye. No prestes atención a ninguna de sus palabras. Todos los que son mordidos por las serpientes de la confusión doctrinal y moral tienen que hacer solo una cosa: imitar al pueblo de Israel: corriendo hacia la salvación, mirando fijamente a la serpiente de bronce, Jesucristo, suspendido en el estandarte de la Cruz, para que permanezcan vivos (cf Nb 21, 4-9). ¡Sí, mira a Jesús, escúchalo y obedécele solo a Él! ¡Él es el único Maestro!

Cuando les decimos: hay situaciones concretas que pueden justificar el uso de anticonceptivos, ¡les mentimos! ¡Estás predicando una doctrina adulterada (cf. 2 Cor 2:17) ! ¡Además, eres herido porque te dicen un camino que no conduce ni a la felicidad ni a la santidad!

A este respecto, Juan Pablo II pudo decir que "cuando las situaciones concretas se oponen a lo que prescribe la ley moral, es porque en el fondo ya no creemos que la ley de Dios sea el único bien verdadero del hombre " [6] .

¿Cómo se puede afirmar que "en ciertas situaciones" una actitud que contradiga la verdad profunda del amor humano se haría buena o necesaria? ¡Es imposible! Sin embargo, "hay quienes se atreven a brindar soluciones deshonestas a estos problemas e incluso a quienes no se apartan del asesinato. Pero la Iglesia recuerda que no puede haber una contradicción real entre las leyes divinas que rigen la transmisión de la vida y las que promueven el amor conyugal auténtico (véase GS 51, §2). ¡Sí! La plenitud de la felicidad conyugal siempre implica el respeto por la naturaleza profunda de la sexualidad y, por lo tanto, su apertura a la vida. La anticoncepción es siempre un mal moral porque siempre destruye el amor de los cónyuges. ¡Les duele y les hace daño!

No puede haber conflicto de obligaciones aquí. El bien de la pareja siempre pasa por una vida según su naturaleza profunda, según su ser. "Las circunstancias o intenciones nunca pueden transformar un acto intrínsecamente deshonesto por su objeto en un acto" subjetivamente "honesto o defendible como una elección" [7] .

Por lo tanto, no hay ninguna situación en la que el estándar sea imposible de realizar. De hecho, esto implicaría que el Creador se contradice a sí mismo y nos pide que vayamos en contra de la orden sabia que Él mismo inscribió en la Creación.

Existe, dice Juan Pablo II, un fuerte desafío pastoral. "El hecho de que la ley debe ser una realización posible pertenece a la naturaleza misma de la ley (...) Que la norma es alcanzable pertenece al campo práctico y pastoral" [8]. Además, es incorrecto oponer la verdad de la ley a los logros prácticos contrarios. Uno nunca debe oponerse a la verdad pastoral y universal práctica de la ley moral. El cuidado pastoral concreto siempre busca los medios más apropiados para cumplir la educación universal, nunca derogarla.

Como dice San Juan Pablo II al hablar sobre anticoncepción "Ninguna circunstancia personal o social ha podido, puede y puede justificar tal acto" [9]. " No es una doctrina inventada por el hombre: ha sido inscrita por la mano creadora de Dios en la naturaleza misma de la persona humana y ha sido confirmada por él en revelación " [10] .

- El tercer error para evitar se encuentra en pastores: sacerdotes y obispos.

Queridos hermanos sacerdotes, a veces tratamos de hacernos sentir culpables al acusarnos de cargar a otros con la carga que no soportamos nosotros mismos. No se deje intimidar: obedezca a Dios en lugar de a los hombres. Si verdaderamente Humanae Vitae es la carta de una vida matrimonial conducida de acuerdo con la verdad profunda de la sexualidad humana, ¡entonces no impondremos ninguna carga! Por el contrario, al predicar Humanae Vitae, ¡anunciamos las buenas nuevas! ¡Anunciamos la santidad matrimonial! ¿Cómo podrían nuestros corazones de sacerdotes privar a las almas de esta forma real de santidad conyugal? ¿Cómo podríamos proponer una forma de santidad "con descuento", sin terminar? ¡No!

Como Pablo VI, "No menoscabar en nada la saludable doctrina de Cristo es una forma de caridad eminente hacia las almas" [11] y se dirigió a los obispos, el Beato Papa continúa: "El trabajo con ardor y sin descanso para la salvaguardia y la santidad del matrimonio, para que siempre se viva en toda su plenitud humana y cristiana, considera esta misión como una de tus responsabilidades más urgentes en el tiempo presente " [12] .

Queridos hermanos sacerdotes, proclamar las buenas nuevas del Evangelio sobre la sexualidad y el matrimonio es abrir a las parejas el camino hacia una vida feliz y santa. ¡Es nuestro deber como padres, guías, pastores!

Por nuestra parte, "los silencios, las incertidumbres o las ambigüedades a este respecto tienen el efecto de velar la verdad humana y cristiana del amor conyugal" [13]. Para el amor paternal a los cónyuges, para el celo misionero, para la generosidad en la evangelización, no temamos predicar y anunciar estas buenas nuevas. Aunque debemos sufrir ataques, desprecios, soledad y burlas, proclamemos la verdad del Evangelio. Pablo VI nos mostró por su encíclica un bello ejemplo de caridad pastoral, ¡no tengas miedo de imitarlo! Nuestro silencio sería cómplice y culpable. ¡No abandonemos a las parejas a las engañosas sirenas de la facilidad!Tened en cuenta también que nuestro celibato es una garantía de credibilidad. Si vivimos en la verdad la alegría de una vida entregada en total continencia por el reino de los cielos (cf. Mt 19, 12), podemos predicar la alegría de la vida conyugal dado en la fertilidad del responsable y la generosidad continencia periódica cuando sea necesario.

Por supuesto, la mayoría propone que nos fuerza la verdad más vamos a apoyar a las personas con "la paciencia y la bondad" [14], tal como el Señor que era intransigente con el mal y compasivo con la gente. "Pero la misericordia sin verdad n no existe porque Dios es la Verdad!

V - Un camino de santidad para las parejas

Si se descartan estos tres errores, podemos profundizar en cuál es el camino de santidad descrito por Humanae Vitae.

En primer lugar, me gustaría señalar que el fundamento de toda santidad es encontrar el amor de Dios. Pero el que ama quiere lo que quiere el amado. Amar a Dios es querer lo que quiere. En la cumbre del misticismo, hablamos de la unión de voluntades o la comunión de voluntades. Por lo tanto, es importante comenzar buscando la voluntad de Dios. Debemos descifrar el propósito que el Creador ha inscrito en nuestra naturaleza como hombre y mujer, en la naturaleza de la pareja y la relación conyugal. Esto es precisamente lo que dice Benedicto XVI cuando dice: "La naturaleza es la expresión de un plan de amor y verdad. Nos precede y Dios nos lo ha dado como un ambiente viviente. Ella nos cuenta sobre el Creador (ver Rm 1:20) y su amor por la humanidad. (...) Sin embargo, este entorno natural no es solo un material del que podemos disponer como nos plazca, sino que es el trabajo admirable del Creador, que lleva en sí mismo una "gramática " que indica una finalidad y criterios para los cuales se usa sabiamente y no se usa arbitrariamente. (ver Caritas in veritate 48) .

Esta obra de sabiduría para comprender el designio divino, la voluntad inscrita por Dios en el orden de las cosas, fue iniciada por Pablo VI y magníficamente amplificada por San Juan Pablo II. Abre para los cónyuges el camino de una espiritualidad de comunión con el proyecto del Creador. Pablo VI alienta a las parejas a "conformar su conducta a las intenciones creativas de Dios " [15]. En este deseo de casarse con la intención creativa hay una verdadera forma de unión teológica con Dios al mismo tiempo que la autorrealización. Es verdaderamente amoroso a Dios amar lo que su sabiduría ha inscrito en mi naturaleza. Y eso abre a un amor propio justo y realista. De hecho, como dice Benedicto XVI, "Vivimos rectamente si vivimos de acuerdo con la verdad de nuestro ser, es decir, de acuerdo con la voluntad de Dios. Porque la voluntad de Dios no constituye para el hombre una ley impuesta desde fuera, que lo fuerza, sino la medida intrínseca de su naturaleza, una medida que está inscrita en él y lo convierte en la imagen de Dios, y por lo tanto, una criatura libre. Si vivimos contra el Amor y contra la Verdad, contra Dios, entonces nos destruimos unos a otros y destruimos el mundo. Entonces no encontramos vida, pero jugamos el juego de la muerte. Todo esto se cuenta a través de imágenes inmortales en la historia de la caída original y el hombre expulsado del paraíso terrenal." [16]

Uno podría encontrar aquí una aplicación profunda y mística de lo que el Papa Francisco llama "conversión ecológica". De hecho, estamos invitados a renunciar a una concepción según la cual el hombre debe tener a la naturaleza e incluso su propia naturaleza, en una lógica de dominación y manipulación por la técnica [17]. ¿Por qué quiere cambiar su naturaleza, por qué violarlo manipulándolo? No tenemos que mutilarnos para realizarnos de acuerdo con nuestros sentimientos o tendencias y de forma diferente a lo que Dios nos ha hecho. Él nos creó a su imagen y semejanza, hombre y mujer, Él nos creó (cf Gn 1:27). Nos destruimos a nosotros mismos si queremos negar o negarnos a nacer hombre o mujer al decidir mutilar nuestra naturaleza de hombre o mujer. Por el contrario, debemos entrar en una lógica de recepción de la naturaleza, de nuestra propia naturaleza, como un regalo, un regalo gratuito del Creador que nos revela algunas tramas de su infinita sabiduría. Por lo tanto, no tenemos que dominar o manipular arbitrariamente la naturaleza, nuestra propia naturaleza, sino, como dice el Papa Francisco, "acompañarla, inclinarse a las posibilidades que ofrece". Para recibir lo que la realidad natural permite a sí misma, como tendiendo la mano"[18]. Porque a través de nuestra naturaleza, el que nos alcanza y se revela a sí mismo, es el autor de la naturaleza: el Creador.

Como San Juan Pablo II: "El carácter virtuoso de la conducta que se expresa en la regulación" natural "de la fertilidad no se basa tanto en la lealtad a una "ley natural" impersonal, sino más bien la persona del creador origen y Señor del orden que se manifiesta en esta ley " [19]. Al someterle nuestra inteligencia y nuestro corazón, realmente entramos en una comunión de intención con él.

 Esto nos permite clarificar aún más la realidad de este camino de santidad destacada por Humanae Vitae. No se trata solo de respetar materialmente un orden biológico, sino de conformar toda la vida al orden de la Creación. El orden biológico, el ciclo de la fertilidad, es "la expresión del orden de la naturaleza, es decir, el plan providencial del Creador, en la fiel ejecución de las cuales depende el verdadero bien de la persona humano " [20]. Pero este plan del Creador no se reduce a la regularidad biológica. La fidelidad al orden de la Creación incluye mucho más. La fidelidad al plan de Dios implica el ejercicio de una paternidad-maternidad responsable que se expresa a través del uso inteligente del ritmo de la fertilidad. Supone una colaboración entre los cónyuges, una comunicación, opciones comunes y libres, planteadas en conciencia, iluminadas por la gracia y la oración perseverante, fundadas en una verdadera generosidad, para decidir si dar la vida, o, por solo motivos" [21] para posponer un nacimiento, presupone verdadera caridad conyugal, verdadera templanza y autocontrol, especialmente si las uniones conyugales deben limitarse a períodos infértiles. En resumen, ¡es todo un arte de vivir, de una espiritualidad, de un modo estrictamente marital de santidad!

Como ya se señaló, Pablo VI "esta disciplina... trae a la vida familiar los frutos de la serenidad y la paz, y facilita la solución de otros problemas, promueve la atención hacia el otro cónyuge, ayuda a los cónyuges a desterrar el egoísmo, un enemigo del amor verdadero, y profundizar su sentido de la responsabilidad ". (HV 21).

VI - Un arte de vivir

Subrayar este aspecto hace que sea posible impedir un equívoco. A veces hablamos de "métodos naturales de control de la natalidad". Muchas personas creen que estos métodos son "naturales" porque no usan un proceso químico o mecánico artificial. Eso no correcto.

Como subraya Juan Pablo II, "la reducción a la única regularidad biológica, separada del "orden de la naturaleza", es decir, del "plan del Creador" es una distorsión del pensamiento auténtico del encíclica Humanae Vitae " [22]. Pero aún más, continúa este santo Papa, que podría llamarse el Doctor de la santidad conyugal, "la calificación de "natural" que se atribuye a la regulación moralmente correcta de la fertilidad (según el ritmo natural) se explica porque ajustarse a ella corresponde a la verdad de la persona y, por lo tanto, a su dignidad: una dignidad que "naturalmente" retorna al hombre como un ser razonable y libre. Siendo razonable y libre, el hombre puede y debe examinar con conocimiento este ritmo biológico que pertenece al orden natural. Puede y debe ajustarse a ella para ejercer esa paternidad-maternidad responsable que, de acuerdo con el plan del Creador, está inscrita en el orden natural de la fertilidad humana" [23] .

En lugar de "método natural", debemos hablar de un ejercicio de fertilidad de acuerdo con la naturaleza humana. Esto implica una "madurez en el amor, que no es inmediata, sino que tiene un diálogo, la escucha mutua y un control singular del impulso sexual en un camino de crecimiento en la virtud", dice Benedicto XVI. Por lo tanto, uno no puede hablar de la vida según el orden de la naturaleza, de acuerdo con el diseño creativo solo si un método natural de regulación del nacimiento se vive en un contexto de virtudes conyugales propias.

"A menudo, el método, separado de la dimensión ética de su propia, se lleva a cabo de manera puramente funcional, e incluso la utilidad. Si uno se separa el método natural de su dimensión ética, dejamos de percibir la diferencia que existe entre él y otros métodos y medios artificiales, y llegamos a hablar de ello como si fuera simplemente otra forma de anticoncepción " [24]. El Cardenal López-Trujillo habló sobre métodos naturales que se convierten en "contracepciones ecológicas" [25] porque se usan en una mentalidad hedonista, cerrada a la recepción de la vida.

Por el contrario, utilizado en el espíritu de una vida de acuerdo con el diseño creativo, un método natural abre a los cónyuges las virtudes propias de la vida conyugal. Abre la puerta a la plena libertad interior en la entrega de uno mismo. "La forma correcta de escuchar y practicar la continencia periódica como una virtud también esencialmente decide sobre la" naturalidad "del método... Por lo tanto, no se puede pensar en una aplicación mecánica de las leyes biológicas. El conocimiento de los ritmos de la fertilidad, incluso si es indispensable, todavía no crea esa libertad interna del don que es de naturaleza explícitamente espiritual y depende del grado de madurez del hombre interior". [26]

En otras palabras: los métodos naturales son una base, pero suponen que se viven en un contexto de virtudes. Pueden constituir una puerta, una pedagogía para el descubrimiento de esta vida conyugal plena, pero también pueden ser vividos solo materialmente sin este contexto de responsabilidad, de generosidad, de caridad que les es connatural.

VII - Entrar a la adoración

Debemos ir más allá y afirmar que, al final, los métodos naturales abren el camino y requieren una verdadera espiritualidad conyugal. Esta espiritualidad, esta vida de relación con Dios encuentra su total realización bajo la influencia especial de un don del Espíritu Santo: el don de la Piedad. La piedad es este regalo que nos hace recibir todo de parte de Dios como de un Padre, con respeto y gratitud. Juan Pablo II enfatiza que no podemos entender completamente "el verdadero significado nupcial de todas las manifestaciones de afecto que constituyen el tejido de la persistencia de la unión conyugal ... sin esta comprensión espiritual que es el fruto fundamental de un don del Espíritu que hace que la persona respete el trabajo de Dios" [27] .

Sí, tienes que ir tan lejos. Comprender el diseño del Creador, recibirlo con el corazón, supone esta profunda actitud espiritual de reconocimiento y adoración, que es un don del Espíritu Santo. En palabras de Juan Pablo II, "el respeto por la obra de Dios ayuda a asegurar que el acto conyugal no se devalúe y se prive de la interioridad, que no se convierta en un" hábito ", y que habla plenitud adecuada de contenido personal (...), sino también de contenido religioso, es decir, la veneración por la grandeza del Creador, único y depósito final de la fuente de la vida " [28 ]. En verdad, es la punta de lo que está en juego en Humanae Vitae.

Al recibir con gratitud el orden natural, tratando de comprender, amar, no sólo a los cónyuges prosperan en su amor a las virtudes que fortalecen su amor mutuo, pero aún más, que están abiertos a la adoración contemplativa creador. Humanae Vitae abre un camino de santidad matrimonial, una pedagogía de adoración, la recepción filial y adoradora del plan divino. Dios mismo es tan amado como un Padre, sus dones son recibidos con gratitud y veneración. Su benevolente majestad es experimentado por los cónyuges.

Se comprende por qué Juan Pablo II pudo afirmar que "rechazar las enseñanzas de la Humanae Vitae es estar poniendo en tela de juicio la idea misma de la santidad de Dios (...) Por estas normas morales son simplemente los requisitos, incluyendo cualquier circunstancia no puede prescindir de la santidad de Dios en la que cada persona humana participa concretamente " [29].

Afirmar que las normas de Humanae Vitae no siempre serían aplicables sería negar la ordenación de todos a la santidad, a la comunión con el Dios, tres veces santo.

VIII - El camino real de la cruz

San Juan Pablo II agrega que negarse a Humanae Vitae " sería hacer vana la Cruz de Cristo. Porque la palabra al encarnar entrado de lleno en nuestra vida cotidiana, que se extiende a través de acciones concretas, que murió por nuestros pecados, nos vuelve a crear en la santidad original, que debe expresarse en nuestra actividad diaria " [30]. Sí, es por la Cruz que somos lavados de nuestros pecados. La cruz es el camino para ir a la santidad de Dios. "No es extraño entonces que el sacramento del matrimonio comprometa a los cónyuges en un camino donde se encontrarán con la Cruz " [31]. Tu amor conyugal debe ser como el amor de Jesús, y el amor de Jesús es un amor que va hasta el final del amor, hasta la muerte en la Cruz. De hecho, ir al final del amor es morir por los que amamos. Para eso es imposible entrar al Amor sin entrar en el sufrimiento, sin morir como Cristo. Porque Dios nos ha predestinado a reproducir la imagen de su Hijo, Jesús, para que él sea el Anciano de una multitud de hermanos (Rom 8:29).

 Sí, queridos amigos, queridos maridos, no les predico de la manera fácil. ¡Te anuncio a Jesús, y Jesús crucificado! Queridos cónyuges, los invito a entrar en este camino real de santidad matrimonial. Hay días en que no será sin heroísmo de vuestra parte. Hay días en que estarás en camino hacia la Cruz. Pienso en "la cruz de aquellos cuya lealtad despierta la burla, la ironía e incluso persecuciones" [32], cruz de preocupaciones materiales producidos por la generosidad al acoger la vida, cruz en las dificultades en la vida de la pareja, cruz de la continencia y de la espera de los periodos.

Queridos amigos, si les dijera otra cosa, les mentiría, ¡los traicionaría! No sería ya un ministro de Dios para guiaros al bien (Rom 13, 4) ni mensajero de su Palabra.

La felicidad, la alegría perfecta de vuestras parejas pasa por ahí. Sé que esto no viene sin sacrificio, pero " cada vez que se repiten los intentos de un cristianismo sin sacrificio, un cristianismo líquido, de agua de rosas, están condenadas al fracaso" [33]. El Catecismo de la Iglesia Católica lo expresa con contundencia: "Es en el seguimiento de Cristo, en la renuncia a sí mismos, en la toma de su cruz, donde los cónyuges pueden "comprender" el significado original del matrimonio y vivirlo con la ayuda de Cristo Esta gracia del matrimonio cristiano es un fruto de la Cruz de Cristo, fuente de toda la vida cristiana " [34]. No podemos economizarnos la Cruz. El Calvario es el punto desde el cual podemos ver todo con los ojos de Cristo y, por lo tanto, comprender lo que es el verdadero amor. Además, como recordó Juan Pablo II, "los cónyuges suponen para toda la Iglesia el recordatorio permanente de lo que sucedió en la Cruz."[35] Esta es la razón por hogares cristianos son lugares de alegría y felicidad. Porque lo que sucedió en la Cruz es al mismo tiempo la plenitud del sufrimiento y la victoria sobre la muerte, el sacrificio perfecto y la mayor alegría, la consecuencia del pecado yla consumación de la santidad. La familia es un lugar de inmensa felicidad porque es un lugar de amor, por lo tanto, un lugar en el centro del cual se alza la Cruz, la fuente de todo amor.

Hablando del sacramento del matrimonio, San Pablo exclama: "¡Este misterio es grande, se aplica a Cristo y a la Iglesia! (Efesios V, 31)” Queridos cónyuges cristianos, la Iglesia os confía un tesoro inmenso: os pide que seáis testigos del mismo amor con el que Jesús ama a la humanidad. Sí, amaos "como Cristo amó a la Iglesia: ¡Él se entregó por ella! (Ef V, 25) Es vuestra misión, vuestra vocación: ¡amar como Cristo, hasta la misma Cruz! Vuestra misión es hermosa! ¡Gracias por estar en medio de nosotros! ¡Gracias, queridas familias, por el testimonio que dais con vuestra alegría y felicidad! La sonrisa en los rostros de vuestros hijos es la mejor forma de presenciar vuestra felicidad. ¡Sois las más hermosas joyas de la corona de la Iglesia! ¡Sois el futuro de la Iglesia y de vuestro país! ¡La Iglesia os ama!

Os agradezco vuestra atención y vuestra paciencia al escucharme. Y con vosotros agradezco a Dios Padre Todopoderoso por darnos al Papa Pablo VI en un momento crucial de nuestra historia, y por iluminarlo y sostenerlo. Dios es siempre fiel incluso cuando una gran parte de la jerarquía de su Iglesia le es infiel y se destaca en la confusión y el desorden por los beneficios humanos. En las palabras de Benedicto XVI con motivo del 40º aniversario de la Humanae Vitae, ya hace diez años: " Lo que era verdad ayer también es cierto hoy en día. La verdad expresada en Humanae Vitae no cambia. ¡Que Dios proteja a la Iglesia y que la Iglesia proteja a las familias y al mundo!

[1] Los cardenales y obispos, desafortunadamente, se organizaron para oponerse radical y públicamente a la encíclica Humanae Vitae. Primero, la Conferencia Episcopal Belga, dirigida por el Cardenal Primado Leo Suenens, publicó el 30 de agosto de 1968 una Declaración del Episcopado belga sobre la Encíclica Humanae Vitae para expresar su oposición.

A continuación, un grupo más amplio de Cardenales opuesto a la Encíclica Humanae Vitae, constituida por los cardenales Suenens Alfrink, Heenan, Döpfner y König. Se reúnen en Essen para decidir su oposición a la Humanae Vitae 9 de septiembre de 1968, durante la Katholikentag d’Essen, en presencia del legado papal, el cardenal Gustavo Testa. Una abrumadora mayoría votó una resolución para revisar la Encíclica.

El 30 de julio de 1968, bajo el título "Contra la Encíclica del Papa Pablo VI", el New York Times emitió un llamamiento firmado por más de 200 teólogos que instaron a los católicos a desobedecer la Encíclica de Pablo VI. Esta declaración, también conocida como la "Declaración de Curran" (Charles Curran, teólogo de la Universidad Católica de América), era algo que nunca se había visto en toda la historia de la Iglesia.

En 1969, nueve obispos holandeses, incluido el cardenal Alfrink, votaron a favor de la llamada Declaración de Independencia, invitando a los fieles a rechazar la enseñanza de Humanae Vitae.

"En 1968", rememora el cardenal Francis J. Stafford, "algo terrible sucedió en la Iglesia. En el Sacerdocio Ministerial, entre los amigos, surgen fracturas en todas partes, que nunca sanarían; estas heridas continúan afligiendo a toda la Iglesia. Pablo VI estuvo casi traumatizado por el conflicto que surgió de algunos de los personajes principales del Concilio que estaban más cerca de él. El 7 de diciembre de 1968, en un discurso al Seminario Lombardo, incluso habló de "la autodestrucción de la Iglesia", un proceso que sacudió y destruyó la Iglesia desde dentro. Esta "autodestrucción de la Iglesia" continúa. Está dirigido por miembros prominentes de la jerarquía y el clero.

[2] San Juan Pablo II, audiencia general del 18 de julio de 1984.

[3] San Juan Pablo II, audiencia general del 18 de julio de 1984.

[4] San Juan Pablo II, audiencia general del 7 de diciembre de 1981.

[5] San Juan Pablo II, audiencia general del 18 de julio de 1984.

[6] San Juan Pablo II, Veritatis Splendor, 84.

[7] San Juan Pablo II, Veritatis Splendor, 81.

[8] San Juan Pablo II, audiencia general del 25 de julio de 1984.

[9] San Juan Pablo II, Discurso del 12 de noviembre de 1988 en el Congreso Internacional de Teólogos Morales.

[10] Ibid.

[11] Beato Pablo VI, Humanae Vitae, 29.

[12] Beato Pablo VI, Humanae Vitae, 30.

[13] San Juan Pablo II, 7 de diciembre de 1981.

[14] Beato Pablo VI, Humanae Vitae, 29.

[15] San Juan Pablo II, Audiencia general del 1er de agosto de 1984.

[16] Benedicto XVI, Homilía del 8 de diciembre de 2005.

[17] Papa Francisco, Laudato si, 106-108.

[18] Papa Francisco, Laudato si, 106.

[19] San Juan Pablo II, audiencia general del 29 de agosto de 1984.

[20] San Juan Pablo II, audiencia general del 29 de agosto de 1984.

[21] Cfr. Humanae vitae, 16: " Por tanto, si los hubiere, para espaciar los nacimientos, razones graves, ya sea debido a condiciones físicas o psicológicas de los cónyuges, o de circunstancias externas, la Iglesia enseña que es entonces permite tomar en cuenta los ritmos naturales inmanentes a las funciones generadoras para usar del matrimonio sólo los períodos infértiles y por lo tanto regular la natalidad sin ofender los principios morales que han sido retirados del mercado. (Cf. Pío XII, AAS 43 ( 195 (1), 816.).

[22] San Juan Pablo II, audiencia general del 29 de agosto de 1984.

[23] San Juan Pablo II, audiencia general del 5 de septiembre de 1984.

[24] San Juan Pablo II, audiencia general del 5 de septiembre de 1984.

[25] Cardenal López-Trujillo, e nFamilia cristiana, 17 de noviembre de 2001, p. 23.

[26] San Juan Pablo II, audiencia general del 7 de noviembre de 1984.

[27] San Juan Pablo II, audiencia general del 21 de noviembre de 1984.

[28] Ibid.

[29] San Juan Pablo II, Discurso del 12 de noviembre de 1988 en el Congreso Internacional de Teólogos Morales.

[30] Ibid.

[31] San Juan Pablo II, 23 de septiembre de 1983.

[32] Ibid.

[33] Ibid.

[34] Catecismo de la Iglesia Católica, 1615.

[35] San Juan-Pablo II, Familiaris consortio, 13.

Publicado originalmente por Famille Chrétienne. Traducido al español por InfoCatólica

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Company CEO says deal bolsters presence and expertise in the East
08/08/2018
Paul Ragusa

SCHAUMBURG, Ill.—Convergint Technologies recently announced the acquisition of New Jersey-based Access Control Technologies (ACT), adding approximately 1,000 customers and bringing greater expertise and depth to the Eastern region of the U.S.

“They have a tremendous reputation in the New York market and are one of the top Lenel integrators in that part of the country,” Ken Lochiatto, CEO of Convergint Technologies, told Security Systems News. “ACT’s leadership and service-oriented focus are exactly what we look for when evaluating whether an organization is a cultural fit for Convergint Nation.”

Lochiatto said Convergint has increased its presence in the East, particularly in the Boston and New York markets, where “combined between the two we are probably doing around $150 million in revenue,” he said. “We have so much need for great talent from companies like ACT, which have brought great additional depth to us now as well as some tremendous accounts. We are very excited about adding them as part of our team and supporting them across the U.S. and the world.”

Headquartered in Clifton, ACT provides integrated security solutions involving access control, video surveillance, identity management and alarm monitoring to customers in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware and eastern Pennsylvania. All 38 ACT colleagues, including leaders Joe Liguori and Remo Cinquino, will be joining Convergint.

“Our two organizations possess a strong alignment of strategic philosophies with respect to customer satisfaction,” Joe Liguori, senior managing partner of ACT, said in the announcement. “Making the decision to join Convergint was an easy one. We look forward to the prospect of being a part of Convergint Technologies’ growth and adding to their capabilities.”

Lochiatto pointed out that Convergint also closed on another acquisition that it will announce next week, and has many more planned for the remainder of the year, both in the U.S. and overseas. “We are benefitting greatly from the strategy of buying outstanding companies that are known first as service-focused organizations,” he added.

Convergint has strategically grown its service footprint across the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia Pacific through strong organic growth and the completion of 18 acquisitions since early 2016.

In terms of overall growth, Lochiatto said Convergint will finish the year with strong organic growth in the mid-teens percentage-wise. “And if you take that along with the acquisition activity, we should be north of a billion dollars by year’s end, which is very exciting when you consider that we finished last year at $840 million.” He said that the company will also surpass the 4,000 employee mark by year’s end. 


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“Tunisian Migrant Planned Biological Weapon Attack Against ‘Unbelievers’ in Germany,” by Victoria Friedman, Breitbart, August 4, 2018:
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The Uninhabitable Earth
Famine, economic collapse, a sun that cooks us: What climate change could wreak — sooner than you think.

By David Wallace-Wells

In the jungles of Costa Rica, where humidity routinely tops 90 percent, simply moving around outside when it’s over 105 degrees Fahrenheit would be lethal. And the effect would be fast: Within a few hours, a human body would be cooked to death from both inside and out. Fossils by Heartless Machine
July 9, 2017

I. ‘Doomsday’
Peering beyond scientific reticence.

It is, I promise, worse than you think. If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible, even within the lifetime of a teenager today. And yet the swelling seas — and the cities they will drown — have so dominated the picture of global warming, and so overwhelmed our capacity for climate panic, that they have occluded our perception of other threats, many much closer at hand. Rising oceans are bad, in fact very bad; but fleeing the coastline will not be enough.

Indeed, absent a significant adjustment to how billions of humans conduct their lives, parts of the Earth will likely become close to uninhabitable, and other parts horrifically inhospitable, as soon as the end of this century.

Even when we train our eyes on climate change, we are unable to comprehend its scope. This past winter, a string of days 60 and 70 degrees warmer than normal baked the North Pole, melting the permafrost that encased Norway’s Svalbard seed vault — a global food bank nicknamed “Doomsday,” designed to ensure that our agriculture survives any catastrophe, and which appeared to have been flooded by climate change less than ten years after being built.

The Doomsday vault is fine, for now: The structure has been secured and the seeds are safe. But treating the episode as a parable of impending flooding missed the more important news. Until recently, permafrost was not a major concern of climate scientists, because, as the name suggests, it was soil that stayed permanently frozen. But Arctic permafrost contains 1.8 trillion tons of carbon, more than twice as much as is currently suspended in the Earth’s atmosphere. When it thaws and is released, that carbon may evaporate as methane, which is 34 times as powerful a greenhouse-gas warming blanket as carbon dioxide when judged on the timescale of a century; when judged on the timescale of two decades, it is 86 times as powerful. In other words, we have, trapped in Arctic permafrost, twice as much carbon as is currently wrecking the atmosphere of the planet, all of it scheduled to be released at a date that keeps getting moved up, partially in the form of a gas that multiplies its warming power 86 times over.

Maybe you know that already — there are alarming stories in the news every day, like those, last month, that seemed to suggest satellite data showed the globe warming since 1998 more than twice as fast as scientists had thought (in fact, the underlying story was considerably less alarming than the headlines). Or the news from Antarctica this past May, when a crack in an ice shelf grew 11 miles in six days, then kept going; the break now has just three miles to go — by the time you read this, it may already have met the open water, where it will drop into the sea one of the biggest icebergs ever, a process known poetically as “calving.”


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But no matter how well-informed you are, you are surely not alarmed enough. Over the past decades, our culture has gone apocalyptic with zombie movies and Mad Max dystopias, perhaps the collective result of displaced climate anxiety, and yet when it comes to contemplating real-world warming dangers, we suffer from an incredible failure of imagination. The reasons for that are many: the timid language of scientific probabilities, which the climatologist James Hansen once called “scientific reticence” in a paper chastising scientists for editing their own observations so conscientiously that they failed to communicate how dire the threat really was; the fact that the country is dominated by a group of technocrats who believe any problem can be solved and an opposing culture that doesn’t even see warming as a problem worth addressing; the way that climate denialism has made scientists even more cautious in offering speculative warnings; the simple speed of change and, also, its slowness, such that we are only seeing effects now of warming from decades past; our uncertainty about uncertainty, which the climate writer Naomi Oreskes in particular has suggested stops us from preparing as though anything worse than a median outcome were even possible; the way we assume climate change will hit hardest elsewhere, not everywhere; the smallness (two degrees) and largeness (1.8 trillion tons) and abstractness (400 parts per million) of the numbers; the discomfort of considering a problem that is very difficult, if not impossible, to solve; the altogether incomprehensible scale of that problem, which amounts to the prospect of our own annihilation; simple fear. But aversion arising from fear is a form of denial, too.

In between scientific reticence and science fiction is science itself. This article is the result of dozens of interviews and exchanges with climatologists and researchers in related fields and reflects hundreds of scientific papers on the subject of climate change. What follows is not a series of predictions of what will happen — that will be determined in large part by the much-less-certain science of human response. Instead, it is a portrait of our best understanding of where the planet is heading absent aggressive action. It is unlikely that all of these warming scenarios will be fully realized, largely because the devastation along the way will shake our complacency. But those scenarios, and not the present climate, are the baseline. In fact, they are our schedule.

The present tense of climate change — the destruction we’ve already baked into our future — is horrifying enough. Most people talk as if Miami and Bangladesh still have a chance of surviving; most of the scientists I spoke with assume we’ll lose them within the century, even if we stop burning fossil fuel in the next decade. Two degrees of warming used to be considered the threshold of catastrophe: tens of millions of climate refugees unleashed upon an unprepared world. Now two degrees is our goal, per the Paris climate accords, and experts give us only slim odds of hitting it. The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issues serial reports, often called the “gold standard” of climate research; the most recent one projects us to hit four degrees of warming by the beginning of the next century, should we stay the present course. But that’s just a median projection. The upper end of the probability curve runs as high as eight degrees — and the authors still haven’t figured out how to deal with that permafrost melt. The IPCC reports also don’t fully account for the albedo effect (less ice means less reflected and more absorbed sunlight, hence more warming); more cloud cover (which traps heat); or the dieback of forests and other flora (which extract carbon from the atmosphere). Each of these promises to accelerate warming, and the history of the planet shows that temperature can shift as much as five degrees Celsius within thirteen years. The last time the planet was even four degrees warmer, Peter Brannen points out in The Ends of the World, his new history of the planet’s major extinction events, the oceans were hundreds of feet higher.*

The Earth has experienced five mass extinctions before the one we are living through now, each so complete a slate-wiping of the evolutionary record it functioned as a resetting of the planetary clock, and many climate scientists will tell you they are the best analog for the ecological future we are diving headlong into. Unless you are a teenager, you probably read in your high-school textbooks that these extinctions were the result of asteroids. In fact, all but the one that killed the dinosaurs were caused by climate change produced by greenhouse gas. The most notorious was 252 million years ago; it began when carbon warmed the planet by five degrees, accelerated when that warming triggered the release of methane in the Arctic, and ended with 97 percent of all life on Earth dead. We are currently adding carbon to the atmosphere at a considerably faster rate; by most estimates, at least ten times faster. The rate is accelerating. This is what Stephen Hawking had in mind when he said, this spring, that the species needs to colonize other planets in the next century to survive, and what drove Elon Musk, last month, to unveil his plans to build a Mars habitat in 40 to 100 years. These are nonspecialists, of course, and probably as inclined to irrational panic as you or I. But the many sober-minded scientists I interviewed over the past several months — the most credentialed and tenured in the field, few of them inclined to alarmism and many advisers to the IPCC who nevertheless criticize its conservatism — have quietly reached an apocalyptic conclusion, too: No plausible program of emissions reductions alone can prevent climate disaster.

Over the past few decades, the term “Anthropocene” has climbed out of academic discourse and into the popular imagination — a name given to the geologic era we live in now, and a way to signal that it is a new era, defined on the wall chart of deep history by human intervention. One problem with the term is that it implies a conquest of nature (and even echoes the biblical “dominion”). And however sanguine you might be about the proposition that we have already ravaged the natural world, which we surely have, it is another thing entirely to consider the possibility that we have only provoked it, engineering first in ignorance and then in denial a climate system that will now go to war with us for many centuries, perhaps until it destroys us. That is what Wallace Smith Broecker, the avuncular oceanographer who coined the term “global warming,” means when he calls the planet an “angry beast.” You could also go with “war machine.” Each day we arm it more.

II. Heat Death
The bahraining of New York.

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Humans, like all mammals, are heat engines; surviving means having to continually cool off, like panting dogs. For that, the temperature needs to be low enough for the air to act as a kind of refrigerant, drawing heat off the skin so the engine can keep pumping. At seven degrees of warming, that would become impossible for large portions of the planet’s equatorial band, and especially the tropics, where humidity adds to the problem; in the jungles of Costa Rica, for instance, where humidity routinely tops 90 percent, simply moving around outside when it’s over 105 degrees Fahrenheit would be lethal. And the effect would be fast: Within a few hours, a human body would be cooked to death from both inside and out.

Climate-change skeptics point out that the planet has warmed and cooled many times before, but the climate window that has allowed for human life is very narrow, even by the standards of planetary history. At 11 or 12 degrees of warming, more than half the world’s population, as distributed today, would die of direct heat. Things almost certainly won’t get that hot this century, though models of unabated emissions do bring us that far eventually. This century, and especially in the tropics, the pain points will pinch much more quickly even than an increase of seven degrees. The key factor is something called wet-bulb temperature, which is a term of measurement as home-laboratory-kit as it sounds: the heat registered on a thermometer wrapped in a damp sock as it’s swung around in the air (since the moisture evaporates from a sock more quickly in dry air, this single number reflects both heat and humidity). At present, most regions reach a wet-bulb maximum of 26 or 27 degrees Celsius; the true red line for habitability is 35 degrees. What is called heat stress comes much sooner.

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Actually, we’re about there already. Since 1980, the planet has experienced a 50-fold increase in the number of places experiencing dangerous or extreme heat; a bigger increase is to come. The five warmest summers in Europe since 1500 have all occurred since 2002, and soon, the IPCC warns, simply being outdoors that time of year will be unhealthy for much of the globe. Even if we meet the Paris goals of two degrees warming, cities like Karachi and Kolkata will become close to uninhabitable, annually encountering deadly heat waves like those that crippled them in 2015. At four degrees, the deadly European heat wave of 2003, which killed as many as 2,000 people a day, will be a normal summer. At six, according to an assessment focused only on effects within the U.S. from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, summer labor of any kind would become impossible in the lower Mississippi Valley, and everybody in the country east of the Rockies would be under more heat stress than anyone, anywhere, in the world today. As Joseph Romm has put it in his authoritative primer Climate Change: What Everyone Needs to Know, heat stress in New York City would exceed that of present-day Bahrain, one of the planet’s hottest spots, and the temperature in Bahrain “would induce hyperthermia in even sleeping humans.” The high-end IPCC estimate, remember, is two degrees warmer still. By the end of the century, the World Bank has estimated, the coolest months in tropical South America, Africa, and the Pacific are likely to be warmer than the warmest months at the end of the 20th century. Air-conditioning can help but will ultimately only add to the carbon problem; plus, the climate-controlled malls of the Arab emirates aside, it is not remotely plausible to wholesale air-condition all the hottest parts of the world, many of them also the poorest. And indeed, the crisis will be most dramatic across the Middle East and Persian Gulf, where in 2015 the heat index registered temperatures as high as 163 degrees Fahrenheit. As soon as several decades from now, the hajj will become physically impossible for the 2 million Muslims who make the pilgrimage each year.

It is not just the hajj, and it is not just Mecca; heat is already killing us. In the sugarcane region of El Salvador, as much as one-fifth of the population has chronic kidney disease, including over a quarter of the men, the presumed result of dehydration from working the fields they were able to comfortably harvest as recently as two decades ago. With dialysis, which is expensive, those with kidney failure can expect to live five years; without it, life expectancy is in the weeks. Of course, heat stress promises to pummel us in places other than our kidneys, too. As I type that sentence, in the California desert in mid-June, it is 121 degrees outside my door. It is not a record high.

III. The End of Food
Praying for cornfields in the tundra.

Climates differ and plants vary, but the basic rule for staple cereal crops grown at optimal temperature is that for every degree of warming, yields decline by 10 percent. Some estimates run as high as 15 or even 17 percent. Which means that if the planet is five degrees warmer at the end of the century, we may have as many as 50 percent more people to feed and 50 percent less grain to give them. And proteins are worse: It takes 16 calories of grain to produce just a single calorie of hamburger meat, butchered from a cow that spent its life polluting the climate with methane farts.

Pollyannaish plant physiologists will point out that the cereal-crop math applies only to those regions already at peak growing temperature, and they are right — theoretically, a warmer climate will make it easier to grow corn in Greenland. But as the pathbreaking work by Rosamond Naylor and David Battisti has shown, the tropics are already too hot to efficiently grow grain, and those places where grain is produced today are already at optimal growing temperature — which means even a small warming will push them down the slope of declining productivity. And you can’t easily move croplands north a few hundred miles, because yields in places like remote Canada and Russia are limited by the quality of soil there; it takes many centuries for the planet to produce optimally fertile dirt.

Drought might be an even bigger problem than heat, with some of the world’s most arable land turning quickly to desert. Precipitation is notoriously hard to model, yet predictions for later this century are basically unanimous: unprecedented droughts nearly everywhere food is today produced. By 2080, without dramatic reductions in emissions, southern Europe will be in permanent extreme drought, much worse than the American dust bowl ever was. The same will be true in Iraq and Syria and much of the rest of the Middle East; some of the most densely populated parts of Australia, Africa, and South America; and the breadbasket regions of China. None of these places, which today supply much of the world’s food, will be reliable sources of any. As for the original dust bowl: The droughts in the American plains and Southwest would not just be worse than in the 1930s, a 2015 NASA study predicted, but worse than any droughts in a thousand years — and that includes those that struck between 1100 and 1300, which “dried up all the rivers East of the Sierra Nevada mountains” and may have been responsible for the death of the Anasazi civilization.

Remember, we do not live in a world without hunger as it is. Far from it: Most estimates put the number of undernourished at 800 million globally. In case you haven’t heard, this spring has already brought an unprecedented quadruple famine to Africa and the Middle East; the U.N. has warned that separate starvation events in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria, and Yemen could kill 20 million this year alone.

IV. Climate Plagues
What happens when the bubonic ice melts?

Rock, in the right spot, is a record of planetary history, eras as long as millions of years flattened by the forces of geological time into strata with amplitudes of just inches, or just an inch, or even less. Ice works that way, too, as a climate ledger, but it is also frozen history, some of which can be reanimated when unfrozen. There are now, trapped in Arctic ice, diseases that have not circulated in the air for millions of years — in some cases, since before humans were around to encounter them. Which means our immune systems would have no idea how to fight back when those prehistoric plagues emerge from the ice.

The Arctic also stores terrifying bugs from more recent times. In Alaska, already, researchers have discovered remnants of the 1918 flu that infected as many as 500 million and killed as many as 100 million — about 5 percent of the world’s population and almost six times as many as had died in the world war for which the pandemic served as a kind of gruesome capstone. As the BBC reported in May, scientists suspect smallpox and the bubonic plague are trapped in Siberian ice, too — an abridged history of devastating human sickness, left out like egg salad in the Arctic sun.

Experts caution that many of these organisms won’t actually survive the thaw and point to the fastidious lab conditions under which they have already reanimated several of them — the 32,000-year-old “extremophile” bacteria revived in 2005, an 8 million-year-old bug brought back to life in 2007, the 3.5 million–year–old one a Russian scientist self-injected just out of curiosity — to suggest that those are necessary conditions for the return of such ancient plagues. But already last year, a boy was killed and 20 others infected by anthrax released when retreating permafrost exposed the frozen carcass of a reindeer killed by the bacteria at least 75 years earlier; 2,000 present-day reindeer were infected, too, carrying and spreading the disease beyond the tundra.

What concerns epidemiologists more than ancient diseases are existing scourges relocated, rewired, or even re-evolved by warming. The first effect is geographical. Before the early-modern period, when adventuring sailboats accelerated the mixing of peoples and their bugs, human provinciality was a guard against pandemic. Today, even with globalization and the enormous intermingling of human populations, our ecosystems are mostly stable, and this functions as another limit, but global warming will scramble those ecosystems and help disease trespass those limits as surely as Cortés did. You don’t worry much about dengue or malaria if you are living in Maine or France. But as the tropics creep northward and mosquitoes migrate with them, you will. You didn’t much worry about Zika a couple of years ago, either.

As it happens, Zika may also be a good model of the second worrying effect — disease mutation. One reason you hadn’t heard about Zika until recently is that it had been trapped in Uganda; another is that it did not, until recently, appear to cause birth defects. Scientists still don’t entirely understand what happened, or what they missed. But there are things we do know for sure about how climate affects some diseases: Malaria, for instance, thrives in hotter regions not just because the mosquitoes that carry it do, too, but because for every degree increase in temperature, the parasite reproduces ten times faster. Which is one reason that the World Bank estimates that by 2050, 5.2 billion people will be reckoning with it.

V. Unbreathable Air
A rolling death smog that suffocates millions.


By the end of the century, the coolest months in tropical South America, Africa, and the Pacific are likely to be warmer than the warmest months at the end of the 20th century. Photo: Heartless Machine
Our lungs need oxygen, but that is only a fraction of what we breathe. The fraction of carbon dioxide is growing: It just crossed 400 parts per million, and high-end estimates extrapolating from current trends suggest it will hit 1,000 ppm by 2100. At that concentration, compared to the air we breathe now, human cognitive ability declines by 21 percent.

Other stuff in the hotter air is even scarier, with small increases in pollution capable of shortening life spans by ten years. The warmer the planet gets, the more ozone forms, and by mid-century, Americans will likely suffer a 70 percent increase in unhealthy ozone smog, the National Center for Atmospheric Research has projected. By 2090, as many as 2 billion people globally will be breathing air above the WHO “safe” level; one paper last month showed that, among other effects, a pregnant mother’s exposure to ozone raises the child’s risk of autism (as much as tenfold, combined with other environmental factors). Which does make you think again about the autism epidemic in West Hollywood.

Already, more than 10,000 people die each day from the small particles emitted from fossil-fuel burning; each year, 339,000 people die from wildfire smoke, in part because climate change has extended forest-fire season (in the U.S., it’s increased by 78 days since 1970). By 2050, according to the U.S. Forest Service, wildfires will be twice as destructive as they are today; in some places, the area burned could grow fivefold. What worries people even more is the effect that would have on emissions, especially when the fires ravage forests arising out of peat. Peatland fires in Indonesia in 1997, for instance, added to the global CO2 release by up to 40 percent, and more burning only means more warming only means more burning. There is also the terrifying possibility that rain forests like the Amazon, which in 2010 suffered its second “hundred-year drought” in the space of five years, could dry out enough to become vulnerable to these kinds of devastating, rolling forest fires — which would not only expel enormous amounts of carbon into the atmosphere but also shrink the size of the forest. That is especially bad because the Amazon alone provides 20 percent of our oxygen.

Then there are the more familiar forms of pollution. In 2013, melting Arctic ice remodeled Asian weather patterns, depriving industrial China of the natural ventilation systems it had come to depend on, which blanketed much of the country’s north in an unbreathable smog. Literally unbreathable. A metric called the Air Quality Index categorizes the risks and tops out at the 301-to-500 range, warning of “serious aggravation of heart or lung disease and premature mortality in persons with cardiopulmonary disease and the elderly” and, for all others, “serious risk of respiratory effects”; at that level, “everyone should avoid all outdoor exertion.” The Chinese “airpocalypse” of 2013 peaked at what would have been an Air Quality Index of over 800. That year, smog was responsible for a third of all deaths in the country.

VI. Perpetual War
The violence baked into heat.

Climatologists are very careful when talking about Syria. They want you to know that while climate change did produce a drought that contributed to civil war, it is not exactly fair to saythat the conflict is the result of warming; next door, for instance, Lebanon suffered the same crop failures. But researchers like Marshall Burke and Solomon Hsiang have managed to quantify some of the non-obvious relationships between temperature and violence: For every half-degree of warming, they say, societies will see between a 10 and 20 percent increase in the likelihood of armed conflict. In climate science, nothing is simple, but the arithmetic is harrowing: A planet five degrees warmer would have at least half again as many wars as we do today. Overall, social conflict could more than double this century.

This is one reason that, as nearly every climate scientist I spoke to pointed out, the U.S. military is obsessed with climate change: The drowning of all American Navy bases by sea-level rise is trouble enough, but being the world’s policeman is quite a bit harder when the crime rate doubles. Of course, it’s not just Syria where climate has contributed to conflict. Some speculate that the elevated level of strife across the Middle East over the past generation reflects the pressures of global warming — a hypothesis all the more cruel considering that warming began accelerating when the industrialized world extracted and then burned the region’s oil.

What accounts for the relationship between climate and conflict? Some of it comes down to agriculture and economics; a lot has to do with forced migration, already at a record high, with at least 65 million displaced people wandering the planet right now. But there is also the simple fact of individual irritability. Heat increases municipal crime rates, and swearing on social media, and the likelihood that a major-league pitcher, coming to the mound after his teammate has been hit by a pitch, will hit an opposing batter in retaliation. And the arrival of air-conditioning in the developed world, in the middle of the past century, did little to solve the problem of the summer crime wave.

VII. Permanent Economic Collapse
Dismal capitalism in a half-poorer world.

The murmuring mantra of global neoliberalism, which prevailed between the end of the Cold War and the onset of the Great Recession, is that economic growth would save us from anything and everything.
But in the aftermath of the 2008 crash, a growing number of historians studying what they call “fossil capitalism” have begun to suggest that the entire history of swift economic growth, which began somewhat suddenly in the 18th century, is not the result of innovation or trade or the dynamics of global capitalism but simply our discovery of fossil fuels and all their raw power — a onetime injection of new “value” into a system that had previously been characterized by global subsistence living. Before fossil fuels, nobody lived better than their parents or grandparents or ancestors from 500 years before, except in the immediate aftermath of a great plague like the Black Death, which allowed the lucky survivors to gobble up the resources liberated by mass graves. After we’ve burned all the fossil fuels, these scholars suggest, perhaps we will return to a “steady state” global economy. Of course, that onetime injection has a devastating long-term cost: climate change.

The most exciting research on the economics of warming has also come from Hsiang and his colleagues, who are not historians of fossil capitalism but who offer some very bleak analysis of their own: Every degree Celsius of warming costs, on average, 1.2 percent of GDP (an enormous number, considering we count growth in the low single digits as “strong”). This is the sterling work in the field, and their median projection is for a 23 percent loss in per capita earning globally by the end of this century (resulting from changes in agriculture, crime, storms, energy, mortality, and labor).
Tracing the shape of the probability curve is even scarier: There is a 12 percent chance that climate change will reduce global output by more than 50 percent by 2100, they say, and a 51 percent chance that it lowers per capita GDP by 20 percent or more by then, unless emissions decline. By comparison, the Great Recession lowered global GDP by about 6 percent, in a onetime shock; Hsiang and his colleagues estimate a one-in-eight chance of an ongoing and irreversible effect by the end of the century that is eight times worse.

The scale of that economic devastation is hard to comprehend, but you can start by imagining what the world would look like today with an economy half as big, which would produce only half as much value, generating only half as much to offer the workers of the world. It makes the grounding of flights out of heat-stricken Phoenix last month seem like pathetically small economic potatoes. And, among other things, it makes the idea of postponing government action on reducing emissions and relying solely on growth and technology to solve the problem an absurd business calculation.
Every round-trip ticket on flights from New York to London, keep in mind, costs the Arctic three more square meters of ice.

VIII. Poisoned Oceans
Sulfide burps off the skeleton coast.

That the sea will become a killer is a given. Barring a radical reduction of emissions, we will see at least four feet of sea-level rise and possibly ten by the end of the century. A third of the world’s major cities are on the coast, not to mention its power plants, ports, navy bases, farmlands, fisheries, river deltas, marshlands, and rice-paddy empires, and even those above ten feet will flood much more easily, and much more regularly, if the water gets that high. At least 600 million people live within ten meters of sea level today.

But the drowning of those homelands is just the start. At present, more than a third of the world’s carbon is sucked up by the oceans — thank God, or else we’d have that much more warming already. But the result is what’s called “ocean acidification,” which, on its own, may add a half a degree to warming this century. It is also already burning through the planet’s water basins — you may remember these as the place where life arose in the first place. You have probably heard of “coral bleaching” — that is, coral dying — which is very bad news, because reefs support as much as a quarter of all marine life and supply food for half a billion people. Ocean acidification will fry fish populations directly, too, though scientists aren’t yet sure how to predict the effects on the stuff we haul out of the ocean to eat; they do know that in acid waters, oysters and mussels will struggle to grow their shells, and that when the pH of human blood drops as much as the oceans’ pH has over the past generation, it induces seizures, comas, and sudden death.

That isn’t all that ocean acidification can do. Carbon absorption can initiate a feedback loop in which underoxygenated waters breed different kinds of microbes that turn the water still more “anoxic,” first in deep ocean “dead zones,” then gradually up toward the surface. There, the small fish die out, unable to breathe, which means oxygen-eating bacteria thrive, and the feedback loop doubles back. This process, in which dead zones grow like cancers, choking off marine life and wiping out fisheries, is already quite advanced in parts of the Gulf of Mexico and just off Namibia, where hydrogen sulfide is bubbling out of the sea along a thousand-mile stretch of land known as the “Skeleton Coast.” The name originally referred to the detritus of the whaling industry, but today it’s more apt than ever. Hydrogen sulfide is so toxic that evolution has trained us to recognize the tiniest, safest traces of it, which is why our noses are so exquisitely skilled at registering flatulence. Hydrogen sulfide is also the thing that finally did us in that time 97 percent of all life on Earth died, once all the feedback loops had been triggered and the circulating jet streams of a warmed ocean ground to a halt — it’s the planet’s preferred gas for a natural holocaust. Gradually, the ocean’s dead zones spread, killing off marine species that had dominated the oceans for hundreds of millions of years, and the gas the inert waters gave off into the atmosphere poisoned everything on land. Plants, too. It was millions of years before the oceans recovered.

IX. The Great Filter
Our present eeriness cannot last.

So why can’t we see it? In his recent book-length essay The Great Derangement, the Indian novelist Amitav Ghosh wonders why global warming and natural disaster haven’t become major subjects of contemporary fiction — why we don’t seem able to imagine climate catastrophe, and why we haven’t yet had a spate of novels in the genre he basically imagines into half-existence and names “the environmental uncanny.” “Consider, for example, the stories that congeal around questions like, ‘Where were you when the Berlin Wall fell?’ or ‘Where were you on 9/11?’ ” he writes. “Will it ever be possible to ask, in the same vein, ‘Where were you at 400 ppm?’ or ‘Where were you when the Larsen B ice shelf broke up?’ ” His answer: Probably not, because the dilemmas and dramas of climate change are simply incompatible with the kinds of stories we tell ourselves about ourselves, especially in novels, which tend to emphasize the journey of an individual conscience rather than the poisonous miasma of social fate.

Surely this blindness will not last — the world we are about to inhabit will not permit it. In a six-degree-warmer world, the Earth’s ecosystem will boil with so many natural disasters that we will just start calling them “weather”: a constant swarm of out-of-control typhoons and tornadoes and floods and droughts, the planet assaulted regularly with climate events that not so long ago destroyed whole civilizations. The strongest hurricanes will come more often, and we’ll have to invent new categories with which to describe them; tornadoes will grow longer and wider and strike much more frequently, and hail rocks will quadruple in size. Humans used to watch the weather to prophesy the future; going forward, we will see in its wrath the vengeance of the past. Early naturalists talked often about “deep time” — the perception they had, contemplating the grandeur of this valley or that rock basin, of the profound slowness of nature. What lies in store for us is more like what the Victorian anthropologists identified as “dreamtime,” or “everywhen”: the semi-mythical experience, described by Aboriginal Australians, of encountering, in the present moment, an out-of-time past, when ancestors, heroes, and demigods crowded an epic stage. You can find it already watching footage of an iceberg collapsing into the sea — a feeling of history happening all at once.

It is. Many people perceive climate change as a sort of moral and economic debt, accumulated since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution and now come due after several centuries — a helpful perspective, in a way, since it is the carbon-burning processes that began in 18th-century England that lit the fuse of everything that followed. But more than half of the carbon humanity has exhaled into the atmosphere in its entire history has been emitted in just the past three decades; since the end of World War II, the figure is 85 percent. Which means that, in the length of a single generation, global warming has brought us to the brink of planetary catastrophe, and that the story of the industrial world’s kamikaze mission is also the story of a single lifetime. My father’s, for instance: born in 1938, among his first memories the news of Pearl Harbor and the mythic Air Force of the propaganda films that followed, films that doubled as advertisements for imperial-American industrial might; and among his last memories the coverage of the desperate signing of the Paris climate accords on cable news, ten weeks before he died of lung cancer last July. Or my mother’s: born in 1945, to German Jews fleeing the smokestacks through which their relatives were incinerated, now enjoying her 72nd year in an American commodity paradise, a paradise supported by the supply chains of an industrialized developing world. She has been smoking for 57 of those years, unfiltered.

Or the scientists’. Some of the men who first identified a changing climate (and given the generation, those who became famous were men) are still alive; a few are even still working. Wally Broecker is 84 years old and drives to work at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory across the Hudson every day from the Upper West Side. Like most of those who first raised the alarm, he believes that no amount of emissions reduction alone can meaningfully help avoid disaster. Instead, he puts his faith in carbon capture — untested technology to extract carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, which Broecker estimates will cost at least several trillion dollars — and various forms of “geoengineering,” the catchall name for a variety of moon-shot technologies far-fetched enough that many climate scientists prefer to regard them as dreams, or nightmares, from science fiction. He is especially focused on what’s called the aerosol approach — dispersing so much sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere that when it converts to sulfuric acid, it will cloud a fifth of the horizon and reflect back 2 percent of the sun’s rays, buying the planet at least a little wiggle room, heat-wise. “Of course, that would make our sunsets very red, would bleach the sky, would make more acid rain,” he says. “But you have to look at the magnitude of the problem. You got to watch that you don’t say the giant problem shouldn’t be solved because the solution causes some smaller problems.” He won’t be around to see that, he told me. “But in your lifetime …”

Jim Hansen is another member of this godfather generation. Born in 1941, he became a climatologist at the University of Iowa, developed the groundbreaking “Zero Model” for projecting climate change, and later became the head of climate research at NASA, only to leave under pressure when, while still a federal employee, he filed a lawsuit against the federal government charging inaction on warming (along the way he got arrested a few times for protesting, too). The lawsuit, which is brought by a collective called Our Children’s Trust and is often described as “kids versus climate change,” is built on an appeal to the equal-protection clause, namely, that in failing to take action on warming, the government is violating it by imposing massive costs on future generations; it is scheduled to be heard this winter in Oregon district court. Hansen has recently given up on solving the climate problem with a carbon tax alone, which had been his preferred approach, and has set about calculating the total cost of the additional measure of extracting carbon from the atmosphere.

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Hansen began his career studying Venus, which was once a very Earth-like planet with plenty of life-supporting water before runaway climate change rapidly transformed it into an arid and uninhabitable sphere enveloped in an unbreathable gas; he switched to studying our planet by 30, wondering why he should be squinting across the solar system to explore rapid environmental change when he could see it all around him on the planet he was standing on. “When we wrote our first paper on this, in 1981,” he told me, “I remember saying to one of my co-authors, ‘This is going to be very interesting. Sometime during our careers, we’re going to see these things beginning to happen.’ ”

Several of the scientists I spoke with proposed global warming as the solution to Fermi’s famous paradox, which asks, If the universe is so big, then why haven’t we encountered any other intelligent life in it? The answer, they suggested, is that the natural life span of a civilization may be only several thousand years, and the life span of an industrial civilization perhaps only several hundred. In a universe that is many billions of years old, with star systems separated as much by time as by space, civilizations might emerge and develop and burn themselves up simply too fast to ever find one another. Peter Ward, a charismatic paleontologist among those responsible for discovering that the planet’s mass extinctions were caused by greenhouse gas, calls this the “Great Filter”: “Civilizations rise, but there’s an environmental filter that causes them to die off again and disappear fairly quickly,” he told me. “If you look at planet Earth, the filtering we’ve had in the past has been in these mass extinctions.” The mass extinction we are now living through has only just begun; so much more dying is coming.

And yet, improbably, Ward is an optimist. So are Broecker and Hansen and many of the other scientists I spoke to. We have not developed much of a religion of meaning around climate change that might comfort us, or give us purpose, in the face of possible annihilation. But climate scientists have a strange kind of faith: We will find a way to forestall radical warming, they say, because we must.

It is not easy to know how much to be reassured by that bleak certainty, and how much to wonder whether it is another form of delusion; for global warming to work as parable, of course, someone needs to survive to tell the story. The scientists know that to even meet the Paris goals, by 2050, carbon emissions from energy and industry, which are still rising, will have to fall by half each decade; emissions from land use (deforestation, cow farts, etc.) will have to zero out; and we will need to have invented technologies to extract, annually, twice as much carbon from the atmosphere as the entire planet’s plants now do. Nevertheless, by and large, the scientists have an enormous confidence in the ingenuity of humans — a confidence perhaps bolstered by their appreciation for climate change, which is, after all, a human invention, too. They point to the Apollo project, the hole in the ozone we patched in the 1980s, the passing of the fear of mutually assured destruction. Now we’ve found a way to engineer our own doomsday, and surely we will find a way to engineer our way out of it, one way or another. The planet is not used to being provoked like this, and climate systems designed to give feedback over centuries or millennia prevent us — even those who may be watching closely — from fully imagining the damage done already to the planet. But when we do truly see the world we’ve made, they say, we will also find a way to make it livable. For them, the alternative is simply unimaginable.

*This article appears in the July 10, 2017, issue of New York Magazine.

*This article has been updated to provide context for the recent news reports about revisions to a satellite data set, to more accurately reflect the rate of warming during the Paleocene–Eocene Thermal Maximum, to clarify a reference to Peter Brannen’s The Ends of the World, and to make clear that James Hansen still supports a carbon-tax based approach to emissions.


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Drapeau des États-Unis 01 - Tamorok (Jeff Cannata & Hodson)
02 - Prisoner In The Holy Land (Jeff Cannata)
03 - Big Life (Jeff Cannata & Hodson)
04 - When It's Love (Jeff Cannata)
05 - Watching The World (Jeff Cannata)
06 - Let It Be (Jeff Cannata)
07 - Stars (2001) (Jeff Cannata & Michael Soldan)
08 - Calling To You (Jeff Cannata)
09 - Fortune Teller (Jeff Cannata)
10 - Hand In Hand (Jeff Cannata)
11 - Sailing Ships (Jeff Cannata & Michael Soldan)
12 - Dangerous Game (Jeff Cannata)
13 - Stay (Jeff Cannata)
14 - Kings Of Nations (Jeff Cannata)


Tracks 01 through 08, 12, 13,14 Recorded & Mixed at Oxford Circus Studio (OCS), New Haven, CT USA

Tracks 09, 10, 11Recorded at OSC, Mixed by Bill Drescher & Jeff Cannata at Skip Sailor Recording, Los Angeles, CA
Mastered by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound, New York City
Tracks 04, 05, 06 Recorded at OCS Digital Editing & Mastering by Ron Bach at Edit Masters, Chatham, NY
Tracks 01, 02, 03, 07, 08, 12, 13, 14 Mastered by Jonathan Wyner at M-Works, Cambridge, MA


01 - Tamorok

Drums, Guitars, Synths & Voice : Jeff Cannata
Woodwinds : Robert Gianotti
Piano : Jeff Batter

02 - Prisoner In The Holy Land

Drums, Guitars, Synths & Voice : Jeff Cannata
Guitar Solo : Robert Gianotti

03 - Big Life

Drums, Guitars, Synths & Voice : Jeff Cannata
Piano : Jay Rowe
Guitar : Brian Wise

04 - When It's Love

Drums, Guitars, Synths & Voice : Jeff Cannata
Lead & Rhythm Guitars : Jay Johnson
Guitar Solo : Mark Proto
Keyboards : Jeff Batter

05 - Watching The World

Drums, Guitars, Synths & Voice : Jeff Cannata
Guitars : Jay Johnson
Guitar Solo : Jimi Bell

06 - Let It Be

Drums, Guitars, Synths & Voice : Jeff Cannata
Acoustic Guitar : David Coe
Sax Solo : Barry Marshall
Keyboards : Jeff Batter

07 - Stars (2001)

Drums, Guitars, Synths & Voice : Jeff Cannata
Guitar Solo : Robert Gianotti

08 - Calling To You

Drums, Guitars, Synths & Voice : Jeff Cannata
Additional Guitars : Peter Hodson

09 - Fortune Teller

Drums, Guitars, Synths & Voice : Jeff Cannata
Bkg Vocals : Michael Soldan & James Christian
Keyboards : Jeff Batter
Guitar Solo : Jay Johnson

10 - Hand In Hand

Drums, Guitars, Synths & Voice : Jeff Cannata
Keyboards : Jeff Batter

11 - Sailing Ships

Drums, Guitars, Synths & Voice : Jeff Cannata
Bkg Vocals : James Christian
Lead Guitar : Jay Johnson
Synths : Michael Soldan

12 - Dangerous Game

Drums, Guitars, Synths & Voice : Jeff Cannata
Guitar Solo : Brian Wise

13 - Stay

Drums, Guitars, Synths & Voice : Jeff Cannata
Piano : Jeff Batter

14 - Kings Of Nations

Drums, Guitars, Synths & Voice : Jeff Cannata
Keyboards : Roland Pepin
Guitar Solo : Mark Proto
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Drapeau des États-Unis 01 - Eye On You (Peabo Bryson & Regina Troupe)
02 - My Heart Belongs To You (Peabo Bryson & Regina Troupe)
03 - Unconditional Love (Peabo Bryson)
04 - I Wish I Could (Tom Douglas & Randy Thomas)
05 - On And On (Peabo Bryson & Regina Troupe)
06 - Did You Ever Know (A Capella Intro) (Peabo Bryson)
07 - Did You Ever Know (Peabo Bryson)
08 - We've Come Too Far (Regina Troupe)
09 - Ain't Nobody (David 'Hawk' Wolinski)
10 - Somebody In Your Life (Robbie Buchanan & Diane Warren)
11 - A Song For You (Leon Russell)
12 - The Gift (Jim Brickman & Tom Douglas)
13 - Light The World (Morry Stearns, Keizo Nakanishi & Peabo Bryson)


01 - Eye On You


Peabo Bryson : Lead vocals
Regina Troupe : Background vocals, Rhodes, Bass, Drum Programming, Strings, Bells, Keyboard Guitar & Voice Patch
Produced by Peabo Bryson
Co-Produced by Regina Troupe
Arranged by Peabo Bryson & Regina Troupe
Mix Engineer Thom 'TK' Kidd
Assistant Engineer : Stephanie Vonarx
Recorded at Silent Sound Studio

02 - My Heart Belongs To You

Peabo Bryson : Lead vocals, Strings & Bass
Regina Troupe : Background vocals, Piano & Drum Programming
September Gray : Background vocals
Produced by Peabo Bryson
Co-Produced by Regina Troupe
Arranged by Peabo Bryson & Regina Troupe
Recorded at P.B. Music Studio & Darp Studios, Atlanta, GA
Mix Engineer : Thom 'TK' Kidd
Assistant Engineer : Dallas Shumaker

03 - Unconditional Love

Peabo Bryson : Lead vocals, Rhodes, Bass Strings, Bells & Voice Patch
Regina Troupe : Background vocals, Drum Programming & Piano
Produced by Peabo Bryson
Co-Produced by Regina Troupe
Arranged by Peabo Bryson
Assistant Engineer : Stephanie Vonarx
Recorded at Silent Sound Studio & Tree Sound
Remix & Additional Overdubs by Robbie Buchanan
Additional Engineering by Jeremy Smith
Remixed by Jeremy Smith at The Factory, Vancouver, BC
Assistant Engineer : Scott Erickson
Mixing Assistant Engineer : Sheldon Zaharko
Additional Recording at The Hop, Studio City, CA

04 - I Wish I Could

Robbie Buchanan : Keyboards & Drum
Brian Newcombe : Bass
Produced by Robbie Buchanan for Robbie Buchanan, Inc.
Arranged by Robbie Buchanan
Recorded by Jeremy Smith at The Hop, Studio City, CA ; Hop North, North Vancouver, BC
Mixed by Jeremy Smith at The Factory, Vancouver, BC
Assistant Engineers : Scott Erikson & Johnny Q
Mixing Assistant Engineer : Sheldon Zaharko
Production Coordination / Assistance : Scott Erickson

05 - On And On

Peabo Bryson : Lead vocals & Acoustic Guitar
Regina Troupe : Background vocals, Rhodes, Drum Programming, Strings, Synthesizer Bass & Keyboard Guitar
Michael Hoskin : Saxophone
Dwight Watkins : Bass
Produced by Peabo Bryson
Co-Produced by Regina Troupe
Arranged by Peabo Bryson & Regina Troupe
Mix Engineer Thom 'TK' Kidd
Additional Engineer : Shawn Grove
Recorded at Tree Sound Studio & Darp Studio

06 - Did You Ever Know

A Capella Intro

07 - Did You Ever Know

Peabo Bryson : Lead & Background vocals, Rhodes, Strings, Bells & Bass
Regina Troupe : Background vocals, Piano & Drum Programming
September Gray : Background vocals
Dwight Watkins : Background vocals
Produced by Peabo Bryson
Co-Produced by Regina Troupe
Arranged by Peabo Bryson & Regina Troupe
Mix Engineer Thom 'TK' Kidd
Recorded at Silent Sound Studio

08 - We've Come Too Far

Peabo Bryson : Lead vocals & Strings
Regina Troupe : Background vocals, Rhodes, Drum Programming, Bells, Synthesizer Bass & Keyboard Guitar
Produced by Peabo Bryson
Co-Produced by Regina Troupe
Arranged by Regina Troupe
Mix Engineer : Thom 'TK' Kidd
Assistant Engineer : Stephanie Vonarx
Recorded at Silent Sound Studio

09 - Ain't Nobody

Peabo Bryson : Lead vocals, Rhodes, Strings, Bass, Bells & Clive
Regina Troupe : Background vocals, Drum Programming & Mono Synthesizer
Derrick Scott : Electric Guitar
Michael Hoskin : Saxophone
Produced by Peabo Bryson
Co-Produced by Regina Troupe
Arranged by Peabo Bryson
Mix Engineer : Brock Landers
Assistant Engineer : Chest Rockwell
Recorded at tree Sound Studio & Darp Studio

10 - Somebody In Your Life

Peabo Bryson : Vocals
Warren Stanyer, Tania Hancherosf & Sean Hosein : Background vocals
Robbie Buchanan : Keyboards, Bass & Drums
Paul Jackson Jr. : Guitar
Produced by Robbie Buchanan for Robbie Buchanan, Inc.
Arranged by Robbie Buchanan
Recorded by Jeremy Smith at The Hop, Studio City, CA ; Hop North, North Vancouver, BC ; BillBuckingham Productions, Vancouver, BC ; AndeePandee Productions, Pasadena, CA & The Factory, Vancouver, BC
Background Vocals Recorded by Bill Buckingham
Mixed by Jeremy Smith at The Factory, Vancouver, BC
Mixing Assistant Engineer : Sheldon Zaharko
Production Coordination / Assistance : Scott Erickson
Pro Tools Editing by The Hop Studio City, CA & The Warehouse, Vancouver, BC

11 - A Song For You

Peabo Bryson : Lead & Background vocals, Rhodes, Strings, Bells & Bass
Regina Troupe : Background vocals, Piano & Drum Programming
Produced by Peabo Bryson
Co-Produced by Regina Troupe
Arranged by Peabo Bryson
Mix Engineer : Mike Alvord
Assistant Engineer : John Horesco IV
Recorded at Darp Studio

12 - The Gift

Peabo Bryson : Vocals
Roberta Flack : Vocals
Robbie Buchanan : Piano, Keyboards, Synth Bass & Drum Programming, Organ
Brian Newcombe : Bass
Robbie Steiniger & James Harrah : Guitar
Jerry Adolphe : Drums
Pat Caird : Sax
Arranged & Orchestrated by Robbie Buchanan
Orchestra Transcription by Scott Erickson
Recorded & Mixed by Jeremy Smith at The Factory, Vancouver, BC & The Hop, Studio City, CA
Orchestra Recorded at Mushroom Studios, Vancouver, BC
Vocals & Overdubs Recorded at The Hop, Studio City, CA & The Hop North, Vancouver, BC
Additional Vocals Recordings by Eric Tew, Mike Colomby at Greene Street Recording, New York, NY
Mastered by Nathaniel Kunkel at Hyde Street Studios

13 - Light The World

Duet with Deborah Gibson
Peabo Bryson : Vocalist
Deborah Gibson : Vocalist
Tom Keane : Keyboards & Programming
Michael Landau : Guitar
Dave Boruff : Saxophone
Producers : Masaru Nishiyama & Peabo Bryson
Co-Producer : Michael T. Martin
Arangers : Tom Keane & Masaru Nishiyama
Mixed by Thom 'TK' Kidd
          UPDATE 1-New York City votes to cap Uber, Lyft vehicle licenses      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The New York City Council on Wednesday agreed to cap the number of licenses for ride-hailing services such as Uber for one year, dealing a blow to the companies that have relied on the largest U.S. metro area for a major source of their revenue.

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The New York City Council on Wednesday agreed to cap the number of licenses for ride-hailing services such as Uber for one year, dealing a blow to the companies that have relied on the largest U.S. metro area for a major source of their revenue.

          Only 12 Tesla solar roofs were reportedly connected to the grid in California at the end of May (TSLA)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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  • Only 12 Tesla solar roofs were connected to the grid in California as of May 31, Reuters reports.
  • The publication said Tesla has faced delays in its efforts to ramp up production of its solar roof tiles due to assembly-line issues at its Buffalo, New York, factory and the challenges involved in meeting CEO Elon Musk's aesthetic expectations. 
  • Tesla declined to comment on the number of solar roofs it has installed.
  • During Tesla's second-quarter earnings call, Musk said there are "several hundred homes with the solar roof on them." A Tesla spokesperson told Business Insider that the cited number includes homes that are in the installation process or are scheduling an installation, in addition to homes where installation has been completed.


Only 12 Tesla solar roofs were connected to the grid in California as of May 31, Reuters reports.

The publication said Tesla has faced delays in its efforts to ramp up production of its solar roof tiles due to assembly-line issues at its Buffalo, New York, factory and the challenges involved in meeting CEO Elon Musk's aesthetic expectations. 

Tesla declined to comment on the number of solar roofs it has installed. A Tesla representative said the company is ramping up solar roof production and will increase the rate of production near the end of this year.

The representative referred Business Insider to a comment Musk made during the company's second-quarter earnings call in which he said there are "several hundred homes with the solar roof on them." The representative said that number includes homes that are in the installation process or are scheduling an installation, in addition to homes where installation has been completed.

During the call, Musk said the solar roof testing process is time-consuming.

“It's quite a long validation program for a roof which is going to last for 30, 40, 50 years," he said.

Tesla's solar roof — which consists of a series of solar panels that resemble roof tiles and are meant to cover a customer's entire roof — is a major selling point for the company. It was designed to be more aesthetically pleasing than typical solar panels and more durable than traditional roof tile materials like clay, slate, and terra cotta.

Tesla began taking reservations for the solar roof in May 2017 and said installations would begin that summer, but the first installations for customers who weren't Tesla employees didn't begin until April 2018.

In its first-quarter earnings report this year, Tesla said it anticipated a significant increase in solar roof production during the second half of the year. 

Read Reuters' full story here.

Have a Tesla news tip? Contact this reporter at mmatousek@businessinsider.com.

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          Indicted Rep. Chris Collins shows why members of Congress should not trade stocks      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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  • Rep. Chris Collins, a prominent backer of President Donald Trump in Congress, has been indicted on allegations of insider trading, along with his son and his son's fiancée's father.
  • Collins is on the board of an Australian pharmaceutical company. The US Securities and Exchange Commission alleges that he tipped his son about a failed clinical trial and that the son and associates saved $750,000 by trading on the tip.
  • This is a really stupid thing to allegedly have done.
  • Why are members of Congress even allowed to trade stocks or sit on corporate boards? So they can pull this nonsense and get indicted? 

Every time I read a criminal complaint about insider trading, my first thought is: How did they possibly think they were going to get away with this?

Of course, when there is a criminal complaint, that often means you are well on your way to not getting away with it.

Perhaps insider traders seem like morons who should have known what was coming to them because what we see in the news are cases with charges, which are the dumbest, most obvious cases of insider trading. There may be a lot of situations where criminals are being slightly more careful and getting away with it.

Or maybe not! The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority would like you to know it has algorithms to detect this sort of thing. I certainly recommend against insider trading, careless or otherwise.

Anyway: Rep. Chris Collins, a New York Republican who gave President Donald Trump his first congressional endorsement, has been indicted on allegations of insider trading in a case with an extremely obvious, how-were-you-dumb-enough-to-try-this fact pattern.

Get a load of this

Here's what's laid out in complaints from the US Securities and Exchange Commission and the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York (Collins has pleaded not guilty):

  • Collins sits on the board of Innate Immunotherapeutics, an Australian biopharmaceutical company in which he is also the largest shareholder.
  • On June 22, 2017, Collins learned that Innate's main drug had failed clinical trials, a grave outcome for Innate's financial condition.
  • Literally seconds after learning this news, Collins contacted his son, Cameron, who at the time owned 2% of Innate.
  • Over the following four days, Cameron Collins and several other associates of the Collinses proceeded to liquidate their positions in Innate before the public announcement of the drug failure on June 26, after which the stock fell 92%. They saved approximately $750,000 by selling before the announcement.
  • Innate is not an especially large company. As a result, per the SEC: "The sales by Cameron Collins, his girlfriend, and her parents, including Stephen Zarsky, made up more than 53% of the stock's trading volume [on June 23] and exceeded Innate's 15-day average trading volume by more than 1,454%."

Perhaps it is sometimes possible to trade on insider information and have those trades go unnoticed amid a sea of non-insider trades. But if the nonpublic information you're trading on is likely to tank the stock price by more than 90%, and your trades are going to make up about 15 times the stock's typical daily trading volume, and your close associate sits on the company's board of directors, it is probably not best to assume your trades will get lost in the shuffle.

This leads me to a question.

Is Chris Collins an idiot?

If the purpose of the seven calls in six minutes between Collins and his son that came immediately after Collins learned about the clinical-trial failure was, as alleged, to tip his son so he and other associates of theirs could sell, why would Collins have thought he would get away with that?

Was it because the trading wasn't on his own account and he thought the SEC wouldn't be able to draw a link between him and [checks notes] his son — even though Collins was already the focus of a congressional ethics investigation related to Innate?

Was it because he thought he and his son could just talk the FBI into the idea that the sales were unrelated to the clinical-trial news? Oops, now Collins and his associates have also been indicted on allegations they lied to the FBI.

Collins' public defense against these charges has focused on a fact prosecutors do not dispute: Even as his associates were selling, he did not liquidate his own, much larger stake in Innate. That might seem like a tiny bit of prudence in a sea of recklessness — among other matters, Collins would have had to publicly disclose the dates and amounts of his sales under rules pertaining specifically to members of Congress.

But as the SEC complaint says, it's possible Collins didn't sell because he literally couldn't. Unlike his son, he had not completed paperwork to transfer his stock to the US, where one could trade it on the over-the-counter market. His stock was stuck in Australia, where trading of Innate on the Australian Securities Exchange had been halted — because of the impending announcement of the clinical-trial failure.

OpenSecrets estimated, based on disclosure forms, that Collins' net worth was nearly $70 million as of 2015. I realize $750,000 is kind of a lot of money even if you have $70 million, but is it really worth risking the destruction of your career and, you know, prison in order to help your friends save that kind of money?

I wouldn't think so. But I do have a theory: One might develop an unhealthy attitude toward law-breaking and risk if one had previous success in enriching oneself through such an attitude.

Members of Congress should not trade stocks

Last January, I wrote that members of Congress should not trade stocks. I meant that as a policy proposal — that members of Congress should be prohibited from trading stocks — but the Collins incident provides a reason to take it also as investing advice.

As the liberal-leaning group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has pointed out, at least five sitting Republican members of the House bought stock in Innate in 2017. We don't know exactly why they bought shares in an obscure Australian pharmaceutical company, though former Rep. Tom Price, who went on to become Trump's secretary of health and human services, said he did so after learning about the company from Collins.

Those members' investments have presumably performed quite poorly, as they did not have Price's luck of needing to divest themselves of Innate shares to take a Cabinet position. (There is no cause, in Wednesday's complaints or elsewhere, to believe Collins tipped any of his colleagues that Innate's stock was about to plummet in June 2017.)

Collins' links to Innate Immunotherapeutics had drawn negative attention before because of Collins' role overseeing drug companies as a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. But even favorable legislative action is not enough to make a pharmaceutical company valuable if its main drug doesn't work.

So maybe we can now say that a rule forcing members of Congress not to engage in individual stock trading wouldn't just be in the public interest — it may even be for those members' own good, helping them stay out of junky pharmaceutical stocks their colleagues give them "hot tips" about, and helping them stay out of prison.

And I can add another proposal: Members of Congress shouldn't be allowed to serve on the boards of publicly traded companies. The SEC is seeking to apply this rule to Collins specifically, on insider-trading grounds, but a blanket ban would prevent some conflicts of interest and also some embarrassing scandals like this one.

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  • A goat herd is helping President Donald Trump pay thousands of dollars less in property taxes on his New Jersey properties, thanks to a state law designed to benefit farmers.
  • The Wall Street Journal estimated in 2016 that Trump paid less than $1,000 a year in property taxes on land that would typically require roughly $80,000. 

President Donald Trump is able to pay tens of thousands of dollars less in property taxes on his New Jersey golf courses because of a goat herd, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Citing public records, The Journal reported in 2016 that Trump had been able to save thousands of dollars in property taxes on his two properties in Bedminster — where he is this week for a "working vacation" — and Colts Neck. Because the properties have a goat herd, as well as hay farming and woodcutting, New Jersey law permits them to receive a farmland tax break.

Therefore, Trump pays reduced property taxes on the parts of his golf courses dedicated to farming, the report says.

Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster maintains 113 acres of hay farming and eight goats, and the property in Colts Neck has 40 acres of hay production and trees, The Journal reported, citing tax-break applications reviewed in 2016 during the presidential campaign.

The Journal estimated that Trump paid less than $1,000 a year in property taxes on land that would typically require roughly $80,000.

The farmland-assessment program Trump is benefitting from was added to the New Jersey Constitution in 1963 to prevent overdevelopment in the already crowded Garden State, the report says.

The tax break is both popular and controversial in New Jersey, a state that has some of the highest property taxes in the country and is trying to maintain a semblance of its agricultural history as its population density continues to rise.

At the time of the Journal report, Trump's New Jersey properties, both of which are in wealthy areas of the state known for their horse farms, had last been approved for farmland assessments in 2015.

It's not the first time Trump has received a tax break for one of his properties. Trump famously received massive tax breaks from New York City on some of his most notable real-estate projects, including Trump Tower and The Grand Hyatt.

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          10 things not to keep in your car in the summer      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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  • A car parked in direct sunlight on an 72-degree day can reach an internal 119 degrees in an hour.
  • There are certain things that you should never leave in a car in the summer, like pets, tech devices, and plastic, due to the risk of damage from heat exposure.
  • Here are 10 things you should never leave in your car on a hot summer's day.

Two things are more likely to happen to your car in the summer than in any other month. First, the summer season sees more car thefts than any other time of year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. And when your car is stolen, so is anything of value that you happened to leave inside it.

Second, research conducted by Jan Null of San Francisco State University found that a car parked in direct sunlight on a day with an outside temperature of 72 degrees Fahrenheit can reach an interior temperature as hot as 119 degrees within an hour. So even if your car isn't stolen this summer, everything inside could end up baking in the heat and getting damaged if you're not careful.

To avoid ruining your stuff, you can just remove items at risk of heat damage from your car. Which items fall under that category? Quite a few, as it turns out. Here are 10 things you should never leave in your car on a hot day.

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1. People and pets

Even on a day with cooler temperatures, children and pets in cars are still at risk, as the temperatures inside a parked car can still spike to life-threatening levels, according to a 2005 study by the Stanford University School of Medicine. "There are cases of children dying on days as cool as 70 degrees Fahrenheit," lead author Catherine McLaren, MD, clinical instructor of emergency medicine told Stanford Medicine.

Even if you're running into a store for a single item or even just to drop off a pre-stamped letter at the post office, if something unexpected comes up and prolongs your task, you just put the living thing left behind at grave risk.



2. Medicine

Extreme heat can reduce the efficacy of certain medicines, Dr. Sarah Westberg, PharmD, an associate dean at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, told NPR.

"Pharmaceutical manufacturers recommend most of their products be stored at a controlled room temperature of 68 to 77 degrees," Dr. Skye McKennon, PharmD, told the New York Times.

When you get out of your car, you're better off taking your medications with you than leaving them.



3. Plastic water bottles and food containers

If you leave plastic food or drink containers in a sweltering car, you could end up ingesting something harmful. Plastics can leach various potentially dangerous substances into their contents, including BPA, which may alter hormones over time and potentially increase risk for certain endocrine disorders.



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          A new hotel honors long-time residents of New York City’s gentrifying Lower East Side      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Every night, 62 faces appear on the windows of a new hotel tower in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Like a giant lightbox, the impressive photo…
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Chris Collins, the Republican upstate New York Congressman, surrendered himself to FBI agents this morning, alongside his son and the father of his son’s fiancee.…
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          Finally, People Are Talking About Climate Change. But Is It Too Late?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
by Katie Herzog

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Something strange is happening in America right now: People are talking about climate change.

Before The Stranger saved and then quickly crushed my body, mind, and spirit, I worked for Grist, the Seattle-based online magazine with a focus on climate change. (Apropos of nothing, Grist unceremoniously booted me and four out of five of the staff writers a few days after Donald Trump took office, but I'm not bitter. Really. The office was always freezing and it's going to get creamed when the earthquake comes.) While I was at Grist, what I noticed through writing about climate change five days a week, was that no one gave a shit. We had a dedicated audience of 6 to 10 commentors (everyone's favorite was a gay man in New York who primarily used the comment section to hit on a very cute young intern named Sam), but for the most part, people just didn't care. Nothing makes someone's eyes glaze over faster than the word's "climate change."

It's kind of wild how little people are paying attention: climate change is leading to huge increases in human suffering as parts of the world dry up and others flood, burn, and blister. The repercussions of this man-made phenomenon are genuinely terrifying, and not just for tree-huggers and nature-lovers. There's some evidence, for instance, that the conflict in Syria was in part sparked by climate change-connected drought and subsequent food shortages, which then led to the migrant crisis currently embroiling Europe... which, in turn, led to a resurgence of white nationalism and xenophobia in places like Italy, France, and the UK. Climate change touches everything, and yet, we really don't talk about it much. Broadcast news organizations ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox had a combined total of 50 minutes of climate change coverage in 2016. That's less than the Jolie-Pitt breakup. The world is burning, and we're over here freaking out about celebrity divorce.

In recent weeks, however, there's been a noticeable uptick in climate change news, inspired, I'm guessing, by the catastrophic wildfires currently burning through California. Climate change is easy to ignore until a wildfire threatens to destroy your neighborhood. Here's how Google has tracked in the term over the past 30 days.

In the midst of these disasters, NPR has been discussing climate change every day, and the networks and cable changes have at least mentioned the words. Even Jimmy Kimmel talked about it on his show Tuesday night, with a message that was designed to reach the heart of one Donald J. Trump:

But will an uptick in coverage have any affect on public policy? And is there still time to correct this collision course? According to a report released this week by a international team of climate scientists, we're reaching the "too-little-too-late" stage of ecological collapse. The paper portrays a potential future of dead forests, rapid sea level rise, and storms that make Sandy, Maria, and Katrina look minor if we don't transition to a carbon-neutral economy yesterday. It does not look good.

The media immediately jumped on the study, issuing dire headlines about the end of mankind, but the paper's author took issue with this sort of coverage. She pointed out on Twitter that people probably weren't reading the study if their takeaway from it was that it's too late. The truth, according to the researchers, is that it's not too late—at least, if we actually take action on fossil fuels now, not later. Of course, Donald Trump is the kind of man who thinks wind turbines are ugly and diesel exhaust smells like money, so under this administration and with Republicans in control of Congress, the hope of any sort of progressive action on climate change is smaller than none. Still, there's an election coming in a mere 90 days. If we're going to get leaders in office who are willing to help up save ourselves, now may very well be our last chance to do it. There's no excuse this time; each and everyone of us who is concerned about the fate of the planet—and our species—must vote.

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          Legal Analyst On GOP Congressman's Arrest: 'The Dumbest Insider Trading Crime I've Ever Seen'      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
​On Wednesday, Chris Collins, who represents New York's 27th Congressional district, was arrested in connection with an insider trading scheme tied to Australian pharmaceutical company Innate Immunotherapeutics Limited.
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Amazon capitalizes on convenience, Rep. Collins indicted, election night by Nathalie Graham

Saudi Arabia puts Canada on blast for its human rights violations... wait.
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China’s retaliatory tariffs are no good for Washington farmers: The farmers are anxious. More than $480 million worth of Washington agricultural exports are impacted by Chinese tariffs, reports KING 5. China struck back against Trump’s latest tariffs. It slapped $16 million of tariffs on American goods.

New Yorker sued by WA AG for fake charities: This guy, a New York stockbroker, is heavily involved with organized crime. He’s being sued by Washington State attorney general Bob Ferguson for setting up six fake charities. He’s allegedly done this same thing in eight other states. He hasn’t been charged criminally in Washington State, reports the Seattle Times.

What the fuck is going on between Canada and Saudi Arabia? Good question, glad you asked. The two are in some sort of a human-rights tiff. Canada’s ambassador rebuked Saudi Arabia for arresting human-rights and women’s-rights activists. Saudi Arabia clapped back immediately and expelled the ambassador, giving him 24 hours to get his ugly, yella, no-good keister off its property. Then, Saudi Arabia announced it was canceling all flights to and from Toronto. Now it’s barring all of its citizens from receiving treatment in Canadian hospitals. Saudi Arabia has put Canada’s human-rights policies on blast. Meanwhile, they executed a man by crucifixion today. The worst part? The United States says it’s caught in the middle of this quarrel between its two allies. Doesn’t seem like too hard of a choice here, America.

Durkan loves the Showbox too! But will she act? She’s sending representatives to talk with a real-estate developer about the future of the venue today. She’s not ready to support Council Member Kshama Sawant’s legislation to expand the Pike Place Historic District to cover the Showbox. This extension would include other businesses other than the Showbox, such as a restaurant and a strip club.

Attack the fire from the air: Washington firefighting crews are finding quick successes by utilizing aircraft. According to the Washington Department of Natural Resources, there have been 830 fires so far on the land it oversees. A typical fire season averages 817 fires, according to KING 5. Crews have been knocking out these fires with their “Huey Helicopters, along with eight single-engine Fire Boss aircraft.”

BREAKING: We’re all too familiar with how initial reports like these play out.


Election night breakdown: What do you mean you weren’t keeping up with SECB all night? Yeah, there’s a lot to read, but we had a lot to say. The short list: We got banned from the GOP election night party (but then got let in), Dino Rossi won, Joey Gibson lost, the Washington version of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez didn’t manage to make it through to the next round, and we had to listen to Coldplay on our Uber ride home. There’s probably more. Why don’t you take the morning and catch up?

Election nights outside Washington: It’s still too close to call in the Kansas Republican Primary — a mere 191 votes separate the candidates. This is why voting matters! The Ohio special election is also too close to call. The Republican candidate, Troy Balderson, had a lead of 1,754 votes as of this morning but there are still more than 3,000 ballots yet to be counted. It’s heated!

The Seattle Times write-up about the Automated Fingerprint Identification System levy omits one small detail: That it isn’t just about fingerprint identification. Nah, sorry, voters ignorantly (an assumption) voted to give the Seattle Police Department facial recognition technology. Everything will be fine, right? The police having a database full of our scanned faces can’t possibly be bad… can it?

Don’t get my hopes up, National Weather Service: I am currently sweating in a Capitol Hill Starbucks. It isn’t even 6:30 a.m. yet. Someone was already arrested in here this morning. That’s not about the heat, but it’s been a day already. The good news is that there’s apparently a significant cool down on the way. Maybe even light showers? I won’t believe it until I see it.


But... it's not the end of the week yet, is it? Beat the hump day slump, beat the heat.


He did that:


Amazon continues to thrive off our thirst for convenience: It’s steadily introducing drive-up grocery pick-up at Whole Foods locations. So far, it’s only available in Sacramento, California, and Virginia Beach, Virginia. It’s also only available to Prime Now members, but you could’ve guessed that. Additionally, only Prime Now members will be saved in the Rapture.

New York Republican charged with insider trading: Representative Chris Collins, an outspoken Trump supporter, is having a rough day. Looks like there may be another seat open for the blue wave to scoop up.


Everyone bands together to ban Alex Jones — except Twitter: Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO, says Alex Jones, notorious conspiracy theorist and flagrant asshole, hasn’t violated Twitter’s rules. YouTube, Facebook, Spotify, and Apple have already banned Jones. This just confirms that Twitter truly is the cesspool we love to hate and cannot bear to stop using.

Maryland man goes to take driving test, forgets about all the drug-dealing paraphernalia in the car: The man, 22, was just trying to get his driver’s license. Nerves must’ve gotten to him — trust me, they got to me like two times during the, uh, two driver’s tests I took — because he forgot about the pound of marijuana in the car. He also forgot about the loaded Glock and the $15,000 in drug-related money. He didn’t get his license. He did get arrested, though.

Tonight's best Seattle entertainment options include: The Trap Kitchen Cookout Tour: Compton 2 Tha 206 (a pop-up lauded by the likes of Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, and Snoop Dogg), the opening of That Summer, which reveals footage of Edith and Edie Beale not shown in the 1975 documentary Grey Gardens, and The Phantom of the Opera, which Christopher Frizzelle calls "fog-machine technology’s greatest achievement."

Now, what you're eating for breakfast today:

For Lissa: A blueberry scone with raspberry jam and a side of cherries.

The Bunny Mug proves it is my truest friend. Lissa writes: "The Bunny Mug extends its congratulations to you as you join the Stranger for realz!"

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Lissa C.

From DeeDee: "I call these Cheater Deviled Eggs: boiled eggs with a dab of aioli on the top. Slice of deli turkey and some grapes on the side. Creamer with some coffee mixed in to drink."

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DeeDee

A crazy good breakfast for Ken.

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Rudolpho rewarded himself with this after his bike ride to work. You're living your best life, Rudolpho.

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Did you make this, Jim???

"English muffin, peppered Spam, red bell pepper and onions, fried egg with harissa spice, cheddar cheese, avocado."

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Jim

Harry sent me a picture of his breakfast and then quickly realized it contained sensitive work information. He pivoted and sent me this as a follow-up. It takes a keen eye to see what he's having for breakfast this morning.

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Harry

My 13-year-old brother is fueling up before his Junior Lifeguards practice this morning and football practice this afternoon.

That chocolate milk means hes bulking up. Hes trying to be the hot one in the family.
That chocolate milk means he's bulking up. He's trying to be the hot one in the family. Lisa G.

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          High Foreclosures and Higher Education      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

A recent study published in Demography, a bimonthly scientific journal from the Population Association of America, analyzed the potential impact of families with children seeking higher education on the rate of foreclosures. Researchers Jacob Faber of New York University and Peter Rich of Cornell University analyzed annual college data alongside foreclosure rates from 2005 to ...

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          Tweet von Tesla-Chef Musk ruft Börsenaufsicht auf den Plan      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
New York (dpa) - Die per Tweet verbreiteten Planspiele von Tesla-Chef Elon Musk, sein Unternehmen womöglich von der Börse zu nehmen, könnten Ermittlungen nach sich ziehen. Die US-Börsenaufsicht SEC habe sich bei Tesla erkundigt, ob die massiv kursbewegende Mitteilung den Tatsachen entspreche und ...
          VP, Director, Strategy- Razorfish Health, Philadelphia - Publicis Healthcare Communications Group - Philadelphia, PA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          DeGrom lowers ERA to 1.77, gets run support; Mets blank Reds      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
NEW YORK (AP) — Jacob deGrom struck out 10 over six innings, received rare significant run support and earned his first win in nearly two months as the New York Mets blanked the Cincinnati Reds 8-0 on Wednesday.Brandon Nimmo tied a team record with
          Sales Executive      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
NY-New York City, Graphnet Inc, a global provider of Enterprise Messaging Cloud Services has several openings in the Tri State area for B2B Account Managers. Your profile A minimum of 5 years of a highly successful outside sales experience Solid background in IT and Telco technologies Relationship oriented with excellent communications skills Creative and proactive as a ‘Hunter’ Microsoft Skills (Power Point, Word,
          Internet of Things (IoT) Specialist Leader - New York City, NY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
6,009 Deloitte Internet of Things (IoT) Specialist Leader in New York New York Internet of Things (IoT) Specialist Leader What We Need Deloitte s Internet of Things (IoT) Practice seeks a Sales and Delivery Executive to join our team and lead client sales and delivery activities. What You ll Do -Directly ..
          Kraft Paper Adhesive Tape Market Outlook to 2025 - Nitto Denko, Avery Dennison, tesa SE, Henkel, Berry Plastics, Intertape Polymer, LINTEC Corporation, Achem Technology Corporation, Yonghe Adhesive Products, Winta, Yongle Tape, JinghuaTape, Luxkin      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
(EMAILWIRE.COM, August 10, 2018 ) July 2018, New York USA (News)- The Research Reports Inc. presents a comprehensive assessment of the Kraft Paper Adhesive Tape Market and contains thoughtful insights, facts, historical data, and statistically supported and industry validated market data. It also...
          Charlotte Rae, Who Played Mrs. Garrett On '80s Sitcom 'Facts Of Life,' Dies At 92      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Actor Charlotte Rae, best known for her role as Mrs. Garrett, the patient housemother at a girls' school in the 1980s sitcom The Facts of Life , has died at age 92. Rae's publicist, Harlan Boll, said she died at her Los Angeles home on Sunday, according to various sources, including The Los Angeles Times. Boll did not give a cause of death, but Rae had been diagnosed with bone cancer last year and had suffered from pancreatic cancer for several years, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Rae's character, Edna Garrett, first appeared on NBC's Diff'rent Strokes , then went on to the spinoff, The Facts of Life. The popular show lasted for nine seasons, although Rae left after seven, explaining, "I needed some time for the rest of my life." As Hollywood Reporter notes, "Debuting in 1979, Facts of Life revolved around a group of teenage girls attending a private New York boarding school. Guiding them through the trials and tribulations of adolescence was Edna Garrett, their no-nonsense, but
          Steven Bochco, Creator Of 'Hill Street Blues' And 'NYPD Blue,' Dies At 74      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Steven Bochco — whose gritty police dramas such as Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue , propelled him to 10 Emmys — has died. He was 74. "Steven fought cancer with strength, courage, grace and his unsurpassed sense of humor," family spokesman Phillip Arnold said. "He died peacefully in his sleep [at home] with his family close by." NPR TV critic Eric Deggans tells Morning Edition that Bochco, "was a New York native who spent his early career working as a writer and editor on '70s-era series like Ironside and Columbo and helped create a cop show called Paris starring James Earl Jones." His big break, however, came with Hill Street Blues – a cop show unlike any that had come before. It showed a messier and much more realistic side of life on the streets and its characters had complicated personal lives with which many television viewers could identify. And, Hill Street Blues was influential, leaving its mark on such shows as Homicide: Life on the Street and ER , for example. Hill Street
          Cushman & Wakefield Brokers $61M Sale of Development Site in Brooklyn      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
NEW YORK CITY — Cushman & Wakefield has brokered the $61 million sale of a 95,000-square-foot development site in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn. Located at 313-331 Bond St., the property’s M2-1 zoning regulations allows for 185,040 of buildable square feet, according to Cushman & Wakefield. Stephen Palmese, Winfield Clifford, James Berluti and William Barrett of Cushman […]
          Harborview, WRA Properties Acquire Apartment Community in New York for $4.3M      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
NYACK, N.Y. — Harborview Properties and WRA Properties have acquired Waldron Heights Apartments, a 29-unit apartment complex in Nyack, along the Hudson River north of New York City, for $4.3 million. Located at 16-18 Waldron Ave., the community consists of two- and three-bedroom apartment units. The property was acquired from the original owner, a local […]
          New York Times to Pass 4 Million Subscribers ‘Soon’      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The New York Times, the most prestigious newspaper in the United States, announced Wednesday that it expects to “soon” cross the threshold of four million subscribers, even if growth is slowing. The company added 109,000 new digital-only subscriptions in the second quarter. As a result, the newspaper ended the quarter with a 2.89 million digital-only subscriptions and 3.8 million subscriptions as a whole, including readers who receive only the print edition. Trump's win a boost for Times Since late 2016, when Donald Trump shocked the US establishment by winning the US presidency, the Times has enjoyed a period of rapid growth, acquiring around one million new subscribers. “We’ll soon pass three million digital-only subscribers and four million total subscribers,” Mark Thompson, president and chief executive officer, told a conference call with investors, on Wednesday. But the market has seen digital subscription growth slow, with a net gain of 139,000 readers in the first quarter of 2018, compared to 157,000 new digital-only subscriptions in the last quarter of 2017. Thompson countered that the net additions were “still much higher” than typically achieved in the second quarter since the launch of the pay model. Another reason, he said, for the slowdown was the Times’ decision to reduce marketing spent on Facebook due to a dispute with the social network which is currently in the process of being resolved. Subscription numbers are up Subscription income accounted for 62.8 percent of revenue in the second quarter, compared to 50.5 percent five years ago, an increase that has partially offset a decline in advertising income, the company said. Subscription revenue was up 4.2 percent year-on-year, while advertising revenue was down 9.9 percent. Second-quarter digital advertising revenue decreased 7.5 percent, while total revenue increased to $414.6 million, a growth of 4.2 percent year-on-year. Net profit was $23.6 million, up 51 percent mainly due to a lower outlay on severance costs compared to the same quarter in 2017.
          Exhibit Documents Revival of Polish Jewish life      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
American photographer Chuck Fishman was 21 when he began traveling behind the Iron Curtain in 1975 to document a Jewish community on the verge of dying out after centuries of existence in Poland. He couldn't have foreseen the Jewish revival that would come after the fall of communism in 1989. A new photo exhibition opened this week in Warsaw that brings together Fishman's early documentation of a melancholy and declining Jewish world with the revival of traditions by the third and fourth generations after the Holocaust, a transformation that left him astounded. Titled Re-Generation: Jewish Life in Poland, the exhibition showing at the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw will run until October 28 and then go to the Galicia Jewish Museum in Krakow for several more months. Fishman, now 65, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that his motivation for documenting Poland's Jews in the 1970s and 1980s was to record their history before the centuries-old Jewish community died out. On the eve of the Holocaust, Polish Jews numbered around 3.3 million, the largest community in Europe. Most were killed by Nazi Germany, while postwar violence and an anti-Semitic campaign by the Polish communist regime in 1968 forced most of the survivors into exile. "It was supposed to be the last of 1,000 years of Polish Jewish life. That's what everyone was saying — everyone,'' Fishman said. "And if it was not for the fall of communism, it would have been the end.'' Fishman did five reporting trips to Poland from 1975 to 1983, often to cover other historical events, like the first visit of Polish Pope John Paul II to his homeland in 1979 and the rise in the 1980s of Lech Walesa's anti-communist Solidarity movement. On those trips he also turned his camera on Yiddish-speaking Holocaust survivors who gathered in derelict buildings to pray together. At the time, Jewish life took place in private because of fears of discrimination. In some cases he managed to capture those praying during Sabbath services. While some opposed his picture taking on the Sabbath, a violation of Jewish law, Fishman recalled that others were willing to overlook it.  "I was this nice Jewish boy from America,'' Fishman said, recalling how the sympathetic worshippers with nonverbal language seemed to be saying: "Leave him alone. What's the difference? When we're gone, there's nothing here.'' After a 30-year absence, he returned again to Poland in 2013 — a span of time in which communism collapsed and Poland joined the European Union and NATO. He was blown away by the new wealth of the capitalist era — the ATMs and luxury cars and everything else that had transformed the country — and by an optimistic and growing generation of Jewish families who finally had rabbis and who felt comfortable about celebrating their traditions openly. While the number of Jews is small, perhaps no more than 20,000 people among 38 million, Poland now has renovated synagogues, Jewish street festivals, a Jewish school, kosher restaurants and even Jewish arrivals from the U.S. and Israel. "Coming back was beyond trippy,'' said Fishman, who lives in the New York area. "Everything was astounding to me.'' Photos from Fishman's first trip to Poland were featured in a 1977 book, Polish Jews: The Final Chapter. But most of the photos on display in Warsaw now had never been published in print. During communism he made a point of never publishing images of young Polish Jews, fearing that to identify them publicly could have negative repercussions for them. All of Fishman's photos are in black and white and were shot with film and developed by him in his darkroom, something that creates a feeling of consistency in the collection despite spanning 43 years and radically different political systems.
          Ford Celebrates 10 Millionth Mustang, Banks on Its Appeal      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Ford Mustang — an iconic American symbol of cool — reached a major milestone Wednesday as the 10 millionth vehicle rolled off an assembly line at a Detroit-area plant. Ford marked the occasion for the car, celebrated in American song and film and recognized the world over as a quintessentially American cultural export, with a big party and parade at the Michigan headquarters — complete with a flyover from World War II-era P-51 Mustang fighter jets that are the car's namesake. It is a key moment for Ford, which is banking on the Mustang's wide appeal to help it grow global market share. US sales of the model are declining, but they are accelerating overseas. "The Mustang is the best-selling sports coupe in Germany, as well as in the United States," Ford CEO Jim Hackett boasted in remarks to revelers assembled at Ford headquarters. As it celebrates the milestone, Ford is appealing to the sense of nostalgia for the vehicle that exemplified the love of the open road and shares its a name with the horse that still roams free in the American West. The 10 millionth Mustang was painted the same "Wimbledon White" as the first one to roll off the assembly line in 1964. "I can think of no other American car that captures the love affair with the automobile that Americans have had," automotive historian John Heitmann of the University of Dayton told AFP. 'Freedom vehicle' The Mustang germinated an entire subgenre of cars. From a technical standpoint, the original 1965 model was not meant as a muscle car intended to attract those who gravitate to fast wheels. It was in fact one of the original so-called "pony cars" — a smaller, affordable, practical sibling of flashy sports cars intended to appeal to young professionals, including women. But the Mustang became an icon almost from the start, in no small part thanks to marketing that would rival a modern-day iPhone launch. It debuted in the spring, at the 1964 New York World's Fair, far before other companies that announced their latest offerings in the fall. It was hyped up in advance and automotive industry journalists were on hand. Automotive historian Bob Merlis, at the time a teenager, witnessed the World's Fair launch. "It was almost like pandemonium. People were so excited about this car," Merlis said. "It was sort of a counterpoint to the very square, staid station wagon ethos that Americans grew up with in suburbia," he recalled. "It represented some kind of a freedom vehicle. It embodied that." The car captured the public imagination, reflected in its popularity on the big screen. The Mustang made its first appearance in 1964 in a chase scene with Sean Connery's James Bond in "Goldfinger," and American film star Steve McQueen drove a Mustang in the 1968 thriller "Bullitt" — cementing the car's cool factor. It even appealed overseas, appearing in the 1966 Oscar-winning French film "A Man and a Woman" by Claude Lelouch. And Wilson Pickett immortalized the car in "Mustang Sally," a rhythm and blues classic from 1966. Global draw Ford has been playing up that nostalgic past. At this year's Detroit auto show, the company unveiled a new limited-edition Bullitt Mustang, along with McQueen's original. For its celebration, Ford highlighted the loyalty of Mustang owners who are known to form clubs and restore older models. Owners were called upon to bring one Mustang for every model year to Ford headquarters, and they responded enthusiastically. The company held a 20-mile (32 km) parade Wednesday morning from its headquarters in one Detroit suburb to its Mustang assembly plant in another. "It's been part of my life for a long time," Mike Magri, owner of five different Mustangs since 1988, told AFP. But Mustangs soon will be one of only two passenger cars from Ford -- along with a crossover Focus — sold in North America. All other Ford offerings will be trucks and SUVs. Ford sold only about 81,000 of the sporty model in North America last year, a mere 0.5 percent of the market, according to Autodata. But Mustang sales are growing overseas. Since Ford began exporting Mustangs in 2015, it has become the world's best-selling sports coupe, according to the company's figures — including in China, which by 2025 is projected to have twice the share of the global car market compared to the US. Ford's head of global markets, Jim Farley, said the vehicle's largest dealer in the world is in Stockholm, Sweden. "Now, you see Mustangs on the streets in London and you see Mustangs in Beijing," Farley told employees at the plant.
          Terms of Trump-Mueller Interview Still Being Negotiated       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Fifteen months since special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed to head the probe into Russia's meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, prosecutors and lawyers for President Donald Trump are still negotiating over what questions investigators can ask the president. News reports Wednesday quoted the president's lawyers as saying they are trying to narrow the scope of Mueller's questions by declining to allow the president to answer questions about possible obstruction of justice. In an interview with CNN, Rudy Giuliani, one of Trump's lawyers on the case, said the team is sending a new letter today with a counteroffer. Giuliani declined to describe the counteroffer. The Washington Post reports Giuliani, a former New York mayor who joined the Trump legal team in April this year, said the letter will largely reject a presidential interview that would include questions about possible obstruction of justice, particularly in regard to the firing of former FBI Director James Comey. Mueller has been seeking to interview the president for months. Trump has repeatedly urged his legal team to allow him to be interviewed, believing it will give him the opportunity to clear his name. Trump's lawyers have advised him against it, citing the fear of a "perjury trap." One of the defenses often invoked by Giuliani and other members of Trump's legal team in regard to whether Trump is obstructing justice by firing Comey is Article II of the U.S. Constitution. The provision gives the president executive authority to appoint and dismiss members of his administration. In May 2017 Trump fired Comey, who was leading the Russia investigation. The day after the firing, Trump said that Russia was on his mind when he made the decision. Interview scope unclear The president's lawyers had previously offered the special counsel written answers to obstruction questions and insisted on limiting the interview to matters before Trump's presidential inauguration. Of particular interest to Mueller is the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between the president's son Donald Trump Jr., several top campaign aides, and a Russian lawyer with connections to the Kremlin. Last weekend, Trump tweeted that the meeting's purpose was to "get information on an opponent," i.e. former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. He claimed that such a meeting was "totally legal" and "done all the time in politics." Trump's tweets are at odds with his own statements about the encounter, as well as with Trump Jr.'s statement in July 2017, saying the meeting had been mostly about issues related to Americans adopting Russian children. Last month, Trump declared on Twitter that "collusion is not a crime," as he continued his attacks on Mueller's investigation. Mueller is examining Trump's tweets and public statements to determine whether he made them with the intention to deceive investigators. Subpoena? If Mueller and the Trump legal team fail to reach an agreement on the interview, Mueller could resort to issuing a subpoena to the president. In an interview with ABC on Sunday, Jay Sekulow, a member of Trump's legal team, said a subpoena would spark a legal battle that could go all the way to the Supreme Court. In May 2017, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller to investigate "any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump," as well as "any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation." The investigation has led to the indictments of several members of Trump's circle, including former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn, Trump's former campaign chair Paul Manafort and former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates, as well as 12 Russian intelligence agents. Trump has repeatedly called the Russia probe a "witch hunt."
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Most people who use online dating websites seek partners who are out of their league, said a study Wednesday based on heterosexuals in four big US cities. "Both men and women pursued partners about 25 percent more 'desirable' than themselves," said the report in the journal Science Advances. Hardly anyone reached out to people who ranked significantly lower than themselves. People's desirability was determined using a ranking algorithm based on how many messages they received from other popular users on a dating site in New York, Seattle, Boston and Chicago. "If you are contacted by people who are themselves desirable, then you are presumably more desirable yourself," said the study. Using this PageRank algorithm, which is employed by web search engines, researchers could establish a person's "league," which they scientifically coined "hierarchies of desirability." For some at the pinnacle of the dating game, the flurry of messages from would-be suitors was dizzying. "The most popular individual in our four cities, a 30-year-old woman living in New York, received 1,504 messages during the period of observation, equivalent to one message every 30 min, day and night, for the entire month," said the study. While researchers did not reveal the end to this lady's love story, they did find that the majority of daters on the site tended to reach out to people who were ranked higher than themselves. They also tended to send lengthier messages to people deemed higher on the desirability ladder. In most cases, these long-shots fell short. When there is a big gap in desirability between online daters, "there is a pronounced drop in the probability of reply," said the report. And only in Seattle were there signs that long letters were more successful than short messages at getting a potential mate to respond. People have probably been pining for unattainable love interests since the dawn of time. But taking a scientific look at the phenomenon gives cause for hope, according to lead author Elizabeth Bruch, a sociologist at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. "I think a common complaint when people use online dating websites is they feel like they never get any replies," she said. "This can be dispiriting. But even though the response rate is low, our analysis shows that 21 percent of people who engage in this aspirational behavior do get replies from a mate who is out of their league, so perseverance pays off."
          Corona Constitution Class, Lesson 1, Historical Influences, Preamble      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Corona Constitution Class: Lesson 1

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Lesson 01
 
Historical Influences and the Preamble
 
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
 
            History
 
The formal version of the Magna Carta in England was issued on June 19, 1215. There was a minor change in the new document, when the final provision was drafted, replacing the term "any baron" with "any freeman" in stipulating to whom the provisions applied. The term would eventually include all Englishmen. The final version's applicability to all members of the English Society served as a starting point for the Constitution's Preamble, where "any freeman" was changed once again, but this time to the first three words of the American document: "We the People."
 
The English Colonists developed legal codes largely incorporating liberties guaranteed by the Magna Carta and the 1689 English Bill of Rights. Though the education levels of the colonists varied, and few could afford legal training in England, they were familiar with English common law. During one parliamentary debate in the late 18th century, Edmund Burke observed, "In no country, perhaps in the world, is law so general a study."
 
James Madison and Thomas Jefferson drew inspiration from the doctrines of the British constitution, or in what were called English liberties.
 
Unlike the Spanish Colonies, which were conquered land ruled over by the Spanish Conquistadors, and authoritarian governors, the English Colonies were granted by charter. Rather than bear the burden of empire, which, as Spain discovered, could be expensive, and taxing on a nation's armed forces, the English Crown offered the lands along the Atlantic Coast to investors, entrepreneurs, and families seeking a new start. In the northern colonies, the colonists sought religious freedom. The Pilgrims did not want to keep their membership in the Church of England. As separatists, the Pilgrims organized their worship independently, colonizing north of the Puritans at Plymouth Rock.
 
The English Colonies enjoyed autonomy that the Spanish Colonies did not. To survive in the Spanish Colonies, the colonist exhibited a warrior spirit, conquering the lands and the people who stood in the way, forcing the captured natives into slave labor and marriage for the purpose of accomplishing the tasks necessary for survival, while also being heavily dependent upon supplies from the homeland. The English Colonies were expected to survive by living off the land. They were families, indentured servants, and seekers of fortune. They were forced to be self-reliant, personally responsible, and hard working, in order to survive. The English Colonists did not attempt to conquer the natives as the Spanish did, but worked with them, making treaties with the Native Americans, because they needed the native population's help in order to survive. In the English Colonies, freedom was a necessary component of survival, and after failing under communitarianism, the colonists found that a free market system, where colonists kept more of what they worked for, and had the option to trade goods in an open market, worked best for the burgeoning society.
 
In English America, freemen adopted the best of the English system, while adapting it as necessary to the new circumstances in the colonies. The English Colonies was a place where a person could rise by merit, not by birth. The thirteen colonies was a place where men could voice their opinions and actively share in self-government. When the British Crown challenged these beliefs, turning to the colonies as a source of revenue to help alleviate the Crown's substantial debts, and the growing expense of keeping troops on American soil, the colonists questioned the government in Britain, challenging the actions of Parliament, arguing that without consent or direct representation in Parliament, the acts by the motherland were "taxation without representation," and an act of tyranny against the free Englishmen of the colonies.
 
The influence of the Magna Carta, and the demand for liberty, existed along the Atlantic Coast long before the War of Independence. As John Adams later wrote to Thomas Jefferson, "The Revolution was in the minds of the people, and this was effected, from 1760 to 1775, in the course of 15 years before a drop of blood was shed at Lexington."
 
The Americans knew their rights, and they were willing to fight for them. The seal adopted by Massachusetts on the eve of the Revolution summed up the mood. The image was of a militiaman with sword in one hand, and the Magna Carta in the other.
 
When it was time to form a new government, embodied in a written social contract we now know as the Constitution of the United States, the founders determined that like England under the Magna Carta, the government must be limited by subjecting it to the rule of law. The Constitution, once ratified by the States, became the law of the land. The document serves as a written standard where the authority emanates from the people, not from any governmental body. Pursuant to the Constitution, no man, not even the country's leader, was considered to be above the law. The rule of law based on the philosophy of the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God was the basis of constitutional thought in the United States in 1787.
 
"A government of laws, and not of men." - John Adams
 
Elder statesman Benjamin Franklin strolled across a grassy lawn from Independence Hall in Philadelphia, after the conclusion of the Federal Convention of 1787, when a woman in a bonnet approached him, asking, "Sir, what have you given us?"
 
"A republic," Dr. Franklin replied. "If you can keep it."
 
The new government in the fledgling United States was considered to be one that was doomed to fail. Europeans scoffed at the American experiment in self-government. The Old World argued that without the hand of a divinely appointed, wise, ruling monarch in place to guide society, a culture could not succeed. The Grand Experiment was a waste of time, and it would not be long before the rebellious, starving, treasonous, and petulant, English colonists came crawling back to the British Crown, begging to be readmitted to the empire.
 
In a society with no government, people have no freedom. In a society with too much government, people have no freedom.
 
Without government there is no law, and without law there are no enforcers of the law. This kind of system is called an anarchy, which is a transitional form of government. In an anarchy, there is no freedom because the citizens must constantly protect their property, and their lives.
 
With government in place, there are laws in place. When there are laws in place, it is necessary to hire enforcers of the law, such as a police force. A society with a government in place can create an environment of freedom that allows citizens the ability to leave their property and engage in activities away from their homes.
 
Tyranny through a unitary state dominates the pages of history. Tyrannical governments obtain their power through violence, and bloodshed in a complete disregard for authorities granted, justice, or the rule of law. To maintain their power, tyrants use violence and bloodshed. When tyrannies are finally toppled, the path to dislodging tyrannies normally includes violence and bloodshed.
 
Violence and death are the common results of powerful central governments with dominant rulers.
 
Dictators do not normally reveal their plans of tyranny during their rise to power, for the people would never have allowed them to become their leaders if they knew this kind of violence was in their future. Tyrannical leaders render legislative bodies irrelevant, demoting them to nothing more than a consultative assembly.
 
In history, tyranny is the rule, and liberty is the exception. Governments that protect the freedoms of the people, and respect the rights of their citizens, are a rare occurrence. Freedom requires the citizens to be informed and involved. With freedom comes responsibility.
 
An educated society begins by teaching the younger generations the principles of liberty, and to encourage them to be involved in civic activities, and local government. The founders understood we need government, but a limited government was required to secure the rights and property of the citizens. However, because of human nature, the founders realized that without making sure the people remained educated about the system they had established, a downward spiral into despotism and tyranny was inevitable.
 
The Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, and outlined the reasons why the colonies were seeking independence from Great Britain. The founding document declares that it is the right of the people to alter or abolish their government should it become destructive. It also states these truths are self-evident, and that "all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
 
The document penned by Thomas Jefferson includes a list of grievances, most of which are also iterated in the U.S. Constitution. The Declaration calls for fair representation, encourages immigration, calls for a judiciary that is separated from the will of the central leadership, calls for a stop to the presence of a standing army, demands that Great Britain stop the quartering of troops in the houses of the citizens, demands fair trials, and calls for due process, free trade, fair taxation, a protection of rights, and for the Crown to hear the redress of grievances by the colonists.
 
A key aspect of the Declaration of Independence reveals itself in the final sentence of the document. The call for independence ends with the incredible statement, "And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor."
 
Political Spectrum
 
In the battle of Left versus Right, it is important to understand what it all means in the first place. Like-minded individuals naturally tend to gather together when a theater of opinion erupts. Congregating in such a manner, creating political parties, is a part of our human nature. Houses, or chambers, of government are no different. Members of the political assembly who support similar agendas sit together, much in the way social allies tend to hang out together at a dinner party. The classification of "left" and "right" grew out of the tendency of people to group together on one side, or the other.
 
The early definition of "left" and "right" was different than in today's American Society. Among the most commonly known split between the left and the right in a political assembly occurred in France before the French Revolution. Members of the National Assembly sat on the right or the left of the hall depending on their level of political support in regards to the ruling monarchy. Those in support of the monarchy, and the religious elements that came with the reigning government, would sit on the right. The people on the right were defined as being those holding traditional interests in line with the Church and the monarchy, believing the king ruled by divine right, and that Catholicism must continue to be the state religion, and therefore continue to be a strong influence on governance. The people who sat on the right side of the assembly believed that the Church had a vested interest in the political system, and sought to preserve that system.
 
Those who sat on the left side of the hall in France during the period preceding the French Revolution did so in support of "enlightenment," which was considered to be in the interests of rationalism and secularism. The left used secular elements to challenge the Church's long-held influence over government, fostering nationalism among its allies, and promoting hope in constructing and shaping the political community. The left desired to change government by overthrowing the Church and the aristocracy by promoting secularism and nationalism. The planners of this glorious new "Enlightened" government became the leaders of France after the French Revolution, orchestrating a Reign of Terror, which was a period of chaos during which thousands were guillotined for being politically incorrect.
 
The radicals within this new government saw the Catholic Church as the enemy while promoting its Cult of Reason. Like with the monarchy before them, however, it became clear that to control the political and social upheaval, the government in place must also become tyrannical in their own right. Under the rule of statism, France remained a nation unable to cultivate liberty, and one that remained under the iron fist of a dictatorial government. For many, this was no surprise. Some of the planners of the change of the form of government in France knew that in order to keep order they would need to "treat the people as cattle."
 
The French National Assembly established a constitutional monarchy and adopted a new constitution in 1791 that created a Legislative Assembly. The political assembly, as with any other political body, rapidly divided into factions opposing each other. The three factions that formed in the new French Legislative Assembly were the radicals (liberals), moderates (centrists) and conservatives. The radicals (liberals) sat in the left section of the assembly hall, the conservatives sat on the right, and the moderates sat in the center section. Their political identities have some similarities to political movements today in the United States, and had little in common with the pre-revolution arrangement that emphasized itself more on monarchy and religion.
 
America is much younger than the European nations, and never had a landlord class of titled nobles. In fact, the Constitution specifically prohibits such a system. The Founding Fathers desired to break away from European traditions as much as possible, even abandoning much of British Common Law when defining citizenship. To be a British Subject the rules were weak, and divided loyalties ran rampant throughout the British Empire. The United States as a nation could not tolerate divided loyalties, and placed a stronger standard of natural born citizenship upon the President in order to eliminate the opportunity for the executor of the American Form of Government to harbor divided loyalties between the United States of America, and any other nation. That way, the new American government could break completely free of any European influence, and forge itself into a Republic independent from British influence, and in fact, the authoritarian nature of Europe as a whole.
 
The political landscape of the United States of America, since there never was a class of nobles, was simple in the young nation. Either you were a Federalist, an anti-Federalist, or somewhere in between. In other words, you believed in a stronger centralized federal government, you believed that the federal role in government should be limited greatly, or you found yourself somewhere between the two political beliefs.
 
Unlike the Europeans, royalty and religion played no role in determining the nature of American political philosophies. Nearly all of the early American Politicians were deeply religious men, but the political spectrum did not separate factions along religious lines. God played a major role in the principle foundation of the nation, but the founding fathers also determined that no religion could ever take an official role in government. In other words, the establishment of any religion as the official religion of the United States was forbidden. However, the freedom to practice one's religion was not to be infringed upon. Almost all of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were either clergy, or highly involved in their church. 27 of the 56 signers had Christian seminary degrees. The founding fathers fervently prayed in Congress.
 
Benjamin Franklin is widely regarded to be among the least religious of the founding fathers. However, his speech given to Congress on June 28, 1787 asking that Congress have a prayer every morning before conducting business was overtly religious in nature. Despite modern assumptions, there was not a political battle between The Church and the secularists during the founding of the United States of America.
 
From the newer models of government in France, and America, the definition of the Political Spectrum changed, becoming more about the level of control of government over a society, rather than the presence of a monarchy, or established church. Zero percent of government intrusion on the lives of the people inhabits the far right of the current political spectrum, which is a condition known as anarchy. 100% governmental control inhabits the far left extremity of the Political Spectrum, or a totalitarian government. The American form of government, or a Constitutional Republic that operates under the rule of law, is at the center of the political spectrum.
 
Most of the current forms of government present in today's international political arena reside on the left side of the Political Spectrum, drawing their foundations from socialist principles. Socialism is authoritarian. Socialism claims to seek to overthrow the Church and aristocracy by promoting atheism and nationalism, much like the enlightened planners of the French Revolution, only replacing the government they thought to be a tyranny with a tyranny of their own. In Russia, the rise of socialism held the basic tenet of replacing the individual's commitment to God with a commitment to love and serve a collective society ruled by an elite few.
 
When one examines the communist society, which resides on the left side of the Political Spectrum, one finds that if society was ruled over by an equally powerful religious theocracy, the basic governmental elements of the ruling doctrine are the same, and just as tyrannical. Therefore, a controlling government based on religion is no different than an atheistic system of communism. Either way, the form of governance is based on a centralized control over the people, and limits on personal individualism, and freedoms.
 
Economically, leftism encourages increased government involvement with the instruments that regulate the economy. Under a leftist economic system, such as in the communist model, the government seizes control of the industries, eliminating private ownership. In the fascist model, however, the authoritarian political entity engages in corporatism, allowing the private enterprises to remain private, yet bundled together in a uniting strength under authoritarian government rule. Because fascism (from Italian fascismo, Benito Mussolini's authoritarian political movement in Italy 1922 to 1943) was created to be an adverse reaction to the apparent economic failure of Marxism, and labeled itself as the opposite of communism, fascism is often referred to as being right-wing, and ultra-conservative. If you break down the political structure of fascism, however, it becomes apparent that defining fascism as being on the right side of the political spectrum is problematic. Like socialism, fascism exalts the group above the individual (in fascist states often the nation or race is exalted above the identity of the individual). Like other leftist systems, fascism also calls for a separation of church and state, a national civilian army, and progressive taxation. One element of fascism some may argue as being right-wing is the fact that fascism seeks to eliminate labor unions for co-ops. But the co-operatives, in a fascist state, are controlled by the government, and therefore become more leftist than the system before. Though fascism, during the early twentieth century, claimed to be anti-communist, the National Socialism aspect of the ideology places fascism on the left side of the Political Spectrum.
 
Ultimately, the true definition of the Political Spectrum is dependent upon how government interacts with society. Increased government intrusion moves needle on the spectrum to the left. Increasing limitations on government intrusion moves the needle to the right. In both cases, the extreme of totalitarianism, or anarchy, are equally dangerous. Ultimately, most forms of government, despite the promise of fairness, are often only precursors to another form of government. The Founding Fathers realized this, recognizing that the only form of government that both limits the powers of the federal government, while still giving it adequate authority to protect and preserve State Sovereignty, is a Constitutional Republic. They knew that if you pursue leftism too far, an authoritarian government would rise from the movement. If government was limited too much, and the government did not have enough power to enforce law, an authoritarian government would also rise to fill the void.
 
            The Preamble
 
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
 
The Preamble is the introduction of the U.S. Constitution. The opening paragraph of the founding document holds no legal authority. The Preamble serves to establish who is granting the authority to create a new federal government, and the reasons for the decision. We The People of the United States are the grantors. In other words, the States, which were the embodiment of the people, were creating the federal government, and granting authorities to it so that it may function in a manner necessary to protect, promote, and preserve the union of States. The concept became known as federalism.
 
The Preamble is designed much like a permission form the doctor's office may present to you to sign, giving the doctor the authority to perform necessary procedures on your body in order to make you well. The form begins with your name (I, patient's name), and then limits the doctor to only the procedures necessary to make you well. The doctor, if he or she believes additional procedures may be necessary, must ask for your permission before performing the additional procedures that are not granted by your original agreement with them.
 
Like the form in the doctor's office, the Preamble begins with who is granting the authorities. "We the People of the United States" are the grantors of the authorities given to the new federal government. The people, through their States, allow the federal government to exist, and to perform the procedures expressly granted in the United States Constitution.
 
If a homeowner hires a contractor to add a room to their house, a contract is created between the homeowner, and the company hired to do the work. The contract establishes the granted authorities to the construction company regarding the room addition, listing the materials and labor necessary and proper to carry out that task. If, later, after the work begins, the homeowner observes the workers tending to the garden, and mowing the lawn, the homeowner would be angry because lawn maintenance was not among the authorities granted to the contractor hired to provide the service of adding a room to the house. In the same way, through the Constitution, the federal government has been granted a list of authorities that are necessary and proper for it to carry out the tasks vested in it. The tasks directly relate to protecting and preserving the union, while also respecting and promoting State Sovereignty. The federal government's authorities encompass only the external issues necessary to protect the union, and the sovereignty of the States. Internal issues are not granted to the federal government. Local issues are reserved to the local governments, such as the States, counties, and cities.
 
The first three words of the Preamble, "We the People," often lead people to believe that we are a democracy. Taken in context, the first part of the Preamble is not only "We the People," but "We the People of the United States." In the context of original intent, "the people of these States that are united have come together to establish this contract for the following reasons."
 
The words "United States" appear often in the U.S. Constitution. When those words appear in the text of the Constitution, they mean one of two things. Either, "United States" is a reference to the new federal government, or United States means "these states that are united." In the case of the Preamble, both definitions are used. As we notice the first time united States appears in the Declaration of Independence, "united" is not capitalized. Failing to capitalize "united" in the Declaration of Independence was a reflection of the common opinion of the people of that era. America was not a nationalistic country dominated by a powerful government, but a union of States that are sovereign, autonomous, and individual - like the people. We the People are the individual parts of their States, and the States are individual parts of the union.
Early Americans saw the United States in the plural, rather than as a singular nationalistic entity. The people were citizens of their States first, but realized that the States must be united to survive. The individual States would only be safe if they all worked together as a united country. To ensure the union was protected they proposed forming a central government through a social contract called the United States Constitution. This contract to grant limited authorities to a federal government was designed to ensure that the federal government remained limited so as to not infringe on the individual rights of the sovereign States, and the people who resided in those States.
 
A limited government is the essence of liberty.
 
The reasons listed in the Preamble for forming a new government were "In Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity." In line with classical writing standards, these reasons were listed in order of importance.
 
The most important reason for the formation of the federal government, the main purpose for the creation of the U.S. Constitution, was "in Order to form a more perfect Union." A union already existed under the Articles of Confederation. A confederation, however, is a weak form of government where nearly all of the power remains with the individual members. A confederation is an association of sovereign member states that, by treaty, or other agreement, have delegated some of their powers to a common institution in order to coordinate policies, without constituting a new state on top of the member states. The government under the Articles of Confederation was formed hastily during the Revolutionary War, and as revealed by Shays' Rebellion, proved to be too weak to protect the union not only from threats beyond our shores, but insurrection from within the country. The founders realized that they needed to form a more perfect union, one with more authorities, while still remaining fairly limited in its power and scope. The realization that the Articles of Confederation were too weak, and either needed to be fixed, or replaced, was first discussed in delegation during the Annapolis Convention in 1786. During that meeting, the attending State delegates decided to meet again in May of 1787 in a convention of all States, which became the Federal Convention of 1787.
 
Under the Articles of Confederation, the central government was as weak as a lamb. What America needed was a central government with the strength of a lion. The problem with lions, however, is that they can kill you if not restrained. So, the Founding Fathers had to figure out a way to create a lion strong enough to deal with the external issues, and conflict between the States, while restraining that lion in such a way that the people living under it were safe from its potential tyranny. The lion is the federal government, and the chains and restraints of a set standard that protects We the People from that lion is the United States Constitution.
 
In the Constitution, the authorities granted to the federal government are limited to protecting, preserving, or promoting the union. The federal government, through the express powers granted in the Constitution, was granted authorities including, but not limited to, maintaining an army and navy in order to protect the union, to collect taxes in order to pay for that military and the other necessary functions created for the purpose of preserving the union, to regulate commerce by acting as a mediator between the States so that the flow of commerce flows regularly and in good order so as to encourage a growing economy for the union, establish a uniform rule of naturalization for the purpose of ensuring the union grows through legal immigration, and to establish post offices so that the many parts of the union may remain in contact with each other. The federal government was created for the sake of the issues related to the union. The federal government was not created to manage local issues that have nothing to do with the union, and everything to do with the unique cultures and societal needs of the local communities.
 
The second reason listed in The Preamble for the creation of the federal government through the ratification of the U.S. Constitution were to "establish Justice." Note that the word "establish" is normally used in situations where whatever is being established never previously existed. The word "establish" being used in the Preamble, then, leads us to believe that there was no justice prior to the writing of the founding document. However, justice systems already existed in each of the States, through State court systems. Therefore, the U.S. Constitution was not written to establish justice in the States, but to establish justice at the federal level where a judicial system had not previously existed. The language used in the Constitution, in this case, provides us with a clue that the original intent of the Founding Fathers was for the Constitution to apply only to the federal government, unless it specifically states otherwise.
 
Though "establish Justice" is listed second in the list of reasons for creating the federal government, we must not confuse "importance" with "power." To establish justice was a very important reason for creating a federal government, but the federal court system, for fear of it becoming a powerful judicial oligarchy, was also greatly limited. During the debates of the Constitutional Convention in 1787, there was actually a consideration to not establish a federal court system. The delegates realized that tyranny easily flows through an activist judiciary. The rule of law could be easily compromised by a judicial branch not willing to abide by the original intent of the U.S. Constitution, or poisoned by political ideology. For this reason, the powers of the judicial branch are greatly limited by the Constitution. We will go into more detail regarding those limitations when we get to Article III, and the 11th Amendment.
 
The first two reasons for the writing of the U.S. Constitution, according to the Preamble, were to form a more perfect union through the formation of a federal government, and to establish justice by creating a federal judicial system. Those primary goals reveal to us that the Constitution was not written to grant powers to the States, but for the purpose of creating, yet limiting, a newly formed federal government, which was designed to serve the States by protecting them, and preserving the union they enjoyed. Before the States delegated some of their own powers to the federal government through the Constitution, all of those powers belonged to the States - a political condition known as Original Authority. The States, however, only granted "some" of their powers to the federal government, retaining most of the powers for themselves.
 
The U.S. Constitution, and all language within the document, is directed to the federal government, not to the States, unless specifically indicated otherwise. This is because the States essentially "hired" the federal government to protect and preserve the union. The contract that authorizes the federal government to exist and receive the authorities from the States is the U.S. Constitution. Therefore, it would not be reasonable to assume that the provisions of the Constitution are to be applied to the States as much as it would not be logical to believe that an agreement between you and your doctor tells you what you can and can't do regarding the procedures that are about to be performed on you. The agreement with the doctor is specifically designed to tell the doctor what procedures are allowed, just as the Constitution is specifically designed to tell the federal government what authorities it is allowed to have in order to protect, preserve, and promote the union. In that contract with the doctor there may be instructions that tell you what not to do so as to not undermine healing, such as submersing oneself in water before a wound is fully healed. The same is true in the Constitution. There is a section, Article I, Section 10, that tells the States what they are prohibited from doing. These prohibitions were necessary to ensure the States did not interfere with federal functions.
 
Since it is We The People of the United States who granted the federal government its powers, that means it is the people's responsibility, through the States, responsibility to ensure the federal government acts in a constitutional manner. The Constitution is nothing more than ink and paper if we don't fight for it.
 
The union, at the time of the writing of the Constitution, was fragile. The States, as colonies, or as individual states shortly after the American Revolution, did not always coexist in a mutually beneficial manner. The States enjoyed their own unique cultures, religions, and laws. The States clashed over territory, commerce, and a variety of other issues that often included disputed legal issues and definitions. The States were much like siblings, fighting over everything under the sun; but when it came down to brass tacks, they were united when it came to defending each other.
 
The bickering between the States created an atmosphere that placed the cohesion of the union at risk. Therefore, when it came to creating a more perfect union, it was understood by the framers that the federal government would have to "insure domestic Tranquility" and to "promote the general Welfare."
 
The federal government was expected to ensure there was tranquility between the States by acting as a mediator in disputes. Part of that task by the federal government was to also promote the general welfare of the republic. In other words, the federal government was tasked with making sure the squabbles were properly resolved, while also protecting the union, so that the welfare of the union would not be in jeopardy.
 
The term general Welfare, as it is presented in the Preamble, is capitalized in a curious manner. Welfare is capitalized, but the word "general" is not. Capitalization in the Constitution was often used for the purpose of emphasis. With that tendency as our guide, we recognize that "Welfare" was the key component when these two words were presented in the Preamble. The Founding Fathers were seeking "Welfare" with a capital "W." The founders tasked the federal government with the duty of ensuring there was Welfare in the nation in a general manner. Or, you could say that they wanted the atmosphere in general to be one of "Welfare," or "all's well," hence, the reason general is not capitalized, and Welfare is, in the Preamble.
 
Tucked between "insure domestic Tranquility" and "promote the general Welfare" is the phrase: "provide for the common defence." The placement of this phrase in The Preamble reveals that providing for the common defense was almost as important as ensuring peaceful cooperation between the States, and slightly more important than promoting the general Welfare of the republic (and a necessary part of ensuring the general Welfare).
 
The need to provide for the common defense, one may note, was not listed first in The Preamble as one of the reasons for the creation of the federal government. The Founding Fathers, though they recognized the importance of the federal government to field a military force, as realized from the failure of the government to put down insurrection during Shays' Rebellion under the Articles of Confederation, did not list the need to provide for the common defense at the beginning of the Preamble because a country that places too much importance on a military is doomed to become a police state. Defending this nation was not placed at the bottom of the list of reasons for the writing of the Constitution, either, because a nation that refuses to defend itself ultimately becomes a conquered entity that is subject to the authority of a foreign government. Despite the fear of a powerful military that could be used against the people and the States, providing for the common defense was still indeed one of the primary reasons for creating the federal government in the first place. That is why "provide for the common defence" is listed in the Preamble within the central depths of the body of the paragraph.
 
The final reason for the writing of the Constitution was to "secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity." The presence of the word "Blessings" reminds us that the Founding Father's grateful spirit recognized that the result of the American Revolution, and the inspiration for the new federal government, could have only come from the favors of Divine Providence. Liberty, remember, is one of the unalienable rights listed in the Declaration of Independence that has been given to us by The Creator. In fact, that is one of the foundational beliefs of the original intent behind the creation of the federal government. Our rights are granted to us by God, not by government, for if our rights are granted to us by government, government would then be able to take those rights away. This idea of God-granted rights is based on a concept called Natural Law penned by John Locke during the 1600s. In the Declaration of Independence, it is referred to as, "Laws of Nature and of Nature's God." Natural Law is the unchanging moral principles regarded as a basis for all human conduct, which is observable law we participate in as related to our natural existence.
 
The U.S. Constitution was not solely written only to protect our natural rights, liberty, and property. Protecting our rights, liberty, and property are among the chief reasons the Constitution was written in the manner that it was, and protecting those natural rights are predictable byproducts when the Constitution is being followed by the government, but those are not the only reasons for the perceived need to compose the founding document, or for the creation of the federal government.
 
As indicated in the Preamble, the primary reason for the Constitution was "in Order to form a more perfect Union." However, the very formation of that union, and devising a governmental system to protect, preserve and promote that union, was not exclusively for the sake of the union, either. The ultimately desire was to protect the sovereignty of each component of that union - The States. The framers understood that by creating a federal government, the potential for the governmental system to become a tyranny was unleashed. Therefore, in order to protect the rights, liberty and property of the people (more specifically to "secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity"), the federal government needed to be limited in its authorities by the rule of law. The law of the land in which the governmental system is limited to, in the case of the United States, is the U.S. Constitution, for the sake of protecting the individuality of the States, and We the People.
 
Terms:
 
Confederation: A confederation is an association of sovereign member states that, by treaty or other agreement, have delegated some of their powers to a common institution in order to coordinate policies, without constituting a new state on top of the member states.
 
English Bill of Rights: The Declaration of Rights in 1689, following the relatively bloodless "Glorious Revolution" of 1688, reasserting Protestant influence in England, and establishing a written declaration based on the belief that rights are granted by God, limiting the power of the king, and guaranteeing individual rights in writing. At its core, the system of government based on the English Bill of Rights, and the Magna Carta, holds as its philosophy that government is to serve the people, not the other way around.
 
Federalism: Government in which the central government's power and authority is limited by local government units, and where each unit is delegated a sphere of power and authority only it can exercise, while other powers must be shared. The term federalism comes from the Latin root foedus, which means "formal agreement or covenant." It includes the interrelationships between the states as well as between the states and the federal government.
 
Magna Carta: The "Great Charter" of English Liberties, forced from King John by the English barons at Runnymede, June 15, 1215. A fundamental constitution, or law guaranteeing rights.
 
Unalienable Rights: Incapable of being alienated, that is, sold and transferred. You can not surrender, sell or transfer unalienable rights, they are a gift from the Creator to the individual and can not under any circumstances be surrendered or taken. All individual's have unalienable rights.
 
 
 
Questions for Discussion:
 
1. How might the United States be different if the Magna Carta, or the Glorious Revolution, had never taken place?
 
2. Many of us were taught to memorize the Preamble in school, others remember it because of the School House Rock cartoon on Saturday mornings, but growing up how many times were we taught what it means?
 
3. Federalism, or the belief in a central government limited by the authorities granted to it in the Constitution, began as a wonderful idea. The members of the "Federalist Party," however, were not satisfied, and desired the federal government to have more authorities than it was granted. Why do you think this is true?
 
4. Why did the Founding Fathers only desire the federal government to be granted powers that regarded the union, and not authorities in regards to other issues?
 
4. The judicial branch was supposed to be the weakest of the three branches. Why do you think the Founding Fathers wanted to limit the judiciary to such an extent?
 
5. One of the founding principles is that our unalienable rights are given to us by the Creator. Is it a coincidence that historically most authoritarian governments that sought to take away the rights of the individual did it either by taking control of the church, or by rejecting religion/the existence of God?
 
6. At what point does a government take "provide for the common defense" too far?
 
Resources:
 
James L. Roark, Michael P. Johnson, Patricia Cline Cohen, Sarah Stage, Alan Lawson, and Susan M. Hartmann, The American Promise: A History of the United States; Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's (2009).
 
James Madison, Federalist No. 41: General View of the Powers Conferred by The Constitution, http://www.constitution.org/fed/federa41.htm
 
John L. Hancock, Liberty Inherited: The Untold Story of America's Exceptionalism; Charleston: Liberty Lane Media (2011)
 
Joseph Andrews, A Guide for Learning and Teaching The Declaration of Independence and The U.S. Constitution - Learning from the Original Texts Using Classical Learning Methods of the Founders; San Marcos: The Center for Teaching the Constitution (2010).
 
Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen, A Patriot's History of the United States; New York: Sentinel (2004).
 
Madison's Notes on the Constitutional Convention, Avalon Project, Yale University: http://avalon.law.yale.edu/subject_menus/debcont.asp
 
Philip B. Kurland and Ralph Lerner, The Founder's Constitution - Volume Two - Preamble through Article I, Section 8, Clause 4; Indianapolis: Liberty Fund (1987).
 
 
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          Congo's president won't run again in long-delayed election - Washington Post      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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Congo's president won't run again in long-delayed election
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KINSHASA, Congo — Congo's president is not running again in December's long-delayed elections, easing concerns by the opposition and international community that he would try to stay in office and positioning one of Africa's most turbulent nations for ...
Joseph Kabila, Congo Strongman, Will Step Down After 17 Years in PowerNew York Times
Congo's Kabila will not stand in presidential electionEyewitness News
DRC, a vast and unruly African giantNews24
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          Icelandic Caveman, Joel Saemundsson, Headlines DEFENDING THE CAVEMAN      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

For a limited engagement, Icelandic Caveman, Joel Saemundsson, will be headlining the role of Rob Becker's smash hit comedy Defending the Caveman, The longest running one man show in Vegas history.

After a succesful sellout season in his native Iceland, the inimitable and hysterical Joel Saemundsson will be performing for four nights ( 22nd- 25th August ) at The D's Showroom at The D Casino Hotel.

Theater trained in the U.K., Joel is one of Iceland's up and coming new actors, having recieved critical acclaim for his unique and original take on Rob Becker's classic and timeless comedy. Rising to fame in Iceland after a supporting role in Iceland's most popular tv-series ever, Trapped, Joel can soon be seen leading his first full-length motion picture, Pity The Lovers.

Along with South African director, Emma Peirson, the team have brought new energy into the ever successful, Defending the Caveman, taking in all of the new challenges of technology and changes in society. As our perception of feminity and masculinity have changed, so has the Caveman

Theater Mogul, the most expansive Production Company in Europe and owner of Defending the Caveman, proudly presents this production, with offices in New York, Berlin, Reykjavik and Zurich, and many Cavemen performing all over the world.

Defending the Caveman is Theater Mogul's key production that have been produced in over 50 countries worldwide. Producing credits include Defending the Caveman, Defending the Cavewoman, Menopause the Musical, Silence! The Musical, Sexy Laundry, Groundhog Day on Broadway and Friends! The Musical in New York City, among many others.

Joel is thrilled to be performing to the Vegas audience:"It's always been a dream of mine to perform in Vegas! Having performed in Europe and around Iceland I cant wait to share this production with a new audience. I am extremely pleased and grateful to get this great opportunity to perform our version of this hysterical classic comedy for U.S. audiences."


          Largest California Wildfire Won't Be Contained Until September, Officials Say - NPR      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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Largest California Wildfire Won't Be Contained Until September, Officials Say
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Officials in California are warning that it will likely be September before they are able to contain the Mendocino Complex Fire — the largest in the state's history that has already scorched an area the size of Los Angeles. Cal Fire pushed back its ...
California Wildfires Are Causing Billions in Damage. Who Will Pay?TIME
The Mendocino Complex is California's biggest fire ever, but residents know it could have been much worseLos Angeles Times
The Latest: Some allowed to return home near massive blazeFox News
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          California Fire Now the Largest in State History: 'People Are on Edge' - New York Times      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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California Fire Now the Largest in State History: 'People Are on Edge'
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MATHER, Calif. — Inside the state's emergency command center here, the numbers on a large screen show the scope and reach of California's record-setting wildfire season glowing in red, blue and yellow: nearly 600,000 acres burned. More than 13,000 ...
Battling 18 blazes, California may face worst fire seasonFox News
Record-breaking California fire may take until September to containCNN
Mendocino fire, the biggest ever in California, is still growingUSA TODAY
Wall Street Journal -Reuters
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          California Today: Warmest Waters Ever on Record in San Diego ... - New York Times      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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California Today: Warmest Waters Ever on Record in San Diego ...
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Tuesday: President Trump's critical tweets baffle state firefighters, Mendocino Complex Fire now largest in state's history, and readers respond to a proposed ...

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          Sales Lead - New York & Company - Temecula, CA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
 Perform transactions including ringing at the Sales & Services desk, processing shipment, etc. Team which may include driving sales, delivering outstanding...
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          In Africa, Mystery Murders Put Spotlight on Kremlin's Reach - New York Times      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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In Africa, Mystery Murders Put Spotlight on Kremlin's Reach
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MOSCOW — The three Russian journalists ventured into the violent and rebel-plagued Central African Republic as part of a daring investigation into the Kremlin's use of mercenaries to project power into Africa, Syria and other distant lands. Three days ...

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          Veterinary Technician-up to $3,000 sign-on available until 10/31/18 - Banfield Pet Hospital - Saratoga Springs, NY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A variety of discounts including Mars, PetSmart, Royal Canin, fitness, cellular, and so much more. Location 3033 Route 50, Saratoga Springs, New York....
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          Licensed Veterinary Technician ~ up to $3,000 sign on bonus available until 7/31/18 - Banfield Pet Hospital - Saratoga Springs, NY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A variety of discounts including Mars, PetSmart, Royal Canin, fitness, cellular, and so much more. Location , Saratoga Springs, New York....
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          Veterinarian (Doctor) FT - Banfield Pet Hospital - Clifton Park, NY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) - Banfield Pet Hospital - Clifton Park, NY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          ファック チャンプ ロビンソン      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Uncut. Uninhibited. All real. Champ Robinson has come to New York City to get sucked and fuck his way through hot desperate bottom after bottom. Four Hot New fuck scenes that prove why Champ in the new black.

          Toke Makinwa Takes Over The Streets Of New York In Style      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Nigerian media personality and fashionista, Toke Makinwa who is currently abroad hit the streets of New York in style. She exuded a classic chic vibe in a crisp white shirt dress,strappy heels and a read Chanel bag. See another photo below:

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          Canada Ramp Agent - Envoy Air - Montréal, QC      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          New York City Skyline Print, New York City Heart Print, New York Nursery, nyc wall art heart, Loose Petals City Art Print style E8-O-NY6 by LoosePetals      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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This is a vertical scene of New York City in a heart shape. The rich red heart borders a scene of NYC and the Brooklyn Bridge. It's a perfect gift for anyone that loves New York. The font face has a retro font.

SELECT BETWEEN 3 MATERIALS: The ratio/orientation (horizontal or vertical) of the artwork cannot changed or altered.

1) Organic cream colored 80 lb. weight, subtle tooth texture, flecked with recycled speckles, 100% recycled post-consumer waste content. This retro stock was originally sold by Hallmark greeting cards in the 50’s. It is the first recycled paper with flecks showing made in the United States.

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IMAGE SIZE A2 NOTE CARD: approximately 3 7/8” and the height is approximately 4 7/8”, the card folded over is 4.5 x 5.5 inches

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Update 5/20/2017: We will be selling White Giclee prints and posters without borders, all fit standard sized frames, if you would like our previous sizes with borders please indicate at check out.

RECYCLED IMAGE PRINT SIZE: 8 x 10 inches (21 x 26 cm) / stock size is 8.5 x 11 inches (22 x 28 cm)

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          Crowded NYC cracks down on Uber and Lyft with a new vehicle cap      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Tech advocates are calling the move a blow to innovation.

New York City Council members passed a package of bills today that will force Uber and other taxi services to pay its drivers a minimum wage and put a one-year hiatus on issuing new for-hire vehicle licenses. During the pause, the Taxi and Limousine Commission will be required to conduct a one-year study on vehicle utilization and whether there should be a restriction on the number of for-hire vehicles.

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          Now you can have the WeWork experience à la carte      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The shared workspaces company is advancing its strategy of hooking businesses while they’re young and scrappy.

When a steam pipe in New York’s City’s Flatiron district exploded in July, many of the surrounding buildings were shut down for several days. Dan Reich, CEO of Troops, a company that makes automated collaboration software for sales teams, couldn’t get into his office.

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          The 2018 Fast Company Innovation Festival Returns with an All-New Look      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Don’t miss this who’s who of visionaries and creatives, 100-plus behind-the-scenes company visits, and much more.

The fourth annual Fast Company Innovation Festival returns to New York City, October 22 to 26. Featuring leading executives and creative professionals from across the tech, entertainment, and business worlds, the event offers a mix of interactive workshops and engrossing panel discussions. The remarkable breadth of content, experiences, and ideas is reflected in the festival’s dynamic new logo.

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          U.S. Congressman Collins, son charged with insider trading      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Christopher Collins, a Republican U.S. congressman from New York who was one of President Donald Trump's earliest supporters, was criminally charged on Wednesday with taking part in an insider trading scheme involving an Australian biotechnology company on whose board he served.

          Reactie op De Pax Judeïca in overdrive.. door Sub Rosa      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Arend, Rond 1880 verschenen er in het Britse tijdschrift Truth landkaarten van Europa met de grenzen van na WO I en WOII. In 1913 werd reeds een geheim verdrag gesloten tussen GR. Brittannië, Frankrijk en Rusland om Duitsland, Oostenrijk en Turkije op te delen. In 1929 begonnen in G.B. reeds de voorbereidingen voor de bombardementen op Duitsland. In Duitsland werd een spionagenetwerk op poten gezet voor de identificatie van de doelen. In 1936 begonnen dan de effectieve voorbereidingen die klaar waren in de herfst van 1940. Hitler kwam ook niet zo maar uit de lucht gevallen. Hij en soortgenoten werden gefinancierd door de banksters van Wallstreet en The City. (die ook Lenin aan de macht brachten) De occulte sporen achter het Nazisme liepen naar Londen. Bron : Das Schwarze Reick van E.R. Carmin Op pagina 54 is er de veelzeggende titel : “Wir machen die Melodie , und Hitler tanzt danach”. Een andere bron : Conjuring Hitler – How Britain and America made the Third Reich van Guido Giacomo Preparata. Bij de top Nazis waren er ook verraders in dienst van Londen en Moskou. (=Hitler, Bormann, Muller, Canaris e.a. Ik verwijs hier naar de teksten van Henry Makov, U ook wel bekend.). Een citaat uit een onverdachte bron : ““Das unverzeihliche Verbrechen Deutschlands vor dem Zweiten Weltkrieg war der Versuch, seine Wirtschaftskraft aus dem Welthandels-System herauszulösen und ein eigenes Austauschsystem zu schaffen, bei dem die Weltfinanz nicht mitverdienen konnte.” – Winston Churchill, Memoiren. Dit citaat verklaart in feite alles. Een andere bron die aansluit bij Uw tekst (volledige tekst beschikbaar op internet) : “The Nameless War” Archibald Maule Ramsay .Het gaat hier om een Britse officier, veteraan en invalide van WO I, die tijdens WOII, gedurende 4 jaar als Labour parlementslid, zonder vorm van proces, werd gevangen gezet op bevel van Churchill. Een laatste bron : Pawns In The Game by William Guy Carr. Het gaat hier om een Canadese admiraal. Momenteel wordt het boek per hoofdstuk gepubliceerd op Veterans Today. Heb alle afleveringen opgeslagen. Indien nodig kan ik ze overmaken via Guido. Alleen al op basis van een beperkte opsomming van de voormelde bronnen, dien ik tot de vaststelling te komen dat er achter WO II er heel wat anders schuil ging dan de “oorlog tegen de Nazis”… en dat de sporen naar de echte verantwoordelijken voor deze bloedige oorlog, leiden naar Londen en New York.
          Jackson, Smulders On Board For Spider-Man Sequel      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
It’s now official – Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie Smulders will reprise their roles of Nick Fury and Maria Hill in the upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home for Marvel Studios. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige previously confirmed the 2019 sequel will take Peter Parker (Tom Holland) out of New York for a European adventure in London […]
          Baseball Expanded Standings      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
AMERICAN LEAGUE East Division W L Pct GB WCGB L10 Str Home Away Boston 80 34 .702 — — 9-1 W-5 42-15 38-19 New York 70 42 .625 9 — 5-5 W-2 38-16 32-26 Tampa Bay 57 56 .504 22½ 9½ 4-6 W-1 33-23 24-33 Toronto 51 61 .455 28 15 4-6 L-2 27-29 24-32 Baltimore 34 79 .301 45½ 32½ 5-5 L-1 20-35 14-44 Central Division W L Pct GB WCGB L10 Str Home Away Cleveland 62 50 .554 — — 6-4 L-1 35-23 27-27 Minnesota 53 59 .473 9 13 5-5 W-1 33-24 20-35 Detroit 47 67 .412 16 20 3-7 L-5 29-27 18-40 Chicago 41 72 .363 21½ 25½ 5-5 L-2 21-35 20-37 Kansas City 34 79 .301 28½ 32½ 2-8 L-6 15-39 19-40 West Division W L Pct GB WCGB L10 Str Home Away Houston 73 42 .635 — — 6-4 W-2 32-24 41-18 Oakland 67 47 .588 5½ — 6-4 L-1 32-23 35-24 Seattle 65 49 .570 7½ 2 4-6 L-1 36-24 29-25 Los Angeles 57 58 .496 16 10½ 4-6 W-2 31-28 26-30 Texas 50 65 .435 23 17½ 7-3 W-1 24-36 26-29
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East Division W L Pct GB Philadelphia 64 49 .566 — Atlanta 61 49 .555 1½ Washington 58 55 .513 6 New York 46 65 .414 17 Miami 47 68 .409 18 Central Division W L Pct GB Chicago 66 47 .584 — Milwaukee 65 51 .560 2½ St. Louis 59 55 .518 7½ Pittsburgh 58 56 .509 8½ Cincinnati 50 64 .439 16½ West Division W L Pct GB Los Angeles 63 51 .553 — Arizona 63 52 .548 ½ Colorado 60 53 .531 2½ San Francisco 57 58 .496 6½ San Diego 45 70 .391 18½
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East Division W L Pct GB Boston 80 34 .702 — New York 70 42 .625 9 Tampa Bay 57 56 .504 22½ Toronto 51 61 .455 28 Baltimore 34 79 .301 45½ Central Division W L Pct GB Cleveland 62 50 .554 — Minnesota 53 59 .473 9 Detroit 47 67 .412 16 Chicago 41 72 .363 21½ Kansas City 34 79 .301 28½ West Division W L Pct GB Houston 73 42 .635 — Oakland 67 47 .588 5½ Seattle 65 49 .570 7½ Los Angeles 57 58 .496 16 Texas 50 65 .435 23
          Here's what the Mendocino Complex fire looks like overlaid on Los Angeles and New York      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

          For Games of Wednesday August 8      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
2018 TEAM 2018 VS OPP PITCHERS TIME W-L ERA REC W-L IP ERA Cincinnati Stephenson (R) 0-0 0.00 0-0 0-0 0.0 0.00 New York deGrom (R) 12:10p 5-7 1.85 8-14 0-0 0.0 0.00
          Marc Molinaro bid to file Andrew Cuomo police report rejected by NYPD      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York City police balked at Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro's request to investigate Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo Wednesday.

Molinaro tried to file a police report at a Manhattan precinct alleging that Cuomo broke the law by allowing former aide Joe Percoco to use a state office ...

          Cops reject Republican request to probe Democratic governor      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York City police balked at Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro's request to investigate Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo Wednesday.

Molinaro tried to file a police report at a Manhattan precinct alleging that Cuomo broke the law by allowing former aide Joe Percoco to use a state ...

          Трампа не устроили условия дачи показаний по «российскому делу»      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Глава американского государства Дональд Трамп не соглашается давать показания на условиях, предложенных спецпрокурором США Робертом Мюллером, пишут СМИ.

На прошлой неделе Мюллер согласился сократить число тем, которые хочет поднять на встрече с президентом США. При этом спецпрокурор продолжает настаивать на том, чтобы спросить у Трампа, пытался ли тот помешать отправлению правосудия, включая расследование по иностранному «вмешательству» в американские выборы, передает ТАСС со ссылкой на New York Times.

New York Times считает, что между сторонами остаются глубокие разногласия по поводу условий и формата дачи показаний.

Если Мюллер решит, что команда Трампа пытается затянуть расследование, президента США могут вызвать повесткой, но адвокаты Трампа уже не раз указывали на то, что у Мюллера нет таких полномочий. Юристы Трампа намерены опротестовать через суд возможные попытки Мюллера принудить главу государства к даче показаний.

В конце июля адвокат президента США Рудольф Джулиани заявил, что глава Белого дома очень хочет дать показания по делу о приписываемом России «вмешательстве» в американские выборы 2016 года.


          Here's what the Mendocino Complex fire looks like overlaid on Los Angeles and New York      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

          Jacob deGrom et les Mets s'amusent      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Le partant Jacob deGrom a blanchi l'adversaire pendant six manches, réussissant 10 retraits sur des prises, et les Mets de New York ont écrasé les Reds de Cincinnati au compte de 10-0, mercredi, au Citi Field. (Agence QMI)

          Director of the Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation & Archives - Greater New York Metropolitan Area Chapter - Cornell, WI      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Its world class collections, expert librarians, and responsive services in physical and virtual library spaces inspire and nourish scholarship and learning....
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          Experienced Medical Billing Representative (BarefootStudent)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
EDUCATION Bachelors in Psychology, expected 06/2019 The City University of New York- Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn, NY GPA: 3.50 GED, 11/2006 ABCD GED Program- Boston, MA EXPERIENCE 07/2016 to Present New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital Cash Application Clerk Analyze and process patient and 3rd party payments to patient accounts on line using Eagle. Identify all checks received from mail and lockbox and prepare mail lists for cash posting. Analyze and process 3rd party rejections in accordance with departmental policies and procedures. Balance cash against receipts and submit totals to cash posting and control unit. Post self-pay payments and payments from insurance companies into patients’ accounts using Eagle. Review and disperse payment, error, and exception reports produced by electronic posting system. 06/2015 to 06/2016 Guidance Medical Staffing (SUNY Downstate Hospital) Patient Account Representative

          Rita Moreno and Animal      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   


In 1976, Rita Moreno had already won an Oscar, a Grammy, and a Tony. She won her first Emmy for a performance that year on The Muppet Show in which she sang "Fever" with Animal accompanying on the drums. She remembers the recording session in detail.
And when I watch myself—’cause I’m usually so critical—but when I watch myself, I just laugh at me. What I love about it is that my character’s trying so hard to be sexy and sultry. And this horrible creature in back of me is acting up. [Laughter] See? I can’t stop laughing. It tickles me to death.
Read Moreno's recollection of the sequence at The New Yorker. (via Metafilter)
          Mojave birds crashed over last century due to climate change      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Bird communities in the Mojave Desert straddling the California/Nevada border have collapsed over the past 100 years, most likely because of lower rainfall due to climate change, according to a new University of California, Berkeley, study. Cactus wren [Credit: Chelsea Hofmeier]A three-year survey of the area, which is larger than the state of New York, concludes that 30 percent, or 39 of the 135 bird species that were there 100 years...

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          What You Get: $400,000 Homes in New York, Michigan and Maine      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A weekend cottage in the Hudson Valley; a 1940s Colonial in Grosse Pointe Farms; and an 1820s house in Nobleboro.
          Episode 544: Live-ish from Lily Dale      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
"Spooky Southcoast" recorded live Saturday, July 21, 2018. Tim and special guest co-hosts Phil Paleologos, Ellen Ratner of Fox News and former U.S. Congressman Bob Ney visit Lily Dale, New York, the Spiritualist center of the world. They welcome numerous psychic mediums and members of the historic Lily Dale Assembly onto the show.
          „The New York Times” ze stabilnymi przychodami i mniejszym zyskiem. Ma 2,9 mln cyfrowych prenumeratorów      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Dziennik „The New York Times” w II kwartale 2018 roku zanotował wzrost przychodów o 2 proc. rok do roku, przy spadku wpływów reklamowych o 10 procent.  W ciągu trzech miesięcy liczba cyfrowych subskrybentów gazety wzrosła o 109 tysięcy, do 2,9 miliona.
          VP - Big Data Engineer - Marsh - New York, NY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
This role will work on next generation data platform services and process that support Business to Business and Business to consumer to enable web and mobile...
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New research suggests too much sleep is bad for your health. A study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association found people who slept 10 hours a night were 30 percent more likely to die prematurely than those who slept for eight. The risk for death from stroke and cardiovascular disease also increased. Dr. Tara Narula, cardiologist at New York's Lenox Hill Hospital, joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss the findings.

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Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s stunning upset in a congressional primary election against one of the most powerful Democrats in the U.S. House has inspired discussion and debate about how this campaign fits into the project of advancing the socialist left. SocialistWorker.org is hosting a dialogue in our Readers’ Views column. This installment has a contribution from Alan Maass.

Heading In or Heading Out?

Alan Maass | I’m sure that Eric Blanc’s contribution is going to prompt more contributions to the Socialist Worker debate on the Democrats and the left, and I’ll leave readers to get to it. But I wanted to focus on a couple points in response, which I hope will add to the discussion.

First, on principles, strategies and tactics: Eric misleadingly turns Todd Chretien’s (highly qualified) speculation about the possibility of “a socialist-inspired rupture from within the Democratic Party” led by “a future DSA (or DSA-like organization)” into a supposed “acknowledgement” that there are no issues of principle at stake for “revolutionaries” in using the Democratic Party ballot line.

For revolutionary socialists in the International Socialist Organization, though, it is a principle to not support Democratic Party candidates — or at least a conclusion that is directly related to the principle of working class independence, and that is not subject to revision to make a proposed strategy viable.

The ISO has had different strategies regarding U.S. politics and elections over our 40-year history, but they flow from a position summarized in our brief “Where We Stand” statement throughout: “We do not support candidates of capitalist parties like the Democrats or the Republicans.”

This sentence wasn’t carved on a tablet and brought down from the mountain. It represents a distillation of our organization’s understanding of the Marxist principle that the working class movement must be politically independent of the ruling class; our analysis that the two main parties in U.S. politics are both capitalist parties; and the whole historical experience of the left and social movements in relation to the Democratic Party.

Having a sentence in the Where We Stand isn’t a substitute for convincing people of it or anything else, and this is far from the limit of what the ISO has to say about the Democrats, as any tired-eyed reader of SW knows.

But it is a position that is foundational to the ISO’s revolutionary socialist politics — so this isn’t just a matter of changing strategy based on different circumstances.

The short term and the long view

Why does this matter? In an article for the ISO’s internal bulletin (which I hope he’ll update for SW!), Danny Katch made the case for why it’s important to have a framework of principles that have stood the test of time, and which our changing strategies and tactics flow from. “To present our line in purely strategic terms deprives us and our audience of the larger context for understanding our position,” he wrote.

What else to read

Socialist Worker readers and contributors are debating the lessons of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s primary victory in New York. SW’s coverage of the election began with this article:

Alan Maass and Elizabeth Schulte
How far can the left go in the Democratic Party?

Further contributions include:

Dorian B., Jason Farbman and Zach Zill
What can we do with the Democrats?

Alan Maass, Jen Roesch and Paul Le Blanc
Socialists, AOC and the Democratic Party

Aaron Amaral, Samuel Farber, Charlie Post and Shane James
A “socialist movement” in the Democratic Party?

Fainan Lakha
Getting concrete about AOC and the Democrats

Lucy Herschel
The old guideposts matter on new terrain

Owen Hill
What kind of break from the Democrats?

Kyle Brown
Elections and the socialist tradition

Hadas Thier
Independence and the Democratic Party

Todd Chretien
Revolutionaries, elections and the Democrats

Chris Beck
Who will win the Democratic tug of war?

Nate Moore and Craig McQuade
Independent inside the Democrats?

Eric Blanc
Socialists, Democrats and the dirty break

Alex Macmillan
Seeing all the opportunities in elections

Alan Maass
Can socialists use the Democrats?

I think that “larger context” needs to be more a part of this discussion. A lot of what has been written seems to me to be confined to an analysis of the last two and a half years, starting from January 2016, when Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign turned out to be hugely popular.

As everyone in this debate has agreed, the Sanders campaign generated enormous enthusiasm for socialism that benefited the whole left — though naturally, the biggest beneficiaries have been those whose vision of socialism and socialist organization is closer (not to say identical) to Sanders’.

But if our analysis is limited to this window of time, it’s possible to assume a political direction and clarity of politics about the growth of socialist sentiment and organization that makes the prospects for the “dirty break” scenario promoted by Eric seem rosier than I think they are.

One of the reasons why the larger context is important is because the left has attempted to organize for its agenda and build its influence, organization and power within the Democratic Party before — and the record is overwhelmingly negative.

When I became a socialist in the 1980s, one of the first political questions I had to confront was the experience of the radicals of the Black freedom struggle — which inspired me to become a socialist — who were drawn into the Democratic Party and were transformed, rather than being the transformers.

It’s important to remember that the Black Democrats had their successes, which were celebrated by the left at the time. The number of Black elected officials soared. The Democrats were forced to make room for Black leaders. Jesse Jackson’s presidential primary campaigns won millions of votes for a left-wing program, and his vision of an alternative to Reaganite America was very compelling.

But the Black officeholders became responsible for administering austerity and repression, and the limits of politics and “activism” for them and the radicals who followed them into electoral activity became the confines of the Democratic Party. The left wasn’t strengthened, but the Democrats were.

For another example of this long-term dynamic, I recommend last week’s Socialist Worker feature by Jen Roesch on the Cynthia Nixon campaign in New York, and especially her analysis of the Working Families Party (WFP), whose “inside outside” strategy has led it toward an existential crisis.

Read the article, but my one-sentence condensation of the WFP’s predicament is this: The hopes of building independent political power have remained hostage to the pressure to continue collaboration with the Democratic Party on subordinate terms.

I’m well aware of the many differences among these examples and the current situation of the DSA and its socialist candidates. I know that many participants in this debate have repeated that “the world has changed,” and so it has — but not entirely, in my opinion. It seems contrary to the socialist approach to discount any previous history.

And the lesson of these past examples is very clear: There is a built-in dynamic for the left operating inside the Democratic Party — of being drawn in, rather than pulling out.

Anyone who wants to “wager on a dirty break” has to be ready to answer the dilemma of the WFP that Jen summarized: “There will never be a time that a break doesn’t come at a considerable short-term cost” — and so the pressure to stay inside gets greater with every success.

Whose socialism?

In describing what he calls the “relatively independent thrust of the new socialist movement” growing inside the Democratic Party, Eric writes that Sanders “called on his supporters to vote for Hillary Clinton, but the DSA chose not to follow his lead.”

That’s debatable. DSA’s National Political Committee released a statement in September 2016 that endorsed a “safe state” approach: DSA should “prioritize...[b]uilding an independent ‘Dump Trump’ movement, primarily in swing states where we have the capacity to make an impact, and; [d]eveloping local multiracial coalitions and campaigns that can build independent socialist organizing capacity and challenge neoliberal, pro-corporate Democrats in November.”

Evidently, around 70 DSA members thought this statement was dubious enough to put their names to another spelling out: “The left is under no obligation to support Hillary Clinton.”

So whether to “follow Sanders’ lead” on Clinton was a disputed question. But let’s look at the more relevant question today of whether Sanders’ goal of transforming the Democratic Party has gained or lost influence.

There can’t be any debate about Sanders’ intentions, which he has expressed clearly: “I think it is not a bad idea to have somebody who says, ‘I understand that. I am an independent...I have had to run against Democrats. But I want you, as independents, to come into the Democratic primaries and transform the Democratic Party.’”

If anything, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s message since her victory has become more stridently pro-Democratic Party than Sanders’. Her speech at the Netroots conference ended with a tribute to the supposed accomplishments of the Democrats:

It’s time to realize that we are the party of King, of Roosevelt, of the ones who went to the moon, who electrified this nation, who accomplished the greatest successes and crown jewels of our society. We created Medicare. We created Social Security...[I]t’s time to own that our party was the one of the Great Society, of the New Deal, of the Civil Rights Act. That’s our party. That’s who we are, and its’ time for us to come home.

Socialists are used to liberal Democrats — that increasingly rare species — swiping credit from the working class and social movements for the most important changes in U.S. society of the past century. But this speech came from the best-known proponent of democratic socialism after Sanders.

And herein lies the problem: Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez are undeniably generating enthusiasm for socialism. But it’s a socialism that is defined on particular terms — where using the Democratic Party and attaining political office is the prime vehicle for social change.

Eric writes: “Since Bernie and Ocasio-Cortez’s quest to take back the Democrats from capital won’t succeed, their electoral efforts could very well help lead millions of people to eventually see through bitter experience the need for the formation of an independent party.”

I agree they won’t succeed, but it seems to me unlikely that many people will reach that conclusion — unless they hear a strong and steadfast voice calling for such a party over time. Unless there is an alternative to commit themselves to, people will be pulled further into the Democratic Party, whatever their disappointments.

As a counter to this, Eric quotes Jeremy Gong and Matt Stone among the many new DSA members who see socialism as a revolutionary transformation of society, and who believe the Democrats won’t be a vehicle for socialists. I respect these comrades and their success in using their platform to project a more left-wing view.

There is another test coming, though. Unless a clear alternative to Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez is expressed, their greater influence is bound to pull newly won socialists into their more narrow view of socialism. The need to challenge these ideas starts now.

As for the ISO, because of our historic position on this question, there’s no question about using our voice to advance a revolutionary socialist alternative. To judge from the Socialism 2018 conference, the reach of ISO branches around the country and even the readership of this debate, we have a wider audience than many believe.

In closing, I have to protest Eric’s use of the word “abstention” to describe the ISO’s position of not supporting a Democratic Party candidate. It implies that we are standing on the sidelines.

Say what you want about the ISO, but we are not sideline-standers. Our members stood alongside DSA and many other organizations in confronting the far right last weekend, and that’s only the most recent example of our commitment to organize a united left resistance.

A lot of the contributions to this debate have pointed out the short-term opportunities for socialists in this moment, and they are real and exciting. But Marx and Engels’ advice to socialists 170 years ago was to look beyond the present, too:

[The socialists] fight for the attainment of the immediate aims, for the enforcement of the momentary interests of the working class, but in the movement of the present they also represent and take care of the future of that movement.


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NEW YORK — A late gain for U.S. stocks slipped away Wednesday as a four-day winning streak ended. Energy companies sank along with the price of oil.

The price of crude oil fell more than 3 percent Wednesday. Big dividend payers and industrial companies slipped. Gains for Microsoft, Facebook and Alphabet helped technology companies finish higher. Banks and health care companies also rose.

The U.S. and China both announced new tariffs: later this month each country will put a 25 percent tax on $16 billion in goods imported from the other. Both countries placed tariffs on $34 billion in imports earlier this month, and they have threatened much larger tariffs to come.

But investors have been focusing on rising company earnings instead. Karyn Cavanaugh, senior markets strategist at Voya Investment Management, said U.S. companies are expecting bigger profits in spite of the tariffs.

"That speaks to me a lot louder than a lot of negative headlines," she said. "Companies have gotten very good at minimizing their costs and being very efficient with what they have."

The S&P 500 index dipped 0.75 points to 2,857.70. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 45.16 points, or 0.2 percent, to 25,583.75. The Nasdaq composite rose 4.66 points, or 0.1 percent, to 7,888.33. The Russell 2000 index of smaller stocks lost 1.42 points, or 0.1 percent, to 1,686.88.

The Trump administration plans to tax Chinese industrial products such as steam turbines and iron girders starting Aug. 23. China's government said it will put tariffs on U.S. goods including cars, crude oil and scrap metal starting on the same date.

Oil futures fell sharply. U.S. crude oil lost 3.2 percent to $66.94 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, the standard for international oil prices, fell 3.2 percent to $72.28 a barrel in London.

Exxon Mobil lost 0.7 percent to $80.73 and Chevron dipped 1 percent to $123.88.

Snap, which runs the Snapchat video app, fell 6.8 percent to $12.23 after it said daily users fell during the second quarter. It's the latest technology company to have its stock drop after announcing discouraging user totals, joining Facebook, Twitter and Netflix.

Match Group, the parent of online dating companies including Match.com and OKCupid, bucked that trend. Its stock jumped 17.3 percent to $45.60 after Match reported big gains in subscribers, especially for Tinder. Its adjusted profit and revenue beat Wall Street projections.

Drugstore and pharmacy benefits manager CVS raised its annual profit forecast and rose 4.2 percent to $68.17. CVS said prescriptions sales grew, although it took a loss after it wrote down the value of its Omnicare pharmacy services business by almost $4 billion.

In April, construction equipment company Caterpillar said it doubted it would top its first-quarter profit for the rest of this year. Investors were concerned that that might hold true for the rest of corporate America, but so far it hasn't.

A month ago analysts expected the companies of the S&P 500 to earn $160.32 per share in 2018. That's risen by almost a dollar, to $161.29 a share. Their estimates for 2019 have risen by a bit more than a dollar, to $177.52 a share from $176.38.

Twinkie maker Hostess Brands plunged 17.6 percent to $11.49 after it said its results were hurt by cuts in promotional support and inventory from a major retailer and higher costs, including for transportation.

Pizza maker Papa John's fell 5.2 percent to $38.94 after it said North American sales fell again. The company also cut its forecasts for the year. Papa John's is in a public spat it with founder John Schnatter, who was ousted as chairman in July after a report he used a racial slur in a conference call.

Domino's, a rival pizza delivery company, climbed 3.4 percent to $286.92.

Walt Disney fell 2.2 percent to $113.98 after the entertainment company's profit and revenue fell short of analysts' estimates.

Cars.com and Avis Budget Group both sank after cutting their sales forecasts. Rental car company Avis skidded 15.2 percent to $32.85 while Cars.com, an online auto marketplace, dipped 2.6 percent to $27.29.

Struggling rival Hertz jumped 24 percent Tuesday after a better-than-expected quarterly report. Hertz fell 7.3 percent to $18.11 Wednesday.

Bond prices turned higher. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.96 percent from 2.97 percent.

In other commodities trading, wholesale gasoline fell 4 percent to $2.02 gallon. Heating oil lost 2.5 percent to $2.12 a gallon. Natural gas rose 1.8 percent to $2.95 per 1,000 cubic feet.

Gold rose 0.2 percent to $1,221 an ounce. Silver gained 0.4 percent to $15.43 an ounce. Copper remained at $2.75 a pound.

The dollar fell to 110.96 yen from 111.43. The euro inched up to $1.1619 from $1.1594.

The German DAX fell 0.1 percent and France's CAC 40 lost 0.4 percent. In Britain, the FTSE 100 index rose 0.8 percent.

Japan's Nikkei 225 index gave up early gains and closed 0.1 percent lower. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index added 0.4 percent while South Korea's Kospi edged 0.1 percent higher.

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          CVS Health tops 2Q forecasts, downplays help from rebates      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

CVS Health detailed a better-than-expected second quarter Wednesday and then reassured investors that it doesn't depend heavily on much-criticized prescription drug rebates that regulators may eliminate.

Shares of the drugstore chain and pharmacy benefit manager climbed after CEO Larry Merlo told analysts that rebates from drugmakers will amount to only about 3 percent of the company's adjusted earnings this year.

Mizuho Securities USA analyst Ann Hynes said she thought they contributed about 14 percent, and Wall Street probably had an even higher estimate. She called the CVS disclosure "a big deal for the stock," and she said in a research note that it shows that any potential changes should be manageable for the company.

CVS Health runs the nation's second-largest drugstore chain and processes more than a billion prescriptions a year as a pharmacy benefit manager.

These so-called prescription drug middlemen have taken heat in the debate over rising drug prices, especially over rebates they receive from drugmakers. Critics say those largely secretive agreements play a major role in keeping drug prices elevated, and regulators have talked about eliminating them.

CVS Health says it passes well over 90 percent of its rebates on to its customers, and Merlo added Wednesday that the idea that what it retains affects prescription drug prices is "entirely false."

In the second quarter, CVS Health actually lost $2.56 billion, due to a hefty charge from its long-term care business. But adjusted earnings, which don't count such one-time items, came in at $1.69 per share. Revenue rose 2 percent to about $46.7 billion. Both figures beat expectations.

Analysts predicted earnings of $1.61 per share on $46.32 billion in revenue, according to FactSet.

The company booked a $3.9 billion charge in the quarter tied to its long-term care business. It said Wednesday that it has struggled to grow that business after spending more than $10 billion a few years ago to buy Omnicare, which provides pharmacy services to nursing homes and other clients.

That charge and some costs tied to a pending $69 billion acquisition of the health insurer Aetna led to the quarterly loss.

Overall, though, the company had a good quarter, Edward Jones analyst John Boylan said in another research note. He added that the Omnicare charge was a surprise, but he was already expecting modest results from that business.

For 2018, the company now expects to earn between $6.98 and $7.08 per share this year, better than the per-share projection of between $6.87 and $7.08 that the company put out in May.

Analysts expect, on average, earnings of $6.97 per share.

Regulators are still reviewing the Aetna deal, but CVS Health said it expected to close that transaction either late in the third quarter or early in the fourth.

Company executives have said they want to use the combination to move deeper into managing customer health and to expand the care CVS provides through all of its retail locations.

Shares of CVS Health Corp., which is based in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, climbed 4 percent to $68.04 Wednesday afternoon, while broader indexes were mixed. The stock is still down about 6 percent so far this year.

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          Sinclair, Tribune in talks to overcome regulatory hurdles      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

NEW YORK — The Sinclair broadcasting company says it's in talks with Tribune Media on how to overcome regulatory hurdles to its $3.9 billion deal to buy Tribune's 42 TV stations.

The deadline for either party to walk away from the deal is midnight on Wednesday.

Sinclair CEO Chris Ripley said Wednesday morning that the companies are working to find approaches that are best for the company, employees and shareholders. He made the comments as Sinclair reported quarterly financial results.

In July, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai raised concerns about the deal and ordered a hearing. Although Sinclair has proposed selling some stations to address potential antitrust concerns, Pai said Sinclair might still be able to operate the stations "in practice, even if not in name."

At the time, one potential buyer was the Cunningham Group, which has ties to Sinclair's founding family. Sinclair has said it will no longer sell two stations to Cunningham and will instead seek FCC permission to sell them to another unrelated party.

Sinclair and its proposed deal for Tribune received widespread attention after news reports in April showed dozens of Sinclair news anchors reading an identical script expressing concern about "one-sided news stories plaguing the country." At the time, President Donald Trump tweeted his support of the company. Sinclair defended the effort as a way to distinguish its news shows from unreliable stories on social media.

With 192, Sinclair is one of the nation's largest owners of TV stations. Tribune's 42 stations include KTLA in Los Angeles and WPIX in New York.

If the companies remain in talks, they will face a lengthy hearing process with the FCC. In the past, just the prospect of that has dissuaded companies from continuing with merger plans. The last deal an FCC hearing blocked was a 2002 merger of satellite TV companies DirecTV and Echostar.

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FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2004, file photo, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.'s headquarters stands in Hunt Valley, Md. Broadcasting company Sinclair says it’s in talks with Tribune Media Co. on how to overcome regulatory hurdles to its $3.9 billion deal to buy 42 of Tribune’s TV stations. Sinclair CEO Chris Ripley said Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, that the companies are working to find approaches that are best for the company, employees and shareholders. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark, File)
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          What Is A Jonamac Apple: Jonamac Apple Variety Information      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Jonamac apple variety is known for its crisp, flavorful fruit and its tolerance of extreme cold. It is a very good apple tree to grow in cold climates. Keep reading to learn more about Jonamac apple care and growing requirements for Jonamac apple trees. What is a Jonamac Apple? First introduced in 1944 by Roger D. Way of the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, the Jonamac apple variety is a cross between Jonathan and McIntosh apples. It is extremely cold hardy, able to withstand temperatures as low as -50 F. (-46 C.). Because of this, it is a favorite among apple growers in the far north. The trees are medium in size and growth rate, usually reaching 12 to 25 feet (3.7-7.6 m.) in height, with a spread of 15 to 25 feet (4.6-7.6 m.). The apples themselves are medium in size and usually slightly irregular in shape.

          Giuliani: New Offer To Mueller May Be 'Last, Best Chance' For Trump Interview      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Updated at 4:10 p.m. ET The counteroffer submitted by President Trump to Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller may be the "last, best chance" Mueller has to secure Trump's testimony, lawyer Rudy Giuliani told NPR on Wednesday. That doesn't mean it's the White House's final offer or negotiations are closed, Giuliani said — but "if they said yes, we'd do it." The back-and-forth has been going on for months. Trump has talked publicly about wanting to answer questions. But his lawyers would rather he not — and at the very least, they would like to limit the scope of what he is asked. "I don't think he'd do it over our disagreement, but I don't know," Giuliani said. The former New York City mayor did say he has the sense that the negotiations between his team and Mueller's are "kind of near the end" and that they could wind up before Sept. 1. Giuliani said he believes Mueller's office is sensitive about the precedent of 2016 in which then-FBI Director James Comey, whom Trump has
          Skinnygirl CEO Bethenny Frankel, who built a brand worth $100 million, knew she made it when she was on the cover of Forbes — but she still didn't feel it      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Skinnygirl CEO Bethenny Frankel, who built a brand worth $100 million, knew she made it when she was on the cover of Forbes — but she still didn't feel itBethenny Frankel realized she was successful when she was on the cover of Forbes in 2011 after selling Skinnygirl Cocktails for $100 million. Before "Real Housewives" and Skinnygirl, Frankel said she only had $8,000 to her name. Bethenny Frankel, the New York "Real Housewife" turned millionaire brand mogul, didn't achieve success overnight.



          New York Rep. Christopher Collins charged with insider trading      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Rep. Collins, his son Cameron, and his son’s future father-in-law Stephen Zarsky face 13 criminal counts altogether—including securities fraud and false statements to investigators— for insider trading crimes stemming from the failure of a drug trial conducted by the Australian pharmaceutical company, Innate.
          New York City Council votes to cap licenses for ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The New York City Council has approved legislation that will halt the issuing of new licenses for ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft. The stated goal of the policy is to give the city time to study the industry’s impact. During that time, ride-hailing companies would only be able to add new vehicles if they’re […]
          LEAD PLAINTIFF DEADLINE ALERT: Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP Encourages Investors Who Suffered Losses Exceeding $100,000 In Tal Education Group To Contact The Firm      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

NEW YORK, Aug. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP, a leading national securities law firm, reminds investors in Tal Education Group ("Tal" or the "Company") (NYSE: TAL) of the August 17, 2018 deadline to seek the role of lead plaintiff in a federal securities class action that...


          Feminist Filmmakers Bring Fat-Shaming Documentary "Fattitude" to the Byrd      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

When Lindsey Averill launched a Kickstarter campaign to help finance "Fattitude," her documentary about fat discrimination, she and co-director Viridiana Lieberman got a lot more than the $45,000 they needed to make the film.

They received death and rape threats. So many people called Averill's house that she had to change her phone number because of all the hateful messages.

"It was truly terrifying," she recalls.

After a few days of being paralyzed by fear, they reached out to the media with their story and we were able to catapult their issue into the national news. "The internet trolls' tactics backfired by solidifying the reality of the vitriol fat people face," she says.

The original idea for the documentary came from Averill's academic research. She was writing her doctoral dissertation on the representations of fat bodies in the media, cultural depictions such as Hollywood film included, directed at teens when she realized that making a documentary would have more far-reaching effects.

"[My friend] Viri, a fellow women's studies scholar and a filmmaker, agreed," says Averill, a professor of women's studies and literature at Florida Atlantic University. "I live in a fat body. So does my business partner. We are also academic feminists, so we were able to see and understand how fatness was functioning as a source of systemic prejudice."

Sick of the lack of body diversity, Averill and Lieberman conceived of not just a movie, but a catalyst for the community. Their goal was to create a sort of meetinghouse where all voices could be collected and given the opportunity to speak in hopes that would resonate louder than individual perspectives.

Pinpointing the start of cultural fat shaming is impossible, Averill insists, because it's so pervasive in our homes, our science and our media. She sees the historic origins as biblical, but points to how it increased around the turn of the nineteenth century and has only worsened since. 

"I think that people fail to recognize fat-shaming jokes are brutal because they think they deserve to ridicule fat people. They think fat people are worthless failures, a constantly reinforced and misinformed evil stereotype," she says.

Examples abound in the film, including characters in films targeted at children, such as Disney villains Ursula and the Queen of Hearts.

Using a staff and crew made up almost entirely of women, Fattitude" was filmed in New York, Florida, California and Georgia throughout 2014 and 2015.

"We're academics. We know women are underemployed, so if there was a woman capable of doing the job, we hired her," Averill explains. The film won for best direction at the Oregon Documentary Film Festival and was screened at many other events, such as the Doxa Documentary Film Festival and the Berlin Feminist Film Fest, she says.

The filmmakers believe that fat prejudice is akin to all other prejudice, making it a civil rights issue because it's systemic. For them, the hope for the film is to inform and educate viewers — ideally, they'd like to be the origin of change so that people recognize the way they treat fat people differently than others.

It's a topic that's resonated at Q&A sessions after screenings around the world. People ask Averill and Lieberman about how they can stop fat shaming.

"People ask us about our views on health and fatness, which are varied, but honestly have nothing to do with justice or the level of respect that people deserve," Averill says. "People ask us about parenting and raising body-positive kids."

While the filmmakers learned many things in making the film, Averill says that mostly they learned that nothing should stop anyone from living a fully empowered life. She's quick to add that the best thing to come out of making the documentary is how it affected others.

"We get love letters about how 'Fattitude' changed people's lives," she says. "People tell us it allowed them to live fully after years of shame. That's what it's all about."

For that reason, she thinks it's a film for everyone. "This film is an eye opener for people of all sizes, clinicians, parents and anyone who wants the world to be a better place. Everybody, no matter size or shape, deserves respect." S

"Fattitude" and discussion with the filmmakers Aug. 21 at 7:15 p.m. at the Byrd Theatre, 2908 W. Cary St., byrdtheatre.com. Check out the trailer at Fattitudethemovie.com


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Brooklyn nine nine Amerikansk kriminalkomediserie från 2016. Jake tar hjälp av Jess när hon besöker New York. Holt undersöker olika metoder att förbättra moralen på kontoret och Amy undrar varför Rosa tar så långa pauser på jobbet
          New York Republican Rep. Chris Collins indicted on insider trading charges      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
New York Republican Rep. Chris Collins has been charged with alleged securities fraud, wire fraud and false statements, the Justice Department announced Wednesday.

          Why Rep. Chris Collins' shocking indictment isn't shocking at all      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
New York Rep. Chris Collins surged into the national consciousness on Wednesday, when he was indicted on charges of insider trading in relation to a company named Innate Immunotherapeutics Limited, a company in which he is the largest shareholder and, until relatively recently, served on its board. Collins denies the charges but, in the immediate aftermath of the indictment, he was removed from the House Energy and Commerce Committee by Speaker Paul Ryan.

          El Senado argentino vota dividido la ley del aborto      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Agotaron los recursos y la imaginación. En la conocida Plaza de los dos Congresos, las mujeres de verde (a favor del proyecto de ley) y las de celeste (en contra) desplegaron este jueves las últimas pancartas y escenificaron sus posiciones a la espera de la decisión del Senado. El «NO» al proyecto que ampliaba los supuestos para abortar legalmente (hasta ahora se puede en caso de violación y riesgo para la madre) parecía tener ganada la guerra después de haber perdido la primera batalla en la Cámara de Diputados. Si nadie se arrepentía ni se producía una huida del hemiciclo, el resultado previsto sería de 38 votos en contra y 31 a favor. Entre estos, presumiblemente, el de la expresidenta Cristina Fernández, la misma que, durante sus dos Gobiernos, convirtió en tabú el tratamiento legislativo del aborto. De confirmarse, con la votación prevista para la madrugada, que se rechazaba el proyecto el asunto no podrá volver a abordarse hasta dentro de un año. La incógnita a despejar era la reacción de la marea verde que hacía guardia en la calle. Maurico Macri, en en teoría en contra del aborto, dio a los suyos libertad de conciencia para votar pero en la sesión de junio del Congreso, las gestiones de última hora de hombres de su confianza, fueron decisivas para lograr la media sanción de la ley. Ayer, antes de que empezara el debate en el Senado, colgó una carta en FB donde daba señales de estar preparado para el NO. Con el título, «No importa cual sea el resultado, hoy ganará la democracia», el presidente de Argentina observaba: «si entendemos que nuestras creencias a veces ganarán y otras perderán, llegaremos a ser algo sin igual: verdaderamente libres y mejores personas». Las aguas de «Cambiemos», la coalición de Gobierno, estaban divididas en el Congreso y en el Senado. En éste, la vicepresidenta y titular de la Cámara Alta, Gabriela Michetti, era la máxima exponente en contra de ampliar los supuestos de la ley e incluso de aceptar la interrupción del embarazo en casos de violación. En esa órbita, la gobernadora de Buenos Aires, María Eugenia Vidal, admitía, «Si la ley no se vota hoy, voy a estar más aliviada». Los dos bandos, enfrentados por la despenalización total del aborto, encontraron adhesiones dentro y fuera de Argentina. Amnistía Internacional publicó un anuncio de una página en el New York Times que logró la reacción de actrices como Susan Sarandon que advirtió a los senadores. «El mundo les está mirando: denle a las mujeres el derecho a elegir», tuiteó. En España artistas como Joan Manuel Serrat, Ana Belén, Victor Manuel o Miguel Ríos se colocaron en idéntica posición. Y, en simultáneo, una representación de la plataforma CitizenGo para América Latina se expresó en sentido radicalmente opuesto en la Embajada de Argentina en Madrid. Las manifestaciones, desde el pasado 14 de junio, fecha de la media sanción en el Congreso al proyecto de ley impulsado por el Gobierno de Mauricio Macri, fueron de todos los colores. Las mujeres de verde llegaron a disfrazarse de rojo con cofia blanca en una parodia de la célebre serie «El Cuento de la Criada», mientras las de celeste se embanderaron con la bandera argentina en una multitudinaria marcha. La carrera contra reloj para frenar o garantizar la promulgación del proyecto no tuvo descanso desde entonces. La intervención silenciosa de Francisco desde el Vaticano, -como advertía el analista Ignacio Zuleta en Clarín- y la ruidosa de un grupo de obispos de Córdoba, se atravesaron en la recta final del Senado donde el NO parecía no tener marcha atrás. Si las previsiones, como todo parecía indicar, se confirmaban por la noche, más de la mitad del Senado (y de las senadoras) votarían en contra. La sesión, que se anunciaba como histórica, lo habría sido pero menos.
          Get Ready For This Weekends Elements Festival in NYC [PLAYLIST]      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

BangOn!’s Elements NYC Music and Art Festival returns to New York City this Saturday to celebrate its fifth anniversary serving as the dance floor for NYC locals and far beyond. The forward thinking music and arts festival is set to take place at Hunts Point in the Bronx, New York. The location is set at an […]

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          New Partnership Designed to Securely Track Precious Metal Trades      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
vNew Partnership Will Track Precious Metals Using Blockchain Technology

Financial technology firm Paxos has formed a partnership with INTL FCStone Inc’s precious metals division. The department will now be using Paxos Confirmation Service — a tool built specifically for the precious metals arena — to instantly automate daily trade confirmations and reduce human error.

Paxos seeks to unlock capital and create value with products that eliminate trade risk, while INTL FCStone provides market intelligence, post-trade services and financial services execution throughout the global financial market. The company boasts over 20,000 customers in approximately 130 different countries and is headquartered in New York City.

Chad Cascarilla is the CEO and co-founder of Paxos. Speaking with Bitcoin Magazine, he said that the precious metals industry is prone to many of the same issues one finds with traditional banking institutions.

“Many of the processes that the precious metals industry uses today to confirm and settle trades are manual and prone to human error,” he explained. “Today, confirmations, metal transfer instructions and wire instructions are sent via email, which is notoriously bad for information security. Email is rarely encrypted, and a simple keystroke error can cause an email to be sent to the wrong recipients, so information is very vulnerable.”

He further stated that the timeframe in which precious metals move or transfer is usually not quick enough. Thus, they’re often at risk of getting lost or falling into the wrong hands:

“Imagine buying something online when the seller uses eBay to negotiate a price and ship the products, but the buyer wants to pay on Venmo. When using different systems, there is no guarantee that the goods and payment will occur between the same parties and within the expected period. Now, imagine this situation for a $50 million trade for gold. This simple conundrum of ‘who pays first and who bears risk’ is a big issue for the precious metals industry.”

Using the Paxos system, INTL FCStone can match trade economics within seconds, thus eliminating several manual tasks and improving operational precision. Trades are quickly captured, and if issues ever arise, they are quickly identified and resolved.

While Paxos is known for its expertise in the blockchain arena, Seth M. Phillips, executive director of Bankchain Precious Metals, explained that blockchain technology is not what’s behind the company’s confirmation service.

“This is the first stage in a broader post-trade platform that Paxos has build for the precious metals space, and latter stages will utilize blockchain,” he said.

“This service is for confirming trades; we will be releasing products in the future that will help with further steps of post-trade processes, including settlement via blockchain.”

Cascarilla further believes Paxos’ technology will be developed to the point that it can be applied to virtually every financial space.

“Our mission is to move any asset, anywhere, in a trusted way,” he said. “We already work with many financial institutions and banks who use our solutions for crypto assets, and this is our first foray into precious metals. We have many more solutions in development for other asset classes including commodities and FX, and we hope to reduce settlement risks and achieve symmetry and synchrony in a highly fragmented world.”

He said that Paxos will be phasing the rollout of the confirmation service to around 75 counterparty pairs in the coming months.

This article originally appeared on Bitcoin Magazine.


          Control: Drittes Video-Tagebuch über 'The Oldest House'      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Remedy Entertainment (Max Payne, Alan Wake, Quantum Break) und Publishing-Partner 505 Games haben das dritte Hinter-den-Kulissen-Video zu Control veröffentlicht, in dem die Entwickler über 'The Oldest House' sprechen. 'The Oldest House' ist das Hauptquartier des 'Federal Bureau of Control - eine sich ständig verändernde Welt an einem Ort, wo nichts ist, wie es zu sein scheint ...

Control ist ein Third-Person-Action-Adventure, das "Remedys typisches Gunplay" mit übernatürlichen Fähigkeiten kombiniert. Es spielt in einer sich stetig verändernden Welt, in der sich die vertraute Realität und das Seltsame und Unerklärliche gegenüberstehen.

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"Willkommen im Federal Bureau of Control: Nach der Invasion einer geheimen Behörde in New York durch eine außerweltliche Gefahr schlüpfen die Spieler in die Rolle von Jesse Faden, dem neuen Leiter, der versucht, die Kontrolle zurückzuerlangen. In diesem vom Gameplay angetriebenen Erlebnis im Sandbox-Stil, das auf der hauseigenen Northlight-Engine aufbaut, gilt es, eine Kombination aus übernatürlichen Fähigkeiten, modifizierbaren Ausrüstungen und reaktiver Umgebung zu meistern, während man sich durch die tiefgründigen und geheimnisvollen Welten kämpft, für die Remedy bekannt ist und geliebt wird", schreibt der Publisher.
 
"Control stellt ein neues, aufregendes Kapitel für uns dar. Es definiert neu, was ein Remedy-Spiel ausmacht. Es zeigt unsere einzigartige Fähigkeit, unwiderstehliche Welten zu erschaffen und den Spielern neue Möglichkeiten zu geben, sie zu erleben", so Mikael Kasurinen, Game Director von Control. "Remedy legt den Kernfokus darauf, dem Spiel durch das Gameplay mehr Kraft zu verleihen und den Spielern zu ermöglichen, die Geschichte der Welt in ihrem eigenen Tempo zu erleben".

Bisher war das Projekt nur unter dem Codenamen "P7" bekannt. Control wird 2019 für PC (nur digital), PS4 und Xbox One erscheinen.

          Star witness talks about NYC mayor at ex-union head's trial      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The star witness in the trial of the ex-head of New York City's jail guards union says he tried to demand attention from Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) when he didn't think he was getting his money's worth from contributions to his mayoral campaign.
           Corporate raider Edward Bramson demands a say in picking the next Barclays chairman       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The softly-spoken New Yorker is using his 5.2per cent stake in the bank to try to force it to change tack, amid rumours he would like the prized trading business to be broken up and sold off.
          Bill Clinton: 'It's Hard' To Think About Leaving Foundation      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Bill Clinton says that out of the hundreds of thousands of donors to the Clinton Foundation over the past 18 years, there must have been some people who gave to the foundation to gain influence with him and his wife. But the former president told NPR that doesn't mean any donors received anything improperly. "It was natural for people who've been our political allies and personal friends to call and ask for things. And I trusted the State Department wouldn't do anything they shouldn't do," Clinton told Steve Inskeep in an interview broadcast Monday on Morning Edition. Clinton is kicking off the final gathering of the Clinton Global Initiative in New York, where heads of state, humanitarians, scientists and other accomplished or influential individuals come together to formulate solutions to global problems. This week's CGI meeting is the final one because of efforts to prevent further concerns about conflicts of interest between the work of the Clinton family's private charitable
          7-night stay at very well-rated cottages in Costa Rica + direct flights from New York for just $428!      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          NCAA rule changes: Agents for ‘elite’ prospects, back to school after the draft and independent investigations      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The rule changes are in response to the recommendations of the Commission on College Basketball, or "Rice Commision." Continue reading

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          Researchers Uncover Traces Of Life Nestled Inside Garnet Crystals      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Garnet gemstone.

Garnet crystals found in Thailand have yielded the first-ever evidence of life nestled within their hard material, reports Motherboard.

The gemstones first came into focus after it was discovered that they were traversed by a series of tiny tunnels, which spoiled their jewelry-like quality.

These labyrinths are now believed to be the work of burrowing microorganisms, which either found cracks in the garnets and let themselves in, or drilled intricate tunnels themselves and cozied up into their precious (literally) homes.

According to Phys.org, boring microbes like to make a home in all sorts of hard materials. Called endolithic organisms, these creatures have been known to tunnel into rock, wood, shell, and even bone.

Yet this is the first time that endoliths are suspected to have inhabited garnets — very hard gemstones that can only be penetrated by diamond or sapphire grains, notes the New York Post.

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          Tristan Thompson’s Ex Lani Blair Rocks Bikini While Khloe Discusses Her Vagina      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Model Lani Blair, the former mistress of Khloe Kardashian’s boyfriend Tristan Thompson, put her jaw-dropping bikini body on display in an array of stunning Instagram photos.

In one selfie, the 29-year-old Dominican beauty from the Bronx dons a camouflage bikini topped with a matching camouflage jacket. The sporty outfit spotlighted the eye-popping curves that undoubtedly attracted Khloe’s baby-daddy.

In another snapshot, Blair wears a strapless pink mini-dress as she is photographed from behind, in a portrait that accentuates her bombshell physique.

As the Inquisitr previously reported, Lani became famous in April 2018, when she was photographed at a New York City hotel with Cleveland Cavaliers star Tristan Thompson.

Witnesses say they saw the couple return to Tristan’s hotel at around 5 a.m. the following morning. Lani and Tristan were also spotted hanging out again over the next few days in New York.

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          Just Announced: Hilary Woods to play intimate Church Side Chapel show      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Experimental Dublin artist Hilary Woods recently announced a limited number of U.S. Fall Tour dates for this summer, New York, Chicago, and, yes, Philadelphia’s First Unitarian Side Chapel among those few stops. Woods’ quiet, ethereal sound has been described by critics as … Continued
          Man upset by wife’s illness kills them both at hospital      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

VALHALLA, N.Y. (AP) — A man who said he wanted to end his ailing wife’s suffering shot her to death in her bed at a suburban New York hospital Wednesday and then killed himself, police said. Richard DeLucia, 71, left a note at the couple’s condo indicating he was distraught about how his wife, Ann, ...

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          Republicans promote fear, not tax cuts, in key elections      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

WASHINGTON (AP) — There’s a border crisis in Pennsylvania. The radical left is surging in New Jersey. And Nancy Pelosi is a threat to New York. Republican candidates in the nation’s premiere midterm battlegrounds have embraced a central message in their fight to maintain the House majority this fall — and it has little to ...

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          Artist erects 20-foot-tall pro-Trump installation on Staten Island front lawn      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A conservative artist is making headlines in New York for a 20-foot-tall pro-Trump installation on one of his client’s lawns. Scott LoBaido erected the installation depicting a muscular President Trump resting over a star-spangled “2020” sign in Staten Island. LoBaido, who first captured national attention in 2016 after he constructed a 12-foot-tall "T” inspired by Trump, which someone later set on fire, said the owner of the lawn won’t be taking chances with the new installation. "He put up security cameras all around the house. We have a fence here. And everybody in the neighborhood is on watch," LoBaido told...
          Andujar lifts Yanks past White Sox in 13 innings      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Rookie Miguel Andujar hit a two-out tiebreaking single in the top of the 13th inning as the New York Yankees survived a blown save by Zach Britton and outlasted the Chicago White Sox for a 4-3 victory on Tuesday night. Six innings after hitting a game-tying homer, Andujar delivered his first career RBI in extra innings when he lined a 1-0 changeup from Luis Avilan (2-1) in front of left fielder Nicky Delmonico. The hit scored Didi Gregorius, who started the rally with a four-pitch walk off Avilan.
          New York City Puts Cap On Uber, Other Ride-Sharing Services      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Six New York taxi drivers have committed suicide this year amid difficulty of earning a living.
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          Happy Birthday, Beatrice! Look Back at 30 Years of Perfect Princess Moments      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

She may not be quite as high profile as her cousins Prince William and Prince Harry, but Princess Beatrice always keeps us entertained, whether that's with her fearless fashion choices or her sweet sibling moments with younger sister Eugenie. Though she's eighth in line to the throne, Beatrice doesn't have a full-time royal role. Instead, she has her own business pursuits and apparently splits her time between London and New York. That doesn't mean she doesn't make royal appearances, though. She and her family are always present at Royal Ascot, she attends events at Buckingham Palace, and she's a regular face at Trooping the Colour. But when she's not fulfilling her royal duties, she's a regular on the London social circuit, and in 2018, she attended the prestigious Met Gala in New York for the first time.

This week, Beatrice celebrates her 30th birthday, and in celebration, we're taking a look back at her life as a princess, from family vacations to posh London parties. We look forward to more memorable moments in the future, especially as she has an important role to play at her sister's wedding later this year.


          DXC Technology Job Openings For Freshers As Associate Engineer @ Gurgoan In August 2018      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Organization Name DXC Technology Job Role Associate Engineer Location Gurgoan Education BE/B Tech/MCA/M Sc Experience Freshers Apply Mode Online(ASAP) About Organization: DXC Technology is a technology company headquartered in Tysons Corner, Virginia. DXC provides information technology and consulting services to businesses and governments. The company operates in more than 70 countries and trades on the New York Stock Exchange under ...

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          Pam's Place is a hellhole      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
"From July 11 through July 25, 2018 the Dutch Kills community was forced to endure three completely unacceptable incidents directly related to clients at “Pam’s Place,” a shelter for homeless women at the former Verve Hotel at 40-03 29th Street in Long Island City.

• At 10:30 p.m. on July 11th, shelter client Yaremis Perdomo, 33, became enraged and set her 51-year-old roommate on fire. Perdomo has since been arrested and is being held on attempted murder and other charges related to the attack. The roommate remains in critical condition at the New York Presbyterian Hospital’s Cornell Burn Unit with third-degree burns to her face, arms and hands.

• An unidentified shelter client stood in the center of the intersection at 29th Street and 39th Avenue at about 5 p.m. on July 23rd, tossing loose change into open windows of passing vehicles – snarling traffic, alarming motorists and creating serious safety concerns for pedestrians. Eyewitnesses told police that the shelter client backed off when she spotted police pulling up to the scene, making it impossible for the officers to observe her actions. This unfortunately made it impossible for the officers to charge or summons the woman. The best they could do under current law was to tell the woman to stop, which she promptly did.

• A shelter client viciously, and without provocation, attacked a local woman who was walking on 29th Street near 40th Avenue on July 24th. The unidentified assailant approached the woman, punched her in the mouth and fled. The attack was not reported to police at the 114th Precinct, an NYPD spokesperson said.

I have requested Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer’s chief of staff, Matt Wallace, to call an Emergency Meeting of the Community Advisory Board of “Pam’s Place.”

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss ongoing violent and/or dangerous conditions that spill from the shelter into the Dutch Kills community. These conditions result in a fearful, dangerous environment that substantially affects our residents’, business and quality of life.

The Dutch Kills Civic Association has requested that this meeting to be scheduled for a Tuesday or Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. Mr. Wallace has assured us that such meeting will take place in the near future.

The following is a portion of our agenda for this upcoming meeting. We are requesting:

• A listing of all incidents reported to the 114th Precinct regarding Pam’s Place, both inside and outside the shelter – including a client assault on a 114th Precinct officer.

• A complete breakdown of responses by FDNY and other ambulance crews relevant clients at Pam’s Place, both inside and outside the shelter.

• A complete listing of 911 and 311 calls seeking response to conditions at Pam’s Place, both inside and outside the shelter, from October 2016 current to the date of the upcoming meeting.

• A comprehensive report of all disciplinary actions taken by the operators and managers of Pam’s Place regarding troubled or combative shelter clients, from October 2016 current to the date of the upcoming meeting.

• A complete breakdown from the Department of Homeless Services and Sena Security of all incidents related to clients at Pam’s Place, both inside and outside the shelter.

Lastly, in order to ensure an open, transparent dialogue of issues surrounding Pam’s Placer Shelter for Homeless Women, we strongly urge that members of the press be informed and invited to provide coverage of the upcoming meeting.

George L. Stamatiades,
President
Dutch Kills Civic Association of
Long Island City


          Trump Releases Medical Information In Doctor's Letter      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: Doctors for both Hillary Clinton and now Donald Trump say the candidates are physically fit to serve as president. Today the Trump campaign released a doctor's note saying Trump is in excellent health. Trump also went on the popular and controversial "Dr. Oz Show" to talk about his health. NPR's Richard Harris has the details. RICHARD HARRIS, BYLINE: The health of candidates always comes up during elections for understandable reasons. This year - no surprise - the matter has become nasty. Trump and his surrogates, including former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, had been raising doubts about Hillary Clinton's health through rumor and innuendo. When Clinton came down with pneumonia a week ago, she didn't mention it until she was visibly weak. Yesterday her doctor released a two-page letter detailing Clinton's health history, saying the candidate is recovering. Indeed she was back on the campaign trail today. Also today, Trump's
          New York City Council votes to limit number of Uber, Lyft vehicles - Roadshow      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The cap will freeze new vehicle licenses for one year while the city figures out the next steps.
          MÄRKTE USA/Wall Street kaum verändert - Handelsstreit belastet nur kurz      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Von Thomas Rossmann NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--Die weitere Zuspitzung im Handelsstreit zwischen den USA und China hat die Wall Street am Mittwoch nur kurzzeitig belastet. Nach anfänglichen leichten Abgaben holten die Indizes diese überwiegend wieder auf, lediglich der Dow-Jones-Index schloss im Minus. Insgesamt hätten die Investoren...
          New York City Council votes to cap licenses for ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The New York City Council has approved legislation that will halt the issuing of new licenses for ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft. The stated goal of the policy is to give the city time to study the industry’s impact. During that time, ride-hailing companies would only be able to add new vehicles if they’re […]
          Report: Knicks likely to release Joakim Noah before training camp      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A new coach will not mean a second chance in New York for Joakim Noah. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Ian Begley, the New York Knicks intend to use the NBA’s stretch-and-waive provision on Noah before Sept. 1, and the team has no plans to bring him back into the squad under new coach...Read More
          SAP BPC Finance Technology Consulting Manager - Realinterface - Washington, DC      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          FOREX-Sterling drops on Brexit fears, dollar index dips      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
NEW YORK, Aug 8- Sterling dropped to its lowest levels in almost a year on Wednesday on concerns about Britain's exit from the European Union, while the dollar dipped against a basket of currencies. The dollar index dropped slightly, erasing modest gains made earlier after China imposed retaliatory trade tariffs against the U.S. China is laying additional...
          Todd Starnes Moronically Attacks Ocasio-Cortez As Distraction To OH’s Special Election      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
With Danny O’Connor (D) coming in a very close second in Ohio’s 12th, a heavily Republican district, Fox News’ Todd Starnes out of a blue attacked Alex&ria Ocasio-Cortez as a crybaby, because Danny didn’t run as a Democratic Socialist. Alex&ria Ocasio-Cortez surprised everyone by beating her Democratic incumbent in her New York City congressional primary, […]
          Willy Chavarria SS19 Serves as a Celebration of Immigrants      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Brand: Willy Chavarria Season: SS19 Key Pieces: Oversized outerwear, baggy denim and shorts, T-shirts with immigration-inspired graphics, soccer kits in collaboration with Danish brand Hummel. Editor’s Notes: Willy Chavarria presented his SS19 collection just yesterday in New York City. The seasonal assortment centers around the theme of immigration and how it benefits American culture. In […]
          Sundae School’s Cozy SS19 Collection Celebrates Cannabis Culture      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Sundae School presented its SS19 collection on the New York Fashion Week Men’s circuit yesterday. The New York-via-Seoul “smokewear” brand is furthering the stoner aesthetic, highlighting Asian counterculture through high-quality apparel and accessories with humorous graphics and Korean heritage cuts. Now in its third season, “Chapter 3: 떨선비 (Weed Scholar),” Sundae School is exploring the conflation of two seemingly […]
          New York City votes to cap Uber, Lyft vehicle licenses      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The New York City Council on Wednesday agreed to cap the number of licenses for ride-hailing services such as Uber Technologies Inc for one year, dealing a blow to the companies that have relied on the largest U.S. metro area for a major source of their revenue.

          Here's what the Mendocino Complex fire looks like overlaid on Los Angeles and New York      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache