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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.


          nancy pelosi pushing for immigrant voting rights before the mid term      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
but they are required to vote by 2020 ! "leverage" is a code word for collusion . They (D) know they're finished as a political party if they aren't somehow able to give voting rights to illegal invaders and the first step has been taken in San Francisco by giving illegals the right to vote in public education issues. DemTards have talked about allowing 16 year olds the right to vote... get them registered IN SCHOOL and have them 'properly' fill out ballots interesting indeed . nancy pants is encouraging voter fraud. Dems have gotten away with their disdain for the laws of this country for far too long. see $hillary clinton
          Review – Red Hood and the Outlaws #25: Fall of the Outlaws      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

As Bizarro's fortress falls from the sky, Jason Todd's sins come due in a brutal showdown with Batman.

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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-AR-NASHVILLE) DCC Parole Probation Officer I      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Job Details DCC Parole Probation Officer I Agency:Arkansas Department of Community Correction Office:A12 Section:PAROLE PROBATION SERVICES Date Posted:08/08/2018 Posting Expires:08/15/2018 Summary The Department of Community Correction (DCC) Parole/Probation Officer I is responsible for assisting in the supervision of adult offenders placed on parole or probation. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency policy. Typical Functions Reviews policies, procedures, regulations, and conditions of parole or probation and establishes the frequency of office visits. Observes and may participate with the counseling of parolees/probationers during office visits and refers them to various agencies for assistance such as substance abuse counseling and treatment, employment, education, and human servicesMaintains chronological history of contacts with parolees/probationers and/or actions taken related to parole or probation records and prepare reports. Makes home and community visits to verify parole/probation information and recommends follow-up visits if parolees/probationers are adhering to conditions of parole/probation and to assist them with the community adjustment process. Assists in the administering of board or court-ordered and random drug tests on parolees/probationers and observes or assists in writing parole violation warrants or probation violation reports when test results are positive. Observes the serving of warrants, making arrests of parole violators, or assists in the contacting of the appropriate authority to issue warrants for the arrest of probation violators. May assist in parole/probation violation investigations by providing support in researching criminal activity and technical violations and assists in the writing of the summary of the investigation. May observe or assist in submitting progress reports to other states regarding the behavior, residence, and employment information of interstate compact parolees/probationers being supervised by Arkansas under their supervisionPerforms other duties as assigned. Special Job Dimensions Constant twenty-four (24) hour on-call duty, exposure to personal injury and carrying and operating a firearm are required. Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills Knowledge of the characteristics of human behavior. Ability to observe and learn parole or probation programs. Ability to observe and learn caseload management. Ability to observe and learn court and/or hearing procedures. Ability to observe and learn maintain case records and writes reports. Ability to observe and learn how to perform testing processes and procedures. Ability to qualify with firearms and exercise self-defense tactics. Ability to assist in the conducting of parole/probation investigations. Skill in operation of firearms. Minimum Education and/or Experience The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, sociology, psychology, social work or a related field. Preferred Qualifications Certificates, Licenses, Registrations Must be able to be certified as a Specialized Law Enforcement Officer by the Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training in accordance with ACA 12-9-106 within one year of hire date, or certified by the Department of Community Correction as a DCC Parole/Probation Officer. Must possess a valid Arkansas driver's license. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE. Agency Specific Information This Position will close at 11:59 pm on the closing date listed.If a college degree is required for the position for which you are applying, bring a copy of your official transcript with you if you are selected for an interview. Also if you have Veteran status you will need to scan/email or mail in your DD-214 to receive credit for Veteran preference before the close date of each job.Method of pay is direct deposit. Checking or savings account requiredifhired.Participation in contributory Retirement Plan requiredifhired.All Applicants must submit a complete and accurate information on a completed application form according to instructions. List all prior work experience, including military service, beginning with your most recent employment. You may include volunteer or unpaid work as part of your work history; however, you should include the number of hours per week in which you performed these duties.Please complete the Work History section of the application, even if you are including a resume. Resume are not accepted in lieu of the state application. Incomplete applications will NOT be processed.DCC is an Equal Opportunity EmployerDCC is a Criminal Justice Agency and Drug-Free Workplace, Employees Are Subject to a Background Check and Initial and Periodic Substance Abuse Testing.If applying for a Counseling position there is a 6% SALARY INCREASE DEPENDING ON CERTIFICATION.If applying for a Parole Probation Officer position the following isREQUIRED:Formal education of a Bachelor's degree from accredited College or University accredited by the organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, in Criminal Justice, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Rehabilitation Counseling, Political Science, Social Behavior Science, Rehabilitation Science or other human behavior fields and those with management emphasis.Department Community Correction, Attn: Human Resource Section, Two Union National Plaza, 3rd Floor, 105 West Capitol, Little Rock, AR 72201. Job Details Position No.:22077375 Class Code:T092C Grade:GS05 Salary Range:$32,405.00 per year Background check required?Yes Job Type:Full Time Location Information Job City:NASHVILLE Job County/Region:Howard,Pike Contact Information Contact name:Cindy Russom Phone:501-682-9561 Email:cindy.russom@arkansas.gov Options View printable version of this page Apply for this job
          (USA-AR-LITTLE ROCK) DCC Treatment Supervisor      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Job Details DCC Treatment Supervisor Agency:Arkansas Department of Community Correction Office:CAC Section:RESIDENTIAL SERVICES Date Posted:08/08/2018 Posting Expires:08/15/2018 Summary The Department of Community Correction (DCC) Treatment Supervisor is responsible for the planning and directing the development of treatment activities for clients. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency policy. Typical Functions Directs the work activities of treatment staff including interviewing and hiring, reviewing work, and evaluating the performance of incumbents. Plans, coordinates, and directs treatment planning, development, and administration by establishing operational priorities and coordinating these operations with other functions within and outside the division and agencyPlans and coordinates the implementation of new treatment programs, develops treatment program goals and objectives ensuring compliance with federal and state levels. Conducts training, assigns job duties, reviews leave requests, reviews grievances, and conducts training for new employeesAssess equipment needs and make requisitionsPerforms other duties as assigned. Special Job Dimensions Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills Knowledge of rehabilitative services and delivery systems. Knowledge of treatment program planning, development, analysis and evaluation. Knowledge of state and federal laws, regulations, and policies applicable to rehabilitation services. Knowledge of supervisory practices and techniques. Knowledge of therapeutic community. Ability to plan work unit objectives. Ability to analyze and compile data and prepare reports. Ability to oversee the work of subordinates. Minimum Education and/or Experience The formal education equivalent of a bachelor's degree in psychology, sociology, or other human behavior related fields, plus three years of experience in program coordination, including two years in a supervisory or leadership capacity. Preferred Qualifications Certificates, Licenses, Registrations Must be licensed as an Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselor by the State Board of Examiners of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors in accordance with ACA 17-27-408. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE. Agency Specific Information This Position will close at 11:59 pm on the closing date listed.If a college degree is required for the position for which you are applying, bring a copy of your official transcript with you if you are selected for an interview. Also if you have Veteran status you will need to scan/email or mail in your DD-214 to receive credit for Veteran preference before the close date of each job.Method of pay is direct deposit. Checking or savings account requiredifhired.Participation in contributory Retirement Plan requiredifhired.All Applicants must submit a complete and accurate information on a completed application form according to instructions. List all prior work experience, including military service, beginning with your most recent employment. You may include volunteer or unpaid work as part of your work history; however, you should include the number of hours per week in which you performed these duties.Please complete the Work History section of the application, even if you are including a resume. Resume are not accepted in lieu of the state application. Incomplete applications will NOT be processed.DCC is an Equal Opportunity EmployerDCC is a Criminal Justice Agency and Drug-Free Workplace, Employees Are Subject to a Background Check and Initial and Periodic Substance Abuse Testing.If applying for a Counseling position there is a 6% SALARY INCREASE DEPENDING ON CERTIFICATION.If applying for a Parole Probation Officer position the following isREQUIRED:Formal education of a Bachelor's degree from accredited College or University accredited by the organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, in Criminal Justice, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Rehabilitation Counseling, Political Science, Social Behavior Science, Rehabilitation Science or other human behavior fields and those with management emphasis.Department Community Correction, Attn: Human Resource Section, Two Union National Plaza, 3rd Floor, 105 West Capitol, Little Rock, AR 72201. Job Details Position No.:22083551 Class Code:M021C Grade:GS08 Salary Range:$45,010.00 - $65,265.00 per year Background check required?Yes Job Type:Full Time Location Information Job City:LITTLE ROCK Job County/Region:Pulaski Contact Information Contact name:Loujean McDougal Phone:501-686-9800 Email:betty.mcdougal@arkansas.gov Options View printable version of this page Apply for this job
          (USA-AR-HELENA) DCC Parole Probation Officer I      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Job Details DCC Parole Probation Officer I Agency:Arkansas Department of Community Correction Office:A9 Section:PAROLE PROBATION SERVICES Date Posted:08/08/2018 Posting Expires:08/15/2018 Summary The Department of Community Correction (DCC) Parole/Probation Officer I is responsible for assisting in the supervision of adult offenders placed on parole or probation. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency policy. Typical Functions Reviews policies, procedures, regulations, and conditions of parole or probation and establishes the frequency of office visits. Observes and may participate with the counseling of parolees/probationers during office visits and refers them to various agencies for assistance such as substance abuse counseling and treatment, employment, education, and human servicesMaintains chronological history of contacts with parolees/probationers and/or actions taken related to parole or probation records and prepare reports. Makes home and community visits to verify parole/probation information and recommends follow-up visits if parolees/probationers are adhering to conditions of parole/probation and to assist them with the community adjustment process. Assists in the administering of board or court-ordered and random drug tests on parolees/probationers and observes or assists in writing parole violation warrants or probation violation reports when test results are positive. Observes the serving of warrants, making arrests of parole violators, or assists in the contacting of the appropriate authority to issue warrants for the arrest of probation violators. May assist in parole/probation violation investigations by providing support in researching criminal activity and technical violations and assists in the writing of the summary of the investigation. May observe or assist in submitting progress reports to other states regarding the behavior, residence, and employment information of interstate compact parolees/probationers being supervised by Arkansas under their supervisionPerforms other duties as assigned. Special Job Dimensions Constant twenty-four (24) hour on-call duty, exposure to personal injury and carrying and operating a firearm are required. Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills Knowledge of the characteristics of human behavior. Ability to observe and learn parole or probation programs. Ability to observe and learn caseload management. Ability to observe and learn court and/or hearing procedures. Ability to observe and learn maintain case records and writes reports. Ability to observe and learn how to perform testing processes and procedures. Ability to qualify with firearms and exercise self-defense tactics. Ability to assist in the conducting of parole/probation investigations. Skill in operation of firearms. Minimum Education and/or Experience The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, sociology, psychology, social work or a related field. Preferred Qualifications Certificates, Licenses, Registrations Must be able to be certified as a Specialized Law Enforcement Officer by the Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training in accordance with ACA 12-9-106 within one year of hire date, or certified by the Department of Community Correction as a DCC Parole/Probation Officer. Must possess a valid Arkansas driver's license. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE. Agency Specific Information This Position will close at 11:59 pm on the closing date listed.If a college degree is required for the position for which you are applying, bring a copy of your official transcript with you if you are selected for an interview. Also if you have Veteran status you will need to scan/email or mail in your DD-214 to receive credit for Veteran preference before the close date of each job.Method of pay is direct deposit. Checking or savings account requiredifhired.Participation in contributory Retirement Plan requiredifhired.All Applicants must submit a complete and accurate information on a completed application form according to instructions. List all prior work experience, including military service, beginning with your most recent employment. You may include volunteer or unpaid work as part of your work history; however, you should include the number of hours per week in which you performed these duties.Please complete the Work History section of the application, even if you are including a resume. Resume are not accepted in lieu of the state application. Incomplete applications will NOT be processed.DCC is an Equal Opportunity EmployerDCC is a Criminal Justice Agency and Drug-Free Workplace, Employees Are Subject to a Background Check and Initial and Periodic Substance Abuse Testing.If applying for a Counseling position there is a 6% SALARY INCREASE DEPENDING ON CERTIFICATION.If applying for a Parole Probation Officer position the following isREQUIRED:Formal education of a Bachelor's degree from accredited College or University accredited by the organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, in Criminal Justice, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Rehabilitation Counseling, Political Science, Social Behavior Science, Rehabilitation Science or other human behavior fields and those with management emphasis.Department Community Correction, Attn: Human Resource Section, Two Union National Plaza, 3rd Floor, 105 West Capitol, Little Rock, AR 72201. Job Details Position No.:22083916 Class Code:T092C Grade:GS05 Salary Range:$32,405.00 per year Background check required?Yes Job Type:Full Time Location Information Job City:HELENA Job County/Region:Phillips Contact Information Contact name:Cindy Russom Phone:501-682-9561 Email:cindy.russom@arkansas.gov Options View printable version of this page Apply for this job
          (USA-AR-MENA) DCC Parole Probation Officer I      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Job Details DCC Parole Probation Officer I Agency:Arkansas Department of Community Correction Office:A5 Section:PAROLE PROBATION SERVICES Date Posted:08/08/2018 Posting Expires:08/15/2018 Summary The Department of Community Correction (DCC) Parole/Probation Officer I is responsible for assisting in the supervision of adult offenders placed on parole or probation. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency policy. Typical Functions Reviews policies, procedures, regulations, and conditions of parole or probation and establishes the frequency of office visits. Observes and may participate with the counseling of parolees/probationers during office visits and refers them to various agencies for assistance such as substance abuse counseling and treatment, employment, education, and human servicesMaintains chronological history of contacts with parolees/probationers and/or actions taken related to parole or probation records and prepare reports. Makes home and community visits to verify parole/probation information and recommends follow-up visits if parolees/probationers are adhering to conditions of parole/probation and to assist them with the community adjustment process. Assists in the administering of board or court-ordered and random drug tests on parolees/probationers and observes or assists in writing parole violation warrants or probation violation reports when test results are positive. Observes the serving of warrants, making arrests of parole violators, or assists in the contacting of the appropriate authority to issue warrants for the arrest of probation violators. May assist in parole/probation violation investigations by providing support in researching criminal activity and technical violations and assists in the writing of the summary of the investigation. May observe or assist in submitting progress reports to other states regarding the behavior, residence, and employment information of interstate compact parolees/probationers being supervised by Arkansas under their supervisionPerforms other duties as assigned. Special Job Dimensions Constant twenty-four (24) hour on-call duty, exposure to personal injury and carrying and operating a firearm are required. Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills Knowledge of the characteristics of human behavior. Ability to observe and learn parole or probation programs. Ability to observe and learn caseload management. Ability to observe and learn court and/or hearing procedures. Ability to observe and learn maintain case records and writes reports. Ability to observe and learn how to perform testing processes and procedures. Ability to qualify with firearms and exercise self-defense tactics. Ability to assist in the conducting of parole/probation investigations. Skill in operation of firearms. Minimum Education and/or Experience The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, sociology, psychology, social work or a related field. Preferred Qualifications Certificates, Licenses, Registrations Must be able to be certified as a Specialized Law Enforcement Officer by the Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training in accordance with ACA 12-9-106 within one year of hire date, or certified by the Department of Community Correction as a DCC Parole/Probation Officer. Must possess a valid Arkansas driver's license. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE. Agency Specific Information This Position will close at 11:59 pm on the closing date listed.If a college degree is required for the position for which you are applying, bring a copy of your official transcript with you if you are selected for an interview. Also if you have Veteran status you will need to scan/email or mail in your DD-214 to receive credit for Veteran preference before the close date of each job.Method of pay is direct deposit. Checking or savings account requiredifhired.Participation in contributory Retirement Plan requiredifhired.All Applicants must submit a complete and accurate information on a completed application form according to instructions. List all prior work experience, including military service, beginning with your most recent employment. You may include volunteer or unpaid work as part of your work history; however, you should include the number of hours per week in which you performed these duties.Please complete the Work History section of the application, even if you are including a resume. Resume are not accepted in lieu of the state application. Incomplete applications will NOT be processed.DCC is an Equal Opportunity EmployerDCC is a Criminal Justice Agency and Drug-Free Workplace, Employees Are Subject to a Background Check and Initial and Periodic Substance Abuse Testing.If applying for a Counseling position there is a 6% SALARY INCREASE DEPENDING ON CERTIFICATION.If applying for a Parole Probation Officer position the following isREQUIRED:Formal education of a Bachelor's degree from accredited College or University accredited by the organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, in Criminal Justice, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Rehabilitation Counseling, Political Science, Social Behavior Science, Rehabilitation Science or other human behavior fields and those with management emphasis.Department Community Correction, Attn: Human Resource Section, Two Union National Plaza, 3rd Floor, 105 West Capitol, Little Rock, AR 72201. Job Details Position No.:22083782 Class Code:T092C Grade:GS05 Salary Range:$32,405.00 per year Background check required?Yes Job Type:Full Time Location Information Job City:MENA Job County/Region:Montgomery,Polk Contact Information Contact name:Cindy Russom Phone:501-682-9561 Email:cindy.russom@arkansas.gov Options View printable version of this page Apply for this job
          (USA-MA-Somerville) Banquet Server      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
*The Brand New - The *Row Hotel Autograph Collection* is seeking engaging, friendly, detail oriented Banquet Servers. These individuals will provide extraordinary service, while creating memorable experiences to our guests. * *GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:* * Ensure banquet rooms are set as per Banquet Event Orders and management specifications * Acknowledge and welcome each guest with a smile, eye contact, and a friendly greeting (use guest name whenever possible) * Adherence to sequence of service standards * Adherence to all applicable Cowlen/brand standards * Review and understand event plan at beginning of each shift * Maintain knowledge of all menu items and composition * Inspect cleanliness and presentation of all china, glass and sliver prior to use * Serve food and beverages in accordance with standards and in a professional courteous manner * Clean designated areas in accordance with defined procedures * Ensure sideboards are cleaned and stocked at end of shift * Ensure table presentation (flowers etc.) are fresh and appropriate * Set tables to standards, and that all items are clean and in good repair * Ensure steps of service are followed * Anticipate guests needs/expectations and exceed them * Clean tables and ensure they are cleaned once guests have finished (balance speed without rushing guests) * Follow appropriate procedures for serving alcohol according to state laws and Colwen standards * Maintain personal hygiene to ensure food safe for consumption ( proper handwashing, cover wounds) and take pride in appearance * Minimum one year related work experience( hotel banquet preferred) * Friendly and motivated with strong customer service focus * TIPS certification ( within 30 days if expired) * Proficient in English language (bilingual strongly preferred * Must be willing to work holidays and weekends * Must be willing to work varied hours *Colwen Hotels offers a comprehensive rewards and compensation package for eligible associates that includes:* * Opportunities for advancement and career growth * Warm and supportive work environment * Competitive Wages * Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance * Company-funded Health Reimbursement Account * Flex Spending Account * Voluntary Life Insurance * Short Term and Long Term Disability * 401(k) retirement plan with Employer Match after one year of employment * Paid Time off Programs * Holiday Pay * Jury Duty Leave and Bereavement Leave * Hotel Discounts Colwen Hotels is an equal opportunity employer. EEO M/F/D/V
          (USA-MA-Somerville) Food and Beverage Manager      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
*The New Row Hotel Autograph Collection at Assembly Row Somerville- is seeking an engaging, friendly, and detail oriented Food & Beveage Manager. This individual is responsible for coordinating, supervising and directing all property food and beverage operations, while controlling costs and driving guest and associate satisfaction. * *GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:* * Work closely with sales teams and Hotel General Managers at assigned hotel * Recruit, interview and hire food and beverage staff associates for assigned hotel * Train and support all food and beverage associates and ensure performance in accordance with established hotel brand/Colwen standards * Set departmental targets and objectives, work schedules and budgets * Ensure sequence of service standards are met * Strict adherence to all applicable food and beverage standards * Develop menus with other members of food and beverage team * Ongoing communication with staff through regular departmental meetings (document agenda and attendance) * Pre shift meetings daily or as needed * Ensure staff is up to date with information related to drinks, specials, wines, beers etc. * Audit for efficient operation of bar and cost controls * Monitor liquor sales and product mix * Educate and maintain proper controls with bartenders * Abide by all state, local and municipal laws and regulations pertaining to liquor and food safety * Maintain proper inventory controls and order supplies * Receive, check and document all food and beverage deliveries * Perform accurate cash-out procedure at shift end * Evaluate market trends and ideas for liquor specials and presentation * Ensure all phases of loss prevention are coordinated and monitored * 2 years food and beverage management experience (hotel experience preferred) * Proven track record in social and corporate catering * T.I.P.S. and ServSafe certification (within 30 days if certification is expired) * Strong Leader of people * Strong presentation skills * Proficient in English language * Intermediate to advanced computer skills * Familiar with common computer software programs * Must be willing to work holidays and weekends * May require overnight stays * Some work in office * Must be willing to work varied hours *As the preferred employer in our markets, Colwen Hotels offers a comprehensive rewards and compensation package including:* * Opportunities for promotional advancement and career growth * Fun and supportive work environment * 1st year Paid Time Off and Personal Days * Hotel Discounts * Holiday Observances * Competitive Salary and Incentive Bonus * Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance Plans * Flex Spending Accounts * $1,500 Company-funded Health Reimbursement Account * Short Term and Long Term Disability Insurance * Voluntary Life Insurance * 401(k) retirement plan with 100% company match Colwen Hotels is an equal opportunity employer. EEO M/F/D/V
          (USA-NH-Lebanon) Food and Beverage Manager      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
*The Hilton Garden Inn Hotel in Lebanon is seeking an engaging, friendly, and detail oriented Food & Beverage Manager. This individual is responsible for coordinating, supervising and directing all property food and beverage operations, while controlling costs and driving guest and associate satisfaction. * *GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:* * Work closely with sales teams and Hotel General Managers at assigned hotel * Recruit, interview and hire food and beverage staff associates for assigned hotel * Train and support all food and beverage associates and ensure performance in accordance with established hotel brand/Colwen standards * Set departmental targets and objectives, work schedules and budgets * Ensure sequence of service standards are met * Strict adherence to all applicable food and beverage standards * Develop menus with other members of food and beverage team * Ongoing communication with staff through regular departmental meetings (document agenda and attendance) * Pre shift meetings daily or as needed * Ensure staff is up to date with information related to drinks, specials, wines, beers etc. * Audit for efficient operation of bar and cost controls * Monitor liquor sales and product mix * Educate and maintain proper controls with bartenders * Abide by all state, local and municipal laws and regulations pertaining to liquor and food safety * Maintain proper inventory controls and order supplies * Receive, check and document all food and beverage deliveries * Perform accurate cash-out procedure at shift end * Evaluate market trends and ideas for liquor specials and presentation * Ensure all phases of loss prevention are coordinated and monitored * 2 years food and beverage management experience (hotel experience preferred) * Proven track record in social and corporate catering * T.I.P.S. and ServSafe certification (within 30 days if certification is expired) * Strong Leader of people * Strong presentation skills * Proficient in English language * Intermediate to advanced computer skills * Familiar with common computer software programs * Must be willing to work holidays and weekends * May require overnight stays * Some work in office * Must be willing to work varied hours *Colwen Hotels offers a comprehensive rewards and compensation package for eligible associates that includes:* * Opportunities for advancement and career growth * Warm and supportive work environment * Competitive Wages * Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance * Company-funded Health Reimbursement Account * Flex Spending Account * Voluntary Life Insurance * Short Term and Long Term Disability * 401(k) retirement plan with Employer Match after one year of employment * Paid Time off Programs * Holiday Pay * Jury Duty Leave and Bereavement Leave * Hotel Discounts Colwen Hotels is an equal opportunity employer. EOE M/F/D/V
          (USA-AZ-GRAND CANYON) Director of Facilities, South Rim      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Responsible for the physical plant, maintenance and engineering operations for Xanterra South Rim property. + Responsible for the overall asset management and operation of the physical plant(s) on the Xanterra South Rim property. + Oversees and assists maintenance and repair of all facilities in accordance to the Concessions Contract. + Responsible for maintaining robust CMMS system to encompass preventative maintenance, recurring maintenance, scheduled and unscheduled repair, component renewal and deferred maintenance and project documentation. + Responsible for compiling and execution of the Annual Maintenance Plan and extended year plan to include the CMMS reporting areas listed above. + Oversees and assists the project teams in the management of all aspect of planning, design, and construction, from project inception through closeout. + The Director, in coordination with the Assistant Director and the Project Managers, ensure all projects meet regulatory and contractual requirements, as well as National Park Service and Xanterra objectives. + Works closely with various National Park Service divisions on engineering projects, abatements, and compliance issues. + Compile and execute the annual three year Xanterra South Rim Capital Expense plan. + Responsible for creation and administration of department financial plan, and management of plan including labor. Maintain the property level documentation as it pertains to the Lease Hold Surrender (LSI) for eligible projects. + Responsible for completing annual performance reviews for Engineering personnel and administering department personnel matters. + Communicate with the Assistant Director of Facilities to ensure that maintenance work orders are being completed in a timely and satisfactory manner. This includes preventive, predictive and scheduled maintenance. + Work with the Assistant Director of Facilities to ensure the timely completion of NPS required inspections and inspection related work orders. + Communicate with project management team to ensure completion of projects on schedule and within budget. Approve final sign off on all projects. + Work with Assistant Director of Facilities and Property Controller to ensure that parts inventory database is current, that inventory cost is within budget and invoicing/ordering is following company guidelines. + Ensure that department is complying with all Company, NPS and other Federal laws and regulations regarding HAZMAT, HAZCOM, risk management, confined space, lockout-tag out, ergonomics, current ADA/ABAAS accessibility guidelines and vehicle use. + Work closely with Director of Sustainability to ensure compliance with all company and NPS sustainability policies and procedures. + Project a commitment to Xanterra South Rim Sustainability Policies and Procedures. + Carry out duties as Director on Duty as assigned. + Other duties as assigned. + Bachelor’s degree in Facilities Engineering, Construction and Project Management, or Building Technology is preferred. + Eight to ten years of progressive management experience in Engineering Maintenance. + Experience with historic structures and preservation guidelines and techniques. + Thorough knowledge and demonstrated experience managing concurrent large, complex engineering projects. + Knowledge of physical plant operations including boilers, generators, pumps, water/waste treatment, gas/fuel lines and power lines. + Detailed knowledge and ability to comply with the Concessioner, Service, and other federal/Arizona governmental requirements, policies, and procedures. + Working knowledge of Computer Maintenance Management Systems, data analysis, and reporting Experience with Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA)/Federal Government safety requirements and NEPA requirements. + LEED® AP Accreditation/Green Build experience is preferred. + Project management experience including cost estimating, bid notices and contract negotiations. + Experience with preventive maintenance best practices and curing deferred maintenance in remote operations with seasonal weather variations. + Experience in the creation of construction management programs and financial plans for the Engineering Department. + Hands-on management style with the ability to motivate and inspire others. + Strong relationship and communication skills with the ability to convey ideas effectively to a variety of audiences. + Experience with Microsoft Office suite including: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. + Must possess physical agility to ascend/descend a ladder or scaffolding, tour construction site, and enter confined space. + Possess or obtain a valid Arizona Driver’s license within 90 days of start date and comply with the company Driver Safety Program. Free in-park housing provided. Complimentary meals and Medical/Dental/Vision health plans available. 401K. Drug-free workplace. Employment history verified. Background checks/Drug test required. Xanterra is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities/Women/Disabled/Veterans are encouraged to apply. TO APPLY visit www.grandcanyonlodges.com/careers Requisition ID: 2018-16470 External Company Name: Xanterra Leisure Holding, LLC External Company URL: www.xanterra.com Street: PO BOX 699 Responsibilities: + Responsible for the overall asset management and operation of the physical plant(s) on the Xanterra South Rim property. + Oversees and assists maintenance and repair of all facilities in accordance to the Concessions Contract. + Responsible for maintaining robust CMMS system to encompass preventative maintenance, recurring maintenance, scheduled and unscheduled repair, component renewal and deferred maintenance and project documentation. + Responsible for compiling and execution of the Annual Maintenance Plan and extended year plan to include the CMMS reporting areas listed above. + Oversees and assists the project teams in the management of all aspect of planning, design, and construction, from project inception through closeout. + The Director, in coordination with the Assistant Director and the Project Managers, ensure all projects meet regulatory and contractual requirements, as well as National Park Service and Xanterra objectives. + Works closely with various National Park Service divisions on engineering projects, abatements, and compliance issues. + Compile and execute the annual three year Xanterra South Rim Capital Expense plan. + Responsible for creation and administration of department financial plan, and management of plan including labor. Maintain the property level documentation as it pertains to the Lease Hold Surrender (LSI) for eligible projects. + Responsible for completing annual performance reviews for Engineering personnel and administering department personnel matters. + Communicate with the Assistant Director of Facilities to ensure that maintenance work orders are being completed in a timely and satisfactory manner. This includes preventive, predictive and scheduled maintenance. + Work with the Assistant Director of Facilities to ensure the timely completion of NPS required inspections and inspection related work orders. + Communicate with project management team to ensure completion of projects on schedule and within budget. Approve final sign off on all projects. + Work with Assistant Director of Facilities and Property Controller to ensure that parts inventory database is current, that inventory cost is within budget and invoicing/ordering is following company guidelines. + Ensure that department is complying with all Company, NPS and other Federal laws and regulations regarding HAZMAT, HAZCOM, risk management, confined space, lockout-tag out, ergonomics, current ADA/ABAAS accessibility guidelines and vehicle use. + Work closely with Director of Sustainability to ensure compliance with all company and NPS sustainability policies and procedures. + Project a commitment to Xanterra South Rim Sustainability Policies and Procedures. + Carry out duties as Director on Duty as assigned. + Other duties as assigned. Qualifications: + Bachelor’s degree in Facilities Engineering, Construction and Project Management, or Building Technology is preferred. + Eight to ten years of progressive management experience in Engineering Maintenance. + Experience with historic structures and preservation guidelines and techniques. + Thorough knowledge and demonstrated experience managing concurrent large, complex engineering projects. + Knowledge of physical plant operations including boilers, generators, pumps, water/waste treatment, gas/fuel lines and power lines. + Detailed knowledge and ability to comply with the Concessioner, Service, and other federal/Arizona governmental requirements, policies, and procedures. + Working knowledge of Computer Maintenance Management Systems, data analysis, and reporting Experience with Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA)/Federal Government safety requirements and NEPA requirements. + LEED® AP Accreditation/Green Build experience is preferred. + Project management experience including cost estimating, bid notices and contract negotiations. + Experience with preventive maintenance best practices and curing deferred maintenance in remote operations with seasonal weather variations. + Experience in the creation of construction management programs and financial plans for the Engineering Department. + Hands-on management style with the ability to motivate and inspire others. + Strong relationship and communication skills with the ability to convey ideas effectively to a variety of audiences. + Experience with Microsoft Office suite including: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. + Must possess physical agility to ascend/descend a ladder or scaffolding, tour construction site, and enter confined space. + Possess or obtain a valid Arizona Driver’s license within 90 days of start date and comply with the company Driver Safety Program. Free in-park housing provided. Complimentary meals and Medical/Dental/Vision health plans available. 401K. Drug-free workplace. Employment history verified. Background checks/Drug test required. Xanterra is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities/Women/Disabled/Veterans are encouraged to apply. TO APPLY visit www.grandcanyonlodges.com/careers
          Kitty Showers Owner With Affection After Showing Off New Booties      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Adonis is one well-looked-after cat. The adorable furry pet received a beautiful new pair of knitted boots to protect his precious paws just in time for the winter.Adonis loves to go on walks and couldn’t wait to test out his new shoes. Safe to say, he loves his gift and the kisses of appreciation for owner Shehleeza were very much deserved. Credit: adonisthekitty via Storyful
          North America Partner Leader, Healthcare - Amazon.com - San Francisco, CA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Prepare and give business reviews to AWS senior leaders. Do you have strong business development, strategic alliances, and entrepreneurial skills?...
From Amazon.com - Tue, 05 Jun 2018 02:44:36 GMT - View all San Francisco, CA jobs
          #doggie - enzothesprocker      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Jaws deleted scene / cutest attack ever 🦈 . . . . . #dogsofinstagram #sprocker #cocker #springer #dog #dogstagram #doge #doggy #dogs #doggo #doggie #instadog #dogs_of_instagram #dogs_of_world #doglover #dogoftheday #dogphotography #spaniel #spaniels #spanielsofinstagram #cockerspaniel #springerspaniel #puppy #puppylove #puppydog #ireland🍀 #dublin🍀 #ireland #lovindublin #dublin
          Government-backed research suggests millions of smartphones have built-in security flaws - BGR      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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          5th Century Irish Dog Owners & Brehon Law      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

It’s likely that Ireland had one of the oldest records of formal dog breeding in the world, and they took the form of Brehon Law. Operational in Gaelic areas until the English conquest of Ireland in the early 17th century, Brehon Laws were a body of rules and regulations that were developed from customs that had been […]

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          Procedural fairness and prejudice      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Davies Ndumiso Sibanda, Labour Matters WHILE the courts have said matters of procedure should not be the basis of freeing an employee from misconduct charges but rather the employee must be free because he is not guilty, there is an exception to this principle as where procedural flaws lead to prejudice then the employee can...
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Paws up if you're excited to hang out with your cat on #InternationalCatDay! 🐾 #TotalDivas
          Data Center Technician - Amazon.com - Ashburn, VA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Experience with CISCO, Jupiter and other commodity networking devices. Data Center Technicians are Amazon’s front line in air-gapped AWS regions when it comes...
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          Comentario en Los Oscars crean la categoría del Premio del Público por rafaelgg      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Respecto al oscar del público os puedo comentar una cosa que sucedió en la BBC en 1999 cuando yo vivía en Londres. Barry Norman, un prestigioso crítico de cine se le ocurrió hacer una encuesta entre la audiencia para que votaran las 100 mejores películas de la historia por aquello del cambio de milenio y todo eso. Los resultados dejaron al tal Norman con una cara de pasmo absoluto. De las 100 películas tan solo una de lengua no inglesa: Cinema Paradiso. Eso quiere decir que olvidaros de encontrar en dicha lista a gentes como Kurosawa, Buñuel o Fellini. Ni una sola película de alguien tan aclamado en las últimas décadas como Woody Allen. Pero mejor os paso directamente la lisa porque es para mear y no echar gota, tanto por los títulos que aparecen como por el puesto que ocupan algunos: 1. Star Wars - A New Hope (1977) 2. Titanic (1998) 3. Gone with the Wind (1939) 4. Casablanca (1942) 5. It's a Wonderful Life (1946) 6. The Godfather (1972) 7. The Sound of Music (1965) 8. Blade Runner (1982) 9. Schindler's List (1993) 10. The Full Monty (1997) 11. ET - The Extraterrestrial (1982) 12. Pulp Fiction (1994) 13. Grease (1978) 14. Braveheart (1995) 15. The Shawshank Redemption (1994) 16. Some Like It Hot (1959) 17. Jurassic Park (1993) 18. Zulu (1964) 19. Ben Hur (1959) 20. Ghost (1990) 21. Pretty Woman (1990) 22. The Great Escape (1963) 23. Dirty Dancing (1987) 24. Independence Day (1996) 25. Trainspotting (1996) 26. The Wizard of Oz (1939) 27. Star Wars - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) 28. Back to the Future (1985) 29. Star Wars - Return of the Jedi (1983) 30. Forrest Gump (1994) 31. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) 32. Saving Private Ryan (1998) 33. Lawrence of Arabia (1962) 34. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) 35. Singin' in the Rain (1952) 36. Apocalypse Now (1979) 37. Jaws (1975) 38. Aliens (1986) 39. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) 40. Terminator 2 - Judgment Day (1991) 41. Citizen Kane (1941) 42. Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) 43. Psycho (1960) 44. The Third Man (1949) 45. The Silence of the Lambs (1991) 46. Goodfellas (1990) 47. Toy Story (1995) 48. Twelve Monkeys (1995) 49. Scream (1996) 50. L.A. Confidential (1997) 51. Doctor Zhivago (1965) 52. Men in Black (1997) 53. Dances with Wolves (1990) 54. The Italian Job (1969) 55. Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) 56. The Blues Brothers (1980) 57. The Usual Suspects (1995) 58. The English Patient (1996) 59. Alien (1979) 60. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) 61. West Side Story (1961) 62. Armageddon (1998) 63. The Lion King (1994) 64. Brief Encounter (1946) 65. The African Queen (1951) 66. The Quiet Man (1952) 67. When Harry Met Sally (1989) 68. Top Gun (1986) 69. Terminator (1984) 70. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) 71. The Deerhunter (1978) 72. The Searchers (1956) 73. Highlander (1986) 74. The Magnificent Seven (1954) 75. Die Hard (1988) 76. Se7en (1995) 77. Face/Off (1997) 78. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) 79. Con Air (1997) 80. The Fifth Element (1997) 81. Leon (1994) 82. The Godfather Part 2 (1974) 83. My Fair Lady (1964) 84. Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979) 85. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) 86. Gandhi (1982) 87. Babe (1995) 88. The Rock (1996) 89. The Exorcist (1973) 90. The King and I (1956) 91. Shakespeare in Love (1998) 92. Sleepless in Seattle (1993) 93. The Graduate (1967) 94. Spartacus (1960) 95. Cinema Paradiso (1988) 96. A Bug's Life (1998) 97. Reservoir Dogs (1992) 98. High Noon (1952) 99. Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) 100. Taxi Driver (1976)
          Last Firehawk. 04 : Lullaby Lake by Charman, Katrina, author.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Their magical map is leading Tag, Skyla, and Blaze closer and closer to The Shadowlands, Thorn's territory--but now the Ember Stone has fallen into the well-named Lullaby Lake, which is defended by fairies who sing intruders to sleep, and the friends must figure out a way to convince the "nixies" to help them retrieve it before Thorn gets his claws on it.
          REVIEW: Red Hood And The Outlaws #25 Hits Hard Without Throwing A Single Punch      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
What am I talking about this time: Red Hood And The Outlaws #25 Written by: Scott Lobdell Art by: Dexter Soy Cover by: Trevor Hairsine Variant cover by: Yasmine Putri   Overall Review: 4 out of 5 Lego Red Hoods Is it worth $4.99? Man, $5 is a lot of money, but yeah… this comic has heart, man.   Spoiler Free Review: This comic doesn’t deserve a 4 out of 5. The story is a mess, the build up is over-hyped, and to be honest Jason Todd/Red Hood is just a Punisher rip-off… and yet there are a few intimate
          Junior Inspector - Colliers Project Leaders - Mississauga, ON      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
An understanding of design standards, specifications and materials associated with construction laws and regulations including environmental, traffic control,...
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          Senior Inspector - Colliers Project Leaders - Mississauga, ON      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Sound knowledge of design standards, specifications and materials associated with construction laws and regulations including environmental, traffic control,...
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          Great Dane pups (Oodle) $400      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
We have beautiful great dane pups ready for their new and loving homes. They have had first vaccinations and deworming, dewclaws removed. Ckc registration Call or text 919-219-XXXX Fawn merle male

          Purebred Standard Poodle Puppies born 6/23/18 (Oodle) $700      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Awesome Standard Poodle Puppies will be available to special pet homes beginning mid August, reserve your new family member today. Only 3 available. Looks like we have a silver male and female and a blue male. These puppies are from AKC, health tested parents. Will not be registering puppies; they are to be cherished family members. Calm temperaments, intuitive, loveable babies are raised in my home, staring potty pad training at two weeks, doggy door training at 4 weeks as well as learning puzzles. Puppies have had dew claws removed and tails docked. AKC microchips and age appropriate vaccines will be given.

          Bartender (PT) - Troon Golf - Sheridan, WY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Ensures compliance with applicable state liquor laws and standard operating procedures provided by the management....
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          40s Dress Heart Print Small / 1940s Vintage Dress Cotton Novelty Print / Cubes and Hearts Dress by CrushVintage      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

224.00 USD

Charming 1940's dress! Done in a crisp black cotton with a dali-esque print including cubes with hearts and swirls. Button up bodice, fitted waist and a-line skirt. Sweet pink peter pan collar and matching sash. Side metal zip. Unlined. Hand washed and ready to wear.

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Brand: unknown
Size on tag: None
Fits like: small
Color: black/aqua/pink
Material: cotton
Condition: Very Good Vintage: tiny 1/2" black patch on the right hip.

✂-----Measurements
Bust (underarm seam) : 35"
Waist: 29" (and smaller when cinched)
Hips: 46" (measured 10" from waist)
Total length: 44" (2" hem allowance)

m i n t : pristine with no signs of wear- possibly deadstock

e x c e l l e n t : signs of normal wear and age- no obvious flaws

v e r y g o o d : noted minor flaws that may have been already repaired - very wearable

g o o d : many noted minor flaws and/or mends -wearable

f a i r : numerous noted flaws and mends, some significant - still wearable

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          Assistant Center Manager - Advance America - Sheridan, WY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Operations, Compliance, & Collections:. Ability to understand and ensure compliance with policies, procedures, and laws governing our industry/business and... $13 an hour
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          Bicycle Necklace, Sterling Silver Bike Pendant, Handmade Argentium Bicycle by GorjessJewellery      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

75.00 GBP

A silver bicycle pendant, hand cut from a piece of 1.2mm thick argentium silver. The chain is sterling silver.

Unlike factory made charms, this pendant is made all by hand, each piece is hand cut with saws and tidied up with files, then hand polished.

All jewellery is lovingly made by Gorjess Jewellery, care is taken to provide a beautiful high polish finish, or if you'd prefer, a lovely satin finish which although isn't mirror reflective, is bright and shiny but with a more textured appearance.

PLEASE NOTE -
I typically make these designs once the order has taken place, so if you have a deadline let me know before you purchase to see if I will be able to get them ready in time. Otherwise, please allow 1-3 weeks for them to be made and posted if we don't already have the design in stock.

Argentium Silver
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Argentium silver is brighter than platinum, white gold and traditional sterling. It is the whitest of them all. Argentium is always purer than traditional sterling silver. It is low maintenance, easy to care for and simple to clean.


UPDATE TO POSTAGE COSTS
On UK items up to the value of £80 I will send with Signed for post which can take 1-5 working days, apart from highly personalised pendants which will still go with Special Delivery.


          Fish Bones Silver Pendant Necklace by GorjessJewellery      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

49.00 GBP

This pendant is handmade by me in Argentium Silver using tiny saws and files.
It is approximately 2cm long and 1.2mm thick. It will come on an 18" Sterling silver chain, if you'd like a 16" or 20" chain please leave a note during purchase.
If you'd like a chain longer than 20" please message me before buying so that I can adjust the cost.


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Dr Matthew Raphael Johnson explains why free trade is not really free and how the constitution only serves to protect the State and not the people it is supposed to represent.

Capitalism and free trade were creations of the state. In the 19th century it was the state that paid for the building of canals, the establishment of a merchant fleet and the erection of the first centralized rail system. Acres of land, once belonging to the peasants, were given to the oligarchs for free.  Markets had nothing to do with it. Empires created industry, not the other way around.

Free trade is the foundational ideology of modernity. It is a mindset, a cosmopolitan, faux-intellectual understanding of the world that reduces everything to money and plastic prestige. It’s laws and institutions are as fluid as its currency values. They are illusions. This is based not on production, not on gold, but on the creation of images and fantasies that are then taken by the public as real. Thus, modernism is the result of the hypnotic trance.

When the power in a society is private, the “Constitution” is irrelevant, since it only governs state actions. Yet, the state is now merely a tool of capital. Having secured fictitious personhood, capital's totalitarian control over the western world is protected by the state and globalist entities created by these same elites. The fraud of free trade then, comes down to the fact that governments and international bodies are privatized entities and corporations, protected by the Constitution, and rule without limit. It is all based upon illusion.

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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.

In the sugar­cane region of El Salvador, as much as one-fifth of the population has chronic kidney disease, the presumed result of dehydration from working the fields they were able to comfortably harvest as recently as two decades ago. Photo: Heartless Machine
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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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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Independent developers, Terahard, announced today that their beat’em up style co-op action game, Claws of Furry, is coming PC and consoles on September 4. Announced earlier this year for Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PC via Steam, Terahard have also revealed today that Claws of Furry is coming to PlayStation 4.


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• Local co-op with up to 4 players

• A variety of thematic environments and enemies

• Unlockable costumes with unique gameplay properties

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The following review is a special for BlackFive readers provided by Elise Cooper. You can read all of our book reviews and author interviews by clicking on the Books category link in the right side bar. The Trial and Execution of the Traitor George Washingtonby Charles Rosenberg is a great Fourth of July novel. Anyone who feels a sense of patriotism will want to read this gripping story about America’s General George Washington. The suspense ratchets up as readers wonder what will happen to one of America’s greatest heroes. This thought-provoking alternative history book takes place in the midst of the American Revolution. An English plot to kidnap General George Washington, brings him overseas to England, and puts him on trial as a traitor. But some like British Prime Minister Frederick North want to use him as a bargaining chip to put an end to a very costly war. British special agent Colonel Jeremiah Black, an officer of the King’s Guard, is assigned the task of landing on a deserted beach in late November 1780. Aided by “Loyalist” Americans he is able to sprint Washington aboard the HMS Peregrine. Upon their arrival, Washington is imprisoned in the Tower of London to await trial on charges of high treason. An interesting controversy explored, are the US colonies in rebellion and therefore subject to charges of treason, or are they a separate country; thus, Washington should be treated as a prisoner of war? “I found out these were actual arguments at the time. Washington would argue he was a prisoner of war, and that under the laws of war, he must be released at the end of hostilities or exchanged for another prisoner. The debate: were the colonists a legitimate authority or rebels, as the King proclaimed in 1775, in a state of rebellion? Although, there were actually exchanges of prisoners. In 1781 Henry Laurens was swapped for the British General Lord Cornwallis who was famous for losing the Battle of Yorktown. I think given the chance George III would have wanted Washington executed.” Although Washington is more of a secondary character, throughout the novel his presence looms significantly. Key characters include the American ambassador, Ethan Abbott, sent to negotiate Washington’s release, the British Prime Minister Lord North, and the defense attorney chosen to defend Washington, Abraham Hobhouse, an American-born barrister with an English wife. An added highlight has all the characters’ debating key issues of the time. Rosenberg does this with a great writing style where readers do not feel as if they are being hit over the head with a history lesson. Rosenberg noted, “He is definitely not the protagonist of the novel, but is more of a topic in it. I realized that the first third of the book, where the planning and capture of the General happens, would have him not commenting at all. For the second part, where he is on the ship, he is a prisoner, who is basically helpless. This means that he would not have a lot to say. Because various people would have objected and commented that Washington would not have thought that or done this. I tried to present him as his contemporaries described him. There were not a lot of personal writings since Martha Washington burned his letters after he died. This made it hard to get a lot of material. However, I did read his speeches and hope that I came close to the way he would have said things when I did quote him.” This alternative history is informative and interesting, within a gripping novel. Part adventure story, part spy novel, and part courtroom drama it has many twists. This what-if plot has an intriguing storyline.

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Updated at 9:30 a.m. ET President Trump is facing calls to act in the wake of the latest mass shooting, which killed 17 people Wednesday at a high school in Florida, and the White House is not ignoring them. The president will participate in a pair of listening sessions on school safety this week, and on Monday morning the White House said he supports efforts to improve the federal background check system, something Congress has expressed broad support for without acting on after past shootings. The cyclical aftermath of the nation's mass shooting has repeated itself several times during Trump's year-old presidency, including with the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history when 59 people were killed on the Las Vegas strip last October, and when 26 people were killed at a church service in Sutherland Springs, Texas, in November. In both instances, Democrats called for a major push for gun control, and even some Republicans said modest changes to the nation's gun laws might be in
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Thanks to everyone who turned out at Wednesday’s 25th Brazos Valley Food Bank Feast of Caring. Executive Director Theresa Mangapora believes a record number of diners were in attendance. That’s based on adding eight more tables at the Brazos Center in the middle of the event and ending with unusually few leftovers. The Food Bank […]

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Randal Schwartz talks to the hosts of Linux Outlaws (Dan Lynch and Fabian Scherschel) about their weekly podcast, which ran 370 episodes from 2007 to 2014.

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New Dark Age
James Bridle
304 pp. Verso, July 17, 2018. $26.95. 

As I began James Bridle’s debut book New Dark Age, I took a pause and stared at a batch of headlines generated by the Google Now algorithm on my phone’s homepage. The headlines are rarely particularly useful, though I read them anyways, in spite of myself. As The Outline reported last year, Alphabet, Google’s parent company, has disclosed precious little about what’s required of publications in order for them to be featured in its Google News results. The company sources stories from tens of thousands of publications, big and small, showing little desire to remove untrustworthy or non-newsworthy results. 

I shouldn't have been surprised, then, when I hit this surreal headline from Fox News: “Google AI can predict when you’ll die with 95 percent accuracy, researchers say.” The piece described the report  of a study in which the company’s researchers conducted an analysis of data from more than 216,000 adults in order to predict patients’ potential lifespans, chances of readmission, and likely discharge dates. Their results supposedly eclipsed existing predictive models by ten percent. 

Such a strange story provoked any number of questions. What does Google get from examining patient data? How is the AI system analyzing what it’s given, and what are the consequences of its errors, at least in relation to those made by actual doctors? What would you do if Google’s computers told you your death was imminent? Even scarier – what would your doctor do, particularly in our inhumane, profit-above-everything healthcare system?

The article felt uncanny, a perfect synecdoche for the anxieties Bridle explores in New Dark Age. As an artist and author whose work explores the contested intersections of capitalism, surveillance, and computer intelligence, Bridle unravels these vexing issues across his new book. Even as he plunges deeper into the kinds of nightmarish scenarios exemplified by corporate-owned algorithmic death predictors, his mission is to stir people from a technological torpor and chart a radical reassessment of how these tools control our lives. While the book is often unsettling, and rightly so, Bridle's grim prophesies lack a clear diagnosis for forward action. It’s an outcome that's unsurprising given the enormity of what's being explored, but it still comes as a disappointment. 

Bridle’s central argument is that “Computational thinking has triumphed because it has first seduced us with its power, then befuddled us with its complexity, and finally settled into our cortexes as self-evident” (44). It's an elegant description of a trend that’s increasingly apparent: We're trapped by the limited control we have over digital tools that govern our livelihoods, while those at the top flourish thanks to their mastery over the computational forces that regulate our social and political economy. Elites have a vested self-interest in keeping these tools opaque, and as they creep further into our lives, it’s both more urgent and seemingly less possible to confront their impact, even as it feels that they allow us to know more about everything around us. “Our vision is increasingly universal, but our agency is ever more reduced,” Bridle suggests (186).

But if the information floodgates curtail our ability to resist, Bridle still overdetermines that impact by erasing meaningful political possibilities capable of reining in networked tools run amok. In a chapter exploring stock market “flash crashes,” Bridle argues that “digitisation made the markets both more opaque to noninitiates, and radically visible to those in the know.” As Bridle describes it, we’re inevitably descending towards DeutscheBank trying to increase the speed of light to make trades faster, as Hito Steyerl suggests in Factory of the Sun.

Yet Bridle ignores the possibility of a financial transaction tax, a measure that would hobble the low-margin, high-frequency trades that skim value off of the market, pennies at a time. By refusing this practical solution, Bridle sinks into the kind of all-consuming dread he elsewhere rejects, minimizing collective agency and overplaying the strength of a network that’s still of our own hand, even as it gains its own strange liveliness.

If our machines are increasingly autonomous, how should humans respond in a way that maximizes our virtues while channeling what’s useful about tools that escape our understanding? In an intriguing but underdeveloped argument, Bridle calls on people to accept a level of “practical unknowing,” asking us to recognize the network as “the best representation of [the] reality we have built, precisely because it too is so difficult to think” (76). Elsewhere, Bridle describes a similar mindset, a space he calls the “gray zone,” which “allows us to make peace with the otherwise-irreconcilable, conflicting worldviews that prevent us from taking meaningful action in the present” (214). Both thoughts grasp at something valuable, a recognition of agency within a degraded climate of misinformation, overabundance, and distractedness. But they’re not fully articulated, even as they seemingly define the pursuit of political action within Bridle’s dystopic imagination.

These concepts are better articulated by media scholar Patrick Jagoda, who names “network ambivalence” as a practical route through our indeterminate world. Jagoda suggests a way of living within a network totality “without yielding to apathy, cynicism, disengagement, or hopelessness.” His proposed method entails “a deliberate intensity, patience, and willingness to forgo quick resolution or any finality at all.” Jagoda urges us to accept discomfort and contradiction, while instantiating change through critical reflection and creation that embraces a compromised environment as a reality that must be accepted before it can be transformed.

It's a stance that finds echoes throughout New Dark Age, especially when Bridle argues, “Technology is and can be a guide and helpmate in this thinking, providing we do not privilege its output.” Learning to appreciate the virtues of technologies at our disposal, without expecting too much of their capacities, or too little of our own, is a useful approach that straddles the twin perils of neo-Luddism or accelerationism.

Much of what's most successful in New Dark Age comes as Bridle tries to enact this thinking-through-technology, offering a network psychoanalysis that reflects back the all-too-human flaws we continue to suppress elsewhere. Technology enacts “a particular set of beliefs and desires: the congruent, often unconscious dispositions of its creators,” (142) burying a vast legacy of oppression beneath a smooth, high-resolution sheen. If we follow Bridle’s advice, treating technological outputs as a starting point without diminishing our capacity for conscious intervention, we can probe and prod the algorithms that think beyond our comprehension with a desire to learn what these unsettling artifacts say about our worldviews.

Bridle does this work beautifully in his artistic output. One such work is Render Search, in which the artist sought to find people that appeared in architectural rendering photographs, a space in between the digital and physical that instantiates development, growth, and displacement. Playfully adopting the missing person poster (“Have You Seen These People?”), the work pokes at a virtual world-in-actualization, subtly reminding us that those displaced by construction are made to disappear from their homes and communities, victims of an unrecognized pursuit of capital accumulation at all costs.

James Bridle, Render Search London (2017). Photo of billboards installed on Great Eastern Street, London. Courtesy of the artist.

If the New Dark Age is one of our own making, the product of unconscious and conscious desires, enacted in the networks we’ve brought to life, it’s too early to give into a hopelessness that sees no way out. Bridle has offered a grim prognosis, one that hits too close to home at many points in the text. He wants to offer hope, and a sense that if we attune ourselves to the strange frequencies of our computational world, we can once more find our bearings. But if Bridle wants readers to snap out of some computer-induced fever dream and awaken themselves to the undeniable need for immediate collective action, it seems like he might need to look in the mirror to convince himself such change is still possible before demanding the same of others.

Lead photo courtesy the author.


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School Journal For Grade 1-10
DEPED ARMM BEE-251-2018
Implementing Rules and Regulations
Public Bidding

Description
The Department of Education ARMM Region, through Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), now invites bids for the above-mentioned goods. Bids received that exceed the ABC per unit cost shall be rejected at bid opening. Late bids shall be rejected. Bidder must bid for all items in a lot; otherwise, the bid shall be rejected. Bidder may bid for one, more than one or all of the lots. Evaluation and award shall be made on a per unit cost basis. Prospective bidders must have completed a similar contract within the last two (2) years from the deadline date of submission and receipt of bids with an amount of at least 50% of the ABC to be bid.

Bidding is restricted to Filipino citizens/sole proprietorships, organizations with at least sixty percent (60%) interest or outstanding capital stock belonging to citizens of the Philippines, and to citizens or organizations of a country the laws or regulations of which grant similar rights or privileges to Filipino citizens, pursuant to RA 5183 and subject to Commonwealth Act 138.

Open competitive bidding will be conducted using the non-discretionary pass/fail criterion, evaluation and post-qualification procedures specified in the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of R.A. 9184, otherwise known as the “government procurement Reform Act”.

Interested bidders may obtain further information from the address given below and inspect the Bid documents in the said address.

A complete set of Bid Documents may be purchased by interested Bidders from the address below and upon payment of a non-refundable fee from the Bid Documents on August 14-22, 2018 @8am to 5pm (office hours)

Further, pursuant to Section 22.3 of RA 9184 that only those who have purchased the Bidding Documents shall be allowed to participate in the pre-bid conference and raise or submit written queries or clarifications.

Bids must be delivered to the address and on the date and time stated herein. All bids must be accompanied by a security bid in any of the acceptable forms and in the amount stated in ITB clause 18. A valid Bid Securing Declaration must accompany the bid(s) in lieu of the bid security.

Bids will be open in the presence of the bidder’s representatives who choose to attend the opening of bids at the address stated herein. Late bids shall not be accepted.

Proprietor or Authorized Representative shall personally submit their letter of Intent to the BAC Secretariat on the date specified herein upon presentation of the valid identification card prior to issuance and payment of bid documents.

The DepEd ARMM Regional Office reserves the right to reject any and all bids, declare a failure of bidding, not award the contract(s), or annul the bidding, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder or bidders.

Pre-bid Conference

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Make no mistake, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is imperfect. The details of the story are inconsistent with the first. The over-the-top theatrics are glaring. But none of that matters. This movie is pure fun, flaws and all, and to take it too seriously would be to miss the whole point of Mamma Mia!. That is, to entertain. Simple and honest entertainment for all.

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Forgive a moment of introspection, but as another summer draws to a close and home-that-isn’t-home once again beckons, it’s time to take stock of how your newspapers and the communities they serve are doing. Yes, it may be presumptuous of someone who, until retirement, will spend only four months of the year here, but sometimes it’s easier to see things when you aren’t staring at them every day. Earlier this year, the newspaper you hold in your hands or view on your screen was honored as the best mid-size nondaily in the state. Our promise is that we’re going to do everything we can to stay that way. [MORE]
          How to Improve the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

On June 28, California enacted the Consumer Privacy Act (A.B. 375), a well-intentioned but flawed new law that seeks to protect the data privacy of technology users and others by imposing new rules on companies that gather, use, and share personal data. There's a lot to like about the Act, but there is substantial room for improvement. Most significantly:

  • The Act allows businesses to charge a higher price to users who exercise their privacy rights.
  • The Act does not provide users the power to bring violators to court, with the exception of a narrow set of businesses if there are data breaches.
  • For data collection, the Act does not require user consent.
  • For data sale, while the Act does require user consent, adults have only opt-out rights, and not more-protective opt-in rights.
  • The Act’s right-to-know should be more granular, extending not just to general categories of sources and recipients of personal data, but also to the specific sources and recipients. Also, the right-to-know should be tailored to avoid news gathering.

The law goes into effect in January 2020, which means privacy advocates have 18 months to strengthen it—and to stave off regulated companies' attempts to weaken it.

Background to the Act

For many years, a growing number of technology users have objected to the myriad ways that companies harvest and monetize their personal data, and users have called on companies and legislators to do a better job at protecting their data privacy. EFF has long supported data privacy protections as well.

In March 2018, the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke. The public learned that private data was harvested from more than 50 million Facebook users, without their knowledge and consent, and that the Trump presidential campaign used this private data to target political advertisements. Demand for better data privacy rules increased significantly.

In May 2018, supporters of a California ballot initiative on data privacy filed more than 600,000 signatures in support of presenting the initiative to voters, nearly twice the number of signatures required to do so. But ballot initiatives are an imperfect way to make public policy on a complex subject like data privacy. Before enactment, it can be difficult for stakeholders to help improve an initiative’s content. And after enactment, an initiative can be difficult to amend.

California legislators hoped to do better, but now they faced a deadline. June 28 was the last day the initiative’s sponsor could remove it from the ballot, and the sponsor told the legislature that he would do so only if they passed data privacy legislation first. Legislators rushed to meet this deadline, but that rush meant privacy advocates didn’t have much chance to weigh in before it was passed.

The Basics of the CCPA

The CCPA creates four basic rights for California consumers: 

  • A right to know what personal information a business has about them, and where (by category) that personal information came from or was sent. See Sections 100, 110, 115. See also Section 140(c) (defining “business”), and Section 140(o) (defining “personal information”).
  • A right to delete personal information that a business collected from them. See Section 105. While the right-to-know extends to all information a business collected about a consumer, the right-to-delete extends to just the information a business collected from them.
  • A right to opt-out of sale of personal information about them. See Section 120. See also Section 140(t) (defining “sale”).
  • A right to receive equal service and pricing from a business, even if they exercise their privacy rights under the Act, but with significant exceptions. See Section 125.

The Act also creates a limited right for consumers to sue businesses for data security breaches, based on California’s existing data breach notification law. See Section 150. Most of the Act’s enforcement punch, however, rests with the California Attorney General (AG), who can file civil actions against violations of the Act. See Section 155. The AG is also responsible for promulgating regulations to flesh out or update the CCPA framework. See Section 185.

As we explained above, the CCPA was put together quickly, and with many important terms undefined or not clearly defined. As a result, these rights in some cases look better than they really are. Fortunately, the new CCPA is generally understood to be a work in progress. Legislators, privacy advocates, and regulated companies will all be seeking substantive revisions before the law goes into effect. The rest of this post focuses on EFF's suggestions.

Opt-in Consent to Collection

Many online services gather personal data from technology users, without their knowledge or consent, both when users visit their websites, and, by means of tracking tools, when users visit other websites. Many online services monetize this personal data by using it to sell targeted advertising. New legislation could require these online services to obtain the users’ opt-in consent to collect personal data, particularly where that collection is not necessary to provide the service.

The CCPA does not require online services to obtain opt-in consent before collecting personal data from users. Nor does it provide users an opportunity to opt-out of collection. The law does require notice, at or before the point of collection, of the categories of collected data, and the purposes of collection. See Section 100(b). But when it comes to users’ autonomy to make their own decisions about the privacy of their data, while notice is a start, consent is much better. The legislature should amend the Act to require it.

Some limits are in order. For example, opt-in consent might not be required for a service to perform actions the user themselves have requested (though clear notice should be required). Also, any new regulations should explore ways to avoid the “consent fatigue” that can be caused by a high volume of opt-in consent requests.

“Right to Know” About Data Gathering and Sharing

Technology users should have an affirmative “right to know” what personal data companies have gathered about them, where the companies got it, and with whom the companies shared it, subject to some limits to ensure that the right to know does not impinge on other rights.

The CCPA creates a right to know, empowering “consumers” to obtain the following information from “businesses”:

  • The categories of personal information collected. See Sections 100(a), 110a)(1), 110(c)(1), 115(a)(1).
  • The categories of sources of the personal information. See Sections 110(a)(2), 110(c)(2).
  • The purposes for collecting the personal information. See Sections 110(a)(3), 110(c)(3).
  • The categories of third parties with whom businesses shares personal information. See Sections 110(a)(4).
  • The categories of personal information sold. See Sections 115(a)(2), 115(c)(1).

The Act defines a “consumer” as any natural person who resides in California. See Section 140(g). The Act defines a “business” as a for-profit legal entity with: (i) annual gross revenue of $25 million; (ii) annual receipt or disclosure of the personal information of 50,000 consumers, households, or devices; or (iii) receipt of 50% or more of its annual revenue from selling personal information. See Section 140(c).

The Act’s right-to-know would be more effective if it was more granular. It allows people to learn just the “categories” of sources and recipients of their personal data. People should be able to learn the specific sources and recipients.

Moreover, the Act’s right-to-know should be tailored to avoid impacting news gathering, which is protected by the First Amendment, when undertaken by professional reporters and lay members of the public alike. For example, if a newspaper tracked visitors to its online edition, the visitors’ right-to-know could cover that tracked information, but should not also extend to a reporters’ investigative file.

Data Portability

Users generally should have a legal right to data portability, that is, to obtain a copy of the data they provided to an online service. People might use this data in myriad ways, including self-publishing their own content, better understanding their service provider, or taking their data to a rival service.

The CCPA advances data portability. Consumers may obtain from businesses the “specific pieces” of personal information collected about them. See Sections 100(a), 110(c)(5). Moreover, the Act provides that if “provided electronically, the information shall be in a portable and, to the extent technically feasible, in a readily useable format that allows the consumer to transmit their information to another entity.” See Section 100(d).

It will be important to ensure that “technical infeasibility” does not become an exception that swallows the rule.

Also, it may be appropriate to address scenarios where multiple users’ data is entangled. For example, suppose Alice posts a photo of herself on social media, under a privacy setting that allows only certain people to see the photo, and Bob (one of those people) posts a comment on the photo. If Bob seeks to obtain a copy of the data he provided to that social media, he should get his comment, but not automatically Alice’s photo.

Consent to Data Sharing

As discussed above, EFF supports properly tailored legislation that requires companies to get opt-in consent before collecting a user’s personal data. Opt-in consent should also be required before a company shares that data with a third party. The more broadly that personal data is disseminated, the greater the risk of theft by malicious hackers, misuse by company employees, and expanded uses by company managers. Technology users should have the power to control their personal data by deciding when it may be transferred from one entity to another.

The CCPA addresses sale of personal data. It defines “sale” to include any data transfer “for monetary or other valuable consideration.” See Section 140(t). Adults have a right to opt-out of sales. See Sections 120(a), 120(c). To facilitate such opt-outs, businesses must provide a “do not sell my personal information” link on their homepages. See Section 135(a)(1). Minors have a right to be free from sales absent their opt-in consent. See Sections 120(c), 120(d). Also, if a third party buys a user’s personal data from a company that acquired it from the user, the third party cannot re-sell that personal data, unless they notify the user and give them an opportunity to opt-out. See Section 115(d).

However, the Act’s provisions on consent to data sharing are incomplete. First, all users—adults as well as minors—should be free from data sales and re-sales without their opt-in consent. While opt-out consent is good, opt-in consent is a better way to promote user autonomy to make their own decisions about their data privacy.

Second, the opt-in consent rules should apply to data transfers that do not yield (in the Act’s words) “valuable consideration.” For example, a company may find it to be in its business interests to give user data away for free. The user should be able to say “no” to such a transfer. Under the current Act, they cannot do so. By contrast, the original ballot initiative defined “sale” to include sharing data with other businesses for free.

Notably, the Act empowers the California Attorney General to issue regulations to ensure that the Act’s various notices and information are provided “in a manner that may be easily understood by the average consumer.” See Section 185(a)(6). We hope these regulations will address the risk of “consent fatigue” that can result from opt-in requests.

Deletion

The CCPA provides that a consumer may compel a business to “delete” personal information that the business collected from the consumer. See Section 105(a).

The Act provides several exceptions. Two bear emphasis. First, a business need not delete a consumer’s personal information if the business needs it to “exercise free speech, ensure the right of another consumer to exercise his or her right of free speech, or exercise another right provided for by law.” See Section 105(d)(4). Second, a business may keep personal information “to enable solely internal uses that are reasonably aligned with the expectations of the consumer based on the consumer’s relationship with the business.” See Section 105(d)(7).  Confusingly, another exception uses similar language, and it’s unclear how these interact. See Section 105(d)(9) (“Otherwise use the consumer’s personal information, internally, in a lawful manner that is compatible with the context in which the consumer provided the information”).

Deletion is a particularly tricky aspect of data privacy, given the potential countervailing First Amendment rights at issue. For example, suppose that Alice and Bob use the same social media service, that Alice posts a photo of herself, that Bob re-posts it with a caption criticizing what Alice is doing in the photo, and that Alice becomes embarrassed by the photo. A statute empowering Alice to compel the service to delete all copies of the photo might intrude on Bob’s First Amendment interest in continuing to re-post the photo. EFF is working with privacy and speech advocates to find ways to make sure the CCPA ultimately strikes the right balance.

But EFF will strongly oppose any provision empowering users to compel third-party services (including search engines) to de-list public information about them. Laws outside the United States that do this are often called the “right to be forgotten.” EFF opposes such laws, because they violate the rights to free speech and to gather information. Many of us may be embarrassed by accurate published reports about us. But it does not follow that we should be able to force other people to forget these reports. Technology users should be free to seek out and locate information they find relevant.

Non-discrimination

The CCPA provides that if a user exercises one of the foregoing statutory data privacy rights (i.e., denial of consent to sell, right to know, data portability, or deletion), then a business may not discriminate against the user by denying service, charging a higher price, or providing lower quality. See Section 125(a)(1). This is a critical provision. Without it, businesses could effectively gut the law by discriminating against users that exercise their rights.

Unfortunately, the Act contains a broad exemption that threatens to swallow the non-discrimination rule. Specifically, a business may offer “incentives” to a user to collect and sell their data, including “payments.” See Section 125(b)(1). For example, if a service costs money, and a user of this service refuses to consent to collection and sale of their data, then the service may charge them more than it charges users that do consent. This will discourage users from exercising their privacy rights. Also, it will lead to unequal classes of privacy “haves” and “have nots,” depending upon the income of the user. EFF urges the California legislature to repeal this exemption from the non-discrimination rule.

This problem is not solved by the Act’s forbidding financial incentives that are “unjust, unreasonable, coercive, or usurious.” See Section 125(b)(4). This will not stop companies from charging more from users who exercise their privacy rights.

The Act also allows price and quality differences that are “reasonably related” or “directly related” to “the value provided to the consumer by the consumer’s data.” See Sections 125(a)(2), 125(b)(1). These exemptions from the non-discrimination rule are unclear and potentially far-reaching, and need clarification and limitation.

Empowering Users to Enforce the Law

One of the most powerful ways to ensure enforcement of a privacy law is to empower users to take violators to court. This is often called a “private cause of action.” Government agencies may fail to enforce privacy laws, for any number of reasons, including lack of resources, competing priorities, or regulatory capture. When a business violates the statutory privacy rights of a user, the user should have the power to decide for themselves whether to enforce the law. Many privacy statutes allow this, including federal laws on wiretaps, stored electronic communications, video rentals, driver’s licenses, and cable subscriptions.

Unfortunately, the private right of action in the CCPA is woefully inadequate. It may only be brought to remedy certain data breaches. See Section 150(a)(1). The Act does not empower users to sue businesses that sell their data without consent, that refuse to comply with right-to-know requests, and that refuse to comply with data portability requests. EFF urges the California legislature to expand the Act’s private cause of action to cover violations of these privacy rights, too.

The Act empowers the California Attorney General to bring suit against a business that violates any provision of the Act. See Section 155(a). As just explained, this is not enough.

Waivers

Too often, users effectively lose their new rights when they “agree” to fine print in unilateral form contracts with large businesses that have far greater bargaining power. Users may unwittingly waive their privacy rights, or find themselves stuck with mandatory arbitration of their privacy rights (as opposed to their day in an independent court).

So we are very pleased that the CCPA expressly provides that contract provisions are void if they purport to waive or limit a user’s privacy rights and enforcement remedies under the Act. See Section 192. This is an important provision that could be a model for other states as well.

Rule Making

The CCPA empowers the California Attorney General to adopt regulations, after it solicits broad public participation. See Section 185. These regulations will address, among other things, new categories of “personal information,” new categories of “unique identifiers” of users, new exceptions to comply with state and federal law, and the clarity of notices.

EFF will participate in this regulatory process, to help ensure that new regulations strengthen data privacy without undue burden, particularly for nonprofits and open-source projects.

Next Steps

The CCPA is just a start. Between now and the Act’s effective date in January 2020, much work remains to be done. The Act itself makes important findings about the high stakes:

The proliferation of personal information has limited Californians’ ability to properly protect and safeguard their privacy. It is almost impossible to apply for a job, raise a child, drive a car, or make an appointment without sharing personal information. . . . Many businesses collect personal information from California consumers. They may know where a consumer lives and how many children a consumer has, how fast a consumer drives, a consumer’s personality, sleep habits, biometric and health information, financial information, precise geolocation information, and social networks, to name a few categories. . . . People desire privacy and more control over their information.

EFF looks forward to advocating for improvements to the Act in the months and years to come.


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Around 10,000 figurines of white cats seated with one paw raised are stacked around Gotokuji temple in Tokyo. The temple has long attracted spiritual visitors with the figurines, which are thought to bring good luck. But of late it has brought in...
          The Garmin InReach Mini is this digital nomad's new best friend      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

If you spend your life in cities or on the interstates that connect them to one another, it’s easy to forget that there are parts of the world where cellular connectivity simply doesn’t exist. Right now, I’m 45 minutes from the nearest town, sitting in a motorhome, surrounded by nothing but trees. Out here, a busy day consists of seeing a few logging trucks or maybe some elk wander by. It’s remote, but I’m still able to connect to the Internet and do my job over my cellphone’s cellular connection. I can amplify my connection to cell towers using a cellular booster that I installed on our rig, earlier this year. But there have been instances where we’ve found ourselves far enough out in the sticks that I couldn’t find a cell signal to save my life. That’s why a device like Garmin’s InReach Mini is so cool. It’s a tiny satellite-connected communications device that lets me stay in touch with the outside world even when the outside world is too far away to connect to. At 2.04” x 3.90” x 1.03” in size and weighing less than four ounces, this thing is designed for the backpacking crowd. It has an IPX7 rating, so it’s OK to clip it to your belt or a backpack without fear of it being fried in a downpour while you’re out and about. That’s good news, as the Mini needs a clear view of the sky for it to connect to Iridium satellite network in order to do its thing. If you’re hoping to score a connection while it’s still inside of your rucksack or while you’re under tree cover, you’re going to be disappointed. While you’re out in the open, say in a clearing in the middle of a forest or at the side of a logging road—examples that draws on my experience with the device—it’s another story. Without a single bar of cellular connectivity, I can use the inReach Mini to send a canned message to my loved ones and let them know that I’m OK while I’m out on trail. They can send messages right back to me. If they feel like stalking me, they can. The InReach Mini can be set to upload my whereabouts to Garmin's servers every ten minutes. This data is overlaid on a map that's accessable via a private website. The map details my current location and the track I've taken. When the Mini is connected to the Earthmate App on my iPhone via Bluetooth, I can use the it to send short text messages or emails to anyone in my phone’s contact list, via the device’s satellite uplink. I can even use the thing to check in on the weather for my location. For the six months of the year that I spend in Alberta, Canada, this is wildly important as the forecast here can turn on a dime. Dangerous thunderstorms and hail the size of quarters are not uncommon. Most importantly, if either of my wife or I get into trouble with an illness, injury or a mechanical failure that prevents us from getting to help, the InReach Mini has our back. On the side of the device, there’s a small panel that flips up. Under that panel you’ll find an SOS button. Pushing it will send your location and a distress call to GEOS Worldwide—a company that specializes in providing safety solutions to travelers and adventurers. After receiving your distress signal, GEOS will call first responders in your vicinity to come and lend you the hand that you need. To keep you from wondering whether your message was received while you wait, they’ll also send along status updates to the InReach Mini to let you know when help is due to arrive. After owning one for a few months and using it every time I leave the RV to go for a hike, I’ve got nothing bad to say about this thing. However, there are a few of caveats that you you should know before you consider buying one of your own. First, satellite-connected hardware doesn't come cheap. A Garmin InReach Mini will set you back $350—and that’s just for the hardware. You’ll need to subscribe for a rate plan to use it. Garmin’s plans for the device range in price from $12 to around $80, per month. To be able to use all of the features I do, you’ll need to pay for their Expedition plan, to the tune of $50 per month. Without a rate plan attached to it, the InReach Mini is nothing but an expensive paperweight—and a light one, at that. Second, you will wait for your messages. You will wait for a weather report. Almost everything that this device can do involves beaming data to and from a man-made moon orbiting the earth which then relays that data to a ground station. Shit like that takes time. Leave your expectations of instant communication at the door while you're using one of these things. Finally, having a device designed to save your ass in an emergency is no substitute for the training required to get yourself out of trouble. Before you go anywhere that having a piece of hardware like this might be an asset, take a first aid course. Learn how to read a map and use a compass instead of simply relying on GPS: figure out what you need in order to survive while you’re exploring the places you love. Doing so should keep you from having to push that SOS button in so many situations and provide you with a sense of confidence that just might spill over into other areas of your life.
          This Cool New Technology Allows Artists To More Easily Animate Jaws      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
This Cool New Technology Allows Artists To More Easily Animate Jaws We had no idea that this much re
          Stunning Handcrafted Wooden Furniture - Aronson Woodworks Draws on the Uniqueness of Grain Patterns (TrendHunter.com)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
(TrendHunter.com) Aronson Woodworks specializes in the manufacturing of stunning handcrafted wooden furniture collections that are bound to add an interesting artistic twist to the interior of any home. The company...
          Tweeting Oncologist Draws Ire And Admiration For Calling Out Hype      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
New advances in medicine also tend to come with a hefty dose of hype. Yes, some new cancer drugs in the hot field of precision medicine , which takes into account variables for individual patients, have worked remarkably well for some patients. But while many patients clamor for them, they aren't currently effective for the vast majority of cancers. This stubborn fact has become a sticking point for an equally stubborn cancer doctor. At just 35 years old, Dr. Vinay Prasad has made a name for himself by calling out the hype surrounding precision medicine and confronting other examples of hype in his field. Prasad is a hematologist-oncologist and an assistant professor of medicine at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. Some have called him a professional troublemaker, a gadfly or a provocateur as he tweets to his 20,000-plus followers. He has sent nearly 30,000 tweets out to the Twitterverse, putting him within hailing distance of President Trump, at least in terms of
          When Scientists Develop Products From Personal Medical Data, Who Gets To Profit?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
If you go to the hospital for medical treatment and scientists there decide to use your medical information to create a commercial product, are you owed anything as part of the bargain? That's one of the questions that is emerging as researchers and product developers eagerly delve into digital data such as CT scans and electronic medical records, making artificial-intelligence products that are helping doctors to manage information and even to help them diagnose disease. This issue cropped up in 2016, when Google DeepMind decided to test an app that measures kidney health by gathering 1.6 million records from patients at the Royal Free Hospital in London. The British authorities found this broke patient privacy laws in the United Kingdom. ( Update on June 1 at 9:30 a.m. ET: DeepMind says it was able to deploy its app despite the violation.) But the rules are different in the United States. The most notable cases have involved living tissue, but the legal arguments apply to medical
          MAV Cashier (Adventure Guide) - Maverik - Lovell, WY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Review and adhere to all city, county, state, and federal laws affecting store operations. $10.00/hr.... $10 an hour
From Maverik - Mon, 30 Jul 2018 19:18:11 GMT - View all Lovell, WY jobs
          Bo Burnham captures the Internet’s major role in growing up in debut film, ‘Eighth Grade’      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Life in Bo Burnham’s debut film Eighth Grade draws audiences together with its use of sharp humor and deeply touching sentiments of cultivating self-confidence in the bulging paranoia of growing up in the age of the Internet.
          NEXT STOP EVERYWHERE 115: "Robot" is Up!      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

"Doctor, you -- you're being childish!"
"Well, of course I am!  There's no point being grown-up if you can't be childish sometimes."
-- Sarah Jane Smith and The Fourth Doctor, Doctor Who: "Robot"

Celebrating the 4th Anniversary of the award-winning Next Stop Everywhere: The Doctor Who Podcast, my partner in time Jesse Jackson and I have returned with a new episode! This time, we review "Robot", the first serial of Doctor Who Season 12 in 1974featuring Tom Baker's first episode as the Fourth Doctor, Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith, Nicholas Courtney as The Brigadier, and the debut of Ian Marter as new companion Harry Sullivan!

In this episode, Jesse and I discuss things like my recovering from nasal surgery, Jesse seeing Queen cover band Killer Queen, Tom Baker being completely different from Jon Pertwee, the two Osgoods, Tom Baker being the original Madman in a Box, typical English weather, my watching the Tom Baker run after Peter Davison's run, loving post-regeneration episodes, David Bowie's "Ashes to Ashes" video, the Brigadier finally seeing the Doctor regenerate with his own eyes, more love for Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith, Sarah Jane being called out for having a chauvinist attitude, the introduction of Harry Sullivan, Sarah Jane being the Lois Lane of the Doctor Who universe, the Brigadier always being fun to watch, Think Tank's attitude that humanity should follow scientists because they're smarter, Isaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics, the K1 Robot being a King Kong metaphor, Professor Kettlewell as a surprise bad guy, my recommendation for the new Doctor Who Season 12 Blu-Ray set, the Fourth Doctor using jelly babies to distract people, my Reverse the Reverse the Polarity segment, new listener feedback from Paul from Australia and Holly from Wisconsin, thoughts on the new Series Eleven trailer, why there's nothing wrong with feeling hopeful about the Jodie Whittaker era, teasing our upcoming show plans, and more!

If you'd like to check out our latest episode, you can find us on...

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Be sure to come back in two weeks as Jesse and I go back into the TARDIS and review "The Twin Dilemma", the seventh serial of Doctor Who Season 21 in 1984, featuring Colin Baker's first episode as the Sixth Doctor and Nicola Bryant as Peri Brown!  Look for more of Next Stop Everywhere on iTunes, Google Play Music, YouTube, Libsyn, Soundcloud, Stitcher, and the official Southgate Media Group website!



          [Advocacy] Re: Nova paradigma MS-a- 'managed desktop'      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Ovaj drugi primer koji sam pomenuo sa komercijalistama... server nam je bio lokalno a zakupljen asinhroni link 2/2 mbit, kroz koji nam je islo sve :). Nije bilo sjajno ali ni tako lose. Mislim da su danas brzine neuporedivo bolje, pogotovo ako je servis pruzan odstrane nekog cloud provajdera. AWS ima frankfurt. Pa bre kad mi RDPradi tako dobro, sto ne bi VDI. Nedavno sam umrezio servere preko OpenVPN i gledam protok, par desetina MB a nakacen bio ceo dan :)
          Telecommute Active Transportation Research Fellowship      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A nonprofit organization has an open position for a Telecommute Active Transportation Research Fellowship. Must be able to: Conduct extensive literature review of health, transportation and environmental research on the benefits of trails Provide quantification and calculation of the benefits of trails and effects of active transportation Provide analysis of the effects of federal policies and laws on active transportation Position Requirements Include: Master's degree Must have completed some graduate coursework in public policy and/or public health Must have access to research databases necessary to conduct academic research and literature reviews Must possess an interest in active transportation Must communicate technical data in clear and compelling ways
          18-06-0620 Supply And Delivery Of 192 Units Bottom Set Gill Net (7K) To Be Distributed To Fisherfolks Saad 2018 Beneficiaries In The Municipality Of Pagsanghan, Motiong And Marabut, Samar      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
18-06-0620 Supply And Delivery Of 192 Units Bottom Set Gill Net (7K) To Be Distributed To Fisherfolks Saad 2018 Beneficiaries In The Municipality Of Pagsanghan, Motiong And Marabut, Samar
18-06-0620
Implementing Rules and Regulations
Public Bidding

Description
INVITATION TO BID
(Public Bidding)

The BFAR 08, through its Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), invites eligible suppliers to bid for the hereunder contract:

A. NAME OF CONTRACT: 18-06-0620 SUPPLY AND DELIVERY OF 192 UNITS BOTTOM SET GILL NET (7K) TO BE DISTRIBUTED TO FISHERFOLKS SAAD 2018 BENEFICIARIES IN THE MUNICIPALITY OF PAGSANGHAN, MOTIONG AND MARABUT, SAMAR
Approved Budget of the Contract: Php 2,401,267.20
Delivery Period: Thirty (30) Calendar Days
Documentat Fee: Php 5,000.00 (Non-refundable)
End-user: JAIME P. SALAZAR, PFO-Samar

Description:
192 bundles Nylon Monofilament Net, 0.25x7kx50MDx1000m
192 kgs. Mono nylon (0.35mm)
384 kgs. Mono nylon (1.20mm) 4,800 kgs. Lead sinker (xx)
960 packs Rubber Float (Oblong) 4 1/2" (100 pcs/pack)
192 pcs. Plastic Netting Needle, 6" long
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
1. All materials shall be delivered at Provincial Fishery Office (PFO) Catbalogan City.
2. Delivery, unloading of materials should be done by the supplier during office hours.
3. Delivery Period: 30 Calendar Days
4. Delivery of items shall be per set, composed of the following:

a. one (1) bundle Nylon Monofilament Net
b. one (1) kg Mono nylon (0.35mm)
c. Two (2) kgs Mono nylon (1.20mm)
d. twenty five (25) kgs Lead sinker (xx)
e. five (5) packs rubber float (oblong) 4 1/2" (100 pcs/pack)
f. one (1) pc Plastic netting needle, 6" long
5. Payment shall be made after services have been satisfactorily rendered, papers processed, inspected and accepted by BFAR 8 authorized representative.


FOR PROCUREMENT OF GOODS:

Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures using a non-discretionary “pass/fail” criterion as specified in the 2016 Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act (RA) 9184, otherwise known as the “Government Procurement Reform Act”.

Bidding is restricted to Filipino citizens/sole proprietorships, partnerships, or organizations with at least sixty percent (60%) interest or outstanding capital stock belonging to citizens of the Philippines, and to citizens or organizations of a country the laws or regulations of which grant similar rights or privileges to Filipino citizens, pursuant to RA 5183.

A complete set of Bidding Documents may be purchased by interested Bidders @ BFAR Regional Office 8, Marasbaras, Tacloban City and upon payment of a nonrefundable fee.
It may also be downloaded free of charge from the website of the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS) provided that Bidders shall pay the nonrefundable fee for the Bidding Documents not later than the submission of their bids. Bids will be opened in the presence of the Bidders’ representatives who choose to attend. Late bids shall not be accepted.
Submission of Tax Clearance as part of the Eligibility Requirements; Amendment on the prescribed Omnibus sworn statement template on the PBD. Bidders SHOULD SUBMIT tax returns filed through the Electronic Filing and Payments System (EFPS). All particulars relative to Eligibility Statement and Screening, Bid Security, Performance Security, Evaluation of Bids, Post-Qualification and Award of Contract shall be governed by the pertinent provisions of R.A. 9184 and its Implementing Rules and Regulation (IRR). Bidders should have completed, within 5 years from the date of submission and receipt of bids, a contract similar to the Project. The description of an eligible bidder is contained in the Bidding Documents, particularly, in Section II. Instructions to Bidders.

Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Regional Office (BFAR-RO8) assumes no responsibility whatsoever to compensate or indemnify bidders for any expenses incurred in the preparation of their bids. And finally, the BFAR-8 reserves the right to accept or reject any bid, to annul the bidding process, and to reject the Bid at any time prior to contract award, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder.

For further information, please refer to: VIODELA PEN/ROSARIO ORBETA/LEHANA ESPINOSA, BFAR 8 BAC Secretariat; Contact Number: 832-4655

(SGD)
NORBERTO T. BERIDA
BAC – Chairman

Pre-bid Conference

Date

Time

Venue

13/08/2018 9:00 AM 2nd Floor SDC Bldg., Marasbaras, Tacloban City

Other Information
PROCUREMENT ACTIVITIES:
1. Availability of Bid Docs- August 7 To August 28, 2018 ;9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Not later than 8:30 AM on August 28, 2018
2. Pre-Bid Conference- August 13, 2018 ; 9:00 AM
3. Deadline of Submission of Bids- August 28, 2018 ; 9:00 AM
4. Opening of Bids- August 28, 2018 ; 9:00 AM
VENUE:BFAR 8, 2nd Floor MRGP Commercial Building (former SDC Building), Brgy. 77, Marasbaras Tacloban City



          18-06-0616 Supply And Delivery Of 218 Units Bottom Set Gill Net (Panmasag) To Be Distributed To Fisherfolks Saad 2018 Beneficiaries In The Municipalities Of Basey, Sta. Rita, Villareal And Pinabacdao,      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
18-06-0616 Supply And Delivery Of 218 Units Bottom Set Gill Net (Panmasag) To Be Distributed To Fisherfolks Saad 2018 Beneficiaries In The Municipalities Of Basey, Sta. Rita, Villareal And Pinabacdao,
18-06-0616
Implementing Rules and Regulations
Public Bidding

Description
INVITATION TO BID
(Public Bidding)

The BFAR 08, through its Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), invites eligible suppliers to bid for the hereunder contract:

A. NAME OF CONTRACT: 18-06-0616 SUPPLY AND DELIVERY OF 218 UNITS BOTTOM SET GILL NET (PANMASAG) TO BE DISTRIBUTED TO FISHERFOLKS SAAD 2018 BENEFICIARIES IN THE MUNICIPALITIES OF BASEY, STA. RITA, VILLAREAL AND PINABACDAO, SAMAR
Approved Budget of the Contract: Php 3,278,938.00
Delivery Period: Thirty (30) Calendar Days
Documentat Fee: Php 5,000.00 (Non-refundable)
End-user: JAIME P. SALAZAR, PFO-Samar


Description:

218 bundles Nylon net Mono # 0.30x4Kx100MDx1000m
1,090 Kgs. Monofilament nylon #100
1,090 Rolls P.E Rope, 4mm (200m/roll) 436 Kgs. Monofilament nylon # 0.30mm
5,450 Kgs. Lead sinker (xx)
1,090 packs Rubber Float (Oblong) 6" (100 pcs/pack)
218 pcs Plastic Netting Needle, 6" long

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
1. All materials shall be delivered at Provincial Fishery Office (PFO) Catbalogan City.
2. Delivery, unloading of materials shall be done by the supplier during office hours.
3. Delivery period: 30 Calendar days
a. One (1) bundle Nylon Net Mono #0.30
b. Five (5) kg Monofilament nylon #100
c. Five (5) kgs P.E. Rope, 4mm (200m/roll)
d. Two (2) kgs Monofilament nylon #0.30mm
e. Twenty-five (25) kgs Lead sinker (xx)
f. Five (5) packs Rubber float (oblong) 6" (100pcs/pack)
g. One (1) pc Plastic netting needle, 6" long
4. Payment shall be made after services have been satisfactorily rendered, papers processed, inspected and accepted by BFAR 8 authorized representative.

FOR PROCUREMENT OF GOODS:

Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures using a non-discretionary “pass/fail” criterion as specified in the 2016 Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act (RA) 9184, otherwise known as the “Government Procurement Reform Act”.

Bidding is restricted to Filipino citizens/sole proprietorships, partnerships, or organizations with at least sixty percent (60%) interest or outstanding capital stock belonging to citizens of the Philippines, and to citizens or organizations of a country the laws or regulations of which grant similar rights or privileges to Filipino citizens, pursuant to RA 5183.

A complete set of Bidding Documents may be purchased by interested Bidders @ BFAR Regional Office 8, Marasbaras, Tacloban City and upon payment of a nonrefundable fee.
It may also be downloaded free of charge from the website of the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS) provided that Bidders shall pay the nonrefundable fee for the Bidding Documents not later than the submission of their bids. Bids will be opened in the presence of the Bidders’ representatives who choose to attend. Late bids shall not be accepted.
Submission of Tax Clearance as part of the Eligibility Requirements; Amendment on the prescribed Omnibus sworn statement template on the PBD. Bidders SHOULD SUBMIT tax returns filed through the Electronic Filing and Payments System (EFPS). All particulars relative to Eligibility Statement and Screening, Bid Security, Performance Security, Evaluation of Bids, Post-Qualification and Award of Contract shall be governed by the pertinent provisions of R.A. 9184 and its Implementing Rules and Regulation (IRR). Bidders should have completed, within 5 years from the date of submission and receipt of bids, a contract similar to the Project. The description of an eligible bidder is contained in the Bidding Documents, particularly, in Section II. Instructions to Bidders.

Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Regional Office (BFAR-RO8) assumes no responsibility whatsoever to compensate or indemnify bidders for any expenses incurred in the preparation of their bids. And finally, the BFAR-8 reserves the right to accept or reject any bid, to annul the bidding process, and to reject the Bid at any time prior to contract award, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder.


For further information, please refer to: VIODELA PEN/ROSARIO ORBETA/LEHANA ESPINOSA, BFAR 8 BAC Secretariat; Contact Number: 832-4655

(SGD)
NORBERTO T. BERIDA
BAC – Chairman

Pre-bid Conference

Date

Time

Venue

13/08/2018 9:00 AM VENUE:BFAR 8, 2nd Floor MRGP Commercial Building (former SDC Building), Brgy. 77, Marasbaras Tacloban City

Other Information
PROCUREMENT ACTIVITIES:
1. Availability of Bid Docs- August 7 To August 28, 2018 ;9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Not later than 8:30 AM on August 28, 2018
2. Pre-Bid Conference- August 13, 2018 ; 9:00 AM
3. Deadline of Submission of Bids- August 28, 2018 ; 9:00 AM
4. Opening of Bids- August 28, 2018 ; 9:00 AM
VENUE:BFAR 8, 2nd Floor MRGP Commercial Building (former SDC Building), Brgy. 77, Marasbaras Tacloban City



          Procurement For The Supply And Delivery Of 4 Units Rice Transplanter      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Procurement For The Supply And Delivery Of 4 Units Rice Transplanter
rt-8-28-18
Implementing Rules and Regulations
Public Bidding

Description
Invitation to Bid for the Procurement for the Supply and Delivery of 4 units Rice Transplanter

1. The Department of Agriculture-Caraga, through the Rice Program GAA 2018 intends to apply the sum of One Million Four Hundred Forty Thousand Pesos (P 1,440,000.00) being the Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) to payments under the contract for the aforementioned project/PR #2018-07-0109. Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected at bid opening.

2. The Department of Agriculture-Caraga now invites bids for the Supply and Delivery of 4 units Rice Transplanter. Delivery of the Goods is required 60 days upon Receipt of Notice to Proceed. Bidders should have completed, within two (2) years from the date of submission and receipt of bids, a contract similar to the Project. The description of an eligible bidder is contained in the Bidding Documents, particularly, in Section II. Instructions to Bidders.

3. Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures using a non-discretionary “pass/fail” criterion as specified in the 2016 Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act (RA) 9184, otherwise known as the “Government Procurement Reform Act”.
Bidding is restricted to Filipino citizens/sole proprietorships, partnerships, or organizations with at least sixty percent (60%) interest or outstanding capital stock belonging to citizens of the Philippines, and to citizens or organizations of a country the laws or regulations of which grant similar rights or privileges to Filipino citizens, pursuant to RA 5183.

4. Interested bidders may obtain further information from Department of Agriculture-Caraga and inspect the Bidding Documents at the address given below during 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Weekdays.

5. A complete set of Bidding Documents may be acquired by interested bidders on August 7, 2018 from the address below and upon payment of the applicable fee for the Bidding Documents, pursuant to the latest Guidelines issued by the GPPB, in the amount of One Thousand Five Hundred Pesos (P 1,500.00).
It may also be downloaded free of charge from the website of the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS)and the website of the Procuring Entity, provided that Bidders shall pay the applicable fee for the Bidding Documents not later than the submission of their bids.
Republic of the Philippines
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Caraga Region
Capitol Site, Butuan City

6. The Department of Agriculture-Caraga will hold a Pre-Bid Conference1 on August 14, 2018 9:00 am at DA-Caraga Conference Hall, Capitol Site Butuan City which shall be open to prospective bidders.

7. Bids must be duly received by the BAC Secretariat at the address below on or before August 28, 2018 9:00 am. All bids must be accompanied by a bid security in any of the acceptable forms and in the amount stated in ITB Clause 18.
Bid opening shall be on One minute past the hour of 9:00 am on August 28, 2018 at DA Caraga Conference Hall, Capitol Site Butuan City. Bids will be opened in the presence of the bidders’ representatives who choose to attend at the address below. Late bids shall not be accepted.

8. The Department of Agriculture-Caraga reserves the right to reject any and all bids, declare a failure of bidding, or not award the contract at any time prior to contract award in accordance with Section 41 of RA 9184 and its IRR, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder or bidders.

9. For further information, please refer to:

Dr. Apple R. Jaromahum
Head, BAC Secretariat
Department of Agriculture-CARAGA Region
8600 Capitol Site, Butuan City
Telephone Nos. (085) 3424092/3427445 local 220
Email address: bacsecreg13@gmail.com
Fax No. (085) 3412114
Website: www.caraga.da.gov.ph

Dr. Isidro Q. Lagumbay, DVM
BAC Chairman


4 units Rice Transplanter
Prime mover
a. Minimum, 2.611kW (3.5hp)
b. Engine: gasoline, 4 stroke cycle
c. Starting System: rope recoil
-Number of planting rows: minimum, 4 rows
-Adjustable hill spacing
-Planting capacity: minimum, 1 ha/day
-Field Efficiency of at least 80%
-The percent damaged hills and percent missing hills shall not exceed 10%
-Row distance: 30cm, minimum
-Seedling tray: minimum, 600pcs
-With grain spreader for seedling preparation
-With basic tools and accessories
-With Original Equipment Manufacturer
Manual (OEM)
-With AMTEC Test Result
-Must conform to PAES
a. PAES 151:2015 Mechanical Rice Transplanter
-Includes Testing & Training/Orientation of the Operator (all expenses to be incurred during testing (e.g testing material) shall be shouldered by the supplier)
-with DA Logo (Painted)
-delivered on site
Requirements for Manufacturing; Safety, Workmanship and Finish and Durability; Maintenance and Operation; and Marking shall conform with PAES

Pre-bid Conference

Date

Time

Venue

14/08/2018 9:00 AM DA-Caraga, Capitol site, Butuan City



          Purchase Of Farm Equipment (Hand Tractor, Water Pump, Power Sprayer And Hose 2" And 1 1/2")      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Purchase Of Farm Equipment (Hand Tractor, Water Pump, Power Sprayer And Hose 2" And 1 1/2")
QIS GDS 2018 #17
Implementing Rules and Regulations
Public Bidding

Description
1.The Local Government Unit of Quirino, Ilocos Sur, thru its Bids and Awards Committee intends to apply the sum of Five Million Pesos (5,000,000.00) being the Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) through the RA 7171 Municipal Share CY 2014. Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected at the bid opening.
2. The Local Government Unit of Quirino, Ilocos Sur now invites bids for Purchase of Farm Equipment (Hand Tractor, Water Pump, Power Sprayer and Hose 2" and 1 1/2"). Delivery of the Goods is required within fifteen (15) calendar days after receipt of the Notice to Proceed. Bidders should have completed, within three (3) years from the date of submission and receipt of bids, a contract similar to the project. The description of an eligible bidder is contained in the bidding documents, particularly, in Section II. Instruction to Bidders.
3. Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures using non-discretionary “pass/fail” criterion as specified in the 2016 Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act of 9184 (RA 9184), otherwise known as the “Government Procurement Reform Act,” Bidding is restricted to Filipino citizens/sole proprietors, partnerships, or organizations with at least sixty percent (60%) interest or outstanding capital stock belonging to citizens of the Philippines, and to citizens or organizations of a country the laws and regulations of which grant similar rights or privileges to Filipino citizens, pursuant to RA 5183.
4. Interested bidders shall Obtain further information from the BAC Secretariat of the Local Government Unit of Quirino, Ilocos Sur and inspect the Bidding Documents at the address given below from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Monday – Friday.
5. A complete set of Bidding Documents may be acquired by interested bidders on August 7, 2018 to September 7, 2018 from the address below and upon payment of the applicable fee for the Bidding Documents, Pursuant to the latest guidelines issued by the GPPB, in the amount of Php 5,000.00.
6. The Local Government Unit of Quirino, Ilocos Sur will hold a PRE-BID CONFERENCE on August 17, 2018@1:00 P.M. at the 3rd Floor Municipal Hall , Quirino, Ilocos Sur which shall be open to all prospective bidders.
7. Bids must be duly received by the BAC Secretariat at the address below on or before September 7, 2018@1:00 P.M.. All Bids must be accompanied by a bid security in any acceptable forms and in the amount stated in ITB Clause 18. BID OPENING shall be on September 7, 2018@1:00 P.M. at the 3rd Floor Municipal Hall, Quirino, Ilocos Sur. Bids will be Opened in the presence of the Bidder’s representatives who choose to attend at the address below. Late Bids shall not be accepted.
8.The Local Government Unit of Quirino, Ilocos Sur reserves the right to reject any and all bids, declare a failure of bidding, or not award the contract at any time prior to contract award in accordance to Section 41 of RA 9184 and its IRR, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder or bidders.
9. For further information, please refer to:


MERCY G. GRACIA
Head, BAC Secretariat
Local Government Unit Quirino, Ilocos Sur
CP# 09463472025
Email add: bacquirino@gmail.com

Pre-bid Conference

Date

Time

Venue

17/08/2018 1:00 PM 3rd floor, Municipal Hall, Quirino, Ilocos Sur



          Supply & Delivery Of Various Equipment For Use Of Environmental Sanitation Center For The Waste Diversion Plan      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Supply & Delivery Of Various Equipment For Use Of Environmental Sanitation Center For The Waste Diversion Plan
02595
Implementing Rules and Regulations
Public Bidding

Description
INVITATION TO BID FOR THE SUPPLY & DELIVERY OF VARIOUS EQUIPMENT FOR USE OF ENVIRONMENTAL SANITATION CENTER FOR THE WASTE DIVERSION PLAN

1. The City Government of Muntinlupa, through its duly-approved Executive Budget for 2018 intends to apply the sum of One Million Eight Hundred Thousand Pesos (P1,800,000.00) being the Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) to payments under the contract for the Supply & Delivery of Various Equipment for use of Environmental Sanitation Center for the Waste Diversion Plan. Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected at bid opening.

2. The City Government of Muntinlupa now invites bids for Supply & Delivery of Various Equipment for use of Environmental Sanitation Center for the Waste Diversion Plan. Delivery of the Goods is required within 15 to 30 days from issuance of the Purchase Order. Bidders should have completed, within two (2) years from the date of submission and receipt of bids, a contract similar to the Project. The description of an eligible bidder is contained in the Bidding Documents, particularly, in Section II. Instructions to Bidders.

3. Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures using a non-discretionary “pass/fail” criterion as specified in the 2016 Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act (RA) 9184, otherwise known as the “Government Procurement Reform Act”.

Bidding is restricted to Filipino citizens/sole proprietorships, partnerships, or organizations with at least sixty percent (60%) interest or outstanding capital stock belonging to citizens of the Philippines, and to citizens or organizations of a country the laws or regulations of which grant similar rights or privileges to Filipino citizens, pursuant to RA 5183.

4. Interested bidders may obtain further information from City Government of Muntinlupa and inspect the Bidding Documents at the address given below during office hours from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

5. A complete set of Bidding Documents may be acquired by interested Bidders on August 7, 2018 from the address below and upon payment of the applicable fee for the Bidding Documents, pursuant to the latest Guidelines issued by the GPPB, in the amount of Five Thousand Pesos (P5,000.00).

It may also be downloaded free of charge from the website of the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS) and the website of the Procuring Entity, provided that Bidders shall pay the applicable fee for the Bidding Documents not later than the submission of their bids.

6. The City Government of Muntinlupa will hold a Pre-Bid Conference on August 14, 2018, 1:00 p.m. at the City Administrator’s Conference Room, 2/F City Hall Main Building, National Road, Putatan, Muntinlupa City, which shall be open to prospective bidders.

7. Bids must be duly received by the BAC Secretariat at the address below on or before August 28, 2018, 1:00 p.m. All Bids must be accompanied by a bid security in any of the acceptable forms and in the amount stated in ITB Clause 18.

Bid opening shall be on August 28, 2018, 2:00 p.m. at the City Administrator’s Conference Room, 2/F City Hall Main Building, National Road, Putatan, Muntinlupa City. Bids will be opened in the presence of the bidders’ representatives who choose to attend at the address below. Late bids shall not be accepted.

8. The City Government of Muntinlupa reserves the right to reject any and all bids, declare a failure of bidding, or not award the contract at any time prior to contract award in accordance with Section 41 of RA 9184 and its IRR, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder or bidders.

9. For further information, please refer to:

Jonnah O. Hidalgo
Head, BAC Secretariat
City Government of Muntinlupa
BAC Office, 2/F City Hall Main Bldg.
National Road, Putatan, Muntinlupa City
Tel. no.: (02)861-1127
Facsimile no.:(02)861-1127






(Sgd.) ENGR. ALLAN A. CACHUELA
Chairperson
BAC – City Government of Muntinlupa

Pre-bid Conference

Date

Time

Venue

14/08/2018 1:00 PM City Administrator’s Conference Room, 2/F City Hall Main Building, National Road, Putatan, Muntinlupa City



          Comment on Your Complete Summer-to-Fall Nail Round-Up by caroline      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
i had to give my nails a break after powder dip totally mangled them but i can't wait to have a soft pink paint on my paws come fall x0x0 caro https://thecarolove.com/
          DHS-Funded Research Reveals Mobile Flaws Affecting Millions      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

New vulnerabilities that affect millions of smartphone users in the U.S. alone have now been reported by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) at this year’s Black Hat USA 2018 conference. The news follows DHS-funded research conducted by Kryptowire, with manufacturers of the devices receiving notification of the problem back in February. The flaws themselves […]

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          Wank Parties Plus From Prague Vol. 35      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Video: Wank Parties Plus From Prague Vol. 35
Watch This Video!
Studio: William Higgins Productions
Wank Party stars Tomas Befger, Miro Dalek, Kanil Banek, Adam Egner and Karel Omanak. This first part we find Kamil and Tomas in charge of a medical examinations. Miro, Adam and Karel arrive in the office at the same time and they are asked a few questions at first. Then their exam begins, with all of them being checked at the same time. Mouths are checked and then the three guys remove their teeshirts to have their chests cheked too. Both Kamil and Tomas listen to the chests, Then Kamil does a test on Karel's eyes and moves on to do Adam and Miro too. Next the guys are told to remove their jeans, and none of them are wearing underwear, so cocks are on show. Karel's cock is hard as soon as his jeans come down. Kamil examines that cock as Tomas checks Miro's. Karel's cock is softer as it is being checked. His balls are examined to. Miro's dick seems to swell as Tomas checks it. Then Kamil moves to Adam to examine his dick too. All seems to be ok and Kamil explains that they have to have their prostates checked too. So the guy kneel on the table, presenting there asses. First Kamil's oiled fingers lube Karel's hole then he pushes a finger into the tight hole as he feels the balls too. His finger goes deep into Karel's hole to check properly. Then he moves over to Miro, whos balls dangle low between his legs, and slides a finger deep into his hole. He checks the balls too and works his finger into the hole and Miro jerks as he feels it. The three guys then turn over and sit on the table. They have to wank their cock and soon all of them are rock hard. With the cocks all hard the doctors examine them, Kamil feels Karel'scock and wanks it as Tommas does the same to Miro. Adam keeps wanking his own cock as he watches the guys being wanked. Miro is enjoying the feeling and his hand reaches for Tomas who leans over and begins to kiss him. Kamil rubs himself through his pants as he continues to wank Karel. Then he kisses Karel as Tomas bends to takes Miro's cock in his mouth. Adam is emboldened by what he sees and reaches to rub Karel's leg and then to wank Kamil's cock. Miro reaches for Adam's cock and wanks it. Then it is all action as Kamil dick pokes out in front of him as he sucks Karel, who is bent over to suck Adam's cock and Tomas continues to suck Miro. Adam then draws Tomas' attention and they kiss as Tomas wanks on the stiff cock. Karel and Kamil kiss as they wank each other and Miro reaches to rub Tomas ass. Kamil moves up so that Karel can suck him some more while Tomas takes Adam's dick into his mouth. Adam leans over and sucks on Kamil's cock, taking turns with Karel. Adam turns to his other side to suck on Miro's cock. Then Karel and Tomas are on their knes sharing Miro's cock as Kamil and Adam rim the exposed asses. Kamil fingers Karel's tight hole as Adam continues to tongue Tomas'. Setting everything up nicely for part two.

Stars: Adam Egner, Dan Holan, Kamil Banek, Karel Omanak, Martin Hovor, Martin Polnak, Miro Dalek, Tomas Berger , Tomas Fuk

          US has been disastrous for PR      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

How has the United States Government (USG) been disastrous for Puerto Rico? Let’s look at some of the history.

The USG:
·         Militarily Invaded Puerto Rico to make her its colony.
·         Forced Spain to give Puerto Rico to it as a war prize.
·         Ignored the fact that Puerto Rico had already obtained autonomy under the Autonomic Charter with Spain at the time of its invasion.
·         Installed a military government for 2 years in Puerto Rico.
·         Devaluated Puerto Rico’s currency 40%.
·         Classified Puerto Ricans as an inferior race to avoid having to extend its constitution to them. The USG legislated the non-incorporated territory for Puerto Rico. The United States (US) Supreme Court said that that means that Puerto Rico belongs to but is not a part of the US.
·         Makes laws against Puerto Ricans. A good example of this is the law that requires Puerto Rico to transport her goods only using US ships that are the most expensive in the world!
·         Forced US citizenship on Puerto Ricans to try to divert their national loyalty to the United States.
·         Lied to the United Nations in 1953 when it said that Puerto Rico had obtained self-government with the Commonwealth of  Puerto Rico to get her off its list of colonies.
·         Forced Puerto Rico to change certain parts of her so called “Constitution” for Washington to approve it.

Things have been so disastrous that more Puerto Ricans live out of  Puerto Ricans. Things has been so bad that more soldiers are recruited to the US military in Puerto Rico than in any of the 50 states of the Union. Does that mean that Puerto Ricans are more patriotic than the US citizens living in all the 50 states? No. That means that Puerto Ricans are more desperate! It has been 4 generations of US exploitation!  

Join the permanent resistance to force the USG to comply with the United Nations’ Charter and its 37 resolutions asking it to immediately return Puerto Rico’s sovereignty to the Puerto Ricans.

Join because, those that have caused so much disaster to Puerto Ricans don’t believe in LIBERTY AND IN JUSTICE FOR ALL! https://www.facebook.com/groups/1697349163904877/


          Server - Kona Grill Restaurants - Arlington, VA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Proper enforcement of all liquor laws and Kona Grill policies. Text KONA to 51893 or Click Here to Join our Talent Network....
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          Server - Kona Grill Restaurants - Fairfax, VA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Proper enforcement of all liquor laws and Kona Grill policies. Text KONA to 51893 or Click Here to Join our Talent Network....
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          Senior Human Resources Business Partner - Legrand - Toronto, ON      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Ensure that policies, practices, and actions of the facility comply with applicable labour law provisions in Canada as well as local laws and Legrand policy....
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          Ballot Board to Move on Ohio Redistricting Plan      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The wording of a fall ballot issue revamping the way Ohio draws legislative and congressional districts is nearing final approval by a state panel. The Ohio Ballot Board scheduled a Wednesday meeting to certify language for the proposed constitutional amendment. It would strip elected officials of map-drawing powers and give them to a 12-person citizen commission. A coalition of voter advocacy groups called Voters First is spearheading the effort. Backers say the current setup lets the ruling party draw district lines to its favor. Opponents, including the Ohio Republican Party and Secretary of State Jon Husted, argue proposed changes are convoluted and untested. The state bar association objects on grounds that a new role given to a panel of judges could present participating jurists with a conflict of interest.
          Board decides ballot language of SB5 referendum      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio voters opposed to a new collective bargaining law that limits public employee unions will get to vote no at the ballot box this fall, following a decision Wednesday by the state Ballot Board. The decision followed hours of negotiation by Secretary of State Jon Husted, the boards Republican chairman. It echoes years of Ohio ballot tradition, but also counts as a victory for the laws opponents. Voters against or confused by an issue tend to vote against it. Proponents of the law signed by Gov. John Kasich in late March wanted a yes to favor repeal of the controversial Senate Bill 5 and a no vote to oppose repeal. They argued the committee fighting the law has spent more than $4 million making clear it is a repeal question.
          Claws of Furry sortira le 4 septembre      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

LONDRES, GB - AOUT 8, 2018 – Les développeurs indépendant, Terahard, ont annoncé aujourd’hui que leur jeu d’action co-op de style beat-em-up, Claws of Furry, vient sur PC et consoles le 4 Septembre. Ayant annoncé au début de l’année son arrivée sur Nintendo Switch, Xbox One et PC par Steam, Terahard ont également révélé aujourd’hui que Claws of Furry est attendu sur PlayStation 4.

Suis le vidéo de lancement Claws of Furry, ici: https://youtu.be/XmOiwPCAzis

Claws of Furry est un beat-em-up jeu d’action co-op, où 4 joueurs peuvent prendre les rôles de chats-ninja justiciers en mission à sauver  leur maître des griffes maléfiques d’un patron inconnu. Les joueurs vont poigner, gratter et griffer leur chemin à travers cinquante niveaux de chaos catastrophique. Le jeu est composé de 4 environnements distinct, chacun  présentant un ensemble d'ennemis, encore plus dur que le dernier. Les équipes doivent collaborer pour abattre les ennemis efficacement et pour ranimer leurs chat-camarades (coéquipiers) qui sont tombé en bataille, afin de les garder dans le combat. De chaton à Rogue – like, Claws of Furry comprend plusieurs modes de jeu et répond aussi à divers styles de jeu, ainsi que des tenues à débloquer avec des bonus unique pour plus de chattitude.

 


Key Features:

  • Bataille d’action arcade
  • Plusieurs modes comprenant: Rogue-like, Arena, Pussycat & Local co-op
  • Co-op local avec jusqu'à quatre joueurs
  • Une variété d'environnements thématiques et d'ennemis
  • Tenues écluser avec des propriétés de jeu uniques
  • Art impressionnant peint à la main
  • Conception de personnage unique


Pour plus d’information sur Claws of Furry visite le site officiel: www.clawsoffurry.com.

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          Store Assistant Manager #11 - Domino Food and Fuel - Canute, OK      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Adhere to all city, county, state and federal laws and regulations and Company policies. Give all customers prompt and courteous service....
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          Store Manager #11 - Domino Food and Fuel - Canute, OK      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Adhere to all city, county, state and federal laws and regulations and Company policies. The ability to perform mathematical calculations at the 12th grade...
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          Hete zomer-acties arriveren in Dissida Final Fantasy Opera Omnia      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Square Enix Ltd., helpt spelers de zomerhitte te ontvluchten met coole in-game promoties voor de populaire mobile game DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY OPERA OMNIA. Fans kunnen nu deelnemen aan nieuwe quests, inlogbonussen ontvangen en meer.Het zomerfestival, dat duurt tot 2 september, levert spelers de volgende bonuscontent:• Loginbonussen – Spelers worden gul beloond voor het dagelijks inloggen, onder andere met Draw Tickets, Higher Power Orbs, Dissidia Points en meer.• Summer Draws – De eerste Multi Draw van twee speciale trekkingen is gratis voor alle spelers. De eerste speciale trekking is nu beschikbaar voor iedereen, de tweede begint op 20 augustus.• Tijdelijke, zomerse coöp-quests – Spelers kunnen deelnemen aan wekelijke coöp-quest met community score-uitdagingen. De Summer Medals die ze daarmee verdienen kunnen ze inwisselen voor geweldige beloningen, zoals 4-star Artifacts, Power Stones en meer.• Summer Moogle Stamps – Tijdens het zomerfestival kunnen spelers deze exclusieve stamps in de coöpstand verdienen en gebruiken.
          Crowded NYC cracks down on Uber and Lyft with a new vehicle cap      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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.

The new slate of rules represents a major turning point for the city, which has had difficulty curtailing the growth of Uber and Lyft cars on city streets. Mayor Bill de Blasio said the new set of laws will go a long way toward relieving street congestion. Uber, meanwhile, disputes the argument that a vehicle cap will fix the problem.

But street congestion is not the only contentious issue here. This year, the question of how much drivers are and should be paid has been vigorously debated. Several academics have attempted to independently verify how much ride-hail drivers actually earn. Uber has quashed estimates that don’t jive with its official research. In the backdrop of all this debate, New York City drivers are suffering financially.

In addition to earnings, traditional taxi drivers who purchased medallions—which entitle drivers to operate their own cabs—are seeing their investment decline. “Six New York City drivers have committed suicide in recent months, including two livery drivers, a black car driver, a yellow cab lease driver and two yellow cab owner-drivers, unable to survive the economic crisis brought on by the over saturation of for-hire-vehicles on our streets,” wrote New York Taxi Workers Alliance Executive Director Bhairavi Desai in a statement following the vote.

In general, app-based drivers have had a hard time unionizing. In most places around the country, there is no easy way for them to connect and organize. But in New York City, which has a robust taxi industry, drivers wishing to air their collective grievances have more opportunity.

“More than 16,000 drivers signed IDG’s petition to require a minimum pay rate for apps like Uber and Lyft,” wrote the Independent Drivers Guild in an email regarding the city council’s decision. Through its constituents, the union, which supports contract drivers for app-based platforms like Uber and Lyft, sent city officials 7,400 emails and made over 1,740 calls campaigning for wage minimums for drivers.

While some are celebrating today’s news, others believe the decision will have a negative impact on the city’s overall transit ecosystem. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has been a vocal proponent of congestion pricing over limiting the number of vehicles for hire. As part of its study, the TLC will also consider the issue of congestion pricing.

Meanwhile, some advocates for the local tech industry see today’s news as a broad strike against innovation. “Today’s vote is both a step backward for New York and a bad sign for our local tech ecosystem,” said Julie Samuels, executive director of Tech:NYC, in a statement. “What New Yorkers can expect are increased costs for transportation, a shortage of vehicles in the outer-boroughs, and the entrenchment of an industry that thrives with greater competition. All of this will slow down our city, and sends a signal to tech companies that New York is not open to innovation.”


          Princess Yasmin Aga Khan’s 35 years support draws 6,000 attendees from 68 countries for the Alzheimer’s Association international conference, reports Forbes Magazine      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
“The Alzheimer’s Association held their international conference last week; there were 6,000 attendees from 68…
          The Lovely Alyssa Milano Makes the Case for Voter ID      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Alyssa Milano has emerged as a major voice in the highly populated, unhinged Hollywood left. She’s been a vehement Trump critic from day one, an obnoxiously vocal
advocate of gun control, and someone who can be counted on anytime to support whatever crazy left-wing cause du jour may come down the pipe. She currently has a staggering following of over 3 Million people on the tweeter and possesses the superpower to spot a Nazi from afar.  So, when you say “who cares what she thinks” just remember: as hard as it is to believe, a lot of people do. All of that being said, we give credit where credit is due.  If you’re right, you’re right, and it’s finally happened. We actually agree with Alyssa Milano.
But Wait!! Before you go calling the men in white coats from the asylum to come chase me down with a net, let me explain.....

Last night, like many of you political junkies and junkettes, she watched the Ohio 12 primary results roll in. Being a staunch, self-righteous Hollywood liberal, she was utterly crushed and demoralized to see that DJT's chosen one wind up with a probable win.  This wasn't supposed to happen (that blue wave thingy coming and all ya know) but because it did, it's clearly another case of “The Russians” interfering in US elections:
You know what sucks? 
Because of our unwillingness to pass policy that protects our election integrity, I immediately think the Green Party votes tonight are Russian meddling. Why else would anyone cast a protest vote in Ohio when there’s so much at stake? - @Lisa Milano
Guess what. She’s right. This election was so close, so reliant on a razor-thin margin that we should never again allow even the possibility of voter fraud to enter our minds. Voter ID's for all! No one should tolerate the idea that the Ruskies could generate fake protest votes in an effort to derail the ascension of duly elected superior liberals. We need strong Voter ID laws that ensures every vote is cast by those who are legally empowered to do so and protects against the disenfranchisement of citizens. Darlin', you've made the case!

We’d like to thank the Lovely Ms. Milano for finally embracing this rational, common sense, line of thought. Mocha Latte' anyone?

[Chienne's Tweeter]
[Canada Free Press]


          [Ilya Somin] Yet Another Federal Court Rejects Claims that Exposing Taxis to Competition from Uber and Lyft is a Taking      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

This is the latest in a series of federal court decision rejecting such arguments. The right to operate a taxi business does not create a "property" right in suppressing competition.

Over the last decade, traditional taxi cab company profits have taken a hit because of competition from ride-sharing services, such as Uber and Lyft. Some cab companies have tried to fight back by filing cases arguing that local governments that allow Uber and Lyft to compete with taxis have somehow violated the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment, which requires the government to pay "just compensation" when it takes "private property." On Monday, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit issued the latest in a long line of federal court decisions rejecting such claims. Nick Sibilla of the Institute for Justice has an excellent summary of the ruling and its significance, in Forbes:

In a resounding win for innovation and economic liberty, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled on Monday that taxi owners in Miami-Dade County have "no right to block competition" from ride-hailing firms like Lyft and Uber. By rejecting the notion that incumbent businesses are "entitled to…a competition-free marketplace," the 11th Circuit's decision should set an important precedent not just for the gig economy, but for reformers looking to crack open $400,000 on the secondary market....

But when Uber and Lyft entered the scene, they dramatically expanded the supply of available rides....

The rise of ride-hailing was facilitated by a drastic change in the regulatory environment. At first, county code enforcement officers conducted several undercover sting operations, ticketing drivers and even impounding their cars. But in 2016, Miami-Dade County approved an ordinance that legalized ride-hailing....

Facing greater competition, the value for a taxi medallion has since plunged by 90%, and now fetches $35,000 at auction. With a once lucrative business model now imploding, three taxi companies, Checker Cab, B&S Taxi and Miadeco, took the county to court and demanded a bailout. Echoing legal arguments that failed in Boston, Chicago, Georgia, and Philadelphia, the medallion owners argued that by legalizing Uber and Lyft, Miami-Dade County had "significantly devalued" their medallions....

In their view, deregulation was an unconstitutional "taking" that violated their Fifth Amendment rights.....

Writing for the majority, Judge Stanley Marcus meticulously dismissed their claim. Although the owners have an "intangible property interest" in their medallions, "the medallions conveyed only a property interest in providing taxicab services in Miami-Dade County—not in barring competitors," Judge Marcus explained. "Even the most cursory examination of the code reveals that the county did not give the medallion holders the right to enjoin competition," he added, while "the code furnished no basis for the medallion holders' assertion that they were entitled to, or could reasonably rely on a competition-free marketplace."

An earlier ruling on the same issue by Judge Richard Posner of the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (which Judge Marcus cited in his opinion), provides a particularly good summary of why exposing businesses to competition does not qualify as a taking:

[T]he City [of Chicago] is not confiscating any taxi medallions; it is merely exposing the taxicab companies to new competition —competition from Uber and the other TNPs [Transportation Network Providers].

"Property" does not include a right to be free from competition. A license to operate a coffee shop doesn't authorize the licensee to enjoin a tea shop from opening. When property consists of a license to operate in a market in a particular way, it does not carry with it a right to be free from competition in that market... Indeed when new technologies, or new business methods, appear, a common result is the decline or even disappearance of the old. Were the old deemed to have a constitutional right to preclude the entry of the new into the markets of the old, economic progress might grind to a halt. Instead of taxis we might have horse and buggies; instead of the telephone, the telegraph; instead of computers, slide rules.....

Taxi medallions authorize the owners to own and operate taxis, not to exclude competing transportation services. The plaintiffs in this case cannot exclude competition from buses or trains or bicycles or liveries or chartered sightseeing vehicles or jitney buses or walking; indeed they cannot exclude competition from taxicab newcomers, for the City has reserved the right... to issue additional taxi medallions. Why then should the plaintiffs be allowed to exclude competition from Uber?

Judge Marcus and other judges who have ruled on such cases appropriately relied on the fact that city medallion laws did not include any guarantees against competition. As a legal matter, they only give holders the right to operate a taxi business themselves, not the right to suppress competitors. In my view, however, there would be no violation of the Takings Clause even if the medallion laws did include a legal right to block competition, which was then repealed by later legislation. I explained why in this post discussing an earlier taxi/takings case:

[E]ven if the laws conferring medallions did explicitly guarantee the holders protection against competition, that still would not be enough for courts to require compensation under the Takings Clause. The Clause does not require government to compensate businesses for any and all policies that reduce their profits. Compensation is only necessary if the government takes "private property." A state-created legal right to exclude competitors from a market is not private property. It goes beyond giving the holder control over his or her own property, and instead allows them to restrict the use of others' property (in this case, cars). Such a right is not private property as that concept is usually understood in Anglo-American law, and certainly would not have been considered such by the framers and ratifiers of the Fifth Amendment.

One could point to the example of intellectual property as a property right protected by the Takings Clause, despite the fact that it is in large part a legal right to constrain competition. But, as my George Mason University colleague Adam Mossoff argues in an important article, the Founders may have considered patent and copyright to be "natural" property rights, not merely government-created monopolies. If Mossoff is right, intellectual property is readily distinguishable from government-created cartels in conventional markets, including taxi medallion systems. If not, perhaps courts should rethink the status of intellectual property under the Takings Clause (though Congress would, of course, remain free to provide compensation to aggrieved intellectual property owners by statute).

In addition to rejecting the taxi companies' takings claim, Judge Marcus' opinion also ruled against their contention that deregulation of ride-sharing services violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment because ride-sharing firms ended up less heavily regulated than traditional taxis. He does an excellent job of refuting this very weak argument. Similar arguments have also been rejected by other courts that have ruled on this issue.


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Tournaments are very central to my family's participation in the hobby. We just got back from WBC which is a nine-day tournament based convention. Donte finished 6th place out of over 200 in Terraforming Mars, I finished in second place for the fourth time in the last five years (not kidding) in the Stone Age tournament, which draws nearly 200 players, and Antony won the Ra tournament, which probably had 150 participants. Holiday managed third place in Elk Fest.

But the highlight of the week was the Great Western Trail event which drew 106 players, and consisted of a Final that had myself, Antony and Donte at the table. Donte won :)

On to EuroQuest, in November!


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Tournaments are very central to my family's participation in the hobby. We just got back from WBC which is a nine-day tournament based convention. Donte finished 6th place out of over 200 in Terraforming Mars, I finished in second place for the fourth time in the last five years (not kidding) in the Stone Age tournament, which draws nearly 200 players, and Antony won the Ra tournament, which probably had 150 participants. Holiday managed third place in Elk Fest.

But the highlight of the week was the Great Western Trail event which drew 106 players, and consisted of a Final that had myself, Antony and Donte at the table. Donte won :)

On to EuroQuest, in November!
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Oxford Study Finds Conservatives Are ‘Right To Be Skeptical’ of Scientists

An initial note:  The leading author in the paper mentioned below is Nathan Cofnas, not Confas.  It is of course an unusual name so confusion is understood. It is a Lithuanian Jewish name.

I have read the original academic journal article and rather admire the way Nathan has minimized his upsetting of applecarts.  Most social psychological research is utter bilge but Nathan quotes a lot of it with a straight face. He establishes his point about biased scientists even while not criticizing a lot of biased science.

So his paper is a very scholarly and thorough discussion of three areas where the positions of the scientific establishment are unreasonably liberal. And he doesn't even mention global warming!  Conservatives have long been acutely aware of the liberal bias in academe but Cofnas gives detailed chapter and verse coverage of how that affects scientific findings.

I myself worked for ten years in a sociology department of a highly rated Australian university and rapidly became aware that all of the other teaching staff were Marxists of one stripe or another -- so it was clear from that that conservative ideas would not get fair consideration, if they were considered at all.

Cofnas mentions the difficulty that conservatives have in getting results of their research published in the academic journals.  I experienced that and had to go to great lengths to overcome it.  I overcame it by doing much higher quality work than Leftist authors were presenting  -- which was not actually that hard.

By that I am referring to the virtually universal practice among psychologists of carrying out their research using either white rats or available groups of freshman students.  Such studies are no more than childish games.  To arrive at any sort of generalizable conclusion, you have to base your research on  a representative sample of the population you wish to discuss. Normal psychological research, however, does nor use representative samples of anything.  They do not even attempt to use representative samples of freshman students!  Yet such totally useless research results are routinely presented as if they were generalizable to all humanity!  That is just about as far away from real science as you can get.  It's about as authoritative as medieval theology.

So I used that to my advantage.  I did my research using real random samples of specifiable populations. I went out and doorknocked, for instance -- something that would give almost any leftist academic the horrors. So when my papers came up for evaluation, editors and referees would have looked absurd  even to themselves if they rejected the only bit of generalizable research that they had ever seen.  Even then, however, if I questioned liberal dogma too sharply or sweepingly, my papers were rejected.  Like Cofnas I had to stick to a careful consideration of just a few detailed points.

So conservatives do well to be skeptical of conclusions from liberal social scientists. Their conclusions are not only biased, they are in general just rubbish by normal scientific standards, and blatant rubbish at that.

Wisely, Cofnas did not extend his critique to global warming. But that allegedly "scientific" theory was obviously wrong from its first formulation in the 80s.  The theory is that the worldwide expansion of industrialization after WWII led to a great increase in atmospheric CO2 and that that rise in turn caused a rise in the global temperature.

And they were half right.  CO2 levels did shoot up steadily in that timeframe.  But here is the catch:  Temperature levels did not.  They plateaued. Over a 30 year period from 1945 to 1975 there was no rise in the global temperature.  Temperatures just bobbed up and down around a static average.  Temperatures at the end of the period were essentially the same as at the beginning.  It would be hard to think of a clearer disproof of the temperature effects of CO2.  When Warmists are confronted by that fact they mumble something about "special factors".  Special factors that exactly  cancelled out rising CO2 effects for 30 years?


Conservatives have long been skeptical of certain scientific claims, especially in regard to the science behind man-made global warming.

However, a study by the University of Oxford suggests that there may be a reason for that. In fact, they go as far as to say that conservatives have a “right” to be skeptical of scientists.

The study “Does activism in the Social Sciences Explain Conservatives’ Distrust of Scientists?” was led by Professor of Biology for the University of Oxford Nathan Confas and was first published online back in 2017. However, the study was brought to light again when it was republished this month in the recent issue of the American Sociologist.

While conservatives’ distrust in scientists has increasingly decreased every year since 1974, there has been little understanding as to why.

The research hits the well-repeated claim that conservatives often dismiss scientific claims because they contradict their religious beliefs. There are some who believe that conservatives throw out these scientific claims because, as Confas and his team note, it “threatens their worldview.”

However, Confas told Campus Reform that this was a “misguided approach.” Additionally, he said that “liberals and conservatives are equally likely to discredit science if it conflicts with their world-view.”

Confas proposed that the reason so many conservatives are skeptical is that there is an increase of liberalism within the scientific community.

He cited a recent study to prove his point. The study surveyed 479 sociology professors, and only 4 percent identified as conservative or libertarian. Compare this with the 86 percent who identify themselves as liberal or left-radical.

Additionally, Confas suggests that goal of sociology “involves reorganizing society to fight inequality, oppression, poverty, hierarchy, and the like. Its ideological orientation arose out of … civil rights, feminism, Marxism, and other progressive movements.”

But it’s not just the area of sociology where this bias is creeping in. UNT professor George Yancy published a piece titled, “Yes Academic Bias is a Problem and We Need to Address It.”

“Given the reality that academics are much more politically progressive and irreligious than the general population, one should be concerned about the potential of liberal and secular bias,” he wrote. “Those like myself are also concerned about academic bias simply because such bias can lead to bad science.”

It’s this “bias” that leads to “bad science” that is concerning to Confas. He told Campus Reform, “Taking the easy route isn’t something that I or my coauthors are tempted to do. We want to do our part to help correct the science.”

He added, “Conservatives are right to be skeptical. Take any politicized issue that is connected to some disagreement about scientific fact. I do not believe there is a single case in the last couple decades where a major scientific organization took a position that went against the platform of the Democratic Party.”

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Flashback: Trump Stops Motorcade After Seeing Firefighters in Full Turnouts

President Donald Trump has made respect for the men and women who serve our communities a top priority for his administration. Whether it’s police or firefighters, he’s been conspicuously generous with his praise.

That translates into plenty of speeches and tweets, but also real-world displays like this one from Bethpage, New York.

According to BizPac Review, the incident took place in May as the president was leaving a forum on illegal immigration. (Long Island has seen a wave of violence from the MS-13 gang. The president spent part of the meeting paying tribute to families who had lost loved ones to the violence.)

That’s not what got everyone talking, however. What has created a buzz was a bunch of firemen standing to salute the president in their full turnouts — fire helmets, jackets, boots, the whole nine yards.

And, as it turned out, the president was more than willing to salute them by stopping his motorcade. The video shows several vehicles go by as the firemen are saluting. Then, as the presidential limo came by, it stopped.

A few individuals emerged from the limo, after which the very familiar figure of President Trump could be seen getting out.

Cheers greeted the president as he walked over to the group. He eventually signalled the men to come over and the two sides greeted each other warmly.

“Thank you, thank you,” Trump said as he shook the hands of the firemen.

“That’s awesome!” one of the firefighters could be heard saying. And, indeed, you can’t say they didn’t get the experience of a lifetime.

YouTube users seemed to agree. “Best president ever!” one wrote.  “President Trump…..a man for the people. He loves America and he loves her people,” another wrote.

Keep in mind that full firefighter turnout gear isn’t exactly a) light or b) cool. May isn’t the coolest month in New York, either. For these guys to be out in the street with their full gear on says a lot about how they feel about the president.

Then again, the president has said a lot about how he feels about them. Just this past weekend, Trump told an Ohio rally audience that his administration is “standing up for the heroes who protect our country.”

If these firemen are any indication, that relationship is definitely reciprocal.

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Elizabeth Warren under fire after ripping U.S. criminal-justice system at Netroots Nation

She's just solid evil

Republican Senate hopeful Beth Lindstrom called Monday on Sen. Elizabeth Warren to apologize for denouncing the U.S. criminal-justice system as “racist … front to back.”

“Sen. Warren needs to apologize to every police officer, judge, corrections department employee, probation worker and the many other honest and decent people in our criminal justice system who have been smeared by her alienating and careless rhetoric,” Ms. Lindstrom said in a statement.

She referred to Ms. Warren’s comments Friday at Netroots Nation, an annual left-wing gathering, where the Democratic senator appeared as part of a session at Dillard University in New Orleans.

“Let’s just start with the hard truth about our criminal justice system,” Ms. Warren said. “It’s racist. It is. And when I say our system, I mean all the way. I mean front to back. We’re talking about the front end on what you declare to be illegal; on how you enforce it, on who gets arrested.”

Those taking umbrage at the Democratic senator’s blast included the right-leaning Boston Herald editorial board, which asked, “Is there any hard-working American who Elizabeth Warren has not condemned?”

“The United States is a terrible place. At least that appeared to be the theme of Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s ominous chat at a historically black college on Friday,” said the Herald op-ed headlined, “Liz Warren keeps playing blame game.”

Ms. Lindstrom, one of three Republicans seeking the party’s nomination in the Sept. 4 primary, accused Ms. Warren of smearing those who work in the justice system to boost her chances for a possible presidential run in 2020.

“Words like this are polarizing and divisive: completely used for personal political gain for 2020, without regard for how they sound to the many good people in Massachusetts and around the country who are punishing criminals, keeping us safe and administering justice,” Ms. Lindstrom said.

Others pointed out that until recently, the Justice Department was headed by Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who succeeded Eric Holder during the Obama administration. Both are black.

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A compromise that might be needed for immigration reform

Rejection of House Republicans’ “compromise” immigration bill on June 27 by a lopsided 121-301 margin may be exactly what is needed to end the decades long immigration reform gridlock, if more-moderate House conservatives learn the right lesson from the bill’s failure.

The compromise bill was intended to attract support from these more moderate Republicans after a more restrictionist bill proposed by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), was defeated 193-231 the previous week. Neither of the bills received a single Democratic vote.

In truth the votes, rather than serious attempts to fix immigration policy, were just political theater in advance of this Fall’s midterm elections. Everyone involved knew that neither bill would attract the necessary Democratic support needed to pass the Senate.

Because Goodlatte’s bill, which would have created legal protection for fewer immigrants who were brought to the United States as children and more severely restricted future legal immigration, received greater support, there is danger that Republicans will believe that more restrictive immigration bills may have more of a chance of passing in the future.

Although President Trump ultimately supported the compromise bill, he had previously tweeted that “Republicans should stop wasting their time on Immigration until after we elect more Senators and Congressmen/women in November” and that “We can pass great legislation after the Red Wave!”

That’s exactly the wrong lesson. Republicans are so deeply divided on this issue that even if they gain seats in both houses of Congress, immigration reform would still require bipartisan support to become law. To get bipartisan support they’ll have to forgo the votes of those members of Congress who want to decrease legal immigration. Both recent proposals alienated Democrats with changes that would have decreased future legal immigration through existing family reunification visas.

Though you might not know it from the angry rhetoric, U.S. public opinion has been becoming more favorable, not less, on immigration in recent years. According the Gallup Poll that asks “Should Immigration Be Kept at Its Present Level, Increased, or Decreased?” 39 percent of respondents said immigration should be kept at current levels. While 29 percent said immigration levels should decrease, that number was down from 38 percent two years ago. Similarly, the 28 percent that said immigration should increase was up from 21 percent two years ago. Opinions have trended in these directions for decades and two years of President Trump’s rhetoric hasn’t changed this. As the opinions of voters continue their trend in this direction, politicians will ultimately follow.

Any immigration reform bill that stands a chance of becoming law, with the current Congress or in the foreseeable future, will need to be less restrictive than the ones the Republicans just proposed. That’s a good thing, not just for immigrants, but for native born Americans as well.

Economists who study immigration do not find the negative consequences that many people imagine. Immigration raises the income, on average, of the native born. Immigrants create about as many jobs as they take and they don’t depress wages of the vast majority of Americans.

Passable immigration reform today would likely trade funding for a border wall for a legal pathway to citizenship for immigrants brought to the United States illegally when they were children. Law and order Republicans could claim that they were securing the border and they could defend themselves against charges of “amnesty.” Since this reform only applies to people brought here as children, they could point out that when children break most other laws in the United States they are held to a lesser standard than adults and that this is no different.

Democrats would be wise to sign on to such deal too. Net migration from Mexico has been negative since the Great Recession. So, while symbolic, the wall would do little to change immigration numbers.

Such a reform would still leave 11 to 12 million immigrants, most of whom contribute to our overall prosperity, in the United States illegally. But no politically viable proposal is possible for them at the moment. Hopefully, if voters’ opinions continue to move in the direction they have been moving, even this may be possible in the future.

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This page outlines the process for migrating an existing Confluence Server (non-clustered) site to Confluence Data Center (clustered).

If you're installing Confluence for the first time (you don't have any existing Confluence data to migrate), see Installing Confluence Data Center

If you're wanting to switch back to a non-clustered solution, see Moving from Data Center to Server.

Your Confluence license determines the type of Confluence you have: Server or Data Center. Confluence will auto-detect the license type when you enter your license key, and automatically prompt you to begin the migration.

Before you begin

Clustering requirements

To run Confluence in a cluster you must:

  • Have a Data Center license (you can purchase a Data Center license or create an evaluation license at my.atlassian.com)
  • Use a supported external database, operating system and Java version
  • Use a load balancer with session affinity and WebSockets support in front of the Confluence cluster
  • Have a shared directory accessible to all cluster nodes in the same path (this will be your shared home directory)
  • Use OAuth authentication if you have application links to other Atlassian products (such as Jira)

Supported platforms

See our Supported Platforms page for information on the database, Java, and operating systems you'll be able to use. These requirements are the same for Server and Data Center deployments. See Confluence Data Center Technical Overview for important hardware and infrastructure considerations.

We also have specific guides and deployment templates to help you running Confluence Data Center in AWS or Azure. Check them out to find out what's required.

Terminology

In this guide we'll use the following terminology:

  • Installation directory – The directory where you installed Confluence on a node.
  • Local home directory – The home or data directory on each node (in non-clustered Confluence this is simply known as the home directory).
  • Shared home directory – The directory you created that is accessible to all nodes in the cluster via the same path. 
  • Synchrony home directory - The directory where you configure and run Synchrony from (this may be on a confluence node, or on its own node)

At the end of the installation process, you'll have an installation and local home directory on each node, and a single shared home directory (a total of 5 directories in a two node cluster) for Confluence plus directories for Synchrony. 

Set up Data Center

1. Upgrade Confluence Server 

If you plan to upgrade Confluence as part of your migration to Data Center, you should upgrade your existing Confluence Server site as the first step.  

2. Apply Data Center license 

  1. Go to  > General Configuration > License Details
  2. Enter your new Confluence Data Center license key.
  3. You'll be prompted to stop Confluence to begin the migration.

 

At this stage your home directory (configured in confluence\WEB-INF\classes\confluence-init.properties) should still be pointing to your existing (local) home directory.

3. Create a shared home directory 

  1. Create a directory that's accessible to all cluster nodes via the same path. The directory should be empty. This will be your shared home directory. 
  2. In your existing Confluence home directory, move the contents of <confluence home>/shared-home to the new shared home directory you just created.

    To prevent confusion, we recommend deleting the empty <confluence home>/shared-home directory once you've moved its contents.
  3. Move your attachments directory to the new shared home directory (skip this step if you currently store attachments in the database). 

4. Start Confluence

The setup wizard will prompt you to complete the migration, by entering:

  • A name for your cluster
  • The path to the shared home directory you created earlier
  • The network interface Confluence will use to communicate between nodes
  • A multicast address (automatically generated or enter your own) or the IP addresses of each cluster node
  • How you want Confluence to discover cluster nodes:

    • Multicast - enter your own multicast address or automatically generate one.
    • TCP/IP - enter the IP address of each cluster node
    • AWS - enter your IAM Role or secret key, and region.
       

      AWS node discovery...

      We recommend using our Quick Start or Cloud Formation Template to deploy Confluence Data Center in AWS, as it will automatically provision, configure and connect everything you need.

      If you do decide to do your own custom deployment, you can provide the following information to allow Confluence to auto-discover cluster nodes:

      FieldDescription
      IAM Role or
      Secret Key
      This is your authentication method. You can choose to authenticate by IAM Role or Secret Key.
      RegionThis is the region your cluster nodes (EC2 instances) will be running in.
      Host headerOptional. This is the AWS endpoint for Confluence to use (the address where the EC2 API can be found, for example 'ec2.amazonaws.com'). Leave blank to use the default endpoint.
      Security group nameOptional. Use to narrow the members of your cluster to only resources in a particular security group (specified in the EC2 console).
      Tag key and Tag value

      Optional. Use to narrow the members of your cluster to only resources with particular tags (specified in the EC2 console).

Once you've confirmed that Confluence is running, stop Confluence so you can set up Synchrony (required if you want to continue to use collaborative editing).  

Set up Synchrony

5. Set up a Synchrony cluster

In this example, we assume you'll run Synchrony in its own cluster.
 

  1. Grab the <install-directory>/bin/synchrony directory from your first Confluence node and move it to your Synchrony node.  We'll call this your <synchrony-home> directory.
  2. Copy synchrony-standalone.jar from your Confluence local home directory to your <synchrony-home> directory. 
  3. Copy your database driver from your Confluence <install-directory>/confluence/web-inf/lib to your <synchrony-home> directory or other appropriate location on your Synchrony node.
  4. Edit the <synchrony-home>/start-synchrony.sh or start-synchrony.bat file and enter details for the parameters listed under Configure parameters.
    See Configuring Synchrony for Data Center for more information on the required parameters and some and optional properties that you can also choose to specify.
  5. Start Confluence then head to 
    http://<SERVER_IP>:<SYNCHRONY_PORT>/synchrony/heartbeat
    to check that Synchrony is available
  6. Copy your <synchrony-home> directory to each Synchrony node. As each node joins you'll see something like this in your console.

    Members [2] {
    	Member [172.22.52.12]:5701
    	Member [172.22.49.34]:5701 
    }
    
  7. Configure your load balancer for Synchrony.
    Your load balancer must support WebSockets (for example NGINX 1.3 or later, Apache httpd 2.4, IIS 8.0 or later). SSL connections must be terminated at your load balancer so that Synchrony can accept XHR requests from the web browser. 

6. Start Confluence on Node 1

In this example, we assume you use the same load balancer for Synchrony and Confluence, as shown in Configuring Synchrony for Data Center.

  1. Start Confluence on node 1 and pass the following system property to Confluence to tell Confluence where to find your Synchrony cluster.

    -Dsynchrony.service.url=http://<synchrony load balancer url>/synchrony/v1

    For example http://yoursite.example.com/synchrony/v1. You must include /v1 on the end of the URL.

    If Synchrony is set up as one node without a load balancer, use the following instead:

    -Dsynchrony.service.url=http://<synchrony ip or hostname>:<synchrony port>/synchrony/v1

    For example http://42.42.42.42:8091/synchrony/v1 or http://synchrony.example.com:8091/synchrony/v1

    You may want to add this system property to your <install-directory>/bin/setenv.sh or setenv.bat so it is automatically passed every time you start Confluence. See Configuring System Properties for more information on how to do this in your environment.

  2. Head to  > General Configuration > Collaborative editing to check that this Confluence node can connect to Synchrony. 

    Note: to test creating content you'll need to access Confluence via your load balancer.  You can't create or edit pages when accessing a node directly.

Add more Confluence nodes

7. Copy Confluence to second node

To copy Confluence to the second node:

  1. Shut down Confluence on node 1
  2. Shut down your application server on node 2, or stop it automatically loading web applications
  3. Copy the installation directory from node 1 to node 2
  4. Copy the local home directory from node 1 to node 2
    If the file path of the local home directory is not the same on nodes 1 and 2 you'll need to update the <installation directory>/confluence/WEB-INF/classes/confluence-init.properties file on node 2 to point to the correct location.

Copying the local home directory ensures the Confluence search index, the database and cluster configuration, and any other settings are copied to node 2.

8. Configure load balancer

Configure your load balancer for Confluence. You can use the load balancer of your choice, but it needs to support session affinity and WebSockets.

SSL connections must be terminated at your load balancer so that Synchrony can accept XHR requests from the web browser.

You can verify that your load balancer is sending requests correctly to your existing Confluence server by accessing Confluence through the load balancer and creating a page, then checking that this page can be viewed/edited by another machine through the load balancer.

9. Start Confluence one node at a time

You must only start Confluence one node at a time. The first node must be up and available before starting the next one.

  1. Start Confluence on node 1
  2. Wait for Confluence to become available on node 1
  3. Start Confluence on node 2
  4. Wait for Confluence to become available on node 2.

The Cluster monitoring console ( > General Configuration > Clustering) shows information about the active cluster.

When the cluster is running properly, this page displays the details of each node, including system usage and uptime. Use the menu to see more information about each node in the cluster.

10. Test your Confluence cluster

Remember, to test creating content you'll need to access Confluence via your load balancer.  You can't create or edit pages when accessing a node directly.

A simple process to ensure your cluster is working correctly is:

  1. Access a node via your load balancer, and create a new document on this node
  2. Ensure the new document is visible by accessing it directly on a different node
  3. Search for the new document on the original node, and ensure it appears
  4. Search for the new document on another node, and ensure it appears

If Confluence detects more than one instance accessing the database, but not in a working cluster, it will shut itself down in a cluster panic. This can be fixed by troubleshooting the network connectivity of the cluster.


Security

Ensure that only permitted cluster nodes are allowed to connect to a Confluence Data Center instance's Hazelcast port (which defaults to 5801) or Synchrony's Hazelcast port (which defaults to 5701) through the use of a firewall and / or network segregation.

Troubleshooting

If you have problems with the above procedure, please see our Cluster Troubleshooting guide.

If you're testing Confluence Data Center by running the cluster on a single machine, please refer to our developer instructions on Starting a Confluence cluster on a single machine.


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The NCAA on Wednesday announced sweeping changes to college basketball's bylaws and recruiting calendar -- and new legislation that gives more entitlements to student-athletes. But how much will it matter? Will it solve any problems within sport? Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander answered those questions in this episode. The announcements created some nice headlines that'll possibly fool the uninformed. But here's the truth: All of this is an undeniable reaction to what the ongoing FBI investigation has exposed. But none of these announced changes actually address the issues that the FBI investigation exposed.
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          LeBron's school isn't a charter, but it puts kids first—and that's all that matters      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

You’ve probably heard by now that basketball superstar LeBron James opened a school for at-risk kids in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. Called I Promise School (IPS), it’s a joint effort between the I Promise Network, the LeBron James Family Foundation, and Akron Public Schools. The newly renovated building opened its doors on July 30 to 240 students in third and fourth grade, along with forty-three staff members. Though he’s taking his talents to Los Angeles, King James himself was on hand to dedicate the new school.

Just like students who are part of the I Promise Network that serves more than 1,300 children and their families across the district, IPS students were identified based on their reading achievement data. After identifying students who were a year or two behind grade level, administrators used a lottery to randomly select which children would be offered a spot at the new school. These students will receive free uniforms, transportation within two miles, tuition to the University of Akron when they graduate, a bicycle and helmet, and a variety of other resources. Their families will have access to GED classes, job placement assistance, and a food pantry.

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As with all major media stories these days, folks are crawling out of the woodwork to offer their opinions. It should come as no surprise to those who work in education policy that there’s been a lot of emphasis on the fact that IPS is a district public school. Not a private school that accepts vouchers, or a charter school (which, for the record, are also public schools), but a “traditional” public school that’s part of Akron Public Schools, the sixth largest district in the state.

It doesn’t really matter what kind of school IPS is as long as it serves kids well. But anyone who’s done their homework can see that IPS is anything but a “traditional” public school. In fact, the school’s defining characteristics are similar to the schools of choice lauded by ed reformers. Extended school day and year? Yes, just like a lot of the country’s best charter networks. A serious emphasis on teacher professional development, with one day a week reserved for development? Yes, just like some other high-performing charter networks. A curriculum anchored in science, technology, engineering, and math? Yes, just like Ohio’s independent, non-district affiliated STEM schools. (IPS is already part of Ohio’s STEM Learning Network.) Alternative schedules and working conditions for teachers? Also yes, just like plenty of charter and private schools.

And then there’s the philanthropic aspect. At ISP, the LeBron James Family Foundation funds “critical elements” of the school, including technology, additional staffing, and professional development. That’s not necessarily unique, since traditional districts receive philanthropic support all the time, but it is worth mentioning because charter schools are the ones that are typically maligned for seeking charitable funding to provide extra help for disadvantaged children.

Despite these similarities, IPS is a traditional public school, and there’s a whole horde of people who are thrilled about this technical distinction. In a recent piece for Education Week, for instance, Jonathan E. Collins says that it’s a good thing IPS isn’t a charter school because “charter schools by design don’t require the same accountability to the public that traditional public schools do.” I’m no expert on the charter laws in other states, but I do know Ohio charter law—and Collins is wrong. Charters in the Buckeye State are evaluated based on the same state report card that traditional public schools are subject to. Charter sponsors—the organizations that are tasked with overseeing charter schools—are evaluated using a rigorous evaluation system that has stiff consequences for poor oversight. As a result of this sponsor accountability system, dozens of low-performing charters have been shuttered in Ohio within the past few years. In addition, should sponsors fail to correct chronic low performance, state law subjects charters to automatic closure. Moreover, as schools of choice, charters face competitive pressures. If families don’t like the way a charter school is run, they don’t have to stay there—and the school loses funding if they leave.

Collins also argues that charters’ “student-selection process has stirred controversy for being biased.” Because of the “mechanisms that some charter schools have used in order to peel off the most promising at risk-students,” traditional districts are left with “unimaginable challenges.” Although studies have shown that the success of charters isn’t attributable to “cream-skimming,” there are still folks like Collins who argue that the only way a group of “those kids” can possibly succeed is if charter schools recruit the “good ones” and leave all the “bad ones” behind. It’s a notion that’s not just offensive to the charter teachers and kids who worked their butts off to learn and achieve, but also to the kids and teachers who are “stuck” in traditional districts.

Collins isn’t the only one who seems to be concerned for the “other kids” who are stuck and left behind. Washington Post writer Valerie Strauss shared the same concern in her piece titled “Props to LeBron James and his new Akron public school—but what about the other kids?” She takes tons of jabs at school choice, including the accusation that charter supporters “no doubt would have preferred that James opened a charter.” As a charter supporter and an Akron native, I find that accusation so ridiculous that it’s not even offensive. All the charter folks I know are thrilled that there’s another high quality option available for Akron kids. Frankly, anyone who doesn’t feel that way should re-evaluate their priorities.

But what stands out most about Strauss’s piece is her supposition that if schools just had more money, then James wouldn’t have had to open IPS at all. “The fact that this school opened only because of the good graces of a very wealthy, civic-minded athlete underscores the continuing problem with education funding in this country,” she writes. “America’s public schools should not have to depend on any wealthy individual or private entity to be sustained or improved.”

She’s not necessarily wrong. It would be great to have a never-ending supply of cash. If there’s anything we can learn from this spring’s teacher strikes, it’s that there are places in this nation where schools and teachers are severely—almost criminally—underfunded. But many states and localities have limited taxpayer resources that can be used to support public education. So here, too, is a place where we can learn a lesson from charter schools. Across the nation and in Ohio, charters accomplish phenomenal outcomes with less government funding than traditional public districts enjoy. These high-performing charter organizations put taxpayer funds to good use—something that bureaucratic, big-city districts don’t always do. It’s less about how much money there is and more about how it’s spent.

Thanks to LeBron James and his partners, the I Promise School has plenty of funding. Its founding principles and leadership seem to be focused on the right thing—using resources to do what’s best for students. At the end of the day, none of us should really care whether IPS is a district, charter, or private school. What matters is what it can do for kids. And so far, the future looks bright.


          492: The Legacy of Linux Outlaws      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Dan Lynch and Fabian Scherschel hosted a weekly podcast called Linux Outlaws from the fall of 2007 until the end of 2014. In that time they produced 370 episodes (most of them 2 hours long) and won numerous votes for "most popular Linux podcast" in popular magazines like Linux Format. They attracted around 50k weekly listeners at their peak and quickly seemed to become established as a fixture on the scene, despite not having any real plans for world domination. Host: Randal Schwartz Guests: Fabian A. Scherschel and Dan Lynch Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/floss-weekly Here's what's coming up for FLOSS in the future. Think your open source project should be on FLOSS Weekly? Email Randal at merlyn@stonehenge.com Thanks to Lullabot's Jeff Robbins, web designer and musician, for our theme music.
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It was published in The Kathmandu Post, 07 August 2018.

Competitive populism

An emerging but entirely predictable major headache for federal government is the tendency of subnational governments to engage in a race-to-the-bottom revenue policy. Provincial and local governments have introduced overlapping tax regimes and are openly sparring with the federal government to assert their rights as per their own understating of power mentioned in the constitution. 

The uncertainty over tax regime and the subnational government’s jurisdiction with respect to mobilizing certain type of taxes have unnerved business community and potential investors. A competitive populism instead of cooperative and competitive federalism will have negative consequences on budget execution and investor sentiment. Note that this has happened even when the ruling Nepal Communist Party has two-thirds majority at federal as well as subnational levels. 

Subnational budget

All seven provinces as well a majority of local governments have introduced fiscal year 2018/19 (FY2019) budget, the first under the federal set up. Federal transfers (fiscal equalization, conditional, special and matching grants) and revenue sharing form the basis for their budget. In fact, total federal fiscal transfer and revenue sharing account for over 90% of provincial budget. They plan to cover remaining budget gap by raising revenue (province 2 and Karnali governments plan to borrow one billion rupees internally as well). Provincial and federal budget together tops Rs1552 billion, of which about 28.6% consists of capital budget. Similarly, a majority of the 753 local governments have presented FY2019 budget in line with federal and provincial fiscal transfers and revenue sharing. They plan to raise revenue by imposing local taxes when their expenditure plan is in excess of fiscal transfers and revenue sharing.

The whole process of designing expenditure priorities and revenue policy is supposed to be cooperative and competitive so that all tiers of government have synchronized and coherent plans to boost economic activities (and probably help the government realized its overarching motto “Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali”, irrespective of how that is measured or what is means!). This appears not to be the case right now. Several provincial and local governments are at loggerheads with the federal government over their jurisdiction in designing revenue policy. Note that they don’t have much say over expenditure priorities owing to the fact that the constitution is clear on what public services they must provide and how federal transfers are to be utilized for that purpose. 

Fiscal management

The subnational governments are aspirational and want to do more with larger budgets, which require more and bigger sources of revenue. Besides fiscal transfers and revenue sharing, they have limited options: internal loan, raising taxes and widening tax net as well as taxable economic or social activities. Currently there is a lack of clarity on procedures and regulatory framework to raise internal loans. So, most of the subnational governments have resorted to either raising taxes and/or including any economic activities under the tax net. This has pitted the subnational governments against the federal government, leading to a regulatory regime that looks like a race to the bottom and especially damaging to improving investment climate.  

For instance, province one has imposed district export tax on agricultural and forest items against the spirit of the constitution. Upon a challenge by the federal government that intra and inter province movement of goods should be free, province one government renamed it sales tax. All they did was to change the name of tax but keeping its distortive nature intact. Similarly, province two is imposing natural resources tax, province five is charging entry fee to Indian vehicles, province seven is imposing a fee on registration and renewal of industries, province three is imposing export tax, and Karnali province is imposing taxes on inter-district export of mining and quarrying items. Meanwhile, several local governments have drastically increased or introduced taxes on tourism, transport and small business activities— the lifeline of local economies and employment. 

This kind of uncertainty and tax policy disarray kills the spirit of federalism rooted in cooperative and competitive interaction among the three tiers of government. Two course corrections are important going forward. 

First, the federal government should immediately work to resolve this matter as this kind of uncooperative federalism harms local businesses and potential investment. Ministry of Finance, Prime Minister’s Office, National Planning commission and Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration need to work together with subnational governments to create not only a coherent and consistent expenditure plan, but also a revenue policy that is unambiguous to business community and one that is geared toward boosting local economic activities. Unfortunately, the federal government itself is weak in fiscal management and governance exercise, evidenced by the dismal capital budget execution record and its singular focus on mobilizing revenue. The subnational governments are thinking that their success lies in raising more revenue to fund more recurrent spending type commitments they made to voters before the elections. Alas, this is fiscally fatal, kills entrepreneurship and harms investment prospects. Confusion is also cropping up due to the delay by the federal government to introduce laws and policies to implement the constitution. 

Second, the federal government should facilitate competitive federalism between provincial and local governments to boost investment and commerce. They should be focusing on attracting investment in their region by rolling out regulations that eases cost of doing business, provides tax and land concessions, and raises productivity by supplying necessary infrastructure. Furthermore, the subnational governments should compete to attract more fiscal transfers by improving budget execution as more meaningful and efficient projects of subnational governments tend to attract more fiscal transfers. 

The subnational governments must compete to attract more investment and to boost growth instead of competing on regulatory regimes that sets them on a path to the bottom. 

          Patient Financial Services COB Specialist - Rockville Regional Offices - (Rockville, Maryland, United States)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Identifies, researches and validates cases involving Medicare, other commercial carrier, Dual coverage and other third party liability situations, including researching primacy determination on complex cases involving another payor, claims cost avoidance.

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    License, Certification, Registration
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    Education
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    License, Certification, Registration
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    **Production Technician \- Sprayer** **Description** Praxair Surface Technologies \(PST\), a subsidiary of Praxair, Inc\., a Fortune 250 company that supplies atmospheric, process, specialty gases, high\-performance coatings, and related services & technologies is seeking a Production Technician /Sprayer in our plant located in Biddeford, Maine\. Production Technicians / Sprayers are responsible for coating parts by spraying coating according to customer specifications and Sermatech Standard Practices including inspection of parts prior to application and finished products to determine and ensure parts are uniformly covered\. Sprayer / Production Technicians must be detail oriented, and have the ability to maintain the highest quality standards during spraying process\.\\ Production Technicians/Sprayers + Working safely is our number 1 priority\!\! + Operate spray gun + Adjust sprayer to regulate width and pressure + Inspects masked/taped parts prior to spraying + Inspects thickness of coated parts + Work in a dynamic teamwork environment + Communicate and work well in a diverse environment + Other duties as assigned **Qualifications** + High School degree or equivalent is required + 1 year related experience required + Must be able to sit, stand, reach, stoop, or kneel + Must be physically able to regularly lift 10 lbs\. occasionally up to 50 lbs\. + Ability to follow detailed written instructions + Ability to calculate figures & apply concepts of algebra and geometry + Working extended hours and/or weekends may be required Access to export controlled technology/technical data and/or items required to perform this Position are subject to the laws of the United States \(including but not limited to the Export Administration Regulations \("EAR"\), 15 C\.F\.R\. Parts 730\-799, and/or the International Traffic in Arms Regulations \("ITAR"\), 22 C\.F\.R\. Part 120\-130\) and the company's export control procedures, pursuant to which the release of such technology/technical data and/or items to anyone other than a U\.S\. Person\ * may be considered an export to the person’s home country and may require authorization from the U\.S\. Government\. Thus, additional information in this regard may be required from applicants for this Position\. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter\.\ * Pursuant to the EAR and the ITAR, a U\.S\. Person includes any individual who is granted U\.S\. citizenship, any individual who is granted U\.S\. permanent residence \(i\.e\., a "green card" holder\), or any individual who is granted political asylum or other protected status under applicable law\. \ * Pursuant to the EAR and the ITAR, a U\.S\. Person includes any individual who is granted U\.S\. citizenship, any individual who is granted U\.S\. permanent residence \(i\.e\., a "green card" holder\), or any individual who is granted political asylum or other protected status under applicable law\. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status\. **Job** Operations **Primary Location** Maine\-Biddeford **Schedule** Full\-time **Req ID:** 18002146
              #newport - busygirlboston      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Visiting our wedding venue today, introducing my Mom to my future in-laws and having dinner at our amazing rehearsal dinner venue! I can't believe we are only 2 months away!! 👰🏻
              Guidelines issued to raise awareness of Qatari laws      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    The Legal and Judicial Studies Center at the Ministry of Justice has issued a series of guidelines to raise awareness and introduce the new Qatari laws that are directly relevant to the public.

    The Ministry of Justice said in a statement yesterday that the manuals come in the framework of the initiative launched by Minister of Justice HE Dr. Hassan Lahdan Saqr Al Muhannadi under the title “Explanation of Qatari Legislation” aiming at enriching the Qatari legal library with explanations of the laws that would benefit law professionals and researchers as well as those interested in this field.

    In this context, the Ministry’s Legal and Judicial Studies Center has prepared a series of legal explanations to support the legal system in the State and to contribute to the promotion of national development by introducing these laws locally and externally, thus indicating the advanced level achieved by the State of Qatar in the field of establishing legal work and encouraging the economic and investment openness, the statement added. Among the legal guidelines issued by the Center is the legal guide related to the settlement of labor disputes which highlights the State of Qatar’s bright record in the field of labor rights at the international level, and its great attention to the affairs of expatriate workers and keenness on protecting their rights.

    The Qatari legislator established the “Labor Disputes Settlement Committee” which deals with the adjudication of all individual disputes arising from the application of the provisions of the Labor Law or the labor contract. The guide to the settlement of labor disputes highlights the important role of this Committee which reflects the State of Qatar’s keenness on the protection of labor rights and simplifying the procedures of litigation in labor disputes.

    source: The Peninsula

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              What Families Need to Know About Tax Reform      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    Tax reform impacts the tax outcome for many Americans – including families. Fortunately, however, many of the changes can potentially boost the tax savings for busy moms and dads. Learn how the new laws could impact your tax situation if you’re a parent or legal guardian. Elimination of the personal exemption Yes, the personal exemption...

    The post What Families Need to Know About Tax Reform appeared first on TaxAct Blog.


              8/9/2018: WORLD: Malaysia’s Najib charged with money-laundering      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    Malaysia yesterday charged former prime minister Najib Razak with three counts of violating money-laundering laws in relation to one of the world’s biggest financial scandals. The charges come on top of three counts of criminal breach of trust and one...
              Apple, Google, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter Subvert the US Constitution, Free Speech, and American Liberty      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    The coordinated attack on widely watched Info Wars host Alex Jones by Apple, Facebook, Google/Youtube, and Spotify is all the proof that we need that the total failure to enforce America’s anti-trust laws has produced unaccountably powerful...
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              8/9/2018: FINANCIAL SERVICES: ‘Social licence’ draws backlash from investors      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Investors and business groups have rejected the introduction of a “social licence to operate” as part of a reset of ASX governance principles, saying it is a subjective and unnecessary intervention into the way Australian companies are managed. The...
              8/9/2018: THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: NewTV draws in Alibaba, studios      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Alibaba Group and the six major Hollywood studios are participants in a $US1 billion ($1.34bn) fundraising round for NewTV, entertainment veteran Jeffrey Katzenberg’s mobilevideo start-up. NewTV is the latest project for Mr Katzenberg, who left...
              Government-backed research suggests millions of smartphones have built-in security flaws - BGR      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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    Well, this is comforting. Researchers funded by the Dept. of Homeland Security have found security vulnerabilities built into smartphones at the device level, vulnerabilities that reportedly exist across devices offered by the four leading U.S. cell ...
    DHS-Funded Research Reveals Mobile Flaws Affecting MillionsAndroid Headlines
    Dept of Homeland Security discovers security flaws in millions of US smartphones9to5Mac
    Homeland Security finds vulnerabilities on millions of US cellphonesCult of Mac
    The Mac Observer -Phone Arena -PYMNTS.com -fifthdomain.com
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              Collection Representative - Valentine & Kebartas LLC - Lawrence, MA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    All applicants will be required to pass an FDCPA test after receiving training and comply with all federal and state laws regarding collections....
    From Valentine & Kebartas LLC - Tue, 17 Jul 2018 06:45:57 GMT - View all Lawrence, MA jobs
              「AWS Greengrass」でIoTアプリをクラウドとシームレスに連携させるには      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    AWS Greengrass上でIoTアプリケーションを構築する際の、さまざまなアプリケーションとインフラストラクチャの連携について考えてみよう。
              Chicken Wings and Butter Beef at Phnom Penh Restaurant      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    I’m in Vancouver to try more great restaurants. Our food tour starts with a local favorite. Phnom Penh Restaurant is a Vietnamese-Cambodian institution that draws fans with specialties including marinated butter beef ad the best chicken wings in town. Click Here To Download John Chow’s New eBook, The Ultimate Online Profit Model!
              UK politician Boris Johnson draws ire with burqa comments      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Former UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson said he opposed banning burqas and other face-covering garments, but added that it was "absolutely ridiculous that people should choose to go around looking like letter boxes."
              Class 2 Driver (with Hook Lift experience) - CWM Environmental Ltd - Nantycaws      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Job Description The role of the Driver is to support the Transport Department to complete the daily duties set by the Transport Manager on both commercial... £23,000 a year
    From Indeed - Wed, 11 Jul 2018 08:31:43 GMT - View all Nantycaws jobs
              New York year-long licence cap to hit Uber and Lyft      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    City’s moratorium to study impact of traffic congestion draws ire of ride-hailing services
              Tutkal      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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              Hearthstone – Best of Epic Top Decks      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Hearthstone – Best of Epic Top Decks – Best of Hearthstone Funny and Lucky moments! The Boomsday Project best WTF Moments, Daily Hearthstone Funny Moments! ft. lucky moments, predictions, epic draws Amaz, Kripparrian, Trump, Disguised...
              Fashion social site i-Dressup forced offline due to 2.2 million customers’ data hack      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    U.S. fashion-focused social media site i-Dressup has been forced to stop its operations after federal investigators found that California-based parent company Unixiz improperly collected details on users under the age of 13.

    As reported by local media, i-Dressup site was hacked back to 2016, compromising personal information of over 2.2 million users.

    State watchdogs ruled that the company did not obtain verifiable parental consent, despite knowing some users were children – which is in violation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, reported ‘NJ.com’.

    Paul Rodriguez, acting director of the US Division of Consumer Affairs, confirmed in a statement that the website was subsequently closed: “As a result of our investigation, Unixiz agreed to shut down the i-Dressup website and to reform its practices to comply with all laws protecting the privacy of children and others online.”

    Lawyers at i-Dressup’s parent company Unixiz said however that the company “worked diligently to comply with its legal obligations and protect its users’ information”.


              Trump’s Confusing Tweets on California Fires Now Appear to Be Actual Policy      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    The Trump Administration appears to be bringing President Trump’s recent tweets about California’s wildfires and environmental laws to life. U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross has directed fisheries officials to “facilitate” access to water in order to aid in firefighting efforts in California. “The protection of life and property takes precedence over any current agreements … Continue reading Trump’s Confusing Tweets on California Fires Now Appear to Be Actual Policy
              AWS Developer      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    CO-Englewood, Role: Be a part of Xavient Digital! A global IT consulting and software services company, we focus on transforming business ideas into effective solutions. As a Cloud Systems developer, you will work in a mixed Unix and Windows virtual environment managing cloud infrastructure services and multiple cloud server instances. Cloud Systems developer position responsibilities includes but is not limite
              Comment on As California burns, climate goals may go up in smoke — even after the flames are out by Steve Keate      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Climate deniers are hilarious. Climate change has been confirmed by observation both of temperatures and the amount and type of carbon in the atmosphere. More than 97% of climate scientists are in agreement. So when the article author says "scientists say..." what they mean is "more than 97 out of 100 scientists in the relevant field of study say". Those who don't agree are either crackpot atmospheric scientists (possibly paid for their contention by oil companies) or not climatologists at all. This is science, not politics, you can argue all you like and it's not going to change the laws of physics and thermodynamics no matter how loud you shout and no matter how many people don't like the idea of climate change due to fossil fuels.
              WILDLIFE: Group launches spoof ivory store in awareness stunt      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    A wildlife charity set up a fake online ivory shop in Singapore, attracting widespread condemnation, in a stunt to underline local laws that it says continue to facilitate the illicit ivory trade globally.
              #religion - yaseenmedia      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Allah is the Most Merciful, Most Compassionate, and He is the Most Merciful of those who show mercy. His Mercy encompasses all things. Allah says (interpretation of the meaning): - “… and My Mercy embraces all things.” [7:156] - In Saheeh Muslim it is narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Allah has one hundred parts of mercy, of which He sent down one between the jinn, mankind, the animals and the insects, by means of which they are compassionate and merciful to one another, and by means of which wild animals are kind to their offspring. And Allah has kept back ninety-nine parts of mercy with which to be merciful to His slaves on the Day of Resurrection.” (Muslim, al-Tawbah, 6908) - One aspect of the Mercy of Allah to His slaves is that He sent the Messengers and revealed the Books and laws to organize their lives according to the ways of wisdom, far removed from hardship and difficulty. Allah says (interpretation of the meaning): - “And We have sent you (O Muhammad) not but as a mercy for the ‘alameen (mankind, jinn and all that exists).” [21:107] - The Mercy of Allah is what will admit His believing slaves to Paradise on the Day of Resurrection. No one will ever enter Paradise because of his deeds alone, as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “No one’s deeds will ever admit him to Paradise.” They said, “Not even you, O Messenger of Allah?” He said, “No, not even me, unless Allah showers me with His Mercy. So try to be near to perfection. And no one should wish for death; he is either doing good so he will do more of that, or he is doing wrong so he may repent.” [al-Bukhari, Muslim] . #bismillah #yaseenmedia #islam #allah #ummah #sunnah #hijab #hadith #prophetmuhammadﷺ #instaislam #indonesia #makkah #jannah #god #quotes #quranquotes #ummah #dua #muslim #muslimah #turkey #saudiarabia #india #pakistan #palestine #ummah #jannah #god #quotes #religion
              Georgia: 8/1 - 8/31/2018      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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    AUG 9th info....

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              Florida, something new I've been working on.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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    Oh this is wayyy interesting can't wait to see what draws tonight to see how you did counting. So you're counting your history sheet??

    Did you look up 303 994 996 I played them and will play them tomorrow if they don't show.
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              On restriction of unitarizable representations of general linear groups and the non-generic local Gan-Gross-Prasad conjecture. (arXiv:1808.02640v1 [math.RT])      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    Authors: Maxim Gurevich

    We prove one direction of a recently posed conjecture by Gan-Gross-Prasad, which predicts the branching laws that govern restriction from p-adic $GL_n$ to $GL_{n-1}$ of irreducible smooth representations within the Arthur-type class.

    We extend this prediction to the full class of unitarizable representations, by exhibiting a combinatorial relation that must be satisfied for any pair of irreducible representations, in which one appears as a quotient of the restriction of the other.

    We settle the full conjecture for the cases in which either one of the representations in the pair is generic.

    The method of proof involves a transfer of the problem, using the Bernstein decomposition and the quantum affine Schur-Weyl duality, into the realm of quantum affine algebras. This restatement of the problem allows for an application of the combined power of a result of Hernandez on cyclic modules together with the Lapid-Minguez criterion from the p-adic setting.


              DevOps Engineer (AWS / Docker / Kubernetes)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Croydon, DevOps Engineer (AWS / Docker / Kubernetes) Croydon 3-6 Month Contract 450:550/day (DOE) DevOps Engineer needed for a 3-6 month rolling contract in Croydon. Start ASAP in August 2018 (subject to Notice Period / Availability). Candidate must be either SC cleared or eligible to undergo the SC Security Clearance process. Key Skills / Experience / Responsibilities include? Minimum skills summary below
              Comment on Laughable weather station maintenance causes highest ever temperature record in Spain by JCalvertN(UK)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Nick are you sure about that? The place pictured in Paco's tweet can be found on Google maps here https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@38.0126348,-4.3301106,3a,75y,12.55h,86.86t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1suffI9c8cSBoZCG_AZPBmfw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656 It is a hydroelectric station on the banks of the river Guadalquivir. It is quite some distance from the town of Motoro proper. From the article you cited, it seems that the AWS is located somewhere there too.
              In Narrow Opinion, Supreme Court Rules For Baker In Gay-Rights Case      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. But the 7-to-2 decision was on the narrowest of grounds and left unresolved whether business owners have a free speech right to refuse to sell goods and services to same-sex couples. The case began when a same-sex couple in Colorado — Charlie Craig and Dave Mullins — filed a complaint with the state civil-rights commission after baker Jack Phillips told them that he did not design custom cakes for gay couples. Colorado, like most states, has a state anti-discrimination law for businesses that are open to the public. Twenty-one states, including Colorado, have laws that bar discrimination based on sexual orientation, in addition to barring discrimination based on race, religion and gender. Acting on the complaint filed by Craig and Mullins, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission ruled in favor of the couple, as did the state Supreme Court. Phillips appealed to the U.S
              Blog Post: CA9 on 'Crime of Child Abuse' - Alvarez-Cerriteno v. Sessions      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    Alvarez-Cerriteno v. Sessions - "Today we must determine whether Nevada’s child neglect statute is broader—that is, makes criminal more conduct—than does the federal Immigration and Nationality Act’s (“INA”) generic “crime of child abuse.” If so, the Board of Immigration Appeals (“BIA”) erred in finding Petitioner, a native and citizen of Mexico and a legal permanent resident of the United States, removable as charged under the INA. Because the Nevada statute outlaws conduct that presents a lesser risk of harm to a child (“reasonably foreseeable” harm) than does the conduct required to violate the INA (at least a “reasonable probability” of harm), we conclude that the BIA did so err, and grant the petition."

    [Hats off to Don Chairez!]


              Blog Post: NAIJ Files Grievance over Sessions' Meddling in Castro-Tum      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    "Judges’ Union Files Grievance Over DOJ’s Interference with Judicial Independence and Violation of the Due Process Rights of Those Appearing before the Immigration Courts; Guatemalan Youth Ordered Deported Despite Philadelphia-based Federal Judge’s Decision to Delay Hearing"

    Press Release, Aug. 8, 2018 - "The National Association of Immigration Judges, the union that represents the nation’s roughly 350 federal Immigration Judges, filed a formal grievance today seeking redress for the unwarranted removal of cases from the docket of a Philadelphia-based judge, United States Immigration Judge Steven A. Morley. NAIJ also is seeking a written acknowledgement from the Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), which oversees Immigration Courts, that no case assignment or reassignment be conducted in a manner that interferes with a judge’s decisional authority. According to the Judges’ filing, EOIR subverted the judicial process, undermined Judge Morley’s decisional independence, and impugned his competence and integrity, by removing pending cases scheduled for decision in order to obtain an Agency determined outcome.

    US Attorney General Jeff Sessions personally interceded in the Matter of Castro-Tum in January using the case to severely limit the authority of Immigration Judges to schedule and prioritize their cases, otherwise known as “administrative closure.” The matter was then remanded to Judge Morley to continue to preside over the proceedings.

    At that remanded hearing, an attorney appeared as “friend of the court” on behalf of Castro-Tum. Finding that the legal notice of hearing was too rushed to proceed on that day, Judge Morley continued the case to assure adequate time for proper notice. Disagreeing with Judge Morley’s exercise of judgment to ensure that due process was observed, the Agency re-assigned the case to a supervisory judge who traveled from Virginia to Philadelphia to hear just this one case, presumably to assure that an in absentia removal order was issued.

    Dozens of additional cases were also removed from Judge Morley's docket after he questioned the reliability of the addresses provided to the Court by the government on behalf of juvenile respondents, including Castro-Tum.

    “The decisional independence of immigration judges is under siege,” said Tabaddor. “If allowed to stand, the Agency can simply forum-shop its cases for the outcome it wishes to achieve,” she added.

    The grievance filed by NAIJ maintains that actions against Judge Morley, a well-known, respected impartial judge, violated the integrity of the Immigration Court proceedings. The NAIJ filing further states that EOIR’s actions undermined not only Judge Morley’s judicial independence and ability to properly manage his docket, but also threatens the ability of all Immigration Judges nationwide to fairly apply the immigration laws of the United States consistent with due process rights of all parties."

    Ani Ucar, Vice News, Aug. 8, 2018 - "[T]he grievance is a sign that immigration judges are growing increasingly defiant of the Trump administration's efforts to control the way they manage their cases. “It is the most blatant example of an affront to decisional independence,” said Judge Dana Leigh Marks, president emeritus of the National Association of Immigration Judges. “It’s a threat to our very existence, the heart of what we are trying to protect.” ... “Morale is at an all-time horrible low,” said Judge Marks, who has been serving as an immigration judge in San Francisco for over 30 years. “Never in the history of the organization have we filed a grievance such as this that goes to the core of our existence.”


              8 августа 2018      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Red Hood and the Outlaws #25
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    Charlie's Angels #3
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              Apple, Google, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter Subvert the US Constitution, Free Speech, and American Liberty – PaulCraigRoberts.org      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    The coordinated attack on widely watched Info Wars host Alex Jones by Apple, Facebook, Google/Youtube, and Spotify is all the proof that we need that the total failure to enforce America’s anti-trust laws has produced unaccountably powerful firms that are able to exercise far more censorship, not only in America but also abroad among Washington’s […]
              Laws to protect hotel cleaning staff      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    Various cities are considering requiring hotels to equip cleaning staff with silent alarm buttons in case guests attack them. Some of these laws also raise the minimum wage.

              Bjorn (back) withdraws from PGA Championship      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Thomas Bjorn, the captain for the European team for next month's Ryder Cup, has withdrawn from the PGA Championship with a back injury.
              Jega advocates stiffer laws against fake election results      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    The former INEC boss says with the 2019 general elections around the corner there is need to act fast to curtail fake news.

    The post Jega advocates stiffer laws against fake election results appeared first on Premium Times Nigeria. Reported by Premium Times Nigeria 5 hours ago.
              DHS-Funded Research Reveals Mobile Flaws Affecting Millions - Android Headlines      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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    DHS-Funded Research Reveals Mobile Flaws Affecting Millions
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    New vulnerabilities that affect millions of smartphone users in the U.S. alone have now been reported by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) at this year's Black Hat USA 2018 conference. The news follows DHS-funded research conducted by ...
    DHS warns of vulnerabilities in millions of smartphonesTechSpot
    Dept of Homeland Security discovers security flaws in millions of US smartphones9to5Mac
    Homeland Security finds vulnerabilities on millions of US cellphonesCult of Mac
    The Mac Observer -Phone Arena -Brinkwire (press release) -PYMNTS.com
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              #film - reflectthescreen      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    This shark is bigger than Jaws, but is this megalodon all bark and no bite? @JamesProfetto review “The Meg”! Check out the link in the BIO! • • • #TheMeg #meg #shark #movie #film #new #summer #water #critic #video #watch #youtube #reflectthescreen #funny #beach #jasonstatham #jaws #sharkweek
              Dog Groomer - PAWpular PAWs Grooming - Belle River, ON      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Dog Grooming Certification AND/OR at least one year of experience grooming dogs. For this reason, we are seeking an experienced groomer to work evening and...
    From Indeed - Mon, 09 Jul 2018 15:19:06 GMT - View all Belle River, ON jobs
              Comment on Grant program to be developed to support congregations’ grassroots work on racial healing by Joe Prasad      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Many years ago, I read Dinesh D'Souza's book - The End of Racism. I may not agree with everything that he wrote but it was the first time I became aware of the complexity of slavery. It is good to have laws and policies to help those in real need but continued welfare based on past / perceived grievances should be discouraged. Sometimes a simple gesture of apology can go a long way towards reconciliation and healing. Leaders of African nations from where people were kidnapped and sold into slavery ought to participate in this also.
              Leaving Costco Requires More Documentation Than Voting In Chicago...      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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              DXC Technology and Amazon Web Services (AWS) Collaborate to Modernize IT Services and ...      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    * Companies to deliver agile, end-to-end cloud migration solutions that couple the power of the AWS cloud with DXC industry-based...
              Did Elon Musk violate securities laws with tweet about taking Tesla private?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Elon Musk had better be right.Musk's audacious offer Tuesday to take private Tesla, the innovative auto company he founded and leads as chairman and chief executive, will surely go down as one of the most unorthodox takeover bids...
              #8: The 48 Laws Of Power (The Robert Greene Collection)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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              Exclusive: Dinesh D’Souza Shares Inside Scoop on Highly Controversial New Film      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    Conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza recently released a new movie titled “Death of a Nation,” which shows how, despite their incessant attempts to pin such labels on Republicans, it is in fact the Democrat Party that has a lengthy history of fascism, racism and white supremacy. The film draws parallels between how Democrats reacted…

    The post Exclusive: Dinesh D’Souza Shares Inside Scoop on Highly Controversial New Film appeared first on Conservative Tribune.


              If we are to be stripped of freedom of speech, it’s content doesn’t matter      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    The two Canadian visitors have left these shores in circumstances never to be accurately recorded. After three weeks of controversial twists and turns that showed less regard for the laws of quantum physics than the last Terminator movie while simultaneously exceeding the New Testament’s volume of resurrection, it seemed to conclude in a stomach-churning car […] The post If we are to be stripped of freedom of speech, it’s content doesn’t matter appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
              AWS Cloud Systems Engineer - AceInfo Solutions - Reston, VA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Citizen is required for the position. Empower our clients, challenge our employees, and grow our business. We offer relocation assistance for internal employees...
    From Indeed - Mon, 18 Jun 2018 21:51:44 GMT - View all Reston, VA jobs
              Heavy Duty Mechanic - Precision Well Servicing - Lloydminster, SK      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Earn a spot in our new VIP Rewards Club, which offers quarterly prize draws of up to $1000. Precision Well Servicing is hiring a Journeyman Heavy Duty Mechanic...
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              Service Rig Derrickhands & Floorhands - Precision Well Servicing - Lloydminster, SK      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Earn a spot in our new VIP Rewards Club, which offers quarterly prize draws of up to $1000. Precision Well Servicing needs local **DERRICKHANDS &amp; FLOORHANDS *...
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              Edison, NJ Mulls Passing Strictest Food Allergy Laws In The Country      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    The new proposal would require eateries to list all ingredients on their menus that trigger food allergies.
              Comcast security flaws exposed more than 26 million customers' data: report      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    Partial home addresses and Social Security numbers of more than 26 million Comcast Corp. Xfinity customers were inadvertently exposed online through separate security vulnerabilities, according to a Buzzfeed News report late Wednesday. Buzzfeed said security researcher Ryan Stevenson discovered the flaws, which Comcast said were patched after Buzzfeed alerted them. "We have no reason to believe these vulnerabilities were ever used against Comcast customers outside of the research described in this report," Comcast told Buzzfeed. The vulnerabilities to the cable and internet provider's online customer portal were apparently fairly easy to exploit.

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              Kennel Technician - Pampered 4 Paws - Morgantown, WV      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Experience within the field is preferred but not required. We are an established open-cage Doggie Daycare, Kenneled boarding, and grooming facility. We are...
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              Kennel Worker OR Receptionist/Kennel Worker - Northern Paws Pet Lodge - Cadott, WI      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Upscale thriving Pet Lodge with 31 air conditioned rooms in a beautiful setting is seeking an animal lover. Feeding dogs & cats, cleaning rooms, & caring for...
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              Dog Daycare Attendent and Drivers Wanted - Balanced Paws Inc - Toronto, ON      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Friendly with positive and *_drama-free_*. You will be the first and last point of contact with our dog daycare clientele, so a mature, courteous demeanor is... $14 - $18 an hour
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              The me that nobody knows…      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Click here to view original web page at veryangrybird.blogspot.com "This is one of those rabbit hole experiences. Go on the internet and poke around. Lots of theories, lots of speculations, very few facts." I am now going to conflate two people from much different worlds. The first is former Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld. In 2002, he announced there was $2.3T of DOD budget which was either missing, or unaccounted for. Let that sink in for just a second. That statement left a lot of jaws dropping on the floor. BTW- the number was trillion and not billion. Next I will bring in the spy Edward Snowden. In the massive dump of classified information he put on the internet, there was many references to "black programs". So what does the $2.3T and Snowden's reference to "black programs" have in common? Maybe nothing - maybe quite a bit. For years now, […]
              How to track versions of deployed apps?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    @danepowell wrote:

    I’m building my first Serverless app on AWS Lambda. I haven’t touched it in a few weeks, and just finished with some local development.

    Now I want to deploy it to Lambda, but I realized I have no idea what changes I would actually be deploying since I can’t recall if I ran a deploy at the end of my last development session a few weeks ago. This is a pretty scary situation to be in. In other words, I don’t know if I’d be deploying just today’s commit, or code from several weeks ago as well.

    I’m migrating from Heroku, and I feel like Heroku handled this pretty well by associating every deployment with a particular Git commit. I’d love the same for Serverless on Lambda, so I can see for instance that my development Lambda environment is running commit abc1234 from a few weeks ago (obviously I’m using Git locally for version control).

    How do folks generally handle this? Note that I’m using the Serverless Stage Manager with development / staging / production environments if that makes a difference.

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              Laborer (Seasonal) (Metal Working - Armtec-Canada Culvert - Calgary, AB      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Ability to use hand tools such as tape measures, drills, spot welders, saws and grinders. Armtec-Canada Culvert is known for quality and dependability in... $18 - $20 an hour
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              Comment on Science in S.F. by Richard L. Hamilton      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    IMO, science in sci-fi (or magic in fantasy) should enable the story, and not impair it by being a get-out-of-jail-free card. It should have sufficient background to have internal consistency (arguably more than actually appears in the story proper), and a well-defined point of departure from the familiar, to give some sense of connection to it. Some analog of conservation laws must exist, and some skill must be acquired, to use the tech or magic. Exposition on the tech or magic IMO, unless it serves a necessary role in the story, should be saved for an appendix, for those who enjoy some insight into the additional background material. (Some might even enjoy some notes on the supporting research connecting it to established theories, mythologies, practices, etc.) If consistency of the story requires ideas that need not be explicit in the story, that need not be held back as unrevealed for future use, I would think that the effort of producing an appendix from working notes might even be profitable by appealing to those who liked extensive background, without driving away those who liked the story to flow more naturally. Different authors seem to prepare vastly different amounts of background material that does not appear in their stories. I seem to recall that Donaldson said he didn't know more about characters or events in his stories than what he wrote or planned to write (I'd find it a challenge to maintain consistency working without a larger hidden plan); Tolkien, with his interest in what sort of history might have led to a language that he found aesthetically pleasing, had a vast amount of background material unpublished in his lifetime, although being largely limited to that focus, it didn't prevent other areas where suspension of disbelief might challenge the reader. And as far as I can tell, Terry Brooks made up his sequels for the earlier Shannara books as he went along, with little indication that a plan for the arc predated and influenced any given book, although that changed somewhat for the later ones that were planned as series segments, essentially multivolume stories in that universe. Am I missing a point somewhere? :-) I do appreciate thought put into consistent tech/magic, logistics, weather, effect of moonlight on battles, etc, even if I don't want needless exposition on those in the middle of a story.
              Sr. BI Developer - KellyMitchell - Bellevue, WA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Big data related AWS technologies like HIVE, Presto, Hadoop required. We are looking for talented software engineers to join our big data services development...
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              Sr BI Developer [EXPJP00002633] - Staffing Technologies - Bellevue, WA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Experience in AWS technologies such as EC2, Cloud formation, EMR, AWS S3, AWS Analytics required Big data related AWS technologies like HIVE, Presto, Hadoop...
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              Data Engineer II - Lab126 - Seattle, WA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Experience solving map-reduce style problems (Hadoop, Hive, Impala, Spark, Presto, AWS Glue). AWS Networking Analysis and Visualization analyzes one of the...
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              The Problem of Taiwan's Libel Laws . . .      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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    Some useful info here on how to avoid trouble

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              Former Fed Economist Urges The World's Largest Pension Fund To Buy More Junk Bonds      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    The last time we looked at Japan's giant pension fund, the Government Pension Investment Fund (or GPIF) which is the largest in the world and manages 158.6 trillion yen ($1.43 trillion), we found a problem: according to the latest quarterly release, Japanese equities accounted for 25.14% of the GPIF's portfolio at the end of March (which equates to over 40 trillion yen worth of shares covering roughly 2,300 issues).

    This is a problem because the GPIF's portfolio has exceeded its 25% allocation target for domestic stocks for the first time, a milestone that - unless the world's largest pension fund changes its strategy for "stable returns" - could have severely adverse consequences for local risk assets, as it would mean one of the "whale" buyers of Japanese equities - the BOJ being the other - would no longer be in the market.

    But while it would hardly surprise market watchers to see the GPIF once again bend the rules and further stretch the definition of what is considered a "safe" asset for retirees as it seeks to boost returns, some have proposed even more radical "solutions."

    According to Bloomberg, former Fed senior economist Yoshio Nozawa - who researched corporate bond spreads for the Fed over the past five years - suggested that the world’s largest pension fund should step even further out of its comfort zone and buy more high-yield bonds and alternative assets such as real estate. The reason: the pension fund’s long-term performance of its 158.6 trillion yen ($1.43 trillion) in assets is more important than quarterly results.

    Speaking in an interview in Tokyo after winning a GPIF award for corporate bond research in July. Nozawa said that "investors that can own assets for a long period have a high risk tolerance," and continued: "pension funds have the advantage of being able to hold low-liquidity products that other investors usually shy away from, so there’s room for them to consider investing in more of those assets."

    In other words, just because the GPIF has what some would say an infinite investment horizon, it can take virtually unlimited risks with its investments in order to generate higher yields: after all the BOJ is there to make sure it doesn't blow up.

    Earlier this year, the GPIF's investment guidelines were revised to include the buying of Japanese debt rated below BBB, i.e., junk bonds, "under certain conditions." And, as of the first quarter, it had allocated about 415 billion yen to actively managed foreign high-yield bond funds run by firms such as Nomura Asset Management, MacKay Shields and UBS Asset Management.

    Apparently it's not enough, especially since "alternative investments" such as junk bonds made up only 0.17% of the GPIF’s total assets, below its self-imposed limit of 5%, as of the end of June.

    So what can possibly go wrong by dumping tens of billions into the riskiest of fixed income instruments? According to the Fed researcher, not much (of course):

    The key to analyzing corporate bonds is understanding the composition of their spread, which is affected by the expected default loss and risk premium, according to Nozawa, who currently teaches finance at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. If the risk premium is driving the spread, then it may indicate that it’s time to buy the debt rather than sell, he said. This also applies to stocks and other assets, he added.

    Or, as another former Fed "researcher" would say, "the risk of massive junk bond defaults is contained."

    Potential junk bond losses aside - which of course are guaranteed during the next global recession - there may be another problem: not enough junk bonds to buy as issuers tend to cater to a domestic institutional audience the prefers IG bonds.

    Japanese investors such as pension funds and life insurers tend to invest in investment-grade bonds. According to a report by Nomura Institute of Capital Markets Research, corporate debt issuance was about 11 trillion yen in 2017, with more than 95% of the securities rated A or higher.

    And yet, as Sumitomo Mitsui strategist Ayako Sera said, the GPIF has little choice but to diversify into alternative assets and high-yield bonds if it wants higher returns because Japan’s bonds, which make up about 27% of the GPIF’s assets, have virtually zero returns (well, the may rise as high as 0.2% as per the BOJ's latest announcement) as the Bank of Japan maintains its unprecedented monetary easing.

    “The GPIF’s biggest problem is it can’t keep taking in domestic bonds - especially government bonds - as a staple with Japanese interest rates so low,” Sera said. “The fund needs to sample a wider variety of dishes.”

    Apparently that's prudent banker talk for "we need to put more pensions into, well, junk." What it really is, is the famous yield creep to justify buying ever riskier securities, which of course, are "not risky" because the GPIF can hold in perpetuity, which somehow means the laws of the business cycle no longer matter.

    As for the problem of finding enough junk bond supply: fear not - we hear that Elon Musk is in market with a roughly $70 billion junk bond deal that no self-respecting pension fund can possibly afford to miss...


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              Food Service Attendant on the recall list - CIUSSS du Centre-Ouest-de-l'Île-de-Montréal - Côte-Saint-Luc, QC      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Ensures the respect of Kosher dietary laws in regards to the dishwasher. We needs Foodservice Attendant for differents sites....
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              Leesburg ringleader of 'massive' meth, heroin operation indicted, will lose Porsche, Corvette, U.S. government says      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    The federal government plans to use forfeiture laws to seize a 2016 Porsche Panamera and other vehicles from a Leesburg man accused of being the ringleader of a “massive” methamphetamine and heroin operation, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Wednesday.

    Charlie Wayne Harrison Jr., 32, and 10 co-conspirators...


              The Funniest Man in Baseball by Audrey Vernick - OPTIONAL      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    The Funniest Man in Baseball: The True Story of Max Patkin by Audrey Vernick, illustrated by Jennifer Bower.  NON-FICTION  Clarion Books (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), 2018. $18.  9780544913779  

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    Max Patkin loved baseball, but when he was injured he realized that he is not going to be able to obtain his baseball dreams.  His love of the game draws him to the baseball fields and quickly he finds a place as the entertainment during games.  His bumbling, clown-like act was enjoyed by baseball fans and players for many years.  In today’s baseball games, instead of this type of slap-stick humor, we now have mascots.  Max liked to make people laugh and loved the game of baseball and lucky for him he was able to combine his two loves.  

    The illustrations in this book are bright and appealing and kids who love to read about sports will be drawn to the front cover.  The story is long and I guess I just didn’t get the appeal of Max Patkin’s schtick.  It is similar to a Three Stooges type act that he played out in front of crowds.  The back page has an author’s note with his biography.  

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              Software Developer - Jobline Resources Pte Ltd - Paya Lebar      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Familiar with cloud environment – AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, principals of, and execution in, DevOps. The development environment consists of AWS Cloud and...
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              Oct 2018: Tail of the Dragon Smacks 2017 POTUS Sun!      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    On October 27, 2018 transit South Node ('Tail of the Dragon') 'smacks' the 2017 POTUS Sun 00AQ49:53 for just under 3 minutes from 6:50 am edt to 6:52:50 am edt. The horoscope below is set for Washington DC at the first minute of this conjunction; the transit may have no significance at all but is posted here for the sake of recording the cosmic event--and because of the tribulations of the Trump administration since he 'took office' at noon on January 20, 2017 at noon est with an isolated 10th house Sun that represents, since Inauguration Day 2017, thespian Donald Trump in the leadership role.

    Obviously this particular nodal transit also occurred approximately 19 years ago while Bill Clinton was in office, his second term ending on January 20, 2001. Embroiled in legal, political, and personal battles, Mr. Clinton's White House experience resembles on a basic ethical level that of the embroiled Mr. Trump, as you know, and although SN to Sun is a cosmic event of brief duration, perhaps its Saturnian vibes of separation and lack of resonance with the public (or with the public mood or societal trends) returns in 2018 for the American people's further dealing in the inflated form of ethics-challenged Donald Trump. Both planet Saturn and the Nodes of the Moon are considered karmic (what was sown is reaped) and both play roles in the element which only Astrology can provide the seeker--timing.

    DC Horoscope: October 27, 2018 6:50 am edt Washington DC; SN conjunct POTUS Sun 00AQ49:53;Trump natal positions are penned around the chart in blue; chart-ruler Venus Rx opposes Uranus Rx highlighted in green; 'The Tower' Solar Eclipse of August 11, 2018 is this karmic event's PE; its Syzygy Moon 1Tau13 perfects on October 24, 2018 conjunct planet of upsets and shocks, Uranus, here at 00Tau24; Venus-Uranus hints at financial improprieties, extravagance, devaluation of currency, and/or unusual sources of funding; in 2nd house, transit Mercury 25Sco12 has just entered Mr. Trump's natal 4th house (joining tr Jupiter) suggesting communications focused on domestic matters, family members, real estate, and potentially a 'change of residence' (not to get our hopes up!) if enough factors agree:

    Now since it's America's POTUS Sun involved ('President of the United States'), the US presidency will be 'smacked' or 'swiped' in some way along with the man playing the archetypal role in October 2018; therefore, the Presidential Oath of Office will be involved. This brings Trump's affirmation to preserve, protect, and defend the US Constitution into this Saturnian picture with its 'separation' theme. Agreement that Mr. Trump is actually doing the required job in the required way is hard to find unless you look toward the morally bankrupt GOP and their billionaire enablers who are determined to re-write the US Constitution in unrecognizable ways. Plus, Trump's mesmerized supporters, who at this typing, remain devoted to his quirky, eccentric, chaotic Uranian way of doing things, tradition be da*ned. For after all, Trump's natal 10th house Uranus in mutable Gemini (sign of duplicity, variety, tweeting, and gossip) is his guiding planet because it rises just before his Gemini Sun (aka, 'oriental').

    And if we look to a South Node/Sun conjunction in general for clues to what may be involved in late October, we find circumstances, conditions, and people continuing to block and limit Trump's self-expression, leadership, and power potential. Obstacles via others litter his path of achievement to the point that aims may be denied altogether. That Trump has and does promote his own selfish aims at the expense of others--aka, exploitation--complicates the situation for SN-to-Sun is a doubly karmic event in which current actions are thwarted by pipers who rightfully demand full payment. You've probably noticed how Mr. Trump has demonstrated an alarming lack of self-discipline and an inability to control his primal urges which do not sync with Saturn's requirements which can lead to positive outcomes and best results.

    And of course, astrological Saturn is the taskmaster bringing lessons of limitation, restriction, and accountability (The Establishment in the form of Mr. Mueller?!) but as we know, Mr. Trump has shown himself to be learning disabled concerning most topics, and a know-it-all to boot. In fact, he has stated that he's never asked for forgiveness because he's never sinned or made a mistake--quite an unsullied 'god' he imagines himself to be! Perhaps having royal Regulus rising along with asteroid Apollo (the 'sun god') inspires such a misconception about himself as being superior to the rest of humanity. Yet in his role of US president, and allegedly accountable to the American people and to the laws of Saturn, it may soon be time for cosmic comeuppance for such hubris as that belonging to the very flawed Donald J. Trump.



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              Rep. Skillicorn explains tweet on free speech, gun laws      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    State Rep. Allen Skillicorn, R-Crystal Lake, said a tweet he sent Wednesday morning with a link to a password-protected website with 3D-printed firearm plans was motivated by a number of factors.

    The tweet asked people whether they favored free speech or censorship before providing a link to the website, which Skillicorn said has been blocked by many social media platforms. He then asked followers to share his post if they favored free speech.

    In addition to the recent Supreme Court ruling allowing 3D-printable gun plans to be posted online as of Aug. 1, Skillicorn said the message was in response to the extreme violence continuing in Chicago.

    This past weekend, more than 70 people in Chicago were shot, 12 fatally. Skillicorn said even with current laws in place, guns still are being obtained illegally.

    “Anything we can do to talk about how gun laws aren’t working and how 77 people are still getting shot [in one weekend] is a positive thing in my eyes,” Skillicorn said.

    The message also was in response to comments from U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., who called for companies such as Facebook and YouTube to take down websites he believes spread hate and lies. This came after controversial conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ Infowars content was removed from multiple websites.


              Samsung Heavy Industries bets on AWS as it builds out its autonomous ship platform      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Samsung Heavy Industries will use a variety of AWS services notably for machine learning and augmented reality.

              Fantasy NHL – First impressions of the 2018-19 top 300 fantasy …      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    1:18 PM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print As the 2018-19 NHL season draws closer, we’ve released our top 300 rankings for fantasy. As you rummage through the lineup, the ranking of some players might jump off the …
              The Gunfight on El Dorado's Courthouse Square, Oct. 9, 1902      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    El Dorado, Arkansas.
    • Marshal Guy Tucker (1) argues with Walter (2) and Tom (3) Parnell at east gate of courthouse fence. Tucker draws pistol and covers them. • Jim Parnell (4) approaches fence and Tucker warns him not to get behind him. • . . .

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              'Outstanding Popular Film' Is Now An Oscar Category For Some Reason      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    In addition to regimenting their broadcast to a strict three hours, the Academy announced today that it will be unvieling a new category at the Oscars, Outstanding Popular Film.

    These changes are most likely being put into place after the 2018 broadcast yielded the lowest-rating on record (26.5 million), so to stop that Dwayne The Rock Johnson will now be nominated for the 5 movies he made this year that made 50 billion dollars each.

    1. The Academy is proud to announce the new category "Most Outstanding The Movie Crash"

    2. Also fuck off for snubbing my boy Daniel Day

    3. Voice acting

    4. And Tobey Maguire wins every one

    5. Wake me up when there's a Vine Awards

    6. What about all us drama kids


    7. And the Oscar goes to....Rick and Morty

    8. Ah very good

    9. Those little indie darlings

    10. Come on up and get slimed

    11. You can only watch said films in IFC's dirty cellar 

    12. Paws up for the king

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    7 Aug 2018

    Justice for women is essential to fulfilling a key aspiration of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: ensuring no one is left behind.

    Without equal and effective justice for women and girls – more than 50 per cent of the world’s population – sustainable and inclusive development will remain elusive. Many of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including those related to education, health and decent work, cannot be achieved without justice for women.

    High-level Group on Justice for Women

    The 2030 Agenda has rallied unprecedented political commitment, serving as an opportunity to enhance justice for women and girls. In May 2018, a High-level Group was convened by IDLO, UN Women and the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies to advocate for the centrality of women’s justice needs in the implementation, monitoring and reporting of SDG 16.

    The High-level Group on Justice for Women constitutes a critical channel to inform and enrich the global Task Force on Justice, a Pathfinders initiative established to accelerate progress on the 2030 Agenda’s target 16.3 on access to justice. Tasked with developing concrete recommendations on access to justice for women and girls, the High-level Group acts as a gender-responsive contribution to the work of the Task Force.

    The Group met for the first time on May 28-29, 2018 in The Hague to discuss strategies to tackle the unmet need for justice of women in all countries and identify common obstacles and effective solutions to closing the gender justice gap. [read the Inaugural Meeting Report]

    The meeting was opened by Sigrid Kaag, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Netherlands and Co-Chair of the Task Force on Justice, and IDLO Director-General Irene Khan. 

    During the meeting, members of the High-level Group – top government officials, academics, civil society actors, and international organization leaders – stressed the Group’s role in generating action and political commitment by expanding partnerships with regional networks, associations and donor organizations.

    The Group will now develop a report providing recommendations for action and investment to enhance justice for women, which will be launched during the 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women and will contribute to the launch of the report of the Task Force on Justice during the High-level Political Forum in July 2019, as well as the 2019 UN General Assembly. 

    A Background Paper was circulated during the inaugural meeting to provide a starting point for the discussion of the Group and to support the drafting of its report.

    Members of the High-level Group include (in alphabetical order):

    1. Irene Khan, Director-General, IDLO (Convenor)
    2. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Women (Convenor)
    3. Abubacarr Marie Tambadou, Attorney General and Minister of Justice, The Gambia
    4. Arkel Benitez, Secretary General, Conferencia de Ministros de Justicia de los Países Ibero Americanos
    5. Catherine Harrington, Campaign Manager, Global Campaign for Equal Nationality Rights
    6. Deqa Hagi Yasin, Minister of Women and Human Rights Development, Somalia
    7. Dubravka Šimonovic, United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences
    8. Frida Gómez, Director-General, Noticias Tiemposmodernos, and National Councillor for the Evaluation and Monitoring of Public Policies on Youth, Mexican Youth Institute
    9. Hilary Gbedemah, Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women
    10. María Fernanda Rodríguez, Under-Secretary for Access to Justice, Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, Argentina
    11. Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah, Director of Information, Communications and Media, Association for Women's Rights in Development
    12. Nathalie G. Drouin, Deputy Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Canada
    13. Nursyahbani Katjasungkana, Head, Association of Indonesian Women for Justice
    14. Patricia Scotland, Secretary-General, the Commonwealth
    15. Rangita da Silva de Alwis, Associate Dean of International Affairs, University of Pennsylvania Law School
    16. Sandie Okoro, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, World Bank Group

    The justice gap for women and girls

    There is a clear link between gender and justice; between SDG 5 on gender equality and SDG 16 on peace, justice and strong institutions. While gender equality is indispensable for peaceful, just and inclusive societies based on the rule of law, women and girls play a critical role in the emergence of equitable and inclusive institutions. At the same time, effective justice systems are central to enabling women to become equal partners in decision-making and development. The ability to access justice is an essential means to claiming and realizing women’s rights.

    Yet there is a huge disparity between the promise of justice under SDG 16 and the lived realities of women and girls; between what women and girls need and want when they seek justice, and the justice they receive.

    Gender discriminatory legislation around the world

    Worldwide, 104 economies still have laws preventing women from working in specific jobs – such as mining, manufacturing and construction. Only 40 per cent of economies mandate equal remuneration for work of equal value. 45 economies do not have specific laws on domestic violence, and 59 economies have no laws on sexual harassment in the workplace. Male dominance in family relations is also evident in data showing that in many economies, a woman cannot apply for a passport, be head of household or travel outside her home in the same way as a man.

    Read the High-level Group Background Paper for more data on the justice gap for women and girls

    A growing body of evidence points to serious gaps in ensuring equal legal protections for women and girls, especially those affected by conflict or humanitarian crises. Gender discriminatory legal frameworks and social norms can constitute serious hurdles to the delivery of justice for women. Even in the presence of gender-responsive laws, implementation is often poor due to a variety of technical, financial and political factors. Challenges result from failure to consider the interaction among laws, regulations and implementing institutions, and their collective impact on women’s rights.

    For example, regulations often require that a national identity card, birth certificate or deeds from a land registry office be provided to obtain land rights, titling and registration. These certificates and deeds are often inaccessible to rural or poor women who have limited time, money, access to facilities and networks.

    Ineffective and unresponsive judicial systems, compounded by gender bias, socio-economic barriers and limited access to information and support, can further result in women being prevented from claiming their rights and accessing redress.

    Furthermore, a large proportion of women worldwide access justice through customary or informal justice mechanisms that are frequently biased against them yet adjudicate matters that impact women more than men, such as inheritance, property or domestic violence.

     

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