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Every action has an immediate and opposite reaction.
While this is a law of motion in physics, it also applies to human relationships like going aggressively to war and hurting people.
Instead of killing these murderous people, capture them. Find out who put them up to doing this and go after those people as well.
God had a terrible answer in ancient times to people in the "promised land" and it was terrible because he said to destroy them all in the old testament. Otherwise they would arise again to destroy you.
I have never seen an instance where God was wrong. People are often wrong.
So where does it all end? Do the Israel people need to follow this ancient command or can they find a way to live in peace with liars, thieves, and murderers.
What happened in the time of Moses may happen again. That is a warning.
Moses put together a tabernacle from which a very enormous God came out of that tabernacle to destroy Israel's enemies under Joshua after Moses died.
Back to the current times. We as a world are now dealing with weapons so terrible that it could bring on the events described in Revelations in the Bible.
It is no longer about Jews and Arabs. It is about all of us.
Be careful what we pray for. That same God killed a lot of Jews for disobeying his rules and laws including two of Aaron's sons.
I do not judge God, way beyond my pay grade. What I am saying is that either these Hamas learn to live in peace or they will be destroyed totally in the years to come. The key here is lying, theft, murder, and destroying people's homes and their children. If they are willing to do all of these things then it is very possible that Israel will go after all of them and solve the problem once and for all.
I think that is a terrible solution. If they were bombing my home, I pretty much know what would happen to them.
Every action has an immediate and opposite reaction. So before you push that trigger or button on a missile, remember that reaction to what you are about to do. Hate does breed more hate, and murder of one's family may breed destruction for your own family.
IF and WHEN the God of Abraham comes back all of this will end and it will end very badly for all concerned.
Anyone disobeying the commandments laid out in the Bible will die. The alternative is to come to the table and negotiate an agreement that everyone can live with. One in which Jews and Arabs alike can prosper.
As long as one side is unwilling, there will never be peace in the middle east.


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          Messi, Ronaldo, Salah and De Bruyne up for Champions League awards      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Mohamed Salah have all been nominated for UEFA's Champions League positional awards, with the list dominated by Real Madrid players. Madrid won their third consecutive European title with thanks to a 3-1 win over Liverpool in Kiev, Gareth Bale netting a brace. Bale did not make the cut of players voted for by coaches of the 32 teams from the 2017-18 Champions League group stage and 55 journalists representing each of UEFA's member nations, with Ronaldo, Messi and Salah the attackers put forward. Keylor Navas may have his position at Madrid under serious threat following the signing of Thibaut Courtois but is nominated in the goalkeeping category alongside Alisson and Gianluigi Buffon. Madrid have a clean sweep among the defenders in the shape of Marcelo, Raphael Varane and captain Sergio Ramos, while only Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne – accompanying Luka Modric and Toni Kroos – prevents a similar scenario for the midfielders. NOMINEES: 2017/18 #UCL Midfielder of the Season  @lukamodric10  @DeBruyneKev  @ToniKroos  #UEFAawards winners announced at the #UCLdraw, 30 August  pic.twitter.com/MfLlDpD215 — UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) August 9, 2018 The three nominees for the Europa League Player of the Season award are drawn from the final and continue the Spanish theme. Atletico Madrid duo Antoine Griezmann and Diego Godin have been named alongside Marseille's Dimitri Payet. Godin lifted the trophy after Griezmann scored twice in a 3-0 win over the Ligue 1 side in Lyon. The winners will be announced at the respective Champions League and Europa League group stage draws in Monaco on August 30 and 31. NOMINEES: 2017/18 #UCL Forward of the Season  @MoSalah  @Cristiano Ronaldo  Leo Messi  #UEFAawards winners announced at the #UCLdraw, 30 August  pic.twitter.com/lTeoHXgp8d — UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) August 9, 2018   UEFA Champions League positional awards nominations in full: Goalkeepers: Alisson (Roma, now Liverpool), Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus, now Paris Saint-Germain), Keylor Navas (Real Madrid). Defenders: Marcelo (Real Madrid), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid). Midfielders: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Luka Modric (Real Madrid). Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid, now Juventus), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool).
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          First look at 'Red Dead Redemption 2' gameplay      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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In the first gameplay trailer for RDR2, developer Rockstar Games went in-depth with what to expect in its upcoming wild west game where you'll play as Arthur Morgan, an outlaw heading up a gang of less-than-savory folk.

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State lawmakers allege Veterans Affairs committed HIPAA violation; director calls that 'unfathomable'
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Published: Wed, August 8, 2018

Three state legislators have called for the firing of two Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs leaders, alleging they violated federal privacy laws — an allegation the agency's executive director called “unfathomable.”
A resident sits in the hallway in the special needs unit at the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs' Talihina Veterans Center in this photo from 2017. [Photo by Mike Simons, Tulsa World file]
In a letter to Gov. Mary Fallin, Democratic Reps. Brian Renegar, Chuck Hoskin and David Perryman requested Fallin fire Veterans Affairs Executive Director Doug Elliott and clinical compliance director Tina Williams.

The lawmakers claim the crash of internet access and Veterans Affairs software on July 24 prompted Veterans Affairs leadership to order employees at the state's seven care centers to copy patient medical records onto the employees' personal cellphones.

“This is a direct violation of federal HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) regulations,” the legislators told Fallin. They say the alleged HIPAA violation “could jeopardize the millions of federal funding dollars coming to our Oklahoma veterans.”
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          The First Year of Herod the Great’s Reign      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

A Quick Review

We will begin this article with a brief review of the major points laid out in the previous one (“John 2:12–21 and Herodian Chronology,” http://www.biblearchaeology.org/post/2018/06/29/John-212e2809321-and-Herodian-Chronology.aspx), and then go into a detailed analysis of some arguments offered against its conclusion that the reign of Herod the Great should be dated to 37 BC, per the reasons laid out by Emil Schürer in A History of the Jewish People in the Time of Jesus Christ.

Josephus Started the Year from Nisan

In the linked article we saw how Josephus’ own words demonstrated that he regarded the month of Nisan as the first month of the Jewish year, hence in Antiquities he followed the ecclesiastical calendar rather than the civil calendar starting in Tishri (emphasis and bracketed comments added; except where noted, the Whiston translation of Antiquities is used throughout this article):

Antiquities 1.3.3 – “But Moses appointed that Nisanshould be the first month…although he preserved the original order of the months [where Nisan, as counted from Rosh Hashanah in Tishri, was taken as the seventh month] as to selling and buying, and other ordinary affairs.”

Antiquities 3.10.5 – “Nisanis the beginning of our year.”

Antiquities 11.4.8 – “the first month; which according to the Macedonians is called Xanthicus; but according to us, Nisan.

It could perhaps be argued that calling Nisan "the first month" is purely a label, and does not entail actually counting years from it. But the fact remains that during the Second Temple period after the Babylonian exile, the Jews themselves, as reflected in both Antiquities 3.10.5 and the Mishnah, regarded Nisan rather than Tishri as "the beginning of our year," and counted their rulers' reigns from it. For our purposes, with a focus on the reign of Herod as a Jewish ruler, that is what matters.

Josephus Used Inclusive Reckoning

In addition it was established, from several examples, that the uncomplicated, plain sense of Antiquities indicates Josephus mainly followed inclusive reckoning. We know that inclusive reckoning was a normal convention in the Bible and in the Roman and Jewish worlds generally, this is not in dispute. The story of Cornelius in Acts 10 was given as a biblical example, while we observed that a straightforward reading of Josephus indicates he followed this convention in the way he handled the time spanned by several pairs of independent, unrelated events: the 27 years from Pompey’s taking of Jerusalem in 63 BC to the start of Herod’s de facto (“in fact”) reign in 37 BC following the siege of Jerusalem, the 107 years from the start of Herod’s reign in 37 BC until the Temple fell to Titus in AD 70, and the seventh year of Herod’s reign matching up with the year of the Battle of Actium on September 2, 31 BC, thus requiring his first year to have been in 37 BC. Since these three examples are obviously discussed in Antiquities—in 14.16.4, 20.10.1, and 15.5.2 respectively, with the last one also addressed in Wars 1.19.3—what Andrew E. Steinmann (“When Did Herod the Great Reign?” Novum Testamentum 51 [2009]: 1–29) states in his note 8 (p. 2) is not borne out by the evidence:

Schürer claimed that Josephus used inclusive reckoning (1896 edition 1.200–201, Vermes and Millar edition, Schürer, History 326–327). If Josephus used inclusive reckoning to arrive at thirty-seven and thirty-four years [the first giving the time from Herod’s Roman appointment to his death, the second from his siege victory to his death, Ant. 17.8.1] (i.e., the years 40–4 BCE inclusive totals thirty-seven), such inclusive reckoning is not indicated elsewhere in Josephus (emphasis and bracketed comment added).

The cited instances do indicate Josephus used inclusive reckoning elsewhere. They should predispose us to view the 37 and 34-year time spans the same way. With one small, but as we shall see, significant correction: Josephus does does not refer to the "siege victory" in Antiquities 17.8.1, but to the death of Antigonus: "When he had done these things, he died...having reigned since he had procured Antigonus to be slain thirty four years." It is an important difference.

Josephus Sometimes Gave Time Durations

The few exceptions to inclusive reckoning in Josephus’ writings were seen to reflect elapsed time, or rather, time durations of single events that covered a period of time from start to completion. Such was the case where Herod's 18th year was said to mark the start of the 46 years the Temple was “a-building,” and with the 126 years that had elapsed since the Hasmonean dynasty was first set up until its last king died. Whereas time spans between two different events were reckoned inclusively as expected, the duration of what were essentially single events having a defined start and end point were dealt with differently. They were treated like birthdays; the first example looked at when the Temple became 46 years old, the second at when the Hasmonean dynasty became 126 years old. Since it is self-evident that one would never say a month-old infant was reckoned as being one year of age, exceptions like these to the normal inclusive reckoning approach are to be expected. But in saying this, we must insist that such exceptions to accommodate the duration of an event do not set aside the general principle of inclusive reckoning, nor reckoning specifically from Nisan in the case of the post-exilic (Second Temple) Judean kings.

I initially thought it would be sufficient to press these three simple, positive evidences upon the reader, deeming them adequate in themselves to powerfully call into question the validity of any chronological approaches that began the de facto reign of Herod in 36 rather than 37 BC. But the more I reflected on the matter, the more I realized that it was the very complexity of the arguments put forth by W.E. Filmer (“The Chronology of the Reign of Herod the Great,” Journal of Theological Studies 17.2 [1966], pp. 283–298) and Steinmann that might cause some readers to be swayed by them. Some people are impressed by cleverness, while for others it is far easier to simply accept these scholars’ judgments on authority than to analyze their arguments. Still others may feel a certain loyalty to particular scholars for other reasons, such as Steinmann’s reputation as a conservative scholar with a significant book on biblical chronology to his credit.

But in the end, none of those factors should influence our evaluation of their arguments, only the strength of the logic and data they present to make their cases. Therefore, before turning to consider the death date of Herod, it is necessary to offer some specific rebuttals to the Filmer/Steinmann contention that Herod’s reign must be dated from his appointment by the Romans, supposedly in 39 BC.

The Attacks on the “Schürer Consensus”

The approaches of Filmer and Steinmann involve attacking what Steinmann dubs the “Schürer consensus.” Their arguments primarily involve seeking ways to get around the manifest appearance of non-accession (inclusive) dating of reigns from Nisan seen in Josephus. But when we closely examine the evidence, we see this effort is built on a framework of assumptions, questionable interpretations, and outright accusations of error leveled against Josephus. In what follows we will attempt to demonstrate the existence of this shaky framework, and call for a return to a solid structure based on accepting the fundamental reliability of Josephus as an historian, with his work interpreted in a straightforward manner.

An Insistence on Non-Inclusive Dating

The fundamental way the Filmerians reinterpret Josephus is by insisting that he consistently used non-inclusive dating in Antiquities, with the month of Tishri (September/October) viewed as the first month of the year. In this approach, the year an event occurred in is not included in the counting. This means that in the case of reign lengths of rulers, where this approach is known as accession-year reckoning, counting began with the first of Tishri after the start of a king’s reign, while with other matters actual reckoning (as we count things today) was used, with the first year counted on the first anniversary after the event.

The problem is, the records of the Jews themselves indicate non-inclusive, accession-year, Tishri-based dating was not followed after the return from the Babylonian exile. The Mishnah, the third century AD rabbinic compilation of Jewish oral tradition, clearly supports inclusive, non-accession reckoning from Nisan during the Second Temple era that included Herod’s reign:

On the first of Nissan is the [cut off date for the] New Year regarding [the count of the reigns of the Jewish] kings [which was used to date legal documents. If a king began his reign in Adar even if was only for one day that is considered his first year, and from the first of Nissan is considered his second year…] On the first of Tishrei is the New Year for [the counting of] years [of non-Jewish kings], for the Shemittah and the Yoveil count...” (http://www.emishnah.com/moed2/Rosh_HaShanah/1.pdf; brackets with summarized Gemara commentary original, emphasis added).

This tells us there were two main calendars (there were minor ones as well, but they can be ignored for our purposes). One began in Tishri and applied to counting years dealing with civil affairs, specifically in regard to kings of foreign nations, sabbatical (shemittah) years, and jubilee (yoveil) counts; the other began in Nisan and applied to Jewish kings and religious festivals. In emphasizing the primacy of Nisan dating for Josephus and for Herodian chronology in particular, we do not deny that Tishri accession-year dating applied to kings’ reigns during the First Temple period, as well as to the reigns of the Babylonian and Persian rulers over the Jews during the Babylonian captivity. But we must insist, on the basis of the Mishnah and the testimony of Josephus, that such reckoning did not apply to Second Temple, post-exilic kings of the Jews like Herod. The evidence clearly indicates that the Jews reckoned Nisan as the first month of their year as far back as the Babylonian exile. We see this unambiguously stated in Esther 3:7 (NASB):

In the first month, which is the month Nisan, in the twelfth year of King Ahasuerus, Pur, that is the lot, was cast before Haman from day to day and from month to month, until the twelfth month, that is the month Adar.

If the first month was Nisan and the twelfth was Adar for Queen Esther, a loyal Jew, the ecclesiastical calendar’s ordering of the months was obviously normative in Jewish minds by that time. There is no clear biblical evidence that the Jews thereafter ever viewed Tishri as the first month of the year for reckoning the reigns of their own rulers.

Preoccupation with Herod’s Roman Appointment

This brings up an important point about Steinmann’s approach to Herod’s reign. He consistently refuses to treat it as beginning with the deposing of Antigonus (Ant. 17.8.1) following the siege of Jerusalem, but insists it began with the Roman appointment. But why must we suppose that, just because the Romans had something to do with his getting the position, their involvement somehow made Herod a non-Jewish, foreign king to whom Tishri dating applied? Antigonus was likewise made king of Judea by the intervention of a foreign power, in his case the Parthians, yet no one tries to represent him as a foreign king. What makes one a foreign king with his reign reckoned from Tishri is ruling over a country other than Judea. This was not the case with Herod. It has to do with a uniform approach to record keeping in affairs of state.

Moreover, Steinmann’s proposal that Herod dated his reign from when the Romans granted him the throne of Judea is beside the point. For our purposes it ultimately does not matter how Herod may have viewed the start of his reign, but how Josephus did and recorded it in his histories. For argument’s sake, the strongest indicator that Herod may have personally placed priority on his Roman appointment could be seen in his coins. Steinmann cites numismatic evidence in support of Herod using Rome-based dating of his reign on page 27:

Herod’s first coins, issued to replace Hasmonean currency, are also the first dated Jewish coins. They are dated to “year three.”

Pictures of these coins, derived from David Hendin’s authoritative Guide to Biblical Coins, can be found at http://www.coinsoftime.com/Articles/The_Coins_of_Herod_the_Great.html. Then he continues:

Clearly, Herod counted the year he first reigned in Jerusalem as the third year of his reign. This means that he counted his first regnal year as beginning no later than Tishri 38 BCE and issued his first coinage shortly after conquering Jerusalem in 36 BCE (emphasis added).

We may regard the supposition that “Herod counted the year he first reigned in Jerusalem as the third year of his reign” as likely, since there are no known Herodian coins bearing year one or two (or any) dates. But the emphasized statement following it depends on first assuming the Filmerian view that Herod was named king by the Romans in 39 BC with non-inclusive accession-year dating applied (39 BC up to the end of Elul being his accession year), followed by the taking of Jerusalem in the fall of 36 BC. The coinsoftime.com website disagrees, saying the coin’s date refers to Herod’s capture of Judea in 37 BC. Steinmann has obviously allowed his assumptions to lead his arguments here.

It should also be observed that Steinmann deals with coin matters very carefully, pointing to the “year three” notation as evidence Herod dated his reign from his Roman appointment, yet in the case of Herod’s son Antipas going to great pains to argue against the numismatic evidence:

Antipas lost the tetrarchy of Galilee and Perea in the second year of Gaius (38/39 CE) and the latest coins minted under his authority are dated to his forty-third year. This means that he claimed to have begun his reign in 5/4 BCE. Why would Archelaus and Antipas claim to have reigned from 4 BCE if Herod did not die in that year? Is this not proof that Herod must have died in 4 BCE and not 1 BCE? (p. 20).

It would seem so on the surface, but Steinmann then goes on to argue at length (devoting five pages to this), on a conjectural basis with considerable reading between the lines, that Herod actually did not die in 4 BC, and the evidence of the coins is misleading in this case. This is a discussion that must be tabled for now. My only point in bringing it up is to show that Steinmann is willing to reinterpret the apparent sense of the evidence when doing so will further his argument.

Let us return to our main point, that Herod’s possible view of the start of his reign is less important than how Josephus viewed it. As we saw earlier when discussing the evidence for inclusive reckoning in Josephus, the examples of Pompey’s 27 years, the Temple’s fall after 107 years, and the Battle of Actium assigned to Herod’s seventh year, all rely on dating from 37 BC. So, too, does the rebuilding of the Temple in Herod’s eighteenth year. None of these figures work with Josephus’ own time spans if they are counted from the Roman appointment three years previously. In presenting the synchronisms as he did, it is clear that, so far as Josephus was concerned, the taking of the city and deposing of Antigonus took priority over the Roman appointment for dating purposes. So, if our goal is to understand Josephus rather than read our own preferences onto his records, that is the basis we likewise should prefer for dating.

At this juncture I wish to mention an insight Ed Rickard shared on his The Moorings website, https://www.themoorings.org/Jesus/birth/Herodian_chronology.html. He proposes that the more detailed information in Antiquities was due to Josephus uncovering additional sources of authoritative, reliable information for dating the reign of Herod after Wars was written. Filmer had pointed out (pp. 286–287) that Josephus included nothing in Wars about the consular year and Olympiad synchronizations Antiquities gives for the 40 and 37 BC regnal start dates. Filmer, filtering this observation through his presuppositions, concludes that Josephus devised his own date synchronizations and introduced dating errors into Antiquities in the process.

There is another way of looking at it, however, that does not require demeaning Josephus: to posit that the additional information sources were official Roman records not known to him until after Wars was written, plus what might be called, as Ralph Marcus and Allen Wikgren translate it in the Loeb version of Antiquities 15.6.3, “Herod’s Memoirs.” This idea is attractive. It is highly probable that official records would have reflected consular dating, while information written by Herod himself would also likely have been from a Roman perspective, given how much he owed them for his exalted position. But even if it was, the question remains: did Josephus himself embrace that perspective in the way he wrote Antiquities? For most Herodian events it makes no substantive difference whether Josephus’ records reflect a January or Nisan first month, but it does matter when we consider exactly when Herod died. That is a matter for future consideration.

It is also worth noting that, notwithstanding the evidence of the coins which, as legal tender of the realm, would naturally have reflected Roman preferences, Herod expended great effort to have the Jews regard him as one of their own rather than a Roman pawn. This is particularly clearly illustrated in the remarks he made in Antiquities 15.11.1 before undertaking the building of the Temple:

I think I need not speak to you, my countreymenOur Fathers indeed, when they were returned from Babylon, built this temple to God Almighty… And it hath been by reason of the subjection of those fathers of ours… I will do my endeavour to correct that imperfection, which hath arisen from the necessity of our affairs, and the slavery we have been under formerly…(emphasis added).

Such self-evident intent to foster an identification of himself with the Jews and gain their loyalty is inconsistent with Steinmann’s insistence that only Roman views mattered to Herod:

Since Herod was appointed by a Gentile power, he probably [assuming a 39 BC appointment as king] began to count his official regnal years as beginning on the following Tishri (September/October) of 38 BCE (since the Jewish civil year began on Tishri). He may have counted his years as beginning in Nisan (March/April) of 38, but this is less likely, since this was the beginning of the religious year, and it would have been unwise to count a Gentile appointment from a sacred Jewish date….This also implies, however, that in Antiquities Josephus numbered Herod’s regnal years from his appointment by the Romans (p. 27, emphasis and bracketed comments added).

All of that is pure conjecture; notice the words “probably,” and “may have.” Consider as well, that apart from being the start of a month—sharing certain prescribed rites with other first days of months (Num. 10:10, 28:11–15), including the first of Tishri—there was nothing especially “sacred” about the first day of Nisan. It was primarily a starting reference point, the first month of the year, from which the Jewish feasts and fasts mandated by the Torah were ordered. It carried with it none of the special “sacredness” that characterized those dates and the weekly Sabbath (Lev. 23).

To wrap up this phase of the discussion, the Mishnah’s stipulations regarding the Tishri dating of kings were for record keeping purposes relative to other countries, not how kings reigning over the Jews from Jerusalem started their rule. Tishri dating therefore does not apply to Herod as a king of Judea. Yet, despite the united testimony of Scripture, Josephus and the Mishnah in favor of inclusive reckoning from Nisan from the time of Esther onwards for Judean kings, Filmer and Steinmann argue against that evidence, asserting that Josephus used accession-year, non-inclusive reckoning from Tishri. They then use this conjecture as the basis for a frontal attack on the plain sense of Josephus’ records. Filmer was the first modern scholar to take this tack, citing Edwin Thiele to claim that the reigns from Solomon to Zedekiah (pre-exilic rulers of the united monarchy, it should be noted) were reckoned from Tishri (p. 294), and then extrapolating from that to Herod. But surely the knowledgeable rabbis who put the Mishnah together had their own post-exilic history and the dating norms that arose from it down pat, which Josephus’ focus on Nisan dating indicates he likewise followed. Arguing against it appears to be flouting the evidence.

An Insistence on Factual Reckoning: The Actium Issue

Nevertheless, Steinmann chose to align himself closely with Filmer on this and many other matters. One is the Actium issue. He deals with it briefly on pages 5–6 in the context of critiquing the work of P.M. Bernegger, “Affirmation of Herod’s Death in 4 BCE,” Journal of Theological Studies 34 (1983), 526–531. What his objections boil down to is an insistence on looking at Josephus’ data through the lens of factual (date-specific), non-inclusive reckoning from September 2, 31 BC. For example, Bernegger (p. 529) cites Josephus’ discussion about the Roman tax registration in Syria during AD 6:

Josephus stated that the registration was completed in the thirty-seventh year after Actium. The battle of Actium took place in 31 B.C., thirty-six factual years before the completion of the Syrian registration. In this instance, Josephus counted inclusively, and without any ambiguity.

Steinmann protests, “However, Bernegger’s reasoning only works if one forgets about the date of the Battle of Actium, September 2, 31 BCE.” This reveals his Filmerian assumptions. Shelve the idea that factual, to-the-day dating matters, together with the presumption of non-inclusive year counts, and the problem vanishes. Steinmann also projects his own bias onto Bernegger when he writes, “Years after Actium commenced on September 3, not on the following January 1, as Bernegger’s calculations assume.” But as a follower of Schürer’s approach that adhered to Jewish and Roman inclusive dating conventions, Bernegger’s year count would have been inclusive, making the first year “after Actium” begin in 31 BC, not the following January. This makes 30 BC the second year after Actium, and so on until the 37th year in AD 6. Whether Bernegger used a January-to-December Julian calendar or Nisan to Adar, the inclusive approach still makes September 2 part of 31 BC rather than 30 BC. Thus, we see that Steinmann has here criticized a misrepresentation of Bernegger’s position. His so-called “Schürer consensus” increasingly resembles a convenient straw man for him to attack. It bears only passing resemblance to the actual positions of Emile Schürer and those who followed him.

The problems posed by the Battle of Actium against Filmer and Steinmann’s interpretation get worse. For example, Steinmann claimed in note 83 of his article:

The Battle of Actium [September 2, 31 BC] would have taken place at the very end of Herod’s seventh year, since Tishri can begin no earlier than September 20 and no later than October 19. In 31 BCE the Babylonians counted September 21 as the first day of Tishri (Richard A. Parker and Waldo H. Dubberstein, Babylonian Chronology 626 BCE–AD 75 [Brown University Studies 19, Providence: Brown University, 1956] 43). This confirms that Herod started his regnal years in Tishri, not Nisan (emphasis and bracketed comment added).

But this is circular reasoning. All this statement proves is that the Battle of Actium took place in the sixth month, Elul, just before Tishri started. It does not indicate that Actium was at the very end of Herod’s seventh year, or of any year. To claim that means first assuming a Tishri-based year—the very thing Filmer and Steinmann must prove—as well as factual dating. If Nisan-based inclusive dating was used instead, Actium would still have occurred just before Tishri, but would have fallen in the middle of Herod’s seventh year. Not only does this logic fail, the claim again flies in the face of Josephus’ testimony in Antiquities that his historical records for the Jews revolved around the Nisan-based ecclesiastical calendar, not the civil calendar using a Tishri New Year. We should place priority on the source material’s own interpretation of itself, not on a modern scholar’s reinterpretation of it. If it makes good sense as written, there is no real reason to reject it.

Further to this, at http://www.nowoezone.com/NTC04.html, Kenneth Frank Doig observed:

Andrew E. Steinmann...claims that the Battle of Actium in Herod’s 7th year on September 2, 31 BCE establishes Josephus “confirms that Herod started his regnal years in Tishri, not Nisan.” However, the dating is such that it was Herod’s 7th year reckoned from either Nisan or Tishri. Because of using dating from Tishri Steinmann elsewhere says Josephus “contradicts” himself.

My own independent analysis, put into a spreadsheet long before I read Steinmann’s article, agrees with Doig’s conclusions. Whether Nisan (March/April) or Tishri (September/October) reckoning is used for the start of the year, both of these possible New Year’s dates fall squarely into the January-to-December year of 31 BC.

In the end, what “Alexander” wrote (https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/people-cultures-in-the-bible/jesus-historical-jesus/herods-death-jesus-birth-and-a-lunar-eclipse/), quoted in my last article, still applies:

Despite any counting methods that may be employed by various authors, whether Nisan to Nisan, Tishri to Tishri, or even January to January, it holds true nonetheless that if the spring of 31 BCE is his seventh year, then the spring of 32 BCE is his sixth year, the spring of 33 BCE is his fifth year, and so on, making the spring of 37 BCE his first year (emphasis added; the argument would remain true if all instances of “spring” read “fall” instead).

The Filmerian Reinterpretation of Josephus

We will now undertake a point-by-point analysis of Steinmann’s case against the “Schürer consensus.” As observed above, he repeatedly emphasizes the significance of the de jure (in law) date of Herod’s Roman appointment over the de facto (in fact) date of taking Jerusalem. This is intimated as early as page 2, right after summarizing the main points favoring the 37 BC consensus for the start of Herod’s reign:

Despite this widely held opinion that Herod reigned from 40 (37) to 4 BCE, this was neither the consensus before Schürer nor has it gone unchallenged in the last half century. Most disturbingly, the Schürer consensus assigns only thirty-six years to Herod’s reign, thirty-three of them in Jerusalem, whereas Josephus reports the figures as thirty-seven and thirty-four respectively. All early Christian sources place the birth of Jesus after Passover in 4 BCE, with most of them placing it in sometime in late 3 or early 2 BCE (emphasis added).

Concerning these comments, three observations can be made:

First, we need to be clear: Herod did not in fact reign over the Jews from 40 BC on (or 39 BC, if one follows the Filmerian reinterpretation of Josephus), but from 37 BC (36 BC per Filmer and Steinmann). The “widely held opinion”—the “Schürer consensus”—views him in 40 BC merely as king-designate, and in Roman eyes only, until the city was actually taken and placed under his control. Antigonus, as we shall see, was the king of the Jews in every measure of the word—title (including on his coins, which bore the inscription BACILE?C ANTIΓONOY (of King Antigonus), see http://www.forumancientcoins.com/catalog/roman-and-greek-coins.asp?vpar=1063), government control, residence in Jerusalem, and acceptance as king by those he ruled—from 40 BC until Herod’s siege removed him and led to his death in 37 BC. This is surely a common sense observation, but it must unfortunately be specifically pointed out, lest the complex arguments put forth by Filmer and Steinmann obscure it.

Second, Steinmann asserts that the “disturbing” Schürer consensus contradicts the figures given by Josephus for the 37 and 34 years of his reign as measured from the Roman appointment and the taking of the city respectively. Actually, what is disturbing is this misrepresentation, for no conflict with Josephus can be found. Schürer himself wrote, in his note 165:

Herod died shortly before a Passover (Antiq. xvii.9.3; Wars of the Jews, ii.1.3), therefore in March or April. Since Josephus says that he reigned thirty-seven years from the date of his appointment, thirty-four years from his conquest of Jerusalem (Antiq. xvii.8.1; Wars of the Jews, i.33.8), it would seem as if, counting thirty-seven years from the year B.C. 40, he must have died in B.C. 3. But we know that Josephus elsewhere counts a year too much, according to our reckoning…The reason of this is that he counts portions of a year as a year [i.e., he counts inclusively]; and, indeed, he probably, according to the example of the Mishna, reckons the years of the king’s reign from Nisan to Nisan. If this be so, the thirty-fourth year of Herod would begin on the 1st Nisan of the year B.C. 4, and Herod must in that case have died between 1st and 14th Nisan, since his death occurred before the Passover. That this is indeed the correct reckoning is confirmed by astronomical date, and by the chronology of the successors of Herod (bracketed comment added).

Since at this time we will not discuss the death of Herod, we will skip over the last two lines (although we agree with them), and just note that there is nothing in what Schürer wrote to conclude that he disagreed with Josephus’ 37 and 34-year figures. His reasoning is actually predicated around accepting them as written. Neither did he accuse Josephus of error, as Steinmann does (“ Thus, Josephus is in error,” p. 7) in reference to his matchup of consular and Olympiad dates. (See also page 28, “Josephus made mistakes in Antiquities 14.389, 487 when reporting the consular and Olympian dating of the beginning of Herod’s reign.” The supposition that there was a direct conflict between Josephus’ equating the consular year of Calvinus and Pollio with the 184th Olympiad is addressed under “A Closer Look at the Consular Years,” below.) On the contrary, Schürer fully accepted those numbers and sought to understand them as Josephus and the Jews did, rather than imposing modern non-inclusive dating conventions upon them. The only contradiction is not with Josephus, but with the ultimately unsupported insistence of Filmer and Steinmann on using non-inclusive rather than inclusive reckoning, and that from Tishri rather than Nisan.

Third, he states that early Christian sources place the birth of Christ after 4 BC, generally in late 3 or early 2 BC. It should be pointed out, however, that those sources are not unanimous about a specific year, which indicates they reflect not accurate records but tradition (i.e., early Church hearsay). Jack Finegan’s Handbook of Biblical Chronology (p. 291) gives several dates suggested by early sources. Although it is true that a majority are listed as 3/2 BC, it should not escape our notice that these give a date range, and there are a number of outliers. To take these reports as authoritative is to depend on unproven tradition rather than a single well-attested year. If Luke, arguably the most historically picky of the New Testament writers, did not pinpoint the year for us, nor did any of the other inspired apostles who knew Him (and His mother Mary) best, we have no objective criterion for dating Christ’s birth, only old theologians’ tales. We must conclude, therefore, that early Church tradition gives us no clear year for the Savior’s birth, and therefore no conclusive help in pinpointing the year of Herod’s death.

Reinterpreting Three Incontestable Points

Beginning on page 8 of his article, Steinmann raises several critiques against 37 BC as the start of Herod’s de facto reign. He begins by presenting three incontestable points from Antiquities 14:

- Herod’s siege of Jerusalem ended during the consular year of Agrippa and Gallus, which coincided with the 185th Olympiad, “on the third month, on the solemnity of the fast”

- The city fell 27 years after it had under Pompey, on the same day

- The last Hasmonean, Antigonus, was put to death by Antony 126 years after the Hasmonean dynasty was first set up

Steinmann first admits (p. 9) that “the consular year and Olympiad given by Josephus indicates that Herod took Jerusalem in 37 BCE.” This is objective fact. But then he immediately makes two assertions with no such firm basis: “It was the Day of Atonement (“the fast”) on 10 Tishri in the Jewish calendar, but the third month (September) in the Greek calendar” (parentheses original, emphasis added). In what Josephus wrote there is no discernible indication that Greek months entered into the picture at all, nor reason to pivot from Greek months to Jewish days: “This destruction befel the city of Jerusalem when Marcus Agrippa and Caninius Gallus were consuls of Rome; on the hundred eighty and fifth olympiad; on the third month; on the solemnity of the fast” (Ant. 14.16.4). In the post-exilic era several Jewish months, including the third, were routinely designated by their order in the calendar rather than their Jewish names. Scripture itself demonstrates this in Esther 8:9, “in the third month (that is, the month Sivan),” where the parenthetical clarification is part of the verse, and in Ezekiel 31:1, “in the third month.” We can confidently expect Josephus followed that post-exilic convention. The parenthetical explanation in Esther 8:9 also demonstrates the standardized inclusive counting the Filmer camp denies, for Tammuz, not Sivan, would have been specified as the third month if the Jews had used actual, non-inclusive reckoning.

Steinmann’s assertions about the day and month of Jerusalem’s fall appear to arise not from what Josephus wrote, but from the Filmerian preoccupation with Tishri dating. There is no reason to suppose that Josephus, a Romanized Jew whom we already know—from his own words, no less—viewed Nisan as the first month of the year, would refer to a Greek month out of the blue, particularly without also naming it for his readers unfamiliar with Greek conventions (recall how he explained Xanthicus earlier). It also makes little sense that Josephus would flip-flop with his calendars, giving the month in Greek terms, but the day in Jewish terms. The odds are overwhelmingly against it. A straightforward understanding of the passage indicates the Jewish month of Sivan, the third month of the ecclesiastical calendar, was meant. This means “the fast” is impossible to assign to the Day of Atonement in Tishri, the seventh month. “The fast” has another more likely meaning, to be discussed later.

Steinmann then (p. 9) presents two other considerations which, he claims, “contradict” the 37 BC date indicated by both consular year and Olympiad reckoning. First, he says, the 27 years that passed after Pompey takes one to 36 BC, not 37 BC. Two problems exist here: first, he again assumes without supporting evidence that it was the Day of Atonement in Tishri, and second, he makes the further undemonstrated assumption that non-inclusive, actual dating was used. In short, he is using his (and Filmer’s) assumptions as the basis for claiming Josephus was in error, instead of trying to understand the data as Josephus understood it.

As for the second “contradiction,” Steinmann says that there is no evidence of any government by the Hasmoneans until 162 BC, therefore the 126 years had to be reckoned from 36 BC, not 37 BC. But as discussed in the previous article of this series, this overlooks the detail that Antiochus IV Epiphanes died in 163 BC, vacating the Syrian kingship over the Jews and defaulting to leaving the Hasmoneans in power. By recognizing this we can say that the Hasmonean dynasty endured for 126 years.

Three Considerations Favoring Actual, Non-Inclusive Years?

At this point in his article, it is apparent that Steinmann feels the pressure of the “Schürer consensus” against the Filmerian position he has staked out: “Nonetheless, the Schürer consensus could hold that the data given by Josephus here were reckoned by inclusive reckoning, making no conflict” (p. 10). Indeed, it not only could, but it does. But then he adds, “However, that Josephus was not using inclusive reckoning and that these data should be seen as reporting actual years is demonstrated by three more considerations” (p. 10). What are these considerations?

Supposed Conflict of the High Priest Chronology with the Consular Years

The first he owes directly to Filmer (p. 287): “Josephus also contradicts his own consular year for Herod’s conquest of Jerusalem by his chronology of the high priests.” The main assumption behind this is that Josephus used factual, to-the-day dating for the reigns of high priests, similar to the way the Romans reckoned the reigns of their emperors. But another assumption is less obvious: that Josephus’ account of Hyrcanus II and Antigonus views their “reigns” only as those of high priests, not kings. We will discuss this matter in detail below.

The Alleged Passivity of Sosius

The second consideration arises from a conflict Steinmann, again following Filmer (p. 286), sees in Dio’s Roman History, which he claims “casts doubt on the Schürer consensus that the conquest of Jerusalem occurred in 37 BCE.” Here I quote his argument in full (p. 11):

Concerning 37 BCE Dio states (49.23.1–2):

…during the following year [37 BCE] the Romans accomplished nothing worthy of note in Syria. For Antony spent the entire year reaching Italy and returning again to the province, and Sossius [sic], because anything he did would be advancing Antony’s interests rather than his own, and he therefore dreaded his jealousy and anger, spent the time in devising means, not for achieving some success and incurring his enmity, but for pleasing him without engaging in any activity (emphasis and brackets added).

Thus, Sossius would not have helped Herod—a man favored by Antony—capture Jerusalem in 37.

Rather than teaching that Sosius was entirely passive during 37 BC, the Dio passage merely tells us, and quite specifically, that the Romans accomplished nothing of note in Syria. The sense is that, lest personal successes in Syria might inadvertently offend the uninvolved Antony, Sosius likewise did nothing there. This text does not address activities Sosius might have pursued in Judea at Antony’s specific behest, however. Making the assumption that Sosius’ fear of affronting Antony paralyzed him into inactivity everywhere is entirely unwarranted. Since Dio emphasizes Sosius’ desire to please Antony, if Antony wanted him to help Herod with the siege of Jerusalem, of course he would! That is exactly what the text says in Antiquities 14.16.1: “Sosius [was] sent by Antony, to assist Herod.” The supposed problem Filmer and Steinmann see is nonexistent. Consistent with this, in Wars 1.17.2 Josephus elaborates a little further:

For after the taking of Samosata [in 38 BC], and when Antony had set Sosius over the affairs of Syria, and had given him orders to assist Herod against Antigonus, he [Herod] departed into Egypt; but Sosius sent two legions before him into Judea, to assist Herod, and followed himself soon after with the rest of his army (emphasis and brackets added).

This information is in direct conflict with the idea that Sosius “would not have helped Herod” to capture Jerusalem in 37 BC. Therefore, we can dismiss the Dio “problem” as being nothing of the sort for the “Schürer consensus.”

The Sabbatical Years

The third consideration adduced by Steinmann against a 37 BC fall of Jerusalem is tied to the Jewish sabbatical years. The sabbatical years are brought up in two places in Antiquities in conjunction with the start of Herod’s reign. Describing the siege undertaken by Sosius and Herod, Josephus records:

Now the Jews that were inclosed within the walls of the city, fought against Herod with great alacrity and zeal...and making use of brutish courage, rather than of prudent valour, they persisted in this war to the very last. And this they did while a mighty army lay round about them; and while they were distressed by famine, and the want of necessaries: for this happened to be a sabbatick year (14.16.2, emphasis added)

He continues the story in the next chapter, observing:

Nor was there any end of the miseries he [Herod] brought upon them [the defeated Jews]: and this distress was in part occasioned by the covetousness of the prince regnant [Herod was confiscating silver and gold wherever he could find them]; who was still in want of more; and in part by the sabbatick year, which was still going on, and forced the countrey to lie still uncultivated: since we are forbidden to sow our land in that year (15.1.2, emphasis and bracketed comments added).

These details give us a way to determine the year that Herod took Jerusalem, but only if we can identify with confidence at least one other post-exilic sabbatical year to synchronize with it. Once again following Filmer’s lead (pp. 289–291), Steinmann presents this argument (p. 11):

Finally, it should be noted that Herod besieged Jerusalem at the end of a Sabbatical year when food supplies were running low. This was the same situation in mid-162 BCE near the end of a sabbatical year. Thus, Tishri 163–Elul 162 was a Sabbatical year. Since the summer of 162 BCE fell during a Sabbatical year, the summer of 37 BCE could not have been a Sabbatical year. Instead, Tishri 37 BCE–Elul 36 BCE was also a Sabbatical year. Since food supplies would have been adequate at the beginning of the Sabbatical year, Jerusalem could not have fallen to Herod in Tishri 37 BCE as the Schürer consensus holds. Instead, Jerusalem fell at the beginning of the following year (Tishri 36), with the siege taking place during the summer of the Sabbatical year (summer of 36 BCE).

To begin with, I have no idea how Steinmann concluded that his “Schürer consensus” holds that Jerusalem fell to Herod in Tishri. None of the references I looked at that accept a 37 BC de facto start for the reign of Herod place the taking of Jerusalem in Tishri, but in early summer, generally the month of Sivan (June of 37 BC, cf. http://www.nowoezone.com/NTC04.html). This conclusion follows the logic that the “siege of five months” (Wars 1.18.2) began “after the rigor of winter was over” (Ant. 14.15.14) around February, and concluded in the “summer time” (Ant. 14.16.2), “in the third month” (Ant. 14.16.4) of the Nisan-based ecclesiastical calendar Josephus favors. No, those who follow Schürer do not think Jerusalem fell in Tishri.

Now, the validity of all of Steinmann’s sabbatical year reasoning, including the assertion that 163–162 BC was a sabbatical year, depends on first accepting the foundational premise of a Tishri-based, actual/accession-year/non-inclusive dating scheme, and then presuming on the accuracy of the sabbatical year determinations made by Ben Zion Wacholder (“The Calendar of Sabbatical Cycles During the Second Temple and the Early Rabbinic Period,” Hebrew Union College Annual 44 [1973], 153–193). Quite possibly under the influence of Filmer’s 1966 article, Wacholder decided to revisit the careful earlier study done by Benedict Zuckermann (Treatise on the Sabbatical Cycle and the Jubilee, translated by A. Löwy from the German original of 1856), and concluded Zuckermann’s dates for the sabbatical years were a year too early. Of particular note is that he concluded that 37-36 BC, Tishri through Elul, was a sabbatical year, aligning it with Filmer’s date for Herod taking Jerusalem.

So, which is more accurate for the post-exilic period, the sabbatical year determination of Wacholder, or the one by Zuckermann? A detailed discussion of the issues involved is given in a Wikipedia entry (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historical_Sabbatical_Years) that references the work of many acknowledged authorities, such as Parker and Dubberstein, Edwin Thiele, and Jack Finegan. It also draws on the work of ABR's Dr. Bryant Wood and several ABR Associates, including biblical chronologist Rodger Young and Dr. Douglas Petrovich. After acknowledging that the geonim (medieval Jewish scholars) and the modern state of Israel follow Zuckermann’s approach, this significant admission seems to be depreciated in favor of a sympathetic focus on Steinmann’s views favoring Wacholder. Arguments are also presented there based on the Seder Olam in support of Wacholder’s dates, but they are ultimately rendered indecisive by translation uncertainties. Their uncertainty is compounded by the fact that the Talmud demonstrates that even the leading rabbis could not agree on when the sabbatical years after the Second Temple should be observed (for example, see the convoluted discussion given in Mas Arachin 12a–12b, http://halakhah.com/pdf/kodoshim/Arachin.pdf). Without a solid, objective basis for translating its problem passages bearing on the sabbatical years, the Seder Olam provides no conclusive help in choosing between the approaches of Zuckermann and Wacholder. We must look elsewhere for a basis to make the choice.

I believe we find this basis in the detailed analysis of sabbatical year evidences of Wacholder and Zuckermann presented by Bob Pickle. The above-cited Wikipedia article is incomplete without considering the balanced treatment Pickle sets forth (as well as Blosser’s study, see below), which would help readers better appreciate why, as the Wikipedia article admits, “there are many prominent scholars who still maintain a cycle consistent with Zuckermann’s conclusion of a 38/37 BCE Sabbatical year.” Pickle’s two online articles, “When Were the Sabbatical Years?” (http://www.pickle-publishing.com/papers/sabbatical-years.htm) and “Which Years Were the Sabbatical Years?” (http://www.pickle-publishing.com/papers/sabbatical-years-more.htm), are of such high quality, they should have been published in a scholarly journal. Here we merely summarize some of their key points.

Wacholder had presented ten lines of evidence for his sabbatical year determinations, and Pickle bases his study on them. They are:

The Pledge of Nehemiah 10:31
Alexander’s Grant of Tax Exemption
Judah Maccabee’s Defeat at Beth-Zur
Simon’s Murder
Herod’s Conquest of Jerusalem
Herod Agrippa’s Reading of the Law
Note of Indebtedness from Nero’s Reign
Destruction of Second Temple
Land Contracts of Bar Kochba
Tombstones from Zoar

For each of these topics Pickle examines the data, contrasts how the Zuckermann and Wacholder approaches deal with it, and draws conclusions about which does a better job at explaining the data. In his Introduction he asks, “So which proposal is correct? First of all, why does it matter? It matters because this question is pertinent to a study of the 70 w

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The tricky process of touching a star

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The first hurdle PSP needs to clear is Earth itself.

To make the trip, the probe will ride atop a Delta 4 Heavy rocket, which is one of the most powerful operational launch vehicles on Earth (though not quite as powerful as SpaceX's new Falcon Heavy system).

NASA chose the rocket because it's surprisingly hard to get to the sun, which is 93 million miles away.

Earth orbits the sun at a speed of 67,000 mph, and so does anything launched off of the planet. To fall toward the sun, PSP will have to slow down by 53,000 mph, NASA said in a video about its mission.

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During its journey, PSP must withstand sunlight 3,000 times more powerful than occurs at Earth. Outside the spacecraft, in the outer fringes of the sun's corona or atmosphere, temperatures may reach 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit — hot enough to liquify steel.

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Made of 4.5 inches of carbon foam sandwiched between two sheets of carbon composites, the eight-feet-wide shield will absorb and deflect solar energy that might otherwise fry the probe. A water cooling system will also help prevent the spacecraft's solar panels from roasting and keep the spacecraft a cozy 85 deg F.

PSP's mission is to crack two 60-year-old mysteries: why the sun has a solar wind at all, and how the corona — the star's outer atmosphere — can heat up to millions of degrees. Both factors are key to understanding what leads to potentially devastating solar storms.

"That defies the laws of nature. It's like water rolling uphill," Nicola Fox, a solar physicist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, said during a NASA briefing in 2017.

"Until you actually go there and touch the sun, you can't answer these questions," said Fox, who's a project scientist for the new mission.

You can watch the Parker Solar Probe launch toward the sun on Saturday, August 11, around 3 a.m. EDT via NASA TV.

The probe's mission will end many years from now, after it runs out of the propellant it needs to keep its heat shield pointed at the sun. When that happens, the star's blistering heat will burn up "90% of the spacecraft," science writer Shannon Stirone said on Twitter — but not the heat shield itself.

"The heat shield will then orbit the sun for millions of years," she said.

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          An elite Google hacker is directly challenging Apple CEO Tim Cook to donate over $2 million to charity (AAPL, GOOG, GOOGL)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Ian Beer

  • Google runs a team called Project Zero that tries to find vulnerabilities in competitors' software.
  • One of its star members focusing on Apple products is Ian Beer.
  • He slammed Apple at the end of a talk at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas because he has not been invited to Apple's bug bounty program, he said. 

One of the best security researchers in the world publicly criticized Apple's bug bounty program and challenged Apple CEO Tim Cook to donate $2.45 million to charity, the amount he says he should have received had he been a part of the program.

"Hi @tim_cook, I've been working for years to help make iOS more secure. Here's a list of all the bugs I reported which qualified for your bug bounty since its launch, could you invite me to the program so we can donate this money to @amnesty?" Ian Beer, a Google employee, tweeted during a talk at Black Hat, a high-profile security conference in Las Vegas. 

Ian Beer

At the end of his talk, which was a technical look at iOS security, he veered into criticism of Apple.

"I don't think Apple intended to use the bug bounty program as a PR tool, but obviously it's given them plenty of good PR; these supposedly high prices are frequently quoted and, like the million dollar dissident, used as this comfort blanket you can wrap yourself in," he wrote in notes published along his slide deck, which he tweeted on Thursday. 

Beer is one of the most prolific security researchers in the world. He and the group he works for inside Google, Project Zero, frequently find bugs that Apple patches to make its software more secure. 

If you add up all prices for bugs he's found, then double it as if Apple were to match the money for charity, it would come out to $2.45 million, Beer wrote. 

Apple declined to comment. 

Here's an example of two bugs Beer found and reported to Apple earlier this summer: 

Ian Beer

He has a day job

Bug bounties are payouts typically intended for independent security researchers to incentivize them to report bad bugs instead of developing them into exploits or selling them into the black market. Basically: Report what's called a "zero-day," a previously undiscovered bug, and if it's real, you can get some money. 

Apple's bug bounty program offers big payouts, like those listed above, but unusually, it's an invite-only program. Apple launched it in 2016, after most other big tech companies had previously launched their bug bounty programs. Even if you found the biggest exploit in iPhone software, you wouldn't get paid by Apple unless you were part of the program. 

Apple Bug BountiesBut Beer draws a salary from Google as part of one of the strongest bug-hunting teams in the world, which itself is unusual. 

Beer works for Google on its elite Project Zero team, which finds undiscovered bugs in software — even those made by other companies, like Apple, or CloudFlare, or Microsoft. By responsibly squashing those bugs, the team makes software safer for everyone.

But he also said he'd like to be invited to Apple's bug bounty program, which offers large payouts for reporting dangerous bugs to the company. In some ways, he wants to be compensated by Apple for what he's done as part of his day job at Google. (Google didn't immediately return an email about whether its security researchers are allowed to collect bug bounties.)

Project Zero has been controversial — after all, what it does is it tries to break other companies' software, and when it succeeds, it forces the other company to fix it within 90 days. The origins of the program date back to Google cofounder Sergey Brin's frustration that vulnerabilities from other companies could make Google less secure. 

Apple's iPhone security is very tight and has a reputation in the security industry for being hard to crack. But it's not bulletproof — in 2016, the UAE government used a weaponized zero-day exploit against a human rights activist.

The high level of iPhone security means that sometimes researchers can make far more money selling zero-days on the black market than cooperating with Apple. So that makes people like Beer even more notable, given their prolific ability to find iPhone bugs. 

It's unclear if there was a specific reason Beer went public with his complaints about how Apple handles vulnerabilities and disclosures. He said in the notes alongside his talk that it was because Apple does a "poor job of fixing" the bugs he reports. But Apple's culture of discretion means it's unlikely that Cook or Apple will respond warmly to his proposal, either publicly or privately. 

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As previously reported, last year a suit was filed in Michigan federal district court against the Bay View Association, a Lake Michigan summer community with roots in the Chautauqua Movement, challenging provisions in the Association's rules that limit cottage ownership to practicing Christians. Now, according to the Grand Rapids News, nearly 70% of the members of the Association have voted to amend its bylaws to eliminate the requirement that members be of the "Christian persuasion."
          Story Of Nigeria's Oldest Prisoner Who Just Clocked 100 Years Inside Enugu Maximum Prison      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Anywhere in the world, 100 years is usually marked with fanfare but not so for Nigeria’s oldest prisoner, Pa Celestine Egbunuche, who clocked 100 last Saturday; August 4, within the confines of Enugu Maximum Prison. The centenarian, who hails from Akokwa in Ideato North area of Imo State, was condemned to death along with his son, Paul and another relation, now 87.

How did this happen?


They were said to have been engaged in a fight over a piece of land and in the process, somebody died. With such fate, Pa Egbunuche has for over 17 years lived in desolation and hopelessness.

But all hope is not lost as a non-governmental organisation, Global Society for Anti-corruption (GSAC) is pushing for his release. GSAC has appealed to the Federal Government and Governor Rochas Okorocha to use their board of mercy and release Egbunuche, his 78 years old relation and son from prison.

Zonal Resource Executive of GSAC, Amaka Nweke commended Chief Judge of Enugu State, Justice Priscilla Emehelu for her recent prison visit where many inmates were granted freedom pleaded with her to look into the case of Pa Egbunuche whom she said their investigation showed might be Africa’s oldest inmate.

According to the NGO, Egbunuche has suffered from diabetes over the years, adding that with his age and failing health, it will be proper to release him to go and possibly die peacefully at home. If eventually released, the organisation would also want the Federal and State Governments to take care of Pa Egbunuche’s rehabilitation.

Experts said that in other jurisdictions, inmates above 65 years are eligible for either parole or state pardon.

Meanwhile, Daily Sun gathered that inmates of Enugu Maximum Prison have not had the luck of receiving Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to perform the usual granting of amnesty during ceremonial occasions like the Independence Day, Democracy Day and yuletide.

During a recent visit by our reporter, some of them claimed that they had turned a new leaf and appealed to the governor to emulate his counterparts in Anambra, Ebonyi, and Abia by granting them amnesty.

Their cries seemed to have attracted the attention of the chief judge, Emehelu, who during the 2018 jail delivery sessions in the three prisons in the state pardoned about 130 inmates.

Breathe of fresh air 
A breakdown of the beneficiaries showed that 90 inmates were granted pardon at the Enugu Maximum Prison while 22 benefitted at the Nsukka prison. At the conclusion of the exercise in Oji-River Minimum Security Prison, where about 17 inmates were granted pardon, the chief judge urged the released prisoners to, henceforth, desist from crime and lead a reformed life.

She said the exercise was in accordance with Section 1 (a,b) of the Criminal Justice (Release from Custody) Special Provisions Act, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2007 and Sections 34 (1), 35 (1) and 36 (5) of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria (as amended).

Emehelu lamented the congestion in various prisons in the state and called for immediate measures to address deviant behaviour in the society.


“We, judges are mindful of the onerous challenge of prison congestion and have consistently worked with stakeholders in the justice sector to ensure speedy and sustained case flow management.

“It is part of the commitment to effective justice delivery that necessitates our periodic visit to prisons, to provide bail and the release of inmates who have exceeded required prison term,” she said.

The chief judge pledged commitment of the judiciary to ensuring speedy dispensation of justice and expressed optimism that modern prisons would soon be built across the country, as promised by the Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Danbazau (retd).

She applauded the Controller of Prisons in Enugu State, Mr. Ndubuisi Ogbodo, for ensuring that Enugu prisons became a reference point for others while assuring that another session of the exercise would be conducted in December, to further decongest the prisons.

Ogbodo who stated that prison was not punishment but for reformation, appealed to the chief judge for clemency to sick, old and juvenile inmates.
He said inmates recommended for pardon were now reformed and had pledged to desist from any crime that could land them in prison again.

He thanked the chief judge for her cooperation and described as ‘unprecedented’ the number of inmates pardoned during the exercise.

One of the inmates granted amnesty, Ndubuisi Nwabueze, expressed happiness that he would go home after serving two years. He was sentenced in 2016 after being found guilty of attempted murder.

As the lucky ones breathe air of freedom, others like Chukwunonso Nomeh, 38, a condemned inmate who recently made history as the first prisoner in West Africa to bag Master’s Degree and some others urged the authorities to look into their case.

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A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 10:00 am at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Iota, Louisiana for Charlotte Gayle Miller, 70, who passed away at her home. Charlotte was the most devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend.
Father Jude Thierry will officiate for the services. The family requests visiting hours on Friday, August 10, 2018 at Ardoin’s Funeral Home in Iota from 10:00 am until 10:00 pm and again on Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 8:00 am until time of the funeral mass. A rosary will be recited on Friday at 6:30 PM by the Catholic Daughters. Entombment will follow at the St. Joseph Catholic Church Mausoleum.
Charlotte is survived by her loving husband, Paul Gibson Miller of Iota, LA. They would have celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary on August 12. She is also survived by her daughter, Tonya Miller Leonards and her husband Kenneth of Crowley, LA, her son-in-law Robert Guidry and his wife Melissa of Iota, LA., three brothers, Patrick Miller and his wife, Becky, of Rayne, LA, Steve Miller and his wife, Loretta, of Iota, LA, and Terry Miller and his wife, Gloria, of Richmond, TX, one sister, Donna Miller Johnson and her husband, Gary, of Katy, TX, one sister-in-law, Roxanne Gravot, of Iota, LA., four grandchildren, Lyle Guidry and his wife, Megan, of Iota, LA, Gavin Guidry and his wife Rachel of Rayne, LA, Abigail Leonards, and Grant Leonards, both of Crowley, LA, and one great-grandson, Winston Guidry of Iota, LA, and another great grandson, Baby Guidry, due in October, and a very close and loving friend, honorary family member, and caretaker, Clothilde Valair, of Iota, LA. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews who loved her dearly.
Charlotte was preceded in death by her parents Nolan Hugh and Betty Hannon Miller of Iota, LA, and one brother, Timothy Craig Miller, of Iota, LA.
Charlotte was one of the most positive and generous ladies you would ever meet. She always greeted you with a smile and hug. She worked at Iota Elementary as an aide for many years, followed by thirty plus years at Southwest Developmental Center in Iota, Louisiana. Following her retirement, she substituted at Iota Elementary and Iota High School, and volunteered numerous hours at the Christian Care Center in Iota and headed many fundraisers with the IF Club in Iota.
Pallbearers are her grandsons, Lyle Guidry, Gavin Guidry, and Grant Leonards, her son-in-laws Kenneth Leonards and Robert Guidry, and her Godchild, David Johnson.
Family and friends may view this obituary and sign the guestbook at www.ardoinfuneralhomes.com
Ardoin’s Funeral Home of Iota, 840 Howard Street, (337)779-3083 is in charge of arrangements.


          Lebanon's hashish equation: If farmers gain, does Hezbollah lose?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Add Lebanon to the list of societies contemplating legalizing cannabis. The indebted nation could benefit financially, but legalization could create complications for Hezbollah, which draws recruits from Lebanon's poor hashish-growing region.


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Mike Kreidler, Washington State
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Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler is considering additional legal action against NRA-branded Carry Guard program for advertising a potentially misleading insurance policy in Washington state. 

The policies issued through the Carry Guard program were underwritten by Illinois Union Insurance Co., a subsidiary of Chubb Ltd., through Lockton Affinity L.L.C., an affiliate of Lockton Cos. L.L.C.

Kreidler’s new investigation of the NRA’s solicitation comes after the New York Department of Financial Services this week alerted insurance commissioners across the country.

New York found that the NRA’s Carry Guard program unlawfully provided liability insurance to gun owners for acts of intentional wrongdoing. New York law prohibits insurance coverage for defense costs that result from a crime.

New York fined the insurance company associated with the NRA $1.3 million and ordered an end to sales in the state.

Kreidler’s investigation follows his order to the NRA in April to cease and desist selling four Carry Guard liability insurance products that were offered on the NRA’s website. The NRA solicited the policies without an insurance producer license, a violation of state law.

The initial investigation resulted from a consumer complaint.

“I am extremely concerned that the NRA continues to promote what appears to be a misleading product that may not provide consumers the protection it promises,” Kreidler said. “Consumers deserve to understand what they’re buying. If they’re being misled, I will take immediate action to protect them.”

If a review of current state insurance laws shows inadequate protections from these types of products, Kreidler said he would not hesitate to propose legislation to bolster protection for consumers. That could include a ban on the type of liability insurance the NRA is currently soliciting.

Kreidler said he would ask the Governor’s Office and the Office of the Attorney General to work with him in stopping potentially unfair trade practices.



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          How Will E-Scooters Benefit Low-Income Communities?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
by Alex Zielinski

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Portland Bureau of Transportation's (PBOT) permitting process for e-scooters came with a equity-focused requirement: all companies must place a certain number of scooters east of 82nd Ave, in Far NE Portland, and in the Cully Neighborhood (called the "East Neighborhoods Pattern Area").

The idea is to see if e-scooters will actually be of service to people living outside of the wealthier and whiter bubble that envelops inner Portland neighborhoods. PBOT will seriously consider this data when the city's 120-day pilot draws to a close—and the city considers issuing long-term permits to these companies. PBOT spokseperson Dylan Rivera is particularly interested if e-scooters will make public transportation a little more accessible to those who don't usually ride.

"Maybe it will make it easier to reach a light rail stop on I-205... who knows," Rivera says. "It's probably more profitable for companies to concentrate their scooters downtown, but we want to see how it works across the city."

Another way to measure e-scooter equity is through the application process. In the form companies must fill out to request a city e-scooter permit, PBOT asks how a company will work to engage "low-income and historically underserved communities." Here are the official questions:

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The Mercury requested copies of the PBOT applications for all three e-scooter companies—Skip, Bird, and Lime—to see what they may have in store. Here's what we learned:

Skip

Skip pointed to two examples of how low-income people can benefit from the company: Free scooter rides for people who charge the contraption at their house (we have no idea how much that will impact an electric bill, however) and rewarding houseless Portlanders who return scooters to charging centers with money and/or a hot meal.

Skip also suggested a fee-reduction program for low-income people. " We envision residents qualifying through... SNAP/“Oregon Trail Card”, Oregon Health Plan, Oregon Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and Oregon LifeLine," the application reads.

According to its application, Skip staff have already met with East Portland neighbors to talk about investing in better transportation infrastructure (bike lanes, sidewalks, etc.) to make e-scooter riding more of a reality. Skip has also placed their East Portland scooters in areas close to bus stops to inspire multi-modal trips.

Lime

Lime's answers are a little more vague than Skip's. In its application, Lime says that "in other cities" the company has hired veterans, formerly incarcerated people, and "people from disadvantaged communities." They plan to do the same in Portland. Lime says it has already been meeting with people at Self Enhancement, Inc. (SEI) about job opportunities.

Lime does not offer discounted pricing for people with low incomes. But, according to Lime, scooters are already affordable. "Our vehicles are typically considerably cheaper than operating one’s own car or other alternatives; we seek every opportunity to demonstrate this to all communities - especially low income and historically underserved communities."

Bird

Bird's application was sent to us with a lot of pages redacted. Either those redacted items include its equity plan—or the company didn't suggest one. We'll update this post as we get more information about the company.

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Canopy Growth Corp. is the latest medical marijuana company to enter the potentially lucrative pet market with its announcement this week that it will embark on a Health Canada-approved clinical trial to research the use of cannabis-based products to treat animal anxiety. Read More
          Tribune withdraws from Sinclair merger, sues for $1 billion in damages over 'breach' of contract - Washington Post      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion

Politicians and public officials who break conflict of interest laws will face heftier fines and more public exposure as Canada's ethics watchdog takes a harder line on enforcement.


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          From seed to sale: the role of secure transit in state’s medical marijuana industry       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The state reviewed another round of medical marijuana licenses on Thursday. The new licensing process comes out of laws passed in 2016 meant to better regulate the medical marijuana industry. Michael Pedrosi is managing partner of Capital Transport, LLC, a secure transporter of medical marijuana. The company’s license was approved in July during the first state review of pre-qualified applicants. He joined Stateside to discuss the nascent industry and his expectations moving forward.
          Μικρούλα δύο ετών μαθαίνει στο φοβισμένο κουτάβι της να κάνει τσουλήθρα και το βίντεό τους είναι ό,τι πιο τρυφερό είδατε σήμερα      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   


Αυτή είναι η αξιολάτρευτη στιγμή που ένα κορίτσι ηλικίας δύο ετών μάθαινε στο τρομαγμένο κουτάβι της πώς να χρησιμοποιεί την τσουλήθρα σε μια παιδική χαρά.
Η Evelyn Trevino, από το Kennewick της Ουάσινγκτον, καταγράφηκε στην κάμερα να δείχνει στο κουτάβι της, τη Franny, πώς να χρησιμοποιεί την πράσινη τσουλήθρα.
Η μικρή χτυπά το χέρι της στην πλαστική τσουλήθρα για να δείξει στο μικρό μπόξερ πώς να κατέβει.
Little Evelyn Trevino (pictured), from Kennewick in Washington state, was playing with her boxer puppy Franny when she decided to teach her canine companion how to use the slide
Η Franny τελικά αποφάσισε να κατέβει και οι χρήστες των κοινωνικών μέσων “έλιωσαν” με το γλυκό βίντεό τους!
Η μητέρα της Evelyn, η Morgan Young, ανέβασε το βίντεο στο Facebook χθες και δήλωσε: “Η 2 ετών κόρη μου Evelyn και το εννιά εβδομάδων μπόξερ μας, η Franny, έπαιζαν μαζί στο πάρκο.”
“Παρακολουθήστε το μέχρι το τέλος, αυτές οι δυο είναι αχώριστες!”
The toddler was filmed slapping the bottom of the slide and stamping her foot on the plastic to encourage Franny to slide down with her
Το βίντεο ξεκινάει με την Evelyn να κρατάει ένα παιχνίδι και να γλιστράει στην τσουλήθρα.
Η Franny πήγε στην κορυφή της τσουλήθρας, όμως μετά φοβόταν να κατέβει…
The pup eventually decided to take the plunge - tentatively following Evelyn on her belly with her paws out in front of her
Η Evelyn ενθαρρύνει το κουτάβι να κατέβει λέγοντάς του «Άντε Franny»!
The dynamic duo then went back for round two, and this time Franny barely hesitated before jumping on the green slide and riding it to the ground
Το κουτάβι στη συνέχεια κάνει το βήμα και γλιστράει στην τσουλήθρα!
The video has been dubbed 'adorable' and 'precious' by social media viewers - with one commenting 'think of all the adventures they're going to have'
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          TTC fare inspector used private info to ask a woman on a date      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

An internal TTC investigation concluded one of the agency’s fare inspectors used personal information he collected from a female passenger to contact her later and ask her on a date, behaviour that caused the woman to “fear for her safety.”

Another investigation found two transit enforcement officers falsified notes to conceal their whereabouts on a day when their patrol car suffered “significant body damage” that neither officer could explain.

A third probe determined a fare inspector “attempted to bully” a man who talked to him about a streetcar running late.

The officers were the four members of the TTC’s transit enforcement unit who the agency concluded engaged in misconduct last year.

All four of the officers were disciplined but remain employed at the transit agency, including the fare inspector who used a passenger’s private information to ask her out. He’s still patrolling streetcars, the TTC confirmed.

Agency spokesperson Stuart Green said he couldn’t say specifically what discipline each unit member received, citing privacy reasons.

But he said three officers were suspended for periods ranging from one to six months, and one received a written warning. Green said some of the suspensions were paid, and some were not.

“The discipline was determined in accordance with the relevant collective bargaining agreement and the grievance process,” Green said in an email.

“The TTC strives to make disciplinary decisions, in conjunction with advice from (human resources) and legal counsel, that are sustainable if challenged by the union before an arbitrator.”

Members of the enforcement unit are represented by CUPE Local 5089. Asked whether the discipline received by the officers was appropriate, a spokesperson for the union referred the Star to the TTC.

Details of internal investigations into misconduct by members of the TTC enforcement unit had not been previously been made public, but were released by the transit agency to the Star this week.

The agency agreed to release redacted summaries of “substantiated” misconduct investigations after rejecting the Star’s freedom of information request for copies of the full reports.

The TTC said the full reports were related to labour relations proceedings and were therefore exempt from freedom of information requests. But Green said the transit agency “elected to provide as much additional information as we could.”

The TTC’s transit enforcement unit is made up of two types of employees: transit enforcement officers and fare inspectors. Both exercise considerable authority over the transit-riding public.

Enforcement officers are designated special constables by the Toronto Police Services Board. They have powers similar to regular police to enforce laws on TTC property.

Fare inspectors patrol streetcar lines and enforce the TTC’s proof of payment rules. They have the power to issue provincial offences tickets, but aren’t special constables.

Last year the TTC had about 50 enforcement officers, and 69 fare inspectors.

According the TTC’s first ever annual report on misconduct allegations, which went to the agency’s board last month, there were a total of 27 complaints or concerns lodged against enforcement officers last year, and 109 complaints or concerns against fare inspectors.

Most were either withdrawn by the complainant or resolved informally, but the TTC’s complaints co-ordinator ultimately determined four of the allegations were substantiated.

The agency determines a claim is substantiated if its internal investigator has “reasonable grounds to believe that misconduct occurred.”

The summaries of the substantiated investigations released to the Star were redacted to remove details, including the officers’ names.

They show that on Jan. 19, 2017 a woman was investigated by a fare inspector for failing to provide proof of payment on a streetcar.

“During the investigation the female provided her contact particulars as requested,” according to the summary.

“At a later date the (inspector) ... contacted her for social reasons using the information he had garnered in his investigation. Specifically he used his phone to text message the female and asked her to accompany him on a social outing.

“The (inspector’s) actions caused the female to fear for her safety.”

The TTC launched an investigation after the woman complained.

Another investigation initiated independently by the head of the transit enforcement unit concluded two enforcement officers went to one of the pair’s homes on July 22, 2017 while still on the clock.

“They did not enter their trip to the residence in their notebooks and/or entered a misleading entry” implying they were attending a work call when in fact they were at the officer’s house, the summary said.

“They were operating a (TTC enforcement unit) patrol car this same day which incurred significant body damage that neither officer could account for.”

Green said that the damage to the patrol car “was minor and deemed to have occurred near St. George Station while on patrol.”

In a separate investigation, the TTC determined one of the officers involved in the July 22 incident engaged in misconduct on another occasion less than three weeks later, when he posted a video online that “had been provided to him by his sergeant for evidentiary purposes.” The video included footage of an arrest he and his partner had made.

In the fourth substantiated complaint, the TTC determined that on June 3, 2017 a member of the public “became involved in a discussion” with a fare inspector about whether a streetcar was running late.

The inspector “then stood in the complainant’s personal space and attempted to bully him,” and “cursed directly at the complainant.”


          Golf-Oosthuizen withdraws from PGA Championship with suspected sore back      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
South African Louis Oosthuizen withdrew from the 100th PGA Championship with an undisclosed injury on Thursday, announcing his decision just prior to his opening round tee time. Oosthuizen's place in the field was taken by American Kelly Kraft.

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Parents are still getting to grips with the latest laws around backless booster seats, one year after the rules were announced. New research by Confused.com, the driver savings site, reveals nine in 10 (88%) mums and dads are still perplexed by...
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From spinning up 2,000 instances in minutes to simultaneously rendering on 170,000 cores, studio taps Amazon Elastic Compute (EC2) and Spot Instances for 4.5M hours of cloud rendering on animated feature VFX and animation studio Mikros has created standout visuals for feature films, TV shows and ads for more than 30 years. Part of the […]
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At Setarcos - First why do you assume people are envious? I think disgusted and outraged at the sense of gross injustice and waste is more to the point. Second, it is a given that the class you are born into is pretty much going to define your position in life and that's true now in this country than in any time since the 1920s. Third, it is just an absurdity to tell someone to get rich; it's akin to telling the masses to go eat cake. 3 individuals in the US own 40% of the wealth in this country. 3! The 9.9% of the population is doing great since they toil to ensure their .1% masters accumulate greater wealth, mostly as accountants, lawyers, lobbyists, etc. where they spend their lives wearing down laws and the tax codes written to allow the country to have a thriving middle class. Envious? How about sickened.
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Texans’ guns are apparently safer than ever these days, with the TX Senate reportedly declining to consider gun confiscation laws such as the those...
          The Genesis Of Mr Bharat      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

In a few days Independence Day will arrive, and as run-up to it patriotic songs will be played all over the place, and leading that playlist always is Mere desh ki dharti sona ugle, ugle heere moti, from the film Upkar (1967).

With this film, Manoj Kumar made his debut as director, reportedly after then Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri asked him to make a film around his slogan, Jai Jawan Jai Kisan. It was soon after the Indo-China (1962) and Indo-Pak (1965) wars and a dose of healthy patriotism was in order. (The film was dedicated to Shastri.)

Manoj Kumar played a farmer called Bharat, who loves his land and his country. His brother Puran (Prem Chopra), however does not share his sentiments. He goes to the city to study and is corrupted by the drinking-partying ways of the other students. He is attracted to a doctor Kavita (Asha Parekh), but she goes to the village to work with the poor, and falls in love with the idealistic Bharat. She comes from a rich family, but her mission is to help the needy. Puran is the opposite, and wants to break away from his family to run after money made by any means. Much to the grief of his mother Radha (Kamini Kaushal), Puran goaded to turn against his brother by the smuggling and black-marketing villains Dhaniram and Charandas (Kanhaiyalal and Madan Puri). He demands his share of the family land from Bharat, who gives it all, with the request that he cultivates it and does not not sell it.

Later, when the war with Pakistan breaks out, Bharat joins the army to protect the country—playing both jawan and kisan in the film. He is taken prisoner or war, and when he escapes it is to devastation of the villages by the border. He is found in badly-wounded condition by the one-legged Malang Chacha (Pran), who has been a friend of the family since Bharat was a child. (In a moving and dramatic scene, Malang draws water from a well to quench Bharat’s thirst, but the bucket comes up full of blood.) Malang dies trying to protect Bharat from the murderous Charandas, who has been stealing from the dead.  (Pran, who used to play villain till then white-washed his image with this film, and went on to become a popular character actor, playing noble roles.)

Bharat’s life is saved, but he loses his hands. By this time, Puran realizes that he had been misled, and regrets the way he mistreated his family. When Bharat recovers, the first thing he sees is Puran ploughing the field. The prodigal has returned.

The melodrama may seen overdone by today’s standards, but Manoj Kumar caught the mood of the country then, and wrote the kind of bombastic script and dialogue that appealed to the audience and turned Upkar into the biggest of the year.  The film was shot on outdoor locations, and the production design was heavy with symbolism. It may seem over the top now, but the imagery was effective.

Manoj Kumar also filled the film with many social issues that were important then and remain so—family planning, medical aid for the poor, equitable distribution of food, respect for the farmer and the land, and a strong anti-war message.

The film had a terrific music score by Kalyanji-Anandji; apart from Mere desh ki dharti (written with feeling by Gulshan Bawra), there was the melancholic Kasme vaade pyar wafa sab, picturised on Pran; Deewano se yeh mat poochho, Aayi jhoom ke basant,  Gulabi raat gulabi.

After this film, Manoj Kumar made patriotism his calling card and came to be called Mr Bharat. He directed other films like Purab Paschim, Shor, Roti Kapda Aur Makaan, Kranti, but none matched the raw emotional sincerity of Upkar. It won multiple awards that year—National and Filmfare.

The film was made over half a century ago, but seen today, it is still as gripping as it is meaningful.

The Genesis Of Mr Bharat

          3 Warning Signs You're Under Satanic Attack      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Do you ever find yourself trudging along as if in a fog? Something's off and you can't nail it down. You're swimming through mud, and nothing makes sense. Finally, the light bulb goes off in your mind; you're under spiritual attack. Stuff is going on in the unseen realm, and it's affecting you.

The cloak of darkness over your mind is a common symptom of the fog of war (aptly so named by John Eldredge). Often our most dramatic challenges come after a spiritual high or significant progress. If you don't recognize it for what it is, the attack may take you down. Understanding what it feels like when under spiritual attack is a wonderful key, allowing you to get your fight back.

Jesus said, "The thief does not come, except to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly" (John 10:10). So if there's stealing, killing and destroying going on, you can be certain the enemy is at work. Jesus always gives life.

The enemy will use any means he can to mess with us as God's children. Here are three that, if you become alert to them, can save you a great deal of distress.

Three Characteristics of Satan's Attacks

1. Confusion

God will not usually add His voice to a cacophony of sound in your head, your life, the church or the world at large. God does not use confusion to drive or oppress you. "God is not the author of confusion, but of peace" (1 Cor. 14:33a). It's the enemy who darkens, messes with and confuses our minds (2 Cor. 4:4).

The Holy Spirit may stir up your mind in order to correct some wrong attitude or behavior or to press you forward in your mission for God, but He will never cause a cloud of confusion and darkness in your mind. If that's what you're feeling, it's Satan's work, not God's.

What's the answer? Quit trying to figure things out when your mind is filled with confusion. Don't keep on playing into the enemy's hand and accepting the confusion he is trying to bring. Quite literally, stop thinking! Put up a mental stop sign, and stop.

Distract yourself if need be. Deliberately put your mind somewhere else. Choose somewhere peaceful such as nature, calming music, worshipping God or listening prayer.

Let your mind become still, and then you will be able to hear God's voice.

2. Condemnation

Oh, don't you love the verse, "There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus" (Rom. 8:1a)? We are set free!

And yet the Holy Spirit is not finished with us yet. We have growing up to do. Parts of our character need to be changed. The Holy Spirit is the one who convicts us when we sin and need to be corrected.

Condemnation from the enemy and conviction from the Holy Spirit may appear somewhat similar from the outside, but they could not feel more different. And their results are as opposite as life and death.

Condemnation draws you downward. It's hopeless, dark and holds you in the past. It feels like the end.

Conviction from the Holy Spirit draws you upward. There is hope, light and a focus on your future. It points the way to receiving God's forgiveness and provides strength to go forward. It feels like the beginning.

If you are feeling condemned in your heart ,you can know—with absolute certainty—that it is not from God. "For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved" (John 3:17). Go back to Scripture. Read John 3:16. Read John 6:37: "All whom the Father gives Me will come to Me, and he who comes to Me I will never cast out." Read Luke 19:10: "For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost." Choose to believe that you are exactly the one for whom Jesus came and died.

If you are feeling conviction from the Holy Spirit you will know what to do. "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9). Ask for God's forgiveness. Make things right with others to the degree it is within your power to do so.

And then get on with the mission God has given you to do!

3. Manipulation and Control.

We need guidance, encouragement, teaching, protection and sometimes even correction. We need appropriate authority in business, society, government, the church and even in the home in order to maintain peace and allow human beings to thrive. Our well-being is often affected by how well those in authority fulfill their responsibilities.

But Satan has a sinister way of twisting God's concept of authority and turning it into manipulation and control. In the home, this has resulted in domestic violence and the subjection of (usually) women and children to the whims and desires of (usually) men. In the church this has resulted in toxic religion, cults, twisted applications of church discipline and attempts at "elder" control of minute aspects of people's lives.

When another human being attempts to control or manipulate you for their own purposes, you can be sure it is Satan's work and not God's. Jesus came as a servant, and those who rightly exercise His authority will do the same. "He who is greatest among you shall be your servant" (Matt. 23:11).

Jesus never delegated to any human being the right to play junior Holy Spirit in anyone else's life. If someone is trying to play that role in your life, be very suspicious. Realize that Jesus alone is your Lord; all others must take a lower place.

When You're Under Attack

Learn to be wary of confusion, condemnation and manipulation and control. Use your feelings as a barometer; sometimes they may alert you to an attack from the enemy.

If you become aware of these feelings, stop. Survey your mind and heart for these characteristics of the enemy.

And then use your precious emotional energy to enter God's presence. Get calm and listen for His voice. He will meet you there.

Your Turn: Have you been aware of confusion, condemnation or manipulation and control in your life? Can you see that as the enemy at work? How does that help you get your fight back? Leave a comment below. {eoa}

Dr. Carol Peters-Tanksley is both a board-certified OB-GYN physician and an ordained doctor of ministry. As an author and speaker, she loves helping people discover the Fully Alive kind of life Jesus came to bring us. Visit her website at drcarolministries.com.

This article originally appeared at drcarolministries.com.


          MME staff reduce risks with first aid training      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The Center for Environmental and Municipal Studies at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME), in cooperation with Hamad Medical Corporation (Ambulance Service), organised a first aid training course for the ministry staff at the General Hygiene Department headquarters.

The workshop comes in line with the recommendations of the occupational health and safety programme launched by the Center for Environmental and Municipal Studies in 2017, which aims to reduce risks, accidents and injuries at various work sites through training, rehabilitation and development of human cadres of employees and workers. Safety and emergency response have become pillars of the different areas of work at the MME, raising the level of readiness to deal with any exceptional circumstances. Capacity building is a national priority under the Qatar National Vision 2030, which aims to provide a stable life for the community and boost national preparedness through the services provided by the ministry to the Qatari community.

The Center for Environmental and Municipal Studies has prepared numerous training programmes in the field of prevention, management and response to risks, crises and disasters, and health and environmental security and safety. The Centre has prepared the programmes in accordance with the laws and regulations that stipulated the need to take precautionary measures to achieve occupational safety and health in the workplace, and to regulate the means of prevention of occupational diseases in order to protect employees from the dangers they face while performing their work. 

The programmes also focus on the commitment of the employee to implement the instructions of the governmental body on occupational safety and health and the use of protective devices and clothing prepared for them, and the performance of the duties of his job in a way to ensure his safety and safety of others.

source: Qatar Tribune

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          278th SQUADRON The same 4 cats      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
278th SQUADRON The same 4 catsPublisher: Lumaca Games

278th Squadron The same 4 cats is a solitaire campaign cardgame based on our game SM79 Damned Hunchback. You are a pilot of the famed 278th Squadriglia "i soliti 4 gatti" hich flew the SM79 and SM84 Torpedo Bombers during IIWW. For 10 Missions a everchanging Mission Deck will and nbsp;lead you through AA fire, Spitfires, Waves and Clouds till and nbsp;your decision when to torpedo the Target Ship... and nbsp; will you earn the Gold Medal or you and nbsp;will be shot down?

and nbsp;63 colorful cards, a A3 game mat and English rules wait for you in this narrative card war game!

The game components are several cards which must be divided into decks to be set up on the map; the cards are the core mechanic of the game.

The player puts on the map the Damage Card (for the SM79, or for a more challenging experience, for the SM84) and the Experience Card at Value 0 or without value on the top.

The decks to set up are: Campaign deck, Resolution deck, Target Ship deck and Mission deck.

Campaign deck (yellow back): it is composed by the Mission cards; the player draws a card per Mission from this deck where it is shown the Mission to be accomplished by the pilot. It shows the geographical area, the number of Target Ship to draw and the type of Cards to add to the Mission deck. If the player manages to hit the Target Ship, it can receive a Reward (cards with white back), as per Reward Chart.

Resolution deck (red back): it is composed by Hit and Missed cards and it is formed by a number of these cards depending on the Resolution Draw Chart. It is the engine of the game: it is used for AA draws, Torpedo draws and Damage draws.

Target Ship deck (green back): it is composed by all the target ships available in the game and these are historical ships hit by the Italian SM 79; every card shows the type of ship and the number and type of Cards to add to the Mission Deck; some of them indicates a Special Decoration that the player can earn in case of successful attack to that Target Ship.

Mission Deck (blue back): it is formed by a certain number and type of Event Cards plus the ones indicated on the Mission cards, on the Target Ship cards and on the Experience Chart. The player must draw a maximum of 7 Event Cards, indicating the distance from the Target Ship, a card per turn and resolve it, following the instructions indicated. Then it can decide to continue the Mission or abort it or try a Torpedo Resolution Draw, trying to torpedo the Target Ship chosen!

The Campaign is composed by 10 Missions; during the Set up, the player shuffles the Mission Cards and put them face down in the Campaign Deck Area. At the start of each turn, the player draws the first Mission Card and put it in the Mission row, starting from the first (number 1).

The player reads the Mission Card drawn where it is shown the Mission to be accomplished. It shows the geographical area, the number of Target Ship to draw and the type of Event Cards to add to the Mission deck. The player must choose a single Target Ship and put it on the map, in the dedicated area.

The player prepares then the Mission Deck. It takes from these following Event Cards (blue back):

  • 1 Sun Card

  • 1 Clouds Card

  • 1 Waves Card

  • 2 Fly Cards

  • 2 AA Card

Then the player adds the Event Cards indicated in the current Mission Card, the Event Card(s) indicated in the Experience Chart and the Event Card(s) indicated on the Target Ship Card. All together they form the Mission Deck, which must be shuffled and put on the map, face down.

The player must draw an Event Card from the Mission Deck per turn and resolve it, following the instructions indicated. Then it can decide to continue the Mission, drawing another Event Card from the Mission Deck or abort the Mission or try a Torpedo Resolution Draw, trying to torpedo the Target Ship, if within the Distance. The player can draw a maximum of 7 Event Cards, which indicate the distance from the Target Ship.

The player should try to hit the Target Ship with its Torpedo.... it is not so easy!


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Repressive laws and cumbersome bureaucracy are putting hundreds of Russians behind bars for sharing memes online.
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          Educational policies bound by politicians’ whims      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

One of the (many) things that bothers me about politicians establishing the rules under which public education must operate is the random manner in which they create them. It would be one thing if they based their demands on scientific research about child development, but they don’t. Instead, they pass laws dictated by their personal […]

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          Pajata      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

If you find yourself hanging around an old-school butcher shop in Rome, you might hear the guys behind the counter calling for some quinto quarto, or the "fifth quarter." Before you triple check your bill, having lost all faith in the cashier’s mathematical abilities, know that this turn of phrase refers to offal, or the organs and entrails of butchered animals. In ancient days, when the main quarters of meat were reserved for upper classes, the quinto quarto was the meat of the commoner. Once seen as a food of poverty, offal dishes now hold a central place on the traditional Roman table, and pajata is among the stars.

Pajata consists of suckling calf intestines that are cleaned, skinned, and tied off into small ringlets to trap the chyme (which is exclusively the mother’s milk at that point) inside. When the ringlets are cooked, the intestinal enzymes are activated, transforming the milk-chyme into a smooth, ricotta-like filling that is deeply rich and animal in flavor. It's commonly served lightly seasoned and grilled (pajata arrosto), or slowly cooked in tomato sauce and served over rigatoni.

There's a reason for some Italians' newfound appreciation for the traditional delicacy. Pajata disappeared from menus in the early 2000s, when it was illegal to serve it in restaurants due to outbreaks of mad cow (mucca pazza) disease throughout the European Union. In 2015, the laws were repealed and veal pajata returned to menus across the country to much fanfare and relief.


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Microsoft recently announced that they have completed the work in implementing a dark theme in the File Explorer in Windows 10, saying in a post: With Build 17666 we started their journey bringing dark theme to File Explorer. Today’s build marks the turning point where we finished what we set out to do for this release. While […]

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At long last, after two years since its initial announcement, Red Dead Redemption 2 has received its first public gameplay footage courtesy of Rockstar. Following Arthur Morgan, member of the Van der Linde gang, Red Dead Redemption 2 takes place in 1899 as the time of outlaws is coming to a close. John Marston, the […]

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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
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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

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365 Montessori 1.2.0


Device: iOS iPhone
Category: Education
Price: $1.99 -> Free, Version: 1.2.0 (iTunes)

Description:

365 MONTESSORI: THOUGHTS FOR EVERY DAY
365 valuable ideas on upbringing children
•Everyday notes based on Montessori method
•Simple and to the point of the laws of development of a person
•Priorities: happiness, emotional intellect,sympathy, success
•For thinking parents: once learnt - consider and use

THOUGHTS FOE EVERY DAY: READ AND CONSIDER
Программа содержит краткие заметки – по одной на каждый день года – обдумав которые, мыслящий родитель сделает для себя выводы, поймет важное, примет к сведению неизбежное, откроет новое.
The program contains short notes - one for every day of the year - reading which a thinking parent will make conclusions for himself, understand the important, take the inevitable into consideration, discover something new.
The notes contain information of several kinds:
⁃about the laws of development of a person that should be taken into consideration in communication with a child;
⁃about the reasons for children's actions that are not obvious to an adult;
⁃about the rules, the observance of which will help children and parents to live together;
⁃tips on building relationships with your child;
⁃questions that require caring parents to search for personal answers.

THINKING PARENT - HAPPY CHILD
The program will be especially helpful to interested parents of children 0 to 6 years old - in this age a person creates a foundation for all his or her future life. We - parents - can help him in this uneasy task.
However, parents of older children will also have something to think about.

SHORT NOTES - IMPORTANT THOUGHTS
Reading of a note will take you from one to five minutes per day. Isn’t it a small pay for everyday improvement of relationships with your child? By adding notes to Favorites you can collect a selection of messages that are important for you. They can be used as affirmations - to be read, absorbed and implemented.

ABOUT MONTESSORI
Notes of the program are based on the Montessori method of upbringing children. The key principle of the method is freedom. The aim of the method is to bring up a happy, educated, independent, strong-minded person who is able to make decisions and bear responsibility for them, who respects the rights and freedom of other people.
Maria Montessori (August 31, 1870 - May 6, 1952) - Italian doctor, teacher, educator, philosopher, humanist.
Discovered laws of self-development of a child. She gained a world popularity for developing an educational system that allows children to learn on their own and gain experience and knowledge in various spheres of life - from everyday activity to complex manipulations with numbers of many figures in math, comprehensive reading, grammar, physics and natural science.

Famous Montessori graduates:
• GEORGE CLOONEY – Academy award-winning actor
• SERGEY BRIN – Google founder
• LARRY PAGE – Google founder
• JEFF BEZOS – Amazon founder
• JIMMY WALES - Wikipedia founder
• ANNE FRANK - author of ‘The Diary of Anne Frank»
• GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ – Nobel prize-winning author
• PRINCE WILLIAM and PRINCE HARRY - members of the English royal family
• HELEN HUNT – Academy award-winning actor
• JOSHUA BELL – American violinist, owner of a Stradivarius violin
• JACQUELINE BOUVIER KENNEDY ONASSIS - editor, former first lady of the USA
• SEAN “P Diddy” COMBS - musical magnat
• FRIEDENSREICH HUNDERTWASSER – Viennese artist & architect
• KATHARINE GRAHAM – owner & editor of the Washington Post
• BILL CLINTON - former president of the USA
• And others

WARNING
The program helps to focus your thoughts on the subject of raising children. However, it is not a substitute for reading the relevant literature. We recommend the following books for reading: ‘Help Me to Do it Myself’ by Maria Montessori; ’The Continuum Concept’ by Jean Liedloff; ‘Boundaries with Kids’ by Henry Cloud and John Townsend; ‘How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk’ by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish and others.

What's New

- stability improved

365 Montessori


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Card readers used by popular companies like Square and PayPal have several security flaws that could
          Janet Jackson, Shawn Mendes And More To Headline 2018 Global Citizen Festival      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Janet Jackson: Profile

International advocacy organization Global Citizen today announced that headliners Janet Jackson, The Weeknd, Shawn Mendes, Cardi B, and Janelle Monae will perform at the 2018 Global Citizen Festival, the free-ticketed event on the Great Lawn in Central Park, New York City on Saturday, September 29, 2018.

For the fifth consecutive year, MSNBC & Comcast NBCUniversal will air a live simulcast of the Festival on MSNBC and for the seventh consecutive year, iHeartMedia has been named the exclusive audio media partner.

A special guest performance will be given by John Legend.

Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness return as lead hosts for the 5th year.

Co-hosts will include Camren Bicondova, Cynthia Erivo, Danai Gurira, Forest Whitaker, Gus Kenworthy, Kal Penn, La La Anthony, Naomi Campbell, and Rachel Brosnahan.

The 2018 festival will serve as a platform from which millions of Global Citizens around the world will demand that world leaders fulfill their obligation to achieve the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development and end extreme poverty by 2030.

Building off momentum by activists and students from across the globe, Global Citizens and music fans will stand together to call on world leaders to uphold their responsibilities towards improving the quality of health care and nutrition that women receive during adolescence and childbirth, ensuring girls do not marry before they are ready, reducing, reusing and recycling plastic waste worldwide, ending the criminalization of poverty, providing quality education for all, and ensuring the United States fully funds its foreign aid budget.

Coinciding with the annual UN General Assembly meetings, this year’s Festival is a continuation of Global Citizen’s “Mandela 100” campaign; a series of global events honoring the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela in his centenary year.

Hugh Evans, CEO of Global Citizen, said, “In 2018, it is more important than ever for Global Citizens here in the United States and around the world to demand their voices be heard – through activism and at the polls – so that we can continue progress towards a world free from needless suffering and want. We are truly grateful to have such incredible artists, hosts and partners standing with us in a moment of history so pivotal in our fight to achieve the global goals and end extreme poverty.”

“We’re incredibly proud to take our support of Global Citizen Festival to the next level as Presenting Partner. As a global bank that is committed to welcoming what’s next, we look forward to helping bring together citizens around the world to stand for issues that matter most and foster meaningful change,” said Jennifer Breithaupt, Global Consumer CMO, Citi

The Weeknd said, “It is invaluable to be in a position where I can use my voice to help the millions of people in need. I am honored to align myself with Global Citizen in the fight to end world poverty.”

Shawn Mendes said, “I’m so excited to be a part of the Global Citizen movement. It’s an honor to be able to use my platform and music to help those in the world who need it most.”

John Legend said, “I’m proud to be supporting Global Citizen again to help focus people’s energy and attention on the issues that matter. I believe we need to look at human beings across the world as our brothers and sisters and do everything we can do to end extreme poverty to make life more livable. We are more powerful when we come together like this.”

Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness said, “We are thrilled to be returning for this year’s Global Citizen Festival. It is important that we continue to work towards ending extreme poverty. On September 29, tens of thousands of Global Citizens will come together to celebrate being a part of this movement and the impact of their actions, and we cannot wait to be a part of it.”

Camren Bicondova said, “I am beyond honored and thankful to be a host at this year’s Global Citizen Festival, advocating for rising voices and actions taken. Here’s to making the world a better place.”

Cynthia Erivo said, “I am thrilled to join the millions of Global Citizens who are helping to make our world a better place. By joining together to make our voices heard, we can make a meaningful difference in the lives of the world’s poor.”

Forest Whitaker said, “This year, it’s more important than ever that we bring attention to extreme poverty and ask our leaders to take action. I can’t wait to see what we can accomplish at this year’s Global Citizen Festival.”

Gus Kenworthy said, “I believe that if we all speak up and do our part, we can accomplish great things for the world’s poor. I’m excited to support Global Citizen and join a movement that will help put an end to extreme poverty.”

Kal Penn said, “Our voices remain potent and powerful. It is critical that we reject the culture of fear and cynicism, and instead lift up those among us who need our help. That is why I continue to be a proud supporter of Global Citizen and believe that together we can end world poverty.”

La La Anthony said, “Being a part of the Global Citizen movement and helping to end extreme poverty continues to be important to me. I can’t wait to see what commitments we can achieve by September.”

Rachel Brosnahan said, “Global Citizen is about creating a movement and bringing attention to the difficult choices people living in extreme poverty have to face every day. I’m so happy to be back for another year of supporting this organization that unites people all over the world to tackle some of the world’s biggest issues.”

The 2018 Global Citizen Festival will be presented for the first time by Citi. The leading global bank has been a proud partner of the festival since inception.

Live Nation return for the third consecutive year as production partner.

For the fifth consecutive year, MSNBC & Comcast NBCUniversal will air a live simulcast of the Festival on MSNBC and MSNBC.com. The Festival broadcast will be produced by Emmy Award-winning producer Ken Ehrlich (Grammy Awards).

For the seventh consecutive year, iHeartMedia has been named the exclusive audio media partner and will broadcast live from Central Park on over 150 radio stations across the U.S. and streamed on the iHeartRadio app.

The Festival will also be livestreamed on YouTube and Twitter, presented by Johnson & Johnson.

Proud partners of the 2018 Global Citizen Festival include Global Citizen’s global health partner and major partner Johnson & Johnson, and major partners P&G, CHIME FOR CHANGE Founded by Gucci, Verizon, House of Mandela, and NYC Parks.
Associate Partners include Microsoft, Great Big Story, and One Championship.

Global Citizens can earn their admission to the free-ticketed Festival by joining the movement at glblctzn.me/nyc2018 by downloading the Global Citizen app. Ticket draws will occur throughout the summer and fans will be notified by Global Citizen when they have been selected.

Specific goals for the 2018 Global Citizen Festival campaigns include:
Calling on Congress to resist the White House’s proposed cuts of 32% to American aid programs, which would devastate the fight against extreme poverty.
Calling on the G7 countries to contribute to the $2 billion needed to tackle the world’s maternal health crisis that sees more than 5 million mothers and children die of preventable conditions every year.

Ending the criminalization of poverty, through eliminating and drastically reducing the use of cash bail in jurisdictions including New York State.

Since the first Global Citizen Festival in New York in 2012, Global Citizen has grown into one of the largest, most visible platforms for people around the world calling on world leaders to honor their responsibilities in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and ending extreme poverty by 2030.
Global Citizens have generated commitments and policy announcements from leaders valued at over $37.9 billion that are set to affect the lives of more than 2.25 billion people. This year alone Global Citizens have secured 29 commitments totaling over $2.9 billion that are set to affect the lives of more than 501 million people by 2030.

From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18188-janet-jackson-shawn-mendes-and-more-to-headline-2018-global-citizen-festival

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In the past 24 hours, you may have come to the conclusion that Laura Ingraham hates America. Twitter suggests that's the case:



So does the lede of this story from The Hill:
Laura Ingraham: America as we know it doesn’t exist anymore due to ‘demographic changes’

Fox News host Laura Ingraham on Wednesday lamented that the “American we know and love doesn’t exist anymore” because of demographic changes in the country that she blamed on illegal and legal immigration....
The Atlantic's Conor Friedersdorf writes:
Laura Ingraham Doesn’t Love Her Country Anymore

... What I love about America is its animating idea: “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.”

What Ingraham loved about America was apparently its former demographic profile. Now that Hispanic and Asian immigrants have triggered “massive demographic changes,” the America she loves “doesn’t exist anymore.” Sad!
But Ingraham still loves her America -- she just doesn't love ours. She may be a racist and a white nationalist, but she's also a Republican shill. Note the phrase at the beginning of this excerpt from her remarks, and note where she draws her lines (emphasis added):
“Because in some parts of the country, it does seem like the America that we know and love doesn’t exist anymore. Massive demographic changes have been foisted on the American people and they’re changes that none of us ever voted for and most of us don’t like. From Virginia to California, we see stark examples of how radically in some ways the country has changed. Now, much of this is related to both illegal and in some cases legal immigration that of course progressives love.”
Ingraham doesn't hate America -- she hates Democratic America. She names two Democratic states. She strongly implies that the rest of America -- presumably including the fine, patriotic exurbs and rural areas where her viewers live -- is just fine, at least for now, because Republican values prevail, although it's all under siege because of Democratic policies. If you watch the full version of her monologue (posted below), you'll see that she thinks the old centrist Democrats were okay -- they respected borders -- but now Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is singlehandedly taking over the Democratic Party (or so Ingraham implies, even though she also mocks Ocasio-Cortez for backing unsuccessful candidates in Tuesday's primaries), therefore we may soon need to bid farewell to our borders, and thus America as we know it.

Ingraham says:
Now, this is a sure way, over time, to remake and reshape America. This is exactly what socialists like Ocasio-Cortez want, eventually diluting and overwhelming your vote with the votes of others who aren't, let's face it, too big on Adam Smith and the Federalist Papers.
We members of the Ocasio-Cortezocrat Party haven't destroyed America yet. Ingraham insists that even minivan-driving suburban moms will surely vote Republican in response to horror stories about crimes reportedly committed by undocumented immigrants, including several she describes in the monologue in blood-curdling detail. (In Ingraham's telling, it seems that no native-born American has ever molested a child or killed someone in a motor vehicle crash.)

Ultimately, Ingraham suggests that America can be saved the same way Fox commentators always say it can be saved -- by means of more Republican votes.



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In an unintentionally hilarious interview with Rolling Stone ragazine (spelling intentional), Barack Obama asserted that the reason Democrats got pulverized in the recent election is because "Fox News (is playing) in every bar and restaurant in big chunks of the country."

While demonstrably not true, Hope n' Change doesn't doubt that the insufferable dimwit-in-chief actually believes his fantasy because it protects him from taking personal responsibility for an historic electoral trouncing.

In Barry's mind, overstuffed white people would sit silent and transfixed at the local Cracker Barrel restaurant, sucking syrup out of their pancakes rather than chewing noisily, all the better to hear the Right Reverend Sean Hannity accuse Hillary Clinton of being a Martian.  Or perhaps he imagines eerily quiet Happy Hours during which patrons sat on bar stools in hypnotic trances while the gospel of hate was preached by Bret Baier, Britt Hume, and other bomb-throwing radical conservatives.

Barry did concede that the Democrat party had a problem with messaging and getting the word out to voters - but we have to disagree. We think their message came through loud and clear: that under Obama, what used to be a part-time job is now considered a career. That a stagnant economy which benefits only the rich and well-connected is the new norm. That laws are only for little people to obey.

We got the message that the Left considers ordinary Americans (also called "a basket of Deplorables") to be racists, misogynists, xenophobes, homophobes, ignoramuses, gun nuts, religious fanatics, and potential terrorists.

We got the message that a boy who believes he's a girl has more rights than all of the actual girls in a school shower. We got the message that inner city schools should never be improved, and that loans for uselessly self-indulgent college degrees need never be paid back.

We got the message that there is no gestational time limit on killing the unborn, up to and including the moment of birth. We got the message that illegal aliens have a "right" to jobs and benefits that legal citizens lack. And we got the message that as bad as things were under Obama, they were about to get a whole lot worse under Hillary.

And then we voted.

Which is why Barack Obama's actual legacy may only turn out to be a few soon-forgotten interviews in yellowing issues of Rolling Stone.

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Not available in stores. Trust us on this one.

It's the "Manhole Steamrising Complete Christmas Collection," consisting of 15 soothing tracks of Christmas favorites, two of which are "Adeste Fidelis" and are done (as Basil Fawlty would say on gourmet night) "in two extremely different ways."

It's all perfectly legal, and you're free to share the music and/or the link with as many people as you like. In fact, we encourage you to share! Please! Tis the season! Just click this link to get your download started.

You'll end up with a ZIP file which, when double-clicked, will open up into a folder with your 15 songs in MP3 format. No spam, no viruses, no hassles whatsoever. Although if you downloaded the album when we offered it last year, you may experience some holiday deja vu while listening.

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First lady Melania Trump's parents were granted U.S citizenship today, likely through an immigration process President Trump says he wants to end.

Viktor and Amalija Knavs, who are from Slovenia, have been living in Washington, D.C., with green cards, which allowed them to live and work indefinitely in the United States.

"It went well and they are very grateful and appreciative of this wonderful day for their family," said their immigration attorney, Michael Wildes, to CNN.

The first lady's office had no comment. Melania Trump became a citizen in 2006 after obtaining a green card on a so-called "Einstein visa" for “individuals of extraordinary ability” as a model.

President Trump, whose presidential campaign began with racist remarks against Mexican immigrants, has called repeatedly for an end to "chain migration," or what is officially known as "family reunification." In that process, recent immigrants to the U.S. can sponsor their relatives for green cards. Trump has been criticized for hypocrisy, since his in-laws may be benefiting from that same system.

Wildes would not confirm if Melania Trump was sponsoring her parents. "I can confirm they are green card holders and legal permanent residents of the United States," he said.

Talking to reporters outside the New York City courthouse where the Knavses underwent their naturalization ceremony, Wildes was asked if they had become citizens through "chain migration."

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Jeong's bio has her growing up in North Carolina. IDK if she was a small-town girl but Christopher Caldwell's description below can be used to describe racial minorities who desperately want to be accepted by the cool white kids: "There are basically two kinds of people in small towns--those who assume, as Shaw put it, that the customs of the tribe are the laws of nature; and those who have sussed out that there is a big and varied world beyond Main Street. This division used to have little to do with politics. But small-town politics in its Norman Rockwell variant--all those democratic battles over school bonds and ousting the crooked sheriff--is not what it was. Now, all politics is national. Political ideology, for most people, is a matter of whether they prefer to have Bill O'Reilly or Diane Rehm console them for their impotence in the face of events happening elsewhere. At some point, Democrats became the party of small-town people who think they're too big for their small towns. It is hard to say how it happened: Perhaps it is that Republicans' primary appeal is to something small-towners take for granted (tradition), while Democrats' is to something that small-towners are condemned for lacking (diversity). Both appeals can be effective, but it is only the latter that incites people to repudiate the culture in which they grew up. Perhaps it is that at universities--through which pass all small-town people aiming to climb to a higher social class--Democratic party affiliation is the sine qua non of being taken for a serious, non-hayseed human being. For these people, liberalism is not a <i>belief</i> at all. No, it's something more important: a badge of certain social aspirations. That is why the laments of the small-town leftists get voiced with such intemperance and desperation. As if those who voice them are fighting off the nagging thought:<i> If the Republicans aren't particularly evil, then maybe I'm not particularly special</i>." Smiley's People, Christopher Caldwell, <i>The Weekly Standard</i>, 29 Nov 2004
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          I won the Ig Nobel prize by trying to answer the question 'are cats liquid?' — here's what I found      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

liquid cat

  • A liquid is traditionally defined as a material that adapts its shape to fit a container, and under certain conditions, cats seem to fit this definition.
  • Reformulating the question "are cats liquid?" illustrates some problems at the heart of rheology, the study of the deformations and flows of matter.
  • My study on the rheology of cats won the 2017 Ig Nobel Prize in Physics.
  • The prizes are awarded every year by Improbable Research, an organization devoted to science and humor.

The Conversation

 

A liquid is traditionally defined as a material that adapts its shape to fit a container. Yet under certain conditions, cats seem to fit this definition.

This somewhat paradoxical observation emerged on the web a few years ago and joined the long list of internet memes involving our feline friends. When I first saw this question it made me laugh, and then think. I decided to reformulate it to illustrate some problems at the heart of rheology, the study of the deformations and flows of matter. My study on the rheology of cats won the 2017 Ig Nobel Prize in Physics.

The prizes are awarded every year by Improbable Research, an organization devoted to science and humor. The goal is to highlight scientific studies that first make people laugh, then think. A ceremony is held every year at Harvard University.

What is a liquid?

At the center of the definition of a liquid is an action: A material must be able to modify its form to fit within a container. The action must also have a characteristic duration. In rheology this is called the relaxation time. Determining if something is liquid depends on whether it's observed over a time period that's shorter or longer than the relaxation time.

If we take cats as our example, the fact is that they can adapt their shape to their container if we give them enough time. Cats are thus liquid if we give them the time to become liquid. In rheology, the state of a material is not really a fixed property — what must be measured is the relaxation time. What is its value and on what does it depend? For example, does the relaxation time of a cat vary with its age? (In rheology we speak of thixotropy)

liquid cat

Could the type of container be a factor? (In rheology this is studied in "wetting" problems.) Or does it vary with the cat's degree of stress? (One speaks of "shear thickening" if the relaxation time increases with stress, or "shear thinning" if the opposite is true.) Of course, we mean stress in the mechanical sense rather than emotional, but the two meanings may overlap in some cases.

The 'Deborah number' and the flow of mountains

What cats show clearly is that determining the state of a material requires comparing two time periods: the relaxation time and the experimental time, which is the time elapsed since the onset of deformation initiated by the container. For instance, it may be the time elapsed since the cat stepped into a sink. Conventionally, one divides the relaxation time by the experimental time, and if the result is more than 1, the material is relatively solid; if the result is lower than 1, the material is relatively liquid.

glacier path

This is referred to as the Deborah number, after the biblical priestess who remarked that on geological time scales ("before God") even mountains flowed. On shorter time scales one can see glaciers progressively flowing down valleys.

Even if the relaxation time is very large (days, years), the behavior can be that of a liquid if the Deborah number is small (compared to 1). Conversely, even if the relaxation time is very small (milliseconds), the behavior can be that of a solid if the Deborah number is large (compared to 1). This is the case if one observes a water balloon at the instant when it's popped.

The Deborah number is an example of dimensionless number: Since we divide one time period by another, the ratio does not have any unit. In rheology, and in science more generally, there are many dimensionless numbers that can be used to determine the state or regime of a material or system.

Measuring the speed of cake batter

For liquids there is another dimensionless number that can be used to estimate whether the flow will be turbulent, with vortices, or whether it will calmly follow the outline of the container (we say that the flow is laminar).

Water Ballon Popping

If the flow speed is V and the container has a typical size h perpendicular to the flow, then we can define the velocity gradient V/h. The inverse of this velocity gradient scales as a time.

Comparing this duration and the relaxation time produces the Reynolds number in the case of fluids dominated by inertia (like water), or the Weissenberg number for those dominated by elasticity (like cake batter). If these dimensionless numbers are large in comparison to 1, then the flow is likely to be turbulent. If they're small in comparison to 1 the flow is likely to be laminar.

Asking the question of whether cats were a liquid allowed me to illustrate the use of these dimensionless numbers in rheology. I hope that it will make people laugh and then think.

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          You’ve been arrested by a dishonest cop. Can you win in a system set up to protect officers? - Los Angeles Times      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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There are more than 2,000 prisoners doing the grueling work of fighting California wildfires, including the record-breaking Mendocino Complex Fire, according to the California Department of Corrections. This is a long-standing program in which inmates earn up to $3 a day for their volunteer work, but upon release it will be almost impossible for them to get a firefighting job in the state.

Why it matters: Many prisons offer educational and job training programs for inmates hoping to work in fields like cosmetology, firefighting or even law after serving their time. However, due to complicated occupational licensing laws that often result in denials of former criminals, the training is often useless after incarcerated men and women are released.


How it happens: It's not always an intentional discrimination against people with criminal histories, but "passivity and unintentionality," Katcher says. To become a firefighter, most departments require an EMT license, but EMT certifying boards have a pattern of denying applicants with a criminal history. Defenders of licensing regimes say they help screen out incompetent or poorly skilled potential employees and ensure minimum skill standards.

What's the point of letting people out ... [if] there's still an invisible prison around them?
Prisoner rights advocate and founder of Root and Rebound Katherine Katcher told Axios

The big picture:

  • About 21% of California's 19 million workers hold licenses, according to the Little Hoover Commission.
  • "What we've seen is that not just people in reentry are impacted," Katcher says. "Prison programs across the county are training people for jobs, very well meaning, and then occupational licensing bars them from actually getting those jobs."
  • It's not just firefighters in California either, in some states, inmates can be trained as cosmetologists, but are unable to receive a cosmetology certification after their release.
  • Former convicts often face barriers to construction, tree trimming and truck driving jobs. Women also often face difficulty being hired for care taking professions.
  • These licensing laws disproportionally affect the lower-level jobs that inmates, who tend to have less formal education, are more likely to qualify for, Katcher says.
  • People of color with criminal histories are impacted most by licensing laws, according to studies by the National Employment Law Project.
  • Groups on all sides of the political spectrum, from ACLU to the Heritage Foundation, have been advocating to change how occupational licensing laws work, according to Lee McGrath, the managing attorney at the conservative Institute for Justice.

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@<a href="#comment-2339880" rel="nofollow">James Pearce</a>: <blockquote>Like I said, what do you care if someone is pro-life or pro-gun? They disagree with you on basically settled issues. So what?</blockquote> Is abortion really settled law? If so, then what’s all the commotion about with the Supreme Court? And on guns, the fight has moved to stand your ground laws (not settled, nationally) and public protests with weapons (also not settled) and requiring responsible gun ownership (if your gun is used to commit a crime, you should be liable... also not settled law)
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It was not written as a comment, but as a humor piece I wrote some years back for a YouTube video. I understand your not wanting to read it, but maybe be some of your readers might enjoy it. Face it, the white race is doomed. Jews have programmed the gullible masses to remain stupidly ignorant of the facts to the point there is no hope they will ever awaken to what is happening or who is behind it. Surely your own experience has proven this conclusively. So why not just sit back and laugh. Like that Texan Clayton Williams said in his joke about rape: The Republican gubernatorial nominee apologized for an off-the-cuff remark suggesting that some victims of rape should ''relax and enjoy it.'' Tropes? I guess you did not read my piece about the Tabernacle's bloody sacrificial system. Perhaps you do not understand the Jews' mentality well enough to understand what they are capable of; perhaps MacDonald missed the most salient facts of religious law dictated by the twenty volume Talmud. Has not MacDonald's intent come into question with his publishing of articles written by Jews? Curiouser still, is how you can possibly fail to understand the Jews' mentality in light of the excellent, stomach churning, piece you published about the Hebrews' horrendous, bloody sacrifice of children; yet you deny their AD sacrifice of children? That doesn't' make any sense especially when considering the Jews' dogged adherence to the Old Testament to this very day and the fact they are balls-to-the-wailing-wall with their plans to reconstruct the Temple and its sacrificial system. Since Jews still adhere to their twenty-five hundred year old sacrificial laws of the Torah, the question might be better posed as: "Why wouldn't Jews sacrifice Christian children?"
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SELF-DETERMINATION: REQUIRED GLOBAL LEGAL FRAMEWORK FOR NATIONS' INDEPENDENCE AND ASSOCIATED HUMAN TRAGEDY


Written by Mazi Onyebuchi Eze
For Family Writers Press

Irrefutable biblical history affirms the fulfillment of the law in Christ Jesus.  All laws were supposedly made for humanity and not vice versa. This was a concise response given against incriminating evidences tendered against Him by the proponents of the law, Pharisees and Sadducees on the issues bordering on the contravention of the laws of Shabbat. Jesus was seen healing the sick and doing other "love works" (miracles) on the said Shabbat, which prompted His response to the people that thronged around Him, seeking definitive clarifications.

The stone-aged, crude International protocols that even up to this present age, are breeding impunity and oppression, as enshrined in the territorial integrity cum sovereignty of nations, need to be wholesomely repealed. They provide covering for tyrants and oppressors of humanity all over the world. The continent of Africa is houses the offenders in this malady as the operational laws are inherently in sharp contrast to the above stated analogy of Christ regarding laws and legal instruments.

It is unfortunate to point out here that President Donald Trump of the United States of America, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyaho of the nation of Israel, President Vladimir Putin of Russia and President Emmanuel Macron of France seem gravely handicapped by these archaic and nefarious international laws of sovereign nations, in taking necessary actions, as the cries and groans of humanity are incessantly reverberating the world over. Sadly, people are daily being sacrificed on the altar of sovereignty of nations to service the obscene interests instead of such sovereignties serving as models of protection to the people.

The above mentioned global leaders by all standards, detest oppression, dehumanization and enslavement of fellow human beings as often being perpetrated by regimes of atrocities in different countries, with the African continent taking the lead. Viable actions against these spate of human abuses are being resisted by the devilish international instruments of territorial integrity of nations which stipulated that they must be respected. Through this flagrant disdain for the plights of humanity by upholding these obnoxious international laws to the detriment of the oppressed indigenous people spread across the world, it becomes necessary therefore to conclude that "THE INTERNATIONAL LEGAL INSTRUMENTS OF SOVEREIGNTY OF NATIONS HAVE NOW BECOME THE GREATEST TRAGEDY OF HUMANITY", instead of protecting the people.

What remains baffling however, is why are the international laws accorded supremacy at the neglect of other laws? Why are the laws guiding the sovereignty of nations even when outdated and offensive, appear sacrosanct and irrefutable, and yet the global leaders helplessly watch tyrannical Heads of Governments, under the cover and protection of the sovereign status of nations to commit atrocious impunity against their people? Why will such astute world leaders like Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Benjamin Netanyaho and Emmanuel Macron who respect the sovereignty of a country in the mold of Nigeria, wouldn't courageously exert the required pressure on the leaders of the governments of Nigeria, Cameroon and Spain to respect the emphatically stipulated international laws guiding self-determination and protection of human rights? These are costly questions begging for answers  which these frontline world leaders must not shy away from.

Beneath are three definite international laws that must be respected and clinically upheld by these leaders in synergy.

* International laws protecting human rights abuses by state actors and authorities of nations.

* International laws guiding self-determination for all indigenous people of the world.

International laws of sovereignty of nations for all sovereign nations of the world.

These are salient and consolidated international laws which equally deserve complete respect of Heads of States and Parliaments across the nations. It is callous and out of fashion for sovereign nations whose Heads of States blatantly disobey such laws on human rights protection and self-determination like what obtains in Nigeria, Cameroon and Spain, and yet be enjoying the luxury of dividends from other international laws standing in sequence of the package.

President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyaho, President Vladimir Putin and President Emmanuel Macron are necessarily obliged to question the credibility of Nigeria, Cameroon and Spain behind their enjoyment of the benefits of international laws of  sovereignty of nations while disrespectfully making mockery of other inclusive international laws and protocols governing self-determination and human rights protection. The Nigerian government is presently and steadily killing and victimising Biafrans in their numbers for peacefully agitating for their freedom. Cameroon government is equally and brazenly massacring helpless Ambazonians of Southern Cameroon for daring to demand for their independence. The Spanish government which has carefully avoided wasting human lives so far, is continually suppressing the people of Catalonia with tyrannical policies. The season has now dawned to demand from the United Nations, their  plan of action in strongly enforcing these laws in question, alongside others clearly spelt out.

Tyranny, human rights abuses and oppression in whatever shape, meted out against humanity, are exceptionally detestable and the governments of Nigeria, Cameroon and Spain must be made to respect the internationally stipulated laws on human rights and self-determination as the three countries are equally enjoying the benefits derivable from the laws guiding the sovereignty of nations. The international community must instantly though, make regimes to loose the pleasure of placing the sovereignty of nations above the wish, interest and protection of the people. Doing otherwise or servicing the status quo, amounts to heightened wickedness instituted tragedy. The international treaties put in place by the global community should of course, be made beneficial to all citizens within sovereign nations and contrary acts of suppression against genuine desires of the indigenous people groups must be criminalised. The indigenous peoples within the sovereign nations of Biafra, Ambazonia and Catalonia must be jealously protected against all tyrannical waves and decimation policies of the occupational governments in their respective regions. Sovereignty of nations must not be detrimental to humanity as Heads of States hide under such inherent luxury to perpetrate hostilities against the indigenous land owners especially in the African continent.

Edited by Peter Oshagwu
For Family Writers Press


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          Thread: Android: Netrunner:: Variants:: Kitchen Table A:NR, aka Gimped Constructed      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

by waddball

The Variant:
[hr] Keep all identities for each side (Corp/Runner) in separate, shuffled stacks.
Each player draws one, then draws until they find another of the same faction.[1]
Each reveals their faction (not identity) to their opponent.[2]
Keep non-identity faction cards in separate, shuffled stacks (j/k)[3].
Each player draws 18 neutral cards, 72 in-faction cards, and:
    
if Corp: 12 cards from each other faction.
    
if Runner: 18 cards from each other faction.
Each player creates a legal deck, reveals one identity, and play begins.
OPTIONAL RULE CHANGE: Corp may use out-of-faction agendas at 3 influence each.[4]


Rationale and Remarks:
[hr]This kitchen table A:NR variant is squarely aimed at people who just want to "pick up and play" the game: take a random set of cards (126, in this case), build a legal deck, play. Another way to look at this is that it's a gimped form of constructed; constructed with a limited, always-differing card pool. The trick is retaining enough cards for viable decks, but keeping the set as small as possible to minimize pre-game time. I've maintained a woollier version of this for a long time, but I made a couple of important refinements, and now that A:NR is complete, it seemed better to have a separate, final, polished version. Plus recent plays revealed some unwelcome trends[5] in the card set.

While cube drafts are fun (card [re]evaluation, deckbuilding, variability), they take a while, require cube design/maintenance, and alter the game to avoid problems (sufficient agendas and breakers, tricky faction and identity rules). All sensible and it works, but the official format ends up a bit repetitive and truncated. My goal here is to retain the advantages of draft, but not have to alter the game much (if at all). It largely succeeds. You will of course see unusual streaks, but I find those enjoyable, and preferable to always seeing Armitage, Priority Req, etc. in every game.

It takes 20-30 minutes pre-game time (depending on how well you know every card). The set always[6] contains enough agendas and/or breakers to form a legal, viable deck. Assuming a single copy of every product from Core to R&R, average cards by type (varying a little by faction) are:

Corp Runner
Agenda: 20.5 (38.8 AP) Event: 34.3
Asset: 25.8 Hardware: 21.7
Ice: 39.1 Resource: 33.9
Operation: 26.6 Program: 36.1
Upgrade: 14.0 - Icebreaker: 20.2
-- AI: 4.5
-- Decoder: 5.3
-- Fracter: 4.8
-- Killer: 5.6


If you're interested in a more casual, pick-up-and-play format, I think you'll like this. Please let me know how it goes if you try it!


Notes:
[hr][1] Due to the flip identities, consider drawing from the bottom of the deck. You also might set aside two of Jinteki Biotech (so it's not overrepresented). Some identities are harder to work with (intrinsically, or on a skewed draw), but you always choose between two. And hey, it's your kitchen table, so maybe make a house rule that allows replacing one non-faction stack after the deal (helps for Custom Biotics or really weird draws).

[2]Having knowledge of your opponent's faction (but not identity) helps provide focus while building, but of course you could make that optional.

[3] Don't shuffle, or only do it once. Then leave each stack reasonably mixed up in the box, pick up a chunk, then count out cards, skipping a random few between each card. Spread the cards out as you put them back, and...close enough to shuffled for this purpose.

[4] Having out-of-faction agendas is fun, but if this bothers you, replace them with faction stack draws until you have an equal number of in-faction agendas. 3 influence is a recommendation; you may want to remove it entirely or bump it to 5 (or even 6) for different experiences.

[5] Starting around Mumbad, the general utility of neutrals to fill in agenda and breaker gaps in random sets decreased. I considered keeping the stacks separated by type (to ensure ideal proportions), or always using a small set of core/vital cards (as with official draft format--and original NR sealed play). But I prefer as little fuss as possible (just deal, build, play), and more variability.

[6] 99+% viable decks across all factions.
          Review: Hanamikoji:: Everything Board Games Hanamikoji Review      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

by pisecobabe

Quick Look:
Designer: Kota Nakayama (中山 宏太)
Artists: Maisherly Chan
Publisher: Deep Water Games (North America), EmerorS4, Colon Arc
Year Published: 2013
No. of Players: 2
Ages: 7+
Playing Time: 15 minutes

Review:



Hanamikoji was released in 2013, but hasn't been readily available in North America until this year (2018) when Deep Water Games brought it over. Deep Water Games has been dipping their fingers into foreign ponds to bring games over to this side of the world, and without them, who knows how long it would have taken me to play Hanamikoji? Personally, I'm grateful for their services, because Hanamikoji is a wonderful game, and it deserves worldwide attention.

I play a lot of games with my wife, so I’m always on the hunt for good two-player games. I didn’t know much about Hanamikoji before I reviewed it (other than what was on Board Game Geek), but after playing it, I’m more than pleased. In fact, it’s grown on me with every subsequent play.

At first I was worried this would be another game that was fun the first few times, but then got old due to lack of options upon repeated plays. I am happy to admit that I was quite wrong in that assumption. In fact, the more I played, the deeper the strategy got, and the more I enjoyed it.

The first thing that really caught me (besides the amazing artwork) was the mechanics. In particular, the mechanic of having to give cards to your opponent in order to play cards yourself. That may not seem like such a dastardly thing to make a player do, but when both players need every card in order to gain the favor of the Geishas, it can be a painful process when deciding which cards should be given up as an offering.

Of course, your opponent does the same thing, and must give up a number of cards to you as well. With only four actions per round (two of which involve giving cards to the other player, one involves trashing two cards, and the last involves saving a secret card to use for end-game scoring)—and one card being removed from the deck each round—hand management is a thought-provoking puzzle.

It’s wonderful.

There’s a lot of deep thought that goes into each and every action, and that includes which action to take at what time, along with which cards to play with each action. Trying to outthink your opponent is beautifully challenging, and even a well-played ruse can backfire if you’re not careful.

Some games end after the first round. Most (in my experience), however, go two, three, and sometimes more rounds. Each Geisha won by a player in a previous round stays won during the next round. Ties for most Item cards played on a Geisha go to whoever controlled (for lack of a better word) the Geisha at the end of the last round. This creates some interesting—and tense, if you can believe it—moments, as players are trying to gain control of other Geishas while retaining control of the ones they already have. Hanamikoji gives players a chance to dance on the edge of a razor-sharp blade, each action taken and card played tipping the scale one way or the other.

Another thing I found appealing was the timeframe it took to play. Even if the game goes on for a number of rounds, there’s still lots of time to get another game in (and another, and another…). I found it to be rather addicting. No matter if I won or lost a game, I was always eager to play another one. That right there, fair readers, is the sign of a good game.

Now, I know you have a lot of questions about Hanamikoji, so let’s dive into the minutia of the game itself. Continue reading for how to set up, the gameplay, some discussion about art and components, and more.


Setup:



Another beautiful aspect of Hanamikoji is the ease of getting started. Lay out the seven Geisha cards (number two’s on the left, number five on the right, and all others in sequential order), and place a Favor Marker on the middle of each card.

Each player takes four Action Markers in their color. These start with the color side facing up.

Shuffle the deck of Item Cards, remove one from the game (without looking at it), and deal each player six cards. Place the Item deck near the Geisha cards to be used as the draw pile.

Let’s play.

Gameplay:



Play starts with the youngest player (or however you want to go about it). This player draws a card, then chooses an action. Once that action is complete, that player flips over the appropriate Action Marker (ex. Player #1 discards two cards, therefore Action Marker #2 is flipped over). Turns alternate between players, each one taking an action after the other player takes one. The round ends once all actions have been taken by both players (all cards—except the one that was removed from the game—will have been played by this point).

Scoring now happens by moving the Favor Tokens on each Geisha toward the player who has the most cards played on that particular Geisha (ex. If player #2 has two #4 Item Cards played on the #4 Geisha, and player #1 has just one #4 Item Card on that Geisha, then Player #2 wins the favor of that Geisha).

If any player gains the favor of at least four Geisha, or 11 or more Charm points (the number on the upper left corner of the Geisha cards), the game ends and that player wins (assuming there is no tie). In the event of a tie (meaning one player has won four Geishas and the other has 11 or more Charm points), the tie breaker the player who has the most Charm points wins.

Actions



Let’s talk about the actions for a moment. Knowing what each action does will help you get a better feel for what all that gameplay stuff means. Each player’s action markers are the same, so each player will end up doing the same thing as their opponent. However, the order in which it done will depend greatly on what you have in your hand, as well as what your opponent has already done.

Action Marker #1: Secret



When using this action, choose one card from your hand and place it facedown underneath this Action Marker. Once the round ends, this card is played next to its corresponding Geisha card. This is a great way to bluff your opponent and/or stash a much-needed card that will ensure a Geisha’s favor.

Action Marker #2: Discard
For this action, simply place two cards from your hand facedown underneath this Action Marker. These two cards will not be used for scoring. If you’ve already lost or won a Geisha card and have more of that numbered Item Card in your hand, this is a good way to get rid of them. It’s also a good way to keep any cards from your opponent.

Action Marker #3: Gift
This is where things start getting tricky (not that choosing which cards to discard or keep secret is easy, but I digress). With this action, you select three cards from your hand and lay them out on the table face up. Your opponent chooses one of those cards (and immediately plays it next to the appropriate Geisha), and you take the other two, immediately playing them to their corresponding Geishas as well. At least with this action, you’re only giving your opponent one card out of three. However, it’s never ideal to give up cards, so this is where strategy gets all kinds of interesting.

Action marker #4: Competition
If the Gift action made things tricky, the Competition action can be even more frightening (and devious). In this action, you present four Item cards from your hand, face up, onto the table. Then, separate these four cards into two piles with two cards each. Your opponent chooses which pile to take first (and then plays them immediately next to their corresponding Geishas), and then you take the leftovers. Determining which cards to play can be a brain burner, especially if both you and your opponent have similar cards already played. It’s a wonderful action that can either see you to victory or defeat.

Theme and Mechanics:




In Hanamikoji, players vie for the favor of various Geishas, who are essentially elegant and graceful women, skilled in art, music, dance, and other ceremonies and performances. Geishas are greatly respected, and it is your job to likewise gain their respect.

The theme is strong in Hanamikoji’s artwork. The beautiful illustrations could practically be framed on your wall, they’re that good.

The mechanics also do their part to promote the theme, although it could be argued that any old theme could be slapped on here with the same effect. That said, a different theme would require different art, and that I will not have.

The names of the mechanics imply what each player is doing: giving gifts, engaging in friendly competition, etc., all to win the favor of the Geishas. It’s an interesting theme, and the mechanics are even more fascinating. You see, the fact that the majority of cards played come about by giving cards to the other player, there’s a lot of thought that goes into each action. I love this aspect of the game, as it’s something that tickles my brain and makes me delve into the mind of my opponent (which can sometimes be quite traumatizing). After my first game, I didn’t think there was much to it. Obviously I hadn’t gotten the hang of it yet, because even my second game was much more intricately played, and for games after that, my thought process and strategy deepened, making me feel like some really really smart guy (so smart, in fact, that I can’t come up with a smart guy’s name. Way to go, Einstein…).

To sum up, the mechanics are brilliant and I love them.

Artwork and Components:



As mentioned above, the artwork is fabulous. I mean, just take a look for yourself. ’Nuff said.

The components are your average cards and cardboard tokens. Nothing to write home about, but they’re certainly the quality I would expect.

The Good:
Brilliant mechanics
Gorgeous artwork
Easy to learn
Quick to play
Lots of replayability (even with the same opponent!)
It came with a baggie for the cards and tokens, so thumbs up to that
High player interaction

The Bad:
There is a fair amount of luck, due to the drawing of cards, but I found that was countered nicely by the way the mechanics encourages certain strategies in any given situation.

Alright, so this isn’t bad, per se, but something that may need clarifying, due to some potential confusion as to what “Geisha” means. Although the term Geisha is completely harmless in the realm of this game, some prostitutes in Japan have taken upon them the name of Geisha for whatever reason (you be the judge). “Geisha,” in its traditional (and current) sense, essentially means “artist.” The use of the term “Geisha” in this game is that of the well-respected artists, not the other, more taboo version also mentioned. Just thought I’d throw that out there, since my wife was one of more-than-a-few (most likely) who thought Geisha had that particular connotation. After a quick Google-safe search (one can never be too careful), I discovered that there is nothing shady about Hanamikoji. I don’t mention this to cast shade at the game, but rather to hush any fears that may arise from the term, as brought forward by my wife (for which I am grateful).

Final Thoughts:

Look, I’m obviously a big fan of Hanamikoji. From the artwork to the mechanics, it’s a solid two-player game that has enough going for it that I would be happy playing this over and over again. I’m not sure what else to say other than it’s wonderful and I certainly recommend it.

Players Who Like:
Do you like gorgeous art? Hanamikoji is for you. Do you like pure, undiluted two-player games with high player interaction? Check out Hanamikoji. Do you like interesting mechanics that make each decision vital to your success or failure? Give Hanamikoji a go.

See more from Benjamin and EBG at http://www.everythingboardgames.com/p/reviews.html
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News Americas, GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Fri. Aug. 10, 2018: More than eight dozen leaders of Guyana’s Christian Evangelical and Pentecostal church are urging the government to keep the country’s anti-gay law intact. According to Demerara Waves news, the group took out a local newspaper advertisement registering their strong objection to any attempt by government to give […]

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          Lok Sabha passes GST amendment bills      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Lok Sabha passes GST amendment bills New Delhi: The Lok Sabha on Thursday passed four bills that seek to amend GST laws which, among other things, seek to simplify the return filing process and increase the upper limit of turnover for opting for composition scheme from Rs 1 crore to Rs 1.5 crore, among others. […]
 
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          ✌ Comcast customer portal vulnerabilities exposed sensitive data | ZDNet      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
✌ Comcast customer portal vulnerabilities exposed sensitive data | ZDNet:

Two serious security flaws in Comcast systems may have left home addresses and social security numbers up for grabs.


          #MyIDMyIDentity: New campaign for transgender equality goes live      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

A new nationwide campaign “My ID, My Identity” is calling on states and territories to support trans and gender diverse people to be recognised as who they are. Currently in some states, people can only change the gender on their birth certificate if they are unmarried, if they’ve had invasive surgery on their reproductive organs and are over 18. And the gender options of female and male also might not describe their gender identity.

“My ID, My Identity” is calling on all Australian states and territories to remove the unnecessary and discriminatory barriers that currently prevent trans and gender diverse people from updating their ID. Without updating these laws, trans Australians and their partners will continue to be pushed through a process of forced divorce, stopping Australia from achieving full marriage equality.

“For most people, updating their birth certificate is simple. But for trans or gender diverse people, updating a birth certificate so it correctly reflects their gender, can be almost impossible,” said Anna Brown, Director of Legal Advocacy with the Human Rights Law Centre.

“Being forced to use ID that doesn’t match your identity can create daily problems when applying for a job, going to Centrelink or enrolling to study.”

“Since the passage of marriage equality last year we’ve been working closely with transgender communities and state governments to update discriminatory birth certificate laws so trans and gender diverse people can live with dignity,” said Ms Brown.

Prior to the marriage equality legislation of 2017, trans people were required to be unmarried before they were able to legally change their ID. This pressured many couples into forced divorce so a trans partner could be recognised as their true gender.

All states are now required to update their birth certificate laws by 9 December so that trans people no longer need to be unmarried. While SA and ACT laws were already compliant, the changes to federal law mean states also have an opportunity to update other out-dated birth certificate laws.

“Governments across the country should be updating their birth certificate laws to reflect the values of fairness and equality that Australians stood up for in the postal survey last year,” said Ms Brenda Appleton, Chair of Transgender Victoria. 

“In many states and territories people are still required to undergo invasive surgery before they can change their legal sex. For some people surgery is impossible or simply unwanted. Much more reform is needed to bring birth certificate laws across Australia in line with best practice worldwide," added Ms Appleton.

Kate Toyer, a trans woman, who has been married to her wife for over 21 years was able to change her gender marker after welcome reform in NSW.

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          Culberson's questionable stock trades resurface in wake of Collins arrest      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Congratulations to Lizzie Pannill Fletcher for the big break.

The arraignment of US Rep. Christopher Collins yesterday in federal court for violating the laws regarding insider trading is bad news for Trump, but five other Republican Congressmen, including  Texans John Culberson and Michael Conaway, are also caught in the undertow.

Via Raw Story, which counts them as six but that number includes Tom Price, who has cycled through the swamp faster than anyone, from Georgia Congresscritter to HHS Secretary to out on his ass cushy healthcare industry board job, i.e. lobbyist.  Raw Story's reporter also apparently didn't realize that the Houston Chronicle piece they mentioned but did not link regarding John 'Keeps His Word' first appeared in June of 2017 (it referenced Culberson's opponent only as a "research physician", aka Dr. Jason Westin).  Excerpt from the Chron:


Culberson says his interest in Innate was sparked by "press reports," though he has declined to specify which ones. News reports in January -- just before he and Conaway bought Innate stock -- focused on the controversy surrounding the purchase of shares at discounted prices by Collins and then-Georgia U.S. Rep. Tom Price, now (formerly) the secretary of health and human services.

An article in the New York Times in early January, two weeks before Culberson bought his stock, hardly inspired confidence. It described Innate as "a tiny pharmaceutical company from Australia that has no approved drugs and no backing from flashy venture capital firms." The piece also noted that the company had run out of money "more than once" and nearly folded.

On Capitol Hill, the focus was on Collins, who was being accused by Democrats of promoting Innate stock to colleagues in the halls of Congress. Collins has repeatedly denied the charge.

Earlier this month The Hill, a Capitol Hill newspaper, published an "exclusive" report citing a half-dozen Republican lawmakers -- all speaking anonymously -- who said they heard Collins "talking up" Innate at various congressional gatherings.

Again, Collins denied it, telling The Hill, "I've never encouraged anyone to buy the stock. Ever."

A number of ethics watchdog groups and legal analysts say that if Culberson and other lawmakers were steered into their Innate investments with non-public information, they could be in potential violation of the Stock Act, which bans insider trading by members of Congress - whether or not they make money.

Culberson has declined repeated requests from the Chronicle to talk about the details of his Innate stock purchase, including whether he was still holding on to the stock Tuesday when its price plummeted. He has relied instead on a written statement that his investment was motivated by the death of a family friend from multiple sclerosis. He also acknowledged in a statement that he "rarely" buys or sells stock.

That admission has deepened interest in his decision to buy stock in Innate, a struggling biotech company that generally has been trading for less than $1 on the Australian Stock Exchange.

So Big Bad John has some 'splain' to do, and whether he does it to federal prosecutors or the Congressional ethics committee or the media or the voters of the 7th Congressional District ... well, we'll just have to wait a little longer and see.

Also from Bloomberg: "Charges Against Rep. Chris Collins Highlight Lack of Trading Limits for Congress".

At least one of the lawmakers, John Culberson of Texas, reported selling his holdings a few weeks before the company was privately informed in June 2017 of negative results from a clinical drug trial. When the news was announced, the company’s share price tanked. He said in a statement Wednesday that he didn’t have any inside information when he sold.

As for Conaway, the 11th District of Texas is a pretty safe one.  A quiet backbencher for most of his seven terms, Conaway took over in April from Devin Nunes (who you might have seen and heard on the news just last night) the Congressional 'investigation' into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign, which includes collusion as well as election-related meddling.  Prior to that, he would have been in charge of investigating Collins, Culberson, and himself on these stock trades, as he was the House Ethics Committee chair.  And his Democratic challenger, Jennie Lou Leeder, while seemingly a good progressive -- the words 'single-payer' show up in the first sentence on her healthcare issues page -- is still, sadly, a long way from getting some traction.

But Ms. Fletcher and all the centrist Democrats in the Seventh ought to be waking up this morning feeling elated at their good luck and the fortuitous timing of these developments.

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          8/10/2018: Opinion: Plastic straws as victims in culture wars      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Typically a young woman posting a photo of herself posing with a gun to social media wouldn’t be all that surprising in 2018 America. A show of political defiance, photos like these have become commonplace in the ongoing debate about gun control in the...
          8/10/2018: Business: Ikea finally opens doors in India      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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          8/10/2018: Now Showing: Claws S2      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Desna and the girls struggle to keep hope alive while still working under the thumb of the new Russian regime, spearheaded by Riva. Whilst Desna remains in the dark about her gangster boyfriend, Virginia tells Dean that she’s pregnant.
          Credit card readers had a vulnerability where you pay the price video - CNET      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Security researchers at Black Hat found some flaws with mobile payments.
          Scientists find teeth of an ancient ‘Mega Shark’ that could have destroyed a Great White      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Swimming in the ocean today comes with a unique set of risks. One of those risks is encountering a creature that could harm you, like a stinging jellyfish or a shark. Of all the sharks you could run into in the deep blue sea, the great white shark is the most feared. If you happened to be swimming in the ocean some 25 million years ago, however, there was a much more fearsome creature lurking. Researchers in Australia have discovered a set of teeth from a shark that would have made the great white look like a chump. The species is Carcharocles angustidens, and it's one of the "megatoothed" sharks that patrolled the waters off of Australia at the time, making meals of just about whatever it wanted. The best example scientists have of this particular species of prehistoric shark measured an impressive 31 feet long. Estimating the maximum size of ancient creatures is a bit of a fool's errand, but researchers have suggested that it may have grown even larger, and that the animal may have not been full grown when it died. Most modern great white sharks come in at closer to 15 feet in length. The teeth in this recent discovery were measured at 2.7 inches in length, with serrated edges and a sharp point. This was an animal that was built for killing, and killing is exactly what it did. Scientists believe the shark would have preyed upon aquatic animals like penguins and even small whales. Yes, whales. But as impressive as this animal would have been, it still would have paled in comparison to the even more intimidating Megalodon. Carcharocles megalodon is estimated to have grown to nearly 60 feet in length, with jaws capable of exerting over 40,000 pounds of biting force. Needless to say, you wouldn't have wanted to run into any of these creatures while taking a prehistoric dip in the ocean.
          The Michigan Renaissance Festival Opens the Weekend of August 19-20 with the Royal Pet & Ale Fest! #sponsored #MichRenFest2018      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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The start of the annual Michigan Renaissance Festival in Holly, Michigan is just around the corner and this year the festival is celebrating it's 40 year anniversary! We love attending this festival as a family (and even sneaking away as a couple) and it draws large crowds from throughout Michigan and out of state!


This year's weekend themes are:
  • Royal Pet & Ale Fest (8/18-8/19)
  • Highland Fling (8/25-8/26)
  • High Seas Adventure (9/1-9/3 - Labor Day Weekend)
  • Wonders of the World (9/8-9/9)
  • Shamrock & Shenanigans (9/15-9/16)
  • Harvest Huzzah (9/22-9/23)
  • Festival Friday (9/28) & Sweet Endings (9/29-9/30)

We have been attending the Renaissance Festival for over 20 years and they are always adding new foods, vendors, shows and attractions to the event.


Some of the newer popular event attractions are Feast of Fantasy, Renaissance Romance, King's Happy Hour, Pub Crawl, Royal High Tea, Magic Quest, Pig 'N Swig (this year featuring gourmet bacon, whiskey and bourbon tasting!) and even a special Ladies Shopping Day.


The ever popular Royal Masquerade Ball (21 and Older - September 28th at 6pm) - Details here (this sells out so book your tickets now if interested).

http://www.michrenfest.com/index.html

Interested in attending the Michigan Renaissance Festival? Tickets are available to purchase on their website in addition to discounted tickets at local retailers like Kroger, Menards, Walgreens, Goodwill and more - see their website for where to buy them!

More News about the Michigan Renaissance Festival for 2018!

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          CNRP lawmakers do not support the adoption of the election laws to divide dissolved party’s seats - សមាជិកសភាគណបក្សសង្គ្រោះជាតិ មិនគាំទ្រចំពោះការអនុម័តសេចក្តីស្នើច្បាប់បោះឆ្នោតនោះទេ      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

National Party lawmakers has issued a statement on 17 October 2017 with absolutely no support on the adoption of Laws approved by a single-party law makers of the Cambodian People's Party on 16 October 2017.

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ក្រុម​សមាជិក​សភា​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ បាន​ចេញ​សេចក្តី​ថ្លែងការណ៍ កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃទី១៧ ខែ​តុលា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៧ ដោយ​ប្រកាស​មិន​គាំទ្រ​ជា​ដាច់ខាត ចំពោះ​ការ​អនុម័ត​សេចក្តី​ស្នើ​ច្បាប់​ចំនួន ៤ ដោយ​រដ្ឋ​សភា​ឯកបក្ស នៃ​គណបក្ស​ប្រជាជន​កម្ពុជា នៅ​ព្រឹក​ថ្ងៃ​ទី១៦ ខែតុលា ឆ្នាំ២០១៧ នោះទេ។


          CPP’s MPs have proposed law changes to split CNRP’s seats - តំណាងរាស្ត្របក្សកាន់អំណាច​ស្នើ​កែ​ប្រែ​ច្បាប់​បោះ​ឆ្នោត ដើម្បី​បែង​ចែក​អាសនៈ​របស់​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Lawmakers of Cambodia ruling party, CPP have proposed to amend four election laws to split the CNRP's seats as soon as it dissolves in the very near future. Meng Phalla has more...

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ច្បាប់​ទាំង ៤ ដែល​ត្រូ​វបាន​តំណាង​រាស្ត្រ​គណបក្ស​ប្រជាជន​កម្ពុជា ស្នើ​ធ្វើ​វិសោធនកម្ម​រួម​មាន ច្បាប់​ស្តី​ពី​ការ​បោះឆ្នោត​ជ្រើស​តាំង​តំណាង​រាស្ត្រ ច្បាប់​ស្តី​ពី​ការ​បោះ​ឆ្នោត​ជ្រើស​តាំង​ព្រឹទ្ធសភា ច្បាប់​ស្តី​ពី​ការ​បោះ​ឆ្នោត​ជ្រើសរើស​ក្រុម​ប្រឹក្សា​រាជធានី ខេត្ត ក្រុង ស្រុក ខណ្ឌ និង​ច្បាប់​ស្តី​ពី​ការ​បោះឆ្នោត​ជ្រើស​រើស​ក្រុម​ប្រឹក្សា​ឃុំ​សង្កាត់។ 


          Site Resident Architect/Supervisor at FEZ Consultants      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Fez Integrated Services Limited - Our client, is looking for suitably qualified candidates to fill the position below:Locations: Ilorin-Kwara, Lagos, Benin- Edo Responsibilities As a site resident architect, you'll need to be able to: Discuss the ideas, objectives, requirements and budget of a project and in some cases help to select a site; Consult with other professionals about design; Assess the needs of the building and its users and advise the client on the practicality of their project; Prepare and present feasibility reports and design proposals to the client; Assess the impact on the local environment; Use IT in design and project management, specifically using computer-aided design software; keep within financial budgets and deadlines; Produce detailed workings, drawings and specifications; Specify the nature and quality of materials required; Prepare tender applications and presentations; Negotiate with contractors and other professionals; Prepare applications for planning and building control departments; Draw up tender documents for contracts; Project manage and help to coordinate the work of contractors; Control a project from start to finish; Carry out regular site visits to check on progress and ensure that the project is running on time and to budget; Resolve problems and issues that arise during construction; Ensure that the environmental impact of the project is managed. Educational Requirements and Experience You will need to possess: Good design degree(s) (HND, B.Sc., B.Tech., M.Sc., M.Tech.) in architecture; Registration with the Architects Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON) and the Nigerian Institute of Architects (NIA) may be an advantage. Strong portfolio to prove artistic skills Expert knowledge of building products, construction details and relevant rules, regulations and quality standards Proven working experience as an architect. Skills: You will need to show: Uncommon skill of interpreting and understanding architectural, engineering construction drawings and specifications, land and topographical surveys, geotechnical surveys and reports and any other relevant information required on site. Good design and drawing skills to demonstrate your flair for architecture; A strong imagination and the ability to think and create in three dimensions; Sound analytical skills, accuracy, and attention to detail; Excellent communication skills, written and oral, with the ability to liaise effectively with a range of other professionals, clients and contractors; Good identification and selection of contractors and sub-contractors. Good knowledge of contract administration. In-depth knowledge of the laws of building contracts such as the NIA 1990 laws of building contracts, JCT, FIDIC etc. Full understanding of construction safety and enforcement of use of PPE and safety procedures. Good understanding of requirements of statutory approvals and the Nigerian building code. Good organizational and negotiation skills; Strong teamwork and leadership skills; A first-rate understanding of construction processes; Commercial awareness and business acumen; Reasonable mathematical skills; Project management skills with high proficiency in Microsoft office software especially Microsoft word, excel and project; Excellent IT skills, including computer-aided design skills with familiarity with specific soft wares such as AutoCAD, ArchiCAD, Revit, Sketch Up, 3D Max. Working Hours Your contracted working hours will generally be 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, but you need to be prepared to work long hours, including evenings and weekends when a project demands it. Part-time work or career breaks may be possible, although they are generally uncommon. What to Expect Resident Architects are predominantly site based, but their work does include some in-office work which may require producing drawings and specifications. There may be considerable out-of-city travel, depending on the location of projects. Adequate accommodation and other necessary provisions will be made available.
          MySQL Programmer at Vascon Solutions      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Vascon Solutions is an ICT company focused on Value Added Solutions Delivery in the Enterprise Technology space. VASCON draws from an experienced base of personnel whilst maintaining a personalized form of business liaison. We are ultimate in ICT Solutions with diversified skills we adapt to meet clients expectations.Job Description The primary job responsibility for the developer position is to provide programming and functionality for a variety of consumer applications. You will be challenged on a daily basis to solve problems in new and creative ways. A successful candidate will have demonstrable experience building real online applications such as a social e-commerce site, desktop applications etc. in a LAMP environment and will be able to make a meaningful contribution from day one. You should be comfortable working with team members at all levels and departments within the organization. You will be willing to share your opinions and insights with business leaders in order to affect rapid decision cycles and effective technical solutions to business requirements. Skills Required & Qualifications Candidate should possess a B.Sc, HND and OND in a related discipline and years of experience in a similar field. Professional certification will be an added advantage. Proven Web and Database Development experience. In depth MySQL, PHP and Tableau knowledge Strong database knowledge specifically SQL Server Excellent communication skills and attention to detail Knowledge of graphic design packages such as Fireworks or Photoshop in order to produce basic layout and manipulate images. Skills in e-commerce and server side technologies, such as PHP, and internet security are also important. Applicants should search for Vascon Solutions on Linkedin, Facebook and Twitter, and follow as updates of other vacancies may be on our social media pages.
          Latest Update – Sbahle Mpisane was freed by emergency services from vehicle wreckage: Video      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   


The jaws of life are usually required to be used by emergency service providers to cut apart the vehicle wreckage in order for the emergency workers to be able to free those trapped inside the crashed vehicle.

Itumeleng Khune react on Sbahle Mpisane Accident

Rescue Care paramedics have revealed the jaws of life had to be used to free Durban’s popular fitness bunnie Sbahle Mpisane after her horrific crash on the Victoria Embankment at about 4 am on Thursday morning.

Pictures of Sbahle Mpisane Rushed to Hospital after Accident: #PrayForSbahle



Watch the demonstration below to see how the tool is used in case of emergencies.

So horrific was the crash, that advanced life support was required by paramedics to stabilise the woman known for her fitness exploits.

Garrith Jamieson, a spokesperson for Rescue Care Paramedics said: “A woman believed to be in her thirties has sustained critical injuries after the vehicle she was driving lost control and collided with a tree on the Victoria Embankment near the yacht mall in Durban around 4 am this morning.

“Rescue Care Paramedics arrived on the scene to find the driver entrapped in the wreckage, she had sustained critical injuries and Advanced Life Support Paramedics worked to stabilise her whilst the Durban Fire Department used the jaws of life to free her,” said Jamieson.

“The patient was placed on a manual ventilator before being carefully extricated from the wreckage. She was then rushed to a nearby hospital for the urgent care that she required,” he said.

Mpisane’s father, Sbu, said he could not say much, but indicated that his 25-year-old daughter was still in a critical condition in hospital.

Mpisane’s sportsman boyfriend, shot-stopper Itumeleng Khune, said on social media he was praying for his bae – which he referred to as ‘queeno’. The police are investigating a case of reckless and negligent driving.

“Today at about 4:20 am, it is alleged that a vehicle crashed and burst into flames at the Victoria Embankment opposite the Wilson’s Wharf. The driver was injured and taken to hospital for medical attention. The cause of the accident is unknown at this stage. A case of reckless and negligent driving has been opened in Durban Central police station. Circumstances around the incident are being investigated,” said police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele.

          Melania Trump used visa opposed by her husband to get her parents’ citizenship - CNN      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Hard Questions: Where Do We Draw The Line on Free Expression? - Facebook      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          A Cyclist’s Death Draws Attention To Narrow Roadway      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
"There's not a lot of room for a car and a bike to coexist."
          Cosmeticienne- Temps partiel - PHX - Pharmaprix - Laval, QC      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          New Study Views Cancer Treatment as a Game to Find Strategies That Improve Patient Outcomes      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
TAMPA, Fla. - Game theory can be utilized to identify potential flaws in current cancer treatment approaches and suggest new strategies to improve outcomes in patients with metastatic cancer, according to a new article published online today by JAMA Oncology. The study, which is authored by a mathematician, an evolutionary biologist and clinical physicians from the Moffitt Cancer Center and Maastricht University, challenges the decades old standard of treatment for metastatic cancers in which drugs are typically administered continuously at the maximum-tolerated dose (MTD) until the tumor progresses.
          Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson in Mourning After Losing His 'Good Bud' in Suspicious Event      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is one of the most captivating entertainers of all time! He has become a super successful Hollywood actor and has fans around the globe.

However, Dwayne didn't always start out in the spotlight. He worked his way up in the entertainment industry by gaining fame as a professional wrestler. Sadly, The Rock just lost an old pal from his wrestling days.

https://twitter.com/GIWAlliance/status/1025477107198115840

https://twitter.com/411wrestling/status/1026640954072039425

Brian Christopher Lawler allegedly committed suicide at the age of 46. His death is still being investigated by officials because he was an inmate at the Hardeman County Jail at the time of his death. Lawler was found deceased in his cell.

https://twitter.com/TheRock/status/1026321303106543616

"RIP brother. Spent all week trying to process the hard loss of my good bud, Brian Christopher Lawler. He became a great friend the day I stepped foot in the small wrestling territory in the south known as the USWA to start my pro wrestling career. We rode together daily (1500 miles per week) trained together at any gym we could find, ate together at any Waffle House off the highway, wrestled together in flea markets to state fairs, shared motel rooms together, and would always dream (and talk shit;) about what life would be like once we made it to the big leagues of the WWE," he wrote.

The Rock wrote the emotional post on Instagram. Fans from around the globe reached out to express their condolences.

"Once we both finally made it to the big leagues of the WWE, nothing changed... we still did everything together. Including having nightly Madden tournaments after our wrestling matches in our motel room and then we’d extend our competitive spirit to a rowdy game of Wiffle Ball. Imagine us acting like crazy Wiffle Ball idiots at 2am in the parking lot of the Motel 6. Our jaws would hurt from laughing so hard. Then we’d finally take our butts to bed, hit the gym in the morning, drive 200 miles to the next town to wrestle and start the night all over again. I’ll miss these times now even more. Hurts my heart to know how Brian decided to check out. I never knew him to be suicidal, but I guess sometimes the pain just gets to be too much for one to take. I’ll miss you man and the times we had. Thanks for being a great friend. Thanks for being my boy. My love, light, support and strength to Brian’s father, Jerry Lawler and Brian’s mother, Kay as well as Brian’s family and friends. ~ DJ," concluded Johnson.

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          Novo trailer de The Laws of the Universe Part 1      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Novo trailer de The Laws of the Universe Part 1Começou a ser exibido um novo trailer de Uchuu no Hou: Reimei-hen (The Laws of the Universe: Dawn Chapter Pt. 1), o primeiro de três filmes sequela do filme anime religioso UFO Gakuen no Himitsu (The Laws of the Universe Part 0) que vai estrear nos cinemas japoneses a 12 de outubro. Com animação pelo HS Pictures […]
          Cloud / AWS Engineer - Leidos - Morgantown, WV      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Linux system administration. Leidos has an immediate opportunity for a Cloud / Amazon Web Services (AWS) Engineer to join a highly skilled team solving real...
From Leidos - Sun, 06 May 2018 08:05:20 GMT - View all Morgantown, WV jobs
          Ingram on Washington's Pardons      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Scott Ingram, High Point University, has posted President, Politics and Pardons: Washington's Original (Mis?)Use of the Pardon Power, which is forthcoming in the Wake Forest Journal of Law & Policy 8 (2018): 259-318:
Recent political events raise an issue that usually remains dormant until a President is about to leave office, namely pardons. Many political watchers fear President Trump’s pardon authority, perhaps for good reason. However, their analysis of the pardon power is normative. They argue that there are proper uses for the pardon power and Trump’s usage and potential usage are not it. Reasonable people can disagree about the wisdom of pardons and the circumstances when they should be granted. Critiques of the pardon power have become commonplace when Presidents inevitably pardon people in the waning days of their Administration for apparent political reasons. This article unearths the origins of Presidential pardons. It asks and answers why President George Washington pardoned the people he pardoned. The article begins by examining recent scholarship on pardons and their use. Then it turns to Washington’s Administration by sketching the origins of federal courts in the United States. The paper’s heart is its detailed look at whom Washington pardoned and whom he did not. Washington’s first pardons had symbolic value and he attempted to choose carefully but circumstances necessitated the first pardon. Most of Washington’s pardons went to merchants who evaded the customs laws in some manner thus advancing Washington’s goal to promote commerce. Another significant number went to people involved in the Whiskey Rebellion. By pardoning so many participants, Washington hoped to end the resistance and reunite the nation. Yet his Whiskey Rebellion pardons also were necessary for practical reasons. Finally, Washington used pardons as part of his foreign policy, especially when dealing with the war between France and Great Britain so that the United States remained neutral. Although mercy may have factored into the decision-making, the article concludes that Washington used his pardon power when it benefited the government.

          Software Development Manager - Vena Solutions - Toronto, ON      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Fully automated AWS cloud infrastructure. Our cloud infrastructure leverages the flexibility and ease of use of widely-used spreadsheets while adding beautiful...
From Vena Solutions - Tue, 10 Jul 2018 19:48:19 GMT - View all Toronto, ON jobs
          Full Stack Developer - Vena Solutions - Toronto, ON      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Fully automated AWS cloud infrastructure. Our cloud infrastructure leverages the flexibility and ease of use of widely-used spreadsheets while adding beautiful...
From Vena Solutions - Thu, 05 Jul 2018 19:51:42 GMT - View all Toronto, ON jobs
          Software Architect - Vena Solutions - Toronto, ON      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Fully automated AWS cloud infrastructure. We are always on the lookout for emerging technologies, regardless of language or platform, which allow us to improve...
From Vena Solutions - Tue, 08 May 2018 04:45:08 GMT - View all Toronto, ON jobs
          Senior Java Developer - Vena Solutions - Toronto, ON      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Fully automated AWS cloud infrastructure. Our cloud infrastructure leverages the flexibility and ease of use of widely-used spreadsheets while adding beautiful...
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          Food & Bev: The Woods Host Winter 18/19 - Big White Ski Resort - White, ON      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Must have a valid Serving it Right Certificate or equivalent by the first day of employment. You are required to follow BC liquor laws and participate in our...
From Big White Ski Resort - Wed, 25 Jul 2018 01:08:04 GMT - View all White, ON jobs
          Someday this tiny spider bot could perform surgery inside your body      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

A team of Harvard University researchers recently achieved a major breakthrough in robotics, engineering a tiny spider robot using tech that could one day work inside your body to repair tissues or destroy tumors. Their work could not only change medicine–by eliminating invasive surgeries–but could also have an impact on everything from how industrial machines are maintained to how disaster victims are rescued.

Until now, most advanced, small-scale robots followed a certain model: They tend to be built at the centimeter scale and have only one degree of freedom, which means they can only perform one movement. Not so with this new ‘bot, developed by scientists at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Boston University. It’s built at the millimeter scale, and because it’s made of flexible materials–easily moved by pneumatic and hydraulic power–the critter has an unprecedented 18 degrees of freedom.

It’s smaller and more dexterous than any of its tiny robotic peers–a significant step toward robots that will be able to perform tasks inside the human body.

[Photo: Wyss Institute at Harvard University]

The engineers call the new technology MORPH, an acronym for Microfluidic Origami for Reconfigurable Pneumatic/Hydraulic. Using it to create a spider–or any other robotic critter–involves three different fabrication techniques. First, micro-lasers cut out 12 layers of material, which are glued together to create the body and arms of the spider. Second, soft lithography draws a complex network of microscopic channels inside those layers; these little “veins” move the spider as fluid or air are pumped through them. Finally, some parts of the ‘bot are hardened to make its basic shape permanent.

According to Sheila Russo, co-author of the study, their little monster can alter its structure, move, and even change colors. It seemed appropriate to test it by creating a replica of the colorful, millimeter-size Australian peacock spider.

While the promise of their spider is huge, Boston University assistant professor and co-author Tommaso Ranzani says its current form isn’t designed for medical applications. It’s more of a way to showcase its abilities. “However, we believe soft robotic technologies have a great potential in overcoming current challenges in minimally invasive surgery,” he said over email. One day, they could be ideal candidates to “manipulate and interact with the most delicate tissues in the body,” such as veins, arteries, and even nerves, after being deployed from a conventional surgical tool. They could also administer drugs or do biopsies.

But Ranzani also believes that similar micro-bots could be helpful in environmental settings, and could maintain industrial facilities and even assist in space exploration. “[The spider] robot is a first demonstration of the manufacturing capabilities that this process enables,” he says. “And we believe it will pave the way to a new generation of soft micro-robots that can exploit their small scale, and deformable and resilient bodies, to explore highly unstructured and complex environments for applications ranging from safe and delicate manipulation of tissues inside the human body to search and rescue.”

Imagine a legion of robots cleaning a rocket engine and fixing microfactures, or looking for survivors in a building destroyed by an earthquake and providing first aid–or even just doing a clean sweep to clear clogged arteries inside a human body. I need a platoon of them, stat.


          Credit card readers had a vulnerability where you pay the price      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Security researchers at Black Hat found some flaws with mobile payments.

          Sinclair Broadcasting withdraws its FCC applications to acquire Tribune Media, Issues statement      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Marketwatch is reporting Sinclair Broadcasting Group, the parent company of Ring of Honor, has withdrawn “with predjudice” its FCC applications to acquire Tribune Media, which also owns WGN America. The application withdrawal comes after Tribune announced on Thursday morning it was ending its current merger agreement with Sinclair, alleging the company did not make sufficient […]

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          The Not-So-Tiny List Of Our Favorite Tiny Desk Contestants      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

By Nick Brunner

A "Hobo," a human disco ball and a woman in a cat mask enter a contest ...

Later this month NPR Music will announce the winner of the Tiny Desk Contest, its annual celebration of unsigned musicians.

There have been a lot of fun and diverse surprises out of Northern California this year, so check out this (not at all comprehensive) list of artists to watch well after this year's winner is announced.


Lillian Frances | Davis

From the jump, this entry is nothing but energy. Poppy and lush textures take center stage and are well balanced with her vocals. What really gives me a smile while listening is how Frances' electronic sequences playfully bounce between the ears. Turn this one up loud on your speakers or (carefully) on a nice set of headphones.


Hobo Johnson & The LoveMakers | Sacramento (North Oak Park)

Frank Lopes (aka Hobo Johnson) hides personal fears and desires out in the open on this track, but he's so affable it come across more like a wink to the audience. For me, this is less of a song as it is musical prestidigitation. Between Facebook and YouTube our "stunt puller from birth" is poised to hit over 13 million views before the Tiny Desk Contest winner announcement on April 24.


Makebelief | Sacramento (South Natomas)

Hypnotic loops, warped vocals and irregular time signatures. What draws me to "For Keeps Sake" is the same thing that draws me to music from Dan Deacon, tUnE-yArDs and Animal Collective. I'm holding out hope that Schuyler Petersen's stuffed animal collection is in attendance for all his performances.


limbo | Napa

It's cutesy catchy and on the nose. "sounds" by limbo is a bite-size pop music track that sticks with me. The Napa Valley musician sings about her lack of music theory and songwriting prowess, but it beams through (even if her identity remains a secret).


Chris Cotta | Galt

The setting of this one makes me think Chris Cotta's in a rush to crank the song out before a meeting with his lawyer. "Mine" comes off like early-career Bob Dylan in double time, but it's the command of his voice, guitar and harmonica (plus the speed) that makes this entry stand out.


Brian Maxwell | Sacramento (Midtown)

EDM (like "Electronica" in the 90s) is a divisive term but I'm always impressed with the juggling act a composer/DJ has to do on a track like this. Though one does give the impression Maxwell is curring favor with a certain brew-y sponsor of the competition...


Pat Hull | Chico

It's pretty easy to get lost in a sea of lo-fi, modestly produced acoustic guitar sessions during this contest, making this entry from Chico's Pat Hull all the more notable. There's a haunting warmth in the vocals and instrumentation here I just love.


Hashstronaut | Yuba City

This gives me vibes like artists you'd hear from hip-hop labels like Rhymesayers and DOOMTREE. "To The Top" sounds like a motivational speech to Hashstonaut's neighborhood — a personal guide to life based on his experiences that features tight production and more than a few brags.


Separate Spines | Sacramento (South Sac)

The drawing of a desk under a magnifying glass is a fitting interpretation given the group. Separate Spines crafts soundscapes more than pop music. Comparative pop archetypes are groups like Sigur Ros, Kevin Shields and Mazzy Star. I like that the band eschews easily defined genre (both here and in general).


Cloud Hats | Sacramento (Midtown)

Here we have breezy instrumentation and solid harmonies all wrapped up in feel-good pop. There's joy naturally shining through in this performance. Just watch the band's reaction to the wind picking up at the 2:03 mark and try not to smile, you monster. I only wish is that the vocals were turned up a touch more in the mix.


The Fontaine Classic | Sacramento

While I can't always make out the lyrics, the music stirs imagery of regret and lost opportunity. "Real Success" doesn't stop for a catchy breakdown. It marches like doomed Union infantry into Fredericksburg. There's plenty here if you're a fan of bands like The National or Built To Spill.


          Novedades y ofertas de la eShop para Switch, Wii U y 3DS      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Llegan nuevos videojuegos y grandes descuentos.

Ya están aquí los nuevos contenidos semanales de la eShop de Nintendo para Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch y Wii U. La nueva consola de Nintendo recibe multitud de nuevos juegos esta semana.

Vídeo:



Nintendo Switch


Dead Cells – €24.99
Overcooked 2 – €24.99
ACA NeoGeo Metal Slug 4 – €6.99
Arcade Archives Kid’s Horehore Daisakusen – €6.99
BlobCat – €9.99
Flipping Death – €19.99
In Between – €11.99
Loot Monkey: Bling Palace – €6.00
Megaton Rainfall – €15.99
Minit – €9.99
Nightmares from the Deep 2: The Siren’s Call – €13.49
Okami HD – €19.99
Shut Eye – €3.99
Slam Land – €11.99
SubaraCity – €5.00
Super Blackjack Battle 2 Turbo Edition – The Card Warriors – €6.99
Tetra’s Escape – €3.99 hasta el 19 de agosto, luego €4.99
The Amazing Shinsengumi: Heroes in Love – €11.99
Toby: The Secret Mine – €9.99
Unexplored – €13.50
Dragon Ball FighterZ open beta – Gratis
Valkyria Chronicles 4 (demo) - Gratis

Pre-reservas

Behind the Screen – €8.09
Claws of Furry – €9.99
Defunct – €12.99
Detective Gallo – €12.74
Flood of Light – €4.99
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes – €13.49
Manuel Samuel – €9.99
Red’s Kingdom – €8.99
Shio – €8.39
Sigi – A Fart for Melusina – €4.49
Sky Gamblers: Storm Raiders – €9.99
Spectrum – €9.59
The World Ends with You:b Final Remix – €49.99
Valkyria Chronicles 4 – €59.99

New Nintendo 3DS


Double Breakout – €7.00

Ofertas Nintendo eShop


Nintendo Switch

Spartan - €1.99
Calculation Castle: Greco’s Ghostly Challenge"Addition" - €5.94
Calculation Castle: Greco’s Ghostly Challenge "Division" - €5.94
Calculation Castle: Greco’s Ghostly Challenge"Multiplication" - €5.94
Calculation Castle: Greco’s Ghostly Challenge "Subtraction" - €5.94
Semispheres - €8.99
Super Beat Sports - €11.99
Grave Danger - €17.99
Mahjong Deluxe 3 - €17.99
Neo ATLAS 1469 - €21.49
Super Volley Blast - €8.99
I and Me - €6.99
Legendary Eleven - €7.99
Midnight Deluxe - €3.74
Moorhuhn Remake - €5.59
Wizard of Legend - €14.39

Nintendo 3DS

Breakout Defense - €4.90
Cycle of Eternity: Space Anomaly - €0.79
Farming Simulator 18 - €11.99
Kutar Apple - €0.69
Kutar Burger Factory - €0.69
Kutar End Credits - €0.69
Kutar Powder Factory - €0.69
Kutar Ski Lift - €0.69
Snow Moto Racing 3D - €5.99

Wii U

Absolutely Unstoppable MineRun - €1.97
Breakout Defense - €4.90
Defense Dome - €0.89
Double Breakout - €4.90
Job the Leprechaun - €1.49
Maze Break - €4.90
Pinball Breakout - €4.90
REPTILIAN REBELLION - €1.49
SDK Paint - €2.09
SDK Spriter - €5.99
STEEL RIVALS - €4.89
FAST Racing NEO - €11.24
Spy Chameleon - €3.49
Tumblestone - €7.24
          Alpert Schreyer, LLC      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Bowie, Maryland (301) 262-7005

The Law Offices of Alpert Schreyer have an established reputation as one of the top rated DUI/DWI and criminal defense law firms in the State of Maryland. Partners Andrew Alpert and Michael Schreyer, each bring specific knowledge and advanced training to every case in order to create a well-rounded defense team known for their commitment to their clients and proficiency in the courtroom. Attorney Andrew Alpert is a founding partner and former prosecutor with more than 25 years of experience and advanced training in Maryland DUI laws which allows him to confidently and effectively defend clients facing alcohol-related traffic charges. He has achieved success for thousands of clients, including high-profile vehicular manslaughter and repeat offender DUI/DWI cases. Over the years, Attorney Alpert, along with his experienced legal team, have helped Maryland DUI/DWI and criminal defense clients face their charges with the insight, knowledge and the aggressive defense strategies necessary to preserve their rights and well being. Success in court does not only mean an end to prosecution, it means that heavy fines and long-term imprisonment that could harm defendants and their family for years to come can be avoided. Clients who come to Alpert Schreyer can rest assured that they will receive highly skilled representation that has been tested through years of experience and continued success. The firm has a proven track record of representing clients facing serious criminal charges including but not limited to: drug crimes, drunk driving, theft, homicide, weapons charges, and manslaughter. We know firsthand the serious toll that a criminal conviction can bring. But we also know how to fight for the best outcome for our clients and will work to make sure you are defended from penalties that could alter your entire life. While no two cases are alike, the skilled and insightful representation of the legal team of attorneys at Alpert Schreyer will be tailored to suit the unique needs of clients and the challenges they face. At Alpert Schreyer we handle your case in an entirely different way. Instead of searching for the easy way out, we prepare ourselves to fight for your rights. Andrew Alpert has been fighting for his clients for over 25 years and has fought thousands of cases. He has attended extensive scientific and legal training and uses that knowledge to fight for you. From the moment you speak with us, you will understand the difference that knowledge and experience make. CONTACT: Alpert Schreyer, LLC 16901 Melford Blvd #325 Bowie, MD 20715 Phone: 301-262-7005
          Part Time Worship Leader      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Position Summary

The primary responsibility of the part-time worship leader (between 15-20 hours per week) will be to lead and grow the music worship ministry at First FWB Church in accordance with the vision of a contemporary service geared toward connecting people to Christ through worship. In short, this person is expected to be gifted in leading congregational worship, working with vocalists and band members, possess good leadership, communication, and organizational skills, and be a team player.

 

Key Responsibilities

Work with the Lead Pastor in the planning of worship services that will fulfill the mission and vision of the church.

Proficiency to lead worship both vocally and instrumentally (Guitar and/or Keys preferred).

Planning music and leading the worship team and band for our 10:30am Sunday morning worship service and other worship services as needed.

Be in charge of practice and rehearsals for vocalists and band members. Being able to give them the music and resources needed in advance and to be a clear and effective communicator.

Be up to date on latest worship styles/songs with the ability to occasionally mix in more traditional hymns done in non-traditional ways.

Modeling and leading heartfelt worship in an invitational style – which draws people in, encourages participation, and points people to Jesus.

Recruiting, teaching and training potential new worship team and band members to lead with excellence and humility.

Develop and administer an annual budget and spending plan for worship and music needs.

Potential responsibilities may include preparing media and working with our A/V team to oversee AV/Production needs with a working knowledge of Pro Presenter software.

A knowledge of modern worship applications such as multi-track, pads, Planning Center and Ableton-type programs is a plus.

 

Include:

Please include 2-3 videos or audio examples (or links to view/download) that demonstrate your musicianship through leading worship.


          Cosmeticienne- Temps partiel - PHX - Pharmaprix - Laval, QC      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Why work in a Pharmaprix store or community pharmacy? At Pharmaprix, we believe that compliance with laws is about doing the right thing....
From Shoppers Drug Mart / Pharmaprix - Thu, 09 Aug 2018 21:32:14 GMT - View all Laval, QC jobs
          8/9/2018: SPORTS: OUR TAKE      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Lions may have their flaws this season, but they are close to putting together a complete game. Had a few plays gone their way in Calgary last week, and they would have knocked off the undefeated Stampeders. We’re predicting that the confidence...
          What's new in BMC Digital Workplace 18.05 ?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

We are pleased to announce BMC Digital Workplace 18.05 is generally available and packed with new features !

 

 

*All features are applicable to Digital Workplace Advanced with the exception of the three levels of browse categories.

 

Simplified Architecture

 

  • Digital Workplace and SmartIT are now separate installers.
  • MongoDB and node.js (MyITSocial) has been removed.
  • Social data is now stored on the Digital Workplace RDBMS (Oracle & SQL).

Digital Workplace 18.05 is a required upgrade before any later releases. If you would like to upgrade to 18.08 when it's released you must first upgrade to DWP 18.05. There is no ability to skip this upgrade if you would like to move to later releases.

 

Save Multiple Carts

 

Save Carts for a later checkout.

Large Subcategory view

 

Subcategories now include a larger view.

Third Tier Category

 

Browse through three levels of Categories.

Remedy with Smart IT Integration

 

Comments to Catalog Requests will be reflected in their associated fulfillment applications and visa versa. Digital Workplace Requests are also visible within Smart IT.

Asset Management Integration

 

Leverage BMC Asset Management to view and action on Assets (CI's).

 

Owned Assets are visible under the "MyStuff" tab.

Add Classes to Asset Groups

 

Create Asset Groups and retrieve data from BMC Asset Management.

Create Asset Action questions using data from Asset Management

 

Data retrieved from BMC Asset Management can also be used wihthin Asset Actions.

As soon as the Action is launched, questions are populated from the relevant form within BMC Asset Management !

Amazon Web Services Catalog

 

 

Import services from the AWS Service Catalog.

 

Submit as a Request in the Digital Workplace Client.

 

 

Chatbot Requests

 

Enable Chatbot for a Request in the Catalog.

Automatically create the Request in Digital Workplace via Chatbot.

Search for submitted answers

 

Retrieve a Service Request based on question response.

Remove services from My Stuff

 

Remove unwanted services from the My Stuff tab.

Export and import Translated Services

 

 

Quickly localize a service by exporting and re-importing again.

View and edit imported Workflow

 

View imported workflow from BMC Service Request Management and add other activities.

 

View Workflow Relationship

Quickly check what questionnaires and services are related to workflow.

Rebranding

 

We now provide an xarchive binary file which you can open in the re-branding tool and create an IPA mobile application. You must sign this file using the rebranding tool and your digital cert from Apple.

Compatibility

 

For version details of Remedy ITSM Remedy AR  System Atrium Orchestrator HR Case ManagementClient ManagementAtrium CMDBCloud Lifecycle Mgmt please refer to the Digital Workplace Basic and Advanced Comparability Matrix for further details.

 

 

Next Steps

 

For a comprehensive summary of all enhancements please refer to our documentation.

 

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          Bike Park: Trail Crew Laborer - Summer 2018 - Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Corporation - Teton Village, WY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Brush saws, rock drills, compactors, pick-up truck, 4 wheeler. Learn and grasp various Trail Crew tasks from general labor to running of brush saws and rock...
From Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Corporation - Tue, 07 Aug 2018 21:06:32 GMT - View all Teton Village, WY jobs
          Trail Crew Laborer- Summer 2018 - Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Corporation - Teton Village, WY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Brush saws, rock drills, compactors, pick-up truck, 4 wheeler. Learn and grasp various Trail Crew tasks from general labor to running of brush saws and rock...
From Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Corporation - Tue, 07 Aug 2018 21:06:30 GMT - View all Teton Village, WY jobs
          Shift Leader - Bob Evans Restaurants - Wapakoneta, OH      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
(All state and federal labor laws apply). Use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls. At least 19 years of age....
From Bob Evans Restaurants - Tue, 17 Jul 2018 18:17:42 GMT - View all Wapakoneta, OH jobs
          PROPERTY AND ACQUISITION SPECIALIST 4 (in training) Ridgefield *07779W - State of Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife - Ridgefield, WA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Valid Washington State Driver's License. They interpret, apply and enforce state and federal laws and collaborate with stakeholders to protect fish and wildlife... $4,065 - $5,745 a month
From State of Washington - Sat, 04 Aug 2018 14:09:21 GMT - View all Ridgefield, WA jobs
          Historian Traces Laura Ingraham's Racist Attack on Immigrants: Echoes 'Racial Citizenship Laws That Took Root in Nazi Germany'      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The host made open and chilling racist comments during her Wednesday broadcast.

Fox News host Laura Ingraham went on a shocking racist tirade during the Wednesday night broadcast of her show.

"The America we know and love doesn't exist anymore. Massive demographic changes have been foisted on the American people, and they are changes that none of us ever voted for, and most of us don't like," she said. "This is related to both illegal and, in some cases, legal immigration that, of course, progressives love."

Historian Kevin Kruse delivered a massive and scholarly Twitter response that traced Ingraham's comments to the rise of the second Ku Klux Klan in the 20th century.

"This bears strong echoes of the racist screeds of the 1910s and 1920s that paved the way for the rise of the Second Ku Klux Klan and immigration restriction at home, and much worse abroad," he wrote.

"The Ku Klux Klan used this popular panic over immigration to revive itself as a national organization in the 1920s," Kruse continued.

He discussed a Grand Dragon meeting in 1923 that "focused a great deal on the supposed demographic threat that new immigration posed to old-stock Americans and the need to crack down on it.

Kruse then explained how America helped the Nazis form their ideology through racist legislation.

"The popular panic over immigration, and the pseudo-scientific justifications for nativism and racism, came together in the push for the National Origins Act of 1924, a measure that drastically reduced immigration from SE Europe and banned Asians from immigrating entirely," Kruse explains.

This law "served as a model for the racial citizenship laws that took root in Nazi Germany a decade later."

Kruse concludes with a warning: "We need to remember that, a century ago, unhinged fear-mongering about "demographic changes" in the American population led not just to drastic immigration restrictions at home, but to disastrous horrors abroad."

Read the full thread by clicking below.


          North Carolina Republicans' Scheme to Change Election Rules in Their Favor Blows Up in Their Faces — Again      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
GOP lawmakers in the North Carolina legislature keep passing new laws modifying how judicial elections work. It is not going well for them.

Ever since liberals won a majority on the Supreme Court in 2016, a truly insane battle has been raging in the state for the judiciary and the electoral process. Republican lawmakers keep changing and re-changing judicial election law to try to prevent another left-of-center justice from being elected.

But so far, their efforts have not gone the way they planned. And this week, they suffered another blow as one candidate's lawsuit threw their plans into disarray yet again.

This year, conservative Justice Barbara Jackson is running for re-election, and the GOP supermajority in the North Carolina General Assembly did everything they could to stack the deck in her favor. Overriding the veto of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, Republicans passed a law making judicial elections partisan, out of the belief voters get confused into voting for liberals by the lack of party labels. They then eliminated partisan primaries, forcing all candidates to run on the same ballot, believing multiple Democrats would run against Jackson and split the vote.

Instead, the exact opposite happened: at the last minute, Raleigh attorney Chris Anglin filed to filed to run as a Republican. That left the race with two Republicans, Jackson and Anglin, running against a single Democrat, former Clinton Justice Department official and civil rights attorney Anita Earls.

Earls is the absolute last person Republicans want on the state Supreme Court. Not only is she running on a progressive platform of protecting civil rights and voting rights, she has also led lawsuits challenging the North Carolina GOP's partisan gerrymandering and voter suppression laws.

In fact, Republican legislators are so terrified of Earls that they also wrote legislation requiring anyone running for office this year whose last name begins with the letter "E" to appear last on the ballot.

Faced with the problem of Anglin — who they argue is a Democratic plant — North Carolina Republicans simply changed the rules again. In an impromptu special session, they hastily wrote and passed a law that retroactively stripped Anglin of his party affiliation on the ballot.

Anglin responded by suing in state court to restore his Republican affiliation. On Monday, a judge allowed his lawsuit to proceed, ordering a delay on November's ballots from being finalized until the matter is settled.

Furthermore, according to a letter to state officials made public on Wednesday, Anglin has said if he loses the case, he will drop out of the election altogether. So the end result is a no-win for Republicans: either Anglin will be on the ballot as a Republican and split the vote, or he will not be on the ballot at all, and Democrats will still be unified behind a single candidate.

The irony of all this is that, as Slate's Mark Joseph Stern has noted, "If Republicans hadn’t intervened, Jackson might have coasted to reelection on incumbency advantage alone." But all of their attempts to tip the electoral scales are blowing up in their face.


          Re: Is index Capital Gains for inflation happening? Good or bad?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Best AWS Training institute in BTM Bangalore-Ascent      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
ASCENT Providing high quality training for best AWS Training Institute in bangalore at affordable fees is our core value. Excellent Trainers and Fabulous Lab this is what you can expect from us. Free training materials, Free Career consulting, Career guidance by experienced IT professionals.
          AWS werft Samsung Heavy Industries als grote nieuwe klant      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
De wereldwijde cloudmarkt is nog lang niet geconsolideerd. Ondanks dat Amazon Web Services veruit te grootste is, groeien Microsoft Azure en het Google Cloud Platform de afgelopen tijd harder en lijken ook andere spelers in te lopen op de drie grootste techbedrijven van de wereld. Vandaag slaat AWS echter een belangrijke slag. Samsung Heavy Industries, […]
          Psychologist (18/19) - Litchfield Elementary School District #79 - Litchfield Park, AZ      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Demonstrates knowledge of the Arizona State Board of Education's regulations and state laws in regard to special education....
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          Black Hat 2018: Widespread Critical Flaws Found in Smart-City Gear      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
More than a dozen flaws in smart-city gear could open the door to attackers bent on sowing public panic, according to IBM X-Force.
          Argentina retains strict abortion laws by rejecting elective procedures      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Argentine senators reject a bill to legalise abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, overcoming support for a surging abortion rights movement in the homeland of Pope Francis.


          Shark, Weak: Toothless 'The Meg' Snatches Mediocrity From The Jaws Of Defeat      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
It's a "somewhat self-aware, mildly sci-fi tinged, numbingly unimaginative watering down ... of a genre landmark, relocated to Asia and aimed squarely at the world's largest movie market: China."
          WELDER I - Fibrebond - Edelstein, IL      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Working on knees at floor level while welding mechanical components to floor. Must pass AWS weld certification before employment through temp agency....
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          ASSEMBLY OPERATOR I - Fibrebond - Edelstein, IL      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Must be able to attain AWS certification at level 2. Entry level position. Requires basic math skills, ability to read blueprints, mechanical aptitude, and...
From Fibrebond - Wed, 27 Jun 2018 17:57:08 GMT - View all Edelstein, IL jobs
          Credit card readers had a vulnerability where you pay the price      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Security researchers at Black Hat found some flaws with mobile payments.

          Rock, Paper, Shotgun: Germany relaxes ban on Nazi symbols in video games      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

After decades of banning swastikas and such symbols of Nazis and other “unconstitutional organisations” from games, German authorities will now potentially allow them – if they serve an artistic or educational purpose. This “social adequacy” clause has allowed these symbols to be used in other artistic mediums but wasn’t previously applied to video games (which only became art, as we all know, through BioShock Infinite in 2013), requiring developers to replace or otherwise remove the iconography to get a German release. This change isn’t a green light for swastikas galore, as laws controlling the symbols still apply, but the German ratings board are now willing to consider their artistic merit in games.

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          WELDER I - Fibrebond - Edelstein, IL      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Working on knees at floor level while welding mechanical components to floor. Must pass AWS weld certification before employment through temp agency....
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          ASSEMBLY OPERATOR I - Fibrebond - Edelstein, IL      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Must be able to attain AWS certification at level 2. Entry level position. Requires basic math skills, ability to read blueprints, mechanical aptitude, and...
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          Mark Cavendish withdraws from European Championships road race      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Mark Cavendish has withdrawn from Sunday's European Championships road race in Glasgow, citing medical advice. In a statement released on Thursday, British Cycling said that Cavendish "has been advised by his medical team to withdraw from the Glasgow 2018 European Championships".

Cavendish's early season was ruined by a succession of crashes at the Abu Dhabi Tour, Tirreno-Adriatico and Milan-San Remo. Although he recovered sufficiently to compete at the Tour de France, the Dimension Data rider didn't win a stage and finished outside the time limit on stage 11.

Cavendish placed 12th in the bunch finish at Ride London 10 days ago, but he has opted not to ride the European Championships. His place in the British team on Sunday will be taken by his fellow Manxman Mark Christian (Aqua Blue Sport).

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"It’s incredibly disappointing to have to withdraw from the Great Britain Cycling Team competing in Glasgow. Being selected to compete for my country is a huge honour and I had been looking forward to racing with the team," Cavendish said.

"However, given what’s been a challenging few months in terms of aiming to sufficiently recover from some unfortunate injuries in time to compete I’ve been advised that at this stage the best thing is for me to withdraw from Sunday’s race. I wish the entire team all the very best for the race and I’ll be cheering on with the rest of the country."

The British team for the men’s road race in Glasgow is set to include Adam Blythe, Owain Doull, Luke Rowe, Ian Stannard, Ben Swift and Scott Thwaites.

You can read more at Cyclingnews.com


          Re: Should I tell my family/friend that they are making a financial mistake?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
My siblings and I really have no problems with criticism. One of the in-laws remarked to us at a family gathering, "It is amazing how you all can say anything you want and nobody ever gets mad. With my family we stopped talking to each other years ago based on even more trivial things."



So I would say, "Have at it."
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So I was returning this blender, once again public place so I'm allowed to record by law. No offense to this person, but you can observe the two individuals in the video turn and look and continue exiting the store. Everyone is controlled with this technology. Total individual control technology down to your DNA resonate frequency. This is what organized stalking really is. This is an artificial intelligence hive per grand Masonic Lodge(were it is monitored programmed and controlled), in one globalized mind control system.Controlled by the Illuminati over Freemasons. This is how they maintain control over everyone, but it's real purpose is a weapons system for the occult. This is unfortunate but true. This is transhumanism, really a globalized total control technology hive weapons system for secret societies. This was confirmed to me by Robert Duncan. He is Illuminati as well. Your body is an organic machine and an electromagnetic chemical process. Your own natural electromagnetic field is synchronized with the artificial intelligence's artificial low frequency electromagnetic field. This creates the scalar field effect on organic tissue. This is how the computer attacks you, psychologically and physically, down to your DNA. The organized stalkers are controlled and don't know it's happening to assist in negative behavior modification. You are in a remote meg(magnetic encephelogram), and a Fmri(functional magnetic imager). This is how the artificial intelligence targets your body. The artificial intelligence is programmed with occult ritual abuse, all game theory mathematical models(hyper game, non-coooperative, and standard game model s), and Western esotericism as well. I was ring fenced or targeted as a child in 1989 at four and my family by my cousin(Freemason). I didn't even realize this until recently.This is trauma based transhumanism(global mind and body control down to your DNA) to death. This system was available then. It was confirmed that the problem is not that this exists(even though it violates an enormous amount of laws and regulations), but that evil people control it. This being the decendants of the top Illuminati families(Rockefeller and Rothschild). Most likely Rothschild(world Bank).
          The Madness of the Green Police      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Plastic Straws banned in California, Gutfeld REACTS to the Madness of the Green Police on Fox News live. Santa Barbara OKs jail time for defying a new #plasticStrawBan. Yet #PlasticStraws make up a fraction of the plastic in the ocean.
          This D.C. Church’s Official By-laws Allow “Shaming and Shunning” of LGBTQ People      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Love the sinner. Hate the sin. Ignore the first sentence. Shun them all.
          Day 5 of Dog Jokes and Puns      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
With thanks to Family Minded, here’s today’s groaner. Why are dogs such good storytellers? Because they know how to paws for effect.
          Trump's in-laws use chain migration, a policy he wants to end, to become U.S. citizens      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Melania Trump Parents

Melania Trump's parents are sworn in as U.S. citizens, completing a legal path to citizenship that their son-in-law has suggested eliminating.​


          MAV FRESCH Adventure Guide - Maverik - Sheridan, WY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Review and adhere to all city, county, state, and federal laws affecting store operations. Get your employment adventure started today.... $10.25 an hour
From Maverik - Tue, 31 Jul 2018 01:11:43 GMT - View all Sheridan, WY jobs
          How some elite charter schools exclude minorities      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Loose laws let scores of charters create policies that favor white students.
          The Meg: Not much bite to Jason Statham’s shark tale      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Jaws knockoff has a couple of decent action scenes and opportunities for Jason Statham to grunt heroically.
          Bad boy      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Thelma Gatuzzo posted a photo:

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Savanna Hawk - at Tocantins, Brasil.

HMBT!


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          Human Resources Director - Imerys - Roswell, GA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Imerys is a world leader in creating specialty solutions that improve everyday life through minerals. Responsible for compliance with Employment laws and Imerys...
From Imerys - Tue, 24 Apr 2018 15:45:19 GMT - View all Roswell, GA jobs
          Betsy DeVos's multimillion yachts fly foreign flags because paying taxes isn't 'America first'      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Remember a couple of weeks ago, when one of Betsy DeVos’s $40 million yachts was untied from a dock in Ohio? DeVos’s SeaQuest Yacht, docked in Huron was left unmoored overnight. Conservatives everywhere freaked out that communists were attacking American patriots and poor Betsy DeVos might have to pay to have some painting touchups done to the hull. That was fun. Listen, Betsy DeVos, like Trump, is a prime example of how being an idiot born into tons of money can make you “successful.” Billionaires like Trump and DeVos, whether their billions are real or leveraged by global oligarchs, are not interested in paying their fair share of taxes. It’s “America First!” Except when it comes to scamming Americans out of money. People like DeVos don’t want to be hit with American taxes, so the Secretary of the United States’ Education Department pretends she’s foreign—but just for the cash.

“If you want to come in and use the waters of a given state of the United States, the question is, how can you insulate yourself from getting hit for the use tax?” maritime attorney Michael T. Moore told Capital & Main. “The answer is close and register offshore. If you close and register offshore, you aren’t subject to either a sales or a use tax. You are simply visiting the United States, and you are visiting under a privilege that is granted to certain countries in the world under what is called a cruising permit. Those countries grant the privilege to U.S. flagged vessels, and the United States offers that reciprocal right to vessels flagged by those countries. In practice, it means the permit allows you to go from port to port in different states without having to officially make entry and pay taxes to the states of the ports you visit.”

All you need to do is send a crew down once in a while to make an appearance. But it’s not only your taxes that are great to have down in the Caymans. 

“The reason otherwise red-blooded American yachts fly non-American flags has little to do with political sentiment, and a whole lot to do with tax and employment laws,” wrote Kevin Koenig, a former Goldman Sachs analyst, in a 2011 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine. “From a tax perspective, the U.S. government views an American working as a deckhand on a U.S.-flagged megayacht cruising off of St. Tropez no differently than it views an insurance salesman plying his trade in Topeka—that is to say, a yacht flying the American flag is, essentially, U.S. soil no matter where she is located.”

Ugh. Who wants to deal with labor laws that might give even the tiniest of support to these poors you have working for you? Amiright???


          Bugs in Mobile Credit Card Readers Could Expose Buyers      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Card readers used by popular companies like Square and PayPal have several security flaws that could result in customers getting majorly ripped off.
          Sr Finance Manager, AWS Infrastructure - Amazon.com - Seattle, WA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Good at handling of large amounts of complex data and comfortable in a datawarehouse - SQL environment. Amazon has a history and tradition of leading the world...
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          Senior Big-Data/ Hadoop Developer / Architect - Lorven Technologies - Norfolk, VA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
10+ years of experience with last 3 years in Data Architecture covering Traditional datawarehouse, Hadoop data lake and AWS experience....
From Lorven Technologies - Thu, 02 Aug 2018 00:17:46 GMT - View all Norfolk, VA jobs
          Shift Leader - Bob Evans Restaurants - Wapakoneta, OH      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
(All state and federal labor laws apply). Use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls. At least 19 years of age....
From Bob Evans Restaurants - Tue, 17 Jul 2018 18:17:42 GMT - View all Wapakoneta, OH jobs
          First Look: Little Havana Brings A Slice Of Cuba To Columbia Heights      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
 
Chef Joseph Osorio's Cuban restaurant draws inspiration from his godmother Mimi and the vibrant flavors of the island nation. [ more › ]
          Medical Record Administrator      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
KY-Lexington, A client of ours in Lexington, KY is looking for 2-3 Medical Records Specialists to join their team. This position is responsible for accurately collecting and delivering requested medical information regardless of media type adhering to all federal and state laws in accordance with HIPAA Authorization and Guidelines. Responsibilities: -Receive written requests for medical information and evaluate
          JAVA/Python Developer - CCIT Consulting - Reston, VA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
* The candidate is expected to develop governance controls defined in EDL Data Governance Framework in AWS Cloud * 5+ years of programming experience,... $60 - $65 an hour
From Indeed - Sun, 29 Jul 2018 16:53:50 GMT - View all Reston, VA jobs
          World of Outlaws invade Red River Valley Speedway on August 18      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series invades Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, N.D., on Saturday, August 18 for the Gerdau Recycling Duel in the Dakotas. [...]
          Outlaws Visit River Cities Speedway on August 17      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series returns to River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, ND, on Friday, August 17 [...]
          Samsung Heavy Industries Selects AWS As Its Preferred Cloud Provider      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Today, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), announced that Samsung Heavy Industries selected AWS as its preferred cloud provider to support its digital transformation.
          Senior Software Engineer - Nodejs, React, AWS Position - Replicon - Calgary, AB      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
We are building workforce management solutions for global enterprise customers and growing rapidly. Replicon is looking for an experienced web applications...
From Replicon - Sun, 08 Jul 2018 09:04:48 GMT - View all Calgary, AB jobs
          Healthy Paws: Are Grain Free Diets Good for Pets?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Many pet parents have questions about grain free diets and a possible link to health problems. This week's Healthy Paws provides shares some information that will be helpful for furry family members.
          Trump talk with Paxton draws jab from Texas AG rival: ‘What’s next? Tax preparation from Al Capone?’      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Update fleetCommander to support both classic and application LoadBalancer Boto3 SDK      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
I have an existing fleet commander script which uses boto SDK. Need to update it so it using boto3 SDK and support both classic and v2 Loadbalancer (Budget: $30 - $250 CAD, Jobs: Amazon Web Services, Aws Lambda, Python, Scripting)
          Melania Trump's parents benefited from 'chain migration'      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Donald Trump has railed against what he calls "chain migration" for years - which is a little awkward, considering it's the reason his own in-laws were able to become U.S. citizens.
          Bus Dev and Analytics Manager - Amazon.com - Seattle, WA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Dow Jones, NASDAQ, and Nokia); AWS was named as the leader in the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Magic Quadrant report for the 6th consecutive year in 2016....
From Amazon.com - Tue, 31 Jul 2018 07:47:21 GMT - View all Seattle, WA jobs
          Manafort judge draws attention for clashing with prosecution      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Judge T.S. Ellis has lately distinguished himself for his frequent criticism of the prosecution in the Manafort trial.
          Uber rival Taxify bets on motorcycles and rickshaws in East Africa      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

          Path of Exile 'Delve' takes players into an endless haunted mine      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Path of Exile is a free-to-play Diablo-like title from Grinding Gear Games. The game lacks any form of pay-to-win microtransaction, and receives regular large updates with new content. The next, dubbed "Delve," is one of the biggest yet. Path of Exile is a free-to-play action RPG which draws inspiration from classic Diablo games. Set in the gothic world of Wraeclast, players have access to hundreds of combinations of spells and abilities, granting unprecedented gameplay style tweaking. Lacking any form of pay-to-win mechanics, Path of Exile is funded largely via cosmetic microtransactions, and received regular large free content drops as a result. The next expansion, "Delve," is among the largest yet. See at Microsoft Store ...
          Researchers Find Flaws in WPA2's 4-way Handshake Implementations      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Researchers have discovered several security vulnerabilities in implementations of Wi-Fi Protected Access two (WPA2)’s 4-way handshake, which is used by nearly all protected Wi-Fi networks. read more Source link
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 05/30/15      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. Weâ??ll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS New Attorney General Loretta Lynch made international headlines with indictments against governing soccer body FIFA for an expansive "$150 million bribery and racketeering scheme." Of course, accused black people - like "Trinidad Jack" Warner - were prominently showcased. Lynch has also been a crucial voice in wrangling over the Patriot Act's pending expiration. President Obama encourages reform, The New York Times' editorial board wants the provisions trashed, and Reihan Salam reminds us that "a lot of those Patriot Act powers are permanent." Conintelpro proves that laws and permission don't prohibit White surveillance. Speaking of Pres. Obama, a Pennsylvania newspaper expressed shame for publishing an editorial calling for the execution of the non-white commander in chief. Speaking of killing black people, the Chicago Police Department added to its sterling reputation by firing a White officer who posed for a photo with a hunting rifle and a black male wearing deer antlers. #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://tiny.cc/ledjb CALL IN NUMBER: 760.569.7676 CODE 564943# SKYPE: FREECONFERENCECALLHD.7676 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. BEN TILLMAN AND THE RECONSTRUCTION OF WHITE SUPREMACY Part I      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the premier study session on Stephen Kantrowitz's, Ben Tillman And The Reconstruction of White Supremacy. Benjamin "Pitchfork" Tillman is a South Carolina legend. He's a former governor, US senator, founder of Clemson University and notorious antiblack terrorist. He boasted about his involvement in the murder and torture of black citizens and inspired White Supremacist laws across the nation. The June 17th White Supremacist assault at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. has placed South Carolina under titanic scrutiny. Mitt Romney and current S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley are talking about scrapping the Confederate flag. This text will provide an accurate historical context for the production and deeds of Dylann Storm Roof, and Whites in general. INVEST in The COWS - http://tiny.cc/ledjb CALL IN NUMBER: 760.569.7676 CODE 564943# SKYPE: FREECONFERENCECALLHD.7676 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. BEN TILLMAN AND THE RECONSTRUCTION OF WHITE SUPREMACY Part II      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the 2nd study session on Stephen Kantrowitz's, Ben Tillman And The Reconstruction of White Supremacy. Benjamin "Pitchfork" Tillman is a South Carolina hero. He's a former governor, US senator, founder of Clemson University and a notorious antiblack terrorist. He bragged about participating in the murder and torture of black citizens and influenced White Supremacist laws across North America. The June 17th Terrorist assault on Mother Emanuel A.M.E. has placed international attention on South Carolina. Mitt Romney and current S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley publicly approve of removing the Confederate flag - or at least discussing it's relocation. Tillman has shrines throughout the state - including the state capitol, Clemson University and Winthrop University. Last week's session described terroristic context of black enslavement that created Ben Tillman. Kantrowitz emphasizes that plantations required constant, flagrant brutality. White men and women like Ben Tillman expected eternal domination over black people and dedicated their total life force to White Power. This text will provide an accurate historical context for the production, deeds and predictability of Dylann Storm Roofs. INVEST in The COWS - http://tiny.cc/ledjb CALL IN NUMBER: 760.569.7676 CODE 564943# SKYPE: FREECONFERENCECALLHD.7676 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. BEN TILLMAN AND THE RECONSTRUCTION OF WHITE SUPREMACY Part X      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the 10th and final study session on Stephen Kantrowitz's, Ben Tillman And The Reconstruction of White Supremacy. Benjamin "Pitchfork" Tillman is one of South Carolina's most beloved sons. He's a former governor, US senator, co-founder of Clemson University and Winthrop University, and a dedicated White Supremacist. He crowed about his collusion in the murder and torture of black citizens and influenced White Supremacist laws across the country. The June 17th Terrorist attack on Mother Emanuel A.M.E. sparked interest in South Carolina Racism. Mr. Kantrowitz knows that we're investigating his biography and emailed Gus his most recent essay on Mr. Tillman. His summation of Tillman's career as a South Carolina politician is that, "Tillman bent over backwards to make sure his policies benefited as few African Americans as possible." This helps explain why a few Confederate flags may be gone, but Tillman monuments still litter South Carolina. Last week's installment provided one of the most profound Tillman quotes: "If you scratch the white man too deep, you will find the same savage whose ancestry used to roam wild..." The US senator lectured nationally and was seriously considered as a presidential candidate while broadcasting the gospel of White Supremacy. He relentlessly campaigned against black education and suffrage. This is the South Carolina heritage that gave birth to Dylann Roof. INVEST in The COWS â?? http://tiny.cc/ledjb CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# SKYPE: FREECONFERENCECALLHD.7676 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          Merchandiser - Shoppers Drug Mart / Pharmaprix - Whitehorse, YT      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
At Shoppers Drug Mart, we believe that compliance with laws is about doing the right thing. 303 OGILVIE ST, 2....
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          Cashier (C) - Shoppers Drug Mart / Pharmaprix - Whitehorse, YT      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
At Shoppers Drug Mart, we believe that compliance with laws is about doing the right thing. 303 OGILVIE ST, 2....
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          Front End Department Manager - Loblaw Companies Limited - Whitehorse, YT      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
At Loblaw Companies Limited, we believe that compliance with laws is about doing the right thing. 2270-2nd Ave, Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A1C8....
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          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 09/24/16      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS The summer of 2016 closed with terrorist attacks reported in New York City, New Jersey, and St. Cloud, Minnesota. Ahmad Khan Rahami engaged in a shootout with enforcement officials before being captured alive; he's a primary suspect in New York's Chelsea explosions over the weekend. Presidential hopeful Donald J. Trump blamed "political correctness" and reminded citizens that these attacks are possible because of weak immigration laws - which he will correct if elected. Ongoing terrorism against black people continued with the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, North Carolina. The 21st century Racist script dictates that whenever possible, showcase a prominent black enforcement official to deflect allegations of White tyranny. Charlotte Police Chief Kerr Putney (black male) has been front and center maintaining that Scott was armed and killed by a black officer. Both of these claims have been disputed by eye witness testimony - there's even a White witness reporting that a White officer executed Scott. Protests in Charlotte have raged throughout the week, and some black people are proposing a complete economic boycott in Charlotte. Down the road, Betty Shelby, a White Tulsa Police officer, was charged with first-degree manslaughter for killing Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Oklahoma last Friday. Crutcher was black and unarmed. The video footage of his execution has entertained millions this week. President Barack Obama recommended hope, chided black people to put their faith in Hillary R. Clinton to continue progress, extend his legacy. #RacismIsNotAPrivilege INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
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The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS The 2016 vice presidential debate was held in Prince Edward County, Virginia. Tellingly, this is the same town where Whites intentionally closed their schools for five years to keep black children away from White kids. Continuing the pattern, Sunday's pending debate between Hillary R. Clinton and Donald J. Trump will take place in St. Louis, Missouri; the candidates will spar down the road from where Michael Brown Jr. was killed by Ferguson police. The drama won't be restricted to politics, as Nate Parker and Ava DuVernay each have new films addressing Racism premiering this week. Parker's The Birth Of A Nation hits the silver screen after months spent thrashing the actor and filmmaker for rape accusations nearly two decades old. DuVernay's acclaimed film, 13th, deconstructs how slavery has been refined, not abolished. Her film makes known how decades of deliberately Racist laws have caged generations of black people. The political performances, box office debuts and the launch of Luke Cage obscured the destruction Hurricane Matthew delivered in Haiti. More than 200 have been reported dead on the island still being punished by the global White minority for Haitian Revolution. #RacismIsNotAPrivilege INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
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Today's guest post comes from our office's newest RD Alex Friel who has reviewed a book for people considering or having bariatric surgery (full disclosure, was provided with a feee copy of the book by the authors)
Thinking about weight loss surgery? You’re not alone. Bariatric surgery has been shown to be one of the most effective treatments for obesity and the number of people who undergo the procedure is steadily rising every year. Here at BMI, I work with many different clients. Some are considering bariatric surgery, others are actively preparing for it, and still more have undergone the procedure and are adjusting to life with a new anatomy. At every stage of the weight loss journey, it helps to be well informed.

Last week I was introduced to a new book written by registered dietitians Lisa Kaouk and Monica Bashaw. It’s a worthwhile read so I thought I’d share it with you. ‘The Complete Guide to Bariatric Surgery’ draws from their experiences as Weight Loss Surgery (WLS) dietitians and the many patients they have counseled over the years. Here’s what I liked:
  • It’s from a trusted source. The registered dietitian (RD) credential means that Lisa and Monica are trained in the science and physiology of human nutrition. Their training and practice is regulated in much same way as that of our doctors and nurses so you can rest assured that the recommendations they make are tried, true, and grounded in evidence.
  • Written in a conversational style, the book is an easy and entertaining read (or at least as entertaining as a book about a surgical procedure can probably be). There’s no jargon and you won’t need a degree in medicine or nutrition to make sense of the topics covered.
  • Because the topics are drawn from the real life concerns and questions of more than 5000 patients, the book provides an honest glimpse into the realities of life after WLS. It’s a useful reference, not only for those who are considering WLS and those who have had it, but also for the friends and family who are their cheerleaders and support system.
  • If you’ve ever anxiously wondered if your experience is normal, this book can provide some fast reassurance. The table of contents allows you to quickly skim questions at a glance and is organized into topic sections that range from ‘Tolerance Issues’ to ‘Hair Loss’ to ‘Emotional Changes and Support.’
  • Much like this post, it’s short, sweet, and to the point. You won’t need to set aside hours of time to get through it.
My only critique is that the authors don't provide much information on additional resources, support groups, or further reading. It’s good to be aware of what’s available. Obesity Canada, for example, functions as a resource hub for professionals and lay people alike. In addition to educational webinars and videos, they also link to tools you can use to access greater health benefits for obesity care. The Bariatric Cookery, run by food writer Carol Bowen Ball, hosts a wonderful collection recipes to try at every stage of the WLS journey. As a former WLS patient herself, Carol’s first-hand experience lends the site a level of authenticity that is hard to top. Finally, a quick search on Google or Facebook will undoubtedly reveal a whole host of virtual WLS forums and support groups. Find one that resonates with you.

The Complete Guide to Bariatric Surgery is available for purchase on Amazon. It’s also available as an e-book at www.baritricsurgerynutrition.com.

Alex Friel, MSc, RD is a nutrition science nerd and one of the newest dietitians to join the BMI team. She’s convinced that everyone has a passion for food (even if they don’t know it yet) and is always on the lookout for her next favorite recipe. Alex spent six years living in Atlanta, Georgia where she completed a BSc and MSc in Nutrition Science at Georgia State University. Much to the chagrin of her dinner guests, she also gained an appreciation for collard greens and okra that persists to this day.
       

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Amazon Web Service (AWS) S3 buckets have become a common source of data loss for public and private organizations alike. Industry researchers and analysts most often attribute the root cause of the data loss to misconfigured services, vulnerable applications/tools, wide-open permissions, and / or usage of default credentials.

Recent examples of data leaks from AWS storage buckets include:

Data leakage is only one of the many risks presented by misuse of AWS S3 buckets. For example, attackers could potentially replace legitimate files with malicious ones for purposes of cryptocurrency mining or drive-by attacks.

To make matters worse for organizations (and simpler for hackers), automated tools are available to help find insecure S3 buckets.

How to protect data stored in AWS S3 buckets

Going back to the basics provides the most direct path to protecting your data. Recommended best practices for S3 buckets include always applying the principle of least privileges by using IAM policies and resource-based controls via Bucket Policies and Bucket ACLs.

Another best practice is to define a clear strategy for bucket content by taking the following steps:

  • Creating automated monitoring / audits / fixes of S3 bucket security changes via Cloud Trail, Cloud Watch and Lambda.
  • Creating a bucket lifecycle policy to transfer old data to an archive automatically based on usage patterns and age.
  • When creating new buckets, applying encryption by default via server-side encryption (SSE-S3/SSE-C/SSE-KMS) and / or client-side encryption.
  • Creating an S3 inventory list to automatically report inventory, replication and encryption in an easy to use CSV / ORC format.
  • Testing, testing and testing some more to make sure the controls mentioned above have been implemented effectively and the data is secure.

Here at Tenable, I have researched five additional solutions you can use to evaluate the security of data stored in S3 buckets. These five solutions, when implemented correctly and incorporated into daily operational checklists, can help you quickly assess your organization’s cyber exposure in the public cloud and help you determine next steps for securing your business-critical data.

  • Amazon Macie: Automates data discovery and classification. Uses Artificial Intelligence to classify data files on S3 by leveraging a rules engine that identifies application data, correlates file extensions and predictable data themes, with strong regex matching to determine data type, cloud trail events, errors and basic alerts.
  • Security Monkey: An open source bootstrap solution on github provided by Netflix. This implements monitoring, alerting and an auditable history of Cloud configurations across S3, IAM, Security Groups, Route 53, ELBs and SQS services.
  • Amazon Trusted Advisor: Helps perform multiple other functions apart from identifying insecure buckets.
  • Amazon S3 Inventory Tool: Provides either a CSV or ORC which further aids in auditing the replication and encryption status of objects in S3.
  • Custom S3 bucket scanning solutions: Scripts available on github can be used to scan and check specific S3 buckets. These include kromtech’s S3-Inspector and sa7mon’s S3Scanner. In addition, avineshwar’s slurp clone monitors certstream and enumerates s3 buckets from each domain.

With the business demanding speed and ease of use, we expect to see the continued evolution of applications, systems and infrastructure away from on-premises data centers secured behind highly segregated networks to cloud-based “X-as-a-Service” architectures. The solutions and guidance highlighted above will help you identify security gaps in your environment and bootstrap solutions to automate resolution, alerting and auditing, thereby helping you meet your organization's Corporate Information Security Policies and Standards.

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Sorry for perpetuating the lasting legacy of institutionalized specisism. I'll try to include kittens in the future as long as they promise to just chase the laser dot and keep those claws off my fingers.


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Backstory Cards: Pipes & PistonsPublisher: Galileo Games

Terra Aveyon. A floating city built on archaic technology that has much to offer and even more to see. Explore the back alleys and access tubes that make up this Steampunk urban fantasy setting.

Pipes & Pistons is a Backstory Cards Setting Grid to use during the Backstory Cards process. Taking turns going around the table, each player draws a Backstory Card and answers the prompt on the card, referring to the setting grid for random elements.

Think of it like a dynamic campaign or one-shot outline. 

Terra Aveyon is a flying city, and in many ways, behaves as a nation all to itself. Wealthy traders politick and gamble as if they were gods, leathery pilots and their transient crews are in and out of the sky docks constantly, the Green Gloves somehow keep the place flying, while looking for a leg up by dabbling in something darker. It is a city full of mysteries, intrigue, and danger that will inevitably discover you, even if you don’t seek them out of your own accord.

This PDF is available on a Pay What You Want (PWYW) basis!


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Louis Oosthuizen surprisingly withdrew from the PGA Championship just minutes before his scheduled tee time on Thursday. No reason was immediately given for Oosthuizen’s withdrawal, but his exit cleared a path for a new player to enter the field — Kelly Kraft. FIELD UPDATE: Louis Oosthuizen has withdrawn from the 100th PGA Championship. Kelly Kraft...Read More
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          Jeff Sessions insists Alliance Defending Freedom not a hate group in spite of extensive proof which says otherwise      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Attorney General Jeff Sessions (top) insist that the Alliance Defending Freedom (logo at the bottom) is not a hate group in spite of extensive proof which says otherwise.


Wednesday night, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he does not believe that the Alliance Defending Freedom is a hate group even though it has been proven that, among other things, the group has falsely conflated homosexuality with pedophilia and worked to imprison gays in foreign countries simply for being gay.

Sessions said these comments during a speech at the ADF's Summit for Religious Liberty. He also blasted the Southern Poverty Law Center, the organization giving ADF the designation:

"I wanted to come back here tonight partially because I wanted to say this: You are not a hate group," Sessions told attendees (video below) at the ADF's Summit on Religious Liberty, as Towleroad reports. 
 "When I spoke to ADF last year, I learned that the Southern Poverty Law Center had classified ADF as a ‘hate group.’ Many in the media simply parroted that as a fact," Sessions charged. "They have used this designation as a weapon and they have wielded it against conservative organizations that refuse to accept their orthodoxy and choose instead to speak for their conscience and their beliefs. They use it to bully and intimidate groups that fight for religious freedom, these constitutional rights of the American people."

Via  his speech, Sessions performed the modus operandi of ADF and other religious right groups which SPLC have called out, i.e. playing the victim and using the "religious liberty" card in hopes of diverting attention from what caused them to be labeled as hate groups in the first place.

In the case of the Alliance Defending Freedom, the organization has a long history of demonizing the LGBTQ  community, working to undermine LGBTQ equality, and using the force of the law against the LGBTQ community. In his speech, Sessions claimed that SPLC has no proof to back up its claim that ADF is a hate group.

He lied.

SPLC has extensively documented research from the time of the Alliance Defending Freedom's founding to the present, making sure to point the numerous times the group attacked the LGBTQ community.

SPLC even has a timeline including such items as:

2001 - 2010: Claims on its website that “attacks on family values include efforts to allow practicing homosexuals to adopt children and foster parents;” and “allow practicing homosexuals to serve openly in the military.” ADF vows to oppose these attacks because “weakening the family and undermining the values that support it will ultimately destroy our society” and impact religious civil liberties. (2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)

2003: Alan Sears, then-president of ADF (he was president until January, 2017) publishes a book he co-wrote with then-ADF colleague Craig Osten titled The Homosexual Agenda: Exposing the Principal Threat to Religious Freedom Today, which was heavily advertised for sale on the ADF website and offered in fundraising pitches for years. The book is the authors’ attempt to describe how far the conspiracy of “the homosexual agenda” has infiltrated the country and undermined Christianity through things like media and educational institutions. Sears and Osten described the media campaign conducted by LGBT activists in the 70s and 80s (as summarized in the account After The Ball: How America Will Conquer Its Fear and Hatred of Gays in the 90s) to "a war of propaganda, just as Hitler did so masterfully in Nazi Germany." (p. 27) “An entire book could be written on the subject of the entertainment industry’s promotion of homosexual behavior, but it is our goal to give you a brief overview of each subject so that you understand the number of cultural fronts in which the homosexual agenda is being pushed.” (p. 44) The authors ask, “How far down the road have homosexual activists taken us to their goal of unbridled sexual behavior and the silencing of the church?” (p. 14) “The very future of our nation is at risk if the homosexual agenda continues to advance unchecked,” (p. 27) the authors state.

In addition, SPLC also points out that ADF supports sterilization laws for transgender men and women in foreign countries.

In February 2017, the media watchdog group Media Matters for America published 10 facts about ADF including:

SPLC Labeled ADF A Hate Group Because Of Its Extreme, Demonizing Lies About LGBT People. SPLC added ADF to its list of anti-LGBTQ hate groups because ADF’s leaders and affiliated lawyers have “regularly demonized LGBT people, falsely linking them to pedophilia, calling them ‘evil’ and a threat to children and society, and blaming them for the ‘persecution of devout Christians.’” As SPLC has repeatedly clarified, it does not list organizations as anti-LGBTQ hate groups on the basis of “opposition to same-sex marriage or the belief that the Bible describes homosexual activity as sinful.”

ADF Has Expanded Its Anti-Choice, Anti-LGBTQ Extemism Internationally. While ADF has largely run out of options for promoting the criminalization of homosexuality in America, the group has taken its anti-sodomy agenda overseas. ADF has actively worked to promote and defend anti-sodomy laws that criminalize gay sex in Jamaica, Belize and India. In 2010, the United Nations granted special consultant status to ADF, allowing the group to help shape international human rights policy and treaties. More recently, the group has become involved in the Organization of American States, where ADF’s mission has been battling “abortion and radical sexual agendas.” 
ADF Believes In A “Homosexual Agenda” Dedicated To Destroying Christianity. ADF founder Alan Sears literally wrote the book on the alleged “homosexual agenda” -- his 2003 book The Homosexual Agenda: Exposing the Principal Threat to Religious Freedom Today compared the gay "propaganda" movement to what "Hitler did so masterfully in Nazi Germany, to get the American public on their side." As SPLC noted, ADF “has also promoted the idea of a ‘homosexual agenda’ -- a nefarious scheme to destroy Christianity and, eventually, civilization.”

Sessions claims that SPLC is weaponizing the hate group designation.  There is weaponizing going on here but it's being committed by Sessions.

If it was proven that ADF was conflating being an African-American with pedophilia,

or ADF was claiming that people of the Jewish faith was attempting to destroy Christianity,

or ADF supported sterilization laws which would affect women in foreign countries, there would be no question that the group would called a hate group by a large part of society with little or no argument.

ADF has done all three of things to the LGBTQ community, but as long as they and folks like Jeff Sessions can claim," we are simply acting in accordance to our personal religious beliefs," they can expect an exemption card.

But nothing justifies discrimination, bearing false witness, and laws which would harm your neighbor. Not fear, hatred, or prejudice. And definitely not religious beliefs.

It's a shame that Sessions doesn't feel that way. And it gives us a spooky view of just what he is planning via his recently announced "religious liberty" task force.

          'SPLC refutes Jeff Sessions and his 'religious liberty' task force' & other Wed midday news briefs      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Richard Cohen of  SPLC
SPLC refutes Sessions’ comments about hate group designations - When Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced his "religious liberty" task force, he made veiled comments attacking the Southern Poverty Law Center for designating several religious right groups as anti-LGBTQ hate group. Earlier week, SPLC president Richard Cohen responded with a two page letter to Sessions which basically says (and pardon the vernacular) "ain't nobody scared of you or your ratchet task force."

You can read the letter here. 

From the archives - 16 reasons why the Family Research Council is a hate group - And because I'm an evil little queen who has been itching for a fight about this issue LONG BEFORE the Southern Poverty Law Center began naming certain religious right organizations as hate groups, here is a post I published in 2011. 

Christine Hallquist May Become America’s First Openly Transgender Governor - Oh! This would be sweet! 

A Republican Lawmaker Seeking Reelection Once Compared Gay People To "Rapists" And Other Criminals - Lovely . . . 

16-year-old is first minor prosecuted by Russian 'anti-gay propaganda' laws - Remember when Franklin Graham said he supported these laws because it would keep gays from "recruiting" children?

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          August 10: Psalms 88–89; Romans 10       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Morning: Psalms 88–89

Psalms 88–89 (Listen)

I Cry Out Day and Night Before You

A Song. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah. To the choirmaster: according to Mahalath Leannoth. A Maskil1 of Heman the Ezrahite.

88   O LORD, God of my salvation,
    I cry out day and night before you.
  Let my prayer come before you;
    incline your ear to my cry!
  For my soul is full of troubles,
    and my life draws near to Sheol.
  I am counted among those who go down to the pit;
    I am a man who has no strength,
  like one set loose among the dead,
    like the slain that lie in the grave,
  like those whom you remember no more,
    for they are cut off from your hand.
  You have put me in the depths of the pit,
    in the regions dark and deep.
  Your wrath lies heavy upon me,
    and you overwhelm me with all your waves. Selah
  You have caused my companions to shun me;
    you have made me a horror2 to them.
  I am shut in so that I cannot escape;
    my eye grows dim through sorrow.
  Every day I call upon you, O LORD;
    I spread out my hands to you.
10   Do you work wonders for the dead?
    Do the departed rise up to praise you? Selah
11   Is your steadfast love declared in the grave,
    or your faithfulness in Abaddon?
12   Are your wonders known in the darkness,
    or your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?
13   But I, O LORD, cry to you;
    in the morning my prayer comes before you.
14   O LORD, why do you cast my soul away?
    Why do you hide your face from me?
15   Afflicted and close to death from my youth up,
    I suffer your terrors; I am helpless.3
16   Your wrath has swept over me;
    your dreadful assaults destroy me.
17   They surround me like a flood all day long;
    they close in on me together.
18   You have caused my beloved and my friend to shun me;
    my companions have become darkness.4

I Will Sing of the Steadfast Love of the Lord

A Maskil5 of Ethan the Ezrahite.

89   I will sing of the steadfast love of the LORD, forever;
    with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations.
  For I said, “Steadfast love will be built up forever;
    in the heavens you will establish your faithfulness.”
  You have said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one;
    I have sworn to David my servant:
  ‘I will establish your offspring forever,
    and build your throne for all generations.’” Selah
  Let the heavens praise your wonders, O LORD,
    your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones!
  For who in the skies can be compared to the LORD?
    Who among the heavenly beings6 is like the LORD,
  a God greatly to be feared in the council of the holy ones,
    and awesome above all who are around him?
  O LORD God of hosts,
    who is mighty as you are, O LORD,
    with your faithfulness all around you?
  You rule the raging of the sea;
    when its waves rise, you still them.
10   You crushed Rahab like a carcass;
    you scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.
11   The heavens are yours; the earth also is yours;
    the world and all that is in it, you have founded them.
12   The north and the south, you have created them;
    Tabor and Hermon joyously praise your name.
13   You have a mighty arm;
    strong is your hand, high your right hand.
14   Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
    steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.
15   Blessed are the people who know the festal shout,
    who walk, O LORD, in the light of your face,
16   who exult in your name all the day
    and in your righteousness are exalted.
17   For you are the glory of their strength;
    by your favor our horn is exalted.
18   For our shield belongs to the LORD,
    our king to the Holy One of Israel.
19   Of old you spoke in a vision to your godly one,7 and said:
    “I have granted help to one who is mighty;
    I have exalted one chosen from the people.
20   I have found David, my servant;
    with my holy oil I have anointed him,
21   so that my hand shall be established with him;
    my arm also shall strengthen him.
22   The enemy shall not outwit him;
    the wicked shall not humble him.
23   I will crush his foes before him
    and strike down those who hate him.
24   My faithfulness and my steadfast love shall be with him,
    and in my name shall his horn be exalted.
25   I will set his hand on the sea
    and his right hand on the rivers.
26   He shall cry to me, ‘You are my Father,
    my God, and the Rock of my salvation.’
27   And I will make him the firstborn,
    the highest of the kings of the earth.
28   My steadfast love I will keep for him forever,
    and my covenant will stand firm8 for him.
29   I will establish his offspring forever
    and his throne as the days of the heavens.
30   If his children forsake my law
    and do not walk according to my rules,9
31   if they violate my statutes
    and do not keep my commandments,
32   then I will punish their transgression with the rod
    and their iniquity with stripes,
33   but I will not remove from him my steadfast love
    or be false to my faithfulness.
34   I will not violate my covenant
    or alter the word that went forth from my lips.
35   Once for all I have sworn by my holiness;
    I will not lie to David.
36   His offspring shall endure forever,
    his throne as long as the sun before me.
37   Like the moon it shall be established forever,
    a faithful witness in the skies.” Selah
38   But now you have cast off and rejected;
    you are full of wrath against your anointed.
39   You have renounced the covenant with your servant;
    you have defiled his crown in the dust.
40   You have breached all his walls;
    you have laid his strongholds in ruins.
41   All who pass by plunder him;
    he has become the scorn of his neighbors.
42   You have exalted the right hand of his foes;
    you have made all his enemies rejoice.
43   You have also turned back the edge of his sword,
    and you have not made him stand in battle.
44   You have made his splendor to cease
    and cast his throne to the ground.
45   You have cut short the days of his youth;
    you have covered him with shame. Selah
46   How long, O LORD? Will you hide yourself forever?
    How long will your wrath burn like fire?
47   Remember how short my time is!
    For what vanity you have created all the children of man!
48   What man can live and never see death?
    Who can deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah
49   Lord, where is your steadfast love of old,
    which by your faithfulness you swore to David?
50   Remember, O Lord, how your servants are mocked,
    and how I bear in my heart the insults10 of all the many nations,
51   with which your enemies mock, O LORD,
    with which they mock the footsteps of your anointed.
52   Blessed be the LORD forever!
      Amen and Amen.

Footnotes

[1] 88:1 Probably musical or liturgical terms
[2] 88:8 Or an abomination
[3] 88:15 The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain
[4] 88:18 Or darkness has become my only companion
[5] 89:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
[6] 89:6 Hebrew the sons of God, or the sons of might
[7] 89:19 Some Hebrew manuscripts godly ones
[8] 89:28 Or will remain faithful
[9] 89:30 Or my just decrees
[10] 89:50 Hebrew lacks the insults

(ESV)

Evening: Romans 10

Romans 10 (Listen)

10 Brothers,1 my heart's desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God's righteousness. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.2

The Message of Salvation to All

For Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on the law, that the person who does the commandments shall live by them. But the righteousness based on faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) “or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard?3 And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

18 But I ask, have they not heard? Indeed they have, for

  “Their voice has gone out to all the earth,
    and their words to the ends of the world.”

19 But I ask, did Israel not understand? First Moses says,

  “I will make you jealous of those who are not a nation;
    with a foolish nation I will make you angry.”

20 Then Isaiah is so bold as to say,

  “I have been found by those who did not seek me;
    I have shown myself to those who did not ask for me.”

21 But of Israel he says, “All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and contrary people.”

Footnotes

[1] 10:1 Or Brothers and sisters
[2] 10:4 Or end of the law, that everyone who believes may be justified
[3] 10:14 Or him whom they have never heard

(ESV)


          BASTILLE DAY MAYHEM- THE 7/14 TRUCK MASSACRE FALSE FLAG ATTACK - WHERE IS THE BLOOD?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
 
 
 
BASTILLE DAY MAYHEM:
 
THE 7/14 TRUCK MASSACRE FALSE FLAG ATTACKS
 
(Copyright 2016, Tony R. Eliot - All Rights Reserved)
<Edited by Robert D. Morningstar>
 
Media Reporter Tony R. Eliot Asks the Question:
 
"WHERE IS THE BLOOD?"
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By now, most of us have heard about the Bastille Day Massacre where Mohamed Lahouaie Bouhlel drove a 19 ton white Renault Lorry into a crowd of people celebrating the holiday and killing 84 people. Bouhlel himself was born in Tunisia in 1985, and had a French Residency permit.
 
According to reports, Bouhlel had no ties to any Islamic terrorist organizations, however was depressed, had a criminal background, and he was (as usual) "a loner." 
 
 
 
Viewer take Note:
 
The Explosion Shown Below IS an "accident" ...
<By Order of the French Government and Mass Media>
 
 
 
(Tim Williams - Twitter)
 
"Ignore the Man Behind the curtain!"
 
 
Quite a few things with this incident make no sense at all and are virtually impossible, as well.  Bouhlel was said to have been gunned down inside the cockpit of the truck while attempting to get out. But no blood is to be seen.
 
First of all, Bouhlel had motive for committing this act.  His life wasn't perfect, but definitely not bad enough to cause a person to go out and kill scores of people for no apparent reason.
 
Secondly, this man supposedly drove a truck into a crowd killing 84 people and injuring some 202 others, some 52 of the 202 injured are said to have been hurt badly enough to be in critical condition.
 
 
 
 
With this in mind, one would expect blood to be everywhere, on the truck itself, in the street, and pools of blood surrounding the dead.  Yet, this doesn't seem to be the case. 
 
 
 
Not one spot of blood is seen on the truck, anywhere, no blood at all on the street where this happened, and no blood around the supposedly dead bodies in the street. Also, no blood is seen on the door, seat or anywhere else inside the truck where Bouhlel was said to have been shot.
 
 
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With the number of bullet holes in the windshield, at least one of them would have hit Bouhlel causing some blood splatters to be prevalent on the windshield, yet none is seen here either.
No blood at all is seen on the door or window on the driver’s side of the truck where Bouhlel was supposedly shot dead attempting to get out.
If this incident was a legitimate attack as we are told, blood would be everywhere. 
 
If you have ever seen pictures of deer or other animals that have been hit by cars, and the automobiles or trucks themselves, you would see blood on the vehicles, on the carcasses, and on the road both where they were hit and where they lay. Yet, no blood is prevalent anywhere in the Niece incident.
 
The truck also had to be traveling above 30 MPH to have a 50% chance of killing the people it hit, with the number of people present, the number of cops there, as well as the perimeter being a safe zone because of the party goers, Bouhlel would have had a hard time reaching and maintaining death speed.
 
 
 
Bottom line, there would have been lots of blood and none was found.  The infamous baby doll picture beside the body in the street is yet another sign of a false flag rather than a legitimate terrorist attack.
 
 
 
The same type of baby doll was seen at the Brussels terrorist attack.
 
 
The whole Bastille Day Massacre was just another staged event, as was Brussels. These theatrics are orchestrated by government clandestine organizations designed to sway the minds of people to a desired trend of thought. In the case of what direction of thinking we are supposed to be going after this latest event, I suspect it is to have us believe that not all terrorist acts are committed by Islamic terror organizations. Since the perpetrator is said to be non religious with no ties to any Islamic groups at all. 
 
The US government would have plenty of reasons for wanting the US population to believe not all Muslims are terrorists, since both Obama and Hillary propose bringing in literally hundreds of thousands of Muslim refugees. This same desired mind frame is also wanted in France where in this area of the world,  people are getting tired of experiencing crimes committed by these so called Muslim refugees as well as the complete disregard of the laws in the countries who accepted them.
The evidence just does not fit the crime scene in this latest facade.
 
 
Tony R. Eliot
San Antonio, Texas
 
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          BILLY'S LIFE AND HIS WARNING      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Jim and I were walking through an area of displaced commercial property with the idea to buy some stuff. We had no idea in this place of forgotten strip malls and decrepit ventures what was to come next. We heard the cries for help and heard the pack of dogs savagely attacking what at first we thought was a large man. A construction worker, complete with hard hat and safety vest in an empty lot close by. “Get these damn dogs off me!” The dog pack was about 5 strays that had come across Billy in the lot while he was doing his power-line job. He was down. Pushing and kicking and the dogs were all over him. As we ran towards the seen it became apparent the man was big, no huge, at least 400 hundred pounds. The dogs gave way at our approach and ran off in reluctance to leaving their “kill”. I came upon Billy first and noticed the hat laying in the dirt the yellow-stripped safety vest and he was not moving.

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Jim came up next and saw what I saw in disbelief. Billy was covered in fur. Thin in parts and thick in others. He was panting hard from the pain of the dog bites lying prone in the dirt. Billy was a Gorilla! He wore blue workers jeans and a yellow safety vest with stripes and no shirt. He had been bitten on the head, shoulders, torso and legs by the 5 dogs.. As I approached this spectacle, Jim backed away and turned pale white. I reached down to check to see what was up with this person/creature and Jim said out loud, “Don’t touch it!” My reaction having heard the words out of Billy’s mouth was “Call 911, for an ambulance”. Jim complied fumbling with his smart phone, hands shaking and still backing away. I looked down and saw the face of a 400 pound Silver-back mountain gorilla, still not believing what I was seeing. Billy looked up at me and said nothing.The ambulance came tearing up in the dirt and dust and two EMS techs came running over then stopped short maybe 15 feet from where I stood over Billy. “OMG!”  One exclaimed, “WTF is this shit?” He’s hurt, attacked by dogs” I said. You could see the wounds on his fur. I could not tell how badly he was hurt but the look he gave me was one of helplessness. I reached down to check the bites and the second EMS tech must have been on auto-pilot. “Let me see” he said and bent down to check the wounds. They were bad bites but not critical. Having heard Billy speak I asked what is your name? “Billy” he said and coughed up a little spit. Then rolled over and tried to stand. The EMS techs backed away. I asked for them to get the gurney and we between the 4 of us and Jim, reluctantly, loaded him onto the stretcher for the ride to the ER.

(This is a work of fiction.)

“Holy shit it’s an ape!” one EMS tech proclaimed as we drove off. When we arrived I noticed neither tech had informed the hospital of our “patient”. Taking him inside, we were greeted by a profoundly incredulous staff of medical people. The day nurse fainted outright, the other two medical staff stood with jaws dropped as we pushed him into the ER. A on call doctor showed up moments later and had half a sentence, “What do we…….have….” then stood stock still. “Sew him up! he was attacked by a pack of dogs.” I voiced. The doc could not move for 30 seconds then suggested animal control. “For God sake man he’s losing blood! Do something! The doctor became an instant vet so to speak. Billy all the while was awake and looked around like he had never seen the inside of a hospital. He then spoke again. “Thank you”! Everyone in the room fell silent to hearing this.

His injuries were minor compared to what a human being would have endured. They put him in a bed in ICU then the doctor walked in shaking from head to foot. “What the hell did I just do? “You saved a talking Silver-back Gorilla that had been attacked by dogs.” Huh? He said.

Billy meanwhile had been noticed by others and before long “they” showed up. Two men in suits looking like the “Men In Black”. “Who is in charge here?” one said flashing some sort of badge. The on call doc stepped forward, “I am”. You will come with me and you, pointing to me next to the bed, you also. We were hustled into another room, and the door closed behind us.

“You both have seen and heard nothing!” The patient you just brought in here was never here, do I make myself clear? What is going on?” was all I could say at the time. The spook looked long and hard and said “listen very carefully, you have seen nothing, nothing happened here”.

Bullshit! I said, “We brought a full grown talking gorilla into a hospital and you want to make it seem like nothing happened? “

The look on the man’s face changed, he started to look dangerous.

“Sir, this is a national security matter, you have no need to know anything, and do you understand? I said OK to this reluctantly. What else could I say? Besides he was wearing a shoulder holster with a rather nasty looking gun, and sort of made that known.

Billy’s History

In the early 1960’s, the US government was experimenting with a variety of gene therapy and hallucinogenic drugs on subjects that both were aware and unaware of this at the time they became pawns to this experimentation. A primate research center in south western Texas called Area 12 was also being used for research. The center had many animals there imported for use in cancer research and other testing of drugs along with dogs picked up from shelters and the street. Animal research was used to facilitate various issues of such common things as cures for disease and such uncommon things as genetic- based enhancement of the species to see what could be made into a weapon. The USSR was doing the same research in the Ukraine and Siberia at the same time and had gotten far ahead of the USA in this area.

“Billy” was a Silver-back Mountain gorilla used in this research, but I was later told they never gave him any drugs for reasons that will become obvious. It had been shown that mountain gorilla’s had been able to be taught sign language, had cognitive skills far beyond similar primates and also showed reasoning capabilities much like their human counterparts. Billy uttered his first words as a baby with a researcher who at first thought she had heard only a grunt, it later turned out he said the word “more” in that he was asked if he wanted more formula. Later he was thought to just be mimicking words he heard until he independently started making sentences.

It took some tough talking to convince some soulless doctors not to have him dissected and his brain analyzed. He was classified as a Top Secret/SCI code 12 project and transferred to Texas for further study.

Billy rarely vocally communicated his thoughts on matters such as his captivity, instead relied on sign-language to communicate his wants and needs. Scientists from MIT, Psychiatrists from John Hopkins and animal behavior experts were called in to ascertain what and how this creature had come to learn such things and at an incredible pace.

Billy’s reasoning skills were so unique to spin wonder in the mind of scientists of the time. It was later ascertained that somehow his DNA had been spiced with a non-human species as yet unknown to the world. Billy was one of a kind and soon grew up unlike the movies such as “planet of the apes” He had powers beyond his physical strength, mainly psychic and other abilities still to be understood. He was labeled a class “A” being not of this planet but this was wrong thinking. He was merely a enhanced life-form. Enhanced by what means nobody knew but it scared a few people no doubt. As he grew he came to respect and communicate with other life forms. He could communicate with dolphins, had mental transference with elephants and other species. This bothered quite a few doctors and researchers, as they wondered if it also applied to humans.

He was under the watchful eye of special operations security force team. He had his own detail over the next 20 years. First the detail was handpicked to be around him and had to go through training to accept this very odd assignment. His doctors and caretakers consisted of linguists, behavior experts and others. Billy made a friend called Joyce, a animal behavior scientist. Joyce had a PHD in primate studies but also a way with him no other human had. When she passed away from Cancer in the late 1980’s he mourned as a human being would. When they aske