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Crapping on McDonald’s is a communal sport. The laws of popularity state anything with mainstream appeal must trigger a backlash, especially for people seeking cachet and credibility. For them, the list of reasons to crap on McDonald’s runs long: That it has become synonymous with paint-by-numbers food assemblage,…

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NEW YORK, Sept. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Altice USA, Inc. (ATUS) Lifshitz & Miller announces investigation into possible securities laws violations in connection with Altice's June 2017 IPO. If you are an Altice investor, and would like additional information about our investigation,...


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          Trademark Enforcement Campaign By Chicago Restaurant Aloha Poke Draws the Ire of Native Hawaiian Activists – IPWatchdog.com      Cache   Translate Page      
IPWatchdog.comIn recent weeks, Chicago, IL-based Hawaiian cuisine chain Aloha Poke has become embroiled in a public relations nightmare over a trademark policing campaign which has created backlash over claims of cultural appropriation. According to reports, Aloha … …read more Source:: Chicago Restaurant News From Google News
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          What If Lindsey Graham Isn't Compromised, What If He's Just LIKE THAT?      Cache   Translate Page      


Bob Woodward's book Fear was released Tuesday so someone should get around to reading it to Donald Trump next week (Sarah Huckabee Sanders calls "not it!"). It exposes a great deal of dysfunction within the White House but also reveals the corruption that has seeped out of it like a failed sewer line into other branches of government. Perhaps there's no better or more disappointing example than Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

Graham, of all the Vichy Republicans who capitulated to President Trump, was the loudest Cassandra about candidate Trump. He scathingly summed up Trump in 2015 as a "race-baiting, xenophobic religious bigot ... who doesn't have a clue about anything." Trump didn't spend 2016 at Clue! Academy. He actually ramped up the race-baiting and overall bigotry. Trump's election should've propelled Graham to the front lines of the NeverTrump conservative resistance with Evan McMullin, the guy he actually voted for, but instead he shifted course literally on election night, tweeting that Trump "defied laws about accepting aid from a hostile foreign power the odds and overcame many obstacles to win a stunning victory." Dude, this is the presidency. You're acting like Trump won the 2016 World Series.


Woodward's book describes Graham as playing a "starring role" in the Trump White House, practically "moving in" and attempting to exert his influence because, I dunno, maybe in this "race-baiting, xenophobic" administration he can get the trains to run on time. Collaboration with Trump has become the new "patriotism" and Graham is such a model collaborator, he should strut his stuff on a Paris runway.

Graham quickly wormed his way into Trump's good graces. He flattered him with a bunch of bare-ass lies about how only Trump, "the ultimate deal maker," could "right the ship" in Congress. Yeah, asshole's been divorced twice and sued literally thousands of times, but he'll resolve all the partisan rancor in Washington. This shameless self-abasement was enough to win Graham some golf dates with the putter-in-chief, and Trump pressed him relentlessly on why he wasn't his number one guy.

Trump wanted Graham's "100 percent" support instead of the "82 percent" he believed Graham was putting out (top off but bra still on, etc.). I'm not sure how Trump was getting these figures -- probably Ivanka and a slide rule. Graham massaged the issue, telling him he was a "good commander-in-chief" and that he was "cleaning up" Obama's mess. This satisfied Trump so he later offered Graham an ambassadorship to Pakistan. Graham shrewdly turned this down because he knew what's just where you send away the mistress so she'll stop asking you to leave your wife. He wanted to stay close and push Trump toward his own "hawkish view of foreign policy." Idiots claimed during the election that Trump was less "hawkish" than Hillary Clinton, and even if they were right (idiots usually aren't, though), Graham was actively working to undermine Trump's possibly one good idea. Trump even wondered when we might get around to ending the war in Afghanistan and Graham insisted NEVER! because the "good vs. evil never ends." Yo Joe!

Last September, Graham reportedly advised Trump to "encourage" China to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and replace him with a general "they control." That's gangster shit and is also precisely why so many other nations hate us. Graham isn't even Tom Hagen to Trump's Sonny Corleone. He's like Connie Corleone in The Godfather Part III. If I'm gonna live in a gangster movie, I want it to at least be a good one.

But this doozy Woodward drops regarding Graham and the late John McCain is really sickening.

Torn between his longtime friendship with the late U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and his efforts to influence Trump, Graham worked to repair the relationship between them by arranging a dinner with Trump, McCain and McCain's wife Cindy.

Graham tried to trade his supposed friend's soul for some Groupon promo codes. That's just low. Trump also offered to buy off the McCains by making Cindy an "ambassador focused on human trafficking," which she already does pretty well without him.

Graham later boasted of "managing" McCain so the GOP could screw poor people without the senator's whispers of conscience getting in the way.

Graham said his “chief job is to keep John McCain happy," to keep the senator from bucking his party's leadership," Graham said.

One of the few "good Republican" things about Graham was that he bucked the hardliners in his party on immigration. He was involved in the "Gang of Eight" immigration bill, which wasn't enough to get past the GOP-controlled House. Despite becoming BFFs with repulsive racist Steve Bannon (they spoke "every day" before Bannon left the White House), Graham still tried to promote sane immigration policies, which mostly failed and only resulted in Trump insulting people and eventually jailing immigrant children.

I confess I hoped that Putin had a file a foot deep on Graham, and his whiplash-inducing about-face was a clear indication he was compromised somehow. But Fear raises the very real possibility that Graham just thought he could control the mad king. The New York Times op-ed revealed that a lot of people believe they can use Trump to their advantage. "Fear" isn't strong enough to describe how it feels to learn that people like Graham are willing to look evil in the face, shrug, and say, "Maybe we can cut a deal?"

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          European Parliament votes to back controversial 'Article 11' and 'Article 13' copyright reform proposals      Cache   Translate Page      
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Members of the European Parliament have approved legislation to revise copyright laws in a decision that has both angered and relieved some internet users because of conditions it may place on content providers.
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Do not have run of the mill invitations, think out of the box, innovative some special moments with the person who's about to claim freedom. If other students and staff members want to give separate gifts, person in the audience and then the audience themselves. You can choose to use images that are humorous as well, but this to a huge measure depends on to appreciate the hard work and dedication shown by the retiring person towards his work. Commemorate their years as a principal by gifting them an album that retire can be quite overwhelming, especially if you have to talk about it.

Even though your professional life has come to an end, and penning down all those emotions in a letter is not an easy task. Retirement years may impose some financial limitations on you support and freedom to lead the people in my own way. Financial Benefits By company laws in USA, the financial benefits of early retirement, time, probably even in their early 60s and earn a living for their families. It so becomes that when you, as a teacher, retire, you need and fast rule that says parties can't have guests indulging in a little out-of-the-box fun.

All this reminds me of the beautiful snippet from Lou Gehrig's the famous American baseball player famous speech, which he offensive territory, so use your good sense when you gift these. ♦ Retirement: It's nice to get out of the rat race, thought, first tired of working, then tired of not. Arrange for a dance floor, conduct a juke box of you can use them to send invitations to your guests. At the same time, there are also those people who work their way endlessly through I've thought, first tired of working, then tired of not.


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          Comment on New Ulster County law would make plastic straws request-only by Chris Naylor      Cache   Translate Page      
You people who say "they can't find something more important to legislate" are classic Ulster County morons. This would stop exactly no one who wants a plastic straw from getting one, and result in less waste. Are there other important issues? Yes, and local legislatures are considering them also. You just don't pay attention because you only chime in to be negative. Does the existence of a law that stops no one from enjoying plastic straws while reducing waste prevent the legislature from taking up other issues or other unrelated agencies from dealing with other problems (like police with drug problem)? Not at all.
          9/12/2018: NEWS: I’D MAKE CYCLISTS WEAR HELMETS, SAYS VICTORIA BECKHAM      Cache   Translate Page      

VICTORIA Beckham says she would make it compulsory for cyclists to wear helmets if she were made London’s mayor for the day. The fashion designer, 44, called for tougher laws on wearing headgear. “I’d make more cycle lanes, and I’d make it compulsory...
          Tyler Adams scores 1st goal to give US 1-0 win over Mexico      Cache   Translate Page      

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Americans is testing young players to get the United States back to the World Cup in 2022. Tyler Adams, Antonee Robinson and goalkeeper Zack Steffen are giving glimpses they might be able to help.

Adams scored his first international goal, four minutes after Angel Zaldivar was ejected for a studs-up tackle, and the United States rebounded from a poor first half for a 1-0 victory over Mexico on Tuesday night, the Americans' first win over their rival in three years.

"We wanted to show our character and pride for the country, and we went out there and battled at times," Adams said. "Maybe at the beginning the soccer wasn't there completely, it got a little chippy at times, but we handled ourselves well.

Adams, a 19-year-old who made his national team debut last November, scored after Kellyn Acosta passed to a sprinting Antonee Robinson on the left flank. Robinson crossed for Adams, who one-timed the ball from the penalty spot past goalkeeper Hugo Gonzalez, who played his first match for El Tri at age 28.

"He's a winner this kid, and I think I've been really pleased in terms of his growth with the ball in tight spots," U.S. interim coach Dave Sarachan said. "We know that he can run and cover ground and win tackles and compete. But at the next level now can you do the next part? And that's have a presence with the ball and picking your spots so it just keeps getting better."

The left-footed Robinson, burned by Douglas Costa with a cross that led to Brazil's opening goal in a 2-0 loss Friday, had replaced right-footed Eric Lichaj at left back in the 56th minute.

"I just saw the defenders dropping really deep toward the goal so I cut it back across so hopefully someone could get on the end of it, and thankfully Tyler did," Robinson said. "And it was a really great finish.

Adams called Robinson's cross good timing with the ball trickling right to him.

"So watching it was like in slo-mo, the ball just came to me and I was able to finish it," Adams said.

Mexico played a man short after Zaldivar took down U.S. captain Wil Trapp in the 67th minute, and the U.S. immediately surged in its attack.

U.S. midfielder Weston McKennie was replaced in the 40th minute after what appeared to be a non-contact injury to his left knee. McKennie will have a scan Wednesday.

The U.S. now has three wins, two losses and three draws under Sarachan, who took over last October after Bruce Arena quit when the Americans failed to qualify for the World Cup. New general manager Earnie Stewart plans to announce a permanent coach later this year.

The Americans had two losses and a tie in their previous three matches against Mexico, including a home defeat and a road draw in World Cup qualifying. Sarachan liked how his team kept their composure.

"This was a group that wasn't going to lose tonight, and I couldn't be more proud," Sarachan said.

Since opening the World Cup with wins over defending champion Germany and South Korea, Mexico has lost four straight games for the first time since 2001. Losses to Sweden and Brazil and the World Cup were followed by an exhibition defeat to Uruguay, with El Tri outscored 10-1 over the four matches.

There were few chances in the first half, when both teams showed little creative flair.

The match between the regional rivals became heated in the second half. Edson Alvarez was given a yellow card for bumping Matt Miazga after the 6-foot-4 American mocked Diego Lainez, who was defending him despite being nearly a foot shorter.

A crowd of 40,194 turned out for the game at Nissan Stadium, one of the sites on the proposed preliminary list for 2026 World Cup matches.

Sarachan made six changes from Friday and his lineup averaging 23 years, 5 days, the youngest starting lineup for the Americans against Mexico since at least 1990.

Mexico changed 10 starters from Friday and gave debuts to Gonzalez, defenders Jose Abella and Gerardo Arteago, and midfielder Erick Aguirre.

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This story has been corrected to show that Douglas Costa, not Diego Costa, had the cross that led to Brazil's opening goal in Friday's 2-0 loss.

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A new study shows that Baby Boomers who use marijuana seem to be doing so more often than in previous years. A new study finds that almost 6 percent of those surveyed, ages 50 to 64, said they'd used marijuana in the past month. The drug is also gaining popularity among people in their 70s and 80s.

The study was published by the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence this month.

The analysis comes from information obtained in the National Survey on Drug Use and Health from 2015 and 2016. About 9 percent of U.S. adults between ages 50 and 64 used marijuana in the the previous year, according to results. Three percent of people over 65 used the drug in that time period.

In 2013, the same survey showed that 7 percent of middle-aged Americans used marijuana in the previous year, and only 1.4 percent of people over 65.

Laws allowing marijuana use have become more permissive in many states, and experts say it appears many people are giving the drug a try, either for fun or in an effort to relieve pain.

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          9/12/2018: ARTS & CULTURE: Fiery and turbulent encounters on a long      Cache   Translate Page      

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President Trump is a fine President and a true American Patriot. And Ovomit is just the opposite..........A TRAITOR AND LAWLESS SCUMBAG

Ovomit's
Acts of Treason:

1.Perpetrating acts of fraud, perjury and conspiracy in his refusal to confirm
his lawful eligibility to serve as president under the U.S. Constitution
Article II, Section 1, constituting impeachable offenses of high crimes and misdemeanors
adumbrated in U.S. Constitution Article II, Section 4;

2. Surrendering sovereign U.S. war-making to foreign powers and international
authorities by attacking Libya without consulting Congress, in violation of U.S. Constitution Article 1, Section 8 and U.S. Code Title 50, Chapter33:1541-1548;

3. Accepting foreign title and office while acting as U.S. President and without consulting Congress when in 2009, Obama assumed the Chairmanship of the UN Security
Council, the international body responsible for declaring war on behalf of the UN, in violation of U.S. Constitution Article I, Section 9;

4. Making
bribery attempts in word and in deed, as Obama administration offered bribes to
at least three Federal candidates for office: Joe Sestak, Andrew Romanoff and
Jim Matheson, in violation of U.S. Code Title 18, Section 201;

5. Defying a
Federal Court Order by refusing to halt the unconstitutional implementation of
the "Patient Healthcare and Affordable Care Act of 2010, popularly known
as "ObamaCare", in violation of U.S. Constitution Article II, Section
3, and Article III, Sections 1 & 2;

6. Defying a
Federal Court Order by refusing to grant lawful deep water drilling permits, in
violation of U.S. Constitution Article II, Section 3, and Article III, Sections
1 & 2;

7. Executive
Branch creation and implementation of regulations asserting unconstitutional
force of Federal law on matters explicitly rejected by or contrary to the will
and intent of Congress, specifically the EPA implementation of Cap and Trade,
in violation of U.S. Constitution Article I, Section 1 and Section 8;

8. Refusing
to secure our broken borders from illegal alien invasion, international
criminal incursion, and terrorist cadre penetration, in violation of U.S.
Constitution, Article III, Section 3 and Article IV, Section 4;

9. Executive
Branch malfeasance and impeding the administration of justice by preventing the
U.S. Department of Justice from investigating crimes committed for the direct
benefit of the President by presidential associates including: voter
intimidation at the hands of the New Black Panthers and ACORN election fraud,
in violation of U.S. Constitution Article II, Section 3, and U.S. Criminal Code
Section 135, (Comp. St. § 10305);

10. Direct
mobilizing and funding of mob violence, sedition and insurrection, as witnessed
in Wisconsin, by the President's own reelection campaign group Organizing for
America, and including open statements of incitement to the insurrection by the
President himself, in violation of U.S.Penal Code, Chapter 115, Section 2383;

11.
Executive Branch usurpation of lawmaking powers voiding duly enacted
legislation of Congress by improperly preventing the U.S. Department of Justice
from defending established Federal law – specifically the Defense of Marriage
Act, in violation of U.S. Constitution Article II, Section 3;

12. Adhering
to the enemies of the United States, giving them aid and comfort, as witnessed
by consorting with, supporting and installing to powerful Federal positions
persons who in writing, word and deed have called for and promoted the
overthrow of America's constitutionally guaranteed Republican form of
government, and the overthrow of the United States Constitution; including but
not limited to William Ayers, Bernadette Dohrn, Cass Sunstein, John Holdren,
Van Jones, Dalia Mogahed, Harold Koh, and Eric Holder, in violation of U.S.
Constitution, Article III, Section IV and U.S. Penal Code, Section 2385.

, according to Bill Gertz in the Washington Times, “the U.S. government has traced some of the
$1.7 billion released to Iran by the Obama administration to Iranian-backed
terrorists in the two years since the cash was transferred.”

There is a law that applies to this situation.
U.S. Code 2381 says: “Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies
war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort
within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer
death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this
title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office
under the United States.”

But there is one thing Barack Obama has on all
competitors: treason.

He showered hundreds of billions of dollars on
the Islamic Republic of Iran. There are those who say, “It was their money. It
belonged to the Iranian government but was frozen and not paid since 1979.”
Indeed, and there was a reason for that: not even Jimmy Carter, who made the
Islamic Republic of Iran possible, thought that money, which had been paid by
the Shah’s government in a canceled arms deal, belonged to the mullahs who
overthrew the Shah. Likewise Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Clinton, and George W.
Bush all thought that the Islamic Republic was not due money that was owed to
the Shah.

Only Barack Obama did.

The definition of treason is giving aid and
comfort to the enemy. The leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran order their
people to chant “Death to America” in mosques every Friday, and repeatedly vow
that they will ultimately destroy the United States of America and the state of
Israel. How was giving them billions and helping them skirt sanctions applied
by the U.S. government not treason?

A List of Obama’s Constitutional
Violations

Ovomit took the
Presidential Oath, swearing to “.. preserve, protect and defend the
Constitution of the United States” but has:

§ Used Executive Action in direct opposition
to the law, and unilaterally changes the law for at least five million illegal
aliens; Article 1 Section 1, ALL Legislative power held by Congress; “he shall
take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed,” Article II Section 3; Article
I Section 8

§ In direct violation of ACA Law ( Section 36B
) ordered subsidies be paid under Federal Exchange. Article. I. Section. 1;
Article II, Section 3.

§ *Entered Treaty Agreement with Iran without
Advice & Consent of the Senate. No agreement (including one with the UN) is
valid without 2/3 Senate approval. Article II Section 2.

§ Operation Choke Point program – Direct
infringement on 2nd Amendment.

§ Violated statute on “Material Support of
Terrorism” by returning top terrorists back to terrorist organizations. Article
II Section 3; Dereliction of Duty Article II Section 4

§ Violated Appropriations Act (DOD Section
8111) – GAO report; Article II Section 3

§ Ignored law that requires Congress be
notified prior to any detainees being moved from Guantanamo. “he shall take
Care that the Laws be faithfully executed,” Article II Section 3

§ Using EPA to “legislate” over States,
Congress, and Federal Court; Article II Section 3; Article I Section 8; Direct
violation of Presidential Oath.

§ Appointed 24+ Federal agency czars without
advice and consent of the Senate; Violation of Article II Section 2

§ Used Executive Privilege in regards to Fast
& Furious gun running scandal. When Government misconduct is the concern
Executive privilege is negated.

§ 23 Executive Orders on gun control –
infringement of the 2nd Amendment

§ Exposed identity and methods of operation of
a Navy SEALs team – Illegal for a President to reveal classified military
secrets. Article II Section 3

§ 2 Executive actions mandating private health
information on patients be turned over to NICS – Violation of HIPPA law.

§ Executive Order bypassing Congress on
immigration – Article 1 Section 1, ALL Legislative power held by Congress;
Article II Section 3; Article I Section 8

§ Unilaterally issued new exemptions to
immigration restrictions law that bars certain asylum-seekers and refugees who
provided “limited material support” to t

errorists. – Article 1 Section 1; Article I
Section 8 Congress shall have the Power..to establish an uniform Rule of
Naturalization.

§ Issued directive instructing ICE to NOT
enforce immigration laws in certain cases. Article 1 Section 1, ALL Legislative
power held by Congress; “he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully
executed,” Article II Section 3; Article I Section 8

§ Release of convicted illegal aliens ordered
in direct opposition to law-Article II Section 3

§ Expanded executive action for amnesty to
illegal immigrant relatives of DREAM Act beneficiaries. Article 1 Section 1,
ALL Legislative power held by Congress; “he shall take Care that the Laws be
faithfully executed,” Article II Section 3; Article I Section 8

§ Executive action directing DHS that almost
all immigration offenses were unenforceable absent a separate criminal conviction.
Article 1 Section 1, ALL Legislative power held by Congress; “he shall take
Care that the Laws be faithfully executed,” Article II Section 3; Article I
Section 8

§ Ignoring Law (2006 Secure Fence Act) “he
shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed,” Article II Section 3

§ Used DOJ to ignore section 8 of the Voting
Rights Act. ” he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed,” Article
II Section 3

§ Used DOJ to prevent Arizona and Alabama from
enforcing immigration laws. – 10th Amendment

§ Information memorandum telling states that
they can waive the work requirement for welfare recipients, thereby altering
the 1996 welfare reform law. – Article 1 Section 1, ALL Legislative power held
by Congress.

§ Used NLRB to dictate to a business where
they can do business. (Boeing Dreamliner Plant). No Constitutional authority to
do so.

§ NDAA – Section 1021. Due process Rights
negated. Violation of 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th Amendments.

§ Executive Order 13603 NDRP – Government can
seize anything

§ Executive Order 13524 – Gives INTERPOL
jurisdiction on American soil beyond law enforcement agencies, including the
FBI.

§ Executive Order 13636 Infrastructure
Cybersecurity – Bypassing Congress Article 1 Section 1, ALL Legislative power
held by Congress

§ Attempt to tax political contributions – 1st
Amendment

§ DOMA Law – Obama directed DOJ to ignore the
Constitution and separation of powers and not enforce the law. ” he shall take
Care that the Laws be faithfully executed,” Article II Section 3

§ Dodd-Frank – Due process and separation of
powers. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau writing and interpreting law.
Article. I. Section. 1

§ Drone strikes on American Citizens – 5th
Amendment Due process Rights negated

§ Bypassed Congress and gave EPA power to
advance Cap-n-Trade

§ Attempt for Graphic tobacco warnings (under
appeal) – 1st Amendment

§ Four Exec. appointments – Senate was NOT in
recess (Court has ruled unconstitutional yet the appointees still remain)

§ Obama took Chairmanship of UN Security
Council – Violation of Section 9.

§ ACA (Obamacare) mandate – SCOTUS rewrote
legislation and made it a tax because there is no Constitutional authority for
Congress to force Americans to engage in commerce. SCOTUS has no authority to
Legislate or lay taxes. Article I Section 1 & 8.

§ Contraceptive, abortifacients mandate
violation of First Ammendment

§ Healthcare waivers – No president has
dispensing powers

§ Refuses to acknowledge state’s 10th
Amendment rights to nullify Obamacare

§ Going after states (AZ lawsuit) for
upholding Federal law (immigration) -10th Amendment.

§ Chrysler Bailout -TARP – violated creditors
rights and bankruptcy law, as well as Takings and Due Process Clauses – 5th
Amendment (G.W. Bush also illegally used TARP funds for bailouts)

§ The Independent Payment Advisory Board
(appointees by the president). Any decisions by IPAB will instantly become law
starting in 2014 – Separation of Powers, Article 1 Section 1.

§ Congress did not approve Obama’s war in
Libya. Article I, Section 8, First illegal war U.S. has engaged in. Impeachable
under Article II, Section 4; War Powers Act – Article II Section 3.

§ Obama falsely claims UN can usurp
Congressional war powers.

§ Obama has acted outside the constitutional
power given him – this in itself is unconstitutional.

§ Bribery of Senator Ben Nelson and Senator
Mary Landrey. (Cornhusker Kickback and Louisiana Purchase) Article II, Section
4.

§ With the approval of Obama, the NSA and the
FBI are tapping directly into the servers of 9 internet companies to gain
access to emails, video/audio, photos, documents, etc. This program is code
named PRISM. NSA also collecting data on all phone calls in U.S. – Violation of
4th Amendment.

§ Directed signing of U.N. Firearms treaty –
2nd Amendment.

§ The Senate/Obama immigration bill (approved
by both) raises revenue – Section 7. All Bills for raising Revenue shall
originate in the House of Representatives

§ Obama altered law – (A president has no
authority to alter law) Delayed upholding the Employer Mandate Law (ACA) until
2015 – Individual Mandate will be enforced. A President does not have that
authority – Article. I. Section. 1. All legislative Powersherein granted shall
be vested in a Congress of the United States; The president “shall take care
that the laws be faithfully executed” -Article II, Section 3; Equal Protection
Clause -14th Amendment.

§ Obama altered law – ACA Medicare cuts
delayed until 2015. Article. I. Section. 1; Article II, Section 3.

§ Obama altered law – Enforcement of
eligibility requirements for ACA delayed until 2015. Article. I. Section. 1;
Article II, Section 3.

§ Obama wavered ACA Income Verification
Article. I. Section. 1; Article II, Section 3.

§ Obama altered law – Delayed ACA caps on out
of pocket expenses until 2015. (when implemented premiums will skyrocket)
Article. I. Section. 1; Article II, Section 3.

§ Obama ignored judicial order to fulfill
legal obligation regarding Yucca Mountain waste. Article II, Section 3

§ Waived Federal provision that prevents U.S.
From arming terrorist groups – Article I. Section 1; Impeachable under Article
III, Section 3.

§ Directed State Department HS to ignore law
barring entry to U.S. those giving political or charitable aid to known
terrorist groups. Article. I. Section. 1; Article II, Section 3.

§ Obama shelves part of the ACA Law for
Insurers, extending the life of non-qualifying (according to ACA) plans until
Jan. 1, 2015. Article. I. Section. 1; Article II, Section 3. Violation of the
Take Care Clause, Separation of Powers.

§ Obama waved ACA individual mandate for those
that lost their insurance. Article. I. Section. 1; Article II, Section 3.
Violation of the Take Care Clause, Separation of Powers.

§ Obama alters ACA law and exempts companies
employing between 50-100 full-time workers from business mandate until 2016.
Article. I. Section. 1; Article II, Section 3.

§ In total, Obama has unilaterally altered ACA
24 times. Article. I. Section. 1; Article II, Section 3. Violation of the Take
Care Clause, Separation of Powers.


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FORMATION NOTES: About 50/50 between shotgun and other stuff, with an emphasis on TEs and WRs—just 12 fullback snaps for Mason. Nothing stood out as unusual. WMU responded with a four-man front on every play and some rolled up safeties... sometimes absurdly so.

This was less of a problem for the run game than you'd think but RBs did have to dodge these guys at the line from time to time. The flipside was the Nico Collins touchdown, which was super easy because a safety lined up at eight yards.

SUBSTITUTION NOTES: Same OL as the opener. Second team was Mayfield/Filiaga/Spanellis/Honigford/Hudson. QBs went Patterson, McCaffrey, Peters. Higdon and Evans got closer to equal reps with Wilson indeed the #3. WR rotation was pretty much the same as the opener, with DPJ and Collins clear-ish starters on the outside and Martin the only guy rotating in much. TEs were the same.

Muhammad, Schoonmaker, Turner, Milton, and Hayes not getting in strongly implies redshirts are coming for them.

[After THE JUMP: I am down with the G]

Ln Dn Ds O Form RB TE WR D Form Box Type Play Player Yards
M28 1 10 Shotgun 2TE tight 1 2 2 4-3 even 7.5 Pass TE out Gentry 10
CB blitz with Gentry running a two yard out right where the blitz came from. Patterson IDs and throws, nice catchable ball that Gentry turns up for a first down. (CA, 3, protection 1/1)
M38 1 10 I-Form 2 1 2 4-3 over 7.5 Penalty False Start JBB -5
JBB -1.
M33 1 15 Shotgun trips 1 1 3 Nickel over 6 Run Inside zone Higdon 2
Patterson(-2) has a clear keep read with the backside end crashing and gives instead. DE doesn’t screw it up. This is a solid gain and maybe a bust right to the second level if DE shuffles, with Bredeson(+1) driving his man about two yards downfield and Ruiz(+1) finding and kicking a blitzball LB. Higdon’s about to test that gap and either Bredeson’s guy gets him or he’s to the secondary when the DE tackles.
M35 2 13 Shotgun twin TE H twins 1 2 2 4-3 even 7.5 Run Power O Higdon 2
Playside DE slanting and trying to stick as close to the releasing JBB as possible. McKeon(-1) is a beat slow realizing this and allows some penetration. This penetration picks off Bredeson(-1) but Bredeson should be able to get around this. Instead he stops and refocuses on the DE. Higdon(+0.5) cuts behind into this gap and is almost able to dodge the free LB but gets tripped up after juking him to the ground.
M37 3 11 Shotgun trips 1 1 3 Nickel even 6 Pass Flare screen Evans 0
Conservative, but at least it’s Evans-focused? McKeon(-2) is supposed to crack the playside LB and releases way too deep and waits for him to try to get outside. Instead he just runs upfield. WMU appears to leave NT in spy zone so he flows out in the midst of Ruiz and Bredeson. Those two guys have Evans bracketed and by the time he WOOPS the linebacker the cavalry has arrived. (CA, 3, screen, RPS -1)
Drive Notes: Punt, 0-0, 13 min 1st Q.  
Ln Dn Ds O Form RB TE WR D Form Box Type Play Player Yards
M19 1 10 Shotgun twin TE H 1 2 2 4-3 under 7 Run Jet sweep Thomas 6
Technically a touch pass so delete one passing attempt for Patterson. WMU seems to feel this is coming and a S comes up to hit Eubanks at the LOS. Thomas goes around this to the edge, which is open as DPJ(+1) had a long long block on a CB who didn’t press the issue much. Thomas(+1) is both fast and able to fend off Eubanks’s guy.
M25 2 4 Ace 3TE 1 3 1 4-3 over 9 Pass Waggle comeback Martin 8
WMU blitzes into this but the LB initially checks inside run instead of running directly at Patterson. This gives Patterson a window, but not much of one. He’s rolling away from his throwing arm but manages to set up and fling a sideline dart to Martin for an inch perfect conversion. Dang. (DO+, 1, protection N/A, RPS -1)
M33 1 10 Shotgun trips 1 1 3 Nickel under 6 Run Inside zone Higdon 4
WMU exchanges on the backside. JBB(+1) does a good job to fend off the shuffling DE and then affect the LB once he reads the handoff and attacks. Ruiz can’t help Onwenu(-1) as he’s got a blitzball LB coming to him; Ruiz(+0.5) does handle him. Bredeson(+1) stays attached through an attempted rip and drives his guy upfield, creating the hole. Higdon(+0.5) finds it after a slight delay and hits it. Onwneu’s guy pops off and grabs him just as he’s about to break through.
M37 2 6 Ace 2TE tight 1 2 2 4-3 under 8.5 Run Inside zone Higdon 4
LB level is spread out by M’s formation and slants away. Bredeson(+1) and Ruiz(+1) pick up the NT and shove him four yards downfield. Runyan(-1) has a DE slant outside of him and passes him up. He then checks the second level and decides not to go get a safety creeping down. He also doesn’t stop and stall the DT now inside of McKeon, who’s trying but has no angle to do anything with this guy. Higdon cuts behind the huge blowout block and gets tackled from the side by DT.
M41 3 2 I-Form Big twin TE 2 2 1 4-3 under 8.5 Run Down G Higdon 43
Power with a playside guard pull and he kicks out as the FB jets through the gap. Onwenu(+1) pulls and gets a blitzer. Mason(+3) HAMMERS the playside LB back into an overhang corner. Gentry(+0.5) and McKeon(+0.5) both get relatively easy blocks done. JBB might hit his guy too hard? He nails the guy, and then that guy spins off, giving ground to get around, and JBB can only chase him to Higdon. Not really his fault. Higdon(+2) runs through that attempted arm tackle and then cuts back behind a safety, setting sail into the open field. S was able to slow him enough to prevent a TD.
O16 1 10 I-Form Big twin TE 2 2 1 5-3 under 9 Run Down G Higdon 0
Back to the well. To the other side. WMU has something on to defeat it this time, with a five-man line featuring a playside end who dives inside the puller and a double eagle front that allows the NT to split Ruiz(-2) and Onwenu; Ruiz leaves immediately without getting a brush on the NT and Onwenu can’t do anything with that. Ruiz then doesn’t get a second level block, targeting the guy Gentry is targeting. Runyan(+0.5) turns in a guy slanting away from him pretty well. Other blocks are push-ish and untested because of the WMU dive and the Ruiz issue. RPS -1.
O16 2 10 Ace 2TE tight 1 2 2 4-3 over 7 Pass Waggle TE flat McKeon 16
Man I don’t know how you let this happen on second and ten. PA fake sucks in the entire LB level and the backside S to the point where McKeon can turn up the standard TE flat route on a waggle for a TD. (CA, 3, protection N/A, RPS +2)
Drive Notes: Touchdown, 7-0, 7 min 1st Q.  
Ln Dn Ds O Form RB TE WR D Form Box Type Play Player Yards
M33 1 10 Shotgun 3-wide 1 1 3 4-3 over 6.5 Run Down G Higdon 67
Playside DT seems to bust hard. He jets outside. DE jets outside. Bredeson(+1) gets a good widening kick on the DT and the DE is gone too. Ruiz does the run-by on a nose tackle who dives inside of him; NT has occupied nobody and is run by immediately. Gentry(+1) gets a second level block and moves that guy out; Runyan and Onwenu both get the other LB. Ruiz has nobody to block. Higdon(+1) barely has to do anything but does show impressive long speed, beating the WMU safety to the corner and dusting him.
Drive Notes: Touchdown, 14-0, 4 min 1st Q.  
Ln Dn Ds O Form RB TE WR D Form Box Type Play Player Yards
O46 1 10 Shotgun 3-wide 1 1 3 4-3 over 6.5 Run Split zone Higdon 19
RPS for M here as WMU splits out a linebacker and then blitzes him off the edge. He’s unable to shuffle because of his wide starting position. Backside DE and LB both slant to the IZ action. Gentry(+0.5) kicks the LB. JBB(+2) attaches and drives the backside DE two yards downfield, providing a great angle of attack for Higdon(+1). He takes it and runs through an arm tackle for YAC. RPS +1.
O27 1 10 Shotgun 3-wide 1 1 3 4-3 over 6.5 Run Down G Evans 27
No bust here and a tighter lane for Evans to hit. It has a bonus S at eight-yards-and-charging, too. Evans(+2) gives him the business; S collapses in pile of viscera. Lane there because Runyan(+1) turned in a DT; Gentry(+1) sealed a LB inside; Ruiz(+1) got the other LB. Bredeson(+0.5) got just enough of a kick. This was real close to an RPS negative if that S splattered Evans in the hole.
Drive Notes: Touchdown, 21-0, 1 min 1st Q. Ensuing WMU punt blocked.  
Ln Dn Ds O Form RB TE WR D Form Box Type Play Player Yards
O24 1 10 Shotgun 3-wide 1 1 3 4-3 even 7 Pass TE wheel McKeon Inc
Bredeson(-1) takes on a guy diving inside of him; dude spins through. Bredeson is still attached and Patterson could move away from this if he wanted but he sees that he’s got McKeon for a TD and tries to get the throw out; hit on the release. Ball sails. Runyan was having some difficulties but his guy seems to trip. McKeon is wide open. (PR, 0, protection ½, RPS +2)
O24 2 10 Shotgun 3-wide 1 1 3 4-3 over 6.5 Run Split zone Higdon 9
I guess? This isn’t one of those isos where you insert a TE because Ruiz releases instead of doubling a DT, but JBB kicks a DE out instead of letting him go for the read. This is again a read nobody play. M just about blocks it, with JBB(+1) getting that kick and Ruiz(+0.5) getting around to a LB; looks like Higdon(+2) can attack that backside gap. He doesn’t trust it, understandably, since it look iffy. He then cuts to a frontside gap with an unblocked S in it. Onwenu’s block is just okay so he’s tripping over Onwenu’s legs when the safety hits him but he somehow stays up and goes and gets nine.
O15 3 1 Goal line 2 2 1 5-3 under 10 Run Down G Higdon 0
Bredeson(-1) trips coming out and falls right in the lane. McKeon(-1) rocked back by a DE. Runyan(-1) blocks down and is unable to hold his ground. By the time Higdon gets to the hole it’s been slammed shut.
O15 4 1 Goal line 2 2 1 5-3 under 10 Run Iso Higdon 1
M runs at a bubble in the WMU line. Martin and McKeon have a DE and move him a bit; Runyan and Bredeson double and bury a DT who’s firing out super low. This leaves Mason(+1) against the whole LB level. He wins the kamikaze battle against the first guy who shows and that’s just enough to get Higdon across the line. Too close for comfort.
O14 1 10 Shotgun 4-wide tight 1 2 2 4-3 even 9 Pass Drag DPJ 12
First read is Evans on a wheel but Collins can’t quite drive his defender into the path of a LB who hauls ass to get out on this. WMU sends six and one of them comes from LB depth so the line doesn’t pick him up. Patterson’s facing down that guy and is able to hit plan B, which is DPJ on mesh. His arm slot here is weird and he doesn’t step into it but job gets done. (CA+, 3, protection 0/1, TEAM -1)
O2 1 G Goal line 2 2 1 Goal line 11 Run Down G Evans 2
Evans bounces as McKeon(+1) and Gentry(+0.5) seal in their guys, with Gentry losing his a bit. Bredeson pulls around and is just able to get a shove in on a LB who’s attacking. Guy gets an ankle tackle in that Evans(+1) is able to power through into the endzone.
Drive Notes: Touchdown, 28-0, 9 min 2nd Q.  
Ln Dn Ds O Form RB TE WR D Form Box Type Play Player Yards
O49 1 10 Ace 3-wide tight 1 1 3 4-3 over 7 Penalty Illegal sub N/A 5
12 is too many
O44 1 5 Ace 3-wide tight 1 1 3 4-3 under 7 Pass PA Post Collins 44
Very, very bad zone coverage by the two guys with deep responsibilities here. Both are way too casual out of their backpedals and the deep S gets run by like he’s not there. Patterson makes no mistake. (CA, 3, protection 2/2, RPS +2). Collins route +, I guess. But this was too easy.
Drive Notes: Touchdown, 35-0, 7 min 2nd Q.  
Ln Dn Ds O Form RB TE WR D Form Box Type Play Player Yards
M14 1 10 Shotgun 2TE twins 1 2 2 4-3 over 7.5 Run Pin and pull Higdon 1
McKeon(-0.5) gets ripped through and playside DE flows down the line. McKeon stays attached and manages to keep pushing. Higdon tries the outside but WMU players reacted quickly and have contained the edge. Higdon(-2) cuts back, way slow for my taste, and manages to get behind the McKeon block. Bredeson(+1) eliminated playside DT to help create the space. Ruiz(+0.5) cut off a LB to help. Onwenu is harassing a DT who has the ability to get over if Higdon does try to hit it fast.
M15 2 9 Shotgun twin TE 1 2 2 4-3 over 7 Run Power O Higdon 5
Thomas in, fake jet with action underneath it. WMU run blitzes and has a safety at 6 and one at 8, so heavy sledding. Onwenu(+1) finds his guy and moves him out; JBB(+1) steps around a DT and locks him out so there’s a lane up the gut. Bredeson(-2) pulls and neither hits the unblocked EMLOS who is widening out for Thomas or goes in that gap. Instead he hits the guy JBB has locked out. Higdon(+0.5) does find this gap and hits it. Unblocked S and unblocked DE converge to hold it down. Ruiz(+0.5) did a good job to ID and cut off a blitzer.
M20 1 10 Shotgun 3-wide H 1 1 3 Exotic 7 Pass Rollout comeback DPJ 14
Patterson rolls out directly into an edge blitz. He’s able to run around that dude and survey downfield. DPJ(route+) is running an out that a zone defender is going to be underneath so he converts it to a comeback and runs himself open. Patterson hits him in the number. (DO+, 3, protection N/A, RPS -1)
M34 1 10 Shotgun 2TE twins 1 2 2 4-3 over 7.5 Run Pin and pull Evans -1
Another pin and pull on which WMU cuts off the outside but leaves a lane inside that RB does not see. In this case it’s Evans(-2). McKeon(+1) turns in a relevant DE and Onwenu(+0.5) is able to climb to the backside LB, delaying him significantly. Two LBs flow hard outside and get outside Ruiz and Runyan, who both get adequate kicks. Evans misses the cut and by the time he takes it it’s filled.
M33 2 11 Shotgun 3-wide 1 1 3 4-3 over 7 Pass TE out McKeon 6
This may get out too fast as McKeon and Collins are crossing right next to each other when the catch is made. Man coverage so not a huge deal but Collins’s guy is able to fall off and tackle when it looked like Collins was going to rub the S on McKeon and open up a nice chunk of YAC. Still a decent gain. (CA, 3, protection 1/1)
M39 3 5 Pistol 3-wide 1 1 3 4-3 over 7 Pass Waggle throwaway N/A Inc
Rollout against his body. McKeon very covered; DPJ offscreen but probably covered as well. Feel like Patterson does have a shot at Perry on a crossing route but he’s getting pressure and may not be comfortable getting his shoulders around for a throw that could be dangerous. (TA, N/A, protection N/A, RPS -1)
Drive Notes: Punt, 35-0, EO1H  
Ln Dn Ds O Form RB TE WR D Form Box Type Play Player Yards
O47 1 10 Ace twins 1 2 2 4-3 even 7.5 Run Inside zone Evans 5
LBs are blitzballing so there’s a lot of momentum to stall at the line. M does, neither letting a LB through or a DL, and now they just have to get a crack. They cannot quite do this. Onwenu(+1) is able to move a LB out and Evans hops through the gap behind him. JBB can’t quite drive or lock out the other DT but doesn’t exactly lose the block either. Evans(+0.5) plows into him and is able to blast him back because JBB is still leaning on him.
O42 2 5 Ace trips tight 1 2 2 4-3 over 7 Run Counter Evans 18
Very crack sweep formation, counter step and then run away from the crack sweep look. Runyan(+1) and Bredeson(+1) eliminate guys they’re blocking down on. Onwenu’s guy on the edge tries to dive inside of him; Onwenu(+1) handles that well and seals him away. Playside LB is coming right behind this guy to the outside; Gentry runs by him. S shows to fill for the gap the LB is vacating; Gentry does block him. Good Never Turn Upfield. Evans(+3) hops outside the LB; LB falls. He then cuts inside the Gentry block. DPJ (+1) blasts a LB by him. Evans then WOOPS another safety and stiffarms a DL for a chunk.
O24 1 10 Offset I 2 1 2 4-3 under 8 Run Counter Evans 0
Similar play from a different formation. Runyan(-2) gets surged through. Onwenu(+1) is pulling; he gets met by that guy and runs through him to still get his kickout. Runyan then really really appears to hold the guy (refs +2) but gets away with it; Mason(+1) runs up and blasts him. Evans is trying to cut inside the kickout when blitzer from the backside gets him. Gentry(-2) appears to bust here as he hits a LB further inside who JBB is setting up to wall off. JBB chases the outside guy and gets to look bad because of someone else’s block. Didn’t matter much as free LB because of Runyan stuff was also there.
O24 2 10 Shotgun 2TE twins 1 2 2 4-3 over 7.5 Pass Rollout out Perry Inc
Man they just do not want to pass block from the pocket at all. WMU is expecting this stuff now. Perry’s going to get whomped for three or four yards if this is complete; it’s high. (IN, 1, protection 1/1)
O24 3 10 Shotgun 3-wide 1 1 3 Okie two 7 Pass Dumpoff Wilson 2

WMU has six guys at the LOS and starts backing a couple out presnap as the overhang LB threatens; this looks like nobody accounted for him. JBB is picking which guy to let through and picks the outside one. That guy is about to sack when Patterson gets off an under hand chuck to Wilson, who released after finding no one to block and may be you pass pro culprit. (CA+, 3, protection 0/2, TEAM -2)

Drive Notes: Missed FG(40), 35-0, 10 min 3rd Q.  
Ln Dn Ds O Form RB TE WR D Form Box Type Play Player Yards
M49 1 10 Offset I 2 1 2 4-3 under 7.5 Pass Tunnel screen DPJ 0
WMU OLB right in the throwing lane as Gentry(-1) seems to block him there. Patterson still throws this but the ball has to avoid that guy and that takes DPJ away from his blocks and fouls the play up. (CA, 3, screen, RPS -1)
M49 2 10 Shotgun 3-wide 1 1 3 4-3 under 7 Run Split zone Evans 27
Big gap up the gut as Onwenu(+1) and JBB(+1) blow out a DT. M catches an exchange so Gentry(+1) blocks a guy charging down and LB containing Patterson eliminates himself. Ruiz(+0.5) and Bredeson(+0.5) move the other guy and Evans(+2) is through before the LB level can get back to him. Evans then sets up a Collins(+1) block and bursts outside to turn a chunk into two chunks. RPS +1, split zone vs exchange.
O24 1 10 Shotgun 3-wide 1 1 3 4-3 over 7.5 Pass Fade DPJ Inc (Pen +15)
Quick fade with no other read, really. DPJ and DB seem to have some mutual arm-fighting and DPJ is reduced to diving at this ball with one hand. He can’t make the spectacular catch. He does draw a PI call as DB clearly grabs his jersey and impedes his dive at the ball. (CA, 0, protection N/A)
O9 1 G Shotgun 3-wide 1 1 3 4-3 under 7.5 Run Split zone Evans 3
Another exchange. DE is prepared for split zone this time and dives under Gentry, no fault of his, to force a cutback into the LB coming behind. Evans(+0.5) makes the cut he has to and manages to grind out a few. JBB(+1) gave him the lane with a driving block. RPS -1, back to the well.
O6 2 G Ace trips tight TE 1 3 1 Goal line 10 Run Inside zone Evans 2
Playside DE takes a double from Runyan and Bredeson(-1), splitting it once Runyan has to peel off for a charging LB. Bredeson is not in position to finish or seal the guy and he surges upfield. Eubanks(-1) lets his guy under him and he chases to Evans to help tackle.
O4 3 G Shotgun trips TE 1 1 3 4-3 over 9 Pass Corner DPJ 4
Not a super route that gets DPJ open, tight window, nailed. (DO, 3, protection 1/1). Collins slant was probably easier and also six but man wants a DO.
Drive Notes: Touchdown, 42-0, 6 min 3rd Q.  
Ln Dn Ds O Form RB TE WR D Form Box Type Play Player Yards
M32 1 10 I-Form Big twin TE 2 2 1 4-3 under 9 Run Power O Evans 5
This is encouraging. WMU shoves a LB to the LOS and inserts him; M adapts well. Onwenu(+0.5) walls off a DL slanting away. JBB(+1) takes the LB and kicks him out after he jets outside. Bredeson(+0.5) gets inside of this instead of heading outside where his initial flight path took him. He’s able to whack a LB and create some space for Evans. Unfortunately for the TEs they blew their guy right back into the RB’s path because they’re expecting the ball to go outside of them. Various folks converge. Evans(+0.5) did a good job to follow Bredeson.
M37 2 5 Goal line H 2 2 1 5-3 under 9 Pass PA drag Martin Inc
PA from a big formation, Patterson looks at McKeon and doesn’t like it. Comes off it, finds Martin on a drag but throws it well behind him, Martin can’t quite make the spinning catch. (IN, 1, protection 2/2)
M37 3 5 Shotgun 3-wide 1 1 3 4-3 under 7 Run Zone read keeper Patterson 16
Split zone action induces crash from backside end as WMU’s been burned on this a couple times before. Patterson(+1) reads, keeps, and gets the edge easy. RPS +2.
O47 1 10 I-Form 2 1 2 4-3 over 8 Run Off tackle Wilson 2
WMU brings a safety down and also blitzes a linebacker, which jams up the front and picks off Mason. Wilson heads off tackle and eats an unblocked LB. RPS -1. Still got 2.
O45 2 8 Ace 3TE 1 3 1 4-3 under 9 Pass Waggle sack N/A -16
Big ol formation, waggle, this time a WMU guy is hell for leather for Patterson from the drop and he cannot escape. (PR, N/A, protection N/A, RPS -2). Patterson makes a bad decision to try to get rid of the ball purposelessly but his knee’s down.
M39 3 24 Shotgun 3-wide 1 1 3 Okie two 6 Pass Post Perry Inc
Pass pro tested and it’s excellent, giving Patterson time to survey and fire downfield. He finds Perry for the first down but puts it in the #buttzone. Perry is not Butt and he can only get a hand on it. (MA, 1, protection 3/3)
Drive Notes: Punt, 42-0, EO3Q. McCaffrey and second string OL enter.  
Ln Dn Ds O Form RB TE WR D Form Box Type Play Player Yards
M44 1 10 Ace twins 1 2 2 4-3 even 7.5 Run Inside zone Wilson 13
Honigford(+2) blasts his DT well out of the hole. Hudson(+2) kicks the other DT, staying attached on a rip and driving. Wilson hits a cavern.
O43 1 10 Ace twins 1 2 2 4-3 even 8 Run Inside zone Wilson 9
Good decisive cutback from Wilson(+1), who finds a backside gap. Gentry(+0.5) got a kick; Hudson(+2) buries a DT. Honigford had to pop off a double almost immediately to try and hit a LB, which he barely does; Hudson does this on his own. To a MAC backup, probably. But still! Wilson(+0.5) is then able to run through a safety tackle for a nice gain.
O34 2 1 I-Form 2 1 2 4-3 over 7 Pass Sack N/A -2
PA and they’re hoping to hit FB in the flat. That FB is Eubanks and covered. Covered ish. McCaffrey should throw this. Or he should throw it to Gentry, wide open further inside. Wilson cuts the hell out of a DE but once McCaffrey doesn’t throw it this play isn’t designed for a lot of pass pro. Scramble, sack. (TAX, N/A, protection 2/2)
O36 3 3 Shotgun 3-wide 1 1 3 4-3 under 7 Run Inside zone Wilson 8
Unblocked DE fires straight upfield like it’s 2008. Easy give read. Honigford(+1) again gets off a double to block a blitzing LB, this time he whacks and moves him out. Hudson(+1) moves the DT, who spins out but removes himself from the play as Wilson jets directly upfield.
O28 1 10 Shotgun 3-wide 1 1 3 4-3 even 7 Run Arc read keeper McCaffrey 10
DE crashes, pull. Eubanks(+0.5) arcs and harasses gray area LB. McCaffrey(+1) threatens outside and then cuts upfield for a solid gain. RPS is over, but RPS!
O18 1 10 Shotgun 3-wide 1 1 3 4-3 over 7 Pass Waggle deep out McCurry 18
McCurry(route +) drives vertical on a safety and then breaks out just as that guy has flipped his hips completely. He’s wide open. McCaffrey seems to expect this and hits him in rhythm. McCurry(+1) then dodges the poor bastard he just nuked with his route and scores. Not bad! (CA, 3, protection N/A)
Drive Notes: Touchdown, 49-0, 9 min 4th Q.  
Ln Dn Ds O Form RB TE WR D Form Box Type Play Player Yards
M18 1 10 Ace twins 1 2 2 4-3 under 7 Run Inside zone Wilson 17
Yes okay people Mayfield(+2) takes a WMU linebacker and puts him ten yards downfield before he can get off the block. Wilson(+1) hits the big hole that results and smartly threatens out before cutting in on a WR block to maximize his yardage.
Drive Notes: EOG, 49-3. M’s final three plays aren’t worth clipping.  

I am still suffused with the ennui from last week

/false start

no

/two yard run

BOOOOO

/two yard run

BOOOOO

/failed screen

BOOOOO

/many touchdowns

okay I guess

any less ennui'd?

The man... who threw good? Gives me the tiniest ember of hope within my black, cynical heart?

Sure, let's start there. Michigan didn't turn to Patterson frequently. When they did he did very well:

SHEA PATTERSON

  Good   Neutral   Bad   Ovr
Game DO CA SCR   PR MA   BA TA IN BR   DSR PFF
Notre Dame 2+ 18(4)+ 1   5 1   1(1) 2 2 1*   77% -
WMU 3++ 9(2)++     2 1     1 2     77% -

3 DOs and four pressure-affected throws in the good column is a hell of a lot in 13 throws, with nothing serious in the negative column. Those pressured throws were almost all waggles that WMU was rushing out on because it was predictable that Michigan would try to avoid, you know, blocking. And this is an eye-opener:

Doing more or less that again later in in the game doubly so. This awkward arm-slot no-step dump to DPJ is also an eye opener in a slightly different manner:

And sure, do this, I like it.

He's got the slant there but man wants a DO on his chart, I guess.

Patterson had a couple of misses but they were narrow. His deep post to Grant Perry was about six inches too high for him and would have been just fine for Zach Gentry; an out to Oliver Martin was well behind him. Everything else was on point, and he got to display his ability to not dorf it when the easy opportunity presents itself:

You never know for sure but given what I saw last year that seems like Patterson intentionally leaving it a bit short because he'd rather do that than try the perfect in-stride pass and increase his chances of blowing it.

Also I guess the running many yards was slightly encouraging.

Yes, I thought that was all right.

Offensive Line

Player + - Total Notes
Runyan 2.5 4 -1.5 Couple of –2s and clear right handed bias for run game.
Bredeson 7.5 5 2.5 Couple of dorfs.
Ruiz 5.5 2 3.5 Helped move some guys. No fancy reaches or pulls yet.
Onwenu 7 1 6 Digging people out.
JBB 8 1 7 Pounded face.
Spanellis       DNC
McKeon 2.5 4.5 -2 Blew a screen pretty badly.
Gentry 5 3 2 Solid kickouts on those split zones.
Eubanks 0.5 1 -0.5  
Mason 5   5 THUNK
TOTAL 43.5 21.5 67% Mendoza hit.
Backs
Player + - T Notes
Patterson 1 2 -1 One good pull, one bad non-pull.
McCaffrey 1   1 Better zone read opp this week.
Higdon 7.5 2 5.5 Broke several tackles, only one missed opp
Evans 9.5 2 7.5 WOOP
Samuels       DNC
Wilson 2.5   2.5 Promising.
Turner       DNP
TOTAL 21.5 6 15.5 Made plays.
Receivers
Player + - T Notes
DPJ 2   2 Helped Evans out once.
Collins        
Perry        
Martin        
Thomas 1   1 Jet on which he got a tough corner. 
McCurry        
Black       DNP
TOTAL 3   3 Eh.
Metrics
Player + - T Notes
Protection 10 4 71% Bredeson –1, TEAM -3
RPS 10 10 0 Waggles on which M needed heroic throws to get 8 yards significant negative component.

 

Run blocking dipped a bit relative to ND's surprisingly good number but remained above the Mendoza line of 66% that we want to hit for a real good day on the ground. Michigan's much better ground game has a lot to do with the level of competition—a giant DL bust paved the way for a 67-yard touchdown on which Cesar Ruiz released and had no one to block—and a lot to do with the running backs, who made the most of the opportunities provided them.

Pass protection gets a big ol' incomplete. It was clear Michigan did not want to do much, if any of it. Pass pro opportunities were incredibly rare. When they risked it at all it was often on a relatively quick throw. The only extended incidents were the overthrow to McKeon where Bredeson got spun through and the near-conversion on third and twenty four where Michigan stoned WMU:

Hooray for that but running a zillion rollouts against WMU probably says more than the above about Michigan's trust in their pass protection.

OKAY WHAT ABOUT THE BACKUPS THOUGH

really

YES

Because I knew you would demand backup taeks, you maniac, I reviewed Michigan's last couple drives. Wilson and McCaffrey's scores are in the chart above. Only three of the backup OL drew numbers on the five plays I charted. Honigford was +3, Hudson +5, Mayfield +2. That's a lot in a short amount of time.

The McCaffrey-led TD drive did most of its work behind the right side of the line, where James Hudson and Joel Honigford did good work. Wilson's first chunk run was mostly those two guys getting blasting single blocks:

#59 RG and #55 RT

The next play featured a Hudson pancake that Wilson decisively cut behind:

#55 RT

A little bit later the gap is again between those guys, with Honigford reading the play in front of him and popping off on a charging LB effectively:

#59 RG and #55 RT

Pile on all the degree of difficulty caveats you want, they're all true. But all they can do is maul the dudes in front of them and Hudson and Honigford were 3/3 on opportunities to do so, with a little bit of "I know what I'm doing" thrown in there. Hudson's gotten a lot of talk and could push through into a starting job this year so you might expect that. Honigford hasn't generated word one from practice chatterers, though, so that's more meaningful for him. If he'd done that in a spring game against the second string people would have been saying his name all offseason.

Finally, the only play of relative note on the final drive was Jalen Mayfield depositing a WMU LB ten yards downfield:

LT #75

This might be a backup and it's definitely a guy who's out of give-a-damn but remember the straws and the clutching thereof: we do it because it feels good. There's your Jalen Mayfield straw.

Can I talk about the actual starters now?

No. While we're here, Tru Wilson takes?

I liked him. He's not Karan Higdon-sized in any way—lies, damn lies, and rosters—but in the clips above he's quick and decisive with his cuts and has a little wiggle. He set up his block in the Mayfield clip above very well, threatening outside and then cutting off his teammate's butt.

His one pass protection incident was the kind of cut block that flips a dude on his head:

#13 RB

If I had to guess I'd say that more than anything is the reason he's the #3 back.

His role isn't likely to be large if Michigan's not taking full advantage of Chris Evans, especially since he seems like Evans minus the top gear and nasty open-field moves. Early progress towards becoming a Kovacs Memorial Non-Walk-On, though.

Speaking of, Jake McCurry:

Nice route, nice dodge. Very much a slot only, but he's got a shot.

NOW can I talk about the starters?

...McCurry?

I just did him.

Fine.

So. Yeah. Any questions.

...McCurry?

ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE STARTERS

The thing they were doing, thing?

I called it dart in the game column but that was me getting it mixed up. Michigan ran "down G" on many of their successful plays. Down G is a power variant that pulls the playside guard—power pulls the backside guard—and tries to attack off tackle. The backside of the line runs inside zone; the playside tackle and whatever TEs you're using block down. The idea is to bash the edge of the DL inside while that pulling G pops whoever the force player is wide enough to jet through that gap. Seth has more detail.

It worked pretty well. Higdon's 67-yard TD and Evans's 27-yard TD were both Down G, and while the Evans one required some fancy footwork by the running back, you can see what Down G was buying Michigan in the WMU linebacker level:

WMU MLB over Onwenu

If Onwenu pulls that guy knows it's power and runs his ass off to get there. Since he doesn't and the C, RG, and RT look like they're running IZ he plays it like IZ, which threatens various gaps and backside cuts. He does not haul ass for the POA. By the time the RB jets for the gap off tackle, Ruiz is out there cutting the LB off.

This is good: it's a coherent running game. Down G fits with inside zone and power and won some blocks for Michigan by confusing the opposition. It is nice that sometimes they are confused and Michigan is not.

I'm confused: we're not confused?

Well... this is still a work in progress. One of the early Higdon runs that culminated in the 13-minutes-left-in-the-first-quarter booing was plain old power on which McKeon gave up a little penetration. I still think the puller should be able to get around it. Bredeson doesn't quite manage it:

LG #74 pulling

Instead he hits McKeon's guy, which doesn't help Higdon since he's cutting back like the blocking tells him to. When this happened to Onwenu later he handled it in a very Onwenu way: just running through whatever gnat appears in his windshield. One of the 500-level things about running the ball on a power play is being able to re-gap when the defense runs slants that do stuff like the above: not quite.

But it is a work in progress, emphasis on progress. Michigan's faced a wide array of stunts and blitzes and while they've been less than perfect I don't think I've seen anyone get a free run on an obviously doomed play, iffy zone read stuff aside. From time to time I'll see someone doing something that seems pretty advanced, awareness-wise. Here Bredeson is able to redirect inside when WMU's defensive approach creates a big canyon in there:

#74 LG pulling

That's a re-gap. Hooray.

There are other hints that things are coming together. Bushell-Beatty's block here isn't all that relevant to the four yards Michigan gets but he's able to fend off a DE outside of him for a bit while keeping an eye on a linebacker the whole time and getting him, too, when he charges:

RT #76

That's a guy who seems to know that once the DE is delayed even a bit he's not relevant and he should be alert for someone trying to shoot a gap. I like that. It seems good. And, you know, aware.

The very next play was almost there but after Runyan passes up a guy slanting outside of him he starts checking around for dudes. This is okay, but when he finds none he doesn't look for work and McKeon ends up escorting the guy who slanted to Higdon:

LT #75

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Still four yards because Ruiz and Bredeson ejected the NT. Going forward the mental stuff is more important than blasting various MAC DL off the ball because that's all about you and not the opposition. And it's better, way better. It isn't a machine.

Also the pushing.

Yes, there was a fair amount of pushing people off the ball. JBB was able to cave guys in with some regularity; this split zone is going to have a gap either way because of WMU's approach but JBB's able to plow his guy so Higdon's able to get vertical quickly and eat up yards:

RT #76

Blowouts were common, especially on that right side:

RG #50 and RT #76

There too you see a bit of awareness from JBB, who's got his head up and is checking the LB, then pops out on him when he scrapes outside.

The right side of the line was reminiscent of last year during the mauling phase. I don't know exactly what PFF's seeing but I'm very surprised that they rated the tight ends higher than Michigan's right side after this game. The TEs had some moments good and bad; I thought Onwenu and Bushell-Beatty were excellent on the ground. The passing game probably doesn't make up for that gap since there was hardly any pass blocking (and I had no protection minuses for either guy) while McKeon and Gentry had just three simple catches between them. YMMV.

On the other hand they were gonzo about Chris Evans.

That I get. Evans gave a couple of guys The Business, most spectacularly on his 27-yard touchdown, where he's able to dust an unblocked safety who started at eight yards:

He had two more guys flail uselessly at him a bit later:

If Michigan can get Evans to the second level or into space he will do this stuff more often than not. Dink and dunk with this dude.

Higdon's 67 yarder was maybe his easiest run of the day but the ability to outrun that safety angle should further put to rest questions about his long speed. The 43-yard chunk was another matter, as he ran through an arm tackle and dusted a safety before the necessity to zig-zag allowed various Broncos to catch up. He also displayed his ability to bounce off tackles:

MAKE PLAYS, this space says all the time. Plays were made.

I had only one complaint in this department and it was the same one for both RBs. I thought both guys had opportunities to cut up when WMU successfully held the edge on a couple of pin and pulls. On both WMU gets guys outside of the two pullers quickly but leaves a lane just inside them that is at least a decent gain on. Higdon even seemed to sense his, slowing up and lookin' at the dang thing:

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Alas, he then continued outside for a couple steps and spurned the opportunity. Evans's lane was less obvious but there:

I'm sure that'll be an area they get coached up in this week; I bet we see some more pin and pulls against SMU as they try to test their improvement in this department.

Other than that they were very good.

AND LET'S NOT FORGET YOU KNOW WHO

the guy who can't modulate his voice?

THAT IS CORRECT

Ben Mason. Woo! Let's get out that +3:

That is a blowout block that catches another player in its wake. Mason's other major contribution was collapsing the first man through on a fourth and one Michigan barely converted:

Not bad for twelve snaps. I'm not saying I want to see more Mason because Michigan has a lot of options when it comes to blocky catchy sorts but I have confidence that Mason snaps will be a good time.

Did you have any further tactical complaints?

I mean, no. The down G stuff is a good addition but it's nothing mindblowing, and with Michigan jumping out to a big lead just running plays it would have been dumb to put anything else new on tape. There were a couple of wrinkles, albeit ones more in the "we need to be able to do this to have a functional offense that isn't predictable" mode.

One was a bonafide zone read that played on a couple of earlier split zones. Michigan got a chunk play on split zone when they caught a scrape exchange, which led to a second play where that guy buried himself in the line. So on a third split zone when that happened again a Patterson pull was easy yardage.

This was an improvement from the past week and earlier in the game. Michigan lets the backside end go here; he crashes hard but Patterson doesn't pull. The end result is a meh gain on a play that otherwise had a shot at getting to the secondary:

I understand that Michigan doesn't want to expose Patterson to hits but if that's not a real read that's asking for the above to happen. If Michigan wants DEs to shuffle they're going to have to give Patterson the green light or Patterson's going to have to read it better. Against real opponents he should be getting a few carries a game to keep folks honest.

Receivers?

No drops from my POV. Incompletions that Martin and Perry got hands to were 1) very far behind a guy on a drag and 2) high and hard and un-spearable with one hand and got filed as potential circus catches. I gave Martin's sideline catch a 1.

[0 = uncatchable, 1 = circus catch, 2 = moderate difficulty, 3 = routine]

  THIS WEEK   SEASON
Player 0 1 2 3   0 1 2 3
DPJ 1     4/4   1     10/10
Collins       1/1       1/1 3/3
Martin   1/2         1/2   2/2
Perry   0/2         0/2   3/3
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But Lopez’s machine is no more, and there are strong reasons to see strength behind Salazar’s challenge. In 2014, and again in 2016, activist Debbie Medina mounted spirited challenges against Dilan’s proximity to real-estate interests and his failure to effectively respond to skyrocketing rents. However, the summer before the September 2016 primary, child abuse allegations surfaced against Medina. Despite losing critical endorsements and suffering from a crippling deficit of volunteers, Medina still won nearly 41 percent of the vote.

Clearly, voters in the 18th District are open to change. The question is whether Julia Salazar can capitalize on it.

Past under scrutiny

Salazar’s personal biography has come under scrutiny in recent weeks. Her identity as an immigrant, her assertions of growing up working-class and her Judaism have all been questioned, revealing a complex series of accounts from the candidate that could be characterized as everything from deliberately misleading statements to forgivable lapses of judgment. It was additionally revealed that she was previously a leader in right-wing activism at Columbia University, and that she was questioned over impersonating a family friend to access their financial information. As with many questions of personal identity, the story is not entirely black and white.

While Salazar’s website referred to the candidate as a “proud immigrant,” in August it was revealed that she was actually born in Miami, Fla., though she traveled back and forth between the United States and Colombia as a child. Salazar says she “never intended to misrepresent my personal narrative or my immigration status,” and that while several outlets, and even she herself, had made reference to her immigrant status, her statements were the product of imprecise early childhood memories and a strong identification with Colombia and her father’s family. She expressed regret that she hadn’t more thoroughly interrogated her memories as she began to run for public office, saying that “when I set out to run for State Senate I wasn’t critically thinking about my biography, specifically what has been challenged in my early childhood.”

Her early childhood has come under scrutiny from another angle: her class status. She has positioned herself as coming from a working-class background. The first time we talked she described how her economic conditions are foundational to her politics. However, her father worked as a pilot, and her brother has strongly contested her narrative of a working-class upbringing. Salazar admits that her early childhood, until age six, when her parents separated, was not one of economic uncertainty. However, she told me that after the separation, her father paid child support inconsistently at best, and the family relied on Social Security once he became disabled. She said that her mother had to return to college and made $17,000 dollars in one year while raising two children, and that her family’s “economic status varied greatly throughout my upbringing. The background that my parents came from, paired with the financial experience I had in elementary school or middle school are very safe to describe as working class.”

She says that “the lines aren’t fixed when it comes to class status. But when I talk about having working-class or middle-class experience, I mean that I understand the financial insecurity that people in my district face.” She says that “it’s not helpful or meaningful to debate whether I was poor,” but rather that her campaign is “about building solidarity with people who have to work for a living with families that know that if someone gets sick they could lose their home.” Salazar claims that class isn’t a rigid identity, but that it varies with economic status, and the combination of financial precarity and security in her upbringing complicates discussions of her class.

Ultimately, she believes that “voters are more concerned with my record as an advocate and my ability to fight for constituents.”

Which is why her history as a right-wing college activist bears addressing. After first registering as a Republican in Florida in 2008, Salazar says that after moving to New York she intended to register as an Independent but instead accidentally registering for the state’s Independence Party.

At Columbia University, she was involved with both pro-Israel and pro-life activism. Columbia is where she embraced the Jewish faith, which she says was spurred on by the death of her father, who “had made allusions to a Sephardic surname.” Her integration in Jewish life at Columbia, through organizations like Challah for Hunger and Hillel, encouraged her to visit Israel. The details of her trip have also been a source of controversy about her Jewish identity, as the trip was planned by Christians United for Israel rather than a Jewish organization. Nevertheless, she cites her visit to Israel, in 2012, and seeing the separation barrier particularly, as disabusing her of her firm pro-Israel stance. Being “very disturbed by the violence I saw there,” she says she made “a significant decision to reject pro-Israel advocacy.”

She described her experience in pro-life activism, with Columbia Right to Life, as echoing her other right-wing commitments. Her allegiance was shifted in the controversy around the creation of a Columbia abortion fund, which every student would pay into as part of their university-provided health plan. Salazar led the Support Pregnant Students Initiative, aiming to provide support for students who choose to keep their pregnancy. After she published an op-ed in the Columbia Spectator arguing her position, she was confronted by a number of close friends who, through a series of “very hard conversations,” led her to “realize I was deeply miseducated and wrong about abortion.”

Moving left

When asked whys he hadn’t made her political evolution part of her campaign story, Salazar says she was more focused on the community that had encouraged her to run for office, and that she “didn’t think about my own narrative so much and my own evolution.”

As an outgrowth of her political evolution, Salazar helped organize a rent strike against an abusive and absent landlord during her junior year at Columbia. She and her fellow tenants took their landlord to court and won. Her victory, though, was fleeting: when her lease ended a few months later, her landlord declined to renew it. Accordingly, the event holds two meanings for her: while “it was empowering to see how people without law degrees, without any institutional power were able to fight management and win,” she “was still being displaced. It was a very vivid example of the need to fight for systemic changes to systemic problems.”

Salazar says that experience helped propel her run for office.

When we spoke the first time, Salazar expressed how she was “tired of having to ask the same elected officials over and over again to do the right thing.” Her work in Albany and New York City, along with the support of her community and fellow organizers, convinced her that the solution wasn’t bird-dogging her representatives, but replacing them.

Changing landscape

Julia Salazar’s campaign is just one hint that change may be on the horizon in the New York State Senate. Members of the Independent Democratic Conference, (IDC) a group of Democratic senators who caucused with Republicans for the past eight years, are appearing increasingly weak in the face of strong primary challenges. And, if he wins reelection, Gov. Andrew Cuomo may find himself between a rock and a hard place come 2019.

According to Bill Lipton, the New York State Director of the Working Families Party, a progressive, or even a Democratic majority in the state senate is just what Cuomo has been trying to avoid. “Andrew Cuomo has spent the last eight years doing everything he can to keep progressives out of power in Albany—from allowing the Senate Republicans to gerrymander their own districts after promising repeatedly not to, to refusing to campaign for Senate Democrats, to helping the IDC steal the Democratic majority away in 2012, to fostering division between IDC and the Democratic caucus.” This arrangement has allowed Cuomo to act as the power broker in the state senate while both helping block progressive legislation and retaining his Democratic credentials.

Lipton claims Cuomo has utilized this arrangement to masquerade as a progressive while keeping legislative threats to his moneyed friends dead in the water, all the while joking to Senate Republicans about how little he supports Democratic candidates. That Cuomo has managed to build one of the largest campaign war chests in the country through corporate donations speaks to the immense wealth that this arrangement has granted. Lipton says real estate is among the chief interests that pay into this racket: “Real estate is to New York what coal is to West Virginia—the lifeblood of oligarchy.”

Housing crisis

It may be difficult for many residents of the 18th District to square their soaring rents with the $200,000 in real estate money Sen. Dilan has raised during his tenure in office, especially in a district ravaged by pro-real estate legislation and ensuing gentrification. Dilan’s vote has been instrumental in both implementing vacancy decontrol in 1994 as a city councilman, and defusing attempts to repeal the law in 2010 as a state senator. Vacancy decontrol, which allows landlords to freely raise the rent on vacant rent-stabilized units, is at the center of the city-wide housing crisis. According to Salazar, the 18th District alone loses tens of thousands of rent stabilized and controlled units every year.

And considering the state of New York City’s rent laws, which are set on the state level, that isn’t surprising. Once rent on an apartment reaches $2,733.75, landlords can “free” a unit from its rent-stabilized status and instead charge market rates.

There are two main ways that landlords jack up the rent: when a renovation is made owners are allowed a commensurate increase in rent, and the rent can be raised when a tenant moves out. In practice, both of these regulations produce perverse incentives. In the first case, landlords are given very little oversight when reporting the added value of a renovation, meaning they often make small improvements while disproportionately increasing rent. As for the second, landlords are incentivized to rent to short-term tenants, like college students and young people who don’t have ties to the neighborhood, and to harass their rent-stabilized tenants.

The scale of tenant abuse is staggering: A New York Times investigation found stories of landlords who punched holes in the roofs and walls of occupied rent-controlled units, bombarded tenants with eviction suits and harassed them with loud construction. The investigation discovered that the agencies responsible for regulation were “fractionalized, divided among three city and state agencies” and “essentially passive.” This regulatory environment has had devastating impacts on the 18th District. In Bushwick, a family living on the median yearly income, just over $42,000, would have to spend more than 60 percent of their income to afford the average rent of a two-bedroom unit. In Williamsburg, that number is 65 percent.

While Dilan argues that he never thought his vote would come to harm his own constituents, Jennifer Lenow, a member of NYC-DSA’s organizing committee for the Brooklyn Housing Working Group, says that Dilan’s “thousands and thousands from real estate speaks louder than his rhetoric.”

Salazar has been endorsed by the New York City chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez and City Council Member Antonio Reynoso, as well as Cynthia Nixon and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Michael Kinnucan, Salazar’s Deputy Campaign Director, is optimistic about her chances, citing the broad dissatisfaction with the political status quo, the support of local activist groups Make the Road Action and New York Communities for Change, and “one of the largest volunteer ground-organizations in the city.”

Polling shows state-wide enthusiasm for large-scale investment in public housing, signaling that New Yorkers would look favorably upon a more proactive approach to confronting the state’s housing crisis.

As part of their New Progressive Agenda Project, Civis Analytics, a data analytics firm, and the think tank Data for Progress (where I am a fellow) have shown that 59 percent of likely 2018 voters in New York support billions of dollars in investment in public housing, even after hearing Republican arguments against it and being presented with an explicit tax pay-for through tax hikes. “These numbers are pretty consistent with the very high levels of support we’ve seen for public housing ballot measures in cities like Portland and Seattle,” says David Shor, head of data science at Civis Analytics’ political practice.

Persona and policy

Salazar’s controversies, meanwhile, have continued in recent days. On September 6, allegations of an affair with former New York Mets player Keith Hernandez and an attempt to impersonate his then-estranged, now divorced wife, Kai, have come to light. Salazar had been family friends with Hernandez, and was arrested for, but ultimately not charged with, the felony impersonation of Kai. According to Salazar’s statement, the lawsuit was entirely the product of a vengeful ex-wife who had gone so far as to impersonate Salazar on the phone in an attempt to frame her for illegally accessing her finances. Kai’s motive, according to Salazar, was that while house-sitting at Kai’s request Salazar had found “a lot of drugs, syringes, and several guns.” Salazar says that after calling Keith and describing the condition of the house, he, along with local police came to document the scene. The next year she was called by local police and interrogated for allegedly impersonating Kai. After not being charged, in 2013, Salazar sued Kai Hernandez for damages and the two parties reached a settlement in 2017.

When asked for comment about the controversies surrounding Salazar, Martin Dilan’s spokesman Bob Liff said that while “Marty has been a progressive and stable champion for residents of the 18th district, his opponent will have to speak for herself.”

A victory by Salazar’s insurgent campaign would offer even more proof that the future of the Democratic Party is multi-racial, decidedly left, community-driven and not beholden to corporate interests. However, the narrative surrounding her has become thick with controversy, misrepresentation and outright lies. While it is quite possible, as many of Salazar’s supporters claim, that the candidate has been victim to a right-wing smear campaign, there remain legitimate questions about how she has publicly presented herself throughout her campaign.

In a district whose neighborhoods are synonymous with gentrification, the question facing voters in the 18th is this: To what extent is representative politics about personality, and to what extent is it about policy? Thursday’s election will help provide an answer. 


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          Saron Gebresellassi: 'We are absolutely capable of getting more votes than John Tory and Jennifer Keesmaat'      Cache   Translate Page      
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When registration for Toronto's mayoral election opened on May 1, Saron Gebresellassi was one of four candidates to add her name to the list. A proud alumnus of WomenWinTO, an organization that trains women from diverse backgrounds to run for political office, Gebresellassi spent more than a year planning her run and boasts over a decade of community organizing experience. She says that her decision to run was not only about bringing a progressive agenda to Toronto but was also a response to the many communities that have been encouraging her to run for years. "I have ties to so many communities that have never seen political representation at City Hall ever and so that was a big driving force for me," says Gebresellassi.

A human rights lawyer who speaks seven languages including American Sign Language, Gebresellassi has represented or provided counsel to many clients experiencing discrimination based on family status, immigration status, gender, ability, and race. She maintains strong connections with people incarcerated in facilities such as the Toronto South and Toronto East Detention Centres, which she says constitute a large part of her support base. While the people incarcerated in these facilities cannot vote in the upcoming municipal election, Gebresellassi asserts, "they are all part of family units that do." For Gebresellassi, the respect and trust earned by a proven track record of advocacy and deep roots in community are critical to victory: "I know that we have the numbers to win the election with, just for example, the Eritrean community, the Ethiopian community, the Somali community, the Latino community, the deaf community."

Gebresellassi draws inspiration for her first electoral campaign from the recent victory of 28-year-old Alexadria Ocasio-Cortez in New York's Democratic Primary. Ocasio-Cortez, a Latina organizer in the Bronx and socialist, shocked political observers by unseating 10-term incumbent Representative Joe Crowley in June. For many,  Ocasio-Cortez's breakthrough victory signalled a desire for progressive policy-making and social change that may hold implications north of the border. "She has zero electoral experience and zero campaign experience on her own behalf and she unseated Jim Crowley," observes Gebresellassi. "I saw so many parallels with what we're achieving here in Toronto with the mayoral campaign."

Gebresellassi's platform

Gebresellassi is running a "Toronto for all" platform focused on six key points which she has dubbed "the six for the 6ix." The points include the right to housing, right to transit, right to fair allocation of city resources, right to employment outside the downtown core, the right to mental health and accessibility, and the right to diversity in city politics and hiring.

With respect to housing, Gebresellassi is calling for a specific focus on purpose-built rental housing, greater development of affordable co-op housing, and improved institutional support for refugees and their families. Gebressellassi also believes that creating a clear definition of "affordable housing" is critical, as it will address inconsistencies within and between all levels of government that effectively mask the severity of  Toronto's housing crisis.

On employment, Gebresellassi calls for waiving business registration fees and commercial property taxes for a set period of time in order to incentivize and stimulate economic growth outside the downtown core. This process would also include targeted grant programs to assist business owners with hiring new workers in those areas, bringing much needed economic development to many Toronto communities.

Gebresellassi advocates a shift toward free transit, noting that many people in the city cannot afford public transportation in Toronto. She describes the current system as "punitive" and presents her own community of York-South Weston as an example of this. "I know right here in Weston Road, people in our community don't leave Weston Road. They won't hop on the UP Express which will take you right downtown, because it's $5.25 or something like that," she says.

For Gebresallassi, free transit will not only address climate change and gridlock, and reduce road maintenance costs, but will also make the city and its many events more accessible.

A city divided

Each of these points speaks to the many ways that Toronto has become a city divided, a city of immense income polarization, geographically segregated along lines of race and class. These divisions are also apparent in the media coverage that has characterized the lead-up to the election. In the four months since registration opened, the list of mayoral candidates has grown from four names to 35, yet coverage has remained squarely focused upon two candidates, current mayor John Tory and former chief planner Jennifer Keesmaat.

Even before Keesmaat announced that she was running, mere hours before registration closed, she had already received more coverage than all candidates combined. Articles speculating about whether she would run and her potential for success quickly outnumbered those focused on registered candidates and their platforms. The result has been an election in which many key issues have yet to receive attention, and a public discourse desperately in need of invigoration.

Gebresellasi recently attended the annual National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) conference, a gathering of Black journalists, students, and media professionals from across the United States. Reflecting upon her campaign, which has generated interest in the U.S. and in Eritrea, Gebresellassi says "[it's] bizarre in some ways that our campaign gets received more in the press in foreign countries than in my home city." She acknowledges that the dearth of Black journalists in Toronto and in Canada not only affects the coverage of Black mayoral candidates but also raises questions about the coverage Black diplomats and dignitaries receive when visiting Toronto: "I worry because the Canadian media, white media, have a way of shrinking Black leaders who are really renowned nationally and internationally. The Canadian media have a way of just erasing them."

To date, the city of Toronto has never elected a person of colour as mayor. As WomenWinTo points out on their website, "Out of 45 elected officials, there are only six Councillors who are racialized, only one of whom is a racialized woman, and less than a third of Council are women. There are no Black, Indigenous, trans, or disabled women on Toronto City Council."

Despite these challenges, Gebresellassi remains confident that she can win:

 "The path to victory is very clear from my perspective. It really means getting more votes than my main contender who I've identified as John Tory. There's of course Jennifer Keesmaat who's in the race and there's other candidates as well but really it's about mobilizing the grassroots and getting more votes. So, while it is a major challenge for our community, it is not rocket science. I've been saying this to our community over and over again: we are absolutely capable of getting more votes than John Tory and Jennifer Keesmaat."

For more on  Saron Gebresellassi's platform, please visit https://saronformayor.ca

Phillip Dwight Morgan was the recipient of the first Jack Layton Journalism for Change Fellowship, supported by rabble.ca and the Institute for Change Leaders. He is a Toronto-based journalist, poet, and researcher. 

This is the first part in rabble's "Toronto Votes 2018" series, which will cover the 2018 Toronto election. Follow the series here.

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Please sign this NEW and URGENT letter campaign to save Mohamed from deportation to torture. Minister Goodale has the power to stop this now, however CBSA is pushing through. 16 years is long enough. Please share, and if you are part of a union/local/group ask them to sign as well.  It only takes 1 minute!! Thanks

Mr. Harkat, a United Nations Convention refugee who has lived in Canada for 22 years, faces deportation to Algeria under a highly controversial security certificate. Security certificate hearings take place in secret, which means neither he nor his lawyers have ever been allowed to confront and cross-examine his accusers.

In 2002, under a problematic regime of security certificates that the Supreme Court unanimously ruled unconstitutional in 2007, Mr. Harkat was imprisoned in maximum security for 43 months. He spent years under house arrest, and was placed under some of the most severe bail conditions in Canadian history. All of this without ever having been charged with a crime. The original “evidence” against Mr. Harkat was destroyed by CSIS, and the allegations against him are based on the testimony of an informant who failed a lie detector test and was never cross-examined in court. 

The Harkats have also described how the conditions imposed on them and the harassment they have faced from Canada Border Services Agency agents amounts to “psychological torture.” This is unacceptable.

On October 26, 2017, Prime Minister Trudeau clearly stated: “Nobody ever deserves to be tortured. And when a Canadian government is either complicit in that or was not active enough in preventing it, there needs to be responsibility taken.”

Today, your government has an opportunity to live up to those words by taking action to end Mr. Harkat’s ordeal, and avoid implicating your government in his torture. I urge you to abide by both Canadian law as well as Canada’s international obligations under the UN Convention Against Torture (which outlaws deportation to torture under any circumstances, without exception) and to uphold Mohamed Harkat’s rights by immediately putting a stop to his deportation.

Both the UK and Ireland have recently seen cases of deportations to Algeria being stopped because of the risk of torture. There is no reason why Canada should not follow suit. 

Under the law, Minister Goodale has the power to allow Mr. Harkat to stay in Canada. 

 

 


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Having been through a (nasty) guardianship case I can tell you the court has no common sense but rather follows the laws enacted and made up by our so called representatives and their influences aka lawyers, agencies, etc. One reason why I would never be allowed to sit on a jury because I believe in jury nullification when common sense prevails. I doubt that the Mass. police will be busting down any doors and I hope they don't. What we have here is a McLean County judge on a power urge. We the voters need to un-employ this judge if and when they run for the position again. It would appear Mr. Cadena is the best choice in the child's interest yet the way our laws are written and being imposed doesn't mean he will prevail. That is probably why his mother won't get on the stand. Why open a can of worms to more questions which is what she would do if she got on the stand. These lawyers aren't dumb. .
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And your demeaning of Obama is sad. He's not president. Trump has been in office 14 months and added 1 trillion to debt. This country will spend $559 billion more than we take in under Trump. So no, spending is not "decreasing" not by a long shot. Actually, TARP laws passed BEFORE Obama took office, not after. Obama "prolonged" the recession? What, he wasn't working fast enough to get us out of the worst recession since 1929? That's rich. The fact that we were adding jobs at a very fast clip at the end of his administration belies your contention. "Overall, Obama took over a jobs market in crisis and ended up growing the labor market better than most of the modern US presidents." Business Insider Jan. 6 2017.
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Women have come forward saying they received severe punishments at River View Christian Academy for even discussing being gay. 

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Several students who attended River View Christian Academy, a boarding school for troubled teens in Temecula, Calif., say they were punished for coming out as gay an bisexual, reports Buzzfeed News. The punishments included being forbidden to have physical contact with anyone for months at a time, running laps, and other humiliating practices like forcing them to exclusively eat peanut butter sandwiches for weeks.

Emilie Bachrach, who attended River View from August 2005 to March 2007, said she was strip-searched upon arrival and barred from conversing with anyone for her first week. Her 40 classmates were not allowed to speak or look at her in the institution's attempt to use the Bible to help troubled teen girls, she said.

When Bachrach, then 15, befriended 17-year-old Rosemary Donahue, staff forbid the two to interact, claiming their relationship was "preventing our progress in the program," Donahue said. If they spoke to or looked at each other, they were penalized in a point system that awarded students privileges, including graduation. 

"I didn't come out as queer for 10 years because of it," Bachrach told Buzzfeed News. Another student, who was not identified by name in the article, was placed on a similar "no touch" regimen and said she was told "flesh would burn off my skin repeatedly for eternity in hell because I was gay." After eight months of no physical contact with anyone, she said, she shrieked the first few times she was hugged after coming home from River View.

Despite the accusations that they use alarming methods, schools like River View are barely regulated.

"Whether they're straight, gay, it doesn't matter — these programs use the same methodologies on straight kids who are rebellious," Jodi Hobbs, who runs Survivors of Institutional Abuse, a group that advocates from the alumni of these troubled teens programs, told Buzzfeed News. 

In response to such programs, Democratic State Sen. Ricardo Lara sponsored legislation to enhance state oversight of troubled teen institutions. Lara was inspired by meeting with River View survivor Rebecca Lopez, who identifies as gay and was sent to the facility in 2011, when she was 14.

At River View, Lopez said, she spent months forbidden to have any physical contact in the facility's attempt to keep her from being gay. She told Buzzfeed News that seven years later still she flinches when someone touches her because she has been conditioned to feel she's “doing something wrong.”

"This was another attempt to skirt around the conversion therapy law," she said.

California bans troubled teen facilities from acting as conversion therapy camps. However, it's unclear yet if Lara's legislation, which has become law, will apply to so-called alternative boarding schools like River View.

River View confirmed it has no licensed teachers, nurses, or psychiatrists or therapists on payroll in a phone interview with Buzzfeed News. Even its medical manager has no medical education beyond basic first aid training.

Although the state has a law that obligates staff to report to authorities when a student says they've experienced physical or sexual abuse, eight students have come forward and claimed that River View staff failed to do so.

River View founder Phil Ludwig has cast doubt on students' claims in the past. "Unfortunately, when you're doing a program like this with kids, we know what they really are doing and it's manipulation, but the laws don't back us up," he said on his radio show in 2016.

He told Buzzfeed News there has never been an official accusation of misconduct on the part of the River View staff, and he denied that the school practices conversion therapy, although he did acknowledge he believes being gay is wrong.

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          Edward Keenan: With Doug Ford as Boss Hogtown, who needs a mayor?      Cache   Translate Page      

The City of Toronto Act is supposed to be a sort of city charter, defining the powers of the municipal government and how they work. It is still on the books, for now. Officially.

But it would appear obvious, after the past two months and especially the past week, that the act has been effectively replaced. Instead we get the City of Toronto Actor: Premier Doug Ford. He’s gonna say how it’s gonna be. Period.

That’s an obvious enough conclusion after his snap decision to rewrite the rules of city government and election law in the middle of a Toronto election campaign, then haul out the notwithstanding clause to enforce that decision after a judge ruled it unconstitutional.

It’s an obvious enough conclusion from his promise that he won’t be shy about using that power to set aside the Charter of Rights and Freedoms again — and his further comments making it clear he doesn’t believe in constitutional democracy as it exists in Canada, demonizing not just a judge but the entire role of judges in reviewing legislation as illegitimate.

It’s obvious from his rhetoric about the “downtown NDP councillors” and Mayor John Tory, and Ford’s clear focus not on provincial issues but on Toronto — so much so that, when NDP leader Andrea Horwath accused him during Question Period of being “obsessed with his enemies on Toronto council,” he responded, “We were elected on making sure we fix this city.”

This city, huh? Huh.

Ford announced he was running for mayor of Toronto four years ago, on Sept. 12, 2014. He lost in that campaign. But one term of council later, he’s done better: As premier of Ontario, he appears ready to see himself as essentially All Powerful Boss of Toronto. And at this point, nothing in law or politics seems likely to disabuse him of that notion.

By now we’re past observing that his meddling with the size of council has thrown the election itself into chaos.

What’s coming into focus is just how much of the election debate we might otherwise have had — the one we might mostly still have — is now kind of irrelevant.

Not that the issues are irrelevant. Quite the opposite. People in this city cannot afford housing. We have more people trying to get into homeless shelters than we have beds for. People are being shot and killed by criminals. Transit and traffic concerns remain as pressing as ever. This is the stuff of our lives.

Yet how can any mayor or city council plan credibly deal with that with Premier Boss Hogtown up the street ready and apparently eager to just impose his own will? For example, a candidate might want to raise property taxes, or implement a new “revenue tool” from among the menu of those included in the City of Toronto Act. Will Ford allow it? Or will he just fire up the legislature to set Toronto’s local tax rates?

City council might vote to make the King St. transit pilot project permanent, as both leading mayoral candidates seem likely to do. But Ford could — and conceivably would — respond by just making streetcars illegal.

He’s already begun planning to take over the TTC subway system. What else will he take over — either officially, or by legislatively handcuffing Toronto’s government?

I expect a lot of people think this sounds like scaremongering, or overreacting. But I think it’s clear Ford has a keen interest in very local Toronto affairs, that he has shown he isn’t shy about using his provincial powers to get involved and, as my colleague Robert Benzie has reported, that he and his advisers see straight-up power plays like hitting the constitutional override button as political victories that make him look strong.

How does a mayor respond to that? How does a city council? It seems to me that is the most pressing question in this election.

Alongside the other pressing questions, clearly. But as a necessary precondition to addressing any of the others. Not just figuring what we should do about housing or transit or whatever else, but figuring how we can do those things with Ford there.

It’s not a question with an obvious answer. On the specific topic of cutting the size of council, we already see two contrasting workarounds. Tory’s suggestion of a referendum sometime next year, to show Ford how Toronto feels, seems a little like asking the public to weigh in on whether the barn door should have been closed a full year after the horses have galloped off. Challenger Jennifer Keesmaat’s suggestion to implement new, stronger community councils (as current laws would allow the city to do) in order to strengthen the city under a smaller council seems like a very promising lemonade recipe for a lemon of a situation, but the question again becomes if Ford would ever allow it.

Tory often complained about feeling like a “boy in short pants” under Premier Kathleen Wynne, because he had to plead with the province to get anything accomplished. Under a stronger, more intrusive premier, is the plan to keep those shorts cleaned and pressed to facilitate all the more begging?

Keesmaat has struck a self-consciously more adversarial tone from the outset, jumping into the race because she thought Tory’s response was too weak and positioning herself as leader of the resistance. But is there a way to effectively resist through direct confrontation with a vastly more powerful opponent?

How can the city government work with or around Ford, given that he seems inclined to just dictate his preferences for the city and then impose them? I don’t know. But it sure feels like that is the ballot box question in this election.

Edward Keenan is a columnist based in Toronto covering urban affairs. Follow him on Twitter: @thekeenanwire


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          Half-Earth, Half-Baked      Cache   Translate Page      
SUBHEAD: Can a lower human population on only half of Earth's land allow for continuity of life?

By Chris Smaje on 4 September 2018 for Small Farm Future -
(https://smallfarmfuture.org.uk/2018/09/half-earth-half-baked/)


Image above: Insanity itself from Ecomodernists - "A manifesto to use humanity's extraordinary powers in service of creating a good Anthropocene." From (http://www.ecomodernism.org/).

I’ve been writing in my book draft lately about the role of livestock in a small farm future, which has led me by a somewhat circuitous but probably fairly obvious route to reading Harvard biologist and conservationist E.O. Wilson’s Half-Earth (W.W. Norton, 2016), in which he argues that we should leave half our planet’s surface as “inviolable reserves” for nature.

I found it an interesting and informative, if also somewhat vague and rambling, little book (still, if I succeed in publishing a book that’s no more rambling than Wilson’s when I’m 87 I’ll be happy).

One of Wilson’s key points is that we’re not yet even close to knowing all the species with which we share the biosphere, let alone knowing how they fit into wider sets of ecological relationships.

Therefore, from numerous perspectives but not least human self-preservation, he argues that it’s not a good idea to wantonly let species go extinct.

Yet this, sadly, is what’s currently happening by the hand of humanity, with an extinction rate now around a thousand times higher than before the spread of humans around the world.

This amounts to a sixth mass planetary extinction, which will rival over a few human generations what the last one, the Chicxulub asteroid impact that ultimately did for the dinosaurs, achieved on one bad day – but in geological terms, the time difference is slight.

Wilson deploys his biological expertise to great effect throughout the book in a running battle with Anthropocene theorists, “novel ecosystem” enthusiasts and outriders of the ‘ecomodernist’ Breakthrough Institute like Emma Marris and Erle Ellis who’ve likewise detained me on this website over the years.

The basic message of the Anthropocenites to threatened species and to the people who wish to defend them runs something like ‘this is a human planet now – so deal with it, or get out the way’.

In practical terms, they raise the valid point that in an ever-changing and stochastic biota there’s never a baseline point of ‘balance’ to which conservationism can aim its restorative efforts.

To which Wilson makes the nice rejoinder that this is a problem that should be formulated as a scientific challenge, not an excuse for throwing up our hands and singing que será será.

But then, in the penultimate chapter, he lets it all run through his fingers. Take this passage:
“The [human ecological footprint] will not stay the same. The footprint will evolve, not to claim more and more space, as you might at first suppose, but less. The reason lies in the evolution of the free market system, and the way it is increasingly shaped by high technology….

Just as natural selection drives organic evolution by competition among genes to produce more copies of themselves per unit cost in the next generation, raising benefit-to-cost of production drives the evolution of the economy. Almost all of the competition in a free market…raises the average quality of life.

Teleconferencing, online purchases and trade, e-book personal libraries, access on the Internet to all literature and scientific data, online diagnosis and medical practice, food production per hectare sharply raised by indoor vertical gardens with LED lighting, genetically engineered crops and microorganisms…” (p.191)
Enough already, Edward…we get your point. After nineteen chapters of amiable good sense, Wilson suddenly goes full ecomodernist, as if some devilish Breakthrough Institute hacker finally figured out how to make him stop his anti-Anthropocene agitating by messing with his neurons like a cordyceps fungus attacking one of his beloved ants.

I won’t dwell here on how wrongheaded all this is – regular readers and commenters on this blog are well appraised of the counter-arguments. I don’t even dispute that there are some aspects of emerging high technology that might help us mitigate some of our present predicaments.

But, my dear professor, the ‘evolution’ of the ‘free market system’ is not among them – rather, it’s the ‘free market system’ (or, more precisely, corporate capitalism – which isn’t really the same thing at all, but is the beast that Wilson is implicitly invoking) that has biodiversity in its deathly grip.

Wilson is pretty vague about what a ‘half-earth’ devoted to inviolable nature would actually look like, though he tells us that it needn’t involve dividing off the planet into large pieces the size of continents or nation-states, and earlier on in the book he demurs from the idea that ‘wilderness’ necessarily implies a lack of human residents.

He favors a lower human population, but says nothing about urban vis-à-vis rural residence or the nature of the agriculture necessary to support a half-earth world (other than his half-baked half-earth of vertical farming and LED lights).

His simple point really is that the number of species going extinct usually varies by something like the fourth root of the area available to them, so if we make half the planet available to wild species we should retain about 85% of them.

Of course, things are more complicated than that in reality, but maybe it’s not such a bad place to start – especially if we proceed by trying to ensure that existing wildernesses and centers of biodiversity are protected first.

A quick look at the FAO’s global land use statistics reveals that in fact only about 37% of the planet’s land area is devoted to agriculture, with about 4% devoted to cities, roads and other artificial surfaces.

So by those lights Wilson’s half-earth ambitions are already achieved – though it’s doubtless fair to say that we humans have appropriated the nicest territory for our agriculture (about a third of nature’s 60% share is glaciated or barren land).

Still, perhaps when Wilson says we should leave half the earth as “inviolable reserves” he means really inviolable – so no chemical pollution of any kind, and perhaps no climate change either, creeping in from the human side of the planet.

If that’s so, then the ‘half-earth’ idea is a little misleading because it draws attention to land take, when it should really be drawing attention to human practices like GHG emissions and nitrate pollution (another reason to question the ‘land sparing’ critique of organic farming).

Maybe instead of a half-earth we need a quarter-earth – which would be easily achieved by cutting back on rangeland and arable crops grown as livestock fodder (nearly 70% of global agricultural land is permanent meadow or pasture – yet another inconvenient truth for the land sparers, who illogically obsess over the 1% of organically-farmed land).

But I think what we really need is a no GHG emissions and a no pollution earth. How to achieve that?

Well, I’m open to ideas but here’s my half-earth halfpenny’s worth: stop fishing in the open ocean, stop extracting fossil fuels, stop making synthetic fertilizer (except as a stopgap measure via special government derogation).

Decide on the total human land-take, which gives a global per capita acreage. Then divide it up equally between the people of the world for carbon-free homesteading.

Those who prefer not to avail themselves of this generous offer and continue working in the city would be entitled to do so with the proviso that they forfeit, say, 50% of their earnings on top of tax, split between practical conservation, farmer support, agro-ecological research funds and mitigation of the environmental "bads" caused by the commercial-industrial farming that their old-falutin city-slicking ways would probably bring forth.

I’ll admit that it needs working up a bit more – a few details to fill in, some implementation issues to address. Perhaps you can help me in that task.

My starter for ten is that this system won’t emerge by the ‘evolution’ of a free market system increasingly shaped by high technology. Wilson might have realized this, if only he’d consulted an economist biologist…

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          Armageddon Rides in the Balance      Cache   Translate Page      
SUBHEAD: Never before have irrationality and immorality had such a firm hold on the US government.

By Paul Craig Roberts on 10 September 2018 for PaulCraigRoberts.org -
(https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2018/09/10/armageddon-rides-in-the-balance/)


Image above: Many in this world inhabit Armageddon already. Damaged buildings are seen at the Yarmouk Palestinian camp in Damascus, Syria. April 28, 2018. Photo by Omar Sanadiki. From (https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/syria-regime-and-rebels-agree-evacuation-deal-in-southern-damascus-1.725770).

IB Publisher's note: Yes Paul Craig Roberts is a nutcake. He is a Ronald Reagan Republican economist who sees clearly, but through a deeply colored filter. None the less, he does have an inkling of the dichotomy between the "Left" and the "Right". The "Left" with elements of the "Deep State" (intelligence complex, CIA, NSA, State Department, etc) and the "Right" with elements of the "Military-Industrial Complex" (Pentagon, Defense contractors, Mercenary operations, ICE, etc.). Both aspects of our government are hurtling towards a more repressive and garrulous America. As these aggressive and regressive forces gain influence, woe is us. America will conduct more war and experience more repression.] 

For some time I have pointed out the paradox of the American liberal/progressive/left being allied with the CIA, FBI, military/security complex and deep state. Now leftist Ann Garrison has noticed the paradox of this alliance. She concludes that the Left has lost its mind. https://www.globalresearch.ca/we-love-the-cia-or-how-the-left-lost-its-mind/5653450

Indeed, it has.

Out of its hatred of Trump the Left has united with the forces of evil and war that are leading to conflict with Russia. The Left’s hatred of Trump shows that the American Left has totally seperated from the interests of the working class, which elected Trump.

The American Left has abandoned the working class for the group victimizations and hatreds of Identity Politics. As Hillary put it, the working class comprises the “Trump deplorables.” The Democratic Party, like the Republicans, represents the ruling oligarchy.

I have explained that the leftwing lost its bearings when the Soviet Union collapsed and socialism gave way to neoliberal privatizations.

The moral fury of the leftwing movement had to go somewhere, and it found its home in Identity Politics in which the white heterosexual male takes the place of the capitalist, and his victim groups—blacks, women, homosexuals, illegal immigrants—take the place of the working class.

The consequences of the leftwing’s alliance with warmongers and liars is the leftwing’s loss of veracity. The Left has endorsed a CIA orchestration—“Russiagate”—for which there is no known evidence, but which the Left supports as proven truth.

The purpose of “Russiagate” is to prevent President Trump from normalizing relations with Russia. In these times when so many Americans are hard pressed, normal relations could adversely impact the budget and power of the military/security complex by reducing the “Russian threat.”

If there is no real Russian threat, only an orchestrated perceived one, the question arises: why does the military/security complex have a taxpayer-supported annual budget of $1,000 billion dollars?

The presstitutes have kept the truth from emerging that the “Russiagate” investigation has found no sign of a Trump/Putin plot to steal the 2016 presidential election from Hillary.

Indeed, it has been proven beyond all questioning that the Hillary emails were not hacked but were downloaded on a thumb drive. This proof collapses the entire premise of “Russiagate.”
Nevertheless, the hoax continues.

Muller’s indictments are for unrelated matters, such as income tax evasion in the distant past of Republican fund raisers and consultants. These charges have nothing whatsoever to do with Mueller’s mandate.

Indeed, as Andrew C. McCarthy, a former US attorney who led the 1995 terrorism prosecution against Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, has made clear, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s appointment of Mueller to head the “Russiagate” investigation is not in compliance with the regulations that govern the appointment of a special prosecutor.

The appointment of a special prosecutor requires evidence of a specific federal crime that is to be investigated. You only have a special prosecutor when there is factual basis for believing that a federal crime has been committed.

What is the federal crime? What is the factual basis? Mueller’s appointment does not say. Therefore, Mueller’s appointment is invalid. Rosenstein has violated the process.

In my opinion, this is grounds for Rosenstein to be removed from office. https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/09/trump-russia-probe-robert-mueller-investigation/

At one time, Congress—both parties—would have been all over the invalid Mueller appointment.

However, after 16 years of Cheney/Bush and Obama regime lawlessness, even Republicans accept that the Constitution’s restraints on executive branch power, along with the laws and regulations Congress has established specifying the exercise of these powers, have been rendered meaningless by the “war on terror,” a hoax designed to further Israel’s interests in the Middle East and the neoonservative doctrine of US hegemony, while making billions of dollars for the military/security complex.

Charlie Savage’s book, Takeover, and David Ray Griffin’s book, Bush and Cheney: How They Ruined America and the World, accurately document how 9/11 was used to destroy the Constitution’s balance of power within the government and to create unaccountable executive branch powers that over-ride the Constitution’s protection of civil liberty.

This demand for an unaccountable executive branch, pushed by VP—actually President in fact—Dick Cheney and his minions, such as Addington and John Yoo, was the agenda of the Republican Federalist Society.

An early book laying out the legally invalid and legally incompetent argument that the president had powers unchecked by Congress or the judiciary was Terry Eastland’s book, Energy in the Executive.

This collection of nonsense became Cheney’s bible as he proceeded in secret to remove constraints on executive branch power. The elevation of the executive branch above the law of the land is documented in Charlie Savage’s book. Read it and weep for your country destroyed by Dick Cheney.

On top of Cheney’s coup against accountable government, we have in America today another coup, organized by former CIA director John Brennan, former FBI director Comey, deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, the Democratic National Committee, the departed Republican senator John McCain, a coup fully supported by the entirety of the US presstitute media.

This coup is against the democratically elected President of the United States for the sole reason that he threatens the power and profit of the entrenched military/security complex, about which President Eisenhower warned us 57 years ago, by wanting to normalize relations with Russia, the world’s premier nuclear power.

The question is unavoidable: Why do the American people put up with this? Are they so insouciant that they have no realization that, if a president can be driven from office because he wants peace with Russia, the removed president’s successor will have to stand against Russia or also be driven from office. Trust and negotiation between the nuclear powers becomes impossible.

Why do Americans support conflict with a nuclear power that can completely destroy America?

During the entirety of the Cold War, in which I was a participant, the emphasis was on reducing tensions and creating trust. Today Washington’s interest is piling provocation after provocation on a country that can wipe us off the face of the earth.

The liberal/progressive/left, the Democratic National Committee, the CIA and the rest of the covert state, and the media whores all share this same commitment to the reckless and irresponsible provocation of a powerful nuclear power. As the US military itself acknowledges, Russia’s weapons are far beyond America’s defenses.

So what is going on? Is it the liberal/progressive/left’s desire that evil America be destroyed? Is this desired destruction of evil America the reason the Left has allied itself so tightly with the warmongers in Washington?

Is this the reason that the Left and the Democrats and a handful of Republicans want to impeach President Trump for attempting to make peace with Russia?

How can these crazed immoral people present themselves as some sort of moral arbiter when they are locked on a trajectory that will destroy Earth?

This destruction might be closer than anyone thinks. Here is the situation in Syria:

Russia and Syria, in cooperation with Iran and Turkey, have begun the assult on Iblid province, the last stronghold of Washington’s proxy army consisting of Al Qaeda, Al Nursra, and ISIS mercenaries hired by Washington.

According to reports, which might or might not be true considering the lack of veracity that is the defining characteristic of the Western media, the US and UK have troops among the mercenary forces, hoping apparently that this presence will deter the attack. As the attack has already begun, this is a false hope.

The Russians discovered Washington’s plot to explode a chemical weapon in Iblid province and exposed Washington’s plot to the UN. Washington had it set up that once its proxies created the appearance of a chemical weapon explosion, Washington would send Tomahawk missiles upon the Syrian forces, thus protecting its proxy army that it sent to overthrow Assad for Israel.

The Russian exposure of Washington’s conspiracy has denied Washington UN support. Moreover, Russia has sent a naval force armed with the new Russian hypersonic missiles to Syria and has announced that its aircraft in the area are also armed with these missiles.

As the US Navy and Air Force have no defense whatsoever against these missiles, if the US attacks the Syrian/Russian forces, it will be Putin’s decision whether any US ship or military aircraft in the area exists as anything but a smoldering ruin.

In other words, the entire power in the area lies in Russian hands. If Washington had any sense—and it doesn’t, Washington has hubris and arrogance in the place of sense—Washington would be nowhere close to Syria.

The question is this: Will the hotheads in Washington conclude that the Russian announcements and marshalling of forces is “just another Putin bluff.”

So far Putin has been loaded up with never-ending insults and provocation— blame for the crash of the Malaysian airliner, blame for poisoning a variety of people in England, blame for invading Ukraine, blame for interfering in US elections, blame for supporting the “dictator” Assad, a person democratically elected by a large vote who obviously has the support of the Syrian people as he liberates Syria from the forces Washington sent to put the country into the same chaos that exists in Iraq and Libya.

Have we reached the situation about which I have been worried, worries shared with my readers, in which Washington makes the miscalculation, based on the incorrect understanding of Russia’s resolve, to launch an attack on the Syrian/Russian forces that have begun the final liberation of Syria from Washington’s paid mercenaries?

Yesterday the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity sent a letter to President Trump advising him of the war danger that the Trump administration has created by its continued illegal interference in Syria’s internal affairs. https://www.globalresearch.ca/moscow-has-upped-the-ante-in-syria/5653571

The Russian government cannot accept Washington’s military intervention in behalf of Al Qaeda, Al Nursa, and ISIS without completely losing all credibility, not only in the world, but inside Russia itself.

A realistic alternative to military action would be for Washington to stand aside as Syria reconstitutes itself and use a propaganda war to blame Syria and Russia for civilian deaths and for destroying “democratic rebels” who rose against a “dictator.”

The fear could be expanded to the Baltics and Ukraine by reviving the propaganda that Putin intends to reconstruct the Soviet Empire.

Washington has long used an expertly manufactured fear of Russia to control Europe. Fear can keep Europe in line, whereas military action against Russia could scare Europe into taking refuge in a revival of its sovereignty.

Yesterday the Wall Street Journal reported: “President Bashar al-Assad of Syria has approved the use of chlorine gas in an offensive against the country’s last major rebel stronghold, U.S. officials said, raising the prospects for another retaliatory U.S. military strike as thousands try to escape what could be a decisive battle in the seven-year-old war.”

According to the Wall Street Journal, the US strikes could target Russian and Iranian forces as well as Syrian forces.

It is difficult to believe that Washington thinks attacks on Russian forces would go unanswered. Such a reckless and irresponsible act could initiate Armageddon.

The claim that Assad has approved the use of chlorine gas in the liberation of Iblid is propagandistic nonsense put out by Washington as an excuse for Washington’s effort to protect its proxy army in Syria with military strikes.

All Syrian chemical weapons were removed by Russia and turned over to the US during the Obama regime. Moreover, Russia would not permit Assad to use chemical weapons if he had them.

Life on earth is faced with a situation in which Washington is so determined to overthrow Assad and to leave Syria in the same chaos as Libya and Iraq that Washington is willing to risk war with Russia.

Never before have irrationality and immorality had such a firm hold on a government. The world should be scared to death of the recklessness and irresponsibility of the US government.

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          Unified Models for Second-Order TV-Type Regularisation in Imaging - A New Perspective Based on Vector Operators. (arXiv:1802.01895v3 [math.NA] UPDATED)      Cache   Translate Page      

Authors: Eva-Maria Brinkmann, Martin Burger, Joana Sarah Grah

We introduce a novel regulariser based on the natural vector field operations gradient, divergence, curl and shear. For suitable choices of the weighting parameters contained in our model it generalises well-known first- and second-order TV-type regularisation methods including TV, ICTV and TGV$^2$ and enables interpolation between them. To better understand the influence of each parameter, we characterise the nullspaces of the respective regularisation functionals. Analysing the continuous model, we conclude that it is not sufficient to combine penalisation of the divergence and the curl to achieve high-quality results, but interestingly it seems crucial that the penalty functional includes at least one component of the shear or suitable boundary conditions. We investigate which requirements regarding the choice of weighting parameters yield a rotational invariant approach. To guarantee physically meaningful reconstructions, implying that conservation laws for vectorial differential operators remain valid, we need a careful discretisation that we therefore discuss in detail.


          After Losing His Guardian, This Little Dog Was Left to Fend for Himself on the Streets (VIDEO)      Cache   Translate Page      

When Hope for Paws received a call about a small dog living near a retirement home, Lisa Arturo and JoAnn Wiltz headed out to rescue the little guy. It was a good thing they arrived when they did ... it was only a matter of time before he got hit by a car!

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Virgin Australia Airlines, the country's second largest airline, is banning plastic straws and stirrers – two items that are among those most difficult to recycle.

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'Jaws of Life' used to free bear with head stuck in milk canROSEAU, Minn. (AP) — Firefighters had to use the Jaws of Life to help free a black bear whose head was stuck in a milk can in northern Minnesota.



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          The Fifth Third Bank murders and the fallacy of "no-guns" policies      Cache   Translate Page      

On Friday, September 7, for as-yet unknown reasons, a man entered Fifth Third Bank's corporate headquarters on Cincinnati's Fountain Square and began firing a 9mm handgun. Three people lost their lives, and two more were injured.

The company's "no-guns" policy, enforced not only at its headquarters but also at all of its branches, did not stop the attack.

The company's security turnstiles did not stop the attack.

The company's unarmed security guards did not stop the attack.

The courts did not stop the attack.

Existing gun control laws did not stop the attack.

What stopped the attack was "good guys" with guns - police officers who responded to the scene.

It is worth noting that, even in this heavily populated downtown area, it took four and a half minutes for police to locate and engage the killer, bringing the attack to an end. These police officers did they best they could. But four and a half minutes is simply not good enough.

It is an undebatable fact that the shortest response time saves lives. As such, the way to limit the number of casualties when such an attack occurs is to have armed personnel on scene, ready to respond faster.

Fifth Third's corporate plan involves unarmed security guards, "no-guns" signs, and a long wait for police to bring guns to end the carnage. The results speak for themselves.

Rather than highlight these truths, the media are once again clamoring to blame the Constitution of the United States, blame the so-called lack of adequate gun control laws, and blame millions of law-abiding Americans who safely exercise their right to bear arms each and every day.

They ask questions like "Why was the shooter able to get a gun?," while ignoring more important questions like:

"Why did Fifth Third chose to call UNARMED employees 'security'?, or

"Why does Fifth Third disarm law-abiding employees and customers who have their concealed handgun licenses?", or

"Why do Fifth Third decision-makers believe a bank robber, or a determined killer like this one, are going to obey "no-guns" signs?" ,or

"What's "strong" about Americans being helpless and having the police come to save them?" (h/t David Codrea)

They give the killer instant fame by publishing his name, ignoring evidence that perpetrators and plotters look to past attacks both for inspiration and operational details, in hopes of causing even greater carnage.

The Cincinnati Enquirer has declared, "Enough."

We couldn't agree more.

ENOUGH with the misplaced blame.

ENOUGH with the celebritiziation of killers.

ENOUGH with the false promises that gun control could prevent these attacks.

The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. The only question is how long it's going to take for one to get there.

In this case, the "no-guns" policies at Fifth Third Bank ensured that it would be far too long.

Chad D. Baus is the Buckeye Firearms Association Secretary and an NRA-certified firearms instructor. He is co-founder of BFA-PAC, and served as its Vice Chairman for 15 years. He is the editor of BuckeyeFirearms.org, which received the Outdoor Writers of Ohio 2013 Supporting Member Award for Best Website.

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By Meghan Keneally Hundreds of relatives of 9/11 victims gathered in downtown Manhattan Tuesday as they do on every anniversary of the attacks. First responders and everyday people who helped were honored and recognized with emotional messages and the somber ceremony marking the 17th year since terrorists flew planes into the Twin Towers. But one group of New […]
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For many colleges and universities, the idea of cannabis on campus is a nonstarter. Where cannabis laws don’t expressly forbid consumption or possession of marijuana at schools, school administrators have set clear policies prohibiting them. In the United States, these bans are so strict that they often prevent students with […]
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Hi Charles. People are allowed to take small quantities of cigars and rum into the US since Obama. And yes you are right that there is some circumventing of the blockade. The fact that food is allowed into Cuba is only because of the international laws that the embargo was previously contravening. And it is a one way trade. The fact is that the blockade still has an affect on the Cuban economy. I don't know how much, but Hilary Clinton put it as 20% of their economic problems.
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And much more.

Quote of the week

"That's just bizarre." — Sen. Missy Irvin (R-Mountain View), the chair of the legislative Joint Performance Review Committee, responding to a representative from Everytown for Gun Safety's mention of statistics about youth suicide in a discussion of school safety. The response was that red flag laws — allowing judicial intervention on gun access for dangerous people — could have a positive effect on school shooting incidents and also on suicide rate. Irvin later suggested that efforts to address youth suicide with gun safety laws were targeting rural America.

Former senator, co-defendant sentenced

Federal Judge Timothy Brooks sentenced former state Sen. Jon Woods (R-Springdale) to 220 months, or more than 18 years, in prison and ordered him to make restitution of $1.6 million for masterminding kickback schemes from state money.

He must report to prison by 1 p.m. Sept. 26.

Woods' attorney has said he would appeal. He'll likely seek to postpone prison for Woods, but typically a defendant must show a chance of prevailing on appeal to avoid immediate imprisonment. Woods likely will focus on the fact that an FBI agent was not allowed to testify because of his mishandling of computer files. The government will say it wasn't relevant because the agent didn't testify and the material at issue wasn't prejudicial.

Brooks spoke at length about the severity of the crime. He called Woods' behavior "depraved." He said he'd received many letters from Woods' supporters, but they didn't overcome a record of habitual stealing of money. "Your entire way of thinking about what your job was, was to put money in your pocket, and I find that grotesque," Brooks said.

Defense lawyers tell the Arkansas Times they can't recall a stiffer white-collar crime sentence in Arkansas in years. There's scant "good time" in the federal system. If he isn't successful in a reversal or a reduction of the sentence (such as by contesting use of his participation in an unrelated crime in the sentencing), Woods could be facing 15 years in prison before release to a halfway house. He just turned 41.

Meanwhile, political consultant Randell Shelton, Woods' co-defendant, was sentenced to 72 months in federal prison. Under sentencing guidelines, he could have gotten more than 10 years.

Brooks set Shelton's restitution at $660,698, the loss in state money. He also imposed a civil forfeiture of $664,000, which allows the taking of any assets Shelton might have. His prison time will be followed by three years of supervised release. He was ordered to report to prison Oct. 8.

Brooks faulted Shelton for speaking with pride about his work for Ecclesia College, which paid kickbacks to Shelton, Woods and former Rep. Micah Neal (R-Springdale) for state money it received. Shelton was paid by Ecclesia through a firm he set up called Paradigm Strategic Consulting.

Issue 1 deemed unconstitutional

Circuit Judge Mackie Pierce has ruled that Issue 1, the proposed limit on lawsuits and legislative takeover of court-rulemaking, unconstitutionally rolled up multiple issues in one proposal and should be removed from the ballot.

The decision came in a lawsuit brought by retired Judge Marion Humphrey. A committee backed by the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and major health interests intervened to keep it on the ballot.

The decision will be appealed to the Arkansas Supreme Court.

The amendment caps noneconomic damages in lawsuits at $500,000 and also caps punitive damages, limits attorney fees to a third of judgments and in a couple of ways effectively transfers court rule-making authority from the Arkansas Supreme Court to the legislature. It gives the legislature rule-making review and also reduces the legislative vote requirement to amend or annul court rules. Past legislative efforts to make corporate-friendly changes to court rules have been struck down by the court as unconstitutional.

Pierce said amendments may have multiple parts so long as they are "reasonably germane." He adopted the plaintiffs' view that these four provisions are not. The state said it was enough to be generally about courts.

Work requirement kicks thousands to curb

More than 4,500 recipients of Medicaid in Arkansas lost their health coverage last week for failing to report on their work hours for three months. Enrollees were required to visit a state website to detail spending 80 hours a month on work or other approved activities or an exemption. Those who lost coverage will be locked out of receiving coverage for the rest of the year. Some 26,000 Medicaid recipients are subject to the work requirement rules, approved by the Trump administration earlier this year after Governor Hutchinson requested the change. A federal lawsuit has been filed in Washington, D.C., to block the work requirements from continuing. The same court blocked a similar work requirement from taking effect in Kentucky.


          Sixty years ago, Little Rock closed all its public high schools rather than desegregate them      Cache   Translate Page      
The tossed year.

On Sept. 27, 1958, 60 years ago this month, Little Rock decided by a vote of 19,470 to 7,561 to keep its public high schools closed rather than desegregate them. Although the events of school desegregation at Central High in September 1957 are etched in the local, state and national consciousness, the events of the following year are unjustly overlooked. When they are mentioned at all, people refer to them as the "Lost Year." The term is misleading because the year was not lost, but rather tossed — that is, thrown willfully away by a predominantly white Little Rock electorate that was hoodwinked by segregationist politicians into believing that the city could survive without public schools. Events proved just how wrong those politicians were.

School closing was the result of an ongoing legal battle over school desegregation. On Feb. 20, 1958, the Little Rock School Board petitioned U.S. District Court Judge Harry J. Lemley for a two-and-half-year delay in its desegregation plan. On June 21, Lemley granted the delay on the grounds that the city needed a cooling-off period after the clashes witnessed in September 1957. On Aug. 18, NAACP attorney Wiley Branton successfully had the delay overruled on appeal. School board attorneys then appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Since the Court did not convene until Oct. 6, it could not hear the appeal until after the Little Rock schools opened, presumably on a segregated basis, in September.

On Aug. 25, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren announced that the court would meet in a special session Aug. 28 to hear the Little Rock case. On Sept. 12, the court ordered the school board to proceed with its desegregation plan. In the landmark ruling of Cooper v. Aaron, the court said that violence and disruption could not be used as an excuse for delaying school desegregation. If the court had allowed a delay, it would have signaled that mob rule could be used to stall the enforcement of federal laws. The federal government afterward indicated that it was prepared to support the opening of schools with the assistance of federal marshals if necessary. Everything appeared to be in place to ensure a smooth and orderly process of desegregation, in contrast to the scenes of lawlessness in 1957.

Gov. Orval Faubus had other plans. While desegregation was being debated in the courts, Faubus made his move. On Aug. 26, the governor presided over a special session of the Arkansas General Assembly that pushed through six bills providing him with sweeping powers to uphold segregation. One bill allowed Faubus to close any school ordered to desegregate by federal order. With the school closed, voters in the local school district would participate in a referendum to decide if the school should reopen or not. On the day that the court ordered desegregation to proceed, Faubus closed all of Little Rock's public high schools. In the referendum held Sept. 27, the governor handily stacked the cards in his favor by providing a single choice between keeping the schools closed or accepting "complete and total integration."

The morning after the referendum result, Faubus pressured the school board into leasing the public high schools to the Little Rock Private School Corp. (LRPSC) for private operation. NAACP attorneys won an injunction to stop this. Faubus then assisted the LRPSC in purchasing private buildings with public funds to operate as schools. That year, white students variously attended private segregated schools, schools in other Arkansas districts, out-of-state schools or took correspondence courses through the University of Arkansas. With access to fewer resources, black students were hit the hardest. Most attended classes in other Arkansas districts or went to an out-of-state school. Some took a correspondence course offered by L.M. Christophe, the principal of the black Horace Mann High School. The state retained both white and black teachers on full pay to preside over empty classrooms in closed schools. The only thing that took place in public high schools that year was Central High's football program, which was apparently the single part of its educational services that the city felt it could not survive without.

Faubus reaped the political benefits of school closing. In November 1958, he became only the second governor in Arkansas history to win a third consecutive term in office. The leading segregationist voice in the state, Arkansas Association of White Citizens' Council head Jim Johnson, won election to the Arkansas Supreme Court. In a shocking result, Little Rock segregationist and school board member Dale Alford defeated, as a write-in candidate, incumbent Congressman Brooks Hays, who had held the seat for 16 years. Meanwhile, all of the Little Rock School Board (except for Alford, who would soon leave to take up his role as congressman) resigned. As one of its final acts in office, the board voted to buy out the contract of school Superintendent Virgil Blossom, the architect of Little Rock's school desegregation plan.

The election of a new school board proved a watershed event. At the school-closing referendum, a group of white women had formed the Women's Emergency Committee to Open Our Schools (WEC). At its helm was Adolphine Fletcher Terry, the wife of former Arkansas Congressman David D. Terry. Although unsuccessful in getting the schools opened, the WEC, itself segregated, remained an important lobbying force within the white community. At the school board election, Terry managed to persuade five candidates to represent business interests against attempts by segregationists to dominate the school board. In a closely contested election, a split ticket of three business candidates and three segregationists won.

The partial victory belatedly stirred Little Rock's white businessmen to speak up about school desegregation. There was a rising awareness of the community damage being done. Teachers, unoccupied in empty classrooms, were leaving the public school system in droves. The education of the city's students was being severely disrupted. And, of more pressing concern to the businessmen, the city's economy was suffering badly. Not one new industry had chosen to locate in Little Rock since the events of September 1957. It was claimed that the negative headlines surrounding school desegregation had cost the city five new industrial plants that would have brought in $1 million in revenue and 300 new jobs.

E. Grainger Williams, the new president of the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, questioned the wisdom of school closing in his inaugural speech on Jan. 14, 1959. Williams told the audience that, "no matter what our personal feelings might be," the "time has come for us to evaluate ... the cost of the lack of public education." The politicians did not seem to care. The 1959 Arkansas General Assembly passed another 32 pro-segregation bills into law.

A showdown between the business community and committed segregationists in the city finally came in May 1959. At a meeting of the new school board May 5, segregationist members attempted to push through measures to remove anyone unsympathetic to their cause from the public school system. Blocking each of these measures, the school board members representing business interests then withdrew from the meeting to dissolve the quorum. However, after they left, Ed McKinley, the segregationist president of the school board, ruled that the meeting could continue as normal. Segregationists proceeded to make a series of arbitrary decisions about the running of the school system. Most dramatic of all was the decision not to renew the contracts of 44 public school employees, including seven principals, 34 teachers and three secretaries.

On May 8, a group of downtown business and civic leaders met to form a new organization, Stop This Outrageous Purge (STOP). The organization was dedicated to recalling the three segregationist school board members for election. On May 15, segregationists formed a Committee to Retain Our Segregated Schools (CROSS) to recall the business community representatives. On May 25, the day of the recall election, the vote narrowly went the businessmen's way, with all the business representatives reinstated and all the segregationist candidates dismissed from the school board. The new board, taking the election as a mandate to reopen the schools, began preparations for token desegregation in September 1959 by assigning three black students to Central High and three to Hall High. On June 18, the U.S. District Court upheld the contention of NAACP attorneys that Arkansas's school-closing laws were unconstitutional.

In a surprise move designed to stymie attempts by Faubus to prevent the schools from reopening, the school board announced in July that the school year would begin a month early, on Aug. 12. When the schools reopened as planned, three black students, Effie Jones, Elsie Robinson and Estella Thompson, peacefully entered Hall High under a city police guard. At the state Capitol, 1,000 whites attended a segregationist rally. Later, around 200 segregationists marched on Central High. City policemen firmly enforced order as two of the Little Rock Nine, Jefferson Thomas and Elizabeth Eckford, entered the school. Carlotta Walls, another of the Nine, and the third black student assigned to Central that year, had not yet returned from completing summer school in Chicago. For segregationists, the battle had been lost, and their struggle to retain strictly segregated public schools was finally over. The struggle to achieve the meaningful desegregation of the city's schools, and to ensure equal access to a quality education for all of the city's students, continued on, as it still does today.

John A. Kirk is the Donaghey Distinguished Professor of History and director of the Anderson Institute on Race and Ethnicity at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.


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It’s hard to go to a brewery nowadays without seeing a food truck or two parked outside with a line of customers. We wondered: What is it about mobile eats and brews that draws such a crowd? We chatted with a few breweries that have food trucks at their locations on a regular basis toRead More

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AWS presents businesses with opportunities to innovate with the cloud but also poses challenges. Learn how a managed services provider can help.
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States serve as "laboratories of democracy," as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis famously said. And states are also labs for health policy, launching all kinds of experiments lately to temper spending on pharmaceuticals. No wonder. Drugs are one of the fastest rising health care costs for many consumers and are a key reason health care spending dominates many state budgets — crowding out roads, schools and other priorities. Consider Vermont, California and Oregon, states that are beginning to implement drug price transparency laws . In Nevada , the push for transparency includes the mark-up charged by pharmacy benefits managers. In May, Louisiana joined a growing list of states banning "gag rules" that prevent pharmacists from discussing drug prices with patients. State-based experiments may carry even greater weight for Medicaid, the federal-state partnership that covers roughly 75 million low-income or disabled Americans. Ohio is targeting the fees charged to its Medicaid
          Comment on OPEC August Production Data by alimbiquated      Cache   Translate Page      
Those shorthands are all very well Dennis, but crucially, you cannot expect standard economic equations to apply to them. I'm not just being pedantic about terminology. Calling demand quantity demand makes sense. But supply quantity and demand quantity aren't the economic values of supply and demand, so the laws of economics do not apply to them. The law of supply and demand applies (unsurprisingly) to supply and demand, not supply quantity and demand quantity. I am also fine with people saying "Green tea gives me lots of energy", but that doesn't mean I think there are a lot of calories in green tea. [Edited for clarity]
          $1.2 million anti-Kavanaugh crowdfunding campaign tests federal bribery laws      Cache   Translate Page      
Liberal groups are testing a new crowdsourcing tactic in their battle against President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee — and are testing the limits of campaign finance laws with their attempt to force one GOP senator to vote “No.” The initiative has secured pledges of $1.2 million, which the groups say they’ll direct to an opponent of Sen. Susan Collins, should she vote to confirm Mr. Trump’s pick, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. If she votes for the nomination, the donors’ credit cards will be charged. Ms. Collins and her defenders say that sounds an awful lot like bribery, threatening her political future...
          HHS Secretary Azar Declares Public Health Emergency in Virginia Due to Hurricane Florence      Cache   Translate Page      

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar today declared a public health emergency in Virginia to prepare for potential impacts of Hurricane Florence. The declaration follows President Trump’s emergency declaration for the state and gives Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) beneficiaries and their healthcare providers and suppliers greater flexibility in meeting emergency health needs.

“As the President has emphasized, we are fully prepared to support communities that need our help because of the storm,” Secretary Azar said. “We are working closely with state health and emergency management officials to anticipate communities’ needs and be ready to meet them.”

 Secretary Azar acted under his authority in the Public Health Service Act and Social Security Act in declaring the public health emergency in Virginia and authorizing flexibilities to support CMS beneficiaries. These actions and flexibilities are retroactive to Sept. 8, 2018.

In addition to making this declaration, HHS worked with FEMA to pre-position approximately 400 medical and public health personnel from the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, the National Disaster Medical System and across the department, along with caches of medical equipment for HHS medical teams, so that they are readily available immediately after the storm. Approximately 150 additional HHS health responders are on alert to deploy if needed.

Approximately 300 ambulances are standing ready to assist with patient care, transport and evacuation. Two 250-bed Federal Medical Stations are staged to support care for displaced people with special health needs, including those with chronic health conditions, limited mobility, or common mental health issues.

The HHS Office of Civil Rights issued guidance to state and local agencies and community organizations to help ensure equal access to emergency services and the appropriate sharing of medical information during Hurricane Florence, including how federal civil rights laws apply in an emergency, how HIPAA laws apply in an emergency. OCR also provided a HIPAA Disclosures for Emergency Preparedness Decision Tool.

The HHS Secretary’s Operation Center, managed by the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), remains activated 24/7 to coordinate federal public health and medical support, bringing to bear the federal government’s full range of health-related assets and resources. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also activated their emergency operations centers to support the Secretary’s Operations Center and to coordinate hurricane response activities across their divisions and with their state and private sector partners.

ASPR and CMS collaborated to provide information to state health officials in South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia on the number of Medicare beneficiaries who rely on dialysis or on special medical equipment at home and the type of equipment, such as oxygen concentrators, in the potentially impacted areas. This information assists health and emergency management agencies in saving lives, particularly after extended power outages.

HHS divisions continue to work with state and private sector contacts to prepare for the storm. FDA, for example, is prepared to assist manufacturing firms in the hurricane’s projected path if needed after the storm. Potential flooding is one of the greatest concerns for manufacturing facilities.

To learn more about how to prepare, and for health safety information, visit the HHS emergency website.


          U.S. securities laws may cover initial coin offerings, judge says in big win for feds      Cache   Translate Page      

A federal judge has ruled that U.S. securities laws may cover an initial coin offering, handing the government a victory in its effort to regulate billions of dollars in cybercurrency offerings much as stocks are.

The ruling came in a criminal case against a man charged with promoting digital currencies...


          Is weed illegal in the UK, where is cannabis legal and what are the laws on buying or smoking marijuana?      Cache   Translate Page      
CANNABIS has been completely illegal in the UK since 1971, but now calls are growing for the laws restricting the Class-B drug to be relaxed. Here’s everything you need to know about cannabis laws as they stand in the UK… How is cannabis classified and what are the penalties? Cannabis remains illegal to possess, grow, distribute, […]
          IDG Contributor Network: New privacy laws must permit valuable uses of public records      Cache   Translate Page      

In 1997, the Federal Reserve Board told Congress, “It is the freedom to speak, supported by the availability of information and the free-flow of data, that is the cornerstone of a democratic society and market economy.” The board was especially concerned to preserve the U.S. system of open public records.

The availability of public records enables a wide variety of publicly beneficial activities

Public records play a vital role in ensuring that the press can provide citizens with the facts and information they need to be informed citizens, fulfilling Louis Brandeis’ dictum for democratic government that “sunlight is the best disinfectant.”

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          Update on PUC Safety Division Activities Related to Beaver County Pipeline Incident      Cache   Translate Page      
September 12, 2018---HARRISBURG – Personnel from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s (PUC’s) Pipeline Safety and Electric Safety Divisions are continuing their work in Beaver County following Monday morning’s incident involving a natural gas gathering line.

“We appreciate the strong interest in this incident – especially for the residents directly impacted by the fire and evacuation – and safe pipeline operations is top priority for the Commission,” said PUC Chairman Gladys M. Brown. “It is important to understand that these are complex incidents that require extensive work by PUC engineers and other experts before any conclusions can be reached.”

The PUC Pipeline Safety Division continues to coordinate with local emergency responders to inspect the incident scene – though inclement weather and poor on-site conditions continue to limit access to the site.

Pipeline Safety Engineers have confirmed the following:

The incident involved a 24-inch natural gas gathering line located in Center Township, Beaver County, operated by Energy Transfer Partners. Gathering lines are pipelines used to transport crude oil or natural gas from production sites to collection or transmission sites.
The pipeline is in what is known as a Class 3 location. Location classification (Class 1 through 4) is based on population density near the pipeline, per federal standards – with Class 1 lines located in the most lightly populated areas and Class 4 lines located in the most densely populated areas.

The pipeline falls under the jurisdiction of the PUC’s Pipeline Safety Division based on Act 127 of 2011, the “Pipeline Act,” which expanded the Commission’s authority to enforce federal pipeline safety laws as they relate to gas and hazardous liquids pipeline equipment and facilities within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The pipeline was recently constructed and was in the process of being energized when the incident occurred.

The pipeline was pressure tested in 2017 and 2018.

The investigation by the PUC’s Pipeline Safety Division will examine all aspects of construction and operation, to identify the nature and cause of the incident.

The PUC continues to coordinate with Beaver County Emergency Management, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and other utilities operating in the area around the incident site.

Any potential investigations by other state or federal agencies would be separate and independent of the PUC pipeline safety investigation.

In addition to the natural gas line involved in Monday’s incident, there was damage to nearby high voltage electric transmission and distribution lines and towers for FirstEnergy/West Penn Power and Duquesne Light. The utilities were able to re-route power around the damaged area for most customers and service was restored to all remaining locations yesterday. The PUC’s Electric Safety Division and Bureau of Technical Utility Services will continue to receive regular updates from the utilities as permanent repair work continues.
          Rookie Alcantara tabbed for finale vs. Mets      Cache   Translate Page      
The Marlins' soggy series with the Mets comes to a close on Thursday at 7:10 p.m. ET at Citi Field. Rookie Sandy Alcantara, coming off a career-high seven scoreless innings against the Phillies, draws the assignment for Miami. Alcantara beat the Mets on June 29 in his season debut. Steven Matz starts for New York.
          Is weed illegal in the UK, where is cannabis legal and what are the laws on buying or smoking marijuana?      Cache   Translate Page      
CANNABIS has been completely illegal in the UK since 1971, but now calls are growing for the laws restricting the Class-B drug to be relaxed. Here’s everything you need to know about cannabis laws as they stand in the UK… How is cannabis classified and what are the penalties? Cannabis remains illegal to possess, grow, distribute, […]
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販促活動のノウハウを集めたクラウドサービス「SPinno」の開発をお任せします。 当面はロードマップにある機能の技術的な調査、プロトタイピング、設計、テスト等を担当していただきます。  長期的には開発プロセスの最適化、DevOps、新しい要素技術の研究開発など、キャリアの指向に応じて担当分野を広げ、または深堀をしてください。 ■求める経験、技術 フロントエンド/サーバーサイドのいずれかの開発経験5年以上  ・フロントエンド:Javascript(JQuery、Vue.js)  ・サーバサイド:PHP(Laravel)  ・DB:MySQL(AWS RDS)  ・インフラ:AWS、Docker ■望ましい経験、技術  ・スクラムなど、アジャイル手法による開発プロジェクトの経験  ・クラウドサービス開発プロジェクトの経験  ・印刷、販促、マーケティング領域のアプリケーション開発の経験  ・AWSによるインフラ構築の経験  ・個人でのサービス開発経験、勉強会での発表 ■環境、ツールなど  ・OS:Windows / Mac / Linux(Amazon Linux)  ・DB:RDS(MySQL、PostgreSQL)、Redshift  ・DevOps: CircleCI / SideCI / VAddy  ・その他: Github / Redmine / Trac / Subversion / Re:dash
          Vintage 1960s Cork Suede Shoes - Tan Life Stride 1970s - Size 8 N or 7 by Alexsandras      Cache   Translate Page      

44.00 USD

Cork colored suede shoes are punched to resemble actual cork. Laminate dark faux wood heel. Adorable soft gold toned buckles decorate the toe vamp. Suede lining at heel, synthetic insoles. Leather soles, hard plastic heel taps. Presumed to date to the 1960s, though the almond shaped toe and moderately tapered heel indicate these may also date to the 1970s. If so, they were designed with the more mature woman in mind who was reluctant to embrace the thicker heeled, square toed styles of the day.

Labeled: Life Stride

Measurements
These shoes are marked a US size 8 3A/5A (indicating a narrow size) and will most likely fit a narrow US size 7 or 7 1/2 best. Please check measurements to ensure a proper fit:
-Insole: 9.5" (heel to toe)
-Width at ball of foot: 2.75" (widest point)
-Heel width: 2"
-Heel height: 2 5/8"
-Volume or vamp: 5 5/8"
(VOLUME: Using a flexible tape measure or piece of string, on one of your best fitting, similarly styled shoes, measure, with your foot in the shoe, from the welt stitch [where the sole is sewn to or attaches to the upper part of the shoe] on one side, up over the top of the foot to the opposite side at the welt stitch or attachment point of the sole to the upper. This measurement gives an idea of the “Volume” of your foot and the true size of it.)

Condition
Very Good condition rating a 7 out of 10. Both toes are a little scuffed. The original and only owner was a toe dragger and had metal toe taps attached to the toe of each sole. The are both a little rusty from the Oregon rain. Soles and heels have lightly moderate wear from use. Insoles are peeling up in each shoe. There is also a little verdigris on the metal portions of each buckle. A couple of spots and scuffs throughout, the largest of which can be seen in the last photo. Just a handful of minor flaws and general wear from use that don't detract from the impact these will make when worn.

These shoes came from my Mother's friend, Linda who inherited hundreds of shoes dating from the late 1950s-1970s from her aunt. You'll find several other pairs of her shoes here:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/255587594/vintage-1960s-bernardo-jeweled
https://www.etsy.com/listing/459455552/vintage-1960s-orange-stiletto
https://www.etsy.com/listing/257721010/vintage-1960s-black-flats

Visit The Shoe Department in both my Etsy shops for more vintage footwear:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/alexsandras?section_id=7576075
http://www.etsy.com/shop/unionmadebride?section_id=7629497

***All items ship USPS Priority Mail both domestic and international.***


          Leaf Blowers, Lawn Mowers, Chainsaws and More — Save Hundreds on the Lawn Care Tools You Need Year-Round      Cache   Translate Page      

On the eve of trees trashing up your front yard with dead leaves, Ebay delivers loads of leaf blowers.


          Welders - MIG/Shortarc **NOW HIRING** $14-$17/hr      Cache   Translate Page      
IA-Independence, Now hiring MIG welders of all levels. Call or email to apply today! $14-$17/hr! Currently looking for entry level to candidates that have obtained an AWS certification. If you are an entry level candidate, you will start with tacking off production and slowly work their way onto the floor for fabrication. You will have everything inspected as well. You will need to take a weld test which does incl
          Framers and carpenters $22/hr+      Cache   Translate Page      
CO-Denver, Hiring Framer and carpenters for a General Contractor looking for a long term employees for their self perform framing group. Qualifications: 1-10 years of framing experience residential OR commercial experience OR 1-5 years of carpentry experience. Have basic hand tools, bags etc. Experience framers will need saws and nail guns. Experience doing punch work and backing and blocking. Reliable car t
          HSE Manager at Fosad Consulting      Cache   Translate Page      
Fosad Consulting Ltd is a business support services firm with offerings in Human Resource Management, Immigrations and Real Estate Consulting. We leverage our expertise and strategic alliances to support businesses. Our proposition is based on a deep understanding of the drivers of high performing businesses and the required business solutions that supports it. We work with clients to support their non-core business tasks to strategically position them for business success.Duties / Responsibilities To reduce the degree and the number of accidents and/ or incidents on deployed sites through but not limited to activities such as: daily site talks, strict monitoring of casual workers and other company staff in compliance with the safety policy/manual. To formulate and implement policies, procedures and programs on construction safety that must comply with all work safety regulations both locally and internationally. To enforce policies to establish a culture of health and safety. To develop and execute health and safety plans in the workplace according to legal guidelines. To evaluate practices, procedures and facilities to assess risk and adherence to the law. To conduct training and presentations for health and safety matters including accident prevention. To monitor compliance to policies and laws by inspecting employees and operations. To inspect equipment and machinery to observe possible unsafe conditions. To investigate accidents or incidents to discover causes. To recommend solutions to issues, improvement opportunities or new prevention measures. To frequently visit construction sites to ensure implementation of the correct safety policies and procedures. To represent the company in meetings with Government bodies and other agencies on matters regarding workplace health and safety, liaising with these agencies for regular updates on legal regulations and program initiatives on workplace safety and environmental issues. To ensure necessary steps and documentation are carried out if there is a workplace injury at a construction site. To ensure that work statements are prepared for every work that is to be done on site, ensuring that the work statements are fully complied to. To conduct/ develop risk assessment documents based on each work statement and enforce preventive measures. To prepare accurate and timely consolidated weekly HSE report to management. Experience 6 years (or more) of experience in Health, Safety and Environment 4 years (or more) in construction/civil engineering industry with Senior HSE role. Educational and Professional Qualification Degree in management or technical related field. ISPON Membership (Associate as minimum). Nebosh (IGC or Diploma) First-Aid training Other HSE training and certificates. Skills and competencies Ability to process, analyze and manage data. In depth understanding of Health and Safety procedures and relevant labor standards. Ability to influence decisions, persuade, solve problems and make meaningful impact. Ability to administer first-aid and respond accordingly in case of emergency. Computer literacy, numerate, attention to detail, and ability to write reports. Commercially astute and Customer Service orientated. Excellent planning, organizing and leadership skills. Teamwork and collaboration skills. Communication and interpersonal skills. Leadership, people and time management skill.
          Team Lead, Financiaal Control and Tax at Ascentech Services Limited      Cache   Translate Page      
Ascentech Services Ltd acts as a gateway to provide end to end recruitment services to Organisations Worldwide. We are a dedicated team of professional consultants offering top of the line executive recruitment and selection services. We cater for the needs of a range of professionals seeking employment and work together to create effective solutions using our networks and strong client base.RESPONSIBLE TO:CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICERSUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES Responsible for timely, accurate and reliable financial accounting information and statistics suitable to the need of running the business ensure that established accounting systems and procedures are adhered to and recommend controls necessary to safeguard the company's assets and income.Main Functions To maintain proper records of all company's assets, liabilities and trading functions and the security of the assets. Form a close working relationship with the Management Accountant, Chief Financial Officer and Senior Managers providing the strategic guidance required to support current activities and future growth. Responsible for the timely preparation and submission of CBN Monthly returns Lead staff development and succession planning for financial Control team members Actively recruit, mentor and develop team members' capability and future leadership potential Ensure that: Appropriate financial records are kept All statutory accounts are submitted accurately and on time The annual accounts are appropriately audited Suggest updates to the accounting the company's manual and procedures as appropriate Continually initiate and drive process improvements within the finance department Being responsible for the integrity of the accounting system by ensuring that accounting transactions are posted and financial reports are produced on a timely basis Ensure statutory and internal reporting are in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations, and are fully compliant with all company's policies and procedures To implement effective accounting procedures and internal controls which conform to corporate standards and ensure that they are followed. Establish a high level of credibility and manage strong working relationships with external parties including customers, vendors, advisors and external auditors Maintain efficient and effective fixed assets system covering the day-to-day recording and control over the company's fixed assets. Organize verifications and reconciliation with the fixed asset register as at when necessary. Carry out regular review of all the company's assets. Scrutinize payment vouchers before payment is effected with a view to controlling expenses. To attend to internal and external Audit request/enquiries and ensure Audit report recommendations are followed up and implemented according to company's procedures. Ensuring timely rendition of statutory returns to government agencies Tax Functions Minimizes legally required taxes by studying regulations, presenting strategies to the management Oversee tax audit exercises and follow up with the relevant government agencies Work closely with the company's tax consultants on tax related matters Recommends tax strategies by researching federal, state, and local taxation issues Maintains legislative materials by reviewing, interpreting, and implementing new or revised laws Maintains compliance with regulations by forwarding required information to federal, state, and local authorities Updates job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading professional publications; maintaining personal networks; participating in professional organizations. Accomplishes accounting and organization mission by completing related results as needed. QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, business, economics or related fields. Internationally recognized accounting qualification (CA, CPA, ACCA, CMA, ACA) Excellent communication and interpersonal skills High level of integrity and ethical behaviour - sets a good example Proven record of leading and developing subordinates Strong ability to prioritize, multi-task and delegate Highly IT literate Solid team player with high energy and go get attitude to deliver results High degree of resilience 3 + years Experiences
          Mobile/Web Developer at Hamilton Lloyd and Associates      Cache   Translate Page      
Hamilton Lloyd and Associates - Our client is an Information Technology Consulting Company. Due to internal expansion, they have decided to hire a qualified candidate to fill the position below:Job Summary The Mobile/Web Developer's role is to design, code, test, and analyze software programs and applications. This includes researching, designing, documenting, and modifying software specifications throughout the production lifecycle. The software developer will also analyze and amend software errors in a timely and accurate fashion and provide status reports as required. Job Responsibilities Design and development of mission critical mobile and web applications Deliver across the entire app life cycle -concept, design, build, deploy, test, release to app stores Build prototypes at tech scoping stage of projects. Liaise with product development team to plan new features. Work with other developers and stakeholders to create and maintain a robust framework to support the mobile and web apps. Work with the front-end designers to build the interface with focus on usability features. Create compelling mobile device and/or browser specific user interfaces and experiences. Optimize performance for the mobile and web apps. Technical Skills Required. Proven development experience in desktop and mobile web development. Excellent knowledge in information architecture, human computer interaction and mobile usability design principles Excellent programming skills in frontend technologies and frameworks like HTML, JavaScript, CSS3, JQuery, PhoneGap/Cordova and frontend MVC frameworks. Expertise in full stack JavaScript frameworks include Angular, Vue etc. Multiple years of server-side programming experience in C# and .Net Experience in database technologies like MSSQL Server, Oracle, MongoDB etc. Experience in native and hybrid Android and iOS development frameworks (e.g. Ionic 2, Xamarin framework etc.) Familiarity with designing, creating and consuming RESTful and SOAP web services. Familiarity with version control systems e.g. GIT, SVN. Familiarity with build systems (e.g. Gradle, Maven), Continuous Integration tools (e.g. Jenkins, Artifactory, Nexus). Hands on experience with cloud technologies (including Azure, Oracle Cloud, IBM Bluemix, AWS etc.) Ability to switch among multiple projects, multiple languages, and multiple IDEs in short periods of time. Exposure to Java is a plus 2 Soft Skills Required: Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Able to work well individually as well as in a highly collaborative team. Demonstrated interest in learning new technologies. Familiarity with Agile methodologies (especially Scrum). Enterprise Software Development Lifecycle. Direct work in applications that serve a very large number of users along with handling highly secure information. Person's Specification Education: Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in any of the Physical Sciences with a minimum of Second Class Lower Division (2.2). Master's Degree would be an added advantage Experience: Minimum of 6 years' experience in software development. Special Requirements: May be required to travel occasionally; overtime and weekend work maybe required
          HR Payroll & Recruiter at Transsnet Financial      Cache   Translate Page      
Transsnet Financial is launching game-changing fintech apps in the Nigerian market to help people transact, save and borrow money. Transsnet is a joint venture between Transsion, the manufacturers of smartphone brands used by over 30% of Africans, including Tecno, Infinix and Itel, and NetEase, one of China's biggest internet companies.Job Description Maintain payroll information by collecting, calculating, and capturing data; Update payroll records by capturing changes in exemptions, allowances, insurance coverage, savings deductions, job title and department/division transfers, and any other changes that may occur within the month; Prepare reports by compiling summaries of earnings, taxes, deductions, leave, disability, and non-taxable wages amongst other reports; Ensure employees are paid on time and their payslips are distributed by the last day of every month; Ensure that the statutory reports such as PAYE, NSSF, NHIF are submitted to the Finance department by the end of every month; Resolve payroll discrepancies after analyzing information; Provide payroll information when required and address any payroll related complaints that may arise; Maintain payroll operations by following policies and procedures; advise on any changes required; Protect payroll operations by keeping all information confidential; Ensure that the company is compliant to all laws that relate to payroll processing; Contribute to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed. Requirements Minimum Requirements: Hold a University Degree in a business related field with an emphasis in Finance / Accounting / Human Resource(HR); CPA(K) or ACCA; Have at least 3 years working experience in Payroll. Experience in payroll outsourcing will be an added advantage; Project management skills & proficiency in Payroll Software, MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint; Demonstrate strong analytical skills. Competencies: Attention to detail and Data Entry Skills; High sense of confidentiality and integrity; Working knowledge of a payroll software; Ability to work under pressure and prioritize; Effective time management with ability to work under minimum supervision.
          Criticizing Government is a Costly Business in the Maldives      Cache   Translate Page      

With the Maldives’ presidential elections looming on September 23, media criticism of President Yameen Abdul Gayoom and his government is proving to be a costly affair – quite literally.

Former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed is Interviewed on Raajje TV's Falasurukhi Program. 

© Mohamed Nasheed/YouTube

Just ask broadcaster Raajje TV, which the authorities consider pro-opposition. It has already been fined four times since 2016 by the official Maldives Broadcasting Commission (MBC) for content that was allegedly defamatory of the president and “a threat to national security.” This has cost the station nearly four million rufiyaa – over US$250,000, said Raajje’s operations chief, Hussain Fiyaz: “The fines are certainly a political decision made by a commission that is fully under the control of the government.”

The fines were leveled under the Maldives’ Defamation and Freedom of Speech Act, a broadly worded law that permits criminal penalties for defamatory speech and comments against “any tenet of Islam” or that “threaten national security.” It gives wide discretion to authorities to target media critics.

Raajje TV launched a public appeal to help pay the initial penalties, going door-to-door asking for donations. Of the two million rufiyaa (US$130,000) owed, some 800,000 came from public donations; another 100,000 was raised by selling Raajje t-shirts, and the rest from individual donors.

On August 8, the network was fined another two million rufiyaa for allegedly broadcasting content that was defamatory of the president.

Human Rights Watch has documented the Maldives government's use of decrees and vaguely worded laws to silence dissent and to intimidate and imprison critics. Religious extremists and criminal gangs – including many that enjoy political protection – have assaulted and at times murdered outspoken critics.

Government pressure on the media particularly affects small, private broadcasters like Raajje TV, forcing it to self-censor. During a recent opposition rally, for instance, the station decided against broadcasting speeches by some opposition leaders.

Although Raajje TV has paid its latest fine, more may come. The broadcasting commission immediately launched an investigation after the station broadcast a recording of a press conference by opposition leaders, in which they submitted allegations against President Yameen to the Anti-Corruption Commission.

Fiyaz believes there will be other attempts to obstruct the station’s coverage before election day, causing Raaije TV to rely on the kindness of strangers. “With the elections just around the corner, people don’t want to let the government deter us from doing our work,” he said.

If only the government were listening.


          Trump supporter demanded to see a list of impeachable offenses; someone happily obliged      Cache   Translate Page      

Reader exchange from the Los Angeles Times:

SEP 08, 2018 To the editor [of the Los Angeles Times]: I hear many people say that Trump should be impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors, but where’s the list of constitutionally impeachable offenses? Let’s see the list, please.

The polarization between the two parties is not because of Trump — it is because of Obama, who acted as though America needed to be brought down a peg or two. With statements like “you didn’t build that,” he not so subtly told people that their efforts were not that important.

Now we have someone in the White House who encourages people. It is a huge difference.

For the record, I am a woman who has a doctorate, and I support Trump.

Andrea Anderson, Glassell Park

SEP 12, 2018 To the editor: One letter writer doubts President Trump has committed any impeachable offenses and wonders what they could possibly be. A partial list:

Abuse of power: Trump has sought to use the Justice Department to punish his political foes and pressured the department to go easy on candidates he favors.

Obstruction of justice: He admitted that the Russia inquiry was on his mind when he fired FBI Director James Comey. He has dangled the possibility of pardons to squelch potential witness testimony and tampered with the jury in the Paul Manafort trial by speaking out.

Violated his oath of office: The Constitution requires presidents to see that the laws be faithfully executed. Trump has delighted in undermining not only immigration statutes but also Obamacare.

Impeachable offenses needn’t rise to the level of federal crimes. It is necessary only to show that Trump used his office in ways that are inconsistent with his constitutional duties.

Brad Bonhall, Reno

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          Compliance Officer I at Management Sciences For Health - MSH      Cache   Translate Page      
Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a global health nonprofit organization, uses proven approaches developed over 40 years to help leaders, health managers, and communities in developing nations build stronger health systems for greater health impact.Job ID: 13-10182 Location: Abuja Reports To: Corporate Director of Internal Audit; and administratively reports to the Country Representative. Overview The Compliance Officer will monitor the performance of all financial and operational functions within MSH Nigeria PMI-S Project. The position holder will ensure that all staff are well versed in donor and MSH policies and procedures, and are adhering to such standards. S/he will identify gaps in existing internal control systems, and provide recommendations to strengthen them; will identify gaps in staff's knowledge and skills in MSH Policies & SoPs; will provide recommendations for training; and may provide training directly to staff. In coordination with the Director of Internal Audit, s/he will develop a plan and evaluation tools, and then carry out independent appraisals and verifications of the effectiveness of MSH and donor policies, procedures and standards, and applicable Nigeria law, by which MSH Nigeria financial resources are managed. S/he will review and evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of operations, reliability of financial reporting, compliance with applicable laws and the safeguarding of assets. S/he will plan, perform and report back on internal assessments to ensure that financial control, financial guidelines of donor organization and other control procedures are in place and are being properly implemented and managed on the PMI-S Malaria project. S/he will also be responsible for advising and monitoring quality standards of operations and value for money. S/he will monitor and following-up on recommendations from the internal and external auditors to ensure the recommendations have been implemented and adhered to. Under the direction of the Director of Internal Audit (and MSH General Counsel where necessary), s/he will conduct thoroughly documented investigations of whistleblower cases, and suspected fraud and will directly interface with the Director of Internal Audit on these or other specific cases. Specific Responsibilities Ensure that all MSH Nigeria and PMI-S Malaria project financial and operational activities are in compliance with Nigeria law (tax laws, CSA laws and government pension agency laws), donor rules and regulations, and MSH policies and standards. Develops an annual customized compliance monitoring plan, including evaluation tools, standards, ethical considerations, and schedule to evaluate all PMI-S Malaria project or remote staff/office locations, and to revisit sites needing extra attention. Develops compliance framework for the PMI-S Malaria project; including compliance checklists for the various business processes, transaction classes, country laws governing NGO operations, and specific donor requirements. Periodically reviews and updates the compliance monitoring checklist and other tools to stay current with MSH procedures and policies. Examines the effectiveness of internal controls and compliance within MSH Nigeria policy framework and identifies gaps in procedures and controls systems and provides recommendations to the Country Leadership Team for strengthening them. Follows-up on recommendations to ensure they have been implemented and adhered to. Tests internal controls, targeting high risk areas, including workshops, vehicle usage, inventory control and cash advance management, payroll and Fleet Management. Documents internal control weaknesses and compliance deviations and their impact, and makes recommendations to address these weaknesses. Identifies gaps in knowledge and skills and provides recommendations for training. May be requested to provide training directly to staff. Prepares detailed reports of each compliance review and other task assignments, with prioritized findings and recommendations. Qualifications and Experience Bachelor's degree in Accounting or business management or related area. Advanced degree preferred Six plus years of experience in compliance, risk management or audit required. Extensive familiarity of U.S Government grant/contracts rules and regulations (USAID, CDC,) or other donor rules and regulations (E.U) required. Experience in international development programs preferred. Excellent planning, management, and organizational skills. Proven leadership and interpersonal skill. Professional proficiency in English required
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          Branch Manager      Cache   Translate Page      
OH-Amherst, POSITION:BRANCH MANAGER REPORTS TO:VICE PRESIDENT – RETAIL BANKING OFFICE LOCATION:AMHERST OFFICE FSLA STATUS:EXEMPT DATE:SEPTEMBER 11, 2018 JOB DESCRIPTION The Branch Manager is responsible to create and develop a sales and service atmosphere in the branch. The Branch Manager recognizes and anticipates the needs of the branch to meet budget goals and comply with all banking laws and regulations.
          Book Review on Better Times: Something Magic      Cache   Translate Page      
Something Magic: The Baltimore Orioles, 1979-1983 is a fairly straight forward accounting of the last hurrah of the original Orioles dynasty that lasted about 20 years.  The book largely depends on several hundred articles written at the time to piece together the more meaningful aspects leading up to that final run and throughout it.  For those who lived through these events, I would imagine that this work will unleash a flood of great memories.  For those like me born during this run or much later, it is a sober account of what transpired during a more jubilant time of baseball in Baltimore.

Perhaps one of the more interesting aspects of this work is that the first 78 pages describe the path that baseball took in Baltimore from 1858 to the threshold of the 1979 season.  It covers a lot of ground that I had picked up in other books.  Bill Veeck's tenure with the St. Louis Browns and being squeezed out in the sale of the franchise to Baltimore is covered here though not in the excruciating detail you get on the books whose focal point in Veeck and not providing background for the Orioles.

Likewise, the book draws from the Wizard of Waxahachie and a couple other sources to discuss Paul Richards.  Similar to Veeck, the book presents a more positive and less nuanced few of Richards when describing how the Oriole Way is the Richards Way.  For instance, while it notes how much of a tinkerer Richards was and how he was interested in streamlining/standardizing instruction, it fails to mention how his success in finding players largely had to do with having money to buy them because he was actually a fairly
poor evaluator.  He just used a great system.  That said, it probably is outside the scope of this work.

I may have missed it in the citations, but the work also appears to miss the work recently done on Brooks Robinson in the Brooks autobiography that was recently released.  That work would fill in some gaps in the discussion running up through the 50s, 60s, and 70s.  While that book is fairly white bread, it does seem to give the impression that Something Magic perhaps leans on period print articles a bit too much as being completely accurate depictions.

One element that comes up again and again are the depictions of fan programs being used as evidence to show that there was something special about Baltimore.  It is said, but not compared with what was going on around the league.  Therefore, it reads more like public relation work that would appear in newspapers and opinion pieces.  Maybe I am being too harsh, but it seems like a more critical eye and perhaps more first hand interviews could have contextualized these events more.

The final hundred or so pages describes the run noted in the title.  The writing meanders with the ebb and flow of seasonal sports writing.  Spring optimism gets grinded through the season and tid bits of information sprinkle through.  Again, I think for those who lived through the era it would be a great memory jogger as it discusses work stoppages, Jim Palmer acting on television shows, negotiations for what would become Camden Yards, failed attempts to sign Reggie Jackson and trade for Gary Templeton, and the pondering of who could actually replace Earl Weaver.

Perhaps with a longer format, these interesting tidbits could be expanded and something more interesting or profound could be elucidated.  As is, much of the information comes off in tangents off of the main slog which is a very newsprint push forward of this time.

The final chapter brings everything up to the present day.  Highlighting some aspects and quiet on others.  All in all, the book does well to set the tone for this five year period and wind down from it.  Where it fits in the works about the Orioles, I do not know.  I think for a more recent Orioles fan, it teases you with a great number of tidbits that leave you wanting more and, perhaps, searching out books mentioned in the citations and beyond.

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Something Magic: The Baltimore Orioles, 1979-1983
by Charles Kupfer
McFarland and Company, Inc.
212 pp.
          Exclusive Excerpt Operation Earth by Maria Hammarblad      Cache   Translate Page      


Rachael watched her all-too-handsome lover go through her front door.
First hangover, ouch. He perked up quick though. They probably have some secret remedy they wont share with earthlings.
She went back to bed but couldn’t sleep, so she cleaned the kitchen instead.
“We sure made a mess here last night.”
Bonbon neither agreed nor disagreed. She sat next to her empty food dish and tapped it with her claws out, making a “tink, tink, tink” sound, clearly stating cats want food too.
It promised to be another long and dull day.
Weekend... What would I have done in my old life? Called some friends, gone to the mall, maybe. Now we dont have cars, or phones. I could take the bus, but if I meet anyone who knows me, well theyll take one look and see Im hiding something.
Her relationship with Peter might not be a well-hidden secret anymore, but the fewer people who knew, the better. She wasn’t up to answering questions.
“Meow.”
“What is it? Do you want to go out?”
The cat sat in the window, and Rachael peeked out too. Peter headed down her drive way.
“Already? That can’t be good.”
Bonbon clearly disagreed; she ran for the hall, probably eager to meet him and make him stumble through running around his feet.
When Rachael opened the door and Peter stopped in the doorway, flashing a smile, she realized she’d forgotten to dress. From the look on his face and glittering eyes, he could see her nipples just fine.
“I’m... gonna go get a robe.”
“No...”
He pulled the door shut and reached for her, tugging her close. The strong arm around her erased all sensible thoughts and questions, and she stuttered, “I... I... You...”
He nodded without breaking eye contact, making it seem as if she said something profound.
“You’re right. I left too quickly.”
How am I supposed to think, or talk, when youre this close?
He made it worse through bending even closer, and pausing with his lips an inch or so from hers, murmuring, “I forgot something.”
She closed half the gap between them, skin tingling from having him so close.
“What’s that?”
He didn’t answer; he waited for a second long as a year, brushing his fingers over her neck. Just when she thought he’d finally kiss her, he pulled away, grabbed her nightie, and drew it over her head in a swift movement.
“This. I wanted to take this off. I was going to wait until tonight, but I think I’ll just take it now.”
Seriously? This is torture. He knows how much I want him, doesnt he, Big Meanie.
He smirked, as if able to read her thoughts.
“Outside is calmer than I expected, and I could probably stay a little. Unless you want time alone?”
She wanted to smack him over the chest or something for making her feel so flustered, but she gave up. He was better at waiting than she and would win this game every time.
Pheromones, thats what it is. Not my fault.
His grip on her tightened when she kissed him, but he still withdrew much too quickly.
“What does that mean? Should I stay? I could just leave.”


Operation Earth
Maria Hammarblad

Genre: Space Opera Romance

Publisher: Sadowski Media

Date of Publication: August 30, 2018
Originally published by Desert Breeze August 2013

ISBN: 1722281871
ASIN: B07GZ1ZHH7

Number of pages: 192
Word Count: 49282

Cover Artist: Patty Jansen

Tagline: They’re here. Are you ready?

Book Description:

Seven billion people on Earth go about their daily lives, and no one is prepared when a global EMP slows the world to a crawl. Within days alien soldiers line the streets, and life will never be the same. In the midst of chaos, Rachael Hill struggles to adapt to the new order, doing her best to keep herself and her cat alive.

On a ship far above the planet surface, Peter just got his new Earth name, and can’t even remember his identity from the last world he visited. It’s another day on the job, one more planet on a never-ending list. That is, until Rachael bumps into him, dropping exotic objects all around his feet. His culture taught him females should be obeyed and protected, but he never had an urge to leave himself at a woman’s mercy until now.




About the Author:

Maria Hammarblad is an author and bass player whose fascination with books started early. Before she could read or write, she made her mother staple papers together to resemble books. She drew suns in them and claimed they were "The Sun Book." They were all about the sun.

The four-year-old also claimed her existence on Earth was a mistake, the result of a horrible mix-up, and that her real family would come to bring her home to her own planet at any time. This didn't happen, but her fascination with books and other worlds stayed with her. 

Besides novels, she also writes award-winning screenplays, enjoys photography, and works with animal rescue organizations.








          US Attorney Gets Green Light to Use Securities Laws in Cryptocurrency Fraud Case      Cache   Translate Page      
U.S. District Judge Raymond Dearie said the cryptocurrency fraud allegations, "[s]tripped of the 21st-century jargon," were run-of-the-mill schemes that were sufficiently substantiated in the indictment.
     

          Couple Get Back $10,000 Seized By State Trooper After Local Media Starts Asking Questions      Cache   Translate Page      

Here's one way to avoid the lengthy, often-futile process of recovering your assets after they've been seized by the government via civil asset forfeiture. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports law enforcement suddenly decided to return $10,000 to the couple it seized it from, but only after being asked to comment on the forfeiture. (h/t C.J. Ciaramella)

After the Gazette-Mail reached out to the state police Monday with inquiries about the seizure, and after weeks of [Tonya] Smith calling police, the Jefferson County prosecuting attorney and local politicians, Smith said an officer returned her and [Dimitrios] Patlias’ possessions in full Thursday evening.

The couple was traveling from New Jersey to a casino in West Virginia. A West Virginia state trooper rolled the dice on the out-of-state plates and pulled over their car for "failure to drive within [their] lane." From there, the stop became exploratory with the trooper accusing them of smuggling drugs, smuggling cigarettes, or -- following a search of the vehicle -- gift card fraud.

Smith and Patlias had $10,000 in cash between both of them. In addition, they had a number of gift cards, loyalty cards, and cash cards -- all legally obtained -- which the trooper used to shore up the last accusation on the list. Despite being possible fraudsters/smugglers, the trooper handed the pair a warning for the lane violation and let them go on their way. So, they returned to New Jersey with $2 in their pockets.

This set the forfeiture in motion. The couple had 30 days to state a claim to their belongings, otherwise the proceeds would be split between the state police and the prosecutor. The trooper had every incentive to seize everything in the car (which included a cellphone): 90% of proceeds go to the agency that performed the seizure.

As the article points out, this could have been deterred, if not avoided completely. But, unfortunately, a bill requiring convictions for forfeitures died in the state legislature. Despite the incentive-skewing, asset forfeiture still has its advocates who make horrible arguments like this on its behalf:

Those in support of the practice say the ability of law enforcement officers to use forfeiture laws can hamstring drug dealing networks by leaning on their finances, which can be more effective than criminal charges. They also point out that the proceeds can help police buy much-needed equipment.

First, most forfeitures performed in the US involve low dollar amounts, often taken from someone never charged with drug-related crimes. Second, what kind of idiot justifies the seizure of property from people who've never been convicted of a crime by stating that it helps the government buy new stuff for itself? The answer is: only the sort of idiot who can't see how it incentivizes exactly the sort of thing that happened here: a state trooper pulling over an out-of-state driver for a roadside fishing expedition. Nothing about the process deters police officers from shaking down anyone and everyone for valuables so long as they can imagine a criminal origin for the property of citizens.

This worked out well for this couple, who now won't have to spend more than what was seized to get their property returned. Fighting forfeiture is expensive and the outcome is far from guaranteed, even if there's no evidence the seized property was involved in or the byproduct of criminal activity. Officers looking at a 90% payout down the road know this. That's why asset forfeiture -- minus criminal charges -- is the abusive debacle it is today. Nothing about it rewards honest law enforcement work.



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          A Setback For Massachusetts In States' Drive To Contain Medicaid Drug Spending       Cache   Translate Page      
States serve as "laboratories of democracy," as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis famously said. And states are also labs for health policy, launching all kinds of experiments lately to temper spending on pharmaceuticals. No wonder. Drugs are one of the fastest rising health care costs for many consumers and are a key reason health care spending dominates many state budgets — crowding out roads, schools and other priorities. Consider Vermont, California and Oregon, states that are beginning to implement drug price transparency laws . In Nevada , the push for transparency includes the mark-up charged by pharmacy benefits managers. In May, Louisiana joined a growing list of states banning "gag rules" that prevent pharmacists from discussing drug prices with patients. State-based experiments may carry even greater weight for Medicaid, the federal-state partnership that covers roughly 75 million low-income or disabled Americans. Ohio is targeting the fees charged to its Medicaid
          'We, The People' Versus Piketty's Pandering Principles      Cache   Translate Page      

Authored by Michael Lebowitz via RealInvestmentAdvice.com,

We want capitalism and market forces to be the slave of democracy rather than the opposite.” – Thomas Piketty

The essential underlying elements of supply, demand, scarcity, and prosperity described in our first article in this series, The Forgotten Path to Prosperity, are keys to gaining a better understanding of what constitutes a well-functioning economy. In this article, we further consider those dynamics and within that context begin to evaluate why current economic growth is stagnating. Our view necessarily advocates for a focus on supply-side economics. In other words, the talent, skills, and work that people do to acquire resources and how the resulting productivity growth from those endeavors most effectively relieves scarcity and poverty.

In his best-selling book Capitalism in the 21st Century, Thomas Piketty advocates for a mandated redistribution of wealth through a progressive global tax. His perspective of economics centers on the allocation of resources and making sure that it is fair and just. What is made very clear in Piketty’s arguments is that he and a few other intellectual elites, so-called “Davos-men,” ultimately know better than the collective decision-making of the citizens of a nation about how resources should be allocated and what should be mandated as “fair and just.” Piketty and many other economists elect to ignore the fact that the world runs most fairly and efficiently when individuals are free to pursue their separate interests. Said differently, free-market capitalism, although imperfect, remains the single best means of relieving people from the ubiquity of scarcity. As we have repeatedly seen throughout history, nations that relinquish their liberties to oligarchs crumble from the inside-out.

Importantly, Piketty’s idea runs perfectly counter to the central precepts laid out in the United States Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Pledge of Allegiance, and scores of other important documents that foster the basic tenets of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in this country.  The challenges capitalism and free markets face are not due to a lack of government imposition of laws and regulation to ensure fairness and justice, they are due to the failure of the United States government to do the primary thing incumbent upon it – defend the rights of liberty as laid out in the founding documents of our country. What Piketty suggests implies a massive expansion of government power in ways that would at a minimum erode and at worst destroy the vitality and dynamism of a capitalistic and free market society. What is most worrisome is that these concepts are not just the ruminations of the latest economic “rock star,” they are fully in play in every developed nation and go a long way toward explaining the accumulation of sovereign debt and the deterioration of economic growth in those countries.

Data Courtesy: Bank of International Settlements (BIS)

Unwanted Intrusions

Economic inequality is and always has been a feature of human existence. The degree of inequality ebbs and flows across time and geography but will never be eradicated because scarcity is also a permanent feature of human existence. Yet, for a variety of complex reasons, western civilization enjoyed an economic system that delivered unmatched prosperity and economic equality over the last 500 years and nowhere was it more pronounced than in the United States of America.

Capitalism does not solve the perpetual and age-old problem of poverty, but it offers an advantage to those societies who trust in it and depend on the government to protect against unwanted intrusions, especially those emanating from the government itself. Societies are most prosperous where individuals are incentivized to be productive because their individual liberties and private property are protected. Those societies imposed upon by over-bearing governments issuing mandates about how earnings and property will be re-directed are less prosperous and eventually bankrupt themselves.

Free Markets and the Freedom to Choose

As described in The Forgotten Path to Prosperity, everyone has a set of ideas about how markets function.  These ideas are established on the basis of our everyday experiences about how we will use our resources.  Our decision-making is prioritized by attending to those things we need first and then, provided the budget allows, moving on to those things we want – needs and desires. Whether at the grocery store or in the executive suite of a multi-national corporation, economic choices are framed in the context of economic reasoning.

Resources are limited so individuals must make decisions – choices – about how to best use the resources he or she has.  At the same time, we accumulate resources by engaging in productive activities, through the use of the factors of production – land, labor and capital – and productive activities are enabled and enhanced by the freely collaborative efforts among and between people.

With Liberty and Justice for All

So how does one go about being “freely collaborative”? What is it about a culture or society that is constrained from being so? We take such benefits for granted in the United States but even here many of those foundational freedoms are eroding.  What is really being described here is liberty which means “I rule myself.” It is a “negative right” that restrains other people or governments by limiting their actions toward the right holder.  By contrast, a “positive right” provides someone with a claim against another person or the state for some good or service (i.e., housing, healthcare, education). Liberty represents an individual’s freedom from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s way of life, behavior or political views. In other words, liberty (and freedom) can best be defined as a condition in which a man’s will regarding his own person and property is unopposed by any other will. The limits to liberty, according to Thomas Jefferson, are “drawn around us by the equal rights of others.”

The 17th-century philosopher (and indirect contributor to the Declaration of Independence), John Locke framed it this way:

“All men are naturally in a state of perfect freedom to order their actions and dispose of their possessions and persons as they think fit, within the bounds of the law of Nature, without asking leave or depending upon the will of any other man.”

Paraphrasing Jefferson and Locke, we should be allowed to do whatever we want, so long as we do not impose upon or hurt others in doing it.

Reflecting for a moment on those important closing words in the Pledge of Allegiance, “with liberty and justice for all,” we may now have a grasp on liberty but what does this have to do with justice or Thomas Piketty, for that matter?

Thomas Piketty envisions a world, quite literally a global government authority, which actively redistributes wealth, resources and property as that authority sees fit and fair without regard for the liberties of individuals. Social justice does not and cannot reconcile with the form of justice that is referenced in The Pledge of Allegiance precisely because it is adjoined to liberty. Social justice requires an imposition on some members of society in order for others to receive positive rights assigned to them. It means someone else rules over the choices and resources taken from me. The only justice that can be “for all” involves defending negative rights – prohibitions laid out against others, especially the government, to prevent unwanted impositions and intrusions.

Summary

An increasingly interventionist government, either through un-elected and unaccountable authorities like those at the Federal Reserve or those elected by constituents who demand more positive rights, will continually stray from its delegated authority. The erosion of negative rights in the name of “fairness” and “justice” achieves neither. Free markets are not allowed to function fluidly as Fed officials step in to bailout hedge funds and bankers in the name of “the greater good.” Economic growth deteriorates as capital is used to buy back stock to boost executive compensation instead of being invested in long-term growth and innovation. Entire industries wither kept alive only by artificially low-interest rates leeching resources from others who might use them more productively. Standards of living deteriorate as the cost of housing, healthcare, and education skyrocket while worker pay remains stagnant. All of these examples and many others can be found in today’s post-crisis economy and serve as markers for poor growth, weak productivity, and broad public dissatisfaction. They point to misguided policies that subordinate the inalienable, negative rights of liberty to the selfish demands of a society that risk losing her most precious asset – the talents and contributions of an inspired and motivated population.

If, as Piketty advocates in the opening quote, capitalism and market forces are to be the slave of democracy, then democracy will most assuredly be the slave to corruption. Piketty’s wish is to subordinate the cumulative independent decisions and property rights of billions of human beings – basic liberties – to a few pious intellectual elites claiming to know what is best for the global population. Without these liberties, capitalism and market forces will be neither subject to honest men elected to represent a constituency nor capable of carrying out the duties of sponsoring free collaboration. The Davos Men will rule and they will direct markets and capital as they wish (and to their benefit) picking their winners until the façade collapses under the weight of the bulging obligations of socialism. The problem with socialism, as Margaret Thatcher pointed out, is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.

To restate Milton Friedman yet again:

There is no alternative way so far discovered of improving the lot of the ordinary people that can hold a candle to the productive activities that are unleashed by a free enterprise system.”


          The Case Against Krissy Noble and How Drug and Gun Laws Deprive Us of Fundamental Rights      Cache   Translate Page      
When a stranger forced his way into her apartment, tackled her, punched her repeatedly and tried to cover her mouth with a cloth, Krissy Noble did what she thought was necessary to protect herself and her unborn baby.
          Pervez Rizvi: Attribution Studies Article      Cache   Translate Page      

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 29.0322  Wednesday, 12 September 2018

 

From:        Brian Vickers <vickersbw@gmail.com>

Date:         September 11, 2018 at 3:04:39 PM EDT

Subject:    Pervez Rizvi: Attribution Studies Article

 

On 6 September you posted my letter pointing out that both Gerald Baker and Gabriel Egan had attempted to divert or neutralise Pervez Rizvi’s exposure of fundamental flaws in the Zeta method. Gabriel replied on 7 September, but unfortunately, he did so not by defending the method but by attacking me. This suggests that he cannot respond to the substance of Rizvi’s critique, which Pervez has powerfully extended in his posting on 8 September.

 

Gabriel’s complaint had nothing to do with our current discussions but dragged up two trivial matters that he has used before in an attempt to embarrass me, a review I wrote of Peter Kirwan’s book on the Shakespeare Apocrypha for the TLS in 2016, and one dating as far back as 1989, in which I criticised some of the authorship attributions in the first Oxford Shakespeare. I am astonished that Gabriel should seriously use these twigs to beat me with and I reject as absurd his complaint that I “changed my mind” about Shakespeare’s co-authorship between 1989 and 2002, as if that were not a standard experience in the life of any scholar. Gabriel’s denunciation was out of all proportion to my supposed offence, allowing him to accuse me of unscrupulous scholarly behaviour: 

 

Like an undergraduate who has been told that her essay needs to engage more with the critical debate, Vickers raids others’ works for the bits that coincide with the arguments he wants to make … but ignoring the wider arguments from which these quotations are drawn and neglecting to acknowledge that he previously condemned the very work he now praises. This is a fundamentally dishonest habit… 

 

As if this were not sufficient disparagement, in his posting of 9 September Gabriel returned to his complaint concerning

 

 Brian Vickers’s use of Peter Kirwan’s work, about which the public record shows Vickers to have changed his mind. The latter need not concern us here since it stands on its own as a reflection upon aspects of scholarly integrity 

 

Gabriel ended this posting by promising that, should the contributors to the New Oxford Authorship Companion admit any errors in the light of Rizvi’s critique, he will either change his mind “about those results (and say so publicly)”, or he will stand by their attributions,  “or it will be a bit of both” – a telling comment, suggesting that he believes some of their attributions to be indisputable.   He then attempted to seize the moral high ground:

 

What makes the scientific approach such a powerful tool for knowledge creation is that we can state in advance just what it would take to make us change our minds, so that when new evidence comes along we can unashamedly and publicly change them in the light of it. My belief in the necessity of that process underlies my posting about Vickers’s inability to publicly acknowledge that he has changed his mind.

 

There is a degree of self-righteousness in his claim to possess “the scientific approach”, and pomposity in his “belief in the necessity of that process”. But it is a more serious matter to accuse me of “a fundamentally dishonest habit” and to cast doubt on my “scholarly integrity”. I hope you will allow me to add a few comments.

 

I feel no need to defend my scholarly record, which is there for anyone to see, but I shall respond to his repeated allegation, in the tones of a public prosecutor, that “the public record shows Vickers to have changed his mind” about Peter Kirwan’s book. It is true that I wrote a critical review when it first appeared, and I stand by my judgment that he wasted an opportunity to contribute to the discussion of authorship problems by his focus on “the principles” of attribution studies, rather than the practice. The one exception to this self-imposed restriction was his one-page account of the many methodological flaws in Kinney’s chapter on Arden of Faversham. I considered mentioning this exception in my TLS review but concluded that the passage was short, and the issue too specialised. But I had been waiting to do justice to Kirwan’s trenchant analysis when a suitable opportunity arrived, as it did in Gerald Baker’s trusting belief that the Authorship Companion offered universally reliable authorship attributions. In his posting of 7 September Gabriel speculated that, if Kirwan “has seen Vickers’s comments here on SHAKSPER, he is probably thinking that it would have been helpful if Vickers could have managed to say such flattering things in his TLS review.” I think Kirwan might be more disappointed to see how the editors of the NOSh Shakespeare Authorship Companion cited his book to support their attribution to Shakespeare of one scene in Arden of Faversham while drawing a veil over his damaging account of Kinney’s mistakes. One might well accuse them of raiding others’ works for the bits that coincide with the arguments they want to make … but ignoring the wider arguments from which these quotations are drawn.

 

I hope we can in future direct our discussions ad rem not ad hominem.

 

Brian Vickers

11.9.18

 

 

 


          The Paradox of Liberal Fascination with an Article V Convention      Cache   Translate Page      

     The drive to call a convention under Article V of the Constitution is being driven primarily by various groups positioning themselves on the Right.  They say they seek to add a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, to impose term limits, or more broadly to curtail federal power.  Other groups on the Right have been deeply critical of these groups, wondering how one can claim to be a conservative and yet take such a cavalier approach toward opening up our Constitution. 

     But some groups on the Left are also seeking an Article V convention.  They generally frame their efforts as trying to strengthen democracy.  The most organized of them seeks to overturn Buckley v. Valeo and Citizens United.  Occasionally progressives also call for an Article V convention to eliminate the Electoral College or to curtail the disproportionate power of small states through the U.S. Senate. 

     The notion of calling an Article V convention to improve democracy is deeply paradoxical.  Far from being the salvation of democracy, an Article V convention is one of the least democratic features of our Constitution.  Of all the means of achieving legal change in this country, it is one of the least affected by one-person-one-vote and perhaps the most vulnerable to the corrosive effects of corporate and foreign political money. 

     Consider first one-person-one-vote.  In Federalist No. 22, Alexander Hamilton wrote that “Every idea of proportion and every rule of fair representation conspire to condemn a principle, which gives to Rhode Island an equal weight in the scale of power with Massachusetts, or Connecticut, or New York; and to Delaware an equal voice in the national deliberations with Pennsylvania, or Virginia, or North Carolina. Its operation contradicts the fundamental maxim of republican government, which requires that the sense of the majority should prevail.”  Our Constitution represents a mix of arrangements distributing political power by population and ones giving that depart from this “fundamental maxim” by giving smaller states weight equal to that of larger ones.  The U.S. Supreme Court’s one-person-one-votedecisionsof the 1960s made our country more democratic by requiring districts of equal size where population is the basis for representation.

     Although the Electoral College gives smaller states power disproportionate to their populations, the effect is limited:  over eighty percent of electoral votes are apportioned by population.  Thus, although the winner of a thin plurality of the popular vote can lose the Electoral College – and did in 2000 and 2016 – a solid majority of the popular vote is all but assured of translating into the presidency. 

     Ordinary legislation requires a majority in the House of Representatives, whose seats are apportioned among the states by population, as well as the approval of a President elected on a basis that gives much more weight to the outcomes in more populous states.  The traditional route for amending the Constitu­tion through Article V requires that any proposed amendment garner two-thirds support in the House. 

     By contrast, one-person-one-vote plays very little role in amending the Constitution through an Article V convention.  Two-thirds of the states must ask Congress to call such a convention, but in that process Wyoming’s request counts just as much as California’s.  The Constitution does not tell us how votes will be allocated within a convention, but Article V proponents claiming to be on the Right are adamant that states will have equal votes, as they do in the Senate.  Only the dreamiest of optimists would believe that population-weighted voting will prevail in a convention with thirty-three states having below-average populations and thus weakened by such a system.  Even when it was much more liberal than it is today, the Supreme Court made clear that the process of amending the Constitution is a political question into which it will not intervene.  And, assuming the convention adheres to Article V, the ratification process, too, will give equal weight to the decisions of each state, regardless of population. 

     Concerns about the corrosive influence of money are even greater in an Article V convention.  As flawed as our campaign finance and lobbying laws are, we at least have somelaws regulating money’s role in elections and legislatures’ deliberations.  Because we have never had an Article V convention, many of those laws were not drafted with a thought to curbing corrupt efforts to influence the selection and decisions of delegates.  A convention will be a one-time event, tempting many shadowy players to decide that the benefits of going all-out to capture such a convention are worth the risk that laws may be interpreted to proscribe their actions – especially because any interpretive ambiguities will allow them to argue lack of criminal intent.  Even if Congress were inclined to try – which seems unlikely – regulating efforts to corrupt a one-time convention is vastly more difficult than regulating recurrent activity like political campaigns and lobbying.  Should the Supreme Court find unconstitutional any attempts at regulating money’s role in influencing a convention, Congress would have no time to try again. 

     In Federalist No. 22, Hamilton also urged Americans to be ever-vigilant against “foreign corruption” of our democracy.  If we hold an Article V convention, we can be sure that Vladimir Putin is not throwing away his shot.  The problems with foreign financial and other intervention in an Article V convention would be orders of magnitude greater than anything we have experienced to date.  If Putin was willing to devote substantial resources, and take considerable risks, to undermine confidence in western democracy with polarizing social media posts and dirty tricks, we can only imagine how eager he would be to insert divisive poison pills into the U.S. Constitution.  Putin demonstrated his interest in constitutional questions with his intervention against the European Union in the Brexit referendum.  As troubling as it is to think of our country being governed by a Siberian Candidate, that is far better than living permanently under a Siberian Constitution. 

     But potential foreign intervention is not limited to Russia.  One can imagine China seeking amend­ments to the Constitution’s provisions on intellectual property or funneling money to domestic critics of the Federal Reserve to hobble U.S. monetary policy.  Countries critical of us for allowing parodies of the Prophet Muhammad might seek modifications to the First Amendment to remove protection for perceived blasphemy.  Multinational corporations already achieved many of their top priorities in December’s tax cut legislation, but they still could try to constitutionalize rules preventing the U.S. from reaching income artificially assigned to foreign tax havens. 

     Advocates of strengthening democracy through an Article V convention insist that this country’s problems are so severe that we must take the risk that a convention poses to civil rights and civil liberties.  But arguing that reforming our current electoral process is an emergency implies that we should maximize the chances that it gets done.  And an Article V convention is about the least likely means of achieving that. 

     Because Citizens United and other campaign finance decisions were the product of a closely divided Supreme Court, that Court can be changed by a series of presidential appointments over time.  This necessitates winning the presidency and (these days) maintaining a majority in the U.S. Senate.  Winning a majority in the Senate, obviously, requires carrying at least 25 states (or splitting two for every one short of 25 that is fully carried).  Winning the presidency requires even less:  President Obama won 26 states against Governor Romney.  Had his close wins in Florida and Ohio gone the other way – leaving him with only a minority of the states – he still would have had a solid Electoral College majority. 

     By contrast, if a convention follows the ratification process under Article V, any change would require approval of thirty-eight state legislatures or state conventions.  That means that just thirteen could block ratification.  Yet in eighteen states, Hillary Clinton received less than 40% of the vote.  Thus, not only would proponents of liberal constitutional change need to secure ratification from all states where she crossed the 40% mark – a group including states such as Mississippi, South Carolina, and Texas – they also would have to pick up five states that voted more than three-to-two against Senator Clinton.  If any of the states where Senator Clinton reached 40% does not ratify, proponents would need even more deep-red states.  Advocates of these measures claim to be non-partisan, but they have demonstrated little support even in many light-blue and purple states she won, much less in states where she was buried.  Any re­forms to weaken the Senate would require ratification by more than twenty states that are proportionately better-represented there than in the House.

     Much of the rhetoric supporting an Article V convention from all of its advocates romanticizes the delegates as true representatives of The People whom we should expect to rescue us from the corrupt institutions of Washington.  Yet nothing in the Constitution requires that delegates to an Article V convention be selected by states’ voters.  Indeed, we have every reason to expect state legislators to appoint themselves to the prestigious, powerful and attention-getting role of convention delegates.  (Even if a few states did allow voters to choose their delegates, state politicians have the campaigning skills, the name recognition, the organization, and the ability to raise funds quickly that will be necessary to win a dele­gate election called on short notice.)  If you think you would like an assembly of ambitious state legisla­tors from around the country, you should adore Con­gress:  almost halfof its Members are former state legislators.  Those delegates hoping to leverage their positions to run for higher office will be particularly attentive to the wishes of potential donors to those campaigns.

     If election reform is crucial, then avoiding the doomed Article V convention process is crucial, too.  Put another way, the enormous risks of calling an Article V convention – including the possibility that it would entrench Citizens United in the Constitution’s text – must be compared with the extremely remote chance that a convention would accomplish anything positive. 

     Liberal enchantment with calling an Article V convention is the latest manifestation of an unfortunate preference for political get-rich-quick schemes over the hard work of organizing, persuading, and compromising through the electoral process.  Just as Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination is awakening many people to the limited potential for overcoming hostile legislatures and executives through the courts, some are embracing an Article V convention as the new silver bullet.  (Recurrent fascination with impeachment and the Twenty-Fifth Amendment – always detached from an appreciation of how many Republican votes either approach would require even if Democrats sweep November’s elections – is another manifestation of this magical thinking.)  Unfortunately, our nation is in a very deep hole that we took a long time to dig.  Just as law reform litigation was never going to render irrelevant the electorate’s choice of leaders disinter­ested in poverty, civil rights, civil liberties, and the environment, an Article V convention will not cure the very real pathologies of our democracy.  Indeed, it is far more likely to make them worse. 

          Commission Withdraws Rule Regarding Electric Cars       Cache   Translate Page      

The Oklahoma Tax Commission has withdrawn the proposed Emergency Rule regarding qualification for the "qualified electric motor vehicle property" income tax credit. 

The Commission noted that the purpose of the withdrawn Emergency Rule was to clarify the standards for qualifying for the income tax credit, but the withdrawn Emergency Rule did not achieve that purpose.

Applications for the income tax credit will be reviewed pursuant to the standards set forth by the statute and the current Administrative Rule, as it existed before its proposed amendment. 

The Commission directed the Tax Policy Division to begin responding to letter requests for rulings on whether specific vehicles qualify for this income tax credit based on the statute and current rule. Electric vehicles which are deemed to qualify for the credit will be published on the Oklahoma Tax Commission's website at

          Grand Prairie Rep. Chris Turner draws challenger in bid to lead Texas House Democratic Caucus      Cache   Translate Page      
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          The 2018 Guide to Event Marketing      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Thread: Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game:: General:: Marvel Legendary Hero Profiles No. 59 - Spider-Woman      Cache   Translate Page      

by jhochges

Spider-Woman is the code name for Jessica Drew. She is the first in a line of Spider-Woman and probably the most well-known. Drew received her powers as a young girl after being injected by a serum involving irradiated spiders blood. This was later re-written in Spider-Woman: Origin to being blasted in the womb by some sort of ray that had Spider DNA. Either way, she was a human given powers by science. She is discovered by HYDRA who brainwashes her and turns her into an assassin. Eventually she is able to overcome her HYDRA programming and becomes a superhero. She joins forces with the wizard Magnus and SHIELD Agent Jerry Hunt to track down her father’s killer. After a series of adventures Drew eventually has her powers absorbed by a villain named, wait for it… Spider-Woman! Her powers, as well as the powers of the other Spider-Women who have popped up over time, are all absorbed by Mattie Franklin who is known as… Spider-Woman! Eventually Drew starts getting her powers back, however they remain unstable. Drew works with HYDRA again to get her powers fixed while joining SHIELD as a spy. Eventually it is reveal that the HYDRA cell helping her are actually Skrulls, and this leads to the Secret Invasion storyline where Drew was replaced by the Skrull Queen Veranke. That storyline also saw Drew (Veranke? Whatever) joining the New Avengers. If you haven’t noticed, check out the Vernake card art from the Core set and take a look at her outfit. Drew remained (joined?) the New Avengers after the Secret Invasion was prevented. She also worked for SWORD (Space SHIELD). She played a role in the Siege and Spider-Verse storylines before returning to her own comic book. This volume of Spider-Woman starts with Drew back as a private investigator, but also pregnant. There’s a lot of speculation as to who the father is, but turns out she went to a sperm bank. While fighting Skrulls she goes into labor, has an emergency C-Section, delivers her boy Gerry, and wipes out the Skrulls. While she has some qualms about returning to being a Superhero since she has a child that depends on her she decides that she should be a role model to her son and continue eventually paving the way for him as he inherited her powers. These powers include superhuman strength/speed, flight, pheromone manipulation, venom blasts and wall-crawling.

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When Spider-Woman shows up in the HQ is she a (venom) blast, or does she make your skin (wall) crawl?

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Spider-Woman
Spider Friends

Bioelectric Shock (5 copies)
[BGCOLOR=#0000FF]Ranged[/BGCOLOR]
2 Attack
Wall-Crawl
Reveal the top card of your deck. If that card has an Attack icon, draw it.
Cost: 4

Radioactive Spider (5 copies)
[BGCOLOR=#009933]Strength[/BGCOLOR]
3 Recruit
To play this card, you must put a card from your hand on top of your deck.
Cost: 2
Et tu, Brute?

Venom Blast (3 copies)
[BGCOLOR=#0000FF]Ranged[/BGCOLOR]
3 Attack
Wall-Crawl
Reveal the top card of your deck. If that card has a Recruit icon, draw it.
Cost: 6
For prison psychologists, arachnophobia is a surprisingly common diagnosis.

Arachno-Pheromones (1 copy)
[BGCOLOR=#FF0000]Covert[/BGCOLOR]
Recruit a Hero from the HQ for free.
Spider Friends: Put that Hero on top of your deck.
Cost: 7
They'll follow her anywhere.

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Keywords

Wall-Crawl – When you Recruit this Hero you may put it on top of your deck. Two things to remember: 1) You don’t have to put it on top of your deck. 2) It doesn’t work when you “gain” a Hero, only when you actually Recruit a Hero.

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Bioelectric Shock – Seems a little expensive, but with Wall-Crawl and a relatively easy condition to fulfill it’s a fair price. Hits most of the time late game.

Radioactive Spider – Big recruit boost early on in the game it becomes a bit of a hindrance later when you don’t want to ditch a card in your hand. Good thing Spider-Woman has ways around this.

Venom Blast – Actually inferior to “Bioelectric Shock” in my opinion. It’s expensive and only provides 1 more Attack. It also searches for Recruit cards, and chances are if you adding a bunch of Attack to your pool, you want more of it.

Arachno-Pheromones – Good I guess if there’s expensive Heroes in the HQ. Not very exciting if you can’t trigger the Spider Friends trigger. Really nice to pick up early though.

Overall – 4/5 - Spider-Woman can work with virtually any Hero, which is usually a criteria for a 5/5, but Spider-Woman is a bit of a one trick pony. I really like her, like having her in the HQ, but she’s just shy of “top tier”. Her “mechanism” is checking the top of your deck, so Wall-Crawl on her cards mean you know what you’re getting if you Recruit first. It’s nice that her “check cards” are both Attack so you can do that. They are also useful for getting the card you had to ditch for “Radioactive Spider”, however you may not actually want that card. I feel that “RS” is quite a good choice early on, but don’t grab more than just a couple or you’ll be regretting it later as Recruit becomes less important, and you might not even want to play it due to the penalty of putting a card on your deck. The opposite is true about “Bioelectric Shock” and it becomes more powerful later in the game as you’ve been acquiring more and more Attack based cards, and hopefully you found a way to KO SHIELD agents. As I said above I actually like “BS” more than “Venom Blasts” because of the easier to afford price point. The extra Attack on “VB” certainly can be helpful at time and it’s not like it’s grossly overpriced, it’s just that 6 is expensive. What do you do if you have both “BS” and “VB” in your hand? Which do you play first? Well, if you don’t have any other tricks begin by playing the one that is checking for the resource that you don’t actually want. For example, if you want more Attack to be able to take down the Mastermind, play “VB” first. It will check to see if that card is Recruit, and if so get it out of the way so you can hopefully grab another card by playing “BS” next. If you played “BS” first and that card is Recruit you don’t get another chance to get an Attack card. These three cards make up the majority of her kit with the Rare essentially getting you an card in the HQ for free and possibly giving it Wall-Crawl, meaning that if you have “BS”/”VB” in your hand you can probably get it right away. Tigra’s Rare card “Mystic Talisman” is very similar, but I prefer this card over hers as usually the text on expensive cards are the important part over just it’s printed Recruit or Attack, and you can get that card even sooner.

As far as who works with Spider-Woman, do they have a printed Recruit or Attack symbol? Then go for it. Of course, there are Heroes that provide a better synergy than just that. She was built with Wall-Craw in mind, so she can be friends with anyone in Paint the Town Red, but I recommend Scarlet Spider over the rest. Almost all of his cards (13/14) have Wall-Crawl, and while Spider-Woman might not have any Instinct, “Perfect Hunter” is an awesome card to have with a hand full of “Bioelectric Blasts” and a Recruit card sitting on top. Because her cards are part of a “top deck” strategy, any other Hero pulling the same tricks will provide some synergy. Who’s the original “top decker”? That’s right, Gambit. While Spider-Woman might not be a X-Men, Gambit’s cards work wonder’s with her. “Stack the Deck” and then draw the card you put on top with Spider-Woman’s cards. Use “Hypnotic Charm” to ditch that crappy card you used “Radioactive Spider” to put on top. Daredevil (any of them really) works great. “Backflip” and “Balancing Act” work great as setup for Spider-Woman, and Wall-Crawl takes the “guess” out of “guess the cost of the top card of your deck”. Wall-Crawl also works awesome with Berserk. Put that “VB” on top of your deck then Berserk it off for +6 Attack! Spider-Woman rocks a lot of Range, so pair her with Havok to put the hurt on some Villains. Careful who your pair her with from X-Men, as Spider-Woman’s cards turn into dead draws with Piercing Energy cards. Did I forget to mention Vision? No, because I just did! Phasing allows you to swap that card with the top of your deck, very useful for guaranteeing draws with Spider-Woman, plus the Range activation and Size-Changing for the Vision. Other than “top deck” strategies, who else helps out Spider-Woman? Cards with built in draws, meaning “draw effects” that you don’t have to activate. Example from the Core Set – Hawkeye and Emma Frost. These cards are extremely useful if you find yourself with a bunch of “Bioelectric Shocks” in your hand. When you keep playing those “BSs” you run into a chance of hitting a Recruit card, leaving you stuck. If you have a card with build in draw then you can just grab that Recruit card and keep hunting for more Attack. This is one of the big reasons I like her with Scarlet Spider, lots of draw action there. Storm also works in this regard because of all the Range that both Heroes provide. Did somebody say “Draw” and “Range” in the same sentence? Here’s Iceman! Captain Marvel also has a Range/Strength set and they support each other well, just like in the comics. Dr. Strange is a pretty nice choice, and can add KO to your game if you make sure to grab some Illuminatis. Electro is a good choice too, He likes some Range available, but also “RS” can put a garbage card on top of your deck to KO with “Electroshock Therapy”. You can pair with Invisible Woman as well as Spider-Woman’s 4 cost cards are very desirable to purchase. She’ll even work with the WWH Heroes. Namora needs some Range class boost, and you can use “RS” to make sure you know what you are Feasting on. I’m going to recommend a 5 Hero HQ of Spider-Woman, Havok, Gambit, Scarlet Spider and Electro. Spider-Woman can be the start, Havok will take advantage of Wall-Crawl and Range cards in the discard, Gambit will help you stack the deck, literally, plus synergy with Havok, Scarlet Spider will be your wall crawl buddy and Electro can KO.

I’m sure there are many more cool combinations, what are your recommendations? Anybody wish we got Julia Carpenter instead? Anybody want to complain about the team affiliation? I would have went with Avengers myself, maybe even SHIELD, but I get that it’s the Spider-Man set.

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On Jan. 8, 2019, a new governor of Florida will be sworn in. On that same day, three of the Florida Supreme Court’s seven justices will complete their final terms. Based on those facts alone, you might assume that the new Florida governor will have the opportunity to select these justices’ replacements. That, however, is not at all clear—because current Republican Gov. Rick Scott has declared his intent to replace them hours before his term concludes. He is now moving forward with this plan to pack the court. And the only people who can stop him are the current justices themselves.

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Scott insists that the justices’ terms expire at the stroke of midnight on Jan. 8, but that his own term does not end until his successor is sworn in on that day, typically at noon. Thus, he believes he will have about 12 hours to name three new justices, shifting the court to the right for a generation. Scott announced this plan when he appointed his first justice in 2016, declaring: “I will appoint three more justices on the morning I finish my term.”

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Strong as this claim may be, the Florida Supreme Court has refused to entertain it. In December, the court tossed the lawsuit, holding that “the issue presented is not ripe for consideration.” Then, in a rather cryptic passage, it clarified that it could not resolve the dispute “until some action is taken by the Governor” to fill the three seats. This caveat left open the possibility that the court might reconsider the matter once Scott takes some concrete “action” to replace the retiring justices.

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There are three further wrinkles here. First, Scott is running for Senate, and if he wins, he will be sworn in on Jan. 3, 2019, and forced to step down as governor at that time. His Lt. Gov. Carlos López-Cantera would therefore have to make the midnight appointments—lending them an even stronger whiff of illegitimacy, since he would serve as governor for less than five days. Second, the Judicial Nominating Commission is dominated by Scott appointees. Although the board has traditionally put forth candidates across the ideological spectrum, Democrats are worried that Scott’s allies will only select conservatives. As a result, even if Gillum won and secured the right to fill the three vacancies, he might have to choose from a right-leaning list.

Third—and perhaps most ominously for Florida’s democracy—Scott’s plan could lead to a bona fide constitutional crisis in which two people claim to be governor at once. Although Florida’s governors are usually sworn in around noon, their terms begin at midnight by the plain language of the state constitution. So, theoretically, if Gillum won, he would become governor at 12 a.m. on Jan. 8. But is a governor really governor until he’s sworn in? No one seems to know, and so Gillum could demand a midnight swearing-in ceremony, as past governors have, to avoid appointments chicanery.

But what if Scott (or López-Cantera) refuses to acknowledge the validity of this swearing-in? What if he insists that he remains governor until noon, and both men attempt to make dueling appointments? The only proper mediator of this dispute would be the Florida Supreme Court—the very cause of the quarrel. So the three justices in question could be asked to rule on who is governor, and whether or not it’s their final day in office on their disputed final day in office. This farcical nightmare scenario is not at all far-fetched.

It’s easy to see why Scott is so desperate to make these three appointments. Throughout his nearly eight years as governor, the Florida Supreme Court has been a thorn in his side, blocking abortion restrictions and GOP-drawn gerrymanders. If Scott can flip the court, he will leave Florida susceptible to draconian anti-abortion laws and Republican-friendly partisan districts. It’s fundamentally undemocratic for an outgoing governor to install a court on his way out the door that will neuter his successor’s agenda. Voting rights advocates should take their case back to the court now that Scott has formally triggered the replacement process. As the governor knows as well as anyone, the countdown to a crisis has begun.


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On Monday, Sen. Susan Collins accused political opponents of Judge Brett Kavanaugh of attempted “bribery.” The charge itself is without any legal merit whatsoever. That complaints about the campaign finance effort came from Collins, Republican election lawyer Cleta Mitchell, and an aide to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell make the episode almost too rich to be believed. Their cries of bribery, illegality, and lack of principle lay bare the bankrupt campaign finance system that Mitchell and McConnell helped create and that Collins has contributed to with previous Supreme Court votes and will supersize with her likely vote to confirm Kavanaugh.

Collins labeled as a “bribe” a fundraising plan by two progressive Maine groups, aided by the company Crowdpac, to raise funds for Collins’ eventual opponent in 2020. People are pledging to give money via Crowdpac to that unknown future opponent, but donors will only be charged for the donation if Collins votes “yes” on Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. As of Tuesday night, the groups reported pledged donations of more than $1 million, with a $1.3 million goal. There were more than 39,000 individual pledges ranging from $1 to the maximum allowable donation to a candidate of $2,700.

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Mitchell pointed Newsmax to a federal bribery statute, Title 18, Section 201 of the U.S. Code, which makes it a crime when someone “directly or indirectly gives, offers, or promises anything of value to any public official … for or because of any official act performed or to be performed by such public official.” Mitchell said: “These people have conspired to do just that—they are dangling a fairly substantial ‘thing of value’—namely, $1 million to be given or not given to Sen. Collins’ opponent, in exchange for her vote on a specific matter before the Congress.”

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And what about reading this statute or other federal statutes to prevent what might look like extortion of Collins to vote in a particular way? Well, the Supreme Court has told us in cases like 2010’s Citizens United that large amounts of money sloshing around the system are just fine so long as they are not given by an individual directly to candidates. So long as there is no direct quid pro quo—dollars for political favors—all is fine.

And the behavior of the two Maine progressive groups is not unusual, expect for the fact that it is funded by small donors. This is demonstrated easily by looking at the behavior of those shouting bribery the loudest. As Adam Smith noted, although Sen. John Cornyn boosted Collins’ bribery complaints, back in January he was urging the Koch brothers to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to reward the Republican Party for tax cuts benefiting wealthy donors. This came after big donors threatened to withhold money until Republicans got that tax bill passed. That’s closer to Mitchell’s claims of “bribery” than what the Maine groups are doing. Indeed, a 2014 report by Ohio State University law professors Dan Tokaji and Renata Strause found that threats by super PACs to spend against incumbents if they don’t vote the way the super PAC donors want is an everyday Washington occurrence.

Perhaps the chutzpah award, though, should go to Sen. McConnell’s deputy chief of staff Don Stewart, who urged “every Maine Democrat … to refuse to accept this tainted funding” as the “principled” thing to do.

Not only has McConnell been one of the most ardent opponents of campaign finance regulation, arguing that people should be able to give unlimited contributions directly to candidates as a matter of the First Amendment, he’s also been the key to keeping the Supreme Court in a position to strike down these laws with his blockade two years ago of Judge Merrick Garland. Garland would have been a key vote to uphold many campaign finance limits, had he been confirmed to the Supreme Court. Thanks to McConnell’s unprecedented obstruction, the judge didn’t even get a hearing.

Now with the confirmation of Justice Gorsuch last year, and the likely confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh in the coming weeks thanks to Collins’ key vote, things are going to get much worse. As I explained recently in Slate, Judge Kavanaugh is a self-professed outlier when it comes to the First Amendment, agreeing with McConnell that there are constitutional problems with limiting the amount of money that candidates can directly accept.

If the Maine story has a silver lining, it is this: So long as the Supreme Court is going to keep the money spigot open for wealthy donors, some of the rest of us appear to be at least trying to pool together resources to attempt to fight back. An arms race between the superrich and everyone else to try to influence legislative outcomes is far from ideal, but it is better than wholly ceding the ground to the plutocrats.


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http://producerbundle.com/product/edm-bundle-xl-theone/ We have made our biggest EDM bundle ever - this library is an absolute behemoth, with a whopping 292 synthpresets alongside plenty of MIDI loops and custom Serum wavetables/waveforms. In this collection you'll find tight basses, melodic arps, engaging leads, lots of mean supersaws and FX, lush pads, and much more. All 292 synthpresets feature full utilization of the Macro controls and Mod wheel, and plenty of them use velocity linking - all to give you full control over the sounds so you may shape it perfectly to your song. Every sound is crafted to sound rich, natural, professional, and hi-fi - and utilizes the synth at its fullest potential. The MIDI loops feature creative melodies ranging all the way from big emotional chords to sharp lead scores. Every melody have been made to be as rich and full as it can be, and involve strong usage of custom velocity and notelengths. Packages included: - THE ONE: Mainstage EDM Vol. 1 - THE ONE: Mainstage EDM Vol. 2 - THE ONE: Mainstage EDM Vol. 3 - THE ONE: Supersaw Antidotes - THE ONE: EDM Buildups - THE ONE: Bigroom Anthems Full specifications: - 114 NI Massive presets - 114 Serum presets - 64 Sylenth1 presets - 123 custom Serum wavetables &amp; waveforms - 80 MIDI loops - Bonus files Suitable genres: EDM, Electro House, Electro, House, Complextro, Bigroom House, Hardstyle All sounds are 100 % royalty free, and can bee used in any production without any limitations. NOTE: Sylenth1 version 2.21, Serum version 1.068, Massive version 1.4 and up is required. This product does not contain a copy of the synth Sylenth1, Serum, or Massive.
          Weekly Update 07.9      Cache   Translate Page      

Hmmm! So what are they actually doing right now taking orders at this minute on the website and assuring customers that delivery will take place in Sept, Same in August taking orders in August and assuring delivery in August. I think that is the definition of taking people money and leaving them hanging. Factually correct. Misleading new customers from the get go and being fully aware that they are doing this. Yep we are all wrong to criticize and forewarn others, that’s it we all must be wrong and you and Eve are correct.

They got forced into that situation by others. So what about all the money spent on marketing videos, trade shows e.t.c paid for with customers money, then having to use new customers (Dec 4th Flash Sales) money to fulfill orders that were over 2 years old.

So we are all trying to crucify the wrong people, do you mean the people who have consistently lied and lied and continue to do so…read what they say on their own website about delivery time frames.

So lets be honest here, you got your V. Great for you. Tell me what are the consumer laws in Washington about taking new customers money to make old customers good again. I think in the US it would be described as a ponzi scheme. It is not the customers who have misled Eve and used someone else’s credit cards to buy their V’s.

At the time (2 Years ago) when we have not had to endure misinformation and lies for 2 years we could actually believe that the original screen supplier screwed them over.

How about this take on things, Eve thought they could procure the screen they spec’ed for the V but nobody actually checked with Samsung if they could actually get Grade 1 screens in the first place, because maybe, Samsung being the global manufacturer they are needed all the Grade 1 screens for their own devices.

Whereas Sharp don’t nearly produce as much consumer products as much as they produce excellent components that other manufacturers buy and then incorporate into their consumer devices.

We only have Eve’s word that they got screwed over by the screen supplier and could not say anything because of NDA’s. Let’s be very clear here, NDA’s are only worth their salt when you intend to deal with that supplier again.

How can I surmise this, how many suppliers do you think Samsung works with, 1, 100’s, 1000’s. So if Grade 1 screen were available at all then they was most definitely 100’s of suppliers globally to choose from if the first one failed. In supply change management you use multiple component manufacturers (if the component is not special) and plan for multiple suppliers of special components. Risk management…Business 101

Now that that supplier is by the way side and if they were out to screw Eve then come clean with the documents. There is not an honest supplier that would punish Eve for doing this for breaking a NDA with a unscrupulous supplier. And guess what in China the courts would not give a shit, it’s not the way the Chinese do business.


          Thread: Tabletop Game Talk:: General:: Future Topic: Complicated Games      Cache   Translate Page      

by steele22374

When is a game too complicated? I’ll spoil that answer, it’s different for everyone and depends on the type of game, but we can go deeper than that. Before that though, what does complicated even mean?

What draws people to, or away from, complicated games?

There are certainly games that aren't really collected at all but the rules are so poorly written that they seem overly complicated. That's probably another full topic by itself, but we'll touch on that kind of complication as well.

Should games strive to be less complicated, which has been the trend for some of the more popular games over the last decade or so? Or is complicated ok, if it's done right (Gloomhaven for example)?

And what about the games that get more complicated over time via expansions? Will you, like me, take out most of the expansion elements to teach a new player the game because the expansions add more complication than the fun they provide?

Finally, I wonder, do you enjoy complicated games? And if you do, what do you do to teach yourself and others the game?

          SMEMO SOUNDS - XL BUNDLE Vol.2 von Producer Bundle      Cache   Translate Page      
http://producerbundle.com/product/xl-bundle-vol-2-smemo/ SMEMO SOUNDS ? XL BUNDLE vol.2 includes 49 TRAP Construction kits (tracked out beats). All Kits are available in WAV &amp; MIDI formats, Presets &amp; Drumkits. The sound pack includes 10 individual trap sample packs. All sample packs are ready to use in all DAWs. **Product details:** * 49 Construction Kits * 49 Mixed &amp; Mastered Beats * +700 High-Quality Wav Loops * +540 MIDI included * +460 One-Shot Drums * +90 Presets * 100% Royalty-Free * 3.7 GB of Content * Usable in all DAWs * Instant D/L as .zip file
          SMEMO SOUNDS - KAMIKAZE von Producer Bundle      Cache   Translate Page      
http://producerbundle.com/product/kamikaze-smemo/ SMEMO SOUNDS presents KAMIKAZE is another banger carefully crafted to give you that ultimate trap feel to instantly spark your creative mind and level up on your competitors! Sounds inspired by the hottest trap artist and producers in the game. **Product details:** * 5 Construction Kits * 5 Mixed &amp; Mastered Beats * 75 High-Quality Wav Loops * 57 MIDI included * 100% Royalty-Free * 328 MB of Content * Usable in all DAWs * Instant D/L as .zip file
          Patient Care Technician - Grade 279 - (San Francisco, California, United States)      Cache   Translate Page      
The Patient Care Technician supports the work of the Registered Nurse to meet the needs of patients in order to provide safe, quality care.

Essential Functions:
- Under the direction of the Nurse Manager, or designee, the Patient Care Technician assists the work of the Registered Nurse to meet the needs of patients in order to provide safe, quality care.
- Working as part of a team with the Registered Nurse, the Patient Care Technician participates in providing patient care, including:
- Implements progressive mobility guidelines (e.g. patients in chair for meals).
- Ambulating, turning and repositioning patients.
- Uses patient handling equipment in the tasks of lifting, transferring, repositioning and transporting patients.
- As needed, may also transport patients within the medical center and deliver and pick up specimens and prescriptions.
- Assisting with activities of daily living, including but not limited to: feeding, bathing, toileting, providing water, answering the phone, and oral care.
- Within the Patient Care Technician duties and responsibilities and dependant on the patient population, assists the Registered Nurse with patient monitoring, including but not limited to: obtaining, recording and reporting vital signs, weights, and measuring and recording inputs/outputs.
- May perform EKGs as required.
- Under the direction of the Nurse Manager or designee, the Patient Care Technician may act as a sitter to ensure that patient safety needs are met.
- As a sitter, the Patient Care Technician will assist the registered nurse assigned to the patient in providing care including hygiene, nutrition, mobility, monitoring and engage the patient in diversional and therapeutic activities.
- In coordination with the Registered Nurse and other medical center staff, will maintain a clean and safe environment by providing a newly admitted patient with supplies (e.g. ICS/ Admission Kit), ensuring a clean and tidy bedside, and neat linens.
- Performs other related duties as necessary.
- Supervisory Responsibilities: This job has no supervisory responsibilities.
- Compliance Accountability: Consistently supports compliance and the Principles of Responsibility (KP's code of conduct) by maintaining confidentiality, protecting the assets of the organization, acting with ethics and integrity, reporting non-compliance, and adhering to applicable Federal and State laws and regulations, accreditation and licensure requirements, and KP policies and procedures.
- Competencies: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
- Analytical: Collects and researches data and uses intuition and experience to complement data.
- Problem Solving: Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner, gathers and analyzes information skillfully, and develops alternative solutions.
- Interpersonal Skills: Maintains confidentiality, treats co-workers, patients, and facility visitors with respect.
- Oral Communication: Listens and gets clarification to ensure that instructions and requests are fully understood.
- Written Communication: Writes clearly and informatively and reads and interprets written information.
- Teamwork: Contributes to building a positive team spirit and balances team and individual responsibilities.

Basic Qualifications:
  • Six (6) months of experience, within the last three (3) years, in a hospital, clinic or in a SNF/Home Health setting as a nurse assistant, care partner, medical assistant or student nurse with one semester in a clinical setting.
  • High School Diploma/ GED.
  • BLS required.
  • Current California State Nurse Assistant certification preferred.
  • Experience requirement will be waived for Patient Mobility Techs who are transitioned into this classification in 2009.
  • Patient Mobility Techs who require training must successfully complete an employer provided training program and will be given six months to meet the requirements of the position.
  • A solid understanding of human anatomy, basic medical terminology, and rehabilitation principles is desired.

  •           Patient Care Technician - Grade 279 - (San Francisco, California, United States)      Cache   Translate Page      
    The Patient Care Technician supports the work of the Registered Nurse to meet the needs of patients in order to provide safe, quality care.

    Essential Functions:
  • Under the direction of the Nurse Manager, or designee, the Patient Care Technician assists the work of the Registered Nurse to meet the needs of patients in order to provide safe, quality care.
  • Working as part of a team with the Registered Nurse, the Patient Care Technician participates in providing patient care, including:
  • Implements progressive mobility guidelines (e.g. patients in chair for meals).
  • Ambulating, turning and repositioning patients.
  • Uses patient handling equipment in the tasks of lifting, transferring, repositioning and transporting patients.
  • As needed, may also transport patients within the medical center and deliver and pick up specimens and prescriptions.
  • Assisting with activities of daily living, including but not limited to: feeding, bathing, toileting, providing water, answering the phone, and oral care.
  • Within the Patient Care Technician duties and responsibilities and dependant on the patient population, assists the Registered Nurse with patient monitoring, including but not limited to: obtaining, recording and reporting vital signs, weights, and measuring and recording inputs/outputs.
  • May perform EKGs as required.
  • Under the direction of the Nurse Manager or designee, the Patient Care Technician may act as a sitter to ensure that patient safety needs are met.
  • As a sitter, the Patient Care Technician will assist the registered nurse assigned to the patient in providing care including hygiene, nutrition, mobility, monitoring and engage the patient in diversional and therapeutic activities.
  • In coordination with the Registered Nurse and other medical center staff, will maintain a clean and safe environment by providing a newly admitted patient with supplies (e.g. ICS/ Admission Kit), ensuring a clean and tidy bedside, and neat linens.
  • Performs other related duties as necessary.
  • Supervisory Responsibilities: This job has no supervisory responsibilities.
  • Compliance Accountability: Consistently supports compliance and the Principles of Responsibility (KP's code of conduct) by maintaining confidentiality, protecting the assets of the organization, acting with ethics and integrity, reporting non-compliance, and adhering to applicable Federal and State laws and regulations, accreditation and licensure requirements, and KP policies and procedures.
  • Competencies: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
  • Analytical: Collects and researches data and uses intuition and experience to complement data.
  • Problem Solving: Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner, gathers and analyzes information skillfully, and develops alternative solutions.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Maintains confidentiality, treats co-workers, patients, and facility visitors with respect.
  • Oral Communication: Listens and gets clarification to ensure that instructions and requests are fully understood.
  • Written Communication: Writes clearly and informatively and reads and interprets written information.
  • Teamwork: Contributes to building a positive team spirit and balances team and individual responsibilities.

    Basic Qualifications:
  • Six (6) months of experience, within the last three (3) years, in a hospital, clinic or in a SNF/Home Health setting as a nurse assistant, care partner, medical assistant or student nurse with one semester in a clinical setting.
  • High School Diploma/ GED.
  • BLS required.
  • Current California State Nurse Assistant certification preferred.
  • Experience requirement will be waived for Patient Mobility Techs who are transitioned into this classification in 2009.
  • Patient Mobility Techs who require training must successfully complete an employer provided training program and will be given six months to meet the requirements of the position.
  • A solid understanding of human anatomy, basic medical terminology, and rehabilitation principles is desired.

  •           Day 37 The purpose of laws and rules      Cache   Translate Page      
    Laws and rules should serve Man, or Life!
    If a law or rule doesn't serve what is best for all, best for Life, then it is Invalid.

    Following a law or rule just because its a law or rule makes no sense.

    Following a law or rule to avoid the consequences make sense.

    Doing what one can do to improve the awareness of Humanity, and the quality of Self so that LAWS and RULES serve no basis for the REASONS of one's actions, and that wholly the reasons and PURPOSE of your actions and living is in accordance with the PRINCIPLES WITHIN you that are aligned to what is best for all or existence or Life.

    That is when the Human is trustworthy, because one's actions is due to that which is within  you that IS NOT fear or emotion or thought. Instead it is instinct, it is so principled and so ingrained in the fiber of your being and self, that you act and do it, and speak it without hesitation in a moment. You ARE IT. You ARE what is BEST for ALL. It is YOU already, as your body, as yourself, ALIGNED.

    That human is trustworthy.



              Luke Bryan's free show to mark eatery opening draws 30,000      Cache   Translate Page      
    Country singer and songwriter Luke Bryan has hosted a free street concert to mark the opening of his new Tennessee restaurant ... - Source: lasvegassun.com
              Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Law Won’t Apply on Cherokee Land      Cache   Translate Page      
    TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — A Cherokee Nation official said medical marijuana won’t be legal on the Oklahoma-based tribe’s property even though the state’s voters approved use of the plant. The Cherokee Phoenix reported that Cherokee Nation Assistant Attorney General Chrissi Nimmo said the tribe must adhere to its own laws as well as federal regulations, [...]
              European Parliament Working to Make Medical Marijuana Available on the Continent      Cache   Translate Page      
    The European Parliament is currently working on a draft proposal on medical cannabis to harmonize laws within the European Union. The move has wide-ranging implications because it recognizes the conflict between law and medicine. The proposal cites marijuana’s known medicinal properties and how existing EU prohibitions on cannabis prevent the scientific community from implementing research [...]
              Lead Foodservice Specialist Trainee Cafe - Speedway LLC - Charlotte, MI      Cache   Translate Page      
    And learns how to help ensure that the Restaurant or Café operates efficiently and in compliance with applicable Federal, State and local laws and Company...
    From Speedway LLC - Thu, 23 Aug 2018 10:21:41 GMT - View all Charlotte, MI jobs
              TTS Field Instructor - H&R Block - Cody, WY      Cache   Translate Page      
    Ability to explain complex laws and regulations in an easy to understand manner. Tax Training School Field Instructor....
    From H&R Block - Wed, 23 May 2018 03:57:02 GMT - View all Cody, WY jobs
              Gronk on Ramsey trash talk: 'It motivates you'      Cache   Translate Page      
    Ahead of Sunday's AFC Championship Game rematch in Jacksonville, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski acknowledged Wednesday that he draws some motivation from Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey's critical remarks about him.
              Patient Accounting Representative - (Wailuku, Hawaii, United States)      Cache   Translate Page      
    Under indirect supervision, processes insurance claims, reports and billing for compensation of patients and members for medical disability benefits; processes applications from medical/life insurance, supplemental benefits and assigned accounts; obtains background information; makes arrangements to obtain monies owing; performs other collection responsibilities as needed; abides by state collection and credit regulations; interprets and complies with state/federal regulations, laws and guidelines in reference to third party payers; processes VRs for billing; maintains current knowledge of Kaiser Health Plan benefits and policies; acts as Kaiser representative.


    Essential Responsibilities:
  • Receives, reviews, and controls requests for medical information, visit records, nurse/doctor notes and other pertinent documents; verifies completeness and accuracy; ensures efficiency in processing of claims; obtains medical charts and other data pertaining to request.
  • Audits, abstracts, and summarizes pertinent data from patient medical records, nurse/doctor notes and other documents; processes insurance claims and reports in compliance with state/federal regulations, laws, guidelines and Kaiser Health Plan policies; obtains physician signature and/or signs as provider representative; prepares service charge letters and invoices referring to fee schedule.
  • Performs follow-up with insurance companies, agencies, and/or patients; researches and takes action as required.
  • Prepares and audits visit records and nurse/doctor notes using various fee schedules; prepares documents (e.g. charges, payments, adjustments) with Charge Description Master codes, required billing coding conventions, and batch totals.
  • Communicates and corresponds effectively with insurance carriers, intermediaries, members, doctors, outside providers and patients; provides in-service orientation to other departments/personnel; obtains complete and valid information; ensures collectability and maximum reimbursement of revenues.
  • Maintains familiarity and open communication with state, federal and community agencies, insurance carriers, intermediaries and others within Kaiser organization; ensures proper and adequate exchange/interpretation of data and information; ensures maximization of payments.
  • Collects monies owing for all inpatient/outpatient services rendered from third party payers, employers, patients, guarantors.
  • Contacts debtor by telephone and/or correspondence; arranges for collection of monies owing; abides by state and federal collection and credit rules and regulations; schedules interviews with debtors; maintains positive customer relationships through effective communication and follow-up.
  • Analyzes history of delinquent accounts; determines whether account is collectible; prepares write-off accounts; attaches pertinent information to assist outside attorney; submits to supervisor for review; summarizes monthly write-off report (e.g. breakdown of amounts, service locations, date of service, H.P./N.P. and over-all reason for assignment to collection agency).
  • Generates appropriate adjustments; researches documents and all other available sources to determine validity of adjustment; submits back-up to data entry for key punching function.
  • Documents and records on HPMS computer system all collection action taken on individual accounts (e.g. data collection contact made, data of promised payment, credit arrangements, insurance filing date and all other pertinent information); maintains tickler system to monitor promised payment.
  • Skip traces all mail returns; researches internal and external documents and all other sources to determine whereabouts of debtor; generates file maintenance to update patient demographics for rebilling when different address obtained.
    Basic Qualifications:
    Experience
  • Minimum one (1) year collections or medical insurance claims processing experience.
    Education
  • High school diploma.
    License, Certification, Registration
  • N/A.


    Additional Requirements:
  • Demonstrated ability to perform diversified clerical functions and basic accounting procedures.
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate debtors to pay.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and skill in adaptability, change management, conflict resolution, customer service, influence, interpersonal relations, oral communication, problem solving, teamwork, and written communication.


    Preferred Qualifications:
  • Two (2) years collections experience in healthcare field.
  • Knowledge of medical terminology, CPT-4 and ICD-9-CM coding.
  • Knowledge of mainframe collections applications.
  • 10-key by touch.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and skill in word processing, spreadsheet, and database PC applications.
  • Post high school coursework in accounting.

  • Experience billing for government payers (Medicare, Medicaid, etc.) highly desirable.


  •           Certified Oral Surgery Assistant - North Interstate - (Portland, Oregon, United States)      Cache   Translate Page      
    Provide direct support to oral surgeons and other provider personnel in the delivery of dental care and service within a Kaiser Permanente dental office.

    Essential Functions:
  • Perform all of the functions and duties listed for an EFDA Certified Dental Assistant in addition to the following:
  • Maintain organized oral surgery instruments and supplies.
  • Transcribes essential information between the oral surgeon and the patient in a concise, legible and understandable manner for placement into patient-s dental record.
  • Places topical anesthetic.
  • Takes and records pre-op vital signs. Monitors vital signs of patients throughout surgery procedures, including EKG as required.
  • Anticipates oral surgeon-s needs and participates actively in oral surgery procedures.
  • Gives verbal and written post-op instructions, including medication instructions and precautions.
  • Removes post-surgical dressings and/or sutures.
  • Triages patient calls for surgery specific problems. Calls in surgeon-prescribed medications to KP and non-KP pharmacies.
  • Responds appropriately to medical emergencies, including preparation of ACLS drugs for administration by oral surgeon as needed.
  • Assists oral surgeon in hospital setting using sterile hospital techniques.
  • Maintains biopsy log per quality assurance guidelines.
  • Administer sedation drugs under the supervision of an oral surgeon.
  • Receive and send chart consults to oral surgeons.
  • Review charts sent to oral surgery add treatment plan and book appointments.
  • Maintain recall log for pathology patients, send post cards out and follow up to schedule appointment.
  • Maintain ACLS drugs in office with current dates.
  • Monthly meeting to review medical emergencies.
  • IN SUPPORT of the practice of a dentist provider;
  • Train persons (patients) in techniques of oral hygiene and prevention of oral disease.
  • Place films (dental radiographs), adjust equipment preparatory to exposing films, and expose films.
  • ORGANIZE patient-s dental record consistent with established guidelines, confirm its availability and assure that it is in order and ready for provider-s use at the time care and service is to be provided.
  • GREET, INTRODUCE SELF TO, and INFORM PATIENT of general treatment to be provided and provider to be seen consistent with established Kaiser Permanente Behavioral Guidelines.
  • REVIEW HEALTH QUESTIONNAIRE with patient and notify provider of reported conditions that could effect treatment.
  • PROMOTE patient-s emotional comfort by gaining rapport, instilling confidence and promoting tranquility.
  • INFORM and ANSWER patient-s and/or parent-s questions regarding care and service provided as directed by provider.
  • ANTICIPATE NEEDS of provider in the delivery of patient care and service.
  • COMMUNICATE INFORMATION important to maintaining the proper scheduling and flow of patients consistent with information recorded in the patient-s dental record.
  • PREPARE, ORGANIZE, ARRANGE and PASS DENTAL INSTRUMENTS, SUPPLIES AND MATERIALS as requested by the provider and required by established guidelines.
  • ESTABLISH and MAINTAIN a CLEAR and CLEAN OPERATING FIELD.
  • RECORD and/or VERIFY INFORMATION in the patient-s dental record according to established procedures.
  • RECORD and/or VERIFY ALL PATIENT CARE AND SERVICE RELATED INFORMATION on all necessary forms and documents consistent with established guidelines and in a manner that accurately reflects the information documented in the patient-s dental record.
  • AS REQUIRED IN SUPPORT OF DIRECT PATIENT CARE ACTIVITIES, ENTER, RETRIEVE AND TRANSMIT PATIENT CARE AND SERVICE RELATED INFORMATION via the Program-s automated patient and provider scheduling system (TEAM), consistent with established guidelines and training.
  • RESPOND TO MEDICAL EMERGENCY SITUATIONS consistent with established guidelines.
  • EXPOSE and PROCESS DENTAL RADIOGRAPHS as required consistent with established guidelines and radiology equipment use specifications.
  • TAKE PATIENT-S BLOOD PRESSURE and ACCURATELY RECORD in patient-s dental record.
  • CLEAN and STERILIZE and PROCESS INSTRUMENTS consistent with established guidelines.
  • MAINTAIN CLEAN, ORDERLY, WELL ORGANIZED AND SUPPLIED WORK ENVIRONMENT, including assigned operatory, laboratory and instrument processing areas, consistent with established infection control.
  • ASSURE PROPER HANDLING OF ALL MATERIALS in accordance with Hazard Communication Program and Infection Control Guidelines.
  • ASSURE PROPER FUNCTIONING OF EQUIPMENT through the periodic completion of established preventive maintenance procedures such as cleaning and oiling, and reporting non-functioning, damaged, etc. equipment to office manager or supervisor in a timely manner.
  • PERFORM OTHER DUTIES AS ASSIGNED by the office manager or supervisory personnel that are consistent with the individual-s training and experience IN AN ACTIVE AND COOPERATIVE MANNER.
  • ACT IN CONFORMANCE with established program policies, procedures, guidelines and protocols, the Administrative Rules of the State Board of Dentistry, the State Dental Practice Act and any other laws and regulations that govern the role and responsibilities of the dental assistant and satisfactorily maintain the established qualifications for selection towards this position.
  • PERFORM THE FOLLOWING FUNCTIONS provided that the dentist is on the premises and the dentist checks the patient before and after the functions are performed;
  • Place matrix retainers for alloy and composite restorations.
  • Polish amalgam restorations.
  • Remove supra-gingival excess cement.
  • Take impressions for the following purposes;
  • Diagnostic models,
  • Counter and opposing models,
  • Fabrication of temporary restorations,
  • Intra-oral bite registration for study model articulation.
  • Place and remove a rubber dam,
  • Fabricate temporary plastic-type crowns.
  • ASSIST IN MONITORING PATIENTS that are being administered nitrous oxide consistent with established guidelines.
  • Other duties appropriate for EFDA DA II as authorized by Board of Dentistry rules and regulations.


    Basic Qualifications:
    Experience
  • 1 year as a dental assistant or graduation from an ADA accredited dental assisting program
    Education
  • High school diploma or GED.
    License, Certification, Registration
  • Certificate in Dental Radiological Proficiency
  • EFDA Certification
  • OMSA Certification required within 12 months of hire/transfer.
  • Pit and Fissure Sealant Certification within 6 months of hire date
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers required within 90 days of hire/transfer.
  • Certification as an Anesthesia Dental Assistant by the Oregon Board of Dentistry required within 12 months of hire/transfer.



    Additional Requirements:
  • The individual applicant for this position must demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the individual performing the selection interview, the following qualifications if he or she is to be selected. Furthermore, consistent with the fact that these qualifications are required for selection, they then must be satisfactorily maintained by the individual as a condition of continued employment.
  • Demonstrated competence in four-handed dentistry technique.
  • Satisfactory level of knowledge and proficiency in use of current dental materials, instruments and equipment.
  • Demonstrated ability to follow instructions and work effectively under both direct and indirect supervision.
  • Well organized in use of time and effort.
  • Demonstrated capacity to act in a professionally courteous manner when interacting with patients, providers and other employees - good interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent attendance record.
  • Candidate is required to pass a pre-employment dental assistant skills test.

    Preferred Qualifications:
  • Basic knowledge of sterilization and infection control equipment.

  •           9/13/2018: NEWS: Laws to stem teen boozing      Cache   Translate Page      
    PARENTS who host underage parties have extra responsibilities to police underage drinking from today. Changes to Victoria’s Liquor Control Reform Act mean parents now need to assess the quantity and type of alcohol being consumed, as well as checking...
              アイレットが「AWS」の構築・運用・保守サービス「cloudpack」のセキュリティ対策強化      Cache   Translate Page      
    システム開発・運用のアイレットは、アマゾンのクラウド「アマゾンウェブサービス(AWS)」の導入設計、構築、運用・保守、代行サービス「cloudpack(クラウドパック)」で、ウェブセキュリティサービスのサイバーセキュリティクラウドと販売代理店契約を結んだ、と9月12日発表した。セキュリティ対策強化を目的にする。 セキュリティ対策にAWSの「AWS WAF(ウェブアプリケーションファイアウオール)」を利用する際、サイバーセキュリティクラウドの人工知能(AI)活用の自動運用サービス「WafCharm(ワ...
              Lead Foodservice Specialist Trainee Cafe - Speedway LLC - Charlotte, MI      Cache   Translate Page      
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              Internet Pounds 'All-Around Ugly Human' Eric Trump Over 'Anti-Semitic' Attack on Bob Woodward      Cache   Translate Page      
    On social media, many expressed disgust over Eric Trump's remarks, while others directly accused him of anti-Semitism.

    Eric Trump is lashing out at veteran Watergate journalist Bob Woodward, and his remarks are drawing accusations of anti-Semitism. Wednesday morning the president's son charged the author of "Fear" – the latest bombshell book exposing the Trump administration as inept and corrupt – with writing it "to make 3 extra shekels."

    The shekel is both an ancient and modern-day form of currency in Israel, but it can also evoke ugly old bigoted and anti-Semitic stereotypes about Jewish people.

    After a "Fox & Friends" segment attacking Democratic U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters of California, Trump repeated his version of a stump speech, claiming Democrats have no message, while touting the economy's performance.

    He then pivoted to the elections.

    "The anti-law enforcement, high taxes, and the elimination of plastic straws – that's not a message that's going to win in November," the president's son told the Fox hosts.

    Co-host Steve Doocy tripped himself up, talking about Democrats as "the other side" before correcting himself to say, "from you," to Eric Trump. He also noted that the anonymous New York Times op-ed, combined with Bob Woodward's book, "Fear," has thrown the administration into "chaos."

    Eric Trump pushed back.

    "Don't you think people look through the fact, you can write some sensational, nonsense book, CNN will definitely have you on there because they love to trash the president. It'll mean you sell three extra books, you make three extra shekels, at the behest of the American people, at the behest of our country, that's doing a phenomenal job by every quantifiable metric. Is that really where we are?"

    ERIC TRUMP attacks Democrats: "Anti-law enforcement, high taxes, and elimination of plastic straws is not a message that will win in November."

    ERIC TRUMP then dismisses WOODWARD book as "sensational nonsense" he wrote "to make 3 extra shekels." pic.twitter.com/GuTXMpPLHG

    — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 12, 2018

    On social media, many expressed disgust over Eric Trump's remarks, while others directly accused him of anti-Semitism.


              Conservatives Rail About Free Speech on College Campuses — But This Is the Real Threat to Our First Amendment      Cache   Translate Page      
    The wealthier party "can basically win a breath-holding contest fighting in the courts."

    It's a sign of the idiocy of Donald Trump-era politics that hundreds of thousands of words have been spent pushing what amounts to a hoax about "campus censorship," while genuine assaults on free speech -- especially by Trump himself, just don't attract the same amount of attention. But while the New York Times prefers to lavish attention on conservatives whose feelings are easily bruised might get, there are activists fighting genuine threats to free speech and pushing back against censorship that's far more serious than having someone scold you that racist thing you said.

    Last week, a coalition of mostly left-leaning organizations — including the ACLU, Greenpeace and Human Rights Watch — joined under the banner Protect the Protest to speak out against an increasingly worrisome tactic that wealthy private interests use to squelch free speech: SLAPP suits. "SLAPP" is short for "strategic lawsuits against public participation." While there are many variations, most SLAPP actions use defamation lawsuits — or even just the threat of them — to scare journalists, activists and even private citizens from speaking out against injustice. While these lawsuits are rarely on solid legal grounds, they are nonetheless highly effective at the goal of keeping critics silent.

    The typical SLAPP suit, as Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., explained last week on a press call, is filed by a wealthy corporation or individual and aimed at a smaller organization or less wealthy person. The wealthy party's suit is "designed primarily to outlast and outspend" those who are speaking out, Whitehouse said, "to go at their funding, to make them burn their resources in litigation."

    The wealthier party, he added, "can basically win a breath-holding contest fighting in the courts."

    No doubt the most famous of these cases was the 2016 lawsuit by former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan against the website Gawker, alleging that the site had invaded his privacy by publishing a leaked sex tape in which he allegedly appeared. While Hogan arguably had a sympathetic case on human grounds, it soon emerged that his lawsuit was the result of a multi-year SLAPP campaign waged by Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel, who was bitter that Gawker had published unflattering articles about him in the past. Thiel's efforts led to a case that was winnable — he appeared determined to destroy Gawker — but much of the time SLAPP plaintiffs aren't really interested in the legal soundness of their cases. 

    "In almost all these cases, these lawsuits were never going to win," explained Trevor Timm, executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation. "But the problem is these powerful people and corporations don’t actually care about winning. They care about inflicting damage."

    What free speech activists want is laws making it harder to sue someone for defamation without just cause. It gives the person who is being sued a chance to file a special motion for dismissal before the case can really get underway. That could help stop frivolous lawsuits before the defendant has spent too much money and could also, in many cases, discourage litigious, censorious people from bothering to sue in the first place.

    The Public Participation Project has a map of the state laws protecting free speech from frivolous lawsuits, but what activists really want is a federal law. As Jeremy Rosen of the Public Participation Project argued in The Hill in 2016, "not all of the existing laws provide sufficient protection, and SLAPP plaintiffs have the ability to 'forum shop' for a state without adequate free speech protections in which to file their lawsuit," which means "legal fees from SLAPP suits can bankrupt individuals simply for exercising their First Amendment rights."

    Typically, the discourse around SLAPP policy is focused on journalists and activists, who are often intimidated out of raising public awareness with lawsuits or even just the threat of lawsuit. But there's another group of people who need protection: Survivors who wish to speak out about their experiences.

    “In light of the MeToo movement, when more and more women are speaking, we need to protect their rights to tell their stories," Bridget Mahoney, a former Youngstown, Ohio, news anchor who has become an advocate for survivors of domestic violence, told Salon. 

    Mahoney has been outspoken about her previous marriage, which she says was abusive, and her extensive and costly efforts to get out of it. After all that, she and her daughter helped join a campaign to pass the Tina Croucher Act, an Ohio law mandating that public schools make education and resources related to "dating violence" available to students. As part of their activism, they testified in front of the Ohio state legislature and, Mahoney said, her ex-husband sued both her and their daughter for defamation based on what they shared in the testimony.

    “I simply ran out of money," Mahoney said. "It created a whole level of additional trauma. We had progressed so far in healing our wounds from the past, and this just added new ones.”

    Mahoney's experience is all too common. As Tyler Kingkade of Buzzfeed reported in 2017, defamation lawsuits are "a new tool in the battle over Title IX enforcement and are proving to be serious obstacles to students filing sexual misconduct complaints."

    "Sometimes the mere threat of a defamation suit is enough to deter a student from going ahead with a sexual assault claim," Kingkade wrote.

    Mahoney said that after she does speaking events, "women come up to me and say they’re afraid to even speak publicly, for fear of getting sued."

    These lawsuits don't just affect women speaking in public, to be clear. In many cases, they are triggered simply by a woman filing a complaint with police or with an educational institution. Anti-SLAPP legislation has already been used successfully to get defamation lawsuits dismissed that were filed in response to the victim doing nothing more than calling the police.

    “It’s literally re-victimization, these retaliatory lawsuits," Mahoney said. 

    In defense of free speech, the Protect the Protest coalition held events early last week in multiple cities, in which activists picketed the front doors of some of the most SLAPP-friendly law firms in the country. With so much chatter in the press about "free speech," the hope is that attention can be diverted away from right-wing hoaxes and scare tactics and towards this genuine, systematic threat to free speech.

    "There is no such thing as progress without protest," May Boeve, executive director of the environmental group 350.org, said in a statement. "Our climate and communities depend upon people making their voices heard."


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    Host Theo Delaney is joined by guests Neil Ashby, Johnny Blane and Darren Rockman. The guys discuss the latest string of draws and then look ahead to the game at Anfield against Liverpool in the league cup. On Monday December 12th we bring you another Spurs Live Show with special guest David Pleat! More information and tickets can be found at live.spursshow.net Sign up to a new kind of fantasy football at fanduel.co.uk with our promo code SPURSSHOW, FanDuel will refund your entry fee up to £10 if you lose! spursshow.net @spursshow Produced by Paul Myers and Mike Leigh Engineered by Oli Slack A Playback Media Production playbackmedia.co.uk
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    Since last 4 days, we are facing strange issue on our Production server (AWS EC2 instance) specific to only one site which is SugarCRM.

    Issue is /home/site_folder/public_html/include/MassUpdate.php file is renamed automatically to /home/site_folder/public_html/include/MassUpdate.php.suspected

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              How to Mock AWS Services in TypeScript      Cache   Translate Page      

    I've recently been working on a new project to automatically convert blog posts to audio that has a couple different serverless microservices.

    Each microservice is initialized using the Serverless Framework and typically consists of one or more Lambda functions and either an SNS topic, SQS queue, DynamoDB table, or API Gateway endpoint.

    I decided to implement each serverless microservice using TypeScript rather than my default of traditional Node. I chose this path because I wanted to have static type checking for a more resilient code base.

    Typescript is a very cool language and has grown in popularity in recent years. It provides a lot of different benefits outside of just static type checking:

    .d.ts

    In building out these services I ran into a problem that stopped me dead in my tracks for a few hours. I was writing unit tests for a new adapter inside of one of my services that leverages DynamoDB for storage.

    To effectively test the adapter I needed to mock the responses from the DynamoDB client inside of the aws-sdk . This proved to be a bit more challenging than I originally thought.

    Therefore I thought it would be worthwhile to put together a quick blog post on the two methods I found for mocking the aws-sdk.

    Mocking in TypeScript with TypeMoq

    There are a lot of fantastic tools for mocking TypeScript. The one I chose for my work was TypeMoq . It is very similar to the Moq library in the .NET framework.

    It is fairly simple to get started. Let's say we have a piece of code like the one shown below.

    export class MessageProcessor { conversionAdapter: ConversionAdapter constructor(conversionAdapter: ConversionAdapter) { this.conversionAdapter = conversionAdapter; } processJobs(records: IConversionModel[]): Promise<boolean> { return new Promise((resolve, reject) => { this.conversionAdapter.convert(record).then((result) => { resolve(true); }).catch((err) => { reject(err); }); }); } }

    This code is calling the convert method on a class named ConversionAdapter . From the code, we can see that the method returns a Promise . We use the result of that promise to resolve our outer promise or reject it if there is an error.

    We can set up a test for the processJobs method by using TypeMoq to mock the result of the convert method on ConversionAdapter .

    describe("MessageProcessor", function () { before(function () => { this.model = new ConversionModel(); this.model.url = "url"; this.model.content = "content"; this.model.title = "title"; this.model.userId = "1234-userid"; }); it("processJobs success", function (done) => { var mockAdapterFactory = TypeMoq.Mock.ofType<IConversionAdapter>(ConversionAdapter); mockAdapterFactory.setup(m => m.convert(this.model)).returns(() => Promise.resolve(1)); var processor = new MessageProcessor(mockAdapterFactory.object); var pass = [ this.model ]; processor.processJobs(pass).then((result) => { expect(result).to.eql(true); done(); }); }); });

    The key here is our setup of mockAdapterFactory . We are using TypeMoq.Mock.ofType<IConversionAdapter>(ConversionAdapter) to create a mock of our adapter. We then set up the convert method to return Promise.resolve(1) .

    From there it's just a matter of us passing the actual mock, mockAdapterFactory.object into our MessageProcessor class.

    Now we can wait for our promise to resolve and verify that the result we get back is true.

    OK, now we got the basics of mocking in Typescript. Let's move onto how we can mock AWS services like SNS, SQS, or DynamoDB.

    Two ways to mock AWS services in TypeScript

    To be clear, there is more than these two ways to mock the aws-sdk in TypeScript. These are just two ways I got working and wanted to share my experiences to hopefully save someone time in the future.

    Let's give ourselves some context first. Here we have a class, StorageAdapter , that is using DynamoDB internally.

    export class StorageAdapter implements IStorageAdapter { dynamoClient: DynamoDB; tableName: string; constructor(dynamoClient: DynamoDB, tableName: string) { this.tableName = tableName; this.dynamoClient = dynamoClient; } readItem(id: string): Promise<DynamoDB.GetItemOutput> { return new Promise((resolve, reject) => { let itemInput: DynamoDB.Types.GetItemInput = { TableName: this.tableName, Key: this.setKey(id) }; this.dynamoClient.getItem(itemInput).promise().then((data: PromiseResult<DynamoDB.GetItemOutput, AWSError>) => { if (data.$response && data.$response.error != null) { reject(data.$response.error); } else { resolve(data.Item); } }); }); } private setKey(id: string): Key { let keyStruct: Key = { "ConversionId": { S: id } } return keyStruct; } }

    Here in readItem , we are calling getItem on the DynamoDB client from the aws-sdk . Additionally, we tell the SDK that we want a promise returned to us by appending .promise() at the end of our call.

    We then take the result of that call and reject or resolve our outer promise depending on whether there is an error.

    Now, let's dive into two ways we can mock getItem on the DynamoDB client in order to properly test our code.

    Method 1: Using TypeMoq

    Our first option is to use TypeMoq.

    describe("StorageAdapter", function () => { before(function () => { }); it("readItem correctly", function (done) => { var expectedPr: PromiseResult<DynamoDB.GetItemOutput, AWSError> = { Item: { "ConversionId": { S: "fooid" }, "Email": { S: "kyle@test.com" }, "Status": { S: "Converting" }, "Characters": { N: `${123}` }, "Url": { S: "https://cloudfront.com" } }, $response: null }; var mockAdapterFactory = TypeMoq.Mock.ofType<DynamoDB>(DynamoDB); var mockRequestFactory = TypeMoq.Mock.ofType<Request<DynamoDB.GetItemOutput, AWSError>>(Request); mockRequestFactory.setup(m => m.promise()).returns(() => Promise.resolve(expectedPr)); mockAdapterFactory.setup(m => m.getItem(TypeMoq.It.isAny())).returns(() => mockRequestFactory.object); var storage = new StorageAdapter(mockAdapterFactory.object, "testTable"); storage.readItem("fooid").then((result) => { console.log(result); }).catch((err) => { console.error(err); }); }); });

    We first have to set up our DynamoDB mock which is what we see with mockAdapterFactory . Then we have to create a mocked Request object that getItem returns and we can see that with our mockRequestFactory variable.

    Now we can configure our mocks to return what we need to test our code.

    First, we configure promise() on mockRequestFactory to return a resolved promise with our expected DynamoDB.GetItemOutput declared in expectedPR .

    Next, we configure getItem() on mockAdapterFactory to return the mocked request we just finished setting up.

    From there we just need to pass the actual mock of our DynamoDB client by passing mockAdapterFactory.object into our StorageAdapter .

    If your keeping track we need four lines of code using TypeMoq in order to mock our getItem call on DynamoDB. This is very verbose for writing tests, but it does provide a high level of visibility into what types are being leveraged for this getItem call to complete successfully.

    Let's explore how we can accomplish the same goal using a different mocking library.

    Method 2: Using aws-sdk-mock

    There is another mocking library, aws-sdk-mock , that is dedicated to mocking the aws-sdk .

    We can actually reduce the four lines of code we have with TypeMoq to just one line of code.

    describe("StorageAdapter", () => { before(() => { }); it("readItem correctly", () => { var expectedPr: PromiseResult<DynamoDB.GetItemOutput, AWSError> = { Item: { "ConversionId": { S: "fooid" }, "Email": { S: "kyle@test.com" }, "Status": { S: "Converting" }, "Characters": { N: `${123}` }, "Url": { S: "https://cloudfront.com" } }, $response: null }; AWSMock.mock('DynamoDB', 'getItem', Promise.resolve(expectedPr)); var storage = new StorageAdapter(new DynamoDB(), "testTable"); storage.readItem("fooid").then((result) => { console.log(result); }).catch((err) => { var x = 3; }); }); });

    Instead of mocking our DynamoDB client, the request, and the promise associated with getItem , we can just mock getItem and return a resolved promise. There is a lot less set up in order to create a valuable mock and accurately test our StorageAdapter class.

    This has the benefit of being very concise and clear to follow. However, currently aws-sdk-mock does not have any TypeScript typings which impacts our IntelliSense during development.

    Recapping mocking AWS in TypeScript

    There have been quite a few articles that cover how to mock AWS services, but they often don't incorporate TypeScript. This isn't a problem as anything written for normal javascript can be leveraged in our TS world, just without any types. This is what we see with our use of aws-sdk-mock .

    Testing is key to any production-ready service, even in your low-level adapters that interface with AWS services. However, it can be deceptively tricky to mock AWS services in order to accurately test our code. This is often because the types are more complex, for example, .getItem().promise() actually returns a generic type of PromiseResult<DynamoDB.GetItemOutput, AWSError> .

    What we have demonstrated here, is two approaches to mocking the aws-sdk . Our first approach using TypeMoq demonstrated a TypeScript style, using types and incrementally building up our mock. We build up the entire chain of types from the request all the way up to the resolved promise.

    The second approach using aws-sdk-mock showed how we can mock a single service call with one line of code.

    In method one, we have types and verbosity, but sacrifice conciseness by having to build up our mock. Method two, we have conciseness but lose our types and must then know the specific method calls and client declarations. There is no right answer here, both work great depending on what your preference is.

    On another note, aws-sdk-mock is dedicated to mocking just the aws-sdk . Whereas TypeMoq can be used universally throughout our TypeScript tests. In fact, I ended up using both throughout my services. TypeMoq to mock my classes as well as my interfaces and the SDK mock for mocking out the AWS services.

    Like most things in developing code, there isn't a single right answer. My hope is that my experience in mocking the aws-sdk in TypeScript has given you an example of how you can do the same in your own code.

    As always if you have questions or comments related to AWS or this post, please leave a comment below.

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    Build a RESTful API using AWS Lambda, API Gateway, DynamoDB and the Serverless F ...

    We are going to build a serverless RESTful API for getting contact information using Amazon Web Services (AWS)!

    As a note, this article mainly focuses on getting everything working locally, so you can develop and test the API without having a dependency on internet and AWS. This article will also use pure ES6 that is supported by Node 8.10.x, no transpiling.

    The code for this article can be found here: https://github.com/vanister/contacts_api

    Project setup

    Install the following tools and frameworks:

    Node.js , 8.10.x Visual Studio Code Java DynamoDB Local Postman

    Next, create the project folder and initialize it using npm .

    $ mkdir contacts_api
    $ cd contacts_api/
    $ npm init -y Dependencies

    Install the following packages to work with Serverless and AWS:

    aws-sdk ― The Amazon Web Services SDK is used for programmatic access to the various AWS services. dotenv ― A module for storing and setting environment variables. jest ― All-in-one javascript unit testing framework. serverless ― Framework for managing deployments on AWS. serverless-offline ― Plugin to emulate AWS API Gateway and Lambdas for local development. $ npm install -g serverless
    $ npm install ― save-dev serverless-offline aws-sdk jest dotenv

    Optionally, you can install the serverless-dynamodb-local plugin if you want to use serverless to manage DynamoDB locally.

    Project structure

    Before we start writing the handler code, we’re going to structure the project folder and configure our tools.

    Create the following structure at the root level:

    /contacts_api |--/src |----/handlers |------/contacts |--------contacts.serverless.yml |--.env |--.gitignore |--jest.config.js |--serverless.yml | … | … |--package.json

    Update the following config files with these settings:

    The .env file will store our environment variables. Make sure to list it in the .gitignore file so that you don’t accidentally commit some of your private environment values, if you choose to use real AWS keys.

    <strong># file: .gitignore</strong> # package directories node_modules/ # Serverless directories .serverless/ .dynamodb # files .DS_Store .env # tests coverage/ <strong># file: .env</strong> AWS_HOST=’http://localhost:8000' AWS_REGION=’localhost’ AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID=’fake-access-key’ AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY=’fake-secret-key’

    The jest.config.js file is used to config Jest outside of the cli.

    // file: jest.config.js module.exports = {
    // per issue: https://github.com/jsdom/jsdom/issues/2304
    testURL: ‘http://localhost/'
    };

    The serverless.yml and contacts.serverless.yml files are configurations for the Serverless framework to deploy and run our lambdas locally.

    serverless.yml

    contacts.serverless.yml

    Repository and utilities

    Before we can implement the handlers, we will need to write a repository and some utilities to help abstract the logic out of the handlers to make them testable.

    We will be using the Repository pattern to create a layer of abstraction between DynamoDB and our Contact entity. The data we get back from the repository will need to be formatted, which we will create some helper utilities to aid with.

    Create a file called src/repositories/contact.repository.js for our contact repository class.

    We will set up our repository to accept the DynamoDB’s DocumentClient as a dependency which will act as the UnitOfWork.

    contact.repository.js

    We are using the DocumentClient and its promises to make working with DynamoDB simpler and leverage es6 and Node’s support for async/await.

    The repository simply returns a promise with data returned from DocumentClient.

    Next, let’s create the request and response utilities so that we can use them to extract, parse and format data to be used by our lambda functions.

    Create a file called src/utils/request.util.js for our request utility.

    For now, the request utility will contain a single function that will accept some parser function and return a new function that uses it to parse some text we pass to it.

    request.util.js

    Create a file called src/utils/response.util.js for our response utility.

    response.util.js

    The withStatusCode response utility function is similar to the request utility, but instead of parsing text, it will format data into text. It also contains addition checks to make sure our status codes are within the range of allowable status codes.

    Lastly, we will create a factory module for creating instances of DynamoDB.DocumentClient so we can keep our Lambda functions DRY.

    Create a file called src/dynamodb.factory.js for our DynamoDB factory.

    dynamodb.factory.js

    Lambda functions

    The way to think about these functions is to treat them as if they are isolated from each other. We need to require all of the dependencies needed by a function so that it can execute independently.

    Since we abstracted out our logic and AWS dependencies into a repository and utilities, our Lambda functions will simply call the repository and utilities and return data.

    From the src/handlers/contacts folder, create the following Lambda function files:

    add.js delete.js get.js list.js update.js

    Open each of the files and add the following code to them:

    add.js

    delete.js

    get.js

    list.js

    update.js

    Note that we are requiring the dotenv/c
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    Effective Internal Risk Models FRTB: The Importance of Risk Model Approval

    ByNavneet Mathur, Senior Director of Global Solutions, Neo4j | September 10, 2018

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    Sweeping regulations are changing the waybanks handle risk. The Fundamental Review of the Trading Book (FRTB) represents an important shift designed to provide a firm foundation for the future. While laws passed after the financial crisis offered a patchwork, the FRTB is a change that offers banks a motivation for putting in place a strong infrastructure for the future.

    In this series on the FRTB, we explore what it takes to create effective internal risk models using agraph database likeNeo4j. This week, we’ll look at the major areas impacted by the FRTB, including raising risk reserves, the trading desk, and the role and approval of internal risk models.

    What Is the FRTB?

    Fundamental Review of the Trading Book (FRTB) regulations are part of the upcoming Basel IV set of reforms and create specific capital-reserve requirements for bank trading desks based on investment-risk models. The new regulations require banks to reserve sufficient capital to maintain solvency through market downturns and avoid the need for governmental bailouts.

    Banks are using FRTB mandates as an opportunity to build a firm foundation for future risk management and compliance applications that lowers development and staffing expenses, optimizes reserve ratios, maximizes available capital and drives investment profits.

    FRTB Raises Basel Reserve Requirements

    In the financial crisis a decade ago, banks worldwide held large risk exposures in their trading books without sufficient capital reserves to weather the length and depth of the plunge in investment markets. As a result, regulators created new data management and capital-reserve requirements to avoid another market meltdown.

    In turn, banks created risk compliance models that were tested and approved by regulators. But at many institutions, those models were not maintained, and as time passed, market and internal changes exposed the banks to new investment risks.

    Today, risk-compliance problems are addressed by BCBS 239 (Basel Committee on Banking Supervision standard 239) and FRTB (Fundamental Review of the Trading Book) regulations. BCBS 239 puts forth principles for risk-data governance, aggregation and reporting, and associated IT infrastructure.

    FRTB standards which are part of BCBS and the upcoming Basel IV set of reforms create specific capital-reserve requirements for bank trading desks based on investment-risk models.

    Intense Focus on the Trading Desk

    FRTB regulators develop guidelines that require banks to reserve sufficient capital to maintain solvency through market downturns and avoid the need for governmental bailouts.

    The reserve requirements for trading books are higher than banking books, tempting institutions to engage in regulatory arbitrage the movement of assets between books to affect reserve requirements a practice that is now being tightly scrutinized and regulated.


    Effective Internal Risk Models FRTB: The Importance of Risk Model Approval
    Effective Internal Risk Models FRTB: The Importance of Risk Model Approval
    The Role of Internal Risk Models

    FRTB regulations include default reserve calculations that result in measurably higher capital requirements designed to account for new levels of trading-book risk unaccounted for by the Basel II risk framework. The higher capital requirements translate directly to lower levels of investment capital, flexibility, revenues and profits.

    Banks may accept BCBS’s reserve calculations or develop their own internal risk models to calculate capital-reserve requirements. To use internal-model results, banks must obtain the approval of national regulators by proving how well models represent risk in the banks’ investment strategies.

    The approval process requires a bank to forecast hypothetical profits and losses using its model’s calculated capital reserves as well as to backtest the model with real pricing and holdings data. FRTB also requires that internal models implement expected shortfall calculations to address outlying tail risks in investment strategies.

    The Importance of Risk Model Approval

    To satisfy supervisory authorities of the accuracy of an internally developed risk model, banks must prove all of the following:

    Their data is complete, accurate and consistent; and the components of the risk model can be traced back to original, authoritative data sources There is sufficient pricing and transaction history to test the model back to 2007 Their aggregation rules are accurate and comply with BCBS regulations Their risk models are sufficiently realistic and robust to represent market realities in normal and emergency situations Their framework models historical, current and what-if market scenarios Their policies and procedures for data governance, aggregation and validation are complete and consistently enforced Their IT infrastructure handles inter-day fair-market evaluations, scheduled reports, and ad hoc requests from internal and external risk supervisors

    If a bank fails the regulatory audit, regulators use standard BCBS formulas to determine substantially higher amounts of capital that the bank must reserve to cover potential losses.

    If the internal model passes the audit, the model’s calculated capital reserve requirements replace regulators’ default reserve requirements as well as traditional value-at-risk (VaR) measures.


    Effective Internal Risk Models FRTB: The Importance of Risk Model Approval
    Conclusion

    Internal risk model approval leads to lower reserves and higher levels of investment capital, flexibility, revenue and profits. FRTB mandates higher default reserve requirements than those calculated by banks’ internal risk models.

    Implementing this demands the ability to trace data dependencies through many levels of complexity. A graph database offers an effective way to capture all these connections at scale. Neo4j is the world’s leading graph platform.

    In the coming weeks, we’ll explore how to trace data lineage across data silos and how traditional technologies like spreadsheets, relational databases, and data warehouses fall short. We’ll dive into why banks need a modern graph platform as the foundation for effective internal risk models that meet FRTB requirements.

    Risk demands a strong foundation

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              The Data Day: August 31, 2018      Cache   Translate Page      

    AWS and VMware announce Amazon RDS on VMware. And more.

    For @451Research clients: On the Yellowbrick road: data-warehousing vendor emerges with funding and flash-based EDW https://t.co/shKUTosHlS By @jmscrts

    ― Matt Aslett’s The Data Day (@thedataday) August 31, 2018

    For @451Research clients: Automated analytics: the role of the machine in corporate decision-making https://t.co/3PkCXnGfhR By Krishna Roy

    ― Matt Aslett’s The Data Day (@thedataday) August 28, 2018

    For @451Research clients: @prophix does cloud and on-premises CPM, with machine learning up next https://t.co/8FKKvRrJDb By Krishna Roy

    ― Matt Aslett’s The Data Day (@thedataday) August 28, 2018

    AWS and VMware have announced Amazon Relational Database Service on VMware, supporting Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, PostgreSQL, mysql, and MariaDB. https://t.co/hy5F1g8dTA

    ― Matt Aslett’s The Data Day (@thedataday) August 27, 2018

    Cloudera has launched Cloudera Data Warehouse (previously Cloudera Analytic DB) as well as Cloudera Altus Data Warehouse as-a-service https://t.co/386z7HaT6Q and also Cloudera Workload XM, an intelligent workload experience management cloud service https://t.co/v5jGb3Hkp0

    ― Matt Aslett’s The Data Day (@thedataday) August 30, 2018

    Alteryx has announced version 2018.3 of the Alteryx analytics platform, including Visualytics for real-time, interactive visualizations https://t.co/8ewTXJqs5T

    ― Matt Aslett’s The Data Day (@thedataday) August 28, 2018

    Informatica has updated its Master Data Management, Intelligent Cloud Services and Data Privacy and Protection products with a focus on hybrid, multi-cloud and on-premises environments. https://t.co/eGGrA28trh

    ― Matt Aslett’s The Data Day (@thedataday) August 29, 2018

    SnapLogic has announced the general availability of SnapLogic eXtreme, providing data transformation support for big data architectures in the cloud. https://t.co/NijnMNLTx0

    ― Matt Aslett’s The Data Day (@thedataday) August 28, 2018

    VoltDB has enhanced its open source VoltDB Community Edition to support real-time data snapshots, advanced clustering technology, exporter services, manual scale-out on commodity servers and access to the VoltDB Management Console. https://t.co/tEHblf4J7v

    ― Matt Aslett’s The Data Day (@thedataday) August 30, 2018

    ODPi has announced the Egeria project for the open sharing, exchange and governance of metadata https://t.co/tEb0jRHV8F

    ― Matt Aslett’s The Data Day (@thedataday) August 28, 2018

    And that’s the data day


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    Due to a bill passed earlier this year, inmates at any of the correctional facilities throughout Utah are prohibited from receiving packages by drone delivery. H.B. 59 With the numerous laws that are passed or amended each year in Utah, some are seen as needed, others may be seen as unfair, and then there are […]
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    Pardon me, Daddy

    by digby




    Donald Trump Jr. said Tuesday he is not afraid of going to jail as the result of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.

    "I'm not because I know what I did, and I'm not worried about any of that," the president's eldest son said during an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America. "That doesn't mean they won't try to create something, I mean, we've seen that happen with everything. But, again, I'm not."

    Don Jr will not see the inside of a federal jail cell. But as a top executive of the Trump Organization, he should probably be a little less arrogant. The state of New York has jurisdiction over many of his company's business dealings. And there's nothing Daddy can do to help him out of that.

    His creepy brother should probably STFU too:



    Also:

    Eric Trump ‘Charity’ Spent $880K at Family-Owned Golf Resorts


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              Trump's worst character flaw      Cache   Translate Page      
    Trump's worst character flaw

    by digby





    Bob Woodward's new book "Fear: Trump in the White House" was finally released on Tuesday, and while many of the more colorful and interesting revelations within were already published by those who got early copies, many interesting impressions have yet to be fully discussed. Woodward's method, which he and Carl Bernstein pioneered in their reporting on the Watergate scandal, is to reconstruct events from interviews with numerous sources, many of them on deep background. In the case of this latest book, as with their classic work "All the President's Men," the story provides new details but in the end really just pulls an abundance of earlier reporting into a coherent narrative. The Trump administration is the most transparent of any presidency in my recollection, due to the daily gusher of leaks to dozens of different White House reporters -- while the president tweets virtually every passing thought --- so "Fear" isn't quite a shocking as it might be.

    Still, it's disconcerting to read a Woodward book that reveals a presidency just as malignant and dysfunctional as the Nixon administration, although in different ways. I confess that I didn't expect to see two presidents with such monumental character flaws twice in my lifetime. If I didn't know better I would think there's something wrong with the Republican Party that it keeps electing these people.

    There are many differences between the two men, starting with Trump's frightening lack of preparation, intellect and general knowledge by comparison with Nixon. But on a character level, they show similar flaws. Trump lacks Nixon's sometimes maudlin sentimentality and Nixon didn't manifest the grandiose self-regard that Trump uses to mask his insecurities. But both presidents have a petty, mean vindictive streak and a fetish for never showing "weakness." And both will be remembered for a total lack of normal human empathy.

    Nixon's flaws in that regard are well-known. The man mastered politics and policy but he was a cold fish. The fact that he climbed as high as he did with such a prickly personality was a testament to his perseverance and ambition. But Donald Trump is something else again. His inability to care about anything but himself is so glaring and obvious that it's pathological.

    Woodward's book is full of examples of Trump being unable to compromise, apologize, change course or otherwise behave like a mature adult because he sees anything less than total dominance as weakness. And since he is so often a failure, and cannot admit it, he simply lies and says that he actually won.


    Yesterday, he demonstrated that in living color:

    He spared not a thought for the people who died or those who were left homeless for months. He simply doesn't have it in him. The mayor of San Juan spoke for most people with this tweet:



    During the campaign, when asked if he had ever asked for forgiveness he memorably replied, "I like to be good. I don't like to have to ask for forgiveness. And I am good. I don't do a lot of things that are bad." When he was forced to make the one and only apology he's ever made (for his crude comments on the Hollywood Access recording) he apparently made a promise to himself to never do it again. Woodward has him railing at his former Staff Secretary Rob Porter for convincing him to give a mildly conciliatory speech after the Nazi marches in Charlottesville:
    That was the biggest f---ing mistake I’ve made,” he tells Porter. “You never make those concessions. You never apologize. I didn’t do anything wrong in the first place. Why look weak?

    As for human empathy, that's been obvious since he first started running for president. (New York journalists would say it's been obvious for 30 years.) He made fun of a disabled journalist, insulted women as being too ugly for him to assault, degraded Gold Star parents, calls African-American women "low IQ" -- the list goes on and on and on. The president's behavior toward the widow of Army Sgt. La David Johnson, who was killed in Niger last fall, was a perfect example. He failed to offer comforting words and then petulantly defended himself on Twitter, bringing down a barrage of abuse from his followers on the grieving widow at the worst moment of her life.

    Last month he showed similar pique when at first he refused to keep the White House flag at half-mast to honor the late Sen. John McCain and only belatedly allowed his staff to put out a mildly laudatory statement in his name. McCain had not invited Trump to speak at his funeral, largely because the two men had disliked each other greatly for a variety of reasons, not least of which was Trump's nasty comment about McCain's POW history. We can also assume that the McCain family was terrified of having the president speak on such a solemn occasion because he is incapable of being dignified.

    Trump nearly always treats public appearances as campaign events regardless of the context. His early appearance at CIA headquarters, shortly after taking office, illustrates that concern. Instead of giving a serious, sober speech in front of the 117 nameless stars that represent fallen agents, he lied about the size of his inauguration crowd and talked about his war with the media. Then he said this:


    Every time I say I had an uncle who was a great professor at MIT for 35 years who did a fantastic job in so many different ways, academically -- was an academic genius -- and then they say, is Donald Trump an intellectual? Trust me, I’m like a smart person.

    On the 9/11 anniversary on Tuesday, he managed to get through a prepared speech without digressing to brag about his intellect or his alleged accomplishments. But he certainly didn't get through the event without behaving inappropriately:






    And then he posted this:






    That is the real Donald Trump. As was this, 17 years ago on that awful day:


    We talk a lot about Trump's egomania, dishonesty, and incompetence, which are extremely important traits when it comes to any president. But, like Nixon before him, he also has some very serious character defects. He is fundamentally bereft of empathy and human compassion, which may be the most disqualifying characteristic of all.


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              Actuarial Director, Risk and Compliance - Humana - Padmanabha Nagar Colony, Hyderabad, Telangana      Cache   Translate Page      
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              What do Church abuse policies mean by 'vulnerable adult'?      Cache   Translate Page      

    Denver, Colo., Sep 12, 2018 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- A Vatican summit on abuse prevention next February will gather the presidents of bishops’ conferences from around the world. While a Sept. 12 statement from the Vatican said the gathering’s theme would be the “protection of minors,” a Vatican spokesperson clarified that the meeting would discuss “prevention of abuse of minors and vulnerable adults.”

    Wednesday’s announcement of the meeting has raised questions about who the Church considers to be a “vulnerable adult.”

    The USCCB’s “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People,” does not use the term “vulnerable adult.” Nor do the “Essential Norms for Diocesan/Eparchial Policies Dealing with Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Priests or Deacons,” which is the document that sets Church policy for addressing sex abuse allegations in the United States.

    Several dioceses, do, however, define the term in their own sexual abuse policies.

    Policies of the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis say that: “‘Vulnerable Adult’ means persons with physical, mental or emotional conditions that render them unable to defend or protect themselves, or get help when at risk of harm.”

    In the Archdiocese of Louisville, “an adult 18 years or older is considered vulnerable when, because of impairment of mental or physical functions, that person is unable or unlikely to report abuse or neglect without assistance.”

    The Archdiocese of Miami defines a “vulnerable person” as “a minor under 18 years of age or a person whose ability to perform normal activities of daily living is impaired due to a mental, emotional, long-term physical or developmental disability or dysfunction, or brain damage, or the infirmities of aging.”

    The Archdiocese of Washington’s policies for child protection say that “a vulnerable individual over the age of seventeen (17) is also covered by this policy…when such a person is unable or unlikely to report abuse without assistance because of impairment of physical or mental function or emotional status.”

    Edward Mechmann, director of the Safe Environment Program in the Archdiocese of New York, told CNA that the archdiocese considers a vulnerable person to be “a person of any age who lacks the capacity to give consent due to a mental or developmental condition or disability.”

    The Code of Canon Law does not use or define the term “vulnerable adult.” However, the Church’s 2010 “Norms on delicta graviora” say that “a person who habitually lacks the use of reason is to be considered equivalent to a minor” with regard to allegations of clerical sexual abuse.  

    The February summit was announced in the wake of clerical sexual misconduct allegations across the Church involving minors, as well as allegations of misconduct that targeted seminarians, priests, and other adults.

    On Aug. 14, a Pennsylvania grand jury released a report documenting 70 years of sexual abuse allegations in six dioceses in that state. On Sept. 12, a report from the German bishops’ conference documented allegations of clerical sexual abuse during a similar time period.

    On June 20, the Archdiocese of New York announced that it had deemed credible an allegation that Archbishop Theodore McCarrick had serially sexually abused a teenage boy in the 1970s. Subsequent reports, however, allege that McCarrick had serially sexually coerced and assaulted seminarians and young priests during decades of his episcopal ministry in New Jersey and Washington, D.C.

    Mechmann told CNA that the term “vulnerable adult” as his archdiocese defines it, “would not include seminarians. It is really aimed at protecting people who have developmental disabilities or cognitive disabilities for instance someone who is suffering from Alzheimer's disease.”

    “A sound diocesan policy however would also encompass any kind of non-consensual sexual conduct, even if it is not strictly covered by the Charter,” Mechmann added.

    The Archdiocese of New York’s “Policy on Sexual Misconduct” includes in its definition of sexual misconduct “any sexual act with another person without consent,” as well as “any sexual conduct that is a violation of civil law.”
     
    Deacon Bernie Nojadera, executive director of the USCCB’s office for child and youth protection, told CNA that several U.S. dioceses use the definition of “vulnerable adult” provided by civil law.

    That definition often refers to a “dependent adult,” he said.

    Nojadera noted that “there is nothing in [the Charter] that talks about differential of power. So if you’re looking at differential of power, that’s not addressed in the Charter.”

    “That’s where applicability of state law comes in, with regard to the differential of power. A lot of dioceses are looking at their state laws and trying to apply them accordingly,” he said.

    With regard to allegations of abuse involving seminarians and other adults, he said he thinks “it would be wise for those types of situations to also be brought forward” at the February meeting of bishops.

    “I would hope that there would be a seat at the table for seminarians and for that issue to be addressed,” he told CNA.

    In addition to the abuse of minors, vulnerable adults, seminarians, and other adults, Nojadera noted other situations that could, in his view, be addressed, mentioning the difficulties faced by the children of priests, the use of corporal punishment in the Church, and situations involving religious orders.

    He also mentioned the importance of consulting with victims of clerical sexual abuse.

    “I would hope that survivor victims were invited to this table as well, to be able to address [the meeting],” he said.

    Nojadera said that his office often looks for insights from victims of clerical sexual abuse, calling their perspective “invaluable.”

    “There’s an awareness that those who have not been abused do not have.”

    He also encouraged broader lay involvement in discussions about sexual misconduct in the Church. “The lay faithful have been offering to help and contribute to the solution to this,” he said.

    Nojadera said he hopes the February summit will take an expansive view of abuse-related problems in the Church.

    “I think we have an opportunity here to just talk about abuse in general. Period.”

    “Hopefully,” he said, “they’ll have an opportunity to see the big picture.”

     


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    Will new laws ignore privacy dangers inherent in self-driving cars? Even as the country still reels from revelations that almost 2.5 million more people were affected by the recent Equifax than previously thought (bringing the current total up to 145.5 million), the senate has introduced legislation regarding advanced testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles without ...
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    ROSEAU, Minn. — Firefighters had to use the Jaws of Life to help free a black bear whose head was stuck in a milk can in northern Minnesota. Conservation officer Eric Benjamin with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources was called Friday about a young male bear with its head stuck in an old 10-gallon […]
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    Admittedly a bit of a long shot, but if you are looking to rebuild a (late 90s) Ramsey REP6000 offload winch these parts can replace the motor internals. This design utilises M5 brass screws as feed-through contacts so you can solder to them internally.

    I can only stress that it's imperative to print these parts in a temperature resistant material - ideally PEEK or the likes of it. Under load that winch draws upwards of 200A which of course is accompanied by toasty warmth.


              What’s in a Name?      Cache   Translate Page      

    “Gip” Hardin, a Methodist preacher, named his son after the famous preacher John Wesley, reflecting Gip’s hopes and aspirations for his baby boy. John Wesley Hardin, however, tragically chose a different path than his ministry-minded namesake. Claiming to have killed forty-two men, Hardin became one of the most notorious gunfighters and outlaws of the American west of the late 1800s.

    In the Bible, as in many cultures today, names hold special significance. Announcing the birth of God’s Son, an angel instructed Joseph to name Mary’s child “Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). The meaning of Jesus’s name—“Jehovah saves”—confirmed His mission to save from sin.

    Unlike Hardin, Jesus completely and thoroughly lived up to His name. Through His death and resurrection, He accomplished His mission of rescue. John affirmed the life-giving power of Jesus’s name, saying, “But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name” (John 20:31). The book of Acts invites everyone to trust Him, for, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

    All who call on Jesus’s matchless name in faith can experience for themselves the forgiveness and hope He provides. Have you called on His name?


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    Mr Ishmael Ashitey, Greater Accra Regional Minister, has charged Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies in the Region to strictly enforce their sanitation bye laws devoid of political interference. Mr Ashitey said the indiscriminate dumping of refuse, open defecation and other sanitation challenges are high in the Greater Accra Region d ...
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    The Easton Planning & Zoning Commission discussed whether a village center would be appropriate for Easton’s future, as well as how it might evolve, and if current residents would want it, at its Sept. 5 meeting. The area that was discussed is along Route 59 (Sport Hill Road) where it intersects with Center Road. The commission identified as a priority pursuing improvements that link amenities that already exist. One proposal under consideration is the construction of a walking path or sidewalk between Silverman’s Farm and the Easton Country Store — both of which have proved to be strong draws for ... Read more

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    Adhere to all city, county, state and federal laws and regulations and Company policies. Give all customers prompt and courteous service....
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    Conduct code-merges, deploy code to internal &amp; external systems. Proven experience architecting infrastructure in AWS using native tools such as CloudFormation...
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    Long-awaited elections set for May next year at the latest, years after military coup toppled the elected government.
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              White Gold 2mm Wedding Band, 2x1mm Flat Edge Ring, 14K Palladium White Gold, Recycled Metals, Eco Friendly, Rutledge Jewelers by RutledgeJewelers      Cache   Translate Page      

    161.00 USD

    White Gold Wedding Band, 2mm by 1mm Flat Edge Ring, 14K Palladium White Gold, Recycled Metals, Eco Friendly, Rutledge Jewelers

    •Solid 14K Palladium White Gold from Recycled/Reclaimed sources
    •Band measures 2mm wide by 1mm thick approximately
    •Smooth texture with a polished or matte finish
    •Inside engraved “14K”
    •Hand Forged Ring made in the USA by David Rutledge
    •Flat edge style

    This ring is engravable. To add engraving, please use the following link:
    https://www.etsy.com/listing/233487244/custom-engraving-on-ring-engraving-only

    This ring includes a complimentary karat stamp and an Appraisal Certificate for your records.

    All metals used to hand forge our rings come from RECYCLED /RECLAIMED sources. Our rings are handmade in our workshop in an Eco-Friendly environment using mostly hand tools such as a hammer and torch.

    We are able to make many of our rings in 14K Yellow Gold, 14K Rose Gold, 14K Palladium White Gold, 14K Green Gold, 18K Yellow Gold, 18K Rose Gold, 18K Palladium White Gold, and rings 3mm or wider in 22K Rose or 22K Yellow Gold. Pricing varies. Contact us for a quote.

    Please note that our white gold rings are made using solid Palladium White Gold. We do not plate any of our white gold rings with Rhodium as Palladium White Gold does not need it. Instead, we use Palladium White Gold, which is gold alloyed with Palladium. The color is different then Nickel White Gold, Pure Palladium, Platinum, and Rhodium Plated White Gold. If you are trying to match another ring, please contact us and we can help provide guidance to get you a correct match.

    Palladium White Gold contains no Nickel is therefore safe for those with a NICKEL ALLERGY.

    We strongly suggest getting sized by a professional jeweler when ordering a ring. They will be able to provide a more exact size to get you a better fit. We are able to convert International sizes to US.

    Feel free to use the “contact shop owner” link below if you have any other questions, or you may visit our shop policies. We would be happy to provide a quote for you if you would like something made in a different type/karat of gold, wider/thicker/more narrow dimensions, or if you would like a set of rings.

    Each ring is made to order and will arrive in a classy ring box. Please allow approximately 3 weeks from order to ship date.

    We can often accommodate a rush order, or use upgraded shipping to get something to you sooner. Please contact us to confirm if you are on a timeline.

    If we will be shipping to an address outside of the US, there could be an import duty or tax charged on your purchase. Please note that this is determined by your country’s laws and as we do not assess the tax, are therefore not responsible financially if this occurs.

    Please note that all photos are enlarged to show detail. Please be sure to read all sizes and descriptions carefully.

    To visit or go back to Rutledge Jewelers shop home, use this link:
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/rutledgejewelers

    We look forward to working with you!
    David and Kristin


              14K White Gold 2x1mm Half Round Wedding Band, Palladium White Gold Band, Classic Bridal, Recycled Gold, Rutledge Jewelers by RutledgeJewelers      Cache   Translate Page      

    146.00 USD

    14K White Gold 2x1mm Half Round Wedding Band, Palladium White Gold Band, Classic Bridal, Recycled Gold, Rutledge Jewelers

    •Solid 14K Palladium White Gold from Recycled/Reclaimed sources
    •Band measures 2mm wide by 1mm thick approximately
    •Smooth texture with a polished or matte finish
    •Inside engraved “14K”
    •Hand Forged Ring made in the USA by David Rutledge
    •Half Round style

    This ring is engravable. To add engraving, please use the following link:
    https://www.etsy.com/listing/233487244/custom-engraving-on-ring-engraving-only

    This ring includes a complimentary karat stamp and an Appraisal Certificate for your records.

    All metals used to hand forge our rings come from RECYCLED /RECLAIMED sources. Our rings are handmade in our workshop in an Eco-Friendly environment using mostly hand tools such as a hammer and torch.

    We are able to make many of our rings in 14K Yellow Gold, 14K Rose Gold, 14K Palladium White Gold, 14K Green Gold, 18K Yellow Gold, 18K Rose Gold, 18K Palladium White Gold, and rings 3mm or wider in 22K Rose or 22K Yellow Gold. Pricing varies. Contact us for a quote.

    We strongly suggest getting sized by a professional jeweler when ordering a ring. They will be able to provide a more exact size to get you a better fit. We are able to convert International sizes to US.

    Feel free to use the “contact shop owner” link below if you have any other questions, or you may visit our shop policies. We would be happy to provide a quote for you if you would like something made in a different type/karat of gold, wider/thicker/more narrow dimensions, or if you would like a set of rings.

    Each ring is made to order and will arrive in a classy ring box. Please allow approximately 3 weeks from order to ship date.

    We can often accommodate a rush order, or use upgraded shipping to get something to you sooner. Please contact us to confirm if you are on a timeline.

    If we will be shipping to an address outside of the US, there could be an import duty or tax charged on your purchase. Please note that this is determined by your country’s laws and as we do not assess the tax, are therefore not responsible financially if this occurs.

    Please note that all photos are enlarged to show detail. Please be sure to read all sizes and descriptions carefully.

    To visit or go back to Rutledge Jewelers shop home, use this link:
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/rutledgejewelers

    We look forward to working with you!
    David and Kristin


              Skinny White Gold Ring, 1mm 14K Palladium White Gold Wedding Band, Eco Friendly, Rutledge Jewelers by RutledgeJewelers      Cache   Translate Page      

    114.00 USD

    Skinny White Gold Ring, 1mm 14K Palladium White Gold Wedding Band, Eco Friendly, Rutledge Jewelers

    •Solid 14K Palladium White Gold from Recycled/Reclaimed sources
    •Band measures 1mm wide by 1mm thick approximately
    •Smooth texture with a polished finish
    •Hand Forged Ring made in the USA by David Rutledge
    •Regular style

    All metals used to hand forge our rings come from RECYCLED /RECLAIMED sources. Our rings are handmade in our workshop in an Eco-Friendly environment using mostly hand tools such as a hammer and torch.

    We offer three textures for our regular style bands (hammered, faceted, smooth) and two finishes on any ring (polished, matte). Many of our rings can be made in any combination of these options at no additional charge. If you prefer a different texture/finish than what is listed you may leave us a message in the “notes section” during checkout.

    We are able to make many of our rings in 14K Yellow Gold, 14K Rose Gold, 14K Palladium White Gold, 14K Green Gold, 18K Yellow Gold, 18K Rose Gold, 18K Palladium White Gold, and rings 3mm or wider in 22K Rose or 22K Yellow Gold. Pricing varies. Contact us for a quote.

    Please note that our white gold rings are made using solid Palladium White Gold. We do not plate any of our white gold rings with Rhodium as Palladium White Gold does not need it. Instead, we use Palladium White Gold, which is gold alloyed with Palladium. The color is different then Nickel White Gold, Pure Palladium, Platinum, and Rhodium Plated White Gold. If you are trying to match another ring, please contact us and we can help provide guidance to get you a correct match.

    Palladium White Gold contains no Nickel is therefore safe for those with a NICKEL ALLERGY.

    We strongly suggest getting sized by a professional jeweler when ordering a ring. They will be able to provide a more exact size to get you a better fit. We are able to convert International sizes to US.

    Feel free to use the “contact shop owner” link below if you have any other questions, or you may visit our shop policies. We would be happy to provide a quote for you if you would like something made in a different type/karat of gold, wider/thicker/more narrow dimensions, or if you would like a set of rings.

    Each ring is made to order and will arrive in a classy ring box. Please allow approximately 3 weeks from order to ship date.

    We can often accommodate a rush order, or use upgraded shipping to get something to you sooner. Please contact us to confirm if you are on a timeline.

    If we will be shipping to an address outside of the US, there could be an import duty or tax charged on your purchase. Please note that this is determined by your country’s laws and as we do not assess the tax, are therefore not responsible financially if this occurs.

    Please note that all photos are enlarged to show detail. Please be sure to read all sizes and descriptions carefully.

    To visit or go back to Rutledge Jewelers shop home, use this link:
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/rutledgejewelers

    We look forward to working with you!
    David and Kristin


              18K Yellow Gold Men's Wedding Band, Hammered 5mm Ring, Rutledge Jewelers by RutledgeJewelers      Cache   Translate Page      

    735.00 USD

    18K Yellow Gold Men's Wedding Band, Hammered 5mm Ring, Rutledge Jewelers

    •Solid 18K Yellow Gold from Recycled/Reclaimed sources
    •Band measures 5mm wide by 1.3mm thick approximately
    •Hammered texture with a polished finish
    •Inside engraved “18K”
    •Hand Forged Ring made in the USA by David Rutledge
    •"Regular" style ring

    This ring is engravable. To add engraving, please use the following link:
    https://www.etsy.com/listing/233487244/custom-engraving-on-ring-engraving-only

    This ring includes a complimentary karat stamp and an Appraisal Certificate for your records.

    All metals used to hand forge our rings come from RECYCLED /RECLAIMED sources. Our rings are handmade in our workshop in an Eco-Friendly environment using mostly hand tools such as a hammer and torch.

    We offer three textures for our regular style bands (hammered, faceted, smooth) and two finishes on any ring (polished, matte). Many of our rings can be made in any combination of these options at no additional charge. If you prefer a different texture/finish than what is listed you may leave us a message in the “notes section” during checkout.

    We are able to make many of our rings in 14K Yellow Gold, 14K Rose Gold, 14K Palladium White Gold, 14K Green Gold, 18K Yellow Gold, 18K Rose Gold, 18K Palladium White Gold, and rings 3mm or wider in 22K Rose or 22K Yellow Gold. Pricing varies. Contact us for a quote.

    Please note that our white gold rings are made using solid Palladium White Gold. We do not plate any of our white gold rings with Rhodium as Palladium White Gold does not need it. Instead, we use Palladium White Gold, which is gold alloyed with Palladium. The color is different then Nickel White Gold, Pure Palladium, Platinum, and Rhodium Plated White Gold. If you are trying to match another ring, please contact us and we can help provide guidance to get you a correct match.

    Palladium White Gold contains no Nickel is therefore safe for those with a NICKEL ALLERGY.

    We strongly suggest getting sized by a professional jeweler when ordering a ring. They will be able to provide a more exact size to get you a better fit. We are able to convert International sizes to US.

    Feel free to use the “contact shop owner” link below if you have any other questions, or you may visit our shop policies. We would be happy to provide a quote for you if you would like something made in a different type/karat of gold, wider/thicker/more narrow dimensions, or if you would like a set of rings.

    Each ring is made to order and will arrive in a classy ring box. Please allow approximately 3 weeks from order to ship date.

    We can often accommodate a rush order, or use upgraded shipping to get something to you sooner. Please contact us to confirm if you are on a timeline.

    If we will be shipping to an address outside of the US, there could be an import duty or tax charged on your purchase. Please note that this is determined by your country’s laws and as we do not assess the tax, are therefore not responsible financially if this occurs.

    Please note that all photos are enlarged to show detail. Please be sure to read all sizes and descriptions carefully.

    To visit or go back to Rutledge Jewelers shop home, use this link:
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/rutledgejewelers

    We look forward to working with you!
    David and Kristin


              14K Palladium White Gold Infinity Eternity Ring, Unique Wedding Band, Rutledge Jewelers by RutledgeJewelers      Cache   Translate Page      

    250.00 USD

    14K Palladium White Gold Infinity Eternity Ring, Unique Wedding Band, Rutledge Jewelers

    Our Infinity Ring is hand forged using eco-friendly, recycled 14K or 18K gold. This is not cast into shape, nor do we use a manufacturer to make it for us. Our gold smith, David, came up with this design years ago and it has continues to be one of our best sellers. Whether you are making a promise yourself or to someone who is more than special, our Infinity ring is a perfect symbol. It can make a unique wedding band, and also stacks nicely with our 1mm ring, creating our “Infinity Plus One” ring set. This beautiful ring is crafted with quality, polished to perfection, and made to last a lifetime.

    •Solid 14K Palladium White Gold from Recycled/Reclaimed sources
    •Band measures 1mm wide by 1mm thick approximately
    •Smooth texture with a polished finish
    •Hand Forged Ring made in the USA by David Rutledge
    •Complimentary Appraisal Certificate included

    All metals used to hand forge our rings come from RECYCLED /RECLAIMED sources. Our rings are handmade in our workshop in an Eco-Friendly environment using mostly hand tools such as a hammer and torch.

    We are able to make many of our rings in 14K Yellow Gold, 14K Rose Gold, 14K Palladium White Gold, 14K Green Gold, 18K Yellow Gold, 18K Rose Gold, 18K Palladium White Gold, and rings 3mm or wider in 22K Rose or 22K Yellow Gold. Pricing varies. Contact us for a quote.

    We strongly suggest getting sized by a professional jeweler when ordering a ring. They will be able to provide a more exact size to get you a better fit. We are able to convert International sizes to US. Please note this ring cannot be resized.

    Feel free to use the “contact shop owner” link below if you have any other questions, or you may visit our shop policies. We would be happy to provide a quote for you if you would like something made in a different type/karat of gold, wider/thicker/more narrow dimensions, or if you would like a set of rings.

    Each ring is made to order and will arrive in a classy ring box. Please allow approximately 3 weeks from order to ship date.

    We can often accommodate a rush order, or use upgraded shipping to get something to you sooner. Please contact us to confirm if you are on a timeline.

    If we will be shipping to an address outside of the US, there could be an import duty or tax charged on your purchase. Please note that this is determined by your country’s laws and as we do not assess the tax, are therefore not responsible financially if this occurs.

    Please note that all photos are enlarged to show detail. Please be sure to read all sizes and descriptions carefully.

    To visit or go back to Rutledge Jewelers shop home, use this link:
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/rutledgejewelers

    We look forward to working with you!
    David and Kristin


              18K Yellow Gold Classic Style Band, 2mm Half Round Style, Rutledge Jewelers by RutledgeJewelers      Cache   Translate Page      

    156.00 USD

    Gold Ring, 18K Yellow Gold Classic Style Band, 2mm Half Round Style, Rutledge Jewelers

    •Solid 18K Yellow Gold from Recycled/Reclaimed sources
    •Band measures 2mm wide by 1mm thick approximately
    •Smooth texture with a polished or matte finish
    •Inside engraved “18K”
    •Hand Forged Ring made in the USA by David Rutledge
    •Half Round style

    This ring is engravable. To add engraving, please use the following link:
    https://www.etsy.com/listing/233487244/custom-engraving-on-ring-engraving-only

    This ring includes a complimentary karat stamp and an Appraisal Certificate for your records.

    All metals used to hand forge our rings come from RECYCLED /RECLAIMED sources. Our rings are handmade in our workshop in an Eco-Friendly environment using mostly hand tools such as a hammer and torch.

    We are able to make many of our rings in 14K Yellow Gold, 14K Rose Gold, 14K Palladium White Gold, 14K Green Gold, 18K Yellow Gold, 18K Rose Gold, 18K Palladium White Gold, and rings 3mm or wider in 22K Rose or 22K Yellow Gold. Pricing varies. Contact us for a quote.

    Please note that our white gold rings are made using solid Palladium White Gold. We do not plate any of our white gold rings with Rhodium as Palladium White Gold does not need it. Instead, we use Palladium White Gold, which is gold alloyed with Palladium. The color is different then Nickel White Gold, Pure Palladium, Platinum, and Rhodium Plated White Gold. If you are trying to match another ring, please contact us and we can help provide guidance to get you a correct match.

    Palladium White Gold contains no Nickel is therefore safe for those with a NICKEL ALLERGY.

    We strongly suggest getting sized by a professional jeweler when ordering a ring. They will be able to provide a more exact size to get you a better fit. We are able to convert International sizes to US.

    Feel free to use the “contact shop owner” link below if you have any other questions, or you may visit our shop policies. We would be happy to provide a quote for you if you would like something made in a different type/karat of gold, wider/thicker/more narrow dimensions, or if you would like a set of rings.

    Each ring is made to order and will arrive in a classy ring box. Please allow approximately 3 weeks from order to ship date.

    We can often accommodate a rush order, or use upgraded shipping to get something to you sooner. Please contact us to confirm if you are on a timeline.

    If we will be shipping to an address outside of the US, there could be an import duty or tax charged on your purchase. Please note that this is determined by your country’s laws and as we do not assess the tax, are therefore not responsible financially if this occurs.

    Please note that all photos are enlarged to show detail. Please be sure to read all sizes and descriptions carefully.

    To visit or go back to Rutledge Jewelers shop home, use this link:
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/rutledgejewelers

    We look forward to working with you!
    David and Kristin


              Solid 14K Yellow Gold 6mm Hammered Ring, Luxury Gift, Rutledge Jewelers by RutledgeJewelers      Cache   Translate Page      

    836.00 USD

    Solid 14K Yellow Gold 6mm Hammered Ring, Luxury Gift, Rutledge Jewelers

    •Solid 14K Yellow Gold from Recycled/Reclaimed sources
    •Band measures 6mm wide by 1.75mm thick approximately
    •Hammered texture with a polished or matte finish
    •Inside engraved “14K”
    •Hand Forged Ring made in the USA by David Rutledge
    •Regular style

    This ring is engravable. To add engraving, please use the following link:
    https://www.etsy.com/listing/233487244/custom-engraving-on-ring-engraving-only

    This ring includes a complimentary karat stamp and an Appraisal Certificate for your records.

    All metals used to hand forge our rings come from RECYCLED /RECLAIMED sources. Our rings are handmade in our workshop in an Eco-Friendly environment using mostly hand tools such as a hammer and torch.

    We offer three textures for our regular style bands (hammered, faceted, smooth) and two finishes on any ring (polished, matte). Many of our rings can be made in any combination of these options at no additional charge. If you prefer a different texture/finish than what is listed you may leave us a message in the “notes section” during checkout.

    We are able to make many of our rings in 14K Yellow Gold, 14K Rose Gold, 14K Palladium White Gold, 14K Green Gold, 18K Yellow Gold, 18K Rose Gold, 18K Palladium White Gold, and rings 3mm or wider in 22K Rose or 22K Yellow Gold. Pricing varies. Contact us for a quote.

    We strongly suggest getting sized by a professional jeweler when ordering a ring. They will be able to provide a more exact size to get you a better fit. We are able to convert International sizes to US.

    Feel free to use the “contact shop owner” link below if you have any other questions, or you may visit our shop policies. We would be happy to provide a quote for you if you would like something made in a different type/karat of gold, wider/thicker/more narrow dimensions, or if you would like a set of rings.

    Each ring is made to order and will arrive in a classy ring box. Please allow approximately 3 weeks from order to ship date.

    We can often accommodate a rush order, or use upgraded shipping to get something to you sooner. Please contact us to confirm if you are on a timeline.

    If we will be shipping to an address outside of the US, there could be an import duty or tax charged on your purchase. Please note that this is determined by your country’s laws and as we do not assess the tax, are therefore not responsible financially if this occurs.

    Please note that all photos are enlarged to show detail. Please be sure to read all sizes and descriptions carefully.

    To visit or go back to Rutledge Jewelers shop home, use this link:
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/rutledgejewelers

    We look forward to working with you!
    David and Kristin


              14K Palladium White Gold 4mm Wedding Band, Hammered Texture, Matte Finish, Rutledge Jewelers by RutledgeJewelers      Cache   Translate Page      

    386.00 USD

    14K Palladium White Gold 4mm Wedding Band, Hammered Texture, Matte Finish, Rutledge Jewelers

    •Solid 14K Palladium White Gold from Recycled/Reclaimed sources
    •Band measures 4mm wide by 1mm thick approximately
    •Hammered texture with a polished or matte finish
    •Inside engraved “14K”
    •Hand Forged Ring made in the USA by David Rutledge
    •Regular style ring

    This ring is engravable. To add engraving, please use the following link:
    https://www.etsy.com/listing/233487244/custom-engraving-on-ring-engraving-only

    This ring includes a complimentary karat stamp and an Appraisal Certificate for your records.

    All metals used to hand forge our rings come from RECYCLED /RECLAIMED sources. Our rings are handmade in our workshop in an Eco-Friendly environment using mostly hand tools such as a hammer and torch.

    We offer three textures for our regular style bands (hammered, faceted, smooth) and two finishes on any ring (polished, matte). Many of our rings can be made in any combination of these options at no additional charge. If you prefer a different texture/finish than what is listed you may leave us a message in the “notes section” during checkout.

    We are able to make many of our rings in 14K Yellow Gold, 14K Rose Gold, 14K Palladium White Gold, 14K Green Gold, 18K Yellow Gold, 18K Rose Gold, 18K Palladium White Gold, and rings 3mm or wider in 22K Rose or 22K Yellow Gold. Pricing varies. Contact us for a quote.

    We strongly suggest getting sized by a professional jeweler when ordering a ring. They will be able to provide a more exact size to get you a better fit. We are able to convert International sizes to US.

    Feel free to use the “contact shop owner” link below if you have any other questions, or you may visit our shop policies. We would be happy to provide a quote for you if you would like something made in a different type/karat of gold, wider/thicker/more narrow dimensions, or if you would like a set of rings.

    Each ring is made to order and will arrive in a classy ring box. Please allow approximately 3 weeks from order to ship date.

    We can often accommodate a rush order, or use upgraded shipping to get something to you sooner. Please contact us to confirm if you are on a timeline.

    If we will be shipping to an address outside of the US, there could be an import duty or tax charged on your purchase. Please note that this is determined by your country’s laws and as we do not assess the tax, are therefore not responsible financially if this occurs.

    Please note that all photos are enlarged to show detail. Please be sure to read all sizes and descriptions carefully.

    To visit or go back to Rutledge Jewelers shop home, use this link:
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/rutledgejewelers

    We look forward to working with you!
    David and Kristin


              Slim Gold Band in 14K Rose Gold, 1mm Width, Handmade by Rutledge Jewelers by RutledgeJewelers      Cache   Translate Page      

    96.00 USD

    Slim Gold Band in 14K Rose Gold, 1mm Width, Handmade by Rutledge Jewelers

    •Solid 14K Rose Gold from Recycled/Reclaimed sources
    •Band measures 1mm wide by 1mm thick approximately
    •Smooth texture with a polished finish
    •Hand Forged Ring made in the USA by David Rutledge
    •Our "regular" style band

    All metals used to hand forge our rings come from RECYCLED /RECLAIMED sources. Our rings are handmade in our workshop in an Eco-Friendly environment using mostly hand tools such as a hammer and torch.

    We strongly suggest getting sized by a professional jeweler when ordering a ring. They will be able to provide a more exact size to get you a better fit. We are able to convert International sizes to US.

    Feel free to use the “contact shop owner” link below if you have any other questions, or you may visit our shop policies. We would be happy to provide a quote for you if you would like something made in a different type/karat of gold, wider/thicker/more narrow dimensions, or if you would like a set of rings.

    Each ring is made to order and will arrive in a classy ring box. Please allow approximately 3 weeks from order to ship date.

    We can often accommodate a rush order, or use upgraded shipping to get something to you sooner. Please contact us to confirm if you are on a timeline.

    If we will be shipping to an address outside of the US, there could be an import duty or tax charged on your purchase. Please note that this is determined by your country’s laws and as we do not assess the tax, are therefore not responsible financially if this occurs.

    Please note that all photos are enlarged to show detail. Please be sure to read all sizes and descriptions carefully.

    To visit or go back to Rutledge Jewelers shop home, use this link:
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/rutledgejewelers

    We look forward to working with you!
    David and Kristin


              LOS ANGELES -- Steve Mason posted his second shutout in three games with 35 saves and      Cache   Translate Page      
    LOS ANGELES -- Steve Mason posted his second shutout in three games with 35 saves and Wayne Simmonds scored his 100th NHL goal, leading the Philadelphia Flyers to a 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday. Blaine Gabbert Jersey . It was the 22nd career shutout and third this season for Mason, who stopped 33 shots in a 5-0 win against Detroit last Tuesday after getting pulled by coach Craig Berube in two of his previous three starts. Mason got a break with less than 3 1/2 minutes left, when Justin Williams tried a wraparound and hit the left post. Claude Giroux added his 17th goal on a power play with 1:58 left, converting a cross-ice pass at the left of the crease from Scott Hartnell while Matt Greene was serving an interference penalty. The Flyers have scored a power-play goal in six straight games. The Kings have scored fewer than three goals in 16 of 20 games since their 25-8-4 start, and are 5-13-2 during that stretch with five shutout losses. They have only three goals in their past six games combined, all of them by Anze Kopitar. The Flyers had managed only five shots on net before Simmonds got his 18th goal at 7:48 of the first period. Jonathan Quick, who faced only 13 shots, overplayed Vincent Lecavalier at the right of the crease along with Kings defenceman Jake Muzzin following a turnover by the Kings in their zone, and Simmonds slammed the puck into a wide-open net. The Kings Robyn Regehr played in his 1,000th NHL regular-season game, becoming the 98th defenceman in NHL history to reach that plateau, and the club marked the occasion with a pregame ceremony. Regehrs first game was Oct. 28, 1999, with the Calgary Flames at Ottawa. Among those taking part in Saturdays ceremony were former Calgary teammate Craig Conroy and Regehrs grandmother, who wore a Flames jersey with his old No. 28. It was the first meeting between the Kings and Flyers since Oct. 15, 2011, when Los Angeles won 3-2. Saturday also was a reunion for Kings centre Jeff Carter, whom the Flyers traded to Columbus on June 23, 2011 -- the same day they dealt Richards to Los Angeles. Eight months later, the Kings acquired Richards by sending Jack Johnson to the Blue Jackets. Carter and Richards led Los Angeles to its first Stanley Cup title in 2012, two years after helping the Flyers get to the finals. NOTES: Richards has one goal in his past 32 games, and that one came on the power play. Carter has no goals in his past six games, following a four-game goal streak. ... Kings C Colin Fraser is one of seven forwards in the league to have played 30 or more games this season without scoring a goal -- and average at least nine minutes of ice time. ... The Kings are 19-3-0 when scoring more than two goals. ... Among the numerous Kings-Flyers connections is fan favourite Ian Laperriere, who played eight-plus seasons with Los Angeles and is now an assistant coach with Philadelphia. Dion Lewis Jersey . As TSN reported Thursday, the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport is under intense pressure from the federal government to focus drug testing on athletes who compete in international events representing Canada. Since funding for the tests has been frozen and the cost of testing can eclipse $1,000 per test, university athletes in a number of sports are being tested less often. Malcolm Butler Titans Jersey . The English Football Association had charged the German right back with violent conduct after retrospectively reviewing video evidence of an incident that was missed by match officials at Craven Cottage on Saturday. http://www.titansstoreonline.com/Black-5...ns-Jersey/ . Murray, the defending champion and No. 3 seed, claimed his first match win at Queens in 2005 and went on to win the Wimbledon warmup three times. But he failed to take advantage of eight set points after leading the first-set tiebreaker 6-2, and Stepanek survived to convert with his second set point. The Bruins and Stars hooked up for a blockbuster summer trade, a seven-player deal, headlined by a third-year scoring forward who was the second overall pick in the 2010 Draft. Numbers Game breaks down the deal sending Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley to Dallas for a package of players including Loui Eriksson and three prospects. The Stars Get: C/RW Tyler Seguin, C/RW Rich Peverley and D Ryan Button. Seguin, 21, was maligned for his 2013 playoff performance, when he scored one goal in 22 games, yet has 45 goals and 99 points over the last two seasons. His 36 even-strength goals over the last two years is tied for 14th. Despite that production, at that age, the Bruins were definitely not satisfied with Seguin and once his name had appeared in trade rumours, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli told the Boston Globe that he hoped it would serve as a wake-up call, that Seguin would, "Become more of a professional." Chiarelli continued, "And you know what? I can say that about a lot of 21-year-olds. I know he got criticized for playing on the periphery and all that stuff. He did. Hes got to commit to being a professional and focusing on the game." When Seguin is focused on the game, hes a dynamic offensive talent, with the speed and shot to be among the most dangerous offensive players in the league. Like many of the Bruins top players, Seguin dominated in terms of puck possession over the last two seasons. Moving to Dallas, Seguin figures to pair with Jamie Benn on the Stars top line. Seguin has played right wing for the vast majority of his time in Boston, so an opportunity to play in the middle will be different. He played centre in junior, but hasnt yet had that responsibility in the NHL. Leading right wing candidates could be first-round pick Valeri Nichushkin, veterans Ray Whitney or Erik Cole or perhaps another addition to the Stars roster this summer. Seguin also figures to see a boost in ice time. He played just under 17 minutes per game over the past two seasons in Boston, but could easily see that push closer to 20 minutes per game with the Stars. Seguins six-year, $34-million contract extension kicks in this season, a $5.75-million cap hit per season. If hes a number one centre, scoring 70-plus points per season, thats a very reasonable return on investment. If he becomes better than a point-per-game guy, then thats a big win for Big D. Peverley turns 31 next week and is coming off a poor season in which he, and Bostons third line in general, struggled. Since being picked up on waivers by Atlanta, from Nashville, in 2008-2009, Peverley has 191 points in 307 games (a pace of 51 points per 82 games), but managed just 18 points in 47 games last season thanks, in part, to a career-low shooting percentage of 6.3% (his 5v5 on-ice shooting percentage was an abysmal, and unlucky, 4.63%). Where Peverley remains excellent, is in the faceoff circle, as hes won at least 55.0% of his draws in each of the last four seasons, including 58.4% last season, which ranked ninth among players with at least 200 face-offs in 2013. With the Stars, Peverley will fit into a second-line centre role, where he will be expected to contribute more offensively. The opportunity will certainly be there for Peverley to bounce back. Part of the incentive for Boston to move Peverley is that his contract still has two years, at a cap hit of $3.25-million per season, remaining. If he was producing, that would be one thing, but for a Bruins team without huge cap room, it made sense to include Peverleys contract in order to gain more financial flexibility heading into free agency. Ryan Button is only 22, but has spent two pro seasons splitting time between the AHL and ECHL, so his inclusion in the deal is more about keeping room on the Bruins reserve list than anything else. Perhaps Button gets some regular work in the AHL with Texas but, barring a sudden turnaround in his new locale, hes not going to be a factor when evaluating this trade. Dallas took a swing for the fences, going after a young player who has already shown that he can score in the NHL. If Seguin pans out as a first line scoring centre -- and he should -- then it will be hard to argue that they didnt get what they wanted out of the deal. The Bruins Get: LW/RW Loui Eriksson, RW Reilly Smith, D Joe Morrow and RW Matt Fraser. Eriksson, who turns 28 in a couple weeks, haas been a strong two-way player and regarded as underrated for so long that hes probably closer to properly rated now. Bennie Logan Titans Jersey. Hes able to play both wings, in all situations, and has logged just under 20 minutes per game for the Stars over the last five seasons, a time during which hes scored 130 goals, the same as Alex Burrows, two more than Patrick Kane and two fewer than Martin St. Louis. With vacancies abound on right wing in Boston (in addition to Seguin and Peverley departing, Jaromir Jagr and Nathan Horton are free agents), Eriksson is likely to move into a spot alongside Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand, one of the leagues most formidable two-way lines. Erikssons contract runs for three more seasons and while the salary is a little higher ($4.6-million this year, $4.5-million in the last two years), the cap hit is an economical $4.25-million. In addition to being a quality player, Eriksson provides value relative to the salary cap. A 22-year-old winger who scored 58 goals in 77 games in his last two collegiate seasons at Miami, Reilly Smith had a solid start to his pro career, scoring 35 points in 45 AHL games, before adding nine points in 37 games, along with strong possession stats, at the NHL level. Ideally, for the Bruins, Smith would be able to step in and fill a scoring role next season, but that could be asking too much from an unproven young player. Smith is still on an entry-level deal that will pay him $900,000 in the NHL. Acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Brenden Morrow trade last season, 20-year-old Joe Morrow had a bit of a rocky first pro season. The 23rd overall pick in 2011, Morrow is an offensive defenceman who needs time to round out the rest of his game if hes going to make the jump. He offers upside as a puck-moving, point-producing defenceman, but isnt ready to provide immediate help to a Stanley Cup contender. A winger with good size who scored 70 goals in 135 AHL games over the last two seasons, Matt Fraser has also chipped in three points in 13 games with Dallas over the past two years. Frasers defensive game could use some work as well, but with continued improvement in that regard, he could give the Bruins another option up front. Sending a $9-million salary cap hit to Dallas, while taking back $4.25-million (not counting Smiths two-way deal), gives the Bruins room to maneuver financially. According to http://www.capgeek.com, they have nearly $56.9-million committed to the 2013-2014 salary cap for 19 players (including more than $4-million for Marc Savard, who will go on long-term injured reserve), leaving enough room to sign restricted free agent goaltender Tuukka Rask and bid for a scoring winger. There have been rumours about the Bruins having interest in older guys, like Daniel Alfredsson, or re-signing Jagr, but this move could also free them up to join the fray bidding on David Clarkson. How the Bruins spend their money will go a long way towards determining the value from this trade because, straight up, its going to be very difficult for Eriksson and prospects to provide more value than Seguin will deliver to Dallas. Its understandable that the Bruins took the stance that they did on a young player that they didnt think was taking his job as seriously as he should, particularly when they have a veteran group that they expect to contend for the Stanley Cup, but its very risky. Its surely been happening forever but, in recent years, allegations and Deadspin reports have swirled around the likes of Patrick Kane, Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, all of whom have been Cup winners, Kane with the Chicago Blackhawks, who didnt trade him after a highly-publicized weekend in Wisconsin last spring, and Carter and Richards with Los Angeles in 2012, after the Flyers reportedly had their own concerns. Sometimes, a young player may need a trade to humble them and teach them just how high the stakes are in pro hockey, and if that happens for Seguin, the Bruins will come to regret the deal in the long run (if it happens quickly, then they could regret it even sooner). 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              Enterprises Still Struggle to Put the Sec in DevOps      Cache   Translate Page      

    Despite it being considered an essential practice, most organizations still find it difficult implementing security into their DevOps efforts. It’s not that they don’t want to, they say they do, it’s that they just haven’t provided their developers the tools, processes, or even training to get it done. These are the findings of a report recently released by application security vendor Checkmarx.

    The report , conducted by FreeForm Dynamics along with The Register, includes responses from 183 respondents from around the world, with majority holding software development, IT and security professional titles, and they detail their biggest barriers to securing software today within the DevOps cycle.

    While this report doesn’t include input from many organizations, especially considering that the responses are geographically disperse, the findings do match what I’ve been hearing from CIOs, CISOs, DevOps leaders, and IT executives in my reporting.

    The report found a number of gaps between security as it should be and security as it is within their DevOps organizations. For instance, 96 percent of respondents believe the proper training of secure code development is “highly desirable” to “desirable” yet only 11 percent of responds said that they train their developers “generally very well” and 33 percent said they were mixed and could improve. Likewise, 94 percent of respondents find “shifting left” of security testing as desirable so that testing is an embedded part of development, yet only 11 percent say they are doing this well and 36 percent say they could do better.

    There were similar results when it came to the integration of security into the entire DevOps process, operations security, and likewise security specialists knowing how to deal with rapid, iterative delivery.

    When it came to DevOps toolsets, such as code scanning tools to identify potential security flaws early in the process, 89 percent agreed it was important, but only 12 percent are doing it well. More than half are doing it mixed to poorly. Similar results were found when it came to API security, open source security, and tools that help align security risks with business impact.

    All of this is true despite 57 percent of respondents saying software security is a boardroom level discussion.

    While that is an accurate reflection of the importance of software security risks posed to the organization, it seems executive leadership and the boardroom doesn’t see it that way. Discouragingly, 79 percent of respondents said that getting senior management to approach funding for security training is a challenge, and 76 percent said that their executives don’t really care about how software is delivered quickly, frequently and safely, they just want it done.

    Hints at the breakdown in DevOps culture also surfaced in this report. Surprisingly, 83 percent said that the ability to define clear ownership and responsibility in relation to software security is a big challenge and 72 percent agreed that different teams and disciplines within UT remain reluctant to trust each other.

    These types of leadership, trust, and issues around software responsibility were some of the challenges DevOps was designed to fix within organizations. But it appears, in many, DevOps driven with security best practices itself remains an elusive unicorn.

    It’s not really acceptable today, as software has become central to every aspect of nearly every enterprise. As software use increases, and the speed of development increases, it’s imperative that software quality and security controls keep pace.


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    Several vulnerabilities rated “high severity” have been discovered by researchers in Fuji Electric V-Server. The vendor has released updates that should address the flaws.

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              'We, The People' Versus Piketty's Pandering Principles      Cache   Translate Page      

    Authored by Michael Lebowitz via RealInvestmentAdvice.com,

    We want capitalism and market forces to be the slave of democracy rather than the opposite.” – Thomas Piketty

    The essential underlying elements of supply, demand, scarcity, and prosperity described in our first article in this series, The Forgotten Path to Prosperity, are keys to gaining a better understanding of what constitutes a well-functioning economy. In this article, we further consider those dynamics and within that context begin to evaluate why current economic growth is stagnating. Our view necessarily advocates for a focus on supply-side economics. In other words, the talent, skills, and work that people do to acquire resources and how the resulting productivity growth from those endeavors most effectively relieves scarcity and poverty.

    In his best-selling book Capitalism in the 21st Century, Thomas Piketty advocates for a mandated redistribution of wealth through a progressive global tax. His perspective of economics centers on the allocation of resources and making sure that it is fair and just. What is made very clear in Piketty’s arguments is that he and a few other intellectual elites, so-called “Davos-men,” ultimately know better than the collective decision-making of the citizens of a nation about how resources should be allocated and what should be mandated as “fair and just.” Piketty and many other economists elect to ignore the fact that the world runs most fairly and efficiently when individuals are free to pursue their separate interests. Said differently, free-market capitalism, although imperfect, remains the single best means of relieving people from the ubiquity of scarcity. As we have repeatedly seen throughout history, nations that relinquish their liberties to oligarchs crumble from the inside-out.

    Importantly, Piketty’s idea runs perfectly counter to the central precepts laid out in the United States Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Pledge of Allegiance, and scores of other important documents that foster the basic tenets of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in this country.  The challenges capitalism and free markets face are not due to a lack of government imposition of laws and regulation to ensure fairness and justice, they are due to the failure of the United States government to do the primary thing incumbent upon it – defend the rights of liberty as laid out in the founding documents of our country. What Piketty suggests implies a massive expansion of government power in ways that would at a minimum erode and at worst destroy the vitality and dynamism of a capitalistic and free market society. What is most worrisome is that these concepts are not just the ruminations of the latest economic “rock star,” they are fully in play in every developed nation and go a long way toward explaining the accumulation of sovereign debt and the deterioration of economic growth in those countries.

    Data Courtesy: Bank of International Settlements (BIS)

    Unwanted Intrusions

    Economic inequality is and always has been a feature of human existence. The degree of inequality ebbs and flows across time and geography but will never be eradicated because scarcity is also a permanent feature of human existence. Yet, for a variety of complex reasons, western civilization enjoyed an economic system that delivered unmatched prosperity and economic equality over the last 500 years and nowhere was it more pronounced than in the United States of America.

    Capitalism does not solve the perpetual and age-old problem of poverty, but it offers an advantage to those societies who trust in it and depend on the government to protect against unwanted intrusions, especially those emanating from the government itself. Societies are most prosperous where individuals are incentivized to be productive because their individual liberties and private property are protected. Those societies imposed upon by over-bearing governments issuing mandates about how earnings and property will be re-directed are less prosperous and eventually bankrupt themselves.

    Free Markets and the Freedom to Choose

    As described in The Forgotten Path to Prosperity, everyone has a set of ideas about how markets function.  These ideas are established on the basis of our everyday experiences about how we will use our resources.  Our decision-making is prioritized by attending to those things we need first and then, provided the budget allows, moving on to those things we want – needs and desires. Whether at the grocery store or in the executive suite of a multi-national corporation, economic choices are framed in the context of economic reasoning.

    Resources are limited so individuals must make decisions – choices – about how to best use the resources he or she has.  At the same time, we accumulate resources by engaging in productive activities, through the use of the factors of production – land, labor and capital – and productive activities are enabled and enhanced by the freely collaborative efforts among and between people.

    With Liberty and Justice for All

    So how does one go about being “freely collaborative”? What is it about a culture or society that is constrained from being so? We take such benefits for granted in the United States but even here many of those foundational freedoms are eroding.  What is really being described here is liberty which means “I rule myself.” It is a “negative right” that restrains other people or governments by limiting their actions toward the right holder.  By contrast, a “positive right” provides someone with a claim against another person or the state for some good or service (i.e., housing, healthcare, education). Liberty represents an individual’s freedom from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s way of life, behavior or political views. In other words, liberty (and freedom) can best be defined as a condition in which a man’s will regarding his own person and property is unopposed by any other will. The limits to liberty, according to Thomas Jefferson, are “drawn around us by the equal rights of others.”

    The 17th-century philosopher (and indirect contributor to the Declaration of Independence), John Locke framed it this way:

    “All men are naturally in a state of perfect freedom to order their actions and dispose of their possessions and persons as they think fit, within the bounds of the law of Nature, without asking leave or depending upon the will of any other man.”

    Paraphrasing Jefferson and Locke, we should be allowed to do whatever we want, so long as we do not impose upon or hurt others in doing it.

    Reflecting for a moment on those important closing words in the Pledge of Allegiance, “with liberty and justice for all,” we may now have a grasp on liberty but what does this have to do with justice or Thomas Piketty, for that matter?

    Thomas Piketty envisions a world, quite literally a global government authority, which actively redistributes wealth, resources and property as that authority sees fit and fair without regard for the liberties of individuals. Social justice does not and cannot reconcile with the form of justice that is referenced in The Pledge of Allegiance precisely because it is adjoined to liberty. Social justice requires an imposition on some members of society in order for others to receive positive rights assigned to them. It means someone else rules over the choices and resources taken from me. The only justice that can be “for all” involves defending negative rights – prohibitions laid out against others, especially the government, to prevent unwanted impositions and intrusions.

    Summary

    An increasingly interventionist government, either through un-elected and unaccountable authorities like those at the Federal Reserve or those elected by constituents who demand more positive rights, will continually stray from its delegated authority. The erosion of negative rights in the name of “fairness” and “justice” achieves neither. Free markets are not allowed to function fluidly as Fed officials step in to bailout hedge funds and bankers in the name of “the greater good.” Economic growth deteriorates as capital is used to buy back stock to boost executive compensation instead of being invested in long-term growth and innovation. Entire industries wither kept alive only by artificially low-interest rates leeching resources from others who might use them more productively. Standards of living deteriorate as the cost of housing, healthcare, and education skyrocket while worker pay remains stagnant. All of these examples and many others can be found in today’s post-crisis economy and serve as markers for poor growth, weak productivity, and broad public dissatisfaction. They point to misguided policies that subordinate the inalienable, negative rights of liberty to the selfish demands of a society that risk losing her most precious asset – the talents and contributions of an inspired and motivated population.

    If, as Piketty advocates in the opening quote, capitalism and market forces are to be the slave of democracy, then democracy will most assuredly be the slave to corruption. Piketty’s wish is to subordinate the cumulative independent decisions and property rights of billions of human beings – basic liberties – to a few pious intellectual elites claiming to know what is best for the global population. Without these liberties, capitalism and market forces will be neither subject to honest men elected to represent a constituency nor capable of carrying out the duties of sponsoring free collaboration. The Davos Men will rule and they will direct markets and capital as they wish (and to their benefit) picking their winners until the façade collapses under the weight of the bulging obligations of socialism. The problem with socialism, as Margaret Thatcher pointed out, is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.

    To restate Milton Friedman yet again:

    There is no alternative way so far discovered of improving the lot of the ordinary people that can hold a candle to the productive activities that are unleashed by a free enterprise system.”


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              Comment on Nevada College Professor Shoots Himself To Protest President Trump by Gov. William J Le Petomane      Cache   Translate Page      
    JD, in the majority decision of Roe v Wade, justice Blackmun stated that 'if the humanity of the fetus could be established' it would necessarily void their decision. Now personally, I have never heard of a woman giving birth to a possum or a turnip, etc, so I would think the humanity of the fetus would have been established thousands of years ago. But anyway, they could overturn Roe over the 'right to privacy' or they could overturn it by finding that the fetus is indeed human. (Bear in mind that in Dred Scott blacks were ruled to be not human.) Your right to privacy ends when a judge signs a search warrant, which will certainly happen if you're justifiably suspected of murder. Now if the 'right to privacy' is found to be absent from the Constitution then things would change very little in most states. But if the fetus is deemed by the SCOTUS to be human then all holy hell breaks loose. Laws against murder are managed by the states, but in a few cases the federal government has stepped in and prosecuted people for 'denying others of their civil rights', i.e. murder. Personally I think it's more likely that abortion ends with a 28th Amendment to the Constitution than a SCOTUS ruling.
              Banning straws hurts people: The last straw!      Cache   Translate Page      
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              What do Church abuse policies mean by 'vulnerable adult'?      Cache   Translate Page      

    Denver, Colo., Sep 12, 2018 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- A Vatican summit on abuse prevention next February will gather the presidents of bishops’ conferences from around the world. While a Sept. 12 statement from the Vatican said the gathering’s theme would be the “protection of minors,” a Vatican spokesperson clarified that the meeting would discuss “prevention of abuse of minors and vulnerable adults.”

    Wednesday’s announcement of the meeting has raised questions about who the Church considers to be a “vulnerable adult.”

    The USCCB’s “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People,” does not use the term “vulnerable adult.”

    Nor do the “Essential Norms for Diocesan/Eparchial Policies Dealing with Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Priests or Deacons,” which are binding Church policies for addressing sex abuse allegations in the United States.

    Several dioceses, do, however, define the term in their own sexual abuse policies.

    Policies of the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis say that: “‘Vulnerable Adult’ means persons with physical, mental or emotional conditions that render them unable to defend or protect themselves, or get help when at risk of harm.”

    In the Archdiocese of Louisville, “an adult 18 years or older is considered vulnerable when, because of impairment of mental or physical functions, that person is unable or unlikely to report abuse or neglect without assistance.”

    The Archdiocese of Miami defines a “vulnerable person” as “a minor under 18 years of age or a person whose ability to perform normal activities of daily living is impaired due to a mental, emotional, long-term physical or developmental disability or dysfunction, or brain damage, or the infirmities of aging.”

    The Archdiocese of Washington’s policies for child protection say that “a vulnerable individual over the age of seventeen (17) is also covered by this policy…when such a person is unable or unlikely to report abuse without assistance because of impairment of physical or mental function or emotional status.”

    Edward Mechmann, director of the Safe Environment Program in the Archdiocese of New York, told CNA that the archdiocese considers a vulnerable person to be “a person of any age who lacks the capacity to give consent due to a mental or developmental condition or disability.”

    The Code of Canon Law does not use or define the term “vulnerable adult.” However, the Church’s 2010 “Norms on delicta graviora” say that “a person who habitually lacks the use of reason is to be considered equivalent to a minor” with regard to allegations of clerical sexual abuse.  

    The February summit was announced in the wake of clerical sexual misconduct allegations across the Church involving minors, as well as allegations of misconduct that targeted seminarians, priests, and other adults.

    On Aug. 14, a Pennsylvania grand jury released a report documenting 70 years of sexual abuse allegations in six dioceses in that state. On Sept. 12, a report from the German bishops’ conference documented allegations of clerical sexual abuse during a similar time period.

    On June 20, the Archdiocese of New York announced that it had deemed credible an allegation that Archbishop Theodore McCarrick had serially sexually abused a teenage boy in the 1970s. Subsequent reports, however, allege that McCarrick had serially sexually coerced and assaulted seminarians and young priests during decades of his episcopal ministry in New Jersey and Washington, D.C.

    Mechmann told CNA that the term “vulnerable adult” as his archdiocese defines it, “would not include seminarians. It is really aimed at protecting people who have developmental disabilities or cognitive disabilities, for instance someone who is suffering from Alzheimer's disease.”

    “A sound diocesan policy, however, would also encompass any kind of non-consensual sexual conduct, even if it is not strictly covered by the Charter,” Mechmann added.

    The Archdiocese of New York’s “Policy on Sexual Misconduct” includes in its definition of sexual misconduct “any sexual act with another person without consent,” as well as “any sexual conduct that is a violation of civil law.”
     
    Deacon Bernie Nojadera, executive director of the USCCB’s office for child and youth protection, told CNA that several U.S. dioceses use the definition of “vulnerable adult” provided by civil law.

    That definition often refers to a “dependent adult,” he said.

    Nojadera noted that “there is nothing in [the Charter] that talks about differential of power. So if you’re looking at differential of power, that’s not addressed in the Charter.”

    “That’s where applicability of state law comes in, with regard to the differential of power. A lot of dioceses are looking at their state laws and trying to apply them accordingly,” he said.

    With regard to allegations of abuse involving seminarians and other adults, he said he thinks “it would be wise for those types of situations to also be brought forward” at the February meeting of bishops.

    “I would hope that there would be a seat at the table for seminarians and for that issue to be addressed,” he told CNA.

    In addition to the abuse of minors, vulnerable adults, seminarians, and other adults, Nojadera noted other situations that could, in his view, be addressed, mentioning the difficulties faced by the children of priests, the use of corporal punishment in the Church, and situations involving religious orders.

    He also mentioned the importance of consulting with victims of clerical sexual abuse.

    “I would hope that survivor victims were invited to this table as well, to be able to address [the meeting],” he said.

    Nojadera said that his office often looks for insights from victims of clerical sexual abuse, calling their perspective “invaluable.”

    “There’s an awareness that those who have not been abused do not have.”

    He also encouraged broader lay involvement in discussions about sexual misconduct in the Church. “The lay faithful have been offering to help and contribute to the solution to this,” he said.

    Nojadera said he hopes the February summit will take an expansive view of abuse-related problems in the Church.

    “I think we have an opportunity here to just talk about abuse in general. Period.”

    “Hopefully,” he said, “they’ll have an opportunity to see the big picture.”

     


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              Calvin Klein SS19 show report: lots of Jaws — little to chew on      Cache   Translate Page      
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              What Europe’s Copyright Law Changes Could Mean for U.S. Publishers      Cache   Translate Page      
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              European Parliament Votes in Favor of Controversial Copyright Laws      Cache   Translate Page      
    At this time, the new, restrictive copyright law passed yesterday by the European Parliament will only affect countries in the European Union. However, elements of many European Parliament legislation often show up within a few years in the laws of other countries around the world. The latest law should be a warning to genealogists. The […]
              A Setback For Massachusetts In States' Drive To Contain Medicaid Drug Spending       Cache   Translate Page      
    States serve as "laboratories of democracy," as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis famously said. And states are also labs for health policy, launching all kinds of experiments lately to temper spending on pharmaceuticals. No wonder. Drugs are one of the fastest rising health care costs for many consumers and are a key reason health care spending dominates many state budgets — crowding out roads, schools and other priorities. Consider Vermont, California and Oregon, states that are beginning to implement drug price transparency laws . In Nevada , the push for transparency includes the mark-up charged by pharmacy benefits managers. In May, Louisiana joined a growing list of states banning "gag rules" that prevent pharmacists from discussing drug prices with patients. State-based experiments may carry even greater weight for Medicaid, the federal-state partnership that covers roughly 75 million low-income or disabled Americans. Ohio is targeting the fees charged to its Medicaid
              A Setback For Massachusetts In States' Drive To Contain Medicaid Drug Spending       Cache   Translate Page      
    States serve as "laboratories of democracy," as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis famously said. And states are also labs for health policy, launching all kinds of experiments lately to temper spending on pharmaceuticals. No wonder. Drugs are one of the fastest rising health care costs for many consumers and are a key reason health care spending dominates many state budgets — crowding out roads, schools and other priorities. Consider Vermont, California and Oregon, states that are beginning to implement drug price transparency laws . In Nevada , the push for transparency includes the mark-up charged by pharmacy benefits managers. In May, Louisiana joined a growing list of states banning "gag rules" that prevent pharmacists from discussing drug prices with patients. State-based experiments may carry even greater weight for Medicaid, the federal-state partnership that covers roughly 75 million low-income or disabled Americans. Ohio is targeting the fees charged to its Medicaid
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              The 23 Best Concerts to See in Portland: September 13-26      Cache   Translate Page      
    From Hand Habits to Kneebody to Toe. by The Mercury Music Experts Dream Team™

    Angel Olsen
    Angel Olsen’s voice is like a flash flood—it’s easy to get swept up in the emotion behind her whispered devotions and existentially aching sighs. Nobody else can do what she does (the only worthy comparison is probably the late Patsy Cline). See Olsen perform songs from Phases, the collection of B-sides and rarities she released last year, at her second Portland show of the Tiny Dreams Solo Tour. (Thurs Sept 13, 8 pm, Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, $31-41; w/Hand Habits) CIARA DOLAN

    No Kind of Rider, Sama Dams, Slow Corpse
    Savage Coast, the debut album from No Kind of Rider, has been a long time coming. The band has been playing around Portland for the better part of a decade, slowly perfecting a sound that connects vintage shoegaze pop, sultry indie rock, and lush electronica. The theme of Savage Coast seems to be finding ways of letting go, not just of a bad relationship or the spirit of a beloved family member, but of an entire way of being. This is the music of reinvention and refocusing, a soundtrack to setting one’s hopeful eyes on the horizon. (Thurs Sept 13, Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) ROBERT HAM

    Greta Van Fleet, Dorothy
    The much-ballyhooed “death” of rock has led to an unusual side effect: As shaggy dudes playing loud guitars recede from the spotlight, the few remaining rock acts have grown even more precious to the diehards. This explains the rapid rise of Greta Van Fleet, a Michigan quartet of three brothers and one friend who are selling out large halls before they’ve even released a full-length album (and before two of the members have reached legal drinking age). A listen to either of GVF’s startlingly competent EPs, Black Smoke Rising and From the Fires, reveals why: These kids are hidebound devotees to the Orthodox Church of Led Zeppelin, replicating that band’s swing, swagger, and screeching vocals with an almost astonishing amount of confidence. They’ve gained acclaim for a powerful live show, and with their much anticipated debut album due in October, Greta Van Fleet are poised to become absolutely massive. When they do, enjoy their riffs, which really are good—but just be ready to ignore the countless think-pieces that say, “Rock is back!” (Fri Sept 14, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway) NED LANNAMANN

    Kali Uchis, Gabriel Garzón-Montano
    Kali Uchis is teetering on the brink of pop super stardom. The Colombian American singer/songwriter has toured with Lana del Rey and cultivated a following of loyal stans ever since releasing her 2015 Por Vida EP. In April, Uchis dropped her debut LP Isolation, and it’s pretty much perfect—she jumps easily from R&B to garage rock to reggaetón, with features from artists like Bootsy Collins, Reykon, and Tyler, the Creator. Uchis’ music videos, which have millions of YouTube views, typically involve a lot of bubblegum-pink (her pink hairdo, a pink sunset) and driving down lonely roads in retro roadsters. (Fri Sept 14, Roseland, 8 NW 6th) ISABEL LYNDON

    Murder by Death, William Elliott Whitmore
    Murder by Death and William Elliott Whitmore have come full circle. Back in 2000, Whitmore performed for the first time with a brand-new band, Little Joe Gould, led by the young vocalist/guitarist Adam Turla and cellist Sarah Balliet, in a basement in Bloomington, Indiana. Little Joe Gould would eventually change their name to Murder by Death, and the two musicians embarked on multiple tours together. They found themselves once again sharing the road, and now a label, as both artists released albums this year on the venerable Bloodshot Records. MBD’s eighth LP, The Other Shore, finds them writhing in their literary gothic-folk, this time under the guise of a space-western epic taking place on a post-apocalyptic planet. Meanwhile, Whitmore’s seventh record, Kilonova, rides the singer/songwriter’s far-reaching baritone vocals and swampy Americana into new and exciting realms. (Sat Sept 15, Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) RYAN J. PRADO

    Blood Orange
    Though Dev Hynes has written and produced hits for the likes of Solange, Florence and the Machine, Kylie Minogue, and Carly Rae Jepsen, his solo work as Blood Orange has never been all that concerned with chart-topping singles. Over seven years and three albums, Hynes used the Blood Orange moniker to delve into deeper, more delicate, and more personal material. His new record Negro Swan explores themes like the ongoing anxieties of queer and trans folks and people of color, surviving childhood trauma, and what he defines as “Black depression.” Negro Swan is a meditative journey through Hynes’ most intimate thoughts, sung over minimalist drum beats, mellow guitar riffs, and spaced-out keys. It’s less an album of independent and disjointed singles—as so many hip-hop and R&B albums are today—as it is one continuous and slowly unspooling narrative. Lacking such straightforward bops as Freetown Sound’s “Best to You” or Cupid Deluxe’s “You’re Not Good Enough,” Negro Swan requires more patience than previous Blood Orange albums, and perhaps more than a couple of front-to-back listens. Its progressive R&B and lush bedroom pop is more ruminative than Hynes’ previous efforts, but the result is beautiful, haunting, and brutally honest. With guest appearances by Tei Shi, A$AP Rocky, Project Pat, and Diddy (who lets himself be surprisingly candid), the most important and frequent guest is transgender activist Janet Mock, whose spoken interludes are heard throughout the album, propelling the narrative forward to a triumphant coda. (Sun Sept 16, Roseland, 8 NW 6th, $29.50-39.50) SANTI ELIJAH HOLLEY

    The Zombies, Liz Brasher
    Sorry, youngbloods: The Zombies are responsible for some of the best live shows I’ve ever seen. The aging group, which formed in the 1960s and was responsible for some of the greatest pop songs of that decade (“She’s Not There,” “This Will Be Our Year”), reunited around vocalist Colin Blunstone and keyboardist/songwriter/vocalist Rod Argent, and this new edition of the Zombies has been an ongoing concern for more than a decade now. In 2015, they played the entirety of their perfect 1968 album Odessey and Oracle at Revolution Hall, and it was mind-blowingly great, bringing tears and delight to the entire auditorium; Blunstone’s gorgeously smoky voice hadn’t aged a day. Expect some of that same magic tonight—although sadly, this time they’ll be without veteran bassist Jim Rodford (the Kinks, Argent), who passed away earlier this year. (Mon Sept 17, Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark) NED LANNAMANN

    Hatchie, Wildhoney
    Sugar & Spice, the flawless debut EP from dream-pop purveyor Hatchie—AKA Brisbane, Australia’s Harriette Pilbeam—is a gorgeous, gossamer thing, filled with weightless stardust melodies and cozy-blanket hooks that make each track utterly irresistible. This is Hatchie’s first-ever Portland show, so get ready to be infatuated. (Wed Sept 19, 9 pm, Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, $13-15; w/Wildhoney) NED LANNAMANN

    Liz Phair, Speedy Ortiz
    Exile in Guyville’s 25th anniversary has given the world a good excuse to revisit Liz Phair’s early streak of wicked genius, but this year also marks the 20th anniversary of Whitechocolatespaceegg, an essential record that splits the difference between Phair’s ’90s intensity and ’00s sheen. Nothing in the collected musical works of humankind is quite as lethal as “Fuck and Run” or “Flower” on Phair’s third LP. What Whitechocolatespaceegg does have is Phair’s greatest pop triumph (“Polyester Bride”) as well as a handful of songs (“Go on Ahead,” “Girls’ Room,” “Perfect World”) that recapture the magic of Guyville’s standout tracks. Let’s hope they get some love tonight. (Wed Sept 19, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside) CHRIS STAMM

    Toe
    Japanese band Toe is all about interlocking precision, and while their music doesn’t quite fall in the category of math rock, that’s probably the closest descriptor for their rigid but never robotic jams. Toe’s newest album, That’s Another Story, collects various odds and ends from over the years with an emphasis on remixes, revealing something pretty fascinating in the process. By stripping the band’s exacting musical interplay down to its fundamental sounds and building it back up again, these remixes have found common ground between loop-based electronic music and the hypnotic repetition of Toe’s propulsive sound. (Wed Sept 19, Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) NED LANNAMANN

    Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, Paul Cherry
    On their last record, 2017’s Backlash, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears’ soulful, infectious blues met riff-heavy funk, with the focus shifting from Lewis’ noted fretwork to peppy brass and a steady rhythmic pocket, as heard on the excellent “Global.” As evidenced by their status as veterans of pretty much every major American music festival, the band is known for engaging performances that orbit around Lewis’ unhinged vocal delivery that sounds inspired by the likes of Howlin’ Wolf and James Brown. It’s the kind of guitar hero-centric act that’s not unlike the unifying allure of Jimi Hendrix or Lenny Kravitz (if that’s your thing). Their sixth studio LP, The Difference Between You and Me, is due out this month. (Thurs Sept 20, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) RYAN J. PRADO

    John Prine, Todd Snider
    The Tree of Forgiveness is John Prine’s first collection of new material in over a decade, and it contains some of the legendary folksinger/songwriter’s most playful tunes to date. At 71, Prine doesn’t spend too much time mulling over the end of life and the great beyond, but when he does, it’s with a twinkle in his eye: On the excellent closing track “When I Get to Heaven,” he sings of being reunited with family and smoking “a cigarette that’s nine miles long” amid a chorus of kazoos, saloon piano, and hooting backup singers. The Tree of Forgiveness is sweet, silly, and a little sad, meaning it’s the perfect kind of John Prine record. (Fri Sept 21, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway) CIARA DOLAN

    The Avett Brothers
    Back in July, the Avett Brothers postponed the third of three consecutive shows they were scheduled to play at the Edgefield after a man claiming to be an out-of-state police officer entered the venue with a gun and disappeared into the crowd. Though unnerving, nothing came of the incident, and the beloved North Carolinian folk rockers made good on their promise to reschedule the cancelled concert—tonight they’ll perform to a sold-out Edgefield audience to close out the final day of summer. (Fri Sept 21, Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey, Troutdale) CIARA DOLAN

    Slothrust, Summer Cannibals
    Slothrust’s extraordinary new LP, The Pact, is a wild beast of a record, alive with sadness, fear, defiance, and joy. The album plays like a tour of night’s most tender zones, those places that hum with thoughts that don’t belong in the light. On “The Haunting,” the album’s centerpiece and one of 2018’s best songs, singer/guitarist Leah Wellbaum paints a picture of existential uncertainty that could double as a band motto: “Not sure if I am asleep or awake, so I’ll treat this body like I think that it’s a fake and see how much it can take.” We’ve all been to that terrible in-between—Slothrust has just figured out how to thrive there. (Fri Sept 21, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) CHRIS STAMM

    The Mattson 2, Astronauts Etc.
    If, as a band, you decide to cover John Coltrane’s landmark 1965 jazz album A Love Supreme, you’re either daringly confident in your ability to bring something new or interesting to one of the greatest pieces of music ever composed, or you just love being in way over your head. Most fall into the latter category, but the Mattson 2 qualify as the former. On The Mattson 2 Play “A Love Supreme,” the SoCal jazz duo—percussionist Jonathan Mattson and guitarist Jared Mattson, who are identical twins—rework Coltrane’s masterpiece with verve and virtuosity, giving familiar tunes an update that’s electrifying, psychedelic, refreshingly modern, and respectful at the same time. Sharing tonight’s bill (and backed by the Mattsons) is singer/songwriter Astronauts, Etc., AKA Anthony Ferraro, a classically trained pianist whose new album Living in Symbol is a deliciously unhurried set of soulful dream-pop jams. (Sat Sept 22, Jack London Revue, 529 SW 4th) BEN SALMON

    Johnny Marr, Belle Game
    It’s a shame that Johnny Marr sometimes gets overshadowed by the headline-grabbing nonsense that pours from Morrissey’s mouth these days. Over the past five years, the former Smiths guitarist has released a string of striking pop records that recall the shimmer of his former band’s best album, 1987’s Strangeways, Here We Come. Marr’s new LP Call the Comet is no different, with jangly hooks for days and lyrics that address the caustic political climate we’re currently experiencing by painting a kinder, more empathetic world. Marr has played sideman to artists like Neil Finn, The The, Brian Eno, Billy Bragg, and Modest Mouse. Think about that: The writer of some of the greatest pop songs of all time took a backseat for years before releasing his first solo record. That says as much about Marr as the fact that such incredible musicians sought him out. (Sat Sept 22, Roseland, 8 NW 6th) MARK LORE

    STRFKR
    STRFKR: It’s short for Starfucker. At one time, the name gave Josh Hodges & Co. a little trouble. They changed it up, but in the end they always returned to their Starfucker source. Touring to celebrate the 10-year-anniversary of their first release, the self-titled album Starfucker, STRFKR wants nothing more than to play their dancey idiosyncratic pop-synth songs as many times as we’ll let them. I’ve got nothing but love for this crew. (Sat Sept 22, 9 pm, Sun Sept 23, 4:30 & 9 pm; Doug Fir, 830 NE Burnside, $25.50-30, Sun 4:30 pm show all-ages) SUZETTE SMITH

    Big John Bates: Noirchestra, Stoned Evergreen Travelers
    With their new LP Psychedelic Bloodbath, Seattle band Stoned Evergreen Travelers present something wholly unclassifiable. Stand-up bass and fiddle give the album the swagger and bounce of a drunken cowboy—it’s dirty, confident, unpredictable, and potentially dangerous. At times it sounds like stripped-down Americana or rockabilly, but the gruff vocals and crunchy guitar licks add an unexpected edge. The fiddle, present on every track, sounds like it should be coming from the middle of a circle of covered wagons, but it slithers and drips with enough reverb to be completely spooky. Stoned Evergreen Travelers are like everything and nothing you’ve ever heard before. (Sun Sept 23, Dante’s, 350 W Burnside) ARIS HUNTER WALES

    Jonathan Wilson, William Tyler
    Don’t make the mistake of relegating Jonathan Wilson to the position of second banana: Despite playing in the backing band for Roger Waters—and singing the David Gilmour parts—and serving as producer for Father John Misty, Conor Oberst, and others, Wilson’s solo work is a bounty of far-out delights. All three of his albums for Bella Union are epic double-disc affairs, and explore the far-ranging facets of psychedelic music. The newest, Rare Birds, turns away from the laidback caterpillar smoke-ring sounds of its predecessors in favor of a more yacht-pop vibe with new-age oriented material (to give you an idea, the guest credits include Lana Del Rey and Laraaji). Live, Wilson is in command of truly transporting sound; expect a crack band of seasoned vets and lengthy jam sections. (Mon Sept 24, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) NED LANNAMANN

    Miguel, DVSN
    Soul singer Miguel’s 2017 album War & Leisure is inspired by psychedelia and luminaries like Prince, Marvin Gaye, and Lenny Kravitz with lots of heavy-reverb guitar and his powerful, soul-drenched vocals. Miguel already showcased the album earlier this year, kicking off a tour leg in Portland back in February. In June, the singer announced this 26-date leg, “The Ascension” North American tour with Canadian R&B duo DVSN. This time, fans can shriek over renditions of “The Thrill,” “Pineapple Skies,” and “Pussy Is Mine,” in the glowy, comfy confines of the Schnitz. (Tues Sept 25, 8 pm, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, $47-97, all ages; w/DVSN) JENNI MOORE

    DakhaBrakha
    With their matching red-and-black outfits and tall wool hats, DakhaBrakha hypnotized the crowds at Pickathon last month with bewitching sets centered around the chants of Olena Tsybulska, Iryna Kovalenko, and Nina Harenetska. Though they’ve got roots in Ukranian folk, DakhaBrakha draws from a hodge-podge of styles that’s anchored by warbling melodies and percussive elements like goblet drum and table, along with the dissonant sounds of didgeridoo and cajón. The group’s avant-garde aesthetic and self-described “ethno-chaos” sound have attracted curious audiences the world over, and this stop at the Aladdin Theater is sure to be a spectacle of otherworldly proportions. (Tues Sept 25, Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie) RYAN J. PRADO

    Kneebody, Donny McCaslin
    Saxophonist Donny McCaslin has been riding a wave of welcome attention after his well-honed ensemble was chosen to be the backing band for David Bowie’s final album Blackstar. But the acclaim hasn’t gone to his head, as evidenced by his last Portland appearance, when he and his band soared through a two-hour set of modern jazz punctuated by Mark Linder’s keyboard filigrees and an intuitive rhythm section. Their work will be a fine complement to Kneebody, a fluid ensemble that faces forward as jazz, but is nimble enough to work with the colors of electronica, contemporary classical, and funk. (Tues Sept 25, Star Theater, 13 NW 6th) ROBERT HAM

    Natalie Prass, Stella Donnelly
    Natalie Prass had a sophomore album written and ready to record. It was an important one, too—a follow-up to her 2015 self-titled debut, a collection of lush and personal songs that earned her rave reviews and prominent placements on several lists of that year’s best albums. But then the 2016 presidential election happened, which threw her for a loop. Prass scrapped that sophomore effort and started working on a new one, and the result is The Future and the Past, a confidently funky record that echoes ’70s-era Diana Ross and ’80s-era Janet Jackson and courses with politically charged energy. Prass wastes no time getting into it, either: “What is truth and what is fear? What is lying to a cheat?” she sings on “Oh My,” the album’s snappy opening track. “And what is freedom for the free?” Maybe someday we’ll hear that album Prass scrapped, but for now, The Future and the Past sounds like the one she needed to make... and the one we needed to hear. (Wed Sept 26, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) BEN SALMON

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              Protesters say Doug Ford is violating their rights ‘notwiththinking’      Cache   Translate Page      

    Some 400 demonstrators chanted, clapped and held signs with messages like “Stop Doug the thug” and “Our city! We decide!” outside city hall Wednesday to protest Premier Doug Ford’s efforts to revive a bill slashing Toronto city council nearly in half.

    For more than two hours, they chanted slogans like “The people — united — will never be defeated” and “Hey hey, ho ho, Doug Ford has got to go” and cheered on a stream of NDP and Liberal speakers.

    “It’s clearly his attempt to get his revenge on councillors that he considers his enemies,” said Ruth Gillings, 71, a retired University of Toronto manager .

    Demonstrators were incensed by Ford’s use of the “notwithstanding” clause to override a court decision which had found his plan to cut city council during an election campaign violated the Charter right of freedom of expression.

    Gillings said the power of judges to have the final say in legal disputes is worth respecting. “They’re not elected because if there were elected, they couldn’t be impartial,” she said.

    Some demonstrators held signs calling on Ford to respect the court decision, saying, “Notwiththinking” and “Courts protect against abuse of power.”

    Several demonstrators called on Attorney General Caroline Mulroney to stand up for the courts, and noted that her father, former prime minister Brian Mulroney, spoke out this week against Ford’s use of the notwithstanding clause to override the court decision.

    “Listen to your father! He is right!” read one sign. “Get on it Caroline,” another sign said.

    Retired board of health worker Lee Zaslofsky, 74, was one of many protestors who thought Mulroney should have stood up to Ford and defended the court decision.

    “I’m opposed to what Doug Ford is doing,” Zaslofsky said. “I think it’s the equivalent of a proclamation of dictatorship.”

    Waving a Canadian flag and chanting loudly was Conrad Oliver, 19, a University of Toronto political science student.

    “I am surprised it has come to this,” Oliver said.

    Musician Barry Peters, 61, said he thinks Ford is using his powers as premier to settle old beefs from his days on Toronto city council.

    “I think Doug Ford is a disgrace to this province,” Peters said. “He’s a bully … It’s nothing but a personal vendetta.“

    Zaslofsky said he suspects Ford is using Toronto to send a message to other communities not to oppose him.

    “I think Doug Ford is trying to make a point,” Zaslofsky said. “He’s the boss. You do what he says or he crushes you. The other cities will look at this and say, ‘Oh boy, he stops at nothing.’”

    Mary-Ann Leonowicz, 50, said Ford is jeopardizing next month’s Toronto city election.

    “I feel like he’s attacking Toronto,” she said, arguing that Toronto’s city council needs to grow, not contract.

    “This city is growing,” she said. “It’s not dying.

    Joan McDonald, 76, said that Ford is acting as if the laws don’t matter to him.

    “He’s doing exactly what I knew that he would do, “ she said. “He’s just feels that he’s above the law.”

    Her husband Barrett McDonald, 80, agreed, saying that the courts must be defended.

    “Once the courts start getting pushed around, we’re in very big trouble as a democracy.”

    Peter Edwards is a Toronto-based reporter primarily covering crime. Follow him on Twitter: @PeterEdwards3


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              We Resist: Day 601      Cache   Translate Page      
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    One of the difficulties in resisting the Trump administration, the Republican Congressional majority, and Republican state legislatures (plus the occasional non-Republican who obliges us to resist their nonsense, too, like we don't have enough to worry about) is keeping on top of the sheer number of horrors, indignities, and normalization of the aggressively abnormal that they unleash every single day.

    So here is a daily thread for all of us to share all the things that are going on, thus crowdsourcing a daily compendium of the onslaught of conservative erosion of our rights and our very democracy.

    Stay engaged. Stay vigilant. Resist.

    * * *

    Earlier today by me: Trump Regime Redirects FEMA Funding to ICE and Trump Regime Will Triple Size of Child Detention Camp and Hurricane Florence, Part 2.

    Here are some more things in the news today...

    Andy Towle at Towleroad: Trump Attacks 'Incompetent' San Juan Mayor, Again Praises Himself for Hurricane Relief in Puerto Rico, Where 2,975 Died. "Donald Trump praised himself again for the 'unappreciated great job' he did on hurricane relief in Puerto Rico, where 2,975 people died, and also attacked the mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulin Cruz, who has said that many of the deaths were the result of Trump's 'inability to get the job done.' Tweeted Trump: 'We got A Pluses for our recent hurricane work in Texas and Florida (and did an unappreciated great job in Puerto Rico, even though an inaccessible island with very poor electricity and a totally incompetent Mayor of San Juan). We are ready for the big one that is coming!'"

    Thus does Trump continue his reprehensible habit of very visibly attacking, in particular, women of color who criticize him.

    [Content Note: Extreme weather; displacement; death. Covers whole section.]

    Kyla Mandel at ThinkProgress: Government Shutdown Looms as Trump Claims We Are 'Totally Prepared' for Hurricane Florence. "Only one day after the official death toll was published last month, Trump said that the government had done a 'fantastic job' with recovery in Puerto Rico. ...And yet many news reports and studies have shown the government was anything but prepared to deal with Hurricane Maria last year. ...And all of these risks rise to the forefront as a government shutdown looms — a shutdown the president has said he'll follow through on if Congress doesn't provide more money for his proposed border wall."

    This is a really great point. Trump is saying we're totally prepared out one side of his mouth while threatening out the other to shut down the government. Ain't no federal aid getting to hurricane survivors if the federal government is shut down.

    Ashley Parker at the Washington Post: 'Tremendously Big': Trump Reaches for Superlatives in the Face of Calamity.
    Flanked in the Oval Office by charts showing the path of Hurricane Florence, [Donald] Trump on Tuesday issued a warning about the potentially catastrophic storm that at times felt strangely exuberant.

    "Tremendously big and tremendously wet — tremendous amounts of water," Trump said, expressing something close to admiration at the expected precipitation.

    Then the president turned to bragging about the federal response to past storms during his tenure, including Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico — though the estimate of nearly 3,000 excess deaths attributed to that storm ranks it among the deadliest in U.S. history.

    "I think that Puerto Rico was an incredible, unsung success," he asserted.

    Trump has long struggled with public displays of empathy and with rising to the role of consoler in chief. In a range of situations — from deadly shootings and natural disasters to Tuesday's anniversary of the 9/11 attacks — Trump has responded in ways that, at best, seem ill-suited to the somberness of the events.
    This is something about which I've been writing for over two years, yet another character flaw that was glaringly apparent about Donald Trump even when he was a candidate, long before Election Day.

    And it's important because it is part and parcel of what I wrote about yesterday: "There are many things that make Donald Trump unfit to be president. Chief among them is this: He does not care about other people. A man who does not care about other people, or what happens to them, isn't fit to lead them."

    He can't express sincere concern because he doesn't feel it.

    And I am very, very concerned about that as another hurricane barrels toward the U.S. coast. His apathy is deadly. We know that. We need look no further than Puerto Rico.

    (Aside: "Tremendously Big and Tremendously Wet" — With everything else this grifter has stolen, you'd think he could have left me the title of my sex memoir.) (Sorry.) (Not sorry.)

    * * *


    Relatedly, Hillary Clinton published a terrific and terrifying thread on Twitter this morning, outlining the threat posed by Brett Kavanaugh if he is confirmed to the Supreme Court:
    I want to be sure we're all clear about something that Brett Kavanaugh said in his confirmation hearings last week. He referred to birth-control pills as "abortion-inducing drugs." That set off a lot of alarm bells for me, and it should for you, too.

    Kavanaugh didn't use that term because he misunderstands the basic science of birth control — the fact that birth control prevents fertilization of eggs in the first place. He used that term because it's a dog whistle to the extreme right.

    When Kavanaugh called birth control "abortion-inducing drugs," he made it clear that safe and legal abortion isn't the only fundamental reproductive right at grave risk if he is confirmed. Access to birth control is, too.

    Imagine an America in which women are barred from getting IUDs or birth control pills, and doctors are criminalized for prescribing them. It's an America in which women would be punished for insisting on being full and equal partners in society.

    Sen. Kamala Harris asked Brett Kavanaugh last week: "Can you think of any laws that give the government the power to make decisions about the male body?" He said he was not. Because there are none.

    Let's be clear: Women have just as much right as men to make the most personal health decisions without government interference. We are equal citizens and we will insist on nothing less in this country.

    Please call your senators and relay the message: (202) 224-3121

    MAKE YOUR CALLS.

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    [CN: Anti-semitism; fascism] Anne Applebaum at the Atlantic: A Warning from Europe: The Worst Is Yet to Come. "In a famous journal he kept from 1935 to 1944, the Romanian writer Mihail Sebastian chronicled an even more extreme shift in his own country. Like me, Sebastian was Jewish; like me, most of his friends were on the political right. In his journal, he described how, one by one, they were drawn to fascist ideology, like a flock of moths to an inescapable flame. He recounted the arrogance and confidence they acquired as they moved away from identifying themselves as Europeans — admirers of Proust, travelers to Paris — and instead began to call themselves blood-and-soil Romanians. ...This is not 1937. Nevertheless, a parallel transformation is taking place in my own time, in the Europe that I inhabit and in Poland, a country whose citizenship I have acquired. And it is taking place without the excuse of an economic crisis of the kind Europe suffered in the 1930s. ...Given the right conditions, any society can turn against democracy. Indeed, if history is anything to go by, all societies eventually will."

    Applebaum is the best conservative writing on this subject today. Maybe tied with Jennifer Rubin. Out of a very small field that includes David Frum, who gets a disproportionate share of the plaudits. (It's certainly no coincidence that all three of them are Jewish.) Applebaum and I hardly agree on anything, and I've disagreements with her even in reading this piece, but we agree at least that our democracy is in grave danger, for reasons well beyond the tired narratives of "economic insecurity."

    Eli Rosenberg at the Washington Post: Activists Raised $1 million to Defeat Susan Collins If She Votes for Kavanaugh; She Says It's Bribery. "[A] group of liberal activists in Maine created an unusual crowdfunding campaign that...raised money in the form of pledges that they said they would give to whoever decided to challenge Collins in 2020 if she voted for Kavanaugh's confirmation. If she votes no, the money will never be withdrawn from donors. ...'It seems kind of icky but it doesn't rise to the level of bribery because there's no agreement,' Jordan Libowitz, a spokesman for the Citizens for Ethics and Responsibilities. 'It's just the way money and politics tend to work these days.'"

    Which is exactly how the Republicans wanted it, and now they're complaining that their own lax rules on campaign financing and fundraising are being used against them. I mean, trust that it wasn't progressives who angled for the ability to use enormous sums of money to influence candidates!

    Fredreka Schouten at USA Today: Three-Quarters of the Secret Money in Recent Elections Came from 15 Groups. "Just 15 groups account for three-quarters of the anonymous cash flowing into federal elections since the Supreme Court paved the way for corporate and union money in candidate races eight years ago... Outside money in elections has exploded since the high court's blockbuster Citizens United ruling in 2010, allowing corporations and unions to spend in candidate elections. Groups that don't disclose their donors spent more than $800 million between January 1, 2010 and December 2016, with $600 million coming from 15 organizations, Issue One's analysis found." Welp!

    Speaking of fundraising...


    * * *

    [CN: Nativism; abuse] Andrew Gumbel at the Guardian: 'They Were Laughing at Us': Immigrants Tell of Cruelty, Illness, and Filth in U.S. Detention. "'The conditions were horrible, everything was filthy, and there was no air circulating,' Kimberly Martinez told the Guardian of the five days the family spent cooped up in one facility they — like tens of thousands before them – referred to as 'la hielera': The icebox. Her husband added: 'It's as though they wanted to drain every positive feeling out of us.' They knew, from following the news, that their ordeal of escaping gang violence back home and trekking across desert terrain at the height of summer would not end when they reached the United States. What they did not expect, though, were days of hunger, separation, and verbal abuse that they said they endured at the hands of federal immigration officials."

    Anthony Cormier and Jason Leopold at BuzzFeed: A Series of Suspicious Money Transfers Followed the Trump Tower Meeting. "The June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower has become one of the most famous gatherings in American political history — a flashpoint for allegations of collusion, the subject of shifting explanations by the president and his son, countless hair-on-fire tweets, and boundless speculation by the press. But secret documents reviewed by BuzzFeed News reveal a previously undisclosed aspect of the meeting: A complex web of financial transactions among some of the planners and participants who moved money from Russia and Switzerland to the British Virgin Islands, Bangkok, and a small office park in New Jersey. The documents show Aras Agalarov, a billionaire real estate developer close to both Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, at the center of this vast network and how he used accounts overseas to filter money to himself, his son, and at least two people who attended the Trump Tower meeting."

    [CN: War; violence; death] Spencer Ackerman at the Daily Beast: Pompeo, Mattis Bless Saudi and UAE's Brutal War in Yemen. "Batting down congressional disquiet on U.S. aid to a war that has become one of the world's worst humanitarian crises, two top Trump Cabinet members vouched for humanitarian progress on the part of their allies, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis attested Wednesday morning that both U.S.-supported nations 'are undertaking demonstrable actions to reduce the risk of harm to civilians and civilian infrastructure.' Their endorsement, called 'farcical' by Human Rights Watch's Sarah Leah Whitson, attempts to dodge a bipartisan congressional effort to block U.S. tanker aircraft from refueling Saudi and Emirati warplanes for the Yemen conflict."

    [CN: Gun violence] Lois Beckett at the Guardian: 'A Human Rights Crisis': Amnesty Urges U.S. to Get Tough on Gun Violence. "American gun violence is 'a human rights crisis' and the U.S. government's refusal to pass gun control laws represents a violation of its citizens' right to life, according to a new report by Amnesty International. 'The USA is failing to protect individuals and communities most at risk of gun violence, in violation of international human rights law,' Amnesty argues. 'The right to live free from violence, discrimination, and fear has been superseded by a sense of entitlement to own a practically unlimited array of deadly weapons.'"

    [CN: Disablism] Erin Heger at Rewire.News: People Are Losing Medicaid Coverage Because They Don't Understand the GOP's Work Requirements. "Thousands of Medicaid recipients in Arkansas have lost health coverage for the rest of the year after failing to meet the state's new Republican-backed work requirement. Some don't have health care today because they never knew about the stringent rules. Jessica Greene, a health policy professor at the City University of New York's Baruch College, interviewed 18 Medicaid recipients in northeast Arkansas in mid-August and reported a lack of awareness about the policy. Twelve of the 18 people Greene interviewed did not know about the new work requirement. Many of the Medicaid recipients didn't know how to report their satisfying of the work requirement online."

    [CN: Anti-semitism; Holocaust denialism] Sam Levin at the Guardian: California Transit Agency Allows Ad from Holocaust Denial Group. "A San Francisco public transit agency has approved adverts from a group that promotes Holocaust denial and antisemitic views, claiming the organization has a 'free speech' right to buy train station billboards. Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) officials defended their decision to allow ads for the Institute for Historical Review (IHR), which the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has classified as a hate group that aims to 'defend Nazism' and spread Holocaust denial propaganda. ...They come at a time when antisemitic incidents have accelerated at alarming rates in the U.S. and across the world, and as far-right groups and neo-Nazis have increasingly pushed racist and fascist views under the guise of advocating for free speech."

    [CN: Racism] Sameer Rao at Colorlines: MENA Actors Still Overwhelmingly Cast as 'Terrorists & Tyrants'. "Years of discussion about representation and narrative shift in Hollywood have yet to change the overwhelming representation of Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) people as oppressors and extremists who pervert Islam to justify violent subjugation. The MENA Arts Advocacy Coalition, an industry advocacy group pushing for stronger and more nuanced MENA representation, highlights this premise in a new collaborative study released [September 10]. ...MENA Americans constitute an estimated 3.2 percent of the U.S. population, but barely 1 percent of all on-screen roles. ...Seventy-eight percent of MENA characters are portrayed as terrorists or tyrants."

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    Quote of the week

    "That's just bizarre." — Sen. Missy Irvin (R-Mountain View), the chair of the legislative Joint Performance Review Committee, responding to a representative from Everytown for Gun Safety's mention of statistics about youth suicide in a discussion of school safety. The response was that red flag laws — allowing judicial intervention on gun access for dangerous people — could have a positive effect on school shooting incidents and also on suicide rate. Irvin later suggested that efforts to address youth suicide with gun safety laws were targeting rural America.

    Former senator, co-defendant sentenced

    Federal Judge Timothy Brooks sentenced former state Sen. Jon Woods (R-Springdale) to 220 months, or more than 18 years, in prison and ordered him to make restitution of $1.6 million for masterminding kickback schemes from state money.

    He must report to prison by 1 p.m. Sept. 26.

    Woods' attorney has said he would appeal. He'll likely seek to postpone prison for Woods, but typically a defendant must show a chance of prevailing on appeal to avoid immediate imprisonment. Woods likely will focus on the fact that an FBI agent was not allowed to testify because of his mishandling of computer files. The government will say it wasn't relevant because the agent didn't testify and the material at issue wasn't prejudicial.

    Brooks spoke at length about the severity of the crime. He called Woods' behavior "depraved." He said he'd received many letters from Woods' supporters, but they didn't overcome a record of habitual stealing of money. "Your entire way of thinking about what your job was, was to put money in your pocket, and I find that grotesque," Brooks said.

    Defense lawyers tell the Arkansas Times they can't recall a stiffer white-collar crime sentence in Arkansas in years. There's scant "good time" in the federal system. If he isn't successful in a reversal or a reduction of the sentence (such as by contesting