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          Saving ‘billions’, and the aged from pain: Why preventive care makes sense      Cache   Translate Page      
From paying for anti-frailty therapy for the aged, to rewarding people who exercise, Germany’s insurance providers are investing in preventive care to keep costs down in the long run, as CNA Insider finds out.
          Prairie State did its part in the Great War      Cache   Translate Page      
Editor’s note: The Illinois Press Association and the Illinois Associated Press Media Editors present this Illinois Bicentennial feature in advance of the state’s 200th birthday on Dec. 3. Stories published up to this date can be found at

Artie Bennett, a Marine from Clinton, Ill., was cut down by a hail of bullets 100 years ago in a far-flung foreign field, giving his life for his country in America’s first global war.

A letter home from a fellow soldier said Bennett, 18, had been attacking a machine gun nest as the Marines fought, successfully, to stem a German advance threatening the French capital of Paris in June 1918, the last summer of World War I.

The fallen Marine had lingered for an hour before dying, one of the first casualties from Illinois. The letter honoring him, typed by fellow Marine Pvt. John W. Olsen, read: “He passed away quietly, without a complaint, and was laid to rest near where he fell.”

Immaculately tended American cemeteries in France, and faded memorials at home, are among the few tangible reminders of the “Great War” that began on July 28, 1914, and ended, after 18 million soldiers and civilians had died on all sides, with an armistice that went into effect at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918.

Now, nearing the 100th anniversary of the war’s end, the push is on to recall and honor the men and women of Illinois, and all across America, who suffered and sacrificed for their nation.

Congress has created a United States World War I Centennial Commission, which is overseeing commemorations and fundraising for a World War I memorial in Washington, D.C.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a proclamation announcing the Illinois National Guard and Chicago’s Pritzker Military Museum & Library will lead the effort to ensure the Land of Lincoln remembers its role in the Great War.

A World War I Centennial Committee has been drafted to aid in that state mission, and it’s chaired by Jeanne Hamacher, who has taught high school history classes. She said the key lesson to learn is that Illinois went to extraordinary efforts to support a war that shaped the world we live in, right up through today.

“When I was teaching, I did a lesson where I could link basically every conflict the United States has had (since World War I) back to World War I in some shape or form,” Hamacher said. She said Illinois had helped win the war, and the war changed the world forever.

“Schools need to teach this, we need to remember,” she added.

The United States declared war on Germany and its Central Powers allies on April 6, 1917, and Illinois became part of the vast conflict that would mark America’s emergence as a global superpower.

The United States sent 4,734,991 soldiers and sailors to Europe and suffered 116,516 deaths, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Records from the Illinois Office of the Adjutant General list more than 351,000 Illinois men who served in the Army, Navy and Marines during World War I, and some 5,000 of them died.

One of every 12 enlistees in the Army hailed from Illinois, and each left a mark.

The American Legion Post in Clinton is Crang-Bennett Post 103, named for the fallen Marine and also Army Sgt. 1st Class Welby Crang, who lived about a block from Bennett and died in France in 1917 from pneumonia.

Ron Devore, 86, is a member of the Post 103 executive board and a former post commander who has fought to keep the memory of the World War I soldiers alive. He said the post was founded in 1919 not just to honor fallen veterans, but to help and lobby for those who returned home alive, if not always in one piece.

“Some of these guys had been gassed, their lungs were burned, they had missing limbs and disabilities; they were messed up for life, and they weren’t getting anything from the government,” Devore said. “Veterans knew that, if there was a bunch of them banded together, they could have a voice in Washington, D.C.”

Devore’s wife, Marjorie, whose father was a World War I veteran, vividly recalls the returned soldiers’ sense of pride despite all their trials and tribulations. She said that pride had been matched by the patriotic fervor of their communities at home. “My dad always said everybody had supported the war effort,” she said.

The civilian push to buoy the troops with maximum support on the home front was extraordinary. Illinois mobilized vast forces of industry, and especially industrialized agriculture, and turned them into an arsenal of democracy that flooded the American war effort with food, war materiel and cash.

Illinois created the State Council of Defense, the job of which was to persuade, corral and control civilian production, from engineering to seed corn, to fuel the war machine. When the council produced its wrap-up report in 1919, it was suffused with pride at the sheer wartime output from the people of Illinois.

It pointed out that the state’s agricultural production for 1918 had been geared to meet the needs of the wartime “national food authorities” and had been the third-largest crop harvest in state history, worth close to $880 million (about $15 billion in today’s dollars).

“Notwithstanding the drain upon manpower, the state in 1918 turned out manufactured products valued at $6 billion. ... Of these, $2 billion-worth were on direct war contracts, but virtually all were war contributions, for Illinois factories are not largely given to the production of luxuries or non-essentials,” the council reported.

It also lauded the generosity of Illinois citizens, who raised $45 million during the war to support everything from the Red Cross to the YMCA and the Salvation Army.

Timothy Kovalcik, associate professor of history at Millikin University, said it’s important to understand the wartime atmosphere gripping Illinois and the entire nation.

“Support for the war was at fever pitch, and the propaganda was incredibly successful,” Kovalcik said.

A state with a significant population of Germanic ancestry (Teutopolis in Effingham County, for example, means “City of the Teutons,” or Germans, and is typical of many towns founded by German settlers) had no trouble raising troops.

“The population of German ancestry volunteered at massive rates to show their patriotism,” Kovalcik said. “They wanted to prove they were true Americans.”

With troops rushing forward and humming factories full of nose-to-grindstone workers who had shunted aside labor grumbles for the greater patriotic good, the State Council of Defense believed it had glimpsed capitalism’s promised land.

“All war undertakings succeeded by virtue of the spirit of cooperation,” it concluded in its final 1919 report. “Since this unity of thought and purpose can be achieved under stress of war, why can it not be approximated, at least, in time of peace?”

But it was not to be. Kovalcik said a big influence that had pushed President Woodrow Wilson to steer America into the war is that much of it on the British side had been financed by American banks. They stood to lose their shirts big time if Britain and its Allies, fatigued with crippling losses by 1917, were defeated. And yet when the American intervention was over and the war won, the demand that had quadrupled the U.S. economy between 1914 and 1917 suddenly collapsed, taking jobs with it.

By the dawn of the Great Depression in the 1930s, jobless and hungry World War I veterans and their families, some 17,000 of them, had marched on Washington, D.C. They were demanding early payment of war service bonuses promised by Congress but not due to be distributed until 1945. On July 28, President Herbert Hoover ordered in the Army to help the police clear the protesters and, in street battles that followed, two veterans were killed.

Finally, in 1936, Congress overrode the veto of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and the veterans were paid their bonuses nine years early.

          Tickets For The Canadian Premiere Of THE LAST SHIP, Starring Sting, Go On Sale Monday      Cache   Translate Page      

Tickets for the Canadian premiere of Sting's acclaimed musical The Last Ship will go on public sale Monday November 12. Presented by David Mirvish and produced by Karl Sydow and Kathryn Schenker, the limited six-week engagement runs February 9 through March 24, 2019 at Toronto's Princess of Wales Theatre.

Featuring original music and lyrics by multiple Grammy Award winner Sting, this new epic production of The Last Ship will star Sting in the role of shipyard foreman Jackie White in Toronto. Further casting to be announced.

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Tuesday November 6

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Monday November 12

Tickets will go on public sale Monday November 12, 2018 at 12:01AM at the only authorized online source.

At 9AM by phone through TicketKing at 416-872-1212 or 1-800-461-3333. TicketKing is the only authorized phone source.

Tickets can be purchased in-person at all Mirvish Theatres during regular box office hours.

Group orders of 15 or more may be placed by calling 416-593-4142 or 1-800-724-6420.

The Last Ship is part of the 2018/19 Mirvish Subscription Season.

The Last Ship, which was initially inspired by Sting's 1991 album The Soul Cages and his own childhood experiences, tells the story of a community amid the demise of the shipbuilding industry in Tyne and Wear, with the closure of the Swan Hunter shipyard.

When a sailor named Gideon Fletcher returns home after seventeen years at sea, tensions between past and future flare in both his family and his town. The local shipyard, around which the community has always revolved, is closing and no-one knows what will come next, only that a half-built ship towers over the terraces. With the engine fired and pistons in motion, picket lines are drawn as foreman Jackie White and his wife Peggy fight to hold their community together in the face of the gathering storm.

This personal, political and passionate new musical from multiple Grammy Award winner Sting, is an epic account of a family, a community and a great act of defiance. The Last Ship features an original score with music and lyrics by Sting as well as a few of his best-loved songs; Island of Souls, All This Timeand When We Dance. It is the proud story of when the last ship sails.

The show is directed by Lorne Campbell, the artistic director of Northern Stage and has set design by the Tony Award-winning 59 Productions- team behind the video design for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

The Last Ship has a new book by Lorne Campbell, original book by John Logan and Brian Yorkey, orchestrations by Rob Mathes, musical direction by Richard John, costume design by Molly Einchcomb, movement direction by Lucy Hind, lighting design by Matt Daw and sound design by Seb Frost. Other members of the creative team are dramaturg Selma Dimitrijevic, associate director Jake Smith, casting director Jenkins McShane Casting and associate musical director Sam Sommerfeld.

The Last Ship is produced by Karl Sydow and Kathryn Schenker.

Sting was born Gordon Matthew Sumner on 2 October, 1951 in Wallsend, North Tyneside, Tyne and Wear, England, the eldest of four children of Audrey (Cowell), a hairdresser, and Ernest Matthew Sumner, an engineer and milkman.

He grew up in the turmoil of the ship-building industry and wanted to become a musician very early having developed a love for the bass guitar. He played in jazz/rock bands such as "The Last Exit" and other various outfits, including a Dixieland jazz group, and in 1977, he formed the rock trio, The Police with Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers.

In 1984, he went on to record solo albums, and has evolved in to one of the most prolific songwriters and musicians in the world. His latest album, 57th & 9th, was released in November, 2016 followed by the critically-acclaimed 57th& 9thWorld Tour which recently concluded having performed 115 concerts throughout North America, Asia, Latin America & Europe. Hailed "the show of a lifetime" (The Vancouver Globe & Mail), Sting: Live at The Olympia Paris will be released November 10 on DVD and captures the musician's guitar-driven rock tour as it hit the French capital at the iconic venue in April, 2017.

Throughout his illustrious career, Sting has sold close to 100 million albums from his combined work with The Police and as a solo artist. He has also delved into acting, having appeared in over 15 films such as Quadrophenia (1979) and Bring on the Night (1984) and has published a memoir entitled Broken Music in 2003, which spent 13 weeks on The New York Times Best Sellers list. He has received honorary Doctorate of Music degrees from Northumbria University in October 1992, Berklee College of Music in May 1994 and from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 2006.

Karl Sydow has produced Dirty Dancing, the Classic Story Live on Stage across the UK for the past 11 years.

Other credits in the UK include Sinatra: The Man and His Music directed by David Gilmore, Backbeat directed by David Leveaux; Dish of Tea With Dr Johnson directed by Max Stafford-Clark; Tritych by Edna O'Brien; Memory directed by Terry Hands; The Line directed by Matthew Lloyd and Jen?fa directed by Irina Brown, both written by Timberlake Wertenbaker (Arcola); Ring Round the Moon directed by Sean Mathias (Playhouse); Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage (Piccadilly, Aldwych, UK tour, Germany, France, Australia and Italy); the spectacular multimedia production Sinatra at the London Palladium directed by David Leveaux with choreography by Stephen Mear; And Then There Were None with Tara Fitzgerald (Gielgud); the London and Sydney production of Dance of Death with Sir Ian McKellen, Frances de la Tour and Owen Teale; Bea Arthur (Savoy); Auntie and Me with Alan Davies and Margaret Tyzack (Wyndham's); Michael Moore,Live! (Roundhouse); the West End Premiere of Noël Coward's Semi-Monde; Kevin Elyot's Mouth to Mouth with Lindsay Duncan and Michael Maloney (Albery); David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow with Mark Strong, Patrick Marber and Kimberly Williams; Drummers by Simon Bennet and Some Explicit Polaroids by Mark Ravenhill - winner of the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Newcomer - both directed by Max Stafford- Clark for Out of Joint; Macbeth with Rufus Sewell (Queen's); A Swell Party - A Celebration of Cole Porter (Vaudeville); Timberlake Wertenbaker's Our Country's Good (Olivier Award for Best Play); Hysteria (Olivier Award for Best Comedy) and an adaptation of Sue Townsend's novel The Queen and I which was Out of Joint's inaugural production.

In North America he has produced Backbeat (Royal Alexandra, Toronto and Ahmanson, Los Angeles) directed by David Leveaux with international tours includingThe Last Confession with David Suchet; the centennial production of Under Milk Wood; and the Out of Joint revival of Our Country's Good.

In 2018, Karl has produced Alan Ayckbourn's The Divide with The Old Vic and Edinburgh International Festival and David Hare's The Moderate Soprano at the Duke of York's.

Kathryn Schenker was Sting's longtime manager and has more than 30 years' experience in the entertainment business. She has produced three Emmy Award-winning musical specials and numerous music documentaries, including the BBC One program, Sting: When The Last Ship Sails. She was the lead producer of the Broadway production of The Last Ship.

          More Africa, Less Ghana--Part 2      Cache   Translate Page      
133 years ago, on November 5, 1885, delegates from various European countries met in Berlin (in Germany), took a map of Africa and divided it among themselves. Britain and France took a lot. They call it The Scramble for Africa. No indigenous African person attended the Berlin Conference, yet many decades after liberation, Africans still defin ...
          Schalke takes big step toward Champions League last-16      Cache   Translate Page      
GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany — Mark Uth scored another rare goal to seal a 2-0 win for Schalke over visiting Galatasaray on Tuesday and put the German side on the brink of reaching the Champions League knockout stages. Uth, who made his Germany debut last month despite still waiting for his first Schalke goal, secured the win […]
          Champions League: Atletico wins to join Dortmund at the top      Cache   Translate Page      
MADRID — Atletico Madrid made sure things were different this time against Borussia Dortmund. After a demoralizing 4-0 loss in Germany last month, the team’s worst under coach Diego Simeone, Atletico rebounded with a convincing 2-0 win over Dortmund on Tuesday, a result that left both clubs at the top of Group A in the […]
          10 November, Berlin: Protest to free Khalida Jarrar and all Palestinian prisoners      Cache   Translate Page      

Saturday, 10 November 3:30 pm U-Bahnhof Hermannplatz Hermannplatz Berlin, Germany Join the Democratic Palestine Committees for a protest to stop administrative detention and free Khalida Jarrar. The protest will stand in solidarity with all Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails. Demokratische Komittees Palästinas ruft alle freiheitsliebenden Menschen zu einer solidarischen Kundgebung fur die palästinenschen politischen Gefangenen hinter den israelischen Gittern auf…! No “Administrativhaft”! Freiheit für Khalida Jarrar!

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          Webinar on ‘Planning the cycling city’      Cache   Translate Page      
Join a webinar discussion on Sustainable Urban Mobility in Action: Planning the cycling city led by UN-Habitat and Despacio, Bogotá, Colombia on Tuesday 6 November 2018 from13:00 to 15:00 UTC. The Urban Pathways Project , launched in 2017 in Berlin, Germany, by UN-Habitat, the Wuppertal Institute of Climate, Energy and Environment and UN Environment aims […]
          Israel's $72M war chest comes to Brussels to fight BDS      Cache   Translate Page      
In its ongoing battle against the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign Israel is pushing for European political parties to declare the movement "fundamentally anti-Semitic". The latest drive saw Israel's Minister of Jerusalem Affairs, Ze'ev Elkin, attending a conference in Brussels backed by the Israeli government which proposed a text for prospective MEPs and political parties to sign up to before European elections in May next year. The text, the Guardian reported, urges European parties to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's (IHRA) "working definition of anti-Semitism" and exclude from government any politicians or parties that breach it. Most controversially, one of the red lines - based on a resolution adopted by Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union in Germany in 2016 - calls on "all political parties to pass a binding resolution rejecting BDS activities as fundamentally anti-Semitic".
          Comment on Photo Gallery: Election day in Berkeley, California by M.E. Lawrence      Cache   Translate Page      
Great selection of photos; I'm sending this to my friend in Stuttgart, Germany, who attended grad school at Cal. Thanks, B'side.
          GOP Candidates Face Outcry For Depicting Jewish Opponents Clutching Fistfuls of Cash      Cache   Translate Page      
The GOP isn't even trying to be subtle about it anymore.

The dust has barely settled from the horrific Tree of Life shooting in Pittsburgh, committed by a neo-Nazi who believed Jewish groups are funding an influx of nonwhite migrants into the United States for nefarious purposes.

But Republicans apparently feel no responsibility to stand up to anti-Semitic sentiment. On the contrary, many GOP candidates are exploiting age-old stereotypes to attack Jewish opponents as avaricious and money-grubbing.

On Tuesday, with the polls opening nationwide, the Washington Post detailed multiple instances around the country of Republicans who have gone after Jewish Democrats by depicting them clutching fistfuls of cash.

One ad in Alaska depicted a Jewish state Senate candidate as a shadowy figure stuffing $100 bills into his suit, captioned "If you give Jesse Keihl your vote, you may as well give him your wallet." Republicans in Washington's 8th District illustrated the Democratic candidate, Dr. Kim Schrier, clutching a wad of $20 bills with the line "Dr. Tax will see you now!"

Another mailer in North Carolina showed Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer with a stack of bills, while a GOP state assembly candidate in California showed challenger Josh Lowenthal tinted green and clutching $100s, and the Connecticut Republican state Senate candidate put out an attack against opponent Matthew Lesser showing him grasping a wad of cash with a bug-eyed, demonic grin.

The anti-Semitic attacks are getting so grotesque that even some Republicans are sickened. "Jesse is proudly and prominently a member of Juneau's Jewish community," said Scott Kendall, a Jewish Republican who served as chief of staff to outgoing Gov. Bill Walker. "It is tough for me to process through that and not see an ill intent."

The stereotype of the Jewish people as money-grubbing and usurious dates back centuries, originating from Roman and medieval Church depictions of Judas' betrayal of Christ for thirty pieces of silver. It has been used to justify horrific persecution of Jews — a key fixture of Nazi propaganda was that the postwar German economy was suffering because Jews had bled the nation of all its money.

But Republicans have been increasingly willing to lean on this poisonous imagery for political ends. In 2016, the Trump campaign shared an image of Hillary Clinton depicting her on a pile of cash with a Star of David, an image first posted on an anti-Semitic message board (Clinton is a Methodist).

More recently, they have sought to tie the Honduran migrant caravan to George Soros, a Jewish Hungarian-born philanthropist billionaire and Holocaust survivor known for his contributions to liberal causes.


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          Ewing Sarcoma Treatment Market to Witness Comprehensive Growth by 2025      Cache   Translate Page      

Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/06/2018 -- Ewing sarcoma is a destructive sarcoma of the soft tissue and the bones, which can occur at any age with the maximum rate of incidence recorded in young adults and adolescents. The treatment of Ewing sarcoma depends on multiple approaches, including risk-adapted, intensive, adjuvant and neo-adjuvant chemotherapies with radiotherapy and/or surgery for control of the possible metastatic and primary sites of the disease.

The optimization of Ewing sarcoma multiple modalities of therapeutic strategies has rose from efforts of numerous national and international groups in North America and Europe to form cooperation between medical oncologists and pediatrics. Ewing sarcoma is the second most frequently diagnosed form of primary bone cancer in children and young adults. The disease can occur in any individual at any age, but it is uncommon in people aged over 30 years. It develops most commonly in individuals aged between 10 and 20 years, who are witnessing rapid growth of bones.

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          TK Maxx sparks never-ending stocking hunt in quirky Christmas campaign      Cache   Translate Page      

TK Maxx is looking to show that presents aren’t just for Christmas by offering a year full of gifts to customers who find a bespoke 'never-ending stocking' in one of its stoes. 

The Never-ending Stocking' festive promotion has been brought to real with a real world activitation and a film narrated by Love Actually favourite, Bill Nighy.

The magical spot from Wieden+Kennedy is shot TK Maxx's typical overstated and cinematic style.

It opens with a lucky Christmas shopper locating the fabled never-ending stocking, nestled among the retailer's cushion shelf.

The fortunate winner then drags the lengthy sock home through a snowy street, as Nighy’s compelling narration informs us: 'Now she’s got the one thing better than Christmas presents… Christmas presents for a whole year.'

As the woman bursts through her front door, the stocking comes to life, burping presents left, right and centre, to the unseasonal rumba tune, Cuban Pete.

The spot sees the stocking move throughout the year like a friendly festive basilisk, dispersing gifts to family and friends until 12 months later, when midnight strikes on Christmas Eve, it disappears up the living room chimney much to the family’s dismay.  

The campaign is TK Maxx’s third Christmas push under the 'Ridiculous Possibilities' brand platform. It will run in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Poland, Austria, and the Netherlands, combining TV with print, digital, social, mobile, PR and experiential. 

A limited number of bespoke never-ending stockings will be hidden on the shelves of TK Maxx stores across Europe and online from 7 November, and the lucky shoppers who find one will experience a year of gifting from the store.

Deborah Dolce, group brand and marketing director at TK Maxx said: “We have worked together with all our agencies to create a campaign that is beyond a straight broadcast message, rather it aims to engage with our shoppers in an experiential and engaging way.

“It brings to life TK Maxx’s brand message of ‘Big Gifts. Small Prices’ through the main Christmas TV ad, as well as creating standout in this busy season. We are encouraging our customers to visit stores and search for one of the neverending stockings, whilst also reminding them that TK Maxx is a perfect gift destination for both Christmas and beyond.”

Wieden+Kennedy London is responsible for the creative campaign, TVC production, and digital assets. Ogilvy is the PR and influence agency, Mindshare the media agency, and Undercurrent is managing experiential. The in-store and social creative will be delivered by TK Maxx’s in-house creative team.

: 'The neverending stocking '

Date: November 2018
TK Maxx show presents aren’t just for Christmas by offering a year full of gifts to lucky customers who find a bespoke neverending stocking in one of their TK Maxx stores.  
To promote its big giveaway, TK Maxx has brought their real-world activation to life in a festive ad, narrated by Love Actually x-mas favourite, Bill Nighy.
The magical campaign from Wieden+Kennedy is shot in typical TK Maxx overstated and cinematic style, and opens with a lucky Christmas shopper finding the never-ending stocking, nestled amongst the cushion shelf.
The fortunate winner then drags the lengthy stocking home through a snowy festive street, as Nighy’s compelling narration informs us: “Now she’s got the one thing better than Christmas presents… Christmas presents for a whole year.”
As the lady bursts through her front door, the stocking comes to life, burping presents left, right and centre, to the unseasonal rumba tune, Cuban Pete.
The spot sees the stocking move throughout the year like a friendly festive basilisk, dispersing gifts to family and friends until a year later, midnight strikes on Christmas Eve, and the stocking disappears up the living room chimney, much to the family’s dismay.  
Client - TK Maxx
Project Name - The Neverending Stocking
Creative Director - Hollie Walker
Creatives - Chloe Cordon, Katy Edelsten
Executive Creative Directors - Tony Davidson, Iain Tait
Group Account Director - Matt Owen
Account Director - Ollie Pym
Account Manager - Preety Mudhar
Head of Planning - Georgia Challis - TV Producer
James Laughton - Creative Producer
Rose Fairley - Production Assistant
Jasper Ford - Business Affairs Manager
Production Company - Blink
Director - Nick Ball
Executive Producer - Paul Weston
Producer - Patrick Craig
Production Manager - Sophie Peskin
Director of Photography - Sebastian Blenkov
Puppeteers - Johnny Sabbagh, Will Harper & Alex Berchert
Editorial Company - Stitch
Editor - Leo King
VFX Company - Electric Theatre Collective
VFX Supervisor - Ryan Knowles
VFX Producer - Polly Durrance
Sound Company - 750mph
Sound Designer - Sam Ashwell
Music Company - Twenty Below Music
Producer- Emily Pritchard
Music Clearance - Mr Pape
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          European 'clearing house' to bypass US sanctions against Iran - The Guardian      Cache   Translate Page      

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Ten new investors mdash;Burkina Faso, C ocirc;te d 39;Ivoire, Denmark, the European Commission, Germany, Japan, Laerdal Global Health, the Netherlands, Qatar and an anonymous donor mdash;have joined since the launch of the Global Financing Facility replenishment. They join existing funders the Bill Melinda Gates Foundation, Can ...
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Edodaniel, I tell people that I'm a tanker because they can understand that without a lot of explanation. Actually, I'm Armored Cav (3d ACR) and have been on the M60 and the 551 Sheridan. At Ft. Knox I was one of the first officers to receive a driver's license for the XM1 that became the Abrams. I was a scout platoon leader in the States and I commanded a Combat Support Company in Germany, so I had scouts, mortars, bridges, Redeyes and radars. Our 114s mounted 20mm automatic cannons that might have given a battle tank second thoughts, though I wouldn't have wanted him to slew on me after I shot him! B.B.
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Gloria Films présente ; un film de Sonia Kronlund ; écrit et réalisé par Sonia Kronlund ; produit par Laurent Lavolé ; une production Gloria Films ; en coproduction avec Made in Germany.. [Paris] : Pyramide Vidéo [2017] -- Lettres et sciences humaines : MEDIA DVD 9353
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Sir, I am not sure I follow Kate Allen’s discussion about the future of German Bunds. It is almost as she was discussing these as denominated in Deutsche Mark. The fact is these are in Euros, the same currency other weaker eurozone sovereign-debtors have their bonds denominated in. For instance, what would happen if Italy refuses to walk the plank like Greece? “German bond buyers bank on smooth withdrawal from QE”, November 6.

The European Union has clearly not dedicated itself wholeheartedly to solve the fundamental challenges posed by the adoption of the Euro by so many of its members, twenty years ago. For instance the European Commission has wasted its time on so many issues of minuscule importance that were really none of its business. As a result that Euro, which was created to unite Europe, might now disunite it. 

So what would happen if the Euro breaks in pieces? I have no idea but, in the case of Germany, if asked, I assume holders of German Bunds would probably accept to convert these into German Neo-DM Bunds. But of course that would also put an end to the eurozone “weaklings” subsidizing Germany’s competitiveness… like what if 1US$ = 0.75 Neo-DM? It would be a whole new ball game for everyone, Germany included!

Sir, as I recently wrote to you, for all those who want a peaceful European Union to thrive, which of course should include both Britain’s Brexiters and Remainers, the acts commemorating the end of WWI, provides an opportunity for important reflections.

In this respect the European Commission, the European Central Bank, the European Parliament, all of them, when imposing armistice conditions on capitulating eurozone sovereign debtors, should do well remembering the Versailles Treaty.

PS. Greece walked the plank


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The powerful Hanseatic League has been mentioned frequently on this blog, and we've covered several Hansa cities: Hamburg, Bremen and Lübeck in Germany; Torun, Gdansk and Krakow in Poland; Tallinn and Riga in the Baltic countries. In neighbouring Sweden, there's Stockholm and enchanting Visby. In Belgium, there's Bruges and Antwerp. Finally, there's lively London and beguiling Bergen. And there are many more. 192 cities in 16 countries. They got around [...]

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Published 6 November 2018 | Legend of the Five Rings LCG

The View from the Top

Results from the 2018 November World Championships

All hail the new World Champions!

After four days of clever planning, skillful duels, and furious battles, the 2018 November World Championships have come to a close. From Wednesday through Sunday, hundreds of talented players converged on the Fantasy Flight Games Center from across the world to compete in hundreds upon hundreds of matches.

In the end, even though the crowd was loaded with talent—and dozens of contests were decided only at the very last moment—three players rose to the top, claiming the World Champion titles for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game, Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game, and Runewars Miniatures Game.

  • 2018 A Game of Thrones: The Card Game World Champion — Lennart Paga (Germany)
  • 2018 Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game World Champion — Erik Baalhuis (The Netherlands)
  • 2018 Runewars Miniatures Game World Champion — Justin Hare (United States)

Today, we're happy to celebrate these champions and their success by sharing their World Champion lists along with some of the event's highlights and statistics.

A Game of Thrones: The Card Game

The numbers suggested that we should have expected someone playing either House Targaryen or House Stark to win the 2018 A Game of Thrones: The Card Game World Championship and claim the Iron Throne. They were the two most heavily represented Houses on the tournament's Day 1A Swiss rounds, two of the three most heavily represented Houses on Day 1B, and then, again, the two most heavily represented Houses heading into the Day 2 elimination rounds.

Lennart Paga, however, had other plans. He played House Martell and plotted his way through the field, relying upon his Banner of the Wolf and Flea Bottom to overthrow the tournament's top Stark and Targaryen players and win the title of 2018 A Game of Thrones: The Card Game World Champion!

Flea Bottom featured prominently in Lennart's deck. Though the location was Restricted with the last FAQ update, it proved well worth its inclusion in Lennart's deck, as he was running a heavy contingent of characters whom he could use Flea Bottom to bring into play and whom then allowed him to trigger potent "enters play" Reactions or whom he could sacrifice—as with Bran Stark—to limit his opponent's options.

Lennart's Martell deck is a true example of clever design, and it is now available for download.

World Champion Lists

Although Lennart's cunning use of Flea Bottom helped carry him to the 2018 World Championship, he was by no means the only player in the Top 16 who felt the card retained its importance, even while restricted. Of the 16 top players, 9 of them included the location in their deck, making it easily the most popular Top 16 restricted card.

Meanwhile, the top Day 2 agenda, Fealty, took a spill as the event headed into the Top 16.

Only one Top 16 player was using the agenda, and though The Wars to Come unsurprisingly rose to prominence (with 5 players), the prominence of Banner of the Wolf may have been a surprise. Lennart wasn't the only player to use the agenda. Three of the Top 16 players found tremendous value in courting the Starks.

You can still find the video of Lennart's victory archived at www.Twitch.TV/FFGLive.

2018 A Game of Thrones: The Card Game World Championship Top 16

1. James Waumsley Stark Fealty
2. Matthew Ley Targaryen House with the Red Door
3. Gilles Molina Baratheon Banner of the Wolf
4. Daryl Webber The Night's Watch The Wars to Come
6. Tamás Albeck The Night's Watch The Wars to Come
7. Adam Huang Stark The Lord of the Crossing
8. Even Songjerd Baratheon Banner of the Rose, Alliance, Trading With Qohor
9. Franke Roders Tyrell Banner of the Dragon, Alliance, Trading With Qohor
17. Michael Arroyo Greyjoy The Wars to Come
18. Shannon Donley Martell The Wars to Come
19. Chris Thompson Targaryen The Lord of the Crossing
20. Lennart Paga Martell Banner of the Wolf
21. Neil Kimball Lannister Banner of the Dragon
22. Brad Emon Targaryen The House With The Red Door
37. Robert Mixer Martell The Wars to Come
42. Kevin Shannon Targaryen Banner of the Wolf

          Note: The players' seeding was determined upon their qualification for the Day 2 elimination rounds.

Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game

After a year that saw the Scorpion Clan dominate most Organized Play events for Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game, Erik Baalhuis strode confidently into the heart of Scorpion territory and—with the Emperor's attention fully devoted to the contest—outdueled Scorpion Johnny Shen in the final match of the 2018 Winter Court World Championship. For his victory, Erik was honored with the title of Shogun.

Erik played multiple games on the weekend's livestream, and his play throughout was marked by a patience that suited his Crane deck perfectly. He leaned into the Crane's strengths with a good number of reactive, controlling cards, including Mirumoto's Fury, his choice of Restricted card—a choice which notably set him outside the trends set by most other Day 2 qualifiers.

In several games, Erik's keen use of Mirumoto's Fury allowed him to bank fate for later use—and to play any of the 8 characters in his conflict deck, often bringing a character like Menacing Iron Warrior into play with three or four additional fate to make the Warrior a threat for future rounds. As a result, players who mistook Erik's patience for a lack of options were quick to find their mistakes punished.

You can find Erik's livestreamed matches archived on our Twitch.TV channel, and you review the exquisite balance of Erik's Crane deck for yourself. It is now available for download.

World Champion Lists

Although Erik's impactful choice of Mirumoto's Fury set him apart from most Day 2 contenders, he was by no means the only player to spend his influence on support from the Dragon Clan. Fully thirty percent of all Day 2 players splashed Dragon Clan cards into their decks, and that was on top of the 14% of all players who were playing Dragon Clan decks in the first place.

As one might expect, the Scorpion Clan also crept into the Top 16 in good numbers… and there are rumors that clan may have stopped short of ultimate victory simply to avoid the extra scrutiny. If this is true, one can only wonder: Are we likely to see the Scorpion back to their scheming ways throughout the next year of Organized Play?

2018 Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game World Championship Top 16

6. Pablo Pintor Espinosa Crab Dragon Keeper of Earth
7. Erik Baalhuis Crane Dragon Seeker of Air
10. Christopher Pottorf Dragon Crane Seeker of Fire
11. Marc Payment Scorpion Crane Keeper of Earth
18. Travis McDaniel Phoenix Dragon Seeker of Air
25. Andrew Case Scorpion Dragon Seeker of Void
32. Johnny Shen Scorpion Dragon Seeker of Void
34. Jose Luis Saenz Phoenix Dragon Seeker of Air
35. Luiz Bretas Dragon Crab Seeker of Fire
37. Brad Emon Crane Dragon Seeker of Air
41. Zachary Devine Scorpion Dragon Seeker of Void
46. Davis Kingsley Dragon Crab Seeker of Fire
49. Ronny Szutu Crane Scorpion Seeker of Air
61. Aaron Frede Dragon Crab Seeker of Fire
76. Daniel Trujillo Dragon Crab Seeker of Fire
77. Samuel Benies Scorpion Phoenix Keeper of Earth

          Note: The players' seeding was determined upon their qualification for the Day 2 elimination rounds.

Runewars Miniatures Game

The 2018 Runewars Miniatures Game World Championship began brightly with an array of armies that saw good representation from all four factions and heroes both old and new. The Daqan Lords dominated the early proceedings, having won the loyalty of 35% of all participants, and the Daqan leaders Kari Wraithstalker and Baron Zachareth tied for the second most popular heroes at the event, right behind Waiqar's stalwart knight, the vampire Lord Vorun'thul.

But as the day wore on and the battlefields grew slick with blood, it was the brutal Uthuk Y'llan who dominated the 2018 Runewars Miniatures Game World Championships. Their forces drew upon their Ynfernael strength to run rampant across Terrinoth's most important battlefields. Of the event's Top 4 players, three of them had tied their fates to those of the Ynfernael hordes, and two of them made the finals, crushing the last of Waiqar's forcs along the way.

In the end, it was Justin Hare who fought with the most ferocity, battling past Jennifer Bedell to claim the title of 2018 Runewars Miniatures Game World Champion!

Arguably the most notable difference between Justin's army and the one that Jennifer played was the fact that Justin ran just one hero—Ravos the Everhungry—while Jennifer ran Ravos alongside the witch Kethra A'laak. This left Justin with more points to spend on his infantry, and he committed 68 of those points to a full tray of Berserkers loaded with Tempered Steel, Frontline Spined Thresher, Warsprinter, and Aggressive Shrieker.

Justin spent the rest of his points on Spined Threshers, while Jennifer had gone all-in on the Spined Threshers, herself, including no fewer than four Spined Threshers units in her army.

Justin's army list is now available for download.

World Champion Lists

You can still find the video of Justin seizing his victory in our archives at Twitch.TV/FFGLive.

Notably, Justin wasn't the only champion among the Runewars players in attendance at the 2018 November World Championships. We also celebrated the dedication and talent with which players customized their armies. Judges awarded prizes in two categories—Best Painted Figure and Best Painted Army.

Thomas Paterson was the winner of the Best Painted Figure prize with his Carrion Lancer.

Curtis Chandler claimed the Best Painted Army prize with his Waiqar forces.

A Study in Excellence

Once again, we want to congratulate our new World Champions and give our thanks to everyone who attended the 2018 November World Championships. Your enthusiasm, skill, and sportsmanship were fantastic all weekend long, and we look forward to seeing many of you at the 2019 World Championships.

In the meantime, you'll find much of the action archived (for now) on Twitch.TV/FFGLive, and you can start along your journey to next year's World Champonships by watching the stream, downloading the World Champioship lists, and getting a better sense of how these games are played at the very highest levels!

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Это цитата сообщения Оксана_Лютова Оригинальное сообщениеЗамок Wernberg. Германия. Саксония-Анхальт

Замок Wernberg, расположенный в немецком городе Веренберг–Коблиц, ведет свою историю с XII века, когда на его месте была построена ландграфом Гебхардом I фон Лейхтенбергом неприступная крепость. На протяжении многих веков замок переходил из рук в руки: им владел дворянин Конрад фон Паульсдорф, рыцарь Нотхафт Энгельхард фон Вильдштайн и его потомки, замок служил резиденцией венценосного правителя Богемской короны Карла IV, его захватывали шведы.

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Прилагаю карту, на которой отмечен замок и еще несколько мест рядом

Немного фактов из истории Замка Вернберг (переведено с английской распечатки, которую нам дали прямо в замке, до этого информацию мы вообще нигде не могли найти, Википедия только немецкая):

  • 1280 Первое документальное упоминание: Конрад Паулсдорфер (Konrad Paulsdorfer) покупает уже существующий к тому времени замок «Burg Wernberg»;
  • 1281 Владельцем становится семья Нотхафт (Nothaft);
  • 1350 Хайнрих Нотхафт передает замок во владение короне Богемии;
  • 1367 Он получает обратно замок как феодальное владение;
  • 1509 Рыцарь Йорг Висбек (Joerg Wisbeck) покупает замок;
  • 1530 Его сын продает его семье Лойхтенбергов (Leuchtenberg), владельцев этих земель;
  • 1646 Династия Лехтенбергов заканчивается смертью Макс Адамса (Max Adams). Замок возвращается короне Богемии, затем перепродается Максимилиану, наместнику Баварии;
  • 1714 После еще серии переходов из рук в руки замок начинает использоваться как административное здание земли Верхний Пфальц (Upper Palatinate);
  • 1803 В результате реорганизации офис в Вернберге закрывается. Замок становится тюрьмой и постепенно разрушается;
  • 1871 Земля Верхний Пфальц принимает решение восстанавливать замок, но не может найти финансирование;
  • 1873 Министерство финансов Баварии продает замок капитану Перицкофу (Captaine Peritzhoff) за 1000 флоринов при условии восстановления сооружений замка;
  • 1891 Владельцем становится вдова Перицкофа Аманда;
  • 1892 Ханс Цапф (Hans Zapf) из Мурнау покупает замок;
  • 1893 Замок покупает майор Август Башарт (August Bashart) из Брюсселя, и в этом же году продает его на аукционе из-за финансовых проблем;
  • 1894 Майор в отставке Отто Барон Бренкенский (Otto Baron of Brencken) становится новым владельцем;
  • 1915 После смерти барона замок наследуют жена и три дочери.

А теперь новейшая история:

  • 1992 Город Вернберг выкупает замок и вместе с компанией Конрад Электроник (Conrad Electronic) переделывает его в отель с рестораном. Замок передается в аренду на 99 лет семье Конрад;
  • 1999 Открывается конференц-центр (в отдельном здании в горе ниже самого замка). Ресторан «Кастелл» получает свою первую звезду «Мишлен»;
  • 2000 Замок-отель вступает в элитную ассоциацию замков-отелей Relais & Chateaux;
  • 2002 Ресторан получает вторую мишленовскую звезду с шеф-поваром Кристианом Юргенсом (Christian Jurgens);
  • 2005 Ресторан занимает десятое место в рейтинге Gourment;
  • 2005 725-я годовщина первого упоминания о замке.

Очень живая история, просто фантастика провести две ночи в таком месте.

Ярко горят окна ресторана, в котором мы ужинали в первый вечер. Это не тот ресторан, который мишленовский, а другой — попроще. В нем ужин стоит «всего» 36 евро на человека без напитков. Кормят вкусно, обслуживание на очень высоком уровне.

Кусочек внутреннего двора во время прогулки перед сном:

Теперь те же места днем, когда мы неспешно и тщательно облазили весь замок внутри и снаружи.



А вот вид замка издали из городка:

Пару слов о том самом ресторане «Кастелл», мишленовскими звездами которого так гордится замок. Мы там ужинали во второй вечер, подумали, что такое тоже надо раз в жизни попробовать. Видимо так «раз в жизни» это и останется. Если кто смотрел фильм «О чем говорят мужчины», там есть момент, когда один из героев рассказывает, как он посещал крутой московский ресторан, ел там крутон, дефлопе и т.д. Все очень похоже:)

В итоге голодными мы не остались, и общие впечатления от пребывания в замке никак не ухудшились. Все было просто великолепно, как в сказке.

В заключение хочу особенно отметить уровень сервиса. Отель официально имеет 4 звезды. Но лучшего сервиса я не встречал нигде, хотя не раз ночевал в 5 звездах в том же Гонконге, например.

Один штрих для иллюстрации: пока мы ужинали персонал каждому расстилал постель, взбивал подушки, клал под ноги одно из дюжины полотенец и приветливо отворачивал одеяло. Получалось вот так:

И таких штрихов было еще много.

Короче говоря, замком Вернберг мы остались полностью очарованы, и рекомендуем его посетить всем любителям красоты средневековой архитектуры.


          20 bức ảnh tuyệt đẹp về các thị trấn mùa đông trên khắp thế giới      Cache   Translate Page      

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          EU, France, Germany, and UK Regret US Decision to Impose Iran Sanctions      Cache   Translate Page      

EU, France, Germany, and UK Regret US Decision to Impose Iran Sanctions | Europe determined to keep trading with Iran despite US demands

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          11/4/2018: Worldwide: Varoufakis: A Greek bearing a gift to challenge EU politics      Cache   Translate Page      

IN February 2015, at the height of Greece’s economic meltdown, the then finance minister Yanis Varoufakis went to the Federal Ministry of Finance in Berlin to negotiate a way out of the mess. Given that Germany was Greece’s main creditor, this was an...
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          EUR / USD: Eurozone data indicates a likely slowdown in economic growth in the 4th quarter of this year.      Cache   Translate Page      

Data released in the first half of the day in the euro area, put pressure on the European currency, which did not allow traders to resume an upward trend in risky assets. The data indicates a high probability that the eurozone economy will again begin to show a slowdown in the 4th quarter of this year after the rise observed in the 2nd and 3rd quarters.

According to the report of the Federal Statistics Agency, orders in the manufacturing sector of Germany grew slightly in September of this year compared with August. The increase was due to higher domestic demand. However, a sharp decline was observed from countries outside the monetary union.

Basic data

According to the data, orders in the manufacturing sector as a whole rose by 0.3% after rising 2.5% in August. Economists had expected orders in September to fall by 0.6% altogether. As I noted above, domestic orders in September rose by 2.8%, while demand from non-eurozone countries dropped by 3.7% at once. Compared to the same period of 2017, orders decreased by 2.2%.

The data on activity in the Eurozone services sector also failed to support the euro. A sharp decline in Germany and Italy led to a fall in the overall index in the eurozone.

According to the report, the PMI Purchasing Managers Index for Germany in October of this year showed a slowdown in growth and amounted to 54.7 points against 55.9 points in September. Economists had forecast that PMI for Germany's service sector would be at 53.6 points.

In Italy, the activity in the services sector also fell sharply. According to Markit, the PMI Purchasing Managers Index fell below 50 points, indicating a decline in activity. The report indicates that in October it was 49.2 points against 53.3 points in September.

The activity in the Eurozone services sector in October turned out to be slightly higher than expected, but there is little to be happy about. According to IHS Markit, the PMI Purchasing Managers Index for the Eurozone services sector in October 2018 was 53.7 points against 54.7 points in September of this year. Growth in business activity at such a slow pace could lead to a possible slowdown in economic growth in the 4th quarter.


As for the technical picture of the EUR / USD currency pair, it remained almost unchanged. The breakthrough of the resistance level of 1.1420 will strengthen the presence of euro buyers, which will lead to the resumption of an uptrend with the updating of the resistance levels of 1.1450 and 1.1480. In the case of a decline below the support level of 1.1390, the pressure on the euro may increase significantly, which will lead to a larger downward trend with a return to the lows of last month in the area of 1.1300.

The Australian dollar ignored the decision of the Reserve Bank of Australia, which kept interest rates unchanged at 1.5%, where it has been located for more than two years.


The RBA said that low interest rates still support the economy, and maintaining rates at the same level will correspond to stable GDP growth rates. Also, the current level of interest rates will allow over time to reach the target level of inflation.

The RBA believes that the prospects for the labor market remain positive, and they expect unemployment to decline to about 4.75% in 2020.

Economists of the bank revised their forecasts for GDP growth in 2018–2019 upwards to 3.5%.

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          The policy of Angela Merkel "and yours and ours" prevents the euro      Cache   Translate Page      


The euro is losing ground relative to five of the seven major currencies, which continues the October trend for the single European currency, but in November.

This week, the euro will not have support in the form of strong data for Germany or the Eurozone, but there is hope for a potential growth catalyst. This is progress in the negotiations on the Italian budget (but more attention will still be paid to the US and Brexit midterm elections), which will help euro to reverse the trend and start to regain positions against major currencies.

In addition, indirectly weakened the position of the euro and ambiguous policy of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who in October-November managed to agree on mutually exclusive issues with Russian President Vladimir Putin, head of the White House Donald Trump and Ukraine's leader Petro Poroshenko.

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          Finnish documentary wins in Germany      Cache   Translate Page      

Director Antti Haase’s film The Illuminators (Valontuojat) has won the best documentary prize at the Nordic Film Days Lübeck.

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          Parents’ Education Is More Important Than Their Wealth in Shaping Their Children’s Intelligence      Cache   Translate Page      

This study analyzed 19 (sub)samples from seven countries (United States, Austria, Germany, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Vietnam, Brazil) to determine the impact of parental education compared with wealth on the cognitive ability of children (aged 4–22 years, total N = 15,297). The background of their families ranged from poor indigenous remote villagers to academic families in developed countries, including parents of the gifted.

Children’s cognitive ability was measured with mental speed tests, Culture Fair Intelligence Test (CFT), the Raven’s, Wiener Entwicklungstest (WET), Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT), Piagetian tasks, Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT), Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), and Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).

Parental wealth was estimated by asking for income, indirectly by self-assessment of relative wealth, and by evaluating assets.

The mean direct effect of parental education was greater than wealth. In path analyses, parental education (βEd) also showed a stronger impact on children’s intelligence than familial economic status (βIn, total effect averages: βEd = .30–.45, βIn = .09–.12; N = 15,125, k = 18). The effects on mental speed were smaller than for crystallized intelligence, but still larger for parental education than familial economic status (βEd→MS = .25, βIn→MS = .00, βEd→CI = .36, βIn→CI = .09; N = 394, k = 3).

Additional factors affecting children’s cognitive ability are number of books, marital status, educational behavior of parents, and behavior of children. If added, a general background (ethnicity, migration) factor shows strong effects (βBg = .30–.36). These findings are discussed in terms of environmental versus hidden genetic effects.
          Wolfgang BECHERT 10 Aug 1928      Cache   Translate Page      
Wolfgang Bechert b. 10 Aug 1928 at Leipzig, Germany m. Iisemare Schrader date unknown, d. 03 Jun 1984 Father unknown, Mother Helena Wellhausen b. 1898
Iisemare was born at Schweigenhausen, Germany 18 Aug 1935 Father Ernst Schrader, Mother Elsemarie Schrader, brother Wolfgang Schrader b. 1920 Germany.
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          2018-11-19 - The EU-China Investment Law Relationship (LUXEMBOURG)      Cache   Translate Page      
Ort: Université du Luxembourg - Bâtiment Weicker (Luxembourg, Centre / Zentrum, LUXEMBOURG)
Datum: 2018-11-19
Uhrzeit: 17:30 - 19:30

The EU and China started to negotiate a standalone Bilateral Investment Agreement in 2013. The negotiations seem to be stuck and a final text of such an agreement seems to be "miles away". In this presentation, the key elements of this envisaged east-west-investment agreement will be discussed, as well as the current "stumbling blocs" to the agreement such as the China Market Economy Status question, EU-investment screening, the Role of State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) in investment law and the establishment of a Mortgage investment corporation (MIC).Discussant:Dr Duncan FREEMAN - Research Fellow at the EU-China Research Centre, College of EuropeSpeakerMarc BUNGENBERG is Director of the Europa-Institut and a professor of public law, European law and public international law at Saarland University in Germany, permanent visiting professor at the University of Lausanne/Switzerland and member of the scientific advisory board to the International Investment Law Centre in Cologne. Ma...

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Business Event: Intelligent Communications in der Praxis Spätestens seit der Microsoft Ignite ist der Begriff "Intelligent Communications" in Verbindung mit Microsoft Teams in aller Munde. Doch was macht das neue Microsoft Teams so anders und intelligenter im Vergleich zu Unified Communications Technologien der letzten Jahre? Die Communications-Spezialisten der Microsoft Teams User Group Germany

          Competitions: Design that Educates Awards 2019      Cache   Translate Page      
Registration Deadline: Feb 1, 2019; Submission Deadline Feb 2, 2019


The Design that Educates Awards (DtEA) investigate the educational potential of architecture and design. The ability to communicate the implemented solutions and features is the main theme of the awards. Such an informational layer of design and architecture prov ides an important (yet not fully explored) opportunity for a dialog between the user and the designer. The result—a new type of learning env ironment—prov ides a space for the exploration of both the design itself and its relation to the vaster context. Each year, the esteemed panel of judges will select the most outstanding examples. The objective of the awards is to recognize, showcase, and promote globally the best ideas and implementations of architecture and design that educate.   


  • Maria Aiolova (designer, educator, leader of  Arup University , cofounder of  Terreform ONE )  
  • Prof. Shingo Ando (designer, educator, professor at  Kyoto Arts and Crafts University )  
  • David Basulto (founder, CEO, and editor-in-chief of  ArchDaily )  
  • Dominic Harris (architect, artist, founder and creative director of  Cinimod Studio )  
  • Matthias Hollwich (architect, AIA, principal at  HWKN , cofounder of )  
  • Prof. Barbara Holzer (architect, lecturer, cofounder of  Holzer Kobler Architekturen )  
  • Mikiya Kobayashi (furniture and product designer, founder of  Mikiya Kobayashi Inc. )  
  • Dr. Peter Kuczia (architect, founder of  Kuczia Architects , initiator of the Design that Educates Awards)  
  • Prof. Carlo Ratti (architect, founding partner at  Carlo Ratti Associati , director at  MIT Senseable City Lab )  
  • Amandus Samsøe Sattler (architect, founding partner at  Allmann Sattler Wappner Architekten )  
  • Sarang Sheth (industrial designer, content writer and editor-in-chief at )  
  • Prof. Tobias Wallisser (architect, cofounder of  LAVA Laboratory for Visionary Architecture )  


During the first phase of the jury's deliberation, finalists will be selected from the pool of all entries. During the second phase, from the pool of finalists, the winners and laureates of honorable mention will be selected in each category. In addition to the jury’s evaluation, representatives of Solarlux (strategic partner of the awards) will select from the pool of finalists the laureates of Solarlux Choice.


Winners in the category of architectural design 
Winners in the category of product design 
Winners in the category of universal design 
Honorable mention (approximately 10 in each category) 
Finalists (from the pool of all entries; approximately 50) 
Emerging designer (additional label for students) 
Solarlux Choice  

Financial awards   

1500 USD: Winners in the category of architectural design 
1500 USD: Winners in the category of product design 
1500 USD: Winners in the category of universal design 
500 USD: Emerging designer (additional prize for students)  

Exhibition & Award Ceremony   

The projects of the winners and laureates of honorable mentions will be exhibited during the Design Forum on the Solarlux campus in Germany in 2019. The authors will be inv ited to present their designs during the ceremony.    

Press packages   

Finalists and winners will be presented on the website of the awards. The organizer will send out the press release to partners, media partners, and media sponsors after the announcement of the results 


The Award Ceremony will take place on the Solarlux campus in Germany (Melle, Lower Saxony, Germany) on March 28–29, 2019. The ceremony will be hosted by Solarlux GmbH (strategic partner of the awards) and will consist of an exhibition of the results, lectures by selected members of the jury, laureates’ presentations, workshops, and networking opportunities. Participation is free of charge (registration is required).  


The awards are a multidisciplinary call for ideas and implementations in the categories of (1) architectural design, (2) product design, and (3) universal design. Deliberation about the entries will consist of two phases: (1) selection of the finalists and (2) selection of winners and laureates of honorable mentions. Entries will be evaluated based on the following criteria: feasible, verifiable, v isionary, original, and comprehensive. The theme of the awards has been inspired by the research called ‘Educating Buildings’ (‘Bildende Bauten’) by Dr. Peter Kuczia. The submitted ideas should refer to the competition theme and underline the educational potential of design. 

Team of professionals: Early 125 USD; Regular 150 USD; Late 175 USD 
Individual professional: Early 75 USD; Regular 100 USD; Late 125 USD 
Team of students: Early 50 USD; Regular 75 USD; Late 100 USD 
Individual student: Early 25 USD; Regular 50 USD; Late 75 USD  


Registration opens in October 2018  Early registration: until November 1, 2018 
Regular registration: until January 1, 2019 
Late registration: until February 1, 2019
Project submission deadline: February 2, 2019 
Jury deliberation: February 2019 
Announcement of winners: March 1, 2019 
Awards ceremony: March 28–29, 2019 


The host of the awards is  Laka Foundation , a registered nonprofit and nongovernmental organization that operates through statutory charitable activities. 
Contact the organizer at . 
Official website of the Design that Educates Awards:
The strategic partner of the awards is Solarlux GmbH: a German manufacturer of bi-folding glass doors, winter gardens, and façade solutions. 

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          Event: Retrospective Bruno Taut at Home      Cache   Translate Page      
Event Date: Oct 30, 2018 - Nov 9, 2018; Event City: Istanbul, TR
  • Curator: Mehmet Sinan Tarakcıoğlu
  • Exhibition Team: Elçin Burcu Temel, Taybuğa Aybars Mamalı
  • Translation: Neslihan Çatak, Poster Design: Mirza Vranjakovic
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Exhibiton invites everyone to see Head of Department of Architecture Prof. Bruno Taut back at his home, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, 80 years after his solo exhibition held at the Taut Atelier in June 1938.

“The world is my idea.” Arthur Schopenhauer

Bruno Taut is an important figure in modern architecture. His author-educator-urban planner identities, his architectural approach and the reflections of his approach have been collected.

Bruno Taut met Categorical Imperative of Kant through a gravestone in Königsberg and carried his moral law throughout his life. He lived in a world where racism and brutality rose. But he never lost his humane point of view. He wandered around the globe without losing this perspective. He lived in Germany, Russia, Japan and Turkey in a period when the effects of the changes that occurred before and after the war were deeply felt. He was branded as heimatlos and still considered this way. However, he deserves to be remembered as a citizen of the world.

In Turkey, where Taut hoped to work for a long period, he found the place in accordance with his ideals over at the Academy of Fine Arts Istanbul. For this purpose, he built a second house for himself in Istanbul after Berlin. This house in Ortaköy which sheds light on his travel-filled life and his multi-colored architectural approach was his last home. The effects he created under the umbrella of the Academy of Fine Arts in Turkey, where he only spent two years, reached present day through the young architects and his students.

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WE ARE A young outsourcing start up, provider for the serviced apartment industry, originated from Germany, active internationally with a focus on Asia Pacific and Europe. We are now recruiting for a full time job to manage our international guests online. Job Description: - You will be replying enquiries (via email) - Negotiate favorable bookings - Professionally respond to complaints, handle cancelations, following up payments, and arranging refunds (majority of communication is thru email) - Attract new guests through social media platforms Qualifications: - Excellent verbal and written communication skills - Service-oriented - Innovative thinker - Positive and fun attitude - Must be motivated and able to work independently or in team Requirements: - Must be female (18 to 26 years of age) - Must be computer literate - College graduate or college level - with or without experience (BPO experience is a plus) WHY JOIN US? We call ourselves a FAMILY business.. a dynamic team of friendly international people always developing ourselves. We offer a very convenient work environment (No cubicles), opportunities for traveling (once hired permanently), above average remuneration and solid future prospects.
          The Getty Explores Rise of ‘Renaissance Nude’      Cache   Translate Page      
Renaissance artists drew inspiration from classical sculpture and observation to craft artworks depicting the human body. The J. Paul Getty Museum explores the rise and influence of the nude in “The Renaissance Nude,” now on view through January 27, 2019. The exhibit traces the rise of the nude in artworks made in France, Germany, Italy […]
          Who steals portable toilets? German court renders verdict      Cache   Translate Page      
BERLIN (AP) — The portable toilets kept on disappearing — and now a German company knows why. Two men in Germany have been convicted of stealing more than 100 portable toilets. The dpa news agency reported that Duesseldorf district court delivered its verdict Tuesday, giving a 40-year-old man a 10-month suspended sentence and a 28-year-old ex-colleague six months. Both men worked for a waste disposal company from whose premises the toilets — worth nearly 70,000 euros ($79,700) in all — gradually disappeared, a loss that was only discovered a few months later. The men admitted having sold the toilets to a company in the Netherlands via a go-between. Only three of the missing toilets have resurfaced. The defendants lost their jobs.
          Non-Hydro Renewables To Replace Nuclear In Germany, Reaching 71.9% By 2030      Cache   Translate Page      
Saerbeck Wind and SolarWith Germany set to phase out its nuclear capacity by 2022, leading analysts GlobalData predicts that non-hydro renewables will almost exclusively fill the remaining capacity, and by 2030 will contribute over 70% to the country's power mix
          "Simulation Theory"-Tour: Muse spielen 2019 exklusives Deutschland-Konzert      Cache   Translate Page      

Vorverkauf ab 13. November

Muse (Tour Promo)

Muse gehen 2019 auf große World Tour und haben leider nur ein Konzert für little Germany geplant. Hier findet ihr alle Infos zum Köln-Gig und dem etwas undurchsichten Vorverkauf. 

          Will German Automakers Survive iPhone Moment For Cars (aka The Tesla Effect)?      Cache   Translate Page      
While excitement grows for electric cars, questions remain. Patrick McGee writes (via Financial Times), "Can Germany survive the ‘iPhone moment’ for cars? The country’s profitable carmakers are being hit quicker than expected by the adoption of electric vehicles ... some question whether Das Auto will survive such an industry transformation."
          GNTM-Finalistin Jasmin aus Dornbirn ist schwanger      Cache   Translate Page      
Bei "Germany's Next Topmodel" belegte Jasmin aus Dornbirn 2016 den vierten Platz. Auf Instagram verkündete die Vorarlbergerin jetzt, dass sie Mutter wird.
          Während die „Spitze der Karawanen“ Mexikos Hauptstadt erreicht, mobilisiert Trump auch seine Hilfstruppen: Faschistische Milizen und mittelamerikanische Regierungen      Cache   Translate Page      

Tausende in Mexiko, Zehntausende auf den Straßen in den Ländern Mittelamerikas: Zwei, drei, viele Karawanen kommen…Rund 1700 mittelamerikanische Migranten sind auf ihrem Weg in Richtung USA in Mexiko-Stadt angelangt. Die Vorhut der sogenannten Migrantenkarawane mit Menschen aus Honduras, Guatemala und El Salvador wurde am Sonntag in einem Stadion der mexikanischen Hauptstadt aufgenommen. Von dort sind es noch mehr als 700 Kilometer bis zur US-Grenze, die viele der meist zu Fuß reisenden Armuts- und Kriminalitätsflüchtlinge erreichen wollen. Mehr als tausend Migranten versammelten sich unterdessen in Puebla, 125 Kilometer südwestlich von Mexiko-Stadt, um von dort aus gemeinsam in die Hauptstadt zu ziehen. (…) Rund 2000 Menschen befinden sich noch auf dem Weg vom südlicher gelegenen Oaxaca nach Puebla. Sie haben sich in mehrere kleinere Gruppen aufgeteilt, nachdem die Regierung der Region Veracruz ihr Versprechen rückgängig gemacht hatte, den Migranten 150 Lastwagen zur Beförderung bis Mexiko-Stadt bereitzustellen, wie die für Migrantenrechte eintretende Organisation "Pueblo Sin Fronteras" mitteilte. Die Strecke sei wegen der Vorherrschaft der Drogenkartelle, die oft Reisende überfallen, äußerst gefährlich.  Zwei weitere Trecks befinden sich noch im südmexikanischen Bundesstaat Chiapas. Eine Gruppe mit rund 1500 Honduranern hat rund 180 Kilometer ab der Grenze mit Guatemala zurückgelegt, die andere mit rund 2000 Menschen aus El Salvador befand sich am Sonntag erst rund 40 Kilometer von der Südgrenze Mexikos entfernt…“ – aus der Agenturenmeldung „Karawane in Mexikos Hauptstadt angelangt“ vom 05. November 2018, hier bei Spiegel Online – wobei die Zahlen vom Montag, in jedem Bereich, heute schon wieder überholt sind. Siehe dazu in der Materialsammlung vom 6.11. weitere aktuelle Beiträge zu Trumps Mobilisierung, der Solidarität in Mexiko und Hintergründen der Karawanen

Der Beitrag Während die „Spitze der Karawanen“ Mexikos Hauptstadt erreicht, mobilisiert Trump auch seine Hilfstruppen: Faschistische Milizen und mittelamerikanische Regierungen erschien zuerst auf LabourNet Germany.

          [7. bis 22. November 2018] Vortragsreihe eines japanischen Anti-AKW-Aktivisten in vier Städten der BRD      Cache   Translate Page      

AKW Fukushima vor der Katastrophe 2011Im Jahr 2011 hat ethecon den Internationalen ethecon Black Planet Award an Manager und Großaktionäre des japanischen Atomenergie-Konzerns TEPCO aus Tokio verliehen. Diese tragen in verbrecherischer Weise für die Atom-Katastrophe in Fukushima Verantwortung, die bis heute andauert. Der bekannte Anti-Atom-Aktivist und langjährige ethecon-Partner Kazuhiko Kobayashi startet in Kooperation mit ethecon eine Vortragstournee durch Deutschland. Sein Vortrag „Sieben Jahre nach Fukushima – Atomausstieg sofort!“ wird in Hamburg, Fulda, Mannheim und Lindau zu hören sein. Kobayashi, der in Japan geboren wurde und dort lebt, studierte in Tokio Germanistik und lebte fast 30 Jahre in Deutschland, bevor er nach Japan zurückkehrte. An seinem Lebensabend, so sagt er, hat er nur noch einen Wunsch: „Aus meiner innersten Seele heraus zu sprechen und nach meinem Gewissen zu handeln für die hilflosen, unschuldigen Kinder und für unsere einmalig kostbare, schöne und unersetzbare Erde, die nun weltweit immer mehr verseucht wird und schweigend um Hilfe ruft.“  Bei dieser Gelegenheit einige aktuelle Informationen: Der von uns an den Pranger gestellte Black Planet Award Preisträger und ehemalige Vorstandvorsitzende des TEPCO-Konzerns Katsumata steht endlich vor Gericht, seine Verantwortung für die Jahrhundertkatastrophe von Fukushima ist unzweifelhaft. Gleichzeitig allerdings versucht die Regierung im Bündnis mit TEPCO bis zu den Olympischen Spielen in Tokio 2020 die Verheerungen des Super-GAU aus dem Blickfeld zu räumen…“ – aus der Ankündigung „Japanischer Anti-Atom-Aktivist mit Vortrag auf Deutschlandtour vom 04. November 2018 (hier bei Scharf Links dokumentiert) in der auch genaue Angaben zu Ort und Zeit der Veranstaltungen in Hamburg, Fulda, Lindau und Mannheim gemacht werden.

Der Beitrag [7. bis 22. November 2018] Vortragsreihe eines japanischen Anti-AKW-Aktivisten in vier Städten der BRD erschien zuerst auf LabourNet Germany.

          Große Kritik, keine Folgen: Die Unterstützung für den Krieg der Sauds gegen den Jemen ist ungebrochen      Cache   Translate Page      

Die größte Demo der jemenitischen Geschichte 7.7.2017 in Aden für UnabhängigkeitTrotz der Affäre um den gewaltsamen Tod des saudischen Journalisten Jamal Khashoggi bildet die Bundeswehr zunächst weiter Soldaten aus Saudi-Arabien aus. An der Führungsakademie in Hamburg werden derzeit sieben Offiziersanwärter der saudischen Streitkräfte geschult, wie die Deutsche Presse-Agentur aus dem Verteidigungsministerium erfuhr. Sie belegen einen Sprachkurs, der Voraussetzung für die für 2019 geplante Offiziersausbildung ist. Bisher hat das Ministerium nicht vor, den Lehrgang wegen der angespannten Beziehungen zu Saudi-Arabien abzubrechen. Die Ausbildung werde „vorbehaltlich anderweitiger politischer Entscheidung“ wie geplant fortgesetzt, teilte ein Ministeriumssprecher auf Anfrage mit. Im nächsten Jahr sollen zudem sieben weitere saudische Offiziersanwärter an der Führungsakademie aufgenommen werden. Die endgültige Entscheidung darüber fällt aber erst Anfang 2019…“ – aus der dpa-Meldung „Bundeswehr bildet Saudis aus“ vom 04. November 2018 (hier bei der taz), worin „natürlich“ einmal mehr der Krieg im Jemen keine große Rolle spielt bei der Erwähnung saudischer Verbrechen… Zum Krieg gegen die Bevölkerung im Jemen und seinen Unterstützern zwei weitere Beiträge zur BRD, sowie je einer zu Frankreich und Spanien

Der Beitrag Große Kritik, keine Folgen: Die Unterstützung für den Krieg der Sauds gegen den Jemen ist ungebrochen erschien zuerst auf LabourNet Germany.

          Ein Brief von Max Zirngast aus dem türkischen Gefängnis      Cache   Translate Page      

ZirngastIch bin euch allen zu Dank verpflichtet; euch allen tausend Dank und viele Grüße. Im Angesicht eurer Freundschaft und eurer Solidarität finden sich keine Worte. Ich glaube nicht, dass ich so viel Interesse und Einsatz verdient habe. Ich möchte zunächst einmal detailliert erzählen, was wir hier so machen und unter welchen Bedingungen wir leben. Entschuldigt, dass ich mit Bleistift und nicht mit einem Kugelschreiber schreibe. Es gab irgendwelche Probleme mit dem Geld und wir haben keine Kugelschreiber mehr. Hier kann man nur einmal in der Woche einkaufen. Am Montag müssen wir den Einkaufszettel für die Kantine einreichen, am Mittwoch erhalten wir dann die gewünschten Produkte. Wenn du am Montag kein Geld hast, musst du eben auf den nächsten Montag warten. Für Obst und Gemüse geben wir den Einkaufszettel am Dienstag ab, am Donnerstag erhalten wir dann das Obst und das Gemüse. Da ich noch immer keine vegane Nahrung erhalte [Max ist u.a. Tierbefreiungsaktivist und ernährt sich vegan; Anm. d. Red.], sind [diese Obst- und Gemüseeinkäufe] umso wichtiger. Was ich damit sagen will, ist, dass hier nicht alles so einfach läuft, manchmal mangelt es uns auch an Stiften und Papier….“ – so beginnt „Von unnützen Gesprächsangeboten und fehlenden Stiften“ von Max Zirngast am 31. Oktober 2018 auf der Kampagnenseite zu seiner Freilassung: Ein Brief den der Gefangene am 18. Oktober geschrieben hatte und worin er den Gefängnisalltag beschreibt… Siehe dazu auch den Verweis auf unseren bisher letzten Beitrag zur Kampagne für die Freilassung von Max Zirngast

Der Beitrag Ein Brief von Max Zirngast aus dem türkischen Gefängnis erschien zuerst auf LabourNet Germany.

          Nach drei Wochen Bildungsstreik: Studierende in Kolumbien stellen Forderungen nach einem höheren Bildungsetat an die Regierung Duque      Cache   Translate Page      

Studidemo am 10.10.2018 in Bogota: Der Widerstand gegen die Privatisierungspläne des neuen Präsidenten mobilisiert die Menschen im Bildungswesen Kolumbiens immer stärkerNach einem über drei Wochen andauernden Bildungsstreik in Kolumbien haben sich Studierende und die Bildungsministerin María Victoria Angulo zu einem Schlichtungsgespräch getroffen. Den Protesten für einen höheren Bildungsetat hatten sich mindestens 25 öffentliche Universitäten angeschlossen. Die Studierenden und Lehrkräfte kritisieren vor allem, dass die Rüstungsausgaben nach wie vor einen erheblichen Teil des Staatsbudgets beanspruchen, während die Universitäten Defizite komoensieren müssen. Die öffentlichen Universitäten Kolumbiens werden zum Opfer ihres Erfolgs. Die Anzahl der an den öffentlichen Universitäten Immatrikulierten hat sich zwischen 2003 und 2017 beinahe verdoppelt. 2017 studierten über 660.000 Personen an den öffentlichen Universitäten. Die Finanzierung hinkt dieser Entwicklung hinterher. Die öffentliche Hand finanziert gerade einmal 52 Prozent der Budgets der öffentlichen Hochschulen, über 40 Prozent erbringen die Universitäten aus eigenen Mitteln. Die Immatrikulationsgebühren haben in den letzten Jahren deutlich zugenommen, was vor allem Studierende aus ärmeren Familien zunehmend von einem akademischen Studium ausschließt…“ – aus dem Beitrag „Forderung nach mehr Geld für öffentliche Universitäten in Kolumbien“ von askonline am 04. November 2018 bei . Siehe dazu auch einen weiteren aktuellen Beitrag und den Hinweis auf unseren ersten Bericht zu den Universitätsprotesten in Kolumbien

Der Beitrag Nach drei Wochen Bildungsstreik: Studierende in Kolumbien stellen Forderungen nach einem höheren Bildungsetat an die Regierung Duque erschien zuerst auf LabourNet Germany.

          Seit 100 Tagen in Gefängnis und Hausarrest: Weiterhin Solidarität mit den chinesischen Basisgewerkschaftern von Jasic und ihren Unterstützungsgruppen nötig!      Cache   Translate Page      

Solidaritätsaktion mit den Jasic Gewerkschaftern in Hongkong am 31.7.20184 Jasic-Arbeiter und mindestens 11 Aktive verschiedener Unterstützungsgruppen befinden sich auch 100 Tage nach ihrer Festnahme immer noch entweder im Gefängnis oder unter Hausarrest, solidarische Studierende der Universität Beijing wurden auf verschiedene Weise bestraft – alles nur, weil sie ihr Recht auf gewerkschaftliche Organisation verwirklichen wollten. In dem Aufruf „CLB calls for the immediate release of all Jasic workers and supporters“ am 01. November 2018 beim China Labour Bulletin wird nicht nur auf diese simple Tatsache verwiesen, sondern auch aufgerufen, zum „Tag 100“ am 4. November erneut Solidarität zu zeigen. Das CLB weist in diesem Aufruf – der auch die Ereignisse der letzten Monate nochmals kurz zusammenfasst – darauf hin, dass auch der gerade stattgefundene 17. Gewerkschaftstag des ACFTU keinerlei Indizien dafür geliefert habe, dass vom staatlichen Gewerkschaftsbund irgendeine Initiative ausgehen könnte, die Interessen der Belegschaft zu vertreten, und dass es deshalb nach wie vor dafür zentral sei, die Angelegenheiten in die jeweils eigenen Hände zu nehmen. In dem Betrag auch nochmals der Link zur Solidaritätspetition aus Shenzhen. Siehe dazu auch den Hinweis auf unseren bisher letzten Beitrag zum Kampf bei Jasic

Der Beitrag Seit 100 Tagen in Gefängnis und Hausarrest: Weiterhin Solidarität mit den chinesischen Basisgewerkschaftern von Jasic und ihren Unterstützungsgruppen nötig! erschien zuerst auf LabourNet Germany.

          Streik gegen Verfolgung gewerkschaftlicher Tätigkeit erfolgreich: Textilarbeiterinnen beim chinesischen Lidl-Zulieferer in Myanmar wieder eingestellt      Cache   Translate Page      

myanmar_textilstreik_oktober2018_2Nach mehrmonatigem Streik haben die 300 Textilarbeiterinnen des chinesischen Unternehmens Fu Yuen gewonnen und werden am 6. November 2018 wieder die Arbeit bei dem Lidl-Zulieferer aufnehmen. Ihre Streikforderung, die 30 Kolleginnen, die wegen ihrer gewerkschaftlichen Tätigkeit entlassen worden waren, wieder einzustellen, wurde erfüllt. Der Streik dauerte insgesamt seit dem 21. August. Einige der ursprünglichen Forderungen wurden zunächst erfüllt, aber die Entlassung von 30 aktiven KollegInnen wurde nicht zurückgenommen. Deshalb wurde der Streik fortgesetzt, der auch die Unterstützung durch Anwohner auf seiner Seite hatte.  Siehe dazu die kurze Meldung „Myanmar – Streik erfolgreich“ am 01. November 2018 bei Asien aktuell (dort auch der Verweis auf die ursprüngliche Nachrichtenquelle). Siehe dazu auch einen Hintergrundbeitrag und den Hinweis auf unseren ersten Streikbericht

Der Beitrag Streik gegen Verfolgung gewerkschaftlicher Tätigkeit erfolgreich: Textilarbeiterinnen beim chinesischen Lidl-Zulieferer in Myanmar wieder eingestellt erschien zuerst auf LabourNet Germany.

          Streik am Brüsseler Flughafen erfolgreich      Cache   Translate Page      

Belgien: am 25. Oktober 2018 begann der Streik der Beschäftigten der Aviapartner (Gepäckabfertigung) am Flughafen BrüsselNach sechs Tagen Streik war die Belegschaft von Aviapartner erfolgreich: Ihre Forderungen nach mehr Personal und mehr Sicherheit werden von dem Unternehmen erfüllt, so die offizielle Bekanntgabe des letzten Gesprächs zwischen Gewerkschaften und Unternehmensleitung. In dem Bericht „Après Ryanair, c’est au tour des travailleurs d’Aviapartner de décrocher la victoire“ von Sander Vandecappele am 01. November 2018 bei der PTB wird informiert, dass 20 bisherige Zeitarbeiter übernommen werden und 45 neue feste KollegInnen eingestellt, sowie eine Prämie von 250 Euro je Beschäftigten ausbezahlt wird. Dies sei im Wesentlichen der Entschlossenheit der Streikenden zuzuschreiben, die sich auch von der üblichen medialen Anti-Streik-Propaganda nicht hätten einschüchtern lassen. In dem Bericht wird auch noch darauf verwiesen, dass, wie schon beim erfolgreichen Brüsseler Streik bei Ryanair vor einigen Wochen, die politische Debatte um ein „Flughafen-Statut“ unter der Belegschaft intensiv geführt wurde – ein Vorschlag aus basisgewerkschaftlichen Kreisen mit dem Ziel, allgemeine Mindestbedingungen für alle Beschäftigten in den verschiedenen Bereichen der Flughäfen festzulegen. Siehe dazu auch den Hinweis auf unseren ersten Streikbericht aus Brüssel

Der Beitrag Streik am Brüsseler Flughafen erfolgreich erschien zuerst auf LabourNet Germany.

          French Bulldog face, pink dog, animal sticker, best friend pet 100% waterproof vinyl label. by TevaKiwi      Cache   Translate Page      

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          European-Built Service Module Arrives in U.S. for First Orion Moon Mission      Cache   Translate Page      
The powerhouse that will help NASA’s Orion spacecraft venture beyond the Moon is stateside. The European-built service module that will propel, power and cool during Orion flight to the Moon on Exploration Mission-1 arrived from Germany at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Tuesday to begin final outfitting, integration and testing wit
          Watch: Atletico snap Dortmund's unbeaten run with 2-0 win      Cache   Translate Page      

Atletico Madrid dominated Borussia Dortmund to win 2-0 in their Champions League Group A match on Tuesday, exacting some revenge for last month's heavy loss in Germany and snapping their opponents' unbeaten run this season. Saul Niguez fired the hosts ahead in the 33rd minute and Antoine Griezmann added another in the 80th in a one-sided match that ended Dortmund's 15-game unbeaten run in all competitions. The result lifted Atletico to nine points, level with leaders Dortmund, with two games left in the group stage. Belgium's Club Bruges are third on four points after beating AS Monaco 4-0 earlier on Tuesday with the top two advancing to the knockout stage. Standings provided by Sofascore LiveScore

By Jason Lemon 

On Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 10:41

French President Emmanuel Macron reviews French navy personnel as he arrives aboard the French Mistral-class assault ship and helicopter carrier Dixmude to attend a ceremony to present his wishes to the armed forces at the Toulon Naval Base in Toulon, France, on January 19.PHOTO: CLAUDE PARIS/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

French President Emmanuel Macron has urged the creation of a “true, European army” to protect the continent from Russia, China and the United States.

"We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the United States of America," Macron told Europe 1 radio on Tuesday, Agence France-Presse reported.

Pointing to recent decisions by President Donald Trump, the 40-year-old French leader warned that European security is at risk.

“When I see President Trump announcing that he's quitting a major disarmament treaty which was formed after the 1980s Euro-missile crisis that hit Europe, who is the main victim?” he asked. “Europe and its security.” The French president concluded that Europe needed a unified military in order to “protect” itself.

Macron has previously expressed his view that Europe should jointly coordinate military actions, the BBC reported. Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel has also backed such a plan, saying in June that it would be part of "the structure of defense cooperation.”

“It is up to us to guarantee European security,” Macron said in an August speech, adding that the continent could no longer rely on the U.S. for protection.

“President Macron's call for a greater European effort in defense derives from two sets of factors,” the BBC’s defense correspondent Jonathan Marcus explained, “his support for the greater European project on the one hand, but also horror at much that the Trump administration is doing on the other, with its overturning of treaties and so on.”

While Macron, who took office in May 2017, just a few months after Trump, initially appeared to have a positive relationship with the American president, they have since sparred publicly over numerous issues such as the Paris climate accords, trade tariffs and the Iran nuclear agreement. Last month, the French president stressed the importance of the Cold War–era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty in a direct discussion with Trump, after the White House signaled it would withdraw from the decades-old agreement.

Despite the French president’s warnings and concerns, he will host Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the 100-year anniversary of the end of World War I on November 11 in Paris. At the end of October, Trump described the upcoming trip as “very exciting” in a tweet, and said he had just spoken to the French president to discuss the celebration.

However, Trump also described the European Union as a “foe” last summer. When asked about world powers he saw as threats to the U.S., the president mentioned the longtime U.S. allies first, before also pointing to Russia and China.

“Well, I think we have a lot of foes. I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade,” he said. “Now you wouldn't think of the European Union, but they're a foe."

          Clergy sex abuse on the rise again, and church leaders are ignoring why, sociologist says      Cache   Translate Page      


Priests celebrate Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, Jan. 17, 2015. Credit: Catholic Charities/Jeffrey Bruno (CC BY 2.0)

Denver, Colo., Nov 2, 2018 / 03:13 pm (CNA).- After years in decline, Catholic clergy sex abuse could be on the rise again, warns a professor-priest’s analysis of relevant data.

The professor’s report sees a rising trend in abuse, and argues that the evidence strongly suggests links between sexual abuse of minors and two factors: a disproportionate number of homosexual clergy, and the manifestation of a “homosexual subculture” in seminaries.

“The thing we’ve been told about the sex abuse is that it is somehow very rare and declined to almost nothing today is really not true,” Father D. Paul Sullins, a Catholic priest and retired Catholic University of America sociology professor, told a Nov. 2 press conference.

“I found that clergy sex abuse did drop to almost nothing after 2002, but then it started to creep up,” he continued. “It’s been increasing. And there are signs that the bishops or the dioceses have gotten complacent about that.”

“It’s not at the great heights that it was in the mid-1970s, but it’s rising. And it’s headed in that direction,” he added.

Clergy sex abuse incidence is today about one third as common as in the late 1980s. While sex abuse by clergy is “much lower” than 30 years ago, it has not declined “as much as is commonly thought.” Most of the decline since the 1990s is consistent with “a similar general decline in child sex abuse in America since that time,” Sullins’ report said.

The decline is not necessarily related to measures taken by the U.S. bishops. Sullins told the press conference he saw no link between a decline in abuse and the implementation of the U.S. bishops’ 2002 Charter for the Protection of Children and Young Adults.

“Recent experience calls into question whether the current understanding of the nature of the abuse and how to reduce it is accurate or sufficient,” said Sullins in his report.

Efforts to address clergy abuse must acknowledge both “the recent increase of abuse amid growing complacency” and the “very strong probability” that the surge in abuse in past and present is “a product, at least in part, of the past surge and present concentration of homosexual men in the Catholic priesthood.”

The report was released Nov. 2 by the Louisiana-based Ruth Institute, where Sullins is a senior research associate. It has been reviewed by several scholars, including four social scientists, and is planned to be included in an upcoming book.

His study aimed to address a common question: is the sex abuse related in any way to homosexual men in the priesthood?

“I hear on the one hand denial of that, almost without even thinking about it, and I also hear advocacy of that, almost without even thinking about it,” Sullins said Nov. 2. “The question comes up logically because the vast majority of victims were boys. Usually in sex abuse of minors, two-thirds of victims are girls.”

Sullins’ report is titled “Is Catholic clergy sex abuse related to homosexual priests?” and he does not avoid the sometimes controversial question. The report compares “previously unexamined measures of the share of homosexual Catholic priests” and the incidence and victim gender of minor sex abuse victims by Catholic priests from 1950 to 2001.

Sullins’ sources included a 2002 survey of 1,854 priests by the Los Angeles Times that included questions about respondents’ sexual orientation, age, year of ordination, and whether they thought there was a homosexual subculture in their seminary. He measured abuse using data provided by the authors of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice reports, which themselves used reports of abuse provided by Catholic dioceses.

“Although over 8 in 10 of victims have been boys, the idea that the abuse is related to homosexual men in the priesthood has not been widely accepted by Church leaders,” said Sullins.

“(T)he data show that more homosexual men in the priesthood was correlated with more overall abuse and more boys abused compared to girls,” he added.

The increase or decrease in the percent of male victims correlated “almost perfectly” with the increase or decrease of homosexual men in the priesthood, he said, citing a 0.98 correlation. While the correlation was lower among victims under age 8, it was “lower but still strong,” 0.77. The statistical association between homosexual priests and abuse incidence was “extremely strong,” given that this scale ranges from -1.0, an inverse correlation, to 1.0, an absolute positive correlation.

Such results were “as close as you can get to a perfect correlation as I have ever seen,” Sullins said Nov. 2, adding that researchers usually consider correlation association above 0.3 or 0.4 to be a strong effect.

He took care to say it is the disproportionate presence of homosexual men in the priesthood, not the simple presence of any homosexual men, that appears to be the major factor.

“What I say in the paper is that when homosexual men were represented in the priesthood at about the same rate as they were in the population, there was no measurable problem of child sex abuse,” Sullins said. “It was only when you had a preponderance of homosexual men.”

The percentage of homosexual men in the general population is estimated at two percent. In the 1950s, homosexual men in the priesthood were about twice their percentage in the general population, making up four percent. in the 1980s they were eight times the percentage in the general population, 16 percent, according to Sullins.

“When you get up to 16 percent of priests that are homosexual, and you’ve got eight times the proportion of homosexuals as you do in the general population, it’s as if the priesthood becomes a particularly welcoming and enabling and encouraging population for homosexual activity and behavior,” he said Nov. 2.

Sullins was clear he wanted to avoid recommending any particular action based on his research.

“I would certainly not recommend that we remove all homosexuals from the priesthood,” he said. “The reason for that is: the abuse is not necessarily related to someone’s sexual orientation.” He cited his knowledge of men with same-sex attraction who are “strong, faithful persons,” adding “I would hate to have some sort of litmus test for that.”

If the Catholic Church in the U.S. were like most institutions, where two-thirds of abuse victims were female, people would reject the suggestion to eliminate all heterosexual men from the priesthood. That suggestion would be an “ideological reaction,” he said.

He suggested the priesthood should reflect the general population, as a sign priests are selected for “holiness and commitment to Christ and the things that we would hope would make for a good priest.”

“When you start to get a larger proportion of homosexuals It looks like you are actually selecting for same-sex orientation,” he said.

Seminary candidates have reported about the problems this disproportion creates, he continued. According to Sullins, Donald Cozzens' 2000 book “The Changing Face of the Priesthood” discusses accounts of homosexual students being so prevalent at some seminaries that heterosexual men felt destabilized and disoriented and left.

“That’s not a positive outcome. I do not think we would want to have that proportion of a homosexual culture in the priesthood,” said Sullins.

There appear to be verifiable trends in increases and decreases in the ordinations of homosexual priests.

“From 1965 to 1995 an average of at least one in five priests ordained annually were homosexual, a concentration which drove the overall proportion of homosexual men in the priesthood up to 16 percent, or one in six priests, by the late 1990s,” said Sullins’ report.

“This trend was strongly correlated with increasing child sex abuse,” he said.

Drawing on his findings, Sullins predicted that if the proportion of homosexual priests remained at the 1950s level “at least 12,000 fewer children, mostly boys, would have suffered abuse,” he said. As a percentage, this means abuse would have been about 85 percent lower.

The presence of homosexual subcultures in seminaries, as reported by priests considering their own seminary life, accounts for about half the incidence of abuse, but apparently not among heterosexual men.

“Homosexual subcultures encouraged greater abuse, but not by heterosexual men, just by homosexual men,” Sullins said Nov. 2. He suggested these subcultures encourage those who may have been attracted to male victims to act out more than would have been the case otherwise.

Sullins, a former Episcopal priest, has been married for 30 years and has three children. He was ordained to the Catholic priesthood in 2002 by then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of Washington.

“I was surprised and shocked, like most of us earlier this year, to hear about Cardinal McCarrick,” Sullins said. “I was particularly impressed by that because I was ordained by Cardinal McCarrick in 2002, and probably knew him better than most people would have.”

His report follows the June revelations that former Archbishop McCarrick was credibly abused of sex assault on a minor, revelations which prompted men to come forward saying he had sexually abused them as seminarians—and prompted Pope Francis to accept the archbishop’s almost unprecedented resignation from the cardinalate. McCarrick was deeply influential and had been a leading personality in the U.S. bishops’ response to the 2002 scandals.

In August, a Pennsylvania grand jury released its report on Catholic clergy sex abuse in six dioceses. It tallied over 1,000 credible accusations against hundreds of priests over decades, though many of these accusations had been reported in 2004.

“What was new in 2018 was not primarily the revelation of abuse by priests, but of a possible pattern of resistance, minimization, enablement and secrecy—a ‘cover-up’—on the part of bishops,” said Sullins, who used some of the grand jury report data for his study.

As part of the U.S. bishops’ response to the first sex abuse scandal in 2002, the John Jay College of Criminal Justice issued two bishop-commissioned reports: a 2004 report on the nature and scope of clergy sex abuse and a 2011 report on the causes and context of sex abuse.

Sullins criticized the 2011 report’s claim that sex abuse perpetrators are mainly “situational or opportunistic” and the sex of the victim is less relevant to them. In his view, multiple offenders “abused a higher proportion of male victims than did single offenders, and the proportion increased with higher numbers of victims.” If multiple offenders were better at acquiring victims, “they appear to have used their skills to obtain access to more boys, not fewer.”

Abuse of girls dropped off at the same rate in the 1980s and 1990s, and the data suggest that as girls became more prevalent in priestly life, such as in the introduction of altar girls, abusers of boys “responded to the presence of fewer younger boys primarily by turning to older boys, not to female victims.”

For clergy offenders who were “classic or fixated pedophiles,” targeting only victims under age eight, they still strongly preferred male victims, “conditional on higher proportions of homosexual men in the priesthood.”

Sex abuse by Catholic clergy is “substantially less” than in similar institutions or communities, but it is notable that underage victims of sex assault by Catholic priests in U.S. Catholic parishes and schools have been “overwhelmingly male,” said Sullins. Comparable reports in Germany indicate that up to 90 percent of abuse victims of Catholic clergy have been male, compared to about half of victims in Protestant or non-religious settings in that country.

Some Catholic commentators have blamed clericalism for the abuse. Pope Francis’ August 20 letter on sex abuse, which did not mention homosexuality, said communities where sexual abuse and “the abuse of power and conscience” have taken place are characterized by efforts to reduce the Catholic faithful to “small elites” or otherwise replace, silence or ignore them.

“To say ‘no’ to abuse is to say an emphatic ‘no’ to all forms of clericalism,” the Pope said.

In a May 21, 2018 audience with Italian bishops, the Pope said it is better not to let seminary candidates enter if they have “even the slightest doubt” about the fitness of individuals with homosexual “deep-seated tendencies” or who practice “homosexual acts,” but want to enter the seminary.

These acts or deep-seated tendencies can lead to scandals and can compromise the life of the seminary, as well as the man himself and his future priesthood, he said, according to Vatican Insider.

A 2016 document from the Vatican’s Congregation for Clergy, “The Gift of the Priestly Vocation,” cites a 2005 Vatican document which says: “the Church, while profoundly respecting the persons in question, cannot admit to the seminary or to holy orders those who practice homosexuality, present deep-seated homosexual tendencies or support the so-called ‘gay culture’.”

The bishops’ 2002 child protection charter drew criticism from Sullins. Its failure to acknowledge that bishops can commit abuse or cover up abuse “seemed to confirm the suggestion of a cover-up: indeed, to the extent bishops may have covered up priestly misbehavior, the charter itself may have covered up episcopal misbehavior.”

He faulted the 2011 John Jay report on the causes and context of clergy sex abuse, which said that a reported increase in homosexual men in seminaries in the 1980s did not correspond to the number of boys abused. Sullins noted that the authors acknowledged they did not collect or examine direct data on priests’ sexual identity and any changes in it over the years. They relied on “subjective clinical estimates and second-hand narrative reports of apparent homosexual activity in seminaries,” Sullins said.

The Ruth Institute, which published Sullins’ report, was founded in 2008 by Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, an economics-trained author and writer on marriage, family and human sexuality. She served as spokesperson for Proposition 8, the California ballot measure which defined marriage as a union of one man and one woman. The institute was backed by the National Organization for Marriage Education Fund until 2013.

Groups including the Human Rights Campaign, GLAAD, and the Southern Poverty Law Center have criticized the Ruth Institute’s stance against same-sex marriage and other LGBT causes.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which originally monitored foes of the civil rights movement, in the 1980s began tracking neo-Nazi groups and Ku Klux Klan affiliates. In recent years it has listed mainstream groups like the Ruth Institute, the Family Research Council and Alliance Defending Freedom as “hate groups” for their “anti-LGBT” stance.

In an Aug. 23, 2017 response to the listing, the Ruth Institute said it “categorically condemns white supremacy, racism, Nazism, and all violent totalitarian political movements.”

“People who cannot defend their positions using reason and evidence resort to name-calling to change the subject away from their anemic arguments,” the institute said. “The ‘hate group’ label is a club such people invented to bludgeon their political opponents.”


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          Comment on EIA’s Electric Power Monthly – October 2018 Edition with data for August by GoneFishing      Cache   Translate Page      
Song Do, the new designed city of the future is having teething problems. How long will it last as the sea level rises and reclaims the marshland the city took over? But it also has a very dark side. <i>LOOKING wistfully around at the surroundings, a strange mix of marshland and random high-rise buildings, Shim Jong-rae shakes his head, echoing the sentiment of many residents: “It’s a ghost town.” For more than a decade, urban planners have been studying the construction of Songdo, South Korea, the world’s first Smart City. Built within 25 miles of Seoul, it was to be the antithesis of the suffocating, overpopulated capital. A new way of thinking for more than 300,000 residents, spread out over 600 hectares of reclaimed land from the Yellow Sea. The brainchild of developers and the government, the vision was to construct a car-free world, with 40 per cent green space and dozens of kilometres of cycling routes. <i></i> But even worse, Songdo represents ecohabitat destruction. </i><i> Reclamation of internationally important tidal-flats at Song Do, as elsewhere, however, has already resulted in substantial declines in some species of waterbird at the local, national and even population level. Some of the species in decline are globally-threatened. These declines will continue further with further reclamation Simply, a genuine eco-city would not be built on tidal-flats. A genuine eco-city would cherish remaining tidal-flats, and aim to restore and enhance intertidal wetland – and not permit or promote its destruction. Unlike the ROK and China, most nations already gave up large-scale tidal-flat reclamation several decades ago. Now, the United States of America, the UK, the Netherlands, Germany and Italy among a host of other nations, are instead actively investing in restoring coastal wetlands and tidal-flats. Restoration, while expensive and less efficient than conservation of natural intertidal wetland, still helps these nations to move closer to meeting their formal obligations to the conservation conventions, and to help conserve migratory bird and fish species that depend on tidal-flats. It also allows them (and future generations of their citizens), to reap the multiple environmental, social and economic benefits of conservation through restoring ecosystem health and services. Is this really the most economical, efficient and environmentally-sound use of land that until a few years ago was some of the most naturally productive and wildlife-rich wetland in the world?<i></i> Anyone see a triple whammy here?</i>
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Here's something actually cheerful as the US goes to the polls for the mid-term elections: <a href="" rel="nofollow">German renewables share jumps to 38% for 2018, nearly catches coal</a> <i>Germany is edging ever closer to its national target of 65 per cent renewable energy by 2030, with new data showing wind and solar produced 38 per cent of the electricity consumed in the country between January and September 2018. The figures mark an increase of three percentage points over a year earlier, according to utility association BDEW, and were boosted by the renewables’ share reaching 43 per cent in the months of January, April and May. “If we have an average amount of wind in the fourth quarter, renewables could also cover 38 percent over the entire year,” BDEW said in a statement. But for the first three quarters of the year, this means that renewables produced almost 170 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh), while lignite and hard coal added up to about 172 billion kWh. “Clearly, renewables are in the fast lane, while the contribution of conventional energy sources to cover gross power consumption is falling continuously,” said BDEW head Stefan Kapferer. “But we still have a lot of work ahead of us to reach the target of a 65 per cent renewables share by 2030.”</i> <a href="" rel="nofollow">Renewables overtake fossil fuels in UK installed capacity</a> <i>According to a report published today by Drax, the combined capacity of renewables (wind, solar, biomass, hydro and ‘other’) in the UK reached 42 GW in the third quarter of 2018. Available capacity from fossil fuels, meanwhile, fell to 40.6 GW, with around one third being retired over the last five years. The report, Electric Insights Quarterly – Q3 2018, notes this is the first time that renewables have taken the largest share of Britain’s electricity infrastructure. The largest share of renewable capacity, around 20 GW, comes from wind, with solar in second place with 13 GW. It also calculates that so far in this decade, the UK has added approximately 3.8 GW of new renewable capacity per year on average, breaking down as follows: 1.0 GW of onshore wind, 0.8 GW of offshore wind, 1.4 GW of solar and 0.4 GW of biomass. Solar’s share in this growth has fallen in the past two years thanks to the withdrawal of incentives for further installation, though a few projects have managed to find business models that work ‘subsidy free’.</i>
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A curious piece. Yet Watson also condemned Britain for failing to act against the Turks, "the Viceregency of Hell", on behalf of the Armenians: Stirred by no clarion blowing loud and wide, Thy sons forget what Truth and Honour meant. - "Craven England" This was in the 1890s, long before the Armenian Genocide of 1915. By then, perhaps sensing another "diabolical tyranny" in the Kaiser's Germany, Watson supported British participation in the Great War. He was knighted in 1917 in recognition of his support for the war effort. When he died, in 1935, no less a figure than Kipling said of him that he "did great work and never wrote a bad line".
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A funny coincidence: In Witaszkowo/ Vettersfelde, in what now is the border region between Germany and Poland, the so-called 'Vettersfelde Treasure' (unearthed in 1882), in return seems to originate from the Panticapaeum area. The objects are connected to the animal-themed Scythian art. On a sidenote, it is 'Nuremberg' (not to be confused with 'Nurburg', btw, 'Wit Stwosz' was clearly not from Poland). The presence of Scythians in this area is otherwise only suggested by the discovery of three-fluted arrowheads, but these were regularly used by other Eurasian nomads. Among the most significant items in the said trove are: - <i>"An electrum plaque (41 x 15 cm, 608 g) in the shape of a fish, which probably dates to the end of the 6th century BC. According to Furtwängler, it was originally an ornament on a shield. The body of the fish is covered by little animals in relief, including a panther catching a boar, and a lion catching a deer, and the tail is made up of two rams' heads. It is believed to have been made by the artisans of an Ionian colony on the northern coast of the Black Sea, such as Olbia or Panticapaeum, to cater to the tastes of a Scythian prince."</i> - <i>"A golden plaque intended to cover the upper part of a sheath for an Acinaces (a type of dagger used by Scythians) and decorated with animals (fish, vultures, deer, boar). Length: 19 cm. 6th century BC."</i> - <i>"A golden object made up of four disks, each decorated with animals around a central boss, and a smaller central disk. It might have been part of a breast plate or a harness. Height: 17 cm. 6th century BC."</i> --------- PS: Olive oil ('Lekythoi' were used to store oil) is particularly light-sensitive, while what is usually sold in supermarkets as 'olive oils' is usually not sensitive at all. Thus, i would rather recommend the stuff from the supermarkets for making perfumes.
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U.S. rocket scientist Michael Armstrong and his assistant/fiancee Sarah Sherman are attending a convention in Norway. Michael is acting very suspiciously and Sarah follows him to East Germany when he apparently tries to defect to the other side.

          Drain Cleaning Equipment Market To Surpass US$ 876.3 Mn by 2025 at a CAGR of 5.2% between 2018 and 2025      Cache   Translate Page      
(EMAILWIRE.COM, November 06, 2018 ) Drain cleaning equipment market is experiencing growth all across the globe, driven by growing construction sector and rising demand to improve the infrastructures in the developing countries. Moreover, rise in the conceptualization of smart cities is also propelling the construction sector which further encourage development of public projects. Furthermore, adoption of sectional machines is increasing due to high safety of operations, minimal maintenance, and ease of transport. These factors are anticipated to drive the drain cleaning equipment market during the forecast period.

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The report focuses on an in-depth segmentation of drain cleaning equipment market based on product type, power source, end-use, and sales channel. The geographic segmentation of the report covers five major regions including; North Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific (APAC), Middle East and Africa (MEA) and South America (SA). The regional market has been further bifurcated by respective countries. By product type segment, jetters is accounted for largest share in the drain cleaning equipment market in 2017; whereas sectional machines is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period.

The report aims to provide an overview of global drain cleaning equipment market with detailed market segmentation. Also, it analyzes the current market scenario of drain cleaning equipment market and forecasts the market till 2025. The report covers market dynamics affecting the drain cleaning equipment market during the forecast period. Furthermore, the report analyzes the competitive scenario, geographic trends, and opportunities in the drain cleaning equipment market with respect to all geographic regions. The report also includes the detailed company profiles of the key players in the drain cleaning equipment market along with their market strategies. The report also provides value chain along with the SWOT analysis for all company profiled in the report.

The Europe is one of the prominent regions in drain cleaning equipment market which is contributing highest revenue globally due to increase in the construction of residential, private, and public infrastructures. Also, rapidly growing economies in Europe is experiencing a number of initiatives undertaken by government to accelerate construction in the countries to propel growth for drain cleaning equipment market. Low mortgage rates, demographic trends, and increasing disposable income of individuals are responsible to boost the residential construction in the European countries.

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Rest of Europe holds a high market followed by Germany and France. Owing to this, several global providers of drain cleaning related equipment are willing to invest in this region. some of the key players operating in the drain cleaning equipment market includes Aussie Pumps.; Flowplant Group Ltd.; Duracable Manufacturing Co.; General Wire Spring Co.; Nilfisk AS; Goodway Technologies Corp.; RIDGID; Gorlitz Sewer & Drain, Inc.; Electric Eel Manufacturing Co., and Spartan Tool L.L.C. among others.

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          Smart Building Market Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Industry Demand, Trends, Type, Applications, Forecast To 2023      Cache   Translate Page      
(EMAILWIRE.COM, November 06, 2018 ) A report added to the rich database of Qurate Business Intelligence, titled Global Smart Building Market Size, Status and Forecast 2023, provides a 360-degree overview of the worldwide market. Approximations associated with the market values over the forecast period are based on empirical research and data collected through both primary and secondary sources. The authentic processes followed to exhibit various aspects of the market makes the data reliable in context to particular time period and industry.

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Top Key Players included in this report: Ingersoll Rand(Trane), Honeywell, Eaton, Johnson Controls, Legrand, UTC, General Electric, Schneider, Siemens, Azbil

This report is highly informative document with inclusion of comprehensive market data associated with the significant elements and subdivision of the Global Smart Building Market that may impact the growth scenarios of the industry. The report may commendably help trades and decision makers to address the challenges and to gain benefits from highly competitive Global Smart Building Market.

Global Smart Building Market is research report of comprehensive nature which entails information in relation with major regional markets, current scenarios. This includes key regional areas such as North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, etc. and the foremost countries such as United States, Germany, United Kingdom, Japan, South Korea and China.

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The Global Smart Building Market report attempts to build familiarity of the market through sharing basic information associated with the aspects such as definitions, classifications, applications and market overview, product specifications, manufacturing processes, cost structures, raw materials and more. Furthermore, it strives to analyze the crucial regional markets, including the product price, profit, capacity, production, supply, demand and market growth rate. It also discusses forecast for the same. The report concludes with new project SWOT analysis, investment feasibility analysis, and investment return analysis.

It assists readers in understanding the key product sections and their future. Its counsels in taking well-versed business decisions by giving complete intuitions of the market and by forming a comprehensive analysis of market subdivisions. To sum up, it also provides confident graphics and personalized SWOT analysis of foremost market subdivisions.

This statistical surveying report presents comprehensive assessment of the global market for Smart Building, discussing several market verticals such as the production capacity, product pricing, the dynamics of demand and supply, sales volume, revenue, growth rate and more.

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Table of Content:

Global Smart Building Market Research Report 2018-2023

Chapter 1: Global Smart Building Market Overview

Chapter 2: Global Economic Impact

Chapter 3: Competition by Manufacturer

Chapter 4: Production, Revenue (Value) by Region (2018-2023)

Chapter 5: Supply (Production), Consumption, Export, Import by Regions (2018-2023)

Chapter 6: Production, Revenue (Value), Price Trend by Type

Chapter 7: Analysis by Application

Chapter 8: Manufacturing Cost Analysis

Chapter 9: Industrial Chain, Sourcing Strategy and Downstream Buyers

Chapter 10: Marketing Strategy Analysis, Distributors/Traders

Chapter 11: Global Smart Building Market Effect Factors Analysis

Chapter 12: Global Smart Building Market Forecast (2018-2023)

Chapter 13: Appendix

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          Plant Factory Market Growth, Opportunities, Industry Overview, Statistics, Size, Share 2018-2023      Cache   Translate Page      
(EMAILWIRE.COM, November 06, 2018 ) A report added to the rich database of Qurate Business Intelligence, titled Global Plant Factory Market Size, Status and Forecast 2023, provides a 360-degree overview of the worldwide market. A plant factory is a commercial plant-growing facility. These facilities are closed growing systems that allow farmers to have a constant production of crops throughout an entire year. When a farmer is growing within a plant factory, aspects such as light, moisture, carbon dioxide, and temperature can be controlled. Plants grown in plant factories are often grown vertically in hydroponic systems. The authentic processes followed to exhibit various aspects of the market makes the data reliable in context to particular time period and industry.

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Top Key Players included in this report: Valoya, Everlight Electronics, Fionia Lighting, Cidly, Kessil, LumiGrow, Philips, OSRAM, Illumitex, Kind LED Grow Lights, Apollo Horticulture, Flow Magic, LEDHYDROPONICS, Spectrum King Grow Lights, Epistar, Sunprou, GE, Netled, Grow LED Hydro, California LightWorks

This report is highly informative document with inclusion of comprehensive market data associated with the significant elements and subdivision of the Global Plant Factory Market that may impact the growth scenarios of the industry. The report may commendably help trades and decision makers to address the challenges and to gain benefits from highly competitive Global Plant Factory Market.

Global Plant Factory Market is research report of comprehensive nature which entails information in relation with major regional markets, current scenarios. This includes key regional areas such as North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, etc. and the foremost countries such as United States, Germany, United Kingdom, Japan, South Korea and China.

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The Global Plant Factory Market report attempts to build familiarity of the market through sharing basic information associated with the aspects such as definitions, classifications, applications and market overview, product specifications, manufacturing processes, cost structures, raw materials and more. Furthermore, it strives to analyze the crucial regional markets, including the product price, profit, capacity, production, supply, demand and market growth rate. It also discusses forecast for the same. The report concludes with new project SWOT analysis, investment feasibility analysis, and investment return analysis.

It assists readers in understanding the key product sections and their future. Its counsels in taking well-versed business decisions by giving complete intuitions of the market and by forming a comprehensive analysis of market subdivisions. To sum up, it also provides confident graphics and personalized SWOT analysis of foremost market subdivisions.

This statistical surveying report presents comprehensive assessment of the global market for Plant Factory, discussing several market verticals such as the production capacity, product pricing, the dynamics of demand and supply, sales volume, revenue, growth rate and more.

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Table of Content:

Global Plant Factory Market Research Report 2018-2023

Chapter 1: Global Plant Factory Market Overview

Chapter 2: Global Economic Impact

Chapter 3: Competition by Manufacturer

Chapter 4: Production, Revenue (Value) by Region (2018-2023)

Chapter 5: Supply (Production), Consumption, Export, Import by Regions (2018-2023)

Chapter 6: Production, Revenue (Value), Price Trend by Type

Chapter 7: Analysis by Application

Chapter 8: Manufacturing Cost Analysis

Chapter 9: Industrial Chain, Sourcing Strategy and Downstream Buyers

Chapter 10: Marketing Strategy Analysis, Distributors/Traders

Chapter 11: Global Plant Factory Market Effect Factors Analysis

Chapter 12: Global Plant Factory Market Forecast (2018-2023)

Chapter 13: Appendix

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          Oil Shale Market is Expected Grow with Significant CAGR Over Forecast Period of 2018 to 2023      Cache   Translate Page      
(EMAILWIRE.COM, November 06, 2018 ) A report added to the rich database of Qurate Business Intelligence, titled Global Oil Shale Market Size, Status and Forecast 2023, provides a 360-degree overview of the worldwide market. Approximations associated with the market values over the forecast period are based on empirical research and data collected through both primary and secondary sources. Industries utilize oil shale as a fuel for thermal power-plants to drive steam turbines. Additionally, oil shale serves in the production of specialty carbon fibers, carbon black, adsorbent carbons, resins, phenols, tanning agents, road bitumen, and soil-additives. The growing use of oil shale across various industries has been driving the oil shale market.

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Top Key Players included in this report: Occidental Petroleum, Anadarko, Chevron Corporation, Chesapeake Energy, Cabot Oil & Gas, ConocoPhillips, EOG Resources, Marathon Oil, ExxonMobil, SM Energy, Pioneer Natural Resources

This report is highly informative document with inclusion of comprehensive market data associated with the significant elements and subdivision of the Global Oil Shale Market that may impact the growth scenarios of the industry. The report may commendably help trades and decision makers to address the challenges and to gain benefits from highly competitive Global Oil Shale Market.

Global Oil Shale Market is research report of comprehensive nature which entails information in relation with major regional markets, current scenarios. This includes key regional areas such as North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, etc. and the foremost countries such as United States, Germany, United Kingdom, Japan, South Korea and China.

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The Global Oil Shale Market report attempts to build familiarity of the market through sharing basic information associated with the aspects such as definitions, classifications, applications and market overview, product specifications, manufacturing processes, cost structures, raw materials and more. Furthermore, it strives to analyze the crucial regional markets, including the product price, profit, capacity, production, supply, demand and market growth rate. It also discusses forecast for the same. The report concludes with new project SWOT analysis, investment feasibility analysis, and investment return analysis.

It assists readers in understanding the key product sections and their future. Its counsels in taking well-versed business decisions by giving complete intuitions of the market and by forming a comprehensive analysis of market subdivisions. To sum up, it also provides confident graphics and personalized SWOT analysis of foremost market subdivisions.

This statistical surveying report presents comprehensive assessment of the global market for Oil Shale, discussing several market verticals such as the production capacity, product pricing, the dynamics of demand and supply, sales volume, revenue, growth rate and more.

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Table of Content:

Global Oil Shale Market Research Report 2018-2023

Chapter 1: Global Oil Shale Market Overview

Chapter 2: Global Economic Impact

Chapter 3: Competition by Manufacturer

Chapter 4: Production, Revenue (Value) by Region (2018-2023)

Chapter 5: Supply (Production), Consumption, Export, Import by Regions (2018-2023)

Chapter 6: Production, Revenue (Value), Price Trend by Type

Chapter 7: Analysis by Application

Chapter 8: Manufacturing Cost Analysis

Chapter 9: Industrial Chain, Sourcing Strategy and Downstream Buyers

Chapter 10: Marketing Strategy Analysis, Distributors/Traders

Chapter 11: Global Oil Shale Market Effect Factors Analysis

Chapter 12: Global Oil Shale Market Forecast (2018-2023)

Chapter 13: Appendix

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          Attack on President Macron foiled after police arrest six members of the 'far-right' across France      Cache   Translate Page      
French security services arrested the six in three separate areas of France: Isere, southeast of Lyon; Moselle, on the border with Germany and Luxembourg; and in Ille-et-Vilaine, in the northwest.
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Johann Rehbogen, 94, worked as a guard at Stutthof, a camp east of Danzig, which is today the Polish city of Gdansk, from June 1942 to about the beginning of September 1944.
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Unusual, offbeat, quirky events you might not otherwise know about. by Stranger Things To Do Staff To prevent some of the quirkier and more extraordinary events from slipping through the cracks, we've compiled them here—from Goodwill's 35th Annual Glitter Sale to an Armistice Day Centennial Commemoration, and from Good Mourning: An Interactive Arts Festival About Grief to Pray for Snow.



1. Civic Cocktail: Protecting Orcas + Election Review
For this installment of Civic Cocktail, Q13 News analyst C.R. Douglas and Seattle Times reporter Lynda Mapes will serve as guest panelists in a discussion on two important topics: Southern Resident Killer Whale recovery and a review of the midterm elections (during which time Pramila Jayapal, KTTH radio host Jason Rantz, and Seattle University political science professor Marco Lowe will join in).


2. Far Out
Saturate your eyeballs with sweeping views of a remote and largely unexplored mountain range, the Albanian Alps, as well as the Purcell Mountains of British Columbia, the Crazy Mountains in Montana, the Slovenian Alps, Jackson Hole, and more, as explored by athletic adventurers. Proceeds from the screening will benefit the Northwest Avalanche Center.

3. The Reluctant Radical
Environmental activist Ken Ward commits crimes against the fossil fuel industry in order to fight against climate change. Join Ward himself, along with filmmaker Lindsey Grayzel, for a post-film Q&A.

4. Somm 3: Seattle Premiere
Three wine connoisseurs meet in Paris to drink the rarest bottles of vin, while blind tasters in New York settle an age-old argument about the drink. This screening of Somm 3 will also feature a Q&A with three newly minted Seattle sommeliers, as well as a Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon toast.


5. New Belgium and Theo's Beer and Chocolate Pairing
Sate your chocolate cravings with a side of suds, with four New Belgium Brewing beers paired with four chocolates from Theo Chocolate.

6. A Night of Coffee Beers feat. Caffe Vita
Seattle loves its coffee and its beer, so Redhook has combined the two for their two coffee beers: Kaffenator, a small-batch coffee dopplebock made in collaboration with Caffe Vita, and Continuous Revelation Coffee IPA, a new limited release. They'll have both available for happy hour, along with food pairings and Caffe Vita swag and coffee samples.

7. Plenty Pop-Up: Indoor Farmed Produce for a Sustainable Future
Try sustainably grown, "hyper-local" produce from Plenty's vertical indoor farm 20 miles away from the city.

8. Science of Coffee: Sustainability
At this workshop hosted by Onda Coffee and Ada's, listen to environment and agriculture experts discuss how climate change is affecting the future of coffee and how sustainable farming practices can help.

9. Scotch and Oysters
Indulge in the somewhat peculiar pairing of briny oysters and peaty Scotch.


10. Harry Potter Trivia
Take advantage of an opportunity to briefly escape the muggle world at this Harry Potter trivia night.


11. ElectroThrust
Watch sexy persons pay tribute to electronica with signature slinky moves. Admire Jonny Porkpie (your MC), Queen Inga, Dee Flowered (all the way from Georgia)!, Di Lovely (from San Diego!), Indy Fire (Denver), and many other beauties from across the US and even that most torrid of countries, Canada.

12. SuicideGirls: Blackheart Burlesque
SuicideGirls Blackheart Burlesque promises a "geeky twist" on burlesque performance, with pop culture references including Star Wars, Sailor Moon, Stranger Things, and Rick & Morty.


13. ALT Poetry Reading and Open Mic
Head to a night of poetry readings with A Gallo-Brown, L Swartz, and T Clear, and read your own in an open mic if you're brave.

14. L.A. Kauffman: How to Read a Protest
At this Town Hall talk, author and activist L.A. Kauffman will outline the history of America's most important protest movements from the 1963 March on Washington on. If you're curious about whether protests achieve anything, how they've changed, and what messages they carry, this is for you.

15. Paul Dorpat and Jean Sherrard on Now and Then
Historian Paul Dorpat has been collecting photo columns in Seattle for years. Join him as he presents a retrospective of his work—you'll learn some interesting things about the historical trajectory of Seattle.

16. Suzanne M. Wolfe: A Murder by Any Name
If you love historical fiction set in Elizabethan England, join Suzanne M. Wolfe as she reads from her latest novel about the murder of Queen Elizabeth I's most beloved lady-in-waiting, A Murder by Any Name.

17. Suzanne Matson: Ultraviolet
In Suzanne Matson’s new novel, Ultraviolet, we meet three generations of women in 1930s India. Hear the author read.



18. Good Mourning: An Interactive Arts Festival About Grief
This series invites artists from Seattle and beyond to show work across mediums that addresses grief. Pieces include a panel from the NAMES Project's AIDS memorial quilt; a video game called "Loss Levels" by digital artist Dan Hett; a community art piece called "Arts & Casket," where visitors can decorate a cardboard cremation casket; zines by Christina Tran; a soft sculpture by Elise Bernal; jewelry about "parental fears" by Sara Eileen; and more.
Opening Wednesday



19. Eli Wolff
Eli Wolff takes off on cartoons, horror movies, video games, and other childhood influences to craft fun monster-y art.
Closing reception Saturday

20. Visions of Pasifika: Light from Another World
This exhibit focuses on Pacific Islander artists, incorporating tradition while looking to the future.
Closing Sunday


21. On the Battlefront and the Homefront: Rentonites in the Great War
Discover how Rentonites took part in World War I, whether by enlisting or by working on the home front as farmers, draft board workers, or nurses.


22. The 35th Annual Olympia Film Festival
The 35th Annual Olympia Film Festival will work with the theme “Inclusion, Independence, Discovery,” with 50 features and shorts created by a diverse range of filmmakers and artists.


23. Roald Dahl's 'Matilda'
A psychokinetic genius girl faces down an evil, bullying school principal in the musical based on Roald Dahl's messed-up kids' novel.



24. Art for All Ball
Enjoy an evening of "Painting! Music! Poetry! Performance! Community! Bubbles! Dinner! Dancing!" with Path With Art students (all of whom are working to overcome homelessness, addiction, and other trauma) as they celebrate 10 years of creativity.

25. Intro to Calligraphy
Impress your holiday card recipients by learning to write out the alphabet in beautiful, swirly strokes.


26. From the CEO's Perspective
A panel of CEOs (Scott McFarlane of Avalara, Sharelle Klaus of Dry Soda Co., and Aaron Easterly of will talk about how their Northwest businesses are addressing the tough times brought on by our current administration.

27. Honoring the Wisdom of Our Elders
Local Native elders will share their stories and experiences.


28. Free Screening of “Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey”
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center will screen the award-winning documentary Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey, about one very courageous and pioneering mountain climber, as a "thank you" to the Fred Hutch-affiliated organization Climb to Fight.

29. Hecklevision: Dune
a If you haven't playfully jeered—if not aggressively ridiculed—the screen while watching David Lynch's film adaption of Dune, we respect your tolerance for cheesiness. If you have, here's your chance to send your heckling texts straight to the big screen for the rest of the audience to enjoy.


30. American Purple Limited Edition Release
Be the first to try Elysian's new extremely limited American Purple beer, an American-Style Flanders Red aged in Chardonnay barrels with blackberry puree and a blend of yeasts, and tap into your painterly side with art supplies to customize your own growler.


31. The Detention Lottery
In this educational and interactive theater project, you or your randomly selected fictional family member from the audience will be detained and have to stand before an immigration judge, who will determine your fate.

32. Pregnancy and Infant Loss: A Night of Storytelling
As part of Good Mourning: An Interactive Arts Festival About Grief, Stephanie Dethlefs, Heather Paul, Sam IAm, Ella Jarman-Pinto, and Elena Martinez will perform stories about miscarriage and infant loss.


33. David Skover: Robotica
Local authors David Skover and Ronald Collins will explore the relationship bettween "machine speech" and artificial intelligence in relation to free speech. The authors ask: "Is robotic expression 'speech' within the meaning of the First Amendment?"

34. Dr. Tilman Ruff: Safeguarding Health and Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe
Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility will host Dr. Tilman Ruff for a talk titled "Safeguarding Health and Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe."

35. An Evening with Grace Bonney
Join Design*Sponge founder and In the Company of Women author Grace Bonney for a reception and live taping for the first season of her new podcast, discussing various challenges faced by entrepreneurs and creatives. The event will also celebrate the release of the second issue of her new magazine, Good Company (the "Fearless Issue").

36. Jill Lightner: Scraps, Peels, and Stems
According to the organizers, every person in the United States throws out nearly 20 pounds of food each month. Join Jill Lightner, author of Scraps, Peels, and Stems, for some tips on how to make use of all that good stuff.

37. NW Literary Survival Kit
Expand your knowledge of Northwest authors with the best teachers in town: Local librarians.

38. Renee Simms: Meet Behind Mars
Welcome Renee Simms, who teaches African American Studies at the University of Puget Sound, for a reading of her first book of stories, which covers a variety of genres (realist, satirical, and "fabulist" according to novelist Dr. Asali Solomon) with African American characters.

39. Sarah Cannon: The Shame of Losing
At the age of 32, Sarah Cannon's husband Matt was badly injured by a falling tree branch. In this memoir, which she'll read from tonight, the prominent Edmonds-based essayist uses diary entries, introspective letters, and other non-linear devices to flesh out themes of pain, loss, and difficult choices.


40. Pray for Snow
Summon a snowy winter on the mountain by busting out your '80s neon ski garb, dancing to live music by Nite Wave, seeing an "epic ski film" and a retro ski fashion show, and filling up on fried confections in a Twinkie Roast. Proceeds will benefit the Northwest Avalanche Center.



41. American Horror Story: Drag Show
Admit it, American Horror Story has been screaming for a drag tribute ever since the ghost in the gimp suit showed up in Season One. Irene Dubois and SHE will host this post-Halloween fright fest, featuring special guest Bosco.

42. Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
A cast of touring ballet dancers from Moscow will take their 26th tour across the United States to perform the Great Russian Nutcracker, which promises puppets and amazing costumes.



43. Michael Doyle: Pantry
Explore domestic spaces and more with Michael Doyle's paintings and works on paper.
Closing Saturday



44. Burlycon
Meet and learn from experienced burlesque performers at this four-day educational convention. Special guests include Brandy Wilde (the first burlesque dancer of Parisian cabaret Crazy Horse Paris), Angie Pontani, and Lisa Petrucci.

45. LIFT
The action of LIFT takes place over a mere minute among riders of a London tube passing through Covent Garden, but this time stretches through the mental existence of the characters. Gregory Award-winning actor/director Richard Gray will direct.

46. Much Ado About Nothing
Continuing their "Pursuit" series, indie company Fern Shakespeare will stage Much Ado About Nothing with an all-womxn cast. Everything ends well in this comedy of hearsay, but not before gossip and malice nearly ruin some innocent lives.



47. Washington Wild Photography Exhibition with Stretch and Staple
Washington Wild and Snapshot Collective will collaborate on an exhibition of wildlife photography, with proceeds benefitting the preservation of local lands and waters.

48. Homelessness: the Disgrace of a Wealthy Nation
Keith Artz's installation inside the Maple Leaf Lutheran Church, which has hosted a tent city and hosts a shelter, addresses one of the most urgent problems in our city.
Closing Friday


49. Adultarama
Two Seattle comics will make jokes about growing up.


50. Adult Swim
If you have kids, leave 'em at home and experience the Seattle Aquarium after hours. KEXP DJ Troy Nelson will spin party jams, and you can enjoy you fill of drinks and hors d’oeuvres while you visit with a giant Pacific octopus, among other things.

51. Coastal Carnivore Conservation in the Pacific Northwest
Join the Raincoast Conservation Foundation for an evening dedicated to permanently protecting the coastal carnivores of the Great Bear Rainforest.


52. Wine Women & Shoes
For wine enthusiasts and shoe fetishists of Sex and the City proportions, this fundraiser raising money for foster kids in Washington will include wine and culinary tastings, auctions, shopping, a raffle, a "Best in Shoe" competition, a fashion show, and hunky "Shoe Guys."


53. Meaningful Movies: To Err Is Human
At this Meaningful Movies screening, see a documentary about "the silent epidemic" of patient harm and other flaws in the US healthcare system.


54. Essen Import Party
Open your game-loving mind to titles from all over the world, as showcased in Essen, Germany's SPIEL trade show.


55. Beyonce vs. Rihanna
Dance to the hits of two R&B/hiphop icons, Beyoncé and Rihanna.

56. Nearly Dan
Steely Dan were one of the smartest bands to consistently rack up platinum records. They got away with singing blisteringly acerbic lyrics and executing complex key changes and tricky time signatures while accruing crazy air time on commercial radio, back when that meant something. So a band dedicated to paying tribute to Steely Dan has to be sharper than your typical homage outfit. Nearly Dan’s 12 members (who’ve played with Ray Charles, the Four Tops, the Temptations, Gladys Knight, and, most importantly, Huey Lewis) are up to the task, interpreting the hits and deep cuts with a professionalism that would impress Donald Fagen and the late Walter Becker’s accountants. DAVE SEGAL


57. Abby London is "Miss-Chievous"
Idahoan musician Abby London will bring her one-woman variety show filled with "costumes, baton, piano, guitar, vocals, and then some" to Greenwood.

58. Epicuriositease: A Sampling of Earthly Delights
Kevin Incroyable will host a night of live music, burlesque, and circus arts, paired with an optional wine tasting. Your slinky purveyors of visual pleasure will be La Petite Mort, Nina Nightshade, Sage Viniconis, Holly Dai, and Anna Clara Buoyant.

59. The Lalas
The Lalas of LA, seen in Justin Timberlake videos and at the Emmys, promise a sexy, interactive, comedic show.

60. Watch What Crappens
A podcast for Bravo junkies and skeptics will visit Seattle fans. Hosts Ben Mandelker and Ronnie Karam are guaranteed to go into exhaustive detail.


61. Blair Imani: Modern HerStory
Blair Imani will be ready to educate you with her book Modern HerStory, all about the women, people of color, queers, disabled people, and others who've been sidelined by traditional narratives of progress.

62. Coffee & Concepts
UW School of Drama hosts this series of talks by scholars and practitioners, aimed at students and the general public. The series will wrap up with drama scholar Stefka Mihaylova.

63. A Kink in the Cure
Tim Murray's multimedia show is a sex-positive story of healing through kink.

64. Reading with Ravenna Press
Join contributors of Ravenna Press, which "prides itself on bringing together the discerning reader and the stimulating book," for a reading.



65. Mark Normand
Mark Normand can boast appearances on Comedy Central, Conan, Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Inside Amy Schumer, and many other hit shows. He's also won first place at the Great American Comedy Festival. He'll share some of that Brooklynite humor.


66. Women in Song Series
Celebrate womxn musicians at this six-part live music series, this time with Annie Phalen Group, Five Letter Word, Del Rey, and Salt Luck.


67. Bindlestiff Seattle
Amoy Barya, Godsilya and Chunky Chonkeez will help document the lives of 1930s Filipino farm workers with a performance of Carlos Bulosan’s America is in the Heart.


68. The Great Junk Hunt
Scavenge for vintage and repurposed goods of all kinds at this traveling market.

69. Newport Ski and Snowboard Swap 2018
Winter sports season is fast approaching, so now's a good time to swap gear you don't want for gear you do want. Here you can find over 10,000 new and used snow sport items.



70. Fortune House: Tarot & Palm Readings by Cindy Mochizuki
As part of the Group Therapy exhibition, Vancouver psychic Cindy Mochizuki will set up a trade: If you tell her about a personal monster of yours, she'll bestow upon you a tarot reading and translate your words into a work of art.


71. Seattle International Auto Show
This isn't your typical neighborhood car display—the Seattle International Auto Show provides rodders and gearheads with four days of luxury test drives, demos, family activities, and more from tons of exhibitors. Don't miss Women's Day on Friday.


72. Discover Science Weekend
Engage in interactive experiments with aquatic researchers.


73. Framed
Art criticism's stakes grow unnaturally high in Y York's play about love and rivalry amongst two artists and their husbands, one of whom is a mob boss, the other a wannabe made man. A production by Snowflake Avalanche.

74. Something Unspoken and Other One-Act Plays by Tennessee Williams
Best-known for longer contributions to the American canon like Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams also wrote some incisive one-acts. Civic Rep will pay tribute to the Southern maven.

75. Too Much Information
These nine short plays by local writers Patty Carlson, Lyn Coffin, Josephine DeLellis, Karen DeMasters, Oneda Harris, Chris Mathews, Jorj Savage, and Donna Van Norman cover everything from "grammar nazis" to "lost drivers."


76. 30th Annual Best of the Northwest Art and Fine Craft Show
See and shop work by over 100 local artists and artisans at this annual market.



77. George Jennings: Diverse Beauty
Jennings's solo exhibition celebrates racially diverse beauty in works inspired by Mucha, Parrish, and others.

78. The Universal Works Repaired Event
Universal Works debut a collaboration of repurposed garments with design company Atelier & Repairs for guests to peruse and purchase. The pieces in this trunk show widely feature the Japanese-style Sashiko repair stitch, hand painting, and second-hand trims and fabrics.

79. Yarn Revolution Indie Fiber Market
Fifteen local and regional indie dyers and makers will hawk their fiber wares. Stock up on scarves for winter and win door prizes.


80. Intentional Joy Noise Student Showcase
Budding comics who have spent eight weeks studying the craft of stand-up with delightful local comic Emmett Montgomery will showcase their newly refined talents.


81. Filipino Christmas Lantern Workshop
Make a star-shaped Parol (a Filipino Christmas lantern) at this holiday workshop.

82. Seattle Black Panther Party Youth Empowerment Summit
Young people continue to show up at the helm of social justice movements, from Black Lives Matter to #MeToo to March for our Lives. The Youth Empowerment Summit continues the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party's Seattle branch, where youth community organizers from around the city gather to share political education, organize around important causes, and build relationships.

83. Seattle Celebration for the Animals!
Snack on tasty vegan snacks, drinks, and desserts, bid on items in a silent auction, and join a dance party in support of the Humane League efforts "to reduce animal suffering."

84. Wreath Making Workshop
Make a festive holiday wreath using real pine cones and acorns, cool ribbon, and a fresh assortment of Evergreen trimmings.


85. 2 Year AnniFREEsary
To celebrate two years of business, Ounces will buy Delfino's Chicago-Style Pizza for 200 customers and release their anniversary beer brewed in collaboration with Matchless Brewing and Chainline Brewing Company, in addition to giving away more freebies and swag.

86. BBIS Release Party - Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout
Try Reuben's much-anticipated 2018 release of their award-winning Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout.

87. The Big Lebrewski Winter Beer Taste
Warm up with 10 tastes of winter ales and ciders from over 35 local breweries, plus pub snacks and homemade treats.

88. Eat Like Your ORIJEN Dog
This brunch hosted by the "biologically appropriate" ORIJEN dog food brand invites you to "eat like your dog" with a menu inspired by the fresh, local ingredients in their dog food, accompanied by beer, wine, and coffee. The first 50 guests will receive a "doggie bag" of party favors to take home.

89. Eleventh Anniversary Party
Turn it up to 11 with Two Beers's anniversary party, which will include a celebratory Birthday Cake IPA brewed with lactose sugar and vanilla bean, plus special beers on tap, actual cake, and gastropub grub from the Bread and Circuses food truck.

90. Populuxe Beer Can Derby
To celebrate the can release of Populuxe Brewing's IPA and CDA, test your engineering skills by crafting your own beer can car and racing it down a pinewood derby track.

91. Wink Doughnuts Pop-Up
Start off your Saturday with gluten-free, organic, and plant-based doughnuts from Wink, with an exclusive coffee and doughnut pairing from Broadcast Coffee Roasters.


92. Harry Potter Films Trivia Night
Harry Potter fans who appreciate the movies just as much as the books can answer trivia questions based on the eight films.


93. From The Silver Screen
In a program directed by maestro Alan Futterman, the Bremerton Symphony will perform a triad of pieces from 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Blue Danube by J. Strauss, Zarathustra Opening by R. Strauss, Ligeti's Lux Aeterna, Bach's Passacaglia, Leopold Stokowski's Fugue in C Minor from The Godfather, and John Williams's E.T. theme.

94. Girls! Girls! Girls! with Fishlure & Mother Church
Join Fishlure & Mother Church in celebrating the great femmes of our time, from Debbie Harry to Stevie Nicks.

95. The High Council, The Jauntee
Ultimate Phish-head reggae-rock weed-centric jam band the High Council will take over Ballard for a THC-infused set with the Jauntee.

96. I Want It That Way: '90s/'00s Night with #All4Doras, DJ Pryma, DJ Lo Knows
Relive your millennial childhood with Seattle's only boy band #All4Doras as they perform hits from the '90s and '00s alongside DJ Pryme and DJ Lo Knows.

97. WAVES Presents: Biolumina
Immerse yourself in a bioluminescent space by pretending you're a glowing sea creature at this dreamy electronic dance party and installation.


98. CoCA and La Sala present: Literary Readings and Discussion
Artists J.A. Dela Cruz-Smith and Maiah A Merino will talk about their creative processes in a Q&A moderated by Catalina Cantu of La Sala. In addition, representatives of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project will talk about their organization.

99. Not Just for Kids: Inspiring Bold Conversations about Children's Books
Dr. Anu Taranath, a professor of children's lit at the University of Washington, will discuss the genre's value for both young and old.

100. Saturday University: South Indian Court Dance
Learn about South Indian courtly dance traditions in a lecture and demonstration with Hari Krishnan.


101. HYEI Studio Launch Party
Shop apparel, sneakers, and accessories at this HYEI studio pop-up by Guillermo Bravo x SILVAE. Stay on for a dance party into the wee hours.



102. Political Therapy Workshop with Liz Magic Laser and Valerie Bell
"Certified professional life coach" Valerie Bell will lead a "curative drama workshop" to help participants find connections between their political affiliations and feelings.


103. Celluloid Bainbridge Film Festival
This festival used to only show films made by Bainbridge Island filmmakers, but it's since expanded to include work from Washington State, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, and British Columbia. This year brings a 20th anniversary retrospective (on Sunday), which will revisit highlights from year's past, including Boomtown, Outsourced, The Gefilte Fish Chronicles, and Birth of a Salesman.


104. 14/48:HS
Support talented local teens by watching 14 world-premiere plays written, directed, produced, and performed by high schoolers.


105. 35th Annual Glitter Sale
Seattle's Goodwill flagship store will be filled with the absolute sparkliest clothes, shoes, and accessories for its glorious annual two-day Glitter Sale. Whether you're looking to find something flashy for a big event or you want the contents of your closet to better resemble a sea of gems, this is the place to go.

106. Latvian Christmas Bazaar
While you shop for handmade crafts and jewelry by local Latvian artists, try cakes, piragi (rolled bread), and Christmas cookies, and take in a traditional dance performance.

107. Oddmall Emporium of the Weird
Shop for goods from over 85 indie artisans to sate all your kitschy needs and desires.



108. Opening Reception: Kiliii Yuyan - On the Sea Ice, We Wear White
Discover the indigenous lands of the Arctic at the opening reception of this photography exhibit by Kiliii Yuyan.


109. Armistice Day Centennial Commemoration
Armistice Day turns 100 years old this year, and this celebration will mark the centennial with an opening ceremony, featuring the ringing of the historic Great Seattle Fire bell and a wreath-laying ceremony. Afterwards, there will be special events at the museum including historical presentations and viewing opportunities for their WW1 America archival exhibition, and a round-trip cruise on Lake Union to UW’s WWI Navy seaplane hangar. 

110. NW Marxism Conference 2018
This conference offers educational sessions that combat the far-right sensibilities of the current administration. Stop by "From #MeToo to Women's Liberation," "Revolutionary Socialism, Democratic Socialism, and Social Democracy," "Fascism: What It Is and How To Fight It," and more.


111. Seattle Slack Key Festival
This all-day music festival is dedicated to Kanikapila-style Hawaiian music, which makes use of the open-tuned slack key guitar (as well as the steel guitar and the ukulele). A few of this year's musicians include Ledward Kaapana, George Kuo, Jeff Peterson, Kunia Galdeira, Sonny Lim, and Jeff Au Hoy.


112. Hecklevision: Starship Troopers
Rather than make fun of the '90s mystery/thriller Starship Troopers out loud, send your snarky texts straight to the big screen for the rest of the audience to see.

113. Moving History: Sticky Shed Syndrome - An Archival Screening
Moving Image Preservation of Puget Sound presents the latest installment of Moving History: an archival screening called Sticky Shed Syndrome, featuring footage collected from the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum, the King County Archives, the Museum of History and Industry, Scarecrow Video, and elsewhere.


114. Bizzarro Bizarre Bazaar and Wine Tasting
While you taste wine for free (!), peruse paintings by Chris Crites, jewelry by LM-Inspired, knitwear by Ravel and Unravel, holiday gifts by Wabi and Sabi Co., and magnets by Denise Reed.


115. 1111: Raygun Orchestra, Pink Void, Glacial, NV
Local noise artists like Professor Raygun will perform their experimental sounds.

116. Childsplay: Fiddlers, Fiddles, and Fiddlemaker with Karan Casey
Folksy supergroup Childsplay is comprised of fiddlers from across the Celtic world and the U.S., featuring Irish singer Karan Casey. They'll celebrate their first show in Seattle since 1992 with their band of 14 fiddlers and nine instrumentalists, dancers, and singers.

117. Neil Young's Birthday Show with Rubies in the Dust
Rubies in the Dust will play all your Neil Young favorites.

118. Oleaje Flamenco
Oleaje Flamenco will welcome their new guitarist, Israel Heredia, and guest dancer Talia Ortega Vestal, for a special show.


119. The BurlyCon Burlesque Benefit
Raise money for the BurlyCon burlesque conference.

120. The DA (Dumbledore's Army)
This all-ages fundraiser for the Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle (who provide funds for local LGBTQ+ services) will take the form of a Harry Potter drag show with kings and queens alike.

121. Stormy Daniels DREAM GIRLS at Sodo
Stormy Daniels will perform in Sodo on her Support the Troops tour, where veterans and active military personnel will get free admission.  READINGS & TALKS

122. Asia Talks: Sari Stories
Local women will share personal stories about wearing saris as part of the Peacock in the Desert exhibit.

123. Grieving the Loss of Companion Animals: A Panel Discussion
How do you cope with the loss of a beloved pet? As part of Good Mourning: An Interactive Arts Festival About Grief, join panelists Heather Woodke (a veterinarian studying medical ethics) and Sonja Furney (who runs the dog-training company Get Your Sit Together) for a discussion. 

124. Madeline DeFrees: Subjective Geography: A Poet's Thoughts on Life and Craft
Poets Laura Jensen, Sharon Bryan, and Jennifer Maier (and editor Anne McDuffie) will celebrate the release of a new anthology, Subjective Geography: A Poet's Thoughts on Life and Craft, with a group reading.

125. Rita Wirkala
Seattle-based Argentinian writer Rita Wirkala is responsible for a wide range of novels, poetry, literary essays, and textbooks. Tonight, she'll read from her most recent English-language book of short stories, Tales for The Dreamer.

          Clear advantage for Russia (no counterparty risk)      Cache   Translate Page      
The Russian Federation still holds less gold reserves than Germany. However, Russia stores more gold reserves on its own soil than the Germans do on their territory. By Lars Schall The one big advantage that gold has in comparison to all other financial assets – no counterparty risk – is only given when you physically […]
          WWE announces talent that attended their German try out      Cache   Translate Page      
WWE has announced the following names in attendance at the tryouts in Germany… * Ilja Rukober,aka Ilja Dragunov * French grappler Camille Grignon Camille Grignon * German Strongman Champion Raffael Gordzielik. * Jurn Sijtzema, aka Jurn Simmons * French wrestler Edwige Trabouillet aka Mila Smidt. * Emil Sitoci of Netherlands. * Croatia’s Vesna Busic-Chaer aka […]
          The changing world (215) Aug 1998      Cache   Translate Page      
Aug 1st Wedding of Christine wells and Christopher Rinaldi at Laeaham Parish Church then Wraysbury Village hall . I did grace and Hausa blessing.
2nd        Preached on The bread of life. Good music group from Memphis, PCA. Paid granted for his Metro.
5th         Housegroup at Margery's. She has agreed to chemotherapy.
6th         David back from Birmingham to prepare to be best man for Richard in Nottingham.
8th         Took Deb to Shelford. Drove to Harrogate. Geoffrey took us for illegal T-bone steak at The Drovers. The landlord was charged by trading standards. he opted for jury trial hoping for a reverse verdict from a sympathetic jury. But before it was due in court the law was abolished prohibiting meat on the bone.
9th          Took Dorothy to Thirsk Methodist. Awful liberal woman speaking. Visited Neil and Vera. Dorothy wanted to be home by 3pm so we went on to Muker, Hawes, Kettlewell and Nixons at Kanaresborough.
10th           Took Dorothy to Aysgarth, Keld, Wensleydale Cheese centre, Hawse, Low Row.
11th           Picked up deb at Shelford. Miriam upset she is to be made redundant. Rachel happy in new work despite mental health this time. David delivering paint. Very hot.
12th           Packed for Austria, out first European holiday.
13th           Oak Hall coach through Channel tunnel and France through the night.
14th           We are in a wealthy Austrian ski resort. Sunburned by the pool.
15th            To Salzburg, cathedral, shops, Mozart birthplace, funicular railway.
16th            Two services. Day by the pool.
17th             Raadstadt via Zul am Zee lake. Very hot. Opted out of Oak Hall devotions.
18th             To Hauser linley via cable car. Excellent views. My snack which I thought has grated cheese blew my head off with it being horseradish. Breakfasts and lunches are boring here and booze is banned.
19th             Down salt mine. 28 killed by Omagh bomb.
20th             Boat trip on Holstein lake. Bad Ischl but did nor see where WWI declaration was signed. Saw where Bruckner was organist and Lehar wrote.Climbed hill to what I thought was Calvin Kirke only to find it was the RC Calvaria Kirke.
21st            Finding the food insipidly English.
22nd           Coach through Germany and France to Victoria where David met us. Rachel with Joanne in Coventry.
23rd            SC on Ps 57 then evening on NT use of OT. David preached twice at Surbiton Baptist. Rachel back home from Coventry.
24th             Last week at mattock lane.
25th             Deb has passed her course with merit.
26th             Ran into back of a car with my bike and his back light cost me £166.67. Housegroup.
28th             Russel's surgery gave me lunch and bubbly. Granville Harvester to celebrate deb's results.
29th             My last day at mattock Lane. All the others to Great Shelford.
30th             Grandad here with his sister Myra from Canada. Kurt Peistrup to lunch and Melissa part of a team from Birmingham Alabama who took the evening service.

          The changing world (214) Jul 1998      Cache   Translate Page      
Jul 1st  After work to Katy who hopes to be home from hospital tomorrow. Asked public question at Education Committee concerning when Oldfield will have a new building. David had a day driving a Mercedes delivery van.
2nd       Katy home from hospital.
3rd        Found Katy had decamped downstairs at night due to my snoring so went to bed downstairs at night. Halletts visited Katy. France beat Italy and Brazil beat Denmark.
4th         Session discussed a letter to members about LD's discipline.Beldams visited Katy. David to Farnborough. Holland beat Argies. Big shock Croatia 3 Germany 0.
5th        Katy up all day. David took his grandad back home. Members meeting about LD. Tasted thimblefuls of 22 malts at Babcocks and brought all the bottles home as they are leaving the country. This probably was one reason why the CPS never proceeded against LD. But years later I had two CID at the door with an account of two other teenagers with accusations against LD. He was very scared but nothing came of it. He was scared he would lose his tenancy. Years later he did but that was when he was taken into care for dementia. he died in a council home and no-one was informed. I had expected to be asked to take his funeral service but I was spared that service.
6th         Nicki are brought food. England drew with SA at Old Trafford. Deb visited the twins. David drinking with Richard for he is to be best man. Still sleeping downstairs.
7th         Constables visited. Skiotis brought food. Holland lose to Brazil on penalties.
8th         Pasta from Clowneys.
9th         With boss to visit two homes. Oldfield Annual Parents evening poorly attended. Deb received student of the year award at course awards evening. Chicken meal from Hosiers.
10th       Put weekly quotes on web. Rachel to New Forest with Rob. Lasagne from Constables.
11th       Pizza to celebrate Deb's college success. Croatia beat Holland for World Cup third place.
12th       A few only at my sermon on forgiveness as most were at Less. Rachel home from New Forest. David to friend CJ in Watford. France won world cup beating Brazil. Took Mr O home and took his Metro.
13th       David on his second week of van driving job. Back to sleeping in our bed.
14th       Took Katy to visit Margery.
15th       With Katy and Deb to Brent Cross and bought a vase as wedding present for Christine Wells. Housegroup.
16th        Took Katy to ladies Bible study. Deb looking after the twins.
17th         Last day of Selma on WE. Deb babysat Jonny Constable as his mother is in USA and SC cannot go due to green card problems.
18th         J&M came to visit recovering Katy.
19th         Rob Leveret from Georgia and with World Harvest preached. Carl larson to lunch. I preached on hermeneutics. Halletts brought food.
20th         First time in six months no WE help. Hot but then cooled by rain.
21st         In the town hall gallery to see Labour resist calls for Liz Brookes, chair of SS, to resign.
22nd        Housegroup at Judy's. The Lords reject the bill setting the homosexual age of consent at 16.
23rd         Still cycling to work.
24th         Letter published in Gazette on SS chair not resigning.
25th         David to Scripture Union mission in Birmingham. Rachel to Hertford, us to Braithwaite's.
26th         Led for Paul. Spoke on prophecy and culture in the evening. Rachel back home.
29th         Housegroup.
30th         Katy and Deb to Judy Cradock's cottage with the ladies Bible study group.

          Russian envoy, Iranian senior security official hold talks on Syria in Tehran      Cache   Translate Page      
The Russian presidential envoy for Syria has arrived in Iran to deliver a report on the recent quadrilateral summit of Russia, Turkey, France and Germany held in Istanbul
          Hundreds of sports enthusiasts rush to register for the 7th edition of Aspire Torch Staircase Run      Cache   Translate Page      

Registration places are filling up fast for the seventh annual Aspire Torch Staircase Run (ATSR 2018) scheduled to take place on the 10th November 2018, from 1:00pm-6:00pm, at The Torch hotel in Doha’s Aspire Zone.

Sponsored by Saleh Al Hamad Al Mana Co. Nissan and De Boer, the 2018 edition of the ATSR will offer sports enthusiasts a fantastic and unique endurance challenge, with runners having to climb more than 1,300 steps to make it to the 51st floor of the famous 300m tower. Top three who finish the race in the shortest time will receive some great prizes as well as be able to take in the spectacular views of Aspire Zone and Doha.

Registration for this year’s race is open for participants eight years of age and older and will feature four categories in different age groups. The first category to compete will be the Junior (8-11 years), followed by the U-15 (12-14 years), followed by the U-18 (15-17 years), and finally by the Senior (18+ years). In addition, ten employees from Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF) have teamed up to take part in ATSR 2018 competition and will compete together with corporate teams from General Directorate of Civil Defence, Qatargas, Qatar Petroleum, and Qatar Civil Aviation Authority.

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Alanoud Almesnad, a member of the tournament’s organising committee, said: “I’m thrilled to say that over 200 participants have already registered for the Aspire Torch Staircase Run 2018. The unified overarching goal of all our activities and events at Aspire Zone Foundation is to encourage all members of the community to adopt a healthy lifestyle and partake in activities like the Torch Staircase Run, which contributes towards having a healthy and active community. This event gets bigger and better every year and we’re all very excited to see what this year’s winning time and what the final number of participants will be.”

Almesnad added: “The Aspire Torch Staircase Run offers something for everyone, whether participating in the event itself or just coming to cheer on a friend member or family who’s taken up the 1,300-stair challenge. Aspire Zone Foundation hosts hundreds of sporting events for the local communities in Qatar each year but the Torch Staircase Run is definitely one of our most unique and one of the most fun. Good luck to all the participants.”

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This year AZF will allocate a dedicated area for all family members to enjoy the 2018 edition of the event. The ATSR 2018 Fun Zone will comprise of food and beverage outlets, taekwondo and kickboxing shows, fitness demonstrations, and toy horse rides for children. Previous editions of the run generated unprecedented success on par with international tower-running competitions, including Empire State Building Run-Up in New York, USA, and Berlin Sky Tower in Germany. Over the past editions, ATSR attracted more than 900 participants from both local and expat communities alongside other tower runners from all over the world. In 2015, ATSR was awarded an official Grand Prix status as one of the top international tower running competitions.

Interested community members can visit to register and find out more information about taking part in the run.


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by Draxonfly

New File: Combat Quick Reference/Helper for Board Game: Nightfighter Ace: Air Defense Over Germany, 1943-44
          Generic Resource Leak Detection with ETW and EasyHook      Cache   Translate Page      

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When you are tracking down handle or other leaks you usually need to resort to Windbg which is a great tool for unmanaged code but not so much for managed code because the usual stuff like !htrace only get the unmanaged call stack.  For managed code this approach breaks because you will not see which managed callers did allocate or free a handle. Other Windbg approaches like putting a breakpoint and then print out the handle and the call stack at the allocate/free methods work, but for heavily called methods they slow down the application too much. A much easier and faster approach is to hook the methods in question and write out an ETW event for each acquire/release call where the ETW infrastructure takes care of walking the stack. To hook specific exported methods I usually use EasyHook which is a great library to hook into pretty much any C style exported method.

Below I present a generic way to use hooking of resource acquire and release methods and tracing them with ETW which enables a generic way to track down any resource leakage as long as the necessary functions are within the reach of an API interception framework. To my knowledge that was not done before in any public library and I take therefore credit to make this approach public. Perhaps I have invented this approach but one never knows for sure.

EasyHook Introduction

EasyHook lets you define managed callbacks to intercept publicly exported methods of any processes. In the managed callback you can extend the functionality of an existing API or trace method arguments which is more often the case. If you have e.g. an executable which exports a method named Func which takes 5 arguments and returns an int like

extern "C" int WINAPI Func(int *a, int *b, int *c, int *d, int *e)
    *a = 1;
    *b = 2;
    *c = 3;
    *d = 4;
    *e = 5;
    return 1234;

you can write in managed code an interceptor for it which additionally needs a matching delegate and a PInvoke signature of the original method

        [UnmanagedFunctionPointer(CallingConvention.StdCall, CharSet = CharSet.Unicode, SetLastError = true)]
        unsafe delegate int FuncDelegate(int* a, int* b, int* c, int* d, int* e);

        [DllImport("UnmanagedWithExports.exe", CharSet = CharSet.Unicode, SetLastError = true, CallingConvention = CallingConvention.StdCall)]
        unsafe static extern int Func(int* a, int* b, int* c, int* d, int* e);
        unsafe static int Func_Hooked(int* a, int* b, int* c, int* d, int* e)
            int lret = Func(a, b, c, d, e);
            return lret;

To override in the target process you need to execute

        FuncHook = LocalHook.Create(LocalHook.GetProcAddress("UnmanagedWithExports.exe", "Func"), new FuncDelegate(Func_Hooked), this);

The Hook creation is self explanatory but the hook is  disabled for all threads by default. You can either specify a list of threads for which the hook should be enabled ( LocalHook.ThreadACL.SetInclusiveACL(...) ) or you can configure a list of threads for which it should be disabled ( LocalHook.ThreadACL.SetExclusiveACL(…) ). By calling SetExclusiveACL with a null list or new int [] { 0 } which is not a valid thread number you are effectively enabling the hook for all threads.

That was the whirlwind tour into EasyHook which makes it really easy to tap into otherwise unreachable parts of code execution. Most Windows APIs are prepared to be hooked so you can intercept pretty much anything. In practice all C style exported methods are usually within your reach. With that new capability you can do previously impossible things like

  • Write a generic resource leak detection tool which tracks every resource acquire and release call.
  • Export a dummy method in your C++ dll which is called from code where previously sporadic bugs did happen. E.g. trace each invocation of the dummy method which passes internal state variables from the sporadically failing method. 
    • Now you can hook the empty method and intercept the method calls with full call stacks during your automated builds only on the machines where it did occur with minimal overhead.
  • Record the passed parameters to any exported method without the need to change the source code (which you probably don't have anyway) of this method.
  • Alter method arguments at runtime (e.g. redirect file open calls to other files).
  • ….

If you try it out you will find that the interception part works pretty well but for some reason the call stack for x64 processes looks broken when you inspect it in the debugger. We only see the managed intercepted call but no stack frames from our callers:

0:000> kc
 # Call Site
00 EasyHook64!LhPatchHookReturnAddress
01 EasyHook64!LhBarrierBeginStackTrace
02 0x0
03 0x0
04 0x0
05 0x0
06 clr!UM2MThunk_WrapperHelper
07 clr!UM2MThunk_Wrapper
08 clr!Thread::DoADCallBack
09 clr!UM2MDoADCallBack
0a clr!UMThunkStub
0b 0x0
0c 0x0
0d 0x0
0e 0x0
0f 0x0
10 0x0
11 0x0
12 0x0
13 0x0
14 0x0
15 0x0
16 0x0

but it should show our callers as well which should look like
0:000> kc
 # Call Site
00 EasyHook64!LhPatchHookReturnAddress
01 EasyHook64!LhBarrierBeginStackTrace
02 0x0
03 0x0
04 0x0
05 0x0
06 clr!UM2MThunk_WrapperHelper
07 clr!UM2MThunk_Wrapper
08 clr!Thread::DoADCallBack
09 clr!UM2MDoADCallBack
0a clr!UMThunkStub
0b UnmanagedWithExports!main
0c UnmanagedWithExports!__tmainCRTStartup
0d KERNEL32!BaseThreadInitThunk
0e ntdll!RtlUserThreadStart

The problem comes from the fact that under 64 bit stack walking works differently than under 32 bit. When the Windows x64 calling convention was defined the engineers wanted to get rid of the exception handling overhead in the happy code path unlike in the Windows x86 execution model. With x86 every method which contains an exception handler needs to set their exception handler  callback even if no exception ever happens.

In contrast to that x64 code has zero overhead in terms of code execution speed no matter how many exception handlers are present in any method! To make that possible in x64 all code must additionally register exception unwind information structures which describe the stack layout and their exception handlers for every part of the function until function exit to enable proper stack unwinding by parsing the additional metadata if an exception is about to be thrown.

x64 Stack Walking and Unwind Information

The exception unwind information is also used by the stackwalker which is part of the reason why our stack is broken. To intercept method calls EasyHook copies assembly code to a memory location which acts as trampoline code for our managed hook callback. This assembler trampoline code has no associated exception unwind information which is a problem if you try to step with a debugger through a hooked method. I tried to add the missing exception unwind information to the dynamically emitted assembler code by patching EasyHook. This led down into the dark corners of assembler ABI in function Prologue and Epilogue.

Here are some links with further information if you are interested:

It took a while to wrap my head around it since it was not clear how to verify that the unwind info registration was correct. Luckily Windbg has a nice command to show you for any address the associated Unwind Information. The command is call .fnent xxx. xxxx is the method address. Below is the output of Windbg for the trampoline assembler code with the now dynamically added Unwind Information:

0:000> .fnent 7ff6`79fa0318
Debugger function entry 0000003a`d75be570 for:

BeginAddress      = 00000000`00000318
EndAddress        = 00000000`000003c9
UnwindInfoAddress = 00000000`00000274

Unwind info at 00007ff6`79fa0274, 22 bytes
  version 1, flags 0, prolog 2d, codes f
  frame reg 5 (rbp), frame offs 00h
  00: offs 26, unwind op 8, op info 3    UWOP_SAVE_XMM128 FrameOffset: 50 reg: xmm3.
  02: offs 21, unwind op 8, op info 2    UWOP_SAVE_XMM128 FrameOffset: 40 reg: xmm2.
  04: offs 1c, unwind op 8, op info 1    UWOP_SAVE_XMM128 FrameOffset: 30 reg: xmm1.
  06: offs 17, unwind op 8, op info 0    UWOP_SAVE_XMM128 FrameOffset: 20 reg: xmm0.
  08: offs 12, unwind op 3, op info 0    UWOP_SET_FPREG.
  09: offs e, unwind op 2, op info c    UWOP_ALLOC_SMALL.
  0a: offs a, unwind op 0, op info 5    UWOP_PUSH_NONVOL reg: rbp.
  0b: offs 9, unwind op 0, op info 9    UWOP_PUSH_NONVOL reg: r9.
  0c: offs 7, unwind op 0, op info 8    UWOP_PUSH_NONVOL reg: r8.
  0d: offs 5, unwind op 0, op info 2    UWOP_PUSH_NONVOL reg: rdx.
  0e: offs 4, unwind op 0, op info 1    UWOP_PUSH_NONVOL reg: rcx.

If you need to do it by yourself you can look at in method AddUnwindInfos

By using the Windbg stack commands (k and related) I could immediately see if I was on the right track. If you want to see correct x64 method examples you can check out any C/C++ x64 compiler output to see what is possible. The dumpbin tool can also display the exception unwind infos with

dumpbin /unwindinfo dddd.exe/.dll

for any executable or dll.

The version 1 unwind codes are only necessary to describe the function Prologue which is sufficient to reconstruct the stack layout of all saved registers at any time in a method. If you have more exotic Epilogues you need to describe them with specific Unwind codes as well which were introduced with Windows 10 (I guess)? The Unwind Info version 2 is not documented at MSDN anywhere yet but you can have a look at a small snippet of the Windows Kernel stack unwinder which is copied into CoreCLR at: See the methods OOPStackUnwinderAMD64::UnwindEpilogue, OOPStackUnwinderAMD64::VirtualUnwind and related.

After adding correct unwind codes stack walking did work only up to certain point where it still got corrupted because EasyHook repeatedly replaces the return address of the current method with the CLR stub and the backpatch routine to reset the old return address after our managed hook returns. During this time the stack is by definition not walkable because the return address of our caller is not even present on the stack while we are executing our managed callback. To get out of this EasyHook already provides a solution by replacing as direct return address the original hook entry point temporarily to make the stack walkable again. But that works only while we are in a hook handler in  terms of EasyHook speak. That means that we can restore the stack only before we call the hooked method. After that we cannot restore the return location anymore. That is a problem if we want to log the returned arguments of a hooked method (e.g. the actual handle value of CreateWindow, CreateFile, …). Since I know that our current return address must be the hook specific assembler code to restore the original caller address I did extend  NativeAPI.LhBarrierBeginStackTrace and NativeAPI.LhBarrierEndStackTrace of EasyHook to locate the hook stub code and to replace it with the original entry point of the first hooked function of the current thread. After that change EasyHook is able to get you into a state where the stack is fully walkable before and after you call the hooked method for x64 and x86.

Unfortunately the x64 ETW Stackwalker of Windows 7 stops on any method which has no matching loaded module (e.g. trampoline hook code and JITed code) so this is still not working with ETW events in Windows 7. But custom ETW events with proper Unwind Infos will work on Windows 8 or later. I still wish that MS would fix the Windows 7 ETW stackwalker because this also breaks profiling JITed x64 code on Windows 7 machines. 32 bit code works though since Windows 7.

Generic ETW Resource Tracing

At the time of writing you can see the changes on my EasyHook fork at I hope that the changes will get into the main line of EasyHook soon. I still have left out an important aspect of a generic ETW leak tracer. How should we trace it so it is easy to diagnose with WPA? WPA for Windows 10 can graph custom event data if they are numeric and non hexadecimal Sum columns. We need to trace every resource acquire and release. Usually you get back some handle so this should be included as well. The resource could be something big like a bitmap which has  a specific memory size so it makes sense to trace the allocation size as well. The basic ETW trace calls should therefore have the form

    AcquireResource(ulong Handle, long AllocSize, string Allocator)
    ReleaseResource(ulong Handle, long AllocSize, string Allocator)

With such an API we can trace for CreateFile, CreateWindow, … and such with a simple ETW trace call all relevant information. For simple handle based resources where no metadata is available how big they are it makes sense to use 1 in the Aquire call as allocation size and -1 for the Release call. If all Aquire and Release calls for the Allocator e.g. CreateWindow are balanced out the WPA Sum column for the total allocation size (Field 2) will balance out to zero. If there is a leak we will see a positive excess in WPA for which we can filter.



Here we see e.g. that our free method which seems to do the wrong thing seems to release sometimes with an allocation size of zero 68 times which is exactly the number of outstanding allocation size which is graphed in Field 2.

As an example for CreateWindow we would issue

   AcquireResource(windowHandle, 1, "CreateWindow")

and for each hooked DestroyWindow call we would trace

   ReleaseResource(handle, -1, "DestroyWindow")

You can use the tool ETWstackwalk as a simple window handle leak detector which is now part of my EasyHook fork. You need to compile ETWStackwalk.exe as Administrator under x64 to register the ETW manifest. You get then something like this as output.

Window Handle Leak Tracing

ETWStackwalk is part of EasyHook which serves as demonstration what can be done with it. Here is its help output

ETWStackWalk.exe v1.0.0.0 by Alois Kraus 2016
Injects an ETW tracer to external processes to find resource leaks. Works for x64 since Win 8 or later. Works for 32 bit processes since Windows 7.
ETWStackWalk [-hook [createfile] [-outfile xxx.etl] [createwindow]] [-debug] [-help] [-pid ddd] [-start executable with optionalargs]
   -help                 This message
   -hook                 Hook specified methods to trace handle leaks.
                         createwindow Intercept Create/DestroyWindow calls.
                         createfile   Intercept CreateFile calls.
   -outfile xxxx.etl     Output file name to which the hook tracing data will be written to. Default is %temp%\ResourceLeaks.etl
   -pid ddd              Hook into specified process
   -start executable     Start executable and then hook after 5s to give it time to initialize.
   -noetw                Disable ETW recording (used for unit testing).
   -debug                Used to debug EasyHook trampoline code. Hook notepad.exe and start Windbg of Windows 10 SDK.
Monitor all CreateWindow/DestroyWindow calls to detect window handle leaks in an already running application with process id ddd
 ETWStackWalk.exe -hook createwindow -pid dddd
Monitor all CreateFile calls. There you can log e.g. return code, passed file name, flags and other flags of interest.
 ETWStackWalk.exe -hook createfile -pid dddd
Test hooking a method which writes if hooked an ETW event for every allocation and deallcation event to simulate a handle leak.
 ETWStackWalk.exe -hook funcetw -start UnmanagedWithExports.exe 500000
If something goes wrong you can directly debug it with Windbg if you have the Win10 SDK installed by adding the -debug switch
 ETWStackWalk.exe -hook funcetw -debug -start UnmanagedWithExports.exe 500000

To start window handle leak tracing you need to get the pid of an already running process because EasyHook is not able to inject its code while the process is still starting the CLR which can lead to all sorts of weird errors. Instead you can attach to an already running process and tell ETWStackWalk to enable createwindow/destroywindow tracing. You can also configure and output etl file if you wish our you stick to the default.

D:\Source\git\easyhook\Build\netfx4-Release\x64>ETWStackWalk.exe -hook createwindow -outfile c:\temp\resourceLeak.etl  -pid 14960
Start ETW Recording ...
Hooking into proces 14960 for createwindow 
Press Enter to stop recording
ETWStackwalk has been installed in target 14960.

Stopping ETW Recording. This can take some minutes ...
        Stop WPR Output: To analyze this trace run: wpa "c:\temp\resourceleak.etl"
Start Analysis with wpa c:\temp\resourceleak.etl -profile easyhook.wpaprofile

I have crated a suitable easyhook.wpaprofile which is dedicated to easily analyze resource leaks.  There you get a nice overview per handle and all associated aquire and release operations. The graph shows the duration how long a handle was open until it was closed again. The Start/Stop ETW Opcode Name corresponds to acquire/release calls for this handle. If handles are reused you can still see any excess (too many aquire or release calls) in the AllocSize column which is a sum of all calls  where each CreateWindow counts with +1 and all calls to DestroyWindow count as -1. If all calls cancel out you see for that handle an summed AllocSize (Field 2) of zero. The allocation size shows you that in my test while opening a solution in VS2015 where 6 additional windows were created and not yet closed. This makes it easy to filter for the outstanding window handles which have an AllocSize > 0. Then you can open drill into the call stacks and you have found the root cause of pretty much any window handle leak with practically zero speed impact of your application while this approach is generic and can be applied to any resource leak. This tester serves only as demonstration that is based on the combination of ETW and EasyHook but with this concept we can tackle a wide range of sporadic resource leaks which are now solvable with a systematic approach.



If we hook other generic methods like CloseHandle we are in a bad position since it is a generic close method which closes many different handle types. But we can (literally) sort things out if we group in WPA by handle (Field 1) and filter away all handles which have a negative allocation size (Field 2). This removes all handles for which CloseHandle was called but no corresponding e.g. CreateFile call was traced. From that on we can continue to search for outstanding file handles by looking at the totals as usual.

Now you know why the handle is always the first argument to our ETW trace calls. If we position the handle at the same method parameter location in our ETW manifest we can group the acquire and release calls by handle which is exactly what we want in WPA got generate the graph and table above.

Hooking and ETW Performance

I was telling you that this approach is fast. So how fast can it get? The y-axis are not ms but us where the average function execution time of a hooked basically empty int Func(int *a, int *b, int *c, int *d, int *e) was measured. It is interesting that the raw function execution speed from a few nanoseconds jumps to ca. 1us with ETW tracing and goes up to 4us (measured on my Haswell i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz under Windows 8.1) if ETW stackwalking is enabled.  That means we can get full ETW events and stack walking at a rate of 250.000 calls/s by using that approach. That is more than most tracing frameworks offer and these do not capture the full call stack. If that is still too slow you can use EasyHook as a pure unmanaged Interceptor which could give you perhaps a factor 2-4 but then you need to take care of a lot more things.


What is odd is that x86 ETW tracing seems to be slower for x86 and under x64 but I did not look into that more deeply. In general x86 code should still be faster if we do the same thing because the CPU caches do not grow but the pointer and instruction size of code and data increases under x64 which simply needs more cycles as Rico Mariani explains in A little 64 bit follow-up. As long as you do not need the big address space you should not simply buy the argument that x64 is the future because it is more modern. If you want to do your users a favor you should favor the small is beautiful approach. With small I mean small code, small and efficient data structures and small code complexity. 

WPA Performance Issue (Windows 10 SDK 10.0.10586.15)

When parsing custom ETW events WPA parses the strings in a very inefficient way which can lock up your machine easily for minutes. On my 8 core machine the custom view takes minutes to build up and uses 4 cores to parse the strings from my custom ETW events. The problem is that WPA also uses code from a static helper class which is grossly inefficient. Have a look at this profiling data:


WPA uses 4/8 cores where 3 cores are spending CPU cycles spinning to get a lock while only one core is doing actual work (12,5% CPU is one core on a 8 core machine). This effectively single threaded operation is also very inefficient implemented. The problem comes from TDHHelper.GetStringForPropertyAtIndex which parses a string from an ETW event. This is done in a static class under a global lock:


When I drill down into one thread I see that EnsureCapacity and EnsureRoomForTokensAndClear are responsible for 43% of the execution time which would go away if the List<IntPtr> instances would be reused. It could also help that the parsed strings are cached which would reduce the time quite a bit if I play around with groupings in WPA. That is a major bottleneck and should be solved as my top performance issue in the current WPA implementation. I have not noticed such long delays with WPA 8.1. A quick check reveals that the code is nearly the same in previous versions. So it was always slow but with more and more custom ETW events this display is becoming much more important than before. If you look at custom CLR events (e.g. Exceptions grouped by type) you will notice the very slow reaction of WPA due to this issue.


If you have read this far congrats. You had to digest quite many technical details from many different areas. If you are searching for a way to get rid of Windbg for resource leak analysis and use a simpler tool ETWStackwalk could be it. It is easy to extend for any other API you are interested in and it works for x86 and x64 (Win 8 and later). If you want to intercept another API you only need to extend the method injector which is declared in


In the Injector you see some examples for CreateFile and CreateWindow which contains mostly boilerplate code. The hook generation code could certainly be simplified. A nice addition would it be to compile the interception code on the fly and pass the actual Interceptor class as configuration file which would make hooking new methods truly dynamic without the need to recompile ETWStackwalk every time a new API needs to be hooked. I had used a variation of this approach for my GDI bug in Windows which actually lead to a Windows Hotfix. But this was always bound to x86 code only. Since I have found some free time to greatly extend the usefulness of the hooking approach by making EasyHook playing nice with x64 stack walking. So far every resource leak (GDI handles, File, Semaphores, Desktop Heap, … ) needed a different approach or tool. It is time to come up with an approach which is powerful and generic enough to tackle all of such resource leaks with one tool and approach. I expect that at least the idea should become state of the art how resource problems are tackled in the next years. If you have used this approach already or you had success with the idea please share it here so we all can benefit by learning from each other. It was fun to get my hands dirty with x64 assembly and to find out how the basics of exception handling really work together. Going deep is my first nature. That was the main reason why I have studied particle physics to really understand how the universe works. The discovery of the Higgs boson was really a great thing and I can at least say that I have tested some small parts of the huge ATLAS detector (which was part of the discovery of the Higgs boson) during my time at the university 15 years ago. It is kind of cool to understand how my computer works from software to hardware down to subatomic level.

If you are wondering what on earth is that guy doing when he is not in front of a computer? Apparently this:


With my two kids, not my boat and my wife we were enjoying two fantastic weeks at the Caribbean sea on St Thomas this January. The kids had great fun in the warm water and this was my first vacation where I did never freeze. Even the nights during winter time were above 25 Celsius. The water is so full of live I have not seen anywhere else. The Mediterranean sea looks like a desert compared to this. If you go to Coral World at St. Thomas you see many different fishes and corrals in aquariums. But if you go snorkeling you will see all animals from the zoo again which is really amazing. During that time home in Germany the people had quite a lot of snow but we were sweating the whole time which really felt odd. That's all for today. Happy bug hunting!

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Actual public health experts across the Southwest have reported rises in drug-resistant TB and dengue fever. In June, Australian public health researchers reported that "scabies, long considered a disease of the past in the developed world, is making its way back." The scientists pointed to mass global migration as a leading factor, noting scabies outbreaks among refugees to the European Union and along America's southern border.

And in Germany, federal epidemiologists reported that since opening the floodgates to migrants in 2015, data show "increased incidences in Germany of adenoviral conjunctivitis, botulism, chicken pox, cholera, cryptosporidiosis, dengue fever, echinococcosis, enterohemorrhagic E. coli, giardiasis, haemophilus influenza, Hantavirus, hepatitis, hemorrhagic fever, HIV/AIDS, leprosy, louse-borne relapsing fever, malaria, measles, meningococcal disease, meningoencephalitis, mumps, paratyphoid, rubella, shigellosis, syphilis, toxoplasmosis, trichinellosis, tuberculosis, tularemia, typhus and whooping cough."

It's simply insane to argue we should turn a blind eye to the health status of law-breaking aliens. And it's treachery, yes, treachery, for so-called journalists to use their platforms to blithely smear those who dare to question open borders orthodoxy or report the highly inconvenient facts.

          Cancelled Crew – SD Mix 2018      Cache   Translate Page      

The Cancelled Crew over in Germany have released this new mixtape filmed on the TRV900 they recently picked up! This mix features Artur Meister, David Schaller, Dennis Krause, Felix Stoll, Freddy Gast, Johannes Winkelmann and Tim Schoberth going to work on a ton of great spots with some real solid riding. Take a look! “I

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It’s always rad checking out a video from a place you don’t see a lot of footage coming out of. Here’s a really good mix of footage coming from the crew out in Hannover, Germany! This has about 20 different riders and a ton of great spots, along with some interesting film work that makes

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By Niger Innis Morocco and the United States maintain a friendship and strategic relationship based on common goals: regional security, economic development and counter-extremism. America and the North African kingdom hold regular military exercises together, and there are even rumors that the U.S. military could move functions of its Africa Command from Germany to Morocco. […]
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Position: Recruitment of Overseas Sales Staff.Contract Type: Regular employee,Location: Hiroshima Prefecture Japan.Specific business content:We will be in charge of overseas sales at the company's overseas sales group. In the past, it was mainly recruitment of new graduates, but in order to prepare for the upgrading of young members in 2 to 3 years after entering the company and overseas expansion to become full-fledged in the future, we are looking for an increase from the aim of making the personnel system thicker.We propose to use our company's polycarbonate resin for automobiles and construction machinery etc. in North America, South Korea, China, Europe (mainly Germany, Italy). In the future, we are looking for a person who can stepped up to the management layer that bundles organizations. We will decide the scope of our business at the moment according to our experience.- Frequency of travel: About once in North America, once in Korea / China, once in Europe every year.Working hours: 08: 30 ~ 17: 30Holidays: Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays.Salary: Annual income: 3 million yen ~ 5 million yen.- Based on experience, skill.Eligibility: (Prerequisite)1. English speaking people and TOEIC 900 points or more.2. Japanese speaking business level or JLPT N2.( Possible conditions )3. Sales experience in the automotive industry.4. In the case of overseas graduates, working experience at Japanese companies.How to Apply: Send your CV to
          Primitive Stoneware Butter Crock Cobalt Decorated Lidded Bowl Westerwald Style Salt Glazed Gray Blue Pottery Small Ceramic Jar Container by jarmfarm      Cache   Translate Page      

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Primitive Stoneware Butter Crock Cobalt Decorated Lidded Bowl Westerwald Style Salt Glazed Gray Blue Pottery Small Ceramic Jar Container
Vintage Primitive Salt Glazed Stoneware Butter Crock, Sugar Bowl with lid or small jar container with applied cobalt blue decoration.
Unmarked ceramic pottery made in the style of Westerwald Pottery. No chips, repairs, crazing or signs of excessive wear. There is a crack up along the rim and some imperfections in the glaze. Please see all photos closely as they are an important part of my description.
Westerwald pottery originally came from the Hohr- Grenzhausen and Ransbach- Baumbach area of Westerwaldkreis in Rheinland-Plalz Germany
This style of pottery is known by it's grey-blue clay and folk art designs. It is reproduced by many different pottery studios around the world.
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Cobalt Decorated Sugar Bowl Westerwald Marzi & Remy Salt Glazed Pottery Small Bowl With Lid Or Small Crock Grey Gray Blue Ceramic Primitive Stoneware
Vintage Marzi and Remy Salt Glazed Stoneware Small Sugar Bowl with Lid or small crock with cobalt blue decoration.
Primitive Style Of Ceramic Pottery Made in Germany circa Mid Century 1960's, measures approximately 4" tall and 3 3/4" wide.
Paper label is still attached to the side, no incised markings or other identification. No chips, repairs, cracks or signs of wear. Glaze has quite a bit of crazing/crackle. Westerwald pottery comes from the Hohr- Grenzhausen and Ransbach- Baumbach area of Westerwaldkreis in Rheinland-Plalz Germany This style of pottery is known by it's grey-blue clay and folk art designs. Perfect for your cozy cabin , vintage farmhouse or primitive home !
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Reutter Porzellan - Blue Onion Coffee Mug Set

Reutter Porzellan set imported from Germany.  One only in stock.  These pieces are now hard to find since the US supplier has closed.  Get it while you can!  1/12 scale set.  

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Reutter Porzellan - Blue Onion Tea Box Set

Reutter Porzellan set imported from Germany.  One only in stock.  These pieces are now hard to find since the US supplier has closed.  Get it while you can!  1/12 scale set.  

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Reutter Porzellan - Blue Onion Cook Pot set

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Reutter Porzellan set imported from Germany.  One only in stock.  These pieces are now hard to find since the US supplier has closed.  Get it while you can!  1/12 scale set.  

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Germany's Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said on Tuesday the European Commission should revise its plan for a EU-wide tax on large digital companies and stressed the new levy should be applied only if there is no global deal by the summer of 2020.

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          A Moral Crisis      Cache   Translate Page      
Jewish leaders reflect on the recent attack at a Pittsburgh synagogue

Anti-Semitism isn't new to Rabbi Dovid Asher. He recalls visiting an amusement park as a young teenager and locking eyes with a stranger who took in his yarmulke and flipped him a swift, demonstrative middle finger. The experience was shocking and traumatic, he says, but stories passed down in his family were more impactful.

His grandmother made it out of Nazi Germany right before Kristallnacht in 1938. Tickets for passage to America were limited, and Asher says his grandmother always felt responsible for the death of her younger sister, who later died in Auschwitz.

"Just hearing my grandmother's stories, seeing the pain she was going through and thinking of her sister's murder in Auschwitz, that's all I ever needed in terms of understanding the evil of anti-semitism," Asher says. "I think she'd be beside herself, seeing how anti-Semitism has kind of risen again, when not so long ago it terrorized the Jewish community worldwide."

Like religious leaders across the country, Asher has spent the last week reflecting on the Oct. 27 shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, which left 11 dead and several more injured. He was one of several Jewish clergy at a vigil in Richmond three days after the shooting, which more than 1,000 people attended. Asher, who grew up in Pennsylvania and came to Richmond in 2011 to lead the congregation at Keneseth Beth Israel, is careful and intentional with his words. He's hesitant to politicize the attack and its aftermath, partially in recognition of shiva, the week-long period of mourning in Jewish culture. During those first seven days, it's customary for observant Jews to sit with their grief and allow themselves to experience the pain in its entirety.

"I think we need to celebrate the lives and to appreciate the pain of the families," Asher says. "I think we need to wait a little bit before we publicly come out and have this conversation." That said, Asher is "terribly concerned about the polarization of this country" and wants to see more unification efforts from elected officials.

Rabbi Michael Knopf of Temple Beth-El, who was named one of Style Weekly's Top 40 Under 40 in 2017, echoes that sentiment, and is more forthcoming on the political front. Like his colleague across town, he's mindful that his congregation represents both ends of the political spectrum and his job is not one of a pundit. But mixed in with sadness and grief following the shooting is also anger and frustration with a climate that he says has emboldened people with hateful ideologies.

"It's really hard for me to separate what happened in Pittsburgh from what happened in Charlottesville last summer," Knopf explains. "In particular what happened when the president responded the way he did. White supremacists in this country had never had a bigger gift and endorsement than that."

That gift, he says, has long-lasting ramifications. The president's rhetoric around immigrants has normalized bigotry and white nationalism, he says, and it's no coincidence that the shooting happened days after known foes of the president received suspicious packages in the mail, or during a time of charged rhetoric around a group of immigrants heading toward the southern border. It's about more than discrimination against people of the Jewish faith, he says.

"It's all interconnected, and it stems from a really ugly campaign of vilifying anyone who could be perceived as other," he says. "We need to stand up for all targeted communities."

Safety is a priority for both rabbis, and there's frustration around the reality that they have to balance keeping their congregants safe without negatively impacting the quality of their work and services.

"We need to be vigilant of our security, but at the same time I want my congregation to be able to be open and welcoming to anybody who wants to experience the joy and beauty of Judaism with us," Knopf says. "It's harder to do that when you have to have an armed guard outside the door."

Both Knopf and Asher note that armed security guards are on the premises during services at their synagogues.

"What that means is we're effectively letting violent anti-Semites rob us of our ability to serve our community in other ways because we have to use those resources to pay for security," Knopf says.

Jewish Family Services' chief operating officer, Sydney Fleischer, says she feels safe as a Jew in Richmond, and it's important to prioritize security and have these discussions while still moving forward. She describes feeling lost and helpless on the day of the shooting.

"It's just stunning, and at first you feel like, 'How can I possibly do anything,'" she says. "Then you realize that any little thing you do matters. One of the Jewish values is that if you save one person you save the world."

As a clinical social worker, Fleischer advises people to talk through whatever they're feeling after a traumatic event, especially parents. It's not easy to tell a child of any age that hatred exists, she says, and a parent may never be able to adequately explain why someone may hate another person who's Jewish. That's why it's crucial to have open discussions and to "highlight the positive," leading by example and teaching diversity and inclusivity from a young age.

For more resources, Fleischer suggests checking out the Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies at Templates are available for writing letters to the bereaved in Pittsburgh, along with links to organizations accepting donations on behalf of the community. S

          Leipzig Filme 1986 – 1997 / Andreas Voigt’s Leipzig Films Collection (1986-1997): Alfred (1986), Leipzig im Herbst / Leipzig in the Fall (1990), Letztes Jahr – Titanic / Last Year Titanic (1991), Glaube, Liebe, Hoffnung / Belief, Love, Hope (1994), Grosse weite Welt / Big Wide World (1998) 2 x DVD9      Cache   Translate Page      
On Monday, October 16, 1989, filmmakers Andreas Voigt and Gerd Kroske took their cameras to Leipzig to document the demonstrations happening there that were coinciding with East Germany's 40th anniversary events. Though the filmmakers did not have any plan at that point to shoot a film, they understood the urgency of capturing the events on […] ↓ Download movie...
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First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic received on Tuesday in Belgrade German Ambassador Thomas Schieb. According to a Serbian government press release, they stated that "bilateral relations between the two countries are very good and characterized by cooperation in all areas."
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German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said he will press China to embrace arms controls during upcoming meetings in Beijing, citing the need to regulate robotic and space-based weapons that could soon shift from "science fiction" to reality.
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A 94-year-old wheelchair-bound man appeared in court on Tuesday accused of helping to murder hundreds of people at a Nazi concentration camp during World War Two, in what is likely to be one of the last such trials.
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Although the United States is not officially a nation based primarily on lineage and blood and soil, Germany is. There are apparently more than a few Germans who do not like the idea of sharing their country with non-Germans one bit. At all. The relatively recent influx of mostly non-European immigrants and migrants into Europe has been the single biggest boost to right-wing, reactionary and downright fascist political parties across the continent. As the video below the fold makes clear, as dislike for immigrants becomes more acceptable to vocalize, Nazi sympathizers and actual Nazis successfully shift the Overton window far enough to the right to include some even uglier ideas. 

Although for obvious historical reasons Europe in general and Germany in particular get most of the media attention for this sort of stuff there are places all over the planet where people make it clear that they aren't overly fond of THOSE people. THOSE people can of course be of any race or ethnicity and could even be (to me) visually indistinguishable from the people yelling for their expulsion. I'm still trying to wrap my mind around the idea of Black South Africans chasing down and assaulting Black Nigerian or Black Zimbabwean immigrants or refugees.

It's important to keep in mind that we're not all the same, we can't all get along, and nations aren't disappearing any time soon. The noxious Steve King had it right when he said that European right-wingers and Nazi sympathizers would be Republicans if they were Americans. I think that most Germans have enough sense not to politically support would-be Nazis. That said though mass immigration from the Third World into Europe will continue to be a politically destabilizing event.

          "Let’s Have a War with Russia!: I’d Rather Be Ruled by Autistic Hamsters"      Cache   Translate Page      
The current state of the American Army. 
Troops learn the hardships of pregnancy.

"Let’s Have a War with Russia!: 
I’d Rather Be Ruled by Autistic Hamsters"
 by Fred Reed

"The United States seems to be contemplating war with Russia, Iran, China, or all three Washington pushes NATO ever closer to Russia, leaves the nuclear-missile treaty and tries to destroy both countries and China economically. Why the push for war?

Simple. Asia is awakening. China (from which I have just returned) grows economically at a scorching pace–and all power rests on economic power. China is a large country, America a medium-sized one. America’s roughly two hundred million whites do virtually all of the scientific work on which national power depends. China has a billion increasingly educated Han Chinese, a five-to-one advantage. China’s stated aim is to united Eurasia among other places in one vast commercial union. Washington’s pugnacity has pushed China, Ira, and Russia together. The chain of nations, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey all totter between looking east and looking west. If Washington doesn’t stop this growth, the American Empire will be marginalized within decades. This doesn’t threaten the American public. It threatens the Empire and Israel.

What would a war with Russia look like, even assuming that it didn’t go nuclear? A great military thinker–me, actually–once said that military stupidity comes in three levels: normally stupid; really really stupid; and invading Russia. From Chuck XII to Adolf I it has proved a poor career move.

The US military has not won a war since 1945, with the exception of the First Gulf War, which the LAPD could have won. It lost decisively in Vietnam. It got run out of Lebanon with 241 dead Marines as its only accomplishment. After seventeen years it shows no signs of defeating barely armed Afghan peasants. Iraq has been a complete botch, achieving none of its goals, control of the oil, permanent bases, and a puppet government. Just now the military is losing in Syria.

Nothing short of genius can account for losing so consistently given the enormous resources available to American forces. In light of this very low level of military competence, maybe wars are not our best choice of hobby.

What sort of war is envisaged? The United States cannot fight a sizable land war. Iran can. Russia can. The American military means air power and little else.  The Army hasn’t fought a serious war since 1973, the fleet since 1945. In long periods of inaction, things deteriorate because they do not seem important. Crucial supplies cease to exist, spare parts aren’t there, the logistics train quietly becomes inoperable.  Money goes instead to pricey weapons of little practical use.

The Army recruits from a soft millennial population. America is no longer a country of tough rural kids. Social engineering has rotted the ranks. The military has suffered years of feminization, SJW appeasement, affirmative action, lowered physical standards, and LGBTQ insertion. Conscription is politically impossible. The Army cannot defeat Afghans even with the advantages of unlimited air power, artillery, gun ships, medevac, helicopters, and drones, It would last a very short time if it had to fight the Afghans or Iranians, on even terms. Muslims are more virile than today’s Americans and have proven tenacious.

A military that never fights a war that it has to win, that never encounters an enemy that can dangerously hit back, inevitably deteriorates. Militaries come to believe their own propaganda. So, apparently, do  the feral mollycoddles in the White House and New York. The American military’s normal procedure is to overestimate American power, underestimate the enemy, and misunderstand the kind of war it is getting into. Should Washington decide on war with Iran, or Russia (unless by a surprise nuclear strike) there will be the  usual talk of the most powerful, best trained, best equipped etc., and how the Ivans and towelheads will melt away in days, a cakewalk. Bet me.

Militaries have a very poor record of predicting outcomes of wars. This might provoke thought. The American Civil War was expected to be over in an afternoon; this was wrong by 650,000 dead and four years. When Napoleon invaded Russia, he did not expect Russians to occupy Paris. Germany thought that WWI would be a war of movement over in weeks; in fact a ghastly war of attrition lasting four years. When Japan attacked Pearl, it was not intentionally inviting GIs to the geisha houses of Tokyo. When Germany invaded Poland, occupation of Germany by Russia and America was low on its list of expectations. When France re-invaded Vietnam, it did not foresee Dien Bien Phu and utter defeat by les jaunes. When America invaded Vietnam, it did not expect a decade-long losing war. When Russia invaded Afghanistan it did not expect to lose to Afghans in sandals. When America invaded Afghanistan, having seen what had happened to Russia, it did not expect the same result.

We do not know what a war with Iran, or Russia, or China  would look like or what the Iranians might do. An overconfident military and an inexperienced government in Washington will predictably predict a short war and speak of precision weapons and surgical strikes. The Navy will guarantee that it can keep the Straits open, and speak of its advanced technology. The expectation will be that there will be nothing unexpected. The White House will believe that  Iran will lie there and be bombed without response. Russia? The nukes will fall on the European countries from which the attack came. Germany might ponder this carefully.

America could of course destroy much of Iran and kill millions of the defenseless. This is what America now calls “war.” It would be amusing to see what would happen if the Air Force had to fight an enemy that could fight back, but this would mean only Russia or, perhaps, just possibly, barely, to some extent, China. It is a coward’s way of war and, to judge by South Vietnam and Afghanistan, not very effective. Killing lots of people and winning a war are not the same thing.

What if Iran did stop petroleum traffic in the Persian Gulf with, say, missiles mounted on pickup trucks. Is this possible? I don’t know. Neither, I suspect, does the Navy–which will insist that it can handle mere pickup trucks with its superb this and that, its best trained, best equipped, the only hyper-power, and so on. But tankers are not going to run even a small risk of going up in flames. How long would the Straits have to be closed with the world screaming for oil before Washington, desperate, its vanity bruised,  full of huge egos, would have to do something stupid to save face?

Further, American leadership is of dangerously low quality. An essentially absentee Congress, the sordidness and criminality of the Clintons, Trump’s utter crassness and shady past, the submission to Israel, the widespread and never punished corruption. In this sorry brew no one seems interested in the well being of the county, only unseemly grasping at benefits for the arms industry, big oil, Wall Street, Tel Aviv, and the Empire. Note that wars generate huge profits for the arms makers and the longer the war can be kept going, neither winning nor losing, the greater the profits. War against Iran would be a magnificent profit center. Since American casualties are extremely low, permanent war has few downsides.

At the top of government we have an unprepossessing bunch that would make Kaiser Wilhelm’s court seem wholesome. Their chief characteristics are pathological aggressiveness and a severe case of Beltway Bubble Syndrome. There is Trump with his weird eruptions. The ever-combative Nikki Haley. Steve Bannon, prophesying and hoping for war with China. Mike Pompeo, threatening Iran, threatening, Venezuela, threatening North Korea. John  Bolton of the codiece mustaches, always counseling a war he won’t fight in, like Trump a drat dodger with something to prove. The life of millions depends on this freak show? I need a drink.”

          Next Wave #874: Alec Benjamin      Cache   Translate Page      
Alec Benjamin
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Alec Benjamin found himself without a label, without a deal, and – largely – without support. Gambling everything, he booked a ticket to Europe, and played wherever he could find an audience – clubs, venues, or even parking lots.

“I was working without management or a label, so I had one other person on my team who stuck with me, and said: do you want to go tour in Europe? I said yeah, I’ll go!” he recalls. “I just went myself. I spent pretty much all the money I had, and played shows across Europe, in Germany and the UK. Then I walked past this Shawn Mendes show, and I thought, well, I could just play for them! So I did, and I got more social media attention than at any other point on the tour. So when I got home I decided to keep going.”

Playing 165 shows in that first year, Alec’s exhausting, lung-bursting schedule finally bore fruit. Each song reached a larger audience, clocking up millions of streams worldwide. Something seemed to click – midway between Paul Simon and Eminem in his approach to word play, the self-styled ‘narrator’ watching the world as it passed.

“I feel sometimes I’m more comfortable like that,” he shrugs. “Sometimes it’s easier to have a bird’s eye view, and write like that. And a lot of my favourite songwriters echo that.”

A mash up of influences, Alec’s work veers from straight singer-songwriter territory to something more approaching rap in its dexterous wordplay. This breaking down of barriers seems perfectly pitched for an audience attuned to streaming, and to playlist culture.

“I think now, obviously, it happens more and more,” he reflects. “I don’t really know how other people listen to music apart from me. I didn’t really get into music because of the genre, I got into it because of the words. I really never pay attention to the genre.” “I listen to a lot of country music, too,” Alec continues. “And I got pulled into that because of the melodies, the production, and what people were talking about. Even if it’s in the singer-songwriter category, if I don’t relate to the lyrics then I don’t really listen to it.”

Working continuously, Alec is currently gearing up to complete a full album, and is fresh from touring huge arenas with the likes of Camilla Cabello. It’s all a far cry from pitching up to a courtyard outside the venue, wondering if anyone would notice him. Climbing a mountain in every sense, Alec Benjamin is a success – but he wonders how we could even define such a nebulous, highly personal term.

“My definition of what that is changes pretty much every day,” he says. “I try to face the horizon and keep moving, so I don’t really know how to define success. I guess one of my goals is to figure that out!”

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          The potential future of Donald Trump's presidency could be decided this week; NZD held its ground late Friday reaching a high of 0.6685 against the USD after Non Farm Payroll numbers printed; NZDAUD pair continues to be range bound      Cache   Translate Page      

By Neven Fisher*:

Melbourne Cup runs today at 5.05pm NZT.
The potential future of Donald Trump's presidency could be decided this week with US Midterm elections taking place. The Democrats need only 23 further seats to make a total of 218 to take control of the House, polling starts Wednesday NZ time. The world's economies have enjoyed a buoyant year with the international Monetary Fund in April saying the planet was enjoying the most united upswing since 2010. The mood however has changed in October when they cut its global outlook saying global growth has plateaued. The change is being led by China with the weakest current stretch of performance since 2009 is expected to get worse unless a favorable deal can be negotiated in the trade war with the US. The Eurozone is also losing pace expanding in the third quarter less than the previous quarter as Germany and Italy staled. The big question now is if recent US growth can continue providing good results on the back of protectionism and higher interest rates heading into 2019 and provide a counterweight for the rest of the world.  Reports have indicated that a potential trade deal could be close between China and the US. Trump's lead adviser Kudlow has played this down when he said "no massive movement to deal with China" and "we're not on the cusp of a deal". Chinese manufacturers who have the misfortune of being on the list of affected companies who will have tariffs raised from 10% to 25% on a 1 January 2019 are flat out producing products for export into the US markets to make shipping deadlines before the due date. US Non-Farm Payroll employment increased by a healthy 250,000 jobs Friday for the month of October well up on the forecasted 190,000. Wage growth has risen by 3.1% year on year, this is the fastest increase since 2009. The greenback rallied along with the US 10 year treasury bond jumping 8 points to 3.21%. US equity markets turned negative - the Nasdaq falling 1.20%. Three central banks will release cash rate announcements this week starting with the RBA Tuesday with no change from the 1.5% expected. RBNZ Thursday with no change from 1.75% expected and Federal Reserve also who will keep their benchmark rate at 2.25%

Major Announcements last week:

  • ANZ NZ Business Confidence prints down
  • Bank of Japan leave rates at -0.10%
  • Canadian monthly GDP releaes at 0.1% from 0.0% expected
  • Australian Trade Balance prints at a whopping 3.02B compared to 1.71B markets expected
  • Bank of England cash rate remains unchanged at 0.75% in a 0-9 vote
  • Aussie Retail Sales publishes at 0.2% down on the 0.3% expected
  • US Non-Farm Payroll prints higher at 250,000 new jobs compared to 194,000
  • US Manufacturing prints higher at 60.3 over 59.3 predicted


The New Zealand Dollar (NZD) held its ground late Friday reaching a high of 0.6685 against the US Dollar (USD) after Non Farm Payroll numbers printed. The US Labour dept showed employment increased by a massive 250,000 jobs in October well in front of the 194,000 expected. Chinese data Monday helped the kiwi push higher back through 0.6660 but any upside from here looks to be capped below 0.6700. Tomorrow’s employment figures could pressure the kiwi if we fail to see a drop in the unemployment rate of 4.5%. Thursday’s RBNZ cash rate and monetary statement shouldn’t offer up any surprises with markets keen to see the overall tone of future policy.

DIRECT FX Current level Support Resistance Last wk range
NZD/USD 0.6660 0.6600 0.6700 0.6515- 0.6689


The New Zealand Dollar, Australian Dollar (NZD/AUD) pair continues to be range bound. Trading over the past two weeks between 0.9190 (1.0880) and 0.9295 (1.0760) the pair remains in its happy place. We don’t expect a bounce from this range over the week even though we have a bunch of tier one data to publish. We see no surprises from today’s RBA announcement with the benchmark rate to remain at 1.50%. Thursday NZ Reserve Bank governor Adrian Orr is expected to leave rates unchanged at 1.75%. Even though statistics show the economy has grown over the past few months economists are still questioning this suggesting a slow down is on the horizon with business confidence remaining at low levels. Currently trading at 0.9230 (1.0835) Tuesday lunch.

DIRECT FX Current level Support Resistance Last wk range
NZD / AUD 0.9233 0.9300 0.9260 0.9493- 0.9263
AUD / NZD 1.0820 1.0800 1.0750 1.0796- 1.0878


Brexit headlines boosted the British Pound (GBP) higher off the open Monday to 0.5100 (1.9610) against the New Zealand Dollar (NZD) but has edged higher during the London trading session. UK Services Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) printed down on expectations at 52.2 based on 53.4 markets were expecting showing a seven month low as firms brace for a slow 2019, the result the poorest since the 2016 Brexit referendum. Interest this week will be with Thursday’s RBNZ announcement and Fridays monthly UK GDP figures. Price action over the week could be anywhere if we throw Brexit into the mix.

DIRECT FX Current level Support Resistance Last wk range
NZD / GBP 0.5100 0.5090 0.5170 0.5082- 0.5169
GBP / NZD 1.9610 1.9350 1.9650 1.9345- 1.9678


The New Zealand Dollar (NZD) started the week where it left off against the Canadian Dollar (CAD) pushing up from the open of 0.8680 to 0.8740 in thin Monday markets. Canada’s Poloz spoke overnight saying the neutral rate estimated at 2.5-3.5% is not a precise destination. It’s more like a neighbourhood - future rate hikes could be faster or slower. Two statements of complete meaningless garble. Early impressions are suggesting the Kiwi wants to go higher in the short term, a possible retest of 0.8820 is in sight with NZ employment data to print tomorrow with the official cash rate Thursday.

DIRECT FX Current level Support Resistance Last wk range
NZD / CAD 0.8736 0.8650 0.8820 0.8561- 0.8748


The Euro (EUR) continued its decline last week against the New Zealand Dollar (NZD) dropping to 0.5840 (1.7130). We see further declines in the Euro likely through to Thursday’s RBNZ announcement where the cash rate is expected to remain unchanged at 1.75%. A retest of 0.5880 (1.7000) is the next target with a with a lack of Eurozone data to publish. The bullish channel from 0.5585 (1.7910) is still in play, we don’t see this being broken in the medium term.

DIRECT FX Current level Support Resistance Last wk range
NZD/EUR 0.5837 0.5765 0.5865 0.5736- 0.5861
EUR/NZD 1.7130 1.7050 1.7350 1.7063- 1.7435


Japan’s Kuroda spoke early Monday putting the Japanese Yen (JPY) on notice versus the New Zealand Dollar (NZD) the pair pushing higher off the open of 75.00 to 75.50 the 1 October high. It’s mostly NZ data to print over the week starting with employment data Wednesday. Risk factors could play a part with direction. RBNZ cash rate Thursday. With a head a shoulder pattern emerging on the chart we think the kiwi could retest 76.50 this week.

DIRECT FX Current level Support Resistance Last wk range
NZD / YEN 75.46 75.00 76.20 73.32- 75.62


The Australian Dollar (AUD) looks to be in the mood to continue last week’s bull rally and extend gains made mid to late week against the US Dollar. Last week’s Non-Farm Payroll release took the pair off the high of 0.7250 back to 0.7180 on USD strength after figures surprised to the upside. Ending the week Australian Retail Sales printed slightly down on expectations creating a short sell off in the Aussie. Price this week looks retest last week’s high, this will be largely based on today’s RBA Cash Rate announcement. If the Central Bank are dovish with future monetary policy as we expect due to recent data the Aussie will be pressured. Later in the week we also have the federal Reserve cash rate and statement with no change this time around from the 2.25%

DIRECT FX Current level Support Resistance Last wk range
AUD / USD 0.7216 0.7180 0.7250 0.7063- 0.7259


The British Pound (GBP) gaped higher to 0.5525 (1.8090) on the weekly open against the Australian Dollar (AUD) after positive Brexit news bought back buyers into the Pound. Trading Tuesday at 0.5530 (1.8080) we have seen a slide below 0.5550 (1.8020) confirming a break of the bullish channel from 0.5350 (1.8700) of early October. Market interest will be on today’s RBA statement and cash rate with no change expected. A hawkish statement by governor Philip Lowe will certainly put further pressure on the Aussie heading into UK’s GDP Friday.

DIRECT FX Current level Support Resistance Last wk range
AUD / GBP 0.5523 0.5485 0.5600 0.5505- 0.5597
GBP / AUD 1.8106 1.7850 1.8230 1.7866- 1.8166


This week’s price action in the Australian Dollar, Euro (AUD/EUR) pair should be no different to the last. Trading around 0.6320 (1.5820) Tuesday we expect upside momentum to drive the cross higher.  The Eurogroup met last night and discussed Italy’s budget woes with EU finance ministers calling for the Italian government to redraft the budget. The Eurogroup president Mario Centeno remains confident that Italy will agree to changing its spending plans despite Rome’s populist government insisting that it won’t do so. The Reserve Bank of Australian (RBA) will announce their cash rate today widely expected to be remain unchanged at 1.50%. Markets are predicting a hawkish tone with recent weak CPI data.

DIRECT FX Current level Support Resistance Last wk range
AUD/EUR 0.6322 0.6250 0.6355 0.6208- 0.6351
EUR/AUD 1.5820 1.5740 1.6000 1.5746- 1.6108


The Australian Dollar (AUD) has pushed higher off the weekly open to 81.70 against the Japanese Yen (JPY) after BoJ’s Kuroda put the Yen under pressure yesterday. A continuation of last weeks rally in price after Aussie Trade Balance figures surprised to the upside looks on the cards with 82.50 the next target, the three month high. Retails Sales took the Aussie briefly off its high last week when it printed at 0.2% based on 0.3% predictions. Focus now lies with today’s RBA 4.30 NZT - no surprises are expected.

DIRECT FX Current level Support Resistance Last wk range
AUD/YEN 81.74 80.40 82.50 79.36- 81.94


Poloz put the Canadian Dollar (CAD) on the backfoot against the Australian Dollar (AUD) Monday, the pair pushing up from 0.9410 area early Monday to 0.9450. All interest will be on the RBA cash rate announcement today 4.30 NZT and should reflect recent economic data with no change expected. A retest of last weeks high of 0.9480 should come into the picture as long as the RBA is not to dovish in their monetary statement.

DIRECT FX Current level Support Resistance Last wk range
AUD / CAD 0.9460 0.9360 0.9560 0.9269- 0.9478


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Market commentary:

Melbourne Cup runs today at 5.05pm NZT.
The potential future of Donald Trump's presidency could be decided this week with US Midterm elections taking place. The Democrats need only 23 further seats to make a total of 218 to take control of the House, polling starts Wednesday NZ time. The world's economies have enjoyed a buoyant year with the international Monetary Fund in April saying the planet was enjoying the most united upswing since 2010. The mood however has changed in October when they cut its global outlook saying global growth has plateaued. The change is being led by China with the weakest current stretch of performance since 2009 is expected to get worse unless a favorable deal can be negotiated in the trade war with the US. The Eurozone is also losing pace expanding in the third quarter less than the previous quarter as Germany and Italy staled. The big question now is if recent US growth can continue providing good results on the back of protectionism and higher interest rates heading into 2019 and provide a counterweight for the rest of the world.  Reports have indicated that a potential trade deal could be close between China and the US. Trump's lead adviser Kudlow has played this down when he said "no massive movement to deal with China" and "we're not on the cusp of a deal". Chinese manufacturers who have the misfortune of being on the list of affected companies who will have tariffs raised from 10% to 25% on a 1 January 2019 are flat out producing products for export into the US markets to make shipping deadlines before the due date. US Non-Farm Payroll employment increased by a healthy 250,000 jobs Friday for the month of October well up on the forecasted 190,000. Wage growth has risen by 3.1% year on year, this is the fastest increase since 2009. The greenback rallied along with the US 10 year treasury bond jumping 8 points to 3.21%. US equity markets turned negative - the Nasdaq falling 1.20%. Three central banks will release cash rate announcements this week starting with the RBA Tuesday with no change from the 1.5% expected. RBNZ Thursday with no change from 1.75% expected and Federal Reserve also who will keep their benchmark rate at 2.25%


The Australian Dollar eased back off its highs Friday after a disappointing close to equity markets dragged risk associated currencies lower. At one point trading back over the 0.7200 area against the big Dollar after Trade Balance figures buoyed Aussie sentiment posting a hefty 3.02 Billion trade Balance based on market expectations of 1.71 Billion. This week’s main economic news of interest is the RBA cash rate and statement due today at 4.30 NZT. Last week’s weaker than predicted CPI inflation data could impact the tone with the overall inflation number well below the 2-3% target for the 11th quarter in a row. Even with the economy in its 27th year without no recession the economy has dangerously high household debt and stagnant wage growth which is putting as squeeze on household spending. Even though net exports and capital expenditure are stimulating the economy these offer no real impetus for the RBA to increase its benchmark rate. No further economic data of note is due to be published over the week. Good luck in the Melbourne Cup.

New Zealand

The New Zealand Dollar held onto gains last week in the wake of a stronger US dollar. The kiwi was the strongest performer surprisingly out muscling its main rivals. Tagging along with the Aussie Dollar trading higher in the wake of surprising Aussie Trade and Chinese data, risk currencies did well. Its widely expected the RBNZ will keep rates on hold this week- Thursday, but a no hike wasn't always a dead cert with some market participants suggesting the cash rate would drop. With recent economic data suggesting rates will stay the same looking ahead to 2019 may not be the case. With US company earnings over, stock market moves will resume normal price action this week. With all three US indices falling into the weekly close momentum could resume to the downside dragging the kiwi lower. Certainly if the NZ unemployment rate drops to 4.4% from 4.5% Wednesday the opposite could be said.

United States

The US Midterm elections kick off this Tuesday with polling starting at 6.00am Tuesday (NY time). The battle for congress is heating up with the fate of Donald Trump's presidency on the line. As it stands the democrats need an additional 23 seats to make up 218 required to take back control of the senate and drive a stake through the hopes of Donald Trump's future plans at the helm of USA. Traditionally the voting turnout with midterm elections is low but with 33 million votes already on the table the turnout of voters is set to be the biggest turnout in over 50 years. The anti-immigration moves recently deployed by the president with the clampdown on asylum seekers this falls at the heart of the midterms with intensity building over race related rhetoric. If the Republicans are ousted from the house and hand over congress to the Democrats President Trump's agenda and campaign promises are sure to be revised. Most importantly if the Democrats were to take control of the House it would allow the Democrats to start impeachment proceedings against the President, obviously something Donald Trump is clearly hoping to avoid. The Federal Reserve will keep their cash rate on hold until the December meeting at 2.25%


The Euro reached a high last week of 1.1455 but was quick to give back gains closing around the 1.1380 area versus the greenback. Risk aversion overshadowed US Non- Farm Payroll announcements with the better than predicted number of 250,000 failing to really give the US Dollar a decent push. Profit taking allowed the EUR to drift lower amid reports circulating that the ECB will consider TLTRO (Targeted long term refinancing options) in the December ECB meeting with the central bank requiring more funds. The Euro was the third worst performing currency outside the Swiss Franc and the Japanese Yen for the second straight week with risk associated currencies getting the nod, along with new Brexit related risks dropping the Pound sparking a EUR based sell off late in the week. A very quiet economic Eurozone calendar this week will offer no real support for Euro with it lacking any concrete drivers. Last week’s second tier data was mainly disappointing suggesting the EURO could drift lower this week.

United Kingdom

Brexit headlines continue to occupy British media. UK's Prime Minister Theresa may looks to have secured concessions from the EU to keep Britain in a customs union. This includes Ireland which effectively solves recent issues of a hard Irish border thus pioneering the way for a negotiated Brexit deal. May is also in the throes of securing an "economic partnership" of sorts with the EU. The deal would give UK financial services companies access to European markets post Brexit. UK's Cabinet will catch up today with a further meeting on Friday in the hopes of gaining enough support for the EU to announce a special summit. May still has many cabinet folk who would love her job so she will be vigilant to dot the I's and cross the T's this week. The British Pound rallied off the low of 1.2700 against the US Dollar to climb back above the 1.3000 physiological level before easing back to 1.2980. UK Manufacturing data and quarterly GDP print Friday.


The Japanese Yen struggled to conger up any decent momentum over the week - the worst performing currency battled against every main player falling 1.17% against the US Dollar. Recovering equity markets and increased risk sentiment left investors leaving the Yen. Bank of Japan's Governor Kuroda said in a statement it was necessary to continue to ease monetary policy with slow inflation - but not the same as we have done in the past 5 years. The governor introduced a large scale asset program in 2013 and it was the best thing to do but now as the economy improves with solid corporate earnings and tight labour markets the bank recognises that continuing the monetary easing could affect financial stability, he said. At last week’s Bank of Japan (BoJ) meeting the BoJ kept policy the same including setting short term interest rates at -.1% and keep low interest rates for an extended period of time. Average Cash Earnings (value in the employment income collected by workers) releases Wednesday


The Canadian Dollar has lost value five straight weeks and continues to struggle shifting off the bottom of the table against the major currencies. Crude Oil a big contributing factor coming from a high around the first of October at 77.00 to trade 62.72 now. Soft Canadian job numbers Friday with the number of new employed people releasing at 11,200 based on market predictions of 12,700 dented any upside momentum - the CAD losing half a cent against the Dollar. However, the employment rate ticked lower to 5.8% below the estimate of 5.9%. Interestingly while the CAD has underperformed the economy grew 0.1% in August, the economy has been mostly performing well and remains on track for annualised growth of 2% for 2018. This week sees governor Poloz speak later today about financial markets, with no other tier one significant data to publish.

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          Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Rainbow Pride Symbols       Cache   Translate Page      

What do they mean?

The rainbow flag has become the easily-recognized colours of pride for the gay community. The multicultural symbolism of the rainbow is nothing new -- Jesse Jackson's Rainbow Coalition also embraces the rainbow as a symbol of that political movement. The rainbow also plays a part in many myths and stories related to gender and sexuality issues in Greek, Native American, African, and other cultures.

Use of the rainbow flag by the gay community began in 1978 when it first appeared in the San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Freedom Day Parade. Borrowing symbolism from the hippie movement and black civil rights groups, San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker designed the rainbow flag in response to a need for a symbol that could be used year after year. Baker and thirty volunteers hand-stitched and hand-dyed two huge prototype flags for the parade. The flags had eight stripes, each colour representing a component of the community: hot pink for sex, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sun, green for nature, turquoise for art, indigo for harmony, and violet for spirit.

The next year Baker approached The San Francisco Paramount Flag Company to mass produce rainbow flags for the 1979 parade. Due to production constraints -- such as the fact that hot pink was not a commercially available color -- pink and turquoise were removed from the design, and royal blue replaced indigo. This six-color version spread from San Francisco to other cities, and soon became the widely known symbol of gay pride and diversity it is today. It is even officially recognized by the International Congress of Flag Makers. In 1994, a huge 30 foot wide by one mile long rainbow flag was carried by 10,000 people in New York's Stonewall 25 Parade. 

The rainbow flag has inspired a wide variety of related symbols, such as freedom rings and other accessories. There are plenty of variations of the flag, including versions with a blue field of stars reminiscent of the American Stars and Stripes and versions with superimposed lambdas, pink triangles, or other symbols.

The Bisexual Pride Flag. The pink color represents sexual attraction to the same sex only (gay and lesbian), the blue represents sexual attraction to the opposite sex only (straight) and the resultant overlap color purple represents sexual attraction to both sexes (bi). The key to understanding the symbolism in the Bi Pride Flag is to know that the purple pixels of color blend unnoticeable into both the pink and blue, just as in the 'real world' where most bi people blend unnoticeable into both the gay/lesbian and straight communities.

The pink triangle is easily one of the more popular and widely recognized symbols for the gay community. The pink triangle is rooted in World War II times, and reminds us of the tragedies of that era. Although homosexuals were only one of the many groups targeted for extermination by the Nazi regime, it is unfortunately the group that history often excludes. The pink triangle challenges that notion, and defies anyone to deny history.

The history of the pink triangle begins before WWII, during Adolf Hitler's rise to power. Paragraph 175, a clause in German law prohibiting homosexual relations, was revised by Hitler in 1935 to include kissing, embracing, and gay fantasies as well as sexual acts. Convicted offenders -- an estimated 25,000 just from 1937 to 1939 -- were sent to prison and then later to concentration camps. Their sentence was to be sterilized, and this was most often accomplished by castration. In 1942 Hitler's punishment for homosexuality was extended to death.

Each prisoner in the concentration camps wore a colored inverted triangle to designate their reason for incarceration, and hence the designation also served to form a sort of social hierarchy among the prisoners. A green triangle marked its wearer as a regular criminal; a red triangle denoted a political prisoner. Two yellow triangles overlapping to form a Star of David designated a Jewish prisoner. The pink triangle was for homosexuals. A yellow Star of David under a superimposed pink triangle marked the lowest of all prisoners -- a gay Jew.

Stories of the camps depict homosexual prisoners being given the worst tasks and labors. Pink triangle prisoners were also a proportionally large focus of attacks from the guards and even other inmates. Although the total number of the homosexual prisoners is not known, official Nazi estimates were an underwhelming 10,000.

Although homosexual prisoners reportedly were not shipped en masse to the death camps at Auschwitz, a great number of gay men were among the non Jews who were killed there. Estimates of the number of gay men killed during the Nazi regime range from 50,000 to twice that figure. When the war was finally over, countless many homosexuals remained prisoners in the camps, because Paragraph 175 remained law in West Germany until its repeal in 1969. 

In the 1970s, gay liberation groups resurrected the pink triangle as a popular symbol for the gay rights movement. Not only is the symbol easily recognized, but it draws attention to oppression and persecution -- then and now. In the 1980s, ACT-UP (AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power) began using the pink triangle for their cause. They inverted the symbol, making it point up, to signify an active fight back rather than a passive resignation to fate. Today, for many the pink triangle represents pride, solidarity, and a promise to never allow another Holocaust to happen again.

Like the pink triangle, the black triangle is also rooted in Nazi Germany. Although lesbians were not included in the Paragraph 175 prohibition of homosexuality, there is evidence to indicate that the black triangle was used to designate prisoners with anti social behavior. Considering that the Nazi idea of womanhood focused on children, kitchen, and church, black triangle prisoners may have included lesbians, prostitutes, women who refused to bear children, and women with other "anti-social" traits. As the pink triangle is historically a male symbol, the black triangle has similarly been reclaimed by lesbians and feminists as a symbol of pride and solidarity.

The Leather Pride Flag is a symbol for the leather community, which encompasses those who are into leather, Levi's, sado-masochism, bondage and domination, uniform, cowboys, rubber, and other fetishes. The flag was created by artist Tony DeBlase and first displayed on May 28, 1989, at the Mr. Leather contest in Chicago. Although the flag is often common in the gay community, it is not a "gay-only" symbol.

Reportedly, gay leather aficionados might also modify a rainbow flag to have a black stripe instead of a violet one. (However, this version might be confused with the "Victory Over AIDS" version of the rainbow flag, as they are identical.)

The Bear Pride Flag is a symbol used by some "bears," gay men marked by an abundance of hair on their face, chest, and body. Bears also tend to be older, and perhaps larger or chubby. There does not seem to be one single symbol that represents bears in general. Rather, there are many symbols that have been adopted by local clubs, bars, and other bear groups.

The colors of the flag represent the various types of bears in the culture.

The Transgender Pride flag was created by Monica Helms in 1999 and was first shown at a pride parade in Phoenix AZ, US in 2000.

The flag represents the transgendered community and consists of five horizontal stripes: two light blue, two pink, and one white in the center.

Ms. Helms describes the meaning of the transgender flag as follows:

"The stripes at the top and bottom are light blue, the traditional color for baby boys.The stripes next to them are pink, the traditional color for baby girls The stripe in the middle is white, for those who are intersex, transitioning or consider themselves having a neutral or undefined gender. The pattern is such that no matter which way you fly it, it is always correct, signifying us finding correctness in our lives."

The AIDS Awareness Ribbon, or red ribbon, is commonly seen adorning jacket lapels and other articles of clothing as a symbol of solidarity and a commitment to the fight against AIDS.

The Ribbon Project was conceived in 1991 by Visual AIDS, a New York based charity group of art professionals that aims to recognize and honor friends and colleagues who have died or are dying of AIDS. Visual AIDS encourages arts organizations, museums, commercial galleries, and AIDS support groups to commemorate those lost to AIDS, to create greater awareness of AIDS/HIV transmission, to publicize the needs of Persons With AIDS, and to call for greater funding of services and research. Inspired by the yellow ribbons honoring American soldiers of the Persian Gulf War, the color red was chosen for its "connection to blood and the idea of of passion -- not only anger, but love, like a valentine," as stated by Frank Moore of Visual AIDS.

Worn by host Jeremy Irons, the ribbon made its public debut at the 1991 Tony Awards, and soon became a popular and politically correct fashion statement for celebrities and other awards ceremonies. Because of this popularity, some activists worry that the ribbon has become simple lip service to AIDS causes; in one particular incident the First Lady Barbara Bush wore a red ribbon while sitting in the audience with her husband, but when she stood at the President's side during his speech, her ribbon was conspicuously missing.

However, the Ribbon Project remains a powerful force in spreading awareness of AIDS and stressing the need for further action and research of the disease. The sincerest hope for the Ribbon Project is that it will one day no longer be needed.

Inspired by the red ribbon, the pink ribbon became the symbol for breast cancer awareness. Although, like AIDS, breast cancer is certainly not an issue limited to the gay community, the statistics of breast cancer are historically higher in women who do not bear children. Consequently, for some lesbians breast cancer awareness and prevention is a particularly important issue.

Gender Symbols are common astrological signs handed down from ancient Roman times. The pointed Mars symbol represents the male and the Venus symbol with the cross represents the female. Double interlocking male symbols have been used by gay men since the 1970s. Double interlocking female symbols have often been used to denote lesbianism, but some feminists have instead used the double female symbols to represent the sisterhood of women. These same feminists would use three interlocking female symbols to denote lesbianism. Also, some lesbian feminists of the 1970's used three interlocking female symbols to represent their rejection of male standards of monogamy.

Also in the 1970s, gay liberation movements used the male and female symbols superimposed to represent the common goals of lesbians and gay men. These days, the superimposed symbols might also denote a heterosexual aware of the differences and diversity between men and women. A transgendered person might superimpose the male and female symbols in such a way that the arrow and cross join on the same single ring.

The astrological sign of Mercury is traditionally the symbol of transgendered peoples. In Greek mythology, Hermes (the Greek version of the Roman god Mercury) and Aphrodite (the goddess of love) had a child named Hermaphroditus. That child possessed both male and female sexual organs, hence the term hermaphrodite. Also, rituals associated with the worship of Aphrodite are believed to have been highly sexual, involving castration, transvestism, and homosexual relations.

In the symbol itself, the crescent moon at the top is supposed to represent the masculine, and the cross at the bottom represents the feminine. The ring represents the individual, with the male and the female balanced at either side.

The lambda symbol seems to be one of the most controversial of symbols in regards to its meaning. There are several differing opinions as to why the lambda was chosen as a gay symbol and what it really means. However, most sources agree on a few things:

The lambda was first chosen as a gay symbol when it was adopted in 1970 by the New York Gay Activists Alliance. It became the symbol of their growing movement of gay liberation. In 1974, the lambda was subsequently adopted by the International Gay Rights Congress held in Edinburgh, Scotland. As their symbol for lesbian and gay rights, the lambda became internationally popular.

But where history ends, speculation begins. No one seems to have a definitive answer why the lambda was originally chosen as a gay symbol. Some suggest that it is simply the Greek lower case letter l for liberation. Others disagree, citing the use of lambda in physics to denote energy (the energy we have when we work in concert) or wavelength (are gays and lesbians on a different wavelength?). Lambda may also denote the synergy of the gay movement, the idea that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The lambda also may represent scales and balance, and the constant force that keeps opposing sides from overcoming each other -- the hook at the bottom of the right leg signifies the action needed to reach and maintain balance. The ancient Greek Spartans regarded the lambda to mean unity, while the Romans considered it "the light of knowledge shed into the darkness of ignorance." Reportedly, Ancient Greeks may have also placed the lambda on shields of gay men and their lovers who were among the fighting elite of the Greek Army.

Whatever the exact meaning and origin, the lambda originally embodied a fairly militant connotation. Today, the symbol generally denotes lesbian's and gay men's concerns together. Although the lambda was never intended to be linked to any specific gender or orientation such as other symbols may be, historically this is not so: In the early 1970's the Los Angeles gay community created a flag with a lavender lambda on a simple white background. They hoped the flag would catch on to other cities, but their hopes were not realized because some saw the lambda as a male symbol only.

The labrys is a double-sided hatchet or axe commonly used in ancient European, African, and Asian matriarchal societies as both a weapon and a harvesting tool. Greek artwork depicts the amazon armies of Europe wielding labrys weapons. Amazons ruled with a dual-queen system in which one queen was in charge of the army and battle, and the other queen stayed behind to administer the conquered cities. Amazons were known to be ferocious and merciless in battle, but once victorious they ruled with justice. Today, the labrys is a lesbian and feminist symbol of strength and self-sufficiency.

In addition, the labrys also played a part in ancient mythology. Demeter, the goddess of the earth, used a labrys as her sceptor. Rites associated with the worship of the Demeter, as well as Hecate (the goddess of the underworld), are believed to have involved lesbian sex.

What does  LGBTQI mean?

L = Lesbian
G = Gay
B = Bisexual
T = Transgender
Q = Queer
I = Intersex

So..... now ya know!

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Russia, Germany, France and Turkey called for a lasting cease-fire in Idlib.

Since Russia is Assad's main backer, it might actually lead to that.

          Nov. 4, 2018 "Cutting Through the Matrix" with Alan Watt (Blurb, i.e. Educational Talk): "The World State: Cold, Ruthless Algorithms Dissect Conversation, Punishing, Applauding, Methodically Persuading" *Title and Dialogue Copyrighted Alan Watt - Nov. 4, 2018 (Exempting Music and Literary Quotes)      Cache   Translate Page      
--{ "The World State: Cold, Ruthless Algorithms Dissect Conversation, Punishing, Applauding, Methodically Persuading, In Leer of Our Overseer Hints a Smile Sardonic, No Other Gods Before Him, Whiffs of the Demonic." © Alan Watt }-- Time is Flying - Persinger's Field Theory - Techniques of Control - Bertrand Russell - Trained to Believe We Live in Best Country in the World - Life is Full of Deceptions - Kept Distracted with Data - Adam Curtis, Propaganda, Decency Laws in 1950s Britain - Deviancy Promoted in the Culture - Vulnerable Children - Neuroscientists, Behaviourists - BIT, Behavioural Insights Teams - Movie, The Third Man - Communism - Documentary on The Katyn Massacre of Polish Officers by the Communists; The Soviets Altered Film to Make it Appear the Germans had Slaughtered the Officers - The World is Silent about Communist Atrocities - George Orwell Connected Dots between Communism and Germany's National Socialism - Marxism is a Religion - Forced Migration, Economic Warfare - Not Allowed to Speak Out, Threats, Imprisonment and Then Finally Extermination - Viciousness of Human Nature - Dropping the Atom Bomb - All Through the Soviet Era, Canada and the U.S. Supplied Soviets with Grain - World Bank Loans to Developing Countries Funded by the Taxpayers of First World Countries - Power Group that Runs the World Owns the World Bank, IMF, BIS, United Nations, the Central Banks - Eustace Mullins Wrote a Book about the Creation of the Federal Reserve - Jekyll Island - Special Drawing Rights - Socialism is a Cover for a Very Powerful Group - Carroll Quigley - Elastic Money Backed by Nothing; a Fiction - Gaddafi - Tony Blair; Divvying Up Iraqi Oil Fields Far in Advance of Invasion - Science and Socialism Strip You of Any Kind of Sacredness of Humanity - Polio Vaccines with Simian 40 Virus - Brain Chips - Religious Debates - Belief is Different than Knowing - Tangible Evil - Abortion - Deliberate Destruction of the Family - Total War - Genocide in Rwanda; What was in These People? - Persuasive Design - Psychologists and Behaviourists Hired to Create Products We Want to Use More and More - B.J. Fogg - Book, The Hidden Persuaders - Silicon Valley Technologists very Wary of Letting Their Children have Screen Time - DARPA - Thousands of Swedes getting Microchipped - Technological Fascism - Totalitarianism - Global Compact on Migration - United Nations Parliamentary Assembly - WiFi Field is Not Just for Communication - Technotronics - 3,000 Norwegians Convert to Islam - Movie, Minority Report - Predicting When and Where Crime Will Happen - Peter Hitchens - International Union of Socialist Youth - Please Remember to Order My Books and Discs and Donate. *Title and Dialogue Copyrighted Alan Watt - Nov. 4, 2018 (Exempting Music and Literary Quotes)
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Worldwide, many people are exposed to biannual time changes. The benefit of Daylight Saving Time (DST) is controversially discussed and its impact on human health is largely unknown. The present study examines, whether effects of these time changes are se...
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Исполнитель: Halv Drom
Название диска: Young Gods CS
Страна: Germany
Жанр: Industrial
Год выпуска: 2018
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          Barca into UCL knock-outs with Inter draw; Liverpool lose      Cache   Translate Page      
BERLIN: Five-time winners Barca led from substitute Malcolm in the 83rd but although Mauro Icardi levelled in the 87th for Inter the draw was enough for Barca to advance with two games to spare. Tottenham beat PSV Eindhoven 2-1 from a late Harry Kane double to stay alive in the other Group B match.

Liverpool had to swallow defeat in Belgrade from Milan Pavkov's double, and a 1-1 draw between Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain in the other game throws Group C wide open with the four teams separated by just two points.

Borussia Dortmund lost their first match of the season in all competitions, 2-0 at Atletico Madrid, but both are comfortably ahead in Group A. Porto beat eliminated Lokomotiv Moscow 4-1 to remain in command in Group D, ahead of Schalke who defeated Galatasaray 2-0.

Lionel Messi remained absent with an arm fracture but Barca dominated at the San Siro although it took until the 83rd minute for Malcolm, who had come on two minutes earlier, to break the deadlock with a low shot.

Inter, however, responded late from the captain Icardi which on seven points keeps them in the driver's seat for second place behind Barca, who have 10.

But they are under threat from Spurs who overcame a second-minute deficit from Luuk de Jong's header thanks to their captain Kane in the 78th and 89th at Wembley as they improved to four points.

"We could have been more clinical but we'll just take a win in the Champions League. We had to dig deep and find another level when it mattered," Kane told BT Sport. "Today was one of our best performances of the season."

Group C meanwhile is wide open again after the draw in Naples and Liverpool's defeat, with the Reds and Napoli on six points, PSG on five and Red Star on four.

In Belgrade, Pavkov nodded home a corner kick in the 22nd and fired into the top left corner from some 23 metres seven minutes later, set up by the lively Marko Marin on both occasions.

The 2018 runners-up Liverpool crushed Red Star 4-0 in their first meeting at Anfield a fortnight ago but were far from that form on the night as Daniel Sturridge missed from point-blank range early on and Mohamed Salah hit the outside post in the 71st.

"We had problems all over the field. We just didn't start, and when you don't start you get punished," midfielder James Milner told BT Sport. "We just need to go out and win our games now. We know we can beat Paris and Napoli."

PSG striker Edinson Cavani was benched at first in his former home stadium but the French champions went on top on the stroke of half-time, Juan Bernat fumbling the ball into the net after nice work from Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

Napoli fought back after the break and were level in the 62nd when Lorenzo Insigne converted from the spot after Jose Callejon was sandwiched by Thiago Silva and Gianluigi Buffon.

Atletico drew level with Dortmund on nine points atop Group A as Diego Simeone's team dominated in their home stadium - which will also host the final - and won from Saul Niguez' low shot and Antoine Griezmann on the counter.

Visiting Brugge scored three times between the 12th and 24th minute from Hans Vanaken's double and Wesley to triumph 4-0 in the other game at Monaco who remain winless under new coach Thierry Henry. Brugge have four points and Monaco are out on zero.

Porto (10 points) and Schalke (eight) took big steps to advance from Group D with home wins over Lokomotiv Moscow (eliminated on zero) and Galatasaray (four), respectively.

Hector Herrera, Moussa Marego, Jesus Corona and Otavio lifted Porto 4-1 past Lok In Germany, a mistake from Galatasaray goalkeeper Fernando Muslera gifted Guido Burgstaller an early first and Mark Uth wrapped up matters.

Groups E-H play on Wednesday, with Bayern Munich, Ajax Amsterdam, Manchester City and Juventus in with a chance to advance. — dpa

          2018-11-08 - Styx (Lux Film Days Luxembourg) (LUXEMBOURG)      Cache   Translate Page      
Location: Ciné Utopia (Luxembourg, Centre / Zentrum, LUXEMBOURG)
Date: 2018-11-08
Time: 19:00

STYX by Wolfgang Fischer
Austria / Germany 2018, 94 min, English & French subtitles, free
Rike - 40, a doctor from Europe - embodies a typical Western model of happiness and success. She is educated, confident, determined and committed. We see Rike's everyday life, as an emergency doctor, before she fulfills a long-held dream and sails out to sea alone in her sailing boat. Her goal: Ascension Island in the Atlantic Ocean. But her dream holiday is quickly broken off on the high seas, when, after a storm, she finds herself near a stricken fishing boat. Around a hundred people are about to drown. Rike follows maritime law and radios for help. As her request is going nowhere, she is forced to make a momentous decision.

Screenplay: Wolfgang Fischer 

Cast: Susanne Wolff, Gedion Wekesa Oduor, Alexander Beyer, Inga Birkenfeld

Cinematography: Benedict Neuenfels

Producers: Marcos Kantis, Martin Lehwald, Michal Pokorny

Music: Dirk von Lowtzow

Production: Schiwago Film GmbH, Amour Fou Vienna

          Holocaust survivor implores people to do more than remember at Seton Hill Kristallnacht service      Cache   Translate Page      
<br/>Holocaust survivor Ruth Drescher speaks to those gathered on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 during the Kristallnacht Interfaith Service of Remembrance at Saint Joseph Chapel on Seton Hill University campus. The event remembers the 80th anniversary of the Kristallnacht, or Night of Broken Glass, when Nazi Germany vandalized Jewish homes, businesses, synagogues and killed nearly 100 Jews on November 9, 1938.
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          11/7/2018: NEWS: Germany tries 94-year-old for helping Nazis      Cache   Translate Page      
MUENSTER, Germany (Reuters) – A 94-year-old wheelchair-bound man appeared in court on Tuesday, accused of helping to murder hundreds of people at a Nazi concentration camp during World War II, in what is likely to be one of the last such trials. The...
          Malaysia revises 2020 tourist arrival target      Cache   Translate Page      
PETALING JAYA: Tourism Malaysia has revised its tourist arrival target for 2020 from 33 million to 30 million.

Its chairman Datuk Ahmad Shah Hussein Tambakau said “economic uncertainties” for western travellers surrounding long-haul travel spending had caused the change in outlook.

“We have looked at the last two years and we have had growth but not quite as much as we had anticipated so we made the decision to have a more realistic figure,” he was quoted as saying at the World Travel Market in London.

However, Malaysia is on track to hit its 2019 target of 28 million leading up to the 30 million mark the following year, Ahmad Shah added.

He said one of the main strategies for achieving growth is Malaysia’s long-haul connectivity from Europe with the country currently having direct flights from London, Amsterdam and Frankfurt.

On Nov 2, Condor Airlines landed in at KLIA1 in its inaugural flight to Kuala Lumpur. It only airline to offer a direct flight between Malaysia and Germany. Its Kuala Lumpur (KUL)-Frankfurt (FRA) route will be three times a week on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. The FRA-KUL route will be on Monday, Thursday and Saturday.

During WTM London, the government also signed understandings to work more closely with Royal Brunei Airlines and Singapore Airlines.
          Refugee 'schoolboy' told pupil he was a '25-year-old married father-of-two':       Cache   Translate Page      
A refugee school student under investigation by the Home Office over claims he lied about his age told a fellow pupil he was a married father of two, it has been alleged. The asylum seeker reportedly told the pupil he was 25, despite the authorities believing that he is only 15.Concerns were raised after the student, understood to be from Iran, began studying for GCSEs at Stoke High School in Ipswich, Suffolk. He is thought to have travelled from Germany to the UK where he was given asylum.Pupils began speculating about his age soon after he joined classes in September and one 15 year old girl at the school told teachers that he had bombarded her with text messages. The 15 year old girl was said to be worried by the messages because she was convinced the boy, who claimed to be the same age, was far older.Staff told the year 11 pupil that the girl did not welcome his attention. A girl at the school said: Everyone was making jokes as we went into registration, saying, What is a man doi...
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According to a report by SAFAR (System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research), the pollution levels recorded in Delhi a day after Diwali were much higher than ever before and almost completely poisonous for humans.

The Particulate Matter (hazardous particles in the air) PM 10 were 836.1 µg/m³ (over eight times the safe limit) and 624.2 µg/m³ (nearly 10 times the safe limit). These numbers are expected only to increase annually, unless proper action is taken, causing a definite spike in respiratory diseases and skin allergies for all age groups.

This calls for immediate action on the part of the government and the citizens together, as the PM particles directly affect the respiratory system and skin, causing allergies that can have a long term effect on the patient,” says Dr. Deepali Bhardwaj, one of the most leading Dermatologist of the country with her base in the Capital, who says it’s not just Diwali but environmental, emotional and various stresses which are playing up. And she feels 365 days certain ways to protect oneself from allergies in the face of increasing pollution is vital.

Skin is the most sensitive organ as it is directly exposed to the changes in our environment – be it rough weather, pollution, or stress, our skin takes it all, often developing various allergies and reactions that we forget to notice initially because of our busy lives. It is important to take the right steps to cure these reactions so that it does not lead to long-term problems,” she adds.

Keeping planters aloe Vera, mother in law tongue, Alecia palms and other indoor plants is one step which we all must do.

Having adequate water intake throughout the day and for adults, 4-5 Litres/day is the recommended quantity. Washing face with plain water after every visit in pollution.

Avoiding chemicals on body in form of jewellery/watch etc., to perfumes or deodorants is important to avoid triggering the autoimmune skin disorders and skin allergies.

Wearing a sunblock even if no sun will help when stepping out in the sun. The sunblock should have barrier agents like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. It’s with light the pollutants enter our skin and UV light is emitted from various kinds of festival decorative lights to crackers too. So sunblock is necessary and as base before make up when going for Diwali parties too is essential.

Also if face or body is dry please take immediate steps to keep moisturised else the side effects of pollution shall surely increase accordingly states Dr. Bhardwaj.

Adding few drops of an oil like olive or sesame or apricot in bathing bucket to bathe with neck down or using it as last rinse after shower helps form a coat of oil on the body and yes on face using moisturisers for dry skin or oily skin depending on skin type is best way to fight these allergy triggers. For face stick to moisturisers rich in antioxidant, vitamin C, E.

Lastly, if any redness occurs immediately apply cold water or ice on the area and applying plain curd and washing shall be helpful. If while festivities, if any superficial burn comes do not apply Burn creams as a chemist or a friend, may suggest but insist on a doctors visit and till then only ice, cold water, curd or pure aloe Vera gel should be applied. Also applying calamine lotion to soothe till one visits a doctor is a good idea too states Dr. Bhardwaj.

Also, do not delay your visit to doctor if you are having persistent cough or dry skin as various new diseases and altered previously known skin and lung disorders is definitely on a keen unfortunate rise in India at this moment so why ignore?

As Delhi is affected with dangerous level of air pollution, please take vitamin – C, omega fatty acids, tulsi, ginger, lemon and magnesium rich diet like cashews. For omega 3 take Walnut. These foods will help you to reduce the effect of air pollution. As we are outside what we are in! So maintain a healthy diet for a healthy life!

– Dr. Deepali Bhardwaj M.B.B.S, MD (USA.IM), DVDL, M.Phil (Cosmetology), Allergy Fellowship Munich, Germany; Cosmetic surgeries, Iran.

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Senior SAP Application Specialist (w/m/x) Meyer Burger (Germany) GmbH Hohenstein-Ernstthal Betreuung, Weiterentwicklung und Customizing der bestehenden SAP-Module SD/CS, PS sowie ergänzend MM/PP/QM und CRM; Analyse von Business Anforderungen, Erarbeitung und Evaluation von Lösungsvorschlägen;... ist das führende technologieunternehmen für innovative und kosteneffiziente lösungen auf basis von
          Six ‘Far-Right’ Individuals Arrested In Alleged Plot Against French President Emmanuel Macron      Cache   Translate Page      

French President Emmanuel Macron.

Six individuals have been arrested by French authorities in what appears to have been an alleged plot against that nation’s centrist President Emmanuel Macron, law enforcement in that country reported on Tuesday.

Five male suspects and one female suspect were arrested in three different locations across France. Arrests were made near Lyon, near the border with Luxembourg and Germany in Moselle, and in Ille-et-Vilaine as well, according to reporting from NBC News.

Macron was himself not far from Moselle when the arrests were made, visiting sites in Verdun while commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the end of World War I. American President Donald Trump is also scheduled to visit France this weekend to take part in the ceremonies.

Authorities said that the suspects had an “imprecise and loosely-formed” plan to take “violent action” against the French president.

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WA-Kent, Another Source’s client, thyssenkrup Aerospace, is recruiting a Human Resource Manager to join their team in Kent, WA. thyssenkrupp AG (TK) is a leading global diversified technology and materials group based in Essen, Germany. It has 150,000 employees in over 80 countries developing ideas and innovations into solutions for sustainable progress. In fiscal year 2012/2013, the Group generated sales
          11/7/2018: Ireland remains opposed to EU digital sales tax      Cache   Translate Page      
Ireland remains opposed to a digital sales tax for the European Union while Germany wants to delay a decision until a new report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development is delivered in the summer of 2020. Minister for Finance...
          Agricultural Surfactants Market Worth $1.88 Billion by 2022      Cache   Translate Page      

The agricultural surfactants market was valued at 1.37 Billion in 2017 and is projected to reach USD 1.88 Billion by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 6.46%.

Northbrook, IL -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/06/2018 -- The report "Agricultural Surfactants Market by Type (Non-ionic, Anionic, Cationic, Amphoteric), Application (Herbicides, Fungicides), Substrate Type (Synthetic, Bio-based), Crop Type (Cereals & Grains, Fruits & Vegetables), and Region - Global Forecast to 2022", The agricultural surfactants market was valued at 1.37 Billion in 2017 and is projected to reach USD 1.88 Billion by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 6.46%. Agricultural surfactants reduce the surface tension and allow the spray solution droplets to spread on the surface of the leaf. They are added to pesticides to increase their efficiency, provide greater coverage of the spray solution, and improve the retention & penetration of pesticides. One of the major factors driving the growth of the agricultural surfactants market is the modern agricultural practices and technologies that involve the use of surfactants.

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The non-ionic segment dominated the market with the largest share in 2017.

Most agricultural surfactants are non-ionic and are used for general wetting and spreading. Non-ionic surfactants reduce the surface tension and contact angle of individual spray droplets; they are most compatible with water-soluble herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, and plant growth regulators (PGRs).

The fungicides segment is projected to grow at a higher rate during the forecast period.

The fungicides segment is projected to grow at a higher CAGR during the forecast period; this growth is attributed to the growing usage of surfactants in fungicide formulations to improve the adhesion of fungicides to the crops. In addition, combining fungicides and surfactants increases the efficacy of the existing control options by helping fungicides stick to plant surfaces.

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The North American region is estimated to dominate the market in 2017 while the South American region is projected to grow at the highest rate during the forecast period.

The North American region accounted for the largest share due to the presence of players such as DowDuPont (US), Huntsman Corporation (US), Helena Chemical (US), and Stepan Company (US). Moreover, the presence of these companies in technologically advanced countries such as the US and Canada results in an increase in the adoption of surfactants in agriculture.

The South American region is projected to grow at the highest rate during the forecast period. This growth can be attributed to the increasing need for high-quality surfactants for the agricultural application.

This report includes a study of the marketing and development strategies, along with the product portfolios of leading companies. It also includes the profiles of leading companies such as DowDuPont (US), BASF (Germany), AkzoNobel (Netherlands), Evonik (Germany), and Solvay (Belgium).

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          Metal Forming Market for Automotive by Technique, Type, Application, Material, Vehicle and Region 2025      Cache   Translate Page      

[160 Pages Report] Metal Forming Market report categorizes the global market for Automotive by Technique (Roll, Stretch, Stamping, Deep Drawing), Type (Hot and Cold), Application (BIW, Chassis, Closure), Material (Steel, Aluminum), Vehicle (ICE, Electric, and Hybrid) and Region

Northbrook, IL -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/06/2018 -- The metal forming market for automotive was valued at USD 217.69 billion in 2017 and is projected to grow to USD 269.01 billion by 2025, at a CAGR of 2.83% during the forecast period. The global metal forming market for automotive is booming because the rising vehicle production along with stringent emission norms and fuel economy regulations are driving the demand for lightweight materials in the automotive industry. Other than this, new metal forming techniques such as hot forming and hydroforming are making metal-formed components better and stronger.

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The growing vehicle production is one of the major driving forces behind metal forming a market for automotive. In 2017, according to OICA, the passenger car production in the Asia Oceania region was around 44.96 million units. China, Japan, and India had a share of 55.2%, 18.6%, and 8.8% of the passenger car production in Asia respectively. Passenger cars are, therefore, estimated to be the largest segment of this market.

Aluminum is expected to show the fastest growth over the forecast period, by material type. It is rapidly replacing steel in many automotive applications like a body in white and chassis. The usage rate (%) of aluminum for forming applications is higher in Europe and North America when compared with that in Asia Oceania. The consumer spending power and vehicle costs are higher in countries such as the US and Germany, as compared to the developing economies. Thus, automakers are increasing the use of expensive lightweight materials such as aluminum, which helps to reduce the overall vehicle weight, thus improving performance and fuel efficiency. However, it is 35-40% costlier than steel, because of which it has a low penetration in Asia Oceania.

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By techniques type, stamping is expected to be the largest market over the forecast period. Stamping is one of the most common forming techniques used in the automotive industry. In the automotive industry, many structural components are manufactured through the stamping process. These include closures (doors, hood, and truck) and components of BIW such as A pillar, B pillar, cross beam, and roof liner. Because of such a wide application and is the most cost-effective forming technique, stamping is expected to hold the largest market.

The cold forming market is estimated to be the largest market in forming type segment and is expected to maintain its position in the metal forming market for automotive. Cold forming is one of the most conventional manufacturing processes in which components are formed using different types of forming techniques at room temperature and do not require any additional handling and carrying. Because of this, the overall cost of the cold forming process is low as compared to the hot forming process. Owing to such cost advantages, cold forming is still the major preference of OEMs across the globe.

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Because of large vehicle production in the Asia Oceania region, it is estimated to be the largest metal forming market for automotive over the forecast period. China, India, Japan, South Korea, and others are considered under the Asia Oceania region for this study. China is the largest contributor in terms of vehicle production for the Asia Oceania region. Out of the total vehicle production, China contributed approximately 24.9% in 2017. Japan is the second largest vehicle producing country and contributes approximately 8.4% to the global vehicle production. In addition to vehicle production, the trend of vehicle lightweighting is also expected to drive this market.

The metal forming market for automotive is dominated by manufacturers such as Magna (Canada), Benteler (Germany), Tower International (UK), Toyota Boshoku (Japan), Aisin Seiki (Japan). Most of the manufacturers are undertaking inorganic developments such as expansion, joint venture, and supply contract. Manufacturers should invest in new products development as it helps in the expansion of the product portfolio. For example, Kirchhoff Automotive developed a hybrid battery housing for electric vehicles. The hybrid crash-proof battery housing is made from a combination of steel and aluminum.

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The Global Diagnostic Catheter Market is projected to reach USD 4.30 Billion by 2021 from USD 3.02 Billion in 2016, at a CAGR of around 7.3% from 2016 to 2021.

Northbrook, IL -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/06/2018 -- According to a new market research report "Diagnostic Catheter Market by Type (Angiography, OCT, Ultrasound, Electrophysiology, Pressure, and Hemodynamic Monitoring), Application Area (Cardiology, Urology, Neurology, Gastroenterology), End User (Hospitals, Imaging Centers) - Global Forecast to 2021" published by MarketsandMarkets.

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In this report, the global Diagnostic Catheters Market is segmented on the basis of type, application areas, and end user. On the basis of type, the market is segmented into imaging catheters and non-imaging catheters. The imaging catheters are further segmented into angiography catheters, ultrasound catheters, OCT imaging catheters, electrophysiology catheters, and other imaging catheters. The non-imaging catheters are segmented into pressure & hemodynamic monitoring catheters, temperature monitoring catheters, and other non-imaging catheters. On the basis of the application area, the Diagnostic Catheters Market is segmented into five segments, namely, cardiology, gastroenterology, urology, neurology, and others. The Diagnostic Catheters Market by end user is segmented into hospital and imaging & diagnostic centers.

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The growth in this market can be mainly attributed to the increasing number of minimally invasive surgeries, rising geriatric population and increasing prevalence of chronic disorders like cardiovascular and kidney disorders, technological advancements in imaging catheters, and increasing number of imaging and diagnostic centers.

In 2015, the imaging catheters product segment accounted for the largest share of the Diagnostic Catheters Market. This is primarily attributed to the increasing incidence and high prevalence of cardiovascular diseases across the globe due to growth in the aging population and adoption of sedentary lifestyles. Moreover, the development of advanced catheters and increasing regulatory approvals for these catheters is expected to fuel market growth during the forecast period.

In 2015, North America represented the largest regional market, followed by Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the RoW. Asia-Pacific represents the fastest-growing market for diagnostic catheters, primarily due to the presence of a large patient population, increased patient awareness for minimally invasive surgeries, rapid rise in the prevalence of cardiovascular and kidney disorders, growth in per capita income, increasing investments in the healthcare industry by key market players, and the rising demand for technologically advanced imaging systems. Various government initiatives towards building better healthcare infrastructure in this region are also fostering the growth of the diagnostic imaging catheters market in the region.

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Major players in the global Diagnostic Catheters Market are Boston Scientific Corporation (U.S.), St. Jude Medical, Inc. (U.S.), Medtronic plc (Ireland), Johnson & Johnson (U.S.), Koninklijke Philips N.V. (Netherlands), B. Braun Melsungen AG (Germany), C.R. Bard, Inc. (U.S.), Cardinal Health, Inc. (U.S.), Edward LifeSciences Corporation (U.S.), and Terumo Corporation (Japan).

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The Future of the Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre
In America, Jews have always been able to fight back against anti-Semitism freely. Never having received their emancipation as an “award” (which was the case in Europe), Jews have had no fears of losing it. Instead, from the beginning, they made full use of their freedom, especially freedom of speech. As early as 1784, a “Jew Broker,” probably the famed Revolutionary-era Jewish bond dealer, Haym Salomon, responded publicly and forcefully to the anti-Semitic charges of a prominent Quaker lawyer, not hesitating to remind him that his “own religious sectary” could also form ”very proper subjects of criticism and animadversion.” A few years later, Christian missionaries and their supporters faced Jewish polemics no less strident in tone. Where European Jews often prided themselves on their ”forbearance” in the face of attack, Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise, the great Reform Jewish leader, once boasted that he was a “malicious, biting, pugnacious, challenging, and mocking monster of the pen.” In more recent times, Jewish defense organizations have taken on anyone who maligned Jews, including national heroes like Henry Ford and General George S. Patton, as well as presidents of the United States.

American anti-Semitism has always had to compete with other forms of animus. Racism, nativism, anti-Quakerism, Anglophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Catholicism, anti-Masonry, anti-Mormonism, anti-Orientalism, , anti-Teutonism—these and other waves of hatred have periodically swept over the American landscape, scarring and battering citizens. Americans have long been extraordinarily pluralistic in their hatreds. Precisely because the objects of hatred have been so varied, hatred has generally been diffused. No one outgroup experiences the full brunt of national odium. Furthermore, most Americans retain bitter memories of days past when they or their ancestors were themselves the objects of malevolence. The American strain of anti-Semitism is thus less potent than its European counterpart, and it faces a larger number of natural competitors. To reach epidemic proportions, it must first crowd out a vast number of contending hatreds.

Anti-Semitism is more foreign to American ideals than to European ones. The central documents of the Republic assure Jews of liberty; its first president, in his famous letter to the Jews of Newport, conferred upon them his blessing. The fact that anti-Semitism can properly be branded “un-American,” although no protection in the formal sense—the nation has betrayed its ideals innumerable times including in our own day—still grants Jews a measure of protection. Elsewhere anti-Semites could always claim legitimacy stemming from times past when the Volk ruled and Jews knew their place. Americans could point to nothing even remotely similar to that in their own past.

America’s religious tradition—what has been called “the great tradition of the American churches”—is inhospitable to anti-Semitism. Religious freedom and diversity, church-state separation, denominationalism, and voluntarism, the key components of this tradition, militate against the kinds of us-them dichotomies (“Germans and Jews,” “Poles and Jews,” etc.) so common in Europe. In America, where religious pluralism rules supreme, there has never been a single national church from which Jews stand apart. People speak instead of American Protestants, American Catholics, American Jews, American Muslims, and American Buddhists—implying, at least as an ideal, that all faiths stand equal in the eyes of the law.

American politics resists anti-Semitism. In a two-party system where close elections are the rule, neither party can long afford to alienate any major bloc of voters—another reason why it is so critical that everyone take the time and trouble to actually vote. For the most part, the politics of hatred have been confined to nonvoters like African Americans, until they won the vote, or to nonvoting immigrants, or to noisy third parties like the anti-Catholic Know Nothings in the 19th century, or to single-issue fringe groups. America’s most successful politicians, now and in the past, have more commonly sought support from respectable elements across the political spectrum. Appeals to national unity, even in the era of Donald Trump, win more elections than appeals to narrow provincialism or to bigotry.

Of course, the fact that America has been “exceptional” in relation to Jews should not obscure the sad reality that there has always been anti-Semitism in America, as well as violence directed against other minority faiths. That history, as I read it, gives cause neither for undue celebration nor for undue alarm.

Alan Dershowitz on Trump, Israel, and Antisemitism
I recently spoke with Alan Dershowitz at the ZOA Gala at the Marriott Marquis in Manhattan, where he was set to make a prominent speech.

Below is an edited transcript of our conversation.

Hannah Grossman: Mr. Dershowitz, can you give us a little preview of what you will be talking about tonight?

Alan Dershowitz: I’m talking about how important it is to have dialogue among people who may not agree. Mort Klein and I don’t agree about a great many things. He’s way to the right of me, but we talk to each other. We dialogue with each other. And I’m here to promote dialogue between the right, the left, [and] the center — not only within the Jewish community, but the more general political community. It’s a tragedy that we now shout at each other, demonize each other, [and] yell slogans instead of having reasoned discourse. We can learn from each other, and I think we ought to.

HG: Where do you think that changed, between the right and left, where the divide became so extreme that it seems that it is impossible to have some dialogue or commonality?

AD: Well, I think there a lot of contributing factors. I think the movement of the left to the hard left in the Democratic Party. I think the movement of the right to the hard right within the Republican Party. I don’t think President Trump has helped with his choice of language, and I don’t think that some of the Democrats have helped with their choice of language. I crave the old days when my friends Ted Kennedy and Orrin Hatch could sit together, and when Senator McCain could sit and work together with Joe Biden. Those days seem long gone, and I want to do everything in my power to bring them back.

HG: Bret Stephens said today at a panel that Donald Trump’s rhetoric has an effect on the culture. Can you describe that; what you think that is?

AD: I think that’s right. Look, I think President Trump has a mixed record. I think he’s done some very good things. Moving the embassy to Jerusalem was a terrific thing. I think his tough negotiating stance toward Iran has been very good. I don’t approve of his policies toward immigration. I certainly don’t approve of separating families the way he did early on, but you know, I’ve never agreed with anything any president did 100 percent.

I disagreed with a great deal of what President Obama did and if Hillary Clinton had been elected, I’m sure I would’ve disagreed with a lot of what she would do. But you don’t demonize, and he’s still the president, and you respect the office of the president. I was appalled at the so-called leaders in Pittsburgh who refused to welcome the president. I think everybody should welcome the president when there’s a tragedy and allow him to serve in his role as a mourner or bereaver-in-chief.
Qanta Ahmed: The ECHR’s ruling on defaming Mohammed is bad news for Muslims
In a monumental irony, the ECHR’s agreement with an Austrian court that offensive comments about the Prophet Mohammed were ‘beyond the permissible limits of an objective debate’ has handed a big victory to both Islamists and Islamophobes – while infantilising believing Muslims everywhere.

The case concerns an unnamed Austrian woman who held a number of seminars during which she portrayed the Prophet as a paedophile. After she was convicted by an Austrian court of ‘disparaging religion’ (and fined nearly €500), she appealed to the ECHR claiming the punishment breached her right to free expression. The court disagreed.

As a practising Muslim, I find this notion – that the Prophet was a paedophile – to be as abhorrent and nasty as they come; not to mention completely false. Yet I could not disagree more with the ECHR’s ruling.

For a start, it implies there is somehow a balance to be struck between people’s freedom of expression and the right of Muslims not to be offended. I just don’t understand this: how can the views of another individual possibly affect my faith or beliefs? Her ignorance – or anyone else’s for that matter – does not equate to my persecution.

Ben Shapiro: Voting for Democrats Isn’t Going to Curb Anti-Semitism
Trump is not the source of the true threats to Jews — anti-Semites are more prominent on the left than the right.

Over the weekend, Bari Weiss, a friend who writes for the New York Times, appeared on Bill Maher’s HBO show. Bari was bat mitzvahed at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh; she knew many of those who were shot and killed by a white supremacist two weeks ago. Her writing on the subject has been beautiful; she’s obviously both raw and real about the situation.

On Maher’s show, she made a number of good points about anti-Semitism more broadly and its rising threat both in the United States and across the world. But then she concluded with this calculation:

One thing that I think was made stark this week is that there are many Jews, including Jews that I know, who have liked many of Trump’s policies regarding Israel and the Middle East . . . but I hope this week that American Jews have woken up to the price of that bargain. They have traded policies that they like for the values that have sustained the Jewish people and frankly, this country, for forever. Welcoming the stranger, dignity for all human beings, equality under the law, respect for dissent, love of truth, these are the things we are losing under this president, and no policy is worth that price.

I have a number of problems with this statement.

To start, the part with which I agree: There’s no justification for Trump’s callous disregard for the truth, which I’ve criticized routinely. Nor is there justification for Trump’s treatment of the alt-Right from 2015 to 2017.

But Bari is wrong in two areas: First, she suggests that Trump presents a unique threat to Jews and Jewish values that outweighs the threat to Jews from other arenas; second, she links Judaism with her preferred immigration policies.
On Bari Weiss, Franklin Foer and the Values that Sustain Our People
So, for Jews who are appalled by Trump’s incendiary rhetoric but who still appreciate his policies on Israel, what should they do? Tell the president not to bother trying to “woo” us with Israel? That he so violates Jewish values that his favorable actions on Israel just aren’t worth it? That after Pittsburgh, we’re no longer willing to pay the price of that bargain?

And how would that work exactly? Weiss didn’t specify, but Franklin Foer, writing in the Atlantic, did have a suggestion to enhance Jewish security after Pittsburgh:

“Any strategy for enhancing the security of American Jewry should involve shunning Trump’s Jewish enablers. Their money should be refused, their presence in synagogues not welcome. They have placed their community in danger.”

Never mind that after Pittsburgh, the President said: “Anti-Semitism represents one of the ugliest and darkest features of human history. Anti-Semitism must be condemned anywhere and everywhere. There must be no tolerance for it.”

According to Foer, however, any Jew who still supports the president must be ostracized and shunned.

I wonder if Foer would be willing to stand outside a synagogue on Saturday morning with a sign repeating his message: “If you support Trump, your presence is not welcome. You have placed your community in danger.”
Amb. Alan Baker: After the Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre, It’s Time to Adopt an International Convention on the Crime of Anti-Semitism
This proposal comprises the following unique elements, tailored to deal with anti-Semitism:
  • detailed preambular paragraphs documenting the history of anti-Semitism and recalling references to it in international instruments, in statements by senior international figures, and in relevant resolutions of international bodies;
  • an all-embracing definition of the crime of anti-Semitism and its component elements, based upon the various definitions adopted over the past years by various groups and institutions;
  • criminalization of manifestations of anti-Semitism that result in or are intended to result in violence;
  • action by countries to criminalize anti-Semitism in their own domestic law and to prosecute or extradite perpetrators;
  • international cooperation and exchange information on perpetrators and actions taken;
  • establishment by states of appropriate national educational programs to combat anti-Semitism;
  • establishment of an International Anti-Semitism Monitoring Forum for monitoring and coordinating actions by states and international organizations.
With the evident support of the UN Secretary-General and the challenge he placed before the international community, this proposal should be brought before the appropriate UN legal bodies for consideration, with a view to its being studied, amended, and accepted as an international treaty, criminalizing and punishing anti-Semitism.
It’s the antisemitism, stupid
In the aftermath of the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre, two things are irrefutable: There are 11 dead innocent Jews and there is one hateful murderer. All else, as they say, is commentary.

The murderer is a classic antisemite of the most despicable sort. Regardless of the political contours of his warped mind, he believes one thing is certain: Jews have no right to live.

Sadly, this horror has brought forth a spate of finger pointing where people are looking to score political points by somehow attributing the deed to those they politically oppose.

This is harmful and wrong. If you want to look behind the curtain, beyond just the actions of the murderer, then you must conclude that the perpetrator here is antisemitism itself – a hatred that enables its adherents to blame anything and everything on Jews, attributing to them all the paranoid delusions that the irrationally hateful suffer from.

I have spent the last two years immersed in American college campuses helping to make the existential case for Israel. I have encountered not just rejection of Israel’s legitimacy, but the most vile Jew-hatred, over and over again, with little pushback from decent people.

There is a big distinction between free speech and moral conduct. I understand and support the right to voice your opinion, no matter how much I might disagree with it. But I also know that free speech cannot be the rationale for not calling out vile and hateful accusations.
An International View of the Pittsburgh Murders
The killing of 11 Jews at an American synagogue has now inserted itself into a sequence of other murders targeting Jews and their institutions in past decades.

Among the list of murders of Jews outside of Israel, the most lethal tragedy took place in South America in 1984. In the bombing of the AMIA building in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 85 people were killed. The largest terrorist murder aimed at Jews in Africa was the 2002 bombing of the Israeli-owned Paradise Hotel in Mombassa, Kenya, where 13 people were killed. In Europe, two of the most deadly attacks against a Jewish target took place at the Goldenberg restaurant in Paris, where six people were murdered in 1982 — and in a 2012 terrorist attack on a bus transporting Israelis near the Burgas airport in Bulgaria, where another six people were killed.

There is one major difference between the murders of Jews in the US and the three other continents. In Pittsburgh, the murderer was a white supremacist. In the other attacks, the perpetrators were Muslims. Even a superficial look at mega-antisemitism in the world shows that antisemitism coming out of parts of the Muslim world is currently the greatest threat to the Jewish people. Only there does one find heads of state who promote extreme hatred not only against Israel, but also against Jews. Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed, for instance, has a long record of verbally attacking all Jews. There is nothing similar among heads of state in much of the Western world.

Liberalism and democracy by necessity overlap to a substantial extent. But they are not identical. France and Germany have learned from their pasts. Both limit hate speech. In Germany, one can spend a number of years in jail for insulting a part of the population. Many Europeans understand that the principle of free speech doesn’t mean that hate speech should also be tolerated.
Israel Plays an Important Role in Fighting Antisemitism
Today, everybody agrees that combating “cyber-hate,” including antisemitism and anti-Zionism, is a top priority. Israel’s Justice Ministry even has a department dedicated to the fight against online incitement. And the Global Forum Against Anti-Semitism, now under the auspices of the Israeli foreign affairs and diaspora ministries, is tackling Christian theological antisemitism, Holocaust revisionism, Palestinian denial of Jewish history, campus antisemitism, legislative assaults on Jewish practices like ritual slaughter and circumcision, and even antisemitism in sports.

Some experts warn that, unless the rising tide of hate crimes in the US is turned back, American Jewry will have to undergo a process of adopting European-style security measures. Synagogues and Jewish community centers in the United States may need to be protected from neo-Nazis, just as synagogues and Jewish community centers in Europe are protected from radical Islamists.

This means the adding of multilayered defenses to Jewish sites, including security screening with armed guards, surveillance systems, panic rooms, and sterile zones. If this is the unfortunate fate of American Jewish institutional life (I hope not), Israeli security expertise undoubtedly will prove helpful.

In the meantime, Israeli and Diaspora Jews should band together to draw strength from solidarity, jointly combat hate, and raise the flag of unafraid and vibrant Jewish life everywhere. Keep partisan politics out of it.
Democrats’ Deputy Comms Director Laughs About Rising Anti-Semitism in America
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's deputy communications director laughed about charges of anti-Semitism and the growing racism in America that many observers have pinned on a Democratic Party that is increasingly lurching leftwards.

Patrick Burgwinkle‏, a deputy communications director at the DCCC, responded to a tweet decrying the rise of anti-Semitism in America—which has appeared back on the radar in recent days after controversial National Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan took a trip to Iran and led chants of "Death to America"—by responding, "lol," an acronym for "laughing out loud."

The initial tweet, sent by veteran Congressional staffer Matt Wolking, decried the rise of anti-Semitism and included a link to a Slate article claiming, "The story of the midterms is about how Americans will respond to racism, bigotry, and hate."

"So true," Wolking wrote. "The racism endorsed and tolerated by the Farrakhan Democrats, the bigotry the establishment media exhibits against half the country, and the hatred of Christians, conservatives, and men smeared by the radical left as rubes and rapists."

The DCCC's Burgwinkle, in response to that tweet, wrote, "lol," raising eyebrows among some observers.
Pope Francis: A Christian cannot be an anti-Semite
Pope Francis lamented anti-Semitic attacks and remarked that “a Christian cannot be an anti-Semite” during an audience with Jewish emissaries on Monday.

The pope received four first time delegates of the World Congress of Mountain Jews at the Vatican.

Two weeks after the attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue that killed 11 worshipers Francis said in a statement: “Sadly, anti-Semitic attitudes are also present in our own times,” during his meeting with the emissaries of the Mountain Jews, the descendants of Jews who left ancient Persia and settled in the Caucasus.

“A Christian cannot be an anti-Semite; we share the same roots. It would be a contradiction of faith and life. Rather, we are called to commit ourselves to ensure anti-Semitism is banned from the human community,” he said.

The day after the Pittsburgh attack, the head of the Catholic Church said in his weekly prayers that “all of us are wounded by this inhuman act of violence.”
Trump yet to appoint traditional envoys amid antisemitism crisis
In the wake of a mass shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, last weekend, White House officials debated who they should send to the grief-stricken town as a representative of the administration.

Their choice was not obvious. The administration has, for two years, declined to appoint traditional envoys to the fight against antisemitism here and around the globe, despite calls from Jewish organizations and a bipartisan group in Congress to do so.

US President Donald Trump has tapped neither a White House Jewish liaison, a post that has been responsible for communicating with the American Jewish community since the 1970s, nor a special envoy at the State Department to monitor and combat antisemitism, a congressionally-mandated position devoted to the fight against antisemitism overseas.

Administration officials instead chose to send Jason Greenblatt, the president's chief envoy for international negotiations, who– while an observant Orthodox Jew and an adviser on Jewish world issues to Trump during the campaign– has neither studied the issue nor spent his time at the White House engaging in outreach with the wider diaspora community.

White House officials tell The Jerusalem Post that in lieu of a formal liaison the president relies on decades-old relationships with Greenblatt and other close advisers, such as his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, for guidance on Israel policy and Jewish world concerns.
Why Linda Sarsour’s Denunciation of Pittsburgh Shooter is Meaningless
On the last Saturday in October, Robert Bowers shot and killed eleven members of the Pittsburgh Jewish community, physically injured six other people, including law enforcement officers, and created distress and turmoil for the entire American Jewish community. He’s been indicted in federal court on 44 counts, and may face the death penalty.

Bowers killed eleven Jews solely due to his annihilationist anti-Semitism, which was of the neo-Nazi variety. He provided a political cover – he wrote that he didn’t like the political positions held by some other Jews (not the ones he killed), who support certain immigration policies in this country. But as Alana Newhouse noted in Tablet Magazine, the truth was simply that “he had reached the end point of a brain-eating disease called anti-Semitism.”

One day after these brutal murders, Linda Sarsour once again put herself in the spotlight. She did so while attempting to portray herself as a defender of Jews.

While Sarsour denounced Bowers, she has, in the past, embraced a different unrepentant killer of Jews, Rasmeah Odeh.

Many of us, by now, may have forgotten about Odeh. However, just over a year ago she was deported from the United States, after admitting that she lied on her citizenship application. Odeh also killed two Jews, Edward Joffe and Leon Kanner, who were students at Israel’s Hebrew University in 1969. She was convicted in a trial that was observed and deemed fair by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Shmuley Boteach: No Holds Barred: Will Clinton, Schumer, Booker finally condemn Farrakhan?
Throughout history, antisemites of all stripes have sought to cast the Jews as something utterly worthless yet massively destructive. It was a way of making the act of killing a Jew something that was not only necessary but meaningless. Hitler’s SS troops, therefore, were able to exterminate tens of thousands of Jews in a day. You see, they were killing an infestation, not people.

It may be extreme to compare Farrakhan to Hitler. But he did it himself. During a radio interview, Farrakhan acknowledged the fact. “[T]he Jews don’t like Farrakhan, so they call me Hitler.” Instead of rebuffing the comparison, he embraced it. “That’s a good name,” he said, “Hitler was a very great man.” He then reinforced it. “[Hitler] raised Germany up from nothing,” he explained, adding, “In a sense, you could say there’s a similarity in that we are raising our people up from nothing.” He’s also used the Holocaust as a metaphor to describe what awaited the Jews in hell. My late friend Christopher Hitchens personally heard Farrakhan punctuate a tirade against Jews with this: “And don’t you forget, when it’s God who puts you in the ovens, it’s forever!”

The only question that remains is this: how could leading political figures like Bill Clinton have agreed to legitimize such genocidal hate by recently appearing on the same stage as Farrakhan at Aretha Franklin’s funeral? And given the unfortunate association, why didn’t Clinton immediately condemn Farrakhan’s genocidal Jewish reference?

Just days before his “termites” slur, Farrakhan announced the release of a new music album made in collaboration with some of the most powerful men in music, including Stevie Wonder, Rick Ross, Snoop Dogg and Common. At least seven members of Congress — including Maxine Waters, Barbara Lee, Danny Davis, Andre Carson, Gregory Meeks, Al Green and most famously, DNC whip Keith Ellison, have all sat down for personal meetings with Farrakhan while representing the American people in Congress. Farrakhan even attended a 2005 meeting of the Black Congressional Caucus. At that meeting, former president Barack Obama even smiled for a photograph with Farrakhan just three years before becoming president.

American Jews need to draw a line.

It is not only neo-Nazis that need to be condemned by Republicans. It is Farrakhan and his ilk who should be repudiated utterly by Democrats. Never again must mean exactly that: Never Again.
‘Ocasio-Cortez in a Scarf’
He [Denver Riggleman] views this as a big advantage over Cockburn, a former journalist who has treated Virginia's 5th more like a research project, telling The Intercept she spent three months investigating the district before announcing her run.

"I'm Virginian to the core," he said. "She lives in Georgetown and doesn't have a clue what's happening in the 5th district."

He thinks the media have left a lot of ground uncovered on his opponent.

"Her books are used by Stormfront and white anarchist groups to explain why the Jewish people are trying to take over," he said, referencing the anti-Semitic book Cockburn wrote with her British-born husband Andrew Cockburn. "That got less attention than jokes about Big Foot."

Riggleman read her book and said it was shocking. "She really believes that Israel has orchestrated a cabal to control U.S. foreign policy."

He described Cockburn as "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a scarf," saying she's run a far-left campaign calling for "Medicare for all, open borders, forgiveness of student debt, and free college."
PreOccupiedTerritory: J Street Vows Investigation After Endorsed Candidate Makes Pro-Israel Statement (satire)
A progressive political advocacy group calling itself “pro-Israel, pro-peace” promised today to get to the bottom of an emerging scandal, in which a politician the group supports in this week’s elections was recorded agreeing that the Jewish State has an unequivocal right to exist, defend itself, and determine its own character, organization sources reported today.

J Street executive director Jeremy Ben-Ami issued a statement to the organization’s donors and employees Tuesday acknowledging that Mike Rotch, a Democratic Congressional candidate running for office in California, had signed a petition circulating in the aftermath of the Pittsburgh synagogue shootings two weekends ago, that called on American public officials to denounce antisemitism, including delegitimization of Israel.

“It has come to our attention that Mike Rotch may support Israel in ways that do not reflect the values of this organization,” the statement began. “We have made it clear on several occasions that our mission requires paying only lip-service to a secure Israel, while in reality pursuing an outcome that effectively destroys Israel as a Jewish State. If the reports of Mr. Rotch’s remarks are accurate, they call into question his suitability as a candidate for the sixty-ninth Congressional District. J Street will conduct a full investigation of Mike Rotch and then make its recommendations.”
Conspiracy theorist selected as Labour candidate in safe ward
It’s pretty shocking that cases like this no longer even seem surprising. But the views of Liam Moore are so outrageous I thought this latest example of Labour’s failure to deal with antisemitism warranted a post. Moore, who is an evangelical vicar (and part-time Phil Collins tribune act) has been selected as the Labour councillor candidate for Norris Green in Liverpool – close to Luciana Berger’s constituency. In 2014 he tweeted that “Rothschilds Zionist run Israel and world governments” and earlier this year compared Zionists – or simply those worried about antisemitism – to Judas:

‘We are seeing a very English right wing Zionist coup mate and sadly the Labour Party is infiltrated by sellouts who would sacrifice a labour government for their 30 pieces of silver.’

Sometimes, when challenged over antisemitism, Labour supporters point out that the number of cases identified reflects only a tiny proportion of the membership. But the real problem isn’t that a few members hold such vile views, but that they are able to spout them without being reported and dealt with by others, and are even, as in this case, thought suitable for elected office.

University investigates professor who claims Israel was behind 9/11 Twin Towers attacks 'with help from Zionists in US government'
Sussex University is investigating a professor after he claimed Israel were behind the September 11 attacks 'with help from Zionists in the US government'.

Professor Kees van der Pijl, the former head of its international relations department, used as his source an article entitled '9-11/Israel did it' by conspiracy theory site Wiki Spooks, which also claims Al-Qaeda is a front for Mossad, the Israeli spy service.

The retired academic, who was responding to an article criticising US sanctions on Iran, was immediately inundated with a storm of mocking tweets, including one that joked, 'Yes, and Bruce Lee was the first man on the moon, damn media!'

Sussex University said it is aware of the post and has not yet decided whether to take further action.

Van der Pijl tweet was posted on November 3 and read: 'Not Saudis, Israelis blew up Twin Towers with help from Zionists in US gov.'
Professor: BDS Panel at University of Michigan Was an ‘Unrelentingly Anti-Israel Propaganda Fete’
A professor at the University of Michigan said a recent panel hosted by the school on the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaign was “a totally one-sided propaganda fete.”

Victor Lieberman, who teaches a popular history course on the Arab-Israeli conflict, said he was one of some 70 people who attended last week’s “Teach-In Town Hall,” which was organized by U-M’s Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies (CMENAS) after the university sanctioned a BDS-supporting professor who denied a letter of recommendation to a student who sought to study in Israel.

CMENAS director Samer Mahdy Ali said the event, which was backed financially by multiple U-M departments, would include a “decidedly pro-BDS” panel, followed by a discussion.

Lieberman estimated that less than two dozen undergraduates showed up on Monday morning, two days after a gunman killed 11 worshippers at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh while shouting antisemitic epithets.
Regev demands Spanish minister intervene in water polo BDS fracas
Culture and Sport Minister Miri Regev demanded from her Spanish counterpart to move a women’s water polo match between Israel and Spain back to its original venue, after Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions activists had forced its relocation.

“The BDS movements are clearly antisemitic in nature and operate to harm the State of Israel and its citizens,” Regev wrote. “It is my expectation that the government of Spain will take all the necessary steps in order to reverse the decision of the Municipality of Molins de Rei.”

Planned demonstrations by Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions activists led the municipality, just outside Barcelona, where the match was scheduled to take place, to move the game to a different venue and bar supporters.

Regev said Israel expected the organizers to “operate in accordance with the International Olympic Charter, [to] enable all sportsmen to compete as equals in the games.”

As of Tuesday noon, it was still unclear where the game would take place, if at all. Some sources reported that the game was canceled, but a PR company working on behalf of the Culture and Sport Ministry said the game was still on, in a new venue, with supporters banned. The ministry was still working to reverse the decision, the company said.

NGO Monitor, a Jerusalem-based watchdog that analyzes and reports on international NGO activity in regards to Israel, said the decision by the Spanish municipality came as no surprise, as funding of anti-Israel groups by the Catalonian government are no rarity.
Sky News Arabia report on Druze elections in Golan is riddled with distortions and falsehoods
The six falsehoods in the report are as follows:
Falsehood #1: “Israeli elections were forced upon the residents.”

Sky reports without challenge the claim from the Syrian government’s official news service (SANA) that the Israeli government forced elections upon residents of the Druze towns. In fact, the impetus for the elections elections was the effort of group of Druze residents of the Golan who fought in Israeli courts for the change of policy. An article in the Israeli “Walla” website elaborates (CAMERA’s translation):

“During the past eighteen months, six Druze petitions were brought before the supreme court, opposing the way the town council members and heads were appointed [prior to 2018, Israel’s Interior Ministry appointed them], and demanding that open municipal elections be held in their communities as well,” lawyer Fahd Safdi from Mas’adeh tells Walla News. “At the same time we launched letters to the Interior Ministry and applied heavy pressure so it would enable us to exercise our right to vote.”

Falsehood #2: “The voter participation rate ranged from between 0% and 1.5%.”

According to official Israeli statistics (in Hebrew), the participation rate in Majdal Shams was 3.3 percent, and 1.3 percent in ‘Ein Qenya. In Mas’adeh and Buq’atha the participation rate was indeed 0 percent, but, as the report itself points out, this was because the election process was cancelled in advance.

Falsehood #3: Israel has been engaged in “Judaization” in the Golan.

“Judaization” (Tahweed in Arabic) is a vague term among Arabic speakers than can signify any increase of either the physical, metaphorical or imagined presence of Jews in a given place; it is often used in the context of Jerusalem. This includes but is not limited to: Scholars searching for archeological findings in the Old City and its surroundings, visitors walking peacefully around the Temple Mount compound, or even a Christian individual trying to set the Al-Aqsa mosque on fire. The question of what “Judaization attempts” the report is alluding to goes unanswered. In 51 years of Israeli control, the construction of Jewish villages in the Golan Heights has rarely faced Druze opposition of any kind. Moreover, how a democratic process initiated by Druze, in which both the voters and the candidates are Druze, can be labeled “Judaization” is a mystery.
French Police Investigating Violent Assaults on Two Young Jews in Paris in Single Week
Two separate assaults on Jewish teenagers in the Paris area during the last week are being investigated by police as hate crimes, French news outlets reported on Monday.

The first incident occurred last Tuesday in Sarcelles — about ten miles north of the capital. According to news magazine Le Point, a young schoolgirl wearing the uniform of the Jewish school that she attends was approached by an older man who spoke to her in Arabic before punching her hard in the back. The girl told police that her assailant had also mimed the action of shooting a gun at her with his fingers.

Traditionally the home of a large North African Jewish community, tensions have increased markedly in Sarcelles over the last decade between Jews and a growing Muslim population. The neighborhood was the site of a full scale antisemitic riot in July 2014, when 300 mainly Muslims youths looted Jewish-owned shops and attacked a synagogue during a solidarity protest with Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

A separate incident the following day was reported in the 19th arrondissement in northeastern Paris. A young man wearing a yarmulke was assaulted by three youths at a bus stop after he noticed that one of them was trying to pickpocket a laptop computer from his bag. After they spotted the young man’s yarmulke, the youths shouted antisemitic insults and pushed him to the ground, punching and kicking him as he fell.

Meanwhile, doctors, nurses, patients and other visitors to the Rothschild Hospital in Paris — named for the illustrious French-Jewish family — were greeted on Sunday morning with a lengthy antisemitic screed scrawled on one of the entrance walls.
Former Nazi SS concentration camp guard, 94, goes on trial in Germany
A 94-year-old former enlisted SS man went on trial Tuesday in Germany, charged with being an accessory to murder for crimes committed during the years he served as a guard at the Nazis’ Stutthof concentration camp.

Johann Rehbogen is accused of working as a guard at the camp east of Danzig, which is today the Polish city of Gdansk, from June 1942 to about the beginning of September 1944.

There is no evidence linking him to a specific crime, but more than 60,000 people were killed at Stutthof and prosecutors argue that as a guard, he was an accessory to at least hundreds of those deaths.

Stutthof prisoners were killed in a gas chamber, with deadly injections of gasoline or phenol directly to their hearts or shot, starved and even forced outside in winter without clothes until they died of exposure, prosecutor Andreas Brendel said.

The former SS Sturmmann, roughly equivalent to the US Army rank of specialist, does not deny serving in the camp during the war but has told investigators he was not aware of the killings and did not participate in them, Brendel said.
Doll that survived Holocaust goes on display at Yad Vashem
A doll called Inge that survived the looting during Kristallnacht in November 1938 was recently handed over to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and museum in Jerusalem by its owner and is now on display there.

Lore Mayerfield Stern, a Holocaust survivor from Kassel, Germany, was just 2 years old when the anti-Jewish riots known as Kristallnacht, the "Night of Broken Glass," caused massive destruction to Jewish property in her city and across Nazi Germany and Austria. During the pogrom, which took place on Nov. 9-10, 1938, at least 90 Jews were killed, 30,000 Jewish men were rounded up and sent to concentration camps, almost 300 synagogues were destroyed and thousands of Jewish homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed.

Inge, along with personal letters Stern had kept from that era, is now part of Yad Vashem's It Came From Within online exhibition, which marks the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht.

During Kristallnacht, Stern's father, Markus Stern, was one of the Jewish men arrested and was sent to Buchenwald concentration camp. Young Lore and her mother, Kaetchen, were taken in and hidden by neighbors, who kept them safe during the riots.

"Lore, already in pajamas, hid with her mother at the neighbors' house until the pogrom was over. When they returned home, they found that the place had been torn apart and was not habitable," Yad Vashem states on its website.
Hyundai venture arm invests in Israeli computer vision startup
The corporate venture arm of Hyundai Motor Company has made a strategic investment of an undisclosed amount into Israeli startup, a developer of computer vision technologies based on deep learning, the companies said in a joint statement on Monday.

The partnership with will allow Hyundai to “speed up deployment of AI technology in many business areas,” improving the quality of its products and creating “a safer driving environment,” Hyundai CRADLE and said.

Founded in 2016, offers software that simplifies the process of developing and managing solutions and products, such as autonomous vehicles, drones, security and logistics systems, that are powered by artificial intelligence and deep learning. The software also allows customers to update their devices and their learning capabilities while in use, so every device can continue to improve its operations.

“Deep learning computer vision is one of the core technologies that can be applied to autonomous driving to navigate roads and make quick decisions in real-time – and is clearly an innovation leader in that field,” said Ruby Chen, head of Investment at Hyundai CRADLE Tel Aviv.

“Our investment in is a further step in enhancing our presence in the Israeli market, a global leader of technological innovation in the fields of automation, artificial intelligence and deep learning,” he said. “This is our fifth investment in an Israeli company and our activities will continue to grow the coming year.”
IsraellyCool: Pharrell Williams at FIDF Gala: “You Guys Show An Incredible Resilience”
A few days ago I posted about the FIDF Gala that saw celebrities help raise $60 million for Israel’s IDF. The incredibly talented Pharrell Williams was the musical act, but what I did not know at the time were the touching words he said about the Jewish people, in the wake of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting.

Providing entertainment was musical guest Pharrell Williams, who took a moment to share a few words about last week’s deadly shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue.

“Look, what happened in that synagogue was incredibly cruel, it was wrong, and it’s not supposed to be what our nation is,” Williams said. “This group of people have been tested over and over and over again … but you guys show an incredible resilience.”

This makes me happy.
4,000 college students from 60 nations sing as one in TLV
Four thousand college students from 60 countries gathered in Tel Aviv in October for the latest mass singalong sponsored by the social music project, Koolulam.

The event, at Ganei Yehoshua, was attended by GA 2018 participants, graduates of MASA programs, MASA CEO Liran Avisar Ben Horin, Jewish Agency Chairman Yitzchak Herzog, Government Secretary Tzahi Braverman, and Masa Chairman Ilan Cohen.

Koolulam was founded with the goal of strengthening society through mass singing events in which large groups of non-professionals come together to create a collaborative happening.

The organization gathers as many as 12,000 people at a time from a broad spectrum of Israeli life, and then films the joint singing productions to share on social media.

In June this year, Jews, Muslims and Christians joined together at the Jerusalem Tower of David Museum to sing Bob Marley’s “One Love” in three languages as a show of unity from Israel. The video of the event went viral.

After 56 years of searching, IDF finds remains of pilot in Sea of Galilee
The Israeli military recently discovered the remains of a pilot, Lt. Yakir Naveh, who has been missing since his plane crashed into the Sea of Galilee 56 years ago, the army said Tuesday.

The remains were discovered on October 25 on the bottom of the Sea of Galilee, along with pieces of the aircraft.

Once they were found, the remains were sent to a forensic laboratory for identification, the army said.

The military’s Manpower Directorate informed the pilot’s family that his remains had been found, the army said.

His funeral was scheduled for November 13 at 3 p.m. at Tel Aviv’s Kiryat Shaul military cemetery.

On May 6, 1962, Naveh was training a cadet on a Fouga Magister when their plane got too low over the water and the engine cut out. The nose of the plane hit the water, sending them into a fierce spin, wing over wing.

A year later, a search team found the body of the cadet who had been flying the plane, Oded Kouton, but no trace of Naveh.

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If your child came home from college and said she was challenged by a classmate who claimed that Palestine is Arab land stolen by the Jews, could you provide her with a response?

That is the question Douglas Feith asks in the article he recently wrote for Tablet Magazine. Based on a speech he gave to the Canadian Institute for Jewish Research, Feith offers a helping hand to his fellow Jews - who really should not be having such a tough time arguing for the Jewish right to Israel:
The campaign to delegitimate Israel has been scoring successes. The efforts to counter that campaign have often proven inept. That too I find astonishing.

In the arena of argumentation, the Jews are practiced, having continuously honed their debating skills since Abraham questioned God about Sodom. They should be formidable in explaining why Israel is not colonialist and refuting other calumnies. Yet they’re often beaten into retreat by anti-Zionist polemicists. There’s no excuse for it.
He then goes on to outline a response.

What he writes is not new, but still bears repeating --
During the 400 years leading to World War I, Palestine was part of the Ottoman Empire -- was owned by the Turks, not by the Arabs living in Palestine.
o  There was never a country called Palestine.
o  Palestine was never ruled by its own Arab inhabitants.
o  Therefore, it is not accurate to say that Palestine was a country, or that it was Arab land.
o  And neither the Jews nor the British stole it from the Arabs.
o  The original Zionists who came to live in then-Palestine did not come as colonists, nor with the backing of an imperialist or colonialist power. Jews bought the land on which they settled.

Rabbi Moses Porush (c.) and Arab Landowner holding deed for a large tract of land
that Rabbi Moses Porush and Rabbi Joseph Levi Hagiz purchased from the Arab.
Credit: Wikipedia. Public Domain

Feith does give context to the situation during WWI that is generally overlooked.

The British invasion of Palestine in World War I was precipitated by the Ottoman Turks, who joined Germany and attacked the Allied forces. When the British war cabinet approved the Balfour Declaration on October 31, 1917, -- it was already more than 3 years into World War I.

And the war was not going well for the Allies.

It was one of those rare occasions when the exaggerated belief in Jewish power and influence actually worked to the benefit of the Jews. The British saw an opportunity to gain support in Russia and the US.

As for Palestine itself,
colonialism didn’t bring Britain to Palestine. Britain didn’t seize Palestine from an unoffending native population. It conquered the land not from the Arabs, but from Turkey, which (as noted) had joined Britain’s enemies in the war. The Arabs in Palestine fought for Turkey against Britain. The land was enemy territory. [emphasis added]
The British view of Palestine, and of the Arabs living there, was taken in the context of the area as a whole. Palestine was just a small part of a huge region the British forces conquered from the Turks -- and even though most Arabs had fought for the Turks, the Allies were ready to set the Arabs on the path to independence and national self-determination. However, the small piece of land that was the "Holy Land" had a unique status, of special interest to Christians and Jews around the world.

And the Arabs already living in Palestine?
The idea that a small segment of the Arab people – the Palestinian Arabs – would someday live in a Jewish-majority country was not thought of as a unique problem. There were similar issues in Europe. After World War I, new nations were created or revived: Poland, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia and Hungary, for example. Inevitably, some people would have to live as a minority in neighboring states. Seven hundred thousand Hungarians would become a minority in Czechoslovakia, almost 400,000 in Yugoslavia and 1.4 million in Romania. Where they were a minority, they would have individual rights, but not collective rights. That is, ethnic Hungarians would not have national rights of self-determination in Romania, but only in Hungary.

The principle applicable to European minorities applied also to the Arabs of Palestine. In any given country, only one people can be the majority, so only one can enjoy national self-determination there. The Arab people would eventually rule themselves in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Arabia. They were going to end up in control of virtually all the land they claimed for themselves. They naturally wanted to be the majority everywhere. But then, the Jews could be the majority nowhere. The victorious Allies did not consider that just.
The British were actually taken by surprise by the accusation that they were being unjust to the Arabs, especially considering the actual history of Palestine, what the British had sacrificed for the liberation of the Middle East from Ottoman control and the fact that the Arabs fought on the side of the enemy.

Feith quotes from a speech Balfour gave in 1922 on the issue:
“Of all the charges made against this country,” he said, that “seems to me the strangest.” It was, he recalled, “through the expenditure largely of British blood, by the exercise of British skill and valour, by the conduct of British generals, by troops brought from all parts of the British Empire . . . that the freeing of the Arab race from Turkish rule has been effected.” He went on, “That we . . . who have just established a King in Mesopotamia, who had before that established an Arab King in the Hejaz, and who have done more than has been done for centuries past to put the Arab race in the position to which they have attained—that we should be charged with being their enemies, with having taken a mean advantage of the course of international negotiations, seems to me not only most unjust to the policy of this country, but almost fantastic in its extravagance.”
Arthur Balfour. Source: Wikipedia. Public Domain

This is all part of the Zionist history that Feith believes Jews need to know in order to respond to the claim that the British stole Palestine and just gave it away to the Jews.

The problem, of course, is that the "other side" is not arguing from facts, nor are they appealing to logic. Just look around. On social media, people do not make logical arguments and they have no interest in history -- facts just make their eyes glaze over. Meanwhile, on college campuses, Jews are not being engaged in debate, they are being harassed by groups who want to eliminate debate and the free speech of their victims while isolating them.

Yes, we do need to know about our history and our birthright.
But let's not fool ourselves into thinking that Israel is the subject of a debate.

Israel is the target of an attack.
And we are still on the defensive.

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China’s attempts to suppress information about Xinjiang open floodgates to scrutiny of its indoctrination policy.

Sauytbay shows her joy and happiness after the verdict. Photo courtesy of the author. All rights reserved.The trial of a woman who had worked in an indoctrination camp in China’s western region of Xinjiang has put the fate of minority Muslims under the spotlight of international media. Beijing’s attempts to suppress the flow of information about its over-policed Xinjiang province – where security forces are locking up, among others, ethnic Kazakhs visiting or returning to China from Kazakhstan – appears to have backfired after a Kazakh court ruled against the deportation of Sayragul Sauytbay to China in early August.

Sauytbay was tried in the languid Kazakh town of Zharkent, near the border with China. On 1 August, the judge ordered her release, delivering a suspended six-month sentence instead for illegally crossing the border. The sentence dismissed the previously-feared possibility of her deportation back to China. The woman, who was tried at Beijing’s request, made a plea during the trial not to be handed over to China, claiming she could face the death penalty for revealing the existence of political “re-education camps” for ethnic Kazakhs in the country. As part of her defence, Sauytbay claimed to have worked for four months in a camp before fleeing to Kazakhstan.

Emboldened by Sauytbay’s revelations, many of her fellow ethnic Kazakhs who moved from China to Kazakhstan have now come out with stories of relatives who they fear may have ended up in such camps. Some of those who managed to escape from the camps have also recounted their stories. The trial indirectly forced the Chinese authorities to admit to their actions in Xinjiang against ethnic Kazakhs, though they claimed that these measures were in place for all citizens and that, ultimately, this was a Chinese internal matter. Meanwhile, Sauytbay’s lawyer has warned that Beijing may still try to seek her extradition, hinting that Sauytbay’s problems may have just begun.

“No way of crossing the border legally”

In her emotional and passionate closing statement, Sauytbay argued that she could only cross the border illegally because the Chinese authorities had seized her documents in 2016, when she had tried to move to Kazakhstan with her family. At the time, the authorities explained that since Sauytbay was a member of the Communist Party and headed a state-run nursery, she needed to undergo additional checks.

“I crossed into Kazakhstan illegally because it was the only way for me to escape life in the camp,” Sauytbay explained. Her previous attempts to get her passport back to visit her husband and two underage children, who acquired Kazakh citizenship in 2017, had failed. Ultimately, she managed to acquire a permit to visit a free-trade zone on the Kazakh-Chinese border and used the opportunity to sneak into Kazakhstan. “If my documents had not been seized by the Chinese authorities, I would have come here legally with my family. I would have been living a peaceful life and I would not have had to carry out any illegal action,” she explained.

“I crossed into Kazakhstan illegally because it was the only way for me to escape life in the camp”

Sauytbay said the Chinese authorities demanded she force her family to return to China, accusing her of being a spy. “I had to resort to such illegal action because it was my last opportunity to reach my children. If I’d stayed for a week or five days longer, I would have disappeared into a Chinese camp.”

Sauytbay pleaded guilty of crossing the border illegally but appealed to the prosecution and judge not to deport her to China where, she said, she would face the death penalty for revealing during the trial that she had worked in a re-education camp for ethnic Kazakhs between November 2017 and February 2018. “After they appointed me to work in a political camp – which is a secret body – they engaged me in collecting secrets and forced me to sign a pledge not to reveal state secrets abroad. That measure had a clear purpose: even if only part of it is disclosed, then you will be sentenced to death,” Sauytbay said in court.

One million interned in camps that China disavows

Beijing denies the very existence of indoctrination camps for Muslim minorities, mainly Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs and ethnic Kyrgyz. Sauytbay told the court that around 2,500 ethnic Kazakhs were held at the camp where she worked and that she had heard about two other similar camps. During the trial, Zhang Wei, China’s consul general in Almaty, repeatedly gave interviews to local media urging ordinary Kazakhs not to believe the “falsified and groundless accusations” brought against China regarding ethnic Kazakhs in Xinjiang. However, research by Adrian Zenz of the European School of Culture and Theology in Korntal, Germany, suggests that “at least several hundred thousand and possibly just over one million” people had been interned in indoctrination camps in Xinjiang. The province’s population was 24 million people in 2016, with Uighurs accounting for 46% and ethnic Kazakhs for 7%.

“Satellite imageries suggest China is expanding detention camps in Xinjiang at an unprecedented pace. The time of detention camp booming coincides with the escalation of China’s war against ‘terrorism, separatism, extremism’, which is reported to be targeting Uyghur and Kazakh minorities,” Shawn Zhang, a law student at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, argued in a study of satellite imageries of suspected new prisons in Xinjiang. “It’s unclear whether these detention camps serve as ‘re-education camps’,” he added, providing satellite images of facilities he suspects serve as prisons.

Nurbolat Tursynzhanuly, an ethnic Kazakh from China who obtained Kazakh citizenship in 2016, holds a protest during Sauytbay's trial to draw attention to the detention of his parents who are Kazakh citizens in China. Photo courtesy of the author. All rights reserved.On 13 August, at a meeting held in Geneva by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the Chinese delegation rebuffed the one-million figure as “completely untrue”, but indirectly admitted to the existence of a state policy to resettle and re-educate Muslim minorities in Xinjiang.

Ethnic Kazakhs started raising the alarm about the fate of their relatives in China in 2017. The situation in Xinjiang has deteriorated for Muslim minorities after Chen Quanguo, an official notorious for his rigid ethnic policy towards Tibet, became the head of the Communist Party’s regional branch in Xinjiang in August 2016.

After Quanguo’s appointment, ethnic Kazakh migration from China to Kazakhstan surged from 628 people in 2015 to 2,103 in 2016 and 3,184 in 2017. After obtaining independence in 1991, Kazakhstan has been running a programme to help ethnic Kazakhs abroad (oralmandar) to move to Kazakhstan. Under the programme, around one million people migrated to Kazakhstan between 1991 and 2016, of which 14.2% from China.

Many ethnic Kazakhs from China now live in Kazakhstan with residence permits (yqtiyar khat in Kazakh) which allow them to enter Kazakhstan visa-free and stay in Kazakhstan for 10 years so they can make an informed decision about their move to Kazakhstan.

Following the release of Sauytbay, Kazakh Foreign Minister Kayrat Abdrakhmanov admitted that ethnic Kazakhs were facing problems in China, adding that Kazakh diplomats were working with their Chinese counterparts to lift a travel ban on 625 ethnic Kazakhs who had applied to move to Kazakhstan.

“Forced to violate the law”

In an unprecedented turn of events, the prosecutor in Sauytbay’s case rejected the defence’s attempts to enter a plea bargain during the trial. Instead, the prosecutor requested the judge to look into the mitigating circumstances that led Sauytbay to cross the border illegally, before asking for a lighter sentence, without calling for her deportation to China. “The Chinese citizen Sayragul Sauytbay committed a crime in order to reunite with her husband, Kazakh citizen Uali (Slam),” the prosecutor said. “She was forced to violate the law by illegally crossing the border of the Republic of Kazakhstan.” Because Sauytbay had been kept in custody since 23 May, the prosecutor asked the judge to award a six-month suspended sentence. The prosecutor’s request was greeted by cheers and jubilation by the attendees, particularly Sauytbay’s relatives and supporters who crammed the courtroom and the square outside the courthouse.

Judge reads out Sauytbay's verdict. Photo courtesy of the author. All rights reserved.“They have shown such mercy to Sayragul and I am very happy, I can’t even tell you how proud I am,” Sauytbay’s husband Uali Slam told openDemocracy. After the verdict, the joyful crowd of supporters accompanied Sauytbay outside the courthouse. “I feel so happy as I stand with you all,” she told her supporters. “Long live Kazakhstan.”

“I know that I have obtained freedom thanks to the people. I could feel everyone’s support,” Sauytbay told openDemocracy. “This shows that Kazakhstan doesn’t discriminate based on race and Kazakhstan’s laws are truly just.”

Threat of extradition

After a short media appearance, Sauytbay was advised by her lawyer Abzal Kuspan to refrain from interviews in an effort not to antagonise the Kazakh authorities, who are now in charge of processing her request for refugee status. Kuspan explained that the judge took into account Sauytbay’s status as a person seeking asylum in her ruling, but until his client is granted such status she cannot claim the right to remain in the country.

“The trial was carried out under Kazakhstan’s criminal legislation regarding my client’s violation of Kazakhstan’s border rules,” Abzal Kuspan told openDemocracy. “But borders are a two-sided matter and there’s still a potential case of her violation of Chinese border rules. I expect Beijing will submit an official request for a trial in China.”

Formally, Sauytbay is a Chinese citizen who is allowed to stay in Kazakhstan only for three months as an asylum seeker, Kuspan noted. “Her fate depends on the decisions taken by government bodies, that’s why I don’t want her to take part in public rallies or events or hold news conferences,” he explained. “She will still have to fight for her right to remain in Kazakhstan, which is why I advised her against public speeches and she accepted my advice.”

According to Kazakh law, the commission on granting refugee status has to consider Sauytbay’s application within three months and the final decision has to be taken within one year. “We cannot really afford to go against the interests of our state because Kazakhstan and China maintain friendly relations and for Sayragul this is fraught with certain consequences,” Kuspan suggested.

Hundreds of Kazakh citizens languish in camps

While Sauytbay claimed that there were about 2,500 ethnic Kazakhs in the camp where she worked, according to anecdotal evidence and information released by the Kazakh Foreign Ministry, among the internees there are also ethnic Kazakhs born in China who have managed to become Kazakh citizens through the repatriation programme. In May, Kazakh Foreign Minister Kayrat Abdrakhmanov said that nine of 12 Kazakh citizens detained in China for holding dual citizenship had already been released, but he also revealed that Kazakh diplomats had been working on lifting Chinese restrictions imposed on 625 ethnic Kazakhs to leave for Kazakhstan. The minister failed to specify whether these individuals had been detained for holding Kazakh citizenship.

Supporters greet Sauytbay outside courthouse after her release. Photo courtesy of the author.Orynbek Koksebek, a 38-year-old ethnic Kazakh from China who moved to Kazakhstan in 2004 and obtained Kazakh citizenship in 2005, is one of the few former Chinese citizens who managed to be freed from an indoctrination camp. He was detained by Xinjiang authorities after he visited his relatives in the Chinese border town of Tacheng in November 2017. Koksebek said that local officials had claimed that he had failed to revoke his Chinese citizenship properly, so he had to sign some documents. However, he cannot read Mandarin and could not understand the content of the documents. “When I crossed the border on 22 November 2017, I was interrogated for 24 hours,” Koksebek told openDemocracy. “During the interrogation they asked me only one question ‘Why did you come here?’”

The interrogators, an ethnic Kazakh called Zhenis and three Han Chinese, told the man to come back on 15 December to receive his papers proving he was unregistered as a Chinese resident, but instead they followed him and detained him for 125 days, Koksebek recalled. “After bidding farewell to my relatives I thought they would take me to the border, but for some reason they took me to a hospital for medical checks,” he said. “Then, they took me to another place. I didn’t know it was a prison, but it became clear when they stripped off my clothes.”

When he asked why he had been taken to prison, Koksebek was told: “Firstly, you are a Kazakh citizen and hold dual citizenship. Secondly, you have debts and own land and livestock in China. Thirdly, you are a traitor because you came purposefully in order to spy on China's state policy (in Xinjiang).”

Koksebek said he was told that he would be released after he learnt to sing three Chinese propaganda songs, including the national anthem

Koksebek said he was told that he would be released after he learnt to sing three Chinese propaganda songs, including the national anthem. “I burst into tears when I was told that I would be imprisoned for five years if I didn’t learn to sing the songs within one-and-a-half months,” he noted. “I didn’t fully learn the songs but only lip-synched them when other inmates sang.”

The former detainee added that they had been instructed to study texts and “undergo military training. They trained us to march, stand and sit, and to fold uniforms,” Koksebek said. Mandarin-language instructors were recruited among prisoners. “We were told to learn Chinese within one-and-half years in order to get released, but there were people who were kept in the prison for much longer.”

Change in Chinese rhetoric

Sauytbay’s trial and a wealth of first-hand accounts by Kazakh citizens and ethnic Kazakhs from China have forced the Chinese authorities to recognise the problem and work with Kazakhstan on its resolution. Publicity around the trial, in particular, and around the problem, in general, are damaging bilateral relations between Kazakhstan and China which had been developing “quite well”, according to Rasul Zhumaly, an Almaty-based political analyst.

Coming to terms with this problem, Chinese diplomatic missions in Astana and Almaty have organised a trip to China, including Xinjiang, for a delegation of 18 Kazakh public figures between 13 and 19 August. “There are already small flickers of hope. People are already being released and (the Chinese authorities) are already agreeing to some discussion, whereas one year ago they said this was strictly China’s internal affair,” Zhumaly, who was part of the delegation, told openDemocracy. “Now the rhetoric is changing: apart from those who will be released now, many people in Xinjiang are indeed intimidated and we sensed this atmosphere of fear” during the trip, he said.

While ethnic Kazakhs in China may have a glimmer of hope to improve their lives, at least by seizing a chance to move to Kazakhstan - according to Zhumaly’s estimates, half of China’s 1.5 million ethnic Kazakhs are seriously considering the move - the fate of Uighurs in Xinjiang seems less promising because they lack official institutions that could act on their behalf.

On 13 August, the American Anthropological Association asked Terry Branstad, the US ambassador in Beijing, “to do what you can to locate and offer protection to Dr (Rahile) Dawut”, a celebrated anthropologist and renowned scholar from China’s Uighur ethnic minority group, who went missing in China in December 2017. “Her family and friends believe she was secretly detained as part of the Chinese government’s severe crackdown on Uighurs,” Edward Liebow, the association’s executive director, wrote to the ambassador.

“While Uighurs’ unique culture has been under scrutiny by China recently, Dr Dawut, who wrote and lectured widely on Uighur folklore and traditions, is far from being a threat of any kind. In fact, until recently, her work had been supported with grants and awards from China’s Ministry of Culture,” the letter signed by Liebow said.

“(Chinese actions) shouldn’t be fanning Sinophobic sentiments, especially when other countries and international organisations are getting involved,” Zhumaly said. “Since there are sparks of hope we have to keep pressing these soft spots and there will be a result. But we should not be naive either: this will not be resolved with just one or two tries.”


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Социальные сети позволяют эмигрантам не только следить за дискуссиями о происходящем в их родной стране, но и активно участвовать в них. В Германии эти дискуссии приобретают отчетливый "правый" оттенок.

Страница социальной сети "Вконтакте" на экранах смартфонов и планшета. Фото: Наталья Селиверстова / РИА Новости. Все права защищены.Эластичный кокон онлайновых "дружб" и репостов опутывает любого пользователя Фейсбука, Твиттера или ВКонтакте, в какой бы точке мира он ни находился. Русскоязычные жители Германии пользуются российскими социальными сетями и активно создают в ней свой собственный, эмигрантский сегмент. О том, какого рода информация в нем производится и распространяется, задумались исследователи берлинского Центра Изучения Восточной Европы ( ZOiS). О первых результатах проекта "Постсоветские мигранты в Германии и транснациональные публичные сферы в социальных медиа" oDR поговорил с исследовательницей Центра Татьяной Головой.

Вы сами пользуетесь социальными сетями?

Пользуюсь Фейсбуком.

Почему именно им? Ведь судя по результатам вашего исследования, среди русскоязычных мигрантов первого и второго поколения в Германии лидируют Одноклассники и ВКонтакте.

Это хороший вопрос – но не вполне корректный, хотя бы потому, что Фейсбук мы вообще не включали в исследование. Это связано с тем, что для этой соцсети сложно определить, кто из немецких пользователей относится к русскоязычным, а кто нет. Для ВКонтакте и "Одноклассников" же можно исходить из того, что подавляющее большинство их пользователей в Германии имеют корни на постсоветском пространстве. Поэтому наше исследование сфокусировалось на этих двух платформах. В частности, на ВКонтакте мы при помощи ряда специальных программ могли проследить миграцию данных из одного сообщества в другое.

Получается, что как частное лицо вы пользуетесь Фейсбуком, а как исследователь изучаете ВКонтакте и Одноклассников. Чем отличаются эти три платформы, их эмигрантские сегменты?

Различия эмигрантских сегментов платформ во многом обусловлены тем, как каждая платформа структурирует взаимодействие пользователей. В "Одноклассниках" критерии сортировки пользователей основываются на их общем опыте и предшествующих социальных связях. Если через интерфейс "Одноклассников" поискать аккаунты в Германии, выдаются безумные числа – два с половиной миллиона человек. Но если посмотреть статистику активных пользователей в Германии, то есть, тех кто пользуются платформой хотя бы раз в месяц, то на начало 2018 года это примерно 1,3 миллиона человек. Это составляет около 40% от 3,1 миллионов мигрантов из бывшего СССР в первом и втором поколении.

Сама платформа способствует тому, чтобы люди, находящиеся в эмиграции, могли находить людей с общим бэкграундом: то есть социализированных в схожих условиях в странах бывшего Советского союза. Там очень удобно искать людей, которые ходили в одну и ту же школу, жили в одном и том же поселке, или вместе проходили воинскую службу и так далее. Это платформа, копия англоязычной платформы Classmates (которая уже скорее мертва, чем жива), но "Одноклассники" живут.

Самые популярные веб-сайты в Германии. Левая колонка – по количеству активных пользователей, правая – по объему передаваемых данных. График предоставлен Татьяной Головой. Источник: ZOiS.Что касается Вконтакте, там тоже есть эмигрантские сообщества, но при этом сообщества земляческого характера – то есть, по месту происхождения – гораздо менее популярны. В целом, эта сеть, как и Фейсбук, способствует общению людей на определенные темы и группы по интересам. Как и в "Одноклассниках", здесь есть группы, которые объединяют русскоязычных по месту проживания в Германии, особенно в больших городах. Понятно, что эти социальные сети пригодны не только для того, чтобы поддерживать уже имеющиеся контакты и сохранять идентичность, основанную на происхождении, но и для того, чтобы обмениваться практической информацией. Эту же роль играют как мессенджеры, так и более старые формы онлайн-взаимодействия, например, форумы. Очень живой форум есть на, там происходит обмен актуальной информацией по самым разным вопросам, там есть доска объявлений, там есть мамочки, которые обмениваются впечатлениями. Кстати, мамочки есть везде, есть и на Фейсбуке.

Если смотреть на современную ситуацию в России, то нужно понимать, что хотя пользовательского контента производится в Фейсбуке больше, чем в ВК и "Одноклассниках", он при этом остается очень сконцентрирован по большим городам. Если посмотреть за пределами московской агломерации и Петербурга, то Фейсбук представлен ничтожно мало в России. Соответственно, люди, приехавшие из других частей России даже относительно недавно, скорее будут пользоваться другими соцсетями.

За пределами московской агломерации и Петербурга Фейсбук представлен ничтожно мало в России

Надо понимать, что ситуация изменилась: большая волна иммиграции этнических немцев из Казахстана и России конца 1980-х – первой половины 1990-х годов соцсетей не застала. Люди интегрировались в них уже после эмиграции, и "Одноклассники" были для этого удобнее всего. А сейчас мигранты как пользовались, так и продолжают пользоваться соцсетями – и до, и после переезда. Для них эта интеграция со своими бывшими сослуживцами и знакомыми уже есть, например, в ВК или Фейсбуке, и они продолжают с ними общаться и из Германии. И специально начинать пользоваться Одноклассниками для этого уже не нужно. 

Выходит, что принципиальное отличие "Одноклассников" от ВК и Фейсбука в том, что это сеть – обращенная в прошлое. Она позволяет создавать сообщества на основании идентичности, которая осталась позади. Интересно, что на Западе аналогичная сеть умерла – возможно потому, потому что там прошлое не является источником идентичности, а для людей постсоветского пространства вопрос того,кем ты был до 1991 года, кем ты был до эмиграции продолжается оставаться актуальным. В отличие от "Одноклассников", ВК и Фейсбук это соцсети, нацеленные на здесь и сейчас. Способ объединения происходит по разным типам идентичности.

Учитывая особенности этих сетей, как связано участие в них с процессом интеграции в то общество, где эмигранты живут? Интеграцию будем понимать как политическое участии, как способность говорить на языке принимающей страны, как участие в рынке труда.

Это вопрос про курицу и яйцо. В Голландии, например, было исследование, которое показало, что чем интенсивнее люди с миграционным бэкграундом пользуются соцсетями, тем больше у них близких социальных связей как раз с людьми из других этнических групп, прежде всего, с коренными голландцами. Но вот в Германии ситуация совсем другая, именно за счет популярности специфических российских сетей среди мигрантов. 

Социальные сети не искажают и не отражают реальность – они сами часть этой реальности

В "Одноклассниках" нет шанса встретить немца, а в ВКонтакте есть только очень специфическая немецкая публика, а именно – правые радикалы. Они там появились не вчера и позавчера, они пользуются им достаточно давно. Это связано, опять же, не в последнюю очередь с характером платформы: ВК получил такую популярность за счет того, что там было очень удобно расшаривать музыку, в том числе и нелегально. Этим пользовались и немецкие правые радикалы: есть "правый рок", они его распространяли, причем здесь им – в отличие, конечно, от российских пользователей – бояться нечего и они совершенно осознанно мигрируют на ВКонтакте, это для них пространство свободы, в отличии от Фейсбука

. Наши русскоязычные мигранты в Германии их и могут там встретить, что, конечно, открывает довольно-таки специфические перспективы интеграции и в немецкое политическое сообщество.

А там до сих пор только музыка или появляется что-то еще?

Довольно много и других ресурсов. В 2016 году одно из правых онлайн-медиа, которые определяют себя как критическую альтернативу по отношению к тому, что они считают отравленным левизной и либерализмом, опубликовали призыв "Давайте все перейдем на ВКонтакте". С тех пор добавилось значительное количество новых пользователей из Германии, они даже потом сделали немецкий интерфейс. 

Получается, что интеграция происходит в одной конкретной части политического спектра.

 При этом надо понимать, что социальные сети не искажают и не отражают реальность – они сами часть этой реальности, но лишь часть. Можно заниматься политикой в Германии и интегрироваться совершенно не через соцсети, тем более российские, но и другими путями.

Пользуются ли политические движения и партии социальными сетями сознательно как ресурсом? Осознают ли они, что соцсети могут служить инструментом в предвыборной борьбе?

Да, но я бы не сказала, что это какие-то немецкие политические силы, которые извне используют сети, чтобы мобилизировать русскоязычных избирателей. Вообще если посмотреть, кто представлен из немецких политиков в российских соцсетях, то это правые и левые, именно в тех вопросах, в которых их позиции пересекаются. Конечно, не все левые представлены. В основном, это связанные с партией Die Linke про-российские акторы, дискурс которых по НАТО, по Крыму и по Востоку Украины очень совпадает с официальным российским дискурсом. И, конечно, правые: в "Одноклассниках" партийный спектр, а именно, "Альтернатива для Германии" (Alternative für Deutschland, AfD – прим. ред.), представлены больше и более активны, кстати, чем в Вконтакте. 

В ВК самая активная группа от AfD связана, как показывают наши исследования, с немецкими праворадикалами без миграционного бэкграунда, а в "Одноклассниках" очень много живых и больших AfD-групп и на русском, и на немецком языках. Они мобилизовались, это было заметно и в онлайне и в офлайне по определенным правым темам, в том числе, по так называемому миграционному кризису 2015 года. Но самые крупную группу АfD вы найдете на Фейсбуке.

В "Одноклассниках" очень много живых и больших AfD-группСоциальные сети очень конкретизируют общее прошлое: не просто что-то абстрактное, что мы все были в Советском Cоюзе, а что мы ходили в одну школу, вместе служили, вместе заканчивали институт, или это моя двоюродная сестра. Эти связи могут быть мобилизированы успешно довольно быстро.

Случай девочки Лизы, который периодически возвращается в дискуссию, как раз удивил многих скоростью мобилизации русскоязычных, и, конечно, говорят, что это была рука Кремля. Но эта история была бы невозможной без сетей на базовом уровне, без уже имеющихся наработанных связей, она просто ударила в больное. 

А есть какие-то контра-AFD движению? В Фейсбуке есть, например, паблик, который ведет Олег Фризен из Гамбурга. Есть ли внутри тех платформ, где существуют активные про-AFD группы, хоть какие-то против AFD?

Исчезающе мало. Есть маленькие неактивные группы. Маркетинг социальных медиа имеет свои границы, если нет спроса на определенный продукт, то его и не будет. Но при этом, надо еще помнить, что живущие в Германии русскоговорящие пользователи соцсетей пользуются не только специфическими "мигрантскими" медиапродуктами. 

Мы проводили интервью в 2016-2017 году, у нас была фокус-группа, в которой принимали участие довольно образованные люди и новые мигранты, которых можно, скорее, отнести к категории высококвалифицированных "экспатов". У образованных новых мигрантов тоже далеко не все в порядке с немецким языком, потому что на работе они пользуются английским. У них есть большой спрос на русскоязычные ресурсы и медиа, при этом они читают "Немецкую волну" или Русскую службу BBC. У них есть спрос на качественную журналистику на русском языке, но политические формы противодействия находятся в зачаточном состоянии, потому что мало людей, которые могли бы это делать.

У образованных новых мигрантов есть большой спрос на русскоязычные ресурсы и медиа

Какую роль в информационном содержании этих русскоязычных пабликов и групп играет информация, поставляемая российскими масс-медиа?

Здесь я хотела бы ограничиться ВКонтакте, именно там мы проводили исследование по открытым группам и пабликам. Мы смотрели, откуда приходит информация в транснациональные российско-немецкие группы, а именно, откуда они делают репосты. На данный момент мы еще не анализировали систематически содержание этих репостов, но по анализу самих интеракций видно хорошо, что российских официальных источников мало. Но это не значит, что люди ими на индивидуальном уровне не пользуются. Если в целом смотреть, по данным Brand Analytics, то самый цитируемый ресурс в российском интернете – это РИА "Новости", принадлежащая концерну "Россия Сегодня " или RT. 

Группы напрямую репостят очень мало российских медиа. Например, RT Deutsch (канал "России Сегодня", вещающий по Германии – прим. ред.) представлена даже лучше, чем Первый канал. Скорее всего, люди читают новости напрямую, поэтому данные не расходятся через группы.

В правой части графика – триада устойчивых взаимосвязей мигрантских и иных русскоязычных сообществ. График предоставлен Татьяной Головой. Источник: ZOiS.Что очень популярно, откуда приходило довольно много контента, в том числе мемов – это группы с постсоветского пространства, которые посвящены войне в Украине, аннексии Крыма, причем именно те, что воспроизводят официальный российский дискурс.Но по нашим данным сложно говорить о том, что государственная российская пропаганда прицельно транслируется через эти группы для русскоговорящего населения Германии. Интересно, что именно названные темы и группы образуют структурный и содержательный "мостик" между "коренными" немецкими праворадикалами и политизированными "постсоветско-немецкими" группами на данной платформе.

Единой и целостной экосистемы постсоветских групп в Германии не существует

В целом, единой и целостной экосистемы постсоветских групп в Германии не существует. Во-первых, эти группы активно обращаются к группам и пабликам постсоветского пространства, не только уже упомянутым политизированным, но и развлекательным. Во-вторых, есть несколько "субсетей" разной направленности, которые связаны с друг другом маргинально.

Внутри же этих сетей связи воспроизводятся, напротив, систематически. Прежде всего, группы делают репосты друга друга, во-вторых, у них есть общие источники контента. В то время как конкретные источники цитирования могут меняться со временем, как показывает сравнение различных периодов, структурные позиции и опосредованные связи сохраняются. Иными словами, на уровне двух групп А и Б систематически репостят из одних и тех же источников. Но это происходит и на уровне, скажем, триад. Их хорошо видно для конкретных периодов времени. Если посмотреть на мой любимый подобный треугольник, который устойчиво воспроизводится, то он сохранился с 2015 по настоящий день.

Есть группы, которые смешивают политическое и неполитическое содержание. Так, "Германия+Австрия+Швейцария на русском" постит очень много красивых картинок, ландшафты, архитектуру – и при этом политизированное содержание. В этом стилистическое и структурное различие русскоязычного немецкого сегмента в Вконтакте и немецкоязычного – при схожести политизированных групп: и те, и те пишут о беженцах и предательстве народа политическими элитами, но некоторые русскоязычные группы делают это на фоне закатов и рассветов, украшая пользователям ленту, а немецкоязычный сегмент – это скорее хардкор для уже сильно политизированной сцены. 


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