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          Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation Awards Grant to The Reading League      Cache   Translate Page      
The Reading League, a Central New York nonprofit organization that trains educators on evidence-based practices to improve reading instruction, has received a grant of $4 million to expand its programs nationally. Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation has awarded the three-year grant, along with a $5 million pledge for an endowment fund.
          New York subway attack: Man who detonated pipe bomb strapped to his chest found guilty of terror offences      Cache   Translate Page      
Attacker tells judge he injured Manhattan commuters because he was 'angry with Donald Trump'
          Osumljeni pošiljatelj paketov z eksplozivom na sodišču v New Yorku      Cache   Translate Page      
Cesar Sayoc, ki je osumljen za pošiljanje eksplozivnih naprav kritikom ameriškega predsednika Donalda Trumpa, se je danes prvič znašel pred sodiščem v New Yorku, ki mu je odredilo nadaljnji pripor brez možnosti varščine. Tožilstvo pa bo moralo...
          What it's like living in the most expensive zip code in the Hamptons, where the average home price is $7.1 million      Cache   Translate Page      

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  • The tiny village of Sagaponack is the most expensive zip code in the Hamptons.
  • A study by GoBankingRates found that you'd need to make at least $853,738 to live there comfortably.
  • The median price of a home in Sagaponack is $7.1 million.
  • Celebrities and businesspeople, including talk show host Jimmy Fallon and billionaire investor  Ira Rennert, own homes in the secluded village.


The Hamptons, a series of beach towns dotting eastern Long Island, is well-known as a summer retreat for the wealthy and famous of New York.

Within these affluent communities, a tiny village of 491 people stands out as the priciest zip code — and by some calculations, the most expensive in the entire country.

Sagaponack, a village in the town of Southampton in the 11962, has been called home by CEOs, musicians, famous authors, and celebrities. 

In Sagaponack, a typical home is listed for $7.1 million, according to a study by GoBankingRates. In order to live comfortably in the Hamptons village, you'll need to make at least  $853,738 a year, according to the analysis.

Here's a look inside the exclusive Hamptons community.

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Sagaponack sits in The Hamptons, a stretch of affluent seaside communities on New York's Long Island.

Source: Google Maps

It's about a 2.5 hour drive from New York City.

Source: Google Maps

The median listing price for a home in Sagaponack is $7.1 million.

Source: GoBankingRates

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          Former Googlers who run their own tech startup ask candidates 3 questions that seem to have nothing to do with the job      Cache   Translate Page      


  • Questions during a job interview don't always have to do with the job itself.
  • At Beeswax, an ad-tech startup in New York, potential hires are often grilled on the last thing they "geeked out" over and where friends and family would consider them an expert.
  • The questions are used to assess a potential hire's curiosity, one of the company's four core values.

Smart hiring managers know to ask all the right questions during job interviews. 

Sometimes that means asking questions that seemingly have nothing to do with the job itself.

At Beeswax, an ad-tech startup in New York run by three former Googlers, no job interview is complete without a few questions that dive into the personal interests of potential hires.

One of the most notable questions, the company's founders Shamim Samadi, Ari Paparo, and Ram Rengaswamy told Business Insider, goes as follows: "If I asked your friends and family, what would they say you are their go-to guru for?"

Another one asks, "What was the last thing you geeked out over?"

A third: "Tell me something you have taught yourself and how you went about it."

Read more: 9 puzzling interview questions from real execs that seem to have nothing to do with the job

The questions, while not as extreme as ones that ask what you want written on your tombstone or what you would do during a zombie apocalypse, help Beeswax measure the curiosity of potential hires. "Be curious" is one of Beeswax's four core values, the founders said, along with "be open," "be customer-driven," and "be effective."

"We realize that those are the values that we think are necessary for someone to be successful here," Samadi, Beeswax's chief product officer, told Business Insider. "Like, I haven't stopped working, making decisions, being open, being a learner. And it's equally important to evaluate people on their functional skills as well as their values."

SEE ALSO: 9 puzzling interview questions from real execs that seem to have nothing to do with the job

SEE ALSO: 3 former Google execs explain why they left a company where just about everyone wants to work

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          The Latecomers      Cache   Translate Page      

Ross, Helen Klein. The Latecomers. New York: Little, Brown, and Company, 2018.

Bridey and Thom leave Ireland for America, planning to wed once they arrive. Thom dies aboard ship, and Bridey arrives in America pregnant. She considers returning to her family in Ireland, but remains. A young woman who helps Bridey helps her place the child with a Catholic charity and provides Bridey with a job. When the woman's own child dies in birth, she adopts from the charity with Bridey still working for the family. The bond between Bridey and Vincent is strong. Bridey returns to Ireland when the family's patriarch dies. The story follows several more generations in a somewhat chaotic matter. The flow between the older generation and the newer ones does not work well for the reader. Genetic genealogists will love the epilogue. The author provides historical notes and a good bibliography, features unusual for a novel. I really enjoyed Bridey and Thom's story, the story of Bridey's first days in America, and giving up the child for adoption. I even enjoyed some of Bridey's story after that point. Unfortunately, the more the story began to focus on the Hollingworth family, the less interested I became in the story being read. The character development that took place in the early generations did not extend to the later ones. Those generations felt rushed. What started as a good read became just a mediocre one for me. I received an electronic copy from the publishers through NetGalley with the expectation of an honest review.
          Hushed in Death      Cache   Translate Page      

Kelly, Stephen. Hushed in Death. New York: Pegasus Crime, 2018.

Inspector Lamb sets out to solve a murder. His daughter is a constable, serving as his driver, and helps the others with the investigation. The present murder seems connected to one the took place aboard a ship. The writing is weak. The sense of time and place lacks development. The character development is strong on most major characters but not quite to the level it needs to be on a few. I received an advance electronic galley from the publisher through NetGalley with the expectation of an honest review.
          A Shot in the Dark      Cache   Translate Page      

Truss, Lynne. A Shot in the Dark. New York: Bloomsbury, 2018.

Inspector Steine (pronounced Steen) solved the Middle Street Massacre in 1951, still glorying in its resolution 6 years later when Constable Twitten enters the Brighton police force. Theatre Critic A.S. Crystal knows a secret concerning the unsolved 1945 Aldersgate Stick-Up case and goes to the theatre intending to share his secret with the constable when Crystal himself is shot in his seat. Constable Twitten and partner Sgt. Jim Brunswick set out to solve the decades-old case while the Inspector busies himself with the new one. When I requested this one, I expected it to be a police procedural. The book contains some humor, although not necessarily the most enjoyable variety of that. While it was that, it was a bit too "noir" for my personal taste in detective fiction. I prefer books more like Deborah Crombie's Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James series. The seedy elements in the book simply failed to work for me, but I'm certain others would enjoy the book more than I did. If you enjoy noir and hard-boiled detective stories, you will probably enjoy this one. If you prefer your books to contain a little less seediness, you will probably want to avoid this one. I received an advance e-book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
          A Christmas Revelation      Cache   Translate Page      

Perry, Anne. A Christmas Revelation. New York: Ballantine Books, 2018.

Worm is living at  the Portpool Lane clinic funded by Oliver Rathbone with Miss Burroughs and Squeaky. He witnesses two men violently forcing a beautiful woman to go with them, following them to an area when they suddenly vanish. He later returns with Squeaky, discovering the woman has a story of her own and went with her captors somewhat willingly. All of this is set around Christmas. Squeaky shares the Christmas story with Worm who never heard it. Although the book is short, it seemed to drag on. It never captivated my interest. I did enjoy Squeaky's interaction with Worm apart from the main story line, including the recital of the Christmas story. I received an advance electronic uncorrected proof from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

          JPMorgan is investing $30 million in Greater Paris over the next 5 years as the first investment of an ambitious $500 million worldwide plan      Cache   Translate Page      

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  • JPMorgan Chase is investing $30 million over the next five years in the Greater Paris region of Seine-Saint-Denis.
  • The money will be in the form of grants for job training and mentorship.
  • It is the first investment of the $500 million global AdvancingCities initiative.
  • This article is part of Business Insider's ongoing series on Better Capitalism.

JPMorgan Chase announced Monday that starting January it will begin a five-year, $30 million dollar investment in Seine-Saint-Denis, a region of France to the northeast of Paris. It's an area marked by high unemployment, crime, and homelessness, and has 28% of its population living below the poverty line.

It also, however, is on the cusp of two developments that JPMorgan wants to take advantage of: the 2024 Olympics  — Seine-Saint-Denis is home to France's national soccer and rugby stadium — and the Grand Paris Express rapid transit line that will connect Greater Paris

As Stephanie Mestrallet, JPMorgan's vice president of global philanthropy in Europe, told Business Insider, "OK, we know that there are these issues, we know that a lot of people are going to invest in these areas — can we add to this effort that is currently happening?"

The money will go toward apprenticeship programs for young people, job retraining programs for older adults, and small business development.

The investment is a continuation of JPMorgan's philanthropic commitment to the region and will be the first made from the $500 million AdvancingCities initiative when it begins in January. AdvancingCities is itself a five-year program that the bank developed as an extension of investments into Detroit in 2013, after CEO Jamie Dimon decided to assist the city after it declared bankruptcy.

The bank found its Detroit project so successful that it made similar investments in Chicago, Washington, DC, and the New York City borough of the Bronx. Advancing Cities is built upon the lessons learned in these American cities over the last five years.

The initiative has two components, involving a competition among cities around the world that want help with kickstarting their economies, as well as investments outside of the contest. Seine-Saint-Denis falls into the latter, and Peter Scher, JPMorgan's head of corporate responsibility, said that the 150-year anniversary of JPMorgan's involvement in France (when JPMorgan's business partner opened a firm there) this November was a great occasion to move forward with a project they deemed ready to go.

JPMorgan had sent 16 employees to the area this past spring to get familiar with the area and see if there were necessary conditions for successful investments. They decided there indeed were. And though the AdvancingCities competition is still fielding proposals from more than 1,000 cities for the rest of the month, Scher said, "When we feel like we're ready and we can make the investments we do."

Using lessons from Detroit and London

When Scher explained AdvancingCities to us in September, he said that one of the key takeaways from their initial work in Detroit was that the level of partnerships on the ground is contingent on the success of the investments. That is, the bank's team has to rely on business and government leaders in each respective region to determine where money will be best spent and loaned.

In Seine-Saint-Denis, the French President Emmanuel Macron's administration is involved in the project, and the minister of employment, Muriel Penicaud, will join Dimon on Tuesday in an announcement press conference at the Les Compagnons du Devoir (LCD) charity in the region. JPMorgan partnered with the charity last fall and made a 460,000-euro investment into apprenticeship programs.

The AdvancingCities initiative as a whole utilizes both low-cost loans and philanthropic spending, but this upcoming $30 million investment will be entirely in the form of grants. They will support more apprenticeship programs like those offered by LCD, as well as small business accelerators like Impact Partenaire and Pact PME.

Scher said the JPMorgan will send around 100 employees from its global offices to assist with these programs over the next five years, as it has done with its previous city investments.

He said that the Great Paris initiative's success will be measured by effects on employment rates and small business growth, particularly in the poorest sections of the region. The AdvancingCities team is using its insights from its American projects, as well as how the bank's investments in East London during the 2012 London Summer Olympics affected the city's economy, for Seine-Saint-Denis' benefit.

"I think it demonstrates that not just the challenges are quite similar wherever you go, but many of the solutions are quite similar," Scher said.

SEE ALSO: JPMorgan's experimental investment in Detroit was so successful that it's decided to invest $500 million in up-and-coming cities

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          Native Americans State by State      Cache   Translate Page      

Sapp, Rick. Native Americans State by State. New York: Chartwell, 2018.

This handy reference volume works well as a supplement to units on Native Americans for upper elementary and middle school social studies students. It is full of photographs, maps, and other illustrations to enhance understanding. For each state, Canadian province, and even the District of Columbia and some of the Caribbean territories of the United States, information regarding the native peoples to that area is supplied. Typical entries include meaning of the state's name, a brief description of the area's geography, a brief glimpse at the culture and lifestyle, Native languages spoken, housing types, contemporary peoples native to the area, a list of recognized tribes present in the area, a map showing where native populations reside, a timeline, a narrative, and some photographs depicting the people and their culture. Since most regions only receive four to six pages, with an occasional entry slightly longer, the author cannot include everything. However, it is a good introduction. The book would have been enhanced by including brief bibliographies for each region so students or teachers wishing to explore more could easily locate resources that work for the age group. This book should be in upper elementary and middle school libraries and in many public libraries. This was a "read now" title at NetGalley. I downloaded it with the expectation that I would write an honest review. The advance review copy was entitled North American Indian Tribes State-by-State, but it was published under the title Native Americans State by State. The cover does mention it "includes Canadian First Nations, Inuit, and Métis.
          A CEO who sold her beauty company for $210 million wakes up every day at 6 a.m. without an alarm, walks 4 miles, and spends up to 3 hours working from an office in her bathroom      Cache   Translate Page      

Marla Beck

  • Marla Beck, the cofounder and CEO of beauty-store chain Bluemercury, has a jam-packed morning routine.
  • Beck said in a column from The Cut that she wakes up naturally at 6 a.m. every day, walks four miles or runs up to five miles, reads four newspapers, and tests beauty products in the office in her master bathroom — all before heading into work.
  • Beck is one of many CEOs who say they wake up before dawn to jump-start their workdays.

There's nothing laid-back about being CEO of a cosmetics company, and Marla Beck is proof.

Beck, the cofounder and CEO of beauty-store chain Bluemercury, revealed her jam-packed morning routine in a column by Jessica Prince Erlich at New York Magazine's The Cut.

Beck told Erlich that she wakes up every morning at 6 a.m. — without the aid of an alarm clock — and walks four miles with her husband Barry, the other cofounder of Bluemercury and the company's chief operating officer. On days when Barry is traveling, Beck said she does five miles of interval training at the gym instead.

Back home by 8 a.m., Beck said she powers through four morning newspapers: The New York Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Financial Times.

Read more: 21 successful people who wake up incredibly early

On some days, Beck said she doesn't head into work until as late as 11:30 a.m., but that's because she's already started her work day from home. Beck wrote that every morning, she tests beauty products from the home office in her master bathroom — sometimes the process involves dozens of products and spans up to three hours.

Beck's habits mirror those of other successful executives, like Apple's Tim Cook, GE's Jeff Immelt, General Motors' Mary Barra, and Virgin Group's Richard Branson, all of whom have reported waking up before dawn to jump-start their work days.

So far, Beck's routine has led to success for Bluemercury. In 2015, Macy's acquired the chain for $210 million while keeping her as its CEO. Bluemercury now has shops in Macy's stores as well as more than 150 freestanding locations across the US.

"I'm always thinking about products, I'm never off," she told The Cut. "But I'm lucky that I have the opportunities I have to create and have a family. I'm really lucky."

Read Beck's full daily routine at The Cut »

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          Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips      Cache   Translate Page      
Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Saturday, November 10, 2018 to Sunday, November 11, 2018:

Bedford Audubon
August 25, 2018 through November 27, 2018, 9am to 4pm
Chestnut Ridge Hawkwatch
Arthur Butler Sanctuary, Chestnut Ridge Rd., Bedford Corners, NY
The fall Hawkwatch starts Saturday, August 25! Join us at the Chestnut Ridge Hawkwatch at the Arthur Butler Sanctuary on Chestnut Ridge Road in Bedford Corners every day from 9 am to 5 pm, weather permitting, to experience the miracle of raptor migration. Our data is combined with other Hawkwatch sites to create population and migration analyses that help us better protect raptors and their habitats.
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Saturday, November 10, 2018
Leader's Choice with Naturalist-in-Residence Tait Johansson
November is the best month for rarities – while we may not be chasing a Forked-tailed Flycatcher, Tait will scout out the latest and greatest for the group to see. Time and location to be determined! Will start in morning; within 1 ½ hrs. drive of Westchester.


Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, November 10, 2018, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Prospect Park: Birdwatching for Beginners
Leader: Cyrus Baty Birdwatching for Beginners meets at the Prospect Park Audubon Center at The Boathouse at 12 noon. Bring binoculars if you have them; otherwise, binoculars are available for loan.

Saturday, November 10, 2018, 8:00am - 11:00am
Prospect Park
Meet 8 am at the Bartel Pritchard Prospect Park entrance. no registration required. Leader Ed Crowne Note: Nearest train stop is the “F or G” lines to Prospect Park /15th Street Please review our trip guidelines here:


Great South Bay Audubon Society
Saturday, November 10, 2018, 8:30am
Suffolk County Farm
350 Yaphank Avenue, Yaphank
Leader(s): Vera Capogna (516-639-5430) and John Gluth (631-827-0120)
Take Sunrise Highway to exit 57N, Horseblock Rd. Bear right onto County Road 21, Yaphank Ave. Travel approximately one mile to the Cornell Cooperative Extension on left. Turn left onto the entrance road. Take your first right and follow down and meet at the visitors parking area on your left

Nature walks will be cancelled if it is raining or snowing.


Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society
Sunday, November 11, 2018, 9:00am
Jones Beach Late Migration
November is a strange month for birding. The neotropical migrants are gone and the waterfowl haven’t arrived yet. Jones Beach is one place where it seems there is always something to see and we can’t predict what it will be, so bring your binoculars and a scope (if you have one) and let’s spin the wheel of birds.

Directions: Take the Meadowbrook or Wantagh Expressway until the end and meet at the Field 2 comfort station.
Call 585-880-0915 to register.


Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday, November 10, 2018
Prospect Park
Meet: Bartel Pritchard Park Entrance
Leader: Roberta Manian
Registrar: Mary Beth Kooper —
Registration opens: Monday, October 29
F train to the 15th Street to Prospect Park station
Meet at the Bartel Pritchard entrance at 8:00 am


New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturdays -- 11:00 a.m.
Debbie Becker leads a free bird walk at the Garden every Saturday from 11am to 12:30pm beginning at the Reflecting Pool in the Leon Levy Visitor Center
Meet at the Reflecting Pool at the Leon Levy Visitor Center
Included in All-Garden Pass
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New York City Audubon Society
Saturday, November 10, 2018, 9:00am – 10:30am
Van Cortlandt Fall Bird Walks
Guides: NYC Audubon, Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy with the Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy
Meet at Van Cortlandt Nature Center. The history of birding and Van Cortlandt Park are inseparable. Influential birders such as Roger Tory Peterson and Allan D. Cruickshank got their starts on Van Cortlandt’s ecologically diverse grounds. These walks celebrate the tradition set forth by these great ornithologists. Participants will look for various species of residents and migrants and discuss a wide range of avian topics. For more information, please call 212-691-7483. No registration necessary. No limit. Free.

Sunday, November 11, 2018, 9:30am – 7:00pm
Snow Geese and Tundra Swans of Brigantine, NJ
Guide: Joe Giunta, Happy Warblers LLC
Brigantine, part of the National Wildlife Refuge System, is one of the East Coast's premier sites for waterbirds, offering a diversity of species and panoramic views. Bring lunch and water. Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 12. $125 (87)
Click here to register

Sunday, November 11, 2018, 9:30am – 11:30am
Fall Birding at Wave Hill, Bronx
Sundays, September 9, October 14, November 11 and December 9, 9:30-11:30am
Guide: Gabriel Willow with Wave Hill
Meet at the Perkins Visitor Center. Naturalist Gabriel Willow contributes his extensive knowledge of bird species and their behaviors on these captivating walks. Wave Hill’s garden setting overlooking the Hudson River flyway provides the perfect habitat for resident and migrating birds. Ages 10 and up welcome with an adult. NYC Audubon members enjoy two-for-one admission (see for more information)


North Shore Audubon
Saturday, November 10, 2018, 8am – 12pm
Point Lookout and Lido Preserve
Leader: Steve 516-987-8103
Where: 40.588320, -73.584722 (map)

Please inform walk leader that you are attending.
See "Walk Locations" for directions.
Wear water-resistant footwear, bring binoculars and drinking water. Wear long pants and socks so you do not touch poison ivy.


Sunday, November 11, 2018, 9:30am - 5:30pm
Croton Dam to Ossining



Protectors of Pine Oak Woods
Saturday, November 10, 2018
High Rock Park and Pouch Camp
Join Ray Matarazzo for a fall foliage hike to Stump Pond. Investigate this unique corner of the Greenbelt with one of Staten Island’s finest environmental educators. The walk will focus on the identification of trees, some of the most colorful species, Hickory, Maple, Sweetgum and Tupelo. Participants will meet in the parking lot at 200 Nevada Avenue.
For more information call Ray Matarazzo at (718) 317-7666.


Queens County Bird Club
Saturday, November 10, 2018
South Shore Potpourri
Leader: Ian Resnick (917) 626-9562


South Shore Audubon Society
Sunday, November 11, 2018
Massapequa Preserve
From Sunrise Highway, turn north onto Broadway, Massapequa. Travel under the Long Island Rail Road overpass, then make the first right onto Veterans Boulevard (headed east). Go past the Massapequa train station and into the parking lot at the east end of the station. The preserve is directly east of the parking lot.
Directions via Google Maps

Bird walks led by a member of SSAS are conducted nearly every Sunday morning from late August through early June. Walks are open to the public and are free of charge. We especially encourage youngsters to attend.

All walks start at 9:00 A.M.
There is no walk if it rains or snows or temperature is below 25°F.
For more information or in case of questionable weather conditions, please phone Joe at 516 467-9498.


Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, November 10, 2018
Nature Walks: Birds and the Winter Garden at Wave Hill House (in Wave Hill), Bronx
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Naturalist Gabriel Willow and Wave Hill Senior Horticultural Interpreter Charles Day lead a fall walk to see birds and bird habitats that provide food and shelter in the garden.

Birding: Winter Birding at 68th Street and Colonial Road (in Owl's Head Park), Brooklyn
1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle.

Nature Walks: Birds and the Winter Garden at Wave Hill House (in Wave Hill), Bronx
2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Naturalist Gabriel Willow and Wave Hill Senior Horticultural Interpreter Charles Day lead a fall walk to see birds and bird habitats that provide food and shelter in the garden

Sunday, November 11, 2018
Fall Birding at Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill), Bronx
9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Naturalist Gabriel Willow contributes his extensive knowledge of bird species and their behaviors on these captivating walks.

          The adhesive film market is projected to register a CAGR of 5.7%, in terms of value, between 2018 and 2023      Cache   Translate Page      

NEW YORK, Nov. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The adhesive film market is projected to register a CAGR of 5.7%, in terms of value, between 2018 and 2023. Read the full report: The adhesive film market size is projected to grow from USD 57.2 billion in 2018...

          The exhaust system market is estimated to be USD 84.8 billion in 2018 and is projected to reach USD 128.2 billion by 2025, at a CAGR of 6.08%      Cache   Translate Page      

NEW YORK, Nov. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The increasing vehicle production and stringency in emission norms will drive the exhaust system market. Read the full report: The exhaust system market is estimated to be USD 84.8 billion in 2018 and is...

          The collaborative robot market is estimated to grow from USD 710 million in 2018 to USD 12,303 million by 2025, at a CAGR of 50.31% from 2018 to 2025      Cache   Translate Page      

NEW YORK, Nov. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Collaborative robot market projected to grow at a CAGR of 50.31% from 2018 to 2025 Read the full report: The collaborative robot market is estimated to grow from USD 710 million in 2018 to USD 12,303 million by...

          MarketsandMarkets estimates the global education and learning analytics market to grow from USD 2.6 billion in 2018 to USD 7.1 billion by 2023, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 22.6%      Cache   Translate Page      

NEW YORK, Nov. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Rising need for data-driven decisions to improve quality of education is driving the growth of the market Read the full report: MarketsandMarkets estimates the global education and learning analytics market to...

          Learning Management Systems: Global Markets      Cache   Translate Page      

NEW YORK, Nov. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Report Scope: This research study includes market information on LMS and its key segments, including end users, deployment models, industries and regions. Read the full report: Applications of LMS solutions for...

          The control valve market is expected to grow from USD 7.48 billion in 2018 to USD 10.62 billion by 2024, at a CAGR of 6.02% from 2018 to 2024      Cache   Translate Page      

NEW YORK, Nov. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Control valve market to grow at significant rate from 2018 to 2024 The control valve market is expected to grow from USD 7.48 billion in 2018 to USD 10.62 billion by 2024, at a CAGR of 6.02% from 2018 to 2024. Key factors driving the growth of the...

          Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH): Dynamic Market Forecast to 2026      Cache   Translate Page      

NEW YORK, Nov. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH): Dynamic Market Forecast to 2026 Summary Read the full report: Therapeutic options for Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH are currently very limited, with Vitamin E being...

          Growth Opportunities in the Global Medical Imaging Artificial Intelligence Market, Forecast to 2022      Cache   Translate Page      

NEW YORK, Nov. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Emerging Use Cases, Revenue, and Industry Savings Potential Artificial Intelligence (AI) for medical imaging is a reality now.While image analysis applications are the most advanced, adopted, and well-known, there are several other use cases which...

          Growth Opportunities in the Global Cell Therapy Market, Forecast to 2025      Cache   Translate Page      

NEW YORK, Nov. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- A Robust Product Pipeline Creating Opportunities for Ground-breaking Combination Therapies to Revolutionize the Global Cell Therapy Market Read the full report: The global pharmaceuticals industry is...

          Growth Opportunities in the Global Mainline Electric Multiple Units (MEMUs) Market, Forecast to 2024      Cache   Translate Page      

NEW YORK, Nov. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- New EMU Deliveries to Create a Market of $7.59 Billion by 2024 With a strong resurgence in traffic volumes and shifting customer demands, rail is becoming the favoured choice as cities across the globe seek the most economical and fuel-efficient...

          The coated fabrics market is projected to grow from USD 23.93 billion in 2018 to USD 29.14 billion by 2023, at a CAGR of 4.0%      Cache   Translate Page      

NEW YORK, Nov. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- In terms of value, the coated fabrics market is projected to register a CAGR of 4.0% between 2018 and 2023 Read the full report: The coated fabrics market is projected to grow from USD 23.93 billion in 2018 to...

          Exposed: The phony war on salt      Cache   Translate Page      

The New York State Supreme Court recently joined forces with the FDA to declare war on salt. Yet, new research confirms what I’ve been telling patients for years… eating too little salt can cause insulin resistance, weight gain, diabetes, fatigue and more. It can even cause high blood pressure, which is precisely what a low-salt diet is supposed […]

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          ¿Por qué el odio se ha tomado las redes sociales, según The New York Times?      Cache   Translate Page      
Adictivas, colaborativas, pero también espacio para el anonimato y discursos de odio. Patricio Chacur te cuenta el diagnóstico que hace el diario The New York Times sobre las redes sociales.
          GO VISTA City Guide Reiseführer New York      Cache   Translate Page      
(Buch) Über das Reiseziel New York New York lebt von seinen Widersprüchen, vom Neben- und Miteinander aller Weltkulturen und Hautfarben. Acht Millionen Einwohner hat die Stadt am Hudson und ist damit die bevölkerungsreichste Stadt der USA. Vista Point Verlag, 96 Seiten, 4,99 EUR
          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.

To purchase individual tickets:

Tuesday November 6

American Express Cardmembers can purchase Front Of The Line Presale tickets between Tuesday, November 6 at 12PM and Wednesday, November 7 at 10PM.

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.

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          Lucas Hedges creates stir with dramatic roles in ‘Boy Erased,’ ‘Ben is Back’      Cache   Translate Page      

NEW YORK — For Lucas Hedges, “Boy, Erased” is one test he’s passed with flying colors.

“Boy” is an intense drama about Christian “gay conversion therapy,” with Jared (played by Hedges), a Baptist preacher’s son, sent to a camp meant to repress homosexual urges.

For Hedges, 21, “Boy” positively answers the question: Can he — after supporting roles in “Manchester by the Sea,” “Lady Bird” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” — carry a movie?

“Boy,” Hedges said during a one-on-one interview at Essex House, “did feel like, ‘Maybe this is the next step.’ ”

It was more than just his first starring role: “I needed something that I feel I can do a good job with and that means something to me.”

The meaning came with Garrard Conley’s 2016 “Boy, Erased” memoir (“I fell in love with the book and connected with the character’s thoughts”) and with director Joel Edgerton, who adapted the book and plays the gay conversion therapist.

“Joel’s brilliant. So I felt like I had the support I needed with the director.”

In December, Hedges stars with Julia Roberts in “Ben Is Back,” written and directed by his father, no less, Peter Hedges.

“My dad lives for his kids, me and my brother (who’s in finance and has no interest in acting). He’s one of those dads who thinks his kids are the greatest thing since sliced bread.

“So it didn’t surprise me when he said he wanted me.” The big surprise came once he read the script. “I was, ‘Wow, this is really good!’ ”

When Ben, an addict with a tortured family history, shows up unexpectedly from rehab on Christmas Eve, he’s met by his ferocious, determined mother, played by Roberts.

“Ben is a different personality type for sure than Jared,” Hedges said. “Ben’s seemingly more assured but has the same kind of demons inside.

“He’s an addict but the addiction is a means of dealing with all the internal discomfort that he doesn’t know how to reckon with.”

Being directed by Dad?

“It was hard. But I worked to create a feeling of ‘This is my director, not my dad’ — that was really effective.

“At the end of the day we made something we’re really proud of. I was aware I didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity of making a film with my dad.

“I didn’t think I’d get another chance.”



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NOVEMBER 5, 2018: Theodore Pellerin stars as Xavier and Lucas Hedges stars as Jared in Joel Edgerton's BOY ERASED, a Focus Features release.


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          Episode 176 – The 1968 Superbowl Season with Center John Schmitt (Pt 3)      Cache   Translate Page      
Scott Mason interviews former New York Jet starting Center John Schmitt on the 1968 Championship season (part 3).
          Oakland Raiders 2018/19 Week 08      Cache   Translate Page      

An dieser Stelle berichte ich über die Spiele meines favorisierten Football-Team, den OAKLAND RAIDERS  sowie alle restlichen Ergebnisse der NFL...

Oakland Raiders - Indianapolis Colts 28:42

Eigentlich sollte eine freie Woche einem Team helfen, um verletzungsfreier und optimierter in die nächsten Spiele zu gehen; bei den Oakland Raiders kamen jedoch nur Hiobsbotschaften: Running Back Marshawn Lynch landete auf der Verletztenliste und Wide Receiver Amari Cooper wurde zu den Dallas Cowboys abgegeben. Man kann sagen, dass damit weitere Waffen des Angriffs genommen wurden. So brauchten die Raiders auch das gesamte erste Quarter, ehe sie auf Trab kamen. Bis dahin hatten allerdings die Gäste schon zehn Punkte geholt. Ohne große Gegenwehr marschierte Quarterback Andrew Luck mit seinem Angriff über das Feld und fand abschließend Tight End Mo Alie-Cox über 26 Yard zum Touchdown. Anschließend  legten sie noch ein Field Goal von Kicker Adam Vinatieri aus derselben Entfernung nach. Ein toller Pass von Quarterback Derek Carr über 31 Yard auf Wide Receiver Seth Roberts brachte im zweiten Quarter die ersten Punkte für Oakland. Nun schien der Spielmacher beflügelt und fand im nächsten Drive Tight End Jared Cook über 25 Yard zur 14:10 Führung. Knapp vor der Pause wurde es dann Liga-Historisch: Vinatieri traf ein Field Goal aus 25 Yard und war nun mit 2.547 der Rekordhalter für erzielte Punkte. Im dritten Quarter konnten die Raiders den Aufwind nutzten und marschierten über das Feld. Carr selber überbrückte mit einem Sprung den letzten Yard zu seinem ersten Touchdown und dem 21:13. Nun zeigten die Colts aber die Schwächen der Raiders auf - sie ließen immer wieder 'Big Plays' zu und so fand Luck schließlich Tight End Eric Ebron über 20 Yard und einem Zwei-Punkte-Erhöhung zum Ausgleich. Aber auch Carr kam schnell über das Spielfeld und fand den erst in de Woche engagierten Wide Receiver Brandon LaFell über sechs Yard zum 28:21. Das vierte Quarter sollte aber dann die Entscheidung bringen. Erstmal glichen die Colts aus, als Running Back Marlon Mack die letzten drei Yard überbrückte. Dann hielt die Abwehr die Gäste und Luck jagte seine Mannen erneut zum Touchdown, als er schließlich Tight End Jack Doyle über 10 Yard bediente. Oakland wollte nun den Ausgleich zurück holen, doch bei einem Versuch zu mehr Raumgewinn verlor Running Back Doug Martin den Ball, den Indianapolis in aussichtsreicher Position eroberte. Ruckzuck hatte Mack mit nur noch einem zu überbrückenden Yard die Führung aus 42:28 ausgebaut. Oakland kam zu keinen weiteren Punkten mehr und muss einsehen, dass die Saison mit nun 1-6 gelaufen zu sein scheint. Die Lichtpunkte sind nämlich viel zu wenig!

Tight End Jared Cook punktete für die Raiders...
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Die weiteren Ergebnisse der NFL:
Houston Texans - Miami Dolphins 42:23
Jacksonville Jaguars - Philadelphia Eagles 18:24
Carolina Panthers - Baltimore Ravens 36:21
Chicago Bears - New York Jets 24:10
Cincinnati Bengals - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 37:34
Detroit Lions - Seattle Seahawks 14:28
Kansas City Chiefs - Denver Broncos 30:23
New York Giants - Washington Redskins 13:20
Pittsburgh Steelers - Cleveland Browns 33:18
Arizona Cardinals - San Francisco 49ers 18:15
Los Angeles Rams - Green Bay Packers 29:27
Minnesota Vikings - New Orleans Saints 20:30
Buffalo Bills - New England Patriots  6:25
Atlanta Falcons
Dallas Cowboys
Los Angeles Chargers
Tennessee Titans

      Team                             Siege Niederl. Unents.
1. New England Patriots  6   2   0
2. Miami Dolphins        4   4   0
3. New York Jets         3   5   0
4. Buffalo Bills         2   6   0  

      Team                             Siege Niederl. Unents.
1. Cincinnati Bengals    5   2   0
2. Baltimore Ravens      4   4   0
3. Pittsburgh Steelers   5   2   1
4. Cleveland Browns      2   5   1

      Team                             Siege Niederl. Unents.
1. Houston Texans        5   3   0
2. Tennessee Titans      3   4   0
3. Jacksonville Jaguars  3   5   0
4. Indianapolis Colts    3   5   0

      Team                             Siege Niederl. Unents.
1. Kansas City Chiefs    6   1   0
2. Los Angeles Chargers  5   2   0
3. Denver Broncos        3   5   0
4. Oakland Raiders       1   6   0

      Team                             Siege Niederl. Unents.
1. Washington Redskins   5   2   0
2. Philadelphia Eagles   4   3   0
3. Dallas Cowboys        3   4   0
4. New York Giants       1   7   0
      Team                             Siege Niederl. Unents.
1. Minnesota Vikings     4   3   1
2. Chicago Bears         4   3   0
3. Green Bay Packers     3   3   1
4. Detroit Lions         3   4   0

      Team                             Siege Niederl. Unents.
1. New Orleans Saints    6   1   0
2. Carolina Panthers     5   2   0
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers  3   4   0
4. Atlanta Falcons       3   4   0

      Team                             Siege Niederl. Unents.
1. Los Angeles Rams      8   0   0
2. Seattle Seahawks      4   4   0
3. Arizona Cardinals     2   6   0
4. San Francisco 49ers   1   7   0

          10 Mid-Term Election Day Reads      Cache   Translate Page      

My election-day morning train reads: • Did Scott Walker and Donald Trump Deal Away the Wisconsin Governor’s Race to Foxconn? (New Yorker) see also Governors & Mayors, America’s Biggest Suckers! (The Big Picture) • Women donated 36% of the money in the midterms this year. That’s a huge deal. (Vice) see also Working-class people are underrepresented in politics. The problem…

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          I never want the hot dog sandwich debate to end      Cache   Translate Page      

This is An Ode to..., a weekly column where we share the stuff we're really into in hopes that you'll be really into it, too.

The internet is rife with touchy viral debates, from the serious to the profoundly stupid. But the one with perhaps the most staying power is one meaty question: Is a hot dog a sandwich?

People have been talking about this shit for years online (at least since 2011), but it just keeps striking a nerve. Nearly every major news outlet and food publication, from the New York Times Magazine to GQ to First We Feast, have published extensive stories on the subject. Food website The Takeout has an entire column dedicated to asking celebrities if a hot dog is a sandwich. Read more...

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          Un film documentar despre Aretha Franklin va fi lansat la New York, după 46 de ani de la turnarea sa      Cache   Translate Page      
Documentarul „Amazing Grace“, înregistrat în timpul unui concert gospel al legendarei cântăreţe americane Aretha Franklin, va fi lansat săptămâna viitoare la New York, după 46 de ani de la turnarea sa, relatează mass-media americane citate marţi de EFE. Premiera, care pune capăt unei lungi dispute judiciare şi la numeroase probleme tehnice, va avea loc luni […]
          Wattcon 2018 Huge Success in NYC: Day Two Recap      Cache   Translate Page      

October 27 and 28 saw Times Square in New York City turned orange as Wattpaders from far and wide converged on the city to celebrate all things story. Taking over the Marriott Marquis, attendees were treated to two full days of panels, meet and greets, swag and more, all in the theme of embracing the […]

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          16 November, New York: Picture This! Life & Art in Palestine with Mohammed Sabaaneh      Cache   Translate Page      

Friday, 16 November 7:00 pm Revolution Books New York 437 Malcolm X Boulevard/Lenox Ave at 132nd St New York, NY Facebook: An Evening with Mohammad Sabaaneh, Palestinian Cartoonist and Graphic Artist. He is flying in from Palestine in Ramallah, Palestine, where he is the lead political cartoonist for the daily paper, Al-Hayat al-Jadida. The event at RB is part of a special 2 week US tour. In 2013, Sabaaneh was detained by the Israelis for five months, spending much of it in solitary confinement. The situation inspired the creation of his first book of cartoons, “White And Black: Political Cartoons from Palestine,” published by Just World Books in 2017. The book won rave reviews from leading political cartoonists around the world including KAL of The Economist, Matt Wuerker of Politico, and Joe Sacco. Noted NYC artist Seth Tobocman has written the Foreward. Mohammad is the Middle East representative of the Cartoonists Rights Network International. He has had solo and group exhibitions of his work in countries around the world. Last fall, he won the Medaille d’Or at the Marseille Cartooning Festival. He has been hailed by the UN’s Committee on Palestinian Rights as one of Palestine’s two best-ever cartoonists– along with the late Naji al-Ali, and was featured in the exhibition and gala they staged at UN headquarters in New York. Proceeds from the event and donations will help defray costs of Mohammad Sabaaneh’s tour expenses. Follow @Sabaaneh on Twitter or Instagram.

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          14 November, NYC: Mohammed Sabaaneh and Eli Valley      Cache   Translate Page      

Wednesday, 14 November 7:00 pm The New School Klein Conference Room 66 W. 12th St, Room A510 New York, NY Facebook: A special meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 at 7pm at The New School, Klein Conference Room, 66 West 12th Street, room A510. Free and open to the public. Please note: This is a Wednesday night event! Drawing on Authoritarianism: Mohammad Sabaaneh in conversation with Eli Valley Palestinian cartoonist Mohammad Sabaaneh and New York cartoonist Eli Valley will have a conversation about their work — its inspiration, its purpose, and its impact on diverse audiences. They’ll discuss their approaches to making comics about the Israeli-American-Palestinian situation, the role of comics in the current political climate, and their future plans. Mohammad Sabaaneh is a Palestinian cartoonist and graphic artist who lives in Ramallah, Palestine, where he is the lead political cartoonist for the daily paper, Al-Hayat al-Jadida. In 2013, he was detained by the Israelis for five months, spending much of it in solitary confinement, a situation that inspired the creation of his first book of cartoons, White And Black: Political Cartoons from Palestine, published by Just World Books in 2017. The book won rave reviews from leading political cartoonists around the world including KAL of The Economist, Matt Wuerker of Politico, and Joe Sacco. Mohammad is the Middle East representative of the Cartoonists Rights Network International. He has had solo and group exhibitions of his work in numerous countries around the world and has conducted cartooning workshops in many parts of Palestine. Last fall, he won the Medaille d’Or at the Marseille Cartooning Festival. Shortly after that, he was hailed by the UN’s Committee on Palestinian Rights as one of Palestine’s two best-ever cartoonists — along with the late Naji al-Ali, and was featured in the exhibition and gala they staged at UN headquarters in New York. This year, he has already made appearances in Edinburgh and London. In late September, his “History of Palestine” frieze was lauded as breakthrough art in the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights’s first-ever artists’ competition. To keep up with Mohammad’s work, you can follow “@Sabaaneh” on Twitter or Instagram. Eli Valley is a writer and artist whose work has been featured in The Nation, The New Republic, The Village Voice, The Nib, The Daily Beast, Gawker, The Best American Comics, and elsewhere. The 2011 – 2013 Artist in Residence at The Forward newspaper, his art has been labeled “ferociously repugnant” by Commentary and “hilarious” by The Comics Journal. His book, DIASPORA BOY: COMICS ON CRISIS IN AMERICA AND ISRAEL (OR Books, 2017), was heralded as “one of the most fascinating and darkly humorous books in living memory” by The Los Angeles Review of Books, and his art is featured in The Chapo Guide to Revolution: A Manifesto Against Logic, Facts, and Reason (Touchtone, 2018). His website is

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          Deja vu? Was the New Yorker just inspired by an old soviet cartoon on US elections?      Cache   Translate Page      
A new cartoon published by the New Yorker depicting voter suppression in the US has drawn comparisons with an old Soviet propaganda poster about electoral fraud and disenfranchisement in 1950s America. The New Yorker cartoon published on Monday showing a whole series of obstacles in the way of American voters; a barbed wire fence, rings of fire, a crocodile - and finally, President Donald Trump arranging traffic cones in front of a ballot box at the end of the obstacle course.
          New York pizza museum offers food fans a slice of culture      Cache   Translate Page      
The group that came up with the Museum of Pizza idea said it had asked artists to supply their own interpretation of the food favourite.
          US small businesses on the brink and citizens opting out of the ailing empire      Cache   Translate Page      
An unknown but likely staggeringly large percentage of small business owners in the U.S. are an inch away from calling it quits and closing shop. Timothy Leary famously coined the definitive 60s counterculture phrase, "Turn on, tune in, drop out" in 1966. (According to Wikipedia, In a 1988 interview with Neil Strauss, Leary said the slogan was "given to him" by Marshall McLuhan during a lunch in New York City.) An updated version of the slogan might be: Turn Off, Tune Out, Drop Out: turn off mobile phones, screens, etc.; tune out Corporate Media, social media, propaganda, official and unofficial, and drop out of the status quo economy and society. Dropping out of a broken, dysfunctional status quo in terminal decline has a long history. The chapter titles of Michael Grant's excellent account of The Fall of the Roman Empire identify the core dynamics of decline:
          Pipe bombs suspect appears at Election Day court hearing      Cache   Translate Page      
Sayoc faces nearly 50 years in prison if convicted on five federal charges that were filed in New York.
          In wake of Chicago site, New York delivers an artsy Museum of Pizza      Cache   Translate Page      
The one-floor "MoPi" museum space houses a wide variety of art — from giant photographs to sculptures to large installations that engulf visitors.
          Five OKC Schools Selected For Disney Musicals In Schools Program      Cache   Translate Page      

Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma is pleased to announce the five new schools that have been selected to participate in the 2018-19 Disney Musicals in Schools program. The program is an initiative developed by Disney Theatrical Productions to create sustainable theater programs in under-resourced elementary schools. The five schools are a part of Oklahoma City Public Schools. The five schools include: Adelaide Lee, Hawthorne, John Rex, Pierce, and Willow Brook elementaries.

The selected schools will begin a 17-week musical theater residency in the spring. Each school will receive performance rights, education support materials and guidance from two teaching artists. The program features a professional development focus, through which participating school teachers partner with Lyric Theatre teaching artists to learn how to produce, direct, choreograph and music direct, culminating in their first 30-minute Disney KIDS musical at their school. As a capstone to the experience, Lyric will host a Student Share Celebration in which each school performs one number from their show on the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall stage for an audience of students, teachers, family, and community members. This mark's Lyric's inaugural year with the program.

Using the unique world of musical theater, Disney Musicals in Schools helps to foster positive relationships between students, faculty, staff, parents, and the community. Students and teachers work in teams, developing the wide spectrum of skills needed when producing a piece of musical theater, including: critical thinking, problem solving, ensemble building, communication, self-confidence, and interpersonal skills.

Disney Musicals in Schools was launched in 2010 in response to Disney Theatrical Production's concern that under-resourced public elementary schools were not afforded equitable access to the arts. After successfully offering the program in New York City schools, Disney Theatrical Productions began partnering with organizations in other communities across the United States.

Disney KIDS musicals, created in partnership with Music Theater International (MTI), are 30-minute musicals designed for elementary school performers and have been adapted from the classic Disney films 101 Dalmatians, Aladdin, The Aristocats, Cinderella, The Jungle Book, The Lion King, and Winnie the Pooh.

About Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma

Founded in 1963, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma is the state's leading professional theatre company. Lyric produces classic and contemporary musicals, new works, and plays featuring artists from Oklahoma and around the nation. Shows are presented at two Oklahoma City venues - the intimate Plaza Theatre and in the summer at the grand Civic Center Music Hall. Lyric's Thelma Gaylord Academy is the premier professional theatre training ground, offering classes in all aspects of the performing arts. Lyric is a nonprofit member theatre of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre and Allied Arts. For more information, visit

Disney Theatrical Productions (DTP) operates under the direction of Thomas Schumacher and is among the world's most successful commercial theatre enterprises, bringing live entertainment events to a global annual audience of more than 20 million people in more than 50 countries. Under the Disney Theatrical Productions banner, the group produces and licenses Broadway productions around the world, including Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Elton John & Tim Rice's Aida, TARZAN, Mary Poppins, a co-production with Cameron Mackintosh, The Little Mermaid, Peter and the Starcatcher, Newsies, Aladdin, and Frozen. Other successful stage musical ventures have included the Olivier-nominated London hit Shakespeare in Love, stage productions of Disney's High School Musical, Der Glöckner Von Notre Dame in Berlin, and King David in concert. DTP has collaborated with the country's leading regional theatres to develop new stage titles including The Jungle Book, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Freaky Friday.

Disney Theatrical Productions also delivers live shows globally through its license to Feld Entertainment, producer of Disney on Ice and Marvel Universe Live!, bringing beloved Disney stories and characters annually to over 12 million guests in nearly 50 countries worldwide. In addition, DTP licenses musical titles for local, school and community theatre productions through Music Theatre International, including The Lion King Experience, a unique holistic arts education program wherein accredited elementary and middle schools produce condensed, age-appropriate JR. and KIDS adaptations of The Lion King.

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MTI works directly with the composers, lyricists, and book writers of these musicals to provide official scripts, musical materials, and dynamic theatrical resources to over 70,000 professional, community and school theatres in the US and in over 60 countries worldwide.

MTI is particularly dedicated to educational theatre, and has created special collections to meet the needs of various types of performers and audiences. MTI's Broadway Junior shows are 30- and 60-minute musicals for performance by elementary and middle school-aged performers, while MTI's School Editions are musicals annotated for performance by high school students.

          SKILLS TO KILL - a New Spy Thriller from BRIAN DRAKE      Cache   Translate Page      

Ex-CIA agent Steve Dane and his lady love, ex-FSB (formerly KGB) agent Nina Talikova, enjoy each other’s company immensely, but aren’t really happy unless bullets are flying and things are blowing up around them.

That’s where author Brian Drake comes in—sending them hither and yon around the globe, and keeping them up to their necks in action.

Brian’s new book, Skills to Kill, the first published by Liberty Island, is actually four adventures for the price of one. It’s a four-part novel, tied together as a mission to catch a mysterious new arms dealer known only as “The Duchess.”

In each leg of their mission, Dane and Nina are aided by—or go up against—old friends from their many years in the spy biz.

The trail starts in Italy. What begins as a job to rescue the kidnapped daughter of a Mafia boss evolves into a race to recover a stolen SADM (otherwise known as a suitcase nuke). Then it’s off to Paris, where the main fly in the ointment is Dane’s former protégé, IRA alumnus Sean McFadden, who does his level best to kill them. After a side-trip to Greece, it’s off to Mexico, where a particularly vicious cartel—employing more weapons purchased from the Duchess—are terrorizing a big chunk of the country. The trail leads next to New York, where Dane and Nina run a scam on Nina’s Russian FSB mentor and foil a plot to embarrass Dane's old pal the President, then bop over to Helsinki for the final battle with McFadden and the Duchess. Busy bees, these. 

In between all the firefights, car chases and explosions, there’s plenty of entertaining sexual (and non-sexual) banter between Dane and Nina, a good deal of local color from each exotic locale, and a lot of attention to various sorts of exotic weapons. Adding to the festivities are song lyrics in the dialogue, thinly veiled references to that other super secret agent (you know, the British guy), and a nod to Raymond Chandler.  

But despite all the focus on action, Skills to Kill’s strongest point is the relationship between Dane and Nina. They are genuinely likeable characters, and when they’re having fun (which is most of the time) you will too. 

It's available HERE.

          Yes, There's Still Something You Can Do Today Besides Voting      Cache   Translate Page      

We all want Trump and his servile, enabling Republicans to lose control of Congress. But many of us feel the Democrats are nothing more than the lesser evil, with a leadership that pursues opportunism and careerism rather than the party's values and principles. How do we change that? One way is to elect as many members of Congress we can who are not beholden to the corrupt party leadership. For example, these are progressive candidates who won their primaries and who the DCCC and Nancy Pelosi have refused to support:
Randy Bryce (WI-01)
Ammar Campa-Najjar (CA-50)
Audrey Denney (CA-01)
Kara Eastman (NE-02)
Kendra Fershee (WV-01)
Jess King (PA-11)
Nate MuMurray (NY-27)
J.D. Scholten (IA-04)
Mike Siegel (TX-10)
Dayna Steele (TX-36)
James Thompson (KS-04)
Instead, the DCCC and Pelosi are spending tens of millions of dollars on New Dems and Blue Dogs from the Republican wing of the Democratic Party, consciously shifting the congressional caucus in a sharply rightward.corporate direction-- in the opposite direction the Democratic base wishes it to move.

Today we have to deal with an existential problem-- Trump and his GOP enablers. But we should concentrate on making sure the progressives running for Congress today have every chance possible to win. Think back to when you were in school or the military or at summer camp. Did you have any pals back then who like in Omaha? Can you call them and ask them to vote for Kara Eastman? Sunday Kara told her supporters that her race "is one of the most closely watched in the entire country. Everyone’s eyes are on this district, waiting to see what happens on election day. If we can win here, it’s proof that our common-sense progressive platform can work around the rest of the country as well. We have grown this small grassroots movement into something bigger than all of us. We are ready to make history and create meaningful change in our country. Your vote matters. This race will be incredibly close, and we need you to show up and be counted on election day. Make sure you have a plan to get to the polls on Tuesday, November 6th and make your voice heard. Your vote would be the best birthday gift I could get this year." And her win would be a gift for every progressive in America. Think again... maybe you have a cousin in Omaha? No? Perhaps an old chum you haven't talk to in years who lives in Gretna or La Vista or Papillion? Today, only phone calls can help, not checks; too late for that.

How about someone who lives in Racine or Kenosha or Janesville, Wisconsin? Those are the 3 biggest towns in Randy Bryce's district. A persuasive GOTV call to someone you know, is worth more than any financial contribution right now. Maybe someone who moved to Elkhorn or Burlington? Lake Geneva? Muskego? Or maybe the suburbs south of Milwaukee-- Oak Creek, Franklin, Greendale, Caldonia? This is going to be a close race. Every vote counts.

In western New York, there's a big space with lots of suburbs and small towns between Buffalo and Rochester. Anyone you know up there who you could talk to about Nate McMurray. Most people who hear that Chris Collins is an extreme Trumpist and that he was arrested for corruption charges and is out on bail, are very open to hearing reasons to vote for Nate McMurray.

Same in Escondido, Ramona, Lakeside, Santee and the other suburbs east and north of San Diego. And Temecula... and the eastern parts of El Cajon-- that's all Ammar Campa-Najjar's district, where the incumbent, Druncan Hunter, is also an extreme Trumpist out on bail after being arrested by the FBI.

And on the exact opposite end of California, up in the northeast... maybe you know someone with a phone who moved to Grass Valley? Oroville, Redding, Chico, Paradise, Yreka, Red Bluff? Someone living on a houseboat in Lake Shasta or Goose Lake? That's all part of CA-01, where Berniecrat Audrey Denney is making tremendous headway against Doug LaMalfa and can use every vote she can get.

Don't tell me you don't know anyone in Austin. Everyone does... just think. Mike Siegel's district includes lots of Austin neighborhoods-- The Triangle, Rosedale, Ridge Top, Coronado Hills, St Johns, Broadacres, Brentwood, Oakmont Heights, Balcones Park, Abercrombe, Skyview, Crestview, Allandale, Wooten, North Shoal Creek, Mesa Forest, Quail Hollow, Gracywoods, North Oaks, up into Pflugerville and then out towards Houston in towns like Bastrop, La Grange, Brenham, Sealy, Weimar, as well as towns like Tombatt, Cypress, Prairie View and Fairfield on the outskirts of Houston. Mike's race to replace the Trumpist incumbent-- who helped formulate the babies in cages policy-- is going to depend on getting people to come out to vote today in those Austin neighborhoods, Houston suburbs and everything in between. Know anyone there you could call?

And on the other side of Houston... maybe you know someone from a past life who went to work for NASA? Dayna Steele's race is going to be decided tonight by voters in Seabook, Deer Park, Channelview, Sheldon and Crosby on the outskirts of Houston-- as well as by folks living in La Porte, Baytown, Beach City and up in Lumberton, Liberty, Livingston, Jasper, Bon Wier (right on the Louisiana border), Kirbyville, and in the Beaumont suburbs like Vidor and Rose City.

Maybe you know people in Lancaster, Pennsylvania or up in Ephrata or Elizabethtown or down in Hanover in York County. Call them and persuade them to vote for Jess King.

Is it possible you know someone teaching at Iowa State in Ames? Steve King's district isn't 100% farmland. Anyone in your phonebook from Sioux City? Mason City? Forest City? Rockwell City? How about Fort Dodge or Pocahontas? For J.D. to win today, he's going to need votes from all those places. Think! Anyone? A sister's old boyfriend? The coach of your high school basketball team?

Maybe coach moved to Kansas, not Iowa. James Thomson's district is mostly Wichita and Sedgewick County but he's going to need whatever votes he can pick up in Eureka, Howard nd Sedan in the east, Kinsley, Greensburg, Goldwater in the west and towns like Kingman, Medicine Lodge and Winfield in between.

That leaves us with the toughest district we're trying to flip this cycle, WV-01 (PVI R+19), where Kendra Fershee is running a progressive campaign in a district where Bernie did incredibly well. It includes Wheeling, Parkersburg and Morgantown (West Virginia University's Evansdale campus). Maybe an old babysitter? I used to volunteer at a People for the American Way office and I met a young woman there who helped me figure out what I was doing. She lives in that district now. In fact... she's the candidate!

A friend of mine, Richard Foos, worked with his wife and Ted Lieu and another friend of ours, Jody Uttal, and me, to put on a fundraising event for Ammar Campa-Najjar and Randy Bryce. We raised them each some money but that didn't feel proactive enough for Richard. He wanted to do something way more visceral. So... he called a dozen friends, printed up some voter guides and called up Katie Hill's campaign manager and offered to stand outside a dozen polling places and hand out the guides. He's done it before-- and it works, especially well for down-ballot candidates and propositions on the ballot. I asked him to explain what it's like doing this kind of volunteer work. He told me he believes "that the most effective thing we can do today is to work at a polling place with a three fold plus purpose.
1) hand out voter guides for the congressional Dems (not as important for the congressional race, but very important for down ballot candidates, non-partisan candidates and propositions.
2) Catch any voter irregularities by ensuring all Dems successfully voted on the way out of the polls.
3) Check the voter roles which are posted inside the polling place every couple hours and tell headquarters who has not voted yet so that they can get their GOTV team to remind the ones who didn't vote to do so.
I am going to be doing it for Katie Hill’s campaign and if interested email Otherwise call your local Dem office or congressional candidate’s campaign headquarters."

Voter Suppression by Nancy Ohanian

          Midnight Meme Of The Day!      Cache   Translate Page      

by Noah

I've lived in New York City for 39 years so I've gotten to see the Statue Of Liberty innumerable times. She's an elderly woman and frequently in need of repairs. She's a metaphor in that sense. But, the important thing is: She gets those repairs, imperfect though they may be. Most of us, in fact, gladly pay for those repairs. Sometimes, the repairs are only of the stop gap variety. Sometimes they are extensive and deep. Consider today, Election Day, a day for those repairs.

There are however many in our country who would prefer to preserve other statues; statues that stand for something quite the opposite of the Statue Of Liberty. They'll tell you it's their birthright. They'll tell you it's their heritage, even though (or especially) when that heritage that they so cherish includes hanging black people from trees. They make no bones about protecting that heritage, especially when protecting that heritage means depriving people of their constitutional right to vote if not their right to breathe. The Republican Party and their severely mentally ill leader have thrown their lot in with those who embrace that heritage. They even call them very fine people, even as they do their bidding and run over people in the streets, shoot up synagogues, shoot up and burn down African-American churches, and mail pipe bombs to democrats. The party that once ran against terrorism now runs with terrorism. Some of them deny that they do, while they smirk at us, and cross their fingers behind their backs.

The only legal power we have to rid ourselves of such people; the only legal power we have to rid ourselves of the Steve Kings, Duncan Hunters, Dave Brats, and Scott Walkers of our government is to vote them out. The same is true of those who don't even consider our government to be their government or our country to be their country: people like Devin Nunes and Dana Rhohrabacher. That's what election days are for. Vote with a vengeance. Which torch do you choose?

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A driver was busted on I-84 with 53.5 grams of heroin.

A man attempted to pose as a police officer before being busted with more than 50 grams of heroin during a traffic stop on I-84 in Dutchess County.

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          Trump and Scott Walker Championed an 'Absolute Fraud': The GOP's Foxconn Boondoggle Is Revealed as a Government-Funded Scam      Cache   Translate Page      
There's no end to the deception.

Wisconsin's Koch-funded Republican Gov. Scott Walker lavished the Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn with over four billion in taxpayer subsidies last year in a deal that he claimed would create 13,000 jobs in the state, but that agreement is increasingly looking like a massive con-job amid new reports on Tuesday that Foxconn is planning to bring in Chinese workers to fill spots that the governor insisted would be filled by Wisconsinites.

"If Foxconn has to import Chinese engineers to Wisconsin, that would be yet another insult to Wisconsin taxpayers," Greg LeRoy, executive director of Good Jobs First, told Common Dreams. "This is already The Great Disappearing Jobs Deal of recent U.S. history. It's also the biggest mega-subsidy deal ever given to a foreign-based company. How tone-deaf would it be if the best-paid jobs don't even go to Wisconsin taxpayers?"

According to the Wall Street Journal, Foxconn "is considering bringing in personnel from China to help staff a large facility under construction in southern Wisconsin as it struggles to find engineers and other workers in one of the tightest labor markets in the U.S."

President Donald Trump and outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) have both openly championed the Foxconn agreement as a boon for Wisconsin workers. Last year, Trump took credit for convincing Foxconn to build a factory in Wisconsin.

"The company, the Taiwanese supplier to Apple Inc., has been trying to tap Chinese engineers through internal transfers to supplement staffing for the Wisconsin plant," the Journal reported, citing anonymous sources familiar with the matter. "Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou is looking to company engineers in China to transfer."

While Foxconn issued a statement denying the Journal's reporting, critics of Walker—who is locked in an extremely close race with Democratic challenger Tony Evers—were quick to highlight the company's alleged plans as further evidence that the governor's "deal" with the Taiwanese multinational has been a massive fraud from the start:

With Walker ensnared in what CNN described this week as his "toughest race yet," the Foxconn deal is increasingly becoming a political liability that could cost him the governor's mansion in Tuesday's midterm elections.

As the New Yorker's Dan Kaufman noted in a detailed look at the Foxconn deal over the weekend, the agreement—which is rapidly declining in popularity among Wisconsin voters—includes "taxpayer subsidies to the company totaling more than $4.5 billion, the largest subsidy for a foreign corporation in American history."

"Since Wisconsin already exempts manufacturing companies from paying taxes, Foxconn, which generated a hundred and fifty-eight billion dollars in revenue last year, will receive much of this subsidy in direct cash payments from taxpayers," Kaufman observes. "Depending on how many jobs are actually created, taxpayers will be paying between two hundred and twenty thousand dollars and more than a million dollars per job."

In an op-ed for The Progressive last year, Wisconsin ironworker and Democratic House candidate Randy Bryce—AKA "The Iron Stache"—declared, "We deserve better than corporate boondoggles like Foxconn, and our government’s leadership needs to stand on the side of workers."

Echoing this sentiment in a tweet on Tuesday as voters headed to the polls, the advocacy group People for Bernie tweeted, "Don't let Scott Walker and his billionaire cronies steal an election."


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          A Catastrophic CIA Failure      Cache   Translate Page      
Michael Walsh wants us to understand that the Obama administration was in charge of the CIA and national security when intelligence operatives around the world were exposed, compromised and even murdered.

No one cares about the story because the story exposes the rank dereliction of the Obama administration and because it is too complicated for most people to understand.

Walsh points the finger of blame:

A rollup of networks across the world -- an event that began in Iran, where the Obama administration would soon enough be negotiating its much sought-after "nuclear deal framework" -- and ended with numerous deaths is the kind of thing of which intelligence nightmares and national-security disasters are made. One's first instinct is to look back and see who was CIA director during that period: Leon Panetta (Feb. 2009-June 2011); Michael Morell (acting director, July-Sept. 2011); David Petraeus (Sept. 2011-Nov. 2012); Morell again (acting, Nov. 2012-March 2013; and finally John Brennan, who served out the remainder of the Obama administration.

The story was reported by Yahoo! News. Note that everyone familiar with the events describe them as a catastrophic failure:

In 2013, hundreds of CIA officers — many working nonstop for weeks — scrambled to contain a disaster of global proportions: a compromise of the agency’s internet-based covert communications system used to interact with its informants in dark corners around the world. Teams of CIA experts worked feverishly to take down and reconfigure the websites secretly used for these communications; others managed operations to quickly spirit assets to safety and oversaw other forms of triage.

“When this was going on, it was all that mattered,” said one former intelligence community official. The situation was “catastrophic,” said another former senior intelligence official.

It was about the websites that CIA used to communicate with operatives around the world.

From around 2009 to 2013, the U.S. intelligence community experienced crippling intelligence failures related to the secret internet-based communications system, a key means for remote messaging between CIA officers and their sources on the ground worldwide. The previously unreported global problem originated in Iran and spiderwebbed to other countries, and was left unrepaired — despite warnings about what was happening — until more than two dozen sources died in China in 2011 and 2012 as a result, according to 11 former intelligence and national security officials.

CIA knew it and did nothing to repair the problem:

More than just a question of a single failure, the fiasco illustrates a breakdown that was never properly addressed. The government’s inability to address the communication system’s insecurities until after sources were rolled up in China was disastrous. “We’re still dealing with the fallout,” said one former national security official. “Dozens of people around the world were killed because of this.”

It all began in 2009:

One of the largest intelligence failures of the past decade started in Iran in 2009, when the Obama administration announced the discovery of a secret Iranian underground enrichment facility — part of Iran’s headlong drive for nuclear weapons. Angered about the breach, the Iranians went on a mole hunt, looking for foreign spies, said one former senior intelligence official.

The mole hunt wasn’t hard, in large part, because the communications system the CIA was using to communicate with agents was flawed. Former U.S. officials said the internet-based platform, which was first used in war zones in the Middle East, was not built to withstand the sophisticated counterintelligence efforts of a state actor like China or Iran. “It was never meant to be used long term for people to talk to sources,” said one former official. “The issue was that it was working well for too long, with too many people. But it was an elementary system.”

But a sense of confidence in the system kept it in operation far longer than was safe or advisable, said former officials. The CIA’s directorate of science and technology, which is responsible for the secure communications system, “says, ‘our s***’s impregnable,’ but it’s obviously not,” said one former official.

CIA officials knew about the problem and chose not to believe it, until Iran started arresting and executing CIA spies:

By 2010, however, it appears that Iran had begun to identify CIA agents. And by 2011,  Iranian authorities dismantled a CIA spy network in that country, said seven former U.S. intelligence officials. (Indeed, in May 2011, Iranian intelligence officials announced publicly that they had broken up a ring of 30 CIA spies; U.S. officials later confirmed the breach to ABC News, which also reported on a potential compromise to the communications system.)

Iran executed some of the CIA informants and imprisoned others in an intelligence setback that one of the former officials described as “incredibly damaging.” The CIA successfully exfiltrated some of its Iranian sources, said former officials.

At a time when the Obama administration was in full appeasement mode toward Iran, it had no good intelligence from inside the country:

The Iranian compromise led to significantly fewer CIA agents being killed than in China, according to former officials. Still, the events there hampered the CIA’s capacity to collect intelligence in Iran at a critical time, just as Tehran was forging ahead with its nuclear program.

It was an unmitigated catastrophe.

But the events in Iran were not self-contained; they coincided roughly with a similar debacle in China in 2011 and 2012, where authorities rounded up and executed around 30 agents working for the U.S. (the New York Times first reported the extirpation of the CIA’s China sources in May 2017).

U.S. officials believe that Chinese intelligence obtained physical access to the transitional, or temporary, secret communications system used by the CIA to correspond with new, unvetted sources — and broke through the firewall separating it from the main covert communications system, compromising the CIA’s entire asset network in that country, Foreign Policy reported earlier this year.

If you want to know why John Brennan is angry, look at his record.

           Has Bloomberg Begun the Battle for 2020?      Cache   Translate Page      
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Amazon plans to split second headquarters in two cities: sourcesDallas, Long Island City in New York and Arlington near Washington, D.C. are all among the finalists with which Amazon is holding advanced talks, one of the people said on condition of anonymity. Amazon declined to comment on the news, first reported by the Wall Street Journal. One of the major reasons for the decision was for Amazon, which has satellite operations around the world, to recruit top talent.

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          ARE YOU LISTENING? VOX BY CHRISTINA DALCHER      Cache   Translate Page      


On the day the government decrees that women are no longer allowed more than one hundred words per day, Dr. Jean McClellan is in denial. This can’t happen here. Not in America. Not to her. 

This is just the beginning…

Soon women are not permitted to hold jobs. Girls are not taught to read or write. Females no longer have a voice. Before, the average person spoke sixteen thousand words each day, but now women have only one hundred to make themselves heard. 

…not the end. 

For herself, her daughter, and every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice.

Christina Dalcher earned her doctorate in theoretical linguistics from Georgetown University. She specializes in the phonetics of sound change in Italian and British dialects and has taught at several universities.

Her short stories and flash fiction appear in more than one hundred journals worldwide. Recognition includes the Bath Flash Award short list, nominations for the Pushcart Prize, and multiple other awards. She lives in Norfolk, Virginia, with her husband. Photo: © B Dalcher

“Christina Dalcher’s debut novel, set in a recognizable near future and sure to beg comparisons to Margaret Atwood’s dystopian The Handmaid’s Tale, asks: if the number of words you could speak each day was suddenly and severely limited, what would you do to be heard? A novel ripe for the era of #MeToo, VOX (Berkley) presents an exaggerated scenario of women lacking a voice: in the United States, they are subject to a hundred-word limit per day (on average, a human utters about 16,000). Considering the threat of a society in which children like the protagonist’s six-year-old daughter are deprived of language, VOX highlights the urgency of movements like #MeToo, but also of the basic importance of language.”—Vanity Fair

“The females in Dalcher’s electrifying debut are permitted to speak just 100 words a day—and that’s especially difficult for the novel’s protagonist, Jean, a neurolinguist. A futurist thriller that feels uncomfortably plausible.”—O, Oprah Magazine

“In Christina Dalcher’s Vox, women are only allowed to speak 100 words a day. Sounds pretty sci-fi, but the real-life parallels will make you shiver.”—Cosmpolitan 

“Vox is a real page-turner that will appeal to people with big imaginations.”—Refinery29

“Fittingly, this book about women being silenced has got everybody talking and calling it The Handmaid’s Tale for 2018.”—Bustle 

“VOX is intelligent, suspenseful, provocative, and intensely disturbing—everything a great novel should be.”—Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Chilling and gripping—a real page-turner.”—Karen Cleveland, New York Times bestselling author of Need to Know


          Trump and Scott Walker Championed an 'Absolute Fraud': The GOP's Foxconn Boondoggle Is Revealed as a Government-Funded Scam      Cache   Translate Page      
There's no end to the deception.

Wisconsin's Koch-funded Republican Gov. Scott Walker lavished the Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn with over four billion in taxpayer subsidies last year in a deal that he claimed would create 13,000 jobs in the state, but that agreement is increasingly looking like a massive con-job amid new reports on Tuesday that Foxconn is planning to bring in Chinese workers to fill spots that the governor insisted would be filled by Wisconsinites.

"If Foxconn has to import Chinese engineers to Wisconsin, that would be yet another insult to Wisconsin taxpayers," Greg LeRoy, executive director of Good Jobs First, told Common Dreams. "This is already The Great Disappearing Jobs Deal of recent U.S. history. It's also the biggest mega-subsidy deal ever given to a foreign-based company. How tone-deaf would it be if the best-paid jobs don't even go to Wisconsin taxpayers?"

According to the Wall Street Journal, Foxconn "is considering bringing in personnel from China to help staff a large facility under construction in southern Wisconsin as it struggles to find engineers and other workers in one of the tightest labor markets in the U.S."

President Donald Trump and outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) have both openly championed the Foxconn agreement as a boon for Wisconsin workers. Last year, Trump took credit for convincing Foxconn to build a factory in Wisconsin.

"The company, the Taiwanese supplier to Apple Inc., has been trying to tap Chinese engineers through internal transfers to supplement staffing for the Wisconsin plant," the Journal reported, citing anonymous sources familiar with the matter. "Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou is looking to company engineers in China to transfer."

While Foxconn issued a statement denying the Journal's reporting, critics of Walker—who is locked in an extremely close race with Democratic challenger Tony Evers—were quick to highlight the company's alleged plans as further evidence that the governor's "deal" with the Taiwanese multinational has been a massive fraud from the start:

With Walker ensnared in what CNN described this week as his "toughest race yet," the Foxconn deal is increasingly becoming a political liability that could cost him the governor's mansion in Tuesday's midterm elections.

As the New Yorker's Dan Kaufman noted in a detailed look at the Foxconn deal over the weekend, the agreement—which is rapidly declining in popularity among Wisconsin voters—includes "taxpayer subsidies to the company totaling more than $4.5 billion, the largest subsidy for a foreign corporation in American history."

"Since Wisconsin already exempts manufacturing companies from paying taxes, Foxconn, which generated a hundred and fifty-eight billion dollars in revenue last year, will receive much of this subsidy in direct cash payments from taxpayers," Kaufman observes. "Depending on how many jobs are actually created, taxpayers will be paying between two hundred and twenty thousand dollars and more than a million dollars per job."

In an op-ed for The Progressive last year, Wisconsin ironworker and Democratic House candidate Randy Bryce—AKA "The Iron Stache"—declared, "We deserve better than corporate boondoggles like Foxconn, and our government’s leadership needs to stand on the side of workers."

Echoing this sentiment in a tweet on Tuesday as voters headed to the polls, the advocacy group People for Bernie tweeted, "Don't let Scott Walker and his billionaire cronies steal an election."


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          Trump Is Bracing for the Worst as White House Aides Warn the Election Results Could Be 'Brutal': Report      Cache   Translate Page      
The president has no public events scheduled.

After weeks on the campaign trail for Republicans around the country, President Donald Trump has hunkered away in the White House Tuesday as Americans head to the polls.

And according to a new report in the New York Times, the president and his aides are bracing for the worst.

Reporters Michael Shear and Maggie Haberman say the mood in the White House was "gloomy" on Tuesday, citing aides and others who have talked to the president. The majority of pollsters and analysts expect Democrats could make significant gains in the House of Representatives and are likely to flip control of the chamber. The fact that the GOP is expected to keep control of the Senate — due in large part to the favorable terrain this year for Republicans on the ballot — is offering some comfort in the White House, the report said.

"For days, Mr. Trump’s advisers have warned him that the losses could be brutal, even as they have said that the Senate should be a bright spot," the report said. "Advisers acknowledge that Mr. Trump has a problem with women voters as he begins his own re-election effort."

The report notes that Trump seemed to admit in an interview Monday with an ABC affiliate that his rhetoric may have gone too far at times — a rare admission of error on the president's part. People familiar with his thinking told Haberman and Shear that he does, in fact, believe he may have stepped over the line. Yet even Monday night, Trump was his usual pugnacious self at the final rally of the cycle, attacking Justice Brett Kavanaugh's accusers — who say he is guilty of sexual assault and misconduct — were part of a "scam" as his supporters cheered "lock her up."

Whether or not the dire warnings for his administration and his party will be borne out can only be confirmed once the votes around the country are tallied. The possibility of contested results and close calls may even leave the question of who controls Congress up for grabs until Wednesday, or possibly even later.


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          Former FBI Director James Comey Urges Americans to Reject President Trump’s ‘Lying, Misogyny, Racism’ in Epic New York Times Op-Ed      Cache   Translate Page      
"The history of America consoles us, but also, calls us to action.”

Although James Comey spent much of his adult life as a registered Republican and made donations to the presidential campaigns of Sen. John McCain in 2008 and Mitt Romney in 2012, he has hardly been an ally of President Donald Trump—who fired him as FBI director in May 2017. And in an epic New York Times commentary published on Election Day, the former FBI director urges American voters to reject “the lying, misogyny, racism and attacks on the rule of law from our president.”

In 2018, Comey has not been shy about encouraging Americans to vote Democrat in the midterms—even if they are Republicans who, like himself, have policy differences with the Democratic Party. Republicans in Congress, Comey has complained, have been putting their party before the good of their country and become subservient to the Trump Administration. And that theme asserts itself in his Election Day piece.

Comey’s article delves into U.S. history, noting that periods of social progress can be followed by an angry backlash—which is how he characterizes the Trump administration.

“Our country has changed dramatically in recent years,” the former FBI director explains. “We elected a black man president for two terms, and a woman won the popular vote in the 2016 presidential election. We legalized gay marriage, have an entirely new approach to work and technology and families, and we are on a path to the white majority becoming a minority. History shows us that with so much progress and change, a spasm of negativity and backlash was inevitable.”

Drawing a parallel between the Trump era and the 1920s, the 57-year-old Comey notes that progress for African-Americans, women and Jews after World War I was followed by a resurgence in Ku Klux Klan activity during the following decade.

“The years after the end of World War I were a period of stunning progress for our country,” Comey asserts. “Women got the right to vote. Blacks moved into the growing industrial economy. Catholics and Jews flooded in as immigrants. But that change brought reaction. In the 1920s, the Klan was reborn. Millions of Americans joined the KKK, including 16 United States senators, 11 governors and dozens of members of the House of Representatives.”

Comey quickly adds, however, “The Klan fever broke in the late 1920s, and we resumed our upward progress. That’s the story of America.”

Comey goes on to note that Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s witch hunt of the 1950s “disappeared almost overnight” after he was discredited, and that the racist bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church (a black church) in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963 “led to bipartisan support in Congress to pass the Civil Rights and Voting Rights acts that changed our country for the better.” And history, according to Comey, shows that sooner or later, Americans “resume our upward march.”

“Every American should be speaking about our nation’s values,” Comey concludes. “Every American should be voting those values, which are far more important than even the most passionate policy differences. The history of America consoles us, but also, calls us to action.”

          The Midterm Elections Show a Major Shift in America's Attitude Toward Charter School Privatization      Cache   Translate Page      
It's not hard to find news stories about waste, fraud, abuse and downright theft in the school privatization sector.

For years, the policy window for privatizing public schools has been wide open, and what was once considered an extreme or at least rare idea—such as outsourcing public schools to private contractors with few strings attached, or giving parents public tax money to subsidize their children’s private school tuitions—has become widespread as charter schools are now legal in all but a handful of states, and voucher programs have proliferated in many forms across the country.

Politicians of all stripes have been extremely reluctant, especially at the national level, to lean into a real discussion of the negative consequences of redirecting public education funds to private operators, with little to no regulation for how the money is being spent. Candidates have instead stuck to a “safe boilerplate” of education being “good” and essential to “the workforce” without much regard to who provides it.

But policy windows can be fleeting (remember “the deficit crisis”?), and multiple factors can rejigger the public’s views. Indeed, in campaigns that candidates are waging in the upcoming midterm elections, one can see the policy window on school privatization gradually shifting back to support for public schools and increasing skepticism about doling out cash to private education entrepreneurs.

‘Vulture Schools’

It is the wave of new progressive candidates who appear to be the ones who are shifting the policy window on school privatization.

Take the campaign of progressive superstar Randy Bryce, running for the congressional seat Paul Ryan held in Wisconsin. The Badger State recently expanded statewide a voucher program that was confined to Milwaukee and Racine, and charter schools have expanded significantly under the leadership of Republican Governor Scott Walker.

On his website, Bryce provides the usual bromides about “every child deserves a quality education” and “charter, private and traditional public schools can all thrive,” but he then adds the curious statement that “no student should see money taken from their classroom in order to serve another.” What does that mean?

Click through the “learn more” prompt and you’ll watch a video in which he makes a much stronger statement about the problems of privatizing public schools. “We can’t afford two school systems, a public one and a private one,” he elaborates, and he blasts “vulture schools that don’t have the same accountability and don’t have the same rules.”

The example of the school he brings up that closed after head count day, and the owners “moved to Florida,” is a real school run by a husband-and-wife team who abruptly closed their Milwaukee private school, after taking more than $2.3 million of state voucher money, and moved to Florida to start another one.

These sorts of scandals have become nearly daily occurrences in the privately operated school industry.

Schools for Scandals

The latest scandal breaks from Arizona, where the state auditor found that parents who used the state’s voucher-like education savings program spent more than $700,000 on cosmetics, music, movies, clothing, sports apparel, and other personal items. Some even tried to withdraw cash with the state-issued debit cards. The state has not recovered any of the money. But the state legislature recently passed a bill to expand the voucher program, which is now being challenged by a recall effort on the ballot on Tuesday.

Earlier this month, in Florida, the founder of a company that operated charter schools in seven counties was found guilty of using those schools to steer millions of dollars into his personal accounts. In one school district alone, “nearly 1,000 students were affected by the chaos and disruption that ensued.”

In California, a recent audit of a charter school found the married couple who ran the school made almost $850,000 in less than two years and secretly hired people and created positions without approval from the school’s board.

A video from Florida that went viral shows an African American boy being denied admission to a private school that his parents used public school voucher money to enroll him in. An enormous white cross adorns the school’s front lawn. This and other similar occurrences of discrimination by voucher-funded private schools in the Sunshine State has prompted the NAACP to call for an investigation into all private schools accepting vouchers. Around the same time, an op-ed appeared in a Florida newspaper recounting the scandal of a voucher-funded private school that stiffed teachers and skipped rent payments. Teachers filed formal complaints about a “lack of basic school supplies,” academic “irregularities,” student safety concerns, and inadequate staffing. But when the school was evicted, it simply moved to a new location and started the whole flimflam all over again.

In Georgia, a police investigation of a charter school found the governing board terminated the school’s leader, made no public announcement of the firing, and never told parents why. At another Georgia charter school, parents were told to “watch your bank accounts” after 6,000 school records were mysteriously transferred to a personal email account.

In Nevada, an analysis of the state’s charter school industry found they increase racial and economic segregation by enrolling far fewer low-income kids and far more white and Asian students than public schools do. A state audit of a charter school in New Mexico found tens of thousands of dollars have been stolen by the school’s employees.

Some Regulatory Control, Please

One doesn’t need to “cherry pick” to find news stories about waste, fraud, abuse, and downright theft in the school privatization sector. The above examples all happened within the last month.

Of course, financial scandals happen in public schools too. That’s why they’re heavily regulated. But the notion that “parent choice” can keep charter schools and private voucher schools clean and honest is disproven nearly every day.

In Washington, D.C., there now seems to be an inkling to address the mountain of fraud created by charter schools and voucher programs. Prompted by a massive scandal involving an online charter school in Ohio, Democratic senators want the top watchdog agency for the federal government to investigate the business practices of online charter schools.

Their investigations can’t stop there. A recent analysis of states with the most charter schools and the most charter closures finds the federal government dumps millions into these schools but provides little oversight and guidance for what to do when these schools close, leaving millions of dollars in taxpayer money at risk to scamming.

More Progressive Democrats Against Privatization

The endless revelations of corruptions in the charter school and school voucher racket are now what’s driving policy, more so than dry, empirical studies about whether privatizing public schools “works” academically.

You can see that especially in the campaigns of progressive standouts like Andrew Gillum, who is running against Ron DeSantis to be the next governor of Florida, a state that is rife with charter school and voucher scandals.

While members of the family of U.S. Secretary DeVos are bankrolling the DeSantis campaign to push their agenda for charters and vouchers, Gillum is determined to stanch the flow of public dollars to the state’s many voucher programs and make charters more accountable for how they spend public money.

A review compiled by the Intercept of progressive candidates running for Congress singles out Leslie Cockburn running in Virginia’s 5th Congressional District. Cockburn opposes school vouchers and shows her skepticism for charter schools by noticing their problems with teacher turnover and their lack of oversight. At a recent meet-and-greet, she said, “We want more funding for public schools, not less. We need to not take away funds from public schools and give them to charter schools or private schools.”

Another candidate, Kara Eastman, running in Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District, says on her website, “We must resist the administration’s political nominees who advertise the benefits of expanding charter schools.”

Among People’s Action’s endorsements in congressional races is Anthony Brindisi, running in New York’s 22nd Congressional District. Brindisi has pledged “to fight any and all attempts to privatize our public education system for corporate gain.”

A candidate endorsed by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), Dana Balter, running in New York’s 24th Congressional District, is a special education teacher turned Syracuse professor who got the endorsement of the powerful state teachers’ union largely because she “understands that giving money away to charter schools is not the right approach.”

Candidates for state houses have similar positions. In the race for West Virginia Senate 1st District seat that pits Democrat William Ihlenfeld against Republican Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns, Ihlenfeld says, “I am not a supporter of charter schools … I don’t think charter schools are a good idea for West Virginia. I don’t think we can afford to allow the private sector to come in and profit from precious education resources.”

Of course, some progressive candidates still stick to the old script of “investing in schools” with little regard to who runs them, and a few still cling to the school privatization cause. But the trend that made privatizing public schools an acceptable if not preferential policy has at least stalled, if not completely been thrown into reverse.

This article was produced by the Independent Media Institute.


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A reminder of how broken and dysfunctional America’s voting systems are.

It did not take long on Election Day to have reports of problems with voting in several states. 

These aren’t necessarily the result of intentional voter suppression right then and there at the local level—but they are a reminder of how broken and dysfunctional America’s voting systems are, and how badly we need nationwide reform that will improve voting access and security. We shouldn’t be relying on a few volunteers per precinct, or having people turned away because no one can find the voting machines that turn out to be locked away in a closet.

          'One of the Biggest Fraud Cases Ever': Trump Biographer David Cay Johnston Uncovers Rudy Giuliani's Alleged Role In Massive $10 Billion Theft      Cache   Translate Page      
The complaint is aimed at uncovering the full details of Russian money flowing to various Trump projects using so-called anonymous wealth companies.

A human rights organization has asked Dutch prosecutors to open a criminal investigation into multi-billion dollar money laundering schemes that they say were aided by Donald Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and his old law firm.

This story first appeared at DC Report.

The complaint is clearly aimed at examining how much money stolen from a former Soviet satellite ended up benefitting Trump. He is named 16 times in the complaint’s footnotes.

The complaint describes “one of the biggest fraud cases ever” in which “some of these money flows ultimately ended up in the Netherlands” because “Dutch service providers helped to cover up the money laundering acts.”

Watch David Cay Johnston’s Video Commentary Below:

“The money laundering network started in Kazakhstan, where a figure of up to USD 10 billion was purportedly embezzled,” the complaint asserts. “This money was subsequently circulated by two Kazakh oligarch families via a worldwide network of shell companies. A number of these companies were established in the Netherlands. The money was subsequently invested in real estate projects in the United States and Europe, after which it was paid out as ‘profits’ via – once again – a network of shell companies.”

Netherlands banks and other firms play a significant role in illicit flows of cash around the world through sophisticated techniques to hide income and corporate profits. Many of these techniques appear to push the envelope on legal tax avoidance. When money laundering is involved these aggressive techniques could cross a line into aiding and abetting criminal tax evasion.

The complaint asserts that a small slice of the missing billions was run through Dutch shell corporations with help from Rudy Giuliani’s old law firm, Bracewell & Giuliani. Until 2016, Giuliani was a partner in the 470-lawyer firm.

Neither Giuliani nor anyone at his firm Giuliani Security & Safety LLC responded to requests for his side of the story. Multiple requests for comment prompted no response from Greg M. Bopp, managing partner of what was then Bracewell & Giuliani but is now called only Bracewell.

The complaint was filed by Avaaz, a global human rights organization in Washington which claims 48 million members. It has issued an open call to prosecutors around the world to investigate “the giant web of corruption” that it says propelled Trump’s rise.

Avaaz says it has approximately 290,000 members in the Netherlands. The complaint was filed Oct. 22 with J.J.M. van Dis-Setz of the Dutch Public Prosecution Service by Barbara van Straaten, a lawyer in Amsterdam.

The complaint filed with the Netherlands Public Prosecution Service in Amsterdam relies on court records from several countries that were dug up by investigative journalists, including James S. Henry, the investigative economics editor of DCReport.

The Dutch television program Zembla aired an investigative piece on Trump and his Russian associates in 2017. It followed up with an expose of a Trump business partner’s role in a Dutch money laundering scheme.

The complaint is aimed at uncovering the full details of Russian money flowing to various Trump projects using so-called anonymous wealth companies. Those are shell companies created to hide the identities of the owners. Trump and his family are known to have received vast sums from shell companies and have bragged about how much of it came from people in Russia and other parts of the former Soviet empire. Trump contends the deals were all lawful and he has no knowledge of any money laundering.

A criminal investigation by Dutch prosecutors could help that country avoid banking sanctions and loss of reputation by showing that Amsterdam enforces its own laws and respects laws on transnational crimes.

Roughly $10 billion was stolen from Kazakhstan, a former Soviet satellite located in Central Asia. The current Kazakh government is in court in Switzerland and elsewhere trying to recover the money and prosecute members of two families it says stole the money and laundered it in the West. Other lawsuits connected to the stolen money are being litigated in London, Paris, New York and Los Angeles.

The $10 billion theft was uncovered by PricewaterhouseCoopers during its 2009 audit of BTA Bank, the largest in Kazakhstan. In addition, there is about $300 million missing from Almaty, the largest city in Kazakhstan.

Court documents identify the suspected thieves as Viktor Khrapunov and Mukhtar Ablyazov, oligarchs whose families are bound not just by extensive business ties, but also by marriage. Khrapunov is the former mayor of Almaty. His son Illyas is married to Ablyazov’s daughter.

“There are strong indications that the revenues of these crimes were probably mixed via a complex money-laundering network, and there was a great deal of mutual overlap” between the companies and people suspected of the crimes, the complaint states.

Both Khrapunov and Ablyazov are fugitives.

Khrapunov, who was tried in absentia in Kazakhstan, has been convicted of corruption.

Ablyazov, who was president of the looted bank, had his worldwide assets with an estimated value of $4.9 billion frozen six years ago by a British High Court.

Trump has done business since 1983 with Russian oligarchs and wealthy former officials and business people in former Soviet satellites, including Kazakhstan, Georgia and Azerbaijan. A number of mobsters – American, Russian and others – live in Trump Tower apartments. The building has long been known to local, federal and international law enforcement as a nest of criminal residences.

In 1987 the Kremlin, then still a communist state, provided Trump and his first wife Ivana with a luxury trip to Russia.

While a number of journalistic investigations have looked into Trump’s dealings with oligarchs and their money using public records and sources they were limited to public records, which are often scant. Dutch prosecutors, however, have the power to subpoena banking and other records, forcing their disclosure to prosecutors and, potentially, the public.

Trump is known to have done deals with some of those mentioned in the complaint, including Felix Sater, a violent Long Island felon who was born in Russia. For years Sater traveled extensively with Trump working on deals named in the complaint and handing out his Trump Organization business card. Despite these long ties and both videos and still photos showing the men together, Trump claimed during the presidential campaign that he would not recognize Sater if they were in the same room.

Sater is believed to be cooperating with Robert Mueller, the American special prosecutor investigating Trump.

In one deal involving Sater, millions of dollars from the Trump SoHo hotel and apartment tower disappeared into an Icelandic bank that was under the control of a Russian oligarch. That bank was part of a multi-billion-dollar scheme to defraud Dutch and British pension funds. Trump has testified that he was due 18% of profits from the building.

The faux gold letters bearing the name, under an agreement reached a year ago, have been pried from the building façade.

Just three weeks before the 2016 election, a massive expose of Trump’s role in helping Kazakh oligarchs hide their illicit money appeared in The Financial Times, a British business newspaper.

“Dirty Money: Trump and the Kazakh Connection” described “evidence a Trump venture has links to alleged laundering network.”

The newspaper said its investigation found that Trump had “assembled an eclectic collection of backers and collaborators. Some had chequered pasts, with links to organized crime or fraud schemes. But perhaps the biggest risk for Mr. Trump’s complex, often opaque, business empire was that it might be used for a purpose US officials fear is rife in the country’s real estate sector: laundering dirty money.”

Trump’s SoHo project “has multiple ties to an alleged international money laundering network. Title deeds, bank records and correspondence show that a Kazakh family accused of laundering hundreds of millions of stolen dollars bought luxury apartments in a Manhattan tower part-owned by Mr. Trump and embarked on major business ventures with one of the tycoon’s partners,” the British newspaper The Financial Timesreported after an extensive investigation.

Trump and his partners, the FT asserted, engaged in condo sales that appear to have violated the Patriot Act, the post 9/11 law that requires banks, developers and others to know who their customers are and the sources of their money.

Investigations to identify anonymous buyers of luxury apartments in New York and Florida to determine the extent of any money laundering were announced in January 2016 by the federal government’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN).

Three months later the FinCEN director, Jennifer Shasky Calvery, spoke about her years of work on transnational Russian organized crime networks. Much of her work involved Russian crime families “laundering their funds through the U.S. financial system. Often, this involved the suspected purchase of personal residences with criminal proceeds.”

In July 2016, the month the GOP nominated Trump, FinCen announced it would be investigating sales of luxury apartments beyond New York and Florida because of its growing concern about flows of illicit cash disguised in real estate deals.

While Giuliani calls himself Trump’s personal lawyer, his role is primarily to spread Trumpian disinformation about Special Prosecutor Mueller’s investigations into Russian collusion and related matters concerning Trump and his 2016 presidential campaign. Because Giuliani appears on so many cable and other television shows, but not in court, MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell calls the former New York City mayor “Trump’s TV lawyer.”

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O Ranbir Kapoor e "Wake up Sid Konkana Sen Sharma estrelado filme de Bollywood foi lançado em 2009 e seu gênero é comédia-drama romântico. O filme foi apreciado tanto crítica e comercialmente. A música do filme foi também muito apreciado, que é creditada a Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, letra de Akhtar Javed. O filme se passa em Bombaim contemporânea e gira em torno da vida de um descuidado, rico e mimado garoto-Sid Mehra cuja vida é dada uma direção de um aspirante a escritor de Calcutá; Aisha. 'Wake Up Sid "foi dirigido por debutante diretor Ayan Mukherjee e é uma produção Johar Karan, que na verdade é uma das casas de produção maiores e mais bem sucedidas em Bollywood. Ranbir Kapoor interpreta o personagem Sid Mehra e Banerjee Aisha é jogado por Konkana Sen Sharma. Outros personagens em 'Wake Up Sid' include Kabir Chaudhry interpretado por Rahul Khanna, Ram Mehra interpretado por Anupam Kher, Laxmi interpretado por Shikha Talsania, Sarita interpretada por Supriya Pathak, Rishi interpretado por Namit Das e Sonia interpretado por Shah Kashmira entre os outros. A trama do filme é principalmente como dois pólos opostos, Sid e Aisha, tornam-se amigos e como seu elogio personalidades e se completam. 'Wake Up Sid tem uma sensação de honestidade e frescor a ele e agarra a atenção do espectador totalmente. Os papéis de parede em nossa coleção muito bem retratam a interação entre os personagens de 'Wake Up Sid' do filme. Nossa coleção é composta por algumas das cenas mais interessantes e visualmente divertido no filme. Estes papéis de parede de alta qualidade foram concebidos de forma a complementar o seu laptop e telas de computadores desktop. Estes papéis de parede capturar Sid e Aisha em algumas de suas melhores jogadas. A principal força de 'Wake Up Sid' é sua narrativa, que é bastante eficaz capturados na maioria dos papéis de parede. Ranbir Kapoor é galã de Bollywood mais recente coração e para todos os fãs Ranbir Kapoor, estes papéis de parede são um deve ter para personalizar o seu laptop e telas de computadores desktop. Como o filme deixou os espectadores em um feitiço, estes papéis de parede estão lá para deixar um impacto também. Assim baixar esses wallpapers agradáveis ​​mega-hoje e deixe sua tela sentir recém-entretido Wake Up Sid Origem: Wikipédia, a enciclopédia livre Wake Up Sid Poster versão teatral Dirigido por Ayan Mukerji Produzido por Hiroo Yash Johar Karan Johar Roteiro de Ayan Mukerji História por Ayan Mukerji Estrelado por Ranbir Kapoor Konkona Sen Sharma Anupam Kher Supriya Pathak Rahul Khanna Kashmira Shah Música por Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Amit Trivedi Cinematografia Anil Mehta Edição por Shan Mohammed Distribuído por Dharma Productions UTV Motion Pictures Showman Fotos Data de lançamento (s) 02 de outubro de 2009 Duração 138 minutos País Índia Hindi Crore orçamento 15 (EUA 2,73 milhões dólares) Bilheteria 46,2 crore (EUA 8,41 milhões dólares) Wake Up Sid é um 2009 filme indiano comédia-drama romântico. [1] É dirigido por Ayan Mukerji, produzido por Dharma Karan Johar do Productions, distribuído pela Imagens UTV Motion, e tem efeitos visuais do Grupo Prime Focus. [2] A filme se passa em Bombaim contemporânea e conta a história de mimada, rica descuidado-kid Sid Mehra (Ranbir Kapoor), um estudante universitário que é ensinado o significado da vida por Aisha (Konkona Sen Sharma), uma aspirante a escritora de Calcutá. Foi crítica e comercialmente bem sucedido. Ranbir Kapoor ganhou inúmeros prêmios por sua atuação. Conteúdo [hide] 1 Lote 2 Elenco 3 Release 3,1 Bilheteria 3,2 recepção crítica 3,3 Controvérsia 4 Prêmios 5 Soundtrack 5,1 Recepção 6 Sequel 7 Referências 8 Ligações externas [Editar] Terreno Siddharth "Sid" Mehra (Ranbir Kapoor) é o filho, mimada despreocupada de rico empresário Ram Mehra (Anupam Kher). Um morador de Mumbai, seu único interesse é se divertir e gastar dinheiro de seu pai.
Assim, ele passa pouco tempo na faculdade e não está preparado para os exames finais. Seu pai, não estar ciente deste fato, diz Sid é hora de se juntar à sua empresa, que relutantemente Sid faz apenas depois de seu pai o tenta, com a promessa de um novo carro. Sid encontra Aisha (Konkona Sen Sharma), um aspirante a escritor. Em sua primeira reunião, eles saem em uma caminhada pelas ruas de Bombaim. Sid mostra a ela a cidade e leva-la ao mar. Eles dão um acorde de imediato e uma amizade começa. Sid a ajuda a encontrar e fornecer seu próprio apartamento. Ela também consegue um emprego com Mumbai Beat, (baseado na Time Out! Mumbai) [1] uma revista de hip executado pelo belo editor-chefe Kabir (Rahul Khanna). Na véspera de seu aniversário de 27 anos, Aisha convida Sid para o seu lugar. Quando Sid provisoriamente explora movendo seu relacionamento além da amizade, ele descobre que Aisha percebe como infantil e imatura. Apesar de sentir-se ferido, ele mantém sua amizade com ela. Quando o resultado do exame sair, Sid acha que ele falhou. Seu fracasso leva a uma briga familiar intensa que termina com ele se movendo para fora. Sem ter para onde ir, Sid (que nunca esteve sozinho) pede Aisha se ele pode ficar com ela. Aisha é inicialmente feliz por ter a empresa. Eventualmente, os maus hábitos de Sid reavivar-se, como ele deixa seu lugar uma bagunça e joga birras. Quando ela descobre que ele não tenha comido durante todo o dia, Aisha se diverte com o fato de que Sid não sabe cozinhar e não sabe como se alimentar. Ao longo do tempo, Sid aprende que cuidar de si, ele tem que começar a cozinhar e limpar. Ele também percebe que ele deve trabalhar, e Aisha ajuda-lo se tornar um estagiário de fotografia na revista que ela trabalha. Aisha é êxtase quando Kabir seleciona seu artigo para a revista e pede a ela em uma data. No entanto, ela percebe que não tem muito em comum com ele. Ela, então, entende que ela está apaixonada por Sid. Como Sid começa a trabalhar, ele encontra sentido na vida. Ele começa a ver pela primeira vez como o seu comportamento tem prejudicado seus entes queridos e que ele precisa para mudar seus modos. Depois que ele é contratado como funcionários a tempo inteiro e recebe seu primeiro salário, ele confronta o pai. Eles conciliar e pai de Sid pede que ele volte para casa. Sid, que muitas vezes se sente um fardo sobre Aisha, diz a ela que ele não vai ser dependente de sua instituição de caridade mais e espera que ela seja feliz. Ele não percebe que Aisha caiu no amor com ele e, assim, fica furiosa ao saber que ele está saindo. Sua partida é um hostil. Quando Sid retorna para casa, ele pensa constantemente de Aisha, embora ele não considera que ela pode compartilhar seus sentimentos, desde que ela lhe disse que eles só podem ser amigos. Quando a última edição da batida Mumbai chega, Sid lê coluna de Aisha e se assusta ao descobrir que é sobre seus sentimentos por ele. Como começa a chover, ele corre para encontrá-la na mesma praia onde tinham ido no dia que se conheceram. Sid expressa seu amor por ela e os dois se abraçam. [Editar] Elenco Ranbir Kapoor como Siddharth "Sid" Mehra, um estudante universitário mimada e egocêntrica de Mumbai. De acordo com Ranbir, de todos os filmes que ele fez até agora, Sid era o mais difícil personagem para jogar. Ele acrescenta que pode ser difícil de acreditar, mas ele não é nada como Sid na vida real. [3] Konkona Sen Sharma como Aisha Banerjee Rahul Khanna como Kabir Chaudhary Anupam Kher como Ram Mehra Shikha Talsania como Laxmi Supriya Pathak como Sarita Namit Das como Rishi Kashmira Shah como Sonia Rahul Pendkalkar Shruti Bapna Kainaz Motivala como Tanya Lathia Natasha Rathod [Editar] Lançamento [Editar] Bilheteria Wake Up Sid abriu bem na Índia e nos mercados externos. [4] [5] A sua abertura fim de semana bruta foi de Rs 215 milhões (R crore 21,5) do que o bruto Índia ficou em Rs 170 milhões (R crore 17). [6] era o número um nas bilheterias durante suas primeiras semanas e, segundo, [7] [8] o número quatro, durante sua terceira semana, [9] e número três durante sua quarta semana. [10] No Reino Unido, o filme recolhidos 165.934 dólares, enquanto que em os EUA, as coleções estão em 717.977 dólares.
[11] Em sua quarta semana, o filme arrecadou 348.351 dólares na Nova Zelândia e Reino Unido. Não Perturbe Knot também lançou durante o mesmo tempo, mas Wake Up Sid tem uma parcela maior do público. [12] Depois de bilheteria de cerca de Rs. 46,72 crore, o filme foi declarado um sucesso. [Editar] A recepção crítica Wake Up Sid foi bem recebido por um número de críticos. Subhash K. Jha (crítico de cinema e autor de O Guia Essencial para Bollywood) deu Wake Up Sid uma rave revisão afirmando que é "um triunfo em muitos níveis. Leva viagem previsível, mas ainda cinética do protagonista em auto-realização a um nível onde a trama lânguida exala um feixe de luz que corta do outro lado da narrativa radiante [...] O componente mais obtidas da narrativa ingênua jovem Ayan Mukherjee é os ritmos marcantes do ordinário e do despretensioso na narrativa. Todas as relações em o enredo são potencialmente previsível e clichê. Ayan leva os conflitos antigos dramáticas do nosso cinema comercial em silenciosos corredores extremamente discreto ". [13] Rajeev Masand da CNN-IBN deu ao filme três de cinco estrelas, afirmando que Wake Up Sid , "tem o seu coração no lugar certo e que marca o arranque de uma estrela, brilhando que veio para a sua própria tão cedo em sua carreira de ator. Cuidado, e estar impressionado com Ranbir". [14] Taran Adarsh ​​de Bollywood Hungama deu ao filme quatro de cinco estrelas, bem como um "thumbs up", afirmando que é "altamente recomendável". [13] Mayank Shekhar do Hindustan Times deu 3.5 de quatro estrelas e estados, "Wake Up Sid pertence a um gênero doce que, sem dúvida, flui de Dil Farhan Akhtar Chahta Hai: parte Hollywood; parte Bollywood, na sua maioria provenientes-de- idade; sutilmente romântico; largamente original, autêntico na sensação; leve; Inglês em expressão;. Hindi em linguagem "[15] Ghosh Avijit do The Times da Índia deu e três anos e meio de quatro estrelas sugere que," Wake Sid se torna uma espécie de modelo de como navegar GenNow suas vidas: a lidar com suas próprias rebeliões pouco, encontrar sentido para suas próprias definições de independência e de lidar com seu próprio conjunto de erros É bom quando os dois amigos finalmente conhecer em dirigir sob chuva. os céus cinzentos pelo mar. refrescantes e coração-aquecimento, Wake Up Sid realmente coloca você no clima para o amor ". [16] Noyon Jyoti Parasara da AOL Índia deu três e meia de cinco estrelas e elogiou o diretor, dizendo: "Ayan Mukerji chega em grande estilo e consegue deixar sua própria marca no filme, apesar de ter um produtor como Karan Johar cujos outros produções sempre tendem a ter sua marca. Wake Up Sid realmente coloca você no clima para o amor". [17] Joginder Tuteja do Serviço de Notícias Indo-Asiático (EFE) chama o filme de "impecável" e deu-lhe três estrelas e meia. Ele afirma: ". Há cinco coisas que fazem Wake Up Sid um caso delicioso Tem um fluxo constante durante todo; não sobre o drama mais ou subestimados, sem estrangulamento de ultra emocional de audiências; absolutamente nenhuma yuppie legal cara ato, e por último, mas não menos, esta é uma história original e refrescante "[18] Rachel Saltz de The New York Times afirma que:". Sem grandes números de produção (músicas jogar mais seqüências de montagem), um estilo calmo e personagens críveis, Wake Up Sid é Bollywood em um clima de indie, um filme para pessoas como Aisha e Sid:. jovens e educados Ele pode não ser tão hip como Beat Bombaim, a revista em que o trabalho dos dois, mas mostra que o Sr. Mukherji é um diretor de assistir ". [1] [Editar] Controvérsia Em 2 de Outubro, os defensores Maharashtra Navnirman Sena protestou para deter a triagem de Wake Up Sid em Mumbai e Pune. O MNS objetou o uso da palavra "Bombay" em vez de "Mumbai" no filme. [19] [Editar] Prêmios 2010: Filmfare Awards Venceu: Melhor Diretor Debutante (Masculino) - Ayan Mukherjee Vitórias: Filmfare Critics Award de Melhor Ator - Ranbir Kapoor Ganhou: Melhor reprodução Feminino - Kavita Seth para "Iktara" [20] [Editar] Trilha Sonora A trilha sonora tem música composta por Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy com letra de Akhtar Javed. A música foi lançada em 21 de agosto de 2009. Uma canção no filme foi composta por Amit Trivedi que marcou a música de fundo para o filme. Wake Up Sid Álbum da trilha sonora por Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Lançado 21 de agosto de 2009 Gênero trilha sonora de longas-metragens Comprimento 01:34:31 Etiqueta Sony Music Entertainment Produtor Karan Johar Ronnie Screwvala Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy cronologia Kut curta: The Con está Ligado (2009) Wake Up Sid (2009) Sonhos de Londres (2009) Tracklist Título Não. Música Artista Comprimento (s) 1. "Wake Up Sid!" Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Shankar Mahadevan 03:51 2. "Kya Karun?" Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Clinton Cerejo 04:13 3. "Aaj Kal Zindagi" Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Shankar Mahadevan 04:13 4. "Iktara" Amit Trivedi Kavita Seth, Amitabh Bhattacharya, Tochi Raina 05:23 5. "A vida é louca" Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Shankar Mahadevan, Uday Benegal 04:14 6. "Wake Up Sid! (Club Mix)" Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Shankar Mahadevan 03:44 [Editar] Recepção Classificações profissionais Pontuações de revisão Nota fonte Bollywood Hungama [21] [22] As reações para com a música foram favoráveis. Chandrima Pal de Rediff deu ao álbum 3,5 estrelas, afirmando que, "a música gruda na breve. Ele é moderno, urbano e borbulhante, e sem pressa. E graças a musicalidade Shankar Ehsaan Loy, é uma mancha, a produção bem equilibrada "[22]. Joginder Tuteja (Bollywood Hungama) deu três estrelas de cinco possíveis, sugerindo que," este não pode realmente vir a ser o mais vendido do ano, mas certamente deve ser um ajuste perfeito para a narrativa. " [21] [Editar] Sequel Rishi Kapoor e Ranbir Kapoor confirmou a possibilidade de uma continuação para o filme. [23] [Editar] Referências ^ A b New York Times Review Efeitos ^ VFX trabalhou maravilhas para Wake Up Sid ^ "Eu não sou nada como Sid". ^ Wake Up Sid emociona críticos e massas iguais! ^ Taran Adarsh ​​(3 de Outubro de 2009). "BO atualização:" Wake Up Sid ',' Não Perturbe Knot "trazer alegria". Bollywood Hungama. Retirado 2009/10/03. ^ Taran Adarsh ​​(10 de Outubro de 2009). "B.O. atualização: Domestic Box Office". Bollywood Hungama. Retirado 2009/10/10. ^ Box Office: Semana 1 ^ Bilheteria: Semana 2 ^ Bilheteria: Semana 3 ^ Bilheteria: Semana 4 ^ "Wake Up Sid bilheteria". 2009/10/06. Retirado 2008/10/06. ^ Box Office Mojo ^ A b Jha, Subhash (2009/10/31). "Subhash K Jha fala sobre Wake Up Sid". Bollywood Hungama. Retirado 2009/10/03. ^ Revisão Masand do filme ^ Revisão: Wake Up Sid! ^ Times da Índia revisão ^ AOK avaliação Índia ^ Tuteja, Joginder (2009/10/02). "'Wake Up Sid' um filme delicioso (Revisão de Cinema - Classificação: *** 1/2)". IANS. Retirado 2009/11/08. ^ Bombaim diz arrependido de Mumbai ^ 3 Idiots brilha no Filmfare Awards ^ Ab "" Wake Up Sid Música revisão por Joginder Tuteja "". ^ A b "a" música de Sid é fácil, alegre e borbulhante "". ^ "Rishi, Ranbir Kapoor em Wake Up Sid sequela". Times da Índia. 31 de agosto de 2011. Retirado 31 de agosto de 2011. [Editar] Ligações externas Site oficial [link morto] Trailer oficial Wake Up Sid no Internet Movie Database Wake Up Sid no Box Office Mojo [Show] v t e Karan Johar [Show] v t e Dharma Productions [Show] v t e Filmes produzidos por UTV Motion Pictures
The Ranbir Kapoor and Konkana Sen Sharma starrer Bollywood film ‘Wake up Sid’ was released in 2009 and its genre is romantic-comedy drama. The movie got appreciated both critically and commercially. The music of the movie was also widely appreciated, which is credited to Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, lyrics to Javed Akhtar. The film is set in contemporary Bombay and revolves around the life of a careless, spoiled rich-kid Sid Mehra whose life is given a direction by an aspiring writer from Calcutta; Aisha. ‘Wake Up Sid’ has been directed by debutante director Ayan Mukherjee and is a Karan Johar production, which indeed is one of the biggest and most successful production houses in Bollywood. Ranbir Kapoor plays the character of Sid Mehra and Aisha Banerjee is played by Konkana Sen Sharma. Other characters in ‘Wake Up Sid’ include Kabir Chaudhry played by Rahul Khanna, Ram Mehra played by Anupam Kher, Laxmi played by Shikha Talsania, Sarita played by Supriya Pathak, Rishi played by Namit Das and Sonia played by Kashmira Shah among the others. The plot of the movie is mainly how two polar opposites, Sid and Aisha, become friends and how their personalities compliment and complete each other. ‘Wake Up Sid’ has a feel of honesty and freshness to it and grasps the attention of the viewer wholly. The wallpapers in our collection very beautifully depict the interplay between the characters in the film ‘Wake Up Sid’. Our collection comprises of some of the most interesting and visually entertaining scenes in the movie. These high quality wallpapers have been designed in a way to compliment your laptop and desktop computer screens. These wallpapers capture Sid and Aisha in some of their best shots. The main strength of ‘Wake Up Sid’ is its storytelling which is quite effectively captured in most of the wallpapers. Ranbir Kapoor is Bollywood’s latest heart throb and for all the Ranbir Kapoor fans, these wallpapers are a must have to personalize their laptop and desktop computer screens. Like the movie left the viewers in a spell, these wallpapers are there to leave an impact as well. So download these mega-pleasing wallpapers today and let your screen feel freshly-entertained. Wake Up Sid From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Wake Up Sid Theatrical release poster Directed by Ayan Mukerji Produced by Hiroo Yash Johar Karan Johar Screenplay by Ayan Mukerji Story by Ayan Mukerji Starring Ranbir Kapoor Konkona Sen Sharma Anupam Kher Supriya Pathak Rahul Khanna Kashmira Shah Music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Amit Trivedi Cinematography Anil Mehta Editing by Shan Mohammed Distributed by Dharma Productions UTV Motion Pictures Showman Pictures Release date(s) october 2, 2009 Running time 138 minutes Country India Language Hindi Budget 15 crore (US$2.73 million) Box office 46.2 crore (US$8.41 million) Wake Up Sid is a 2009 Indian romantic comedy-drama film.[1] It is directed by Ayan Mukerji, produced by Karan Johar's Dharma Productions, distributed by UTV Motion Pictures, and has visual effects by the Prime Focus Group.[2] The film takes place in contemporary Bombay and tells the story of spoiled, careless rich-kid Sid Mehra (Ranbir Kapoor), a college student who is taught the meaning of life by Aisha (Konkona Sen Sharma), an aspiring writer from Calcutta. It was critically and commercially successful. Ranbir Kapoor won numerous awards for his performance. Contents [hide] 1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Release 3.1 Box office 3.2 Critical reception 3.3 Controversy 4 Awards 5 Soundtrack 5.1 Reception 6 Sequel 7 References 8 External links [edit]Plot Siddharth "Sid" Mehra (Ranbir Kapoor) is the spoiled, carefree son of wealthy businessman Ram Mehra (Anupam Kher). A resident of Mumbai, his only interest is to have fun and spend his father's money. Thus, he spends little time at college and is not prepared for the final exams. His father, not being aware of this fact, tells Sid it is time to join his company, which Sid reluctantly does only after his father tempts him with the promise of a new car. Sid meets Aisha (Konkona Sen Sharma), an aspiring writer. On their first meeting, they go out on a walk along the streets of Bombay. Sid shows her the city and takes her by the sea. They strike a chord instantly and a friendship ensues. Sid helps her to find and furnish her own apartment. She also lands a job with Mumbai Beat, (based on Time Out! Mumbai)[1] a hip magazine run by the handsome editor-in-chief Kabir (Rahul Khanna). On the eve of her 27th birthday, Aisha invites Sid to her place. When Sid tentatively explores moving their relationship beyond friendship, he finds that Aisha perceives him as boyish and immature. Despite feeling hurt, he maintains his friendship with her. When the exam results come out, Sid finds that he failed. His failure leads to an intense family fight that ends with him moving out. With nowhere to go, Sid (who has never been on his own) asks Aisha if he can stay with her. Aisha is initially happy to have the company. Eventually, Sid's bad habits revive themselves, as he leaves her place a mess and throws tantrums. When she finds out he has not eaten all day, Aisha is amused by the fact that Sid cannot cook and does not know how to feed himself. Over time, Sid learns that to care for himself, he has to begin cooking and cleaning. He also realizes he must work, and Aisha helps him become a photography intern at the magazine she works for. Aisha is ecstatic when Kabir selects her article for the magazine and asks her on a date. However, she realizes she does not have much in common with him. She then understands that she is in love with Sid. As Sid begins working, he finds meaning in life. He begins to see for the first time how his behavior has hurt his loved ones and that he needs to change his ways. After he is hired as full-time staff and receives his first paycheck, he confronts his father. They reconcile and Sid's father asks him to come home. Sid, who often feels a burden on Aisha, tells her that he won't be dependent on her charity anymore and expects her to be thrilled. He doesn't realize that Aisha has fallen in love with him and thus is furious to hear that he is leaving. His departure is a hostile one. When Sid returns home, he thinks constantly of Aisha, though he does not consider that she might share his feelings, since she told him they can only be friends. When the latest issue of Mumbai Beat arrives, Sid reads Aisha's column and is startled to discover that it is about her feelings for him. As it starts raining, he rushes to meet her at the same beach where they had gone the day they met. Sid expresses his love for her and the two embrace. [edit]Cast Ranbir Kapoor as Siddharth "Sid" Mehra, a spoiled and self-centered college student from Mumbai. According to Ranbir, of all the films that he has done so far, Sid was the toughest character to play. He adds that it might be difficult to believe but he is not at all like Sid in real life.[3] Konkona Sen Sharma as Aisha Banerjee Rahul Khanna as Kabir Chaudhary Anupam Kher as Ram Mehra Shikha Talsania as Laxmi Supriya Pathak as Sarita Namit Das as Rishi Kashmira Shah as Sonia Rahul Pendkalkar Shruti Bapna Kainaz Motivala as Tanya Lathia Natasha Rathod [edit]Release [edit]Box office Wake Up Sid opened well in India and overseas markets.[4][5] Its opening weekend gross was Rs 215 million (Rs 21.5 crore) of which the India gross stood at Rs 170 million (Rs 17 crore).[6] It was number one in the box office during its first and second weeks,[7][8] number four during its third week,[9] and number three during its fourth week.[10] In the United Kingdom, the film collected $165,934, while in the US, the collections stand at $717,977.[11] By its fourth week, it grossed $348,351 in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Do Knot Disturb also released during the same time, but Wake Up Sid got a larger portion of the audience.[12] After grossing about Rs. 46.72 crore, the film was declared a hit. [edit]Critical reception Wake Up Sid was well received by a number of critics. Subhash K. Jha (film critic and author of The Essential Guide to Bollywood) gave Wake Up Sid a rave review stating that it is, "a triumph on many levels. It takes the protagonist's predictable but yet kinetic voyage into self-realization to a level where the languorous plot exudes a beam of light that cuts right across the radiant narrative [...] The most obtainable component of young Ayan Mukherjee's artless narrative is the remarkable rhythms of the ordinary and the unostentatious in the narrative. All the relationships in the plot are potentially predictable and cliched. Ayan takes the age-old dramatic conflicts of our commercial cinema into quiet supremely understated corridors."[13] Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN gave the film three out of five stars, stating that Wake Up Sid, "has its heart in the right place and it marks the breakout of a bright, shining star who has come into his own so early in his acting career. Watch it, and be awestruck by Ranbir."[14] Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave the film four out of five stars as well as a "thumbs up" stating that it is "strongly recommended."[13] Mayank Shekhar of the Hindustan Times gave it 3.5 out of four stars and states, "Wake Up Sid belongs to a sweet genre that, without doubt, flows on from Farhan Akhtar's Dil Chahta Hai: part Hollywood; part Bollywood; mostly coming-of-age; subtly romantic; largely original; authentic in feel; light in weight; English in expression; Hindi in language."[15] Avijit Ghosh of The Times of India gave it three and half out of four stars and suggests that, "Wake Up Sid becomes a sort of template of how GenNow navigate their lives: deal with their own little rebellions, find meaning to their own definitions of independence and handle their own set of mistakes. It feels good when the two friends finally meet in driving rain under the grey skies by the sea. Refreshing and heart-warming, Wake Up Sid really puts you in the mood for love."[16] Noyon Jyoti Parasara of AOL India gave it three and half out of five stars and praised the director saying, "Ayan Mukerji arrives in style and manages to leave his own mark on the film despite having a producer like Karan Johar whose other productions always tend to have his stamp. Wake Up Sid really puts you in the mood for love.
"[17] Joginder Tuteja of the Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) calls the film "flawless" and gave it three and a half stars. He states: "There are five things that make Wake Up Sid a delightful affair. It has a constant flow throughout; no over the top or understated drama; no ultra emotional strangulation of audiences; absolutely no yuppie cool dude act; and last but not the least, this is an original and refreshing story."[18] Rachel Saltz of The New York Times argues that: "With no big production numbers (songs play over montage sequences), a quiet style and credible characters, Wake Up Sid is Bollywood in an indie mood, a film for people like Aisha and Sid: young and educated. It may not be as hip as Bombay Beat, the magazine where the two work, but it shows that Mr. Mukherji is a director to watch."[1] [edit]Controversy On 2 October, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena supporters protested to halt the screening of Wake Up Sid in Mumbai and Pune. The MNS objected the use of the word "Bombay" instead of "Mumbai" in the movie.[19] [edit]Awards 2010: Filmfare Awards Won: Best Debutante Director (Male) - Ayan Mukherjee Won:Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor - Ranbir Kapoor Won:Best Female Playback - Kavita Seth for "Iktara" [20] [edit]Soundtrack The soundtrack has music composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy with lyrics by Javed Akhtar. The music was released on 21 August 2009. One song in the film has been composed by Amit Trivedi who scored the background music for the film. Wake Up Sid Soundtrack album by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Released 21 August 2009 Genre Feature film soundtrack Length 1:34:31 Label Sony Music Entertainment Producer Karan Johar Ronnie Screwvala Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy chronology Short Kut: The Con is On (2009) Wake Up Sid (2009) London Dreams (2009) Tracklist No. Title Music Artist(s) Length 1. "Wake Up Sid!" Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Shankar Mahadevan 3:51 2. "Kya Karun?" Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Clinton Cerejo 4:13 3. "Aaj Kal Zindagi" Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Shankar Mahadevan 4:13 4. "Iktara" Amit Trivedi Kavita Seth, Amitabh Bhattacharya, Tochi Raina 5:23 5. "Life Is Crazy" Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Shankar Mahadevan, Uday Benegal 4:14 6. "Wake Up Sid! (Club Mix)" Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Shankar Mahadevan 3:44 [edit]Reception Professional ratings Review scores Source Rating Bollywood Hungama [21] [22] The reactions towards the music were favorable. Chandrima Pal of Rediff gave the album a 3.5 stars, stating that, "the music sticks to the brief. It is hip, urban and bubbly, and unhurried. And thanks to Shankar Ehsaan Loy's musicianship, it is a slick, well-balanced production".[22] Joginder Tuteja (Bollywood Hungama) gave it 3 stars out of possible 5, suggesting that, "this may not really turn out to be the best seller of the year but should certainly be a perfect fit for the narrative."[21] [edit]Sequel Rishi Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor confirmed the possibility of a sequel to the film.[23] [edit]References ^ a b New York Times review ^ VFX effects worked wonders to Wake Up Sid ^ "I am not at all like Sid". ^ Wake Up Sid wows critics and masses alike! ^ Taran Adarsh (3 October 2009). "B.O. update: 'Wake Up Sid', 'Do Knot Disturb' bring cheer". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 2009-10-03. ^ Taran Adarsh (10 October 2009). "B.O. update: Domestic Box-Office". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 2009-10-10. ^ Box Office: Week 1 ^ Box Office: Week 2 ^ Box Office: Week 3 ^ Box Office: Week 4 ^ "Wake Up Sid box office". 2009-10-06. Retrieved 2008-10-06. ^ Box Office Mojo ^ a b Jha, Subhash (2009-10-31). "Subhash K Jha speaks about Wake Up Sid". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 2009-10-03. ^ Masand's Movie Review ^ Review: Wake Up Sid! ^ Times of India review ^ AOK India review ^ Tuteja, Joginder (2009-10-02). "'Wake Up Sid' a delightful movie (Film Review - Rating: *** 1/2)". IANS. Retrieved 2009-11-08. ^ Bombay says sorry to Mumbai ^ 3 Idiots shines at Filmfare Awards ^ a b ""Wake Up Sid Music Review by Joginder Tuteja"". ^ a b ""Sid's music is easy, breezy and bubbly"". ^ "Rishi, Ranbir Kapoor in Wake Up Sid sequel". Times of India. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 31 August 2011. [edit]External links Official website[dead link] Official trailer Wake Up Sid at the Internet Movie Database Wake Up Sid at Box Office Mojo [show] v t e Karan Johar [show] v t e Dharma Productions [show] v t e Films produced by UTV Motion Pictures

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An unknown but likely staggeringly large percentage of small business owners in the U.S. are an inch away from calling it quits and closing shop. Timothy Leary famously coined the definitive 60s counterculture phrase, “Turn on, tune in, drop out” in 1966. (According to Wikipedia, In a 1988 interview with Neil Strauss, Leary said the slogan was “given to him” by Marshall McLuhan during a lunch in New York City.) An updated version of the slogan might be: Turn Off, Tune Out, Drop Out: turn off mobile phones, screens, etc.; tune out Corporate Media, social media, propaganda, official and unofficial, and drop … Continue reading

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If a bunch of friends and family, and a few near-strangers, made a video that they were all concerned about your health, would you finally head to the doctor? That kind of peer pressure is behind a campaign for CityMD, the New York metro area’s largest urgent care provider.

Inspired by statistics showing that a majority of millennials aren’t going to the doctor, but rather, are walking around sick trying to self-diagnose, CityMD has launched ‘You Need Some CityMD.’ The campaign, created by indie agency Terri & Sandy, features pleas to sick individuals from their family, friends, and loved ones to go to CityMD so they can feel better and stop spreading whatever it is they have. The campaign touts CityMD as the antidote to the broken medical system, offering fast access to high-quality medical professionals, fast referrals to excellent specialists, and kinder treatment along the way. 

The campaign kicks off during the heart of flu season with a spot called ‘People Who Know Meredith Carlson.’ It showcases the unseen woman’s extended family and friends, complete with her roommate, ride-share driver, and last online date, urging her to go CityMD to care for her deep cough, which they fear could be contagious.

The pleas continue in a series of 15-second spots running on TV, social, and paid digital video.

In addition, a series of transit posters will hit NYC subways and the Long Island Railroad — two breeding grounds for germs — on December 1, showcasing pleas, in the form of bold, graphic letters, to a multitude of sick or injured individuals, directing them to the nearest CityMD to tend to their ailments. Consumers are also invited to submit their own sick-person pleas via the brand’s Twitter account.

A recent Morning Consult study showed that over 56% of Americans feel the health care system does not work for them. In addition, nine out of 10 millennials are avoiding going to the doctor because they think it’s easier to self-diagnose and treat rather than wait to gain access to a doctor, according to a study from Zocdoc.

“At CityMD, we believe that everyone should have access to quality, convenient medical care," said Julie Kang, the company's senior vice president of sales and marketing. "CityMD works for the patient to serve them kinder, faster, and with the most affordable options that meet the changing needs of today's busy consumers.

Sandy Greenberg, cofounder and co-chief executive of Terri & Sandy, added: “We decided to put a humorous twist on a serious situation. People aren’t getting the medical attention they need because the system is broken. And that’s affecting not just sick individuals but everyone who cares about them.” 

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If you follow New York City Ballet principal Sara Mearns on Instagram, you'll have noticed that for the past several months, her feed has included wedding prep pics in addition to her usual performance posts and cross-training clips. This past weekend, the big day finally arrived, and Mearns married Broadway and television choreographer Joshua Bergasse in a dreamy beach ceremony in North Carolina.

And if you were hoping Mearns' wedding day would include a bit of ballet, she didn't disappoint. Not only were some familiar NYCB faces in the bridal party and at the reception, but Mearns made sure to include a nod or two to her career. Luckily, Mearns also spent the day with Brides magazine, letting them in on the ceremony and the reception to exclusively capture all of the best moments.

NYCB costume director Marc Happel designed Mearns' pink tulle gown (plus a gold mini dress for the reception).

Photo by Perry Vaile Photography, Courtesy of Brides.

Happel also created the various purple designs for the bridal party, which included NYCB corps member Gretchen Smith and Les Ballets de Monte Carlo's Christian Tworzyanski.

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To match her gown, Mearns chose pink heels from NYCB board member Sarah Jessica Parker's SJP Collection.

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Mearns added a Swan Lake-themed spin to her wedding cake with swan
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And obviously, there was some actual dancing, too...

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          Onstage This Week: James Whiteside Stars in "The Tenant," The Mikhailovsky Returns to California, World Premieres and More!      Cache   Translate Page      

Wonder what's going on in ballet this week? In addition to the seven performances listed below, John Neumeier's Anna Karenina makes its North American premiere at National Ballet of Canada November 10-18, and Hungarian National Ballet makes its U.S. debut with three performances at Lincoln Center's Koch Theater November 7-11.

James Whiteside Stars in New Dance Play by Arthur Pita

American Ballet Theatre principal James Whiteside stars in The Tenant, a new dance play choreographed by Arthur Pita running at New York's Joyce Theater November 6-11. Also featuring dancer and model Kibrea Carmichael and ABT soloist (and former Pointe cover star) Cassandra Trenary, The Tenant is based on a novel by the same name by French surrealist writer Roland Topor.

Pennsylvania Ballet's Mixed Rep Program Highlights Two World Premieres

Pennsylvania Ballet shows off its contemporary prowess November 8-11 with a mixed repertoire program featuring Jiří Kylián's Petite Mort alongside world premieres by Andrea Miller and Russell Ducker. Both choreographers will be creating work on PAB for the first time: Ducker is a member of PAB's corps de ballet, and Miller is the artistic director of the Brooklyn-based contemporary company Gallim Dance.

Ballet Idaho's Season Opener Includes a World Premiere by Lauren Edson

Ballet Idaho's first season under the leadership of Garrett Anderson opens with NewDance: Form and Concept, running November 8-11. The program features works by six dancemakers that utilize conceptual approaches to choreography. The program includes a world premiere by Boise's own Lauren Edson and works by Robyn Mineko Williams, Penny Saunders, Dana Genchaft and excerpts from pieces by Danielle Rowe and Craig Davidson.

Richmond Ballet Studio Series Opens With Jerome Robbins and a World Premiere

November 6-11, Richmond Ballet's 2018-19 studio series opens with Studio One. The program features Jerome Robbins' In the Night and a world premiere by Nicole Haskins titled Requiem. Haskins, a dancer with Smuin Ballet, last choreographed for RB in 2015 to great acclaim as part of the company's New Works Festival.

Indianapolis Ballet Adds Joshua Bergasse's "Aspects of Andy" To Its Repertoire

Indianapolis Ballet's New Works Showcase runs November 8-11, featuring acclaimed Broadway choreographer Joshua Bergasse's Aspects of Andy and Roberta Wong's new work to Indiana jazz saxophonist Rob Dixon's "Blues for Velez." Also on the program are artistic director Victoria Lyras' Caprice & Variations and Diana & Aceton Pas de Deux, as well as IB ballet master Paul Vitali's Take it from Tony.

St. Petersburg's Mikhailovsky Ballet Returns to California's Segerstrom Center 

St. Petersburg's Mikhailovsky Ballet and Orchestra make their way to the Costa Mesa, CA-based Segerstrom Center November 9-11 to present Don Quixote staged by artistic director Mikhail Messerer. Principals Ivan Vasiliev and Victor Lebedev will both have their turn in the lead role of Basilio, and Angelina Vorontsova and Anastasia Soboleva will dance the role of Kitri. According to the above trailer, a horse and a donkey might grace the Segerstrom stage too.

Tom Gold Dance Presents the New York Debut of "Apparatus Hominus" 

Former New York City Ballet soloist Tom Gold founded Tom Gold Dance in 2008. November 9-10, the company presents its inaugural fall season at Florence Gould Hall with the New York debut of Gold's Apparatus Hominus, which the company premiered last summer outdoors at a sculpture garden in the Berkshires. Gold's company includes a handful of accomplished freelance dancers as well as New York City Ballet's Mary Elizabeth Sell and American Ballet Theatre's Stephanie Williams.

          Why These Rising Hungarian National Ballet Stars (And Newlyweds) Can't Wait for The Company's First U.S. Tour      Cache   Translate Page      

As the Hungarian National Ballet prepares its first U.S. tour to New York City's Lincoln Center this week amid a busy fall season in Budapest, first soloist Lili Felméry and principal dancer Gergő Ármin Balázsi have a lot on their plates. But adapting to the unknown is nothing new; since joining the company, both Hungarian dancers have tackled impressive lists of classical and contemporary roles. Just recently married, they're bursting with excitement to perform in New York together, where the company is performing Swan Lake, Don Quixote and an all Hans van Manen program. Pointe caught up with the newlyweds to hear about some of their favorite onstage moments, honing the details of style, and favorite memories learning from some of the dance world's greatest masters.

Felméry and Balázsi in "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." Photo by Attila Nagy, Courtesy Hungarian National Ballet.

How did the two of you get together?

Lili Felméry: A few years ago, the company staged a new version of The Nutcracker. We were cast to dance the Sugar Plum pas de deux together, so we spent lots of time in rehearsals together. Before long, we were spending time together after rehearsals ended. The holiday atmosphere made the time especially memorable for us.

How does it feel to be back in the studio at the start of a new season?

Gergő Ármin Balázsi: The summer was incredible, but it's good to be back working again. We performed a premiere this fall, and I got to learn William Forsythe's The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude. We also did a few pas de deux for some local tours in Hungary before coming to New York. It's a ton of work. We have to make sure to take care of our bodies so that we don't get injured.

Felméry: I've been busy rehearsing for the New York tour this fall. I'm dancing "little swans" in Swan Lake, one of the two friends in Don Quixote, and two pieces by Hans van Manen: Trois Gnossiennes (in last's night's gala) and Black Cake on November 11.

You both danced principal roles with the company early on in your careers. What was that like?

Felméry: I joined the company as a demi-soloist after graduating from The Royal Ballet School in London. I had to choose between contracts with The Royal Ballet or with Hungarian National Ballet, my home company. I was so grateful for those early chances because they pushed me to continue improving.

Balázsi: Joining my home company was always a big dream for me. I entered in the corps de ballet, but danced solos during my first season. I danced so much during that first year that I barely had time to think about it. It was only that summer, when I looked back at all I'd done, that I realized how much I'd actually danced. I really admire how our director Tamás Solymosi pushes new company members with big responsibilities onstage.

Felméry and Balázsi in "Sleeping Beauty." Photo by Attila Nagy, Courtesy Hungarian National Ballet.

Lili, was it challenging to adjust between the styles at Royal Ballet School and at Hungarian National Ballet?

Felméry: It took some getting used to, sure. At Royal Ballet School, I learned to prepare for a pirouette from fourth position with rounded arms, while the Vaganova-style pirouette that we learn in Budapest starts with straight arms. But the time in London was very inspiring for me; I watched company rehearsals and performances, and tried to absorb everything I could. And I think adjusting to different styles has helped me overall. In the company, we work with so many different choreographers, and it's useful to be able to adapt.

Are the two of you dancing together in New York?

Balázsi: Yes, we'll dance the duet from Hans van Manen's Black Cake. I love dancing with Lili. I feel so comfortable with her. Every time I catch her eye onstage, I relax.

Felméry: That's true. We don't always get to dance together, so we always really appreciate the opportunities.

Felméry and Balázsi in "The Fountain of Bakhchisarai." Photo by Attila Nagy, Courtesy Hungarian National Ballet.

Can you describe learning Hans van Manen's style? Is it very strict?

Felméry: I wouldn't call it strict. There are specific hand positions, a way of turning the wrist in, and ways to direct your focus. But once you learn those details, the choreography is very comfortable. And van Manen isn't strict at all as a person! He came to Budapest to work with us before the premiere. In rehearsal for Trois Gnoissiennes, he was so funny!

Balázsi: He's an old man, but he was so playful! My favorite choreography of his to dance is the solo couple in 5 Tangos. It's really tough, stamina-wise. You have to maintain a lot of power up until the end. But it's so energetic, and sexy. And the music is so powerful.

Are you looking forward to performing in New York?

Balázsi: So much! I can't wait to experience America for the first time.

Felméry: The girls can't stop talking about it in the dressing room!

Felméry and Balázsi in "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." Photo by Attila Nagy, Courtesy Hungarian National Ballet.

Have you made any plans for what you'd like to do in the city?

Felméry: I'll be dancing in every performance. So, between rehearsals and shows, I'm not sure how much time I'll have. I guess I'll have to leave it open.

Balázsi: I'll have a bit of free time, so I'll try to explore and report back. I definitely want to eat all the hamburgers I possibly can!

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Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

You should read this book if you like: Fiction, Big Little Lies, health resorts, wickedly smart writing, people who seem to have all the answers, rebooting your life

About: Could ten days at a health resort really change you forever? In Liane Moriarty’s latest page-turner, nine perfect strangers are about to find out...

Nine people gather at a remote health resort. Some are here to lose weight, some are here to get a reboot on life, some are here for reasons they can’t even admit to themselves. Amidst all of the luxury and pampering, the mindfulness and meditation, they know these ten days might involve some real work. But none of them could imagine just how challenging the next ten days are going to be.

Frances Welty, the formerly best-selling romantic novelist, arrives at Tranquillum House nursing a bad back, a broken heart, and an exquisitely painful paper cut. She’s immediately intrigued by her fellow guests. Most of them don’t look to be in need of a health resort at all. But the person that intrigues her most is the strange and charismatic owner/director of Tranquillum House. Could this person really have the answers Frances didn’t even know she was seeking? Should Frances put aside her doubts and immerse herself in everything Tranquillum House has to offer – or should she run while she still can?

It’s not long before every guest at Tranquillum House is asking exactly the same question.

Combining all of the hallmarks that have made her writing a go-to for anyone looking for wickedly smart, page-turning fiction that will make you laugh and gasp, Liane Moriarty’s Nine Perfect Strangers once again shows why she is a master of her craft.

Heads You Win: A Novel by Jeffrey Archer

You should read this book if you like: Historical fiction, Kane and Abel, the Cold War, KGB assassination plots, stories that span decades and continents, shocking twists of fate

About: Leningrad, Russia, 1968. Alexander Karpenko is no ordinary child, and from an early age, it is clear he is destined to lead his countrymen. But when his father is assassinated by the KGB for defying the state, he and his mother will have to escape from Russia if they hope to survive. At the docks, they are confronted with an irreversible choice: should they board a container ship bound for America, or Great Britain? Alexander leaves that choice to the toss of a coin . . .

In a single moment, a double twist decides Alexander’s future. During an epic tale of fate and fortune, spanning two continents and thirty years, we follow his triumphs and defeats as he struggles as an immigrant to conquer his new world. As this unique story unfolds, Alexander comes to realize where his destiny lies, and accepts that he must face the past he left behind in Russia.

With a final twist that will shock even his most ardent fans, this is #1 New York Times bestseller Jeffrey Archer’s most ambitious and creative work since Kane and Abel.

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

About: Spensa's world has been under attack for hundreds of years. An alien race called the Krell leads onslaught after onslaught from the sky in a never-ending campaign to destroy humankind. Humanity's only defense is to take to their ships and combat the Krell. Pilots are the heroes of what's left of the human race.

Becoming a pilot has always been Spensa's dream. Since she was a little girl, she has imagined soaring above the earth and proving her bravery. But her fate is intertwined with that of her father--a pilot himself who was killed years ago when he abruptly deserted his team, leaving Spensa's chances of attending Flight School at slim to none.

No one will let Spensa forget what her father did, but she is determined to fly. And the Krell just made that a possibility. They've doubled their fleet, which will make Spensa's world twice as deadly . . . but just might take her skyward.

Someone Like Me by M.R. Carey

You should read this book if you like: Horror, The Girl with All the Gifts, mothers with a dark side, chills and thrills, exploring two very different sides of the same story

About: From the author of the million-copy bestseller The Girl With All the Gifts comes a heart-stopping thriller with twists you won't see coming and a heroine you can't trust.

Liz Kendall wouldn't hurt a fly. Even when times get tough, she's devoted to bringing up her two kids in a loving home.

But there's another side to Liz---one that's dark and malicious. She will do anything to get her way, no matter how extreme.

And when this other side of her takes control, the consequences are devastating.

Love her or hate her: there are two sides to every story....

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The Des Moines Community Playhouse is home to Second Saturday, an alternative Saturday night entertainment for youths in grades 6-12. The next event is Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, from 7:30-10:00 PM. The cost is $9. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged and is available online at

In its 25th year of theatre fun at the Playhouse, Second Saturday is an evening of laughter, skits, and theatre games. In this dynamic environment teens work in groups and meet new people. While Second Saturday isn't a class, it is led by the Playhouse's professional education staff, which will help teens create impromptu skits. Upcoming dates for the Second Saturday 2018-19 season are Dec. 8, 2018; Jan. 12, Feb. 9, Mar. 9, April 13, and May 11, 2019.

The Playhouse, now in its 100th season, is one of the oldest and largest community theatres in the US. Located at the 42nd Street exit of I-235, the theatre has presented a full season of shows since 1919 and also offers a wide variety of educational experiences including classes for ages 4 to adult, theatre trips to New York, and volunteer opportunities onstage and backstage.

For more information on the Playhouse's educational offerings, visit the Playhouse website at or call Robin Spahr, education director, at 515-974-536

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Man Found Guilty in ISIS-Inspired Bombing Near Times SquareNew York Times
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          Comey urges voting on values as he accuses Trump of 'lying, misogyny, racism and attacks on the rule of law' - Washington Post      Cache   Translate Page      

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Comey urges voting on values as he accuses Trump of 'lying, misogyny, racism and attacks on the rule of law'
Washington Post
Former FBI director James B. Comey on Tuesday decried the “lying, misogyny, racism and attacks on the rule of law from our president” and urged Americans to vote based on their values in a new op-ed. Writing in the New York Times, Comey, who was fired ...
James Comey pens Election Day op-ed: 'Let's vote to uphold our nation's values'The Hill
James Comey: An anti-Trump 'awakening' in America is underwayWashington Examiner

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          Memoirs of the Lives of Robert Haldane of Airthrey, and of His Brother, James Alexander Haldane (Haldane)      Cache   Translate Page      
Memoirs of the Lives of Robert Haldane of Airthrey, and of His Brother, James Alexander Haldane (New York: R. Carter and Bros., 1853), by Alexander Haldane (stable link)
          A Practical Treatise on the Hive and Honey-Bee (Langstroth)      Cache   Translate Page      
A Practical Treatise on the Hive and Honey-Bee (third edition; New York: C.M. Saxton, 1863), by L. L. Langstroth (multiple formats at
          Uppgifter: Lias Andersson får ny chans i New York Rangers      Cache   Translate Page      

Svenske stortalangen Lias Andersson fick ett tungt besked, precis innan NHL-säsongen drog igång. Trots att han imponerat under försäsongen fick han inleda i Rangers farmarlag Hartford. Experter och fans var förvånade, men klubben motiverade sitt ...

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          Podcast: The Information Advantage      Cache   Translate Page      

AdExchanger Talks is a podcast focused on data-driven marketing. Subscribe here. Jounce Media founder Chris Kane gave a popular presentation at Programmatic IO New York on the buzzy discipline of supply-path optimization (SPO). In this episode, Kane comes into the AdExchanger studio for a deep dive on SPO and the ways advertisers can use it to optimize... Continue reading »

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          NY High Court Rules that Accrual Clause Cannot Extend the Statute of Limitation for RMBS Claims       Cache   Translate Page      
The New York Court of Appeals recently held that an accrual clause in an RMBS contract, containing language designating the occurrence of specific actions as the trigger for the statute of limitations period for a breach of contract action, violated...
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          Cognition: How Music Can Reach the Silenced Brain      Cache   Translate Page      

By Concetta Tomaino My awakening came in a small nursing home in East New York more than 20 years ago. Strange sounds and the cadences of repetitive speech filled the dementia day unit. In the noisy chaos, some residents slowly limped around the room or along the halls; others sat, heads down, silent, seemingly unaware […]

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          The Monkees' movie 'Head' premiered in New York 50 years ago      Cache   Translate Page      
Written in part by a then-unknown Jack Nicholson, the film is a surreal dark comedy that deals with subjects like commercialism and the Vietnam war.
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WATCH: Poll Shows New York Governor’s Race Tightening

CBS2's Marcia Kramer has the latest on the tightening race between Gov. Cuomo and Marc Molinaro.

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          Pompeo says he will meet N.Korea number two in New York      Cache   Translate Page      
Washington (AFP) Nov 4, 2018
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday he will meet this week in New York with North Korea's number two to discuss denuclearization and a possible second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. "I expect we'll make some real progress, including an effort to make sure that the summit between our two leaders can take place where we can make substant
          Farewell Wolfgang      Cache   Translate Page      

My photos shows Wolfgang Zuckermann who has died at the age of 96. During the second half of the twentieth century the harpsichord made the remarkable transition from almost extinct historical curiosity to concert hall staple; not just for early music, but also for new music from composers including John Cage, Elliott Carter and Maurice Ohana. Wolfgang Zuckermann's $150 harpsichord kits, which were launched in 1959, were a major factor in the rehabilitation of the harpsichord, and Zuckermann supplied instruments to John Cage and many other musicians from his workshop in Greenwich Village, New York.

The legendary 'Model T' harpsichord kit is Wolfgang Zuckermann's best known contribution to music history. But he had been making high quality finished instruments for a decade before entering the self-assembly market and his manufacturing business continues today under different ownership. In 1969 he published his influential book The Modern Harpsichord. This advocated a return to authentic specifications for contemporary instruments and rejected the 'romantic' approach pioneered by Landa Landowska and her Pleyel instruments.

Wolfgang Joachim Zuckermann was born in Berlin in 1922, and after his family emigrated to America he became a US citizen in 1938. He saw action in the Second World War in the US Army, but in 1969 he sold his harpsichord business and left America because of his opposition to the war in Vietnam. After a period in England he settled in France where he developed a successful second career as a social activist, early environmentalist and author. He was active drawing attention to the environmental impact of the internal combustion engine and was one of the team who created Buy Nothing Day, an international day of protest against consumerism. One of his famous quotes from decades ago was "It is no doubt ironic that the motorcar, superstar of the capitalist system, expects to live rent free."

As well as continuing his environmental and social activism Wolfgang Zuckermann founded the Librairie Shakespeare English language bookshop in the university district of Avignon, France in 1994. In 2012 he sold Librairie Shakespeare and the bookshop thrives today under its new owner Camille Vourc’h. The two later photos were taken in 2008 in Librairie Shakespeare on one of my frequent visits to Avignon. I first met Wolfgang years earlier while passing through the city en route to stay at the nearby Benedictine Abbey of Sainte-Madeleine du Barroux. In subsequent years I made it a point to drop in at his eclectically stocked bookshop, and a number of prized purchases from there now grace my library.

Wolfgang Zuckermann enjoyed a long and full life, and I am privileged to have known him. His contributions to music history and to environmentalism made him a legend in his own lifetime. But what made him particularly special to me was his principled stand against the US government's escalation of the Vietnam War. In 1969 there was no email, no Skype and no mobile phones, and cultures were far more insular. Permanently leaving his native America and his successful business for Europe on a point of ethical principle was truly courageous. How starkly it contrasts with the political dissidents who today do no more than air their principles in social media rants while staying firmly and comfortably put under a political regime they claim to despise.

Farewell Wolfgang, thank you for showing us how it should be done.

Wolfgang Zuckermann's funeral is on November 5th at the crematorium in Orange (84087)

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          L'immunologo Alberto Mantovani premiato a New York        Cache   Translate Page      
          Pollock e la Scuola di New York      Cache   Translate Page      
“Di tanto in tanto un pittore deve distruggere la pittura. Lo fece Cézanne, poi Picasso con il cubismo. E poi Pollock, che ha mandato in frantumi la nostra idea di che cos’è un dipinto. In seguito potranno essercene degli altri”. Così scriveva Willem de Kooning riconoscendo l’impatto profondo che ebbe la tecnica di pittura spontanea sviluppata da Pollock nell’elaborazione di un’estetica astratta del tutto inedita. Un linguaggio visivo rivoluzionario che incarnò lo spirito dell’America del secondo dopoguerra e che fu interpretato con spirito e accenti diversi da tante personalità riunite nella cosiddetta Scuola di New York. Definizione coniata quale sinonimo di Abstract Expressionism, proprio per trovare un comune denominatore a quegli artisti che furono per la prima volta esposti insieme in una grande mostra, la 9th Street Art Exhibition, organizzata a New York dal gallerista Leo Castelli nel maggio del 1951. Un' esposizione romana raccoglie una serie di capolavori realizzati da quei pittori, soprarnnominati anche Gli Irascibili, che vissero nella Grande Mela e crearono e definirono i confini del nuovo astrattismo di matrice americana. Oltre a celebri lavori di Pollock tra cui la monumentale Number 27 del 1950, circa cinquanta opere – tra cui dipinti di Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning e Franz Kline – provenienti dalla collezione del Whitney Museum di New York. Roma, Complesso del Vittoriano: Pollock e la scuola di New York, fino al 24 febbraio 2018  
          Tribeca with Kids: Top 30 Things to Do for NYC Families      Cache   Translate Page      

One of New York City's original residential neighborhoods, Tribeca was initially settled back in the 1700s. The area has undergone several transformations since then. In the 19th century, it became an industrial and commercial hub, By post-World War II, it was a ghost town with only a few hundred residents, and block after block of empty warehouses. Thanks to all of that affordable loft space, artists and bohemians flocked to Tribeca in the 1980s and by the 2000s it had been reinvented once again as one of Manhattan's most affluent and amenity-filled areas.

Today, this unique neighborhood is in high demand with families thanks to its great public schools, the beautiful waterfront Hudson River Park, thriving locally owned businesses, kid-friendly restaurants, and a funky downtown vibe that is quickly disappearing from NYC. Here's a look at everything Tribeca has to offer families, including our favorites spots to eat, play, and shop, and our top things to do with kids in the neighborhood.

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          8 Things to Love About the Children's Museum of Manhattan      Cache   Translate Page      

The Children’s Museum of Manhattan is an absolute must-visit for any NYC family with young children, and it’s especially great for kids ages ten and under. This Upper West Side mainstay is a super-fun environment to learn about science, culture, art, music and history. CMOM features both permanent and rotating immersive exhibits, themed play areas, workshops, classes, and interactive performances, all designed around the latest child development research. The nearly 40,000-square-foot institution spans five stories, which seems to be just enough space to keep your children happy, engaged, and occupied without overwhelming them (or you).

I’ve taken my kids to CMOM more times than I can count, and it never gets old. There’s always something new and interesting to explore, along with some ever-present favorites (the fire truck is sure to please any child, big or small – just ask my husband). Read on to see our top reasons why CMOM is one of our favorite kid-centric destinations in all of New York City.

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          Under divine auspices : divine ideology and the visualisation of imperial power in the Severan period      Cache   Translate Page      
Clare Rowan.. Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press 2012 -- Lettres et sciences humaines : BL 803 R69 2012
          Remittance      Cache   Translate Page      
a film by Patrick Daly & Joel Fendelman ; writers, directors, producers, Patrick Daly & joel Fendelman ; producer, Frank Hall Green.. [New York] : Outcast Films [2017] -- Lettres et sciences humaines : MEDIA DVD 9355
          A nation like all others : a brief history of American foreign relations      Cache   Translate Page      
Warren I. Cohen.. New York : Columbia University Press [2018] -- Lettres et sciences humaines : E 183.7 C64 2018
          Microeconomics      Cache   Translate Page      
Hugh Gravelle and Ray Rees.. Harlow, England ; New York : Prentice Hall Financial Times 2004 -- Lettres et sciences humaines : HB 171.5 G73 2004
           Practice of multiculturalism among the Malaysian teachers: An issue of competency and contexts       Cache   Translate Page      
Malakolunthu, S. (2008) Practice of multiculturalism among the Malaysian teachers: An issue of competency and contexts. In: Annual American Educational Research Conference, 24-28 Mar 2008, New York, USA. (In Press)
          Transgender youth : perceptions, media influences and social challenges      Cache   Translate Page      
Shemya Vaughn, editor.. New York : Nova Publishers [2018] -- Lettres et sciences humaines : HQ 77.95 E8 T73 2018
 Senior Product Designer      Cache   Translate Page      


(San Francisco, CA)

About us

Kiva ( is an innovative non-profit focused on connecting people through lending to alleviate poverty and create opportunity. We run a global marketplace platform for crowdfunded microloans that serves the financially excluded. Our organization combines the culture and technological passion of an internet start-up with the compassion and empathy of a non-profit to address poverty at global scale. We aim to drive social impact and enable opportunity while providing a borrower-to-lender connection: “Loans that change lives.” In just 13 years, we have raised more than $1.1 billion in loan capital for 2.7 million borrowers in 83 countries. Our lenders fund over $10 million in loans every month. With offices in San Francisco, Portland, New York, Nairobi, and Bangkok, Kiva's team includes 100+ employees and 400+ volunteers worldwide.

About this role

At Kiva, we’re broadening our focus and building new products that will create economic opportunity and expand financial inclusion across the globe. We recognize the importance of strong design in driving the success of these new initiatives, and are investing in a skilled team that will have a high degree of ownership around Kiva’s future impact.

As a Senior Product Designer, you will be involved in all aspects of the product development process—from brainstorming the next big idea, to creating the vision for new features, to tweaking pixels right before launch. We’re looking for someone who can pitch in on a wide range of design issues—product, user experience, interaction, visual, copywriting, illustration, storytelling—whatever it takes to ship the ultimate user experience to the people we want to reach. You’ll thrive in this role if you are constantly curious, think deeply, speak clearly, and embrace collaboration and feedback.

This is a full-time position located in either San Francisco, CA or Portland, OR. At this time, we can only consider applicants with authorization to work in the United States on a permanent, full-time basis; unfortunately we cannot provide visa sponsorship.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Partner with product managers, engineers, and other stakeholders to design user experiences from conception to launch.
  • Participate in concept development and design ideation with product managers and designers to define product direction.
  • Lead and participate in cross-functional brainstorms, discussions, and design reviews.
  • Prototype and present ideas ranging from rough whiteboard sketches to wireframes to high-fidelity interactive prototypes.
  • Partner with engineering to ensure a high-quality implementation and user experience.
  • Lead broader design initiatives, such as improving or extending the design system or product development practices.

What we’re looking for:

  • 5+ years experience designing best-of-class digital products—consumer products, nonprofit, and/or financial services—ideally in-house.
  • Experience across the full product development spectrum: from ideation and strategy to implementation (with pixel level detail). You’ve gotta be able to fly high and fly low.
  • Demonstrated ability to build successful relationships across design, engineering, product, and marketing.
  • Strong customer focus: ability to conduct user research and translate insights from customer interviews, usability tests and site metrics into actionable design solutions.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and visual communication skills; willing to provide and receive constructive feedback as a part of the creative process.

What we offer:

  • An amazing mission: Kiva’s mission is to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty across the globe
  • An opportunity to improve real lives, solve hard problems, and change the world
  • Friendly, supportive, and adventurous environment with a team of engaged colleagues
  • Casual, but high performing work environment
  • A comprehensive, industry-leading benefits package
  • Opportunities to connect with and learn from colleagues and partners around the world

A diverse and inclusive workplace where we learn from each other is an integral part of Kiva's culture. We actively welcome people of different backgrounds, experiences, abilities and perspectives. We are an equal opportunity employer and a great place to work. Join us and help us achieve our mission!

We will only accept applications directly from candidates. Kiva will not be responsible for any recruiting agency fees, absent a formal agreement.


          Supporting transgender & gender-creative youth : schools, families, and communities in action      Cache   Translate Page      
Elizabeth J. Meyer & Annie Pullen Sansfaçon, editors.. New York : Peter Lang [2018] -- Lettres et sciences humaines : HQ 77.9 S87 2018
          Chaos in the liberal order : the Trump presidency and international politics in the twenty-first century      Cache   Translate Page      
edited by Robert Jervis, Francis J. Gavin, Joshua Rovner and Diana N. Labrosse ; with George Fuiji.. New York : Columbia University Press [2018] -- Lettres et sciences humaines : JZ 1480 C43 2018
          The collector of lives : Giorgio Vasari and the invention of art      Cache   Translate Page      
Ingrid Rowland and Noah Charney.. New York : W.W. Norton & Company [2017] -- Lettres et sciences humaines : N 7483 V37 R69 2017
          Writing and translating francophone discourse : Africa, the Caribbean, diaspora      Cache   Translate Page      
edited by Paul F. Bandia.. Amsterdam ; New York, NY : Rodopi B.V. 2014 -- Lettres et sciences humaines : PC 2498 W75 2014
          The writer's eye : observation and inspiration for creative writers      Cache   Translate Page      
Amy E. Weldon.. London ; New York : Bloomsbury Academic 2018 -- Lettres et sciences humaines : PN 145 W45 2018
          Secular lyric : the modernization of the poem in Poe, Whitman, and Dickinson      Cache   Translate Page      
John Michael.. New York : Fordham University Press [2018] -- Lettres et sciences humaines : PS 316 M53 2018
          Aristotle's generation of animals : a critical guide      Cache   Translate Page      
edited by Andrea Falcon, Concordia University, Montréal, David Lefebvre, University of Clermont-Auvergne.. Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press 2018 -- Lettres et sciences humaines : QP 251 A75 2018
          Reward Offered For Info On Suspects Sought In String Of Poughkeepsie Shootings      Cache   Translate Page      

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for a series of shooting that have taken place over the past 10 days.

With four shootings in the City of Poughkeepsie in the span of just more than a week, New York State Crime Stoppers is offering up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrests and convictions of those involved.

Police have said that the shootings, which all occurred within nine days and injure...

          Employee At Spa Charged With Prostitution After Resident Reports Suspicious Activity      Cache   Translate Page      

Fengling Qin

A 52-year-old employee at a spa was arrested for prostitution following a report by a concerned citizen.

Fengling Qin of Queens was arrested Wednesday, Oct. 31, by the New York State Police for unauthorized practice and prostitution, said Trooper AJ Hicks.

Qin worked at the Ease Spa on Route 82, in...

          Remote Sensing Technologies and Global Markets      Cache   Translate Page      

NEW YORK, Nov. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Report Scope: This report covers the global market for remote sensing, including regional analysis of North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Rest of the World.Platforms include: space based – conventional, airborne – manned,...

          MarketsandMarkets estimates the global TV analytics market to grow from USD 1.9 billion in 2018 to USD 4.2 billion by 2023, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 17.4%      Cache   Translate Page      

NEW YORK, Nov. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Intensifying business competition among TV analytics solution providers is driving the growth of the market Read the full report: MarketsandMarkets estimates the global TV analytics market to grow from USD 1.9...

          Kyrie Irving fined $25K for throwing ball into stands      Cache   Translate Page      

NEW YORK (AP) — Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for throwing a basketball into the stands after a game. The fine was handed down Tuesday by league discipline executive Kiki VanDeWeghe. The incident occurred at the end of the Celtics’ 115-107 loss to the Denver Nuggets on […]
          Vivian Maier : a photographer found      Cache   Translate Page      
John Maloof ; text by Marvin Heiferman ; edited by Howard Greenberg ; foreword by Laura Lippman.. New York : Harper Design, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers 2014 -- Lettres et sciences humaines : TR 659.8 M35 2014
          The Global Network Firewall Market, Forecast to 2022      Cache   Translate Page      

NEW YORK, Nov. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Emerging Business Practices Demands New Technologies The enterprise network is evolving rapidly with new technologies and business practices such as cloud computing, Software Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN), Internet of Things (IoT), and remote...

          The molluscicides market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 4.4%      Cache   Translate Page      

NEW YORK, Nov. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The molluscicides market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 4.4%. The molluscicides market is estimated at USD 587.8 million in 2018 and is projected to reach USD 727.8 million by 2023. It is projected to grow at a CAGR of 4.4% from 2018 to 2023. The...

          Man + camera : a photographic autobiography      Cache   Translate Page      
[by] Victor Keppler ; designed by Hal Rogers.. New York, : Amphoto [1970] -- Lettres et sciences humaines : TR 690.4 K47 A3 1970
          Great photographic essays from Life      Cache   Translate Page      
commentary by Maitland Edey ; pictures edited by Constance Sullivan.. Boston : New York Graphic Society [1978] -- Lettres et sciences humaines : TR 820.5 G74 1978
          The telepresence robot market is expected to reach USD 312.6 million by 2023 from USD 145.8 million in 2018, at a CAGR of 16.5%      Cache   Translate Page      

NEW YORK, Nov. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Enhanced operational efficiency in enterprises due to virtual meeting acts as major driving factor for telepresence robot market Read the full report: The telepresence robot market is expected to reach USD 312.6 ...

          Technology Breakthroughs in Zero-Friction Coatings      Cache   Translate Page      

NEW YORK, Nov. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Coating Materials that Reduce Friction Between Moving Parts to Improve Performance Efficiency Read the full report: This report titled "Technology Breakthroughs in Zero Friction Coatings" analyzes newly...

          The MV protection relay market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 5.33%, from 2018 to 2023      Cache   Translate Page      

NEW YORK, Nov. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The MV protection relay market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 5.33%, from 2018 to 2023. Read the full report: The MV protection relay market is projected to reach USD 1,115 million by 2023, from an estimated...

          SHAREHOLDER ALERT: Pomerantz Law Firm Investigates Claims On Behalf of Investors of Align Technology, Inc. - ALGN      Cache   Translate Page      

NEW YORK, Nov. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Pomerantz LLP is investigating claims on behalf of investors of Align Technology, Inc. ("Align" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: ALGN). Such investors are advised to contact Robert S. Willoughby at or 888-476-6529, ext. 9980. The...

          The market size of MMA adhesives is estimated at USD 1.09 billion in 2018 and is projected to reach USD 1.56 billion by 2023, at a CAGR of 7.5%      Cache   Translate Page      

NEW YORK, Nov. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The market size of MMA adhesives is estimated at USD 1.09 billion in 2018 and is projected to reach USD 1.56 billion by 2023, at a CAGR of 7.5%. The increasing demand for MMA adhesives from the automotive & transportation industry is one of the major ...

          Broadridge Narrows Estimated Range For Second Quarter 2019 Revenue      Cache   Translate Page      

NEW YORK, Nov. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: BR) is narrowing the estimated range of its second quarter fiscal year 2019 total revenue. In response to a question on its first quarter 2019 earnings conference call and webcast held earlier today,...

          Kiezers VS laten massaal stickers achter bij graf Susan B. Anthony      Cache   Translate Page      
Veel Amerikanen die dinsdag hun stem hebben uitgebracht, hebben de sticker die zij kregen na het stemmen op de grafsteen van Susan B. Anthony in New York geplakt.
          Steeds meer juryleden haken uit angst af in zaak 'El Chapo'      Cache   Translate Page      
Het openbaar ministerie in New York heeft grote moeite met het samenstellen van een goede jury voor de rechtszaak tegen drugsbaas 'El Chapo'. In de eerste twee dagen werden al 27 potentiële juryleden afgewezen.
          Dader aanslag metrostation New York veroordeeld voor terrorisme      Cache   Translate Page      
De man die in december een bom liet afgaan in de metro van New York, is door de federale rechtbank in de Verenigde Staten veroordeeld voor terrorisme.
          Jet Set Men — Million Dollar Man (2012)      Cache   Translate Page      
Jet Set Men — Million Dollar Man (2012)

If you«ve been keeping up with Jet Set Men Exclusive Tag Eriksson these days then you know he»s now a reality TV show star who appears on Bravo TV«s hit show Million Dollar Listing. This collection features every scene Tag appeared in that was not included on the first collection. Like the cover says, «Listing properties in New York isn»t the only thing that made him a star!»

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          The military drones market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 12.00% from 2018 to 2025      Cache   Translate Page      

NEW YORK, Nov. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The military drones market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 12.00% from 2018 to 2025. Read the full report: The military drones market is projected to grow from USD 12.1 billion in 2018 to USD 26.8 billion by...

          Cashman: Yankees want to bring back Sabathia, Happ      Cache   Translate Page      
Brian Cashman wants to bring CC Sabathia back for an 11th season with the New York Yankees, and he's also holding out some hope of re-signing J.A. Happ. Eight days after the Boston Red Sox won their fourth World Series title in 15 seasons - compared to one in that span for New York - Cashman arrived at the annual general managers' meetings searching for pitching. ''The Red Sox winning doesn't change the hunger level of trying to deliver a championship sooner than later for our fan base,'' the Yankees GM said Monday.
          The food deaerators market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 6.1%      Cache   Translate Page      

NEW YORK, Nov. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The food deaerators market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 6.1%. The food deaerators market is estimated to account for USD 270 million in 2018 and projected to grow at a CAGR of 6.1%, to reach USD 363 million by 2023. The key drivers of the market ...

          Mike Tomlin Continues to Prove His Worth, and We Should Have Never Doubted Him      Cache   Translate Page      
Former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber says Mike Tomlin is one of the best coaches in the NFL, and his ability to handle all the turmoil this season proves it,
          Yankees, Blue Jays both interested in bringing back starter J.A. Happ      Cache   Translate Page      
By E.Jay Zarett | Sporting News
Happ began last season with the Blue Jays before he was sent to New York before the trade deadline.
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          The global hub motor market is estimated to grow from USD 7.92 billion in 2018 at a CAGR of 5.03% to reach USD 11.17 billion by 2025      Cache   Translate Page      

NEW YORK, Nov. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Availability of government support such as purchase incentives for electric two wheelers, powerful acceleration, and better torque control have driven the demand for hub motor globally. Read the full report: The ...

          Première comparution à New York de l’homme à l’origine de l’envoi de plusieurs colis suspects      Cache   Translate Page      
Ce fan de Donald Trump a envoyé 13 colis suspects à différentes personnalités, pour la plupart démocrates.
          The liquid milk replacers market size is expected to grow from USD 188 million in 2018 to USD 243 million by 2023, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 5.3%      Cache   Translate Page      

NEW YORK, Nov. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Increasing consumption of dairy products is expected to drive the overall growth of the liquid milk replacers market. Read the full report: The liquid milk replacers market size is expected to grow from USD 188...

          My First Time      Cache   Translate Page

I have something that I'm not *super* excited to share, but maybe by sharing it makes both of us feel that we're not the only people in the same position.

I've never voted.

I've always made excuses for myself and was far too nervous to actually vote. Where do I go? What do I do? What if I do it wrong? What if I don't understand the ballot? Will it be easy to read? What if they turn me away?

All totally logical and yet illogical thoughts running through my mind leading up to it. So I just stayed away. In return I've told myself I can't really complain about politics. Not that I ever would on my blog or really anywhere... but I don't (in my mind) have a *right* to complain since I didn't make my voice heard by voting.

Moving around a lot made it kind of hard to vote -- I was registered in IL when I lived in KY and registered in KY when I lived in New York. But now, it has changed. I am a registered voter in New York, the polling place for my district is IN my apartment building and today I will cast my first vote.

I'm still pretty nervous and will admit that I'm making Andrew come down with me (post voting update, he was so great and while it was supportive to have him there, if you don't have your own Andrew the people at the polls are so nice and happy to help). I've done my top level research on candidates and issues. I know what I need to bring, I know where I need to go, I have an idea of what I'll do.

And I hope you do the same today. No matter your political affiliation, I feel like it's an important election to vote in -- ether side. 

So google where to vote (google tells you just about everything you need to know), do some reading, and get to the polls. Vote with me for the first time, or keep leading the way by voting again.

Today is the day I can proudly say that I voted the first time in a US Election. 

          A Houndstooth Skirt for Winter and Fall      Cache   Translate Page      

Another day another skirt here on Covering the Bases. Hope everyone had a great weekend, let's pop on into this look!


Ralph Lauren: Wool-Blend Chesterfield Coat c/o (last years more affordable version HERE) / Ralph Lauren: Cashmere Turtleneck c/o (more affordable option HERE) / Anthropologie: Townsend Houndstooth Skirt / Sam Edelman: Camilla Tall Boots (sold out; this years version HERE) / Something: Tall Boot Socks Celine: Nano Handbag / BaubleBar: Mini Amariella Flower Stud Resin Earrings c/o

I kind of really love the contrast of colors here, especially considering I don't really wear black. I've found that I've been wanting to wear more of it but none of my accessories match (aka I have no black boots, I got rid of them!!). But I felt as black and camel are both neutrals, that it would work and I think it does!

There is something very classic and preppy about this look -- I'm pretty sure its the turtleneck/skirt combo but it probably all helps it tie in together. This sweater is instantly becoming a go-to in my closet but I understand that it's expensive so I've been trying to find something similar (I know it's out there!) without braking the bank. If you see something, please let me know.

In other news, the fall colors have officially hit New York and in my mind it's a little too late seeing as I'm in holiday mode. I love Christmas, it's my favorite time of year and I am READY to celebrate. Is it too early??


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O delegație a Ministerului Sănătății condusă de Octavian Dan Alexandrescu, secretar de stat, participă săptămâna aceasta la Forumul Spitalelor „BestInvest Healthcare Forum”, organizat la New York de către Consiliul de Afaceri Româno-American.
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The American Petroleum Institute reported late Tuesday that U.S. crude supplies rose by 7.8 million barrels for the week ended Nov. 2, according to sources. The API data, however, also showed supply declines of 1.2 million barrels for gasoline and 3.6 million barrels for distillates, sources said. Supply data from the Energy Information Administration will be released Wednesday. Analysts polled by S&P Global Platts expect the EIA to report a climb of 1.9 million barrels in crude supplies. They expect supply declines of 2.1 million barrels for gasoline, and 2.03 million barrels for distillates. December West Texas Intermediate crude was at $61.82 a barrel in electronic trading, down from the $62.21 settlement on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

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Shares of the New York Times Company fell 5.3% on Tuesday after Barclays downgraded the media company to underweight from neutral, saying investors are putting too much weight on digital net additions. "Investors appear to have transitioned to a valuation framework based on digital net adds rather than earnings. We believe this valuation transition is too premature and could force suboptimal choices on management," wrote Barclays analysts, led by Kannan Venkateshwar. Venkateshwar also cut his price target for the Times to $18 from $20, a 32% downside from the current share price of $26.46. He compared the Times's digital growth to that of Spotify , saying: "Based on certain assumptions for print, we believe the digital business at present is being valued higher than Spotify despite digital revenue growth being a fraction of Spotify. Therefore, as much as we like the digital story and believe it is likely to continue scaling over the coming years, we believe the momentum in this stock has taken valuation to levels that will need a very different trend line for growth relative to the one the company is on." Shares of the Times have gained 43% in the year to date, while the S&P 500 has gained 2.8%.

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          29-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is poised to become the youngest woman in Congress      Cache   Translate Page      
The millennial New Yorker is running on a platform of universal Medicare, tuition-free college and the abolition of ICE.
          Amazon close to deal to site 'HQ2' in both Long Island City, N.Y., and Arlington County, Va.: N.Y. Times      Cache   Translate Page Inc. is close to a deal to locate its second headquarters between Long Island City in Queens and Crystal City in Arlington County, Va., the New York Times reported Tuesday, citing people it described as familiar with the decision-making process. Amazon will have a total of 50,000 workers in the two locations, the paper reported. Amazon executives met last week with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, one person said, adding that the state has offered hundreds of millions of dollars in potential subsidies to seal the deal. Amazon needs to hire tens of thousands of high-tech workers, leading some to speculate that it would select a major East Coast metropolitan area for its planned second headquarters. The search for a location has been going on for a year, with the company narrowing its list to 20 cities in January. Amazon declined to comment to the New York Times. Shares were down 0.9% premarket, but have gained 39.2% in 2018, while the S&P 500 has gained 2.4%.

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          Voting lines are so ridiculously long that thousands of people had to order pizza      Cache   Translate Page      

In what might be one of the largest midterm election turnouts in U.S. history, reports of frustratingly long voting lines are flooding social media from all around the country, with some would-be voters facing three- and even four-hour wait times. Michael J. Ryan, executive director of New York City’s Board of Elections, told the New York Times that the maddening mob scenes should be taken as a sign of a “robust democracy,” a comment that did not go over too well on Twitter.

Fortunately, the good work of volunteers is making the wait times a little more palatable (and delicious) for the folks who just want to participate in our democracy. A group called Pizza to the Polls does exactly what it sounds like, using the pizza-ordering app Slice to bring sustenance to hungry voters who report long lines.

At last check, the group said it has delivered more than 6,000 pizzas to 366 polling places so far. If you search the hashtag #PizzaToThePolls, you can see this service is sorely–and sadly–needed, as people report long lines and tweet their respective thank-yous to these food-bearing heroes.

Pizza to the Polls is accepting donations to fulfill its mission, so if you feel like helping make democracy happen, have at it.

          Ted Cruz is still using a blacklisted Cambridge Analytica app developer      Cache   Translate Page      

In his re-election campaign’s final hours, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is still deploying a smartphone app created by a software team at the heart of the Cambridge Analytica controversy.

The app, Cruz Crew, was developed by AggregateIQ, a small Canadian data firm that was for years the lead developer used by the infamous data analytics consultancy that made headlines last spring for harvesting user data on millions of unsuspecting Facebook users while working for the Trump campaign. Since that firm’s demise, AggregateIQ has become one focus of an international investigation into alleged data misdeeds during the 2016 Brexit campaign, and is the first company to be targeted by regulators under Europe’s new data privacy law.

The Cruz Crew app’s login screen. The app’s Facebook login was finally removed in June. [Image: Google Play]
Both Cruz Crew as well as an app for Cruz’s presidential campaign in 2016 share an interconnected history of developers and clients linked to Cambridge Analytica, its British affiliate SCL Elections, and architects of the Republican Party’s recent digital efforts. Part of a group of apps presented as walled-garden social networks for political supporters, the software helps campaigns collect voter data and microtarget messages.

In April, Facebook announced it had suspended AggregateIQ over its possible improper access to the data of millions of Facebook users. But over a dozen apps made by AggregateIQ remained connected to Facebook’s platform until May and June, when Facebook belatedly took action against them.

A Facebook spokesperson told Fast Company that it was still investigating AIQ’s possible misuse of data, amid an ongoing investigation by Canadian prosecutors. The Cruz campaign did not respond to requests for comment.

David Carroll, a professor at Parsons School of Design at the New School in New York, who has brought a legal challenge against SCL and Cambridge Analytica for release of his voter data profile, said Cruz’s continued relationships with AggregateIQ highlighted problems with the use of data by a growing ecosystem of partisan election apps and databases. The risks are particularly high, he said, when the vendors are combining data from multiple sources and processing Americans’ data overseas.

“Despite the Cambridge Analytica fiasco, it seems that the Republican data machine is still a shadowy network that includes international operators, tangled up with vendors under intense scrutiny for unlawful conduct in multiple jurisdictions,” he said. “I don’t understand why Republicans don’t insist on working with domestic tech vendors and technologists who are U.S. citizens.”

The Cruz-Cambridge Analytica connection

During the 2016 race, a U.S.-based software firm named Political Social Media, but better known as uCampaign, was credited as developer and publisher for the official “Ted Cruz 2016” presidential primary app. At the time, the app achieved modest notoriety as a somewhat novel data collection tool– appearing alongside Cambridge Analytica under headlines like, “Cruz App Data Collection Helps Campaign Read Minds of Voters”–with the app colloquially referred to in the press as “Cruz Crew.”

As in 2016, the 2018 Cruz re-election campaign relies on constant polling and voter modeling to understand and target mainstream conservatives in Texas. Cruz and his Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke, who has repeatedly brought up Cambridge Analytica during the campaign and has refused to use big data analytics, have both heavily invested in social media. The media blitz hasn’t been cheap: According to data from the Center for Responsive Politics, the candidates in the 2018 Texas Senate race have set the all-time record for most money spent in any U.S. Senate election.

As part of its digital push, the Cruz campaign rolled out a new app, officially named “Cruz Crew,” which awards points to users for tweeting pro-Cruz messages, volunteering, and taking part in other campaign activities. On the app’s pages in the Google and Apple stores, AggregateIQ is not mentioned, but its name is visible as the developer in the app URL and in internal code. The app’s publisher is listed as the political marketing agency WPA Intelligence, or WPAi.

Chris Wilson, WPAi’s founder and chief executive, is a veteran GOP pollster who previously worked for George W. Bush and Karl Rove. WPAi’s past campaign successes include a trio of high profile Tea Party-cum-Freedom Caucus sympathizer senators: Cruz, Mike Lee (R-UT), and Ron Johnson (R-WI). By far, however, Cruz has been WPA’s biggest political client in the U.S. Between his bids for senator and president, Cruz campaign committees have paid out over $4.3 million to Chris Wilson’s firm since 2011.

As the director of research, analytics and digital strategy for Cruz’s 2016 presidential campaign, Wilson oversaw a large data team that included Rebekah Mercer and Steve Bannon’s Cambridge Analytica. Rebekah’s father, Robert Mercer, footed the $5.8 million bill for Cambridge Analytica by doubling that amount in donations.

Wilson and the Cruz team have repeatedly said that Cambridge Analytica represented to the campaign that all of the data it had was legally obtained. They also claimed that Cambridge did not deliver the results expected of them, neither through their much-discussed psychographics work nor through an important piece of software called Ripon.

In schematics, Ripon was drawn up as an all-in-one campaign solution to manage voter data collection, ad targeting, and street canvassing. According to files retrieved by computer security analyst Chris Vickery, Ripon was intended to tap into something called “the Database of Truth.” Documents revealed that the Truth project “integrates, obtains, and normalizes data from disparate sources,” beginning with the Republican National Committee’s Data Trust database, combined “with state voter files, consumer data, third-party data providers, historical WPA survey, and projects and customer data.”

Despite being a deliverable promised by Cambridge Analytica, the work on Ripon was outsourced to AggregateIQ. More recently, WPAi hired the firm to develop and manage the software for Cruz Crew, along with its two other currently available apps: one for Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s re-election campaign, and one for Osnova, a Ukrainian political party dedicated to the long-shot presidential aspirations of its oligarch founder, Serhiy Taruta.

In the 2018 race, WPAi and the Cruz campaign have said Cruz’s effort isn’t using new Cambridge Analytica-style “psychographic” modeling, but it is using social media data for specific targeting, and relying on previous campaign data. “We use social data to ID voter groups in our core universes,” WPA’s Chris Wilson previously told Fast Company. “A lot of those are 2016 voters who we know are persuaded by specific messages.”

Cruz Crew and currently share a privacy policy has barely changed since late 2015, when Cambridge Analytica and uCampaign were Cruz vendors. In both cases, the policy states that the campaign may “access, collect, and store personal information about other people that is available to us through your contact list,” match the info to data from other sources, and “keep track of your device’s geographic location.”

Related: How Ted Cruz plans to beat Beto O’Rourke: Play it simple

Beyond the existing campaign app, however, AIQ’s current involvement in the Cruz campaign’s data management and software development is unknown. A report by the New York Times last month found that when users shared their friends’ contact information with the Cruz app, that data was still being sent to AggregateIQ domains.

Wilson told the Times that his company, not AggregateIQ, received and controlled app users’ information. Representatives for AggregateIQ did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and WPAi did not respond to questions about the data firm.

Intelligence quotient

AIQ, founded in 2013 in Victoria, British Columbia, is currently under investigation in the U.K. and its homebase of Canada for electoral impropriety during the Brexit Leave campaign. The company’s name has come up repeatedly in parliamentary testimony for its alleged campaign finance and data protection misdeeds in connection with the parent company of Cambridge Analytica.

“Concerns have been raised about the closeness of the two organizations including suggestions that AIQ, [SCL Elections, and Cambridge Analytica] were, in effect, one and the same entity,” stated a recent report by the U.K.’s Information Commissioner’s Office.

In testimony to a U.K. parliamentary committee, former Cambridge Analytica executive Brittany Kaiser said that AggregateIQ was the exclusive digital and data engineering partner of SCL, the British parent affiliate of Analytica.

“They would build our software, such as a platform that we designed for Senator Ted Cruz’s campaign,” she said. “That was meant to collect data for canvassing individuals who would go door-to-door collecting and hygiening data of individuals in those households. We also had no internal digital capacity at the time, so we did not actually undertake any of our digital campaigns. That was done exclusively through AggregateIQ.”

AIQ founders Zack Massingham and Jeff Silvester had been brought into the fold a year prior by their friend Christopher Wylie, then an SCL employee, who blew the whistle on the firm’s practices earlier this year. According to Wylie, the founders registered their company in their hometown of Victoria as a result of an SCL contract, which subsequently led to political work in the Caribbean.

After the two firms first made contact in August 2013, while SCL was performing its first American political work in the Virginia gubernatorial race, AIQ designed solutions for deployment in campaigns under SCL’s supervision in Trinidad and Tobago. Part of the intent, according to records obtained by the Globe and Mail, was to harvest the internet histories of up to 1.3 million civilians in order to more accurately model their psychographics for message targeting.

In December 2013, an SCL employee proposed requesting the data from the country’s internet provider by posing as academic researchers, while seeking to tie internet addresses to billing addresses, without naming customers. In response, AIQ CEO Massingham replied by email that he could use every bit of data they could get. “If the billing addresses are obfuscated, we’ll have a difficult time relating things back to a real person or household,” he wrote. It remains unknown if that data was obtained.

Related: How Cambridge Analytica fueled a shady global passport bonanza

The primary work AIQ performed was to design software that could be used to motivate volunteers, canvassers, and voters. This software concept was repeated for multiple clients, including Petronas, an oil company that sought to influence voters in Malaysia.

Campaign software developed by AIQ was used by Cambridge Analytica in U.S. elections and for clients like the oil giant Petronas. [Image: SCL]

AggregateIQ’s work across the pond

During the U.K.’s Brexit campaign in 2016, Vote Leave hired AIQ to place online ads, with AIQ paying for all 1,034 Facebook ads run by the campaign. AIQ’s services were also retained to develop and administer a piece of software that Vote Leave executives, including chief technology officer and former SCL employee Thomas Borwick, later credited with a large portion of the campaign’s success.

Vote Leave campaign director Dominic Cummings wrote an extensive blog post about the project, called the Voter Intention Collection System (VICS).

“One of our central ideas was that the campaign had to do things in the field of data that have never been done before,” Cummings wrote. “This included a) integrating data from social media, online advertising, websites, apps, canvassing, direct mail, polls, online fundraising, activist feedback . . . and b) having experts in physics and machine learning do proper data science in the way only they can, i.e. far beyond the normal skills applied in political campaigns.”

As the voter-facing front end for the Leave campaign data team, uCampaign was brought in and paid by AIQ to deliver the smartphone apps that helped to gather users’ cell numbers, email addresses, phone book contacts, and Facebook IDs for integration, exactly as it had done during the previous months for the Cruz 2016 campaign. Just as in that case, the app collected voter information for use in AIQ tools.

“We could only do this properly if we had proper canvassing software,” Cummings wrote. “We built it partly in-house and partly using an external engineer who we sat in our office for months.”

AIQ’s Zach Massingham repeatedly flew to the U.K. as his company was paid hundred of thousands of pounds for its Vote Leave work in 2016 after a series of transactions between several campaigns that Canadian officials have questioned as “money laundering” and British authorities are investigating as criminal offenses. Nonetheless, after the referendum, Cummings released an open-source version of VICS code on Github for future micro-targeters to use.

In early 2018, one of Vote Leave and SCL vet Thomas Borwick’s handful of data firms, Kanto, was hired to do canvassing and social media work during the Irish abortion referendum. Anti-abortion activist groups also contracted uCampaign to build two separate apps, which alarmed campaign finance and privacy watchdogs and led to a ban on internet advertising.

As with uCampaign, which has also made apps for the likes of Donald Trump and the NRA, AIQ’s smartphone apps were designed to gather information via Facebook Login, a tool offered by Facebook to streamline user registration across the internet. Though Facebook tightened some restrictions this year as a direct response to the Analytica flare-up, Login has allowed third-party developers to gain access to a wide range of Facebook account information about registered users.

As part of its investigation into Cambridge Analytica and its affiliates, on April 7, Facebook said that it had suspended AIQ, effectively ending its ability to deploy Facebook Login. However, security researcher Chris Vickery discovered that AIQ’s access to the Facebook platform was still active as of May 17. Additionally, he found, AIQ had already collected info on nearly 800,000 Facebook account IDs in a database, with many matched to addresses and phone numbers. Facebook removed more AIQ apps two weeks later, but it was not until June 19 that the Facebook Login feature was removed from the apps for Cruz, Osnova, and Abbott.

In written testimony to Parliament, AIQ chief technology officer Jeff Silvester, who visited British prime minister Theresa May’s office with Massingham in the weeks after the Brexit vote, explained the history of the relationship between SCL and AIQ, which began in late 2013.

After building a “customer relationship management (CRM) tool” for SCL in Trinidad and Tobago, AIQ created “an entirely new CRM tool” for the 2014 U.S. midterm elections. “SCL called the tool Ripon,” Silvester wrote. AIQ was then required to transfer all software rights to SCL before working “with SCL on similar software development, online advertising, and website development” in support of Cambridge Analytica’s work for the Ted Cruz 2016 campaign.

A referral from “an acquaintance who was working with Vote Leave” led to AIQ being hired by Vote Leave in April 2016, the day before the campaign was designated as the official Leave organization.

[Photo: Stock Catalog]
This past May, after questioning the legality of AggregateIQ founder Zach Massingham’s work on British soil while developing VICS, parliamentary committee chair Damian Collins asked Silvester about AIQ’s recent work for WPAi.

Silvester explained, “They sell their software that we create for them to whomever they like, and we just simply support that work.”

In March, WPAi CEO Chris Wilson told Gizmodo that he had almost no knowledge of the controversy surrounding AIQ, despite their work for the Cruz 2016 campaign. “I would never work with a firm that I felt had done something illegal or even unethical,” he said. The firm’s work for WPA was the result of a competitive bidding process, he said, and AIQ “offered us the best capabilities for the best price.”

Leaving the nest

In February 2017, a story on the Politico Pro website announced Archie, WPA Intelligence’s new piece of software for 2018 campaigns. The software goes by a nickname used by Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s political team, referring to Archimedes, the Greek mathematician who said, “Give me a lever and I can move the world.”

A diagram describing Archimedes, WPAi’s new campaign software [Image: WPAi]
“The program allows campaigns to work across all formats and vendors to collect data in one place,” the article said, and campaign staffers “will be able to use the app to generate models, target audiences, cut lists, and produce data visualization tools to make strategic decisions.”

From that description, Archie sounded very much like AIQ’s Ripon and VICS all-in-one campaign solutions. AIQ’s smartphone app for WPAi client Greg Abbott first appeared on Google Play and Apple’s iOS Store three months later, in May 2017.

Archie’s predictive modeling of Texan voters “yielded approximately 4.5 million individual targets for turnout efforts,” according to WPAi. That helped the Abbott campaign win the 2018 Reed award for Best Use of Data Analytics/Machine Learning in Field Program. In attendance at the March ceremony were representatives from Cambridge Analytica, which was nominated for Best Use of Online Targeting for Judicial Campaign.

Three weeks after the Reed awards, Christopher Wylie’s whistleblower account in the Observer were splashed across the world’s front pages. By the following month, SCL and Analytica were claiming bankruptcy, and AIQ’s cofounders were appearing at Canadian Parliament and dealing with its suspension from Facebook as developers.

In June, a week before AIQ’s WPA apps finally removed Facebook Login, Silvester appeared before Canadian Parliament for a second time, where he was admonished by Vice Chair Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, who remarked, “Frankly, the information you have provided is inadequate.” After being threatened with a contempt charge for excusing himself from sworn testimony with a one-line doctor’s note, Massingham later spoke with the committee via audio-only link from his lawyer’s office.

In July, AggregateIQ was served with the U.K.’s first-ever enforcement notice under the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation, known as GDPR. The U.K.’s Information Commissioner’s Office subjected AIQ to millions in fines if it did not “cease processing any personal data of U.K. or EU citizens obtained from U.K. political organizations or otherwise for the purposes of data analytics, political campaigning, or any other advertising purposes.”

After AIQ appealed the order, it was merely mandated to “erase any personal data of individuals in the U.K.,” though it was found to have “processed personal data in a way that the data subjects were not aware of, for purposes which they would not have expected, and without a lawful basis for that processing.”

As Ted Cruz wraps up his campaign, he continues to outsource part of his voter data harvesting to a foreign firm that has been blacklisted by Facebook and British and European regulators. The total data amassed through apps like Cruz Crew and projects like Ripon and Archimedes remains unknown, but they raise concerns that Cruz acknowledged when he launched his presidential campaign at Liberty University in March 2015. “Instead of a government that seizes your emails and your cell phones,” he said, “imagine a federal government that protected the privacy rights of every American.”

Jesse Witt (@witjest) is an independent researcher, writer, and filmmaker.

With additional reporting by Alex Pasternack.

          Blue Wave watch: 4 ways to track election results and get either ecstatic or furious      Cache   Translate Page      

Saturday Night Live made fun of it. Steve Bannon admitted he’s worried about it. But until the races are over, no one really knows if the 2018 midterm elections will bring a so-called Blue Wave of Democratic victories.

First, a little math: To take back the House, Democrats need to flip at least 23 seats, per CNBC. With all 435 Congressional districts up for reelection tonight, that’s definitely doable. Flipping the Senate is seen as less likely, but with Senate races in the running in key states—Arizona, Texas, and Nevada, in particular–anything’s possible.

If you’re looking to track the election results online without a TV, I’ve rounded up a few options below:

  • PBS NewsHour: Always a good option for cord-cutters. Its election-night coverage will be live-streamed via YouTube and you don’t need one of those pesky cable logins. I’ve also embedded the video below. Find it here.
  • Politico’s Election Results: This infographic is a good resource, with a simple design and updated in real time. Find it here.
  • The New York Times live results maps are a personal favorite. You can find the House map here and the Senate map here.
  • Live Governor Results: Another resource from the Times, which will track the results of the 36 gubernatorial races on the ballots in the 2018 midterms. Find it here.

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          New York pizza museum offers food fans a slice of culture      Cache   Translate Page      
The group that came up with the Museum of Pizza idea said it had asked artists to supply their own interpretation of the food favourite.
          11/6/2018: PUZZLES: NEW YORK TIMES CROSSWORD      Cache   Translate Page      
ACROSS 1 Mends with stitches 6 Schools of thought 10 Glasgow girl 14 Heavenly hunter 15 Process part 16 John Irving’s “A Prayer for ___ Meany” 17 Mega-corporation? [1996, 1970] 19 Singer Suzanne 20 Sorrowful sound 21 Exception to a “no pets” policy 23...
          11/6/2018: WORLD: NBC, FOX STOP AIRING ‘RACIST’ TRUMP IMMIGRANT AD      Cache   Translate Page      
NEW YORK NBC and Fox News Channel both said Monday that it will stop airing President Donald Trump’s campaign ad that featured an immigrant convicted of murder. CNN had rejected the same ad, declaring it racist. Fox pulled the ad Sunday “upon further...
          Ariana Grande named Woman Of The Year by Billboard      Cache   Translate Page      
The 25-year-old will receive the award in New York next month.
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Late New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, former managers Lou Piniella, Davey Johnson and Charlie Manuel, and six players headed by Lee Smith are on the 10-man ballot for the baseball Hall of Fame’s Today’s Game Era committee to consider next...
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The 2019 list of Michelin stars for New York City: THREE STARS Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare Eleven Madison Park Le Bernardin Masa Per Se TWO STARS Aquavit Aska Atera Blanca Daniel Gabriel Kreuther (new) Ichimura at Uchu (new) Jean-Georges Jungsik Ko L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon (new) Marea The Modern Sushi Ginza Onodera Tetsu Basement (new, but closed) ONE STAR Agern Ai Fiori Aldea Atomix (new) Babbo Bar Uchu Batard Blue Hill Bouley at Home Cafe Boulud Cafe China Carbone Casa Enrique Casa Mono Caviar Russe Claro (new) The Clocktower Contra Cote Del Posto Faro The Finch Gotham Bar and Grill Gramercy Tavern Gunter Seeger NY Hirohisa Jeju Noodle Bar (new) Jewel Bako Junoon Kajitsu Kanoyama Kosaka (new) L’Appart Le Coucou Le Grill de Joel Robuchon (new) Meadowsweet The Musket Room Nix Noda (new) NoMad Okuda (new) Oxomoco (new) Peter Luger The River Cafe Satsuki Sushi Amane Sushi Inoue Sushi Nakazawa Sushi Noz (new) Sushi Yasuda Tempura Matsui Tuome (new) Uncle Boons Wallse ZZ’s Clam Bar
          Experience Nothing, A Clever Tourism Ad Comparing Chaotic NYC With the Calm Finnish Town of Padasjoki      Cache   Translate Page      

In a very clever ad campaign entitled “Experience Nothing” that seeks to increase tourism to the tiny town of Padasjoki in the southern part of Finland, compares the calming peace and quiet of their area with the ongoing chaos and noise in big urban centers like New York City. Come to think of it, it...

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          Was Anti-Semitic New York Graffiti Attacker A Liberal-Media-Darling Obama Volunteer?      Cache   Translate Page      
{{file|t=9Tt9p_1541284614}} Just days after the awful events of Pittsburgh, disgusting neo-Nazi graffiti was found Thursday inside a Brooklyn synagogue. NYPD officials told Breaking911 that the suspect entered Brooklyn's Union Temple around 8:30 p.m. Thursday night and used a black marker to deface three different locations with the messages, " rats we are here," " better be ready," and "Hitler." As one would expect, New York's officials were extremely quick to decry the disgusting actions, with NY Governor Cuomo releasing the following statement - with a clear intent to pin the blame on one side: "I am disgusted by the discovery of anti-Semitic graffiti at a house of worship in Brooklyn. At a time when the nation is still reeling from the attack at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, New Yorkers stand united with the community and against hate in all its forms. "In New York, we have zero tolerance for discrimination in our laws or in our spirit. I have directed the State's Hate Crimes Task Force to investigate this hideous act and hold those responsible accountable to the full extent of the law. "As Governor, I am also doing everything in my power to ensure our religious institutions are free from violence and intolerance. This week, we announced the launch of an additional $10 million grant program to help protect New York's non-public schools and cultural centers, including religious-based institutions. "The disgusting rhetoric and heinous violence in this nation has reached a fever pitch and is ripping at the fabric of America, and it must stop. In New York, we have forged community through chords of commonality and we will always stand together against hate and discrimination." Mayor Bill de Blasio called the hateful messages "tremendously upsetting." "Coming at a time when New Yorkers are feeling a profound sense of loss and sadness because of what happened at the Pittsburgh Tree of Life synagogue and all those who were killed there because of their faith." But, in an interesting twist, according to Breaking911, surveillance footage released by authorities captured a photo of the suspect, "described as a male Black, approximately 20-years-old, 5'8'', 140 lbs, with black hair and last seen wearing a red suit jacket." And yesterday morning, the local CBS station confirms a man is in custody for the 'hate crime'. 26-year-old James Polite, of Brooklyn, allegedly wrote the graffiti, according to police. The suspect also drew a picture of the Puerto Rican flag and wrote "Free P.R." Additionally, sources tell CBS2, Polite could be behind a series of fires at other shuls and yeshivas in the area. He was charged with criminal mischief, hate crime, and making graffiti in connection to the messages scrawled at Union Temple. So not quite the white-supremacist, Trump-supporting, , bigot everyone was expecting? But, in an even more potentially shocking twist, it is possible that the alleged serial anti-semitic graffiti artist is a former Barack Obama volunteer and liberal media darling... Hey @BarackObama, Is this the same guy that volunteered for you during your campaign? - Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) November 3, 2018 In 2017, The New York Times wrote a lavish lovefest of a story: James Polite spent much of his childhood in foster care. In high school alone, Mr. Polite estimates, he was placed in 10 different homes. And he received little encouragement from social workers to go to college. But Mr. Polite, now 25, still believed that college was the best next step. He found encouragement as a volunteer in his teens, registering voters and canvassing neighborhoods in New York City during Barack Obama's first presidential bid. ... Manhattan Democrat Christine Quinn still remembers their introduction on the steps of City Hall. "James was telling me his story," she recalled recently in an interview. "And I said, ' you have an internship?' And he said 'No.' And I said, 'Well, you now.'" "James was the adopted child of the Quinn administration," she said. "And it wasn't just me. It was the entire City Council staff." Of course, there could be another 26-year-old (25 in 2017) black male, living in Manhattan with the same name as James Polite, but we suspect that is a little unlikely. As The New York Times reports, towards the bottom of their puff-piece: Despite the assistance, Mr. Polite struggled at Brandeis. Smoking marijuana, he said, became a coping mechanism to manage his stress. He had first tried the drug at a foster home in his early teens, but in college his habit grew to three times a day. He was placed on a health leave of absence in late 2015 and required to enter a rehabilitation program. During treatment, he learned he had bipolar disorder, for which he is now medicated. More likely is the young man with a bright future, heralded by the liberal media and politicians as a success story waiting to happen, has seen his life take a much darker route. At the end of the day, democrats are still retarded.
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          Second Circuit Offers Excellent Discussion of Accomplice and Conspirator Pinkerton Liability and Exception (11/16/18)      Cache   Translate Page      
I have previously written on a tax iteration of the use of what I call derivative criminal liability -- i.e., not liability as a principal of the substantive offense but liability as an accomplice (aider or abettor) or a conspirator (Pinkerton liability).  John A. Townsend, Theories of Criminal Liability for Tax Evasion (May 15, 2012), available at SSRN:  Basically, my concern was that by charging in the pleading that a defendant was a principal of the crime, an aider and abettor or causer of the crime, and a co-conspirator liable under Pinkerton, the Government was getting an advantage in the jury charge that overstated its case.  At least in the context of tax evasion, liability for the substantive offense for nontaxpayers (return preparers or abusive shelter promoters) incorporated the other potential liabilities and, if the defendant was not liable for the substantive offense, he was not liable for the other nominal offenses.  By charging the jury on all three, the impression could be given to the jury that if he was not guilty of one or two, he still could be convicted of the third.

I write today on a recent Second Circuit decision that, although not a tax case, addresses some of these derivative liability theories so ubiquitous in white collar crimes generally.  In United States v. Hoskins, 902 F.3d 69 (2d Cir. 2018), here, the Court address a related issue in the context of the FCPA.  The Court framed the issue as follows:
In this case, we are asked to decide whether the government may employ theories of conspiracy or complicity to charge a defendant with violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA"), even if he is not in the category of persons directly covered by the statute. 
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The central question of the appeal is whether Hoskins, a foreign national who never set foot in the United States or worked for an American company during the alleged scheme, may be held liable, under a conspiracy or complicity theory, for violating FCPA provisions targeting American persons and companies and their agents, officers, directors, employees, and shareholders, and persons physically present within the United States. In other words, can a person be guilty as an accomplice or a co-conspirator for an FCPA crime that he or she is incapable of committing as a principal?
I will now offer substantial "cleaned up" quotes (see my discussion of the cleaned up technique here), with most footnotes omitted:

A. Conspiracy Liability 
For purposes of this appeal, we assume that Hoskins was neither an employee nor an agent of a domestic concern and therefore does not fall within the terms of the statute. But accomplice and conspiracy liability are generally not so limited. A get-away driver for a bank robbery team can still be prosecuted even though he has not by force and violence taken from the person or presence of another any property belonging to . . . any bank. As the common law has long recognized, persons who intentionally direct or facilitate the crimes physically executed by others must be held accountable for their actions. This recognition was effectuated by developing the doctrines of conspiracy and complicity, principles that are now codified in statutes. Under 18 U.S.C. § 2(a), a person who does not personally commit the acts constituting an offense is liable as a principal if he or she "aids, abets, counsels, commands, induces or produces" the commission of those acts by another. In addition, 18 U.S.C. § 371 punishes anyone who conspires with another to commit the offense. Thus, by the plain language of the general statutes regarding conspiracy and accessorial liability—which nothing in the language of the FCPA purports to overrule or limit—if Hoskins did what the indictment charges, he would appear to be guilty of conspiracy to violate the FCPA and (as an accomplice) of substantive violations of that statute. 
Conspiracy and complicity statutes do not cease to apply simply because a statute specifies particular classes of people who can violate the law. It is well established in federal criminal law that a person may be liable for conspiracy even though he was incapable of committing the substantive offense. That principle was already deeply ingrained when the Supreme Court unanimously ruled in 1915 that persons not themselves bankrupt could be guilty of conspiring with someone who had declared bankruptcy to hide assets of the bankrupt's estate from the bankruptcy trustee, even if a non-bankrupt party could not be convicted of the principal offense. With respect to complicity, the same principal was so clearly entrenched as a matter of the common law of crimes that the Supreme Court saw no need to cite a particular precedent when it unanimously recognized in 1833 that someone who procured, advised and assisted a postmaster to remove from the mail and destroy a letter was guilty of violating, as an accomplice, a statute prohibiting postal employees from taking mail entrusted to them for delivery.  
Thus the firm baseline rule with respect to both conspiracy and complicity is that where the crime is so defined that only certain categories of persons, such as employees of a particular sort of entity, may commit the crime through their own acts, persons not within those categories can be guilty of conspiring to commit the crime or of the substantive crime itself as an accomplice. Longstanding principle and precedent thus reinforces what the plain language of the conspiracy and aiding and abetting statutes command. 
B. The Affirmative-Legislative-Policy Exception 
There is a narrowly circumscribed exception to this common-law principle. In certain cases it is clear from the structure of a legislative scheme that the lawmaker must have intended that accomplice liability not extend to certain persons whose conduct might otherwise fall within the general common-law or statutory definition of complicity. A classic illustration is statutory rape, which makes it a crime to have sexual relations with a person who is under a statutorily defined age of consent. Applying the literal definitions of accomplice liability, a youthful participant who voluntarily consents to the act would be guilty of rape as well, because he or she intentionally aided or solicited the commission of the criminal act. But the legislature, in criminalizing the conduct of the adult participant and not that of the juvenile, obviously conceptualized the under-age party as the victim of the crime, and not a co-participant. Despite the common-law recognition of conspiracy and accomplice liability, and of the general principle that one could be guilty as a conspirator or accomplice even if the statute were defined in such a way that one was not capable of committing it as a principal, the common-law courts had no difficulty in recognizing an exception in those circumstances.  
Here the government concedes that the common-law principle of conspiracy liability admits of exceptions but argues that the FCPA falls outside those exceptions. Hoskins, by contrast, contends that the FCPA demonstrates an affirmative Congressional intent to exclude certain persons from liability under the statute. The parties' dispute focuses on two cases, Gebardi v. United States, 287 U.S. 112, 53 S. Ct. 35, 77 L. Ed. 206 (1932), and United States v. Amen, 831 F.2d 373 (2d Cir. 1987), and it is thus profitable to consider both in some detail. 
1. Gebardi 
In Gebardi, the Supreme Court considered a conviction under the Mann Act, a statute that imposes a penalty upon
any person who shall knowingly transport or cause to be transported, or aid or assist in obtaining transportation for, or in transporting, in interstate or foreign commerce any woman or girl for the purpose of prostitution or debauchery, or for any other immoral purpose.
The Mann Act criminalizes such transportation with or without the woman's] consent. The government convicted both a man and woman for conspiracy to violate the Mann Act, on the theory that the woman conspired to transport a person—herself—merely by consenting to the man's transportation of her. 
The Supreme Court reversed the convictions. The Court first noted that the Mann Act plainly covered cases where the woman consents to her own transportation, rather than just cases where her transportation was forced, yet it does not specifically impose any penalty upon her, although it deals in detail with the person by whom she is transported." Because it would be obvious that women would participate in many violations of the statute, but the statute discussed no punishment for the women, the Court concluded that Congress intended for the women not to be liable for at least some class of violations of the Act. In particular, the Court determined it could not infer that the mere acquiescence of the woman transported was intended to be condemned by the general language punishing those who aid and assist the transporter . The penalties of the statute are too clearly directed against the acts of the transporter to support the view that Congress intended the woman always to be liable.  
Having decided that Congress intended to leave the woman unpunished when she merely acquiesced in her own illegal transportation, the Court next considered whether she could be convicted of conspiring to violate the statute in such circumstances. The Court concluded that she could not. The Court emphasized, again, that Congress set out in the Mann Act to deal with cases which frequently, if not normally, involve consent and agreement on the part of the woman to the forbidden transportation, but that this acquiescence was not made a crime under the Mann Act itself. Consequently, the Court perceived in the failure of the Mann Act to condemn the woman's participation in those transportations which are effected with her mere consent, evidence of an affirmative legislative policy to leave her acquiescence unpunished. The Court explained that it was
a necessary implication of that policy that when the Mann Act and the conspiracy statute came to be construed together, as they necessarily would be, the same participation which the former contemplates as an inseparable incident of all cases in which the woman is a voluntary agent at all, but does not punish, was not automatically to be made punishable under the latter. It would contravene that policy to hold that the very passage of the Mann Act effected a withdrawal by the conspiracy statute of that immunity which the Mann Act itself confers. Because the defendant in Gebardi had merely consented to her transportation, the Court ruled that her conviction for conspiracy could not stand; and because she had not conspired to violate the Mann Act, her companion had no one with whom to conspire. Both of their convictions for conspiracy were reversed. 
In determining that the woman in Gebardi was not liable as a conspirator because of Congress's "affirmative legislative policy" to leave her unpunished, the Gebardi Court distinguished its reasoning from an older common-law limitation on conspiracy liability—a rule widely known as Wharton's Rule. Wharton's Rule states that an agreement by two persons to commit a particular crime cannot be prosecuted as a conspiracy when the crime is of such a nature as to necessarily require the participation of two persons for its commission, such as dueling.  
The Court in Gebardi alluded to Wharton's Rule. But the Court stated that Wharton's Rule did not apply, because the Rule requires voluntary consent while criminal transportation under the Mann Act may be effected without the woman's consent as in cases of intimidation or force. Consequently, the Court did not rest the decision upon Wharton's Rule, nor upon the related one that the attempt is to prosecute as conspiracy acts identical with the substantive offense. Instead, the Court explicitly situated its ruling upon the ground that we perceive in the failure of the Mann Act to condemn the woman's participation in those transportations which are effected with her mere consent, evidence of an affirmative legislative policy to leave her acquiescence unpunished. 
2. Amen 
We applied the reasoning of Gebardi in United States v. Amen, 831 F.2d 373 (2d Cir. 1987). In Amen, the Court considered the "continuing criminal enterprise" statute, a provision designed to reach the 'top brass' in the drug rings, or, to put it differently, the kingpin in an enterprise. A defendant was convicted on the theory that he conspired with, and aided and abetted, an enterprise's kingpin, even though the defendant himself was not the kingpin. 
The government conceded that the statute did not apply to an enterprise's employees. It nevertheless attempted to distinguish between mere employees and those who otherwise help the kingpin, and to argue that non-employees who knowingly provide direct assistance to the head of the organization in supervising and operating the criminal enterprise can be punished for violating the "kingpin" statute under conspiracy and aiding-and-abetting theories. 
We explained, however, that the government's theory lacked support in legislative history and seemed totally unworkable because many employees would provide greater assistance to the kingpin than non-employee third parties, and that it made little sense to extend the government's theory to one group if it concededly could not reach the other. This application of complicity and conspiracy would disrupt the carefully defined statutory gradation of offenses; the low-level henchman would find himself subject to the more severe penalties applicable to the kingpin. Because the Court determined that Congress did not intend for the "kingpin" statute to apply to the class of individuals involved in the case, the defendant's conviction was overturned. Id. 
3. Identifying an Affirmative Legislative Policy 
Accepting Gebardi's teaching that conspiracy and complicity liability will not lie when Congress demonstrates an affirmative legislative policy to leave some type of participant in a criminal transaction unpunished, the question becomes how to identify such a policy. As the common-law principle outlined above indicates, we cannot identify such a policy whenever a statute focuses on certain categories of persons at the exclusion of others. Gebardi confirms this, emphasizing that its reasoning was concerned with something more than an agreement between two persons for one of them to commit an offense which the other cannot commit. In Gebardi that "something more" was a recognition that because a woman's participation was "an inseparable incident of all cases in which the woman is a voluntary agent" capable of entering into a conspiracy, Congress's silence as to the women's liability was a conferral of immunity. Similarly, in Amen the Court saw that the continuing criminal enterprise provision was designed to reach the top brass in the drug rings, not the lieutenants and foot soldiers and broadening the scope of liability with the conspiracy statute would subvert that purpose. In both instances the courts looked to the text of the statute and the purpose that Congress was trying to achieve, thereby honoring their over-arching obligation to give effect to congressional intent when interpreting statutes. In keeping with traditional principles of statutory interpretation, as well as the analysis employed in Gebardi and its progeny, an affirmative legislative policy can be discerned by looking to the statute's text, structure, and legislative history. 
4. Government's Arguments for a Narrower Principle 
The government argues for a much narrower reading of Gebardi that would effectively circumscribe the ability of the courts to ascertain congressional intent in enacting criminal statutes. The government argues that Gebardi forecloses liability for conspiracy or complicity only when (1) the defendant's consent or acquiescence is inherent in the substantive offense, or (2) the defendant's participation in the crime is frequently, if not normally a feature of the substantive criminal conduct. A number of problems arise with either of these narrow readings of Gebardi. The government's first reading of Gebardi is foreclosed because, at least in the conspiracy context, it is the same as Wharton's Rule. As noted, where a substantive offense requires persons to agree in order to commit it, Wharton's Rule disallows liability for conspiracy based on the same agreement required for the substantive crime. Here, the government suggests that we should read the Gebardi principle to mean the same thing: that liability for conspiracy is barred when the defendant's consent or acquiescence is inherent in the substantive offense. The opinion in Gebardi explicitly stated that its reasoning was not based on Wharton's Rule; thus that cannot be the basis for the exception. n6
   n6 Wharton's Rule applies only to conspiracy, which means that there could be daylight between it and the government's proposed rule that neither conspiracy nor complicity liability will lie where the defendant's consent or acquiescence is inherent in the substantive offense. But within Gebardi itself, the government's proposed rule would have operated identically to Wharton's Rule, since Gebardi dealt only with a conspiracy charge. And since the Supreme Court said in Gebardi that it was not relying on Wharton's Rule, the government's rule cannot be defended as the rule the Supreme Court meant to adopt. 
The government's argument that the exception is limited to situations where the defendant's conduct is inherent in the substantive offense is also inconsistent with Amen. Our holding in Amen, which considered an individual who was not an employee of the criminal enterprise, did not turn on the fact that the defendant was essential to the existence of the criminal transaction under consideration. Although a "criminal enterprise" with a "kingpin" must have employees, and such employees are thus essential to the statute's application, the enterprise need not work with non-employee third parties. Amen held that the "kingpin" statute did not apply to third parties, and did so based on the intentions of Congress rather than because third parties were required for a criminal enterprise to exist.  
Second, we do not share the government's view that Gebardi asks whether a certain type of defendant's conduct is frequently, if not normally involved in an offense.  With respect to the statute giving rise to Gebardi—the Mann Act—there was no question that a woman's participation in the crime was frequently, if not normally a feature of a violation. Indeed, a woman's participation, either willing or unwilling, was required in every violation. But the Court did not merely ask whether her involvement was "frequently, if not normally" a feature of a violation; instead, the Court discerned the legislative policy of the Mann Act, and provided immunity only to the extent it comported with the Act's policy. 
Indeed, in United States v. Holte, 236 U.S. 140 (1915), a predecessor case to Gebardi, the Court explicitly held that a woman could be found guilty for conspiring to violate the Mann Act. The Court described a hypothetical case where immunity would not be appropriate: 
Suppose, for instance, that a professional prostitute, as well able to look out for herself as was the man, should suggest and carry out a journey within the [Mann Act] in the hope of black-mailing the man, and should buy the railroad tickets, or should pay the fare from Jersey City to New York,-she would be within the letter of the [Mann Act], and we see no reason why the act should not be held to apply. We see equally little reason for not treating the preliminary agreement as a conspiracy that the law can reach, if we abandon the illusion that the woman always is the victim. 
The Court's analysis in Holte, much like in Gebardi, did not merely ask whether a woman would frequently if not normally be present for violations of the Mann Act. Instead, the Court determined Congress's policy in enacting the statute, and limited liability consistent with that policy. To be sure, the fact that a woman was invariably part of a violation of the Act was relevant in discerning congressional policy. But the rule the Holte Court adopted was much more nuanced than could be justified by simply observing those offenses for which women would be present: by definition, a woman's presence was required for every violation of the Act. 
Finally, the government relies on Ocasio v. United States, 136 S. Ct. 1423 (2016), a recent decision that it believes to have drawn narrowly the exception exemplified by Gebardi. The opinion in Ocasio considered an incident of bribery charged under the Hobbs Act, and a charge of conspiracy to violate the Hobbs Act by paying the same bribe. Although the language of the Hobbs Act prohibits "extortion" committed by the obtaining of property from another, with his consent under color of official right, jthe Supreme Court has held that this tortured language is best understood as the rough equivalent of what we would now describe as taking a bribe. In other words, the Hobbs Act's text speaks as though a bribe-payer is being "extorted," when, in reality, the bribe may be a consensual one paid to secure some advantage. 
The defendant in Ocasio contended, using the language of the Hobbs Act, that he could not be convicted of conspiracy. He noted that the Hobbs Act criminalized obtaining of property from another. He then contended that a conspiracy charge was not appropriate, because the conspirators, who were the officials taking the bribe and the persons paying it, had not agreed to obtain money from another—that is, from a person who was not a member of the conspiracy. The Court rejected this argument, explaining that it did not matter that the defendants who paid the bribes did not have the objective of obtaining money 'from another' because the money in question was their own. The Court simply reasoned that it was sufficient for the defendants to conspire with others who would take money from another, even if that other person happened to be the conspirator himself.  
The opinion in Ocasio emphasized that the crime in question, Hobbs Act extortion, bears a meaning not readily discernible from its text. Because, as noted, the statute essentially criminalizes taking a bribe, the Court was unwilling to indulge the defendant's argument that the text indicated an affirmative legislative policy to leave the "extorted" party unpunished, or a desire to punish only the party taking property from another. 
Although Ocasio arose in a setting where a statute's language arguably suggested that certain persons are spared from liability, the unique features of Hobbs Act extortion limit Ocasio's helpfulness to the government. Because the Supreme Court did not agree that the Hobbs Act manifested the "something more" present in Gebardi, namely any intention to limit liability for the payer of a bribe, the Court rejected the argument that conspiracy liability should be circumscribed based on any such limitation. The subtext of defendant's arguments is that it seems unnatural to prosecute bribery on the basis of a statute prohibiting extortion, but this Court held in Evans that Hobbs Act extortion 'under color of official right' includes the rough equivalent of what we would now describe as taking a bribe. . . . We have no occasion to overrule Evans. Consequently, the case does not demonstrate a narrowing of the affirmative-legislative-policy exception, but simply a situation where there was no affirmative legislative policy to leave the bribe payers unpunished. Moreover, Ocasio's independent ruling that incapacity to commit a substantive offense does not, without more, preclude conspiracy or complicity charges, is merely a reaffirmation of the common-law principle addressed above, not an abdication of the affirmative-legislative-policy exception. 
C. The Affirmative Legislative Policy Regarding the FCPA's Coverage 
Applying the teachings of Gebardi and Amen to the FCPA, we find the "something more" that evinces an affirmative legislative policy to leave the category of defendants omitted from the statutory framework unpunished. In particular, the carefully tailored text of the statute, read against the backdrop of a well-established principle that U.S. law does not apply extraterritorially without express congressional authorization and a legislative history reflecting that Congress drew lines in the FCPA out of specific concern about the scope of extraterritorial application of the statute, persuades us that Congress did  not intend for persons outside of the statute's carefully delimited categories to be subject to conspiracy or complicity liability. Our conclusion is consistent with the reasoning of other courts that have addressed this question.
I think that is enough to inform this blog's readers of the holding and reasoning in the case.  The reasoning is fleshed out in greater detail, so I encourage readers whose interest is piqued by this introduction to read the full opinion.

Judge Lynch writes an excellent concurring opinion.  Here are some quotes:
The problem for Hoskins, however, as for the get-away driver, is that 18 U.S.C. § 2 punishes as a principal anyone who, although he or she does not personally commit the acts constituting the offense, aids, abets, counsels, commands, induces or procures the commission of those acts by another; in addition, 18 U.S.C. § 371 punishes anyone who conspires with another to commit the offense. The indictment in this case expressly charges that someone (specifically the alleged co-conspirator Pomponi, who was an employee or agent of a domestic concern) did engage in substantive violations of the FCPA, and that Hoskins conspired with, and aided and directed, that person in the commission of the offense. 
As the opinion for the Court expressly recognizes, were we to rely solely on the plain language of the general statutes regarding conspiracy and accessorial liability — which nothing in the text of the FCPA purports to override or limit — if Hoskins did what the indictment charges, he would appear to be guilty of conspiracy to violate the FCPA and (as an accomplice) of substantive violations of that statute, just as the wheelman for the bank robbery team is guilty of conspiracy and of substantive violations of the bank robbery statute. That is precisely the result that the conspiracy and complicity statutes, and the common-law doctrines that long preceded such statutes and which the statutes codify, are designed to effect. 
Moreover, as the Court also recognizes, the fact that the FCPA specifies that only particular classes of people can violate the law by bribing foreign officials does not in itself restrict the reach of conspiratorial or aiding and abetting liability to those same classes of people. Many offenses are defined such that they may be committed only by the actions of particular types of people. But as the Court's opinion ably documents, the firm baseline rule with respect to both conspiracy and complicity is that where the crime is so defined that only certain categories of persons may commit the crime through their own acts, persons not within those categories can be guilty of conspiring to commit the crime or of the substantive crime itself as accomplices. That is not only the rule established by federal precedent; as the Court notes, that position is "universally held" in the states and in other Anglo-American jurisdictions. Id. n.4, quoting the American Law Institute, Model Penal Code and Commentaries, § 2.06 at 323 (1985). 
That baseline principle, like most principles, admits of exceptions, some of which have longstanding common-law roots. One such exception, as the Court's opinion notes, is exemplified by the Supreme Court's opinion in Gebardi v. United States, 287 U.S. 112 (1932). Sometimes we can infer from the apparent purpose of the statute that the legislature cannot have intended to extend accessorial liability to a class of persons who might better be thought of as victims of the crime (such as a willing underage participant in a sex act defined as rape because of the underage party's incapacity to consent, even where the minor intentionally facilitates the act and is old enough to have the capacity to commit a crime), or where a legislative sentencing scheme distinguishes levels of culpability among various participants, and treating the less culpable party as an accomplice of the more culpable one would undermine that scheme (as in the case of narcotics transactions, where possessors of illegal drugs for their own use are punished less severely than distributors; the purchaser is not treated as the accomplice of the seller even though he or she intentionally facilitates the sale). 
This exception, however, must be construed narrowly. Discerning when the legislature must have intended to exempt a particular class of persons from the plain text of its statutes is a tricky business. What, after all, in the language or structure of the statute distinguishes one statute that limits the category of principal offenders from another, such that some few should be singled out as clearly intending to preclude some persons outside that category from liability, and distinguished from the general run of statutes where no such intention can be discerned? Nothing, or at least not much, in the statutes at issue tells us to exclude some or all persons not within the designated category from accomplice liability. 
In my view, it is helpful in most cases to look to the traditional principles derived from the common law, and embodied in the legislation and judicial decisions of the fifty states, which have the primary responsibility for enforcing criminal law in this country. That is not an idiosyncratic position of my own; it was the view expressed by Justice Jackson, writing for a unanimous Supreme Court in Morissette v. United States, 342 U.S. 246 (1952). The Morissette Court looked to the common law and the rulings of state courts of last resort, on whom fall the heaviest burden of interpreting criminal law in this country, to interpret a federal statute (the prohibition on theft of federal property) that lacked any express prescription of criminal intent. Justice Jackson concluded that, since Congress acted against the backdrop of an unbroken course of judicial decision in all constituent states of the Union, its silence about mens rea reflected the adoption of common-law principles, rather than their rejection. 

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New York Times: Sławomir Sierakowski pisze o wyborach samorządowych. Jego zdaniem po 4 listopada jasne jest, że Prawo i Sprawiedliwość popełniło kilka podstawowych błędów. Okazuje się, że nawet z populizmem można przesadzić. Propaganda partii rządzącej ewoluowała w ostentacyjne kłamstwa. Sławomir Sierakowski będzie jednym z gości Igrzysk Wolności 2018. 10 listopada o godz. 18:00 weźmie udział […]

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OT: New York City election machines breaking down. Malfunctioning. Same for GA. I don't understand how in this country we can have malfunctioning machines. We don't need the Russians to hack our systems, they don't work!
NYC needs to go to mail in only like Oregon. Shame on America that this amount of people are voting and we can't accommodate them. Next time, everybody MAIL-in your vote!

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Rutgers University will receive $4.2 million in federal funding over five years to create a regional center — one of ten nationwide — to train and provide other support services to community-based mental health providers. The money from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is going to the Rutgers School of Health Professionals to set up the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center in an effort to improve the operations and patient outcomes in behavioral health services in federal Region 2, which encompasses New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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Annoncée cet été par la New York University, cette décision se veut une réponse à l’endettement croissant des étudiants américains. Mais elle est loin de faire l’unanimité.
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          Új Vászonkép, Kép, Amerika, New York, Utca, Taxi - Jelenlegi ára: 1 750 Ft      Cache   Translate Page      
Új vászon kép
Méret: 30x48 cm-es.
V 5133
Biztonságos csomagolás papírhengerben.
Kiváló mínőség, időtálló, lehet feszítőkeretre tenni, hátlapra ragasztani és keretezni vagy akár a falra ragasztani tapéta szerűen.
Eladó áruink között több méretben lehet keretet rendelni. Keretezés és feszítőkeret néven szerepelnek, kérésére szívesen megírom a számukat.
A képet nagyobb illetve kisebb méretben és fotópapírra nyomtatva is el tudjuk készíteni!
Kérésre indítok ilyen aukciót.
Érdemes figyelemmel kísérni a többi aukciómat is!
Nálunk hatalmas kínálatból válogathat,
jóval a bolti árak alatt!
Külföldre is postázok.
Kérdésére szívesen válaszolok.

Új Vászonkép, Kép, Amerika, New York, Utca, Taxi
Jelenlegi ára: 1 750 Ft
Az aukció vége: 2018-11-07 01:48
          Auch in New York haben sie Angst vor dem Drogenboss      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Заднее сидение      Cache   Translate Page      

Повадилась какая–то гадина лазить по ночам в мой кэб. Ну, подобрал бы ключик, открыл замок, взял, что тебе нужно, так нет, действует грубо: бьет окно, открывает дверь и снимает заднее сидение. Просто маньяк какой–то, кроме сидения, ничего ему не нужно.

Вот и в то утро, нашел я свою машину покалеченной и со снятым задним сидением на полу. Поехал в Квинс в мастерскую, которая специализируется по автомобильным стеклам. Шустрые гномики–латинос вмиг вставили новое стекло и пропылесосили салон изнутри, чтобы убрать мелкие осколки. За двадцать минут управились. Я отстегнул хозяину тридцатник и пятерочку мексам накинул за быструю и аккуратную работу. Хозяин, польский еврей еще послевоенной эмиграции, говорит мне:

— Ну, что, Рабиновиц, долго будешь ко мне ездить?

— A что делать? – со слезами в голосе отвечаю я.

— Да, перегони машину в другой район от этого ханыги подальше.

— Ханыги?

— Ну, а кто, ты думаешь, в твою машину по ночам лазит? Он, видно, недалеко где–то живет.

— A заднее сидение почему?

— Заднее сидение, заднее сидение! А ты посмотри, какое у тебя заднее сидение! Оно же продавленное до самого пола тысячами задниц, которые ты перевез в желтом за три года. У тебя клиенты почти вверх ногами сидят. Вот из карманов у них все и сыпется в щель между спинкой и сидением. Собирается за две недели, как в копилке, а потом приходит ханыга и свою дань берет. Можешь попробовать поймать его. Потому, как ты ко мне каждый раз в пятницу утром, он бьет твою тачку по четвергам. Можешь сесть в другой машине на ночь и сторожить. Только учти, даже если поймаешь, ты ему простого поджопника не смеешь дать, потому что твое преступление будет тяжелее, чем его. Он возьмет жида–лоера за процент и засудит тебя на всю стоимость твоего такси. Такие законы у этого факаного Нью–Йорка.

— Черт возьми, – думал я по дороге в ЛаГвардию. — Вроде же всем заплатил: банку, ментам, страховке, городу, механику, гез стейшен, нищему вчера дал возле Висты, когда клиентов в Кеннеди получил, так нет же! — еще эта ночная гадина свою долю хочет.
Однако же я сам себе такую жизнь выбрал, по своей собственной воле я оказался в Америке, сперва в качестве беженца от злой советской власти, а потом и в качестве полноправного американского гражданина. Ну, полноправным я, конечно, был достаточно условно. Американцы, с которыми я по жизни пересекаюсь, в момент вычисляют во мне факаного эмигранта, и, чуть что, не забывают об этом сказать. Но я не обижаюсь, потому что понимаю, — это диалектика. Сейчас они меня гнобят и пользуют, а, спустя время, я накоплю денег, овладею американским языком, обрету их манеры и лоск, выучусь носить их одежку и настанет моя очередь.
Прежде всего — деньги. Где их взять? Это нынешние привозят сюда целые состояния и прячут, и чахнут над златом, потому что не знают, как наличку в дело запустить и бенефиты от государства не утратить: медицину, бесплатную квартиру, бесплатную еду, очки, зубные протезы и приходящую домработницу. А у меня такой дилеммы нет, потому что нет денег, да и по возрасту под бенефиты я не попадаю, а попадаю только под тяжелый, изнурительный труд в желтом такси. Сперва в гараже, вместе со всякой чумазой сволочью, а потом, когда отдолжился у банка под 12 % годовых, в своем собственном, за 150 тысяч долларов США.

На третий год работы в такси был у меня накатанный по пяти боро (Бруклин, Квинс, Статен Айленд, Бронкс и Манхеттен) опыт, как рыбку съесть и не попасть под штраф, или, чего хуже, под лишение особого права заниматься извозом, которое здесь называется 'hack license'. Можете себе представить, что это за право, если 'hack' по–ихнему означает еще и 'проститутка'. Таксист я бывалый, опытный. Счетчик, по–ихнему, 'миттер', дополнительно заряжен ровно на эти грабительские 12%, что я банку должен платить. Зеркальце у меня телескопическое на заднем окне, которое в сочетании с зеркалом заднего вида, позволяет видеть, что там клиенты в салоне делают: или отсасывают, или косяк забивают, или делят доход по справедливости, или какая угроза возникла моей жизни, здоровью и имуществу. Проститутка, сука, когда у нее на западной стороне в мидтауне работа кончилась, перебирается на восточную, на тридцатые и Лексингтон к дешевым отелям, чистит себя, смазывает и переодевается в новое, грязное норовит засунуть мне под сидение. Скажешь ей вежливо: 'Забери свой гарбидж, курва. У меня в машине, кроме таких как ты, еще и порядочные люди ездят.'
Есть и монтировочный ключ в салоне под рукой, на всякий крайний случай, но пока не пользовался. Также я научился избегать неприятностей, где интуицией, а где размышлениями и здравым смыслом. Но бывает так, что и то, и другое бессильно.

Стал я в ЛаГвардии на целый час, в Шатл. Рейс из Бостона или Вашингтона. Обычно это деловые визитеры без багажа, с одним чемоданчиком. Утром прилетел, вечером улетел. Как правило — белые джентельмены. В моей работе, как на войне, всегда ждешь какой–нибудь опасности. А от этих — ничего плохого. И не потому, что они какие–то добрые дяди, а потому что им до тебя нет дела. Ты для них, в сочетании с машиной, — просто устройство, которое должно перенести их из одной точки пространства в другую. Как тебя зовут, откуда ты родом, сколько тебе лет, нравится ли тебе жизнь в Америке — им это абсолютно не интересно. Безразлично, что ты обманываешь на 12%. Одним только звонком по мобильному телефону мой пассажир возвращает эти проценты десять тысяч раз. Именно так у них здесь все устроено. Именно такой принцип сообщающихся сосудов обеспечивает экономике динамику и устойчивость одновременно. В этом и есть справедливость. Потому что, если одному экономическому субъекту позволить свободно наебывать, а другого — в этом праве ограничить под тем предлогом, что наебывать — это нехорошо, то возникнет социальная несправедливость, коллапс и революция, и мы возвратимся к тому, с чего начинало человечество, — к коммунизму. Однако же главное достоинство такого клиента состоит в том, что целью его путешествия является не какой–нибудь Южный Бронкс, откуда я потом буду выбираться порожняком, закрыв наглухо окна и двери, не различая светофоров, замирая от ужаса на дне своей желтой подводной лодки, а Манхеттен, маленький сказочный остров, на котором концентрация богатства достигает иногда такой степени, что даже говенная сладкая булочка из забегаловки на углу пятой и 21–й может показаться вам золотой.

В тот раз мне не сильно повезло: клиент оказался с изрядным количеством каких–то кожаных сумок и баулов, которые таксисты называют 'кишками'. Доставить его приказал к центральной автобусной станции на 42–и и 8–й. Я по–быстрому отвез и забыл о нем сразу же, как он хлопнул дверью. Но черные, которых мне тут же подсадил диспетчер, обнаружили на заднем сидении оставленный им кошелек. Они в момент вытащили из кошелька всю наличку и перебросили сильно облегченный лопатник мне на переднее сидение.

— Вот, кто–то уронил, – сказал мне один из них. Редкий, бля, красавец с заплетенными косичками и ладошками цвета, как у рыбы живот.

Мы встретились глазами через зеркало заднего вида, он улыбнулся, и я увидел, что у него две декоративные золотые фиксы с какой–то художественной резьбой. Ничего подобного я ни разу в жизни не встречал и меня это впечатлило.

Я спросил:"Куда едем?" "В Харлем".
В принципе, Харлем — вовсе и не такой страшный район, как его обычно представляют. Я туда иногда вожу туристов из Европы. Чтобы не тащиться через гадюшники по светофорам, я соскочил на хайвей и погнал наверх вдоль Хадсон Ривер. Так было дальше, но значительно быстрее и мои пассажиры не возражали, видно сумма, которую они нашли в лопатнике, значительно перекрывала стоимость поездки. В районе 72–й и Вест–сайда была засада в несколько машин, что–то горело и, надрывая кишки, к этому месту прорывалась пожарная машина. Пришлось выкручивать на 10 авеню.

— Можно курить?

— Курите.

Они зажгли сигарный джоинт и по тягучему сладкому аромату я понял, что это мощная культивированная канадка из подпольной оранжереи где–нибудь в трущобах East New York.

Предложили мне, я отказался:"Спасибо, мне еще 10 часов работать, ребята."

— Откуда ты, Валдимар? — спросили они.

— Из Белараши.

— А где эта страна находится?

За три года я уже тысячу раз отвечал на этот вопрос и почти на автомате сказал:

— Между Польшей и Рашей.

Негры оказались любознательные: "А где это — Польша?"

В Манхеттене паузы на светофорах бывают по две минуты. Один водила–таксист из гаража хвастался, что за светофор успевает отлить, прикрываясь дверью своего кэба. На углу 125–й и Коламбус я, неспеша, достал атлас NY, развернул страницу с Квинсом и показал район Гринпоинт, где живут поляки. Обкуренные обезьяны понимающе закивали головами. Разоблачения можно не бояться. В их тупых бошках абсолютно отсутствует способность сопоставить картинки с географическим понятием. Загорелся зеленый, и, только я тронулся с места, как с воем и визгом подлетела полицейская тачка и перекрыла мне кислород. Я опустил стекло положил руки на руль и стал ждать. И из ментовской машины выскочил мужик, которого я высадил на автовокзале, и закричал: "Где мой кошелек?!"

Оказывается, чувак, которого я подвозил, был мент в гражданском, видно, из немалых чинов. Возле кассы на автовокзале он обнаружил пропажу лопатника, побежал к диспетчеру. Диспетчер вспомнил адрес, куда поехало такси, ментовский чин дернул дежурную полицейскую машину и они бросились меня догонять.

Я взял кошелек с переднего сидения и протянул менту. В кошельке сиротливо лежало только его водительское удостоверение.

— Все украли! – в отчаянии закричал мент. Подъехала еще одна полицейская машина и заблокировала меня сзади.

Я объяснил чуваку, что этот кошелек нашли и передали мне африкан–американ, которые сидят на заднем сидении, и что я собирался сдать этот кошелек в ближайшее отделение полиции, после того как доставил бы своих клиентов по указанному адресу. И в этот момент я увидел в телескопическое зеркальце, что черные что–то быстро прячут в щель между задним сидением и спинкой. Дежурные менты в этой своей уродливой униформе, похожей на ту, которую в 50–e годы носили в СССР хабзайцы, увешанные пистолетами, фонариками, наручниками и прочей какой–то ментовской дребеденью, окружили мою машину, и один просунул голову в окно.

— О, какие ароматы! Кто курил марихуанну? – обратился он ко мне.

— Не знаю, дяденька, о чем вы говорите. Господа африкан–американ тут чего–то курили. По виду — как сигара. А мне что сигара, что эта ваша марихуанна — все одно, как горящая тряпка. Я человек некурящий.

— А ну, вылезай, — сказал мент черным. Черные залупаться не стали и послушно вышли из машины. Их обыскали и увезли. Один из полицейских переписал в блокнот мои данные.

— Вали отсюда, уксус, – сказал он мне.

— А кто за проезд будет платить? — спросил я и указал на счетчик. На счетчике было больше десяти долларов.

— Что–то у тебя резина лысоватая, мистер Рабановик, — это он так прочитал мою фамилию. — Хочешь, я тебя дам четыре тикета, за каждое колесо по отдельности.

Недолго думая, я сел в тачку и свалил с того места от греха подальше. Стал на пустыре под Бруклинским мостом и снял заднее сидение. Там лежало все содержимое кошелька того полицейского чина, может и больше. Кредитки я выбросил в ближайший почтовый ящик, а наличку оставил себе. Сколько там было, не скажу. Но, в целом, день получился хороший.

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          Amazon considering New York amid reports HQ will be split      Cache   Translate Page      
After a yearlong search for a second home, Amazon is now reportedly looking to build offices in two cities instead of one, a surprise move that could still have a major impact on the communities it ultimately selects. One of the areas the online retail giant is considering is New York’s Long Island City, according ...
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          Mealey's IP/Tech - 2nd Circuit Affirms: 'Universal Church' Trademarks Are Generic      Cache   Translate Page      
NEW YORK - In a Nov. 2 holding, the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals agreed that the trademarks "Universal Church" and "The Universal Church" are generic in the context of ministerial and religious worship services and that a New York federal judge did not err in granting summary judgment in favor of various defendants accused of infringement (The Universal Church Inc. v. Calvin Toellner, et al., No. 17-2960, 2nd Cir., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 31153).
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CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. - Nonlegal opinions by an architectural and design expert for a woman who was hurt in a fall at a Target store should be allowed at trial, as should all opinions by the industrial engineering expert for Target Corp. in the slip-and-fall case, a New York federal magistrate judge held Nov. 5 (Sharon Bennett v. Target Corporation, No. 16-cv-5816, E.D. N.Y., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 189067).
          Mealey's Securities/D&O Liability - Divided 2nd Circuit Panel Overturns Insider Trading Conviction      Cache   Translate Page      
NEW YORK - In a divided opinion, a Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Nov. 5 vacated an analyst's conviction for his role in an insider trading scheme, ruling that a federal judge in New York improperly allowed certain evidence from the defendant's father and refused to allow other evidence that contradicted statements that the defendant's father made that assisted in his conviction (United States v. Sean Stewart, et al., No. 17-593, 2nd Cir., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 31207).
          Mealey's Insurance - Insurer, Reinsurer Tell Judge: Arbitration Panel Decision Soon To Be Made      Cache   Translate Page      
NEW YORK - An insurer and reinsurer notified a New York federal judge on Nov. 2 that an arbitration hearing in their $3.85 million reinsurance dispute involving underlying workers' compensation losses has been completed and that they are awaiting the arbitration panel's decision (In re arbitration between National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, PA v. Federal Insurance Co., No. 16-8821, S.D. N.Y.).
          Mealey's Banking & Finance - Judge Finds Borrowers' Lawsuit Barred By State Foreclosure Case      Cache   Translate Page      
BOSTON - After holding that a state court foreclosure case involved the same parties and claims as a second lawsuit, a Massachusetts federal judge on Nov. 2 abstained from exercising jurisdiction under the prior-pending-action and Colorado River abstention doctrines (David C. Braden, et al. v. The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, et al., No. 18-cv-11753, D. Mass., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 188586).
          Mealey's Insurance - Ophthalmologist Agrees To Pay $2M For Fraudulently Billing Medicare, Medicaid      Cache   Translate Page      
NEW YORK - An ophthalmologist and his practice on Nov. 1 agreed to pay $2 million to the federal government to resolve claims brought in New York federal court that he violated the False Claims Act (FCA) by submitting claims to Medicare and Medicaid for testing that was done so poorly that it lacked any diagnostic value (United States v. Metropolitan Retina Associates Inc., et al., No. 18-cv-9146, S.D. N.Y.).
          Sr. Associate, Data Modeler, Financial Services - KPMG - New York, NY      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Does Jayson Tatum need a shot selection intervention?      Cache   Translate Page      

Let me start by saying the Boston Celtics' recent offensive woes are not the fault of Jayson Tatum.

Or rather, not Jayson by himself, but in a lot of ways, the sophomore wing has exemplified the Celtics problem by becoming part of a team of late-career Kobe Bryants, settling for jumpers and avoiding the paint, resulting in lost games and a general dissatisfaction with the team as a whole.

But that is not what I am here to write about, mostly because I have already written about it, but also because it seems increasingly likely that the young player has picked up some bad habits over the summer with a very attributable source, and it's not just Celtics fans picking up on this possibility.

In case I haven't tipped you off with my ever-so-subtle manner of broaching the topic, there's a growing consensus around the league that Tatum has picked up more than Kobe's killer instinct after working out with the Hall of Fame nemesis of the green and white, launching an alarming ten percent more mid-range jump shots than last season while also shooting 15 percent fewer attempts near the cup.

More than half his shots have been pull-up jumpers, too, and while some of those have been open treys, a lot have not, and as much as Jayson may be one of the better offensive options on Boston's roster, he's showing some really concerning tendencies with how he's using that talent.

While he may be fulfilling the wish some of us had last season by playing more aggressively and shooting more than he did in his rookie season, this isn't exactly what we were asking for, and mixed in with everyone else's version of the same problem, is exactly the wrong direction to be taking, both individually for Tatum, and for the team overall.

I have confidence the team will turn things around (it's important to remember this is arguably the toughest stretch of one of the toughest schedules in the league) with games against the Charlotte Hornets, New York Knicks, Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks, and Cleveland Cavaliers late in November, but they need to build good habits on this road trip to avoid a rough start becoming a disappointing season.

And cutting out these Kobe-esque jumpers might just be a good place to start.

For more stories by Justin, click here.

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          Associate, Machine Learning AI Consultant, Financial Services - KPMG - New York, NY      Cache   Translate Page      
Broad, versatile knowledge of analytics and data science landscape, combined with strong business consulting acumen, enabling the identification, design and...
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          11/7/2018: 2018 The Cup: WEINSTEIN DISMISSAL BID      Cache   Translate Page      

DISGRACED film producer Harvey Weinstein’s lawyers have made a new attempt to get a New York sexual assault case against him dismissed. The former Hollywood heavyweight’s attorneys said in a court filing yesterday that his indictment was “irreparably...
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          Eat your (artsy) heart out at the Pizza Museum      Cache   Translate Page      

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          Jill Hennessy talks New York shows, musical inspirations, success      Cache   Translate Page      
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          If Trump gets his midterm wish, interest rates could go even higher - CNBC      Cache   Translate Page      


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          The Truth is Funny .....shift happens! with Host Colette Marie Stefan: Creating Resilience in a Time of EXTREMES with New York Times Best Selling Author Gregg Braden      Cache   Translate Page      
GuestThere's a time when every crisis can become transformation; when simply surviving can become joyous thriving. In our lives that time is The Turning Point. In our world that time is now! We live in a time of extremes. This means that our lives are changing in ways we've never seen in the past, and they're changing faster than we've been prepared to deal with. The good news is that nature gives us the key to turn the frightening Tipping Points of such extremes into life-affirming Turning Point ...
          Megacities - Michael Glawogger      Cache   Translate Page      
Michael Glawogger gira il mondo e ci mostra gli ultimi degli ultimi.
film terribile e necessario, a Bombay, Città del Messico, Mosca e New York, luoghi dove la sopravvivenza è quasi impossibile e a prezzi incommensurabili.
un film che merita molto, come tutti quelli di Michael Glawogger - Ismaele

QUI il film completo con sottotitoli in spagnolo

Un viaggio attraverso la vita quotidiana dei ghetti di quattro megalopoli, Bombay, Città del Messico, Mosca e New York.
A Bombay si sopravvive cercando rifiuti nelle fogne a cielo aperto, a New York si possono vendere prostitute immaginarie, a Città del Messico raccoglie la spazzatura in un carro e la si schiaccia con i piedi, mentre a Mosca si dorme nei canali e nelle fogne.
Il racconto scioccante di Cassandra, che per mantenere il figlio danza seminuda in un teatrino in cui gli uomini gli si attaccano addosso succhiando. O il terrificante circolo di maschi nel quale le donne sono costrette a sfilare in un edificio abbandonato, finché qualcuna riesce ad uscire dal patibolo andando a vendersi a qualcuno degli astanti.
Il film riprende angoli della vita di persone che, con orgoglio e coraggio, vivono come possono in città che sono la loro unica fonte di sopravvivenza, ma anche il crogiolo delle loro sofferenze. La città infatti è diventata il sostituto dell’ambiente naturale, della giungla dove sopravvive il più forte, o il più furbo. Ma la foresta creata dall’uomo è ben più disumana di quella naturale… Un film scioccante!

Made more than a decade back, MEGACITIES is a strange yet impressionistic urban anthropology, more like a jagged juxtaposition of twelve episodes that unfold the stories of survival. It travels through Bombay, Mexico City, Moscow & New York ~ documenting the tales of invisible people trying to survive within miserable conditions. One encounters the dye worker from the slums of Bombay, the garbage pickers who are barked upon in the streets of Mexico City, ‘Cassandra’, the stripper who lets the men ogle, grope & bite her with joy, the drug addict-hustler in the mean streets of New York, the run-away boys in Moscow underground… each unfolding into an act of survival & a story of human existence.
It’s difficult to “Like” Megacities, it leaves you unsettled & even claustrophobic at times ~ yet, it’s a reflection of life around us, which we mostly pretend not to see. On another level, the film is a visual poetry, sad yet soulful ~ resonating the slow decay within urban lives & the relentless spirit to survive. Captured brilliantly on film by fellow Austrian cinematographer, Wolfgang Thaler – Megacities leaps in rich saturated colors & drowns in cold grainy textures ~ a treat to those searching for beauty in the most unfamiliar of places.

La proiezione in piazza Grande ieri sera è stata cruda davvero, giusto prima della cena credo abbia fatto passare l'appetito a molti...
Passato per documentario, in realtà chiaramente di fiction, Megacities sarebbe stato a quanto afferma il produttore il frutto di una indagine sociologica sulla popolazione di Città del Messico. Studio involontariamente ampliatosi, per associazione di idee, ad altre zone del mondo costruisce un ritratto orribile di più di metà delle sciagure umane concentrate in meno di un'ora e proiettate su schermo gigante. New York come Mosca e come Città del Messico (tutto il mondo è paese, anzi città), come Bombay... tutte Megacities pronte ad ospitare il brutto umano, la miseria, l'abbandono di chi la città la stenta a vivere e così sotto la voce "protagonisti, interpreti" il catalogo non dice niente, perchè tutti gli attori sono anonimi come nella vita.
Gente imbruttita dal degrado morale, dall'alcool e dall'eroina, senza più dignità, filmata da vicino e magari pagata per dire che è tutto vero, gente che non fa pensare a quanto stiamo bene noialtri, uomini inseriti, ma a quanto sia ipocrita servirsi di loro per farci un film da presentare al Festival Internazionale del film nientemeno che di Locarno (dove un panino costa in media sei settemila lire). E' un film triste che non insegna niente che fa male perché il dolore degli altri farebbe male comunque ma tuttavia di una violenza gratuita e per niente poetica... è mostruoso pensare che qualcuno la trovi poetica... e allora anche la fotografia apparentemente bella di un uomo coperto di polvere azzurra (e che speriamo di farvi vedere al nostro ritorno) non è più bella, perchè quella polvere che cambia colore a seconda delle esigenze del mercato, quell'uomo la respira anche ora e lo porterà a morirne davvero.
Film come questo no grazie. E non per volersi nascondere la tristezza ma perchè sappiamo aimè essere tristi già da soli senza che per questo nessuno ci guadagni 

Both fascinating and shocking at once, MEGACITIES explores the contradictions the inhabitants of Mumbai, New York, Mexico City and Moscow have to live with day in, day out. The first film in Michael Glawogger's trilogy is a tale in 12 episodes about people at work across the globe as they struggle to survive through resourcefulness, humour and dignity. There is one hope they all share: the dream of a better life. A vivid urban anthropological film about human beauty.

Irregular mas recomendável, «Megacities» vale pelos episódios em que consegue transmitir a sensação de urgência e claustrofobia de algumas situações que relata sem que para isso se apoie numa exibicionista montra de decadência. Infelizmente, contudo, estes não ocorrem com a frequência suficiente para que o filme chegue ao brilhante retrato cujo potencial sugeria.

Twelve stories of survival set in Moscow, Manhattan, Mexico City and Bombay. While some of the scenes were "staged" they used real people and recorded real events. The gritty realism of some of the moments seemed improbable that they could happen in front of a camera and they were either faked or the Germans knew how to be silent but welcome observers of life as it happened. The sum total of the footage is a tale of human survival that is neither pathetic nor gratuitous but is simply a record.
In Moscow we meet a group of street kids hustling in subways, a drunk tank, street musicians and factory workers set against the rich and diverse modern literary heritage of the Russian people. The insight, sentiment and existential optimism of the voiced-over passages lays bare the soul of the contrast between the harsh, unrelenting drudgery of factory work and the intangible rewards derived from meeting the challenges of private life…

          The Truth is Funny .....shift happens! with Host Colette Marie Stefan: The Turning Point Thriving On The Edge of the World's Perfect Storm with New York Times Best Selling Author Gregg Braden      Cache   Translate Page      
GuestThe Turning Point Thriving On The Edge of the World's Perfect Storm. A new world has arrived and life as we've known it in the past has changed forever &8232;The question is no longer, "when will a great shift occur?" The question now is, "where are the changes leading, what can we realistically expect, and what does it all mean for us, our families, our communities, our lives?"
           College education aids in proper use of dietary supplements among young adults      Cache   Translate Page      

Young adults who are educated about dietary supplements in college are more likely to use them appropriately, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University at New York. Binghamton researchers conducted an anonymous online survey of college students comparing those enrolled in the Health and Wellness Studies minor at Binghamton University with those not enrolled in the minor. The survey included questions on perception of dietary supplements, use and knowledge. The survey's main purpose was to investigate whether an education on dietary supplements is effective amongst college students.

Young adults are a target for certain dietary supplements through several social media platforms, and they're more likely to be influenced by such advertisements. Many studies on dietary supplement use suggested an education at the college level is needed, but no follow-up studies were performed.

Analyzing the data, the researchers concluded that college students with proper education on dietary supplements exhibit a different but responsible pattern of use from those without the education. This is significant, as misuse of dietary supplements has been linked to liver and kidney injuries.

"These findings suggest that college education on dietary supplements, during a stage when young adults establish life-long habits, may potentially reduce risk of abuse," said Lina Begdache, assistant professor of health and wellness studies at Binghamton University.

"Are these supplements really doing the work?" Begdache said. "There's no FDA oversight. Anything could be in these supplements, things that could potentially be harmful."

The researchers are currently looking at over-the-counter weight loss pill use amongst college students. The interest is that these supplements are high in caffeine, which may increase stress in young adults.
          Profile: The Challenge for Deutsche Bank      Cache   Translate Page      
New York | When we first heard news reports about a new investor in Deutsche Bank (DB), we of course assumed that this meant the purchase of new shares and thus an increase in capital. But no, it was merely an “activist investor” taking a stake in existing shares. Is this really news or merely a sign of a top in large bank stocks? The DB common is trading a hair over $10 or just 0.3x book value and has a beta of 1.5. Douglas Braunstein, founder and managing partner of Hudson Executive Capital
          SHAREHOLDER ALERT: Monteverde & Associates PC Announces An Investigation Of Penn Virginia Corporation-PVAC      Cache   Translate Page      

NEW YORK, Nov. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Juan Monteverde, founder and managing partner at Monteverde & Associates PC, a boutique securities firm headquartered at the Empire State Building in New York City, is investigating the Board of Directors of Penn Virginia Corporation ("Penn Virginia...

          SHAREHOLDER ALERT: Monteverde & Associates PC Announces An Investigation Of Newfield Exploration Company - NFX      Cache   Translate Page      

NEW YORK, Nov. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Juan Monteverde, founder and managing partner at Monteverde & Associates PC, a boutique securities firm headquartered at the Empire State Building in New York City, is investigating the Board of Directors of Newfield Exploration Company ("Newfield"...

          SHAREHOLDER ALERT: Monteverde & Associates PC Announces An Investigation Of Intersections, Inc. - INTX      Cache   Translate Page      

NEW YORK, Nov. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Juan Monteverde, founder and managing partner at Monteverde & Associates PC, a boutique securities firm headquartered at the Empire State Building in New York City, is investigating the Board of Directors of Intersections, Inc. ("Intersections" or...

          SHAREHOLDER ALERT: Monteverde & Associates PC Announces An Investigation Of Red Hat, Inc. - RHT      Cache   Translate Page      

NEW YORK, Nov. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Juan Monteverde, founder and managing partner at Monteverde & Associates PC, a boutique securities firm headquartered at the Empire State Building in New York City, is investigating the Board of Directors Red Hat, Inc. ("Red Hat " or the "Company")...

          SHAREHOLDER ALERT: Monteverde & Associates PC Announces An Investigation Of LSC Communications, Inc. - LKSD      Cache   Translate Page      

NEW YORK, Nov. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Juan Monteverde, founder and managing partner at Monteverde & Associates PC, a boutique securities firm headquartered at the Empire State Building in New York City, is investigating the Board of Directors of LSC Communications, Inc. ("LSC " or the...

          Grade 1 Stakes Winner Alex Rossi at Stud in Sage, CA      Cache   Translate Page      
 This amazing stallion, Alex Rossi, multiple graded stakes winner bred in Argentina, raced in Argentina, Peru, and the United States. He won the Clasico Hipodromo de San Felipe, Polla de Potrillos Roberto Alvarez Calderon Rey - Peruvian Two Thousand Guineas (G1), and Alfredo Benavides y Alfredo Benavides Diez Canseco. Now standing at stud in the United States for the first time, Alex Rossi is located at ATO Horses Farm in Sage, California (between Temecula and Hemet). He is a son of Freud (full brother to Giant's Causeway sired by Storm Cat), who has been the leading New York sire by turf earnings, average turf earnings per runner, turf stakes wins, turf stakes winners. Freud offspring is known to be versatile: His colts and fillies are primed to win graded races on turf, dirt, and polytrack. Uncharacteristic for Storm Cat lines, they have great minds, which includes Alex Rossi. Freud bankrolled 6,320,911 in 2017, unchallenged by 2nd and 3rd (Big Brown) sires. Rahy, present on top and bottom of Alex Rossi's pedigree was a leading international sire who commanded a stud fee of 100,000 his progeny earned nearly 97 million worldwide, which puts Rahy in the top one half of 1 of all sires. Alex Rossi exudes confidence and perseverance. He retired sound from a fabulous career in Thoroughbred flat racing and is ready to start his new jobs. When he is not breeding, he is undergoing training for a second career in dressage. As the photos show, he has beautiful movement combined with a well put together athletic physique. Alex Rossi's stud fee of 1000 is an introductory price and will go up in the following years. Private Treaty for approved mares. For more details, please inquire with ATO Horses at our phone number. For more photos of Alex Rossi see our ad in

          Holland America Launches Food-Face Plates       Cache   Translate Page      

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Food Face Plates

Holland America Line presented some of the food to be found in the new Rudi’s Sel de Mer specialty restaurant aboard the Nieuw Statendeam, along with food faces on plates, at an event in New York last week.

The grinning food faces of Holland America’s master chef, and self-proclaimed culinary pop artist, Rudi Sodamin, grace eight charger plates created by French porcelain masters Bernardaud. Chef Rudi and Michel Bernardaud – fifth-generation keeper of his family company – displayed the plates in Midtown Manhattan on Thursday.

The decorative plates feature ingredients – caviar, squid, fruit, root vegetables, tarragon, chili peppers, and much more – arranged to make Zucchini Zeus, and Smiling Creamed Spinach. Four more plates in the series will be released in early 2019, said Sophie Raubiet, Bernardaud's director of retail. In January, the cruise line released Food Faces, a coffee table book of the chef's art. The plates and the book will be available for sale on the Nieuw Statendam. Plans call for passengers to have the plates – individually or as a set – shipped directly to their homes rather than clank in their luggage.

All the plates will be part of the table settings in Rudi's Sel De Mer, Holland America’s first-ever chef-branded specialty restaurant, said Frits van der Werff, the line’s vice president of food and beverage.

Bite-size lettuce cups of tuna tartar and wallet-thick slabs of salty-sweet bacon were among the dishes served at the event, created by chef David Burk of the line’s Culinary Council.

“It's the first time we've attached a chef to a place and the first time for Rudi to have a place at sea that's a dedicated place,” Van Der Werff said. “Rudi has been at the forefront of culinary innovation.”

He said the new wine list curated by renowned critic James Suckling will roll out fleet-wide in the two months. It will feature all wines rated 90 or higher, and a “James Rock Star List” featuring wines rated 96 to 100.

Van Der Werff also spilled a little on the yet-to-be released cocktail menu, saying a bottle-service style smoked drink will be served in an oversized glass flask. He showed Cruise Industry News a photo smoke inside a bottle of brown liquid. Smoked Negronis and Manhattans have become increasingly popular in land-based restaurants. This could be following that trend.

          The Democratic Party doesn’t deserve your vote      Cache   Translate Page      

The record of the Democrats proves that voting for the “lesser evil” doesn’t stop evil.

NO ONE reading this article needed one, but the last weeks were a reminder anyway: that there is no low point of hate and fearmongering that Donald Trump can’t sink below.

Trump and his “brain” trust decided that the Republicans’ best bet for the midterm elections would be to slander a caravan of refugees from violence and oppression in Central America — and to send who knows how many U.S. soldiers to the border to meet this grave threat.

They succeeded in whipping up their right-wing base. But they also sharpened the outrage and anger of millions of people who already oppose Trump — and who will vote in today’s elections with a sense of alarm about stopping the fanatic in the White House.

In almost every case, those millions who want to vote against Trump will have no real choice but to vote for the Democratic Party, which has also been determined — but not about stopping Trump’s crimes.

During the same weeks when Trump piled one anti-immigrant atrocity on top of another, the leaders of the “party of the people” were determined not to say anything about it.

The Democratic Party doesn't deserve your vote

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi had the same infuriating message of evasion last weekend that she’s repeated for months. Rather than let voters “think the Democrats are all about impeachment, investigation, caravans, ‘scaravans,’” Pelosi recommended: “Don’t take the bait, just stick with health care, good-paying jobs and clean government.”

The Democrats are likely to make gains at all levels of government in today’s elections, probably enough to win a majority in the House, if not in the Senate. It will be a pleasure to watch some of the most monstrous Republicans go down to defeat.

If the Democrats win big, it will be because millions of people use this election to register their opposition to Trump, the Republican Party and the right wing agenda.

It won’t, however, be because the Democratic Party is providing an alternative to the Trumpian status quo, much less a lead to the popular resistance that has confronted the Trump administration from its first day in office.

This election has been a departure in one respect: The media spotlight has fallen on a number of left-wing candidates running as Democrats in this election, including members of the Democratic Socialists of America. The left needs to absorb the lessons of this development.

But we do know that those candidates won’t be calling the shots come January. As an institution, and under the leadership of those who will call the shots, the Democrats aren’t committed to the kind of change that most of their voters would like to see.

Whatever they say — or don’t say — on the campaign trail, the Democrats’ dismal record in office shows that they will disappoint their liberal base with compromises and capitulations to the Republicans.

Unless, that is, both Democrats and Republicans face pressure from outside the two-party system.

This is the key to building an actual resistance to Trump and the Republicans: Not voting for Democrats in the hope that they will change anything for us, but relying on the strength of our co-workers, our fellow students and our community to educate, agitate and organize struggles that put forward a left-wing alternative.

THE MISERY of living under Trump has produced some of the largest protests in U.S. history, starting with the Women’s March on the day after his inauguration.

These demonstrations have been an ongoing reminder of both the rejection of Trump and his politics by a majority of people in the country and the desire of millions of people to start doing something about it.

Democratic Party leaders have a use for the first part — but not so much for the second.

Thus, throughout the upsurge of anger over Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, Democrats expressed their opposition — most of them, anyway — while trying to channel people’s outrage toward the voting booth and warning that protests could go too far and “alienate” potential supporters.

The unions and large liberal organizations, including organizers of the Women’s Marches, didn’t make the call to mobilize another massive show of anti-Trump strength, so the protests against Kavanaugh that did take place were angry and powerful, but scattered.

The dynamic is even more telling when it comes to immigrant rights.

The most recent of the truly massive anti-Trump demonstrations was the Families Belong Together mobilizations in late June that brought out hundreds of thousands of people for protests and marches in 750 cities and every state to vent their anger at the administration’s cruel family separation policy.

But this fall, the Democrats were mostly silent on the issue. They were advised — by the progressive think tank, the Center for American Progress, among others — to “spend as little time as possible” talking about immigration during election season, so as not to emphasize an issue where it’s taken for granted that the Republicans have an advantage.

Actually, the mass protests and even more massive public revulsion at Trump’s policies showed the potential for putting Republicans on the defensive — and on an issue they depend on to rev up their right-wing base.

But the Democrats followed the same election-year strategy they always do: chase every last “swing voter” in the political middle of the road, and that means avoiding anything controversial.

THE PROBLEM goes beyond timid campaign tactics. The Democrats’ strategy is the logical outcome for a party that says it stands for immigrant justice to satisfy its more liberal base at election time, but that stands in practice for a status quo where implementing justice would be a social and political threat.

It is no coincidence that the Democratic Party’s actual agenda on immigration issues mirrors that of Corporate America: support for a system that allows immigration to supplement the U.S. workforce at various levels, but that disciplines that workforce by keeping most immigrants in a second-class status.

Thus, the hopes in 2008 that Barack Obama would pass real immigration reform during his first months in office were fated to be dashed.

Not only did Obama fail to achieve any initiative, even a compromised one, to legalize the status of any undocumented workers, but he followed through on Corporate America’s other priority of using enforcement to maintain control over workers — and deportations went up, not down.

This experience illustrates the problems with voting for the Democrats as the lesser of two evils. On immigration, the “lesser evil” candidate in 2008 ended up presiding over more actual evil than his “greater evil” predecessor, George W. Bush.

In the era of Trump, it usually isn’t hard to figure out who the greater evil is in any one election. But as the American socialist Hal Draper wrote, the problem isn’t the answer, but the question itself — because it accepts the limits of the two-party system and distorts the political outlook of people who need to be a part of changing the world.

Let’s go back to Obama and the issue of immigration. In 2008, the immigrant rights movement was only two years away from an amazing high point that really did achieve a victory. The mega-marches and “day without an immigrant” strikes of 2006 stopped reactionary Republican legislation that would have criminalized all of the undocumented in the U.S.

But under Obama, the same liberal forces that helped organize the 2006 upsurge were far quieter, hoping that they could work with their supposed ally in the White House. Calls to protest Obama’s lack of action were met with warnings that being too radical would hand the Republicans an issue to hammer the Democrats with.

And so Barack Obama became the deporter-in-chief without facing mass opposition on the scale of 2006 — and the promise of any reform, even with the twisted compromises that the Democrats insisted on, went unfulfilled.

Malcolm X once said that “you put the Democrats first and the Democrats put you last.” When Nancy Pelosi and the leaders of the Democratic Party know they can count on the party’s liberal base to vote for their candidates, no matter what, they can move in the direction that inevitably feels more comfortable: to the right.

THOUGH YOU’D never know it to listen to Pelosi, there are more Democratic candidates this year who progressives might want to vote for, rather than only voting against the Republicans.

The anti-Trump upsurge of the past two years has helped the Democrats field a more diverse group of candidates than ever before, and more Democrats are willing to say they stand for progressive proposals like Medicare for All.

This is also the result of a surge of candidates who, following the lead of Sen. Bernie Sanders, explicitly identify themselves as democratic socialists. Their successes are a direct result of the hard organizing work of members of DSA and other left forces, and those successes have, in turn, raised the prominence of DSA and socialism in general.

Among DSA members in particular, there is sharp opposition to the neoliberal, pro-corporate program championed by the likes of Pelosi, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Though many DSAers will likely choose to vote for establishment-sanctioned Democrats in 2018 and 2020, others will make the principled decision to refuse to support those Democratic candidates who don’t support them.

This is an important development for anyone who looks forward, as we do at SW, to the establishment of a left-wing political force independent of the two-party system.

But our analysis would be inadequate if we didn’t point out the dangers for socialists trying to build their forces within a capitalist party that is hostile to their aims. The very success of left-wing candidates within the party makes it harder to resist the pressure that draws them further in.

Thus, DSA member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won a primary election upset for a seat in Congress from New York City over powerful party boss Joe Crowley. Her victory was a blow to the party leadership — but her new prominence led to requests, to which she agreed, to endorse and campaign for Democrats who are well to her right.

Historically, the Democrats have been willing to tolerate a left within the party and a certain amount of criticism as a price worth paying for having well-known figures who can build enthusiasm among the party’s liberal base.

The great danger for the left has been to be drawn in — and to, as a consequence, tailor and limit its message and strategy based on the needs of the Democrats, rather than the Democrats changing the party’s aims and actions in any significant way.

Socialist Worker has maintained since its founding that we look forward to the creation of an independent left alternative to the two-party system, and we put this into practice in every election by supporting only independent left-wing candidates. We say that the Democratic Party doesn’t deserve your votes — and you shouldn’t give it something it doesn’t deserve.

There are only a few such independent left candidates around the country in 2018 offering an opportunity to cast a protest vote against the limitations of the two-party system.

More numerous are the very important referendums where socialists should take a stand: Issue 1 (drug law reform) in Ohio; Question 1 (safe staffing) and Question 3 (transgender rights) in Massachusetts; and Proposition 10 (rent control) and Proposition 11 (paramedics’ rights on the job) in California, to name a few that SW has written about recently.

Ultimately, organizing a socialist resistance in the Trump era depends much more on the struggles of every day other than Election Day. That was our task every day leading up to November 6 — and every day after, when we look forward to uniting to fight the Trumpian right, as well as its Democratic Party enablers.

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With a growing recognition of the urgent need to act to stop climate change — and the inherent ecological destruction that is built into capitalism, a system predicated on relentless growth and the drive for profit — activists with Science for the People, an organization dedicated to building a movement around radical perspectives on science and society, is expanding the fight for climate justice and ecosocialism.

Inari Sosa, Paulina Zedillo and Fercho Tekuatl, biologists of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and members of the promotional core of Ciencia para el Pueblo (Science for the People-Mexico), explain the launch of the group there, in a statement translated into English by Martín Ochoa and Brian M. Napoletano.

IN LIGHT of the serious social and environmental problems the world faces, we in the scientific community cannot afford to remain ensconced in academia’s ivory towers, as though we were not involved directly in these issues. Facing a corporatist techno-science in service to capital accumulation, we must take the opposing side of a critical science linked to struggles for justice. Construction of a science from, with, for and of the working people is a key task of those fighting for social liberation and respect for all life on Earth.

Those of us in the different areas of investigation and applied science must assume that in addition to intellectuals, we are also part of the working class that moves the world and its history. Thus, our opportunities for employment are governed by the constant changes in the labor market; even the orientation and development of our creative powers are strongly conditioned by the funding of powerful political and economic interests whose support is premised on their own profit. Thus, the results of scientific knowledge are constantly being appropriated by private interests in contradiction to the common good.

Meeting after the March for Science in Mexico City in 2018
Meeting after the March for Science in Mexico City in 2018 (Fernando Estañol Tecuatl)

We therefore have a duty to stand for and fight alongside the rest of our class: the working class, as well as the other groups oppressed by the capitalist system. For this, we require complete political independence from the bourgeoisie and its parties.

WITH THIS perspective we, scientists of different political allegiances, at the beginning of 2016 agreed that we need an anti-capitalist rallying point to facilitate efforts to politicize, organize and mobilize our profession. We, along with our comrades in different states around the country, come together in the promotional core of a broad new anti-capitalist group: Science for the People-Mexico.

In so doing, we support the historical project of Science for the People, a social movement that emerged in many universities in the United States at the end of the 1960s, and that, for more than two decades of intense political and intellectual activity, contributed to the struggle in defense of the environment, against racism and imperialism, and on many other fronts fought for a better world.

This political position was bolstered by two important factors: (1) the strong internationalist connection we have had with Science for the People, which is re-emerging and rebuilding itself; and (2) the anti-capitalist tendencies and approaches that we — those who make up the promotional core — have developed in our participation in various movements, such as the Unión de Científicos Comprometidos con la Sociedad (the counterpart to the Union of Concern Scientists of the USA), the “#Yosoy132Ambiental,” the postgraduate assemblies against the CONACYT’s (the National Council for Science and Technology) funding cuts, the Nueva Central de Trabajadores (New Workers Center); work with several labor unions such as the AMINSHAE (an important union of researchers and other workers in the medical sector), the “Consciousness for Humanity” of the EZLN (the Zapatista Army for the National Liberation); several other initiatives aimed at popularizing knowledge and local ecological activism; involvement with other left organizations of different traditions; and other experiences we have had that enrich this project.

In January of the present year, we convened the first meeting as the promotional core of Science for the People-Mexico at the UNAM’s Institute of Ecology, with the international presence of Ivette Perfecto and John Vandermeer, activists in Science for the People at the University of Michigan.

Thereafter, we have undertaken several activities, such as: the participation of one of our delegations in the congress to relaunch Science for the People, held in Ann Arbor, Michigan; the elaboration of pronouncements and manifestos; the organization, in alliance with other groups, of the second march for Science in Mexico City and Morelia; solidarity and support to labor unions in the medical and research sector; meetings for programmatic discussions and debate about the current political situation; solidarity with diverse local struggles; contribution to debate in different scientific forums; and the realization of our own forums in Mexico City and Morelia, with the collaboration of some of our comrades such as Lala Peñaranda from Science for the People-New York.

“Ciencia para el Pueblo” is constituted as the Mexican branch of the international Science for the People organization, although we have programmatic and organizational autonomy. Within the Mexican context, we are an internationalist referent that does not adhere to borders and boundaries. We are a broad space of cooperation between different leftist political currents, as well as activists with no political affiliations.

At present, we are involved in a growing campaign for organization and programmatic discussion about the development of a science that fights for social liberation and the care of life on Earth. In the medium term, we intend to consolidate a network of committees and contacts in several parts of the country, with a view to holding a congress in which we could consolidate a national organization that coordinates active participation in multiple struggles and produces materials on diverse themes, including agroecology, gender studies, integrated watershed management, political ecology, political economy, sustainability, climate change, etc.

THE NEXT administration, headed by Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), will be the result of a negotiated transition that guarantees the maintenance of the interests and privileges of the oligarchy in the face of the regime’s political crisis on the one side, yet attempts to diffuse the social unrest channeled into the polls on the other. It is already expressing ambiguities and contradictions in several areas, for example: the appointment of Elena Álvarez from the Unión de Científicos Comprometidos con la Sociedad (the Union of Scientists Committed to Society) at Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia (the National Council for Science and Technology) and the appointment of Víctor Villalobos — see the “Monsanto Law” — at the Secretaría de Agricultura, Ganadería, Desarrollo Rural, Pesca y Alimentación (the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food); or the proposal that major issues such as the decriminalization of abortion or the construction of the new Mexico City International Airport.

AMLO will, obviously, retain intact the foundations of neoliberalism while at the same time seeking to form a political clientele through mostly symbolic concessions to social movements.

In this scenario, the possibility of changing the correlation of forces in favor of the working-class majority, the native people, and the care for biodiversity will lie with the independent mobilization of all the groups in resistance today. Science for the People supports national and international self-organization in peasant movements, student movements, urban workers, women, gender activists, people living with disabilities, those affected by environmental degradation, migrants, victims of structural violence, and other oppressed groups, with the aim of forming a social pole capable of challenging the national oligarchy and its international backers, and of initiating a process of radical transformation of the country and the world.

For a science for life, for a science for the people.

First published at the website of the Workers’ Revolutionary Party of Mexico. Translation by Martín Ochoa and Brian M. Napoletano.

          Fear and loathing and more fear      Cache   Translate Page      

Elizabeth Schulte documents the new low points that Trump and the Republicans are reaching — and the dismal failure of Democrats to stand up for justice.

YOUR PRESIDENT wants you to hate and fear immigrants.

That was the message of a new attack ad that Donald Trump himself tweeted a little over a week before the midterm elections. The ad featured an undocumented immigrant jailed for killing two California sheriff’s deputies and then scenes of the refugee caravan currently making its way through Mexico to seek asylum from poverty and violence in Central America.

Lettering above the man on trial reads: “He killed our people.”

The last-minute campaign ad aimed to create an indelible image of immigrants as murderers who are “invading” the U.S. with the Democrats’ blessing — and an equally indelible conclusion that only Trump and the Republicans will protect you from violence.

Numerous Republicans running for office embraced and echoed Trump’s ramped-up campaign of racist scapegoating against immigrants.

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Rep. Duncan Hunter of California issued an ad claiming that his Democratic opponent, Ammar Campa-Najjar, a former Labor Department official, is trying to “infiltrate Congress” on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood and is a “security risk.”

In upstate New York, the National Republican Congressional Committee aired several commercials attacking a Democratic candidate for Congress, Antonio Delgado, who is Black, for having been a rap musician. In one ad, several white upstate New Yorkers speak to the camera: “Antonio Delgado would be fine in Los Angeles, maybe New York City,” but “nobody talks like that around here.”

These vile ads leading up to the midterm elections have a history. Politicians of both main political parties have created similar ones using racism and xenophobia to whip up fear and reinforce the most backward and divisive ideas in U.S. society.

In 1988, the presidential campaign of George H.W. Bush ran a commercial featuring “Willie” Horton — his name was William Horton, but “Willie” fit the stereotype the ad makers were after — a Black man accused of a killing a white woman while free on a prison work-release program in Massachusetts under then-Gov. Michael Dukakis.

The ad aimed to whip up fear about crime — and the fear of Black people committing crimes in particular.

But Republicans aren’t the only ones to pander to racism during their campaigns.

During the 1992 presidential campaign, Democratic candidate Bill Clinton thought he could score points by attacking anti-racist activist and recording artist Sister Souljah for her comments about the Los Angeles rebellion that year. For that matter, Clinton’s running mate Al Gore was the first candidate of either party to use Horton against Dukakis — during the 1988 Democratic primaries.

It says a lot about the cynicism of the politicians of the “world’s greatest democracy” that they’ve used coded and not-so-coded racism so freely during elections over the decades.

IN THAT sense, Trump’s ads are very much a part of the U.S. political system. But under the current circumstances, there’s a twist: Trump’s racist anti-immigrant ad is advising his supporters to do more than fear and hate immigrants. It encourages them to take action.

The message came through loud and clear to far-right militia groups, who stated that they are traveling south to “protect” the border for when the caravan arrives.

Militia units told the Associated Press that they were planning on gathering with guns and bulletproof vests. Immigrants are “just laughing in our face,” fumed Shannon McGauley, president of the Texas Minutemen. “It’s a free-for-all in America.”

The vigilantes won’t be alone, of course. Hundreds of U.S. troops have already arrived at the border near Hidalgo, Texas, with more to come. Their stated mission is to help U.S. Customs and the Border Patrol, and there were plenty of photo ops of soldiers setting up barbed-wire fence along the Rio Grande.

“I saw that beautiful barbed wire going up,” Trump said at a campaign rally in Montana. “Beautiful sight.”

All of this is part of Trump’s “Operation Faithful Patriot,” which grows larger by the day, depending on the whims of the president — from 5,000 active-duty troops last Wednesday to 15,000 a few days later. This is in addition to thousands of National Guard troops who are also gathering at the border.

Asked by reporters whether the troops planned to fire on immigrants trying to cross the border, Trump responded that if caravan members threw rocks, the military “would consider that a firearm because there’s not much difference.

The Trump administration is preparing for a confrontation — not just at the ballot box with the midterm elections, but literally a confrontation at the border, led by racists inspired by Trump’s America First rhetoric that demonizes immigrants seeking relief from poverty and violence.

THIS IS an important moment for those who oppose anti-immigrant racism to stand up and be counted. And yet at exactly that moment — as the elections have provided a spotlight for political leaders to step forward and oppose Trump’s anti-immigrant racism — the Democrats are...silent.

Instead of meeting Trump’s racist campaign message with the alarm it deserves, the Democrats are doing the opposite.

For example, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi responded to Trump’s threat to revoke birthright citizenship with the statement: “Clearly, Republicans will do absolutely anything to divert attention away from their votes to take away Americans’ health care.”

It isn’t just the party leadership, either. Down the line, that’s how Democrats are responding: stay on message, because the winning campaign message isn’t about protecting the caravan, it’s about health care.

Yes, health care is an important issue — and one that affects millions of Americans. But championing health doesn’t mean not challenging anti-immigrant racism.

Not that the Democrats are even addressing health care in any effective way. The most that the Democrats are putting forward on health care is a defense of Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act — which many people support against Republican efforts to dismantle it, but which is deeply flawed and ineffective at its supposed goal of universal coverage.

Democrats are drawing the line at stopping Republicans from letting insurers use pre-existing conditions as an excuse not to cover people. The GOP should be stopped, of course — but it’s not exactly a bold stand in defense of health care justice.

But this is the perennial logic of the Democratic Party under the constraints of the two-party system in the U.S.: Don’t make the message too radical, because the party’s base of support that would agree with a more radical message is going to vote for you anyway, since they have nowhere else to go.

IN MANY ways, immigration is the perfect message for Trump. Not just because racism plays to the Republicans’ right-wing base, but because the Democrats have so little to say in response.

The Democratic Party has no long-term solution to the suffering of refugees who are part of the caravan to the border.

Even the most liberal Democrats agree that while reforms are needed and programs like DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) should be protected, there’s also a need for strict immigration standards and heavily militarized border security enforcement.

This summer, U.S. immigration policies took center stage when it was revealed that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was separating undocumented children from their families and detaining them in cages.

The inhumane conditions endured by undocumented children sparked protests around the country, many organized by liberal organization like MoveOn and Indivisible, which ordinarily don’t stray too far left of the Democratic Party line.

Outrage at what the U.S. government was doing led to calls to “Abolish ICE” — and in short order, some Democratic Party figures were adopting a slogan that weeks earlier would have only been heard from the left.

The demand to do away with a hated government enforcement agency that terrorizes millions of undocumented immigrants fit the moment like a glove. The unbelievable cruelty of the Trump administration had come together with the explosive nature of the struggles of ordinary people against him.

But that was then. For the past months leading up to the midterm elections, the Democrats have been running away from the issue of immigration in any form. The Center for American Progress, a well-known liberal think tank, advised Democratic candidates to avoid the discussion of immigration and pivot guessed it: health care.

Even democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — whose primary victory last spring over a machine Democrat helped popularize the Abolish ICE slogan — had softened her message by late August, when she said in a tweet, “#AbolishICE means not having an agency that incarcerates children and sexually assaults women with impunity. It does not mean abolish deportation.”

Trump is sowing fear to whip up his conservative base. But the Democrats are sowing fear of a different kind among their base — fear of Trump and fear of talking too radical and “alienating” moderate voters.

The resistance to Trump’s atrocities on immigration will need to ignore the Democrats’ cynical political calculations and organize opposition that stands proudly under the banner of “Abolish ICE.”

We need a socialist alternative that understands that the real “immigration problem” in the U.S. is the billions wasted militarizing a border and persecuting the vulnerable that could be used to welcome people across it if they want to come.

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Educators Peter Lamphere, Bill Linville and Will Russell report from New York City on the ratification of a contract for teachers that contains unnecessary concessions.

EDUCATION WORKERS in the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) voted to approve the latest contract with the New York City Department of Education, with 80 to 85 percent of teachers supporting ratification and with slightly higher percentages among other titles.

But occupational and physical therapists rejected their contract out of anger at long-standing unmet demands for pay parity with pedagogues who have similar education levels. The maximum salary for speech therapists, for example, is over $27,000 more than for occupational and physical therapists.

Now it will be up to these members, along with their brothers and sisters in other titles, to press the union to mobilize as they go back to the table for a better deal.

However, for the rest of the membership, this contract — with below-inflation raises, massive givebacks in health care and an inadequate plan for rescuing struggling schools in the Bronx — falls far short of meeting the needs of the educators and students in New York City public schools.

UFT President Michael Mulgrew speaks to reporters
UFT President Michael Mulgrew speaks to reporters (flickr)

While the approval margin seems overwhelming at first glance, it was only achieved by the anti-democratic practices of the UFT leadership.

Led by the autocratic Unity Caucus, the union leadership negotiated the contract during the summer when teachers were away, with a negotiating committee forbidden to discuss the contract with the rank and file. Then the ratification was rammed through over two and a half weeks, months before the current contract expires in February 2019.

In taking this approach, UFT leaders deprived the membership of time to study the details of the contract — and time for a “vote no, stay union” opposition to form. They also deceptively insisted to members that the contract contained no givebacks, that raises kept pace with the rate of inflation, and that the contract was “member made” with input from rank-and-filers.

In reality, among other worrisome concessions, the contract contains over $1 billion in health care givebacks and the implementation of a two-tiered system of health care benefits for the first time. Furthermore, the agreement doesn’t meet the growing needs of students and vulnerable communities in a city with record levels of segregation and student homelessness.

There are a few standout gains in the contract: the reduction of the required minimum number of yearly observations for each teacher from four to two and increased job security for paraprofessionals, the least protected members of the union.

The UFT leadership has brought worse contracts to the membership to be voted on in the past. Nevertheless, this is a concessionary contract at a time when the city is sitting on a large budget surplus and when teachers are making significant gains both for themselves and their students across the country, through radical actions including strikes.

A major shift in strategy is needed in order to both ensure fair conditions for both public school educators and students — one that looks away from alliances with politicians and toward the radical tactics that were on display in the teacher strikes and rebellions this year in states like West Virginia, Arizona and Washington.

Such a strategy will also need to rely on a key lesson of the successful 2012 Chicago teachers’ strike — by creating an alliance between the teachers’ union movement and students and parents.

AT A moment when unions should be looking to involve more members, the leadership’s rush to vote sent the message to members that their voices aren’t important.

On October 11, a deal was announced in a press conference with Mayor Bill de Blasio, Department of Education Chancellor Richard Carranza and UFT President Michael Mulgrew — in which Carranza spoke of Mulgrew as his, “Brother from another mother.”

Many members wondered why the leadership called a special Delegate Assembly for the next day, given that the upcoming monthly DA was already scheduled to take place within the week, on October 17.

Delegates only received short statements from Mulgrew and the chancellor. They didn’t receive the entire 63-page Memorandum of Agreement until just over an hour before the meeting.

At the meeting, the vast majority of the time was spent by Mulgrew making a PowerPoint presentation selling the contract.

The limited period for discussion — in which no member of the UFT’s opposition caucuses were called on — nevertheless included several speakers who had contrary views on the contract. One member called for a delay in the vote so that chapter leaders and delegates could have time to read the proposal for themselves.

The meeting voted to send the contract to members for ratification, but DOE educators were only given until October 31 to complete the voting process.

The contract itself is the result of a long-standing negotiating process for New York City public-sector union contracts called “pattern bargaining” — in which the first city union that negotiates a contract sets the “pattern” on issues such as health care and wages for the rest of the unions on the Municipal Labor Committee (MLC). In this round, AFSCME Local DC 37 ratified its contract at the end of June, which set the pattern.

The UFT leadership argued that aspects of the contract that were part of the original pattern bargaining agreed to by AFSCME were therefore off the table during subsequent UFT negotiations and impossible to reopen.

However, there have been times when unions have attempted to buck this trend — or when the city has. For example, former Mayor Michael Bloomberg held out in granting the UFT the same pattern of raises that other city unions got for the entirety of his 12 years in office.

Astonishingly, in their attempts to sell the contract to the rank and file, UFT leaders even made the deceptive argument to members that the billion-plus dollars in health care givebacks weren’t contained in the contract because they were part of the original pattern bargaining.

IN TERMS of wages and health care, the contract represents a significant step back for New York City educators.

Kit Wainer, a social studies teacher and UFT chapter leader at Leon M. Goldstein High School in Brooklyn, says he voted “no” for two main reasons: “First, the fact that the raises don’t keep pace with inflation. Second, voting to force first-year teachers into an inferior health plan, even if for only a year, violates my sense of basic union solidarity.”

Annual raises for the 43-month life of the contract will be 2 percent, 2.5 percent and 3 percent — which, despite claims to the contrary by the UFT leadership, won’t meet projected rates of inflation.

We also aren’t keeping up with wage increases for workers throughout the New York City area. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, on average, wages had increased for New York City-area workers by 3.0 percent in the year preceding June 2018.

This contract marks the second agreement in a row with significant concessions on health care. In the last round, the MLC agreed to find a total of $3.4 billion in savings, which resulted in steep increases in co-pays — including $150 for ER visits and $50 for urgent care visits, among other cuts.

In this round, the MLC has agreed to $1.1 billion in cuts over the course of the contract, while also agreeing to a second tier in our health care for the first time. New hires will be required join a significantly more restricted HIP-HMO network for one year, after which they will be able to choose the health plan they prefer.

A new program for high-needs schools, especially in the Bronx, will have a pay differential for teachers in those schools. Unfortunately, the differential will be different for different license areas, creating divisions inside the workforce.

Plus, the additional support appears to be a school-based committee that will primarily look at school data to set goals for improvement, and would require the agreement of the school’s UFT chapter leader and principal, though the details are sketchy.

Mulgrew touted this plan as visionary in his DA presentation. But these are clearly retread market-based solutions. A visionary plan would have included drastically reduced class sizes, expansion of sometimes limited academic opportunities, and additional resources to provide extracurricular activities and further academic support.

There are several additional concessions that will leave most members unsatisfied about the key challenges that they face day to day in the schools:

The union agreed to allow a new “psychological evaluation” for incoming teachers — the details of which are completely unclear at this time.

The creation of additional out-of-classroom positions that come with higher pay will create more divisions between teachers and make it harder to lower class sizes.

Pay differentials for additional education will become more difficult to get, as newer teachers will be required to get new “A+” credits for the differentials. Ironically, the UFT itself will be one of the providers of these credits, and so will end up profiting from the change.

The union agreed to allow an additional dean in schools, weakening the power of school chapters that previously had to vote to create the position.

AMONG THE notable gains in the contract, unpaid suspensions of paraprofessionals will now be subject to review by an arbitrator review and will be limited in duration.

Observation minimums have been reduced, bringing New York City more in line with the rest of the state. However, educators with lower ratings still face more observations, so the change brings no relief to those targeted by abusive administrators.

Grievances for oversized classes will be subject to an expedited calendar for informal resolution at a district and citywide level.

But as Kit Wainer points out, in a mid-October settlement of a grievance regarding nine oversized classes, “an arbitrator issued an order requiring the principal to equalize all classes. Under the new procedure, we would not have been able to request an arbitration hearing until at least October 10, which means we would not have gotten a ruling until sometime in November.”

Similarly, safety and consultation issues will have an informal resolution process, which can be eventually taken to arbitration. There is also a strengthening of the anti-retaliation language in the contract to bring harassment under binding arbitration.

Overall, however, with the exception of the drastic concessions on health care, both the gains and givebacks in this contract are relatively minor compared to what is not included.

Class size limits remain at levels that are unacceptably high for education, unchanged for more than 50 years. Also unchanged is a funding system that penalizes more senior employees and has consigned many veteran members from closed schools to circulating without a permanent position.

THE MEAGER salary increases come at a time when educators elsewhere are demanding more — and winning.

For example, educators in Washington state were able to force the state to release funds to increase teacher salaries — and they followed up with a wave of strikes and actions that led to annual salary increases ranging from 10.5 percent in Seattle to 20 percent and more elsewhere in the state.

Meanwhile, New York City is projecting a budget surplus of $4.6 billion for fiscal year 2018, the largest in 10 years. If this is the best that we can do while the economy is doing relatively well and the city’s coffers are flush, what should we expect when the economy takes a downturn?

A “progressive” mayor who campaigned on the slogan of “a tale of two cities” should be forced to do better than making the working class pay for health care concessions.

A great place to start looking for an alternative vision would be the example of educators in the “red state rebellions” — who mobilized rank-and-file members in a series of escalating actions that culminated in walkouts and dragged union leaders behind them.

The entire political landscape around education has changed since last spring’s teachers strikes. Walkouts in red states have spilled over into liberal strongholds like Washington — with strikes in Los Angeles and Oakland possible in the coming months.

One result of the educator rebellion has been that public opinion about teachers and striking has shifted drastically. There is broad public support for these kind of actions: A recent poll found that “78 percent of public school parents (and 73 percent of the public) say they would support teachers in the own communities if they went on strike for higher pay.”

The UFT rank and file can be activated and organized in this way as well — as shown by the successful campaign for paid family leave last spring. It will be up to rank-and-file organizations like the Movement of Rank and File Educators and Teachers Unite to develop and continue this and other campaigns, such as the fight for lower class sizes, ending segregation and building the Black Live Matter in our schools movement.

The votes for ratification of this concessionary deal represent resignation, rather than enthusiasm. Rank-and-file groups can build off existing anger and frustration among the minority that voted “no” by organizing grassroots campaigns around the issues that matter to teachers and families — like lowering class size, opposition to school closings, and improving health care access for union members and all New Yorkers.

Tens of thousands of teachers, therapists and other education workers voted against this contract — and showed there is a base for future organizing.

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Molly Seiden reports from SUNY New Paltz on a student speakout organized to oppose a far-right hate group that has been targeting the campus.

STUDENTS AT State University of New York (SUNY) New Paltz are organizing to make sure that racists know they aren’t welcome on campus.

Identity Evropa, a neo-Nazi group, recently posted propaganda on poles and buildings of the SUNY New Paltz campus in an attempt to spread its racist message. In response, the Hudson Valley branch of the International Socialist Organization (ISO) called for an emergency speak-out on October 26 to show that solidarity and a unified left can defeat the right.

At its height, some 50 students attended the speak-out, which was called late on the evening of October 25. Students chanted, “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA!” and “Whose streets? Our streets! Whose campus? Our campus!” Those who spoke emphasized that our power lies in our ability to organize and focused on the need to continue organizing efforts to fight far-right hate.

Students challenged SUNY New Paltz President Donald P. Christian to put his money where his mouth is.

Students stand up to the far right at the State University of New York–New Paltz
Students stand up to the far right at the State University of New York–New Paltz (Kelsey Fredricks | New Paltz Oracle)

In response to the Identity Evropa posters, Christian sent an e-mail to students declaring that “as a community, we have the power to combat these messages of hate and division by continuing to promote education and dialogue and striving, together, toward a more inclusive campus.”

While Christian talks about rejecting racism and hate on campus, his administration has made cuts to African American studies and women’s/gender studies programs in order to develop more opulent facilities on campus.

“I’m tired of the fact that, when I’m walking around, I have to look over my shoulder and be sure that nobody is saying something about me, or people who look like me — that we don’t matter,” fourth-year psychology major Emi Lewis told the New Paltz Oracle. “So if you’re really sorry, and you mean what you say in your e-mails, do something about it.”

As ISO member Serena Hale noted, the goal of groups like Identity Evropa “is to recruit and incite violence against people of color, trans people, both documented and undocumented immigrants and anyone who opposes their vile agenda. We need to use our strength in numbers to counter them and send them back into the shadows where they belong.”

Identity Evropa may have felt emboldened by the success of an “American Flag March,” in which 300 people turned out for a right-wing display of patriotism and were confronted by some 30 counterprotesters.

This was far too small a presence and created a safety risk, especially for those from marginalized and oppressed groups. It is important for anti-racists to recognize that we need to confront the far right with our superior overall numbers.

Activists ended the speak-out by emphasizing that we can’t “vote out” white supremacy, but must continue to show up in protest of white supremacist groups united, in large numbers, while we also fight for a society that does not rely on racism and other forms of bigotry to function.

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Hereinspaziert! Carnival Games ist ab heute verfügbar New York, München - 6. November 2018 - 2K gab heute bekannt, dass Carnival Games®, der nächste Teil der beliebten Reihe, von der weltweit über 9,5 Millionen Exemplare verkauft wurden, ab heute weltweit für Nintendo Switch™, Xbox One und PlayStation®

          The Essential Plan: A Health Care Success in NYS      Cache   Translate Page      

From skyrocketing costs to lack of transparency, it’s easy to identify the problems plaguing today’s health care system. With all the negative news out there, it’s important to celebrate the positive. Here in New York, the Essential Plan has become a shining star and proven its ability to provide high-quality, affordable health care coverage to […]

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