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The opening round of talks between the federal government's representatives and a delegation of opposition leaders to discuss potential amendments to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) law took place on Tuesday.

The meeting was held in Minister for Law and Justice Barrister Dr Farogh Naseem's chamber, with Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Zahid Hamid, Murtaza Javed Abbasi and Rana Sanullah representing the PML-N. The PPP's Syed Naveed Qamar was also present in the meeting.

Following the meeting, Naseem, who along with Ali Mohammad Khan represented the federal government, told the media only that "the opposition parties have presented their perspective regarding the amendments to the NAB law."

Read: Punjab Assembly calls for amendment in NAB Ordinance

The law minister said that any amendments to the accountability law will be proposed after the government has consulted its allies.

"After the consultation, we will sit down with the opposition again," he said.

Naseem said that the a proposed bill drafted during the PML-N era neither came up in discussions nor was it brought up by the opposition parties.

The minister remained tight-lipped on the contents of the new bill, saying that "it is not appropriate to do so since a final decision has yet to be taken."

Ahead of the meeting, Sanaullah, a former law minister of Punjab, had raised his concerns over the NAB law granting 90-day remand of suspects to the accountability watchdog.

"To give 90-day remand is without justification," he said. "In other serious crimes, a remand of 14 days is granted. The laws that are there without justification will be analysed."

Sanaullah later described the meeting as "positive", acknowledging that "the government too wants to make NAB laws transparent."


          Comment on Two discussion points inspired by Stephen Wolfram by Nullius in Verba      Cache   Translate Page      
<em>"The OED has as its first definition “the faculty of understanding; intellect”, derived from the Latin intellegere, for which the Oxford Latin Dictionary has “to grasp mentally, understand, realize”. The notion is that of a function of a conscious mind,..."</em> Thanks! OK, this seems to be a variant on the "awareness" requirement, but a different aspect of it to the qualia issue I was discussing earlier. I think this is about what <em>semantic meaning</em> is, and whether a computer can know about not just the data but <em>what it means</em>. This is an extremely difficult concept to get one's head around, but I think I can give an answer. Data has a meaning when the possible states and the rules by which they can be transformed can be matched with the possible states of some external physical system and the way it behaves. Pebbles on an abacus can represent sheep in a field because the number of pebbles can be matched with the number of sheep, and the way pebbles can be added and subtracted is the same as the way sheep can be added or subtracted. Symbolically, 3 pebbles *means* 3 sheep, because the pebbles can be used to simulate what will happen if you take 3 sheep and add 3 more. Similarly, the written symbol "3" can only mean 3 sheep only if there is some physical system that will act on written symbols in a way that matches up with the behaviour of sheep. Thus, 'meaning' can be defined in physical terms. It's a relationship between different physical systems whereby one system can simulate the possible states and behaviour of the other. And once it can be defined in terms of physics, there's a possibility that computers can do it. I'm not going to try to write the 100,000 word essay here I'd need to try to explain all the ramifications of that, but maybe others would find it interesting to think about. <em>"Proponents of strong AI tend to dismiss consciousness as somehow unreal or as an emergent property of matter that has been arranged in a particular way, based it seems on a rather old-fashioned mechanistic/physicalist view which posits that the universe is made of matter."</em> What do you think it's made of? <em>"However, if consciousness is a property of matter, it’s not clear how it might emerge in some places and not others, and it cannot be proven that it is not (in fact) everywhere."</em> Yep. Panpsychism appears to be a necessary consequence. <em>"One ends up (like Wolfram) making arbitrary and rather weak claims about necessary complexity or somesuch."</em> I agree Wolfram's claims are vague and arbitrary, like those of most people who attempt to answer this question. Unfortunately, proponents of *human* intelligence have exactly the same problem explaining how it all works. All we have got is the observation 'from the inside' that each of us has, and a symmetry argument by which we assume other humans have it, but a big question mark over whether symmetry can be extended to anything else. Since we've got no objective way of detecting or measuring it even in other humans, we can't really say anything at all about whether computers have it. The inability to imagine that they do, or how they do, is not evidence that they don't; only evidence of a lack of imagination. Personally, I think my 'simulation' hypothesis takes away a lot of the arbitrariness, at least so far as semantic meaning goes. Qualia are perhaps a much knottier problem! <em>"Moreover, no matter how complex it might be, such computers are not animate – they are fundamentally mechanical devices."</em> Yes. So are people. There is no magical ingredient in the atoms that make up an organism. They're just pushing and pulling on one another according to the same laws of physics that apply everywhere. If Cartesian mind-body dualism was true, there would have to be something in our bodies that got pushed around by forces not arising from matter, which would in principle be detectable. They've looked, they know pretty much how neurones work, and no such extra force or influence has ever been found. <em>"I’m a bit surprised that this discussion has gone on so long with no reference to Roger Penrose’ proof that the mind cannot be an algorithm."</em> I certainly enjoyed Penrose's book, but unfortunately his main argument doesn't work, because the Godel argument applies just as easily to human minds. Godel's theorem works by constructing an arithmetical expression that is equivalent to saying "This statement cannot ever be proved true by formal proof system X." If X could prove it, then it would be false, which would mean the formal proof system was proving false things and hence was broken. Hence either X cannot prove this true statement true, or X is inconsistent. Godel's cleverness was in wrapping this up as a statement of arithmetic, showing that no consistent proof system complex enough to implement basic arithmetic could prove every true arithmetical statement. But the trick it's based on is quite simple, and can be applied to anything. Thus, I can write the statement "This statement cannot ever be proved true by humans." If humans could prove it true, then it would be false, and the human method for generating proofs invalid. So it's true, but no human can consistently prove it. But if a computer produced the foregoing argument, there's no obstruction to its validity. Computers can do things humans can't. And there are plenty more bizarre examples - there are theorems that can't be proved on a Tuesday, that can't be proved by males, that can't be proved by written proofs containing the letter 'e', and so on. It's highly significant for mathematics, but perhaps not so much for the philosophy of mind. All it really tells us is that humans are fallible, and can't prove every true statement true, which we already knew and is no big surprise. Interestingly, there's a classic paradox that's secretly based on the same problem. <blockquote> A judge tells a condemned prisoner that he will be hanged at noon on one weekday in the following week but that the execution will be a surprise to the prisoner. He will not know the day of the hanging until the executioner knocks on his cell door at noon that day. Having reflected on his sentence, the prisoner draws the conclusion that he will escape from the hanging. His reasoning is in several parts. He begins by concluding that the "surprise hanging" can't be on Friday, as if he hasn't been hanged by Thursday, there is only one day left - and so it won't be a surprise if he's hanged on Friday. Since the judge's sentence stipulated that the hanging would be a surprise to him, he concludes it cannot occur on Friday. He then reasons that the surprise hanging cannot be on Thursday either, because Friday has already been eliminated and if he hasn't been hanged by Wednesday noon, the hanging must occur on Thursday, making a Thursday hanging not a surprise either. By similar reasoning he concludes that the hanging can also not occur on Wednesday, Tuesday or Monday. Joyfully he retires to his cell confident that the hanging will not occur at all. The next week, the executioner knocks on the prisoner's door at noon on Wednesday — which, despite all the above, was an utter surprise to him. Everything the judge said came true. </blockquote> The resolution of the paradox is that the sentence passed by the judge is a 'Godel expression' targeted at the prisoner, specifying that the prisoner cannot evaluate it. The executioner, however, can! And who could ever forget the theory of Bistromathics?! <blockquote>Bistromathics itself is simply a revolutionary new way of understanding the behavior of numbers, Just as Einstein observed that space was not an absolute but depended on the observer's movement in space and that time was not an absolute, but depended on the observer's movement in time, so it is now realized that numbers am not absolute, but depend on the observer's movement in restaurants. The first non absolute number is the number of people for whom the table is reserved. This will vary during the course of the first three telephone calls to the restaurant, and then bear no apparent relation to the number of people who actually turn up, or to the number of people who subsequently join them after the show/match/party/gig or to the number of people who leave when they see who else has turned up. The second non absolute number is the given time of arrival, which is now known to be one of those most bizarre of mathematical concepts, a recipriversexcluson, a number whose existence can only be defined as being anything other than itself in other words, the given time of arrival is the one moment of time at which it is impossible that any member of the party will arrive. Recipriversexclusons now play a vital part in many branches of math, including statistics and accountancy and also form the basic equations used to engineer the Somebody Else's Problem field. ...</blockquote> Sound familiar? :smile:
          Comment on A bonfire of the freedoms by Gene      Cache   Translate Page      
"The process as punishment" is how we will slowly slink into totalitarianism. You won't go to a gulag, but you might never work in your chosen field again. You'll be publicly embarrassed in front of your whole community--not sent into exile, but given every incentive to move away from your home. When the established processes begin to lose their deterrent power, new steps will simply be added to the soft repression. No torture, no imprisonment, just a slow accretion of bureaucracy, social media shaming, "community service" sentences, and shrinking prospects for a happy existence. When a few unfortunate souls snap, the guns will come out briefly as needed, and the laws will, one by one, quickly and quietly, be expanded in scope. Turn the ratchet, start again. Surely someone has written a novel along these lines, no?
          60th Birthday Poster, 60th Birthday Chalkboard, 60th Birthday Gift, Black And Gold Party, 60th Birthday Party Decor / H-T46-TP AA2 by PaperRamma      Cache   Translate Page      

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          Pineapple Party Decor, Pineapple Backdrop, Gold Pineapple, Pineapple Bachelorette, Summer Bachelorette Backdrop, Wedding Decor/ H-T39-TP AA3 by PaperRamma      Cache   Translate Page      

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          Princess Birthday Backdrop, Princess Ideas, Castle Princess Party, Fairytale Princess Backdrop, Princess Photo Booth // N-T19-TP REG1 AA3 by PaperRamma      Cache   Translate Page      

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          21st Birthday Party Backdrop, 21st Birthday Party Decor, 21st Birthday Banner, Birthday Party Decor / H-T21-TP AA2 by PaperRamma      Cache   Translate Page      

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          First Birthday Banner, First Birthday Decor, Baby First Birthday Party, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star/ N-T04-TP MAR1 AA3 by PaperRamma      Cache   Translate Page      

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[ 1 ] Choose your size, in the dropdown menu above

[ 2 ] Add to cart, choose your shipping speed & checkout.

[ 3 ] Immediately after purchase, you’ ll receive a "Get Started, customize now" email with your custom design form. Simply, reply with your customizations to customize your art. Then, your Wedding Design Guru will email you a proof and offer you as many changes as you’d like until it’s just right.

P.S. Please note: We love speedy service! When you receive your customization email please remember to note ALL special requests (EX: custom info, previous convos & special shipping requests). This will ensure the fastest proof turnaround.
P.P.S. Also note: We won't stop at just one proof- if you need additional changes, you can reply to your proofing email and we will send you back changes until your Print is "Hang-Ready!" We want you to absolutely LOVE your art (and tell all your friends too!).

► C H O O S E • Y O U R • T I M E L I N E
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You have the option of three shipping methods at checkout:

[ Standard Shipping ]
Standard orders typically arrive within 2-3 weeks from purchase date.
Your PaperRamma purchase is custom made especially for you and includes the expertise of a dedicated Design Guru. This specialized process typically takes 2-3 weeks.

[ Standard Shipping with tracking ]
Standard orders with tracking typically arrive within 2 weeks from purchase date.
To offer affordable shipping options to our clients, we ship USPS first class regular mail (no tracking) unless a shipping upgrade is chosen. If you would like, you can choose to add tracking to your order for only $4.

[ RUSH Shipping ]
Rush orders typically arrive within 1 week from purchase date.
RUSH orders receive super fast processing and upgraded shipping. To add RUSH shipping to your order, add your item to the cart & choose the RUSH shipping upgrade that coordinates with your print type (art print or canvas).

A D D ' L • I N F O
• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •
FAQ & POLICIES: Answers to your frequently asked questions:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/PaperRamma/policy
ABOUT US: About Amanda & Paperramma:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/PaperRamma/about/
FACEBOOK: Follow us for specials, codes, ideas and more:
http://www.facebook.com/paperramma
LEGAL STUFF: While I understand that using someone's idea is ultimately a huge compliment, please do not copy my work. My work is covered by copyright laws and I will enforce all rights to it. Thank you for respecting my work :)


          Owl Nursery Mobile in Baby Pink, Brown & White- Baby Mobile, Baby Shower Gift by MatthewAndMae      Cache   Translate Page      

49.95 USD

Owl Nursery Mobile in Baby Pink, Brown & White


♥♥♥PLEASE READ BEFORE PURCHASE!!! : All mobiles are HANDMADE TO ORDER, they are NOT premade. Please see "Shipping & Policies" tab located below listing photos or shop homepage announcement for current make time. ♥♥♥

♥NEED YOUR MOBILE SOONER?? RUSH SERVICE available for additional fee, see here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/130287764/rush-order-add-on?ref=shop_home_feat


INTERNATIONAL BUYERS
♥Our shop has nothing to do with whether your country charges you for any customs fees, taxes, tariffs, or receiving fees incurred so PLEASE be aware that this is your responsibility and what your government's tax laws are. Also, it is a federal offense to lie on customs forms (this includes marking as a "gift" and lowering the declared value), so please don’t ask us to do it!


FAQ: http://www.matthewandmae/pages/faq


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This adorable owl mobile will make the perfect addition for any baby's nursery, child’s room, or give as a unique baby shower gift! Your baby will love watching these owls as they move and sway gently in the subtlest of air movement.

Satin and organza ribbons in baby pink, white & brown adorn a hoop from which owls, stars & moons in coordinating colors made from cardstock are gracefully suspended. The finishing touch is a length of the baby pink organza ribbon which you can use to hang from a ceiling hook (hook can be purchased separately in our shop if you need one).


♥♥WANT TO ADD A LITTLE SPARKLE? Add clear acrylic crystal beads in between each shape by purchasing this listing along with your mobile: https://www.etsy.com/listing/151512587/add-crystals-to-any-mobile-of-your?ref=shop_home_feat


SIZE:
-This listing is for the SMALL sized mobile.
-Finished hoop diameter (after decorated with ribbon strips) is 10” wide
-Mobiles measure approximately 27-28” from very top of hanging ribbon to the lowest hanging shape.

♥♥I would love to customize the colors in this mobile to match your nursery decor, just let me know!


MOBILES ARE FOR DECORATION PURPOSES ONLY. PLEASE FASTEN SECURELY OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN AS THEY ARE NOT A TOY.


          Will you be my Maid of Honor Print, Will you be my MOH, Photo quote - Will you be my Maid of Honor // Art Print or Canvas // W-Q34-1PS AA9 by PaperRamma      Cache   Translate Page      

22.00 USD

PaperRamma: Will you be my maid of honor photo quotes, custom wedding guestbooks, personalized nursery art prints, creative travel maps & more... http://www.paperramma.etsy.com | Proud to be featured in HGTV magazine, & you can also find us on theknot.com!

A photo quote is the perfect way to ask your best friend to join you as your maid of honor on your big day! This personalized design features your own favorite photo of you and her! Let our Design Gurus help you create a work of art that will touch your best friend’s heart as she gets ready to take on the responsibilities of being your MOH.

► T O • O R D E R - It's as easy as [ 1 ] , [ 2 ] , [ 3 ]
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► [ 1 ] C H O O S E • Y O U R • C U S T O M I Z A T I O N
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Your PaperRamma purchase includes the expertise of a dedicated Design Guru. Your Design Guru will work with you to customize:

• Date
• Photo

Immediately after your purchase, you will receive a "Get Started, customize now" email containing your custom design form. Simply, reply with your customizations to customize your art. Then, your Design Guru will create your design based on your custom design form.

P.S. Please note: We love speedy service! When you receive your customization email please remember to note ALL special requests (EX: custom info, previous convos & special shipping requests). This will ensure the fastest proof turnaround.
P.P.S. Also note: We won't stop at just one proof- if you need additional changes, you can reply to your proofing email and we will send you back changes until your Print is "Hang-Ready!" We want you to absolutely LOVE your art (and tell all your friends too!).
P.P.P.S. Also note: Just kidding, it was just fun to type PPPS. *wink* *wink*

► [ 2 ] C H O O S E • Y O U R • P R I N T • S I Z E • & • T Y P E:
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Choose your print size and type from the drop down menu when you add your item to cart. You have the choice of an "Art Print" or "Canvas Print".

[ About our Art Prints ]
We take pride in our Premium Giclée prints- we only print using the best inks and luxe stocks.
- PRINT: As-thick-as-a-business-card, matte paper Art Stock printed w/ rich, vibrant, archival pigment inks & sharp detail.
- SHIP: Packaged with care & shipped in a premium mailer.
- HANG: Print comes frame-ready (trimming may be required for smaller sizes, want your print trimmed free of charge? Just ask!)

[ About our Canvas Prints ]
We've chosen only the best luxe canvas options for our art- we steer clear of "bargain canvas".
- PRINT: Stretched canvas, 1.5" gallery wrap, Rich, vibrant, inks w/ sharp detail.
- SHIP: Professionally packaged with care & shipped in a premium mailer.
- HANG: Ready to hang, no framing necessary.

► [ 3 ] C H O O S E • Y O U R • T I M E L I N E
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You have the option of three shipping methods at checkout:

[ Standard Shipping ]
Standard orders typically arrive within 2-3 weeks from purchase date.
Your PaperRamma purchase is custom made especially for you and includes the expertise of a dedicated Design Guru. This specialized process typically takes 2-3 weeks.

[ Standard Shipping with tracking ]
Standard orders with tracking typically arrive within 2 weeks from purchase date.
To offer affordable shipping options to our clients, we ship USPS first class regular mail (no tracking) unless a shipping upgrade is chosen. If you would like, you can choose to add tracking to your order for only $4.

[ RUSH Shipping ]
Rush orders typically arrive within 1-1.5 weeks from purchase date.
RUSH orders receive super fast processing and upgraded shipping. To add RUSH shipping to your order, add your item to the cart & choose the RUSH shipping upgrade that coordinates with your print type (art print or canvas).

A D D ' L • I N F O
• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •
FAQ & POLICIES: Answers to your frequently asked questions:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/PaperRamma/policy
ABOUT US: About Amanda & Paperramma:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/PaperRamma/about/
FACEBOOK: Follow us for specials, codes, ideas and more:
http://www.facebook.com/paperramma
LEGAL STUFF: While I understand that using someone's idea is ultimately a huge compliment, please do not copy my work. My work is covered by copyright laws and I will enforce all rights to it. Thank you for respecting my work :)


          Felt Ball Garland- Shades of Pink Hearts & Balls- Pom Pom- Nursery- Holiday- Wedding- Party- Childrens Room by MatthewAndMae      Cache   Translate Page      

8.95 USD

♥♥♥PLEASE READ BEFORE PURCHASE!!! : All garlands are HANDMADE TO ORDER, they are NOT premade. Please see "Shipping & Policies" tab located below listing photos or shop homepage announcement for current production time. ♥♥♥


INTERNATIONAL BUYERS
♥Our shop has nothing to do with whether your country charges you for any customs fees, taxes, tariffs, or receiving fees incurred so PLEASE be aware that this is your responsibility and what your government's tax laws are. Also, it is a federal offense to lie on customs forms (this includes marking as a "gift" and lowering the declared value), so please don’t ask us to do it!


FAQ: http://www.matthewandmae/pages/faq

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Felt garlands are a sweet and elegant touch for any type of home or party décor- perfect for seasonal and holiday decorating, or the finishing touch to a child's room or nursery.

Felt shapes are moveable on the garland with gentle pressure so you can space and arrange them however you would like. Once in place, shapes will not move on their own. As pictured, shapes are spaced approx. 2-3" apart.

Felt balls measure 1" (2.5 cm). Felt hearts are approx. 2" (5cm) tall. This may vary slightly as all shapes are made by hand.


SIZE:
♥ 4 ft (1.2 m) = 16 balls
♥ 6 ft (1.8 m) = 24 balls
♥ 8 ft (2.4 m) = 32 balls
♥ 10 ft (3 m) = 40 balls
♥ 12 ft (3.7 m) = 48 balls
♥ 24 ft (7.3 m)= 96 balls


♥♥ Let me know if you need a custom length, I will be happy to accommodate!!


♥♥ Find the matching MOBILE here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/482706548/felt-nursery-mobile-shades-of-pink-white?ref=shop_home_active_5 ♥♥



GARLANDS ARE FOR DECORATION PURPOSES ONLY. PLEASE FASTEN SECURELY OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN AS THEY ARE NOT A TOY.


          Modern Birth Announcement, Baby Stats Art, Penguin Nursery Decor, Gift for Newborn // Choose Art Print or Canvas // N-B04-1PS AA6 AA6 by PaperRamma      Cache   Translate Page      

14.00 USD

PaperRamma: nursery prints, wedding guestbooks, custom nursery art prints, creative travel maps & more... http://www.paperramma.etsy.com | Proud to be featured in HGTV magazine, & you can also find us on theknot.com!

See our entire line of custom art: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PaperRamma
weddings & couples: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PaperRamma?section_id=8073258
anniversaries: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PaperRamma?section_id=8073258
nursery & kids: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PaperRamma?section_id=8073257
home & family: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PaperRamma?section_id=10982952
maps: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PaperRamma?section_id=10977967
grandparents: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PaperRamma?section_id=10982922
photo quotes: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PaperRamma?section_id=8073268

I T E M • D E S C R I P T I O N:
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Send us baby's info and one of our Design Gurus will work with you to create a special personalized print especially made to celebrate baby's arrival. A great addition to baby's room, our personalized birth announcement print fits in with just about any decor and make a wonderful gift for new parents- a gift that will be kept and cherished forever. Choose from the design shown above, or others listed in our shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PaperRamma?section_id=8073268 This personalized print can be custom colored to match any room (no charge!). We also offer custom designs to match your bedding set (design fee may apply).

► T O • O R D E R - It's as easy as [ 1 ] , [ 2 ] , [ 3 ]
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► [ 1 ] C H O O S E • Y O U R • C U S T O M I Z A T I O N
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Your PaperRamma purchase includes the expertise of a dedicated Design Guru. Your Design Guru will work with you to customize:

• Baby's Name (1st, middle, last)
• Baby's Birth Date (month, day, year)
• Baby's Birth Time (AM or PM)
• Baby's Weight (Lbs. & Oz.)
• Baby's Height (Inches)
• Baby's Birth City and/or Hospital
• Color Choice(s)
--> Or, love the colors you see above? Ask for the colors "as shown"

Immediately after your purchase, you will receive a "Get Started, customize now" email containing your custom design form. Simply, reply with your customizations to customize your art. Then, your Design Guru will create your design based on your custom design form.

P.S. Please note: We love speedy service! When you receive your customization email please remember to note ALL special requests (EX: custom info, previous convos & special shipping requests). This will ensure the fastest proof turnaround.
P.P.S. Also note: We won't stop at just one proof- if you need additional changes, you can reply to your proofing email and we will send you back changes until your Print is "Hang-Ready!" We want you to absolutely LOVE your art (and tell all your friends too!).
P.P.P.S. Also note: Just kidding, it was just fun to type PPPS. *wink* *wink*

► [ 2 ] C H O O S E • Y O U R • P R I N T • S I Z E • & • T Y P E:
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Choose your print size and type from the drop down menu when you add your item to cart. You have the choice of an "Art Print" or "Canvas Print".

[ About our Art Prints ]
We take pride in our Premium Giclée prints- we only print using the best inks and luxe stocks.
- PRINT: As-thick-as-a-business-card, matte paper Art Stock printed w/ rich, vibrant, archival pigment inks & sharp detail.
- SHIP: Packaged with care & shipped in a premium mailer.
- HANG: Print comes frame-ready (trimming may be required for smaller sizes, want your print trimmed free of charge? Just ask!)

[ About our Canvas Prints ]
We've chosen only the best luxe canvas options for our art- we steer clear of "bargain canvas".
- PRINT: Stretched canvas, 1.5" gallery wrap, Rich, vibrant, inks w/ sharp detail.
- SHIP: Professionally packaged with care & shipped in a premium mailer.
- HANG: Ready to hang, no framing necessary.

► [ 3 ] C H O O S E • Y O U R • T I M E L I N E
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You have the option of three shipping methods at checkout:

[ Standard Shipping ]
Standard orders typically arrive within 2-3 weeks from purchase date.
Your PaperRamma purchase is custom made especially for you and includes the expertise of a dedicated Design Guru. This specialized process typically takes 2-3 weeks.

[ Standard Shipping with tracking ]
Standard orders with tracking typically arrive within 2 weeks from purchase date.
To offer affordable shipping options to our clients, we ship USPS first class regular mail (no tracking) unless a shipping upgrade is chosen. If you would like, you can choose to add tracking to your order for only $4.

[ RUSH Shipping ]
Rush orders typically arrive within 1-1.5 weeks from purchase date.
RUSH orders receive super fast processing and upgraded shipping. To add RUSH shipping to your order, add your item to the cart & choose the RUSH shipping upgrade that coordinates with your print type (art print or canvas).

A D D ' L • I N F O
• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •
FAQ & POLICIES: Answers to your frequently asked questions:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/PaperRamma/policy
ABOUT US: About Amanda & Paperramma:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/PaperRamma/about/
FACEBOOK: Follow us for specials, codes, ideas and more:
http://www.facebook.com/paperramma
LEGAL STUFF: While I understand that using someone's idea is ultimately a huge compliment, please do not copy my work. My work is covered by copyright laws and I will enforce all rights to it. Thank you for respecting my work :)


          Wedding Guestbook // Features a Personalized Skyline & Couple Silhouette // 100+ Signature // W-T05-1PS HH3 by PaperRamma      Cache   Translate Page      

32.00 USD

PaperRamma: personalized wedding gifts, wedding guestbooks, custom nursery art prints, creative travel maps & more... http://www.paperramma.etsy.com | Proud to be featured in HGTV magazine, & you can also find us on theknot.com!

See our entire line of custom art: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PaperRamma
weddings & couples: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PaperRamma?section_id=8073258
anniversaries: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PaperRamma?section_id=8073258
nursery & kids: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PaperRamma?section_id=8073257
home & family: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PaperRamma?section_id=10982952
maps: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PaperRamma?section_id=10977967
grandparents: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PaperRamma?section_id=10982922
photo quotes: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PaperRamma?section_id=8073268

I T E M • D E S C R I P T I O N:
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One of our Wedding Design Gurus would love to work one-on-one with you to customize this special guestbook for your upcoming wedding. A modern spin on a traditional concept, this art print is a wedding guest book – in the form of a beautiful art print which you can hang in your home. It is a memorable keepsake and reminder of your special day that can be displayed and cherished forever.

Your guests will interact with this print by signing their name or message on each leaf. With leaf choices ranging from 50 to 200 leaves- this guestbook can accommodate up to 200 individual guests or 400 families/couples (400+ guests when signing as families/couples). We make it easy! Your purchase includes a FREE DIY digital file which explains how it works: to display for guests at the reception.

Also included in your guestbook purchase is a one-on-one design experience. From start to finish, your Design Guru will work with you to ensure all the details of your wedding guestbook are perfect for your upcoming wedding, including:

• Your choice of couple silhouette- choose from the chart above (included), or have a custom silhouette made (add'l design fee applies)

• Your choice of city or landscape in the background- we have most major cities, and a variety of landscapes available (included), and can custom design custom landscapes, venues, or smaller cities (add'l design fee applies).

• Your choice of colors: coordinate your wedding tree to your wedding colors, the decor in your home, or just about any color palette (included).

► T O • O R D E R - It's as easy as [ 1 ] , [ 2 ] , [ 3 ]
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► [ 1 ] C H O O S E • Y O U R • C U S T O M I Z A T I O N
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Your PaperRamma purchase includes the expertise of a dedicated Design Guru. Your Design Guru will work with you to customize:

• Couple’s first names
• Wedding date
• Place where they are to be married
• City Silhouette
• Couple Silhouette Choice
• Color Choice(s)
--> Or, love the colors you see above? Ask for the colors "as shown"

Immediately after your purchase, you will receive a "Get Started, customize now" email containing your custom design form. Simply, reply with your customizations to customize your art. Then, your Design Guru will create your design based on your custom design form.

P.S. Please note: We love speedy service! When you receive your customization email please remember to note ALL special requests (EX: custom info, previous convos & special shipping requests). This will ensure the fastest proof turnaround.
P.P.S. Also note: We won't stop at just one proof- if you need additional changes, you can reply to your proofing email and we will send you back changes until your Print is "Hang-Ready!" We want you to absolutely LOVE your art (and tell all your friends too!).
P.P.P.S. Also note: Just kidding, it was just fun to type PPPS. *wink* *wink*

► [ 2 ] C H O O S E • Y O U R • P R I N T • S I Z E • & • T Y P E:
• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •
Choose your print size and type from the drop down menu when you add your item to cart. You have the choice of an "Art Print" or "Canvas Print".

[ About our Art Prints ]
We take pride in our Premium Giclée prints- we only print using the best inks and luxe stocks.
- PRINT: As-thick-as-a-business-card, matte paper Art Stock printed w/ rich, vibrant, archival pigment inks & sharp detail.
- SHIP: Packaged with care & shipped in a premium mailer.
- HANG: Print comes frame-ready (trimming may be required for smaller sizes, want your print trimmed free of charge? Just ask!)

[ About our Canvas Prints ]
We've chosen only the best luxe canvas options for our art- we steer clear of "bargain canvas".
- PRINT: Stretched canvas, 1.5" gallery wrap, Rich, vibrant, inks w/ sharp detail.
- SHIP: Professionally packaged with care & shipped in a premium mailer.
- HANG: Ready to hang, no framing necessary.

► [ 3 ] C H O O S E • Y O U R • T I M E L I N E
• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •
You have the option of three shipping methods at checkout:

[ Standard Shipping ]
Standard orders typically arrive within 2-3 weeks from purchase date.
Your PaperRamma purchase is custom made especially for you and includes the expertise of a dedicated Design Guru. This specialized process typically takes 2-3 weeks.

[ Standard Shipping with tracking ]
Standard orders with tracking typically arrive within 2 weeks from purchase date.
To offer affordable shipping options to our clients, we ship USPS first class regular mail (no tracking) unless a shipping upgrade is chosen. If you would like, you can choose to add tracking to your order for only $4.

[ RUSH Shipping ]
Rush orders typically arrive within 1-1.5 weeks from purchase date.
RUSH orders receive super fast processing and upgraded shipping. To add RUSH shipping to your order, add your item to the cart & choose the RUSH shipping upgrade that coordinates with your print type (art print or canvas).

A D D ' L • I N F O
• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •
FAQ & POLICIES: Answers to your frequently asked questions:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/PaperRamma/policy
ABOUT US: About Amanda & Paperramma:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/PaperRamma/about/
FACEBOOK: Follow us for specials, codes, ideas and more:
http://www.facebook.com/paperramma
LEGAL STUFF: While I understand that using someone's idea is ultimately a huge compliment, please do not copy my work. My work is covered by copyright laws and I will enforce all rights to it. Thank you for respecting my work :)


          DESIGN Your Own LARGE NAUTICAL Mobile by MatthewAndMae      Cache   Translate Page      

68.00 USD

DESIGN Your Own LARGE NAUTICAL Mobile

Don't see a listing for the color combination you like? With this listing, you can create your own personalized mobile!

♥♥♥PLEASE READ BEFORE PURCHASE!!! : All mobiles are HANDMADE TO ORDER, they are NOT premade. Please see "Shipping & Policies" tab located below listing photos or shop homepage announcement for current make time. ♥♥♥

SIZE:
♥ This listing is for the LARGE size NAUTICAL Mobile
♥Finished hoop diameter (after decorated with ribbon strips) is 12” wide. If choosing burlap style hoop, diameter will be slightly smaller at approx. 10.5", due to having no ribbon strips sticking out.
♥Mobile measures approximately 32-35” from very top of the hanging ribbon to bottom of the lowest shape.


HOW TO ORDER:
♥Choose your colors from the above color chart photos
♥During checkout, specify in the "Note to Seller" section your choices of:

1) Ribbon colors for around the hoop (OR if you would prefer the BURLAP style hoop)
2) Ribbon color the mobile will hang by (if using ribbons)
3) Card stock colors for the Nautical Shapes

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FAQ: http://www.matthewandmae/pages/faq



♥NEED A HOOK for your mobile? Check out my add on listing for a ceiling hook: https://www.etsy.com/listing/130288663/ceiling-hook-add-on?ref=v1_other_2

♥WANT SOME EXTRA SPARKLE? Add some clear crystal beads in between each shape by purchasing this listing along with your mobile: https://www.etsy.com/listing/151512587/add-crystals-to-any-mobile-of-your?ref=shop_home_feat

♥NEED YOUR ORDER IN A HURRY? RUSH ORDERING AVAILABLE: https://www.etsy.com/listing/130287764/rush-order-add-on?ref=shop_home_feat

INTERNATIONAL BUYERS
♥Our shop has nothing to do with whether your country charges you for any customs fees, taxes, tariffs, or receiving fees incurred so PLEASE be aware that this is your responsibility and what your government's tax laws are. Also, it is a federal offense to lie on customs forms (this includes marking as a "gift" and lowering the declared value), so please don’t ask us to do it!


MOBILES ARE FOR DECORATION PURPOSES ONLY. PLEASE FASTEN SECURELY OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN AS THEY ARE NOT A TOY.




          007 James Bond Party, James Bond Theme Party, Secret Agent Party, Casino Party, Spy Party, Party Photo Booth Backdrop / H-T50 AA2 by PaperRamma      Cache   Translate Page      

59.00 USD

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          Prognosticators Have Never Learned How To Rate Races In A Wave Election-- And Pollsters Can't Get Their Models Straight      Cache   Translate Page      



Polls are all based on "likely voters." A campaign manager I was talking to last week was in a rush because he was still dragging homeless people onto buses to feed them sandwiches, etc and get them to the early voting stations. Over a thousand. Likely voters? Not a chance. Early voting shows "unexpected" upturns for women voters, black voters, Latino voters and millennials voters. How many extra seats is that worth to the Democrats beyond what the pollsters and prognosticators predicted? 10? 20? 30?

Last week Time Magazine warned them: Youth Voter Turnout in the Midterm Elections Could Be Historic, According to a New Poll. "Young voters could turn out to vote at record-breaking levels in the midterm elections next month, according to a new poll. The poll, released Monday by the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, found 40% of 18 to 29-year-olds say they will 'definitely vote' in the midterm elections on Nov. 6. Youth voter turnout has historically been dismal in midterm elections, which tend to draw fewer voters overall than presidential election years. The highest rate of youth voter turnout in past midterm elections was 21% in both 1986 and 1994, according to the Harvard report... In the 2014 midterm elections, 19.9% of adults under 30 voted-- 'the lowest rate of youth turnout recorded in the past 40 years.' In the 2016 presidential election, 46.1% of adults under 30 voted-- an increase from 2012, but still the lowest turnout rate of any age group."
In this year’s poll, a larger percentage of young Democrats (54%) than young Republicans (43%) indicated they were likely to vote.. Overall, 66% of respondents supported Democrats taking back control of Congress, compared to 32% for Republican control.
So how's that working out today? We don't know yet, but what we do know is that millennials turned out big in early voting. Yesterday, the Washington Post reported that early voting is pointing to a "Youth Wave."
Youth turnout rates in the midterm early vote are up by 125 percent compared to 2014, according to Catalist, a voter database servicing progressive organizations-- an eye-popping and historically high figure, say strategists on both the left and the right.

Young Americans ages 18 to 29 who say they are definitely voting tilt leftward, according to polls. But the data also shows young Republicans are bubbling with enthusiasm headed into tomorrow.

...2020 implications: Among young people polled, 59 percent said they would “never” vote for President Trump vs. 11 percent who said they'd be “sure to” vote for him.

... GOP pollster Chris Wilson, the CEO of WPA Intelligence, told us he thought it was a “bit too much” to call the turnout “historic.” But he said the electorate is looking younger “than both the 2016 and 2014 general elections. “Voters under 25 are outpacing their vote share from both the 2016 and 2014 general. Proportionately it’s not enough to make a huge difference, but it’s more,” Wilson said.

Nine months after 17 students were killed in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Della Volpe's firm, SocialSphere, found that school shootings are the most worrisome issue to young Americans.



Surge in activism = a surge in voting: Tom Bonier, a Democratic  strategist and head of the firm Targetsmart, told us that skeptics initially cast doubt on the firm's findings that the “share of youth registrants nationwide increased by 2.16 percent” after the Parkland shooting in February.  A September memo showed that turnout among young people increased by an average of 4 percent in the 2018 primaries vs. 2014 primaries-- and doubled in some battleground states compared to 2014. Per Bonier, “Pennsylvania . . . has seen youth voter registration surge by 10 points after [Parkland]. Youth voters make up nearly 60 percent of all new Pennsylvania registrants.”

The mass shooting generation is showing up: We spoke with Jackie Corin, co-founder of March for Our Lives, who voted for the first time last week. Corin, along with a handful of her peers, has been traveling the country, meeting with lawmakers and mass shooting survivors, speaking on college campuses and visiting communities to build what the group calls a “youth infrastructure” to carry over into 2020. 
Civic engagement is cool: “Activism is becoming more of a normalized activity for teenagers-- they are seeing their friends get involved with campaigns and issues and it’s spreading like wildfire,” Corin added.
Twitter working against Trump?: Corin also credited the spike in awareness and engagement to Trump's Twitter habits. “The president uses Twitter as main source of communication and that’s something that young people see every single day-- they’re always on Twitter and Instagram so they're more engaged about what's going on.”
Real progress: Since the Parkland shooting that killed 17, over 60 state laws have been passed tightening gun control. “The constant mass shootings are large motivators … it’s what has activated thousands and thousands of people across this country,” Corin said.
We still don't know if the shift pollsters are seeing in early voting will be reflected at the ballot box.


So far today, it very much looks like it is. Meanwhile, everyone agrees that the likeliest of likely voters are seniors, particularly retirees. It's undeniable that they vote more than any other age group and that in recent decades that have been more prone to vote Republican. That party preference seems to have flipped on its head this cycle. Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal reported that campaign donors "who identify their occupation as 'retired' gave 52% of the $326 million they contributed through Oct. 17 to Democrats, compared with 48% to Republicans according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. That is a reversal of their split four years ago-- and it’s a record amount of midterm money from retirees. This is the first midterms since the group began keeping donor industry data in 1990 in which retirees favor Democrats over Republicans. That year, retirees gave 76% of their $15 million in contributions to Republicans and 24% to Democrats. As social security and Medicare have become hot-button political issues, retiree donors have steadily crept toward Democrats, the center’s data show. By 2002, the GOP advantage among retiree donors had declined to 63% versus 36%. Eight years later, the split was 55%-44%."




          DWT California Voter Guide For Tuesday (Reprise)      Cache   Translate Page      

We published this a few weeks ago for early voters but I figured I'd run it again-- with a bonus video at the end-- for Californians going to the polls on Tuesday. First and foremost on our list is the U.S. Senate race, in which we strongly back Kevin de León against fossilized conservative incumbent Dianne Feinstein.

Goal ThermometerWe don't usually back better of two evil candidates-- which is what the Democratic Party usually encourages, particularly on the federal level. But, this year, because of the existential threat from Trump, we are doing just that. Vote for every Democrat and against every Republican-- even for candidates as lacking in anything to recommend them as Andrew Janz and Gil Cisneros. There I said it!. That said, we are genuinely excited about some Democrats, especially Katie Porter, the progressive running in Orange County (CA-45), Ammar Campa-Najjar, the progressive running for Congress in San Diego County (CA-50) and Jovanka Beckles, the progressive running for state Assembly in the East Bay. All of our California faves are on the Blue America thermometer on the right. Prediction: Gavin Newsom will win and any progressive who voted for him will be very, very sorry. For state Superintendent of Schools, there's a really good candidate: Tony Thurmond and a really bad canddiate, the charter school guy, Marshall Tuck. OK, that's the easy stuff. Now the statewide propositions:
Prop 1- YES-- authorizes $4 billion in bonds to fund affordable housing for low-income families, seniors, people with disabilities, farmworkers and veterans.
Prop 2- YES-- authorizes $2 billion in bonds to provide supportive housing (i.e. ,mental health and drug rehab) for homeless Californians with mental illness.
Prop 3- NO-- an $8 billion boondoggle for Big Agriculture, while causing environmental problems.
Prop 4- YES-- authorizes $1.5 billion in bonds to fund building, renovating and equipping children’s hospitals.
Prop 5- NO-- another boondoggle, this one for wealthy developers and older rich homeowners-- expands Prop 13.
Prop 6- NO-- overturns the increase in gas taxes and vehicle fees that fund transportation infrastructure. Bad for Climate Change and deincentivizes electric car development.
Prop 7- YES or NO-- empowers the legislature to adopt permanent daylight saving time, eliminating standard time in the future if it Congress gives the OK.
Prop 8- YES-- requires notoriously profiteering dialysis centers to stop cheating their patients and to accept Medicare and Medicaid without discrimination.
Prop 10- YES-- allows cities, towns and counties to pass and strengthen rent control laws by repealing the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act.
Prop 11- NO-- An anti-union proposal that allows private ambulance companies to require workers to remain on-call during meal and rest breaks.
Prop 12- YES-- an animal welfare measure set ting reasonable minimum floor space for pigs, calves and hens at one square foot.


L.A. County has Measure W, an excellent idea to fund rainwater capture, cleaning and storage projects in order to grow the county's local water supply. Vote YES.

And the city of L.A. has two measures, both worth supporting. Measure B amends the City’s charter to permit Los Angeles to establish a public bank. Vote YES.

Measure E sets the City’s primary election on the same date as the State’s primary election. Vote YES.




          Comment on Voter Suppression & the Destruction of Political Legitimacy by whitewolf71      Cache   Translate Page      
I believe 17 states have no voter ID laws. Vladmir Putin could fly into NY and vote. Can we think of anything in regard to citizen interaction with government that does not require identification? This seems completely absurd to me. I can't even take out a library book without ID. What exactly is preventing even the poorest of people from obtaining a $10 state ID? Perhaps the millions of dollars being poured into campaigns (at now record levels) by Leftist rabble-rousers could be spent buying voter IDs for the homeless criminals that Democrats assure us will sway the elections in their favor. Instead, the Dems conduct illegal busing schemes. BTW, studies do conclude that when criminals do register to vote (they usually don't), they register as Dems over 50% of the time and as Repubs less than 20%. I really do not have a problem with felons who have served their time voting. In fact, there are stories in the military of men who committed felonies, were convicted and imprisoned, and then after serving in military prison, got out and had honorable careers. But, the Dems could have problems with their argument that once criminals have served their time, they have paid their debt in full. For instance, the Lautenberg Amendment prevents (in some states), people convicted of domestic violence from owning firearms. And of course felons cannot own firearms legally. Consistency would demand that these people be given back their gun rights. However, Locke did say that criminals forfeit their rights and can even be made slaves (forced labor in prison, which we still do). Pragmatism > Ideological constructs. In an ideal world we don't need IDs to vote. In an ideal world I don't need an ID to get a library book, because all people in a rich nation should be allowed to have access to books. But... a $10 ID seems to be what a legal court would call "minimally intrusive". Poorly written laws are not exactly the same as bad reasons to have the laws in the fist place. The next thing to ponder is why the Democrats find it so necessary to pander to criminals and college students. these two groups seem to view government as Santa Clause. Locke would not approve.
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          Comment on Voter Suppression & the Destruction of Political Legitimacy by DH      Cache   Translate Page      
Ho, hum. This comes up every year before an election - and any time anyone looks beneath the surface of these wild, accusatory left-leaning blog posts, op-eds, and articles, one finds that in general, everyone agrees with the first part of your article and your conclusion - it's the big "Republican Conspiracy" part that is problematic. The logic goes something like this: 1. There are laws in every state governing elections and voting rights 2. Some of these laws are difficult to follow for some people. 3. Therefore, this is a purposeful act on the part of Republicans to illegally curtail the voting rights of people who would probably vote for Democrats. The text, "The United States has a long and persistent history of unjust disenfranchisement" in your post is linked to an NPR article accusing the Republicans, not the United States. What is the unjust disenfranchisement? First on the list - Alabama requires a photo ID. Well, if that isn't a throwback to Jim Crow, I don't know what is. Of course, what isn't stated here is that a photo ID can be obtained in person, through the mail,or online. There is a government funded organization called "Free Legal Help Alabama" that helps citizens navigate through legal issues including how to obtain a valid ID at low- or no- cost. There is a long list of acceptable documentation, and referral services and government funded agencies at the ready to help those individuals who do not have any of the dozen or so acceptable forms of ID. Let's not forget the old adage, "Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part". Presidential elections are held every four years, others every two years. Yet this issue comes up in a panic "on the eve of an election" every time. Suddenly, someone who has no ID wants to vote and doesn't have the correct ID, so it's naturally a Republican conspiracy to disenfranchise them. Where have they been for the last two years? Have they ever heard of a Post Office? No one is going to convince me that these people just sit home 24/7 because they have no way to get anywhere or do anything. Second on the list - Ohio,Georgia and other states have enacted "Use it or Lose It" laws, which strike voters from registration rolls if they haven't participated in an election in a prescribed period of time. Draconian, isn't it? We might as well be living in the Middle Ages. Of course, it's pretty important to hear the other side of that - even though we know the Republicans are complete liars and it's obvious this is just unjust racist disenfranchisement - but just for laughs, let's take a look. According to the National Council of State Legislators (NCSL), <i>"The goal of maintaining an accurate voter list is to ensure that eligible voters are able to cast a ballot, to keep track of who has voted to prevent anyone from voting twice and, by reducing inaccuracies, speed up the voter check-in process at polling places. Voter registration lists are the foundation of everything else in election administration."</i> Wow. Those guys are pretty tricky. That almost sounds reasonable - that is, if we didn't know better. So what could be the cause of these inaccuracies? The voter has moved The voter has died The voter has been convicted of a felony The voter has become mentally incapacitated (maybe registering as a Republican can count for this ..? that would solve a bunch of problems! These states go out of their way to cross check with other states, with the DMV, with employment records - and even send out postcards to voters to see if they're still around. So what's the "prescribed period of time"? In Ohio, the state is allowed to cancel voter registration if, 1. The citizen did not vote in two years <i>and</i> 2. Did not confirm their address and registration by returning a prepaid post card, <i>and</i> 3. Did not vote in the following four years. It's really a good thing that we already know that the Republicans are racist liars, otherwise we might be tricked into thinking this isn't so unreasonable. If I don't hear from a student for several weeks, and they turn in no homework and don't respond to my emails, I give them an F. And I notify their academic advisor. Not unreasonable at all - just making sure they haven't dropped the class or dropped out of school. The F gets their attention, and if and when they do see me, we can talk about changing the grade. Ugh. What a waste of time. I'm going back to work.
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          Comment on Campaign notebook: Measures O and P bring in the most cash, campaigns get creative by Jessica Behrman      Cache   Translate Page      
Pietro, read my response carefully. I did point out specific, factually-incorrect statements. I am not a Realtor®, I have not been a real estate agent for many years - an easily-verfied piece of information. The foundational flaws of Measure O have been documented and verified many times from many sources, including a number of Berkeleyside articles. Mayor Arreguin, Adena Ishii, from the local League of Women Voters, and councilmembers were fully informed of the real numbers, metrics, facts and they choose to ignore them. (Ironically, when I was a real estate agent, I had more impact on getting people into affordable housing than most of the people posting for Measure O&P. My views arise from desiring truly workable, affordable solutions.)
          '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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13B Audio Songs SITES and BLOGS LUIZA Goianápolis BOLLYWOOD MUSIC and MOVIES 2013. Starring :Madhavan R, Murli Sharma, Neetu Chandra, Poonam Dhillon, Sachin Khedekar Music :Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Director :Vikram K Kumar Producer :Big Pictures Aasma Odh Kar Chithra KS, Shankar Mahadevan Sab Khairiyat Hai (Remix) Shankar Mahadevan Bade Se Shehar Mein Kartik Theme ShankarMahadevan Sab Khairiyat Hai Shankar Mahadevan Aasma Odh Kar (Remix) Chithra KS, Shankar Mahadevan Oh Sexy Mama (Remix) Anushka Manchanda, Baba Sehgal, Loy Bade Se Shehar Mein (Remix) Kartik Oh Sexy Mama Anushka Manchanda, Baba Sehgal, Loy Filme comentário: 13 J-horror de estilo thriller sobrenatural da Índia não tem o sangue ou a intensidade da coisa real, e para muitos no mainstream, que é um alívio. De baixo orçamento para o futuro, mas eficaz, com uma jogada de grande central. 6 de março de 2009 Para detalhes do filme, clique aqui. Tomando um taco de seus vizinhos asiáticos, o índio sobrenatural suspense 13B combina o pavor terror doméstico de horror japonês e seus irmãos-tudo coreanas e tailandesas para baixo o alfabeto de J-horror a K-horror para a T-horror-com bege / marrom , desbotada, cinematografia 1970-estilo. O resultado é um híbrido inquietante, no melhor sentido: Atormentado como é por um olhar de baixo orçamento e um bando de tropos de suspense, este primeiro longa-metragem falado em hindi pelo escritor-diretor Vikram K. Kumar (cujos 10 minutos de "Silent Scream "ganhou, de todas as coisas, o Prêmio de seu país Nacional de Cinema de Melhor Educacional / inspirador Cinema / Instrucional em 1999) fornece calafrios fantasmagóricos de forma eficaz e com um conceito maravilhosamente original. Engenheiro civil Mannu Manohar (o ator bem-visto e ativista Madhavan Ranganathan) acaba de se mudar com sua família para um apartamento deee-luxe no céu-ai-ai. Ele e seu irmão Manoj, um colega de profissão, pode ter sobrecarregado a si mesmos, mas seu apartamento duplex 13B é um oásis modernista para eles e sua mãe (Poonam Dhillon); seu colegiado irmã Divya; esposa Mannu de Priya (Neetu Chandra) e esposa Manoj do e dois filhos jovens. O elevador não parece funcionar quando Mannu quer levá-la, mas hey, é um edifício novo e alguns erros precisam ser trabalhados. Então, fazer um monte de outras coisas, como isso acontece. Fotos tiradas no celular Mannu de sair torcida e grotesco quando tiro no apartamento, e em nenhum outro lugar. O vizinho velho cego grandes grandes protetores choraminga cachorro como um cachorro assustado no limiar do apartamento. E as irmãs-de-lei e mamãe começar a assistir uma novela, "Sab Khairiyat" ("está tudo bem"), que vai ao ar às 13:00 horas no canal 13 no apartamento de 13 apenas, como Mannu descobre para seu horror crescente. Que só se intensifica quando o espelho família e eventos na tela a sua própria quase exatamente, com um verniz quase ficcional. Quando a novela começa retratando terríveis tragédias que começam tornando realidade, Mannu torna-se encorajada o suficiente para contar a sua velha amiga, a polícia sub-inspector Shiva (Murli Sharma), e para visitar médico da minha mãe, Balram Shinde (Sachin Khedekar), cujo no trabalho extremis levou-o a acreditar no paranormal. Busca cada vez mais obsessivo Mannu para a raiz do que está ocorrendo e leva Shiva para desenterrar, literalmente, como acontece-detalhes de um terrível assassinato em massa de uma família neste site mesmo edifício em 1977. O aparelho de TV é o seu meio, eo programa é a sua mensagem de tipo de. Por que o poder-que-ser fazer o que eles fazem não faz qualquer sentido em retrospecto, mas Kumar vivo e sabendo maneira com este tipo de história faz toda a deslizamento que, como você vê um homem decente, normal suspensefully cair mais e mais no inferno por não por culpa própria. Duas baladas unexceptional pela equipe de estrelas composição de Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy jogo sobre montagens de família, mas há uma canção kick-ass sobre o fim créditos-a completamente incongruente "Mama Oh Sexy", em que Madhavan, Chandra e muitos bump-e -moer belezas em PVC curto-shorts girar para um número de dança que teria feito Robert Palmer orgulhoso. Muito raramente, talvez sem precedentes desde os dias de talkies iniciais, o filme foi rodado em duas versões simultaneamente, com o mesmo elenco em sua maioria, em dois idiomas, com a Yavarum Tamil Nalam eo Hindi 13B sendo liberado no mesmo dia. (Kumar já trabalhou nas línguas tamil e telugu.) Embora os filmes Tamil são muitas vezes refeito em hindi, este maximização de séries e atores não parece acontecer muito, se em tudo. Incomum em um sentido ruim são os gráficos de legenda pobres, Luiza Goianápolis Diretor: Vikram K. Kumar Banner: Big Pictures Música Diretor: Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani, Loy Mendonsa Letrista: Neelesh Misra Estrela Elenco: R. Madhavan, Neetu Chandra, Sachin Khedekar, Murli Sharma, Poonam Dhillon, Murli Sharma, Deepak Dobriyal, Dhritiman Chatterjee Data de lançamento: 06 de março de 2009 Se você estiver procurando por um filme de suspense, que irá mantê-lo na borda de seu assento o tempo todo, então 13 pode ser apenas o filme para você. Com base em uma trama inovadora, que (felizmente!) não envolve o uso de rostos de aparência repugnante fantasmas, Babas psico ou movimentos de câmera excessivos, 13B impressiona em um número de pontos. Uma das primeiras coisas que atingem você é que a configuração de toda a história é bastante compreensível e traz horror no curso normal dos acontecimentos apenas. Não há uma visita a um 'Purani "(velho) haveli ou indo a algum lugar sozinho, na calada da noite, para os eventos assustadores para acontecer.   Vikram K. Kumar toma todo o crédito para mantê-lo viciado em, com a sua direcção, bem como seu roteiro e diálogos. Outro aspecto, em que pontuações 13B consideravelmente bem, é que a explicação por trás da ocorrência de estranho, você também pode dizer sobrenatural, eventos é bastante convincente. Mesmo a pontuação do fundo adiciona ao horror. Há certas falhas no filme, como a sua longa duração (que poderia ter sido editado um pouco mais) ea música de sonho entre Madhavan e Neetu (totalmente desnecessário). No entanto, nenhum deles é ruim o suficiente para afetar negativamente o filme, em grande medida.   Falando sobre performances, Madhavan é o primeiro nome que vem à mente. Suas expressões lindamente transmitir a terrível confusão e pânico seu personagem está passando. Quanto Neetu Chandra, ela é vista em um avatar 'menos maquiagem "e dá um bom suporte para Madhavan. Murli Silva é outro personagem que consegue impressionar-nos, especialmente com o seu timing perfeito quadrinhos. Poonam Dhillon, visto em filmes depois de um longo tempo, não perdeu seu toque. Mesmo Sachin Khedekar e Deepak Dobriyal foram bons em seus respectivos papéis. Você não se arrependerá de gastar dinheiro e assistindo 13B em um multiplex!    13 Revisão de Pré-lançamento Depois de 'Raaz - O mistério continua ", prepare-se para testemunhar outro filme baseado no gênero de terror - '13B'. Dirigido por Prémio Nacional de ganhar diretor - Vikram K. Kumar, o filme tem R. Madhavan e Neetu Chandra nos papéis principais, apoiado por Sachin Khedekar, Sharma Murli, Dhillon Poonam, Sharma Murli, Dobriyal Deepak e Chatterjee Dhritiman. Ele tem o famoso trio de Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy fornecer a música, as letras das Neelesh Misra. O filme será lançado no dia 6 de março de 2009, em "Big Pictures" a bandeira.   Um thriller sobrenatural, '13B 'foi localizado no meio de um cenário urbano e gira em torno da vida de Manohar (R. Madhavan), sua esposa Priya (Neetu Chandra) e seus familiares. Manohar é Engenheiro Civil de trabalho duro, que é de 31 anos de idade e muito bem casado. Um homem urbano típico indiano, suas preocupações principais na vida incluem o fornecimento de sua família com todas as comodidades, contados necessário para levar uma vida confortável. Ele é racional em seus pensamentos e práticas em sua abordagem, com uma mente analítica e dobrado pensamento claro.  Priya Manohar esposa representa uma dona de casa dia típico moderno, que é extremamente favorável de seu marido. Como a maioria das donas de casa nos tempos atuais, ela também é apaixonada por novelas diárias que vêm na TV. Ela é uma dedicada filha-de-lei, um amoroso irmã-de-lei e uma tia, brincalhão atencioso. A vida de Manohar e Priya está se movendo de forma harmoniosa e agora, eles estão ansiosos para ter uma família própria, tentando ter um filho. Manohar muda de casa e se muda para um novo apartamento, com sua família.   Numerada 13B, Manohar apartamento é no 13 º andar de um edifício. Logo, eles se contentar em casa, onde as mulheres encontrar um novo amor - assistindo o show mais recente TV'' Sab Khairiyat'' (Tudo está bem). Curiosamente, a família no show é bastante semelhante ao de Manohar. Inicialmente, uma série de coisas boas lugar no show e eventos semelhantes ocorrem em família Manohar também. No entanto, em breve, as coisas tomam um rumo para o pior. Será que os incidentes chocantes visto no show afetar Manohar e sua família também? Por que isso está acontecendo? Manohar vai ser capaz de resolver o mistério antes que seja tarde demais? As respostas não são muito longe! Manohar, uma ascensão movimentos de classe média da Índia em um novo apartamento - 13B no 13 º andar com sua família. Desde o primeiro dia em sua nova casa, as mulheres estão agarradas a um novo programa de TV 'Sab Khairiyat' (Tudo Está Bem). O show é sobre uma família estranhamente semelhante à deles, que também acabou de se mudar para uma nova casa. Como o programa de TV se desenvolve, todos os incidentes que acontecem no show começam a acontecer a Manohar e sua família. Inicialmente, uma série de acontecimentos felizes acontecem e um monte de coisas boas acontecem, tanto no show e com a família de Manohar. Então, as coisas tomam um rumo para o pior e incidentes chocantes começam a acontecer na série de TV ... Será que o mesmo acontecerá com Manohar e sua família? Manohar vai ser capaz de resolver o mistério a tempo, antes que consome ele e toda a sua família? Filme: 13 (Horror) Elenco: R. Madhavan, Neetu Chandra, Sachin Khedekar Direção: Vikram Kumar K Duração: 2 horas e 25 minutos Avaliação Crítica:    Agora este é um goosebump pouco nítidas que mantém o fator de resfriamento em lume brando, tanto em termos de conteúdo e carisma (leia estilo). Geralmente, filmes de terror desi acabar baixo na história e se desintegrar no clímax, relegando o suspense e gore para alguns Mumbo-jumbo sobre bruxaria e vodu. Raramente eles vêm com uma explicação satisfatória para toda a sabedoria bhoot o paranormal na tela, antes de as bobinas de fechamento. Mas esse não é o caso com 13B. Por um lado, ele mantém a cerveja elemento susto durante a maior parte do filme, com o perigo ea morte espreita a cada esquina torcida. Por outro lado, ele combina o supra-normal com o normal, para dar-lhe uma razão plausível para todas as ocorrências estranhas na tela. Mais importante, ele faz uma escavação tópico sobre a obsessão global do século 21: o onipresente - influência da televisão, que parece ter tomado completamente sobre nossas vidas - e curiosos. E se isso não é uma advertência forte o suficiente estatutária, a caixa de idiota inofensivo pode em breve ser substituído pelo móvel inimigo como um dispositivo de sanidade em risco, conclui. Especialistas já estão afirmando que 53 por cento dos usuários de telefonia móvel estão sofrendo de nomophobia, (sem fobia móvel) um medo de estar sem seu celular. Então lá! 13 começa com uma nota alegre. Uma família feliz, que passa a ser um microcosmo do Parivar Great Indian, se muda para um novo apartamento, que foi comprado por dois irmãos (Madhavan e cia.) Após sofrer um empréstimo robusto. Os irmãos ascensão não se importa e começar o dia com uma nota alegre, com as esposas (Neetu Chandra e cia.) Alegremente fofocando na cozinha, as crianças ruidosamente se preparando para a escola e faculdade e da mãe (Poonam Dhillon) afavelmente clamando para uma conexão a cabo, uma vez que ela não pode suportar perder um único episódio de seus saas-Bahu sabonetes. Imagem perfeita, você disse? Bem, quase. Assim que o leite coalhado fica todos os dias, os retratos dos deuses não podem ser pendurados nas paredes impenetráveis, o elevador não funciona apenas para Madhavan, sua câmera de celular implacavelmente distorce o rosto e o cachorro do vizinho misterioso simplesmente se recusa a entrar no apartamento com seu mestre. Razão suficiente para Madhavan racionalista de pressionar o botão de pânico? Não até que inesperadamente encontra uma telenovela que parece estar a jogar somente em sua casa e na tela o drama acaba prevendo os eventos que gradualmente começam a atormentar a família feliz. Escusado será dizer, o sabão é extremamente popular com as mulheres em sua casa, até que o sangue começa a fluir .... E a única maneira Madhavan pode proteger a sua família é, tornando-se um viciado em TV a si mesmo e aprender o que está na loja. É um conto interessante, bem contada, com todas as voltas e voltas obrigatórias em todos os lugares certos. Adicionando a isso, é a espontaneidade completa do elenco, habilmente conduzida por Madhavan que é extremamente cativante como o yuppie, dividido entre o sobrenatural eo real. Cuidado com alguns cinematografia zippy, um tom estilizado preto e branco e algumas edições snazzy. Timepass grandes. Vá em frente. Luiza Goianápolis 13 Movie Review Diretor: Música: Letra: Estrelando: Vikram K.Kumar  Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy  Neelesh Misra  R. Madhavan, Neetu Chandra, Sachin Khadekar, Murli Sharma e Poonam Dhillon. Há um assassino na casa na calada da noite. Ele está batendo a televisão na sala de estar e não uma das pessoas que dormem em é perturbado. E este é o 13 º andar de um arranha-céu, não algum bangalô palaciano. Não há nenhuma conexão com a família que vive no mesmo apartamento com a dos espíritos incomodando eles. Há apenas um fio tênue e mesmo isso não é suficiente para justificar a estranha semelhança com o número exato de mortos para os que vivem no apartamento. De repente, do nada, duas músicas são forçados na tela, sem rima nem razão. A desnecessário enorme para empurrão no roteiro. Check-out: 13 - Novas fronteiras de Cinema fazer Estas são apenas algumas falhas do chamado diretor Vikram Kumar assustar-fest. Sim, o filme se arrasta demais, assim como uma série de televisão que colabora na tela pequena para justificar os acontecimentos no grande. Confuso, não? Em suma, Madhavan e seu irmão tomar um empréstimo conjunto para se mudar para seu novo apartamento com sua mãe, irmã, esposa e seus sobrinhos. E coisas estranhas começam a acontecer somente para Madhavan. Não é muito antes de ele percebe que a família de sua série é presa está realmente dizendo a sua vida com antecedência. E aparece apenas em seu aparelho de televisão de 13 horas! Após investigações, ele percebe que houve um bangalô no mesmo terreno onde o prédio está agora que foi chamado 13 B, o número de seu apartamento. Aparentemente, todos os oito membros da família foram espancado até a morte e é o assassino impune. Kumar dá Madhavan a tarefa de obter justiça para as vítimas. Para Neetu Chandra, este tem sido um bom filme, no sentido em que ela fica um carretel bom show. A menina melhorou desde seus dias no sinal de trânsito. Há também que o ator maravilhoso, Deepak Dobriyal. Dê-lhe qualquer papel e ele escava-se no personagem que ele deveria ser. Ele perde a auto para se tornar a parte que ele é suposto ser. Um ator super. Shaurya e DELHI 6 são suas façanhas recentes Quanto ao diretor, ele perdeu completamente a trama Yavarum Nalam Origem: Wikipédia, a enciclopédia livre Yavarum Nalam O Tamil cartaz versão teatral como Yavarum Nalam. Dirigido por Vikram Kumar Produzido por Suresh Balaje George Pio Rajesh Sawhney Escrito por Vikram Kumar Neelu Iyappan Abhinav Singh Kashyap (Diálogos Hindi) Estrelado por R. Madhavan Neetu Chandra Sachin Khedekar Deepak Dobriyal Murli Sharma Dhritiman Chatterjee Sampath Raj Saranya Música por Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Tubby Parik Cinematografia P. C. Sreeram Edição por SREEKAR Prasad Distribuído por Big Pictures Data de lançamento (s) 6 de março de 2009 Duração 137 minutos País Índia Língua tâmil Hindi Orçamento crore 6 [1] Bilheteria 16 crore (Tamil) 8,1 crore (Hindi) [1] [2] Yavarum Nalam (Inglês: Tudo está bem) é um filme de terror 2009 Tamil psicológico dirigido por Vikram Kumar, estrelado por R. Madhavan e Neetu Chandra nos papéis principais. Produzido por Suresh Balaje e Pio George, o filme foi filmado e lançado simultaneamente em Tamil e também hindi como 13B com um elenco um pouco diferente. Trilha sonora do filme foi composta por Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy e pontuação de fundo por Tubby Parik. O filme foi lançado em 6 de março de 2009 para comentários altamente positivas dos críticos em Tamil e críticas mistas em Bollywood. Conteúdo [hide] 1 Elenco 2 Terreno 3 Produção 3.1 Desenvolvimento 3,2 Fundição 3,3 filmagens 4 Recepção 4,1 Box Office 5 Soundtrack 5,1 Hindi 5,2 Tamil 6 Referências 7 Ligações externas [Editar] Elenco Ator (Tamil versão) Ator (Versão hindi) Papel R. Madhavan Manohar Neetu Chandra Priya Ravi Babu Murali Sharma Siva Sachin Khedekar Dr. Balu / Dr. Shinde Sanjaih Bokaria Manoj Amitha Rajan Deepa Mãe Saranya Poonam Dhillon Manohar de Dhritiman Chatterjee Sr. Kamdhar Deepak Dobriyal Senthil / Ashok Sampath Raj Ramachandran Kushboo Sundar Roshan apresentador de Abbas Rachana Maurya um número de item [Editar] Terreno Manohar, um indiano de classe média alta, move-se para um novo apartamento - 13B no 13 º andar - com sua família, cumprindo um dos maiores sonhos de sua vida. Mas a família é cumprimentado por uma série de pequenos incidentes triviais, como o leite ficar estragado que poderia ser considerado como mau agouro mas minimizou pelo Manohar animado. O elevador no apartamento não funciona para Manohar. As mulheres da família ficar viciado a uma nova TV Yavarum Nalam (todos estão bem, ou Sab Khairiyat na versão hindi). O show é sobre uma família estranhamente semelhante à deles, que também acabou de se mudar para uma nova casa assim como eles têm. Como a série se desenrola, avisos Manohar que os incidentes que acontecem na série são um reflexo do que aconteceu com Manohar e sua família. A série reflete a vida Manohar família. Por exemplo, sua irmã se formar de primeira classe, sua mulher ficar grávida e depois de sofrer um aborto espontâneo. O resto da família permanece alheio às semelhanças e Manohar prefere assim para evitar o pânico. Ele também percebe que a câmera vai tirar fotos de torcidas-lo enquanto ele está no apartamento, mas não enquanto ele está fora do apartamento. Como Manohar combate a sensação desconfortável em sua mente, as coisas começam a tomar um rumo para o pior na série. Ele agora está com medo de que o mesmo poderia acontecer à sua família também. Manohar agora quer saber quem está por trás da realização deste serial e quais são suas intenções. Como Manohar explora os acontecimentos misteriosos, ele desvenda um segredo profundo e profano. A casa em que vivem era a casa onde uma família inteira de oito foram assassinados caminho de volta em 1977. Foi a família de um leitor de notícias chamado TV Chitra. No dia do noivado de Chitra um fã ardoroso (Shriram Shinde na versão 13B) de Chitra queria parar o noivado e ele falhou em fazer isso. Desanimado, ele cometeu suicídio. Posteriormente, todos os membros dessa família foram assassinados com um martelo em um único dia. A culpa descansou no irmão louco na família, como ele havia sido visto com o martelo passado. O policial que investiga o caso, também cometeu suicídio por enforcamento na mesma casa. Agora Manohar e seu amigo, Shiva (Murli Sharma), que é um policial, estão em processo de desvendar o mistério. Manohar investiga o louco Senthil / Ashok, que aparentemente enlouquece depois de ver o programa de TV em um asilo. Manohar então encontra Senthil, que estende a mão para Manohar mas arrasta-lo para dentro, mas seu amigo Shiva o impede de ser arrastado. Eles, então, encontraram o ex Chitra noivo Ramchandar, que tenta defender a inocência Senthil porque ele ficou coberto de sangue enquanto ele abraçou os corpos, não no caso. Depois de pesquisar uma noite, Manohar tem um pesadelo do assassino 13B subir as escadas para matar sua família. Quando Manohar tenta subir as escadas, ele sempre termina no 2 º andar e depois de alguns momentos, ele acorda. Ele, então, vai para a sala e testemunhas o clímax de Yavarum Nalam / Sab Kheriyat quando eles estão mostrando a identidade do assassino, ele vê dois martelos, um martelo e apontou um rombo marreta, em seguida, mostrando a cara Manohar como o assassino. O que se segue é o clímax que amarra todas as pontas soltas. O assassino é o Dr. Balu 13 / Dr Shinde, que vê os rostos dos membros da família como members.It família série foi ele que matou, em 1970, sobre o nome de seu irmão e também matou o policial que o pegou em flagrante. Manohar mata. A história termina com Manohar viver uma vida normal com um novo cão na família, o leite não está ficando mimado mais. Eles trazem Senthil / Ashok casa eo elevador no apartamento finalmente trabalha para Manohar. Manohar recebe um telefonema do Dr. Balu / Shinde Dr enquanto no elevador, que diz que, enquanto a família 13B assombra a TV, ele assombra telefone de Manohar. [Editar] Produção
[Editar] Desenvolvimento O diretor do filme, Vikram Kumar, ganhou o Prêmio Nacional de seu curta-metragem "Silent Scream". Aqui ele se juntou com Sreeram cineasta PC, editor SREEKAR Prasad, designer de som AS Lakshminarayanan e diretor de arte Sameer Chanda, que também acontecerá a ser vencedores do Prêmio Nacional de Cinema. O título era Hindi trabalhando Channel. [3] [Editar] Fundição Esha Deol e Kareena Kapoor foram inicialmente considerado para o papel principal, que acabou indo para Neetu Chandra. Chumbo atriz Neetu Chandra fez sua estréia com Tamil Yaavarum Nalam. Ela estrelou em filmes de sucesso como o Hindi Oye Lucky! Oye Lucky! e sinal de trânsito. Levar Madhavan ator e diretor de fotografia PC Sreeram já havia trabalhado juntos no Alaipayuthey filme de sucesso. O veterano ator Hindi Dhritiman Chaterjee fez sua estréia Tamil cinema em Yaavarum Nalam, mas Tamil não era uma língua nova para ele, como ele é um morador de Chennai. Ele desempenhou o mesmo papel na versão Hindi do filme. O veterano ator Marathi Sachin Khedekar, que fez sua estréia no cinema com Tamil Yaavarum Nalam, tomou um grande esforço em aprender suas linhas. Um CD de voz foi enviada para ele com suas linhas ler para que ele pudesse se familiarizar com o diálogo Tamil. Ele interpreta o mesmo personagem na versão Hindi também. [Editar] As filmagens A maior parte do filme se passa dentro de um apartamento. Um piso de tiro temporária foi criada a partir do zero em Egmore, Rio de Janeiro, dentro do qual um conjunto de apartamentos elaborado foi erguido. [Editar] Recepção [Editar] Box Office O filme acabou por ser um sucesso de bilheteria Tamil, arrecadando 16 crore. [4] [5] [6] [7] A versão Hindi foi um sucesso de compensação 8,1 crore. [8] [Editar] Trilha Sonora A música do filme foi composta por Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy enquanto a letra em hindi e tamil foram escritos por Neelesh Mishra e Thamarai respectivamente. 13B/Yaavarum Nalam Álbum da trilha sonora por Shankar Ehsaan Loy Lançado 06 de fevereiro de 2009 Gravado 2008 Gênero trilha sonora de longas-metragens 39:33 de comprimento Hindi Tâmil AVM rótulo Produtor Shankar Ehsaan Loy Shankar Ehsaan Loy cronologia Konchem Ishtam Konchem Kashtam (2009) 13B/Yaavarum Nalam (2009) Shortkut (2009) [Editar] Hindi Título No. Artist comprimento (s) 1. "Sab Khairiyat Hai" Shankar Mahadevan 01:46 2. "Se Bade Shehar Mein" Karthik 04:30 3. "Oh Mama Sexy" Anushka Manchanda, Baba Sehgal, Loy Mendonsa 04:06 4. "13 B - Tema" 4:57 5. "Aasma Odhkar" K.S. Chitra, Shankar Mahadevan 04:25 6. "Sab Khairiyat Hai (Remix)" Shankar Mahadevan 04:04 7. "Aasma Odhkar (Remix)" K.S. Chitra. Shankar Mahadevan 8. "Oh Mama Sexy (Remix)" Anushka Manchanda, Baba Sehgal, Loy Mendonsa 04:37 9. "Se Bade Shehar Mein (Remix)" Karthik 05:08 [Editar] Tamil Título No. Artist comprimento (s) 1. "Yavarum Nalam" Shankar Mahadevan 01:46 2. "Chinnakkuyil Koovam" Karthik 04:30 3. "Oh Mama Sexy" Anushka Manchanda, Jassie presente 04:06 4. "Yavarum Nalam - Tema" 4:57 5. "Kaatrilae Vaasame" K.S. Chitra, Shankar Mahadevan 04:25 6. "Yaavarum Nalam (Remix)" Shankar Mahadevan 04:04 7. "Kaatrilae Vaasame (Remix)" K.S. Chitra. Shankar Mahadevan 8. "Oh Sexy Mama (Remix)" Anushka Manchanda, Jassie presente 04:37 9. "Chinnakkuyil Koovam (Remix)" Karthik 05:08 [Editar] Referências ^ A b "Top 10 filmes de 2009". Hindustan Times. 2009/12/24. Retirado 2012/03/16. ^ 13 rendeu 8,3 crore ^ Chennai365.com: "Yavarum filme Nalam Galeria de Fotos" ^ Tamil Top Ten Cinema - Yavarum Nalam ^ "Headlines notícias de entretenimento em Tamil | Notícias de Entretenimento - Yahoo! Dinamalar Tamil News". In.tamil.yahoo.com. 2011/04/20. Retirado 2012/03/16. ^ Yavarum Nalam recolhe 16 crore nas bilheterias ^ "Yaavarum Nalam - Behindwoods.com - Tamil dez melhores filmes - Guru En Aalu Mariyadhai Sarvvam Rajadhi Raja Ayan". Behindwoods.com. Retirado 2012/03/16. ^ [All India 2009 Box http://www.boxofficeindia.com/showProd.php?itemCat=290&catName=MjAwOQ India Office] [Editar] Ligações externas
13 Movie Trailer 13 Movie Review em BIGisBIG.com, BIG Blog Oficial Pictures. BehindWoods.com: "Maddy combinação Vikram para ser um passeio de emoção", por Behindwoods News Bureau, 18 Dezembro 2007 Film Review: 13B J-horror-styled supernatural thriller from India doesn't have the gore or intensity of the real thing, and for many in the mainstream, that's a relief. Low-budget-looking but effective, with a great central gimmick. March 6, 2009 For movie details, please click here. Taking a cue from its Asian neighbors, the Indian supernatural thriller 13B blends the domestic-terror dread of Japanese horror and its Korean and Thai brethren— all down the alphabet from J-horror to K-horror to T-horror—with beige/brown, washed-out, 1970s-style cinematography. The result is an unsettling hybrid, in the best sense: Plagued as it is by a low-budget look and a bevy of suspense tropes, this Hindi-language feature debut by writer-director Vikram K. Kumar (whose 10-minute "Silent Scream" won, of all things, his country's National Film Award for Best Educational/Motivational/Instructional Film in 1999) supplies ghostly chills effectively and through a marvelously original conceit. Civil engineer Mannu Manohar (the well-regarded actor and activist Madhavan Ranganathan) has just moved with his extended family into a deee-luxe apartment in the sky-ai-ai. He and his brother Manoj, a fellow professional, may have overextended themselves, but their duplex apartment 13B is a modernistic oasis for them and their mother (Poonam Dhillon); their collegiate sister Divya; Mannu's wife Priya (Neetu Chandra); and Manoj's wife and two young kids. The elevator doesn't seem to work when Mannu wants to take it, but hey, it's a new building and some bugs need to be worked out. So do a lot of other things, as it happens. Photos taken on Mannu's mobile phone come out twisted and grotesque when shot in the apartment, and nowhere else. The blind old neighbor's great big protective dog whimpers like a scared puppy at the threshold of the apartment. And the sisters-in-law and Mom start watching a soap opera, "Sab Khairiyat" ("All is Well") that airs at 13:00 hours on channel 13—in apartment 13B only, as Mannu discovers to his growing horror. That only intensifies when the family and events onscreen mirror his own almost exactly, with a barely fictionalized veneer. When the soap opera begins depicting terrible tragedies that start coming true, Mannu becomes emboldened enough to tell his old friend, police sub-inspector Shiva (Murli Sharma), and to visit Mom's doctor, Balram Shinde (Sachin Khedekar), whose in extremis work has led him to believe in the paranormal.
Mannu's increasingly obsessive quest for the root of what's occurring leads him and Shiva to unearth—literally, as it happens—details of a horrific mass murder of a family at this same building site in 1977. The TV set is their medium, and the program is their message—sort of. Why the powers-that-be do what they do makes no sense whatsoever in retrospect, but Kumar's brisk and knowing way with this type of story makes all that slip by as you watch a decent, ordinary man suspensefully fall deeper and deeper into hell through no fault of his own. Two unexceptional ballads by the star songwriting team of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy play over family montages, but there's a kick-ass song over the end credits—the completely incongruous "Oh Sexy Mama," in which Madhavan, Chandra and many bump-and-grind beauties in PVC short-shorts gyrate to a dance number that would have done Robert Palmer proud. Very unusually, perhaps unprecedentedly since the days of early talkies, the movie was shot in two versions simultaneously, with mostly the same cast, in two languages, with the Tamil Yavarum Nalam and the Hindi 13B being released the same day. (Kumar has previously worked in the Tamil and Telugu languages.) While Tamil movies are often remade in Hindi, this maximizing of sets and actors doesn't seem to happen much, if at all. Unusual in a bad sense are the poor subtitle graphics, Luiza Goianapolis Director: Vikram K. Kumar Banner: Big Pictures Music Director: Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani, Loy Mendonsa Lyricist: Neelesh Misra Star Cast: R. Madhavan, Neetu Chandra, Sachin Khedekar, Murli Sharma, Poonam Dhillon, Murli Sharma, Deepak Dobriyal, Dhritiman Chatterjee Release Date: 6th March 2009
If you are looking for a thriller, which will keep you on the edge of your seat all the time, then 13B might just be the movie for you. Based on an innovative plot, which (thankfully!) does not involve the use of disgusting-looking ghost faces, psycho babas or excessive camera movements, 13B impresses you on a number of points. One of the first things that strike you is that the setting of the whole story is quite relatable and brings out horror in the normal course of events only. There is no visiting a 'purani' (old) haveli or going somewhere alone, in the dead of the night, for the scary events to take place. Vikram K. Kumar takes all the credit for keeping you hooked on, with his direction as well as his screenplay and dialogues. Another aspect, on which 13B scores pretty well, is that the explanation behind the occurrence of strange, you can also say supernatural, events is quite convincing. Even the background score adds to the horror. There are certain flaws in the movie, such as its long duration (which could have been edited a bit more) and the dream song between Madhavan and Neetu (totally unnecessary). However, none of them are bad enough to adversely affect the movie to a great extent. Talking about performances, Madhavan is the first name that comes to mind. His expressions beautifully convey the confusion, dread and panic his character is going through. As for Neetu Chandra, she is seen in a 'less-makeup' avatar and gives good support to Madhavan. Murli Sharma is another character that manages to impress us, especially with his perfect comic timing. Poonam Dhillon, seen in movies after a long time, hasn't lost her touch. Even Sachin Khedekar and Deepak Dobriyal were good in their respective roles. You will surely not regret spending money and watching 13B in a multiplex! 13B Pre-release Review After 'Raaz - The Mystery Continues', get set to witness another movie based on the horror genre - '13B'. Directed by National Award winning director - Vikram K. Kumar, the movie has R. Madhavan and Neetu Chandra in the lead roles, supported by Sachin Khedekar, Murli Sharma, Poonam Dhillon, Murli Sharma, Deepak Dobriyal and Dhritiman Chatterjee. It has the famous trio of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy providing music, to the lyrics of Neelesh Misra. The film will be released on 6th March 2009, under the banner ' Big Pictures'. A supernatural thriller, '13B' has been set amidst an urban backdrop and revolves around the life of Manohar (R. Madhavan), his wife Priya (Neetu Chandra) and their family members. Manohar is a hard working Civil Engineer, who is 31 years of age and happily married. A typical urban Indian male, his main concerns in life include providing his family with all the amenities reckoned necessary for leading a comfortable lifestyle. He is rational in his thoughts and practical in his approach, with an analytical bent mind and clear thinking. Manohar's wife Priya represents a typical modern day homemaker, who is extremely supportive of her husband. Like most of the housewives in the present times, she is also in love with the daily soaps coming on TV. She is a devoted daughter-in-law, a loving sister-in-law and a playful, considerate aunt. The life of Manohar and Priya is moving smoothly and now, they are looking forward to having a family of their own, trying to have a child. Manohar changes his house and moves into a new apartment, with his family.
Numbered 13B, Manohar's apartment is on the 13th floor of a building. Soon, they settle into the house, where the women find a new love - watching the latest TV show ''Sab Khairiyat'' (All is Well). Oddly enough, the family in the show is quite similar to Manohar's. Initially, a number of good things take place in the show and similar events take place in Manohar's family as well. However, soon, things take a turn for the worse. Will the shocking incidents seen in the show affect Manohar and his family also? Why is this happening? Will Manohar be able to solve the mystery before it's too late? The answers are not too far away! Manohar, an upwardly mobile middle class Indian moves into a new apartment - 13B on the 13th floor with his family. From the first day in their new home, the women are hooked on to a new TV show 'Sab Khairiyat' (All's Well). The show is about a family eerily similar to theirs who have also just moved into a new house. As the TV show unfolds, all the incidents that happen in the show start happening to Manohar and his family. Initially, a number of happy events take place and a lot of good things happen, both in the show and with Manohar's family. Then things take a turn for the worse and shocking incidents start happening in the TV show... Will the same happen to Manohar and his family? Will Manohar be able to solve the mystery in time before it consumes him and his entire family?
Film: 13B (Horror) Cast: R. Madhavan, Neetu Chandra, Sachin Khedekar Direction: Vikram K Kumar Duration: 2 hours 25 minutes Critic's Rating: Now this one's a neat little goosebump that keeps the chill factor on simmer, both in terms of content and charisma (read style). Generally, desi horror flicks end up low on story and crumble in the climax, relegating the suspense and gore to some mumbo-jumbo about witchcraft and voodoo. Rarely do they come up with some satisfactory explanation for all the paranormal bhoot lore on screen, before the closing reels. But that's not the case with 13B. On the one hand, it keeps the scare element brewing through most of the film, with danger and death lurking at every twisted turn. On the other, it blends the supra-normal with the normal, to give you a plausible reason for all the strange occurrences on screen. More importantly, it makes a topical dig on the 21st century global obsession: the all-pervasive -- and prying -- influence of television which seems to have completely taken over our lives. And if that's not a strong-enough statutory warning, the innocuous idiot box may soon be replaced by the inimical mobile as a sanity-threatening device, it concludes. Experts are already stating that 53 per cent of mobile phone users are suffering from nomophobia, (no mobile phobia) a fear of being without their mobile. So there! 13B begins on a cheery note. A happy family, that happens to be a microcosm of the Great Indian Parivar, moves into a new flat that has been bought by the two brothers (Madhavan and co.) after incurring a hefty loan. The upwardly mobile brothers don't mind and begin their day on a joyous note, with the wives (Neetu Chandra and co.) merrily gossiping in the kitchen, the kids boisterously preparing for school and college and the mother (Poonam Dhillon) affably clamouring for a cable connection, since she cannot bear to miss a single episode of her saas-bahu soaps. Picture perfect, did you say? Well, almost. Just that the milk gets curdled every day, the portraits of the gods can't be hung on the impenetrable walls, the lift doesn't work only for Madhavan, his cell phone camera relentlessly distorts his face and the mysterious neighbour's dog simply refuses to enter the flat with his master. Reason enough for rationalist Madhavan to press the panic button? Not until he chances upon a television soap that seems to be playing only in his house and the onscreen drama ends up predicting the events that gradually begin to plague the happy family. Goes without saying, the soap is extremely popular with the women in his house, till the blood begins to flow....And the only way Madhavan can protect his family is by becoming a TV addict himself and learning what's in store. It's an interesting tale, told well, with all the mandatory twists and turns in all the right places. Adding to this, is the complete spontaneity of the ensemble cast, ably led by Madhavan who is extremely endearing as the yuppie, torn between the supernatural and the real. Watch out for some zippy cinematography, a stylised monochrome tint and some snazzy editing. Great timepass. Go for it. Luiza Goianapolis
13B Movie Review Director : Music : Lyrics : Starring : Vikram K.Kumar Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Neelesh Misra R. Madhavan, Neetu Chandra, Sachin Khadekar, Murli Sharma and Poonam Dhillon. There's a killer in the house in the dead of night. He is banging the television set in the living room and not one of the people sleeping in is disturbed. And this is the 13th floor of a high-rise, not some palatial bungalow. There is no connection with the family living in the said flat with that of the spirits troubling them. There is just one faint thread and even that is not enough to justify the uncanny resemblance to the exact number of the dead to the ones living in the flat. Suddenly, out of nowhere, two songs are forced on screen, with no rhyme nor reason. A huge uncalled for jerk in the screenplay. CHECK OUT: 13B - New frontiers of Cinema making These are just a few flaws of director Vikram Kumar's so-called spook-fest. Yes, the movie drags too, just like a television serial he collaborates on the small screen to justify the happenings on the big. Confusing, right? In short, Madhavan and his brother take a joint loan to move into their new apartment with their mother, sister, wives and his nephews. And strange things start happening only to Madhavan. It's not long before he realizes that the serial his family is hooked onto is actually telling his life in advance. And it appears only on his television set at 13 hours! After investigations, he realizes that there was a bungalow on the same land where their building now stands which was called 13 B, the number of his flat. Apparently, all eight family members were bludgeoned to death and the killer is scot-free. Kumar gives Madhavan the task of getting justice to the victims. For Neetu Chandra, this has been a good film, in the sense it gets her a good show reel. The girl has improved since her days in TRAFFIC SIGNAL. There's also that wonderful actor, Deepak Dobriyal. Give him any role and he just digs himself into the character he is supposed to be. He loses self to become the part he is supposed to be. A super actor. SHAURYA and DELHI 6 are his recent exploits As for the director, he missed the plot completely Yavarum Nalam From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Yavarum Nalam The Tamil theatrical release poster as Yavarum Nalam. Directed by Vikram Kumar Produced by Suresh Balaje George Pius Rajesh Sawhney Written by Vikram Kumar Neelu Iyappan Abhinav Singh Kashyap (Hindi Dialogues) Starring R. Madhavan Neetu Chandra Sachin Khedekar Deepak Dobriyal Murli Sharma Dhritiman Chatterjee Sampath Raj Saranya Music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Tubby Parik Cinematography P. C. Sreeram Editing by Sreekar Prasad Distributed by Big Pictures Release date(s) March 6, 2009 Running time 137 minutes Country India Language Tamil Hindi Budget 6 crore[1] Box office 16 crore (Tamil) 8.1 crore (Hindi)[1][2] Yavarum Nalam (English: All is well) is a 2009 Tamil psychological horror film directed by Vikram Kumar, starring R. Madhavan and Neetu Chandra in the lead roles. Produced by Suresh Balaje and George Pius, the film was simultaneously filmed and released in Tamil and also Hindi as 13B with a slightly different cast. The film's soundtrack was composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and background score by Tubby Parik. The film was released on 6 March 2009 to highly positive reviews from critics in Tamil and mixed reviews in Bollywood. Contents [hide] 1 Cast 2 Plot 3 Production 3.1 Development 3.2 Casting 3.3 Filming 4 Reception 4.1 Box Office 5 Soundtrack 5.1 Hindi 5.2 Tamil 6 References 7 External links [edit]Cast Actor (Tamil version) Actor (Hindi version) Role R. Madhavan Manohar Neetu Chandra Priya Ravi Babu Murali Sharma Siva Sachin Khedekar Dr. Balu / Dr. Shinde Sanjaih Bokaria Manoj Amitha Rajan Deepa Saranya Poonam Dhillon Manohar's mother Dhritiman Chatterjee Mr. Kamdhar Deepak Dobriyal Senthil / Ashok Sampath Raj Ramachandran Kushboo Sundar Roshan Abbas Show host Rachana Maurya an item number [edit]Plot Manohar, an upper-middle class Indian, moves into a new apartment - 13B on the 13th floor - with his family, fulfilling one of his life's biggest dreams. But the family is greeted by a series of small trivial incidents such as milk getting spoiled that could be regarded as inauspicious but are shrugged off by the excited Manohar. The lift in the apartment does not operate for Manohar. The women in the family get hooked on to a new TV show Yavarum Nalam (Everyone Is Well, or Sab Khairiyat in the Hindi version). The show is about a family eerily similar to theirs who have also just moved into a new house just like they have. As the serial unfolds, Manohar notices that the incidents that happen in the serial are a reflection of what has happened to Manohar and his family. The serial mirrors Manohar's family life. For example, his sister graduating first-class, his wife getting pregnant and later suffering a miscarriage. The rest of the family remains oblivious to the similarities and Manohar prefers it that way to avoid panic. He also notices that his camera will take twisted pictures of him while he is in the apartment, but not while he is out of the apartment. As Manohar fights the uneasy feeling in his mind, things start taking a turn for the worse in the serial. He is now terrified that the same might happen to his family as well. Manohar now wants to know who is behind the making of this serial and what their intentions are. As Manohar explores the mysterious happenings, he unravels a deep and unholy secret. The house they live in was the house where a whole family of eight were murdered way back in 1977. It was the family of a TV news reader named Chitra. On the day of Chitra's engagement an ardent fan (Shriram Shinde in the 13B version) of Chitra wanted to stop the engagement and he failed in doing so. Disheartened, he committed suicide. Subsequently, all members of that family were murdered with a hammer in a single day. The blame rested on the crazy brother in the family, as he had been seen with the hammer last. The police officer investigating the case also committed suicide by hanging himself in the same house. Now Manohar and his friend, Shiva (Murli Sharma), who is a policeman, are in the process of unraveling the mystery. Manohar researches the madman Senthil/Ashok, who apparently goes crazy after seeing the TV show in an asylum. Manohar then meets Senthil, who extends a hand for Manohar but drags him inside, but his friend Shiva keeps him from being dragged. They then met Chitra's former fiance Ramchandar, who tries to plead for Senthil's innocence because he got covered in blood while he hugged the bodies, failed in the case. After researching one night, Manohar has a nightmare of the 13B murderer climbing the stairs to kill his family. When Manohar tries to climb the stairs, he always ends up on the 2nd floor and after a few moments he wakes up. He then goes to the hall and witnesses the climax of Yavarum Nalam/Sab Kheriyat when they are showing the murderer's identity; he sees two hammers, one pointed hammer and a blunt sledge-hammer, then showing Manohar's face as the killer. What follows is the climax that ties up all the loose ends. The 13B murderer is Dr Balu/Dr Shinde, who sees the family members' faces as serial family members.It was he who killed them in 1970's on the behalf of his brother and also killed the police officer who caught him red-handed. Manohar kills him. The story ends with Manohar living a normal life with a new dog in the family; the milk is not getting spoiled anymore. They bring Senthil/Ashok home and the lift in the apartment finally works for Manohar. Manohar receives a call from Dr Balu/Dr Shinde while in the lift, who says that while the 13B family haunts the TV, he haunts Manohar's phone. [edit]Production
[edit]Development The director of the film, Vikram Kumar, won a National Award for his short film "Silent Scream". Here he teamed up with cinematographer P. C. Sreeram, editor Sreekar Prasad, sound designer A. S. Lakshminarayanan and art director Sameer Chanda, who also happen to be National Film Award winners. The Hindi working title was Channel.[3] [edit]Casting Esha Deol and Kareena Kapoor were originally considered for the lead role which eventually went to Neetu Chandra. Lead actress Neetu Chandra made her Tamil debut with Yaavarum Nalam. She has starred in successful Hindi films like Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! and Traffic Signal. Lead actor Madhavan and cinematographer P. C. Sreeram had previously worked together on the hit movie Alaipayuthey. Veteran Hindi actor Dhritiman Chaterjee made his Tamil cinema debut in Yaavarum Nalam, but Tamil was not a new language for him, as he is a resident of Chennai. He played the same role in the Hindi version of the film. Veteran Marathi actor Sachin Khedekar, who made his debut in Tamil cinema with Yaavarum Nalam, took great effort in learning his lines. A voice CD was sent to him with his lines read out so that he would get familiar with the Tamil dialogue. He plays the same character in the Hindi version as well. [edit]Filming The majority of the film takes place inside an apartment. A temporary shooting floor was created from scratch in Egmore, Chennai, inside which an elaborate apartment set was erected. [edit]Reception [edit]Box Office The movie turned out be a Hit at the Tamil box office, grossing 16 crore.[4][5][6][7] The Hindi version was a hit netting 8.1 crore.[8] [edit]Soundtrack The film's music was composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy while the lyrics in Hindi and Tamil were penned by Neelesh Mishra and Thamarai respectively. 13B/Yaavarum Nalam Soundtrack album by Shankar Ehsaan Loy Released 6 February 2009 Recorded 2008 Genre Feature film soundtrack Length 39:33 Language Hindi Tamil Label AVM Producer Shankar Ehsaan Loy Shankar Ehsaan Loy chronology Konchem Ishtam Konchem Kashtam (2009) 13B/Yaavarum Nalam (2009) Shortkut (2009) [edit]Hindi No. Title Artist(s) Length 1. "Sab Khairiyat Hai" Shankar Mahadevan 1:46 2. "Bade Se Shehar Mein" Karthik 4:30 3. "Oh Sexy Mama" Anushka Manchanda, Baba Sehgal, Loy Mendonsa 4:06 4. "13 B - Theme" 4:57 5. "Aasma Odhkar" K.S. Chitra, Shankar Mahadevan 4:25 6. "Sab Khairiyat Hai (Remix)" Shankar Mahadevan 4:04 7. "Aasma Odhkar (Remix)" K.S. Chitra. Shankar Mahadevan 8. "Oh Sexy Mama (Remix)" Anushka Manchanda, Baba Sehgal, Loy Mendonsa 4:37 9. "Bade Se Shehar Mein (Remix)" Karthik 5:08 [edit]Tamil No. Title Artist(s) Length 1. "Yavarum Nalam" Shankar Mahadevan 1:46 2. "Chinnakkuyil Koovam" Karthik 4:30 3. "Oh Sexy Mama" Anushka Manchanda, Jassie Gift 4:06 4. "Yavarum Nalam - Theme" 4:57 5. "Kaatrilae Vaasame" K.S. Chitra, Shankar Mahadevan 4:25 6. "Yaavarum Nalam (Remix)" Shankar Mahadevan 4:04 7. "Kaatrilae Vaasame (Remix)" K.S. Chitra. Shankar Mahadevan 8. "Oh Sexy Mama (Remix)" Anushka Manchanda, Jassie Gift 4:37 9. "Chinnakkuyil Koovam (Remix)" Karthik 5:08 [edit]References ^ a b "Top 10 movies of 2009". Hindustan Times. 2009-12-24. Retrieved 2012-03-16. ^ 13B netted 8.3 crore ^ Chennai365.com: "Yavarum Nalam Movie Photo Gallery" ^ Tamil Cinema Top Ten - Yavarum Nalam ^ "Entertainment News Headlines in Tamil | Entertainment News – Yahoo! Dinamalar Tamil News". In.tamil.yahoo.com. 2011-04-20. Retrieved 2012-03-16. ^ Yavarum Nalam collects 16 crore at the box office ^ "Yaavarum Nalam - Behindwoods.com - Tamil Top Ten Movies - Guru En Aalu Mariyadhai Sarvvam Rajadhi Raja Ayan". Behindwoods.com. Retrieved 2012-03-16. ^ [All India 2009 http://www.boxofficeindia.com/showProd.php?itemCat=290&catName=MjAwOQ Box Office India] [edit]External links 13B Movie Trailer 13B Movie Review on BIGisBIG.com, BIG Pictures Official Blog. BehindWoods.com: "Maddy Vikram combo to be a thrill ride", by Behindwoods News Bureau, 18 December 2007
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Law Enforcement’s Deployment of High-Tech Spying Tools On the Rise

San Francisco—The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) launched a virtual reality (VR) experience on its website today that teaches people how to spot and understand the surveillance technologies police are increasingly using to spy on communities.

“We are living in an age of surveillance, where hard-to-spot cameras capture our faces and our license plates, drones in the sky videotape our streets, and police carry mobile biometric devices to scan people’s fingerprints,” said EFF Senior Investigative Researcher Dave Maass. “We made our ‘Spot the Surveillance’ VR tool to help people recognize these spying technologies around them and understand what their capabilities are."

Spot the Surveillance, which works best with a VR headset but will also work on standard browsers, places users in a 360-degree street scene in San Francisco. In the scene, a young resident is in an encounter with police. Users are challenged to identify surveillance tools by looking around the scene. The experience takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.

The surveillance technologies featured in the scene include a body-worn camera, automated license plate readers, a drone, a mobile biometric device, and pan-tilt-zoom cameras. The project draws from years of research gathered by EFF in its Street-Level Surveillance project, which shines a light on how police use, and abuse, technology to spy on communities.

Created by EFF’s engineering and design team, the Stop the Surveillance VR experience can be found at https://eff.org/spot-vr.

“One of our goals at EFF is to experiment with how emerging online technologies can help bring about awareness and change,” said EFF Web Developer Laura Schatzkin, who coded the project. “The issue of ubiquitous police surveillance was a perfect match for virtual reality. We hope that after being immersed in this digital experience users will acquire a new perspective on privacy that will stay with them when they remove the headset and go out into the real world.”

The current version is now being made publicly available for user testing, as part of the Aaron Swartz Day and International Hackathon festivities. EFF will be conducting live demonstrations of the project at the event on Nov. 10-11 at the Internet Archive in San Francisco. Swartz, the brilliant activist and Internet pioneer, was facing a myriad of federal charges for downloading scientific journals when he took his own life in 2013.

EFF seeks user feedback and bug reports, which will be incorporated into an updated version scheduled for release in Spring 2019. The VR project was supported during its development through the XRstudio residency program at Mozilla. The project was also made possible with the support of a 2018 Journalism 360 Challenge grant. Journalism 360 is a global network of storytellers accelerating the understanding and production of immersive journalism. Its founding partners are the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Google News Initiative, and the Online News Association.

For access to the VR experience and instructions on it use:
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For details on the Aaron Swartz International Hackathon events at the Internet Archive, including talks by EFF Executive Director Cindy Cohn, International Director Danny O’Brien, and Senior Investigative Researcher Dave Maass:
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Advanced Micro Devices Inc. shares surged in Tuesday trading after the chip maker announced that its data center chips were available on Amazon.com Inc.'s Amazon Web Services. AMD shares leapt to an intraday high of $21.65 following the announcement and were last up 7.3% at $21.36. AMD said that AWS's Elastic Compute Cloud, or EC2, is now using its Epyc datacenter chip. "The availability of multiple AMD EPYC processor-powered instances on Amazon EC2 instances marks a significant milestone in the growing adoption of our high-performance CPUs with cloud service providers," said Forrest Norrod, AMD's general manager for datacenter and embedded solutions, in a statement. Amazon shares were up 1.4% at $1,651.23, and the S&P 500 index was up 0.5%.

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{{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? https://t.co/hOG05xhc pic.twitter.com/XSMXwrl1X4 - 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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Sermon by: Robert Austell; November 4, 2018 - John 7:37-43; 8:1-11

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::: Music ::
Wonderful, Merciful Savior (Rodgers and Wyse)
His Mercy is More (Boswell, Papa)
CHOIR: Like a River in My Soul (arr. Osiek)
Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken

:: Sermon Manuscript (pdf) :: This manuscript represents an early draft of the sermon. Some weeks the spoken version varies more than others from the early manuscript. Nevertheless, if you'd prefer to read than to listen, this is provided  for that purpose.

Today we are continuing with our “Come and See” series, responding to Jesus’ own invitation to come and see what he is all about through his teaching, his miracles, and his actions recorded in the Gospel of John. Today we will look at one story, but dig back a bit into all the events that led up to and had bearing on a pivotal moment of experiencing forgiveness and grace.

September 18, AD 32 – the day after the Feast of Booths (John 8:1-11)

It was the day after the Feast of Booths. It was AD 32 as we would count it. It was mid-September and early that morning Jesus had come into Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives just outside the city in order to teach in the Temple. As he sat down to teach those gathered around, the scribes and Pharisees brought a woman before him. It was a trap… they said she had been caught in the act of adultery, caught with a man who was not her husband. In the Law, they said, “Moses commanded us to stone such women; what do you say?” (v.5)

So many questions… How did they know to ‘catch’ her? Where was the man? Why so intent on trapping Jesus?

You may know the story. You may even know that it is one of a very few stories that we are not sure are part of the original Gospel of John (if you look in your Bible there is probably a footnote about that). But nothing in the story contradicts Jesus’ teaching or expected actions. In fact, it captures them quite well.

John the disciple, the narrator, tells us why they are doing this. They are testing Jesus so that they might have grounds for accusing him (v.6)… of breaking the religious Law, of inciting a riot, of any number of things. But Jesus doesn’t answer right away. He stoops down and writes something in the dirt. They persist in asking him what he thinks they should do. He stands up and says, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” (v.7) And he stoops down and writes some more in the dirt.

And one by one, the older ones first, then they younger, leave and he is eventually left alone with the woman in the center of the Temple court. (v.9) Was it what he said? Was it what he wrote in the dirt? Was it something else? Clearly something he said or did connected with them and changed their hearts and minds. Let’s look back to two days earlier…

Two Days Earlier: the last great day of the Feast of Tabernacles (John 7:37-39)

John 7 records that Jesus went to the Feast of Tabernacles (or Booths). It is not explicitly named in John, but we know that it is because of the details provided. It is a seven day feast and one of three involving pilgrimage to Jerusalem. And the events of the last day of the feast are well-known and recorded since ancient times and they correspond with what happened. Much of this is spelled out in the Talmud, which is the ancient Rabbinic commentary on the Hebrew scriptures. There is a whole book in the Talmud describing and commenting on Sukkoth, the Feast of Tabernacles. Specifically of the seventh-day water-drawing, the Rabbi’s write: “He who has not seen the joy of the water-drawing has not seen joy in his whole lifetime.” (Sukkoth 5:1) Here’s what that last great day involved…
At the break of day priests proceeded from the temple to the pool of Siloam. There they filled a golden pitcher with water and bore it back to the temple. On approaching the watergate on the south side of the inner court the shophar (trumpet) was sounded three times—joyous blasts which were explicitly related to Isa 12:3, “With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.” The priests bearing the water then processed around the altar, watched by the pilgrims, while the temple choir sang the Hallel (i.e., Psalms 113–18). When the opening words of Psalm 118 were reached, “Give thanks to the Lord,” every man and boy shook the lulab (a bunch of willow and myrtle tied with palm) with his right hand and held aloft citrus fruit in his left hand (a sign of the harvest gathered in), and the cry “Give thanks to the Lord” was repeated three times. The same thing happened at the cry “O Lord save us!” of Ps 118:25. Since all this took place at the time of the daily offering, the water was offered to God in connection with the daily drink-offering (of wine). A chosen priest mounted the altar on which stood two silver bowls, one for the reception of the drink-offering and the other for the water. When the priest had poured the wine and the water into their respective bowls, they were then poured out as offerings to God. The crowd then called out, “life up your hand!” The demand was made as a sign that the rite was properly fulfilled… and the priest [raised] his hand aloft to show that he had faithfully discharged his duty.
It was during this annual feast day, on the last great day of the feast, most likely after the cry of “Lord, save us” (Hosanna!) and as the water was poured that Jesus stood up and spoke out and said, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.” (John 7:37) He goes on to say, “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” (v.38)

This is not the first time Jesus has spoken of living water, though perhaps it is the first time he has done so publicly in Jerusalem. Think back several weeks for us, some 18 months earlier for the events in John.

18 Months Earlier: the Samaritan Woman at the Well (John 4:10)

Back in John 4, which we looked at three weeks ago, Jesus was traveling through Samaria and talked with a Samaritan woman at a well at noontime. I won’t go back through all that made that encounter so unusual, but in that conversation he offered the woman “living water.” He says, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” (John 4:10) He goes on to say, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” (v.14) And after some more back and forth, Jesus admits to being the Messiah.

So, clearly he has already been thinking about living water and his identity and what he offers people related to life and eternal life. And he is not making this up on the spot, he is pulling from ancient promises and teachings in Hebrew scripture. For example, 600-750 years earlier, prophets like Isaiah and Jeremiah had written of this water.

600-700 Years Earlier: the Prophets (Isaiah 12:3; Jeremiah 17:13)

In the writings of the great prophet-preachers of Hebrew scripture, water is a powerful image of salvation and hope. Not only does water wash clean, but it gives life, particularly depicted in ‘springs of water.’ When Jesus speaks of water, living water, and fountains of living water, he draws upon this prophetic imagery and familiar scriptures to God’s people. He is invoking promises of God’s Messiah and God’s salvation for His thirsty and needy people of every time and place. Listen to these two prophets:

Isaiah writes: “Behold, God is my salvation (yeshua). I will trust and not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and song. And He has become my salvation. Therefore you will joyously draw water from the springs of salvation.” (12:2-3)

Jeremiah – “O Lord, the hope of Israel, all who forsake you will be put to shame. Those who turn away on earth will be written down, because they have forsaken the fountain of living water, even the Lord.” (17:13)

And did you hear that last part? Those who forsake the fountain of living water that God provides will have their names written down. Could that be what Jesus was writing in the dirt that day? Was he writing the words from Jeremiah? Or was he writing down names of those present? Before we return to the present of the story in John 8, let’s take one more time-jump further back, 500 or more years earlier.

500 Years Before That: Moses and the Law (Leviticus 23)

The first five books of our Bible and of the Hebrew scriptures are known as the Pentateuch (five books) or the Torah (Law) and record, among other things, the Laws God gave to Moses to govern the life and health of God’s people. It is there that God established the great feasts, including the Feast of Tabernacles. The details are recorded in Leviticus 23 and the intent of the Feast is to recall to God’s people the time of wandering in the wilderness on the way to the Promised Land. It was a time when the housing and shelter was temporary and the tabernacles or booths were meant to re-enact that experience and call forth the hope of God’s faithfulness in providing, leading, and keeping the Covenant. It also corresponded with the fall harvest, as the hope of planting was fulfilled in harvesting crops. The water-drawing festival developed in Jewish practice as a symbol of that hope and God’s faithfulness.

1500 years after Moses, in Jesus’ day, the Jewish people were still observing the Feast of Tabernacles and the water-drawing festival, and still expressing hope that God would lead them through deserts to a promised future of hope, salvation, and blessing. And it was into that very moment of hope that Jesus stood up and spoke.

Forgiveness and New Start (John 8:10-11)

“Where are they? Did no one condemn you? I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.” (vv.10-11)

This is such a powerful story, especially if you read it as one who recognizes their own sinfulness and need for forgiveness and a new start. But it is more than a point in time story about Jesus and one woman. It captures up the whole of biblical history, the whole of God’s sweep of redemption and salvation, the whole of God’s promise that there is more on the other side of wandering, wilderness, desert, and thirst. God gave His Law not as an end in itself, but as a teacher to show us what His faithful love looks like. God’s preachers and prophets spoke of these powerful images not to earn a name for themselves, but to draw people to faith and hope in the God who provides and the God who saves. Like Jason shared last week about the Operation Christmas Child boxes, even the great Feast of Tabernacles wasn’t a self-contained end in itself, but a “GO Box” – a Gospel or Good News opportunity to believe in something beyond the present drought and suffering. Jesus stood up and claimed it and then offered a personal experience of that living water and new life to one woman whose shame and guilt were exposed. And he did not condemn, but offered a new start.

That’s the Good Word in all of this today, especially if you are experiencing drought or suffering, wilderness or wandering, or just need a glimpse of a hopeful future. Jesus not only has living water; he IS living water. He does not condemn, he washes us clean and gives us new life.  For those with ears to hear, come and see, come and believe, come and drink from the fountain of living water. Amen.
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AMD said Amazon Web Services is a new customer for its server chips • AMD shares gained as much as 8.8 percent on the announcement, Bloomberg News reported • AWS is now offering three of its most popular products based on AMD’s Epyc server chips • The AMD chips allow for a 10 percent saving in computing costs, an AWS VP of computing said
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Yesterday, there was enough reason to resume the strengthening of the dollar, because the data on business indices in the US was even better than the wildest assumptions. Thus, the business activity index in the service sector increased from 53.5 to 54.8, while the preliminary assessment showed an increase to 54.7. The composite index of business activity rose from 53.9 to 54.9, while, according to preliminary data, growth was expected to 54.8. In turn, the business activity index in the UK services sector fell from 53.9 to 52.2, once again demonstrating business concerns about the uncertainty caused by the confusion with Brexit. Investors simply do not understand what awaits them in the near future, after the UK withdraws from the European Union. While there is no clear understanding of how trade relations will be built between the United Kingdom and Europe, there can be no talk of any optimism on the part of investors.

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The growth of the dollar was hampered by preparations for today's elections in the United States, where Congress and almost a third of senators will be fully re-elected. Almost certainly, the Democrats will be able to take revenge for 2016, when the Republicans got the majority of the seats in Congress and in the Senate. And that's not counting the White House, where they also sent their delegate. Many fear that as soon as the Democrats get a majority in the legislature, they immediately begin to actively interfere with Donald Trump, for whom they have the most tender and touching feelings. So, there is a high probability of a certain paralysis of the American power system, which always leads to greater radicalization of US foreign policy.

So today, the factor of elections in the United States of America will have a major impact on the market. These exit-polls will determine the mood of market participants, and most likely, given the apparent uncertainty about how relations will be built between the various branches of government, it is worth waiting for a negative reaction. In addition to all this, the JOLTS data on open vacancies should show their reduction from 7,136 thousand to 7,100 thousand. The European data will not be able to affect investor sentiment, especially since the final data on business activity indices will simply confirm the preliminary estimate that showed them decline. Also, the growth rate of producer prices is likely to remain unchanged.

The euro / dollar currency pair returns to the level of 1.1440 after a rollback. It is likely to assume a temporary fluctuation within the level of 1.1440 (1.1430 / 1.1450) on the general information and news background.

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The currency pair pound / dollar demonstrates active upward interest, reaching a range level of 1.3000 / 1.3050, where an attempt is being made to fix above it. Probably assume fluctuations within the slide-positive level, where traders should keep track of price fixing 1.3000 / 1.3090 when placing orders.

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           Cardiac arrest survival higher in states with required high school CPR training      Cache   Translate Page      

Required CPR education in high school may lead to higher bystander CPR and cardiac arrest survival rates, according to preliminary research to be presented in Chicago at the American Heart Association's Resuscitation Science Symposium 2018 - an international conference highlighting the best in cardiovascular resuscitation research.

Researchers analyzed data from more than 109,668 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests patients (64 percent men, 49.4 percent white, 19.1 percent African-American, 2.3 percent Hispanic, 2.9 percent other and 26.4 percent unknown) from the Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival database or (CARES) - a surveillance registry tracking out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in communities in 42 states.

The database analysis included all nontraumatic out-of-hospital cardiac arrests from 14 states and the District of Columbia where at least 50 percent of the population was in an area covered by a CARES participating agency from 2013 to 2017.

Researchers found that bystander CPR, survival to hospital discharge and neurologically favorable survival (mild to moderate cerebral incapacity) was higher in states that require CPR training in high school.

Of the cases studied from 2013 through 2017 (with people representing all ages), 59 percent occurred in states with required high school CPR training enacted. In those states:
  • 41.3 percent of people who suffered cardiac arrest outside of a hospital received bystander CPR before emergency medical services arrived, compared to 36.1 percent in states without CPR education laws enacted.
  • 11.3 percent of people who suffered cardiac arrest outside of a hospital survived to hospital discharge, compared to 8.9 percent for states without the laws enacted.
  • Neurologically favorable survival was more likely in states with the laws enacted, 9.5 percent compared to 7.6 percent for states without laws enacted.

Because CARES is a registry and data are owned by varying local and state agencies, information on specific states included in the study is confidential.




          Among college students, mental health diagnosis and treatment are up, stigma is down       Cache   Translate Page      

Mental health diagnoses and treatment of college students increased substantially between 2007 and 2017. More than one-third of students reported a diagnosed condition in 2016-2017, according to a study published online today in Psychiatric Services in Advance.

The comprehensive nationwide study draws on 10 years of data from the Healthy Minds Study, an annual web-based survey involving more than 150,000 students from 196 campuses across the U.S. The study authors, led by Sarah Ketchen Lipson, Ph.D., EdM, with Boston University School of Public Health, found that from 2007 to 2017:
  • Mental health diagnoses increased from 22 percent to 36 percent
  • Treatment increased from 19 percent to 34 percent, with similar patterns for both therapy/counseling and medication use
  • Suicidal ideation increased from 6 percent to 11 percent
  • Mental health stigma decreased
Rates of both perceived and personal stigma decreased over time from 64 percent to 46 percent and from 11 percent to 6 percent, respectively. Perceived stigma was measured by agreement with the statement "most people think less of a person who has received mental health treatment," and personal stigma was measured by agreement with "I would think less of a person who has received mental health treatment."

While the authors note the decreasing stigma and increasing mental health problems contribute to increased service use, they did not address the reasons behind those changes.

The most common location for receiving services was on campus. Nearly 12 percent of students reported using services of their campus counseling center in 2016-2017, about 9 percent used other mental health services, and about 1 percent accessed emergency psychiatric services.

"The trends revealed in this study have strained counseling centers across the country, as many are under-resourced and operate at full capacity with waitlists for much of the year," according to the authors. They suggest that in addition to expanding capacity, increasing use of "preventive and digital mental health services, such as those delivered via mobile apps," could help address the need.
          Factbox: Most closely watched U.S. ballot initiatives      Cache   Translate Page      
Voters in several states on Tuesday will vote on ballot measures that could change state laws on a range of divisive social issues, including abortion and marijuana.

          11/29/18: Elaine Pagels Why Religion?: A Personal Story - Parkway Central Library      Cache   Translate Page      

In conversation with award-winning journalist, Tracey Matisak

One of the most esteemed religious scholars of our time, Elaine Pagels is the author of Revelations, Beyond Belief, and The Gnostic Gospels. Her many honors include Rockefeller, Guggenheim, and MacArthur fellowships. Her new book draws upon the perspectives of science, history, and her own research, as well as the insight she gleaned from the shocking loss of both her son and husband in the same year. Lauded by Joyce Carol Oates as "an extraordinary memoir of loss, spiritual struggle, illumination and insight," Why Religion? contemplates some of the modern world's most important questions about why so many still believe and how we reconcile faith with contemporary ideas of sex and culture.

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          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.


          Voting yes on housing justice in California      Cache   Translate Page      

Julien Ball writes from San Francisco on the importance of a ballot measure that, if passed, would help to counter the corporate landlords and their gentrification plans.

CALIFORNIA VOTERS have a chance on Election Day to pass a ballot measure, known as Proposition 10, that would restore the right of cities to pass strong rent control.

Martha Simmons’ story illustrates why it would be an important victory for housing justice if Prop 10 passes.

Martha is one of the millions of California renters who have been negatively affected by the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act of 1995 — the state law restricting local authorities from implementing rent control, which Proposition 10 would repeal if it passes.

Martha grew up in San Francisco’s Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood, and her family has roots in the historically working-class, African American area for several generations. Thus, in 2005, she was happy to move into a home on Ingerson and 3rd Street that was big enough for her large, multigenerational, tight-knit family.

The rent, $3,300 per month, wasn’t cheap, but by working long hours at her job as front-desk security at a downtown building, Martha found that she could afford it and even begin to save money. The landlord, Dorothy Banks, never made repairs, but Martha put up with that because Banks promised her that when she sold the home, Martha could buy it.

Rallying for pro-tenant Proposition 10 in California
Rallying for pro-tenant Proposition 10 in California (L.A. Tenants Union | Facebook)

She continued to make the repairs that she could out-of-pocket to keep the home in good condition. At one point, the septic tank flooded the unit where Martha’s sister lived, rendering it uninhabitable. Martha’s sister suffered severe health problems before eventually moving out.

Despite all this, Martha continued to work to make the rent on time and put some money aside to buy the home one day. But that was before San Francisco’s real estate market exploded.

When Banks decided to sell, instead of accepting Simmons’ $650,000 offer on the home, she raised the rent, first to $4,700 a month, and then to $5,200, in the hopes she could drive the family out and sell the home empty, getting more money for it.

Simmons desperately scrambled to make ends meet, working three jobs, sleeping just a few hours a night and cashing out her 401(k) retirement fund to make the payments on time. But when even that wasn’t enough, she was faced with an eviction notice for nonpayment of rent.

She joined the community group Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) to help organize rallies and protests, but nothing succeeded in getting Banks to reconsider.

Martha and her family finally realized their dream of home ownership, but only by moving to Oakley, on the outskirts of the Bay Area, more than 50 miles from their former home — joining the legions of working people and people of color who have been displaced from San Francisco and other California cities due to evictions and rising rents.


WHAT HAPPENED to Martha and her family is perfectly legal because of a state law called Costa-Hawkins that, among other restrictions, bans cities from covering single-family homes like hers under rent control laws.

Martha is supporting Prop 10, which would repeal Costa-Hawkins, in the hopes that others will be spared what she suffered. “It’s stressful to have one foot in the door and one foot in the street,” says Martha. “No human being should have to go through what we went through. It’s disturbing to know so many people are going through the same thing.”

Costa-Hawkins — named after its legislative sponsors Democratic state Sen. Jim Costa and Republican State Assembly member Phil Hawkins — was a bipartisan bill passed by the legislature over two decades ago at the behest of the real estate industry.

The law bans cities from passing strong rent control in several ways:

First, it bans cities from covering single-family homes or condos under rent control.

Second, it stops cities from applying permitted rent control regulations to so-called “new construction,” defined as any construction after the 1995 passage of the law. Cities that already have rent control are barred from extending rent control to buildings constructed after those cities passed their ordinances. In San Francisco, that date is 1979, and in Los Angeles, it is 1978.

Finally, it bans vacancy control — a type of rent control that restricts rent increases in between tenants. So when a tenant leaves, landlords can charge as much as they want to the next tenant.

In a city like San Francisco, a market with large numbers of higher-income earners, lack of rent control between tenancies creates a huge incentive for landlords to evict low-rent tenants so they can bring in tenants who can afford market rate. In San Francisco, that median rate was $3,253 per month for a one-bedroom apartment in 2017, according to the real estate website Curbed.

Lack of vacancy control, coupled with the ban on rent control for any so-called “new construction” means the sometimes gradual and sometimes rapid loss of affordable, rent-controlled apartments, with no way to replace them. That, combined with the decades-long, federal divestment from affordable and public housing, has amounted to a deliberate, bipartisan attack on our ability to solve the affordability crisis.


REPEAL OF Costa-Hawkins has long been at the top on the wish list for California tenants’ rights groups struggling to deal with the affordability crisis, but only recently have they considered it possible.

While cities like San Francisco have established nonprofit organizations advocating for tenants’ rights, in other cities, volunteer-led groups have more recently formed to organize tenants and press for local rent control ordinances.

The Los Angeles Tenants Union has organized rent strikes. In several cities, ACCE successfully organized tenants’ chapters to take on corporate landlords like the Blackstone Group, which bought thousands of single-family homes and raised the rent. And since 2015, the Bay Area cities of Richmond and Mountain View have passed the first local rent control ordinances in California in decades.

Earlier this year, groups around the state organized to push for AB 1506, legislation that would have repealed Costa-Hawkins. The San Francisco-based Anti-Displacement Coalition organized protests to get State Assembly member David Chiu, one of the sponsors, to bring the bill to his committee for a vote.

When a committee hearing finally took place in January, hundreds of tenants and their supporters from around the state packed the room, along with landlords organized by real estate front groups.

When the Democratic-led Assembly failed to move the bill out of committee, Los Angeles-based groups such as the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, ACCE and the Eviction Defense Network began collecting signatures to put Proposition 10 on the ballot.


PROP 10 is facing an uphill battle. State and national real estate groups have spent a whopping $77.5 million on misleading ads to convince voters that the referendum is bad for renters.

A number of Wall Street developers and real estate investment trusts like Blackstone Group, its subsidiary Invitation Homes, Essex Property Trust, Equity Residential and AvalonBay Communities — with portfolios of tens of thousands of California homes between them — each donated $3 million or more to defeat the initiative.

These corporations know that passing statewide restrictions on local control is one of the most effective weapons in their arsenal — and that if Prop 10 passes, groups in the 32 states that currently have an outright ban on rent control could decide to take matters into their own hands and repeal those restrictions, too.

Passage of Prop 10 would be only the first step in winning the kind of rent control needed to address the affordability crisis. Once Costa-Hawkins restrictions are lifted, it will be up to cities to pass the rent control they need to address the crisis. Local political leaders of both parties rely on real estate developers and real estate industry groups for campaign donations, and industry lobbyists often enjoy almost unfettered access to politicians.

Working people and tenants will have to build movements with the necessary size, organization and social power to stop evictions, beat back rent increases and force politicians to pass local laws that prioritize them over real estate industry profits.

But voting “yes” on Proposition 10 is crucial to widening the scope for what victories are possible for the housing movement in the years to come.


          Vote no against ambulance company greed      Cache   Translate Page      

The largest for-profit ambulance company in the U.S., American Medical Response (AMR), is bankrolling a state ballot measure in California that will strip safety protections from its workers, endanger patients and enhance corporate profits for AMR. The measure would allow ambulance companies to require workers to stay on call during rest and meal breaks, allowing the companies to keep fewer ambulances in service.

Last year, AMR made enormous profits off transporting sick and injured patients. Profiting off the pain, suffering and distress caused by illness and accidents may seem macabre, but under capitalism, caring for patients can be highly profitable. AMR gets its profits from the dedication and hard work of its employees, the low wages paid to those workers, and understaffing, which causes delays in the time it takes an ambulance to reach a patient. Yet AMR wants more, and so it has shamelessly promoted Proposition 11, spending more than $21 million on passing the measure in November 2018.

An AMR paramedic spoke to fellow paramedics Lorrie Beth Slonsky and Larry Bradshaw about conditions at the ambulance company, the disturbing ballot measure and more.

LET’S START with what are working conditions like for paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) at AMR.

EMTs and paramedics face grueling 12-hour shifts, with the prospect of being held over for two additional hours every day, depending on how busy the EMS system is.

I wake up at 5 a.m. to be ready for my shift at 7 a.m. I get to headquarters early to make sure my ambulance has all the necessary supplies and that everything is in working condition. We aren’t expected to do this, but I’ve been unable to sleep at night because an essential piece of equipment malfunctioned during a critical call. That’s why I check every piece of equipment before logging in.

This has also happened to my co-workers. We log in, knowing that night crews have been waiting for us to go into service so that they can, in turn, go home. Usually, we get a call right out of the gate — and it turns out the call has been holding for a while because there wasn’t another available unit in the county who could run it.

EMTs and paramedics campaign against Proposition 11 in California
EMTs and paramedics campaign against Proposition 11 in California (International Association of EMTs and Paramedics)

After transporting our patient to the hospital, we need time to complete paperwork and return the ambulance into working condition. At that point, our field supervisors pressure us to get it done faster because there aren’t enough units available to run calls.

Our paperwork requires precision and has to capture every detail of our call, because these are legal documents that are part of the permanent medical record for our patients. They are an extension of patient care, and mistakes have dire consequences. Paramedics risk their licenses every time we document something. Private ambulance companies easily throw us, as well as our patients, under the bus rather than have our backs by giving us proper breaks.

After being confronted by our supervisors, we clear the hospital and catch another call before leaving the parking lot.

We’re always on call for the entire duration of the shift. Often, medics are rushing to and from places, with back-to-back calls. In metropolitan areas, this workload is the norm. When it gets really busy, patients experience long wait times for ambulances to arrive. We, as workers, can’t do anything about these response times. As soon as we get a call, we respond immediately and always have.

The common thread here is: not enough ambulances. Private corporations like AMR don’t staff enough units. They create brutal work conditions for us, and, more importantly, they make it harder for our patients to receive the best care.

WHAT IS the effect on the body to work long hours on an ambulance in a busy system with a high call volume, a high workload and too few ambulances?

WE HAVE a lot of pride around being our patients’ safety net. Because we want people to receive the best possible care, we must stay alert at all times. We have to stay ready to respond to a medical emergency at all times. There’s no way to know what the next emergency request or call will be.

There is such variance in our calls, from shootings, to stabbings, to motor vehicle accidents, to delivering a baby. And we must be prepared for all of them. We must be ready to treat our patients the minute we step out of the ambulance, and there’s no way to know exactly what condition they’ll be in.

Even small decisions in our field carry tremendous consequences. This creates a mode of hypervigilance. The sympathetic nervous system — the body’s fight-or-flight response — gets put on overdrive.

For the first year, maybe even the first few years, this is fine. But the longer you do this work, the more fatigued you become. It’s absolutely exhilarating to have an adrenaline rush and save someone’s life, but the reality is that this wears down our bodies. Even if we’re hungry or tired or sleep deprived or need to use the bathroom, we must learn to repress our needs. We have to do that so we can respond to calls with as much mindfulness as possible.

These are the conditions of capitalism crystallized. We’re taught as workers that our needs, even basic ones, aren’t important. And now, AMR is trying to take away our rest and meal breaks.

MEAL BREAKS are one of the issues in Proposition 11. Can you talk about the proposition — what’s in it and what it would do if it passes?

UNDER EXISTING California labor law, AMR employees are supposed to have guaranteed rest and meal breaks. The nature of our job makes it difficult if not downright impossible for us to get a break that isn’t interrupted. AMR is supposed to compensate us when our breaks are interrupted. AMR chose not to do that and instead pocketed the money.

A number of EMTs and paramedics have filed civil suits seeking back pay for their interrupted or missed breaks. Recent case law suggests AMR may lose these lawsuits. AMR’s solution has been to drop more than $21 million into sponsoring Prop 11.

WHAT’S MOTIVATING AMR to spend so much money fighting over whether and how you get meal and rest breaks?

THERE ARE two parts to that answer. First, the state’s independent Legislature Analyst’s Office estimates it would cost private ambulance companies in California more than $100 million a year to adequately staff up enough ambulances to give paramedics and EMTs their legally required breaks.

Second, AMR’s Prop 11 reaches back in time and retroactively defines AMR’s illegal past practice as legal, effectively exempting the corporation from any liability for past violations of existing labor laws. So placed in this larger framework, AMR’s investment of $21 million in its own private ballot measure and rewriting labor law is really a smart, but unethical investment.

WE’VE WORKED on both public and private ambulances, and we don’t ever recall getting a guaranteed meal or rest break while on duty.

THE REALITY is that medics and EMTs routinely already have our rest and meal breaks interrupted. Prop 11 wouldn’t change that. We all drop whatever we’re doing to respond to a call, mid-meal or otherwise. That’s part of our duty and has always been part of our practice.

What would change is AMR being able to walk away from paying workers what they deserve for having had their meals interrupted. Naturally, AMR’s campaign literature says nothing about the lawsuits, retroactive exemptions from breaking the law, and not staffing enough ambulances to give workers a break.

AMR is taking heat from the public for the long ambulance response times. Prop 11 functions as its attempt to appease the public and scapegoat the employees who actually do the work — suggesting the problem is paramedics and EMTs taking breaks, not that AMR is too tightfisted to put more ambulances in service.

And as I said, if Proposition 11 passes, AMR will be relieved of the millions of dollars of back pay to workers who have had their meal breaks interrupted. That’s more money for AMR’s coffers.

The root of the issue is that there are simply not enough ambulances being staffed. These glaring issues around public health and safety don’t stem from EMS crews being late to 911 calls because we’re on meal breaks, like AMR suggests. Corporations like AMR put profits ahead of community needs.

Understaffing ambulances and the high volume of 911 calls create impossible conditions, and EMS crews are unable to respond in the way EMS workers and the public want us to.

WHAT IMPACT do these long and busy shifts with minimal breaks have on the ability of you and your co-workers to perform and do a good job?

AS YOU can imagine, the health of an emergency medical worker can affect our ability to provide the kind of care we would like for our patients. Because we don’t have a guaranteed meal break without interruptions, let alone a meal break at all, many workers I know resort to fast food. It’s no surprise that EMS workers are increasingly overweight and at risk for cardiovascular disease.

We are our patients’ first point of contact with any type of medical help. As first responders, our split-second decision-making and our interventions play a huge role in patient outcomes. This can’t be overstated. If we don’t have real breaks to recharge, we won’t be mentally or physically as sharp.

THERE’S a lot of scientific research on the problems associated with sleep deprivation. In particular, multiple studies have shown that driving sleepy is very similar to driving drunk. Is this a problem you experience with long shifts, few breaks and back-to-back ambulance runs?

YES. FOR one thing, there is little turnover time between shifts.

Let’s say we get off shift on time — that gives us 12 hours until we have to be back at work. Subtract eight hours for sleep, minus another hour for commuting, and we’re are left with only three hours of downtime. During those three hours, we have to find the time to decompress, eat well, hopefully spend time with loved ones and exercise: all the things workers need to do to socially reproduce themselves for the next day.

Like all other workers, we make sacrifices. We have to choose what to sacrifice and what basic needs we can meet. Sleep often takes a hit. A caricature of EMS workers is probably one of us always drinking a caffeinated beverage. That’s because we’re perpetually sleep deprived.

It’s difficult to get off work on time, and even when we do, it requires a robotic type of discipline to get prepared for the next day. Like all workers, we want to be able to enjoy our off time. The small window of downtime between shifts allows for only meeting some of our most basic needs.

THERE’S A lot of stress associated with being a paramedic and an EMT. Does your present working conditions help or hinder your ability to deal that that chronic stress?

WITHOUT TRUE downtime during our 12-hour shifts, our work conditions create burnout. Many of my co-workers experience depression and anxiety. Often, we try to cope in secret and suffer in silence. In general, there is a stigmatization of mental health. Emergency medical service providers especially are expected to “solider on” despite immense challenges.

This has been built into our field since its conception. By the nature of the job, we’re continuously exposed to a multitude of critical events. We’re witness to traumatic events, serious injuries and death. The job carries high risk for post- and continuous traumatic stress disorders.

When we arrive at a hospital and transfer our patients to the ER staff, we are expected to brush off life-altering traumatic events, prepare ourselves and our ambulance for a quick turnaround, and get back in service to run another call.

The next call may be even worse than the previous one. One of the most stressful calls we can run involve cardiac arrests, because the patient appears to have died. It is our duty, of course, to resuscitate this person. The families of our patients go through intense emotions while we do our work.

With training, we learn to control our emotions so that we don’t freeze up on scene. But when patients can’t pull through, and we don’t revive them, it’s a heavy emotional load to carry. The details never leave you: the cries from the family, the smells, the ghastly pale skin, the sheer lifelessness and the internal pleading on our part to get a pulse back. In the little space and time at the hospital, we don’t have time to process these things.

One day, I remember running a call like I described, and the very next call was a pediatric cardiac arrest of a 3-month-old. No amount of training or practice can ever prepare you for something like that.

I’ll carry that with me, I’m sure, for the rest of my life. I’ll remember the gaunt look of desperation that the patient’s mother had and the eerie silence on scene. I’ll always carry with me the sensation of wrapping my hands around a limp infant as I gave compressions with my thumbs.

These are the things that keep us up at night as we obsessively go through the details. What could have been done differently? Could I have been faster here or there? Could I have been more prepared?

We develop a fortitude that allows us to stay healthy. But there are those of us who don’t. We’re at high risk for suicide. EMS workers are 10 times more likely to attempt suicide than the general population.

I hope you can understand why we need more breaks, not fewer.

PRO-PROP 11 mailers say that the ballot measure will mandate more training and better mental health benefits for workers. What do you say to those claims?

A CAREFUL reading of Proposition 11 shows it will not require AMR to provide any new or additional training or mental health benefits above and beyond what the corporation already provides.

When we first start out working in an EMS system, we undergo training academies that cover the medical protocols of the county and the nuts and bolts of ambulance operations. There is a small “self-health” component built into training. Out of the month-long training, I remember spending merely a couple hours on the importance of self-care.

Of course, private companies don’t support us in self-care. They tell us to take care of ourselves without providing material support to allow us to do that on shift. The burden falls upon us.

DOES THE ballot measure impact anyone outside of EMTs and paramedics who work on ambulances?

IF THIS proposition passes, it will usher in even more austere and challenging work conditions. Not just for us, but for all workers. This sets a dangerous precedent. Allowing private companies to circumvent existing labor laws in our industry sets a bad legal precedent and would allow the removal of legal and safety protections from other groups of workers and patients.

IT SEEMS like the labor movement dropped the ball on organizing opposition to Proposition 11.

UNIONS HAVE failed to submit opposition arguments to the California Official Voter Guide on time. So for many voters, there appears to be nothing negative about the proposition.

BUT THERE has been some opposition organized by workers at AMR. What have you and your co-workers done?

“NO ON Prop 11” has become a grassroots worker- and labor-led campaign against a major corporation, a corporation which itself is merely a division of the multibillion-dollar conglomerate KKR. Dozens of workers have demonstrated in Sacramento, including members from three unions. One of the slogans was “people over profits.”

There is also activity in other states, as AMR’s true colors are coming out. EMTs in Seattle have organized against AMR for higher wages because they start at close to minimum wage.

WHAT CAN readers do to help defeat this horrible piece of anti-worker and anti-patient legislation?

DEFINITELY VOTE no on Proposition 11 and encourage everyone you know to do the same. Also, organize and support workplace actions. If they’re coming for us, they’re coming for all of us. It’s clear that Prop 11 is not a solution for patients, It’s not a solution for EMS workers, and it won’t put extra ambulances on the streets to reduce ambulance response times.

WHAT CAN do those things?

MEDICARE FOR All! It’s comprehensive, universal and cost-effective health care. Medicare for All focuses on patients and prioritizes the health of working-class families over profits for corporations like AMR. We need a health care system that works for all us, not just the millionaires and billionaires.

AS FRONT-line emergency and health care providers, your working conditions are also the conditions in which your patients receive their care. If you had one wish, what one thing would you change immediately and why?

HUMANIZE THE field. We aren’t robots, and patients aren’t numbers that generate profit. We can’t function like mechanical beings for 12 straight hours. It’s simple: workers perform better when they’re supported.

Corporations like AMR absolutely have enough money to ensure there is ample coverage by ambulances, yet they strive to provide the bare minimum. This is nothing new and goes across the entire chain of providers.

The profit-driven corporations that provide care for human beings at their worst and most intimate moments have created an ugly behemoth of an industry. They don’t care whether their workers are well-fed or whether patients are getting the best possible treatment. They only care that we’re all making money for them.

When we get told by management to be better, to be faster, to be more efficient, while they consistently understaff ambulances, that isn’t support. Now they’re trying to take away guaranteed meal breaks and get out of paying us what they owe, and it’s a slap in the face.

We deserve better. Our patients deserve better. We have to fight for better work conditions moving forward so we can best serve our communities. In the meantime, we must stop this proposition from passing.

THANKS FOR talking with us, keep up the good work, and thanks for doing the job you and co-workers do every day.


          Cast your vote for safe staffing in Massachusetts      Cache   Translate Page      

David Wood and Ben Taylor assess the final stretch of the Massachusetts Nurses Association’s campaign to make hospitals stop putting patients’ lives at risk in order to cut costs.

AS THE 2018 midterms began heating up in Massachusetts, lawn signs for the three initiatives on the ballot popped up in front of houses and along roadways across the state. “Nurses say yes on 1” and “Nurses say no on 1” have been among the most common signs displayed this election season.

Question 1 would establish a safe-staffing ratio for nurses in all Massachusetts hospitals. This initiative is modeled on a similar safe staffing law passed in California in 1999.

The Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA), the union that organizes 23,000 bedside nurses across the state, spearheaded the effort to get the measure on the ballot. The MNA has been lobbying state legislators to implement safe-staffing legislation since at least 1995 — and even gone on strike over the issue.

Nurses have been pushing for safe staffing for one major reason: the systematic understaffing by hospital management in order to cut costs and increase profitability. As a result, nurses report working extended shifts, in some cases as long as 16 or 17 hours, and coming in on their days off to cover holes in the schedule.

Nurses rally in Boston for a safe-staffing ballot measure
Nurses rally in Boston for a safe-staffing ballot measure (Massachusetts Nurses Association | Facebook)

Nurses at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield documented hundreds of text messages from hospital administrators asking nurses to come in on their day off to patch these holes in the schedule. After a multiyear struggle involving several strikes, the MNA won safe-staffing language in the contract at BFMC. Statewide, however, the struggle continues.

It should go without saying that asking someone responsible for keeping sick people alive should not be asked to work long past the point of exhaustion. It’s dangerous for nurses and patients — and it should be considered bad for business. Too few nurses means too many patients per nurse. According to the MNA:

For every patient added to a nurse’s workload, the likelihood of a patient surviving cardiac arrest decreases by 5 percent per patient.

For children recovering from basic surgeries, each additional patient assigned to a nurse increased the risk of readmission by a shocking 48 percent.

There is a 20 percent higher risk that a patient will die within 30 days of having general surgery at hospitals that don’t have patient limits.

Every additional patient assigned to an RN is associated with a 7 percent increase in the risk of hospital-acquired pneumonia, a 53 percent increase in respiratory failure, and a 17 percent increase in medical complications.

Short staffing is therefore quite dangerous. And a recent survey of Massachusetts nurses shows that it is getting worse:

Two-thirds, or 65 percent of nurses, said that not having enough time is a major challenge, which was up from 52 percent in last year’s study. Likewise, 61 percent of surveyed nurses said that having to care for too many patients at once is a major challenge, which was up from 54 percent in the previous year. Additionally, 77 percent of the surveyed nurses said Massachusetts RNs are assigned too many patients to care for at one time. Only 18 percent thought RNs are assigned the appropriate number of patients. Zero nurses said RNs could safely be assigned more patients, according to the survey.


THE SOLUTION is obviously to hire more nurses — a remedy that hospital executives strenuously oppose.

Polls show a substantial (and perhaps growing) layer of voters are undecided on Question 1. The apparent split between nurses and the resulting confusing advertisements is often cited as the reason for this dwindling support. This confusion is by design — and reflects the duplicity of the No on Question 1 forces.

The No on 1 campaign has deliberately mimicked the MNA’s Yes on 1 campaign — with similar signage, twitter handles and television ads, knowing full well that deception is their only hope. After all, nurses are the most trusted profession in the U.S. and hospital executives among the least.

Roughly 30 percent of Massachusetts hospitals are non-union. In those workplaces, management has intensified its disinformation campaign in mandatory meetings, in hospital newsletters, and with countless “No on 1” signs and banners adorning their parking lots and buildings.

Harassment by hospital management of vocal Yes on 1 health-care workers, in union and nonunion hospitals alike, has become so intense that the MNA has created an anti-intimidation hotline (413-475-0895) — which according to MNA state board member Donna Stern has been receiving hundreds of calls per week.

No on 1 is outspending Yes on 1 by roughly 80 percent — about $19 million compared to the nurses’ $10.5 million.

While the No team frequently describes itself as a coalition of nurses and community members, about 94 percent of the No team’s funds are coming from the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association, the trade group representing the interests of the corporate hospital industry, which in Massachusetts generates $28 billion in revenue each year, according to the IRS.

Many of the nurses featured in the No on 1 ads are actually nurse managers — that is, they are not bedside nurses who actually perform the labor impacted by Question 1. Instead, they are administrators, bureaucrats and executives. Their material interests are directly tied to the hospital’s bottom line, and they are not directly subjected to the working conditions that bedside nurses must endure.


THE AMERICAN Nurses Association (ANA) is also part of the No on 1 coalition. They’ve staked out a truly bizarre position: “ANA Massachusetts believes that strict staffing ratios undermines a nurse’s critical thinking and involvement in patient care.”

This is, of course, astoundingly manipulative. It is precisely nurses’ “critical thinking and involvement in patient care” that has produced Question 1, because they know that otherwise, the hospitals will continue to try to save money through understaffing while telling nurses to “do the best you can.”

The MNA was at one time affiliated organizationally with the ANA, but voted to disaffiliate in 2001. Why? Here’s the MNA’s press release explaining its decision back in 2001:

While the MNA is pushing for legislation to regulate nurse-to-patient ratios, the ANA has proposed weak regulations that call upon the industry to develop a patient classification system, with no requirement that the industry adhere to that system. They have also promoted legislation granting the industry the ability to experiment with staffing models that replace nurses with unlicensed personnel, something the nursing community has opposed for years.

But the real kicker that precipitated the split was that the ANA had set up a boss’s union, the United American Nurses, where the “ANA Board of Directors, which is comprised of nurse managers, as well as the ANA executive director, have decision-making power related to the UAN [which] makes those who belong to the national union subject to legal changes by anti-union management attorneys.” The ANA had just enacted policy aimed at forcing affiliates like the MNA to join this union and abide by its decisions. The MNA membership wasn’t having any of it.

So don’t believe the hype: Actual nurses say “vote yes on 1,” and hospital administrators say “vote no on 1.”


IF WE are to believe the alarmist reports from the hospital industry, Question 1 will require hiring an additional 5,911 nurses statewide and cost more than $1 billion annually.

While this is a startling admission from the bosses about just how much they’ve been structurally understaffing our hospitals, it’s also an egregious distortion designed to frighten voters. A Boston College study pegged the cost of implementing Question 1 at $47 million, a mere fraction of what the Chicken Littles of the hospital board room would have us believe.

The reason hospital administrators are opposed to Question 1 is obvious, and it has absolutely nothing to do with “a nurse’s critical thinking and involvement in patient care” and everything to do with maximizing profits.

The MNA has been filing safe staffing bills with the Democratic Party-dominated state legislature since 1995, where the bill sat and died each year.

It’s no surprise why. The majority of hospitals in Massachusetts, which receive at least 60 percent of their funding from public sources, spend huge sums to defeat such bills. For example, Partners HealthCare, the largest employer in Massachusetts, last year became the state’s largest corporate spender on lobbying firms.

The dynamic of bipartisan opposition to safe staffing largely continues in the current fight around Question 1. While politicians like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have endorsed Yes on 1, the industry-funded opposition campaign, rallying under the Orwellian slogan “The Coalition to Protect Patient Safety,” is being led by the Dewey Square Group, a powerhouse Democratic Party consulting firm.

So after years of coming up short at the state legislature, the MNA shifted its strategy to a ballot initiative, a stark admission of how effective corporations are at blocking progressive legislation.


TWENTY-FOUR STATES allow the direct participation of the electorate in the making of their own laws through ballot initiatives. Twenty-four states in the U.S. allow citizens this power, and an additional two permit citizens to veto existing laws through the ballot.

The experience in struggling directly for a reform is qualitatively different than passively hoping that elected officials will “do what’s right.” Ballot initiatives force people to think politically about what kind of world they want to live in — and force politicians to actually engage with the popular will.

And in the case of Question 1, despite the hospitals’ attempts to monopolize the debate (especially inside the workplace), nurses across the state have been able to engage in the process of deciding how their floors should be organized, a right normally reserved as the sacred realm of hospital management.

The recent history of marijuana legalization in Massachusetts demonstrates the potential of ballot measures. Despite decades of Democratic Party dominance on Beacon Hill, medical and recreational marijuana languished in the state house. It was only through ballot initiatives — decriminalization in 2008, legalization of medical marijuana in 2012, and legalization of recreational use in 2016 — that legalization was finally won.

Voters forced the hand of reluctant lawmakers and in the process transformed the political terrain. A key pillar of the racist “war on drugs” has been shattered in Massachusetts, laying the basis for struggles that push farther.

Approaching politicians to request reforms has historically proven to be an ineffective way to win change. However, by appealing to the broad public and involving nurses in a campaign to directly demand reforms, the MNA has shown how it’s possible to shift the terrain around reform struggles in our favor — and in the process advance the battle for democracy.

The nurses, understanding the power of solidarity and seeing the fight of the oppressed as a health care issue, have also endorsed Yes on Question 3, which asks voters whether they oppose repealing a law prohibiting discrimination of transgender people in public spaces.

Other labor leaders who support Yes on 1 — such as former Massachusetts Teachers Association President Barbara Madeloni and former national deputy director of SEIU’s health care division Jane McAlevey — have connected the fight for Yes on 1 to the women’s movement, writing:

In the past 12 months, a movement originally concerned with sexual abuse has become a broader movement for gender equity. The #MeToo movement calls for women to be heard and taken seriously not only when they speak out on sexual abuse but also when they speak out on other issues.

On Question 1, women who do the hands-on work in hospitals have amassed a formidable body of real-world experience, of longitudinal studies, of extensively researched data on the benefits of safe patent limits. The opinions of the organization representing 70 percent of all registered nurses in this state are strong, but the evidence that backs them is stronger still. The Massachusetts Nurses Association, like the Massachusetts Teachers Association, is one of the largest organizations of women in the state. They have spent years coming together in meetings all across Massachusetts to write this ballot question. They know what they are doing, day in and day out, in the hospitals, and they know what they are talking about in this crucial policy debate. Are we going to listen to them?”

Make no mistake: getting Question 1 passed is only the next of several steps in this struggle. Hospital administrators have threatened layoffs of auxiliary personnel and closures of community hospitals if this ballot initiative is approved, and they will blame their economic violence on the nurses. This will have to be fought with subsequent mobilizations.

Organizing solidarity with the nurses — at the polls, on picket lines and with co-workers and friends — will be essential, whatever the outcome of the November 6 vote.

Every time administrators complain about hiring enough nurses to safely staff their hospitals, we should counter with the idea that health care is a right and that the profit motive should not endanger patients’ lives. After all, we are all of us eventually patients, too.


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          "Facing Climate Change, States and Cities Seek to Borrow Billions"      Cache   Translate Page      

"Dan Gelber, the mayor of Miami Beach, Florida, says climate change will be a homeowners’ worst nightmare. ... That’s why Miami Beach, where frequent flooding prompted by high tides have illustrated the risks of climate change, is asking residents for the power to pump more money into environmentally-friendly sidewalks, parks, and neighborhood improvements."

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          His Love is Irrevocable      Cache   Translate Page      
When I was little I had a dog stuff animal. He was a big white dog with a red shirt that said “Puppy Love”. I loved that stuffed dog so dearly and took him absolutely everywhere. I loved him so much that he grew dirty from being carried around everywhere I went and being slept & played with year after year. He eventually lost an eye and part of his nose- but my love for him did not wane, I loved him still.. After years of being loved hard, he was no longer beautiful to anyone. His fur was grayish, his shirt faded and his features scraggly. If you saw him (he is actually in my attic!), you definitely wouldn’t think of him as beautiful- you’d probably only see his flaws. However, if I looked at him, I’d tell you he was beautiful and wonderful. Not because he is actually outwardly beautiful today. Not because he does anything to deserve that love. I love him because I see him as he was created. In my eyes, he is perfect because I love him so.


Thankfully that’s how God loves us. He doesn’t love us because we necessarily are beautiful- inside or out. He loves us when we are good and when we are not so good. He loves us when we make mistakes and screw up (no matter how big those mistakes may be). His love is what makes us beautiful. He loves us despite all of our inadequacies and flaws. He loves us- flaws and all- simply because we are His children.

Think about how a grandma loves a grandchild. In her eyes, they are the very absolute best of the best. She has their pictures plastered all over her house, on her refrigerator, and carries around photos of them to show to anyone and everyone willing to look at them- friend, neighbor, pastor, postman, check out guy at the grocery store- literally anyone! She brags about that grandchild, sharing their accomplishments (no matter how small or insignificant) and overlooking their flaws because of her great love for them. She lavishes love and gifts and kisses and hugs on that child every single chance she gets. That’s how God feels about us- a grandma’s love multiplied by millions and millions. He set his love on us- not because we earned it, but because He delights in us.

Ephesians 3: 17b-19 says…
And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. NIV
Did you notice those verses didn’t have a single stipulation on His love. It doesn’t say…..”and deep is the love of Christ IF you do ____ or act _____”. His love is. It’s a fact and there is nothing- not a single thing you can do to change or erase it. NOTHING. When you feel ugly or less than or unloved, God says: You are beautiful because you are mine and I love you.

My prayer today is that you are reminded how deep and wide and precious His love is for you. No matter what you have done or said, no matter what flaws you have, no matter how big your mistakes- He loves you still. His love is the single thing that you can count on. 𝗛𝗶𝘀 𝗹𝗼𝘃𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗶𝗿𝗿𝗲𝘃𝗼𝗰𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲, He will always love you.

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          2019 MACRA Final Rule Overview      Cache   Translate Page      
The following is a guest blog post by Joy Rios, Health IT Consultant at Chirpy Bird.
It happened right on time this year. The 2019 MACRA Final Rule was released on Thursday, Nov. 1, the weekend of Daylight Savings Time – so those of us who track these laws carefully got one extra hour to read through the 2878-page document. Thanks CMS!
First, I’d like to point out that we expect the rules to change each year. If fact, my colleague, Robin Roberts, and I often joke that CMS starts writing the next rule before the ink is dry on the one they just released. However, this year it feels like there’s a lot more to get up to speed on than that which we’ve grown accustomed.
The expansion of the rule’s title alone, which is both comprehensive and overwhelming, hints that this year’s ruling is far-reaching and will impact a great many stakeholders across healthcare.
Look for yourself: The difference between the proposed and finalized titles:
Proposed Title:
Medicare Program; Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2019; Medicare Shared Savings Program Requirements; Quality Payment Program; and Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Program
Finalized Title:
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It may seem silly to fear a little spider — but the predator’s appearances in horror movies make more sense when you consider the precision, skill and creativity it employs to target its prey. Spiders’ venom-injecting fangs and the pointy claws tipping their segmented legs are menacing enough, but their innovative use of silk to ensnare victims may be the biggest reason to be grateful they are small. “They’re absolute masters of using silk,” says Paul Selden, an arachnologist and paleonto
          China gave foreign countries and journalists seminars on how to restrict online speech and unflattering news reports      Cache   Translate Page      

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  • China has been hosting seminars for foreign countries and journalists on how to clamp down on online speech and writing positive news about China's economic policies, Freedom House reported.
  • They include courses on President Xi Jinping's views on patriotism and tours of companies that monitor negative public opinion in the country.
  • Many of them catered to countries that are part of China's Belt and Road Initiative, a massive infrastructure project that aims to link 70 countries around the world.
  • Those courses appeared to work on some of the countries, who issued laws clamping down on online speech after attending the seminars.
  • China has a long record of muzzling free speech in the country.
  • It wields a lot of soft power over its economic allies, largely because of its financial investments around the world.

China has been holding seminars for foreign countries and journalists on how to restrict online speech and write positive news about it, according to a Freedom House report published this week.

The programs — which appear tailored to specific countries and regions — included courses like "socialist journalism with Chinese characteristics" and a class on "the Chinese Dream," Freedom House said.

Those two slogans were popularized under President Xi Jinping, and lay out his view of patriotism and innovation as long as it does not defy the Chinese Communist Party.

The programs appeared to be marketed to countries involved in China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a massive infrastructure project launched in 2013 that aims to link China to more than 70 countries across Asia, Europe, and Africa.

It is one of President Xi Jinping's pet projects, and Beijing has invested between $1 trillion and $8 trillion in those projects since 2013, according to the Center for Strategic and International StudiesMultiple BRI partners have racked up billions of dollars in debt because they couldn't afford to repay China's loans on infrastructure projects.

Read more: Inside 'Belt and Road,' China's mega-project that is linking 70 countries across Asia, Europe, and Africa

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Here are some of the seminars China hosted over the past year, according to Freedom House.

  • November 2017: A two-week "Seminar on Cyberspace Management for Officials of Countries along the Belt and Road Initiative," where officials toured a company — unnamed in in the report — that monitored, using big data, negative public opinion, and created a "positive energy public-opinion guidance system."
  • May 2018: Prominent journalists and media officials from the Philippines visited China for two weeks to learn about "new media development." What this means exactly is not clear.
  • A similar conference for media staff in Thailand taught attendees about the "Chinese Dream" and how media outlets can report domestic and international affairs, including China's economic development. The date of this conference is not clear.
  • Representatives from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates also attended a three-week "Seminar for Senior Media Staff in Arab Countries" at an unspecified date.

Details about what actually happens during those seminars are scant. But pictures published by the Chinese ministry of commerce of a seminar on the "promotion of international cooperation," held last August for 43 officials from BRI countries, showed delegates attending a lecture by Chinese officials and receiving a "graduation certificate" at the end.

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China flexes its soft power

Those seminars appeared to work on the foreign countries.

After Vietnamese officials attended China's seminar on media management in April 2017, it introduced a cybersecurity law that ordered global tech companies — such as Google and Facebook — to store personal data of users in Vietnam in the country.

Uganda and Tanzania also introduced similar laws clamping down on online media dissemination after their officials attended China's seminars over the past year, Freedom House said.

It echoed existing cybersecurity laws in China, which order tech companies to store personal and financial data collected in the country within its borders.

Chinese authorities have previously demanded domestic tech companies to hand over user data and the contents of private conversations.

Earlier this year, the Ministry of Public Security announced that law-enforcement officers could obtain and use private conversations on popular messaging app WeChat in legal proceedings.

Read more: Barging into your home, threatening your family, or making you disappear: Here's what China does to people who speak out against them

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Beijing has repeatedly proven the strength of its soft power, much of which stems from its immense economic power around the world.

Taiwan also claims that China uses economic partnerships to pressure countries to cut off diplomatic ties with it. Beijing insists that Taiwan is part of China, while Taipei recognizes itself as an independent nation.

Australia's former foreign minister, Julie Bishop, also revealed earlier this week that Australia did not strike a trade deal with Taiwan because her counterpart Wang Yi simply told her not to. China is Australia's largest trading partner, top export market, and biggest import source.

China also clamps down on online speech and thought within the country. Law-enforcement authorities have muzzled free speech in the past by censoring posts and forcefully disappearing people seen to speak out against the regime.

It also ranks citizens' behavior on a social credit system, which doles out punishments and rewards depending on the individual's score.

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          Interview: Actor John C. Reilly      Cache   Translate Page      
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After over 7 weeks of rehabbing (not really), of days all by herself and stuck in a bed or recliner in a strange place, my daughter Ellen is finally coming home.

It seems that the rules of Medicaid seem to be in abundance and must be followed by all who take the assistance from it. This is sensible and makes for a better source of funding for the people who need it. Corruption and dishonesty being what it is, the innocent have to suffer too. Medicaid is a wonderful program and along with Medicare can really help people who suffer physically.

When someone rehabs who has developmental disabilities they live under procedures and laws that are designed to protect the system and the individual. The need to exam physically, to determine the safety of transporting that someone from a bed to a wheelchair and the assistance to do so is paramount to Medicaid and the state to allow such things for the individual.

There will be a meeting of the minds, nurses, physical therapist, her agency AHRC Suffolk and of course the guardians. There are medical opinions that are needed and advocacy such as caseworkers who are her advocates as well as parents are.

But all that will be over by Monday, and Ellen will be home once again, home to her friends, friends who are family to her.



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Washington D.C., Nov 6, 2018 / 03:00 pm (CNA).- As Americans headed to the polls on Nov. 6 to vote in midterm elections, much of the media focus has been on how the results will shape the national political landscape. But in three states voters will be considering proposed state constitutional amendments that would protect the rights of the unborn and promote religious liberty.

 

In Alabama, voters will be deciding on amendments which would change the state constitution to protect religious liberty and to establish a right to life of unborn children.

 

Amendment 1 would specifically protect the right to display a monument of the Ten Commandments on public property, something which has been challenged in state and federal courts.

 

“Amendment 1 does two things,” reads a description of the measure on the Alabama Secretary of State website.

 

“First, it provides that a person is free to worship God as he or she chooses, and that a person’s religious beliefs will have no effect on his or her civil or political rights. Second, it makes clear that the Ten Commandments may be displayed on public property so long as the display meets constitutional requirements, such as being displayed along with historical or educational items.”

 

The Supreme Court recently agreed to hear a case regarding the legality of a cross-shaped monument on public land. Previously, in 2005, the court found that a monument of the Ten Commandments at the Texas State Capitol was constitutional and did not violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

 

Amendment 2, if passed, would amend the Alabama Constitution “to declare and otherwise affirm that it is the public policy of this state to recognize and support the sanctity of unborn life and the rights of unborn children, most importantly the right to life in all manners and measures appropriate and lawful; and to provide that the constitution of this state does not protect the right to abortion or require the funding of abortion.”

 

While strongly worded, Amendment 2 will not be legally enforceable unless the Supreme Court overturned its decision in Roe v. Wade, which found a legal right to abortion throughout a pregnancy. If that were to happen, and the legality of abortion became a state-by-state issue, Amendment 2 could make abortion illegal in Alabama.

 

Oregon residents will vote on Measure 106, a citizen’s initiative to amend the state constitution to prohibit public funds being used for abortion, except when necessary to save the life of the mother, such as an ectopic pregnancy.

 

Current Oregon law states that “abortions may be obtained, when approved by medical professional, under state-funded health plans or under health insurance procured by or through a public employer or other public service.” If Measure 106 passes, this will no longer be the case.

 

Unlike many abortion restriction measures, in the Oregon proposal there is no exception for pregnancies that are the result of rape or incest.

 

Measure 106 narrowly qualified for the ballot in September with fewer than 300 signatures more than the legal minimum.

 

According to Americans United for Life’s annual “Life List,” which ranks states by pro-life laws, Oregon has some of the loosest abortion laws in the country. Oregon came in at 46, ahead of  only New Jersey, Vermont, California, and Washington.

 

In West Virginia, voters will be considering Amendment 1, which would “amend the West Virginia Constitution to clarify that nothing in the Constitution of West Virginia secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of abortion.”

 

This amendment was sponsored by 15 Republican members of the West Virginia legislature, and was passed with bipartisan support so that it could appear on Tuesday’s ballot. Unlike Oregon’s Measure 106, West Virginia Amendment 1 has an exception for pregnancies that are the result of rape and incest.


Currently, West Virginia law actually criminalizes both the procurement of and performance of an abortion, but this law is not in effect due to Roe v. Wade. If Roe were to be overturned, and Amendment 1 were to pass, it would prevent judges from interpreting the West Virginia constitution in a way which would protect legal abortion in any subsequent court battle.

 

Abortion is legal in West Virginia until 22 weeks gestation.

 

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), who is considered to be one of the country’s more vulnerable Democratic senators, does not support Amendment 1. While he has often been seen as a pro-life Democrat, recent votes to continue funding for Planned Parenthood have undermined this position.


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          Oana Mateescu: The Romanian family referendum: Or, how I became a sexo-Marxist      Cache   Translate Page      
This is my day not to read the news, since all the forces in play in the election in the U.S. are now immovably set, and there is nothing I can do but stress. I learned my lesson in 2016, when I kept assuring A. that there was no way Donald Trump was winning, since at the last minute vote counts would adjust to what everybody knew. That was a year after, I believe, I grandly predicted that Brexit was a flash in the pan, no way the UK was going to break away from the EU. So my predictor of what the masses - at least the masses of voters - will decide is somewhat out of synch with what they, after being sorted out by racist laws and administrators who go the extra mile to preserve Jim Crow, decide. And as to the Jim Crow, the lack of urgency on this issue by the Democratic party is an astonishment that -- I won't go on about.
Rather, today I am going to read analyses of the Romanian referendum on marriage. I was unaware that rightwing groups - the usual drooling orthodox churches, the evangelicals, the fascists - had worked long and hard, in conjunction with the ruling party, to put the anti-gay legislation to a vote. I was heartened that they lost, since less than 30 percent voted. I was also heartened that the new denigratory term in Romania is Sexo-Marxism - that is, any questioning of the "natural" Christian order. This long reort by Oana Mateescu is definitely worth a read. Lately, I've been reading Jeff Love's book about Alexandre Kojeve, The Black Circle, and thinking about Kojeve's crazy view of History as a sort of real force, which closes on itself at some point (after Jena? After Stalin?) and leaves us all outside of history - in post-history. I'm going to review that book for Willett's. Though I don't agree with it, the Viconian idea of historical cycles has always fascinated me. If we are in a cycle now, it is hard not to think that it is a vast cycle of imbecility, in which we - that is, a goodly number of human beings - have deliberately turned against what we know, or have learned, in every field, from the humanities to the hardcore sciences. This hypothesis depends, however, on a silly assumption - that to know is a listing function, so that x becomes the object known, in no relation to y, another object known, and so on. Epistemic listing is a misleading way of accounting for that always philosophical modal verb, to know. Still, to remain with this pov for a second, one of the great beliefs of the liberal era was that once we know something, we can't go on denying it. The crime against the intellect is a crime against the very self, which is bound to knowledge the way Odysseus was bound by ropes to the mast of his ship so he could withstand the song of the sirens. The liberal era could countenance every perversity, it could even countenance sacrifice - that ultimate act against self-interest - but not the deliberate choosing of ignorance. And then, here we are...
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Oana Mateescu: The Romanian family referendum: Or, how I became a sexo-Marxist: “By the way, Russia had the first sexual revolution. Lenin was a big homosexual; as for Karl and Marx, I think they were together. But they realized on their own it was going nowhere.” — 3 milioane1 On 6 and 7 October 2018, in what has become known as the family referendum, some Romanians voted on changing the definition of…
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"Kudzu Covers the South." That's the on-air slogan for WKDZ, a Columbus radio station at the center of the action of the Springer's original musical comedy opening November 8.

KUDZU, The Musical takes place in Columbus during a massive flood on the Chattahoochee River in the summer of 1954. The setting is a tiny radio station - WKDZ - Kudzu Radio - which has scheduled a broadcast of its popular Vine Time Variety Hour just as the river gushes into the flood plain.

When all the other radio stations are knocked off the air, WKDZ becomes the community's sole lifeline during the disaster. Since the station broadcasts from the third floor of Shipley's Mortuary and Life Insurance Agency, the broadcasters, musicians and live studio audience are safe from the flood. So the station's owners, Preacher T.J. Allred and his wife, Jackie, decide to go ahead with the big show even as the storm rages outside.

Kudzu, The Musical features Southern legends, tall tales, rural humor, and local news - woven together with the Lost Dog Report, Recipes and Home Remedies, a call-in show called Ask the Preacher and WKDZ's popular mystery series, Frank Cutter: Phenix City Private Eye.

Legendary Georgia songsmith, Allen Levi, has written original bluegrass, country, blues, gospel and comedy tunes for the production.

Kudzu's playwright and director, Paul Pierce, collaborated with Levi to produce a musical comedy that explores life in the Chattahoochee Valley in the 1950's - an era in which Phenix City was in its "Sin City" phase, when Digger O'Dell buried himself alive, when the Goat Man made frequent visits, when Eddie Owens Martin was working out his Pasaquoyan visions, when the textile mills, RC Cola and Tom's Peanuts were still humming, when mysterious blue fireballs danced on the surface of the river, when UFO's were commonly reported and when Jim Crow laws were being challenged.

"The idea for this started back in the 1990's when Allen and I first got to know each other," Pierce said. "I began meeting regularly with a group of local historians and folklorists like Kaffie Sledge and Cathy Fussell and collected local legends, tall tales and, well, weirdness. Then I spent months at the library going through newspaper archives and began distilling it all into one very weird evening in 1954.

"After I wrote the first draft of the script, I invited Allen to write original songs and jingles for this mythical Southern radio station. He delivered some brilliant tunes. We workshopped the show in 1995 and even toured it a little in the Southeast. Last year when the Springer decided to revive the show and give a full professional treatment, Allen and I decided that the script and the score could use some improvements. As Allen said, 'We're both better writers now than we were twenty years ago.' So this is a fresh take on the story and Allen has written four amazing new songs for the show. We are excited to share our work this November."

The cast, led by a Springer stage veteran Keith McCoy, plays Preacher Allred, the owner WKDZ. Allred's no-nonsense wife, Jacquie, is played by Chelsy Cutwright. Ned Bridges plays Joe D. Wood, the station's general manager and announcer and Debbie Anderson is Joe's wife, Charlynn, who is also a singer and musician in the studio band. Kerry Phillips plays Ken Kines, the bandleader and the orchestra is completed by Justin Balew, George Miles and Steve Thompson.

Kudzu, The Musical will be performed in the intimate Dorothy McClure Theatre (aka, "The Dot") at the Springer Opera House with a set that resembles the Chattahoochee riverfront. The show opens November 8,9,10,15,16,17 at 7:30 pm and November 11 and 18 at 2:30 pm. To reserve tickets, call the Springer box office at 706-327-3688 or visit springeroperahouse.org


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Guy Fawkes Day- 5 Things to Know about the UK Celebration of Failed Revolution


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Guy Fawkes Day is annually celebrated throughout Britain on November 5. Being known as Bonfire Night and Firework Night as well, this holiday represents perpetual celebration of liberty over tyranny. If you may be wondering who Guy Fawkes was or how is this day celebrated, keep reading this article because here are five things you should know before celebrating the next Guy Fawkes Day.


1.Historical background
On the evening of the 5th of November 1605, a group of men attempted the "gunpowder plot", a failed try to blow up the Houses of Parliament and kill King James the First. The man behind this terrorist act was named Guy Fawkes. Nevertheless, the plan was discovered when one of the conspirators sent a letter to his cousin warning him not to come to the Houses of Parliament. Fawkes was caught just before lighting the fuse which led him to execution.


2.Religion background
Guy Fawkes was one of a small group of Catholics who felt that the protestant government was treating Roman Catholics unfairly. They were not allowed to practice their religion in public because King James 1st, a Protestant, refused to change the laws. They hoped that attack would be the beginning of a great uprising of English Catholics. This plot backfired because it provoked hostility against all English Catholics and led to an increase in the harshness of laws against them.


3. 5th of November Poem
For many centuries the poem about Guy Fawkes's failed revolution has been spreading throughout England. The traditional verse exists in a large number of variations but this version seems the most popular:


Remember, remember the fifth of November,



Gunpowder treason and plot.
We see no reason
Why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!


Guy Fawkes, guy, t'was his intent
To blow up king and parliament.
Three score barrels were laid below
To prove old England's overthrow.
By god's mercy he was catch'd
With a darkened lantern and burning match.


So, holler boys, holler boys, Let the bells ring.
Holler boys, holler boys, God save the king.
And what shall we do with him?
Burn him!






4.Guy Fawkes mask



In the 1980s graphic novelists Alan Moore and David Lloyd created a comic strip, "V for Vendetta", in which the main protagonist is a cloaked anarchist who wears a grinning Guy Fawkes mask while battling against a fascist authoritarian state. The authors wanted to celebrate Fawkes by turning him into an anti-hero for the modern age.
Since then the image has been adopted by the Occupy movement, and Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, has also donned a Fawkes mask. It has become a regular feature of many protests. Mr Lloyd has called the mask a "convenient placard to use in protest against tyranny…it seems quite unique, an icon of popular culture being used this way".


5.Celebration
Today, this event continues to be remembered through the usage of fireworks and bonfire parties, mostly in England but also in places such as Australia and New Zealand. A part of the celebration is burning effigies of the conspirator.



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The term “invasion of privacy” is distracting us from understanding important issues.

Invasion of privacy is frequently thrown around as a core issue where consumers need protection against tech companies. Apple has made it the cornerstone of its marketing.

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Unusual, offbeat, quirky events you might not otherwise know about. by Stranger Things To Do Staff To prevent some of the quirkier and more extraordinary events from slipping through the cracks, we've compiled them here—from Goodwill's 35th Annual Glitter Sale to an Armistice Day Centennial Commemoration, and from Good Mourning: An Interactive Arts Festival About Grief to Pray for Snow.

WEDNESDAY

COMMUNITY

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

FILM

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

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

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

FOOD & DRINK

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

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

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

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

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

GEEK

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

PERFORMANCE

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

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

READINGS & TALKS

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

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

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

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

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

WEDNESDAY & SATURDAY-SUNDAY

ART

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

WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY

ART

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

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

COMMUNITY

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

FILM

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

PERFORMANCE

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

THURSDAY

ART

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

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

COMMUNITY

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

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

FILM

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

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

FOOD & DRINK

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

PERFORMANCE

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

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

READINGS & TALKS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SPORTS & RECREATION

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

THURSDAY-FRIDAY

PERFORMANCE

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

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

THURSDAY-SATURDAY

ART

43. Michael Doyle: Pantry
Explore domestic spaces and more with Michael Doyle's paintings and works on paper.
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THURSDAY-SUNDAY

PERFORMANCE

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

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

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

FRIDAY

ART

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

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

COMEDY

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

COMMUNITY

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

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

FESTIVALS

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

FILM

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

GEEK & GAMING

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

MUSIC

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

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

PERFORMANCE

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

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

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

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

READINGS & TALKS

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

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

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

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

FRIDAY-SATURDAY

COMEDY

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

MUSIC

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

PERFORMANCE

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

SHOPPING

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

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

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

ART

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

FESTIVALS

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

GEEK

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

PERFORMANCE

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

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

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

SHOPPING

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

SATURDAY

ART

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

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

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

COMEDY

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

COMMUNITY

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

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

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

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

FOOD & DRINK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GEEK

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

MUSIC

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

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

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

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

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

READINGS & TALKS

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

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

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

SHOPPING

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

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

COMMUNITY

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

FILM

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

PERFORMANCE

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

SHOPPING

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

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

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

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ART

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

COMMUNITY

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

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

FESTIVALS

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

FILM

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

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

FOOD & DRINK

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

MUSIC

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

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

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

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

PERFORMANCE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Confidence in passenger privacy has taken a hit after video from an Uber cab was posted online — for all the world to see and hear — as a group of Ottawa Senators players mocked their coach and the performance of team members.

The video, recorded Oct. 29 in Arizona, shows seven players crammed into the moving car while they collectively deride one of their coaches and criticize the team’s penalty killing abilities.

As much as being a highly embarrassing team moment, it is a blow to peer-to-peer ride-sharing services, which aren’t stiffly regulated, like taxi cab companies, when it comes to customer privacy.

“This is a clear violation of our terms of service and we worked vigorously to investigate this issue,” said Rob Khazzam, Uber Canada’s general manager, via Twitter, in reference to the Senators’ snafu.

“A video was released by the media today of several Uber passengers being filmed without their consent while having a private discussion during a trip in Phoenix,” he added, referring to the video posted on a Postmedia YouTube page.

“Filming or recording passengers without their consent is totally unacceptable and if reported/detected we will investigate and take action to preserve our communities’ privacy and integrity. In this specific case, we made efforts to have the video taken down,” Khazzam said.

And while filming passengers without their knowledge is against Uber policy, the Senators’ privacy breach comes at a time when drivers in ride-sharing operations install dashboard cameras for their own safety and to disprove passenger accusations.

Cameras are required in municipally regulated and licensed taxi cabs, but protections are in place for passengers, industry experts say.

“In every taxi in the City of Toronto there’s a requirement for a camera installed in the vehicle that takes still photos during trips and it is activated by the opening an closing of the doors,” said Kristine Hubbard, operations manager with Beck Taxi.

“This is designed not only for the safety of passengers and drivers, but also in a case that they are accused of doing something they may, or may not, have done, and those cameras are only accessed by Toronto Police Services (in the event of an investigation), which answers the privacy issue question,” Hubbard said.

“We have a zero-tolerance policy for anyone putting their own cameras in a taxi. We do our own inspections and if someone was found to have a camera it would be taken out,” Hubbard added.

She pointed out that there is a sticker on every taxi warning passengers they are being photographed and that only police have access to download images in an investigation.

“Privacy is all about control, personal control over the use and disclosure of your personal information,” said Ann Cavoukian, former information and privacy commissioner of Ontario, and currently a member of Ryerson University’s Privacy and Data Analytics team.

She called the U.S. Uber driver’s actions “outrageous.”

“You have to draw the line where this is a completely unacceptable practice, unethical and I’m sure there are some grounds to take it to court. Cabs and Ubers theoretically have cams for the security of the drivers, but there should be clear notice when you get in that there is a camera capturing everything you are saying and doing. I don’t think that type of notice is available in Uber,” she said.

“What is completely unacceptable is disclosing that information publicly via the internet. It’s up to Uber’s management to lay down the law and say to all their drivers they cannot disclose the information from your webcam to anybody else, and certainly not online for the whole world to see.”

Cavoukian added that when something bad happens in an Uber, or a driver feels their safety was at risk, the video should be taken to the police, not posted online

“The driver caught a salacious story with the Senators bad mouthing some people and posted it online,” she said. “It not only places the passengers at risk of some repercussions but it is a completely unethical activity.”

She said she agrees people should be cautious in what they say or do in public places, they should expect a certain level of privacy when they pay for a ride service.

“These guys got into the Uber and they were just letting off steam. We all do this and expect a level of decency, as we wouldn’t broadcast it on the internet for anyone to see. I find it appalling and I think Uber senior managers have to step in and say you cannot do that.

“They have to make an example of this person and say: We don’t do things like that.”

David Murakami Wood, Canada Research chair in surveillance studies and professor at Queen’s University, said the way the incident will be viewed and handled depends largely on context, The Canadian Press reports.

If it had played out on Canadian soil, Murakami said the driver would likely be facing legal consequences for making a recording without permission. But laws vary widely by jurisdiction, he said, adding such consequences seem unlikely for the Arizona-based Uber driver.

Henry Stancu is a Toronto-based business reporter. Reach him on email: hstancu@thestar.ca


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Swimming with friends in the Gulf of Mexico, Caitlyn encountered a shark, which grabbed her legs and pulled at her body. To counter the attack, Caitlyn punched the shark in the nose. The predator unclenched its jaws and swam away in defeat. Although its bite caused multiple wounds, which required over 100 stitches, the shark was unable to keep Caitlyn in its grasp.

This story reminds me of the fact that Jesus delivered a blow to death, ending its power to intimidate and defeat His followers. According to Peter, “It was impossible for death to keep its hold on [Jesus]” (Acts 2:24).

Peter said these words to a crowd in Jerusalem. Perhaps many of them had been the ones yelling out, “Crucify him!” to condemn Jesus (Matthew 27:23). As a result, Roman soldiers fastened Him to a cross where He hung until they confirmed He was dead. Jesus’s body was carried to a tomb where it stayed for three days until God resurrected Him. After His resurrection, Peter and others spoke and ate with Him, and after forty days they watched Him ascend into heaven (v. 32).

Jesus’s life on earth ended amidst physical suffering and mental anguish, yet God’s power defeated the grave. Because of this, death—or any other struggle—lacks the ability to keep us in its grip forever. One day all believers will experience everlasting life and wholeness in God’s presence. Focusing on this future can help us find freedom today.


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          The Belgic Confession Article 36 amended by the Christian Reformed Church      Cache   Translate Page      
That the American Presbyterians changed the Westminster Confession articles on the power of the civil magistrate is well known. Less week known is how Americans have altered the Belgic Confession. Here it is.

We believe that
because of the depravity of the human race,
our good God has ordained kings, princes, and civil officers.
God wants the world to be governed by laws and policies
so that human lawlessness may be restrained
and that everything may be conducted in good order
among human beings.
For that purpose God has placed the sword
in the hands of the government,
to punish evil people
and protect the good.
[RCA only*
And the government’s task is not limited
to caring for and watching over the public domain
but extends also to upholding the sacred ministry,
with a view to removing and destroying
all idolatry and false worship of the Antichrist;
to promoting the kingdom of Jesus Christ;
and to furthering the preaching of the gospel everywhere;
to the end that God may be honored and served by everyone,
as he requires in his Word.]
[CRC only**
And being called in this manner
to contribute to the advancement of a society
that is pleasing to God,
the civil rulers have the task,
subject to God’s law,
of removing every obstacle
to the preaching of the gospel
and to every aspect of divine worship.
They should do this
while completely refraining from every tendency
toward exercising absolute authority,
and while functioning in the sphere entrusted to them,
with the means belonging to them.
They should do it in order that
the Word of God may have free course;
the kingdom of Jesus Christ may make progress;
and every anti-Christian power may be resisted.]
Moreover everyone,
regardless of status, condition, or rank,
must be subject to the government,
and pay taxes,
and hold its representatives in honor and respect,
and obey them in all things that are not in conflict
with God’s Word,
praying for them
that the Lord may be willing to lead them
in all their ways
and that we may live a peaceful and quiet life
in all piety and decency.
[RCA only***
And on this matter we reject the Anabaptists, anarchists,
and in general all those who want
to reject the authorities and civil officers
and to subvert justice
by introducing common ownership of goods
and corrupting the moral order
that God has established among human beings.]
* The Reformed Church in America retains the original full text, choosing to recognize that the confession was written within a historical context which may not accurately describe the situation that pertains today.
**Synod 1958 of the Christian Reformed Church replaced the aforementioned paragraph with the following three paragraphs (in brackets).
***The RCA retains this final paragraph of the original Article 36, choosing to recognize that the confession was written within a historical context which may not accurately describe the situation that pertains today. Synod 1985 of the CRC directed that this paragraph be taken from the body of the text and placed in a footnote.


          Spanish top diplomat points to improved situation in Catalonia      Cache   Translate Page      
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez "made it clear to the Catalan authorities that he was ready to launch a frank, honest and open dialogue based on the country’s laws and Constitution"
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Flaws in state's case to be highlighted at Durban 'terror' accused's bail application – Citizen CitizenFlaws in state's case to be highlighted at Durban 'terror' accused's bail applicationCitizenThe accused are facing schedule six offences including murder, attempted murder, extortion, arson, … Continue reading
          "I think I love you." A jeffmads story      Cache   Translate Page      
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James and Thomas meet in their sophomore year of high school in debate class. As they become friends, they slowly devote feelings for each other. Since James has a girlfriend, Thomas dates A girl named Sally to get over James. But when Thomas gets...
          Marijuana legalization is on the ballot in four states — this map shows every US state that has legalized marijuana      Cache   Translate Page      

states where marijuana legal map

  • Marijuana legalization is on the ballot in four states in Tuesday's midterm elections.
  • Recreational marijuana is already legal in nine states and medical marijuana is legal in 31 states.
  • A 2017 Gallup poll showed that 64% of Americans support legalization.

Four states are voting on marijuana legalization measures in Tuesday's midterm elections.

Michigan and North Dakota are weighing measures to legalize recreational marijuana for all adults, while bright-red Utah and Missouri residents are voting on medical marijuana measures.

Oklahoma voted to legalize medical marijuana earlier this year. Residents voted 56-43% in support of the ballot initiative, which is one of the most permissive medical marijuana laws in the US. 

Nine states and Washington, DC, have legalized marijuana for recreational use — no doctor's letter required — for adults over the age of 21. 

In January, Vermont became the first state to legalize marijuana through the legislature, rather than a ballot initiative, when the governor signed the bill into law.

Marijuana prohibition began 80 years ago when the federal government put a ban on the sale, cultivation, and use of the cannabis plant. It remains illegal on the federal level.

Despite the efforts of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has been on a crusade to stamp out legal marijuana since his appointment, the industry is exploding.

Read more: The CEO of the largest cannabis company in the US says giant private equity firms could be his biggest competition — here's his playbook for defending against them

Legal marijuana sales exploded to $9.7 billion in North America in 2017, according to a report from Arcview Market Research and BDS Analytics. That represents a 33% increase over 2016, shattering previous expectations about how quickly the marijuana industry could grow in the face of federal prohibition.

The report also predicted the legal marijuana market will reach $24.5 billion in sales — a 28% annual compound growth rate — by 2021, as more state-legal markets come online.

Support for marijuana legalization reached new highs in 2017. A Gallup poll showed that 64% of Americans favor legalization, and a majority of Republicans back it for the first time.

Read more of Business Insider's cannabis industry coverage:

SEE ALSO: We went inside the best marijuana shop in America — here's what it was like

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          IT'S OFFICIAL: The GOP tax law was a political flop      Cache   Translate Page      

Donald Trump Paul Ryan

  • Republicans counted on their tax cut law being a key part of their 2018 midterm strategy.
  • But a new exit poll showed that few Americans believed the tax law helped them.
  • Only 28% surveyed said the Republican tax cuts benefitted them, while 45% said they had no effect. 

Republicans wanted to make their tax cuts the centerpiece of their 2018 midterm strategy, but it doesn't look like it worked.

According to an exit poll conducted by CNN, NBC, ABC, and other major news outlets, few midterm voters believed that the GOP tax law benefited them:

  • 28% of people surveyed said the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has helped them.
  • 45% reported no impact.
  • And 23% of people said the TCJA has hurt them.

In the run up to the passage of the TCJA, Republicans were convinced that the bill would be a political winner. But over the course of 2018, polls routinely showed that the tax reform was unpopular. Eventually GOP candidates and groups pared back their advertising around the law.

An internal GOP poll obtained by Bloomberg showed that the party had admitted that Republicans lost messaging battle over the TCJA.

While most Americans will receive a tax cut from the law, not many people have filed taxes under the new system which could have blunted the impact. At the same time, the GOP's promises of a boom in business investment and wages has not materialized.

On the other side, Democrats were able to convince voters that most of the tax laws benefits will go to wealthier Americans and corporations. The internal GOP poll found that 61% of Americans believed that corporations and the wealthy got more of the benefit than the middle class. Also, the TCJA's massive addition to the federal deficit became a major talking point for Democrats.

Weeks before Election Day, President Donald Trump even announced that a new tax cut for middle class Americans is on the way — a move that took GOP leaders by surprise. Many analysts said that amounted to an implicit admission that the TCJA was not the political winner that the GOP expected.

SEE ALSO: Exit polls show healthcare is the biggest issue for voters — and that could be a good sign for Democrats

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The 10th anniversary of the Citation Jet Pilots annual convention broke records.
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Maintaining contact center compliance in the debt collection industry is a difficult task with compliance to state-by-state regulatory laws and agent retention being two of the biggest. One error by an agent can cost you thousands of dollars in fines and cost you the time investment in training your agent. Many contact centers are relying […]

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          The Case of Slow WPF Rendering in a WinForms Application      Cache   Translate Page      

Originally posted on: http://blog.freestylecoding.com/akraus1/archive/2016/02/27/172993.aspx

I had an interesting case where a new WPF control was added to a legacy WinForms application. The WPF control worked perfectly in a test application but for some strange reason it was very slow in final WinForms application where it was hosted with the usual System.Windows.Forms.Integration.ElementHost. The UI did hang and one core was always maxed out. Eventually it built up after some minutes but even simple button presses did cause 100% CPU on one core for 20s. If you have high CPU consumption the vegetative reaction of a developer is to attach a debugger and break into the methods to see where the issue is. If you use a real debugger like Windbg you can use the !runaway command to find the threads with highest CPU usage

0:006> !runaway
User Mode Time
  Thread       Time
   0:368       0 days 0:00:11.625
   4:13a0      0 days 0:00:06.218
   6:301c      0 days 0:00:00.000
   5:21c8      0 days 0:00:00.000
   3:3320      0 days 0:00:00.000
   2:20e4      0 days 0:00:00.000
   1:39a0      0 days 0:00:00.000

but when I tried to break into the I was always just waiting for window messages:

# ChildEBP RetAddr  Args to Child             
00 0018f0d0 5cb1e13a dcd9ca4a 72f7a424 0018f370 USER32!NtUserWaitMessage+0xc
01 0018f154 5cb1db39 00000000 ffffffff 00000000 System_Windows_Forms_ni+0x1ae13a
02 0018f1a8 5cb1d9b0 024d09e4 1bda0002 00000000 System_Windows_Forms_ni+0x1adb39
03 0018f1d4 5cb06129 024d09e4 0018f29c 00000000 System_Windows_Forms_ni+0x1ad9b0
04 0018f1ec 00bc048b 02444410 0018f204 72f71396 System_Windows_Forms_ni+0x196129

Eventually I would find some non waiting stacks but it was not clear if these were the most expensive ones and why. The problem here is that most people are not aware that the actual drawing happens not in user mode but in an extended kernel space thread. Every time you wait in NtUserWaitMessage the thread on the kernel side can continue its execution but you cannot see what's happening as long as you are only looking at the user space side.

If debugging fails you can still use a profiler. It is about time to tell you some well hidden secret of the newest Windows Performance Toolkit. If you record profiling data with WPR/UI and enable the profile Desktop composition activity new views under Video will become visible when you open the trace file with WPA. Most views seem to be for kernel developers but one view named Dwm Frame Details Rectangle By Type is different. It shows all rectangles drawn by Dwm (the Desktop Window Manager). WPA shows not only the flat list of updated rectangles and its coordinates but it draws it in the graph for the selected time region. You can use this view as poor mans screenshot tool to visually correlate the displayed message boxes and other windows with the performed user actions. This way you can visually navigate through your ETL and see what windows were drawn at specific points in your trace!

image

That is a  powerful capability of WPA which I was totally unaware until I needed to analyze this WPF performance problem. If you are more an xperf fan you need to add to your user mode providers list

    • Microsoft-Windows-Dwm-Core:0x1ffff:0x6

and you are ready to record pretty much any screen rectangle update. This works only on Windows 8 machines or later. Windows 7 knows the DWM-Core provider but it does not emit the necessary events to draw the dwm rectangles in WPA. The rectangle drawing feature of WPA was added with the Win10 SDK Release of December 2016. Ok so we see more. Now back to our perf problem. I could see that only two threads are involved consuming large amounts of CPU in the UI thread and on the WPF render thread for a seemingly simple screen update. A little clicking around in the UI would cause excessive CPU usage. Most CPU is used in the WPF rendering thread

ntdll.dll!_RtlUserThreadStart
ntdll.dll!__RtlUserThreadStart
kernel32.dll!BaseThreadInitThunk
wpfgfx_v0400.dll!CPartitionThread::ThreadMain
wpfgfx_v0400.dll!CPartitionThread::Run
wpfgfx_v0400.dll!CPartitionThread::PresentPartition
wpfgfx_v0400.dll!CComposition::Present
wpfgfx_v0400.dll!CSlaveHWndRenderTarget::Present
wpfgfx_v0400.dll!CDesktopHWNDRenderTarget::Present
wpfgfx_v0400.dll!CDesktopRenderTarget::Present
wpfgfx_v0400.dll!CSwRenderTargetHWND::Present
wpfgfx_v0400.dll!CSwPresenter32bppGDI::Present
wpfgfx_v0400.dll!CMILDeviceContext::BeginRendering
user32.dll!NtUserGetDC
ntdll.dll!LdrInitializeThunk
ntdll.dll!_LdrpInitialize
wow64.dll!Wow64LdrpInitialize
wow64.dll!RunCpuSimulation
wow64cpu.dll!Thunk0Arg
wow64cpu.dll!CpupSyscallStub
ntoskrnl.exe!KiSystemServiceCopyEnd
win32kbase.sys!NtUserGetDC
ntoskrnl.exe!ExEnterPriorityRegionAndAcquireResourceShared
win32kbase.sys!_GetDCEx
wpfgfx_v0400.dll!CMILDeviceContext::EndRendering
user32.dll!ReleaseDC
user32.dll!NtUserCallOneParam
ntdll.dll!LdrInitializeThunk
ntdll.dll!_LdrpInitialize
wow64.dll!Wow64LdrpInitialize
wow64.dll!RunCpuSimulation
wow64cpu.dll!ServiceNoTurbo
wow64.dll!Wow64SystemServiceEx
wow64win.dll!whNtUserCallOneParam
wow64win.dll!ZwUserCallOneParam
ntoskrnl.exe!KiSystemServiceCopyEnd
win32kfull.sys!NtUserCallOneParam
ntoskrnl.exe!ExReleaseResourceAndLeavePriorityRegion
ntoskrnl.exe!KiCheckForKernelApcDelivery
ntoskrnl.exe!KiDeliverApc
win32kfull.sys!NormalAPCInvalidateCOMPOSITEDWnd
win32kbase.sys!EnterCrit …

If that does not make much sense to you, you are in good company. The WPF rendering thread is rendering a composite window (see CComposition::Present) which seems to use a feature of Windows which also knows about composite Windows. After looking with Spy on the actual window creation parameters of the hosting WinForms application

image

it turned out that the Windows Forms window had the WS_EX_COMPOSITED flag set. I write this here as if this is flat obvious. It is certainly not. Solving such problems always involves asking more people about their opinion what could be the issue. The final hint that the WinForms application had this extended style set was discovered by a colleague of me. Nobody can know everything but as a team you can tackle pretty much any issue.

A little googling reveals that many people before me had also problems with composite windows. This flag does basically inverse the z-rendering order. The visual effect is that the bottom window is rendered first. That allows you to create translucent windows where the windows below your window shine through as background. WPF uses such things for certain visual effects.

That is enough information to create a minimal reproducer of the issue. All I needed was a default Windows Forms application which hosts a WPF user control. The complete zipped sample can be found on Onedrive.

    public partial class Form1 : Form
    {
        protected override CreateParams CreateParams
        {
            get
            {
                CreateParams cp = base.CreateParams;
                cp.ExStyle |= 0x02000000;  // Turn on WS_EX_COMPOSITED
                return cp;
            }
        }

        public Form1()
        {
            InitializeComponent();
            cWPFHost.Child = new UserControl2();
        }
    }

The WPF user control is also very simple

    public partial class UserControl2 : UserControl
    {
        public UserControl2()
        {
            InitializeComponent();
            this.Loaded += UserControl2_Loaded;
        }

        void UserControl2_Loaded(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
        {
            HwndSource hwnd = System.Windows.PresentationSource.FromVisual(this) as HwndSource;
            HwndTarget target = hwnd.CompositionTarget;
            target.RenderMode = RenderMode.SoftwareOnly;
        }
    }

To get the high CPU issue three things need to come together

  1. Hosting window must have set the WS_EX_COMPOSITED window style.
  2. WPF child window must use composition.
  3. WPF child window must use software rendering.

When these three conditions are met then you have a massive WPF redraw problem. It seems that two composite windows cause some loops while rendering inside the OS deep in the kernel threads where the actual rendering takes place. If you let WPF use HW acceleration it seems to be ok but I have not measured how much GPU power is then wasted. Below is a screenshot of the sample Winforms application:

 

image

After was found the solution was to remove the WS_EX_COMPOSITED window style from the WinForms hosting window which did not need it anyway.

Media Experience Analyzer

The problem was solved but it is interesting to see the thread interactions happening while the high CPU issue is happening. For that you can use a new tool of MS named Media Experience Analyzer (XA) which was released in Dec 2015 but the latest version is from Feb 2016. If you have thought that WPA is complex then you have not yet seen how else you can visualize the rich ETW data. This tool is very good at visualizing thread interactions in a per core view like you can see below. When you hover over the threads the corresponding context switch and ready thread stacks are updated on the fly. If you zoom out it looks like a star field in Star Trek just with more colors.

image

If you want to get most out of XA you can watch the videos a Channel 9 which give you a pretty good understand how Media Experience Analyzer (XA) can be used

When should you use WPA and when Media Experience Analyzer?

So far the main goal of XA seems to be to find hangs and glitches in audio and video playback. That requires a thorough understanding of how the whole rendering pipeline in Windows works which is huge field on its own. But it can also be used to get a different view on the data which is not so easy to obtain in WPA. If threads are ping ponging each other this tool makes it flat obvious. XA is already powerful but I am not following entirely its UI philosophy where you must visually see the issue in the rendered data. Most often tabular data like in WPA is more powerful because you can sort by columns and filter away specific call stacks which seems not to be possible with XA. What I miss most in XA is a simple process summary timeline like in the first screenshot. XA renders some nice line graphs but that is not very helpful to get a fast overview of the total CPU consumption. If you look at the complete trace with the scheduler events and the per process CPU consumption in

XA

image

WPA

image

I am having a much easier time in WPA to identify my process with the table and color encoding. In XA you always need to hover over the data to see it actual value. A killer feature in XA would be a thread interaction view for a specific process. Ideally I would like to see all threads as bars and the bar length is either the CPU or wait time. Currently I can only see one thread color encoded on which core it is running. This is certainly the best view for device driver devs but normally I am not interested in a per core view but a per thread timeline view. Each thread should have a specific y-value and the horizontal bar length should show either its running or waiting time (or both) and with a line the readying thread as it is already done today.

That would be the perfect thread interaction view and I hope that will be added to XA. The current version is still a 1.0 so expect some crashes and bugs but it has a lot of potential. The issues I encountered so far are

  • If you press Turn Symbol Off while is still loading it crashes.
  • The ETL file loading time is very high because it seem to include some private MS symbol servers where the UI hangs for several minutes (zero CPU but a bit network IO).
  • UI Redraws for bigger (>200MB) ETL files are very slow. Most time seems to be spent in the GPU driver.
  • Spelling error in Scheduler view: Drivers, Processes, Threads per Core with Reaady threads.

XA certainly has many more features I have not yet found. The main problem with these tools is that the written documentation only touches the surface. Most things I have learned by playing around with the tools. If you want share your experiences with WPA or XA please sound off in the comments. Now stop reading and start playing with the next cool tool!


          Comment on A bonfire of the freedoms by Bruce      Cache   Translate Page      
Ayn Rand nailed it decades ago in "Atlas Shrugged": “Did you really think we want those laws observed?" said Dr. Ferris. "We want them to be broken. You'd better get it straight that it's not a bunch of boy scouts you're up against... We're after power and we mean it... There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What's there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted – and you create a nation of law-breakers – and then you cash in on guilt. Now that's the system, Mr. Reardon, that's the game, and once you understand it, you'll be much easier to deal with.” Or, there's "Show me the man and I will find you the crime." Applied politics from Lavrentiy Beria, all round nasty man and Stalin's NKVD chief for quite some years.
          Factbox: Most closely watched U.S. ballot initiatives      Cache   Translate Page      
Voters in several states on Tuesday will vote on ballot measures that could change state laws on a range of divisive social issues, including abortion and marijuana.

          Postmedia cancels deliveries to schools to comply with cannabis advertisement law      Cache   Translate Page      
Postmedia Network Inc. says its newspapers will no longer be providing print editions to schools in order to comply with federal laws that restrict how cannabis is advertised to youth.
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          'Stronger Than Hate' Concert Featuring Kesha Draws Hundreds To Downtown Pittsburgh      Cache   Translate Page      
More than 1,000 people packed Liberty Avenue on Saturday night for the 'Stronger Than Hate' concert featuring pop star Kesha; KDKA's Kym Gable reports.
          Ireland to vote on blasphemy law      Cache   Translate Page      
Ireland goes to the polls to elect its next President and to decide whether its laws on blasphemy should be abolished.
           Comment on Is Norway about to Make Abortion Illegal? Understanding Norway’s Hottest Political Debate by Anne       Cache   Translate Page      
Interesting summary! I believe you are not right in claiming that abortion after 12 weeks will be made illegal if the mother’s life is in danger though. No Norwegian party holds that opinion. As for your question in the last paragraph («How ethical is it to trade a change in the abortion law for a majority in Parliament?»), I believe this goes to the heart of politics. Politicians are elected on behalf of the people to make laws that will subsequently impact people’s lives. That is indeed the intention of politics. Many, if not all, of the choices politicians make are based on values and moral judgements on how society should function. Also, it is through seeking power that these values and ideas can be implemented into society. In order to reach a position of power in a political system designed for multiple parties, like the Norwegian one, there has to be a degree on pragmatism on the part of everybody and particularly smaller parties. They need to negotiate to get to agreement. They can negotiate about positions and about political issues. None of this is wrong. It’s what politicians are there for and it’s how politics work.
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          Electioneering at Pittsburgh Polling Station      Cache   Translate Page      

The Mt Washington Senior Center is a local Pittsburgh polling station in the Mt Washington neighborhood. The Gateway Pundit reported that they appear to have violated Pennsylvania election laws by placing a sign that says “Vote Straight Democrat” on the front door of the facility. And they didn’t seem to care that they did it. […]

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Several federal laws in the United States are focused on the plight of unresolved missing persons and unidentified remains. Each law, the result of families of missing persons who searched every dark corner for their missing child and tirelessly worked to ensure changes would be enacted to avoid the pitfalls they experienced in search of their missing or murdered child. Each law represents a victim, who in their name, would ensure another child would have a better chance. As of May 31,2018, there were 87,608 active missing person cases in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC).... Read More

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          #TsunamiDay2018 call to "invest in people"      Cache   Translate Page      
By Brigitte Leoni

NEW YORK, 6 November, 2018 - There were repeated calls for greater attention to the needs of those most vulnerable in disaster situations, at a high-level event yesterday to mark the 3rd edition of World Tsunami Awareness Day.

Representatives of tsunami-exposed countries including Indonesia, Japan, the Maldives and Chile spoke about the need for a more people-centred, inclusive approach in line with the guidance contained in the global plan for reducing disaster losses, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.

“The huge losses experienced in Indonesia last September remind us of the need to continue raising awareness on tsunamis and to have more inclusive policies in place to take into account the most vulnerable as disasters have long-term economic and social impacts on people and their communities,” said Ms. María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President of the UN General Assembly, opening the panel discussion at UN HQ in New York.

Over the past 100 years, 58 tsunamis have claimed more than 260,000 lives, averaging 4,600 lives per occurrence; a higher mortality rate than any other natural hazard. It is estimated that for every person killed in a disaster, another three are injured or left with a permanent disability.

“We have invested a lot in early warning systems and resilient infrastructure but we need to invest more in people,” said Mr. Jorge Andrés Iglesias Mori, Deputy Permanent Representative of Chile to the UN in New York who explained how Chile is now working on enforcing new laws to better protect and include persons living with disabilities in their disaster management policies.

In Japan, many new initiatives are also in place to better include vulnerable people in disaster management policy. Rikuzentakata, a city that was almost completely “wiped out” by a 47-foot wall of water during the 2011 Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami is now becoming “a global model of inclusiveness” catering to all the needs of different vulnerable groups particularly older women and persons living with disabilities who were among the most affected by the 2011 event.

“Recovering from the massive devastation is a long and difficult process,“said Mayor Futoshi Toba. “There is no manual telling you what to do or how to do it. We learned along the way but we now want to make it right and create an inclusive society that is accessible for all.”

Thailand also stressed the importance of including vulnerable groups in disaster management to build a more resilient world.

“We have now very good inclusive community programmes allowing persons with disabilities to be part of the disaster planning process and people feel more resilient and cooperative,” said Ms. Arunee Limmanee, from the Faculty of Social Policy and Administration, Thammasat University, and Chair of the Children, Youth, Women and Vulnerable Groups, Disability Council in Thailand.

Ms. Mami Mizutori, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction who moderated the session, concluded: “To be efficient and effective, national and local disaster risk reduction strategies, need to be multi-hazard, multi-sectorial and inclusive, and ensure the full participation of all relevant stakeholders, including those groups with higher vulnerability and exposure to the impact of hazards.”

She also cited the need for inclusion in the national and local strategies for disaster risk reduction which should be in place by 2020, according to target (e) of the Sendai Framework.

The panel discussion in New York also included Mr. Teru Fukui, Member of the House of Representatives of the National Diet of Japan; Mr. Arata Takebe, Member of the House of Representatives of the National Diet of Japan; Mr. Dian Triansyah Djani, Permanent Representative of Indonesia to the United Nations in New York; Mr. Ali Naseer Mohamed, Permanent Representative of Maldives to the United Nations in New York, and Ms. Asako Okai, ASG and Director of Crisis Bureau, UNDP.


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From the start, AWS has focused on choice and economy. Driven by a never-ending torrent of customer requests that power our well-known Virtuous Cycle, I think we have delivered on both over the years: Choice – AWS gives you choices in a wide range of dimensions including locations (18 operational geographic regions, 4 more in […]
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“He’s been dubbed the ‘hipster terrorist’ for the glamorous social media shots of him posing in snazzy shirts and designer sunglasses, an iced latte in hand and jacket slung casually over a shoulder,” the Chicago Tribune reports. The hipster terrorist is Aws Mohammed Younis al-Jayab, and last week in Chicago he pleaded guilty to aiding a terrorist organization and lying to U.S. immigration officials.

Though also described as a “California man,” al-Jayab came to the United States in 2012 as a refugee from Syria, Agence France-Presse reported, and later returned there to fight with al Qaeda affiliate Ansar al-Islam. Al-Jayab told immigration officials he was going to Turkey to visit his grandmother. When the Islamic fighter returned to the USA he moved to Sacramento, California, took courses at American River College, and worked at a Ramada Inn.

After his arrest in early 2016, the Sacramento Bee reported, “On the surface, Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab appears to be a typical young man trying to make it in America.” He was a student, worked at a hotel and judging by photos on Facebook “he evidently likes sleek, fast cars,” and “has a penchant for posing before the Golden Gate Bridge and elsewhere wearing the chic clothing you might see young hipsters wearing at any American shopping mall.” But as federal officials charged, al-Jayab has “another, darker side.”

The Bee cited al-Jayab’s public defender, Benjamin Galloway, that “there is no indication that Mr. Al-Jayab planned any acts of terror in this country.” In similar style, U.S. Attorney, Benjamin Wagner, an appointee of POTUS 44, said al-Jayab represented “a potential safety threat” but “there is no indication that he planned any acts of terrorism in this country.” This was not the first time Wagner had played down the prospects of terrorism.

In early 2015 a Bee reporter asked him, what is our first line of defense?  Wagner cited a “community resilience exercise” at Sacramento State University with 30 members of the Muslim community along with law enforcement. The Muslim community, Wagner said, wants to be seen as “part of the solution.”

By Wagner’s count, about 150 Americans had tried to join ISIS but “a lot of people who have been recruited didn’t have a long-term, religious involvement. A lot of this seems to be a teenaged fantasy.” Recruiters “have an appeal to angry, disaffected young people, and that really doesn’t have much to do with religion.” The Bee reporter then asked Wager if Californians were in danger from the Islamic State and al-Qaeda.

“I would say it’s not a very high threat,” Wagner responded. “What I’m more concerned about is some sort of backlash crime here – something gruesome will happen in Syria and someone will take revenge on the local community.” Wagner quoted POTUS 44 that “We are not at war with Islam. We are at war with people who have perverted Islam.” Religion doesn’t cause terrorism, Wagner said, and “with grisly story after grisly story, there’s been a growth in Europe of xenophobic, anti-Islamic political movements.” Someone in his community project said “negative feelings toward Muslims in the U.S. are even worse than they were after 9/11.”

In August, 2018, the FBI Joint Terrorism Taskforce arrested Omar Abdulsattar Ameen, 45, an accused ISIS and al-Qaeda terrorist who lied about his background to gain entry to the United States. Ameen had been an al-Qaeda member since 2004 and teamed with ISIS in Iraq.

In 2012, Ameen showed up in Turkey asking for asylum in the United States, claiming that his father had been killed because he had cooperated with U.S. forces.  In June, 2014, Ameen gained approval to come to the United States as a refugee but he returned to Iraq many times. At the time of his arrest Ameen was living in Sacramento, taking college classes, and working an at auto body shop.

In 2005, federal officials broke up an al-Qaeda cell in Lodi, California and charged Hamid Hayat, 22, with traveling to Pakistan for terrorist training. Hayat was born in California but attended a madrassa in Pakistan and never considered himself American. In recorded interviews, Hayat said he was “so pleased” that jihadis had cut “Jewish” Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl “into pieces,” which was a “good job.”

CAIR and the Muslim Legal Fund of America pushed for a new trial in and last January federal judge Deborah Barnes ordered an evidentiary hearing. Hayat’s defenders charged “anti-Muslim bias in American courtrooms” and contended that his 2006 attorney Wazhma Mojaddidi, a former CAIR president in Sacramento, failed to provide adequate defense. The hearing allowed friends and relatives of Hayat to testify in a live video feed from Pakistan.

In March, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Hayat’s 2006 conviction. Current U.S Attorney McGregor Scott, who served in that office at the time of Hayat’s conviction, told reporters, “Hamid Hayat remains a terrorist convicted in the open courts of this country,” and described the prosecution as “righteous” and the result “just.”

Meanwhile, “hipster terrorist” Aws Mohammed Younis al-Jayab will be sentenced on April 26, 2019.


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Israel’s current preoccupation with Hamas in the Gaza Strip, and the Jamal Khashoggi murder in Istanbul, have diverted attention from the nefarious activities carried out by the Islamic Republic of Iran throughout the Middle East, and particularly in Syria.  For now, the above developments have put on hold the anti-Iran alliance the Trump administration has been pressing for last month, and has given the Iranian regime a respite.  The downing of the Russian spy plane over Syria by the Assad regime, which was initially blamed on Israel, has impacted somehow on the previous understanding between Israel and Putin’s Russia.  In the meantime, Russia has supplied the Assad regime with the S-300 Missile defense system. Israel has significantly reduced its operations in Syria, which enabled Iran to increase its activities inside Syria, and foment trouble in Gaza.

The recently imposed U.S. sanctions against Iran have had a deleterious impact on the Iranian economy.  It has placed the regime of the Ayatollahs in a defensive mode.  A second wave of U.S. sanctions commenced on November 5th, 2018, targeting Iran’s energy, shipping, and shipbuilding sectors, as well as transactions with the Central Bank of Iran.  The aim of this set of sanctions is to deprive the Iranian regime of funds to advance their nuclear program, and the development of ballistic missiles.  The Iranian people, in an unprecedented wave of protests that spread throughout Iran’s major cities, and in spite of severe consequences, demanded that the regime invest in Iran, and the Iranian people.  The protesters charged the regime with enabling the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) to waste the nation’s oil revenue and the $150 billion it received as a “bonus” from the Obama administration (for agreeing to sign the nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) on imperial schemes.  They have argued that the money should be invested at home instead of spending it in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, and Yemen.

The Saudi-Qatari rift has also hampered the creation of a unified anti-Iranian bloc.  It has weakened the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).  The Qataris are now allied with Turkey.  Ankara has sent an expeditionary force of 3,000 strong to Doha and in return, received $15 billion from Qatar to cover its swollen debt.  The Saudis have accused Qatar of supporting terrorism, and in fact the Doha regime has been a staunch supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood, including Hamas in Gaza.  Turkey’s dictator, Erdogan, has been flirting with Russia and Iran, and has openly exhibited his anti-western sentiments.  He has purchased from Russia the S-400 surface-to-air missiles, and helped Iran launder its oil revenue.  In the initial Trump administration calculation, Turkey was meant to be a part of the anti-Iran coalition, along with Israel and the Gulf states.  Instead, Erdogan is currently busy with embarrassing the Saudis over the Khashoggi murder at the Saudi embassy in Istanbul.

The Islamic Republic is worried that the U.S. might join Israel in its efforts to expel the Iranian extensive presence in Syria.  Iran however, is using this window of opportunity when Israel is limiting its attacks on Iranian targets in Syria, and the U.S. being preoccupied with the mid-term elections, to provide Hezbollah with sophisticated guidance systems that would improve the accuracy of the missiles aimed at Israel.  According to a western intelligence officer, “The Iranians are trying to come up with new ways and routes to smuggle weapons from Iran to its allies in the Middle East, testing and defying the West’s abilities to track them down.”

For too long, the U.S. refrained from confronting the Iranian regime, out of hope that inaction against the Iranian regime would empower the purported moderates in Tehran.  The previous U.S. administration also held an overriding desire to wash its hands of the Middle East.  This entrenchment however, has only encouraged the Ayatollahs regime inherently maligned behavior, including its periodic testing to the limits of the nuclear deal, continued progress on advanced centrifuges, ballistic missile testing, and regional expansion.  In addition, the Tehran regime supports terrorism and the propagation of virulent anti-American ideology.  Ironically, many of these actions make the regime increasingly unpopular at home, and overextended abroad.

According to the U.S. State Department Executive Summary report titled “An Outlaw Regime: A Chronicle of Iran’s Destructive Activities, “The regime’s primary tool to execute this mission since 1979 has been the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The IRGC is the most powerful conglomerate in Iran, spreading and consolidating its control over much of Iranian life. Its navy regularly threatens freedom of navigation in the Persian Gulf while its Aerospace Force directs the country’s ballistic missile program in defiance of Security Council resolutions. Its Ground Forces are deployed abroad to bolster the Assad regime and its Basij paramilitary force is mobilized at home to surveil and harass ordinary Iranians. Finally, its extra-territorial IRGC Quds Force (IRGC-QF) leads the Islamic Republic’s destabilizing support for proxies and terrorist groups.”

The Islamic Republic’s illicit activities include undermining the integrity of the global financial system.  The Iranian regime relies on opaque and fraudulent financing activities to fund its proxies and support its proliferation of ballistic missiles and other weapons.  Last year, the IRGC-Quds Force was exposed for using front companies to move funds, procure restricted materials and technologies, exploit currency exchange networks in neighboring countries, and produce counterfeit currency.

Iran’s repeated and systemic abuse of human rights is in violation of international laws and norms.  It persecutes civil society activists and marginalizes ethnic and religious minorities.  The Ayatollah regime denies due process, and regularly falls short of its own legal standards. Its prisons are notorious for mistreatment and torture, and its use of capital punishment is excessive and extends to minors.  Outside its borders, Iran and its proxies have committed numerous human rights abuses, including targeting innocent civilians in Syria, and arbitrarily detaining Sunnis in Iraq.

Last September in New York, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with the foreign ministers of Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain, to advance what the administration coined as the “Arab NATO.”  Secretary Pompeo stressed the need to defeat the Islamic State, and other terrorist organizations, as well as ending the conflicts in Syria and Yemen, and “stopping Iran’s malign activity in the region.”  Unfortunately, President Trump’s willingness to remain engaged in the Middle East following the defeat of the Islamic State is questionable.  The burden of compelling Iran to roll back its regional presence, especially in Syria, and interdicting Iran’s military supplies to Hezbollah in Lebanon, falls primarily on Israel’s shoulders.  Saudi Arabia and the Emirates are involved in confronting Iran’s weapons proliferation in Yemen.  U.S. involvement in the anti-Iran alliance is limited to partnering with the Kurds on the ground in Syria and Iraq.  The latter presents a significant obstacle to Iran’s ambitions to dominate both Syria and Iraq.

Without strong military backing from the U.S., Israel might be constrained by Russia from freely operating in Syria against Iran.  The Khashoggi murder, as contemptible as it was, must be put behind us, and allow the Saudis and the UAE to focus on Iran.  The rest of the Sunni Arab states are unlikely to contribute to the anti-Iran alliance, and Turkey’s support in such an alliance is certainly not forthcoming.  The U.S. envisioned anti-Iran coalition can only become a viable reality if the U.S. is ready to actively participate, and commit its military might only when it becomes necessary.


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Tim. Funny you should mention Mount Polley... You might think that Alberta's RedWater Energy case now before The Supreme Court would be sufficient disincentive to stop BC's government from selectively ignoring its own laws. This consideration assumes that the Supreme Court will find against Alberta's lower courts. The problem? Lower courts in Alberta accepted an extreme interpretation of bankruptcy law that allows bankrupt companies to disown liabilities, dealing a huge blow to regulators’ ability to force polluters to clean up their mess. All this for RedWater Energy's benefit.. The question? Why should any corporation ever benefit from exemption from environmental laws anywhere in Canada? Why create such laws and then say well this time we don't need it? Why even consider ignoring already existing laws let alone make such exemptions common practice retroactively? https://theprovince.com/business/energy/british-columbia-faces-lawsuit-fracking-dams-exempted-from-environmental-review/wcm/bdd1ab8e-aa48-4a08-a44a-f0153c477e63 “A conservation group is suing the B.C. government for exempting two oilpatch dams from environmental rules years after the dams were built.” “It seems like the government was really playing catch-up,” Olivia French, the lawyer handling the lawsuit for the B.C. Sierra Club, said Monday. “Progress Energy acted with a bit of disregard for B.C.’s laws — one of those typical, ’Ask for forgiveness, not for permission’ sort of positions.” “The lawsuit asks that the exemptions given the two dams be revoked.” “French said the issue is becoming too common in the province’s northern natural gas fields" “It just seems that these dams, which were built without licences and authorizations, should have been subject to a higher level of scrutiny,” said French. “The B.C. government’s response to this sets what may be a dangerous precedent, which may encourage other companies to follow in Progress Energy’s footprints.” “French points to a 2017 study from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, which found 13 other Progress Energy dams were being retroactively reviewed by B.C.’s energy regulator. That report suggested there were “dozens” of other large, unlicensed dams operating in the province.” “Records obtained by the (centre) indicate that the Oil and Gas Commission, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and the BC Environmental Assessment Office are all aware of numerous unauthorized dams, and that they may contravene key provincial laws and regulations,” the report says.” If the Supreme Court agrees with Alberta, that preferred companies can escape legal responsibility for damages by declaring bankruptcy protection, what legal remedy or financial disincentive remains to penalize continued negligence leading to mass environmental destruction? What remains to protect the enforcement of law if any environmental statute anywhere in Canada can be waived at a minister's whim? Please advise....
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          Red Felt Ball Garland- Pom Pom-Christmas Valentines Holiday- Wedding- Party- Childrens Room Nursery by MatthewAndMae      Cache   Translate Page      

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8 Things to Do for Nov 7 by Mercury Things to Do Staff

Tank & the Bangas, Big Freedia, Naughty Professor
New Orleans artist Big Freedia has been credited with the rising popularity of bounce music, and her shows are said to be some of the most activating, fun, twerktastic parties around. After releasing her fifth project Third Ward Bounce this year, Freedia embarks on a co-headliner tour (“The Head Banga Tour”) with soul/funk/hip-hop outfit Tank and the Bangas, another act originating from New Orleans. And if after the show you still haven’t gotten enough of that NOLA flavor, Big Freedia has an excellent and addictive reality show on Fuse (and Hulu) called Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce. (8 pm, Roseland, $25, all ages) JENNI MOORE

The I, Anonymous Show
One of the greatest Portland comedy shows returns—and with more guaranteed laughs! It’s the monthly I, Anonymous Show which takes the Mercury’s wildest I, Anonymous column submissions and presents them alongside a panel of hilarious comedians. This month features pinch-hitter and Mercury 2018 “Genius of Comedy” Kate Murphy hosting a panel of fellow “Geniuses of Comedy” alumni including Amanda Arnold, Marcus Coleman, and Nariko Ott! Face it, you need some laughs, and the I, Anonymous Show will absolutely provide ’em! (7:30 pm, Curious Comedy Theater, $10) WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY

Cloud Nothings, Nap Eyes, The Woolen Men
Cleveland-hailing singer/songwriter Dylan Baldi brings his fuzzed-out and chaotic blend of punk and noise rock back to Portland in support of their new album, Last Building Burning. (9 pm, Mississippi Studios, $18-20)

Iceage, Black Lips, Surfbort
“What is it that Iceage in particular brings?” asks punk icon Richard Hell in a recent essay about the band, released alongside the announcement of their new record Beyondless. Hell’s answer to his own question is the undeniable consensus: “A large number of extraordinary things.” The Danish rockers of Iceage have grown quickly and gracefully through four albums, evolving from noise-leaning hardcore into post-punk by way of Nick Cave. With a live setup now featuring saxophone and violin, Iceage’s Wonder Ballroom performance promises to showcase a band constantly pushing their own limits. (8:30 pm, Wonder Ballroom, $20-23) BEN WEINSTEIN

Celeste Barber
The Australian actor, writer, comedian, and fast-rising internet personality brings her North American tour through Portland fof a pair of shows at Helium Comedy Club. (5:30 pm & 8 pm, Helium Comedy Club, $25)

Dead Boys, Jane Lee Hooker, The Sadists
Led by founding members Cheetah Chrome and Johnny Blitz, Cleveland punk rock pioneers the Dead Boys return to Dante's for the Portland stop on a West Coast tour. (9 pm, Dante's, $17)

Robert W. Turner
In Not for Long, sociologist and former professional football player Robert W. Turner draws on his own experience as a player and over 140 interviews with current and former NFL players to offer insight on why so many athletes struggle with life after retirement.(7 pm, Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, free)

Petunia & The Vipers, Jenny Don't & the Spurs, Charlotte McCaslin
In the tradition of first-wave rock 'n' roll, Vancouver, BC's Petunia and the Vipers offer slick steel-guitar leads à la Don Helms, stand-up bass, kazoos, and some of the best goddamn yodeling you're ever going to hear. The Vipers' live penchant for exploding into dynamic Western swing is infectious and invigorating. (9 pm, The Liquor Store, $10) RYAN J. PRADO

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          Somalia: Security Council Adopts Resolution 2442 (2018), Authorizing 12-Month Extension for International Naval Forces Fighting Piracy off Somali Coast      Cache   Translate Page      
Source: UN Security Council
Country: Somalia

SC/13566
6 NOVEMBER 2018
SECURITY COUNCIL
8391ST MEETING (AM)

The Security Council, acting by consensus today, decided to renew for 12 months authorizations allowing international naval forces to join in the fight against piracy in the waters off the coast of Somalia.

Adopting resolution 2442 (2018) under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, the 15-member Council deplored all acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea off the Somali coast. While noting improvements in Somalia, it nevertheless recognized that piracy exacerbates instability in the country and stressed the need for a comprehensive, international response that also works to tackle the underlying causes of the phenomenon.

By the terms of the text, the Council encouraged the Parliament of Somalia to approve a draft coast guard law and urged the Somali authorities to continue efforts towards passing a comprehensive set of anti-piracy and maritime laws without further delay. It also called upon the authorities to make all efforts to bring to justice those who are using Somali territory to plan, facilitate or undertake criminal acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea, while calling upon Member States to assist Somalia ‑ at the request of Somali authorities and with notification to the Secretary-General ‑ to strengthen its maritime capacity.

Welcoming the initiative of the Seychelles to establish a court for piracy and maritime crime and the successful prosecution of piracy cases by that entity, the Council also recognized the need for States, international and regional organizations and other appropriate partners to share information for anti-piracy law enforcement purposes. In addition, it noted the need for those partners to keep under review the possibility of applying targeted sanctions against individuals or entities that plan, organize, facilitate, or illicitly finance or profit from piracy operations if they meet the listing criteria set out in paragraph 43 of resolution 2093 (2013). The Council also called upon all States to cooperate fully with the Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group.

By other terms of the resolution, the Council renewed its call upon States and regional organizations that are able to do so to join the fight against piracy and armed robbery off the coast of Somalia by deploying naval vessels, arms and military aircraft; providing basing and logistical support for counter-piracy forces; and seizing and disposing of boats, vessels, arms and other related equipment used in the commission of piracy-related crimes. It further encouraged the Government of Somalia to accede to the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime and urged all States to take appropriate actions under their domestic laws to prevent the illicit financing of piracy acts and the laundering of its proceeds.

The meeting began at 10:05 a.m. and ended at 10:07 a.m.

Resolution

The full text of resolution 2442 (2018) reads as follows:

“The Security Council,

“Recognizing that 2018 marks the tenth anniversary of resolution 1816 on the situation with respect to piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia and recalling its previous resolutions concerning the situation in Somalia, especially resolutions 1814 (2008), 1816 (2008), 1838 (2008), 1844 (2008), 1846 (2008), 1851 (2008), 1897 (2009), 1918 (2010), 1950 (2010), 1976 (2011), 2015 (2011), 2020 (2011), 2077 (2012) 2125 (2013), 2184 (2014), 2246 (2015), and 2316 (2016) and 2383 (2017) as well as the Statement of its President (S/PRST/2010/16) of 25 August 2010 and (S/PRST/2012/24) of 19 November 2012,

“Welcoming the report of the Secretary-General (S/2018/903), as requested by resolution 2383 (2017), on the implementation of that resolution and on the situation with respect to piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia,

“Reaffirming its respect for the sovereignty, territorial integrity, political independence, and unity of Somalia, including Somalia’s sovereign rights in accordance with international law, with respect to offshore natural resources, including fisheries,

“Noting that the joint counter-piracy efforts of States, regions, organizations, the maritime industry, the private sector, think tanks, and civil society have resulted in a steady decline in pirate attacks as well as hijackings since 2011, with no successful ship hijackings reported off the coast of Somalia since March 2017 however, recognizing the ongoing threat that resurgent piracy and armed robbery at sea poses to the prompt, safe, and effective delivery of humanitarian aid to Somalia and the region, to the safety of seafarers and other persons, to international navigation and the safety of commercial maritime routes, and to other ships, including fishing vessels operating in conformity with international law, commending countries that have deployed naval forces in the Gulf of Aden and the Somali Basin to dissuade piracy networks from carrying out acts of piracy,

“Welcoming the reinstatement of the Somali Maritime Security Coordination Committee (MSCC) meeting held from 9 to 10 July 2018 between the Federal Government of Somalia, Federal Member States and international partners which called for enhanced cooperation in strengthening Somalia’s maritime security as a key priority for both the Federal Government of Somalia and Federal Member States and urged the National Security Council to agree on a delineation of roles of the Somali maritime forces, as required by the Transition Plan and recognizing the importance of engaging in transition planning,

“Further reaffirming that international law, as reflected in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982, sets out the legal framework applicable to activities in the ocean, including countering piracy and armed robbery at sea,

“Recognizing the need to investigate and prosecute not only suspects captured at sea, but also anyone who incites or intentionally facilitates piracy operations, including key figures of criminal networks involved in piracy who plan, organize, facilitate, or illicitly finance or profit from such attacks, and reiterating its concern over persons suspected of piracy having been released without facing justice, reaffirming that the failure to prosecute persons responsible for acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia undermines anti-piracy efforts,

“Noting with concern that the continuing limited capacity and domestic legislation to facilitate the custody and prosecution of suspected pirates after their capture has hindered more robust international action against pirates off the coast of Somalia, which has led to pirates in many cases being released without facing justice, regardless of whether there is sufficient evidence to support prosecution, and reiterating that, consistent with the provisions of United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea concerning the repression of piracy, the 1988 Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Maritime Navigation provides for parties to create criminal offences, establish jurisdiction, and accept delivery of persons responsible for, or suspected of seizing, or exercising control over, a ship by force or threat thereof, or any other form of intimidation,

“Underlining the primary responsibility of the Somali authorities in the fight against piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia, noting the several requests from Somali authorities for international assistance to counter piracy off its coast, including the letter of 25 October 2018, from the Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of Somalia to the United Nations expressing the appreciation of Somali authorities to the Security Council for its assistance, expressing their willingness to consider working with other States and regional organizations to combat piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia, asking member states and international organizations to support the Federal Government of Somalia in its efforts to address illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing in its Exclusive Economic Zone, and requesting that the provisions of resolution 2383 (2017) be renewed for an additional 12 months,

“Welcoming the participation of the Federal Government of Somalia and regional partners in the 21st plenary session of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS) in Nairobi, Kenya, 11–13 July 2018, co-hosted by the Indian Ocean Commission under the Chairmanship of Mauritius,

“Recognizing the work of the CGPCS and the Law Enforcement Task Force to facilitate the prosecution of suspected pirates, and the intentions of the Regional Capacity Building Working Group to identify regional priorities and coordination of capacity-building activities and regional responsibilities,

“Noting the progress made to enhance Somali capacity building through the National Maritime Coordination Committee (NMCC) to assess maritime priorities between the Federal Government of Somalia and Federal Member States,

“Welcoming the financing provided by the Trust Fund to Support Initiatives of States Combating Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (the Trust Fund) to strengthen regional ability to prosecute suspected pirates and imprison those convicted in accordance with applicable international human rights law, noting with appreciation the assistance provided by the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Maritime Crime Programme, and being determined to continue efforts to ensure that pirates are held accountable,

“Commending the efforts of the European Union Naval Forces (EUNAVFOR) Operation ATALANTA and EUCAP Somalia, Combined Maritime Forces’ Combined Task Force 151, the counter-piracy activities of the African Union onshore in Somalia and other States acting in a national capacity in cooperation with Somali authorities and each other to suppress piracy and to protect ships transiting through the waters off the coast of Somalia, and welcoming the Shared Awareness and Deconfliction Initiative (SHADE) and the efforts of individual countries, including China, India, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and the Russian Federation, which have deployed naval counter-piracy missions in the region,

“Noting the efforts of flag States for taking measures to permit vessels sailing under their flag transiting the High Risk Area (HRA) to embark vessel protection detachments and privately contracted armed security personnel (PCASP), and to allow charters that favour arrangements that make use of such measures, while urging States to regulate such activities in accordance with applicable international law,

“Welcoming and encouraging the capacity-building efforts in the region made by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) funded Djibouti Code of Conduct, the Trust Fund and the European Union’s activities under the EU Capacity Building Mission in Somalia (EUCAP Somalia) which assists Somalia in strengthening its maritime security capacity in order to enable it to enforce maritime law more effectively, and recognizing the need for all engaged international and regional organizations to coordinate and cooperate fully,

“Supporting the development of a coastguard at the federal level and coastguard police at the Federal Member State level, noting with appreciation the efforts made by the IMO and the shipping industry to develop and update guidance, best management practices, and recommendations to assist ships to prevent and suppress piracy attacks off the coast of Somalia, including in the Gulf of Aden, and in relevant parts of the Indian Ocean that are still within the High Risk Area and recognizing the work of the IMO and the CGPCS in this regard, noting the efforts of the International Organization for Standardization, which has developed industry standards of training and certification for Private Maritime Security Companies when providing PCASP on board ships in high-risk areas, and further welcoming the European Union’s EUCAP Somalia, which is working to develop the maritime security capacities of Somalia,

“Underlining the importance of continuing to enhance the collection, preservation, and transmission to competent authorities of evidence of acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia, and welcoming the ongoing work of the IMO, INTERPOL, and industry groups to develop guidance to seafarers on preservation of crime scenes following acts of piracy, and noting the importance of enabling seafarers to give evidence in criminal proceedings to prosecute acts of piracy,

“Further recognizing that pirate networks continue to rely on kidnapping and hostage-taking to help generate funding to purchase weapons, gain recruits, and continue their operational activities, thereby jeopardizing the safety and security of civilians and restricting the flow of commerce, and welcoming international efforts to coordinate the work of investigators and prosecutors, inter alia, through the Law Enforcement Task Force and collect and share information to disrupt the pirate enterprise, as exemplified by INTERPOL’s Global Database on Maritime Piracy, and commending the establishment of the Maritime Information Fusion Centre (RMIFC) in Madagascar, the sister centre of the Regional Centre for Operational Coordination (RCOC) in Seychelles following the signing of the Regional Agreement for the Setting up of a Regional Maritime Information Exchange and Sharing Mechanism in the Western Indian Ocean by Djibouti, Madagascar, Mauritius, Union of Comoros and Seychelles , including the establishment of the Piracy Prosecution Readiness Plan which, under the auspices of UNODC and in partnership with EU NAVFOR, will further develop the region’s capacity to conduct piracy prosecutions,

“Reaffirming international condemnation of acts of kidnapping and hostage-taking, including offences contained within the International Convention against the Taking of Hostages, strongly condemning the continuing practice of hostage-taking by pirates operating off the coast of Somalia, expressing serious concern at the inhumane conditions hostages face in captivity, recognizing the adverse impact on their families, calling for the immediate release of all remaining hostages, and noting the importance of cooperation between Member States on the issue of hostage-taking and the prosecution of suspected pirates for taking hostages,

“Commending Kenya, Mauritius, Seychelles, and the United Republic of Tanzania, for their efforts to prosecute suspected pirates in their national courts, and noting with appreciation the assistance provided by the UNODC Maritime Crime Programme, the Trust Fund, and other international organizations and donors, in coordination with the CGPCS, to support Kenya, Mauritius, Seychelles, the United Republic of Tanzania, Somalia, and other States in the region with their efforts to prosecute, or incarcerate in a third State after prosecution elsewhere, pirates, including facilitators and financiers ashore, consistent with applicable international human rights law, and emphasizing the need for States and international organizations to further enhance international efforts in this regard,

“Welcoming the readiness of the Federal Government of Somalia and Federal Member States to cooperate with each other and with States who have prosecuted suspected pirates with a view to enabling convicted pirates to be repatriated back to Somalia under suitable prisoner transfer arrangements, consistent with applicable international law, including international human rights law, and acknowledging the return from Seychelles to Somalia of convicted prisoners willing and eligible to serve their sentences in Somalia, and noting that the sentences served must be those passed by the courts of the prosecuting states and that any proposal to vary the sentences must be in conformity with the 2011 Transfer Agreement with the Seychelles,

“Welcoming the work of the Maritime Security Coordination Committee (MSCC), the central mechanism for developing capability and identifying and channelling support, as highlighted at the London Somalia Conference in May 2017, and encouraging the Somali national and regional administrations to take increasing responsibility for counter-piracy initiatives,

“Expressing serious concern over reports of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU) in Somalia’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), and noting the complex relationship between IUU fishing and piracy, recognizing that IUU fishing accounts for millions of dollars in lost revenue for Somalia each year, and can contribute to destabilization among coastal communities,

“Noting Somalia’s accession to the FAO’s Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing, recognizing the projects supported by FAO and UNODC aimed at enhancing Somalia’s capacity to combat such activities, and stressing the need for States and international organizations to further intensify their support to the Federal Government of Somalia, at its request, in enhancing Somalia’s capacity to combat such activities,

“Recognizing the ongoing efforts of the Federal Government of Somalia towards the development of a legal regime for the distribution of fishing licences, commending in this regard the implementation of a component of the EU-funded Programme to Promote Regional Maritime Security (CCAP) with FAO aims to promote proper and transparent licensed and regulated fishing with regional states, and encouraging further efforts in this regard, with the support of the international community,

“Recalling the reports of the Secretary General which illustrate the seriousness of piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia and provide useful guidance for the investigation and prosecution of pirates, including on specialized anti-piracy courts,

“Remaining concerned that four-Iranian seafarers from the FV Siraj remain as hostages inside Somalia in appalling conditions, and welcoming the work of International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) and Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme (MPHRP) in the provision of post trauma intervention and financial support to victims of piracy and their families; as well as the CGPCS Piracy Survivors Family Fund (PSFF), which provides funds for the survivors of Somali piracy, and for their families, to provide a range of support during and after captivity and recognizing the need to continue supporting these initiatives and contributions to funds,

“Recognizing the progress made by the CGPCS and UNODC in the use of public information tools to raise awareness of the dangers of piracy and highlight the best practices to eradicate this criminal phenomenon,

“Noting efforts by UNODC and UNDP and the funding provided by the Trust Fund, the European Union, the United Kingdom, the United States, and other donors to develop regional judicial and law enforcement capacity to investigate, arrest, and prosecute suspected pirates and to incarcerate convicted pirates consistent with applicable international human rights law,

“Bearing in mind the Djibouti Code of Conduct concerning the Repression of Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in the Western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden, noting the operations of information-sharing centres in, Kenya, and the United Republic of Tanzania, recognizing the efforts of signatory States to develop the appropriate regulatory and legislative frameworks to combat piracy, enhance their capacity to patrol the waters of the region, interdict suspect vessels, and prosecute suspected pirates,

“Emphasizing that peace and stability within Somalia, the strengthening of State institutions, economic and social development, and respect for human rights and the rule of law are necessary to create the conditions for a durable eradication of piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia, and further emphasizing that Somalia’s long-term security rests with the effective development by Somali authorities of the Somali Coast Guard and Maritime Police Units, Somali National Army, and Somali Police Force,

“Welcoming the Padang Communique and Maritime Cooperation Declaration adopted by the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) at its 15th Council of Ministers meeting, which call upon members to support and strengthen cooperation to address maritime challenges including piracy and illegal trafficking of drugs,

“Welcoming the publication in June 2018 by BIMCO, International Chamber of Shipping, International Group of Protection & Indemnity Clubs, Intertanko, The Oil Companies International Marine Forum and others, of version 5 of Best Management Practices to deter Piracy and Enhance Maritime Security in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea (BMP5), acknowledging that the information and guidance contained within helps to reduce the risks to mariners and seafarers engaged in their lawful occupations,

“Recognizing that the ongoing instability in Somalia and the acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea off its coast are inextricably linked, and stressing the need to continue the comprehensive response by the international community to repress piracy and armed robbery at sea and tackle its underlying causes,

“Determining that the incidents of piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia, as well as the activity of pirate groups in Somalia, are an important factor exacerbating the situation in Somalia, which continues to constitute a threat to international peace and security in the region,

“Acting under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations,

“1. Reiterates that it condemns and deplores all acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia;

“2. While noting improvements in Somalia, recognizes that piracy exacerbates instability in Somalia by introducing large amounts of illicit cash that fuels additional crime, corruption, and terrorism;

“3. Stresses the need for a comprehensive response to prevent and suppress piracy and tackle its underlying causes by the international community in collaboration with Somali authorities and other relevant actors;

“4. Underlines the primary responsibility of the Somali authorities in the fight against piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia, encourages the approval by the Parliament of the draft coast guard law which the Somali authorities, with the support of EUNAVFOR Operation Atalanta and EUCAP Somalia have submitted to the Council of Ministers and urges the Somali authorities, to continue their work to pass a comprehensive set of anti-piracy and maritime laws without further delay and establish security forces with clear roles and jurisdictions to enforce these laws and to continue to develop, with international support as appropriate, the capacity of Somali courts to investigate and prosecute persons responsible for acts of piracy and armed robbery, including key figures of criminal networks involved in piracy who plan, organize, facilitate, or illicitly finance or profit from such attacks;

“5. Recognizes the need to continue investigating and prosecuting those who plan, organize, or illicitly finance or profit from pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia, including key figures of criminal networks involved in piracy, urges States, working in conjunction with relevant international organizations, to adopt legislation to facilitate prosecution of suspected pirates off the coast of Somalia;

“6. Calls upon the Somali authorities to interdict, and upon interdiction to have mechanisms in place to safely return effects seized by pirates, investigate and prosecute pirates and to patrol the waters off the coast of Somalia to prevent and suppress acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea;

“7. Calls upon the Somali authorities to make all efforts to bring to justice those who are using Somali territory to plan, facilitate, or undertake criminal acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea, and calls upon Member States to assist Somalia, at the request of Somali authorities and with notification to the Secretary-General, to strengthen maritime capacity in Somalia, including regional authorities and, stresses that any measures undertaken pursuant to this paragraph shall be consistent with applicable international law, in particular international human rights law;

“8. Calls upon States to cooperate also, as appropriate, on the issue of hostage taking, and the prosecution of suspected pirates for taking hostages;

“9. Calls for the immediate and unconditional release of all seafarers held hostage by Somali pirates, and further calls upon the Somali authorities and all relevant stakeholders to redouble their efforts to secure their safe and immediate release;

“10. Welcomes the initiative of the Seychelles authorities to establish a court for piracy and maritime crime and further welcomes the successful prosecution of piracy cases by this body;

“11. Recognizes the need for States, international and regional organizations, and other appropriate partners to exchange evidence and information for anti-piracy law enforcement purposes with a view to ensuring effective prosecution of suspected, and imprisonment of convicted, pirates and with a view to the arrest and prosecution of key figures of criminal networks involved in piracy who plan, organize, facilitate, or illicitly finance and profit from piracy operations, and keeps under review the possibility of applying targeted sanctions against individuals or entities that plan, organize, facilitate, or illicitly finance or profit from piracy operations if they meet the listing criteria set out in paragraph 43 of resolution 2093 (2013), and calls upon all States to cooperate fully with the Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group, including on information-sharing regarding possible violations of the arms embargo or charcoal ban;

“12. Renews its call upon States and regional organizations that are able to do so to take part in the fight against piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia, in particular, consistent with this resolution and international law, by deploying naval vessels, arms, and military aircraft, by providing basing and logistical support for counter-piracy forces, and by seizing and disposing of boats, vessels, arms, and other related equipment used in the commission of piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia, or for which there are reasonable grounds for suspecting such use;

“13. Highlights the importance of coordination among States and international organizations in order to deter acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia, commends the work of the CGPCS to facilitate such coordination in cooperation with the IMO, flag States, and Somali authorities, and urges continued support of these efforts;

“14. Encourages Member States to continue to cooperate with Somali authorities in the fight against piracy and armed robbery at sea, notes the primary role of Somali authorities in the fight against piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia, and decides that, for a further period of 13 months from the date of this resolution to renew the authorizations as set out in paragraph 14 of resolution 2383 (2017) granted to States and regional organizations cooperating with Somali authorities in the fight against piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia, for which advance notification has been provided by Somali authorities to the Secretary-General;

“15. Affirms that the authorizations renewed in this resolution apply only with respect to the situation in Somalia and shall not affect the rights, obligations, or responsibilities of Member States under international law, including any rights or obligations under United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, with respect to any other situation, and underscores in particular that this resolution shall not be considered as establishing customary international law; and affirms further that such authorizations have been renewed in response to the 25 October 2018 letter conveying the request of Somali authorities;

“16. Decides that the arms embargo on Somalia imposed by paragraph 5 of resolution 733 (1992) and further elaborated upon by paragraphs 1 and 2 of resolution 1425 (2002) and modified by paragraphs 33 to 38 of resolution 2093 does not apply to supplies of weapons and military equipment or the provision of assistance destined for the sole use of Member States, international, regional, and subregional organizations undertaking measures in accordance with paragraph 14 above;

“17. Requests that cooperating States take appropriate steps to ensure that the activities they undertake pursuant to the authorizations in paragraph 14 do not have the practical effect of denying or impairing the right of innocent passage to the ships of any third State;

“18. Calls upon all States, and in particular flag, port, and coastal States, States of the nationality of victims and perpetrators of piracy and armed robbery, and other States with relevant jurisdiction under international law and national legislation, to cooperate in determining jurisdiction and in the investigation and prosecution of all persons responsible for acts of piracy and armed robbery off the coast of Somalia, including key figures of criminal networks involved in piracy who plan, organize, facilitate, or illicitly finance or profit from such attack, consistent with applicable international law including international human rights law, to ensure that all pirates handed over to judicial authorities are subject to a judicial process, and to render assistance by, among other actions, providing disposition and logistics assistance with respect to persons under their jurisdiction and control, such as victims, witnesses, and persons detained as a result of operations conducted under this resolution;

“19. Calls upon all States to criminalize piracy under their domestic law and to favourably consider the prosecution of suspected, and imprisonment of those convicted, pirates apprehended off the coast of Somalia, and their facilitators and financiers ashore, consistent with applicable international law, including international human rights law, and decides to keep these matters under review, including, as appropriate, the establishment of specialized anti-piracy courts in Somalia with substantial international participation and/or support as set forth in resolution 2015 (2011), and encourages the CGPCS to continue its discussions in this regard;

“20. Welcomes, in this context, the UNODC Maritime Crime Programme’s continued work with authorities in Somalia and in neighbouring States to ensure that individuals suspected of piracy are prosecuted and those convicted are imprisoned in a manner consistent with international law, including international human rights law;

“21. Encourages the Federal Government of Somalia to accede to the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime, as part of its efforts to target money laundering and financial support structures on which piracy networks survive;

“22. Urges all States to take appropriate actions under their existing domestic law to prevent the illicit financing of acts of piracy and the laundering of its proceeds;

“23. Urges States, in cooperation with INTERPOL and Europol, to further investigate international criminal networks involved in piracy off the coast of Somalia, including those responsible for illicit financing and facilitation;

“24. Urges all States to ensure that counter-piracy activities, particularly land-based activities, take into consideration the need to protect women and children from exploitation, including sexual exploitation;

“25. Urges all States to share information with INTERPOL for use in the global piracy database, through appropriate channels;

“26. Commends the contributions of the Trust Fund and the IMO-funded Djibouti Code of Conduct and urges both state and non-State actors affected by piracy, most notably the international shipping community, to contribute to them;

“27. Urges States parties to United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Maritime Navigation to implement fully their relevant obligations under these conventions and customary international law and to cooperate with the UNODC, IMO, and other States and international organizations to build judicial capacity for the successful prosecution of persons suspected of piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia;

“28. Acknowledges the recommendations and guidance provided by the IMO on preventing and suppressing piracy and armed robbery at sea; and urges States, in collaboration with the shipping and insurance industries and the IMO, to continue to develop and implement avoidance, evasion, and defensive best practices and advisories to take when under attack or when sailing in the waters off the coast of Somalia, and further urges States to make their citizens and vessels available for forensic investigation as appropriate at the first suitable port of call immediately following an act or attempted act of piracy or armed robbery at sea or release from captivity;

“29. Encourages flag States and port States to further consider the development of safety and security measures on board vessels, including, where applicable, developing regulations for the use of PCASP on board ships, aimed at preventing and suppressing piracy off the coast of Somalia, through a consultative process, including through the IMO and ISO;

“30. Invites the IMO to continue its contributions to the prevention and suppression of acts of piracy and armed robbery against ships, in coordination, in particular, with the UNODC, the World Food Program (WFP), the shipping industry, and all other parties concerned, and recognizes the IMO’s role concerning privately contracted armed security personnel on board ships in high-risk areas;

“31. Notes the importance of securing the safe delivery of WFP assistance by sea, and welcomes the ongoing work by the WFP, EUNAVFOR Operation Atalanta, and flag States with regard to Vessel Protection Detachments on WFP vessels;

“32. Requests States and regional organizations cooperating with Somali authorities to inform the Security Council and the Secretary-General in nine months of the progress of actions undertaken in the exercise of the authorizations provided in paragraph 14 above and further requests all States contributing through the CGPCS to the fight against piracy off the coast of Somalia, including Somalia and other States in the region, to report by the same deadline on their efforts to establish jurisdiction and cooperation in the investigation and prosecution of piracy;

“33. Requests the Secretary-General to report to the Security Council within twelve months of the adoption of this resolution on the implementation of this resolution and on the situation with respect to piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia;

“34. Expresses its intention to review the situation and consider, as appropriate, renewing the authorizations provided in paragraph 14 above for additional periods upon the request of Somali authority;

“35. Decides to remain seized of the matter.”

For information media. Not an official record.


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Maybe case in point, there is a law in the USA forbidden team USA to cooperate w/ team China on anything to do w/ space, and so China, unable to participate in the international space station, is building own, and soliciting all including USA to engage. As of now, a lot of would-be astronauts from many nations are studying mandarin, but alas, there is a sizeable crowd that intone a different approach and failed approach, per history does not matter and mathematics not important and no to hospitals

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Why Mars should be our next stop
By John Caves III

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 | 2 a.m.

Almost 50 years have passed since the United States last put a man on the moon — or anywhere else outside of low-Earth orbit. As China builds an increasingly sophisticated space program, it is high time for America to get moving again.

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon.

NASA and the Space Task Group, appointed by President Richard Nixon to advise America’s next steps in space, pushed an ambitious plan calling for a manned expedition to Mars by 1986, at the latest. But Nixon nixed it.

Perhaps 1986 was not the right time to go to Mars. But 2036 may be.

China is emerging as a serious rival in a gradually unfolding 21st-century space race. As the world’s second-largest economy with high-tech aspirations, Beijing can afford an ambitious space program. Chinese astronauts have already been in low-Earth orbit, and the country plans to have a space station ready to launch by 2020.

By 2036, according to the deputy commander of China’s Manned Space Program, Beijing expects to land astronauts on the moon. At that point, China will have caught up to the United States in human space exploration and will then be poised to overtake it.

Unless the United States takes action to keep its lead.

The question, of course, is: Why should we? Going to the Moon and Mars is expensive, and there is nothing there but dirt and rocks. We have problems enough at home that need our money and attention, the argument goes. Besides, we have robots to explore space for us: the Voyager I probe has already made it clean out of the solar system.

That all misses the point. Mars may indeed be mostly dirt and rocks; but somewhere out there are planets that are just as alive as Earth. Astronomers are now identifying them at an ever-increasing rate.

Using robots to find those planets and scout them out before humans can get there is sound policy. But, eventually, humans will need to get there themselves.

Why? Because it’s there. Because, as Elon Musk and others have argued, humanity has a much better chance of surviving a catastrophic natural disaster, like the one that wiped out the dinosaurs, if we are a multiplanetary species.

Because, also, national might and prestige matter. If China explores the cosmos and exploits the resources of space while the United States sulks on Earth, America will lose power and influence here, and with it the ability to stand up to authoritarian bullying.

And if China settles new planets, it will impose its own system there. The future centers of human civilization will come into being under the thumb of tyranny, and not in the open hands of liberty. Imagine if Russia, and not Great Britain, had planted colonies on American soil. What would we be today?

For these reasons, as Caspar Weinberger, then deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget and later secretary of defense, put it to Nixon in a memorandum urging completion of the Apollo missions, “America should be able to afford something besides increased welfare, programs to repair our cities, or Appalachian relief and the like.”

Not that those other things are unimportant. Human space exploration is a long-term investment, for the country and for humankind. As we disburse resources for the immediate concerns we must address at home, we ought also to put enough aside to shape our future.

We also cannot leave space exploration solely to entrepreneurs such as Musk, as enthusiastic as they are. Space is an expensive and risky prospect for businesses. They will need infrastructure, security and a predictable legal regime in order to turn a profit. Only government can provide those public goods and ensure that our laws and liberties accompany us into the stars.

Private firms have a role, though, and the U.S. government, through NASA, ought to work with them to extend humanity’s reach into space, as government did with the railroad companies when the United States expanded west.

Habitable planets are many light-years away, and we do not yet have the technology to send people to them. That is where Mars comes in. It and the moons of Jupiter and Saturn can serve as stepping stones on the way out of the solar system, and not only in the literal sense of placing supply and fuel depots there.

Expeditions to Mars and Jupiter will compel our engineers and scientists to find more effective solutions to problems of spaceflight, making our spacecraft faster, lighter, more fuel-efficient and better able to penetrate the atmosphere of other planets. Humanity will be better placed to reach out to distant stars after a Mars mission than before it.

The United States, then, ought to reinvigorate NASA. We ought to send forth robotic probes before us to other solar systems. And when China goes to the Moon in 2036, we ought to go to Mars.

John Caves III, a captain in the U.S. Army from January 2013 to July 2017, is a graduate student at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. He wrote this for InsideSources.com.

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Good question. And ultimately this is why I used the word culture. While I tried to place a strong accountability on the leader, there are times (like you identify) where that is not totally reasonable. One hopes one gets to a place of expectation where everybody in the room shoots the overtalker an evil eye at some point (although many overtalkers may still remain oblivious). I think my best advice is not to tackle the overtalker directly (i.e. in a negative fashion of stopping them ) but approach this is in a positive fashion by taking the times you have the floor to emphasize that you want to hear from everybody and asking if anybody who hasn't spoken has anything to add (or even gently asking them for their opinions if that doesn't put them on the spot too much). But ultimately this is one of the flaws of academic meeting culture that needs to change culturally.
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admittedly from suspect bloomberg, but good enough for triangulation purpose, at least a point to mull over

and if of veracity whether deliberate or accidental, then should be put on watch & brief

at some juncture there may be congressional hearings on "who lost [ ]?" w/ [ ] to be filled in with either russia and / or china.

it is like the folks in charge never played that which jack is good enough in, "risk"

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Trump’s Trade War Is Making Russia and China Comrades Again

Facing U.S. sanctions and tariffs, Moscow and Beijing are finding lots of common ground.
More stories by Marc ChampionNovember 6, 2018, 5:00 AM GMT+8



Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin toast with vodka during a signing ceremony on May 21, 2014, in Shanghai. Russia and China signed a 30-year contract for supply of gas.
Photographer: Sasha Mordovets/Getty ImagesFu Ying recalls vividly how, as a young woman, she’d get woken by sirens in the middle of the night for drills to practice for a Soviet invasion. It was the time of China’s traumatic Cultural Revolution and, although the farm she’d been sent to was more than 200 miles from the border, the threat seemed imminent—strong enough, it turned out, to throw Maoist China into the arms of its capitalist nemesis, the U.S.

Today’s world could hardly look more different. The U.S.-China realignment that began with President Richard Nixon’s 1972 visit to Beijing has been reversed in the most consequential geopolitical shift since the fall of the Berlin Wall. China and Russia are now as close as at any time in their 400 years of shared history. The U.S., meanwhile, has targeted both countries with sanctions and China with a trade war.

“There is no sense of threat from Russia. We feel comfortable back-to-back,” says Fu, now chairwoman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of China’s National People’s Congress, over drinks in a hotel bar near the Black Sea resort of Sochi, where she’s attending a conference. The two countries have settled the border dispute that produced a brief war in 1969.

She’s less sure about the U.S. In a speech last month, Vice President Mike Pence said the U.S. was responding to “Chinese aggression” with military spending and trade tariffs. Beijing, he said, was expanding at the expense of others and trying to drive the U.S. from the western Pacific. That kind of talk won’t be easy to forget, even if Trump and Xi agree to a trade truce at a scheduled meeting at the end of November. “I just hope that if some people in the U.S. insist on dragging us down the hill into Thucydides’ trap, China will be smart enough not to follow,” Fu says, referring to the ancient historian’s observation that rising and established powers tend to end up at war.

Even without bloodshed, this reconfiguration of the nuclear and economic superpowers is significant. Chinese investment and energy purchases make it easier for Russia to resist economic pressure over Ukraine; Russian sales of oil, missile defense systems, and jets are changing U.S. calculations in the Pacific by raising the potential cost of any future showdown with China.

Coordination in the United Nations Security Council allows the two Eurasian powers to frustrate U.S. goals and support each other’s. Nor is the U.S. the only one affected. India, which for decades relied on Russia to help balance China and Pakistan, is deeply concerned that Moscow is falling under Beijing’s sway. Russia already supplies the engines for Chinese-Pakistani fighter jets. “India needs a reconciliation between the West and Russia” to squeeze China’s strategic space, says C. Raja Mohan, director of the Institute of South Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore.

Western analysts and leaders for a long time dismissed the Sino-Russian rapprochement and its trappings—such as the NATO-lite Shanghai Cooperation Organization—as a “marriage of convenience,” doomed to fail by geography, history, and a growing disparity in strength. And the economic relationship still lags far behind the political rhetoric.

But complacency has given way to alarm. A recent study by the National Bureau of Asian Research, a Seattle-based think tank, debated whether U.S. policy was at fault for driving Russia and China together and asked if the U.S. should correct course by accommodating one Eurasian giant to isolate the other. Some among the 100-plus participants called for Washington to prepare for the worst-case scenario the realignment implies: a two-front war.

Robert Sutter, the study’s principal investigator, said at an October panel to discuss the findings that he’s had a big change of heart since he wrote in a U.S. government National Intelligence Estimate that the Russia-China relationship was an axis of convenience. “The situation is pretty bleak for the United States,” Sutter said. “And there is no easy way to fix it.”

The bromance between Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping is certainly hard to miss. They meet with each other more than with any other world leaders, have awarded each other medals, and even cooked blinis and noodles together for their respective state TV channels. Joint military exercises are routine. This year, China took delivery of Russia’s most advanced S-400 air-defense system and Sukhoi SU-35 fighter aircraft, a level of trust that’s likely to thwart U.S. national security adviser John Bolton’s recent attempt to convince Moscow it faces a security threat from the East.

China has become Russia’s biggest single trade partner, even if it remains far behind the European Union as a bloc. Russia displaced Saudi Arabia as China’s top supplier of crude oil in 2015. A new pipeline, Power of Siberia, is due to start delivering as much as 38 billion cubic meters (1.3 trillion cubic feet) of natural gas per year to northern China in December 2019. Chinese entities own 30 percent of Russia’s new Yamal liquefied natural gas project in the Arctic. Russia and China have nonconflicting security concerns—in the Pacific for China and in the former Soviet bloc and Middle East for Russia. At the same time they perceive a common threat (the U.S.) and a shared goal of changing what both see as an American-dominated global order.

Their economies also are complementary: China is the world’s biggest manufacturer, and Russia is among the largest exporters of energy and raw materials. China has a shortage of arable land, and Russia a surfeit. Even their demography offers opportunities. China has a majority of men, whereas Russia has the opposite. “I could see that there are many more men in China, and people started to ask me if I could help them to find women,” says Pavel Stepanets, who started a Beijing-based matchmaking service, Meilishka, six months ago. The company website claims to have 244 “Slav girls looking for a Chinese husband.”

Russian analysts and officials say they aren’t pivoting east as much as they’re diversifying their economic and security relationships. Europe and China “are two independent destinations and two independent routes” for gas and oil, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said in an October interview. “We do not see any need to redirect volumes.”

What the new eastbound pipelines will do, according to Vasily Kashin, a senior research fellow at Moscow’s Higher School of Economics, is to make Russia about 60 percent—down from 90 percent—dependent on European markets. They’ll also make China less vulnerable to a potential U.S. sea blockade should there be conflict over Taiwan. “Every pipeline project is negotiated for a decade and then built for a decade,” Kashin says. “But once it’s completed, you have an irreversible geopolitical change.”

The new geopolitical infrastructure is slowly falling into place. In January, Russia doubled its capacity to pipe crude oil to China, to about 600,000 barrels per day. In addition to the Power of Siberia project, negotiations to build two other natural gas pipelines connecting China to Siberian fields are advancing well, Novak says.

The reconciliation began with the last Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev. Even so, U.S. and Western policies since 2014 have done a lot to accelerate the Russian-Chinese rapprochement, according to Angela Stent, director of Georgetown University’s Center for Eurasian, Russian & East European Studies. Take natural gas. South Stream, a pipeline project to carry 63 billion cubic meters per year from Russia to Austria, was under construction when the European Parliament voted to block it in April 2014, a month after Russia annexed Crimea. One month after that, Russia broke the deadlock in its decade-long negotiation with China to build Power of Siberia, part of a gas purchase deal valued at about $400 billion. “It would behoove the U.S. to consider how much further to go with sanctions on Russia and how far with a China trade war,” Stent says at the same conference near Sochi as Fu.

The courtship hasn’t been easy. There was deep disappointment within Russia when China didn’t immediately flood the country with investment after 2014. Instead, it appeared to take advantage of Moscow’s weak position to get cheaper gas. Nor have the reasons for skepticism about the strength and durability of the partnership disappeared. Chinese nationalists still talk about the 230,000 square miles Russia took in the 19th century under what Beijing considers unequal treaties. And Russia was at first wary of China’s “ Belt and Road” initiative, which seemed to compete with its plans for a Eurasian Economic Union. Putin and Xi have parked both issues (they agreed in 2015 to coordinate their Central Asian strategies), but competition could reemerge.

Even when the two countries were allies, in the 1950s, it was an unhappy—because unequal—partnership. When Mao Zedong came to Moscow in December 1949, Stalin kept the leader of newly communist China waiting 17 days for a second meeting, to make clear who was boss. “I came here to do more than eat and shit,” Mao complained bitterly.

Today the imbalance between the two powers has been reversed. China’s economy is six to eight times the size of Russia’s, depending on how it’s measured. “I don’t think a lot is happening” in terms of Chinese business investment, says Bruno Maçães, a senior fellow at Beijing’s Renmin University, who last year spent six months crisscrossing the region’s borders for a new book, The Dawn of Eurasia. In Southeast Asia, small Chinese businesses are highly visible as well as the big state companies, but not in Russia, Maçães says. More Chinese tourists are coming to Moscow, but it’s nothing like the throngs in Paris or New York. Visiting an island in the Amur River, which the governments have touted as a tourism zone, he found “a world from 40 years ago. To visit, I had to go through eight hours of security interviews.”

Russia’s Foreign Investment Advisory Council—chief executive officers from the 50 biggest foreign companies invested in Russia, who meet annually with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev—still has no member from China, says Alexander Ivlev, Ernst & Young LLP’s managing partner for Russia, who coordinates the event. Still, he rattles off a list of projects Putin and Xi have signed and sees his business’s future increasingly tied to China.

Measuring the true scope of Chinese investment in Russia isn’t easy. According to Russia’s central bank, the total as of December 2017 was only $4.5 billion, a misleading figure. (Cyprus, an offshore conduit for investment from around the world, had invested $175 billion.) In a February search of an Interfax database, Kashin found 5,868 companies with Chinese equity operating in Russia, registered everywhere from Moscow to Vladivostok. That’s a higher number than for German companies (although those tend to be bigger and better established).

It may be that the Chinese are coming but are held back by the same adverse conditions deterring other investors: a sluggish economy, a weak currency, sanctions risk, and tight monetary policies that have dried up credit. That was the experience of Yema Group Co., a trading company in Xinjiang province. It set up operations in Russia in 2012 to break into the market for heavy construction machinery, dominated by more expensive European suppliers. Initially, Yema sold about 500 excavators, trucks, and other pieces a year, says Du Xuemei, a spokeswoman. “We withdrew most of our operations team in 2016, because of an economic downturn and the depreciation of the ruble,” says Du, adding that the company wants to return.

Back in Sochi, Fu draws a series of triangles on a piece of paper to show how the relationship between Russia, China, and the U.S. has changed. “This one is going to be shorter and shorter,” she says, running her pen over the line connecting Russia to China. It’s a friendship that wasn’t caused by the U.S., isn’t aimed at it, and won’t end if the U.S. alters its policies, she says. Then the Chinese legislator marks the ever more distant locations for the triangle’s American apex. “The U.S. can be here, here, or here,” she says. “It’s your choice.”With Peter Martin, Dandan Li, and Annmarie Hordern

          Missouri voters pass groundbreaking redistricting reform that actually promotes partisan fairness      Cache   Translate Page      

In a major victory in the fight to not just end gerrymandering but actually ensure redistricting treats both parties fairly, Missouri voters have approved the "Clean Missouri" Amendment 1. This new constitutional provision overhauls the state's legislative redistricting process while also instituting broader ethics reforms (congressional redistricting would be unaffected). Currently, a bipartisan commission of political appointees draws the maps, which leaves open the risk that elected officials will make deals to protect incumbents of both parties, stifling competitive races.

By contrast, the new reform will have the state auditor draw up a pool of applicants from which a nonpartisan demographer would be selected. That person would then be tasked with drawing new legislative maps, subject to the commission's approval. The demographer would be explicitly directed to use a statistical model known as the "efficiency gap" that's designed to gauge partisan fairness, which we have previously explained in detail.

While the maps would not be designed to yield outcomes perfectly proportional to the popular vote, they would aim to treat both parties equally so that the party winning the most votes statewide also wins the most seats. Even though the current maps were drawn by a bipartisan commission, and even though Republicans consistently win more votes across the state than Democrats, these maps still give Republicans a significant advantage beyond what they’d be expected to receive. This reform will therefore promote greater partisan fairness and more competitive elections.


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          The GOP is persecuting voters instead of protecting them      Cache   Translate Page      

Attorney General Jeff Sessions would like everyone to know that the Department of Justice will totally enforce federal voting rights laws on Election Day. The catch is, he’ll only be sending Civil Rights Division personnel to 35 jurisdictions across 19 states. Few counties previously subject to pre-clearance requirements under the Voting Rights Act—a status conferred as a result of a history of voter suppression—will be covered. Sessions’s real focus is on “voter fraud.”

Until 2013, Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia had to run voting changes by DOJ. But this year only four jurisdictions each will be monitored in Alaska and Arizona. It’s three in Texas and just two in Georgia. Virginia’s getting help in just one jurisdiction. Not a single jurisdiction in either Carolina made the cut, nor any in Alabama, Mississippi, or Louisiana. 

DOJ is sending civil rights staff to California and Florida, some counties of which were covered under the VRA, but not to the counties with a history of voter suppression. Similarly, though a South Dakota county made the list, it’s not one of the two counties in that state that previously had to get pre-clearance.

Sessions’ Election Day plan is just the latest signal that the Justice Department is focused on persecuting voters, not protecting them. They’re taking the cue from the White House: Trump’s actively practicing voter intimidation.

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On Oct. 30, DOJ announced that it would be working with U.S. Attorneys’ offices and the FBI to combat “election fraud.” Per its release, that includes “vote buying, multiple voting, submission of fraudulent ballots or registrations, alteration of votes, and malfeasance by election officials.” 

Not even the Heritage Foundation’s “Election Fraud” database spanning 20-odd years, created to gin up concern about voter fraud, suggests that voter fraud is a significant problem. The Brennan Center has put the work in to debunk it altogether. One fun fact: A person’s more likely to be struck by lightning than to try to impersonate someone else at the polls.


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          ADHS Playbook will guide leaders in emergencies      Cache   Translate Page      
During a disaster, local, state, and federal governments can declare a state of emergency to free up emergency funding and waive certain regulatory requirements that can impede rapid response. The steps for issuing such a declaration are often complicated by differing laws at the various levels of government. Additionally, it is not always clear how [...]
          Kinzinger, Dady spar over military via social media      Cache   Translate Page      
The two congressional candidates in the 16th District recently traded jabs over the military via social media.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, whose district includes Grundy County and parts of southwestern Will County, reacted to his Democratic opponent Sara Dady’s remarks about U.S. troops being sent to the U.S.-Mexico border. President Donald Trump announced last week that he would be deploying up to 15,000 troops to the border in response to the caravans of people traveling from Central America to the U.S. to seek asylum.

Dady posted a message on Saturday to her campaign Facebook page, saying “Trump sends US troops to border to keep people out. Does anyone doubt the day will come when they will be used to keep people in?” Kinzinger responded on his page, writing “The attacks on our military must stop!

“I’m truly outraged and disgusted that my opponent would assert that the honorable members of our military are poised to steal from their fellow Americans the very freedoms they swore an oath to defend,” Kinzinger wrote.

He continued, saying Dady’s “history of nasty, disrespectful language only serves to divide us, not unlike Russian internet trolls.” Dady later responded, again on Facebook, saying Kinzinger had a “meltdown” over her post “opposing the misuse of our military for border enforcement.”

“Let me be clear, while I respect my opponent’s military service, he needs to know that he is not the only person in this country, state or district who has served,” Dady wrote. “My family has fought in every major war in the history of our nation beginning with the Revolutionary War.”

Dady went on to emphasize “our laws prohibit active use of our military to enforce civil laws within the United States.”

“I know where to draw the line for misuse of our military, but I do not know where my opponent does,” Dady wrote.

Dady was referring to the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 – enacted to end the use of federal troops for domestic law enforcement.


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          Chet Raymo, “Red Fish, Blue Fish...”      Cache   Translate Page      
“Red Fish, Blue Fish...”
by Chet Raymo

“In his autobiography, the brilliant physicist John Archibald Wheeler makes this confession of faith: "Whatever can be, is." He goes further: "Whatever can be, must be." Anything not prohibited by the laws of nature, exists, he says.  Well, that's an extravagent claim, but it passed my mind the other day when my colleague Maura T. invited me up to the Science Building to see a strange creature she had just added to the aquarium.
Here's a pic, Chaetopterus, the parchment tube worm. In nature, it makes its own U-shaped "parchment" tube, which, except for the open ends, is buried in mud on the seafloor. And there it lives, sifting nourishment from the water it pumps through the tube. What a goofy critter! It looks like something snapped together from a K'Nex kit.

Some years ago, in a Globe column, I mentioned Dr. Seuss's Grickily Gractus, a bird "that lays eggs on a cactus," as an example of a wildly improbable creature. A reader then sent me a photograph of a bird on the island of Bonaire perched - where else? - in a nest on a cactus. Apparently not even Dr. Seuss can think up a creature too odd to exist.

A biologist friend who had returned from a field trip to the upper Rio Negro in Brazil told me about a school of Curimata fish, in their tens of thousands, that passed under his boat, filling the water and air with a "metallic buzz saw sound" (caused, my friend discovered, by the stridulation of the fish's air-filled swim bladder by a bone). Singing fish! Not even Seuss could think of that.

Cactus-laying birds and singing fish are fine lessons in the diversity of life on Earth. Every niche in every habitat is filled. And for every creature alive today, a thousand others, even more improbable because they are less familiar, have lived before and become extinct. All life on Earth is related by common descent, and there has not been enough time to exhaust the possibilities. Nor are terrestrial habitats infinite in number. Still, the astonishing diversity of life bears witness to the truth of Wheeler's conjecture, at least in broad outline.

The chemistry of carbon-based life presumably applies throughout the universe, and the universe presents us with the prospect of hundreds of billions of galaxies, chockablock with stars and planets. The number of worlds, and therefore habitats, is unimaginably large, perhaps infinite. Who is willing to bet against any possibility in all that vastness?"
- http://blog.sciencemusings.com/

          "Why You Can Do Anything You Want… And Why You Can’t"      Cache   Translate Page      
"Why You Can Do Anything You Want…
 And Why You Can’t"
by Paul Rosenberg

"People frequently tell children “You can do anything you want.” And this causes a lot of confusion, because in the real world, they can’t. And after their first clash with the aforesaid real world, the child is left wondering all sorts of unpleasant things:

Did mom and dad lie to me?
Are they just ignorant?
Am I defective?
Should I find someone to blame?

The worst thing about this, however, is that the child is likely to have their opinion of themselves reduced. And that’s tragic. As I’ve noted many times, we are magical creatures. Humans, alone in the known universe, are able to create willfully… are able to reverse entropy willfullyThe child should think of his and her self as magical… because they really are! So, let’s make some sense of this problem.

Why You Can: Humans are radically amazing. Sure, we’ve been long trained to consider each other to be sacks of crap – a belief that’s essential to rulership – but it simply isn’t true. We are stunningly capable beings, and we generally behave pretty well, even under the reign of self-debasement.

Take a look around you. Wherever you live, you’re surrounded by buildings, roads, and cars. All of them exist only because of human virtues. Without human creativity, they could not exist. Without human cooperation, they could not exist. And they are everywhere. We’ve filled the Earth with hospitals and airplanes and food and computers and medicine. And the list could go on almost indefinitely.

More than that, we’ve learned how to cooperate very well. Forget wars; they’re run by competing states and will exist as long as states do. Instead, look at your local soccer league, little league, church choir, and family gathering.

And remember that we’ve been trained to see one flaw in a cooperative group and condemn the whole from it. (And to hypnotically accept any and every flaw of the state.) A few flaws are meaningless compared to modes of cooperation that thrive over decades, centuries, and millennia. Does being less than perfect make us monsters? Does anything less than 100% equal zero?

So, we are wonderful creatures. And how much better might we be if we dared consider that possibility? Here’s a quote from G.K. Chesterton that I’d like you to read: "There runs a strange law through the length of human history – that men are continually tending to undervalue their environment, to undervalue their happiness, to undervalue themselves. The great sin of mankind, the sin typified by the fall of Adam, is the tendency, not towards pride, but towards this weird and horrible humility."

Can we dare imagine that Chesterton was right? And if not, why not? That kind of imagination is what the child needs, and it is that kind of imagination that results in human thriving, as noted by Leon Battista Alberti, the epitome of the Renaissance Man: "A man can do all things if he will."

Yes, that’s a bit overstated, but we have the essential ability to do amazing things, and if we thought and acted like it – thought and acted like Leon Battista Alberti – we’d do a lot more amazing things.

Why You Can’t: There are two reasons you can’t do anything at all. The first is simple: Nature stands in your way. No matter how much we imagine we can do something, if nature doesn’t agree, we can’t do it. We can work with nature to do “impossible” things (building flying machines for example), but we can’t simply violate it.

The second reason is also simple: Other human wills oppose us and stand ready to use violence against us. This second reason is habitually cloaked in confusing and deceptive terminology of course, but the truth is that adversarial wills and their violence oppose us all.

What we lack is what we can call “a life affording scope.” Limitations of our scope – weaponized wills set against us – have been colorfully covered by Reason magazine’s “Brickbats” section for decades, but the problem goes much farther than that. I’ll give you a few thoughts on that, then bring this column to a close:

 • Regulation forbids adaptation.
 • Obligation supplants compassion.
• Only violent and corrupt human wills deserve restriction.

And one more, the “14 words” we used in a previous article: "We are a beautiful species, living in a beautiful world, ruled by abusive systems." This is why I’ve been drawn to the cryptosphere. Our scope of life within that realm is not obstructed by weaponized wills. It’s a special place."
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          Game Review: Lamplight City      Cache   Translate Page      
Lamplight City

A well lit look into Grundislav Games' latest release.

The universe of Lamplight City is rich, complex and oddly familiar. The game draws on that ever-popular theme of a steampunk alternative universe, adding dashes of Victorian squalor and just a pinch of 1950's detective tropes. Is it just a mishmash of clichés then? Yes, but it all works well together to form a likable and somewhat unique universe—like a cheesy movie, you can't help but fall in love with Lamplight City.

Figure 1. The Lamplight City Universe

Figure 2. Some Protesters

In Lamplight City, you play Miles Fordham, a disgraced detective turned PI following the death of his partner in Act I at the hands of a mysterious killer. Miles is accompanied by the ghostly voice of his partner Bill as a sort of schizophrenic inner monologue. It's creepy, and it's a perfect example of taking a classic trope and turning it into one of the game's biggest strengths. Bill's monologues add witty flavour to the dry protagonist and a way to explain details and scenarios to the player.

Figure 3. Miles Fordham's Schizophrenic Dialogue

Lamplight City features multiple cases that are all tied together with an overarching story. More impressively though is the overarching story's effect on the individual cases. In my play-through, mistakes I made in one case affected another and effectively led to another case becoming unsolvable. This is a system I instinctively hated. It seemed unjustly punitive to punish players for simply exploring dialogue options. Over time, however, as the music and art slowly enveloped me into a universe I truly enjoyed exploring and experiencing, I began to see how subtleties are at the center of this universe. What at first is dismissed as unimportant or underwhelming later appears as a subtle smack in the face, with that familiar feeling of "Oh, I knew I shouldn't have done that!"


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          'Single-Use' Is The 2018 Word Of The Year, Collins Dictionary Says      Cache   Translate Page      
The English-speaking world's growing concern for the environment and the ubiquity of disposable items that are used only once has pushed the word "single-use" to the top of Collins Dictionary's list of "Word of the Year." Collins says there's been a four-fold increase in the usage of the word since 2013, in part thanks to news coverage of environmental issues. Single-use "encompasses a global movement to kick our addiction to disposable products. From plastic bags, bottles and straws to washable nappies, we have become more conscious of how our habits and behaviours can impact the environment," Collins says. There are other words on the annual shortlist of "new and notable words that reflect an ever-evolving culture and the preoccupations of those who use it." "Floss," in 2018, took on the meaning of a dance in which people twist their hips in one direction, while their swinging arms move in the opposite direction. Collins insists the dance resembles the motion of flossing one's teeth.
          Frank Ocean Gives Free Merch To People Who Vote In US Midterms       Cache   Translate Page      
“Because God Bless America…”

Frank Ocean really, really wants people to vote.

flyer posted to his Tumblr account earlier today encourages fans to get out and vote in the US midterm elections - which will decide who controls the House of Representatives - by giving them free merch in return.

Ocean’s post reads: “Bring proof (a photo of you at the ballot) that you voted to any of the locations below and get some free merch.

“Because God bless America.” The locations are in Houston, Miami, Dallas, and Atlanta.”

These cities were apparently chosen because of the states they’re in and the potential support Ocean fans could offer specific candidates: Stacey Abrams in Georgia, Andrew Gillum in Florida, and Beto O’Rourke.

The flyer also points out that the 42% of people who don’t currently vote in America is the country’s “the largest political group”.

An accompanying tweet said: “If you live/vote in one of these areas, tag us with a photo of the merch so the rest of blonded hive can feast with you.”

Frank (via Tyler The Creator) shared pictures of some of the early beneficiaries.

While encouraging fans, he was careful not to break any voting laws in different states...

Only time will tell how effective Ocean's political campaign has been...

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          We All Have Scars: Let Go of your Childhood’s pain      Cache   Translate Page      

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Between the moment we are born, to the moment we reach adulthood, many of us experience incredible, profound pain.

Some of us have been sexually, physically, or psychologically abused — and then left to pick up the pieces on our own.

In the most vulnerable and sensitive stage of our lives, we’ve been exposed to the deep flaws of those around us. And with that, our deep innocence and natural reverence for life has been buried into the pits of our psyches.

But however far our primordial innocence and reverence for life has been lodged away, for most of us, our innate attitudes towards life are still recoverable.

And our past doesn’t have to decide our future.

Life can still be worth loving.

The Kind of Experiences We Collectively Go Through

Right now, there are daughters who are experiencing the feeling of being unloved to their very core by their parents.

In the last hour, countless kids have been violently hit by a parent for a simple, innocent mistake they’ve made.

Right now, there’s an autistic kid in school who is being picked on by everyone in his classroom.

All of this, is happening year after year. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. This same cycle, continues to repeat every generation, to differing degrees.

According to Dosomething.org, 3.2 million children are victims of bullying each year in the US alone. 1 in 4 teachers see nothing wrong with bullying and will only intervene 4% of the time. Approximately 160,000 teens skip school every day because of bullying.

That statistic hasn’t drastically changed for the better compared to a decade ago. Yesterday’s same pre-teens, have now grown into adults. For over a decade, they were made to feel unloved, isolated, and inadequate by their surrounding environment.

What Kind of Adults Will These Abused Children Grow Into?

Today, teenagers who have been bullied year after year, have been told to go out into the world and ‘make something of themselves’, with the slippery foundation of a past story that makes them feel deeply subconsciously inadequate.

And let’s not forget the many who have been abused at home.

In 2016, according to Childrensrights.org, there were 4.1 million reports of child maltreatment in the United States involving more than 7.4 million children.

It will be much harder for many of these individuals to move forward in their life in the way they want, if they’re being dragged down by the past.

Not everyone ends up getting the help they need. Not everyone ends up doing the work to heal their past. And for many, they ‘manage’ (just about) without any sort of intervention.

But life isn’t about managing.

It’s about thriving, and living closer to our potential.

If you have scars from the past, you’re not alone. And the feeling of not being alone, can at the very least, bring some semblance of solace.

But it’s not enough.

After All — Here Are The Symptoms of Childhood Traumas

  • Addiction
  • Depression
  • Apathy
  • Insecure/Anxious Relationships
  • Passivity
  • Victim-hood Thinking
  • Lack of Ambition
  • Feelings of Abandonment
  • Self-hatred

These symptoms can all manifest to differing degrees. And we’ve likely all experienced one or more of these as adults.

When we realize that our present challenges, are often a partial or a complete symptom of what we’ve experienced in the past, we can bring more compassion to ourselves.

We don’t have to continually blame our present selves. We can realize that our present experiencing self is in large part, a manifestation of our past selves, and by correcting the cracks in our pasts, we can correct our present lives.

Modern Self Improvement Negates the Past

With the virality of motivational videos from people like Eric Thomas, Gary Vaynerchuck, and Tony Robbins, we’ve been told that the way to a better life is through hard work + strategy + hustle.

And while there is plenty of wisdom and value in some of the common ideas shared on success today, the common rhetoric about living a good life, is often void of a holistic understanding of what shapes us as human beings.

For many of us, very little will help us move forward in a significant way -until we’ve healed our past. A garden can’t grow until it’s roots have been tended to. A soil patch can’t grow thriving luscious wildflowers if it’s devoid of nourishment.

Stepping back and looking back at the story of our lives, and how that story is shaping our identity today, is perhaps the most productive thing we could ever do. It’s the metaphorical equivalent to tending to our roots.

Why We Replay the Past

The neurological basis for why we place a large emphasis on our past traumas is because our brain is attempting to warn us from the same thing happening again in the future. If something keeps repeating in our minds, according to clinical psychologist and author Jordan Peterson, it’s because we haven’t articulated how we can prevent the same occurrence from happening again.

By laying out the narrative of our past, speaking about it, and identifying how we felt during that period, and what lessons we can extract from our experience, our past can become a tool that serves us in the present. Without this analytical approach to our past, our past owns us.

Instead of us owning it.

A Simple Question To Heal your Past

Our past can either empower us, or it can negate us. Splitting apart your past in three epochs will enable you to identify the major negative experiences in your life more easily.

What were the three most significant dis-empowering moments and endings in your life between the ages of:

  • 0–7
  • 7–14
  • 14–21

By taking the time to think this through, and even write these experiences down, you’ll have 9 significant mini-stories that have partially shaped the story of your past, and your present identity.

From there, you can zero in on what you learned from those experiences, and the likelihood of them ever happening again. Doing so, will stop your brain from replaying these negative experiences. You’ll stop being led by these experiences.

Philosopher Daniel Kahneman shares in his TED Talk, The Riddle of Experience vs Memory, that we essentially are two selves. We are the experiencing self(present moment focused) and the remembering self (the one that keeps score of our story).

By honing in your past, you will be changing your remembering self, and your experiencing self. You will no longer be in the fog. You will be dissecting your past, so that it serves you.

Healing the past, will always be more important than conquering the future.


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          Spinbackup Launches Beta Backup and Recovery for Microsoft Office 365 with Multiple Cloud Storage Options      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Mathematics of Gerrymandering      Cache   Translate Page      
The process of gerrymandering, drawing legislative district lines to favor one party over another, isn’t new. The practice dates back to the early 19th century. Ohio primary voters this year approved a ballot issue that changes how the state draws its congressional district lines, a process that will be put to the test after the 2020 Census. But how it is judged going forward depends on finding a workable standard for identifying a partisan gerrymander in the first place. A cadre of mathematicians are working on that. Today on All Sides, the mathematics of gerrymandering. Guests : Jen Mille r , executive director , League of Women Voters of Ohio Moon Duchin , associate professor of mathematics, Tufts University Jonathan Mattingly , chair of mathematics, Duke University
          Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Rainbow Pride Symbols       Cache   Translate Page      

What do they mean?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What does  LGBTQI mean?

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

So..... now ya know!

          These are the laws of the natural universe...      Cache   Translate Page      
Law of Mechanical Repair:
After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch.

Law of the Workshop:
Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

Law of the Telephone:
When you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal.

Law of the Alibi:
If you tell the boss you were late for work because you had a flat tire, the very next morning you will have a flat tire.

Variation Law:
If you change lines (or traffic lanes), the one you were in will start to move faster than the one you are in now. (works every time)

Bath Theorem:
When the body is fully immersed in water, the telephone rings.

Law of Close Encounters:
The probability of meeting someone you know increases when you are with someone you don't want to be seen with.

Law of the Result:
When you try to prove to someone that a machine won't work, it will.

Law of Biomechanics:
The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.

Theatre Rule:
At any event, the people whose seats are furthest the aisle arrive last.

Law of Coffee:
As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold.

Murphy's Law of Lockers:
If there are only two people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers.

Law of Dirty Rugs/Carpets:
The chances of an open-faced jelly sandwich landing face down on a floor covering are directly correlated to the newness and cost of the carpet/rug.

Brown's Law:
If the shoe fits, it's ugly.

          Texas Border Town Flooded With Troops, Military Vehicles As Caravan Draws Closer      Cache   Translate Page      

HIDALGO, TX - NOVEMBER 05: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents take part in a training exercise at the U.S.-Mexico border on November 5, 2018 in Hidalgo, Texas. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Over 5,100 troops are already on the border with orders to keep the caravan from Honduras from getting into the country, CBS News reports.

A steady flow of military vehicles was seen streaming into one border town. A previously empty field in town is now holding 300 troops or more.

The troops will serve as backup for Border Patrol and Customs agents. They’re also reinforcing entry areas along the fence, and adding barbed wire to certain areas.

They’ve been deployed in Operation Faithful Patriot, Donald Trump’s effort to secure the border against a large caravan of refugees. The caravan is primarily comprised of people from Honduras who have fled the country due to lack of jobs, drug cartel activity, and corruption among government officials.

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          Nov. 4, 2018 "Cutting Through the Matrix" with Alan Watt (Blurb, i.e. Educational Talk): "The World State: Cold, Ruthless Algorithms Dissect Conversation, Punishing, Applauding, Methodically Persuading" *Title and Dialogue Copyrighted Alan Watt - Nov. 4, 2018 (Exempting Music and Literary Quotes)      Cache   Translate Page      
--{ "The World State: Cold, Ruthless Algorithms Dissect Conversation, Punishing, Applauding, Methodically Persuading, In Leer of Our Overseer Hints a Smile Sardonic, No Other Gods Before Him, Whiffs of the Demonic." © Alan Watt }-- Time is Flying - Persinger's Field Theory - Techniques of Control - Bertrand Russell - Trained to Believe We Live in Best Country in the World - Life is Full of Deceptions - Kept Distracted with Data - Adam Curtis, Propaganda, Decency Laws in 1950s Britain - Deviancy Promoted in the Culture - Vulnerable Children - Neuroscientists, Behaviourists - BIT, Behavioural Insights Teams - Movie, The Third Man - Communism - Documentary on The Katyn Massacre of Polish Officers by the Communists; The Soviets Altered Film to Make it Appear the Germans had Slaughtered the Officers - The World is Silent about Communist Atrocities - George Orwell Connected Dots between Communism and Germany's National Socialism - Marxism is a Religion - Forced Migration, Economic Warfare - Not Allowed to Speak Out, Threats, Imprisonment and Then Finally Extermination - Viciousness of Human Nature - Dropping the Atom Bomb - All Through the Soviet Era, Canada and the U.S. Supplied Soviets with Grain - World Bank Loans to Developing Countries Funded by the Taxpayers of First World Countries - Power Group that Runs the World Owns the World Bank, IMF, BIS, United Nations, the Central Banks - Eustace Mullins Wrote a Book about the Creation of the Federal Reserve - Jekyll Island - Special Drawing Rights - Socialism is a Cover for a Very Powerful Group - Carroll Quigley - Elastic Money Backed by Nothing; a Fiction - Gaddafi - Tony Blair; Divvying Up Iraqi Oil Fields Far in Advance of Invasion - Science and Socialism Strip You of Any Kind of Sacredness of Humanity - Polio Vaccines with Simian 40 Virus - Brain Chips - Religious Debates - Belief is Different than Knowing - Tangible Evil - Abortion - Deliberate Destruction of the Family - Total War - Genocide in Rwanda; What was in These People? - Persuasive Design - Psychologists and Behaviourists Hired to Create Products We Want to Use More and More - B.J. Fogg - Book, The Hidden Persuaders - Silicon Valley Technologists very Wary of Letting Their Children have Screen Time - DARPA - Thousands of Swedes getting Microchipped - Technological Fascism - Totalitarianism - Global Compact on Migration - United Nations Parliamentary Assembly - WiFi Field is Not Just for Communication - Technotronics - 3,000 Norwegians Convert to Islam - Movie, Minority Report - Predicting When and Where Crime Will Happen - Peter Hitchens - International Union of Socialist Youth - Please Remember to Order My Books and Discs and Donate. *Title and Dialogue Copyrighted Alan Watt - Nov. 4, 2018 (Exempting Music and Literary Quotes)
          Buyback Franken-set: 6 from '69      Cache   Translate Page      
I'm not feeling verbose today, after experiencing a very tough loss recently in my personal life.  It's difficult to care much about baseball cards at the moment, but since it's been a few days since I posted any kind of an update here on the blog I figure I can crank through half a dozen buybacks easily enough.

1969 Topps #429 - Willie Horton All-Star

These all come from the 2018 Topps Heritage buyback box-topper program.  Willie Horton here is the lone All-Star subset card in the grouping.  This one has to make the cut for the franken-set, right?

Ooh, tough draw with a fantastic manager card here.  One of the best managers in the history of the game no less, and one that just helped the Red Sox win a World Series as a Vice President to President of Baseball Operations, Dave Dombrowski.

Had to stick with LaRussa.

1969 Topps #125 - Ray Sadecki

Lefty Ray Sadecki had really dropped off in production between his 20-win season for the 1964 World Series champion Cardinals and the time this card was printed up.  His ERA ballooned from sub-3.00 to well over 4.00 in 1969, and he saw an increasing amount of bullpen work.

Certainly not a season worthy of displacing this '78 George Scott buyback in slot 125.

Not a chance.

1969 Topps #36 - Luke Walker

Luke Walker had an average season for the Bucs in 1969.  He really exploded in 1970, enough so to earn both Cy Young and MVP votes.  1969 though was just average...

Can average knock this '75 Joe Lovitto from the binder?

It cannot.

1969 Topps #555 - Jim Hart

Next up, outfielder Jim Hart of the Giants.  Jim could really slug the ball, but unfortunately he was a total liability on the defensive side of the ball.  Because of that he never really achieved his true potential in Major League Baseball, despite a few notable seasons.

I've got a '73 Bill Hands in slot 555.  Which is better?

I like the Jim Hart.

1969 Topps #267 - Vicente Romo

The Tribe actually traded Vicente Romo to the Red Sox in April of 1969.  The Red Sox certainly handed him the ball a lot, as he made 52 appearances with Boston before the season was over.

Unfortunately for Romo, he draws Herman Franks and some of the best shades in the entire franken-set as his opponent for card #267.

Don't see how I could have gone the other way with this one.

1969 Topps #127 - Kevin Collins

Unfortunately for Kevin Collins, he was dealt to the Expos in June of 1969, and thus was not on the roster for the miraculous post-season run the Mets enjoyed that year.  Then again, that was the trade that brought Donn Clendenon to New York.  So I guess it's doubtful the Mets would have won it all had they not executed that trade in June, given how clutch Clendenon was in the World Series that year.

Had this dual-player Angels RC from 1964 Topps in slot 127.

I love the look of that Kevin Collins card over the '64, so I'm going with it.

Well, that got my mind off things for a bit, but if I'm being honest my heart's just not in it at the moment.  I'm sure I'll be back soon though.  Thanks for stopping by as always.

Franken-set Progress: 632/792 (79%)
1990 Topps Buyback Set: 101/792 (12%)
"Rejected" Buybacks: 520
Total Buybacks in Collection: 1,253
          Renaissance (02/11/2018)      Cache   Translate Page      
In collaboration with Onyx Films, Music Box Records proudly presents the remastered and expanded CD release of Nicholas Dodd’s original motion picture score to the 2006 animated tech-noir science fiction film Renaissance directed by Christian Volckman.

In 2054, Paris is a labyrinth where all movement is monitored and recorded. Casting its seductive shadow over the city is its largest company Avalon, which insinuates itself into every aspect of contemporary life to sell its primary export: youth and beauty. In this world of stark contrast and rigid laws the populace is kept in line and accounted for.

With its doom-drenched cityscapes populated by anguished detectives, cunning crooks and the femmes fatales who play them all like puppets, the black and white imagery of classic film noir has yielded any number of colorful film scores. This contrast has never been so striking as with Nicholas Dodd’s combination of Hollywood’s orchestral past and the pulsing electronics of France’s future for 2006’s Renaissance – a 2054-set movie truly before its time in pushing the genre’s visual and musical boundaries into the realm of animation. The English language version featured the voices of Daniel Craig, Jonathan Pryce, Romola Garai, Catherine McCormack and Ian Holm.

The soundtrack was issued on CD in 2006, it only included 25 minutes of Dodd's score and featured additional music by other composers. The current release adds about 50 minutes of powerful orchestral score performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra and features all the music written by Nicholas Dodd for the film, including cues not featured in film.

Produced, edited and assembled by Édouard Dubois in consultation with the composer and director, Music Box Records presents for the first time the expanded orchestral score to Renaissance, newly remastered from the recording sessions elements.

The package includes a 12-page illustrated booklet featuring exclusive in-depth liner notes by writer Daniel Schweiger and new comments by Nicholas Dodd, director Christian Volckman and music supervisor Édouard Dubois. Limited Edition of 500 units.

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          Overwhelmed passengers abandoned an Indonesian flight crammed with 2 tons of a notoriously smelly tropical fruit      Cache   Translate Page      

durian

  • An Indonesian passenger plane was momentarily grounded after a spontaneous passenger uprising, Antara reports.
  • The pungency of the notorious tropical fruit durian is to blame, with passengers refusing to share the flight to Jakarta with some two tons of the fruit squeezed into the cargo hold.

Indonesia's crisis prone aviation industry suffered a decidedly minor setback on Monday after a Sriwijaya Air flight laden with durian was delayed when passengers revolted.

A reporter with the Indonesian media group Antara, who happened to be on the plane, said passengers became agitated upon encountering the scent of durian wafting through cabin before takeoff.

According to a reporter Boyke Ledy Watra with Indonesia's national news agency, Antara, several passengers were so overwhelmed that they were "almost coming to blows with flight crew members."

Passengers soon began leaving the cabin to mill about on the tarmac, refusing to board the flight until the source of the stench was removed, the publication said.

Sriwijaya Air eventually came to reason and reportedly unloaded some two tons of the fruit which Anthony Bourdain once lamented as "indescribable."

If you've stumbled innocently across a durian, you will in all likelihood remember its potent mix of aromas.

Even with the thick spiky husk intact, the unnatural Asian fruit has such a fearsome, unrelenting stench that it's widely banned on most major airlines, mass transit systems and public places across Asia.

Sriwijaya Air senior corporate communications manager Retri Maya released a statement in response to the reports, justifying the airline’s decision to carry the durian.

Sriwijaya attempted to rationalize the airline's decision to take on two tons of the cargo by pointing out no laws were broken.

"It's not illegal to carry durian in a flight as long as it is wrapped properly in accordance with flight regulations — carried inside the hold," the airline said, adding: "Many airlines do this."

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          BWW Review: Scena Theatre Puts a Hollywood Spin on Oscar Wilde's WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE      Cache   Translate Page      

Now playing at the Atlas Performing Arts Center is an all-female, 1930s Tinseltown take on Oscar Wilde's WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE, directed by Robert McNamara. It's an undeniably creative angle to approach Wilde, in the vein of Scena's previous gender-bending production of THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, and it has its share of funny and dramatic moments. However, its busy design and occasionally manic delivery misses the mark at times.

WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE is a bit of an Oscar Wilde deep cut and isn't performed as often as his better known plays, but like the rest of his oeuvre, it deals with class commentary. The plot, involving romantic entanglements and an illegitimate child, is secondary to the witty quips about society as a whole. A lot rests on the shoulders of the able actors to entertain and enlighten -- and for the most part, they do. Nanna Ingvarsson is the believably flirtatious dandy Lord Illingworth, and Sara Barker is stoic Mrs. Arbuthnot, who, of course, has a secret. Jen Bevarelli plays Mrs. Arbuthnot's son Gerald with exaggerated silent-film gestures and gusto. Lord Illingworth romances effervescent Mrs. Allonby (Dina Soltan) and every other female in sight, while Gerald is enamored with the American Puritan Hester (Moriah Whiteman).

Despite the supposedly specific 30s Hollywood setting, it's not easy to place this play in time and space, with whimsical costumes (Alisa Mandel) and extremely affected British accents to make sure we know we're watching a satire. The play's greatest flaw is probably its silent-film style projection as part of the backdrop, which provides a running commentary on the play. It highlights certain spoken phrases, translates them into French bons mots, and even shows various catchphrases. This might've been suitable for a silent version of the show, but it becomes distracting as it competes with the live dialogue.

But the music, which is less liberally applied and incorporates classical recordings and film tunes, adds to the effect of several scenes and even draws out melodramatic emotions. It sets the stage for Barker and Ingvarsson to captivate the audience with some harder hitting lines that leave no doubt that no woman is of no importance. It's a feminist feeling, and it brings a real bright spot to Scena's WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE.

Running time: approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.

Scena Theatre's WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE runs through December 2nd, 2018, at the Atlas Performing Arts Center - Lab I, 1333 H St. NE, Washington, DC 20002. Tickets can be purchased at www.atlasarts.org or by calling (202) 399-7993.

Photo: From left, Nanna Ingvarsson as Lord Illingworth and Dina Soltan as Mrs. Allonby in WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE; photo by Jae Yi Photography, courtesy of Scena Theatre.


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          How IoT Laws & Codes of Practice Could Be the New Norm | Avast      Cache   Translate Page      

Thinking of buying a smart door lock or a thermostat? Good news, consumers! Starting Jan 1, 2020, new internet-connected consumer products such as mobile phones, smart appliances, home alarms, monitors, trackers, and cameras that are sold in California must now be equipped with “a reasonable security feature or features.”


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          October Kingsman Recs      Cache   Translate Page      
Had a brief affair with Kingsman fic earlier this month and found some fabulous fic :D

Title: The Muse
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Lacerta26
Pairing: Harry/Eggsy
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 2,361
Content/Warnings: established relationship, dirty talk, bottom!eggsy
Summary: Rushing home at three in the afternoon for a shag is something Harry thought was relegated to the past but Eggsy slouches in the cab with his legs spread and a hand slightly too high up on Harry’s thigh to be decent. On the doorstep, he plasters himself to Harry’s back and murmurs, ‘is this where you invite me in to look at your etchings, Harry?’
Super hot PWP with a really lovely dynamic between Harry and Eggsy.

Title: Duty Calls
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] LelithSugar
Pairing: Harry/Eggsy
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 5,859
Content/Warnings: established relationship, role play, bottom!eggsy, desk!sex, sex toys, face-fucking
Summary: Harry catches Eggsy cracking one out to military porn. Highly dubious roleplay ensues.
Super sexy fic with Harry and Eggsy indulging in a bit of roleplay!

Title: Sleeping Beauty
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Deepdarkwaters
Pairing: Harry/Eggsy
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 7,792
Summary: Eggsy's called off on an emergency mission after his mum's already gone to work and the only person available to babysit on such short notice is Harry.
Super sweet fic with Harry babysitting Daisy and it leading to Eggsy finally making a move.

Title: Present and Correct
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] LelithSugar
Pairing: Harry/Eggsy
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 8,113
Content/Warnings: established relationship, collars, bottom!eggsy, D/s dynamics, praise!kink
Summary: Harry's dressed to kill. Eggsy likes to feel worthy, and it's amazing how well turned out you can be in your birthday suit.
Seriously, *seriously* hot fic with a gorgeous dynamic between Eggsy and Harry and some super sexy D/s lovin'.

Title: Sunset Yellow (E110)
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] LelithSugar
Pairing: Harry/Eggsy
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 9,258
Content/Warnings: established relationship, barebacking, bottom!eggsy, sex toys, dirty talk, sex pollen (kind of)
Summary: When Eggsy's injured on a mission, Kingsman's medical department use him to test out experimental new painkillers with some very interesting side effects.
Harry takes good care of him.
Fun and seriously sexy fic with Eggsy hopped up on some extra-amorous painkillers. Thankfully Harry's an excellent boyfriend and doesn't mind helping him out. :D

Title: Your Starter for Ten
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] LelithSugar
Pairing: Harry/Eggsy
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 9,740
Content/Warnings: intercrural sex, intergluteal sex, office!sex
Summary: Eggsy and Harry have been dancing around each other- around this - for far too long, and something has to give. Leaping before you look has served Eggsy well, on the whole, so he'll take his chances.
Lovely and seriously sexy fic with Eggsy finally making his move on Harry.

Title: A Touch too Much
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] LelithSugar
Pairing: Harry/Eggsy
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 10,131
Content/Warnings: established relationship, praise!kink, light bondage, bottom!eggsy, blindfolds, gags, rimming, D/s dynamics, intercrural sex, glove!kink, leather!kink
Summary: A few times Eggsy Unwin doesn't have a fetish, alright? And one time he can't say a word.
Seriously hot fic with Eggsy having a thing for leather and Harry being more than willing to indulge his kink. :D

Title: Blue Velvet
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] LelithSugar
Pairing: Harry/Eggsy
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 10,809
Content/Warnings: established relationship, club!fic
Summary: Harry and Eggsy indulge in the great British tradition of going out for a quiet drink and ending up OUT out.
OH, this fic is so much fun! Super sexy and I just adored the relationship between Harry and Eggsy here.

Title: A Royal Arrangement
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Kyele
Pairing: Harry/Eggsy
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 92,108
Content/Warnings: AU: Royalty, AU: Historical, AU: Omega!Verse, alpha/beta/omega dynamics, king!harry, alpha!harry, omega!eggsy, arranged marriage, first time, dirty talk, bottom!eggsy, heat cycles, knotting, oral knotting, rimming, outdoor!sex, MPREG
Summary: The V-Day virus has devastated Regency England, but its cost comes not in lives, but fertility. Faced with the possibility of being wiped out within a single generation, Parliament takes drastic action. New laws restrict inheritance, from land to noble titles to the throne itself, to those who can reproduce. More, the newly crowned Henry IX - formerly Lord Harry Hart - must provide the kingdom with an heir as soon as possible. To do so, he must work his way down a Register of Fertile Omegas, spending a year with each in the hopes of securing the succession as soon as possible.
Eggsy Unwin is next on the Register...
Really wonderful Regency Omega!Verse fic! Loved the world building here, and the way the characters were all incorporated was super clever! The build between Harry and Eggsy was just gorgeous, and the whole thing had me captivated!

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          Laundering laws, not racism, may have barred Drake from gambling in Vancouver      Cache   Translate Page      

VANCOUVER—British Columbia’s new anti-money-laundering laws, not racial profiling, may have been what prevented Drake from gambling in Vancouver last weekend, according to several sources — including an online post purporting to be from an employee at the casino.

The Toronto rapper, full name Aubrey Drake Graham, just turned 32 on Oct. 24 and has a penchant for visiting casinos around the date, according to previous social-media posts.

On Instagram, Drake wrote: “Parq Casino is the worst run business I have ever witnessed … Profiling me and not allowing me to gamble when I had everything they originally asked me for.”

Drake’s account was disputed by a Reddit user who claimed he is a Parq casino employee, though StarMetro could not independently verify the truth of that claim. The user didn’t respond to an email requesting more information. CTV News, however, said it verified the events described with another unnamed source.

The user, “O-A-N,” alleged that Drake ran afoul of rules requiring he produce proof he withdrew funds of more than $10,000 the same day and declare its source.

“Basically, you need a bank receipt for the same day you buy in,” the Reddit post said. “He was refused service because of (the British Columbia Lottery Corporation’s) policy that requires source of funds from any player trying to buy in for more than $10,000 in cash.

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“Parq tried to do everything they could to allow him to gamble … including calling up BCLC. Drake and his entourage were well informed of this policy when they were refused service. If Parq allowed Drake to break this law, they could lose their gambling licence.”

According to an update from the same Reddit user, Drake did end up gambling both that night and the next day.

“He was there for at least six hours that I know of,” the user wrote. “Drake did in fact gamble for a while. Not only did he have his own ($10,000) buy-in, he had a friend at one point wire him money to Parq, which they accepted, and he gambled some more.

“When he lost that, he tried to buy in again with cash and he was refused again. Seems like after losing everything, he left and threw and made that post.”

A spokesperson for Parq Vancouver told StarMetro she “can’t comment on specific customers” for privacy reasons but said that “Parq Vancouver is responsible for following all of the regulations set out by B.C. (Lotteries Corp). We follow these guidelines for every customer.”

The casino said in a Saturday post on its Instagram account it is “constantly improving our communications process to ensure that these new regulations are better understood by all guests ... We are operating in one of the most complex, highly regulated industries and are always looking to better our communication and customer service.

“We categorically stand against racism of any kind.”

In a statement on its website, B.C. Lotteries Corporation says it requires reporting of any cash buy-in of $10,000 or more, including the customer’s identification and a bank receipt.

“All cash and bank draft/certified cheque buy-ins for $10,000 or more, in one or more transactions within a 24-hour period, will require a source of funds receipt,” the Crown corporation said. “The original receipt must be from the same day of the transaction and show the financial institution, branch number and account number.

“This information will be required before a customer is allowed to buy in.”

After Attorney General David Eby took office last year, he described being shown video footage of hundreds of thousands of dollars — in elastic-bound $20s — being dumped from duffel bags at casino teller wickets. He responded by ordering a report by former RCMP regional commissioner Peter German.

German’s bombshell report was titled Dirty Money. Compared to other jurisdictions, B.C. had allowed money laundering and organized criminal activity to flourish over a decade in its casinos, the report said, and the previous government had shuttered an anti-money-laundering enforcement unit despite insiders’ warnings about the problem.

As a result, Eby tabled and passed a revamp of B.C.’s casino legislation, including measures to force gaming businesses to flag all transactions over $10,000 to authorities and require them to prove where they got the cash on the same day.

And according to Eby on Monday, the new laws have worked, causing a “remarkable and sharp decline in suspicious transactions,” adding there’s been a “reduction of about 100 times from the peak of suspicious cash transactions.”

For that reason, Eby said, there can be no exceptions regarding disclosure.

B.C.’s rules are by no means unique. Had Drake or any celebrity walked into, say, a Las Vegas casino owned by Parq’s operator, Paragon Gaming, he would have discovered a tight net of laws and regulations also govern cash transactions there.

German visited Las Vegas, the hub of gaming on the continent, and met with enforcement officials and regulators there. His recommendations were largely inspired by Nevada’s model, including encouraging alternatives to cash and requiring identification and detailed record-keeping on large transactions.

“I hypothesized that a box of cash arrived with rubber bands at a cash cage,” German wrote about his meetings with Las Vegas’ deputy chief of the enforcement division and a casino investigator. “What would occur? The officers doubted that this would occur in Las Vegas.”

According to the U.S. Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (the equivalent of Canada’s FinTRAC), “a casino is required to file a (Currency Transaction Report by Casinos) on currency transactions by or on behalf of any customer that, alone or when aggregated, exceed $10,000 in a gaming day.”

The same law applies to poker players buying in with “more than $10,000 in chips with currency, in a single transaction or a series of related transactions in the same gaming day.”

Violations in the U.S. could cost a casino $25,000 every day of the violation occurring, up to $100,000 per violation.

Drizzy has said nothing beyond his call-out on Instagram. But in his song “Diplomatic Immunity,” released on Jan. 19, he sings about a previous incident at a casino in Detroit:

“I refuse to comply with regulations … Motor City Casino, I’m at the cage with my old licence. They tell me, ‘Don’t worry, I got your money.’”

With files from The Canadian Press

David P. Ball is a Vancouver-based reporter covering democracy and politics. Follow him on Twitter: @davidpball


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          SWR2 Zeitgenossen: Götz Bachmann, Medientheoretiker      Cache   Translate Page      
Über die Rolle rebellischer Outlaws in der digitalen Welt und die falsche Revolution der Kalifornischen Ideologie spricht Dietrich Brants mit dem Medientheoretiker Götz Bachmann vom Institut für Kultur und Ästhetik Digitaler Medien an der Leuphana Universität Lüneburg.
          Are social media defamation cases worth the time and effort?      Cache   Translate Page      

Australia's defamation laws weren't written with social media in mind, but Australians are nevertheless turning to the courts to protest comments made about them online — something which legal experts say leads to arduous and costly legal battles.


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Rafael Nadal has pulled out of next week's season-ending Nitto ATP Finals in London because he is still struggling with an abdominal injury.

The Spaniard missed last week's Paris Masters with the same problem and has taken advantage of his enforced layoff to have ankle surgery.

The 31-year-old, who was knocked off the No. 1 spot by Serbia's Novak Djokovic Monday, will be replaced by American John Isner at the Nov. 11-18 event at London's O2 Arena.

Writing on his Facebook page in Spanish, the Mallorcan said 2018 had been "a complicated year," which had been "very good" when he has been able to play "and in turn very bad" when it came to injuries.

His long-time press agent Benito Perez-Barbadillo emailed CNN a statement Monday saying Nadal was set to undergo surgery on a "free body bone" in his right ankle.

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READ: Nadal helps clear up after Mallorca floods

His withdrawal is another blow for the organizer of the ATP Finals with two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray also missing with a long-term hip injury.

Nadal has played just nine events in 2018, winning five of them, including an historic 11th French Open title at Roland Garros for his 17th career grand slam.

He played his last match at the US Open in September, when he retired with a knee injury in the semifinal against Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro.

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It was his second retirement in a major match after an upper leg injury forced him out of the Australian Open quarterfinal against Croatia's Marin Cilic at the start of the season.


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Anti-protest laws promised by the Tasmanian Liberals are overdue because "lawyers are scratching their heads" and unable to find a way around a High Court ruling that saw them thrown out the first time, activist Bob Brown says.


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Amazon Web Services (AWS) began offering cloud instances based on AMD EPYC processors.

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          cURL error 77 with PHP-FPM after yumupdate      Cache   Translate Page      

Recently a client reported that checkout was broken on their ecommerce website.

After some quick investigation, I found that the application code responsible for speaking with the payment gateway was logging the following error:

CURL Connection error: (77)

Here, I’ll outline my approach to solving this problem.

Hitting the Payment Gateway’s endpoint using the curl Executable

The site was using was Authorize.NET as its payment gateway. The code was specifically hitting an endpoint at https://api2.authorize.net . I tried hitting the endpoint myself using the curl executable while SSH-ed into one of their web servers to see if the issue would reproduce…

$ curl https://api2.authorize.net/xml/v1/request.api {"messages":{"resultCode":"Error","message":[{"code":"E00003","text":"Root element is missing."}]}}

No cURL error 77…the problem did not seem to reproduce…

Invoking cURL through php-FPM

The application code, of course, wasn’t running curl via command line invocation of the curl executable. Instead, a PHP-FPM process was executing a script that was using PHP cURL functions .

As such as decided to test that way. I quickly created a testing script…

<?php $ch = curl_init(); curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_URL, "https://api2.authorize.net"); curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1); $output = curl_exec($ch); var_dump($output) . PHP_EOL; var_dump(curl_error($ch)) . PHP_EOL; var_dump(curl_errno($ch)) . PHP_EOL;

I put it in the webroot of the server I was SSH-ed into and ran it via a PHP-FPM process as follows:

$ curl --resolve www.example.com:80:127.0.0.1 http://www.example.com/mpc-curl-auth-net-test.php bool(false) string(0) "" int(77)

Bingo, I got the error.

What Had Changed Recently?

This reminded me of an issue I had seen not long ago where DNS lookups failed only when running curl via a script executed by PHP-FPM. In that case I had tracked it back to a yum update.

As such, I decided to check /var/log/yum.log to see if any packages had been update recently….

Oct 24 03:53:38 Updated: nspr.x86_64 4.19.0-1.43.amzn1 Oct 24 03:53:39 Updated: nss-util.x86_64 3.36.0-1.54.amzn1 Oct 24 03:53:39 Updated: nss-softokn-freebl.x86_64 3.36.0-5.42.amzn1 Oct 24 03:53:39 Updated: nss-softokn.x86_64 3.36.0-5.42.amzn1 Oct 24 03:53:39 Updated: nss-sysinit.x86_64 3.36.0-5.82.amzn1 Oct 24 03:53:39 Updated: nss.x86_64 3.36.0-5.82.amzn1 Oct 24 03:53:39 Updated: nss-tools.x86_64 3.36.0-5.82.amzn1 Oct 24 03:53:39 Updated: python26-paramiko.noarch 1.15.1-2.7.amzn1 Oct 24 03:53:39 Updated: python27-paramiko.noarch 1.15.1-2.7.amzn1

Bingo again! A yum update had run the night before…

The Fix

Going off my experience with the DNS issue, I guessed that restarting php-fpm might fix the issue. As such, I decided to give it a try…

$ sudo service php-fpm restart

Then, I re-ran my testing script

$ curl --resolve www.example.com:80:127.0.0.1 http://www.example.com/mpc-curl-auth-net-test.php string(1233) "<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd"> <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> <head> <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1"/> <title>403 - Forbidden: Access is denied.</title> ... " string(0) "" int(0)

Issue resolved.

The Return Of The Issue

This project was running a fleet of AWS EC2 instances and we manually restarted php-fpm across all. However, later that same day the client reported the issue had reared its ugly head again. This time, however it was only occurring sporadicly.

Digging in, I found this was due a fresh EC2 instance being introducing into the auto scaling group .

What was happening was…

Instance comes online with old NSS packages PHP-FPM starts yum update runs Bad times
cURL error 77 with PHP-FPM after yumupdate

In order to fix this we baked a new AMI with the NSS packages already updated. Now, when a new EC2 instance came online this would happen…

Instance comes online with new NSS packages PHP-FPM starts
cURL error 77 with PHP-FPM after yumupdate
The True Root Cause

While I would love to know exactly why updating those packages caused the error when running curl via PHP-FPM unfortunately I didn’t have the opportunity to truly get to the bottom of it. If you’ve run into this same issue and went deeper on it than I did I’d love to hear about it in the comments below…


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Meet Shadow a black English lab retriever male puppy from our exquisite litter of AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB English lab retriever pups born September 20th. We're asking 1000 for this exquisite boy and he is ready to go to his forever home THURSDAY (November eighth). Mom (Minnie) is a beautifull English black female and Dad (Cub) is a beautiful English black male. Both parents have nice personalities, good tempermants, and are verry friendly. Parents are EIC and CNM clear and hips/elbows are good/normal. The pups have champion blood lines. Shadow's dewclaws are removed, he has age appropriate vaccinations, dewormed at 3, 5, and seven weeks old and had a veterinarian health examination on November fifth. He comes with a 26 mnth hip/elbow good health guarantee, limited AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB certification documents, a health certificate, deworming and vaccination record, and one month worth of heart gaurd. He has been socialized daily with adults and kids of all ages.

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Meet Buster a black English lab retriever male puppy from our exquisite litter of AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB English lab retriever pups born September 20th. We're asking 1000 for this exquisite boy and he is ready to go to his forever home THURSDAY (November eighth). Mom (Minnie) is a beautifull English black female and Dad (Cub) is a beautiful English black male. Both parents have nice personalities, good tempermants, and are verry friendly. Parents are EIC and CNM clear and hips/elbows are good/normal. The pups have champion blood lines. Buster's dewclaws have been removed, he has age appropriate vaccinations, dewormed at 3, 5, and seven weeks old and had a veterinarian health examination on November fifth. He comes with a 26 mnth hip/elbow good health guarantee, limited AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB certification documents, a health certificate, deworming and vaccination record, and one month worth of heart gaurd. He has been socialized daily with adults and kids of all ages.

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          Jackson (PuppyFind) $1,200      Cache   Translate Page      
Meet Jackson a chocolate English lab retriever male puppy from our exquisite litter of AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB English lab retriever pups born September 20th. We're asking 1200 for this exquisite boy and he is ready to go to his forever home THURSDAY (November eighth). Mom (Minnie) is a beautifull English black female and Dad (Cub) is a beautiful English black male. Both parents have nice personalities, good tempermants, and are verry friendly. Parents are EIC and CNM clear and hips/elbows are good/normal. The pups have champion blood lines. Jackson's dewclaws have been removed, he has age appropriate vaccinations, dewormed at 3, 5, and seven weeks old and had a veterinarian health examination on November fifth. He comes with a 26 mnth hip/elbow good health guarantee, limited AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB certification documents, a health certificate, deworming and vaccination record, and one month worth of heart gaurd. He has been socialized daily with adults and kids of all ages.

          Gus (PuppyFind) $1,000      Cache   Translate Page      
Meet Gus a yellow English lab retriever male puppy from our exquisite litter of AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB English lab retriever pups born September 20th. We're asking 1000 for this exquisite boy and he is ready to go to his forever home THURSDAY (November eighth). Mom (Minnie) is a beautifull English black female and Dad (Cub) is a beautiful English black male. Both parents have nice personalities, good tempermants, and are verry friendly. Parents are EIC and CNM clear and hips/elbows are good/normal. The pups have champion blood lines. Gus's dewclaws have been removed, he has age appropriate vaccinations, dewormed at 3, 5, and seven weeks old and had a veterinarian health examination on November fifth. He comes with a 26 mnth hip/elbow good health guarantee, limited AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB certification documents, a health certificate, deworming and vaccination record, and one month worth of heart gaurd. He has been socialized daily with adults and kids of all ages.

          Book launch “Wil and the Welsh Black Cattle”      Cache   Translate Page      
Come along on Saturday the 24th of November at 2pm, for the launch of Phil Okwedy’s first published book ‘Will & the Welsh Black Cattle’. Phil Okwedy is a performance storyteller & mythmaker who draws deeply on his Welsh/Nigerian heritage and multiple cultures. He performs in clubs, theatres and festivals both here and abroad. ‘Wil […]
          Dakota (PuppyFind) $1,200      Cache   Translate Page      
Meet Dakota a black English lab retriever male puppy from our exquisite litter of AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB English lab retriever pups born September 20th. We're asking 1200 for this exquisite boy and he is ready to go to his forever home THURSDAY (November eighth). Mom (Minnie) is a beautifull English black female and Dad (Cub) is a beautiful English black male. Both parents have nice personalities, good tempermants, and are verry friendly. Parents are EIC and CNM clear and hips/elbows are good/normal. The pups have champion blood lines. Dakota's dewclaws have been removed, he has age appropriate vaccinations, dewormed at 3, 5, and seven weeks old and had a veterinarian health examination on November fifth. He comes with a 26 mnth hip/elbow good health guarantee, limited AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB certification documents, a health certificate, deworming and vaccination record, and one month worth of heart gaurd. He has been socialized daily with adults and kids of all ages.

          Casper (PuppyFind) $1,200      Cache   Translate Page      
Meet Casper a polor bear white English lab retriever male puppy from our exquisite litter of AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB English lab retriever pups born September 20th. We're asking 1200 for this exquisite boy and he is ready to go to his forever home THURSDAY (November eighth). Mom (Minnie) is a beautifull English black female and Dad (Cub) is a beautiful English black male. Both parents have nice personalities, good tempermants, and are verry friendly. Parents are EIC and CNM clear and hips/elbows are good/normal. The pups have champion blood lines. Casper's dewclaws have been removed, he has age appropriate vaccinations, dewormed at 3, 5, and seven weeks old and had a veterinarian health examination on November fifth. He comes with a 26 mnth hip/elbow good health guarantee, limited AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB certification documents, a health certificate, deworming and vaccination record, and one month worth of heart gaurd. He has been socialized daily with adults and kids of all ages.

          Autumn (PuppyFind) $900      Cache   Translate Page      
Meet Autumn a yellow English lab retriever female puppy from our gorgeous litter of AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB English lab retriever pups born September 20th. We're asking 900 for this exquisite girl and she is ready to go to her forever home THURSDAY (November eighth). Mom (Minnie) is a beautifull English black female and Dad (Cub) is a gorgeous English black male. Both parents have nice personalities, good tempermants, and are verry friendly. Parents are EIC and CNM clear and hips/elbows are good/normal. The pups have champion blood lines. Autumn's dewclaws have been removed, she has age appropriate vaccinations, dewormed at 3, 5, and seven weeks old and had a veterinarian health examination on November fifth. She comes with a 26 mnth hip/elbow good health guarantee, limited AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB certification documents, a health certificate, deworming and vaccination record, and one month worth of heart gaurd. She has been socialized daily with adults and kids of all ages.

          Red Girl (PuppyFind) $950      Cache   Translate Page      
This is a Bichon-Poo girl should mature about twelve pounds. Mom is a Bichon-Poo and dad is a tiny toy poodle. She was born on 08/01/18 and ready for her forever home. Pups are family nurtured with tender loving care underfoot of our twelve year old and 5 yr old. We raise QUALITY! Pets, not pet quality pups! These pups are kid tested and mother approved!!! Pups are kept current on vaccination & deworming's. Dewclaws are removed. WRITTEN immediate health/genetic guarantee. Veterinarian Checked before leaving. Wi License# 268597-DS

          From Michigan to Utah: Here are all the states voting on marijuana in the midterms      Cache   Translate Page      

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Marijuana legalization is on the ballot in four states in Tuesday's midterm elections

Michigan and North Dakota are weighing measures to legalize recreational marijuana for all adults, while bright-red Utah and Missouri residents are voting on medical marijuana measures.

Marijuana legalization is sweeping the US: in June, Oklahoma voted to legalize medical marijuana, joining the 31 states that already have medical marijuana laws on the books. A further nine states, including California and Colorado, have legalized the possession and sale of marijuana to all adults over the age of 21. 

It's also one of the few hot-button topics with widespread support. According to a recent poll from Pew Research, 62% of Americans support legalizing recreational marijuana, including 74% of millennials. 

And 2018 has been a banner year for marijuana legalization in North America. In October, Canada legalized marijuana federally, becoming the first Group of Seven country to do so. Mexico's Supreme Court ruled in October that marijuana prohibition was unconstitutional, paving the way for the country's new leader — Andrés Manuel López Obrador — to follow Canada's lead.

Here are all the states voting on marijuana on Tuesday:

Michigan

Anthony Bolante/Reuters

Voters in Michigan may make the state the first in the Midwest to legalize the possession and sale of marijuana for adults over the age of 21. The bill would allow adults to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana, and allow residents to grow up to 12 plants at home.

The law is more permissive than other states with legal marijuana: most allow residents to only possess up to an ounce at a time.

Polls show that measure is likely to pass, according to Ballotpedia. 

 

 



North Dakota

AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

North Dakotans will vote on one the most permissive legal marijuana policies yet. The measure sets no limits on possession and legalizes the commercialization of marijuana without creating a regulatory framework, per The Washington Post

The measure, if passed, will also automatically expunge criminal records for residents with marijuana-related convictions.

 

 



Utah

AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico

Bright-red Utah is voting on Proposition 2, a medical marijuana measure that will allow residents with qualifying illnesses to legal access to marijuana. 

Recent polls show the bill is polling just above 50%, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. Opponents and supporters of the bill agreed that Utah's legislature would convene in a special session in November to hammer out a more restrictive medical marijuana bill, meaning that Utah is likely to have some form of medical marijuana access on the books regardless of the bill's fate.

The Mormon Church, however, is opposed to medical marijuana and holds strong sway in Utah politics, per The New York Times. 




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DRACUT -- Town Meeting on Monday rejected an article that sought to adopt Mass. General Laws Chapter 33, Section 59, under which public employees are fully paid while they are fulfilling their military service obligations through drills and training.
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DRACUT -- Town Meeting on Monday rejected an article that sought to adopt Mass. General Laws Chapter 33, Section 59, under which public employees are fully paid while they are fulfilling their military service obligations through drills and training.
          Native American groups issue more than 2,000 free IDs to their members to fight North Dakota's voter suppression laws      Cache   Translate Page      

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  • Native American groups in North Dakota have helped provide its members more than 2,000 ID cards in advance of the 2018 midterm elections.
  • North Dakota once had one of the most relaxed voting laws in the country, but Republican lawmakers cracked down on voting after the 2012 election.
  • Some of those laws made it harder for Native Americans to vote by requiring a type of ID many can't easily obtain.

Tribes in North Dakota have helped provide more than 2,000 identification cards to Native Americans in advance of the 2018 midterm elections, defying a state law that would otherwise strip many of them of their ability to vote.

The law requires voters to have an ID card displaying their exact residency. But many Native Americans don't have one, and can't get one because they don't use street addresses on their reservations, they are homeless and stay with friends or relatives, of because a new ID is prohibitively expensive, according to the Associated Press. In many cases, the state's mapping system that assigns people addresses is simply wrong. A US district judge estimated that the law disenfranchised more than 5,000 Native Americans.

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          Comment on The ‘Avatar’ Sequels Sound Terrible, But You’d Be Insane to Bet Against James Cameron by NEO      Cache   Translate Page      
Cameron’s a genius at his craft. The idea that animation and reality are one is truly fascinating stuff. You all miss the point of the names being so seemingly generic; ironically driving the controversy. “Unobtainium” for instance, is intentionally cheesy in that the idea it stands for — our government, military, and sociological flaws — are so blatantly obvious and straightforward, it begs the question. Master.
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          California State University, Bakersfield suspends policy on ‘politically related’ postings after rejecting ballot proposition flyers      Cache   Translate Page      

In a welcome victory for freedom of expression, California State University, Bakersfield will not enforce a vague policy barring students from posting “politically related” flyers on campus. As election season draws to a close, Tristan Weiser — an undergraduate student at CSU Bakersfield — sought to draw support for a proposition on tomorrow’s ballot. Although administrators first gave him a stamp of approval to post flyers in support of the proposition on campus, they later refused to give him permission to post the same flyers in other locations, or to post flyers promoting a rally in support of the proposition. […]

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          My Father Sings . . . Back Home Again      Cache   Translate Page      
My dad has been singing this song throughout the week. Today, in just a few more hours, he will be home even in the skilled nursing facility because my mother will be back at his side.

She has always been his refuge. This beautiful, bright, well-spoken, classy woman who could see a shining side of him not always visible to others. 

In addition to his rural roots, my dad also had a stutter.  Has, I guess, though we forget it.  It is so much a part of his uber-competent self. He's written in his life history about a time they had a difference of opinion. He was holding forth, criticizing someone my mom was defending, but he got caught in a verbal block.  And my mom just listened. Then, when he had gotten his words out, she said in her droll way, "That's easy for you to say."

She had won his heart entirely.

College had not been all roses for my dad, even after all his effort to get there. After pneumonia his last quarter of high school, the doctors had told him he'd have to postpone going to the university until his lung sealed back up. At the last possible minute, he did heal and was declared good to go. But once he got there, many girls didn't want to go out a second time with him when they found out he hadn't served a mission. He hadn't served a mission because of his stutter, though he'd petitioned all the way up to the top, even sitting down with Elder Delbert L. Stapley, a cousin of my dad's grandmother, to try somehow talk the powers that be into allowing him to go. As far as his studies, my dad couldn't decide between engineering, history and teaching, or speech therapy. And only after a year of general education and speech therapy classes, Dad decided speech therapy was the way to go

In those days, to register for a class, you stood in line in front of the table where the class you wanted had piled up cards for each available seat.  My dad finally got to the front of the line at the table in front of his speech therapist professor who asked him what he was doing there, "Wouldn't that be a case of the blind leading the blind? I think you should look for something else to do."

My dad walked away, heartsick, sat down against the wall and put his head in his hands, praying for some door to open, some way to seem clear. He wrote later,

As I was sitting there, a man about thirty years old came and stood by my chair and introduced himself as Mark Percival. He said that he had overheard my conversation with Dr. Morley and had noticed that I might be in need of help.  He mentioned that he also had a stuttering problem and that he wanted to help me. He asked me if I had other interests besides speech therapy and I told him that I had considered mechanical engineering. He got a surprised look on his face and told me that he was a new graduate assistant in the Mechanical Engineering Department and was going to be teaching beginning classes.  He took me over to the mechanical engineering desk and helped me register for classes. It was a direct and almost instant answer to my prayers and I am forever grateful for Mr. Mark Percival.

But even after choosing a major, Dad faced professors who told him he'd never be able to succeed as an engineer because of his stutter.  His prospective in-laws told their daughter his stutter was probably a sign of mental instability.

Once when first married, my mom fell ill with the flu and suggested Dad go over to the Dairy Queen across the street and get a hamburger instead for his dinner.  A couple of young guys behind him in line got impatient with the time Dad took to order and purposely jostled his tray after he'd paid, spilling the milkshake onto his sandwich. They began to mock him with play stutters, jiving and egging each other on until my dad just wanted to haul off and punch them. Instead, my dad, my competent, confident, capable, clever, economical father, just dropped his already-paid-for  meal there on the floor and walked out.

He went straight to my mother's arms, sobbing like he'd never cried before. She just held him, telling him over and over, "It's going to be all right. It's going to be all right."

This song, now and all through my childhood, my dad sings soulfully, wholeheartedly to my mother, even if she's still miles away for another hour or two.


* * *





There's a storm across the valley, clouds are rollin' in.
The afternoon is heavy on his shoulders. 
There's a truck out on the four lane, a mile or more away.
The whinin' of his wheels just makes it colder.
He's an hour away from ridin' on your prayers up in the sky.
And ten days on the road are barely gone.
There's a fire softly burning. Supper's on the stove.
But it's the light in your eyes that makes him warm.
Hey, it's good to be back home again.
Sometimes this old farm feels like a long lost friend.
Yes, and hey,  it's good to be back home again.
There's all the news to tell him, how did you spend your time?
And what's the latest thing the neighbors say.
And your mother called last Friday, sunshine made her cry.
And you felt the baby move just yesterday.
Yes, and hey, it's good to be back home again. Yes, it is.
Sometimes this old farm feels like a long lost friend
Yes, and hey it's good to be back home again
And oh, the time that I can lay this tired old body down
And feel your fingers feather soft on me
The kisses that I live for, the love that lights my way,
The happiness that livin' with you brings me.
It's the sweetest thing I know of, just spending time with you.
It's the little things that make a house a home,
Like a fire softly burning and supper on the stove,
The light in your eyes that makes me warm.
Hey, it's good to be back home again.
Sometimes this old farm feels like a long lost friend.
Yes, and hey, it's good to be back home again.
Hey, it's good to be back home again, you know it is.
Sometimes this old farm feels like a long lost friend.
Hey, it's good to be back home again.
I said, hey, it's good to be back home again.

Songwriters: John Denver

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Whilst being safe and responsible and adhering to the traffic laws and Highway Code at all times, you will also demonstrate exceptional customer service skills... £21,000 - £21,500 a year
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