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This Week's Obsession: Expectations are Back There Seth December 4th, 2018 at 10:00 AM
Your worst D man would be most year's best? [Marc-Grégor Campredon]

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The Question:

Why is this team exceeding expectations?

Ace: Just wait until Jordan Poole gets goin— oh, I see.

Seth: 1/1 Charles Mathewses agree: this is not a good development.

Ace: We can start with the obvious: Michigan had one of the best defenses in the country last year, upgraded on that end at the four and five spots (and arguably the two as well), and also moved into year two of Luke Yaklich’s teachings taking hold. Now it’s the best defense in the country by a significant margin so far this year.

This is very much Zavier Simpson’s team. Matthews’, too.

BiSB: To the defensive question, we didn't know if Iggy could play defense. Turns out... yeah, very much so.

Brian: His first real test is "hey, check Eric Paschall with zero help defense" and that goes spectacularly.

Seth: Let's not leave out 7'2" Zavier Simpson.

BiSB: Big Trogdor?

Ace: I meant in terms of temperament. Jon Teske is clearly one of the main reasons this team is so good. He’s a defensive savant. It’s not just that he can block shots, he’s almost never in the wrong place, his hands are great, and he moves surprisingly well.

BiSB: His foul rate is also insanely low.

Brian: Michigan's two point D is stunning and it is most stunning when The Big Sleep is on the floor. 31%!

Ace: (pulls out bullhorn)


[After THE JUMP: Florida gets mentioned once. Also Duke.]


Brian: He challenges everything without fouling, his hands are disruptive, he's able to check guys he absolutely should not be able to on the perimeter. Here's an excellent breakdown of Michigan's offensive performance against Purdue featuring a billion drives past switched bigs.

That does not happen to Teske, like, ever.

Ace: I was going to post the other excellent breakdown video that hit Twitter in which Beilein’s adjustments are shown.


Teske’s ability to pop out and hit outside shots is going to be huge. It was last weekend.

Also that video is hoops geek porn.

Seth: I can't state how much I loved that tweet. I feel like I became basketball smart in 280 characters.

Brian: It changes the game further. Also we should not neglect Teske's paint screening ability. The opening bucket against the Boilers was Michigan action that got Iggy an unbalanced defender he drove past, but the 7'3" windmill wasn't able to get to the hoop because Teske felt what was coming and moved to box him out.

BiSB: Simpson uses that seal once or twice a game.

Seth: To bring the Teske bit back to the question: This was our HOPE not our expectation for him right?

Ace: He’s the perfect center for this team, no disrespect to Moe Wagner. This team is downhill oriented in a way none of Beilein’s teams have been previously. Teske makes a real impact on both the initial screen and that tricky rescreen he’ll bust out. Simpson needs that, and it sure helps Matthews/Iggy get to the rack too.

I had very high Teske expectations and I’d say he’s still exceeding them.

BiSB: Imagine you brought You-From-2016 to the future and showed him this team.

Ace: Like, right after the Maverick Morgan game.

BiSB: I would probably wonder how John Beilein was doing in the NBA.

Ace: I’d be legit dead.


Not that I'm trying to steal your job, Tom [Fuller]

Brian: I spent much of last year saying Michigan wouldn't take a step back without Wagner. There's evidence and everything:

By the end of the season Michigan's offense was actually slightly better with Teske on the floor after February 1st. EFG, TO rate, and various other factors remained static; FT rate dropped a lot and OREB rate rose a lot. That's about 300 possessions—five games worth—against top 100 opponents. It's not nearly enough to declare anything but it certainly suggests that Michigan's offense can survive in the post-Moe era. It'll get tougher without Wagner since teams will be gameplanning for Teske and not focusing so much on pick and pop, but that's what team-wide offseason improvement is for.

If the rest of the team can pick up the usage slack, Michigan won't miss Wagner much. Moderately large "if."

But even my absurdly optimistic self was way short.

Ace: The defense honestly hasn’t surprised me as much as the offense? I thought it would take longer for things to click. This is kinda what I expected the final form to look like.

Brian: Yes. This was a D that was #3 last year shedding Duncan Robinson and Wagner and getting their three best players back. The offense was a much bigger concern.

Ace: Iggy being insta-awesome changed the outlook a lot.

BiSB: The pick and roll game has been the best since, what, Stauskas? Morris?

Ace: Stauskas. Dude rained threes off of those. Wait. Let’s not discount Walton/Wagner. Unless we’re eliminating pops.

Brian: Well when's the last time Michigan had a point guard who was healthy and experienced? Late Walton was great but he was not right for a lot of his career and before that Michigan couldn't get a guy to his junior year.

Ace: Simpson sees the floor as well as any Beilein PG since Morris.

Brian: 13 A, 2 TO vs UNC and Purdue.

Ace: It makes you wonder what Trey Burke’s A:TO would’ve looked like as an upperclassman.

Alex: I thought the ball-screen game last year with Wagner was better because the latter was so good at reading the defense and adjusting - slips, pops, and rolls.

Brian: I think Teske's just as good but in more subtle ways. He's a large reason that Michigan's able to get to the rack so consistently with no one providing help.

BiSB: And to Ace's earlier point, there are still Thanksgiving leftovers in the back of the fridge. This clicked EARLY.

BiSB: Debbie Downer Caveat: there's the potential for some recency bias on the shooting stuff. They shot like Sparty against a 2-3 zone for the first couple of games, on stuff that was pretty opponent-independent.

Brian: I don't think they're a 43% team like they've been since but neither are they a 20% team or anything like it. Zone is the looming question though that's correct.

Alex: I think people generally expected that Teske would be an adequate—if very different—replacement for Wagner. Matthews has gotten better, Simpson has gotten better, Poole is still adjusting but he's just played two great games against good teams and when he's hot Michigan is unstoppable.

BiSB: It's hard to see Charles Matthews shooting 50% from deep, just like it was hard to envision Jordan Poole shooting like 8% with a billion turnovers.

Alex: This may not be a 37% shooting team from three but it's not gonna be < 33% like some of us (read: me) feared.

Seth: I wonder if Charles Matthews has found his stroke. He's not going to be 50% but I like him so much more now that he takes and makes threes in rhythm instead of driving on them.

Ace: I don’t think Matthews is gonna be much more than a ~33% shooter from deep but he doesn’t need to be better than that. He’s at 29% right now.

Brian: He's hitting 69% from the line since the 0/5 start. I think there might be something to that. He can get to 33-35 maybe. His FTs improved a little last year too. I think he's leveling up as a shooter, slowly.

Ace: Obligatory “nice.”

Alex: Just needs to hit open shots.


And first in hair. [Marc-Gregor Campredon]

Alex: As for why this team is exceeding expectations, the single biggest reason to me is Iggy. He's Michigan's leading scorer and legitimately a good defender. Had we known he'd be this good this fast - say, if he were a top 5 recruit - the expectations would have been much higher.

He's fourth in Kenpom B1G POY right now, by the way.

Brian: And... he is, right? If you re-rank his class right now he's top 5. For college anyway.

Alex: Top 5 best college freshmen, sure.

Ace: Maybe not for NBA purposes but certainly for college, yeah.

Alex: To your point on the podcast, not the 5th best prospect but he's 20 and dominating high-major college hoops on both ends.



Alex: Livers has been quiet these last few games but he's 50% from three and a very good backup center. Not sure if anyone saw either of those things coming. Beilein even drew up a few looks for him against Purdue (one at the end of the first half comes to mind) and those were plays designed for a Duncan Robinson-type shooter. If Livers can be that and play three positions well defensively...

Brian: He really really wanted to take that three, which is nice to see.

BiSB: He's also getting to some of those shots that he seems unusually efficient at, like the lane fadeaway.

Ace: He also drilled a corner three over a closeout against UNC on a shot he never would’ve attempted last year.

BiSB: And the turnovers are down, too.

Seth: When is the last time Michigan had a sixth man of the year candidate?

BiSB: Last year?

Ace: …last year.

Alex: I think Robinson won it.

Brian: Livers's versatility is another excellent bonus. He makes the seven man rotation go because you can bring him in at any of three spots, and he can defend it.

BiSB: Over JJJ, even.

Brian: His usage has ticked up a couple of percentage points and he's chipping in D stats along with the shooting. I don't think he's going to be a guy who attacks the basket much but as a swiss army three-and-D guy he's great.

Ace: That versatility runs across the whole lineup and that’s huge when, at least for now, they’re running out a seven-man rotation. Livers can play three spots, Matthews can play (or at least defend) three spots, Poole can cover two (or even three), Eli Brooks plays both guard spots…

BiSB: Another nice part about Michigan's low foul rate is that Beilein gets to pick and choose his spots more with Livers at the 5. He hasn't had his hand forced often.

Alex: Livers does all the little things on both ends too.

Ace: It’s a seven-man rotation that functions like it’s got nine or ten guys, except the back end is still the good players.

Brian: Yes.

Ace: And not, say, Ben Carters.

Alex: I think Austin Davis probably deserves to play but with Livers doing so well in that role, he might not be playing a whole lot unless Teske is in foul trouble.

BiSB: I'm a liiiiiiittle concerned about Big Man depth...

Alex: Which... it's really remarkable that Teske doesn't foul much given that he's contesting everything and going for steals.

Seth: I don't think we should have expected Castleton to be contributing in the 2018 portion of this season.

Ace: Davis should be fine, and if he’s not, they can cover for that with Livers and potentially emergences from Brandon Johns and/or Colin Castleton. Beilein’s had plenty of freshmen break into the rotation late.

Brian: Davis seemed fine in small bursts last year. He's probably all right. Ward went right at him late in the first half at MSU last year and he defended that just fine.

Michigan's played a lot of teams where Livers makes more sense than Davis as the backup 5: Nova, UNC, and Purdue all feature small-ball Cs for large minutes.

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Ace: Other things that can click into place:

  • The patented late-season freshman emergence (Castleton, perhaps?)
  • Poole playing every week like last week
  • More effective offense from the small ball lineup
  • Teske pounding the offensive glass like last year

BiSB: So... I mean... are there ANY concerns?

Alex: Davis is probably a perfectly fine replacement-level backup big.

Ace: Free throws.

Brian: Zone offense.

Alex: Bad three-point luck. I really don't think I'm crazy for thinking that this is a 30-win team.

Ace: I don’t think you are, either.

Alex: They're #1 in two-point defense. #1 in preventing free throws. #17 in preventing threes. Your floor is so high when that's the case.

BiSB: KenPom has them as a 26-5 team before any postseason stuff. Sooooo...

Ace: They’re up to a 27-4 projection on Torvik and are favored in every. single. game.

Brian: Kenpom still has more pessimistic preseason numbers baked in, too.

Ace: That’s the crazy thing! This team was in the 20s-30s everywhere preseason.

Seth: It's nice that the Big Ten proved itself a top three conference in the nonconf portion. You can take 4-5 losses in conference and be a 1 seed still as long as UNC and Nova don't turn out to be bad.

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Ace: And we seemed to be the only people who thought that was batshit.

Alex: My biggest concern is depth. If one of the main seven gets hurt, you're playing guys who are very clearly not ready.

Ace: MSU: preseason Big Ten favorite, everywhere.

Brian: I think someone will emerge over the next month or two, probably DDJ.

Alex: He's surely getting hazed by Z every day in practice.

Ace: I feel like he gets blocked by Brooks. I honestly think every other freshman has a more obvious fit into the rotation.

Brian: God, being a freshman Beilein PG against Z has to be a private hell.

Alex: Get ready for the BTN Journey piece about how Z molded him into a killer when he wins the B1G POY in a few years.

Ace: That part I don’t doubt.

BiSB: But with a little twitch that say, "no for real I still wake up screaming about that guy"

Alex: None of the freshmen besides Iggy have looked anywhere near equipped to handle a five-minute stint in a high leverage situation.

Ace: I wouldn’t sleep on Adrien Nunez. Team could still use a shooting boost and the one thing they don’t have is a backup two who’s not really a PG. It’s still way early, Alex.

BiSB: Johns looks bouncy

Alex: The end-of-the-bench blowout variety hour has been so disappointing!

Ace: I don’t think any of them were expecting to see the floor against, say, Villanova.

BiSB: Castleton's usage is 47%. Just wanted to mention that.

Alex: That was intended to be tongue-in-cheek

Brian: Most of those minutes are against weird junk zones and I don't think mean too much.

At the open practice it felt like Johns and DDJ were the guys who were getting you might play attention, FWIW.

Alex: Yes it's the clumsiest basketball this side of the IM Building but even though those guys are all highly touted, I would be surprised if they didn't have major growing pains if forced into action.

Brian: The reason I push DDJ is that if Michigan does get stymied by some zones I want the off the dribble three shooter. But the points against him are good ones.

Ace: I’m less worried about zones because this team can shoot okay on spot-ups, they’ve got multiple great drivers, they move the ball well, and they have several players who could operate out of the middle of a 2-3. That Matthews FT-line game would be a killer.

Brian: This is me trying to patch a stress fracture in an aircraft carrier, I admit.

BiSB: Iowa has finally been playing more zone.

Alex: As for potential 2-3 issues, shooting is always a concern there. But like Ace said, there are guys who can play well in the middle. Teske and Livers come to mind.

Ace: It’s hard to dial back the optimism right now, I know.

Alex: Not many 7-footers out there who are more inclined to pass than shoot.



Ace: Also: Beilein is a wizard. People forget that. Somehow.

Brian: Michigan did do better against zones vs Providence.

Alex: I think Z's work on offense has been broadly underrated.

BiSB: When wild optimism is the most reasonable level of expectation, I get nervous.

Ace: It’s ever harder when last year’s team is used as a point of comparison.

Alex: He's the second-best distributor in the Big Ten behind Winston and he's not turning it over a whole lot. Has a good sense of when Michigan needs to push the ball following a bad shot or turnover. And like y'all have said, his work in the ball-screen game has been strong.

Seth: Z and Teske are two of the best defenders in the league AND they don't turn it over.

Ace: That should be emphasized, especially since both also somehow manage to avoid getting into foul trouble despite being so active. There’s so little margin for error already against this team and then they never give you the ball in the open floor. UNC never got to run.

Alex: Michigan's well-coached on that end obviously but Z, Matthews, Teske is a hell of a core to build around if you want to have a good defense.

BiSB: No regular rotation player is above 3.1 FC/40 minutes

Brian: Yeah, that's another thing that makes me optimistic. Some of their tougher opponents are very fast and that just doesn't work against Michigan. MSU, Iowa, and Indiana are all around 50th in offensive tempo.

Seth: Or very three-reliant.

Alex: Nothing works against Michigan.

Ace: Seeing a team that leans on transition offense is like when we saw teams that relied on press defense. It’s gonna be a murder.

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Alex: Unless a team somehow goes 10-18 from three or something—but there would have to be a lot of tough makes there.

BiSB: Maybe trash-talking Michigan will help. Rattle them, ya know?

Ace: I feel like I remember every open three-point look they’ve given up this year.

Seth: Most of them were against Purdue's short bald guy?

Ace: Yeah, it’s shocking each time.

Brian: oblig



Alex: Feel like many / most have come off of offensive rebounds - which, that happens.

Brian: Cline got some open ones on missed rotations, but they were so heavily on Edwards that'll happen. I like that Michigan can go from a no help D to a heavy help D.

Ace: Teske got a little too deep into the paint once or twice against balding stretch big, but that’ll happen too, and he didn’t make them pay. The no help D strategy is great. Everyone except the point guard can contest shots at the rim even after getting beat by a half-step. Meanwhile, drive-and-kick isn’t an option. There have been so many instances of guys getting caught under the hoop with no good option.

Brian: Should I mention that I think recent rule changes have made officiating much more predictable and less infuriating? Like, the verticality stuff is great. Guys aren't getting called for the O initiating contact nearly as much.

Ace: I’ve really enjoyed that the changes have come in tandem with Michigan going for more blocks and fewer charges.

BiSB: "Hook and Hold" stuff has gotten headlines, but that's overshadowed a general reasonableness that seems to have taken hold.

Brian: The charge stuff was good and necessary. Hook and hold is being misapplied; it's supposed to be about trying to bait a foul call and instead it's getting called on everything.

Alex: It’s just mind-boggling that Michigan can play this good of defense without fouling much. Like Z gets away with a lot, but otherwise it’s a lot of just staying in front and staying vertical.

Ace: Excellent individual defense across the board.

BiSB: I've been a little disappointed with some on-ball defender blocking calls. Guys in legal guarding position getting plowed in the chest.

Seth: The Iggy one is the only one that stood out, and it was so bad Dicky V was mad.

Alex: Also, a fun game is to rank Michigan’s best defenders: Teske, Z, Matthews, Livers, Iggy, Poole, Brooks? Everybody on that list is good!

Ace: That’d be my order. Brooks is the only one I get even a little concerned about. Biggest concern: analysts have started really talking up Yaklich.

Alex: And the median player is extremely good in whichever order you want to put them in.

Brian: Any order for the top three is defensible really.

Seth: In a "normal" Beilein year Poole might be #1.

Ace: They got bounced from the tournament two years ago because they couldn’t stop any isolations and didn’t have anyone they could insert to stop them.

Brian: God that Oregon game. A different world.



Alex: There was one play against the sad frenchman that really stood out to me. He was wide open on the roll and the guard found him. Going in for an easy dunk right? Then all of a sudden, JORDAN POOLE OUT OF NOWHERE CONTESTING ABOVE THE RIM AND NOT FOULING.

Brian: Poole also leapt out of nowhere to force Edwards into a tough fall-away. I admit that I was concerned about Poole's attention to detail hampering the D but that does not appear to be the case. This was based on nothing other than his outgoing charm, and is soundly defeated.

Ace: I think with Poole sometimes we assume his off-court goofiness will carry over to the court but he’s locked in.

Seth: A man with a baby-carrier looks adorably sweet until you threaten the thing in the baby-carrier.

Alex: For me I thought that it was more that players who fit his archetype usually don’t defend. Turns out that he does.


Brian: That's an area where I think intangibles exist. There are teams on which Poole is a bad defender. They are teams without Zavier Simpson.

Seth: Conversely if Yaklich had been around when Stauskas was here...?

BiSB: So moving back to the front of the line, Teske guarding Nassir Little on the perimeter puts him at the top for me right now.

Alex: I’m old enough to remember when Michigan’s bigs would reflexively assume the charge position on a drive instead of putting their hands up. It’s a whole new world now.

Ace: That and “Jon Teske mirrors Nassir Little and forces a badly contested brick”… yeah.

Alex: I can’t imagine telling 2014 me that Michigan basketball would be the type of program where you won’t play unless you can really really defend.

Ace: Yeah, you don’t get to slack off when everyone else is playing their asses off. I wouldn’t want to cross X or Matthews.

Brian: The defensive coordinator idea was a good one and Beilein executed it perfectly. Found a small school doing work on D, interviewed some guy he'd never heard of for hours, hired him.

Alex: Turns out that Beilein found a reflection of his past self but instead of that guy being a detail-obsessed offensive savant, he’s a detail-obsessed defensive savant.


They’re even both former high school history teachers, which is great.

Brian: i wonder if Beilein keeps trying to adopt Yaklich and he says "I am an adult"

Alex: I’d listen to a 45-minute pod of them discussing Antietam or some such shit.

Brian: lol

Ace: Needs to get rid of the damn-near-a-bowl-cut to stop Beilein from doing that.

Seth: "I'm not your Hadrian, John!"

Ace: But I trust any basketball coach who looks like he cuts his own hair on the way to the arena to watch film.

BiSB: We may have to prepare the Money Cannon if this keeps up.

Ace: Like I said, biggest concern.

Brian: I'd coach-in-waiting him if it would help.


Alex: Maybe it would be best for us in the long run if he got a head coaching job this offseason, proved he could run a functional offense on his own, and then was ready for us post-Beilein.

Seth: Of all the Brazdeikis facts they toss around in the 30 minutes of every game this year that's been blowout time, the one that still shocks me the most is he looked at schools that played defense and that's how Michigan came up.

Alex: This team is so good that I’m willing to interpret bad things as potentially good things.

Brian: I'm perfectly content hanging on to him for another five years and not interviewing anyone else.

Ace: But I want four straight national titles, Alex.

Alex: This team could win one.

Ace: This is a squad so good it’d be reasonable to be disappointed if they missed the Final Four except that it’s a kinda random single-elimination tournament.

Alex: Seriously. I feel like I generally lean towards pessimism but my only gripe is that they didn’t annihilate Holy Cross by enough or whatever.

BiSB: Hard to lose if the opponent is down 17 in the final possession, tho.

Ace: I want three banners, minimum.

Seth: I want Duke.

BiSB: So... no one wants to talk about playing Florida again?

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December 4th, 2018 at 10:22 AM ^

On the podcast Brian mentioned video footage of the Matthews smile and how you could read his lips saying "Get up bitch."

I would be very interested in watching this, if anyone has a youtube link.

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December 4th, 2018 at 10:36 AM ^

Kinda surprised Brian is so deep into the coach in waiting idea. I don't think that's fair to Yaklich. When Beilein was out, it was Saadi that took over responsibility as head coach. If the current trajectory continues, when Beilein retires Michigan could be in a very good position to be the best job out there and a top 10 job overall. I can't see a program of that level settling for a young coach in waiting without interviewing anyone else. I think it'd be best for Yaklich future as Michigan's head coach if he left and proved he could be the head man, as Alex mentioned.

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December 4th, 2018 at 12:16 PM ^

Yeah as much as it would suck to lose Yaklich, it'd be better to see him go after a few years to get data on him as a head coach before committing to him as Michigan's coach. He wouldn't be easy to replace but Beilein made a good hire in Donlon as his first DC, lost him after 1 year and made a better hire in Yaklich. Assuming Yaklich gives some input when he leaves, I'm confident we'd be able to find a suitable replacement at DC. Not Yaklich level, but close to it.

Whenever Beilein does retire, which will be a dark dark day, it'd be nice if Yaklich had left and had some success elsewhere. That way we'd have our choice between Jordan, Yaklich, Pat Beilein, or whatever other upcoming coaching is available (Chris Beard type of guy). As amazing as Beilein has been, the state of the program he leaves behind will only serve to further his legacy at Michigan. 

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December 4th, 2018 at 3:12 PM ^

When a guy has proven to be one of the top 3 defensive coaches (maybe even the top?) in all of college basketball and is the primary reason for M so vastly exceeding expectations the past two years AND has shown good recruiting chops, you absolutely, 100% want to lock him up if you can.

His ceiling is limitless and his floor is very high because even if his offenses took a step back, his defenses will be good enough to keep the team at a top 25 level.  His floor is probably Beilein pre-Yaklich. And even if he doesn't have the chops to keep the offense elite, he'd be smart enough to hire an "OC".  Yaklich as HC, Patrick Beilein as OC.

When you're not a top tier blue blood basketball factory, that's the perfect guy to lock up.  A potential HOF'r that is (somewhat) homegrown.  I hate to make the comparison but he could be Michigan's Tom Izzo.

I don't have much trust in Beilein assistants prior to 2016ish.  The offenses of those teams were all Beilein, of course, and the defenses were terrible.  Considering how bad Bacari Alexander was as a HC, it seems like those guys were around for recruiting purposes only.  Mayyybe LaVall Jordan turns out to be ok as a HC, but he was bad his one year in Milwaukee (albeit in a bad situation but he certainly didn't Chris Holtmann that job), and he's not off to a great start in year 2 (the post Wile E Coyote year) at Butler.  His ceiling is probably much lower than Yaklich's.

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There are some people who want to be notified of the presence of carbon monoxide at levels or concentrations as soon as the gas is present, at concentrations well below those that can instigate poor health symptoms but not be high enough levels to sound the CO alarm they own.

There are some people who do not want to push a button on their CO alarm to see what low, aggravating levels of the poison might be in their home, or anywhere.

The most recommended CO Alarm in U.S. is a high level alarm

Standard for Single and Multiple Station Carbon Monoxide Alarms
UL 2034
1.3 Carbon monoxide alarms covered by this standard are not intended to alarm when exposed to long-term, low-level carbon monoxide exposures or slightly higher short-term transient carbon monoxide exposures, possibly caused by air pollution and/or properly installed/maintained fuel-fired appliances and fireplaces…

Bob Dwyer
Carbon Monoxide Safety Association

COSA provides Carbon Monoxide safety education and training.

World Wide Reports - Pollution and Health Effects 
Carbon Monoxide News Links –
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Man hospitalized after carbon monoxide exposure at Christmas on Green Street parade
Gainesville Times
A participant in the Christmas on Green Street parade was hospitalized Sunday after being exposed to carbon monoxide during the annual event. - … at some point got into the back of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. - A generator was running in that vehicle, according to Gainesville Fire Department spokesman Keith Smith. (More)

Merrimack Valley Family Exposed To Carbon Monoxide
CBS Boston
(Video Report) - A boiler malfunction sent children from North Andover to the hospital. WBZ-TV's Anaridis Rodriguez reports. (Video)

Carbon monoxide forces Taco Bell closed
SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (KNEP) - Taco bell is closed tonight due to unsafe carbon monoxide levels. They will remain closed until a faulty hood vent in the kitchen is repaired and inspected. - When Scottsbluff Fire Department arrived at the location which had already begun to air out the building, carbon monoxide levels read at 80 parts per million. (More)

Think twice before warming up your car this winter
Oak Hill, WV (WVNS) - As temperatures continue to drop during these winter months, local law enforcement officers warn people not to warm up their cars unattended. - Letting a car idle while it warms up can also be a safety hazard. - The CDC warned people should never run their car inside a garage that is attached to a house even with the garage door open, to avoid Carbon Monoxide poisoning. A study by the U.S. Department of Energy found that it is not necessary to idle to warm up a car, and it actually warms up faster when the car is being driven. (More)

107 heater-linked deaths reported over 5 years
The Japan News
Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) - The death toll from fires and carbon monoxide poisoning caused by heating appliances came to 107 in Japan over the five years through March 2018, according to a survey by an independent administrative agency. - The number of such heater-related accidents totaled 1,064 in the reporting period, the survey by the National Institute of Technology and Evaluation showed. - In a recent case, seven people died in a house fire in Fukushima Prefecture on Nov. 21. Police suspect that heating equipment was the source of the fire. (More)

San Antonio Aquarium to re-open in two days after being shut down for gas threat
FOX 29
SAN ANTONIO — Unvented gas heaters that produced carbon monoxide caused the Leon Valley fire department to temporarily shut down the San Antonio Aquarium Nov. 28 due to the possible gas danger. The unsecure propane tanks and heaters in unvented enclosures can cause carbon monoxide and flammable gas build-up according to city officials. - The City of Leon Valley approved the San Antonio Aquarium's permits Monday morning after a gas threat shutdown the business last week. - (More)

Using a space heater? Make sure it's safe
AUSTINTOWN, Ohio - Space heaters can be great to keep you warm, but they can also be a hazard. - According to the American Red Cross, nearly half of American families are using some sort of alternative heating source in their home, such as a space heater. - Austintown Fire Chief Andy Frost says his department is very busy this time of year with fire calls and one of the biggest issues is with space heaters. He said it doesn’t take much for them to become very dangerous. (More)

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Carbon Monoxide Safety Plus Training
Saturday, December 15, 2018. 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM. LOCATION Southern Careers Institute. 6963 NW Loop 410 San Antonio, TX 78238. (Attend this seminar training and receive a low level carbon monoxide monitor to start testing everywhere you go.)

Please Note: "Place a carbon monoxide alarm with a digital display on a seat in the motor vehicle when you are out driving in emergency snow conditions (or always for that specific). Harmful levels of carbon monoxide (CO) can penetrate inside a motor vehicle just due to prevailing winds and exhaust not moving away from the vehicle but under it. If you want to learn more about carbon monoxide, begin measuring it with a personal CO monitor everywhere you go." Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon Monoxide Safety 
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Video - Propane (LPG) tanks of any size can violently compound a structure fire – KEEP THEM OUTSIDE
BLEVE (Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion) Demonstration - How it Happens Training Video--------

Carbon Monoxide Intoxication 
Journal of Neurology and Neuroscience
Carbon monoxide (CO) intoxication is one of the main causes of poisoning in industrialized countries and it often leads to diagnostic errors…

Carbon monoxide intoxication.
However individuals with ischemic heart disease may experience chest pain and decreased exercise duration at COHb levels between 1% and 9%. COHb levels between 30% and 70% lead to loss of consciousness and eventually death…

Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips
National Fire Protection Association
… If the CO alarm sounds, immediately move to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door. Make sure everyone inside the home is accounted for. Call for help from a fresh air location and stay there until emergency personnel….

NOTE: Listed U.L. 2034 & CSA 6.19 Carbon Monoxide Alarms
Must not display under 30PPM in normal operation
AT 70, 150 & 400 PPM display must be accurate within plus or minus 30 Percent

SENSITIVITY TESTING: Resist alarming first times shown, must by second shown time
150PPM [PLUS OR MINUS 5PPM] ... [10 - 50 MINUTES]
400PPM [PLUS OR MINUS 10PPM ... [4 - 15 MINUTES]


George Kerr (1933-2017)

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We have all been CO poisoned, some more than others
The following link takes you to a site with views from those who have been poisoned. The seriousness of carbon monoxide poisoning, the grief, suffering and disorientations experienced are clearly portrayed with the intent to help others and prevent future poisonings. With respect, please visit: Carbon Monoxide Survivor

What is in the air you are breathing right now?

What will you be doing today; walking into poison?
Who will be responsible for the air you breathe?
You may be the only person who can prevent your own poisoning.
We are all vulnerable to carbon monoxide exposure and poisoning.
Everyone has been poisoned by CO and will be poisoned again. The degree of the poisoning depends upon allowing yourself to be in a situation where someone else controls the air you breathe and the mechanisms for alarming notification.

Please read the alarm information on the package and in the instructions that come with the carbon monoxide alarm. Know that if it is a U.L. 2034 Listed product (or CSA 6.19 Listed), it is a high level alarm that has been tested to alarm no sooner than 70 PPM at the lowest (the alarm must resist for one hour when above this level) and when over 400 PPM before 15 minutes at the highest concentration, after resisting alarming for 4 minutes when over this level.

Know when your fire department and emergency responders begin wearing their breathing apparatus and what their civilian evacuation levels are for carbon monoxide; it may be as soon as the gas is present in your presence. Pregnant women, infants & children, people with heart & respiratory struggles, those suffering depression or chronic headaches and all people of vulnerable health should be alerted as soon as the gas begins to concentrate, around 10 PPM (parts per million) or lower.

You most likely need a low level carbon monoxide detector to sound off when carbon monoxide hazards are just beginning, not after you’ve been exposed to levels that make you have headaches, flu-like symptoms, increased tiredness, heart stresses or worse.

Do not take risks with carbon monoxide. Take responsibility for the air you breathe and the combustion systems you are responsible for. If you don’t do it for yourself, do it for others, unless you think $45.00, high level protection is good enough.

Help prevent injuries and deaths; don’t guess about carbon monoxide. Measure carbon monoxide for safety and knowledge. The more you test the more you learn. GET BUSY

Measurement is continuing education at its best. Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon Monoxide Safety
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CO, Air Quality & Pollution News Links
World Air Quality Index - Live Link

Explosion causes fire at IKEA, two people injured
Firefighters arrived to the million-square-foot warehouse filled with smoke and an activated sprinkler head flowing water into the electrical room. - Witnesses stated that a contractor on site was working on an electrical panel when the panel flashed and started the fire. - KCFD crews located two injured people. One victim had severe burns to his head and face and was transported to a hospital. The second victim refused treatment. (More)

Cooking fire damages Stamford apartment
CT Post
STAMFORD - Fire officials said investigators discovered that cooking oil had ignited and, when the occupant attempted to extinguish the fire with water, the fire flared up and activated a sprinkler overhead and fire was extinguished. - The National Fire Protection Association reports that cooking fires are the top cause of home fires and injuries, and the leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. (More)

Residents escape early morning house fire
GLENWOOD, Mo. — UPDATE: The residents of a Glenwood, Missouri, home have lost everything after a chimney fire completely destroyed their house in the middle of the night. (More)

How much carbon dioxide is produced per kilowatt hour when generating electricity with fossil fuels? - US Energy Information Administration - Energy Information Administration - EIA - Official Energy Statistics from the U.S. Government...
Sit and rest a while; miss the children, prevent repeating this tragedy.
Corfu carbon monoxide deaths: Memorial unveiled in HorburyBBC News
A memorial bench to two young children who died from carbon monoxide poisoning while on holiday in Corfu has been unveiled in West Yorkshire…

To all parents everywhere; grief's pain alerts others

Out of tragedy comes the light of love
Chester County Press
Inside, Carly and Daulton had passed away from carbon monoxide poisoning. The gas tank was empty and the ignition was still on. Fumes from the exhaust had been drawn into the car through the air vents… “One of the best things for me is to talk to parents who have also lost a child,” Donna said.
In this informative and succinct video, learn how to identify and appropriately execute the use of a CO2 Fire Extinguisher…

CDC Carbon Monoxide Poisoning 
New Movie Release 2015
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. Public domain video from CDC. Carbon monoxide (sometimes referred to as CO) is a colorless, odorless gas produced ...
A well put together video is found with the next link, but remember: U.L. 2034 Listed CO Alarms are high level alarms. Use them for protection against acute levels, but be aware you can still experience symptoms of the poisoning even though the devices are in place.

About Carbon Monoxide and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning - has been designed with this in mind – to create a visual, interactive, educational resource which can hopefully end incidents of carbon monoxide poisoning and save lives… For more information, please visit -

Who is responsible for the air you breathe?
Take control inside your homes. 
-Link to: → CO alarm standards – 
The lowest U.L. 2034 & CSA 6.19 carbon monoxide alarm test point is:
- 70 PPM to 149 PPM –resist one hour, must alarm before 4 hours

Please read the alarm information on the package and in the instructions. Know when your fire department and emergency responders begin wearing their breathing apparatus and what their civilian evacuation levels are for carbon monoxide; it may be before 70 PPM. It is for pregnant women, infants & children, the elderly and all people of vulnerable health. Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon Monoxide Safety

George Kerr, a pioneer in smoke and carbon monoxide alarm manufacturing passed away in his home during the early morning of July 4, 2017. George will always be remembered for his passion to save lives and protect the health of people through low level carbon monoxide detection and alarming. He lived for over 84 years, beginning his career in fire safety in 1953. “We’ll never know how many lives we’re saving, but I know we are saving a few.” George E. Kerr (1933-2017)

These following links may be of some use to you:
- The World Clock - Time Zones

- Carbon monoxide toxicity-Emergency Medicine Ireland
- Carbon Monoxide Survivor- Views from those who have been poisoned.
- Carbon Monoxide detection- National Fire Protection Association

· Please take CARBON MONOXIDE SAFETY CARE during all holiday and everyday activities.

U.S. Carbon Monoxide Laws for each state
National Conference of State Legislatures
As of March 2018, a majority of states have enacted statutes regarding carbon monoxide (CO) detectors, and another 11 have promulgated regulations on CO detectors. Alaska requires detectors approved by the state fire marshal be installed in all dwellings. Connecticut requires them in all new construction, as does New Hampshire, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia. Florida also requires them in new construction, and in every room with a boiler. Minnesota passed a law requiring detectors in motor boats.

CO Detectors in U.S. Homes
27 states and the District of Columbia require carbon monoxide detectors in private dwellings via state statute: Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia (via adoption of the International Residential Code), Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Certain states limit the installation to buildings with fossil-fuel burning devices, others only require the device be installed upon the sale of the property or unit.

Another 11 states require carbon monoxide detectors in private dwellings regulatorily through the adoption of the International Residential Code or via an amendment to their state’s building code: Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Virginia, and Wyoming.

CO Detectors in U.S. Schools
California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine and Maryland require carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in school buildings.

CO Detectors in U.S. Hotels and Motels
Fourteen states require the installation of carbon monoxide detectors in hotels and motels under the statute. - Three of those states (New Jersey, Vermont and Wisconsin) have complementary administrative regulations. - Two states (Kansas and Washington) have requirements through administrative regulations alone.

Ontario Canada Carbon Monoxide Alarm Legislation
Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services
Hawkins-Gignac Act
Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997

Red Cross - Disaster Relief to safely assist law enforcement, fire department, utility company, city, county and state authorities as repair and rebuilding moves forward. Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon Monoxide Safety

Nationally, the Red Cross provides food and shelter to people affected by as many as 70,000 fires annually, or about one fire every eight minutes.

The following companies
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A holiday display meant to re-create a scene from "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" looked a little too real and caused a veteran to spring into action. The Heerlein family placed a dummy representing Clark Griswold dangling from the gutter of their Austin, Texas, home, with a ladder tipping beneath him. A veteran passing by thought it was the real thing and wrestled the ladder up while shouting, "Can you reach it?" KVUE-TV reports the man called police, who arrived and advised the family they were getting calls about the display. They have since put up a sign that says "Clark G is part of our Christmas display please do not call 911." ___ Information from: KVUE-TV,
          This Was the Year the Movies Finally Understood the Internet      Cache   Translate Page      

This post contains mild spoilers for Ralph Breaks the Internet, Cam, Eighth Grade, and Searching.

Movies about the internet tend to range from the vexingly unrealistic to the luridly sensationalistic, with most of them oddly incurious about the web’s effect on our lives. The ’90s are largely remembered for the former, with movies named after digital subjects—Hackers, The Net—that those films didn’t seem to understand. During Silicon Valley’s golden PR years, Hollywood gave us tech-visionary biopics like The Social Network and Steve Jobs that mythologized their inventor subjects while displaying little sustained interest in their creations. More recently, features like 2017’s Ingrid Goes West, and documentaries like 2010’s Catfish and 2016’s Tickled, have contributed to a growing canon of movies that understand the internet as it exists. But it’s taken until 2018 for the movies to finally catch on to the web and produce more than just the occasional exception that proves the rule. This year, four films—Ralph Breaks the Internet, Searching, Eighth Grade, and Cam—successfully dramatized and illuminated how the web has transformed our relationships to ourselves and each other.

One of the less desirable features of our current, hyper-connected lives is that it’s never been so easy to ravage someone else’s life. The ability to destabilize or devastate another person’s existence is often just a few clicks or taps away. That gulf between the relative ease of ruination and the often overwhelming effect on the victim is a key element that makes Ralph Breaks the Internet not just a compelling piece of family entertainment but a resonant depiction of the web. When Ralph becomes jealous of his best friend Vanellope’s new crew, all he has to do to scare her away from moving in with them to the web is release a single virus in a small corner of cyberspace. No sooner does Ralph will it that the deed is done. The virus makes countless copies of Ralph himself, which eventually agglomerate to become a Ralphzilla that destroys the web’s infrastructure in pursuit of trapping Vanellope in their relationship.

As I previously wrote, Ralphzilla is an evocative metaphor for, among other things, revenge porn. Protagonists have been losing control of their creations at least since Frankenstein’s monster first escaped to terrorize the countryside. But there’s something online-specific about the amplification via replication of his insecurities and possessiveness—and their curdling into a fast-moving from-all-sides form of intimidation that its progenitor can’t quite steer or stop. Ralph Breaks the Internet feels more or less accurate in its portrayal of today’s web as a giant mall, and the film is undeniably clever in its personifications of various features of the web, such as pop-up ads and autofill. But it’s the third-act creation of Ralphzilla that gets at a core truth about how our digital lives have fundamentally changed human relationships through the power we now have over one another, to use or abuse.

Searching is more optimistic about the web. Starring John Cho as the widowed father of a teenage girl who goes missing, the desktop drama follows the protagonist’s browser-based pursuit to locate his child’s whereabouts. What turns up encompasses a parent’s greatest nightmare and their greatest fantasy about the web: Cho’s David learns that his 16-year-old daughter, Margot (Michelle La), had a set of interests, concerns, and acquaintances about which he knew nothing. But the not particularly web-savvy David is ultimately able to save his daughter by following her digital footprints.

Directed by Aneesh Chaganty, who made his name working for Google’s ad department, Searching sometimes looks a little too slick and glossy, as if we’re glimpsing an internet of the near-future. But it also captures the scale of the internet’s presence in our lives, both past and present. The film’s opening montage, which traces Margot’s childhood through the family’s transition from a Windows 98 OS (cue that infamous modem sound) to an Apple desktop, evokes the passage of time through tech nostalgia. In later scenes that prove no less resonant, David has to fish for login information on a forgotten email account and a retired computer that had belonged to his dead wife, revealing the way our old laptops become archives of our younger selves.

As David continues his search, he gradually realizes the ways the internet has widened the fissures between him and his daughter. Their individual retreats to their digital silos are a product of their varying means of coping with grief. But that divergence also serves as an exaggeration of an acutely recognizable Web 2.0 dynamic—one where generational divides, especially, get magnified into canyons. That’s partly why the scenes in which David discovers how much he didn’t know about Margot make for some of the film’s most poignant moments: Any viewer knows the lonesome awareness of how the personalized algorithms that guide our browsing habits make us each become an island the instant we log on.

Unsurprisingly, one of the year’s smartest web-centric films hails from a native son. YouTube comedian–turned–indie-filmmaker Bo Burnham wrote and directed Eighth Grade, an observant and deeply compassionate look at how social media and web videos have raised the stakes for that most confusing but inescapable feature of middle school: the art of self-presentation. Nothing much happens in Eighth Grade, and therein lies its greatness. Its noneventfulness leaves room to follow Elsie Fisher’s Kayla as she passes from one day to the next, scrolling her feeds the entire while. Is that How Teens Socialize Now, or a mindless distraction, or simple muscle memory? It seems no one, including the characters and Burnham, could say.

The web isn’t a bogeyman in Eighth Grade but a fact of life. (The scariest thing in the film is, naturally, male aggression.) But Eighth Grade takes seriously the notion that social media further intensifies the (already pretty intense) feelings of self-consciousness that come with puberty. It’s bad enough that you have no idea what’s going on with your body, and your rapidly evolving identity, and that everybody seems to be watching your every clueless step. Now they can watch you through every single post and video, too. The early scene in which Kayla posts a patently fake “I woke up like this” selfie after applying a full face of makeup aptly captures both the obsessive vanity that act requires as well as how such seeming self-absorption is the obvious consequence of feeling scrutinized all the time.

But the most notable false face in Eighth Grade is the veneer of expertise Kayla assumes as part of her YouTube persona. YouTube Kayla is full of can-do optimism and hard-earned wisdom—qualities the middle-schooler doesn’t yet possess. YouTube Kayla instructs her (nonexistent) viewers on the importance of being yourself and putting yourself out there, parroting, probably, videos that the teen herself has watched on the same topics. Many an adolescence is devoted to learning how to look like you know what you’re doing, but Eighth Grade suggests a new kind of pressure among young people to know everything, especially when they’ve got every piece of information they could possibly want at their fingertips, and a social imperative to appear every bit as knowledgeable and self-assured as the YouTubers they watch.

The faux authority that Kayla evinces in her videos is as cringetastic as anything else in the film, in part because you can feel her desperation to mime the seeming self-possession of everyone else around her. (Her idiot crush, for instance, says during a school-shooting drill that he can’t wait for the real thing, so certain is he that he’ll blow away the bad guy.) When, toward the end of the film, Kayla makes a video just for her future self, she’s finally able to indulge in the kind of vulnerability and uncertainty she’d avoided copping to in front of any other audience.

But the most striking depiction of the internet at the movies this year might be Netflix’s Cam, a thriller about the relative luxuries, and unique hazards, of having the web as one’s office. Cam girl Alice (Madeline Brewer) performs for slobbering crowds on a webcam platform that that ranks its contractors, and she is determined to climb the charts. To do that, she believes she has to be more daring and creative than the other girls—to do something more than just loll in bed and peel off her clothes. In the film’s opening scene, she pretends to slit her throat for clicks, fake blood gushing in dramatic fashion on to her clothes. She’s not just competing for eyeballs with every other webcam model on the site, after all, but against every other damn thing on the internet.

Fascinatingly, many of Alice’s troubles are those of any other freelancer: long hours that never seem enough, an exhausting reliance on tips, and a hazy boundary between her job and her personal life that makes work-life balance seem like a cruel joke. But her other struggles are more web-specific, especially after a mysterious double hijacks her account: opaque and unhelpful customer service, police and others (especially of older generations) who don’t understand the nature of her work, and most disturbingly, the all-too-easy duplicability of her labor.

In many ways, Alice’s plight isn’t too different from that of an Uber driver’s. She works her tail off to make sure her customers get what they want, and all the while, a company or A.I. or some other hidden force is stealing the raw data she’s producing to ultimately render her work dispensable. Even more offensive to a creative mind like Alice, the algorithm that’s trying to put her out of business is smoothing out all the individual quirks that make her unique to deliver the most mass-appeal version of her. Cam boasts the authenticity of having been written by a former webcam model (Isa Mazzei) in its wealth of lived-in details, but the film is arguably even better at illustrating how industries and labor itself are being transformed by the web. In its dystopic intimations we can see the present, and possible future, of our ever-shifting relationship to technological progress. There’s no need to exaggerate.

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Dear Care and Feeding,

My sweet, energetic, and articulate 3-year-old (“Sam”) has gone through a lot of change this past year—we moved to a very large, noisy city far from the quieter, smaller city where we lived before; we had a second baby boy; and I went back to work last month after several months of leave. Sam has always been challenging due to his energy level, but he is extremely affectionate and has been unfailingly kind and gentle to his baby brother. I have mostly borne the brunt of his anger about the big changes in his life. He definitely has good days where he listens well and is fun to be around, but then he also has really bad days where he is pretty out of control: huge tantrums that involve scratching, hitting, kicking, throwing hard things at my head, and running away down the street when the nanny picks him up from preschool.

These tantrums have gotten more frequent over the past six months. We have tried a range of disciplinary tactics like taking toys away for bad behavior and offering incentives for good behavior, but these don’t seem to work. His teacher and nanny say that this behavior is not normal and he should be “evaluated” for some kind of disorder (though the teacher was vague about what this would be), but my husband is adamantly opposed to an evaluation for fear Sam will receive a label. My husband, who is an M.D., says this is how he was when he was a child (very stubborn), there is nothing abnormal about our son, and there is a tendency these days to overdiagnose kids who really are in the normal range. I feel that even if the behavior is normal, it doesn’t hurt for Sam to get a little help managing his anger. However, I have a lot of respect for my husband (and he’s often right), and I also understand his worry about having our child labeled. I guess my question has two parts: 1) Is this behavior normal for a 3-year-old?, and 2) should I insist that he get the evaluation over my husband’s objections?

—Tired of Tantrums

Dear Tired,

There’s a step between “wait it out” and “get him formally evaluated,” and it’s the most important step of all: talk to his existing pediatrician, with or without your husband’s buy-in, and tell her what you’re seeing. It’s not like you pull a lever, and medication and a diagnosis pop out, crushing your son’s will.

Pediatricians see a tremendous range of 3-year-olds come through their office, some of whom grow up as “normal” as any of us, and some of whom do, yes, wind up with a diagnosis of some kind or another. Your husband is an M.D., but his familiarity with what toddlers “are supposed to be like” based on an old peds rotation will pale in comparison to your pediatrician’s breadth of experience.

What I would specifically say to your pediatrician, if I were you, is “We’ve been seeing x behaviors. My husband thinks it’s just kid stubbornness, but our nanny and his teacher suggested having him evaluated. Do you think this warrants a referral to a developmental pediatrician?”

If the answer at this time is “No,” great! Ask for some parenting strategies and ask what behaviors or failures to hit milestones should warrant you coming back early, before your next scheduled well-child visit.

If the answer is “Yes,” then you need to tell your husband that an actual doctor has given you a referral to a developmental ped, based on her observation of your son. He may still balk, but at that point, I think you’ll know what you have to do.

Pediatricians are not infallible (even developmental pediatricians!). Keep watching your son, listen to your gut, and also try to listen to your husband. It’s easy to try to make him the bad guy, but he’s coming from a place of worry just as you are—his worry is just pointed in a different direction.

Please do follow up with me. I know how scary this sort of process can be, even if nothing ultimately comes of it.

Dear Care and Feeding,

My issue involves my 8-year-old daughter and her aversion to hearing my 5-year-old son chewing. This has escalated to the point of her not wanting to sit at the table and eat with him, ever.

I do sympathize with her a little—I hate the sound of chewing too, honestly—but her reactions feel extreme. In the past, if she really threw a fit and was disruptive at the table, we sent her to her room, allowing her to cool down and come back to the table later. I’ve also made concessions like letting her change her seat and turning on some music for background noise, but those haven’t helped overall. My husband has less tolerance for this behavior, and has declared “If you don’t eat dinner with us, you don’t eat dinner at all.” That has not gone great.

I just want us to be able to sit down and eat dinner in peace. But watching her “suffer” until she throws a fit every night is exhausting, and denying her dinner is also not a long-term solution. Any ideas?

—He Needs to Chew!

Dear Chew,

I’m not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV, but I would suggest you (and your husband) Google “misophonia” and see if anything pings with what your daughter seems to be experiencing. Then make an appointment with your pediatrician to ask some questions.

In the meantime, I would absolutely allow your daughter to wear headphones (start with normal ones but upgrade to noise-canceling if necessary) during meals and see if that helps. If even noise-canceling headphones don’t do the trick, then this does indeed seem behavioral, and at this point, you would want to talk to your pediatrician about that anyway!

There are a lot of adults who got a lot of emotional reassurance from learning that the anger they’ve traditionally felt at hearing chewing/slurping noises is of clinical significance. I don’t know if your daughter is in that category, but I certainly know you don’t have anything to lose by asking about it.

Dear Care and Feeding,

I don’t like my teenage stepson. At all. I work with kids his age, so for the purposes of this letter, I’ll ask you to trust that his level of rude, ungracious, and mean-spirited behavior has gone beyond the pale. I’ve tried to be mindful of where this is coming from: Before I married his father (and when he was a sweet kid), I was in and out of his life a few times, he now has a younger sibling, and his mother is an alcoholic. A lot of his acting out comes from my husband’s and the mother’s abject inability to co-parent. While my dislike for this kid has been increasing over the last few years, until recently I managed to put on a happy parent face, remained calm in the face of the almost-daily outbursts, and attempted to help my husband navigate behavioral issues behind the scenes.

The last straw came when my stepson told me and my husband that he felt we weren’t financially supporting him enough and announced a harebrained plan to sue us. My reaction to that pronouncement was rather less than reserved, and since then, all my anger and resentment for this kid have welled to the surface and show no signs of subsiding, even though his behavior is noticeably somewhat less odious now that he’s in college.

Is it OK that I can’t stand this kid? Can I get over it? Should I? Can I do something different to improve my outlook? Thanks for your insight.

—Can’t Stand My Stepson

Dear CSMS,

I’m so sorry, this sounds so difficult. Since you describe your stepson as both a teenager and in college, it seems like you are smack dab in the middle of a transition that can be hard on everyone even under better circumstances.

I strongly recommend getting yourself an individual therapist (a couples therapist, potentially, if you feel that your marriage is being negatively affected by disagreements about your husband’s son, which is unclear from your letter) and focusing on ways to emotionally detach and set boundaries for yourself and your home.

If he is living with you while going to school, which is not the immediate sense I get from this letter, then you and your husband need to sit down and hash out (first together, and then with the young man in question) what your baseline is for acceptable conduct to live in your home. If he’s not living with you, then you can joyfully kick him out if he’s visiting and becomes disrespectful.

I’m so sorry that your husband and his ex have made such a hash of co-parenting. It’s too late now to fix that and pointless to assign blame. What matters is this: He’s on his way out the door, and if you can keep that flashing EXIT sign in the forefront of your mind, it may very well make this time more tolerable.

You do not have to like him. It sounds like you used to like him, and then things went south over the next decade or so. I want you to feel free to focus on yourself and your own right to be treated with respect, and to be transparent with your husband that these are your current goals.

His threat to sue you is almost certainly just a dick move, but my nonprofessional advice is: Should you actually get served, even if it’s blatantly ridiculous and will be tossed out on sight, you need to show up and act like it’s serious. Too many people wind up with default judgments against them because they ignored a frivolous lawsuit.

Hang in there, friend.

Dear Care and Feeding,

My only son got married this fall to a woman he loves and has spent the last five years dating. I really like my new daughter-in-law, but I can’t get past her rudeness, and it’s starting to cause problems.

“Jane” seems to have no sense of etiquette around gifts. I’ll send her a present, a heartfelt email, or some other token of my affection, and I don’t hear anything from her. I recently made her a lovely pair of homemade mittens, and while my son called to say that she loved them, I didn’t hear a word from Jane about it.

It’s not just gifts. When she comes to my house, she doesn’t make the bed, leaves towels on the floor, and doesn’t clean up her water glasses. These are obviously small things, but I feel like it speaks to a general sense of entitlement and disrespect that is wearing on me.

When she doesn’t email me back or say thank you to the gifts I send, it makes me feel like she doesn’t love or respect me, and my feelings are getting hurt. The holidays are coming up and I don’t know if I should talk to her directly about my expectations, or if I should tell my son about my problems.

My daughter says Jane was just raised differently with different expectations, and if I’m not getting the reactions I want from her, I should stop sending presents.

I feel like most adults know that a homemade gift merits at least a thank-you. I don’t want to make too many waves, because I don’t want my son to feel like he needs to pick sides, and I worry that if I have problems with this woman, she will restrict my access to my grandchildren down the line. What is the best way to handle issues with my daughter-in-law without compromising any family dynamics?

—Why Do I Even Bother?


I think your daughter is right. If your son (or Jane!) notices there’s been a steep decline in gift-giving and asks about it, you can say that you hadn’t heard anything about your many previous gifts and assumed they were unwanted or unnecessary.

There’s not much point in trying to parent an adult woman who isn’t even your kid.
Should she thank you for these gifts? Absolutely. Is there a natural consequence of not thanking you for them? There sure is, and an extremely easy one for you to enact.

Now, her thoughtless behavior while a guest in your home—well, that’s another story altogether. I wouldn’t lose my mind about the bedmaking (please keep in mind that your son is equally not-making the bed, and he is your kid, so feel free to tell him to make it when they visit), but there’s no reason you can’t say, “Jane, before you leave for the day, can you hang your towels up and bring any dishes to the sink?” There are a lot of people who do actually need to be told what we feel are Basic Etiquette Things. If she blows off your actually stated requests, then she’s just being rude, and you can go from there. But it’s highly likely she’ll look surprised the first few times and then pull up her socks going forward.

Please send me the homemade mittens instead. I will send you lovely thank-you notes.


          Neil deGrasse Tyson Denies Sexual Misconduct Claims, Welcomes Investigation      Cache   Translate Page      

Astrophysicist and author Neil deGrasse Tyson has disputed the allegations of sexual misconduct that were made public by three women. The famous scientist defended himself in a lengthy Facebook post shortly after Fox and the producers of the television series Cosmos said they had opened investigations into the claims that were first published by the website Patheos. The American Museum of Natural History in New York, where Tyson directs the Hayden Planetarium, also said it was looking into the claims.

In the Facebook post that Tyson published under the headline “On Being Accused,” the astrophysicist went through each of the accusations, noting that two of them were nothing but friendly gestures while he suggested that a third—and the most serious—allegation never took place.

Katelyn N. Allers, an associate professor of physics and astronomy at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, told Patheos that she felt uncomfortable with he way Tyson grabbed her and looked into her dress when he realized she had a tattoo of the solar system. Allers said Tyson became “obsessed” with whether her tattoo included Pluto. “He looked for Pluto, and followed the tattoo into my dress,” she said, noting that the action made her feel “uncomfortable.” Tyson said that he was interested in the Pluto question since it had just been declared it was not a planet and insists he had no idea Allers had been uncomfortable. “That was never my intent and I’m deeply sorry to have made her feel that way,” he wrote.

Another woman, Ashley Watson, said she quit her job as Tyson’s assistant after he made her feel uncomfortable with sexually suggestive advances. At one point that included Tyson showing her what he described as a “Native American handshake.” That involved holding hands, making eye contact and feeling the other person’s pulse. After she broke it off, he said he wanted to hug her but said it was better not to because otherwise he’d “just want more.” Tyson denies there was anything sexual about the encounter and said that when Watson told him she felt uncomfortable he “apologized profusely.”

The third allegation had been made before as Tchiya Amet El Maat has publicly accused Tyson of raping her in 1984. She claims this took place when they were graduate students at the University of Texas at Austin. Tyson never refers to any of the accusers by name but it seems pretty clear this is the case he writes about when he mentions he had been “intimate only a few times” with his accuser during his time as an astrophysics graduate school. Tyson points out that the allegation was only made after his “visibility-level took another jump.”

“Accusations can damage a reputation and a marriage. Sometimes irreversibly. I see myself as loving husband and as a public servant—a scientist and educator who serves at the will of the public,” he wrote. Tyson also recognized, however, that people have no reason to believe his version of events. “I’m the accused, so why believe anything I say? Why believe me at all?” Tyson wrote, before saying that this demonstrates “the value of an independent investigation.”

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Ongoing research and development, blahblahblah, but at some point you gotta step back and say, "you know, this doesn't really make any sense..."

But computers can’t always come up with every strange real-world scenario or react to real-time construction detours. This is where Waymo’s fleet response team come into play. If the vehicle encounters a complex driving scenario that it struggles to interpret, it automatically calls in the problem to the response team to weigh in with a solution, which is then shared with the rest of the fleet so Waymo’s vehicles can avoid the area if necessary. Those remote operators are based both in Phoenix and Austin, Texas, but they have no direct control over the vehicle’s operations, Perez said; they just serve as an extra set of eyes for difficult-to-navigate scenarios. “The car might see cones up ahead and could ask for context,” she said. “Should I move to another lane? Should I turn ahead? Should I reroute myself?”

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TX-Austin, Job Description: AppleOne is currently seeking call center customer service representative to work for a great company. The call center is a 24/7/365 operation and is located in North Central Austin (183/290 area) with many shift opportunities. Great benefits like: No call handle time Paid Vacation Paid Holiday Medical, 401K Incremental Raises Shift Differential Starting pay is $14.00 with the abi
          WAZIRI MKUU ATEMBELEA TIC AITAKA IMALIZE URASIMU      Cache   Translate Page      
WAZIRI MKUU Kassim Majaliwa amekitaka Kituo cha Uwekezaji Tanzania (TIC) kimalize urasimu ili kuongeza ufanisi katika utekelezaji wa majukumu yake. Kadhalika, ameuagiza uongozi wa TIC uweke kipaumbele cha kwanza katika kulinda rasilimali za nchi na maliasili zake ikiwemo ardhi, mazao ya uvuvi, misitu, madini.

Waziri Mkuu ameyasema hayo leo jioni (Jumanne, Desemba 4, 2018) alipozungumza na Bodi ya Wakurugenzi wa TIC na Menejimenti, jijini Dar es Salaam. “Katika kuvutia wawekezaji hasa wa nje ni lazima tuweke kipaumbe katika kulinda rasilimali zetu kama ardhi, madini fukwe ili zisiporwe kwa kisingizio cha uwekezaji.” 

Amesema eneo hilo linahitaji umakini na uadilifu mkubwa, hivyo ni muhimu kwa kituo hicho kuhakikisha kinatekeleza majukumu yake kwa kuzingatia maslahi ya Taifa. Amesema ili kupata matokeo mazuri ni lazima waimarishe mawasiliano na uratibu miongoni mwa wadau wote sambamba na kutekeleza vipaumbele vilivyoainishwa.

“Serikali imedhamiria kuwa nchi ya uchumi wa kati kupitia sekta ya viwanda ifikapo 2025, TIC inatakiwa iongoze kwa kuvutia wawekezaji wengi wa ndani na nje ya nchi.” Hata hivyo, Waziri Mkuu amesema kuwa wawekezaji ambao TIC inatakiwa ivutie ni walio mahiri wenye nia thabiti ya kutufikisha huko na siyo wachuuzi au madalali. 

Kadhalika,Waziri Mkuu amesema Serikali ya Awamu ya Tano inayoongozwa na Rais Dkt. John Magufuli inataka TIC iwe kioo cha nchi ambacho kitavutia wawekezaji. Amesema Serikali inataka TIC mpya ambayo itakuwa kimbilio la wawekezaji wengi wa ndani na nje, badala ya kuwa kikwazo na kusababisha wawekezaji wakija kukimbilia.

Waziri Mkuu, Kassim Majaliwa akizungumza na Bodi ya Wakurugenzi ya Kituo cha Uwekezaji Tanzania (TIC) na Watendaji, kwenye Ofisi za Kituo hicho jijini Dar es salaam, Desemba 4, 2018. 
Waziri Mkuu, Kassim Majaliwa akiwa katika picha ya pamoja na Wajumbe wa Bodi ya Wakurugenzi ya Kituo cha Uwekezaji Tanzania (TIC) kwenye viwanja vya Ofisi za Kituo hicho jijini Dar es salaam, Desemba 4, 2018. Kushoto kwake ni Katibu Mkuu, Ofisi ya Waziri Mkuu, Profesa, Faustine Kamuzora na kushoto ni Mkuu wa wilaya ya Ilala, Sophia Mjema. 
Waziri Mkuu, Kassim Majaliwa akimsikiliza, Afisa wa NEMC katika Kituo cha Uwekezaji Tanzania (TIC), Linda Mutafungwa wakati alipotembelea Kituo hicho, Desemba 4, 2018. Wapili kulia ni Mkurugenzi wa TIC, Geofrey Mwambe. 
Waziri Mkuu, Kassim Majaliwa akizungumza na Maofisa wa Kodi na Forodha wa Kituo cha Uwekezaji Tanzania (TIC), Leonard Mapunda (wapili kulia) na Helen Haule (kulia) wakati alipotembelea Kituo hicho, Desemba 4, 2018. Kushoto ni Mkurugenzi wa TIC, Geofrey Mwambe. 
Waziri Mkuu, Kassim Majaliwa akizungumza na Maofisa wa Kodi na Forodha wa Kituo cha Uwekezaji Tanzania (TIC), Leonard Mapunda (kulia) na Helen Haule ( wapili kulia) wakati alipotembelea Kituo hicho, Desemba 4, 2018. Kushoto ni Mkurugenzi wa TIC, Geofrey Mwambe. 
Waziri Mkuu, Kassim Majaliwa akisalimiana na Wajumbe wa Bodi ya Kituo cha Uwekezaji Tanzania (TIC) wakati alipotembelea Kituo hicho jijini Dar es salaam, Desemba 4, 2018. Picha na Ofisi ya Waziri Mkuu 

          Viral Orgies With Many Loads      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Associate Territory Manager - Endoscopy - Cities Nationwide - Conmed - Austin, TX      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Sales Representative - Advanced Surgical - Austin, TX - Conmed - Austin, TX      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Judge refuses to dismiss lawsuit over Columbus Crew SC move      Cache   Translate Page      

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio judge isn't dismissing a lawsuit seeking to keep the Columbus Crew soccer team in Columbus.

The Columbus Dispatch reports a judge on Monday denied the team's and Major League Soccer's request to dismiss the suit brought by the city of Columbus and the state of Ohio.

The lawsuit argues a Crew proposal to relocate to Austin, Texas, didn't comply with state law saying Ohio sports teams using publicly supported facilities must give six months' notice and allow cities or residents a chance to buy the team.

Attorneys for the team and MLS argue Crew SC doesn't receive public financial assistance and the law interferes with the right to conduct business in interstate commerce.

The team's owner had no comment on Monday's decision. An MLS statement called it disappointing.

          Nurse Practitioners Commend Trump Administration's Recommendations on Scope of Practice Laws      Cache   Translate Page      

AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 4, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) issued the following statement regarding the Administration's recent release of a report entitled Reforming America's Healthcare System through Choice and Competition. Prepared by the ...

          NEW // Birthday Plants Card // Gardener Birthday // Map Art Card // Mom Birthday Card // Flower Birthday Card // Rachel Austin by rachelaustin      Cache   Translate Page      

4.75 USD

A sweet card from my map painting series. All cards are printed, folded, and packaged with care in my home studio in Portland, Oregon.


One A2 size card (4.25"x5.5") of above image

One spring green envelope to pair with card

Packaged in a protective clear sleeve

Printed on white linen paper with high quality archival inks. A digital reproduction of one of my original map paintings.

Blank inside

Cards ship in 1-3 days via First Class mail.

SKU 386

Copyright Rachel Ann Austin

          National Forest Map Notecard // Blank Card // Camping Card // Airstream Card // Leavenworth Card // Happy Camper // Rachel Austin by rachelaustin      Cache   Translate Page      

4.75 USD

A sweet card from my map painting series. All cards are printed, folded, and packaged with care in my home studio in Portland, Oregon.


One A2 size card (4.25"x5.5") of above image

One spring green envelope to pair with card

Packaged in a protective clear sleeve

Printed on white linen paper with high quality archival inks. A digital reproduction of one of my original map paintings.

Blank inside

Cards ship in 1-3 days via First Class mail.

SKU 365

Copyright Rachel Ann Austin

          Puerto Rico Map Painting with Birds and Flowers, 8x10 Puerto Rico Map Art for Wedding or Anniversary Gift by rachelaustin      Cache   Translate Page      

110.00 USD

Puerto Rico: 8"x10" Map Painting

This Puerto Rico painting comes from my love of maps and flowers. Original mixed media map painting with a Puerto Rico map layered subtly under the painting. Has a thick, waxy texture and is mounted on top a simple, handmade wood frame. The paintings began with a map on a wood panel and is covered with acrylic medium, oil paint and ink. This piece is ready to hang and enjoy!

Made in Portland, Oregon.

If you have any questions about this piece or are interested in a custom map painting with a map and design of your choice, just hit the “Ask a Question” button next to the price and I will get back to you within 24 hours.

Thanks for shopping and supporting my small business!

© 2018. Rachel Ann Austin. All rights reserved.

          Portland Oregon Map Art with Birds and Flowers, 20x30 Oregon Coast Map Painting by rachelaustin      Cache   Translate Page      

500.00 USD

Portland : 20"x30" Map Painting

This Oregon painting comes from my love of maps, birds and flowers. Original mixed media map painting with a vintage Portland, Oregon map layered subtly under the painting. Has a thick, waxy texture and is mounted on top a simple, handmade wood frame. The paintings began with a map on a wood panel and is covered with acrylic medium, oil paint and ink. This piece is ready to hang and enjoy!

Made in Portland, Oregon.

If you have any questions about this piece or are interested in a custom map painting with a map and design of your choice, just hit the “Ask a Question” button next to the price and I will get back to you within 24 hours.

Thanks for shopping and supporting my small business!

© 2018. Rachel Ann Austin. All rights reserved.

          Austin Texas Map with Bird Painting with Poppies, 5x7 Map Art for Wedding or Anniversary Gift by rachelaustin      Cache   Translate Page      

80.00 USD

Austin : 5"x7" Map Painting

This Austin painting comes from my love of maps and little birds. Original mixed media map painting with a vintage Austin, Texas map layered subtly under the painting. Has a thick, waxy texture and is mounted on top a simple, handmade wood frame. The paintings began with a map on a wood panel and is covered with acrylic medium, oil paint and ink. This piece is ready to hang and enjoy!

Made in Portland, Oregon.

If you have any questions about this piece or are interested in a custom map painting with a map and design of your choice, just hit the “Ask a Question” button next to the price and I will get back to you within 24 hours.

Thanks for shopping and supporting my small business!

© 2018. Rachel Ann Austin. All rights reserved.

          Seattle Map with Bird Painting with Poppies, 5x7 Map Art for Wedding or Anniversary Gift by rachelaustin      Cache   Translate Page      

80.00 USD

West Seattle : 5"x7" Map Painting

This Seattle painting comes from my love of maps and little birds. Original mixed media map painting with a vintage Seattle, Washington map layered subtly under the painting. Has a thick, waxy texture and is mounted on top a simple, handmade wood frame. The paintings began with a map on a wood panel and is covered with acrylic medium, oil paint and ink. This piece is ready to hang and enjoy!

Made in Portland, Oregon.

If you have any questions about this piece or are interested in a custom map painting with a map and design of your choice, just hit the “Ask a Question” button next to the price and I will get back to you within 24 hours.

Thanks for shopping and supporting my small business!

© 2018. Rachel Ann Austin. All rights reserved.

          Forest Map with Camper Painting, 5x7 Map Art by Artist Rachel Austin by rachelaustin      Cache   Translate Page      

80.00 USD

Forest : 5"x7" Map Painting

This painting comes from my love of maps and camping. Original mixed media map painting with a vintage forest map layered subtly under the painting. Has a thick, waxy texture and is mounted on top a simple, handmade wood frame. The paintings began with a map on a wood panel and is covered with acrylic medium, oil paint and ink. This piece is ready to hang and enjoy!

Made in Portland, Oregon.

If you have any questions about this piece or are interested in a custom map painting with a map and design of your choice, just hit the “Ask a Question” button next to the price and I will get back to you within 24 hours.

Thanks for shopping and supporting my small business!

© 2018. Rachel Ann Austin. All rights reserved.

          Forest Map with Bird Painting, 5x7 Map Art by Artist Rachel Austin by rachelaustin      Cache   Translate Page      

80.00 USD

Forest : 5"x7" Map Painting

This painting comes from my love of maps and little birds. Original mixed media map painting with a vintage forest map layered subtly under the painting. Has a thick, waxy texture and is mounted on top a simple, handmade wood frame. The paintings began with a map on a wood panel and is covered with acrylic medium, oil paint and ink. This piece is ready to hang and enjoy!

Made in Portland, Oregon.

If you have any questions about this piece or are interested in a custom map painting with a map and design of your choice, just hit the “Ask a Question” button next to the price and I will get back to you within 24 hours.

Thanks for shopping and supporting my small business!

© 2018. Rachel Ann Austin. All rights reserved.

          WWE SmackDown Results – December 4th, 2018      Cache   Translate Page      

Welcome to Ringside News’ live coverage of SmackDown Live for December 4th, 2018. This is a live result so please keep refreshing and we’ll keep you up to date on what’s going on. SmackDown is live from Austin, Texas this week and much of, if not all of the WWE Superstars have spent the day […]

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          Steve Austin On How He Created His Famous Austin 3:16 Promo On The Spot In WWE      Cache   Translate Page      

“Stone Cold” Steve Austin represented the Attitude Era and led WWE into battle on a weekly basis during the Monday Night Wars with WCW. He also sold a boatload of t-shirts amassing an incredible amount of money in royalties. He deserved every cent of those royalties as well, but as he recently discussed on The […]

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          Capstone Search Group: Regional Sales Manager / Marketing Representative      Cache   Translate Page      
$56,000 to $70,000 + company car, cell phone and laptop: Capstone Search Group: Opportunity for Commercial Lines Business Development professional to be part of a super-regional property casualty carrier ranked in the Top 50 of... Austin, Texas
          RAISING BOYS      Cache   Translate Page      

Mischief Boy
The following came from an anonymous Mother in Austin, Texas...

Things I've learned from my boys (honest and not kidding):

1.) A king size water bed holds enough water to fill a 2000 sq. ft. house 4 inches deep.

2.) If you spray hair spray on dust bunnies and run over them with roller blades, they can ignite.

3.) A 3-year old boy's voice is louder than 200 adults in a crowded restaurant.

4.) If you hook a dog leash over a ceiling fan, the motor is not strong enough to rotate a 42 pound boy wearing Batman underwear and a Superman cape. It is strong enough, however, if tied to a paint can, to spread paint on all four walls of a 20 x 20 ft. room.

5.) You should not throw baseballs up when the ceiling fan is on. When using a ceiling fan as a bat, you have to throw the ball up a few times before you get a hit. A ceiling fan can hit a baseball a long way.

6.) The glass in windows (even double-pane) doesn't stop a baseball hit by a ceiling fan.

7.) When you hear the toilet flush and the words "uh oh", it's already too late.

8.) Brake fluid mixed with Clorox makes smoke, and lots of it.

9.) A six-year old boy can start a fire with a flint rock even though a 36-year old man says they can only do it in the movies.

10.) Certain Lego's will pass through the digestive tract of a 4-year old boy.

11.) Play dough and microwave should not be used in the same sentence.

12.) Super glue is forever.

13.) No matter how much Jell-O you put in a swimming pool you still can't walk on water.

14.) Pool filters do not like Jell-O.

15.) VCR's do not eject Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwiches even though TV commercials show they do.

16.) Garb age bags do not make good parachutes.

17.) Marbles in gas tanks make lots of noise when driving.

18.) You probably DO NOT want to know what that odor is.

19.) Always look in the oven before you turn it on; plastic toys do not like ovens.

20.) The fire department in Austin, TX has a 5-minute response time.

21.) The spin cycle on the washing machine does not make earthworms dizzy.

22.) It will, however, make cats dizzy.

23.) Cats throw up twice their body weight when dizzy.

24.) 80% of men who read this will try mixing the Clorox and brake fluid.

Those who pass this post on to almost all of their friends, with or without boys do it because:

a) For those with no children - this is totally hysterical!
b) For those who already have children past this age, this is hilarious.
c) For those who have children this is not funny.
d) For those who have children this is a warning.
e) For those who have not yet had children, this is birth control

          Roadway Design Project Manager - Binkley & Barfield, Inc. - Round Rock, TX      Cache   Translate Page      
Experience managing project engineer task leaders, designers and project. Austin or Round Rock Office....
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          Roadway Design Engineer - Binkley & Barfield, Inc. - Round Rock, TX      Cache   Translate Page      
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          BWW Previews: A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS at Sinclair Community College      Cache   Translate Page      

Back by popular demand, Sinclair Theatre will present A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS LIVE ON STAGE in Blair Hall, Dec. 13-16, on the downtown Dayton campus. Listed by local media as a "Can't-Miss Family Show to Celebrate the Holidays," this 40-minute production is a perfect introduction for young children to LIVE theatre.

Directed by Gina Kleesattel with music direction by David Brush and choreography by Rodney Veal, this faithful stage adaptation of the 1965 animated TV special based on Charles M. Schulz's Peanuts characters features Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the gang as they grapple with the real meaning of Christmas. Featuring colorful costumes and scenery, the show is perfect for school, church, scout and other youth groups.

"This has become a tradition for groups and families as we enter our fifth year of performances," says Gina Neuerer, chair of Sinclair's Music, Theatre and Dance Dept. "We're thrilled that people are gathering friends and family to come to Blair Hall to experience this very special holiday event together."

All seats are reserved at $8 each and the regular house policy of "no children under 6" has been lifted. However, all patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket. Please review detailed house policies before ordering tickets.

Tickets are available online now at: and one performance is already sold out.

If you need further assistance, email or leave a message at 937-512-2808. Box office messages are monitored by student box office agents who work around their class schedules and return calls as quickly as possible. The box office is open one hour prior to performances if tickets are still available for purchase at the door. Groups of 20 or more should call 937-512-2076.

Cast includes:

Charlie Brown: Rafael Santillan

Snoopy: Tanner Titkemeyer

Lucy: Rachel Charles

Linus: Micah Koverman

Pig Pen: Austin Vega

Frieda: Valkyrie Williams

Schroeder: Joseph Herzog

Violet: Alexandria Weiss

Sally: Lydia Dye

Patty: Bailey Rhonemus

Shermy: Christopher Leavitt

Performances times:

Thursday, Dec. 13 - Noon*

Friday, Dec. 14 - Noon & 7 PM

Saturday, Dec. 15 - 2 PM & 7 PM*

Sunday, Dec. 16 - 2 PM* & 4 PM*

In partnership with Sinclair's American Sign Language Dept., Sinclair Theatre will provide *ASL shadow interpreted performances of A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS as indicated. Shadow interpreting is when interpreters follow actors onstage while interpreting, instead of being located off to the side of the action. Onstage interpreters include: Skylar Kurtz, Sydney Feeser, Jeri St. Clair and Erin Trace.

Photo courtesy of Sinclair Community College

          Study shows low-income women in Texas are not getting contraception after childbirth      Cache   Translate Page      
(University of Texas at Austin) The study shows that two-thirds of women did not receive their desired contraception at the six-week postpartum visit, increasing risk of unintended pregnancy.
          Spinal cord injury could throw off body's internal clock, study shows      Cache   Translate Page      
(University of Texas at Austin) Although paralysis is the most noticeable result of a spinal cord injury, a new study by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin suggests such injuries could throw off the internal clock of the entire body's daily activities, from hormones to sleep-wake schedules.
          Cheese Talk: Austin’s John and Kendall Antonelli Pick 3 Top Cheeses (Wine Spectator)      Cache   Translate Page      

What are the cheese pros excited about right now? Like wine, the world of cheese is vast and diverse—potentially overwhelming, but rewarding to explore. No one is happier to guide you than your neighborhood cheesemongers. You should talk to them! In "Cheese Talk," we introduce you to a top cheesemonger and ask them for three cheeses to look for this month, as well as what wines or other beverages to pair with them.

Not many labors of love begin with a mid-honeymoon announcement that your new spouse wants to quit his career, but that’s exactly how Kendall and John Antonelli’s journey to the top of the cheese world began.

The couple met as students at Georgetown University. John, from Suffern, N.Y., was chairman of Students of Georgetown, Inc., the student-run business that includes a campus grocery store, coffee shops and more; Kendall, a literal cowgirl who grew up on a ranch in north Texas, served as “The Corp’s” V.P. of grocery. John followed Kendall back to Texas after graduation. When the couple married in 2008, he had a successful career as a CPA at Deloitte; she was practicing immigration law and advocating for human-trafficking victims.

“We were on our honeymoon in Grenada,” says Kendall. “John was reading a sci-fi apocalyptic teen novel and thinking, ‘If the world ends today, was it all worth it?’ and he turns to me and says, ‘I just had the perfect wedding. I have the perfect wife. I love our home. I love our dogs. I love our city. … I just can’t stand my job.’ I said ‘OK … what do you want to do?’ and he said, ‘Something in cheese.’”

It wasn’t completely out of the blue. In high school, John’s older brother had given him a George Foreman Grill. It inspired him to start a grilled-cheese club with his classmates and a few teachers. “We were debating the merits of white Kraft vs. yellow American singles,” laughs John. “We weren’t working with the cheeses we work with now … there was a lot of Velvee.”

Post-honeymoon, John threw himself into cheese. He attended the first-ever Murray’s Cheese Boot Camp in New York. (Kendall’s mother helped talk the specialty retailer into creating the program, and Kendall took the course not long after John.) He interned with legendary affineur Hervé Mons in France, and the couple explored the cheese cultures in Italy and Spain as well.

“Then we started running a gourmet grilled-cheese club out of our house,” Kendall says. “It was a six-course grilled-cheese dinner. And we learned a couple things about ourselves. One, we don’t really like slaving away over the stove. And two, we love being with people and building community through food; we love eating and talking. So we put that together and said, ‘Hey, what if we tell the story of artisanal food?’”

Andrew Bennett
Austin’s favorite mom-and-pop cheese shop

Antonelli’s Cheese Shop opened in 2010, and it’s been full-steam ahead ever since. “Now we have two shops, one with a kitchen,” says Kendall. “We have a warehouse selling wholesale to about 150 chefs and caterers. We have a Cheese House private-events venue hosting more than 200 events a year. We ship cheese nationwide, and we have 30 to 40 employees, but we still consider ourselves a small mom-and-pop. We joke that our cheese shop was our first baby that kept us up for sleepless nights, but since then we’ve had two biological babies. And they love cheese and prosciutto as well!”

Along the way, John was named to the board of directors of the American Cheese Society; he recently concluded a term as president. Kendall is on the board of the American Cheese Education Foundation, a non-profit alliance overseen by the ACS. “American cheeses are gaining a stage in the world market,” says John, “and that will continue, because our cheesemakers are so tremendous at what they do, so creative—it’s amazing.”

Their flagship shop carries 100 or so cheeses, about 70 percent of them domestic, along with jams, fresh-baked bread, charcuterie, pickled goods, mustards, chocolates and more. They also carry about 30 wines, all organic, sustainable or biodynamic, plus a few dozen beers.

“Our goal is that a customer comes in and sees something they know, and that becomes an entry point for us to get them talking and tasting and trying other things,” says Kendall. “Our mission is ‘Do good, eat good.’ We support artisans who make their food in a way that’s great for their animals, their land, the planet, their team and, most important, is delicious.” Each month, through the Antonellis’ philanthropy plan, they select one Charitable Cheese Cause to spotlight and support; this year's recipients have included Big Love Cancer, the Texas Land Conservancy and Keep Austin Fed, among others. They also regularly contribute to charity events and fundraisers, including raising nearly $10,000 for hurricane-relief efforts in 2017.

Antonelli’s Cheese Shop
4220 Duval St., Austin, Texas
(512) 531-9610

Courtesy of Cellars at Jasper Hill
Oma is made at Von Trapp Farmstead and ripened to perfection at the Cellars at Jasper Hill.

Von Trapp Farmstead–Cellars at Jasper Hill Oma

Milk: Cow
Category: Washed-rind tomme
Region: Waitsfield, Vt.
Age: 10 to 14 weeks
Price: $35 per pound

Kendall says: I love Oma, but especially this time of year. Made by the Von Trapps—yes, relatives of those Von Trapps—on a farmstead operation in Waitsfield, Vt., Oma means "grandmother" in German. And this cheese is like a big ole hug from Grandma. It's comforting, bulging and a little stinky. It's a washed-rind cheese, resulting in an orange-hued rind with a straw-yellow paste that comes from the milk of primarily Jersey cows on their farm. While perhaps [smelling] a little funky, it actually has sweet and nutty flavors with a hint of garlic scapes.

Kendall's recommended pairing: The appearance, the texture, the flavor … it all makes me want to curl up on the couch in front of a fireplace with a plate of cured meats, pickles, mustard and pumpernickel bread with a nice stout—cuddled up in that orange-and-green afghan blanket Grandma made in the ’70s. Waxing poetic? Yes. Overstated description? Perhaps. But that's exactly what this cheese makes me feel. (For the record, my grandmother never crocheted an afghan, but eating this cheese makes me feel like she did.)

Wine Spectator picks: Most tomme-style cheeses (a category of small to medium-size wheels that originated in the French and Swiss Alps) share a nutty characteristic, and Oma is no different. But it also has a washed rind, which gives it a marked pungency. Aromatic whites like dry Riesling, Viognier and Gewürztraminer, as well as Grüner Veltliner and Pinot Gris, are lovely complements to Oma, along with light-bodied reds like Merlot, Pinot Noir (especially Spätburgunders) or Gamay. Try the delicate A to Z Wineworks Pinot Gris Oregon 2017 (87 points, $15, 66,726 cases made) or intense Yalumba Viognier South Australia The Y Series 2017 (90, $13, 19,000 cases imported, 2018 Top 100: No. 56).

Courtesy of Peterson Cheese
The Terre des Volcans imprint of Fourme d’Ambert comes from the cave of French cheese star Hervé Mons.

Fourme d’Ambert Terre des Volcans

Milk: Cow
Category: Semi-firm blue
Region: Auvergne, France
Age: 3 months
Price: $21 per pound

John says: One of the first cheeses I fell in love with was Fourme d'Ambert Terre des Volcans. Sometimes you want a blue that smacks you in the face; sometimes you want a blue that lures you in with a friendly approach and just reminds you what a good, reliable cheese is. This pasteurized cow's-milk blue is the latter, offering even folks who don't love blue a new chance to change their minds with its fudgelike texture that's rich, creamy, milky and earthy. The flavors can range from fruity to mushroomy.

John's recommended pairing: I recently took this home and enjoyed it with a bar of dark chocolate and a bottle of Nebbiolo.

Wine Spectator picks: Blues are perhaps the most strongly, sharply flavored category of cheeses and, not coincidentally, they’re most classically paired with rich and powerfully flavored wines (see: Stilton with Port; Roquefort with Sauternes). Fourme d’Ambert is on the gentler, creamier end of the blue spectrum, which is why it’ll pair beautifully with a young Langhe Nebbiolo like Michele Chiarlo Nebbiolo Langhe Il Principe 2016 (89, $20, 10,000 cases made). But for an eye-opening study in contrasts, try it with a bracingly tart sparkling wine like an extra brut or brut nature (aka “zero dosage”) like Bruno Paillard Extra Brut Champagne Première Cuvée NV (92, $50, 20,000 cases made). The lively acidity and minerally effervescence is a bright foil to a mouthcoatingly creamy, salty blue.

Courtesy of Veldhuizen Cheese
Fat Tailed Tomme matures from a fudgy-textured youth into a firm, almost crumbly Manchego-style Texas original.

Veldhuizen Fat Tailed Tomme

Milk: Sheep
Category: Washed-rind tomme
Region: Dublin, Texas
Age: 3 to 10 months
Price: $36 per pound

John says: If Oma is an everyday fave and Fourme d'Ambert is an old friend, then Fat Tailed Tomme is the novelty that recently came into our lives. Made in Dublin, Texas, by the Veldhuizen family, this is their first attempt at sheep's-milk cheeses, a rarity in Texas—if they existed at all! Stuart and Connie have been making raw cow's-milk cheeses for decades and aging them in their caves built in the side of a hill, and we're excited they've added this to their lineup. When their daughter Rebecca wanted to move back to the family farm, they told her she needed to earn her keep. It was her dream and hard work that launched their farmstead sheep’s-milk creamery.

Taking inspiration from popular Manchego styles, Fat Tailed Tomme is named after the Awassi breed of sheep, known for their high milk production and—you guessed it—fat tails. Made with raw milk, it's aged a minimum of two months, but they're finding that flavor peaks around eight to 10 months, with notes of pineapple and other tropical fruit flavors, as well as hints of pasta. It develops a natural rind that is rubbed with olive oil.

John’s recommended pairing: Pair it with a dry sparkling cider.

Wine Spectator picks: Sheep’s milk has more than twice the fat content of cow’s milk, yielding cheeses with especially rich pastes. Fat Tailed Tomme is a Lone Star tribute to Spanish Manchego, so try it with a late-release Rioja Crianza like Bodegas Faustino 2014 (88, $14, 88,000 cases made), Bodegas LAN 2014 (88, $14, 96,000 cases made) or Cune 2015 (88, $13, 10,000 cases imported).

          (USA-TX-Dallas) Project Engineer Internships - Summer 2019      Cache   Translate Page      
Summary At Balfour Beatty Construction, the Texas Geography, is seeking motivated college students for the Summer 2019 Internship program to work in Dallas and Austin on various projects. Internships will start in May of 2019 and last for approximately 3 months. If you have a passion for what you do, a strong drive to achieve results, the ability to solve problems creatively, and a dedication to client service and relationship management, come join us. Essential Functions • Learn about managing the project budget by controlling expenditures, coordinating owner and subcontractor billings, identifying work not covered by subcontractor, and ensuring successful office support related to overall cost and schedule. • Learn about Safety and Quality Control programs and how to coordinate actions to address problems. • Learn about company procedures, the correspondence process and handling, etc. with the Office Manager in accordance with the Operations Manual. • Learn how to review and process submittal data and shop drawings. • Understand how to coordinate submittals, deliveries, etc. that affect the project schedule with the Superintendent. • Monitor/review weekly and monthly status reports and weekly subcontractor meeting minutes, change orders, etc. to understand process. • Understand change documents and change proposal requests for price review. • May go with Project Engineer to meetings with architect and owner representatives to understand information required by owner, necessary progress reports and summaries, and how action plans from owner/architect meetings address all outstanding issues related to the project. • Learn how changes, clarifications, directives, RFIs, etc. are updated on “as-built” plans and coordinated with company supervision and subcontractors/suppliers. • Learn how to maintain RFI logs and change request log. Minimum Requirements + Currently enrolled in a Construction Management program. Preferred Requirements + Prior commercial construction internships or work experience, very helpful, but not required. + Able to develop new skills and knowledge quickly. + Participate in training, seminars, task team meetings, etc. + Demonstrate expanding knowledge of construction details about miscellaneous metals, casework, doors, specialties, radiation protection, etc. + Strong computer skills including the ability to use word processing, spread sheets, etc. + Possess good self-organizational and management skills, and strong verbal and written communication skills. About us Balfour Beatty US is an industry-leading provider of general contracting, at-risk construction management and design-build services for public and private sector clients across the nation. Performing heavy civil and vertical construction, our teams build the unique structures and infrastructure that play an important role in how people live, work, learn and play in our communities. Our teammates have an instinctive passion for innovating that is fueled by a relentless curiosity, a drive to employ lean practices and processes and the determination to find a better way. Through Zero Harm®, we are challenging the construction industry’s assumptions about safety. We believe that no level of harm should come to anyone as a result of our business. Consistently ranked among the nation’s largest building contractors, by Engineering News-Record, our US business is a subsidiary of London-based Balfour Beatty plc (LSE: BBY). Balfour Beatty is an equal opportunity employer that recognizes the value of a diverse workforce. All qualified individuals will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other criteria protected by federal, state or local law.
          (USA-TX-Austin) Project Manager (K-12 Schools)      Cache   Translate Page      
Become Part of Our Team As an industry leader Balfour Beatty offers employees a comprehensive benefits package with competitive salaries and more. This includes: + Medical, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance + Health Savings Account + 401(k) with company match + Flexible Spending Accounts (Dependent & Medical Reimbursement) + Vacation Time + Sick Time + Holidays + Paid Personal Days + Paid Volunteer time + Tuition Assistance + Employee Referral Bonus Summary Balfour Beatty Construction, in Austin, Texas is seeking a Project Manager who will work on K-12 Education projects in the local Austin area. The Project Manager is responsible for the overall direction, completion, and financial outcome of a construction project. In this position, the incumbent directs and supervises activities related to contract administration, change orders, submittals, procurement, project financial projections, and schedule requirements to ensure projects are completed with quality, profitable, adhering to our Safety/Zero Harm culture. Essential Functions + Project Financial Analysis + Preconstruction Coordination + Project Scheduling + Project Administration, Operations, and Close-out + Promote Customer and Community Relations + Foster Positive Culture, Leadership and Employee Development Minimum Requirements + B.S. in Construction Management, Engineering, or related field. + Five years or more of experience in a commercial construction project management role. + Must have completed a minimum of two K-12 schools greater than $20M. + Three years or more of direct supervisory experience. + Experience with project manager software (Constructware, P6, Timberline, etc.). + Experience with cost projection, financial analysis, budget reviews, labor reports. + Experience with JD Edwards or similar construction application(s). Preferred Requirements + Local candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. + Tier 1 Construction candidates, very helpful. About us Balfour Beatty US is an industry-leading provider of general contracting, at-risk construction management and design-build services for public and private sector clients across the nation. Performing heavy civil and vertical construction, our teams build the unique structures and infrastructure that play an important role in how people live, work, learn and play in our communities. Our teammates have an instinctive passion for innovating that is fueled by a relentless curiosity, a drive to employ lean practices and processes and the determination to find a better way. Through Zero Harm®, we are challenging the construction industry’s assumptions about safety. We believe that no level of harm should come to anyone as a result of our business. Consistently ranked among the nation’s largest building contractors, by Engineering News-Record, our US business is a subsidiary of London-based Balfour Beatty plc (LSE: BBY). Balfour Beatty is an equal opportunity employer that recognizes the value of a diverse workforce. All qualified individuals will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other criteria protected by federal, state or local law.
          (USA-TX-Austin) Manager - DataAnalytics      Cache   Translate Page      
Job Summary The Data Analytics Manager coordinates and oversees the successful delivery of business intelligence information to the entire organization. The Data Analytics Manager is an experienced leader in BI and data science development and implementation, data architecture, data visualization and communication, ETL layers, and performance tuning. With an emphasis on effective collaboration with key stakeholders, the Data Analytics Manager owns responsibility for the assessment of business requirements, collection and identification of technical specifications, and the subsequent development of technical solutions. The Data Analytics Manager enforces a repeatable approach, cohesive framework, and industry standards with an emphasis on MicroStrategy and Pentaho Data Integration as core development tools. The Data Analytics Manager has deep theoretical and practical knowledge of the Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) activities specific to data integration and analytics. The Data Analytics Manager is expected to apply independent judgment and initiative in carrying out and assigning tasks and will function as a lead and mentor to developers. In addition, the Data Analytics Manager facilitates collaboration with other analysis and development teams to create standards and best practices for BI and data science solutions. Essential Job Duties • Effectively lead and mentor teams of architects and engineers. • Oversee development and application of a structured architectural approach and methodology that aligns with the key strategies of the organization to support BI and data science. • Serve as a technical leader for the organization; mentor technical staff. • Oversee development and maintenance of data integration solutions (including ETL design and architecture), semantic layer objects, presentation objects, reports, and dashboards for delivery of BI and data science solutions. • Define, implement, refine, and enforce the BI and data science solution development methodology based on industry best practices. • Develop technology specifications and ensure that any new technology solutions are optimal for meeting needs; leverage existing technologies when possible. • Apply architectural and engineering concepts to implement a solution that meets operational requirements while maintaining sustainability objectives, including: scalability, maintainability, security, reliability, extensibility, flexibility, availability, and manageability. • Lead research and development efforts (proof of concept, prototype) when introducing new technologies. • Ensure technology solutions are production ready and meet the defined specifications and that the solution can be maintained via production support methodologies and resources. • Oversee ongoing support and maintenance of deployed BI and data science solutions. • Perform other duties as assigned. Education and Experience Requirements • Bachelor's degree (Master's preferred) in Computer Science, Data Science, Engineering, Information Systems, Mathematics, Statistics, or related field. Equivalent experience will be considered in lieu of a degree. • 3+ years as a technical lead and/or architect. • 10+ years of related technical experience. • 8+ years of experience in a technical role supporting BI and data science efforts. This should include application of knowledge in statistics, data wrangling, and data visualization & communication. • 8+ years of experience in database development and tools. Ideally this includes: ETL, data modeling, complex queries, performance tuning, and stored procedures/functions. • 5+ years of designing BI and data science solutions, preferably in the healthcare industry. • 5+ years of experience in reporting and MicroStrategy (or a similar tool). • 5+ years of experience Kettle/Pentaho Data Integration (or a similar ETL tool). • 5+ years of application presentation layer experience, including data visualization and communication. • Expert data skills, including complex queries, performance tuning, expertise in a variety of approaches (e.g., relational, dimensional, unstructured). • Proven track record of successfully delivering large data-centric projects. • Strong relationship management skills; able to interface effectively with all organizational levels: users, team members, and management. • Flexible and willing to undertake a wide variety of challenging tasks. • The ability to apply architectural principles to business solutions. • A broad, enterprise-wide view of the business, with understanding of the roles of strategy, processes and capabilities, enabling technologies, and governance. • Extensive experience planning and deploying business-driven technical initiatives. • Experience using a high level language/framework (e.g. J2EE, .NET, etc.) to develop solutions. Experience with a statistical language (e.g., R) is beneficial. • Strong skills in design and implementation of logical and physical approaches to managing and analyzing large volumes of data, with knowledge of best practices. • Excellent development and testing skills (including test planning and execution). • Ability to produce high quality documentation of business and system requirements, system design, data architecture, and training materials. • Exceptional communication skills and the demonstrable ability to communicate appropriately at all levels of the organization; this includes written and verbal communications as well as visualizations + Manages, perhaps through subordinate supervisors, the coordination of the activities of a section or department with responsibility for results, including costs, methods and staffing + In some instances this manager may be responsible for a functional area and not have any subordinate employees + Works on issues of diverse scope where analysis of situation or data requires evaluation of a variety of factors, including an understanding of current business trends + Follows processes and operational policies in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions + Acts as advisor to subordinate(s) to meet schedules and/or resolve problems + Develops and administers schedules, performance requirements; may have budget responsibilities + Frequently interacts with subordinate employees, customers, and/or functional peer group managers, normally involving matters between functional areas, other company divisions or units, or customers and the company + Often must lead a cooperative effort among members of a project team + Receives assignments in the form of objectives and determines how to use resources to meet schedules and goals + Provides guidance to subordinates within the latitude of established company policies + Recommends changes to policies and establishes procedures that affect immediate organization(s) EEO Statement: Active military service members, their spouses, and veteran candidates often embody the core competencies MAXIMUS deems essential, and bring a resiliency and dependability that greatly enhances our workforce. We recognize your unique skills and experiences, and want to provide you with a career path that allows you to continue making a difference for our country. We’re proud of our connections to organizations dedicated to serving veterans and their families. If you are transitioning from military to civilian life, have prior service, are a retired veteran or a member of the National Guard or Reserves, or a spouse of an active military service member, we have challenging and rewarding career opportunities available for you. A committed and diverse workforce is our most important resource. MAXIMUS is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. MAXIMUS provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status or disabled status. Requisition ID: 2018-36151 External Company URL: Street: 4000 S IH-35W
          EDUCATION | How to succeed in Senior High School      Cache   Translate Page      

By Joan Rull-Dulong
Project Development Officer 1
Division of Naga City

Just this year, we have the first batch of Senior high school who graduated and are now on their respective exits: tertiary education, employment, entrepreneurship and vocational-technology.

It was a great leap for our education system where students get additional two years in their basic education. How ready are they with their chosen career now is the question. Did their school prepare them enough to the transition? Whatever the answer may be, bottom line is they have succeeded Senior high school and that is a great achievement.

As we go further in the implementation, it is best to evaluate what are the effective ways and those that need improvement in order to make our students’ transition go more smoothly. Here are some tips that might help:

Take studies seriously. Studying is the first responsibility of a student. It might be a cliché but earning good grades is your first goal in school. It quantifies how much effort you put in learning your lessons. This also provides foundation to be more confident in school.

Get some new skills. We have those skills that we have already like cooking. Trying a different skill might give you more edge both in work and in life. It might be a challenge learning something new, but the more you know things, the better.

Familiarize yourself with other culture. When I say culture, both locally and internationally. It is appreciating the uniqueness of the people you interact with. It will help you adjust better to any environment you might be in after graduation.

Socialize with people. Your classmate might be your former boss or your teacher might be your future employee. The world is full of surprises. Remember to invest on people. Linkages and networking help in building careers. Besides the friends you have established good relationship with will also be there when you needed a shoulder to cry on.

Be productive and maximize your time. Schooling might be tiring with voluminous projects or performance tasks. Remember to allot time for important things and you should know your priorities. Balancing might be a skill, you might prioritize doing more important things but never forget to play especially when things are becoming too exhausting. Cultivate sports and recreation, this where you can beat monotony and always have something to look forward to as a reward for your hard work.

The goal is always find fulfillment in everything you do. Always put your best foot forward, for at the end of the day what will matter is not what people have to say about you but how you have tried to give your best shot. It is not having regrets and “leave no stone unturned.”

          (USA-TX-Austin) Dairy/Frozen Manager      Cache   Translate Page      
Overview Job Summary The Dairy/Frozen Manager is responsible for the successful operation and profitability of the dairy/frozen department as well as training, directing and monitoring all department staff. Department Managers are responsible for the success of their own department and are required to fulfill the duties of the Manager on Duty (MOD) on a scheduled basis. Responsibilities Key Responsibilities include the following essential functions, but are not limited to: + Providing World Class Customer Service as a number one priority. + Exemplifying integrity, responsibility, and excellence and adhering to all policies. + Creating inviting, full and shopable departments. + Ordering for the dairy/frozen department, including deli and meat, and maintaining accurate inventory levels. + Managing margin, COGs and overall department profitability including minimizing shrink and maximizing effective purchasing. + Ensuring all in-stock products/conditions meet company standards. + Offering and following up on special orders. + Merchandising shelves, endcaps and dynamic displays. + Managing and participating in tagging, facing, rotating, cleaning, markdowns, stocking, and backstock. + Training and monitoring department personnel including assigning and following up on tasks. + Working with other department managers to cross-train staff to accomplish all needed tasks. + Conducting active and passive demos. + Assisting in interviewing and hiring for department needs. + Working with the store manager to address performance and/or disciplinary issues within the department. + Opening and closing of store, including DSR and the closing cash process. + Handling register functions including backup cashiering, managing customer returns, addressing customer complaints, and covering register shift changes, including those for scheduled breaks. + Maintaining the safety and security of customers and employees. + Answering customer questions per company standards and policies, including the use of Structure/Function statements and/or statements of nutritional support. + Continually increasing product knowledge. + Using SAP and inventory management software, running and analyzing reports on BEx, emailing and utilizing other IS programs as needed. + Working a schedule based on store needs which includes evenings, weekends, holidays. Position requires working five days, 40 hours per week and attending mandatory store meetings. Although this is a general outline of job responsibilities all employees are expected to be ''hands on'' and do whatever it takes to get the job done and make the company thrive. Qualifications Education, Skills & Experience + High School diploma, GED or equivalent preferred. + 1-2 years of experience in retail experience in a grocery or retail environment preferred; natural foods background is a plus. + 1-2 years of experience supervising others preferred. + Ability to pass food safety training courses and/or certifications as required by law and maintain compliance by keeping certifications up to date and registered if applicable. + Ability to manage changing priorities and to stay focused with the task at hand. + Sense of urgency in the completion of tasks. + Excellent customer service skills. + Highly organized with great attention to detail. + Ability to take direction and follow through. + Must be cashier trained and able to count currency. + Proficient in MS Word, Excel and Outlook. This job description is not an employment contract. It does not guarantee a job or that the above listed duties are the limit of responsibilities. The job and job description are subject to change with and without notice. Employees are required to accomplish any and all tasks as assigned by the Store Manager and/or other corporate managers that may not be listed in this job description. Sorry the Share function is not working properly at this moment. Please refresh the page and try again later. Connect With Us! Not ready to apply?for general consideration. Job ID2018-9842 Address3901 Gualdalupe St CategoryStores
          (USA-TX-Austin) Sr Client Consultant      Cache   Translate Page      
Description: As a Sr. Client Consultant, you will be responsible for analyzing the cost and quality of health care for our large clients, and delivering those results in a meaningful way. You will engage with senior level corporate leaders to build a deep understanding of the drivers of their health plans, evaluate cost and quality impact of plan initiatives, and the identification of future concerns. Working with our account leadership, you will help structure effective and actionable solutions that will accomplish both short and long-term client objectives, leveraging one of the largest medical databases in the country. BASIC FUNCTION: This position is responsible for performing research and assists in analyzing financial and health data, including medical algorithms to determine health care expenditures, medical and economic outcomes, and cost containment strategies. Analyzes complex business problems and issues using data from internal and external sources to provide insight to decision-makers. Identifies and interprets trends and patterns in datasets to locate influences. JOB REQUIREMENTS: *Bachelor Degree and 5 years’ experience in health care services, statistical analysis, or insurance industry economics including 1-year experience in data analysis and information reporting relating to healthcare data, including pharmacy OR 7 years’ experience in health care services, statistical analysis, or insurance industry economics including 1-year experience in data analysis and information reporting relating to healthcare data, including pharmacy. *Requires specialized depth and/or breadth of expertise *Interprets internal or external business issues and recommends best practices *Takes initiative to solve complex problems; takes an outside /in perspective to identify innovative solutions *Works independently, with guidance in only the most complex situations *May lead functional teams or projectsPREFERRED JOB REQUIREMENTS: Preference will be given to applicants with the following knowledge, skills, experience, or education: *MBA or Bachelor Degree in Mathematics, Actuarial Science, Statistics, Finance, or Accounting; *Analyzing and making recommendations around healthcare benefits *Understanding or experience with underwriting and/or actuarial practices *Demonstrated client-facing experience and presentation skills *Demonstrated skills with data analytics including healthcare claims data manipulation, analysis, and ability to explain both high level and detailed view of the data *Demonstrated ability to work independently, solve complex problems, and make quick decisions *Demonstrated interpersonal skills including verbal and written communication *Demonstrated intermediate to advanced skill level with MS Excel and PowerPoint *Ability to articulate depth and breadth of expertise in the following: Analytical thinking, communication for results, conceptual thinking, information seeking, initiative, openness to learning, results orientation, teamwork, thoroughness, and understanding environment This position can be based in Richardson, Houston, or Austin TX Location: TX - Austin, TX - Houston, TX - Richardson Activation Date: Tuesday, December 4, 2018 Expiration Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 Apply Here
          University of Texas at Austin Class of 2023 Admissions      Cache   Translate Page      
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I’VE WRITTEN ABOUT THIS MYSELF: Why Hospitals Should Let You Sleep. Here’s what I wrote: It’s other places where they fall down. Being in the hospital is an exhausting, draining experience even if you aren’t sick. I spent a lot of time, and a couple of nights, there, and I felt like I had been […]
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RUNNING TIME: 3 Hours 38 Minutes
Hosted by Don Tony

SYNOPSIS: Episode 48 (11/27 - 12/03)

  • Stan Stasiak def Pedro Morales to win WWWF Championship. DT addresses the ignorant treatment over the years by the internet towards 'The Man' and his title victory.
  • Antonio Inoki def Bob Backlund to win WWF Championship; a title reign not recognized by WWE.
  • Von Erichs def Freebirds and Ric Flair to win WCCW Six-Man Championship.
  • Looking back at Starrcade 85: The Gathering
  • Looking back at Starrcade 86: Night Of The Skywalkers
  • Audio: Highlights of Road Warriors vs Midnight Express Scaffold Math including a rare LOD promo and comments by Jim Cornette on his injuries suffered.
  • Audio: Shane Douglas wrestles on WWF Superstars (1990).
  • SNME 8 airs on NBC.
  • Looking back at Survivor Series 1991: The Gravest Challenge.
  • Looking back at WWF Tuesday In Texas.
  • Audio: Highlights of Undertaker def Hulk Hogan to win WWF Championship for first time - just to lose it back to the Hulkster a few days later - just to have the title then vacated until Royal Rumble.
  • Audio: Ric Flair first WWF PPV match ends in a sudden clusterfu**.
  • Audio: Memorable Ric Flair promo from Survivor Series.
  • Audio: Rare clip only seen in NY: Vince McMahon video editorial on Phil Mushnick and NY Post over their coverage of the 1994 steroid trial.
  • Looking back at ECW November To Remember 1997.
  • Audio: Stephanie McMahon makes her first ever appearance on Monday Night Raw.
  • TV Guide debuts 'Signature Covers'. Four custom TV guide covers featuring Austin, Goldberg, Hogan, and Undertaker.
  • Audio: Test / Stephanie Raw Wedding nixed as Triple H marries a drugged unconscious Stephanie McMahon.
  • Audio: Stephanie McMahon Smackdown promo on unwillingly 'marrying' Triple H.
  • Audio: Scott Hall and Kevin Nash throw the WCW TV Title in the trash.
  • WCW Nitro cage match main event featuring Sid/Goldberg vs Hall/Nash vs Bret Hart/Chris Benoit w/ Roddy Piper as guest referee.
  • Looking back at UK exclusive WWF Rebellion PPV (2000).
  • ECW holds their next to last ever PPV, Massacre On 34th Street.
  • Memories of rare NY indy match involving Eddie Guerrero (vs Low Ki).
  • World Wrestling All-Stars invades Belfast, Ireland.
  • Memories of the last ever wrestling event at 'Madhouse of Extreme', the Elks Lodge (Queens NY). USA Pro Wrestling 'End Of An Era': The one and only event Don Tony and The Masked Maniac teamed up for. So how did it do?
  • Looking back at Survivor Series 2005.
  • Audio: TNA Vince Russo, Jeremy Borash and Voodoo Kin Mafia crash a WWE House Show.
  • Looking back at one of the worst WWE PPV's of all time: WWE December To Dismember (2006).
  • Audio: A tearful Paul Heyman cuts his last promo before resigning and leaving WWE (2006).
  • Audio: Samoa Joe shoots on Scott Hall no showing TNA Turning Point PPV.
  • Audio: Kevin Nash, and Samoa Joe speak on the 'shoot', backstage incident, and more.
  • WWE signs 2008 Playboy Model Of The Year, Jillian Beyor.
  • Audio: The Miz vs Jerry Lawler in Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match for WWE Championship.
  • Sheamus wins 2010 King Of The Ring Tournament.
  • Kaitlyn wins NXT Season Three.
  • WWE releases MVP.
  • Mick Foley (while employed by TNA) heavily criticizes TNA in memorable 2010 interview.
  • John Morrison wrestles last WWE match before being released.
  • Audio: Memorable Pipers Pit featuring Roddy Piper interviewing John Cena.
  • Never forget: WWE debuts then immediately yanks new Sin Cara shirt due to a hilarious graphics faux pa (Now known as the Sin Cara Boner Shirt).
  • WWE releases Thomas Latimer (aka Bram) after being charged with assaulting a Police Officer.
  • Audio: The interview that led to numerous lawsuits. CM Punk interviewed on Art Of Wrestling Podcast (EP 226).
  • Audio: Vince McMahon appears on Stone Cold Podcast (WWE Network) and apologizes to CM Punk. 
  • New Day make their WWE debut.
  • Audio: Sheamus forms the League Of Nations.
  • WWE surveys WWE fans disgruntled over Raw product. Have they addressed anything since this 2015 Survey?
  • Audio: Broken Matt surprise video appearance from ROH Final Battle (2016).
  • WWE premieres 205 Live on WWE Network.
  • RIP Hype Bros: Mojo Rawley turns on Zack Ryder.
  • And so much more!

NOTABLE BIRTHDAYS: Playboy Buddy Rose, Ray Candy, Leroy Brown, Ernie Ladd, Tim Woods, Paul Bunyan, Smith Hart, Lee Marshall, Jimmy Del Ray, Klondike Bill, Hayabusa, Davey Boy Smith, Tom Zenk, Lobo Rubio, Gypsy Joe, Whitey Wahlberg, Gordon Ivey (RIP), Teizo Watanabe 88, Mean Gene Okerlund 76, Jerry Lawler and Zeb Colter 69, Gran Hamada 68, Riki Choshu 67, Dave Sullivan and Johnny Mantell 61, Danny Boy 60, Jushin Thunder Liger 54, Bart Sawyer and Rumi Kazama 53, John Bradshaw Layfield and Jinsei Shinzaki 52, Gino Martino 51, Trinity and Gordon Glynn 47, Rob Conway and Minoru Tanaka 46, Super Crazy, Evan Karagias, Kazunari Murakami and Billy Ken Kid 45, Christian 44, Sepulturero and Mr B 43, Blue Wolf, Ricky Vega and Bionic J 42, Super Hentai 41, Brent Albright and Futoshi Miwa 40, Mineo Fujita and Joel Maximo 39, Mo Sexton 38, Erick Rowan and Donny DiCaprio 37, Lei-D Tapa 36, Rosemary and Summer Rae 35, Tara Charisma 34, Viper 32, Naomi 31, Dana Brooke 30

NOTABLE PRO WRESTLING DEBUTS: Road Dogg (1986), Big Show (1994), Brakkus (1996), Kristal Marshall (2005)

NOTABLE DEATHS: Don Evans 88, George Pencheff 87, Joe Gunther 84, Jack Laskin 81, Jack Donovan, El Nazi and Johnny Seals 76, George Harris 75, Haruka Eigen, Richard Schikat, Don Arakawa and Bello Greco 71, Tim Woods 68, Buddy Roberts and Big Daddy 67, Farmer Jones 64, Bill Fletcher 63, Hiro Matsuda 62, Jerry Monti 59, Rip Tyler and Black Guzman 57, Duke Finnegan 54, Giant Haystacks, Gene Dundee and Principal Richard Pound 52, Moondog Spot, Joey Rossi and Abdul Ghafoor Khan 51, Steve Bradley and El Hijo del Cien Caras 32, Magic Dragon 31

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5 May 2018: Alfa Anderson is back home in Augusta, Georgia at her alma mater Paine College. Mayor Hardie Davis, Jr. and Commissioner William Fennoy have given her the keys to the city and declared 5 May "Alfa Anderson Day". So much has changed in Anderson's life since she first left Augusta to attend Teachers College, Columbia University in New York, and she has the platinum albums to prove it. However, one thing has remained steadfast — in a city that raised legends like James Brown and Jessye Norman, Alfa Anderson is one of Augusta's most beloved daughters.

"Alfa Anderson Day" coincided with a particularly bountiful time in the singer's career. Earlier in 2018, Ontario-based record company Rammit Records commissioned Boomtang and 83 West to remix "Perfectly Chic", one of the key tracks from Anderson's self-released solo debut Music From My Heart (2017). Following a digital EP in March, which generated a chart-topping smash for Anderson in South America, Rammit pressed the "Perfectly Chic" remixes on pink vinyl as a limited edition 12-inch single. Though millions of listeners know Anderson's striking visage from several CHIC album sleeves, "Perfectly Chic" marks the singer's very first vinyl release as a solo artist. The smile she wears on the cover is one of triumph.

This past fall, Anderson was also inducted into the Legends of Vinyl (L.O.V.) Hall of Fame along with Norma Jean Wright, CHIC's original lead singer, and Luci Martin, who shared lead vocals with Anderson when Wright pursued a solo career in 1978. The honor marked yet another seminal moment for the three vocalists since their first onstage reunion in 2014. Rebranding themselves as "Next Step", the trio joined Kathy Sledge in Ibiza to record "Get on Up" (2015). Produced by Aristofreeks, the song soared to the Top Ten of Billboard's dance chart in May 2016 and brought Anderson's history with Sledge full circle.

Decades earlier, Anderson was among the background vocalists on Sister Sledge's breakthrough album We Are Family (1979) produced by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards for the CHIC Organization. "Alfa helped my career with her voice because she was part of the CHIC sound," says Kathy Sledge, who sang lead on the Grammy-nominated title track. "Her tone and quality are badass. Nile and Bernard knew there was a uniqueness in her tone, along with the other CHIC Organization singers. Here you had these top producers at the height of their career who didn't deviate from that formula. That speaks volumes. As members of groups, and I can certainly vouch for this, sometimes we don't know our value, but we know our gifts more than anyone. Alfa knows her gift and she's sharing it on a whole new level now. It's no surprise that people are receiving and embracing her solo project. I'm so excited for her!"

The forecast for 2019 appears to hold as much promise as 2018. Anderson will begin the year by joining Martin and Wright as co-headliners of the six-day "Ultimate Disco Cruise" from Ft. Lauderdale to Cozumel, followed by the trio's performance at Pygmalion Fest in New Orleans. Later in the spring, Anderson will once again host "Fandross Festival" in New York, which celebrates the music, life, and legacy of her friend Luther Vandross. In her exclusive interview with PopMatters, Anderson reflects on a year of solo victories and shares why she's always said "yes" to life.


Alfa, since our last interview in 2013, it seems like you've kept reaching new benchmarks in your career with each passing year. We'll talk about some of the ways 2018 has been a particularly exceptional year for you, but first I'd love to know how your experience of performing onstage now compares to 40 years ago during your first tour with CHIC.

It's still just as exciting, and I still love it just as much as I did 40 years ago. The most spectacular thing that's happened for me is that I'm getting recognition as a solo artist, [emphasizes] as Alfa Anderson. I just recently had a number one record on the Music Worx chart in South America. The chart says, "Perfectly Chic" — Alfa Anderson. That makes me smile.

It's good to be able to perform at a pace where I can give my all and still take care of myself along the way. Taking care of myself is of primary importance now. Forty years ago …

… anything goes?

Sort of! [laughs] Forty years ago, if I wanted to perform and then stay up late and hang out and go to after-parties, it was not a problem. Now, I can only burn the candle at one end! [laughs] That's different. Instead of a margarita, I'm drinking smoothies.

Back in May, Augusta celebrated "Alfa Anderson Day". How did your hometown decide to honor you?

That day came about from one of the city council members, Commissioner William Fennoy, and my high school classmates. They wanted to honor me for the work that I've done in music. I'd no idea that they'd followed my career since I left Augusta after graduating from Paine College.

In fact, I'll never forget what I told my mother's banker as I was about to leave for New York. I was so excited and dropped in to share the news. He used to call me by my first and middle name — it's a very southern thing — and said "Alfa Karlys, you're going to New York?" I said, "Yes." He said, "Why are you going to New York? It just disturbs me that our best and brightest young people leave" — his words, not mine. "How will we ever make things better here in this city if you leave? New York doesn't need you. We do."

I was honored that he felt that way about me, but there was something calling me to New York. At that time, I had no idea what it was going to be. It culminated in this musical career that I could never have envisioned when I was a young girl growing up in the south. I was always encouraged to excel and to make my family and my home town proud of who I was.


You mentioned "Perfectly Chic" being number one in South America. How would you describe the life of that song since you first released it on Music From My Heart?

This song must be like a cat — it has nine lives! It was released last July in 2017 and people are still discovering it. I licensed it to Rammit Records who thought that it was a cool song. They wanted to remix it. A lot of people say that it's a very CHIC-type song and they like that because it's nostalgic. It's classic yet it's current. It's been almost a year and six months since it was first released. It's still got legs and now it's on pink vinyl. I'm overjoyed!

Of course, you premiered "Perfectly Chic" at Joe's Pub at the Public Theater for your CD release show, which also doubled as your first solo concert. What were your expectations going into that show and how did you feel afterward?

I was just hoping the audience would stay! [laughs] I took a big chance. Who performs ten unknown, original songs in New York at Joe's Pub? I knew they were going to love the CHIC stuff, like "At Last I Am Free" and "I Want Your Love", but the new material went over just as well.

When it was time for me to go onstage, I said to my glam squad, "I want to go home!" They said, "It's too late for you to go home now. The band is onstage. The people are here. You've got to go on!" The band started to play my opening number and I made my entrance. Once I got onstage, I decided to be vulnerable and let people know that I was really nervous because I had never done an entire solo show before. I was so encouraged by their love. I relaxed and just enjoyed every minute.

I got an email the next day from someone who told me that I was a God-conscious performer. I brought a spirit of unity, and that made everybody come together. When I read that, I was nearly moved to tears because I want to be a unifying force.

I think one of the songs that really did unify the audience that night was "In the Stillness". Sadly, we recently lost Madeleine Yayodele Nelson, who joined you onstage and also played on the studio version of that song. How did she contribute to your overall vision for "In the Stillness", on record as well as in concert?

I didn't know her before. I knew of her. When I wrote "In the Stillness", which was the first song that I wrote for the album, we called it an outlier because it was different from anything else on the album. When Bert Price, my co-writer and co-producer, and I were figuring out what to do with the song, I said, "It's got to evoke peace, calm, tranquility, and a centeredness about who you are and why you're on the planet. I want shekere. I want drums. I want a tribal, spiritual feel."

I remembered that Valerie Ghent had worked with Yayodele and I knew that she was the founder of Women of the Calabash. I called her. I didn't know whether or not she'd respond, but she did. I sent her the song. She loved it and agreed to perform on it. She came in the studio and brought her shekere and djembe drum. It's such a pleasure for a writer / performer to see a song come to life.

For my show, I wanted to perform as many songs from the album as possible. In the back of my mind, I was thinking, These are songs that nobody knows. How are you going to make this an interesting evening for everybody? Yayodele was one of the first musical guests I thought of. She had to be a part of this show. She came and brought her shekere and blessed us with her incredibly powerful spirit. The ancestors were definitely there with us.

I think the personal highlight for me as an audience member was when Karen Milne joined you onstage for "Sending Love", which is probably my favorite song on the album. It was such a brilliant idea to feature one of the original players from the CHIC Strings on that song. How did it occur to you to include Karen on "Sending Love"?

Norma, Luci, and I had done an interview with Karen about three years ago. We spoke about how nice it would be to work together again. When I wrote "Sending Love", I knew it needed a violin, and I knew Karen was just the person to ask. She played such a hauntingly beautiful melody on the song.

At Joe's Pub, did you hear the ovation Karen got when I announced that she was there? I'm so lucky that she got the night off from playing first violin in Phantom of the Opera! Not only was she there, but the other original CHIC Strings (Cheryl Hong and Marianne Carroll) were there too. Afterward, Cheryl and Marianne said, "We want to go on the road again!"


Beyond the concert, how did you feel holding a copy of Music from My Heart in your hands when it arrived?

[sighs] It was a dream come true, a real accomplishment, and I remembered what it took for me to get there. I had so many supporters — my family, friends, and fans — who wished me well and wanted me to succeed.

Earlier this year, you hosted an event that was part of "Fandross Festival", a four-day celebration of Luther Vandross held throughout different New York venues. You'd already recorded "When Luther Sings" as part of your album and performed it during the festival. In the years since his passing, what have you learned or grown to appreciate about Luther now versus when you sang background for him in the '80s?

I appreciate his attention to detail. He would come up to you and say, "You know, those are not the right earrings". I also appreciate that, no matter how he felt, he always gave 1,000% onstage. He paid attention to everything that was going on.

I didn't know how much I learned from him until I started working on my own stage show. I've got this aesthetic in my head that's definitely a Luther aesthetic, but without the Luther resources! [laughs] Everything he did was first-class. He would use bugle beads instead of sequins. Bugle beads are a lot more expensive. They're heavier too. [laughs]

Back in 2014, you, Norma Jean, and Luci first performed together as a trio for the "First Ladies of Disco" concert in Palm Springs and then appeared with Company Freak at "SummerStage" in Central Park. How has the dynamic among the three of you grown over the past four years throughout all of the different projects that you've done?

The dynamic has blossomed. There were so many years between the time we had worked together in CHIC and when we got back together. We worked through earlier issues that we had, which developed a trust and a sisterhood that cannot be broken. The last time we rehearsed for an upcoming gig, they sang "Perfectly Chic" the way I want to hear it sung. We are considering making it our signature song.

Norma Jean actually sang background on the recording of "Perfectly Chic" as well.

She did! Luci didn't because she was in Florida at the time. We plan to use that song as our opening number. The first time I sang it outside of New York, I think we were performing at Taste of Omaha. We put it later in the set because I wanted to see how people would react to that song in the middle of all those other classic CHIC Organization songs. The audience loved it.

Luci said, "I have an idea. Instead of every night trying to figure out whether or not people are going to love it, let's just put it in the top of the show. They're not going to walk out. They're going to be so excited that they're going to accept it." It tells the story of who we are, which is what I wanted to do. It's an homage to that time in my life that I'll carry with me forever.

One of the projects that the three you have done together since reuniting is record with Kathy Sledge on "Get on Up" (2015). It's such a full-circle moment because you and Norma Jean were among the background vocalists who sang on Sister Sledge's We Are Family album. Describe the experience of working with Kathy so many years later.

It was an amazing experience. We were in Ibiza — not a bad place to record at all. In the studio, I imagined Kathy as a 17-year-old with braces, walking up to this microphone and owning "We Are Family". The voice that she has now is the voice that she's always had. It's a very unique voice. It's a sexy voice. I love the raspiness of it. I love her spontaneity. I love the way she delivers and tells the story. She makes you believe it. That's one of the things that we all try to do — tell the story and draw people in.


Just after Next Step premiered "Get on Up", Cirque du Soleil performed with you, Norma Jean, and Luci at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Is there any other gig in your career that compares to that?

No, it was unlike anything else! Talk about lights, camera, action — they had it all there! It was the first time we'd actually performed for millennials. We didn't know whether or not the younger people were going to like what we did, but they couldn't get enough.

I had to get used to the volume. [laughs] That's when I realized, no performer goes onstage without earplugs, which we didn't use back in the day. The sound was deafening. You could just feel the vibration of the bass through the soles of your feet. Then you've got these people flying on trapezes, and you've got explosions, and you've got lights.

Shortly before you recorded with Kathy Sledge, you also reunited with Nile Rodgers for a CHIC reunion single called "I'll Be There" (2015). It was amazing to see you come back together at the Power Station where Nile and Bernard produced all of the classic CHIC albums. How did you feel walking into the studio with Nile there, as well as the people that you sang with for years, like Luci and Fonzi Thornton, plus Kim Davis and Folami — the new CHIC Organization vocalists?

I'm a softie. My husband says I'm a weeping willow. It took everything that I had not to cry because it was such a powerful moment. I couldn't believe I was back where it all began. I spent a good bit of time in Studio B working on those CHIC songs that became such huge hits. I thought about those who are no longer with us, like Bernard, Tony (Thompson), and Raymond (Jones).

When I saw Nile, we shared a big hug. At one point, I didn't know if I was going to be able to sing because I was getting so choked up. I had to work through it quietly. It was a wonderful experience to be there. The respect from Nile and the respect from Kim and Folami was very evident. The camaraderie that I had with Fonzi and with Luci … I felt like I was home.

Nile recently released It's About Time (2018), the first new CHIC album since CHIC-ism (1992). In reviewing the album for Rolling Stone, Maura Johnston highlighted Lady Gaga's vocal on a revamped version of "I Want Your Love", saying that she was "stepping into Alfa Anderson's platforms". How did you feel when you read that?

To be mentioned by someone as prestigious as this writer from Rolling Stone, who actually remembered that I sang the original, was heartwarming and humbling. That's the thing that means a lot to me. People know the songs more than they know my name. Nile has a wonderful group out touring now with Folami and Kim, who are excellent singers. The band is a beast! I love what they're doing. Audiences know them and they know the songs, but they don't necessarily know that I was the one who originated that vocal on "I Want Your Love".


Rhino just compiled The CHIC Organization 1977-1979, a box set of the first three CHIC albums plus We Are Family. It's perfect timing since C'est CHIC (1978) turned 40 this year. It's really a flawless album. Not only does it have "I Want Your Love", "Le Freak", and your exquisite vocal on "At Last I Am Free", but then it also has these great songs where Bernard is actually featured as a vocalist. So many people think of him as a bassist and Nile's writing / producing partner, but he also had these vocal step-outs. "Happy Man" is a prime example of that, so is your duet with him on "Sometimes You Win". Vocally, what did Bernard bring to those songs?

I think his voice was very much like his bass-playing. He couldn't hold notes. He would say that — "I can't hold notes" — but he was a rhythmic guy, a funky guy. He was able to create a singing style for himself with his deep voice, where he didn't have to hold notes. It's the rhythmic approach to what he did that I think made his voice very distinctive.

Of course, you and Diva Gray shared the lead vocal on "Le Freak", which supplanted Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond's "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" from number one in December 1978. The Library of Congress recently added it to the National Recording Registry in 2017. Let's talk about the genius of that song for a minute. Why do you think people are still shouting "Freak out!" Forty years later?

Who knew, right? You hear it all the time. Sometimes things just become part of the culture and the American vernacular. That happens to be one of those phrases that has done that. Sometimes something is phrased in a way that is so succinct yet all-encompassing and so powerful that nothing else will do.

Because it's so ingrained in pop culture, it's easy to take "Freak out!" for granted, but what do you remember about how Nile and Bernard presented that particular phrase to you and the other CHIC Organization vocalists?

It was definitely different, but I was more worried about the French being recognizable! [laughs]

The "Le freak / c'est chic" part?

Yes! I was more concerned about the French than the English. [laughs] Then when we did "A Warm Summer Night", there's "Te quiero". When I first looked at it, I said, [exaggerates] "Tay key-err-o!" because I didn't know any Spanish. They laughed and laughed. That's why Luci ended up speaking that part because I was going to enunciate every little consonant and make sure that all the vowels were there.


I'd like to ask you about another bassist, your husband, Tinkr Barfield. He released his solo album Blended (2018) this year and featured you on a couple of songs. You first met him when he played bass in Luther's band. How would you describe his approach to playing?

I love his funk playing. He's a groove master. When I first met him, he was known for the kind of funk that he brought to the bass. What's happening for him now is that he's beginning to explore melody on the bass, like he did on his arrangement of "My Favorite Things".

The film version of The Wiz (1978) also turned 40 in 2018. You were one of several vocalists who sang in the choir on the soundtrack. What do you remember about being in the studio with so many vocal greats?

What I remember was being in awe during the session. The principals were not there, but everywhere I looked, there was someone I admired. I remember seeing Valerie Simpson, Patti Austin, and, of course, Luther was there. I was just one of the new kids on the block and grateful to have been invited.

On that day, Quincy Jones showed me why he's the great producer he is. The efficiency with which he made it all work and put everybody together — this was years before "We Are the World" — was masterful.

I remember the speaking part for "red" and "green" ("Emerald City Sequence"). I was thinking to myself, How are we going to get all of these people with these different voices to speak these parts and sound as one? That was the first time I understood the power of unison speaking and unison singing, which carried over to CHIC. We all got into the spirit of it. It truly was sheer joy and happiness.

Speaking of Valerie Simpson, you've sung background for her on a couple of different occasions in recent years. What does she inspire in you?

She inspires passion in me. When I worked with her, it was like working with a master. I had to pull from deep within myself. When I worked with Luther, he had layered, lush background vocals. Valerie and Nick's sound also had layers, but their sound was more raw and passionate. Luther admired Valerie's stage presence. He always said, "If you really want to know how do it well, look to Valerie Simpson".

You, Norma Jean, and Luci were inducted into the 2018 Legends of Vinyl (L.O.V.) Hall of Fame alongside other renowned singers like Melba Moore, Gloria Gaynor, and Sarah Dash. Why do you think artists who are linked to the disco era have been receiving so much recognition in recent years, more so now than, let's say, ten or 15 years ago?

I think it's because disco music brought people together, which never goes out of style. We're in a culture now that's so divisive. People are tired of that separatism. We all realize that if that continues to happen there's no hope for us as a country.

Disco was intergenerational and multicultural. It didn't matter what your socioeconomic status or sexual orientation was. We were all laughing, having fun. As I've grown older, I really understand that being joyful extends your life. Disco was always a place where people could get away from society's restrictions. The world puts you in a box, but when you're on the floor dancing, and you grab somebody's hand, it doesn't matter whose hand it is. That's what disco gave to the world.

I think that now, more than ever before, the resurgence of disco means that we really want to be free of all the "isms". People really do want to be together, talk to each other, and share experiences with each other.


Along that continuum, you performed at "LGBTQ Voices" presented by Flushing Town Hall and New York City Council Member Daniel Dromm at Queens Center back in May. What does the support of the LGBTQ community mean to you?

It means everything to me because I've been embraced by that community from the very beginning. Even back in Augusta, when things were super, super, super undercover and people could risk their lives by coming out, people confided in me. Many of them are gone now. They had a very difficult time growing up in the south. [pauses] They couldn't be who they wanted to be and they had to hide it. It was so painful. [wipes tears] People were very cruel, Christian. I get a little teary-eyed just thinking about it. Let me take a moment …You really made me think. I hadn't thought about that.

When we first met for an interview in 2013, I asked, "What would you tell yourself in 1979?" Let's rewind a year earlier. What would you tell this woman [Alfa Anderson] lounging against the couch on the cover of C'est CHIC?

I would tell that woman that she is enough. I would tell her to live each day secure in the knowledge that where she is where she is meant to be. She will learn, and she will grow as long as she says "yes" to life.

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Prime Minister: Well thank you very much. I cannot think of too many greater honours for a Liberal Prime Minister, frankly, to be here today to open this library with Mr Howard. I still feel like I have to call you that.


And I know you’ve been generous over a long period of time in inviting me to be a lot more informal.

Today I’m not going to, I’m going to be very formal, because this is a very important occasion.

So to the Honourable John Howard, to Mrs Howard, and the entire Howard family who is here today - particularly the latest addition, only six weeks old.

To the Speaker, my good friend Tony Smith, Rector of UNSW Michael Frater, Daryl Karp the Director of the Museum of Australian Democracy, David Fricker the Director-General of the National Archives. Members of the Parliamentary Team, past and present who are here today.

Of course Phillip Ruddock here today. Colleagues past and present.

I love going back to the places which form your experience. You go back to your old school, where you went to university, the beaches you swam at as a kid, the places that framed who you are.

And you reflect on the memories of those places and the lessons that you learnt.

John Howard loves this building.

It was in this building that he gave his maiden speech to Parliament.

It was in this building that he attended his first Cabinet meeting in the Fraser Cabinet.

It was in this building that he attended his first Partyroom meeting.

It was in this building that he delivered his Budgets, and his replies to Budgets, the first of them.

It was in this building that the political crucible that formed who I would argue to be our greatest Prime Minister of this country and only with the exception, I’m sure he would agree, because as a Party’s founder we always refer to the great Sir Robert Menzies.

But in modern opinion, and in the modern Liberal Party, we have always very much looked to John Howard and this was the crucible in which his political character and who he became as a great Prime Minister was formed.

It was a crucible formed here dominated by Sir Robert Menzies, the founder of our party, who dominated this place for so long, where so much of the history of our modern Federation has played out.

And in this building, you can still hear those stories of all those years.  The Lyons - Joseph and Enid.

Of course Sir Robert. Chifley and his pipe. Curtin. A great constitutional crisis – Fraser, Whitlam.

And in this very hall, the flag-draped coffins of prime ministers lay in state.

This is a very special place in our country’s history.

For 61 years, this building was the home of our democracy - from Prime Ministers Stanley Bruce to Bob Hawke.

In 1988, I understand John Howard didn’t really want to move from this Parliament House he liked it so much, he preferred the intimacy of this chamber.

But when he left here, he had still not risen to the office of Prime Minister.

As an Opposition Leader packing 14 years of memories and paper into boxes - he would not have necessarily imagined what was before him.

But he knew what would always guide him.

It was a time when the very future of the Liberal Party was being questioned, and the usual premature eulogies were being offered about the then John Howard, as he was known when we were leaving this building.

But through the tumult, Lazarus emerged, with that triple bypass. Cannier, sturdier and even more resilient.

I must admit while John Howard has laid claim to the biblical Lazarus, I prefer to take my inspiration from Peter: “Upon this rock, I will build my broad church”.


Which he did, as a leader of our great Party. A broad church which he has always respected and always honoured.

As we know, the man who never quite subdued this building would subdue the one up the hill. And boy did he.

Within weeks of becoming Prime Minister he would be tested, as Prime Ministers always are, by events well beyond their control, with a massacre at Port Arthur.

And along with the Opposition and the States, and Tim Fischer, who I know he always acknowledges so keenly in those events, he’d deliver comprehensive gun control laws that to this day are the envy of the world.

A truly magnificent achievement in a moment when leadership called on him and his response was loud and clear.

He’d be tested at home, of course, with family illnesses.  Family has always been at the bedrock of the Howard belief.

There would be other days of testing.

September 11, as he stood in the very city that was under attack with our greatest ally. Not once, but twice in Bali as well. Timor. Iraq. Afghanistan. Our borders, protecting them, together with Phillip and the other Ministers all those years ago.

Through it all, John Howard never found wanting.

Keeping us safe and secure at home, keeping us prosperous in a dynamic and changing world.

Paying off the debt, balancing the Budget, delivering surplus after surplus with Peter Costello. The AAA credit rating. The tax system transformed, taxes cut in 2000, 2003 and 2007. That’s the legacy. Real wages increased by over 21 per cent. 2.1 million jobs were created, unemployment falling from 8 per cent to 4.1 per cent.

There were the major investments in health, in education and the welfare safety net which was designed to provide a hand up, not a hand out. Our great belief that the best form of welfare is a job was inspired by Prime Minister Howard.

And incrementally, he transformed workplace relations passionately and patiently over his entire parliamentary service, reflecting a modernising Australia, a more flexible Australia, a dynamic workplace.

He left office as the darks clouds of the GFC were forming, but it was the ‘Howard inheritance’ that protected Australia from the ravages of a worldwide recession.

The strength of prudential controls, the buffers that were built in good times.

Another biblical analogy - Joseph putting the stalls into the silos to prepare for the years that would follow. That is the Howard legacy.

And that inheritance continues. This Government is seeking to emulate the achievements of that government.

Budget repair, jobs growth, a strong economy. Our country is strong and we are committed to make it even stronger.

Coalition Governments, as inspired by the Howard Government, keeping our country prosperous, keeping Australians safe, keeping Australians together.

Throughout his Government, John Howard was steadfastly supported by a fiercely loyal and loving family.

In 2007, John Howard completed his innings after 11 and a half years as Prime Minister. In the modern political era, that is truly inspiring, and I’m sure at times exhausting.

But warriors see no shame in fighting to the end. He left nothing on the field, nothing. As Menzies said back in Albury, you fight for what you stand for ‘until the bell rings’. And that has always been the Howard ethos.

Ladies and gentlemen, beyond a land, beyond traditions, a nation is a shared story, a shared history.

A history that defines its beliefs and characteristics.

Our prime ministers, the choices they make, are part of our history. So it’s a delight today to open this Library.

It is not the first repository of prime ministerial papers and decisions. Australia’s first prime ministerial library was the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library at Curtin University in Perth, established in 1998. And we have many significant prime ministerial collections, institutes and centres too, right across our nation. The Whitlam Institute at Western Sydney University and the Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre at the University of South Australia. And of course, the Robert Menzies and Malcolm Fraser Collections at the University of Melbourne.

And so with this Library, with my alma mater the University of New South Wales in a partnership with the National Archives of Australia, this will allow researchers and the public to reflect on such a significant prime ministership.

All of these collections are far more than repositories of old speeches, furniture, pamphlets, maps, handwritten notes. I remember one day when I went to see Mr Howard in his office in Sydney and the collection was all on the table in the boardroom and he was delayed and I spent a bit of time reading over a few old Budgets. I was Treasurer at the time. And now all those documents are here for others to enjoy in the same way I was able to on that occasion.

When we read these documents, when we see these objects, we will remember and we will re-imagine. We extend our national understanding of civic life and most importantly, we see that no government was perfect.

We see that mistakes are always made, but the lessons are always to be learned.

So what are the lessons of John Howard? John Winston Howard. Resilience. Perseverance. Conviction, more than anything else. And I might add, courtesy and respect.

Laurie Oakes, I think, said it once, I’m not sure if he was trying to be kind or not, you never always knew. He said, “Mr Howard has made every conceivable mistake an Australian Prime Minister can make.  But he only made them once.”

Because he would always learn and he would always grow and he would always build and he would always move forward. That’s why he is the example to modern Liberals and indeed Prime Ministers. We can only dare to walk in shoes so large, but we will with his great inspiration.

So Mr Howard, I thank you for your friendship and advice over a long period of time, and to Mrs Howard as well. You’ve really been a blessing.

But most of all I thank you both for your lifetime of service to Australia which continues enthusiastically and passionately.

It is right that your records now reside in this building that you loved so much, and that is a landmark to our country’s great democracy.

It is an honour and delight to be here today for this purpose.

I’m reminded of another text which basically says, “Well done good and faithful servant.”

It is an honour and a delight to open the Howard Library. Thank you.

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By Sara Blank

Veda, the two-year-old upscale Indian bistro in Rittenhouse Square (1920 Chestnut St., 267-519-2001), falls seamlessly into step with a slew of Philadelphia-area restaurants that combine predominantly gluten-free cuisine and reputations as safe havens for gluten-free diners.

Goan Shimp Curry (left) and Paneer Palak are two of the many
gluten-free entree options at Veda
With guidance from our knowledgeable server, my dinner companion and I opted for the Tandoori Mirch Murg Tikka, Paneer Palak and Goan Shrimp Curry. We were impressed with each dish, which were fresh-tasting, maintained a fine balance of spices and multiple flavors without being overwhelming, and were filling without being heavy. We ended the meal with Saffron Kheer (rice pudding) and Rasmalai, a dumpling which our server aptly described as similar to a spongy cheesecake. These were excellent complements to the appetizer and entrees - sweet and flavorful without being saccharine. (All but one of the desserts are gluten free.) The craft cocktails - Mumbai Mule and Maharaja Tonic - were original, delicious, and paired with the food perfectly. The warm, comforting vibe of the restaurant was reflective of the meal itself, making it an ideal occasion for a cold-weather night out.

The Mirch Murg Tikka appetizer at Rittenhouse Square's Veda
While the food itself was excellent, I found the experience as a gluten-free guest even more impressive. Generally, I tend to fear dining at family-style restaurants; I feel as though I am walking in with a "high maintenance" stamp across my forehead. In these scenarios, I am often bombarded with well-meaning, if exhausting, questions from non-gluten-free friends like,“What can you eat?” and “Why don’t you pick?” or “Do you think you’ll have enough to eat?” While I am grateful to not be at all a fussy eater, I am discerning in these situations, when I neither want to be difficult nor end up hungry.

I immediately felt at ease when I surveyed Veda's menu, which had clearly-labeled notations for gluten-free dishes. I was overwhelmed by the sheer number of options available, but excited that I was able to choose from so much on the menu.

I told our server that while I am well-versed in dining gluten free, I could not say the same about Indian cuisine. She helped me navigate the menu, describing the flavors and textures of different types of dishes and how they could be altered to suit different spice or heat preferences. I asked whether dishes were naturally gluten free or needed to be altered, and she quickly explained that modifications are rarely needed. This is because Indian food is traditionally cooked in rice flour, rendering most of it gluten free from the get-go. The only variation, she explained, was that while there is gluten present in the kitchen, there is a dedicated gluten-free fryer as well as separate work stations.

All but one of the desserts at Veda - including the Rasmalai (top)
and Saffron Kheer - are gluten free
I enjoyed my experience at Veda because I felt that my dietary restriction had no impact on the quality of my meal. The most significant part about dining at Veda (among other restaurants that have placed similar emphasis on their gluten-free guests) is the normalization and integration throughout the meal. To become complete, I would love to see Veda include gluten-free beers and ciders on the drink menu, add the same gluten-free notations that are on the main menu to the dessert menu, and have the option of gluten-free naan, even if it is made off-premises. Beyond this wish list, though, I found myself extremely impressed by the inclusive experience of dining at Veda.

Anyone who has maintained a gluten-free diet over the last decade knows that among chefs and servers, familiarity of the diet ranges from nonexistent to vague awareness to intrigued curiosity to general accommodation to adamant necessity. Veda is a fine example of a restaurant at the positive end of the spectrum - one that other restaurants should look to as a model.

Sara Blank is a 26-year-old agency copywriter living in Center City Philadelphia. She was diagnosed with Celiac Disease at age 18, right when "gluten free" entered the zeitgeist. Follow her on Instagram at @SarBlank

DISCLOSURE: Veda provided the writer with a complimentary meal. However, the opinions expressed in this review are those of the writer and were not influenced in any way by the compensation.

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's board and chancellor on Monday unveiled a plan to return Silent Sam, a statue of a Confederate soldier, to campus. The statue would be housed in a new building that would cost more than $5 million to construct and $800,000 a year to maintain.

By returning the statue to campus, officials hope to comply with a state law limiting the movement of memorials. By locating the statue in a building, with security, the university hopes to avoid additional efforts to destroy or take down the monument. Officials have also said that the building's location, less prominent than the spot where the statue had been before, would lessen the offense many feel at honoring the Confederacy.

Chapel Hill officials said that they would prefer to see the statue relocated off campus, but that they are submitting a plan that complies with state law to return the statue to campus. The university also plans to "contextualize" its history, which includes slavery, Jim Crow and the civil rights movement.

"Our community and nation have struggled for a long time with deeply rooted issues of race, inclusion, opportunity, pride and memory associated with America’s history. These driving societal and historical forces will be essential to creating a truthful and full historical contextualization both of our university and the Confederate monument," said an email to the campus from Carol L. Folt, the chancellor, and Robert A. Blouin, executive vice chancellor and provost.

The UNC system's Board of Governors still must approve the plan. Even if the board approves the plan, the controversy is not likely to end.

Erika K. Wilson, the Thomas Willis Lambeth Distinguished Professor in Public Policy at Chapel Hill, wrote on Twitter, "@UNC’s recommendation to not re-erect #SilentSam on campus & to spend $5.3 million on a building to house it & $800,000 annually on operating costs is a slap in the face to the many black students, faculty & staff who oppose this symbol of white supremacy."

Protests were quickly organized and took place Monday evening, with students and others blasting the decision -- regardless of state law -- to return Silent Sam to campus. A statement issued by one group organizing a rally said that "the UNC community has consistently and forcefully made clear that to reinstall the Confederate monument to any location on UNC's campus is to herald for the nation and for the world that UNC is not a welcoming place for black people." The new building for the statue will be "a safe space for white supremacy and forcing us to pay for it," the statement added.

Hundreds of students marched in Chapel Hill, with some calling for a strike by professors to insist that the statue not return to campus. "It seems UNC is more willing to spend money on a racist relic of the past than students who attend this school," an editorial in The Daily Tar Heel said. "Once again, the administration has made it clear that minority students are merely props, to be used and exploited when it is convenient for them."

The editorial said that many projects that would help students -- and in particular minority students -- could benefit from the money the university will spend to house the statue.

Monday's decision was the official response of the university to the topping of Silent Sam by protesters in August. Protesters used ropes to take down the statue, which was then removed by the university, setting off a debate on whether and how it would return to campus.

The action came after years of debate. As many other colleges and universities removed Confederate statues and symbols, UNC officials said that they lacked the power to remove the statue, with the campus deferring to the system, and the system board in July saying that any decision needed to come from a state agency and that the system had no plans to ask that agency to act.

Student and faculty activists have been asking for Silent Sam to be taken down for years, but the violence last year in Charlottesville, Va., gave the effort a new sense of urgency. Governor Roy Cooper said UNC could remove the statue, but the university said it did not have “clear legal authority to act unilaterally.” Meanwhile, protests continued until the August night when the statue was pulled down. (The governor is a Democrat, but system board members are appointed by the General Assembly, which is controlled by Republicans.)

Silent Sam, representing all Confederate soldiers, was put up by alumni and the United Daughters of the Confederacy in 1913 to honor alumni who fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War. The photo at right shows the statue as it appeared on campus.

On some campuses, such as the University of Texas at Austin and Duke University, statues of Confederates have been vandalized (and then cleaned) in the debates leading up to the universities' decisions to remove the statues. But in those cases, protesters did not take down the statues.

Some Republican politicians in North Carolina have been pushing the university to return the statue to its former location or someplace else prominent on campus. Many student and faculty groups, meanwhile, have said that the statue should not return to campus.

Historians have noted that it was put up as part of a campaign in North Carolina to promote white supremacy.

In September, the university said that the statue would return to campus, but that the location remained to be determined. Initially, the plan was to have a proposal for the university system's Board of Governors prepared by November, but an extension was granted, setting the stage for today's announcement.

The September announcement led to many statements calling for the statue to never be returned to the campus.

A statement from black faculty members at UNC, published in The Daily Tar Heel, said in part, "A monument to white supremacy, steeped in a history of violence against black people, and that continues to attract white supremacists, creates a racially hostile work environment and diminishes the university’s reputation worldwide. For us, arguments of moral equivalency are extremely problematic; there are not two morally valid sides to the history the monument represents nor to its current significance … To reinstall the Confederate monument to any location on UNC’s campus is to herald for the nation and for the world that UNC is not a welcoming place for black people."

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Jason Sattler 

 November 29, 2018

One of the defense world’s newest and most promising innovations is the High Energy Laser Weapon System. It is the most advanced and capable concept for a tactical, ground-based defensive laser system, capable of being mounted on a variety of air, land, or sea-based platforms. Of course, lasers themselves are not a new technology. Lasers have been studied and tested for military use for decades. Recently, companies such as Lockheed-Martin, Boeing, and Raytheon have taken this existing technology, scaled it down, and adapted it for a variety of platforms with a new purpose: to shoot down weaponized drones and small munitions. This new mission set for the tactical laser offers the military a drone-killing weapon system that could keep the U.S. ahead of the power curve on the modern battlefield, especially in the fight against non-state actors and armies increasingly using drones for combat operations. Such new weaponry would ensure U.S. and coalition troops engaged in irregular warfare can maintain tactical air supremacy. America’s adversaries are developing new techniques like swarming and obtaining cheaper technology like commercially available drones to overcome, or at least deny, the preponderant American overmatch in the burgeoning field of unmanned vehicles in all domains.


The first exploration into the different possibilities for weaponized lasers began in the 1990s, which culminated in a major study published by the Defense Science Board Task Force in 2001. The Task Force explored the range of possibilities and limitations related to mounting lasers on land, air, and naval platforms, and examined the budgeting timeline and technological advances necessary to build an effective operational system. In short, they recognized laser capabilities were possible and could be developed in the future, but the technological limitations of 2001––weight, energy efficiency, and laser potency, for example––did not permit the creation of effective prototypes. Nevertheless, the Task Force correctly identified the technological advances necessary to create effective platforms that could both provide both offensive and defensive capabilities.[1]

ISIS Drones (Abu Medinah/YouTube)

Since 2001, laser technology has become lighter, more potent, and more energy efficient. Recently, the development of ground-based laser defense technology has been scaled down and adapted for tactical use as a result of changing trends in contemporary warfare. This sudden interest “has been sparked in part by the proliferation of cheap, easy-to-obtain drones.”[2] Contemporary armed groups such as the Islamic State and the Houthi rebels in Yemen have employed small and inexpensive commercial-off-the-shelf drones to conduct reconnaissance missions and attack U.S. and allied forces in their respective areas of operation. To combat this, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is looking to develop a “low-cost solution for a low-cost problem.”[3] DARPA recognizes the military needs a cost-effective way to defend against lowball attacks, one that is not using a $3 million Patriot missile to take down a $200 consumer drone, which will likely increase in both quality and lethality as drone technology further develops and becomes cheaper.[4] Such a low-cost adaptation is necessary as more state and non-state actors gain access to and employ unmanned technology.[5] At present, conducting Counter-Unmanned Aerial Systems operations (C-UAS) by jury-rigging multi-million dollar defense systems such as Israel’s Iron Dome is unsustainable in the long run and diverts these systems from their original purpose. If we accept that hostile drone threats will persist, the U.S. military requires systems similar to Lockheed Martin’s prototype: The High Energy Laser Mobile Test Truck. It is equipped with a 50-kilowatt high-energy solid-state fiber laser and has a cost per kill of about $30.[6]


What makes the High Energy Laser so cheap to operate? The technology has become more compact and more cost effective to produce than the early concepts of 2001. Below is the initial concept for a vehicle-borne high energy laser system as it existed in 2001.[7]


Unfortunately, the vehicle was enormous, bulky, and overweight; this is hardly the type of agile weapon system needed on a contemporary era battlefield. The laser unit itself created an incredible amount of heat, and the vehicle’s cooling system could only keep the laser running for about 10 engagements before requiring a 30-minute cooldown period.[8] Heat signatures are a major problem on the 21st century battlefield, as most foreign militaries, to include some insurgents, have infrared sensing technologies able to detect even a well-hidden laser-shooting vehicle due to its heat signature.

Finally, the vehicle’s batteries lacked the capacity and staying power needed to operate such a large unit for normal combat operations. This laser was 100 kW––double the energy output of Lockheed’s concept. The 2001 Science Board Task Force report identified this shortfall, and recommended “the cost in terms of watt of output energy must fall by over an order of magnitude to be affordable for an Army ground weapon system.”[9] Also, the Board noticed “the primary cost driver [appeared] to be the microchannel cooler manufacturing” and suggested a “hybrid-electrical ground vehicle is ideally suited to carry [the laser], since the same prime power source can serve to provide both the propulsion of the vehicle and power to the laser.”[10] These limitations hindered the production of a viable platform until more efficient and cost-effective technologies became available.


Newer vehicles tested by Lockheed and Raytheon address these problems by both limiting the laser’s energy output to around 50 kW and using hybrid engines that can both move the vehicle and provide electricity for the lasers.[11] Additionally, as noted by John Kester in Foreign Policy, “traditional weapons require stockpiles of ammunition, which is costly to produce and transport,” but “the high energy laser system requires only fuel to complete its mission.”[12] This advantage could perhaps be exploited even further with the emergence of alternative fuels such as hydrogen cells, which could be a robust alternative since a hydrogen-powered vehicle would only need to carry water, an immensely more useful and available resource on the modern battlefield. In addition, it would be less dangerous than carrying around combustible fuels.

The 2001 Task Force also made the following observation regarding the system’s capabilities at the time:

While continuing to move towards deployment of a mobile system using deuterium, fluoride chemical laser, the Army should broaden efforts toward development of laser technologies for a more robust, supportable system––closed-cycle chemical, solid-state, and fiber lasers. Program options for choosing a new laser should be kept open as long as possible.[13]

The solid-state lasers mentioned in the report were not a well-developed technology at the time, so the 2001 concept was equipped with a less potent chemical laser. As the technology has developed, new prototypes are equipped with solid-state lasers, which “require no volatile chemicals to produce high-powered beams,” and instead act as “combined-beam fiber lasers,” which “[pull] together different beams of light and [squish] them into one.”[14] Furthermore, solid-state lasers can be varied in size and output because “the more fiber optics you add, the more energy you get out the other end.”[15]


Raytheon’s prototype, the HELWS-MRZR, takes the High-Energy Laser Weapon System, which combines a solid-state laser weapon with Raytheon’s own Multi-Spectral Targeting System, and mounts it on a Polaris MRZR® all-terrain vehicle. What results is an advanced, lightweight, and adaptable weapons system that meets a specific military demand. In creating the HELWS-MRZR, Raytheon has not really invented a new technology; they have simply combined existing technologies to create a low cost solution. By changing traditional linkages, improving existing capabilities, and adapting to a specific demand, Raytheon may have created an innovation with the potential to improve the battlefield environment for the U.S. and its allies.

HELWS-MRZR (Raytheon/Wired)

This is important as U.S. ground forces in Iraq and Syria have had to rely on anti-drone rifles that incidentally scramble their own electronics, degrading their anti-Islamic State operations.[16] A Popular Mechanics article on the HELWS-MRZR quoted Ben Allison, director of Raytheon's high energy laser product line, who said, “We didn't want to go out and do a bunch of research and development…We wanted to take the assets and capabilities Raytheon has today and use them to really affect this asymmetrical threat. We settled on a small system that's hugely capable.”[17] In short, Raytheon has not developed a disruptive breakthrough, but simply pieced together existing technologies in an innovative manner to meet a very specific need.


Based on the capabilities afforded by the High-Energy Laser Weapon System, we can speculate how this innovation will influence future military operations. Because of its size and mobility, the High-Energy Laser Weapon System can provide force protection for small ground units or convoys by defending against enemy airborne drone threats. The High-Energy Laser Weapon System can run the targeting system for up to four hours and fire the laser 20-30 times on a single charge, and if connected to a generator it could, in theory, fire indefinitely.[18] Ideally, this innovation would immediately neutralize enemy drone threats using its precision and intense heat, thus denying enemy drone capabilities. By creating an umbrella over troops and vehicles, it can provide immediate protection against drone-borne attacks, which occurred up to 10 to 15 times a day against U.S. and Syrian Democratic Forces in Mosul. In some cases, the system can even intercept some mortar and rocket fire, an ongoing problem in current theaters of operation.[19] High-energy lasers might even be able to assist in explosive ordnance disposal efforts, as well as prevent vehicle-borne improvised explosive device threats, which would largely benefit disposal teams and the Joint Improvised Threat Defeat Organization by providing a rapid response asset class that could decrease both the risk to friendly forces and collateral damage to innocent bystanders. Each of these advances would free up the situational awareness of U.S. and allied troops who need to maintain a competitive edge over insurgents.

As tactical laser technology keeps advancing, the potential for further implementation and integration will likely grow. In addition to providing unmanned aerial vehicle defense for small units and special operations forces, perhaps multiple High-Energy Laser Weapon System could be employed to create a mobile aerial defense umbrella using layered systems to defend convoys or forward operating bases against drones and precision munitions. In addition, the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marines are each exploring ways to mount the laser system on their own ships and aircraft for counter-unmanned aerial system defense and other uses. Currently, the Air Force Research Lab has embarked on their Self-Protect High-Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHiELD) program, which is “aimed at creating sufficient on-board power, optics and high-energy lasers able to defend large platforms such as a B-52 bomber, C-130 aircraft or fighter jets.”[20] Air Combat Command and Air Force Special Operations Command are also exploring options for airborne defense against “ground-to-air and air-to-air weapons” as well as offensive capabilities.[21]

Finally, the U.S. Navy has tested an “active laser weapons system” on the Austin-class amphibious transport dock USS Ponce.[22] The laser is capable of destroying unmanned aerial vehicles, cruise missiles, mortars, and moving surface targets such as small boats within “one to five miles.”[23] The U.S. Army has also begun testing high-energy laser systems, deploying the High-Energy Laser Weapon System MRZR in combat maneuver exercises and mounting a test version of Raytheon’s Multi-Spectral Targeting System on AH-64 Apache helicopters.[24] It might not be long before these weaponized laser systems become so miniaturized and efficient that soldiers in the field could carry them as easily as an M-4.


By adapting a current technology, defense industry giants Raytheon, Lockheed, and Boeing have each developed weapon systems specifically designed to employ the High-Energy Laser Weapon System to counter modern asymmetric threats. This cheaper approach is particularly novel, as they have done this without having to budget and program for the long-term development of a specific and costly weapon system. Tests have shown these systems offer precise, effective, and relatively inexpensive defense capabilities that can be adapted for a multitude of roles and numerous platforms.[25] If successfully implemented, innovations such as the High-Energy Laser Weapon System MRZR and similar vehicle-borne laser defense systems have the potential to change the tactical and operational landscape by effectively neutralizing an array of airborne threats; protecting countless American, allied, and civilian lives and assets.

Jason Sattler is a Cadet at the U.S. Air Force Academy. The views expressed at the author’s alone and do not represent the official position of the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Air Force, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.

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Header Image: Conceptual Image of Lasers Attacking Unmanned Systems (Lockheed Martin)


[1] Welch, Larry D., USAF (Ret), and Donald C. Latham. "Report of the Defense Science Board Task Force on High Energy Laser Weapon Systems Applications." (June 2001), accessed October 24, 2017.

[2] Kester, John. "Army, Defense Companies Making Renewed Push for Laser Weapons." Foreign Policy. last modified October 12, 2017, accessed October 24, 2017,

[3] Ibid.

[4] Ibid.

[5] Jahara W. Matisek, “Shades of Gray Deterrence: Issues of Fighting in the Gray Zone,” Journal of Strategic Security 10, no. 3 (2017): 1-26.

[6] Kester, Army Defense.

[7] Welch, Report, 123.

[8] Ibid, 123.

[9] Welch, Report, 79

[10] Ibid., 34.

[11] Tucker, Patrick. "US Army to Test Powerful New Truck-Mounted Laser 'Within Months'." Defense One, last modified March 16, 2017, accessed October 24, 2017.

[12] Kester, John. "Army, Defense Companies”

[13] Welch, Report, xvii

[14] Tucker, Patrick. "US Army to Test”

[15] Ibid.

[16] Gibbons-Neff, Thomas. "ISIS Drones Are Attacking U.S. Troops and Disrupting Airstrikes in Raqqa, Officials Say." The Washington Post, last modified June 14, 2017, accessed November 09, 2018.

[17] Mizokami, Kyle. "This ATV Shoots Down Drones With Lasers." Popular Mechanics, last modified October 16, 2017, accessed October 24, 2017.

[18] Ibid.

[19] Moore, Jack. "ISIS Using Drones Rigged with Munitions to Attack Advancing Forces in Raqqa." Newsweek, last modified June 26, 2017, accessed January 26, 2018.

[20] Osborn, Kris. "Air Force Tests Bolt-On Aircraft Laser Weapon." Scout Warrior, last modified May 28, 2017, accessed November 5, 2017.

[21] Ibid.

[22] Gady, Franz-Stefan. "US Navy Tests Worlds First Drone-Killing Laser Weapons System." The Diplomat, last modified July 19, 2017, accessed November 05, 2017.

[23] Ibid.

[24] Judson, Jen. "US Army tests laser on Apache helicopter." Defense News, last modified August 08, 2017, accessed November 28, 2017.

[25] Hawkins, Derek. "Laser-equipped Helicopter Zaps Its First Target, to Defense Contractor's Delight." The Washington Post, last modified June 27, 2017, accessed November 15, 2018.

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Private companies are helping the Pentagon automatically identify objects in drone photographs. Photo: Eren Bozkurt/Anadolu Agency/Getty


Google made headlines for walking away from a contract to provide intelligent software for the Pentagon — but its hesitation, a response to a staff uprising, may be an anomaly rather than an omen.

Increasingly, big tech companies and startups are flocking to show military and security officials their wares for everything from surveillance and detecting fake content to disaster relief.

Axios' Kaveh Waddell reports: Two events in the D.C. area this week — one hosted by the Pentagon and the other by the intelligence community — drew hundreds of private sector participants.

Top defense, law enforcement, and intelligence officials asked companies and academics for help developing AI-driven applications for security applications.More than 300 companies attended the Defense Department’s unclassified event yesterday, and around 100 gave private presentations to officials, said Graham Gilmer, an AI expert at Booz Allen Hamilton, who participated.Gilmer also attended the intelligence community’s classified event the day before, which featured speakers from the FBI, Homeland Security, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

In one example of the stakes, the Army announced yesterday that it had awarded a $480 million contract to Microsoft to develop an augmented reality system.

Turnout at the Defense Department event was "striking," said Gilmer. The organizers said attendance tripled since the first AI industry day last year, and Gilmer says the companies attending this year were considerably more diverse.

"You can tell the DoD has industry's attention," he said.Booz Allen Hamilton works on Project Maven, the contract Google pulled away from. But yesterday, Gilmer presented a less controversial project: a smartphone app that can detect problems in a generator just by listening to it.Predictive maintenance is one of several non-surveillance goals for which the Defense Department wants to use AI. Others include process automation and humanitarian assistance.

When it’s not inviting companies to its doorstep, the Pentagon is sending officials around the country to present a friendly face to the tech industry — and not just the defense stalwarts.

On the sidelines of a recent conference in Austin, Texas, the Air Force’s Jennifer Sovada told Axios that the government is responding to a shift in who develops technology."We are relying too heavily on old contractors," she said. Her focus is to reel in startups that might be jumpy about military contracting.

Go deeper: Microsoft defends work with U.S. military

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Low-income, highly qualified students are more likely to choose selective universities that match their academic profiles when they know their admission is guaranteed through state automatic admissions policies, according to a new study published online today in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Educational Research Association.

Prior research has found that low-income, high-achieving students are more likely than their high-income academic peers to undermatch--attend a less selective college than they are academically qualified for--creating an income-related gap in access to high-quality higher education among students with similar academic qualifications.

The new study, conducted by Kalena E. Cortes, an associate professor of public policy at Texas A&M University's Bush School of Government and Public Service, and Jane Arnold Lincove, an associate professor of public policy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, investigated the effect of the "Top 10 Percent Plan" admissions policy in Texas on approximately 146,000 public high school students who graduated in spring 2008 and spring 2009 and who applied to at least one Texas four-year public university.

During the time of the study, Texas granted automatic admissions to any public university for all students who achieved a class rank in the top 10 percent in their high school during their junior year. (The University of Texas at Austin began automatically admitting students in the top 7 percent of high school rank beginning in fall 2011 and will raise the bar to the top 6 percent in fall 2019.) The state created the Top 10 Percent Plan in 1997 as a replacement for affirmative action.

The researchers found that while low-income, highly qualified students--defined as students who had high SAT scores along with top 10 percent class rank--were still more likely to undermatch, on average, than their high-income peers, Top 10 Percent eligibility reduced undermatch with a larger effect on low-income students than on similar high-income students.

Top 10 Percent status was associated with a 15 percentage point increase in high-income, highly qualified students applying to a closely matched campus but a significantly larger 24 percentage point increase for similar low-income students. Top 10 Percent status was also associated with a 16 percentage point increase in the probability of applying to a flagship campus for high-income, highly qualified students and a 22 percentage point increase for similar low-income students.

These results persisted to enrollment. The Top 10 Percent Plan reduced the likelihood of undermatch through enrollment at a "safety school" by 17 percentage points for a high-income, highly qualified student and a significantly higher 23 percentage points for a low-income, highly qualified student.

The plan also increased the likelihood of enrollment at a closely matched or flagship campus by larger margins for low-income, highly qualified students than for their high-income peers--22 percentage points compared to 16 percentage points, respectively, at closely matched campuses, and 22 percentage points compared to 17 percentage points, respectively at flagship campuses.

"We found that the automatic admissions policy in Texas can influence student application and enrollment behaviors," said Lincove. "Because the effect of admissions certainty on low-income students with both high class rank and high SAT scores was larger than on their high-income peers with similarly strong academic performance, admissions guarantees may help close the income gap in college matching."

Admissions certainty did not improve the access gap for low-income students with high class rank but low SATs. Among Texas students who had a high class rank that triggered automatic admissions but also low SAT scores, only high-income students responded to admissions certainty by applying to and enrolling in universities where students had higher average SATs.

"Low-income students, unlike their high-income peers, pay attention to their own SAT scores as a signal of college qualification, even when the SAT scores don't matter for admissions decisions," Cortes said. "We have found similar racial differences in how students respond to SAT scores in other studies. The test results are having a differential effect on students."

Under the Texas plan, eligible students receive a notification of their guaranteed admissions status in the spring of their junior year, well prior to the fall deadlines for college applications. While many states have automatic admissions, Texas is unique in that automatic admissions is based solely on class rank, and in that automatically admitted students can attend any Texas four-year public university campus they choose.

"It has been suggested that low-income students tend to undermatch because they lack information about their college options," said Lincove. "Our results suggest that automatic admissions has the hidden benefit of overcoming that lack of information that discourages highly qualified, low-income students from applying to selective institutions where they could succeed."

A 2016 study by the authors found that automatic admissions status in Texas was also associated with higher rates of application to a flagship university among high-achieving black students, a group that is particularly underrepresented on those campuses.

"The difference in access to elite universities often begins with the student's application choice and the information she has about her college options," said Cortes. "Demystifying college admissions policy is a pathway to greater inclusion."

"In general, policies that can increase transparency about college admissions processes, including those that guarantee admissions based on clearly measured achievements, are likely to help resolve mismatch problems related to information gaps," Cortes said.

"It is unclear from our findings whether strategies such as active recruitment and publicizing generous financial aid policies could be as effective as admissions certainty in influencing application behavior among low-income applicants," added Lincove.

The study also looked at nonacademic types of student matching behavior. Most students prefer campuses with students of similar demographic, geographic, and socioeconomic background. Only highly qualified low-income students selected institutions where they had fewer same-race and same-income peers.

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          Austin Residents Saw America's Largest Credit Card Balance Jump In Past Year      Cache   Translate Page      

Consumer credit recently hit a new all-time high, mainly on the back of newfound love with credit cards.

In the last 12 months, no major US metropolitan area experienced a surge in credit card balances than Austin, Texas.

It could be a sign that Austinites (mostly millennials) might be struggling with increasing household expenses, stuck in the gig economy: lower wages, horrible benefits, no job security, and heighten debt loads.

The study, published by credit card platform CompareCards, found credit card balances soared 12% from $6,165 to $6,924 during Sept. 2017 to Sept 2018.

CompareCards examined data from My LendingTree to compare the average credit card balance in the nation’s 50 largest cities. Austin was one of three cities that saw double-digit increases in credit card balances during the one year. The others were St. Louis and San Jose, California.

This type of credit growth was widely expected, considering our October report on consumer credit hit record highs. The Federal Reserve data showed that Americans’ revolving credit (credit cards) balances expanded 3.7% nationwide during the same period, hitting to a record $1.041 trillion.

CompareCards provides an analysis of why Austinites are resorting to credit cards at a much higher rate than the rest of the country:

"Austin, Texas — the city with the fastest-growing card debt — has seen years of rapid population and job growth, transforming the Texas capital into perhaps the most expensive big city in Texas. For example, reports showed that rents in Austin hit an all-time high of nearly $1,300 per month in June. Those high cost-of-living expenses, paired with the student loan debt issues that come with being the home of the University of Texas, one of the nation’s biggest colleges, mean that many Austinites may be leaning a little more heavily on credit cards these days."

Cities With The Biggest Percentage Growth In Credit Card Balances, Sept. 2017 to Sept. 2018 

Top 20 Cities Ranked By Average Credit Card Balance Change %, Sept. 2017 to Sept. 2018

Matt Schulz, the chief industry analyst at CompareCards, told CultureMap that Austin's growth of credit card debt could be an indicator of consumer confidence.

“If you feel great about your job and your economic future, you may not sweat a little bit of a credit card balance because you firmly believe that you’ll be able to pay it off in relatively short order,” he said.

“Some people may even use credit card debt as a short-term investment, whether you’re remodeling a house or trying to start a business. That’s the kind of thing that could certainly be happening in a booming city like Austin, because people feel emboldened by a good economy.”

Although, when consumers acquire high debt/ savings ratio -- even when the reason is well-intended, their savings levels plunge to extreme lows that could be problematic in the next economic downturn, according to Schulz.

“That’s scary, because that means that when the next downturn comes, people might find themselves in a worse financial situation than they needed to be in, simply because they were overconfident,” he warned.

As economic storm clouds gather ahead of 2019, Austinites seem to be in a tough position of high debt loads, and limited savings, a perfect concoction for deleveraging as credit markets continue to tighten.

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WWE Smackdown LIVE took place from the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. Here’s all the action that went down on the road to 2018’s final event, WWE TLC.

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Every month, we ask radio stations around the country one critical question: what's the one song you can't stop listening to? It takes weeks to cut the possibilities down to just ten songs and create the playlist below. From Texas to Nevada, Oregon to Tennessee and beyond, these are the songs public radio thinks you should hear.

November's lineup includes the single from Kansas City native Calvin Arsenia, a cut from Anderson .Paak's album Oxnard, the latest track from Mandolin Orange, a haunting ballad from Anna Tivel and more.





Calvin Arsenia, "Headlights"

A transformative shared experience with the listener is Calvin Arsenia's Holy Grail. A multi-instrumentalist, his signature instrument is the harp. What may seem like genre-hopping in his latest album, Cantaloupe, is actually Arsenia looking past the boundaries of his gospel background and classical training to find the most direct line of expression to inform our common struggles. "Headlights," the first single from Cantaloupe, is a post-break up song about maintaining a strong sense of self while dealing with loss. It moves us past the storybook expectations of love, but retains an addiction to romance, finding the difference between infatuation and love. As Calvin puts it, "Love sticks around." A rap coda from Jametatone and Arsenia's lyrical harp solo draw "Headlights" to its conclusion. This is beautiful music, with the capacity to create the shared immersive experience Arsenia reaches for. We are all the richer. —Jon Hart, The Bridge





Broncho, "Big City Boys"

Make no bones about it: I love, love, love Broncho. The band's songs are like little pieces of audio candy, too sweet and tasty to stop snacking on. The Tulsa band's latest album, Bad Behavior, is chock-full of fun power pop treats that could— and should— be used in all sorts of films and commercials. Take for instance the song "Big City Boys," a song so catchy that it sounds as if it's on a loop. The three-minute jam has frontman Ryan Lindsey breathlessly delivering lyrics over a pulsating bass line, while ethereal backing "oohs" weave in and out. It's all about the feel for me and this song had my head boppin' right away and mindlessly humming along. Give this one a little taste— I know you'll love Broncho too. —Ryan LaCroix, KOSU






Liz Brasher, "Love Feasts"

What do they say about rolling stones gathering no moss? NPR Music Slingshot artist Liz Brasher has been rocking hard this year all over the place— on tour with Red Wanting Blue, The Psychedelic Furs, The Zombies, The Mavericks, and Blondie. That is one eclectic list, but then again, Brasher's music doesn't fit in a neat little box, either. She is in equal measure a gospel garage rocker, crooner, shouter, soul sister, guitar-slinger and girl group proponent. And she is a badass band leader for her power three-piece. Her vocals delight with punch, mystery and wonder, especially on stage. Her latest release, "Love Feasts," the first track from her forthcoming full-length album, Painted Image, due out on Jan. 18, 2019 (at last!) is definitely a WMOT favorite. —Jessie Scott, WMOT Roots Radio






Chaka Khan, "Like Sugar"

The Queen of Funk Chaka Khan is back with her first new music in over a decade. "Like Sugar" was released back in June which is the first glimpse of her forthcoming, as-yet-titled album. Switch, a founding member of EDM trio Major Lazer, produced this song that makes you want to shake your thang on the dance floor. The track grooves to a fat, funky bassline and has a catchy hook, tight cuts, starts and stops conjuring up visions of '70s Soul Train dancers in your head. In fact, the music video does just that with the pop and lock dancers' smooth moves, looped edits and fashion throwbacks.

Chaka Khan's forthcoming album is set to be released soon on Switch's new label, Diary Records. —Willobee Carlan,





Anna Tivel, "Fenceline"

Ever since Elliott Smith broke out in the late '90s, Portland, Ore. has been a hotbed for indie folk troubadours. Laura Veirs, M. Ward, Laura Gibson, and, most recently, Haley Heynderickx have all found inspiration on the banks of the Willamette River. But Anna Tivel is perhaps the most underrated of them all. She's long been adept at writing arresting but sparse songs, anchored by vivid storytelling lyrics that showcase her uncanny ability to paint landscapes with words. Her latest single, "Fenceline," is no exception. The song is the first track released from Tivel's forthcoming album, The Question, due out April 2019. But with this record, her superb compositions have been elevated to new heights. With the help of producer and multi-instrumentalist Shane Leonard and engineer Brian Joseph (Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens), Tivel has crafted a truly goosebump-inducing soundscape. —Jerad Walker, OBP






Anderson .Paak, "Cheers (feat. Q-Tip)"

Too complicated and retro to be a single, "Cheers (feat. Q-Tip)" is still a triumph for Anderson .Paak. Here's a reincarnation of neo-soul magnificence born to attract diverse audiences. "Cheers" is an ideal example of how dispirit influences can congeal to form an enthralling hybrid. This dizzying, propulsive track might never fit completely under the strictest definitions of hip-hop or R&B, but represents the best aspects of both. Bar by bar, the song's sonic antecedents — slinky bass runs, punchy horn blasts, trademark chime glissandos, the Questlove-style drumbeat, a jazzy saxophone coda — do some aural world-building that is both oddly familiar and totally transformative.

To achieve this, .Paak didn't pilfer from a favorite 1970s funk ditty or recite from Maxwell's discography. Dr. Dre's patronage meant .Paak could rely on a dream team of producers – hit-making associates Focus and Andre Brissett, along with Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest and Dre himself — to birth this ultramodern creation.

On the mic, .Paak's rapping clearly recalls old-school Kanye West, but with a self-consciousness and sensuality that exceeds his teacher. And "Cheers" itself demonstrates that point. He is the artistic progeny of what's come before. This song is a passing of the baton. —David Hyland, WPR






Rhett Miller, "Total Disaster"

In 2016, the affable and ever-prolific Old 97's frontman Rhett Miller opened up about his longtime battle with depression and an unsuccessful suicide attempt at 14. Going through the motions of life as a working musician — at home, on the road and in the studio — were already fixtures in Miller's oeuvre, in both the Old 97's and his solo ventures, but "Total Disaster," the opening track from Miller's eighth solo album, The Messenger, couldn't be a better preamble for what feels like his most confessional work to date.

"Total Disaster" debunks any assumptions that Miller's easygoing, self-deprecating lyrical turns are, in a sense, going through any motions themselves. Miller's reflection emerge from a deeply personal and genuine place, and the "Aha!" moment here is the revelation that there's zero shame in baring our scars. —Gini Mascorro,


Adia Victoria, "Dope Queen Blues"

Adia Victoria is a wonderful blend of Southern Gothic and the blues. A great example of this blend is her latest song, "Dope Queen Blues." Victoria admits to writing the song in her early twenties. Now 32, she has finally crafted the song into something special. Capturing the spirit of living for today and with no worries about tomorrow, Victoria puts herself back in her 20-year-old body, not in a nostalgic way but in a manner of a writer with something to share. When she sings, "It's a culmination of my rumination" the words are so drawn out you are forced to listen to her. Adding a haunting piano from The National's Aaron Dessner (who also produced the record), Victoria creates an environment both compelling and spooky. Like any good storyteller, Victoria leaves us wanting more. If "Dope Queen Blues" is a sign of what her upcoming album Silences brings, I can't wait to hear more. —Benji McPhail, Colorado Sound






Mandolin Orange, "Golden Embers"

Both of my grandmothers played piano in church, so a line like "I miss the old hymns," from the second verse of Mandolin Orange's gorgeous new song "Golden Embers," hits close to home: "Like notes on the pages, she breathed life into all things."

The video, directed by Josh Sliffe, will be touching to anyone that's ever experienced the confusing turbulence of loss and faced the challenge of transitioning painful mourning into precious memories. The visual effect is fortified through masterful use of light where every hotel lamp, beam of sunlight and campfire spark is as important as the simplistically powerful lyrics. The sparse acoustic instrumentation and glowing harmony of the group's catalog are intact while the mid-song instrumental passage enhances deepens the emotion with staccato strings, percussion and electric guitar.

This North Carolina duo of singer-songwriter Andrew Marlin and multi-instrumentalist Emily Frantz will make its fourth appearance on Mountain Stage since 2013 early next year with songs from their upcoming project Tides Of A Teardrop. —Adam Harris, Mountain Stage





Molly Burch, "To The Boys"

Building on generations of country crooning, Austin's Molly Burch kicks up a sanguine mix of modern sensibilities and traditional Western songwriting. Originally from Los Angeles, Burch took a bold step in relocating to the Lone Star State and releasing her 2017 heartbreak-influenced debut album, Please Be Mine. After that, it didn't take much for locals (and many far beyond) to fall in love with her reverb-laden mixes, effortless vocals and lyrics that alternate between all-too-real and just plain blasé.

This past October, Burch shared her sophomore full-length, First Flower, an intimate arrangement of originals that sound like a blend between Angel Olsen and Patsy Cline, with Molly's matured discipline to match. First Flower's lead single instantly won us over here at KUTX, and as far as mediocrity goes? Well, you can leave that to the boys. —Jack Anderson, KUTX



This playlist is updated monthly.

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The British Film Institute recently announced that it would no longer be funding movies that featured villains who had facial scars, burns or disfigurements. It’s in support of a charity campaign called #IAmNotYourVillain, which wants to change the stigma that people with facial differences should be seen as ugly, wrong, unnatural, or in the case of many films, evil. It’s a negative representation that shows up more often than you think among movie villains because it’s an easy visual way of showing that a character is different. Here are some famous examples that use this trope.

“The Phantom of the Opera”

The movie villains with scars trope dates back all the way to the silent era, when silent film star and make-up artist Lon Chaney earned the nickname “The Man of a Thousand Faces” for frequently portraying characters with disfigurements or characters depicted as grotesque or monstrous like “The Phantom of the Opera” (1925) or “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” (1923)

Scar – “The Lion King”

Well duh, Scar is his name. You think his appearance has anything to do with his character?

The Joker – “The Dark Knight”

The Joker gets a lot of mileage out of his scars in “The Dark Knight,” telling two contradicting backstories about how he received them, feeding into the mystique and manipulating nature of his character. And The Joker isn’t the only one, because the evil turn of Harvey Dent is symbolized with half his face burning off as he transforms into the villain Two Face.

Ernst Stavro Blofeld – “You Only Live Twice”

Ernst Stavro Blofeld, as portrayed with a massive scar down from his forehead and past his eye by actor Donald Pleasance, kicked off the James Bond movies’ long history with facial scars, including Alec Trevelyan from “Goldeneye” and Le Chiffre from “Casino Royale,” whose nervous tick is that he sometimes cries blood. It became such a cliche that when “Austin Powers” would parody the spy movie genre, its villain Dr. Evil naturally had to have a facial scar of his own.

Kylo Ren – “Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi”

Kylo Ren receives his facial scar after his battle with Rey at the end of “The Force Awakens,” though people were more upset about how that scar may have moved across his face in between movies.

Tony Montana – Scarface

Tony Montana got his scar when he got in a fight as a kid, he explains to an immigration officer, and not, as was suggested, by “eating p—.” “You should see the other kid,” Tony says in the film. “You can’t recognize him.

Darth Vader (Anakin Skywalker) – “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi”

When Darth Vader removes his mask to look upon Luke with his “own eyes” as Anakin Skywalker, we see a withered old man, scarred and pale to represent having become more machine and monster than man.

Freddy Kreuger – The Nightmare on Elm Street

Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees are plenty scary by wearing masks, but Freddy Kreuger’s terrifying selling point – aside from his ability to murder children in their sleep with knives for hands – is that his face has been horribly burned and disfigured.

Kakihara – Ichi the Killer

Takashi Miike’s hyper-violent cult film features its scarred protagonist Kakihara as a sadomasochist who tortures and hunts down a rival Yakuza boss. Although Miike’s considerably controversial film, which was banned in several countries, has enough problems as it is.

Miles Quaritch – “Avatar”

The colonel from James Cameron’s “Avatar” mentions that he received his facial scar from battling a beast on the Na’vi home planet of Pandora, which only feeds his hatred and racism toward the native civilization.

Thanos – “Avengers: Infinity War”

“Infinity War” doesn’t fully explain how Thanos got the three scars on his face, though it hasn’t stopped fans from speculating as to how the purple overlord received them, whether from birth or self-inflicted. Though it does vaguely look like the handiwork of Wolverine.

Dr. Poison – “Wonder Woman”

Actress Elena Anaya said in an interview that her character Dr. Maru – a.k.a. Dr. Poison – melted the corner of her face off when she tested her own experimental gas on herself. Anaya said the idea generated from director Patty Jenkins. “This is the sadistic side of Dr. Maru,” Anaya said. “She’s obsessive. She’s a maniac. And she doesn’t care about her face. It’s not important to her. She just doesn’t want attention.”

Richard Harrow – “Boardwalk Empire”

Richard’s character in “Boardwalk Empire” is a war veteran who suffered his facial deformity in battle. He’s soft-spoken and timid and always hides his face behind a mask designed to look like his old visage that covers all but the corner of his mouth. He’s one of the HBO drama’s most tender and likable characters, but also its most ruthless killer.

Deadpool – “Deadpool”

“Looks ARE everything,” Ryan Reynolds’s Wade Wilson says in “Deadpool.” “Ever heard Dave Beckham speak? It’s like he mouth-sexed a can of helium. You think Ryan Reynolds got this far on a superior acting method?”

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Edward Burns has joined the cast of Steven Spielberg’s “Amazing Stories,” an Apple reboot of the Academy Award winner’s ’80s anthology series, an individual with knowledge of the casting tells TheWrap.

The “Saving Private Ryan” actor will star in and executive produce an episode of the upcoming show, playing Bill Kaminski, a government agent. Mark Mylod (“Game of Thrones”) will direct the episode. Austin Stowell (“Bridge of Spies,” “Whiplash”) and Kerry Bishé (“Halt and Catch Fire,” “Scrubs”) will also star.

This marks the first casting news for the anthology series — produced by Universal Television and Amblin Television — which has begun production in Atlanta.

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Amblin’s Darryl Frank (“The Americans”) and Justin Falvey (“The Americans”), David A. Goodman (“The Orville,” “Family Guy”), Chris Long (“The Americans”), and showrunners Edward Kitsis (“Lost,” “Once Upon A Time”) and Adam Horowitz (“Lost,” “Once Upon A Time”) are executive producing.

Kitsis and Horowitz’ addition to the project in May came on the heels of original showrunner Bryan Fuller and his executive producing partner Hart Hanson’s exits in February.

Fuller and Hanson left citing creative differences, though the split was said to be amicable, an insider told TheWrap at the time.

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According to the logline, Apple’s reboot of the 1985-1987 NBC series created by Spielberg, will transport the audience to worlds of wonder through the lens of today’s most imaginative filmmakers, directors and writers.

The anthology series received a 10-episode straight-to-series order at Apple last year as part of a deal between Spielberg’s Amblin Television, Apple and Universal TV.

Related stories from TheWrap:

'Once Upon a Time' Duo Replaces Bryan Fuller as Apple's 'Amazing Stories' Showrunners

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Bryan Fuller Exits Apple, Steven Spielberg's 'Amazing Stories' Reboot

          BWW Review: TRUE WEST, Vaudeville Theatre      Cache   Translate Page      

When Sam Shepard's play True West made its New York debut back in 1980, it was something of a flop. Since then, however, it has been recognised as an insightful piece of theatre, with the likes of John Malkovich, Gary Sinise, Philip Seymour Hoffman and John C Reilly taking on the roles of Lee and Austin at one point or another in their careers.

It's taken until now for the play to have its West End premiere; Matthew Dunster's production at the Vaudeville Theatre is as much a way to celebrate Shepard's career (who died last year) as it is to make a point about our ongoing need to label people as certain things.

Austin is a successful screenwriter, who is just about to start work on an exciting new project when his volatile older brother Lee turns up out of the blue. Not only does he distract Austin from his work, but he threatens to completely pull the rug from under him, gatecrashing an important meeting about his project's next steps and tempting the producer to gamble one brother's story for another. Equilibrium thoroughly disrupted, the sibling rivalry becomes a fight for their very survival.

This production runs at around two hours with an interval; it could definitely run straight through, to keep the intensity and sense of timelessness going, though the break has been positioned well enough to make it work in two parts.

The music (composed by Johnny Flynn and Joe Zeitlin) plays a big part in keeping this more primal feeling going, as the tribal drums pound out between scenes - as well as being a call from the wild, at times it sounds almost like a ticking clock, as we count down to a clash between the brothers.

Previous productions of True West have been in studio theatres, but it feels very much at home in a larger West End space. Jon Bausor's clever set design works wonders in this respect, as the forced perspective creates the illusion of more space; it invites you in and also distorts reality just enough to fit with a text that isn't completely naturalistic in itself. Joshua Carr's lighting design, in contrast, helps to generate some more intimate moments and really sets the atmosphere of each scene.

It is largely a two-hander, with most of the nine scenes taking places between the chalk and cheese siblings. When you look at the play in its most basic terms, it's a clash between two brothers, but if you scratch beneath the surface there's more than a hint of Lee and Austin being the same person - Johnny Flynn and Kit Harington's performances both suggest this, as character traits switch between the two actors, and some cunning direction from Dunster also influences your perception of the pair.

Though Austin is, at least initially, quite a straight-up personality, Harington displays an excellent sense of comic timing and provides some surprisingly funny moments - he ensures that Austin is cool, collected and focused, until the distraction of Lee becomes too strong to resist.

Johnny Flynn is remarkable. He has an astonishing ability to go from making innocuous jibes to inflicting terrifying rage on his brother; Flynn, too, has an innate knack for comedy that punctures some of the darker moments of the play. Flynn and Harington have an incredibly dynamic partnership, full of physicality and energy, and playing off one another's actions.

This Jekyll and Hyde-esque tale is an interesting one to rediscover now, when the image that we project of our personality seems to be more important than ever - and it's vital to remember that there might be a lot more going on beneath the surface. Though you will leave the theatre with a craving for a nice piece of toast, True West is one to put on your 'not to be missed' list this winter.

True West is at the Vaudeville Theatre until 23 February, 2019

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          West End's HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD Opens Booking to September 2019      Cache   Translate Page      

As footage of the internationally award-winning production is released (see link below), new tickets for the West End production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child go on sale today (4 December 2018) at 11am GMT for performances at the Palace Theatre until 29 September 2019. Tickets are priced from £15 per part and for every performance there are over 300 tickets at £20 or less per part.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, one play presented in two parts, is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The critically acclaimed production received its world premiere in July 2016 at the Palace Theatre in London. It is also now playing at the Lyric Theatre on Broadway, with an Australian production beginning performances at Melbourne's Princess Theatre on 16 January 2019. A further North American production will open at San Francisco's Curran in Autumn 2019 and, in spring 2020, a German language version of the play - marking its first non-English language production - will open at the Mehr! Theater am Großmarkt in Hamburg, Germany.

Details of all productions of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child can be found at

Since its premiere, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has won twenty-four major British theatre awards including the Evening Standard Best Play Award as well as a record-breaking nine Olivier Awards - including Best New Play and Best Director - the most awarded production in the history of the Oliviers. The Broadway production has subsequently won twenty-five major Broadway accolades, including five Drama Desk awards, six Outer Critics Circle awards and six Tony awards, also including Best Play and Best Director.

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a new play by Jack Thorne, directed by John Tiffany with movement by Steven Hoggett, set by Christine Jones, costumes by Katrina Lindsay, music & arrangements by Imogen Heap, lighting by Neil Austin, sound by Gareth Fry, illusions & magic by Jamie Harrison, music supervision & arrangements by Martin Lowe.

The Music of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, an album of music from the internationally acclaimed stage production, is now available in stores as well as digitally. The Music of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is written, composed, performed and recorded by Grammy and Ivor Novello Award-winner Imogen Heap. It is presented as four contemporary musical suites, each showcasing one of the play's theatrical acts. This unique new album format from Imogen Heap chronologically features the music heard in the stage production, further reworked to transport listeners on a sonic journey through the world of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The album is released by Sony Music Masterworks.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions.

The regular performance schedule is as follows - Monday - no performance, Tuesday - no performance, Wednesday - 2pm Part One & 7.30pm Part Two, Thursday - 7.30pm Part One, Friday - 7.30pm Part Two, Saturday - 2pm Part One & 7.30pm Part Two, Sunday - 1pm Part One & 6.30pm Part Two.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has partnered with TodayTix for The Friday Forty, the production's Lottery for Patrons to apply for some of the very best seats in the theatre priced at £40 (£20 per part) which will secure a seat for both Part One and Part Two on consecutive performances. Patrons can now enter at any time from 12.01am every Monday, through to 1pm that Friday, when entries will close. Winners will be notified between 1pm and 5pm that day, and have the opportunity to purchase up to two tickets for both Part One and Part Two on consecutive performances the following week. For further details and to enter The Friday Forty, visit the official website or download the TodayTix for iOS or Android. The Friday Forty is operated by TodayTix on the West End and Broadway.

Returned and other late-release tickets may also become available at short notice. These are not guaranteed, but any tickets that do become available will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis, online or in person at the Palace Theatre box office at full price.

Details of any other ticket releases will continue to be listed on the official Harry Potter and the Cursed Child website, social media channels and the official newsletter.

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          Yard Supervisor - J. Austin and Sons Ltd. - Kinmount, ON      Cache   Translate Page      
Customer service being the number one priority, inventory control, shipping and receiving, general maintenance of equipment....
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          Data Architect - Artificial Intelligence - iHeartMedia, Inc. - Austin, TX      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Episode 401: The Cron Zone       Cache   Translate Page      

Aaron and John talk about the Twins adding C.J. Cron as Joe Mauer's replacement, non-tendering Robbie Grossman, where Tyler Austin stands, picking through the best of the non-tenders, why Cron might be closer to Eddie Rosario than to Logan Morrison, mailbag questions from listeners, and why the Bonneses are very much like the Legends. Sponsored by Pick and Shovel, Harry's Razors, and Simple Contacts.

          Shifting Global Marketplace Leaves US Workers Behind      Cache   Translate Page      
President Donald Trump insists his new trade agreement with Mexico and Canada will address the exporting of U.S. manufacturing jobs overseas. That pledge, however, comes on the heels of auto giant General Motors' announcement of the layoff of 14,000 employees in five factories in the United States and Canada. Despite the president's optimistic pronouncements, the General Motors announcement indicates broader market shifts in the automotive industry that are unlikely to be reversed. General Motors justified the decision as a result of shifting economic trends that have seen consumer preferences shift away from mid-sized vehicles and toward sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and electric cars. The company said the move "is transforming its global workforce to ensure the right skill sets for today and the future." Those moves toward increased efficiency also include a 25 percent cut of the executive workforce. But in Lordstown, Ohio, workers whose livelihoods have depended on jobs in GM factories struggled to understand the move. Mid-sized autos The Lordstown plant manufactures the Chevy Cruze, one of the mid-sized cars auto manufacturers no longer see as profitable. Trump specifically addressed the impact on the Lordstown plant shortly after GM's decision, saying, "They say the Chevy Cruze is not selling well. I say, 'Well, get a car that is selling well and put it back in.'" Workers are holding on to that hope with the Lordstown plant in an "unallocated status" that leaves open the possibility of GM moving in another product. Local union leader Dave Green acknowledged that issues with the Chevy Cruze were part of an overall industry trend away from smaller cars.  "They're not building cars, sedans anymore, but people are still buying cars," Green told VOA. "Part of it is that they need to be priced right and they need to be priced fair. If I can go into a dealership and lease an SUV cheaper than a Chevy Cruze — you know, most Americans want more for less. So they're going to get the bigger, the better, the more for less and it is what it is. I think the car was priced a little out of its range." The 6.2-million-square-foot Lordstown plant is well-placed in the center of the country, with easy access to major highway artery Interstate Highway 80 and an infrastructure of secondary plants. Green said 80 percent of the plant's production is sold within a 600-mile radius. "GM would be foolish to walk away from it," he said. The 1,600 workers anticipating a March 2019 layoff from the Lordstown plant certainly hope that's the case. They earn $30-40 an hour compared to the next best option in the area, $10 an hour at the aluminum factory. Lordstown is part of the broader Warren-Youngstown, Ohio, area that once thrived on the presence of steel mill manufacturing. When those plants shut down in the 1970s and '80s, the auto industry became the lifeblood of the local economy. "That's is the largest plant that we have," said Trish Williams, owner of the Ice House restaurant in Austintown, Ohio. She has several family members and friends who have worked at the GM plant in the past and present. "That keeps this town going. Our steel mills are gone. Our factories are gone. [Hewlitt] Packard is closed. General Electric is gone. Chrysler is gone and GM was it. GM was what kept this here — it may turn into a ghost town," Williams said. 'Don't sell your house' Trump visited Youngstown in July 2017, telling workers, "Don't sell your house. Don't sell your house. Do not sell it. We're going to get those values up. We're going to get those jobs coming back. And we're going to fill up those factories, or rip them down and build brand new ones." Many residents said they do not hold Trump responsible for GM's decision, a move that could devastate the local economy. "The president doesn't own GM," waitress Lisa Miller said. "Nor can he say you can't do this, you can't do that. We are a free country. I believe the president will push with all his might — as we've already seen him doing — to keep them here and to change things, but this was something that was out of his hands." Just days after the GM announcement, Miller said she was already noticing a drop in sales and an end to the usual lunch to-go orders from GM workers. Some of those workers will be able to transfer to other plants around the country based on their seniority within GM. But many workers expressed concern to VOA about the number of temporary employees — who earn far lower rates per hour — working in those plants. They are also aware of GM's plant in Mexico that builds the Chevy Blazer, an SUV. "Why is our plant not getting the Blazer?" asked Rebecca Zak, an 18-year veteran of the Lordstown GM plant. "Why is it being built in Mexico? It's mind-blowing. I heard in Ramos, Mexico, they get paid $2.65 an hour." Zak said she sees the decision as part of a trend toward corporations enriching themselves at the expense of the worker. "We're the ones that build this car, we are the ones that got this company this far and who are the ones who are suffering? The worker, not corporate America. Six billion dollars in the third-quarter and they can justify laying off 14,000 people," she said. GM workforce Those 14,000 people represent just 7 percent of GM's 180,000-person workforce, a strategic shift for a company in a competitive automotive market. What remains to be seen is whether that strategic shift will include places like Lordstown. But as Lordstown employee Dan Smith said, "Any industry is cyclical. Gas could go up to $5 a gallon and then, poof, there goes the truck-SUV market. And they're going to need small cars. It's something we went through, my dad's worked there." Smith said he was shocked by the decision but did not entirely fault GM for operating a plant in Mexico with lower-paid labor. "Business-wise that makes sense, but then to sell it here in the United States doesn't make much sense for American people to buy an American car that's built in another country," he told VOA. For Williams, waiting to see how the decision impacts her community and her business, the equation seemed simple. "Smaller cars, bigger cars — they all have four wheels," she said. "They've made other cars off that line — why not bring another car back?" Watch Related Video Story:
          95th Civil Affairs Brigade Gets Morale Boost from OSD Supply Drop Just in Time for the Holidays      Cache   Translate Page      

FAYETTEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA & AUSTIN, TEXAS (December 3, 2018) /For immediate release/ —   The 95th Civil Affairs Brigade is deployed from Fort Bragg to Afghanistan. They are currently assigned to a Joint Military Mission, working with NATO Special Operations. Deployed to an austere environment, these soldiers don’t have access to any amenities. When they aren’t […]

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          Trinity Graduate Sets Up Walking Tours Led by the Homeless      Cache   Translate Page      
A Trinity graduate has set up a non-profit social enterprise aiming to train and employ people who are homeless to deliver walking tours of Dublin. Secret Street Tours, which officially launched yesterday, was founded by philosophy, political science, economics and sociology graduate Tom Austin. The goal is to provide guides with key transferable skills to help develop confidence, pursue education or training, gain long-term employment and secure housing. The enterprise received support from LaunchBox 2018, the student accelerator programme run by Tangent, Trinity’s ideas workspace. Secret Street Tours promises a new way to discover Dublin, through the eyes of people who have been affected first-hand... Read more »
          The New Girl — Scene 2 - Mia Austin and Jack Hammer — HD 720p      Cache   Translate Page      
The New Girl — Scene 2 - Mia Austin and Jack Hammer — HD 720p

Mia Austin is so petite that being a size queen is probably not in her best interest. With a tiny body like hers and a tight little snatch she can«t possibly handle the kind of cock that Jack Hammer is packing. But that doesn»t seem to matter to her because she is hungry for dick in the worst of ways. The inflatable dildo Jack pushes inside of Mia is not enough for her. It blows up to an enormous size and her pussy takes it without any problems. She has a couple of great orgasms with that monster between her legs but that doesn't help sate her cock-lust. For that she is going to need the real thing. Jack Hammer has more than enough to make Mia scream. In fact, he crams her cunt so full that she is drooling in rapture. The orgasm she has when he is done with her is like an earth quake. She goes limp in her bondage and just lets the feeling overwhelm her.

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          Daddy And His Boys HD      Cache   Translate Page      
Daddy And His Boys HD
Release Year: 2018

Manuel Skye is a stepdad with his hands full guiding his two boys, Blaze Austin and Drake Rogers. You can rest assured that Drake and Blaze both need to be shown their place, and Manuel has the huge uncut cock that’s rock-hard and ready to give the both of them some discipline. Sometimes it seems like these boys are only behaved when it comes to spending quality time with their daddy. During one lazy afternoon, both Blaze and Drake take turns servicing Manuel’s cock with their mouth and ass. Manuel also teaches Drake how to top Blaze. His reward is taking his stepdad’s dick in his own ass.

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          Viral Orgies With Many Loads      Cache   Translate Page      
Viral Orgies With Many Loads
Release Year: 2014
Cast: Blue Bailey, Steven Richards, Drew Sebastian, Brad McGuire, Noah Paris, DJ, Drake Corrigan, Element Eclipse, Corey Bengal, Dayton O'Connor, Logan Stevens, Leon Fox, Jaxon Jones, Anthony Bartkus, Pete Summers, Nick, Jack Hammer, Rad Matthews, Austin Shadow,
Genres: Bareback, Oral/Anal Sex, Orgy, Rimming, Muscle, Cumshot
Video language: English

Mansex is a virus, one that uses men as its host. Some try to resist it. Others embrace it as the source of life and meaning. We live to breed the sex-virus, to pass it on to every random anonymous dude we meet and fuck. It’s how we reproduce, man.

We shoot viral loads every time. Our jizz ain’t for making babies. Our sex spreads like wildfire, squirting out of one man’s dick, shooting deep inside another, then another and another.

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          Bathhouse Fuckers Bareback      Cache   Translate Page      
Bathhouse Fuckers Bareback
Release Year: 2016
Cast: Austin Wolf, Scott Riley
Genres: Anal Sex, Blowjob, Deep Throat, Rimming, Kissing, Muscles, Tattoos, Fingering, Shower, Facial, Cumshots
Video language: English

A white towel barely covers Austin Wolf«s throbbing manhood as he stretches out in the sauna. His hairy, muscled body is on full display as cut, lean hunk Scott Riley sits down on the bench across the room. Sensing Scott»s presence, Austin«s hand grazes past his nipples on their way down to his crotch, adjusting his boner underneath the towel. Scott begins playing with his cock as Austin»s towel falls off completely and his thick cock swings through the air. Standing up, Austin gives Scott a full-on look before wrapping himself in a towel and heading to the communal shower. Austin stands under the warm running water and strokes himself as Scott rounds the corner. Scott and Austin«s boners are both at full attention as they stand across from each other, flexing their muscles. Turning around, Scott shows off his ass to Austin, who gazes at Scott»s round, firm butt with anticipation. Reaching over, Austin grabs Scott by the balls and pulls him close. Standing together under the water, they finally kiss. Scott tongues at Austin«s nipples, and Austin uses his fingers to probe Austin»s ass. Sinking to his knees, Scott opens his jaws and inhales Austin«s massive man meat. Austin grabs his nipples to enhance his pleasure as he throat-fucks Scott»s handsome, scruffy face. Bending over a changing bench, Scott spreads his cheeks for Austin to explore with his tongue. With Scott«s ass lubed up, Austin uses his thumb to probe Scott»s hole, then slides his thick cock in. To fully dominate Scott, Austin positions him with his face on the floor and his ass in the air for a pile-driving fuck. Moving back to the bench, Scott lays on his back and jerks out a thick, white load. Austin strokes himself until he shoots his wad in Scott's mouth.

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          Advent      Cache   Translate Page      

Here we are on the first Sunday of Advent, getting ready to celebrate the birth of Christ at Christmas and preparing to meet Him on the Last Day, the second Advent. Here's a prayer, the governing collect of the season:

ALMIGHTY God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the quick and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal, through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, now and ever. Amen.

The armour of light. The Apostle teaches us (Rom. 13:11-14) that this is nothing less than Christ Himself.  Austin Farrer illuminates:

Advent brings Christmas, judgement runs out into mercy. For the God who saves us and the God who judges us is one God. We are not, even, condemned by his severity and redeemed by his compassion; what judges us is what redeems us, the love of God. What is it that will break our hearts on judgement day? Is it not the vision, suddenly unrolled, of how he has loved the friends we have neglected, of how he has loved us, and we have not loved him in return; how, when we came (as now) before his altar, he gave us himself, and we gave him half-penitences, or resolutions too weak to commit our wills? But while love thus judges us by being what it is, the same love redeems us by effecting what it does. Love shares flesh and blood with us in this present world, that the eyes which look us through at last may find in us a better substance than our vanity.

If you're a bit slow on the uptake, like me, you might want to read the above several times. In the meanwhile, Paris burns.

God bless,


          Tyger Films — Jock-A-Holics (1993)      Cache   Translate Page      
Tyger Films — Jock-A-Holics (1993)

Plot reminds me of classic Hollywood. “Tales of Manhattan”, 20th Century Fox, 1942. Douglas’ film has a filthy jock strap instead of an unlucky tail coat. The scene with Austin and Bradley is rare in gay porn. It is full of dialog and is very funny but in a quiet, Douglas-like way. I am ever grateful this fellow decided to make gay dirty movies.

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          PAX Unplugged 2018      Cache   Translate Page      

PAX Unplugged is a large convention that took place in Philadelphia just a few days ago. These are the shows that the big Acquisitions, Inc. events are held.

This year's PAX was a bit special, as Chris Perkins has stepped down from the role of DM for Acq Inc. and Jeremy Crawford, the man in charge of D&D rules, took over.

Worth It?

I don't go out much and I like it that way. A lot of people I've met online were going, though, and something told me that I needed to go to PAX Unplugged, even if it made me uncomfortable.

I went, and I'm glad I did! It was exhausting for sure, but worthwhile. For me, the key to enjoying the con was to not sign up for anything. D&D games at a con with people you don't know are hit and miss. One annoying person will ruin a 4 hour session for me.

Fellow Traveler: I had to take two trains to get from New York to Philly. While waiting at Penn Station, some guy started telling me about how he was going to meet a woman who had just gotten divorced. Is it a date? No, he said. Just a friendly visit.

I tried to peel back the layers some more, but my train arrived and there was a mad dash to get in line.

It Begins

I got to Philly and met the first of many people: Garrett (he runs the Rappan Athuk campaign that I play in), met me at the Marriot that directly connects to the convention center where PAX was held.

We were staying in a large suite with a pair of huge beds, a massive TV, and plenty of furniture. It was so weird to meet him in person, in a "is this real?" kind of way.

Meeting the Waffle Crew

He told me he'd met the waffle crew, the heroes of Dice, Camera, Action, and he urged me to go and say hello. I was already feeling like I was in an out of body experience. Once I saw them, I felt like a ghost or something.

The entire group was right there at their table. I'd caught them right as they were wrapping up their merch table stuff, so there was no line at all. There was only one other person there. Know who it was? Kikka! She plays in my Secrets of Castle Greyhawk campaign.

The whole thing was so surreal that I felt like I was running on auto-pilot. I talked briefly with each member of the waffle crew. I made sure to tell Nate that him counterspelling Manshoon's power word: kill was epic and I talked with Jared about how the group seemed to be able to fill a 2 hour session even if Chris said nothing. Jared told me, "That's what we're going to try to do tonight."

Then I turned to Kikka and whispered these immortal words: "Sword of the Magus". Her character, Lytria, wields the mighty Sword of the Magus in Secrets of Castle Greyhawk. It's an item from the choose your own adventure book that got me into D&D in the first place - Mountain of Mirrors by Rose Estes.

As I walked away, I told Garrett that the con was already worth it. The crew was so nice to me. Anna told me that they had gone over my blog many times in the early days of DCA. I also got to thank Holly and Anna for appearing on Waffle Talk, my show that discusses Dice, Camera, Action.

Meeting Friends

So then, we're walking around, and we peer in a large room with tables. Who's in there playing a game? Grant Ellis, Kelli Butler, and WebDM Pruitt! I said hello to each. Grant gave me a firm handshake, Kelli (we both play in Mordenkainen's Path of the Planes) and I shared an E.T. finger touch, and Pruitt gave me a mighty hug.

We leave that room and I'm sort of reeling from the whole thing. I was in a place full of people who were happy to see me. It was far beyond what I expected. This was nothing like the cons I went to years ago, which were hot, sweaty, intense affairs full of dudes arguing about rules. Cons have completely changed, apparently.

Then I ran into Travis Boles, who is sort of like the man behind the curtain for WebDM. He gave me the most powerful hug I'd ever received in my life.

Character-Making Panel

We decided to go to a panel. People had warned me that PAX was all about waiting in lines. I was sort of dreading that aspect of it. There was a line, but it was well-managed and there was plenty of seating when we got in.

This particular panel was run by Ruty Rutenberg and Satine Phoenix. It was mostly about making interesting characters. I was most struck by how nice everyone was. From the crowd to the panelists, there was nothing but positivity in this hall.

The Legend of Ed

After that, we decided to go to 13, which is the Marriot restaurant. This was a pretty swanky little place.

Our waiter was a man named Ed. Ed is one of the greatest people in the multiverse. Why, you ask?
  • He delivered our appetizers in about 90 seconds.
  • He made sure people checked on us every two seconds.
  • He told us about places near the hotel that have good food.
  • He told us when they were open.
  • He WROTE US A LIST of those places and what to get from them!
  • He handed me the best burger I had in all of 2018.
This guy was amazing. I quietly swore that I would return to this restaurant on the following day. How could I not? We even discussed buying Ed his favorite food - it was pumpkin cheesecake with cream on it or something. Little did I know that 13 had dark secrets...

Brownest of the Brown Liquors: I don't drink, but it's a special night, so I decided that I'd have one if Garrett had one. And so, he ordered bourbon.

I'm just not an alcohol guy. It was painful beyond belief. Worse, this one little cup cost $18! Why?

Dice, Camera, Action Live

After that was the big event for me at PAX - the Dice, Camera, Action live show. Chris Perkins wasn't at this con. Satine Phoenix stepped in to sort of fill his role.

I met up with another online friend: Andy Hatton, from the Laughing Dragon Inn. Andy is like... your best friend. Everyone's best friend. He's just a great dude and a very good DM!

This show was pure roleplaying. All four characters revealed some secrets and we learned some backstory. There were quite a few funny moments.

Meeting More Friends: After it ended, I was approached by a few people who had recognized me from Waffle Talk and Dungeon Academy! I was a bit bowled over. There was one guy that I wish I could have talked to more, but there was a lot going on and he disappeared before I could continue to pick his brain.

At the same time, I met two of my Dungeon Academy players in real life. Dungeon Academy is full of players who more or less learned D&D through Dice, Camera, Action, so this was a very fitting venue to meet in real life.

It amuses me endlessly to pretend that I am the teacher and they are the students, and that this is some kind of field trip. They were great, of course, and it was very surreal. In retrospect, I think we really should have gamed together at some point during the convention.

Slumber Party: After that we headed back to the suite and met with our other roomies, Lindy and her husband! We chatted into the wee hours of the morning. I hadn't slept in a very long time and I passed out somewhere in there.

Bacon Questions: The next morning, we ordered some room service, which was phenomenal. I eventually realized that Garrett only ate half of each slice of bacon. There were four slices, and he left four halves. Why wouldn't he just eat two full slices?

I started to suspect that he was harboring some sort of inner demon. I looked at him in a new light.

Sweet, Sweet Silence: Being an extreme introvert, I stayed in the hotel for a few hours while he ventured forth into PAX. I love hotel rooms and I love the QUIET. I gleefully had both to myself for a few hours.

Then I got word that Garrett had found Lysa Chen! Lysa has written some great Adventurers League scenarios and she is one of the authors of Dungeons of the Mad Mage! She'd also played in a few of my online games.

At the same time, Shauna arrived at the hotel. We headed over to an RPG free play room and boom, I got to play live D&D with Lysa, Garrett, and Shauna.

Beyond the Wall

We played a game called Beyond the Wall, which has this whole shared creation element to it. There are a lot of die rolls involved on random charts (I love random charts). Lysa and I kept rolling the same numbers, so we decided that our characters were identical twins.

The story we ended up with is that we were skunk people living in a village named Stinkton that had been attacked by badgers. Both Lysa and I were secretly and separately carrying on an affair with a badger named Dug Diggity.

Lysa had cards from her upcoming show on the D&D channel called Tales From the Mists. I got one and it is in my wallet right now.

Dice, Camera, Action Q & A

Then came the Dice, Camera, Action Q & A. In the crowd, I could see another of my Dungeon Academy players in costume. It was Aya, dressed as Lilia (she's wearing the red hat)!

The Q&A was fun. I don't remember too much from it, other than the fact that there were a lot of questions about "what if you all die". Both Scotty and Brianne asked questions, which was pretty great.

After that, I met Scotty and Dylan from my Dragon Heist game, and Aya from Dungeon Academy, along with two of Aya's friends.

The Betrayal

Here is where I made my mistake. We all went out to eat. Where? 13.

Was Ed at 13? Yes. Was he our waiter? No!

Our waiter was rude and stand-offish. I didn't like the way he talked to us at all. It wasn't until after we left that I learned that HE BAD-MOUTHED ED.

Apparently it went like this. Garrett said, "Ed says that the philly cheese steak here is the best in the city."

Waiter: "Ed only works, goes home, and comes back to work. Do you really believe what Ed has to say?"

Why on Earth would you ever do that? I worked in retail/customer service for a long time, and I am BAFFLED. Bash your co-worker in front of a customer?


There's been this running gag in my games about Shiftspice. Shiftspice is a magic item from the Planescape: Torment computer game. I was excited to put it in my game, and was dismayed when the group thought it came in little packets, like ketchup at McDonald's.

So at this convention, Scotty actually made and gave out shiftspice packets! And he gave me shiftspice in a corked bottle, as it was meant to be presented. It was amazing.

Transgender Representation in RPGs Panel 

Then we hit up another panel about Trans representation in games. Shauna and Kikka were on this panel. Grant Ellis was running it.

From what I understand, some of the panelists weren't expecting too many people to show up. The room was pretty packed. There were tons of people in attendance.

I wanted to go to this panel for a few reasons, one of which being that I don't know how to handle trans topics in my games. I'm always afraid I might accidentally do something offensive.

One thing that got mentioned a lot is the helpfulness of this document: The Trans Language Primer.

Esper Genesis

After that, fate stepped in. Somehow I got invited to play in a special game of Esper Genesis, a sci-fi D&D game. Who ran it? DMs Guild Adept Rich Lescouflair, who created the game! The players:
  • Lysa Chen
  • Nerdarchy Dave
  • WebDM Jim
  • Shauna
  • Garrett
  • Me
I think Lysa is the one who put this all together. I have been on Nerdarchy a few times and I was so pleased to get to sit next to him and roll some dice together in real life. WebDM Jim is just a great dude.

We had a bit of time to look at our pregens and check out the Esper Genesis hardcover. What I really like about Esper Genesis is that it is similar enough to 5e that it's very easy to learn. Many of the powers are just re-skinned spells.

Also, the art that I saw was really good. My character was a "dendus". Check it out:

Our Mission: In the game, we were mercenaries. We were hired to deliver some encrypted data to a woman in a night club. We were at a space port where a new, huge ship had arrived.

We took one look at the ship and wanted to steal it, but we stuck to our assigned mission. I was an engineer and Lysa was "A captain, not THE captain". She was a cat-person. I suggested that she was really a "Cat-pin", and the groans at the table were mighty indeed.

The Cat-pin and I did not get along. Our rivalry culminated in a dance-off at the night club. We both rolled really bad, so the real losers of the dance-off were everyone who had to witness it.

It turns out that we'd been tricked. The device holding the data did something else entirely. We ended up in a shoot-out with a gang of villains.

We chased them on hoverbikes. Dave sped up to the last bad guy and suplexed him off the bike. Dave rolled a natural 20!

There was more content to play through, but it was late, so we stopped there. It was a lot of fun!

Back in the suite, I told Shauna and Garrett about how I'd watched every Phantasm movie over the last week and how weird/good/bad they were. I passed out somewhere in there.

Going Home

The third day for me was all about getting home. I said farewell to my new friends and carefully made my way to the train station. The trip went fine until the final leg.

As we approached my stop, the conductor told me that only the last few car doors would open. I'd need to make my way through most of the train to exit.

I dutifully got my stuff together and awaited my announcement. It came. I got up. An elderly couple in front of me also got up. They blocked my path. They got their luggage off of the overhead rack. They slowly made their way to the back of the first of many cars. The door was closed. The lady didn't know how to slide it open. She had a lengthy discussion with a passenger about it.

We weren't even close to the back of the train. We missed our stop. I couldn't believe it. I was flabbergasted.

We got off at the next stop and were given a voucher. We had to take another train BACK to get home. We had to wait an hour.

So we sat there in this train station, me and the old couple. I told them about PAX. The guy told me he went to "trapper conventions". I didn't ask about different types of bear traps, but I wanted to.

We got on our train and, this time, we didn't miss our stop.

I got home!

Final Thoughts

I'm so glad I got to go to PAX. Next time, I think I'll try to plan some more games with friends, although I did really enjoy being free to do whatever I wanted (or nothing at all).

Not a Lot of Free Stuff: I expected to get more free stuff than I did. I got almost nothing and I bought almost nothing. A lot of the dealer's room was full of board and card games, which I really have no interest in.

Cost: It actually wasn't that expensive at all. A 3-day pass cost $60. The trains cost a bit more. The hotel would have been expensive if not for sharing a room with Garrett. Once you're in the Con, there's not much to pay for. You just play games!

If there's a PAX near you, you definitely might want to consider going. It was a lot of fun.
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Release Year: 1993
Cast: Aaron Austithe, Erik Houstothe, Jason Andrews, Phil Bradley, Randy White, Steve Gibsothe, Jim Steel, Mark Driscoll
Genres: anal, oral, general hardcore, condoms

Plot reminds me of classic Hollywood. “Tales of Manhattan”, 20th Century Fox, 1942. Douglas’ film has a filthy jock strap instead of an unlucky tail coat. The scene with Austin and Bradley is rare in gay porn. It is full of dialog and is very funny but in a quiet, Douglas-like way. I am ever grateful this fellow decided to make gay dirty movies.

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①幻影之血中,乔纳森·乔斯达和Dio学习的大学,名字叫做“Hugh Hudson Academy”。


②而这一集的后面,Dio不确定大乔有没有死在食尸鬼街,愁闷之下在街上喝酒。瓶子上的标签上写着“Cronenberg”,通常认为这是对加拿大导演大卫·柯南伯格(David Cronenberg)的致敬:

注意酒瓶上的“ DEAD ZONE ”:




据推测也许是1979年电影《异型一》中 LV-426上废弃太空船的内部:













⑧在吉良吉影逃脱的最后一个镜头中,可以在电影院外面看到电影《王牌大贱谍2》的广告(注意“powers 2”)。

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不灭钻石的背景是1999年夏,而漫画连载是在1995年及之前,《王牌大贱谍2》在日本上映是1999年8月28日开始,正好符合作品内时代背景,以及ED中“1999,Bizarre Summer”的歌词。



因漫画所属时代(1992年20号 - 1995年51号),被认为是在致敬与这一话连载同年上映的电影《生死时速》:


⑩最近更新的这一集(JOJO的奇妙冒险 黄金之风:第8话 性感手枪登场 其二)里,对经典电影的致敬也是有的


















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Miðflokkurinn og Flokkur fólksins eru báðir talsvert pólitískt laskaðir, segir Birgir Guðmundsson, stjórnmálafræðingur og dósent í fjölmiðlafræði við Háskólann á Akureyri. Hann var í viðtali á Morgunvaktinni á Rás 1 í morgun og ræddi um Klaustursmálið. „Þetta er mikill pólitískur skellur, fyrir utan þann siðferðislega skell og það að þarna er átta prósent Alþingis að stimpla sig sem plebba, með plebbaskap. En þeir eru í þeirri stöðu að þeir eru þjóðkjörnir. Þeir eru ráðnir af kjósendum. Það er undir hverjum og einum þingmanni að taka ákvörðun um hvað þeir gera,“ segir Birgir. Hann segir það skipta máli hvað þetta mál þýðir fyrir pólitíkina. „Það augljósasta í þessu er að Miðflokkurinn og Flokkur fólksins eru báðir talsvert pólitískt laskaðir og starfsemi þeirra inn á þingi hlýtur að markast á því. Tveir þingmenn Miðflokksins hafa kosið að taka sér leyfi og fara í þennan „pólitíska fjörbaugsgarð“, hverfa í burtu í ákveðinn tíma og athuga hvort hlutirnir róist. Ég held að það muni gerast. Við erum á fyrsta ári þessa kjörtímabils, og að því gefnu að stjórnin haldi velli, þá held ég að rykið eigi eftir að setjast. Þegar fram í sækir þá muni þetta ekki verða það stórmál sem það er í dag.“ Á síðustu árum hafa komið upp pólitísk hneykslismál á Íslandi sem hefur orðið til þess að gengið hefur verið til Alþingiskosninga. Birgir talar sérstaklega um Panamaskjölin og mál tengd föður Bjarna Benediktssonar, formanns Sjálfstæðisflokksins. Kosið var til Alþingis haustin 2016 og 2017. „Punturinn í þessum tilfellum er að þá líða aðeins nokkrir mánuðir áður en gengið er til kosninga. Í kosningunum eru þessi mál orðin algört aukaatriði. Það er alveg óháð því hvernig málin eru efnislega. Í umræðunni verða þau undir öðrum atriðum,“ segir Birgir. Hann segir það ráðast af viðbrögðum við Klaustursmálinu hvort það eigi eftir að verða lykilatriði í næstu kosningum. Siðanefnd Alþingis hefur við kölluð saman í fyrsta sinn vegna Klaustursmálsins. Birgir telur að nefndinni eigi eftir að reynast flókið að komast að afgerandi niðurstöðu um mál þessara sex þingmanna sem sátu að sumbli á Klaustri og níddu skóinn af samstarfsfólki sínu og öðrum. „Ef þú skoðar siðareglurnar þá er ég ekkert viss um það að það sé mjög auðvelt fyrir þessa utan að komandi siðanefnd að fella einhverja stóra dóma. Ef hún ætlar að fylgja siðareglunum þá þarf svolitla túlkun á einstaka greinum reglanna til þess að ná utan um þetta mál. Ég held að það sé ýmislegt sem eigi eftir að flækja málin og fletja það út miðað við þá heift sem er í samfélaginu í dag,“ segir Birgir Guðmundsson.  
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Lyft continues to expand its scooter service, announcing today that it's now available in Austin, Texas. This is the the fifth region where Lyft has deployed its scooters and its first launch in Texas. While the company struck out earlier this year when it tried to get a permit to operate in San Francisco, it has since launched its scooter service in Denver, Santa Monica, Washington, DC and, as of yesterday, Arlington.

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The Austin Community College District (ACC) swore in two trustees during the board’s general meeting Monday, December 3.

The Honorable Gonzalo Barrientos held the honor of swearing in Trustee Dr. Barbara Mink who was re-elected to Place 7 and State Rep. Gina Hinojosa swore in incumbent Julie Ann Nitsch to Place 9.

Mink was first elected to the ACC Board of Trustees in 2000 and was re-elected in 2006 and 2012. Most recently, she served as chair of the board.

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Austin Community College invites students, employees, and the community to the Visual Communication Department’s Fall 2018 Student Portfolio Showcase 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, December 13, at ACC Highland, Building 4000 (6101 Highland Campus Dr.).

The showcase features design work of ACC’s graduating Visual Communication students and includes student portfolio displays and a celebration of student successes.

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SACRAMENTO, California, Dec. 4, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The United States Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) named global life sciences corporation Anpac Bio-Medical Science Company, the 2018 "Minority Health Products and Services Firm of the Year" (MHFY).

The U.S. Department of Commerce named Anpac Bio-Medical Science Company the national, “2018 Minority Health Products & Services Firm of the Year” (MHFY). Recognized as the, “Minority-owned firm that has improved the quality and delivery of healthcare through innovation,” MBDA National Director Henry Childs formally presented the MHFY Award to Anpac Bio Chief Marketing Officer Drisha Leggitt, accepting on behalf of CEO Dr. Chris Yu and the Anpac Bio corporation at a national MBDA Awards Ceremony.
The U.S. Department of Commerce named Anpac Bio-Medical Science Company the national, “2018 Minority Health Products & Services Firm of the Year” (MHFY). Recognized as the, “Minority-owned firm that has improved the quality and delivery of healthcare through innovation,” MBDA National Director Henry Childs formally presented the MHFY Award to Anpac Bio Chief Marketing Officer Drisha Leggitt, accepting on behalf of CEO Dr. Chris Yu and the Anpac Bio corporation at a national MBDA Awards Ceremony.

Recognized as the, "Minority-owned firm that has improved the quality and delivery of healthcare through innovation," MBDA honored Anpac Bio during the 2018 National Minority Enterprise Development (NMED) Week at the National Minority Supplier Development Council Conference in Austin, Texas. The award was presented by MBDA National Director Henry Childs, II to Anpac Bio Chief Marketing Officer Drisha Leggitt, accepting on behalf of Anpac Bio Chief Executive Officer Dr. Chris Yu and the Anpac Bio worldwide team.

"We honor exceptional minority business enterprises (MBEs), their leaders, and the important role in maintaining a strong and healthy American economy," said MBDA National Director Henry Childs, II. "I am honored to recognize the 2018 National MED Week award winners who excel in business and entrepreneurship. Their stories and successes are an inspiration for all Americans. MBDA congratulates Anpac Bio-Medical Science Company for being named the 2018 'Minority Health Products and Services Firm of the Year'!"

The National Minority Business Awards are the highest level of national recognition a minority-owned firm can receive from the United States Department of Commerce. These prestigious awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of minority entrepreneurs, as well as the individuals and organizations that have demonstrated their commitment to advancing MBEs.

Acknowledging the corporation for executing significant and consistent innovation through its worldwide technology and services, Anpac Bio was particularly referenced as the national MHFY winner due the company's multiple-award winning, "Cancer Differentiation Analysis" (CDA) liquid biopsy technology.

Described as "game changing", and receiving the, "Breakthrough Innovation Award", at the World Nobel Prize Laureate Summit; and named, "Most Promising Cancer Screening Company", at the 2017 Global Precision Medicine Industry Awards, Anpac Bio's CDA reinvents early, multiple-cancer screening.

By analyzing simple, standard, blood tests, and applying Anpac Bio's proprietary, multi-level, multi-parameter, diagnostic algorithms, Anpac Bio's CDA liquid biopsy devices identify cancer with measurably-greater accuracy than most current, conventional screening methods. And it does so without any harmful side effects in patients; generating far fewer "false positives"; at a cost substantially lower than traditional testing; and generating results within minutes of submission.

Comprehensive research validity data from 120,000+ cases, and independently-corroborated by world-renowned hospitals and cancer research leaders, demonstrate Anpac Bio's CDA diagnostics consistently detect 28+ cancers -- with sensitivity and specificity rate ranges of 75%-90%. Anpac Bio is the only company fully-commercialized and generating liquid biopsy screening revenue globally; with 101+ CDA-related patents issued to date (250+ filed) worldwide.

Anpac Bio joins other prestigious, national/international 2018 MBDA award-winners, including: Coca Cola Company; MBE Capital Partners, LLC; Champion Controls, Inc.; McWong Environmental Technology; DAP Construction Management, LLC; Resource Management, Inc.; Sensis; IMR Development Corporation; and other exceptional individual award winners.

Also in attendance and celebrating their commitment to purchasing/supporting Minority Business Enterprises included: Merck, Facebook, Inc., Target Corporation, AstraZeneca Group, General Mills, Anthem Blue Cross, Toyota, IBM, Dell, Wells Fargo, Eli Lilly & Company, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, CVS Health, and the Walt Disney Company, among others.

"Anpac Bio is very honored that the United States Department of Commerce has named our company the 2018 national, 'Health Products and Services Firm of the Year'," states Anpac Bio CEO Chris Yu. "We are so appreciative our CDA liquid biopsy technology is considered the most innovative in the country. And we're particularly proud to provide cost-effective and consistently-reliable, liquid biopsy cancer screening globally; especially for minority and socio-economically challenged populations that are typically underserved by standard cancer prevention and early detection options."

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Anpac Bio-Medical Science Company CFO Mark Luhdorff and CMO Drisha Leggitt flank CEO Chris Yu’s photo revealing Anpac Bio’s selection as the national, “2018 Minority Health Products & Services Firm of the Year,” at the National Minority Supplier Development Council Conference. The National Minority Business Awards are the highest level of recognition a minority-owned firm can receive from the U.S. Department of Commerce–recognizing Anpac Bio for its innovative health and liquid biopsy services.
Anpac Bio-Medical Science Company CFO Mark Luhdorff and CMO Drisha Leggitt flank CEO Chris Yu’s photo revealing Anpac Bio’s selection as the national, “2018 Minority Health Products & Services Firm of the Year,” at the National Minority Supplier Development Council Conference. The National Minority Business Awards are the highest level of recognition a minority-owned firm can receive from the U.S. Department of Commerce–recognizing Anpac Bio for its innovative health and liquid biopsy services.


International life sciences leader Anpac Bio-Medical Science Company has developed breakthrough, proprietary, "Cancer Differentiation Analysis" liquid biopsy technology that effectively reinvents cancer screening and early detection. Anpac Bio's proprietary CDA medical devices analyze simple, standard, non-invasive "Blood Biopsies" - resulting in measurably greater early cancer detection sensitivity and specificity, with no harmful side effects in patients. The proven results of 120,000 cases to date demonstrate CDA's research validity achieving an average sensitivity and specificity rate range of 75%-90% for 28+ different types of cancer -- often identifying the type and location of threatening, diseased cancer cells before they form into tumors. Fully-commercialized and the only company earning liquid biopsy revenue globally, Anpac Bio has filed 250+ CDA-related Patents; 101+ issued to date worldwide. For more information:
International life sciences leader Anpac Bio-Medical Science Company has developed breakthrough, proprietary, "Cancer Differentiation Analysis" liquid biopsy technology that effectively reinvents cancer screening and early detection. Anpac Bio's proprietary CDA medical devices analyze simple, standard, non-invasive "Blood Biopsies" - resulting in measurably greater early cancer detection sensitivity and specificity, with no harmful side effects in patients. The proven results of 120,000 cases to date demonstrate CDA's research validity achieving an average sensitivity and specificity rate range of 75%-90% for 28+ different types of cancer -- often identifying the type and location of threatening, diseased cancer cells before they form into tumors. Fully-commercialized and the only company earning liquid biopsy revenue globally, Anpac Bio has filed 250+ CDA-related Patents; 101+ issued to date worldwide. For more information:


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          NextDoorSTUDIOS: Jackson Cooper, Donte Thick and Carter Woods in ‘Spring Break Reunion’      Cache   Translate Page      

Spring Break Reunion (Jackson Cooper, Donte Thick and Carter Woods) (Bareback) at Next Door Studios

Next Door STUDIOS: Old high school buddies Donte Thick, Jackson Cooper and Carter Woods look to reunite and rekindle their school day get togethers with a little bit of the 3 Rs: rest, relaxation, and some really good fucking.

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          Raging Stallion: Max Duro Fucks Riley Mitchel in ‘Do Me For The Likes, Scene 4’      Cache   Translate Page      

Do Me For The Likes, Scene Four (Max Duro Fucks Riley Mitchel) at Raging Stallion

Raging Stallion: Riley Mitchel is at the door waiting for Max Duro when he comes out of the shower. Almost instantly, Max is hard as a rock and happily fucking Riley's throat.

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          Law and Order: Kelsey Road man faces two new felonies related to child porn case      Cache   Translate Page      

David J. Somerton, 36, of Kelsey Road, Batavia, (in photo above) is charged with possession of obscene sexual performance by a child and use of a child in a sexual performance, both felonies. He was arraigned on the charges on Nov. 29 in Batavia Town Court. Somerton was initially arrested and arraigned on five counts of disseminating indecent material to a minor on Oct. 31 after investigation into a sex offense that occurred in the Town of Batavia Oct. 13. The new charges stem from further investigation and additional charges are pending. The case was investigated by Genesee County Sheriff's Investigator Howard Carlson, assisted by Investigator/Youth Officer Timothy Westcott. The Genesee County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division was assisted by the FBI Buffalo field office.

Alvin Ezra Way, 57, of Bank Street, Batavia, is charged with second-degree criminal contempt. He was arrested at 9:06 p.m. on Dec. 1 on Colonial Way in Batavia for allegedly violating an order of protection by having personal contact with the protected party. He was issued an appearance ticket for Dec. 17 in Town of Batavia Court. The case was handled by Genesee County Sheriff's Deputy Travis DeMuth, assisted by Deputy Erik Andre.

Christie Lynn Daniels, 22, of Council House Road, Basom, is charged with: DWI, speeding in excess of 55 mph, and unlicensed operation -- driving without a license. At 1:59 a.m. on Dec. 2 on Lewiston Road in Batavia, Daniels was stopped by Genesee County Sheriff's Deputy Ryan Young for allegedly speeding. After an investigation, it is alleged that Daniels was driving without a license and while intoxicated. She was issued appearance tickets for Dec. 17 in Batavia Town Court. Deputy Young was assisted in the case by Deputy Austin Heberlein.

Trisha A. Park, 26, of Le Roy, was arrested in the evening on Nov. 30th by the Le Roy Police Department and charged with: aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child passenger under 15 years of age inside the vehicle, a class E felony; operating a motor vehicle impaired by drugs and endangering the welfare of a child -- both misdemeanors; unlawful possession of marijuana and inadequate headlights on a motor vehicle, both violations. At approximately 5:45 p.m. on Nov. 30th, patrols observed a vehicle operating without a headlight on Wolcott Street in the Village of Le Roy. Patrols initiated a traffic stop and interviewed the operator. While speaking with the operator, patrols allegedly noticed a strong marijuana odor emanating from the vehicle. A vehicle search would allegedly reveal marijuana as well as marijuana paraphernalia. After a brief investigation it was allegedly determined that Park was impaired by drugs. Park was taken into custody without incident and was evaluated by a Drug Recognizant Expert. Park was arraigned in Le Roy Town Court and released under supervision. Park is due back in court on Dec. 20th.

Frank L. Cortright, 60, of Route 77, Alabama, is charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief. It is alleged that at 12:15 p.m. on Nov. 30 on Pratt Road in Pembroke that Cortright intentionally damaged property belonging to another individual. He was issued an appearance ticket returnabled to Pembroke Town Court on Dec. 11. The case was handled by Genesee Coounty Sheriff's Deputy Travis DeMuth.

Stephen Michael Milroy, 24, of Perry Road, Pavilion, is charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana. At 3:42 a.m. on Dec. 1, Milroy was arrested on Park Road in Batavia after investigation into a report of an unconscious male sleeping in his vehicle in the Batavia Downs' parking lot. Milroy was processed at the jail and issued appearance tickets returnable to Batavia Town Court on Dec. 17. The case was handled by Deputy Andrew Mullen.

Christopher Jai Shawn Middleton, 24, of Dumont Avenue, Brooklyn, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and speeding. The defendant was stopped at 8:35 a.m. on Sumner Road in Darien on Nov. 29 for allegedly speeding. Investigation allegedly revealed he possessed marijuana. He was issued an appearance ticket returnable to Town of Darien Court on Dec. 11. The case was handled by Genesee County Sheriff's Deputy Kevin McCarthy.

          APSU Director of Athletics Gerald Harrison’s statement on search for new football coach      Cache   Translate Page      

APSU Sports Information Clarksville, TN – Good Evening Stacheville, First off, I would like to thank Coach Will Healy for his leadership, passion and dedication to Austin Peay University (APSU) Athletics, and specifically our football program for the past three seasons. Coach Healy was instrumental in elevating our program to a championship level. We could […]

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          APSU Football head coach Will Healy Resigns      Cache   Translate Page      
APSU Football - Will Healy

APSU Sports Information Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University (APSU) Director of Athletics Gerald Harrison announced Tuesday, December 4th, 2018 that Will Healy has resigned as head football coach for the Governors effective immediately. “I would like to thank Will for the time and effort spent turning Austin Peay football into a competitive program,” […]

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          Austin Peay State University’s Dr. Doris Davenport to deliver APSU commencement address on December 14th      Cache   Translate Page      
APSU Winter Commencement to be held Friday, December 14th.

Austin Peay State University (APSU) Clarksville, TN – Dr. Doris Davenport, Austin Peay State University (APSU) professor of nursing and recipient of the 2018 National Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award, will deliver the keynote address during the University’s winter commencement on Friday, December 14th, 2018. She will speak at both ceremonies, at 10:00am and 2:00pm, […]

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          APSU, Montgomery Central High School Spanish Students team up to teach classes to Senior Citizens      Cache   Translate Page      
APSU and MCHS students come together to teach Spanish 101 to senior citizens.

Austin Peay State University (APSU) Clarksville, TN – Earlier this year, several residents of Fieldstone Place Assisted Living decided they wanted to learn a new language. This group of senior citizens approached Chesney Lancaster, Lifestyle 360 director at Fieldstone, and asked how they could go about taking classes. Lancaster immediately turned to one of the […]

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          Enzyme Health Adds $1.7M for Clinician Telemedicine Job Marketplace      Cache   Translate Page      
Austin—A new telehealth-focused startup, Enzyme Health, has raised a $1.7 million seed funding round to build out its marketplace for doctors and nurse practitioners looking for new online gigs. Enzyme Health connects clinicians with the companies that provide telemedicine services to patients, with the aim of helping doctors and nurse practitioners find more freelance work […]
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TX-AUSTIN, Peak Performers is a nonprofit recruiting firm specializing in contract roles with state of Texas government agencies. We've partnered with the Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS) to recruit for a Business Analyst with experience in financial systems in Austin, TX. Our client Established in 1947, the Texas Employees Retirement System (ERS) works to enhance the lives of state employees, reti
          The 7 best Premier League night games      Cache   Translate Page      
7. Sheffield United 6-0 Tottenham (Mar 2, 1993)Two decades before Tottenham were hit for six at the Etihad, they travelled to Bramall Lane in the Premier League’s maiden campaign.Sheffield United were fighting to avoid relegation, and to make matters worse their north London opponents were in fine form, having won their previous five league games thanks largely to the scintillating form of Teddy Sheringham who'd netted nine times in that run.This should have been a comfortable victory, then, and it was – but not for Spurs. Franz Carr opened the scoring for the Blades with a brilliant finish after bamboozling two markers with a slick turn, before a comical headed own goal from defender Andy Gray set the tone for a Tottenham collapse.Ten minutes later they were 4-0 down via an Ian Bryson brace. Brian Deane and Paul Rogers completed the rout, but Spurs chairman Alan Sugar stopped short of firing Doug Livermore... until the end of the season, anyway.6. West Ham 3-4 Wimbledon (Sep 9, 1998)The 1998/99 season started well for both sides, who went into this London derby unbeaten. The Hammers raced into a three-goal lead after only 27 minutes thanks to goals from ex-Arsenal team-mates John Hartson and Ian Wright (two). The former would go on to sign for the Dons in January for £7.5 million, becoming their most expensive player ever.Marcus Gayle pulled one back for the south Londoners but they went in at half-time 3-1 down. Joe Kinnear’s team talk clearly worked, though (apparently they used to)– his side dominated the second half.An error from West Ham centre-back Javier Margas was gobbled up by Jason Euell, before another goal from Gayle brought the teams level. Then, with nine minutes remaining, substitute Efan Ekoku won it for the Dons to ensure their travelling supporters’ journey home on the District Line was a chirpy one.5. Man City 0-1 Tottenham (May 5, 2010)Any game involving Harry Redknapp and the race for fourth place was destined to be a Sky Sports favourite, in a year the east Londoner had taken Spurs from the relegation zone to one game from the Champions League. The Lilywhites held a one-point advantage going into this top-four decider.Excellent performances from Ledley King and Heurelho Gomes had keptManchester Citystrikers Craig Bellamy and Carlos Tevez at bay, but Spurs were in control from the start. Peter Crouch hit the post, before on-loan keeper Marton Fulop denied Jermain Defoe.Crouch later atoned for his missed chances, heading in from a Younes Kaboul cross – it happened, OK? –which wasn’t dealt with by Fulop, sparking bedlam in the away end. The celebrations carried on in the tunnel afterwards, with David Bentley interrupting Redknapp’s post-match interview to pour a bucket of ice water over his head before dancing around in his Y-fronts.ONE-ON-ONE David Bentley: "Harry thought I was being disrespectful. I did it because we all loved him so much"City would avenge this match almost exactly a year later, winning by the same scoreline to qualify themselves, but Crouch’s goal led to Spurs' memorable run to theChampions Leaguequarter-finals.4. Liverpool 3-3 Man United (Jan 4, 1994)Manchester United had won their first title in 26 years, and Alex Ferguson’s quest to overcome Liverpool’s historical dominance was just beginning. But this game arguably demonstrated as big a difference in quality between these two teams as has ever existed in the Premier League era.Liverpool were languishing in seventh, some 21 points adrift of their rivals from down the East Lancs road, who were also on a 17-game unbeaten run. United looked like strolling to No.18 after storming into a 3-0 lead within 23 minutes. But it didn't last long. Nigel Clough immediately chopped the deficit to two, then grabbedanother before the break to give the Reds a fighting chance and help justify his £2.3 million price tag.Neil Ruddock headed past Peter Schmeichel with 10 minutes left to ensure Graeme Souness's side grabbed a point, and Schmeichel a place in the dog house: the keeper later revealed he was temporarily sacked by a finger-pointing Fergie after the game, to which the Dane responded with “a lot of abuse”.3. Leicester 3-3 Arsenal (Aug 27, 1997)Arsenal would go on to win the title this year, in what was Arsene Wenger’s first full season at Highbury. Their games certainly offered value for money; the 3-2 home win against Manchester United has gone down as one of the best in leaguehistory, as did this early-season classic at Filbert Street.Dennis Bergkamp was the star of the show, opening the scoring with a beautiful curled effort from a short corner, before adding another in the second half with a deft (if deflected) dink over Foxes keeper Kasey Keller.The Gunners were coasting at 2-0 with six minutes of normal time remaining, until a botched attempt to clear a high ball fell to Emile Heskey, who pulled one back in the 84th minute. And when Matt Elliott scuffed in a deflected 93rd-minute equaliser, Leicester thought they'd secured themselves a point –but an even later moment of dazzling Bergkamp magic (below) meant their efforts looked to be in vain.In the 94th minute, the Iceman juggled down David Platt's high ball over a perplexed Elliott before slotting home for his terrific hat-trick. Yet incredibly, Filbert Street wasn't to be silenced: Arsenal’s failure to defend a 96th-minute corner allowed Foxes captain Steve Walsh to power home an incredible leveller and cap one of thePremier League's mostdramatic finishes ever.2. Liverpool 4-4 Arsenal (Apr 21, 2009)Liverpool's title-challenging season of 2008/09 was chaotic. Rumours claiming Rafael Benitez had been sacked were reported by Sky Sports on the day they beat Real Madrid at the Bernabeu. They turned around a 2-0 half-time deficit to win at Manchester City. They went a goal down at Old Trafford to win 4-1. Amid the drama, Rafa's Reds always seemed to prevail – until this game.Under normal circumstances, conceding a goal in the 90th minute to fall 4-3 behind and still come out with a point would be seen as prevailing. But not this time.Arsenal new boy Andrey Arshavin put the Gunners 1-0 up at half-time, before two Dirk Kuyt crosses –one finding Fernando Torres, and another Yossi Benayoun – helpedput the hosts in front. Two blunders from full-backs allowed Russian maestro Arshavin to complete his hat-trick, though, as he first dispossessed Alvaro Arbeloa before capitalising on a poor clearance from Fabio Aurelio.Torres scored his second equaliser soon after to tee up a nervy final 20 minutes.In the 90th minute, Liverpool won a corner at the Kop end. The stage was set. But instead of sending the home faithful into raptures, the ball was cleared to a 20-year-old Theo Walcott, who sped the length of the pitch before providing for Arshavin to score his fourth. An even later Benayoun leveller was only enough to earn Liverpool a point, though, and although the draw put them top on goal difference, Manchester United's two games in hand –and late Federico Macheda winners –carried them to the title.1. Liverpool 4-3 Newcastle (Apr 3, 1996)Before Sergio Aguero scored a certain goal in the 93rd minute, Martin Tyler’s most memorable line came from a lateStan Collymore winner. Even losing managerKevin Keegan enjoyed it, confessing he was “elated” after the match despite his Toon side's title challenge having suffered as a result.Robbie Fowler gave the Reds an early lead inside two minutes, but they soon found themselves behind thanks to goals from Les Ferdinand and David Ginola.Fowler scored his second to level things after half-time, but once again Newcastle replied through Faustino Asprilla. Collymore equalised with 20 minutes remaining, getting on the end of a Jason McAteer cross.Cue the injury-time drama: Ian Rush and John Barnes's interplay, “Collymore closing in” and Keegan slumped over the advertising hoardings. The scoreline would be repeated a season later when an injury-time Fowler winner eradicated Newcastle's spirited fightback in the dying stages.New features you'd love on
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          WHERE HAVE ALL THE LOGICIANS GONE: A la recherche des logiciens perdus!      Cache   Translate Page      

When 7 plus 5 equaled 12:
Where have our logicians been?

You're asking a very good question! We've badly needed the help of logicians as our public discourse has steadily slid to its current dangerous place.

In the mid-1990s, we needed help untangling the semantic pseudo-discussion which passed, for almost two years, as the "Medicare debate" which was driving Newt Gingrich along.

Starting in March 1999, we needed help with the logic of paraphrase as mainstream journalists kept inventing strange, psychiatrically troubling misstatements by Candidate Gore. This bullshit went on for twenty straight months and sent George Bush to the White House.

Right now, at this very juncture, we could use the help of a J. L. Austin type (Sense and Sensibilia; How to Do Things With Words) concerning the logic of terms which (falsely) appear to be synonyms.

What does it mean when every misstatement is lustily turned into a lie? Among other things, it means we're trying to start tribal war, at a time when a person who seems to be mentally ill controls all the ultimate weapons.

(Beyond that, we're rejecting the wisdom of thousands of years of "crowdsourcing" among the many generation who created the verbal distinctions we now, in our lusty tribal pique, lustily throw away. But so it goes among our self-impressed kind—among us sub-rational animals.)

Where have the logicians been as this downward spiral has occurred? Could it be they've been working, not in the garden, but tragicomically deep in the weeds?

Could it be that they've been in the weeds? Because we love the passage so much, we're going to post it again today. It comes from "made man" science writer Jim Holt, explaining in The New Yorker (and also, this year, in a new book) what "the greatest logician since Aristotle" was worried about as of the 1930s:
HOLT (page 8): Gödel entered the University of Vienna in 1924. He had intended to study physics, but he was soon seduced by the beauties of mathematics, and especially by the notion that abstractions like numbers and circles had a perfect, timeless existence independent of the human mind. This doctrine, which is called Platonism, because it descends from Plato’s theory of ideas, has always been popular among mathematicians. In the philosophical world of nineteen-twenties Vienna, however, it was considered distinctly old-fashioned. Among the many intellectual movements that flourished in the city’s rich café culture, one of the most prominent was the Vienna Circle, a group of thinkers united in their belief that philosophy must be cleansed of metaphysics and made over in the image of science. Under the influence of Ludwig Wittgenstein, their reluctant guru, the members of the Vienna Circle regarded mathematics as a game played with symbols, a more intricate version of chess. What made a proposition like “2 + 2 = 4” true, they held, was not that it correctly described some abstract world of numbers but that it could be derived in a logical system according to certain rules.
Less than a century ago, our greatest logician since Aristotle had been "seduced by the notion that abstractions like numbers and circles had a perfect, timeless existence independent of the human mind."

For that reason, he was involved in a great debate with other major logicians. They were fighting about how we can know that 2 plus 2 equals 4.

The world was proceeding toward its second "great war." Our logicians were thus occupied.

Should it seem strange to think that our greatest logician had been seduced by such a strange idea, was locked in such an oddball debate? We'll explore that question as our essays proceed. But for today, we add an autobiographical note:

Long ago and far away, we confronted a version of this "philosophical question" as a mere college freshman.

It was the fall of 1965. Planning to major in philosophy, we took the introductory course—Phil 3, "Problems in philosophy."

Our professor was 26 years old; he may have looked a bit younger. Meanwhile, one of the "problems" we studied was this:
How can we know that 7 plus 5 equals 12?
We'll admit that this happened at Harvard. This may account for the harder arithmetic problem we were asked to review.

That said, this was our introduction to the types of "problems" which constitute the world of academic philosophy. Possibly owing to widespread ignorance, many students in the class seemed unhappy with this young professor, who, just to complete the record, seemed like the nicest guy in the world.

In the Harvard of that day, students were supposed to applaud at the end of every lecture. At the end of the semester's final lecture, students were supposed to deliver a standing ovation, as if to wonder what their worthless lives could have been like before they were lucky enough to take transformative course.

That didn't happen in this instance. As the lectures dragged along, the applause lessened from class to class. Eventually, it totally died.

Most strikingly, no one applauded even after the final lecture. We remember feeling bad for our very nice but extremely young professor. We remember thinking that we were watching this young man's career implode.

Students in that introductory class tended to think that we were pursuing fairly ridiculous "problems." Years later, we occasionally treated the problem of 7 plus 5 equaling 12 in the occasional comedy venue.

We would recall the anguish of our teaching assistant, Mr. [NAME WITHHELD], who truly seemed to be tortured by the question of 7 plus 5 adding up to 12.

Who are these "problems" problems for? we would wittily ask at such times. It all depends on the delivery, of course, but we still like that line.

Full disclosure! The career of that very pleasant, extremely young professor wasn't imploding that year. That good-natured fellow was the late Robert Nozick. Within a few years, he was the biggest thing in American philosophy, though we've never quite understood why.

Like several others, we decided we wouldn't major in philosophy after taking that course. We majored in History and Lit for one miserable year, then returned to the fold at the start of our junior year.

That spring, we took the undergraduate Wittgenstein class. The gentleman's name is mentioned in the passage from Holt which we've posted above. We'll briefly touch on the work of "the later Wittgenstein" before this week's foofaw is done.

That said, some questions remain:

Who was that problem a problem for? And why in the world was our greatest logician involved in "Platonist" thoughts about where numbers and circles reside? Why were others fighting with him about this? Does any of this make sense?

Our logicians have left us on our own. This has helped lead us to Trump.

Meanwhile, Professor Harari has said an odd thing about our warlike species. He has said this in his giant best-seller, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind.

Harari has said that our "intolerant," possibly "genocidal" species runs on gossip and fiction. Is it possible that our greatest logicians have just never been all that sharp?

Tomorrow: Lord Russell's anecdote

Another passing tradition: At that time, students had to wear a coat and tie to eat in the college's dining halls. One day, we encountered a freshman debating the working-class Cambridge woman who checked students in for meals.

For his jacket, he wore a windbreaker. Beneath it, he was wearing a white t-shirt. A shoelace draped around his neck constituted his "tie."

The woman wasn't letting him in. "How do you know that isn't a tie?" he was officiously asking.

That working-class Cambridge woman was a mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife. That horrible kid had a lot to learn (as do we all). But which were the courses for that?

          Austin Pendleton WARS OF THE ROSES Begins Tonight      Cache   Translate Page      

Theater for the New City will present Tony nominated theatre luminary Austin Pendleton's adaptation of Richard III, Shakespeare's greatest villain, WARS OF THE ROSES: HENRY VI & RICHARD III beginning tonight (Monday, December 3rd) for three nights only, including December 4th and 5th. The play, which Pendleton co-directs with Peter Bloch, combines texts from William Shakespeare's Henry VI Part 3 and Richard III, in a version which played a sold-out and critically acclaimed run last summer. The production stars Pendleton as Henry VI and Matt de Rogatis as Richard III, while giving a fascinating take on one of history's most notorious villains. There will be a talkback following each performance with Austin Pendleton and the cast. WARS OF THE ROSES: HENRY VI & RICHARD III will be performed at Theater for the New City (155 First Avenue at 10th Street). Tickets are $18. For tickets and further information visit

With the two texts combined, Austin Pendleton's WARS OF THE ROSES: HENRY VI & RICHARD III explains how Richard III evolved into the events that shaped his tyranny. In the text of Henry VI, Part 3, Richard performs the role of a subjugated good brother while secretly behaving with bloodthirsty abandon. Killing Henry, Richard then declares himself severed from his family and brotherhood and stands alone in his quest for the crown. In the text of Richard III he is now the central character of the play stopping at nothing to become king, while keeping his subjects and rivals under his thumb.

"What's always fascinated me about Richard III is how he became to be the way that Shakespeare so brilliantly portrays him in the play named after him" says Mr. Pendleton. "I believe the answer to all of this is clearly dramatized by Shakespeare in Henry VI, Part 3, the play that leads up to Richard III. So when Matt de Rogatis, whose exciting Hamlet I'd seen a couple years ago, came to me with the idea of Richard III, my first thought was to align the two plays. I am very excited about bringing back WARS OF THE ROSES: HENRY VI & RICHARD III. With a great deal of judicious cutting we to managed to get a swift and compact script and thus we can track the development of this troubled and terrifying Richard from a young man searching for love and acknowledgement to the monster that became King Richard III." he continued.

Joining Austin Pendleton and Matt de Rogatis in the cast are: Jim Broaddus, John Constantine, Adam Dodway, Milton Elliott, Carolyn Groves, Debra Lass, Johanna Leister, Rachel Marcus, Pete McElligott, Brian Patrick Murphy, John L. Payne, and Michael Villastrigo.

Lighting is designed by Steven Wolf and "Project Runway's" Maya Luz is the costume consultant.

Photo by Chris Loupos

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          Bayside Corp. (BYSD: Pink Current) | Bayside Corporation CEO to Speak at the Futures Branches Conference in Austin, Texas       Cache   Translate Page      
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          Parents of Us Journalist Missing in Syria Hopeful About Fate      Cache   Translate Page      
The parents of Austin Tice say they hope the Trump administration will work on releasing their son the same way it did with Americans held in North Korea. Continue reading…
          Austin Family's Christmas Decoration Caused Quite A Scare For A Passerby      Cache   Translate Page      
At times we know Halloween decorations can cause some confusion, but a family’s Christmas decoration really gave a neighbor a good scare. Continue reading…
          62 Greenway Terrace | Forest Hills (Nest Seekers (Nest Seekers)) $3,400,000      Cache   Translate Page      
WebID 990152 Forest Hills Gardens 2-Family Tudor Magnificent side-by-side, two-family Tudor in exclusive Forest Hills Gardens, designed by noted architect Grosvenor Atterbury and built in 1925. 7 full beds, 6 full and 1 half-baths, two eat-in kitchens, attic and full sized basement with laundry, 2 fireplaces. 2 car garage. 1 of a kind in highly desired location, close to LIRR Station, express subway and buses, Austin Street shopping and restaurants and the renowned West Side Tennis Club. Overlooks private community park. 62 Greenway Terrace Forest Hills Danny Abraham mobile: + 212 470 XXXX

          Braun Strowman In Austin Texas For SD LIVE, Women’s Tag Titles Update      Cache   Translate Page      

– While Braun Strowman was not at Monday Night RAW last night, which took place in Houston, Texas, according to PW Insider, The Monster Among Men has been seen (not too far away) in Austin. This also happens to be the location for tonight’s SmackDown LIVE. While Strowman recently underwent elbow surgery, as per PW […]

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          Texas ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’ Display Causes Panic      Cache   Translate Page      

One family in Austin, Texas got a little too realistic with this years holiday display. The Christmas lights, which were inspired by the popular Christmas movie, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, caused a stir and even sent one neighbor up

          Medicine Ball Caravan: December 4, 2018      Cache   Translate Page      
Tuesday's MEDICINE BALL CARAVAN on KRVS (11am-noon Central Standard on 88.FM or ) mixes relatively recent recordings by Kaia Kater, Jourdan Thibodeaux and Cedric Watson, Mercury Rev (featuring Margo Price), Grand Nathaniel and Death Cab For Cutie with dusty ones from Jefferson Airplane, Buffalo Springfield, Sandy Austin, Guitar Gable, The Youngsters, Johnny Hawksworth, Deodato and Supertramp. Oh! - some Cathead Biscuit Boys and Eva Cassidy somewhere in there, too !!!
          More affordable art spaces becoming available in Austin      Cache   Translate Page      
These days, Austin artists and their allies have found increasingly creative ways to land affordable art spaces. The Austin American-Statesman reports after a few years of dismal news caused by … Click to Continue »
          Application Training Specialist - Fusco Personnel Inc. - Austin, TX      Cache   Translate Page      
Fusco Personnel takes great pride in successfully matching talent and culture for our valued clients. Fusco Personnel is recruiting for an Application Training...
From Fusco Personnel, Inc - Tue, 27 Nov 2018 09:32:32 GMT - View all Austin, TX jobs
          Bluehost Expands Offerings with the Launch of WordPress Pro      Cache   Translate Page      

AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Bluehost, an Endurance International Group (NASDAQ: EIGI) company and top-rated web host by, continues to evolve its platform with the launch of WordPress Pro, an all-inclusive web hosting package optimized for WordPress websites....

          Mena Basscats      Cache   Translate Page      
The Basscats competed in the STATE AYFF TOURNAMENT ON LAKE DARDANELLE! Brynten Rose & Cody Beck took 1st in the Jr division. Austin Johnston and Cason Cannon took 1sr place in the senior division. By winning 1st place in the senior division, Austin and Cason have qualified to fish in three BFL qualifier tournaments this ...
          Senior Embedded Linux Engineer - Lifesize, Inc. - Austin, TX      Cache   Translate Page      
Experience with OpenSUSE, KIWI and zypper also a big plus. As a Senior Embedded Software Engineer you will be part of the team responsible for designing,...
From Lifesize, Inc. - Thu, 09 Aug 2018 04:23:52 GMT - View all Austin, TX jobs
          Key Account Specialist, Neuroscience (Austin, TX) - Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. - Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies - Austin, TX      Cache   Translate Page      
Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc (6062). Janssen Neuroscience is a company driven by dedication to product innovation, customer focus and employee and...
From Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies - Fri, 31 Aug 2018 19:42:40 GMT - View all Austin, TX jobs
          That’s So ’80s, Austin!: Bill Leissner’s Photographs      Cache   Translate Page      
All photography by “Texas Bill” a.k.a. Bill Leissner. As the national profile of the capital city of this immense land mass masquerading as a mere state has risen exponentially over the…
          Luleåforwarden skadad: "Spelar inte före uppehållet"      Cache   Translate Page      

Luleå Hockey reser ned till Karlstad för ett toppmöte med tabelltvåan Färjestad.

          Merck Foundation CEO, First Lady of Central African Republic, meet 100 infertile women      Cache   Translate Page      

[India], Dec5 (BWI): Merck Foundation CEO, Dr. RashaKelej together with H.E. Madam Brigitte Touadera, the first lady of Central African Republic - C.A.R. & Merck more than a Mother Ambassador, conducted a special meeting with more than 100 infertile women who have been enrolled in the "Empowering Berna" to establish small businesses for them.

"Empowering Berna" is special project part of Merck more than a Mother campaign initiated by Merck Foundation for underprivileged infertile women who can no longer be treated, to establish small businesses and train them to be able to generate steady monthly income.

H.E. Madam Brigitte Touadera, the first lady of Central African Republic & Merck more than a Mother Ambassador emphasized, "It is great initiative by Merck Foundation to empower our women by improving their access to information, knowledge and through capacity building to start their own business. Thus, they will be independent and lead a respectable life. This way they can comprehend their rights, roles and responsibilities and be more than mothers."

Dr. RashaKelej, CEO of Merck Foundation & President Merck More than A Mother emphasized, "It is very important to empower infertile women by providing treatment so they can bear children as part of their human rights. But for those who cannot be treated anymore, our initiative 'Empowering Berna' will help to train them to establish their own small business so that they can be independent and re-build their own lives. We truly believe that a woman is a lot more than just a mother. We should also encourage men to speak up about their infertility and support their wives. We will also help young couple to find proper access to fertility care by providing training to fertility specialists as we did for oncologists and diabetes specialists. Our vision is to establish a strong platform of health specialists in the country and the rest of Africa."

Merck Foundation also underscored their commitment to build healthcare capacity in the country. During the committee meeting, many new programs were finalized and launched in partnership with the Ministry of Health of C.A.R.

Merck foundation acknowledged and awarded the First Lady of Central African Republic for her efforts as "Merck more than a Mother" Ambassador in Central African Republic.

Dr. RashaKelej, CEO of Merck Foundation & President Merck More than A Mother, together with H.E. Madam Brigitte Touadera, The First Lady of Central African Republic & Merck more than a Mother Ambassador pledged to support more childless women through Merck more than a Mother campaign. In partnership with the First Lady and ministry of health, Merck foundation will also provide clinical training on fertility speciality to improve access to quality and equitable fertility care in the country.

Merck Foundation has discussed with the H.E. President of Central African Republic, H.E. Faustin-Archange Touadera, and their long-term partnership to build healthcare capacity in the country which he strongly endorsed and supported.

Merck Foundation also approved a list of candidates to be enrolled in their one and two-year oncology fellowship program as a contribution to improve cancer care in the country. Moreover, they will also provide on-line diabetes diplomas in French for Doctors from C.A.R as well as cardiovascular preventive medicines fellowship in Asia. (BWI)

          Customer Success Specialist - Qualia - Austin, QC      Cache   Translate Page      
Company retreats into the mountains, fun monthly events, great health benefits, a new laptop, and a gorgeous work environment....
From Qualia - Sun, 25 Nov 2018 08:42:43 GMT - View all Austin, QC jobs
          Customer Success Operations - Qualia - Austin, QC      Cache   Translate Page      
We offer a slew of other benefits such as company retreats into the mountains, fun monthly events, great health benefits, a new laptop, and a gorgeous work...
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          Austin Carroll (F) from Utah Grizzlies to Manitoba Moose      Cache   Translate Page      

Date: 12/04/2018
Player: Austin Carroll (F)
From: Utah Grizzlies
To: Manitoba Moose
Information: PTO
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          Other Worlds Austin ’18: The Axiom      Cache   Translate Page      

For viewers, it is interesting to watch a genre film blends horror elements with quantum-level science fiction speculation. Of course, it is not much fun for the characters forced to participate in the narrative. Risking violent death is bad enough, but they cannot even count on the rules of reality to behave. This is the situation McKenzie and her Scooby Mystery Team friends encounter when they venture into the woods to search for her missing sister in Nicholas Woods’ The Axiom (trailer here), which screens during the 2018 Other Worlds Austin Film Festival.

McKenzie’s sister Marilyn is admittedly a little flaky, but she has been missing way too long without any sort of word. She has reason to believe Marilyn disappeared into these ominous woods. However, she has not fully leveled with her brother Martin, his fiancée Darcy, her brother Edgar, and the abrasively obnoxious Gerrick regarding the suspicious circumstances.

Speaking of suspicious circumstances, there is also Leon, the road house owner who responded to the missing person notice McKenzie posted on Craig’s List. He offers a lot of strange Timothy Leery crazy talk about the forest, all of which might very well turn out to be true. There also could very well be more to his involvement than he lets on. Regardless, strange things seem to be afoot near the cabin they are visiting, starting with the fact the sun has yet to set, even though it is after midnight.

Arguably, Axiom is a victim of bad timing, because it arrives not so very long after Benson & Moorhead’s The Endless screened extensively on the festival circuit and earned a respectable theatrical release. Granted, they are not about the same, precise phenomenon, but they are close enough for Hollywood, except Benson & Moorhead take it much further. In any event, Axiom feels like the Reader’s Digest version of The Endless, in comparison.

Nonetheless, Hattie Smith is quite good as McKenzie, giving her some gumption, even when she is completely and convincingly freaked out. She is the one in this ensemble who could have breakout potential. Former Hobbit William Kircher is the other standout, providing some tangible villainy viewers can hold onto when things start to go bonkers around the portal thingy.

The Axiom bills itself as the thinking person’s horror movie, but frankly, there have been many smart chillers that incorporated some pretty advanced theoretical concepts. Woods has some interesting ideas, but the film creates expectations that are higher than its ability to fulfill. Still, it has more going for it than the average slice & dice. There is a lot of promise here, but it is not a transcendent genre-bender, so manage your expectations accordingly when The Axiom screens this Friday (12/7), during Other Worlds Austin.

          Dr. Treba Marsh to offer SFA commencement address      Cache   Translate Page      
Dr. Treba Marsh, Stephen F. Austin State University professor emeritus of accounting, will offer the commencement address during the university’s two fall graduation ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 15. Marsh served SFA from 1991 through 2018 in various roles, including as the … Continue reading
          SFA’s Rockin’ Axes to perform concert of various rock subgenres      Cache   Translate Page      
The Rockin’ Axes at Stephen F. Austin State University will present a concert of rock subgenres ranging from classic rock to metal when the student ensemble performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA … Continue reading
          SFA Gala to honor outstanding faculty members      Cache   Translate Page      
Two outstanding Stephen F. Austin State University faculty members will be honored during the 30th annual SFA Gala Saturday, Dec. 8, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom. Faculty achievement awards presented during the Gala recognize innovation and excellence … Continue reading
          Accountantskantoor met toffe sfeer - Austin Bright - Antwerpen (stad)      Cache   Translate Page      
Kennis van de programma's Vero, Adsolut of Silverfin zijn een pluspunt, maar geen vereiste. In dit tienkoppige accountantskantoor in Geel zijn de medewerkers...
Van Austin Bright - Fri, 23 Nov 2018 14:41:50 GMT - Toon alle vacatures in Antwerpen (stad)
          Senior Applications Engineer - Microchip Technology - Austin, TX      Cache   Translate Page      
Experience using common development tools, such as Microsoft Visual Studio, MPLAB and Atmel Studio. Microchip Technology Incorporated is a leading supplier of...
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          Land Management Ranger Lead - City of Austin - Austin, TX      Cache   Translate Page      
Graduation with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Natural Resources Management, Rangeland Management,... $19.50 - $24.81 an hour
From City of Austin - Tue, 04 Dec 2018 18:47:18 GMT - View all Austin, TX jobs
          Edward Burns等人加盟Apple的《惊异传奇》      Cache   Translate Page      

过去在1985-87年播出两季的NBC剧《惊异传奇》,现被Apple拿下翻拍权,交由Steven Spielberg负责监制;诗选剧《惊异传奇》每集会有一个恐怖﹑惊悚﹑奇幻﹑科幻等题材的故事,当时其中一集” The Mission”更是为John McPherson赢得一座艾美奖。Edward Burns﹑Austin Stowell及Kerry Bishé将主演其中一集,Mark Mylod负责执导,在此集Edward Burns饰演一名政府特工。这次是Edward Burns继《乱世德心 Public Mor
          Clinical Research Coordinator, Registered Nurse (RN)      Cache   Translate Page      
TX-Round Rock, Position Summary Texas Oncology in exciting Austin, TX, named by U.S. News and World Report in 2017 as the #1 Best Place to Live in America is searching for a Research Nurse for our Round Rock location. With 16 local cancer centers within the Austin region, Texas Oncology is proud to serve our cancer population with innovative and compassionate care! This position requires a minimum of 1 year of O
          Medical Supervisor - Paramedic or LVN      Cache   Translate Page      
TX-Austin, The Medical Supervisor performs donor physical screenings to determine suitability to donate plasma and provides medical care in the event of a donor reaction during the donation process. About US BPL Plasma is a global leader in the collection of human plasma used in the manufacture of life-saving therapies for patients world-wide. We are a Quality First organization and committed to excellence w
          BWW Exclusive: Read an Excerpt from DEAR EVAN HANSEN the Novel!      Cache   Translate Page      

From the creators of the Tony-winning Broadway mega-hit comes the groundbreaking novel inspired by Dear Evan Hansen- now available to purchase!

Dear Evan Hansen,

Today's going to be an amazing day and here's why...

When a letter that was never meant to be seen by anyone draws high school senior Evan Hansen into a family's grief over the loss of their son, he is given the chance of a lifetime: to belong. He just has to stick to a lie he never meant to tell, that the notoriously troubled Connor Murphy was his secret best friend.

Suddenly, Evan isn't invisible anymore-even to the girl of his dreams. And Connor Murphy's parents, with their beautiful home on the other side of town, have taken him in like he was their own, desperate to know more about their enigmatic son from his closest friend. As Evan gets pulled deeper into their swirl of anger, regret, and confusion, he knows that what he's doing can't be right, but if he's helping people, how wrong can it be?

No longer tangled in his once-incapacitating anxiety, this new Evan has a purpose. And a website. He's confident. He's a viral phenomenon. Every day is amazing. Until everything is in danger of unraveling and he comes face to face with his greatest obstacle: himself.

A simple lie leads to complicated truths in this big-hearted coming-of-age story of grief, authenticity and the struggle to belong in an age of instant connectivity and profound isolation.

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I made my exit.

Better to burn out, right, than to fade away? Kurt Cobain said that in his letter. I watched a video about all the famous ones. Ernest Hemingway. Robin Williams. Virginia Woolf. Hunter S. Thompson. Sylvia Plath. David Foster Wallace. Van Gogh. I'm not comparing myself-trust me. Those people actually made an impact. I did nothing. I couldn't even write a note.

Burning is the right way to paint it. You feel yourself getting so hot, day after day. Hotter and hotter. It gets to be too much. Even for stars. At some point they fizzle out or explode. Cease to be. But if you're looking up at the sky, you don't see it that way. You think all those stars are still there. Some aren't. Some are already gone. Long gone. I guess, now, so am I.

My name. That was the last thing I wrote. On another kid's cast. Not quite a goodbye note. But hey, I made my little mark. On a broken limb. Seems about right. Poetic if you think about it. And thinking is just about all I can do now.


Dear Evan Hansen,

That's how all my letters begin. First the Dear part, because that's just what you write at the top of any letter. That's standard. Next comes the name of the person you're writing to. In this case, it's me. I'm writing to myself. So, yeah, Evan Hansen.

Evan is actually my middle name. My mom wanted me to be Evan and my dad wanted me to be Mark, which is his name. My dad won the battle, according to my birth certificate, but my mom won the war. She has never called me anything other than Evan. As a result, neither has my dad. (Spoiler alert: my parents are no longer together.)

I'm only Mark on my driver's license (which I never use), or when I'm filling out job applications, or when it's the first day of school, like today. My new teachers will call out "Mark" during attendance, and I will have to ask each one to please call me by my middle name. Naturally, this will have to be done when everyone else has vacated the room.

There are a million and ten things from the subatomic to the cosmic that can rattle my nerves on a daily basis, and one of those things is my initials. M.E.H. Like the word: meh. Meh is basically a shoulder shrug, and that pretty much sums up the reaction I get from society at large. As opposed to the surprise of oh. Or the wow of ah. Or the hesitation of uh. Or the confusion of huh. Meh is pure indifference. Take it or leave it. Doesn't matter. No one cares. Mark Evan Hansen? Meh.

But I'd rather think of myself as eh, which is more like seeking approval, waiting for confirmation. Like, How about that Evan Hansen, eh?

My mom says I'm a true Pisces. The symbol for a Pisces is two fish tied together trying to swim in opposite directions. She's into all that astrology crap. I installed an app on her phone that displays her daily horoscope. Now she'll leave me handwritten messages around the house, saying things like: Step outside your comfort zone. Or she'll cram the day's message into our conversations: Take on a new challenge. A business venture with a friend looks promising. It's all nonsense if you ask me, but I guess, for my mom, her horoscopes give her some hope and guidance, which is what my letters are supposed to give me.

Speaking of which. After the greeting comes the actual meat of the letter: the body. My first line is always the same.

Today is going to be an amazing day, and here's why.

Positive outlook yields positive experience. That's the basic concept behind this letter-writing assignment Dr. Sherman gave me.

I tried to get out of it at first. I told Dr. Sherman, "I don't think a letter to myself is going to help much. I wouldn't even know what to write."

He perked up, leaning forward in his leather chair instead of casually sitting back as he usually did. "You don't have to know. That's the point of the exercise. To explore. For example, you could start with something like, 'Today is going to be an amazing day, and here's why.' Then go from there."

Sometimes I feel like therapy is total bullshit and other times I think the real problem may just be that I can't ever get myself to fully buy in.

Anyway, I ended up taking his advice-verbatim. (One less thing to think about.) Because the rest of the letter is tricky. That first line was just an opening statement, and now I have to support that statement in my own words. I have to prove why today is going to be an amazing day when all the evidence suggests otherwise. Every day that came before today was definitely not amazing, so why would I think today would be any different?

Truth? I don't. So, it's time to power up my imagination, make sure that every single molecule of creativity is wide awake and pitching in. (It takes a molecular village to write an amazing pep talk.)

Because today all you have to do is just be yourself. But also confident. That's important. And interesting. Easy to talk to. Approachable. And don't hide, either. Reveal yourself to others. Not in a pervy way, don't disrobe. Just be you-the true you. Be yourself. Be true to yourself.

The true me. What does that even mean? It sounds like one of those faux-philosophical lines you'd hear in a black-and-white cologne commercial. But okay, whatever, let's not judge. As Dr. Sherman would say, we're here to explore.

Exploring: I have to assume this "true" me is better at life. Better at people. And less timid, too. For example, I bet he never would've passed up the chance to introduce himself to Zoe Murphy at the jazz band concert last year. He wouldn't have spent all that time deciding which word best captured his feelings about her performance but also didn't make him come off like a stalker-good, great, spectacular, luminescent, enchanting, solid-and then, after finally settling on very good, end up not speaking to her at all because he was too worried his hands were sweaty. What difference did it make that his hands were sweaty? It's not like she would've demanded to shake his hand. If anything, it was probably her hands that were sweaty after all that guitar playing. Besides, my hands only got sweaty after I thought about them getting sweaty, so if anything I made them get sweaty, and obviously this "true" Evan would never do something so profoundly sad.

Great, I'm doing it again, willing my hands to get sweaty. Now I have to wipe down my keyboard with my blanket. And I just typed out csxldmrr xsmit ssdegv. And now my arm is sweating, too. The sweat will end up sitting under my cast, no air getting in, and soon my cast will take on that smell, the kind of smell I don't want anyone at school to catch even the slightest whiff of, especially on the first day of my senior year. Damn you, fake Evan Hansen. You really are exhausting.

Deep breath.

I reach into my bedside drawer. I already took my Lexapro this morning, but Dr. Sherman says it's fine to take an Ativan, too, if things get really overwhelming. I swallow the Ativan down, relief on the way.

That's the problem with writing these letters. I start off on a direct route, but I always end up taking detours, wandering into the sketchy neighborhoods of my brain where nothing good ever happens.

"So you just decided not to eat last night?"

It's my mother, standing over me, holding the twenty-dollar bill I didn't use.

I shut my laptop and shove it under my pillow. "I wasn't hungry."

"Come on, honey. You need to be able to order dinner for yourself if I'm at work. You can do it all online now. You don't even have to talk to anyone."

But see, that's not true, actually. You have to talk to the delivery person when they come to the door. You have to stand there while they make change and they always pretend like they don't have enough singles, so you're forced to decide on the spot whether to tip less than you planned or more, and if you tip less, you know they'll curse you under their breath as they walk away, so you just tip them extra and you end up poor.

"Sorry," I say.

"Don't be sorry. It's just, this is what you're supposed to be working on with Dr. Sherman. Talking to people. Engaging. Not avoiding."

Didn't I just write that exact thing in my letter? About revealing myself? Not hiding? I know all this already. I don't need her to keep repeating it. It's like the sweaty-hands thing; the more you acknowledge the problem, the worse it gets.

Now she's circling my bed, arms crossed, scanning the room like it's somehow different from when she was last in here, like there's a new answer to the great Evan conundrum waiting on my dresser or hanging on my wall that she can finally find if she looks hard enough. Believe me, considering how much time I spend in this room, if the answer were in here, I would have spotted it already.

I slide my legs off the bed and pull on my sneakers.

"Speaking of Dr. Sherman," she says. "I made you an appointment with him for this afternoon."

"Today? Why? I'm seeing him next week."

"I know," she says, staring down at the twenty in her hands. "But I thought maybe you could use something a little sooner."

Just because I chose to skip dinner one night? I should have just pocketed the money so she wouldn't have known, but that would be like stealing from her and karma's a bitch.

Maybe it's more than just the unused twenty. Maybe I'm giving off an extra-worrisome vibe that I'm unaware of. I stand up and check myself in the mirror. I try to see what she sees. Everything looks to be in order. Shirt buttons are lined up. Hair has been tamed. I even took a shower last night. I haven't been taking as many showers lately, because it's such a pain to have to cover my cast, first with the plastic wrap, then the shopping bag and duct tape. It's not like I get dirty anyway. Ever since breaking my arm, I basically just sequester myself in my room all day. Besides, nobody at school will be paying attention to how I look.

There's something else happening in the mirror that I'm only noticing now. I'm biting my nails. I've been biting them this whole time. Okay, the truth is I've been dreading this day for weeks. After the safe isolation of summer, returning to school always feels like sensory overload. Watching friends reunite with their bro hugs and high-pitched screeches. The cliques forming in corners as if all parties had been notified in advance where to meet. Bent-over laughter at what must have been the funniest joke ever told. I can navigate my way through all that because it's familiar to me by now. It's the stuff I can't predict that concerns me. I barely had a handle on the way things were last year, and now there will be so much newness to absorb. New wardrobes, tech, vehicles. New hair styles, colors, lengths. New piercings and tattoos. New couples. Whole new sexual orientations and gender identities. New classes, students, teachers. So much change. And everyone just marches on like nothing's different, but for me, every new year feels like starting from zero.

My mom is also visible in my mirror, the tassel of her personalized key chain dangling from her pocket. (Over the years, I've elevated many crummy gifts-mugs, pens, phone cases-by simply slapping Mom or Heidi on there somewhere). Poking around my room in her scrubs, she looks more like a forensic scientist than a nurse. A very tired forensic scientist. She was always "the young mom," because she had me right after college, but I'm not sure the title still applies. Lately there's this permanent fatigue in her eyes that seems less to do with how much sleep she manages to squeeze in each night and more to do with her finally starting to look her age.

"What happened to all your pins?" she says.

I turn and face the map on the wall. When I started working at Ellison State Park this summer, I got into the idea of trying to hike all the best trails in the country: Precipice Trail in Maine, Angel's Landing in Utah, Kalalau Trail in Hawaii, Harding Icefield in Alaska. I had them all marked on my map with different colored pins. But after how the summer ended, I decided to take them all down-except one.

"I thought I'd focus on one at a time," I say. "The first one I'm hoping to do is West Maroon Trail."

"And that's in Colorado?" my mom asks.

She can see it on the map, but still, she needs confirmation. I give it to her. "Yes."

The breath she takes is painfully showy. Her shoulders practically lift up and touch her ears before they drop down even lower than they hung before. Colorado is where my dad lives. Dad is a word you have to be careful about using in our house, and the same goes for any word that makes you think of my dad, like, Mark, or in this case, Colorado.

Mom turns away from the map and presents me with a face that is meant to be brave and carefree but looks exactly not those things. She is wounded but still standing. That makes two of us. "I'll pick you up right after school," she says. "Have you been writing those letters Dr. Sherman wants you to do? The pep talks? You really have to keep up with those, Evan."

I used to write a letter every single day, but over the summer I slacked off. I'm pretty sure Dr. Sherman told my mom, which is why she's been nagging me about them lately. "I was just working on one," I tell her, relieved to not have to lie.

"Good. Dr. Sherman is going to want to see it."

"I know. I'll finish it at school."

"Those letters are important, honey. They help you build your confidence. Especially on the first day of school."

Ah, yes. Another clue for why she thought today in particular warranted a visit to Dr. Sherman.

"I don't want another year of you sitting home alone on your computer every Friday night. You just have to find a way to put yourself out there."

I'm trying. It's not like I'm not trying.

She spots something on my desk. "Hey, I know." She pulls a Sharpie from the cup. "Why don't you go around today and ask the other kids to sign your cast? That would be the perfect icebreaker, wouldn't it?"

I can't think of anything worse. That's like panhandling for friends. Maybe I should find an emaciated puppy to sit on the corner with me, really dial up the sympathy.

It's too late. She's in my face. "Evan."

"Mom, I can't."

She presents the Sharpie. "Seize the day. Today is the day to seize the day."

This sounds like a horoscope. "You don't have to add 'today.' 'Seize the day' already means 'seize today.'"

"Whatever. You're the wordsmith. I'm just saying, go get 'em, eh?"

Without meeting her eyes, I sigh and take the Sharpie. "Eh."

She heads for the door, and just when I think I'm in the clear, she turns with an uneasy smile. "I'm proud of you already."

"Oh. Good."

Her smile sags a bit, and she walks off.

What am I supposed to say? She tells me she's proud but her eyes tell a different story. She ponders me like I'm a stain on the tub she can't wipe clean no matter what product she uses. Proud of me? I just don't see how that's possible. So, let's just keep lying to each other.

It's not like I totally mind the sessions with Dr. Sherman. Sure, our conversations are scheduled, inorganic, and typically one-sided, but there's some comfort in sitting down and talking with another human being. You know, besides my mom, who's so busy with work and classes she's hardly ever around, and who never quite hears what I'm saying even when she's listening (and is also my mom). I call my dad every once in a while, on the few occasions where I have news worth sharing. But he's pretty busy. The problem with talking to Dr. Sherman, though, is I'm bad at it. I sit there, struggling to squeeze out even the simplest monosyllabic answers. I assume that's why he suggested I write these letters to myself. He told me it might be a better way of extracting my feelings and could also help me learn to be a little easier on myself, but I'm pretty sure it makes things easier for him, too.

I open my computer and read what I've written so far.

Dear Evan Hansen,

Sometimes these letters do the opposite of what they're intended to do. They're supposed to keep my glass half full, and occasionally they do brighten my outlook, but they also remind me that I'm not like everyone else. No one else at my school has an assignment from their therapist. No one else at school even has a therapist, probably. They don't snack on Ativan. They don't shift and fidget when people come too close to them, or talk to them, or even look at them. And they definitely don't make their mother's eyes well up with tears when they're just sitting there not doing anything.

I don't need reminding. I know I'm not right. Believe me, I know.

Today is going to be an amazing day.

Maybe-if I just stay here in my bedroom, then it might actually come true.

Just be yourself.

Yeah. Sure. Okay.

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