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Donald Trump posted a series of tweets on Monday that Washington insiders are now claiming as evidence he has crossed a line that could lead to impeachment.The US President first attacked his former lawyer Michael Cohen — who last...
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Officiellement, il ne sera pas question de négociations tarifaires. Dieter Zetsche (le patron de Daimler), Herbert Diess (à la tête de Volkswagen) et Nicolas Peter (directeur financier de BMW), qui se rendent à la Maison-Blanche ce mardi, sont des...
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Introduction: the Cult of the CEO

Although the US and most developed countries are nominally democratic, many of us seem to be again yearning for a man on a white horse, and in the current era, the horse ridden is corporate.
On Health Care Renewal, we having been talking about this pheonomenon for a long time. We have written about it in terms of the messianic (or visionary, or charistmatic) CEO, CEO disease, and the imperial CEO.



These concerns are diffusing into the broader media.  For example, from the introduction to a revent Vox article entitled "The Problem with CEO Worship"

Society has always had heroes, be those of war or art or politics. But entrepreneurs are particularly suited for our current moment, in which success in business is our primary marker of achievement. Business acumen doesn’t just get you money anymore; it can make you the most powerful man in the world.

The signs of CEO worship are everywhere: unprecedented venture capital funding for founders, media overemphasis on company leaders, and to use the most extreme and obvious example, the election of Donald Trump.

That article noted that CEO worship may overestimate the importance of leaders; create "secular fundamentalists" out of individuals; perpetuate destructive neoliberal ideologies; encourage CEOs to make worse decisions; and be bad for business

Those are not the only consequences.  CEO worship makes it possible for a progressively impaired leader to go unconstrained. Unfortunately, we may be seeing the ultimate example of this in the US.

Incoherent Verbal Utterances

Even before he was elected, we noted that Donald Trump sometimes was completely incoherent when describing his health policy ideas.  In early 2016 we raised questions about Donald Trump's cognition.  At that time, a conservative columnist labelled as "word salad" Trump's attempts to sketch a position on health care, specifically the "mandate" provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  We found other examples of his utterances on health care policy that could be characterized as gibberish.  This one was short, if not sweet

I want to keep pre-existing conditions. I think we need it. I think it’s a modern age. And I think we have to have it.

How could anyone understand this while listening in real time? A close reading suggests that maybe this was meant to suggest that some people ought to have  insurance coverage for pre-existing conditions. However, Trump seemed to befuddled by that concept.  Furthermore,  note that pre-existing conditions are not desireable, so that one would not want to "keep" them, nor can one choose not to.  To what the word "it" in the second sentence and again in the fourth refers is unclear.  The third sentence seems to be a complete non sequitur. 


We found additional examples of incoherent verbal responses about health care in 2017, and early 2018.  In the last six months, things have only gotten worse.  Examples of verbal incoherence have multiplied, although most were not related to health care. 

In July, 2018, MediaIte reported Trump's incoherent comments at a political rally,

I have broken more Elton John records, he seems to have a lot of records. And I, by the way, I don’t have a musical instrument. I don’t have a guitar or an organ. No organ. Elton has an organ. And lots of other people helping. No we’ve broken a lot of records. We’ve broken virtually every record. Because you know, look I only need this space. They need much more room. For basketball, for hockey and all of the sports, they need a lot of room. We don’t need it. We have people in that space. So we break all of these records. Really we do it without like, the musical instruments. This is the only musical: the mouth. And hopefully the brain attached to the mouth. Right? The brain, more important than the mouth, is the brain. The brain is much more important.

Perhaps this was meant to suggest that the president drew a larger crowd to an arena than did Elton John.  However, note the non-sequiturs: from "Elton has an organ" to "lots of other people helping" to "we've broken a lot of records," "They need much more room, for basketball, for hockey..." Who are the people helping whom are they helping, and to do what? What records were broken by whom, and how is this relevant to Elton John, etc.  To whom does they refer, and why do they need a lot of room? Etc, Etc.  Again, in real time this would have made no sense at all

In September, 2018, CNBC reported that speaking at a meeting about preparations for Hurricane Florence, Trump said

This is going to be a very large one ... It's tremendously big and tremendously wet. Tremendous amounts of water

Maybe he meant to say this will be a very large hurricane, bringing a tremendous amount of rain.  However, he seemed to be unable to convey the concept of rain.

In September, 2017, the Hill had reported that Trump had defended difficulties in providing relief for Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria thus,

This is an island, surrounded by water. Big water. Ocean water

Again, to be charitable, he seemed to handle the concept of an island in a vast ocean as would a three-year old.

Media articles also suggested that normal people cannot follow or understand what Trump says in real time.  For example,  on November 8, 2018, a Bloomberg op-ed said this about a recent Trump news conference,

In fact, the president was difficult to follow because he simply doesn’t make any sense half the time.

More specifically,

Trump was asked one specific question about health care, and good luck to anyone who tries to figure out what his answer meant. He pretty clearly has just as little idea what he’s talking about on most major policy issues as he did when he first started running for president. On Jamal Khashoggi, waivers on Iranian sanctions, North Korea and Russia, he either ducked the questions with non sequiturs or just babbled.

On November 11, 2018, an article in Slate noted that Trump confused Baltic states with Balkan states in a way that could have foreign policy repercussions,

When President Donald Trump met with Dalia Grybauskaitė of Lithuania, Kersti Kaljulaid of Estonia and Raimonds Vējonis of Latvia earlier this year, he started with a criticism. At the White House in April, Trump opened by chastising the Baltic leaders for starting the war in the 1990s that ended with the breakup of the former Yugoslavia. The Baltic leaders were apparently very confused and it took them 'a moment' to realize that the commander in chief was confusing Baltic states with the Balkans

this case is particularly notable considering Melania Trump is originally from the Balkans. The first lady was born in Slovenia, which gained independence in 1991 at the start of the Balkan wars. As Le Monde wrote, Trump remained 'apparently uneducated in the matter by his wife, Melania, originally from the former Yugoslavia.'

This suggests at best that at times Trump may be unable to distinguish words that sound vaguely alike but have quite different meanings. 

A November 28, 2018, Vox summary article about Trump's recent interview with the Washington Post provided this quote from Trump about economics,

And I’m not blaming anybody, but I’m just telling you I think that the Fed is way off-base with what they’re doing, number one. Number two, a positive note, we’re doing very well on trade, we’re doing very well — our companies are very strong. Don’t forget we’re still up from when I came in 38 percent or something. You know, it’s a tremendous — it’s not like we’re up — and we’re much stronger. And we’re much more liquid. And the banks are now much more liquid during my tenure. And I’m not doing – I’m not playing by the same rules as Obama. Obama had zero interest to worry about; we’re paying interest, a lot of interest. He wasn’t paying down — we’re talking about $50 billion lots of different times, paying down and knocking out liquidity. Well, Obama didn’t do that. And just so you understand, I’m playing a normalization economy whereas he’s playing a free economy. It’s easy to make money when you’re paying no interest. It’s easy to make money when you’re not doing any pay-downs, so you can’t — and despite that, the numbers we have are phenomenal numbers.

The author of the article stated,

I have basically no idea what Trump is talking about here, and I’m pretty sure he doesn’t either.

On repeated close reading, I still do not have any idea what Trump meant.  I would add the following questions:  38 percent of what? Who is much more liquid, and how is liquid defined?  Who is paying a lot of interest? What does "paying down and knocking out liquidity" mean? What is a "normalization economy?"  Note that this was coming from someone who claims to be a brilliant business manager.

Furthermore, consider what Trumps aid about the climate,

And when you’re talking about an atmosphere, oceans are very small. And it blows over and it sails over. I mean, we take thousands of tons of garbage off our beaches all the time that comes over from Asia. It just flows right down the Pacific, it flows, and we say where does this come from. And it takes many people to start off with.

Oceans are "small?" What "blows over and sails over?" Over what? What "flows?" What "takes many people?"

In 2017, StatNews published an article describing how 

STAT reviewed decades of Trump’s on-air interviews and compared them to Q&A sessions since his inauguration. 

To summarize the conclusions.

The differences are striking and unmistakable.

Research has shown that changes in speaking style can result from cognitive decline. STAT therefore asked experts in neurolinguistics and cognitive assessment, as well as psychologists and psychiatrists, to compare Trump’s speech from decades ago to that in 2017; they all agreed there had been a deterioration, and some said it could reflect changes in the health of Trump’s brain.

In 2018, Trump's verbal communications at times are even more garbled.  Parts of the passages above suggest the word salad produced by somebody with fluent aphasia versus the nonsensical responses produced by patients suffering from acute delusional states. That Trump is capable of producing this sort of word salad at times, without realizing he is making no sense, suggests the intermittent symptoms seen early in progressive dementia.  


Lack of Insight About Cognition

Furthermore, Trump appears to lack insight about his difficulties commicating.  

In July, 2018, after the NATO conference,  Politico reported, that Trump seemed to have no insight about why much of what he says appears unbelievable to others.  The article noted
leaders who spent the first 18 months of Trump’s presidency thinking there might be a method to his chaos creation — and struggling to discern what it might be — now seem to have concluded that it’s just chaos, and that Trump himself may not understand what he’s doing.

More specifically, European officials commented on what Trump was saying:

A senior NATO official said leaders had concluded that they simply could not rely on anything Trump said.

'You know the way he speaks, you cannot take him literally,' the official said.

Another EU official echoed the point. 'He speaks a language that doesn’t match with diplomacy,' the second official said. 'We were used to the Brits, who speak a more frank diplomatic language, but this is another thing.'

These officials again seemed to be stating that Trump's verbiage can be completely incoherent, albeit they were doing so diplomatically.  After the conference, however, when confronted with a question about the inconsistency of his remarks,

When a Croatian journalist confronted Trump about his inconsistencies, the president flatly denied there were any, and he repeated a defense of his own sanity that he had made when previously questioned about his fitness for the presidency.

'We understand your message, but some people ask themselves, will you be tweeting differently once you board the Air Force One?' the reporter said.

Trump, speaking at his news conference before leaving the summit, replied: 'No, that's other people that do that. I don’t. I’m very consistent. I’m a very stable genius.'

Not to belabor the point, but the examples noted above suggest neither consistency nor stability.  And true geniuses almost never boast about their intellect.

In September, 2018, The Hill reported an interview with Trump in which he said his personal health and management style were reasons that Republicans might do better than expected in the 2018 elections,

'You know, I took that test when I got my last physical, and the doctor said that’s one of the highest scores we’ve ever seen,' Trump said. 'I did that not because I wanted but I did it, I was always good at testing.'

He continued: 'But if there’s anything great about me it’s stability, and I’m a good manager. Always been a good manager, but you know, I have a vision,'

Note that above Trump was presumably referring to the screening test for dementia he took during his official physical examination.  High scores on the test are common, and do not signify great intelligence, just the probable absence of dementia.

In addition, this interpretation assumes that the test was administered in an unbiased way.  However,  there are reasons to question whether Trump's physical was unbiased.  In retrospect, we now know that soon after taking the test, Trump nominated the physician who administered it to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs.  Later the physician withdrew his name after allegations of his questionable personal behavior appeared (look here).  

At least Trump's boast about having "a vision" does correspond to the language often used by public relations spokespeople to justify their CEOs' lack of accountability and high compensation (look here)


Similarly, in the Vox summary of the November, 2018, Washington Post interview (see above for link), Trump stated
a lot of people like myself - we have very high levels of intelligence


Finally, a November 18, 2018 article in MediaIte described this interchange between Trump and interviewer Chris Wallace on Fox News, starting with his response to a question about how he makes decisions

'I don’t think about them,' Trump replied. 'I don’t think about, you know, how I make them....'

However, he responded to a question about Federal Reserve policy

They're making a mistake because I have a gut, and my gut tells me more sometimes than anybody else's brain can ever tell me

This suggests that Trump has lost insight into his own thinking. 

External Observers Suggested Trump Is Cogitively Impaired

In August, Vanity Fair reported:

More than ever, Trump is acting by feeling and instinct.  'Trump is nuts,' said one former West Wing official. 'This time really feels different.' Deputy Chief of Staff Bill Shine has privately expressed concern, a source said, telling a friend that Trump’s emotional state is 'very tender.' Even Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are unsettled that Trump is so gleefully acting on his most self-destructive impulses as his legal peril grows.

In September, 2018, Newsweek reported two instances in which apparent Trump insiders sought psychiatric or medical help for Trump's perceived cognitive problems

[Dr] Lee told Salon that two Trump administration officials approached her after the book was published to express their concern about the president’s mental health, saying he was 'scaring' them because he was 'unraveling.'

In comments to Newsweek over email, Lee said 'it appeared that the officials (if they were officials at all) were at least frequently in [Trump’s] presence.

She continued, 'They were definitely calling from within the White House, which I confirmed by calling back their number. However, I did not ask about their rank. There was no reason for me to doubt they were high-ranking enough to have regular access to the president.'

Lee also said that a 'person [who] was a friend of his entire family, since his childhood” had also been in touch with her at the same time in October 2017, as people in the White House were “stating concern about the president (this was an observation from afar).'

Also in September, 2018, a Politico review of the new book by Robert Woodward based on numerous White House interviews suggested that Trump's inner circle called him a "dope," "idiot," or "moron."

Summary

Donald Trump is the chief executive officer of arguably the most powerful country in the world.  Starting during his campaign for the US presidency, we noted that his utterances about health care were at times so incoherent as to suggest cognitive dysfunction.  In the two years since then, especially in the last six months, he has increasingly been noted to be verbally incoherent or confused, has seemed to lack insight about these episodes, and has been observed by close allies and associates to be cognitively impaired.

However, there have ben few, at best, public attempts to link these suggestions of cognitive impairment together, nor to discuss their implications.  The most recent of those that I have found was in January, 2018 (look here and here).  Yet the problems appear to have been getting worse since then.  

While patients with worsening cognitve impairment deserve accurate diagnosis, compassionate care, and access to what few effective, safe treatments may be available for their condition, they obviously should not be in a position to make consequential decisions.  They certainly should not be in charge of large organizations, particularly powerful countries with nuclear weapons.

Yet President Trump's apparent cognitive decline remains anechoic.

For this we may blame CEO worship, which we have too often seen in health care. We have seen many health care leaders praised for their brilliance and paid royally despite leadership resulting in financial distress, threats to the organizations' health care missions, poor patient care, unethical behavior, or even crime. Yet health care CEOs, like other corporate CEOs, and like politicians are just people, sometimes smart, but almost never brilliant.  Promoting them as messianic to bewitch key constituencies, justify the remuneration of other top managers, and the hiring of more public relations flacks is likely to lead to the sort of organizational disasters and system-wide dysfunction we discuss on Health Care Renewal.  The rise of the falsely messianic leader may allow the entry of the most dangerous false messiahs, the psychopathic ones.  (We discussed the likelihood that some health care leaders are actually psychopaths here.)

We must get quickly past our worship of CEOs.  We may not long survive in a world where leaders of nuclear armed nations have no cognitive clothes.





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I was sitting in an office at the NPS Center for Urban Ecology in NW Washington DC. After watching the coverage on our 11" tube TV screen in the conference room, and hearing reports about a plane heading towards Dulles airport (I lived out that way), I told everyone good luck and went to my parents' house (who were ironically moving from my childhood home that day) in Northern VA. My brother is a Fairfax County VA firefighter and I knew he'd be moving to staff stations closer to the city, so our thoughts were with him. I'll never forget sitting in traffic and watching an F-16 fighter jet scream up the Potomac River at about 200 feet above ground level. Also, crossing the Potomac over Chain Bridge, looking downriver, and seeing the massive black smoke column coming from the Pentagon about 5-miles downstream. Totally surreal day. Thanks for the article, Bill. A little cathartic and provides some great insight about the internal response within NPS.
          Carbon Monoxide News December 4, 2018, posts updated frequently      Cache   Translate Page      
Every day is a carbon monoxide safety education day.
Scroll back in time through our archives for previous CO News links.
We can learn from others mistakes and efforts to prevent poisoning.

Carbon monoxide safety, we are all in this together.

“Today is life-the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today.”
Dale Carnegie (1888-1955, bio link)

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Daily News Links Are Below These Opening Questions And Warnings
How much carbon monoxide are you in when in any motor vehicle?

Did you know that many people do not measure the air they breathe.

After prevention there is no greater awareness than measurement.
Awareness leads to quick thinking. Measurement leads to quick action.

Are you in the know?

Do I know enough about carbon monoxide and carbon monoxide poisoning to justify never knowing how much is in the air I breathe every day, everywhere I go?”

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
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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…

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Man hospitalized after carbon monoxide exposure at Christmas on Green Street parade
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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
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(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
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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
WVNS-TV
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)

Update
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
WKBN.com
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)

Walk Out Testing – Explore This Training Opportunity
Carbon Monoxide Safety Plus Training 
RSES.org
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 
  
Scroll Down For More of Today's CO & Air Quality News Links 
Please, stop diagnostic errors; start testing for carboxyhemoglobin
--------
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. 
nih.gov
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
VISUAL DISPLAY:
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
70PPM [PLUS OR MINUS 5PPM ... [BETWEEN 60 _ 240 MINUTES]
150PPM [PLUS OR MINUS 5PPM] ... [10 - 50 MINUTES]
400PPM [PLUS OR MINUS 10PPM ... [4 - 15 MINUTES]

“CITIZENS WILL CONTINUE TO DIE & BECOME SERIOUSLY ILL DAILY!”

George Kerr (1933-2017)

More news links below –

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
"Love Song To The Earth" - Official Lyric Video

CO, Air Quality & Pollution News Links
World Air Quality Index - Live Link

Explosion causes fire at IKEA, two people injured
KERO 23ABC News
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
ktvo.com
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...
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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.
VideoNex
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.

DailyMotion
About Carbon Monoxide and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

JEMS.com - ...site 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 - www.thesilentkiller.co.uk


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

Tribute
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
are acknowledged for their continued support of carbon monoxide safety education and this daily news blog. They may just have what you are looking for.

The Energy Conservatory
Masimo - see RAD 57
Mahugh Fire & Safety
ESCO Institute
TPI - Test Products International
------------------------------------------------

          Carbon Monoxide News December 3, 2018, posts updated frequently      Cache   Translate Page      
Every day is a carbon monoxide safety education day.
Scroll back in time through our archives for previous CO News links.
We can learn from others mistakes and efforts to prevent poisoning.

Carbon monoxide safety, we are all in this together.

“We have to stop and be humble enough to understand that there is something called mystery.” Paulo Coelho (1947, bio link)

"Roll Me Away" Bob Seeger - music link

Daily News Links Are Below These Opening Questions And Warnings
How much carbon monoxide are you in when in any motor vehicle?

Did you know that many people do not measure the air they breathe.

After prevention there is no greater awareness than measurement.
Awareness leads to quick thinking. Measurement leads to quick action.

Are you in the know?

Do I know enough about carbon monoxide and carbon monoxide poisoning to justify never knowing how much is in the air I breathe every day, everywhere I go?”

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 –
More news links below (International Spelling; no edits)

Officials Remind Public Of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Dangers After 3 Hospitalized
CBS Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) - “People are turning their furnaces on for the first time. The water heaters tend to run a little bit more. People accidentally start their vehicles with the garage opener in the garage. We have those kinds of issues,” Bellevue Fire Dept. Chief Randy Bailey said. - January is the worst month for carbon monoxide poisoning. - Penn Hills firefighters say three people at a home on Azalea Drive were rushed to the hospital Sunday with carbon monoxide poisoning. - Meanwhile, firefighters in Bellevue responded to a call for possible carbon monoxide poisoning from a motorcycle running in a garage. (More)

Neighbour alerts family of 3 to generator fire
CBC.ca
He went over to his neighbour's house and "opened the door and told the three occupants to get out,"… - Once the woman and two men were safely outside, the neighbour called 911. - … the family was using the generator to power their home after a storm on Thursday knocked out electricity to more than 80,000 customers on the island. - Emergency officials often warn people of the dangers of carbon monoxide when using a generator. - "Obviously, if you have it inside your home or inside your garage, it's going to build up with carbon monoxide and if you go in there you're going to die," (More)

Four Treated for Smoke Inhalation in Eastham, Two Sent to Hospital
Cape Cod Today
Upon arrival, units found 4 occupants of the single story ranch home outside and a heavy smoke condition inside the home. Further investigation found a faulty oil burner which created the smoke. - There were no working smoke or Carbon Monoxide alarms in the rental home. All four occupants suffered… (More)

Walk Out Testing – Explore This Training Opportunity
Carbon Monoxide Safety Plus Training 
RSES.org
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 
  
Scroll Down For More of Today's CO & Air Quality News Links 
Please, stop diagnostic errors; start testing for carboxyhemoglobin
--------
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. 
nih.gov
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
VISUAL DISPLAY:
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
70PPM [PLUS OR MINUS 5PPM ... [BETWEEN 60 _ 240 MINUTES]
150PPM [PLUS OR MINUS 5PPM] ... [10 - 50 MINUTES]
400PPM [PLUS OR MINUS 10PPM ... [4 - 15 MINUTES]

“CITIZENS WILL CONTINUE TO DIE & BECOME SERIOUSLY ILL DAILY!”

George Kerr (1933-2017)

More news links below –

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
"Love Song To The Earth" - Official Lyric Video

CO, Air Quality & Pollution News Links
World Air Quality Index - Live Link

Fire Department Reminding Residents Of Free Services
OkotoksOnline.com
"We've had quite a few calls for home inspections so it's been really good in the last couple of weeks but the holiday season is coming and we want to try to get into as many homes as we can to ensure that everyone has a festive and happy season. We also want to make sure that all of our residents are using a carbon monoxide detector, that it is working properly, and that it is not out dated."

Carbon monoxide may be an important molecule in migraine and other headaches
SAGE Journals - SAGE Publications
Abstract: Introduction - Carbon monoxide was previously considered to just be a toxic gas. A wealth of recent information has, however, shown that it is also an important endogenously produced signalling molecule involved in multiple biological processes. Endogenously produced carbon monoxide may thus play an important role in nociceptive processing and in regulation of cerebral arterial tone. (More)

Is South Africa's Mpumalanga province the 'world's largest air pollution hotspot'?
Africa Check
The satellite is at a height of 824 kilometres, the team that operates it told Africa Check. Gases in the atmosphere each absorb a specific wavelength of light, so an onboard instrument uses “absorption lines” to determine which gases are present and in what quantity. - Areas with raised concentrations of nitrogen dioxide were identified and the average amount of the gas present over the three-month period worked out. - An international emissions database was then used to pinpoint the specific locations and probable sources of emissions. (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.
VideoNex
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.

DailyMotion
About Carbon Monoxide and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

JEMS.com - ...site 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 - www.thesilentkiller.co.uk


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

Tribute
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
are acknowledged for their continued support of carbon monoxide safety education and this daily news blog. They may just have what you are looking for.

The Energy Conservatory
Masimo - see RAD 57
Mahugh Fire & Safety
ESCO Institute
TPI - Test Products International
------------------------------------------------

          Carbon Monoxide News December 2, 2018, posts updated frequently      Cache   Translate Page      
Every day is a carbon monoxide safety education day.
Scroll back in time through our archives for previous CO News links.
We can learn from others mistakes and efforts to prevent poisoning.

Carbon monoxide safety, we are all in this together.

“No one recovers from the disease of being born, a deadly wound if there ever was one.” Emil Cioran (1911-1995, bio link)

"Grab Bag" Booker T and the MG's - music link

Daily News Links Are Below These Opening Questions And Warnings
How much carbon monoxide are you in when in any motor vehicle?

Did you know that many people do not measure the air they breathe.

After prevention there is no greater awareness than measurement.
Awareness leads to quick thinking. Measurement leads to quick action.

Are you in the know?

Do I know enough about carbon monoxide and carbon monoxide poisoning to justify never knowing how much is in the air I breathe every day, everywhere I go?”

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 –
More news links below (International Spelling; no edits)

Carbon Monoxide Sickens 24 at Red Robin in Orland Park
CBS Chicago
CHICAGO (CBS)– A Red Robin restaurant in Orland Park closed Friday night after a Carbon Monoxide leak sent four to the hospital… After testing, officials say high levels of Carbon Monoxide were detected and the HVAC units were causing the problem. - The restaurant will remain closed until repairs are complete. (Brief, updates pending)

Multiple people being treated for carbon monoxide exposure in Dundalk
Fox Baltimore
BALTIMORE COUNTY, MD (WBFF) The Baltimore County Fire Department says that multiple patients are being treated for carbon monoxide exposure… (Updates Pending)

Shipping Injury Deaths and Injuries
Time to Rethink Safety in Enclosed Spaces
The Maritime Executive
88 people lost their lives due to asphyxiation or carbon monoxide poisoning. Another 18 died as a result of fire or explosions. (More)

Walk Out Testing – Explore This Training Opportunity
Carbon Monoxide Safety Plus Training 
RSES.org
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 
  
Scroll Down For More of Today's CO & Air Quality News Links 
Please, stop diagnostic errors; start testing for carboxyhemoglobin
--------
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. 
nih.gov
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
VISUAL DISPLAY:
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
70PPM [PLUS OR MINUS 5PPM ... [BETWEEN 60 _ 240 MINUTES]
150PPM [PLUS OR MINUS 5PPM] ... [10 - 50 MINUTES]
400PPM [PLUS OR MINUS 10PPM ... [4 - 15 MINUTES]

“CITIZENS WILL CONTINUE TO DIE & BECOME SERIOUSLY ILL DAILY!”

George Kerr (1933-2017)

More news links below –

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
"Love Song To The Earth" - Official Lyric Video

CO, Air Quality & Pollution News Links
World Air Quality Index - Live Link

Get and Maintain Smoke and CO Alarms
2 people, including child, die after house fire in Greenville Co.
WSPA.com
The coroner says both victims died from smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide intoxication. According to the coroner, one person was able to get out… (More, Grief)

And Take a Digital Carbon Monoxide Alarm With You
NDOT Reminds Motorists to Ready Themselves for Winter Driving
KLKN
Drivers also should let others know where they are going, the route they are taking and when they will be arriving. - If drivers become stranded while traveling, they should stay in their vehicle until help arrives. - They should only run the vehicle’s motor sparingly and keep a window cracked to prevent buildup of carbon monoxide. - They should carry a red flag or bandana in the car, and attach it to the outside to signal for help. (More, Be Safe)

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...
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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.
VideoNex
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.

DailyMotion
About Carbon Monoxide and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

JEMS.com - ...site 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 - www.thesilentkiller.co.uk


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

Tribute
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.
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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.
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Ontario Canada Carbon Monoxide Alarm Legislation
Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services
Hawkins-Gignac Act
Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997
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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
are acknowledged for their continued support of carbon monoxide safety education and this daily news blog. They may just have what you are looking for.

The Energy Conservatory
Masimo - see RAD 57
Mahugh Fire & Safety
ESCO Institute
TPI - Test Products International
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          High School Could Be Renamed To Honor Couple Who Fought Interracial Marriage Ban      Cache   Translate Page      
A high school in northern Virginia that's removing Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's name could be renamed to honor the couple who challenged the state's ban on interracial marriage.
          Streit über Strafzölle: Trump empfängt deutsche Automanager      Cache   Translate Page      
Die Chefs von BMW, VW und Daimler sind zu Besuch in Washington. Zunächst hieß es, sie würden nur US-Handelsminister Ross treffen. Doch Trump kündigte kurzfristig an, auch teilzunehmen.
          You Should Be Worrying about the Woman Shortage      Cache   Translate Page      

Women hold children's' hands as they wait to cross a street after school in downtown Shanghai September 12, 2014.

© 2014 Reuters

This month we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. To mark the occasion, we have asked Human Rights Watch experts to reflect on some of the key human rights challenges in their area of specialty.

In the 80s and 90s, Newsweek Magazine delivered US women the cheery news that they were more likely to be killed by a terrorist than to find a husband after age 40. There were too many women—supposedly—and not enough men, and women were the losers. And, of course, staying single was a horrible fate.

The World Health Organization says the natural sex ratio at birth is about 105 boys to every 100 girls and its best to have equal numbers of men and women in a society. You need a few extra boys for balance, because men die earlier.

We are learning right now what happens when the sex ratio becomes wildly out of whack, through a huge unintended experiment. In the world’s two most populated countries—China and India—there is a serious woman shortage.

For example, for several decades in China, the most populated country in the world, sex ratios at birth have been much higher than 105, sometimes exceeding 120 boys for every 100 girls.  Many parts of India, the second most populated country, have also, for decades, had a sex ratio at birth significantly higher than 105. The consequence is that in those countries combined—which together have a population of about 2.73 billion—there are now an estimated 80 million extra men. “Nothing like this has happened in human history,” the Washington Post wrote in an April 2018 article.

In India, many families used sex-selective abortion to choose boys, prompting the passage of a law that made it illegal to screen for the sex of the fetus and conduct sex-selective abortions. In China, similar decisions were encouraged by the “one-child” policy in place from 1979 to 2015, which prompted many parents to decide that their sole child must be a boy.  

The common thread is gender discrimination—from garden-variety sexism to practical concerns about sons being more likely to financially support parents in old age and provide grandchildren, while daughters are expected to live with their in-laws—which is hardly unique to China and India. When women lack equal rights and patriarchy is deeply engrained, it is no surprise that parents choose to not to have daughters.

But there are consequences. For example, China now has a huge, and growing, gender gap among the generations most likely to be seeking a spouse—a bride shortage. Experts project that many of the extra men will never marry; others may go to extreme measures to do so.

The woman shortage is having harmful consequences in China and sometimes in neighboring countries. Human Rights Watch looked at one of those consequences for a report forthcoming in 2019 focused on bride-trafficking from Myanmar to China. In Myanmar’s Kachin and northern Shan states, bordering China, long-standing conflict escalated in recent years, displacing over 100,000 people. Traffickers prey on vulnerable women and girls, offering jobs in, and transport to, China. Then they sell them, for around $3,000 to $13,000, to Chinese families struggling to find brides for their sons. Once purchased, women and girls are typically locked in a room and raped repeatedly, with the goal of getting them pregnant quickly so they can provide a baby for the family. After giving birth, some are allowed to escape—but forced to leave their children behind.

There is evidence of similar patterns of bride migration and trafficking in Cambodia, North Korea, and Vietnam, and more may emerge from other countries bordering China. Importing women doesn’t solve the shortage—it spreads it.

Trafficking is only one consequence. The woman shortage has also been linked to other forms of violence against women. Other consequences include social instability, labor market distortions, and economic shifts.

There is irony here. When there are too many women, women lose. When there are too few women … women again lose. But the truth is we all lose. We know that skewed sex ratios are already having harmful consequences and we do not fully understand what other long-term consequences there may be for societies affected by these disparities.

China ended the “one-child” policy but continued restricting reproductive rights through a new “two-child” policy. It has banned sex-selective abortion. But such prohibitions are often both ineffective and a threat to women’s rights to access abortion and make their own reproductive choices.

China, India, and other affected countries need to act urgently to mitigate the effects of the woman shortage. They should carefully examine the consequences of the woman shortage, including links to trafficking and other forms of violence against women. More importantly, they need to do much more to tackle the fundamental cause of the demographic imbalance—gender discrimination and the distaste for daughters that it breeds.


          Dave Reichert Cements Legacy as Coward Who Hides from His Own Constituents      Cache   Translate Page      
Though we're all still cutting Reichert a check, he's cutting us off from communication. by Rich Smith
Dave is being Dave, again.
Dave is being Dave, again. MARK WILSON / GETTY

Though retiring Congressman Dave Reichert is still collecting a paycheck from his constituents, he apparently doesn't want to hear what they have to say anymore.

Tuesday morning, members of Indivisible Washington 8 attempted to call Reichert to ask him to vote against a number of bills slated for next week—including the bad Farm Bill—but found his district office phones disconnected. When they called his D.C. office phone, they were met with a recording from Reichert thanking constituents for letting him "serve them for the last 14 years" and instructing them to contact Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell if they needed help. That message has since been replaced with an automated recording saying that the line is "a nonworking number at the U.S. House of Representatives."

Votes have been canceled this week due to the death of George H. W. Bush, but Congress is still in session. The regularly scheduled legislative program will pick up next Monday and continue through Dec. 13. Reichert last voted YES on a name change to an official government title on November 30. He should be around—he's just ghosting his own district.

Jason Galanes, chief of staff for retiring Republican Congressman Frank LoBiondo (NJ-2), told me over the phone that there is "no standard" exit procedure for retiring members of Congress.

"Every member runs their office individually," Galanes said. "With retiring and defeated members, some decide 'that’s it' and some decide they’re going to go til January 3 at 11:59 am—it’s very individual." Galanes added that LoBiondo's staff is still clearly answering the phones, and that the Congressman will still be showing up for votes.

Zach, a staffer for retiring Democratic Congressman Gene Green (TX-29), said that his boss is "keeping as much contact available for as long as he can." Though all outgoing members of Congress have to vacate their D.C. office at the end of November, many redirect D.C. lines to district offices so constituents can still stay in touch.

"Once there are no more legislative days, there really isn’t a need to staff the communications lines for legislative issues," he added. "In regards to casework, we’ll keep doing that and hand it off to the incoming member."

So, in cutting off lines of communication, Reichert is not following some standard procedural shutdown of his Congressional offices. He's showing us what kind of Congressman he is and has always been. The kind who doesn't show up for town halls. The kind who dreams of putting "hard doors"—and even landlords—between him and the people he claims to serve. The kind who doesn't want input from the people he represents because he thinks he knows better.

Right now we're gassing refugees at the border, cutting food stamps for poor people, and making it harder for sexual assault survivors to report violence to their schools. And while reps like Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal have are going out of their way to do something about all that, Reichert has decided to go silent. This is his legacy.

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<p>Little Feat 50th Anniversary </p>
Little Feat fans rejoice! In celebration of their 50th anniversary, the band will be hitting the road for a few shows next year. The tour will kick off March 7th in Washington D.C. and will continue to make its way along the east coast including a show at New York's iconic Beacon Theatre with the...
          The Stranger Solves a Murder at a Techies's Mansion in Sand Point      Cache   Translate Page      
We cracked the code, saved the day, and wished we had a view like that. by Nathalie Graham
Who killed The Count??
Who killed The Count?? Nathalie Graham

Where: Sand Point
When: Friday, November 30

The Uber couldn't go any further. It dumped The Stranger in the middle of a dark, narrow road. We clutched our coat close and strode cautiously forward, our heels clicking on the wet pavement. The Count was expecting us.

The drive opened up to reveal a mansion. We walked through a curved Hobbit-hole-like archway. The property sat squat on Lake Washington. Someone—we're not saying us—would kill for a view of Kirkland like that.

"They live here?" someone nearby whispered.

"I'm pretty sure that's a hot tub," said another.

We knocked on the big, wood door. It swung open. A man in a tuxedo bowed to us, "Welcome to my home. I'm the Count." He asked us to take off our shoes. Ritzy.

It was a murder mystery party. Everyone was dressed elegantly. One girl, who confused "formal" with "costume" on the invitation, was dressed as Kiki from that Miyazaki movie. The Stranger crafted our own character. We were a divorceé loosely based on Indiana Jones. Write what you know, right? We channeled the animosity of our divorced parents. Method acting.

We gathered in a living room with high ceilings and windows that took up entire walls. There were three floors, from what we could tell. An upper and lower balcony and a dock that could suit at least three boats. Seven men in their twenties shared this place. All of them worked in computer science. We strode past a closet that was left ajar. There was a bed in there.

"Is this set up for the mystery?" we asked.

"Nah," someone responded. "I think that's someone's room. I heard their rent is $500."

"I built everything I own," said the man whose character was a tech worker, "my company, my wealth, my girlfriend." That girlfriend was an AI. She laid down on the ground, eyes closed. She was charging.

During the Count's welcome toast—"He's gonna die," the girl next to me singsonged—the lights shut off, people screamed, and when the power came back he was spread-eagle on the floor.

"Is someone a doctor?" cried the butler.

"I have a Ph.D.!" yelled the college professor in the red turtleneck.

"He's dead. Nobody leaves until we figure out who did this," the butler said firmly. The rest of the characters milled about, some filled up their champagne flutes, others topped off their wine glasses. We set down our questionable mixture of Tito's vodka and Martinelli's sparkling apple cider.

The Stranger didn't realize how much we'd like a murder mystery, but we really liked the murder mystery. We ventured out onto the deck despite the rain in search of clues—"Think Gatsby's green light," the previous one had read. Two men in the sunroom sat drinking. "To moist socks," they cheered and clinked glasses.

Our character's ex-husband (our real-life boyfriend) was, admittedly, better than we were at solving clues. We quizzed characters while he cracked a safe's code. Inside, there was a will.

We inquired about a dog portrait resting against the mantle. "Ah yes, that's Scooby, the Count's late dog," responded the butler.

"To Scooby!" The two men still in the sunroom echoed. "Rest in power!"

We raced into the garage and saw trays of printed QR codes. Wow, we thought, the attention to detail is insane. When we asked one of the hosts about it he looked puzzled "QR codes?" he asked. Then he broke character, "Oh, that's just some shit my roommate does." At the end, after two wills, and a lot of alcohol, the AI was found to be the killer. That seemed about right, the party agreed.

Then we all raised our glasses. "To Jeff Bezos killing us all!"

After the mystery was solved our boyfriend showed us a notification on his phone. George H.W. Bush had kicked the bucket.

"Huh," our boyfriend said. "Poetic."

One of the drunker girls nodded. Then shouted, "Alexa! Play Avicii!"

Got a good party? Send us an invite: partycrasher@thestranger.com

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          Slog AM: The Alaskan Way Viaduct Is Set to Come Down, Mayor Durkan Hates Electric Scooters      Cache   Translate Page      
by Michael Bell
Fuck you and your scooter! -Jenny Durkan, probably
"Fuck you and your scooter!" -Jenny Durkan, probably Vasyl Dolmatov/Getty Images

Mukilteo residents don’t fuck around: Neighbors have united for 13 years to fight against the development of 112 houses in Mukilteo, reports KING5. Yesterday morning, they banded together and used their cars to physically block a flatbed carrying a bulldozer. The community’s alleged reason for banding together against the development is that “the land is at risk for landslides and erosion could send polluting sediment into the nearby salmon-bearing Picnic Point Creek.”

Hooray! They’re all set to take down the precarious Alaskan Way viaduct: Every time I’ve had the unfortunate opportunity to travel along its path—many over the years—I can’t help but visualize the utter chaos that would be if the Big One were to strike at that very moment. Which level of this shanty-way would be worst to be on? I'd wonder. But visualize no more! Kiewit Infrastructure West, the contractor for the demolition of the Viaduct is ready-to-fucking-go. According to the Seattle Times, the $75 million demolition will take 5 ½ months. Listen close for the sound of destruction this February and take solace knowing that piece of junk is being done away with for good.

Mayor Durkan hates scooters: Doug Trumm at The Urbanist has the scoop on Mayor Jenny Durkan’s disdain for the two-wheel transport vehicles. She says if we put them out in the public that we’re going to “have people use them knowing they’re going to get hurt,” and she doesn’t “think that’s responsible.” Doug points out that in our country “37,000 people die annually in car crashes.” Honestly, the only scooter-related issue that bothers me are the jokers at skateparks on those two-wheeled tragedies. Parents, do your child a favor and buy them a skateboard (and a helmet).

Woman charged with murder extradited from Japan: The body of Toshio Ota was found in the Columbia River in August of 2012. After a woman named Kyung Hee Dowdle was charged with first-degree murder for the killing, she fled to Japan. Last week she was extradited back to the U.S. and booked into jail on Thursday on a $5 million bail. “According to the charges,” reports the Seattle Times, “Dowdle rented a minivan and paid two men $150 each to help her move and dispose of a large suitcase she said was filled with books.”

Don’t throw away your N95 masks yet! Wildfires ain’t going anywhere, and in fact, experts say the risk they pose is only getting worse in Western Washington. A varied group of authorities on the subject gathered Monday at a conference called Managing Western Washington Wildfire Risk in a Changing Climate. They see the number of fires increasing on the Western side of our state, where populations aren’t as used to them, and generally less ready to react, so the main concern at the conference was figuring out how to educate the populace on the risks, and what to do in threatening scenarios.

So pretty... But soooo cold:


Ever heard of McNeil Island in Pierce County? Neither had we. Alas, Washington State is spending $500,000 on cleaning up 100-year old debris off of the polluted little Puget Sound island. KING5 reports that “the only residents on the six-square-mile island in southern Puget Sound are the 200 sex offenders living in a special state facility.” But the state isn’t cleaning up the island for them, they are cleaning the island to create long stretches of undisturbed shoreline to improve the conditions for aquatic wildlife.

Hold up: Just one second. Whose grandma makes doughnuts of any variety? And why haven’t I met her yet?! My grandma never made any doughnuts. She did, however, make sausages and potato pancakes!


Another one bites the dust: Scratch Deli in Capitol Hill is set to close, according to Capitol Hill Blog. Scratch opened on 12th in 2012, and I’m sad to say I never even got a chance to go. They’re slated to close later this month, so if you are a fan, or want to try it, this may be your last few weeks to go.

Did you know the U.S. had a government owned international news network? Because they do! And NPR says that “President Franklin Roosevelt created the VOA during World War II to broadcast behind enemy lines.” VOA stands for Voice of America, and they claim to be a “free press.” It became a relevant thing to bring up when President Trump recently tweeted that “Something has to be done, including the possibility of the United States starting our own Worldwide Network to show the World the way we really are, GREAT!” Hey, you learn something new every day, it’s just, you kind of hope the President isn’t learning things about the government he is running at the same rate you are.

What kind of animal is this, you ask? It is my spirit animal, on these cold days. This is absolutely my mood. Too bad, unlike this creature, I got shit to do.


Tonight's best Seattle entertainment options include: An evening of not-quite R&B, not-quite ambient, not-quite club music with How to Dress Well, a reading of Truman Capote's touching short story "A Christmas Memory" with Brad Craft, and a four-course Vermouth Dinner at Barnacle.

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          Trump is shaping new 'liberal' order to block Russia, China, Iran, says Pompeo      Cache   Translate Page      
U.S. President Donald Trump's top diplomat promised on Tuesday a new democratic world order in which Washington will strengthen or jettison international agreements as it sees fit to stop "bad actors" such as Russia, China and Iran from gaining.

          Top House Democrat says may not seat Republican in vote row: report      Cache   Translate Page      
Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives may decide not to seat a North Carolina Republican currently embroiled in a voting controversy after they take control in January, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday.

          Laura Bush: Tour of White House Christmas decor was ‘sweet’      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former first lady Laura Bush said her tour of the White House Christmas decorations Tuesday made for a “sweet visit” during a somber week. Mrs. Bush also visited with friends who take care of the White House residence, where she and President George W. Bush lived during his two terms in office [&hellip
          White House: Trump meets with German auto executives      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump met Tuesday with executives from three big German automakers amid U.S.-European trade tensions focused on car exports and the threat of tariffs. Executives from BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen were invited to participate in a series of meetings with Trump’s top economic advisers to discuss investment opportunities in the United [&hellip
          The Latest: Graham wants Senate resolution on Saudi prince      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the briefing by CIA Director Gina Haspel on the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi (all times local): 2 p.m. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham says he will push the Senate to vote on a resolution that finds Saudi Arabia Crown PrinceMohammed bin Salman complicit in the murder of Saudi [&hellip
          White House: Trump to meet Tuesday with German auto execs      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump plans to meet briefly Tuesday with the heads of three leading German automakers. The meeting comes at a time of elevated U.S.-European trade tensions in which car exports have been a focus. Trump has threatened to slap tariffs on auto imports from Europe and other countries, citing U.S. trade [&hellip
          Donald Trump viếng linh cữu của TT George HW Bush      Cache   Translate Page      
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Tổng thống Mỹ Donald Trump và vợ, Melania, đã đến viếng và tỏ lòng tôn kính với Tổng thống George HW Bush trước linh cữu ông tại điện Capital Hoa Kỳ.

Ông Trump đến vòm nhà quốc hội, nơi công chúng có thể vào thăm linh cữu Tổng thống Bush cha từ giờ cho đến khi đám tang ông được tổ chức hôm thứ Tư.

Trước đây, ông Trump từng đụng độ với gia đình Bush nhưng sẽ tham dự tang lễ.

Ông Bush, qua đời hôm thứ Sáu, thọ 94 tuổi, sẽ được chôn cất tại tư gia của ông ở Texas, bên cạnh vợ ông, Barbara.

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Quan tài của ông trước đó đã rời Texas trước nghi lễ bắn 21 phát đại bác kính chào, và được đưa đến Washington trên máy bay Air Force One - tạm thời được đổi tên thành Special Air Mission 41 - để tỏ lòng tôn kính với vị tổng thống vừa qua đời.

Ông Bush là tổng thống thứ 41 của Hoa Kỳ từ năm 1989 đến 1993, được điều trị bệnh Parkinson và phải nhập viện vì bị nhiễm trùng máu vào tháng Tư.

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Ba tiếng đồng hồ sau khi các quan chức, giới chức sắc, gia đình và bạn bè đón chào quan tài của Tổng thống George HW Bush đến Quốc hội Hoa Kỳ, vị tổng thống đương nhiệm và đệ nhất phu nhân đã đến thăm linh cữu vào giữa tối để tỏ lòng tôn trọng.

Đoàn xe đưa họ đi chỉ mất vài phút để đi trên đại Lộ Pennsylvania từ Nhà Trắng. Vào lúc 20:30 tối giờ địa phương, Donald và Melania Trump đến bên trong vòm nhà Quốc hội lúc ấy đã khá vắng vẻ. Thành viên của năm binh chủng Hoa Kỳ vẫn tiếp tục đứng chào khi cả hai bước đến chiếc quan tài phủ cờ.

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Tổng thống đã kính chào ông Bush rất lâu và đệ nhất phu nhân đặt tay lên trái tim. Âm thanh duy nhất trong căn phòng khổng lồ, làm bằng đá cẩm thạch - nơi từng trưng bày quan tài của 32 người, trong đó có 12 vị tổng thống từng - là những tiếng máy quay phim và chụp ảnh của báo giới.

Ông bà Trump sau đó quay qua phiá trái và rời gót. Tổng cộng, tổng thống đã rời khỏi Nhà Trắng chưa đến nửa giờ, và không có một lời nào cho công chúng hay báo chí.

Công chúng có thể đến viếng cố Tổng thống George HW Bush cho đến khi lễ tang được tổ chức hôm thứ tư tại Nhà thờ Quốc gia, một sự kiện mà chỉ người có giấy mời mới được tham dự.

Ông Trump sẽ tham dự tang lễ với Melania nhưng sẽ không phát biểu.

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Theo cuốn The Last Republicans của tác giả Mark Updegrove, phát hành năm ngoái, ông Bush đã bỏ phiếu cho đối thủ của ông Trump, bà Hillary Clinton trong cuộc bầu cử 2016 và gọi ông Trump là một "kẻ hèn nhát".

Con trai của ông, cựu Tổng thống George W Bush, lo lắng rằng mình sẽ là "tổng thống đảng Cộng hòa cuối cùng", mặc dù ông Trump ứng cử với tư cách một đảng viên đảng Cộng hòa.

Một nghi lễ được tổ chức tại vòm nhà Quốc hội ngay sau khi linh cữu của ông Bush được đưa đến vào chiều thứ Hai, với các thành viên quân đội trong vai trò hộ tang.

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Tổng thống George Bush Jr. tham dự nghi lễ và không dấu được nỗi xúc động.

Trong một bài điếu văn, Chủ tịch Hạ viện Paul Ryan phát biểu: "Một người đàn ông vĩ đại đang nằm đây", nói thêm "không ai trong chúng ta có khả năng hài hòa giữa niềm vui và nghĩa vụ của cuộc sống tốt hơn ông.''

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Ryan nói ông Bush là một "nhà lãnh đạo vĩ đại và một người đàn ông tốt, một tâm hồn hiền lành với một ý chí cả quyết''.

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Chủ tịch Thượng viện Mitch McConnell nói: "Trải qua Chiến tranh Lạnh và sự sụp đổ của Liên Xô, Tổng thống Bush đã giữ cho chúng ta đúng hướng. Khi cần phải bảo vệ luật pháp ở Vịnh Ba Tư, ông đã giúp chúng ta giữ vững lập trường."

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Phó chủ tịch Mike Pence nói "người đàn ông này có một sự tử tế rất hiển nhiên mà tất cả những ai từng gặp ông đều thấy rõ.''

Tổng thống George HW Bush là một phi công lập đầy công trạng trong Thế chiến Thứ hai, một người đứng đầu CIA và là phó tổng thống dưới thời Ronald Reagan trước khi được bầu làm tổng thống vào năm 1988.

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Sully, con chó trung thành của Tổng thống HW Bush nằm ngủ bên quan tài của ông

Cũng đưa tiễn ông trong hành trình cuối cùng của cuộc đời của Tổng thống Bush là Sully, con chó labrador trung thành của ông.

Phát ngôn viên của ông Bush, Jim McGrath, đã tweet đi một bức ảnh của Sully nằm bên quan tài, với chú thích: "Nhiệm vụ hoàn thành."

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          CIA director briefs senators on journalist Khashoggi’s death      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON (AP) — CIA Director Gina Haspel is expected to brief Senate leaders on the slaying of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi as senators weigh their next steps in possibly punishing the longtime Middle East ally over the killing. The CIA director is set Tuesday to meet Republican and Democratic Senate leaders, as well as the [&hellip
          Good boy: Sully the service dog visits Bush’s casket      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s often said that if you want a friend in Washington, get a dog. At the end of his life, Sully the service dog was President George H.W. Bush’s. The yellow Labrador Retriever visited the president’s remains in the Capitol rotunda Tuesday alongside other people in wheelchairs that benefited from the Americans [&hellip
          Thỏa thuận ô tô của Trump với Trung cộng      Cache   Translate Page      
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Tổng thống Donald Trump và các thành viên trong chính quyền của ông rất vui mừng về thỏa thuận bắt tay vào hôm thứ Bảy giữa Mỹ và Trung cộng.

Họ tuyên bố Bắc Kinh đã đồng ý giảm thuế đối với xe ô tô Mỹ vào thị trường Trung cộng từ 40% xuống 0%. Và mặc dù Trung cộng không xác nhận chi tiết này, nhưng có vẻ như tin tốt, vì mức thuế thấp hơn sẽ làm giảm đáng kể giá xe của Mỹ, có lẽ khiến chúng trở nên hấp dẫn hơn đối với người tiêu dùng cộng với hàng tỷ người Trung cộng.

Vấn đề là sự nhượng bộ này không phải là vấn đề lớn mà chính quyền đang đưa ra, và nó có thể dẫn đến sự thất vọng lớn hơn giữa hai nước sau 90 ngày.

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Thứ nhất, nếu Trung cộng đồng ý hạ thấp thuế quan đối với xe ô tô Mỹ, các nước khác có lĩnh vực ô tô cạnh tranh sẽ có khả năng hưởng lợi nhiều hơn so với Mỹ.

Đây là lý do: Giao thương giữa Hoa Kỳ và Trung cộng được điều chỉnh bởi các quy định của Tổ chức Thương mại Thế giới (WTO), một cơ quan toàn cầu đảm bảo các nước giao thương công bằng với nhau. Một trong những quy định lớn nhất, WTO nói, là “các nước không thể phân biệt đối xử bất bình thường giữa các đối tác thương mại của họ.” Điều này được gọi là nguyên tắc “quốc gia được ưu tiên nhất”: Một quốc gia không thể đưa ra một đặc quyền riêng cho một quốc gia; nó phải cung cấp cho tất cả.

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Ford Explorers rời xưởng Ford's Chicago vào ngày 18 tháng 10 năm 2017 tại Chicago, Illinois.

Nói một cách khác, nếu Bắc Kinh giảm thuế nhập khẩu đối với ô tô của Mỹ xuống số không, nó cũng phải làm điều đó cho tất cả các quốc gia khác muốn bán xe của họ tại thị trường Trung cộng. Điều đó vẫn có thể làm tăng số lượng xe ô tô Mỹ bán ở Trung cộng, nhưng các quốc gia khác có thể sẽ là những người hưởng lợi cuối cùng.

“Các nước như Nhật Bản, Hàn Quốc và Đức sẽ hưởng lợi nhiều nhất từ việc này, chứ không phải các nhà sản xuất Mỹ, vì người Trung cộng không thực sự mua nhiều xe lớn mà các nhà sản xuất Mỹ ngày càng tập trung vào”, Jacob Kirkegaard, một chuyên gia thương mại quốc tế Viện Kinh tế Quốc tế Peterson ở Washington, nói với tôi.

Ví dụ, xe hơi Đức đã được chào đón nhiều hơn tại Trung cộng, vì thuế nhập cảng của Bắc Kinh đối với các loại xe đó hiện đang ở mức 15 phần trăm.

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Thứ hai, các chuyên gia nói rằng hầu hết các xe được bán ở Trung cộng đều được sản xuất ở đó. Điều đó có nghĩa là đã có vài chiếc xe Mỹ bị đánh thuế ở biên giới Trung cộng. Do đó, việc giảm thuế quan bằng 0 sẽ có rất ít tác động đến ngành xuất khẩu của Mỹ sang Trung cộng.

Nếu Trung cộng không làm những gì Hoa Kỳ nói họ đồng ý - hoặc Trump không thấy lợi ích ngay lập tức - chiến tranh thương mại thực sự có thể sẽ leo thang. Đây không phải là thỏa thuận tốt nhất cho Hoa Kỳ

Cách duy nhất để Mỹ thu được hầu hết các lợi ích từ thỏa thuận này, các chuyên gia cho rằng, nếu Trung cộng và Mỹ ký một thỏa thuận thương mại tự do chính thức, vì những thỏa thuận này thay thế các quy định của WTO. Vì vậy, nếu Trump và Tập ký một thỏa thuận như vậy với việc cung cấp không thuế quan trong đó - và Quốc hội phê chuẩn nó - thì các nhà sản xuất ô tô Mỹ sẽ thấy được nhiều lợi ích nhất.

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Nhưng ít chuyên gia tin rằng Washington và Bắc Kinh sẽ ký một thỏa thuận phức tạp và lớn như vậy. Họ đang gặp khó khăn khi đồng ý về cách ngăn chặn một cuộc chiến tranh thương mại leo thang, hãy để một mình tìm ra cách để giảm hầu hết các rào cản thương mại.

Do đó, Bắc Kinh cho biết sẽ giảm thuế quan, được nâng lên 40% vào tháng Bảy để đáp ứng với chiến tranh thương mại của Trump, như một cử chỉ hầu như trống rỗng để xoa dịu tổng thống Trump.

Nhưng Trump vẫn có thể đồng ý thỏa thuận này, mặc dù các nhà sản xuất xe hơi ở Nhật Bản, Hàn Quốc và Đức có thể sẽ thêm lợi nhuận.



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          Avenatti rules out 2020 run      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Avenatti says he will not be mounting a 2020 presidential run. Avenatti, the attorney for adult film star Stormy Daniels and a vocal Trump critic, says in a tweeted statement that he made the decision at the urging of his family and if not for their concerns he would run. Avenatti [&hellip
          AP Was There: Bush’s bum rap on ‘amazing’ barcode scanner      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON (AP) — One last time, for the record: It was not an ordinary supermarket scanner. A February 1992 newspaper story reporting that President George H.W. Bush was baffled by a supermarket barcode scanner when he visited a grocers’ convention in Florida fed into impressions that the president was out of touch, just as he [&hellip
          Armed Robbery on MLK Boulevard Caught on Camera      Cache   Translate Page      

Armed Robbery on MLK Boulevard Caught on Camera ID #18-537 Official Washington DC Police Press Release Published on Nov 30, 2018 The Metropolitan Police Department seeks the public’s assistance in identifying a person and vehicle of interest in reference to an Armed Robbery (Gun) incident which occurred in the 2600 block of Martin Luther King, […]

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Suspects Shooting Assault Weapons on Street Caught on Camera ID #18-536 Official Washington D.C.Police Press Release Published on Nov 26, 2018 The Metropolitan Police Department seeks the public’s assistance in identifying three persons and a vehicle of interest in reference to a Destruction of Property incident which occurred in the 1300 block of W Street, […]

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          Comment on The Exequies for @BishopMorlino in @MadisonDiocese by acardnal      Cache   Translate Page      
I second Henry Edwards' and mschu528's comments above. The ad orientem Mass by the Archbishop of Milwaukee was a pleasant surprise. I was pleased to see so many Catholic Congressmen from Wisconsin - including Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan - at the Mass. Speaker Ryan resides in the diocese of Madison but the other Congressmen do not! Ryan addressed those in the U.S. Congress rotunda for the late President Bush's ceremony last night and then flew back to Wisconsin for this Mass! I assume he will then fly back to Washington, DC for Bush's funeral on Wednesday at the National Cathedral! Busy man.
          Blue Button 2.0 at ONC Annual Meeting - API 101 and ONC FHIR Workshop      Cache   Translate Page      

An overview of the Blue Button 2.0 API. This was featured at the ONC FHIR Workshop and the API 101 Session at the ONC Annual Meeting held in Washington DC in November 2018.
          The Washington Nationals shattered the piggy bank to sign Patrick Corbin to a six-year, $140 million deal      Cache   Translate Page      

Patrick Corbin is heading to the NL East, but not to the team that was linked to him most often this offseason. Corbin’s agreed to a six-year deal with the Washington Nationals worth an incredible $140 million. Nationals have agreed to terms on a deal with Patrick Corbin, according to a person familiar. Pending physical. Read more...

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One of the biggest names in the coaching game is set to retire. Again. Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer will retire as head coach after the Buckeyes play Washington in the Rose Bowl. Offensive coordinator Ryan Day, who filled the role of interim head coach at the start of the season while Meyer served a Read more...

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          JConnelly Launches Corporate Social Responsibility Division Helmed by Sustainability Expert Thomas M. Kostigen      Cache   Translate Page      

JConnelly, a leading integrated communications and marketing firm, is expanding its services and specialties, adding a corporate social responsibility (CSR) division headed by globally recognized sustainability expert and New York Times bestselling author Thomas M. Kostigen.

The new division will build on JConnelly’s legacy of strategic storytelling to help companies provide greater context and transparency around their environmental, social and governance (ESG) programs. Through multimedia content and personalization of numbers-heavy reports, JConnelly will help a variety of organizations maximize the value of their CSR efforts and connect with audiences who are increasingly concerned about the societal impact of the businesses they support.

“Sustainable brands, impact investing organizations, and forward-thinking technology and energy companies know financial and social returns go hand-in-hand. But simply reporting on the numbers is not enough. Many people want to feel the impact of CSR efforts and understand how they relate to an organization’s broader mission,” said Kostigen, a former Bloomberg news editor and columnist for Discover, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Digital Network.

“This partnership with JConnelly is an opportunity to draw on my years of experience as a researcher and writer and help businesses shape their entire CSR program, as well as the way they connect and communicate with prospects and customers,” he said.

Mr. Kostigen will lead the practice from Los Angeles, adding to JConnelly’s national reach. The agency is headquartered in New York City, with offices in Chicago and Parsippany, N.J., as well as a presence in Washington, D.C.

Socially impactful communications have exploded in recent years, with 85% of the companies in the S&P 500 now issuing sustainability reports. While the rise has been driven by demand for more transparency, organizations are now tasked with making their content more compelling and engaging as more information becomes available to a broad audience of investors, consumers, suppliers, retailers and distributors.

“CSR efforts are not just an afterthought or nice-to-have for leading brands. They are critical to understanding an organization’s purpose and strategy, which have always been core to our communications programs,” JConnelly founder and CEO Jennifer Connelly said. “Launching a new division to communicate how organizations ‘do well by doing good’ will magnify and extend our campaigns, amplifying opportunities and achieving superior, targeted results for our clients.”

The new division will work with corporations, institutions and NGOs, with a particular focus on those in the financial services and general consumer space. JConnelly has worked with a broad range of CSR clients in its 15-year history, including firms that offer a socially responsible fund or opportunity, faith-based financial services firms and businesses with a strong focus on philanthropy.

Mr. Kostigen’s books include, “The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time” (Crown); “You Are Here: Exposing the Vital Links Between What We Do and What That Does to the Planet” (HarperOne), “The Green Blue Book: The Simple Water-Saving Guide to Everything in Your Life” (Rodale), two National Geographic climate guides, and the forthcoming “FrankenPlanet: How Controlling Nature and Geoengineering the Future Can Save the World” (TarcherPerigee).

For more information about JConnelly, please contact Chris Cherry at 973-850-7329 or ccherry@jconnelly.com

 

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JConnelly is a communications and marketing firm working with brands to help them expand awareness, connect and engage with clients and stakeholders, influence change, amplify online presence, and build community.  JConnelly navigates the complex world of communications to effectively design and execute campaigns that are mission driven and deliver business-critical results. For more information, visit www.jconnelly.com.    

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          USDA Invests in Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in 46 States      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2018 – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced that USDA is investing $1.2 billion (PDF, 509 KB) to help rebuild and improve rural water infrastructure for 936,000 rural Americans living in 46 states. “Access to water is a key driver for economic opportunity and quality of life in rural communities,”
          Deutsche Autobosse bei Trump - "Großer Schritt vorwärts"      Cache   Translate Page      
US-Präsident Donald Trump hatte sich kurzfristig beim Autogipfel mit deutschen Konzern-Managern in Washington angekündigt. Volkswagen-Chef Herbert Diess stellte eine Partnerschaft mit Ford in Aussicht.
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Unapologetic. Unrepentant and Unfiltered. Dominique Da Diva, host of the number one midday radio show in Washington, DC is not here to offend you but here to offend, well, everybody! And she’s bringing her best friend, Media personality, Chey Parker along for the ride. This dynamic duo dishes on everything Hip Hop, Fashion and Millennial […]
          Trump’s “Tariff Man” Rant Was Nonsense, But Thankfully an Actual Adult Is Leading Trade Talks With China      Cache   Translate Page      

If you spent any time paying close attention to the negotiations between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico over the new and debatably improved North American Free Trade Agreement, chances are you noticed a basic routine emerge.

Representatives of each country would meet. They’d make progress on a key issue. Or maybe they wouldn’t. But in the meantime, Donald Trump would provide color commentary, usually by tweeting or ranting about Canada. He frothed obsessively about Ottawa’s dairy protectionism and poked fun at imaginary shoe smugglers from Ontario. After striking a preliminary two-way deal with Mexico, he delivered a surreal press conference where he threatened to cut Canada out of the final pact entirely while targeting its car exports with tariffs.

Trump’s outbursts created the appearance that he really, truly might be about to scrap NAFTA entirely—or that he would at least try to, if discussions didn’t go his way. But in the end, everybody reached a deal, one that made a few significant changes to NAFTA, but left most of its basic architecture in place. This happened in part because, while the president was publicly fulminating like a drunk Jets fan watching the game on Sunday, his delegation, led by Trade Rep. Robert Lighthizer, pressed ahead with somewhat normal negotiations. By the end, it became clear that Lighthizer, a respected trade lawyer and lobbyist known for his protectionist streak, was pretty much running the show.

I do not know if this was all an intentional good-cop-bad-cop routine on the part of the White House, an attempt to practice the mad-man theory of international statecraft, or simply the byproduct of Trump truly wanting to kill NAFTA for good while his aides sought to reform it. But it ended in a deal. And if you squint, it seems like the administration is getting ready to repeat the same basic song and dance with China.

Up until now, trade talks with Beijing have been rocky, to say the least. There have been rounds of tariffs and counter-tariffs on hundreds-of-billions of dollars worth of goods, leaving Chinese leaders caught off guard and unsold American soy beans piling up in storage. In part, this is because the fundamental conflicts between the countries run more deeply than they do between NAFTA’s members. There are legitimate disputes over issues like intellectual property protection and industry subsidies, not to mention national security tensions. But another factor has seemingly been basic disorganization within the administration. Its trade team has split between moderates—lately, that’s meant Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin—and hardliners of varying degrees, including Lighthizer, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and White House trade adviser Peter Navarro. These factions have jockeyed for influence, leaving the the Chinese with no idea who was in charge.

Over the past few days, that seems to have changed. After Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping met over dinner at the G20 meeting in Argentina, the two countries announced a holiday-season cease fire in their trade war, giving themselves a few months to broker a wider deal. Here is how the New York Times described the agreement:

In a significant concession, Mr. Trump will postpone a plan to raise tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods to 25 percent, from 10 percent, on Jan. 1. The Chinese agreed to an unspecified increase in their purchases of American industrial, energy and agricultural products, which Beijing hit with retaliatory tariffs after Mr. Trump targeted everything from steel to consumer electronics.

The countries set an ambitious deadline of 90 days to reach a broader trade agreement, with the White House warning that if they did not come to terms by then, Mr. Trump would raise the existing tariff rate to 25 percent.

On Monday, the White House announced that Lighthizer would lead the U.S. effort, just as he led NAFTA talks, a decision which some suggested could “rattle” Beijing, since he’s one of the administration’s China skeptics. Then, on Tuesday, Trump helped send the stock market plunging while launching a whole lot of middling Twitter jokes (mine particularly) by declaring that he was a “Tariff Man.”

There are a few notable things about these tweets. For one, Trump is yet again misleadingly suggesting that tariffs are a tax paid by foreign countries or companies who sell goods into the United States. This is not true. Tariffs are paid by importers, which is to say, U.S. companies, who sometimes eat the cost themselves, or pass it on to consumers. In some cases, American buyers will force their suppliers in China to offer discounts, so that they end up indirectly bearing the cost of the tariff. But it’s not like we’re collecting a toll directly from factories in Shenzen. As usual, Trump’s public statements suggest he doesn’t really understand the nuances of the policy tool he’s embraced.

On the other hand, there’s also nothing really different in Trump’s comments from, say, what the New York Times has reported. Lighthizer is leading a team that has 90 days to broker a deal before new tariffs kick in (though, of course, these deadlines often turn out to be flexible). Trump just added a bit of bellicosity, while reminding the world that he lacks even a remote amount of subject-matter expertise.

If you’re the sort of person who wants to see the conflict with China resolved, this should all be good news. Lighthizer might be a China hawk. But he’s also the administration’s only real high-ranking official with the skills or staff to steer these talks. Mnuchin is a wealthy Wall Street journeyman who ended up Treasury Secretary because he did fundraising for Trump’s campaign; Ross is an tone-deaf private equity mogul with a habit of inflating his own wealth; and Navarro is an ideologue without a formal policy role. Lighthizer, on the other hand, has been dealing with trade issues since he was in the Reagan White House, where he used tariff threats to get the Japanese to cut steel shipments to the U.S. He’s the only adult who was ever going to walk into the room, and as long as he’s there, it may not matter much if Trump actually knows how a tariff works. Try to tune out the outbursts.


          Re: A gas for liberty      Cache   Translate Page      
Don't you just love how we are so used to the p@$$y grabber in chief lies that it doesn't even surprise us any more. the minor form of tear gas... what a lying sack

George Washington I can not tell a lie
George W. Bush I can not tell the Truth.
Donald j Trump - I can not tell the difference.
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          Multimillionaire Sex Offender Jeffrey Epstein Settles High-Profile Lawsuit      Cache   Translate Page      

A long-running lawsuit in Florida between Jeffrey Epstein, an influential and well-connected multimillionaire convicted on child sex abuse–related charges, and the lawyer representing several of his accusers has concluded in a last-minute settlement, according to the Associated Press. As a result, the women will not, for now, have their long-awaited opportunity to testify against Epstein, whose crimes have never been fully examined in court.

Epstein’s crimes, which date back to the early and mid-2000s, became a focus of renewed national interest last week after the Miami Herald published a yearlong investigation into the deal that was struck to allow Epstein to receive a sentence of just 13 months in jail (much of which was spent in a private wing and on a cushy work release) and immunity in federal court. In the same report, the Herald identified more than 80 possible victims, some of whom spoke of serial abuse by Epstein and the resulting trauma. Much of the blame for the lenient deal fell on Alexander Acosta, now the U.S. secretary of labor, as he was then the U.S. attorney responsible for Epstein’s prosecution and has since said he arranged the plea deal in part because Epstein’s star-studded legal team, which included Alan Dershowitz and Kenneth Starr, intimidated him and other prosecutors out of taking the case to trial. Emails between Acosta and Epstein’s team showed that Acosta largely allowed Epstein’s lawyers to set the terms of his plea deal, the Herald reported.

In the 2008 conviction, the women not only were denied their say in court, but they also were intentionally left in the dark about the legal proceedings against Epstein—a violation of their rights as victims, according to another lawsuit still working its way through the courts. Other lawsuits have been filed against Epstein in the past decade, and Epstein has paid $5.5 million to settle with three of the women, according to the Washington Post.

The trial that was set to start Tuesday with jury selection dealt with a conflict not between the victims and Epstein but between Epstein and the attorney Bradley Edwards, who represented some of Epstein’s accusers. Epstein sued Edwards, alleging the lawyer was going after him as part of a scam in which lawyers claim to have won large settlements from famous people in order to attract investors. Edwards then countersued for malicious prosecution, arguing that Epstein was trying to damage his reputation with that lawsuit as retribution for Edwards’ work for Epstein’s accusers. On Tuesday, Epstein admitted that he was wrong to have sued Edwards, according to the Post, and his lawyer read a statement in court apologizing for the suit.

“The lawsuit I filed was my unreasonable attempt to damage his business reputation and stop Mr. Edwards from pursuing cases against me,” Epstein said in the statement. “It did not work.”

Now attention will turn to Edwards’ push to have Acosta’s deal invalidated and the investigation into Epstein’s crimes reopened, on the argument that the deal Acosta and Epstein’s legal teams struck in private violated the rights of the victims. If that request is allowed by the judge, the women may then be able to testify to their abuse. Several women have already recounted to the press how as minors they were paid to give massages to Epstein and subsequently coerced into sex acts, adding that some of them were paid to recruit other underage girls. Many of the girls were poor and came from unstable homes.

A fuller investigation may identify other powerful men who abused underage girls procured by Epstein. Several of the women have said they were offered up for sex acts to rich and famous men at Epstein’s parties, but the 2007 plea deal provided immunity to any other possible guilty parties and shut down the ongoing FBI probe into the matter.


          France’s Latest Protests Are a Rejection of All Things Macron      Cache   Translate Page      

How did three weeks of protests over a gas tax culminate in the once-in-a-generation riot that engulfed central Paris on Saturday, leaving hundreds injured, more than 400 arrested, and the capital’s central business district a mess of smoke, broken glass, and burned-out cars? Even the French are feeling a little confused.

On Tuesday, French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe announced that the diesel fuel tax that kicked off the Yellow Vest movement would be suspended—a sign of how seriously the escalating unrest has rattled the administration of President Emmanuel Macron.

Don’t expect the Yellow Vests to stand down now. What began as an automobile-focused, cost-of-living protest undertaken by a coalition of the white, rural working-class and petite bourgeoisie has evolved into a Hydra-headed autumn of discontent, with many objectives, no leaders, and a base that encompasses a cross-section of French life from engineers to paramedics to Parisian high school students. International coverage has focused on the movement’s opposition to a proposed fuel tax increase that was part of Macron’s plan to combat climate change. But that was only the spark. Spurred by everybody’s favorite anti-governmental social network, Facebook, the gilet jaunes crisis is best understood as a revolt against all things Macron.

Elected a few months after Donald Trump took office and just before the U.K. embarked on the geopolitical somersault down the stairs that is Brexit, the fresh-faced young president was supposed to re-ignite French pride and prosperity after the dismal tenure of his socialist predecessor, François Hollande, which was marred by terrorist attacks that plunged the nation into a long state of emergency. Macron’s victory broke the French political system, long dominated by the center-left and center-right. He created a new centrist party, En Marche (On the Move), and then lead it to a huge majority in the French National Assembly.

But Macron’s mandate was weaker than it looked: The legislative elections that En Marche dominated featured the lowest turnout in 50 years. The presidential election, in which Macron thumped the far-right, anti-immigrant candidate Marine Le Pen, had the lowest turnout in 40 years—and many voters who didn’t like Macron voted for him only to stop the unthinkable ascendance of Le Pen. In the contested April first-round, Macron took just 24 percent of the vote. So far, he has managed to overcome street protests against his reforms, but his popularity was down to 23 percent after the fracas in Paris this weekend. He is no longer seen as a reformer, but as a distant imperial figure working on behalf of the rich.

On Saturday, tens of thousands of demonstrators faced off against tear gas–happy police on the Champs-Elysées, and for a while, at least, had the run of the place. Yellow-vested protesters took over the Arc de Triomphe, looted stores, and set fire to hundreds of cars in the neighborhood. The confrontations sent French politics and media into a frenzy.

To make a direct comparison, what happened Saturday was as if marchers and cops had fought a pitched battle that combined widespread vandalism on Fifth Avenue with graffiti on the Washington Monument. But that is not an instructive parallel. French presidents are always unpopular, French people love to protest, and French cops love to beat people up. So in some ways Saturday’s events were well within the traditions of French democracy, and you better believe the gilets jaunes saw it that way—and themselves in the tradition of 1968.

“They say we’re attacking the symbols of the Republic,” one protester told Le Monde after slogans were scrawled on the Arc de Triomphe in black spray paint. “But the Republic is the people in the streets, not a statue!” “Many regret the violence, few condemn it, and everyone can explain it,” the paper concluded. (Others, including Le Pen, accused the police of letting events spiral out of control to discredit the movement.)

The Macron administration had an explanation too: That the well-meaning gilet jaunes had been joined by riotous elements looking to make trouble. What is certainly true is that the gilet jaunes were only one element of the unlikely weekend coalition that included (among many other groups) ambulance crews, activists protesting the death of Adama Traoré, Antifa, and the anti-immigrant far-right. Unlike the capital’s frequent labor-organized marches, Saturday’s events had few experienced marchers and little internal organization.

If you’re tired of the anecdote-based reporting that has characterized American media coverage of Trump supporters, you’ll hate reading about the gilet jaunes. There’s nothing to do but interview them. Whatever Trumpian currents have flowed through their movement—the whiteness, the claim to working-class status, violence against journalists, hatred of the urban elite—this movement has no Trump, and they assign blame for their struggles up the economic ladder, towards Parisian bankers and bureaucrats, rather than down it, towards the country’s impoverished immigrant neighborhoods.

Thanks to a vague, crowd-sourced set of complaints about Macron’s administration, the movement has widespread support: both Le Pen and left-wing leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon (the French Bernie Sanders, basically) have tried to position themselves as fellow travelers and called for new legislative elections. The movement has generated lots of sympathy from Le Pen and Mélenchon voters, as well as the center-left socialists, according to a Dec.
2 Harris poll
. Even members of the Republicans—the right-wing party of the Catholic bourgeoisie—are narrowly in favor.

The diffuse, leaderless nature of the movement has made it difficult for the government to respond. On Friday, while Macron was in Argentina for the G20 meeting, Philippe tried to meet with a group of self-appointed gilets jaunes leaders. Only two showed up. On Sunday, members of the group outlined a series of structural demands in a weekly paper, including regular referendums on big issues and proportional representation in legislative elections. They also asked for an immediate annulation of the new diesel tax and a halt to new auto regulations. But another planned meeting with Philippe, set for Tuesday, was canceled after those members said they had been “threatened” by their peers in the movement.

They got the diesel tax suspended. But other Yellow Vests say they won’t stop short of Macron’s resignation. There’s a burgeoning sense among political leaders that Macron’s original sin was reducing taxes on France’s richest citizens by some $3 billion. The unemployment rate remains high. There’s a lot to complain about—and a feeling that now is a time to air your grievances, whatever they are.

Parisian high schoolers, for example, couldn’t care less about a tax on diesel fuel. But on Monday, at the Maurice-Ravel High School in Paris’ 20th arrondissement, police used tear gas to disperse a student protest. A 16-year-old named Nathan summed it up to a reporter from Le Parisien: “We want to profit from the chaos to make ourselves heard. People are fed up, it’s the time for all the struggles to converge. If we stay inactive, looking at the situation right now, we haven’t understood anything and we’ll get nothing. We know we have a way to put pressure on the government.”

For now, it’s working.


          Florida Man Claims Sheriff Held Him for ICE for More Than Two Weeks Despite Proof of U.S. Citizenship      Cache   Translate Page      

A Florida man born in Philadelphia has filed a lawsuit alleging Immigration and Customs Enforcement detained him for weeks and prepared for his deportation to Jamaica, despite numerous documented complaints that he was a U.S. citizen and had only been to the island nation once on a one-day stop on a cruise years ago.

Peter Sean Brown, who filed the lawsuit Monday, had turned himself in to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office in April for a probation violation after testing positive for marijuana. But rather than being released a few days later or given a court date, according to the lawsuit, he was handed over to ICE and mocked by agents who refused to listen to his protestations. When he was finally released 22 days later, he had lost his job at his job at a Key West, Florida, restaurant.

According to the Washington Post, Monroe County is one of a dozen Florida counties that entered an agreement with ICE in which ICE promised to compensate sheriffs financially for holding “criminal aliens” already in their custody for ICE to pick them up. The ACLU, which with the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Los Angeles-based law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has filed the suit for Brown, has contended that the agreement violates basic policing principles that will sweep up citizens like Brown and expose them to unjust and lengthy detentions.

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, accuses Richard Ramsey, the sheriff of Monroe County, of unlawfully arresting and detaining a U.S. citizen.

According to Brown’s lawsuit, when he was booked in the county jail, his fingerprints were sent off to the FBI to verify his criminal records. Those fingerprints reached ICE, which sent the sheriff a detainer request asking his office to hold Brown. Officers told a confused Brown that he was going to be deported to Jamaica—a country where he knew no one—and he protested that he was a U.S. citizen and offered to provide a birth certificate as proof. He had his friend call the jail to tell them they were holding the wrong person, but the jail told the friend to relay the information to ICE, and the officers told Brown they would hold him on retainer regardless of whether he produced a birth certificate. According to the lawsuit, the inmate file maintained by the sheriff would have confirmed that Brown was born in the U.S.

Brown continued to plead with officers to look into his citizenship, but the officers mocked him, according to the lawsuit. He filed a series of written complaints, but a lieutenant told him, “it is not up to us to determine the validity of the ICE hold,” the complaint alleges. When he eventually went to court, the judge ordered the end of his detention for the probation violation, but the sheriff’s office arrested him again and returned him to the jail for the ICE request, according to the complaint.

More than three weeks after he was booked, Brown was transferred to ICE custody and taken to the Krome immigrant detention center in Miami. There, he told the agents he was a citizen, and they agreed to look at his birth certificate. His roommate emailed the document, and ICE finally released him, only after confiscating all the documents they had given him to do with his impending deportation, according to the lawsuit.

Earlier this year, the Los Angeles Times reported the case of a U.S. citizen who was held for more than a year in an ICE facility. The paper’s investigation found that ICE had released more than 1,400 people from custody since 2012 after investigating their citizenship claims.


          Pentagon Will Train Recruits Holding Green Cards Following Court Order      Cache   Translate Page      
The Department of Defense will begin assigning thousands of immigrants holding green cards to basic training, reversing a Trump administration policy that delayed their service as they were subjected to enhanced background checks. The policy change, first reported by the Washington Post , follows a preliminary injunction issued by U.S. District Judge Jon S. Tigar in the Northern District of California in mid-November. He sided with two lawful permanent residents who argued that they were discriminated against by the Pentagon policy that delayed their service for more than a year and left them in limbo between a military and civilian career. The two immigrant recruits were represented by the American Civil Liberties Union which had issued this statement in November. "Tigar's ruling finds that the Defense Department provided no rational justification for the policy change, stating that it provided no evidence indicating that lawful permanent resident enlistees posed more of a risk than U
          It’s Actually Not a “Good Time” for a Government Shutdown      Cache   Translate Page      

Despite what you may have heard, there will be no government shutdown at the end of this week. The death of President George H.W. Bush on Friday prompted the House of Representatives, in its grieving, to take the whole week off. Instead of arguing about funding for physical barriers on the U.S.-Mexico border at Bush’s state funeral on Wednesday, congressional leaders have agreed to punt the deadline for a partial government shutdown two weeks. The new date, Dec. 21, is, not coincidentally, just four days ahead of Christmas, when lawmakers traditionally abandon their firm ideological principles and just vote for whatever they have to in order to make their flights home.

The two weeks of additional brainstorming are unlikely to produce a new way to bridge the gap between $5 billion and $1.6 billion: That first figure is what President Donald Trump is requesting in “wall money” and the second what Senate Democrats are willing to give him in “fencing money.” The spending deal, which would lump together all seven incomplete appropriations bills, is just about entirely resolved except for that gulf. Expect Trump to cave.

Trump loves to brag about how excited he is to shut down the government. He openly mused about shutting it down at the last spending deadline, in September, but congressional Republican leaders pleaded with him to kick the fight to December. They got their wish, and the president is once again blabbing publicly about how it’s a “good time” for a shutdown. But just as in September, there’s no clear shutdown endgame for the president in sight. And he’s in an even worse spot now, since his most loyal friends in Washington—House Republicans—will be out of power in the very near future.

The Democratic takeover of the House makes it more pressing for Trump that he get the wall money he wants right now—and less likely that he gets it. His chances of constructing the wall of his dreams will be shot once Democrats take control of the chamber. But if there’s a protracted government shutdown that carries through the holidays, it will be resolved by that new House Democratic majority anyway—and after the already unpopular president has taken a hit by shutting down the government over the unpopular issue of a border wall.

In other words, congressional Republicans will be spending these next several weeks finding the president an out.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer has offered the president a couple. In a floor speech last week, Schumer suggested that Senate Democrats would go along with either another continuing resolution to fund the rest of the government at previously authorized levels through the remainder of the fiscal year, or the bipartisan deal that the Senate Appropriations Committee struck earlier this year. That one would have included $1.6 billion “for approximately 65 miles of pedestrian fencing in the Rio Grande Valley.”

Senate Democrats are already facing a lot of heat for offering that much. When Schumer announced last week that Democrats stood by their $1.6 billion position, he didn’t seem to recognize that most people weren’t aware Democrats had already agreed to that figure over the summer. Schumer has taken incoming from both the Democratic base and House Democrats, who enjoy blaming their Senate counterparts for screwing everything up.

House Republicans could try, first, to pin the blame for a shutdown on Schumer by passing a spending bill with the $5 billion in wall funding that would have no chance of passing in the Senate. There are a couple of problems with this strategy, though. The first is that, well, Trump would still probably get blamed because his insistence on the unpopular policy is at the source of the logjam. The second is that House Republicans might not have enough votes to pass such a bill on their own: A good number of the suburban Republicans who won’t be returning are thinking about running again, and they’ll be less inclined this time to go along with all of Trump’s whims.

So here’s an endgame: Trump accepts the $1.6 billion with an immaterial tweak or two ahead of the Dec. 21 deadline, says that’s what he wanted in the first place and that he’ll come back for more in the new year, perhaps through an immigration deal with Democrats (that never happens). Everyone goes off and enjoys the holidays, and by the time the new Congress convenes in January, nobody remembers any of this. And Trump, without enough money for his precious wall, still gets to run on building it.


          NHL: Washington Capitals – Anaheim Ducks (5:6)      Cache   Translate Page      
Začala sa nová sezóna najprestížnejšej hokejovej súťaže na svete – zámorskej NHL 2018/19. V novom už 102. ročníku uvidíme 31 tímov a každý z nich odohrá 82 zápasov. Stanleyho pohár obhajuje Washingtonu Capitals. Washington Capitals – Anaheim Ducks 5:6 (3:1, 2:2, 0:3)
          It Cost Millions to Fly Trump Around the Country to Campaign for Republicans Before the Midterm Election      Cache   Translate Page      

President Donald Trump racked up an estimated $17 million tab by flying on Air Force One to more than 40 political rallies in the lead up to the 2018 midterm elections, a Quartz investigation found.

Because Trump had been using the plane to stump for Republican candidates, the GOP or his re-election campaign is supposed to reimburse taxpayers for a portion of the cost. However, Quartz reports that the Trump campaign has thus far only paid the Treasury $112,667.90 in March and April for air travel expenses, or approximately 0.7 percent of the total cost. It is unclear when, or if, the campaign might issue additional payments.

Trump was highly critical of President Barack Obama during the 2016 presidential election for flying with then-candidate Hillary Clinton to a rally in North Carolina. The Clinton campaign reimbursed the government for $37,000.

Flying Air Force One, a retrofitted Boeing 747, costs $142,380 per hour in maintenance, fuel, onboard supplies, and other operating expenditures, according to figures provided by the Department of Defense.

Beginning on March 10, Trump relied on the plane for numerous trips to rallies throughout the Midwest and East Coast. His final rally was on Nov. 26 in Mississippi for Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith.

Trump’s most expensive campaign-related flight cost about $1.3 million. He was traveling to Nevada in June in order to attend a rally for Sen. Dean Heller. Trump also spent $650,000 to travel to another rally in September for Heller, who would ultimately lose his re-election bid to Democratic challenger Jacky Rosen. Trump took his second-most expensive flight, at $1.2 million, in July to stump for Montana Senate candidate Matt Rosendale, who also lost his election. About half of the candidates that Trump personally vouched for ended up winning their races.

It’s not unusual for presidents to fly on Air Force One for rallies, especially because they are not allowed to travel on commercial or personal planes. However, the White House and the president’s party are supposed to ensure that taxpayers are not subsidizing travel that is partisan in purpose. Quartz reports that this may be particularly difficult with Trump, as he has been known to go off on political tangents during speeches at official events, thus blurring the distinction between partisan and nonpartisan.

During the midterm cycle, Trump used Air Force One not only as a vehicle, but also as a campaign prop. According to the Washington Post, the plane would often taxi to the rally stage and remain parked behind Trump as he spoke, serving as a visually and symbolically potent set piece. Though Presidents Obama and George W. Bush also relied on Air Force One’s majesty on occasion for rallies, the Post reports that Trump did so with particular frequency toward the tail end of midterm season.


          Martyr or “American Dickhead”?      Cache   Translate Page      

In January 1956, five young American missionaries decided to make contact with a small tribe of natives in eastern Ecuador, with the purpose of converting them to Christianity. Instead, just a few days after their first direct contact with the group, they were speared to death on a secluded beach. News of the missionaries’ deaths spread quickly in the United States. Life magazine devoted a 10-page spread to the story of “five devout men who sought to bring the word of God to a fierce tribe of Stone Age savages.” The reverence for the missionaries went even deeper in Christian circles, where believers saw the men as martyrs killed for their faith.

Last month, a 26-year-old Christian missionary named John Allen Chau was killed on a remote Indian island in strikingly similar circumstances as the men in Ecuador.* Chau dreamed of converting the members of an isolated tribe on the North Sentinel Island, who are known to aggressively resist contact from outsiders. He attempted to prepare to do so, but he didn’t speak the language. At one point, he wrote to his mother, he approached a group of North Sentinelese from the water and “hollered: ‘My name is John, I love you and Jesus loves you.’ ” Chau was killed, apparently by bows and arrows, the next day on the beach.

The public reaction to Chau’s death has been much different than the response to the men in Ecuador 60 years ago. Mainstream media outlets have published opinion pieces accusing Chau of “cultural imperialism and insane arrogance,” for example; on social media, he’s been called an “asshole,” a “failed colonizer,” and an “American dickhead.” Many critics pointed out that Chau’s expedition was a violation of Indian law, which forbids outsiders to even approach the island. It was also an epidemiological risk to the North Sentinelese, who have not built up immunity to many common illnesses including the flu. And even if the North Sentinelese were not harmed by new germs, contact with outsiders could irreparably alter their lives and culture.

In traveling to an “unreached” people group, Chau was acting out one of evangelical Christianity’s highest imperatives—and most cherished narratives. “There’s a sense in evangelical and missionary circles that one of the highest things you can do is take the Gospel to a group who has never heard it,” said historian Kathryn Long, the author of a forthcoming book about the 1956 mission in Ecuador. For many evangelicals, this is the most dramatic version of fulfilling Jesus’ “Great Commission,” in which he told his followers to “go and make disciples of all nations.”

Intriguingly, however, even Christians have not hailed Chau as a clear-cut hero of the faith. “Chau’s stunt not only had absolutely no chance of success, it also stood to bring sickness and death to this tribe,” the conservative Christian writer Rod Dreher wrote last week. “How could any Christian justify this?” Dreher was among those pointing out that Chau’s death has prompted a regional backlash that could make life harder for the minority population of Christians in India, not to mention Christian aid workers and long-term missionaries there.

Part of the reason Chau’s story has prompted a backlash among both Christians and secular observers is because Chau seemed to approach the island with a cartoonish style of Western swagger. In his diary, parts of which have been made public by his family, he wrote of attempting to befriend the islanders with offerings of scissors and safety pins, and by singing Christian “worship songs.” “There’s been such a sea change in evangelical missiology over the past 50 years about the danger of cultural imperialism,” said Thomas Kidd, a historian at Baylor University who wrote a blog post about media reactions to Chau’s death.
“There’s much more sensitivity among evangelicals than there was at the time of [the missionaries in Ecuador’s] death.”

If Chau had been acting as a rogue agent, his missteps would be easier for Christians to dismiss as an aberration unrelated to traditional missionary work. That’s how it seemed when the story of his death first emerged: He had traveled to the island by himself, and it wasn’t clear whether he was affiliated with an agency with an expertise in the logistics and ethics of cross-cultural missionary work.

As it turns out, however, Chau had indeed received training and support from a number of American evangelical missions groups. One of them was All Nations, an interdenominational organization based in Missouri. “John Chau was not foolhardy,” Pam Arlund, a member of the international leadership team at All Nations, told me by email. “All Nations believes John was prepared to be able to contact the North Sentinelese well.” Chau approached the Kansas City–based agency about two years ago with a goal of visiting the island “to share the love of Jesus with them.” Arlund said that he had been working toward the project since he was 18, even selecting his major at Oral Roberts University (in health, exercise science, and sports medicine) with the trip in mind. He spent a summer in linguistics training with another well-established Christian organization, SIL International, to prepare to acquire the North Sentinelese language once he landed there. He also participated in an All Nations training program for potential missionaries and continued with an online “internship.”

All Nations had contact with Chau as recently as Oct. 18. In a recent interview with Christianity Today, another leader at All Nations described Chau as “thorough and meticulous in his preparation,” and said he had quarantined himself for a period of time before approaching the island to try to reduce the risk of disease transmission. Arlund said All Nations did not provide specific logistical advice on Chau’s mission but believed he was well prepared.

The apparent fact that Chau was not acting impulsively or independently will make his case more unsettling for many evangelicals. “There’s a high-wire act that evangelicals have to contend with,” said Kidd. “To outside observers, they’d say of course this is cultural imperialism, you’re imposing your culture. Evangelicals say, we can set aside culture and just boil it down to the Gospel.”

That’s an idea that would not have occurred to the five men in Ecuador, who have been the subject of hagiographic books and movies since their death, including the 2006 drama End of the Spear. (Attending an evangelical college in the late ’90s, I lived for two years in a dormitory named for one of the men.) Kathryn Long points out that the deaths in Ecuador came at a critical moment for evangelicals, as they were beginning to see themselves as a distinct cohort. The influential magazine Christianity Today was founded in 1956. Billy Graham’s evangelistic “crusade” took over Madison Square Garden for 16 weeks in 1957. At the time, the five missionaries “symbolized what evangelicals wanted to be,” Long said. Now, John Allen Chau may become a symbol of exactly the opposite.

Correction, Dec. 3, 2018: This post originally misstated when John Allen Chau died.


          Bush to Lie in State at U.S. Capitol for Two Days Before Funeral at National Cathedral      Cache   Translate Page      

A detailed schedule of the funeral and memorial services for former President George H.W. Bush has been released and detailed how much of next week will be dedicated to the former commander in chief who died late Friday night aged 94.

President Donald Trump and his wife Melania will attend the funeral that will take place at the Washington National Cathedral on Wednesday. First though, Trump announced he will be sending one of the Boeing 747s that serves as Air Force One to Houston to transport Bush’s remains to D.C. Lawmakers from both the House and Senate will attend an arrival ceremony that will be held at the U.S. Capitol Monday afternoon. Bush’s remains will then lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda and the public will be able to pay its respects from 7:30 p.m. Monday until 7 a.m. Wednesday.

Following the funeral at the National Cathedral, which is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday, the 41st president’s remains will travel back from Joint Base Andrews military facility in Maryland to Houston, where the former president will lie in repose at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church. A Second service will take place there on Thursday before Bush’s casket will be taken by train to College Station, Texas, where the former president will be interred at the George Bush Presidential Library & Museum on the grounds of Texas A&M University. The former president will be buried alongside his wife Barbara and daughter Robin. Barbara Bush died in April, whereas Robin died in 1953 when she was three.

Trump declared that Wednesday will be a national day of mourning and he signed an executive order directing federal offices to close on that day “as a mark of respect” for the former president. Tradition dictates that financial markets also close on national days of mourning. The funeral had already been carefully planned in advanced well before Bush’s death. “This state funeral is a culmination of years of planning and rehearsal to ensure the support the military renders President Bush is nothing less than a first-class tribute,” said Major General Michael L. Howard, Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region commanding general.


          Trump, Xi Dinner Leads to Temporary Truce in China-U.S. Trade War      Cache   Translate Page      

It seems all that was needed to cool off a trade war that had kept much of the global economy on edge was a two-hour dinner in Buenos Aires. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed Saturday night that they would put a burgeoning trade war on pause for the next 90 days as both leaders said they wouldn’t impose new tariffs for 90 days while the world’s two largest economies negotiate a longer-term deal. The truce was called after a dinner that took place after the end of the Group of 20 summit in Argentina.

“Both sides believe that the principled agreement reached between the two presidents has effectively prevented the further expansion of economic frictions between the two countries,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters. As part of the agreement, Trump will keep tariffs on around $200 billion worth of Chinese goods at 10 percent, and won’t raise them to 25 percent as previously threatened. In exchange, “China will agree to purchase a not yet agreed upon, but very substantial, amount of agricultural, energy, industrial, and other product from the United States to reduce the trade imbalance between our two countries,” the White House said in a statement.

The deadline for the longer deal though seems pretty strict as both countries agreed that if a final deal isn’t reached within 90 days then the 10 percent tariffs will automatically increase to 25 percent. And some aren’t very optimistic a deal will be able to be reached considering the preliminary agreement doesn’t tackle any of the toughest issues that have bedeviled past efforts at compromise. Yet even those who said the preliminary deal didn’t really move the needle on trade agreed the two sides did seem to make progress on cooperating on North Korea and restricting Chinese shipments of the addictive opioid fentanyl.

“This is not a suspension of the trade war but a suspension of the escalation of the trade war,” explained Stephen McDonell, BBC’s China correspondent. Yet even if it kicks the big issues for later talks, analysts said the market is likely to react positively to the agreement. “This is a strongly market positive result for the short term, since over the past few days markets have been nursing hopes that a tariffs pause of this kind would happen,” Evercore ISI head of political analysis Terry Haines wrote in a note, according to Bloomberg. “But it is not a ceasefire as some already are touting.”


          10 Tuesday AM Reads      Cache   Translate Page      

Our Two-for-Tuesday morning train reads: • George H.W. Bush Was a Better President Than Reagan or Clinton (Slate) see also Sully, Bush’s service dog, lies by his casket before one last journey with the former president (Washington Post) • Inside the World’s Most Elite (and Secret) Traders’ Club: The nameless group confers “a hunting license” that lets an investor…

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          Israele, la guerra dei tunnel apre la campagna elettorale di "Bibi"      Cache   Translate Page      

La "guerra dei tunnel" è solo l'inizio di una resa dei conti fra Israele e Hezbollah pianificata da tempo e che spiega le ragioni per le quali Benjamin Netanyahu aveva voluto, nonostante le critiche piovutegli addosso dalla destra più radicale, negoziare una tregua a Gaza con Hamas. Operazione in codice "Scudo del Nord": è quella che Tsahal, l'esercito dello Stato ebraico, ha avviato a partire dalla scorsa notte per distruggere tunnel di attacco degli Hezbollah che dal Libano si addentrano oltre il confine in territorio israeliano. Ad annunciarlo è stato il portavoce militare di Gerusalemme, tenente colonnello Jonathan Conricus "La costruzione di questi tunnel di attacco che Israele ha scoperto, prima che diventassero operativi e fossero una imminente minaccia per la sicurezza di civili israeliani - ha spiegato il portavoce militare aggiungendo che l'operazione è in corso da questa notte - costituisce una evidente e grave violazione della sovranità israeliana ed è un ulteriore prova del mancato rispetto da parte dell'organizzazione terroristica Hezbollah delle Risoluzione Onu, prima fra tutte la 1701".

Le attività degli Hezbollah, ha aggiunto il portavoce, sono condotte "dai villaggi del sud Libano mettendo in pericolo sia il Paese stesso sia i suoi civili per mettere in piedi queste strutture del terrore". Da quel poco che filtra si sa che il centro dell'operazione è la città di Metulla (al confine tra i due Paesi) e che alcune aree vicine al confine sono state chiuse. Secondo una fonte militare, inoltre,l'operazione potrebbe richiedere settimane prima di essere completata. Un video dell'esercito pubblicato oggi mostra alcuni militari israeliani impegnati in alcune località non meglio precisate e sostiene che si tratta di "preparazioni tattiche per mostrare il progetto dei tunnel di Hezbollah". Tunnel che per ora, fa sapere l'esercito, non sono ancora operativi ma che comunque pongono "una minaccia immediata" ai civili israeliani oltre a costituire una "violazione grave e palese della sovranità israeliana".Perciò, afferma, Israele ha "aumentato la sua presenza e la sua prontezza" nell'area ricordando al nemico sciita che è "pronto a qualunque scenario. La tensione è altissima. L'esercito libanese è stato posto, da questa mattina, in stato di "massima allerta", anche se le operazioni israeliane sono al momento limitate al lato israeliano del confine.

Quattro giorni fa il leader di Hezbollah Hassan Nasrallah aveva minacciato di portare la guerra "in Galilea", cioè nel Nord di Israele, dopo un attacco missilistico alla base della milizia sciita in Siria, nella cittadina di Kiswah, a 20 chilometri da Damasco. Era il primo attacco di questo tipo da settembre. Netanyahu è convinto che Israele non possa condurre una guerra su due fronti – Sud-Hamas, Nord-Hezbollah - e ha deciso di concentrarsi in una offensiva diplomatica e militare contro Hezbollah e l'Iran. Ieri è volato a Bruxelles per incontrare il segretario di Stato americano Mike Pompeo e controparti europee. Ha avvertito del rischio di una guerra in Libano se "non saranno trovate soluzioni". All'escalation militare si aggiunge quella delle dichiarazioni. Stiamo prendendo azioni determinate e responsabili simultaneamente in tutti i settori e continueremo con altre operazioni, aperte e coperte, in modo da assicurare la sicurezza di Israele", dichiara Netanyahu, "Chiunque attacchi Israele - ha aggiunto - pagherà un prezzo pesante". Il premier israeliano ha detto di aver informato il segretario di Stato Usa sull'operazione in corso. E da Washington è arrivato il pieno sostegno all'alleato israeliano. "Gli Stati Uniti sostengono con forza l'iniziativa d'Israele per difendere la sua sovranità e chiediamo ad Hezbollah di porre fine alla costruzione di tunnel verso Israele e a qualsiasi azione che inneschi una spirale di violenza", dichiara John Bolton, consigliere per la Sicurezza nazionale di Donald Trump. Secondo un recente rapporto dell'intelligence militare di Gerusalemme, attualmente Hezbollah disporrebbe di oltre 100mila missili, rispetto ai circa 12mila che aveva prima della guerra dell'estate 2006.

Ma c'è dell'altro. E a metterlo in luce con HuffPost è Anthony Samrani, uno dei più autorevoli analisti militari libanesi: "Oltre ad un incremento significativo, in quantità e in qualità, del suo arsenale militare, i miliziani sciiti hanno acquisito nuove tecniche di guerriglia urbano combattendo in Siria, a fianco dei pasdaran iraniani, dei russi e dell'esercito di Assad. In cinque anni, Hezbollah è divenuto un attore regionale capace di dispiegare rapidamente le proprie forze dal Libano all'Iraq e ora anche in Yemen". Secondo il sito French Intelligence, gli Hezbollah starebbero costruendo almeno due installazioni in Libano, dove produrre missili ed armamenti. Sebbene questa notizia circolasse da tempo sui siti arabi, il magazine francese ha fornito maggiori dettagli su queste due strutture, indicandone la posizione e la tipologia di armamenti prodotti. Una prima struttura si troverebbe nei pressi di Hermel, nella Beqaa, mentre la seconda sarebbe posizionata tra Sidone e Tiro. Nella prima installazione verrebbero prodotti razzi Fateh 110 capaci di colpire quasi tutto il territorio israeliano, con una gittata di 300 km e un discreto livello di precisione. Nel complesso situato sulla costa mediterranea invece verrebbero fabbricate munizioni di piccolo calibro. La valenza di "Scudo del Nord" va oltre gli obiettivi ufficialmente dichiarati da Israele. Perché dietro la "guerra dei tunnel" vi è una strategia politico-militare da parte israeliana che ha nel mirino non solo Hezbollah quanto il "Grande Nemico di Gerusalemme": l'Iran. Sul piano militare, dicono ad HuffPost fonti della difesa israeliane a Tel Aviv, l'operazione in corso sposta, o comunque estende, il fronte anti-Iran dalla Siria al Libano.

Fino a ieri, le operazioni militari condotte dall'Idf (le Forze di difesa israeliane) contro Hezbollah avevano come teatro d'azione quello siriano. Con "Scudo del Nord" le cose cambiano: Israele ha posto delle "linee rosse" che coinvolgono anche il governo e l'esercito libanesi. "Scudo del Nord" è parte di una strategia che Israele condivide con l'Arabia Saudita e l'amministrazione Usa: contenere l'espansionismo sciita-iraniano che si dispiega sulla direttrice Baghdad-Damasco-Beirut. La prova di forza voluta da Netanyahu ha anche spiegazioni di politica interna. Per la tregua a Gaza, "Bibi" era stato accusato di "cedimento ai terroristi" dal super falco e alleato di governo, Avigdor Lieberman, che in polemica con la "mollezza" del premier si era dimesso da ministro della Difesa, incarico che Netanyahu ha avocato a sé, nonostante le dichiarate ambizioni del leader di "Focolare ebraico", e attuale ministro dell'Educazione, Naftali Bennet. "Mr Sicurezza", al secolo Benjamin Netanyahu sa di essere di fatto in campagna elettorale e intende giocarsi le sue carte esercitando il pugno di ferro a Nord. Una scelta rischiosa, ma calcolata. Una scelta che può investire direttamente l'Italia. La ragione è nella presenza di caschi blu italiani nella missione Unifil 2, dislocata proprio al confine tra il Libano e Israele.

L'Unifil ha annunciato oggi di avere aumentato i suoi pattugliamenti alla frontiera con Israele in coordinamento con l'esercito libanese. Non è ancora allarme rosso, ma le affermazioni del portavoce militare israeliano destano preoccupazione anche al quartier generale dell'Unifil, in particolare la sottolineatura, da parte israeliana, che le attività degli Hezbollah, sono condotte "dai villaggi del sud Libano mettendo in pericolo sia il Paese stesso sia i suoi civili per mettere in piedi queste strutture del terrore". D'altro canto, quella di Unifil, è una missione contestata da tempo e a più riprese da Israele e dall'amministrazione Trump. Uno degli attacchi più duri era stato sferrato dall''allora ambasciatrice all'Onu, Nikki Haley, che aveva accusato la missione di lasciar transitare le armi che Hezbollah invia al regime siriano. La forza di pace di 10.500 uomini, di cui 1.125 italiani, "non sta svolgendo il suo lavoro in modo efficace", aveva sostenuto Haley. Washington ha chiesto che i caschi blu, oltre a monitorare il rispetto del cessate il fuoco lungo il confine con Israele, contrastino il traffico di armi che dall'Iran, attraverso la Siria, giungono alle milizie sciite di Hezbollah, come denunciato più volte dal governo israeliano. Un'idea già bocciata dalla Francia per la quale si rischierebbe di mettere a rischio l'esistenza stessa della forza Onu e la sua legittimazione, nonché la sicurezza dei caschi blu schierati nel cuore del territorio controllato da Hezbollah nel sud del Paese dei Cedri, che non dispongono di mezzi e armamenti adatti al combattimento ma solo a perlustrare il territorio e la Linea blu che segna il confine con Israele. Se i venti di guerra tornassero a spirare in Libano, e "Scudo del Nord" ne è una concreta avvisaglia, a rischiare sarebbero anche i nostri 1.125 caschi blu.


          Il maestro Daniele Gatti è il nuovo direttore musicale del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma      Cache   Translate Page      

Il maestro Daniele Gatti è il nuovo direttore musicale del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma. La nomina è stata decisa dal sovrintendente Carlo Fuortes e illustrata oggi insieme con la sindaca di Roma Virginia Raggi. "Sono onorato e commosso" ha detto Gatti.

"Dopo parecchi anni questo teatro ha finalmente un direttore musicale, un grande direttore", ha dichiarato Fuortes, "Nel 2015 quando sono stato confermato alla guida del teatro tra i punti che mi ero ripromesso di realizzare ho messo la nomina di un nuovo direttore musicale. La prima persona a cui ho pensato è stato lui. Dall'1 gennaio sarà operativo nel suo nuovo ruolo".

"Non sono solo onorato, ma anche particolarmente toccato", ha detto il maestro, "Ritorno a Roma dopo tanti anni".

In passato, Gatti era stato licenziato dalla Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra per presunte molestie. Nel comunicato stampa diffuso dall'orchestra olandese si annunciava la conclusione della collaborazione per "comportamenti inappropriati". Il riferimento era alle accuse di due cantanti, che, al Washington Post, avevano parlato di presunte molestie avvenute negli anni 90 nei camerini a Chicago e a Bologna. Gatti respinse ogni accusa.


          Il nome mio nessun saprà: l'accordo segreto tra Papa Francesco e Pechino      Cache   Translate Page      

"Nessun dorma".

In un mese, la Cina ha inaugurato i due ponti più lunghi del mondo. Fisico ed edilizio il primo, a sfidare ogni record d'ingegneria e unificare Hong Kong, Canton, Macao, in un arco di 55 chilometri e 250 milioni di transiti. "Metafisico" e pattizio il secondo, a completare settecento anni di tentativi e superare settant'anni di empasse politico - diplomatica, collegando stabilmente Pechino e il Vaticano, hard e soft power, regno dei cieli e celeste impero, città dei papi e città proibita, nell'orizzonte spazio – temporale di due miliardi e mezzo di anime.

"Ponti" caratterizzati entrambi da un segmento nascosto. Un tunnel subacqueo da un lato e un canale riservato, vale a dire una procedura segreta di nomina dei vescovi, dall'altro: che repentinamente li sommergono e sottraggono allo sguardo, per un ampio intervallo di mare, cingendoli di un'aura di mistero e rievocando al pensiero la suggestione, pucciniana e bismarkiana, di un'aria celebre. Lirica e Realpolitik, dunque.

"Il mio mistero è chiuso in me ..."

Sebbene Pechino si collochi agli antipodi, a quasi dodicimila miglia da Buenos Aires, ha sempre rappresentato il punto più vicino e l'obiettivo primario, predestinato e pianificato nel DNA gesuitico e nell'immaginario geopolitico di Bergoglio. Forse l'approdo addirittura conclusivo, esaustivo. La spettacolare, magistrale uscita di scena. Coronamento e congedo che di più non si può, a volerlo cogliere e sapersene distogliere, del suo iter al timone della barca di Pietro.

"Da ragazzo, qualunque cosa leggessi sulla Cina aveva la capacità di suscitare la mia ammirazione. Ammiro la Cina. In seguito, ho studiato la vita di Matteo Ricci e ho visto che quest'uomo provava quello che provavo io: ammirazione."

Con una differenza non da poco. Quando Matteo Ricci, matematico e cartografo, discepolo anche lui di Sant'Ignazio, sognava e disegnava geometrie a Oriente, il pendolo del cattolicesimo inclinava verso l'Ovest, appena scoperto. Ci sarebbe voluto un papa sudamericano, mezzo millennio dopo, per azzerare il cronometro e passare il testimone dall'eldorado di ieri a quello di domani. Dall'estuario del Rio de la Plata, il fiume ad'argento, al delta del fiume delle perle, Zhu Jiang in cinese.

Cambiando non solo emisfero ma sfera d'influenza, con un'angolazione di 180 gradi e uno statement che traccia, e trancia, un reset epocale: "La Cina oggi è una potenza mondiale: se la vediamo da questo lato, può cambiare il panorama".

Operazione e opzione ardita, che allerta i radar USA e non passa inosservata. Dilata come non mai e al tempo stesso spacca in due la Chiesa, separandola da Washington nel momento in cui gli States si fanno guardinghi e serrano i ranghi di un nuovo bipolarismo, dall'Est all'East. Richiamo della foresta e remake di un classico che in nome dell'interesse nazionale aggrega in un fronte unico repubblicani e democratici, Obama e Trump, fondamentalisti evangelici e conferenza episcopale, intellettuali bostoniani e farmer del Corn Belt, militari del Pentagono e "guerrieri culturali" ratzingeriani.

Motivo che ha indotto la Santa Sede ad ammainare provvisoriamente la bandiera della trasparenza, un mantra distintivo del pontificato, e attraversare prudenzialmente la frontiera in un luogo riparato.

Per timore non tanto di una collisione in superficie con la "barca - drago" (vascello tipico di Hong Kong, dal look grintoso ancorché innocuo) del cardinale "pasionario" e ultraottuagenario Zen Ze-kiun, che accusa il Vaticano di svendere la Chiesa clandestina fedele a Roma e sputa fuoco e fiamme sull'accordo, quanto piuttosto con la portaerei del media system statunitense, pronto a levare in volo i bombardieri e attivare uno sbarramento ad alto share.

In tale clima di guerra fredda e diffidenza reciproca non è azzardato assimilare alle sanzioni economiche il calo e congelamento delle donazioni finanziarie, registrato per effetto dell'Affaire Viganò. Al di là dell'episodio in sé l'America percepisce, incredula, l'eclissi dell'appartenenza del papato all'Occidente. Ossia lo smarcamento dell'astronave pontificia dalla galassia Stars and Stripes e con esso un riposizionamento, anzi un rovesciamento di alleanze. Reagendo di conseguenza.

"Tramontate stelle ..."

Mentre Francesco atterrando in Lituania il 22 settembre 2018 metteva un piede nel passato e sul limes, livido e dolorante, del Novecento, a quattromila miglia il viceministro degli esteri, Monsignor Antoine Camilleri, apponeva in suo nome una firma sul futuro gravido e invitante del XXI secolo, consegnando agli annali una data storica e sottoscrivendo con la Cina un protocollo che chiude il contenzioso atavico sul metodo di selezione della gerarchia ecclesiastica e schiude all'evangelizzazione la via della seta. Come se la pietra magica della cattedrale di Vilnius avesse finalmente propiziato il miracolo (Stebuklas), esaudendo e assecondando da copione al terzo giro, dopo il duplice tentativo di Wojtyla e Ratzinger, la priorità strategica dei successori di Pietro, conforme alla profezia di Giovanni Paolo II, che giunto trionfatore sulla soglia del giubileo provvide subito, lungimirante, ad aggiornare l'agenda e il muro, non più eludibile, da Berlino a Pechino.

Spingendosi sull'orlo del fuori gioco, teologico e geopolitico, Bergoglio ha condensato in cinque anni cinque secoli di missione, per non restare fuori dall'area che conta, dove si perde o vince la partita della globalizzazione: una fabbrica e un trend ascendente che nel 2050 esprimerà il 50 per cento del PIL mondiale, a dispetto del fatturato spirituale, fermo attualmente in Asia - e drammaticamente – a uno sparuto, timido tre per cento di battezzati. Frazione marginale quanto emarginante.

"Le Chiese cristiane in tutto il mondo hanno preso coscienza del fatto che il XXI secolo è veramente il secolo dell'Asia": il proclama di Civiltà Cattolica, nel luglio 2017, mostra chiaramente che nella consapevolezza del Papa e dei suoi più stretti consiglieri, dal Segretario di Stato Pietro Parolin al messinese Antonio Spadaro, direttore della rivista, rispettivamente pilota e ideologo della svolta, era scoccata l'ora e si assemblava lo scenario, inderogabile, delle manovre di attracco e avanti tutta: dalla manifestazione d'interesse alle affinità elettive. Dalla premessa patrimoniale alla promessa matrimoniale.

"Il nome mio nessun saprà".

Magari non il nome ma il cognome. Non il quadro però segnatamente la cornice. Malgrado non si conosca il contenuto dell'intesa, se ne può comunque desumere la tipologia e genealogia, che la riconduce induttivamente al novero dei "trattati ineguali".

Dove uno dei contraenti cede in fase di stipula più di quanto riceva. Prospettiva inversa, compensativa del gap che a partire dalla metà dell'Ottocento costrinse l'Impero del Centro, in virtù della superiorità tecnologica dell'Ovest, ad aprire obtorto collo porti e quartieri ai vessilli d'Europa e alle navi a vapore: da cui sbarcavano, insieme, militari e baionette, missionari e immaginette.

Un bandolo unitario che dal nazionalista Sun Yat-sen al comunista Mao Zedong al neocapitalista Xi Jinping ("fondamentalisti dell'indipendenza" nella definizione dell'editor di Asianews, il sinologo Padre Bernardo Cervellera), spiega e dispiega, ricapitola e raggomitola cento anni di parabola repubblicana, nella ricerca ossessiva, estensiva dell'onore perduto e di simboli che lo rappresentino architettonicamente, aristocraticamente tout azimut: dai grattacieli dei top manager, nel ruolo degli odierni mandarini, alla sequenza violacea di zucchetti dei vescovi, sette più uno post mortem, nominati dal governo e testé approvati dal Papa, previa revoca delle scomuniche. Coscienti che diocesi e cattedrali cattoliche rimpiccioliscono e scompaiono, per dimensioni, nella demografia e altimetria delle megalopoli (stando alla più ottimistica delle stime i fedeli superano di poco l'uno per cento della popolazione, una esigua minoranza e un terzo della pur infima consistenza continentale, che è del tre) ma che agli occhi del mondo, nella costruzione del racconto mediatico, la gallery dei presuli riabilitati abbaglia, e si staglia, con impatto emotivo analogo allo skyline scenografico di Chongqing e di Shangai.

A scrutarlo da un tale osservatorio, il patto sino-vaticano rivela e assume verosimilmente, come abbiamo scritto, le fattezze di un condono. Una gigantesca "sanatoria" urbanistica, nella quale Roma legittima un paesaggio di edifici abusivi, anomali, a cominciare dall'archetipo dell'Associazione Patriottica, che fungono da longa manus del partito, e quest'ultimo entra, per così dire, in società con il Pontefice, lasciandogli l'imprimatur del messaggio dottrinale, oltre al parere vincolante sulla idoneità personale, ma continuando a esercitare l'imprinting sulla linea politica e il diritto di scelta, in definitiva, dei candidati all'episcopato.

Non solo un ponte a due corsie, bensì a due velocità.

Se il vescovo "patriottico" in effetti compie speditamente il tragitto intero e contribuisce attivamente all'elaborazione del magistero papale, su un piano di pari dignità con i confratelli, nel sinodo di ottobre in Vaticano, quello "clandestino", lungi dall'essere in parallelo riconosciuto dalle autorità, viene di converso accompagnato e trattenuto ai "pit-stop" di rieducazione stradale, al fine di metabolizzare la segnaletica e viabilità di regime, con i suoi obblighi e i suoi divieti.

Sullo sfondo la rinascita del senso religioso, che affiora nelle nuove generazioni e ha indotto Xi Jinping a emanare un regolamento restrittivo, vessatorio, in vigore da febbraio 2018 e in apparenza contraddittorio, al limite della schizofrenia istituzionale rispetto alle trattative in corso contestualmente, in tempo reale, con la diplomazia della Santa Sede.

La sindrome di Turandot affligge la leadership cinese, terrorizzata eppure affascinata innanzi al potenziale coesivo e divisivo, persino eversivo della fede. E' questa la posta della commessa, e scommessa, da centinaia di milioni di anime, col taglio e col travaglio di una guerra di nervi, tra Bergoglio e Xi.

"E t'ho odiato per quella e per quella t'ho amato. Tormentata e divisa fra due terrori uguali: vincerti o esser vinta ..."

Problematico ed emblematico della persecuzione in atto il caso di Pietro Shao Zhumin, presule di Wenzhou, che al quinto arresto in due anni colleziona seriale, paziente "soggiorni d'istruzione", in guisa di punti di penalità sulla patente.

Da un lato lo slancio di Francesco che alla vista di Monsignor Guo Jincai si commuove pubblicamente in tv e lo promuove all'istante da figlio prodigo a prodigio, accogliendolo nell'abbraccio del colonnato beniniano ed elargendogli, per dote, la diocesi nuova di zecca di Chengde.

Dall'altro le cautele del governo, che sottopone il ponte a ripetuti stress test di collaudo e impone al partner la prova d'amore, attraverso il sacrificio dei cattolici legati a Roma per settant'anni e destinati a immolarsi per un "bene superiore", alla stregua di Liù, serva fedele dell'opera pucciniana.

"Tu che di gel sei cinta, da tanta fiamma vinta, l'amerai anche tu".

Con ogni probabilità, il prossimo concistoro cercherà di trasformare in matrimonio, mediante la consegna di un anello cardinalizio, l'accordo pre-nuziale di settembre, imprimendo su di esso il sigillo della porpora e impalmando un vescovo prescelto con il placet delle due parti.

A seguire, una visita di Bergoglio in Cina eguaglierebbe per importanza l'incontro del '72 fra Nixon e Mao. Scandendo il cambiamento d'epoca e inaugurando un capitolo inedito, senza precedenti, nella saga delle alleanze tra papato e impero

La sfilata del Pontefice a Pechino configurerà dunque l'evento clou del 2019 oppure, alla stregua di Dolce e Gabbana, scivolerà sul misunderstanding e buccia di banana di un faux pas, in sembianza di mossa, richiesta o protesta improvvida?

"Dilegua o notte. All'alba vincerò".

A prescindere dal viaggio, il grido tenorile del principe Calaf aleggia imperativo e pone una ipoteca geopolitica sul conclave. Come Giacomo Puccini, anche Francesco si appresta infatti a lasciare incompiuta e work in progress la sua Turandot, confidando in una discendenza numerosa e nella perseveranza biblica del Signore.

Al di là degli esiti possibili, la Cina costituisce un formidabile, irripetibile desk, che consente di leggere in prospettiva e retrospettiva genesi e nemesi del pontificato: misurandone concettualmente la vicinanza diagnostica e lontananza prognostica con il predecessore Joseph Ratzinger, nel confronto tra Benedikt-Option e Chinese Dream.

Entrambi, Francesco e Benedetto, prendono atto del declino irreversibile, nel breve periodo, del cristianesimo in Europa.

Di fronte alla notte che avanza, il primo si preoccupa però di preservarne integro il nucleo nell'area protetta o cenacolo chiuso delle minoranze creative, postmoderna versione del sacro speco. Il secondo ipotizza invece di trasferirne altrove il centro gravitazionale, coerente con la sua doppia natura di gesuita e di perito chimico. Non solo esploratore ma sperimentatore.

L'uno applica in sostanza un marchio doc e teorizza un diritto di proprietà intellettuale, a tutela del brevetto greco-romano, l'altro de-localizza le produzioni e il domicilio fiscale, abolendo le royalties identitarie.

"Sebbene sia vero che alcune culture sono state strettamente legate alla predicazione del Vangelo e allo sviluppo di un pensiero cristiano", leggiamo in Evangelii Gaudium", il messaggio rivelato non si identifica con nessuna di esse e possiede un contenuto trans-culturale".

Nel campo magnetico dell'Orbe, polarizzato dal braccio di ferro Washington - Pechino, la barca dell'Urbe naviga inquieta e speranzosa, zigzagando tra resilienza del timoniere, che incede ostinato, e resistenza dell'equipaggio, che teme l'ignoto. Levando l'ancora e svuotando la stiva, per riportare indietro e lanciare su vasta scala, lungo le promettenti scie della seta, il cherigma e format di un cattolicesimo made in China, globalizzato e tutto da scoprire.


          Sully, il labrador di George H. Bush, veglia la bara dell'ex presidente e commuove il mondo      Cache   Translate Page      

Sully, il cane di George H. Bush, ha commosso il mondo con il suo personale tributo all'ex presidente Usa, morto sabato scorso. Il Labrador Retriever di due anni è stato immortalato in una foto sdraiato davanti alla bara del suo padrone, avvolta dalla bandiera americana. "Mission complete", ha scritto il portavoce di Bush senior, Jim McGrath, twittando l'immagine. Il nome Sully era stato dato al Labrador dorato in onore del pilota Chesley Burnett Sullenberger, anche noto come "Sully" Sullenberger, che nel 2009 era riuscito a compiere un atterraggio sul fiume Hudson salvando la vita di 155 persone, tra passeggeri ed equipaggio. Il cucciolo era stato assegnato all'inizio del 2017 come cane da servizio all'ex presidente Bush, costretto a usare la sedia a rotelle.

La bara dell'ex presidente George H.W. Bush è arrivato a Washington. Il presidente Donald Trump e la moglie Melania hanno reso omaggio all'ex presidente nella camera ardente allestita nella Rotonda del Campidoglio a Washington. Trump e la first lady hanno sostato per un minuto dinanzi al feretro avvolto nella bandiera americana.

Per Sully è stato previsto un posto accanto al feretro del 41mo presidente americano sul volo dell'Air Force One - nominato in via eccezionale Special Air Mission 41 - per trasferire la salma dal Texas a Washington DC per il tributo nazionale e poi di nuovo in Texas mercoledì. Il Labrador dorato ora sarà impiegato nelle terapie di assistenza per i reduci di guerra.


          Holding Dreamers for Ransom      Cache   Translate Page      

Luis Bracamontes, an undocumented immigrant, killed two California policemen in 2014. Bracamontes was a thoroughgoing bad guy, a drug dealer who had twice been deported from the United States. His second deportation was facilitated by Joe Arpaio, then the loudmouthed Republican sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona. President Donald Trump used Bracamontes to rally his base. “Democrats let [Bracamontes] into the country,” and “Democrats let him stay here.” Even Fox News, after running a midterm campaign ad featuring footage of Bracamontes, was shamed into dropping it.

The immigration debate is tangled with ironies. For one thing, despite Trump’s fulminations, the king of deportations was Barack Obama. During his first term, Obama was mostly focused on health care, but in his second term he tried to make quiet arrangements with Republicans. He struck a deal with them that involved a major upgrade of the government’s two immigration enforcement arms—the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), whose writ goes just to the border, and the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which tracks down undocumented immigrants already in the country. The new hardware and staffing also allowed for a sharp escalation in both agencies’ tactics.

Obama was by no means anti-immigration. In general, he thought that adding working families strengthened the country. But his primary objective was to protect the “Dreamers”—about eight hundred thousand young people who had been brought to the country as children by undocumented parents and had grown up here. Legislation for the Dreamers was first introduced during the George W. Bush administration, with strong support on both sides of the aisle. To qualify, the Dreamers had to be at least eighteen, and they had to have entered the country before they turned sixteen and resided in the United States for at least four consecutive years. They also had to have graduated from high school or passed a GED, joined the military, or enrolled in a higher-education program.

Immigration policy is fiendishly difficult, especially when families are involved. The Trump and Sessions no-exception rule only makes a bad situation worse.

Early in his administration, Trump made sympathetic noises about the Dreamers, as almost anyone would. The ones who came as young children, who didn’t get in trouble with the law, and who had parents who paid taxes, are getting a raw deal. Anecdotally, many of the Dreamers are weak in their native languages, and are facing a traumatic return to an alien country.

More ironies: the implicit quid pro quo of tougher immigration enforcement in exchange for special treatment for promising young people was a fraud. The Republicans got the tougher enforcement they were demanding, but the Dreamers were left empty-handed. Trump’s sympathy for the Dreamers lasted only as long as he could exploit their plight—the new quid pro quo for Dreamer citizenship is to fund Trump’s beloved Wall. (Trump insists the Wall is coming along nicely, although no one can find it, and there is little chance of its being funded by the new Democratic House of Representatives.)

Fortuitously, two federal-appeal suits on behalf of the Dreamers were recently decided in their favor. For the time being, the deportations are suspended. The two appeals circuits that issued those rulings, however, are among the most liberal, and Trump is pushing hard to bring a Dreamers case to the Supreme Court in the current session. With the addition of Brett Kavanaugh to the bench, there is a good chance that the Dreamers will lose. The attitude of the current administration toward immigrants was the hardest that could be conceived, involving forcible separation of children from their parents. Jeff Sessions, the former attorney general, and Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of Homeland Security, announced a no-exception policy: an adult immigrant who did not go through a sanctioned asylum port of entry would be considered a criminal and could be imprisoned. Repeated offenses could draw up to ten-year sentences. Because federal prisons cannot accept children, the children of those immigrants had to be separated from their parents, with little regard for human decency. Around two thousand children were separated from their parents, and some were sent to another part of the country.

In a press conference, Nielsen smarmily insisted that there had been no policy changes since the Obama administration. In fact, the contrast is striking. In the previous administration, first priority was given to known criminals, who were “removed” from the country; second priority was given to the most recent immigrants, who were “returned,” ideally before they had built an in-country social network. That dovetailed with Border Patrol protocols to discourage illegal crossings. According to those protocols, which remain in force, every apprehended border-crosser is fingerprinted and traced for a criminal record, and about a fifth are remanded to the local authorities. The rest of the would-be immigrants are subjected to meaningful penalties. Many Mexican nationals who enter the United States illegally also have an application for a U.S. green card. Being caught in an attempt at illegal entry adds five years to the waiting period.

Immigration policy is fiendishly difficult, especially when families are involved. The Trump and Sessions no-exception rule only makes a bad situation worse. The pleasure they seem to take in the process is disgusting.

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          Meeting THE Santa in Finland      Cache   Translate Page      

Guest Post by: Accounting & IS Senior Conner York. He is a Foster School Undergraduate on exchange at the Copenhagen Business School in Copenhagen, Denmark for Fall Semester 2018.  A group of us foreign students studying at Copenhagen Business School recently took a weekend trip up to Rovaniemi in Lapland, Finland. If you ever get the chance... Read More

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          How UW Foster helped me land my MBA internship      Cache   Translate Page      

To spend my MBA internship as a Sr. Financial Analyst at Autodesk in the bay area was beyond my wildest dreams, in a good way. Entering Foster as an R&D Engineer, I had zero finance background. I wanted to gain business insights throughout the MBA program and pivot into a data-driven role in a tech... Read More

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          4 Business Analytics Application Tips You Shouldn’t Miss      Cache   Translate Page      

1. You are more than a number cruncher. Tell us a story. Our ideal Master’s of Business Analytics applicant is a bit of a unicorn: someone equally adept at undertaking rigorous quantitative analyses and communicating their complex results to inform decision-making. We want people who are familiar and comfortable with numbers: we expect applicants to... Read More

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          Christiane Helbig – MSIS Mentor Brings a Mindful Approach to Career Growth      Cache   Translate Page      

The Mentorship Program is a core component of the Master of Science in Information Systems curriculum. The program connects MSIS students with Seattle-based IT leaders through a unique one-to-one professional relationship that can bridge the gap between academic concepts and real world practices. Students meet with their mentors for the first time during Fall quarter. MSIS’ curriculum... Read More

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          Ohio State Loses Top Recruit After Urban Meyer News      Cache   Translate Page      
On Tuesday afternoon, Ohio State held a press conference to announce Urban Meyer’s retirement following the 2018 college football season. Meyer’s final game in charge of the Buckeyes comes against Washington in the Rose Bowl. Ohio State named offensive coordinator Ryan Day, who served acting head coach during Meyer’s three-game suspension, as the new head […]
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          Nominate a Small Business and Upcoming Events for Small Business in VA      Cache   Translate Page      

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Richmond VA District Office  - December 2018

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December is "National Write a Business Plan Month"

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Reach out to us or one of our amazing resource partners to write your business plan today!


We're Accepting Nominations for National Small Business Week 2019

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Are you a small business owner with an amazing success story to tell? If so, submit your nomination today for the SBA’s National Small Business Week awards.

Every year since 1963, the President proclaims National Small Business Week. In honor of Small Business Week, the SBA holds an annual small business awards competition.

That’s more than 50 years of celebrating small business owners who create two out of every three new jobs for Americans. Many household names were previous National Small Business Week award winners, including Ben and Jerry’s, Callaway Golf, Chobani, Dogfish Head, Stonyfield Farm, Pacifica, Landmark Pest Management, and Tom’s of Maine.

SBA Virginia has just opened its National Small Business Week State Awards application window. If a great candidate comes to mind for either the Small Business Person of the Year and the SBA Exporter of the Year Award, be sure to get your nomination package in to the SBA by January 9th. Self-nominations are accepted. Winners will be recognized during the 2019 National Small Business Week April 29th – May 5th. 

Nomination packages can be postmarked, or hand delivered to the SBA no later than 3 p.m. EST, January 9th, 2019.

All nominees are required to fill out SBA Form 3300, the Award Background Form.
The Small Business Person of the Year Award application can be found here.
The Small Business Exporter of the Year application can be found here.

Mail or drop-off nomination packages to:

SBA Richmond District Office
ATTN: Kiana Perez
400 North 8th Street, Suite 1150
Richmond, VA

If you have any additional questions, contact Kiana Perez at 804-253-8907.

For Prime Contractor, Subcontractor, and Eisenhower Award nominations, see here.

Applications for Prime Contractor, Subcontractor and Eisenhower Awards can be sent to:

Ralph Buchanan
U.S. Small Business Administration
409 3rd Street SW, 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20416
(202) 205-6539

 


Upcoming Events

Doing Business with the Commonwealth of Virginia Workshop
Small Business Development Center
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 9:30am EST
Resource Partner
Central Virginia SBDC
1001 Research Park Boulevard, Suite 301
Charlottesville, VA 22911
Registration Required

Business Smart Start
Small Business Development Center
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 4:00pm EST
Resource Partner
Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce
210 S Jefferson St
Roanoke, VA 24011
Registration Required

How To Start Your Own Business
Small Business Development Center
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 10:00am EST
Resource Partner
Central Virginia SBDC
Albemarle County Offices
401 McIntire Road, Room 235
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Registration Required

Build a Local Search Presence – A Google Livestream Workshop
Small Business Development Center
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 1:00pm EST
Resource Partner
Central Virginia SBDC
Orange County Board of Supervisors Rm
112 West Main Street
Orange, VA 22960
Registration Required

 

* If you represent an SBA Resource Partner and would like your events to appear on our biweekly updates/Web Calendar, please email klperez@sba.gov



          WaPo: Trump Infecting Entire GOP With Refusal To Buy Global Warming Rhetoric      Cache   Translate Page      

According to the Washington Post, President Trump has moved beyond climate change doubt and is now dragging his whole party down with him. The story, “’Just a lot of alarmism’: Trump’s skepticism of climate science is echoed across GOP” by Matt Viser, seems to confuse truth with theory on a number of occasions. In the […]

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          Washington Post suggests President Buhari is a clone      Cache   Translate Page      

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Washington Post has also joined the ‘Jubril’ gist on social, and further suggested that President Buhari is a clone on their official Twitter handle. Washington Post’s tweet which suggested that President Buhari is a clone, came after the Nigerian President debunked the Jubril rumour in Poland. Rumours had been circulating on social media for months […]


          DEAR EVAN HANSEN Announces $25 Digital Lottery in San Francisco      Cache   Translate Page      

Dear Evan Hansen comes to San Francisco's Curran theater December 5-30, 2018 following a record-breaking run in Los Angeles. In advance of the start of performances, the production announced today that it will host a digital ticket lottery offering fans the chance to purchase a limited number of $25 tickets available per performance.

The digital lottery will begin accepting entries 48 hours prior to the first performance in San Francisco and will be accepted until 9 a.m. local time the day before the performance. Fans who have been selected will be notified daily via email and can then purchase up to two (2) tickets at $25 each. The ticket lottery will continue on a rolling basis for every performance in the engagement. All entrants are encouraged to follow Dear Evan Hansen on Instagram (@dearevanhansen), Twitter (@dearevanhansen) and Facebook (@DearEvanHansen) for additional lottery news and information.

Entrants must be 18 years or older. A valid, non-expired photo ID that matches the name used to enter is required for pickup. Seat locations awarded by the lottery are subject to availability. Additional details and times will be announced in each tour city by the local theatre box office prior to the engagement. Additional lottery requirements can be found at www.luckyseat.com/dearevanhansen.

The winner of six 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Dear Evan Hansen features a book by Tony Award-winner Steven Levenson, a score by Grammy, Tony and Academy Award winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul(La La Land, The Greatest Showman), and direction by four-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal).

In addition to winning six Tony awards, Dear Evan Hansen has won numerous other awards, including the 2017 Drama League Award for Outstanding Musical Production and for the off-Broadway production, two Obie Awards, a Drama Desk Award, and two Outer Critics Circle Awards and two Helen Hayes Awards. The show's original cast recently won a Daytime Emmy Award for "Best Musical Performance on a Daytime Talk Show" for their April 2017 performance of "You Will Be Found" on NBC's "Today Show," only the second Broadway show in history to win that category. The Broadway production recently celebrated its two-year anniversary with a special donation to the Smithsonian, where the show's iconic blue polo and arm cast will now be part of the permanent collection at the National Museum of American History in Washington D.C.

In addition to the touring production and the record-breaking Broadway production, Dear Evan Hansen will launch its first international production in Canada, in March 2019 at Toronto's Royal Alexandra Theatre, followed by a production in London at the Noël Coward Theatre later in 2019.

Dear Evan Hansen features scenic design by David Korins, projection design by Peter Nigrini, costume design by Emily Rebholz, lighting design by Japhy Weideman, sound design by Nevin Steinberg, and hair design by David Brian Brown. Music supervision, orchestrations and additional arrangements are by Alex Lacamoire. Ben Cohn is the Associate Music Supervisor. Vocal arrangements and additional arrangements are by Justin Paul. Danny Mefford is the choreographer. U.S. Casting by Tara Rubin Casting/Lindsay Levine. Adrienne Campbell-Holt, Sash Bischoff and Adam Quinn are the Associate Directors. Judith Schoenfeld is the Production Supervisor.


          Washington Huskies vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs – 12/5/2018 Free Pick & CBB Betting Prediction      Cache   Translate Page      
Looking for Washington Huskies vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs NCAA basketball free picks & CBB odds? CBB betting sees the Huskies taking on the Bulldogs on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at the McCarthey...

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          Washington Wizards vs. Atlanta Hawks – 12/5/2018 Free Pick & NBA Betting Prediction      Cache   Translate Page      
Looking for Washington Wizards vs. Atlanta Hawks free NBA picks & NBA odds? NBA betting sees the Wizards taking on the Hawks on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at Philips Arena. Cappers Picks...

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          Medias Rojas acepta invitación a Casa Blanca      Cache   Translate Page      

Los Medias Rojas de Boston aceptaron la invitación a la Casa Blanca para celebrar su campeonato de la Serie Mundial.

El presidente del equipo, Sam Kennedy, dijo que el equipo está trabajando en fijar una fecha con la Casa Blanca.

"Vamos a ver si hay una fecha que funciona", comentó Kennedy ayer lunes por la noche, durante el estreno del video sobre la coronación del club.

La tradicional visita de los campeones a Washington se ha politizado más en tiempos recientes, luego que algunos equipos han declinado las invitaciones del presidente Donald Trump.

Kennedy dijo que depende de cada pelotero la decisión de asistir.

"Como en el pasado, es una invitación, no es obligatoria", indicó. "Es una oportunidad para que estos chicos reciban el reconocimiento que merecen por un título".

El manager, Alex Cora, señaló que estará allí. Nacido en Puerto Rico, Cora ha instado públicamente a que el presidente haga más tras la devastación de la isla a causa del huracán María.

"Voy a aprovechar esa plataforma de la manera correcta", prometió Cora. "No voy allá para avergonzar a nadie".

Cora y otros miembros de los Medias Rojas estuvieron el lunes en la premier del documental sobre su temporada.

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          A pause in the US-China trade war: a temporary respite for the markets?      Cache   Translate Page      

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Last weekend, on the margins of the G-20 summit, the leaders of the United States and Celestial Empire agreed to pause a trade war, at least until the end of the first quarter of next year.

It is assumed that the parties use a 90-day truce to form and conclude a trade agreement.

According to experts, there are two options for the development of events.

1. Fast and dynamic negotiation process and agreement. In this case, the United States may begin to put pressure on the PRC in order to achieve the best conditions for itself. In fact, this is the same trade lobby, only without the establishment of a rigid time frame.

2. The absence of points of contact and agreement by April. That is, within three months, China will actively stimulate its economy and domestic demand, support local banks and exporters, and by the middle of spring the world may see a new wave of trade aggression from America.

"This is not the first time Washington and Beijing are announcing victory. So far, they have managed to avoid the worst scenario that could provoke a further collapse of stock markets, but the real deal is still far away," said Michael Pillsbury, a specialist at the Hudson Institute.

"If the Americans are consistent, they will need to push the sale of goods to the Chinese no less than $ 190 billion a year. However, it is not yet clear how and at the expense of what the Celestial can, in principle, be able to provide this amount, not to mention whether it wants to go for it at all," said Raoul Leering, analyst at ING Group.

"In reality, the parties were able to achieve insignificant progress in the negotiations. At the moment, it only looks like a release of tension. The announced three-month truce only prolongs the period of uncertainty. We estimate the likelihood that the United States and China will agree on the abolition of additional duties, only 20%." said Goldman Sachs spokesman Alec Phillips.

Despite the fact that many today do not believe that a truce will grow into an agreement, a pause in a trade war can be beneficial to risky assets, as well as to the stock and currency markets.

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          EEUU da 60 días a Rusia para cumplir el pacto nuclear antes de abandonarlo      Cache   Translate Page      
El secretario de Estado estadounidense, Mike Pompeo, ha avisado este martes a Rusia de que tiene un plazo de 60 días para cumplir el Tratado de Fuerzas Nucleares de Alcance Intermedio (INF, por sus siglas en inglés) antes de que Washington active su salida del pacto.
          Rohani asegura que EEUU ha intentado negociar con Irán hasta once veces en los últimos dos años      Cache   Translate Page      
El presidente de Irán, Hasán Rohani, ha revelado este martes que Estados Unidos ha intentado negociar con la República Islámica hasta once veces en los últimos dos años, a pesar de la decisión de Washington de abandonar el pacto nuclear firmado en 2015 por Teherán y las potencias mundiales.
          On 41's Passing, Recalling "Bush's Bishop"      Cache   Translate Page      
Given the tide of mourning over Friday's death at 94 of George H.W. Bush, when it comes to this beat, one piece of the 41st President's legacy bears particular note, all the more as its impact extends into the present.

At its core, next year marks the 35th anniversary of the establishment of full relations between the Holy See and the US. Though the bilateral ties are easily taken for granted today, if anything – fraught as it was with anti-Catholic prejudice and conspiracy theories – the path to Washington's diplomatic recognition of the Pope took almost a century to accomplish, and were it not for Bush, odds are the wait would've stretched even longer.

In a way, that owed itself to a quirk of history... well, one among others.

In 1974, six years before the Texas bureaucrat's election as Ronald Reagan's Vice President, the Federal government finally got around to giving its #2 an official residence: a house on the grounds of the Naval Observatory, located along the Massachusetts Avenue heart of "Embassy Row." Yet as it happened, the move would be an unwitting boon for the Vatican – since 1939, the Holy See's base of operations in the States, then known as the Apostolic Delegation, was located right across the street.

At the time, the state of affairs meant that, in the absence of formal relations, the Apostolic Delegates – in place since 1893 – were the Pope's emissary solely to the US church, with no status before the government. (On the flip-side, after President Franklin D. Roosevelt proved unable to establish full relations due to lingering suspicion toward the church from Protestant senators, the late 1930s saw FDR institute a "personal representative" of the President to the Holy See, who served as an ambassador in all but name.) Yet by the time the Bushes arrived at the VP's house, their presence joined other sea-changes on the global front in giving the century-old impasse the momentum to shift.

Despite the absence of full diplomatic ties, the early 1980s already saw a tightening of American and Vatican interests. In 1978, the election of John Paul II brought to Peter's Chair a figure whose deep personal experience with the States was without precedent for a Pope, an attribute born from multiple extended visits, and just as much through a network of Polish-American contacts who quietly funneled sizable aid for their homeland's suffering church and its resistance to the Communist regime in large part through the cardinal-archbishop of Krakow.

In that light, per custom at the change of pontificates, the new Pope made the Washington posting a key early target of his geopolitical strategy, naming Archbishop Pio Laghi – whose prior assignments in the Holy Land and Argentina made him a heavyweight of the Vatican's foreign service – as his Delegate to the US within days of Reagan's election. And while the courtly Italian, whose patrician bearing masked his simple upbringing, would openly execute one revolution – stacking the American hierarchy with prelates who reflected a bolstered sense of Catholic identity – a second, stealth effort would fuse Pope and President in a multi-front campaign to dismantle the Iron Curtain, a push in which Reagan's deputy would play a linchpin role long before Bush's own administration presided over its formal demise.

Having moved into their respective sides of Mass Av at the same time in early 1981, in typical Bush form, the Vice President's bond with Laghi was forged on the tennis court. Both in their mid-50s, the new neighbors were longtime avid players – and as Maureen Dowd's appreciation of Bush in today's New York Times put it, just as "H.W. used sports as a way to do personal diplomacy," in the Pope's Delegate, the high-church Episcopalian had met his match. (With Bush as Vice President, the duo are seen above in an undated photo aboard Air Force Two – Laghi at far left – along with Barbara Bush and one of the archbishop's key US appointees, Cardinal Bernard Law of Boston.)

Given Bush's own strong-suit in foreign policy, burnished by stints as ambassador to China and the United Nations, the dynamic between the Vice President and Apostolic Delegate made for a symbiotic fit, so much so that Laghi would come to be seen as "a close family friend." And with the church's on-the-ground presence across the Communist bloc – not to mention Latin America, another "hothouse" of the time – providing key intelligence networks for the US to tap into, the synergy of personal ties and shared priorities arguably made for the halcyon period of the Rome-Washington axis, which finally secured the establishment of full bilateral relations in 1984, granting Laghi ambassadorial status as Pro-Nuncio. (At the time, the Holy See's practice was to reserve the title "Nuncio" solely to the Catholic countries where, by law, its representative was ex officio dean of the diplomatic corps; the distinction was abolished in the late 1990s.)

Having remained in the post through his friend's election to the Presidency and the fall of the Berlin Wall – while internally overseeing a sweeping recast of the Stateside bench in John Paul's image and likeness – Laghi was recalled to Rome in 1990 as prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education and made a cardinal months later.

Since his departure, no occupant of the Washington posting has approached his length of tenure in it.

Almost always seen as the most influential Vatican legate the US has known in its era as a hegemonic superpower, Laghi's decade in the capital still endures as a point of reference, and the man himself was discreetly sought out for high-level American efforts or advice in Rome practically until his own passing in 2009.

In the best-known of those moments, as the White House push for a second war in Iraq gathered steam in early 2003, the former Pro-Nuncio was tapped by John Paul as his personal emissary to President George W. Bush, tasked with returning to Washington to convey the Pope's intense opposition to the campaign.

While the choice of messenger indicated the most concerted engagement for peace that the Vatican could make, of course, the mission (carried out during 40-minute Oval Office talks with "43") proved futile. Upon departing the capital, the cardinal "realized that the Bush administration was very naïve about the consequences of war" – a sense that would only be revealed after his death.

Though all but a handful of Laghi's appointees are long gone from office, several of the young local aides from his US posting were subsequently named to the bench and remain atop the American hierarchy: a group led by the sitting cardinal-archbishops of New York and Chicago, two of the nation's three largest dioceses.

Of all the "Laghini," however, the DC aide invariably described as the most beloved was Msgr Bernie Yarrish, a son of Scranton whose own elevation was precluded by a two-decade battle with multiple sclerosis. At 67, Yarrish died of the disease in June, with Tim Dolan – who brought his onetime Nunciature-mate to Rome as his Vice-Rector at the North American College (Yarrish's final major assignment) – leading the sendoff at the fallen cleric's boyhood parish.

Laghi's fifth successor at 3339 Massachusetts, the current Nuncio to the US, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, will be the Holy See's representative at Wednesday's state funeral for Bush in Washington National Cathedral – sitting not with the delegations of ecumenical clergy, but the diplomatic corps.

In keeping with the procedures on the death of a former President, President Trump has declared Wednesday as a national day of mourning; among other entities, the Federal government will be closed in tribute, as will the financial markets, and mail delivery will be suspended.

On another protocol note, church institutions with flagpoles are advised that the US flag is to be flown at half-staff until sunset on New Year's Eve – 30 days from 41's passing. However, where applicable, the custom does not extend to the Vatican flag – as it represents a sovereign entity, the Holy See's banner is lowered solely upon the death of the Roman pontiff through the subsequent Novemdiales, the nine-day mourning period that precedes a Conclave.

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The rarity of a federal grand jury not indicting, visualized - The Washington Post

A data point from FiveThirtyEight’s coverage of Monday night’s events in Ferguson is worth pulling out. “U.S. attorneys prosecuted 162,000 federal cases in 2010,” the site's Ben Casselman writes, “the most recent year for which we have data. Grand juries declined to return an indictment in 11 of them.”

That data is from a report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics and covers October 1, 2009, to September 30, 2010. Over that time period, over 193,000 federal offenses were investigated, about 16 percent of which were declined for prosecution. That leaves just over 162,300 offenses that the government tried to prosecute. And the grand jury decided against doing so 11 times, finding no true bill or a lack of evidence to do so.


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NEW YORK, Dec 4- The dollar fell broadly on Tuesday as U.S. The dollar, which started the week on a weak footing as a thaw in trade tensions between Washington and Beijing sapped demand for the safe-haven greenback, extended its fall as investors fretted about an inversion of the short end of the U.S. yield curve in bond markets. The dollar was 0.65 percent lower...
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TORONTO, Dec 3- The Canadian dollar strengthened to its highest in nearly two weeks against its U.S. counterpart on Monday, after Washington and Beijing's agreement for a ceasefire in their trade war boosted oil prices and stocks. Stocks and the price of oil, one of Canada's major exports, climbed after the United States and China agreed to a 90- day truce in a trade...
          Sin vacunas ni antirretrovirales: Así afectan las sanciones de EE.UU. a los niños de Venezuela      Cache   Translate Page      

Producto de las medidas coercitivas y unilaterales impuestas por EE.UU. contra Venezuela, el país sudamericano ha perdido, desde julio de 2017 hasta julio de este año, alrededor de 20 millones de dólares en comisiones de operaciones cambiarias para la compra de medicamentos.

El secretario ejecutivo del Consejo Nacional de Derechos Humanos de ese país, Larry Devoe, explicó que la pérdida de recursos se da por la imposibilidad de hacer compras en dólares, debido a las sanciones de Washington a Caracas. Venezuela se ha visto obligada a hacer operaciones en otras divisas, y las comisiones de esas transacciones encarecen significativamente la adquisición de medicinas para un país que vive una profunda coyuntura económica.


          Venezuela rechaza declaraciones de secretarios de Defensa y Estado de EE.UU.      Cache   Translate Page      

Venezuela rechaza las declaraciones del secretario de Defensa de Estados Unidos, James Mattis y del secretario de Estado, Mike Pompeo, las cuales constituyen unas agresiones a la soberanía del pueblo venezolano y al Gobierno Constitucional.

El texto detalla: “El Secretario Pompeo, por su parte, continúa reconociendo cínicamente el sufrimiento que las medidas coercitivas estadounidenses producen en la población venezolana, lo que poco le importa mientras el resultado sea la ´restauración´ de un gobierno entreguista y sumiso a los intereses geopolíticos de Washington”.


          New Turks and Caicos Flights for 2018      Cache   Translate Page      

2018 Turks and Caicos Flights

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Now that it's officially fall, travel season is almost upon us. The days are growing shorter, and the weather is getting colder and wetter... or worse. To prepare you for the months of icy snow and darkness ahead we have some new information on new Turks and Caicos flights. We also have some tips on how to find cheap tickets to save money on your vacation on warm and sandy Grace Bay Beach.

Southwest to Resume Daily Direct Flights to Turks and Caicos

Southwest Airlines has announced they will resume direct flights from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood to Providenciales International Airport (PLS) in Turks and Caicos starting November 4.

These flights will connect in Fort Lauderdale to and from cities in the eastern half of the United States such as Baltimore, New York, Atlanta, Orlando, Tampa and Washington DC.

As well  Southwest will be offering new direct flights from Nashville to Providenciales, with service expected to start in November, 2017. Fares and flight schedules to Providenciales have yet to be announced, so stay tuned!

InterCaribbean Launches New Turks and Caicos Flights

If you're planning an excursion to Grand Turk and want to see as much of Turks and Caicos as possible, InterCaribbean's new service may be of interest.

Turks and Caicos-based regional Caribbean airline InterCaribbean Airways has officially commenced its new service from Grand Turk to both South Caicos and Salt Cay.

List of Flights to Turks and Caicos

There are direct flights between Providenciales Airport (PLS) and many cities throughout North America and Canada, including New York, Atlanta, Miami, Toronto and Montreal.

Schedules for fall and winter 2018 are still being determined, so, for daily flights be sure to check the Turks and Caicos Airport Authority, or check out the airlines' websites for up-to-date information:

City Airlines
NYC JetBlue, Delta Airlines, United Airlines,
Boston JetBlue, Delta Airlines, US Airways
Philadelphia Delta Airlines, US Airways
Charlotte US Airways
Atlanta Delta Airlines,
Miami American Airlines
Toronto Air Canada, WestJet
Ottawa Air Canada
Montreal Air Transat, Air Canada, WestJet
Nassau British Airways, Bahamas Air (direct daily flights)
London (Heathrow) British Airways

If you want more information, as always, be sure to contact our reservations desk.

Tips on Getting Cheap Tickets to Turks and Caicos

For some people, the actual planning process is one of the most enjoyable parts of taking a vacation. It's always a challenge to hunt down the best flight deals, so here are a few tips:

1. Search for tickets one seat at a time

If you are searching for tickets for your family, if you really want to save money, try searching by one ticket at a time. This is because most automated systems will show you the highest fare for all the tickets. If you try searching one seat at a time, there may be limited seats on sale.

2. Search at midweek

Airlines tend to launch their sales on Tuesdays and end them on Thursdays, so don’t limit your searches to the weekends.

3. Fly on a holiday

It may seem counterintuitive, but the biggest savings can be found by flying on the actual holiday, such as Thanksgiving or Christmas Day. The exception is if you’re traveling over a three-day weekend—then, everyone is looking to fly on the actual holiday, so that’s the perfect time to try and extend your vacation by a day.

4. Fly on a Tuesday, Wednesday or a Saturday

Why? Because planes are least full on these days of the week, these flights usually have the lowest fares.

5. Monitor Twitter, Facebook and airline emails

Follow your favorite airlines on social media in addition to signing up for discount online travel company emails.

Plan Your Dream Vacation on Grace Bay Beach, Providenciales

Experience an earthly wonder of sand and sea at our 114-suite luxury resort on Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands, British West Indies.

Family-friendly, yet ideally suited for romantic getaways and wedding celebrations, The Sands at Grace Bay offers a harmonious balance of home comforts and sublime Caribbean elegance – as well as a picture perfect location on the sparkling shores of Grace Bay Beach.

If you are dreaming of a beach holiday in the Caribbean that gives you the flexibility of having your own fully-equipped suite while enticing you with fine dining, pristine grounds and sigh-inducing vistas, we look forward to welcoming you to The Sands at Grace Bay.

Have a travel tip or a question about flights to Turks and Caicos? Be sure to leave a comment!

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          Medien: US-Senatoren beschuldigen Saudi-Kronprinz im Fall Khashoggi      Cache   Translate Page      
Washington (dpa) - US-Senatoren haben sich nach einem Geheimdienstbriefing überzeugt von einer Beteiligung des saudischen Kronprinzen Mohammed bin Salman an der Ermordung des regierungskritischen Journalisten Jamal Khashoggi gezeigt.
          U.S. News & World Report Names The Sands Among “Best Hotels in the Turks and Caicos”      Cache   Translate Page      

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We are pleased to report that U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in rankings and consumer advice, has named The Sands at Grace Bay as one of the 2018 “Best Hotels in the Turks and Caicos” -- an acclaim the resort has received since 2015.

U.S. News & World Report is a digital news and information company that empowers people to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives. Focusing on Education, Health, Personal Finance, Travel, Cars and News & Opinion, USNews.com provides consumer advice, rankings, news and analysis to serve people making complex decisions throughout all stages of life. More than 30 million people visit USNews.com each month for research and guidance. Founded in 1933, U.S. News is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

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          US STOCKS-Wall Street drops on trade truce doubts, bond market jitters      Cache   Translate Page      
*Flattening U.S. yield curves hit bank stocks. Dec 4- Banks led Wall Street lower on Tuesday, as a decline in U.S. bond yields set off warning lights about slowing growth, while industrial and technology stocks fell on skepticism over the chances of a breakthrough in the U.S.- China trade talks. Following a rally on Monday after Washington and Beijing agreed to a...
          Polio-like disease in U.S. kids appears to have peaked for 2018, CDC says      Cache   Translate Page      
In 2018, 134 cases of acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, have been confirmed in 33 states. Another 165 are under investigation. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
          Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer to retire after Rose Bowl      Cache   Translate Page      

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer abruptly announced his retirement Tuesday, citing health reasons and a difficult year that included a three-game suspension over his handling of domestic violence allegations against a now-fired assistant coach. He will step down after the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1.

Meyer is leaving at the top of his career after three national championships and seven years at the Big Ten school, where he has an 82-9 record. The 54-year-old Meyer has an arachnoid cyst in his brain that causes severe headaches, and had shown obvious effects of being in pain on the sideline this season.

At a packed news conference, Meyer explained that the headaches became severe last season during Ohio State's game at Penn State and have become a persistent problem this season. But he didn't blame only his health for stepping away. Meyer said he believed he could no longer coach the way he has always coached, from the early days at Bowling Green to Utah, Florida and finally with the Buckeyes.

"The style of coaching I've done for 33 years is very intense, very demanding. I tried to delegate more and CEO more and the product started to feel ...," he said, not finishing his thought. "I didn't feel I was doing right by our players and by Gene (Smith, the athletic director)."

Meyer said leaving would have been more difficult if the program wasn't healthy. The Buckeyes are 12-1 after winning the Big Ten and, and Meyer said he felt good that assistant coach Ryan Day will take over as the 25th coach of the storied program where Meyer won a national title in 2014 after two at Florida (2006, 2008).

"You want to hand it off to someone who could make it stronger," Meyer said.

It was Day who led the Buckeyes when Meyer was suspended for three games to start this season over his role in the handling of assistant coach Zach Smith, who was accused by his ex-wife of domestic abuse.

Meyer said he knew about the allegations against Smith — grandson of former Ohio State coach Earle Bruce — but wasn't sure they were true and kept Smith on staff because no criminal charges were filed. The university cited that lapse in suspending Meyer after an investigation.

A report issued by an investigative committee left a lasting stain, detailing behavior by Meyer that could have taken down a coach of lesser stature. The investigation showed he tolerated bad behavior for years from Smith, including domestic-violence accusations, drug addiction, lies and other acts that directly clash with the values Meyer touts publicly.

Meyer acknowledged the investigation was among the reasons for his decision: "The decision was the result of cumulative events."

Meyer was asked if the suspension will affect his legacy.

"I'm sure it will... I can lie to you and say it is not important to me," he said.

The announcement came as the Buckeyes begin preparations for the bowl game against Washington and less than three weeks before the early signing period, giving recruits time to change their minds. Meyer said his decision had to come before the Dec. 19 signing day.

Former players were full of praise for Meyer.

"Besides my parents, you were one of the most influential people to touch my life and I'm appreciative of that," former Buckeyes linebacker Joshua Perry wrote on Twitter.

The Buckeyes' strong finish this season belied on-the-field problems that made for a stressful season for Meyer and his staff. He lost star defensive end Nick Bosa to an early season-ending injury, and the defense never fully recovered.

The team alternated expected blowout wins with puzzling play that included a pair of one-point wins (Penn State, Maryland) and a closer-than-expected win over a struggling Nebraska team. A startling blowout loss at unranked Purdue on Oct. 20 pushed Ohio State to the fringe of the national championship chase and prompted questions about Meyer's future and he was forced to address speculation that he would step down at the end of the season.

"I plan on coaching," he said on Oct. 29. Asked if he would definitely return to Ohio State next year, he answered, "Yes."

Ohio State followed that with five straight wins, including a rout of archrival Michigan that gave the Buckeyes another division title and then pulled away for an easy win over Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship.

The success was nothing new for Meyer, who was a standout coach at Utah before he left for Florida in 2005 and rocketed to the top of the college football coaching ranks, a peer of Alabama coach Nick Saban in terms of respect and ability. After stepping down at Florida due to stress-related health concerns, he took the Ohio State job before the 2012 season after Jim Tressel was forced out for lying to the NCAA amid a memorabilia-for-tattoos scandal.

It appeared to be a dream job for the Toledo native. His contract was extended in April by two years through 2022, increasing Meyer's salary to $7.6 million in 2018 with annual 6 percent raises. Meyer has about $38 million left on his contract.

Ohio State will now turn to Day, a second-year Ohio State assistant who had never before been a head coach before he stepped in for Meyer this season.


          Ground beef recall reissued to include 5 million more pounds      Cache   Translate Page      

WASHINGTON — A beef manufacturer is recalling more than 5 million more pounds of raw beef products after a Salmonella outbreak sickened nearly 250 people.

The recall, initially issued in early October, is due to concerns that consumers may have affected products in their freezers. In total, nearly 12 million pounds of beef have been recalled.

The USDA is classifying the recall as Class I, meaning there's reasonable probability that eating the beef will result in serious health consequences.

The beef added to the original recall was packaged between July 26, 2018 and Sept. 7, 2018 and have establishment number "EST. 267" inside the USDA mark of inspection. Some brand names of the affected beef include Kroger, Gourmet Burger, JBS generic and Showcase.

The beef was sold nationwide.

Investigators have confirmed 246 cases of Salmonella in 26 states since July 26.

If there is a possibility you have this beef in your freezer, throw it away immediately.

For more details on the recall, go to fsis.usda.gov. To see a full list of the products included in the recall, click here.


          NASA spacecraft arrives at ancient asteroid, its 1st visitor      Cache   Translate Page      

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — After a two-year chase, a NASA spacecraft arrived Monday at the ancient asteroid Bennu, its first visitor in billions of years.

The robotic explorer Osiris-Rex pulled within 12 miles (19 kilometers) of the diamond-shaped space rock. It will get even closer in the days ahead and go into orbit around Bennu on Dec. 31. No spacecraft has ever orbited such a small cosmic body.

It is the first U.S. attempt to gather asteroid samples for return to Earth, something only Japan has accomplished so far.

Flight controllers applauded and exchanged high-fives once confirmation came through that Osiris-Rex made it to Bennu — exactly one week after NASA landed a spacecraft on Mars.

"Relieved, proud, and anxious to start exploring!" tweeted lead scientist Dante Lauretta of the University of Arizona. "To Bennu and back!"

With Bennu some 76 million miles (122 million kilometers) away, it took seven minutes for word to get from the spacecraft to flight controllers at Lockheed Martin in Littleton, Colorado. The company built the spacecraft there.

Bennu is estimated to be just over 1,600 feet (500 meters) across. Researchers will provide a more precise description at a scientific meeting next Monday in Washington.

About the size of an SUV, the spacecraft will shadow the asteroid for a year, before scooping up some gravel for return to Earth in 2023.

Scientists are eager to study material from a carbon-rich asteroid like dark Bennu, which could hold evidence dating back to the beginning of our solar system 4.5 billion years ago. As such, it's an astronomical time capsule.

A Japanese spacecraft, meanwhile, has been hanging out at another near-Earth asteroid since June, also for samples. It is Japan's second asteroid mission. This latest rock is named Ryugu and about double the size of Bennu.

Ryugu's specks should be here by December 2020, but will be far less than Osiris-Rex's promised booty.

Osiris-Rex aims to collect at least 60 grams, or 2 ounces, of dust and gravel. The spacecraft won't land, but rather use a 10-foot (3-meter) mechanical arm in 2020 to momentarily touch down and vacuum up particles. The sample container would break loose and head toward Earth in 2021.

The collection — parachuting down to Utah — would represent the biggest cosmic haul since the Apollo astronauts hand-delivered moon rocks to Earth in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

NASA has brought back comet dust and solar wind particles before, but never asteroid samples. Japan managed to return some tiny particles in 2010 from its first asteroid mission , also named Hayabusa.

Both Bennu and Ryugu are considered potentially hazardous asteroids. That means they could smack Earth years from now. At worst, Bennu would carve out a crater during a projected close call 150 years from now.

Contact with Bennu will not significantly change its orbit or make it more dangerous to us, Lauretta stressed.

Scientists contend the more they learn about asteroids, the better equipped Earth will be in heading off a truly catastrophic strike.

The $800 million Osiris-Rex mission began with a 2016 launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Its odometer read 1.2 billion miles (2 billion kilometers) as of Monday.

Both the spacecraft and asteroid's names come from Egyptian mythology. Osiris is the god of the afterlife, while Bennu represents the heron and creation.

Osiris-Rex is actually a NASA acronym for origins, spectral interpretation, resource identification, security-regolith explorer.


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          Bush's state funeral follows generations of tradition      Cache   Translate Page      

Former President George H.W. Bush's state funeral encompasses four days of events, from his arrival in Washington to his burial in Texas on Thursday.

The guidelines for state funerals date back to the mid-1800s and have been shaped over time. Seating arrangements, for example, are detailed with precision, with the presidential party followed by chiefs of state, arranged alphabetically by the English spelling of their countries.

Ronald Reagan's state funeral in 2004 was the first of its kind since Lyndon Johnson died in 1973. Gerald Ford's state funeral overlapped the end of 2006 and the beginning of 2007.

The president, former presidents and a president-elect are all entitled to a state funeral, but the family decides if they actually get one or just how involved it will be. Richard Nixon's family, acting on his wishes, opted out of the Washington traditions when he died in 1994, his presidency shortened and forever tainted by Watergate.

The rules and what actually happens are based on what has come before.

John F. Kennedy's services were modeled after those of Abraham Lincoln, at the request of his widow, Jacqueline, in her first public statement after the assassination. Historians examined musty documents by flashlight in the middle of the night as the stunned country waited for a plan — the Library of Congress' automatic lights could not be rigged to come on after hours.

Bush is the 12th president to lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda. Like many presidents, Bush and Ford served in Congress. Reagan did not.

Eight presidents have had funeral processions down Pennsylvania Avenue, including all four presidents to die by assassination — Lincoln, James Garfield, William McKinley and Kennedy. Bush decided his state funeral would not include a formal procession through downtown Washington.

Washington National Cathedral, which will host Bush's national service Wednesday, served the same function for Dwight D. Eisenhower, Reagan and Ford.

Two presidents are buried at Arlington National Cemetery: Kennedy and William Howard Taft. Bush will be buried at his presidential library in College Station, Texas, near his wife, Barbara, who died in April, and their daughter Robin, who died of leukemia at age 3.

Only sitting presidents and immediate family members have ever lain in the White House for viewing. Ex-president John Adams didn't even lie in the White House, though his son, John Quincy Adams, was the sitting president at the time of the death. The older Adams died the same day as Thomas Jefferson — July 4, 1826 — possibly complicating his chances for a White House viewing.

The Capitol has a more expansive policy for lying in state. Congressman Henry Clay, in 1852, was the first to lie in the Capitol Rotunda. FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover lay in the Capitol in 1972. Police officers killed in 1998 while protecting the Capitol also lay in state there. Sen. John McCain lay in state after his death earlier this year.

The first presidential state funeral was for William Henry Harrison, who in 1841 became the first president to die in office, just 30 days after his inauguration. Alexander Hunter, a Washington merchant, was tasked with putting on a first-of-its-kind American ceremony. He draped the White House in black. Official buildings and many private households followed suit, starting a now-lost tradition that was repeated at Lincoln's funeral 25 years later.


          US soldier dies from wounds in Afghanistan blast last week      Cache   Translate Page      

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says that a fourth soldier has died from wounds suffered last week in a roadside bomb blast in eastern Afghanistan.

Sgt. Jason Mitchell McClary died Sunday at the military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany. He was 24 years old and from Export, Pennsylvania.

Three other service members were killed in the explosion last Tuesday near Ghazni, and two others were wounded.

It was the deadliest attack against U.S. forces in Afghanistan this year. The Taliban claimed responsibility.

McClary was assigned to 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, based at Fort Carson, Colorado.


          U.S. House Republican campaign arm hacked during election year      Cache   Translate Page      
By Ginger Gibson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The National Republican Congressional Committee, the organization that coordinates Republican election campaigns for the U.S. House of Representatives, was hacked, according to a spokesman for the organization. “The NRCC can confirm that it was the victim of a cyber intrusion by an unknown entity. The cybersecurity of the Committee’s …
          Comment on Christmas Book Bundle II by Dede      Cache   Translate Page      
I jst ordered Technocracy: The Hard Road to World Order, Globalization & the Global Banking and Trilaterals over Washington...I do not need the Technocracy Rising..I aready have that...I ordered the bundle 2, thinking that I was getting Trilaterals over Washington in that bundle...but it looks like I'm getting another copy of the Technocracy Rising...can we correct this order? Thank you, D Ramella Order # 15429
          Top House Democrat says may not seat North Carolina Republican in vote row: report      Cache   Translate Page      
Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives may decide not to seat a North Carolina Republican currently embroiled in a voting controversy after they take control in January, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday.
          Republican senators, after CIA briefing, say clear Saudi crown prince culpable in Khashoggi’s death      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two Republican senators said on Tuesday they were more certain than ever that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was culpable in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi after receiving a CIA briefing on the matter. “You have to be willfully blind not to come to the conclusion that this was orchestrated …
          Mueller’s office to recommend sentencing for ex-Trump aide Flynn      Cache   Translate Page      
By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office will make a sentencing recommendation for former national security adviser Michael Flynn on Tuesday, in a court filing that is expected to shed light on the extent of Flynn’s cooperation in the Russia probe. Flynn, who held the White House job for …
          Ohio State coach Urban Meyer at a glance      Cache   Translate Page      
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is stepping down after the Buckeyes play Washington in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1. A look at his career: AGE: 54 CAREER RECORD: 186-32 (overall); 17-6 (Bowling Green); 22-2 (Utah); 65-15 (Florida); 82-9 (Ohio State) TITLES: 3
          White House seeks more German auto production in U.S.      Cache   Translate Page      
The White House is looking to whittle down a $30 billion automotive trade deficit with Germany with increased production in the U.S., Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said ahead of a meeting with automakers in Washington.
          Pros and Cons of Taking Winter Term Classes      Cache   Translate Page      

Winter break is for kicking back and sleeping in, right? After a grueling semester-long internship, the last thing you are thinking about is more classes. But there are plenty of reasons to study up and take advantage of this time. Here’s the pros and cons of taking winter term classes. Enjoy an accelerated agenda Pros: […]

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          Streit über neue Mittelstreckenwaffen: Was, wenn Russland das Ultimatum ignoriert?      Cache   Translate Page      
Die Nato wirft Russland erstmals den Bruch des INF-Vertrags über Mittelstreckenwaffen vor - und Washington stellt ein Ultimatum zur Vernichtung der Waffen. Doch gibt es einen Plan für den Fall, dass Moskau nicht mitspielt?
          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.
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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.


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          Handelsstreit um US-Zölle auf PKW: Deutsche Autobosse im Weißen Haus      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Technical Support Triage Representative (Bilingual) - WatchGuard Technologies - Mississauga, ON      Cache   Translate Page      
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          12/4/2018: REPORT ON BUSINESS | GLOBE INVESTOR: Will Trump’s trade talk go beyond bluster?      Cache   Translate Page      

It’s not obvious why Washington prefers tough rhetoric when an all-out trade war with China courts such risks Markets jumped Monday on news of a ceasefire in the great U.S.-China trade skirmish. Stocks and commodity prices should continue to get a...
          10 of the Best Health Care Stocks to Buy for 2019      Cache   Translate Page      

10 of the Best Health Care Stocks to Buy for 2019Anyone who invests in the stock market should be curious about the best health care stocks to buy. Along with college tuition, health care is one of the few economic segments where spending has risen far faster than inflation. Both of those trends are fundamentally unsustainable, but until Washington does something about it -- and as long as Americans' own health care bills keep rising -- individual investors might as well profit from the sector themselves.



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Mr. Wright and Micfreak (Washington, D.C.) presents “All the Tricks in the Book” every first Sunday at 12pm EST on www.dancegruv.net! Tracklist:

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          AP FACT CHECK: 'Tariff Man' Trump wrong on import taxes      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump promised on Twitter that tariffs would maximize the country's economic heft and "MAKE AMERICA RICH AGAIN."
          An Iraqi-American’s memory of George H.W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq      Cache   Translate Page      

WASHINGTON: President George H.W. Bush passed away at the age of 94 last week.  The…

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          Macron says let them eat cake, the gilets jaunes respond We Want Trump      Cache   Translate Page      

WASHINGTON:  Seeing the writing on the proverbial wall, resident of France are standing up against…

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          Crowd in Tears as WW2 Hero Bob Dole Rises from Wheelchair to Salute Bush's Coffin in Dramatic Moment      Cache   Translate Page      

An incredibly touching moment just happened at the U.S. Capitol where former President George H.W. Bush is laying in state. Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole was helped out of his wheelchair to salute Bush's flag-draped coffin.

https://twitter.com/ABC/status/1070022721365532672

The 95-year-old WWII vet was pushed into the rotunda in his wheelchair by an aide. However, once he arrived by the casket, Dole gestured to the aide to help him stand.

Once he was standing at the casket's side, the longtime senator and congressman from Kansas raised his left arm to salute. Dole was then helped back into his wheelchair where he sat for several moments in front of the casket.

https://twitter.com/cspan/status/1070017669238153216

https://twitter.com/ABC/status/1070019835424333824

https://twitter.com/HowardMortman/status/1070020140174069761

Bush was his longtime colleague, and they both served in WWII. Dole suffered severe injuries to his arms in the war. His injuries were so severe that he couldn't use his right arm and his left hand was partially numb.

Dole also honored Bush through the Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas. They set up a special memorial to honor Bush's legacy.

https://twitter.com/CBSEveningNews/status/1070032219580887040

https://twitter.com/JRBoh/status/1070024472743301120

Bush will be honored with a funeral service at the Washington National Cathedral Wednesday before his body is flown back to Texas for burial beside his wife and infant daughter.

https://twitter.com/Zachary_Cohen/status/1070017931826946048

https://twitter.com/HowardMortman/status/1070016242117996544

What an incredibly touching moment! May God bless and comfort all those who mourn the 41st president.


          Neal Wood For Cardinal Skateshop      Cache   Translate Page      

One of my best friends and favorite skaters, Neal Wood has a new one for Cardinal Skateshop. It's filmed in and around Washington DC by Smalls, one of the guys behind Stop Fakin.
          Patent Prosecution Associate Attorney - Connecticut-Stamford      Cache   Translate Page      
Stamford office of our client seeks patent prosecution associate attorney with 1-3 years of experience in counseling. The candidate should have one engineering or science degree. Must be admitted to USPTO. Experience drafting patent opinion letters is a plus. Admission to or willingness to become admitted to the Connecticut Bar.should possess excellent academic credentials as well as strong written and oral communication skills.This law firm is present in Boston, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Washington, DC. Their practice areas include commercial litigation, individual clients, energy and utility law, intellectual property, labor and employment, corporate and business law and real estate, environment and land use. With around 300 attorneys, this 100-year old firm has gained a superior and a high value reputation over the years and is well-positioned to provide help for regional, national and international clients.
          House GOP Campaign Arm Targeted by ‘Unknown Entity’ in 2018      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of emails were stolen from aides to the National Republican Congressional Committee during the 2018 midterm campaign, a major breach exposing vulnerabilities that have kept cybersecurity experts on edge since the 2016 presidential race. The email accounts were compromised during a series of intrusions that had been spread over several months and discovered in April, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. At least four different party aides had their emails surveilled by […]
          Former Indianapolis superintendent now appointed to lead D.C.’s public schools      Cache   Translate Page      

Dr. Lewis Ferebee was offered a job in Washington D.C. to be the new Chancellor of Public Schools.

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          Crowds Honor Bush, from War Service to Help for Disabled      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON — Soldiers, citizens in wheelchairs and long lines of others on foot wound through the hushed Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday to view George H.W. Bush’s casket and remember a president whose legacy included World War military service and a landmark law affirming the rights of the disabled. Bob Dole, a compatriot in war, peace and political struggle, steadied himself out of his wheelchair and saluted his old friend and one-time rival. As at notable moments in his life, Bush […]
          SUBJECT: John Forrest COX of Washington, D.C. 1824-1867      Cache   Translate Page      
Seeking parents of John Forrest Cox who was born in 1824 in Washington, D.C. and moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he married Jane Diamond and died in 1867. Email: schoener@sbcglobal.net
          Re: 11th Street Methodist Episcopal Church Cemetery       Cache   Translate Page      
The church record reads "died in the Lord 12 Nov 1915". It has nothing about his burial. The death certificate says Westminister Cemetery. On findagrave it has him buried i Westminister Cemetery in Bala Cynwyd - not terribly far from the location of his residence (Mantua) in Philadelphia.

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/139323653/charles-a-huff

There is a database with defunct cemetery and there is not cemetery associated with the 11th St. Methodist Episcopal Church (the record book on page 3 says the church was located at 11th St above Washington)

https://fusiontables.googleusercontent.com/embedviz?q=select...

hope that helps.
Linda
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          Solemn public pays tribute to Bush before dawn in Rotunda      Cache   Translate Page      

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s capital embraced George H.W. Bush in death with solemn ceremony and high tributes to his service and decency, as the remains of the 41st president took their place in the Capitol Rotunda for three days of mourning and praise by the political elite and everyday citizens alike. Even before sunrise […]

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          High School Could Be Renamed To Honor Couple Who Fought Interracial Marriage Ban      Cache   Translate Page      
A high school in northern Virginia that's removing Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's name could be renamed to honor the couple who challenged the state's ban on interracial marriage.
          Our Country's Washington DC establish, Media, are total hypocrites telling you about the 41st President George H. W. Bush.      Cache   Translate Page      
Globalist, George H.W. Bush
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          The Criminal Political Profile of the Deep State members running the U.S. Government.      Cache   Translate Page      
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We now clearly see the corrupted criminal political profile of the men and women running Washington DC in the way they want in real time now.
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Thomas Williams - Criminals seem to leave a Trace of their profile in the crimes they commit. That we have criminal experts profiling the crimes of the crook in order to catch them in the future. To arrest them and bring them to trial that the criminal's profile helps to put them in prison. So too has President Trump helped to expose our country's Washington DC establishment members. Who is obviously using the same profile to get away with the same crime? All we need to do now is find an honest Sheriff to arrest them, and an honest Lawyer to prosecute them. An honest Judge to Judge them, and honest 12 men Court Jury to convince them. Can we find such people now that we know better?
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           I think that George H.W. Bush was also corrupted by political power that no one in his Presidential Administration could admit. So now that he died the Washington DC establishment to the man is glossing over the obvious with the same political Show that we now have seen them broadcast so many times before.      Cache   Translate Page      

The Washington DC establishment Political Show
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The reason I no longer like GHW Bush is that he's an original American like I am. He was the personification of class.
And yet he snubbed and insulted our current president out of pure envy.
That is not class. That is pure spite and it belies all of the claims of his innate decency.
I'm embarrassed for him...
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Thomas Williams Yes, that is very much true.
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Frankie Leather My thought exactly. All the Bushes said spiteful things.
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Courtney Jones And for that, they lose our respect.
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Barbara Rector Courtney Jones absolutely, all of them!
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Thomas Williams - The exposure of the Washington DC establishment political membership way of running our country's Government has become very clear to you and me since President Trump was elected. 

How the Deep State cult members deliberately Institutionalized a political cloud of a thousand lies. Broadcasted hand and hand by the mainstream media over the past 50 years airways. Propaganda artist keeping the Deep States members politically protected from the accountability of America "Equal Justice under the Law." 

Becoming a double social standard of the worse kind against you and me. That the Republican or Democrat, is in fact, one in the same political cult deceiving us each and every day.

A political Show for appearance sake only.
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The LSU football team is headed to a New Year's Six Bowl following the 2018 season.

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Playoffs: Alabama vs. Oklahoma and Clemson vs. Notre Dame
Peach: Florida vs. Michigan
Fiesta: LSU vs. UCF
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          12/4/2018: CANADA / WORLD: Last trip to Washington      Cache   Translate Page      

HOUSTON — Sent off with a 21-gun salute, George H.W. Bush left his beloved Texas for the final time Monday, headed to Washington as the nation paid tribute to the 41st president for a lifetime of public service that began in the Navy during the Second...
          12/4/2018: WORLD: China-U.S. tech deal looks iffy      Cache   Translate Page      

BEIJING — Buy more U.S. exports? Done. Tinker with technology tactics that irk Washington and other trading partners? Maybe. But scrap those plans, seen by Beijing as a path to prosperity and influence? Probably never. The agreement by U.S. President...
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MLB notebook: Nationals reportedly sign LHP Corbin#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000 The Washington Nationals landed probably the most most sensible prizes at the free-agent marketplace by means of signing left-hander Patrick Corbin to a six-year, $140 million deal, in line with more than one experiences Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: Arizona Diamondbacks beginning pitcher Patrick Corbin ... Reported by The News Articles 4 minutes ago.
          Panel reviewing whether lawmaker used staff to run errands      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics Committee is reviewing an allegation that Republican congressman Tom Garrett of Virginia used congressional staff to perform personal errands.The committee's chairman and ranking Democratic lawmaker... Reported by New Zealand Herald 15 minutes ago.
          Justice Department official accused of employee sex assault      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department’s watchdog says a senior department official sexually assaulted an employee and pressured another worker to have sex with him in exchange for a promotion. An inspector general’s report released Tuesday says the unnamed official also sexually ... Reported by Seattle Times 11 minutes ago.
          Window On Washington - Vol. 2, Issue 48      Cache   Translate Page      
Outlook for This Week in the Nation's Capital - Shutdown Delay. President Trump is open to pushing back a potential shutdown after the death of former President George H.W. Bush....
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Mark Sanchez makes butt fumble recovery years after infamous blooper#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000 Backup quarterback pulled off an improbable butt fumble restoration on Monday, Dec. three, 2018. (AP) Washington Redskins backup quarterback Mark Sanchez, who made headlines — and memes — together with his notorious “butt fumble” whilst beginning for the New York Jets on Thanksgiving ... Reported by The News Articles 31 minutes ago.
          Solutions Architect - NVIDIA - Washington State      Cache   Translate Page      
Assist field business development in through the enablement process for GPU Computing products, technical relationship and assisting machine learning/deep...
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          Washington’s new Paid Family and Medical Leave program       Cache   Translate Page      
Premium collection for Washington’s new Paid Family and Medical Leave program is set to begin on Jan. 1, 2019.

Passed with bipartisan support in the state Legislature in 2017, Paid Family and Medical Leave will provide every eligible employee in Washington paid time to care for themselves or a loved one through serious illness or injury, to bond with a child coming into the family, and for certain military related events. 

Eligible individuals may file benefit claims starting Jan. 1, 2020.

Virtually all employers in Washington must participate, including small, medium and large businesses, non-profits, charities and faith organizations. The premium rate for 2019 is 0.4 percent of an employee’s gross wages.

The premium can be shared by the employer (about 37 percent) and employee (about 63 percent). Businesses that average under 50 employees are not required to pay the employer portion of the premium but are still required to collect the employee’s portion or elect to pay that portion on the employee’s behalf.

Starting Jan. 1, 2019 employers must:
  • Begin withholding Paid Family and Medical Leave premiums from employee paychecks, or plan to cover part or all of the employee’s share
  • Begin preparations for quarterly reporting, including tracking hours and wages of all employees, including seasonal, temporary and part-time workers 

ESD has been providing information to employers, payroll companies, accountants and others throughout the year—and the agency is ramping up frequency of emails and mailers leading up to the January deadline.

Employers still have plenty of time to prepare for this new law, and ESD encourages them to download the employer toolkit at paidleave.wa.gov/employers. This toolkit includes premium calculation information, reporting requirements and sample employee communications in multiple languages.




          Call for Short Films: 2019 Shoreline Short Short Film Festival       Cache   Translate Page      
Compete for the coveted
Golden Sasquatch!
The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council is currently accepting submissions for the 2018 Shoreline Short Short Film Festival. 

This festival aims to support emerging and developing filmmakers in Washington State and encourage appreciation for the art of filmmaking in our community. 

Entries of “short short” films must be between 3 and 10 minutes and will be judged by an esteemed jury of filmmakers and film advocates.

Returning judges include Tony Doupé, SAG/AFTRA Actor and Shoreline Community College Film Department Professor, and Denise Walz, Co-President of PRR Biz. 

Added judges include Vivian Hua, Executive Director of the Northwest Film Forum, and Award-winning producer and founder of Indie Movie Mastery, Jenna Edwards.

Accepted films will be screened on Saturday, February 9 in the state-of-the-art Shoreline Community College Theater, and the best of the best will take home an artsy Sasquatch Award.

Film submissions must be made via Film Freeway no later than December 21st, 2018.

AWARDS and PRIZES
  • Best Picture – $500 
  • Best Music Video Short – $250
  • Best Animated Short – $250
  • Viewer’s Choice Award – $250
  • Best Comedy Short – $250
  • Best Student Short – $250

There is a small fee to submit entries this year. $15 standard fee for all categories except in the Student category. The Student Category fee is $5.

All winners will also receive an artsy Sasquatch Award that is sure to be the envy of any Pacific Northwest filmmaker!

FILM SPECIFICATIONS
  • Films must be 3-10 minutes in length, including credits
  • Filmmakers must have proper license to all copyrighted music, video, and images included in the duration of their submission(s)
  • Films must have been completed after January 1, 2017
  • All non-English films must have English subtitles
  • FILMS MUST BE MADE BY FILMMAKERS WORKING IN WASHINGTON STATE*

SUBMISSION and ACCEPTANCE
  • Notification of acceptance will be sent via email by January 9, 2019
  • Filmmakers can only submit one film
  • Preference is given to filmmakers working in the Greater Seattle Area
  • Still shots and/or excerpts from selected films may be used by the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council for publicity purposes
  • All entries are final and may not be withdrawn from the festival once submitted
Additional information on our website!

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council is proud to present this event with support from the City of Shoreline, City of Lake Forest Park, 4Culture, and individual donors, like you.




          Medicare and Affordable Care Act insurance deadlines looming      Cache   Translate Page      

Over 65? Disabled? Medicare open enrollment ends this Friday! Need help navigating your choices? Get free, unbiased help from SHIBA by phone or in person near you. More Medicare info on the Insurance Commissioners webpage is HERE. The government website is Medicare.gov


Low income or no income? Enrollment for Affordable Care Act insurance plans ends Saturday, December 15th. Subsidies make it possible for very low-income folk to have decent health care insurance. Get information and sign up at WashingtonHealthplanFinder.com




          Information Design and Visualization Specialist - Booz Allen Hamilton - Washington, DC      Cache   Translate Page      
Are you fascinated by the possibilities presented by the IoT, machine learning, and artificial intelligence advances?...
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          Sr. Solutions Architect - Lead - NVIDIA - Washington, DC      Cache   Translate Page      
You will also be an internal champion for Data Analytics and Machine Learning among the NVIDIA technical community....
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          Flags at half-staff for President George H.W. Bush      Cache   Translate Page      
Acting Governor Duane Davidson (Washington State Treasurer) hereby directs that Washington State and United States flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff immediately, in memory of former United States President George H.W. Bush who passed away on November 30, 2018 at the age of 94.

Flags should remain at half-staff until close of business or sunset on Monday, December 31, 2018.

Other government entities, citizens and businesses are encouraged to join this recognition.

Please call (360) 902-0383 if you have any questions about this flag lowering.





          Researchers classify Alzheimer's patients in 6 subgroups      Cache   Translate Page      
(University of Washington Health Sciences/UW Medicine) Researchers studying Alzheimer's disease have created an approach to classify patients with Alzheimer's disease, a finding that may open the door for personalized treatments.
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Employee Benefits Associate The candidate should have 2-3 years’ broad based employee benefits experience. Must have strong academic background. Texas Bar membership or Washington, DC Bar membership ...
          Redskins Coach Jay Gruden Says Team ‘Discussed’ Kaepernick      Cache   Translate Page      
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 03: Quarterback Mark Sanchez #6 of the Washington Redskins looks to pass against linebacker Nigel Bradham #53 of the Philadelphia Eagles during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on December 3, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia Eagles won 28-13. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden says the team "talked about and discussed" bringing in quarterback Colin Kaepernick for a tryout "but we will probably go in a different direction."
          WIT Launches Campaign of Citywide Free Improv Workshops      Cache   Translate Page      
From now through January of 2019, Washington Improv Theater is offering a record number of free improv workshops to the public. Twelve “Improv for All” workshops are currently on the...
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THE PELICAN BRIEF (1993), Alan J. Pakula’s second-last film isn’t interesting in itself. It shows its director revisiting the past glories of ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN, with Washington locations, crusading reporters, underground car parks, conspiracies. It’s very glossy and well shot and cut, but John Grisham’s book, at least as adapted by screenwriter Pakula, is […]
          Mỹ ra tối hậu thư buộc Nga chứng tỏ tuân thủ hiệp ước hạt nhân      Cache   Translate Page      
Mỹ ra tối hậu thư 60 ngày cho Nga để thú nhận điều mà Washington nói là nước này vi phạm hiệp ước kiểm soát vũ khí ngăn việc điều động phi đạn ở Châu Âu, nói rằng chỉ có Moscow mới có thể cứu vãn hiệp ước này. Tại một cuộc họp ở Brussels, […]
          TT Trump: ‘Thành quả của cố TT Bush tuyệt vời từ khởi đầu cho đến kết thúc’      Cache   Translate Page      
Một hàng dài người xếp hàng tại tòa nhà Quốc hội ở thủ đô Washington hôm thứ Ba (4/12) để đến bày tỏ lòng tôn kính và thương tiếc đối với cựu Tổng thống George H.W. Bush khi linh cữu ông đang được đặt tại khu Rotunda trong tòa nhà Quốc hội Mỹ. Sáng sớm […]
           Mooney M20J 201, N205JS: Incident occurred December 03, 2018 in Kent, King County, Washington      Cache   Translate Page      
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          China says confident it can implement trade deal with U.S.      Cache   Translate Page      
China said on Wednesday that Beijing and Washington will push forward with trade negotiations in the next 90 days and it is confident that an agreement can be implemented.

          Property Preservation Contractor - Central Washington Property Restorations LLC - Big Horn, WY      Cache   Translate Page      
Contractors Needed! We are a premier Mortgage Field Service company offering high volumes of work in all of Big Horn counties and surrounding areas. Full or...
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          The Morning Metropolitan      Cache   Translate Page      
Photo by Sikeri. Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest: Where you can get Queso Fundero in Georgetown (and what that is). Ed Segal takes his case about gas leaks to the Washington Post.
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Stock Market Plunges as Wall Street Gives Trump’s China Deal Another Look
The president calling himself “Tariff Man” didn’t help.

By Emily Stewart
Vox.com
Dec 4, 2018, 4:07pm EST

President Donald Trump on a television monitor at the New York Stock Exchange in March 2018 discussing steel and aluminum tariffs imposed by his administration. Drew Angerer/Get