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          12/4/2018: FRANCE: 400      Cache   Translate Page      
MILLIONS D’EUROS Les pertes d’exploitation estimées des entreprises de transport routier de marchandises et de logistique.
          HP Intelligent Management Java Deserialization Remote Code Execution      Cache   Translate Page      
This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Intelligent Management Center. Authentication is not required to exploit this vulnerability. The specific flaw exists within the WebDMDebugServlet, which listens on TCP ports 8080 and 8443 by default. The issue results from the lack of proper validation of user-supplied data, which can result in deserialization of untrusted data. An attacker can leverage this vulnerability to execute arbitrary code in the context of SYSTEM.
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This Metasploit module exploits a SUID installation of the Emacs movemail utility to run a command as root by writing to 4.3BSD's /usr/lib/crontab.local. The vulnerability is documented in Cliff Stoll's book The Cuckoo's Egg.
          12/4/2018: HIGH-TECH & MEDIAS: JCDecaux, futur actionnaire du belge Publiroute      Cache   Translate Page      

JCDecaux Belgique va prendre une part majoritaire dans Publiroute, acteur historique du grand format en Belgique où il exploite 15.000 dispositifs. Avec cette opération JCDecaux deviendrait leader de l’affichage grand format en Belgique.
          Feral va retirer de son catalogue une vingtaine de jeux 32 bits      Cache   Translate Page      
macOS Mojave est la dernière version du système d’exploitation des Mac à prendre en charge les logiciels 32 bits. Pour bon nombre d’éditeurs, cela signifie qu’il faut mettre à jour d’anciennes applications… ou les abandonner en chemin. C’est la voie suivie par Feral pour plusieurs de ses jeux, que le studio invite à acheter dès maintenant si on y tient vraiment : ils disparaîtront du catalogue d’ici le 31 décembre. On trouve plusieurs grands noms comme Tomb Raider : Anniversary et Tomb Raider : Underworld, GRID 2, BioShock, Sid Meier’s Pirates !, une palanquée de titres Lego, Rayman Origins… La liste des 19 jeux en sursis est à consulter à cette adresse. Il faudra éviter de mettre à jour son Mac avec la prochaine version de macOS si vous souhaitez continuer à profiter de ces titres 32 bits.
          OmniFocus pour le Web arrivera avec une offre d'abonnement      Cache   Translate Page      
Le mois prochain, The OmniGroup lancera la version web de son gestionnaire de tâches OmniFocus. Un troisième pilier important pour cette application qui fonctionne sur macOS et iOS. Écran d’accueil d’OmniFocus 3, en français. C'est l'occasion pour l'éditeur d'annoncer une formule d'abonnement qui viendra s'ajouter aux options d'achat de licence. Elle prévoit en complément la possibilité d'utiliser le logiciel sur les trois plate-formes. Ken Case, le patron de l'éditeur, justifie cette offre par la nécessité de couvrir les frais de fonctionnement de la version web : « L'exploitation de ce service nous coûte de l'argent tous les mois. Par conséquent, si nous voulons que le service soit pérenne, nous avons besoin de revenus réguliers, qui rapportent chaque mois de l'argent, pour couvrir ces coûts ». Actuellement on achète chaque nouvelle version d'OmniFocus, si on travaille autant sur Mac que sur iPhone/iPad il faut investir séparément dans les deux environnements : 44 € sur... Lire la suite sur MacGeneration
          Windows 10 : Microsoft développerait un navigateur basé sur Chromium      Cache   Translate Page      
Microsoft développe un nouveau navigateur web autour de Chromium, la même souche open source qu'utilise Google pour Chrome, affirme WindowsCentral. D'après les sources du site, l'éditeur a décidé de laisser tomber EdgeHTML, le moteur actuellement utilisé dans Edge et qu'il exploite depuis 2015 dans Windows 10. Edge sur Windows 10 Ce moteur n'a jamais réussi à convaincre ni à faire décoller Edge face à ses concurrents. Selon les relevés de Net MarketShare, Edge dispose d'une part de marché de 4,2 % sur les PC de bureau. Il n'est pas loin devant Safari qui ne peut s'exprimer que sur Mac (3,8 %) et encore derrière Internet Explorer 11 (8,9 %), Firefox (10 %) et Chrome qui domine de la tête et des épaules (63,6 %). Le nom de code de ce prochain logiciel qui deviendra le navigateur par défaut de Windows 10 porte le nom d'une ville californienne : Anaheim. Récemment, deux développeurs de Microsoft avaient été vus contribuer au développement de Chromium mais cela avait été... Lire la suite sur MacGeneration
          Microsoft lancerait sa tablette Centaurus à deux écrans l’année prochaine      Cache   Translate Page      
En parallèle d’Andromeda, Microsoft développerait un second appareil équipé de deux écrans, baptisé en interne Centaurus. L’éditeur de Windows pourrait même lancer Centaurus à l’automne 2019, ce qui représenterait un nouveau form factor innovant dans la gamme Surface. La mythique tablette Courier. Avec ses deux écrans, Centaurus peut s’adapter à un grand nombre de situations : l’appareil est tout à la fois une petite tablette ou une grande tablette, un ordinateur portable, un livre numérique, le tout avec une flexibilité qui permet de l’utiliser dans tous les sens. Centaurus et Andromeda sont des descendants directs de la tablette Courier — jamais lancée mais beaucoup fantasmée —, et ils fonctionneraient tous deux sur Windows Core OS. C’est une version de Windows 10 encore plus flexible et modulaire que ne l’est le système d’exploitation actuel (il facilite notamment la bascule d’une app du format paysage au format portrait, ou entre les formats tablette et ordinateur portable... Lire la suite sur MacGeneration
          Parents solo      Cache   Translate Page      

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Parents solo


Valérie Roumanoff

Affronter les crises de colère seul(e), gérer les devoirs seul(e), soigner les bobos et les angoisses seul(e)... Les journées d'un parent solo ressemblent fort à celles d'un superhéros. Sans la présence et l'appui de l'autre parent, rester disponible et à l'écoute de son enfant en créant un cadre propice à son bonheur relève parfois de l'exploit. Valérie Roumanoff, hypnothérapeute, livre une foule d'outils, de conseils, d'exercices et d'activités pour résoudre les petits drames et les grands problèmes du quotidien et permettre aux enfants de s'épanouir, sans s'oublier soi-même. Dans cet ouvrage vous trouverez : Des outils pour déjouer les pièges de la parentalité solo et identifier vos vraies priorités Des techniques pour désamorcer conflits et rapports de force avec les enfants Un cahier ludique détachable pour prolonger les activités avec eux Le point de vue de parents et enfants pour sortir (définitivement) de la culpabilité Des exercices pour gérer la relation avec votre ex... et la vivre plus sereinement (parce que oui, c'est possible !)


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          FEATURE | Angel Tree puts a smile back on faces of children at risk      Cache   Translate Page      
Photo: DOLE Bicol
AROROY, Masbate – Mavi entered a small mining sinkhole to work with his father one Saturday noon. He started hauling ore that his father dug from the ore-bearing soil down the pit. But when he was going out from the pit bottom, he felt some rocks falling on his head. Fortunately, he was able to escape from the collapsing mine pit that could have buried him underground along with his dreams and aspirations. Incidents such as this one could happen to any child laborer like him.

Mavi, 16 has been working to help his father look for gold in the remote village of Gintong Araw, Aroroy, Masbate where he currently resides.

He started helping his father with mining works when he was 14 years old. During weekends or school vacation, he would lift and carry heavy sacks of ore to earn P500 per day.

He is the youngest among four (4) children of a housekeeper and a miner. And extraction of gold has always been their main source of livelihood.

 “Kaupod ko si papa pa sagka sa bukid para mag ukad san duta. Nagakuha kami sin bato na buhay, ginabuak-buak kag ginapino-pino. (I would go along with my father to the mountains. We would go underground to look for ‘bato na buhay’ and crush it until pulverized),” shared Mavi.

 “Kada Sabado kag Domingo kag kun bakasyon ako naga bulig para makatabang kila papa kag mama (During weekends and school holidays, I make it a point to help my parents earn extra income),” he continued. He also shared that their daily income is almost never enough which is why they only eat meals twice a day. There are times however, that they have nothing to eat at all.

But this struggle has only fueled him to continue his education and fulfill his ambition to become an electrical engineer someday.

Not far away from Mavi’s village is an old shanty where another child worker lives. Joma (not the real name) is a 15-year-old Grade 10 student who lives with his parents and three (3) siblings at Barangay Purok Pag-asa, Aroroy.

Just like Mavi, he would join other children of his age to get ore and carry them on his shoulders.

At 15, he looks shorter and leaner than the other boys.

“Nag pa-panning po ako. (I do panning. I extract gold from a placer deposit using a pan),” he described his weekend activity.

From panning, he earns P300 to P500 per day, albeit he would only do it during weekends. Joma also dreams to become an electrical engineer.

“Gusto ko pong matulungan and aking pamilya at makapag-ipon para matugunan ko ang pangangailangan ko sa eskwelahan. (I also want to help my family and earn money so I could buy the things I need in school),” he added.

When asked if he wants to be a miner like his father, he responded: “Ayoko po. Mag-aaral  na lang po ako para matulungan ko po ang nanay at tatay ko. Kapag nakapagtapos ako ng pag-aaral, magkakaroon ako ng magandang trabaho (No, because I’d like to finish my education first so that I’d be able to find a better job. That way, I’d be able to help my parents).”

He also added that he does not want his future children to work at a young age. For Joma, it is a tough job to carry sacks of ore and he will not have his children experience this kind of life.  

A number of children work in mining, and many are exposed to harmful chemicals that could threaten their wellbeing. But their health is not the only aspect that is at stake, they are also being robbed of their childhood given that their priority is to support their family. Even if it means doing the same work as adults.

In a report, there are around 500,000 small-scale miners operating in the Philippines. In Masbate province alone, there are around 30,000 engaged in small-scale gold mining, including artisanal gold mining or gold-panning activities. Aroroy, spanning 44,030 hectares is known as a mineral-rich area in Bicol region. Most of the families in the said town make a living from mining.

Project Angel Tree

Meanwhile, Mavi and Joma were thankful when Project Angel Tree of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Bicol thru its Provincial Field Office of Masbate was brought to their town in celebration of the 26th National Children’s month.

They are among the 100 beneficiaries of said project from Panique National High School who received educational supplies and a happy meal.

“Masaya po ako at naramdaman ko ulit ang sarap na balikan ang pagiging bata. Panandalian kong nakalimutan ang stress sa school at hirap ng pamumuhay namin. (It feels good to experience being a kid again. Somehow, it helps me forget my problem in school like deadlines. I also momentarily forget life’s difficulties),” Mavi said in delight.

Joma, on the other hand, was ecstatic upon seeing Jollibee’s mascot.

“First time ko po makita si Jollibee kaya na-surprise po ako at na excite. (I got surprised and excited to see Jollibee for the first time),” he said. “Isa sa mga pangarap ko ay natupad. (One of my wishes came true.)”

Small acts such as this one offer a precious opportunity for child laborers to have a positive outlook in life even in the face of insurmountable poverty.  While child labor is a reality that would take a long time to eradicate in a community, extending one’s support and compassion can make a huge difference in a child’s life.

According to Atty. Alvin M. Villamor, Regional Director of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Office V, there is a continuous identification and profiling of child labor in the region which will serve as a basis for the provision of appropriate services and interventions necessary to address the prevailing issue.

“We make tremendous efforts to provide more protection to children and effectively keep them away from being used as laborers. Hence, we are now starting making referrals to concerned agencies for provision of services and assistance needed by children and their families,” Villamor said.

“Together with other government agencies and private institutions, we unite in the common vision to transform the lives of these child workers, so we can keep them safe, out of hazardous mining working conditions and in classrooms where they can learn, play and socialize,” he remarked.

He added: “We also try to help the parents and siblings of these child workers obtain livelihood and employment opportunities. Simply put, there are child workers because of the poverty of their families. We are doing our best to alleviate their poverty and their apparent exclusion in the “inclusive growth” equation. It’s not only a matter of doing something       about the inflation rate and the poverty threshold but also doing something to help these families rise above and overcome their poverty.”

Through the Project Angel Tree, which is a component of the DOLE Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program, an array of social services are made available by sponsors or benefactors (‘angels’) to child laborers and their families, ranging from food, clothing, educational assistance or school supplies, and even work and training opportunities. 

This project forms part of the combined efforts of the government and private sector to keep the children away from dangerous workplaces. It would also greatly help if the parents and the whole community are involved in keeping the children safe and protected from exploitation.

 “Nag-enjoy po kami sa activity at nadagdagan po ang aming kaalaman na ang pag-trabaho nang mabigat ng isang bata below 17 years old na naapektuhan ang pag-aaral, pagtulog at socialize ay tinatawag na child labor, (We enjoyed the activity. Besides, we were able to learn that a child below 17 years old whose work interferes with his ability to attend regular school and deprives him of the right hours of sleep and socialization with other children is a form of child labor.), Joma recounted the key message he learned from the focal person of DOLE during the orientation on child labor in the morning.

This is the reality of child labor and those children who live below the poverty line often have a similar tale in the hope of helping their family get by on a daily basis. Mavi and Joma are just two of the thousands of children ages 5 to 17 who work in hazardous conditions in the Philippines.

          TEACHER CORNER | Practicing positive discipline      Cache   Translate Page      

by Maricris V. Albo

Quoting the famous Indian Independence leader Mahatma Gandhi, “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.” Simply, it means retaliation or revenge shall not bring any benefit and deeply cause division and harm.

Correlating it to Child Discipline, the quote also has a significant bearing. Basically, there are two (2) types of Child Discipline; one is the negative punishment were a child is being reprimanded when he or she has done something wrong. But, as time passed a positive one came into existence wherein children are being rewarded for doing something good and eradicating violence when the child has done something wrong but instead focusing more on counseling and advice-giving.

In a country like the Philippines where family-oriented values are deeply embedded, it has been common for parents to use the punishment system. Parents or guardians have several ways of punishing their child but the most popular and dominant is the whipping. The most commonly used object are slippers, piece of wood and belt. For some parents and guardians, they think that the best way for their children to learn from their mistakes is through enduring physical and emotional pain.

But studies suggest that there is a tendency for children who constantly receive punishment to be violent when they grow up. They may have the false narrative that they should seek revenge because they were constantly hurt by their parents and guardians. It could also be detrimental to parents and children relationships as feelings may sway apart causing hostility among children and parents. Exposure to violence can also bring harm to others as children may think that they experience is just normal and they may do it to other students or worse- to their teachers and authorities.

Also, children who grew from punishment usually have a low self-esteem, low self- respect and poor academic performance in school or even become worst parent themselves when they grow up.

Unlike punishment, positive discipline focuses more on values re-orientation. A calm approach toward children who misbehaved. Positive discipline works on the principle that there are no good or bad children, just good or bad behaviors. Parents and guardians let their children realize that what they did was not right. Positive Discipline teaches them lessons in handling problem in a calm and non-aggressive way. Some of the best benefits of Positive Discipline and better parent-child relationship and better recognition of positive values by children.

The government also took steps in order to minimize violence and child abuse among Filipino households. Known as the Republic Act no. 7610 or the "Special Protection of Children against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act." It provides special protection to children from all forms of abuse, neglect, cruelty exploitation and discrimination and other conditions, prejudicial their development; provide sanctions for their commission and carry out a program for prevention and deterrence of and crisis intervention in situations of child abuse, exploitation and discrimination. Also a proposed Bill known as Anti-Corporal Punishment Act of 2010, prohibiting all Corporal Punishment and all other forms of humiliating or degrading punishment of children and promoting Positive and Non-violent Discipline of children is in the Senate for approval as a law.

The children of today are more expressive, they want to be disciplined but not punish or hurt.  Parents, guardians as well as teachers should adopt the Non-punitive Discipline or Positive Discipline. Their vital role is to guide their children to become productive citizen of the future. It is important for a child, even in his young age, to understand whatever mistake done should not be repeated. Let all children feel that the love, respect and acceptance that they truly deserve from custody and days to come.

          Unrobe - Heroes of Waste       Cache   Translate Page      
Sustainable clothing brand brings ode to Amsterdam garbage collector with a 'Zero waste' collection. The 'Heroes of Waste' capsule collection is only available via pre-order to prevent overproduction and draw attention to the growing waste mountain in the fashion industry.
Recently Unrobe won the Vedis Innovative New Retail Award 2018.

Mass production in the fashion industry is a major problem for Daan Ubachs and Koen Warmerdam, the founders of the Unrobe.
"With this collection we want to draw attention to this global problem", says Daan Ubachs, That is why Unrobe introduces the capsule collection 'Heroes of Waste', inspired by the Amsterdam garbage collectors and exclusively available as a pre-order for 30 days. For example, the brand produces exactly what has been sold, no waste and they pay attention to the problem.

The capsule collection can now be ordered online at unrobe.com and the pre-sale closes on 30 December. Production will be delivered at home in early February 2019.

It is a hot topic in the fashion industry - pollution, exploitation and growing waste mountain. Unrobe's mission is to undress the fashion industry from its bad habits. One of those bad habits is overproduction that results in a growing waste mountain. There is only mass production and there is a disposable society. That is why Daan Ubachs and Koen Warmerdam go for a completely innovative model: selling collections on a pre-order basis. "By making made-to-order, we actually do something about the waste problem", says Koen Warmerdam.

https://www.unrobe.com






          Agen. SU Agen : de la casse chez les avants après l'exploit à Castres      Cache   Translate Page      
C'est le prix de l'exploit ! Quelques jours après sa victoire à Castres, le SU Agen compte ses blessés. Il y a deux avants qui l'ont été plus particulièrement. Le deuxième ligne australien Tom Murday, qui avait mis les Agenais sur de bons rails samedi dernier, en volant deux ballons en touche sur des lancers du CO en première mi-temps, avait dû quitter prématurément le terrain dès la 54e minute de jeu en se plaignant d'un oeil. Les examens...
          Agen. L'exploit du SUA : une pièce en trois actes      Cache   Translate Page      
Au surlendemain de la défaite contre Montpellier, Stéphane Prosper nous avait expliqué ce qui avait cloché dans le jeu du SUA contre Montpellier. Et qui fut bien rectifié face à Castres. Un jeu au pied efficace Parmi les points noirs de la défaite contre Montpellier, il y avait eu la qualité du jeu au pied, bien plus grande du côté du MHR et qui, selon le technicien de la ligne de trois-quarts agenaise, avait permis aux Héraultais de...
          Candidat n°13 à l’élection présidentielle du 23 décembre 2018: Shadary fait une démonstration de force à Gbadolite et à Gemena      Cache   Translate Page      
C’est ce mardi 4 décembre 2018 que le candidat du Front Commun pour le Congo (FCC) à l’élection présidentielle  du 23 décembre 2018 a démarré sa campagne dans le Grand Equateur. Signalons qu’l entame cette étape après celle du Grand Katanga où il a récolté un franc succès. Partout où il est passé, que ça soit à Lubumbashi, à Kamina ou à Kolwezi, il a exploité les grandes lignes de sa campagne, tout en manifestant sa volonté d’améliorer le vécu quotidien de la population et de combattre pas mal de fléaux qui empêchent la maximisation des recettes publiques. Le Front Commun pour le Congo, à travers le Coordonnateur du comité stratégique qui a évalué cette première étape de la campagne, le professeur Néhémie Mwilanya, a félicité lundi dernier Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, qui ne s’est pas écarté de la ligne tracée par le président Joseph Kabila lors de la dernière rencontre de Kingakati. Après son accueil par le Gouverneur de la province du Nord-Ubangi, indique notre source, Mme Marie-Thérèse Gerengbo, les autorités politico-administratives et coutumières à l’aéroport international de Gbadolite, le candidat du FCC s’est adressé à des foules nombreuses à la place de l’Unité. Après avoir fait observer une minute de silence en mémoire de Feu le Maréchal Mobutu Sese Seko, il a dit être venu en campagne pour solliciter les suffrages des filles et filles du Nord Ubangi pour la magistrature suprême. A son actif, il a évoqué l’obtention d’un camion anti-incendie promis l’année dernière lors de sa mission d’itinérance comme Secrétaire permanent du PPRD. Le camion déjà sur le point d’être embarqué à partir de l’aéroport de Ndjili devra arriver à Gbadolite dans quelques heures. Ce qui va faciliter l’atterrissage des appareils de Congo Airways dans cette partie du pays. Autres engagements une fois élu président, la gratuité de l’enseignement primaire, la suppression des frais connexes pour les étudiants, la réhabilitation du barrage Mobayi Mbongo et de plusieurs ouvrages historiques du chef-lieu de la Province, la solution au problème des éleveurs Mbororo  pour entretenir de bonnes relations avec les pays voisins. La lutte contre la corruption et la purge dans l’appareil judiciaire de la Province, ont été également au centre des engagements du candidat du Fcc qui s’est envolé dans la soirée pour Gemena dans la province du Sud Ubangi Deux meetings dans les Nord et Sud Ubangi Toujours ce mardi 04 décembre 2018, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary a battu campagne dans deux Provinces du Grand Équateur. A savoir le Nord et le Sud Ubangi. A Gbadolite et Gemana, le numéro 13 a fait une démonstration de force bravant la fatigue et les foules nombreuses venues l’écouter avec enthousiasme. Territorial rompu, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary a évoqué les défis de chacune de ces Provinces et leur particularité : eau, électricité, routes de desserte agricole, scolarité des enfants du primaire, désenclavement de certains coins de ces deux provinces, … Bref tout rentre dans le cadre des axes majeurs de son programme quinquennal. Disons que jusque-là, les observations saluent le fairplay du candidat du FCC qui, depuis le début de sa campagne, n’a insulté aucun de ses adversaires, ni les citer nommément dans le mauvais sens. Un cas d’école. Que d’autres candidats emboitent le pas, pour une campagne électorale apaisée. JMNK
          Agen. Denis Marchois : «C'était inespéré»      Cache   Translate Page      
C'est un Denis Marchois fatigué, mais soulagé qui a rejoint la zone mixte à l'issue de la rencontre. Une nouvelle fois à la pointe du combat, le deuxième ligne agenais pouvait savourer l'exploit réalisé à Pierre-Fabre. On vous imagine ravi après cet exploit réalisé face au champion de France ? C'est compliqué de venir gagner à Castres contre une équipe qui est en place et qui récite généralement un rugby très propre. Il fallait redoubler...
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From 70's Swedish adult film director Jan Anders, comes a deep, penetrating piece of artful vintage erotica! A probing examination of woman-to-woman pleasures, Sappho '68 was a groundbreaking adult film that balanced artful, tasteful filmmaking with the seductive innocence of the soft core nudie-cutie genre. Showcasing the ample charms of 70's erotic/exploitation cinema legend Uschi Digard!

Jennifer Bradley (played by Barbara Corey AKA Janis Kelly AKA Petra Andrews, an ex-roommate of Sharon Tate who also met an early tragic demise!) is a small town girl who moves to the big city to find success as a photographer where she is swept away by San Francisco's thriving sexual revolution.

Unsatisfied with her male relationships, she chooses to frolic with one of her sexy female models, Belinda. Together they discover and experience the unbridled passions, pleasures, and tragic pitfalls of unrestrained sexual freedom!

Stars: Barbra Corey, Janis Kelly, Petra Andrews, Russ Meyer, Uschi Digart

          Trump Is Even Worse at Enforcing White-Collar Crimes Than George W. Bush Was      Cache   Translate Page      

Last month, when our government blasted tear gas at women and children seeking refuge at our Southern border, ostensibly in service of law and order, a very different picture emerged of other parts of the Trump administration. Even leaving aside the regular revelations about criminal activity by top Trump associates, the administration itself has shown its law and order mantra to be completely hollow in another crucial area: enforcement of white-collar laws.

Last week, the Financial Times reported that antitrust enforcement dropped to its lowest rate since Nixon’s presidency. At the same time, Senate Democrats put out a report on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s implosion, and a blog post from a Beltway employment law firm surfaced: “Trump [Department of Labor] Focusing More on Employer Compliance Than Crackdowns.” This was all in one day. Just a month earlier, the New York Times had reported on the steep decline in corporate prosecutions and penalties by the Trump Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission.

Together, these reports of feeble enforcement against corporations belie the oft-repeated myth that the Trump administration and his Republican enablers have a commitment to law and order. Even on those terms, he’s a complete fraud. It’s worth considering the Trump administration’s refusal to enforce corporate law in the context of its brutal immigration and criminal justice policies.

Firstly, the notion that migrants who have been so vilified by Trump are doing something illegal is wrong as a matter of law. Trump has made a series of end-runs around asylum protections, at one point attempting to unilaterally declare that migrants could not claim asylum outside of a port of entry. There is an entire section of our immigration law called “Asylum”; it starts like this: “Any alien … who arrives in the United States (whether or not at a designated port of arrival …), irrespective of such alien’s status, may apply for asylum in accordance with this section.” That’s pretty clear! (A judge has temporarily halted Trump’s executive action on ports of entry asylum, but it remains to be litigated by the courts.)

The Trump administration is also terrifying immigrant communities through its no-holds-barred approach to enforcement, with arrests at courthouses, school drop-offs, and routine check-ins at immigration offices. Of course, frightening people doesn’t ultimately lead to more law and order. It actually leads to greater lawlessness, as immigrant communities, afraid to seek help, hesitate to report domestic violence, sexual assault, workplace abuses, and other attacks.  

The Trump administration also uses its “tough on crime” pose as a justification for various criminal justice policy changes to make the system harsher for some. For example, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded an Obama-era sentencing memorandum instructing prosecutors to focus on serious, high-level, or violent drug traffickers. Instead Sessions directed these prosecutors to charge the most serious offense and seek the highest possible sentence in all of these types of cases—regardless of mitigating circumstances like a lack of prior record or a nonviolent crime. This change was instituted despite sentencing guidelines that are widely viewed, even by some federal judges, as draconian and often unjust.

Meanwhile, we see a different story in relation to a different set of players. No highest possible sentence. No charging the most serious offense. No tear gas. Instead, a white glove. A gentle touch, if any. Often, not even a slap on the wrist.

According to the Financial Times, the Department of Justice filed fewer than 20 criminal antitrust cases in the most recent fiscal year, the lowest level since 1972, and less than half the cases filed during President George W. Bush’s first year. Penalties and fines have also plummeted.

The Senate minority’s report on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau describes colossal backpedaling in the past two years. This has included the dissolution of the office that oversaw the student loan market, a decision to stop proactively reviewing potential violations of the law protecting members of the military service from financial fraud and predatory loans, and the stripping of powers from the office responsible for enforcing fair lending laws.

As for the Securities and Exchange Commission, the New York Times compared the first 20 months of the Obama and Trump administrations, and found a more than 60 percent drop in penalties imposed and illicit profits ordered returned by the SEC. Also, during this period, the Justice Department brought only 17 cases against banks under Trump, compared with 71 under Obama. Even George W. Bush SEC Chairman Harvey Pitt, not famed for harsh penalties against corporate violators, noted that the Trump administration’s current posture “could embolden some to keep breaking the law.”

The Department of Labor, meanwhile, implemented a new program that offers amnesty for wage law violators who self-report. And the Trump administration rescinded an Obama-era executive order that required large companies to disclose labor violations when applying for federal contracts.

Trump and his team strike military postures when dealing with immigrants, the poor, or people of color. They’re pliant as a pussycat, though, when dealing with businesses that swindle consumers, defraud veterans, exploit workers, or cheat investors.

This administration, indeed, demonstrates the classic pose of a bully: beat up on those who don’t have power, accommodate those who do.

Believing in law and order means that the crimes of large companies and their owners are treated with at least the same seriousness as the wrongdoings of everyone else. It means creating a culture of compliance. It also means taking steps that actually lead to more law-abiding and safe communities for everyone, not play-acting like a sheriff who’s just entered the O.K. Corral. A true commitment to law and order means that everyone is subject to the law—the powerful and the powerless alike.


          They Called Her “the Che Guevara of Abortion Reformers”      Cache   Translate Page      

There was nothing remarkable about the small woman carrying a box of leaflets—certainly nothing to justify the clutch of reporters waiting for her across from San Francisco’s Federal Building on a July morning in 1966. Still, there they were. She arrived at exactly 9 a.m., greeted them, and began distributing fliers to anyone who passed. There were two of them: One was a yellow slip of paper titled “Classes in Abortion,” listing topics like female anatomy, foreign abortion specialists, and police questioning. The other—which she gave only to the assembled journalists and the five women who signed up for her class that Wednesday evening—described two techniques for DIY abortions. “I am attempting to show women an alternative to knitting needles, coat hangers, and household cleaning agents,” she told the reporters, adding that she had notified San Francisco police of her whereabouts and plans.

The woman was Patricia Maginnis, a laboratory technician and founder of the Society for Humane Abortion, an organization that she ran out of the front room of her small apartment in San Francisco. She’d started the SHA in 1962 (back then, it was called the Citizens Committee for Humane Abortion Laws). Arguably the first organization of its kind in America, its mandate was radical: The SHA sought to repeal abortion laws, endorse elective abortions, and offer women any resources it could in the meantime. These resources would come to include “the List,” an up-to-date directory of safe abortion specialists outside the country, classes on DIY abortions, and symposia where sympathetic doctors could confer with each other about the safest and best abortion techniques. SHA would eventually formalize its legal strategy with a branch called the Association to Repeal Abortion Laws (ARAL, which would form the basis for NARAL), specifically devoted to challenging legislation.

But on this particular day, and on this particular mission, Maginnis claimed she was acting alone, outside of her organization. The leaflets were her way of knowingly violating both a city ordinance and Section 601 of the California Business and Professions Code, which declared it unlawful to distribute information about abortion. She was also flouting Penal Code 276, which made it a crime to “solicit[] any woman to submit to any operation, or to the use of any means whatever, to procure a miscarriage.” The violation was the point: Maginnis had politely informed the police of her every move in advance. The aim was to goad the legal apparatus into an ugly confrontation that it preferred to keep as merely a threat; she wanted to make the system own the consequences of its laws. “I could get arrested for soliciting women to undergo a felony,” Maginnis told the alt-weekly Berkeley Barb, “but I feel it is necessary at this point to have a test case.” To get a law thrown out, you first need to go to court. And to get to court, you must be arrested.

She’d launched her leaflet campaign about six weeks earlier, and the police had so far refused to respond to her provocation (some cops would later tell Maginnis that they knew she wanted to be arrested—implying this was why they’d refrained). Still, things were going smoothly enough this morning; a man named Steve Hooper, writing for the Barb, described the women to whom Maginnis gave leaflets as ranging from neutral to receptive. Some wished her luck. (As for the men, they “seemed indifferent except for one old suit who said he wanted a leaflet for his secretary,” Hooper wrote.)

Then it happened. While the reporters watched, a documentarian named Gary Bentley interviewed Maginnis for 10 minutes with a camera crew. Content with his footage, he asked his cameraman to film as he walked up to Maginnis. Here’s Hooper describing what happened next:

With microphone in hand and cameraman turned on, he said, “I’m placing you under citizen’s arrest for violating Section 188 of the Municipal Police Code. What do you think of that?”

“Excuse me, please,” Pat Maginnis said, and she hurried after one more woman to give her a leaflet.

When the police arrived in response to Bentley’s citizen’s arrest, they did so unwillingly. They tried to argue that they weren’t the ones arresting her even as they helped Maginnis into a cop car. It didn’t matter. Maginnis’ “test case” paid off. San Francisco’s Section 188 would be declared unconstitutional, and the case against her would be thrown out in court. It was the first of her many legal victories.

A social history of American abortion shows two things: 1) that it’s always been around, and 2) that anti-choice efforts tend to intensify in response to women’s perceived “liberation.” This was certainly true when Pat Maginnis came of age. Women had joined the workforce in unprecedented numbers during World War II, and the 1950s were engaged in the genie-rebottling project of fetishizing traditional gender roles. One result, as Leslie Reagan points out in When Abortion Was a Crime, was a sharp increase in the (medicalized) oversight of women’s choices. A system in which abortions were decided between the patient and her doctor or midwife would eventually give way to hospital committees, which debated on a case-by-case basis whether women deserved “therapeutic” abortions. The discussions were humiliating and sometimes even coercive, particularly when they concerned lower-income women and women of color: It wasn’t uncommon for committees to approve the requested abortion if the woman agreed to be sterilized. As medical bureaucracies solidified, hospitals started reporting abortions (and attempted abortions) to police.

That this compromised women’s privacy and subjected their health care to literal policing barely registered in these discussions, which tended overwhelmingly to prioritize the physicians’ perspective rather than women’s needs. Doctors worried about the semilegal status of “therapeutic” abortions, but they also didn’t like committees telling them what to do with their patients. In either case, the debate revolved around doctors’ preferences and anxieties. There were plenty of organizations trying to reform abortion laws, ranging from Planned Parenthood—which in 1955 held an “abortion conference” to address possible reform efforts—to the California Committee to Legalize Abortion. Some abortion activists also chose to work within the existing framework: steering patients toward favorable hospital committees or training women on what to say to get “therapeutic” abortions, whether by emphasizing excessive vomiting or offering up stories that would earn them permission on psychiatric grounds.

Maginnis aimed for more than reform. She wanted a total system overhaul. As a figure in feminist history, Maginnis, now 90 years old, may not loom as large as a Margaret Sanger or a Betty Friedan. But while she’s finally getting some belated recognition, she was never particularly interested in taking credit for her work. Nor was she much invested in making herself or her positions respectable or palatable to mainstream culture. This may have made her an awkward figure for a movement that was then treading delicate territory. And yet, a decade before Roe, with her ungainly activism, her proclivity for wearing clothes she’d found on the street, and her righteous, unquenchable rage, Maginnis helped to fundamentally reshape the abortion debate into the terms we’re still using today. She was the first to take a passionate, public stance arguing that the medical stranglehold over women’s reproductive lives was corrosive. And the Society for Humane Abortion was arguably the very first American organization to advocate a pro-choice position that centered the woman, instead of the legal dilemmas of the physician—specifically, her right to privacy and choice. Rejecting the finicky gatekeeping protocols, the committees and evaluations and red tape, Maginnis proposed that the only question anyone should ask prior to approving an abortion was a simple one: whether the woman wanted it.

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Pat Maginnis grew up with six siblings in Okarche, Oklahoma, during the Great Depression. Her father, a veterinarian, barely scraped by. Her family’s troubles were compounded by Catholic strictures: Her mother had converted in order to marry her father and—because birth control was not an option—consequently continued having children long after the doctors advised against it. “She had constant ‘female trouble,’ ” Maginnis says, recalling her mother’s unhappiness and pain. “I don’t know what that meant, but she had constant problems.” Her father, the illegitimate son of an opera singer, was differently scarred by the vagaries of unplanned pregnancy. “My grandma was on her way to be a star,” Maginnis says, “but she got pregnant. And apparently pregnancy was just a killer of dreams.” Her father never got over the humiliating circumstances of his birth. “He was a good soul, but forever tortured because he had been conceived out of wedlock.”

It’s hard to separate Maginnis’ refusal to become a parent herself from the misery that this litany of reproductive events inflicted on her family. Maginnis says that her father was so abusive that her older brother confessed to her that growing up he’d feared for his life more than once. Her family was not, in consequence (and despite its size and religious piety), particularly close. Some years after she started the SHA, her mother sent her a letter: “Dear Patricia,” Maginnis reads now, affecting a formal, slightly prissy voice, “I was thinking you must be about 40 years old. I do think you could do something besides teaching these girls to commit murder. P.S. If you come this way, do look us up. Love, Mother.”

It was a sufficiently chilly relationship—and Maginnis was so eager to get away—that she describes her banishment to a boarding school as a relief and remembers her mother’s trip to visit her in California with some acidity. “I never talked to her about my sex life,” Maginnis says. I’d asked whether she ever discussed abortion with her mother; that her answer took this form surprised me slightly. I wouldn’t necessarily have used the phrase “sex life” (which, to me, connotes pleasure) to include abortions. But Maginnis would; in fact, that was sort of her point. Any campaign for elective abortion is, of course, at least in part aimed at granting that women, too, might find joy and delight in sex (rather than just pain, danger, and obligation). As a guilt-ridden ex-Catholic myself, I was both baffled and impressed by Maginnis’ immunity to the shame that ailed her family: How does a soft-spoken, scrupulously polite Oklahoma girl who attended Catholic schools with strict Catholic parents shed her sexual guilt to become not just sexually adventurous, but a pioneer in activist lawbreaking?

When Maginnis was growing up, the family’s house looked out on a highway where convoys of young soldiers would pass during World War II. The Maginnis girls didn’t date, but, Pat says, “I was bursting with hormones.” She gasps at the memory of a convoy of young men passing her house: “Oh, I was just—I ran in the house, and I grabbed a pink satin bedspread. … In about five minutes, I made a halter.” Her parents came home to find their 14-year-old busily waving at trucks filled with men in her pink halter. When she saw her parents, she ran back inside and changed back into her gray togs, but it was no good: She was sent to a convent school. “I was naughty,” she says. But as with all these sorts of stories, the prudery only half-strangled her desire.

Instead of going straight to college like her sisters, she went to work in a lab at the Bureau of Mines in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and funded her own sea voyage to the Netherlands to meet a longtime pen pal and notional fiancé. They did not marry in the end. (“I knew that the intimacy required and the responsibilities and the thought of children I couldn’t face,” she says. “I decided that marriage was not for me.”) Then, partly because a friend told her the uniforms were cute, she joined the Women’s Army Corps. She was stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina until she was spotted walking with a black soldier: “The captain called me in and scolded me. She said, ‘You’re setting a bad example for young white women who might join the military.’ ” She was shipped off to Panama as punishment.

During those two years in Central America, she experienced a different kind of discrimination. She’d trained as a surgical technician, but instead of being allowed to work in surgery as she’d hoped, she was assigned to the pediatrics and obstetrics wards—the realm of women. There, she was exposed to women suffering from botched abortions, women being forced to give birth, infants with terrible abnormalities. What she didn’t get in surgical experience, she got in perspective. “A general overview of the status of women,” as she puts it to me. “And I wasn’t at all happy with it.” Then she went to college at San Jose State—and got pregnant. She’d been fitted for a diaphragm. Used foam. None of it worked.

Maginnis is amiable and funny. She has a gift for impressions and chuckles ruefully at things I find sad or hard to hear. But when I ask her about her decision to terminate, she speaks with real anger—present-tense anger she still feels, decades later. “I was not in the family-ing business, and a child coming from me was not going to happen,” she tells me. “I simply thought my parents were ruthlessly forced into parenthood, and they … took it. They accepted it,” she says. “My mother would tell you she enjoyed having children. I didn’t go through childhood with that impression.”

She got her first abortion in Mexico and swore to herself that she would never again leave her own country to get medical care. She spent the next decade producing a list of legitimate abortion providers outside the country while also working quietly with those within it. Despite her best efforts, she would get pregnant twice more. But she would continue to have a sex life. And the horror of having to wrestle down her own fertility forged her into the formidable antagonist to the law that she became.

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It helped, perhaps, that Maginnis was no longer young by the mid-1960s. She came of age long before the sexual revolution, which meant she had a particular experience of—and a particular fury about—what women had been routinely expected to tolerate. It’s hard for statistics to express just how urgent the abortion conversation was in the 1960s, or how difficult it was to even have the conversation, given the laws. In 1961, Los Angeles County Hospital admitted over 3,500 patients treated for illegal abortions. As of 1967, almost 80 percent of the women who died as a consequence of botched abortions were nonwhite.

From Dorothy Fadiman’s documentary “Motherhood by Choice, Not Chance”

Maginnis can’t pinpoint a single moment that turned her into an activist. She admits to once feeling great sympathy for a celebrity who was pilloried for needing an abortion, but it’s clear that there was no single precipitating incident. Her work, rather, was inspired by a slow and building rage. “What I saw was law, medicine, and religion were largely at fault for our problems,” she says.

When Maginnis launched her leaflet campaign, she chose a location that would maximize her ability to confront a medical community she saw as at best patronizing to women and at worst exploitative and controlling. The state Board of Medical Examiners had gathered at the University of San Francisco to discuss the implementation of hospital committees that would determine whether women could receive abortions. As the mostly male board debated the circumstances under which women could be forced to give birth, Maginnis was outside handing out information on how to abort without the help of the doctors within. She was shocked at how unseriously the board took their mandate. She told the Berkeley Barb that when she’d handed some board members a leaflet titled “Are you Pregnant?” with abortion information on it, they “twittered like a bunch of schoolgirls.”

This, she felt, was the collective effect of the laws and ordinances that made even talking about abortion illegal: The entire concept had become untouchable, a boogeyman. “The word abortion was taboo,” she says. “And I thought: That’s crazy. People won’t talk about abortion! They’re afraid to. I’m going to talk about abortion! ABORTION!” she yelled. “Women weren’t talking about it. They were afraid to talk about it.”

Maginnis wasn’t. She relied on logistical help from two women, Lana Phelan and Rowena Gurner, who joined her to form the Society for Humane Abortion’s central trio, which came to be known as the “Army of Three.” Maginnis was the fire, Gurner the strategist and organizational genius, and Phelan the organization’s eloquent mouthpiece. Gurner, like Maginnis, also worked full time, professionalizing the organization in her spare hours. She spent many nights sleeping on SHA’s floor. Gurner “had polish,” Maginnis tells me, her eyes lighting up. “She gave me $20 once. Now, Patricia!” she says, mimicking her. “You go buy a new dress for this occasion, and don’t bring something that you found on the street or in the thrift store!

Gurner’s gift for strategy and Maginnis’ grit turned the leafleting plan into an all-out, accelerating assault on laws they saw as punitive or unjust—using themselves as bait. “I plan to leaflet for abortion until they get sick of me and arrest me or repeal the law,” Maginnis had announced to the Berkeley Barb when she launched her campaign on June 16, 1966. Her initial plan had been to distribute a thousand leaflets. A week later, when she hadn’t been arrested, she escalated. “My minimum goal is to distribute 50,000 leaflets by July 25, telling women where they can get abortions,” she announced through the press. When she finally was arrested (in late July, thanks to that “citizen’s arrest” by Gary Bentley), she caused the city ordinance under which she was arrested to be ruled unconstitutional. She had no intention of stopping there. “I was arrested under a local ordinance,” she told the Barb in 1966. “Now it’s the state laws that need changing.”

When the San Mateo County district attorney announced that if Maginnis and Gurner showed up, he intended to enforce California’s state law forbidding the dissemination of written matter on abortions, the pair immediately arranged a class in San Mateo that covered abortion laws and DIY abortions. As Gurner put it to the Barb: “We just want to get this law on trial. … We obviously and willingly broke the law. And we did it so that no DA could weasel out because of ‘insufficient evidence.’ ” It worked. They were arrested on Feb. 20, 1967, and faced (according to the Barb) a sentence of five to seven years in state prison if found guilty. While their hearing was in progress—in a courthouse in Redwood City—an unrepentant Gurner and Maginnis advertised that they were still looking for a place in Berkeley they could rent on Thursday nights to hold more abortion classes. (The room needed to hold 50 people, and they were willing to pay $10 a night.)

It took six years from their 1967 arrests for Maginnis and Gurner’s efforts to pay off. Initially, both women were convicted of violating Section 601 of the California Business and Professions Code—the state statute that made it unlawful to advertise abortion. But in 1973, the state Court of Appeals overturned their convictions, ruling that Section 601 was overly broad—for one thing, it “does not distinguish between abortions which are permitted and those which are not”—and thus unconstitutional.

The Army of Three hadn’t been trying to get arrested merely as a matter of strategy: They had real information to distribute, information that was hardest to obtain for women who weren’t rich. Maginnis was incensed by a medical consensus that effectively discriminated against the poor. “The medical profession’s committee idea of legalized abortion is very discriminatory,” she told the Barb. “It will help those with lots of money or contacts, not the majority of women.” Lower-income women suffered—like the third member of the Army of Three, Phelan, who struggled to collect the $50 she needed for an illegal abortion. Women in search of abortions were also easy to exploit. According to Maginnis, some parties whose phone numbers and addresses were being circulated (or sold) as abortion providers weren’t actually doctors. This discovery, and the accompanying stories of botched abortions and sexually exploitative abortionists, spurred her to create “the List.” Essentially a Yelp for abortion seekers, the List offered a continuously updated and reliable list of qualified abortion providers in Japan, Sweden, and Mexico. The Jane Collective in Chicago would follow suit a few years later, performing the abortions themselves.

By 1969, the Society for Humane Abortion claimed to have sent 12,000 women out of the country to get abortions from reliable, trustworthy providers. To give you a sense of just how necessary the List was, here’s an excerpt from one List user’s earlier attempt to obtain an abortion domestically (as printed in a set of letters to ARAL published by the Los Angeles Free Press): “I was two weeks along then and he made me wait until I was 3 months along. Then he said it was too late to get any help from anyone but he would do it if I would sleep with him!” The classes SHA organized instructed women on every aspect of an abortion: how to schedule one, how to prepare, what to expect, how it was done, how to respond to police interrogations if you had to be hospitalized, and how—if you couldn’t travel—to perform your own.

The classes sometimes included DIY abortion kits with items like gauze, a thermometer, cotton, and a syringe. Maginnis was by all accounts a vivid teacher. Newspapers reported that she lectured using an IUD for a pointer and that she “graphically illustrated the dangers of unsanitary abortion by holding up anal bacteria cultures and infected blood samples.” The class taught women female anatomy. It instructed them on how to calculate how many weeks pregnant they were. It instructed them on exactly how to call for an appointment (the woman, not the man, should place the call).

These classes were understood by many to be essential but legally risky. When the Los Angeles Free Press took the bold step of republishing the entire class’s contents across several pages of an October 1967 issue, the layout was anxiously peppered with editor’s notes and legal disclaimers like: “The Free Press can not and does not advise women who are not legally entitled to an abortion to follow the advice of Pat Maginnis.”

The Society for Humane Abortion didn’t interact much with the feminist movement or Planned Parenthood directly, at least at first. “It was too touchy,” Maginnis says. In the SHA’s early days, Planned Parenthood was more invested in advocating for contraception than abortion. Margaret Sanger’s theory was that abortion would become unnecessary if women had sufficient access to contraception. Maginnis disagreed. “Margaret Sanger, bless her,” she says. “We can’t thank her enough for Planned Parenthood, but it isn’t enough.” Under Maginnis’ leadership, the SHA spoke out—and in certain regards, provoked change—in ways Planned Parenthood wouldn’t. “We used to say we made Planned Parenthood respectable,” Maginnis laughs.

Her admiration of Sanger, though, is genuine. “Sanger took rotten eggs and tomatoes and rotten fruit thrown at her when she went out, and I don’t think people know that today,” she says. She understood that an organization with Planned Parenthood’s institutional heft needed to keep some distance from the SHA; Maginnis’ strategy of flagrantly flouting the law had made her something of a too-hot-to-handle legend.

When the Therapeutic Abortion Act was signed into law by California Gov. Ronald Reagan in 1967, the Army of Three planned a program of civil disobedience. The act, an unhappy compromise between groups whose politics hadn’t yet coalesced into well-defined positions like “pro-choice” and “pro-life,” ostensibly aimed to make legal abortion more widely available. (National Review called the signing of this bill Reagan’s “darkest hour.”) Abortion at the time was only legal to save the life of the mother; the act made “therapeutic” abortion legal in cases that would “gravely impair” women’s mental as well as physical health. But it also added a draconian 20-week limitation and required that any medical committee discussion of a prospective abortion for reasons of rape or incest include the relevant district attorney. Functionally, as even some attorneys at the time argued, it meant that wealthy women (who dealt with private hospitals) would have access to abortions, whereas women in public hospitals would be bound by a more conservative take on the law: They would need to show sufficiently “severe” mental distress—like psychosis—to obtain a legal abortion. (“How much for a psychosis?” reads a political cartoon Maginnis once drew, depicting a patient asking a psychiatrist for a diagnosis that would legitimize a therapeutic abortion.)

“We’re going to instruct women in the arts of phony psychosis and false hemorrhage,” Pat Maginnis told reporters. “This unbelievable piece of legislative slop must be violated to the point that the medical profession and legislature is pressured into accepting more modern abortion techniques.” ARAL issued a leaflet asking members of Congress whether they would request permission to get a vasectomy or treatment for venereal disease from a panel of female doctors.

It was a combative stance—and a sign of SHA’s uncompromising position on the right to choose—for a bill that Planned Parenthood, among others, now credits with being among the first to functionally legalize abortion.

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The “Che Guevara of abortion reformers,” as alt-weeklies called her at the time, now seems like an unlikely avatar of female rage. When I visited her at her home this summer, I found a 90-year-old woman who laughs a lot and peppers her speech with gentle exclamations. “Oh, my goodness,” she chuckles, remembering the time she invited police to attend a class she was teaching on DIY abortions—and they asked her to pay $3 an hour for a female officer’s time. “I think a policewoman did show up, but more out of personal interest,” Maginnis says wryly. She conveys a bemused mildness I found hard to reconcile with the working-class firebrand I’d expected.

But there’s no real contradiction here: The woman who said “excuse me” to the man detaining her in 1966 is also the woman who faced down the San Francisco homicide squad in 1959 in the hospital while recovering from a self-induced abortion. Had she given herself an abortion? the police asked. “Sure I did,” she replied. “Want me to demonstrate how in court?”

In her 10th decade, Maginnis remains equal parts polite and independent. She lives alone in a house in the San Antonio neighborhood of East Oakland that she bought back in 1979 for a song (the owner had tried to burn it down for the insurance money). Until just a few years ago, when she gave her archives to a library, her house was filled with several decades’ worth of handwritten letters from women telling her about their abortions or asking for help.

In the ’60s, especially given the respectable caution that characterized organizations like Planned Parenthood, there was a radical politics to the matter-of-factness with which the Army of Three openly talked about their own abortions. And that matter-of-factness still feels radical today. The second time she got pregnant, Maginnis recalls, she was deeply frustrated at the prospect of being forced to leave the country again for an abortion. But by then, she says, “I had figured out, if I start just giving my uterus no rest, that fetus is going to fall out.”

Startled, I ask Maginnis to explain. She elaborates that her plan was to “squat down and take my clean, scrubbed fingers and manipulate until I could get it to rebel and kick the fetus out.”

“So you could reach your cervix?” I ask.

“Oh yeah, very easily. You probably could too.”

“Does that work?”

“I manipulated, I worked on it, and finally, at five months, the fetus went into—I went into labor. It took a long time and a lot of work.”

Five months of daily effort to induce an abortion, followed by labor and police questioning—all instead of a simple, fast, safe procedure. In telling me this story, she betrays none of the story’s weight; rather, there is a relationship between her tight understatement and her rage.

In interviews, Phelan was less circumspect and much more graphic about the horrors she endured because safe abortions weren’t easily available. After she had one child, her doctor told her another pregnancy would kill her but didn’t tell her how to avoid getting pregnant. When she did—as a woman, she once said, “you don’t know how to say no to your husband. That silly Bible says you can’t say no!”—it took her so long to gather the $50 she needed for an illegal abortion that by the time she’d saved it, she was four months pregnant. The abortionist—a woman on the outskirts of Tampa, Florida—stuffed her uterus with slippery elm bark and told her not to come back. She was at her sister-in-law’s house when she started to feel extremely ill. She’d told no one, not even her husband. As she recalled in 2004:

This is a thing you do yourself. And if you die and go to hell, it’s you that goes, not anybody else. So I excused myself to go to the bathroom because it was hurting so. When I sat down on the john and looked down, there was a little tiny hand protruding from my vagina and the blood was just flying, and I thought, “Oh my God, what do I do now?”

I didn’t take as long to think about it as Bush did the war … [laughs] I gathered up all the toilet tissue I could get in my hand and stuffed it back inside of me, pushed everything back up inside my vagina and just packed it. And got all the blood off I could and cleaned everything up. And then I went out back inside and said I had to go home because I was so sick, and that was not a lie.

She was 16. First came fear. The anger would follow. This seems to be a pattern: Restrict women’s rights, force them to suffer needlessly, blame them when they fail impossible tests, and you will eventually create unsuspected forces for change. “It seemed to me when I got involved wasn’t really when I got involved [in the abortion rights movement],” Maginnis says. “I’d been involved for years before, just not driven to do anything except be angry. In a constant rage over it. And wondering why women, in addition to myself, were in a constant upheaval.”

Was Roe v. Wade a relief when it was passed? I ask her. “For me it wasn’t a big relief,” she says. It had felt more like the expected course of events—reality inching closer to how things should be. But then she continues: “I thought, yeah, that is a good thing. Now, let’s hope we can at least maintain the healthy ideas of it being available. We don’t have to sneak, we don’t have to beg.”

If the Federalist Society—which supplied the list of judges from which Donald Trump chose Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court—has its way, we’re in danger of returning to the times when women had to sneak and beg. Trump pledged during his campaign that Roe would be overturned “automatically” through the pro-life judges he would nominate. It probably won’t be so straightforward: The route the GOP is taking to greatly restrict women’s access to abortion has been circuitous, with progress marked by legal restrictions, by expanding definitions of fetal personhood, by permitting women to be lied to in the service of a single end goal. As my colleague Dahlia Lithwick has written, “women’s experiences, memories, and suffering don’t matter; their control over the truth of what they themselves have lived through is determined by those who win.”

Faced with a similar orthodoxy half a century ago, Maginnis and her cohort refused to let it stand.

The classes a modern-day SHA might teach would likely be different. There’s the internet, for one. The first time we met, I asked Maginnis what she thought women should be doing now, as the country seems poised once again to try to control our bodies. “I’ve thought about that,” she said then. “If I was going to reinvolve myself at this point, what would be the entry point? Kind of like setting out a map, looking for an entry.” She doesn’t quite have an answer. Yet.

It’s late afternoon on my final visit with Maginnis, and the warmth and long conversation have made the upstairs room where we sit feel especially lived-in. Her compatriots Gurner and Phelan died years ago. It’s not lost on me that I’m talking to someone who fought for reproductive freedom pre-Roe, at a moment when a Supreme Court justice has just been hand-picked to take it away again. In recent months, rage has been much on my mind. If over half of Americans stand to have a committee of men overrule their right to bodily autonomy after a mere 45 years, we can learn a lot from Pat Maginnis—about how women survived, and how they died, and how they fought. So what should we do now? I ask her again, as she raises the blinds to open the window overlooking the street below. “Keep talking about the issue,” she says. “Sure, not everyone is a brilliant speaker, but I think people have to keep talking about it.” She looks at me, her eyes bright. “Don’t you?”


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When N.K. Jemisin won the Hugo Award for Best Novel earlier this year, she became the only author to ever win science fiction’s most prestigious prize three years in a row. In 2016, with the first of those Hugos, Jemisin had already made history by becoming the first black author to win the award, but her three-peat—for all three volumes of her astonishing fantasy trilogy The Broken Earth—was a game-changer for a genre that has been overwhelmingly white and male for far too long. Her follow-up to The Broken Earth, a new collection of short fiction titled How Long ’til Black Future Month?, confirms that she’s one of science fiction and fantasy’s finest world-builders, but her work is also changing those genres in important ways: Jemisin’s writing is making space in science fiction and fantasy to better reflect—and to reimagine—the world in which we live.

The Broken Earth is set on an Earth-like planet that is constantly subjected to large-scale seismic and volcanic events. The people of this land, which is called the Stillness, live in constant fear that an Angry Father Earth will unleash an environmental disaster strong enough to trigger a Fifth Season, a prolonged winter of hardship that can last anywhere from a decade to thousands of years. The Broken Earth is a resonant and cautionary work of climate fiction at a time when hurricanes, floods, and wildfires are pummeling the globe. Disaster preparedness is the organizing principle for people of the Stillness; they build for survival among the technological remains (the “deadciv”) of a long-dead civilization, which includes large mysterious obelisks that hover above them in the sky.

Among the people of the Stillness are orogenes, people born with the ability to harness and control kinetic, thermal, and other forms of energy. They alone can quell the seismic and volcanic events that threaten the Stillness. But orogeny is illegal, and orogenes (referred to as the derogatory term “roggas” by most people in the Stillness) are regarded as less than human. Orogenes are hunted down throughout the Stillness; those that aren’t killed are enslaved by the secret order of Guardians. Even more powerful than orogenes or Guardians are stone-eaters, a humanoid species that resembles stone statues and that rarely interacts with other beings in the Stillness.

Jemisin’s series centers on the story of Essun, a 42-year-old village schoolteacher who has been hiding her identity as an orogene. The Fifth Season begins with the shattering of two worlds: Essun’s husband discovers that their children are orogenes, kills the youngest, and kidnaps their daughter Nassun; and the Stillness experiences an earthquake so powerful that it triggers the worst Fifth Season the planet has ever experienced. Jemisin immerses readers in the world of the Stillness: the journey that Essun sets off on to find her daughter propels the narrative, but Jemisin tells the story through multiple points of view and from multiple points in time. It’s an ambitious task to balance complicated world-building, a well-paced plot, and a range of fully distinctive characters, let alone to do so over the course of three novels. Jemisin deftly keeps all the plates spinning. After you finish The Broken Earth, it’s worth reading the trilogy a second time to see how she does it.

At the heart of this achievement is Jemisin’s portrayal of Essun, a character drastically different from most fantasy/sci-fi protagonists: a powerful, middle-aged woman of color; a mother struggling with grief; a survivor of trauma who is also a mass murderer. Though other characters’ stories are narrated through conventional first- or third-person points of view, Jemisin tells Essun’s story in second person, eventually revealing that she is being told her own history by someone else.

The voice reminds readers of our distance from Essun but also puts us in her place as we read all those yous. It turns the narrative into a powerful act of empathy for Essun, a compelling but very challenging character. That second-person move is just one of Jemisin’s many daring creative choices that pay off as the trilogy progresses.

High fantasy is still dominated by worlds reimagined from European history, worlds where birthright and nobility and hero quests dominate. When people of color appear in these worlds, they’re often exoticized or demonized, or worse yet, part of some dark-skinned savage horde that white protagonists have to defeat. With The Broken Earth, Jemisin is writing back to the genre, constructing a truly multiracial world and moving the marginalized to the center of it. Jemisin knows that most readers will “read” the races of the Stillness based on our own cultural contexts, and she has built complexity into the racial markings of her characters. Although pale-skinned people appear throughout the trilogy, the majority of the main characters are brown-skinned, including Essun. Orogeny occurs across the Stillness; it does not correlate with any specific racial markings. Yet orogenes are considered a different and inferior race of sorts, by non-orogenes of all racial groups.

The Broken Earth invites readers to identify with orogenes, Guardians, and stone-eaters, all of whom are bound up in a structure of oppression they inherited. In Book 2, The Obelisk Gate, Jemisin introduces us to Nassun, Essun’s 8-year-old daughter, who is on the road with her father as he searches for a way to “cure” his daughter of her orogeny. Nassun’s story is particularly affecting, as she struggles to understand the adults who are supposed to take care of her: a mother who trains her to survive but who can’t seem to express love, a father whose affection is contingent on her becoming something she can’t be, and a Guardian who gives her the comfort her parents are unable to. One of the most moving things about the trilogy is the way Jemisin explores the impact of structural oppression on parents and children—how the pressure to keep her children alive in a world hostile to their existence drives Essun, and how Nassun experiences that pressure as a child.

Both Essun and Nassun separately begin to understand how the obelisks, the Guardians, and the stone-eaters are part of a much older history, one that has resulted in both the Fifth Seasons and the orogenes. As events unfold in the trilogy’s final volume, The Stone Sky, both mother and daughter realize they can wield their orogeny to end the suffering, albeit via different means: Essun resolves to save the world, while Nassun only desires to end it. Their reunion is a battle, all the more devastating because the stakes are both intimate and existential. The storytelling of the novels themselves begins to feel almost geological: Jemisin slowly peels back the layers of structural oppression in the Stillness, revealing how deep it goes.

Jemisin is known for writing at epic scale—she had two other fantasy series under her belt before The Broken Earth—but she’s a forceful writer in short form, too. Her collection How Long ’til Black Future Month? makes a fitting companion to The Broken Earth, and not only because it contains “Stone Hunger,” the short story Jemisin wrote to test out the world of the Stillness. These stories, written over the past 10 years, illuminate the work Jemisin put into shaping a voice that can so confidently take on a whole genre.

The volume begins with a provocation: In “The Ones Who Stay and Fight,” Jemisin reimagines Ursula K. Le Guin’s classic story “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas.” Le Guin’s original details a glimmering utopian city and then reveals that it is contingent on an act of cruelty: the imprisonment and suffering of a single child. When citizens of the city learn about the child, some of them choose to walk away to an unknown place. Le Guin’s story is designed to prompt a moral debate. By contrast, the utopia of Jemisin’s story is contingent on stopping the spread of the idea that people are unequal. Even the knowledge that some might believe that people are unequal is forbidden, and those who spread it must be eliminated. It’s a canny update, but Jemisin isn’t interested in the debate: She invites those who would walk away to stay and fight instead, with full knowledge of the cost.

Two stories take up that idea of who gets to embody and fight for the spirit of a place, for the well-being of a community. In “The City, Born Great,” a young black street artist is chosen to help give birth to New York City as an entity, a living, sentient, collective being. (It’s a very messy birth.) In “Sinners, Saints, Dragons, and Haints, in the City Beneath the Still Waters,” a terrible monster rides a flood of hate into New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and a young hurricane survivor joins forces with a group of dragons to defend the city. In Jemisin’s writing, moving the margins to the middle gives us new ways to imagine the whole, and the threats we face are often monsters we make ourselves.

Resilience, adaptation, and change: These are themes that Jemisin takes up in a wide range of stories. In the Hugo-nominated “Non-Zero Probabilities,” New Yorkers have to figure out how to live their lives when highly improbable events become commonplace. And in “On the Banks of the River Lex,” a melancholic Death wanders a post-apocalyptic New York until he figures out how to adapt himself to different species. “Red Dirt Witch,” about a mother in the segregated South who uses folk magic to protect her family from a child-stealing White Lady, is a fairy story as well as a contemplation on how black resistance changes the world.

In The Broken Earth, the folklore and legends of the Stillness are written in stone, ostensibly so they cannot be lost as the ground shakes, but also so they cannot be changed. But stonelore writes the fates of the orogenes into stone, too, by imagining them as monsters to be exploited or killed. Even most orogenes believe the lore, and reject the idea of trying to change it. “You can’t change stonelore,” one of them protests. “The lorists tell stories of what happens when people—political leaders or philosophers or well-meaning meddlers of whatever type—try to change the lore. Disaster inevitably results.”

It’s hard to read those words and not think about the way fantasy and science fiction have moved to the mainstream of pop culture in recent years, and the way we increasingly turn to it during these times of polarizing political strife and climate change. Fantasy and science fiction have always been more than escapist pleasures, but even more so right now, when we’re hungry for new and fantastical worlds that can explore and ameliorate the challenges we’re facing in our own.

It’s perhaps not a surprise then that a particularly insidious strain of cultural conservatism has taken root in fantasy and science fiction in the past few years, led by predominantly white men trying to push back women and writers of color. Guys who don’t want anyone but themselves imagining what’s possible. But these genres are rapidly leaving those guys behind. N.K. Jemisin has changed the lore.


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In September 2016, literary critic Alan Jacobs published an essay in Harper’s lamenting the diminished standing of Christian intellectuals in the American public square. Some, he claimed, now found themselves too at home in the “liberal secular world,” often distancing themselves from ordinary believers and offering little to challenge mainstream views; others had self-sorted into Christian institutions, writing and speaking mostly to Christian audiences. Both tendencies, he believed, contributed to American culture’s mounting incomprehension of religion.

His timing was auspicious. Just two months before that year’s presidential election, we were only beginning to grasp the depths to which conservative evangelical leaders and intellectuals would descend in their alliance with Donald Trump, how rapidly and shamelessly they would abandon the values in defense of which the religious right had become a major political force. But Jacobs was already concerned at both the rise of populism based in part on “religious ressentiment” and the way liberals seemed utterly perplexed by it. “It would be valuable,” he wrote, “to have at our disposal some figures equipped for the task of mediation—people who understand the impulses from which these troubling movements arise, who may themselves belong in some sense to the communities driving these movements but are also a part of the liberal social order.”

Jacobs’s latest book, The Year of Our Lord 1943, seems inextricable from the problem he identified two years ago. He turns to an eclectic group of Anglo-American and French writers—W. H. Auden, T. S. Eliot, C. S. Lewis, Jacques Maritain, and Simone Weil—as figures who were, amid the dark days of World War II and its immediate aftermath, able to mediate between Christian conviction and the big questions of their historical moment. These thinkers, too, lived through a clash between liberal democracy and authoritarian nationalism, and worried that the masses of ordinary citizens in Western societies had little basis on which to resist the lure of ideologies that promised victory through sheer domination. The challenge to the survival of liberal society raised the problem of the role of the Christian intellectual—of how Christian thinkers could speak in a way that their fellow citizens found at least comprehensible, and in some cases persuasive.

Around the year 1943, Jacobs argues, these “Christian humanists” realized that the Allies would win the war and turned their attention to the rebuilding that would follow. They saw the role that American technological might had played in turning the war’s tide, and the grand plans political and scientific elites were drawing up for the postwar world. They worried that the anthropological assumptions supporting these visions uncomfortably resembled those of liberal democracy’s “totalitarian” opponents that prized the scientific and technological organization of the whole over the individual. In response, they articulated a humanist counter-vision of “man” as a remedy to the “miseducation” that they believed had left ordinary citizens vulnerable to the appeal of authoritarian political ideologies. To challenge the materialist and technocratic vision of society, Jacobs writes, “They thought it was possible—and necessary—to restore Christianity to a central, if not the dominant, role in the shaping of Western societies.”

Jacobs’s reading of the Christian humanists proposes retreat into literature at precisely the moment bold thinking about power and technology are most needed.

This project, as Jacobs understands it, had two closely related dimensions: a form and a content. The form was “Christian humane learning”: engagement with the classical and European literary tradition as a way of recovering ideas that relativized the modernist, scientistic concepts that dominated the twentieth century. Maritain found inspiration in medieval Thomism, Weil in a reconfiguration of Christian spirituality as the inheritance of the classical tradition. Lewis, himself a literary scholar, used the genre of satire as a vehicle for a theological critique of secular materialism, while Auden and Eliot, in different ways, defended poetry and humanistic education as ways of being in the world that resisted the objectifying and dominating ways modern states approached knowledge.

For the Christian humanists, the form of humanist learning produced a particular kind of content: individuals whose sensibilities and vocations were cultivated in opposition to the totalizing projects of modern political regimes. Like the Catholic “anti-totalitarian” movement of the 1930s, they associated both communism and fascism with “materialism”—that is, an understanding of human beings as biological and productive entities that could be organized and managed toward utopian ends. If such designs were primarily incarnated by the “totalitarian” Nazi and Soviet regimes, the American technocracy that developed during the war—the unaccountable authority of national-security experts, engineers, and industrialists to decide the direction of national policy—shared its faith in the power of rational organization and the manipulation of average citizens by technical experts. The answer the Christian humanists gave to the question “What is man?” was skeptical of such projects: man was a spiritual entity, an inviolable person whose individual status came before any political design. Thus Christian humanism, as Jacobs presents it, was a personalist anti-totalitarianism: an emphasis on the spiritual person as a bulwark against the designs of the state.

Jacobs marvels that such Christian thinkers struck the chord they did in the 1940s, and tends to take their ability to resonate with broad audiences as a testament to their genius for triangulation. But with a wider historical lens, the fact that they gave voice to Western anxieties is hardly surprising. The narrative of civilizational progress already had come to a brutal end in the trenches of the First World War, and the decades that followed did not inspire renewed confidence. By the early 1940s, it was common for humanists to fret about technology and dismiss the modern fetishization of reason as dangerous hubris; Adorno and Horkheimer’s Dialectic of Enlightenment (1944) is only the most famous example. Obsession over the meaning of “man” was everywhere: many of the ex-Marxist New York Intellectuals embraced the anti-totalitarian defense of the individual, while figures like Dwight Macdonald, a former radical and contributor to the Partisan Review, wrote an article entitled “The Root is Man” (1946), which worried about the totalitarian tendencies of all institutions and urged radicals to “think in human, not class terms.” Christian intellectuals found an opening amid this tumult because European and American intellectuals were expressing, almost en masse, skepticism of the old secular assumptions about materialism, progress, technology, and the state.

They also found a hearing because their spiritual vision of man was about to become something like the official religion of the American state. Technocrats and propagandists in the American military, backed by the rhetoric of presidents Truman and Eisenhower, worked explicitly to instrumentalize religion for the war against the “atheist communism” of the Soviet Union. As the historian Jonathan Herzog writes of the Cold War “spiritual-industrial complex”: “the engineers of spiritual mobilization set out to create a citizenry immune to the atheistic, immoral, and corporeal siren song of Communist ideology.” The publisher Henry Luce used the cover of Time magazine to foreground anxieties about America’s spiritual health; his two iconic Cold War covers promoting the heroic enemies of materialism featured C. S. Lewis (1947) and Reinhold Niebuhr (1948). Jacobs presents his Christian humanists as the “unworldly” literary foils to Niebuhr’s sacralized power politics. But in Cold War America, no one saw a difference. For the American government, religion was precisely the tool with which to overcome the country’s traditional skepticism of permanent military buildup. The struggle to defend a spiritual “man” and the obsessive pursuit of technological superiority were two sides of the same coin.

At the same time he celebrates the cultural influence the Christian humanists enjoyed, Jacobs also presents them as unheeded voices in the wilderness, foreseeing the coming reign of instrumentalized science and technology with “uncanny clarity” and “moral seriousness.” He reads Auden’s “Under Which Lyre,” a poem delivered at Harvard in 1946, as a contrast between the “Apollonian” order and control of the new technocrats and the “Hermetic” dreamers and readers formed by humanist education. Jacobs glosses the poem this way: “The character of Apollonianism in our time, then, is, not to put too fine a point on it, totalitarian.” Speaking at one of the epicenters of the emerging academic collaboration in the military industrial context, Auden took humorous aim at the technical fetishism of elite academic power players working to make the military technologies developed at places like Harvard and MIT a permanent feature of American society. But there is a danger in generalizing the binary Auden used as a poetic device into a more significant philosophical separation between forms of knowledge. Many postwar humanists did exactly that, paying lip service to the idea that science could be made to serve “humane” objectives, but in reality maintaining stark divides between scientific and literary views of the world, between man and machines, between administration and freedom. The French Protestant theorist Jacques Ellul, for example, who Jacobs introduces briefly in his epilogue, saw technique as an omnipresent logic colonizing every dimension of society and thought, one that could not be truly located or challenged.

Such vague and sweeping conceptions of technology were part of the reason that the Christian humanists’ ideas could enjoy the popularity they did alongside the technocratic Cold War order. It was not that they “came a century too late,” as Jacobs puts it, but that the very nature of their critique of technocracy made it a convenient vehicle for Cold War anti-materialism without threatening the work of those actually manipulating the levers of American technological power. If man as a spiritual “person” could only be dominated by states and technology, if these tools could never be used for good, and all collective efforts were doomed to turn totalitarian, then there was no place in the Christian-humanist worldview for truly political or scientific thinking, much less for informed political action. A philosophical or literary emphasis did not inherently require this kind of anti-political retreat, but in practice often facilitated it. The binary between the spiritual humanities and the deadening, instrumental sciences would become a kind of self-fulfilling prophecy, implicitly granting the claims of engineers and technocrats that only their expertise was relevant to running an advanced industrial society. The flipside was that many humanists ceded all possibility of understanding—much less changing—the world they lived in; they wrung their hands and concluded, as Jacobs does, that the “reign of technocracy has become so complete that none can foresee the end of it while this world lasts.”

This was an all-too-popular final destination for many disenchanted European and American intellectuals who had once nourished hopes for radical transformation of society. But others resisted the current, struggling both to reject the narrow visions of postwar technocrats and to deflate their mystical vaunting of technology with a coldly realistic look at its actual functioning in the social order. They even included several of the figures Jacobs addresses, in writings and activities that he doesn’t. Simone Weil modeled a political analysis of technology in her landmark La condition ouvrière (1935), based on two years of firsthand experience in a factory. In postwar France, Catholic writers, including “worker-priests,” produced a mountain of literature on the ongoing exploitation of industrial workers, women, and immigrants. In the United States, the Catholic Worker Movement was more likely to see American militarism and colonial violence as technological threats than the Keynesian technocrats at home. Catholic intellectuals like Maritain and Emmanuel Mounier rejected the demonization of the Soviet Union, promoting dialogue with communism and common support for mobilizing against capitalism. At the first French conference on technocracy in 1948, Mounier criticized the way literary authors like John Ruskin and Georges Bernanos were used to maintain a relentless focus on the dangers of technology itself rather than the broader sweep of its evolution.

Intentionally or not, Jacobs’s reading of the Christian humanists proposes retreat into literature at precisely the moment bold thinking about power and technology are most needed. Given the shameful places active political engagement has recently taken a number of Christian intellectuals, it is easy enough to empathize with his sense that a greater distance from politics, one which created space to reflect and educate, would be a better path for today’s Christian thinkers. But that only leaves to others the difficult challenge—as urgent today as it was in the 1940s—of serious political thinking that takes technology as seriously as the technocrats do, and that recognizes that the question of technology is always, first of all, a question of political power.

 

The Year of Our Lord 1943
Christian Humanism in an Age of Crisis

Alan Jacobs
Oxford University Press, $29.95, 280 pp.

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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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A Security Council resolution that allows the UN to deliver aid across Syria’s borders into opposition-held areas without the permission of President Bashar al-Assad is up for renewal and, as with so many diplomatic manoeuvres in the seven-year war, all eyes are on Russia.

 

The UN relies on Resolution 2165, first passed in 2014, to use two crossings with Turkey to bring aid to millions of civilians in Syria’s rebel-held northwest, many of whom have fled their homes elsewhere in the country. A government offensive to retake the area, which includes Idlib province, is currently on hold after a deal brokered by Turkey and Russia.

 

The lion’s share of cross-border assistance is delivered by groups outside the UN system, but humanitarians say the UN provides a reputational and organisational backbone that bolsters the entire aid operation – one that risks being lost if Russia vetoes the resolution.

 

In an interview on Monday with IRIN’s Ben Parker, UN aid chief Mark Lowcock said there is “no plan B” for delivering UN assistance without the backing of UN resolutions, as the Syrian government is “not willing” to allow aid to cross its front lines to reach rebel-held areas.

 

☰ Read more: The backstory of Resolution 2165

 

UN General Assembly Resolution 46/182, which is the basis for all UN international humanitarian action, states “humanitarian assistance should be provided with the consent of the affected country”. The Geneva Conventions also say the consent of affected states is required but may not be arbitrarily withheld.

In the early years of Syria’s war, many NGOs said that aid was being arbitrarily withheld to border regions and argued that by bringing aid in across borders they were therefore safely within the bounds of the Geneva Conventions.

But that wasn’t good enough for the UN, which had an assertive member state – Syria – saying no to assistance; to work under 46/182 the body needed a Security Council resolution. They got it with 2165, which said that UN agencies no longer had to request permission from al-Assad, they only had to notify Damascus before crossing the border through one of four entry points:

  • Bab al-Hawa, from Turkey into Idlib in northwestern Syria
  • Bab al-Salameh, also from Turkey into northwestern Syria
  • Ramtha, from Jordan into southern Syria
  • Yaroubiyeh, from Iraq into northeastern Syria

In 2018, the Ramtha crossing with Jordan was retaken by the Syrian army. Yaroubiyeh has been used sparingly, partly because of insecurity in Iraq.

As a result, 2165 now mostly matters for northwestern Syria – an area which, according to statistics compiled by the Mercy Corps Humanitarian Access Team and made available to IRIN, holds some 3.3 million Syrians, three quarters of whom live in the wider Idlib area. (However, population statistics in Syria are highly unreliable.)

Although 2165 does not require permission from Damascus, a demanding apparatus of border inspections came with the resolution, staffed by the UN and funded by donors.

New UN hubs sprang up in the Turkish city of Gaziantep and in Amman, from where UN agencies began to organise a regular supply chain for civilians in border areas outside al-Assad’s control.

 

With 2165 set to expire 10 January, Kuwait and Sweden are readying a one-year renewal. The two Security Council members will circulate a draft “soon”, Kuwait’s ambassador to the UN said on Friday.

 

“The resolution allows the UN and its partners to deliver humanitarian aid through the most direct routes to people in need in Syria,” Per Örnéus, Sweden’s special envoy for the Syria crisis, told IRIN. “The mandate is strictly humanitarian, offering a lifeline for millions of people,” he added. “It must be extended.”

 

The resolution has been renewed annually since 2014, but last year’s vote caused friction – and nail-biting for humanitarians working on Syrian aid operations – when Russia singled it out for harsh criticism, saying it threatened Syria’s sovereignty.

 

While al-Assad’s top ally on the Security Council opted not to veto last year, Moscow is sending out mixed signals as the January deadline approaches. Renewal looks more likely than not, but it is far from a sure thing.

 

Major impact

Resolution 2165 was first mooted at a time in the war when Damascus regularly denied UN requests to bring help across its borders to areas dominated by the opposition. It allows the UN to bring shipments in at specific points, as long as it notifies the Syrian government.

 

Humanitarians insist 2165 is crucial, and stress that its importance should not be measured just in terms of the actual quantities of aid delivered.

In 2017, UN agencies like WFP or UNHCR provided only around 20 percent of the cross-border aid deliveries to Syria. NGOs outside of the UN system brought in the rest, often delivering it through local Syrian organisations and importing their aid mostly through commercial channels (the official Bab al-Hawa and Bab al-Salameh crossings with Turkey) or a separate network of crossings monitored by the Turkish Red Crescent.

Map of Syria border crossings with Iraq, Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon

 

Most goods – like food and fuel – enter northwestern Syria on a for-profit basis, imported by Turkish or Syrian businessmen.

Aid agencies say more than three million people live in northwestern areas not controlled by the Syrian government, though population estimates in Syria are notoriously unreliable and have in the past often suffered from overcounting.

Without 2165, private traders and NGOs could still bring goods in, as long as Ankara approved. But UN involvement would likely end immediately if Damascus objected, and, while NGOs might be able to fill the tonnage gap created by a UN pull-out, losing 2165 would be a big blow to the humanitarian relief effort.

A source with significant experience of the Syrian aid operation, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said 2165 brought a “significant increase in the overall response” by helping “what was a fragmented humanitarian community come closer together, coordinate, build institutions, and deliver a more joined-up and effective response as of 2015.”

Mathieu Rouquette of the Syria International NGO Regional Forum, a network of 70 aid groups working in Syria, said the resolution “still underpins access to millions of people in areas that we are not able to reach from Damascus.”

There would be other impacts too.

Aid operations would likely suffer if the UN stopped planning and coordinating deliveries in the Turkish border town of Gaziantep, as many NGOs rely on the UN hub for logistical support.

“The resolution is what underpins the overall architecture of the humanitarian response,” explained Rouquette. “So an end to that would necessarily mean a return to a fragmented humanitarian response.”

Moving to Damascus

Aid workers said the loss of a UN role in the cross-border response would also accelerate the shift of international NGOs from opposition-held areas towards parts of Syria controlled by al-Assad’s government, while enhancing Ankara’s influence over cross-border operations.

The Syrian government has told most NGOs that in order to register in Damascus they must end their “illegal” cross-border work under 2165.

Many international NGOs were originally drawn into cross-border work early in the war by US and EU funding streams geared to shore up opposition regions, while others branched out from working with Syrian refugees. They also filled in the gaps before 2165 when the UN could only assist Syrians in state-controlled areas, except for very rare “cross-line” exceptions, like convoys from Damascus to besieged areas.

Some chafe under the rules laid down by Turkey: Ankara has told international NGOs they can either provide cross-border assistance from Turkey to Syrians in the rebel-held northwest, or work in in northeastern Syria, which is controlled by US-backed Kurdish groups hostile to the Turkish government. They can’t do both.

In 2017, Turkish authorities ordered Mercy Corps to leave the country, apparently as punishment for its work in the Kurdish-held regions.

With al-Assad now back in charge of most of Syria, and the sole remaining cross-border hub in Gaziantep catering to an area of northern Syria that is largely under Turkish tutelage, many NGOs have come to view Damascus as the best option.

“The resolution is what underpins the overall architecture of the humanitarian response.”

Several NGOs have voiced concerns about what being stripped of the UN cover would mean for the overall optics of cross-border work in a place like Idlib province, which is currently controlled by rebel groups – some of whom are designated terrorists by the United States and other countries.

Bab al-Hawa has been controlled by the UN-designated al-Qaeda spinoff Tahrir al-Sham since 2017 and has been at the centre of diversion scandals that triggered Western aid cutoffs and NGOs suspensions. USAID is now rolling out a stricter inspection regime, further tilting the risk analysis for NGOs pondering where to focus their operations.

On Monday, the Charity Commission – the UK government department that regulates and registers NGOs in England and Wales – issued an alert, warning “there is a risk that a terrorist organisation may financially benefit from any aid passing through the Bab al-Hawa crossing.”

Tripping over counter-terrorism sanctions can cause very serious problems for NGOs: legal issues, economic losses, reputational damage, and donor flight. In the face of these risks, UN involvement offers them and their donors a sense of reassurance and legitimacy.

Should the cross-border operation be stripped of its UN participation, it would likely prod more Western NGOs to withdraw from Syria altogether or rebase in Damascus on terms set by al-Assad. And, as a result, the northwestern cross-border response would come to rely even more on the Turkish Red Crescent and other Ankara-friendly groups.

 

Russian roulette

With a resolution expected on the table in the coming weeks, a Swedish diplomatic source told IRIN that Turkey and Russia are now the “key actors” in the battle over 2165. Ankara may influence Moscow’s views, but it is Russia’s vote in the Security Council that will be decisive.

☰ Read more: Moscow’s mood swings

 

Moscow joined Western states in voting for resolution 2165 and extensions of it in 2014, 2015, and 2016. But last year’s vote was different.

In November 2017, Russian Ambassador to the UN Vassily Nebenzia slammed 2165 as “unprecedented and extreme” and said it “usurps Syria’s sovereignty”. A Foreign Ministry spokesperson accused the resolution of contributing to “the division of Syria”.

US-Russian conflict in the Security Council was then at a high pitch after Nebenzia cast three successive vetoes to shut down a UN investigation that found the Syrian military had gassed civilians, and many humanitarians feared that 2165’s time was up.

However, Moscow relented and said it would abstain from voting in return for a review of cross-border aid and monitoring procedures by the secretary-general, allowing 2165 to be renewed on 19 December 2017 with 12 votes in favour and none against. (China and Bolivia also abstained.)

While aid workers were relieved, many assumed that the resolution was unlikely to be renewed again in recognisable shape.

But something happened soon after that: Instead of ramping up attacks on 2165 as the vote approached, Moscow fell silent.

IRIN has learned that a Russian diplomat unexpectedly told NGO representatives in Geneva last month that cross-border aid “should remain and should remain as it is”.

Four humanitarian and two diplomatic sources confirmed that Russia voiced support for continued cross-border aid.

Most attributed Russia’s apparent 180 degree turn to the 17 September Turkish-Russian agreement over Idlib, which seems to reflect an unspoken understanding that northwestern Syria will effectively remain in Turkish hands for the foreseeable future.

“The only explanation I can think of is that there was some sort of deal struck between Turkey and Russia as part of the broader negotiations over Idlib in which Turkey sought non-opposition on this to avoid having to let in another wave of refugees”, a humanitarian source told IRIN.

Russia could also have decided that it is not currently in its interest to hand back control over cross-border aid to al-Assad, when it currently has that control itself through the Security Council. Even then, Moscow may of course seek to dilute or amend Resolution 2165.

 

After abstaining from voting on a renewal in 2017, Russian Ambassador to the UN Vassily Nebenzia as recently as June called the UN secretary-general’s positive review of the resolution  “disappointing” and said “it is essential to work to end the mechanism”, warning that the UN needed to “prepare for the closure of cross-border operations”.

More recently, Moscow has signalled it will not look to block renewal. But some supporters of 2165 worry that Russia may be trying to lull rivals into a false sense of security, while others fear that poorly handled debates or unrelated quarrels could still encourage a veto.

“To be honest, I’m not convinced the renewal will be so easy,” one humanitarian source said, accusing parts of the aid community of showing a “baffling” faith in renewal and of failing to prepare for other outcomes.

On 29 November, Russia’s deputy UN ambassador Dmitry Polyansky told the Security Council that terrorist-listed groups are exploiting cross-border support and insisted that the “significant changes” on the ground in Syria in 2018 require “commensurate adjustment of the cross-border mechanism”.

Polyansky did not elaborate, but even if Moscow has decided to let 2165 live until further notice, there are a number of limited amendments that may be in the Russian interest.

Russia could, for example, condition renewal on new language that reinforces al-Assad’s legitimacy or supports reconstruction aid for Syria, which would infuriate Western nations. And while Turkey would presumably oppose the UN’s loss of access through Bab al-Hawa and Bab al-Salameh, stripping away UN access to US-backed Kurdish areas through the third crossing at Yaaroubiyeh might be another matter.

If Moscow wants to have 2165 on the table more often, as a source of leverage, it could also seek to cut the time between renewals.

The Russian Foreign Ministry, the Russian UN mission, and representatives of the Syrian government all failed to responded to IRIN’s requests for comment.

(TOP PHOTO: Internally displaced Syrians in northern Aleppo province's Tel Rifaat collect aid supplies. CREDIT: Antwan Chnkdji/UNHCR)

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Même si les affaires vont bien avec Microsoft et une valorisation boursière qui n'a jamais été aussi haute, vu des simples clients que nous sommes, on s'interroge de plus en plus sur le cap donné par la direction actuelle. L'une des dernières info-rumeurs du moment serait que Microsoft travaillerait sur "un Windows Lite". Révélée par Petri, cette nouvelle déclinaison de Windows baptisée uniquement "Lite" et non pas "Windows Lite", serait le successeur de Windows 10 S, le dernier Windows "tout moisi" capable uniquement de faire fonctionner les applications présentes sur le Microsoft Store.

Après les échecs successifs et assez récents de Windows 10 S, Windows Mobile ou Windows RT, on ne sait plus que penser des choix de Microsoft. Pour le Cloud et Office 365 la vie est belle chez Microsoft mais pour le reste, chaque jour on se demande quelle décision sera prise ? Arrêt ? Abandon ? Investissement sur plus de 3 semaines ? Projet à long terme sur 6 mois ? Les paris sont ouverts mais chez Microsoft sont-ils conscients que Windows n’est pas le plus populaire des systèmes d'exploitation et qu'un Windows bridé n'intéresse personne ou presque ? D'ailleurs quelle idée saugrenue de penser à un nouveau Windows reposant sur le Microsoft Store pour sa logithèque vu que de moins en moins de développeurs sont intéressés par ce Microsoft Store en déclin ?

Une nouvelle affaire à suivre mais contrairement à ce que nous faisions dans le passé, cet énième test grandeur réelle en faisant payer les utilisateurs pour des produits sans visibilité supérieure à 2 ans, se fera sans nous.
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Regular readers of my blog already know that that I promote not masturbating -- so-called "nofap" -- as an important rule of life for boys and men and an essential ingredient in the male sexualist ideology. Nofap is much bigger than male sexualism, however; so much so that the mainstream has noticed and started calling it misogynistic: "What may appear to be just another weird and bizarre internet challenge is underpinned by extreme misogyny and threats of violence," says Sarah Manavis writing for the New Statesman.

So, is nofap really misogynistic? Well, the short answer is no, but there is a catch, because nofap is not done in the interests of women, either. Nofap promotes male sexual health, and anything which exclusively promotes male sexual health will not be aligned with women's interests to the extent that male and female sexuality do not have the same goals or optimal strategies. And that extent is huge! All of evolutionary psychology is basically an exposition of this difference, but that is a subject for another day.

Nofap is male empowerment of the hands-on (or rather, hands-off!) self-help variety, which is arguably more powerful than changing laws and makes women nervous for good reasons. For one thing, they will lose their ability to exploit us through pornography and other "sex work" which does not actually involve putting out. It should also make the state nervous because if men follow my advice and never look at porn, the cops will lose one of their most insidious weapons against male sexuality as child porn and other obscenity laws are rendered irrelevant. And that does not even begin to address the increased sexual attention that females will receive in real life (including underage), some of it welcome but much of it not.

This brings me to an important ethical point. The fact that pornography and masturbation lead to less sexual violence is not an ethical argument for these pathologies. Just like no sane physician would recommend that men walk around with broken arms instead of having fractures properly treated on the pretext that men can't so easily use a broken arm for violence, we must never argue that porn or masturbation is "good" because it leads to less rape or sexual harassment. Fapping means walking around with a continuously broken libido and erectile function as well as being socially inhibited and cowardly around women. The fapping man is a cripple compared to the sexually healthy man, so naturally he would be a less effective rapist as well, both statutory and real. But none of this matters because ethics dictate that personal health must be promoted first and foremost. Restore a healthy libido first, and then figure out what to do with it.

The male sexualist ideology does prescribe ethical sexual behavior that does not unduly harm women, even for sexually healthy and very horny young men who practice nofap. For one thing, prostitution would be a legal alternative to rape, and prohibitions on underage sex would be vastly reduced, making it realistic to practice nofap and not commit crimes at least for all agywophiles. (I'll leave it to our splinter groups headed by Nathan Larson et al. to decide what to do with the pedophiles. It is conceivable that they might still want to opt for masturbation, but I can't bring myself to personally recommend it even to them.)

Thus it turns out that in the middle of all our despair of male sexualism going nowhere, a sizable group of men have already adopted one of our core tenets. As a male sexualist, I salute the NoFap subreddit with 381,774 subscribers. And I salute the website Your Brain on Porn for bringing us the science of porn addiction. Its owner Gary Wilson must be one hell of a "misogynist" for his tireless devotion to explicating the mechanisms by which porn use is harmful to male sexuality.

Welcome aboard, gentlemen. Men's rights activism begins with our bodies, and our minds and ideology will surely follow.

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En mars dernier, avec le Spam de l'Empaqueteur, nous tentions d'apporter réponses à certaines interrogations quant au fonctionnement un peu magique du service web le plus important pour la communauté, celui de la mise en paquet du système de publication et de ses plugins.
Aujourd'hui, après 2 billets exploitant les données du site , nous allons chercher à en expliquer la mécanique aussi. Toujours en mars dernier, François-Daniel met les pieds dans le plat, merci à lui. Bruno apporte un premier lot de (...)

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Julie Segal of Institutional investor reports, Not One Ivy League Endowment Beat a Simple U.S. 60-40 Portfolio Over Ten Years:
The performance of Ivy League endowments has trailed a passive portfolio of 60 percent U.S. stocks and 40 percent bonds over the past ten years — and has been more volatile to boot, according to a new report from research and analytics provider Markov Processes International.

MPI says this is the first time in the 16 years that it has been collecting data on all the Ivies that Yale, Harvard and the other elite colleges have lagged the indexed portfolio when looked at over a decade. The firm looked at performance for the period between July 1, 2008 and June 30, 2018.

What’s more, MPI found that the volatility of the endowment model — which includes large allocations to private equity, real estate, infrastructure and other illiquid investments — is significantly higher than that of a simple mix of stocks and bonds.

The performance of Ivy League and other college endowments is closely watched by the industry, as other institutional investors have been adopting some version of the portfolio allocation model — often referred to as the Yale Model, pioneered by Yale CIO David Swensen — since the early 2000s. The perennial question has been whether the addition of expensive alternative investments, including hedge funds, is worth the trouble, given the cost, illiquidity, and underperformance of many of these funds.

“There’s a tug of war going on in endowments, as well as in asset management,” said Jeff Schwartz, president of MPI, in a phone interview. “A lot of people are hoping that there is no point in investing in these complex alternatives. Then you have devotees of the Yale model who want to show there is a payoff for putting so much of the portfolio into private equity, VC, and all the things we think of as sophisticated and expensive. This report shows that the reality is much more complex than either narrative.”

Over the most recent decade, Columbia and Princeton led the pack, both delivering 8 percent annually, according to MPI. Harvard turned in returns of 4.5 percent over the period, with Cornell at 4.8 percent. The 60-40 portfolio returned 8.1 percent.

The news wasn’t all bad for the Ivy endowments. Though the endowments didn’t beat a plain-vanilla portfolio over ten years, they did outpace it when looked at over the most recent 15-year period on an annualized basis. Results varied widely, however. On the low end, Cornell earned 8.01 percent annually during the time period, while Yale generated an 11.18 percent return, coming out on top.

And while the ten-year period measured by MPI wasn’t stellar for the schools, fiscal year 2018 was a good one. Every endowment, except Columbia University, had double-digit returns, and all outperformed the 60-40 portfolio. According to MPI’s returns-based analysis, private equity and venture capital investments were the primary drivers behind most endowments’ gains.

The returns this year were similar to 2017, with Harvard’s performance still far behind its peers, at 10 percent. Harvard has spent seven years at or near the bottom of this group. Princeton was the best performer in fiscal 2018, with returns of 14.2 percent. Columbia generated a 9 percent return, falling to the bottom from No. 3 last year.

Although MPI only has data for four schools going back 20 years, all of those — including Harvard — beat the 60-40 benchmark, MPI found.

The Ivy League endowments’ investments in alternative funds have remained high, according to MPI. Many are increasing their allocations, with Brown upping private equity investments faster than other endowments.

“We observe that the high endowment returns are accompanied by high risk. Ivy risks are noticeably higher than a 60-40 portfolio, with private equity and real estate contributing the most across the board,” wrote the report’s authors. “In fact, equity (public and private) and real estate risk are the two dominant sources of risk across the Ivies, indicating their portfolios are not as diversified as many believe them to be,” they continued.

The endowment returns were measured against a U.S. portfolio, which has generated extraordinary returns over the past ten years. Though this is the standard benchmark for all endowments, according to the report, investors that had any international holdings would have lagged a U.S-.only portfolio over the past decade.
This article generated a lot of discussion last week and gave ammunition to those who think pension funds following the Yale model are only wasting their time and money, they're better off indexing their portfolio to the US 60-40 benchmark.

Now, I shared this article with three pension heavyweights, Leo de Bever, Wayne Kozun and Andrew Claerhout. They all had senior roles at the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan and Leo is the former CEO of AIMCo.

Let me begin with Leo's insights:
Any particular ten year timeframe for return and annual volatility is not necessarily indicative for how things will play out in the next ten years.

The Ivy League model has had its 10-year issues, i.e. getting squeezed in 2008 by over-committing to new funds assuming the old ones would pay out when they did not. We all make mistakes.

As the article observed, international diversification did not pay off over the last ten years for US equity investors. Again, that may not last.

The last decade in the US listed market was not kind to long term value investing, which is what private equity is supposed to be. The question is whether the value put on some of the growth stocks makes sense, and whether low corporate taxes are sustainable.

The private equity model may need to change as well: reasonably priced brownfield investments are harder to come by. Persistence of private equity managers is falling.

That may be because the participants have become too attached to what worked well for so long. Financial engineering alone may not be as powerful in a world where technological change is accelerating.
Next, Wayne Kozun, OTPP's former SVP Public Equities, shared this:
This is somewhat Monday morning quarterbacking as over the last decade US equity has done much better than the equity markets of any other country, fixed income has done very well, and the US dollar has gotten stronger. So a US 60-40 portfolio looks great as it has no foreign exposure, but no one know this ten years ago. In hindsight you can always find "simple" portfolios that will have done better than "sophisticated" portfolios. But that doesn't help unless you know for certain what the future holds.

This paper was done by MPI and the volatility numbers that they quote are based on their own proprietary technique of estimating the "true" volatility of private assets. I don't know if there methodology is good or bad, but they likely have a bias which may be coming through in this analysis. While I do believe that private assets are much riskier than what the annual volatility is measured at, there is some value to being able to smooth asset returns for entities like endowments and pension plans. So you can say that the "true" volatility of private equity is higher than public equities, but that is ignoring the value in being able to smooth returns.
Wayne's insights prompted this reply from Leo de Bever:
I did not say so explicitly but the grossing up of private asset volatility to equate it to listed assets is backwards.

A long term investor should not care what monthly or annual volatility is, even if you accept volatility as a measure of risk instead of using some measure of downside.

Long term investors would want to look at their long term volatility relative to the long term volatility of listed markets.

Long term investments are not a sequence of short term investments. They attempt to exploit the existence of superior long term returns not accessible to managers that do not control how long they have access to invested capital.
And Andrew Claerhout, OTPP's former senior managing director Infrastructure and Natural Resources,shared these insights:
I don’t disagree with anything either of you (Leo and Wayne) have said.

The US markets have done remarkably well since the GFC but what I find interesting is that few stock pickers in US public equities have been able to beat the index and as a result there is a greater and greater shift towards indexing by many institutional investors.

Private assets provide diversification benefits but unequivocally some of this is overstated due to a lagging and conservative (in good times) and aggressive (in bad times) mark to market process.

What will determine the quality of an investment program is how it performs through a variety of economic and financial market cycles. We’ve been spoiled in the last ten years as a rising tide raises all boats... some more than others... but let’s see what happens when the tide recedes.
Indeed, we have been spoiled and this reminds me of a famous quote from John Kenneth Galbraith: "In a bull market, everyone is a financial genius."

The last ten years were unbelievably strong for US stocks and bonds following the 2008 crisis, and we can all thank the Fed and other central banks for goosing up the financial system through their multi-trillion dollar balance sheet operations.

Moreover, while volatility is underestimated in private markets, as Leo de Bever states, a long-term investor shouldn't care about monthly or annual volatility (until it impacts their career risk).

On the question of how MPI calculated volatility, however, Richard J. Tomlinson, Deputy CIO at LPP, shared this on LinkedIn: 
I’m curious how they estimated volatility - not a simple task when you have a large weighting to illiquids. There’s also the point of volatility of capital value vs volatility of income, different institutions have different preferences depending on liability profile, contributions etc
What else? I remember Mark Wiseman and his successor Mark Machin telling me their portfolios are structured in a way that when there is a roaring bull market they will under-perform but outperform considerably during a bear market or when public equities are lackluster. "Over time, the benefits of diversifying into private markets all over the world are there and they add up as we have handily beat CPPIB's Reference portfolio over the long run."

"Bullocks! Just index their portfolios so we don't have to pay these guys outrageous compensation each year!"

Well, it's not that simple. First, you pay for performance, and you need to pay if you're hiring people with a particular skill set in private equity, real estate, infrastructure, private debt and natural resources. You also need to pay people competitively if you stand a chance to beat the S&P 500.

Second, indexing has worked extremely well over the last ten years but there are no guarantees it will continue to do so over the next ten years.

Moreover, the popularity of indexing has generated a whole set of issues. Last week, Vanguard's Jack Bogle, the father of indexing, sounded a warning on index funds:
There no longer can be any doubt that the creation of the first index mutual fund was the most successful innovation—especially for investors—in modern financial history. The question we need to ask ourselves now is: What happens if it becomes too successful for its own good?

The First Index Investment Trust, which tracks the returns of the S&P 500 and is now known as the Vanguard 500 Index Fund, was founded on December 31, 1975. It was the first “product,” as it were, of a new mutual fund manager, The Vanguard Group, the company I had founded only one year earlier.

The fund’s August 1976 initial public offering may have been the worst underwriting in Wall Street history. Despite the leadership of the Street’s four largest retail brokers, the IPO fell far short of its original $250 million target. The initial assets of 500 Index Fund totaled but $11.3 million—falling a mere 95% short of its goal.

The fund’s struggle for the attention (and dollars) of investors was epic. Known as “Bogle’s folly,” the fund’s novel strategy of simply tracking a broad market index was almost totally rejected by Wall Street. The head of Fidelity, then by far the fund industry’s largest firm, put the kiss of death on his tiny rival: “I can’t believe that the great mass of investors are [sic] going to be satisfied with just receiving average returns. The name of the game is to be the best.”

Almost a decade passed before a second S&P 500 index fund was formed, by Wells Fargo in 1984. During that period, Vanguard’s index fund attracted cash inflow averaging only $16 million per year.

Now let’s advance the clock to 2018. What a difference 42 years makes! Equity index fund assets now total some $4.6 trillion, while total index fund assets have surpassed $6 trillion. Of this total, about 70% is invested in broad market index funds modeled on the original Vanguard fund.

Yes, U.S. index mutual funds have grown to huge size, with their holdings doubling from 4.5% of total U.S. stock-market value in 2002 to 9% in 2009, and then almost doubling again to more than 17% in 2018. Even that penetration understates the role of mutual fund managers, as they also offer actively managed funds, and their combined assets amount to more than 35% of the shares of U.S. corporations.

If historical trends continue, a handful of giant institutional investors will one day hold voting control of virtually every large U.S. corporation. Public policy cannot ignore this growing dominance, and consider its impact on the financial markets, corporate governance, and regulation. These will be major issues in the coming era.

Three index fund managers dominate the field with a collective 81% share of index fund assets: Vanguard has a 51% share; BlackRock, 21%; and State Street Global, 9%. Such domination exists primarily because the indexing field attracts few new major entrants.

Why? Partly because of two high barriers to entry: the huge scale enjoyed by the big indexers would be difficult to replicate by new entrants; and index fund prices (their expense ratios, or fees) have been driven to commodity-like levels, even to zero. If Fidelity’s 2018 offering of two zero-cost index funds has established a new “price point” for index funds, the enthusiasm of additional firms to create new index funds will diminish even further. So we can’t rely on new competitors to reduce today’s concentration.

Most observers expect that the share of corporate ownership by index funds will continue to grow over the next decade. It seems only a matter of time until index mutual funds cross the 50% mark. If that were to happen, the “Big Three” might own 30% or more of the U.S. stock market—effective control. I do not believe that such concentration would serve the national interest.

My concerns are shared by many academic observers. In a draft paper released in September, Prof. John C. Coates of Harvard Law School wrote that indexing is reshaping corporate governance, and warned that we are tipping toward a point where the voting power will be “controlled by a small number of individuals” who can exercise “practical power over the majority of U.S. public companies.” Professor Coates does not like what he sees, and offers tentative policy options—some necessary, often painful to contemplate. His conclusion—“The issue is not likely to go away”—is unarguable.

Solutions to resolve the issues connected with the concentration of corporate ownership are not self-evident, but a number of tentative possibilities have already been advanced:
  • More competition from new entrants to the index field. For the reasons noted above, this eventuality seems highly unlikely.
  • Force giant index funds to spin off their assets into a number of separate entities, each independently managed. Such a drastic step would—and should—face near-insurmountable obstacles, for it would create havoc for index investors and managers alike.
  • Require index funds to hold just one company in any industry. Leaving aside the dubious ability of either academia or federal bureaucrats to define precisely what constitutes a given industry, such a drastic change would lead to the destruction of today’s S&P 500 index fund, by common agreement, the most beneficial innovation for investors of the modern age.
  • Timely and full public disclosure by index funds of their voting policies and public documentation of each engagement with corporate managers. This would take today’s transparent and constructive governance practices several steps further.
  • Require index funds to retain an independent supervisory board with full responsibility for all decisions regarding corporate governance. The problem with this idea is that it is not clear how such a board could add to the present scrutiny of the fund’s independent directors.
  • Limit the voting power of corporate shares held by index managers. But such a step would, in substance, transfer voting rights from corporate stock owners, who care about the long-term, to corporate stock renters, who do not... an absurd outcome.
  • Enact federal legislation making it clear that directors of index funds and other large money managers have a fiduciary duty to vote solely in the interest of the funds’ shareholders. While I believe that such a fiduciary duty is implicit today, making it explicit, with appropriate penalties for violations, would be a constructive step.
It is time for public officials to consider the pros and cons of these issues with indexers, the financial community, academia, and active managers alike—and develop national policies that support high standards of corporate governance. It will require their working together constructively and cooperatively.

But one thing seems crystal clear. Even if present trends continue (sometimes they don’t), the enormous value of index funds should not be ignored. First, index funds provide investors with the most effective stock-market strategy of all time: buy American business and hold it forever, and do so at rock-bottom cost. Second, index funds are among the few truly long-term owners of stocks—for all practical purposes, permanent owners of capital—an enormously valuable asset to society. The long-term focus of index funds is a much needed counterweight to the short-termism favored by so many market participants.

Prof. Coates agrees that nothing should jeopardize the existence of today’s index funds.

“Indexing has created real and large social benefits in the form of lower expenses and greater long-term returns for millions of individuals investing directly or indirectly for retirement,” he writes. “A ban on indexing would clearly not be a good idea.” I can only say, “Amen” to those words.
Take the time to read John Coates' paper here (h/t, Wayne Kozun).

Indexing in public markets is here to stay. There will be setbacks during bear markets and I too worry about what happens if it becomes even more popular than it already is (the great economist Paul Samuelson once praised Burton Malkiel's book, A Random Walk Down Wall Street, but also worried about what happens when everyone adopts this indexing approach).

Funny thing about markets, when everyone is doing the same thing, two things happen, great bubbles and great dislocations. The rise in indexing presents opportunities and risks.

But if indexing is here to stay, so are alternative investments at pension funds, endowment funds, sovereign wealth funds and other large asset allocators looking to diversify away from public markets into private markets.

Below,Vanguard Group Founder Jack Bogle discusses how the indexing business has changed over the years and the problem with index funds (June 2018). Here he discusses a different problem.

Also, Bogle explains why "if you hold the stock market, you will grow with America" and how we could avoid the financial crisis from 10 years ago. Great discussions, love hearing his wise insights.



          Architecting Systems of the Future      Cache   Translate Page      
In this episode, Eric Werner discusses research that he and several of his colleagues are conducting to help software developers create systems for the many-core central processing units in massively parallel computing environments. Eric and his team are creating a software library that can exploit the heterogeneous parallel computers of the future and allow developers to create systems that are more efficient at computation and power consumption.   Listen on Apple Podcasts.
          Bypass of Disabled System Functions      Cache   Translate Page      

Imagine that you discover an Unrestricted File Upload vulnerability and upload a web shell to the server. Or, you have a payload that allows you to execute commands on the system through Local File Inclusion (LFI) or Remote File Inclusion (RFI) vulnerabilities.

Bypass of Disabled System Functions

When you execute the command that’s expected to call system functions on the server side, you’re greeted by a surprise warning which states that you’re not allowed to execute the function because it’s disabled.

www.example.com/shell.php?cmd=whoami

Warning: system() has been disabled for security reasons in /var/www/html/shell.php on line 6

The disable_functions directive in the php.ini configuration file allows you to disable certain PHP functions. One of the suggested hardening practices is to disable functions such as system, exec, shell_exec, passthru, by using the disable_functions directive to prevent an attacker from executing system commands. However, a user named Twoster in the Russian Antichat forum announced a new bypass method to this security mechanism. In this blog post, we discuss the technical details of the bypass.

The Exploit Code of the Bypass

Last week, Anton Lopanitsyn shared the exploit code on Github after the announcement on the Antichat forum. In the exploit code, it’s clear that the bypass relies on the imap_open() function, which is activated after the installation of the imap extension on PHP.

<?php
# CRLF (c)
# echo '1234567890'>/tmp/test0001

$server = "x -oProxyCommand=echo\tZWNobyAnMTIzNDU2Nzg5MCc+L3RtcC90ZXN0MDAwMQo=|base64\t-d|sh}";

imap_open('{'.$server.':143/imap}INBOX', '', '') or die("\n\nError: ".imap_last_error());

The imap_open() function doesn’t readily exist in the PHP core. It’s a wrapper for imapd, designed by the researchers at the University of Washington. As stated above, PHP will have the imap_open() function defined only after you've installed the IMAP PHP extension. Let’s analyze each component in the exploit code.

The Parameters of imap_open Function

We’re going to take a closer look at the mailbox parameter the function takes, to understand how the imap_open function works in the exploit. Here is the syntax of the function:

resource imap_open ( string $mailbox , string $username , string $password [, int $options = 0 [, int $n_retries = 0 [, array $params = NULL ]]] )

The value for the mailbox parameter consists of the server name and the mailbox file path on the server. The name INBOX stands for the current user’s personal mailbox. This is how you set the mailbox parameter:

$mbox = imap_open ("{localhost:993/PROTOCOL/FLAG}INBOX", "user_id", "password");

Between the brackets, you can see the server name or IP address, the port number (after the colon) and the protocol name. After the protocol name, the user can choose to set a flag as the third parameter.

The warning in the official documentation of PHP about setting up the imap_open parameters is crucial.

This warning states that unless enable_insecure_rsh is disabled, the user data should not be directly transmitted to the mailbox parameter.

This warning states that unless enable_insecure_rsh is disabled, the user data should not be directly transmitted to the mailbox parameter. Let's take a look at  how the IMAP extension works to understand what the enable_insecure_rsh configuration option does, and why the warning prompts users to disable it.

The IMAP Server Types and SSH Connection

There are two Unix-based IMAP servers that are widely used. One is imapd, developed by the University of Washington, and the other is the IMAP server developed by Cyrus.

Cyrus stores the user emails in a built-in database. So, accessing Cyrus is only possible through the IMAP protocol. This is why when Cyrus is in use, there are no connections between user accounts on the Unix system on which the IMAP is installed and the IMAP accounts.

On the other hand, imapd stores the emails in files owned by the mail users on the Unix system, such as /var/spool/mail. User accounts and access privileges on imapd are directly related to the Unix server. If your mails are stored in a spool file to which you have authorization, you can login through SSH and verify your privileges on the files.

There’s no need for the entire procedure to establish an IMAP connection when there’s SSH. The imap_open function initially establishes an SSH connection and, if authorized, proceeds without an IMAP connection. This is called the IMAP preauthenticated mode. The warning given for passing the value in the mailbox parameter is based on this. The mailbox value will be passed on to the SSH command as a parameter while setting up an SSH connection.

Before the secure SSH protocol was widely used, there was a protocol called rsh. However, it's quite insecure by default, doesn't use encryption and shouldn't be used for connections outside (and even inside) the local network. The imap.enable_insecure_rsh configuration option deactivates both rsh and ssh for preauthentication.

The -oProxyCommand in the Exploit

One of the many parameters the SSH command uses is the -o parameter, which allows you to set the options available for use during the connection. ProxyCommand is one of the options that can be set right before commencing the SSH connection. For example:

ssh -oProxyCommand="touch tmp.txt" localhost

When you execute this command, you’ll realize that the tmp.txt file will be created even if an SSH connection is not made to localhost.

The -oProxyCommand in the Exploit

Due to all the components in the exploit code, a system which has functions such as system and passthru disabled will still be vulnerable to executing commands in RFI or LFI vulnerabilities.

Additional Measures Against the Bypass

There are two ways to protect yourself against the dangers of the imap PHP extension. The first is by checking for any special characters (such as forward slashes) whenever you pass user input to imap_open, which would prevent a Remote Code Execution vulnerability. We stated above that you can use certain flags within the mailbox parameter. The /norsh flag is one of these and you should set it in order to disable the IMAP preauthenticated mode.

In addition, an effective defence against the disable_functions bypass is to disable the imap.enable_insecure_rsh option by giving a '0' value in the php.ini file. However, in PHP version 5, this option isn’t available, so you should think twice whether you need the imap extension and whether you should add imap_open to your list of disabled functions.

Authors, Netsparker Security Researchers:

Ziyahan Albeniz
Sven Morgenroth
Umran Yildirimkaya


          How to More Effectively Manage Vulnerabilities and the Attacks that Exploit Them      Cache   Translate Page      
Deploy vulnerability exploit prevention and mitigation techniques to thwart attacks and manage the arms race. Related Course Malware Analysis Apprenticeship Listen on Apple Podcasts.
          533664-2018: Espagne-Valladolid: Services d'exploitation de salles de spectacles      Cache   Translate Page      
Date de publication: 04/12/2018 | Date limite: 31-12-2018 | Document: Avis de marché
          533549-2018: Italie-Gênes: Services d'exploitation d'installations sportives      Cache   Translate Page      
Date de publication: 04/12/2018 | Date limite: | Document: Avis d'attribution de concession
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Date de publication: 04/12/2018 | Date limite: 15-01-2019 | Document: Concession de services
          Attention aux arnaques : des apps exploitent Touch ID pour des transactions non désirées      Cache   Translate Page      
Certains développeurs pas très honnêtes ont trouvé un nouveau moyen d'inciter les utilisateurs à dépenser des sommes d'argent non désirées pour des services supplémentaires sans valeur.
          532730-2018: France-Vannes: Mise en état d'exploitation d'installations de chauffage      Cache   Translate Page      
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          532594-2018: France-Orléans: Services d'exploitation de salles de spectacles      Cache   Translate Page      
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          (USA-MA-Boston) HR Partner, Global Teams      Cache   Translate Page      
The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries, while strengthening the capabilities of governments and the private sector in those countries to create and sustain high-quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance. For more information, please visit: http://www.clintonhealthaccess.org. Team Overview: CHAI’s employees currently work in over 30 countries around the world and are supported by both country and global human resources partners. As a part of the Global HR team, the HR Partner, Global Teams will serve as a strategic business partner to our country, operational and global program teams to provide a coherent approach to the management of one of CHAI’s most valued assets – our people. This involves employing people, developing their capacities, and compensating their services in line with their roles and CHAI’s organizational requirements. Position Overview: The HR Partner, Global Teams proactively assesses and anticipates HR-related needs, by communicating and liaising with our Global HR department, CHAI staff members and select program leadership. The HR Partner, Global Teams builds and manages relationships across a matrixed organization, to deliver value-added service to management and employees that reflects CHAI’s values. The HR Partner, Global Teams role includes both U.S. and international Human Resource responsibilities. Key areas of focus will include employee relations, relationship management, training and development and HR operations support. This position will be based in Boston, MA and requires up to 10% international travel. + Partner closely with assigned program leadership and staff members to resolve complex employee relations issues. + Receive complaints from employees and others. Plan and execute confidential investigations, as assigned, of alleged harassment, bullying, discrimination, abuse and exploitation, and other misconduct. Write investigative reports for Global HR leadership and summaries for CHAI leadership. + Conduct regular meetings with respective teams, including by phone, web application or in person. + Provide guidance to assigned program teams on organizational and workforce development, compensation, HR procedure and policy interpretation, host-country compliance, and recruiting and retention strategies. + Provide coaching and guidance, as needed, to assigned managers on a variety of topics including but not limited to staff performance, feedback, and communication. + Work closely with management and employees to improve work relationships, build morale, increase productivity and retention. + Provide guidance and input on team restructures, workforce planning, succession planning. + Identify training needs for assigned global program teams and individual manager needs. Lead learning and development activities to promote a respectful workplace, talent development, management skills, and other capacity-building needs in line with CHAI’s approach to on-the-job learning. This includes content design, coordination, and delivery of training topics as approved by CHAI leadership. + Assist assigned global employees with international assignments and related HR matters including but not limited to: + International employment contracts + Global compensation + International and domestic relocation + Immigration support and guidance + Serve as focal point for the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation, Abuse & Harassment (PSEAH) for assigned global program teams. + Work with members of Global HR team to complete administrative work related to HR processes – onboarding, off boarding, benefit changes, etc. + Facilitate new hire check-ins and conduct exit interviews with assigned global program teams. + Maintain in depth knowledge of legal requirements related to day-to-day management of employees, reducing legal risks and ensuring regulatory compliance. Partner with Contracts department and Global Operations team as needed. + Work with other members of CHAI HR to facilitate employment agreements and interpret labor regulations and HR-related legal issues for country offices and international staff, research and interpret overseas labor laws, perform and support HR audits, and support reviews and changes to HR-related manuals and documents + Provide ad hoc reporting and analysis based on the needs of the HR team and global teams + Provide other HR services as needed or requested. + Bachelor’s Degree required, preferably in Human Resources, Learning and Development, International Business or a related discipline; + 5+ years of progressive experience in Human Resources, non-profit organization experience preferred; + Experience in resolution of complex employee relation issues; + Working knowledge of multiple human resource disciplines including employee relations, compensation practices, organizational design, succession planning, respectful workplace policies, performance management, and federal, state and international employment laws; and + Excellent knowledge of international nonprofit sector; + Experience with designing, developing and delivering training content; + Strong conflict management skills; + Strong interpersonal and negotiation skills; + Ability to take initiative to identify and anticipate team needs and make recommendations for implementation; + Ability to work urgently and independently to investigate and solve problems; + Ability to handle confidential information, regarding all employee related matters; + Effectively envision, develop, and implement new strategies to address complex HR issues; + Independently manage multiple conflicting priorities; + Ability to provide good customer service with patience and sense of urgency; + Professional, diplomatic and thoughtful communication skills appropriate for email, web and phone with people from various backgrounds; and + Strong computer skills: Microsoft Office (Outlook Excel, Word), experience with HRIS systems desired. External Company URL: http://www.clintonhealthaccess.org/ Street: 383 Dorchester Ave Post End Date: 12/4/2019
          SHUTDOWN SQL Server      Cache   Translate Page      

Recently a friend by the name of Chris Bell (blog | twitter) wrote about an easy way to disrupt SQL Server.  That disruption comes in the form of the SHUTDOWN TSQL command.  You can read what Chris wrote from his article here.

Granted, you do need to have elevated permissions such as sysadmin, serveradmin or securityadmin.  I include securityadmin even though Chris did not because a securityadmin can create an account and grant that account sysadmin permissions.  And in Chris’ article he only discusses the threat to the SQL Server process. When I read the article, I wondered to myself if the threat stopped there. I also wondered to what extent could I cause disruption. Yes, the gremlin in me did start to come out.

When I say I was curious what level of disruption could be caused, I really wanted to know if I could reboot the server from within SQL Server or even if I could simply shut down the entire server. Well, you can certainly bounce the server from within a TSQL script – if you have adequate permissions (or know how to elevate your permissions).

The first step is rather simple: check to see if xp_cmdshell is enabled. If it is not, then enable it.

EXEC sp_configure 'show advanced options', 1
GO
RECONFIGURE WITH OVERRIDE
GO
EXEC sp_configure 'xp_cmdshell', 1
GO
RECONFIGURE WITH OVERRIDE
GO

Now that xp_cmdshell is enabled, let’s bounce the server.

EXECUTE xp_cmdshell 'shutdown /r /m \\SQL14CTP2 /t 60 /c "Reconfiguring SQL Server" /f /d p:4:1'
GO

Now this code will not work on your server as-is. I have coded it to be my sandbox server. That said, if the server name matches you should get a prompt informing you that SQL Server will shut down. And that shutdown will happen after 60 seconds.

If you happen to see a message reporting “Access Denied”, that is also easy to circumvent—well, at least up to SQL Server 2016. Prior to SQL Server 2016, I could utilize xp_cmdshell to also add the service account (let’s say it is NT Service\MSSQLSERVER) through the use of net localgroup /add.  However, in SQL Server 2016, you will continue to get an access denied message (even if you try to use a proxy account). Here is an example of that  exploit as well (prior to 2016):

xp_cmdshell 'net localgroup Administrators nt service\mssqlserver /add'

Let’s say you have done your duty and changed the service account off of the default local service to a domain account or a local account (not nt service), but you decided to add that account to the local Administrators group. You have actually opened yourself up to plenty of other problems. Even in SQL 2016, if the service account for SQL Server is in the Local Admins group, then the shutdown SQL Server example shared here will work and force a shutdown.

So, in the end, please be mindful of the service account in use. And be mindful of the level of permissions that service account has been granted at the OS level. If you are not careful, you could have some rogue developer or intruder shutting you down before you know it.

Now would be a good time to go and review your security. Check for users with too much access. Here are some articles that can help with that (here and here).


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A local file inclusion vulnerability exists in phpMyAdmin. The vulnerability is due to improper sanitization of the request URI.A remote, authenticated attacker could exploit this vulnerability by sending a crafted request to the target server.Successful exploitation could lead to information disclosure.
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A Cross Site Scripting (XSS) vulnerability exists in Branch.io. Successful exploitation of this vulnerability would allow remote attackers to inject an arbitrary web script into the affected system.
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A command injection vulnerability exists in Quest KACE Systems Management. A remote, authenticated attacker can exploit this vulnerability by sending a crafted request to the target server. Successful exploitation could lead to arbitrary code execution.
          Itamar Turner-Trauring: 'Must be willing to work under pressure' is a warning sign      Cache   Translate Page      

As a programmer looking for a job, you need to be on the lookout for badly managed companies. Whether it’s malicious exploitation or just plain incompetence, the less time you waste applying for these jobs, the better.

Some warning signs are subtle, but not all. One of the most blatant is a simple phrase: “must be willing to work under pressure.”

The distance between we and you

Let’s take a look at some quotes from real job postings. Can you spot the pattern?

  • “Ability to work under pressure to meet sometimes aggressive deadlines.”
  • “Thick skin, ability to overcome adversity, and keep a level head under pressure.”
  • “Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.”
  • “Willing to work under pressure” and “working extra hours if necessary.”

If you look at reviews for these companies, many of them mention long working hours, which is not surprising. But if you read carefully there’s more to it than that: it’s not just what they’re saying, it’s also how they’re saying it.

When it comes to talking about the company values, for example, it’s always in the first person: “we are risk-takers, we are thoughtful and careful, we turn lead into gold with a mere touch of our godlike fingers.” But when it comes to pressure it’s always in the second person or third person: it’s always something you need to deal with.

Who is responsible for the pressure? It’s a mysterious mystery of strange mystery.

But of course it’s not. Almost always it’s the employer who is creating the pressure. So let’s switch those job requirements to first person and see how it reads:

  • We set aggressive deadlines, and we will pressure you to meet them.”
  • We will say and do things you might find offensive, and we will pressure you.”
  • We set tight deadlines, and we will pressure you to meet them.”
  • We will pressure you, and we will make you work long hours.”

That sounds even worse, doesn’t it?

Dysfunctional organizations (that won’t admit it)

When phrased in the first person, all of these statements indicate a dysfunctional organization. They are doing things badly, and maybe also doing bad things.

But it’s not just that they’re dysfunctional: it’s also that they won’t admit it. Thus the use of the second or third person. It’s up to you to deal with this crap, cause they certainly aren’t going to try to fix things. Either:

  1. Whoever wrote the job posting doesn’t realize they’re working for a dysfunctional organization.
  2. Or, they don’t care.
  3. Or, they can’t do anything about it.

None of these are good things. Any of them would be sufficient reason to avoid working for this organization.

Pressure is a choice

Now, I am not saying you shouldn’t take a job involving pressure. Consider the United States Digital Service, for example, which tries to fix and improve critical government software systems.

I’ve heard stories from former USDS employees, and yes, sometimes they do work under a lot of pressure: a critical system affecting thousands or tens of thousands of people goes down, and it has to come back up or else. But when the USDS tries to hire you, they’re upfront about what you’re getting in to, and why you should do it anyway.

They explain that if you join them your job will be “untangling, rewiring and redesigning critical government services.”. Notice how “untangling” admits that some things are a mess, but also indicates that your job will be to make things better, not just to passively endure a messed-up situation.

Truth in advertising

There’s no reason why companies couldn’t advertise in the some way. I fondly imagine that someone somewhere has written a job posting that goes like this:

“Our project planning is a mess. We need you, a lead developer/project manager who can make things ship on time. We know you’ll have to say ‘no’ sometimes, and we’re willing to live with that.”

Sadly, I’ve never actually encountered such an ad in the real world.

Instead you’ll be told “you must be able to work under pressure.” Which is just another way of saying that you should find some other, better jobs to apply to.



It’s Friday afternoon. You just can’t write another line of code—but you’re still stuck at the office...

What if every weekend could be a 3-day weekend?


          E881: Helm CEO & Co-founder Giri Sreenivas built a personal server to safeguard your online data in this era of runaway surveillance; insights on hacking, Snowden, the unceasing exploitation of information by government, advertisers & big tech, & a $4m raise led by Initialized Capital to protect us at this privacy tipping point      Cache   Translate Page      

          España participa en una plataforma de búsqueda de niños desaparecidos mediante reconocimiento facial de fotos en la Red       Cache   Translate Page      

España participa en una plataforma de búsqueda de niños desaparecidos mediante reconocimiento facial de fotos en la Red #source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

En Europa desaparecen cada año aproximadamente 250.000 menores, según datos de la ONG Missing Children Europe. Las cifran se multiplican por 16 cuando se recopilan casos de todo el mundo, según datos de 2014 del International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC).

Por eso, en esta época en la que tantos gobiernos parecen estar centrados únicamente en la vertiente de vigilancia social de los sistemas de reconocimiento facial, es de agradecer que se recuerde el potencial de esta tecnología para localizar a personas desaparecidas.

Hace unos meses, la India anunció que había puesto en marcha, con notable éxito, un proyecto en este sentido, destinado a localizar menores desaparecidos. Pero faltaba una iniciativa internacional. La semana pasada, la ciudad de Córdoba (España) fue testigo de su presentación.

Carlone Humer, directora del ICMEC, daba a conocer GMCNgine en el marco de una conferencia de la Red Mundial de Niños Desaparecidos (a la que pertenece nuestro Centro Nacional de Desaparecidos), explicando que esta plataforma se encuentra en fase de pruebas en varios países (entre ellos España). Según su web,

"Para lograr mejor nuestro objetivo, nos hemos asociado con Amazon Web Services, C5, Motorola Solutions Foundation, Facebook, Web-IQ y Biometrica para comenzar a construir el primer sistema innovador e inteligente de búsqueda y comparación de imágenes centrado específicamente en encontrar niños desaparecidos: el GMCNgine".

¿Cómo funciona el GMCNgine?

Humer explica que, una vez se active la plataforma el año que viene, "se pondrá en marcha un complejo software de reconocimiento que buscará coincidencias de la imagen del niño perdido con otras publicadas en Internet, también en la Red Oscura". En caso de detectar alguna coincidencia, GMCNgine se lo notificaría a la policía.

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La plataforma hace uso de técnicas de aprendizaje automático para escanear automáticamente la red en busca de imágenes de menores desaparecidos. Además, cuenta también con una funcionalidad de publicidad dinámica que envía alertas personalizadas según la localización geográfica.

Uno de los componentes clave de esta plataforma es Rekognition, el sistema de visión computacional desarrollado por Amazon, y duramente criticado por activistas pro-privacidad (y por trabajadores de la propia compañía). Amazon se ha defendido siempre recurriendo. precisamente, al potencial de su sistema para realizar labores como la que lleva a cabo GMCNgine.

Otra de las compañías que ya ha estado haciendo uso de una tecnología similar (reconocimiento facial para hallar menores en peligro) ha sido Google, pero en su caso no se detectan identidades concretas, al contrario que ocurre con GMCNngine. Según la CEO de ICMEC, Maura Harty, estamos ante un sistema que "provocará un cambio global en las investigaciones de niños desaparecidos".

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Man with intercourse troubles gets advice from a urologist. by Dan Savage

I'm a 59-year-old man in good health. For basically my whole adult life, I've had this problem during intercourse with a woman of (1) being very quick to come and (2) having a too intense "cringey" sensation when I come. This has led to often going soft at the prospect of intercourse. This too-intense feeling makes me stop moving when I come, which is not satisfying at all. It doesn't happen with hand jobs or oral sex—they feel fine and good. Is this a known phenomenon? And, most importantly, what can I do to get to a point where I can enjoy intercourse? This seriously messes up my enjoyment of sex and my confidence with women. One time, and only one time (out of many with a particular girlfriend), I had intercourse and it felt fine when I came, still thrusting, so I know it's possible. I have been practicing with a Fleshlight, but it's still painfully "cringey" when I come. It is not fun and rather depressing.

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I shared your letter with Dr. Ashley Winter, a urologist in private practice in Portland, Oregon, and the cohost of The Full Release, a sex, health, and relationship podcast. Dr. Winter wanted to note that her comments are a general discussion of a medical topic and NOT individual medical advice. She wanted me to emphasize this point—which she also emphasizes at the top of her terrific podcast—because Dr. Winter is a responsible doctor and not a card-carrying member of the Amalgamated Advice Columnists of America. (Membership in the AACA entitles advice columnists to say pretty much whatever they want.)

"There are three issues at play here," said Dr. Winter. "First, the pain or 'cringey' sensation only associated with vaginal and Fleshlight penetration. Second, being too quick to come. And third, erectile dysfunction. HARDPART insightfully suggests his ED may be related to his performance anxiety as well as anticipated pain, and I would agree with this. I would add that his quick ejaculation is most likely also caused by a mix of ED and pain—the body adapts to pain and erection loss by letting the swimmers off the hook early."

But why do you experience this pain only during penetrative sex? What is it about PIV (penis in vagina) or PIF (penis in Fleshlight) that causes those painfully cringey feelings?

"If he thrusts more during these activities than he does during oral or hand stimulation, I would expect that either pelvic floor muscle dysfunction or a nerve issue related to the lower spine could be causing the flairs," said Dr. Winter. "If he were my patient, I would want to know if he has less pain when his partner is on top, which would mean his pelvis is moving less. Also, does he have chronic low back pain? Bowel or bladder issues?"

Dr. Winter and I continued to generally discuss the medical topics raised by your question, HARDPART, and we generally discussed—this is not, again, individual medical advice, but a general discussion—two things someone with your particular issue might want to think about doing. First, a guy with your problem could try taking Viagra—or a related drug—while also using a penis numbing spray. And a guy with your problem should also have his pelvic floor checked out. A urologist can help a guy with a problem like yours determine if there's something wrong with the complex web of muscles and nerves that crowd together around your junk and, if it is a pelvic floor issue, refer him to a pelvic floor physical therapist.

Finally, a suggestion from me, the person with the AACA card: A guy with a problem like yours—a guy whose dick works a certain way and has worked that way for decades—could save himself the hassle of physical therapy and the side effects of Viagra by accepting his dick and the way his dick works. There are women out there who prefer oral and outercourse to PIV, HARDPART, and you could bed those women with confidence.

Follow Dr. Ashley Winter on Twitter @AshleyGWinter, and check out The Full Release podcast, which she cohosts with comedian Mo Mandel, at thefullreleasepod.com.


I'm a mostly straight guy in my 40s and I'm married to a woman. I don't know if it's a midlife crisis or what, but I've decided that I want to get fucked in the ass once in my life. I will be visiting Hamburg soon, and it's my understanding that sex work is legal in Germany. I want your help sorting out the legal, ethical, and practical issues.

1. Legal issue. Paying for sex in Germany is legal, right? But even if sex work is legal, that doesn't mean every sex worker is doing it voluntarily. I prefer people closer to my own age, and I imagine a 40-year-old sex worker is less likely to be exploited, right? What else can I do to ensure that I'm not with a trafficked individual

2. Ethical issue After many years and many near-divorce situations, my wife and I have adopted a more tolerant (or more apathetic) posture toward each other. She has on several occasions told me that she doesn't care who I fuck. While I haven't acted on it, she has said it often enough that I believe her. We've talked about an open relationship, but she wasn't enthusiastic. My best guess is that she doesn't want to know if I do anything "gay," while also not wanting me to form any emotional attachments. Do I ask her again if she really doesn't care who I fuck? Or do her previous statements suffice?

3. Practical issues. Is a condom enough protection? How do I avoid things like herpes and crabs? Other than emptying ye olde bowels, what other steps should I take before asking a male German escort to fuck me in the ass? And how do I ask? Google Translate suggests "Fick mich in den Arsch," which is an unappealing thing to say. Maybe there's something sexier?

Legal, Ethical, And Practical

1. Sex work is, indeed, legal in Germany. You can minimize your chances of hiring someone who may not be doing sex work of their own free will by avoiding agencies and finding yourself an independent escort. But seeing as how you're looking to hire a male in his 40s, LEAP, your odds of hiring someone doing sex work under duress are very, very low.

2. The wife who lovingly and apathetically tolerates your soon-to-be-fucked ass has already told you—and told you more than once—that she doesn't care who you fuck. She also doesn't want to know if you fuck someone else. Asking if she meant it immediately before flying off to Hamburg—double-checking to make sure she really doesn't care who you fuck—would basically mean telling her you know you're going to fuck someone else in Hamburg (and fuck them all "gay" and shit), and she's already told you she doesn't want to know. Taking her at her word, i.e., allowing her previous statements to suffice, is the right thing to do.

3. A condom offers highly effective protection from HIV, gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia. For added protection, LEAP, ask your doctor about getting on PrEP, aka Truvada, before your trip. It's a daily pill that, once built up to full strength (roughly a week), provides highly effective protection against HIV infection. While condoms do provide some protection against herpes, neither condoms nor PrEP will save you from crabs. To make sure your one-and-only ass fucking goes well, empty ye olde bowels and then douche ye olde rectum. Since most German escorts, like most German everybodies, speak English, LEAP, there is no need for an English-to-German dictionary. Just say, "Fuck my ass, please."


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Dr. Vikash Tatayah, the conservation director of the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, has a decidedly morbid picture hanging on his office wall. It’s a copy of a wood cutting from 1604, etched just a few years after Dutch explorers first arrived on this secluded, unpopulated island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. In the foreground, sailors lure Mauritian grey parrots from the treetops, then grab them by the wings. Further down the beach is pile of dodo corpses, with more birds being clubbed to death beside them. Ships wait on the horizon, harbingers of the destruction to come. Less than a century later, the dodo would be extinct.

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Tatayah’s office décor is appropriate for someone devoting their career to saving the island’s remaining native species. But it stands in stark contrast to the near-ubiquitous image of the dodo, displayed across Mauritius, as a kind of jolly national mascot. Its roly-poly, beaked visage is given place of pride on the country’s currency and customs stamps and national seal. The dodo lends its name to pizza parlors and coffee shops, its likeness to beach towels and backpacks. There are giant dodo statues in public parks and mall food courts. Countless tourist shops hawk tiny carved dodos for a few dollars. If you’d like a more rarefied version, you can pick up a pair of figurines from Patrick Marvos, an upscale jewelry shop near the botanical gardens, in sterling silver, price upon request.

Despite the polar images of the dodos dying on a beach and the dodos grinning in a shopping mall, it would be reductive to plot Mauritius’s relationship to the creature along a binary axis of shame and pride. The dodo has become a symbol of national identity in Mauritius, a kind of synecdoche for the island and its relationship to its colonial past.

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Some Mauritians traveling abroad find the extinct giant pigeon is the only thing people know about their homeland. In 2015, Mauritian Rick Bonnier came to the United Status as part of a State Department exchange program for young African leaders. On his travels through North America, he often encountered people who couldn’t find Mauritius on a map.

“I told them ‘the dodo birds,’” he says. “And then it kind of comes back.”

Though the dodo may be now synonymous with a kind of cursed stupidity (“going the way of the dodo” is a cliché on Mauritius as much as it is elsewhere) it did not waddle dumbly into extinction. They were naïve, but not without reason; after all, they had never met a predator. There were, aside from fruit bats, no native mammals on Mauritius. The Dutch did become dodo predators, but contrary to the popular perception, did not hunt the bird into extinction. When they did eat them, it was not very happily; the meat was, according to contemporaneous reports, tough and unappetizing. The Dutch called it “walghvoghel,” which translates roughly as “tasteless” or “sickly” bird, because the flesh was so unctuous that it made the sailors ill.

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The real problem was less the humans than what they brought with them. Cats, rats, monkeys, pigs, and other animals the colonists imported by accident or design were likely the ones who killed the bird off by feasting on its eggs and competing with it for food and resources. At a time when species around the world are facing similar threats, the dodo remains a bracing metaphor for ecological degradation—just not the way that we think. As is often the case, the dodo died not primarily from overt human villainy—blood-thirsty sailors thwacking birds on the beach—but rather by the all too human failure to consider the secondary effects of our actions—stowaway cats and rats—until it is too late to reverse them.

Dr. Tatayah and his organization have taken the lesson of the dodo to heart. Overshadowing the cautionary woodcut in Dr. Tatayah’s office are images of the other species Mauritians have brought back from the brink, with their growing numbers written beneath their pictures. But humans are still driving creatures to extinction on Mauritius, or at least coming close. Martine Goder, who works with Dr. Tatayah on the Island Restoration program, explains that even today, with biosecurity checks and public education, human settlement still poses dire, if accidental, threats to native ecosystems. Within the past decade, for example, shrews snuck in with construction materials onto Flat Island off the north coast of Mauritius, home to the last remaining population of orange tail skinks. The reptiles are tiny, skinny as an adult’s thumb with a long, snaking body that fades from brown to bright orange along their eponymous tail.

“Within 15 months,” Goder says, “all the reptiles had disappeared.” Conservationists managed to save some remnant of the population that used to number in the tens of thousands and move them to a nearby predator-free island. “But if this hadn’t been done,” Goder says, “we would have lost a species in 2011 in Mauritius.”

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The loss of the skink would have carried a different emotional valence than the disappearance of the dodo. Like the dodo, it would have died not so much through direct human villainy as a kind of carelessness or neglect. But it would have been the “fault,” so to say, of the Mauritians themselves, rather than distant colonists. Perhaps this is why Goder and others, even those in the conservation world, don’t have that same ferocity when discussing the dodo as they do other Mauritian species.

Sidharta Runganaikaloo co-founded SYAH (Mauritius), an environmental NGO, on the island and acknowledges the dodo bird as a symbol of her country. She says when she first saw a link to The Dodo, the American site providing, in its words, “visually compelling, entertaining, highly shareable animal videos and stories,” she at first assumed it had to be a new Mauritian news site, based purely on the name.

But even with the close association between her country and this creature, she still feels a kind of distance.

“I’ve learned about the dodo in history class,” Runganaikaloo says. “You know that it’s the national animal of the country and… it’s just that. At the end of the day, I don’t feel any emotional belonging.”

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Mauritians are all the descendants of immigrants. There were no ancestral myths about the dodo, no home remedies made from their flesh, no superstitions around their sightings, no one passing down any stories at all, other than European colonists arguing over whether or not it existed.

This dearth of a mythological record is because, when the Dutch touched down in 1598, they found an uninhabited island, unusual in the dark history of colonialism. Mauritius wasn’t fully settled until 1638, when it became an outpost of the Dutch East India Company. Their plan was to harvest the ebony forests by the sweat of imported slave labor, mainly from Madagascar, since there were no native Mauritians, aside from the forests and the animals, available for exploitation.

The last dodo sightings were reported in the 1680s. Less than 30 years later, the Dutch abandoned the island. By the time the French claimed Mauritius in 1715, the dodo was gone. Even the descriptions that survived were not granted much respect: The bird’s location was so remote and its physical appearance so unusual, that people dismissed sightings of it as mere fantasy, on par with “the Griffin or the Phoenix,” as the British naturalist H.E. Strickland notes in his 1848 book The Dodo and its Kindred. It was only in his account, written well after the British had seized Mauritius, that the dodo’s disappearance was truly recognized.

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“These singular birds,” he writes, “[…] furnish the first clearly attested instances of the extinction of organic species through human agency.”

Though Strickland ultimately couched his description in the language of religion, it was still a significant admission of human guilt. While the dodo was not the first species we had eradicated, it was the first one to enter, albeit belatedly, the popular consciousness as a source of human shame.

“This is the bird of conservation,” says Dr. Tatayah, the Mauritian ecologist who keeps the aforementioned 17th-century woodcut pinned up by his desk. “Previous to that it was ‘nature is abundant, nature provides for man, nature is bountiful.’ But this was the first time that man realized well, actually you can drive things to extinction.”

Perhaps it is the distancing effect of Mauritius’s colonial history—the idea that “they” killed the dodo and not “us”—that makes the popular image of the bird so mordantly jolly. Perhaps any animal that is dead for that long inevitably feels too distant to elicit much feeling. But there was one dodo reference, out of the dozens one sees across the island, that may best encapsulate the island’s relationship with its original resident.

At the end of the tour through the L’Aventure du Sucre, the museum in Mauritius dedicated to the long history of sugar cultivation on the island, there is a cartoon. In it, a tourist couple stares, panel by panel, at meeting places for Hindus, Muslims, Creoles, Chinese, whites, the full melting pot of Mauritian heritage. In the final panel, seemingly exasperated, they ask a man where they can find “the real Mauritians.” He tells them, in so many words, that they’re looking at them. There are no “real Mauritians.” That’s just a sales pitch for tourists.

But behind him, a little gray dog pipes up: “Les vraies Mauriciens ont été mangés par les Hollandais il y a longtemps.”

The real Mauritians were eaten by the Dutch a long time ago.


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Après les échecs successifs et assez récents de Windows 10 S, Windows Mobile ou Windows RT, on ne sait plus que penser des choix de Microsoft. Pour le Cloud et Office 365 la vie est belle chez Microsoft mais pour le reste, chaque jour on se demande quelle décision sera prise ? Arrêt ? Abandon ? Investissement sur plus de 3 semaines ? Projet à long terme sur 6 mois ? Les paris sont ouverts mais chez Microsoft sont-ils conscients que Windows n’est pas le plus populaire des systèmes d'exploitation et qu'un Windows bridé n'intéresse personne ou presque ? D'ailleurs quelle idée saugrenue de penser à un nouveau Windows reposant sur le Microsoft Store pour sa logithèque vu que de moins en moins de développeurs sont intéressés par ce Microsoft Store en déclin ?

Une nouvelle affaire à suivre mais contrairement à ce que nous faisions dans le passé, cet énième test grandeur réelle en faisant payer les utilisateurs pour des produits sans visibilité supérieure à 2 ans, se fera sans nous.
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*本文原创作者:大胖,本文属FreeBuf原创奖励计划,未经许可禁止转载 第一章《什么是物联网的信息安全》,我们讲了什么物联网,包含了哪几方面的东西,物联网的信息安全会涉及到什么,第二章我们从一个IOT漏洞自动化利用工具AutoSploit讲起,讲到我们该如何检测我们常见的物联网存在的安全问题。 我们这次说安全检测,从业务层先开始,然后降到感知层,然后提到网络层的授权和安全策略,所以先介绍下工具AutoSploit,AutoSploit基于 Python2.7的脚本,使用 Shodan.io API 自动收集目标,Metasploit模块有助于实施远程代码执行,并获得逆向 TCP/Shells 或者Metasploit 对话(官方介绍,实际上用Shodan的API免费的只有那几页)。 GitHub地址:https://github.com/NullArray/AutoSploit 我们先安装一下,搞一个测试: 安装环境:kail2.0、Python 2.7 安装步骤: 1:下载文件 git clone https://github.com/NullArray/AutoSploit.git 2:执行install.sh 安装 3:因为AutoSploit安装需要python的库文件支持,该文件已经写好了,在目录下的requirentx.txt文件,直接pip安装即可。 4:安装完了我们直接执行 python autosploit.py。 5:开始做选择题,一般直接选第一个。 6:选择收集主机,选择自己需要的关键词。 7:然后收集一会,选择6,利用MSF模块进行收集信息。 上面就是这个工具安装和使用方法,为什么我们要把这个工具AutoSploit单独拉出来说,是因为他把常见的IOT的漏洞从MSF中拉了出来,提供了285常见的容易利用的插件,咱们来说说IOT的安全检测,最基础要检查什么东西。 AutoSploit的285个MSF插件包括259个exp,26个辅助插件,其中259个exp包括了61个windows插件,61个Linux插件,96个multi插件,37个unix插件,4个其他类型插件。从分类上来讲,主要集中在业务系统产生漏洞(中间件,应用本身,数据库),主要产生在http/https协议上。 那么我们整理清楚了,对业务层来说,容易利用并且能构成重大危害的安全问题,又回归到我们常说的业务系统安全问题(主要依据2017年CNVD收录IOT设备漏洞权限绕过、拒绝服务、信息泄露、跨站、命令执行、缓冲区溢出、SQL注入、弱口令、设计缺陷等漏洞),对这一层次来说,扫描器,监控预警等等利用测试方法解决常见的直接利用的安全问题的方法都已经很成熟了,商用扫描器,开源扫描器一般都能检查测试,同理可推,我们作为安全运维的大致内容如下,我找了张思维导图: 那么对于物联网来说,仅仅检测了业务层的东西是远远不够的,那么我们还要对网络层和感知层进行安全检测,这时候就不得提及一下物联网的安全架构,宏观角度(涉及范围广,涵盖全部物联网体系)上来说,分为了四个大块: 认证 (Authentication):提供验证物联网实体的标识信息并用于验证。 授权 (Authorization):控制设备在整个网络结构中的访问授权。 强制性的安全策略 (Network Enforced Policy):包括在基础架构上安全地route并传输端点流量的所有元素,无论是控制层面、管理层面还是实际数据流量中的,再次基础上运用合适的安全策略。 安全分析:可见性与可控性 (Secure Analytics: Visibility and Control):安全分析层确定了所有元素(端点和网络基础设施,包括数据中心)可能参与的服务,提供遥感勘测,实现可见性并最终控制物联网生态系统。 我们现在是从外向里看,现阶段在应用层解决的问题,其实是属于在微观角度上解决了IOT在业务层部分安全分析的事情,现在要说清楚感知层和网络层安全检测,首先要做的,就是检测认证,因为物联网的末端设备认证更多依靠射频识别(RFID)、共享密钥、X.509证书、端点的MAC地址或某种类型的基于不可变硬件的可信root,加上极少数的人为认证(如用户名、密码、令牌或生物特征),我们在做检测的时候,先确定末端设备的身份信息是否在单一授权的情况下可以进行访问,是否开放身份信息,身份信息是否可以伪造,身份信息是否足够强壮。 感知层除了单一设备认证面临的问题,感知层还有一个很头疼的特点:数量巨大,并且普遍存在移动性。这就导致了一个大问题,资产梳理(资产追踪和管理)成为了卡在对感知层安全检测的第一道门槛。 那我们做一个简单的设计,根据物联网接入设备的要求,先梳理资产(公网的直接找指纹用AutoSploit去跑),在对资产进行管理。 那么IOT感知层的如何整理资产和检测,我们用一个简单的流程图完成了思路,核心的IOT漏洞的规则库,海康威视IP摄像机权限绕过CVE2017-7921,CVE-2017-7923为例,代码文件如下: if (description) { script_oid("1.3.6.1.4.1.25623.1.0.140373"); script_version("$Revision: 7182 $"); script_tag(name: "last_modification", value: "$Date: 2017-09-19 07:44:15 +0200 (Tue, 19 Sep 2017) $"); script_tag(name: "creation_date", value: "2017-09-18 11:41:11 +0700 (Mon, 18 Sep 2017)"); script_tag(name: "cvss_base", value: "7.5"); script_tag(name: "cvss_base_vector", value: "AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P"); script_cve_id("CVE-2017-7921", "CVE-2017-7923"); script_tag(name: "qod_type", value: "exploit"); script_tag(name: "solution_type", value: "VendorFix"); script_name("Hikvision IP Cameras […]
          Pompeo takes aim at treaties, bureaucrats on European trip      Cache   Translate Page      
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          An Incremental-Hybrid-Yager’s Entropy Model for Dynamic Portfolio Selection with Fuzzy Variable      Cache   Translate Page      
To settle down the resolutional uncertainty in optimum portfolio strategy, this paper addresses an incremental-hybrid-Yager’s entropy model to newly describe the relationship between return and risk. Different from the traditional multiperiod portfolio, we design the ratio threshold to divide asset price into different time interval and use state instead of time point to model the dynamic portfolio process. In addition, fuzzy variables are utilized to represent prices of assets, while historical data based on Markov chain is exploited to estimate membership functions of fuzzy prices. At last, a compromised genetic algorithm is designed, and the numerical example shows that the proposed model achieves solid returns compared against the mean-variance model and Markov chain Monte Carlo method.
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Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson celebrated the Merseyside derby win with Jurgen Klopp wildly after Divock Origi scored, and the keeper had something else to celebrate on Monday in Milan. The former AS Roma man was in the Italian city to pick up the award for the best Serie A goalkeeper from last season, as per the [&#8230;] The post Liverpool summer signing picks up award for exploits from last season appeared first on The Kop Times | Liverpool Fan Blog | Opinions &amp; Transfer News.

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Ruthless Do My Paper Strategies Exploited You need to be able to supply information which is relevant to your research paper topic. That means you would only pay for research paper that’ll be delivered punctually. If you’ve already searched for a person who can write my research paper, you definitely understand how difficult it may … Continue reading Unusual Article Uncovers the Deceptive Practices of Do My Paper
          UNC Chapel Hill announces plan to return Confederate statue to campus      Cache   Translate Page      

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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          A Computational Approach for the Design of Epidural Electrical Spinal Cord Stimulation Strategies to Enable Locomotion after Spinal Cord Injury      Cache   Translate Page      
Spinal cord injury (SCI) is a major cause of paralysis with currently no effective treatment. Epidural electrical stimulation (EES) of the lumbar spinal cord has been shown to restore locomotion in animal models of SCI, but has not yet reached the same level of efficacy in humans. The mechanisms through which EES promotes locomotion, and the causes underlying these inter-species differences remain largely unknown, although essential to fully exploit the therapeutic potential of this neuromodulation strategy. Here, we addressed these questions using a deductive approach based on computer simulations and hypothesis-driven experiments, and proposed complementary strategies to enhance the current efficacy of EES-based therapies. In the first part of this thesis, we studied the mechanisms through which EES enables locomotion in rat models of SCI. Performing simulations and behavioral experiments, we provided evidence that EES modulates proprioceptive afferents activity, without interfering with the ongoing sensory signals. We showed that this synergistic interaction allows muscle spindle feedback circuits to steer the unspecific excitation delivered by EES to functionally relevant pathways, thus allowing the formation of locomotor patterns. By leveraging this understanding, we developed a stimulation strategy that allowed adjusting lesion-specific gait deficits, hence increasing the therapeutic efficacy of EES. In the second part of this thesis, we evaluated the influence of trunk posture on proprioceptive feedback circuits during locomotion, and thus on the effect of EES, in rat models of SCI. By combining modeling and experiments, we showed that trunk orientation regulates leg proprioceptive signals, as well as the motor patterns produced during EES-induced stepping. We exploited these results to develop a control policy that by automatically regulating trunk orientation significantly enhanced locomotor performance. In the last part of this thesis, we investigated the causes underlying species-specific effects of EES. Hypothesis-driven simulations suggested that in humans continuous EES blocks the proprioceptive signals traveling along the recruited fibers. We corroborated this prediction by performing experiments in rats and people with SCI. In particular, we showed that EES disrupts the conscious perception of leg movements, as well as the afferent modulation of sensorimotor circuits in humans, but not in rats. We provide evidence that in humans, due to this phenomenon, continuous EES can only facilitate locomotion to a limited extent. This was insufficient to provide clinically relevant improvements in the tested participants. Finally, we proposed two sensory-compliant stimulation strategies that might overcome these limitations, and thus augment the therapeutic efficacy of EES. In this thesis we elucidated key mechanisms through which EES promotes locomotion, we exposed critical limitations of continuous EES strategies when applied to humans, and we introduced complementary strategies to maximize the efficacy of EES therapies. These findings have far-reaching implications in the development of future strategies and technologies supporting the recovery of locomotion in people with SCI using EES.
          Functional Peaks-Over-Threshold Analysis for Complex Extreme Events      Cache   Translate Page      
Most current risk assessment for complex extreme events relies on catalogues of similar events, either historical or generated artificially. In the latter, no existing methods produce completely new events with mathematically justified extrapolation above observed level of severity. This thesis contributes to the development of stochastic generators of events based on extreme value theory, with a special focus on natural hazards. The sources of historical meteorological records are multiple but climate model output is attractive for its spatial completeness and homogeneity. From a statistical perspective, these are massive gridded data sets, which can be exploited for accurate estimation of extreme events. The first contribution of this thesis describes methods of statistical inference for extremal processes that are computationally tractable for large data sets. We also relate the extremal behaviour of aggregated data to point observations, a result that we use to downscale gridded data to local tail distributions. These contributions are illustrated by applications to rainfall and heatwaves. Building stochastic generators of extreme events requires the extension of classical peaks-over-threshold analysis to continuous stochastic processes. We develop a framework in which characterization of complex extremes can be motivated by field-specific expertise. The contribution includes the description of the theoretical limiting distribution of functional exceedances, called the generalized r-Pareto process, the functional equivalent of the generalized Pareto distribution, for which we describe statistical inference procedures, simulation algorithms and goodness-of-fit diagnostics. We apply these results to build a stochastic weather generator of extreme wind storms over Europe.
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          German Au Pairs in Australia: Are they really being exploited? - Deutsche Au Pairs in Australien: Werden sie wirklich ausgenutzt?      Cache   Translate Page      

An estimated 10,000 young people come to Australia each year to work as Au Pairs. A third of them come from Germany. However, a new study by UTS and Macquarie University in Sydney claims a majority of them are being exploited financially and emotionally. Is this really true?

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Geschätzte 10,000 junge Menschen kommen jährlich als Au Pairs nach Australien. Ein Drittel von ihnen stammt aus Deutschland. Doch eine neue Studie der Universitäten UTS und Macquarie in Sydney kommt zum Schluss: Die Mehrheit wird ausgenutzt. Ist das wirklich wahr?


          What it is like being an au pair in Australia - Au-pair in Australien - Wie ist es wirklich?      Cache   Translate Page      

An Australian-first research has found better regulation is needed to stop au pairs being exploited. SBS German asked former and current au pairs to share their experience.

 

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Schätzungsweise 10.000 junge Menschen kommen jährlich als Au-pairs nach Australien. Dank einer neuen Studie - der ersten ihrer Art - weiß man, rund ein Drittel von ihnen stammt aus Deutschland. Aber die landesweite groß angelegte Studie bringt auch ganz andere, weniger erfreuliche Tatsachen ans Licht. Wir haben bei aktuellen und ehemaligen Au Pairs nachgefragt, wie es wirklich ist:


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As the sources and instruments of power have adapted to a new information age, the extent to which different groups have access to influence has also shifted.

Public diplomacy in the 21st century has to navigate the complex architecture of multi-hub, multi-directional networks that exist between communities around the world. As a result, calibrating public diplomacy and strategic communications to face specific challenges requires fine-tuning the specific approach to engagement with foreign publics as well as an understanding of the tactics employed by any adversaries who wish to influence those same publics.

This complexity is not a new phenomenon, but the information age has added an additional layer of methods to communicate or share information, and additional opportunities to analyze available data. This is true whether discussing how the Media Mujahidin seek to spread their theology, Russian attempts to influence political discourse, or attempts by political cyberhackers to influence elections

Influencing the Information Environment

There are many ways nations seek to influence the information that individuals use to shape their individual perspectives. In addition to the usual public diplomacy and cultural relations infrastructure in the UK, the 77th Brigade was created to contest information wars. As Carl Miller wrote, “They are soldiers, but the 77thBrigade edit videos, record podcasts and write viral posts. Welcome to the age of information warfare.” This decision is “an unorthodox one, but in the eyes of the British Army also a necessary innovation; simply reflecting the world in which we all now live and the new kind of warfare that happens within it.”

For public diplomacy, the ability to identify opportunities for influence—and the ability identify the influence others exert—within an information environment requires both tools and the diplomats able to use them. 

For the UK military, information operations play a key part in the non-lethal approach to targeting, but they are not alone. There has been much discussion of influence operations targeting Facebook which has sparked interest in developing new insight into the impact of social media on elections and the subsequent data release by Facebook.

Similarly, Twitter has noted that “it is clear that information operations and coordinated inauthentic behavior will not cease.” As part of their effort to protect what they term “a healthy public conversation,” they have released data relating to their investigation “into foreign interference in political conversations on Twitter.” This disclosure includes details of activity “potentially connected to a propaganda effort by a Russian government-linked organization known as the Internet Research Agency.”

This is an example of how those responsible for public diplomacy, strategic communications and information operations can utilize newer communication methods to exert influence. The specific Options for Influence that they choose may be different, but they are all operating in the same spaces and on the same platforms. This data release also highlights that for public diplomacy scholars and practitioners there are greater opportunities to analyze how others are using similar spaces and platforms to exert influence.

Analyzing an Information Environment

The recent Twitter data release relating to Russia and Iran demonstrates opportunities to gain insight into how platforms are being exploited by those conducting information operations, but only if public diplomacy organizations can handle the data appropriately.

This means there is a need to extend the level of data analysis which is taught during degree level or postgraduate courses relating to public diplomacy. Equally the culture within organizations conducting public diplomacy may have to increase the values they place on the ability to use the host of programming languages freely available.

Those interested may want to try Jupyter and follow guides such as Mining the Social Web or Python for Data Analysis (Jeffrey Stanton’s Introduction to Data Science provides a similar introduction for anyone who would prefer to focus on R).

Beginning with Jupyter, users can take advantage of a single start point and expand out to experiment with a wide range of kernelsincluding Python, R, Bash, Perl, Lua, Java or MATLAB and unlock the analytical capabilities of libraries and packages such as Pandas and Networkx. No matter the specific language someone chooses, it should allow students, scholars and practitioners to develop the skills and greater flexibility in handling data to get beyond the common overreliance on Excel.    

To demonstrate the opportunity to analyze the information environment, the following analysis of information operations on Twitter was conducted using only freely available and open source resources, including Jupyter, run on a desktop PC that is between three and four years old.      

The Data

According to the statement on the Twitter blog:

These large datasets comprise 3,841 accounts affiliated with the IRA, originating in Russia, and 770 other accounts, potentially originating in Iran. They include more than 10 million Tweets and more than 2 million images, GIFs, videos, and Periscope broadcasts…

This is a large amount of data in public diplomacy terms: 297 GB and 65 GB relating to Russian and Iranian operations, respectively.

Using Python and Pandas within Jupyter, one can read the data provided by Twitter and locate all the retweets. As Excel only allows 1,048,576 rows per worksheet and the Russian data alone contains approximately 3,333,000 retweets, the need for access to alternative data handling solutions becomes clear.

The 3.3 million retweets result in a network of approximately 205,000 accounts made up of 844,000 tweet and retweet connections. Once you can create the network, it can be either analyzed within Jupyter—options include Python package Networkx, or igraph if using R. For those with a preference for a more visual form of analysis, data can be exported for analysis in Gephi.

Important note for those who analyze the network visually: ensure the layout has run for long enough. If it is still basically square, you almost certainly haven’t let it run long enough. Visual analysis based on an incomplete network layout are invariably baseless nonsense. This type of error can be seen in the ISIS Twitter Census (p.57).

The Networks

Using Gephi, we find in the “Russian” network that 99.9 percent of nodes are connected within a single “giant component” but that some parts of that network are more interconnected than others, as the giant component contains 19 statistically distinct communities. Using the same method on the “Iranian” data, there are 232,000 retweets, connecting 32,700 accounts and 64,500 tweet and retweet connections. 99.8 percent of the accounts connect to make up a single “giant component.” This time, the giant component contains 23 statistically distinct communities (again visualized using Gephi). 

This overview shows that in both Russian and Iranian cases:

There are many more accounts in the network than those accounts identified by the original data release.There are a number of different hubs of activity with little connection between them. This allows them to reach out in different directions.

 

Collectively the overview of these information environments shows that both Russian and Iranian information operations are drawing on content produced by other accounts, but for various reasons these accounts serve their purpose. With control of the data, public diplomacy organizations could find information about the accounts producing content which is subsequently exploited by the Iranian or Russian information operation using a simple call to the Twitter API.

This information would provide another perspective on the different online communities which were being specifically targeted and would help triangulate findings from other methods. For example, community targeting was also uncovered by the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab in their analysis of the #tags and URLs being shared. The methods applied by the Digital Forensic Research Lab to find the #tags or URLs commonly used could be applied at the level of specific communities within the network, once you know which accounts are in which cluster just that content can be analyzed.

Working Together

One benefit of analyzing content based on the specific clusters is the greater level of granularity in the analysis. For example, are accounts alleged to be part of the information operation working together, or merely tweeting the same content, URL and #tags?

Analysis of the overall network provides some insight, which can be extended if just the accounts which have a mutual degree (two accounts that both retweeted each other) are analyzed. This means both are thought to be part of the information operation. The Russian network, when filtered using mutual degree, contains 1,198 accounts. This is 0.58 percent of the total accounts in the network but includes 13 percent of the edges (lines representing retweet relationships) present in the total network.  

In the Iranian network, the number of accounts drops to 219, 0.67 percent of the original nodes and only 1.59 percent of the edges. As one would intuit from the images, the statistics indicate that the accounts which are believed to be part of the Russian information operation worked together much more closely than those in the Iranian version. The Iranian version engaged more frequently with accounts not identified as part of the information operation.

Conclusion

The tools for developing innovative strategies for public diplomacy in the big data era have been evolving for many years as commercial tools and freely available programming languages. Some influence and information activity will be conducted in the shadows, whether this is by GCHQ, who like the UK military also had an information warfare unit, with their tools having code names like “Badger,” “Gateway,” “Burlesque” and “Clean Sweep,” or other actors. But much more will happen in the open.

For public diplomacy, the ability to identify opportunities for influence—and the ability identify the influence others exert—within an information environment requires both tools and the diplomats able to use them. Some will come from “off-the-shelf” commercially available tools. However, as shown here, there are many instances where data could be analyzed and visualized by diplomats with freely available tools.

It is a question of organizational culture and training. The Economist recently reported that Python is becoming the most popular coding language, but how many diplomats could use it or any of the many other programming languages freely available to deliver insight and influence?

Public diplomacy may not use information operations methods alleged by Twitter in their data release. However, having the skills to develop an appropriate situational awareness of what others are doing in the same place or space continues to be vital to the successful planning and practice of public diplomacy.


          Tough-on-China, mainstream edition      Cache   Translate Page      

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

 

As President Trump enters a tough new phase in his hardline offensive against China, he now has allies he lacked in his other high-profile attacks on the status quo — the establishment.

Unlike his attacks on NAFTA, immigrants, climate science and Obamacare — which triggered denunciation by critics in and outside the U.S. — Trump finds himself in the embrace, if conditional, of mainstream experts when it comes to China.

What's happening: It's not that Trump has moved to the center, nor that the establishment has embraced his America First mantra. Rather, in the U.S., Europe and elsewhere, senior China hands argue simply that Trump's instincts are right on this one. "I think Trump has a strange animal insight about these things. He has a keen nose for being taken," Orville Schell, director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society, tells Axios.

The shift of mainstream opinion comes as Trump emerges from the weekend G20 summit with a 90-day stand-down agreement with Chinese leader Xi Jinping. The two leaders agreed to attempt to work out their policy differences by March 31, and meanwhile observe a timeout on higher U.S. tariffs due to take effect Jan. 1.If the two sides stay with their current agendas, getting to an actual deal will be hard. In remarks yesterday and today, Beijing made no mention of U.S. demands for a halt to the theft and forced transfer of U.S. technology to China, and the U.S. omitted any talk of reducing tariffs, which is a Chinese demand.But U.S. officials say China had agreed to immediately lift a 40% tariff on U.S. car imports and allow U.S. companies to own the majority of Chinese firms, write Reuters' David Lawder and Jeff Mason.

There is skepticism given the long history of unsuccessful U.S. attempts to move China on its policies, going back to the Truman administration. Last Thursday, a group consisting of senior Asia experts from the U.S. and across Europe released a Hoover Institution report explicitly distancing themselves from those prior efforts. They did not brand them wrong-headed, but said it's time to get tougher.

"The Chinese respect firmness and exploit the lack of it," Winston Lord, a former U.S. ambassador to Beijing and one of the most respected American experts on China, said at a presentation of the report in Washington on Thursday.

A main problem is a long-standing Chinese effort to influence the West, the group said. John Garnaut, former adviser to former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, says that in Australia, "all the major [political] parties were at threat of being dependent on Chinese money. That dependency had to be broken." A new law controls the cash flow, he said.The same goes with Chinese cash to U.S. universities and think tanks, says Larry Diamond, a professor at Stanford University. "The lure of money is just overwhelming," he says. "I cannot emphasize this enough, from the standpoint of universities in general and what I have found in terms of the prospect of funding for think tanks and in Hollywood."

A primary worry: A miscalculation that results in a trade tiff spiraling into war. That is where the establishment departs from Trump.

Sulmaan Khan, a professor at Tufts and the author of "Haunted by Chaos: China's Grand Strategy from Mao Zedong to Xi Jinping," tells Axios that the Trump administration contains "hotheads," and because of that "the risk of miscalculation goes up.""The historical phenomenon of a rising versus established power is greatly exacerbated by having two dangerous leaders in our capitals," Lord says.Trump "scared us to death when he won. He still scares us to death," says Schell.

Go deeper: Watch a presentation of the Hoover Institution report (video)


          High-Energy Laser Systems and the Future of Warfare      Cache   Translate Page      

Jason Sattler 

 November 29, 2018

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

GENESIS

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

ISIS Drones (Abu Medinah/YouTube)

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

LIMITATIONS

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

ZEUS-HLONS (USASMDC/Wikimedia)

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

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

DEVELOPMENT

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

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

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


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

CONCEPT

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

HELWS-MRZR (Raytheon/Wired)

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

IMPLEMENTATION

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

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

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

CONCLUSION

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

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

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

NOTES:

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

[2] Kester, John. "Army, Defense Companies Making Renewed Push for Laser Weapons." Foreign Policy. last modified October 12, 2017, accessed October 24, 2017, http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/10/12/army-defense-companies-making-renewed-push-for-laser-weapons/.

[3] Ibid.

[4] Ibid.

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

[6] Kester, Army Defense.

[7] Welch, Report, 123.

[8] Ibid, 123.

[9] Welch, Report, 79

[10] Ibid., 34.

[11] Tucker, Patrick. "US Army to Test Powerful New Truck-Mounted Laser 'Within Months'." Defense One, last modified March 16, 2017, accessed October 24, 2017. http://www.defenseone.com/technology/2017/03/us-army-test-powerful-new-truck-mounted-laser-within-months/136239/

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

[13] Welch, Report, xvii

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

[15] Ibid.

[16] Gibbons-Neff, Thomas. "ISIS Drones Are Attacking U.S. Troops and Disrupting Airstrikes in Raqqa, Officials Say." The Washington Post, last modified June 14, 2017, accessed November 09, 2018. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2017/06/14/isis-drones-are-attacking-u-s-troops-and-disrupting-airstrikes-in-raqqa-officials-say/?utm_term=.50b414d7d24c.

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

[18] Ibid.

[19] Moore, Jack. "ISIS Using Drones Rigged with Munitions to Attack Advancing Forces in Raqqa." Newsweek, last modified June 26, 2017, accessed January 26, 2018. http://www.newsweek.com/isis-using-drones-rigged-munitions-attack-advancing-forces-raqqa-628955.

[20] Osborn, Kris. "Air Force Tests Bolt-On Aircraft Laser Weapon." Scout Warrior, last modified May 28, 2017, accessed November 5, 2017. https://scout.com/military/warrior/Article/Air-Force-Tests-Bolt-On-Aircraft-Laser-Weapon-101458201

[21] Ibid.

[22] Gady, Franz-Stefan. "US Navy Tests Worlds First Drone-Killing Laser Weapons System." The Diplomat, last modified July 19, 2017, accessed November 05, 2017. https://thediplomat.com/2017/07/us-navy-tests-worlds-first-drone-killing-laser-weapons-system/.

[23] Ibid.

[24] Judson, Jen. "US Army tests laser on Apache helicopter." Defense News, last modified August 08, 2017, accessed November 28, 2017. https://www.defensenews.com/2017/06/26/us-army-tests-laser-on-apache-helicopter/.

[25] Hawkins, Derek. "Laser-equipped Helicopter Zaps Its First Target, to Defense Contractor's Delight." The Washington Post, last modified June 27, 2017, accessed November 15, 2018. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/06/27/laser-equipped-helicopter-zaps-its-first-target-to-defense-contractors-delight/?utm_term=.35228e1c7754.



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          What really happened when Kanye West met Donald Trump?      Cache   Translate Page      

The famous rapper shows how racially-defined but wealthy individuals are used to mask deep structures of oppression.

President Donald J. Trump and Kanye West in the Oval Office, 2018-10-11. Credit: White House Official Photo via Wikimedia Commons. Public Domain.

In early October 2018 Kanye West met with Donald Trump at the White House in Washington DC. Sitting opposite one another in the oval office, they exchanged views on the abolition of slavery, gang and police violence in Chicago, mental health, plane design, entrepreneurialism, a potential 2024 presidential run, the cosmos, and multiverse theory.

Gathered around the two men were stacks of flashing cameras and a mob of suited media representatives who were called on sporadically to ask mild-mannered questions. Even by the standards of a presidency that has turned governance into little more than mass entertainment it was an unedifying spectacle.  

Yet the Trump phenomenon has an uncanny ability to make structural fault lines in American society visible, literal and painful. What historically has remained unsaid or gestured towards in euphemistic half-phrases has, in the past three years, been shouted from the rooftops or become brazenly physicalized.

Trump’s meeting with West was no different, in that it revealed the antagonistic relationship between race and class in the United States in the twenty-first century. West’s position as a millionaire and an African American has forced him to embody two contradictory forces at once. These forces have entered into an irresolvable battle for power over his mind

This tension is revealed by a close analysis of West’s monologue in the White House. His digressive talk veered between the parroting of neoliberal economic shibboleths and insightful analysis of oppression from a man who, with more perception than most, called out the governmental response to Hurricane Katrina for what it was – a vast act of racialized state apathy.

As a millionaire businessman living a life of luxury in Los Angeles, West is an archetypal plutocrat: moneyed, pro-free market, pro-tax cuts for the ultra-rich, and apparently able to pay for a private fire service to protect his family from the effects of climate change.

In the White House meeting, he churned out the tiresome right-wing attack line on the undeserving racialized poor, saying that “welfare is the reason why a lot of black people end up being Democrat.” He boasted of his entrepreneurial nous in a world that fetishizes big business, claiming that “I’ve never stepped into a situation where I didn’t make people more money.”And amidst praise of billionaires, he talked enthusiastically about private healthcare and his desire to “empower the pharmaceuticals.”   

On the other hand, West has been subject to structural racism - a process in which racial difference is used to create and maintain an uneven socio-economic hierarchy. Such racism has been a basic precondition for the functioning of the same plutocratic state of which West is a part economically, from the moment the plantation system was dissolved at the end of the Civil War.

Dissonantly intruding into his conversation with Trump was the repressed presence of systematic state violence against African Americans in the USA. West drew attention to the premeditated disinvestment that has taken place in community programs in US inner cities, and how the shrinking of state support has augmented America’s prison-industrial complex: “we got rid of the mental health institutes of the ‘80s and the ‘90s,” he told the president, “and the prison rates shot up.”

West also reflected on the lack of educational provision in historically African American areas, saying that “we never had anyone who taught us, they didn’t teach us.” Most challenging of all, he showed how the system of chattel slavery persists in contemporary America when he concluded that “we’re putting people in positions to have to do illegal things to have to end up in the cheapest factory ever, the prison system.”  

West’s analysis points to the neoliberal transformation of race relations that has occurred in the US since the 1980s. The removal of infrastructural supports for minority populations, whether in employment, economic or community development, has collided with an increasingly militarized state apparatus that criminalizes people of color. This project has bled exploited minority bodies dry of surplus value and created a theatre of violence that is used to justify increased discipline and punishment by the state and its security apparatus.

While this is comparatively recent history, it has a much deeper provenance. Since the passing of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution in 1865, the entwined class and race warfare that has raged in the USA has reinstituted plantation slavery on transformed terms by generating veiled forms of enforced labor, establishing supposedly-neutral juridical frameworks that override civil rights, and creating extra-legal structures that condemn populations of color to dispossession.    

As a result of this process, West’s race and class are in schizophrenic conflict with each-other, two different and opposing elements that are forced to share the same mind. In this sense, the most revealing part of his monologue in the Oval Office was when he spoke about his “bipolar disorder.” We ought not to understand his bipolarity as simply an individual phenomenon, the product of a mind that may be disintegrating in the face of the pressures of fame. Instead, such contradictions are best understood as the product of a particular racial history.   

The great African American thinker W.E.B. Du Bois called this phenomenon ‘double consciousness’ in his masterpiece The Souls of Black Folk: “One ever feels his two-ness,” he wrote, “an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder.” Hence, the imperative to identify with a nation that has exerted systemic violence on the basis of race generates inevitable internal divisions, of which mental illness is one manifestation.

The rationale for covering up these divisions by the plutocratic class is obvious: West is the latest example of the tactical deployment of a single racially-defined but wealthy individual to mask deep structures of oppression. By turning the issue of race into a question of friendship between powerful men, sustaining the illusion that anyone from anywhere can become rich, and suggesting that people of color can share in their worldview, this class can perpetuate demonstrably racist structures while presenting a blithe and innocent countenance to the world. 

The media reaction to West’s appearance in the White House has been every bit as insidious. Many commentators have gorged themselves on his clear mental distress; just look at how often words like “bizarre” and “surreal” are used in reference to the meeting. These op-eds cast West as the latest in a long line of African American ‘fool’ characters that have entertained white populations from the days of the minstrels. Most of these readings fail to carry out even the most basic political analysis of the root causes of this purportedly eccentric behavior. Once again, individual personality takes the place of history.  

“My eyes are wide open and now (I) realize I’ve been used to spread messages I don’t believe in,” wrote Kanye in a recent tweet that announced his political retirement. In many ways, however, it is not so much that he was used as a vessel by others that is most problematic in his encounter with Trump. Rather, it is the way in which the whole sorry episode has elucidated the continuing racial divisions in American society and the techniques by which mass spectacle has depoliticized them. These divisions have real and damaging effects on individual consciousness and the wider struggle for justice in America.  

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Nous sommes le 23 février 1972, pour accueillir la 8è édition de la Coupe d'Afrique des Nations de Football, le Cameroun va consentir un énorme sacrifice pour organiser cet évènement sportif continental.

Il va édifier deux grands stades à Yaoundé et Douala. la grande fête du ballon rond s'était célébrée du 23 février au 5 mars 1972. Le Mali, le Togo et le Kenya participent pour le première fois au tournoi continental disputé par huit sélections. Le Cameroun rappelle deux professionnels, Tokoto et Joseph.

En demi-finales, on retrouve le Cameroun, le Mali, le Zaïre et le Congo Brazzaville qui a gagné sa place au tirage au sort. Les coéquipiers de François M'Pelé avaient le même nombre de points (trois) que les Marocains. La « CAF » a donc procédé à un tirage au sort favorable au Congo.

Le 2 mars 1972, au stade de Yaoundé, le Cameroun cale (0-1) face au Congo Brazzaville en demi-finale.

Le Mali, lui aussi conduit par un excellent Fantamady Keita, auteur de 2 buts, qui éclipse son homonyme Salif Keita (blessé et absent pour ce match), sort le Zaïre (4-3) après prolongations.

Les Camerounais déçus par la prestation de leur sélection vont bouder la finale malgré la présence du président de la République Ahmadou Ahidjo.

Le Mali nanti d'une avance d'un but à la mi-temps est surpris par le Congo et son « sorcier » M'Bono, auteur de deux buts. Score final : (3 buts à 2). Les « Diables rouges » du Congo créent la plus grosse surprise de la compétition.

L'on oubliera pas également que ce fut la première fois dans l'histoire du Cameroun que de hauts fonctionnaires et des hommes politiques avaient touché des pots de vin dans le cadre des marchés de construction des deux grands stades de football du Cameroun. Ces derniers furent jugés et condamnés pour détournement des fonds publics.

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Depuis l’édition de 1972, le Cameroun n’a plus abrité une phase finale de la Coupe d’Afrique des Nations de football (CAN). 46 ans après, la nation des Lions indomptables n'a toujours pas les moyens necessaires pour réitérer l'exploit de 1972.

Le Cameroun a fourni beaucoup de talents à l’Afrique, mais les infrastructures sont loin de recevoir l’assentiment des uns et des autres pour des compétitions de la CAF. Depuis quelques années, le Cameroun s’est lancé dans un vaste programme de construction et de développement des infrastructures sportives. Actuellement, on note une lenteur considérable. Pas d'hôpitaux fiables, pas de routes, inquiétudes sur le plan sécuritaire....Bref, beaucoup restent à faire...


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The Dark Lord will rise in season 2 of <em>The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina</em>, with casting reportedly underway. The Netflix series, based on the Archie Comics title of the same name, released its first season just before Halloween. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who also wrote the source material and serves as showrunner on fellow Archie adaptation <em>Riverdale</em>, adapted the series. Netflix displayed huge confidence in the show, renewing it for a second season before season 1 even aired, and <a href="https://screenrant.com/chilling-adventures-sabrina-holiday-special/">announcing a holiday special for December</a>. Fortunately, critics and fans alike praised the show for its more macabre take on the teenage witch's exploits.
          Strange Fruit #159: Love and Criticism for Beyoncé's "Formation"      Cache   Translate Page      
At first glance, Dr. Yaba Blay saw a lot to love about the song Formation and accompanying video. Then she got to the part that says, "You mix that negro with that Creole, make a Texas bama." Dr. Blay says talking about those two identities as separate groups reflects a longtime tendency of Creole people to see darker-skinned black people as less than. "The history of New Orleans is a history of colorism," she explains. "It is a history of oppression based not just on skin color, but on gradation of skin color." Blay points to the scene where Blue Ivy is dancing with two other, darker-complected girls. Blue Ivy wears what looks like a contemporary sundress, while the other girls are dressed in Victorian-looking outfits suitable for much older people. The scene might not have stuck out to viewers who didn't grow up in New Orleans, but Blay says in that community, skin color is more nuanced. "While the rest of the country was rocking with the one-drop rule, in New Orleans, literally every single drop made you something else," she says. Dr. Blay joins us this week, along with another New Orleans native, Shantrelle Lewis, who wrote an article for Slate about the ways in which Katrina imagery and New Orleans bounce music is exploited in the "Formation" song and video. And to wrap up the show, we check in with Professor Kevin Allred, who created the class Politicizing Beyoncé at Rutgers University. We asked Allred to help us unpack some of the backlash against the song and Super Bowl performance - especially from white second-wave feminists.
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Rattaché au Directeur d'Exploitation et en forte autonomie sur votre chantier, vous aurez, en tant que Conducteur de Travaux Démolition, pour principales responsabilités : * Conduite de chantiers de démolition en Ile-de-France, * Management des Chefs...
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Les dernières statistiques de Steam montrent que Windows 10 est le système d’exploitation le plus populaire chez les joueurs. Chaque mois il augmente sa part de marché. Windows 10 ne dépasse pas seulement Windows 7 sur Steam. Chaque mois l’écart entre les deux systèmes d’exploitation augmente. En clair la présence de Windows 10 ne cesse ...

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Microsoft travaille sur une nouvelle version de Windows 10 connue sous le nom de Windows Lite. Le plan est assez complexe mais l’idée est connue. Explications Windows Lite est techniquement une nouvelle version du système d’exploitation de Microsoft. Son but est de faire progresser le concept d’un système d’exploitation lié au Microsoft Store. Ce n’est ...

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An outsider detective. The vigilante killer with a message. A cold case they both want solved.

From Amazon Bestseller S.D. Rowell comes a heart-pounding crime mystery that will keep you thinking until the final page… 

Rachael is a straight-shooting career detective, single-minded in her pursuit of justice, but with no time for the politics of the job. After being bounced between departments over the years, she’s finally found a home in Victoria Police’s cold case unit. Then a vigilante killer starts leaving clues about a long-ago cold case, and Rachael joins a task force investigating the crimes … along with a former colleague, whose dangerous temper has already made an impact on her life.

With more victims appearing and an eye-for-an-eye vigilante killer on the loose, Rachael knows she has to unravel the killer’s secret motive in order to crack the case wide open. Before it’s over, she also comes to understand that morality, truth and the law are not always aligned––and that she must risk everything to solve the case... 

The past is never over. She will make sure of it.

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Book Title: 
The Echo of Others
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B0776Q7BNS

Opening up with a duck hunting scene that will stay with readers for a while, THE ECHO OF OTHERS is a debut novel set in my part of the world - Central and parts of Western Victoria. There's a heap of potential here - from a good solid, cleverly structured plot; some excellent characters - including Detective Rachael Schlank who finds herself working on old cases, leading her back to her early days in Vic Police and a particular fellow officer who she worked with out of the main Bendigo police station.

The plot revolves around a series of what appears to be vigilante killings - the victims perpetrators of various forms of animal cruelty and exploitation. That aspect is handled well so there's nothing in here that will be too much for readers opposed to graphic descriptions or details. Schlank quickly suspects there's more connections than just geographical in the cold case death of two animal activists and the current spate of killings, as it leads her into some pretty dark places.

Alongside a strong plot, there's some excellent characterisations in THE ECHO OF OTHERS. Schlank is a good example of the dogged investigator type, surrounded by sexists, idiots and nasty types which isn't overplayed. The trope of the cold case unit's a good one to give both cases, potential suspects, and Schlank some background without having to laboriously hammer it into place, so pace is unaffected by background and build up, and everything moves forward constantly, pulling the reader further and further into the cases as the number of victims grow.

The author's bio mentions that S.D. Rowell is interested in the interplay between culture, morality and truth, explored in THE ECHO OF OTHERS. Can't disagree with any of that, THE ECHO OF OTHERS is an outstanding debut novel.

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          Review The Iran-Iraq War Volume 2: Iran Strikes back, June 1982-December 1986      Cache   Translate Page      

Hooton, E.R., Cooper, Tom & Nadimi, Farzin, The Iran-Iraq War Volume 2: Iran Strikes back, June 1982-December 1986, West Midlands: Helion & Company Limited, 2017

The Iran-Iraq War Volume 2 covers the middle of the conflict. Saddam Hussein had attacked Iran in 1980 with not much of a plan. Things quickly went wrong, and by 1982 Iran was on the offensive invading Iraq. That period is what is covered in this second of four volumes. The book is in large format with small font, which means it packs a lot even though its only 80 pages long.

In 1982 the Iranian leadership was debating what should be the next phase of the war. By that time, Tehran had recaptured almost all of its lost territory. President Ali Husseini Khamenei and the Iranian army believed that they should end the war while they were ahead. On the other side were the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps’ (IRGC) commander Mohsen Rezai and Speaker of Parliament Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani who wanted to invade Iraq and punish Saddam for starting the conflict. The Iranian army believed that the military lacked the heavy equipment and parts to sustain any kind of extended offensive campaign in enemy territory. The IRGC and Speaker Rafsanjani argued that Iran’s overwhelming superiority in manpower and the revolutionary spirit of the Guard Corps could overwhelm the Iraqis and force them to surrender. Initially, they also believed that Iraq’s Shiites would rise up against the government. The latter won, leading to an invasion of Iraq.

From 1982-86 the Iranians made four major attempts to seize Basra. There was Operation Ramadan in 1982 attacking Fish Lake, which was Iraqi defensive line protecting Basra City. 1984 saw Operation Kheibar attacking the Hawizah Marshes and the Majnoon Islands north of Fish Lake. Operation Badr began in 1985 aiming at taking Basra city. 1986 was the year of Operation Wal Fajr 8 that attacked the Fao Peninsula. The strategy in all these offensives except for the last one was for the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and its auxiliaries the Basij to overwhelm the Iraqi defenses with their manpower, and then the Iranian army would use its armor to breakthrough into the Iraqi hinterland. That never happened as the Iranians only made minor gains in all four pushes. At the peak of Operation Ramadan for instance, the Iranians seized 300 square kilometers of Iraqi territory, but after Iraqi counterattacks that was reduced to 80 square kilometers, none of which had any strategic significance. During Operation Kheibar the Iranians took both Majnoon Islands, but by the end lost one of the islands, and the Iraqis had a bridgehead on the other. In 1986 the Iranians were able to seize the tip of the Fao Peninsula and were then stopped. The Iraqi counterattacks, which relied upon heavy concentrations of tanks were almost always successful in pushing back the Iranians. In the end, Tehran never made the decisive victory it was hoping for.

The authors pin this failure on the Iranian leadership and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard (IRGC). The Iranian army was questioned for its loyalty especially after a coup attempt early in the war. As a consequence, and because clerics were leading the government, the IRGC was the dominant force in all of the offensives. That force had major shortcomings. First, the Iranians were always short of heavy weapons and parts. This was especially true of the IRGC, which while later acquiring armor, helicopters, ships, etc. was still basically made up of infantry units. Much has been made of the IRGC and the Basij making human wave attacks upon set Iraqi defenses. The authors argue the real problems were a lack of training early on, and the lack of command and control, which led to poor offensive operations. For example, the IRGC would usually carry out extensive ground reconnaissance of the Iraqi positions, attempt to infiltrate them, and then attack from multiple directions to overwhelm the enemy. The issues were the IRGC were often over zealous and attacked before artillery softened up the Iraqis. Because the IRGC lacked radios if it took a position it would simply hold it and not exploit any tactical advantages they might have because it took so long to get new orders to them. They would not fortify their positions, which would make them vulnerable to Iraqi counter attacks. The IRGC lacked artillery and tanks to fight off the Iraqis. There was poor cooperation with the Iranian army, and the air force flew hardly any tactical missions because they couldn’t afford to lose many planes. Finally, Iran was never able to close the material gap it faced against the Iraqis. For example, by 1986 Iran had 1,000 tanks, 1,400 armored fighting vehicles (AFVs), and 600-800 guns versus 3,000 tanks, 2,5000 AFVs, and 1,800 guns possessed by the Iraqis. Even though the Iranians learned from each one of its battles, it’s strategic vision remained committed to using the IRGC in largely infantry attacks upon the Iraqi defenses. For its part, the IRGC was never able to overcome its lack of heavy equipment and problems with its command and control.

The results of the problems with the Iranian forces were staggering losses for few gains. After Operation Ramadan Iran admitted to 7,000 dead. The United States estimated they suffered 14,000 casualties overall versus 8,700 for the Iraqis. In Operation Kheibar, the U.S. believed Tehran faced 20,000 dead against 7,000 by the Iraqis. Despite this, by 1986 the IRGC commander Rezai was still talking about his men overwhelming the Iraqis and leading to victory. For ideological reasons the Iranian leadership continued to commit its revolutionary forces over the Iranian army despite the IRGC being an inferior force.

Despite The Iran-Iraq War Volume 2 being such a short volume it includes quite a lot of information. There are pictures on nearly every page from private collections. There are color prints of armored vehicles and helicopters used by both sides. Most importantly there are maps of all the campaign areas. The text covers the commanders, the units down to brigade level, the settings, the preparations, the attacks, counterattacks and aftermath in a blow by blow description of each Iranian offensive. It’s one break from being a conventional war history is its contention that Operation Wal Fajr 8 wasn’t really aimed at taking Basra, but rather intimidating Kuwait and the Gulf States into not supporting Iraq anymore. That’s based upon the fact that the main Iranian force was deployed in the south where there was limited maneuverability up the Fao Peninsula rather than in the north, which would have provided an easier route to Basra city. Overall, the book is a great read on the tactical and strategic situation in southern Iraq during the middle of the Iran-Iraq War.



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          US Not Interested in Keeping INF Treaty, NATO Ready to Exploit Arms Race      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Sammy Woodhouse, Babies, Sex and gender      Cache   Translate Page      
Sammy Woodhouse wants the law allowing rapists to have contact with their children changed. She started a petition last week and more than 200, 000 people have signed it already. Sammy was a victim of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham and was 15 when she became pregnant by her attacker. She’s waived her anonymity twice: once about the rape, and now in connection with her rapist being offered the chance to apply for parental rights. She talks to Jane Garvey about her situation. Is all the talk about gender identity ignoring sexuality? In the next part of our series about sex and gender we explore why some lesbians feel uneasy about being grouped together with transgender lesbians and others don't. There's a new BBC series on TV called Babies: Their Wonderful World. You might have watched it already. In it, the paediatrician Dr Guddi Singh explores the crucial changes and developmental milestones in the first two years of a child’s life. The programme brings together 200 babies, families and scientists from around the world to take part in experiments and research. Guddi joins Jane to discuss how babies learn to talk, how they form ideas about gender roles and when they develop a sense of self.
          34% of Americans Believe US Elites Exploited 9/11 for Gain      Cache   Translate Page      

A single common theme emerges from most public discussions of U.S. foreign policy. No matter how widespread the carnage, devastating the financial impact or enormous the opportunity cost of war – the United States is always presumed to have meant well. US foreign policies are designed as much to improve the well-being of foreigners as … Continue reading "34% of Americans Believe US Elites Exploited 9/11 for Gain"

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La version 1 To du SSD Samsung 860 EVO est en ce moment à 139,99€ sur Amazon.fr. Pour rappel, ce disque exploite de la mémoire NAND Flash TLC à 64 couches. Ses taux de transferts atteignent 550 Mo/s en lecture … Continuer la lecture
          532072-2018: France-Coulounieix: Logiciels de bases de données et d'exploitation      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Comcast Becomes Industry Leader in Parental Controls, Removed from Dirty Dozen List      Cache   Translate Page      
Sign up for Meridian’s Free Newsletter, please CLICK HERE The following comes from the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.  After making remarkable improvements to parental control systems, Comcast is being removed
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Pour certaines joueuses, voyager en France l’été prochain ne devrait pas poser trop de problèmes... En effet, certaines stars qui seront à l’œuvre lors de l’épreuve mondiale sont déjà sur place puisqu’elles évoluent dans des clubs français ! Qui donc est mieux placé qu’elles pour souhaiter la bienvenue aux fans de leur pays qui se déplaceront pour suivre sur place les exploits de leurs protégées ?


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This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Intelligent Management Center. Authentication is not required to exploit ... - Source: packetstormsecurity.com
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          Session: Advanced Squad Leader:: YASL 7 Making a Break For It - 2018 Albany Tournament Round 2      Cache   Translate Page      

by jrtracy

YASL 7 Making a Break For It

Opponent

Michael Hershey, who’d as soon pick you off from 800 meters as face you across a table

A gentleman from Tennessee

Situation

It’s 20 September 1944 on the wrong side of the Rhine, and 1AB is starting to realize this whole bridge-grabbing adventure has gone seriously sideways. Fifteen 648s led by a 10-2 and friends need to push through a crowd of SS OCS students and 658s and exit. The Paras have some support weapons and a few extra dummies but are light on ammo, while the SS have basic SWs of their own plus a B11 20mm Flak gun. Four of the OCS 447s may be secretly recorded as Fanatic. The British have six turns to travel the length of half a board, with the benefit of a permanent +1 LV hindrance.

Plan

With the board 5 woods on my right and the board 46 town on my left, my defenders had to be ready to address whichever axis of attack Mike chose. I split my force evenly between the two, with light pickets in the 46V8 building supported by a stronger position around 46W7, a couple squads in the 46V2 woods (bd 46 brush is woods by SSR), an LMG-armed 658 looking down the road from 5L2, a light mortar in 5I6, and supporting infantry on the far right and between the mortar and LMG. My leader-directed MMG started in 46Y3 ready to move to either flank, and the Flak piece sat in 5oB6 facing toward my right flank. I planned to reinforce whichever board faced the greatest threat, maintain a two-hex cushion for as long as possible to avoid stealthy Paras assault-moving adjacent, and generate a sea of residual for Mike to navigate in his final movement phase.

Stymied at the edge of town

Early Going

Mike split his force with about a third coming down board 46 and the balance pushing through the woods on board 5. We didn’t have much early contact beyond a lucky shot by me which broke a 648 pushing up into U7. I promptly sent a halfsquad out to kill it for failure to rout but was broken in turn, our only moment of drama. Otherwise we settled into a standoff between Brits in the 46U7-V8 region facing my defenders centered on 46W7, and an ominous mass of Paras forming up in the board 5 woods north of the road, opposed by a thin film of SS-like residue.

Another fine product from Weyland-Yutani

Big Moment

My woods position looked dicey – my 9-1/MMG/658 ran over to lend a hand but Mike’s midgame attack cracked my defense of the 5J6 clearing. However, a Fanatic 447 then rolled snakes on a 2MC, generating a Xenomorph on the HOB table. It proceeded to terrorize and distract the board 5 Paras until Mike finally blew it out the airlock on turn five. It bought me enough time to regroup and establish a new line of defense.

Uh-Oh!

Even with the HOB my extreme right was still in bad shape. Mike had delayed entering a platoon until turn three and it was now racing up the flank. I had just two halfsquads over there and was on the verge of being overwhelmed before I could scrape together some help for Flak gun and the goal line defense.

Forming a fist

Endgame

A German sniper pegged the leader of the reinforcing platoon, slowing them down drastically. Mike was pushing hard and on turn four his 648s just bounced off my defenders. With the 10-2 close behind, they rallied immediately, but it was costly in terms of time and position. Prepping for turn five I fell back to cover the open terrain around 5F9 and the 5H3-E2 road, while my board 46 force adjusted itself to make sure exiting was either mathematically impossible or required crossing open ground adjacent to my troops. Mike knew it was now or never and burst out of the woods. The wall of residual grew steadily until it was time for the 10-2 to move. He gave it his best shot but his squads fell one by one until finally it was too much even for him. With the break of the 10-2, Mike extended his hand.

Trading space for time

Lessons Learned

This scenario is all about space/time considerations in the spirit of a classic fall back defense situation. We both enjoyed a refresher course in woods fighting as he worked the flanks to compromise my successive lines while his main force attempted to bull up the center.

Only one way out

Scenario Impressions

This is straightforward infantry ASL with a few flourishes (Fanatics, +1 LV, ammo shortage, and stealthiness), and feels tightly balanced. After one playing my sense is that board 5 deserves a demonstration force but the main Para thrust should be up board 46. The intermittent open ground is hazardous but the LV hindrance helps and the terrain itself is favorable for exploitation once a breakthrough occurs. I’d like to try it myself as the Brits at some point.

          Session: Advanced Squad Leader:: AP 87 Empire's Fall - 2018 Albany Tournament Round 1      Cache   Translate Page      

by jrtracy

AP 87 Empire’s Fall

Opponent

Wai Wong, a member of Canada’s sinister effort to subvert the North American ASL community

Does not cower

Situation

Burma, January 1942 – 35 British and Commonwealth squads supported by OBA and a battery of four Bofors defend against 29 well-led IJA squads attacking from two directions, supported by artillery of their own. Minefields and wire augment the already difficult terrain, as the British attempt to defend multiple objectives. The Japanese score VPs for completing a variety of tasks – one each for clearing board 9b of good order Commonwealth MMCs, one point each for capturing two hilltop multihex stone buildings (8aN6 and 8aG3), one point each for clearing all good order Commonwealth MMCs from within a four hex radius of hexes 8aE7 and 8aE17, and one point for every two Bofors eliminated or captured (FRU). The IJA win immediately if they get one VP by the end of turn three, two VP by the end of turn five, three by the end of turn eight, or four by the end of turn ten, the conclusion of the scenario. Wai had the Commonwealth to my Japanese.

Moving out

Plan

My troops were split into two roughly equal groups, one attacking from board 40 (the hills on this board do not exist by SSR) and the other across board 9b. Each group had a handful of elite squads stiffening a majority of first liners, plus MMGs and light mortars; sadly, no DCs. The leadership was solid, however. I planned to open by dropping a smoke mission on 8bN6, a great spot for a leader-directed MMG stack. On board 40, I set up to Banzai into the light jungle around 8bL1, with some forces on the left flank moving in support; on the right flank, I HIP’d a platoon of LMG-armed 448s led by a 9-1 in 40E9, ready to move out on turn two and attempt to break into the rear area to grab some AA guns. On board 9b, I set up for two separate Banzai charges – one out of the 9bW2 area to breach the defenses around 9bR4, and the other composed of troops stretching from 9bX2 to 9bCC6, really just for movement and morale purposes. I had my 10-1 leading this flank’s elite platoon, opting out of the Banzai charges but ready to exploit any breakthroughs. The far left had a pair of half squads and a pair of 9-1-led MMGs, with a mission of inhibiting Commonwealth reinforcement from that flank while maybe causing some trouble of their own. I figured I had an outside chance of taking building 8aN6 by the end of turn three with converging forces, but my real hope was to take it on turn four and kill at least one Bofors by turn five.

May you live 10,000 years

Early Going

Before I launched my Banzai charges my scouts probed for minefields and discovered a solid belt from 8bO1 down to 8bQ4. However, to my surprise the board 40 charge route was unobstructed, and I reached 8bL1 and M2, with supporting forces just behind. Thanks to mortar smoke my second charge easily reached 8bQ4 and Q5, and the rest of that board’s forces moved up without incident. By turn two I was closing in on 8bN6 from two directions, as further Banzais carried me into 8bN4 and 8bP6/P7/P8; my HIPsters emerged but thanks to a bad Wire roll got no further than 8bB2/C2. I still had a shot at a turn three capture of 8bN6 but Wai’s redeployments were making life difficult.

[ImageID= 4448155 large]Crashing through the second line

Uh-Oh!

My entire game plan was fueled by Banzais and black coffee, but mines and Commonwealth firepower took their toll. I sensed if I did not win early I would not win at all. At the end of turn two, Wai survived a 2:1 HtH CC in 8bN4. That ultimately killed two squads of the Emperor’s finest but more importantly, it broke up my anticipated Banzai group for the coming turn. I needed maximum efficiency from my charges and I would now have to scramble to piece together my final assault on 8bN6.

Up the hill

Big Moment

Opening turn three, I had a live SR on the map for my 70mm OBA. I could deliver another smoke mission atop 8bN6 but I reckoned additional cover wasn’t worth the movement penalties. Instead I went for a harassing mission against some Commonwealth troops on board 9b – Wai had six MMC still on 9b, one of which was broken and another locked up in melee. A perfect drift roll plopped the FFE into 9bR11. A pair of green squads in the kunai broke, and two more squads in Q12 and Q13 pinned – the latter possessed an MMG, and the pin would loom large.

Gunning for the Big House

Endgame

Opening the movement phase of turn three, my focus remained on the 8bN6 building. Three separate Banzai charges got me into the ground level but Wai had troops upstairs as well. I was mulling how to possibly break them all and kill them for failure to rout when I noticed the precarious Commonwealth situation on 9b. My 10-1 and a platoon of elites were in and around 9bQ8/Q9 with LOS to Q12 and Q13. My own OBA was in the way but I figured that’s why the gods blessed me with such highly motivated infantry. My 10-1 led one more Banzai, straight through the OBA – I took some lumps from the 4(-1) shots and Wai’s defensive fire, but crashed into Q12, forcing a break on an FPF shot. That same break disrupted the defending squad, allowing my last unit in the Banzai to continue through into Q13. The Q13 MMG squad also broke on the FPF, so all that remained was assembling a 4:1(-1) HtH attack on the melee’d halfsquad in V13 to close out a turn three win. Had the Q13 squad not been pinned by my OBA, I would’ve been charging straight down a 2(-2) firelane, which might have exceeded my capacity for recklessness.

Not-so-friendly fire

Lessons Learned

The power of multiple Banzai charges is a wonder to behold. The movement and morale benefits are substantial, and successive waves force difficult choices on a strapped defender. Sequenced properly, they can force FPF shots as well, with potentially devastating results. They come at a price, as my dead pile demonstrated, but the payoff is worth the risk. We also had fun with the classic ASL Sicilian Dilemma with the 8bN6 building: “You think I wouldn’t put a leader-led machine gun stack up there because it’s too obvious, but I know you think it would be too obvious, so I might have put it up there after all, unless I thought you knew I thought you thought it would be too obvious.”

The price of empire

Scenario Impressions

This scenario is all about the planning. Often for PTO scenarios it’s the Japanese who must construct an intricate defense so it’s refreshing to see them on the other side of the ball for a change. That said, the attack takes just as much thought, due to the timing issues and all the options in the IJA toolbox. I like the mix of forces, with two thirds of the Commonwealth subject to cowering and one third on the precarious edge of disruption (green troops with two ELR), but well supported with infantry kit and the Bofors. The IJA order of battle is potent but outnumbered, with just a very basic loadout of SWs. I think the attacker has the edge but thanks to the Pleva Balancing System, Wai picked up an LMG and boosted his SAN, getting things close to even. Happy to play it again as either side.


          Thierry Laurey avant Strasbourg-PSG : «Ce sont des tueurs ces mecs»      Cache   Translate Page      
Même si Strasbourg a créé l'exploit la saison dernière à la Meinau face au PSG, l'entraîneur alsacien sait pertinemment qu'il sera très compliqué de réitérer une telle performance ce mercredi face aux Parisiens.
          Sileo, Cydia's replacement, is almost ready for launch      Cache   Translate Page      


The jailbreak is no longer a priority for iPhone and iPad users. You just have to pay attention to the fact that there is no longer so much expectation and so much fuss when a tool is launched for that purpose. Maybe in part because Saurik left out the development of the Cydia package installer. But then Sileo appeared and recovered a bit of that lost expectation .

Sileo is almost ready, but without an exit date

Sileo comes to occupy the post left by Cydia . A modern package installer adapted to current devices, both functions and design. According to Electra , the team after its development, Sileo should have reached smartphones and tablets with iOS 11 about 5 months ago. However, it never got to launch, although it would arrive soon.

Luckily Alessandro Chiarlitti, one of the members of the Electra Team, has confirmed through his profile of the social network Twitter that he is almost ready for its launch .

"Sileo is almost ready, our developers just need to polish a few things ."

Chiarlitii has not commented on an exact launch date or approximation , so it is better not to have very high expectations. Jailbreak teams are known for comments like this and then disappear for an indefinite period.


Sileo is programmed to work only with devices with iOS 11 and 64-bit processors. There will be no support for old 32-bit computers or the Saurik libraries and tools that have been with us for about 10 years. In other words, only the iPhone 5s and iPad Mini 2 and from the fifth generation onwards will be able to use it.

The rest of products with iOS are not compatible with iOS 11, so it is not a problem either, since there are exploitable vulnerabilities in previous versions of the system such as iOS 10 .

Sileo is a tool that promises. At least, if it comes to light and is not forgotten .

Via | iPhone Hacks

          Technicien(ne) en contrôle - GDI Services Technique SEC - Montréal, QC      Cache   Translate Page      
Personne axé sur le service à la clientèle; GDI Services techniques S.E.C., *une division d’Ainsworth Inc., est une entreprise spécialisée en exploitation...
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          Un monde (de l'édition) presque parfait      Cache   Translate Page      
Tout le monde le sait: Videndi aime les livres. C'est la raison principale pour laquelle Videndi a racheté le groupe d'édition Editis à Planeta, lequel s'était spécialisé dans les dettes. Une cinquantaine de maisons d'éditions pour 900 millions d'euros, franchement, c'est donné. Vous l'avez compris: il s'agit d'une histoire d'amour. D'ailleurs, maintenant, quand Editis rachète une maison d'édition, c'est par amour. Mais surtout, ce n'est pas le grand groupe qui rachète la petite maison d'édition, c'est la maison d'édition qui fait une fleur en se vendant. Par exemple, les Editions Héloïse d'Ormesson, rachetées cette semaine par le groupe Editis – comme le dit Pierre Conte, directeur général d'Editis: "[La décision des éditions Héloïse d'Ormesson] de nous rejoindre plus formellement est un honneur pour nous." Tout ça est rassurant, donc. On ne sauve pas les meubles en se vendant, on fait l'honneur d'être racheté au plus offrant. Le but? Il est noble, là aussi: "renforcer [le] potentiel de création littéraire." Ouf. On respire. On croyait distinguer une volonté hégémonique alors qu'en fait tout ce brassage d'euros est au service de la "création littéraire". Et qu'on n'aille pas nous rappeler que Vincent Bolloré, à la tête de Vivendi, a été mis en examen en avril dernier pour corruption d'argent public étranger, complicité d'abus de confiance et faux et usage de faux, et qu'il risque dix ans de prison et un million d'euros d'amende. Non, il s'agit d'amour de la création littéraire, ici.

Parallèlement, une petite formalité s'est mise en place dans tous les grands groupes d'édition. Ça s'appelle le "compte d'exploitation prévisionnel" et ça consiste à demander à l'éditeur qui envisage d'acquérir les droits d'un livre étranger ou de publier un auteur français combien il compte en vendre, afin de calculer, par rapport à ce qu'il compte dépenser, si ça vaut vraiment le coup, par exemple, de claquer 2000 euros d'à-valoir pour un tocard qui ne vendra sûrement que 600 exemplaires après qu'on s'est enquiquiné à en mettre 900 exemplaires en place. Désormais, avant de prendre une décision, on regarde de très près les chiffres de vente de l'auteur en question: son merveilleux talent est-il rentable? Résultat: les éditeurs de littérature qui œuvrent au sein des grands groupes ont beau avoir des coups de foudre pour des manuscrits, français ou étrangers, ils ne peuvent les faire publier s'ils ne réussissent pas convaincre le service financier de la boîte que ces livres vont se vendre comme des petits pains et engranger des bénéfices. Et si vous dites que vous allez en vendre 25 000 et que vous n'en vendez que 24 999, gare à vous: c'est que vous ne savez pas calculer…

Je résume. D'un côté, les vrais amoureux des livres (Bolloré, Videndi, Editis, etc.); de l'autre, des hommes et des femmes qui savent lire mais qui hélas sont incapables de prévoir deux ans à l'avance les résultats de vente de l'ouvrage qu'ils ou elles ont aimé. Je crois qu'il est temps de virer ces doux rêveurs et de laisser les financiers s'élancer eux-mêmes en quêtes de pépites littéraires. Eux seuls ont le don de clairvoyance. Eux seuls sauront dire quelle création littéraire a du prix. Si ça se trouve, nous leur ferons, en plus, un honneur en les laissant nous virer.




          12 Ways Political Parties Are No Different Than Cults      Cache   Translate Page      
By: Wes Messamore
The Independent Voter Network


Hello and thank you for reading another one of my articles that just might get you escorted off the premises for making an earnest attempt at some critical reflection and independent thought about a complicated subject!


When I say political parties are no different than cults, I mean specifically the two main political parties in America: the Democratic Party and the Republican Party.

And I don't intend it as a glib insult, but as a serious analytical description that might help us better understand what is going on in American politics and why political partisanship is such a compelling, powerful, deeply emotional, and very manipulative force.

Although I have been writing about the political and psychological blight of partisanship since 2009, the realization that the two parties are essentially cults occurred to me this week for the first time.


Academic sociologists began to take an interest in the study of cults in the 1930s, noting that some emerging religious movements, as well as racial and political movements, were able to exploit and abuse their members through systematic psychological manipulation techniques they all had in common regardless of differences in their stated aims and ideals.

A dismantling critique of political partisanship in America should carefully note the similarities between the two major political parties and exploitative cults.

Dr. Michael D. Langone is an American counseling psychologist who specializes in research about cultic groups, and the Executive Director of International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA), a tax-exempt research and educational organization concerned about psychological manipulation and cultic groups. He's been consulted by hundreds of former cult members and their families.

Langone helped develop a checklist of Characteristics Associated with Cultic Groups as an analytical tool for people to evaluate groups, programs, and relationships. See if any of the following items on the list can be checked for the Democratic and Republican Parties:

1. "The group displays excessively zealous and unquestioning commitment to its leader and regards his belief system, ideology, and practices as the Truth, as law."


How many partisans have we heard from who display an excessively zealous and unquestioning commitment to their party, and will never admit any flaw or wrongdoing from the president or presidential candidate of their party?

Researchers since the 1950s have found that when a person's convictions are challenged with facts, they are actually more likely to believe them even more fervently than they are to change their mind.

2. Questioning, doubt, and dissent are discouraged or even punished.


This might be why the two main parties are losing voters to non-affiliation, with more independent voters in America now than members of either of the two major parties.

Their questions, doubt, and dissent are not welcomed, listened to, carefully considered, or incorporated to refine and improve the parties. Instead, they're shouted down and pushed away.

3. Mind-altering practices (such as meditation, chanting, speaking in tongues, denunciation sessions, and debilitating work routines) are used in excess and serve to suppress doubts about the group and its leader(s).


The chanting, and slogans, and denunciations help condition party voters to march in lockstep together.

"Yes We Can! Yes We Can!"

"Drill Baby, Drill! Drill Baby, Drill!"

"Four More Years! Four More Years!"

"Lock Her Up! Lock Her Up!"

"Hope!"

"Change!"

"MAGA!"

"I Like Ike!"

And denunciation of the other party and its leaders is a major and vital element of the two-party system in America, just like the "Two Minutes' Hate" in Nineteen Eighty-Four is an essential tool of control for the ruling party of Big Brother.

4. The group is elitist, claiming a special, exalted status for itself, its leader(s), and members (for example, the leader is considered the Messiah, a special being, an avatar, or the group and/or the leader is on a special mission to save humanity).


This is exactly what both of the two main parties do.

They cast themselves not merely as political alliances and educational / decision-making organizations for the purpose of facilitating the process of democratic government, but instead think of themselves in elitist, exalted terms as superior to their political enemies (Romney's "47%" comment, Clinton's "deplorable" comment). They even cast their presidential candidates and even candidates for lower offices as transformational, messianic figures on a special mission to save humanity.

Power swings back and forth between the parties because the public eventually sobers up, but by the time it does, a new messianic figure is introduced to keep the cultic dynamic in play and the establishment in power.

5. The group has a polarized us-versus-them mentality, which may cause conflict with the wider society.


I'm just going to leave that one without comment.



6. The leader is not accountable to any authorities.


The public increasingly feels that this is true with the two parties' presidents and major presidential candidates, especially after this most recent election, that they can engage in all kinds of behaviors that most consider reprehensible and unacceptable, that they can even cheat, that they can even break the law, and do so with impunity, and it's not good for our society.

7. The group teaches or implies that its supposedly exalted ends justify whatever means it deems necessary. This may result in members' participating in behaviors or activities they would have considered reprehensible or unethical before joining the group.


Just look at how zealous party members talk to each other online to see how dehumanizing the two party system is, how willing its fiercest loyalists are to degrade others to shout them down and bully them. They probably don't usually talk that way, for example, to their family members, their co-workers, their customers, or people they meet in public.

But the cultic two-party system switches off their humanity when they start to discuss politics and the shouting starts. Truth and humanity are the casualties of this pragmatic brutalism.

It bears noting here that the animating spirit of hard-polarized two-party politics in America today is a 1971 book titled, "Rules for Radicals," by a Machiavellian political activist named Saul Alinsky. It explicitly advocates achieving political ends by any means necessary.

Hillary Clinton wrote her senior thesis (titled "There Is Only the Fight... An Analysis of the Alinsky Model") about Alinsky and was personally offered a job by him, which she turned down for another opportunity. Barack Obama was mentored by community organizers in Chicago who were trained by Saul Alinksy.

And the right-wing Leadership Institute in Arlington, VA (whose alumni includes Mitch McConnell, Mike Pence, and Grover Norquist) explicitly seeks to accomplish conservative policy ends by emulating what they call Alinsky's "political technology."

8. The group is preoccupied with bringing in new members.


Again, published without comment.

9. The group is preoccupied with making money.


And again, no comment necessary.

10. Members are encouraged or required to live and/or socialize only with other group members.


Show of hands: Who's heard the term echo-chamber, and thought leaders and influencers discuss echo-chambers as a major factor in political polarization and a potentially a real threat to our society?

More characteristics of cultish organizations include:

11. No meaningful financial disclosure regarding budget or expenses, such as an independently audited financial statement.


Remember Donna Brazile's revelation about DNC's finances? There's evidence of corruption in the RNC's finances as well.

12. Unreasonable fear about the outside world, such as impending catastrophe, evil conspiracies and persecutions.


This is the bread and butter of the two party system, right?

Both parties are guilty of inveterate alarmism.

Republished with permission from
The Independent Voter Network



          SN 692: GPU RAM Image Leakage      Cache   Translate Page      

Security Now (Video HI)

  • Another Lenovo SuperFish-style local security certificate screw up
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  • How well does ransomware pay? We have an idea now.
  • The story of two iOS scam apps
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          Italy's "Salvini Decree" Tightens Immigration, Security      Cache   Translate Page      
Italy has passed new legislation produced by Interior Minister Matteo Salvini which tightens loose asylum policies. The Decree-Law on Immigration and Security, otherwise known as the “Salvini Decree,” closes loopholes often exploited by migrants and open borders activists, establishes new protocols to combat human trafficking, and empowers authorities in their battle against the mafia. Select […]
          Ingénieur en géotechnique - ArcelorMittal Exploitation minière Canada s.e.n.c. - Fermont, QC      Cache   Translate Page      
Ville: Fermont Nombre d'emplois vacants: 1 Statut: Permanent fly in fly out Le titulaire du poste est sous la responsabilité du chef de service, génie...
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Veuillez noter que ce poste nécessite un déménagement dans la ville de Fermont. Nombre d'emplois vacants:.... $37.77 an hour
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          Justice Minister discusses Hague Convention, deportations      Cache   Translate Page      
Over the past two weeks Morning Report has revealed several cases of New Zealand women fleeing domestic violence being forced back to Australia because of a convention signed in 1980 which forces "abducted" children to return to their country of origin. But while the Hague Convention is set in stone, experts say there are loopholes in New Zealand law that could be exploited to make sure the Family Court takes into account the risk to children from domestic violence. Justice Minister Andrew Little joins us to discuss the options on the table.
          WAR ON GANGS: Police chief says Swindon kingpins can expect to be evicted from council homes      Cache   Translate Page      
GANG kingpins who exploit children to sell their drugs can expect to be turfed out of their council homes.
          Anti-Pakistan protests erupt in PoK, protestors demand basic rights      Cache   Translate Page      

[PoK], 05 Dec (ANI): Unprecedented scenes of anti-Pakistan sentiment swept across the illegally occupied territories of Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir where locals gathered in thousands to protest against the seven-decades of subjugation of Islamabad.

While expressing anger over exploitation of their land and resources, people demanded an absolute freedom from the clutches of Pakistan. Leaders urged the protestors to ramp up their peaceful campaigns citing Pakistan will soon have the authority over all their prerogatives with locals reeling under abject poverty and depravity.

Shafqat Inqalabi, the leader of Karakoram National Movement said, "I just want to ask as to which freedom you will ask for when your water and electricity will be owned by someone else. What will you do when mountains of Gilgit will be given to Pathans and Punjabis? What are we going to with the freedom that will come after the water of Neelum-Jhelum comes under their control and they will have a complete authority over the resources and equipment of Bhasha?"

Suppressed for seven decades, the people of PoK have not only been denied basic rights but are also forced to lead their lives on terms dictated by Islamabad's political puppets in the region.

The protesting leader, accused that Pakistan is hell-bent on destroying their identity and has been propagating a narrative that suits its oppressive agenda in the region.

Another Nationalist leader, Sardar Ahmad stated that Pakistan lies about its own history and has denied the history of Kashmir.

"Pakistan is being taught the book 'Mutala-e-Pakistan' which is full of lies. The book is full of misinformation. Pakistan lies about its own history. The history which is taught to our children carries the narrative of rulers and politicians of Pakistan and not the narrative of locals. The history of Kashmir is banned," Ahmad stated.

Thousands of people gathered in Hunza valley to protest against the intermittent and hours-long power cuts that have made the lives of the locals miserable. Lamenting the novercal treatment meted out to them by the authorities, locals asserted that hefty bills were being charged from them for limited hours of power supply with students and women who required the energy most are taking the toll of the mistreatment.

Singer Abida Khanum also participated in the protest saying, "Today, we have gathered here because Hunza has no electricity for days now. It is said that Hunza is a developed region but we, the local citizens know the fact, and we know what is going behind the bushes."

She further asserted that the people of Hunza valley have been deprived of basic human rights as well as constitutional rights by the government of Pakistan.

"We are not getting our basic rights here, we are not getting constitutional rights and we are not getting all other rights too. There is an acute shortage of water and electricity and all those people who are sitting at higher constitutional positions have everything for them; they have generators. It is an incompetent and a puppet administration. Everybody, especially the students and women are only suffering," Khanum said.

The region, which was forcefully occupied more than seven decades ago by Pakistan, has still not been given any recognition or constitutional status.

It continues to suffer a step motherly treatment. People demanding their rights are more than often subjected to inhumane treatment with their voices getting muzzled with brute force. (ANI)


          [PATCH] kbuild: exploit parallel building for CONFIG_HEADERS_CHECK      Cache   Translate Page      
Masahiro Yamada writes: (Summary) 7 ++++--- 1 file changed, 4 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-) diff --git a/Makefile b/Makefile index 3af0379..2808a7d 100644 --- a/Makefile +++ b/Makefile @@ -1035,9 +1035,6 @@ cmd_link-vmlinux = \ $(if $(ARCH_POSTLINK), $(MAKE) -f $(ARCH_POSTLINK) $@, true) vmlinux: scripts/link-vmlinux.sh autoksyms_recursive $(vmlinux-deps) FORCE -ifdef CONFIG_HEADERS_CHECK - $(Q)$(MAKE) -f $(srctree)/Makefile headers_check -endif ifdef CONFIG_GDB_SCRIPTS $(Q)ln -fsn $(abspath $(srctree)/scripts/gdb/vmlinux-gdb.py) endif @@ -1208,6 +1205,10 @@ headers_check: headers_install $(Q)$(MAKE) $(hdr-inst)=include/uapi dst=include HDRCHECK=1 $(Q)$(MAKE) $(hdr-inst)=arch/$(SRCARCH)/include/uapi $(hdr-dst) HDRCHECK=1 +ifdef CONFIG_HEADERS_CHECK +all: headers_check +endif + # --------------------------------------------------------------------------- # Kernel selftest -- 2.7.4

          Comment on Incel hopes to find desperate runaway girls and abuse survivors to exploit for sex by Hippodameia      Cache   Translate Page      
It certainly led to him being toxic and resentful.
          Comment on Incel hopes to find desperate runaway girls and abuse survivors to exploit for sex by Catalpa      Cache   Translate Page      
Eh, technically that was a different sad boner troll talking about how "women are shallow but there's no judgement involved in saying that!". Personally I suspect that most of them are the same dude coming back with new sockpuppets, but I suppose I could be wrong. And they all kind of blend together anyway, which is probably why you thought that voxpoptart and heebee were the same. To be fair, to my knowledge heebee never explicitly said anything about how women are shallow and that's okay, I was just reading between the lines with his posts about how "some ugly men are just undateable" and "I'm not blaming women for not wanting to date people!"
          Ingénieur système et réseaux microsoft - Secteur Bancaire(H/F) - Alten - ile-de-france      Cache   Translate Page      
Descriptif du projet Dans le cadre d'un accroissement de nos activités nous recrutons un ingénieur système, afin d'intervenir sur l'un de nos projets bancaires au sein d'une importante infrastructure. Vos tâches seront : Participation aux orientations et évolutions de parcs informatiques (jusqu'à 50.000 serveurs pour plus de 100.000 postes) Exploitation et administration des systèmes Microsoft (monitoring et mise au point d'outils de reporting) Administration courante des...
          Imagery Analyst      Cache   Translate Page      
GA-Augusta, Job Description: Imagery Analyst: Applying candidates are expected to possess intermediate FSG (Full Spectrum GEOINT), primarily Ground Moving Target Indicator (GMTI) skill sets, and be part of a team providing support to a variety of customers and clients. Applying candidates should be proficient in exploiting various GEOINT data sets and imagery, including MTI. Understanding and answering Reques
          Intermediate FSG Analyst      Cache   Translate Page      
GA-Augusta, Job Description: FSG Analyst: Applying candidates are expected to possess intermediate FSG (Full Spectrum GEOINT) skill sets, and will serve as part of a close knit team providing support to a variety of customers. Analysts will derive intelligence from advanced exploitation techniques across various geospatial and ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) platforms. This will require th
          Imagery Analyst      Cache   Translate Page      
FL-Shalimar, Job Description: Support planning and integration of new and existing intelligence collection, exploitation, reporting, dissemination, and evaluation capabilities into AFSOC Distributed Ground Station (DGS)/intelligence units and shall provide implementation of these warfighting capabilities through direct support to AFSOC. This includes integration of data from intelligence collection, fusion, co
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FL-Hurlburt Field, Job Description: Support planning and integration of new and existing intelligence collection, exploitation, reporting, dissemination, and evaluation capabilities into AFSOC Distributed Ground Station (DGS)/intelligence units and shall provide implementation of these warfighting capabilities through direct support to AFSOC. This includes integration of data from intelligence collection, fusion, co
          Suge Knight Is Hit With the Biggie Question in Trailer for Antoine Fuqua’s Showtime Documentary (Video)      Cache   Translate Page      

Did Suge Knight have Notorious B.I.G. killed?

In the first trailer for “American Dream/American Knightmare,” Showtime’s long-in-the-works documentary on the incarcerated rap mogul, Knight is asked if he was involved in the 1997 murder of the rapper. But of course, you’ll have to tune in to hear Knight’s answer.

The documentary from “Training Day” director Antoine Fuqua, which was first announced in 2011, will premiere on Dec. 21 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT.

Also Read: Suge Knight Sentenced to 28 Years in Prison for Fatal 2015 Hit-and-Run

In the doc, Fuqua delves deep into the life and storied exploits of the iconic Death Row Records co-founder, Marion “Suge” Knight, as well as the volatile and highly influential era in music that he presided over. Through a series of interviews with Knight, viewers are guided through his world as he personally reveals exactly how it all happened and why it all fell apart. Once described as the “most feared man in hip-hop,” Knight is currently in jail, sentenced to 28 years in prison after pleading no contest to voluntary manslaughter in a 2015 hit-and-run death.

“In this documentary – which took years of research, production and labor to complete – Suge Knight discusses for the first time his complex life in detail,” said Fuqua. “The audience will learn how he built and lost Death Row Records and his views about the rap music scene. Suge also gives a first-person account and new details about the Las Vegas shooting that seriously injured him and that took the life of Tupac Shakur. This documentary will give viewers more access to Suge’s story than ever before. This is a cautionary tale of one man’s choices and the consequences of his decisions.”

“American Dream/American Knightmare” is directed by Fuqua and produced by him and his Fuqua Films banner, Bradley J. Fischer and Eva Gunz.

Related stories from TheWrap:

Rupert Wyatt Steps Down as Director, Producer of Showtime's 'Halo' Series

Bobby Brown Sues Showtime, BBC Over Appearance in Whitney Houston Doc

Vanessa Bayer to Co-Create and Star in Showtime Comedy 'Big Deal'


          Mark Cuban’s Landmark Theatres Sold to Cohen Media Group      Cache   Translate Page      

Arthouse cinema chain Landmark Theatres has been sold by Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner to Cohen Media Group for an undisclosed sum, the company announced on Tuesday.

The purchase ends a long bidding battle for Landmark after the two businessmen put the chain on the block back in April. Cuban and Wagner first purchased Landmark back in 2003, placing it under their 2929 Entertainment banner alongside Magnolia Pictures, HDNet, and AXS TV. A sale of Landmark had previously been attempted in 2013, but no deal was made.

Among those that reportedly considered buying Landmark this year were streaming giants Amazon Studios and Netflix. Netflix backed off preliminary plans to offer a bid and is currently screening their awards contender, “Roma,” at Landmark locations. In August, reports also surfaced that Amazon made a bid. But since the hire of Jen Salke as its new studio head, Amazon has signaled that it is expanding beyond arthouse fare with a division focused on blockbusters led by recently promoted film division co-head Julie Rapaport.

Also Read: Mark Cuban's Landmark Theatres Denied Dismissal of 'Exploitation' Lawsuit

Cohen Media Group, an indie distributor and production unit that released last year’s Best Foreign Language Oscar winner “The Salesman,” will keep all of Landmark’s senior management, including CEO Ted Mundorff.

“Anyone who knows Charles, knows he is an avid lover of art and cinema, and this deal to purchase Landmark serves so many of his true passions and interests,” Mundorff said in a statement.

“By acquiring our chain, he has supercharged and scaled his distribution footprint in the arthouse sector, where he has been a savvy distributor and producer for many, many years. He has also acquired the crown jewel in the arthouse exhibition arena with prime A-list locations and an established loyal base of customers who love our theaters, brand and diverse range of extraordinary, high-quality programming choices throughout the year.”

Also Read: Mark Cuban's Landmark Theatres Chain Is on the Block

“I have been in the arthouse business for a long time as both a distributor and a producer, and I know better than most, that these films need a special home and require the utmost care. Landmark is that home. I have long admired and respected the way Landmark has built and grown its business from the ground up and I love this area of the business,” CMG chairman Charles S. Cohen said.

Stephens Inc. served as exclusive financial advisor to Landmark in the transaction.


          Belgian king skips re-opening of 'looted' Africa museum      Cache   Translate Page      
The king of the Belgians will not attend the re-opening of his country's notorious Africa Museum, for fear of being dragged into the debate about the continent's looted treasures. The museum is to re-open at the weekend after a five-year refurbishment meant to better explain Belgium's brutal colonial-era exploitation of the royal territory in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo. Previously, the former Royal Museum for Central Africa had a reputation for outdated exhibits that minimised or even glorified the crimes of Belgian colonists against Africans under their rule. Curators now hope that the museum will put the art and artefacts of the era in proper context, but the re-opening coincides with a new debate on whether Belgium should hold the pieces at all. And King Philippe, whose royal ancestor Leopold II founded
          Comment on Nicaraguan Gov. Attempts to Silence Popular News Channel by Carlyle MacDuff      Cache   Translate Page      
Free press, uncensored information and freedom of speech are the enemies of communism. Communist states seek total control of all media and compliance with their dictates. Fidel Castro laid it out quite clearly when he said of the Czechs when they revolted against communist oppression: "certain measures were taken such as the establishment of a bourgeois form of freedom of the press. This means the counterrevolution and the exploiters, the very enemies of socialism, were granted the right to speak and write freely against socialism." I have always been pleased the Fidel and Raul Castro witnessed the implosion of the USSR and thirteen countries including Czechoslovakia gaining their freedom. Communist dictators and communist would-be dictators detest free speech as it reflects the actual views of the people. They seek to impose total control and to exert power over every aspect of society. In Cuba they have succeeded and it and its Stalinist form of communism acts as a role model for Ortega, Maduro et al.
          BWW Review: LA BOHEME, London Coliseum      Cache   Translate Page      

The best versions of La bohème are simple enough to let the genius of Puccini's opera shine, rather than distracting the audience with quirky updates and subliminal messages. The ENO's decision to return to Jonathan Miller's luscious production for the fourth time in a decade, is a beautifully pitched celebration of beauty in penury, love and heartbreak.

There are no surprises in the production. The most controversial aspect of the production is Miller's decision to move the setting from the 1840s to the 1930s, but it still works, predominantly due to the timeless nature of both the music and the story. The tragic tale of Mimì and Rodolfo who meet and fall in love against a backdrop of poverty could easily become a work of sentimentality and yet the emotional punch of the opera remains as devastating as ever under Natascha Metherell's careful direction.

Mimì is sung by the young Welsh soprano Natalya Romaniw, making a sparkling ENO debut. She has a delicate clarity to her voice that is also well controlled and beautifully pitched. Jonathan Tetleman makes his European debut and sings an equally good Rodolfo. The pair have the vibrant chemistry that is so crucial for this opera to truly touch the heart as it should. Their first love duet induces goosebumps.

Nadine Benjamin gives a light and teasing performance as Musetta. It is great to see her on the Coliseum's stage so soon after her gorgeous turn as Clara in Porgy and Bess. Again, she demonstrates very good acting abilities; she is captivating to watch and sashays around the stage with great confidence.

Nicholas Lester's charming Marcello aligns well with David Soar's strong Colline and Bozidar Smiljanic's charismatic Schaunard. Along with Tetlemans's Rodolfo, the four men express superbly the warmth and joy of their friendship contrasting with the anguish at being so poor and hungry. In the final desperate scene, the audience is devastated not just by the heartbreaking death of Mimì, but also by the abject distress of the friends, weeping by her bedside.

Puccini's score radiates emotion and colour. Conductor Alexander Joel grasps the opera's pacing well and exploits the extreme emotions to their best advantage. He has a good control over the changing moods within the score, particularly from Mimì's aria in Act I to the duet where the couple fall in love. Occasionally during Act I, the orchestra threatens to overwhelm the performers on stage, but balances well later on.

The romantic dereliction of the bohemian garrets of Paris is depicted by Isabella Bywater's cleverly revolving set and Jean Kalman's thoughtful lighting which shows both the cozy warmth of the Café Momus, contrasting starkly with the grey cold of the winter outside. The power cut that prompts Mimì's appearance at Rodolfo's door is a clever touch.

Natascha Metherell's direction is precise and expresses great contrast in the scenes: in particular, there is a huge amount of charm and organised chaos in the convivial Café Momus scene where cross dressers preen at the bar, a couple steal illicit kisses down a side alley and harried waitress attend to customers.

This is a beautifully formed revival that shows all the light and shade in Puccini's score, along with delivering the gut-punch of the inevitable heartbreak at the end.

La bohème is at the London Coliseum until 22 February, 2019

Photo Credit: Robert Workman


          BWW Review: CARMEN, Royal Opera House      Cache   Translate Page      

Pastiche could easily be termed the decade's trending and defining art form - with movies offering countless references to other films or books, reboots of long-gone favourites, or YouTube videos compiling lists of retro fads or landmark moments in entertainment.

With such a vast source of these cultural citations readily available, it's all the more confusing why director Barrie Kosky chooses to impose a layer of nostalgic imprints on the Royal Opera's production of Carmen, already in its first revival after debuting earlier this year.

Several avant-garde turns have been taken on the Carmen story - among them choreographer Matthew Bourne's 2000 male-based ballet The Car Man, as well as Soviet composer Rodion Shchedrin's Carmen Suite, written for his wife, prima ballerina Maya Plisetskaya.

In a different setting, Carmen could no doubt be staged as vaudeville or a cabaret show. Among operatic heroines its insubordinate protagonist, the hedonistic Carmen, is a salient pick. That kind of context could accommodate embellishments like voiceovers of source text from the novel and the supplements of Bizet's early drafts.

This is what Kosky opts to do in this monochrome, part cabaret-based, part-abstract spectacle; a show that also seeks to either mock - or else pay tribute - to the 1920s Charleston and outmoded dances of Madonna's early music videos.

The voiceover, narrating a story which should belong to the players, has the human qualities of GPS direction. Chorus singing is disrupted by the clops of badly choreographed routines by vaudeville dancers - when the extras aren't in fits of raucous laughter. Carmen awakens after being stabbed by Don José, shrugging as if to say: "What of it? All the world's a stage."

It isn't a bad concept to apply to the direction of a play or opera - if the work at hand is the parodic, self-alluding Falstaff. The character of Carmen very likely deemed the world to be a stage. But musically, the opera ends on minor chords; the sombre tale of Mérimée is tragic.

As Don José implores the police to arrest him - "C'est moi qui l'ai tuée" ("I'm the one who killed her") - it is he, not Carmen, who has the last word. Should it be so? Perhaps not. But this was what Bizet and his librettists crafted from the French novella.

Superimposing it with needless humour or derision through the means of quoting the film Cabaret by having Carmen sing the "Habanera" dressed as a gorilla, or attired in the pink fluorescent outfit of a circus ringmaster, merely detracts from Bizet's authenticity.

In the title role, Gaëlle Arquez manoeuvres her pliable voice with selective seductiveness; sometimes lengthening a sly diminuendo over an enticing phrase, sometimes haphazardly letting it drop. Like many singers, she struggles with breathing in trying to commence "tu ne l'attends plus, il est là" immediately after "l'amour est loin, tu peux l'attendre" in the "Habanera"; the middle register is best sustained.

Characteristically, Arquez enhances Carmen's irreverence and independence - flinging off with blunt insouciance the words, "Ils ne sont pas à mon gré" ("They are not to my taste") when she speaks of her suitors. What she lacks - in part because of the great physical and comical demands the staging makes of her - is a vehement passion and more moments to exploit the tantalising, lingering diminuendi that her instrument can doubtlessly procure.

Stylistically out of place in this production, Brian Jagde performs his Don José with the exaggerated yelled and cracked notes of the distant past's popular tenors. While characterisational conservatism could have granted this production the psychological backbone it stubbornly lacks, multiple technical faults deny Jagde this feat.

Referencing his mother and his hometown with the phrase "Ô souvenirs chéris" ("Oh, dear memories!") in his duet with Micaëla, Jagde's voice is so emphatic that it quickly falls into the pit of meek falsetto. The ode of devotion, "La fleur que tu m'avais jetée", begins on a clumsy, unnecessary slide up to its first note. Nevertheless, it's pitifully evident that Jagde's natural tenor voice is potent and could carry the entire role with fluent lyricism.

Endowing the subservient role of Micaëla with the verve and the volume she frequently lacks, Eleonora Buratto's silvery tone suggests vulnerability in its tremulous texture and metallic, pure sheen.

Although her unravelling of the part's rhythms and emphases alludes to the young woman's innocuousness, certain notes in "Je dis que rien ne m'épouvante" fall victim to exaggerated diminuendo - or else crescendo - too quickly; abiding obstinately in the affected style of old-school singing that is lower than her vocal pedigree.

With a bass voice as resounding and declamatory as a cymbal, Alexander Vinogradov's vocal timbre makes it easy for the listener to understand why Carmen would want to hastily throw pestilent Don José away.

Despite solid regularity of the middle register, Vinogradov slips into some struggling notes a little lower down the scale and hurls fortissimos to prove a bombasticity his instrument already owns. Some phrases are dropped brusquely, almost carelessly, so that the last notes fall rather than end.

Under the baton of Keri-Lynn Wilson the orchestra engages in a classic, conventional retelling of Bizet's score - a contrast to the stage's visual contents. However, many a baffled brass instrument, meddling strings which wrangle in attempts to intertwine and delayed entrances hamper the opera's sentiments.

In their "Parle-moi de ma mère" duet, Don José and Micaëla are sometimes out of sync with each other, other times with the orchestra. A clatter of unwieldy violins particularly undercuts the music's ominous portentousness shortly before Don José's impassioned murder.

Oversaturated with purportedly provocative effects, which nowadays look tired, the staging strips its players of their agency. A melting pot of scenic homages to musicals, movies and music videos, it's a dense, fan-made collage with familiar music playing in the background; a production whose tenacious presence at this opera house in this already-dated first revival will remain a mystery.

Carmen runs at the Royal Opera House until 22 December

Photo credit: Bill Cooper


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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has criticized China, Iran, and Russia for violating numerous treaties and multistate agreements. In a foreign policy speech to the German Marshall Fund in Brussels on December 4 ahead of a meeting of NATO foreign ministers, Pompeo said recent moves by the three countries have caused instability in the world. Pompeo said the United States would continue to lead by calling out "bad actors" that have exploited loopholes within international institutions for their own gain. He also rejected critics who suggest that President Donald Trump's administration is acting unilaterally on key international issues. "In the finest traditions of our great democracy, we are rallying the noble nations to build a new liberal order that prevents war and achieves greater prosperity. Under President Trump, we are not abandoning international leadership or our friends in the international system. We are acting to preserve, protect, and advance an open, just,...
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S.E. Williams Contributor The world-wide employment-related search engine Indeed, reported the average salary for a firefighter in California is $56,995 per year—32 percent above the national average. According to Indeed, the California firefighter salary estimate was based on 100 salaries submitted anonymously by Firefighter employees, users, and collected from past and present job advertisements on
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In the 1870 Jules Verne classic "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," underwater explorer Captain Nemo predicted the mining of the ocean floor's mineral bounty - zinc, iron, silver and gold. India is catching up with that only now, as it prepares to unearth treasures down below, aiming to boost its economy. The floor of the world's seas is scattered with vast beds of black potato-shaped polymetallic nodules comprising copper, nickel, cobalt, manganese, iron and rare earth elements. These natural goodies are key to making modern gadgets, from smartphones and laptops to pacemakers, hybrid cars and solar panels. As expanding technology and infrastructure fuel global demand for these resources - whose supply is dwindling fast onshore - more and more countries, including manufacturing powerhouses India and China, are eyeing the ocean. "We have to depend on ocean resources sooner or later ... there is no other way," said Gidugu Ananda Ramadass, head of India's deep sea mining project at the National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) in the southern city of Chennai. "For the future of mankind ... the ocean is the only hope," he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. India, Asia's third-largest economy, is going full steam ahead in anticipation of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) - a U.N. body that oversees mining on the high seas - giving the green light for commercial exploitation. Captain Nemo appeared to get one thing wrong, however, in asserting deep sea minerals "would be quite easy to exploit." Over the next decade, the Indian government plans to pump in more than $1 billion to develop and test deep sea technologies like underwater crawling machines and human-piloted submarines, according to the earth sciences ministry. If it works, the equipment will be able to reach depths of up to 6 km (3.7 miles), where metals can be 15 times more concentrated than in land deposits. The ISA allows India to explore an area in the Indian Ocean of 75,000 square kilometers (about 29,000 square miles), equal to roughly 2 percent of the country's size. Moon, Mars…and the Ocean Once thought to be too costly and difficult, industrial-scale sea mining could begin as early as 2019. Canada's Nautilus Minerals is on track to become the first company to start operations, which it plans to launch near the Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea, according to a company statement. All countries are as yet in the experimental or exploratory phase, and the ISA is still hammering out regulation and royalty terms for commercial mining. The prospect has excited India, which depends heavily on China, the world's biggest producer of elements. China provides about 90 percent of rare earths, which are used in aviation and defense manufacturing. It has four of the 29 licenses awarded by the ISA, and Beijing controls more exploration areas in the high seas than any other country, according to the Jamaica-based intergovernmental agency. Experts say India is most interested in copper, nickel and cobalt, as it ramps up clean power generation. Cobalt, also produced in Democratic Republic of Congo, is used to make batteries that can store energy from renewable sources, including solar and wind. "These metals are not widely available in India, so they have strategic importance," said Ramadass, whose team is set to trial mining at a depth of 5,500 meters by 2022. India's goal is to become self-reliant in the minerals, and it is "not in a race with anybody," he added. "We are exploring Mars, we are exploring the moon, why don't we explore our own oceans?" he said. 'Final Frontier' Experts warn that in the absence of a clear international charter, deep sea mining operations could cause irreversible damage to a little understood ecology. Indian environmentalist Richard Mahapatra fears private players could sound the death knell for Earth's "final frontier", which he said has been explored only 0.0001 percent. The seabed is home to a unique ecology where colonies of organisms and creatures have evolved over millions of years, free of wild currents, sunlight, vibrations and noise which mining would bring, said Mahapatra, managing editor of the New Delhi-based science and environment magazine Down To Earth. According to a 2017 study by Britain's National Oceanography Centre, mining experiments at seven sites in the Pacific Ocean showed the amount and diversity of marine life was reduced "often severely and for a long time." Sediment plumes and disturbance caused by mining could wipe out habitats for slow-growing corals and fish, Mahapatra said. It could also have long-term effects on how the ocean, which absorbs carbon dioxide and heat, regulates the world's climate. While the 1982 U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) already includes regulation of mineral-related activities, environmentalists say the rules are not good enough. Mahapatra urged countries to put vested interests aside in agreeing the new ISA framework, given the damage humans have already done to the planet's atmosphere, land and surface water. "Deep sea mining will be pure commerce, but there are certain situations where you cannot put profit before people," he said. "We should not rush it, otherwise we will head towards another disaster (environmental damage)." Marine-friendly technology? India's deep ocean exploration program dates back more than two decades, during which it has been surveying the sea floor and testing environmental impacts, according to the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) in the western state of Goa. NIO scientist N.H. Khadge said the upcoming ISA guidelines, which its 168 member states will sign up to, would require contractors to "plan minimum disturbance" at the sea floor. B.K. Thakur, a senior scientist at New Delhi's Ministry of Earth Sciences, said compared to land mining, seabed operations would be the lesser of two evils. Sediment kicked up by underwater mining would dissolve and resettle, and there would be no carbon emissions, unlike on land, he noted. "There would be no need to build roads, infrastructure or ... relocate communities - nothing major like we see on land," he added. But some experts warned even minor alterations could cause substantial harm to marine habitats and sea creatures. "Mining for nodule resources on the seafloor is likely to be highly destructive in the mined area, with long-lasting impacts," said Daniel Jones, author of the NOC report. Minimizing India's mining footprint is a challenge, said NIOT's Ramadass, adding its technology would be as "environmentally friendly" as possible. With the plan only to scoop up mineral nodules rather than digging into the sea floor, flora and fauna would not be destroyed, he believes. But there would be some disturbance, he conceded. "We cannot avoid that," he said.
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Auburn man pleads guilty to having child pornographyAn Auburn man pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography in Cayuga County Court Tuesday morning. In September, Gary Dellostritto, 37, of 275 Seymour St., Apt. 2, was arrested following an interview at the state police’s Aurelius station. The investigation stemmed from a tip the police received through the National Center for Mission and Exploited Children’s...
          Atelier "Entreprendre en solo"      Cache   Translate Page      

OBJECTIF DE L’ATELIER

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  • Dégager des axes de travail pour faire un choix juridique définitif.

 

CONTENU DE L’ATELIER

Lors de cet atelier, sont abordés les régimes du micro entrepreneur, de l’entreprise individuelle, de l’EURL et de la SASU.
  • Choix juridiques : distinguer la personne physique de la personne morale, les principaux risquesencourus sur le patrimoine personnel.
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OBJECTIF DE L’ATELIER

  • Différencier les structures juridiques possibles pour une exploitation unipersonnelle.
  • Comprendre les incidences sociales et fiscales.
  • Dégager des axes de travail pour faire un choix juridique définitif.

 

CONTENU DE L’ATELIER

Lors de cet atelier, sont abordés les régimes du micro entrepreneur, de l’entreprise individuelle, de l’EURL et de la SASU.
  • Choix juridiques : distinguer la personne physique de la personne morale, les principaux risquesencourus sur le patrimoine personnel.
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  • Choix sociaux : différencier les modes de cotisations (régime salarié, régime travailleur indépendant, microsocial…).
  • Synthèse des différents éléments.
  • Séance de questions/réponses.

 

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  • Dégager des axes de travail pour faire un choix juridique définitif.

 

CONTENU DE L’ATELIER

Lors de cet atelier, sont abordés les régimes du micro entrepreneur, de l’entreprise individuelle, de l’EURL et de la SASU.
  • Choix juridiques : distinguer la personne physique de la personne morale, les principaux risquesencourus sur le patrimoine personnel.
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CONTENU DE L’ATELIER

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  • Choix juridiques : distinguer la personne physique de la personne morale, les principaux risquesencourus sur le patrimoine personnel.
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CONTENU DE L’ATELIER

Lors de cet atelier, sont abordés les régimes du micro entrepreneur, de l’entreprise individuelle, de l’EURL et de la SASU.
  • Choix juridiques : distinguer la personne physique de la personne morale, les principaux risquesencourus sur le patrimoine personnel.
  • Choix fiscaux : distinguer les régimes réels des micro-régimes.
  • Choix sociaux : différencier les modes de cotisations (régime salarié, régime travailleur indépendant, microsocial…).
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CONTENU DE L’ATELIER

Lors de cet atelier, sont abordés les régimes du micro entrepreneur, de l’entreprise individuelle, de l’EURL et de la SASU.
  • Choix juridiques : distinguer la personne physique de la personne morale, les principaux risquesencourus sur le patrimoine personnel.
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  • Choix sociaux : différencier les modes de cotisations (régime salarié, régime travailleur indépendant, microsocial…).
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  • Différencier les structures juridiques possibles pour une exploitation unipersonnelle.
  • Comprendre les incidences sociales et fiscales.
  • Dégager des axes de travail pour faire un choix juridique définitif.

 

CONTENU DE L’ATELIER

Lors de cet atelier, sont abordés les régimes du micro entrepreneur, de l’entreprise individuelle, de l’EURL et de la SASU.
  • Choix juridiques : distinguer la personne physique de la personne morale, les principaux risquesencourus sur le patrimoine personnel.
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  • Choix sociaux : différencier les modes de cotisations (régime salarié, régime travailleur indépendant, microsocial…).
  • Synthèse des différents éléments.
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  • Dégager des axes de travail pour faire un choix juridique définitif.

 

CONTENU DE L’ATELIER

Lors de cet atelier, sont abordés les régimes du micro entrepreneur, de l’entreprise individuelle, de l’EURL et de la SASU.
  • Choix juridiques : distinguer la personne physique de la personne morale, les principaux risquesencourus sur le patrimoine personnel.
  • Choix fiscaux : distinguer les régimes réels des micro-régimes.
  • Choix sociaux : différencier les modes de cotisations (régime salarié, régime travailleur indépendant, microsocial…).
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CONTENU DE L’ATELIER

Lors de cet atelier, sont abordés les régimes du micro entrepreneur, de l’entreprise individuelle, de l’EURL et de la SASU.
  • Choix juridiques : distinguer la personne physique de la personne morale, les principaux risquesencourus sur le patrimoine personnel.
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  • Choix sociaux : différencier les modes de cotisations (régime salarié, régime travailleur indépendant, microsocial…).
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          12/5/2018: INDUSTRIE & SERVICES: La difficile transition des centrales au charbon      Cache   Translate Page      

Une semaine après la feuille de route énergétique fixée par Emmanuel Macron, la perplexité demeure. Dans les quatre dernières centrales au charbon exploitées en France – trois unités d’EDF à Cordemais (Loire-Atlantique) et au Havre (Seine-Maritime), et...
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Placés en redressement judiciaire le 3 septembre dernier avec un passif de 31 millions d’euros, les Grands Moulins de Strasbourg (GMS) ont trouvé repreneur. Le groupe, qui exploite 8 moulins en France et fournit en farine artisans, industriels et...
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Le contrat d’exploitation sous licence de la marque Lip, avec option d’achat, courait de 2014 à 2019 et était renouvelable une fois. Mais les ventes s’envolent et Philippe Bérard, le fondateur de SMB, entreprise horlogère qui emploie 125 personnes dans...
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blaxploitation /ˌblaksplɔɪˈteɪʃ(ə)n/ noun 1. the exploitation of black people, especially with regar
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Terremoto politico in Andalusia a seguito delle elezioni nella regione. I socialisti, al governo dalla prima tornata elettorale nella regione nel 1982 perdono la maggioranza, crollando dal 35% del 2015 al 28% di oggi, ottenendo 33 seggi. Pure il gruppo di sinistra alternativa “Adelanta Andalucia“, formato dall’unione di Podemos e Izquierda Unida, cala dal 22% […]
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Abu Dhabi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday addressed the India diaspora in UAE and highlighted the closeness in the relationship between the two countries.

The event, organised by India's Ambassador to UAE, Navdeep Suri was started with the rendition of Mahatma Gandhi's favourite bhajan -Vaishnav Jan To and Raghupati Raghav Rajaram by an Emirati singer, as part of the Father of the Nation's 150 birth anniversary celebrations.

Swaraj talked about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's efforts to build relations with Muslim countries.

She further highlighted that a request has been made to the UAE government to take cognisance of the exploitation of Indian women in the nation, "who are brought to the UAE on tourist permits which are later converted to work permits leading to their exploitation." "I have requested the UAE authorities to put an end to this, and advised the youth to follow safe migration and skilled migration," she added.

Swaraj talked about the steps the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has taken by directing Chief Ministers of the Indian states in nabbing scamsters who trick Indian citizens by sending them to gulf nations on false job promises. "MEA has rescued over 2,33,000 Indian citizens, from all around the world, who were duped by scamsters on false promises of jobs," she noted.

Bringing attention to the increasing investments between the two countries, Swaraj also talked about UAE and India's decision to move towards co-production in the energy sector.

She thanked the Indian community for making the country proud due to their law-abiding and amiable nature while shedding light on the MEA's work in ensuring the safety and protection of the Indian diaspora in foreign nations.

She also shed light on India-Saudi relations and the cooperation showed by Saudi Arabia during the Yemen rescue, where "India rescued almost 5000 Indian citizens along with over 2000 citizens of various nations caught in the crossfire between the Arab coalition and Houthi rebel forces."

Swaraj had a long day full of engagements, including co-chairing the 12th Joint Commission Meeting between UAE and India and the inauguration of the Gandhi-Zayed Digital Museum in the UAE capital.


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Voor de gemeente Utrecht zoekt Iterica een Projectleider optimalisatie databeheer. De organisatie is verantwoordelijk voor Wijkonderhoud en Service, Stadsingenieurs, Beheer Openbare Ruimte en Gebouwen, Vastgoedexploitatie en Inzamelen, Markten en Havens (IMH) De afdeling IMH ondersteunt diverse initiatieven om meer te doen met afval en stimuleert het scheiden van afval...
          Of Brownies and Other Nutty Desserts: Supreme court considers whether the “on sale” bar is limited to public sales      Cache   Translate Page      
Of Brownies and Other Nutty Desserts: Supreme court considers whether the “on sale” bar is limited to public sales

Guest Post by Dmitry Karshtedt, Professor at GW Law.  Prof. Karshtedt attended the Supreme Court oral arguments in Helsinn v. Teva, and provides the following discussion.  A transcript of the arguments is available here: Helsinn Transcript.

The oral argument in Helsinn Healthcare v. Teva Pharmaceuticals had a little bit of everything. First, the Court extensively aired the statutory interpretation question whether the phrase “otherwise available to the public” in the America Invents Act (AIA) expanded or contracted the universe of prior art or perhaps did a bit of both. More to the point of the question presented, the advocates argued extensively over whether the statutory revision modified the meaning of “on sale.” Second, the Justices explored weighty issues of patent policy, such as the role of Section 102 in preventing withdrawal of inventions from the public domain and effective extensions of patent term through pre-patent secret commercial exploitation. Third, undergirding these points were debates on the notion of “congressional ratification” and the role of various facets of legislative history in statutory interpretation—and even what an ordinary consumer would understand “on sale” to mean. As one would expect, there was no shortage of creative hypotheticals, one of which generated an extensive discussion of the meaning of “brownie.” All in all, the Court repeatedly praised the advocates for excellent briefing, and the Chief Justice promised that the Court will issue an excellent opinion—another thing to look forward to in 2019!

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          Curling : la « Garlic Team » sud-coréenne libérée de son entraîneur      Cache   Translate Page      
Les joueuses de l’équipe sud-coréenne de curling, sensations des JO de Pyeongchang, ont obtenu, mardi, la démission de leur entraîneur, qu’elles accusaient d’exploitation et d’abus verbaux.
          Stop partisan corpse abuse      Cache   Translate Page      

Impolite question, but it needs to be asked: Is there a Republican dead body that left-wing partisans won’t use to bash Donald Trump? This week’s partisan corpse abusers callously exploited the passing of George H.W. Bush, America’s 41st president, to get in their digs at the current commander in chief. Their vulgar level of incivility […]

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          Directeur Des Ventes (ce Poste A Une Prime Salarial Supplémentaire !) - Staples - Saskatoon, SK      Cache   Translate Page      
En l’absence du directeur général, le directeur des ventes sera responsable de toute l’exploitation de la succursale....
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          Directeur/Trice de cinéma - Cinéma Banque Scotia Saskatoon & VIP - Cineplex VIP Cinemas - Saskatoon, SK      Cache   Translate Page      
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Brazil's chocolate industry is reportedly dependent on modern-day slavery and child labor. An investigation by Brazil's Federal Labor Office has reportedly uncovered a system of abuse and exploitation which might affect more than 90% of the nation's chocolate. Please sign this petition to demand that the Brazilian government end these alleged slavery-like conditions in their chocolate industry.
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          Bayer : vise une hausse de l'Ebitda ajusté à 16 milliards d'euros en 2022      Cache   Translate Page      
(zonebourse.com) FRANCFORT (Reuters) - Bayer, le géant de la chimie et de la pharmacie allemand, a déclaré viser un excédent brut d'exploitation ajusté de 16 milliards d'euros en 2022, contre les 12,2 milliards prévus cette année.
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Une reconversion étonnante mais pas si surprenante ! Connu de tous pour ses exploits dans le XV de France, Sébastien Chabal vient de présenter sa marque de cosmétiques. Principalement dédiée aux barbus, l'ancien rugbyman l'a mis en avant à l'occasion de la journée presse Monoprix. Comme il le dit si bien : "En ce qui concerne le poil, j’ai une vraie légitimité. Il y a en plus une vraie demande. Le marché est en train de se démocratiser, c’était le bon moment pour se lancer."

Sa marque, nommée "Au Poil" propose déjà sept produits : gel douche, déodorant, cire de coiffage, crème hydratante, huile, gel à raser et baume de propreté pour la barbe. Des produits "simples et rapides à utiliser" que le sportif défend très bien : "Ils sont fabriqués par Fareva, numéro 1 de la sous-traitance en cosmétique, dont le pdg Bernard Fraisse est un ami. Nous sommes Ardéchois tous les deux, on se comprend. En plus, comme nous avons décidé d’installer la marque en grandes et moyennes surfaces (GMS), il nous fallait un industriel aux reins solides capable de produire en grande quantité."

Épaulé par un directeur commercial et un directeur marketing, Sébastien Chabal ne compte pas s'arrêter là : "Nous voulons prendre une place significative sur le marché."  Et pour cause, l'ex rugbyman peut d'ores et déjà compter sur le géant Monoprix : "La marque va arriver en mai 2019 en avant-première chez Monoprix puis en septembre-octobre dans les autres enseignes."

Une nouvelle victoire pour le sportif...


          Inde : enfin le premier hôpital pour les éléphants !      Cache   Translate Page      

Une première pour le pays qui accueille le plus d'éléphants d'Asie !

La semaine dernière, le premier centre de soins destiné aux éléphants a été inauguré dans la ville sacrée de Mathura en Inde, rapporte Reuters.

L'établissement de plus de 2 000 mètres carrés comprend un service gériatrique pour accompagner les vieux pachydermes dans leurs derniers jours. Des soins vétérinaires sont également dispensés aux éléphants blessés et malades.

Doté de rayons X numériques sans fil, d'imagerie thermique, d'ultrasons mais aussi d'une section de quarantaine, le centre est très bien équipé !

À la pointe ! 

" En construisant un hôpital, nous soulignons que l'éléphant a autant besoin de mesures de protection que tout autre animal ", a déclaré Geeta Seshamani, cofondatrice de " Wildlife SOS ", l'organisation à but non lucratif à l'initiative de l'hôpital.

Et de poursuivre : " Ces éléphants en captivité ne sont pas destinés à être utilisés ni maltraités et doivent recevoir le respect dont un animal a besoin ".

On ne peut qu'être d'accord avec elle !

Humain / Éléphant : une relation tumultueuse.

Les éléphants sont un symbole culturel et religieux en Inde, ce qui fait qu'ils sont largement exploités pour les attractions touristiques du pays. Nombreux d'entre eux sont maltraités et torturés par leurs propriétaires.

Leur espèce est menacée en Inde où leur population est passée d'environ 30 000 en 2012 à 27 000 en 2017, selon les données du gouvernement.

L'activité humaine pousse les éléphants à quitter leur environnement naturel où ils peuvent être tués par des braconniers pour leurs défenses d'ivoire très convoitées.

Victimes de la folie humaine 

En Inde, le conflit qui oppose l'humain et l'éléphant est donc pour le moins préoccupant et de nombreux accidents résultent de cette confrontation.

Selon les chiffres du ministère de l'Environnement indien publiés en août dernier, ce sont 1052 personnes qui ont été tuées par des éléphants ces trois dernières années en Inde.

Mais inversement, du côté des pachydermes, on dénombre également 510 éléphants morts depuis 2009, heurtés par des trains ou électrocutés par des lignes à haute-tension.

Espérons que la création de ce centre de soins permettra d'éveiller les consciences sur cette situation préoccupante et contribuera à améliorer les rapports entre l'humain et l'éléphant en Inde.

Jimmy Page 


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          Chef de site – Exploitation, énergie solaire | #SOL180 - innergex - Odessa, SK      Cache   Translate Page      
Operates run-of-river hydroelectric facilities, wind farms, solar farms and geothermal plants exclusively. JOB POSTING #SOL180....
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          Adjoint administratif – Exploitation régionale, énergie éolienne et solaire | #ADM172 - innergex - Windthorst, SK      Cache   Translate Page      
WIND AND SOLAR ENERGY. Administrative support for the US Wind and Solar Operations team. Operates run-of-river hydroelectric facilities, wind farms, solar farms...
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          Cancer breakthrough as scientists develop 'game-changing' 10 minute test - Starts at 60      Cache   Translate Page      
  1. Cancer breakthrough as scientists develop 'game-changing' 10 minute test  Starts at 60
  2. Test Breakthrough Could See Cancer Diagnosed In Minutes  10 daily
  3. This simple test could one day tell you if you have cancer  The Sydney Morning Herald
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          Nickelodeon Iberia Premieres 'The Bureau of Magical Things'      Cache   Translate Page      

NICKELODEON IBERIA ADDS MAGIC & MYSTERY TO LINEUP WITH “THE BUREAU OF MAGICAL THINGS”



Nickelodeon Iberia debuted the first two episodes of the enchanting new live-action series The Bureau of Magical Things, created by Australian television producer Jonathan M. Shiff (H2O: Just Add Water), on Monday 3rd December 2018 at 19:05 on Nickelodeon Portugal and at 20:05 on Nickelodeon Spain (España)! Following the launch, fans can catch more brand-new episodes of The Bureau of Magical Things daily at 19:05 on Nick Portugal and at 20:05 on Nick España.

The Bureau of Magical Things is locally titled Agencia de Asuntos Mágicos in Spain and O Departamento Das Coisas Mágicas in Portugal.

Filmed in Brisbane and the Gold Coast of Australia, The Bureau of Magical Things combines magic, mystery, and a unique mythology to tell the story of Kyra, an ordinary teenage girl who is caught in a clash between an elf and a fairy then becomes magically transformed. As a “Tri-ling”—part human, part fairy, and part elf—Kyra teams with a group of magical teenagers and learns to use her newfound powers to keep the human world safe from the surprising, funny, and sometimes dangerous effects of magical chaos. But when these young guardians uncover a threat, humans, fairies, and elves must unite to save both their worlds!

The series stars Kimie Tsukakoshi (The Family Law) as Kyra, a confident teenage Tri-ling who exhibits powers of both fairies and elves; Mia Milnes as Lily, an optimistic and sweet fairy; Elizabeth Cullen as Imogen, a headstrong and ambitious elf; Julian Cullen as Darra, Imogen’s charming hipster elf brother; Rainbow Wedell (Terra Nova) as Ruksy, an orderly fairy and teacher’s pet; Jamie Carter (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) as Peter, Kyra’s longtime classmate and science fiction lover; Christopher Sommers (Hunters) as Professor Maxwell, a witty half-elf-half-human in charge of the local Magic School; Melanie Zanetti (The Leisure Class) as Orla, an elf agent working for the Department of Magical Intervention (DMI); and Nicholas Bell (I, Frankenstein) as Sean, director of the DMI and Lily’s father.


In the first half-hour launch episode, “A Magical Mishap,” ordinary teenager Kyra gets zapped when she touches a book that is the subject of a magical tug‐of‐war between a fairy, Lily, and an elf, Imogen. When Kyra wakes the next day, she can see and perform magic as a newfound Tri‐ling – part‐human, part‐fairy and part‐elf.

Nickelodeon has acquired the global rights to The Bureau of Magical Things (20x30'). The series made its debut on Nick USA on Monday 8th October 2018, followed by its debut on Nickelodeon in the UK and Ireland on Monday 5th November 2018, and is currently rolling out globally across Nickelodeon's channels and branded blocks in 170+ countries and territories.



The Bureau of Magical Things introduces a captivating fantasy world while promoting real world concepts like individuality, diversity and acceptance,” says Layla Lewis, Senior Vice President, Global Acquisitions and Content Partnerships for Nickelodeon. “We think kids everywhere will find something relatable in these characters’ journeys to finding their true selves, while learning to embrace and accept what makes them different.”

Online at nickelodeon.es, fans can find out more Agencia de Asuntos Mágicos and watch short video clips.

Below is Nickelodeon España's official show description for Agencia de Asuntos Mágicos:

"Kyra es una adolescente normal... ¡hasta que un libro mágico cambió su vida para siempre! Un día cualquiera mientras paseaba, Kyra se encontró atrapada en mitad de una batalla entre un elfo y un hada. Justo en ese instante, una especie de encantamiento la convierte en un "Tribute-Ling"... ¡que no es otra cosa que un humano con los poderes de un hada y de un elfo! Ahora, Kyra necesita aprender a controlar sus poderes para poder proteger el mundo mágico junto a sus amigos."


Season one of The Bureau of Magical Things is produced by Jonathan M. Shiff Productions, financed with the support of Screen Australia, the Queensland Government through Screen Queensland and the City of Gold Coast and will be globally distributed by ZDF Enterprises. The show was originally broadcast in Australia on Channel Eleven.



In additional news:

-- Nickelodeon Iberia started to premiere Welcome to the Wayne season two weekdays at 13:30 on Nickelodeon Portugal (locally titled Bem-Vindos Ao Wayne) and at 14:30 on Nick España (locally titled Bienvenido al Wayne)!

-- Nickelodeon Iberia started to premiere I Am Frankie season two weekdays at 20:30 on Nickelodeon Portugal (locally titled Eu Sou Frankie) and at 21:30 on Nick España (locally titled Frankie)!

-- Meet and Greet Chase and Marshall from PAW Patrol in Portugal this December!:

O Nickelodeon é a televisão oficial da Aldeia de Natal do Seixal! Queres vir conhecer o Chase e o Marshall da Patrulha Pata? Vem ter connosco amanhã



-- Celebrate Christmas at Nickelodeon Land Spain at Atracciones de Madrid!:

From La Vanguardia:

El Parque de Atracciones arranca su temporada navideña el 6 diciembre con diversas actividades

El Parque de Atracciones de Madrid comienza el 6 de diciembre la temporada más mágica y especial del año con una programación navideña con multitud de actividades, talleres y espectáculos musicales para toda la familia, ha informado el parque temático en un comunicado.

MADRID, 4 (EUROPA PRESS)

El Parque de Atracciones de Madrid comienza el 6 de diciembre la temporada más mágica y especial del año con una programación navideña con multitud de actividades, talleres y espectáculos musicales para toda la familia, ha informado el parque temático en un comunicado.

Uno de los encuentros más esperados por los niños españoles es cuando se encuentran con Los Reyes Magos para entregarles su carta y pedirles los regalos que quieren que les traigan estas Navidades.


Sus tres majestades de Oriente estarán un año más en el Parque de Atracciones para saludar y hacerse fotos con todos los niños. Además, el personaje de Papá Noel será otra de las visitas estrella de la temporada; todos los pequeños podrán conocerle en 'La Casita de Papá Noel', donde él y sus elfos estarán esperando a todos los visitantes del Parque.

Los divertidos personajes de Nickelodeon no pueden faltar esta Navidad. En la zona familiar del Parque de Atracciones, La Patrulla Canina, Bob Esponja, Arenita, Calamardo, Patricio, Dora y Botas y La Tortugas Ninja compartirán divertidos momentos con los más pequeños de la casa con los shows musicales de 'Nickelodeon Let's Party' y 'La Patrulla Canina en Acción'.

Además, la Casa de Bob Esponja estará ambientada con decoración navideña, así como el Barco de Bob Esponja que recorrerá el Parque con sus mejores galas durante esta Navidad.

Los talleres infantiles son otra de las sorpresas de la Navidad en el Parque. Durante todos los días se celebrará la actividad de 'Maquillaje infantil de fantasía', donde niños y niñas podrán serán caracterizados de elfos, renos o el grinch.

EL VERDADERO SENTIDO DE LA NAVIDAD

Uno de los espectáculos más esperados será el show 'El verdadero sentido de la Navidad', adaptado en un cuentacuentos musical que se representará diariamente en 'La Fábrica de regalos de Papá Noel'; los más pequeños descubrirán el valor y significado mágico de estas entrañables fechas que celebramos en familia.

Y por supuesto, no podemos olvidar la música navideña que nos acompaña durante estos días. Los populares villancicos sonarán en la sala Palenque del Parque de Atracciones, donde coros infantiles compuestos por formaciones musicales de diferentes Colegios de Madrid, actuarán en vivo para todos los visitantes del Parque.

Además, los ritmos de soul&funk y el rock más navideño se darán cita un año con los shows musicales de 'Christmas Soul&Funk' y 'Christmas Rock'.

Para los fanáticos de las emociones fuertes, la popular y esperada 'Salida Zombie Walking Dead' y el pasaje de terror 'The Walking Dead Experience' estará abierto durante la época navideña, junto a las atracciones espectaculares del Parque como son Abismo, La Lanzadera, Vértigo, Tifón o Star Flyer, entre otras.

--Fin--

About Nickelodeon International

Nickelodeon, now in its 39th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon is one of the most globally recognized and widely distributed multimedia entertainment brands for kids and family, with 1.2 billion cumulative subscriptions in more than 500 million households across 170+ countries and territories, via more than 100+ locally programmed channels and branded blocks. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).

About ZDF Enterprises

ZDF Enterprises was founded in 1993 as a commercial subsidiary of ZDF, one of the largest and most renowned TV broadcasters in Europe. Headquartered in Mainz, Germany, ZDF Enterprises is responsible for the worldwide sale of programs, the making of international coproductions, the acquisition of licenses as well as the merchandising of strong program brands in its own name, for the ZDF, and for third parties. ZDF Enterprises has successfully established itself as an independent market player on the German and international stage. Bound into a strong group, the company manages the largest German-language stock of programs in the world and, next to this, a continuously growing portfolio of international productions consisting of series and miniseries, TV movies, documentaries and children’s programs. In the course of the development and diversification process carried out up to now, many business fields in the television and media domains were made accessible in the ZDF Enterprises group. Thus ZDF Enterprises can provide a comprehensive, full-service offering today, and covers every step in the chain of origin and exploitation of successful TV programs, from development to production and up to the marketing of TV licenses, merchandising rights, online rights and much more.

About Jonathan M. Shiff Productions

Founded in 1988, Jonathan M. Shiff Productions is a leading producer of high quality children’s and family television. Renowned for live-action drama series that are exciting and engaging for a youth and family audience, the company’s children’s programming specializes in entertaining, fantasy-based adventures with exceptionally high production values.

Sources: Neeo, Movistar.es, NOS TV Guia; Additional source: Google Translate.
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          Chef, Expérience client - Hudson Bay, SK - Scotiabank - Hudson Bay, SK      Cache   Translate Page      
Il s’agit de suivre notamment le cadre de gestion des risques d’exploitation, le cadre de gestion des risques de conformité réglementaire, le manuel mondial sur...
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           A New Methodology to Exploit Predictive Power in (Open, High, Low, Close) Data       Cache   Translate Page      
Mann, AD; Gorse, D; (2017) A New Methodology to Exploit Predictive Power in (Open, High, Low, Close) Data. In: Lintas, A and Rovetta, S and Verschure, PFMJ and Villa, AEP, (eds.) Artificial Neural Networks and Machine Learning – ICANN 2017: 26th International Conference on Artificial Neural Networks, Alghero, Italy, September 11-14, 2017, Proceedings, Part II. (pp. pp. 495-502). Springer: Cham, Switzerland. Green open access
          Telangana Assembly Polls 2018: Only BJP can firmly deal with Naxals, ISI activities,says Yogi Adityanath      Cache   Translate Page      
Telangana Assembly Polls 2018: Only BJP can firmly deal with Naxals, ISI activities,says Yogi Adityanath "KCR and the TRS did nothing for Telangana and similarly, the Congress-TDP alliance is coming only to exploit you, the only option left with you is the BJP," Adityanath told the crowd.
          Ingénieur en géotechnique - ArcelorMittal Exploitation minière Canada s.e.n.c. - Fermont, QC      Cache   Translate Page      
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Twitter is a valuable source for intelligent well-documented research using tweetstreams, as witness these two examples. Were the Paris riots just homegrown leaderless discontent or did someone exploit and jack that discontent? Because the far right sure seems to be involved. Spiked Online, which morphed out of a supposed Marxist group and which pretends to … Continue reading Koch Brothers horseshoes. Paris riots
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Tenders are invited for Hiring of a National Consultant to Train Ralga Staff on Gender Mainstreaming Strategy.
Scope of the Work
In Light of the Guidelines Set by Ralga Gender Mainstreaming Strategy and Other Internationally Recognized Theories on Gender Mainstreaming and Gender Equality Along With National Policy Instruments Enabling Gender Equality, the National Consultant Shall Identify Critical Subjects of Interest for the Design of Training Materials (Adapted User Friendly Module, Handouts, Case Studies, Tools, Etc) to Be Covered During a Two Day Training. The National Consultant Shall Consult All Relevant Documents Such as the Ralga Gender Mainstreaming Strategy and Other Ralga Documents Such as: Ralga Statutes, Ralga Strategic Plan, Ralga Operations Procedures Manual (Opm) to Identify Potential Gaps Where the New Knowledge Can He Applied for Improvement (to Be Used for Practice Exercises) In View of the Above-mentioned Requirements, the National Consultant Shall Develop Adapted Training Materials Presenting Key Theories and Case Studies to Be Coupled With Real Case Discussion/assignments for Learning Purposes.
The Training Materials Content Must Respond to the Perceived Gender Competence Gaps Highlighted in Ralga Gms and Shall Be Exploited During a Two (2) Day Training Session for Ralga Staff to Be Facilitated by the Same Consultant With the Aim of Increasing the Capacity of Ralga Staff in Gender Equality and Gender Mainstreaming Strategy So as to Empower Them to Extend the Acquired Knowledge to Districts Officials Associated With Gender Mainstreaming Programs.

Submission Date: 10/12/2018 at 3:00 PM.
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Release Year: 1987
Cast: Tony Richards, Seka, David Morris, Paul Thomas, Susaye London, Veronica Hart, Sharon Mitchell, Bill McKean, John Leslie, Amber Lynn, Vanessa del Rio, Craig Roberts, Tony Martino, Tracey Adams, Jeanette Littledove
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A press conference will take place on Monday 3rd December 2018 at 12pm at the Lecture Theatre of Guru Nanak Gurdwara Smethwick, 128-130 High Street, Smethwick, B66 3AP where the Racially Aggravated Sexual Exploitation of Sikh Girls (R.A.S.E.) report will be released.

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          L'exploit de Patric Hornqvist      Cache   Translate Page      
NHL: un hat trick en 2'47''
Ancien pigiste de Red Ice, Patric Hornqvist a signé un authentique exploit lors du succès 6-3 de Pittsburgh devant Colorado: le Suédois a réussi un hat trick en l'espace de 2'47''.

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          PC Gaming, le trio GTX 1060, Windows 10 et CPU Intel est toujours numéro 1      Cache   Translate Page      

Comme tous les mois Steam vient de mettre à jour ses statistiques sur le matériel et les logiciels exploités par sa communauté. Nous avons un portrait de la configuration la plus populaire du moment. Elle reste identique à celle du mois d’octobre 2018. Détails. L’enquête sur le matériel et les logiciels de Steam pour la ...

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          VICTORIA BISCHOFF: Funeral directors exploiting the bereaved are profiting from grief      Cache   Translate Page      
Before my mum died she asked if I would lay her to rest in a 'white princess coffin'. So when I sat in front of the funeral director and he quoted more than £1,000 to order one in, I didn't flinch.
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          israeli Army Puts Humanitarian Workers at Risk in Gaza      Cache   Translate Page      
Supplies being prepared for shipment into Gaza (ChameleonsEye via Shutterstock)Supplies being prepared for shipment into Gaza (ChameleonsEye via Shutterstock)
by Yael Marom
Israeli troops impersonated humanitarian workers in order to carry out an intelligence operation deep inside the Gaza Strip, according to details of the botched operation leaked by Hamas and reported by the Israeli media. If true, the operation could put bona fide humanitarian operations and employees at risk in the coastal strip, where two-thirds of the population is reliant on humanitarian aid.
The operation gone wrong, which left both senior Israeli and Hamas commanders dead, brought the two sides to the brink of war earlier this month.
The Israeli military censor forbade Israeli media outlets from publishing most details of the incident. After Hamas began leaking details of what happened, however, some Israeli journalists followed suit, primarily repeating the information released by Hamas, and presumably with the permission of the IDF Censor.
On Friday, Israeli journalist Ehud Yaari reported that the Israeli special forces team had entered Gaza through one of the two civilian crossings into the strip, either Erez or Rafah, with forged documents.  “They rented a house in Gaza and operated under the guise of a humanitarian aid organization,” Yaari said on a primetime news broadcast.
A day earlier, Walla! News reporter Amir Bohbot published the following account, also presumably with the approval of Israel’s military censors:
Palestinian reports indicated that the special unit’s operations were part of a longer, broader operation. For that purpose, the unit rented a building and a yard in the Gaza Strip from a Palestinian police officer who did not know with whom he was dealing. Members of the special unit told the officer that they were running a humanitarian aid organization that specializes in distributing food to the needy in Gaza.

For this purpose, the unit operated undercover as Palestinians from the Gaza Strip to distribute aid and managed to get into the homes of Hamas members. According to the [Hamas] reports, some of which appeared on social networks, the special unit successfully planted [technologically] advanced devices to collect signals intelligence in sensitive locations such as entrances to tunnels, rocket launching sites, and the homes of senior Hamas members.
The reports in the Israeli media missed the story entirely: if Israeli soldiers did, in fact, impersonate humanitarian aid workers for the purpose of carrying out military operations, that could be a war crime. It could also endanger the lives of actual humanitarian aid workers.
“If the details are true, this behavior could be considered a blatant violation of international humanitarian law, which says that it is forbidden to use symbols of humanitarian organizations for military activity,” said attorney and human rights activist Eitay Mack.
“It could endanger those who actually operate in these organizations,” Mack added. The Israeli army has effectively justified any paranoia or suspicions Hamas and others might have of humanitarian groups.
This is already happening, according to Ya’ari’s report, which detailed Hamas’ confusion following the incident. After the covert Israeli operation was exposed, Hamas security forces reportedly erected checkpoints and carried out arrests in Gaza.
“Hamas said, wait a second. Israel had a base inside Gaza with people, equipment, a Mercedes truck, a Volkswagen car, weapons? What happened here? How long was this going on? Are there other similar things happening?” Yaari speculated.
When Israeli security forces suspect Palestinian or foreign humanitarian workers are collaborating with Hamas, the Israeli press accuses the Islamic movement of “cynically exploiting” the protections and privileges given to humanitarian groups, even when many of those accusations eventually turn out to be baseless.
But instead of asking why the Israeli army does the same, instead of explaining to the viewers at home the real meaning of impersonating humanitarian aid workers, instead of asking how it is even possible for Israeli forces to operate deep inside the strip over a decade after “Israel left Gaza,” the media just moves on to the next news item. In the Israeli media, the IDF spokesperson and censor, respectively, decide what reporters report.
A look at what the Israeli media said it the wake of the botched operation and after Hamas started leaking details of it indicates that most journalists published exactly what the Israeli military spokespeople expected.
The Israeli army censor’s attempt to keep this story under wraps was not really about trying to prevent damaging information from reaching hostile elements in Gaza. Its main purpose was to conceal vital information from Israeli citizens. After all, the details revealed by Hamas had already been published by news outlets and on social media around the world. Photos supposedly identifying the Israeli operatives are out there for anyone to find. The entire world knew of the name of the Israeli officer who was killed while the Israeli media was forced to refer to him only as “M.”
Once again, the people kept under the dark cloud of censorship are Israeli citizens. And Israeli journalists are playing along.
Yael Marom is Just Vision’s public engagement manager in Israel and a co-editor of Local Call, where a version of this article was originally published in Hebrew. Reprinted, with permission, from +972 Magazine.

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          Bush Family Links to Nazi Germany: “A Famous American Family” Made its Fortune from the Nazis      Cache   Translate Page      
Image: George W. Bush’s Grandfather, Senator Prescott Bush
This article was first published on GR in March 2016.
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“A  famous American family” made its fortune from the Nazis, according to John Loftus’ documented historical analysis.    
The Bush family links to Nazi Germany’s war economy were first brought to light at the Nuremberg trials in the testimony of Nazi Germany’s steel magnate Fritz Thyssen. Thyssen was a partner of George W. Bush’s grandfather Prescott Bush: 
From 1945 until 1949 in Nuremberg, one of the lengthiest and, it now appears, most futile interrogations of a Nazi war crimes suspect began in the American Zone of Occupied Germany.
Multibillionaire steel magnate Fritz Thyssen-the man whose steel combine was the cold heart of the Nazi war machine-talked and talked and talked to a joint US-UK interrogation team.
… What the Allied investigators never understood was that they were not asking Thyssen the right question. Thyssen did not need any foreign bank accounts because his family secretly owned an entire chain of banks.
He did not have to transfer his Nazi assets at the end of World War II, all he had to do was transfer the ownership documents – stocks, bonds, deeds and trusts–from his bank in Berlin through his bank in Holland to his American friends in New York City: Prescott Bush and Herbert Walker [father in law of Prescott Bush]. Thyssen’s partners in crime were the father and [grandfather] of a future President of the United States [George Herbert Walker Bush]. (John Loftus, How the Bush family made its fortune from the Nazis: The Dutch Connection, Global Research, February 2002, edit by GR)
The American public is not aware of the links of the Bush family to Nazi Germany because the historical record has been carefully withheld by the mainstream media.
In September 2004, however, The Guardian revealed that:
George Bush’s grandfather, the late US senator Prescott Bush, was a director and shareholder of companies that profited from their involvement with the financial backers of Nazi Germany.
The Guardian has obtained confirmation from newly discovered files in the US National Archives that a firm of which Prescott Bush was a director was involved with the financial architects of Nazism.
His business dealings, which continued until his company’s assets were seized in 1942 under the Trading with the Enemy Act, has led more than 60 years later to a civil action for damages being brought in Germany against the Bush family by two former slave labourers at Auschwitz and to a hum of pre-election controversy.
The evidence has also prompted one former US Nazi war crimes prosecutor to argue that the late senator’s action should have been grounds for prosecution for giving aid and comfort to the enemy. ( Ben Aris and Duncan Campbell, How the Bush’s Grandfather Helped Hitlers Rise to Power,   Guardian, September 25, 2004)

The more fundamental question is not whether Prescott Bush helped Adolph Hitler (image below). From a historical perspective, what is important is how the rise to power of Adolph Hitler was supportive of  US business interests in Germany.
US  Presidential Elections
The Guardian article was published on September 25, 2004 at the height of the US election campaign which led to the reelection of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney on Tuesday November 2nd 2004.
Deafening silence. The US media provided no coverage of GWB’s family history. Had the American people known that the Bush family had links to Nazi Germany, John Kerry would have won the presidency in 2004 in a landslide.
Similarly, Michael Dukakis would have won the presidency in 1989 against George Herbert Walker Bush. In fact, had this been revealed to the American people in the wake of the Nuremberg trials (1945-1949), Bush Senior would never have entered politics and his father Prescott Bush would never have become Senator.
Is there a pattern?  Do you have to be a wealthy war criminal to accede to high office?
Prescott Bush had links to Nazi Germany, Bush Senior and George W. Bush had links to the Bin Laden Family…
What must be ensured  to “protect American democracy” is that none of these “awkward truths” which reveal the crimes committed by prominent politicians be the object of media coverage. Needless to say, propaganda is essential to uphold the legitimacy of presidential candidates in the eyes of public opinion.
War Crimes. Crimes against Humanity
Nazi war crimes with the complicity of Wall Street and the Bush family?
US war crimes committed by Bush Junior in Iraq (2003), Bush Senior (the Gulf War, 1991), Is there a relationship?
What was the role of the late senator Prescott Bush in his dealings with Nazi Germany:
While the president’s [George W. Bush]  father had dealings with the bin Ladens, his grandfather [Prescott Bush] made a considerable share of the family fortune through his dealings with Nazi Germany. Some have suggested that the Bushes’ assets have their ultimate source, in part, in the exploitation of slave labor at Auschwitz itself.
Loftus argues that this money—a substantial sum at that time—included direct profit from the slave labor of those who died at Auschwitz.
In an interview with journalist Toby Rogers, the former prosecutor said:
“It is bad enough that the Bush family helped raise the money for Thyssen to give Hitler his start in the 1920s, but giving aid and comfort to the enemy in time of war is treason. The Bush bank helped the Thyssens make the Nazi steel that killed Allied solders. As bad as financing the Nazi war machine may seem, aiding and abetting the Holocaust was worse. Thyssen’s coal mines used Jewish slaves as if they were disposable chemicals. There are six million skeletons in the Thyssen family closet, and a myriad of criminal and historical questions to be answered about the Bush family’s complicity.” (emphasis added)
Prescott Bush was by no means unique, though his financial connections with the Third Reich were perhaps more intimate than most. Henry Ford was an avowed admirer of Hitler, and together GM and Ford played the predominant role in producing the military trucks that carried German troops across Europe. After the war, both auto companies demanded and received reparations for damage to their German plants caused by allied bombing. (Bill Venn, A presidential visit to Auschwitz, The Holocaust and the Bush family fortune, WSWS.org,  5 June 2003)
Evidence of the Bush family’s  links to Nazism was available well before George Herbert Walker Bush (Senior)  and George W. Bush entered politics. According to John Buchanan (New Hampshire Gazette, 10 October 2003):
After 60 years of inattention and even denial by the U.S. media, newly-uncovered government documents in The National Archives and Library of Congress reveal that Prescott Bush, the grandfather of President George W. Bush, served as a business partner of and U.S. banking operative for the financial architect of the Nazi war machine from 1926 until 1942, when Congress took aggressive action against Bush and his “enemy national” partners.
The documents also show that Bush and his colleagues, according to reports from the U.S. Department of the Treasury, tried to conceal their financial alliance with German industrialist Fritz Thyssen, a steel and coal baron who, beginning in the mid-1920s, personally funded Adolf Hitler’s rise to power by the subversion of democratic principle and German law. Furthermore, the declassified records demonstrate that Bush and his associates, who included E. Roland Harriman, younger brother of American icon W. Averell Harriman, and George Herbert Walker, President Bush’s maternal great-grandfather, continued their dealings with the German industrial tycoon for nearly a year after the U.S. entered the war.
While Prescott Bush’s “company’s assets were seized in 1942 under the Trading with the Enemy Act, George W. Bush’s grandfather was never prosecuted for his business dealings with  Nazi Germany.
“In 1952, Prescott Bush was elected to the U.S. Senate, with no press accounts about his well-concealed Nazi past. There is no record of any U.S. press coverage of the Bush-Nazi connection during any political campaigns conducted by George Herbert Walker Bush, Jeb Bush, or George W. Bush, with the exception of a brief mention in an unrelated story in the Sarasota Herald Tribune in November 2000 and a brief but inaccurate account in The Boston Globe in 2001.” (John Buchanan, op. cit)
Up until Pearl Harbor (December 1941), Wall Street was trading with the enemy. In the wake of Pearl Harbor, Standard Oil continued to sell oil to Nazi Germany through the intermediation of so-called “neutral countries” including Venezuela and Argentina.
Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research March 6, 2016
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          Kubernetes and Containers Leftovers      Cache   Translate Page      
  • Production-Ready Kubernetes Cluster Creation with kubeadm

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          Letter: "Bloated and Exploitative Size of Barnstable Town Government      Cache   Translate Page      
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Speaking only as one individual citizen, I need to publicly question why on Earth does the Town of Barnstable have to employ in excess of 1,300 people, with nearly 100 of whom making over $100,000 per year?” (as of December, 2016) (Access the link provided below for further details.)

https://townofbarnstable.us/HumanResources/2016%20Wage%20Report%20Town2.pdf

Speaking only for myself as a single elected Barnstable County Commissioner, I find these facts to be both somewhat abhorrent and difficult to fathom! 

More transparency and accountability to the voters and taxpayers is obviously needed at the municipal level.

Moreover, it would honestly seem to me that the Town of Barnstable should seriously consider downsizing some of it’s unnecessary governmental components and bloated bureaucracy! 

Do they really need all of those employees, and that many people making a six figure income?

In my opinion, local government is supposed to serve the needs of the public, not exploit the taxpayers for the benefit of a few elite bureaucrats! 

Ron Beaty

 


          Bluefin tuna season 2017: EU determined to uphold high control standards in Bluefin tuna fishery      Cache   Translate Page      
Over recent years, Bluefin tuna have gone from heavy over-exploitation to progressive recovery, thanks to a massive international effort led by the EU. To ensure continued sustainable management of the Bluefin tuna stock, the European Commission is committed to implement and even go beyond the international control measures for catches during the 2017 main fishing season.
          Star Wars: Join the Resistance, Books 1-3 [electronic resource] by Blacker, Ben      Cache   Translate Page      
Join the Resistance (Book 1). IF BEING A HERO WERE EASY, EVERYBODY WOULD BE ONE. MATTIS BANZ knows that he's meant to be a hero of the galaxy like the legendary Luke Skywalker, and when General Leia Organa's Resistance recruits him to join its efforts against the evil First Order, he finally has a chance to fulfill his destiny. But the rest of his squadron doesn't seem very promising. Sure, there's the Zeltron girl Lorica, famous for her exploits foiling evil smugglers, but there's also the swam
          Préposé(e), services aux visiteurs - Gouvernement du Canada - Haines Junction, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Radical approach for brighter LEDs      Cache   Translate Page      
Scientists have discovered that semiconducting molecules with unpaired electrons, termed 'radicals' can be used to fabricate very efficient organic-light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), exploiting their quantum mechanical 'spin' property to overcome efficiency limitations for traditional, non-radical materials.
          Argument analysis: Justices debate revised language in patent-priority statute      Cache   Translate Page      
This morning’s argument in Helsinn v. Teva Pharmaceuticals brought the justices their first patent case of the year. As expected, this argument included little of the technical concerns that so often dominate patent cases.  This case comes to the court as a simple and confined question of statutory language, and the argument suggested that the court will resolve it from that perspective. The dispute involves provisions of the Patent Act that “bar” an inventor from obtaining a patent if the inventor publicizes the invention or exploits it commercially before filing an application with the patent office. In one form or another, those provisions have been a part of American patent law since the early 19th century, and for much of that time the provisions have barred a patent if the invention previously was “on sale,” at least if the sale occurred more than a year before the patent application. Congress revised the relevant provisions in 2011 when…
          534936-2018: Allemagne-Ascheberg: Mise en état d'exploitation d'installations d'éclairage public      Cache   Translate Page      
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          35F Intelligence Analyst      Cache   Translate Page      
MS-LAUREL, 35F Intelligence Analyst Job Description On the battlefield, success depends on accurate and timely intel. As an Army National Guard Intelligence Analyst, you will play a key role in the interpretation and exploitation of information gathered from or about the enemy. Intelligence Analysts provide Guard personnel with information about enemy forces and potential battle areas, and use information de
          OPINION: Michigan’s Supreme Court Is Taking On Predatory Property Taxes      Cache   Translate Page      
Michigan countries are trying to fix their budget problems by exploiting homeowners
          Agen. SU Agen : Fonteneau convoque Reggiardo après ses mots durs à l'égard de la ville d'Agen      Cache   Translate Page      
On pensait que l'exploit réalisé samedi à Castres apporterait de la sérénité du côté du SU Agen. Elle aura été de courte durée. Ce mardi, Mauricio Reggiardo, le manager agenais, a poussé un énorme coup de gueule sur les sites internet de La Dépêche du Midi et du Petit Bleu d'Agen pour dénoncer l'état des terrains mis à disposition du Sporting union agenais par la mairie au complexe d'Armandie, qu'il s'agisse du terrain d'honneur pour le Top 14...
          PaloAlto Networks Expedition Migration Tool 1.0.106 Information Disclosure      Cache   Translate Page      
Topic: PaloAlto Networks Expedition Migration Tool 1.0.106 Information Disclosure Risk: Medium Text:# Exploit Title: PaloAlto Networks Expedition Migration Tool 1.0.106 - Information Disclosure # Date: 2018-11-28 # Exploit Au...
          Fleetco Fleet Maintenance Management 1.2 Remote Code Execution      Cache   Translate Page      
Topic: Fleetco Fleet Maintenance Management 1.2 Remote Code Execution Risk: High Text:# Exploit Title: Fleetco Fleet Maintenance Management 1.2 - Remote Code Execution # Date: 2018-11-23 # Exploit Author: Azkan ...
          SplitSpectre je další útok typu Spectre na procesory, lze jej provést z prohlížeče      Cache   Translate Page      
Tři akademici z bostonské Northeastern University a tři odborníci z IBM Research objevili novou variaci útoku Spectre, kterou navíc dokáže využít i exploit ve webovém prohlížeči. Chyba byla pojmenována SplitSpectre, protože svým principem...
          Vulnerability Spotlight: Netgate pfSense system_advanced_misc.php powerd_normal_mode Command Injection Vulnerability      Cache   Translate Page      

Brandon Stultz of Cisco Talos discovered these vulnerabilities.

Executive summary

Today, Cisco Talos is disclosing a command injection vulnerability in Netgate pfSense system_advanced_misc.php powerd_normal_mode. pfSense is a free and open source firewall and router that also features unified threat management, load balancing, multi WAN, and more.

In accordance with our coordinated disclosure policy, Cisco Talos worked with Netgate to ensure that these issues are resolved and that an update is available for affected customers.


Vulnerability details

Netgate pfSense system_advanced_misc.php powerd_normal_mode Command Injection Vulnerability (TALOS-2018-0690 / CVE-2018-4019)

This command injection vulnerability in Netgate pfSense is due to lack of sanitization on the 'powerd_normal_mode' parameter in POST requests to 'system_advanced_misc.php'. When processing requests to '/system_advanced_misc.php', Netgate pfSense firewall does not properly sanitize the 'powerd_normal_mode' POST parameter. 

For more information on this vulnerability, read the full advisory here.


Netgate pfSense system_advanced_misc.php powerd_ac_mode Remote Command Injection Vulnerability (TALOS-2018-0690 / CVE-2018-4020)

A command injection vulnerability in Netgate pfSense exists due to the lack of sanitization on the 'powerd_ac_mode'parameter in POST requests to 'system_advanced_misc.php'. When processing requests to '/system_advanced_misc.php', Netgate pfSense firewall does not properly sanitize the 'powerd_ac_mode' POST parameter.

For more information on this vulnerability, read the full advisory here.

Netgate pfSense system_advanced_misc.php powerd_ac_mode Remote Command Injection Vulnerability (TALOS-2018-0690 / CVE-2018-4021) 

A command injection vulnerability in Netgate pfSense exists due to the lack of sanitization on the powerd_battery_mode', parameter in POST requests to 'system_advanced_misc.php'. When processing requests to '/system_advanced_misc.php', Netgate pfSense firewall does not properly sanitize the 'powerd_battery_mode' POST parameter.

For more information on this vulnerability, read the full advisory here.

Conclusion

Cisco Talso tested and confirmed that Netgate pfSense CE 2.4.4-RELEASE is affected by these vulnerabilities.


Coverage

The following SNORTⓇ rules will detect exploitation attempts. Note that additional rules may be released at a future date and current rules are subject to change pending additional vulnerability information. For the most current rule information, please refer to your Firepower Management Center or Snort.org.

Snort Rules: 48178


           VICTORIA BISCHOFF: Funeral directors exploiting the bereaved are profiting from grief       Cache   Translate Page      
Before my mum died she asked if I would lay her to rest in a 'white princess coffin'. So when I sat in front of the funeral director and he quoted more than £1,000 to order one in, I didn't flinch.
          SciLinux: Important: ghostscript on SL6.x i386/x86_64      Cache   Translate Page      
LinuxSecurity.com: It was discovered that the ghostscript /invalidaccess checks fail under certain conditions. An attacker could possibly exploit this to bypass the - -dSAFER protection and, for example, execute arbitrary shell commands via a specially crafted PostScript document. (CVE-2018-16509) SL6 x86_64 ghostscript-8.70-24.el6_10.2.i686.rpm ghostscript-8.70-24.el6_10.2.x86_64.rpm ghostscript- [More...]
          [ASAP] Exploitation of the Flexidentate Nature of a Ligand To Synthesize Zn(II) Complexes of Diverse Nuclearity and Their Use in Solid-State Naked Eye Detection and Aqueous Phase Sensing of 2,4,6-Trinitrophenol      Cache   Translate Page      

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Inorganic Chemistry
DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.8b02497

          Vente Villa 12 pièces 350 m2 à Saint-Paul, 899000 € - Réunion      Cache   Translate Page      
Ensemble Immobilier comprenant GITE, TABLE D'HOTE ET EXPLOITATION COMMERCIAL ... Située à 750 m d'altitude, dans une ancienne zone à géranium et vétiver. C'est le point de départ idéal pour le Maïdo. Situés à proximité de la maison, les chambres d'hôtes offrent un superbe point de vue allant du Cap la Houssaye à la possession et jusqu'au contrefort de la Montagne. Certaines chambres sont prévues pour l'accueil des personnes à mobilité réduite. Contactez nous pour une visite Honoraires charge vendeur
          TAXI TRANSPORT DE VOYAGEURS      Cache   Translate Page      
Entreprise de taxi, transport de voyageurs à reprendre dans le département de Lot-et-Garonne, cause départ à la retraite. Créée en 2010 par 3 associés. Exploitation de 5 autorisations de stationnement pour l'activité de taxi. Transport de voyageurs avec véhicules de moins de 10 places. Transport de marchandises avec véhicules jusqu'à 3,5 T. Activité orientée à 60% pour le médical et 40% pour l'assistance auto, transport loti, enfants handicapés. 9 salariés en CDI dont 2 départs en retraite prévus en 2019. CA 2017 : 441 865 € - resultat : 59 805 €. Excellente notoriété, rigueur et qualités relationnelles. Idéale pour couple, accompagnement du repreneur possible. Conditions de travail idéales en comparaison à une activité de taxi individuel. Contact uniquement au 05 53 77 10 51 ou par mail à : s.garin@cci47.fr
          GARAGE AUTOMOBILE      Cache   Translate Page      
Murs et Fonds de commerce de garage automobile avec bâtiment d'exploitation de 400m2 comprenant un bureau, un atelier avec matériels et outillages. Station de lavage automatique. Bon potentiel. Vends cause retraite.
          LIBRAIRIE-PAPETERIE-PRESSE-FDJ-RELAIS      Cache   Translate Page      
A SAISIR cette très belle Librairie-Papeterie-Presse-FDJ - Relais colis situé au coeur cette petite ville du Cantal. L'ensemble est très spacieux et bien agencé offrant une diversité dans l'offre. Surface commerciale de 140m2, réserve de 60m2 en excellent état ne nécessitant aucun investissement. Exploitée par le gérant et une employée. Très belle opportunité de reprise dans un cadre agréable et forte rentabilité. Apport conseillé de 40 K€ minimum.
          SCIERIE EXPLOITATION FORESTIERE      Cache   Translate Page      
A vendre scierie (sciage sous-traité) sur un terrain constructible (pavillon) de 1 ha 26, comprenant un hangar de 370 m2 et un bureau de 30 m2. Clientèle : 60% professionnels, 40% particuliers. Le bois travaillé est principalement le chêne et le douglas pour la menuiserie d'oeuvre, planches de bardage et charpente. Autre bâtiment possible de 400 m2.
          ALIMENTATION GENERALE      Cache   Translate Page      
Belle affaire d'alimentation générale, sous enseigne, située dans le centre d'une petite ville de l'Aude en bordure du Canal du Midi. Le magasin propose des produits régionaux, locaux, bio, fromage, traiteur une rôtisserie ainsi qu'un service de livraison à domicile et sur les bateaux. Commerce bénéficiant d'une forte attractivité touristique (30 mm de la mer, 1 h de l'Espagne et 1 h de la montagne). Chiffre d'affaires en progression, dernier CA connu mars 2018 : 280 700 €, résultat d'exploitation : 34 419 €, bonne marge brute. Bail commercial 900 €/mois, local avec une surface de vente de 90 m2 et une réserve de 120 m2 de plain pied avec un accès pour les livraisons. Affaire idéale pour un couple dynamique. Matériel récent et neuf en grande partie. Un parking gratuit et des places de stationnement se trouvent à proximité. Prix du fonds de commerce : 120 000 €. Accompagnement possibe des cédants.
          BISTROT BAR SNACK      Cache   Translate Page      
Cause santé, je vends mon fonds de commerce. Idéalement situé à Vichy entre les parcs de l'Allier et le Centre-Ville, proche du palais des Congrès, avec une clientèle fidèle et de passage, il conviendrait parfaitement à un couple. La superficie exploitable pour le bar fait environ 30 m2, avec un grand bar en formica, et une salle de restaurant composée de 7 tables permettant 30 couverts (toutes avec banquettes). Une terrasse avec 10 tables, une cour intérieure permettant aux clients de consommer au calme. Une arrière cuisine pour les préparations, les frigos, les meubles de rangement (vaisselle et appareils ménagers), une cuisine équipée d'un piano 5 feux et d’un four multifonctions, lave-vaisselle, ainsi qu'une grande remise avec congélateur et meubles de rangement (produits ménagers, vaisselle, et aliments). Une cour permet d’accéder aux toilettes (ainsi qu’une remise pour les tables et chaises). Il dispose également de 2 grandes caves saines (sans humidité), toutes équipées de nombreuses étagères. Au-dessus, un grand appartement (1er étage : salon, salle à manger, grande chambre, cuisine et salle d’eau et au 2ème : 2 chambres, une grande salle de bain avec douche et baignoire). Loyer mensuel global de 1066€. Photos disponibles sur demande ainsi que les bilans (après visite). Je tiens à préciser qu’en raison de mes problèmes de santé, j’ai dû fermer entre 3 et 4 mois par an. De plus étant seule à gérer, la couverture horaire peut être largement étendue. Donc fort potentiel de développement.
          BOUCHERIE CHARCUTERIE TRAITEUR      Cache   Translate Page      
DIAGNOSTIC REALISE - A céder cause retraite. Située sur la 1ère couronne du nord de l'agglomération toulousaine dans une commune de plus de 9 000 habitants qui connait une très bonne dynamique commerciale. Emplacement de qualité sur une place commerciale avec parking. Boucherie exploitée depuis 24 ans. Possibilité de développer l'activité traiteur. Activité exploitée par le couple et un salarié. Local de 50m2 comprenant boutique, laboratoire avec partie cuisine et chambre froide. Des travaux de rénovation récents (2015 et 2018). Equipements : vitrine réfrigérée de 6 m, piano 5 feux, four, cellule de refroidissement, rôtissoire 48 poulets, poussoir, hachoir réfrigéré, machine sous vide... CA : 540 000 €. Loyer : 1 010 €/mois HT + charges locatives. Prix du fonds : 220 000 €. CONTACT : Chambre de métiers et de l'artisanat de la Haute-Garonne - Mme ROTH
          BOULANGERIE PATISSERIE      Cache   Translate Page      
Boulangerie Pâtisserie Traiteur et Presse située dans un village touristique au coeur du Minervois. L'établissement est exploité depuis 8 ans par un couple. Le matériel est en bon état et entretenu régulièrement (factures à l'appui). La surface totale du local est de 500m2. Elle comprend la boulangerie, le coin presse, le fournil ainsi qu'un coin repos. Il existe une possibilité de développement dans une partie non exploitée. L'ensemble donne sur un grand parking exclusivement réservé à la clientèle. Idéal couple. Le loyer est fixé à 1 000€ par mois, Dernier CA HT 108 000€ Prix de vente 80 000€
          BAR RESTAURANT EN LUBERON      Cache   Translate Page      
Bon plan. A reprendre un bar restaurant placé en plein centre d’un village provençal, bénéficiant d’une clientèle d’habitués et de passage. Idéale pour un couple, cette affaire est exploitée à l’année depuis de nombreuse années et dispose d’un potentiel considérable. Avec sa cuisine équipée récente et ses 60 places en terrasse, l’activité saisonnière est très dense, au point d’imaginer une exploitation saisonnière. Bail commercial à établir (Loyer annuel de 9000€). Possibilité de rachat des murs (logement disponible à l’étage). Prix du fonds de commerce = 110 000€
          Comment on Angered By Saudi Plan to Purchase Russian S-400, Trump Admin Exploiting Khashoggi Disappearance to Force Saudis to “Buy American” by Loophole in Bernie Sanders’ Yemen Bill Actually Allows Continued US Involvement in Yemen | Occupy World Writes      Cache   Translate Page      
[…] not about “human rights” but about money and pushing Saudi Crown Prince to move forward with expensive weapons deals and the neoliberalization of Saudi state assets that he had tried to back away from. Viewing the […]
          Comment on Angered By Saudi Plan to Purchase Russian S-400, Trump Admin Exploiting Khashoggi Disappearance to Force Saudis to “Buy American” by A Dummies’ Guide to Psychological Operations. – A. Hu      Cache   Translate Page      
[…] bullying another government under the guise of good causes, as seen in the Jamal Khashoggi story (https://www.mintpressnews.com/angered-by-saudi-plan-to-purchase-russian-s-400-trump-admin-exploiting…), odds are it is a nefarious psychological […]
          Stop partisan corpse abuse      Cache   Translate Page      
Stop partisan corpse abuse by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2018 Impolite question, but it needs to be asked: Is there a Republican dead body that left-wing partisans won’t use to bash Donald Trump? This week’s partisan corpse abusers callously exploited the passing of George H.W. Bush, America’s 41st president, to get in their digs […]
          535254-2018: Suède-Linköping: Services d'exploitation des autoroutes      Cache   Translate Page      
Date de publication: 05/12/2018 | Date limite: 25-01-2019 | Document: Avis de marché
          Worldbuilding Power: Divination      Cache   Translate Page      
Worldbuilding Power: DivinationPublisher: Dancing Lights Press

Use Magical Insight in Character Development, Adventure Design, and Worldbuilding

Divination comes from the Latin word divinare, which translates as and ldquo;to be inspired by God and rdquo;. As a category of magic, its purpose is to help the caster gain insight, if not direct answers, to a wide variety of situations. The definition of divination magic has expanded over time to include any spells that aid the caster in understanding things. This covers the ability to comprehend both spoken and written languages, and communicate effectively with animals and plants. Divination allows casters to sense the presence of specific forces or objects, and to know another person and rsquo;s ethical stances. It even extends into disciplines like telepathy, granting some casters the power to read minds.

For characters whose lives revolve around the gathering and exploitation of information, divination spells are useful tools. Catastrophic events can be avoided, or at least have their effects might be mitigated. In battle, there is an advantage in knowing what an opponent will do next. Cultures and societies can plan for the future, knowing what is likely to happen. The course of individual lives, and the larger forces of history, can be steered toward the best possible outcome.

Antagonists will seek the same advantages. They may not use divination as ethically as a protagonist would. They will use this category of magic to invade the privacy of others. The information they gain, and the secrets they steal, will be used for personal gain. A villain will use this ill-gotten knowledge to blackmail and extort aristocrats and monarchs. They will find ways to turn it to tactical advantage, not to avoid or at least lessen the casualties of war, but to maximize the carnage.

As with all magic, there will be some fear and misunderstanding among the common folk. The name itself implies that the caster consorts with strange deities and other supernatural beings. Secular casters will face resentment from those who feel such power belongs only in the hands of religious officials. Many people will be afraid of their own dark, shameful, and dangerous secrets being revealed. There may be a great deal of distrust if divination magic is used openly.

In this book, we and rsquo;ll show you how to utilize divination in your worldbuilding endeavors. You and rsquo;ll see how it can influence character, setting, and story elements. By the end, you and rsquo;ll understand how to make Divination into an essential, useful, and entertaining part of your campaign.


          The Love Show And Corn Mo Bring 'The Corn Mo And Love Show Show Holiday Show' to The Slipper Room      Cache   Translate Page      

Two of NYC's most beloved underground acts join forces to bring a monthly, intimate evening of entertainment to the legendary Slipper Room. Charming troubadour and raconteur Corn Mo brings his patented combination of original songs, quirky, off-kilter anecdotes, and charisma, framed by The Love Show Dancers' dance performance, burlesque, and saucy surprises! Trivia contests entertain questions charaded by the Love Show Dancers with prizes of insignificant worth! Our special guest is Chris Rozzi!

This month's show is an extra festive special one as we put ALL the spice in your nog, celebrating the holidays the way we know best, with sexy, beautiful and wacky performance, singalongs, booze, and loads and loads of holiday cheer!
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Doors at 7 PM
Show at 8 PM

$15 pre-sale
$20 at the door
$30 pre-sale reserved
Tickets available at:
https://www.ticketfly.com/event/1799691

The Slipper Room
167 Orchard St
New York, NY, 10002
www.slipperroom.com

The Love Show is a theatrical dance company that combines cabaret, ballet, contemporary, rock, comedy and theater into creative performances all over the US and beyond. The Love Show has entertained all audiences, rocking stages from The Hammerstien Ballroom to The Public's Shakespeare in The Park. The Love Show has been commissioned to perform original choreography for clients including Banksy, Veuve Clicquot, Vogue Magazine and TNT.

The Love Show's production work includes their very popular holiday show, "Nutcracker: Rated R", which ran for 7 sold out seasons in New York and also toured in Tokyo. The Love Show also has three other full length productions, "Dance Mayhem: A Grindhouse Ballet", "SEVERED: The Tragic Loves of Frankenstein's Monster" (premiered to a sold-out house at Highline Ballroom), and "Boomstick Ballet: A Rock Opera tribute to Bruce Campbell".

The Love Show has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, PAPER Magazine, and TONY, and The New York Times sent a reporter to exclusively follow the troupe's exploits on Bastille Day. Recently, The Love Show performed at a resort in Egypt for a live and electronic music festival, premiered a cameo piece commissioned by The Public Theater in their run of "Twelfth Night" at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, danced in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, created exclusive choreographed and directed content for TNT Drama's season premiere party and performed a cabaret in Rome.

Jonathan Cunningham (Corn Mo) has toured America, Australia, New Zealand and Europe supporting the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, Wheatus, The Pontani Sisters, Nick Offerman, Ben Folds, They Might Be Giants and the Polyphonic Spree. He is Disco Mountain Man in a Bee Gees Metal Tribute called Tragedy. In the studio, he shared vocals with Ben Folds on Folds' cover of "Get Your Hands Off My Woman" for the Supersunnyspeedygraphic EP, joined the choir for the Polyphonic Spree's Together We're Heavy and played accordion on TMBG's "Particle Mo". He has written 7 albums for Corn Mo and his band .357 Lover, the latest being The Purchase of the North Pole. He co-wrote a musical about Grizzly Adams with Nick Jones for The Huntington Theatre in Boston, MA. He co-wrote "The Rainbow Song" with Nick Offerman of Parks and Rec for his American Ham show. He co-produced a ballet called SEVERED: The Tragic Loves of Frankenstein's Monster with The Love Show featuring the music from his album The Purchase of the North Pole. He's is currently working on the next albums.
www.cornmo.com

Christopher Rozzi has performed his solo material in many venues, such as Joe's Pub and The P.I.T., to name a few. His one-man show, "Outré Island", has been produced by Ars Nova as a part of their residency series, directed by Tony Award winner, Sam Gold. Chris is also is the creator of a successful art series called "Tiny Confessions, the Secret Thoughts of Dogs, Cats, and Everything", which has recently been published as a book and multiple calendars.


          Consultant - Assessment of Mobile Network Strength, Penetration/Coverage in Program Implementing Areas at Save The Children      Cache   Translate Page      
Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in over 120 countries, including the United States. We aim to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives by improving their health, education and economic opportunities. In times of acute crisis, we mobilize rapid assistance to help children recover from the effects of war, conflict and natural disasters. Each year, we and our partners reach millions of children in communities around the world.Job Type: Temporary Project Overview Working to Improve Nutrition in Northern Nigeria (WINNN) is a 6-year project funded by DFID, which started in September 2011. The overall objective of the project is to reduce mortality through decreasing the incidence and prevalence of under nutrition in Nigeria with focus on Jigawa, Katsina, Kebbi, Yobe and Zamfara States. The implementing partners of WINNN are UNICEF and an International Non-governmental organisation (INGO) consortium of Save the Children (SC) and Action against Hunger (AAH); led by Save the Children. The operational research and impact evaluation component (ORIE) is conducted by a consortium of research institutions led by Oxford Policy Management. Alive & Thrive (A&T) is an initiative to save lives, prevent illness, and ensure healthy growth and development through the promotion and support of optimal maternal nutrition, breastfeeding, and complementary feeding practices. Since 2009, A&T has demonstrated that innovative approaches to improving maternal, infant, and young child nutrition (MIYCN) practices can be delivered at impact and scale. Objectives and Scope of Consultancy The WINNN and A&T projects seek to leverage on mobile technology for the delivery of some aspects of their respective project objectives. To this end, there is a need to make an informed decision that is backed up by data, logic and reality on the appropriate mobile network provider to engage. The successful consultant would have to conduct an assessment of mobile network strength, penetration / coverage across Kaduna, Lagos, Jigawa and Yobe States. The assessment may be a desk review but credible sources must be cited in the final report. However, preference is to use survey questions that should be defined around mobile network strength, reliability and preference for both voice calls and data (internet surfing and video streaming) usage. All survey respondents must at a minimum, own a smartphone and possess ability to perform basic functions (make and receive calls, surf the internet etc.) on it. Survey tools and method to be employed is at the discretion of the successful consultant but Face-to-Face method and digital forms are preferred but nit compulsory. Survey respondents must not be less than 10 persons (an appropriate mix of male and female) per LGA. The final report should recommend an overall preferred mobile network provider per State (considering only the stated LGAs) from both a Voice and data user perspectives. The final report of the consultancy period must be submitted to the following persons: The SCI Head of Logistics, the SCI IT Manager and the Deputy Programme Manager (WINNN) in both electronic format and printed format (3 copies and signed off by the consultant). The final report must be submitted not later than 3 days after the end of the consultancy period. Duration and Timeline: This consultancy period is for only 7 days. It starts on 10th December, 2018 and ends 16th December, 2018. The successful consultant is free to use any schedule / timeline that best suits provided the consultancy is performed within scope and aforementioned period. Accountability of SCI: Ensure strict compliance to SCI Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy Ensure strict compliance to SCI Fraud, Bribery and Corruption Policy Ensure compliance with all government regulation Accountability by Vendors: Ensure good quality goods are supplied within the stipulated time Ensure strict compliance to SCI Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy Ensure strict compliance to SCI Fraud, Bribery and Corruption Policy Ensure compliance with all government regulations Collaboration/Ethical and Social Operating Standards: Honest, encourages openness and transparency, demonstrates highest levels of integrity. Working effectively with stakeholders to achieve common goals Excellent communication and interpersonal skills by the service providers Builds and maintains effective relationships, with the staff and beneficiaries Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to Avoidance of child labour, bondage, or forced labour, assurance of safety and reasonable working conditions, freedom of association, freedom from exploitation, abuse and discrimination Protection of basic social rights of its employees and the SCI beneficiaries. Not engaged in the adulteration of products. Not engaged in smuggling, or selling adulterated product. Endeavouring to ensure that activities do not render civilians more vulnerable to attack or bring unintended advantage to any military actors or other combatants. Provision of goods and services with the least negative impact on the environment. Legal Status, Experience and Skill Requirements Previous experience working with local/international NGOs The provider shall prove he has the technical capacity to deliver The provider shall provide proof of legal ownership of the busniess The provider shall be legally registered to operate in Nigeria or home country The provider shall have physical presence/representation in Nigeria The provider shall have a valid tax clearance certificate The provider shall be some one with good reputation Criteria for Selection: Demonstrated understanding of the Request for Proposal and Terms of Reference Adherence to specifications and quality of technical proposal Past experience providing services of similar nature and scope to local/INGOs References from two reputable clients served over the last two years Financial Proposal/Price. Payment Terms 100% after submission of Final report.
          American Dream / American Knightmare – Watch the trailer for new Suge Knight documentary directed by Antoine Fuqua      Cache   Translate Page      
American Dream/American Knightmare delves deep into the life and storied exploits of the iconic Death Row Records co-founder Suge Knight, as well as the volatile and highly influential era in gangsta rap he presided over. Directed by Antoine Fuqua. The documentary hits Showtime on 21st December 2018.

          536203-2018: Allemagne-Düsseldorf: Logiciels de bases de données et d'exploitation      Cache   Translate Page      
Date de publication: 05/12/2018 | Date limite: | Document: Avis en cas de transparence ex ante volontaire
          2018 Ebola Crisis Worsens as US Regime Denies Aid      Cache   Translate Page      
Here’s a pithy comment by Peter Salama, head of the new Health Emergencies Program at the World Health Organization, about factors leading to Ebola crisis unfolding this year in DRC: These viruses manage to exploit social vulnerabilities and fault lines. That’s what we’re seeing in this Ebola outbreak starkly. And even more to the point: … Continue reading 2018 Ebola Crisis Worsens as US Regime Denies Aid
          New Spectre-like CPU vulnerability discovered      Cache   Translate Page      
Researchers have discovered a new variation of the Spectre CPU vulnerability which is easier to exploit than the original security flaw.
          GROOMING TRIAL: Defendant tells jurors he is 'no angel' but 'no paedophile'      Cache   Translate Page      
AN ALLEGED groomer in a child sexual exploitation trial told jurors he thought his alleged victim was 17 and added he was ‘no angel’ but no paedophile either.
          Animateur commercial (H/F) (CDI)      Cache   Translate Page      
Poste : Sous la responsabilité de la direction d'exploitation, vous avez plusieurs axes de travail, &hellip;
          A Lost Thing Finding Itself Jazz at Lincoln Center      Cache   Translate Page      

Origin stories may not always represent a complete truth, but they do give people something to hold on to. What defines the origin of Jazz at Lincoln Center, which has just started its 31st season, is the need to prove itself. In 1986, the board of Lincoln Center issued a report that said, “Lincoln Center should focus on excellence in its core offerings and that no compelling case can be made for adding a new constituent in an area like jazz.” Three years earlier, Alina Bloomgarden, then director of visitor services, brought the idea of a permanent jazz program to the center’s president. “I submitted three proposals between 1983 and 1987,” Bloomgarden recounted. “My first two proposals were rejected; some thought jazz audiences would be rowdy(!).”

When the board finally gave its tepid approval, Bloomgarden invited Marsalis to help her plan a summer concert series. The incipient jazz program had to demonstrate its commercial viability as well as the merits of the music and, it seems, the community from which it comes. The first three concerts, in August 1987, celebrated women in jazz (Betty Carter, Sasha Daltonn, Marian McPartland and others), the pianist and composer Thelonious Monk, and the saxophonist Charlie Parker.

The founders of JALC believed that the stakes were high — not just for the music but also for the life of the country. By the late Eighties, many of jazz’s greatest innovators had died; jazz clubs were shutting down; most colleges and universities had yet to form jazz-studies programs; and some warned that the increasing popularity of electronic instruments, and the commercial aspirations that came with them, threatened the identity of the music. At the same time, the limitations of the civil rights movement were becoming more widely apparent; some schools, workplaces and neighborhoods may have been desegregated, but the country was hardly integrated. AIDS was ravaging American cities, giving many people a new excuse to demonstrate their disdain for others. The Cold War and its end gave a boost to militarization and globalization. And Reagan’s intensification of the War on Drugs precipitated the period of modern mass incarceration.

Not nearly of American society, but certainly of jazz, Wynton Marsalis was considered to be a savior. The stories about Marsalis reprised the ones told about Miles Davis in the Fifties and anticipated the ones told today about musicians like Kamasi Washington or Robert Glasper — that he would return artistic seriousness and market viability to a genre that had lost its way. But unlike those contemporary musicians, and like Miles, Marsalis radiated a brashness that all but dared critics to reject the savior mythology.

Marsalis’s own sense of what he was saving is recorded in “The New Orleans Function” (1989), a three-part suite styled after the city’s funeral marches, which is, in a way, a musical extension of Bechet’s origin story. The second part, a song called “Premature Autopsies (Sermon),” features an impassioned oration written by the critic Stanley Crouch and delivered by Reverend Jeremiah Wright. In addition to offering testimony to the profundity of jazz as art, Wright’s address, set to life-giving music, can be read as an assessment of American society and as a statement of purpose for Marsalis. Under the guidance of mentors like Crouch and Albert Murray (who was also involved in the founding of JALC), Marsalis had come to understand the possibilities for American culture held within the music. And so the sermon can also be read as a statement of purpose for what would become Jazz at Lincoln Center:

It is possible that we who listened heard something timeless from those who are the descendants of the many who were literally up for sale — those whose presence on the auction blocks and in the slave quarters formed the cross upon which the Constitution of this nation was crucified. Yet — even after that crucifixion, there were those who rose in the third century of American slavery with a vision of freedom.

There were those who lit the mighty wick that extended from the candle — and carried it. There were those who spoke through music of the meaning of light — those who were not content to accept the darkness in the heart that comes when you surrender to dragons who think themselves grand. There were those who said, “Listen closely, now” — those who said, “If you give me a fair chance, I will help you better understand the meaning of democracy.” Yes — that is precisely what they said. “If you give me a fair chance, I will help you better understand the meaning of democracy.” These are they who were truly the makers of a noble sound.

A chance, perhaps one fair enough, was given. After two summers of the concert series, Gordon Davis, a member of the Lincoln Center board at the time, advocated for a new committee to reconsider forming a permanent jazz program. In 1990, the board finally agreed to deepen its commitment by instituting Jazz at Lincoln Center as a funded department. Then, in 1996, ten years after its initial denial, the board voted to elevate Jazz at Lincoln Center to full constituency, joining the City Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera, and the other houses dedicated to European arts.

The leaders of JALC quickly undertook the construction of a facility designed specifically for the acoustics of swing- and blues-oriented jazz, one that could also accommodate the institution’s educational and archival pursuits. During the construction of Frederick P. Rose Hall at Columbus Circle, which cost $131 million, Lisa Schiff, the board’s chairperson, explained their fundraising strategy in just one word: “Wynton.” As part of his strategy, Marsalis performed with popular musicians outside of the jazz world like Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon and Bob Dylan. (As David Yaffe wrote in 2005, “Marsalis’s insistence on laying down the iron law of swing with rock and R&B icons added a rich tension to their performances.”)

Each accomplishment for JALC has brought a new set of challenges, and the building and operation of its own facility proved no different. JALC has often been criticized for its high ticket prices, but to its credit, it provides a set of offerings that extends far beyond the concert stage. These include pre-concert lectures, which are free but poorly advertised; live streaming of all concerts, which is also free; educational programming for people of all ages; and maintaining an archive of written compositions. These are JALC’s efforts to put Wright’s sermon — “I will help you better understand the meaning of democracy” — into institutional action. And yet, when Americans discuss how to address our deepest problems, how to steer this lost thing, we tend not to look to the arts, let alone to jazz, for guidance.

One can arrive at a more meaningful understanding of JALC and what it has offered the country by considering an institution that is often described as something of its antithesis: the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), which was founded in Chicago in 1965 and borrowed much of its thinking from the black cultural nationalism of the period. Originality, or the sense of it, guided almost everything AACM members did. Even though the first generation of AACM members was greatly influenced by swing and bebop, some of its members sought to distance themselves from that lineage by calling their music “Great Black Music” rather than “jazz,” a term that’s inescapably unoriginal. In the book A Power Stronger Than Itself, the trombonist and AACM member George E. Lewis quotes the saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell describing the aesthetic vision for his album Sound (1966), AACM’s first recording: “Sound is a composition that deals, like I say, with sound, and the musicians are free to make any sound they think will do, any sound that they hear at a particular time. That could be like somebody who felt like stomping on the floor … well, he would stomp on the floor.”

Lewis also recounts how such a relationship to sound and freedom manifested at AACM performances: “At a Roscoe Mitchell Art Ensemble event in December 1966, Lester Bowie opened the event by stalking across the stage wielding a shotgun. Later, drummer Leonard Smith danced with an oversized Raggedy Ann doll, accompanied by Malachi Favors’s banjo. Another performance saw Favors wearing bells on his ankles and stripes painted on his face.” (The JALC Orchestra members wear matching suits and ties for their performances.)

The AACM’s notion of artistic originality accords with its ideal of cooperative self-determination: the group initially relied exclusively on membership dues for funding, presented and marketed its own concerts, and made decisions about almost everything by majority vote. In addition to being an incubator for original music, the AACM, like JALC, made education and community development essential parts of its mission. And perhaps in this way, in the name of its own radicalism, the AACM could be said to be even more steadfast than JALC. Its strong anti-corporatist beliefs have prevented the organization from securing the sort of endowment that JALC enjoys.

Even though the AACM has been described as a radical, black-nationalist organization, its main concern has been with showing the way, through its music and its institutional example, toward equality and greater freedom for everyone. As Muhal Richard Abrams, the AACM’s founding president, put it, the organization operated from the idea that they were “helping ourselves up to the point where we can participate in the universal aspect of things, which includes all people.” Indeed, although their aesthetic sensibilities have taken the institutions in different directions, both AACM and JALC embody and extend theories for cultural change that attempt to deal with the damage done by racialized exclusion, discrimination and poverty.

But by prioritizing originality, sometimes at the expense of discernible meaning, the AACM is an example of how the artistic innovations we call “radical” can play out in counterintuitive ways. Artistic and social movements that have been labeled as radical often exhibit a functional conservatism — an inward-looking posture that is inflexible in the face of challenge or change. Conversely, what Jazz at Lincoln Center does has radical potential by way of the very same attributes that critics call conservative or misguided. For instance, when the location for Rose Hall was determined, many people scoffed at its placement within a high-end shopping mall at Columbus Circle, and perceived its isolation from the main Lincoln Center campus four blocks to the north to be a slight. But there may be no more appropriate location: nestled within a house of consumerism, JALC showcases the music born from a freedom struggle, one that encourages both players and listeners to reach for higher ideals.

For the AACM, freedom is achieved by shaking off restrictions (“an awakening,” as Abrams put it); for JALC, freedom is achieved through mastery of tradition and form — within limitations. In a 2002 interview with the pianist Ethan Iverson, and after a brief and positive discussion of the AACM, Marsalis elaborated on his thinking regarding the label “jazz.”

Everything can’t be it, if only because you can’t teach it to other people.

That’s a very pragmatic way to look at it. If I take my kid out here and say, “Everything that you do is basketball,” I can’t teach him how to play. You apply that to any field. You’re going to have a problem teaching people, if you don’t have a meaning. It’s great for you if you can realize something that intensely broad. But you’re going to have trouble with your next generation. Because to learn everything is hard.

And if there’s no standard of excellence, the most competitive students will not want to play. … The thing about conservatism is the comfort of numbers. Everybody agrees.

The tension between the “radicalism” that gets associated with the AACM and the “conservatism” that gets associated with JALC is akin to the academic and art-world debates between postmodernism and modernism. The AACM’s version of postmodernism eschews any notion of universal standards of excellence or of truth and beauty, often because those standards have been associated with white supremacy; for Marsalis and JALC, those standards may have historically been associated with white supremacy, but mostly what they’ve done is given shape to the cultural inheritance all Americans carry, and provided an opportunity for transcendence, or progress — by way of honest confrontation and mastery of form.

In January 2018, Jazz at Lincoln Center hosted an event with the magazine JazzTimes called the Jazz Congress — something like an academic conference for the jazz community, with panels about urgent issues and practicalities like audience development and digital marketing. The first panel discussion was titled “Jazz and Race: A Conversation,” a moderated talk between Marsalis and Iverson. Marsalis, wearing a gray double-breasted suit and dark tie, began the discussion by speaking from prepared notes:

I want to start by saying something about “black.” “Black” is not anthropological. That’s the first thing I want to clarify. It’s social and it’s political. … Race in our country is a stand-in for a dominant culture to create a permanent underclass to be exploited for social reasons, for rituals, for sacrifice and for economics. … Jazz music refutes the construct of sectarianism, which is used to divide and conquer people. It is itself a refutation of that. This is what I’ve learned. I grew up in black nationalism, in black power, which is itself a construct. The most difficult thing to do is to go deeper than whatever everything around you told you was true and the reality you could see. Because there’s another reality inside of another reality. And jazz symbolically is a unifier — that’s what it is. It is the result of hybridization of cultures.

That Marsalis gave this sort of introduction to the conversation is notable for its difference, in tone and groundedness, from more common public discussions about race, which often jump straight into tallying representation and assessing power on a who’s-up-who’s-down basis. The facile equation of representation, in the sense of visibility, and power, while not unimportant, is symptomatic of our fixation on high drama and our desire for easy solutions. It ignores the power, beauty and potential that “have-nots” actually possess, and those hard-earned qualities that the “haves” may lack — the cultural resources to make sense of and counterstate the pain inflicted by those systemic abuses.

Most crucially, against a society that continually confuses the two, Marsalis is almost always explicit about the difference between race and culture, between what is taken to be intractable and what we can change. Marsalis’s bold position — that the differences we give life to aren’t essential or determinative differences at all — relies on a lesson he learned from Albert Murray. “Identity is best defined in terms of culture,” Murray wrote in his 1970 book The Omni-Americans. “American culture, even in its most rigidly segregated precincts, is patently and irrevocably composite. … Indeed, for all their traditional antagonisms and obvious differences, the so-called black and so-called white people of the United States resemble nobody else in the world so much as they resemble each other.”

By contrast, when, during the second meeting of the AACM, the (“white”) pianist Bob Dogan asked, “You mean that if someone is a certain race then they can’t come into the group,” Abrams replied:

I mean that we are going to have to decide whether we will have an interracial group or not. Being frank about it, when we started we didn’t intend to have an interracial group. Not as opposed to another race, but we made it on the premise that each has his own, up to a certain height. Then, the collaboration and contact with the other races or body takes place. …This is not opposed to white musicians. We know that we clearly have economic, social and other obligations to ourselves because of our positions as black musicians. We’ve been lacking a lot of things, and we have to bring up ourselves.

After further debate, no affirmative group decision was made, but Abrams’s position became the de facto position of the AACM. Such a stance, even if it doesn’t represent the highest ideals, is understandable in the context of American life in 1965. And yet the hybrid nature of American culture stubbornly presented itself; over time, the AACM’s orbit expanded to include people outside of its initial vision of itself — whether in the form of artistic collaborations (as with John Cage and with concert stops in France and Germany), performing space provided by the University of Chicago, or financial support from the National Endowment for the Arts, which was hard-won and fraught with discriminatory practices.

by Matthew McKnight
Source: The Point


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          Breaking News: Luca Modric Wins 2018 #BallonDor Breaks 10 year Messi, Ronaldo Dominance      Cache   Translate Page      

The 33-year-old became the first Croatian to claim the award after a year in which he has won the Champions League and reached the World Cup final


Luka Modric has beaten off competition from the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Antoine Griezmann and Lionel Messi to be named the winner of 2018's Ballon d'Or.
The Real Madrid midfielder played a pivotal role for his club as they stormed to a third consecutive Champions League title, as well as captaining Croatia to second place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
With France having won the World Cup, Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and even Modric's fellow Madrid team-mate Raphael Varane had been amongst the favourites alongside the evergreen duo of Ronaldo and Messi.


However, the Croatian's exploits across the year - which included being awarded the Golden Ball at the World Cup - have seem him emerge ahead of the rest of the pack and become the first from his country to lift the award.
Indeed, Modric has become the first player to break Messi and Ronaldo's duopoly of the award since 2007, with Brazil icon Kaka being the last to lift the trophy before the Argentine and Portuguese stars collected five each across the following years.


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"It's a unique feeling," he said as he accepted the award. "I'm happy, proud and it's an honor. Extraordinary emotions at the moment.
"I just want to thank all those who helped me to be here tonight. I thank my teammates, my coaches, the staff and Real Madrid, all those who work there, the coaches and teammates in the national team, the ones who voted for me and my family, who allow me to blossom as a person.
"Always have dreams, I wanted to play in a big club, win titles, the Ballon d'Or is all I could dream as a child, it's an honor to win it tonight.
"It's a great pleasure to be here around his players. I keep thinking I'm trying to get used to being part of this group of exceptional players who have won the Ballon d'Or previously. It's a great pleasure to be part of this group. It's hard to say, throughout my career I understood that work, persistence, believing in yourself, is the basis for expressing your talent. I like the phrase: the best is never easy. For me, it was not easy. It was necessary to seize the opportunities."
The midfielder believes changing his role in midfield has been a turning point in his career, saying it all came together while he was at Tottenham.


"Changing position allowed me to develop my game, before I was more an offensive player. When I retreated, I had a better vision of the game, I could better express my creativity, my game. In my second year in Tottenham, I played midfielder and I felt better in the middle."
Modric, who also won FIFA's Best Men's Player award this year, finished ahead of his former Madrid team-mate Ronaldo in the vote, making the Portuguese icon settle for second place for the first time in three years.
France star Griezmann took third place in the poll, with fellow World Cup winner Mbappe was close behind. Messi, meanwhile, dropped outside the top two for the first time in 11 years and came in fifth this time.
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          Listen to the Weird, Cosmic Sound of Sandstone Arches in Bears Ears      Cache   Translate Page      

Listen to the Weird, Cosmic Sound of Sandstone Arches in Bears Ears

A scientist’s mission to record the humming arches of Utah's national monuments

Certain sandstone arches in Utah emit a steady hum. The Trump administration's attempt to gut Bears Ears and Grand Staircase could stymie geologists who want to study the phenomenon.

Certain sandstone arches in Utah emit a steady hum. The Trump administration's attempt to gut Bears Ears and Grand Staircase could stymie geologists who want to study the phenomenon.

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The sound is like a low, steady rumble, soothing yet powerful. Imperceptible to the human ear, the hums of red rock arches in Bears Ears and Grand Staircase National Monuments carry with them the deep patterns of the earth’s plates sparked by events like ocean currents colliding in the open Pacific that pump the ocean floor. On the surface, wind spilling over the arches amplifies the vibrations, giving voice to movements in the earth that began thousands of miles away.

Scientists like Jeff Moore have only recently discovered the arches’ hum. We are one year into the legal battle to defend Bears Ears and Grand Staircase, and while we fight in the courts, life and discovery continue in these special places. Now, more than ever, the arches need our voices to protect them.
 


Headphones may be needed to hear the lowest tones in this recording of Sunset Arch.
Courtesy of University of Utah geohazards research group

Moore, a professor at the University of Utah, has always been fascinated by what makes rocks break and move. That’s how he describes his particular niche in geology, geohazards.

“The earth is teeming with these sorts of mysteries, and it’s my job to uncover them,” says Moore.

Hardy sandstone gives Utah its famous rock formations. Its layers can split open like an accordion and gently erode over millennia into shapes nearly impossible in earthquake country. Moore began to log the swelling and contracting of Utah’s arches as temperatures rose and fell during the day. He wanted to understand their stresses, and know how long their spans will extend out over open air before inevitably collapsing.

“Most people are in awe of these geological wonders, but they don’t recognize how fragile they are,” says Moore. “They think rock is strong. But if you lay your hand on an arch, you get a sense that it is just hanging on. You can see the cracks… and you quickly realize how tenuous the structure is.”

Soon, Moore got to wondering if the ear would be better than the eye at measuring the arches’ movements. He  spent hours recording the vibrations of the rocks with seismometers the size of camping thermoses. In the lab, he sped up his recordings to make them audible to humans.

Jeff Moore stands beneath Sunset Arch.
Jeff Moore stands beneath Sunset Arch.
Courtesy of University of Utah geohazards research group

“It sounded like nothing I’d heard before,” says Moore, adding that the arches’ hum is dependent on factors like their size. “Some of the smaller arches have a higher tone, and are a little squeaky.”

In several arch recordings, a mysterious tapping appears on the soundtrack. Asked about the sound, Moore laughed. “It’s probably my team walking as we backed away from our equipment. It’s humans scurrying from the perspective of the arch.”

In late 2017, President Trump threatened to silence the arches’ hum after shrinking Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments by roughly 2 million acres. Mining companies started eyeing monument lands. Earthjustice went to court.

Within those evicted 2 million acres are ancient cliff dwellings and living ceremonial sites sacred to more than five Native American Tribes fighting for these lands. It’s places like Valley of the Gods, where no one can travel without getting a crick in their neck staring up at red rock spires. It’s dinosaur fossil beds in the Kaiparowitz Plateau of Grand Staircase, where scientists discover new species almost every year. It’s the steep habitat for Utah’s only native herds of cliff-happy bighorn sheep.

It’s also 115 unique arches stripped of their national monument protections.

ARCH HUNTING IN THE MONUMENTS

Jeff got to work with his research team planning expeditions in the monuments for the summer of 2018. Aamon Hatch, a local high school science teacher on break, joined him. They pored over arch hunting websites where amateur geology enthusiasts share their discoveries by dropping coordinates.

“I began to call them ‘the abandoned arches of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase,’” says Moore. “Grand Staircase’s arches had been protected for the last 20 years. Bears Ears’ arches were newly protected. Now they’re left high and dry.”

Determined to document as many abandoned arches as they could, the team ventured into the gutted national monuments. It was like no place Moore had been before. The Henry Mountains in Grand Staircase were the