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          Shiloh, A Place of Great Beauty      Comment   Translate Page      
As you know, I live in Shiloh. Some of you even know that I take walks, mostly for fitness. The other day my walking partner and I decided to change our route a bit. We took a short detour, right near our neighborhood, and it was such a treat.









Shiloh is in the center of the Biblical Heartland. It is mentioned many times in the Bible. We Jews have more connections to Shiloh than almost any other part of the Land of Israel. Only Jerusalem and may Hebron could have more.
          NIMBYs By Any Other Name Are Still Progressives      Comment   Translate Page      

I am hereby awarding my 2019 Award for the “Best Use of Alinsky’s Rule #4: "Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules" to President Trump. I know it’s still early but the President’s plan to resettle “refugees” in sanctuary cities cannot be topped.

In one short tweet he’s exposed every progressive twit in America, along with all their talking points, for the pack of hypocritical NIMBYs they are.

Because every Progressive Democrat worth their salt has gone on record praising the virtues of “undocumented” immigrants, who they refuse to call “illegal.” How many times have they told us that all immigration is good and more immigration is even better? How many times have they told us that there is no such thing as an illegal human, that there is no distinction between legal and illegal immigration? And if you disagree you are worse than Hitler.

“Everyone is welcome in California”- Gavin Newsome

“We offer a home to immigrants, that’s who we are”- Elizabeth Warren

“Bring these people out of the shadows” –  Kamala Harris

“Immigration is not a security issue…there is no such thing as an illegal human.” – Kirsten Gillibrand

Yet offer to give them what they claim they want and they will accuse you of “dumping” - their word, not the President’s – refugees in their back yard, of using immigrant/refugees as “props” to “punish political enemies.”  Be careful now progs, your slip is showing. I mean, refugees never used to be considered “props used to punish political enemies,” not when Obama targeted small towns to resettle Syrian refugees.

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Rural folks in Montana are pushing back against plans by urban elites to plant hundreds of Muslims from the Third World into Helena and Missoula. They plan a protest rally at 10 a.m. Monday in front of the county courthouse in Missoula.

So how, I ask you, can salt of the earth immigrants possibly be used as props? How can sending these cities, run by enlightened progressives, more of the very people they say they welcome with open arms be considered a punishment? Unless, as Obama said, you mean they’re being punished with a baby - or babies as the case may be.

Otherwise I don’t see how you can possible object to President Trump’s offer to resettle these human beings in some of the finest cities in America. It sure seems better than holding them in cages like Obama did, before eventually transferring them to what Progressives consider “hell holes” in flyover America like Podunk Iowa, South Dakota, Montana and Nebraska.

Instead Trump’s refugees will get to enjoy all the privileges of living in  LA, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and Boston. There they will be able to avail themselves of all the finest medical care public money can buy in their overburdened emergency rooms, enjoy the finest education in their overloaded schools and overwhelm their overtaxed social services system.

I would have to say, well played Mr. President. Even Mr. Alinsky would have to commend your gamesmanship.

“The American people have resoundingly rejected this Administration’s toxic anti-immigrant policies, and Democrats will continue to advance immigration policies that keep us safe and honor our values.”

Checkmate

Have they, Nancy?

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Would anyone like to seriously discuss immigration reform now? Maybe, now that MSM even acknowledges we might have a slight problem at the border: 'Breaking point': Mainstream media outlets change their tune on border crisis amid illegal immigration surge.


          DR BOYCE WATKINS New Book: IF 'NIPSEY HUSSEL' Had Been MURDERED BY A WHITE MAN Who Was Tied To The MOST MURDEROUS ORGANIZATION OF BLACK PEOPLE In The Past 100 YearsShooting Him 6 TIMES As Nipsey BEGGED FOR HIS LIFE And Then Finally KICKING HIM IN THE HEAD As His Black Body Laid On The Ground, His Life Evaporating Away      Comment   Translate Page      


Dr Boyce Watkins Shares One FLAW/FRAUD With "The Nation Of Islam":

They BOTH Value "BLACK UNITY" [Black Psychological DISARMAMENT] In The Name Of "BLACK UNITY" [Faux 'Authentically Black MOBILIZATION] To Which UPON HEARING ANOTHER BLACK PERSON TALKING IGNORANTLY About A CONSPIRACY THEORY - They Value THIS BLACK PERSON'S SUPPORT Over CORRECTING HIM FOR ACCURACY..............So THIS BLACK PERSON'S "BLACK VALUABLES" Are No SO EASILY HARVESTED.


DEAR DR BOYCE WATKINS:

The Hardest Undergrad Class That I Ever Took Was ECONOMETRICS.
If ECONOMETRICS [Which I Am Sure You Took] Mixes ECONOMICS With CALCULUS, With The GOAL OF "APPLYING SCIENTIFIC MEASURE" [And Limits] To ECONOMIC THEORY ----- WHY Are YOU, A "Finance Phd" So RARELY HEARD "DELIMITING 'AUTHENTICALLY BLACK Rhetoric"?

The KEY ISSUES THAT DR BOYCE WATKINS REFUSES TO "DELIMIT"



1) HOW MUCH 'WEIGHT' DID RONALD REAGAN'S CIA HAVE TO PUSH IN ORDER TO DESTROY THE BLACK COMMUNITY WITH 'CRACK COCAINE'? 
BEFORE I Go On My 5 Mile Walks With My Dog Both Days Of The Weekend I TAKE One "Naproxen Sodium" Tablet So My Knees Don't Hurt For The Rest Of The Day.

THE LABEL WARNS:

  • Take 1 Caplet Every 8 To 12 Hours Wile Symptoms Last
  • For The First Dose You May Take 2 Caplets Within The First Hour
  • DO NOT EXCEED 2 CAPLETS IN ANY 8 TO 12-HOUR PERIOD
  • DO NOT EXCEED 3 CAPLETS IN A 24-HOUR PERIOD

WHY IS IT THAT BOYCE WATKINS - And Other BLACK CON-MAN-ISTS Never Tell You "HOW MUCH WEIGHT RONALD REAGAN HAD TO PUSH ----- SO THAT THE BLACK COMMUNITY COULD BE DESTROYED BY CRACK - IN THE 1980'S. ................FOR THEM TO STILL BE TALKING ABOUT THIS 30 YEARS LATER?

How Did BARACK OBAMA Managed To:


  1. OPPOSE REPARATIONS
  2. Get CON-MAN-ISTS Like Ta-Nehesi Coates And Earl Ofari Hutchenson To ATTACK 'THE NATION OF ISLAM' When OBAMA TEAMED WITH 3 WHITE EUROPEAN COLONIZERS To RUN A COUP IN AN AFRICAN NATION (Libya)
  3. YET OBAMA'S BLACK SUPPORT NEVER FELL BELOW 82% IN 8 YEARS?

WHAT IS THE 'OPPORTUNITY COST' OF THE 'BLACK COMMUNITY VALUABLES' THAT HAVE BEEN HARVESTED INTO 'AMERICAN POLITICS', THANKS TO MOLESTED "BLACK INSTITUTIONAL INTEGRITY"?

WHAT LIMITS DOES DR BOYCE PLACE UPON 'CHRISTOPHER PLATT' AS WATKINS REALIZES THAT HIS PERSONAL INTEGRITY IS INSEPERABLY LINKED TO HIS 'YOUR BLACK WORLD' / 'BLACK BUSINESS SCHOOL' BRAND?


(Now That They Are Out Of POWER) Dr Boyce CLAIMS He Does Not Like THE OBAMA'S Because "They Are NOW Doing NOTHING FOR BLACK PEOPLE".

Dr Boyce Calls MICHELLE OBAMA An "Uncle Tom" - Like OPRAH

THE WHITE MAN PUBLISHER Of The MICHELLE OBAMA BOOK Who Made A $69 Million Dollar Bet And TOOK IN More Than $130 Million IN MICHELLE OBAMA BOOK SALES

NOTE: I have a stack of recent "NY Times" papers piled up that I need to rifle through in order to find the article about the WHITE MAN who convinced his publishing company that BY PAYING THE OBAMA'S A HANDSOME ADVANCE that there are enough WHITE LIBERALS and "WE ARE IN THE WHITE HOUSE NEGROES" who would MAKE HER BOOK a BEST SELLER - even though she NEVER TELLS US HOW SHE FELT when HER HUSBAND RAN A COUP IN LIBYA - with FULL KNOWLEDGE that the BLACK RACIAL SERVICES MACHINE that is focusing on POLICE VIOLENCE AGAINST BLACK PEOPLE would LOOK THE OTHER WAY about a US COUP along with THE UK, ITALY AND FRANCE in an AFRICAN NATION

This May Be A REPRINT In "The Australian" Newspaper But They Have A PAYWALL So I Can't Access The Article


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          Seeker by Douglas E. Richards      Comment   Translate Page      
A breathtaking near-future thriller. From the NY Times bestselling author whose books have been downloaded over a million times. Seeker by Douglas E. Richards Genre: Science Fiction | Literature & Fiction A small alien spacecraft with extraordinary secrets. And a mad scramble to get to it first. When an interstellar probe lands in the heart […]
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          Home Health Care a Rewarding Choice      Comment   Translate Page      
Many times home health care is only thought of on a “We’ve Got to Do Something Now” basis. As we baby boomers are getting older and are now on the receiving end of the spectrum it is important for us to look for ways to make our lives simpler and more convenient not only for […]
          Blue Jays overcome Snell's no-hit bid, beat Rays 3-1      Comment   Translate Page      
Luke Maile knows how tough Blake Snell can be, having caught him many times during two seasons with Tampa Bay.
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           Comment on Training Drill: Vertical Elbow Swing by amourdresbach@gmail.com       Comment   Translate Page      
Well shucks. I ended up with friction burns on the side of my elbows lol. I looked back at the video and it appears I did the training drill correctly and did not do it too many times. Should I wrap them to prevent this?
          Blue Jays overcome Snell’s no-hit bid, beat Rays 3-1      Comment   Translate Page      

TORONTO (AP) — Luke Maile knows how tough Blake Snell can be, having caught him many times during two seasons with Tampa Bay. Maile, now Toronto’s backup catcher, broke up Snell’s no-hit bid in the sixth inning, and the Blue Jays went on to beat the Rays 3-1 Saturday, snapping Tampa Bay’s five-game winning streak. […]
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» Guardian: Eric Brown reviews Chris Beckett, Jane Rawson, MT Hill, NJ Crosskey, Arkady Martine


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          Comment on Allowing Angelic Divine Intervention by Fawn Burgess      Comment   Translate Page      
Your feelings are not unusual and I believe every person on earth at some point, may dwell in the same sense of doubt, pain and lack of faith you describe. Suffering through starvation, torture, war, illness, fear . . . all so confusing, and feels so harsh that these realities exist. There’s a children’s book I adore by Neale Diamond Walsh called The Little Soul and the Sun that I have on my mantel in the living room, a book that explains so well why souls may decide and so choose a life time of learning and evolving, through the experience of suffering and pain. In my belief, God is a co creator with all of us souls, and there are no humans or animals, that walk this earth who have not agreed prior to birth, to experience events and happenings that befall them. In my belief, we have come to earth before many times, and we shall come to earth again, in many other forms and in many other relationships. In my belief, the entrance and exit of physical life is a Holy event assisted by Angels and God, that allows evolution of my soul through major and minor lessons, unfinished business, and deeper learning often through intense emotions. Edgar Cayce, the “sleeping prophet” and most well documented medical intuitive in our known history, grew up in an evangelical family and read the Bible for every year of his life (as a teen ager). In one of his trances while reading for an ill client, he stumbled upon reincarnation and life lessons as a reason for incarnation on earth, and though very resistant and repulsed at first, because of his deep Christian beliefs, he came to accept that reincarnation explains so many reasons for suffering and loss, and ultimately is not anti Christian after all. In my belief, knowing that death is not the end, and that we have the choice to create our own reality from thoughts we think and energies we focus on, is comforting. It helps me understand the children of the Holocaust carving butterflies on the walls of their barracks, as they suffered and ultimately met their death. I pray everyday that my loved ones remain safe and happy, and yet a part of me accepts we all have a Divine plan that we ourselves agreed to live out and experience, in cooperation with God. Because of my beliefs, I feel comforted. I have been able to let go and pray for “lost” loved ones, to forgive and let go. To experience genuine radical acceptance, and to release control when I needed to. I feel I have nothing to lose and everything to gain, by keeping this faith. The worst that can happen is I am wrong and I have chosen to face tragedy less fearfully. The best that can happen is I am right and didn’t waste my time. Ultimately the choice of how we think and believe is up to each and every one of us. There is no right or wrong way to believe. We coach and help each other along the journey. We reject what “feels” wrong and accept what “feels” right to us. You have a kind and deep feeling heart. That is a gift. Thank you for opening up and expressing your thoughts here.
          Digital Privacy: “Google’s Sensorvault is a Boon for Law Enforcement. This Is How It Works”      Comment   Translate Page      
From The NY Times: Law enforcement officials across the country have been seeking information from a Google database called Sensorvault — a trove of detailed location records involving at least hundreds of millions of devices worldwide, The New York Times found. The Sensorvault database is connected to a Google service called Location History. The feature, begun […]
          Una maestra usó el mismo vestido durante 100 días seguidos para mostrar una forma de detener el consumismo      Comment   Translate Page      

Así que abres la puerta de tu armario, le das una mirada y piensas: “Oh, no tengo nada para ponerme… ¡otra vez!”. Bueno, esto debe ser un verdadero dolor de cabeza. Pero el mayor problema aquí es que hay pilas y pilas de ropa que has usado una o dos veces en ese montón. Algunos informes dicen que los consumidores compraron un 60 % más ropa en 2014 en comparación con el año 2000, pero mantuvieron cada prenda solo por la mitad de ese tiempo. Julia Moore, una maestra de arte en Nueva Jersey, se alarmó por los resultados negativos que ha producido el comportamiento de la moda rápida en el campo social y en el medio ambiente. Por ello decidió llamar la atención de la gente hacia este problema de una manera sorprendente, y no pudimos permanecer indiferentes ante esta. Quedamos muy sorprendidos por lo profundo que es el mensaje de Julia, y ahora creemos que todos deberíamos adoptar su tendencia de consumo sostenible. View this post on Instagram Thanks @tenthousandvillages for the fair trade scarf that added some color to my getup that I can feel good about ❤️ #OneOutfit100Days #tenthousandvillages #fairtrade #mindfulconsumption #sustainablefashion A post shared by Julia Mooney OneOutfit100Days (@oneoutfit100days) on Sep 14, 2018 at 2:19pm PDT Julia compartió su primer mensaje en su cuenta de  Instagram a principios de agosto de 2018. Anunció que iba a desafiarse a ella misma y que usaría el mismo vestido durante 100 días. Esperando muchas preguntas, al principio, Julia habló sobre algunos temas. “¿Desagradable? ¡Bueno, se lava! ¿Aburrido? Claro. Me encanta expresarme a través de lo que me pongo tanto como cualquier estadounidense”. También explicó que, si su vestido se rompía, podría arreglarlo, como lo hacía la gente en el pasado. Además, pensaba usar un delantal encima del vestido en el trabajo para evitar las manchas de pintura. Pero descubramos su razón para querer “sufrir” de esta forma. View this post on Instagram For many of us, we have days we feel better about how we look than others. Somehow, even with the same daily outfit, I still have those days!! Today I felt great, for whatever reason. I finally broke out the black winter tights and put on a fair trade scarf from @tenthousandvillages and shamelessly asked a kind soul to take a picture for my daily countdown Instagram.😁 It seems all we may really need is a small, low impact item to make us feel great! A post shared by Julia Mooney OneOutfit100Days (@oneoutfit100days) on Oct 16, 2018 at 12:13pm PDT Una búsqueda de la simplicidad es lo que, en parte, motivó a Julia. Ella observó que angustiarse sobre la cuestión de qué ponerse cada mañana ya no le resultaba un problema. Y, si tienes 2 niños que deben estar listos antes de las 6:30 de la mañana, esta forma de vida simplifica tu rutina. También agregó que esta medida puede ayudar a ahorrar espacio, ya que cuantas menos cosas tengas, menos armarios necesitarás, y, para algunas familias, esto puede ser realmente un alivio. View this post on Instagram The dress got a heavy duty insecticide treatment in preparation for her journey to Africa next week. She won't be the only clothes I bring, since technically the 100days were supposed to be work days. But I just felt she needed to come with me. So here's to her adventurous side 💪👗🌍 A post shared by Julia Mooney OneOutfit100Days (@oneoutfit100days) on Oct 13, 2018 at 4:24pm PDT Al explicarle esta decisión a su hija, ella abordó el  sitema social. La gente exige grandes cantidades de ropa a precios bajos, y esto obliga a las grandes empresas a trasladar su producción a otros países en donde las leyes laborales de los Estados Unidos no pueden proteger a los trabajadores. Por ejemplo, hay evidencia de que diferentes países utilizan el trabajo forzado y el trabajo infantil en la industria de la moda. Y algunos trabajadores reciben salarios que son 3,5 veces más bajos que la cantidad que necesitan para tener “una vida decente con instalaciones básicas para la vida diaria”. La moda rápida presiona toda la infraestructura de producción y conduce a una situación en  donde las ganancias son más importantes que el bienestar de las personas. View this post on Instagram "The negative space is just as important as the positive" -Ellsworth Kelly . . I didn't like minimalist artists when I was younger. I couldn't understand rejecting the drama and romance and eclectic possibilities of which art was capable. Now I appreciate that one really beautifully drawn stroke, one that really nails it, deserves no distractions surrounding it. I understand that many times, it is what you choose NOT to do that is truly powerful. . . I used to feel that less was a "bore" but I've come around to "less is more" and I feel so much more at peace. . . . #sunday #sundaymusings #OneOutfit100days #robertventuri #ludvigmiesvanderrohe #ellsworthkelly #minimalism #arthistory #modernism #modernart #activistart #slowfashion #lessismore A post shared by Julia Mooney OneOutfit100Days (@oneoutfit100days) on Jan 27, 2019 at 11:15am PST El consumo irresponsable también conduce a problemas ambientales. Solo mira los siguientes hechos: la producción de un par de jeans genera la misma cantidad de  gases de efecto invernadero que conducir un automóvil a unos 112 kilómetros por hora. Y se  requieren 2 700 litros de agua para hacer una sola camiseta de algodón. Esto puede ser suficiente para satisfacer las necesidades promedio de bebida para una persona en aproximadamente 3 a 5 años. A veces compramos ropa sin estar seguros siquiera de si la usaremos. Creemos que sensibilizar a las personas acerca de los hechos anteriores nos ayudará a evitar esa situación. View this post on Instagram Today is #day50 of #OneOutfit100days … Halfway there! Just sharing a few pics of some of the people who've joined in on the challenge in their own ways. Whatever your reasons, break through the noise by going against the grain. Challenge yourself and others to talk about what matters to you. 💚 A post shared by Julia Mooney OneOutfit100Days (@oneoutfit100days) on Nov 27, 2018 at 5:24am PST Julia nos anima a pensar antes de entrar en el círculo de “comprar, vestir, desechar y volver a comprar”. Nos pide que no sigamos alimentado la cultura de definir a las personas según lo que llevan puesto, en lugar de lo que lo hacen. Con este desafío de 100 días, Julia no estaba tratando de hacer que todos usaran la misma ropa una y otra vez, sino que quería demostrar que realmente no necesitamos tantas prendas nuevas. Es mejor gastar nuestra energía en ser personas buenas que en intentar lucir bien. Este desafío ya ha terminado, pero, para aquellos que están interesados, Julia ya no usa la misma ropa todos los días. Sin embargo, ha reducido significativamente el tamaño de su armario, y ahora mantiene un enfoque de moda sostenible. Ella continúa difundiendo sus ideas y espera atraer a la mayor cantidad de personas posible a estas. Si deseas unirte a este desafío, usa el hashtag #OneOutfit100Days. Bono: ve las fotos de otras participantes que se unieron al desafío View this post on Instagram Day 1 of my month long personal challenge inspired by: @oneoutfit100days #oneoutfit100days #teachercommunity #teacherlife🍎 #teachersfollowteachers #minimalism #simplify #njteacher #njmom #teacherootd #ootd A post shared by Melissa (@millerhasglitter) on Jan 2, 2019 at 5:52am PST Día 1. 2 de enero de 2019. View this post on Instagram Day Two of #oneoutfit100days . I started to kick myself for not taking a picture on day one, but reminded myself that day one looked remarkably like day two. • • #buyless #sustainablewardrobe #iamnotmyclothes #beautyfromwithin #oneoutfit #boycottfastfashion #minimalism #minimalist #minimalistwardrobe #minimalisteducator #zerowaste . • • Thanks for the inspiration, @oneoutfit100days !!! A post shared by A Little Less Trashy (@lesswasteelizabeth) on Jan 3, 2019 at 4:12am PST View this post on Instagram Bringing some beach to this dreary Day 14 #RejectFastFashion #OneOutfit100days A post shared by Dana Kincaid (@kincad) on Jan 25, 2019 at 5:38am PST ¿Qué te parece este experimento? ¿Te gustaría unirte y compartir tus resultados y sentimientos? ¡Muéstrale este artículo a ese amigo que te invita a ir de compras todos los fines de semana!

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**THIS POSITION IS IN THE REFERRAL MANAGEMENT UNIT AND DIFFERS SLIGHTLY FROM THE DESCRIPTION INCLUDED. MORE DETAILS WILL BE SHARED IN THE INTERVIEW. The Review Services Coordinator is a critical role in adjudicating pre-authorization coverage requests for all types of services - medical and DME. The work environment is fast paced and at many times complex. Knowledge of health plan functions is required and include reading and interpreting contracts and coverage and understanding claims payment. This role includes handling a high volume of incoming calls from members and providers, managing multiple requests simultaneously and accurately and easily identifying requests that require a higher level of clinical review. This position must have a strong knowledge of medical terminology, CPT, HCPC and ICD coding as well as strong computer skills. This position requires that all CMS, State and Federal compliance and regulatory requirements be met. Essential Responsibilities: Adjudicate pre-authorization requests for all services - medical & DME. Determine urgency of request based on information provided. Enter & process selected patient medical information into the Referral Management System (RMS) to produce the authorization. Receive and process incoming phone calls from members, providers and internal KFHPW departments. Perfom and research complex issues related to authorization denials, delays and claims related issues. Ability to get to the root cause of an issue and provide a accurate, concise explanation to the member, provider and/or internal KFHPW department. Other duties as assigned (eWatson, training, JIVA, Ring of Defense)
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I have had this issue before many times, usually on a laptop. The Jack server won't load for one reason or another, I'm using Debian stretch. Anyway here's the output...if anyone can find a solution...
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Revised Common Lectionary – Year A

First Sunday of Advent: Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:36-44

Awaiting Christ’s Return, let us worship God and walk in His ways.

God calls us to worship Him - ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord... ’ - and walk in His ways - ‘Come, let us walk in the light of the Lord’ (Isaiah 2:3, 5).
We are moving towards the Day when ‘the pride of men shall be humbled and brought low’, the Day when ‘the Lord alone will be exalted’ (Isaiah 2:11, 12, 17).
How are we to get ready for the Return of our Lord Jesus Christ? God calls us to keep on worshipping Him. We are to encourage one another to keep on walking with God. ‘Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another - and all the more as you see the Day approaching’(Hebrews 10:25).
Let our pride be humbled and let the Lord be exalted as we await Christ’s Return in ‘faith’, looking to Him alone for our ‘salvation’(1 Peter 1:7-9).

Worshipping the Lord with joy

‘I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go into the House of the Lord”’ (Psalm 122:2).
Why do we go to the House of the Lord? We go ‘to give thanks to the Name of the Lord’ (Psalm 122:4).
We seek His mercy for our past sins: ‘Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us!’(Psalm 123:3).
We seek His help for our future temptations: ‘Our help is in the Name of the Lord...’ (Psalm 124:8).
As we receive mercy and help from the Lord, we worship Him: ‘Blessed be the Lord’ (Psalm 124:6).
In our worship, we ‘look to the Lord our God’, drawing encouragement from His Word: ‘The Lord is on our side’- In Him we have the victory (Psalms 123:2; 124:1-5).
Rejoicing in God’s blessing, we pray for others: ‘May they prosper who love You’ (Psalm 122:6).

Walking with the Lord in love

Awaiting the Return of Christ – our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed - , let us clothe ourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 13:11, 14).
Clothed with the Lord Jesus Christ, let us ‘walk in love’- We must not fall out over matters in which difference of opinion is allowed (Romans 14:5, 15).
There can be a lot of bitterness over ‘the Sabbath’. There can be so much pride. For some, this is the ‘be-all and end-all’of Christian faith. They say, ‘We are the Sabbath keepers. They are not!’. Others react, ‘We rejoice in our Christian liberty. They are legalists.’ ‘Pharisees’ are preoccupied with ‘the Sabbath’. We must remember that Jesus is ‘the Lord of the Sabbath’.
We must let His love flow (Matthew 12:2, 10, 8, 11-12).
Let faith be real- not just keeping on the right side of narrow-minded people (Romans 14:23; Colossians 2:16; 1 Corinthians 2:15).
Let there be ‘peace and joy in the Holy Spirit’.
Don’t think too highly of yourself. ‘Count others better than yourself’(Romans 14:17; 12:3; Philippians 2:3).

Worshipping with joy and walking in love, we await Christ’s Return.

‘The times they are-a-changing’. There is, however, one thing that remains constant. Jesus says, ‘My words will not pass away’(Matthew 24:35).
In an age of unbelief, our faith is often under threat. We must stand upon this solid Rock: ‘The Word of the Lord stands forever’(1 Peter 1:25).
The scoffers will say, ‘Where is the promise of His coming?’(2 Peter 3:3-4). We are to believe that ‘He is near’(Matthew 24:33).
Christ has risen. He will return (1 Corinthians 15:20-23).
When He returns need not concern us: ‘the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect’(Matthew 24:44).
We are to be ready at all times (Matthew 25:13) - doing the Lord's will (Matthew 24:46).
We are to be ‘faithful and wise’(Matthew 24:45).
As ‘the bride of Christ’(Revelation 19:7; 21:2), we await the Return of Christ our Bridegroom: ‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet Him’(Matthew 25:6).
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Second Sunday of Advent: Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19; Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12

Christ calls all nations to come to Him.

The family tree of ‘Jesse, the father of King David’ has a very special ‘Branch’- Jesus Christ (Isaiah 11:1; Matthew 1:1, 6, 16).
Jesus Christ has raised ‘a banner for the nations’. He is ‘the Saviour of the world’. He has died ‘for the sins of the whole world’. The ‘Good News’ is to be preached to ‘all the world’.
Christ calls ‘all nations’ to ‘turn to Him’. He calls ‘all nations’ to receive the ‘forgiveness of sins’. He calls ‘all nations’ to become His ‘disciples’ (Isaiah 11:12; John 4:42; 1 John 2:2; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:47; Matthew 28:19).
May our personal faith - ‘I will praise You, O Lord... God is my Salvation... The Lord is my Strength and my Song...’- become our public testimony - making Christ ‘known among the nations’, telling ‘all the world’ what the Lord has done for us (Isaiah 12:1-2, 4-5).

From all over the world Christ gathers His people.

Read the words - ‘His Name’ shall ‘endure for ever’ (Psalm 72:17) - and think of Christ. His Name is ‘the Name above all other names’. He is ‘the King of kings and Lord of lords’ (Philippians 2:9-11; Revelation 19:16).
Read the words - ‘all nations call Him blessed’ (Psalm 72:17) - , and think of Christ. ‘From every tribe and language and people and nation’, God’s people have been redeemed by the precious blood of Christ (Revelation 5:9).
Read the words -‘May His glory fill the whole earth!’(Psalm 72:19) - and think of Christ. In the ‘new heaven and new earth’, ‘the holy city’ will shine with ‘the glory of God’. ‘Its radiance’, ‘like a very precious jewel’, will be shining from this ‘lamp’: Jesus Christ, ‘the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world’ (Revelation 21:1-2, 10-11, 23; John 1:29).

The Good News of Christ is for all the world.

With Christ’s example, ‘the encouragement of the Scriptures’ and the enabling power of God, let us love one another,‘with one heart and one voice’(Romans 15:1-6). This is the way of glorifying God.
Trusting in Christ, ‘the root of Jesse’, we are blessed by ‘the God of hope’, filled with ‘the power of the Holy Spirit’- so that we may ‘abound in hope’. This hope comes to us through ‘the Scriptures’(Romans 15:12-13, 4).
God’s saving purpose was not only for the ‘dyed in the wool’ Jew. He saved both Jews and Gentiles (Romans 15:9-12). Thank God that Paul was not as narrow-minded as many people are today! God’s blessing is not only for our type of people! Let us learn from Paul. ‘A minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles’, he was always reaching out to more and more people ‘in the fulness of the blessing of Christ’(Romans 15:16, 29).

Let us take the Good News of Christ to every nation.

Our Gospel passage begins with ‘John the Baptist’(Matthew 3:1). It ends with our Lord Jesus Christ concerning whom the Voice from heaven says, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased’(Matthew 3:17).
Once John had served his purpose, once he has pointed away from himself to the Lord Jesus Christ, he retreats into the background. This is how it must always be. We point to One who is ‘more powerful’ than ourselves (Matthew 3:11; Romans 1:16). With John, we must learn to say, ‘Christ must increase, I must decrease’(John 3:30).
The contrast between John and Jesus is highlighted in Matthew 3:11 - ‘I baptize with water... He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire’. This is still the contrast between the preacher and the Saviour - We preach the Word. He sends the power. Still He says, ‘You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses’(Acts 1:8).
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Third Sunday of Advent: Isaiah 35:1-10; Psalm 146:5-10 (or St Luke 1:47-55); James 5:7-10; Matthew 11:2-11

Do we have faith? – Let us commit ourselves to a life of holiness.

What blessings are given to those who draw near to God - ‘Your God... will come and save you’ (Isaiah 35:4).
The Good News of Christ comes to us as a call to faith - ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved’ (Acts 16:31).
We have been saved through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We cannot remain the same. We are called to live a new life. We must travel on the Lord’s ‘highway’- ‘the Way of Holiness’ (Isaiah 35:8). This is ‘the Way’ which leads to ‘everlasting joy’ (Isaiah 35:10).
This ‘Way’ is so different from the world’s way. The world has no time for those who seek to live a holy life. This is what Jesus says about the world’s way of life: ‘the gate is wide and the way is wide that leads to destruction’ (Matthew 7:13).
Whatever the world may say, we must never forget this: ‘Without holiness, no-one will see the Lord’ (Hebrews 12:14).

Do we have faith? – Let us commit ourselves to a life of worship.

‘I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live’ (Psalm 146:2).
Praising the Lord our God: This is a lifelong commitment. We cannot maintain this lifelong commitment in our own strength.
We need the Lord’s help. We must never forget this: ‘Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labour in vain’ (Psalm 127:1). We are not expected to maintain this lifelong commitment in our own strength.
We have the Lord’s help. We must always remember this: ‘Our help is in the Name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth’ (Psalm 124:8).
‘Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God, who made heaven and earth, the sea and all that is in them, the Lord who remains faithful for ever’(Psalm 146:5-6).
Let us join with Mary in saying, ‘My soul praises the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour’ (Luke 1:46-47).

Do we have faith? – Let us commit ourselves to a life of listening to God’s Word.

Much is said about John the Baptist here, yet the whole purpose is to draw attention to Jesus the Saviour. Jesus is superior to John. He is the One to whom John pointed. There are two responses to Jesus.
- We can take offence at Him: ‘Blessed is he who takes no offence at Me’(Matthew 11:6).
- We can hear what He says, receiving Him with faith: ‘He who has ears to hear, let him hear’ (Matthew 11:15).
In His time, Jesus asked the question, ‘To whom shall I compare this generation?’, giving the answer, ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn’ (Matthew 11:16-17).
The promise of the Gospel is preached, yet many will not rejoice. The warning of the Gospel is preached, yet many will not repent. This is the story of our generation.
May God help us to lead people of this generation to Christ, the ‘Friend of sinners’ (Matthew 11:19).

Do we have faith? – Let us commit ourselves to a life of obeying God’s Word.

Don’t worry about ‘what will happen tomorrow’. It’s in the Lord’s hands (James 4:14-15).
We must not lose sight of ‘the purpose of the Lord’. We must remember that ‘the Lord is full of compassion and mercy’(James 5:11).
We look forward to ‘the Lord’s Coming’ as the great Day of our salvation (James 5:7-8).
We must not, however, forget God’s words of warning: ‘The Judge is standing at the door’. God speaks to us concerning ‘the misery that is coming upon you’. What is He saying to us here? - He is warning us: Be careful how you live - Don’t trust in riches. ‘Don’t grumble against each other’(James 5:1-3, 9).
The warning and the promise belong together. Those who are facing judgment can be brought to the Saviour. May God help us to speak His Word - the warning as well as the promise - , always praying that sinners will be saved (James 5:16, 19-20).
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Fourth Sunday of Advent: Isaiah 7:10-16; Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-25

Christ has come. Christ is coming again.

Isaiah looked ahead to the coming of ‘Immanuel’- ‘God with us’ (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23).
We look forward to the Second Coming of Immanuel: ‘Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God’ (Revelation 21:3).
The Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ presents us with a challenge: ‘When the Son of man comes, will He find faith on earth?’(Luke 18:8). He calls us to ‘stand firm in our faith’.
We must not ‘shrink back ‘from Him. We must ‘believe and be saved’ (Isaiah 7:9; Hebrews 10:37-39).
Jesus says, ‘I am coming soon’. Let us pray, ‘Come, Lord Jesus’.
Let us pray that our ‘love’ for Him will not ‘grow cold’. Let us pray for strength to ‘stand firm to the end and be saved’ (Revelation 22:7, 12, 20; Matthew 24:12-13).

Christ has come as our Saviour. Let Him be your Saviour.
‘Restore us, O God, make Your face shine upon us, that we may be saved’ (Psalm 80:3).
This prayer for salvation is repeated with a growing sense of God’s greatness - ‘O God Almighty’ (Psalm 80:7), ‘O Lord God Almighty’(Psalm 80:19).
To those who are asking the question of salvation - ‘What must I do to be saved?’- , God gives His answer - ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved’ (Acts 16:30-31).
What does the Lord say to those who look to Christ for salvation? - ‘The Lord will bless you and watch over you. The Lord will smile on you and be kind to you. The Lord will look on you with favour and give you peace’ (Numbers 6:24-26).
Let us worship Him: ‘Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! Through Christ, God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing that heaven has to offer’ (Ephesians 1:3).

Looking back and looking forward, let us live for Christ now.

‘I am not ashamed of the Gospel: it is the power of God for salvation to every one who has faith’(Romans 1:16).
Do you think it was easy for Paul to maintain such commitment to Christ, such confidence in Christ?
What kind of world did he live in? - A world of ‘ungodliness and wickedness’(Romans 1:18-31).
Many times, Paul could have given up in despair - ‘There is too much ungodliness and wickedness all around me.
How can I go on?’ When you feel like giving up, when everything seems to be so difficult, remember Paul.
Remember his longing to ‘impart some spiritual gift’, his desire to ‘reap some harvest’, , his eagerness to ‘preach the gospel’(Romans 1:12-15).
Let us say, with Paul, ‘God forbid that I should glory save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ’(Galatians 6:14).
Let us be ‘set apart for the gospel of God’(Romans 1:1).
 
As we remember Christ’s supernatural birth, let us live the power of the Spirit.

The birth of Christ is a fulfilment of prophecy: ‘The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a Son, and they will call Him Immanuel’(Matthew 1:23; Isaiah 7:14). Christ is ‘God with us’. He was born through the power of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:18, 20). He is still ‘God with us’, when we are ‘born of the Spirit’(John 3:5).
Some people do not believe what the Bible says here. They do not like the idea of a ‘virgin birth’. The Bible gives no encouragement to such unbelief. Matthew simply says, ‘This is the way it happened’(Matthew 1:18).
In view of the amazing thing God was doing - sending His Son to be the Saviour of the World - why should we doubt that God took things out of man's hands and worked in His own miraculous way? We rejoice not only in the miracle but also in its saving purpose: ‘He will save His people from their sins’(Matthew 1:21).
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Season of Christmas: Nativity of the Lord (Christmas Day) I – Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-14, (15-20)  - The same readings are suggested for Years B and C.

Glory to God in the highest – our Saviour has come.

The prophecy has been spoken - ‘To us a Child is born, to us a Son is given...’. The prophecy has been fulfilled - ‘Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you: He is Christ the Lord’.
Jesus Christ is our great Saviour. He is our ‘Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace’ (Isaiah 9:6: Luke 2:11).
Jesus Christ has brought to us a great salvation. Through faith in Him, we enter God’s heavenly and eternal ‘Kingdom’ (Isaiah 9:7: Luke 1:30-33).
This is ‘Good News of great joy’- for ‘all the people’, for ‘all generations’.
Let us rejoice in the Lord, as Mary, the mother of Jesus, did - ‘My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour... for the Mighty One has done great things for me...’
Let us join with the angels in saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest...’ (Luke 2:10; 1:46-50; 2:14).

Christ: King of glory, King of love - may the glory of His love shine in us.

‘The Lord reigns’ (Psalms 96:10; 97:1). ‘The Lord is King!’
He is not only ‘the King all-glorious above’. He is ‘the King of love’. He is ‘our Maker, Defender, Redeemer and Friend!’
He is not only ‘the King of heaven’. He is ‘the God of grace’. He is ‘the King of mercy’ (Church Hymnary, 35, 36, 388, 360, 86).
His reign is not to be restricted to some faraway heaven. It is not to be a reign that is far removed from the practicalities of our everyday life.
He is to reign in our hearts. He is to reign in every part of our life.
Let His reign of love begin. Let His grace and mercy control all that you do.
We must pray, ‘Reign in me, Sovereign Lord, reign in me’. When we say, ‘Let Your Kingdom come’ and ‘let Your will be done’, we must pray, ‘Captivate my heart. Establish there Your throne’(Mission Praise, 570).

Christ is coming in glory. Christ is preparing us for glory.

We read in Titus 2:11,13 of Christ’s coming in grace- ‘the grace of God has appeared for the salvation of all people’- and His coming in glory- ‘we wait for the blessed hope - the glorious appearing of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ’. From grace to glory - This is the journey from Christ’s first coming to His Second Coming.
It is also the journey of our life of faith. We begin with the forgiveness of our sins. our final destination is glory, heavenly and eternal glory, the glory of God. We live by the grace of God. We look forward to the glory of God.
God wants us to live as ‘a people of His own who are zealous for good deeds’(Titus 2:14). If we are to be ‘zealous for good deeds’, we must first be zealous for Jesus Christ. Do good - but never forget, ‘He saved us - not because of deeds done by us...’(Titus 3:8, 4-6).
The full revelation of Christ’s glory is still to come. Let it begin in us now.
God is in control! Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Long before it happened, God had it planned (Luke 2:1-7; Micah 5:2-3).

As we approach Christ's Return, God still has His plan. He is still in control.

The birth of Christ is not merely an event from the past. It is also a message for the future.
We look back so that we can move forward.
We are fearful about many things. ‘What's the world coming to?’, we ask. God turns our question on its head: ‘Christ is coming to the world’.
From His first coming, we look on to His Second Coming - He ‘will come to all the people’(Luke 2:10): ‘every eye will see Him’(Revelation 1:7).
His Return invites us to ask another question: ‘when the Son of man comes, will He find faith on earth?’(Luke 18:8).
For you, is it still ‘before Christ’? Let the ‘new age’ begin: Let Christ be ‘born this day’(Luke 2:11) - in your heart!
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Season of Christmas: Nativity of the Lord (Christmas Day) II – Isaiah 62:6-12; Psalm 97; Titus 3:4-7; Luke 2: (1-7), 8-20  -  The same readings are suggested for Year B and Year C.

God has given us ‘a new Name’. It is ‘the Name which is above every name’, the Name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ (Isaiah 62:2; Philippians 2:9-11).

Christ loves us. He has given Himself for us. He calls us His ‘Bride’ (Ephesians 5:25-27; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Revelation 21:2, 9).
Through faith in Christ, we have become ‘the Holy People’. Through Him, we are ‘the Redeemed of the Lord’. We have been ‘Sought After’ by the Lord. In Him, we are ‘the City No Longer Deserted’ (Isaiah 62:12; 1 Peter 2:9-9-10; 1:18-19; Luke 19:10; John 14:18).
‘There is a Name I love to hear... It tells me of a Saviour’s love, who died to set me free. It tells me of His precious blood, the sinner’s perfect plea... Jesus, the Name I love so well, the Name I love to hear! ... O how I love the Saviour’s Name, the sweetest Name on earth!’(Mission Praise, 672).
‘The Lord reigns’(Psalm 97:1). ‘The Lord is King!’ As we worship the Lord our King, let us focus our attention on Christ, the newborn King :
“Come and worship Christ, the new-born King” (Church Hymnary, 182).

At the place of Christ’s birth, we learn that the reign of God is the reign of His love.

When we look away from ourselves to our Saviour, Jesus Christ, we rejoice in this:
‘He saved us - not because of deeds done by us...’ (Titus 3:4-6).
This is the Good News of great joy. We hear this Good News – the birth of our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ – and we give glory to God in the highest (Luke 2:10-11, 14).
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Season of Christmas: Nativity of the Lord (Christmas Day) III – Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalm 98; Hebrews 1:1-4, (5-12); John 1:1-14  -  The same Bible Readings are suggested for Year B and Year C.

Good News

‘Good News’- Let us ‘shout for joy’. ‘Good News’- Let us sing ‘songs of joy’.
There is the Good News of God’s reign - ‘Your God reigns’.
There is the Good News of our redemption - ‘The Lord has redeemed’ us.
We are not to keep the Good News to ourselves. This ‘news of happiness’ is to be shared with everyone. We must let ‘all the ends of the earth see the salvation of our God’.
‘Christ died for our sins’- This is Good News.
Christ was ‘raised on the third day’- This is Good News.
‘Jesus is Lord’- This is Good News.
This is the Good News we must ‘pass on’ to others. In our world, there is so much bad news. We must not let the Good News be drowned out by the bad news. We must make sure that the people hear the Good News - loud and clear (Isaiah 52:7-10; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Mission Praise, 249).

God loves us.

‘Exalt the Lord our God... Make a joyful noise to the Lord’ (Psalms 99:5,9; 98:4,6; 100:1).
We are to worship the Lord with joy. We are to glorify God. We are to enjoy Him.
In our worship, we must never forget the holiness of God: ‘He is holy! ... The Lord our God is holy!’ (Psalm 99:5, 9).
In our worship, we rejoice in the love of God: ‘His steadfast love endures for ever... He has done marvellous things!’(Psalms 100:5; 98:1).
The God of ‘awesome purity’ loves us with the most perfect love of all: ‘No earthly father loves like Thee...’ Let us worship Him with holy fear and heartfelt love: ‘O how I fear Thee, living God, with deepest, tenderest fears... with trembling hope and penitential tears! Yet I may love Thee too, O Lord, Almighty as Thou art, for Thou hast stooped to ask of me the love of my poor heart’(Church Hymnary, 356).

Let us worship Christ – our Lord and our God.

From the heights of heaven and the depths of suffering, ‘God... has spoken to us by His Son’ (Hebrews 1:1-2).
Jesus Christ is God’s ‘Word’ to us. He is ‘the Word’ who came from heaven: ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God’. He is ‘the Word’ who came to earth: ‘the Word became flesh and dwelt among us...’ (John 1:1-14).
In heaven, He is worshipped by angels: ‘Let all God’s angels worship Him’(Hebrews 1:6).
On earth, ‘He suffered death, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone’(Hebrews 2:9).
We see the greatness of Christ in both His heavenly glory and His saving grace. None can compare with Him. He is our Lord. He is our Saviour. We consider all that He has done for us - ‘the nail marks in His hands...’- and we worship Him - ‘my Lord and my God’(John 20:19-20,24-28).

Keep your eyes on Christ: the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
Jesus Christ is the Word of God. He is the Beginning. He is also the End (John 1:1-3; Revelation 21:6).
He is ‘the Word... made flesh’. ‘We have seen His glory’(14). This is only the beginning. When He returns, we shall see His glory - ‘we shall see Him as He is’(1 John 3:2).
From Him, there is creation (John 1:1-3).
From Him, there is salvation (John 1:12-13).
In Him, we receive the forgiveness of sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit (John 1:29, 32-34).
He is the Word of God, the Lamb of God and the Son of God (John 1:1, 29, 34). When we look at Jesus Christ, we see God - ‘the ‘Word was God’(John 1:1), ‘No one has ever seen God; the only Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has made Him known’(John 1:18).
Do you want to know what God is like? - Look at Jesus (John 14:9).
What do we see when we look at Him? - ‘the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world’(John 1:29).
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First Sunday after Christmas Day: Isaiah 63:7-9; Psalm 148; Hebrews 2:10-18; Matthew 2:13-23  -  The same readings are suggested for Year B and Year C.

Praise the Lord! – Through His power and His love, He has saved us.

The Lord our God is ‘mighty to save’. He has shown His ‘steadfast love’ to us. He has become our ‘Saviour’. ‘In His love’, He has ‘redeemed’ us (Isaiah 63:1, 7-9).
We read here about the power of God - He is ‘mighty to save’- and the love of God - ‘In His love’, He has ‘redeemed’ us.
What love the Lord has for us - ‘God so loved the world that He gave His only Son...’ (John 3:16)!
What power there is in the Gospel of love - ‘The Gospel is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes’ (Romans 1:16)!
What a ‘Saviour’ we have - Our Lord Jesus Christ is ‘able to save to the uttermost all who come to God through Him’ (Hebrews 7:25)!

Think of Jesus Christ. Think of His love, His power, His salvation.

Thank Him for all He has done for you - ‘Alleluia! What a Saviour!’(Church Hymnary, 380)
We consider all that the Lord has done for us and we join with the Psalmist in saying, “Praise the Lord” (Psalm 148:1, 14).
God wants to bless you. Make sure that you don’t miss out on His blessing.
God invites each of us to receive a great blessing - the blessing of being His ‘children’(Hebrews 2:13).
We become God’s children through faith in Christ: ‘To all who received Him, who believed in His Name, He gave power to become children of God’(John 1:12).
What will you do with God’s great invitation, His invitation of love? Will you receive Christ and become a child of God? Will you miss out on the blessing ‘because of unbelief’(Hebrews 3:19)?
God is waiting for your answer - ‘Today, when you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts’(Hebrews 3:7, 15).
Throughout life, we must guard against ‘an evil, unbelieving heart, leading us to fall away from the living God’. ‘Every day’, we must take care that we do not become ‘hardened by the deceitfulness of sin’(Hebrews 3:12-13).
As God’s children, let’s grow in Christ (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18).

God has a great plan for you – let His power and love flow through you to others.

The story unfolds according to God’s saving purpose and not Herod's Satanic schemes. Herod dies. Jesus lives. The purpose of man is defeated. The purpose of God prevails.
Jesus’ time in Egypt is full of prophetic significance (Matthew 2:15; Hosea 11:1). Egypt was the place of bondage. God turns everything around, making it the place of protection (Exodus 1:11; 13-15). The emphasis is not on the place. It is on what God is doing, as He fulfils His purpose.
From Bethlehem to Egypt and then to Nazareth - the young Jesus is being taken from place to place - all in the perfect plan of God. Again, the emphasis is not on the place but on God’s purpose. Nazareth was a humble place, dignified by the fact that God chose it to be the home of His Son.
Our concern is not with wise men or famous places. ‘Turn your eyes upon Jesus’. ‘Stand amazed in the presence of Jesus’.
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January 1: The Naming of Jesus – Numbers 6:22-27; Psalm 8; Galatians 4:4-7 (or Philippians 2:5-11); Luke 2:15-21

His Name was called JESUS (Luke 2:21).

Christmas is over – but let’s not forget Jesus. He is still here. He is still with us.
He is for New Year’s Day as well as Christmas Day. He is for every day.
The New Year has begun. Let there be more than a new year. Let there be new life – the new life that Jesus brings.
We have celebrated His birth.
It is similar to the birth of any other child. It is a time for joyful thanksgiving.
It is different from the celebration of any other child. This is the special Child. This is God’s Son. He is Jesus. He is the Saviour. He brings new life to the world.
On the first Christmas Day, the announcement was made: There is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour who is Christ the Lord (Luke 2:11).
We move on from the first Christmas. We move on to today. We do not leave Jesus behind. He is with us still.
On this day, any day, every day, we hear God’s call: Let new life begin.
New Year’s Day comes around just once a year. Every day is new life day.
Every day, God is speaking to us. He speaks to us about new life.
This is much more than the traditional greeting – We wish you a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

In the Name of Jesus, we hear the Good News of new life. 

He has been born in the city of David.
This is Good News for us. This is Good News for today.
The New Year has begun. Let new life begin.
Let Christ be ‘born this day’(Luke 2:11). Let Him be born in your heart!
The Name of Jesus is the Name of love.
The Name of Jesus is the Name of love, perfect love, the greatest love of all. There is no love like the love of Jesus.
At Christmas time, we look back to His birth. We celebrate His continuing love.
On New Year’s Day, we look on to the future. We commit ourselves to loving Him who first loved us.
In the Name of Jesus, God speaks to us with a call to consecration and a promise of blessing.

* Do we love the Name of Jesus? – Let us consecrate ourselves to Him.

‘Separate... to the Lord... Separate... from wine and strong drink’ (Numbers 6:2-3): These two thoughts are closely connected in the New Testament - ‘Do not get drunk with wine... Be filled with the Spirit’ (Ephesians 5:18). We are to be ‘holy to the Lord’ (Numbers 6:8). ‘Consecrated to the Lord’, our whole life must be controlled by one thing: ‘Do all to the glory of God’ (1 Corinthians 10:31).

* Do we love the Name of Jesus? – Let us seek His blessing in our lives.

Motivated by a desire for God’s glory, we will enjoy God's blessing (Numbers 6:22-27). God’s blessing is not a ‘cheap’ thing, something that doesn’t matter very much.
Remember Esau (Genesis 25:29-34). He couldn’t be bothered. He couldn’t care less. God’s blessing meant nothing to him. He didn’t want God’s blessing.
What did God do? - He gave it to Jacob.
‘The Lord bless you...’ - Do you want this? Or must God find somebody else?

In the Name of Jesus, we have the victory.
‘The Lord is ‘majestic’ (Psalm 8:1, 9). He does not remain remote. He does not keep His distance. This is the message of Christmas. The Saviour has been born. God has not remained in heaven. He has come to earth. He has come near to us. He is God with us.
In the birth of Jesus, we see God’s greatness, the greatness of His love. His love makes all the difference.
* When we feel forgotten. He remembers us.
* When we feel unloved. He cares for us (Psalm 8:4).
* When we are tempted. He will ‘still the enemy’ (Psalm 8:2).
At the beginning of a New Year, we are reminded of God our Creator (Psalm 8:5-8).
The God of creation is the God of our salvation. From Bethlehem, the place of Christ’s birth, we look forward. We see Jesus, crucified for us. In His death, there is victory. Christ has won the victory for us. Christ has triumphed over ‘him who has the power of death.’ Christ has triumphed over ‘the devil.’ (Hebrews 2:8-9, 14).
We rejoice in Christ’s victory. We worship Him. We sing, “Majesty, worship His Majesty. Jesus, who died, now glorified, King of all kings’.

Jesus leads us on from victory to victory.

At the Cross, Christ won the victory over Satan. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, Christ makes His victory real in our life here and now.

* ‘God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts’ (Galatians 4:6).

The Spirit is not a reward we earn by being good people. The Spirit is God’s gift (Titus 3:5). In Galatians 3:13-14, Paul connects the gift of the Spirit with Christ’s death for us and our faith in Christ. We do not come to God with our religion in one hand and our morality in the other, insisting that we deserve to be blessed by Him. We look away from ourselves to Christ - ‘Nothing in my hand I bring, simply to Thy Cross I cling’(Church Hymnary, 83).
All pride in ourselves must be brought to Christ’s Cross as we humbly pray, ‘Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me, break me, melt me, mould me, fill me’(Mission Praise, 613).
God has given His Spirit to us. Let’s give ourselves to Him - to ‘be filled with the Spirit’(Ephesians 5:18).

* ‘He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the Day of Jesus Christ’(Philippians 1:6).

Do you feel like you can`t go on? Do you feel like giving up?
God gives us His Word of encouragement. He will bring His good work to completion.
God finishes what He starts - ‘He didn`t bring us this far to leave us. He didn`t teach us to swim to let us drown. He didn`t build His home in us to move away. He didn`t lift us up to let us down’.
In all the changes of life, we must remember this: God is faithful. His love is unchanged, unchanging and unchangeable.
We don`t keep going because we are strong. We are ‘kept by the power of God’(1 Peter 1:5).
‘Jesus Christ is Lord’(Philippians 2:11) – He will give you the strength to keep going when you feel like giving up.
We do not find our own victory. We receive His victory. The victory does not come from deep down within ourselves. It comes from high above us. It comes from Jesus Christ our Lord.
This is not our victory. It is His victory. All the power comes from Him. All the glory goes to Him.
In ‘humility’ let us live ‘to the glory and praise of God’(Philippians 2:3; 1:11).
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January 1: when observed as New Year’s Day – Ecclesiastes 3:1-13; Psalm 8; Revelation 21:1-6a; Matthew 25: 31-46  -  The same readings are suggested for Year B and Year C.

Let’s begin the year with worship: “O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your Name …” (Psalm 8:1).

How excellent is our Saviour – He takes away the emptiness of life without Him.
‘God has put eternity into man’s mind’ (Ecclesiastes 3:11). In every human heart, there is a God-shaped blank. It can only be filled by Jesus Christ.
Many people try to find true happiness without opening their heart to Jesus Christ. That’s like ‘trying to catch the wind’ (Ecclesiastes 4:16). True happiness keeps slipping through your fingers. There’s always something missing - ‘an aching void the world can never fill’ (Church Hymnary, 663).
Jesus Christ stands at the door of every human heart. He knocks. He waits for your answer. He says, ‘Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in...’ (Revelation 3:20). Will you invite Him into your heart? He is waiting for you to pray, ‘Come into my heart, Lord Jesus. Come in today. Come in to stay. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus’.

How excellent is our Saviour – He is preparing us for a glorious future.
Our Saviour is ‘Faithful and True’. He is ‘the Word of God’. He is our ‘Lord’ and ‘King’(Revelation 19:11,13,16).
We are invited to ‘come’ to Him. The invitation - ‘Come, gather together for the great supper of God’- is a call to come to Christ (Revelation 19:17). We come to Christ so that we might ‘reign with Him’(Revelation 20:6).
Coming to Christ is only the beginning. God is preparing us for something even better - reigning with Him. This is a great future - ‘no more death or mourning or crying or pain’(Revelation 21:4).
There is, however, a Word of warning for those who refuse to come to Christ for salvation - ‘If anyone’s name was not found written in the Book of Life, he was thrown into the lake of fire’; ‘Their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulphur’(Revelation 20:15; 21:8). ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved’(Acts 16:31).

How excellent is our Saviour – He gives us joy as we serve Him day-by-day.

We are to be faithful to God (Matthew 25:21). There is a reward for faithfulness (Matthew 25:29; 1 Corinthians 3:10-15). Our ‘reward’ is not to get more glory for ourselves: ‘what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord’(2 Corinthians 4:5). Bringing glory to God - this is to be our greatest joy.
We are not to be thinking, ‘What am I going to get out of this?’. We are to be asking, ‘What can I give to others?’.
The ‘righteous’ are not full of boasting about their ‘righteous’ actions (Matthew 25:37-38). The Lord’s true servants do not draw attention to themselves.
Do you have ‘talents’? Yes - you do! Use them! ‘Serve the Lord with gladness’(Psalm 100:2).
Let this be your ‘reward’: the joyful privilege of bringing blessing to others and glory to God.
On earth, we begin to ‘enter the joy of our Lord’(21). In heaven, there will be ‘fullness of joy’ and ‘pleasure for evermore’
(Psalm 16:11).
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Second Sunday after Christmas Day: Jeremiah 31:7-14; Psalm 147:12-20; Ephesians 1:3-14; John 1:(1-9), 10-18  -  The same readings are suggested for Year B and Year C.

In love, the Lord draws us to Himself.
‘I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness’ (Jeremiah 31:3).
So often, we have been like ‘the prodigal son’ (Luke 15:11-24). We have walked away from our Father’s House. We have wandered off into ‘the far country’. We feel that we are far from God, yet still He draws near to us.
The Lord is at work in our hearts. He is bringing us ‘to our senses’. He is reminding us of His love. He is drawing us back to Himself. In love, He is calling us home again. He is speaking to our hearts. He is saying to us, ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love’.
As His love reaches our hearts, ‘the prodigal son’ becomes ‘the returning son’: ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son’. ‘Bring me back, let me come back, for you are the Lord my God!’ (Jeremiah 31:18).

In love, the Lord brings us into fellowship with His people.
‘The Lord builds up Jerusalem. He gathers the exiles of Israel. He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds’ (Psalm 147:2-3).
This is much more than the building of the city of Jerusalem with bricks and mortar. This is God building up His people in their ‘most holy faith’ (Jude 20). This is God blessing His people as they gather together to worship Him.
In Christ, we are ‘being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by His Spirit’ (Ephesians 2:22). The Lord draws us to Himself. He brings us into fellowship with His people.
He calls us to worship Him: ‘Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving’. He ‘blesses’ us through ‘His Word’. He ‘blesses’ us in ‘the Spirit’: ‘He sends His Word... and the waters flow’ (Psalm 147:7, 12-13, 18; John 7:37-39).

In love, the Lord calls us to be changed by His love.
‘By grace you have been saved through faith… for good works’ (Ephesians 2:8-10). God calls us to live a ‘holy’life. We cannot make ourselves holy. We are spiritually ‘dead’. We need to be ‘made alive’- by God. Holiness does not come from ourselves. It comes from the Lord.
Long before we ever thought of loving Him - He loved us. Our love for Him is so changeable. His love for us is unchanged, unchanging and unchangeable. It is eternal. He loved us ‘before the foundation of the world’. He will love us ‘in the world to come’. This is the love of God, the love which inspires us and enables us to live a ‘holy’ life (Ephesians 2:1; 1:4; 2:7).
When we realize the truth concerning ourselves - ‘nothing good dwells within me’(Romans 7:18) - and God - He is ‘rich in mercy’ (Ephesians 2:4) - , we will ‘praise His glorious grace’ (Ephesians 1:6).
We praise His glorious grace when we receive His love and are changed by His love.

In love, the Lord calls us to be changed by His glory.
Jesus Christ is the Word of God. He is the Beginning. He is also the End (John 1:1-3; Revelation 21:6).
He is ‘the Word... made flesh’. ‘We have seen His glory’ (John 1:14). This is only the beginning. When He returns, we shall see His glory - ‘we shall see Him as He is’(1 John 3:2).
From Him, there is creation (John 1:1-3). From Him, there is salvation (John 1:12-13). In Him, we receive the forgiveness of sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit (John 1:29, 32-34). He is the Word of God, the Lamb of God and the Son of God (John 1:1, 29, 34).
When we look at Jesus Christ, we see God - ‘the ‘Word was God’ (John 1:1), ‘No one has ever seen God; the only Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has made Him known’ (John 1:18).
Do you want to know what God is like? - Look at Jesus (John 14:9). What do we see when we look at Him? - ‘the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world’ (John 1:29).
We look at the Lamb of God, crucified for us. We see love – the greatest love of all. It is divine love. It is eternal love. It is a love which calls us to say, with Paul,
I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me ...
... one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what
is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has
called me heavenward in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:12-14).
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Season of Epiphany: Epiphany of the Lord – Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12  -  The same readings are suggested for Year B and Year C.

Let the light of Christ shine.
‘Arise, shine; for your Light has come... the Lord will be your everlasting Light’ (Isaiah 60:1, 19-20). Jesus Christ is ‘the Light of the world’. When we ‘follow Him’, we ‘will not walk in darkness’. We ‘will have the light of life’ (John 8:12).
We are living in difficult times. We are surrounded by much darkness. We must not be discouraged - ‘the lamp of God has not yet gone out’ (1 Samuel 3:3). When the darkness threatens to overcome the Light, we must take encouragement from God’s Word - ‘The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it’ (John 1:5).
When the darkness seems to be everywhere, put your trust in the Lord - The Lord is my light and my salvation - whom shall I fear?’- and let ‘His Word’ be ‘a lamp to your feet and a light to your path’ (Psalms 27:1; 119:105).

Let the words of Scripture lead to thoughts of the Saviour.
* Read the words - ‘His Name’ shall ‘endure for ever’ (Psalm 72:17) - and think of Christ.
His Name is ‘the Name above all other names’. He is ‘the King of kings and Lord of lords’ (Philippians 2:9-11; Revelation 19:16).
* Read the words - ‘all nations call Him blessed’ (Psalm 72:17) - , and think of Christ.
‘From every tribe and language and people and nation’, God’s people have been redeemed by the precious blood of Christ (Revelation 5:9).
* Read the words -‘May His glory fill the whole earth!’ (Psalm 72:19) – and think of Christ.
In the ‘new heaven and new earth’, ‘the holy city’ will shine with ‘the glory of God’. ‘Its radiance’, ‘like a very precious jewel’, will be shining from this ‘lamp’: Jesus Christ, ‘the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world’ (Revelation 21:1-2, 10-11, 23; John 1:29).

In Christ, we are called to salvation, sanctification and service.
By the grace of God we are called to salvation - ‘saved through faith’- , sanctification - ‘for good works’ - , and service - ‘according to the gift of God’s grace… by the working of His power’, we are enabled ‘to preach the unsearchable riches of Christ’(Ephesians 2:8-10; 3:7-8).
When we consider all this, we say in our hearts, ‘To God be the glory’! (Ephesians 3:21).
We are ‘strengthened with power through His Spirit in our inner being’so that we might live as those who are saved, sanctified and serving.
Even when we are deeply conscious of our own great weakness, we draw encouragement from this: God is ‘able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us’(Ephesians 3:16, 20).
We grow in grace as we share in fellowship - ‘eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit’(Ephesians 4:3).

Be wise – worship the Saviour.
We read ‘the story of the wise men’. It is not so much about the wise men. It is about Jesus. He is the central character.
We are not told how many wise men there were. The word, ‘three’ does not appear (Matthew 2:1). We are not told their names. We are not told exactly where they came from - just, they came ‘from the East’ (Matthew 2:11).
The important thing is that they made their journey. They came, seeking Jesus: ‘Where is he...?’. They came ‘to worship Him’(Matthew 2:2). The wise men were led to Jesus not only by ‘His star’ (Matthew 2:2) but also by the Scriptures.
When asked where the child was to be born, they answered by quoting from the Scriptures (Matthew 2:5-6; Micah 5:2). Wise men are still led to Christ through the Scriptures.
Reading the Scriptures, we become wise for salvation as we find Christ who is our Wisdom (2 Timothy 3:15; 1 Corinthians 1:30).
Bethlehem was a ‘little town’. Humanly speaking, it did not have any great importance. Its importance is derived from the fact that it was the birth-place of our Saviour. When we think of Bethlehem, we do not think so much of the place as the Saviour who was born there.
Herod says that he wants to go to Bethlehem to worship Jesus (Matthew 2:8). Satan was speaking through Herod. Satan has no intention of worshipping God, and neither had Herod. Satan ‘comes only to steal and kill and destroy’. Christ comes to give ‘life... to the full’ (John 10:10).
As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that Herod was not a worshipper of Christ but a servant of Satan. The wise men worship Jesus, then they return to their own country.
We know nothing about their return journey, their destination or their life in their own country. Their whole purpose was to point away from themselves to Jesus.
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First Sunday after the Epiphany: Baptism of the Lord – Isaiah 42:1-9; Psalm 29; Acts 10:34-43; Matthew 3:13-17  -  The same Bible Readings are suggested fo
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          Thailand Toy Trip – Bangkok – Central Plaza in Various Locations – 31 Mar 2019 and More – 3      Comment   Translate Page      

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After Mega Plaza I went to a branch of Central Plaza near to the Mega Plaza to see how much the LEGO prices are. They are actually quite high and no wonder why there are so many fake sets which are 1/5 of the price of genuine LEGO sets… However I would still buy genuine sets.

I have been to the Central Plaza branches many times during my stay in Bangkok to eat good food. Especially there are lots of nice Japanese restaurant chain shops to choose from. Most of them are reasonably priced and delicious!


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After Mega Plaza I went to a branch of Central Plaza near to the Mega Plaza to see how much the LEGO prices are. They are actually quite high and no wonder why there are so many fake sets which are 1/5 of the price of genuine LEGO sets… However I would still buy genuine sets.

I have been to the Central Plaza branches many times during my stay in Bangkok to eat good food. Especially there are lots of nice Japanese restaurant chain shops to choose from. Most of them are reasonably priced and delicious!


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After Mega Plaza I went to a branch of Central Plaza near to the Mega Plaza to see how much the LEGO prices are. They are actually quite high and no wonder why there are so many fake sets which are 1/5 of the price of genuine LEGO sets… However I would still buy genuine sets.

I have been to the Central Plaza branches many times during my stay in Bangkok to eat good food. Especially there are lots of nice Japanese restaurant chain shops to choose from. Most of them are reasonably priced and delicious!


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After Mega Plaza I went to a branch of Central Plaza near to the Mega Plaza to see how much the LEGO prices are. They are actually quite high and no wonder why there are so many fake sets which are 1/5 of the price of genuine LEGO sets… However I would still buy genuine sets.

I have been to the Central Plaza branches many times during my stay in Bangkok to eat good food. Especially there are lots of nice Japanese restaurant chain shops to choose from. Most of them are reasonably priced and delicious!


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After Mega Plaza I went to a branch of Central Plaza near to the Mega Plaza to see how much the LEGO prices are. They are actually quite high and no wonder why there are so many fake sets which are 1/5 of the price of genuine LEGO sets… However I would still buy genuine sets.

I have been to the Central Plaza branches many times during my stay in Bangkok to eat good food. Especially there are lots of nice Japanese restaurant chain shops to choose from. Most of them are reasonably priced and delicious!


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After Mega Plaza I went to a branch of Central Plaza near to the Mega Plaza to see how much the LEGO prices are. They are actually quite high and no wonder why there are so many fake sets which are 1/5 of the price of genuine LEGO sets… However I would still buy genuine sets.

I have been to the Central Plaza branches many times during my stay in Bangkok to eat good food. Especially there are lots of nice Japanese restaurant chain shops to choose from. Most of them are reasonably priced and delicious!


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After Mega Plaza I went to a branch of Central Plaza near to the Mega Plaza to see how much the LEGO prices are. They are actually quite high and no wonder why there are so many fake sets which are 1/5 of the price of genuine LEGO sets… However I would still buy genuine sets.

I have been to the Central Plaza branches many times during my stay in Bangkok to eat good food. Especially there are lots of nice Japanese restaurant chain shops to choose from. Most of them are reasonably priced and delicious!


          A Successful McConnell Springs Barrel Tasting      Comment   Translate Page      
For the past several years, McConnell Springs has hosted a Barrel Tasting at some of the Bluegrass wineries as a fundraiser and, again this year, it was a success. Wine lovers spent the beautiful spring day traveling from winery to winery talking to wine makers and tasting their wines from the barrel. We chose four wineries to visit this year. We started the day at Prodigy Vineyards and Winery in Frankfort with lunch and a taste of Cabernet Sauvignon. Both were lovely. Next we visited a rather new winery in Nicholasville, 1922 House Vineyards and Winery. We tried a very interesting Chambourcin and a Norton. Our next stop was at Talon Vineyards and Winery. We’ve visited many times in the past, but it had been a while. We tasted a new Malbec and will be back to try it. Our last visit of the day was to try the long awaited Zinfandel from Chrisman Mill Vineyards and Winery, and were also surprised with cocktails made from spirits from their soon to be open distillery.                
          Study: Repeat rapists committing vast majority of sexual crimes      Comment   Translate Page      

Researchers have, many times over, confirmed a sobering fact: fraternity members tend to commit rape much more frequently than their non-Greek-life peers. They’ve also documented that serial offenders account for many campus sexual assaults.

But a new study quantifies in a staggering way the prevalence with which men in fraternities and on sports teams engage in sex crimes on campuses -- and how repeat rapists are to blame for a vast majority of these incidents. The report suggests that the vast majority of assaults involving alcohol are committed by serial perpetrators.

Experts on campus sexual violence said that these new data support the idea that administrators should kick out students they’ve found responsible for rape. And, they said, it demonstrates need for more targeted education -- especially among the men and groups who are committing the most sexual assaults.

Three professors -- from Union University in Tennessee, Bowling Green State University and University of Redlands -- used data from the Core Alcohol and Drug Survey, or CORE, developed by the Core Institute at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. The group there helps institutions figure out students’ attitudes toward drug and alcohol consumption.

The researchers looked at survey data from more than 12,600 male students at 49 colleges and universities in one Midwestern state that was not named. The institutions included in the sample were both two- and four-year colleges.

A little more than 5 percent of those men self-reported that they had committed a sexual assault when alcohol was involved. This matched other literature, which has put the percentage of college men who committed a broader range of sexual crimes between 6 and 11 percent.

Of those who sexually assaulted someone while under the influence, it was more common for them to do it again rather than just once. The researchers found that nearly 3 percent of the men in the overall study committed assault twice or more when alcohol was a factor.

“If you have a man who has been accused of sexual assault and you … find him responsible, it makes sense to expel him from the institution, not necessarily just give them educational sanctions,” said John D. Foubert, dean of the College of Education at Union and one of the report’s authors. “It’s cutting down on the rate of rape at the institution drastically.”

More significant was how many more incidents could be attributed to recurring rapists rather than one-time offenders.

The authors of the study weren’t precise with these data, given that students in the original CORE survey could report a range of how many assaults they had committed (again with alcohol involved). For instance, students could report if they assaulted someone three to five times -- in this case, the researchers counted that in their report as an average of four assaults per person.

The researchers documented approximately 2,071 sexual assaults -- of those, roughly 950 assaults, or about 46 percent of the incidents, were committed by students who admitted to raping 10 or more times.

S. Daniel Carter, president of Safety Advisors for Educational Campuses, which consults with colleges and universities on sexual assaults and federal policy, said this was the most striking figure.

“Removing those repeat perpetrators from the population is the only solution in my point of view,” Carter said.

As the researchers note, the men didn’t always classify their acts as rape, per se. Other studies and interviews with men have found sometimes they consider their victim saying no to be a game or a way to spice up the encounter.

Being associated with a fraternity or an athletics team also had a positive correlation with alcohol-fueled rapes, the study found. Heads of fraternities were less likely to commit alcohol-related assaults than just members. The opposite was true for sports teams -- the leaders of the teams reported more assaults.

This reporter provided Todd Shelton, a spokesman for the North-American Interfraternity Conference, with a copy of the study, but Shelton said by email he did not have a chance to review it.

“I will say sexual violence has no place on any campus or in the fraternity experience,” Shelton wrote in his email. “NIC fraternities are committed to creating safer campus communities and recently adopted new health and safety guidelines including banning hard alcohol at fraternity houses and events to create a safer environment for members and guests.”

A previous study by Foubert shows that men who joined fraternities were just as likely to have committed sexual violence prior to college as men who didn’t join a fraternity. But the same study showed that fraternity men were three more likely to assault women than their counterparts, suggesting that fraternity culture was the driving factor for the assaults.

Institutions should more aggressively focus on teaching students in “high-risk” environments such as fraternities and sports teams, rather than just the general population, Foubert said. He said bystander training -- educating students to intervene when they see their peers are about to commit a heinous act -- has been proven to be effective. Foubert called for more research with a larger national sample, noting their information was from a single state. He said it would also be beneficial to interview directly admitted rapists to learn their motives and how they behave.

“They don’t define their behavior as rape -- they sometimes define it as seduction,” Foubert said. “I think it would be helpful [to know] what their techniques are to alert women.”

Colleges and universities trying to stamp out sexual predators could learn from law enforcement efforts to prevent terrorism, said Peter F. Lake, a law professor and director of the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy at Stetson University.

Lake used this analogy -- the public shouldn’t write off fraternities in total, just as they shouldn’t consider all people of a certain race to be terrorists. Institutions should partner with fraternities to help locate bad apples in a group or the misbehaving fraternities on campus. He said many times, the fraternity members, most of whom are not raping women, don’t have the knowledge or skills to respond to “serious psychopathic behavior.”

“If you eliminate the ones that are doing that from the culture, then the culture will thrive,” Lake said.

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          Community college four-year degrees are smart policy, not mission creep (opinion)      Comment   Translate Page      

Presidents of America’s public universities are worried that community colleges have strayed from their mission. The source of their concern? The growing push by community colleges, state legislatures and student advocates to grant two-year colleges the authority to award some bachelor’s degrees.

According to Inside Higher Ed’s Survey of Community College Presidents, 70 percent of public university presidents worry that community college baccalaureate programs are evidence of “mission creep.” An even greater share disagrees with the idea that community colleges are well positioned to help low-income and place-bound students complete a bachelor’s degree. And about half of the presidents do not think community colleges can help address disparities in bachelor’s-degree attainment across different racial and ethnic groups.

Community college presidents feel otherwise -- and a growing body of research backs them up. Eighty percent agreed with the statement that their institutions are “in a strong position to offer bachelor’s degrees to students who would otherwise not have access to them due to cost or location,” and 85 percent agreed that giving them degree-granting authority could help close gaps in degree attainment.

Community colleges have been at the center of efforts to increase bachelor’s-degree attainment for over a decade -- whether it was the Obama administration’s American Graduation Initiative or today’s College Promise campaign. But the system we have developed to get community college students to the finish line of a bachelor’s degree does not work very well and may even be making the problem worse.

It is built on the premise that students can transfer easily from a community college to a four-year institution and complete their degree. But the transfer process is rarely easy. According to a 2017 GAO report, community college students lose an average of 37 percent of their credits during transfer. The more credits a student loses, the less likely they are to complete a bachelor’s degree.

There is also evidence that the transfer process is fueling racial and ethnic disparities in degree attainment, as African American and Hispanic students are more likely to start in a community college and thus are more likely to lose credits along the way to a bachelor’s degree, a phenomenon that researchers call the “racial transfer gap.”

Community colleges are the right place to focus efforts to increase bachelor’s-degree attainment. They are home to 40 percent of undergraduate students, and even though many enroll with the goal of completing a bachelor’s degree, fewer than 15 percent will get there. Moving the needle on degree attainment will depend upon increasing that share. But colleges need freedom to explore new strategies beyond transfer.

A growing number of states agree and are granting their community colleges authority to award some bachelor’s degrees themselves. Rather than putting the onus on community college students to go out and find a bachelor’s degree program, they are bringing the bachelor’s degree to the community college.

The degrees are generally work force oriented -- many are bachelor’s of applied science -- and most states require the college provide evidence of unmet labor market demand and/or ensure the degree does not duplicate programs offered by local public universities.

Florida was among the first states to try the approach and has taken it the furthest, with nearly 200 degree offerings in fields like nursing, IT, business and education. All but one of the state’s 28 predominantly two-year institutions offer at least one bachelor’s degree, which cost an average of $13,000, well below what students would pay at a public university. In 2018, more than 6,000 students graduated from those programs.

Would these same students have been just as successful at one of the state’s public universities? It is impossible to know for sure, but a recent study found that enrollments in universities located near one of the colleges actually increased after it started offering bachelor’s degrees. The same study found that enrollments in for-profit institutions, which charge many times more for tuition than public institutions, went down significantly in areas where community colleges offer bachelor’s degrees.

Data from the Florida Department of Education indicate that three out of four students enrolled in the bachelor’s programs were from underserved populations. More research is needed, but these findings suggest that community college bachelor’s degree programs in Florida are serving a different group of students than most public universities -- and providing students an affordable alternative.

On March 15, Wyoming became the 26th state to pass legislation allowing community colleges to offer bachelor’s degrees. A headline from the Associated Press captures the moment this way: “UW fails to nix bill on 4-year degrees at community colleges.” The University of Wyoming, the state’s one -- and only -- public four-year institution, opposed the law, arguing that it contradicted efforts toward greater “efficiency and streamlining.” But for residents of Rock Springs, located 200 miles west of Laramie and home to Western Wyoming Community College, a much more convenient route to a bachelor’s degree will soon open up.

To be sure, state policy makers need to be careful as they consider which degrees two-year colleges should award. The policy emphasis on labor market value is well placed. But as the degree requirements for good jobs continue to rise, ensuring sufficient access to affordable bachelor’s degrees is the bigger challenge. And the fact is, community colleges are well positioned to offer bachelor’s degrees to low-income and place-bound students, and they can help address disparities in degree attainment.

They are more diverse, more affordable and more likely to enroll underrepresented students than their public four-year counterparts, and they operate in many more communities. Leveraging community colleges to expand access to valuable bachelor’s degrees isn’t a case of mission creep -- it’s smart policy.

Mary Alice McCarthy is director of the Center on Education and Skills at New America.

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GuestThis NY Times Bestselling author and creator of the Enlightened Kid Program discusses the fundamental things that we need to do as parents to ensure that we are raising children that are empowered and stay connected to their Divine connection.
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"Consider the second fall of Jesus under the Cross—a fall which renews the pain of all the wounds of the head and members of our afflicted Lord. My most gentle Jesus, how many times Thou hast pardoned me, and how many times have I fallen again, and begun again to offend Thee! Oh, by the merits of this new fall, give me the necessary help to persevere in Thy grace until death. Grant that in all temptations which assail me I may always commend myself to Thee. I love Thee, Jesus my love; I repent of having offended Thee. Never permit me to offend Thee again. Grant that I may love Thee always; and then do with me what Thou wilt." Station from the church of St Alban in Holborn, London.
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Interview
Michael R. Pompeo
Secretary of State
Asuncion, Paraguay
April 13, 2019


QUESTION: Thank you, Secretary Pompeo, for another time, another opportunity to talk to you.

SECRETARY POMPEO: It’s great to be with you again.

QUESTION: Thank you. Let’s begin with one of the hottest topics, Venezuela. This is one of the topics you have been talking about for quite a long time already, and I would like to know how you can explain to the Venezuelan people who is the real president. We take into consideration that some Venezuelans still pay taxes to the government of Nicolas Maduro. If a government, a foreign government, needs to help their own citizens living in Venezuela, they need to get in contact with Maduro’s officers. How can we explain that to the Venezuelan people?

SECRETARY POMPEO: That’s a great and important question. The Venezuelan people have spoken. The sham election that gave Maduro the pretend authority that he has – the world has recognized. There are now 54 countries in addition to the people of Venezuela who recognize that Maduro is not a legitimate leader. He still has control of elements of power, to be sure, but the people have spoken; we know what they want.

Maduro and his henchmen have destroyed this nation. The Venezuelan people can see that very plainly. It’s why they didn’t want him back. They gave power to the National Assembly, now Juan Guaido, in a way that will ultimately deliver true democracy and prosperity back to Venezuela.

You know the history. This is a rich nation, a wealthy nation, a nation of people who are industrious and are prepared to work very, very hard. What they need is a leader who is prepared to help them, not be corrupt, not turn over power to the Cubans, and demand interventions to save them by the Russians. The new leadership will do that, and the United States stands ready to support not only the Venezuelan people but all of the countries in this region – we’re sitting here today in Paraguay – the countries of this region who recognize the same.

QUESTION: What about if Maduro continues to hold the military power and to hold the city? Does the U.S. have a new strategy to go – does Maduro have a deadline, for example, for the U.S. Government?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So the strategy is not just an American strategy. It’s the Venezuelan people’s strategy. The opposition groups banded together, made clear that it was unacceptable what Maduro’s regime did. They gave Juan Guaido the authority through the National Assembly to lead their nation forward. This won’t be an American solution to this problem. It’ll be the solution that the Venezuelan people choose.

I remark sometimes people think Maduro is winning, and yet he’s handed over all of his power to the Cubans, to the Russians. This is weakness from Maduro. And so this weakness will ultimately lead to his departure, and democracy and prosperity will be restored in Venezuela. I am very confident of that.

QUESTION: And I know you already answered this question many times, but I have to ask. Are all options on the table still?

SECRETARY POMPEO: Of course. They remain on the table. We keep all options on the table because it’s very important, in that we don’t know how things will proceed. The Venezuelan people are entitled to the democracy that they have demanded, and we want to make sure that the resources of the United States of America aren’t foreclosed from being used if that turns out to be the right thing to do.

QUESTION: Now, as you mentioned, Maduro has the support of Russia and China. Does that turn a decision against the government of Maduro more complex to take? Could this rise tensions between Washington and the Kremlin?

SECRETARY POMPEO: I always remark I’ll hear some of the Maduro people talk about intervention in Venezuela. The Russians will say the Americans shouldn’t intervene in Venezuela. I mean, it’s almost funny to say, right? They have intervened in the most fundamental ways. The Cubans own the security apparatus. I would think if you were a Venezuelan military leader, you’d be embarrassed by that, right? The people, the people of Venezuela, want their own security. They want their own democracy. They want Venezuelans to lead their nation, not people from a small island, not people from Russia. They want their country to be led by their own people, and that’s what – that’s what Brazil and Colombia, the Lima Group, the OAS, here in Paraguay, that’s what all the leaders of the region are demanding, and it’s what the United States stands ready to support.

QUESTION: Is there any line of communication between U.S. officials and Venezuelan militaries?

SECRETARY POMPEO: I don’t think there’s any mistake about what America’s position is with respect to the Venezuelan military. We’ve made clear publicly that they ought not to continue to support Maduro, that this regime is over, it’s done, its day is finished, and that a new page needs to be turned, and that those who continue to support Maduro will face their own consequences, and those who make a different decision, those military leaders that make the decision to defend the Venezuelan people, will find happier days.

QUESTION: And does the U.S. support or has given any advice to the Guaido government about giving amnesty to any Venezuelan military who turns their back on Venezuelan government?

SECRETARY POMPEO: Sure, we’re talked with Juan Guaido about what a first day would look like, right? Maduro will leave, and we want to make sure that that next day that the world stands ready to support Venezuela. That will involve making decisions about how to address the transgressions of senior military leaders, those that inflicted violence, those who did harm to Venezuelans – well, they’ll be held accountable. Those who made a different decision, a better decision, a decision on behalf of the democratic institutions of Venezuela, will be treated very differently.

QUESTION: With many countries in Latin America turning to the right and with the economical crisis in Venezuela at its worst, do you think the Iranian Government still have some presence in Latin America? And if it does, is it still a threat for the U.S. national security?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So the question is does the – do the Iranians? Yes. There’s no doubt Iranian money remains in South America being used for malign purposes, supporting Hizballah, supporting transnational criminal organizations, supporting efforts at terrorism throughout the region. The United States is working with our partners in this area to take down those networks, to take down that risk.

IRGC – you saw the other day there was an air flight straight, straight from Tehran to Caracas. This is Iran intervening in South America. That’s not in the best interest of the South American people, and the United States stands ready. We see Iran for what it is, the world’s largest state sponsor of terror. That’s a global threat, and we’re prepared to push back against it not only in the Middle East but in South America and wherever we find that threat present.

QUESTION: Moving forward, Secretary Pompeo, yesterday you mentioned in a speech from Santiago, in Santiago, and you used Chile as an example, as a model for economical growth. But Chile also have many trades with China – $43 billion, if I’m not mistaken – and the U.S. comes as a second partner. Can any country from Latin America have economical and diplomatic relationship with China while at the same time they do with the United States?

SECRETARY POMPEO: Well, of course. What we have said about China is very clear. The United States has big economic relationships with China. We want China to thrive and prosper.

Here’s what we don’t want, especially in South America. We don’t want China to show up with bags full of money and bribe officials. We don’t want China to show up and put Huawei or Chinese technology into the infrastructure of these countries so that the citizens, the citizens of Chile or the citizens of Paraguay, have their information, their private information, stolen by the Chinese Government. We don’t want corrupt activity.

China should compete. We have democracies here in South America now. This is a glorious thing where there’s free markets and capitalism and opportunity. That value set of transparency, of the rule of law, that’s the one the South American people are demanding. It is not what China brings.

If China shows up to compete on a commercial basis, that seems perfectly reasonable. When they show up with malign intent, to give money with strings attached, which will destroy the sovereignty of a South American nation, that’s not good for the people in that country, and the United States is prepared to help those countries recognize that threat and to offer alternatives to it.

QUESTION: Changing the topic a little bit, the U.S. cut the funds for three countries in Central America – Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. Is this a final decision, or can they make things better and gain the confidence of the U.S. Government and also the money?

SECRETARY POMPEO: Yeah, of course, they can. The United States is the most generous nation when it comes to both humanitarian and foreign assistance of any country in the world. The Trump administration has maintained that.

What we want to make sure is where we provide those resources, those dollars from the American taxpayer, that they are effective, that we get outcomes not only what we want but that those countries want as well. So President Trump’s decision, we saw that those countries weren’t doing what needed to be done to prevent this enormous migration challenge, this crisis that the United States has at its southern border. As those countries work to develop systems to prevent their citizens from taking this incredibly dangerous journey from Guatemala, from Honduras, or from El Salvador through Mexico into the United States, when those countries begin to take actions that stop that, we’ll reconsider that decision.

QUESTION: And my last question, Secretary. This week Nicaragua will remember a year since the political and social crisis began. More than 350 people died in this crisis. The negotiations are very slow right now, and their oppression continues with people who has demonstrated publicly. Is the United States taking new steps against the government of the president in Nicaragua?

SECRETARY POMPEO: That’s a great question. Here I am in Paraguay. I was in Chile. I’ll be in Peru, I’ll be in Colombia, before I head back to the United States. You watch most of the countries in South and Central America turning in the direction of freedom, in the direction of liberty, in the direction of democracy; and yet, you have Venezuela and Nicaragua stuck in history, stuck with dictatorships, stuck with bad leadership, kleptocrats, stealing from their own people.

Our efforts in Nicaragua are very similar to those in Venezuela. We want the Nicaraguan people to have all the great things that they are entitled to have and that they so desperately want. And Mr. Ortega and his wife both need to change their ways in order to give Nicaragua that very opportunity.

QUESTION: Secretary Pompeo, thank you very much for your time with Voice of America’s Spanish Service.

SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you very much. Thank you, sir. It’s great to see you again.

QUESTION: Thank you.


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Organized Closet Ideas. Many individuals feel that lots storage space make a great home. Finding the proper closet ideas is crucial in maximizing its potential. The dimension, design and number of closets actually can make a house far more comfy and environment friendly. Many times homes are designed with a minimum of storage space in an effort to increase the residing house. This is an actual mistake since with out effectively designed closets much of the garments and material that we accumulate will end up in our residing spaces. All of which makes your property look cluttered and fewer environment…

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          Deep Listening - How to Calm Your Body, Clear Your Mind, and Open Your Heart      Comment   Translate Page      
Episode"I am insanely busy" - how many times have you given this response when someone asked you how you are doing? Always running around, getting a lot done and conquering to-do lists appears almost like a justification for our existence. However, it is also often an escape - a way to avoid the discomforts and uneasiness in our body and mind. Jillain Pransky's new book, Deep Listening, invites us to stop doing and instead to reconnect with ourselves in gentle and mindful ways. Join Dr. Friedemann ...
           Conscious Communications      Comment   Translate Page      
GuestWhether we realize it or not, the words we use dictate and control our lives. The persistent messages we repeat can frame our thoughts and trap us into a mind-set that is difficult to break. This mind-set often manifests itself with statements like “I can’t,” “I’m not good enough,” and “I’ll never find the [insert the blank] I want.” Many times, we don’t stop to consider the profound impact that these negative, limiting words have o ...
          Carmen on the Couch: Analyzing Bizet's Bold Heroine      Comment   Translate Page      
Denyce Graves as Carmen, at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Metropolitan Opera Archives

By Tom Huizenga 
Article via NPR

Every opera season the perennial favorite, Carmen, by Georges Bizet, takes the stage at opera houses in places like New York, London and Vienna (And Seattle!).

Carmen owes its longevity, in part, to Bizet's sparkling music, and to its fearless, flirtatious title character. But for all her sexual charisma, Carmen's own fate, in Bizet's opera, says something about how society views strong women.

Carmen is the supreme diva of the operatic femmes fatale trope. She smokes and drinks, runs with a band of smugglers and brings men to their knees just by crooning her breathy Habanera.

In her famous aria, Carmen sings, "Love is a rebellious bird that no one can tame..." It's the type of carefree mantra she lives by. Within minutes, she'll have a hapless soldier named Don Jose half-crazed with desire.

Sexual Symbols

Bizet's Carmen premiered in Paris in 1875, at an opera house accustomed to staging family-friendly dramas. Musicologist Susan McClary says those first Paris audiences were not exactly ready for a free-thinking, blazingly real woman, who works in a sweaty cigar factory.

"This opera is so loaded with sexual imagery, it's not to be believed," McClary says. "We see her rolling up these cigars on her bare thigh. And none of that kind of explicit sexuality had been on the operatic stage at all. And to have this woman who smokes and does exactly what she pleases just blew everybody's mind."

Carmen might have blown a few minds, but author Will Berger says that, oddly enough, she also pushed just the right buttons.
"Carmen hit the world stages at the very height of the Victorian era, and it really spoke to people," Berger says. "There was something about casting aside of conventions and all those niceties that we're supposed to have in civilized life. And there was something very appealing about a woman who just said, 'Here I am, I am woman, hear me roar."

Right up through today, Carmen's brand of in-your-face honesty and sexy confidence continues to appeal to audiences and those lucky enough to sing the role, such as mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves, who says she's learned much about being a woman in the process.

Role Models

"I'm a great admirer of this woman," Graves says. "I have drawn a lot of strength from who she is. I wish I could be more like her. She doesn't care. She really lives honestly, and that's attractive, I think."

But "attractive" may just be in the eye of the beholder. In the opera, Don Jose is attracted to Carmen, but after she seduces him, then dumps him for a bullfighter, he goes off his head and stabs her to death, and the curtain comes down.

So why does Carmen have to die? McClary says it's because Carmen is a hero to some, most notably feminists. But to others, Carmen is a threat.

"She stands for everything that can potentially go wrong with women," McClary says. "And just as we expect to see Dracula killed off at the end of a vampire movie, we expect to see this monstrous woman killed off."

McClary also says that, still, very few women characters who have power get to keep it. Like Carmen, they all must be punished in the end. But for Graves, Carmen's death means just the opposite.

"No, I don't think she's being punished," Graves says. "I think it's even an act of will on her part. And she says to him, 'If you're gonna kill me, kill me. Otherwise, get the heck out of my way.' But I've played her many times that she actually runs on to the blade itself, that she feels that he doesn't have the courage to do it himself, so she does it for him. I think it's extremely powerful."

Carmen, in the face of death, is fearless. According to Berger, her naturally sexy life-force is at a level which, even today, can be uncomfortable for many.

"I don't know of too many women who are as commanding and compelling as Carmen," Berger says. "I think if we saw an archetype as well drawn as Carmen, it would never get on television. People would not like it; it's just a little too disturbing.

Depending on the audience's perspective, Carmen is disturbing or delightful, a figure to be emulated and held up as a cautionary tale. She was a character far ahead of her time in 1875, and today, her story vibrantly spills out of the opera house, into our everyday lives.

Carmen plays at Seattle Opera May 4-19, 2019 at McCaw Hall. 
Tickets & info: seattleopera.org/carmen



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When Star finds out what Spotlight can become she gets into great danger. Luckily she has her pack to help her including Savior, Kayla, Mist, Jay, Moonlight and Sunlight. Star gets hurt many times but Kayla is able to help!
          An unforgettable iPhone data recovery      Comment   Translate Page      
In 2017, Jessa Jones, a smartphone logic board repair expert, received a particularly difficult case. Earlier that year, a brutal hate crime (NY Times) had ended the life of Srinivas Kuchibhotla. Hoping to recover as many memories as she could, his widow, Sunayana Dumala, contacted Jones's business to determine if the data from Kuchibhotla's ruined phone could be recovered. Jones documented the painstaking repair (YouTube; video includes close-ups of dried blood), ultimately restoring the phone and recovering all his data for Dumala.

Kuchibhotla's phone was soaked in his blood and would not power on. After six hours of work, Jones was able to not only recover the data but also restore the phone to (mostly) working order for Dumala to have as a physical, as well as digital, memory. Dumala's joy at recovering her husband's data, shared with her permission, can be seen at the end of the video.

Jessa Jones's YouTube channel, iPad Rehab, features many videos of her using her skills at microsoldering and logic board repair to restore smartphones and tablet computers that have been damaged in many ways, from immersion in water to microwaving. In many of these cases, Apple's official position appears to be that the data is unrecoverable (CBC news story; YouTube hosted), and that anyone claiming to be able to recover data from an iDevice with a damaged logic board is running a scam. Stories like that of Kuchibhotla and Dumala help illustrate the valuable work that independent repair shops can do, and underline the importance of the right to repair.

          Kalsarp Puja Trimbakeshwar      Comment   Translate Page      
All of us have heard the word 'Kaalsap Dosh' many times, but many people do not take it seriously. Kalsarp Yog can cause obstacles in our Professional work and personal lives and treatments. We stay away from those adverse effects if we do Kalsarp Puja in Trimbakeshwar.
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yogesh wrote:
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Gadget wrote:
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spammagnet wrote:
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I'll test it by eliminating the minimum balance, let it drop to 0, then withdraw something from an ATM.


I've tested it many times in the past few months. It works. $0 balance in CMA, ATM Withdrawl, and it will pull money from overdraft brokerage account instantly.


Confirmed as well in both modes.

CMA -> FDIC drops to zero -> ATM withdrawal -> Success -> Pulled money from MM in CMA

CMA -> FDIC drops to zero -> MM in CMA drops to zero -> ATM withdrawal -> Success -> Pulled from overdraft brokerage account
Cool. Thanks to both of you.
           Comment on Wanna Buy a Newspaper? Turn Key Cornwall Regional Eyeballs – CFN FOR SALE by jules       Comment   Translate Page      
Hugger you have insulted me a great many times and I don't get all upset like what you do but instead I laugh it all off because I know where it comes from. LOL LOL ROLF! I have been very much abused as a child and I just read a column a while ago about a little Syrian refugee girl who committed suicide over bullying in Calgary AB and I went through that as a child and I cried to hubby.
           Comment on The U.S. Bars Entry To Founder Of The BDS Movement by Tom Nash       Comment   Translate Page      
There's a reason for all of those things that St. Peter claims "Tom doesn't know"; I have not paid close enough attention to HHHNN updates, a truely "fair and balanced" source of news. Going forward, I'll ditch Reuters, the NY Times, the Washington Post, the L.A. Times, PBS, ABC, CNBC, and other news sources that have kept me in he dark about all those things St. Peter the Journalist 😉😃😄mentions. Reading every word of a fact-based, objective 😀😆😄😂🤣 source like HHHNN is essential for anyone seeking the "truth".
          Black Theologian Stirs Controversy After Telling Women's Conference 'Whiteness Is Wicked'      Comment   Translate Page      

Ekemini Uwan—a Nigerian public theologian specializing in the Bible and racial identity and co-host of the podcast "Truth's Table"—challenged common assumptions about race during a Q&A interview at the 2019 Sparrow Conference. In particular, she told a crowd of predominantly white women that "whiteness is wicked" and that they must "divest from whiteness."

After moderator Elizabeth Woodson noted that racial equality matters to God because 2 Corinthians tells believers to be "ministers of reconciliation," Uwan said that the gospel is offensive and began the broader racial discussion with a discussion of the truth of sin in all of us.

"When you are talking about reconciliation and having to face the ugly truth, I think in order to have a healthy racial identity development, I think we have to be truthful and honest about the truth of race," Uwan said. "And I think we can do this by looking at the gospel. So 2 Corinthians 5—at I believe verse 21—talks about how Jesus Christ who knew no sin became sin on our behalf. He became a sin offering for us, and the reality is that we say, 'He looked past my faults'—that's a nice little church saying—but God did not look past your faults, actually. He saw our faults, He saw that we were enemies of the cross, He saw that we rightly deserved His wrath because we turned from Him and we follow in the footsteps of our first father Adam, right? And so He saw our sins. He put our sins on Jesus. That's what it means for Him to become that sin offering. ... Then [Jesus] rose bodily as a brown-skinned, Palestinian, God-man and is enthroned as that right now."

From that basis, Uwan discussed the very concept of race in contrast to ethnicity. Uwan argued that ethnicity is permanent and God-given—something that will continue even into heaven, and simply speaks to a shared cultural heritage and language—while race was artificially created to categorize people into superior or inferior statuses.

"Race is a social construct that was organized around strife, difference, racial stratification so that obviously white people are on top, people of color being on the bottom and blackness being at the very bottom," Uwan said. "So there's levels to this. We have to understand that race in and of itself is made up, and it's not something that we should really seek to redeem. Our ethnicity though, is something that we do retain, and we see that in Revelation 7:9—you see every tongue, tribe and nation gathered around the throne, so we see that beautiful glimpse of what we will see in the new heaven and new earth and that worship that is happening even now. ... That is good, but race in and of itself was always meant to actually put differences between others and is always meant to subjugate."

Because of that, Uwan said whiteness was rooted in the enslavement of Africans and the genocide of Native Americans. European groups gave up their individual ethnic identities to become a monolithic "whiteness" to contrast against the groups they were discriminating. And by lumping those groups together into monolithic "black" or "Indian" labels, they were also robbing those people of their unique tribal and ethnic heritages.

"We have to recognize and acknowledge that it's a power structure," Uwan said. "That is what whiteness is, and so that the thing for white women to do is you have to divest from whiteness. Because what happened was that your ancestors actually made a deliberate choice to rid themselves of their ethnic identity, and by doing so, they actually stripped Africans in America of their ethnic identity. ... We have to understand something—whiteness is wicked. It is wicked. It's rooted in violence, it's rooted in theft, it's rooted in plunder, it's rooted in power, in privilege."

But Uwan did not stop there, insisting that members of the majority racial group cannot celebrate their heritage. Instead, she said, learn and recover your original ethnic identity.

"I am not pulling something away from you without telling you to replace it," Uwan said. "The goal for you all is to recover what your ancestors deliberately discarded, so that means return to whatever that ethnic identity is. Are you Italian? Are you Irish? Are you Polish? Are you Turkish? Whatever that was, you have to do that work to find out what that is, pull into that, learn what that cultural heritage is, [and] celebrate that. It's going to be work on your part, but that is the work. The work is to divest from whiteness and the work is also for people of color to divest from whiteness too. We do that by not centering whiteness, [by] trying to actually begin to imagine a world where your whole identity is not bound to oppression—which I think is hard to imagine because we live in a white supremacist nation. It takes a lot of work, and you have to do a lot of unlearning."

Woodson then countered by bringing up Galatians 3:28, which says that there is "neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, and there is neither male or female, for you all are one in Christ Jesus." But Uwan responded many people like to use that verse to shut down discussions without really meaning it.

"That Scripture has been used so many times to silence me as a black woman and people of color whenever we bring up whatever grievances and things that we have experienced," Uwan said. "Oftentimes it's used as a way like an 'I gotcha' card. I'll slam this down: 'It doesn't matter, we are all one'—and all of a sudden nobody sees race, right? It's been used as a way to perpetuate colorblindness, if you will, but the reality is that when it comes to gender, though, all of a sudden that Scripture doesn't apply anymore. So when a woman wants to go preach from a pulpit, all of a sudden we aren't all one now, right? Paul is not saying we have now all become ghosts or just spirits. We are soul and body."

"The reality is that God has made us as we are on purpose, so that means he made me black on purpose and I'm grateful for it, even though it is difficult to be a black woman in America and to be in the church as a black woman," Uwan said. "I love it. I would not trade it for the world at all. But He's not saying that there aren't distinctions, because unity presupposes distinctions. What are we uniting over if we are all the same? There's no tension, there's no difference, there's no nothing, right? Unity is not uniformity."

Uwan said if these remarks are difficult, it may be because race or whiteness has become an idol. She concluded by recommending several books on the topic for people who want to look further into the subject.

"Everything that I am saying is all for the sake of love," Uwan said. "But love comes with truth, and truth is divine. Truth stings sometimes, but I hope you hear its love and grace. I don't hate you. I love you. I want everybody to be free."

However, several attendees at the conference did not take her remarks in love. Several white women walked out of the event. Sparrow's social media accounts omitted coverage of her remarks while promoting all of the other speakers.

Deedee Roe criticized the hostile audience response to Uwan's message in a blog post for The Witness.

"So what happens to whiteness when black theology confronts its idols and takes up room in its sacred spaces?" Roe said. "It claws for its purse in the darkness, storms quietly out of the theater and asks to see the manager because it demands someone pay for failing to protect it from conviction and discomfort. When confronted, whiteness crumbles, falls on its face, head and hands breaking off like the statue of Dagon in First Samuel. We see it for what it really is—an idol meant to destroy us."

Later, after outcry online about the event's treatment of Uwan online, Sparrow's leadership team released a statement.

"We are writing to address the content shared during the testimonial interview at the 2019 Sparrow Conference," the statement—titled "Our Apology"—read. "We publicly apologize to both Ekemini Uwan and the conference participants for not handling such a complex subject with more care and therefore putting everyone involved in such a difficult place. That is not the heart or mission of Sparrow Women and we take responsibility for what happened. We want to be peacemakers and see gospel reconciliation and we fell short of our goal here. We will learn from this and are praying for healing and peace for everyone that participated in this year's conference and those that have been affected by this."

Uwan says she was stunned by the event's organizers' response because she has espoused these anti-racism positions for years. When the event's director, Rachel Joy, invited her to come speak, Uwan told the Religion News Service that Joy said she was a fan of Uwan's podcast, where she's espoused many of the ideas she discussed in the Q&A. In a follow-up blog post, she said that Joy eventually apologized for how she had responded, and Sparrow's lawyers released videos and photos that were initially withheld. Uwan said God would give her "the grace to forgive [Joy] quickly."

"Truth always precedes reconciliation," Uwan wrote. "My personhood is not the bridge. My blackness is not the bridge. My gender is not the bridge. The blood of Jesus is the bridge, which is made possible by grace through faith in His finished work. I'm not perfect in my work, but I prayerfully employ discernment and pursue wisdom, precision and fidelity, knowing that calling out well-guarded idols can produce protective, defensive and blatantly hostile responses. My prophetic ministry, at its best, is fueled by agapic love."

Full video of her remarks can be viewed in the embedded video, and Uwan has made a transcript of her remarks available in an Evernote file.


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This is a project for advanced beginner programmers.

The goal of this project is to help you make the leap from small practice exercises to complex, thorny programs like what you might encounter in your first future programming job. I’ve found an accessible open source library and have written 7 detailed feature requests for it. Your task is to read the library’s code, understand it, and write these features. You’ll get plenty of guidance along the way, but not too much, and you’ll have to do all the difficult bits yourself. I’ve written more about why and how I think this project will help you go from Advanced Beginner to Beginning Advanced here.

We’re going to be working with bashplotlib, a Python library that displays ASCII graphs in the terminal. Created by Greg Lamp, it is small, approachable, and sensibly-written, whilst still having plenty of room for improvement in both its code and functionality.

We’re going to make bashplotlib’s graphs look more attractive; add automated unit tests; and even add an entirely new graph type. We’ll learn how to search through a new codebase; when and when not to worry about code duplication; and how to safely change the way that a program is structured. After each task I’ve written pull requests (PRs) on GitHub to show you what I would do. You can use these PRs to help you out if you get stuck and to compare notes once you’re done.

Before we begin, let’s do some quick setup.

Setup

I’ve “forked” (git’s word for “made my own copy of”) the bashplotlib repo and put it on my GitHub account. I did this so that no one else can sneak in and implement the 7 features in this project before you’ve had a chance to. By the time you read this, the code in the main bashplotlib repo may have changed significantly, but my fork will stay exactly the same forever.

Here’s how to get bashplotlib set up on your computer.

Task A: Fork your own version of bashplotlib on GitHub

(optional but recommended)

I recommend that you fork your own version of my fork. This will allow you to practice using git to push your work back up to GitHub, and will also allow you to show the world what you’ve been working on. If you can’t or don’t want to do this then you can skip to step 3 and clone my version of bashplotlib directly. Don’t worry about breaking anything; GitHub wouldn’t let you mess up my version even if you wanted to. To fork your own bashplotlib repo:

  1. If you don’t have a GitHub account, create one. Follow GitHub’s instructions for linking your computer to your account. When following the instructions, note that we’re going to do our cloning using HTTPS, not SSH.
  2. Go to https://github.com/robert/bashplotlib and click “Fork”. This will create your own copy of the bashplotlib repo.

Task B: Clone bashplotlib

To clone bashplotlib and copy the files onto your computer:

  1. In your terminal, cd to the directory you want to work in (eg. cd ~/Documents/Programming)
  2. If you forked your own version of bashplotlib in the previous section, clone it by running the command:
    git clone https://github.com:$YOUR_GITHUB_NAME/bashplotlib.git
    If you didn't fork your own version, clone my version by running:
    git clone https://github.com:robert/bashplotlib.git
    If you can't get cloning to work, despite having wasted your whole goddamn afternoon trying, you can download the code as a standard zip file by clicking on the Clone or download button on https://github.com/robert/bashplotlib.

Task C: Set up a scratch file

The rigorous best practice for working with Python libraries is to use a tool called virtualenv. If you want to try setting it up then you can follow the instructions here, but for now I recommend saving yourself the potential frustration and heartache of installing a new tool and following these simpler and perfectly valid steps instead:

  1. In your terminal, cd into the new directory you just created by your clone operation (eg. cd ./bashplotlib)
  2. Make a scratch Python file. The name isn't important; scratch.py is fine.
  3. Copy this code into it:
    # scratch.py
    from bashplotlib.scatterplot import plot_scatter
    
    x_coords = [-10,20,30]
    y_coords = [-10,20,30]
    width = 10
    char = 'x'
    color = 'default'
    title = 'My Test Graph'
    
    plot_scatter(
        None,
        x_coords,
        y_coords,
        width,
        char,
        color,
        title)
    
  4. Run this code with the command python ./scratch.py. If the command prints a scatterplot then your setup is complete and you're ready to take on the world. If something goes wrong then congratulations, you get to practice your debugging skills to try and figure out what. Send me a message if you get stuck.

Let’s start small and get warmed up.

1. Make the title box more stylish

bashplotlib displays its graph titles in a moderately nice-looking box:

Task

Let’s make these titles a bit more eye-catching. The way that the box edges smash into each other in the corners is too harsh. Let’s replace the corners with plus-signs so that the lines merge nicely with each other instead.

Tips

Open bashplotlib/scatterplot.py and have a look around. Where is the code that prints the title box?

Once you’ve found the box-printing code, you’ll see that it uses a function that is defined in another file in the bashplotlib project. Which file? Use your text editor’s “Find in project” (or similar) feature, and locate the function’s code. (Hint - if you want to find where a Python function is defined, search for "def my_function_name" instead of just my_function_name)

Once you believe you’ve found the box-generating function, make sure that you really have found it by changing some of the function’s code. For example, change the function so that the sides of the box are displayed using the ^ character instead of the |. Run your scratch file (cd to the root of the bashplotlib project and run python ./scratch.py), and make sure that the output is what you expect to be. If it is, you know you’re in the right place. If it isn’t, work out why.

Now that you’ve found the piece of code that builds the title box, you’re ready to change it so that it puts plus-signs in the box’s corners. Go ahead.

Make sure that you don’t accidentally break anything in the process. For example, make sure that the title box stays the same width as the graph, and that the text inside the box stays centered. If we had unit tests then we wouldn’t have to worry about accidentally breaking anything, because our tests would tell us if we had. We’re going to write some unit tests in section 4 of this project, but unfortunately we don’t have any yet. For now you’ll just have to be extra careful and manually check your work.

How I did it

Here’s my pull request.

Extensions

Done it? Congratulations! Keep going; add further embellishments as your personal taste dictates. For example:

  • Work out how to left- and right-align the title text. Allow users to choose between left-, right-, and centre-align by passing in a title_align parameter to the plot_scatter function.
  • If the title is longer than the width of the graph, truncate it and add ellipses () instead of overflowing.
  • Add 2 layers of edging, like so:

  • Use your imagination! Make the title as elegant and beautiful as you can.

2. Label the axes

bashplotlib’s graphs are very clear, but the axes don’t have titles. This makes it hard to know what a graph is trying to tell you. Does that y-axis represent GDP growth or the amount of carbon it the atmosphere? Are the units percent, parts-per-million, or years-until-extinction?

Task

Let’s add the ability to optionally pass in titles for the x- and y-axes of scatterplots, and display these titles like so:

In addition, let’s add --xtitle and --ytitle options to the command line interface at the bottom of the scatterplot.py file so that the command line tool can use them too.

Tips

Feel free to tidy up the code a little if it helps you understand it. I personally felt like len(get_scale(xs, False, size) was being written out too many times, so I assigned its result to a variable at the top of the _plot_scatter function and used that throughout the rest of the function.

How I did it

Here’s my pull request.

Extensions

Save space and show off your skills by printing the y-axis title vertically down the side of the graph, like so:

3. Show the 0-axes in the middle of the graph

The README for bashplotlib shows an example scatterplot that has its “0-axes” (lines showing where the axes cross 0) displayed in the middle of the graph:

However, it seems that somewhere the code that creates these 0-axes got lost (nb. I did not delete the code for teaching purposes, it really does seem to have got lost).

Task

0-axes can be very useful for interpreting graphs, so let’s add them back in. Here’s how our 0-axes should work:

  • If our data points cross the x-axis, we should print a 0-axis for the x-axis (eg. (-10, 10), (-5, 15), (0, 20), (5, 25)). If they cross the y-axis, we should print a 0-axis for the y-axis too (eg. (-10, -10), (-5, -5), (0, 0), (5, 5))
  • We should only print a 0-axis if our data points cross 0 for an axis. If our data doesn’t cross 0, we shouldn’t print a 0-axis
  • If we print 0-axes for both the x- and y-axes, we should print an O where they cross
  • If there is a data point on top of an axis line, we should make sure to print the data point and not the axis line

Tips

When I was working on this feature myself, I realized that I had to actually work out what the double-nested-for-loop inside the _plot_scatter function was doing. Up until this point I hadn’t needed to, so I hadn’t bothered. I added a few comments and tweaked the code slightly to make it easier for me to understand. Feel free to do this yourself if it helps you.

How I did it

Here’s my pull request.

Extensions

Allow users to hide these new axes if they pass an optional hide_zero_axes argument into the plot_scatter function. 0-axes should be displayed by default, so the default value for this argument should be False.

4. Make the library “testable” and write some tests

Making changes to any codebase, especially a large, unfamiliar one, can be unnerving. You may have successfully added your new feature, but how do you know that it works correctly with every possible edge-case? And how do you know that you haven’t inadvertently broken an already existing feature in some subtle (or not-so-subtle) but important way?

The slow, unscalable, error-prone way to test your code is to manually run it using lots of different combinations of parameters, and laboriously check that everything looks correct. This is better than not testing at all, but does nothing to prevent someone else from unwittingly breaking your new feature in the future.

The solution is “unit tests”. A unit test is a block of code that calls functions from your main code, and verifies that these functions behave correctly. For example, if you wanted to check the correctness of a new function called sum_digits, which takes a number and returns the sum of its digits (in base 10), one of your tests might be:

result = sum_digits(543)
expected_result = 12

if result == expected_result:
    print("SUCCESS!")
else:
    print("FAILURE!")
    print("Expected:")
    print(expected_result)
    print("Got:")
    print(result)

You might also write other tests that make sure that sum_digits works correctly for other types of number, like negative numbers, decimals, and the number 0.

Unit tests make verifying the correctness of your code much quicker and more reliable - all you have to do is run your test file and make sure none of the tests fail. It also means that future people who work with your code (including yourself) will know how it’s meant to behave, and will be less likely to accidentally break it.

At Stripe, where I work, I would guess that the codebase has well over 10,000 tests, and maybe many more. This means that anyone can add new features and update existing ones, without being unduly concerned that they will unwittingly destroy the company.

Making bashplotlib “testable”

bashplotlib does not currently have any tests. This is a perfectly reasonable choice by the author. Writing and maintaining tests takes time, and he probably felt that the library was small and experimental enough that he didn’t want the bother. Nonetheless, adding tests would make the library more reliable and easier to work with. While I was writing this project I noticed and fixed a small bug that would have been caught automatically if the library had had any tests.

However, right now bashplotlib is not very “testable”. A piece of code’s “testability” is how easy it is to write tests for. There are many reasons why a piece of code might or might not be testable. bashplotlib’s main problem is that it prints all of its output to the terminal piece-by-piece. Automated tests for the current version of bashplotlib would have to somehow read in output that had previously been printed to the terminal. There are ways to do this (or something close to it), but they are somewhat complicated and fiddly. There is a better solution.

Task

In this task we’ll first make bashplotlib testable, and then we’ll write tests for it.

We’ll make bashplotlib “testable” by changing the _plot_scatter function so that it no longer prints the graph, but instead builds and returns the graph as a long string. The plot_scatter function (which calls _plot_scatter) will then be responsible for printing this long string to the terminal:

def _plot_scatter(...arguments, etc...)
    graph = ""
    # ...build a graph...
    graph += "+---+etc"
    # ...build the rest of the graph...
    return graph

def plot_scatter(...arguments, etc...)
    # ...process arguments...
    graph_text = _plot_scatter(...arguments, etc...)
    print(graph_text)

This seemingly minor shuffling of responsibilities makes the _plot_scatter function much easier to test. Now we can write test code that calls _plot_scatter, stores the result in a variable, and compares this result to a pre-defined, expected value. For example, in a new file called test.py, we can write:

# test.py
from bashplotlib import _plot_scatter

# Copy and paste the value for `expected_result`
# from terminal output that you know is correct.
expected_result = """+--------...
|
...etc...
|
+--------..."""
# Call `_plot_scatter` with the arguments that
# you know will produce the `expected_result`
# above.
result = _plot_scatter(...arguments, etc...)

if expected_result == result:
    print("SUCCESS!")
else:
    print("FAILURE!")
    print("Expected:")
    print(expected_result)
    print("Found:")
    print(result)

Think of as many edge-cases as you can, and write individual tests for them all.

Tips

I suggest that you tackle this task using the following steps:

  • Change _plot_scatter so that it returns a string representing the graph, and doesn’t print anything
  • Change plot_scatter so that it stores and prints the output of _plot_scatter
  • Make a new file called test.py in the root of the library (alongside scratch.py)
  • Write a test for _plot_scatter to make sure that it generates a normal graph correctly. Run it using python ./test.py
  • Think of as many edge-cases as you can, and write tests for them. Do your 0-axes display properly? What if a point is on top of a 0-axis? What happens if your title is longer than the width of the graph? Is this what you want to happen? What if you have 2 data points that are the same? Almost the same?

Your tests might have trouble interpreting color printing. Feel free to get rid of the color-printing functionality for now, or look at my version for suggestions on how to deal with it.

For another example of unit testing, see section 3 of Programming Projects for Advanced Beginners #2: Game of Life.

How I did it

Here’s my pull request.

Extension

Research PyUnit, a Python testing framework, and rewrite our tests with it. Although our hand-crafted if-statements are perfectly serviceable, most test suites are written using a testing framework (like PyUnit), which makes writing, running, and debugging tests much easier.

5. Make histograms more stylish too

So far all of our work has been on improving scatterplots. But bashplotlib can plot histograms too. Technically they’re not actually histograms; the y-axis in bashplotlib’s graphs represents a raw count, whereas in a histogram the y-axis represents “probability density”. “Bar charts” would be a more accurate word for what bashplotlib produces. But I think everyone still understands what the library is getting at, so let’s not say anything nasty on Twitter. For consistency I’m going to keep referring to them as “histograms”.

Task

bashplotlib’s histograms generate their titles using the same box_title function that we worked on in step 1, so they automatically benefit from our previous work. However, histograms also display a statistical summary of their data, in another box below the main graph. This box is generated by hand. We’ve already got a good way of printing text inside beautiful ASCII boxes, so let’s use this method here too. This will make our statistics look more elegant and consistent, and reduce code duplication

To work on histograms, you’ll have to call plot_hist from your scratch.py file. Try to set this up yourself.

Tips

We have a small problem - box_text currently assumes that you only want to print a single line inside your box, but our statistics are spread out over multiple lines. To solve this snafu, update box_text so that the argument it accepts is a list of strings, not just a single string. Have the function display each element of the list on a separate line, and surround all the lines with an ASCII box. We’ll then use the function to create our stats box like so:

center = ... # Defined earlier in the file
summary_lines = [
    "## Summary ##".center(center),
    ("observations: %d" % n).center(center),
    # ...etc...
]
print(box_text(summary_lines, center))

To maintain compatibility with our existing code, update the places where box_text is used for displaying titles so that the titles are passed in as a single element list, like this:

box_text([title])

How I did it

Here’s my pull request.

Extension

Because we’re now using the box_text function to render the histogram statistics box, we no longer get an emphasizing line in between “Summary” and “observations” (see picture above). I thought that line looked quite fetching, so let’s bring it back. Update box_text so that it takes an argument of a “list of lists”. box_text should print out each line in the sub-lists, as normal, but in between each top level list it should print an ASCII line. For example, the code:

box_text([
  ["Title"],
  ["Sub-title1", Sub-title2"],
  ["Point1", "Point2", "Point3"]
])

should produce the output:

+----------+
|   Title  |
+----------+
|Sub-title1|
|Sub-title2|
+----------+
|  Point1  |
|  Point2  |
|  Point3  |
+----------+

Make sure all the other usages of box_text still work.

6. Add labels to histogram axes

Task

Do the same thing that you did in task 2 - add optional titles to the x- and y-axes - but this time for histograms. It’s a lot easier the second time round, isn’t it?

Tips

You’ll probably find that you repeat code between the scatterplot.py and histogram.py files. Repeating code like this should always make you feel a little bit uncomfortable, and should prompt you to consider ways to reduce or eliminate the duplication. That said, sometimes repeating code can be an entirely pragmatic choice.

In our situation, we could either try to wrap up our axis title code in some sort of print_axis_title function that lives in utils/helpers.py, or we could copy and paste and duplicate our code in both scatterplot.py and histogram.py. For this task, I could personally go either way. On the one hand, it’s always good to reduce repeated code. But on the other hand, it’s not obvious to me that scatterplots and histograms will always and forever want to use the same logic for printing their axis labels. For example, what happens if one of them wants to print some extra characters on the same line as the axis label? We’d probably have to add something convoluted like optional extra_chars_left and extra_chars_right parameters. Trying to combine two pieces of code that might not be as combine-able as they first appear can lead to some awkward approaches. Since the code for printing axis labels is relatively simple anyway, on this occasion I lean in favor of copying and pasting.

I’m still glad that I thought about it though.

How I did it

I reckon you can tackle this one on your own.

Extension

I’ve got nothing. Call your parents and see how they’re doing.

7. Make a new graph type: horizontal histogram

This is my final feature request, and it’s a big one.

Task

Let’s allow users to draw horizontal histograms:

This will help users display big, detailed histograms that are too tall for their short and stocky terminals, but that fit nicely when rotated.

Tips

This will be very hard. Take inspiration from histogram.py, but not too much inspiration. Feel free to start from scratch if you prefer. I’d suggest that you:

  • Copy and paste histogram.py into a new horizontal_histogram.py file
  • Make sure you can import horizontal_histogram.py and run its code in scratch.py. Test it by using it to draw some normal, still-vertical histograms
  • Think about which parts of the vertical histogram code you can reuse, and which parts will have to change. In general you’ll be able to reuse the parts of the code that deal with transforming and bucketing the data (everything above line 140 or so), since the underlying data doesn’t change. However, you will have to rewrite the parts that take the transformed data and display it as a graph (everything below line 140). For now, use copy and paste liberally and don’t worry about duplicating code.
  • Once you’ve got your horizontal histogram working, write some tests for it!

How I did it

Here’s my pull request.

Extensions

Pull out as much duplicated code as you can from vertical and horizontal histograms, and move it into shared functions. These functions might perform common operations like bucketing data points and calculating scales.

8. Even more extensions

  • Calculate the “correlation” of scatter graphs using the “product moment correlation coefficient” algorithm and print it in a box below the plot. Research what these words mean. You can either look for an existing implementation of the algorithm and use that, or try to code it yourself from scratch (this involves a lot of very tricky but very interesting maths).
  • Calculate the “interquartile range” of histogram data and display it in the same box as the mean, median, standard deviation, etc. If you’re not sure what that means, look it up!
  • Use ASCII techniques to connect the dots in scatter plots. You’ll have to work out which points need to be joined together, calculate the gradient between them, and work out how best to connect them using ASCII characters.
  • Draw ASCII pie charts. Add a new bashplotlib/pie_chart.py file to put the logic in, and add a new pie command-line tool

That’s it

You’re done! Keep the momentum going - choose another open source project (use Google and this list for inspiration) and add experimental new features to it. Don’t worry much about actually submitting your work to the main project (unless you want to) - your goal should be to understand and experiment with new projects, not to produce something polished and perfect and ready to be deployed to production servers. Alternatively, try tackling the Programming Projects for Advanced Beginners series, where you build your own programs from scratch using a similar level of detailed (but not too detailed) guidance to that of this project.

I’d love to hear your feedback and find out how you got on. Send me an email or a Tweet (with a link to your GitHub repo if you have one) and I’ll send you back some insightful comments and a ASCII art trophy.


          COMC Blaster - A Little Bit of Everything      Comment   Translate Page      
Today turned out to be a beautiful day in Rhode Island, but it didn't start off that way.  I took advantage of a couple of rainy hours this morning to raid my card chest and put together one of my patented "COMC Blaster" posts.  Let's see what $20 in store credit landed me on the site over time...

This Canvas parallel of Ryan Johansen was one of my favorite hockey cards of the 2015-16 collecting season.  A stellar photo, and stellar cropping (notice Ryan's name and number on the scoreboard at upper right).  I paid 32 cents for this card, and thanks to Upper Deck's e-Pack promotion you can grab a copy for even less than that today if you'd like.

Here's a pretty big card in my quest to complete the 2015 Upper Deck Dinosaurs 3-D insert set.  Tyrannosaurus Rex is probably the most well-known dinosaur, so I happily snatched this one up for $1.45.  I've got 17 of these inserts in total now, 25 more to go...

Every so often I look for cheap Liverpool cards on COMC, as they've been my favorite club since I started following English Premier League back in 2011 or so.  For the same price as the T-Rex above, this green parallel of Daniel Sturridge's Hot Shots insert from the 2013 Topps Premier set seemed like a good deal.  It's serial-numbered to /99 on the reverse.  There aren't anywhere near the volume of soccer cards as there are for sports like baseball or football, so this is actually one of the more unique pieces in my very small Liverpool collection to date.

Since we've covered hockey, dinosaurs and soccer, let's switch over to some standard baseball cards for a bit.  This one was purely the result of searching for Xander Bogaerts cards, and looking for low-hanging fruit.  It's a Purple parallel from 2016 Bowman, and is numbered to /250.  Not all that rare, but it set me back just $1.25 so I'm not complaining...

Here's one for my 1959 Topps set!  A nice high number at that (card #534), and in damn fine shape.  The only issue I see is that oddness on the lower right corner, which is strange.  For $2.05 I could not click purchase fast enough.  I'm now sitting at 299 cards in my slow-burn '59 set build.

How about a couple of 2014 Finest X-Fractors.  I have far too many projects, and one of them is completing this 100-card set in X-Fractor form.  Carlos Gomez was a no-brainer pick-up at just 34 cents...

...and Yu Darvish I spent 63 cents on.  If I can keep scoring these at two-for-a-buck prices maybe I will finish this off someday after all.

I paid 87 cents for this 1957 Topps Don Elston.  Did not notice the crease until I got it in hand.  Doesn't bother me in the least, the card has good centering, presents well, and it's a Brooklyn Dodger from the '50s.  I can't ask for more than that for less than a dollar.

You've likely seen me post a Star Wars Tek card before, I'm just a sucker for acetate cards and always loved the films.  I'm not a total nerd about it like a lot of folks are, so the only thing I remember this character from is the opening scenes of The Force Awakens.  I try to grab these Blue Rainbow parallels, #'d /99, any time I see them for less than a buck, and this one fit the bill at 97 cents.

I like what Topps has done with some of the image variations in their flagship set over the last decade or so.  I know they're not for everyone, but at least they do it in a way where you can easily ignore them if you choose and they won't interfere with your set collecting.  For team and player collectors I think it's a fun element to chase.  This Blake Swihart RC is a prime example, I like the image used here much more than the one on the standard version.  At $2.25, this is the second most expensive card in today's post.

Can't get enough of these Bubbles Refractors from 2014 Bowman Chrome.  There are just 99 copies of each in circulation, so they're rare enough to feel somewhat significant, but still available enough not to break the bank.  For example, this Strasburg cost me all of $1.15.

One more Xander Bogaerts card for today.  I believe Topps Museum Collection is maybe considered a mid-tier type product?  Whatever the case, I'm certainly never going to buy any, but I'll definitely pluck Bogaerts cards from releases like that for my collection.  Especially when they cost just 75 cents.  This is my 130th Xander Bogaerts card and counting, though I know I have quite a few more that I just need to inventory and add to my collection proper.

A week or two ago I posted a trio of '55 Topps Red Sox that I'd picked up while trying to plug some holes in earlier team sets.  Continuing with that same theme, here's a '60 Jim Marshall that I grabbed for just 50 cents.  It's slightly diamond-cut, but for two quarters this will more than do for my collection.

I already had a copy of this fantastic Rick Ley New England Whalers card in my collection, but this is a significant condition upgrade.  Used $1.40 in credit for this one, but it's in amazing condition and Ley's a significant guy in the history of my favorite franchise.  I really need to make an attempt to finish all of the '70s O-Pee-Chee WHA sets once and for all.

Yup, one more Star Wars Tek card today.  This is an even rarer Gold Rainbow parallel (#'d /50).  I know many Star Wars fans hated the Ewoks, but I was just a little kid the first time I saw Return of the Jedi so they've never bothered me.  Anyway, I remember the character Logray most from the 'Ewoks: Caravan of Courage' TV movie that came out a year or two later.  Watched that one and its counterpart, 'Ewoks: The Battle for Endor', many times growing up.  Believe it or not, this was the most expensive card in today's post at $2.50.

Loved Nolan Ryan as a kid, still enjoy picking up his cardboard to this day.  I've been trying to back fill some of his '80s releases that I had as a kid, but that didn't survive into my adult collection.  This one fit that bill nicely, especially at just 35 cents.  I've got just about 10,000 baseball cards added to my collection on The Trading Card Database so far, and Nolan is one of just three players who I have 100 cards of or more (Bogaerts and David Ortiz being the others).

Last card for today, as the $1.25 I spent on this Don Zimmer brings me to $19.48 for a running total.  I'm sure I could scrounge around for another 50 cent pick-up, but we'll just call it here.

I always liked Zimmer because he seemed to me like the consummate baseball lifer.  His 1961 Topps card is pretty great, I was happy to snag this copy in great condition as cheaply as I did.

That's it for today, I'm off to watch the Bruins hopefully even the series with Toronto here!
          Why Do Older Eggs Make Better Hard Boiled Eggs?      Comment   Translate Page      

Question: Why do older eggs make better hard boiled eggs? Answer: Simply put, the natural aging process makes older eggs better suited for letting go of their shell. Let’s look into what time does to eggs. The thing with product dates, as we’ve said many times before, is that they can be used for guidance […]

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          Bark Textured Rose Gold Ring Band • Blush Pink Gold Stacking Ring • Rose Gold Filled or Solid 14K Rose Gold Wedding or Anniversary Gift by burnish      Comment   Translate Page      

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          Is Your Smartphone Making You Sad?      Comment   Translate Page      

You know the drill, your smartphone is the last thing you see before you go to sleep at night, and probably the first thing you look at in the morning. And although on reflection, this sounds like a sad reality, it's something that most of us can relate to.

But does our smartphone obsession really have the potential to cause us serious psychological harm?

According to a recent study published in the journal of NeuroRegulation, heavy smartphone use really can leave us feeling pretty sad.

The study indicated that participants who were heavy smartphone users reported increased feelings of depression, isolation and anxiety. Essentially indicating that being heavily connected to your device actually had the potential to impact you in a similar way a substance addiction would.

Even if you don't think you spend that much time on your phone, it's worth setting yourself a challenge in order to get an honest view of how many times you're reaching for your device on a daily basis. Whether it's turning off your alarm in the morning, aimlessly scrolling while you commute, or using your device to continuously multi-task, this constant reliance on your phone does have the potential to form neurological connections in your brain similar to those formed by people suffering from addiction.

So, take a phone-free moment to consider the impact being so connected to your device might be having on your life and your mental health, and reassess how you can strike a balance between allowing technology to simply your life, without ruling it.


          Re: Crypto bulls are back. Are you getting in?      Comment   Translate Page      
Strayshot wrote:
Thu Apr 11, 2019 7:10 am

GoldenFinch wrote:
Thu Apr 11, 2019 6:58 am

Strayshot wrote:
Thu Apr 11, 2019 6:42 am

Me personally, I’m getting back into tulips instead of crypto. It has been a few centuries of a lull, but I really feel like the tulip bulls are back and have seen prices going up a couple cents here and there so there is definitely some movement. In fact, I saw a neighbor plant some fresh bulbs just yesterday which is more than enough of a cue to get back in.


I have found tulips to be a bad investment. They bloom for one year and don’t come up the next year. Chipmunks (I think) dig up the bulbs and eat them.


Ah, you haven’t been keeping up on the technology! There is a new bioengineered tulip that uses a technology called tulipchain, which guarantees that the tulip bulb will clone and come up year after year so that you will never lose the initial value of your tulip purchase. In addition, each year the flower modifies its coloring to become even more complex and beautiful. I suggest buying in now before the market really skyrockets. With these new tulips, the seeds take longer and longer to grow over each tulip generation which makes the next tulip batch harder to acquire, so I feel like tulip mining will be really profitable in the beginning and those that get in early have the most to gain.


Pokerguy123 wrote:
Sat Apr 13, 2019 11:34 am

sfnerd wrote:
Sat Apr 13, 2019 12:21 am



Who needs this, other than drug dealers, pedophiles, and other criminals? There are very few legitimate use cases. Even if you find one, cash is probably a better fit anyway, as bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are only really anonymous if you don't transfer in and out of fiat money.


You don't need to be a criminal to want to privacy. For most transactions, the amount of privacy that bitcoin offers is enough.




Commenting because I want to reconcile a few things after doing fairly extensive research on bitcoin. Whatever the merits of bitcoin are, it's not a tulip, but it's no investment either--and it's not a currency in any traditional sense of the word. A cryptocurrency is really the definition of something new. Trying to pigeon-hole it into Tulip, Investment, or Currency is like trying to fit a round peg into a square hole. There's no need for it. We can accept it for what it is.



I think the more charitable use case for what a crypto is --not what it aspires to be--but what it actually is right now at this moment, is a method of transacting, inefficiently, through a medium that is private. How private? So private that in theory, the transaction can be 100% untrackable. (you must use something other than bitcoin overtly to do this)



If you follow the online forums, just like the bogleheads have a particular psychology, so too do crypto adherents have their own psychology. I'm sure some of them deal in illicit activity, but there are many many of them that have an anti-government, anti-establishment, conspiracy theory minded slant. Just watch some of their youtube channels. Obviously I'm not here to comment on that. What I am here to comment on is where the value of crypto-currencies derives from. Wheres the faith?



The faith interestingly comes from a lack of faith, in the system, a lack of faith in government and institutions. On bogleheads, we've seen this mania already many times. Why do people consistently believe the sky is about to fall in the stock markets, why do people push gold, why do people constantly push ideas of recession, etc. It's a kind of anti-faith. Faith in the failure of the system--faith because the belief exceeds evidence the system/market is about to collapse.



The value of cryptocurrencies, illicit purposes aside, derives from a faith in the failing of the system. Nisiprius pointed out one of the central ideas of the early uses cases was that transaction friction would be so great, that transacting with bitcoin would be cheaper.



It makes sense too. If you think the banks are out to get you so that they'll impose all kinds of intermediate surchases, if you think government laws are inefficient making movement of money across borders inefficient, therein lies the value for cryptos, at the additional cost of ridiculous amounts of volatility and risk, and at the additional cost of total loss due to fraud. The value of crypto-currencies, even at this moment, is derived from costs imposed by governments and institutions, including the lack of faith by those governments and institutions.



In extreme cases like Venezuela, where the hyperinflation is in fact significantly higher than even the ridiculous volatility of bitcoin, there is some value to be had. see this article from the New York Times "Bitcoin Has Saved My Family"

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/23/opin ... ncies.html





For these reasons, I don't think cryptos will ever die. But I'm not sure they will or can ever take off.



Let's look at a legitimate use case. I want to buy a cup of coffee from starbucks.

There is nothing complex about that transaction technologically. Debit the cost of the coffee from me, Credit Starbucks. It can be done with a simple database. One computer. Yes you can increase the number of computers for redundancy, and atomicity of the transactions.



But compare it with bitcoin. Instead of using one database, you literally have to propagate the transaction through every node on the bitcoin network. That cannot possibly scale. Bitcoin uses a distributed blockchain ledger, established through consensus. How can it be that every time I buy a coffee, you need to update every single ledger on the network? What's more, every node needs a copy of the entire ledger---every single transaction that ever took place. In my prior comment I wrote that in trying to get a basic ethereum wallet to work, I found I could not because at this point the ethereum ledger has grown to exceed a terabyte.



It would be like if Visa decided that every single computer in the Visa financial network has to have the entire copy of the entire ledger of transactions that have ever taken place, and that with each new subsequent transaction, the update has to be propagated to every node. That's not hyperbole. That is in fact the technology.



Every node on the ethereum network needs a copy of a file that is already over a terabyte in size.

From a technological perspective, what this means is that idea that bitcoin has a use case in everyday transactions is for all intents and purposes impossible. It is significantly more inefficient than existing methods, and will forever be significantly more inefficient. There's just no two ways about this. Whether you want to use a tangle, a DAG, a lightning network, or some form of reconciled segregated witness, you're always going to be far more inefficient than an ordinary centralized network.



Which goes back to what I said before. The value of crypto derives not from trust, but a lack of trust. In a world where truly (and I mean truly truly) you can't trust anyone, it has value. But in a world where trust is reasonable, its value is minimal.



That is about as charitable as an interpretation I can give to the crypto cause at this time.
          Villancico The Christmas Song por Christina Aguilera      Comment   Translate Page      

El villancico de Navidad The Christmas Song fue escrito en 1944 por Mel Tomé y Bob Wells y posteriormente ha sido versionada e interpretada por un sin fin de artistas como The Nat King Cole Trio que fueron los primeros en grabarla en 1946, y mucho años después la mismísima Christina Aguilera. En la Navidad de 1999 Christina Aguilera lanzó esta versión actualizada del clásico villancico The Christmas Song que se convirtió en un gran éxito en Estados Unidos y sorprendentemente en Japón, a pesar de que el disco no fue lanzado internacionalmente. My Kind of Christmas se convirtió en el segundo álbum navideño más vendido de la historia con más de 223.000 copias vendidas en EEUU hasta 2012. Si aún no os sabéis este villancico de Navidad tan animado, os dejamos en este post la letra en inglés, en español y el vídeo para que no perdáis el ritmo. ¡Esperamos que disfrutéis de este villancico esta Navidad! Letra en inglés The Christmas Song Chestnuts roasting on an open fire Jack Frost nipping at your nose Yuletide carols being sung by a choir And folks dressed up like Eskimos Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe Help to make the season bright Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow Will find it hard to sleep tonight They know that Santa’s on his way He’s loaded lots of toys and goodies on his sleigh And every mother’s child is going to spy To see if reindeer really know how to fly And so I’m offering this simple phrase To kids from one to ninety-two Although its been said many times, many ways Merry Christmas to you They know that Santa’s on his way (he’s on his way) He’s loaded lots of toys and goodies on his sleigh And every mother’s child is going to spy To see if reindeer really know how to fly And so I’m offering this simple phrase To kids from one to ninety-two Although its been said many times, many ways Merry Christmas to you Letra en español La canción de Navidad Castañas asadas en un fuego abierto Jack Frost pisando la nariz Villancicos cantados por un coro Y la gente vestida como esquimales Todo el mundo conoce a un pavo y algunos al muérdago Ayuda para hacer la temporada brillante Pequeńitos con los ojos todos encendidos Tendrán dificultades para dormir esta noche Ellos saben que Santa está en camino Está cargado un montón de juguetes y regalos en su trineo Y cada niño mirará a su madre para ver si realmente los renos saben volar Y estoy ofreciendo esta simple frase a los nińos de uno ha noventa y dos años A pesar de ser dicho muchas veces y de muchas maneras Feliz Navidad a todos Ellos saben que Santa está en camino (que está en camino) Está cargado con un montón de juguetes y regalos en su trineo Y cada niño mirará a su madre para ver si realmente renos saben volar Y estoy ofreciendo esta simple frase a los nińos de uno ha noventa y dos años A pesar de ser dicho muchas veces y de muchas maneras Feliz Navidad a todos

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          Comment on Scrapping front licence plates makes it harder to fight crime: Police by Richard J Carlson      Comment   Translate Page      
Seriously? This old chestnut? Ask your local police how many times a crime was solved by a front plate. Ask for the records. You already know what you'll find -- no evidence that front plates assist in any sort of policework. Are the 40% of all states and provinces in North America that don't issue front plates experiencing a rash of unsolved crimes? Is there death and mayhem in their streets? Guess not.... Not one of them has decided to reintroduce front plates. In fact, Ohio, a state about the same size as Ontario, just last month decided that the value of front plates was so low, they would rather put their $2m per year towards better causes, like school lunches or fixing potholes. Ask the corollary --- would you, as a Police Department, be willing to sacrifice a small portion of your yearly budget to offset the cost of equipping everyone with front plates in the name of public safety? Again, you know the answer. The answer is simply that Front Plates are a needless waste of resources, contributing to global warming through wasted natural resources (You can make approximately one train locomotive per year on what you waste for front plates in a year) , making cars a little less efficient and thus wasting energy, and, let's face it, making cars ugly. What's the point? It's time to do the right thing and put money to better use. Shame on the police who try to pander to the public's fear of crime with no statistics or foundation in fact. Shame on them.
          Знать свою историю: Запустение Палестины (NY Times May 3, 1880)      Comment   Translate Page      
By Aussie Dave, April 10, 2019



Запустение Палестины.

Путешественник рассказывает, что турецкое правление делает для Святой Земли.
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           Comment on DNAcademy is a great primer for new domain name investors by Lee       Comment   Translate Page      
Love what Mike has to offer I have seen him on Youtube many times, I'am also a domain investor and have done well in the past couple of years however next month I'am planning to join the Pro Version of Dna...I know this will make a huge difference to all that I do!
          Suuf in Senegal      Comment   Translate Page      
I live in the U.S. Recently, I returned from a visit to Senegal, my third. I no longer stay in Dakar but in locations elsewhere.

Years ago, in Philadelphia, I met a man from Dakar, Abe, who would later allow me to accompany him home. It would be my first trip to Africa.

We stayed in Dakar for a week when he said he had to make a trip home. This meant to his birthplace in a small village very southeast in Senegal. I asked to go and, after great consideration, he said yes. We went by car, bus, car again, and many times on foot, for four days, arriving in his home village, deep in south east Senegal.

In the U.S., Abe rountinely had sex with me. We were about the same age, in our 40s. Abe was 100% total top, and I accomodated him as often as he would let me. While considering myself very much a versatile top, I learned first hand the seduction of hearing an elder African accent pouring out the words "I want to f*** you".

But in Senegal, he would not even discuss it. I understood. I'm causcasian. It's Africa. While at his home, his father and his father's brother, men of 70+ years of age, took me into a small home where, to be blunt, promptly undressed and asked me to bathe them. The broken english was so bad, had they not been naked and rubbing each other out I would not have known what they were saying. I later learned they mistakingly thought I was a servant of Abe's. Once they were confident I got the idea of why I was there, as I performed my chores, they began to talk to each other in Wolof as though I was invisible. Sure, I was very nervous, but no one ever had to tell me what elder meant in Africa.

The next day, I was asked if I wanted to visit a nearby National Park and was told that, where we would be going, we would have to stay overnight, in make-shift tents. We would have to stay just outside the Park. I said sure, and Abe helped me simplify my packing. Abe did not travel with us as I am left to the safety of totally strange men. As I find out 1 hour into the walk, men who do not speak english. And this is a really, really big park.

At this time of year it was very dry, and hot, but at night, it would get somewhat agreeable around 2-5am. The night sky would be so crystal clear it was like you could touch it. You would never know there were so many adult African men. From total strangers walking by, speaking only to others in passing, to men camped in small groups. The night air is what cools them, what frees them to think. And they so do like to walk.

After visiting the Park, the last night in the tents, we had a little too much to drink, and several of the men, in Wolof, said they must walk. One thing led to another and I ended up following them ... at 3am.

We walked for sometime, until I realized I could no longer see them, and soon came upon a small camp, no tents, but with a fire that had just been put out, and was still smoldering. As I looked around into the darkenss, I could hear through my dizzyness from the drink, what I thought were giggles, and whispering.

I walked into the woods. My chest began to pound uncontrollably but I could not turn around. Where would I turn to? For a moment, I thought, no one in the world knows exactly where I am at this very moment, and just as I thought how entoxicating and freeing that is, the thought of Abe not knowing where I am shook me.

As the whispering turned into chanting, singing, I came onto a small clearing, around 30 yards in diameter. It was probably just me, but the moon was so bright, it was like the area was lit up like a room. I literally could not see to the other side of the clearing.

But there stood, before me, two very large men, both at least 250 lbs, basically doing what amounted to a slow motioned coregraphed wrestling match. They were surrounded by the men I had followed, some I saw while walking, and several others, all told about 15-18 men. They were all naked. Except for the two wrestlers, none were younger than me.

Eventually I got the nerve to not try to hide in the small bush I found myself in, when I felt both my arms go limp. I'm talking numb. I was led into the circle, and undressed. I felt sure I was about to faint. The feeling was constant. The chanting became a rhythmic rain eventually blurring me into subconsciousness.

Soon, I was startled by this seemingly disturbing argument between one of the wrestlers and an older man, perhaps in his 60s. I was quickly taken back into the woods and kept there for what seemed like forever, but probably about 20-30 minutes. Each time the voices grew loud and aggressive, I would be petted and held more closely. The scent of African sweat only made me more drunk. Several times I felt myself falling to my knees wanting to orally please anything that came about. I was constantly being held up. As best I remember, that's all that happened in the wooded areas.

Then the most strange thing that has ever happened to me in my life occured. All the men around me slowly walked away, one by one, until all I could see was the well lit area near me. Feeling my vision closing in on me ever so subtly, I walked out of the woods into the clearing.

The wrestler, now completely alone, motioned me to him. As I got close I fainted. When I awoke I was being kissed and caressed. He would not stop looking at my eyes. Every time I went to close them, he would get upset. I could not understand anything he said, most the times he wasn't talking to me anyway, but I understood clearly he wanted my eyes open.

In the end, he had his way with me to completion. He made sure of it. But to say this event was only sexual would be a lasting flaw in my character. He dressed me, walked me for awhile, once I noticed he had disappeared, soon others came about, smiling, waving, pointing the direction for me. No more giggling, no more whispering, no more arguing.

What happen to me that night changed my life.

Two days later, on our way back to Dakar, while resting, I asked Abe, who I thought knew nothing about what had happened, would he ever want me to talk about what I did in Africa. He only shook his head. About three days out we are in another National Park, and while being entertained, a white European couple now living in Cape Verde, makes a point of cautioning the other 'tourists' about wandering near National Parks late at night without escort.

I never felt so un-tourist in all my life.

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          Re: How many times you had sex in one day ?      Comment   Translate Page      
My friend Evita, well known activist of sexual liberation, tells me that in one night she was fucked by 20 University students from Egypt and Sudan. She was in a sea-side hotel on vacation when the group came to stay for the night . The following day they would travel by air to their countries. She met them in the bar of the hotel. They became friends. They consumed together some bottles of alcoholic drinks and they swimmed in the pool. After that she went to her room, where she was accepting them in her bed one by one. Before 9 a.m.next morning all 20 students had fucked her.
          Re: Ghana-Experience with `penpals'      Comment   Translate Page      
hello all black lovers!
Be carefull to get in contact with some guys in Ghana. There are many fakers and try to get you in trouble!!!
My friend there also warned me many times, but if you want to meet nice guys there, contact me. I will try to
find you a thrustworthy person. (my friend is a police officer and having some friends who are looking for a life partner of friend from Europe) but keep in your mind that they only want to try a better life with your money, money is all what counts there. I'm lucky and find a thrustworthy person and pay for his education (was a lot of money but anyway, he's the best student in 5 districts and i'm proud!)
READ THESE LINES GOOD AND FROM OTHER MAN WHO HAD A BAD EXPERIENCE, THEY SPEAK THE THRUTH!)
          Re: 'Paradise Discovered, At Last'      Comment   Translate Page      
I dont know about you but God has been kind and I discovered mine couple of days ago..... I heard from my Rohit last week and we got together the day before....As a matter of fact he,s lying in bed totally pooped out from our encounter after lunch today and we,ve been at it all afternoon...now thats what I call PARADISE. We lost touch with each other soon after school and then bumped into each other in HongKong much later on Nathan Road ,,while I was on a shopping spree with my wife and he with his. In short ,, we exchanged pleasantries and also our business cards. Some days later I had a call from him asking me if we could get together. It was as if I had found KOHINOOR DIAMOND.... I was perplexed and didnt know if it was all a dream or real. To cut a long story short we did meet up in Delhi and got together in Meridian hotel where we stayed for three whole days ...totally freaked out on each other till none of us had even a drop of cum left. We had such wild lovemaking that would put the best of North Africans or Blacks Or whatever to shame. Although both of us were worried about our marital status and although we had initial inhibitions whether it was right or whatever yet we just freaked out and believe u me it was the best time of my life..and his , too ..or so he told me and I could make out he was not shamming. God has his own ways and I discovered this....it was a very pleasant surprise to be together with the guy of my dreams... Now for the extraordinary bit.....For the first time ever after being forewarned about the rigours of AIDS....We both drank each other's cum many times as if we couldnt do without it.....Mind you..No tests no nothing...it was plain simple love.....We both trusted and just gave into each other. Please dont forget that we both are married people and such things are unheard of in India. I have no idea if I,m ill and I,m sure he is no different. But we both made love in good faith..like old times and I have no regrets whatsoever. Our next encounter is scheduled for Dusseldorf in Germany where I,ve invited him to be my guest for 2 weeks and thereafter , if all goes well, I,ll visit him in Paris where he is working as a Marketing manager and living alone. I want everyone to know that I,ve been with some of the best guys from the world over without having to pay a penny ,save for times when I,ve spent on maybe a meal. I,ve never EVER paid a dime for sex and I,ve had the best of guys of all shapes, sizes and colour from all over....and I,ve NEVER EVER been blackmailed by anyone including the dozen odd Nigerians or the dozen odd Ghanaians or cameroonians or kenyans that I went around with.....mind you ....Not ONE. God be with you all. Cheers.
          Braless Demi Rose Spills Out Of Plunging Minidress, Flaunts Impossible Cleavage In Sexy Instagram Snap      Comment   Translate Page      

Demi Rose Mawby attends the KISS Haunted House Party 2018 at The SSE Arena, Wembley.

The stunning Demi Rose Mawby has set Instagram on fire once again with her daring outfit and smoldering good looks. On Saturday night, the buxom model took to her Instagram page to wish her fans “an amazing weekend” and dropped a sizzling snap to showcase how she was spending hers.

In her latest photo share, the 24-year-old stunner hinted that she had an amazing night ahead of her by posing for a sultry pic in an elegant London bar. For her night out on the town, the gorgeous model donned a show-stopping silk minidress in a fabulous burnt orange color, one that beautifully complimented her fair skin and chestnut-brown hair.

Demi looked every inch the siren in the eye-catching minidress, flaunting her hourglass curves with the usual grace and sensuality that has won her 8.9 million Instagram followers many times over. The chic number hugged her voluptuous figure in all the right places, swathing the sinuous contours of her body in a silky embrace.

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          The rise of 'presenteeism' in the workplace      Comment   Translate Page      

How many times have you gone in to work when you’re really not up to it? It’s called presenteeism and it’s on the rise. A study by health insurer Vitality has found that more than 40% of employees said their work was being affected by health problems – a figure that’s risen by a third […]

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          Whole Wheat and Oat Cutout Easter Cookies      Comment   Translate Page      

Easter is here and I’m once again tempted to make decorated cookies. I’ve said this many times before, that I don’t particularly like cookies.  I do however, enjoy making decorated cookies and there are plenty of examples on this blog. Check these out. This year I’m adding these Whole Wheat and Oat Cutout Easter Cookies...

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          Comment on Matzav Shmooze: Selfish Anti Vaxxers Could Have Killed My Baby by Research is a good thing      Comment   Translate Page      
I wonder why those who are upset with anti-vaxxers do not post studies/statistics/links to support their side. They just say we need to follow what the medical profession says. Is it not true that the doctors were taught only one thing in medical school: follow the CDC vaccine schedule? If there is a doctor reading this who was taught more than that, please let us all know. Many pediatricians who were practicing for awhile and noticed that their young patients were getting sick with all kinds of autoimmune disorders and autism did their own research into vaccines, and thus became wary of them. (some examples: Dr Bob Sears, Dr. Paul Thomas, Dr. Larry Palevsky, Dr. Richard Moskowitz, and here are more doctors: https://www.jchristoff.com/medical-doctors-and-phd-scientists-speak-out-against-vaccinations-2/?fbclid=IwAR1aL2bshi4Jpwb6KCtr4hxz5RwLFT2AO5KcFJ4Ozvizg7t5Cntx-U_16cI ) For those of you from the older generation, Dr. Robert Mendelsohn was way ahead of his time and warned that vaccines were dangerous: https://www.learntherisk.org/news/dr-robert-mendelson-the-medical-time-bomb-of-immunization-against-disease/ On the other hand, those who are posting about possible dangers of vaccines, many times have studies/statistics/links to cite. It is because they are doing their own research and not relying on the medical profession. They know that sometimes the medical profession is proved wrong (e.g. DES, thalidomide, and cigarettes, which doctors considered safe). On that note, here is an interesting link with many medical studies on the shedding issue of vaccines: https://medscienceresearch.com/shedding/?fbclid=IwAR3QYJ5emPMf4_RKXqEfD9hvrtyEpzyXDdjIHBgZ_RnLhGaKilG2oEggmfE Bottom line - the science is not settled when it comes to vaccines.
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Demi Rose Mawby attends the KISS Haunted House Party 2018 at The SSE Arena, Wembley.

The stunning Demi Rose Mawby has set Instagram on fire once again with her daring outfit and smoldering good looks. On Saturday night, the buxom model took to her Instagram page to wish her fans “an amazing weekend” and dropped a sizzling snap to showcase how she was spending hers.

In her latest photo share, the 24-year-old stunner hinted that she had an amazing night ahead of her by posing for a sultry pic in an elegant London bar. For her night out on the town, the gorgeous model donned a show-stopping silk minidress in a fabulous burnt orange color, one that beautifully complimented her fair skin and chestnut-brown hair.

Demi looked every inch the siren in the eye-catching minidress, flaunting her hourglass curves with the usual grace and sensuality that has won her 8.9 million Instagram followers many times over. The chic number hugged her voluptuous figure in all the right places, swathing the sinuous contours of her body in a silky embrace.

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          Suuf in Senegal      Comment   Translate Page      
I live in the U.S. Recently, I returned from a visit to Senegal, my third. I no longer stay in Dakar but in locations elsewhere.

Years ago, in Philadelphia, I met a man from Dakar, Abe, who would later allow me to accompany him home. It would be my first trip to Africa.

We stayed in Dakar for a week when he said he had to make a trip home. This meant to his birthplace in a small village very southeast in Senegal. I asked to go and, after great consideration, he said yes. We went by car, bus, car again, and many times on foot, for four days, arriving in his home village, deep in south east Senegal.

In the U.S., Abe rountinely had sex with me. We were about the same age, in our 40s. Abe was 100% total top, and I accomodated him as often as he would let me. While considering myself very much a versatile top, I learned first hand the seduction of hearing an elder African accent pouring out the words "I want to f*** you".

But in Senegal, he would not even discuss it. I understood. I'm causcasian. It's Africa. While at his home, his father and his father's brother, men of 70+ years of age, took me into a small home where, to be blunt, promptly undressed and asked me to bathe them. The broken english was so bad, had they not been naked and rubbing each other out I would not have known what they were saying. I later learned they mistakingly thought I was a servant of Abe's. Once they were confident I got the idea of why I was there, as I performed my chores, they began to talk to each other in Wolof as though I was invisible. Sure, I was very nervous, but no one ever had to tell me what elder meant in Africa.

The next day, I was asked if I wanted to visit a nearby National Park and was told that, where we would be going, we would have to stay overnight, in make-shift tents. We would have to stay just outside the Park. I said sure, and Abe helped me simplify my packing. Abe did not travel with us as I am left to the safety of totally strange men. As I find out 1 hour into the walk, men who do not speak english. And this is a really, really big park.

At this time of year it was very dry, and hot, but at night, it would get somewhat agreeable around 2-5am. The night sky would be so crystal clear it was like you could touch it. You would never know there were so many adult African men. From total strangers walking by, speaking only to others in passing, to men camped in small groups. The night air is what cools them, what frees them to think. And they so do like to walk.

After visiting the Park, the last night in the tents, we had a little too much to drink, and several of the men, in Wolof, said they must walk. One thing led to another and I ended up following them ... at 3am.

We walked for sometime, until I realized I could no longer see them, and soon came upon a small camp, no tents, but with a fire that had just been put out, and was still smoldering. As I looked around into the darkenss, I could hear through my dizzyness from the drink, what I thought were giggles, and whispering.

I walked into the woods. My chest began to pound uncontrollably but I could not turn around. Where would I turn to? For a moment, I thought, no one in the world knows exactly where I am at this very moment, and just as I thought how entoxicating and freeing that is, the thought of Abe not knowing where I am shook me.

As the whispering turned into chanting, singing, I came onto a small clearing, around 30 yards in diameter. It was probably just me, but the moon was so bright, it was like the area was lit up like a room. I literally could not see to the other side of the clearing.

But there stood, before me, two very large men, both at least 250 lbs, basically doing what amounted to a slow motioned coregraphed wrestling match. They were surrounded by the men I had followed, some I saw while walking, and several others, all told about 15-18 men. They were all naked. Except for the two wrestlers, none were younger than me.

Eventually I got the nerve to not try to hide in the small bush I found myself in, when I felt both my arms go limp. I'm talking numb. I was led into the circle, and undressed. I felt sure I was about to faint. The feeling was constant. The chanting became a rhythmic rain eventually blurring me into subconsciousness.

Soon, I was startled by this seemingly disturbing argument between one of the wrestlers and an older man, perhaps in his 60s. I was quickly taken back into the woods and kept there for what seemed like forever, but probably about 20-30 minutes. Each time the voices grew loud and aggressive, I would be petted and held more closely. The scent of African sweat only made me more drunk. Several times I felt myself falling to my knees wanting to orally please anything that came about. I was constantly being held up. As best I remember, that's all that happened in the wooded areas.

Then the most strange thing that has ever happened to me in my life occured. All the men around me slowly walked away, one by one, until all I could see was the well lit area near me. Feeling my vision closing in on me ever so subtly, I walked out of the woods into the clearing.

The wrestler, now completely alone, motioned me to him. As I got close I fainted. When I awoke I was being kissed and caressed. He would not stop looking at my eyes. Every time I went to close them, he would get upset. I could not understand anything he said, most the times he wasn't talking to me anyway, but I understood clearly he wanted my eyes open.

In the end, he had his way with me to completion. He made sure of it. But to say this event was only sexual would be a lasting flaw in my character. He dressed me, walked me for awhile, once I noticed he had disappeared, soon others came about, smiling, waving, pointing the direction for me. No more giggling, no more whispering, no more arguing.

What happen to me that night changed my life.

Two days later, on our way back to Dakar, while resting, I asked Abe, who I thought knew nothing about what had happened, would he ever want me to talk about what I did in Africa. He only shook his head. About three days out we are in another National Park, and while being entertained, a white European couple now living in Cape Verde, makes a point of cautioning the other 'tourists' about wandering near National Parks late at night without escort.

I never felt so un-tourist in all my life.

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          Re: How many times you had sex in one day ?      Comment   Translate Page      
My friend Evita, well known activist of sexual liberation, tells me that in one night she was fucked by 20 University students from Egypt and Sudan. She was in a sea-side hotel on vacation when the group came to stay for the night . The following day they would travel by air to their countries. She met them in the bar of the hotel. They became friends. They consumed together some bottles of alcoholic drinks and they swimmed in the pool. After that she went to her room, where she was accepting them in her bed one by one. Before 9 a.m.next morning all 20 students had fucked her.
          Re: Ghana-Experience with `penpals'      Comment   Translate Page      
hello all black lovers!
Be carefull to get in contact with some guys in Ghana. There are many fakers and try to get you in trouble!!!
My friend there also warned me many times, but if you want to meet nice guys there, contact me. I will try to
find you a thrustworthy person. (my friend is a police officer and having some friends who are looking for a life partner of friend from Europe) but keep in your mind that they only want to try a better life with your money, money is all what counts there. I'm lucky and find a thrustworthy person and pay for his education (was a lot of money but anyway, he's the best student in 5 districts and i'm proud!)
READ THESE LINES GOOD AND FROM OTHER MAN WHO HAD A BAD EXPERIENCE, THEY SPEAK THE THRUTH!)
          Re: 'Paradise Discovered, At Last'      Comment   Translate Page      
I dont know about you but God has been kind and I discovered mine couple of days ago..... I heard from my Rohit last week and we got together the day before....As a matter of fact he,s lying in bed totally pooped out from our encounter after lunch today and we,ve been at it all afternoon...now thats what I call PARADISE. We lost touch with each other soon after school and then bumped into each other in HongKong much later on Nathan Road ,,while I was on a shopping spree with my wife and he with his. In short ,, we exchanged pleasantries and also our business cards. Some days later I had a call from him asking me if we could get together. It was as if I had found KOHINOOR DIAMOND.... I was perplexed and didnt know if it was all a dream or real. To cut a long story short we did meet up in Delhi and got together in Meridian hotel where we stayed for three whole days ...totally freaked out on each other till none of us had even a drop of cum left. We had such wild lovemaking that would put the best of North Africans or Blacks Or whatever to shame. Although both of us were worried about our marital status and although we had initial inhibitions whether it was right or whatever yet we just freaked out and believe u me it was the best time of my life..and his , too ..or so he told me and I could make out he was not shamming. God has his own ways and I discovered this....it was a very pleasant surprise to be together with the guy of my dreams... Now for the extraordinary bit.....For the first time ever after being forewarned about the rigours of AIDS....We both drank each other's cum many times as if we couldnt do without it.....Mind you..No tests no nothing...it was plain simple love.....We both trusted and just gave into each other. Please dont forget that we both are married people and such things are unheard of in India. I have no idea if I,m ill and I,m sure he is no different. But we both made love in good faith..like old times and I have no regrets whatsoever. Our next encounter is scheduled for Dusseldorf in Germany where I,ve invited him to be my guest for 2 weeks and thereafter , if all goes well, I,ll visit him in Paris where he is working as a Marketing manager and living alone. I want everyone to know that I,ve been with some of the best guys from the world over without having to pay a penny ,save for times when I,ve spent on maybe a meal. I,ve never EVER paid a dime for sex and I,ve had the best of guys of all shapes, sizes and colour from all over....and I,ve NEVER EVER been blackmailed by anyone including the dozen odd Nigerians or the dozen odd Ghanaians or cameroonians or kenyans that I went around with.....mind you ....Not ONE. God be with you all. Cheers.
          Truth be told, the idea that “Netanyahu has killed the two-state solution” is silly - by Victor Rosenthal      Comment   Translate Page      
...PM Netanyahu’s decision to extend Israeli law to the settlements in Area C would not have any effect whatever on Palestinians living under the control of the Palestinian authority, and it does not change the status of the territories in which they are located. Israel will never abandon Judea and Samaria entirely, although it is possible that some part of them could become an autonomous Palestinian entity. But – for security, if for no other reason – Israel could never agree to a sovereign Arab state west of the Jordan, nor could it agree to the kind of massive withdrawal and dismantling of settlements that was envisioned in the Obama period.

Victor Rosenthal..
Abu Yehuda..
12 April '19..
Link: http://abuyehuda.com/2019/04/everyone-knows-but-everyones-wrong/

I don’t know how many times I’ve seen Judea and Samaria referred to as “occupied Palestinian territories,” and Jewish settlements there called “illegal under international law.” But the territories are not “Palestinian,” they are not “occupied,” Jewish communities there are not illegal, and Israel is not oppressing millions of Palestinians who also live there.

PM Netanyahu’s promise to extend Israeli sovereignty to the settlements – and not, by the way, “to annex the West Bank” as so many headlines have it – has re-ignited debate about these issues. But nothing’s changed. Here are some popular but false statements about Judea/Samaria and the Jewish communities that have been established there:

1. The “West Bank” is “Palestinian land” which Israel is occupying

Judea and Samaria, like the rest of Israel and Jordan, were part of the Ottoman Empire from the 16th Century until the end of WWI. After the war, the League of Nations agreed to set aside this portion of the former Ottoman territory to be held in trust by Britain to become a national home for the Jewish people. Britain gave the eastern portion to Abdullah bin Hussein as a reward for his help and that of his father, Sharif Hussein of Hejaz, in the war; this would ultimately become Jordan. The land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean, including what would become the State of Israel and Judea/Samaria and Gaza became the Mandate for Palestine.

The Arabs living in the Mandate were strongly opposed to Jewish sovereignty, and the British, from a combination of the desire to appease the Arabs to reduce their violence (which expressed itself against both Jews and the British rulers), the desire to keep “Palestine” under their control for strategic purposes, and sheer antisemitism, abandoned their responsibility to the Jewish people and tried to throttle Jewish immigration, while allowing Arabs from surrounding areas to enter.

In November 1947, the UN – which had assumed the obligations of the League of Nations – passed a resolution (UNGA 181) recommending the partition of the Mandate into a Jewish and Arab state. The Palestinian Jews were prepared to accept a truncated state (it would be the second truncation of the land originally set aside for the Jews), but the Palestinian Arabs and the Arab nations wanted all the territory to be under Arab sovereignty, and rejected the resolution.

It is important to note two things: first, the resolution, because it was passed by the General Assembly and not by the Security Council under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, was advisory, not mandatory. And second, because the recommendations were never implemented, they became moot.

The British, exhausted after WWII and tired of the attacks against their occupation forces by both Jews and Arabs, ended the Mandate in May, 1948, and went home. The Jews, who had used the Mandate period to build all the institutions required for a state – an army, an educational system, a labor federation, various state enterprises, and more – declared the State of Israel in the area assigned to them by the partition resolution. The Arabs, who could have done the same, did not do so. They redoubled their violent attacks on Jews. At the same time, the armies of five Arab nations invaded the area, intending to destroy the new state of Israel and take the land for themselves (and not to establish a state for the Palestinian Arabs!)

The war that followed ended with a cease-fire in 1949. The Arab nations would not agree to make a permanent peace or recognize the Jewish state, but they signed cease-fire agreements that demarcated the positions of their troops. These agreements explicitly stipulated that the cease-fire lines were not national borders. The areas of Judea/Samaria and Gaza were occupied by Jordan and Egypt respectively, and in 1950 Jordan formally annexed the territory it had occupied and named it the “West Bank.” This is the first time that name was used to refer to what had previously been called “Judea and Samaria.”


The Arab invasion clearly violated the UN Charter, being a “use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence” of the State of Israel, and therefore the annexation of Judea and Samaria was also illegal. Only Britain (and possibly Pakistan) recognized it. During the war and afterwards, Jordan regularly committed war crimes, violating the Geneva Conventions by ethnically cleansing the Jewish population from the territories they occupied, destroying Jewish synagogues and cemeteries, and not allowing access to Jewish and Christian holy sites during the entire 19-year occupation.

In 1967 the Arabs again planned to destroy Israel, and some Arab leaders even made genocidal statements. Although it is true that Israel fired the first shots, it is generally accepted that this was a case of legitimate military preemption of an imminent attack, and that Israel’s actions were justified self-defense. The war ended with Israel in possession of Judea and Samaria, as well as Gaza.

The argument is made that the UN charter forbids acquisition of territory by force. That is not correct. It says that

All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations. (Art. 2, Sec. 4)

But it also says that

Nothing in the present Charter shall impair the inherent right of individual or collective self-defence if an armed attack occurs against a Member of the United Nations, until the Security Council has taken measures necessary to maintain international peace and security. … (Art. 51)

If Israel’s actions in 1967 were legal, what is the status of Judea and Samaria? Many people say that it is a “belligerent occupation.” If so, it would still be entirely legal, just as the allied occupation of Germany after WWII was legal. But if it is an occupation, whose territory is being occupied? Not Jordan’s, whose possession of it was illegal from the start!

The last entity in legitimate possession of Judea/Samaria was the British Mandate, which no longer exists. But the only national entity that could reasonably have been considered the inheritor of the Mandate’s boundaries is the State of Israel. Given also that the Mandate was intended for the purpose of establishing a national home for the Jewish people, and considering the well-documented claim of the Jewish people to be the aboriginal inhabitants of the land, it is reasonable to see the events of 1967 as the liberation of territory that was illegally occupied, and its return to the legitimate owner, Israel.

In 1988, King Hussein of Jordan relinquished his claim to Judea and Samaria, in favor of the PLO. But since Jordan had no legitimate rights to the territory to begin with, the gesture was meaningless.

It is true that the Palestinian Arabs wish to possess Judea and Samaria (not to mention Haifa and Tel Aviv), and there are numerous members of the UN that agree with them for religious, cultural, economic, and yes – antisemitic – reasons. But wishing will not make the 1949 armistice lines a border, and wishing will not make Palestinian Arabs the legitimate heirs of the British Mandate, nor – despite their creative approach to history – the aboriginal inhabitants of the Land of Israel.

2. Settlements are illegal under international law

This is a favorite of many news media and European governments, who feel a compulsion to add “which are illegal under international law” after any mention of Israeli settlements. But even if you accept (as I do not) that Israel’s possession of Judea and Samaria constitutes belligerent occupation, the usual argument that settlements constitute a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention provision against population transfer into an occupied territory is very weak. This protocol was established after WWII with the intent of criminalizing actions such as Germany’s deportation of its Jewish residents to occupied Poland, and not to prohibit voluntary settlement on public lands (a more complete treatment of this subject is here). It should be noted that there have been additions made (e.g., the 1977 “Additional Protocol I”) to the Geneva convention specifically aimed at Israeli policy, but Israel and other nations, including the US, have not ratified them.

3. Israel is oppressing millions of Palestinians in Judea and Samaria

When Israel and the PLO signed the Oslo Accords in 1993-5, they agreed to divide Judea and Samaria into Areas A, B and C. Area A was under Palestinian security control and civil control, Area B (much smaller) under Palestinian civil control and Israeli security control, and Area C under full Israeli control. Area C contains all Jewish settlements. More than 95% of the Palestinian population lives in areas A and B, where they are governed by the Palestinian Authority (PA). While it is true that Israel’s security forces reserve the right to enter area A to arrest wanted terrorists, Palestinians have civil and political rights granted by the Palestinian Authority to vote and hold political office. There are Palestinian courts and Palestinian police, Palestinian ministries of health, finance, labor, etc. It’s hardly fair to blame Israel for the fact that the PA is corrupt and dictatorial, and hasn’t held an election for years.

Conclusion

PM Netanyahu’s decision to extend Israeli law to the settlements in Area C would not have any effect whatever on Palestinians living under the control of the Palestinian authority, and it does not change the status of the territories in which they are located. Israel will never abandon Judea and Samaria entirely, although it is possible that some part of them could become an autonomous Palestinian entity. But – for security, if for no other reason – Israel could never agree to a sovereign Arab state west of the Jordan, nor could it agree to the kind of massive withdrawal and dismantling of settlements that was envisioned in the Obama period. So the idea that “Netanyahu has killed the two-state solution” is silly. The two-state solution was never alive because of simple geostrategic facts.

Isn’t it nice that international law agrees.
          Mexican Loteria 1 inch circle digital collage sheet for buttons badges pinbacks 25 mm round by magicpug      Comment   Translate Page      

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(Beijing—April 13, 2019) An American pastor serving a life sentence in China is begging his family to secure his release.

David Lin, a Chinese American pastor, was placed under house arrest in China in 2006, when he tried to gain government permission to run a ministry within China. He was subsequently jailed, and authorities then served him a fraud charge in 2009, convicted him, and gave him a life sentence.

For 12 years, Lin was allowed a Bible, and he even started a ministry within the prison. However, his Bible was sent to the United States in December 2018, and, a few months afterward, Lin phoned his family and requested assistance in getting out of the prison.

Lin’s health is deteriorating. To sign a petition for his release, please visit FreePastorLin.com, from which the information in this report that regards Lin was gathered.

His case closely resembles that of North Carolina-based pastor John Cao, who was seized in March 2017 after he attempted to cross the border between China and Myanmar for his ministry, which provided education for minority children in the latter country’s Wa State. Cao had made the crossing many times before with the knowledge of the officials, but they gave him no previous problems, which led experts to believe he was targeted for his faith. He has since been sentenced to seven years in prison on an “organizing illegal border crossings” charge.

Both Lin and Cao’s families are advocating for their relative’s release, and ChinaAid joins them by calling on the U.S. government and other international governing bodies to pressure China to immediately and unconditionally release these men and allow them to return home.

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          The Shakespeare Canon and the NOS      Comment   Translate Page      

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 30.186  Saturday, 13 April 2019

 

[1] From:        Julia Griffin <jgriffin@georgiasouthern.edu>

     Date:         April 12, 2019 at 1:03:46 PM EDT

     Subj:         Re: SHAKSPER: NOS 

 

[2] From:        Gabriel Egan <mail@gabrielegan.com>

     Date:         April 12, 2019 at 3:44:32 PM EDT

     Subj:         Re: SHAKSPER: NOS 

 

[3] From:        Jim Carroll <jcarroll99@aol.com>

     Date:         April 12, 2019 at 8:03:32 PM EDT

     Subj:         Re: SHAKSPER: NOS 

 

 

[1]-----------------------------------------------------------------

From:        Julia Griffin <jgriffin@georgiasouthern.edu>

Date:         April 12, 2019 at 1:03:46 PM EDT

Subject:    Re: SHAKSPER: NOS

 

About Joan of Arc: I would love to see proof that Shakespeare did not write those scenes in 1HVI, Act V, which seem to me shameful and unworthy of him.

 

Julia Griffin

 

[2]-----------------------------------------------------------------

From:        Gabriel Egan <mail@gabrielegan.com>

Date:         April 12, 2019 at 3:44:32 PM EDT

Subject:    Re: SHAKSPER: NOS

 

Dear SHAKSPERians

 

William Proctor Williams asks “how ‘major theories of textual provenance that enjoy a reasonable body of adherents,’ particularly ‘major’ and ‘reasonable body of adherents,’ are going to be defined, and by whom?”.  It sounds like a tough question, but in fact it is one that in practice researchers manage to solve every day in guiding the work of their research students.

 

We tell research students that they have to demonstrate close familiarity with all the major ideas in their field, but that they don’t have to worry about getting to know every eccentric view expressed by every lone adherent. Since Williams himself has supervised research students, the question he asks is one that he must have answered to his own satisfaction many times in giving them guidance.

 

Larry Weiss agrees with Gerald Downs that the dependence of Folio plays on prior quartos that they reprint presents a problem for the Word Adjacency Network method and that the provenance of the texts used for authorship attribution must be exhaustively researched and resolved before the attribution work begins. This extraordinary and unachievable precondition doesn’t seem to have been set for any other branch of Shakespeare studies, just for authorship attribution by computational methods. It is not the case that formalist literary criticism, or theatre history, or psychoanalytical criticism, or studies of prosody have been required to first establish the textual provenance of the quartos and Folios before saying anything about them.

 

Holding authorship attribution to such a precondition is in danger of looking like the displaced expression of a somewhat desperate desire that the whole topic would just go away. Recall that the reliability of authorship attribution methods is not a subjective judgment: it’s measured by their ability to recurrently point to the right author in cases where we know the right author. As such, this field is already held to a higher evidential standard than any other except, perhaps, theatre history.

 

Regards

Gabriel Egan

 

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Quoting Thomas Merriam:

 

"Just wondering if I am reading Jim Carroll correctly. He suggests similarities between The Tempest and 1H6, 5.3. NOS does not suggest Marlowe as author of that scene. Where is the discrepancy?"

 

No, you are not reading me correctly. My response was two-fold, one part responding to the idea that someone other than Shakespeare wrote the Joan scenes of 1H6, and the other responding to the idea that Nashe had something to do with 1H6. The excerpt from the NOS website made several distinct claims that I answered separately. Here is the NOS site again:

 

“Shakespeare certainly wrote 2.4, 4.2, and parts of 4.3–5; his contributions were probably later additions to the original play. There is also general agreement that Nashe wrote all, or the great majority, of Act 1. Marlowe evidently authored the Joan scenes of 5.4 and 5.5 and was probably also responsible for other Joan scenes after Act 1”

 

The Joan speeches in 5.4 (the entire scene of which the NOS claims is by Marlowe) consist of only 50 lines, but even with such a small selection of text, the connections to Shakespeare are quite obvious. I don’t know why 5.5 is included in “Joan scenes”, because Joan’s last lines are in 5.4.

 

1. "Beams upon" in the context of the sun. 

 

May never glorious sun reflex his beams

Upon the country where you make abode;  1H6 5.4.87-88 (Joan)

 

Marlowe uses “beams” in the context of the sun many times, but Shakespeare uses the entire phrase.

 

And as the bright sun glorifies the sky,

So is her face illumin'd with her eye,

Whose beams upon his hairless face are fix'd,  V&A  1.1.485-487

 

My guess is that a supposed likeness was claimed between “sun reflex his beams” of Joan and Marlowe’s “Nor sun reflex his virtuous beams thereon,” in 1Tam, but Shakespeare uses “reflex” for moonbeams:

 

I'll say yon grey is not the morning's eye,

'Tis but the pale reflex of Cynthia's brow;  R&J 3.5.19-20

 

Romeo and Venus & Adonis are both early works by Shakespeare, as is 1H6.

 

2. "glorious sun"

 

May never glorious sun reflex his beams   1H6 5.4.87 (Joan)

 

Marlowe doesn’t use the phrase at all. Shakespeare uses it 6 times other than in 1H6:

 

Study is like the heaven's glorious sun,

That will not be deep search'd with saucy looks;  LLL 1.1.84-85

 

To solemnize this day the glorious sun

Stays in his course and plays the alchymist,    KJ 3.1.77-78

 

and also thrice in 3H6 and once in Twelfth Night.

 

3. "guiltless blood"

 

But you, that are polluted with your lusts,

Stain'd with the guiltless blood of innocents, 1H6 5.4.43-44 (Joan)

 

Marlowe uses "guiltless" a few times, twice as "guiltless lives", but never as "guiltless blood". Shakespeare uses the exact phrase once (twice, if you count an instance in H8), and once with the words in the same line:

 

We give to thee our guiltless blood to drink.  R3 3.3.14

 

Without much fall of blood, whose guiltless drops  H5 1.2.25

 

4. "hang yourselves"

 

till mischief and despair

Drive you to break your necks or hang yourselves.  1H6 5.4.90-91 (Joan)

 

Not in Marlowe at all. Shakespeare has:

 

Be mad and merry, or go hang yourselves;           Shrew 3.2.226

 

(Note that “be mad and Merry” and “mischief and despair drive you” are similar in that moods drive the hanging).

 

Go hang yourselves all! You are idle shallow

things, I am not of your element.              TN 3.4.123-124

 

(and again, this is Malvolio being "driven mad").

 

5. "maiden blood"

 

Whose maiden blood, thus rigorously effus'd,   1H6 5.4.52 (Joan)

 

Not in Marlowe, once in Shakespeare:

 

When he by night lay bath'd in maiden blood.   TA 2.3.232

 

These examples are hardly exhaustive, as I only made it through 95 of the total of 185 hits of 2-word phrases I found with WordCruncher before I ran out of time, and I haven’t considered here longer phrases, such as “virtuous and holy”, which doesn’t appear at all in Marlowe but appears in 1H6 5.4, MoV and R3. And these were just the hits found between Joan’s speeches alone and the rest of Shakespeare, not the entirety of Act 5, scene 4 of 1H6.

 

Jim Carroll

 

 

 


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Great coverage in the NY Times yesterday and today about how your Android phone tracks you, and how US law enforcement is using that information to seek out suspects for crimes. I wonder if the Gardai in the Tipperary murder trial used Google’s “sensorvault” database? https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/04/13/us/google-location-tracking-police.html
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by Tjoek

Hi All,

After playing Santorini many times at different friends I finally made the call to buy the base game and golden fleece expansion (both Spin master editions). Both boxes arrived yesterday, but after opening them I was really disappointed.

I noticed four significant issues with the components that I didn't see before on these forums:
1. Base Game: god cards miss the distinctive font for the god names. To be more specific the dark names are in a regular straight font, while the white background is in the correct font. Besides the cards feel rough and look matt. Not as smooth and shiny as the ones in my friends versions (which are also Spin master versions)


2. Base Game: the last 4 God cards have damaged edges which are very rough and do mark the cards.

3. Golden Fleece: Last god card of Theseus has a serious diagonal bend across the full card, leaving an obvious and visible mark on the card. (The font and feel of the cards are good)


4. Golden Fleece: The tokens in the board are cut off center. To such a degree that some tokens are partly cut outside the bleed area of the print. Meaning that some of the tokens have a bit of white on them instead of the intended artwork.

I own many game, but never had this happening once before with any of them. I'm really disappointed to find a game this popular having this much issues.

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On April 16, 2019, a new dungeon will be making its way to Bethesda's multiplayer survival RPG Fallout 76. Entitled The Burrows, the dungeon will let you explore an expansive tunnel system and fight its less than friendly inhabitants. And then a bit after that, you will be able to get your hands on a functional camera that will allow you to snap photos as you explore the game's world. Some additional details:

In last week’s Inside the Vault, we shared a brief overview of the upcoming new dungeon, The Burrows, as well as the functional camera. This week, we’re sharing a closer look at each of these new features to help you prepare for their arrival over the coming weeks.

We’re currently planning to open The Burrows to subterranean explorers on Tuesday, April 16. While we originally planned to release the camera that same day, we need a little more time to ensure it’s ready for you to start filling your photo books with memories. As a result, we’ve moved the camera into a patch later this month.

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The Burrows is a new dungeon experience being added to Appalachia on April 16, in which you will explore the tunnel system beneath Harpers Ferry and face challenging foes as you complete the new Waste Management quest.

Before the Great War, the citizens of Harpers Ferry constructed an extensive storm drain system beneath the city. These tunnels were no place to make a home by most townsfolks’ standards, and were frequented by mischievous teens, vagrants, and individuals looking to avoid the watchful eye of the law. After the bombs fell, The Burrows took on a new identity. They became a safe haven beneath the earth as wanderers and displaced residents alike sought shelter from the punishing Wasteland and eventually formed a welcoming community.

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Collect your gear, call your squad together, and delve into The Burrows to find out what happened to its inhabitants and uncover what’s behind those mysterious electronic signatures the Brotherhood of Steel found underground.

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The new functional camera is coming later this month, and it will allow you to take photos like never before—but you’ll need to find one first! Scour Appalachia to locate a tourist who still clutches their camera close despite meeting their untimely end shortly after the Great War. When you find this wayward sightseer, you’ll be able to help to complete their “Bucket List” of scenic photos by using their camera to pick up where they left off. In addition to this quest, we’re also going to add a new set of challenges that will have you grabbing scenic snapshots wherever your travels may lead.

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Midview Elementary School in Grafton, Ohio experienced a gun scare this week. A gun was brought onto school grounds by an elementary student. If our schools had metal detectors this would not have happened. So many times on the news we see innocent lives lost due to weapons being brought into schools. Midview school is very lucky nobody was hurt this day. Next time they may not be so lucky. Let's make sure they are forced to put metal detectors in all Midview schools to ensure there won't be a next time! Please sign if you agree Midview schools must put metal detectors in each building. It just might help save a child you know.


          The Last Days in Vietnam and More      Comment   Translate Page      
Via Khuong Duy Le


I remember him well and more power to him as I couldn't have held back. I bought the film when it first came out in 2014 and haven't had the guts to view it yet.

Via Nguyễn Nam

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Near the end.



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The bus makes no sense as I never saw one that wasn't painted Army green.
P.S.  I just thought of something and that is the picture was misidentified and they are refugees getting off a bus at say Camp Pendleton. I visited there many times once I got back.


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Para a comunidade científica e entusiastas da ciência, a revelação da primeira imagem real de um buraco negro foi recebida com louvor. Já para parte do público geral, o feito histórico da ciência moderna foi encarado com posts decepcionados nas redes sociais e muitos memes — tudo porque a foto "borrada" não se parecia com Gargantua, o buraco negro de Interestelar, tido como uma representação cientificamente fiel de como se esperaria que um buraco negro se parecesse.

Bom, antes de qualquer coisa, vamos explicar rapidamente o que é um buraco negro: são objetos extremamente massivos, cujo campo gravitacional é tão intenso que nada consegue escapar dali de dentro, nem mesmo a luz, uma vez que estiver na região chamada de horizonte de eventos — ao redor do "buraco". Sendo assim, acreditava-se que jamais seria possível fotografar um buraco negro (afinal, a luz não escapa dali para "viajar" pelo espaço até chegar a nós). Contudo, a equipe do Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) deu um jeitinho para fotografar o que estava acontecendo ao redor do buraco negro que fica no centro da galáxia M87, a 55 milhões de anos-luz da Terra.

A imagem levou dois anos para ser elaborada, pois o EHT conecta radiotelescópios de todo o mundo para criar um telescópio virtual gigantesco, do tamanho da Terra. Então os dados coletados em 2017 foram reunidos e depois compilados por um algoritmo, que gerou a imagem mostrando o real aspecto do buraco negro. Essa imagem, apesar de "borrada", é bastante próxima ao que os cientistas do EHT imaginavam, por sinal:

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À esquerda, a imagem do buraco negro da M87. No centro, a simulação de como o buraco negro seria. À direita, a mesma simulação borrada digitalmente para corresponder à resolução do telescópio, mostrando que a imagem real registrada está totalmente de acordo com o esperado pelas simulações (Imagem: Akiyama et al (ApJL (2019))

Quanto à imagem hollywoodiana de Gargantua, Kazunori Akiyama, pesquisador do Observatório Haystack do MIT, que liderou a equipe responsável pela imagem do EHT, disse que "a imagem em Interestelar é quase correta". No filme, o buraco negro em questão tem uma fina faixa de matéria ao redor de seu centro, algo que não vemos na imagem do buraco negro da M87, mas isso é fácil de explicar: de acordo com os dados do EHT, a imagem que vemos do buraco negro mostra a região mais próxima de um de seus polos, então o buraco negro na foto real não está de frente para o nosso ponto de vista. Sendo assim, o disco de matéria ao seu redor teria sido obscurecido pelo ângulo de observação, de acordo com Akiyama. É mais ou menos como observar, muito de longe, Saturno de cima ou de baixo: você não veria os anéis cruzando o planeta.

Já com relação ao brilho observado ao redor do buraco negro da M87, que parece ter um formato mais brilhante ainda no canto inferior esquerdo, isso acontece porque o objeto está girando. O material orbitando o buraco negro também está girando, afetado pela gravidade do objeto, o que implica no espaço-tempo a seu redor. Isso significa que esses materiais, quando se movendo em nossa direção, parecem mais brilhantes na imagem, enquanto o material que se afasta do nosso ângulo de visão parece mais escuro.

No filme de Christopher Nolan, esse detalhe do brilho foi omitido, provavelmente porque "o olho humano não seria capaz de discernir as diferenças de brilho nos dois lados do buraco quando esse brilho geral é tão extremo", explicou Kip Thorne, físico da Caltech e consultor de Interestelar.

Por enquanto, uma imagem como esta de um buraco negro segue existindo apenas em produções de Hollywood

Astrofísicos explicam o que vemos na imagem do EHT

Sheperd Doeleman, líder do EHT, e Katie Mack, astrofísica da North Carolina State University, falaram sobre a imagem obtida e por que ela fez todo sentido. Começando pela parte mais escura da imagem, o centro do buraco negro, eles explicam que, ainda que os chamemos de "objetos", a verdade é que eles não os são exatamente. A mancha escura é uma sombra, uma "pia" espacial, e toda luz e matéria que "cair" ali é tirada para sempre da nossa visualização.

O horizonte de eventos de um buraco negro é como se fosse o topo de uma cachoeira: imagine um peixe nadando num rio em direção ao topo da cachoeira; após certa distância, a água corre tão rapidamente que o peixe não consegue escapar apenas tentando nadar na direção oposta. O peixe, no caso, é o raio de luz se aproximando do buraco negro, sem conseguir escapar e "caindo" ali. Então, ao olhar para um buraco negro, saiba que existe luz e existe matéria ali, mas nós jamais poderemos ver isso, pois a luz não consegue escapar assim que "cai" de uma vez por todas.

Agora, ao olhar ao redor do centro escuro da imagem, o que vemos na verdade é a órbita dos fótons, cujo diâmetro é cerca de 2,5 vezes maior do que o do horizonte de eventos. E o anel ao redor da órbita dos fótons é brilhante porque a matéria está sendo "rasgada" em pedaços, a temperaturas de bilhões de graus, enquanto tudo é devorado pelo buraco negro a velocidades extremas. Então, a luz que vemos ao redor do buraco negro, na verdade, está vindo de todos os lados, e não apenas das laterais do objeto, sendo que o espaço-tempo está tão distorcido que algumas das luzes acabam orbitando o buraco negro em formato circular. E essa imagem é extraordinária não somente por revelar oficialmente aos nossos olhos um buraco negro, como também porque "nos permite vez, pela primeira vez, a geometria do espaço-tempo", de acordo com Doeleman.

Por que fotografar usando radiotelescópios?

O EHT conecta radiotelescópios espalhados pelo mundo para criar um imenso telescópio virtual, convertendo dados para gerar imagens. E por que não usar telescópios visuais, seja os gigantes em Terra, seja os telescópios espaciais como o Hubble, por exemplo?

Bom, buracos negros não podem ser visualizados diretamente, pois, como sabido, nem mesmo a luz escapa dali de dentro. Mas os supermassivos lançam jatos brilhantes de partículas, e esses "monstros" são cercados por discos brilhantes de acreção (como é chamado o halo ao redor do horizonte de eventos), com esse brilho podendo ser visualizado com a tecnologia adequada.

Radiotelescópios só conseguem "ver" frequências de rádio no espectro. E "o material ao redor do buraco negro é transparente para ondas de rádio, então podemos ver [com esses aparelhos] através de todo o gás quente tentando atravessar o horizonte de eventos; caso contrário, tudo o que veríamos seria uma grande bolha" no espaço, explica Doeleman.

Os radiotelescópios usados pelo EHT para observar o buraco negro da M87 em 2017 (Imagem: NY Times)

Agora, é preciso considerar o tamanho do buraco negro fotografado que, apesar de ser enorme, visto a 55 milhões de anos-luz de distância ele ocupa apenas 42 microssegundos de arco de extensão no céu — algo menor do que uma laranja na superfície da Lua sob o ponto de vista da Terra. Apenas um telescópio com resolução e tecnologias sem precedentes (o que ainda não existe) seriam capaz de, diretamente, fotografar um objeto tão pequeno no nosso céu — o Hubble, por sinal, só consegue distinguir objetos com cerca de 50 mil microssegundos de arco, pois a resolução de um telescópio depende diretamente de seu diâmetro (quanto maior, mais clara a visão). Para obter uma imagem minimamente nítida de um buraco negro à distância da M87, seria preciso um telescópio do tamanho da Terra — e foi isso o que o EHT fez, virtualmente, conectando os radiotelescópios ao redor do mundo para trabalharem de maneira sincronizada como se fossem uma só estrutura.

Todas as informações coletadas pelo telescópio virtual do EHT foram somadas em nada menos do que 8 petabytes de dados em dois anos de trabalho. Tamanha quantidade de dados não poderia ser enviada para lá e para cá por meio da internet, e então os dados de cada observatório que compõem o EHT precisaram ser transportados em discos rígidos periodicamente entre um continente e outro — processo que, obviamente, não foi nada rápido.

Para reunir, comparar, gerenciar e analisar essa enorme quantidade de informações, o EHT usou um algoritmo desenvolvido por uma equipe encabeçada por Katie Bouman, engenheira do MIT responsável pela criação do sistema capaz de contabilizar todo o volume de dados obtido pelos telescópios, formando a imagem final. Quando três telescópios fazem a medição de um mesmo local do céu, interferências atmosféricas podem gerar ruídos, e o algoritmo então retira as imagens que estão muito diferentes umas das outras do lote; logo, quanto mais imagens há de uma mesma região, mais preciso o algoritmo fica sobre a perda de informações, gerando uma imagem final realista.

Katie Bouman com os discos contendo os 8 petabytes de dados colhidos pelos radiotelescópios ao redor do planeta (Foto: EHT)

Mas por que a imagem saiu "borrada"?

A 55 milhões de anos-luz, o buraco negro da M87 é gigantesco em sua totalidade (considerando todas as partes de sua estrutura, e não apenas o "buraco" central). Com massa de 6,5 bilhões de vezes a massa do Sol, seu horizonte de eventos mede quase 40 bilhões de quilômetros de diâmetro, sendo maior do que o Sistema Solar inteiro. Enquanto isso, a Terra tem apenas 12.742 km de diâmetro, e seriam necessárias pouco mais de 2,98 milhões de Terras enfileiradas lado a lado para cobrir todo o comprimento do buraco negro da M87.

E, bem, é preciso lembrar que quanto mais longe um objeto está de você, menor ele parecerá ser. A nossa Lua, por exemplo, tem 3.400 km de diâmetro e está a 384.400 km de distância da Terra, e por isso, quando a vemos no céu, podemos cobri-la completamente posicionando um dedo polegar à sua frente. O buraco negro da M87 está a 55 milhões de km daqui, e mesmo com suas dimensões gigantescas para os nossos padrões, esta foi uma observação extremamente difícil — por isso a necessidade de se conectar radiotelescópios posicionados ao redor de todo o planeta para somar esforços.

Comparação entre o buraco negro da M87 com nosso Sol, a órbita extremamente distante de Plutão e a distância em que a sonda Voyager 1 deve estar de nós enquanto viaja pelo espaço interestelar (Imagem: National Science Foundation)

O EHT sincronizou vários telescópios ao redor do mundo, em um esforço envolvendo 200 cientistas de 20 países, usando uma técnica que explora a rotação da Terra para formar o gigante telescópio virtual. A técnica, por sinal, permite que o EHT obtenha uma resolução angular de 20 microssegundos de arco, algo suficiente para ler um jornal aberto em Nova Iorque a partir de uma calçada de Paris. Ainda assim, o buraco negro da M87 está extremamente longe, e isso explica, em partes, a imagem "borrada".

Vamos lembrar que 1 ano-luz tem aproximadamente 9,5 trilhões de quilômetros, e o buraco negro em questão está a 55 milhões de anos-luz. Então, não, mesmo com as tecnologias de ponta da atualidade, ainda não registramos um buraco negro em uma imagem digna de Interestelar, mas o fato de que conseguimos tirar uma foto real de um buraco negro, enquanto há poucos anos essa ideia era tida como simplesmente impossível de acontecer, é um feito e tanto e precisa ser comemorado — e não ridicularizado em redes sociais porque a foto não é nítida como a imaginação popular gostaria que fosse.

A gigantesca galáxia Messier 87, ou M87, fotografada pelo Hubble. Em seu centro, está o buraco negro supermassivo e seu jato cósmico, resultado do fluxo de materiais alimentando o buraco negro em questão. O material gasoso se acumula ali, e a energia liberada pelo fenômeno produz esse fluxo de partículas subatômicas, que são aceleradas a velocidades próximas à da luz (Foto: NASA)

A imagem, por sinal, comprova que Albert Einstein estava certo mais uma vez, pois ela reforça a coerência da Teoria da Relatividade Geral. O físico previu, há 100 anos, tudo isso que estamos, agora, comprovando não somente em dados, como em imagens, de maneira sem precedentes na história da ciência. Fomos capazes de prever um objeto espacial misterioso e vê-lo em imagens em um período de 100 anos, apenas — e isso deve ser admirado.

Agora, as pessoas que estão criticando o "borrão" da foto do buraco negro o fazem porque pensam em "foto" da mesma maneira que pensam na fotografia digital, feita por câmeras fotográficas ou por smartphones. Mas simplesmente não seria possível fotografar um buraco negro tal qual se aponta um celular a uma árvore, apertando um botão para que a imagem saia pronta e nítida.

A fotografia real do buraco negro da M87 pode não ser tão grandiosa como a população geral esperava que fosse, com o imaginário popular visualizando buracos negros com base em concepções da ficção científica, mas, antes de ficar desapontado com o "borrão" da imagem, vamos lembrar que a tecnologia e a ciência avançam a passos cada vez mais largos. Se hoje temos uma imagem nítida e repleta de detalhes de Plutão, é porque imagens borradas e "sem graça" foram registradas no passado, com o avanço da tecnologia permitindo o registro de imagens cada vez mais detalhadas com o passar do tempo. E isso também deve acontecer com a observação de buracos negros — há 100 anos, eles eram apenas uma teoria; agora, temos uma primeira imagem "borrada". Um dia, talvez poderemos nos admirar com buracos negros observando imagens que, talvez, se assemelhem às de Gargantua em Interestelar.

Plutão fotografado em 1996 com o Hubble, ao lado de Plutão fotografado em 2015 com a New Horizons (Imagem: Mistérios do Espaço)

E, com mais imagens como esta primeira do EHT, poderemos entender melhor os buracos negros supermassivos que se encontram no centro de suas galáxias — como o Sagittarius A*, que está no coração da nossa Via Láctea. A equipe do EHT, por sinal, também vem observando o Sagittarius A* juntamente com o buraco negro da M87, e em breve pode ser que vejamos uma imagem real do buraco negro que fica em nossa galáxia, pois a equipe, apesar de ter se concentrado primeiro em estudar e compilar os dados do objeto da M87, não desistiu de fazer o mesmo com o nosso. E tais imagens não somente têm valor para a ciência no que diz respeito ao entendimento de buracos negros e do universo em geral, como também ajudarão a ficção científica a produzir visões ainda mais precisas de como esses objetos fantásticos realmente são.

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In between mysteries, essays are just what I need. Brian Doyle's collection, Reading in Bed, was
entertaining and interesting for someone who is a reader. I bought it for several friends who are writers as well because there is so many ideas in this book with the subtitle "Brief headlong essays about books & writers & reading & readers".

Have you thought about how one book leads to another, or aren't you that type of reader? I'm that type, until I wear down, especially when I'm reading nonfiction. Doyle talks about that in "On the Habit of Reading." He discusses reading in cars, and, with that title, naturally, reading in bed. I loved his essay about reading other people's bookshelves when visiting. It's a great way of avoiding the party when you're an introvert. In "Smelliterature", he discusses those books whose writing is so strong, it will evoke the scent of the setting.

Doyle was an advocate for Portland, Oregon. He praises so many authors from there, and, in several essays expresses his love of writing by Ursula Le Guin, Beverly Cleary, Ken Kesey, Whitney Otto. In fact, he gives an entire paragraph in one short essay to Beverly Cleary, and is convinced Ursula Le Guin was one of the best writers, ever. How many times do you pick up a book in which an author raves about other authors? Mystery readers will appreciate his essay, "Mr Hillerman".

If you thought about an odd topic related to reading or writing, Doyle may have written about it in an essay. He also tackles writing, including that dreaded question, "How Did You Become a Writer?" He credits his father's advice, "If you wish to be a writer, write", along with other solid suggestions, such as "Read everything."

I can open Reading in Bed at random, and say, oh, yes, that was a fun essay, or run my finger down the table of contents and pick an enticing topic. As someone, though, who knows my posts here and my book reviews elsewhere are not of the quality of actual writers who review, I loved "The Dark Joys of the Book Review". Here's a few sentences from the last paragraph of that essay. "So why, if well-made book reviews are so important, do such lowly ink-stained wretches as me attempt them? Well, you get to keep the book you review, which is pretty cool...but most of all for the simplest reason of all - books are fun, and poking into new books is more fun, and discovering and celebrating great books is the most fun. It's the reverse of that feeling we have all had as readers, of slowing down as you approach the end of a great book, because you're reluctant to leave that world you can only enter for the first time once; the grail for reviewers is the dawning realization that the book in your hand is extraordinary, something that matters, something that will hit hearts. Now that's cool."

Reading is Bed by the late Brian Doyle is cool.

Reading in Bed by Brian Doyle. Acta, 2017. ISBN 9780879466534 (paperback), 182p.

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Shame, shame, shame

by Tom Sullivan


Van Doren in the isolation booth on the quiz show "Twenty-One," with host Jack Barry (1957). Public domain via Wikipedia.

You may be forgiven if, like me, you missed the passing this week of Charles Van Doren, the one-time "Quiz Show Whiz Who Wasn’t." For a few weeks in the 1950s, the Columbia University English instructor from a literary family dazzled the country on a televised quiz show that turned out to have been rigged.

But that revelation came only after he had walked away with the equivalent of a million dollars in today's money, tens of thousands of fan letters and marriage proposals, and the cover of Time magazine. It was all a fraud.

In the 1950s, that fraud was a scandal. From his obituary on Wednesday:

“I would give almost anything I have to reverse the course of my life in the last three years,” he said. He said he had agonized in a moral and mental struggle to come to terms with his own betrayals.

He lost his job at Columbia, NBC canceled his contract, and, along with others who had lied to the grand jury about their quiz show roles, he pleaded guilty to second-degree perjury, a misdemeanor, and received a suspended sentence. Many contestants shared the guilt, but the publicity spotlighted Mr. Van Doren because of his family’s prominence.
Conservative tax foe Grover Norquist famously threatened to drown government in the bathtub. With their fealty to Donald Trump what conservatives drowned instead is shame itself, writes Brett Stephens. Today, Van Doren's perfidy would be shrugged away, explained away, and monetized. Probably with Trumpish bluster and "without apparently triggering any kind of internal emotional crisis."

The annihilation of shame in Trump might be explained away with psychological diagnoses. (Surely, there are a panoply.) But his cult followers get no such pass, especially given their vainglorious moralizing over the decades since Van Doren:
It was once the useful role of conservatives to resist these sorts of trends — to stand athwart declining moral standards, yelling Stop. They lost whatever right they had to play that role when they got behind Trump, not only acquiescing in the culture of shamelessness but also savoring its fruits. Among them: Never being beholden to what they said or wrote yesterday. Never holding themselves to the standards they demand of others. Never having to say they are sorry.

Trump-supporting conservatives — the self-aware ones, at least — justify this bargain as a price worth paying in order to wage ideological combat against the hypostatized evil left. In fact it only makes them enablers in the degraded culture they once deplored. What Chicago prosecutor Kim Foxx is to Smollett, they are to Trump.
By coincidence, a talk here by Wendell Potter on Wednesday brought evidence that shame's demise may be greatly exaggerated. Potter is the former Cigna insurance executive whose "road to Damascus" began with a visit to the Remote Area Medical free clinic in Wise, Virginia. His appearance on Bill Moyers Journal led me there as well. Witnessing the spectacle of thousands of Americans, neighbors maybe (Potter is from nearby east Tennessee), receiving medical care at a county fairground in animal stalls and under open tents left the corporate communications specialist shaken.


Health care advocate Wendell Potter speaking in Asheville, NC April 10.

But it was not the final straw that made Potter a corporate whistleblower. He writes about that experience at Tarbell:

I’ve been asked many times if there was one thing, one moment, that led me to leave my job at a big health insurance corporation. Yes, there was, and it occurred five days before Christmas in 2007. That was when a beautiful 17-year-old girl named Nataline Sarkisyan passed away, days after the company I worked for refused to pay for a liver transplant that her doctors believed would save her life. A few days after Nataline’s death, I turned in my notice.
It had been Potter's job to spin the company's refusal to intervene to save the young woman's life. By the time a wash of bad publicity forced the company to agree to the transplant, it was too late. Nataline Sarkisyan died hours after Potter watched on television as a Cigna representative told her mother it would cover the transplant.

Since then, Potter has done penance as a health care advocate and insurance industry critic.

Shame may not be dead. But its existence as a curb on debauchery, corruption, and worse hangs by a thread.


          Theological Influences: Howard Thurman      Comment   Translate Page      
I could have listed Howard Thurman among the liberation theologians who have influenced me. I don't know how accurate that label fits Thurman, but the main reason I didn't mention Thurman in that post is because his specific theological impact upon me isn't "the preferential option."

The influence Thurman has had upon me comes, not surprisingly, from Jesus and the Disinherited. Specifically, there is a passage in the book that, upon reading it, caused so many theological pieces to fall in place for me. The passage in question plays a huge, pivotal role in my book The Slavery of Death to describe the impact of grace upon the psyche, fear and neurosis in particular. The passage has been so important to my thinking I've shared it many times before on the blog. In analyzing why African Americans were so attracted to Jesus, Thurman writes:
The core of the analysis of Jesus is that man is a child of God...This idea--that God is mindful of the individual--is of tremendous import...In this world the socially disadvantaged man is constantly given a negative answer to the most important personal questions upon which mental health depends: "Who am I? What am I?"

The first question has to do with a basic self-estimate, a profound sense of belonging, of counting. If a man feels that he does not belong in a way in which it is perfectly normal for others to belong, then he develops a deep sense of insecurity. When this happens to a person, it provides the basic material for what the psychologist calls the inferiority complex. It is quite possible for a man to have no sense of personal inferiority as such, but at the same time to be dogged by a sense of social inferiority. The awareness of being a child of God tends to stabilize the ego and results in a new courage, fearlessness, and power. I have seen it happen again and again.

[Seeing oneself as a child God establishes] the ground of personal dignity, so that a profound sense of personal worth can absorb the fear reaction. This alone is not enough, but without it, nothing else is of value. The first task is to get the self immunized against the most radical results of the threat of violence. When this is accomplished, relaxation takes the place of churning fear. The individual now feels that he counts, that he belongs. 
I've used this passage in so many ways. Beyond my discussion of the "eccentric identity" in The Slavery of Death, I've used this insight of Thurman to argue that self-esteem is a religious problem, and that the choice facing us in life boils down to neurosis versus grace.
          BATANG MINDANAW: Decadence of Kaamulan      Comment   Translate Page      
This is the biggest irony, and the one I am—we are—most angry about. Why are we allowing these people to taint the festivities with their ass-kissing when they couldn’t even care less about the Lumad struggle? This administration does not care about the Lumads. How many times has the President said he will bomb Lumad schools, I have lost count. Too much Lumad blood has been shed.
          A small upgrade in speakers: the Martin Logan CLX, a true work of art!      Comment   Translate Page      
G'day Haztone, It certainly is wonderful to hear from another passionate CLX owner, who has carefully set up their stats. Yes, I totally understand and agree on the use of subs, however for my listening tastes and genre in music, I didn't find the use of a sub that necessary. I've also listened to the CLX's driven by top of the line CJ ART300's full range, they certainly performed at their best, and the bass was more than adequate. Lightening fast and very agile. Captured all the low notes on well recorded material, in the most natural way possible, without the artificial enhancements. Over the many times I've experienced & auditioned these, also having owned them now for nearly a year, I realised a lot of low level detail and fine balance comes from great recordings. As you are aware, the CLX's will capture and deliver every minute detail on the recording. If the recording is not that good and lacks certain bass lines, you will hear it! On a more positive note, if the recording is of high quality and spectacular, the CLX's will deliver exactly that! I also felt that so far, according to the sheer speed of the new X'stat panel, there really is no sub that can match it's speed. Hence, if you listen closely to the CLX's with subs, you can actually hear the sub operating in its own space. This is as if you're listening to two separate speaker systems... Perhaps the cross-over points needed to be fined tuned, along with the help of DSP and other room correction gear but for some reason I still prefer the CLX's driven full range. I've also heard the mighty Neoliths, and although I really enjoyed the audition, overall my preference was a full range stat. There's another chap in Costa Rica who is also using similar amplification to mine but partners his CLX's with the Martin Logan matching sub, which is supposed to be the most seamless blend between stat to LF driver. However, I've heard this similar config in another location and didn't quite find it matched the stat panels virtues. So I guess I'm still a bit hesitant although someday I may try it out, we'll see how it goes. Regarding the Apogee Diva's, those are outstanding! I had these very same ribbon panels back in Colombo, driven by two sets of high powered monoblocks, CJ Premier 8's and Manley 350's. Both amps were superb driving the Divas, although for pure musicality I preferred CJ. It's been my personal choice ever since, although I've used many other tube designs along the way with stats, and other types of panel speakers. The amplification and other gear you have are truly top notch! The Allnic is SOTA, and especially in preamplification, that's about the best it gets. I'm totally with you in this regard, and can imagine what a superb SOTA presentation you would be getting with your current line up of carefully selected components. As for me, I still have a few more hurdles to go through... New house on the way, daughters higher ed, etc... hence all finances are going towards that. Plus the pic you would've come across is our present place, which I refer to as the "shoe box ". It's no where ideal for CLX's, let alone the big Quad stats that I previously. These big stats need room to breathe and unleash their full potential, so I have critically positioned the CLX's to present a pretty good soundstage, along with good depth but this is only around 70% of what they can do, as you are well aware of. This is also another reason why I have them angled in a fair bit, as the listening position is just 9-10ft away the most. That's about all I could squeeze in the shoe box, along the lines of being tolerated by the wifey in this madness, otherwise I'll be in the dog house for sure! Do your Ayons use the KT150's? Or are these solid state amps? I'm not too familiar with the Ayon line up, other than a handful of amps I've auditioned before at Con D's dealership and Kevin's, which was an Ayon integrated using KT150's. Would love to hear your system one day, must make it a point to meet. I'm sure I can learn a whole lot more and obtain a further improvement from the CLX's. Glad you touched base, and trust you're enjoying your music! Very nice Haztone, that's some serious SOTA gear. Those CLX's will be performing at their finest! Cheers, RJ
          3-27 6pm Deuce & Deke: on the Final Four and NASCAR      Comment   Translate Page      
Deuce and Deke break down the Final Four with UNO Coach Mark Slessinger, then get a NASCAR recap from Tim Zimmer.

[0:00:00] ... It is great when Deuce McAllister and you know coach remarks messenger who we have. Graciously. It's gotten to join us to talk about breaking down the sweet ...
[0:02:01] ... four and you look at and Altman frank Martin's view and in Roy Williams. And you know some very interest in personalities of different ways of approach and the game. But you know you talk about ...
[0:06:42] ... more so how many times they win the final four that being Roy Williams and not count or. You know make that they got amazing race tell. That just comes in and out there and you look at how they've been able to win some games they've been able to just out tough some people so well and come up with some wins. You know Luke may has come on fire. Hit two game one of the other night. He's a guy that that Roy Williams said in in the post game that he was again that they that they thought about asking a kimono as a walk ...
[0:13:07] ... options off of it. You know. Private Tim men's basketball coach marks Reggie Hayward has to break it down but in the take a look and give us the keys to Sao economic and that's a ...

          Exclusive: ‘Evil’ David Sullivan sexually abused me on his school bus 12 times, says victim      Comment   Translate Page      
The victim of at least 12 incidents of sex abuse on board a school bus 30 years ago has this week named his attacker as bus driver David Sullivan, the man at the centre of an alleged paedophile ring in Enniskillen.Sullivan’s grim remains were found buried in a bog above Belcoo in 2000. He had been murdered two years previously. Nobody has ever been prosecuted for the 51-year-old’s brutal killing. Now there are more questions for the authorities than ever.A plethora of sordid allegations about Sullivan - and other businessmen and professional people still living in Enniskillen - have emerged in recent weeks as victims of sex abuse in Fermanagh continue to come forward to this newspaper.Never has anyone spoken out about the depraved and ruthless way in which evil Sullivan targeted young boys - and got away with it - until now.In a powerful interview with The Impartial Reporter, John (not his real name), now 45, has recalled how the notorious paedophile:•    Raped him on his school bus when he was 12 years old; abuse that would last for almost five years•    Waited until other students got off the bus before sexually assaulting him, telling the schoolboy: “I can do what I want” •    Opened the doors of the moving bus when John stood up to him resulting in the teenager falling onto the road•    Alerted another man - the driver of a white van - to abuse him at Castle ArchdaleJohn has also claimed that he observed Sullivan, then a leader with both St. Macartin’s Cathedral Youth Club and the Duke of Westminster High School’s Youth Club in Ballinamallard, inappropriately touching nine other schoolboys on his bus. However, it’s believed there could be dozens more victims of the sick predator and of his comrades whom are now pensioners and have never been prosecuted.“I was 12 when it started. He used to make me sit on the door of the driver seat, and he started touching me. At that time the bus was full, it was the 15:40, I remember it like it was yesterday,” recalled John.He has provided the journey times and locations which we have not included in detail in a bid to protect his identity. “He got me one morning at about 7.40. It was December/January and was still dark, he stopped and picked me up outside the town. The 8am bus used to go from the town and always turned at a local shop to start from there. “The bus was empty and he went out a different road to turn. The internal lights were off, he pulled into the hard shoulder just before a former councillor’s house. That’s where I was raped,” he said.After carrying out the depraved attack Sullivan realised his bus was running 10 minutes late. He panicked when another bus heading for another town went by.“That bus was always about five minutes behind the bus I was on. The buses used to go on the backroads between the towns. Sullivan went on the main road that day to make up the time after he had abused me,” explained John. Recalling another incident John remembers stepping off the bus in a town. The buses, he says, would have gathered in the centre of this particular town. “I checked and he was not driving the bus I was due to get, or so I thought. He was, so I was forced to get on. He pulled into the turning circle so that we were obscured, he let everyone else off and I had to wait behind. He touched me, then he forced me to touch him. I was in third year.”During another incident Sullivan, who worked as a member of groundstaff with the RAF during the ‘60s, abused the schoolboy forcing him to sit on the door when the bus got into the depot. He made him sit down in the seat of the empty bus as it made its way to another town, miles away from John’s home. “He abused me the whole way back whilst driving the bus by using his hand. It was October/November time and was getting dark when we got back to town,” he said.Once John tried to stand up to Sullivan as he drove into a village outside Enniskillen. “I was standing by the door and I said to him, no more. The bus was slowing down to pick someone up and as it slowed down he opened the door and I fell out. The bus was only crawling. He told a woman that I had opened the lever myself, then he told me: ‘I can do what I want’”.In an attempt to avoid Sullivan, John stopped getting his bus. He says he used to cross the road where Lidl is now, walk towards the Railway Hotel and later through Dunnes Stores when it opened. “I spent most of my time going where buses could not. Then I realised the quarter past six I could get always had different drivers on it [he names the drivers] as they lived near where I was going. “I would spend the evenings hiding in Enniskillen and get it home. I knew I would be safe with those two driving. Unless I saw Sullivan on other bus I knew then that I had until 5pm before he was back in town.”When Sullivan was off work he could be found driving the roads at all hours in search of his next victim. “You really needed to have your wits about you then,” said John. “He would appear from anywhere and at any time,” he told this newspaper.“First he was driving a Ford Orion, then he had two Rover Metros on the road. I used to dread those cars because he would be constantly on the prowl. It was like a game of cat and mouse. He would have taken the first victim he found. That was me, too many times.”John remembers the day he finished his GCSEs in June 1990. He was waiting at a shop for his uncle to give him a lift to a part time job he had when Sullivan pulled up.“He had not shaved, he told me to get in and I said that could not as my uncle was on his way. He got really mad and said I was lying. He took off like a mad man, spinning the wheels and almost drove out in front of a car.”About 10 to 15 mins later another man driving a van pulled up claiming that John’s uncle had asked him to collect him. John has recounted the number plate.“I was told to get into the van. He pulled into Castle Archdale, the one with the smaller entrance. It never dawned on me what was going to happen until he asked me to pull back the floor mat where he had a load of pornographic magazines.“I was abused there and then. He hung his coat on a brass hook in the back. He was wearing blue tennis shorts, yellow socks and brown sandals. “The irony was cruel. I finally stood up to Sullivan only to be met by another. There was no way he would have known about me had it not been for Sullivan.“That is why I am convinced a paedophile ring was in operation,” he said. Sullivan was a member of the Wellington Snooker Club on Rossorry Church Road in Enniskillen. He also frequented the Bush Arcade near Belmore Street.“I used to hide in the Bush Arcade until he came in one afternoon. The pool tables made everything quite dark in there and he did not see me. “But he took some boy out with him. I did not know the boy but I believe he was wearing a Portora uniform.”Sullivan had lived in a self-contained flat in the Inis Fold sheltered housing development overlooking the Sligo Road in Enniskillen before his death. Prior to that he had lived in Lisbellaw, on Enniskillen’s Dublin Road and in a bungalow at Breandrum Park in Enniskillen. In 2001 after the discovery of his body this newspaper published a special report into the loner and child molester, including this quote from one of his friends who had visited his flat in Enniskillen: “He put his fingers to his lips and told me to be quiet. When I asked him why he said: ‘He’s having a sleep’.”Then the door of the bedroom opened and there stood a 13 year old girl and a 16 year old boy, one from Chanterhill, the other from Derrychara. The friend was in no doubt as to what they had been doing. “The hair was standing on her”.Teenage boys were regularly seen entering and leaving his flat, as John recalled this week. “Now he had a place to go and a place to bring boys. It was hell. I think that was around 1990. I was at his flat twice. But he got thrown out of there. The charity or housing association had found out he was bringing boys there. “Then there was his place on the Dublin Road, that was the ultimate hellhole. A couple of times he tried to get me to go to his house in Lisbellaw. It was behind the main street before the flyover. It was a bungalow.”John finally escaped Sullivan’s clutches but one day as he was hitching for a lift on a road in Enniskillen after missing his way home he was spotted by the paedophile. “Sullivan saw me but I hid in hedge. A man who lived across the road saw me and took a photograph and called the police. He thought I was acting suspiciously. “He drove by when the police were speaking to me. Sullivan saw me a day or two later and went mad thinking I had phoned the police on him. That was the end of him even coming near me. I never got to thank that man for being suspicious,” he said.“It was six years of hell,” admitted John, who has never spoken about it before.“I know that there were dozens more like me. Other victims of Sullivan and the paedophile ring in Enniskillen will relate to my story and whilst it brings heartache and pain by opening painful memories, I hope they can gather some solace in the fact that they are not alone in their pain,” he said.John says he “blamed” himself for years and was “too embarrassed, ashamed and humiliated” to tell anyone, fearing “that people would not believe me”.“Sometimes the small things now set me off, like certain smells. To this day I still look to see who is driving the Ulsterbus if one passes me. It is always niggling at you. It eats away at you, it is always there,” he said.
          Everything Isn’t Fixed With Another Layer Of Abstraction      Comment   Translate Page      

Originally posted on: http://maxblogson.net/archive/2015/02/18/everything-isnrsquot-fixed-with-another-layer-of-abstraction.aspx

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Many developers say with a sarcastic tone “You can fix any problem with another layer of abstraction”.  The question is if there is any truth to this.  While abstraction can increase reuse, flexibility and testability it comes with a cost of complexity in readability and maintainability.  If a developer has to spend a week learning how all the pieces of an application are put together there better be a payoff.  Always ask yourself “what do we gain” when adding a new factory or dependency injection?  Is there a proper return on investment?  I’m not saying don’t add abstraction layers.  Be pragmatic about it.

Every pattern has its place, but don’t overuse them.  If the requirement of your application is to be able to dynamically plug in a nearly infinite number of modules then a set of interfaces and a generic dependency injection approach might be the way to go, but don’t start there.  If that requirement isn’t there don’t use patterns and abstraction layers because you “could, possibly, maybe” need it at some point in the future.  Live by the rule “You’re not going to need it”.

I don’t know how many times I have seen code where there is a layer in between your business and data layer that does nothing but call the data layer and pass it back to the business layer without adding any value.  Each piece of code needs to have a purpose.  If you can’t explain what that purpose is then you need to refactor it out.

Walk through your code and see how many times you need a cheat sheet to know what object you are referencing or what the business purpose of a piece of code is.  If you are confused by your own code you may have gone too far.  Have someone else walk through your code and see what questions they have and how long it takes them to understand what you have built.

At some point in the future your code will have to be maintained either for enhancements or bug fixes.  Consider how much effort those changes will cost in time and effort.  Do those costs fit with the requirements of your business?  The lesson I would hope to impart is that abstractions should be used and not abused.  Keep this in mind as you design and it may just save your sanity.


          Sempat Tumbang, WhatsApp, Facebook, dan Instagram Kembali Normal      Comment   Translate Page      

Liputan6.com, Jakarta - Sekitar pukul 17.00 WIB, WhatsApp, Facebook, dan Instagram down alias tumbang secara bersamaan.

Akibatnya, ketiga aplikasi pun tidak bisa diakses oleh puluhan juta penggunannya di berbagai negara.

Adapun negara yang terkena dampaknya adalah Indonesia, sebagian Asia, Eropa, Hong Kong, India, sebagian Amerika Serikat, Rusia, dan Jepang.

Namun, ketiga platform digital milik Facebook yang tumbang inipun berangsur kembali normal.

Sekitar pukul 20.06 WIB, baik layanan WhatsApp, Facebook, dan Instagram pun sudah pulih secara normal.

(Ysl/Isk)

Warganet Keluh-Kesah di Twitter

Ilustrasi Twitter (Liputan6.com/Sangaji)#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F2019_04_14%2F618952

Lebih lanjut, tumbangnya Facebook, WhatsApp, dan Instagram pun dicuitkan di Twitter.

Tagar #whatsappdown, #instagramdown, hingga #FacebookDown sukses menjadi trending topic di linimasa Twitter Indonesia hingga world wide alias seluruh dunia.

Rupanya, para pengguna Facebook, WhatsApp, dan Instagram mencari hiburan lain di Twitter saat ketiga platform tersebut tumbang.

Berikut adalah sejumlah hal yang dikicaukan warganet di Twitter terkait dengan tumbangnya layanan Facebook cs. 

Pengguna internet di bawah ini beralih ke Twitter setelah dirinya mencoba me-refresh jaringan smartphone-nya. Namun rupanya memang Facebook, WhatsApp, dan Instagram yang tumbang.

Lain lagi dengan pengguna di bawah ini yang menunjukkan meme kocak, di mana Facebook, Whatsapp, dan Instagram tumbang namun Twitter dan Tumblr masih bisa diakses.

Facebook, WhatsApp, dan Instagram Tumbang, Meme Kocak Berseliweran

Ilustrasi cara kunci WhatsApp (Sumber:Pixabay)#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F2019_04_14%2F618952

Tidak bisa diaksesnya ketiga layanan media sosial ini, dikeluhkan pengguna yang lari ke Twitter.

Lucunya, ada pula yang memanfaatkan momen tersebut dengan menggunggah lelucon meme-meme sarkas yang menyindir media sosial milik Mark Zuckerberg tersebut.

Beberapa meme bahkan menyinggung soal pengguna yang beralih ke aplikasi pesan instan saingan WhatsApp, yakni Telegram, karena diklaim tidak pernah eror.

Meme-meme ini pun bersamaan muncul dengan tagar #FacebookDown, #WhatsAppDown, dan #InstagramDown yang bertengger di ketiga peringkat trending topic global. 

Untuk lebih lengkapnya, kamu bisa simak kumpulan meme-meme tersebut berikut ini. 

 (Ysl/Isk)


          My experience of booking a room in a bureaucratic-totalitarian society...      Comment   Translate Page      
In the spirit of Vaclav Havel's 'poster test' (complete essay here); I had an illustrative experience about a decade ago trying to book a room for informal weekly meetings.

What Havel showed is that the totalitarianism of our society can be seen many times a day in multiple apparently trivial experiences. However, these experiences are seldom identified; I think because (unlike the Czech society under communism) modern Western societies have been extensively corrupted, and are complicit in their own oppression.


Inspired by The Inklings; I wanted to book a room for evening weekly conversation meetings of a floating, flexible population of some half a dozen people - from my friends and colleagues, and their friends and colleagues. The idea was that we might read and discuss work in progress or half-baked ideas; and follow the conversation wherever it might lead; broken up by cups of tea and coffee...


I found a suitable space in the rooms attached to a nearby nonconformist protestant church, and was asked to meet with the person whose role it was to rent out these rooms (the person was a somewhat motherly elderly woman - a fairly typical nonconformist; she was probably an unpaid volunteer).

I was rather surprised to be asked to meet with someone; but I guessed that it was a screening process, to make sure the rooms would not be let to anyone who might abuse them, or leave them in a bad state. Since I am a 'respectable' person, who has lived locally for decades, and the participants were people such as doctors, professors, Anglican priests... I didn't anticipate any problems.


But there was more to it than that. Before being allowed to rent the room, I was asked exactly who would be attending, and what we would be discussing.

I was stunned by this - but managed to respond that I had no clue, we would simply be having a conversation; I asked for clarification. Then it became clear that the church did not want to be associated with certain types of ideas, being discussed on its premises. These were not defined, were left vague and rather menacing; but it was pretty clear that the concern was with 'right wing' ideas.

So, the implicit situation was, that I was not going to be allowed to rent a room to have conversations, unless the representative of the church could be assured that (vaguely) 'right wing' ideas would be off the agenda.

By this point I had decided not to pursue the matter - but the excessively large amount of money asked for rental gave me an easy excuse to get out of the situation.


My interpretation of this situation is that this is a good example of how totalitarian power works, and the everyday, micro-level.

First: everything nowadays is run by committees - and committees are intrinsically left wing and atheist; because personal responsibility is eliminated, hence there is 'no morality' in committee decisions - which is another way of saying that they are always and intrinsically immoral; which is another way of stating the plain fact that Committees Are Evil.

All committees are evil, and this is how it works...

My understanding is that the church committees (and their representatives) are plugged-into the the church bureaucracies, local and national government bureaucracies (including the bureaucracies that inspect and grant permissions to churches, the national Lottery bureaucracies - which often subsidise/ bribe churches; and the bureaucracies that award prizes, medals and titles).

In other words there is a dense web of regulatory, permissory, and reputational bureaucracy surrounding each and every publicly operating institution. Any of these could trigger an investigative avalanche in response to a few accusatory words from... well, anybody.

All institutions live in fear of mass media bureaucracies; which can initiate and orchestrate and sustain mass hatred against anybody at any time. And the national bureaucracies are linked to the European Union (and its laws, regulations, and potential funding), the United Nations and beyond.

Functionally, all public bureaucracies are parts of a single system. What is the characteristic of this system? They are evil, but in what way? We can (and should!) observe that (whatever individuals may believe and think) all component bureaucracies are in basic, ideological agreement about social priorities and threats - and this includes even such low level outfits as volunteers working for local nonconformist churches.


These are the facts; but the implications are so far-reaching as to be unacceptable to almost everybody.  Because if all bureaucracy is evil, then all institutions that engage with the social realm are compelled to become a part of the bureaucratic system, and therefore complicit in evil.

If I had gone ahead and booked the room, then my loose gathering of conversationalists would necessarily have become a public institution, a part of the global totalitarian system; existing only by the grace and favour of this system - which could be withdrawn at any time.

So - here and now, already-existing - all existing and possible public institutions are intrinsically corrupt, since they are part of the primary manifestation of evil in the world. If you are pinning your hope on Any institution. 

The only way to avoid this is Not to be a part of the institutional world. Don't rent rooms! All publicly recognised groups are institutions and all institutions are One.


The only exemptions are groups of family and friends whose cohesion is from Love and have no 'official' or organised reality.

And this is precisely why the family and (that rare thing) real friendship are under constant and vicious attack from The System; who constantly try to infiltrate legal concepts into these affectional relations (under excuses such as rights of children, payment for housework, protection against forms of abuse, limitation of freedoms etc) - and to make these primary and definitional.

Things are coming to a point; and the old individual-group compromises which served Christianity (more-or-less well) for two thousand years, are already impossible - and this will get worse. The world of true knowledge gets ever further divided from the pervasive lies of public discourse.

We are already confronted with multiple, daily situations in which our inner, intuitive knowledge is contradicted by institutional authority - and most people, most of the time (including Christians) are coping by denial of this reality; which is simply to side with The System: i.e. the primary manifestation of evil in the world.


Note added: The usual response to something like this is - But what should we do? Where, implicitly, the 'do' implies some 'effective' This-World sociopolitical action. 

And with the (usually unconscious) assumption that 'we' already know how things ought-to be, and the only live question is how best to achieve this (within existing constraints of resources and time, given the supposed-probabilities of success and risks of failure... and so on). 

The whole thing rapidly becomes absorbed into the question (seldom understood as such, however) of how to activate one part of The System (that we like) and set it against some other part of The System that we don't like - because (we recognise) only The System has the power to compel and punish its errors and evils... 

But the lesson we ought to be learning is that this only strengthens The System. It is just office politics, bureaucratic infighting. It is the 'Boromir Strategy' (as advocated by the Secular Right 'Boromirosphere' - "Hey lads, let's use the One Ring to fight Sauron!" - https://charltonteaching.blogspot.com/2016/07/the-boromir-strategy-as-advocated-by.html

We need to see that this is precisely the triumph of bureaucratic totalitarianism. And then realise that the solution of rejecting totalitarianism in toto in a world where totalitarianism is Everywhere and doing Everythings... which is something so radical as to be almost unthinkable - yet that is what we must think (or else fail the test). 


          Navy Blue Poster, Ocean Water, Waves Print, Coastal Wall Art, Beach House Decor, Modern Photography, Nautical Gift, Digital Download, Purple by PrintsProject      Comment   Translate Page      

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Deuce and Deke break down the Final Four with UNO Coach Mark Slessinger, then get a NASCAR recap from Tim Zimmer.

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How many times can the same trilogy be re-released/remastered? The Ace Attorney series is attempting to answer that question with yet another re-release of its first three games: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Justice For All, and Trials and Tribulations. It's gone from the DS, to the Wii, to the iPhone, 3DS, and now to 8th gen home consoles. But does this latest update make it worth playing again? If you’re familiar with the series... probably not. If you haven’t played these games before, though, this presents a solid opportunity to jump in.

For those unfamiliar with the Ace Attorney series, you play as Phoenix Wright, a fledgling defense attorney who finds himself thrust into the role of heading up a law firm after circumstances necessitate it. Phoenix must defend a host of innocent clients who have all been framed for murder in the most convoluted and over the top ways imaginable, all the while dealing with crazy witnesses, some incredibly malicious prosecutors, and one hopelessly out of his depth judge (and his Canadian brother, occasionally).

Gameplay is generally split into two parts: investigations and trials. The former plays out like an old text based adventure game akin to something like Grim Fandango or Tex Murphy, where examining your environment and talking to various individuals is necessary to progress. Here, you’ll be gathering evidence and conversing with witnesses about the case, as well as the occasional run in with a detective or hostile prosecutor. While there isn’t much of a challenge to be found here, the game uses it as a means of developing its characters and backstory, as well as giving the player a chance to recover mentally inbetween trial segments.

The second half of gameplay takes place in court, where you cross examine those same witnesses and present evidence to reveal inconsistencies and lies in their testimony. Most of the progression of these parts is dependent on the player presenting evidence at certain opportunities. It’s here that most of the challenge lies; present the wrong evidence enough times and you’ll wind up with a game over. It’s surprising how tense some of these sections can be, which makes them a great contrast with the more low stress nature of the investigation portions. 

It’s a solid gameplay loop, with the low stress nature of the investigation portions complimenting the high stakes of the courtroom sections, and it’s easy to settle into. Cases are very well structured, with enough information given to you to figure out what you need to know to solve the next contradiction without anything becoming obvious. The logic of the cases tends to flow pretty well, which makes it very satisfying to figure things out for yourself. There are some points where things can get frustrating and the game seems to demand significant leaps in logic from you (the third case in Justice For All definitely meets this description), but for the most part, cases remain solvable without teetering too far towards being too easy or too difficult.

The catch is, however, that everything said before can also be said about the original games released for the Nintendo DS (or GBA if you’re in Japan). And given the extremely linear nature of the games and how progression is almost entirely based around either selecting a right answer or examining the item necessary to progress the story, there isn’t a particularly good reason to go back to them unless you just want to revisit the narrative again.

To be fair, the story and writing in these games are both extremely well done. The overarching narrative is very well handled and features plenty of surprising twists and turns, and everyone in the main cast gets plenty of meaningful character development that carries over from one game to the next. The interactions between Phoenix and his assistant Maya are probably some of the most charming story moments in any video game, and the supporting class has plenty to offer in terms of personality and depth. The cheeky little references to pop culture that pervade this game’s dialogue are the icing on the already delicious cake.

The biggest knock towards this compilation is that most of the easy quality of life improvements that could have been made were largely passed up on. The annoyances that existed in past games are still here in full force; a few cases, for instance, penalize the player for merely using an option to extract information from witnesses for seemingly no reason beyond just wanting to make the trial sections arbitrarily more difficult. Certain investigation sections can also become something of a pixel hunt when trying to find the one piece of evidence necessary to continue the plot; some indication of even just the general location needed to look would have been helpful here.

These games also seem to have a rather skewed idea of balancing a difficulty curve; all of the cases give you the same allotment of mistakes you can make before receiving a game over. Some of the later cases have mid-trial checkpoints that refill your “health”, or the allotment of mistakes you can make, but others don’t, leading to a rather curious scenario where a case that demands 20-25 correct answers to win the trial gives you just as many mulligans as a case that demands less than 5. Games are supposed to get more challenging over time, no doubt, but this feels analogous to a Zelda game where you’re forced to fight the tutorial boss and Ganon with the same number of hearts.

If there is something to be praised in the improvement section, it’s probably the save system, which at least allows multiple saves and doesn’t force you to quit and reopen the game every time you do so. That being said, the more convenient save system somewhat trivializes the prospect of failure, given how easy it is to reload, and how there are only so many options you can pick before coming across the right answer. It’s overall a step in the right direction, but I think it helps reinforce the notion that the Ace Attorney really needs to address how it handles fail states in the future.

The fact that it’s taken this long to talk about the graphics in an HD trilogy is probably a pretty good indication that they’re not really worth considering. The newer models aren’t bad by any means, but I can’t even say they’re really an improvement on the DS era sprites. It just isn’t particularly notable either way... with one exception. The zoomed out shots of the entire courtroom look absolutely terrible now, with the improved resolution making the lack of detail on faces incredibly noticeable. There is no reason this should have gotten through on a supposed "high definition" version.

Assigning review scores to HD compilations/remasters is always tricky, because there’s only so much that can be added while still being the older games. At the end of the day, these are still great games, and if you haven’t tried the series out, they’re well worth your while. Simultaneously, there isn’t really anything in this package that makes me view it as the “definitive version,” and I feel more could have been done to make me recommend this over, say, picking up the original DS cartridges or the 3DS version. For a trilogy that’s been ported so often, very little has been done to address the niggles that do exist, and that’s a shame. Not enough to render a guilty verdict on this trilogy, but also not enough to come out of the trial without a few penalties on the record.

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If I Forget Thee: Does Jerusalem Really Matter to Islam?

by Daniel Pipes
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The architects of the Oslo peace accords understood Jerusalem's power. Fearing that even discussing the holy city's future would detonate the fragile truce between Israelis and Palestinians, they tried to defer the issue until everything else had been settled. But it is now all too clear that this approach has failed. Last September, riots met the opening of a new entrance to the ancient Hasmonean tunnel, while the recent building of apartments on an empty plot in eastern Jerusalem has brought the Netanyahu-Arafat dialogue to a bitter and bloody stand-still. And so the international actors must begin to do what they had hoped to postpone: sort through the Jews' and Muslims' conflicting claims on the city that King David entered three millennia ago.

The debate matters. In Jerusalem, the theological and historical arguments matter, serving often as the functional equivalent of legal claims. The strength of these arguments will ultimately help determine who governs the city. Already we hear the ritual and relativistic cliche that Jerusalem is "a city holy to both peoples." But like most cliches, this one is more false than true. Jerusalem stands as the paramount religious city of Judaism, a place so holy that not just its soil but even its air is deemed sacred. Jews pray in its direction, invoke its name at the end of each meal and close the Passover service with the wistful statement "Next year in Jerusalem."

In contrast, Jerusalem is not the place to which Muslims pray. It is not directly connected to any events in Muhammad's life. And it is not even mentioned by name in the Koran. The city never became a cultural center or served as capital of a sovereign Muslim state. Jerusalem has mattered to Muslims only intermittently over the past thirteen centuries, and when it has mattered, as it does today, it has been because of politics.

The story begins in a.d. 622, when the Prophet Muhammad fled his hometown of Mecca for Medina, a city with a substantial Jewish population. He adopted a number of practices friendly to Jews: a Yom Kippur-like fast, a synagogue-like house of prayer, and kosher-style dietary laws. Muhammad also adopted the Judaic practice of facing the Temple Mount in Jerusalem during prayer; "He chose the Holy House in Jerusalem in order that the People of the Book [i.e., Jews] would be conciliated," notes At-Tabari, an early Muslim commentator on the Koran, "and the Jews were glad." Modern historians agree: W. Montgomery Watt, a leading biographer of Muhammad, interprets the prophet's "far-reaching concessions to Jewish feeling" as part of his "desire for a reconciliation with the Jews."
But Jews criticized the new faith and rejected Muhammad's gestures, leading Muhammad to eventually break with them, probably in early 624. The most dramatic sign of this change came in a Koranic passage (2:142-52) ordering the faithful no longer to pray toward Syria but toward Mecca instead. (The Koran and other sources only mention the direction as "Syria"; other information makes it clear that "Syria" means Jerusalem.) This episode initiated a pattern that would be repeated many times over the succeeding centuries: Muslims have taken serious religious interest in Jerusalem at times when it has most conspicuously served them politically; and when the political climate has changed, the religious interest has flagged.

In the century after Muhammad's death, politics prompted the Damascus-based Umayyad dynasty, which controlled Jerusalem, to make this city sacred in Islam. Embroiled in fierce competition with a dissident leader in Mecca, the Umayyad rulers were seeking to diminish Arabia at Jerusalem's expense. They sponsored a genre of literature praising the "virtues of Jerusalem" and circulated accounts of the prophet's sayings or doings (called hadiths) favorable to Jerusalem. In 688-91, they built Islam's first grand structure, the Dome of the Rock, on top of the remains of the Jewish Temple.
They even reinterpreted the Koran to make room for Jerusalem. The Koran, describing Muhammad's Night Journey (isra'), reads: "[God] takes His servant [i.e., Muhammad] by night from the Sacred Mosque to the furthest mosque." When this Koranic passage was first revealed, in about 621, a place called the Sacred Mosque already existed in Mecca. In contrast, the "furthest mosque" was a turn of phrase, not a place. Some early Muslims understood it as metaphorical or as a place in heaven. And if the "furthest mosque" did exist on earth, Palestine would have seemed an unlikely location, for that region elsewhere in the Koran (30:1) was called "the closest land" (adna al-ard).
But in 715, the Umayyads built a mosque in Jerusalem, again right on the Temple Mount, and called it the Furthest Mosque (al-Masjid al-Aqsa, or al-Aqsa Mosque). With this, the Umayyads not only post hoc inserted Jerusalem into the Koran but retroactively gave it a prominent role in Muhammad's life. For if the "furthest mosque" is in Jerusalem, then Muhammad's Night Journey and his subsequent ascension to heaven (mi'raj) also took place on the Temple Mount.

But Jerusalem still mattered theologically only when it mattered politically, and when the Umayyad dynasty collapsed in 750, Jerusalem fell into near-obscurity. For the next three and a half centuries, books praising the city lost favor and the construction of glorious buildings not only stopped, but existing ones fell apart (the Dome over the rock collapsed in 1016). "Learned men are few, and the Christians numerous," bemoaned a tenth-century Muslim native of Jerusalem. The rulers of the new dynasty bled Jerusalem and the surrounding country through what F. E. Peters of New York University calls "their rapacity and their careless indifference."
By the early tenth century, notes Peters, Muslim rule over Jerusalem had an "almost casual" quality with "no particular political significance." In fact, even the Crusade conquest of the city in 1099 initially aroused only a mild Muslim response: "one does not detect either shock or a sense of religious loss and humiliation," notes Emmanuel Sivan of the Hebrew University, a scholar of this era.

Only as the military effort to retake Jerusalem grew serious in about 1150 did Muslim leaders stress Jerusalem's importance to Islam. Once again, hadiths about Jerusalem's sanctity and books about the "virtues of Jerusalem" appeared. One hadith put words into the Prophet Muhammad's mouth saying that, after his own death, Jerusalem's falling to the infidels is the second greatest catastrophe facing Islam.

Once safely back in Muslim hands after Saladin's reconquest, however, interest in Jerusalem dropped, to the point where one of Saladin's grandsons temporarily ceded the city in 1229 to Emperor Friedrich II in return for the German's promise of military aid against his brother. But learning that Jerusalem was back in Christian hands again provoked intense Muslim emotions. As a result, in 1244, Muslims retook the city. The psychology at work bears note: that Christian knights traveled from distant lands to make Jerusalem their capital made the city more valuable in Muslim eyes. Sivan writes, "It was a city strongly coveted by the enemies of the faith, and thus became, in a sort of mirror-image syndrome, dear to Muslim hearts."

The city then lapsed into its usual obscurity for nearly eight centuries. The Temple Mount sanctuaries were abandoned and became dilapidated. Under Ottoman rule (1516-1917), Jerusalem suffered the indignity of being treated as a tax farm for non-resident, one-year (and therefore very rapacious) officials. The Turkish authorities raised funds by gouging European visitors, and so made little effort to promote Jerusalem's economy. The tax rolls show soap as the city's only export. In 1611, George Sandys found that "Much lies waste; the old buildings (except a few) all ruined, the new contemptible." Gustav Flaubert of Madame Bovary fame visited in 1850 and found "ruins everywhere." Mark Twain in 1867 wrote that Jerusalem "has lost all its ancient grandeur, and [has] become a pauper village."

In modern times, notes the Israeli scholar Hava Lazarus-Yafeh, Jerusalem "became the focus of religious and political Arab activity only at the beginning of the present century, and only because of the renewed Jewish activity in the city and Judaism's claims on the Western Wailing Wall." British rule over the city, lasting from 1917 to 1948, also galvanized Muslim passion for Jerusalem. The Palestinian leader (and mufti of Jerusalem) Hajj Amin al-Husayni made the Temple Mount central to his anti-Zionist efforts, raising funds throughout the Arab world for the restoration of the Dome of the Rock. Arab politicians made Jerusalem a prominent destination; Iraqi leaders frequently turned up, where they demonstrably prayed at Al-Aqsa and gave rousing speeches.

But when Muslims retook the Old City with its Islamic sanctuaries in 1948, they quickly lost interest in it. An initial excitement stirred when the Jordanian forces took the walled city in 1948--as evidenced by the Coptic bishop's crowning King 'Abdallah as "King of Jerusalem" in November of that year--but then the usual ennui set in. The Hashemites had little affection for Jerusalem, where some of their most devoted enemies lived and where 'Abdallah himself was shot dead in 1951. In fact, the Hashemites made a concerted effort to diminish the holy city's importance in favor of their capital, Amman. Jerusalem had served as the British administrative capital, but now all government offices there (save tourism) were shut down. The Jordanians also closed some local institutions (e.g., the Arab Higher Committee) and moved others to Amman (the treasury of the Palestinian waqf, or religious endowment).

Their effort succeeded. Once again, Arab Jerusalem became an isolated provincial town, now even less important than Nablus. The economy stagnated and many thousands left Arab Jerusalem. While the population of Amman increased five-fold in the period 1948-67, Jerusalem's grew just 50 percent. Amman was chosen as the site of the country's first university as well as of the royal family's many residences. Perhaps most insulting of all, Jordanian radio broadcast the Friday prayers not from al-Aqsa Mosque but from a mosque in Amman.

Nor was Jordan alone in ignoring Jerusalem; the city virtually disappeared from the Arab diplomatic map. No foreign Arab leader came to Jerusalem between 1948 and 1967, and even King Hussein visited only rarely. King Faisal of Saudi Arabia often spoke after 1967 of yearning to pray in Jerusalem, yet he appears never to have bothered to pray there when he had the chance. Perhaps most remarkable is that the Palestinian Liberation Organization's founding document, the Palestinian National Covenant of 1964, does not even once mention Jerusalem.

All this abruptly changed after June 1967, when the Old City came under Israeli control. As in the British period, Palestinians again made Jerusalem the centerpiece of their political program. Pictures of the Dome of the Rock turned up everywhere, from Yasir Arafat's office to the corner grocery. The PLO's 1968 Constitution described Jerusalem as "the seat of the Palestine Liberation Organization."
Nor were Palestinians alone in their renewed interest. "As during the era of the Crusaders," Lazarus-Yafeh points out, many Muslim leaders "began again to emphasize the sanctity of Jerusalem in Islamic tradition," even dusting off old hadiths to back up their claims. Jerusalem became a mainstay of Arab League and United Nations resolutions. The formerly stingy Jordanian and Saudi governments now gave munificently to the Jerusalem waqf.

As it was under the British mandate, Jerusalem has since 1967 again become the primary vehicle for mobilizing international Muslim opinion. A fire at al-Aqsa Mosque in 1969 gave Saudi King Faisal the occasion to convene twenty-five Muslim heads of state and establish the Organization of the Islamic Conference, a United Nations for Muslims. Since the Islamic Revolution, Iran's one-rial coin and 1,000-rial banknote have featured the Dome of the Rock. Iranian soldiers at war with Saddam Hussein's forces in the 1980s received primitive maps marking a path through Iraq and on to Jerusalem. Ayatollah Khomeini decreed the last Friday of Ramadan as Jerusalem Day.

Since Israeli occupation, some ideologues have sought to establish the historical basis of Islamic attachment to Jerusalem by raising three main arguments, all of them historically dubious. First, they assert a Muslim connection to Jerusalem that predates the Jewish one. Ghada Talhami, a scholar at Lake Forest College, asserts that "There are other holy cities in Islam, but Jerusalem holds a special place in the hearts and minds of Muslims because its fate has always been intertwined with theirs." Always? Jerusalem's founding antedated Islam by about two millennia, so how can that be? Ibrahim Hooper, national communications director for the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations explains: "the Muslim attachment to Jerusalem does not begin with the prophet Muhammad, it begins with the prophets Abraham, David, Solomon and Jesus, who are also prophets in Islam." In other words, the central figures of Judaism and Christianity were really proto-Muslims.
Second, and equally anachronistic, is the claim that the Koran mentions Jerusalem. Hooper (and others) argue that "the Koran refers to Jerusalem by its Islamic centerpiece, al-Aqsa Mosque." But this makes no sense: a mosque built a century after the Koran was delivered cannot establish what a Koranic verse originally meant.

Third, some Muslims deny Jerusalem any importance to Jews. Abd al-Malik Dahamshe, an Arab member of Israel's parliament, flatly stated last month that "the Western Wall is not associated with the remains of the Jewish Temple." A fundamentalist Israel Arab leader went further and announced that "It's prohibited for Jews to pray at the Western Wall." Or, in the succinct wording of a recent Palestinian protest banner: "Jerusalem is Arab."

Despite the loud assertions that Jerusalem is essential to Islam, the religion does contain a recessive but persistent strain of anti-Jerusalem sentiment. Perhaps the most prominent adherent of this view was Ibn Taymiya (1263-1328), one of Islam's strictest and most influential religious thinkers. (The Wahhabis of Arabia are his modern-day successors.) In an attempt to purify Islam of accretions and impieties, Ibn Taymiya dismissed the sacredness of Jerusalem as a notion deriving from Jews and Christians, and from the long-ago Umayyad rivalry with Mecca. More broadly, learned Muslims living in the years following the Crusades knew that the great publicity given to hadiths extolling Jerusalem's sanctity resulted from the Countercrusade--that is, from political exigency--and treated it warily.

Recalling that God once had Muslims direct their prayers toward Jerusalem and then turned them instead toward Mecca, some early hadiths suggested that Muslims specifically pray facing away from Jerusalem, a rejection that still survives in vestigial form; he who prays in al-Aqsa Mosque not coincidentally shows his back to the Temple area toward which Jews pray.

In Jerusalem, theological and historical arguments are in essence legal claims, crucial to who prevails. In this context, the fact that politics has so long fueled the Muslim attachment to Jerusalem has two implications. First, it points to the relative weakness of the Islamic connection to the city, one that arises as much from mundane need as from the immutable claims of faith. Second, it suggests that the Muslim interest lies not so much in controlling Jerusalem as it does in denying control over the city to anyone else. Jerusalem will never be more than a secondary city for Muslims.

Mecca, by contrast, is the eternal city of Islam, the place where Muslims believe Abraham nearly sacrificed Isaac's brother Ishmael and toward which Muslims pray five times each day. Non-Muslims are strictly forbidden there, and the city's "very mention reverberates awe in Muslims' hearts," writes Abad Ahmad of the Islamic Society of Central Jersey. Very roughly speaking, what Jerusalem is to Jews, Mecca is to the Muslims. And just as Muslims rule an undivided Mecca, so Jews should rule an undivided Jerusalem. 

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          How many times has President Donald Trump played golf while in office?      Comment   Translate Page      
President Donald Trump, through his Trump Organization, owns or operates 17 different golf courses or properties around the world, including 12 in the United States, two in Dubai (one open, another opening in 2018), one in Ireland and two in Scotland, as well planned courses in Indonesia. Two of those U.S. golf courses is close […]
           Comment on Job Chapter 23  by Gwen L. Watts       Comment   Translate Page      
MSG - 8-9 “I travel East looking for him—I find no one; then West, but not a trace; I go North, but he’s hidden his tracks; then South, but not even a glimpse. 10-12 “But he knows where I am and what I’ve done. He can cross-examine me all he wants, and I’ll pass the test with honors. I’ve followed him closely, my feet in his footprints, not once swerving from his way. I’ve obeyed every word he’s spoken, and not just obeyed his advice—I’ve treasured it. Many times we feel like we are all alone in the middle of a trial and no one is listening to us or even sees where we are. But have no fear, JESUS is always with us. We have the promise in HIS word that He will never leave us nor forsake. Sometimes we just have to go through things when we must encourage ourselves and let the enemy know that God has trusted enough to go through this dark, lonely place and that we will come through a WINNER! If God be for us who can be against us!
          3-27 6pm Deuce & Deke: on the Final Four and NASCAR      Comment   Translate Page      
Deuce and Deke break down the Final Four with UNO Coach Mark Slessinger, then get a NASCAR recap from Tim Zimmer.

[0:00:00] ... It is great when Deuce McAllister and you know coach remarks messenger who we have. Graciously. It's gotten to join us to talk about breaking down the sweet ...
[0:02:01] ... four and you look at and Altman frank Martin's view and in Roy Williams. And you know some very interest in personalities of different ways of approach and the game. But you know you talk about ...
[0:06:42] ... more so how many times they win the final four that being Roy Williams and not count or. You know make that they got amazing race tell. That just comes in and out there and you look at how they've been able to win some games they've been able to just out tough some people so well and come up with some wins. You know Luke may has come on fire. Hit two game one of the other night. He's a guy that that Roy Williams said in in the post game that he was again that they that they thought about asking a kimono as a walk ...
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          Opinion: Kyrie Irving holds keys to unlock Celtics' playoff dreams      Comment   Translate Page      

CLOSE SportsPulse: Who said the NBA playoffs was predictable? Day one was anything but and USA TODAY’s Martin Rogers breaks it all down. USA TODAY The Boston Celtics have turned the corner so many times this season they’ve walked around the block over and over again. What the Celtics deliver in the playoffs remains a […]

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NRA meeting with Australians is just one of many times its sought to influence the gun debate outside the United States
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In reply to The Typing Pool: 1939:

Although I took typing 15 years after these lasses, it reminds me of the routines -- "asdf jkl;" How many times did I type that, along with "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog." But as a guy, it was such a pleasure being surrounded by all the gals. Only one other guy in the class. And, dang, I learned how to type, too!


          Sempat Tumbang, WhatsApp, Facebook, dan Instagram Kembali Normal      Comment   Translate Page      

Liputan6.com, Jakarta - Sekitar pukul 17.00 WIB, WhatsApp, Facebook, dan Instagram down alias tumbang secara bersamaan.

Akibatnya, ketiga aplikasi pun tidak bisa diakses oleh puluhan juta penggunannya di berbagai negara.

Adapun negara yang terkena dampaknya adalah Indonesia, sebagian Asia, Eropa, Hong Kong, India, sebagian Amerika Serikat, Rusia, dan Jepang.

Namun, ketiga platform digital milik Facebook yang tumbang inipun berangsur kembali normal.

Sekitar pukul 20.06 WIB, baik layanan WhatsApp, Facebook, dan Instagram pun sudah pulih secara normal.

(Ysl/Isk)

Warganet Keluh-Kesah di Twitter

Ilustrasi Twitter (Liputan6.com/Sangaji)#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F2019_04_14%2F704209

Lebih lanjut, tumbangnya Facebook, WhatsApp, dan Instagram pun dicuitkan di Twitter.

Tagar #whatsappdown, #instagramdown, hingga #FacebookDown sukses menjadi trending topic di linimasa Twitter Indonesia hingga world wide alias seluruh dunia.

Rupanya, para pengguna Facebook, WhatsApp, dan Instagram mencari hiburan lain di Twitter saat ketiga platform tersebut tumbang.

Berikut adalah sejumlah hal yang dikicaukan warganet di Twitter terkait dengan tumbangnya layanan Facebook cs. 

Pengguna internet di bawah ini beralih ke Twitter setelah dirinya mencoba me-refresh jaringan smartphone-nya. Namun rupanya memang Facebook, WhatsApp, dan Instagram yang tumbang.

Lain lagi dengan pengguna di bawah ini yang menunjukkan meme kocak, di mana Facebook, Whatsapp, dan Instagram tumbang namun Twitter dan Tumblr masih bisa diakses.

Facebook, WhatsApp, dan Instagram Tumbang, Meme Kocak Berseliweran

Ilustrasi cara kunci WhatsApp (Sumber:Pixabay)#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F2019_04_14%2F704209

Tidak bisa diaksesnya ketiga layanan media sosial ini, dikeluhkan pengguna yang lari ke Twitter.

Lucunya, ada pula yang memanfaatkan momen tersebut dengan menggunggah lelucon meme-meme sarkas yang menyindir media sosial milik Mark Zuckerberg tersebut.

Beberapa meme bahkan menyinggung soal pengguna yang beralih ke aplikasi pesan instan saingan WhatsApp, yakni Telegram, karena diklaim tidak pernah eror.

Meme-meme ini pun bersamaan muncul dengan tagar #FacebookDown, #WhatsAppDown, dan #InstagramDown yang bertengger di ketiga peringkat trending topic global. 

Untuk lebih lengkapnya, kamu bisa simak kumpulan meme-meme tersebut berikut ini. 

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          Porn or Polish Game, Bridal Shower, Bachelorette Games Printables, Bachelorette Party Game Ideas, Hen Party, Hen's Night, Instant Download by LetMePaperie      Comment   Translate Page      

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          First real hunt for the year      Comment   Translate Page      
Went to a local County Park that has been hit many times over the years. This place is huge, so it will NEVER be hunted out.
Here are my finds.

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          Game Of Thrones Theories: 7 Of The Most Interesting Predictions – And How Likely They Actually Are      Comment   Translate Page      

For two years, Game Of Thrones fans have been being trying to guess what will happen in the eighth and final series. 

This has resulted in plenty of theories – some more likely than others. 

Ahead of the first new episode, we’re breaking down seven of the most intriguing, and which ones have a strong chance of being right... 

1. Littlefinger is still alive 

We know it’s wrong to wish ill on people, but this is Game Of Thrones and some of them deserve it.

After seven seasons of scheming and plotting murders, Lord Petyr Baelish met a grisly end in the series seven finale, when Arya Stark slit his throat. 

“That’s that,” you might think. Sadly, this may not be the case.

Getting your head around this one involves casting your mind all the way back to series four, but thankfully, YouTube user Neo has broken it down: 

Thank you, Neo. 

Likelihood? It would be incredibly clever for bosses to have planted the seeds for this so long ago. And so much so, that we’d actually forgive them for bringing him back.

2. Daenerys Targaryen will be pregnant with Jon Snow’s baby 

In the last couple of episodes, the Mother of Dragons mentioned that she can’t have kids on a number of occasions.

So many times in fact, that it seemed a little too obvious – the writers clearly want to make sure we know she believes is. Is this the set-up for a not-so-shocking shock pregnancy? 

Likelihood? Erm... maybe? The writers made such a point of Daenerys’ inability to conceive that there has to be more to it. 

If she is pregnant, it could spell the end for her though as Targaryen children have often killed their mothers previously (with Jon and Dany both doing so themselves). 

3. Cersei is faking her pregnancy

Then there’s the Queen (for now), who claimed to be expecting another child with brother, Jaime, at the end of series seven.

Cersei made sure Tyrion knew – and indeed, this was the first anyone heard – before he returned to Team Daenerys, probably certain he’d pass the information on. This could potentially rattle Daenerys, who currently believes herself unable to produce an heir. 

Cersei then told Jaime, while trying to gain leverage. It was convenient, to say the least. 

Likelihood? The latest trailer didn’t help solve this, as there were no shots of a visibly pregnant Cersei. Faking a pregnancy would be very her as well, we’ll say that much. 

4. And that she’ll die at the hands of Jaime

Having clung on through numerous onslaughts on the Lannisters, and outliving all of her children (apart from one, maybe, but we’ll get to that) Cersei’s time could soon be up. 

According to fans and bookies alike, she’s likely to die at some point before the closing credits roll on series eight. But when? And how?

Let’s talk about the ‘Valanqor’ theory, and try to keep this as clear as possible.

A previous flashback scene showed a young Cersei visiting a fortune teller, who correctly predicted events including her children becoming kings and all being killed. 

As Cersei was leaving, the oracle added: “And when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.”

This line has been agonised over endlessly as “valonqar” means “little brother” in High Valyrian – and Jaime, born two minutes after Cersei, is technically younger. 

Cersei does, of course, have two brothers and not one, but given the closeness and toxicity between the twins, it would round both her story and his redemption arc off well if he killed the queen.

Likelihood? We reckon this will happen. 

5. The Dead Ned Theory 

This one has been kicking around for a while and following the release of the series eight trailer, plenty of fans were fussing over it again.

The first scenes of the trailer show assassin Arya Stark running through the crypts at Winterfell and given that she’s been trained to be completely fearless, everyone is wondering why she’s so terrified. 

After brightening up the very dark trailer, some Redditors appear to have found that two men are behind her. Could they be Ned Stark and the undead Kings of Winter, awoken from their crypts?

Could it be that they had awoken from their graves? As our HuffPost US colleagues have pointed out: “Why else would there be catacombs full of the corpses of lords and ladies if not for an epic reason?”

Read their detailed breakdown of this line of thinking here

Likelihood? It’s a slight leap when there are plenty of living men who could be chasing Arya. But whatever it is, we’re terrified that she’s terrified. This is not going to end well. 

6. And the Lady Stoneheart Theory 

Never mind Ned – in the books, it’s his wife, Catelyn Stark, who rises from the dead. 

If you’re planning to read them at some point then we should warn you that a spoiler is coming, OK? Right...

In George RR Martin’s novel, a zombified version of Catelyn, called Lady Stoneheart, rises from the dead and seeks revenge on the Freys for the Red Wedding.

Now Arya did spend a lot of season seven getting revenge on them, but back at Winterfell, as she spoke to Brienne of Tarth about her oath to protect the Stark daughters, a mysterious figure could be seen in the background:

See? In the door way. It’s creepy, to say the least. 

Likelihood? This feels like a bit of reach, especially as Arya has pretty much had the whole revenge thing covered. 

That hasn’t stopped one of the show’s stars from backing the theory though. 

7. Bran is the Night King 

This theory first began gaining serious attention while series seven was still airing and dates back even further than that. 

Thanks to Bran’s complex ability to time travel and alter the past, it’s all a bit weird but basically people think Bran could accidentally become the Night King during a trip back in time.

The two of them are often wearing similar outfits and have similar abilities too, with HuffPost US pointing out that the Night King can see Bran while he’s in visions.

Then in the series finale, the White Walkers could be seen making their way through Westeros, having broken down the wall with the help of their brand-new dragon. 

Redditor sannybop points out that it formation of the Army Of the Dead is very similar to the Stark direwolf symbol. Could this mean there’s some sort of link between the Starks and the White Walkers? And could that link be Bran? 

Isaac Hempstead Wright, who plays Bran, doesn’t think so.

Claiming it “seems a little bit far-fetched”, he previously told HuffPost: “Then again, I’d have said the Hodor theory was unbelievable had I just read it on an internet forum, but I’ve seen when people put pictures of me and the Night King together [and say,] ‘Yeah, that’s confirmed! They look identical! They look exactly the same!’ 

“Do I really look like some ancient evil ice zombie?”

Likelihood? Our gut instinct is that some sort of Bran-related reveal is clearly coming but ultimately, we agree with Isaac – this does seem a little far fetched. 

With the discovery that Bran could time travel and perhaps influence the past in season six, fans pointed out that it’s possible he could eventually become the Night King, maybe by accident in the past. 

Evidence includes similar-looking outfits worn by both Bran and the Night King, as well as some thinking the pair have similar abilities ― with the Night King being able to notice Bran while he’s in visions and possibly using his all-seeing powers to pre-plan the wight attack at the frozen lake in season seven, episode six.


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[Dr. Danielle Roberts and Dr. Brandon Porter]

There’s a great piece in the Albany Times Union by Brendan Lyons looking at the physicians who aided Nxivm in its bizarre schemes.

He reports that Dr. Danielle D. Roberts, 37, is under investigation by the state Health Department’s Office of Professional Medical Conduct for branding women as part [...]

           Comment on Confession and/or Denial is The Issue… culture war by standingfirm       Comment   Translate Page      
Pastor Bill, I am sure you never thought in a million years that you would ever need to write a post like this. What a sad and truly perilous time in which we live. My heart goes out to those who do have to deal with this within their families. I have been through the fire many, many times in my Christian walk but am exempt from this. I am in my later fifties with two grown children in their early thirties. I pray the Lord strengthen and give the words to speak to those who must take a stand for the truth of God whether their family member or relative become angry. The fear of man lays a snare but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe. Proverbs 29:25 MARANATHA!!!
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Linda Dochter, that is a truly amazing story. Thank you so much for sharing it. I'm sure you will be able to use your air-tangling skill many times in your life and you have convinced me I will have to try it too. It seems like a perfect meditation practice.
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          5 Steps for Buying a Campervan in New Zealand      Comment   Translate Page      
Wazzup Pilipinas!

So, you’re planning to visit New Zealand? Have got a week off and prepared to explore this beautiful country? 

New Zealand is an island country situated in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. There are many beautiful places to visit throughout the country. From the country’s epic scenery to the beautiful waterfalls, there is so much to explore. 

There are many travelling options available to explore this great country. One can use the public transportation system or do Couch surfing and move with the locals. 

But, that’s not the case with everyone. Many people want to experience the culture, interact with the locals, etc. There are many places in the country like rural towns, coastal roads, etc. where it is challenging to reach by public transport. Hence, travelling the country with a  Campervan can be a good idea!

You can buy a new campervan, or you can buy a used one which is in excellent condition. In this way, you can save a lot of your precious money and use it elsewhere. 

Following are some practical and easy-to-follow steps which can help you to buy a campervan in New Zealand:

Step 1: Sort-out your priorities

Before deciding to buy a campervan, you must be cleared about what exactly do you want? You should know about your budget. You should be clear about the compromises you can make if the campervan is not similar to your need. 

If you’re planning to modify your campervan, you must make sure that the engine of the campervan should be in good condition. Later than, you can change the look of the campervan in whatever way you would like to do. 

Step 2: Facebook groups or Car fairs

After you have decided the exact type of campervan you want, now the time is to find one. There are many Facebook groups where you can join and look for the right kind of campervan you want. In these groups, people usually post their selling and buying requirements of the campervans. You can join any region-specific Facebook group and find the right ad.  

These ads are posted by the locals or the travellers like you who have also bought those campervans in the same way as you were trying to obtain. These campervans are generally in good condition because mostly the travellers sell them and have already maintained their shape.  

If you’re unable to find the right one for you, you can also visit www.travelcarsnz.com. This website contains a large variety of campervans for sale. You can also visit websites like TradeMe, Carfair.co.nz, etc. to find a campervan for you. These sites are the local marketplaces and offer you to see a wide variety of the campervan.

Step 3: Get your campervan inspected

It is essential to have a thorough inspection of the campervan before you buy. Many times, people usually sell a thing when it is going through some problems or if it wasn’t working correctly. Hence, it is MUST check anything before buying precisely. You can hire a mechanic to get it checked. 

If you’re buying the campervan through a car fair, don’t rely heavily on the mechanic present there. Usually, they have a deal with the fair organizers and also pass a vehicle even if it was suffering from the problems. 

You can hire a mechanic from outside the car fair and get the campervan inspected. Although they will charge more than the on-site mechanics, but believe me, they’ll be worth it and will help you to buy the right campervan. 

Step 4: Pay for the van

After you have selected the campervan and thoroughly get it checked, it’s time to pay for the van and make it your’s. You can directly take out the cash from your ATM and make the purchase, or you can transfer the money in the seller’s account by using online services like TransferWise. 

They will automatically do the currency conversion for you. Before moving the money in the seller’s account, you can check the rate of the campervan in your currency to have the exact idea of the total cost after the currency conversion rate. 

Step 5: Get the paperwork and Insurance  done

After buying the campervan, it’s time to do some critical paperwork. The paperwork of putting a vehicle in your name is quite simple. You can even get it done without the presence of the previous vehicle owner. Just take the registration card along with you at the local post office and get the work done. Make sure that your vehicle has a valid inspection sticker. 

Although it is not compulsory to have vehicle insurance in New Zealand, you can buy one to avail the benefits that come along with it. Purchasing insurance will cost you for as low as $250. 

For more info about buying a campervan in NZ please check the following link:
https://travelcarsnz.com/blog/self-contained-campervans-new-zealand/ 

          Social Engineering Hacks the Way You Think | Avast      Comment   Translate Page      

What does “social engineering” mean?

The term “social engineering” may sound arcane and intimidating, and in some ways, it is. But most of us have encountered some form of social engineering many times — on the internet, in our emails, and in newspapers and magazines. The email advance-fee scam, which most of us will remember as the Nigerian Prince email scams from years ago, is one form of social engineering — deceiving the victim into believing they have something to gain.


          Things to Take Care during Window Installation      Comment   Translate Page      
Window installation needs attention and care. A slight mistake can cause damage to the windows and its parts or hinder the process. A small damage while fixing a 2D hinge or frames can lead to damages that might turn out to be expensive or time consuming. This becomes even more important when you are on the clock as little problems can cause delays. Here a few things that you need to take care of during window installation- Window installation highly relies on workmanship. Hence, you should always ensure that you trust experienced people with the task. Sometimes window manufacturers also do the installation but if it is not an option then you better approach a reliable agent. There are three types of frames available in the market. * Cast-in window system * Sub-frame system * Lug system The cast-in window system will require coordination between fabricator and precaster. The windows should be handled with precaution as any damage might cost you money on replacement. During the installation of sub frame, make sure that the alignment is proper. Use protective tapes to ensure safety of the frames. Also the sub frame must clean of any debris and dust as it can create problem during installation. During the installation of lug frames, check if the wall openings are without any defects. Cleaning the wall openings ensures that all the dust and debris is removed. Always check if the frames are without deafened. Closing the gaps The gaps that form during installation must be sealed to prevent water seepage. Sealant or waterproof grouting must be used to close the gaps. Again, you need to ensure that you use sealant when the size of the gap is 7-10mm. Clean the aluminium window frame with a clean rag dipped in spirit. Use a masking tape to prevent staining of sealant. A backer rod will help you make sure that the sealant is compact. Gaps between 11-25mm should be sealed by grouting. Check that the protective tape on the frame is intact. The wall that is to be grouted must be cleaned of any dust particles. Using non shrink grout will prevent water seepage and cracks from occuring around the window. Using timber strip will enhance the grout compactness. The next important step is to work on the waterproofing of the window frames and joints. Many times window are damaged during installation due to water seeping in. This should be taken care especially in the rainy season. Apply a waterproofing membrane on the joints between the wall and the window frame. Ensure that protective hardware such as anti capillary guide, stoppers etc. are installed with care. The hardware and accessories must be bought from a trusted agent, who can provide trusted items. Locking devices and handles must also be of good quality. A double tung handle and multi point locking system is advisable. In addition, you need to ensure that the glass panel and window frame are not damaged.
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Many times I have had to 'swerve' into the next lane when some clover does something stupid or for a animal. Like -Mark3-, to me it looks like a P O'ed Bass out of water. Imagine how many love bugs it will scoop up. Too many safety features for me,,, Auto High Beam? , Dynamic radar cruise control?, Lane tracing?,,, of course all to make driving "less of a chore" and b o r r r ing. We all know its all a precursor to Self-Driving, Auto-Everything,,, the end of driving fun. Now I like the hatch back feature. Had a Ford Escort Hatchback 'back in the day'. A nice car except for the engine that liked to break timing belts which bent valves and broke pistons. Called the Crasher. The hatchback was very useful. Course it didn't have Alexa and wifi but I somehow muddled through.
          Comment on Op Ed: True Colors Show In State Capitol by BADGERFANINTHECITY      Comment   Translate Page      
Rescinding the 15 appointees from the extraordinary session passsed by the gop was an act of war by evers and now he will pay the price. We all know that extraordinary sessions have been used many times by both parties over the years and now suddenly it is unconstitutional? The supreme court win by Hagedorn will insure the supreme court slaps down this hypocrisy
          6 Ways to Travel More on Your Current Income      Comment   Translate Page      

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If you really dream of traveling more, then get ready to have all your excuses removed. Too many times I hear, “I wish I could travel more, but I can’t afford it.” The thing is, I haven’t heard this common excuse from a homeless person or someone who has been out of work for years. […]

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          Lula, like all Brazilians, faced a fair trial | Letter      Comment   Translate Page      
Fred Arruda, Brazil’s ambassador to the UK, says his country’s judiciary is fully independent and due process of law is faithfully observed

The letter (11 April) from a group of MPs and other political figures claiming that former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is a “political prisoner” is not only offensive to a democratic country and its institutions, but also completely ignorant of the facts of the case.

In Brazil, the judiciary is fully independent and due process of law is faithfully observed. All defendants facing criminal prosecution fully enjoy the guarantee of a fair trial and the right to appeal many times against an unfavourable sentence. Lula’s case has already been analysed by different judges in different levels of jurisdiction. Any suggestion that his conviction – or that of any defendant in the Brazilian judicial system – could be politically motivated is absurd and disregards the high professionalism and independence of Brazil’s democratic institutions. It is worth remembering that many other high-level politicians across the whole political spectrum (including fierce adversaries of Lula), not to mention some of the wealthiest businessmen in the country, were also investigated, prosecuted, convicted and imprisoned.

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          Sempat Tumbang, WhatsApp, Facebook, dan Instagram Kembali Normal      Comment   Translate Page      

Liputan6.com, Jakarta - Sekitar pukul 17.00 WIB, WhatsApp, Facebook, dan Instagram down alias tumbang secara bersamaan.

Akibatnya, ketiga aplikasi pun tidak bisa diakses oleh puluhan juta penggunannya di berbagai negara.

Adapun negara yang terkena dampaknya adalah Indonesia, sebagian Asia, Eropa, Hong Kong, India, sebagian Amerika Serikat, Rusia, dan Jepang.

Namun, ketiga platform digital milik Facebook yang tumbang inipun berangsur kembali normal.

Sekitar pukul 20.06 WIB, baik layanan WhatsApp, Facebook, dan Instagram pun sudah pulih secara normal.

(Ysl/Isk)

Warganet Keluh-Kesah di Twitter

Ilustrasi Twitter (Liputan6.com/Sangaji)#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F2019_04_14%2F755149

Lebih lanjut, tumbangnya Facebook, WhatsApp, dan Instagram pun dicuitkan di Twitter.

Tagar #whatsappdown, #instagramdown, hingga #FacebookDown sukses menjadi trending topic di linimasa Twitter Indonesia hingga world wide alias seluruh dunia.

Rupanya, para pengguna Facebook, WhatsApp, dan Instagram mencari hiburan lain di Twitter saat ketiga platform tersebut tumbang.

Berikut adalah sejumlah hal yang dikicaukan warganet di Twitter terkait dengan tumbangnya layanan Facebook cs. 

Pengguna internet di bawah ini beralih ke Twitter setelah dirinya mencoba me-refresh jaringan smartphone-nya. Namun rupanya memang Facebook, WhatsApp, dan Instagram yang tumbang.

Lain lagi dengan pengguna di bawah ini yang menunjukkan meme kocak, di mana Facebook, Whatsapp, dan Instagram tumbang namun Twitter dan Tumblr masih bisa diakses.

Facebook, WhatsApp, dan Instagram Tumbang, Meme Kocak Berseliweran

Ilustrasi cara kunci WhatsApp (Sumber:Pixabay)#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F2019_04_14%2F755149

Tidak bisa diaksesnya ketiga layanan media sosial ini, dikeluhkan pengguna yang lari ke Twitter.

Lucunya, ada pula yang memanfaatkan momen tersebut dengan menggunggah lelucon meme-meme sarkas yang menyindir media sosial milik Mark Zuckerberg tersebut.

Beberapa meme bahkan menyinggung soal pengguna yang beralih ke aplikasi pesan instan saingan WhatsApp, yakni Telegram, karena diklaim tidak pernah eror.

Meme-meme ini pun bersamaan muncul dengan tagar #FacebookDown, #WhatsAppDown, dan #InstagramDown yang bertengger di ketiga peringkat trending topic global. 

Untuk lebih lengkapnya, kamu bisa simak kumpulan meme-meme tersebut berikut ini. 

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          Construction party signs, Construction signs, Construction birthday, Construction party printable, Road signs, Digger theme Instant Download by LetMePaperie      Comment   Translate Page      

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          Cheers to 70 Years sign,70th Birthday Sign, 70th birthday sign, 70th Anniversary Sign, Navy blue, Floral birthday sign, Pink blush, digital by LetMePaperie      Comment   Translate Page      

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          Digital Paper - Pink Christmas by EphemerasGarden      Comment   Translate Page      

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Pink Christmas digital paper.

Includes 6 different patterned pages for printing on standard 8.5x11 inch paper.

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          "Re: MarkZ's Updates" by Truthseeker - 4.14.19      Comment   Translate Page      
Entry Submitted by Truthseeker at 8:03 AM EDT on April 14, 2019

So here we are in the early morning hours of Sunday April 14, 2019 wondering what’s truly going on.

The purpose behind this post is to inject some common sense back into Dinarland. Now I don’t know Markz but how many times have we (Dinarian’s) heard the RV is on our doorstep and should occur within days and/or hours? Truth be told, way too many times to list. So with that being said I’m urging the entire Dinar-Community to take a deep breath and start or continue prepping for whatever gets thrown our way. Yes reading all this pre-RV stuff sounds great and seems promising, but we’ve read so many similar posts throughout years and are still here each and every week in search of the “hidden back pearl”. We Dinarian’s MUST use common sense. To think the NPTB behind the worlds largest wealth transfer will allow information to leak out and reach any Intel provider, especially ones who are connected to millions of Dinarian’s, just makes no sense!

So with all that being said, strap yourself back into the Currency Coaster and continue prepping, because IMO there isn’t a sole on earth who can provide any of us any kind of guarantee!

So try to stay positive and never stop praying.

GO RV
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           Comment on “Sanju”… The complex life of a cipher of a man is reduced to a simplistic entertainer by Madan       Comment   Translate Page      
I did eventually catch this film when it came on TV. I didn't want to watch but Ranbir's acting hooked me in. And I thought Paresh Rawal would be terribly miscast but he adapted well to the role and in spite of not resembling Sunil Dutt in the slightest, captured the essence. The problems with the whitewashing remain. But there's another trick the film misses and this has to do with the fourth wall obsession of our mass films. Especially like Tamil mass films, this film too directly speaks to the fans with a presumed 'knowledge' that Sanju baba is amazing. Suppose a Hollywood critic were to watch this, he would want to know what exactly accounted for the Sanju baba phenomenon. His career trajectory is very unusual in Bollywood and there aren't many others who have come back so many times after floundering and being written off. I have seen first hand the mass hysteria he evoked. I have mentioned this story before but one night I was at the airport waiting with the driver to pick up dad. Sanju walked out of the terminal. Within seconds, he was mobbed by people and most of them being drivers like ours. Our driver too was exclaiming, "Sonjoy Doth" in his Bengali accent and he probably thought me a zombie in that moment for being so unmoved and indifferent. How did he win this kind of love and loyalty from people so far removed socially from him? After all, Sanjay is not an outsider like Shah Rukh. He was born with a silver spoon. I can guess what aspects of the life he led may have made him relatable to the working class but the film could have been so much more interesting had it explored this. When you watch the Cash or Putnam biopics, you do get an insight into what made them who they were. That is completely missing here. Which begs the question: if we already know everything there is to know about Sanju, what's the point of a film anyway, er, apart from propoganda?
          Nonprofit Tweets of the Week – 4/12/19      Comment   Translate Page      
Stay informed of the week’s notable events and shared resources with this curated list of Nonprofit Tweets of the Week. This week’s summary was compiled and curated while I was in Oxford for the Skoll World Forum (you can read about my Skoll experience here, here, here, and here). Notable Events of the Week: “President Trump announced Sunday that Kirstjen Nielsen has resigned as secretary of homeland security, marking the exit of a second top immigration official in a matter of days as the White House continues to grapple with an influx of migrants on the southern border.” Washington Post “The WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested on Thursday in London to face a charge in the United States of conspiring to hack into a Pentagon computer network in 2010, bringing to an abrupt end a seven-year saga in which he had holed up in Ecuador’s embassy in Britain to avoid capture.” NY Times “In the hours after President Donald…


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