Blog>> Survey on Knowledge Audits   
I’m currently working on a book about knowledge audits and knowledge mapping. I’d like to get a better sense of the variety of understandings of knowledge audits that exists out in the professional community. Here’s a short survey that should take between 10 and 20 minutes of your time – do take it, and recommend it to others. Responses are anonymous, but if you leave your email address, I will share the survey results when completed. Thank you! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XKNL276
          Wanted by the Carroll County Sheriff's Office June 26, 2017   

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SUBJECT #1

NAME: Randy Bernd Herrmann

RACE: White

SEX: Male

DOB: 10/03/1988  

HEIGHT: 6’0”

WEIGHT:  190

EYES: Brown

HAIR:...


          I Make a Living Doing Rich Chinese Kid’s College Homework For Them   

Editor’s Note: The original writer wished to remain anonymous for this article. I was always a pretty decent student. Without trying, I could breeze through most classes with a B. If I applied myself, I might snag an A but typically settled for an A-. As long as the class relied on writing, I knew […]

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          Linus Explains What Surprises Him After 25 Years Of Linux   
Linus Torvalds appeared in a new "fireside chat" with VMware Head of Open Source Dirk Hohndel. An anonymous reader writes:Linus explained what still surprises him about Linux development. "Code that I thought was stable continually gets improved. There are things we haven't touched for many years, then someone comes along and improves them or makes bug reports in something I thought no one used. We have new hardware, new features that are developed, but after 25 years, we still have old, very ba ...
          State Legislators Want Surveillance Cameras To Catch Uninsured Drivers   
An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica:A Rhode Island legislative committee has approved a bill that would greatly expand the surveillance state through the deployment of license plate readers. For the first time in the US, these devices would be attached along Rhode Island highways and roads for the stated purpose of catching uninsured motorists from any state... The legislation spells out that the contractor for the project would get 50 percent of the fines paid by uninsured motorists ensnare ...
          Anonymous Message/URL Server (internet)   
The Anonymous Message Server lets you post a message, and then you read the message left by the last one. It is completely anonymous. Also, there's an Anonymous URL server that lets you do the same thing, only specifically for posting URLs.
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yes it is not good
          A Rage For Perfection   
McEnroe

John McEnroe
"Needed to lose head to play good"

named his autobiography "A Rage For Perfection." As Harsha Bhogle recently quipped in an informal talk here, perhaps he was the only player who needed to lose his head to play better. I'm on hunt for the book, if you find one, don't think twice before dispatching it to me :-)

Anyway, the title got me thinking. Quite recently I've realised something about myself - I don't have the "rage for perfection." This is not to say mediocrity doesn't bother me, but competition surely doesn't. I'm not someone motivated by the vision of the accolades reserved for the highest achiever. Even from the very start, in school, I was never pushed for the first place, by me or by my folks. I was among the toppers, but rarely "the" topper. During my preparation days for JEE, I didn't use to think in "top 10, top 50" terms. Till the results came out, I thought anything in top 500 would be cool. Then in IIT, I let it go loose. Even afterwards, in my job, I never aspired to be the best or whatever. I wasn't bad, mind you :-), just not the best!

Does that mean achievements don't matter to me? My proudest achievement in recent times has been my success (however miniscule) in photography. I started with absolutely no credentials and did reasonably well. Many, many people have looked at my flickr account and praised my work. Nothing makes me more proud! Same for my blog; I started as another anonymous blogger. Now after some 1.5 years, I've got more than 50,000 hits. No mean feat :-) And mostly I have written whatever fancied me. Not for the readers, just for me.

So the way I've explained it to myself is that may be competition doesn't push me, but once I set my eye on some job and if I really enjoy doing it, then I do it well. And so well that, often I would emerge decently placed in the competition!

Just wanted to tell someone.
          Segment 14 - Mike Rizzo on anonymous sources   

"PUT YOUR NAME ON IT OR SHUT UP!"


          Into The Light DEMO is here!!   
After a couple of months of hard work, I'm finally able to release a DEMO for "Into The Light", an indie game I'm developing and I plan to publish around August! :D




Explore a Sci-Fi world full of puzzles

Wake up into a strange world, everything around you is completely dark, looks like an empty place, but, is it really?
Travel around this world, exploring a series of mazes, avoiding the dangers the mazes have, while you try to solve the different puzzles using a diverse sets of mechanics that your flare (the only resource you have) provides you.



“Into The Light”, is an upcoming indie game for PC, Mac and Linux. The worlds are full of mystery and suspense, with only an anonymous entity that speak to you from an unidentified place. Those questions and messages from that strange voice are the only clues you have about why are you in this place, and even more, who you really are.

What is this thing that the voice keeps asking about? Why is it so important for you to remember?


Into The Light, tries to take the player into a journey of wondering, letting the player discover the meaning and importance behind the words of this strange voice.

Would you be able to find your way out?

Try it out: Download "Into The Light" DEMO!
          Together at Last: The I, Anonymous Show and Lez Stand Up!   
by Wm.™ Steven Humphrey

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What do you get when you pair two of Portland’s funniest comedy shows on one stage? A nuclear explosion of laughs, that’s what!

On Wednesday, July 5, it’s the Mercury’s I, Anonymous Show… this month co-starring the hilarious comedians of Lez Stand Up!

Join whip-smart host Caitlyn Weirhauser as she welcomes her cohorts from the wildly popular Lez Stand Up show for an evening of sick confessions, insane rants, and loads of laughs. Here’s how it works: Caitlyn will choose and read some of the greatest, weirdest submissions from the Mercury’s beloved I, Anonymous column, read them aloud, and with the help of her panel, provide a poop-load of gasps and comedy. And check out this month’s terrific panel!

FROM LEZ STAND UP…
KIRSTEN KUPPENBENDER
LAURA ANN WHITLEY
AND CARLOS THE ROLLERBLADER!

If you love crazy true stories, wild opinions, and good ol’ fashioned lesbian common sense, then you will not want to miss the July edition of…

THE I, ANONYMOUS SHOW!
NEXT WEDNESDAY, JULY 5
Doors 6:45 pm, Show 7:30 pm
Curious Comedy Theater
5225 NE MLK Jr. Blvd.
Only $10 advance, $15 door! GET YOUR TIX HERE!

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          My Coworker is on a Fetish Dating Website...   
by Anonymous

...and now my mind is blown. I won't use the name of the site. It's basically social media but people post nude and sexy pictures, and there's local events and happenings, etc. It's all fetish related. So I'm a member, and I'm going through profiles, being a perv that kind of thing, and bam, there she is.

Now when I see her, I can't get those images out of my mind. Too creepy to contact her on the site? Leave it alone? Or contact her and risk weirdness at work? PS. we have good chemistry in the workplace, AND, we have pretty stiff anti-sexual harassment policies.

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          Where's My Cat?!?   
by Anonymous

My cat has disappeared. Possibly maybe it is dead and gone. There's a lot of things that can befall an outdoor cat. But I have a hunch you catnapped my little buddy. He's super cute and friendly... long white and grey hair, dark face, paws and tail, beautiful blue eyes. He likes to approach people. He always found a way to get his collar off so I eventually stopped trying... though he is microchipped. Maybe you thought he was a stray and was just so goddamn cute that you had to have him for yourself. Well, if you recently "adopted" a "stray" cat from the neighborhood behind the Kennedy School within the last week, please return him to his neighborhood. We miss him.

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          VFX Wages Discussion   
This post is in response to a comment on a previous post.  See this post and follow the comments there for the full original comment. (Toward the end from Anonymous) Unfortunately once I wrote this...

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          Comment on The Miniature Lower East Side by Anonymous   
Love love love everything about this!
          Comment on before we could speak by Anonymous   
Sometimes my bad dreams are the only good coming out of me.
          The first question in this anonymous AskMe post ma...   
The first question in this anonymous AskMe post made me realize that there is no way for anyone posting anonymously to provide information beyond the initial query.
          Comment on Hướng dẫn làm món thịt bò cuốn tôm nướng by Anonymous   
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          Cool Groovy techniques   
Groovy is a versatile & very powerful language to code with, as a Java super set it enables a Java programmer to write its code with all the known Java idioms & progress into Groovy land in small steps, in this post ill present two techniques that I find to be very powerful.

The first is closure initialization, in Java land its common that when we have an object A which uses another object B with non trivial construction code (which depends on A's input) than we write all the initialization code of B inside A constructor:

class ComplexInit { // our B
// ... some state that need to be initialized by users of this class
}

class UsesComplex {// our A
private ComplexInit v
def UsesComplex(){
v = new ComplexInit()
//.. some complex initialization logic which depends on UsesComplex
}
}

Another common practice is to create a factory that will encapsulate the initialization of ComplexInit class taking A as input:

class ComplexInitFactory {
def createComplexWith(UsesComplex u){
// initialization code which depends on
}
}

Groovy offers another way which I named "closure initialization":

class UsesComplex{
private ComplexInit val = {
def result = new ComplexInit()
// more logic here
}()

def UsesComplex(){
// ComplexInit is initialized above
}
}

Note that we are embedding a closure within the UsesComplex class & call it immediately after it has been defined, this resembles static initializer code blocks in Java except that it not static at all, the anonymous closure has access to its surrounding scope & can access other data members during its run:

class UsesComplex{
def today = new Date()

private ComplexInit val = {
def result = new ComplexInit()
result.a = today
result
}()
}

By separating our constructors into initialization blocks we modularize the construction of our object, making our code more readable & DRY (no separation between deceleration & initialization).
Another interesting technique is dynamic method dispatch, in Groovy we can dispatch methods like so:

class Target{
def methodA(){ println 'hey'}
}

new Target().methodA()
new Target()."methodA"()// this works too!

This means that we can dispatch methods according to run time logic:

class Target{
def calcA(){'a'}
def calcB(){'b'}
def calcC(){'c'}
def notCalc(){'d'}
}

def t = new Target()
def calcs = t.metaClass.methods.findAll{it.name.startsWith('calc')}.collect{it.name}
calcs.each{println t."$it"()}// will print a b c

Its true that Java reflection has similar capabilities however the Java API is very verbose & not as elegant, use this technique with care since it may result with hard to read code!

Thats about it for this post, let me know if you find these techniques useful in your code.
          Newify your Object   
Update a generous Anonymous has left a comment that the following special macro form does the same as the newify function that i present later on:

(def nested-object (-> GrandFather. Father. GrandSon.))

Feel free to skip this entry (unless your interested in an alternative implementation).

Instantiating large nested object graphs can be tedious in any language Clojure included:

(def nested-object
(new Grandson
(new Father
(new Grandfather))))

All those new methods call get old pretty quickly and are not DRY, to remedy this will take advantage on a cool property of Clojure Homoiconicity.
Homoiconicity basically means that the code is represented by a basic data structure of the language itself (lists in the case of Clojure), this means that manipulating the AST is easy as pie!
It would be nice if we could write something like the following:

(def nested-object
(def nested-object (newify '(Grandson (Father (Grandfather)))))

The newify function takes a nested list of objects & adds new before each object, post that the function evaluates the resulting list:

(defn newify [e] (eval (newify-imp e)))
; required since used before defined
(defn- newify-rest [e] )

(defn- newify-imp [e]
(let [add-new (partial cons 'new) add-rest (partial cons (first e))]
(if (not (empty? e))
(-> (newify-rest e) add-rest add-new) e)))

(defn- newify-rest [e]
(map #(if (list? %) (newify-impl %) %) (rest e)))

The newify-imp & newify-rest functions are mutually recursive, newify-imp adds the new symbol & the first list element to the result of the newify-rest function result, the newify-rest maps each list in the rest of the list to its newified value.

This implementation could be transformed into a recursive macro that will spare us from the list escaping:

(def nested-object (newify '(Grandson (Father (Grandfather)))))
; no escaping here
(def nested-object (newify (Grandson (Father (Grandfather)))))

Ill have to dig that option later on.
          Damn Banks II   
I received a comment on my last post from Anonymous who seems to be an insider at one time. It was very informative and brought up some good points that I had to answer. The comment was long and my responses were at least just as long so I decided to make a new post. Maybe we all can learn something and clear up some misunderstandings, if any.

Anonymous is in yellow text, mine in white.


Anonymous said...

    LOL! SOME of what you said is true, some are "spiced" if you will.

    BTW, that building that you said came from somewhere... It isnt OWNED by NBAD. That building is owned by a member of a royal family. 3 floors are rented by NBAD.

You maybe have me there! I looked for a stock photo of a big building with the NBAD logo on it for the first photo. Its kind of a blogging thing. Here is the real HQ, the NBAD tower.

NBAD Tower



    There is no link with immigration, or with the traffic dept. If you want I will tell you the exact process (I had sadly asked that many ppl be bared from flying myself)

When a person properly quits their job, they have to surrender their passport to their employer/sponsor and will only get it back (on the day of travel) after all paperwork, including clearance letters from the banks et al, are submitted. If an expat cannot provide these, they do not get their passport back until all debts are paid. They can't leave as they have they have no passport, job or home at this point. I have heard jail is a desperate option.

What this does is creates the runner/absconder phenominon. Things go bad here with some folks for various reasons and they are deep enough in debt they cannot come up with the cash to settle local debts. So instead of having the option of leaving and paying the debt from abroad, they get desperate and just escape. I see enough dusty cars with flat tires in airport parking lots to know this is quite common. I think most people want to pay their debts but these rules force some into a corner. Seems the banks stand to lose more the way things are than trying to work with their customers before it becomes a legal problem.

Curiously, as I said in a previous post the banks seem uninterested in retrieving these automotive orphans to mitigate losses.

Banks Seem Unconcerned About Recovering These Assets, They Are Everywhere

 
    Also, there are reasons why banks here cant allow people to pay for debt from abroad. Mainly because you cant enforce it in any way. If a bank scares you into thinking that it can "get" you when ur back home, they are usually mistaken. Few are the countries in which a bank here can get a bad debt holder to pay. Truth.

I think that is changing. I recently got a small personal loan and was asked for family addresses back in the US and my Social Security Number so I could be easily located.Debt collector firms wordwide purchase bad debts from banks all the time and take on the risk of recovering the debt. VISA and Mastercard are also global companies with aggressive collection methods and could damage my credit rating back in the US.

    There are however non official ways to continue to pay for asset backed loans (Like a car or house) but we wont get into those. I will say that I had set a few such schemes up for customers and they did not cause me any issues till the day I left. But not all customers are like that. With 20% of the country being labor, and another 30% being low level employees (with low incomes) you simply cant take chances with everyone. It it really is a chance.

    The banking system here is based on caution. In the UAE it's the exact opposite. Yes, a healthy way to be would to have a nice balance, but you have to understand the contact, this region is not a stable one. the UAE may be stable, but it's surrounded by shit and bad stuff.

    Also, with 90% of the country's population foreigners, the control you have over securing your loan is close to nil. Truth is if you take out 500K worth of loans and leave within a week, the bank will have no warning and little recourse.

I think any of the banks here would go after someone owing that amount of money. They would be crazy not to.

    As for banks not being all they can be to consumers, it depends both on the bank and the consumer.

    If you have a salary of 55K, a 1.6 million mortgage, a car loan, a personal loan, and credit cards, the banks are the best you'll ever deal with.

    If you make 55K and send 45 back home on the same day, most banks wont care about you.

I truly understand about the demographics here and the difficulties they bring.

    Also, not all banks here have the same focus. NBAD has, and is, and probably always will be a corporate bank. Its main job (originally, and still) is to be the banker of the Govt of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi as well as govt owned companies, semi govt companies, and large corporations.

    Do they have consumer banking solutions? yes. Are they good? Maybe. Are they the best? No.

    For a consumer, a more consumer focused bank like RAK bank might be a better option. RAK Bank is one of the few UAE banks that does NOT have a corporate banking section. Only consumer (you) and SME (Your small business)

    As for consumer rates (You mention a credit card at 35%) yes, it is highway robbery. But things are getting better. A few months back the central bank limited what a bank can offer and charge in terms of base banking and lending. CC were not included. Maybe in the revision next year. (Last year a certificate of liability costed 400, today its no more than 100 by law)

I have VISA and MC CC's with US banks that charge 10-12%. I agree 35% is very excessive for the same here. I took that aformentioned small personal loan (unsecured) for a very reasonable single digit rate. The credit cards are a cash cow and are aggressively marketed by commissioned salespeople. The rules seem lax and a lot of naive newcomers succomb the the lure of easy and high credit limits.

    The lack of a central lending database = ppl can get into debt easily and with multiple banks without the banks knowing. But this isnt the banks fault. The lack of the data base is the system's fault, but no one forces all these morons to sign those loan agreements.

 You are right on this. Theoretically, a person can get multiple credit accounts from several institutions without being qualified for the aggregate of the limits. This would not happen in countries with an independent credit bureau because that person could be tracke and info shared between financial institutions. In the US, every citizen has a credit score which sets limits on the amount that can be borrowed.

    It simply isnt anyone else's fault if you cant manage your finances.

I agree with you on that, but it seems a lot of people get into trouble in the UAE and that trouble can cause very serious legal consequences. In my opinion, the banks are like drug pushers making easy credit available to most. Hell, I bought a 99,000AED car on 100% credit after just 90 days on the job. Was that dumb...yes! Would I do it again...no! That car is sold now and I currently free of debt, at least in the UAE. I know many that are way over their heads in credit balances and will have to be in the UAE many more years than they want.

But ultimately it was my decision as I rose to the bait and took the hook.The banks are enablers but it is ultimately the individual that is responsible to refuse the offer.

    But yeah, you added alot of "baharat" (Spices) to the story Ace.

I didn't intend on singling out NBAD. They have treated me quite well except for the online banking troubles. My post tended to drift toward the overall financial system in the UAE as seen by a retail customer.

You are/were obviously a bank employee. I appreciate the insight and if there is something I failed to understand, let me know and maybe I won't sprinkle as much "baharat" on my future posts about the rules here.


UPDATE:
I just received an email today, 19 November, from the bank addressing my initial question I asked on 29 October, see below.

Email from Ace to the National Bank of Abu Dhabi, 29 October:

I am now blocked from my online account. I need this fixed as I have bills to pay. Your phone message says 24/7 service for the online accounts and I was informed I could not be helped after 11:00 PM as the technical service was closed.

Ever since the website has changed, there have been problems.

Ace

The "prompt" reply 3 weeks later, 19 November:

Dear Ace,
              
Thank you for your recent email.

You are kindly requested to reply the following to help us process this faster:
                         
1. NBAD Account number:
2. PO Box number:       
3. Branch you received the password from:
4. Mobile/Telephone number:
5. NbadOnline User ID: 
6. time to be contacted :        
                                           
For any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us again on toll free 800 XXXX  from outside UAE) between 8:00 AM to 12:00 AM on all UAE working days (from Saturday to Thursday) or send us a reply email.
                                             
Thank you for using nbadOnline.
                                        
Regards,                                 
                                        
Back Office Person
Internet Banking Unit
National Bank of Abu Dhabi

I had better luck with the telephone help-line and the problem was solved 2 1/2 weeks ago through them.  Apparently the email guys are not only unaware that the problem was fixed a long time ago by a 1 1/2 hour call to the help-line, they are just getting around to looking at the problem 3 weeks after my initial email complaint. Unbelievable!!!!

I expect things to work once they are set up. Here  internet , banking , electricity and cable TV services are very fragile and I have experienced many unexpected shutdowns. I cringe when I have to enter the labyrinth of what is called "customer service" in Abu Dhabi. It has always meant a time consuming and frustrating experience trying to correct a situation that was not of my making.  













          Recipe + Vintage Holiday : May Day Currant Shortbread   
 May Day is by far my favorite holiday. There are so many great traditions, from the May pole to celebrating the colorful blooms and the demise of winter, but my favorite tradition is the May Day basket. I love the idea of giving an anonymous basket of goodies to unsuspecting friends. My first May Day basket was made with my grandma. We picked some spring blooms and made some cookies. I put it on the stoop of my best friend two doors down. This year, the lack of spring blossoms and greenery gave way to a very monochromatic bundle, right down to the tasty treats. This recipe is one I found on 101 cookbooks, my favorite foodie blog. Happy Spring!
- Alea

Ingredients
1 cup  unbleached all-purpose flour
Scant 1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 pound (2 sticks) salted butter, softened
1/2 cup  sugar
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup lightly toasted sliced almonds
1/2 cup currants
Large grain sugar, for sprinkling


Combine the all-purpose and whole wheat flours in a medium bowl and set aside.

Then, beat the softened butter with the sugar and salt. Use and electric mixer or immersion blender. Once it is smooth, stir in the almonds and add the four until just combined. Finally add in the currants. Then, shape it into a round flat patty and cover with plastic. Place in refrigerator overnight or if you have less time, a few hours should do.

Take dough out and let stand for ten minutes. Preheat oven to 350F and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
Then roll out the dough about 1/4 inch thick and stamp out the shapes. If the dough gets warm, place it back in the refrigerator.  Space the cookies with room and put in the freezer for ten minutes.
 Bake for 13-15 minutes, checking often so they don't burn. You want them to be a golden brown. Then let them cool and enjoy!
          Whie Tiger   

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White Tiger


          Tim Tebow is not Facing the Giants   

This weekend, the New York Giants upset the defending champion Green Bay Packers while the Tim Tebow–led Denver Broncos fell to the New England Patriots.

The Giants might make it to the Super Bowl, but Tebow will not, so that means that Tim Tebow is not facing the Giants.

But not just on the football field, but in a much more profoundly theological way.

A few weeks ago, my family sat down for movie night and watched Facing the Giants. Here is the trailer:

It is an emotional story of a high school football coach, Grant Taylor (compellingly acted by Alex Kendrick, who also directed and co-wrote the movie), as he is facing the difficulties of his life (the metaphorical “giants”). He is on the verge of losing his job as coach of the Shiloh Eagles because they keep losing. He and his wife are heart-broken by their inability to have a baby. The couple are scraping by on his small salary and cannot afford to buy a new car.

But then he prays.

And his attitude changes. He decides that instead of worrying about all that’s going wrong in his life, he will live whole-heartedly to glorify God in everything he does.

He tells the team that he is initiating a new team philosophy: “We need to give God our best in every area. And if we win, we praise Him, and if we lose, we praise Him.”

It is at this stage in the story that miracles begin to happen: Somebody anonymously gives Grant a brand new pickup truck. The Eagles begin to win. And his wife discovers she’s pregnant.

***SPOILER ALERT!***

I have to tell the rest of the story of this movie in order to make my point. The culmination of the movie has this small Christian school’s football team making the state playoffs. I was hoping that they’d lose so that this movie can provide my three children (ages 13, 11, and 11) the lesson that winning is not all there is in life and that what the coach says is really true: “If we win, we praise Him, and if we lose, we praise Him.”

And they did indeed lose! The sad coach says to his wife, “I thought for sure we’d win that game!”

But wait a minute! The other team cheated by having an ineligible player on their team, so the Eagles get to advance in the playoffs due to the forfeit! What a miracle!

Extraordinarily, the Eagles make it all the way to the State Championship against the big, ominous Giants, who are dressed in all black, and have a fat mean-spirited man as their head coach. Against all odds, the Eagles win on a field goal by the kid who also facing his “giant” of feeling inadequate to play on the football team. Wow!

As the credits began to scroll, one of my kids said, “That was amazing! If this really didn’t happen, I wouldn’t believe it!”

”What?” This caused me to stop everyone from going up to bed. “This didn’t really happen,” I said, “This is a fictional movie.”

That’s when the anger and crying began. They were so upset that this movie was not true. They felt that it was wrong, down-right lying, to tell such a story if it did not really happen.

The movie’s premise was that if you prayed and gave your all to God, life will turn out wonderful and all the hardships in life will be overcome by miracles from God. You will win the big game. My kids wanted to believe that.

And when I told my kids “This movie is fiction,” they understood that to mean “This movie is a lie.”

Which it is.

God never promises that if we give him our best in every area of our lives that all our trials will be overcome by miracles and that our lives will become wonderful. Exactly the opposite is taught:

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:2-4)

Coach Grant Taylor told his team, “We need to give God our best in every area. And if we win, we praise Him, and if we lose, we praise Him.” That is exactly right. The Apostle Peter was willing to praise God no matter what because he knew that the ultimate reward for faith in Christ is an inheritance that is yet to come. Jesus suffered and died, but overcame that with resurrection. We have that same hope in our trials. He wrote,

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.”

Now to Tim Tebow.

Tim Tebow and his faith in Jesus Christ has been a lightning rod of contention as his Broncos unexpectedly made the NFL playoffs and then won last week against the heavily-favored Pittsburgh Steelers. Tebow’s dramatic overtime win (on the first play from scrimmage in OT, Tebow completed an 80 yard touchdown to win it) had people all aflutter. In that win, he threw for 316 yards and averaged 31.6 yards per completion. (Isn’t the Bible’s “most famous verse” John 3:16? And hey- Isn’t the coach of the Broncos named John? Whoa!) Facebook and Twitter were filled with people saying that Tim Tebow’s Christian faith must be the reason they won that game. He must be going all the way to win the Super Bowl.

That’s the way Alex Kendrick would have wrote it: The Broncos would have faced the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI and won it in dramatic fashion.

But this is reality. This is Tim Tebow living a real, authentic Christian life: one that truly says, “We need to give God our best in every area, and if we win, we praise Him, and if we lose, we praise Him.”

Tebow works hard at what he does (playing football) and because of that, he has experienced success. But Tebow knows that there is more to life than winning football games.

Legendary sports writer Rick Reilly recently wrote an article at ESPN.com titled “I Believe in Tim Tebow.” It is worth clicking over to read. In it, he explains what kind of person Tebow is.

“Who among us is this selfless?

Every week, Tebow picks out someone who is suffering, or who is dying, or who is injured. He flies these people and their families to the Broncos game, rents them a car, puts them up in a nice hotel, buys them dinner (usually at a Dave & Buster's), gets them and their families pregame passes, visits with them just before kickoff (!), gets them 30-yard-line tickets down low, visits with them after the game (sometimes for an hour), has them walk him to his car, and sends them off with a basket of gifts.

Home or road, win or lose, hero or goat.”

There is a difference between the fictional story of “Facing the Giants” and the real-life story of Tim Tebow. Christians who want to use athletes’ or celebrities’ success as “proof” for the goodness of Christianity had better hear this.

NFL.com’s Jeff Darlington explains it best:

For the first time in seven days, each of which I spent in Denver because of Tim Tebow's polarizing impact on the NFL, the Broncos' quarterback and I finally had the chance to exchange more than the daily salutations I'd come to expect from the overbearing nature of Tebowmania.

We walked toward the exit -- among the last to leave the locker room after a 41-23 loss to the Patriots on Sunday -- as I began to ask the first of what I hoped would be a series of questions.

"How is the strength of your faith impacted after a loss?" I started.

"It puts things in perspective," Tebow said. "God is still God. I still have a relationship with Christ, and a loss doesn't change anything. Win or lose, everything is still the same. What matters is the girl I'm about to see, Kelly Faughnan. If I can inspire hope in someone, then it's still a good day."

And just like that, with a transition smooth enough to make a movie producer proud, Tebow crossed through the threshold of a doorway to the glowing face of a 22-year-old survivor of a brain tumor. After one question, the interview was over. A more important priority awaited him.

That’s the kind of movie “Facing the Giants” could have been.

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          Wish I'd thought of that one   
The Comeback Id. Sweet!

If I had thought that one up, it would be the title to this blog post. But I guess Todd Purdum has put it to better use.

The Clinton campaign's response to the story -- which portrays Bill Clinton as a larger-than-life womanizer who loves jetting around with skanky rich guys between bouts of his explosive temper -- was weirdly, ironically right on the money:
A tawdry, anonymous quote-filled attack piece, published in this month's Vanity Fair magazine regarding former President Bill Clinton repeats many past attacks on him, ignores much prior positive coverage, includes numerous errors, and ultimately breaks no new ground," he added.
Breaks no new ground... we already knew that Clinton was like this!

Frankly, I might be sympathetic to the desire of a man of humble beginnings, who has devoted most of his adult life to public service and is now a late-middle-aged heart-surgery survivor, to kick up some dust before it's too late. True, the conduct is somewhat unseemly in a former president. But what drains away my sympathy is the aspect of his palling around with sleazy businessman political donors while still trying, in some sense, to run the country.

In one way, the Clinton's ongoing political partnership -- he really does want her to have her shot at the White House, it seems -- is kind of touching. I wonder if they'll stay together when her campaign ends?

By the way, isn't there something icky and incestuous about the fact that Purdum is married to Clinton's former press secretary Dee Dee Meyers? (Do you think he's the Tim Busfield character from the West Wing?)
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          Oh, to be home.   
'Oh, we don't want to lose you...'
(Paul Reubens)
 
'I shall go home, alone;
And must try to live life as before,
And hide my grief
For you, my dearest friend,
Who should be with me now,
Not cold, too soon,
And in your grave,
Alone.' (Guy Wilson)
 
O western wind, when wilt thou blow
    That the small rain down can rain?
Christ, that my love were in my arms
    And I in my bed again!
(Anonymous)
 
 
Does home seep beyond the clothing of our mortal flesh, permeating that hidden heart of the everlasting soul? If ghosts retain their human feelings, would those feelings drive them to try to go home? Would they long for it, as those of us who love our homes and yet must venture far from them, so long to return? So much WWI and WWII war propaganda billed the home as that which one must be prepared to sacrifice in order to maintain it when threatened. The homestead itself became a thing of essential essence, the very threads we contribute to the tapestry of our collective, lived landscapes. The sanctity of home to everyday men and women became the lynchpin for duty; the sacred crux of society. It is hardly surprising that home became a central fantasy for those soldiers, sailors, airmen, doctors, nurses, etc., and the haunting presence of such is liberally scattered through the artefacts they created abroad: letters, diary entries, poetry. The consequences of WWI and WWII was that a large portion of men and women, who ventured bravely from their homes to save them, would never return. And, in turn, those gaping absences would change the homes of those left behind forever.
 
These thoughts were compounded by the chance discovery of a small entry concerning the ghost of Rupert Brookes (contributed by Dr A.I. Copeland to Marchioness Townshend & Maude Ffoulkes' True Ghost Stories, first published by Hutchinson & Company in 1936). Copeland's experience occurred in 1919, four years after Brookes had died from blood poisoning following an infected mosquito bite in Greece. The story itself is a simply one: Copeland was renting rooms in the Old Vicarage, in Grantchester, where Brookes had formerly lived. One evening, whilst sitting by the fire, Copeland heard the sound of footsteps making their way around the house toward the French windows of his sitting room. Upon inspection, no one was there, and it seemed impossible that anyone could have made those footsteps and found cover before he looked through the windows. When enquiring of this to his landlord, a Mr Neave, he was promptly told that such an occasion was not unusual, and that, since Brookes had died, his footsteps had often been heard making the same journey. 
 
 
 
 
Brookes seems the ideal candidate for such a haunting. His poetry reveals a deep, romantic affection for England; a sentiment that seems to have resonated in him from early life. While some of Brookes' work has been sucked into nationalist thinking (indeed, a good chunk of his poetry is explicitly patriotic, and compounds the obligation to fight for one's country), I think what he communicates is the tenderness of remembered belonging in a time where place and self have been fractured, of being connected to a sense of home that extends the premise of bricks and mortar and reaches into all the nooks and crannies of the land itself. It is the waiting glue that will fix the wounded traveller when they are able to return, as well as the very beacon that calls them to return. This sense of home becomes an essence, something intangible that is carried in the mind, that stretches a non-corporeal chord to anchor in the familiar. It becomes an icon, to glorify, that gives meaning to the horrendous agonies caused in war. Of course, 'England' and 'home' mean more than their physical manifestations; they mean people, lifestyles, a continuation of history.
 
In The Soldier, Brookes writes
  If I should die, think only this of me:
    That there's some corner of a foreign field
That is forever England. There shall be
    In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
    Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,
A body of England's, breathing English air,
    Washed by the rivers, blest by the suns of home.
 
 
Death in war can give rise to a plethora of ghosts, for the dead are not accorded with the burial rites attributed by their society, and so cannot be properly passed over by their living kith and kin. In Brookes' poem, the dead body becomes synonymous with its home, that 'bore [it], shaped [it], made [it] aware'. He recognises the fear and tragedy of dying away from home, of being potentially lost in a 'corner of a foreign field'. Recently, having been attuned to memorials as part of my book's research, I've been touched by the number of beautiful WWI and WWII memorials that exist to commemorate legacy and sacrifice where bodies cannot be lovingly tucked into their native earth. There is a bounty of these memorials, strewn throughout the landscape, each settlement offering up its recognition of all that was given to preserve it. What do we do when we don't have the body to bury? We make memorials, and we encourage our fellows to never forget. Remembrance is the best we can do to give the dead their dues, and to note and reward their sacrifice.  
 
WWI and WWII created mammoth craters of absence, and during a time when the comforting afterlife suggested by Christianity was a crumbling on its platform as that pedestal began to tip away from certainty, its framework coming increasingly into scientific questioning. I'm a fan of the cosy crime genre, and am particularly fond of three series of books involving young female detectives in the early 20th century. Interestingly, now I think about it, that all three echo that absence. From Daisy Dalrymple in the 1920s, to Maisie Dobbs and Kate Shackleton in the 1930s, these three young women have all lost their fiancées/husbands to WWI. The Dalrymple series, which is lighter in tone, finds the heroine resettled with a widower, but Dobbs (in the early books) and Shackleton are cast adrift, unable to really invest in a new relationship as they are unable to let go of that planned future so cruelly shattered. Shackleton's position is more precarious, as her husband is listed as 'missing, presumed dead'. Again, without that certainty a body provides, time slips into a limbo. Instead of love, they turn to their work, and their desire to help those who have similarly been damaged by the aftermath of WWI.
 
These wars punched a hole in our history; they consumed a mass of lineages, leaving countless marriages broken, and hundreds and hundreds of children that would never be born. And those who came back did not meet what they had left behind: they were changed and this could not be undone. JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings demonstrates this, with his idyllic Shire a representation of an innocent, green, settled England. For ghosts, however, perhaps things continue as they were. If the 'stone tape' theory of ghost activity is true, then there is an echo of Brookes making his journey home, again and again, over and over. Imagining that, for a moment... and so, if some corner of a foreign field is forever England, then some corner is elevated to home.  
 
 
 
 
With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.
(Robert Laurence Binyon)
 
 



          You, and I, and Rosabelle believe   

          The Tearoom Trade   

In 1970, sociologist and ordained Episcopalian minister Laud Humphreys published his book The Tearoom Trade: Impersonal Sex in Public Places, one of the most famous and controversial studies in sexology. By assuming the role of a “look-out,” Humphreys gained the male subjects’ trust, which enabled him to observe complete strangers engaging in brief, impersonal sexual encounters with same-sex partners in public restrooms, termed as “tearooms.”1 The origin of the word “tearoom” is not fully understood, but it may be distantly related to British slang which uses “tea” as a word for “urine” or also as a British verb used to describe an action of sexual “engagements” or “encounters.”1 

 

Without the subjects’ knowledge, Humphreys recorded their license plate numbers and tracked them down a year later. After changing his hair, attire, dress, and car, Humphreys visited the homes of the subjects. Under the guise of a social health surveyor, Humphreys interviewed the subjects about their lives without disclosing that he had already met them before.1 Humphreys conducted these in-person interviews to discover what aspects of the subjects’ home lives motivated them to engage in this illegal and taboo activity. Humphreys’ study provided a more comprehensive understanding of the rules that governed this deviant interaction. His work analyzed patterns of behavior in this collective group of men, only 14% of whom self-identified as homosexual, and elucidated the risks of engaging in impersonal gay sexual acts in public restrooms. Tracking and interviewing the subjects provided an opportunity to better understand the rationality the subjects used when engaging in tearoom acts.2 Although the book revealed important information about homosexuality and sexual behavior in public places, Humphreys’ research methods were, and still are, considered very controversial. If conducted appropriately, research studies provide the foundation of new and insightful sources of knowledge. Yet, despite the benefits of this research, The Tearoom Trade raises ethical questions about sociology research: Does the value of gaining information about sexual practices justify the violation of people's privacy? This article will evaluate the social context, scientific methods, and ethical issues associated with this insightful, yet controversial study.

The Author

Laud Humphreys entered the field of sociology after serving for ten years as a clergyman in the Episcopal Church. He preached a message of acceptance and tolerance to any who would listen, and embodied these principles by ministering mostly to the LGBTQ community. Humphreys was also one of the first sociologists who openly self-identified as gay. Although he was married to a woman, it was not until after the publication of The Tearoom Trade that Humphreys felt comfortable enough to “come out,” and in 1980 he left his wife and two children. He moved to California, earned certification as a psychotherapist, and established his own private counseling service. Towards the end of his life, Humphreys worked as a consultant for police forces and offered his expertise in homosexual subcultures and homophobic violence during testimonies in court cases. Laud Humphreys died in 1988 from lung cancer.     

The Study

In Humphreys’ research, tearoom trades are instant, impersonal acts of sexual conduct between two or more men in a public restroom. This study focuses on these interactions through investigation of possible social, psychological, or physiological reasons for this behavior.1,2 

Anti-Sodomy Laws

At the time of this study, laws existed in the United States that criminalized sexual acts deemed “unnatural” or “immoral.” These sexual acts were referred to as “sodomy,” a definition that included anal sex, oral sex, and bestiality. As a result of these “anti-sodomy laws,” men who engaged in sexual acts with one another were arrested when they were caught in the act or when law enforcement had probable suspicion. During this time, sodomy accounted for the majority of homosexual arrests.1 In June of 2003, the United States Supreme Court struck down anti-sodomy laws as “unconstitutional” in its ruling of Lawrence v Texas. However, anti-sodomy laws currently exist in the law books of twelve states.3  

Location

Humphreys noted that the first challenge to studying tearooms was locating the facilities frequented by the subjects.1 The factors Humphreys found to be crucial in picking a public restroom to use as a tearoom were accessibility and isolation from other public events. Typically, tearooms were located in public parks. Men would pick a restroom positioned in a remote part of the park, isolated by distance from highly trafficked areas such as the entrance or busy sports fields.1 The male subjects chose these strategic locations in order to avoid discovery by unwitting passers-by. In addition to preventing unwarranted exposure to bystanders, these men also valued isolated facilities to protect their identities.2Ironic as it may seem, tearoom activities in public facilities offered a high degree of anonymity and kept the identities of participants anonymous.  Around the time Humphreys conducted his study, many superhighways were being constructed, and the rest stops along these roads provided ideal tearoom facilities due to their numerous locations and ease of accessibility.1 A male could easily and quickly make a stop at a tearoom on the side of a highway without raising any suspicion from his family about arriving home later than expected.

Police officers were aware of several tearoom locations. On one occasion, an undercover patrolman actually revealed to Humphreys that law enforcement was upregulating activity in a certain area of a park due to an increase in African-American visitors, an event unrelated to the tearoom activities. He then referred Humphreys to a restroom in another park known to be frequented by homosexuals and isolated from the unrelated presence of African-Americans that had increased police activity.1

Roles

There were several different roles that a man might take on during a tearoom interaction. These roles included an insertor, an insertee, and a lookout (referred to as a watchqueen). The insertor presented his penis for fellatio. The insertee performed the oral sex. The watchqueen would alert the other men in the tearoom if a passerby approached and would notify them when it was safe to proceed again.1 The roles were dictated by age and attractiveness. Known as the “Aging Crisis,” older participants were typically deemed less desirable and more often took on the role of the insertee.1 This hierarchy did not always apply, as age and role preferences vary from person to person. The watchqueen took on a voyeuristic role, receiving pleasure and arousal from observing the sexual interaction. While conducting his study, Humphreys often took on the role as watchqueen in order to convince others that he meant no harm, giving him the ability to observe tearoom interactions. Unbeknownst to the subjects, Humphreys was taking notes of his observations after the acts and often keeping track of the subjects’ license plates as well.1  

Advantages

The advantages that made tearooms appealing to the men who participated were the inexpensive and liberating nature of the interaction, the impersonal sexual gratification that accompanied the activity, and the speed and efficiency that allowed participants to quickly enter and exit the tearooms.1

Inexpensive

The act of oral sex, or fellatio, was often free as typically all members involved in a tearoom trade achieved sexual release from the experience. As Humphreys investigated the phenomena, noticeable patterns emerged. He found that subjects were often married, identified as Roman-Catholic, and had spouses who did not take birth-control.1 This lack of birth-control limited the sexual intercourse that men could engage in with their wives. The couples had various reasons for avoiding pregnancy, such as a preference for a certain number of offspring (or no offspring) and the costs of raising a child. This left some subjects in a position where their sexual desires were not met by their spouse, who avoided both the use of contraceptives and the chance of an unintended pregnancy. One advantage of tearooms that appealed to a portion of the subjects was that it was rare for insertees to demand monetary compensation from the insertor. This enticed certain subjects to visit tearooms because they offered a cheaper alternative to the costs of rearing an unexpected child with his wife or the costs of paying for a prostitute and a hotel room.1 The inexpensive nature of these interactions also freed the man from having to explain reoccurring expenditures if his wife or family grew suspicious of financial activities.1,2,4

Anonymous

The tearoom activities were impersonal.1 Participants rarely said anything outside the lines of brief expressions of gratitude.1 This appealed to many of the subjects as they were not searching for relationships. Interestingly, most of the men in the study (54%) were married to women.1 Many of them were also fathers. If discovered, knowledge of the deviant sexual behavior would threaten the stability of their families.1,2,4 Protecting their identity as fathers and husbands was paramount to these men. In some cases, long-term relationships did grow out of these interactions, but for the most part a minimal exchange of words offered the most privacy and anonymity.1

Quick

A third benefit to tearooms, and an advantage over traditional hotel rooms or other more private locations, was time efficiency.1 As previously stated, the location of restrooms along highways offered the chance to experience sexual release in a manner that took very little time out of their day. Entering and exiting a tearoom quickly and efficiently resulted in less explaining that a man needed to provide to his family in order to justify his absences.1

Social Survey

A year after recording his observations of tearoom trades, Humphreys tracked down the subjects using the license plate numbers that he covertly recorded. He changed his hair, clothes, and vehicle to protect his identity in case any subject recognized him from the times he played the role of watchqueen for them. Falsely presenting himself as a social health worker, Humphreys traveled to the homes of the subjects and asked if he could conduct a social health survey. This survey allowed him to formulate an idea of the home life of subjects in his study. He found certain patterns relating to marital status, employment, and behavior. Often, these men (and their wives) were deprived of sexual relations with each other. Among a variety of other important factors, this lack of sexual gratification motivated many subjects to frequent tearooms. Loneliness emerged as a prominent characteristic in many of the subjects he surveyed. One man who failed to report any hobbies during the survey encouraged Humphreys to stay for dinner, stating “I wish you’d stay awhile, I haven’t talked to anyone about myself in a hell of a long time!” 1  

Ethical Issues

Humphreys’ study provoked a heated response from the public and the scientific community due to the controversial methods he used to collect data. For example, Humphreys’ study led people to question whether a researcher should be allowed to collect sensitive data under a false identity to prevent distorting the phenomena being studied. In addition, after publishing the study, the public expressed concern over whether a researcher should be allowed to collect data which has the potential to jeopardize the safety of the subjects if it is revealed to the public.1,2 In response to these concerns and in order to justify his methods, Humphreys championed three ethical research standards that he abided by while he conducted this study.1

Firstly, Humphreys believed that a scientist should never neglect an area of study or phenomenon because it was difficult to investigate or inherently socially sensitive.1 Many of the most intriguing findings were extrapolated from observing and analyzing highly taboo interactions. As a result of Humphreys’ study, the world gained a more comprehensive understanding of homosexual society and the behavioral motivations of the male mind. Following the release of his study, police arrests of homosexuals and raids on tearooms actually decreased in frequency, exemplifying how the understanding of human nature benefits everyone.2, 4

Secondly, Humphreys believed that a scientist should take every possible precaution in order to minimize the degree to which studying a phenomenon distorts its natural occurrence.1 Humphreys justified his disguise and hidden identity by applying this principle. It is universally acknowledged in scientific communities that openly observing an interaction between two subjects can change the outcome of their interaction. Publicly identifying oneself as a social researcher while observing the interaction between men who prize their anonymity in a tearoom would produce drastically different results than presenting oneself as a trusted watchqueen. However, there were about a dozen subjects to whom Humphreys revealed his true identity in order to gain assistance in conducting the study, learning the rules, and locating tearooms. 1,2,4

Thirdly, Humphreys believed that a scientist must protect his subjects, regardless of the cost to the researcher.1 This meant that Humphreys vowed he would never reveal the identities of his subjects so as to protect them from being arrested for engaging in homosexual acts in public and to prevent knowledge of their tearoom activities from threatening the stability of their families. At the time of this study, anti-sodomy laws were enforced nationwide. Merely engaging in sexual acts with the same gender could merit an arrest, and this risk increased significantly if the acts were conducted in a public facility. Indeed, most arrests of homosexuals pertained to involvement in tearoom activities when Humphreys’ study was being conducted.1

Despite stating that he would never reveal the identity of his subjects, Humphreys’ study elicited substantial controversy since his observations contained such private and sensitive details about his subjects without their informed consent. He recorded the names, license plate numbers, and addresses of around 100 men. He also bore witness to their illegal activity. In the event that law enforcement saw fit to arrest Humphreys for conducting this controversial study, the sensitive data he meticulously collected would be demanded by the authorities.1,2,4 At the time, Humphreys proclaimed that he would never give up his research data if he were arrested. However, years after publishing his study, Humphreys spent some time in a jail for an unrelated incident. After spending some time in this harsh environment, Humphreys admitted that he questioned his own ability to resist if the authorities had questioned him.2,4 Furthermore, considering the copious number of incidences that he recorded, a judge may have seen fit to issue a subpoena, or an order for a person to appear in a court of law.2,4 The sensitive data that Humphreys covertly gathered wielded the potential to destroy the lives and families of the subjects he was studying and jeopardized their anonymity without their consent. Humphreys violated the subjects’ privacy by observing and later recording notes about the men’s sexual encounters without their consent, and entering their home under a false identity. However, some people argued that Humphreys did not violate his subjects’ privacy by taking notes of the sexual encounters he observed because the illegal acts were committed in a public facility.2,4

Conclusion

Humphreys’ study exposed the inner workings of tearooms and helped elucidate the motivation of men (who variously self-identified as heterosexual, bisexual, or homosexual) seeking sexual gratification from other men in public restrooms. As a source that found only 14% of the subjects who self-identified as homosexual, Humphreys’ study revealed that same sex experiences are not limited only to openly gay individuals, and that a profound discrepancy exists between the private and social lives of some men.1

The study was met with mixed reviews when published. Some people were intrigued and wanted to learn more, but others feared for their safety and continued to question the existence of the subjects’ secret methods to find sexual release. A few were angry that Humphreys provided a type of “How-To-Manual” for publicly breaking the law. Regardless of the backlash the study received, The Tearoom Trade opened a discussion about research ethics and started a dialogue that helped shape the current standard of “informed consent,” which is a legal procedure that aims to ensure that patients, clients, and research participants are aware of all the potential risks and costs involved in a treatment or procedure.7 Despite the fact that the study was conducted decades ago, privacy is still one of the most controversial and relevant topics in research, government, and politics.1,2,4

Though The Tearoom Trade made important contributions to sex research, Humphreys' research methods violated modern contemporary ethical standards and raised serious questions about the morality of scientific observation.

References

  1. Humphreys, Laud. "Tearoom trade." Trans-action 7.3 (1970): 10-25.

  2. Smith, Candace. "Laud Humphreys’ Tearoom Trade: The Best and Worst of Sociology." The Society Pages. Sociology Lens, 5 Feb. 2013. Web. 28 Feb. 2017.

  3. Compton, Julie. "American Men Are Still Being Arrested for Sodomy." ADVOCATE. N.p., 23 May 2016. Web. 28 Feb. 2017.

  4. DuBois, James M. "The Tearoom Trade Study - Ethics in Mental Health Research." Ethics in Mental Health Research. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Feb. 2017.

  5. Hyde, J.S., & DeLamater, J.D. (2006). Understanding Human Sexuality (9th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.

  6. Galliher, J.F., Brekhus, W.H. & Keys, D.P. (2004). Laud Humphreys: Prophet of homosexuality and sociology. Madison, Wisconsin: The University of Wisconsin.

  7. Mills, Kim I. "APA Ethics Code Addresses When Obtaining Informed Consent From Research Participants Is Necessary." American Psychological Association. N.p., 30 June 2014. Web. 14 Mar. 2017.

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          Jerry Garcia's Wolf Guitar Is Auctioned For A Record Breaking Price   
Jerry Garcia's Wolf Guitar


On May 31st an event auction was hosted by Brooklyn Bowl for Jerry Garcia’s Wolf guitar. The auction was done by Guernsey's Auctions.







Garcia playing Wolf
This guitar, which was first used by Garcia in 1973 at a New York City show, sold to Brian Halligan, the cofounder and CEO of the marketing software company HubSpot for $1.6 million plus a $300,000 premium, bring the total winning bid to $1.9 million.


Marketing Lessons from the Grateful Dead
Halligan, cowrote the book along with David Meerman Scott, “Marketing Lessons from the Grateful Dead: What Every Business Can Learn from the Most Iconic Band in History.”

The recipient of the money is the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The Wolf Guitar


The bid was then matched by another anonymous donor, making the total gift an amazing $3.5 million. This is the most money generated from a guitar auction.






Joe Russo's Almost Dead

The event also featured drummer Joe Russo leading an all-star cast, which included his own Grateful Dead tribute band known as Almost Dead.






Doug Irwin
Wolf was the first guitar that luthier Doug Irwin designed for Garcia.







The Wolf Decal
Its body was mad of curly maple and purple heart wood. Garcia found a sticker of a cartoon wolf and placed it below the bridge.

Through the years Garcia had several modifications performed on the instrument. The last time Jerry used the guitar was in February of 1993. He passed away 2 years later. He can be seen playing it in the Grateful Dead Movie.


The Wolf guitar in original form
The Wolf guitar was created as a result of Garcia visiting a San Francisco music store. While there he came across a very unusual guitar and inquired about it. He was told it was built by a guy named Doug Irwin. Garcia came back a few days later to buy that guitar.

Irwin tells the story that he was in the back of the store putting pickups on that particular guitar. Irwin says a couple of guys from the store came to the back room and told him that Jerry Garcia wants to buy your guitar. He thought they were joking.

Wolf with 2nd pickup arrangement
The guys came back a couple of times to get him and Irwin finally brought the guitar to the front of the store. Jerry told him that he liked the way the neck felt and he asked him to make another guitar. This Irwin built guitar came to be called The Wolf. Doug Irwin would go on to build four guitars for Garcia.


Irwin had just started building guitars at Alembic. This was a company run by Ron Wickersham, an electronics and sound expert that previously worked for Ampex, Rick Turner, a luthier and guitarist, and Bob Matthews, a recording engineer. The company started in a rehearsal room for the Grateful Dead, so there was an immediate connection between Alembic and the band.

As the story goes, Doug Irwin was recently hired by the Alembic company and was building electric guitars for them and he also built some for himself.

Eagle Guitar
The first one that Jerry Garcia purchased was known as The Eagle. This was the guitar that Jerry found when he came from the music store that where Irwin was employed. This guitar had humbucking pickups. At the time Garcia preferred the sound of his Stratocaster with single coil pickups.

Garcia asked him to build him another guitar. Irwin took a cue from this and created The Wolf, which he sold to Jerry Garcia in 1972 for $850. Garcia played this guitar for more than 20 years. Garcia asked Irwin to optimize Wolf with three single coil Stratocaster pickups.

As stated, this guitar was made of purple heart wood and curly maple. The fret board was ebony with 24 frets; longer than Fenders, which at the time only had 22 frets. The first version had a peacock inlay made of abalone, but in subsequent years Irwin changed this to an eagle.

A blood-thirsty cartoon sticker of a wolf adorned the body. This gave the guitar its name.

Garcia and the Wolf Guitar
In later years the middle and bridge single coil pickups were swapped out for humbuckers. This was an easy change because Irwin configured the pickups on a metal plate.


In fact it was Irwin who created both plates for the guitar. The pickup selector is the five position strat type.

Wolf Guitar Controls
The Wolf guitar features a master volume control and a tone control for the middle and front pickups. Two mini switches on the guitar are pickup coil switches, to choose between humbucking and single coil. There are two ¼” phone jacks. One goes to the amp and the other goes to Jerry’s effects loop.

There is also a mini switch to toggle the effects loop on or off. The electronics are accessible from a plate on the guitars back side and they are shielded. The tuning machines are Schaller’s and made of chromed nickel as is the bridge.

Wolf was the first guitar Irwin built that had the D shaped headstock that he used on other guitars he made as his trademark.

Both Wolf Headstock designs

On the headstock was the inlay of a peacock done in mother-of-pearl. While at a concert the guitar fell about 15 feet off of the stage and this caused a small crack in the head stock.


Doug Irwin took this as an opportunity to replace the head stock with ebony veneer and a mother-of-pearl inlay of an eagle, which by now had become Doug Irwin’s signature.

Garcia with Wolf Guitar
Jerry Garcia used the three single coil pickup plate up until 1978 when he had the single coil neck pickup and twin Dimarzio Dual Sound humbuckers for the middle and bridge position.

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          Kurt Cobain Guitar and Jerry Garcia Guitar to be Auctioned   
1958 Hagstrom Deluxe 90
One of Kurt Cobain’s guitars is to be auctioned on eBay with the proceeds going to charity. The proceeds will benefit Transition Projects, a Portland, Oregon based organization that benefits homeless veterans and their families.

This auction marks what would have been Cobain’s 50th birthday had he not taken his own life at age 27. A cardigan sweater once owned by the musician brought in $137,000 USD some years ago. This auction will run from February 16 starting at 11:00 am EST to February 26, 11:00 am EST,

Owner Nathan Fasold displays the Hagstrom

The guitar is a vintage 1958 Hagstrom Sparkle Deluxe guitar that is currently owned by Nathan Fasold of Black Book Guitars in Portland.


It has been authenticated by Earnie Bailey, who was formerly Nirvana’s primary guitar tech who personally delivered it to Cobain in 1992. At that time it was converted to a left-handed model. 

Click here for the link to the auction.

Jerry Garcia with Wolf Guitar
Jerry Garcia’s “Wolf” guitar is to be auctioned off this May with proceeds to benefit the Southern Poverty Law Center.

This gorgeous guitar is a 1973 creation of Grateful Dead builder Doug Irwin and was given the name “Wolf” after Garcia affixed a sticker of a cartoon wolf to its lower bout.

Through the years, the guitar went through many updates with pickup combinations.

Body of Wolf guitar


Garcia used this guitar for over 20 years before retiring it in 1993.

After Garcia’s death in 1995, a dispute occurred regarding ownership of Garcia’s instruments. As a part of a settlement, Doug Irwin reclaimed this guitar.




Jerry play Wolf in later years


He later sold it auction to its current owner for over $700,000. The anonymous owner will auction the Wolf guitar at an event to be held at Williamsburg’s Brooklyn Bowl.




The back of the Wolf guitar


The Wolf guitar is an exceptionally gorgeous instrument as was hand-made with book-matched curly western maple for it’s body and the builder also used amaranth wood, also known as purple heart and African ivory. The inlay work on the neck is superb.





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          Hillary Needs All the Help TRUMP and the GOP Can Give Her   
Obama called Hillary,"Not Nearly Enough BAD" in his own unique way, but with Michele as VP...and TRUMP Perot-ing away critical GOP votes, she can at last grasp "The BRASS RING".

On the very day after former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced her favvorite hat "in the ring" for president of the United States, she hobnobbed at a Chipotle in Ohio with top advisor Huma Abedin. Both wore sunglasses and the same color dress probably. Few photos exist, if any. They did not hold hands but ordered at the counter where nobody noticed, saying,"WOW, There is the former first former lady!" They sat down at a table and guess what... nobody noticed. They sat at the table for 25 minutes, paid their bill FIRST because who gets to eat it THEN pay, and ambulated out. Nobody noticed that they were "incognito".
Nobody had to take a purloined pistol from an exasperated Democrat because she had failed to be distraught, depressed, and even grab one to pretend to be "ending it all". Hang your head, and say, "AW SHUCKS!"

Down Low but otherwise upper echelon Democrats who "sabe mas como el BURRO" and want to appear to know seem to believe that Hillary Clinton has magic. The Democratic National Committee all but prayed over her and anointed her with cottonseed oil as their nominee just scant moments after her lollapaloosa announcement. Barack Obama almost endorsed her. The media drooled on their bibs, swooned over her statement that she would be going on a tour in a van, and got all excited. 
Nevertheless that episode in the Chipotle says and ingonito Hillary and good buddy, Nana, can go anywhere and do not need a "rope barrier" to corral the over-caffinated and wild-eyed adoring media. Hillary is 100 percent infamous on name identification. She is not an anonymous Chicago senator with a paper-thin resume who recommends abortion, writes bills that are ignored and gets major attention anyway. She is better than hot fudge on a stick - she’s an unapproachable, insincere, - elitist who proudly calls herself the B-word. And most of all, everybody is all too well aware of her "status".

there are three HUGE reasons that Hillary is no B.O. or whatever people want to call him:

Hillary lacks that "I'm Special" racial appeal. The hierarchy of major victimhood in the leftist thought system places blacks at the top with 300 free points on job-related qualifying tests. Latinos get 150 and gays and lesbians are ranked somewhere below blacks and Latinos free-points-on-test-wise because they were mostly whites rowdy at Stonewall Bar and Grill. Latinos and Native Americans rank below both groups, then women. Jews and Asians, mainly an afterthought in the rankings take the lower tiers because they are the most taken for granted. Barack Obama promised that as a half-black man, his election would unify the country, and people bought that jive, hook, line and sinker. Barry Soetoro was elected to moving America beyond the racial polarization of the past. Naive Republicans joined equally naive Democrats in celebrating the symbolism of his election, although some knew it was a power grab beyond all expectations that it quickly became.  Senator Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) wrote in his book that he cried when Obama was elected. and stated:

    I was so proud to be an American, and so moved by the powerful symbolism of the moment, I couldn’t stop myself from tearing up."

Nobody will peel onions and become all leaky-eyed when Hillary is elected, because nobody, down deep, believes a woman cannot be elected in America. Three out of four US Secretaries of State were women and there are presently and have been - numerous overly-powerful female senators. Hillary Clinton is in no way, shape or fashion - a victim.

Even more telling, Barack Obama’s 2012 election, representing a wised-up example of his actual support level, relied heavily on black electoral support. Palefaces and "browns" intilidated by dozens of blacks in voting lines expected to vote for you-know-who, did not bother to vote. Likewise, Obama needed and got - critical black support in the 2008 primaries. Had it not been for black support in 2008, Obama would have been beaten by Hillary Clinton. Hillary can "shuck and jive" practically plastic-like and robotically but lacks that same level of support from blacks in either the primaries or the general election.

Hillary is a somewhat lackluster female. Hillary may have a child that Mike Obama can never have to be truly female, but Hillary will emphasize the fact that she is female in her own boring, repetative fashion but the fact remains that her bond-ability with female voters leaves something to be desired. Her upper middle class elitist upbringing helped her to "marry well"- snaring the future governor of Arkansas. The Arkansas governor's coattails landed her in a prestigious law firm, then First Lady, Senator, and as a consolation prize, Secretary of State. She does not emote or bond particularly well with moms or grandmothers, in spite of her baking cookies and lying about Chealsea jogging at the Twin Towers. The mainstream alphabet TV and print media tries valiantly to portray her as a regular human being, but falls flat on its collective face.

Hillary Clinton rhetorically wants assist students heavily in debt by taxing the rich, especially the rich who favor everyone paying 1% and incrementally more topping at 15% for millionaires.
Hillary Clinton's her backpedaling on coal reveals her coal miner roots may be a total fabrication.
An August 2015, polling on the pubs holds that Hillary Clinton is somewhat dominant with 'somewhat liberal' voters percentage-wise (57 to 22), moderates (54 to 18), women (56 to 21), and seniors (58 to 19). For Hillary Clinton,  designated 'very liberal' voters are (49 to 39), males (47 to 30), and younger voters sometimes called "wippersnappers" and "skulls full of mush" (46 to 31).

hillary is ancient in age. Under 30 voters constituted about 19 percent of 2012 voters. That bodes ill for Hillary, who must rely on contributions from women and youth (Yutes) to pick up the slack she is sure to see with a diminished black vote turnout. With Hillary, they have seen "Par-ee" so it will be difficult to keep them "on the plantation" or farm - in the tank - for her. The ageing face full of wrinkles is bad news for Hillary. Pollsters easily predicted that Hillary would do well with youth voters when an early April Fusion poll piled up victories over Jeb (Common Core lover) Bush, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Governor Scott (Dynimite) Walker, Bobby Jindal and Marko Rubio. In these days of looking important on TV, Hillary polls well when she goes missing-in-action (MIA), but when the ones polled actually SEE HER, they are UNDERWHELMED.

Perhaps more than anything else, Hillary represents the past. Marko Rubio presented a  contrast splendidly in his "gonna run for POTUS " announcement speech which punted "patooty" posteriorly:

Just yesterday, a leader from yesterday began a campaign for President by promising to take us back to yesterday. But yesterday is over, and we are never going back.

Similarities of Hillary remain for comparison to Obama since the mainstream media will automatically favor her as a Democrat giving her softball questions instead of gruelling headache-inducing ones she deserves. Similarly, her checkered-infamous past will be whitewashed. As an Ivy League elitist, she comes across as a fake intellectual, having no Rhodes Scholar or epic grades from long ago when the chisels recorded court transcriptions.  Unlike Obama, nobody will just GIVE HER the presidency because she is a Democrat and the Republicans will grovel and worship at her feet.  She will have to pump up her own following. And when Hillary forced to portray herself, she is at a loss to "act naturally". 
If she had done a few hundred homicide trials, she would have that stony demeanor that would set her apart as a rock between steel and a hard place.

          Using Your Tendenci Events Calendar   

Tendenci's Events Module includes a full-featured Calendar of Events where your site visitors can find your upcoming events to view, search, and filter by type and then register. 

This Help File will explain the features available on the Events Calendar so you can set-up and customize your website's Calendar. 

For more help on using your Tendenci Events Calendar, visit the helpfile Using the Calendar Events within our Tendenci Support Documentation. 

Calendar View

Tendenci's Events Module offers two primary Views of your upcoming Events: the Calendar View and the List View

The Calendar view is the default view set-up for your website when you click to go to "Events" from your site's navigation menu and the Blue Superuser Top Bar Nav.  This view shows you and your site visitors the current month and any upcoming events.

Look for these features from your calendar view to access the different Events Module content on your website: 

  • Events Tab
    You'll find the "Events" Tab just above your calendar month-view.  When you mouseover the Events Tab, a menu will dropdown with a list of options.  The Events Tab is visible and accessible to all visitors to your site.  Anonymous users will see fewer options than registered users and Superusers. The Events Tab options let you download the ICS file for the calendar, export events, add and edit events, and manage event types. 
  • Discounts Tab
    The Discounts tab also drops down with additional menu options to add and manage your Event Discount Codes.  This tab is only visible by Staff, Superusers, and Super Users.
  • View Another Month in Calendar 
    The monthly calendar view lets you and your site visitors scroll to different months and years to display past and future month views of Events.  Simply click on the << to scroll to previous months and >> to scroll to future months.
  • Event Type Filters
    Your Event Types will be listed on the right hand side of the monthly calendar and are clickable to sort events by a single event type in the month view.  When you first create your Tendenci website, the list of Event Types will only have "All Events".  When you create a new event type, it will automatically be added to the Event Type list on your monthly calendar view.
  • Individual Events
    Your monthly calendar view will show individual events that are color-coded based on your Event Type color selections.  If you mouseover an individual event, the full title of the event will pop-up and you can click on the event to go to the Event's description and registration page.  You can add new individual events from your Calendar of events, but you will need to click on an individual event and go to that event's description page in order to edit the event.  
  • Specific Day View
    If you have several events in one day, the Month view could start to look a little crowded. That's why Tendenci includes a List view for each day of the month. To go to the list view for a specific date, click on the numerical day of the month on the calendar. 

Events List View

The List View (or Search view, as it is also sometimes referenced), displays a searchable list view of your upcoming events.  If you have multiple events going on everyday - you'll probably want to send your site visitors to the List View instead of the Calendar View.  

If your organization has multiple chapters that are all using your events calendar to promote events or you often list different community events on your calendar then you'll find the List View more useful for displaying and searching Events.  

List View Features

  • The List View has a different format from the Calendar view, but still functions basically the same.  At the top of the list view, your site visitors can search for events by date and type or use the search bar to search all events. 
  • Just click on any event's search results title to go to the Event's description page with registration information.  There is also an Events Tab with the drop down menu just like the Calendar View has.

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          Bopp 'til you Drop   

James Bopp, is a rather obscure lawyer from Terre Haute, Indiana. I say obscure, because he is not known by the general public, but to the anti-abortion crowd he is kind of a hero. He has served as the general counsel for National Right to Life since 1978 and as the special counsel for Focus on the Family since 2004. Bopp was the editor of Restoring the Right to Life: The Human Life Amendment. (Provo: Brigham Young University Press, 1984)
James Bopp
This story is not, however, about Bopp's abortion bona fides. He is better known as the guy who brought us rivers of money to political campaigns as he argued successfully for Citizens's United in front of the Supreme Court.
His success had a improbable start. He was literally laughed out of court when he had the temerity to state that the hit piece on Hillary Clinton, Hillary: The Movie, was legitimate news and should be allowed to air on TV as would any news piece. The Federal Election Commission (FEC) told Citizens United that it couldn't air the film during primary season, because it amounted to a 90-minute campaign ad. In court, Bopp argued that the movie wasn't so different from what you'd see on 60 Minutes, and its creators deserved First Amendment protections. At that point, US District Court Judge Royce Lamberth laughed out loud. "You can't compare this to 60 Minutes," he said. "Did you read this transcript?"
But funnier things happened on the way to the Supreme Court since the justices saw fit to overturn the FEC's decision, thereby ushering in a new age of unlimited campaign spending whereby billionaires could contribute unlimited cash – anonymously if they wish – to support the candidates of their choice, virtually annihilating the years of campaign reforms that had been painstakingly achieved on a bipartisan basis over many years. One stroke of the pen eliminated years of legislative work. President Obama famously predicted that the decision would go down in history as a terrible experiment much to the visible disapproval of justice Alito during a State of the Union address.
The assumption, of course, by both Democrats and Republicans, was that the Republicans, with their billionaire minions would have a huge advantage and that cash advantage does seem to have materialized in that candidate Mitt Romney, the self-confessed candidate of the plutocrats, has been awash in campaign cash, much of it of dubious origin and difficult to account for. He used his cash advantage to blow away his Republican primary competition which is certainly evidence of poetic justice since Republicans generally welcomed the Supreme Court decision with open arms, not to mention open wallets. The Romney rivals never had a fighting chance as they were severely outspent by the faux conservative Romney and, in an ironic twist worthy of an Agatha Christie novel, the more conservative candidates were pulverized by the very money they worshiped, allowing the moderate and more “flexible” Romney to win the nomination. Never was the saying, “Be careful what you wish for...” more true.


Never was the saying, “Be careful 
what you wish for...” more true.

Romney has demonstrated that the well-heeled are the ones in the best position to rake in the cash, not necessarily the ones with the most conservative ideas, which is why we have a Romney/Ryan ticket and not the converse. There is even loose talk among the conservative claque that Romney should step aside and allow for the ideologically more “pure” ticket of Ryan/Rubio.

But it is too late.

Romney, the poster child of unfettered capitalism, has won the money race fair and square under the new Bopp rules, and Bopp, as a modern Dr. Frankenstein, has joined his newly created monster who turns out to be exactly what the system created. He is an unfeeling money hound with no scruples or core principles aside from a strong desire to win at any cost, much like the mythical Gordon Gekko, that fictitious lizard of Wall Street fame.
The final irony is this. All that humongous horde of cash cannot hide the fact that Romney is a deeply flawed candidate and the instincts of the American people are proven correct once again. Romney is perceived as the phony he is by friend and foe alike. The only thing keeping his campaign even remotely competitive is that 1) there are people who genuinely dislike the President and would vote for Joe the Plumber before voting for Obama, and 2) the economy is in a sluggish recovery so therefore there is more pain out in the country than usual.
If it wasn't for these two factors, all the money in China wouldn't be enough to save Mitt's candidacy. What will be interesting to see is after the Bopp experiment has run its course, and the big money fails to win, what will the Congress do about campaign finance reform? To quote the great poet ee cummings,
“how do you like your blueeyed boy
Mister Death”


Link to C-SPAN for debate archives and more.


          The Lessons of the Walker Recall   

“Money talks; Bullshit walks.”
- American proverb
Americans have some quaint and colorful sayings, some of them very earthy. In the case of the singular recall election in Wisconsin yesterday, this is one case where American popular wisdom seems to have prevailed.
Because of the complexity of the funding for this recall election the numbers vary depending on how you count. There was money spent on media advertising, organization, consultants, and so much more. Most fair pundits put the estimated funding discrepancy between Governor Scott Walker and Mayor Tom Barrett ranging from 7-1 in favor of Walker to 10-1. The latest figures I have seen show approximately $40 million spent on Walker's campaign and $4 million spent on Barrett's campaign.
Governor Scott Walker 
Whatever the actual final numbers will be, one thing is fairly clear. The Supreme Court ruling on the Citizen's United case has unleashed unlimited funds from the corporate sector and independent billionaires intent on influencing elections. The most disturbing aspect of this new legal experiment is that much of this money is donated anonymously.
One of the lessons learned from this unusual election is that it is hard to know with any precision what role big money played in Wisconsin's election. Still, it is not unreasonable to assume that money played some role. There are many factors that went into the Walker victory, the main non-partisan point being that many voters did not think recall elections should be used for anything other than for criminal wrongdoing. Although there is vast discontent with Walker's policies in Wisconsin, Americans by and large are strong believers in fairness and don't usually support unusual remedies to remove politicians from office. The classic case, of course, is Bill Clinton's Monica Lewinsky scandal which left Americans with a bad taste throughout the country, but resulted in the impeachment attempt by a partisan Republican Party being rejected by a country tired of the overreaching by the opposition.
Mayor Tom Barrett
It could be said that the opposition to Governor Walker overreached, that the recall remedy was more than the public wanted. Perhaps the public would have settled for a reprimand, but our system does not really allow for that so a recall election is one of the few ways the public can register their disapproval.
However, it is dangerous to read too much into this election. Yes, it is true that the unions in Wisconsin were not successful in removing their Governor from office in a special election. That is the bottom line and one cannot underplay that. But beyond that, it is not very clear what are the main consequences of this election. Not as reported, however, is the real possibility that the Wisconsin Senate is likely to go back into the the hands of Democrats, giving Walker a setback he did not get from his personal recall election. The recall will likely turn the Senate from a Republican majority to a Democratic majority, a major defeat for Walker's agenda.
Anti-Walker protests at the Wisconsin Statehouse
It will be interesting to see if Walker will continue his onslaught on Wisconsin's middle class. Although prognostications are always dangerous, it seems that Walker might become a bit more humble in his approach to governing and the legislature in Wisconsin will be more balanced as a result of all the recall efforts. After all, most Americans wish for a more balanced approach to government and generally reject all the hyper-partisanship that have become the norm in Washington D.C. these days.
Governor Walker would be well served if he does not allow his victory go to his head and believe that he now has carte blanche to pursue a right-wing agenda. That would be a big misreading of the electoral results. Governor Walker has been given a second chance but a most telling number is that a full 60% of the voters in Wisconsin believe that their Governors should only be recalled or impeached for serious misconduct and policy differences do not really qualify.
One thing seems clear, however, that there is too much unaccountable money in politics as a result of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision. Mitt Romney took advantage of this new law to overwhelm his competition for the Republican nomination. He obliterated competitors like Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich with massive TV advertising subsidized by unlimited spending by mostly anonymous billionaires. This is an issue that will not go away soon.
America has to decide whether a few billionaires should have special rights due to their financial position. Is money really the same as speech? Are Corporations really people? Aside from being the name of this blog, this is a question that will haunt America for the foreseeable future.

          Post re: The "there should be a northeastern ice-climbing stoke thread," thread.    

Heya Brian,

Fair point, I'd post about rock-climbing, trouble is I'm terrible at it (to be fair I'm shit at ice climbing too). I'd be psyched if somebody started a NE Rock-Climbing Stoke thread, I just don't have any pictures, unless you want to do "Best Belay Ledges on crowded Northeastern Moderates" or "TR Butt-Shots Anonymous" 

But actually, everybody gets mad if you post about skiing or climbing in-season because you're blowing up "the stash," so the only logical time to post about it is mid-August. Besides, I think there's a little room for some even absurdly out of season ice-climbing stoke amid all the "What tricam should I use to protect my spot at the Gunks AAC campground?" type of posts.

Re: Sliding Board. The ice was out at Whitehorse last weekend.  Maybe still some in the solution pockets? We looked everywhere. I look forward to the trip report.cdn-uploads.mountainproject.co... style="width: auto;" data-id="10724">

Now where were we.  Here's the view from my first ice (snow) lead this last winter! And only 87 years after the first ascent. 

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          Introductory Grammar of Amharic   

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          Para russos, Stalin e Putin são os dois "líderes mais importantes da História"   

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Lista das "pessoas mais ilustres da História mundial" é realizada desde 1989; nomes de pessoas não russas aparecem apenas depois da 14ª posição

Putin aparece em segundo lugar na lista, mas

Putin aparece em segundo lugar na lista, mas "popularidade" do presidente russo cresceu nos últimos 17 anos

Foto: Presidência da Russia - 26.5.17

Uma pesquisa realizada na Rússia, divulgada nesta segunda-feira (26), mostra que, para a maioria dos russos, Joseph Stalin é a figura “mais ilustre da História mundial”, sendo seguido pelo atual presidente, Vladimir Putin.

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O estudo realizado pelo “Levada Center” questionou uma amostra de 1,6 mil cidadãos da Rússia, pedindo para que elegessem o “top 10: pessoas mais marcantes de todos os tempos e todas as nações”. Do total, os 20 mais citados foram compilados e divulgados. Vale destacar que os nomes citados não foram sugeridos na pesquisa. Nos três primeiros lugares ficaram: Stalin (38%), Putin (34%) e, em seguida, o poeta russo Alexander Pushkin, considerado “o Shakespeare russo”.

Aliás, na lista do Levada Center, que acontece anualmente desde 1989, os 34% de Putin equivalem ao percentual mais alto desde que ele chegou ao poder, há 17 anos. Já o ditador soviético Stalin teve queda em sua popularidade, já que, em 2012, teve 42% dos votos. Mas, há uma dúvida sobre a relação entre a popularidade do ex-líder e o atual.

Na Rússia, Stalin é frequentemente retratado – não como o arquiteto de políticas assassinas, de fome em massa e outros problemas –, mas como o responsável pela vitória na Segunda Guerra Mundial, que é chamada de “A Grande Guerra Patriótica” no país.

Uma pesquisa realizada na Rússia mostra que%2C para a maioria dos russos%2C Joseph Stalin é a figura “mais extraordinária da história mundial

Uma pesquisa realizada na Rússia mostra que%2C para a maioria dos russos%2C Joseph Stalin é a figura “mais extraordinária da história mundial

Foto: Reprodução/Wikipedia

Por exemplo, várias cidades russas revelaram monumentos a Stalin nos últimos meses. Segundo uma pesquisa da Levada, publicada em maio, o número de russos que consideram as repressões de Stalin como "crimes políticos" caiu de 51%, em 2012, para 39% em 2017. Além disso, o número de russos que não sabiam nada sobre as repressões realizadas durante seu governo dobrou de 6% a 13% no mesmo período.

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Vladimir Putin já fez críticas ao líder soviético em algumas entrevistas. Para o diretor norte-americano Oliver, o presidente russo disse que Stalin “é uma figura complexa” e que reconhece "os horrores do stalinismo", mas também defende que "a demonização excessiva de Stalin é uma das formas como os inimigos atacam a Rússia".

Na mesma entrevista, Putin compara Stalin com o imperador francês Napoleão Bonaparte, afirmando serem “líderes que vieram ao poder pela revolução e acabaram concentrando forte autoridade”.

Raros estrangeiros

Napoleão, aliás, aparece na pesquisa da Levada, sendo considerado a 14ª “pessoa mais extraordinária da História mundial” (com 9% dos votos). Ele é o primeiro não russo (ou soviético) da lista. As únicas figuras estrangeiras que foram mencionadas por mais de 6% dos russos foram Albert Einstein (16ª posição) e Isaac Newton (19ª posição).

As respostas refletidas pela pesquisa não são incomuns. Segundo o “The Washington Post”, as pessoas tendem a nomear as pessoas e os eventos mais próximos de suas vidas, o que explica como o tiroteio de Orlando, nos Estados Unidos, ocorrido no ano passado, acabou em uma lista dos eventos históricos mais significativos nas vidas dos americanos, publicada em dezembro.

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Outros nomes citados na pesquisa fora: Yury Gagarin (6º), o primeiro homem no espaço; Leo Tolstoy (7º) e Dmitry Mendeleev (13º), que desenvolveram a classificação periódica dos elementos; Vladimir Lênin (4º) e Pedro, o Grande (5º), modernizador do estado medieval da Rússia, certamente são figuras de grande importância histórica. Nenhum presidente ou líder dos EUA teve mais de 6% dos votos.


          Selena Gomez Finds Perfection, Finally, on “Bad Liar”   

Selena Gomez is a figure who has pitched herself right at the center of the celebrity Venn diagram: This is a woman who, in addition to her successful career as a singer, endorses everything from Coach to Coca-Cola, has acted in wholesome Disney television shows and edgy Harmony Korine movies, modeled in Louis Vuitton campaign ads and also designed clothes for Kmart. Never exactly trendy and never exactly timeless, she rides the middle. With her music, she has certainly had a few bangers: “Come & Get It” will get you through a spin class, and “Love You Like a Love Song” is now a cult karaoke classic. But if her songs have always been pretty good, they’ve never been really and truly great. The hit she has on the radio right now is a fairly anonymous EDM-lite number with Kygo called “It Ain’t Me,” a title that only begs the question: Well if this ain’t you, Selena, what and who is?

Hopefully, it’s the artist we hear on “Bad Liar,” a brand new song Gomez wrote alongside Julia Michaels and Justin Tranter. Looking at the single’s cover, shot by Petra Collins, you might develop some fairly tragic expectations concerning what you’re about to hear. In what seems like a reference to a tabloid firestorm over her recent stint in rehab, Gomez is wearing hospital bandages and gazing vulnerably at the camera. But “Bad Liar” isn’t that deep. The all-rhythm track is a simple proposition, sampling the jagged, iconic Tina Weymouth bass line from Talking Heads’ beloved “Psycho Killer” for a light, spritzy song about romantic anticipation. And it works. Really well. Even snagging an endorsement from David Byrne. 

Her contemporaries Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus, who have in the past burned brighter than Gomez, are lately scattered and floundering in search of new identities, leaving behind the cartoon characters and twerk provocateurs they once were, unsure of who to be instead. Cyrus is going for a middling Shania-lite sound with her new single “Malibu,” while Perry has, unfortunately, been trying out woke disco and Migos-assisted trap. Now, Gomez’s consistent affability is beginning to feel like a solid strength. Maybe she’s had it right all the time, the proverbial tortoise to the fame hares of the world, slowly and methodically edging through the race, one foot in front of the other, until she snags a win. Which is precisely what “Bad Liar” is: A victory for an uncomplicated pop star who makes uncomplicated pop music, and a fizzy fun track that will sound as good all summer as the Gomez-endorsed Coke you pour into your rum.


          Boss Leaves Lingerie As Anonymous Gift To his Maid And Secretly Watched Her Masturbating While She Trying It On   
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          ”Act or accept.”   
”Act or accept.”
”Act or accept.” – Anonymous
          Blaming Obama   
A couple of months ago, on May 10, President Trump invited two Russian diplomats into the White House to celebrate his firing of FBI Director James Comey.

A couple of months ago, on May 10, President Trump invited two Russian diplomats into the White House to celebrate his firing of FBI Director James Comey.

Having boasted on national TV that he'd removed Comey as a means of relieving pressure from the "fake news" investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, Trump greeted Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak like old friends.

Although U.S. news media weren't allowed into the Oval Office, the Russian news agency TASS published photos of the three men smiling broadly, backslapping and shaking hands. That's how American reporters learned of the controversial Kislyak's presence. The White House neglected to mention it, presumably because his clandestine talks with fired National Security Director Michael Flynn lay at the heart of the FBI probe.

Lavrov even made heavy-handed jokes about Russian meddling, expressing mock surprise at Comey's firing and observing sarcastically that it must be "humiliating for the American people to realize the Russian Federation is controlling the situation in the United States."

The episode struck me at the time as an astonishing gesture of contempt, if completely in keeping with Trump's furious denials that Russian skullduggery had anything to do with his election. In her Salon column, Heather Digby Parton compiled a short list of the president's Twitter posts on the subject. According to Trump, the FBI investigation has been dismissed as a "Witch Hunt!", a "a total hoax," "an excuse used by the Democrats as justification for losing the election" and so on. We've all heard it 50 times.

If he's been consistent about nothing else, Trump's been consistent about that: Vladimir Putin's spies had no role whatsoever in his mighty victory.

That is, until last week.

Following The Washington Post's publication of a highly detailed blockbuster about what the Obama administration knew about "President Vladimir Putin's direct involvement" in the conspiracy to damage Hillary Clinton and make him president, Trump came up with a whole new story: Yes, Russian cyberhackers and spies interfered directly in an American presidential election — but it was all Barack Obama's fault.

"Just out," the president tweeted, "The Obama Administration knew far in advance of November 8th about election meddling by Russia. Did nothing about it. WHY?"

Trump soon came up with an answer: "The reason that President Obama did NOTHING about Russia after being notified by the CIA of meddling is that he expected Clinton would win ... and did not want to 'rock the boat.' He didn't 'choke,' he colluded or obstructed, and it did the Dems and Crooked Hillary no good."

It's almost hysterically false — the Obama administration made repeated attempts to inform the voting public about Russian interference, most explicitly, as bad luck would have it, on Oct. 8, 2016, the day Trump's boasts about grabbing women's genitals first aired — but there's a half-truth there, too.

President Obama did, indeed, "choke," as one anonymous administration official told Post reporters, and we're all paying the price.

As happened more than once during his presidency, Obama appears to have over-thought the situation to the point of paralysis — pursing the will-o'-the-wisp of patriotic bipartisanship long after it had become obvious that not only Trump, but key Republican leaders had long since put party above country.

Could anybody be surprised that Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), for example, would stonewall any effort to inform voters that a hostile foreign power was brazenly taking Trump's side in the election?

Obama was.

In effect, congressional Republicans had chosen Putin over Hillary Clinton. By August, let us recall, Trump himself was not only openly urging Russian hackers to search for Clinton's emails — barefaced collusion — but predicting that the election was going to be rigged against him.

Obama could have done in August what he did after the election in December: hit Russia with sanctions, expelled Russian diplomats. But he reportedly feared that without GOP support, any vigorous action could easily backfire.

"Obama's approach," sources told the Post, "often seemed reducible to a single imperative: Don't make things worse. As brazen as the Russian attacks on the election seemed, Obama and his top advisers feared that things could get far worse."

"They were concerned that any pre-election response could provoke an escalation from Putin. Moscow's meddling to that point was seen as ... unlikely to materially affect the outcome of the election. Far more worrisome to the Obama team was the prospect of a cyber-assault on voting systems before and on Election Day."

Supposedly, no vote rigging happened after Obama warned Putin to his face that dire consequences would follow.

Or at least so we're told.

Instead, Kislyak and Lavrov yukking it up in the Oval Office happened.

This happened, too: Obama presided over a political Pearl Harbor — an unprovoked assault on American democracy, and with no compelling reason to believe that it won't happen again.


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          Fabric Fast & Intervention   
So, in a few days I will begin a fabric fast for 6 months.  Yes, I know… I'm about to go crazy thinking of all the gorgeous lines coming out in a few months that I will not be able to purchase! sigh It will be good great for me though.  If you could see my stash you would be embarrassed for me.  It fills a closet, an armoire, shelves in my bedroom and has begun to take over my garage.  I need help.  Lots of help.  And support.  So I have joined together with a group of like-minded people to help me out, give encouragement and keep me from going insane when all those beautiful new fabrics start popping up everywhere.  

Here's the rules for Fabriholics Anonymous


GOALS:
- To use the Stash I already have! (well I bought it because I liked it right? So… I should use it!)
- Finish UFOs without distraction by shifting to other new beautiful fabric. (I have so, so many UFO's.  They must be dealt with and either sold in my shop or gifted to lucky friends and family or I could actually make something for myself for a change).
- Stop the insanity of constantly buying the latest and greatest fabric.  (There's no sense buying this beautiful fabric and then letting it collect dust on a shelf.  The world deserves to see these fabrics in all their glory).
- Save the $$$ I spend on stashing.  (Really, seriously.  This is a good enough reason by itself to do this fast.  We are saving for our new house and I'm a huge suck on the fundage right now. Just being real!)
- Destash the fabrics that I realize I am never going to use. (I have already begun this actually a few months ago and have given away so much. Still doesn't look like it.)
FABRIC FAST RULES:
1) No fabric purchases for 6 months beginning January 1, 2014.  (I get heart palpitations just reading this!) 
2) At 6 months reevaluate status and decide whether to keep going for full year.  Evaluation July 1, 2014.  (I can already say without question I am going to continue this fast the entire year.  I just have too much! But … I am going to evaluate what I used/made the most during the first 6 months and decide if I need anything to continue. I'm also allowing myself a few splurges on July 1st for any fabrics I've been completely lusting over these next 6 months.)
3) Create a UFO list and complete them!  (God I do not look forward to this list.  It will be epic.)
4) Exceptions
  • Backing: purchasing a backing to finish a quilt top is permissible.  However, attempting to use fabric in your possession for a backing is preferable.
  • Books and Magazine purchases are allowed as they are not fabric.  Notions acceptable too.
  • Swap Fabric: if hosting/participating in a swap you are permitted to buy fabric to execute swap duties, but you may not join a swap simply for the sake of being able to buy fabric!
  • Items for Shop: if you are making an item for a client and need certain fabric to execute it correctly then that is a major exception - who can blame you? But, stash should be consulted first!

Wish me luck! I'm off to buy more fabric! (What? I've got 2 more days!).

For anyone looking to join this group or follow along with all of us, here's the link.

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Ricbit, conforme o comentário anterior, acompanhava o Brain Dump e não entendi por que começaste a postar neste site. Se fores voltar para o Brain Dump, será que dá pra fazer uma cópia destes posts? Ainda, também gostaria de fazer uma sugestão de post, se me permites: seria sobre as séries de Fourier, de preferência, abordando o básico, como o Fourier chegou nelas, os diversos tipos, as transformadas, aplicações reais do nosso dia a dia que podem ser resolvidas com sua utilização. []'s
          Hack puts phone-hacking scandal back in the news...   
An interview with a former News of the World journalist to be broadcast on C4's Despatches programme tomorrow night will put more the phone-hacking scandal back in the headlines.

Andy Coulson, now the Prime Minister's chief spin-doctor, resigned as editor of the NotW when one of his journalists went to prison for phone-hacking.

Coulson himself has always denied any knowledge of illegal activities when he was editor.

But The Guardian says that on C4 tomorrow, a senior journo who worked alongside Coulson will claim - albeit anonymously - that Coulson not only knew his reporters used intecepted voicemail messages, but that he was actually involved.

The journalist, said, like Coulson to be a former editor of the paper, claims when Couldon was told of intercepted voicemail messages of public figures, he demanded that he hear the tape or an email transcript to be sure they were authentic.

No doubt as Mr Cameron stands by his man, I'm sure he was hoping the phone-hacking scandal would go away - at least during the week of their Conference.

Not a chance.

It may be a slow-burner, but it seems this one will drip, drip and drip again for some time to come...
          Anonymous Attestation with Subverted TPMs, by Jan Camenisch and Manu Drijvers and Anja Lehmann   
Various sources have revealed that cryptographic standards and components have been subverted to undermine the security of users, reigniting research on means to achieve security in presence of such subverted components. In this paper we consider direct anonymous attestation (DAA) in this respect. This standardized protocol allows a computer with the help of an embedded TPM chip to remotely attest that it is in a healthy state. Guaranteeing that different attestations by the same computer cannot be linked was an explicit and important design goal of the standard in order to protect the privacy of the user of the computer. Surprisingly, none of the standardized or otherwise proposed DAA protocols achieves privacy when the TPM is subverted, but they all rely on the honesty of the TPM. As the TPM is a piece of hardware, it is hardly possible to tell whether or not a given TPM follows the specified protocol. In this paper we study this setting and provide a new protocol that achieves privacy also in presence of subverted TPMs.
          ~1st PODCAST POLL OF THE WEEK *RESULTS*~   
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          Notes From The Underground: Aüva's Day Two in The Studio at Mad Oak with Benny Grotto   
Notes From The Underground: Aüva's Day Two in The Studio at Mad Oak with Benny Grotto

Here we are with the day two reportage from Boston indie pop sextet Aüva's foray into Mad Oak Studio. The band was there Friday, Saturday and Sunday this past weekend with producer extraordinaire Benny Grotto on the dime of an anonymous donor and friend of Clicky Clicky, and the plan is to track and mix three new songs. Yesterday we posted singer and keyboardist Miette Hope's impressions of the first day, but tangentially we'll note that Aüva's Friday didn't stop when that session was over. The band played a show at Make Out Point Friday, Clicky Clicky operatives were there, and we're told Aüva played one new song, and a bunch from this year's LP including "Better" (whose video was also shot in part at the Point) and closing the set with the dreamy pop gem "Into Place." Mixing on the three new tunes is slated to transpire later this month. For now, check out drummer Michael Piccoli's thoughts on the second day of the sessions.
Day 2 in the studio was devoted to tracking guitar, keys and bass. We arrived at noon and started out by listening to all the drum takes from day one with fresh ears before recording other instruments. We were all glad to hear that the drum takes were solid so we were ready to move on. Andy did a great job nailing down the bass parts, and it only took about an hour for him to play all three songs. Benny had different ideas for each song and sent the bass through different combinations of amplifiers and compressors depending on what he thought the song needed. After recording bass we moved onto rhythm guitar which we used a similar approach for. Benny had a few different Reverend guitars in the studio that he let us play on the different songs in order to achieve the best sound for each tune. He also had some ideas for what Jake was playing and we got to use one of his 12-strings to double one of the lead lines and it gave the sound a very vintage mid-'60s sound, reminiscent of The Byrds, which we were all excited about. Moving onto keys, we used our Yamaha MX49 keyboard and created sounds by blending two different instruments and adjusting the sound envelope. We also tracked acoustic piano on a couple of the songs and used two mics behind the piano and one room mic. Overall it was a great day in the studio and tomorrow we plan to move onto vocals, lead guitar, and percussion. -- Michael
Aüva: Bandcamp | Facebook | Internerds

Related coverage:
Notes From The Underground: Aüva's Day One in The Studio at Mad Oak with Benny Grotto
Hey This Weird Thing Happened Where Someone Gave Us Studio Time To Give Away So We Gave It To Aüva And Let's See What Happens, Shall We?
Footage: Aüva's Swaying Surf-Pop Gem "Better"
Together Again: Clicky Clicky Presents Two Nights of Adventurous Electronics And Under-Pop May 18+19

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          Dig Pink a Huge Success!   
CURRENT TOTAL DONATION = $2,170.51

Tonight had it all...big hits, big blocks, incredible digs, milestones, AND we raised a lot of money for a great cause!  The final tally will probably take a couple of days as pledges continue to come in and shirts continue to sell, but the Viking Volleyball family is very appreciative of all of the fans who came out to support our Dig Pink event tonight (or supported from afar).  I think the fans that made it to the Cage tonight would say that they got their money's worth!

Here are the winners of the jersey auction:

#1 Meredith Hopper - winning bidder Michael Hopper for $200
#2 Krista Miller - winning bidder Donna Miller for $40
#3 Sarah Steffan - winning bidder Anonymous Donor for $50
#4 Christy Meggitt - winning bidder Anonymous Donor for $50
#5 Stormy Coppotelli - winning bidder Terry Coppotelli for $100
#6 Kelsey Lochstampfor - winning bidder Elysa Lochstampfor for $25
#7 Stephanie Quinn - winning bidder Yvette Dickens for $40
#9 Chrissy Ricketts - winning bidder Matt Ricketts for $100
#10 Claire Scott - winning bidder Bill Scott for $100
#11 Kristin Hargrove - winning bidder Anonymous Donor for $50
#12 Gretchen Kaufman - winning bidder Suzanne Kaufman for $40
#13 Megan Woodall - winning bidder Anonymous Donor for $50
#14 Kiersten Hammock - winning bidder Ginger Swann for $100

Total amount raised for the Side-Out Foundation from the jersey auction = $945
(Game jerseys were donated by Kessler Sports, so 100% of this money goes to the cause!)

Gate receipts, t-shirt sales, pledges, and spare change collections will be tallied in the next couple of days. Check back for our final total raised!

Thanks again to everyone who helped make this a successful event!
          The Man with the Great Blue Heron Tattoo   
GreatBlueHeronTattoo

You’d think it would be awkward, asking a man to come back to my room to strip off his clothes, but really it wasn’t. I’ve known the Man with the Great Blue Heron Tattoo for many years, but we only see each other at conferences, so we were both talking like crazy as we walked across the campus where the Friendly Green Conference was held. He shared with me the story of a dramatic health crisis (now safely in the past), and we were so busy catching up on the goings-on of our spouses and grown children that, before you knew it, we were in my dorm room.

The room was private, but otherwise not an ideal place for a photo shoot: lots of wooden furniture crammed into a small space, with a single window and a bed across the space in front of the window. My friend wanted his tattoo in the photo, but not his face (I assure all who pose for me that the photos will be anonymous), and unfortunately, he’s not a contortionist.

“I think you should pose with a computer,” I said. “You’re so quick to reply to emails, no matter what time of day.” I grabbed my laptop and handed it to him. He leaned over the computer, touched a couple of keys. And then he was so startled that, naked or not, he turned to look at me. “YOUR COMPUTER ISN’T PASSWORD-PROTECTED?”

I held up my camera and looked at my friend standing stark naked in my room. “THAT is what you find startling about this situation?”

“But really, you ought to have a password,” he said, patiently, gently, the way he likely talks to his daughters. He pulled up a photo of a great blue heron so that the picture on the screen would echo his tattoo. Yes, we are THAT clever. Then I told him that my smart phone wasn’t password protected either. It seemed ironic, somehow, for the naked man in my room to tell me that I’m too trusting. He’s probably right.

In the end, we managed to get the great blue heron into the shot. And we did find time later in the conference to sit and talk about how much we love that beautiful, graceful, ageless bird. He shared with me his decision to get a tattoo, to mark a moment in his life or perhaps, I should say, the graceful passage from one moment to the next.

Read more about the history of the naked blogging project and check out the gallery of photos.

          Obama Brings On Anti-Keystone Advisor, But Doesn’t Seem to Want His Advice   
An anonymous White House aide is assuring reporters this morning that President Obama’s new special adviser, Keystone XL opponent John Podesta, will “recuse himself” from the Keystone XL decision. The …
          Citizen Science - how you can make a contribution to study of climate change   
[From Climate Progress - “the indispensable blog” — Tom Friedman, New York Times –BSA]

http://climateprogress.org/2009/03/19/so-you-want-to-be-a-citizen-scientist/

[..]
Online social networking is no longer just about tagging a picture of your dog on Facebook or announcing to the world what you’re having for dinner on Twitter. Scientific institutions worldwide are beginning to harness the power of online social networking for scientific research. Online communities are an ideal vehicle for matching professional scientists with armies of enthusiastic amateurs. This corps of citizen scientists has the capacity to capture far more data over a vastly expanded geographical spectrum than professional scientists can on their own.
The USA National Phenology Network is one organization that is reaching out to citizen scientists via the Internet. People have used phenology, the study of the timing of lifecycle events of plants and animals, to detect the signs of spring since the early 18th century. The rising threat posed by global warming has spurred scientists to put phenology to another use: to detect the signs of climate change.
Plants and animals are very sensitive to even the smallest changes in their climates. Shifts in the timing of their lifecycle events can therefore be an important indicator in the study of climate change and its effects. Slight changes can have huge repercussions; mutual relationships between species and even entire systems can begin to fall apart.
USA-NPN is asking people across the country to record the phenology of their local flora and then report it online. Amateur hikers and photographers can also participate in NPN’s Project Budburst. They are asked to identify the phenological stage of the flowers and plants they see using information provided by the project’s website. The participants record the location, longitude, and latitude of what they observe. Eventually, Project Budburst will use this information to include real-time mapping with Google maps.
Relying on anonymous volunteers to collect data that will be entered into important scientific databases certainly raises questions about the reliability of the information gathered. Yet it turns out that most of the data is remarkably accurate, and researchers do perform checks on anomalous data. What’s more, the large pool of samples collected by a large group of volunteers diminishes the impact of any faulty data.
This creative new use for social networking also answers critics’ accusations about the frivolity of Facebook, Twitter, and other sites with proof that online networking has the potential to mobilize users to actively participate in innovative programs. Jack Weltzin, executive director of NPN, has said that in the future NPN hopes to make it possible for people to submit their findings via Twitter. NPN, a nonprofit organization, also hopes that iPhone and Facebook applications might be created to more easily facilitate volunteer participation.
Climate change scientists are not the only members of the scientific profession to tap into the potential of these online communities. In addition to tracking climate change, the information participants collect can help scientists predict wildfires and pollen production and monitor droughts as well as detect and control invasive species. Other online projects, such as “The Great World Wide Star Count,” rely on volunteer participation to gauge the level of light pollution across the globe. Several websites are also dedicated to tracking the migratory and breeding patterns of animals such as birds, frogs, and butterflies. All of these observations will augment the databases available to scientists attempting to understand annual fluctuations.
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> I am forced to use the ncurses based YaST mostly because of all the repositories I subscribe too (almost all of the buildservice ones). I don't get why someone has to subscribe to "almost all buildservice repositories" and why this does require text-based software management.
          Passi la bufala semi-seria o parculistica, non era...   
Passi la bufala semi-seria o parculistica, non era credibile nemmeno il riferimento ad Anonymous.
Chiunque conosca un po' questo collettivo sa che non si occupa di alieni o astronomia, ma di bloccare siti aziendali o governativi che hanno leso la libertà dei cittadini.
          Enzo Vitale, visto che un mio precedente commento...   
Enzo Vitale,

visto che un mio precedente commento ancora non è apparso, chissà perchè..

Trovo perlomeno bizzarro che tu ti lamenti di come ti avrei trattato e offeso, ma intanto sei tu a fare insinuazioni pubbliche sulla mia professionalità e deontologia. Io ho pubblicato tutto quello che hai inviato alla coda dei commenti, come possono confermare i miei co-moderatori.


avrebbe dovuto avere il tatto e la pacatezza di riconoscere la differenza tra bufalari e chi, invece, ha cercato di dare un'informazione corretta e professionale anche se ha usato ironia.

Quale sarebbe questa differenza fra "Anonymous: «Presto la Nasa rivelerà l'esistenza degli extraterrestri»" e "Anonymous, "Gli alieni esistono e la Nasa è vicina allʼannuncio""? Il primo è il titolo del tuo articolo, il secondo è quello di TGcom24.


Il primo servizio uscito era chiaramente ironico

No, il titolo non era affatto ironico, come hanno notato anche alcuni commentatori qui.


Conosco molti supereroi della tastiera pronti a sparare nel mucchio, non pensavo che il signor Attivissimo ne facesse parte

Meno male che sono io quello che deve avere "tatto" e "pacatezza".


Dalla sua pagina strilla che dovremmo vergognarci

Falso. Ho chiesto se non vi vergognate.


non si spiega perchè "i citati giornalisti non hanno approfondito". Ragazzi, io l'ho fatto ma mi sono lo stesso ritrovato nel mucchio

Falso. Hai detto che la fonte era Anonymous. In realtà non lo era. Quindi non hai approfondito e non hai verificato le fonti. Non hai reperito la dichiarazione di Zurbuchen.


, oltretutto con apprezzamenti non proprio piacevoli. Forse mi sbaglio, ma su un altro tweet di Attivissimo ho letto anche la parola "puttane", riferito naturalmente ai giornalisti

Falso. Non "ai giornalisti" come categoria nel suo complesso, ma a quelli che cedono alla tentazione di scrivere articoli acchiappaclic.


Per quanto poi riguarda i contatti privati tra me e il signor Attivissimo non credo che questi ultimi possano interessare i nostri lettori. Trattasi di questioni private.

Avvisarmi che mi farai contattare dai tuoi legali non è "questione privata". I lettori hanno il diritto di sapere che mentre qui, in pubblico, ti sei atteggiato inizialmente con garbo, in privato suonavi tutt'altra musica.


PS Per correttezza preciso che se anche questo mio commento non verrà pubblicato, lo inserirò in altre piattaforme, siti, servizi giornalistici etc etc, in modo tale che chi legge possa farsi un'idea obiettiva di tutta la questione.

Non credo che questa frase abbia bisogno di commenti.
          China requires ID to buy mobile phone numbers    
China wants people who buy new cell phone numbers to register their personal details, joining many European and Asian countries in curbing the anonymous use of mobile technology.
          Nell'articolo di Enzo Vitale ci sono fin da su...   
Nell'articolo di Enzo Vitale ci sono fin da subito non semplici indizi ma il chiaro intento di deridere o almeno prendere in giro i protagonisti della notizia, a partire da Anonymous definiti "mattacchioni".

La questione è già stata messa in chiaro: il problema è la contraddizione tra il testo dell'articolo e il titolo; titolo al quale si ferma la maggior parte dei "lettori".
Un buon titolatore (buono anche nel senso di in buona fede) deve saper comporre un titolo sia sintetico che rispettoso della notizia..
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          We're Still Here   
We hope everyone is having a good holiday season. Here, we are in the middle of running our holiday light show. Just under 10,000 lights all correographed to music. Its always fun chatting with our visitors.

Yes, its been a while since we've posted. Quite frankly 2016 has been a terrible year. A few months ago we lost one of our precious Springer Spaniels to cancer. She had been with us about ten years and was ten months away from her 14th birthday. Then there is the November nightmare.

Our own spanking activities have diminished greatly.  Oh occasionally Cora will instruct me to bend over for a few swats from on of her paddles or I might hop on her lap which usually results in a session with one of her Ebony Hairbrushes and/or the OTK Spanking Paddle.  I guess that we have been preoccupied with things that really aren't that important in the long run.

I've been amazed by the number of comments we received over the past few months even though we haven't been active. I thought I'd answer a few, esecially those which contained questions:

On December 12 Anonymous commented that his wife uses similar disciplinary methods as we have described here. He related that he gets paddled a minimum of once a week with her Spencer paddle, at least 40 swats. Oh, and she insists he wear panties, too.

On November 25 Martin mentioned the long handled bath brush that his wife uses and how much she loves to use it. I'm familiar with those and yes, it can really produce a sting with a minimum of effort. Also they seem to be easier to find that a traditional wood hairbrush. Oh, and he's another one who is pantied when spanked. Seems to be a trend.

On November 22 Phil asked if the Nu-West/Leda hairbrushes are still available. In some of my last correspondence with Leon I think he mentioned that they had found a box of them and had made them available until the stock ran out. We purchased a couple more of them. I'm sure that they are no longer available.
Cora With One of Her Nu-West/Leda Hairbrushes

On November 20 PL commented on a gift of a wooden hairbrush that his wife received from a friend. Apparently he gets a monthly review and indicated that she used it during one of those sessions and that she was very pleased with it. On the other hand PL reported that it even more painful that a paddle. Welcome to the hairbrushed hubby club!

On October 24 Anonyumous indicated that he things Cora should light up my fanny far more frequently. I agree!

On October 21 Jonathan came up with a great saying: "A paddle is dandy but a hairbrush is always handy". Actually at our house both are always handy but I love the thought. And there just seems to be something special about the connection between a hairbrush and the woman who owns it.

On August 8 Vanessa said, "Too many hairbrushes is sort of like ... too many shoes. Not possible". I couldn't agree more and Cora has both lots of shoes (including those sexy classic pumps) and hairbrushes.
Too Many Hairbrushes?  NOT

On June 20 OTKloverjohn suggested that Cora get me some bright red panties to match the color of my bottom after a spanking. I think I have mentioned that Cora has discovered that she loves spanking me while I'm wearing panties. However, the panties usually come down eventually. And my 'panty drawer' contains quite a number of them many of the my favorite color, red. One of our readers even mentioned that he wears red panties as a signal to his wife that he is interested in being spanked by her. I have been rather surprised at the number of men who openly admit to wearing panties.

And finally on March 28 Alfred asked for any ideas or directions on how to find a maintenance spanking partner. Well, in my opinion many women today are open to all kinds of things and what might have been looked as weird or strange a few years ago may now be acceptable. So I'd suggest just talking about it.  Take the risk.  What's the worst that could happen. In my case I brought up my desire and need to be disciplined by Cora just after we met. Life is just too short to waste time not getting what you want.


          Catching Up   
I've spent the past few weeks 'catching up' on things.  There were lots of items on my 'to-do list' and I've been concentrating of checking them off but there are more yet to address.  For example, we haven't added to our selection of photos for quite some time.  We are way overdue for a photo session and I have been hinting at Cora that she needs to model some of her girdles along with her newly acquired Ebony Hairbrushes.  Perhaps even a video.  So for now, I'll have to settle for posting some of my favorite photos from our 'archives'.
 Like these.



Perhaps one of the biggest area of catch up has been in answering e-Mails.  I've been spending quite a bit of time responding to several people who have contacted us.  This has included several contacts through 'FetLife' and our blog.  Strangely, I've received more that one e-Mail from men who seem to be interested in spanking Cora.   HA!!

We really appreciate the comments that many of you have left.  Its really nice to know that many of you have been patient and stuck with us. I'm going to address a few of your comments that I feel need a response.  Some of the blogs I've seen provide for a response to the comment directly but I've not been able to figure out how to make that work on our blog.  (Anyone know how to turn on comment response?)  So here goes:

First, we really appreciate the comments from Ms. Olive.  She often scolds me for not receiving more severe discipline or for not taking Cora's largest 'tool'.  She said she is looking forward to 'more regular reports of thoroughly spanked (and fucked!) sub arse during the course of 2015.'  I can only say that I, too am looking forward to being thoroughly spanked (and the other, too) by Cora in 2015.  However, we have quite a ways to go before attaining Ms. Olive's level.

Ron and Archedone often leave comments with some very kind words.  Thanks.

MFB and Scally commented on Cora's girdle and strap-on photo.  Indeed, I think she just looks hot that way and I'm looking forward to further exploration of being on the receiving end of her 'tools'.  I agree that DD and Pegging go together.

Baxter and Archedone both commented on how they, too get spanked on their wives's birthdays.  Its great 'fun', in my opinion when our wives celebrate both their birthdays and their dominance over us in our relationships.

Several of you commented about being reminded of the Adult Book Stores of days gone by.  Indeed it was a different place, different time.  However, I have really been enjoying the e-Magazines from Scarlett Hill.  I purchased four of their titles and its very reminiscent of reading the real paper.  I've really enjoyed reading them and found a letter that described the scenario of a school paddling that almost perfectly described what I would love to have experienced.  Great Fun and more to come on Scarlett Hill.


And finally an anonymous commenter left a rather lengthy comment on our first 'Celebrations' post regarding our Notice of Discipline form.  He observed that there were sections and combinations that we have not used and wondered if there was a reason.  Were we waiting to implement them?  He or she thought that we should consider 'every permutation' of the form either by Cora issuing a Notice of Discipline or by me utilizing the Request for Discipline form.

I must say that I'd never thought of the use of the form that way.  When we designed the form we tried to think of the kinds of things that might apply to our particular relationship.  There are forms of discipline that we utilize on a regular (well sort of regular) basis like spanking, paddling, strapping and such. However there are some things included on the form that we haven't pursued.  'Caning' is one of them.  And while I have a collection of several canes (including one obtained from Nu-West/Leda several decades ago), Cora has indicated that she'd rather not use one of them.

Also if you look at the form the severity parameters ('Mild', 'Moderate' and 'Severe') are all on the same line as 'Spanking', 'Paddling', 'Strapping' and 'Caning' are located.  The original intent was that the severity applied to those for forms of corporal punishment.  However, I guess we could consider the severity parameters applying to 'Petticoating', 'Pegging' or something indicated in the 'Other' category.  We haven't done much in the Petticoating category but when some of the early Nu-West/Leda publications mentioned it, it got my attention.  And we do keep one of those 'French Maid' costumes obtained during the Halloween season.  For the last few years it has just taken up space in our closet.  I guess if Cora just panties me, it would be in the 'Mild' category and if she went full out and put me in the French Maid outfit with shoes, and such it could be considered 'Severe', with the appropriate combination as 'Moderate'.  It does work.  And, I can certainly visualize the difference in a 'Mild', 'Moderate' or 'Severe' pegging session.  Just check out the photo of Cora's 'tools' (repeated below).  Can you say 'Supersize'? 

So, anonymous, thanks for your thought provoking comment.  I hope it results in further comments. We'd be interested in ideas and thoughts.  I do intend to address more on the definitions of some of the terms on the form when I take up the issue of updating our contract.  Stay tuned.

And finally, thanks to one of those e-Mails mentioned above, I was informed of the re-activation of a blog that has been dormant for a couple of years.  Well actually it never went away but there were no postings between June, 2012 and September, 2014.  The blog is 'Die Starke Frau' which is German for 'The Strong Woman'.  I'm delighted to see her return and there can never be too many blogs hosted by Dominant Women.  Welcome back Ms. Tina.  I enjoyed reading her posts previously and look forward to reading more.  Its been re-instated on our blog roll.
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          Who will disrupt Google and Facebook?   
Driving home from a breakfast meeting this morning, I got to wondering who is going to disrupt Google — and how soon.

Those of us who teach strategy know how all about examples of new entrants commoditizing and destroying the revenue models and profit sanctuaries of long-stable, long-established businesses. (The term “disruptive innovation” seems most convenient here, despite the recent controversy over the original evidence of same). Here are a few examples.
  • Craigslist and various Internet portals (such as Google and Yahoo) destroyed newspapers — aided by the latter’s poor business models, some unfortunately inaccurate assumptions about the supply (and thus price) of Internet advertising and key tactical errors along the way.
  • Two entrepreneurs created GrandCentral, a (temporarily) free telephone answering and forwarding service, and in 2007 sold it to Google (where it is now Google Voice). It now has voicemail transcripts and other improvements but is still free. Thousands of small companies and nonprofits (including my own) use it in lieu of an answering service.
  • I learned how to use Google Forms from my friend Mako Hill (and his need to run the OUI conference with limited cash and volunteer resources). Now I use it for most things that other people use SurveyMonkey for.
So the question I mulled over was, who will disrupt Google? Facebook would like to take business away from Google, but it’s not through cost reduction or elimination of revenues. Rather, Facebook imagines that its socially embedded ads will be more valuable than Google’s search context-specific ads.

Instead, I find Facebook ads creepy and sometimes invasive of my privacy, particularly when Amazon ads show up for a book that I looked at (but ruled out buying) five minutes earlier. (Apparent Amazon is not alone). I am appalled at what would happen if I had looked at a socially undesirable product on Amazon (sex toys, a book on bombing government buildings) — even though I know that anonymous browsing without cookies would allow me to ask a question (if not make a purchase) without leaving digital breadcrumbs.

Then when I got home, I saw this wonderful article by Andrew Orlowski of The Register (who I mainly know from his insightful analysis of mobile phone platform wars). One passage (emphasis mine) touched on the same theme:
'Dear Daddy...' Max Zuckerberg’s Letter back to her Father
What do you mean, I can't get off Facebook?

2 Dec 2015 at 13:02, As told to Andrew Orlowski

Comment Yesterday Mark Zuckberg accompanied the birth of his first child, a daughter Max, with a long open letter.

Thanks to the miracle of modern technology, we've found what Max might write back, and we're sharing it with you:

Dear Daddy

Thank you for the letter that your PR and public policy team wrote to mark my Birth, and sent to every news outlet in the World. Most Daddies wouldn’t do this. Heck, most Daddies don’t even have PR and public policy team, and those that do wouldn’t use to leverage a private family event!

That’s why you Daddy, are so special.

You write: "We want you to grow up in a world better than ours today."

Well, duh!

If I discovered that my well-educated billionaire parents wanted me to grow up in a world that’s worse than ours today, I’d already have crawled my way to a phone booth and dialled 911 to alert the authorities.

That goes for "a world without suffering from disease” too. Wow. Where do you get this stuff, Daddy? I heard more original ideas when I was a single cell blastula!

You also write:

"Technological progress in every field means your life should be dramatically better than ours today."

I’d like to think so too, Daddy, but there’s this thing that’s bothering me.

It's called Facebook.

And not just Facebook, it’s the way Silicon Valley companies like yours pile up huge wealth by destroying value in every other part of the economy, as if technological progress were a zero sum game. It’s the way you strip-mine individuals so they have no ability to be autonomous economic agents, owning and trading the stuff we make, so all we have to live on is some feudal digital plantation - and we have to be grateful for it. It's the way some Valley firms place themselves above the law and try to block the work of elected officials who want to defend human rights.

Not you of course, Daddy. Just some of your friends.

I mean, come on. There's a lot to teach children in this modern world I've just been born into. But one thing we've got to learn is that just because you can do something, it's not necessarily morally acceptable to do it. Who's going to teach me that in Silicon Valley?

And Daddy. Connecting people all over the world through an internet website is very cool idea indeed. But it's not that cool or original. It’s as if the guy who invented the bottle-opener wrote a plan to become Emperor of the World. Like, "Remind me who you are again?"

I think that’s pretty weird already. And I’m only one day old!

Well if there’s any of the economy left by the time I graduate, perhaps my generation will be a bit less selfish than yours, Daddy, and we can teach you about it.

Well, I’m kinda tired writing all that. It’s time for nap. Just remember when you’re burping me, do it over your shoulder, that way I won’t puke all down your front.

Your loving baby daughter,

Max
In the Google (and now Facebook) case, I thought about Microsoft. They were a one trick pony that was handed a monopoly in operating systems (and used that to build another one in business productivity apps) that they exploited to the maximum degree possible. But a) they lacked the ability to create new compelling products and business models and b) everybody distrusted them and thus were wary of providing them new monopolies, no matter how good their technology.

So at some point, the shoe will be on the other foot: what happens when Google and Facebook have their profit sanctuaries destroyed? Google — now Alphabet — appears headed towards becoming a diversified technology conglomerate. It has worked (so far) for Hitachi and Samsung, but not for HP or Sony. Thus far, it appears that Apple and IBM have been the masters of re-invention: will the new kings of Silicon Valley be able to replicate such feats?
          Yelp, Inc. v. Hadeed Carpet Cleaning, Inc.   

Threat Type: 

Subpoena

Party Receiving Legal Threat: 

Yelp, Inc.

Type of Party: 

Organization

Date: 

07/02/2012

Status: 

Concluded

Type of Party: 

Organization

Location: 

Virginia

Location of Party: 

  • Virginia

Disposition: 

Subpoena Enforced

Location of Party: 

  • California

Jurisdiction: 

  • Virginia

Verdict or Settlement Amount: 

$1,500.00

Source of Law: 

  • United States
  • Virginia

Court Name: 

Circuit Court for the City of Alexandria

Legal Counsel: 

Paul Alan Levy and Scott Michelman (Public Citizen Litigation Group), and Raymond D. Battocchi (Raymond D. Battocchi, P.C.)

Court Type: 

State
On July 2, 2012, Hadeed Carpet Cleaning, Inc., a Virginia rug cleaning company, filed a complaint for defamation and conspiracy to defame against seven anonymous Yelp reviewers in the Circuit Court for the City of Alexandria. Hadeed claimed these users'... read full description

Case Number: 

Trial: 12003401; Appeal: 0116-13-4

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Content Type: 

  • Text

Publication Medium: 

Social Network

On July 2, 2012, Hadeed Carpet Cleaning, Inc., a Virginia rug cleaning company, filed a complaint for defamation and conspiracy to defame against seven anonymous Yelp reviewers in the Circuit Court for the City of Alexandria.

Hadeed claimed these users' reviews were false and defamatory because it "had no record that the negative reviewers were ever Hadeed Carpet customers." Additionally, Hadeed noted that many of the negative reviews contained similar "themes" (for example, that Hadeed had doubled the price) and that one of the reviewers was from an area where Hadeed does not do business. Based on this evidence, Hadeed alleged that the authors of the negative reviews "acted together for the purpose of willfully and maliciously injuring Hadeed Carpet's reputation." Hadeed requested $1.1 million in punitive and compensatory damages, attorney's fees and costs, and a permanent injunction.

On July 3, 2012, Hadeed issued a subpoena duces tecum to Yelp seeking information identifying the anonymous commenters.

Yelp responded with a written objection to the subpoena on July 19, 2012. It contended: (1) that Hadeed had not complied with Virginia's procedure for subpoenas to identify anonymous Internet users, Code § 8.01-407.1, because it did not list the allegedly defamatory comments with adequate specificity; (2) that the First Amendment prevented disclosure of the defendants' identities because Hadeed had failed to present a prima facie case that their speech was defamatory; and (3) that the subpoena could not be enforced against a foreign non-party company.

On July 30, 2012, Hadeed filed a renewed subpoena that complied with the procedural requirements of Code § 8.01-407.1 by attaching documents allegedly establishing the basis for Hadeed's belief that the challenged posts were actionable. In its accompanying Notice of Filing Supporting Material, Hadeed asserted that "determining whether or not Defendants were customers of Hadeed is centrally necessary for Hadeed to advance any defamation claim."

Yelp filed written objections to the renewed subpoena on September 5, 2012. Yelp again asserted that Hadeed had failed to meet the appropriate legal test for obtaining identifying information about anonymous speakers because it had not "produce[d] evidence sufficient to make out a prima facie case" of defamation. Yelp noted that numerous appellate courts, most notably in Dendrite v. Doe and Doe v. Cahill, had held that that this was the proper test under the First Amendment, and argued that to the extent that Virginia had set a more permissive standard than Dendrite, Virginia should "join the national consensus standard on this issue." Yelp also asserted that it was not subject to personal jurisdiction in Virginia because it had no property there, and because Hadeed had consented to exclusive jurisdiction in California by agreeing to Yelp's terms of service when it chose to advertise on Yelp. Finally, Yelp argued that the subpoena was overbroad because Hadeed sought all documents Yelp possessed for the users that "relate[d] in any way" to Hadeed, which could encompass private communications subject to other legal protections or not reasonably accessible to Yelp.

On September 26, 2012, Hadeed moved to overrule the objections and enforce the subpoena. Hadeed argued that the proper legal standard for obtaining information about Yelp's anonymous users came from Virginia Code § 8.01-407.1 and was satisfied by its good faith claim that "it reviewed its own detailed customer files and c[ould] find no evidence that these specific seven persons were ever Hadeed customers." Hadeed also claimed that its attempts to obtain those identities through publicly available information or through discussions with Yelp had been unsuccessful. Hadeed also maintained that it had properly subpoenaed Yelp's records by serving the subpoena on Yelp's registered agent for service of process in Virginia, and argued that "Yelp conducts business over the internet in Virginia, and is present in Virginia through its registered agent." Further, Hadeed argued, it had not waived jurisdiction in Virgina, claiming that Yelp's terms of service only pertained to disputes arising out of the advertising relationship. Finally, Hadeed argued that the subpoena was not overbroad, as it only requested "postings" relating to Hadeed, not "communications," and Yelp's objection that the subpoena might encompass private communications was therefore unfounded.

On October 22, 2012, Yelp filed a memo in support of its objections to the subpoena and opposing Hadeed's motion to compel discovery. Yelp reiterated that the First Amendment "provides special protections for anonymity on the Internet," and argued that the court should apply the Dendrite test. The subpoena could not be enforced under this test, Yelp argued, because Hadeed had "failed to produce any evidence that any of the statements made about it are false." Yelp also continued to assert that it was not subject to jurisdiction. It argued that "predicating personal jurisdiction on the mere fact that Yelp enables its users to make statements accessible in Virginia through the Internet offends traditional principles of state sovereignty."

Hadeed responded to Yelp's objections on Oct. 31, 2012, reiterating its previous arguments.

The trial court held oral arguments on November 14, 2012, and enforced the subpoena on November 19, 2012. According to the court, it had jurisdiction over the motion based on service of the subpoena on Yelp's registered agent. The court added, however, that "even if a registered agent alone was an insufficient basis for jurisdiction," the court had jurisdiction "in light of Yelp's conduct directing electronic activity in Virginia and business relationships with Virginia companies and residents." The advertising agreement between the parties, the court held, did not deprive the court of jurisdiction, because the motion to compel was not a dispute between Hadeed and Yelp but rather a dispute between Hadeed and the anonymous reviewers, parties not governed by the agreement.

Finally, the trial court held that the proper standard for compelling the identity of anonymous speakers was laid out in Virginia Code § 8.01-407.1, which requires a showing that the statements "may be tortious" and that the speaker's identity is "important" or "relates to a core claim." Hadeed had met the statutory standard, the court held, because "the statements [we]re tortious if not made by customers" and "the identity of the communicators [w]as essential to maintain a suit for defamation." The court found no constitutional problem with this result. Although the court "recognize[d] that anonymous speech and even false speech is entitled to protection under the First Amendment," it stated that such speech is "not entitled to the same level of protection as truthful or political speech." Without citing Dendrite or Cahill, the court therefore ordered Yelp to produce information identifying the anonymous speakers.

Yelp refused to enforce the subpoena and, on January 9, 2013, the court held Yelp in contempt and imposed a $500 fine and $1000 in attorney fees. The sanctions were stayed pending appeal.

Yelp appealed to the Court of Appeals of Virginia and filed its opening brief on May 7, 2013. Yelp argued that the circuit court violated the First Amendment by ordering Yelp to identify the defendants, because Hadeed should have been required to do more than articulate a good faith belief that the speech "may be tortious." Indeed, Yelp asserted, the constitution requires "a factual showing, . . . that the statements are actionable and that there is an evidentiary basis for the prima facie elements of the claim." Yelp also argued that the court erred in concluding that the speech at issue did not warrant First Amendment protection because it was defamatory, because that argument begged the question by relying on the defamatory nature of the speech to compel evidence to prove its defamatory nature. Yelp also pointed to the constitutional requirement of proof of fault in defamation cases.

Yelp next argued that, even if Hadeed had made a sufficient showing that the reviewers were not Hadeed customers, the statements were not actionable. The parts of the reviews that Hadeed alleged were false -- the identities of the reviewers -- were not the parts of the reviews that could negatively impact Hadeed's reputation. Under Fourth Circuit precedent, Yelp claimed, "the falsity of a statement and the defamatory ‘sting' of the publication must coincide" for a statement to constitute defamation. And in this case, "Hadeed never allege[d] that the substantive problems set forth in the reviews, such as charging twice the advertised price, [we]re themselves false." Additionally, Yelp argued that Hadeed was libel-proof and could not sue for defamation because, in light of the large number of negative Yelp reviews of Hadeed that were not included in the lawsuit, a few more negative comments "would [not] cause Hadeed any incremental harm."

Yelp finally argued that, if the statements could be actionable, Hadeed had not presented a sufficient factual basis for the subpoena. When a party is "seeking discovery of information protected by the First Amendment," Yelp claimed, it should be required to show that "there is reason to believe that the information sought will, in fact, help its case." Hadeed had failed to make this showing, Yelp stated.

On May 8, 2013, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, the American Society of News Editors, Gannett Co., and The Washington Post filed a brief in support of Yelp. They argued that: the court should recognize "a heightened standard for compelled disclosure of identities" consistent with a consensus that has developed in the courts; allowing plaintiffs to compel the identity of authors "of any speech that ‘may be tortious' simply based on an unsupported allegation is inconsistent with the First Amendment"; and a "heightened standard is important to news organizations and other Internet publishers in creating a meaningful exchange of ideas on their web sites."

Hadeed filed its appellee's brief on May 30, 2013, arguing that the Virginia statute "clearly meets the minimal constitutional protections required under the First Amendment." But even if the Dendrite test were constitutionally required, Hadeed contended that the test had been satisfied because its complaint had "provided the actual statements, and if the posters are not customers, their statements are defamatory per se." Even under Dendrite, Hadeed argued, it was not required to present "all evidence necessary to survive a tough cross examination, summary judgment, or even . . . a jury verdict." Hadeed claimed it could not present more detailed information rebutting the Yelp reviews because it "serves 35,000 customers per year and its staff encounters all variety of circumstances," and the experiences of its thousands of other customers would not be relevant to "whether one specific person was defrauded through a bait and switch." Hadeed also contested Yelp's argument that it was libel proof, arguing that the many other negative Yelp reviews were not reliable.

Yelp filed a reply brief on June 27, 2013. It asserted that "even apart from the fact that a state statute cannot overrule the requirements of the First Amendment, there is no inconsistency between section 8.01-407.1 and the Dendrite-Cahill line of cases." Under the statute, Yelp claimed, it "is not enough for the plaintiff to show good faith; it must have a ‘legitimate' basis for claiming that the speech was tortious." Yelp argued that Hadeed had "alleged defamation, but ha[d] of yet proved nothing," and pointed out that Hadeed had not filed an affidavit from any employee actually denying that Hadeed engaged in the misconduct alleged in the Yelp reviews.

The Court of Appeals of Virginia, by a vote of two to one, affirmed the trial court's decision on January 7, 2014.

First, the court stated that although anonymous speech is protected by the First Amendment, "defamatory speech is not entitled to constitutional protection." Therefore, the court stated, "if the reviews are unlawful in that they are defamatory, then the [reviewers'] veil of anonymity may be pierced." Further, the court found that the speech at issue was commercial speech, as it was "expression related solely to the economic interests of the speaker and its audience." Because courts have recognized a lower level of First Amendment protection for commercial speech," the court held that the anonymous reviewers' "right to anonymity is subject to a substantial governmental interest in disclosure." In contrast, the court stated, a "business's reputation is a precious commodity."

The court also rejected the argument that the reviews were non-actionable opinion. "Generally," the court stated, "a Yelp review is entitled to First Amendment protection because it is a person's opinion." However, the court explained, this protection "relies upon an underlying assumption of fact: that the reviewer was a customer of the specific company and he posted his review based on his personal experience with the business. If this underlying assumption of fact proves false, . . . then the review is not an opinion; instead, the review is based on a false statement of fact."

The court next turned to Virginia law. It held that Virginia Code § 8.01-407.1 provided the proper test for uncovering the identity of an anonymous Internet communicator. The court noted that it was "reluctant to declare legislative acts unconstitutional" and ultimately refused to do so, because there was no constitutional infirmity that was "clear, palpable, and practically free from doubt." The court also refused to "adopt persuasive authority from other states," including Dendrite and Cahill, noting that the Virginia legislature had considered that authority and ultimately made its own policy decisions.

In applying the Virginia statute, the court held that Hadeed presented sufficient evidence to show that the reviews were or may have been defamatory by "indicating that it made a thorough review of its customer database" and could not match the defendants' reviews with customers. Further, the court believed that Hadeed acted on a "legitimate, good faith belief that the Doe defendants were not former customers," and "took reasonable efforts to identify the anonymous communicators." Finally, according to the court, the reviewers' identities were "not only important," but "necessary" because "without the identity of the Doe defendants, Hadeed cannot move forward with its defamation lawsuit."

The court also concluded that the trial court properly exercised subpoena jurisdiction over Yelp because Virginia statutes "explicitly allow for service on a registered agent of a foreign corporation that is authorized to do business in the Commonwealth."

Senior Judge James Haley dissented. Judge Haley agreed that Virginia Code § 8.01-407 provided the proper framework for analysis, and stated that correct analysis under the statutory framework properly "balances the First Amendment protection of an anonymous speaker and the right of redress for defamation." However, he concluded that, in this case, "the balance envisioned by [the statute] should weigh for the protection afforded by" the U.S. and Virginia constitutions. Judge Haley noted that Hadeed had not "claimed that any of the substantive statements [we]re false," and, at oral argument, "candidly admitted that it [could] not say the John Doe defendants are not customers." By arguing that the reviewers "may not have been customers, and, if they were not, the substantive statements may be tortious," Hadeed failed to provide sufficient supporting material to justify the subpoena, he asserted. Instead, Judge Haley said, Hadeed's claim was merely "a self-serving argument -- one that proceed[ed] from a premise the argument [wa]s supposed to prove."

Subject Area: 

  • Defamation
  • Anonymity
  • User Comments or Submissions

          Lawyers in the Vortex: When Attorneys Become Public Figures   

There was substantial media coverage of the defense verdict in the recent "twibel" (i.e., libel via Twitter) case against singer Courtney Love. Although the case attracted attention for the medium in which the allegedly defamatory statements were made, the dispositive issue was a long-standing element of libel law that did not depend on Love's use of Twitter.  Specifically, the jury found that plaintiff Rhonda Holmes, a lawyer who briefly represented Love in disputes stemming from the estate of Love's husband Kurt Cobain, had not proved the degree of fault on Love's part necessary for Holmes to win the case.

Curiously, the level of fault that the court required Holmes to prove was "actual malice," i.e., knowledge on Love's part that the statement was untrue, or reckless disregard by Love for whether it was true or not. Under U.S. Supreme Court precedent, the actual malice standard is applied when the plaintiff is a public figure.

There are two types of public figure plaintiffs: "general purpose public figures," who are so prominent and well known that they are public figures for all purposes; and "limited purpose" or "vortex" public figures, who become -- usually voluntarily -- involved in a particular public issue to the extent that they become public figures for statements regarding that public issue, but not for other matters. If a plaintiff is neither of these types of public figure, then s/he is considered a private figure, who does not have to meet the stringent standard of actual malice. (Private figure plaintiffs must still demonstrate fault on the part of the defendant in order to win a defamation case, but the specific level of fault that a private figure plaintiff must show varies from state to state.)

Meanwhile, the District of Columbia's Court of Appeals is facing a similar issue in another case involving a lawyer as defamation plaintiff. In that case, the court is considering the attorney's status in connection with a decision as to whether her suit against anonymous Wikipedia editors should be blocked under the District's anti-SLAPP statute.

We are used to the idea of celebrities and government officials being treated as public figures, but should their attorneys fall into that category as well? As it turns out, courts have long struggled with the question of when an attorney's involvement in a prominent case or controversy makes him or her a public figure in the defamation context; this post examines some of these decisions.

U.S. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court has considered three cases in which a lawyer's involvement in a prominent case led to questions about the lawyer's status as a defamation plaintiff. In all three cases, the Court held that the lawyer was not a public figure.

In Time, Inc. v. Firestone, 424 U.S. 448 (1976), the Court held that a lawyer who was a prominent member of local society did not become a public figure due to his divorce by a court in Palm Beach, Florida. The Court found that the plaintiff did not voluntarily choose to make aspects of his life public by electing "dissolution of a marriage through judicial proceedings," since the court procedure was required for the divorce, and that the divorce itself was not a public controversy which made the plaintiff a public figure.

Similarly, the Court held in Rosenbloom v. Metromedia, Inc., 403 U.S. 29 (1971) that a lawyer who represented a convicted criminal on appeal was not a public figure. In Gertz v. Robert Welch, Inc., 418 U.S. 323 (1974), the Court held that the lawyer for a family involved in controversial civil litigation was not a public figure.

But since determinations of public or private figure status are highly fact-specific, these decisions are not necessarily determinative in subsequent cases. So state courts and lower federal courts have issued a variety of rulings on the public or private figure status of lawyers who are plaintiffs in defamation cases.

Involvement in Prominent Litigation

Despite the U.S. Supreme Court rulings in Rosenbloom and Gertz, other courts have held that an attorney's representation of a party in a prominent case can, under certain circumstances, justify a finding that the lawyer was a public figure.

  • In Della-Donna v. Gore Newspaper Co., 489 So. 2d 72 (Fla. App. 1986), the Florida Court of Appeals held that an attorney involved with a millionaire's estate became a limited public figure when a bequest to a university became a public controversy.
  • In Ratner v. Young, 465 F. Supp. 386 (D.V.I. 1979), a federal district court held that defense attorneys in a highly publicized murder trial were public figures because they had come to the Virgin Islands from New York to represent the defendant for free, thus injecting themselves into the case, and held press conferences to generate support for their client.
  • Similarly, in Hayes v. Booth Newspapers, Inc., 97 Mich. App. 758, 295 N.W.2d 858 (1980), a Michigan appellate court held that an attorney who had turned a criminal trial in which he represented the defendant into a cause célèbre was a public figure.
  • In Bandelin v. Pietsch, 98 Idaho 337, 583 P.2d 395 (1977), a lawyer prosecuted for contempt of court stemming from a probate matter was held by the Supreme Court of Idaho to be a public figure in a subsequent libel suit over coverage  because of the prominence of that prosecution.  The Idaho court discounted the lawyer's prominence in local politics several years before as a factor, after which he had gone into relative obscurity.

Public figure status due to involvement in a prominent case does not necessarily last forever, however. In New York, a lawyer who once represented a notorious criminal was held to not be public figure years after the representation. Polakoff v. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc., 3 Media L. Rep. 2516, aff’d, 67 A.D.2d 871, 413 N.Y.S.2d 537 (N.Y. Sup. Ct., App. Div. 1st Dept. 1979), appeal dismissed, 48 N.Y.2d 714, 422 N.Y.S.2d 378, 397 N.E.2d 1182 (1979).

Other courts have held that a lawyer's involvement in a prominent case did not, in itself, make the lawyer a public figure. The Michigan Supreme Court took this stance regarding an attorney in a publicized criminal trial, Peisner v. Detroit Free Press, Inc., 364 N.W. 2d 600 (Mich. 1984), as did the Arkansas Supreme Court is a case involving a lawyer who represented a witness in the 1990s “Whitewater” investigation, Little Rock Newspapers v. Fitzhugh, 330 Ark. 561, 954 S.W.2d 914 (1997). Even a prominent lawyer such as Gerry Spence, who advocated for famous and controversial clients, can be a private figure. Spence v. Flynt, 816 P.2d 771 (Wyo. 1991).

Involvement in Political and Public Controversies

Lawyers who work for the government -- as judges, prosecutors and public defenders, for example -- have often been held to be public officials who must show actual malice in a libel suit. But non-government attorneys have also been held to be public figures due to their involvement in political issues, at least for purposes of the specific public issue in which s/he was involved.

Thus a former city attorney and counsel for a local redevelopment agency who had initiated a recall of local public officials was found to be a public figure. Weingarten v. Black, 102 Cal. App. 3d 129, 162 Cal. Rptr. 701 (Cal. Ct. App. 1980). So was a prominent private lawyer who represented many public school districts. Schwartz v. Worrall Publications, Inc., 258 N.J. Super. 493, 610 A.2d 425 (1992).

A politically connected law firm was held to be a public figure when the firm sued a county legislator who accused it of over-billing the county and trying to hide a county official's miscounduct. Crowe Deegan v. Schmitt, 12 Misc. 3d 1152(A), 819 N.Y.S.2d 209, 2006 NY Slip Op 50870(U) (N.Y. Sup. Ct., Nassau County Apr. 14, 2006) (unpublished), aff'd and modified in part on other grounds, 38 A.D.3d 590, 832 N.Y.S.2d 242 (N.Y. Sup. Ct., App. Div. 2d 2007).

But some courts have ruled the other way. In ZYZY Corporation v. Gloria Hernandez, 345 S.W.3d 452 (Tex. App.—San Antonio 2011), a lawyer who spoke publicly as representative of an Indian tribe, which client constituted 10 percent of her business, was held not to be a limited purpose public figure. 

Involvement in Other Legal Matters

While an attorney's involvement in a prominent legal case can be sufficient to make the lawyer a public figure, courts have not generally held that attorneys' involvement in other legal matters gives them public figure status. 

Accordingly, in Denny v. Mertz, 100 Wis. 2d 332, 302 N.W. 2d 503 (Wis. Ct. App. 1981), aff'd, 106 Wis. 2d 636, 318 N.W.2d 141 (Wis. 1982), an attorney who thrust himself into the forefront of a corporate stockholder battle was held to not be a public figure because the corporate matter was not a public controversy which affected the “general public or some segment of it in an appreciable way.”

This also applies to administrative matters regarding attorney admission and discipline. Controversy over a lawyer's suspension and subsequent taking of the bar exam for re-admission to the bar was not sufficient to make the attorney a public figure in Little Rock Newspapers, Inc. v. Dodrill, 281 Ark. 25, 660 S.W. 2d 933 (1983). Neither was discipline of an attorney for practicing law in violation of his probation. Littlefield v. Fort Dodge Messenger, 614 F.2d 581 (8th Cir. 1980). 

Local Prominence

Aside from being involved in a prominent case, a lawyer -- like any other member of the public -- can become a public figure by his or her general prominence in the community.

In Durham v. Cannan Communications, Inc., 645 S.W.2d 845 (Tex. Civ. App. -- Amarillo 1982, writ dismissed), the court held that whether a lawyer's noteriety in the community made him a public figure was an issue for the jury to decide. Other courts have been more certain. In Partington v. Bugliosi, 825 F.Supp. 906 (D. Haw. 1993), aff’d on other grounds, 56 F.3d 1147 (9th Cir. 1995), the court held that a well-known criminal defense lawyer was a public figure. The court in Steere v. Cupp, 226 Kan. 566, 602 P.2d 1267 (1979), held a lawyer to be a public figure because of his prominence as a social activist.

Public figure status for a prominent attorney can also last for some period after the prominence recedes. In Lewis v. Coursolle Broadcasting of Wisconsin, Inc., 127 Wis.2d 105, 377 N.W. 2d 166 (1985), the court held that an attorney and former legislator who was still well-known in the community three years after leaving office remained a public figure.

Lawyers as Public Figures

Lawyers tend to be prominent in their communities, and are likely to be held to be public figures if they are are involved in local politics or community efforts. But in most situations, an attorney's representation of a client in a prominent case is not, in an of itself, sufficient to make the attorney a public figure.

 

Eric P. Robinson is co-director of the Program in Press, Law and Democracy at the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University. He has taught media law and ethics at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, Baruch College, and the University of Nevada, Reno, where he was also Deputy Director of the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Courts and Media. He has also been a  staff attorney at the Media Law Resource Center and a legal fellow at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. In addition to his posts here, he maintains his own blog at bloglawonline.com.

(Image courtesy of Flickr user RyAwesome, pursuant to a Creative Commons CC BY-SA 2.0 license.)


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Jurisdiction: 


          United States v. Brown   

Threat Type: 

Criminal Charge

Party Receiving Legal Threat: 

Barrett Brown

Type of Party: 

Government

Date: 

09/12/2012

Type of Party: 

Individual

Status: 

Pending

Location of Party: 

  • United States

Location: 

Texas

Location of Party: 

  • Texas

Jurisdiction: 

  • Texas

Source of Law: 

  • United States

Verdict or Settlement Amount: 

N/A

Legal Counsel: 

Douglas A Morris (Federal Public Defender - Dallas); Ahmed Ghappour (University of Texas Law School), Charles D. Swift (Swift & McDonald, PC), Marlo P Cadeddu (Law Office of Marlo P Cadeddu)

Court Name: 

United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas: Dallas Division

Court Type: 

Federal
The U.S. government filed three indictments, consisting of seventeen charges, against Barrett Brown, an independent journalist. The charges arose out of Brown's online publication of a link to data obtained by hacktivist collective Anonymous and his alleged subsequent conduct. Anonymous hacked Stratfor,... read full description

Case Number: 

3:12-cr-00317-L; 3:12-CR-413-L; 3:13-CR-030-L

Relevant Documents: 

Content Type: 

  • Text

Publication Medium: 

Forum
Social Network

The U.S. government filed three indictments, consisting of seventeen charges, against Barrett Brown, an independent journalist. The charges arose out of Brown's online publication of a link to data obtained by hacktivist collective Anonymous and his alleged subsequent conduct.

Anonymous hacked Stratfor, a global intelligence firm, in December 2011, obtaining millions of e-mails, some of which included credit card and personal identity data. WikiLeaks published a large collection of these emails in February 2012, and Brown linked to a zip file of the leaked data on his IRC (Internet Relay Chat) channel, #ProjectPM. In response to these events, in March and September 2012, the FBI raided Brown and his mother's residences. Brown responded with YouTube videos, including one entitled "Why I'm Going to Destory FBI Agent [RS]," and similar commentary on Twitter. 

The federal government filed a complaint against Brown in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas on September 12, 2012. According to the docket, the complaint alleged that Brown "knowingly counseled, commanded, and induced other individuals to make restricted personal information about a Special Agent (SA) of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) publically available with the intent to threaten, intimidate, and incite the commission of a crime of violence against that SA, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 2 and 119." (The full text of this complaint is not available.) The first indictment included counts related to Brown's responses to the FBI raids on his social media accounts (on Twitter and YouTube), which the government alleged to be threatening the FBI Agent and exposing private information. Specifically, the three counts were: Internet threats under 18 U.S.C. § 875(c); conspiracy to make publically available restricted personal information of an employee of the United States under 18 U.S.C. § 371; and retaliation against a federal law enforcement officer under 18 U.S.C. §§ 115(a)(1)(B) and (b)(4). Brown pled not guilty to all three counts on November 15, 2012. 

The government filed a second indictment, case number 3:12-cr-00413-B, on December 4, 2012, arising out of the hyperlink to the leaked Stratfor data that Brown posted on his IRC channel. The government asserted that sharing this link constituted a transfer the credit card account information contained therein; accordingly, Brown was charged with: traffic in stolen authentication features under 18 U.S.C. §§ 1028(a)(2), (b)(1)(B), and (c)(3)(A); access device fraud under 18 U.S.C. §§ 1029(a)(3) and (c)(1)(A)(i); and ten counts of aggravated identity theft under 18 U.S.C. § 1028A(a)(1). On December 17, 2012, Brown made a plea of not guilty to all of these charges. This second indictment was replaced by a superseding indictment on July 2, 2013, which made no substantive changes to the charges. 

During the 2012 FBI raids, Brown denied the presence of any laptops at his or his mother's residences, though two were later found. For this, he was charged with obstruction of justice in a third indictment on January 23, 2013 (case number 3:13-cr-00030-B). The indictment included two counts: concealment of evidence under 18 U.S.C. § 1519; and corruptly concealing evidence under 18 U.S.C. § 1512(c)(1). According to the case docket, Brown entered a not guilty plea on January 30, 2013. 

On January 30, 2013, the court held a hearing to determine Brown's competency to stand trial in his criminal cases, focusing on his mental health. In an order filed February 4, 2013, the court declared Brown competent to stand trial in all three pending cases.

On August 7, 2013, in the course of opposing a motion by Brown for a continuance of his trial date, the government asserted that Brown had repeatedly solicited "the services of the media or media-types to discuss his cases," and thereby demonstrated an "intent to continue to manipulate the public through press and social media comments, in defiance of the admonishment by the United States Magistrate Judge." Asserting that such "extrajudicial commentary" would undermine a fair trial, the government asked the court "to instruct the parties to refrain from making "any statement to members of any television, radio, newspaper, magazine, internet (including, but not limited to, bloggers), or other media organization about this case, other than matters of public record."

Brown opposed the government's request for a gag order in pleadings filed on August 9 and September 4, 2013, arguing that the government had not established a need for a gag order or that less restrictive measures were not available to responf to pretrial publicity. The defense pointed out that since appointment of counsel on his behalf, Brown had made no statements to the press, his counsel had made no statements except with respect to matters in the public record, and any statements made by associates of Brown could not be attributed to Brown himself. The defense further argued that cases supporting gag orders required evidence of statements by the defendant, and not merely a claim that the defense had condoned or attempted to coordinate media coverage. The defense also objected to the government's attempt to rely, as a basis for a gag order, on Brown's own journalistic work product unrelated to the pending charges against him. 

On September 4, 2013, the court entered an "Agreed Order Re: Extrajudicial Statements" signed by the judge and by counsel for Brown and the government. The order prohibits Brown and all attorneys for the government and the defense from making

any statement to members of any television, radio, newspaper, magazine, internet (including, but not limited to, bloggers), or other media organization about this case, other than matters of public record, that could interfere witha fair trial or otherwise prejudice Defendant, the Government, or the administration of justice, except that counsel for the Defendant may consult with Mr. Kevin Gallagher regarding the finances needed for Mr. Barrett Brown's defense.

The parties are further prohibited by the order from avoiding its effect through indirect, but deliberate, means. The order states that Brown is permitted continue to make statements and publish on topics not related to the counts on which he was indicted.

Two trials are set in the case. The first trial, relating to the threats allegedly made by Brown, is set to begin on April 28, 2014. The second trial, relating to the charges regarding hyperlinking to stolen data and obstruction of justice, was set to begin on May 19, 2014; however, on March 5, 2014, the Department of Justice voluntarily moved to dismiss the hyperlinking charges.  It is not clear whether this will affect the schedule of the second trial.

Subject Area: 

  • Linking
  • Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

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If you are home alone, waiting for the husband to get home for work, and the doorbell rings, answer it. Really, truly, I kid you not. Blessings await you once you open that door.
On Monday night, I was hanging out in bed, eating crackers and watching episode upon episode of Parenthood on Netflix. I had just finished two exams that morning and afternoon, so I was definitely enjoying the time to relax. I was expecting my dear husband, Christopher to be home from work any moment. It was nearly 10:30 and the doorbell rang. I wasn't sure if it was for us, or our neighbour upstairs, but I decided to check it out anyhow. I opened the door, and there were two people at the door. I recognized the girl (because I'm the person that knows who other people are, but no one knows who I am), but didn't know them personally. They asked if we were the Craigs, and handed me a Christmas present. I awkwardly said thank you and wished them a Merry Christmas, and headed back downstairs to see what was wrapped inside the tiny gift. To my amazement (and still writing this I am not believing it), there were $200 in giftcards (for groceries, dinner and movies). I was so excited when Christopher walked in the door and I got to tell him the good news.
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          Interview with Sam from einslive.de   
http://www.einslive.de/musik/kassettendeck/2008/02/sam_fogarino.jsp

This link was passed on to me awhile ago by a fan: here Sam talks about some of his favorite songs on the German website einslive. The interview is titled, 'Der Mann im Hintergrund', or, “the man in the background,” and most of the songs have audio links where you can hear Sam speak about them—in English! I’ve included a partial transcription of what Sam says in these audio clips at the bottom of this post.

[side note: Sam’s words are translated into German in the body of the interview, though from what I can tell the translation is somewhat loose, and not all of what Sam says is found in the German text.]

For the most part, Sam comments on the aesthetic of the song he’s discussing (electronic, guitar driven, dense, etc.) and probable influences (another band or era). However, he goes a little farther in his discussion of the last song, “Bed for the Scraping” by Fugazi. Phrases that hit me as significant in this audio clip are “guitar interaction” and “the band wouldn’t be anything without any [one] of the members.” In these quotes I see Sam valuing conscious and precise interactions between musicians, a result of a situation in which “everybody in the band meant something.” No one person in the band is dispensable, and indeed, take one person away, and the band disappears.

These statements bolster my belief that Interpol’s music is the result of a true collective effort, in which each instrument, or musical “voice,” is equally important—Interpol’s music is very “polyphonic” in that sense. I also find it significant that Sam centers his discussion of this song around Daniel, the one band member credited with providing the initial sparks that eventually grow into the completed song via the other band members’ input. Though Sam has intimated that Interpol’s music is for him somewhat restrictive (in an interview about his side project, Magnetic Morning) and humorless (in his Shellac audio clip in this interview), he seems to nonetheless value the unique way in which Interpol operates as a creative force.

Thanks to my anonymous fan for the link!
Until next time,
Love from,
Meg


Transcription:
Von Südenfed “The Rhinohead”
“…a really brilliant mix…of severe electronic aesthetic, with this wall of sound, 60’s vibe going on. It’s one of the rare moments where Mark E. Smith is actually singing a melody. It’s catchy without being insulting to one’s intelligence. And he’s totally taking the piss out of something; I can’t figure it out.”

Deerhunter “Spring Hall Convert”
“The track compels me because it carries the torch for an aesthetic I appreciate, that’s very guitar driven, smart rock a la The Pixies---they do it in their way. …[re: listening to new records] it’s not necessarily what you want to do, with your life being based around music 24 hours a day. I hadn’t been peaked by a band in such a way in quite awhile”

Blonde Redhead “23”
"23 makes me complete…It has this atmosphere, these compelling melodies and these driving rhythms. And that basically sums up Blonde Redhead.”

Shellac “Dog and Pony Show”
“Being able to pull off such a dense style of rock n roll without being crotch-grabbing, or cheesy, it’s a hard line to follow, and still having a great sense of humor on top of it.”

My Bloody Valentine “Honeypower”
“Speaking of atmosphere and melody, I don’t think there’s a band since The Beatles that have impacted modern music, I think that’s very safe to say.”

Public Enemy “Miuzi Weighs a Ton”
“Chuck D’s…voice is a golden baritone…[Public Enemy] is a nice expansion of my musical palette.” [my translation]

Spoon “You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb”
“Their new record is probably their best one yet, in my opinion…again that wall of sound, 60’s pop song vibe, is something I’m always a sucker for, especially if it’s someone like Britt Daniel and company pulling it off. I mean, it’s just so rich, that song, it’s so hard not to like. If you have any kind of open ear, you’re gonna be sucked in by it.”

Yeah Yeah Yeahs “Downboy”
“The song Downboy is utterly compelling…the first time I heard the song, I watched the video, which made it all the better…Brian’s…drumming in the chorus…to watch him play, it’s so graceful it’s almost kind of dancing. That song is just amazing, such a foot-stomper.”

TV On the Radio “Wolf Like Me”
“…definitely showcases what the band is all about and how they definitely incorporate just so many different kind of pop genres into what they do, and creating a new one.”

Fugazi “Bed for the Scraping”
“This is for Daniel…it’s not Daniel’s favorite Fugazi song by any stretch, but it’s mine, so I’m gonna play it for him…it’s probably some of the best guitar interaction between two guitar players…Daniel came out of that DC punk rock…it has infected the way we operate as a band, keeping things kind of real, and civil, for the people that we hire to work with and for us. And I think it inspires the way we work together as a band. You know, Fugazi was definitely a definitive band: where everybody in the band meant something, and the band wouldn’t be anything without any of the members.”

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          Hi! I'm Lulu.   

After meeting so many fabulous new blog friends at BlissDom this weekend, and realizing that I probably have a few new blog followers that have joined along these last few months, I figured it's high time I do another post to properly introduce myself!

A few things about me:

  • I'm Lulu!  I grew up in Boulder, was a Kappa Kappa Gamma at Arizona State University (go Devils!), and am now a wife and mom living in Wichita, Kansas with my hard working, fun-loving husband (I usually refer to him on the blog as the Mr.)

Praha
  • I go by Lulu on this blog, because that's a nickname my husband has called me for some time.  I'm sure that may initially confuse those of you who have met me in real life under a different name...  I'm not actively trying be anonymous on The Dirty Martini Diaries, as even my former work Vice President reads the blog (hi JG!), but I guess I like that it makes me slightly less Google-able?
  • I have a daughter named W, who will be 1 at the end of this week (insert standard comment about time flying too fast here).  She's known on Instagram for her insane  mop of hair and scrunchy-face smiles:

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  • We relocated here to Wichita in June 2012 for my husband's job (moving to a different state with an 8 week old baby? An adventure all on its own), and are getting used to life in the Midwest.  In the past 7 years, I have lived in Phoenix, New York City, Phoenix again, and now Wichita, Kansas.  Believe me, I'm still getting used to the transition of going from New York City to Wichita in 2 years' time.
  • I started this blog in 2008 as a way to keep up with friends while I was living in New York City and planning my wedding.  Needless to say, the content around here has changed a little bit in the past 4 years!  The bottom line is that no matter the topic, I try to be honest and try not to take myself too seriously.
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  • I just transitioned to being a full-time stay-at-home-mom this month, and am trying to figure out exactly what that means to me.  I do know that I shower more and am finally catching up on paperwork I should have done last year, so that's a good start?
  • I turned 30 last year, and decided to commit to doing 101 things I've always wanted to do over the next 1,001 days.  I'll be focusing a lot more on that over the coming months, because I'm having a lot of fun with it.
  • I'm a firm believer that there are very few things an extra dirty martini (or 3) cannot cure.

Dirty Martini

Now, it's your turn!  Please take a minute to introduce yourself and let me know where I can find more fun things about you (Blog? Twitter? Instagram?)  

I look forward to connecting with you! 





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What has any of this to do with Nibiru?
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Lol. I wrote this a few days ago. At the time it was evening on the West Coast. I should update the title. I would just like to get more people to train their eyes on Sirius. Would you be willing to have a look? Eastern sky. Find ORION's Belt, follow it back to the the VERY bright...
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          Never Talk To A Feminist... Ever   

That is a given here in the Manosphere because we have probably all tried at some point when the Blue Pill blinders were first slipping off and we began to look at the world in a different way. It becomes obvious very quickly that Feminists will not hear anything we have to say that even remotely indicates they may not be the victims they claim to be. Not only is trying to reason with them completely futile it is now moving into the area where it will come with legal liabilities.



This would also serve as a good example as to why we blog or comment as anonymously as possible. Even while we make no threats whatsoever, simply the accusation by them that we are is enough to cost us the expense of a defense lawyer at a minimum. Of course, in the meantime they can make real threats and even physically assault men publically with impunity.

Hey, it is what it is.

Since basically all women are Feminists now particularly the younger, not so attractive ones, we have learned to steer clear of them in our personal lives. Any man with any ounce of masculinity left in him seems to pose as a threat to these professional victims. No amount of precautions can be too much when everything we say and do will be used against us to shore up their victim status.

I've had a few close calls myself but fortunately up until now the accusations were so asinine and exaggerated that they were rightfully dismissed without consequences. Playing dumb, disengaging and Going Ghost is still the option that works best for me. Others will say to Game these broads but my spidey sense tells me that tactic will only further entangle me with them which is exactly what they want and I don't.

So plan accordingly, it's getting hairy out there, it's been long said that the Feminists will double down before the fall and it looks to me like that is just what is happening.

Until then... Gone Ghosting


          Unoffical MGTOW Commemoration Week   

This is it, this is the week, from Christmas Eve to New Years Day, that's when my journey into MGTOW all began. It all started during my last and final LTR.

I had been lurking around an area of the internet of what was then broadly described as the Blogosphere. In particular a compilation of linked blogs and boards dealing with the general topic of why western women and marriage was a bad deal for men, a couple of sites about seduction and also a few on Fathers Rights issues. 

Later on this area had been defined as the Manosphere. Breaking it down further, the avoidance of western women and marriage became MGTOW, the art of seduction developed into PUA utilizing Game and Fathers Rights expanded into the Men's Rights Movement.

At the time though I was simply looking for some kind of explanation or solution to the relationship problems I had been running into since my return from an extended period outside the US. It was a good thing I had something to compare my night and day situation to. I couldn't believe the demands they were making after experiencing much hotter, more enthusiastic and overall pleasant to be with foreign women.

I saw the good but couldn't understand the bad and the ugly.

That was in 2004 and what I had obviously discovered was that I wasn't alone in my experiences nor were my problems near as bad as others were but they were all consistent. These men where reporting all the same kinds of bad behaviors I was witnessing. Extreme since of entitlement, no concern for others, completely self absorbed, takes no responsibility for their actions, blames everyone else for their problems, is always the victim, draining of energy to be around and uses sex as a weapon or tool for control. That was only the beginning, any man unfortunate enough to sign the marriage contract afterwards got to experience the entire spectrum of the Family/Divorce court industry with the added bonus of going to jail with the purpose of squeezing every penny out of men the system could get.

The word from these blogs was... DON'T DO IT!!!

Don't get married, don't shack up and whatever you do don't knock them up.

Sounded like a good idea to me but other groups of men weren't happy with those of us who were taking those measures in their personal lives. Oh no, that was letting the system win, we had to do something, we had to advocate for change. The system had to be reformed.

My argument was screw it, walk away from it. Why change a system you could never trust again even if you could change it? Stay out of it and let it collapse on its own.

After getting my comments deleted and being banned enough times from certain Men's Rights Advocates boards I started my own blog as a place to post my comments without having to deal with mods who didn't care for my sentiments.

In December of 2006 my LTR ended with a bang or more like a volcanic eruption. Because of my work I had to cancel out on a trip planned for Christmas. She didn't like that all too well and had a complete melt down over it. It was purely coincidental but later on I had found that the best time to break it off with them if the desired effect was maximum drama is just before Christmas. But that wasn't the intent and at any rate I had had enough of this attitude of complete inflexibility anyway.

Good riddance and the next morning I could feel the weight on me was gone.

I was a free man... again.

As it turned out I didn't have to work after all and because I had already had the excuse of a previous arrangement had dodge attempts to commit me to other engagements. For the first time I could remember I had the whole week to myself. It was golden and I kept wondering why I had never done this before. No endless amounts of driving around, sitting in traffic or sitting at dinners I didn't want to be at listening to conversation I didn't want to hear. Of course there were always the barrage of "why aren't you married yet" questions from the women folk but the men knew why and also knew better than to voice their opinions on the subject.

Secretly they would tell me "I wish I had your life".

Later on in 2007 I had discovered MGTOW and immediately identified with the concept. I completely understood the problems they were having with the MRAs being that it was the entire reason I started my own blog. I certainly wasn't an MRA but didn't know I was MGTOW until then.

What is MGTOW?

MGTOW began as a result of XYZ, a very popular Men's Rights, or MRA, forum being erased 3 separate times from 2000 to 2003. Some of the members were weary of having a resource created, populated with information and links that other people could use, and then having that resource destroyed, over and over and over. This site has now abandoned all MRA content and the links to the MRA content, internal and external, on the current version of the site are all dead.

Several people who were members of the XYZ Forum created a secret forum (one we shall not disclose) and recruited members from other forums to their new, anonymous location. Several of them set up a time for a meeting, and two (Mr. White and Mr. Orange) showed up at bar in 2003.

They sampled many of the fine ales and lagers and created the idea of a decentralized, non-political movement that would support men and their choices in the face of widespread scorn, indifference and hostility. The next day they met at Mr. Orange's hotel suite and fleshed out the idea some more, sketched a logo, and a framework of sorts. Since it began as a decentralized 'organization' it has no leader, no official message board, no website (although many have websites and forums that support it's ideals), there is no 'there, there' to organize, attack, censor, eliminate or shame into submission.

It is everywhere and nowhere.

MGTOW is not a philosophy, or an "-ism", but rather an evolving consciousness and way of looking at the world. Unlike the lockstep and dogma of so many contemporary movements, MGTOW is entirely individualistic, even though many men may arrive at the same conclusions from having observed the same phenomena.

Perfect, no groups to join, no egos to argue with, just make the determination to go your own way and do it.

While there are three main goals of MGTOW I'm only concerned about the first one. Maintaining my masculinity by maintaining my freedom from attaching my self worth to that of female approval. I'm not going to jump through hoops for it and I'm certainly not going sign a one sided marriage contract for it. I'm not going to engage in the relationship power struggles anymore either. In fact if there is any approval or disapproval to be done it will be done by me and if that makes me a loser by society's standards then so be it.

As for the two other goals, they will take care of themselves if men ever learn to live independently of female approval and stop attempting to dominate other men for the sake of gaining it.

Every man supporting this idea is welcome to use the logo in this or similar contexts.

Ok, I will or at least until the idea gets undermined and twisted into something else it wasn't meant to be then I will move on from there.

You will basically be alone doing this. There is no organization supporting you. You just go your own way and do what you believe is right. You are never obligated beyond your own conscience. True masculinity is also about accepting the rights of other men and not letting them down for any short term personal benefits.

IF IT'S NOT RIGHT, GO YOUR OWN WAY!

Take it from me, you'll be happy that you did. Every time this year I remember that first MGTOW Christmas / New Year and how awesome it was. To this day I have no regrets.

So happy MGTOW week, it can be any week or every week of the year of your choosing but this one just happens to be mine.


          WSUS - General questions   

JN, have you done this?  The one "catch" I can think of is by default "integrated authentication" is turned on by default on IIS so another domain might not be able to get in.  I think you'd just have to turn that off and allow anonymous only and it'd work fine.


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Welcome to the PRobecast, Episode 7 ofTopaz Partners' weekly Tech PR podcast. This week's panel, Tim Allik, Adam Zand and Doug Haslam, discuss: * Opening notes-- a challenge to Bryan Person and Chip Griffin * Google moves to make search archives anonymous, and announces it on the company blog * State of the Media Report from the Project for Excellence in Journalism-- tidbits from the Online section of this annual report, including: podcasting adoption faster than RSS? (Plus gratuitous Twitter mention. * Adam Zand and Jen McClure of the Society for New Communications Research from the New Communications Forum * Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick makes the show again, this time for making moves in the face of PR crises. Plus, word of the day: "Governoring." * This week's Bright Side: Tim finds a silver lining in the Frito's/dead mouse story-- plus, the stock tip of the week * Adam issues a Podcast Theme challenge to Heather Green of BusinessWeek's Blogspotting * Things to do this weekend, even though it'll be too late by the time you hear this: Elven drum circle in Second Life, St. Patrick's Day/Evacuation Day, and a (ok, another) totally made up holiday * We ran out of time to mention it, but don't forget to Bum Rush the Charts March 22 Leave a comment! Text: Leave a comment at http://topazpartners.blogspot.com or email bmoc@topazpartners.com Audio: call +1-781-404-2419, or Skype doug.haslam Video: email a file to bmoc@topazpartners.com
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Thankyou ,great article.Timely,as this is exactly where I am at.My full time try at my stitching business failed miserably 2 years ago.So I again am employed through a company as a production manager AND again,not happy and I want to try again working for myself.UGH!!!
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Confidence is an importatant aspect of one's personality. Inner strength is require to overcome the fear of failure and the social ridicule which accompanies it.. So I think one should stay away from people with negative mindset and sorround onself with positive and progressive people. Their company itself will increase your belief in your abilities
          US Senate IP address linked to Snowden Wikipedia change from "dissident" to "traitor"   


An anonymous person changed Edward Snowden's Wikipedia entry so that it called him "an American traitor" rather than "an American dissident." The editor's IP address is from a block assigned to the US Senate. (more…)


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          Guilty: Glenn Ford & Marty Stroud   
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Subject: Guilty: Glenn Ford & Marty Stroud

Re: How bad? Marty Stroud's Testimony, Senate Judiciary Committee C, SB 142, April 26, 2017

From: Dudley Sharp

Preface

The committee has an obligation to make sure that A.M. "Marty" Stroud takes personal responsibility for his testimony of April 26th. Stroud, proclaimed Glenn Ford an innocent that he, as a  prosecutor, with ill intent in his heart put on death row.

That obligation extends to setting the record straight to show respect for Isadore Rozeman, the innocent robbery/murder victim, the Rozeman and Glenn Ford families, as well as for the committee.

In 2015, Marty Stroud described his 1984 self as "arrogant, judgmental, narcissistic", "full of myself",  "totally wrong", interested more in winning than justice, "I was not a nice person" (1), "win, don't care about the costs","don't care about the victim" (2), "I did something that was very, very bad." "It was a train to injustice, and I was the engineer."(3), particularly, in the context of his being a prosecutor in securing the 1984 death sentence for Glenn Ford, for the robbery/murder of Isadore Rozeman.

Unlike the 1983-84 and 1988-2012 Stroud, in "avoiding" a search for the truth, Stroud's 2017 testimony, as well as his statements, from 2014 through today, had a whole bunch of evidence which he, intentionally suppressed, in avoidance of that known evidence.


What Stroud Left Out of His Testimony -  2017

Stroud: "in the motion to dismiss the case, the prosecutor's office said "if we had known the evidence that they knew at the time of the prosecution he probably wouldn't have been arrested." (4)

Sharp:  That is very odd. The evidence in the 1984 trial was overwhelming, with regard to Ford committing multiple felonies, inclusive of being a principle to the robbery, which led to the additional circumstantial evidence proving, beyond a reasonable doubt,  that Ford was guilty of capital murder, in the case of innocent murder victim, Isadore Rozeman.

That same evidence exists, today.

There is, overwhelming, support for Ford's guilt within both the 2015 (5) and 2016 (5a) reviews of the case evidence, by six judges, all of which Stroud is aware of but, intentionally, left out of Stroud's 2015-2017 statements, inclusive of Stroud's 2017 testimony.

Even though Stroud claims he desires "all of the story that should have been disclosed" (1), his 2015-2017 examples are "hiding" all of the story that Stroud should have disclosed.

Take a look:

Glenn Ford's Guilt

In 2013-14, the Caddo Parish District Attorney's Office stated that it had obtained credible evidence that Ford "was neither present at, nor a participant in, the robbery and murder of Isadore Rozeman," and filed a motion to vacate Ford's conviction and sentence. On March 10, 2014, the trial court granted the state's motion. Ford was released the following day after spending nearly 30 years on death row. (5a)

The facts are that Ford, by his own admission, was a principal participant in the robbery/murder, that he was, at the least,  guilty of second degree murder. Ford cannot be excluded from actually murdering Isadore Rozeman, that murder being a capital, death penalty eligible crime, for which he was found guilty and sentenced to death.

(2016) Justice C.J.  BROWN,  "The evidence as presented supports Ford's guilt of second degree murder and that his connection was certainly not "tangential." (5a)

The 2013 "credible evidence" for Ford's 2014 release came from a reliable informant, who remains anonymous.

Reliable informants are known to be unreliable, occasionally. Informants are only as reliable as their sources, which was, allegedly, Jake Robinson, who, allegedly, stated, to the informant, that he (Robinson)  was the shooter of Isadore Robinson and that Glenn Ford was not there. Robinson is a career criminal, who no one trusts.

Glenn Ford, at his 1984 trial, did not deny being at the scene of the robbery/murder and he cannot prove that he was not (5a) Nor can he be excluded from committing the murder.

The record reflects that, at the time of the filing of the 2014 instant petition (to release Ford), two other individuals, Jake Robinson and Henry Robinson, were being prosecuted for the robbery and murder of Mr. Rozeman. (5a)

Those charges, which originated from that informant, have, now, been dropped, for lack of evidence, in this case, as well as others'.

That doesn't mean the informant was lying, although, such may be the case.  The informant's information could not be confirmed in quite a few cases.

We know that Ford was released, based upon information that could not be confirmed.

The evidence of Glenn Ford's guilt is overwhelming, yet, he was released.

The iron solid case is that Ford should have been convicted of second degree murder, at least, and that with all of the other involved crimes, Ford would have been sentenced to life in prison and that Ford should never had been released.

(2016) the five justices, Court of Appeal of Louisiana, Second Circuit: "The (informant's) statement of the district attorney is not evidence, nor has Ford produced any evidence that he was not concerned in the commission of this crime. We find no manifest error in the trial judge's (2015) conclusion regarding Ford as a principal to this crime." (5a)

2016: Justice J. DREW: " . . . it is accurate to say that the trial court (2015) found that Ford committed armed robbery. Even if not present at the moment of a crime, a person can be convicted of that crime, if otherwise involved as a principal." (5a) " . . . Ford arguably committed second degree murder arising out of the facts of this case. Had he actually been convicted of that crime, in a petit jury trial conducted in accordance with the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution, Ford would have never been released from prison." (5a)

Justice would be served had Ford remained in jail.

Anti death penalty folks attack informants, mercilessly (6), when they report the guilt of murderers, but love them if they report the innocence of murderers.

Stroud was very aware in 1983/1984 that the Robinson brothers were involved in the crimes, as well as all of the other facts, detailed, based upon all of Ford's statements, as well as those of other witnesses.

There wasn't enough evidence to try the Robinsons in 1984, nor was there at any later date, through today.

One wonders what evidence Stroud avoided, in 1983-84 and 1988-2012, that the police, the investigators and the lead prosecutor also avoided in 1983-1984.  Was there any?

Defense counsel Stroud's prosecutorial self flagellation tour could be attributable to his ingratiation himself into anti death penalty circles, where such "self destruction" is celebrated, as with The Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project honoring Stroud with its annual Champion of Justice Award in 2016.

Justice redefined.

Remember Isadore Rozeman

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Also see
Glenn Ford Must Be Denied Compensation
http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2017/05/glenn-ford-must-be-denied-compensation.html
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2) District Judge Katherine Dorroh, in her nine-page ruling (2015) denying Ford's request for compensation from the state for being "wrongfully incarcerated", concluded that Glenn Ford  (5, 7):

---  " knew the robbery of jewelry Isadore Rozeman on Nov. 5, 1983 was going to occur
---   did nothing to stop it
---   attempted to destroy evidence by selling items taken in the robbery and
---   attempting to find buyers for the murder weapon used by those he implicated in the murder." (5, 7).

3) At the very least, Ford knew about the robbery, in advance, was involved in the conspiracy with the Robinson brothers, did nothing to stop it, was an accessory to armed robbery,  after the fact, pawned items stolen in the robbery/murder, the day of the robbery/murder, and had, additional,  items, stolen from Isadore,  in Ford's apartment, was trying to acquire a pistol the morning of the murder and attempted to sell a pistol, the afternoon, after the murder (5, 5a, 8).

Ford admitted to all of that, and more, as Stroud well knows.

Detective Gary Pittman who testified that Ford admitted to him that he and Henry Robinson had been at Mr. Rozeman's house on the day of the murder (5a).

Also found were items stolen, the month, before, from Rozeman's house/shop. Those items were connected to Glenn Ford. (9)

Who planned the robbery? Ford was the only one involved who knew that Izadore Rozeman had valuables to steal and who knew of Rozeman's security. How? Ford worked for Rozeman (8,5,5a).

Not only does Ford have blood on his hands, figuratively, he, likely, had blood on his hands, at some point, actually.

Ford cannot be excluded from gaining access to Rozeman's home, to facilitate the robbery/murder, nor can he be excluded from being the triggerman (8, 5, 5a).

Ford had gunshot residue on his left hand. The residue was of such small amount that it could neither be confirmed nor denied that he fired a weapon (8, 5,5a).

There was a partial fingerprint on a paper bag, at the crime scene, which appeared to be used as a glove, likely to hold the gun, a method to avoid  some gunshot residue and avoid fingerprints on the weapon.  That fingerprint did not exclude Ford, but could not be matched to him (8). That partial fingerprint excluded the other suspects (8, 5,5a).

4) Isadore Rozeman was the robbery/murder victim in the Glenn Ford case.

All public quotes from Isadore Rozeman's family (2015). All their facts are supported by the record (5,5a).

"We know that Glenn Ford was intimately involved in this crime that, eventually, led to the death of our uncle. Much of this was due to the relationship of Uncle Prince (Isadore) with Glenn Ford." (10,8)

"It is undisputed Mr. Ford was involved, having sold the clocks and watches obtained from the shop during the robbery. It is undisputable Mr. Ford was shopping for a gun days before Nov. 5, 1983, and selling the weapon days after the murder." (11, 8)

"In the compensation hearing (2015), for Glenn Ford, District Judge Katherine Dorroh found that Mr. Ford "committed many crimes, including possession of stolen goods, accessory after the fact to armed robbery, and principal to armed robbery." (11)

The Rozeman family that found that those charges may resulted in "a sentence of 30 years to life without parole. Mr. Ford served 30 years in prison." (11)

They are correct, as detailed, above, and here (5a).

"What has been lost in this discussion is the real innocent victim." (11)

Sharp: Never in his testimony nor in his apology letter, did Stroud, once, mention the name of Isadore Rozeman.

"That innocent murder victim was our uncle, Isadore Rozeman, raised in Shreveport and served our country as a plane mechanic at Barksdale during World War II."  (11) "He had a shop in his home on Stoner Avenue and spent his adult life repairing and selling antique watches and clocks. (11).

"On Nov. 5, 1983, (Isadore) opened the back door and people rushed into (Isadore's) home/shop. They knocked him down, broke his glasses and then put a gun to the back of his head and pulled the trigger." (11)

Multiple witnesses had Ford near or on Isadore's property near the time of the robbery/murder (5,5a,8). Ford had, himself, in Isadore's home/shop.

None of Ford's alleged alibis could be confirmed in court (8).

"Our uncle (Isadore Rozeman) was an innocent victim. (11, 5, 5a)"

Sharp:  Stroud called Ford an "innocent victim" (1). Such would be an incredible, bizarre declaration, if we were not aware of Stroud's self confessed ethical problems.

The "innocent" and "exoneration" deceptions, by anti death penalty folks, are standard, every day occurrences (12), just as their making up false confessions are (13).

"It is also undisputable to our family that my uncle (Isadore) did not open any of the four or five locks on his back door to anyone he did not know. We all spent the night with our uncle and knew his habits. At the time of the murder, the door was not broken down." (11)

"We will never know for sure who got our uncle to turn the locks and open the door, but the most logical choice was someone who had a relationship with my uncle and who benefited from the robbery. " (11)

"Glenn Ford fits both counts while the people now felt to likely be the shooters did not have a relationship with our uncle." (11)

Sharp: It is important to note that those other people were seen with Glenn Ford both, before and after the robbery/murder (7, 5a).

"In February police interviewed Marvella Brown, Jake Robinson's girl friend. She stated that Ford arrived at her apartment around noon the day of the offense, and asked the Robinsons, "Is you still going?" The three left, she said, returning around 3:00 p.m. with a sack containing jewelry. Ford carried a .22 pistol, and Jake Robinson had a .38 (8, 5a)"

However, she recanted:

Finally, when asked if she had lied to the court, she responded, "I did lie to the Court.... I lied about all of it." (8)

The issues are that her claims of involvement fit the time line of the murder, include the stolen items, as we know was the case, and folks who were well known criminals, all of which suggest the credibility of her original witness statement.

Brown's recantations is much more suspect, as countless people in the community were intimidated by the four Robinson brothers, which would explain the recantation. (14)

Brown's recantation is, additionally, rebutted by the fact that Ford stated that one of the Robinson brothers asked Ford to sell the gun, which witnesses stated Ford was trying to sell, the same afternoon as the murder and also gave stolen goods to Ford to sell, those being stolen goods from Isadore Rozeman.

Sharp: Glenn Ford has not and cannot be excluded as a participant in the actual robbery/murder.

5) From the 2015 hearing (5):  " 14) After being asked to participate in the robbery of Mr. Rozeman by Henry Robinson, Mr. Ford went to see Mr. Rozeman and asked him if he had any work he could do (p8, 5).

Sharp: I suspect Ford made that up to explain why he was seen in the vicinity of Rozeman's house, before, after and at the time of the robbery/murder, which, I believe,  was Ford's real job, that day.

6) with all that evidence, what does Stroud say?

Stroud: “The audacity of the state’s effort to deny Mr. Ford any compensation for the horrors he suffered in the name of Louisiana justice is appalling." (1)

Sharp: Mr. Stroud, the audacity is all yours. As Stroud must be aware, for the judge to have awarded compensation to Ford would have required that judge to break the law (5). The judge would have had to find Ford "actually innocent", a finding which is, actually, impossible (5,5a).

Mr. Stroud, what of the horror of Isadore Rozeman's death?  Stroud didn't mention it. 

The foundation of Ford's horror was, of course, Ford himself. But for Ford, Isadore would, almost certainly, neither have been robbed nor murdered.  All of Ford's confessions, alone, should have resulted in Ford never being released from prison.

To paraphrase Stroud: "Ford did something that was very, very bad." "It was a train to horror, and Ford was the engineer."

To paraphrase Stroud, from his 2015 apology letter (1): "I apologize to the committee in not having been more diligent in my duty to ensure that the proper disclosures of Ford's involvement in the robbery/murder was presented to the committee."


Defense Counsel

Contrary to Stroud, first chair for Ford's defense, Paul Lawrence, had, previously, taken several civil cases to trial. Lawrence had, also, clerked for La. Supreme Court Justice Albert Tate, which involves both criminal and civil cases.

Lawrence states that he "had lots of coaching before and during the (Ford) trial from experienced members of the criminal defense bar in Shreveport, including, specifically, Wellborn Jack, Jr. and his partner Rebecca Hudsmith, who is now the Federal Public Defender for the Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana."

Lawrence: " I did work very hard to master all the evidence and to draw every possible inference that could be argued to support a reasonable doubt of Ford’s guilt and I believe I did a quite respectable job of that, the jury’s verdict notwithstanding." “It was my job to provide Ford the best defense I could provide under the circumstances, regardless of his innocence or guilt, and I believe that I did that to the very best of my ability."

The appellate courts do not disagree with Lawrence.

Lawrence takes no stand on the death penalty or Ford's guilt.  (All from Sharp's discussion with Lawrence, May, 8, 2017).

Most legal folks know that civil law is much more complicated than criminal law.

While this was Lawrence's first criminal and capital trial, it was also Stroud's first capital case, for which Stroud was second chair, not lead counsel, as some misrepresent.

7) Note this very important context, from Stroud's 2015 NPR interview (15):

Interviewer CORNISH: At what point did you actually really feel guilt about what happened to Glenn Ford?

STROUD: I felt within four or five years of the verdict.

In 1984, Stroud tells us that he could, hardly, care less. From 1988/1989-2013, Stroud, allegedly, cared and still did nothing.

Which is worse? Neither could be called  . . . better.

More from the Rozemans

8) All public quotes from Isadore Rozeman's family (2015):

"We loved our uncle as we did my daughter's husband, Clint Dobson. One was killed at the age of 54, the other at 28. They were both innocent victims. However, those involved in their violent deaths are not innocent victims." (11)

"What our family learned from both (of these innocent murder victims in our family)  is that we live in a society where evil exists. There are people who do not have a moral compass and these events bear out that truth. Between society and this evil is law enforcement and those in the criminal justice system. We are thankful they stand in that gap." (11)

Sharp: What does Stroud think of Louisiana prosecutors?

Stroud: "out to win, whatever the costs." "They don't care about the victim. " "They care about their record." "The ends justified the means". (2)

Sharp: With the exception that prosecutors MUST care about their record, my guess is that, with about 95% of prosecutors, reality would condemn Stroud's slanders. And Stroud?

Doesn't it sound like he is describing himself?

We want prosecutors to care, a lot, about their record. All taxpayers and all justice loving folks want prosecutors to make the correct, responsible decisions for cases to go to trial, to plea cases when appropriate and to know when best to drop charges. Prosecutors want that to be as close to a 100% accuracy record, as possible, and so do we all.


The Rozemans continue:

"Without the accountability imposed by law enforcement and criminal justice, we would live in chaos. Because of this, we disagree with many who describe law enforcement and criminal justice as a broken system. We differ with those who wish to lessen personal responsibility, accountability and punishment for violent criminal behavior." (11)

"Our family believes in God's grace and mercy but neither of those things negate the multiple Bible stories that reference personal responsibility and personal consequences for individual actions." (11)

In Closing

The Committee should hold Stroud responsible for his testimony and should shoulder the personal responsibility that both the committee and Stroud have to Isadore Rozeman, the Rozeman and Glenn Ford families, in setting the record straight.

Don't forget Isadore Rozeman.

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As per the Death Penalty Information Center's normal absurdities, Ford is listed as no. 144 on their "innocent" or "exonerated" from death row list.

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Footnotes

1)  A.M. "Marty" Stroud III letter, Lead prosecutor apologizes for role in sending man to death row, Shreveport Times, 3/20/2015
http://www.shreveporttimes.com/story/opinion/readers/2015/03/20/lead-prosecutor-offers-apology-in-the-case-of-exonerated-death-row-inmate-glenn-ford/25049063/

3) 30 Years on Death Row, CBS 60 Minutes, 10/11/2015

4) I used this video because it isolates Stroud's testimony:

5) RULING ON PETITION FOR COMPENSATION FOR WRONGFUL CONVICTION AND IMPRISONMENT, IN RE: Glen Ford, Docket #126,005 - SECTION 1, FIRST JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT, CADDO PARRISH, LOUISIANA, March 27, 2015, http://big.assets.huffingtonpost.com/Ford_Glenn.pdf

5a)  STATE v. FORD, No. 50,525-CA., 193 So.3d 1242 (2016), STATE of Louisiana, Plaintiff-Appellee v. Glenn FORD, Defendant-Appellant, Court of Appeal of Louisiana, Second Circuit, May 18, 2016.

6) There are countless articles about distrusting informants. Just do a GOOGLE search.

8) STATE v. FORD, No. 85-KA-1039.489 So.2d 1250 (1986)
STATE of Louisiana v. Glenn FORD. Supreme Court of Louisiana.
March 31, 1986.   Rehearing Denied May 30, 1986.

9) from a reliable source, who stated it's "on police reports and either the bond hearing or preliminary examination testimony." I have not located the citation.

10) Dr. Phillip Rozeman speaks out on Glenn Ford case, video interview with Vickie Welborn, Shreveport Times, 4/10/2015, http://www.shreveporttimes.com/videos/news/2015/04/10/25590423/

11) Rozeman family: 'Glenn Ford is not an innocent victim', by Phillip Rozeman Shreveport Times, April 8, 2015 | Updated April 10, 2015


12) The Innocent Frauds: Standard Anti Death Penalty Strategy
READ SECTIONS 3&4 FIRST
http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-innocent-frauds-standard-anti-death.html

and

The 4.1% "Innocent" on Death Row: More Nonsense


13) Innocence Project Invents False Confessions: 150% fraud rate in "confessions"
http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-innocence-project-invents-false.html



14) CPSO detective committed to solving cold cases, Vickie Welborn, Shreveport Times, July 21, 2014,




15) Prosecutor Apologizes For Putting Innocent Man On Death Row, All Things Considered, NPR's Audie Cornish, March 23, 2015,
http://www.npr.org/2015/03/23/394906514/prosecutor-apologizes-for-putting-innocent-man-on-death-row#

          Glenn Ford Must Be Denied Compensation   
Glenn Ford Must Be Denied Compensation
Dudley Sharp

Remember Isadore Rozeman

I review why Glenn Ford must be denied compensation, based upon his "wrongful release", as follows:

I. Glenn Ford's Wrongful Release
II. The Evidence of Glenn Ford's Guilt
III. Ford Must Be Denied Compensation

Nearly all comments are from:

STATE v. FORD, No. 50,525-CA., 193 So.3d 1242 (2016), STATE of Louisiana, Plaintiff-Appellee v. Glenn FORD, Defendant-Appellant, Court of Appeal of Louisiana, Second Circuit, May 18, 2016.

Which is the 2016 appellate opinion upholding the denial of compensation for Ford and his immediate descendants.

The (X) footnote refers to that opinion.


I. Glenn Ford's Wrongful Release    In 2013, the Caddo Parish District Attorney's Office stated that it had obtained credible evidence that Ford "was neither present at, nor a participant in, the robbery and murder of Isadore Rozeman," and filed a motion to vacate Ford's conviction and sentence. On March 10, 2014, the trial court granted the state's motion. Ford was released the following day after spending nearly 30 years on death row. (X)

The facts are that Ford, by his own admission,  was a principal participant in the robbery/murder, that he was, at the least,  guilty of second degree murder and Ford cannot be excluded from actually murdering Isadore Rozeman.

(2016) Justice C.J.  BROWN: "The evidence as presented supports Ford's guilt of second degree murder and that his connection was certainly not "tangential." (X)

The 2013 "credible evidence" for Ford's 2014 release came from a reliable informant, who remains anonymous.

Even reliable informants are known to be unreliable, occasionally. Informants are only as reliable as their sources, which was Jake Robinson, who, allegedly, stated, to the informant, that he (Robinson)  was the shooter of Isadore Robinson and that Glenn Ford was not there. Robinson is a career criminal, who no one trusts (1).

Glenn Ford, at his 1984 trial, did not deny being at the scene of the robbery/murder. Nor can he be excluded from committing the murder.

The record reflects that, at the time of the filing of the 2014 instant petition (to release Ford), two other individuals, Jake Robinson and Henry Robinson, were being prosecuted for the robbery and murder of Mr. Rozeman. (X)

Those charges, which originated from that informant, have, now, been dropped, for lack of evidence. 

That doesn't mean the informant was lying, although, such may be the case.  The informant's information could not be confirmed.

We know that Ford was released, based upon information that could not be confirmed.

The evidence of Glenn Ford's guilt is overwhelming, yet, he was released.

2016: "The (informant's) statement of the district attorney is not evidence, nor has Ford produced any evidence that he was not concerned in the commission of this crime. We find no manifest error in the trial judge's (2015) conclusion regarding Ford as a principal to this crime." (X)

2016: Justice J. DREW:   " . . . it is accurate to say that the trial court (2015) found that Ford committed armed robbery. Even if not present at the moment of a crime, a person can be convicted of that crime, if otherwise involved as a principal." (X) " . . . Ford arguably committed second degree murder arising out of the facts of this case. Had he actually been convicted of that crime, in a petit jury trial conducted in accordance with the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution, Ford would have never been released from prison." (X)

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False claims of "innocent" and "exonerated" death row inmates are a standard, every day anti death strategy (2).

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II. The Evidence of Glenn Ford's Guilt


Detective Ashley testified that a neighbor of Mr. Rozeman's had told investigating officers that he had seen Ford and Mr. Rozeman having a discussion a few days before the murder and that Ford appeared to have been upset over a debt related to the lawn mowing service. (X)

"From (Deming, a friend of Ford's), the police also learned that Ford had discussed purchasing a handgun, the night before or morning of the robbery/murder)." (X)

Alice Smith, Ford's landlord, also testified. On the morning of the robbery and murder, Ford advised Ms. Smith that he would be able to pay her rent later that day. Sometime in the late afternoon, Ford brought the rent to Ms. Smith. (X)

Ford stated that he and O.B. (Henry Robinson) went to Mr. Rozeman's neighborhood, the morning or early afternoon of Nov. 5. (X)

Ford stated that he saw Rozeman at 1:20 the day of the robbery/murder (X).

"Heidi and Spring James, two young neighbors of Mr. Rozeman, had seen Mr. Rozeman's yardman (Ford) in an alley adjacent to his property at approximately noon. Another neighbor placed (Ford) in the vicinity at between 1:30 and 2:00 p.m." (X)

Detective Ashley confirmed that there were several witnesses who placed Ford within one city block of Mr. Rozeman's house on the day of the murder (X).

Ford stated " . . . that the Robinson brothers had told him of their plan to rob Mr. Rozeman and asked him to join them, but that he declined to do so." (X)

That is contradicted, by Ford, who admitted going into the neighborhood, with Robinson, the day of the robbery/murder (X),

 . . .  further confirmed by  Detective Gary Pittman who testified that Ford admitted to him that he and Henry Robinson had been at Mr. Rozeman's house on the day of the murder . . .

and that Robinson had asked him about selling a gun, with Ford having spoken with two potential buyers about the .38. (X), the caliber used in the murder and presumed to be the murder weapon.

"In February police interviewed Marvella Brown, Jake Robinson's girl friend. She stated that Ford arrived at her apartment around noon the day of the offense, and asked the Robinsons, Is you still going? The three left, she said, returning around 3:00 p.m. with a sack containing jewelry. Ford carried a.22 pistol, and Jake Robinson had a .38." (X).

".  . . (customer) Ebrahim had spoken to Mr. Rozeman, he said, at approximately 2:30 p.m. (Nov. 5, 1983) and had arranged to meet him later that afternoon. (X) The timeline suggest he called him earlier.

The timeline indicates that Ebrahim discovered Isadore Rozeman's body around 2:45 pm.

The testimony of Heidi James, Chandra Nash, Joseph Nash and James Spring placed Ford at or near Mr. Rozeman's house on the day of the robbery and murder", inclusive of Ford still in the neighborhood when the ambulance arrived to pick up Rozeman's body. (X)

"Jake Robinson's girlfriend, Marvella Brown also testified at trial. She stated that Ford (who she called "Long Hair") was at her house the evening of the crime. Ford asked the Robinsons "if they were going," or "are we going?" Ms. Brown then testified that she saw the three men together a few hours later. She then stated that she saw Ford with a gun, that was not a .22 caliber. Ms. Brown then related that Jake Robinson showed her items of jewelry and a pocket watch and let her keep two of the rings, which she said she "was hiding" after she found out Mr. Rozeman was dead." (X).

In the punishment phase of the trial, Brown recanted all her testimony, stating that she had lied about everything. Based upon all the other evidence, including her original witness statement, above, it is most likely, that she was, originally, telling the truth and that her recantation was perjury. There was no reason for her to lie in the first place and very good reasons for her to lie in the second, as all knowing people were, rightly, afraid of the Robinson brothers (1). In addition, Brown's original statements fit with the timeline and the evidence.

The 5 appellate judges, in this 2016 opinion (X) didn't even mention her recantation. Why? They viewed it as having no credibility. They did, however, mention both her original witness statement and her testimony, confirming their belief in it.

Shortly after the robbery/murder, pawn shop receipts confirmed Ford had sold jewelry, confirmed as that which was stolen from Mr. Rozeman's shop (X). "(Ford) said he received these items from O.B. (Henry Robinson) and pawned them at his request." (X)  "(Police) found demitasse spoons, a cross, gold chains, a pill box and shirt studs, all similar to items customarily sold by Mr. Rozeman.",  later confirmed as those stolen from Rozeman (X).

The pawn tickets dated the day of the robbery and murder were introduced at trial and handwriting exemplars matched Ford's signature. Detective Gary Alderman testified that a search warrant executed on Ford's hotel room produced an antique spoon, gold chain, cufflink and four studs, which bore the same markings as studs found in a bag belonging to Henry Robinson. Richard Moore, an employee of the pawn shop, identified Ford as the individual who sold certain items (determined to have been from Mr. Rozeman's shop) at 5:00 p.m. on the day of the robbery and murder. (X)


Detective Ashley confirmed that Ford had stated that Henry Robinson  asked Ford to sell items connected to the robbery — which Ford then sold to the International Pawn Shop, at approximately 5:00 p.m., just two hours after Mr. Rozeman's body was found. (X)

From "Pouncey and White (friends of Ford's)",  . . . "the police also learned that Ford had attempted to sell a handgun that afternoon (the day of the robbery/murder)". (X) " (Ford) admitted to trying to sell (a gun) on behalf of O.B. (Henry  Robinson). (X) Alvin White and Clarence Pouncy each testified at trial that Ford approached them after the robbery and murder about purchasing a .38 pistol (X), the caliber of pistol used in the murder and, presumed, to be the murder weapon.

Ford had gunshot residue on his left hand. The residue was of such small amount that it could neither be confirmed nor denied that Ford fired a weapon (3).

There was a partial leaving fingerprints on the weapon.  That fingerprint did not exclude Ford, but could not be matched to him (3). That partial fingerprint excluded the other suspects (3).

"On November 11th Ford gave a fourth statement, implicating Henry and Jake Robinson in the murder." (X)

"In January of 1984, Donnie Thomas, a co-defendant's brother-in-law and Ford's cellmate, related to police that Ford had discussed with him the details of the robbery and murder. According to him, Ford was able to gain access to Mr. Rozeman's shop because he was recognized by his employer." (X)

The Rozeman family, as well as customers, confirmed that Isadore Rozeman used multiple bolted doors for security.

Trial commenced on November 26, 1984. The defense was alibi (X).

None of Ford's alibis could be confirmed.

 Ford testified at his trial. Ford did not deny (X):

-- "being with the other perpetrators of the crime, either before or after the murder; 

--  being at Mr. Rozeman's shop at the time of the murder/robbery;

--  attempting to sell a .38 caliber pistol;

--  pawning items taken in the robbery.

Ford told the jury that he did not commit 52 prior burglaries to which he pled guilty (X) . . . , likely, destroying any credibility that he may have had. (X)

Depending upon jurisdictions, only about 3-20% of burglaries are solved, indicating, by average, that Ford may have committed 472 burglaries at the time of his guilty plea. 

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Also review   
Guilty: Glenn Ford and Marty Stroud

http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2017/05/guilty-glenn-ford-marty-stroud.html

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III. Ford Must Be Denied Compensation

Ford has to prove his "actual innocence". Such is impossible. Ford is included in 3-4 felonies in this cases, which could, easily, have resulted in a life sentence and Ford cannot be excluded from being an actual participant in the robbery/murder.

And folks think Ford deserves $330,000? Incredible. If anyone deserves it, it is the Rozeman family, if justice means anything to you. 

"It is clear from a reading of the statute that the burden of proof in this case is on the petitioner. Ford must prove his factual innocence by clear and convincing evidence." " . . . the entire burden is on Ford to prove that he did not commit any crime based upon the same set of facts used in the original conviction." (X)

"The argument that Louisiana's statute is inherently unfair is misplaced and misleading, especially when comparison is made to the other jurisdictions that have analogous statutes." (X)

Read this carefully, from the 2016 ruling:

" . . . at the (2015) compensation hearing, Ford did not refute or explain these assertions (against him)  . . .   glaringly significant  . . . an adverse presumption exists when a party having control of a favorable witness fails to call him or her to testify.  . . .   Ford's failure to testify, and potentially explain that he was not involved in other criminal activity on the day of the murder, and for some time before and after it, corroborates Ford's actual commission of other crimes. Ford had no privilege against testifying, constitutional or statutory . . . Ford committed other crimes . . . confirmed by Ford's resounding silence at the compensation hearing." (X)

Ford failed to disprove that he committed the crimes of possession of stolen goods, accessory after the fact and being a principal to the armed robbery. In fact, he admitted to them.

 "  . . .  the overwhelming evidence of Ford's knowledge of and involvement in the criminal activity that day and night: his participation in selling the stolen property from the robbery; his acting as a lookout; meeting with Jake Robinson and Henry Robinson before and after the crime; and his attempts to procure buyers for the probable murder weapon." (X)

"The testimony of Ms. Brown that Ford was with the Robinsons prior to the robbery and murder and asked if the three "were going to go," coupled with his presence at Mr. Rozeman's on the day of the crime and activity around the shop, could be construed as "casing" the shop. These actions could easily be construed as showing Ford's knowledge of the planned crime." (X)

Ford admitted his prior knowledge.

"The evidence clearly establishes that Ford took the stolen items and sold them at the pawn shop. Ford's argument that there is no evidence as to how he came into possession of the items is without foundation. . . .  Ford failed to prove by clear and convincing evidence that he was not in illegal possession of stolen things." (X)

"Ford was aware of the plan to rob Mr. Rozeman. . .  agreed to sell some of the stolen items in his name, which he did  . . . agreed to procure buyers for the .38 caliber pistol  . . . the trial judge concluded that the evidence "clearly established" that Ford was trying to help the Robinsons avoid arrest. Accessory after the fact, which — in this case concealed the identity of murderers — may well be the type of crime which the legislature contemplated as a crime unworthy of compensation. She stated that Ford's "willingness and attempts to find a buyer for the weapon used in the crime" added to the fact that he was assisting the Robinsons. These conclusions are well supported by the record and we agree with the trial judge that Ford's assertion that he did not know the items were stolen is unbelievable. We find no manifest error in the finding that Ford failed to carry his burden of disproving his commission of accessory after the fact." (X)

"Henry Robinson had told Ford of the plan to rob Mr. Rozeman. Ford also emphasizes the state's assertion, in its motion to vacate, that he was "neither present nor a participant in the robbery and murder of Isadore Rozeman." First, the overwhelming evidence in the record before us supports the conclusion that Ford was concerned in the commission of this crime. Despite his purported absence, Ford aided in its commission in several respects." (X)

" . . . the evidence also supports a finding that Ford was engaged in a criminal conspiracy . . . the uncontroverted evidence shows that Ford knew of the plan to rob Mr. Rozeman and committed an act in furtherance of the crime by his presence around the shop prior to and after the crime and agreeing to sell the stolen items and murder weapon . . . Ford committed criminal conspiracy. Yet, Ford presented no evidence whatsoever to rebut such a finding." (X)

" . . .  Ford failed to prove by clear and convincing evidence that he did not commit any crime based upon the facts used in his conviction, as required . . . the trial court was clearly correct in finding that Ford is not entitled to compensation for wrongful conviction under the subject statute." (X)

"As a final note, in light of our holding that Ford is not entitled to compensation, we pretermit any discussion of the heritability of the wrongful conviction compensation cause of action." "For the foregoing reasons, the judgment of the trial court denying the petition of Glenn Ford, through Andrea Armstrong, the executrix of the estate of Glenn Ford, for compensation under La. R.S. 15:572.8 is affirmed at the cost of petitioner/appellant." (X)

Justice J  DREW:  "In this civil case, the trial court ruled that Mr. Ford was not entitled to compensation, finding that he failed to prove by clear and convincing evidence that he did not commit multiple felonies emanating directly from the facts of this robbery/murder. The burden here was on Ford, not the state." (X)

"The (2015) trial court produced sound and organized reasons for judgment . . .  The court's hard work, diligence, and fairness are noted and appreciated." (X)

"This record reveals that the defendant committed at least two felonies arising from the facts of the robbery/murder: illegal possession of stolen things and accessory after the fact to first degree murder. Besides these two crimes, the compensation court also found that Ford was a principal to the crime of armed robbery." (X)

Why would, anyone, find that this career criminal deserved compensation? It's just foul.

Give the money to the most deserving Rozemans and/or to some of Ford's 52 known burglary victims.

Remember Isadore Rozeman

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As per the Death Penalty Information Center's normal absurdities, Ford is listed as no. 144 on their "innocent" or "exonerated" from death row list.


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1) CPSO detective committed to solving cold cases, Vickie Welborn, Shreveport Times, July 21, 2014, 

2)  a) The Innocent Frauds: Standard Anti Death Penalty Strategy
READ SECTIONS 3&4 FIRST

    b)  The 4.1% "Innocent" on Death Row: More Nonsense

   c)  Innocence Project Invents False Confessions: 150% fraud rate in "confessions"?

3) STATE v. FORD, No. 85-KA-1039.489 So.2d 1250 (1986), STATE of Louisiana v. Glenn FORD. Supreme Court of Louisiana. March 31, 1986. Rehearing Denied May 30, 1986.
http://www.leagle.com/decision/19861739489So2d1250_11479/STATE%20v.%20FORD

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Victim's Voices - These are the murder victims
www.murdervictims.com/Voices/voices.html


          Judge Michael Luttig's victim impact statement    
Judge Michael Luttig's victim impact statement
Upon the sentencing of the two men who murdered his beloved father in front of his mother.
 
STATEMENT OF MICHAEL LUTTIG
 
May it please the Court.
 
It is one of life's ironies that I appear before the Court for the reason that I do. But I do so to represent my dad -- who is not here -- and his wife, and daughters. His family, my family.
 
More than anything else, I do this to honor him, because if the roles were reversed, he would be standing here today. Of this I am certain.
 
I also owe this to the other victims of violent crime who either stand silently by, or who speak and are not heard. I owe it to the public. I owe it, as well, to Donald and Cedric Coleman, who may yet not understand the magnitude of the losses they inflicted on the night of April 19.
 
Words seem trite in describing what follows when your husband is murdered in your presence, when your father is stripped from your life. The horror, the agony, the emptiness, the despair, the chaos, the confusion, the sense -- perhaps temporary, but perhaps not -- that one's life no longer has any purpose, the doubt, the hopelessness.
 
There are no words that can possibly describe it, and all it entails. But being the victim of a violent crime such as this is at least these things. Exactly these things in my family's case; the equivalent of these things in the countless other cases.
 
 
While it is happening and in the seconds and the minutes thereafter . . .
 
....it's the sheer horror of half-clothed people with guns storming up your driveway toward you in the dark of night, when you are totally defenseless
....it's what must be the terrifying realization that you are first about to be, and then actually being, murdered
.... it's perhaps seeing in your last moment what in your mind you know was the murder of your wife
.... it's crawling on the floor of your own garage in the grease and filth, pretending you're dead, so that you won't be shot through the head by the person who just murdered your husband
.... it's realizing your husband has been gunned down in your driveway on your return from the final class you needed to complete your education -- an education that had been the goal of both of you since the day you were married
.... it's knowing that the reason that your husband was with you -- indeed, the reason that you were in the car that night at all -- is that his Christmas gift to you the previous year was the promise that you could take the class and that he would take you to and from, so that nothing would happen to you
.... it's mercilessly punishing yourself over whether you could have done something, anything at all, to have stopped the killing.
 
 
Moments later, across a continent . . . 

.... it's being frightened out of your mind in the middle of the night by a frantic banging on your door -- calling the police, then canceling the call -- and then answering the door. Your body goes limp as you see one of your best friends standing in the doorway. No words need even be spoken. For you know that the worst in life has happened. Then, he tells you: "Your mom just called. Father was murdered in the driveway of your home."
.... it's realizing that, at that very moment, the man you have worshipped all your life is lying on his back in your driveway with two bullets through his head.Across the globe. .
.... it's your husband taking the emergency international call, pulling down the receiver, fumbling for the words, as he starts to deliver the news. "This is the hardest thing I will ever have to tell you," he begins. Then, it is the calls home, or at least to what used to be home, first one, then the other. In eerie, stunned calmness, you hear your mother utter the feared confirmation: "Yes, your dad was just murdered. You better come home." Now you believe.
 
 
Within hours . . .
 
.... it's arriving home to television cameras in your front yard, to see your house cordoned off by police lines; police conducting ballistics and forensics tests, and studying the place in the driveway where your father had finally fallen dead -- all as if it were a set from a television production
.... it's going down to the store where your dad had always shopped for clothes, to buy a shirt, a tie that will match his suit, and a package of three sets of underwear (you can only buy them in sets of three) so your dad will look nice when he is buried
.... it's being called by the funeral home and told that it recommends that the casket be closed and that perhaps your mom, sister, and wife should not see the body -- and you know why, without even asking
.... it's walking into the viewing room at the funeral home and having your sister cry out that that just can't be him, it just can't be.
 
 
In the days that follow . . .
 
.... it's living in a hotel in your own hometown, blocks away from where you have lived your whole life, because you just can't bear to go back
.... it's packing up the family home, item by item, memory by memory, as if all of the lives that were there only hours before are no more
.... it's reading the letters from you, your sister, and your wife, that your dad secreted away in his most private places, unbeknownst to you, realizing that the ones he invariably saved were the ones that just said "thanks" or "I love you." And really understanding for the first time that that truly was all that he ever needed to hear or to receive in return, just as he always told you
.... it's carefully folding each or your husband's shirts, as you have always done, so that they will be neat when they are given away
.... it's watching your mother do this, in your own mind begging her to stop
.... it's cleaning out your dad's sock drawer, his underwear drawer, his ties
.... it's packing up your dad's office for him, from the family picture to the last pen and pencil
.... it's reading the brochures in his top drawer about the fishing trip you and he were to take in two months -- the trip that your mother had asked you to go on because it meant so much to your dad.
 
 
In the weeks thereafter . . .
 
.... it's living in absolute terror, not knowing who had murdered your husband and tried to murder you, but realizing that often such people come back to complete the deed, and wondering if they would return this time
.... it's furiously writing down the license number of every Ford Probe for no reason other than it was a Ford Probe, hoping that through serendipity, it might be, and sometimes fearing, that that is exactly what might happen
.... it's never spending another night in your own home because the pain is too great and the memories too fresh
.... it's all day every day, and all night, racking your brain to the point of literal exhaustion over who possibly could have done this. It's questioningly looking in the corners of every relationship, to the point that, at times, you are almost ashamed of yourself. Yet you have no choice but to continue, because, as they say, it could be anyone
.... it's thinking the unthinkable, that perhaps the act was in retaliation for something you had done in your job. You ask yourself, "If it was, should I just walk away?"
.... it's watching the re-enactment of your dad's, your husband's murder on television, day and night, and every time you pick up the newspaper
.... it's reading the "wanted" poster for the people who murdered him, while checking out at the grocery store
.... it's telling your family night after night that it will be all right, when you don't believe it yourself.
 
 
Then they are finally found, and . . .
 
.... it's collapsing on the kitchen floor when you are told -- not from relief, but from the ultimate despair in learning that your husband was indeed killed for nothing but a car, and in an act so random as to defy comprehension
.... it's watching your mother collapse on the floor when she hears this news and knowing that she will not just have to relive the fateful night in her own mind, now she will have to relive it in public courtrooms, over and over again, for months on end.In the months that follow. .
.... it's putting the family home up for sale and being told that everyone thinks it is beautiful, but they just don't think they could live there, because a murder took place in the driveway
.... it's the humiliation of being told by the credit card companies, after they closed your husband's accounts because of his death, that they are unable to extend you credit because you are not currently employed
.... it's receiving an anonymous call that begins, "I just learned of the brutal carjacking and murder of your father," and that ends by saying. "I only wish your mother had been raped and murdered, too."
.... it's the crushing anxiety of awaiting the trauma and uncertainties of public trials.The day arrives, and. .
.... it's listening, for the first time, to the tape of your mother's 911 call to report that her husband, your father, had been murdered. Hearing the terror in her voice. Catching yourself before you pass out from the shock of knowing that, through that tape, you are present at the very moment it all happened
.... it's hearing the autopsy report on how the bullets entered your father's skull, penetrated and exited his brain, and went through his shoulder and arm
.... it's listening to testimony as to how long he might have been conscious, and thus aware of what was happening -- not just to him but to the woman that he had always said he would give his life for
.... it's looking at the photographs of your dad lying in the driveway in a pool of blood, as they are projected on a large screen before your friends and family, and before what might as well be the whole world
.... it's having to ask your son what the expression was on your husband's face
.... it's listening to a confession in which the person says that he just thought your dad was "playing possum."
.... it's listening to your own mother, a lady of ultimate grace, testify publicly as to how she crawled under the car, in the grease and the filth, to avoid being murdered
.... it's hearing her say that the only thing she could think of was what it was going to be like to be shot through the back of the head
.... it's watching her face as she relives that night, time and again.
 
 
As the trauma of the trial subsides . . .
 
.... it's getting down on your hands and knees and straightening your dad's new grave marker and packing the fresh dirt around it, so that it will be perfect, as he always insisted that things be for you
.... it's sitting across from each other at Thanksgiving dinner, each knowing that there is but one thing on the other's mind, yet pretending otherwise for their sake
.... it's telling your wife that the meat was great, when you could barely keep it down and hardly wait to finish
.... it's trying to pick out a Christmas gift for your mother that your dad would have picked out for her
.... it's sitting beside your father's grave into the night in 30-degree weather, so that he won't be alone on the first Christmas
.... it's putting up, by yourself, the basketball goal that you got last Christmas so that you and your dad could relive memories as you passed the years together
.... it's finishing by yourself all of the projects that you have not an idea how to do, and that your dad had said, "Save for the summer and we'll do them together. I'll show you how."
.... it's hearing your 2-year-old daughter ask for "Pawpaw" and seeing your wife choke back the tears and tell her, "He's gone now, he's in heaven."... it's having the clothes your dad was most proud of altered, so you can wear them in his honor
.... it's wondering whether your wearing the clothes will be too painful for your mother.
 
 
In the larger sense . . .

.... it's shaking every time you drive into a darkened driveway
.... it's feeling your body get rigid every time that you drive into a garage
.... it's being nervous every time you walk to your car, even in the open daylight
.... it's being scared to answer any phone call or any knock at the door at night (or, for that matter, during the day) because another messenger may be calling.
 
 
Finally, it's the long-term effects . . .
 
.... it's the inexplicable sense of embarrassment when you tell someone that your husband or your father was murdered -- almost a sense of guilt over injecting ugliness into their lives
.... it's going out to dinner alone, knowing that you will be going out alone the rest of your life
.... it's that feeling -- wrong, but inevitable -- that you will always be the fifth wheel
.... it's living the rest of your life with the fact that your husband, your father, suffered one of the most horrifying deaths possible
.... it's never knowing, yet fearing that you know all too well, what those final moments must have been like
.... it's constantly visualizing yourself in his place that night, moment by excruciating moment
.... it's realizing that you will never even get the chance to repay your dad for making your dreams come true
.... it's living with the uncomfortable irony that he lived just long enough to see to it that your dreams came true, but that his never will
.... it's knowing you never had, and will never have, that one last time to say thanks for giving me, first, life itself, and then, all that it holds.
 
 
And . . .

.... it's knowing that this is only the beginning and the worst is yet to come
.... The haunting images
.... The emptiness
.... The loneliness
.... The directionlessness
.... The sickening sense that it all ended some time ago, and that you are but biding time.
 
 
Of course, for my mother, my sister, my wife and I, the sun will come up again, but it will never come up again for the real victim of this crime. Not only will he never see what he worked a lifetime for, and was finally within reach of obtaining. That would be tragedy enough. But, even worse, he died knowing that the only thing that ever could have ruined his life had come to pass -- that his wife and his family might have to suffer the kind of pain that is now ours -- and he was helpless to prevent it even as he saw its inevitability.
 
We live by law in this county so that, ideally, no one will ever have to know what it is like to be a victim of such violent crime. If I had any wish, any wish in the world, it would be that no one ever again would have to go through what my mother and my father experienced on the night of April 19, what my family has endured since and must carry with us the rest of our lives.
 
Crimes such as that committed against my family are intolerable in any society that calls itself not only free, but civilized. The law recognizes as much, and it provides for punishment that will ensure at least that others will not suffer again at the same hands, even if it does not prevent recurrence at the hands of others. On behalf of my dad, and on behalf of my mother and family, I respectfully request that these who committed this brutal crime receive the full punishment that the law provides.
 
Three people were needed to complete this crime. Each of the three was as instrumental to its success as the other. There were no passive bystanders among the gang that executed my dad.
 
Thank you, Your Honor.
 
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Napoleon Beazly was executed May 28, 2002, for being the triggerman in this murder, attempted murder and carjacking
 
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This victim impact statement can be found throughout the web, inclusive of here:
 
 

 

          Why DC Comics Fans Shouldn’t Panic About Future Movies Like ‘Wonder Woman’   

The re-launch of DC Comics movies has been anything but smooth, particularly for fans of the original comics.

Both March’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and this month’s “Suicide Squad” recorded steep box office drops in their second weekend of release — and an anonymous open letter to Warner Bros. Entertainment chairman Kevin Tsujihara emerged last week claiming  trouble behind the scenes for next year’s “Wonder Woman” starring Gal Gadot.

But those alarm bells may be premature — since the cavalry is on the way (and not a moment too soon for some nay-sayers).

What that cowardly letter posted to Pajiba failed to point out is that DC Films has a very big ace up its sleeve in Geoff Johns, who has won numerous awards as a writer for his excellent work in comics like “The Flash” and a beloved “Superman” story with the villain Brainiac.

In the wake of the reception from fans to “Batman v Superman,” Tsujihara smartly promoted Johns from DC Comics’ Chief Creative Officer to co-president of DC Entertainment with longtime studio exec Jon Berg.

That alone should get fanboys excited because the duo serve as co-producers for the upcoming DC Films, including the “Justice League” movies (along with new onscreen Batman Ben Affleck).

Johns and Affleck are currently co-writing the screenplay for a stand-alone “Batman” movie, directed by and starring Affleck, and he’s credited as co-writer (with Alan Heinberg) on director Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman,” due next June. He also gets a story writer credit for “Aquaman” with director James Wan.

Here is the kicker: Geoff Johns was recruited by the filmmakers themselves to work on these movies, according to sources close to the studio, and didn’t pitch or assign himself to the projects.

The fact that three different filmmakers asked for Johns’ input should speak volumes for fans since a comics-savvy guy will play a critical role in shaping the upcoming DC movies — even if he’s arriving too late to influence this year’s two projects, which have taken a drubbing from critics.

So before fanboys hit the panic button, the studio is giving Johns the opportunity to emerge as the fan-centric playmaker who can successfully go on offense and create a Marvel-style shared universe for Warner.

Related stories from TheWrap:

'Man of Steel 2': The Top 5 Superman Villains We Hope To See in the Sequel

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Inside the Fight for 'Suicide Squad': Director Pressured to Lighten Dark Vision


          The Critic as Artist by Oscar Wilde   


THE CRITIC AS ARTIST: WITH SOME REMARKS UPON THE IMPORTANCE OF DOING NOTHING



A DIALOGUE. Part I. Persons: Gilbert and Ernest. Scene: the library of a house in Piccadilly, overlooking the Green Park.



GILBERT (at the Piano). My dear Ernest, what are you laughing at?



ERNEST (looking up). At a capital story that I have just come across in this volume of Reminiscences that I have found on your table.



GILBERT. What is the book? Ah! I see. I have not read it yet. Is it good?



ERNEST. Well, while you have been playing, I have been turning over the pages with some amusement, though, as a rule, I dislike modern memoirs. They are generally written by people who have either entirely lost their memories, or have never done anything worth remembering; which, however, is, no doubt, the true explanation of their popularity, as the English public always feels perfectly at its ease when a mediocrity is talking to it.



GILBERT. Yes: the public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius. But I must confess that I like all memoirs. I like them for their form, just as much as for their matter. In literature mere egotism is delightful. It is what fascinates us in the letters of personalities so different as Cicero and Balzac, Flaubert and Berlioz, Byron and Madame de Sevigne. Whenever we come across it, and, strangely enough, it is rather rare, we cannot but welcome it, and do not easily forget it. Humanity will always love Rousseau for having confessed his sins, not to a priest, but to the world, and the couchant nymphs that Cellini wrought in bronze for the castle of King Francis, the green and gold Perseus, even, that in the open Loggia at Florence shows the moon the dead terror that once turned life to stone, have not given it more pleasure than has that autobiography in which the supreme scoundrel of the Renaissance relates the story of his splendour and his shame. The opinions, the character, the achievements of the man, matter very little. He may be a sceptic like the gentle Sieur de Montaigne, or a saint like the bitter son of Monica, but when he tells us his own secrets he can always charm our ears to listening and our lips to silence. The mode of thought that Cardinal Newman represented--if that can be called a mode of thought which seeks to solve intellectual problems by a denial of the supremacy of the intellect--may not, cannot, I think, survive. But the world will never weary of watching that troubled soul in its progress from darkness to darkness. The lonely church at Littlemore, where 'the breath of the morning is damp, and worshippers are few,' will always be dear to it, and whenever men see the yellow snapdragon blossoming on the wall of Trinity they will think of that gracious undergraduate who saw in the flower's sure recurrence a prophecy that he would abide for ever with the Benign Mother of his days--a prophecy that Faith, in her wisdom or her folly, suffered not to be fulfilled. Yes; autobiography is irresistible. Poor, silly, conceited Mr. Secretary Pepys has chattered his way into the circle of the Immortals, and, conscious that indiscretion is the better part of valour, bustles about among them in that 'shaggy purple gown with gold buttons and looped lace' which he is so fond of describing to us, perfectly at his ease, and prattling, to his own and our infinite pleasure, of the Indian blue petticoat that he bought for his wife, of the 'good hog's hars- let,' and the 'pleasant French fricassee of veal' that he loved to eat, of his game of bowls with Will Joyce, and his 'gadding after beauties,' and his reciting of Hamlet on a Sunday, and his playing of the viol on week days, and other wicked or trivial things. Even in actual life egotism is not without its attractions. When people talk to us about others they are usually dull. When they talk to us about themselves they are nearly always interesting, and if one could shut them up, when they become wearisome, as easily as one can shut up a book of which one has grown wearied, they would be perfect absolutely.



ERNEST. There is much virtue in that If, as Touchstone would say. But do you seriously propose that every man should become his own Boswell? What would become of our industrious compilers of Lives and Recollections in that case?



GILBERT. What has become of them? They are the pest of the age, nothing more and nothing less. Every great man nowadays has his disciples, and it is always Judas who writes the biography.



ERNEST. My dear fellow!



GILBERT. I am afraid it is true. Formerly we used to canonise our heroes. The modern method is to vulgarise them. Cheap editions of great books may be delightful, but cheap editions of great men are absolutely detestable.



ERNEST. May I ask, Gilbert, to whom you allude?



GILBERT. Oh! to all our second-rate litterateurs. We are overrun by a set of people who, when poet or painter passes away, arrive at the house along with the undertaker, and forget that their one duty is to behave as mutes. But we won't talk about them. They are the mere body-snatchers of literature. The dust is given to one, and the ashes to another, and the soul is out of their reach. And now, let me play Chopin to you, or Dvorak? Shall I play you a fantasy by Dvorak? He writes passionate, curiously-coloured things.



ERNEST. No; I don't want music just at present. It is far too indefinite. Besides, I took the Baroness Bernstein down to dinner last night, and, though absolutely charming in every other respect, she insisted on discussing music as if it were actually written in the German language. Now, whatever music sounds like I am glad to say that it does not sound in the smallest degree like German. There are forms of patriotism that are really quite degrading. No; Gilbert, don't play any more. Turn round and talk to me. Talk to me till the white-horned day comes into the room. There is something in your voice that is wonderful.



GILBERT (rising from the piano). I am not in a mood for talking to-night. I really am not. How horrid of you to smile! Where are the cigarettes? Thanks. How exquisite these single daffodils are! They seem to be made of amber and cool ivory. They are like Greek things of the best period. What was the story in the confessions of the remorseful Academician that made you laugh? Tell it to me. After playing Chopin, I feel as if I had been weeping over sins that I had never committed, and mourning over tragedies that were not my own. Music always seems to me to produce that effect. It creates for one a past of which one has been ignorant, and fills one with a sense of sorrows that have been hidden from one's tears. I can fancy a man who had led a perfectly commonplace life, hearing by chance some curious piece of music, and suddenly discovering that his soul, without his being conscious of it, had passed through terrible experiences, and known fearful joys, or wild romantic loves, or great renunciations. And so tell me this story, Ernest. I want to be amused.



ERNEST. Oh! I don't know that it is of any importance. But I thought it a really admirable illustration of the true value of ordinary art-criticism. It seems that a lady once gravely asked the remorseful Academician, as you call him, if his celebrated picture of 'A Spring-Day at Whiteley's,' or, 'Waiting for the Last Omnibus,' or some subject of that kind, was all painted by hand?



GILBERT. And was it?



ERNEST. You are quite incorrigible. But, seriously speaking, what is the use of art-criticism? Why cannot the artist be left alone, to create a new world if he wishes it, or, if not, to shadow forth the world which we already know, and of which, I fancy, we would each one of us be wearied if Art, with her fine spirit of choice and delicate instinct of selection, did not, as it were, purify it for us, and give to it a momentary perfection. It seems to me that the imagination spreads, or should spread, a solitude around it, and works best in silence and in isolation. Why should the artist be troubled by the shrill clamour of criticism? Why should those who cannot create take upon themselves to estimate the value of creative work? What can they know about it? If a man's work is easy to understand, an explanation is unnecessary. . . .



GILBERT. And if his work is incomprehensible, an explanation is wicked.



ERNEST. I did not say that.



GILBERT. Ah! but you should have. Nowadays, we have so few mysteries left to us that we cannot afford to part with one of them. The members of the Browning Society, like the theologians of the Broad Church Party, or the authors of Mr. Walter Scott's Great Writers Series, seem to me to spend their time in trying to explain their divinity away. Where one had hoped that Browning was a mystic they have sought to show that he was simply inarticulate. Where one had fancied that he had something to conceal, they have proved that he had but little to reveal. But I speak merely of his incoherent work. Taken as a whole the man was great. He did not belong to the Olympians, and had all the incompleteness of the Titan. He did not survey, and it was but rarely that he could sing. His work is marred by struggle, violence and effort, and he passed not from emotion to form, but from thought to chaos. Still, he was great. He has been called a thinker, and was certainly a man who was always thinking, and always thinking aloud; but it was not thought that fascinated him, but rather the processes by which thought moves. It was the machine he loved, not what the machine makes. The method by which the fool arrives at his folly was as dear to him as the ultimate wisdom of the wise. So much, indeed, did the subtle mechanism of mind fascinate him that he despised language, or looked upon it as an incomplete instrument of expression. Rhyme, that exquisite echo which in the Muse's hollow hill creates and answers its own voice; rhyme, which in the hands of the real artist becomes not merely a material element of metrical beauty, but a spiritual element of thought and passion also, waking a new mood, it may be, or stirring a fresh train of ideas, or opening by mere sweetness and suggestion of sound some golden door at which the Imagination itself had knocked in vain; rhyme, which can turn man's utterance to the speech of gods; rhyme, the one chord we have added to the Greek lyre, became in Robert Browning's hands a grotesque, misshapen thing, which at times made him masquerade in poetry as a low comedian, and ride Pegasus too often with his tongue in his cheek. There are moments when he wounds us by monstrous music. Nay, if he can only get his music by breaking the strings of his lute, he breaks them, and they snap in discord, and no Athenian tettix, making melody from tremulous wings, lights on the ivory horn to make the movement perfect, or the interval less harsh. Yet, he was great: and though he turned language into ignoble clay, he made from it men and women that live. He is the most Shakespearian creature since Shakespeare. If Shakespeare could sing with myriad lips, Browning could stammer through a thousand mouths. Even now, as I am speaking, and speaking not against him but for him, there glides through the room the pageant of his persons. There, creeps Fra Lippo Lippi with his cheeks still burning from some girl's hot kiss. There, stands dread Saul with the lordly male-sapphires gleaming in his turban. Mildred Tresham is there, and the Spanish monk, yellow with hatred, and Blougram, and Ben Ezra, and the Bishop of St. Praxed's. The spawn of Setebos gibbers in the corner, and Sebald, hearing Pippa pass by, looks on Ottima's haggard face, and loathes her and his own sin, and himself. Pale as the white satin of his doublet, the melancholy king watches with dreamy treacherous eyes too loyal Strafford pass forth to his doom, and Andrea shudders as he hears the cousins whistle in the garden, and bids his perfect wife go down. Yes, Browning was great. And as what will he be remembered? As a poet? Ah, not as a poet! He will be remembered as a writer of fiction, as the most supreme writer of fiction, it may be, that we have ever had. His sense of dramatic situation was unrivalled, and, if he could not answer his own problems, he could at least put problems forth, and what more should an artist do? Considered from the point of view of a creator of character he ranks next to him who made Hamlet. Had he been articulate, he might have sat beside him. The only man who can touch the hem of his garment is George Meredith. Meredith is a prose Browning, and so is Browning. He used poetry as a medium for writing in prose.



ERNEST. There is something in what you say, but there is not everything in what you say. In many points you are unjust.



GILBERT. It is difficult not to be unjust to what one loves. But let us return to the particular point at issue. What was it that you said?



ERNEST. Simply this: that in the best days of art there were no art-critics.



GILBERT. I seem to have heard that observation before, Ernest. It has all the vitality of error and all the tediousness of an old friend.



ERNEST. It is true. Yes: there is no use your tossing your head in that petulant manner. It is quite true. In the best days of art there were no art-critics. The sculptor hewed from the marble block the great white-limbed Hermes that slept within it. The waxers and gilders of images gave tone and texture to the statue, and the world, when it saw it, worshipped and was dumb. He poured the glowing bronze into the mould of sand, and the river of red metal cooled into noble curves and took the impress of the body of a god. With enamel or polished jewels he gave sight to the sightless eyes. The hyacinth-like curls grew crisp beneath his graver. And when, in some dim frescoed fane, or pillared sunlit portico, the child of Leto stood upon his pedestal, those who passed by, [Greek text which cannot be reproduced], became conscious of a new influence that had come across their lives, and dreamily, or with a sense of strange and quickening joy, went to their homes or daily labour, or wandered, it may be, through the city gates to that nymph-haunted meadow where young Phaedrus bathed his feet, and, lying there on the soft grass, beneath the tall wind--whispering planes and flowering agnus castus, began to think of the wonder of beauty, and grew silent with unaccustomed awe. In those days the artist was free. From the river valley he took the fine clay in his fingers, and with a little tool of wood or bone, fashioned it into forms so exquisite that the people gave them to the dead as their playthings, and we find them still in the dusty tombs on the yellow hillside by Tanagra, with the faint gold and the fading crimson still lingering about hair and lips and raiment. On a wall of fresh plaster, stained with bright sandyx or mixed with milk and saffron, he pictured one who trod with tired feet the purple white-starred fields of asphodel, one 'in whose eyelids lay the whole of the Trojan War,' Polyxena, the daughter of Priam; or figured Odysseus, the wise and cunning, bound by tight cords to the mast-step, that he might listen without hurt to the singing of the Sirens, or wandering by the clear river of Acheron, where the ghosts of fishes flitted over the pebbly bed; or showed the Persian in trews and mitre flying before the Greek at Marathon, or the galleys clashing their beaks of brass in the little Salaminian bay. He drew with silver-point and charcoal upon parchment and prepared cedar. Upon ivory and rose-coloured terracotta he painted with wax, making the wax fluid with juice of olives, and with heated irons making it firm. Panel and marble and linen canvas became wonderful as his brush swept across them; and life seeing her own image, was still, and dared not speak. All life, indeed, was his, from the merchants seated in the market-place to the cloaked shepherd lying on the hill; from the nymph hidden in the laurels and the faun that pipes at noon, to the king whom, in long green- curtained litter, slaves bore upon oil-bright shoulders, and fanned with peacock fans. Men and women, with pleasure or sorrow in their faces, passed before him. He watched them, and their secret became his. Through form and colour he re-created a world.



All subtle arts belonged to him also. He held the gem against the revolving disk, and the amethyst became the purple couch for Adonis, and across the veined sardonyx sped Artemis with her hounds. He beat out the gold into roses, and strung them together for necklace or armlet. He beat out the gold into wreaths for the conqueror's helmet, or into palmates for the Tyrian robe, or into masks for the royal dead. On the back of the silver mirror he graved Thetis borne by her Nereids, or love-sick Phaedra with her nurse, or Persephone, weary of memory, putting poppies in her hair. The potter sat in his shed, and, flower-like from the silent wheel, the vase rose up beneath his hands. He decorated the base and stem and ears with pattern of dainty olive-leaf, or foliated acanthus, or curved and crested wave. Then in black or red he painted lads wrestling, or in the race: knights in full armour, with strange heraldic shields and curious visors, leaning from shell-shaped chariot over rearing steeds: the gods seated at the feast or working their miracles: the heroes in their victory or in their pain. Sometimes he would etch in thin vermilion lines upon a ground of white the languid bridegroom and his bride, with Eros hovering round them--an Eros like one of Donatello's angels, a little laughing thing with gilded or with azure wings. On the curved side he would write the name of his friend. [Greek text which cannot be reproduced] or [Greek text which cannot be reproduced] tells us the story of his days. Again, on the rim of the wide flat cup he would draw the stag browsing, or the lion at rest, as his fancy willed it. From the tiny perfume-bottle laughed Aphrodite at her toilet, and, with bare-limbed Maenads in his train, Dionysus danced round the wine-jar on naked must-stained feet, while, satyr-like, the old Silenus sprawled upon the bloated skins, or shook that magic spear which was tipped with a fretted fir-cone, and wreathed with dark ivy. And no one came to trouble the artist at his work. No irresponsible chatter disturbed him. He was not worried by opinions. By the Ilyssus, says Arnold somewhere, there was no Higginbotham. By the Ilyssus, my dear Gilbert, there were no silly art congresses bringing provincialism to the provinces and teaching the mediocrity how to mouth. By the Ilyssus there were no tedious magazines about art, in which the industrious prattle of what they do not understand. On the reed- grown banks of that little stream strutted no ridiculous journalism monopolising the seat of judgment when it should be apologising in the dock. The Greeks had no art-critics.



GILBERT. Ernest, you are quite delightful, but your views are terribly unsound. I am afraid that you have been listening to the conversation of some one older than yourself. That is always a dangerous thing to do, and if you allow it to degenerate into a habit you will find it absolutely fatal to any intellectual development. As for modern journalism, it is not my business to defend it. It justifies its own existence by the great Darwinian principle of the survival of the vulgarest. I have merely to do with literature.



ERNEST. But what is the difference between literature and journalism?



GILBERT. Oh! journalism is unreadable, and literature is not read. That is all. But with regard to your statement that the Greeks had no art-critics, I assure you that is quite absurd. It would be more just to say that the Greeks were a nation of art-critics.



ERNEST. Really?



GILBERT. Yes, a nation of art-critics. But I don't wish to destroy the delightfully unreal picture that you have drawn of the relation of the Hellenic artist to the intellectual spirit of his age. To give an accurate description of what has never occurred is not merely the proper occupation of the historian, but the inalienable privilege of any man of parts and culture. Still less do I desire to talk learnedly. Learned conversation is either the affectation of the ignorant or the profession of the mentally unemployed. And, as for what is called improving conversation, that is merely the foolish method by which the still more foolish philanthropist feebly tries to disarm the just rancour of the criminal classes. No: let me play to you some mad scarlet thing by Dvorak. The pallid figures on the tapestry are smiling at us, and the heavy eyelids of my bronze Narcissus are folded in sleep. Don't let us discuss anything solemnly. I am but too conscious of the fact that we are born in an age when only the dull are treated seriously, and I live in terror of not being misunderstood. Don't degrade me into the position of giving you useful information. Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught. Through the parted curtains of the window I see the moon like a clipped piece of silver. Like gilded bees the stars cluster round her. The sky is a hard hollow sapphire. Let us go out into the night. Thought is wonderful, but adventure is more wonderful still. Who knows but we may meet Prince Florizel of Bohemia, and hear the fair Cuban tell us that she is not what she seems?



ERNEST. You are horribly wilful. I insist on your discussing this matter with me. You have said that the Greeks were a nation of art-critics. What art-criticism have they left us?



GILBERT. My dear Ernest, even if not a single fragment of art- criticism had come down to us from Hellenic or Hellenistic days, it would be none the less true that the Greeks were a nation of art- critics, and that they invented the criticism of art just as they invented the criticism of everything else. For, after all, what is our primary debt to the Greeks? Simply the critical spirit. And, this spirit, which they exercised on questions of religion and science, of ethics and metaphysics, of politics and education, they exercised on questions of art also, and, indeed, of the two supreme and highest arts, they have left us the most flawless system of criticism that the world has ever seen.



ERNEST. But what are the two supreme and highest arts?



GILBERT. Life and Literature, life and the perfect expression of life. The principles of the former, as laid down by the Greeks, we may not realise in an age so marred by false ideals as our own. The principles of the latter, as they laid them down, are, in many cases, so subtle that we can hardly understand them. Recognising that the most perfect art is that which most fully mirrors man in all his infinite variety, they elaborated the criticism of language, considered in the light of the mere material of that art, to a point to which we, with our accentual system of reasonable or emotional emphasis, can barely if at all attain; studying, for instance, the metrical movements of a prose as scientifically as a modern musician studies harmony and counterpoint, and, I need hardly say, with much keener aesthetic instinct. In this they were right, as they were right in all things. Since the introduction of printing, and the fatal development of the habit of reading amongst the middle and lower classes of this country, there has been a tendency in literature to appeal more and more to the eye, and less and less to the ear which is really the sense which, from the standpoint of pure art, it should seek to please, and by whose canons of pleasure it should abide always. Even the work of Mr. Pater, who is, on the whole, the most perfect master of English prose now creating amongst us, is often far more like a piece of mosaic than a passage in music, and seems, here and there, to lack the true rhythmical life of words and the fine freedom and richness of effect that such rhythmical life produces. We, in fact, have made writing a definite mode of composition, and have treated it as a form of elaborate design. The Greeks, upon the other hand, regarded writing simply as a method of chronicling. Their test was always the spoken word in its musical and metrical relations. The voice was the medium, and the ear the critic. I have sometimes thought that the story of Homer's blindness might be really an artistic myth, created in critical days, and serving to remind us, not merely that the great poet is always a seer, seeing less with the eyes of the body than he does with the eyes of the soul, but that he is a true singer also, building his song out of music, repeating each line over and over again to himself till he has caught the secret of its melody, chaunting in darkness the words that are winged with light. Certainly, whether this be so or not, it was to his blindness, as an occasion, if not as a cause, that England's great poet owed much of the majestic movement and sonorous splendour of his later verse. When Milton could no longer write he began to sing. Who would match the measures of Comus with the measures of Samson Agonistes, or of Paradise Lost or Regained? When Milton became blind he composed, as every one should compose, with the voice purely, and so the pipe or reed of earlier days became that mighty many-stopped organ whose rich reverberant music has all the stateliness of Homeric verse, if it seeks not to have its swiftness, and is the one imperishable inheritance of English literature sweeping through all the ages, because above them, and abiding with us ever, being immortal in its form. Yes: writing has done much harm to writers. We must return to the voice. That must be our test, and perhaps then we shall be able to appreciate some of the subtleties of Greek art-criticism.



As it now is, we cannot do so. Sometimes, when I have written a piece of prose that I have been modest enough to consider absolutely free from fault, a dreadful thought comes over me that I may have been guilty of the immoral effeminacy of using trochaic and tribrachic movements, a crime for which a learned critic of the Augustan age censures with most just severity the brilliant if somewhat paradoxical Hegesias. I grow cold when I think of it, and wonder to myself if the admirable ethical effect of the prose of that charming writer, who once in a spirit of reckless generosity towards the uncultivated portion of our community proclaimed the monstrous doctrine that conduct is three-fourths of life, will not some day be entirely annihilated by the discovery that the paeons have been wrongly placed.



ERNEST. Ah! now you are flippant.



GILBERT. Who would not be flippant when he is gravely told that the Greeks had no art-critics? I can understand it being said that the constructive genius of the Greeks lost itself in criticism, but not that the race to whom we owe the critical spirit did not criticise. You will not ask me to give you a survey of Greek art criticism from Plato to Plotinus. The night is too lovely for that, and the moon, if she heard us, would put more ashes on her face than are there already. But think merely of one perfect little work of aesthetic criticism, Aristotle's Treatise on Poetry. It is not perfect in form, for it is badly written, consisting perhaps of notes dotted down for an art lecture, or of isolated fragments destined for some larger book, but in temper and treatment it is perfect, absolutely. The ethical effect of art, its importance to culture, and its place in the formation of character, had been done once for all by Plato; but here we have art treated, not from the moral, but from the purely aesthetic point of view. Plato had, of course, dealt with many definitely artistic subjects, such as the importance of unity in a work of art, the necessity for tone and harmony, the aesthetic value of appearances, the relation of the visible arts to the external world, and the relation of fiction to fact. He first perhaps stirred in the soul of man that desire that we have not yet satisfied, the desire to know the connection between Beauty and Truth, and the place of Beauty in the moral and intellectual order of the Kosmos. The problems of idealism and realism, as he sets them forth, may seem to many to be somewhat barren of result in the metaphysical sphere of abstract being in which he places them, but transfer them to the sphere of art, and you will find that they are still vital and full of meaning. It may be that it is as a critic of Beauty that Plato is destined to live, and that by altering the name of the sphere of his speculation we shall find a new philosophy. But Aristotle, like Goethe, deals with art primarily in its concrete manifestations, taking Tragedy, for instance, and investigating the material it uses, which is language, its subject- matter, which is life, the method by which it works, which is action, the conditions under which it reveals itself, which are those of theatric presentation, its logical structure, which is plot, and its final aesthetic appeal, which is to the sense of beauty realised through the passions of pity and awe. That purification and spiritualising of the nature which he calls [Greek text which cannot be reproduced] is, as Goethe saw, essentially aesthetic, and is not moral, as Lessing fancied. Concerning himself primarily with the impression that the work of art produces, Aristotle sets himself to analyse that impression, to investigate its source, to see how it is engendered. As a physiologist and psychologist, he knows that the health of a function resides in energy. To have a capacity for a passion and not to realise it, is to make oneself incomplete and limited. The mimic spectacle of life that Tragedy affords cleanses the bosom of much 'perilous stuff,' and by presenting high and worthy objects for the exercise of the emotions purifies and spiritualises the man; nay, not merely does it spiritualise him, but it initiates him also into noble feelings of which he might else have known nothing, the word [Greek text which cannot be reproduced] having, it has sometimes seemed to me, a definite allusion to the rite of initiation, if indeed that be not, as I am occasionally tempted to fancy, its true and only meaning here. This is of course a mere outline of the book. But you see what a perfect piece of aesthetic criticism it is. Who indeed but a Greek could have analysed art so well? After reading it, one does not wonder any longer that Alexandria devoted itself so largely to art-criticism, and that we find the artistic temperaments of the day investigating every question of style and manner, discussing the great Academic schools of painting, for instance, such as the school of Sicyon, that sought to preserve the dignified traditions of the antique mode, or the realistic and impressionist schools, that aimed at reproducing actual life, or the elements of ideality in portraiture, or the artistic value of the epic form in an age so modern as theirs, or the proper subject-matter for the artist. Indeed, I fear that the inartistic temperaments of the day busied themselves also in matters of literature and art, for the accusations of plagiarism were endless, and such accusations proceed either from the thin colourless lips of impotence, or from the grotesque mouths of those who, possessing nothing of their own, fancy that they can gain a reputation for wealth by crying out that they have been robbed. And I assure you, my dear Ernest, that the Greeks chattered about painters quite as much as people do nowadays, and had their private views, and shilling exhibitions, and Arts and Crafts guilds, and Pre-Raphaelite movements, and movements towards realism, and lectured about art, and wrote essays on art, and produced their art-historians, and their archaeologists, and all the rest of it. Why, even the theatrical managers of travelling companies brought their dramatic critics with them when they went on tour, and paid them very handsome salaries for writing laudatory notices. Whatever, in fact, is modern in our life we owe to the Greeks. Whatever is an anachronism is due to mediaevalism. It is the Greeks who have given us the whole system of art-criticism, and how fine their critical instinct was, may be seen from the fact that the material they criticised with most care was, as I have already said, language. For the material that painter or sculptor uses is meagre in comparison with that of words. Words have not merely music as sweet as that of viol and lute, colour as rich and vivid as any that makes lovely for us the canvas of the Venetian or the Spaniard, and plastic form no less sure and certain than that which reveals itself in marble or in bronze, but thought and passion and spirituality are theirs also, are theirs indeed alone. If the Greeks had criticised nothing but language, they would still have been the great art-critics of the world. To know the principles of the highest art is to know the principles of all the arts.



But I see that the moon is hiding behind a sulphur-coloured cloud. Out of a tawny mane of drift she gleams like a lion's eye. She is afraid that I will talk to you of Lucian and Longinus, of Quinctilian and Dionysius, of Pliny and Fronto and Pausanias, of all those who in the antique world wrote or lectured upon art matters. She need not be afraid. I am tired of my expedition into the dim, dull abyss of facts. There is nothing left for me now but the divine [Greek text which cannot be reproduced] of another cigarette. Cigarettes have at least the charm of leaving one unsatisfied.



ERNEST. Try one of mine. They are rather good. I get them direct from Cairo. The only use of our attaches is that they supply their friends with excellent tobacco. And as the moon has hidden herself, let us talk a little longer. I am quite ready to admit that I was wrong in what I said about the Greeks. They were, as you have pointed out, a nation of art-critics. I acknowledge it, and I feel a little sorry for them. For the creative faculty is higher than the critical. There is really no comparison between them.



GILBERT. The antithesis between them is entirely arbitrary. Without the critical faculty, there is no artistic creation at all, worthy of the name. You spoke a little while ago of that fine spirit of choice and delicate instinct of selection by which the artist realises life for us, and gives to it a momentary perfection. Well, that spirit of choice, that subtle tact of omission, is really the critical faculty in one of its most characteristic moods, and no one who does not possess this critical faculty can create anything at all in art. Arnold's definition of literature as a criticism of life was not very felicitous in form, but it showed how keenly he recognised the importance of the critical element in all creative work.



ERNEST. I should have said that great artists work unconsciously, that they were 'wiser than they knew,' as, I think, Emerson remarks somewhere.



GILBERT. It is really not so, Ernest. All fine imaginative work is self-conscious and deliberate. No poet sings because he must sing. At least, no great poet does. A great poet sings because he chooses to sing. It is so now, and it has always been so. We are sometimes apt to think that the voices that sounded at the dawn of poetry were simpler, fresher, and more natural than ours, and that the world which the early poets looked at, and through which they walked, had a kind of poetical quality of its own, and almost without changing could pass into song. The snow lies thick now upon Olympus, and its steep scarped sides are bleak and barren, but once, we fancy, the white feet of the Muses brushed the dew from the anemones in the morning, and at evening came Apollo to sing to the shepherds in the vale. But in this we are merely lending to other ages what we desire, or think we desire, for our own. Our historical sense is at fault. Every century that produces poetry is, so far, an artificial century, and the work that seems to us to be the most natural and simple product of its time is always the result of the most self-conscious effort. Believe me, Ernest, there is no fine art without self-consciousness, and self- consciousness and the critical spirit are one.



ERNEST. I see what you mean, and there is much in it. But surely you would admit that the great poems of the early world, the primitive, anonymous collective poems, were the result of the imagination of races, rather than of the imagination of individuals?



GILBERT. Not when they became poetry. Not when they received a beautiful form. For there is no art where there is no style, and no style where there is no unity, and unity is of the individual. No doubt Homer had old ballads and stories to deal with, as Shakespeare had chronicles and plays and novels from which to work, but they were merely his rough material. He took them, and shaped them into song. They become his, because he made them lovely. They were built out of music,



And so not built at all, And therefore built for ever.



The longer one studies life and literature, the more strongly one feels that behind everything that is wonderful stands the individual, and that it is not the moment that makes the man, but the man who creates the age. Indeed, I am inclined to think that each myth and legend that seems to us to spring out of the wonder, or terror, or fancy of tribe and nation, was in its origin the invention of one single mind. The curiously limited number of the myths seems to me to point to this conclusion. But we must not go off into questions of comparative mythology. We must keep to criticism. And what I want to point out is this. An age that has no criticism is either an age in which art is immobile, hieratic, and confined to the reproduction of formal types, or an age that possesses no art at all. There have been critical ages that have not been creative, in the ordinary sense of the word, ages in which the spirit of man has sought to set in order the treasures of his treasure-house, to separate the gold from the silver, and the silver from the lead, to count over the jewels, and to give names to the pearls. But there has never been a creative age that has not been critical also. For it is the critical faculty that invents fresh forms. The tendency of creation is to repeat itself. It is to the critical instinct that we owe each new school that springs up, each new mould that art finds ready to its hand. There is really not a single form that art now uses that does not come to us from the critical spirit of Alexandria, where these forms were either stereotyped or invented or made perfect. I say Alexandria, not merely because it was there that the Greek spirit became most self-conscious, and indeed ultimately expired in scepticism and theology, but because it was to that city, and not to Athens, that Rome turned for her models, and it was through the survival, such as it was, of the Latin language that culture lived at all. When, at the Renaissance, Greek literature dawned upon Europe, the soil had been in some measure prepared for it. But, to get rid of the details of history, which are always wearisome and usually inaccurate, let us say generally, that the forms of art have been due to the Greek critical spirit. To it we owe the epic, the lyric, the entire drama in every one of its developments, including burlesque, the idyll, the romantic novel, the novel of adventure, the essay, the dialogue, the oration, the lecture, for which perhaps we should not forgive them, and the epigram, in all the wide meaning of that word. In fact, we owe it everything, except the sonnet, to which, however, some curious parallels of thought- movement may be traced in the Anthology, American journalism, to which no parallel can be found anywhere, and the ballad in sham Scotch dialect, which one of our most industrious writers has recently proposed should be made the basis for a final and unanimous effort on the part of our second-rate poets to make themselves really romantic. Each new school, as it appears, cries out against criticism, but it is to the critical faculty in man that it owes its origin. The mere creative instinct does not innovate, but reproduces.



ERNEST. You have been talking of criticism as an essential part of the creative spirit, and I now fully accept your theory. But what of criticism outside creation? I have a foolish habit of reading periodicals, and it seems to me that most modern criticism is perfectly valueless.



GILBERT. So is most modern creative work also. Mediocrity weighing mediocrity in the balance, and incompetence applauding its brother--that is the spectacle which the artistic activity of England affords us from time to time. And yet, I feel I am a little unfair in this matter. As a rule, the critics--I speak, of course, of the higher class, of those in fact who write for the sixpenny papers--are far more cultured than the people whose work they are called upon to review. This is, indeed, only what one would expect, for criticism demands infinitely more cultivation than creation does.



ERNEST. Really?



GILBERT. Certainly. Anybody can write a three-volumed novel. It merely requires a complete ignorance of both life and literature. The difficulty that I should fancy the reviewer feels is the difficulty of sustaining any standard. Where there is no style a standard must be impossible. The poor reviewers are apparently reduced to be the reporters of the police-court of literature, the chroniclers of the doings of the habitual criminals of art. It is sometimes said of them that they do not read all through the works they are called upon to criticise. They do not. Or at least they should not. If they did so, they would become confirmed misanthropes, or if I may borrow a phrase from one of the pretty Newnham graduates, confirmed womanthropes for the rest of their lives. Nor is it necessary. To know the vintage and quality of a wine one need not drink the whole cask. It must be perfectly easy in half an hour to say whether a book is worth anything or worth nothing. Ten minutes are really sufficient, if one has the instinct for form. Who wants to wade through a dull volume? One tastes it, and that is quite enough--more than enough, I should imagine. I am aware that there are many honest workers in painting as well as in literature who object to criticism entirely. They are quite right. Their work stands in no intellectual relation to their age. It brings us no new element of pleasure. It suggests no fresh departure of thought, or passion, or beauty. It should not be spoken of. It should be left to the oblivion that it deserves.



ERNEST. But, my dear fellow--excuse me for interrupting you--you seem to me to be allowing your passion for criticism to lead you a great deal too far. For, after all, even you must admit that it is much more difficult to do a thing than to talk about it.



GILBERT. More difficult to do a thing than to talk about it? Not at all. That is a gross popular error. It is very much more difficult to talk about a thing than to do it. In the sphere of actual life that is of course obvious. Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it. There is no mode of action, no form of emotion, that we do not share with the lower animals. It is only by language that we rise above them, or above each other--by language, which is the parent, and not the child, of thought. Action, indeed, is always easy, and when presented to us in its most aggravated, because most continuous form, which I take to be that of real industry, becomes simply the refuge of people who have nothing whatsoever to do. No, Ernest, don't talk about action. It is a blind thing dependent on external influences, and moved by an impulse of whose nature it is unconscious. It is a thing incomplete in its essence, because limited by accident, and ignorant of its direction, being always at variance with its aim. Its basis is the lack of imagination. It is the last resource of those who know not how to dream.



ERNEST. Gilbert, you treat the world as if it were a crystal ball. You hold it in your hand, and reverse it to please a wilful fancy. You do nothing but re-write history.



GILBERT. The one duty we owe to history is to re-write it. That is not the least of the tasks in store for the critical spirit. When we have fully discovered the scientific laws that govern life, we shall realise that the one person who has more illusions than the dreamer is the man of action. He, indeed, knows neither the origin of his deeds nor their results. From the field in which he thought that he had sown thorns, we have gathered our vintage, and the fig-tree that he planted for our pleasure is as barren as the thistle, and more bitter. It is because Humanity has never known where it was going that it has been able to find its way.



ERNEST. You think, then, that in the sphere of action a conscious aim is a delusion?



GILBERT. It is worse than a delusion. If we lived long enough to see the results of our actions it may be that those who call themselves good would be sickened with a dull remorse, and those whom the world calls evil stirred by a noble joy. Each little thing that we do passes into the great machine of life which may grind our virtues to powder and make them worthless, or transform our sins into elements of a new civilisation, more marvellous and more splendid than any that has gone before. But men are the slaves of words. They rage against Materialism, as they call it, forgetting that there has been no material improvement that has not spiritualised the world, and that there have been few, if any, spiritual awakenings that have not wasted the world's faculties in barren hopes, and fruitless aspirations, and empty or trammelling creeds. What is termed Sin is an essential element of progress. Without it the world would stagnate, or grow old, or become colourless. By its curiosity Sin increases the experience of the race. Through its intensified assertion of individualism, it saves us from monotony of type. In its rejection of the current notions about morality, it is one with the higher ethics. And as for the virtues! What are the virtues? Nature, M. Renan tells us, cares little about chastity, and it may be that it is to the shame of the Magdalen, and not to their own purity, that the Lucretias of modern life owe their freedom from stain. Charity, as even those of whose religion it makes a formal part have been compelled to acknowledge, creates a multitude of evils. The mere existence of conscience, that faculty of which people prate so much nowadays, and are so ignorantly proud, is a sign of our imperfect development. It must be merged in instinct before we become fine. Self-denial is simply a method by which man arrests his progress, and self-sacrifice a survival of the mutilation of the savage, part of that old worship of pain which is so terrible a factor in the history of the world, and which even now makes its victims day by day, and has its altars in the land. Virtues! Who knows what the virtues are? Not you. Not I. Not any one. It is well for our vanity that we slay the criminal, for if we suffered him to live he might show us what we had gained by his crime. It is well for his peace that the saint goes to his martyrdom. He is spared the sight of the horror of his harvest.



ERNEST. Gilbert, you sound too harsh a note. Let us go back to the more gracious fields of literature. What was it you said? That it was more difficult to talk about a thing than to do it?



GILBERT (after a pause). Yes: I believe I ventured upon that simple truth. Surely you see now that I am right? When man acts he is a puppet. When he describes he is a poet. The whole secret lies in that. It was easy enough on the sandy plains by windy Ilion to send the notched arrow from the painted bow, or to hurl against the shield of hide and flamelike brass the long ash-handled spear. It was easy for the adulterous queen to spread the Tyrian carpets for her lord, and then, as he lay couched in the marble bath, to throw over his head the purple net, and call to her smooth-faced lover to stab through the meshes at the heart that should have broken at Aulis. For Antigone even, with Death waiting for her as her bridegroom, it was easy to pass through the tainted air at noon, and climb the hill, and strew with kindly earth the wretched naked corse that had no tomb. But what of those who wrote about these things? What of those who gave them reality, and made them live for ever? Are they not greater than the men and women they sing of? 'Hector that sweet knight is dead,' and Lucian tells us how in the dim under-world Menippus saw the bleaching skull of Helen, and marvelled that it was for so grim a favour that all those horned ships were launched, those beautiful mailed men laid low, those towered cities brought to dust. Yet, every day the swanlike daughter of Leda comes out on the battlements, and looks down at the tide of war. The greybeards wonder at her loveliness, and she stands by the side of the king. In his chamber of stained ivory lies her leman. He is polishing his dainty armour, and combing the scarlet plume. With squire and page, her husband passes from tent to tent. She can see his bright hair, and hears, or fancies that she hears, that clear cold voice. In the courtyard below, the son of Priam is buckling on his brazen cuirass. The white arms of Andromache are around his neck. He sets his helmet on the ground, lest their babe should be frightened. Behind the embroidered curtains of his pavilion sits Achilles, in perfumed raiment, while in harness of gilt and silver the friend of his soul arrays himself to go forth to the fight. From a curiously carven chest that his mother Thetis had brought to his ship-side, the Lord of the Myrmidons takes out that mystic chalice that the lip of man had never touched, and cleanses it with brimstone, and with fresh water cools it, and, having washed his hands, fills with black wine its burnished hollow, and spills the thick grape-blood upon the ground in honour of Him whom at Dodona barefooted prophets worshipped, and prays to Him, and knows not that he prays in vain, and that by the hands of two knights from Troy, Panthous' son, Euphorbus, whose love-locks were looped with gold, and the Priamid, the lion-hearted, Patroklus, the comrade of comrades, must meet his doom. Phantoms, are they? Heroes of mist and mountain? Shadows in a song? No: they are real. Action! What is action? It dies at the moment of its energy. It is a base concession to fact. The world is made by the singer for the dreamer.



ERNEST. While you talk it seems to me to be so.



GILBERT. It is so in truth. On the mouldering citadel of Troy lies the lizard like a thing of green bronze. The owl has built her nest in the palace of Priam. Over the empty plain wander shepherd and goatherd with their flocks, and where, on the wine- surfaced, oily sea, [Greek text which cannot be reproduced], as Homer calls it, copper-prowed and streaked with vermilion, the great galleys of the Danaoi came in their gleaming crescent, the lonely tunny-fisher sits in his little boat and watches the bobbing corks of his net. Yet, every morning the doors of the city are thrown open, and on foot, or in horse-drawn chariot, the warriors go forth to battle, and mock their enemies from behind their iron masks. All day long the fight rages, and when night comes the torches gleam by the tents, and the cresset burns in the hall. Those who live in marble or on painted panel, know of life but a single exquisite instant, eternal indeed in its beauty, but limited to one note of passion or one mood of calm. Those whom the poet makes live have their myriad emotions of joy and terror, of courage and despair, of pleasure and of suffering. The seasons come and go in glad or saddening pageant, and with winged or leaden feet the years pass by before them. They have their youth and their manhood, they are children, and they grow old. It is always dawn for St. Helena, as Veronese saw her at the window. Through the still morning air the angels bring her the symbol of God's pain. The cool breezes of the morning lift the gilt threads from her brow. On that little hill by the city of Florence, where the lovers of Giorgione are lying, it is always the solstice of noon, of noon made so languorous by summer suns that hardly can the slim naked girl dip into the marble tank the round bubble of clear glass, and the long fingers of the lute-player rest idly upon the chords. It is twilight always for the dancing nymphs whom Corot set free among the silver poplars of France. In eternal twilight they move, those frail diaphanous figures, whose tremulous white feet seem not to touch the dew-drenched grass they tread on. But those who walk in epos, drama, or romance, see through the labouring months the young moons wax and wane, and watch the night from evening unto morning star, and from sunrise unto sunsetting can note the shifting day with all its gold and shadow. For them, as for us, the flowers bloom and wither, and the Earth, that Green- tressed Goddess as Coleridge calls her, alters her raiment for their pleasure. The statue is concentrated to one moment of perfection. The image stained upon the canvas possesses no spiritual element of growth or change. If they know nothing of death, it is because they know little of life, for the secrets of life and death belong to those, and those only, whom the sequence of time affects, and who possess not merely the present but the future, and can rise or fall from a past of glory or of shame. Movement, that problem of the visible arts, can be truly realised by Literature alone. It is Literature that shows us the body in its swiftness and the soul in its unrest.



ERNEST. Yes; I see now what you mean. But, surely, the higher you place the creative artist, the lower must the critic rank.



GILBERT. Why so?



ERNEST. Because the best that he can give us will be but an echo of rich music, a dim shadow of clear-outlined form. It may, indeed, be that life is chaos, as you tell me that it is; that its martyrdoms are mean and its heroisms ignoble; and that it is the function of Literature to create, from the rough material of actual existence, a new world that will be more marvellous, more enduring, and more true than the world that common eyes look upon, and through which common natures seek to realise their perfection. But surely, if this new world has been made by the spirit and touch of a great artist, it will be a thing so complete and perfect that there will be nothing left for the critic to do. I quite understand now, and indeed admit most readily, that it is far more difficult to talk about a thing than to do it. But it seems to me that this sound and sensible maxim, which is really extremely soothing to one's feelings, and should be adopted as its motto by every Academy of Literature all over the world, applies only to the relations that exist between Art and Life, and not to any relations that there may be between Art and Criticism.



GILBERT. But, surely, Criticism is itself an art. And just as artistic creation implies the working of the critical faculty, and, indeed, without it cannot be said to exist at all, so Criticism is really creative in the highest sense of the word. Criticism is, in fact, both creative and independent.



ERNEST. Independent?



GILBERT. Yes; independent. Criticism is no more to be judged by any low standard of imitation or resemblance than is the work of poet or sculptor. The critic occupies the same relation to the work of art that he criticises as the artist does to the visible world of form and colour, or the unseen world of passion and of thought. He does not even require for the perfection of his art the finest materials. Anything will serve his purpose. And just as out of the sordid and sentimental amours of the silly wife of a small country doctor in the squalid village of Yonville-l'Abbaye, near Rouen, Gustave Flaubert was able to create a classic, and make a masterpiece of style, so, from subjects of little or of no importance, such as the pictures in this year's Royal Academy, or in any year's Royal Academy for that matter, Mr. Lewis Morris's poems, M. Ohnet's novels, or the plays of Mr. Henry Arthur Jones, the true critic can, if it be his pleasure so to direct or waste his faculty of contemplation, produce work that will be flawless in beauty and instinct with intellectual subtlety. Why not? Dulness is always an irresistible temptation for brilliancy, and stupidity is the permanent Bestia Trionfans that calls wisdom from its cave. To an artist so creative as the critic, what does subject-matter signify? No more and no less than it does to the novelist and the painter. Like them, he can find his motives everywhere. Treatment is the test. There is nothing that has not in it suggestion or challenge.



ERNEST. But is Criticism really a creative art?



GILBERT. Why should it not be? It works with materials, and puts them into a form that is at once new and delightful. What more can one say of poetry? Indeed, I would call criticism a creation within a creation. For just as the great artists, from Homer and AEschylus, down to Shakespeare and Keats, did not go directly to life for their subject-matter, but sought for it in myth, and legend, and ancient tale, so the critic deals with materials that others have, as it were, purified for him, and to which imaginative form and colour have been already added. Nay, more, I would say that the highest Criticism, being the purest form of personal impression, is in its way more creative than creation, as it has least reference to any standard external to itself, and is, in fact, its own reason for existing, and, as the Greeks would put it, in itself, and to itself, an end. Certainly, it is never trammelled by any shackles of verisimilitude. No ignoble considerations of probability, that cowardly concession to the tedious repetitions of domestic or public life, affect it ever. One may appeal from fiction unto fact. But from the soul there is no appeal.



ERNEST. From the soul?



GILBERT. Yes, from the soul. That is what the highest criticism really is, the record of one's own soul. It is more fascinating than history, as it is concerned simply with oneself. It is more delightful than philosophy, as its subject is concrete and not abstract, real and not vague. It is the only civilised form of autobiography, as it deals not with the events, but with the thoughts of one's life; not with life's physical accidents of deed or circumstance, but with the spiritual moods and imaginative passions of the mind. I am always amused by the silly vanity of those writers and artists of our day who seem to imagine that the primary function of the critic is to chatter about their second- rate work. The best that one can say of most modern creative art is that it is just a little less vulgar than reality, and so the critic, with his fine sense of distinction and sure instinct of delicate refinement, will prefer to look into the silver mirror or through the woven veil, and will turn his eyes away from the chaos and clamour of actual existence, though the mirror be tarnished and the veil be torn. His sole aim is to chronicle his own impressions. It is for him that pictures are painted, books written, and marble hewn into form.



ERNEST. I seem to have heard another theory of Criticism.



GILBERT. Yes: it has been said by one whose gracious memory we all revere, and the music of whose pipe once lured Proserpina from her Sicilian fields, and made those white feet stir, and not in vain, the Cumnor cowslips, that the proper aim of Criticism is to see the object as in itself it really is. But this is a very serious error, and takes no cognisance of Criticism's most perfect form, which is in its essence purely subjective, and seeks to reveal its own secret and not the secret of another. For the highest Criticism deals with art not as expressive but as impressive purely.



ERNEST. But is that really so?



GILBERT. Of course it is. Who cares whether Mr. Ruskin's views on Turner are sound or not? What does it matter? That mighty and majestic prose of his, so fervid and so fiery-coloured in its noble eloquence, so rich in its elaborate symphonic music, so sure and certain, at its best, in subtle choice of word and epithet, is at least as great a work of art as any of those wonderful sunsets that bleach or rot on their corrupted canvases in England's Gallery; greater indeed, one is apt to think at times, not merely because its equal beauty is more enduring, but on account of the fuller variety of its appeal, soul speaking to soul in those long-cadenced lines, not through form and colour alone, though through these, indeed, completely and without loss, but with intellectual and emotional utterance, with lofty passion and with loftier thought, with imaginative insight, and with poetic aim; greater, I always think, even as Literature is the greater art. Who, again, cares whether Mr. Pater has put into the portrait of Monna Lisa something that Lionardo never dreamed of? The painter may have been merely the slave of an archaic smile, as some have fancied, but whenever I pass into the cool galleries of the Palace of the Louvre, and stand before that strange figure 'set in its marble chair in that cirque of fantastic rocks, as in some faint light under sea,' I murmur to myself, 'She is older than the rocks among which she sits; like the vampire, she has been dead many times, and learned the secrets of the grave; and has been a diver in deep seas, and keeps their fallen day about her: and trafficked for strange webs with Eastern merchants; and, as Leda, was the mother of Helen of Troy, and, as St. Anne, the mother of Mary; and all this has been to her but as the sound of lyres and flutes, and lives only in the delicacy with which it has moulded the changing lineaments, and tinged the eyelids and the hands.' And I say to my friend, 'The presence that thus so strangely rose beside the waters is expressive of what in the ways of a thousand years man had come to desire'; and he answers me, 'Hers is the head upon which all "the ends of the world are come," and the eyelids are a little weary.'



And so the picture becomes more wonderful to us than it really is, and reveals to us a secret of which, in truth, it knows nothing, and the music of the mystical prose is as sweet in our ears as was that flute-player's music that lent to the lips of La Gioconda those subtle and poisonous curves. Do you ask me what Lionardo would have said had any one told him of this picture that 'all the thoughts and experience of the world had etched and moulded therein that which they had of power to refine and make expressive the outward form, the animalism of Greece, the lust of Rome, the reverie of the Middle Age with its spiritual ambition and imaginative loves, the return of the Pagan world, the sins of the Borgias?' He would probably have answered that he had contemplated none of these things, but had concerned himself simply with certain arrangements of lines and masses, and with new and curious colour- harmonies o
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Christmas



I sunk into despair. The holiday was fast approaching and Christmas was the last thing on our minds with Becca critically ill in the PICU and everyone else sick too. There was no money for gifts, and there was no time to buy or make anything. I was sick, tired and depressed over the circumstances we found ourselves in. If the phone rang, I was afraid to answer it because it might carry the news that Becca was worsening or no longer here. The phone was a constant reminder of trouble. It rang with bill collectors waiting for money. It rang when medical personnel had more dreaded news or another crisis for Becca. My emotions rose and fell like tidal waves, up, up, up and down, down, down. I tried not to think; not thinking was how I coped. It was like the stairs I ran at the hospital, up and down, and then I’d stop and sit, empty and mindless. I could not think about my children going without gifts at Christmas, but our lives were impossibly out of control. We had fallen into a dark hole due to no fault of my innocent children. At any moment they were going to lose their new baby sister. They were caught in the tidal wave of catastrophic illness when they needed a Santa most to give them hope. How would I explain to my children that Santa forgot them?

I was used to planning ahead and beginning in July bought two presents each month to cover birthdays and Christmas. Over the years my frugal plan had worked flawlessly. I squirreled away the hottest toys for Christmas gifts with early season purchases. While other families were school shopping Iwas  making wishes come true. It was a challenge to make my kids birthdays and Christmas memorable. I love the holidays and I began to bargain shop for Marissa’s September birthday gift. I budgeted a little each month until Christmas, finding sale and clearance treasures, completing my shopping race under budget. In November we celebrated Jim, Nathan and Ian’s birthdays followed in December by Matt’s birthday, and then Kristy’s birthday in early January. The gifts I bought with Jim’s carpet points guaranteed the boys November birthday gifts. Matt at age three was easy; all I needed was something big. Big for my little kids were exciting and ten dollars went a long way. Other than that I had nothing. We had already used the house payment money to pay for medicine, throat cultures and doctors visits for the kids and me while we were sick.

I was a rookie in the being broke game. I called Toys for Tots and discovered I was too late. They quit accepting new registrations before Thanksgiving. Luckily I remembered buried in the rafters, hidden from my sneaky children I had one gift Ihad purchased before things fell apart. Before Becca was born I had purchased the new pirate ship Lego set that had caught Nathan’s eye. It was an expensive present, and I could put both boys’ names on it. I had already cut out doll clothes and a dance costume for Marissa, but the fabric pieces remained on my closet shelf while I was sick. Now that Marissa was home from kindergarten I would not be able to get the covert sewing done, besides I was still too dizzy to sew my visions for Marissa’s holiday present. My eyes were seeing double. We would share dinner with relatives and I hoped I would have a dish to pass, but my cupboards were as bare as Old Mother Hubbard’s. My head spun at the thoughts of a hopeless Christmas and the room took another whirl; exhausted I took some Benadryl and fell back to sleep.

While I slept, Kristy took the picture of Becca from the fireplace and sat alone in a quiet place to cry. It was something I never knew she did until years later. People often think children don’t know what’s happening but they are much more a part of the reality than the adults realize. Kristy never complained and she protected us by caring for the little ones and not adding to our burdens. Iworried sometimes about how this would affect her in the future. Today, she tells me it was the substance that made her strong.

The little elves in my family executed a Christmas plan. Kristy found the Christmas tree in the garage, and she and Nathan, my mechanic, assembled it. Ian and Marissa got busy cutting out paper snowflakes and hung them with dental floss from the ceiling and windows. My little red and green sewing pins stuck six stockings to the mantle. When I awoke, they surprised me with their magical transformation. I had not lifted a finger. They had carefully hung each of their hand made wooden, beaded angel and needlework ornaments crafted by Jim’s parents. Hundreds of hours of love radiated from the tree centered in a carpet of paper snowflake snippets.

I explained to them that Christmas was about family and being together and sharing memories. What was going to be special about this Christmas was that the Yurceks were a family. Christmas is about the baby in the manger who brings hope to a dying world. Our baby was in the hospital and all we had was hope. After spending seven days in bed, I was regaining my strength.

Why did I feel such shame that Santa might not come this year? I prayed, “Oh Lord, How can I find gifts for Kristy, Marissa and Matt? It is already December 23. How can I let my children down?How can I face Christmas morning empty handed? The kids’ baby sister is dying. They need something good to happen.  Please don’t let their baby sister die at Christmas.”

My children were ready for Christmas. I was not. Icouldn’t expect my parents to shower my children with toys; they were struggling with my dad’s recent unemployment. My parents blessed my children with attention, but had no financial resources to give.

Becca was transferred to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) just as I had fallen ill. It had been a very long nine days and finally the kids and I were well. I was healthy enough to see Becca and had been given clearance to drive. I was no longer dizzy.

The PICU had a circular desk, and different beds surrounded it. Off to the side with glass doors were the isolation rooms. One of them housed my Becca, who looked so tiny in the crib in such a big room. She was on oxygen, and they explained to me that she kept forgetting to breathe due to the RSV and pneumonia. The respiratory therapist gave her a treatment to help clear her lungs. She had a blood staph infection, her feedings were on hold, and they were giving her nutrition and fluid by IV. Her heart was in failure. Merry Christmas was far from my thoughts. Bah Humbug! This was not merry, not merry at all. I was dreading Christmas and I was feeling like Ebenezer Scrooge.

Startled out of my doldrums, Mary was standing in front of me saying hello. The nurses had called her to let her know I had arrived. She had something she needed me to sign. That’s all I had been doing, signing, and waiting, and hoping, and praying. Bah Humbug!

She took me to her office. I had no idea where her office was as she always brought the paperwork to me. She opened the door and picked up a large shopping bag. Her smile radiated. “Merry Christmas!” she exclaimed. The nurses had shopped for families who would be without for the holidays. They picked out a present for each one of my six kids. They even purchased the batteries for the remote control car for Nathan. They thought of everything. The bag contained a roll of wrapping paper, bows and even the tape. It’s nooks and crannies were filled with little treats – a box of candy canes and five chocolate Santa Clauses to peek out of the top of the stockings. Miracles really do happen and my wish had been granted. My kids would have Christmas.

Mary told me that the hospital employees often play Santa for families to make sure they would not face the holidays empty handed. She knew that if I were skipping meals to feed the children, there would be nothing for Christmas.

I returned to Becca’s isolation room. She was much too sick to be held. I savored a moment of calm and thankfulness. Slowly I was learning to savor tiny moments of peace and tranquility. I stayed by her side quietly reading before heading home with my miracle sack. I felt so thankful for the graciousness of these kind people. With my ritual kiss goodbye and whispering I love you, I prayed to her angels that she would be here when I returned.

My kids are notoriously nosy and I wanted to surprise them on Christmas morning. I rushed off to pick up Matt and Marissa at Mom’s and stashed the Christmas gifts before the older ones had a clue. While I had been sick, Mom had been busy and blessed us with another surprise. She had sewn Kristy and Marissa new Christmas dresses and my aunt had bought sweaters for the three boys. All my five kids would have new matching outfits to wear for Christmas.

Jim closed the store early on Christmas Eve and helped me dress the little kids for the Christmas Eve service. I told Jim my secret miracle and we smiled eye messages across the heads of our stair step sized children sitting between us in the church pew. We sang for the birth of baby Jesus and our hearts cried out for a Christmas miracle for Becca. After the service the kids played in the manger, Marissa and Matt rode the lifelike donkey proclaiming they were on their way to Bethlehem while I stared down at the tiny doll in the manger and said a quiet prayer for my little baby lying so far away, all alone, in a bed in the PICU. We needed hope in the midst of such incredible sorrow.

Mom invited us for cake and ice cream after the service, but I had other plans. Families are supposed to be together and I was not going to allow Becca to be alone on Christmas. We all went to the hospital to visit Becca, but only Kristy and Iwere able to go to PICU. Jim stayed with the other kids in the lobby while Kristy and I went to say Merry Christmas to Becca. Each child had made Becca a card and the nurse taped the cards to the wall above her bed. I hung Becca’s handmade stocking on the foot of her crib, putting on the Christmas music Kristy had recorded. I made a special Christmas wish, asking for a miracle for Becca. I left her again with a kiss on her feverish cheek and wished her a Merry Christmas and a very blessed goodnight. The walk from PICU to the lobby seemed endless, my heart heavy laden with grief, babies should be home with mommies and daddies on Christmas Eve.

Fresh snow had fallen, and instead of hurrying home on the freeway we meandered past the lighted mansions on Summit Avenue of St. Paul. We passed the Cathedral and the Governor’s manor. The children marveled at the beautifully decorated homes. Matt clapped his hands in joy, while the others argued over which house was the favorite. Ian and Kristy engaged in a competitive battle. Marissa’s face was lit up from the wonder of the lights and its beauty. The kids were enjoying the ride so much that we wound our way home through parks, and lakes, and residential streets for over an hour. It was peaceful and calming. The kids quieted and Matt fell asleep.

Scattered snowflakes were falling and Jim and I listened to the Christmas music playing from the radio. The radio DJ announced that Santa was spotted circling the globe, and Marissa and Ian excitingly questioned how he managed to get all the work done in one evening?

This explanation I left to Jim, it was his turn to try to satisfy his children’s curiosity. His eyes sparkled as he told them Santa was magic and can make anything happen if you only believe. It was a heavenly ride. I reached across the seat setting my hand on Jim’s knee. Jim’s answer had satisfied the children’s curiosity, and Kristy had caught my glare, playing along with the magic of the moment.

It was nearly midnight when we arrived home and the house was pitch black to save on electricity. As we pulled in the driveway, the mini van’s lights shone upon dark shadows lying near the door. Jim hopped out of the van to see what was going on. Then he summoned us as if it were nothing.

As I reached in the back seat to get sleeping Matt, the children shrieked, “Santa came! He came! Santa was already here!”

What were they talking about? I grabbed a confused, groggy Matt. There were nearly a dozen or so thirty-gallon black trash bags left sitting by our front door. Jim and the big kids carried in the bags.

The children tore open the plastic bags to discover dozens of wrapped presents with their names on them. It was blessed chaos. There were tons of groceries, toilet paper, and shampoo. Everything we were out of.  Kristy, Nathan and Ian were stacking the packages by the tree while Marissa and Matt played mountain climbers scaling the huge mounds of packages. Kristy screamed as she caught the tree from falling. Marissa narrowly escaped a plunge from the top of Gift Mountain. Our children were bouncing off the walls, but we finally convinced them that it wasn’t Christmas yet, and Santa required they open presents on Christmas morning like in The Night Before Christmas. They didn’t argue because we had just read the story.

Marissa wondered why Santa left them outside, instead of bringing them down the chimney. Ian, who always had an answer for everything, announced, “he had so much dummy; if he brought the bags down the chimney, he would get the chimney stopped up.” Kristy added “that the house was locked and he could not bring them in the door.” Finally they all scampered off to their rooms and soon were snuggled in beds dreaming of Christmas miracles.

Shortly after midnight the phone rang. It was the resident from PICU calling us to let us know Becca had turned the corner and they upgraded her status to stable. She was improving and was breathing easier so they had removed the ventilator; Becca was now breathing on her own and on supplemental oxygen! Becca was getting better! My Christmas prayers had been answered. And someone, some Santa somewhere had fulfilled my wishes. He or she arrived with bags of toys, and goodies, and groceries. My cupboards would no longer be bare. Jim and I had no means to provide for our family, yet someone, somewhere, knew our needs. I thanked the baby in the manger for this Christmas miracle.

Jim and I put away the much-needed groceries. Two turkeys, packages of hamburger and chicken went into the freezer. We put the canned goods on the shelves . . .apples and oranges, carrots and potatoes, and onions . . . bathroom and hygiene products. There were even a couple loaves of expensive rice bread. Whoever brought this Christmas miracle, had not forgotten anything. They had even picked up a double pack of diapers for Matt who was regressing from his potty training in his upside down life.

The real Christmas miracles were hidden in the tiny details. Buried deep in one of the bags I discovered a brand new pair of much needed white Reebok tennis shoes for me. They fit perfectly. We filled the stockings with candy and small gifts from the bags the kids had not seen. With the gifts from the hospital and the one from us for Nathan and Ian, we had more presents than we had ever imagined. Our room looked like a Hollywood movie Christmas morning scene. Where did all this come from?

Jim and I crawled into bed, hoping to get a few hours of sleep before the kids scrambled upon us to open their presents. They were tired from the late night and for the first time ever on Christmas morning; they slept until 8:00 A.M..

Kristy in her sweats and the little ones in their blanketed sleepers tore into the pile of packages. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, I lost count of the gifts they each received. Nathan screamed pulling out a pair of roller blades, the current hottest trend retailing at $l50 a pair. Who had done this? Ian soon discovered he had a pair too! Kristy found a boom box, a jewelry box, curling iron and music to play. Packages marked to the Yurcek family contained a VCR to replace the one that had been stolen when our house had been robbed and ransacked right before Becca’s birth. There were movies, games, books, colored markers, and art kits for each child. Even Becca was not forgotten. She got new clothes, a diaper bag, several new pink animals and more music. Marissa found a big package with a dollhouse and furniture. She was surrounded in pink heaven. Matt tunneled and laughed through the wrapping paper and boxes. We corralled him to open his presents, a big floppy eared dog, trucks, cars and a train track. The boys tried to set up their new remote control car racing set in the middle of the wrapping mess.

Jim was not to be forgotten and he discovered new socks, sweats, jeans and a belt. He handed me a tiny box from under the tree that he discovered while we were cleaning up and making sure all the tiny toy pieces were not thrown away with the mountain of boxes and wrapping paper. Inside was a solid sterling silver heart necklace with six tiny stones. The necklace was a reminder of hope, a mother’s heart with my six precious children. The six little diamonds sparkled in rainbow colors from our Christmas tree. It was bittersweet to look at as Becca’s heart was slowly failing. But I reminded myself that for today Becca was doing better, and this Christmas we had witnessed a true miracle. Some unknown Santa with a caring heart had done all this for us. But who, how, when?

No longer were our cupboards bare. The kids and I made a fresh fruit salad with real whipped cream. Kristy peeled the apples and Nathan chopped them along with slicing frozen strawberries. Marissa cut banana coins with a bread knife and Ian added one handful of marshmallows to his mouth before adding the next handful to the magical miracle bowl of Christmas fruit.

We dressed for Christmas dinner at my cousins. The family celebrated the day together with aunts and uncles, cousins and second cousins. All were there but one, our Becca.

No longer would we be hungry again. We had food for the next month until our food stamp case opened. The kids had new toys to keep them occupied. We had warm clothing and mittens. I later discovered when our bills arrived, that some unknown Santa paid our phone bill, the utility bills, and our car insurance! We will be forever grateful for the gifts of that year, and we will never forget we witnessed a true Christmas miracle. I have from then on remembered to give back to others as you did for us. Thank you! What you did for us that year was unbelievable! You gave us the gift of hope and belief in miracles.

Buried in one of the bags of the hundreds of dollars in gifts we found a card, wishing us a “Merry Christmas and to all, and to all a good night. You are loved! Santa.”

Those were the same words whispered in tiny Becca’s ear ten days earlier. Was it connected?

Over the next few years, the miracles continued helping us when we needed it most. I tried to find who our anonymous Santa was but we never discovered the giver of the gifts. Whoever it was did not want to be found out. Maybe someday that person or persons will read my writing, and I will finally be able to thank her or him for our Christmas miracle and generosity.

Perhaps, we will never know.



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Chapter 9
Christmas




I sunk into despair. The holiday was fast approaching and Christmas was the last thing on our minds with Becca critically ill in the PICU and everyone else sick too. There was no money for gifts, and there was no time to buy or make anything. I was sick, tired and depressed over the circumstances we found ourselves in. If the phone rang, I was afraid to answer it because it might carry the news that Becca was worsening or no longer here. The phone was a constant reminder of trouble. It rang with bill collectors waiting for money. It rang when medical personnel had more dreaded news or another crisis for Becca. My emotions rose and fell like tidal waves, up, up, up and down, down, down. I tried not to think; not thinking was how I coped. It was like the stairs I ran at the hospital, up and down, and then I’d stop and sit, empty and mindless. I could not think about my children going without gifts at Christmas, but our lives were impossibly out of control. We had fallen into a dark hole due to no fault of my innocent children. At any moment they were going to lose their new baby sister. They were caught in the tidal wave of catastrophic illness when they needed a Santa most to give them hope. How would I explain to my children that Santa forgot them?

I was used to planning ahead and beginning in July bought two presents each month to cover birthdays and Christmas. Over the years my frugal plan had worked flawlessly. I squirreled away the hottest toys for Christmas gifts with early season purchases. While other families were school shopping Iwas  making wishes come true. It was a challenge to make my kids birthdays and Christmas memorable. I love the holidays and I began to bargain shop for Marissa’s September birthday gift. I budgeted a little each month until Christmas, finding sale and clearance treasures, completing my shopping race under budget. In November we celebrated Jim, Nathan and Ian’s birthdays followed in December by Matt’s birthday, and then Kristy’s birthday in early January. The gifts I bought with Jim’s carpet points guaranteed the boys November birthday gifts. Matt at age three was easy; all I needed was something big. Big for my little kids were exciting and ten dollars went a long way. Other than that I had nothing. We had already used the house payment money to pay for medicine, throat cultures and doctors visits for the kids and me while we were sick.

I was a rookie in the being broke game. I called Toys for Tots and discovered I was too late. They quit accepting new registrations before Thanksgiving. Luckily I remembered buried in the rafters, hidden from my sneaky children I had one gift Ihad purchased before things fell apart. Before Becca was born I had purchased the new pirate ship Lego set that had caught Nathan’s eye. It was an expensive present, and I could put both boys’ names on it. I had already cut out doll clothes and a dance costume for Marissa, but the fabric pieces remained on my closet shelf while I was sick. Now that Marissa was home from kindergarten I would not be able to get the covert sewing done, besides I was still too dizzy to sew my visions for Marissa’s holiday present. My eyes were seeing double. We would share dinner with relatives and I hoped I would have a dish to pass, but my cupboards were as bare as Old Mother Hubbard’s. My head spun at the thoughts of a hopeless Christmas and the room took another whirl; exhausted I took some Benadryl and fell back to sleep.

While I slept, Kristy took the picture of Becca from the fireplace and sat alone in a quiet place to cry. It was something I never knew she did until years later. People often think children don’t know what’s happening but they are much more a part of the reality than the adults realize. Kristy never complained and she protected us by caring for the little ones and not adding to our burdens. Iworried sometimes about how this would affect her in the future. Today, she tells me it was the substance that made her strong.

The little elves in my family executed a Christmas plan. Kristy found the Christmas tree in the garage, and she and Nathan, my mechanic, assembled it. Ian and Marissa got busy cutting out paper snowflakes and hung them with dental floss from the ceiling and windows. My little red and green sewing pins stuck six stockings to the mantle. When I awoke, they surprised me with their magical transformation. I had not lifted a finger. They had carefully hung each of their hand made wooden, beaded angel and needlework ornaments crafted by Jim’s parents. Hundreds of hours of love radiated from the tree centered in a carpet of paper snowflake snippets.

I explained to them that Christmas was about family and being together and sharing memories. What was going to be special about this Christmas was that the Yurceks were a family. Christmas is about the baby in the manger who brings hope to a dying world. Our baby was in the hospital and all we had was hope. After spending seven days in bed, I was regaining my strength.

Why did I feel such shame that Santa might not come this year? I prayed, “Oh Lord, How can I find gifts for Kristy, Marissa and Matt? It is already December 23. How can I let my children down?How can I face Christmas morning empty handed? The kids’ baby sister is dying. They need something good to happen.  Please don’t let their baby sister die at Christmas.”

My children were ready for Christmas. I was not. Icouldn’t expect my parents to shower my children with toys; they were struggling with my dad’s recent unemployment. My parents blessed my children with attention, but had no financial resources to give.

Becca was transferred to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) just as I had fallen ill. It had been a very long nine days and finally the kids and I were well. I was healthy enough to see Becca and had been given clearance to drive. I was no longer dizzy.

The PICU had a circular desk, and different beds surrounded it. Off to the side with glass doors were the isolation rooms. One of them housed my Becca, who looked so tiny in the crib in such a big room. She was on oxygen, and they explained to me that she kept forgetting to breathe due to the RSV and pneumonia. The respiratory therapist gave her a treatment to help clear her lungs. She had a blood staph infection, her feedings were on hold, and they were giving her nutrition and fluid by IV. Her heart was in failure. Merry Christmas was far from my thoughts. Bah Humbug! This was not merry, not merry at all. I was dreading Christmas and I was feeling like Ebenezer Scrooge.

Startled out of my doldrums, Mary was standing in front of me saying hello. The nurses had called her to let her know I had arrived. She had something she needed me to sign. That’s all I had been doing, signing, and waiting, and hoping, and praying. Bah Humbug!

She took me to her office. I had no idea where her office was as she always brought the paperwork to me. She opened the door and picked up a large shopping bag. Her smile radiated. “Merry Christmas!” she exclaimed. The nurses had shopped for families who would be without for the holidays. They picked out a present for each one of my six kids. They even purchased the batteries for the remote control car for Nathan. They thought of everything. The bag contained a roll of wrapping paper, bows and even the tape. It’s nooks and crannies were filled with little treats – a box of candy canes and five chocolate Santa Clauses to peek out of the top of the stockings. Miracles really do happen and my wish had been granted. My kids would have Christmas.

Mary told me that the hospital employees often play Santa for families to make sure they would not face the holidays empty handed. She knew that if I were skipping meals to feed the children, there would be nothing for Christmas.

I returned to Becca’s isolation room. She was much too sick to be held. I savored a moment of calm and thankfulness. Slowly I was learning to savor tiny moments of peace and tranquility. I stayed by her side quietly reading before heading home with my miracle sack. I felt so thankful for the graciousness of these kind people. With my ritual kiss goodbye and whispering I love you, I prayed to her angels that she would be here when I returned.

My kids are notoriously nosy and I wanted to surprise them on Christmas morning. I rushed off to pick up Matt and Marissa at Mom’s and stashed the Christmas gifts before the older ones had a clue. While I had been sick, Mom had been busy and blessed us with another surprise. She had sewn Kristy and Marissa new Christmas dresses and my aunt had bought sweaters for the three boys. All my five kids would have new matching outfits to wear for Christmas.

Jim closed the store early on Christmas Eve and helped me dress the little kids for the Christmas Eve service. I told Jim my secret miracle and we smiled eye messages across the heads of our stair step sized children sitting between us in the church pew. We sang for the birth of baby Jesus and our hearts cried out for a Christmas miracle for Becca. After the service the kids played in the manger, Marissa and Matt rode the lifelike donkey proclaiming they were on their way to Bethlehem while I stared down at the tiny doll in the manger and said a quiet prayer for my little baby lying so far away, all alone, in a bed in the PICU. We needed hope in the midst of such incredible sorrow.

Mom invited us for cake and ice cream after the service, but I had other plans. Families are supposed to be together and I was not going to allow Becca to be alone on Christmas. We all went to the hospital to visit Becca, but only Kristy and Iwere able to go to PICU. Jim stayed with the other kids in the lobby while Kristy and I went to say Merry Christmas to Becca. Each child had made Becca a card and the nurse taped the cards to the wall above her bed. I hung Becca’s handmade stocking on the foot of her crib, putting on the Christmas music Kristy had recorded. I made a special Christmas wish, asking for a miracle for Becca. I left her again with a kiss on her feverish cheek and wished her a Merry Christmas and a very blessed goodnight. The walk from PICU to the lobby seemed endless, my heart heavy laden with grief, babies should be home with mommies and daddies on Christmas Eve.

Fresh snow had fallen, and instead of hurrying home on the freeway we meandered past the lighted mansions on Summit Avenue of St. Paul. We passed the Cathedral and the Governor’s manor. The children marveled at the beautifully decorated homes. Matt clapped his hands in joy, while the others argued over which house was the favorite. Ian and Kristy engaged in a competitive battle. Marissa’s face was lit up from the wonder of the lights and its beauty. The kids were enjoying the ride so much that we wound our way home through parks, and lakes, and residential streets for over an hour. It was peaceful and calming. The kids quieted and Matt fell asleep.

Scattered snowflakes were falling and Jim and I listened to the Christmas music playing from the radio. The radio DJ announced that Santa was spotted circling the globe, and Marissa and Ian excitingly questioned how he managed to get all the work done in one evening?

This explanation I left to Jim, it was his turn to try to satisfy his children’s curiosity. His eyes sparkled as he told them Santa was magic and can make anything happen if you only believe. It was a heavenly ride. I reached across the seat setting my hand on Jim’s knee. Jim’s answer had satisfied the children’s curiosity, and Kristy had caught my glare, playing along with the magic of the moment.

It was nearly midnight when we arrived home and the house was pitch black to save on electricity. As we pulled in the driveway, the mini van’s lights shone upon dark shadows lying near the door. Jim hopped out of the van to see what was going on. Then he summoned us as if it were nothing.

As I reached in the back seat to get sleeping Matt, the children shrieked, “Santa came! He came! Santa was already here!”

What were they talking about? I grabbed a confused, groggy Matt. There were nearly a dozen or so thirty-gallon black trash bags left sitting by our front door. Jim and the big kids carried in the bags.

The children tore open the plastic bags to discover dozens of wrapped presents with their names on them. It was blessed chaos. There were tons of groceries, toilet paper, and shampoo. Everything we were out of.  Kristy, Nathan and Ian were stacking the packages by the tree while Marissa and Matt played mountain climbers scaling the huge mounds of packages. Kristy screamed as she caught the tree from falling. Marissa narrowly escaped a plunge from the top of Gift Mountain. Our children were bouncing off the walls, but we finally convinced them that it wasn’t Christmas yet, and Santa required they open presents on Christmas morning like in The Night Before Christmas. They didn’t argue because we had just read the story.

Marissa wondered why Santa left them outside, instead of bringing them down the chimney. Ian, who always had an answer for everything, announced, “he had so much dummy; if he brought the bags down the chimney, he would get the chimney stopped up.” Kristy added “that the house was locked and he could not bring them in the door.” Finally they all scampered off to their rooms and soon were snuggled in beds dreaming of Christmas miracles.

Shortly after midnight the phone rang. It was the resident from PICU calling us to let us know Becca had turned the corner and they upgraded her status to stable. She was improving and was breathing easier so they had removed the ventilator; Becca was now breathing on her own and on supplemental oxygen! Becca was getting better! My Christmas prayers had been answered. And someone, some Santa somewhere had fulfilled my wishes. He or she arrived with bags of toys, and goodies, and groceries. My cupboards would no longer be bare. Jim and I had no means to provide for our family, yet someone, somewhere, knew our needs. I thanked the baby in the manger for this Christmas miracle.

Jim and I put away the much-needed groceries. Two turkeys, packages of hamburger and chicken went into the freezer. We put the canned goods on the shelves . . .apples and oranges, carrots and potatoes, and onions . . . bathroom and hygiene products. There were even a couple loaves of expensive rice bread. Whoever brought this Christmas miracle, had not forgotten anything. They had even picked up a double pack of diapers for Matt who was regressing from his potty training in his upside down life.

The real Christmas miracles were hidden in the tiny details. Buried deep in one of the bags I discovered a brand new pair of much needed white Reebok tennis shoes for me. They fit perfectly. We filled the stockings with candy and small gifts from the bags the kids had not seen. With the gifts from the hospital and the one from us for Nathan and Ian, we had more presents than we had ever imagined. Our room looked like a Hollywood movie Christmas morning scene. Where did all this come from?

Jim and I crawled into bed, hoping to get a few hours of sleep before the kids scrambled upon us to open their presents. They were tired from the late night and for the first time ever on Christmas morning; they slept until 8:00 A.M..

Kristy in her sweats and the little ones in their blanketed sleepers tore into the pile of packages. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, I lost count of the gifts they each received. Nathan screamed pulling out a pair of roller blades, the current hottest trend retailing at $l50 a pair. Who had done this? Ian soon discovered he had a pair too! Kristy found a boom box, a jewelry box, curling iron and music to play. Packages marked to the Yurcek family contained a VCR to replace the one that had been stolen when our house had been robbed and ransacked right before Becca’s birth. There were movies, games, books, colored markers, and art kits for each child. Even Becca was not forgotten. She got new clothes, a diaper bag, several new pink animals and more music. Marissa found a big package with a dollhouse and furniture. She was surrounded in pink heaven. Matt tunneled and laughed through the wrapping paper and boxes. We corralled him to open his presents, a big floppy eared dog, trucks, cars and a train track. The boys tried to set up their new remote control car racing set in the middle of the wrapping mess.

Jim was not to be forgotten and he discovered new socks, sweats, jeans and a belt. He handed me a tiny box from under the tree that he discovered while we were cleaning up and making sure all the tiny toy pieces were not thrown away with the mountain of boxes and wrapping paper. Inside was a solid sterling silver heart necklace with six tiny stones. The necklace was a reminder of hope, a mother’s heart with my six precious children. The six little diamonds sparkled in rainbow colors from our Christmas tree. It was bittersweet to look at as Becca’s heart was slowly failing. But I reminded myself that for today Becca was doing better, and this Christmas we had witnessed a true miracle. Some unknown Santa with a caring heart had done all this for us. But who, how, when?

___________

No longer were our cupboards bare. The kids and I made a fresh fruit salad with real whipped cream. Kristy peeled the apples and Nathan chopped them along with slicing frozen strawberries. Marissa cut banana coins with a bread knife and Ian added one handful of marshmallows to his mouth before adding the next handful to the magical miracle bowl of Christmas fruit.

We dressed for Christmas dinner at my cousins. The family celebrated the day together with aunts and uncles, cousins and second cousins. All were there but one, our Becca.

No longer would we be hungry again. We had food for the next month until our food stamp case opened. The kids had new toys to keep them occupied. We had warm clothing and mittens. I later discovered when our bills arrived, that some unknown Santa paid our phone bill, the utility bills, and our car insurance! We will be forever grateful for the gifts of that year, and we will never forget we witnessed a true Christmas miracle. I have from then on remembered to give back to others as you did for us. Thank you! What you did for us that year was unbelievable! You gave us the gift of hope and belief in miracles.

Buried in one of the bags of the hundreds of dollars in gifts we found a card, wishing us a “Merry Christmas and to all, and to all a good night. You are loved! Santa.”

Those were the same words whispered in tiny Becca’s ear ten days earlier. Was it connected?

Over the next few years, the miracles continued helping us when we needed it most. I tried to find who our anonymous Santa was but we never discovered the giver of the gifts. Whoever it was did not want to be found out. Maybe someday that person or persons will read my writing, and I will finally be able to thank her or him for our Christmas miracle and generosity.

Perhaps, we will never know.

          Τι ανέφερε η NASA για την ύπαρξη εξωγήινης ζωής   
Oι φαν των… X-Files δυστυχώς θα απογοητευτούν για μία ακόμη φορά Μπορεί το βιντεάκι των Anonymous που προανήγγειλε συνταρακτικές ανακοινώσεις της NASA σχετικά με την ύπαρξη εξωγήινης ζωής να προσέλκυσε τα τελευταία 24ωρα εκατομμύρια views, όμως οι φαν των… X-Files δυστυχώς θα απογοητευτούν για μία ακόμη φορά. Όπως επιβεβαίωσε σήμερα η Διαστημική Υπηρεσία των ΗΠΑ, δεν ...
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Precious idea!!!
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Errr.. no. That's exactly what abcaz.com did back in 2001/2. They had a live (ie up-to-the-minute) inventory of products that were available in 3,000+ multiple and independent 'bricks-and-mortar' (ie not online) shops across the London region (the pilot area). If you were searching for a new TV, for example, you had to enter your postcode to see the products (ie TVs) and prices that were available at that precise moment (ie actually in stock, not just listed as stock) in any of the real-world stores listed on the site, in or around your area. By default, these were all sorted by distance from your physical location. In fact, you couldn't even use the site without entering your postcode. And that's because the abcaz concept was ALL about searching locally, hence the name - the 'abc' (ie the easiest way) of the 'a to z' (ie searching locally). In its early incarnation (before it morphed into a purely online price comparison site in 2003), it was the original local shopping search engine - and, although both the technology and retailers' knowledge and acceptance of the web have advanced immeasurably over the last 7 years, no other comparable service has even come close. Except, I would hope, for AskTheLocal! Good luck!!! (PS I know all this because - surprise, surprise - I used to work for the original abcaz.com, all those years back... and, as you might imagine, it was a truly fascinating and logistically frustrating rollercoaster of an experience...).
          Comment on About by Anonymous   
AskTheLocal definitely isn't the first local shopping search engine. That accolade belongs to the first incarnation of abcaz.com (between 2001-2002), before they changed to just online price comparison. But during that time, I remember being able to search for products in more than 3,500 highstreet shops around Greater London. Well before its time.
          Obtaining Twitter Access Tokens with ASP.NET Identity   

Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/WinAZ/archive/2014/03/16/obtaining-twitter-access-tokens-with-asp.net-identity.aspx

It’s easy to implement the ASP.NET Owin support for Log-In with Twitter because you only need to uncomment a statement in Startup.Auth.cs as described in the article, ASP.NET MVC 5 App with Facebook and Google OAuth2 and OpenID Sign-on. However, the problem with the Twitter implementation is that you don’t get OAuth tokens back in the default implementation – there’s only a user name and ID. This post explains how to get those OAuth tokens, which I’ll call Access tokens for consistency with the current ASP.NET implementation. There are two important parts of doing this: changing authentication options in startup to grab the tokens and adding reading logic to to the AccountController login actions.

Modifying Startup Configuration Options

ASP.NET has a default implementation of external login providers in /App_Start/Startup.Auth.cs, using an overload of UseTwitterAuthentication that takes ConsumerKey and ConsumerSecret credentials from the Twitter app page. My solution uses the other overload that accepts a TwitterAuthenticationOptions, shown below:

        public void ConfigureAuth(IAppBuilder app)
        {
            // Enable the application to use a cookie to store information for the signed in user
            app.UseCookieAuthentication(new CookieAuthenticationOptions
            {
                AuthenticationType = DefaultAuthenticationTypes.ApplicationCookie,
                LoginPath = new PathString("/Account/Login")
            });
            // Use a cookie to temporarily store information about a user logging in with a third party login provider
            app.UseExternalSignInCookie(DefaultAuthenticationTypes.ExternalCookie);

            // Uncomment the following lines to enable logging in with third party login providers
            //app.UseMicrosoftAccountAuthentication(
            //    clientId: "",
            //    clientSecret: "");

            app.UseTwitterAuthentication(
                new TwitterAuthenticationOptions
                {
                    ConsumerKey = ConfigurationManager.AppSettings["consumerKey"],
                    ConsumerSecret = ConfigurationManager.AppSettings["consumerSecret"],
                    Provider = new LinqToTwitterAuthenticationProvider()
                });

            //app.UseTwitterAuthentication(
            //   consumerKey: ConfigurationManager.AppSettings["consumerKey"],
            //   consumerSecret: ConfigurationManager.AppSettings["consumerSecret"]);

            //app.UseFacebookAuthentication(
            //   appId: "",
            //   appSecret: "");

            //app.UseGoogleAuthentication();
        }

The important bit of the TwitterAuthenticationOptions instance is the LinqToTwitterAuthenticationProvider assigned to the Provider property. This provider has a virtual method for handling the request after authentication. Here’s the implementation of LinqToTwitterAuthenticationProvider, which I’ll be adding to LINQ to Twitter in the LinqToTwitter.AspNet assembly:

    public class LinqToTwitterAuthenticationProvider : TwitterAuthenticationProvider
    {
        public const string AccessToken = "TwitterAccessToken";
        public const string AccessTokenSecret = "TwitterAccessTokenSecret";

        public override Task Authenticated(TwitterAuthenticatedContext context)
        {
            context.Identity.AddClaims(
                new List<Claim>
                {
                    new Claim(AccessToken, context.AccessToken),
                    new Claim(AccessTokenSecret, context.AccessTokenSecret)
                });

            return base.Authenticated(context);
        }
    }

The Authenticated method executes after the user has logged into Twitter. The objective is to get the credentials and add them to the claims set for the request. In this case, the code adds the AccessToken and AccessTokenSecret to the claims. These claims attach to the context, which the framework passes back to the login logic in AccountController. Notice that the class contains a couple constants to help avoid typos.

Note: The term “Claim” might be a little foreign to you, but it just means “Something you have”. e.g. you have a User ID and Password to prove who you are, but there are other things like tokens that give you access to APIs, like Twitter. In this case, the Access Token and Access Token Secret are claims that you application has access to Twitter.

Saving Twitter Credentials

The points of contact with the AccountController are the ExternalLoginCallback, LinkLoginCallback, and ExternalLoginConfirmation methods. All three of these methods have logic that need to save credentials. The following code shows the call to StoreTwitterCredentials:

        //
        // GET: /Account/ExternalLoginCallback
        [AllowAnonymous]
        public async Task<ActionResult> ExternalLoginCallback(string returnUrl)
        {
            Session.Clear();
            var loginInfo = await AuthenticationManager.GetExternalLoginInfoAsync();
            if (loginInfo == null)
            {
                return RedirectToAction("Login");
            }

            // Sign in the user with this external login provider if the user already has a login
            var user = await UserManager.FindAsync(loginInfo.Login);
            if (user != null)
            {
                await StoreTwitterCredentials(user);
                await SignInAsync(user, isPersistent: false);
                return RedirectToLocal(returnUrl);
            }
            else
            {
                // If the user does not have an account, then prompt the user to create an account
                ViewBag.ReturnUrl = returnUrl;
                ViewBag.LoginProvider = loginInfo.Login.LoginProvider;
                return View("ExternalLoginConfirmation", new ExternalLoginConfirmationViewModel { UserName = loginInfo.DefaultUserName });
            }
        }

        //
        // GET: /Account/LinkLoginCallback
        public async Task<ActionResult> LinkLoginCallback()
        {
            var loginInfo = await AuthenticationManager.GetExternalLoginInfoAsync(XsrfKey, User.Identity.GetUserId());
            if (loginInfo == null)
            {
                return RedirectToAction("Manage", new { Message = ManageMessageId.Error });
            }
            var result = await UserManager.AddLoginAsync(User.Identity.GetUserId(), loginInfo.Login);
            if (result.Succeeded)
            {
                var currentUser = await UserManager.FindByIdAsync(User.Identity.GetUserId());
                await StoreTwitterCredentials(user);
                return RedirectToAction("Manage");
            }
            return RedirectToAction("Manage", new { Message = ManageMessageId.Error });
        }

        //
        // POST: /Account/ExternalLoginConfirmation
        [HttpPost]
        [AllowAnonymous]
        [ValidateAntiForgeryToken]
        public async Task<ActionResult> ExternalLoginConfirmation(ExternalLoginConfirmationViewModel model, string returnUrl)
        {
            if (User.Identity.IsAuthenticated)
            {
                return RedirectToAction("Manage");
            }

            if (ModelState.IsValid)
            {
                // Get the information about the user from the external login provider
                var info = await AuthenticationManager.GetExternalLoginInfoAsync();
                if (info == null)
                {
                    return View("ExternalLoginFailure");
                }
                var user = new ApplicationUser() { UserName = model.UserName };
                var result = await UserManager.CreateAsync(user);
                if (result.Succeeded)
                {
                    result = await UserManager.AddLoginAsync(user.Id, info.Login);
                    if (result.Succeeded)
                    {
                        await StoreTwitterCredentials(user);
                        await SignInAsync(user, isPersistent: false);
                        return RedirectToLocal(returnUrl);
                    }
                }
                AddErrors(result);
            }

            ViewBag.ReturnUrl = returnUrl;
            return View(model);
        }

Each method calls StoreTwitterCredentials, passing an ApplicationUser instance argument. The purpose of the StoreTwitterCredentials method is to extract and save Twitter access tokens. Here’s the implementation:

        async Task StoreTwitterCredentials(ApplicationUser user)
        {
            var claimsIdentity = await AuthenticationManager.GetExternalIdentityAsync(DefaultAuthenticationTypes.ExternalCookie);
            if (claimsIdentity == null) return;

            IList<Claim> currentClaims = await UserManager.GetClaimsAsync(user.Id);
            Claim accessToken = claimsIdentity.FindFirst(LinqToTwitterAuthenticationProvider.AccessToken);
            Claim accessTokenSecret = claimsIdentity.FindFirst(LinqToTwitterAuthenticationProvider.AccessTokenSecret);

            var claimKeys =
                (from claim in currentClaims
                 select claim.Type)
                .ToList();

            if (!claimKeys.Contains(accessToken.Type))
                await UserManager.AddClaimAsync(user.Id, accessToken);

            if (!claimKeys.Contains(accessTokenSecret.Type))
                await UserManager.AddClaimAsync(user.Id, accessTokenSecret);

            var auth = new AspNetAuthorizer
            {
                CredentialStore = new SessionStateCredentialStore
                {
                    ConsumerKey = ConfigurationManager.AppSettings["consumerKey"],
                    ConsumerSecret = ConfigurationManager.AppSettings["consumerSecret"],
                    OAuthToken = accessToken.Value,
                    OAuthTokenSecret = accessTokenSecret.Value
                }
            };

            using (var ctx = new TwitterContext(auth))
            {
                var twitterUser =
                    await
                    (from acct in ctx.Account
                     where acct.Type == AccountType.VerifyCredentials
                     select acct.User)
                    .SingleOrDefaultAsync();

                string name = twitterUser.Name;
                // you can do something with Twitter User data here too
            }
        }

StoreTwitterCredentials gets a list of currentClaims that the program already stores for the user, which is used to prevent adding the credentials more than one time. The important part of this algorithm is the call to AuthenticationManager.GetExternalIdentityAsync. This returns the list of claims that the LinqToTwitterAuthenticationProvider.Authenticated method added to the context.Identity. Identity holds a list of claims. Then the code gets the AccessToken and AccessTokenSecret and adds them to the database. The call to UserManager.AddClaimAsync adds the claim to the ASP.NET database where all the other ASP.NET identity credentials and roles are stored.

After this code executes, open the Server Explorer window (Ctrl+W, L) and open Data Connections, DefaultConnection, Tables, AspNetUserClaims, right-click and select Show Table Data. This will reveal the Twitter Access Tokens that StoreTwitterCredentials saved. Now, any time you need to use those tokens, call UserManager.GetClaimsAsync(user.Id), just like the statement in StoreTwitterCredentials, and pull out the claims and their values.

The remaining part of the StoreTwitterCredentials method shows how to implement LINQ to Twitter integration. Notice how I added all four credentials to the AspNetAuthorizer. Any time you load all four credentials into an authorizer, LINQ to Twitter will not require the user to authorize your application again. You can just use the authorizer and perform queries right away as demonstrated in StoreTwitterCredentials where it instantiates a TwitterContext with the AspNetAuthorizer and performs the VerifyCredentials query. The VerifyCredentials query lets you validate that the credentials you have are good and gives you a User entity instance back.

Summary

Now you know how to modify the Twitter Owin login provider built into ASP.NET to obtain Twitter access tokens. You also saw how to modify code in AccountController to read and save those tokens. As an added bonus, you learned how to perform LINQ to Twitter integration, allowing you the best of both worlds by also letting your Twitter development work the way the default ASP.NET projects are set up in Visual Studio.


          Another Christian politician caught in adultery   
Is it any wonder that Christians are losing their credibility? Indiana congressman Mark Souder’s resignation, announced Tuesday, came after anonymous tipsters called his aides and his opponents in a Republican primary to say he was having an extramarital affair with a part-time staffer, according to sources familiar with the calls. The conservative Christian congressman’s chief [Read More...]
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          How Indian media rated Union Budget 2017   
With the country set for crucial assembly elections and yet dealing with the continuing effects of demonetisation, this year’s budget was much anticipated. Here is a round-up of what editorials of some of the leading dailies had to say.

The Hindu

The Hindu lauded the Finance Minister for managing to bring about the right balance – one which would provide solutions to the reduction in economic activity, particularly in the informal sector post demonetisation, as well as provide long term solutions to ensure that black money is not regenerated. This has been done by reducing the income tax rates from 10% to 5% for the lowest income bracket as well as halving tax rates for small and medium enterprises.

There may be no big new schemes or dramatic reforms; the big bang in this Budget is the shift from unfettered populism. On the flip side, the promise to confiscate assets of defaulters such as Vijay Mallya who flee the country and, separately, clean up electoral funding — the most potent root of corruption — appear to be red herrings at best.

The Business Line

Echoing these sentiments, this editorial also praises Jaitely for not making unrealistic growth and revenue projections given that there are several factors which will lead to uncertainty in the coming year.

Gross tax revenues are projected to rise by about 12 per cent over this year’s revised estimates, implying a realistic tax buoyancy (tax growth as a ratio of nominal GDP growth) of less than one. This budget has wisely not overestimated ‘compliance’, which has been a failing of many recent budgets — this is despite the fact that demonetisation has expanded the tax base and demonstrated its effects in terms of higher tax collections.

The Indian Express

As some of the states prepare for Assembly elections in just a few weeks, there was an anticipation of various sops to woo voters. However, the Indian Express editorial notes that Budget 2017 did not play to the gallery and focused on maintaining fiscal prudence without going overboard to contain fiscal deficits.

Since November, foreign portfolio investors have pulled out over $10 billion from India, on the back of rising interest rates in the US and the prospect of their rising further because of the Federal Reserve’s likely response to an expansionist fiscal stance of the Trump government. The Modi government’s tenure so far has been notable for a commitment to macroeconomic stability — reining in inflation as well as the twin deficits — which was the bane of the previous regime.

However, the editorial concludes that this budget alone is unlikely to bring about economic growth. It also remains to be seen if the next budget, given that it will be the last one before the general elections, will be along the same lines.

The Hindustan Times

On the tone of the budget, the Hindustan Times editorial points out that there were three important aspects – growth, sentiment and relief. Relief, particularly because the economy is not prepared to handle any drastic changes given that the nation is still reeling from the effects of demonetisation. There is a feeling that some push for economic growth has been given through infrastructure and banks.

By promising almost Rs 4 lakh crore of investment in creating infrastructure, the budget may have done enough to ensure public investment keeps the wheels of the economy turning till such time private investment is ready to take over. There was enough in it for housing and banks (expectedly, stocks of companies in the two businesses did very well, and drove growth in stock market indices), two sectors that have the ability to amplify, or at the least, transmit growth.

The New Indian Express

According to this one, the only surprise in the budget was that there were no surprises. While echoing sentiments that the budget’s focus was on fiscal discipline, there were some problem areas pointed out, particularly measures to repair ailing public sector banks.

Budget was a failure in expectation management. Public sector lenders are crumbling under the weight of bad loans, banks need over $1.6 trillion capital and Jaitley’s Rs 10,000 crore fire-fighting fund looks like a water pistol. Increased NPA provisions will reduce tax liability, but are inadequate. Jaitley’s fourth Budget contains economic logic embroidered with political poetry, but falls short of decisive action plan just where it’s needed.

The Deccan Chronicle

One of the other areas of criticism is that income from agriculture has been exempted from tax. In a certain sense, this is contradictory to the government’s stated commitment to attack black money given that it is a well known fact that urban rich uses this loophole to evade taxes. It also notes that farmers feel short changed.

The higher allocation for rural India hasn’t enthused farmers, who note that of the Rs 21.47 lakh crore Budget, Rs 1 lakh crore was for government staff under the 7th Pay Commission award. By that yardstick, the 60 per cent of the population living in rural areas should get Rs 60 lakh crores!

The Times of India

This paper remained critical of the budget for its failure to boost economic growth and pointed out various similarities to the budget of the UPA regime. However, one positive aspect has been the boost to transport and infrastructure, including the railways. Direct tax incentives have been given to the construction sector.

However, the higher spending in railways, with a commendable emphasis on creating a new fund to enhance safety, does not paper over problems. In 2016-17, railways is unlikely to meet its revenue targets even as payouts for salaries and pensions creep up. Total spending thus increased by 6.5% to Rs 21.46 trillion with interest payments on past debts accounting for 30% of the additional increase.

The Telegraph

Demonetisation and black money was of course the recurring theme in the Budget. Given its adverse effects, the move needed to be legitimised by the government through this budget. However, the Telegraph is sceptical about the Finance Minister’s claims.

The finance minister is obviously banking on the fear factor, that is, after the demonetization scare, more and more people will declare their true incomes. The rise of around 14 per cent in direct tax collections this fiscal that he claimed was owing to demonetization is an obvious exaggeration, since the scheme was announced only in November 2016. 

The Wire

Siddharth Varadarajan writes that the government’s move to limit anonymous cash donations to parties to Rs.2000 per person is merely an eye wash and may not result in the intended objective of rooting out big money from politics.

so long as the veil of anonymity is not removed, this reform will be of little practical consequence. Just as large cash donations today are booked as hundreds of smaller donations that are shown as less than Rs 20,000, the same exercise will continue, except that parties will now claim thousands of even smaller donations. If they are not obliged to record the details of each donor, the potential for black money finding its way to their coffers remains.


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          A Week In Gratitude – How Being Grateful Creates Happiness   

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My Gratitude List

My home group is a 9am Sunday morning “Gratitude Meeting.”

Let me clarify this for you: I, a very over-worked and sleepy 25-year-old woman, wake up at 7:45 every Sunday morning so I can sit in a room with 50+ drunks and talk about what I’m grateful for. Why? Because it’s incredible. It is my weekly treat for my soul. Even on my worst days, gratitude is present. Gratitude helps me appreciate everything my higher power, AA and sobriety have given me.

What is Gratitude?

Gratitude is the state of being grateful.

It’s as simple [...]

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          Vie extraterrestre: la réponse de la Nasa aux prédictions du groupe Anonymous   
Après que les hackers d'Anonymous ont affirmé que la Nasa était sur le point d'annoncer la découverte d'extraterrestres, cette dernière a pris la parole.
          Kommentar zu Deutsche Bahn Sommer-Ticket: 4x durch ganz Deutschland ab 19€ pro Fahrt – nur für alle unter 27 von Anonymous   
Zählt es auch als eine Fahrt wenn ich von A nach B will aber ein-/mehrmals umsteigen muss?
          Comment on An End to the Elite Foreign Service? by LesterBee   
Like anonymous says, Foreign Service officers are committed to rotationality, which means not only moving overseas every 2-4 years but also switching jobs at HQ in the same kinds of timeframes. They are generalists who can be dropped into any situation and figure out how to function. Not everybody is able to do that, or prepared to take the stress involved. Sure, there are plenty of people outside the Foreign Service who would be happy to take one job in once place, but after that they usually want to return to what they know. Everyone wants an interesting experience, but your average civil servant usually sees that as a break from the job. It takes a special kind of person to embrace change as the job itself. Diplomacy is a legitimate profession like any other and diplomats should not be ashamed of their skills or body of knowledge just because it makes other people nervous. Anonymous is wrong, though, in saying that the meritocratic approach is new. 25 years ago, there were even more applicants for even fewer positions. The Department has always hired fewer than five per cent of those interested. In fact, in the 1980s, it was closer to one per cent. Critics of the Foreign Service are getting their way, though. Friends in DFAIT tell me that the Canadian Foreign Service Institute is specifically forbidden from mentioning Foreign Service Officers in its course descriptions--seems every clerk and researcher feels they have the same need to know how to prod their way out of a minefield, and gets upset if those who are most likely to be sent there are singled out in training materials. The management of the department, never the best, is increasingly stacked with butt-kissers and the know-nothings who make them comfortable. How else could DFAIT be facing a situation where divisions have seen their operating budgets cut by fifty per cent? I hear that most of them have been told they will not be able to travel until April 2010, no kidding. The only people who can go to international conferences these days are from so-called domestic departments.
          Comment on Buenos Aires and the Journey Home – Chapter 3 by Anonymous   
After reflexion, I have abandonned all my current activities to offer some competition to the Diego Maradonna look-alike guy, I made 50 pesos pretending to be me...<br />Furthermore, I testify that everything in the post is indeed true, except the part about Lima, I've never seen it, so it does not exist.<br />Martana
          [Free] 2017(June) Ensurepass Pass4sure VMware 2V0-731 Actual Tests 1-10   
Ensurepass2017 June VMware Official New Released 2V0-731 Q&As100% Free Download! 100% Pass Guaranteed!http://www.ensurepass.com/2V0-731.html VMware Certified Professional 7 – Cloud Management and Automation QUESTION 1 Which two components are delivered by a load-balanced vRealize Automation virtual appliance? (Choose two.)   A. Proxy Agent B. DEM Worker C. Identity Manager D. vRealize Orchestrator   Correct Answer: CD     QUESTION 2 What is the correct method for adjusting an existing approval policy that is assigned?   A. Edit the existing policy and update the policy version number. B. Copy the policy, edit the copy, and assign the new copy of the policy. C. Create a new policy, delete the old policy, then assign the new policy. D. Export the policy, edit in an XML editor, and import the policy.   Correct Answer: B     QUESTION 3 Which vCloud Air authorization level is required to add vCloud Air as an Endpoint in vRealize Automation?   A. VPC User B. End User Role C. Read-only Administrator D. Virtual Infrastructure Administrator   Correct Answer: D     QUESTION 4 Which two IIS authentication settings must be enabled on the vRealize Automation IaaS web server? (Choose two.)   A. Negotiate Provider B. Windows Authentication Kernel Mode C. Windows Authentication Extended Protection D. Anonymous Authentication   Correct Answer: AB     QUESTION 5 What are two prerequisites when integrating vRealize Automation with NSX? (Choose two.)   A. A vCloud Air endpoint has been created. B. A vRealize Orchestrator endpoint has been created. C. A vSphere endpoint with network and security has been created. D. An NSX endpoint has been created.   Correct Answer: CD     QUESTION 6 Entitlements are specific to which vRealize Automation containers?   A. Fabric Groups B. Business Groups C. Endpoints D. Tenants   Correct Answer: B     QUESTION 7 What is one reason snapshots would NOT be available in the Clone from snapshot window when using the Linked Clone build Action?   A. The source virtual machine should be a virtual machine template. B. The source virtual machine has multiple snapshots. C. Data collection must be run for the vSphere Endpoint to retrieve the snapshot information. D. Data collection must be run for the Compute Resource to retrieve the snapshot information.   Correct Answer: B     QUESTION 8 Where are vRealize Automation property dictionary items defined?   A. TheCustom Propertytab B. TheDesigntab C. TheInfrastructuretab D. TheAdministrationtab   Correct Answer: C     QUESTION 9 A user receives a submission page with a red exclamation when attempting to submit a request. Which option best explains this behavior?   A. The approver has NOT approved the request. B. The user exceeded the allowable resources for that request. C. Actions have NOT been assigned to that item. D. The user is NOT entitled to that resource.   Correct Answer: B         QUESTION 10 Which option would explain why an error message is displayed when the vRealize Automation Software architect attempts to add the Load Init Data software component?  ... Read More
          Box 2009   
Genre: Horror, SciFi/Fantasy, Suspense/Thriller
Running Time:
116 min.
MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Director:
Richard Kelly
Writer:
Richard Kelly, Richard Matheson
Cast:
Cameron Diaz, James Marsden, Frank Langella, Basil Hoffman, Gillian Jacobs, James Rebhorn, Michele Durrett, Andria Blackman, Lisa K. Wyatt, Patrick Canty

Synopsis

Norma and Arthur Lewis are a suburban couple with a young child who receive an anonymous gift bearing fatal and irrevocable consequences. A simple wooden box, it promises to deliver its owner $1 million with the press of a button. However, pressing this button will simultaneously cause the death of another human being somewhere in the world--someone they don't know. With just 24 hours to have the box in their possession, Norma and Arthur find themselves in the crosshairs of a startling moral dilemma and face the true nature of their humanity.



          His-story. Not her or our story   
Anonymous, Denver, CO.
          Anonymous donation to enable football club to repair damage caused by yobs   
STAFF at a football club are 'absolutely thrilled' after being given an anonymous donation of £2,000 to pay for repairs after yobs smashed holes in the facilities at their stadium in Atherton.
          A former heroin addict's personal testimony   

Curing drug addiction: a spiritual approach

Late last year a religious order brother brought a former heroin addict to the Thomas More Centre to meet and speak to office staff about how her return to the Catholic Faith brought about a cure in her condition, when all else had failed. The following is her personal testimony, underlining her conviction that a religious dimension is a vital means for achieving a permanent cure for drug addiction.

I was 17-years-old when I first smoked heroin. The friend who introduced me to this died on Christmas Eve 1987 when he, and another nine people, accidentally shot up ajax.

It seemed so innocent to me at the time, many years before these things were to happen. It all seemed so friendly. I had never felt so good before - it was as if I didn't belong to this world any more, but had stepped into another. I felt so free, so alive, so in control, so happy and carefree, like a child again. I had met my partner for life, I thought. No-one or nothing would ever wrestle for my affection - for all my affection was lost in this.

My heart became detached from all human love; it was totally in love with heroin and how it treated me. It caressed my soul with gentle floods of warmth in an ecstatic union of love. I would run after it like honey, as one runs after the person one loves. It took all of my attention and I gave it the best years of my life.

Lost life

In reality, my life was ruined as I became a relentless chaser of my own lost life. It had me completely in its fix by the age of 19 and then after that for another nine years. I felt as if I had lost my soul all of those years - as if I were dead. The only life I had in me was for that, and when I did not have that I had only deep, deep depression. A darkness would straightaway engulf me and leave me only what could alleviate my pain - heroin.

I entered rehabilitation centres so many times - even to Narcotics Anonymous. I went on a methodone program twice, but all was in vain. I began to see myself as a totally hopeless case. I would inject heroin twelve times a day from whatever time I awoke to about midnight every few hours. No-one's worries for me, no-one's good advice, no-one's sleepless nights could help or cure me.

In the end, God alone proved to be the instrument of my cure.

During the last four years of my use of heroin, I used to pray to God every time I injected myself. With tears in my eyes I would ask God to forgive me and not let me die - for I knew I had lost my free will.

God did answer my prayers. He came to me when I least expected it. He took me by the hand, showed me His heart and the love in it for me; He gave me another choice: life with Him; living by His commandments. And He showed He could deliver me before it was too late - for my fatal overdose was just around the corner. This, too He made clear to me.

I changed, not from any fear of over- dosing, but because I knew I was loved and saved already, even before I had taken the steps. I knew my Saviour had come to set me free and make me wholly belong to Him. I knew that there really was a power greater than all else and that I could become whole again.

Nothing was hard for me after that day. I prayed, I fasted, I confessed my sins, I went daily to church and was completely healed of all my heroin and methodone through prayers and novenas. I was made new again as if I had never ever been an addict. Only God could do that. Only God can make us whole again, just like the egg, the symbol of Easter wholeness - because Jesus suffered and set us free.

The egg is the symbol of my new life in God. My complete healing gives me hope for others. But they too must pray.

Church help

I know that the Church can help addicts, no matter how confused they may be. All things are possible through God.

I have in my heart a place for heroin addicts to come to complete restoration again. I know it can be done, for it is already happening in Europe.

A drug rehabilitation that really works will include a spiritual program, one that embraces all that the Church teaches. It will include forgetting about self and moving out to others, prayer, fasting, the sacraments and works of charity. Also essential, how to live a functional life again, learning all the basic elements, from cooking to visiting the elderly in nursing homes; from mending one's own socks to making beautiful things by hand and selling them; from learning to pray to growing vegetables.

Yes, it can be done; it must be done. And who will help put such a place together in each capital city and regional centre? Who will be the first to reach out?


          BD govt sign $140m loan agreement with IDB for Padma Bridge   
UNB, Dhaka, 24 May : After the World Bank and Japan, Bangladesh government signed another loan agreement of US$ 140 million with the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Tuesday morning to finance the Padma Multipurpose Bridge (PMB) Project.
The agreement was signed at the Ministry of Finance in presence of Finance Minister AMA Muhith and visiting IDB president Dr Ahmad Mohamed Ali.

IDB will provide US$ 140 million to finance the construction of the PMB project with the approach roads and toll plaza.
Of the estimated cost of US$ 2.97 billion for the country’s longest 6.15 km Padma Bridge project, the government has already signed a US$ 1.12 billion credit agreement with the World Bank on 28 April and another US$ 415 million credit agreement with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on 18 May.
The Padma Bridge will connect the southwestern region with the rest of the country.
IDB was the first among the co-financiers (Abu Dhabi Fund, ADB, JICA and World Bank) of the Padma Multipurpose Bridge to approve financing for this mega-project that will help to boost the economy of Bangladesh and improve road connectivity in the region. Photo : Ashraful Alom tito

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Bangladesh National vitamin 'A' plus campaign on 29 May
Dhaka, 24 May : The Bangladesh national vitamin 'A' plus campaign will be observed across the country on 29 May with a view to preventing blindness including night-blindness among the children.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to open the Vitamin A plus campaign at Ganabahaban in the morning of 28 May.
On this day, all the children aged between 1-5 years will be given one high-powered vitamin A capsule (200000 IU) and all other children aged between 2-5 years to be fed with one anti-worm (Elbendazol-400mg) tablet.
Besides, for the first time all the children aged between 6-11 months in Satkhira, Barisal, Gopalganj, Comilla and Moulvibazar districts and Rajshahi and Barisal city corporation areas will be fed with one high powered blue coloured vitamin A capsule (100000 unit) on an experimental basis this year.

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Thunderstorm kills five including 4 children in Malda district
Malda, 24 May : Five persons including four children were killed and thousands of houses were damaged in Malda when a thunderstorm ravaged the district on Monday.
Harischandrapur II, Chanchal I, Kaliachak II & III, and Manikchak blocks were the worst affected.

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Bangladeshi singer regales with Rabindranath's songs...
Pallab Bhattacharya, New Delhi, 24 May : A "jugalbandi" of Rabindranath Tagore's songs and their recitation may sound simple but its innovative presentation here made it stand out in the midst of activities marking the poet's 150th birth anniversary.
Eminent Bangladeshi Rabindrasangeet singer Dr Chanchal Khan and leading recitation artist Dahlia Ahmed took the dais n Delhi for the first time and their rendition and recital of Tagore's songs for one and half hours in front of a packed audience recently made it a memorable one.
The programme was not directed at just Bengali- speaking people. A sizable presence of non-Bengali speaking people among the audience in the Maitree Hall of Bangladesh High Commission was also drawn into the event as both Dr Chanchal Khan rendered the English versions of Tagore's songs and explained the theme, background and context of the songs. He was ably supported by Dahlia. File Photo : STAR

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Anindya Mitra to be new Advocate General of West Bengal
Kolkata, 24 May : Barrister Anindya Mitra is set to be the new Advocate General of West Bengal, while senior advocate Debasish Roy is to take over as Government Pleader.
Anindya Mitra will succeed Balai Roy as the new Advocate General of the state, officials said here. The file relating to his appointment has been sent to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her clearance, following which a gazette notification will be made, they said.

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Construction of school-cum-cyclone shelters to begin in June in Sidr hit areas, IDB President witnesses deals signed with contractors
Dhaka, 24 May : The construction of about 100 school-cum-cyclone shelters will begin next month in the countries Southwestern areas where the devastating cyclone Sidr hit in November 2007 leaving thousands of people dead.
Islamic Development Bank (IDB) will provide the fund from a donation made by an anonymous philanthropist soon after the Sidr hit the area.
The charity donor entrusted a total of US$ 130 million (about Tk 910 crore) to the IDB with a condition that his name will never be disclosed. The IDB sponsored a special programme titled “Fael Khair Programme for Relief of Cyclone Sidr Victims in Bangladesh to implement the project in two components.
Photo : UNB
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Lightning kills seven in Malda and South 24 Parganas dists
Malda, Kolkata, 24 May : Seven persons, including five teenagers, died and five others injured after being struck by lightning in separate incidents in Malda and South 24 Parganas districts, police said today.
Four of them, including a woman, died after being hit by thunderbolt in Baisnabnagar, Manikchak, Englishbazar and Kaliachak blocks of Malda yesterday, they said. Two others, from Gajole and Manickchak blocks of the district, who were admitted to hospital with serious burn injuries succumbed this morning, police said, adding that the injured were treated at different health centres.
In South 24 Parganas'' Dholakat area, 54-year-old farmer Bhim Haldar, who was working in his field, died on the spot after being hit by lightning.
The thunderstorm damaged mango orchards, spread over an area of 2,250 hectares in Malda, a horticulture officer said. The total loss in mango cultivation was estimated at Rs 2.41 crore, the officer added.

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USAID supports move to conserve Sundarbans Eco-System
UNB, Dhaka, 24 May : The Sundarbans is the jewel in the crown of Bangladesh’s protected area system, said Denise Rollins of USAID, at a workshop in the city today.
The Mission Director for United States Agency for International Development (USAID), was speaking at the workshop organized by the Government of Bangladesh to discuss ways the government, donor partners and the private sector can work together to conserve the wetlands and forests of Bangladesh, particularly in the Sundarbans.

In her remarks, Rollins said, “The Sundarbans is also the essence of ‘co-management,’ which brings together different government agencies, development partners, the NGO community, and more than one million Bangladeshis living on the Sundarbans borders striving to save their environment.”
As part of the USAID-funded Integrated Protected Area Co-Management (IPAC) program, the workshop was organized to create a platform for different stakeholders working in the Sundarbans to share their activities and experiences and to encourage collaboration and coordination in conserving nature where possible.
The US Government, through USAID, has supported co-management for conservation in Bangladesh for more than a decade, and currently provides $13 million through this program to conserve 25 protected forest areas and wetlands of Bangladesh through co-management - a concept that brings together the community and the government to promote transparency and accountability in conserving and managing these important natural resources.
The US Government, through USAID, administers programs in five key areas in Bangladesh: Improving health and pre-primary education; creating income opportunities for rural poor; supporting good governance; enhancing food security; and strengthening disaster preparedness and providing emergency assistance following natural disasters.
Since 1971, the U.S. Government has provided over $5.8 billion in assistance to Bangladesh, said a release of US Embassy in Dhaka.

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          Montegrappa Pens   

“The pen is mightier than the keyboard.” Anonymous In today’s age of smartphones and texting, some say that the art of handwriting has died but I disagree. Sending someone a handwritten thank-you note or a birthday card, which I do
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          Comment on D’Angelo Bailey Lawsuit thrown out by judge by anonymous   
here is the full rap from servitto: Mr. Bailey complains that his rap is trash So he's seeking compensation in the form of cash Bailey thinks he's entiteled to some monetary gain Because Eminem used his name in vain Eminem says Bailey used to throw him around Beat him up in the john, shoved his face in the ground Eminem contends that his rap is protected By the rights guaranteed ny the first amendment Eminem maintains that the story is true And that Bailey beat him black and blue In the alternative he states that the story is phoney And a reasonable person would think it's baoney The Court must always balance the rights Of a defendant and one placed in a false light If the plaintiff presents no question of fact To dismiss is the only acceptable act http://www.thesmokinggun.com/file/judge-raps-eminem-accuser?page=12
          Comment on Sample Page by elephant auto insurance phone number   
Hmmm…I’m not real sure about my spiritual gifts. I try to be an encourager, and try to walk this journey in love, joy, and peace. I prefer teaching/praying/ministering in small groups or with individuals. I like to give to others anonymously. So…there you go!Love you, friend!
          Neighborly complaint: Fix those hooves!   

Someone in Gordonsville has dropped the reins on taking care of at least one of the horses on an estate on Lovers Lane near Route 33, and a neighbor’s complaint is not gaining much traction with local officials or the owners, despite the owners’ seemingly ample resources and the pro-horse outlook of many in rural Albemarle county.

A neighbor who wishes to remain anonymous took a photo of the pony in question, which appears to be suffering from gross hoof neglect. Hoof neglect occurs when a horse’s hooves are not trimmed and the overgrown portions alter the orientation of the feet in relation to the ground, making it painful for the horse to walk and potentially causing tendon damage.

Horses are normally taken to farriers every couple of months for trimming and shoeing. These horse specialists practice a trade dating back to the Middle Ages that has roots in blacksmithing.

Though the issue was brought to the attention of Orange County Animal Control in April by the neighbor, the pony has been continually sighted with no noticeable changes to the hooves, even as recently as last week. In communications with the complainant, Orange animal control officials have repeatedly asserted that the pony is receiving rescue care, however they did not respond the neighbor’s request for proof of this.

“That length of hoof can only be caused by lack of hoof care,” said Maya Proulx of Hope’s Legacy Equine Rescue in Afton. “To grow feet that long might have taken a year to a year and a half.”

Ms. Proulx added that while severe overgrowth could not be fixed overnight, significant improvement should be visible if the issue was raised in April.

The vast estate where the pony grazes includes a mansion and two symmetrical ponds, as well as sprawling acreage containing numerous other horses that depict telltale signs of good maintenance—sleek, shiny coats and neatly groomed feet. So why has one pony fallen by the wayside?

Cindy Smith, an expert with Central Virginia Horse Rescue, thinks nutrition might be the culprit.

“Because they’re out on grass that’s too rich for them, a reaction in the hind gut can cause horses to run a fever in the feet,” said Smith. Laminitus can lead to swelling of hooves, potentially causing overgrowth, or foundering. “The pony has not had a fare for months. It is a very painful condition. It’s definitely a violation not to have proper care and it would be up to a judge as to whether the animal should remain on the farm.”


          24-hour helpline for college and university students launched   

The Kids Help Phone – a 24-hour telephone and online service providing counselling and support to children and youth – now has an older sibling.

Good2Talk, which operates 24/7, 365 days a year, is a telephone helpline aimed specifically at postsecondary students aged 17 to 25. Callers can speak confidentially and anonymously with a professional counsellor, and also get connected to community resources about mental health, addiction, financial challenges, housing and other issues.


             


My dear Friend Manfred Manera will open soon his gallery-shop in Venice, if you are in that beautiful city check it out!




Press Release

Opening of "The Merchant of Venice " Gallery 07/05/2011 at 6 P.M.
Campo Sant'Angelo 3579 , Venice
( An initiative of the Venetian Multiversal Academy*)


On the 7th of May 2011 in the heart of Venice, in campo Sant Angelo, "The Merchant of Venice " Gallery will be
inaugurated as a space devoted to the renaissance of the ancient tradition of the Venetians merchants and with the aim of
bringing back Venice to its historical role of capital of the silk roads of which, the maritime city , had always been its most
western outpost. " The Merchant of Venice " Gallery, after Shakespeare play , will show the textile art collected by the
Venetian traveler Manfred Manera, who, since many years is following the steps of the Venetians Merchants in Asia, and
samples of traditional textile art from the silk roads of which the production is still alive and has survived at the impact of
industrial globalization. It will be a space devoted to the art of the Merchant in a Ruskian sense." To buy and sell is not only
a mercantile action, but also a moral one. From here the imperative for the buyer never to encourage exploitation which
mutilate or the monotony which corrupts."
The Gallery will be focused on textile art for its essential symbolic message and ornamental value, for its being a-
conceptual. In our always more virtual world, textile art has the great value of launching an appeal to come back to senses.
Textile art is in-fact essentially a tactile art: carpets, textiles, velvets are made to be caressed, touched; they are not just a
concept, an idea. The sensuality of this art melts harmoniously with the esthetics and cromatic tradition inherited from the
Venetian civilization.
The " Merchant of Venice " will offer also a space for conferences, book launches, documentaries projections and
photographic exhibitions about the silk roads. It will stage shows of contemporary artists who in their work explore the
borders between anonymous, traditional art and individualistic art in the western sense. Artist who are also artisans
according to the definition given by the philosopher Elemire Zolla : " An artist is a craftsman who experiences coincidences,
feeling of "deja vu...", during his activity") Artists who, positioned between two world, the Orient and the West, are
following Goethe's call to merge the best elements of each reality.

Last but not least, fundamental aim of the new space in Sant'Angelo will be on one side to oppose the progressive
desertification of the urban texture of Venice in the process of being suffocated by the overflow of international luxury
brands which have the tendency to standardize most of the historical centers of Europe, and, on the other, to resist the
invasion of cheap souvenirs often produced by sweat shops, if not by veritable slaves of our times. The intention is to
prevent Venice from becoming very soon one more alienating " Shopping Mall" as those which are mushrooming in the
megalopolis of the contemporary world.
The Merchant of Venice gallery will be a lively source of resistance to the desertification and standardization of our planet
and of human activities.

* The Venetian Multiversal Academy is a no-profit organization founded in Vienna in 2007 by the Journalist, Manfred
Manera and the philosopher Richard Weihe with the aim to sustain the biodiversity of human activities.


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          Are you anonymously trolling people online?   
Are you good at getting people riled up online while remaining anonymous? Do you use a fake online identity to have some fun on the Internet? If so the producers of Catfish want to hear from you.
          Mike Rizzo on Anonymous Nats Quotes on Bullpen: ‘Put your name on it or shut up’   
Mike Rizzo renews his frustration with anonymous quotes, this time in defense of Nationals bullpen.
          Comment on This week’s readings – Nationalism, Postnationalism and Digital Power by Leslie   
If anyone can write under an assumed identity, it's a lot of power. As Frost mentioned, anonymity can be a problem, because it skews the way people express themselves. And, many times, this power is used for bad things. But on the other hand, not being anonymous can do the same thing, but probably to a lesser degree. Like Honieh mentioned, we do not currently have a true Internet community/nationality. Rather, many are just "users" of the Internet, not harnessing its power to its fullest extent. The Internet is here & available, but it is not being used to its full potential yet. The possibilities are there, though. I definitely see where Frost is coming from, that the fact that the Internet is so anonymous makes it difficult to create a common identity. The very way the Internet is used has prevented it to be seen for its true potential. It's a tool for personal exploit. For example, every time people go on a website where they must log in, they have the option of creating an alias through the use of a "username," preventing them from having to truly identify themselves. The potential is there for the user population to harness the Internet as a vehicle for social change, reform, etc, but in order to do so, we as a collective must come to an understanding that to harness the power of the Internet for the "greater good" of the majority, we must first become aware of its potential. We must understand that, yes, the Internet can be used for these consumerist purposes, but that should be secondary. The Internet could potentially allow the masses to overcome various types of world powers. But, as a mass, we'd have to understand this and "snap out" of using it for mainly consumerist purposes.
          Comment on This week’s readings – Nationalism, Postnationalism and Digital Power by Ryan   
The Frost piece taking Habermas' ideas of a public sphere and Anderson's work on how print media helped to engender and reify nationalism and solidarity through literacy and language, Frost tries to connect their ideas to the internet to see if it has a similar or new effect through four facets: 1) sense of community 2) systems of meaning 3) political engagement and 4) social inclusiveness. Upon arguing that internet identities are anonymous and disposable, I think that this actually pertains to Harris' last travelogue to see how one's online identity translates or connects with their real-life identity. Questions of authenticity arise, however, with respect to Frost's argument I don't think that identities can be reduced to such simplistic words. Whether online or not, identities are extremely complicated, fluid, and sometimes contradictory as online users whether blogs or social networking sites can often strategically develop their identities to look great whereas other times individuals can also write or post texts, images, or videos to damage their own image or identity. How this translates to a sense of community online and/or offline becomes murky. Communities that come to mind are gaming fans, political groups (Tea Party Movement), and other communal groups advocating for something. I tend to disagree on a certain level with Frost, the online anonymity that seems to dismantle social bonds I feel is not justified. Who's anonymous online? Sure, people can create different identities (avatars) but these can be masks of their real ones that might be a way of protecting themselves online, but when people meet up, these masks or anonymous identities soon become dismantled. However, I would agree with her that online identities can in a way a illusory or exaggerated social network rather than dismantling social bonds. Again, as Elizabeth and Alexandra bring up, a digital divide of access is clearly evident that seems to be undermined by this democratic ideology that the internet empowers everyone. Also, the fact that English seems to dominate the internet architecture also speaks to who it is for and who it excludes. I do think that the internet can help to foster a sense of meaning, but I question like others its ability to sustain these meanings and solidarity. Politically, it can be utilized in ways to engage people to participate democratically e.g. Rock the Vote, Obama's campaign, and more, but it can be limited on the level of the quality and value of engagement. For example, the difference between being engaged through making a donation on behalf of a political or social cause or actually doing something more. It makes me think that the internet creates a false sense of belonging or participation in certain cases. "these “loose constituencies of shared interest cannot lay the groundwork for the demanding task of political life” >> To which I would agree. Frost's conclusion was interesting because it made me feel like those who utilize a 'grassroots campaign style' with much more to gain by "pioneering new ways of social relations, meaning, and engagement than others... I wonder who these people are??? What do they look like all around and what are they fighting for to gain? I wonder too, usually great movements do have great leaders and causes that people are willing to put their lives on the line. I don't necessarily believe that the internet has the capacity to do this because of its freedom. Yet, Morozov's example of how those in Iran who used Twitter are now deemed enemies of the state highlights what Lanier and the others' comments with the difference between how governments, corporations, and individuals use the internet > censorhip, spying, democracy, networking, etc. Plus, national solidarities aren't just born from the modes of communication like print or net literacies, but more so stem from ideologies, economies, and power and so much more. For example: America, capitalism, freedom, democracy really masks disparity of wealth, greed, selfish, independence, etc. that lie at the heart of its prosperity, not to mention the military power which has helped the US to be so great. I would say that when the governments step in and censor or use these social networking sites, what does that say about its power of communication. Other countries governments understand the importance of severing communication to strategically hinder their subjects efforts to mobilize, collaborate, spread ideas, and act. Neither democracies or internet-based contention come first, dictatorships do which spawn both of these. But using the internet to push for democracy is a possibility. I think that the people are just trying to utilize the internet as a newer tool for achieving their goals. It's not that things or people have changed, it's just that technology has and that people are trying to either keep up with it and/or use it to achieve their goals. But this poses the question of how effective it is in achieving political or social goals? What are the goals? I keep thinking of other great historical movements and what were the key ingredients to their success. I'm sure it wasn't only the modalities of communication, but it was the people's commitment and willingness to do whatever it took to achieving their goals. I believe Alexandra has a point, in certain other countries cell phones (SMS) seem to be more accessible than computers. However, the one's who can be empowered by using the net will largely depend on who's literate enough to use and navigate it and who has means to access it. Communication is depends a lot upon who's listening. The net is so big too so it creates an interesting paradox because either so little listen or it could catch on to millions. Lastly, before I'll shut up, the responses to Morozov/Shirky debate were very complementary to what was discussed. It all seems to come back to an idea surrounding the politics of digital communication and media where democracy, collaboration, access, and engagement are the impetuses behind the discussion.
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Yea, I remember that. It was like the 4th time in Americas history Congress had a closed door meeting. I just wished when SHTF The Rothschild's,Rockefellers,Soros and the rest of the banksters get strung up....But they ALWAYS get away with it.
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They set the train on fire with fireworks. Move along, nobody hurt.
          America's Descent Into Israel's Moral Abyss by Patrick J. McShay   
Submitted to Operation Disclosure,

America's Descent Into Israel's Moral Abyss

by Patrick J. McShay



"Idealistic principles are used to deceive and manipulate the Goyim. One must learn how to use political freedom as bait whenever it appears necessary to attract the masses, for the purposes of crushing authority". * The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion

"We must use terror, intimidation, land confiscation, and the cutting of all social services, to rid the Galilee of it's Arab population" - * Israel Koenig - The Koenig Report

"Goyim were born only to serve us. Without that, they have no place in the World - Only to serve the people of Israel." - *Chief Israeli Rabbi- Ovadia Yosef

This Middle East slaughter, or "crusade," as "George the dumber" once awkwardly called it, before the war cabinet settled on the ominous sounding "War on Terror," has been chiseled into the minds of the American public through years of government lies, propaganda, brainwashing, shady dossiers and anonymous sources. After "Die Hard," almost 30 years ago, movie bad guys were mostly Arabs, to embed the demonization into the American psyche. This barrage of disinformation would have never been successful without the mainstream news and their highly paid teleprompter readers, mindlessly reading government approved propaganda. Their reporting is producing grave results for the poor people we are claiming to liberate. Remember when Dick"The Maniac" Cheney, said the Iraqi's would greet us as liberators? Remember when we had to stop Saddam from killing his own people? Then we had to stop Muammar Gaddafi from killing his own people in Libya. Turns out, Benghazi was a US operation smuggling weapons to terrorists, who were actually killing Libyans for Israel. And now, of course, it's imperative that we take out Bashar Al Assad for, you guessed it, killing his own people. The first thing that comes to mind is, who buys this nonsense? The next is, who benefits the most from this manufactured War on Terror and arming the worst terrorists on the planet ? And finally, why is the American media the biggest cheerleaders of these Pentagon misadventures. No matter how much evidence surfaces that we are being lied to, They continue to support the big lie.
The big lie of course, is why we are there in the first place. Once you understand that, you begin to understand a lot about US foreign policy and why we are spending trillions of dollars, bankrupting our country and cutting programs that benefit American Citizens.

Most will believe the government explanation when the next false flag gas attack in Syria occurs, because they still believe that Al Qaeda was behind 911. ISIS, of course, the new boogeyman invented by the Pentagon, will carry the terror baton for the Pentagram until they serve their evil purpose. ISIS, the mysterious army of murderous miscreants, who seem to hate everyone, and have attacked, Muslims, Christians and every country in the area with the exception of Israel. A specter of evil right out "bad guy" central casting. Mr Orwell would be impressed. Turns out, Al Baghdadi, the leader of this so called army of scary Arabs, who are torturing, raping and killing people of all faiths, is an Israeli Mossad trained Jew. As a matter of fact, most in the US are unaware that there is mounting evidence that the US Government, their NATO Allies, the psychopathic Saudi's and our BFF's the Israeli's are arming, funding and training several terrorist groups in the Middle East including ISIS and Al Qaeda. What is John "Traitor" McCain's role in all of this. Saudi Arabia has recently given "Traitor" McCain's corrupt foundation a million dollars. Suspicious? You bet. just the past week Syria has accused Israel of twice bombing Syrian positions in support of ISIS. Israel is making Billions of dollars in oil profits on land stolen from Syria in the Golan Heights. Now they are bombing them. Where is the international outrage?

Twice in the last few weeks, American Fighters bombed Syrian troops, that were advancing on known terrorist positions. Why is the US in Syria? Canadian independent journalist Eva Bartlett, who recently returned from Syria , said in a UN press conference that, "everything the American media is reporting about Syria is a lie". Mr Putin, in a speech to the UN recently, told the World that the US and their allies are supporting ISIS. The US Government and the American media should have no credibility after the lies we were told about 911 and these middle east wars. Why are we being lied to again? How does anyone believe it? Russia is in Syria at the invitation of Bashar Al Assad. The US is not. Assad has asked us to leave Syria. Why haven't we? These are questions the mainstream media should be asking. This is now the time to turn off the liars on FOX, MSNBC, CNN, CBS and ABC and find a good news site online like rense.com, globalresearch.ca, whatreallyhappened.com, operationdisclosure.blogspot.com or blacklistednews.com

Seymour Hersh is a Pulitzer prize winning investigative reporter, who has broken a number of uncomfortable stories that the government would have liked to have kept a lid on. The My Lai Massacre exposed a degenerate, murderous underbelly of reality in Vietnam that the American public had no idea existed. American soldiers attacked a peaceful village, raping women and murdering every man, woman and child in sight. He broke the story of the torture details at Abu Ghraib prison during the Iraq War. The public was lied to about the extent and the methods of torture that were used. No quaint stories about waterboarding, where everybody was ok when it was over. Eric Fair, in his book, "Consequence- A Memoir," states that US interrogators were trained in sadistic torture techniques by the Israelis. They were trained on the use of a disturbing torture devise, the "Palestinian Chair." The chair was used to break them down both physically and mentally. Many prisoners were humiliated, tortured and beaten to death. Hersh is now reporting that, Trump launched Tomahawk missiles at the Syrian Military in April, after ignoring warnings from US Intelligence that there was no evidence Assad's government was to blame for the chemical attack on his own people. The attack was likely a false flag done by US allied terrorists, in order to escalate the long planned Israeli and American Zionist led regime change.

US foreign policy has bizarrely been controlled by Israel for decades, but no one will talk about it. It's like Fight Club? The first rule of Fight Club is you don't talk about Fight Club. The first rule about Israeli control of our Congress, foreign policy and our entire media is you can't talk about Israel control. The truth is, these Middle East wars were planned for Israel long before 911. To understand what is going is on, one would want to read Oded Yinon's 1982 Plan for the Middle East and a "Greater Israel". Yinon was a Senior Official within the Israeli Foreign Ministry and a journalist with the Jerusalem Post. Donald Trump confirmed his support recently for the illegal settlements and his opposition to United Nations Security Council resolution # 2334, which, of course, affirms the illegality of the Israeli settlements. The plan was for Israel' s neighbors to become weakened and fractured through regime change and war. I don't think anyone thought that Israel would ever carry out their evil plan themselves, not when they control the most powerful military on the planet. Enter The Neo-Cons.

A White paper was written for Bibi Netanyahu in 1996, by Robert Kagan's Neo Con group, "The Project for a New American Century." PNAC was a faction of Israel firsters, made up of American Neo-Con Jews and Christian Zionist. This unlikely group would change the course of history. Titled a "A Clean Break," The plan called for Israel to abandon past practices of trading land for peace as a waste of time and resources, and called for a more hostile and aggressive approach. They would Steal the land they desired through regime change and the ethnic cleansing of millions of people. This would only happen through a major paradigm shift and what PNAC called a "New Pearl Harbor type event", like 911, to kick start their planned land theft and genocide. Unbelievably the paper makes this assertion: "Our claim to the land to which we have clung for hope for 2000 years is legitimate and noble. Only the unconditional acceptance by Arabs of our rights, especially in their territorial dimension. Our claim to the land? "Whose future? Using a line from the Bible to justify stealing land, treasure and precious lives is despicable. Members of this group should someday be reviled in history books with the worst traitors and despots. "A Clean Break" called for regime change in seven countries and the Balkanization of the countries that would make up the new greater Israel. Those seven countries targeted were Iraq, Syria, Libya, Lebanon, Somalia, Sudan and of course Iran. Members of the group were Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Richard Perle, Douglas Feith, David Wurmser, William Kristol, Scooter Libby, Jeb Bush and John Bolton, to name just a few of the traitors and liars that George W Bush assembled and allowed to hijack our country's foreign policy 17 years ago. The War on Terror is a monstrous lie. It's time people wake up.

We are in the calm before the storm. Most Americans would be shocked to learn that this long planned "War on Terror," where we have spent so much blood and treasure, is nothing but an Israeli land grab. Don't hold your breath waiting for the media to tell you what's really going on. The President is a compliant Israeli dupe as were his predecessors. His new UN Ambassador, dopey Nikki Haley, is an unapologetic Israeli sycophant, who will never allow any criticism of Israel on her watch. Many misguided Christians still blindly support this insane agenda. ISIS is a mercenary army being used to take Assad out and break up Syria. Russia knows what is going on, and knows the UN is in the tank for the Zionists. How far will Trump take this? He's in the same tank as the UN and the rest of the country's whose leaders are sold out, blackmailed or threatened by the Zionists. It wouldn't surprise me if they pull another false flag gas attack to be blamed on Assad. Israel won't give up their plan for a Greater Israel or "Eretz Israel", no how many Goyim have to die for them to get it.

          A knock on the head, a poke in the eye   
From a Ballardian death-echo, to an anonymous, location-less installation. There are so many ideas that inform what Bliss represents, and yet it’s difficult to articulate the ideas behind the idea. I haven’t an elevator pitch for this thing, and as much as I like the determinate nature of an idea that can only connect instinctively, something [...]
          The opposite of Foursquare   
Is an anonymous, location-less game. Where the check-ins are focussed on the network of people rather than the network of buildings. Features from the last week include: - Enjoying the Websocket support in Mobile Safari. - Inspired by the success and genuine usefulness of trainee, came up with an idea for using the Twitter Streaming API combined with [...]
          Newswire: Vice retracts stories about Disney’s Trump statue drama   

Vice’s Motherboard site has retracted two stories about supposed drama brewing between Disney and Donald Trump over his appearance in the company’s Hall Of Presidents attraction. According to an editorial post on the site, the two articles—“Here’s the Secret Backstage Trump Drama at Walt Disney World’s Hall of Presidents,” from May, and “Behind the Scenes of Disney’s Donald Trump ‘Hall of Presidents’ Installation,” from earlier this week—had anonymous sourcing that “fell short of our standards.” Vice has apologized for the errors.

Disney responded to the stories earlier this week, issuing a statement promising that a Trump animatronic would soon be featured in the hall, and that—contrary to anonymous sources that said the White House and Disney were bickering over the issue—the statue would deliver a speech recorded by the current West Wing incumbent, a practice that’s been a regular part ...


          By: Anonymous   
How odd that you associate Tatum with Becker. Earlier I was trying to think of which role player I associated Tatum with (-Becker-), but I saw Bubba Trammell and promptly gave up.
          By: Anonymous   
Tatum struck one great game-winning blow against the Astros and then, despite earning back-page honors, was denied a cell phone contract with his carrier of choice because he couldn't present proof of steady employment. He wound up suing the Mets for unfair labor practices or something like that because they put him on the DL and never took him off it. And like most Mets of that era, he wound up carrying a lifetime grudge against Bobby V for some perceived slight.
          By: Anonymous   
That entire play was surreal. Baerga didn't run all that hard to score the run. And Martinez was practically shoving McRae off the bag which somehow got translated in that miserable summer as "McRae was cheating" but interference wasn't called on either one of them. I remember ESPN putting the Mets run on the screen and calling it final, then taking it off making it 1-1 at the end of nine and then going to Sportscenter. If you were watching with the sound off, you'd think it was forever tied. I hate the Yankees.
          By: Anonymous   
Jim Tatum! That's who I was trying to think of earlier. I kept seeing Rich Becker for some reason. I kind of liked Jim Tatum when he was here. Tough as nails.
          By: Anonymous   
*Oh, and...bonus points to McRae's bonehead play for confusing Joe Morgan - easily done, sure, but funny every single time.
          By: Anonymous   
Right..."player I didn't really like at the time". Thankyou. When I think of Brain, I always think of the Sunday Night Masato Yoshii game against the Yankees in SubwayII (1998). Ninth inning...game winning sac fly...and good ol' Brain...as asleep on the bases as Steve Lyons was...somehow...almost...blew it. On a play that nobody normal could blow. How do you almost get doubled off of first when the potential winning run is on third base and YOU DON'T MATTER...? And I just want to make it clear that not mattering goes for Mr. McRae not only on that play, but virtually all the time. Including now. And now. And...now. Honorable mention (when thinking of Brain) goes to the desk-clearing tirade his dad threw while managing the Royals in 1993. That poor defenseless telephone never stood a chance.
          By: Anonymous   
<a href=http://retrosheet.org/boxesetc/B06060BOS1998.htm" rel="nofollow">Brain McRae</a>.
          By: Anonymous   
I thought Tatum's catching duties were behind him with the advent of Piazza, but Tatum did get into a game in Boston (sadly, I looked it up) that year, the weekend when Piazza was hit by Pedro. And all Bennett ever did for us was pinch-hit. He never caught, so subtract him from the list. Mea culpa.
          By: Anonymous   
Gary and Howie are talking about this now. They just mentioned that they neglected to name Jim Tatum. And now (thankfully) they've given Hietpas his due.
          By: Anonymous   
How funny, I was about to throw him in! Long live The Beez. Great, great moment in Mets history. I'm surprised he lived to tell the tale, Cone looked so livid.
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My friend was one of the ones involved with the making of this new reality series... it was not funny. It was just mostly sad. I hope the show is a total bomb!!!!

Do nothing.
          Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 4655644)   
Black Knight, are you familiar with the philosophy of the Club of Rome? In addition to the de-population agenda, there is a shut-down of the U.S. economy agenda. That's why things are as they are now. It's working....
          Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 4423947)   
:ohyeah: [/quote] Well, they were warned yesturday to get out of Western CA by tonight at night fall??? How many will listen??? I personally would take a week of vacation starting TONIGHT!!!!! :bump: [/quote] Yeah we should all live in fear every day!! Sounds like a great...
          Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 4655644)   
One of the most puzzeling questions I have always asked my friends and myself is why there has NEVER been ANY programs or attempts by our government to at least attempt to control the growth of the population. Uncontrolled population growth, especially when coupled with extended lifespans...
          Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 15163734)   
this is a false site for mind control
          Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 4701453)   
Can't say that I have seen that..ever:hiding:
          Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 18663132)   
FYI I just started a thread about the danger of these CFL lightbulbs in earthquake prone areas and/or where storms are surging. To search for it, use the word "urgent" and it should come up. People need to be warned of this. [/quote] It's intentional, all part of the plan.
          Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 18665062)   
"HaarpStatus.com is a real-time sensor network from over 22 sensors placed at volunteer residences across the United States. The sensors can detect the HAARP frequency on the ionosphere." "HAARP is a scientific endeavor aimed at studying the properties and behavior of the...
          Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 4655644)   
One of the most puzzeling questions I have always asked my friends and myself is why there has NEVER been ANY programs or attempts by our government to at least attempt to control the growth of the population. Uncontrolled population growth, especially when coupled with extended lifespans...
          Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 21583163)   
FYI I just started a thread about the danger of these CFL lightbulbs in earthquake prone areas and/or where storms are surging. To search for it, use the word "urgent" and it should come up. People need to be warned of this.
          Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 11696035)   
Seriously though, WTF does haarpstatus even read. Such a phoney map/chart
          Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 21583163)   
I just had an interesting thought in regards to earthquakes and todays thread on CFL light bulbs and the dangerous radiation that they emit. If one these CFL lightbulbs break, in the event of an earthquake, then mercury spills out and your house is contaminated which includes the carpeting...
          Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 21603882)   
Went to their Facebook page, and I saw this attached to a post just before the stars appeared on the map: "M8.5 Reading and Rising Still. One of the longest waves I've seen since the project began. This has been rising for at least a week. This has not peaked yet. I'm thinking...
          Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 12741808)   
V for Vendetta
          Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 21583163)   
:ohyeah: [/quote] Well, they were warned yesturday to get out of Western CA by tonight at night fall??? How many will listen??? I personally would take a week of vacation starting TONIGHT!!!!! :bump: [/quote] Where was this warning posted?
          Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 16693505)   
:ohyeah: [/quote] Well, they were warned yesturday to get out of Western CA by tonight at night fall??? How many will listen??? I personally would take a week of vacation starting TONIGHT!!!!! :bump:
          Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 1158127)   
:ohyeah:
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Good
          DC Values In Action: Reporting Hate Crime in the District   
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          Blog Post: Review - Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (PS3)   

After the ending of Assassin's Creed II (don't worry, i wont give it away here)(and especially the Subject 16 Glyph challenges!) we couldn't wait for Assassin's Creed III! however, the next game isn't called Assassin's Creed III, it's called Brotherhood, and we're set back into the shoes of Desmond and Ezio once again. Thought this is not Assassin's Creed III, it's the next full edition in the installment, and i'm itching for answers. So does Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood satisfy our craving, all while including a new multiplayer mode, or will this become a highly anticipated disappointment?

PRESENTATION

The game looks quite fantastic. it takes place in Rome sometime after the Fall of Rome. Not only does Rome look great, but it portrays the history of it quite precisely as well. it's a huge city, and almost every building is climbable. it's quite awesome. the graphics in general look pretty sweet.

The voice acting is as successful as ever, and the soundtrack is nearly perfect. it just fits the game real well.

what's reallly impressive is seeing all the vast amount of people roaming around Rome (aha), and the games presentation isn't effected by it.

STORY

After a short intro/recap, Brotherhood picks up right where it's predecessor left off. both within Desmond's and Ezio's story. Desmond and the group of present day Assassins had to leave their hideout in search of a new one, and this time they've moved to the old villa featured in ACII. from here they continue Desmond's memories back into Ezio's

Likewise, Ezio's story begins with an dead where it left off. unfortunatey due to the actions of the last game, an attack on the villa from pope, and previous antagonist from ACII, Rodrigro Borgia, which is lead by his son Caesare. Out for Redemption and Revenge, Ezio set's out to Rome to confront Rodrigo and Caesare and finish the events from ACII.

here in Rome, Ezio must rebuild the Assassin's Brotherhood from scratch, and work to eliminate Caesare and win back the mysterious Apple of Eden.

The story is build quite well, and though the main story quest is rather short, there is an abundance of side quest to add to the story and each chain of side quest adds on in its own way. we'll get more on that later. but because of the shortness of the main quest, i highly suggest taking the time to do the sidequest and get the story built larger through them. also, it's unfortunate that after you beat the main quest, some of the side quest missions won't make too much sense story wise.

GAMEPLAY

This game plays identical to ACII with some slight improvements. you'll scale building, engage in large sword fights, be stealthy and assassinate, all sorts of stuff.

some areas have significant improvement. for instance the combat. instead of only being able to counter attack enemies as in the previous games, now you can counter 1 attack, and then chain it into attack on other surrounding enemies and wreak havoc. it's hard to explain, but it's awesome. 

There are some new stuff as well. a good example are the "Leonardo's Invention" missions where you have to find an invention made by Leonardo, where you then make use of it before destroying it to keep it out of Borgia hands. All while recruiting Assassin's for your new brotherhood. These missions are quite fun indeed.

Ezio also has a large disposal of newer improved weaponry such as the poison darts, now allowing you to poison enemies from a distance.

One of the big things from ACII was renovating the Villa. now with ACB, you actually renovate the entirety of Rome. as you renovate, you take back land from Borgia control. you also do this by eliminating Borgia towers, making Rome almost into a territory war. it's quite a ton of fun. even better is you can call on your new Assassin recruits to come to your aid!

However Rome is all there is. as before where there were several cities to visit, now you're confined to Rome. at first this seems bad, but Rome is HUGE. so no worries there.

There is a huge abundance of side missions to do and as i explained before, take the time to do these. the main quest are far to short on their own and all these side quest are a ton of fun. i put a ton of hours into getting near 100 percent. there's seriously so much to do, my map was a blur of different markers and i didn't even know where to start! there's a ton of content here, and all reap their own rewards.

the glyph puzzles return and there's a new virtual training section which is also fun located in the menu. this game will take up a ton of time. all of it well spent.

MULTIPLAYER

new to the Assassin's Creed series is the online multiplayer. there's really nothing else like it. it's quite hard to explain. the major modes consist of killing other player all while remaining anonymous. you'll have a target to kill and at the same time you're someone elses target. it's a really cool concept and you just got to play it to see for yourself.

there is a leveling system unlocking you new character skins and abilities, but i didn't find the multiplayer appealing enough for me to go to  deep into it. some people really enjoyed this section, but i prefer to stick to the campaign.

RECAP

There's a ton of stuff within Brotherhood. you just have to go out and get it. sticking to the main quest alone won't prove to last, so take advantage of all the extra content! i had an incredible urge to get 100%, and i'm damn near close! it's a ton of fun and enough content for you to play for months. for those wanting to get into the story i do suggest to play ACII first where Ezio's story begins. This game is vast.


          The Bible: Authorized King James Version with Apocrypha   
The Bible: Authorized King James Version with Apocrypha
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          By: Anonymous   
Stay independent, Ponyboy!
          By: Anonymous   
So that's why I've been maintaining my otherwise nonsensical personal website.... good to know :)
          She doesn't know she's watched   

She doesn't know she's watched She doesn't know she's watched

So here is one of those guys that like to be completely anonymous, but I we are very happy with the results. He hid his camera in his living room and when his babe stops by the camera starts rolling and we get to watching her suck his hard cock, get fucked and even see him eat her pussy! This is a very good video and she didn?€™t know what was going on at all.

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          Early Experiences with Ambient Listening Devices (Alexa and Google Home)   
BIDMC has a long tradition of testing speculative technologies with the notion that breakthroughs often require tolerance for failure.   For example, we’ve embraced blockchain in healthcare because we believe public ledgers have promise to unify medical records across institutions.

Over the past few months, we’ve developed healthcare applications for Alexa, Amazon’s ambient listening device that combines natural language processing and easy to use application program interfaces.    We have also tried Google Home.

Here’s our experience thus far.

1.  We’ve used Alexa in a pilot inpatient setting (not real patients).   Here are the questions/use cases we’ve implemented with back end interaction to our operational systems.

Alexa, ask BIDMC

What’s my room number
Who’s on my care team or List my care team
What is my diet or What can I eat
Call a nurse   or   I need a nurse  or Send in a nurse
Give me some inspiration  or Inspire me
I need spiritual care    or    Request spiritual care
I need a social worker   or   Request social work
What's my care plan for today  or What are my planned activities for today
Ok, thanks    or   Stop   or   You can stop

2.  Sentiment analysis

What is sentiment analysis - the process of computationally identifying and categorizing opinions expressed, especially in order to determine whether the author’s attitude towards a particular topic, product, etc., is positive, negative, or neutral.

We are beginning to use sentiment analysis on social media mentions of BIDMC. We have done a pilot to spot out BIDMC mentions on Twitter and with Google democratizing their sentiment analysis API at the conference a few weeks ago we are working on ingesting the feeds. Conceptually the same approaches can work on Alexa to analyze mood and urgency.   We will try it in an attempt to communicate emotion as well as text in the ambient listening workflow.

3.  HIPAA Compliance

Alexa and Google Home are not "HIPAA compliant" i.e. neither Amazon nor Google will sign business associate agreements for ambient listening technologies.  Both organizations are working on policies and controls that would enable them to sign such agreements for their speech driven products. Once we sign BAAs, we’ll explore use cases like a surgeon asking for patient data without needing a browser/keypad.

In the meantime, we’re not using patient identified data in ambient listening applications.   The questions above are anonymous -  the HIPAA 18 identifiers (i.e. names, social security numbers, addresses etc.) are not included in the data stream.

We're exploring a few other use cases outside of HIPAA controls, such as querying knowledge bases - commonly asked questions delivered via an ambient listening infrastructure.

4.  Accuracy
We have not had any unexpected misunderstandings when parsing spoken language.  There is a famous You Tube video illustrating a 3 year asking for hickory dickory dock and getting a pornographic response.    The only issue we’ve had is that Alexa can be sensitive to ambient voices, causing it to respond to an unasked question.

5.  Expanding the use cases to the outpatient scheduling domain

Amazon has offered Lex as a service that can be used to embed natural language processing in mobile apps that could be used for patient self scheduling.  We hope to support a use case of patients in their homes requesting appointment/referrals and interacting entirely with Alexa instead of having to place a phone call or visit a website.

Thus far, we’ve been very impressed with the capabilities of these conversational services.   The web was our focus 1996-2012.   Mobile has been our focus 2012 to the present, what I call the post-web era.  I can imagine that by 2018 we’ll enter the post-mobile era and have conversational interfaces based on ambient listening devices in patient and provider locations.


          Anonymous Club/Speed Dating, 29 Jun 2017   

29 Jun 2017 - Club at Ort Cafe

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The Anonymous Club/Speed Dating for Girls who like Girls is a night of awkward silences, pre planned questions and very low lighting all set in the cosy Ort.

Is the scene to loud for conversation and have you got RSI from swiping left? Then this could very well be the night for you - follow the formulaic journey of speed dating into a world of strict 5-7 minute dates followed by a kind of informal mingling with no time constraints. Curfew is 11pm.

This is a ticketed event and spaces are limited!

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          There is a Brownstones on   

There is a Brownstones on Wallace facebook group which is limited to members only. Therefore when the community discusses concerns this is not open to the public. Simply go to Facebook and search for "Brownstones on Wallace" Once there you can request to become a member of the group. After your membership is activated you can participate. My suspicion is that some of the people on this blog will not want to join because it is not anonymous. It is not for venting, but rather for seeking resolution in an courteous and helpful way.


          Guns, America and Anthropology   

America has a problem with guns. This is certainly not news, but at the moment it is once again newsworthy. I have mentioned my position on guns here before (see also comments). More recently, I remarked elsewhere with regard to the poor political efficacy of anthropology that the US is struggling with gun control in a profoundly disturbing way. Meanwhile, it feels as if anthropologists have only just scratched the surface on this deadly issue, throwing their hands up and demanding more research and less action (see AAA Statement on Gun Violence). Notable exceptions to this trend include efforts by Jason Antrosio at Living Anthropologically and some coverage over at Savage Minds.

I still believe that the AAA's own response was weak and has not helped enough to bring together a cohesive stance on guns on the part of anthropologists. The discussion in the comments section on Ryan Anderson's Newtown post at Savage Minds covers a broader spectrum of responses to the subject of what anthropologists can/should do and was, on the whole, much more divided and contentious. This no doubt more accurately represent how anthropologists feel about, and react to, the gun debate and our roles in it than the brief AAA statement might suggest.

Repeated in several comments was the now standard call for more ethnography about the culture of gun owners and/or gun-loving Americans in order to better understand and inform the gun control debates. Conversely, Jason Antrosio counters that we're missing the point by getting bogged down in what amounts to an overdue and absurd "national conversation" about guns:

On this issue the only conversation we need to have is how to best reduce and ban the semi-automatic weaponry, following examples set by Australia or Britain. That conversation might include how to best reach people who have a knee-jerk negative reaction to “gun control,” but a conversation about gun control itself is pointless. One reason anthropologists might be involved in these issues is that many so-called Second Amendment arguments invoke a very bad anthropology, with assumptions about human nature, culture, and history which should be challenged.
Similarly, commenter Steven Tran-Creque posed a very pertinent question that has in part inspired this post: "How did we get to the point where even anthropologists are discussing gun control policy in such insipid terms?"


Anthropologists and Gun Politics

In the latest issue of Anthropology Today, Hugh Gusterson (who has previously drawn attention to the irony of the uniquely American approach to guns; see Arming Ourselves to Death) similarly takes issue with anthropology's seeming inability to adequately address the gun issue:

‘Firearms remain largely at the margin of the ethnographic lens’ […] is surely an understated characterization of anthropology’s remarkable indifference to one of the leading sources of mayhem and suffering in the contemporary United States. Those firearms that anthropologists hardly ever write about kill roughly 30,000 Americans every year. Of these deaths approximately 17,000 are suicides, 12,000 are homicides, and 1,000 are accidents. According to a recent New York Times column, ‘more Americans die in gun homicides and suicides in six months than have died in the last 25 years in every terrorist attack and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq combined’.

He highlights what little anthropology has been produced on guns thus far and how the tone oddly fits in with the position of the NRA and the gun lobby. The NRA itself is a facet of this debate that anthropologists have been slow to address, perhaps for fear of getting "too political", something we should really stop being afraid of:

Rather than critique the NRA, the little that had been written by anthropologists about guns in America before the Newtown massacre tended to align quite closely with the NRA narrative that gun owners should be understood as patriotic citizens who ‘believed that gun ownership was necessary for a country to truly be free’ (Doukas 2010). This might seem surprising in view of the liberal politics of most American anthropologists, but it is a classic example of a relativizing liberal anthropology seeking to discomfit readers by making the strange familiar. Abigail Cohn (2004) and Dimitra Doukas (2010) are symbolic anthropologists who studied the culture of gun owners in California and upstate New York – the kind of small-town Americans about whom Barack Obama famously (and dismissively) said, ‘they cling to their guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them’. By contrast, Cohn and Doukas ask us to see the sense and power of a social world within which owning a gun is viewed as a rite of passage to adulthood, the consummation of masculine power, and as an exercise of a free citizen’s responsibility to ensure that Americans are armed against a possibly tyrannical government. Cohn also emphasizes the aesthetic appeal of weaponry within this world, quoting one man who said, ‘I’m happy just to hold a gun in my hands… it’s a work of art, and thing of beauty… I would rather fondle a fine firearm than I would a naked woman’ (Cohn 2004:12).

This type of storytelling certainly offers an anthropological look into the sad reality of gun ownership in America. Anthropologists and ethnographers are especially apt at communicating the intricacies of localized social and cultural values, which is our edge as a discipline over, say, historical, legal, political or sociological accounts of gun ownership, violence, and public safety. It seems like the best use of our skills to shed more light on the human stories behind gun violence, hence all the calls for more and better research. Yet romanticized analyses of guns that promote sympathy over criticism offer little to advance any meaningful understanding of the broader realities of America's lethal obsession with firearms. At this point, they are also – as implied in Jason Antrosio's comment quoted above – too little and too late.

Gusterson continues:

While such reports from behind ideological enemy lines are certainly useful and interesting, in the context of what is becoming a national epidemic of gun violence, anthropology surely has more to contribute to the gun control debate than a warmed-over rehash of NRA talking points legitimated by our discipline’s historic legacy of cultural relativism. A more critically edged anthropological enquiry would juxtapose such ethnographic explorations of gun owners with an investigation of the political economy of American guns, and it would probe the relationship to guns of other constituencies as well as the NRA’s base.

Without the relevant context and an appropriately critical approach, we end up not only humanizing gun ownership, but also risk supporting it, inadvertently colluding with the gun lobby, and doing little to further the preservation of human life.


Relevant anthropology now

The ownership of deadly weapons is something that affects us all (even non-Americans) including all the other peoples we work with around the world. This is all happening on a global stage. So, if we can't avoid the topic any longer and we can't approach it with distanced and disinterested relativism, what else is there to do? On an individual basis, we can at least be more open and vocal about our own perspective as political beings in a society whose troubles are at least as profound as those that pad out the pages of our monographs. In my opinion, a suitable reaction from an anthropologist is to at least give the issue the attention it deserves and stop worrying in this instance about theorizing, reflexivity, and whether or not it is our place to discuss such things. I was surprised not to see more blog posts and calls for action in my anthro feeds; no suggestions for outreach; no conferences planned; no activism close to the kind we display in a fight for open access or chiding academic pay scales; no press attention like the coverage we get when cutting down Jared Diamond and disgracing Napoleon Chagnon.

An example of a more thoughtful reaction (in addition to Gusterson's articles and Antrosio's blog) is this podcast by the Anonymous Anthropologist. The questions s/he poses balance an anthropological and historical approach with some real insight about gun control, anger, violence and mental health in the wake of the Newtown, CT shooting from the personal perspective of an educator who, just because s/he works in America, has to give real consideration to what s/he would do in the event of a mass shooting at work. More than just an anthropological response, it is a natural human response. It doesn't come with all the answers, but it asks the right questions.

Not all anthropologists can be expected to embark on ethnographies of gun control. And really, there is no end to the number and depth of studies that can be done on all manner of related aspects of guns and US politics. From what I am re-learning about my own country in its post-9/11 years, there are probably more pro-gun democrats than there are anti-gun republicans. Party lines offer only a rough guideline that is contradicted around each small-town corner in America. For every furrowed brow maligning gun ownership or defending it to the literal death, there are dozens of politically apathetic citizens clutching a Constitution they've never read much less understood, relishing in their freedom to be fully equipped to kill just because "it's a free country" (even when it's not).

This is not an issue that will become easier to solve with time, so we have no time to waste. Change is far too slow in coming for the tens of thousands of senseless deaths each year. It is completely farcical to simply reduce the number of bullets a legally owned semi-automatic weapon magazine can hold and call it "gun control". Proudly announcing that New Yorkers can no longer buy assault weapons over the Internet as a "victory" is cringe-worthy when one deduces that such an activity is still legal in 49 other states, or, hell, that it was ever legal in the first place, and of course that a myriad of other gun types are still freely available online and off.


'Merica

I live in New York. Shortly after the latest regulations on gun and ammunition ownership were passed, I found myself conversing with a security officer at a nearby federal building. Probably in his late fifties, gray on top and a bit on the portly side, he was friendly and fit the description of the typical Long Island family man, happily edging his way towards retirement. We talked as he went through the government-mandated machinations of his front-desk job, programmatically guiding visitors to their appropriate electronic sign-in points, handing out the correct bureaucratic forms and directing them to wait in the lengthy line. Although he sat at a desk positioned below side-by-side framed photos featuring the grinning faces of President Obama and Vice President Biden, it did not take long to find out that he'd rather have any other portraits peering down upon the back of his head than theirs.

A staunch Republican, one of the first things he brought up in our conversation was gun control. The new restrictions on his guns - which he insists he keeps safely in his home and present no threat to society because he has been shooting since he was 7 or 8 years old – to him amount to unacceptable government intrusion. He openly announced, while at work in his security uniform, badge and all, that he would never succumb to these new regulations, especially those which require him to officially register his firearms, because such laws are merely a ploy by the government to steal his guns upon his death and not allow him to pass them on to his son. He defiantly refuses to comply, repeating the mantra: "They're not taking my guns. No way."

He listened sensibly to my concerned reply, offered his counterpoints about keeping his home and family safe ("if you have guns in your house, no criminal is gonna mess with you"), and remained friendly as ever while I rebutted each point with logic. But his diehard stance – including actual plans to hide his guns from the government if they came knocking on his door ("I wouldn't shoot a cop, but they're not getting my guns") - was no different than a street gang caching their weapons out of police view to subvert the law.

We debated his position on liberal media "lies", my position on Fox "news", and the reality of the Constitution as a document that needs to grow and change with the society whose protections it ensures. I'm pretty sure we didn't change each others' minds on anything. The same reasons he clings to as support for why Americans need their guns (safety, a violent society, personal freedom) are the reasons why I desperately want them banned. The only two things we agreed on are that the US has problems that make it a pretty uncomfortable/scary place to live in right now and that American news media has no integrity.

Yes, the second amendment is a deeply entrenched political and "cultural" issue with many points of view. That excuse has allowed the severity of the American weapons epidemic to intensify with no sign of abatement and little palpable commitment to the kind of dramatic change that is necessary. How much more "research" and "understanding" do we need before something is done to stem the bloody tide?


Take a stand

If it hasn't been made clear by now, I favor a full ban on the public ownership of guns, regardless of the "cultural impediments" to making this a reality that, drenched in a sticky residue of American exceptionalism, have for too long offered a reliable crutch for stagnating real progress towards eliminating public access to lethal weapons. That unavoidably means repealing the outmoded Second Amendment which thwarts all legal attempts to enforce bans that include handguns as well as semi-automatic weapons.

Gun ownership in America is a form of sanctioned domestic terrorism. A constant fear of being shot while going about one's daily life is not - as fear-mongering, gun-toting Republican pundits would have you believe - a quirky fact of American history which necessitates that guns be readily available to the public, but itself a byproduct of this very obsession with guns as a "right" worth dying for.

As a US Citizen and a human being, if it will take 3 to 5 or even 10 years of ethnographic research to begin chipping away at the giant iceberg of reasons behind America's infatuation with guns, then, genuine an academic pursuit as it is, I have to admit that I wouldn't want to waste the time. I also do not think that it is okay, under the guise of inexplicably warm and cuddly social science/cultural relativism, to lend decency and credibility to the gun-lovers' cause by validating their poor, misunderstood feelings. Emotions aside, as scientists, we have plenty of evidence to support a fundamental and radical reversal of gun policy in the US. So where is the source of this crippling disciplinary roadblock? We participate in and observe life in this country and have a right and duty to call out failed policy-making when we see it.

When I add up all the people that will die or have their lives and families destroyed by mass shootings, accidental shootings, in cross-fires and miscellaneous gun crime while we're making meticulous notes about it, I can't help but care more about fixing the problem than documenting it. Like Gusterson argues, we can begin by expanding our investigations of gun culture far beyond the sympathetic realms of the NRA's comfort zone by openly exposing the hypocrisy of gun laws in America. I would add that anthropologists (and academics in general) today can better serve humanity by demanding prompt legislation from a government that ignores us in large part because we never put up much of a fight. Finally, we can stop dithering about whether or not we're authorities on the lethal potential of guns and just take a stand.

Not being able to formulate a meaningful stance on this issue without logging years of additional ethnography – all the while moaning that we don't have the cash to get it done – is a perfectly convenient way to justify more inaction. The next time an anthropologist has to bother mentioning anything about guns will be in the wake of yet another national "tragedy", again playing catch-up to media sensationalism and partisan politics and being drowned out as irrelevant academic navel-gazers (which would not be too far off the mark in this instance). Or, we can take this opportunity to lead a conversation on implementing a real weapons ban on behalf of the preservation of human life.

We will be able to ask Americans why they once loved guns or why they're attempting to resist reforms during the enforcement stage of a second amendment repeal (when my friend the security guard will be burying his guns in the back yard) or, better yet, after the firearms have been safely mounted behind glass displays at various museums. And hopefully, one day soon, we'll study guns like we now view asbestos-lined toasters, cigarette smoking, and over-the-counter heroin prescribed for children's colds. That solves another problem: the gun conversation will be squarely in our anthropological purview when they're obsolete artifacts of a peculiar and misguided time in human history (ours), and then we won't have to worry about how to go about discussing it.



Reference

Gusterson, H. (2013), Making a Killing. Anthropology Today, 29: 1–2. doi: 10.1111/1467-8322.12001


Photo credit: Pro-gun rally, nydailynews.com



          What matters and what doesn't: open thoughts on academia   
(Update, 11 Dec 2012: A follow-up to this post can be found here: More open thoughts on anthropology and academia.)

With genuine appreciation to all those who have advised me over recent months not to get discouraged in the course of my academic job search, I'm sorry, but it hasn't worked. I'm trying my best not to be too critical or to project my dismay with job recruiters to the state of academia as a whole, but that's difficult, too. I currently hold a research postdoc affiliation through my alma mater while I am based here in NY. That means e-library access and (albeit merely theoretical) access to departmental staff to aid me in my career development. For this status, negligible to most, I am extremely grateful. This should be a fruitfully creative time for me. My passion for my work has not diminished and, indeed, I am working on a new ethnographic project as well as trying to disseminate the material in my PhD thesis. I have also produced some timely, engaging and pretty exciting syllabi that I’d love to get to teach before it gets dated. If only.

It is all the more frustrating, therefore, that I need to be preoccupied with my everyday survival – literally how I am going to afford to live from day to day - instead of publishing, getting to teach my fresh syllabi, developing my career and going to conferences. It is shameful how little I am able to accomplish as my temporary departmental affiliation ticks away. The AAAs are a luxury (see here and here) that I can't afford, my absence at which precludes me from networking and/or interviews, which in turn precludes me from affording to attend the AAAs, and so on. I'm avoiding the #AAA2012 hashtag like the plague so I am not reminded of this fact in real time, event by event, minute by minute.

Not long ago, I commented on Savage Minds that I have all but lost sympathy for adjuncts complaining about low pay and no benefits because I actually miss teaching enough to get ripped off and disrespected at work. As if adjuncts have a choice. With the horror of the job market and my changing personal circumstances (marriage, etc), I simply do not have the free time or funds to equitably participate in an academic economy designed to benefit those with job security and lofty senior titles at the expense, it would seem, of those doing the lion's share of the work.

My negative feelings about academia are not just about dire employment prospects and, dare I say, less than transparent hiring practices. There are problems with the way academics (within and between departments) treat each other and, especially, how they treat powerless adjuncts, part-time and junior staff, or - the lowest of the low - students and job seekers. Such problems within academia are fixable if enough people demand it and the power-holders can start by adjusting their own behavior. I'm not convinced that they even realize that they're behaving incorrectly, but they should. Here are three of my recent experiences to illustrate.


You don't matter

Not long ago, I applied to do some hourly teaching at a university about 40 minutes from my home. My teaching and research background was perfectly matched with the job's requirements so I carefully crafted a new letter of application and sent it off with the same blind optimism that one has when playing the weekly lottery. I received an email in a matter of hours from the course convenor. He sounded keen and offered me a few hours a week which would begin in a couple of days' time. Success!

Within minutes, he telephoned me to iron out the details, and a moment later my sense of mild accomplishment was abruptly cut short. He explained, with not even a microscopic trace of tact, how impossibly desperate he was to find anyone at all to teach for him since classes started in just a few days. I hate that. My skills, qualifications, experience and academic identity were all deemed irrelevant and insignificant in one fell swoop. He probably didn't even read my application. When potential employers are so flippantly disrespectful before they even hire you, I can only imagine the kind of jerks they will be to work for over time.

But I wanted the hours, mostly because the pay worked out pretty well, and also because the curriculum had a lot of promise. I wasn't that bothered about the short notice. This is the norm anyway, and I've successfully handled much worse. We talked for around 20 minutes about the class, the program, and who and what I'd be teaching, and he gave me my specific hours across a couple of afternoons each week initially up until January 2013. He also promised a decent bump in pay for my commute. So I swallowed my pride and accepted on the phone, pending travel arrangements which took me the remainder of the afternoon to secure, and confirmed it in an email which he would receive the next morning.

In the meantime, he had emailed me links to course syllabi and classroom materials to get started. I downloaded the first week's documents and started preparing. I also dug through my personal files, earmarked some documents and planned to make copies of supplementary materials to patch up the basic syllabi with relevant and interesting stuff. It seemed like a class with a wide enough reach that I could have some fun with it, and I admit that I was looking forward to teaching again. I spent the rest of the night getting back into the teaching headspace.

The next afternoon, I received a cryptic email retracting the offer by informing me that the class hours he gave me were now "covered", but that I'd be kept on a list. I requested a call back twice via email and was ignored both times. A few days later, I received another hastily written, panicky email at 1:30pm requesting that I be there for 2:00pm that same day (I recall distinctly that the subject of my 40-minute commute had been thoroughly discussed on the phone when he tried to convince me that biking for 2 hours each way in a New York winter was feasible and then promised me a wage bump for travel expenses, so what kind of a request was this?). I treated his email with the contempt it deserved and ignored it. Shortly afterwards, I received a one line follow-up email that the class had been covered. It did not take long to figure out that ALL the emails I had received from the convenor had also been BCC'd to a pool of other random applicants. That the emails were never addressed with greetings or closed with salutations was not just a nasty, lazy habit he had acquired, but a sneaky ploy to automate his unprofessional recruiting practices. He probably does it for all his classes.

I am taking the time to blog about this here, recognizing that I may be shooting myself in the foot as far as potential employers are concerned, because I know that many other postdocs and adjuncts are put through this annoying and humiliating set of circumstances each term. What bothers me most is that I was supremely qualified and experienced for this particular job and would have done it really well. Obviously, whoever he got to cover it backed out at the last minute and this happened more than once. Judging by the mass emails I received later, he had to repeatedly cancel classes and scrounge up replacements. He admitted to me on the phone that it was his own ineptness in dealing with admissions which led to his overbooking of the course. If I were a student in that class, I'd be furious to drop that kind of tuition on a sub-par education. This guy should lose his job and the students should have their tuition refunded.

University teaching is not always predictable; classes get cancelled for lack of enrollment or fill up before you have enough teachers. I'm used to that. I've lost teaching hours before under the same unforeseeable circumstances. That's not what happened here. I'm also used to covering classes for colleagues at short notice with less than a half hour to prepare. But I always give the students all I've got. My worst class has never been as poorly prepared as this guy matter-of-factly and shamelessly announces to potential employees. And yet, with all his rudeness and unprofessional behavior, he's the head of an interdisciplinary program responsible for hundreds of students, while I'm at home on a weekday blogging about losing a couple of hours a week of adjuncting. Academia, shame on you.

This is just the tip of the iceberg on adjuncting: "It's drudgery and adjuncts carry about the same status as a Wal-mart greeter or grocery bagger, and the pay is about the same". If the contents of that link are not shocking enough, also check out this report by the Center for the Future of Higher Education and this video.


Disposable labor

Lest oblivious selfishness seem like a purely UK/US concern, early last year, I signed on to contribute a chapter to an edited collection with a team based in the Netherlands. The initial submission went well. Shortly before the second-draft stage, a follow-up email confirmed that some participants had dropped out (again, these things happen, no big deal) and it would take a bit longer to put it all together (even better, gives me more time to edit). Fast forward a year and no news. My emails to the "editor" have been returned undelivered. It turns out that the main editor jumped ship from academia to start an online clothing store, his academic CV now replaced by dainty dresses and shiny accessories.

As the content of this blog post attests, I understand why someone might want to give up on academia in exchange for a different career. But at the very least, take some responsibility and let people who have been relying on you know what is going on. The participants in this particular edited collection were mostly grad students and postdocs who would have benefited from the publication more than senior academics who couldn't care less about a single book chapter. I could have submitted the paper as it was to another CFP I had seen last year when it was fresh material straight out of my PhD, but now it's aging, framed in niche context (means re-writing again) and I'm still looking for somewhere to submit it.

I'm pretty sure we've all been in situations where deadlines have snuck up on us, manuscripts weren't finished, chapters never arrived, or any other number of issues that would hold up a collection of papers or any other collaborative academic work. Indeed, commitment to ongoing collaboration has largely been the sticking point with the "co-op" in "open anthropology cooperative" (see my previous post). I have since had other papers fall through, but for sensible reasons and with plenty of upfront explanation, as it should be. Meanwhile, other "collaborations" routinely fall apart because someone gives up without a word. This says something about reliability in academia and how we view our own and others' efforts as disposable. What a waste.


Value for money

A final example highlights the lack of "pastoral care" infecting the day to day culture of academia, at least as I have experienced it in the UK. With a bit more effort, I could make a mile-long list of disgraceful behavior on the part of my university from the time I started as an undergrad to the time I finished my PhD, but a majority of this would be griping about the central administration and poor policies affecting HE as a whole. More insulting is when bad treatment comes from one’s own department (cf. these posts from when I was still a student).

After completing my doctoral thesis in 2010, I had a small balance of fees remaining on my student account, which I have had to pay in small monthly installments until clearing the balance in Sept 2012. The total outstanding amount was so negligibly small that financially secure senior course convenors with no moral sensibilities of the likes featured in example #1 probably spend that much on Starbucks every month without batting an eye. But my decade abroad paying international fees added up and left me broke.

It was therefore with no small amount of joy that I sent in my last tuition payment two months ago. I instantly sent an email asking my department secretary to finally release my hard-earned doctorate. Did an email of congratulations from someone that I had worked with for over 8 years follow shortly after? No. Was my PhD express-mailed to my home in NY? Certainly not. In the first instance, my email was ignored. My follow up to another person confirmed that my first email had been received and the recipient was not - as I had myself suggested to diminish my feelings of worthlessness - on vacation or indisposed, but just "too busy" to reply. Surely this second recipient would take care of it? No, this person did not bother either. "Maybe in a week or so" the too-busy secretary would get around to releasing the degree that should have been released two years earlier regardless of the few pounds I owed them after 8 years of studying and teaching there. Two weeks later, I had to send another follow-up email begging for my PhD. These are people I saw every day for 8 years. Not even a courtesy email. As of today, I am still not in receipt of my doctorate. Yeah, that sounds about right.


Say something

It is almost laughable that I and many others are even vying for positions in this profession. And yet at the close of this blog post I will be applying for two more academic jobs, one research and one teaching. Glutton for punishment? No. The fact is that I love the work that I do when I'm able to do it; I believe in the value and worthwhile impact of my research and the quality of my teaching; and I think a strong academic sphere is essential to the wellbeing of society. Making change from within the system is not nearly as difficult as it is from out here. And it is really not that hard to be respectful, engaged, open and honest. I can't understand why so many people struggle with it. I'm tired of not saying anything about it for fear of retribution or never getting a job and you should be, too. Maybe I won't get a job in the future because of this post, but then it probably wouldn't have been the right environment for me, anyway.

Have you had similar experiences in academia as a student or faculty member? Do you think that there is a problem with how we treat each other or is it just the business we're in?

Although I'd like to know who you are, some readers will be reluctant to give their names or universities for fear of losing their jobs, so you can also comment anonymously if you want.

By the way, if you are job-hunting, contribute to this wiki, it's outstanding.



*Update, 27 Nov 2012*

Further reading

Anthropologist Paul Stoller (Huffington Post): Changing Culture in Higher Education

Thanks to Ryan over at Savage Minds for featuring this post in Stop the silence

Ongoing discussion over at the OAC: Producing academic scholarship: If universities are failing, where else do we go?


*Update, 11 Dec 2012*

A follow-up to this post can be found here: More open thoughts on anthropology and academia.

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          FIX for Windows Update Error Code 80240016–Windows update failed since other updates are being installed currently   

I kept getting this error whenever I try and do a Windows Update.  This used to happen, particularly if I haven’t done a WU for a very long time.  The usual suspects are anti-virus, firewall and sometimes, pending windows updates which would get resolved when I do a restart of the machine.

I am running a Windows 7 SP1 64 Bit OS.

This time, I connected a machine after almost 6 months and had a truck load of windows updates to be done.  I tried restarting multiple times but every time, I run the WU wizard, it fails with Error Code 80240016 stating failure “since other updates are being installed currently”  I for sure knew, there are no other updates running Smile

Did a bit of research and found this URL http://www.digwin.com/windows-update-fails-with-error-code-80240016-0 where some anonymous user (God Smile) has provided the steps to stop and start the WU Service.  So the steps here, to save you from reading all over again

1. Click “Start” type “cmd”

2. Select the “cmd” icon, right click and select “run as administrator”

3. Accept the dialog that comes up (if it requires entering credentials, do the same)

Basically we now are running the command prompt in an elevated mode (relevant for Windows Vista & Windows 7)

4. Type net stop wuauserv

5. Wait for the WU service to stop and the command prompt to regain focus

6. Type net start wuauserv

7. This would start the service again.

It would also prompt a restart of your machine if there were pending existing updates intalled

Post that, you can check for updates and install without any issues.

Small stuff, worth a lot!!!


          Monitoring Visual Studio 2010 Performance Problems   

At http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/fa85b17d-3df2-49b1-bee6-71527ffef441, Microsoft have provided a tool for Visual Studio to provide reports on Visual Studio 2010 performance problems.

The use of it has been discussed at http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudio/archive/2011/05/02/perfwatson.aspx as follows:

"Would you like Visual Studio 2010 to be even faster? Would you like any performance issue you see to be  reported automatically without any hassle? Well now you can, with the new Visual Studio PerfWatson extension! Install this extension and help us deliver a faster Visual Studio experience.

We’re constantly working to improve the performance of Visual Studio and take feedback about it very seriously. Our investigations into these issues have found that there are a variety of scenarios where a long running task can cause the UI thread to hang or become unresponsive. Visual Studio PerfWatson is a low overhead telemetry system that helps us capture these instances of UI unresponsiveness and report them back to Microsoft automatically and anonymously. We then use this data to drive performance improvements that make Visual Studio faster."

Now instead of complaining you too can help Microsoft locate and fix performance problems with Visual Studio 2010. The requirements are:

"Following are the pre-requisites for installing Visual Studio PerfWatson:

  • Windows Vista/2008/2008 R2/7 (Note: PerfWatson is not supported for Windows XP)
  • Visual Studio 2010 SP1 (Professional, Premium, or Ultimate)"

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          MN Judge Armstrong Bad Behavior   

http://groups.google.com/group/lawmen/files

Sharon4Judge

Saint Paul, MN

1 min ago
The Courts Sicken_Scrunity_ is paramount that more Judges hit the Dust before anymore "Bad BEhavior" exists.

Sharon has standing has charged Judge Kathleen Gearin,Gregg Johnson Salvador Rosas, Retired Larry Cohen,Alberto Miero. and more as their interests appear.
NO STATUTE OF LIMIATAIONS ON MURDER OR FRAUD. When these Judges Armstrong et al defraud the public for their pensions,salarys,benefits. We are NOT 2ND CLASS CITIZENS. also the DFL AG has overlooked,misapplied for 40 years re: www.barden4ag.com Criminal Violations of Judges

in thousands of documents alleging Death,Disability,Disparagment of Titles submitted for years to the Board on Judicial Standards public,media etc.
http://www.slideshare.net/Sharon4Anderson/ken...

Files downloaded from Sharons Favorite Site Lawmen

http://groups.google.com/group/lawmen/files

Sharon Scarrella Anderson has Standing as Affiant did NOT give permission to Publish In re Scarrella4JUstice 221N@2d562 without Royalitys, or Permission to mislead the Voting Public that the Elective Employment of Judges is DENIED to the Taxpayers. yet we pay the Freight.

The Rail Cars of Armstrong et al are liken to "BuKENWALD" SP

Retired Washington County judge accused of lapses

Armstrong calls state complaints 'shenanigans'



Complaint filed by the Minnesota Board on Judicial Standards against retired Washington County Judge Thomas Armstrong.


Complaint filed by the Minnesota Board on Judicial Standards against retired Washington County Judge Thomas Armstrong.

Retired Washington County District Judge Thomas Armstrong violated several judicial rules and should be disciplined, the Minnesota Board on Judicial Standards says in a complaint filed with the state Supreme Court last week.

Armstrong, who retired this month after 30 years on the bench, called the complaint "political shenanigans" designed to smear him.

The board's allegations against Armstrong:

  • While being investigated for mishandling a case, Armstrong took home the sealed civil case file and gave nonpublic information to someone outside the investigation.

  • Armstrong pulled out of last fall's election at the last minute, knowingly leaving his longtime clerk as the sole candidate on the ballot.

  • He contacted a witness in the board's investigation and tried to influence her testimony.

    But Armstrong said the board's claims were the latest attempt to besmirch his name, according to his 85-page response to the complaint.

    "The board has done everything in its power to harass Judge Armstrong over the last 30 years," starting when he was first elected to the bench in 1980, Armstrong wrote.

    Armstrong, 64, a lifelong Washington County resident, declined to comment Tuesday and instead referred questions to his attorney, Richard Thomas.

    Thomas said the board's allegations were baseless.

    "I think they have acted frivolously here and I think the facts are going to prove that," Thomas said.

    According to its formal complaint, the board



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              The Man of Steel and the Man of Plastic   

    A Post by Kelebek (Miguel Martinez)

    (From "Chimeras" - Miguel Martinez was born in Mexico and is currently resident in Italy. Another post of him on Cassandra's legacy is available here )


    This post is extremely dense of concepts and ideas and it may not be easy to evaluate by a non-Italian reader. Yet, I think it is extremely valuable for its approach that tries to examine the historical roots of how, in modern times, the Eastern/Soviet/Russian art has moved in different directions from those that the Western/European/American art has taken. All art is, basically, political in the sense that it proposes a certain view of the world. What we call "propaganda" is a form of art, not different than many others, although more direct in its attempt of presenting a specific view of the world. This post is translated from Italian, the boldface sentences are from the original. 


    We are wearily trying to understand the question of the relation of our times with those of the "Age of Steel" and its remarkable disappearance. Konstantin Aleksejevic Vasiliev was a Soviet artist who died at 34 in 1976.

    Above, you see how he painted the departure of the Soviet soldiers for the Great Patriotic War against the Nazi invaders, in 1941.

    The three figures are the men, the woman, and the young girl (but in many similar paintings we find a young boy). It is a triplet that has a specific birthdate: the French Revolution, when the Nation takes the place of God and of the King as Sovereign.

    It is good to remember that it is a modern and revolutionary vision, in fact, the first great modern vision.

    The new metaphysical entity is a family, biologically built and based on the gender separation with a double sacrifice: blood for the males, sons for the females.

    The second element is anonymity. In practice, we see only one of the soldiers' faces and we can think that this face is representative of all the others of the marching group that we may imagine as extending all the way to the horizon, characterized by two colors - red and gray - that represent both the foundry and the battlefield.

    On a side, this fact guarantees the infinite reproducibility and substitutability of each single element of the group of soldiers, as a sort of immense assembling chain. The first world war, and the subsequent footnotes (Bolshevism, Fascism, Nazism, second world war) obviously needed this illusion in order not to transform this industrial mass slaughter into nihilism.

    We know that what concretely makes individuals distinguishable is their physical and psychological weaknesses, that in this painting are totally invisible. Vasiliev was painting after the arrival of the TV age, but there is nothing here of the television intimacy, the attention to the individual sympathy of the guest whom we (virtually) accept in our home, nor, either, the interactive intimacy of the Internet age.

    The Man of Steel, who is only seen from a distance - in parades, on monuments, in factories - is not supposed to seduce but, in the Age of Plastics, seduction is the first social obligation: those who don't even try are condemned from the start.

    In place of personal eccentricities, the Man of Steel wears a mask, that is also a model. One always wants to be the way one is portrayed, it is not by chance that the Steel Age was the "age of forging" metals, character, the physical built, the New Man.

    Often, the task is really successful. There exist a true existential difference between the 1942 Soviet eigtheen-year old boy and the boy of the same age in Padua, Italy, in 2012.

    The current intimacy, founded on closeness, is an endless chatting. Moments of silence in TV are simply inconceivable.

    In the painting by Konstantin Vasiliev, we can imagine the sounds of thunder or of the boots, but not of voices - the Man of Steel doesn't speak. At best, although not in this painting, he sings.

    The Man of Steel always lives a dramatic adventure, but he never plays games; there is here an abyss between his contact with that and that - for instance - of the people who practice extreme sports in our times.

    We know that this paintings shows the greatest anti-fascist movement in history, seen from the viewpoint of the protagonists. If that wasn't anti-fascism, the very term becomes meaningless.

    Yet, any contemporary observer will probably see something fascist in this image.

    “Fascist” intended as a sort of global definition, is not necessarily referred to Mussolini's experience. The Italian patriots had the specific problem of never having had a hearth to defend.

    D’Annunzio the exhibitionists of Fiume, who enjoyed smothering their cigars on other people's tables [1] are somehow closer to the modern sensibility than the anonymous heroes of Vasiliev, who are neither bold nor daring.

    In the modern Fascism, there survives an element of the Age of Steel, but that is linked to a humankind that belongs completely to the Age of Plastics.

    Here is a fascinating example, in this case from a fiercely neo-fascist group Forza Nuova.

    Don't consider the words for a moment and just look at the image, including the details: the green background and the light. (the text in Italian says "Italy needs sons, not homosexuals")





    Konstantin Vasiliev portraits, in the end, a threatened family.

    Forza Nuova, in this poster, portraits a threatened family.

    In both, there is a connection between family and country.

    But, in the first case, the threat is the total annihilation and enslavement; in the second, a few small legislative adjustments that - besides - won't directly affect the family that we presume to be threatened.

    But the essential difference is in the seductive engagement of the family shown by Forza Nuova: it is their fully plastic and flexible individuality that we are called to love.

    And, if you think about that, the people of the poster by Forza Nuova have faces that are a hundred times more false and unreal than those in the painting by Vasiliev.



    [1] Martinez alludes here to an episode that occurred after the end of the first world war when the Italian poet and politician Gabriele D'Annunzio led a militia of war veterans to occupy the city of Rijeka (known as "Fiume" in Italian) in Croatia, claiming that it was part of the Italian state, The story lasted for a couple of years until the rebels were chased away by Italian regular troops. It made a lot of noise and it may have been seen as a prototype of the Fascist "March on Rome" of a couple of years later. 

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              The 2017 Richmond Music Issue Sampler   
    A Selection of Mostly Recent Songs from Local Artists

    Resound “Black History”

    Richmond’s premiere a cappella gospel trio became a viral YouTube sensation a few years ago and recently recorded with noted local label, Spacebomb, who released this new single. Produced by Matthew E. White, this is a standalone single and there’s another single and video in the works.

    Saw Black “Rosie’s Coming Home”

    This alt.country track by Saw Black was recorded in the singer-songwriter’s basement in Woodland Heights on an eight-track tape machine and featured on the album “Azalea Days.” He’ll be on tour April 7 through April 22 in the Midwest with Dogwood Tales, but you can catch him April 26 at Sound of Music with Ben Shepherd and Jeffrey Lewis and stay tuned for an upcoming Style profile. His second record, “Repentance in Blood City” is being finished now and should be out this summer or early fall.

    Sports Bar “Roll High, Lie Well (Kuriki)”

    This catchy garage rock 7-inch was recorded by local faves Sports Bar at the bike lot, mixed by Bryan Walthall at Stereo Image, and mastered by Dan Milici at The Engine Room in NYC. Drummer Stuart Holt’s wife, Candace, adds enthusiastic vocals.

    McKinley Dixon “The Story So Far . . .”

    This new track from rapper McKinley Dixon “details the narrative of a young black boy interacting with his environments and how he maneuvers through the world,” according to the artist. It’s from the upcoming mixtape, “The Importance of Self-Belief,” and was recorded at Dixon’s home, featuring sax by Nathanael Clark, keys by Nick Ray, production by Onirologia and mixing and mastering by Vincent Duke. A reissue of his first mixtape, “Who Taught You To Hate Yourself?” is on the way.

    Mikrowaves “Varmints of Love”

    This dance floor number is from the latest project by local musician Eddie Prendergast (bassist from Bio Ritmo). He calls the genre “flossup” and the track is from the album, “Nice Things,” which will be released on local label Crystal Pistol in mid-May. The group also features Kenneka Cook (see feature profile). You can check ‘em out next on April 21 at Savory Grain and April 27 at Flora.

    Dharma Bombs “Pack Your Bags”

    The debut of a brand spanking new track from the band’s upcoming record. Shannon Cleary notes: “Dharma Bombs' debut full length, ‘Old Time Romance’ encapsulates thoughts of falling in love, substances, seduction, war, destruction, post-apocalyptic wastelands and peace. The first single “Pack Your Bags” features Allie Smith.”

    Charles Owens Quartet “Naima”

    A familiar presence on the local jazz scene, this quartet features Charles Owens on tenor saxophone, Devonne Harris on Wurlitzer electric piano, Andrew Randazzo on electric bass, and Kelli Strawbridge on drums, playing their arrangement of the classic John Coltrane track, “Naima.” It was recorded last year at Montrose Studios in Richmond. The quartet’s new album, “The Charles Owens Quartet – As One” will be released on Ropeadope Records on April 21. Check out the release show at VMFA on April 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. (no cover) and also on May 4 at Vagabond.

    Fly Vut “Sensory Healing”

    The lo-fi, visceral pop song was recorded by Fly Vut – a solo project by an anonymous artist who prefers to keep it that way -- at Sleepy Kingdom in Richmond. Fly Vut will be playing the next Organica installment, which has yet to be announced. He says his influences include: Beach Boys, Spookey Ruben, David Sylvian, Brian Eno and Spacemen 3.

    Sarmistha Talukdar (Tavishi) “Toxic”

    Featured on the music issue cover and in an inside profile, Talukdar dedicated this piece to survivors of abuse (April is abuse awareness month). The experimental/noise track will be featured on her next album but for now you can check it out on bandcamp. You can catch her perform locally on May 25 at Gallery5.

    You Go Girls “Punk Rock Dance Band”

    As the lyrics go, they are that punk rock dance band. A plain and simple barnburner from the band’s upcoming, second album, "Teeth," due in June via Crystal Pistol Records. This group also features familiar local musician, Pete Curry, a solo artist who was featured in last year’s music issue.

    Opin “Diamond Edition”

    This atmospheric, electronic/pop track by the new group featuring Landis Wine (programming, synths, bass, guitar, vocals) comes from the band’s recent self-titled album, which was recorded half at home in Richmond and half in Philadelphia at Uniform Recording. The band will be touring in May.

    Jouwala Collective “Afarica Manayo”

    “The ideal of the first verse of this song is: doesn't matter where you at, but it just matters on who you surround yourself with,” says frontman Ismail Bouzidoune, who performs almost mystical-sounding jams with Jouwala Collective on a three-stringed lute instrument, the gimbri (or sintir) used by the Gnawan people. Their next Richmond show is April 28 at the Camel, where they previously recorded a live album available on bandcamp.

    The Wimps, “Dream Girl”

    Fans of Jad Fair or Violent Femmes perk up: you need to check out the Wimps. This track from their self-titled debut last year was recorded at Russell Lacy’s Virginia Moonwalker studio. With adenoidal vocals that recall the previously mentioned Half Japanese frontman, the Wimps’ Brent McCormick leads this concise, slow-rocking throwback to 50s and 60s ballads into a more indie ‘80s vibe with clever lyrics (“and when I fall, it’s because you catch the right light/dream girl”).

    Twain “Are We In Heaven?”

    A recent musical transplant from Brooklyn, Mt. Davidson has a beautiful voice capable of delivering chills in the live setting, his genre fittingly described as a “meeting place between the terrestrial and the mystic.” This lovely acoustic track comes from his new record “Life Labors in the Choir,” and you can check him out in person at Gallery5 on May 30 with Big Kitty and Skyway Man (James Wallace). He’ll be supporting Big Thief on their June and July tours, playing summer festivals with a new record, “Rare Feeling Part 1” coming out in time for the fall equinox.


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    Oh my fucking GOD Al Faggotry... STOP RUINING ANOTHER THREAD.
              Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 1126221)   
    Oh my fucking GOD Al Faggotry... STOP RUINING ANOTHER THREAD.
              Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 1186311)   
    Why do these types of threads always turn into all about AL MURREDIN posts, after post, after post? I think you start them as a hook and then take them over as your logged in name, go off the subject into your own dribble drabble. Cause no ones reading the threads you start as your real...
              Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 1225536)   
    INDEED! :hf: :bump: FOR TRUTH!!!
              Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 1225536)   
    Namaste. :hf: LOVE!!!
              Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 32807941)   
    Baseball's roots are in the English game Rounders. Care to provide proof Abner Doubleday was a Freemason? Initially it was 5 strikes for a K and 9 balls for a walk. Why don't you count the stitches in a baseball and give us some numerology tied to...
              Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 42255796)   
    From that article 3, 9, 11, 13, 21
              Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 1225536)   
    X3! Thank you, Brother. LOVE!!!
              Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 21467172)   
    Wow! That is incredibly freaky. Thanks for sharing I think we need a separate thread for just these types of stories. Perhaps putting this stuff in the open so we can research it...we might just figure out a pattern. [/quote] Thanks I'm So glad you saw my post and I do too...
              Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 1225536)   
    :hf:
              Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 42592908)   
    We have no idea what and how this stuff effects people. Casting spells and sacrificing animals is used to curse opposing drug gangs. It's very real, whether we believe in it or not...these people are performing spells and believe it to be real themselves. Is it harmless? Who know....
              Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 1225536)   
    Amen. :hf:
              Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 1225536)   
    Thank you, OP. Namaste. :hf:
              Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 1226155)   
    :laugh:
              Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 42473467)   
    We have no idea what and how this stuff effects people. Casting spells and sacrificing animals is used to curse opposing drug gangs. It's very real, whether we believe in it or not...these people are performing spells and believe it to be real themselves. Is it harmless? Who know....
              Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 1226142)   
    Here here
              Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 42473467)   
    Read the article dipdoo. It outlines how they performed a friggen spell to cause injury, and win a game. Complete with symbols, twigs, spitting and chants. Just because you don't believe in something, doesn't mean the ritual performers don't either. Geewillikers.
              Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 1226133)   
    Good to see you are not wasting your precious time either AC Sigh
              Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 42473467)   
    Wow! That is incredibly freaky. Thanks for sharing I think we need a separate thread for just these types of stories. Perhaps putting this stuff in the open so we can research it...we might just figure out a pattern. [/quote] Thanks I'm So glad you saw my post and I do too...
              Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 938842)   
    now, now..... I know of that crush you have on me. love hurts. :tounge:
              Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 42473467)   
    Wow! That is incredibly freaky. Thanks for sharing I think we need a separate thread for just these types of stories. Perhaps putting this stuff in the open so we can research it...we might just figure out a pattern. [/quote] Thanks I'm So glad you saw my post and I do too...
              Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 1182218)   
    :lame:
              Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 42495542)   
    I read the article but I musta missed something. Wheres the part where they ADMIT TO USING SATANIC IMAGE ON SCREEN TO CAST A SPELL ON OTHER TEAM?
              Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 938842)   
    I wrote about the addictions of humankind, Our biology is so dependant on a dopamine reward system that spikes and falls. I do see in the future a more efficiently designed human race without this delicate up and down rollercoaster, We all have the dopamine fix to some degree, whether...
              Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 21467172)   
    Wow! That is incredibly freaky. Thanks for sharing Were you watching Cartoon Network's Adult swim (comes on from 9pm until 6am). They do a LOT of owl stuff. I think we need a separate thread for just these types of stories. Perhaps putting this stuff in the open so we can...
              Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 21467172)   
    Wow! That is incredibly freaky. Thanks for sharing I think we need a separate thread for just these types of stories. Perhaps putting this stuff in the open so we can research it...we might just figure out a pattern. [/quote] Thanks I'm So glad you saw my post and I do too...
              Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 39114910)   
    yeah, right now they are laughing their asses off at you- I hsve to agree with Dice on this one.
              Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 40510519)   
    GLP is a prime source of entertainment. You wouldn't even think there would be people this stupid :tounge:
              Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 42343450)   
    Wow! That is incredibly freaky. Thanks for sharing Were you watching Cartoon Network's Adult swim (comes on from 9pm until 6am). They do a LOT of owl stuff. I think we need a separate thread for just these types of stories. Perhaps putting this stuff in the open so we can...
              Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 42574275)   
    spiked gatorade
              Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 20399685)   
    :hpt-this: :canny:
              Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 32412853)   
    Why you keep saying "they" or majorleagebaseball did it? It was one person ... :whatever:
              Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 3870099)   
    :shill:
              Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 21842124)   
    Seems the youtube video uploader added the image himself. And placed image at exact time where commentators would be makin a remark..about something totally unrelated like a fan in the crowd or a incident on the field... derp.
              Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 42577730)   
    [/quote] What a bald-faced lie. Hope the pay was good. He was given this "spell." Well, not him, but he was given this ridiculous cover story. God, please forgive the illuminutties and their minions - they're crazy! We call on You, Father, for strength and help, and...
              Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 41217722)   
    the distance from the pitcher's mound to home plate is 60 feet, 6 inches. Not kidding, look it up. distance between the bases is 90 feet. [/quote] the batter's box is 3 feet by 6 feet. 666. since the infield is a square, it has all internal angles of 90 degrees....
              Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 42473467)   
    Wow! That is incredibly freaky. Thanks for sharing I think we need a separate thread for just these types of stories. Perhaps putting this stuff in the open so we can research it...we might just figure out a pattern. [/quote] Thanks I'm So glad you saw my post and I do too...
              Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 3870099)   
    "You will also notice the winning pitcher that night was Nolan Ryan……. Always a good idea when casting a spell to have a Hall of Famer scheduled to pitch. Read more: http://wgntv.com/2013/06/26/spelli-94bound/#ixzz2XhtTXVWp" Isn't Nolan Ryan like 100 years old? [/quote]...
              Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 41217722)   
    the distance from the pitcher's mound to home plate is 60 feet, 6 inches. Not kidding, look it up. distance between the bases is 90 feet. [/quote] the batter's box is 3 feet by 6 feet. 666. since the infield is a square, it has all internal angles of 90 degrees....
              Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 42473467)   
    "You will also notice the winning pitcher that night was Nolan Ryan……. Always a good idea when casting a spell to have a Hall of Famer scheduled to pitch. Read more: http://wgntv.com/2013/06/26/spelli-94bound/#ixzz2XhtTXVWp" Isn't Nolan Ryan like 100 years old? [/quote]...
              Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 42577730)   
    And all the other little shills ran right out with you. What a coincidence! Nobody believes you. It's obvious that this is a sports team doing what its overlords tell it to: Put out a sign - full of signs - that signal what their plans are. That's the requirement, and tptb...
              Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 42473467)   
    Haha...just like the beer commercial? [/quote]
              Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 42577730)   
    Anyone who says this was only done for one team to win another another is a :shill: [/quote] "against another" :1rof1:
              Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 42473467)   
    Wow! That is incredibly freaky. Thanks for sharing I think we need a separate thread for just these types of stories. Perhaps putting this stuff in the open so we can research it...we might just figure out a pattern.
              Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 42577730)   
    Anyone who says this was only done for one team to win another another is a :shill:
              Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 42473467)   
    Derp. How is this a joke? A joke is supposed to be funny. At the very least, it requires people to understand wth the jokester is doing or saying. How many jocks and sports viewers are aware (or interested in any) of these symbols? Plus, some guy in the control room would be...
              Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 42577730)   
    It was to cast a spell, alright, but not on the other team. These are the crazy luciferians/satanists that think they run the world, and apparently don't give a flip about their karma: You don't have to worry. You only get what's coming to you. As long as you're...
              Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 1227147)   
    Who pins this stupid shit?
              Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 41217722)   
    the distance from the pitcher's mound to home plate is 60 feet, 6 inches. Not kidding, look it up. distance between the bases is 90 feet.
              Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 28804628)   
    "You will also notice the winning pitcher that night was Nolan Ryan……. Always a good idea when casting a spell to have a Hall of Famer scheduled to pitch. Read more: http://wgntv.com/2013/06/26/spelli-94bound/#ixzz2XhtTXVWp" Isn't Nolan Ryan like 100 years old?
              Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 39561486)   
    did they purposefully show you or was it suppose to be a subliminal that went rouge?
              Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 32745576)   
    PLANE. HIT. STEEL. Nothing to see here move along...
              Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 33234136)   
    Interesting they would use witchcraft vs a blessing of holy water from a priest. There is more to the story than just that. You don't use occult symbolism for curse breaking. Old fashioned melted lead, a bowl of cold water poured over your head saying some sort of arabic words work very...
              Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 42574327)   
    Yes, it is a joke. A joke to think this is how 'spells' are cast in the first place. Idiotic. Read a book.
                 
    Guilt – The Great Motivator


    It has been said that fear is a great motivator. I submit to you that guilt is at least as effective.

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