The police response to Joanna Yeates' murder, and Reclaim the Night   
So it seems little has changed since the late 1970s. According to this Guardian article, following the murder of Joanna Yeates, Avon and Somerset police are advising women not to walk alone at night. Sound familiar?

This casually sexist response by the police, according to which women are effectively being advised not to have a life (especially given the wintry daylight hours!) reminds us of the importance events like Reclaim the Night and the Million Women Rise March. They are as important as they ever were, since the early Take Back the Night marches in Philadelphia and Brussells in the mid-1970's. (A history of Take Back the Night is here.) What is frustrating is that the same argument needs constantly to be made, 35 years on.

When the first Take Back the Night and Reclaim the Night marches took place, they were a direct response to small-minded sexist police "advice" like that recently meted out by the Avon and Somerset police. That is why they were held outdoors; that is why they were held at night; and that is why they were women-only affairs. But recently the focus of many RTN marches has justifiably shifted to domestic violence and intimate partner violence. (According to Home Office statistics, only 17% of rapes are committed by strangers; 54% are committed by partners (including spouses) or ex-partners. And according to this BCS report, only 13% of rapes are committed in a public place; 55% occur in the victim's own home, and 20% occur in the offender's home.)

I have personally heard the view many times that this change of focus makes RTN marches in some sense passé. But this criticism overlooks the fact that RTN marches make for a strong, clear public message, and provide an opportunity for the feminist community to reassert their continued presence and solidarity. And anyway, thanks to Avon & Somerset police, it turns out that after all we all need reminding of the original motivation for RTN: that violence against women is not the responsibility of the women who suffer it.
          Minutes of meeting: 30-03-2009   
Attending: Dan, Dave, Jon, Filip & Björn

At the start of the meeting we discussed the new Facebook group Björn had created and together we had a look at the group's description. We discussed the text and made a few amendments to the description. We then opened the group to the whole of Facebook.

We started our discussions at about 12:20 and talked about various issues concerning masculinity. One of these was the fact that there seems to be a need in many men to be the “alpha male” and to compete with other men. We mainly talked about this in the context of anarchists, where it seems that male's (and females to some extent) compete on who is being the most radical / extreme or violent. A main focus of the discussion regarded the difficulty of ridding oneself of “masculinity” and that even as pro-feminist men one finds oneself competing in macho behaviors like these at times. This despite often feeling different from “those men”. When one realized though, how hard it is to escape one's own and society's masculinity, this results in a feeling of disappointment and / or annoyance with oneself.

Related to that, we talked about the G20 summit and the coming protests this week and how the potential for violence is scaring off people who might otherwise consider going. We discussed how this potential for violence is the backbone of a power struggle between the police and radical protesters. The police wants to deter as many people as possible from attending the protests, making use of their power and the potential violence. This might result in only the “hard core” of protesters going, which results in a very masculine struggle, consisting of violence and power.

We further discussed to what extent men are scared of other men in similar ways as women and how this at times prevents men from challenging sexist and misogynist behavior in other men. An example was a group of men with beer cans shouting something at a woman at a tube stop. The potential for violence and the strength of the group is scary to men as well and deters them from taking any action.

A reason we proposed for this was that when a man shows very masculine behavior (making sexist jokes in a pub or a sexist comment in the street) a challenge to this man will probably entice a more radical masculine response so that the male in question can retain their masculinity. This then might result in more verbal, or possibly physical abuse.In relation to this we talked about the question whether there were such things as “good” or “bad” moments when one can challenge strangers or people one knows and how difficult it can be when one feels one is fighting a fight against misogyny alone.

Our conclusion to this discussion was, that in a public place, a response to unacceptable behavior would probably not make an immediate change but would at least be exemplary to others who felt similar about the unacceptable behavior that occurred. It was also agreed that challenging the sexist behaviour of people we don't know is probably less likely to be effective than challenging the people we do know, and who are more likely to take our opinions on board.

Another point that was made later on was how important it is to do things collectively. This discussion led us to talk about the future of the group and we had the following ideas for the next few months:

- making more links with feminist groups and getting involved in more feminist events
- group reading of feminist / pro-feminist literature
- organizing crèches for feminist events in London
- doing more workshops and having a completed workshop “on file” that can be done by various members of the group
- keep the focus on the personal experience of “life as a man” in a patriarchal culture
- working more on accountability towards one another and challenging each other within the group with regards to own sexist/misogynist attitudes
- making a zine / e-zine
          Men Running Child Care   
Some of us in the Profeminist Men's group work with children in various capacities already and we all share the conviction that profeminist men doing child care is a great idea. It’s one way we can support mothers and other carers (usually also women) and to facilitate feminist organising by giving parents and carers some free time to attend workshops, planning meetings etc. It also shows that men can provide loving child care and that raising kids isn’t “women’s work”. It's also something that men's groups in the 70s and 80s used to do to support the Women's Liberation movement and childcare at political events continues to be under provided today. Those of us that do work with kids also love it, and have really enjoyed doing childcare in a political context.

For example, one member of the group recently helped run a kidspace on Raven’s Ait (an island in the Thames near Surbiton) during the G20 protests. A few of us ran the crèche/playroom thing at the Gender, Race and Class conference at SOAS in February and a couple of us also ran a smaller crèche during a feminist planning meeting back in the summer. We’re planning to continue this work in various forms (Feminism in London Conference next year for one) and aim to work closely with the CRAP! Collective (Child Rearing Against Patriarchy) to develop further links with parents and carers who want to make sure that they and their kids are not excluded from political events.

Below is a report about the recent kidspace on the island, written by one of the organisers.

The kidspace and childcare cooperative was organised by the CRAP! Collective (Child Rearers Against Petriarchy), London Pro-feminist Mens Group, the Global Mutiny Network and the community of Ravens Ait island.
Raven's Ait is a squatted island on the River Thames near Surbiton, South London. This artificially made island, which is actually still common land, is steeped in political history, although more recently has been used for weddings and corporate events. The present occupants are creating an amazing peaceful space for community, an eco-conference centre, permaculture gardens and workshops on sustainability and environmental issues.
Raven's Ait was the perfect place for the kidspace. We had a large indoor playroom with views of the river and passing boats, and a stunning grass lawn for the kids to run around on on and climb trees. We had loads of fun playing games and doing forest-school inspired crafts, such as: making dreamcatchers/ spiders webs, nature crowns, tipis, parachute games, football, twister, a mini rock concert, lots of drawing and painting, Spanish singing, picnics and even played croquet on the lawn, dahling! Being at Raven's Ait also gave the children a chance to experience communal living and working, in a safe space, away from the noise of the city and the police brutality during the G20 protests.
Many actions and demos can easily be made more welcoming for children and their carers to participate in, and we would encourage this. However in respect to this weeks G20 protests, we made the decision that it was too unpredictable and heavy for our children to attend, and looking back on it we feel we made the right decision organising the kidspace away from the action.
Mainstream society is not very welcoming to parents, carers and children, and personally I feel that often activism isnt either. Capitalism places no value, monetary or otherwise, on the work parents do, and patriarchy designates it as women's work. As activists we need to challenging these notions. We need to ensure that as much value is placed on the role of childcare, as is placed on all other aspects of organising actions, demos, meetings, workshops, etc. We also need to be challenging the sexist notion that women should be looking after the children, by ensuring that more men are given childcare roles. Paid childcare is very expensive, and most of us cant afford to pay for it to go to meetings or do actions, so if childare isnt provided, or children aren't welcome at meetings etc than we just cant go. Even if childcare cant be arranged, than we should at least think about enabling children attend with their parents/ carers.
This is an appeal for all those organising in the UK at the moment to ensure that your organising facilitates parents, carers and children attending and getting involved.
Dont leave your friends behind!
To get involved:,,,

To listen to our radio interview on dissident island from the kidspace, visit and listen to G20 part 1, we're about 30 minutes into the show.

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Oscar Perez, the rogue police pilot Venezuelan officials say is behind a helicopter attack on the country’s capital has movie-star looks and movie credits. He has also suddenly become the face of the opposition to President Nicolas Maduro. But is this all just a diversion? WSJ’s Tanya Rivero reports. Photo: Instagram/oscarperezgv
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          Police, Alcohol Control Take Drunken Driving Personally   
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          The Bush Victory Party   

George W. Bush's last victory party, which took place four years ago in Austin, Texas, never quite got underway. There was some annoying business about a withdrawn concession phone call and a steady downpour of rain. This year's party, held inside the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C., was in one respect an improvement. There was no rain.

The evening began in the Reagan Building's giant, sloping atrium. The GOP herded its youngish volunteers into a mosh pit, jammed between the stage and the TV cameras. Vodka tonics were consumed, and the twentysomethings seemed poised for giddy celebration. Just after 12:30 a.m., Fox News awarded Ohio to Bush, bringing the president's electoral tally, by the network's count, to 266. Four more years! Alaska followed 20 minutes later, nudging Bush to 269. Four more years! At that point, a portly man wearing a blue suit and pin-striped shirt removed his "W Is Still President" lapel pin, held it aloft like a cigarette lighter, and began to lurch toward the stage.

But as soon as the crowd began to rock, Bush's glorious night ground to a halt. More than three hours passed without Fox awarding Bush a single electoral vote. Some of the other networks refused to give him Ohio. It wasn't that the remaining states were breaking for Kerry; they simply weren't breaking at all. The country band playing at the victory celebration exhausted its playlist and began glancing up nervously at the TV monitors. A producer with a ponytail and "W" hat waddled onstage and told them to keep playing. Reporters in the press row reached for their cell phones: The news from Boston was that John Edwards would take the stage and extend the election.

Ed Gillespie, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, dashed to the podium and, in a speech that lasted for the exact duration of Edwards', declared that Kerry couldn't possibly unearth 100,000 more votes in Ohio. The crowd whooped, but malaise was setting in. Wouldn't the president just get over here and declare victory already? Better yet, wouldn't Kerry just give up?

The heavy eyes were a marked shift from the evening's start, which was brimming with cautious optimism. As Bush swept the early states, Jeremy Bouma, a member of something called the Center for Christian Statesmanship, told me the expected surge in Democratic turnout would be offset by new evangelical voters. "My prayer going into this was that the evangelical vote was the X Factor," he said. Rosario Marin, a former U.S. treasurer, thought that Bush had succeeded in increasing his support among Hispanic voters. She was telling me why Latinos did not, in fact, oppose to the Iraq war when Gillespie announced that ABC had called Florida for Bush.

Aaaaaaaaah! she screamed, into my right ear."Oh, sorry." Then: Aaaaaaaaaah! "Oh, sorry." Aaaaaaaaaaaah! I told her she should go ahead and scream. After she caught her breath, Marin said: "I'm so happy. I'm so excited. My heart is pumping. I've got to call my husband." And then she was gone.

Bush never appeared at his 2000 victory party. Around 3 a.m. Wednesday, a question arose as to whether, in fact, he would appear at this one. CNN's John King reported that Bush had stormed into Karl Rove's office and asked the guru to let him declare victory. The reporters in the press room that weren't asleep let out a whoop. King later reported that Rove told the networks that if they would just call New Mexico for Bush, the president would make his way to the Reagan Building. The message was clear: I know you're tired. So give me the damn state.

At 5:05 a.m., an end—sort of. CNN reported that Bush wouldn't appear in person Wednesday morning; Andy Card, his chief of staff, would speak in his place. Card arrived in a room with a few dozen listless Republicans and said nothing memorable. Mario H. Lopez, one of the listless, declared, "I don't know how I cannot describe this night as historic." Then he glanced at someone's watch and said, "I think we're gonna get some breakfast and then get ready to go to work."  ... 3:17 a.m.

Party Monster: Welcome to George W. Bush's "victory" party in Washington, D.C. Sorta. Us news reporters have been herded into a giant white tent, yards away from the actual party, and contact with revelers looks unlikely. This is what the mob outside Studio 54 must have looked like, if only you upped the dweeb factor.

As the Washington Post's "Reliable Source" column notedthis morning: "Reporters wishing to cover the president's election night party will have to pay $300 for the privilege of a 3-by-2-foot work space and a padded seat in a tent nearby to watch the proceedings on television. … Small groups of media will be escorted into the atrium of the Ronald Reagan Building to look around—but they won't be allowed to talk to participants." For a White House that hates the press, handcuffing reporters on Victory Night seems appropriate.

Last-minute indicators of victory: The handful of people I saw shuffling out of the White House grounds looked grim. Someone who identified himself as a Homeland Security apparatchik looked ebullient. On Fox News, Bill Kristol and Mort Kondracke are wearing prepared smiles. ... 4:05 p.m.

Recriminations Watch—Hispanic-Vote Edition: In the category of what my friend Noam Scheiber calls "possibly meaningless anecdotal evidence," my relatives in Northern New Mexico report an inordinate number of Bush signs in the poor Hispanic colonias—communities that figured to go overwhelmingly to Kerry. The same relatives report that Hispanic men profess to have a cultural affinity with Bush, who they see as a tough, macho sort of guy. Again, meaningless, but it underscores a point: That's about the only thing Bush has going for him with the Hispanic community. The Bushies, who heralded their leader's minority-outreach miracles as Texas governor, have done a shoddy job of courting Hispanics since entering the White House.

A few months back, Antonio Gonzalez of the William C. Velasquez Institute told me that Kerry staffers had whiffed at the Democratic Convention. They featured too few Hispanic speakers; and the preoccupation with Iraq drew attention away from domestic issues affecting the poor. All Karl Rove had to do, Gonzalez said, was goad his keynote speakers into mumbling a few "qué pasas" and the Hispanic vote might tilt slightly to Bush. Well, it didn't happen and it hasn't happened. Most surveys show Bush polling around 30 percent to 35 percent of the Hispanic vote, about what he did in 2000. Even GOP apparatchiks, wishing for miracles, don't put Bush much above 40 percent.

If Bush loses tight races in Florida and New Mexico (and, God forbid, Nevada and Colorado), an early recrimination theory might be that Bush spent too little time chasing Hispanic voters. Then again, perhaps he didn't have a chance. The sour economy disproportionately affects Hispanic and black communities; so does the Iraq War, which draws foot soldiers from the poorest segments of the population. Though both candidates ran Spanish-language ads in the Southwest, the campaigns seemed, at times, to forget about Hispanic voters entirely. Remember the fixation on the gringo Spanish spoken (haltingly) by Al Gore and Bush in 2000? Did Bush and Kerry ignore Hispanic voters, or has the media processed them as stable members of the electorate?

Even if Bush should lose, the GOP would be wise to thank him for ratcheting up their Hispanic numbers to Ronald Reagan levels—and up from depths plumbed by the Bob Dole and George H.W. Bush campaigns. But for a man who wonEl Paso County in his 1998 gubernatorial race, 35 percent doesn't seem like much of a miracle. ... 1:11 p.m.

Tom DeLay's Poetic Justice: Tom DeLay's push to rejigger Texas' congressional districts, an effort that caused such a kerfuffle last year, has faded under the onslaught of Swift Boat Veterans, the Osama tape, and Al Qaqaa. But DeLay's gambit has been no less effective. Five Texas Democrats face re-election Tuesday in GOP-friendly districts, and even the most optimistic Dems predict that only one or two of them (probably Martin Frost or Chet Edwards) can survive. There's a better-than-even shot that allfive Democrats will lose, giving the House GOP majority an enormous boost.

But it's not all sad news. With an influx of new Republicans comes an infusion of unwitting comic genius. Most of this can be seen in the personage of Ted Poe. Poe, a former Houston felony court judge, kicked off his national political career in August by boldly proclaiming, "Now is not the time to be a French Republican."

On the bench in Houston, Poe styled himself as a remorseless, Wild West, hangin' judge in the tradition of Roy Bean. His brainchild was something he called "Poetic Justice." With "Poetic Justice," Poe sentenced criminals to public humiliations to teach them a lesson. Shoplifters who found themselves in front of Poe, for instance, had to stand outside the stores they pinched from carrying signs identifying themselves as criminals.

When a man robbed legendary Lone Ranger star Clayton Moore, Poe made the perp shovel manure 20 hours a month at the Houston police department's horse pens. The sentence was to last for 10 years.

The Club for Growth's Stephen Moore reports that Poe made convicted car thieves hand over their own cars to their victims. Convicted murderers were forced to visit their victims' grave sites; others felons had to hang their victims' pictures in their cells and, upon release, carry them in their wallets. According to the Houston Press, Poe slapped one homicidal drunken driver with the following the rap:

… boot camp; erecting and maintaining a cross and Star of David at the accident site; carrying pictures of the victims in his wallet for ten years; observing the autopsy of a drunk-driving victim; placing flowers on the graves of the two victims on their birthdays for the next ten years; and carrying a sign outside a bar that reads, "I killed two people while driving drunk."

This article describes the ambiance of Poe's Houston office: "a poster of Alcatraz, a painting of a scene from the battle of Gettysburg and a sign proclaiming, 'I really don't care how you did it up north.' "

As the Houston Chronicle reports, victims' relatives have charged that Poe would often fail to follow through on the harsh sentences—a revelation which comes as something of a relief. Slate eagerly awaits the punishments Poe metes out on congressional Democrats. ... 11:12 a.m.

A Snowball's Chance: If the election drifts into Mountain Time Tuesday, will John Kerry regret stiffing New Mexico? That's one theory being floated on Joe Monahan's superb New Mexico political blog tonight. George W. Bush visited the state Monday, Dick Cheney over the weekend. So, New Mexicans will wake up Tuesday to read triumphant Bush headlines like this and this, while they'll see news pictures of Kerry overnighting in Wisconsin.

Bill Richardson pulls all the puppet-strings in New Mexico, but there's mounting evidence that Kerry may be in trouble. The polls have looked limp. And there's a theory that Al Gore's slim margin in 2000—366 votes, all found days after the election—may be attributable to one thing: snow.

On Election Day 2000, a freak snowstorm blanketed "Little Texas," the swath of southeastern New Mexico known for its cultural and political kinship with its neighbor. Conservative voters in three counties stayed home in droves. With Gore running strong in northern New Mexico and narrowly winning Albuquerque, the snowed-in voters may have cost Bush the state.

Tuesday's weather report: This site says "rain and snow showers will linger" near the region. Kerry may need every flake and drop.  … 12:01 a.m.

Monday, Nov. 1 2004

The ESPN Primary: "Mr. President, I am wondering how you feel about taxpayers having to have a financial burden placed on them for building new stadiums and new facilities for existing teams?" So went The Candidates: Election 2004,ESPN's special last night that valiantly tried to make Tuesday's contest into a referendum on professional sports. Jim Gray, the thinking man's Ahmad Rashad, the guy who hones his interview technique on coaches trying to sneak off the court before halftime ("So, uh, how do you prepare for the second half?"), landed interviews with both candidates. With its modus operandi inching ever closer to that of Sabado Gigante, it's groovy to see ESPN put on its serious face once in a while—for the shtick to give way to grave pronouncements about THE WORLD BEYOND SPORTS. Except that Gray never acknowledged that such a thing existed.

In response to a question about ticket prices, Bush replied, "I was always concerned when I was with the Rangers that our ticket prices would become so high that the family would be priced out of baseball." Perhaps this is why Bush helped build the Ballpark at Arlington, one of the most expensive venues in baseball and one of its most soulless. For his part, Kerry repeated his I-stand-with-the-working-man pabulum, suggesting that fathers were looting their children's college funds to sit at club level.

Asked to name his favorite athlete, Kerry, of course, straddled, ticking off a fair slice of the Boston Bruins' first line and, for swing-state mojo, a handful of Detroit Red Wings. Bush got another chance to coo about his clutch performance during the 2001 World Series. And that's about as deep as our man Gray got. There are some reasonably interesting questions to ask about sports, such as why it remains one of the viciously anti-gay segments of public life, a black mark that is ignored when it isn't celebrated.

But why get huffy when you can ask both candidates, as Gray did, what should be done about Pete Rose, who after his selfless act of contrition last winter finds himself no closer to baseball's Hall of Fame? This is the kind of spitball that will get you hooted off most respectable sports radio shows, but the candidates tried their level best. Bush said Rose had never really apologized to baseball. Kerry straddled, then agreed. You could see the nervous flicker in both men's eyes—Bush: Christian values!; Kerry: Cincinnati values!—as they tried outflank one another on Charlie Hustle's quagmire.  ... 10:02 p.m.

          Florida's Absent Ballots   

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.—Everyone knew that both parties would go on the attack during the final days of a close election, but we didn't think they would take it literally. In Sarasota on Tuesday, a 46-year-old man in a Cadillac decided to play chicken with former Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris, who is now running for re-election to Congress. Amazingly, given that she was a pedestrian standing with some of her supporters, rather than driving a car, Harris won. The Cadillac "swerved onto the sidewalk" at the last minute, according to the Associated Press. "I was exercising my political expression," the man, Barry Seltzer, told police. "I did not run them down. I scared them a little." Perhaps the Supreme Court will weigh in on this election after all, if only to decide whether motor-vehicle "flybys" are protected under the First Amendment.

Not to be outdone, an 18-year-old high-school student and aspiring Marine in West Palm Beach ensured that the state's meltdown would be bipartisan. After his girlfriend—now ex-girlfriend—told him she was going to vote for John Kerry, Steven Soper allegedly "beat her and held her hostage with a screwdriver," according to the Palm Beach Post report, which is worth reading in full. In the city of Vero Beach, another Bush supporter, 52-year-old Michael Garone, is accused of pointing a gun at the head of a Kerry supporter. And they say Republicans are trying to suppress turnout.

Because of the journalistic rule that three makes a trend, the local TV news after the World Series broadcast a story on "political rage." The conclusion from the reporter: "Bottom line, psychiatrists say: Vote, then calm down. Stop watching the 24-hour cable news." But the problem most Palm Beach County voters seem to be worrying about is a much more mundane one: Will our votes be counted?

Because of the county's disastrous 2000 election, when elderly Jews accidentally voted for Pat Buchanan and when 19,000 "overvotes"—most of which were intended for Al Gore—were tossed because the confusing butterfly ballot led voters to think they should punch holes for both the president and the vice president, voters here are particularly knowledgeable about the ins and outs of voting systems and voting machines. Many voters are fearful of the new electronic touch-screen machines that will be used for this election, particularly because the machines lack a paper trail that could be used in a recount. As a result, a huge number of Palm Beach County voters have requested absentee ballots. Wednesday's Palm Beach Post reported that the county's Supervisor of Elections, Theresa LePore (yes, she's still around for one last election), said 128,000 absentee ballots had been mailed out through Monday. That's 17 percent of the more than 735,000 registered voters in the county, and it's 10,000 more absentee ballot requests so far than Miami-Dade County, which has 300,000 more voters. LePore told the paper her office expected to mail another 7,000 each day this week.

The absentee ballots are paper-and-pencil ballots that will be read by optical scan machines, which are the most accurate voting machines available. They're also the only way for voters in the county to cast a physical, paper ballot that can be recounted. The problem was highlighted for area voters after a special election in January for State House District 91. The race was decided by 12 votes, which meant that Florida's automatic recount law kicked in. Except there was nothing to recount, despite 134 blank "undervotes" recorded by the machines. Perhaps voters intentionally didn't cast a ballot in the race, but without a physical ballot, there was no way to inspect the undervotes to be sure.

The local Democratic Party has urged voters who are concerned about the machines' accuracy or who want a paper trail of their ballot to vote absentee. So has the state Republican Party, which earlier this year published a flyer in Miami that read, "Make sure your vote counts. Order your absentee ballot today."

But now voters claim they haven't received their absentee ballots in the mail, even though the ballots must be returned by 7 p.m. on Election Day in order for them to be counted. Nothing like Broward County's 50,000 missing ballots has occurred, and LePore blamed the post office for the problem. She told the Palm Beach Post, "We take them to the post office and then it's out of my hands." Voters who don't receive their ballots can still vote at the polls, but at the early-voting sites, the lines have been long: The wait was at least an hour each time I stopped by West Palm Beach's polling place on Wednesday.

Before the county's Democrats get hysterical and start aiming their cars at LePore, they should know that their party has at least two reasons for optimism. The first was noted earlier this month by Howard Goodman, a columnist for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. According to Goodman, "Between August 2000 and August 2004, the Democratic voter rolls in Palm Beach County increased by 30,582. Almost 26,000 other people registered without declaring a political party. But Republicans added only 326 people."

The second is that Palm Beach County uses Sequoia touch-screen machines, which were adapted in Nevada to include a paper trail. In that state, the Washington Post reported this week, "They were used for the fall primary, and tests afterward showed that the paper totals and electronic totals matched perfectly." So, Florida voters, by all means, vote absentee if it makes you feel better. But Nevada's primary provides a good reason to trust the machines.

          Westminster police seeking stolen vehicle   

Westminster Police are asking for the community's help to locate a work vehicle that was stolen last week.

Police say the vehicle, a white 2007 GMC Sierra truck with a 28-foot stepladder and tool box in the bed is believed to have been abandoned in Baltimore City. The vehicle has Maryland tags...

          Mount Airy man charged with assaulting a police officer   

A Mount Airy man has been charged with assaulting a police officer following a vehicle collision Sunday on Md. 27 in Mount Airy.

Andrew McGuire Mason, 18, of the 13000 block of Brandon Manor Court, is charged with second-degree assault of a police officer, second-degree assault, resisting arrest,...

          Westminster man charged with assault   

A Westminster man has been charged with assault following an altercation Sunday.

Jason Frebertshauser, 38, has been charged with second-degree assault. He was released on his own recognizance Sunday, according to electronic court records.

At 10:32 p.m. Sunday, Maryland State Police responded to...

          Five people injured, Md. 140 closed for hours as result of collision   

Md. 140 was shut down for three hours after a two-vehicle collision at WMC Drive on Saturday afternoon.

According to the Westminster Police Department, a vehicle driving west crossed the center line and struck another vehicle at about 4:20 p.m. Saturday.

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          Westminster man arrested for assault   

A Westminster man was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly assaulted a man at Vince's Seafood in Westminster.

According to charging documents, Westminster Police Department officers responded to a report of an assault in progress around 8:46 p.m. There, police said, they saw Brandon Ray Stahley,...

          Man discovered deceased in Krimgold Park after search   

A man was found deceased in Krimgold Park on Friday after a joint search by the Carroll County Sheriff's Office and the Baltimore County Police Department.

The Sheriff's Office was asked to assist the Baltimore County Police Department in finding a critical missing person. Baltimore County had...

          Maryland state police investigating Mount Airy burglary   

Investigators from the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division at Westminster are investigating a Mount Airy burglary.

According to a state police press release, Mount Airy resident troopers responded to the 700 block of Horpel Drive for a report of a burglary shortly before 5 a.m....

          Harassment conviction in jeopardy after alleged 'unlawful police conduct'   

A man convicted of harassing a police officer could go free on Friday because of what a public defender deemed "unlawful police conduct" by a Carroll County Sheriff's Office sergeant.

Joseph Guy McGuire will be back in court on Friday for a nolle prosequi hearing for his two charges of harassment;...

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          Playing to Strength   

NEW YORK—Inside Madison Square Garden, Tuesday's schedule promised another day of moderation, with Laura Bush and Arnold Schwarzenegger following Monday's tag-team of John McCain and Rudy Giuliani. But outside the hall, among the protesters, Tuesday is the day marked off for the hard-core left, for the anarchists and communists and the man at Union Square who is calling for American soldiers to rise up in mutiny and frag their commanding officers. Except at this convention, even the anarchists are moderates.

At Union Square, where Tuesday's "day of action" begins at 4 p.m., a small crowd gathers to block off the entrance to the park in defiance of police orders. "Ladies and gentlemen, you have to remove yourselves from the entrance," says a cop in front of a phalanx of shield-bearing officers. The crowd, which had been chanting, "Go arrest Bush! Go arrest Bush!" decides to adjust its message. The new chant: "The police deserve a raise! The police deserve a raise!" Who says anarchists aren't politically savvy? When trying to win over an audience, abandon the red-meat rhetoric and instead reach out to independent swing cops.

The protesters and convention speakers have a lot in common, in fact, including a preference for empty slogans and false choices. But more important, they both believe that showing resolve is the most important political act. The protesters believe that if enough of them are willing to lie down in the streets and get arrested—and if they do it over and over and over again—the American people will be persuaded to consider their point of view. The convention speakers agree that doing something over and over and over again, being unwavering and unchangeable, is the best way to pull Americans to your side.

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Tuesday speaker with the most, er, movie-star appeal, says that "perseverance" is the quality he admires most about President Bush: "He's a man of inner strength. He is a leader who doesn't flinch, doesn't waver, and does not back down." Sure, the president led the country into an unpopular war, Schwarzenegger says, but that's a good thing! "The president didn't go into Iraq because the polls told him it was popular. In fact, the polls said just the opposite. But leadership isn't about polls. It's about making decisions you think are right and then standing behind those decisions." Schwarzenegger echoes what Monday night's final speaker, Rudy Giuliani, said: "There are many qualities that make a great leader but having strong beliefs, being able to stick with them through popular and unpopular times, is the most important characteristic of a great leader."

Now, that can't possibly be right. Surely Giuliani and Schwarzenegger believe that having the correct beliefs is more important than sticking by your beliefs, no matter how wrong you are. Sticking by your beliefs is probably the most overrated leadership trait. All great politicians are flip-floppers, including President Bush.

The biggest fib the president says on the stump is, "When I say something, I mean it." Did he mean it when he said that no matter what the whip count, he would ask for a second vote at the Security Council before going to war with Iraq? Did he mean it when he was against a Department of Homeland Security? Did he mean it when he opposed the creation of a 9/11 commission? Did he mean it when he opposed McCain-Feingold? Did he mean it when he said troops shouldn't be used for nation-building? Did he mean it when he said he planned to use his presidency to strengthen international alliances? Does he mean it when he says, "It's the people's money, not the government's money"? If so, then why does he spend so much of it?

Up to now, the Kerry campaign has elected not to use this inconsistent record to undermine the Republican claim that President Bush is a man of great resolve. Instead, they've decided to buttress the idea. The president is stubborn, unyielding, Kerry says. He's not flexible enough.

Kerry's approach plays into liberals' fantasies about themselves. Liberals think they're smarter, more thoughtful, more nuanced than conservatives. They think they're more aware of the complexities and ambiguities in life. They're not inconsistent; they're Emersonian. Kerry tried to take advantage of this at the Democratic Convention when he said that he understands that some things are complicated. Bush's response has been to say, as he does often, "There is nothing complicated about supporting our troops."

Howard Dean got it right when he said that people don't like President Bush because they agree with his policies. They like him because they think he's a strong leader. Unless Democrats can undermine that belief, they don't have a chance of regaining the presidency. The Kerry campaign may finally be learning this. When Bush said that he now believes the nation actually can win the war on terror (despite saying otherwise previously), the Kerry campaign e-mailed a press release with the headline, "Bush: Against Winning the War on Terror Before He Was for It." Maybe they've learned that Kerry can't blunt Bush's strength on national security without making at least some people think the president is a flip-flopping "politician." You don't beat your opponent by listening to his message, nodding, and saying, I agree.

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          Australia launches terror probe after deadly Melbourne siege   
Australian authorities are treating as "an act of terrorism", a siege in Melbourne on Monday in which a man was killed along with the assailant. The so-called Islamic State said the gunman was one of its fighters. After shooting the man dead in the foyer of a block of flats in a residential area, he then held a woman hostage for several hours. She was unharmed and he was killed in a shootout with police after he burst out of the building. Police said the gunman, Yacqub Khayre, had a long criminal history. He was acquitted of a plot to attack a Sydney army base in 2009 and was on parole for a violent home invasion at the time of Monday's siege. The prime minister questioned why Khayre was not behind bars, calling it "a shocking cowardly crime". "It is a terrorist attack and it underlines the need for us to be constantly vigilant, never to be deterred, always defiant, in the face of Islamist terrorism," Malcolm Turnbull told a news conference. Three police officers were injured in the shootout. Police are investigating whether the gunman tried to lure them into an ambush and whether he did have any links to ISIL. Claiming responsibility for the attack via its Amaq news agency, the militant group said the attack was in retaliation for Australia's involvement in the US-led coalition fighting the militants in Iraq and Syria. The police said Khayre had arranged to meet a female escort at the block of flats in the beachside Melbourne suburb of Brighton. Australia has not increased its terror threat level and police said they were not looking for any other suspects. Brighton siege: Melbourne police launch terror probe after deadly stand-off with Holsworthy plot gunman | abcnews ABC Australia (ABCaustralia) June 6, 2017
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          CPP Svay Rieng governor: No arrest made against the CPP Bandit!   

CPP Bandit

03 March 2012
By Kuch Vipheak
Translated from Khmer by Soch

Svay Rieng – In response to news media report indicating that Chhouk Bandit, the mayor of Bavet city who is suspected of shooting and causing injuries to 3 workers – was arrested, Chieng Am, the Svay Rieng provincial governor, confirmed over the phone that, as of 03 March 2012, there was no arrest made against the CPP Bandit yet.

Chieng Am told DAP-news over the phone that Chhouk Bandit was not arrested, i.e. his case will be dealt legally by the court.

This morning, Orn Soeun, the commander of the Svay Rieng military police, confirmed over the phone that there is no news about Chhouk Bandit’s arrest yet. Similarly Kiet Chantarith, the spokesman for the national police force, also made the same claim.

Expectations for the arrest of Chhouk Bandit started when Sar Kheng, the minister of Interior, revealed that Chhouk Bandit was indeed the suspect in the shooting on protesting workers in Bavet city. The shooting led to 3 workers who were seriously injured and had to be sent to Calmette hospital for medical care.

          No arrest of Chhouk Bandit: Hing Bun Chea, Svay Rieng prosecutor - [The CPP Bandit is still at large?]   

CPP Bandit
03 March 2012
By Sok Pheakdey
Cambodia Express News
Translated from Khmer by Soch

Phnom Penh – Hing Bun Chea, the prosecutor for the Svay Rieng provincial court, told CEN in the morning of 03 March 2012 that there was no arrest made against CHhouk Bandit, the mayor of Bavet city who was accused of shooting and seriously injuring 3 factory workers. He said that the case is still in the hand of the prosecutor.

Hing Bun Chea said over the phone: “I did not take care of this case yet. The case is still in my hand. Therefore, there was no arrest made. If there was [any arrest made against Chhouk Bandit], the cops would have reported this to me.

Hing Bun Chea’s statement was made after human rights activists have indicated that the Svay Rieng police had reported that Chhouk Bandit – the mayor of Bavet city who is suspected of shooting on protesting workers on 20 February 2012 and causing serious injuries to 3 workers – was arrested in the evening of 02 March 2012 in Romeas Hek district, near the Vietnamese border. It was reported further that Chhouk Bandit was detained at the Svay Rieng police station.

Nevertheless, Hing Bun Chea added: “There was no arrest made [against Hing Bun Chea]. Sometimes they just want to stir the situation only. I am still looking into this case. It is now noon time and I do not dare go home yet. I am trying to work on the details of this case. In summary, there was no arrest made.”

With his statements above, Hing Bun Chea added that he did not contact Chhouk Bandit yet because he does not know his whereabout.

An official from the Bavet city hall, a town located next to the Vietnamese border, indicated that, following the 20 February 2012 incident, Chhouk Bandit never show up to work at his office in the city hall at all.

          No arrest of Chhouk Bandit: Hing Bun Chea, Svay Rieng prosecutor - [The CPP Bandit is still at large?]   

CPP Bandit
03 March 2012
By Sok Pheakdey
Cambodia Express News
Translated from Khmer by Soch

Phnom Penh – Hing Bun Chea, the prosecutor for the Svay Rieng provincial court, told CEN in the morning of 03 March 2012 that there was no arrest made against CHhouk Bandit, the mayor of Bavet city who was accused of shooting and seriously injuring 3 factory workers. He said that the case is still in the hand of the prosecutor.

Hing Bun Chea said over the phone: “I did not take care of this case yet. The case is still in my hand. Therefore, there was no arrest made. If there was [any arrest made against Chhouk Bandit], the cops would have reported this to me.

Hing Bun Chea’s statement was made after human rights activists have indicated that the Svay Rieng police had reported that Chhouk Bandit – the mayor of Bavet city who is suspected of shooting on protesting workers on 20 February 2012 and causing serious injuries to 3 workers – was arrested in the evening of 02 March 2012 in Romeas Hek district, near the Vietnamese border. It was reported further that Chhouk Bandit was detained at the Svay Rieng police station.

Nevertheless, Hing Bun Chea added: “There was no arrest made [against Hing Bun Chea]. Sometimes they just want to stir the situation only. I am still looking into this case. It is now noon time and I do not dare go home yet. I am trying to work on the details of this case. In summary, there was no arrest made.”

With his statements above, Hing Bun Chea added that he did not contact Chhouk Bandit yet because he does not know his whereabout.

An official from the Bavet city hall, a town located next to the Vietnamese border, indicated that, following the 20 February 2012 incident, Chhouk Bandit never show up to work at his office in the city hall at all.

          A tough place to call home   
Thon Thoeun ,12, sleeps in a concrete pipe that serves as his family’s home near the former Boeung Kak lake in Phnom Penh. Meng Kimlong
Nol Sarin, 36, nurses her child while sitting in a concrete pipe where her family has made their home in Srah Chak commune.Meng Kimlong
One of Nol Linch’s family members washes dishes next to the pipes where they sleep. Meng Kimlong
Thursday, 01 March 2012
Mom Kunthear
The Phnom Penh Post
I will ask someone to marry me when I have a suitable place or house to stay, but if I live in the pipe until I am old, I am happy to live alone.
Twenty large cement pipes face a dusty road in the capital’s Srah Chak commune, their gaping openings revealing channels purpose-built for waste or water.

But more than half of them carry very different contents — a family that has called the pipes home for the past two years.

Nol Linch, 64, is the matriarch.

She and her 67-year-old husband, their four children and spouses, moved to Phnom Penh in 2010 from Prey Veng province in the hope of a better life.

“I decided to move to the city to work, and I expected that I could earn more money to support the family and live in a good condition like other people, but my dream did not come true,” Nol Linch said, her eyes beginning to fill with tears.

Initially, her family had lived in a warehouse, but they were evicted by its owners. In the abandoned pipes nearby, Nol Linch saw a solution to her family’s housing woes.

Her grandchildren—seven in all, under the age of 12—tumbled in and out of the pipes in a game of hide-and-seek as Nol Linch’s daughter, Nol Sarin, 36, nursed the newest addition to the family — a year-old infant and the first grandchild to be born in the pipes.

Another of Nol Linch’s daughters is expecting.

Nol Sarin, who picks and sells morning glory, and her husband sleep on the grass outside the pipes so her baby and three other children can sleep inside.

It is very difficult in the rainy season. We cannot have a full night’s sleep because the water pours into our sleeping place,” Nol Sarin said, showing the Post reporter the hole-covered tent that has been stretched over the end of the pipe to form a makeshift wall.

She and her family use an abandoned plot of land about 30 metres away as a toilet, and her children and husband often suffer from bouts of coughing or diarrhoea.

But what troubled her more than physical discomforts, she said, were conflicts with the people of the area.

Residents had looked down on the family when they moved in, Nol Sarin said.

“I argued with the people around here because they said bad words to me — that we lived in the pipe like animals and the pipe was not the place for human beings to live in,” she said.

Although local authorities and police officers have apparently given up on attempts to ask the family to leave, the possibility of eviction continues to weigh heavily on Nol Sarin’s mind.

We don’t know where we are going to live, or maybe we stay on the street,” she said.

But for Nol Sarin’s younger brother, Kosal, 22, the only one of Nol Linch’s children who is unmarried, his address gives rise to another kind of fear.

“I don’t care what they (residents) say to me, because they won’t give me a house if I leave here. But I don’t dare to love or ask the woman to marry me because she will reject me when she knows I live in the pipe,” he said.

I will ask someone to marry me when I have a suitable place or house to stay, but if I live in the pipe until I am old, I am happy to live alone.

          Warrant sought for shooter   
Thursday, 01 March 2012
May Titthara and David Boyle
The Phnom Penh Post

The Ministry of Interior has sought a warrant for the suspect who shot three people at a protest outside a shoe factory last week amid more allegations from government and police officials that the perpetrator was Bavet town governor Chhouk Bandith.

Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak said yesterday that a complaint had been filed seeking an arrest warrant for the suspect.

The shooter was not police, he was a civil person,” he said, adding that the ministry would go ahead and arrest the suspect if the court decided to issue a warrant, before declining to provide further details.

The shootings took place outside the Kaoway Sports Ltd factory in Svay Rieng’s Bavet town on Monday.

A police officer who was an eyewitness at the scene of the shooting and asked not be named, said Chhouk Bandith became enraged after a worker threw a stone at his head while he tried to find a solution to the protest.

“So he took the gun from his waist to shoot three times into the sky to protect himself [and] get out of the crowd, but I don’t why the bullets hit the workers,” he said.

A senior official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, also said the perpetrator was Chhouk Bandith, but declined to comment further.

Both of Chhouk Bandith’s phones have remained switched off since he told the Post on Tuesday that he was aware of rumours that he had shot the three workers, which he categorically denied.

But Keo Kong, Bavet municipal police chief, said his part of the investigation had now concluded and in his opinion, Chhouk Bandith was not the perpetrator.

“National police have got everything, but from my point of view, I don’t think that Mr Chhouk Bandith did it,” he said.

Eyewitness reports of the incident suggest a man dressed in a khaki police-style uniform flanked by a bodyguard and another man dressed in police clothing stepped out of a Lexus, fired into the crowd and ran to a nearby black Toyota Camry, which he fled in.

Rights groups and the opposition Sam Rainsy Party have attacked authorities for taking so long to arrest a suspect in a shooting that took place in front of police officers in a crowd of some 6,000 protesters.

They have also asked that security camera footage recorded during the incident, which has reportedly been viewed by MOI officials, be released to reassure the public the real perpetrator was being pursued.

Mathieu Pellerin, a monitoring consultant for the rights group Licadho, said testimony from eyewitnesses and the victims’ injuries suggested the shootings were intentional, but he stressed the most important thing was that a suspect be arrested and an impartial trial conducted.

“What matters is the evidence is brought forward to the court, and if the evidence is showing that there was attempted murder, then that person, however important they may be, should be charged with attempted murder,” he said.

The shooting put three women in hospital: 18-year-old Keo Neth, 23-year-old Nuth Sakhorn and 21-year-old Buot Chinda – who was left in critical condition after a bullet pierced her chest.

Buot Chinda’s older brother, Sam Sinat, said yesterday his sister continued to receive medical treatment, and labelled authorities “hopeless” for failing to arrest a perpetrator.

“I want the authorities to arrest the perpetrator and send them to jail to provide justice for the victim,” he said.

The Kaoway Sports factory supplies sportswear giant PUMA, which has previously said it was investigating the case.

          Death toll from bus crash rises   
An injured woman rests at Koh Kong provincial hospital on Tuesday following a bus crash that left one dead and 46 injured. A second passenger died yesterday before he could be transported to Thailand. Photo Supplied

Thursday, 01 March 2012
Tep Nimol and Bridget Di Certo with additional reporting by Cheang Sokha and Mom Kunthear
The Phnom Penh Post

The death toll from Tuesday’s tour bus crash in Koh Kong climbed by one yesterday when an Austrian man died at the provincial hospital, while the man behind the wheel was detained by authorities.

Koh Kong Provincial Hospital director Mat Ly Hsai Song said the 72-year-old Austrian man who had been traveling on the bus from Sihanoukville to Koh Kong was due to be evacuated to Thailand for medical treatment yesterday.

Before getting in the car to go to Thailand, the Austrian man, who had high-blood pressure, walked into the bathroom, where he fell down dead,” Mat Ly Hsai Song said. “He died instantly from a blood clot and was unable to be saved.”

The Austrian is the second fatality after a 23-year-old Russian woman was killed on Tuesday when the Paramount Angkor Express bus sustained a punctured tyre and rolled over, injuring all 46 passengers – most of them foreign tourists.

Another Austrian man and an American man were evacuated to Thailand for medical care yesterday, Koh Kong Provincial Hospital deputy director Suon Samit said, adding the men were seriously wounded, with broken bones, head injuries and shortness of breath.

A Finnish woman who sustained a serious back injury and a 5-year-old Cambodian girl who had her arm amputated at the shoulder directly after the crash were evacuated to Thailand on Tuesday, Suon Samit said.

The Finnish Embassy in Bangkok told the Post that seven Finnish nationals had been involved in the crash.

All were being treated in Bangkok, but only one was seriously injured.

A Swedish woman was transported from Koh Kong by ambulance yesterday afternoon to Royal Rattanak Hospital in Phnom Penh, hospital staff said yesterday.

She was undergoing operations last night and would be in hospital for seven to 10 days, staff said.

Seven foreigners and five Cambodians who were in stable condition remained at Koh Kong Provincial Hospital yesterday, Suon Samit said, adding that those who had been discharged from hospital had been sent to stay at the Ear Aun guesthouse in Koh Kong district near the hospital.

Provincial governor Bun Loert paid for the accommodation and food expenses for those crash victims who had sought refuge in the guesthouse.

Bun Loert said yesterday that all the crash victims with the exception of one Japanese man had already left the guesthouse.

“We will check to find out the reason for this traffic accident, strengthen the traffic law and the vehicles, and look after the victims until they are better,” he said by telephone yesterday.

The driver of the bus had initially fled the scene of the accident and escaped into a nearby forest, however Koh Kong authorities said yesterday that Phnom Penh police had apprehended him at the central office of Paramount Angkor Express.

The driver will be detained while police complete their investigation of the accident, Koh Kong traffic office chief Uk Sopha said.

“We anticipate handing our investigation over to the court next week because such a big crash takes a long time to investigate,” Uk Sopha said.

“According to the traffic law, if the court finds the driver guilty of provoking the accident, he can be sentenced for between one and two years and the company will have to take some responsibility, too.”

Representatives from Paramount Angkor Express could not be reached yesterday.

Paramount’s insurer, Caminco Insurance Company, said their investigators had visited the hospital and the scene of the crash yesterday.

“The company has third-party liability and passenger liability insurance,” Dy Len, a planning officer at Caminco told the Post.

“This is the biggest case we have ever had,” he said, adding that other concerned parties such as embassies and ministries were also conducting their own investigations.

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Alright everybody, I apologize that there hasn't been any new weapons for the past few weeks, mostly because I've been forgetting, too lazy, or playing video games. Now before I announce the weapons/items, I would like to propose an idea. The idea being I would do this every other week and the week I did it would be a double feature. Also I would like to propose the idea of you guys choosing the era, or country that I find my weapons for a one month feature of that time period/country. Let me know what you think.....Anyways this week's weapons/items are a qaudruple feature.

The first one is........the Naginata!!!



This bad boy is very similar to the Chinese Guan Dao, the only difference's being the spike on the blade and the length of the weapon. The blade is constructed in the same manner as a regular samurai sword and is 12-24'' long. The shaft has a guard on it similar to that of a guard on a sword, it can be between 4-8' long. Now it is uncertain when Naginata appeared but historian's believe it was around 1146, it was most commonly wielded by samurai or monks, also known as sohei.

Next up is............the Grappling Hook!!


These things are classics when it come to any type of entertainment, but they are also good weapons too. They were first used in naval warfare, in order to catch ship rigging. They can be used for many different uses, but the most common use these days are for getting up to high buildings. A factory made grappling hook can have up to six barbs on it, with each one having a serrated edge for more gripping power. That same edge can be a deadly weapon if wielded correctly, add a spike in the middle and you got a nasty weapon.

The next one is...............the Sai!!!!


This weapon may be familiar if you know some certain green ninja's. Before they came to Japan they were being used in India, Thailand, China, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Some evidence suggests that an Indonesian martial art known as "chabang" predates the use of the weapon in Japan and China. These weapons are used for blocking, parries, strikes, and disarmament and are generally used in pairs. In ancient times they where used by domestic police to arrest criminals and for crowd control. The tips are generally blunt, not sharp as some would believe.

The final item for today is............the Trident!!!!!


These guys are known mostly because of of Poseidon and Aquaman, but they also make great weapons, and gear. In Ancient Rome they were used by gladiator's in tandem with a net so as to trap the prey and stab them to death. They generally stand about 6' high with the barbs being either straight points or the barbs having an arrow head-shaped point. For fishing they are used in the Southern and Midwestern United States in order to catch "suckers, bullfrogs, flounder, and many species of rough fish". This process is called "gigging".


Well that's it for this week, sorry about the wait.......Enjoy!!!! 

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          Psycho-Pass BD Subtitle Indonesia    
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Psycho - Pass ~ Berlangsung di masa depan, masa di mana kita secara praktis mampu untuk mengukur dan menilai kepribadian dan pikiran seorang individu. Informasi ini direkam dan diproses, dan istilah “Psycho-Pass” mengacu pada standar yang digunakan untuk mengukur sikap seseorang. Cerita utamanya seputar Shinya Kougami sang “Petugas Pelaksana”, yang ditugaskan untuk menangani kriminalitas di berbagai belahan dunia.

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What I do have a problem with is that there are miles of vacant lots but they have to get right up in your yard.I have an Australian Shepherd and even if she is in the house she can hear them and she will bark for hours will not deal with it this year.Putting on my snake boots and 2 square acres will be picked before they can get here. And if the fruit is still sellable I'll sit on them till the price goes up. Doubt it will hit last year's price, very dry this winter. And for those who think they are making an honest living,not by my standards.they don't have to claim any money they get. And don't think they're not on assistance with a green card or illegally here.And if they still come and mess with my neighboring lots next to me,I'll just takeme dog for a walk through the woods till they go.I won't get physical unless I feel threatened. And let the police tell me I can't walk on those properties. Enough ranting. And for the animal lovers, don't worry,if I can't sell them weeks old they will be thrown throughout Greenbriar to reseed and feed our wildlife
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(시론)검·경 이름값 하도록 국민이 살피자
검찰(檢察)과 경찰(警察)에는 모두 ‘살필 찰’ 자가 들어있다. 독재가 횡행하던 한국현대사의 불행 속에서 두 기관은 명실상부한 권력기관의 위치를 점하고 있으며 막강한 영향력을 행사한다. 수사권을 놓고 벌어지는 두 기관의 갈등도 어제 오늘 일이 아니었다. 분명한 것은 권력자가 어떤 필요에서 누구에게 더 눈길을 주느냐에 따라 힘의 서열이 정해졌고, 그 눈길을 얻기 위해 권력자에 굴종하던 ‘권력의 개’는 스스로 점점 괴물로 변해갔다는 사실이다.
조직의 힘이 커질수록 성찰과 자정이 중요한 법인데 그렇게 하질 못하니 비판이 늘어간다. 특히 박근혜 정권에서의 국정농단 사태를 지켜본 국민들은 사태를 악화시킨 주범으로 검찰을 지목하는 것을 주저하지 않았다. 결국 ‘살필 찰’ 자에 담긴 직무수행과 권한 행사의 본질을 외면한 채 매우 잘못된 길로 움직였던 대가라 할까.
애초에 이름을 지은 이의 생각은 시민들의 주변을 살펴 공동체의 안전을 위협하는 범죄를 예방하고, 법을 어긴 범죄자를 처벌하여 세상의 정의를 세우라는 뜻에 있었을 것이다. 하지만 검찰과 경찰은 본래 주어진 이름에 합당한 살핌과 보살핌의 대상으로 매번 주권자인 국민보다는 권력자를 택했다. 자신들에게 봉급을 받게 해주는 국민보다, 자리를 주고 힘을 실어주는 권력자를 택한 데서 비극이 시작되었다. 권력자의 의중을 살펴가며 시민들에게 눈을 부라리고, 오로지 누가 권력자를 불편하게 하는지 사찰하며 회초리를 들었던 것이다.
예로부터 이름은 어떤 사물의 실상을 드러낸다. 실상이 잘못되어 이름이 어울리지 않으면 이름을 더럽히는 것이라 생각했다. 공자는 자로라는 제자가 정치를 한다면 무엇을 먼저 하겠느냐고 물었을 때, "반드시 이름을 바로잡겠다(必也正名乎)."고 하였고, 또한 "정치란 바로 잡는 것이다.(政者正也)."라고도 하여 정치에 있어서 정명의 중요함을 피력하였다.
제나라 경공이 정치에 대해서 물었을 때에도, 공자는 "임금은 임금답고, 신하는 신하다우며, 어버이는 어버이답고, 자식은 자식다워야 한다[君君 臣臣 父父 子子]."고 하여 명분과 그에 대응하는 덕이 일치하지 않음을 지적하였다. 전형적인 봉건군주시대에 맞는 사회윤리를 설파한 것이지만, 이러한 공자의 정명 사상은 사회 성원 각자가 자기의 명분에 해당하는 덕을 실현함으로써 올바른 질서가 이루어지는 정명의 사회가 된다는 뜻에 비추어 오늘에도 시사하는 바가 크다. 이런 정명론을 더욱 발전시켜 맹자가 혁명론을 전개한 것도 유명하다. '임금이 임금답지 못할 때' 혁명을 통해 임금도 내쫓을 수 있다는 것이다.
최근 우리가 경험한 것처럼 대통령이 그 실체와 걸맞지 않은 이름을 앞세워 해악을 끼친다는 것은 악이 활개치는 고통의 사회가 된다는 것을 의미한다. 공직자들이 세월호 유가족들에게 보인 그 악마적 소행은 결코 개개인의 일탈이나 극소수의 타락으로만 치부할 수 없는 일이다. 그리고 그 과정에서 우리 정부와 검찰, 경찰이 희생자와 가족들의 아픔을 살피지 않은 채 권력자의 불안한 마음과 처지를 최우선적으로 살핀 것은 분명한 사실이었다.
이처럼 사물의 본질인 이름이 그 실체와 부합해야만 다수의 군중인 국민과 소통하고 국민의 삶 또한 편리해져서 살기 좋게 될 수 있는 것이다. 그러니 ‘명실상부’라는 문자는 특히 공적인 책임과 연결될 때 더욱 엄중한 의미를 갖고, 그 기관이 똑바로 움직이는지를 판단할 수 있는 중요한 가치척도로 쓰이게 되었다.
그러니 이름을 바로 세운다는 것은 어떤 기능이나 역할을 올바르게 세우는 것이며, 그것은 동시에 그러한 기능이나 역할의 이상적 상태에 다가가는 것이다. 질문을 했던 자로는 공자의 말씀에 “겨우 이름에 집착하는 것이냐”며 따졌다지만, 이처럼 이름을 바로 세운다는 것은 세상의 도리를 바로잡는 매우 중요한 일이 된다.
대통령의 공약으로 검찰개혁과 경찰개혁이 추진되고 있다. 국민적 관심도 다른 때와 달리 매우 진지하고 집요하다. 역사의 흐름은 이제 검찰과 경찰이 그 이름에 걸맞는 국가기관으로 제자리를 찾아야 한다는 점을 확실히 보여주고 있다. ‘prosecutor'와 'police'라는 이름에도 수사권이 핵심은 아니었다. 스스로 고쳐내면 살 수 있을 것이고, 이익을 지키려 저항한다면 망할 것이다. 그간의 과오를 스스로 철저히 살피고 주권자의 뜻을 살펴 어떤 것이 진정 바른 길인지를 알고 나아가야 한다. 그래서 지금, ‘살필 찰’의 주체와 객체는 분명 주권자가 되어야 한다.
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          broken love; a demigod roleplay: chapter one   

broken love; a demigod roleplay: chapter one

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So @txstrawberry and I have been working on something special- a demigod roleplay story of our two characters, Ashton and Evangeline. Nothing is finalized and it's still ongoing, but I thought I'd post a full first chapter on here before... I hope you guys like it! :) comment down below what you think:) **** Evangeline Stratou just walked through the gates of her first ever demigod camp. It was a whole new experience for her, seeing as she rarely ever left home. She looked around, seeing kids with all different types of abilities practicing their talents. Sword fighting, archery, gymnastics, horseback riding, you name it. It looked like an ordinary camp, but she knew it wasn't. She noticed that her messenger bag was wiggling around, so she held it closer to her body. She may have snuck in her feline companion. What? She needed something to remind her of home. As she continued walking and looking around at the camp, she collided with someone and catapulted backwards onto the soil. "Ouch," she groaned, turning invisible on impact with the ground. She couldn't help it, it was an instinct. "Watch where you're-" she paused, looking up to see whom she collided with. Her soft green eyes widened slightly, the guy was drop dead gorgeous. "Wow," she breathed softly. She slowly reappeared, and pushed herself up, after taking a quick peek into her bag to make sure the animal was alright. "Sorry about that," she looked up at the boy again, tucking a strand of hair behind her ear. **** Ashton had been walking through the camp, preparing himself for his next training session. As a child of Ares, fighting and war skills were some things he just had to master. He had been pushing his way through camp, analyzing every camper as they gave him either startled, mesmerized, and terrified looks. He couldn't quite figure out what happened when he felt something small, yet curvy collide into him. He looked around for whatever he bumped into, but he didn't see anything. He shook his head a little, and came to contact with the most stunning pair of green eyes he had ever seen. They glistened with anticipation. The girl had a petite yet curvy figure, as he imagined, with the most luscious brown hair. "Watch where you're- oh I'm sorry, I..u-uh... new..." the girl hesitated while speaking in a soft voice. Ashton rolled his eyes. "Fine. Don't talk to me," he snapped, a darkness clouding his once bright grey eyes. He pushed around her, and headed to the arena to train. That was strange, he thought. **** Evangeline Raised her eyebrows when the boy pushed past her, and headed straight toward the area. "Rude.." she muttered out. She dusted off her jeans and continued walking, trying to find her way around the camp. She was completely lost, but some friendly faces helped her out. Eventually, she ended up in her cabin. It was weird, she thought, how they suited it to her every need. It was a nice room, with black walks and black hardwood floors, decorated with soft, gray furnishings. It even had a cat stand in the corner, which made her even more suspicious of the camp. Evangeline shrugged it off, and set her things down on one of the bunks, letting her cat crawl out of the bag. It meowed up at her, rubbing against her hand, before it jumped down and began to explore. She smiled and went back out onto the porch, looking around with a soft sigh. So this is where I'm going to spend the summer, huh? She thought to herself. She gazed around, and spotted that boy she'd bumped into before. He was leaving the area, glistening with sweat. She wanted to go say hi, but judging by the gloomy look on his face, she figured that he didn't want to be bothered much. **** Ashton had a rough night in the arena. Chiron decided to put him up to a huge challenge, one even the great Percy Jackson could only defeat after his teenage years. Ash had finished the monster at age sixteen. He walked out of the arena, sweat glistening his tanned complexion, causing his t-shirt to stick to his body. One could easily see his defined six-pack with the now see-through white shirt he had been wearing. The rich smell of Old Spice deodorant radiated off of him as his walked back to his cabin in the setting of the sun. He noticed the Aphrodite girls giving him a lustful look, and the girls from all the other cabins giving him either a 'damn,' look, or a 'go away,' look. Everyone was the same though. They all wanted to use him for something. Sighing, he heading down to the dining hall for his dinner, ready to start a new day. As he sat at the end of his table, alone, expecting himself to be alone for the next few hours, but his hopes were crushed when he looked up to see a familiar pair of sparkling green eyes. **** Evangeline watched as the boy walked to the dining hall and sat down at the table all by himself. She felt bad for the boy, and couldn't help but wonder why nobody wanted to sit beside him. Well, after their previous interaction, she had an idea. She hopped down the steps of her cabin and walked over to the dining hall. She cleared her throat when she stood in front of him, holding her hands behind her back. "Uh, hi.." she began, her eyes sparkling as she looked down into the boys clear gray ones. "Do you mind, um, if I sit here?" She asked. She didn't really wait for an answer before she sat down. She noticed that the boy glared at her, but she didn't take it to heart. "You could have just said no, you know." She shrugged her shoulders. Ashton rolled his eyes. "I was trying to say no," he grumbled angrily. Evangeline just shrugged. "Well, you didn't say anything, so..." she bit the inside of her lip, the boy rolling his eyes in utter annoyance. **** Ashton was completely and utterly confused. Why is this girl trying to be his friend? No one ever tried to talk to him. So why start now? He rolled her eyes at her persistence, and soon after, became annoyed at her ability to keep talking and talking and talking. Ashton didn't pay any attention to the green eyed girl, as he continued poking and prodding at his dinner. "Are you even listening?" She had asked. "No." He snapped. She smiled to herself, "You just listened to me! Yes! My name is Evangeline." Ashton couldn't care less. "Ashton. Don't call me Ash. What do you even want anyways?" He nonchalantly spoke, as if he rehearsed this many times. His grey eyes pierced through her gaze, as he leaned in closer to her, heat radiating of his skin, and a alluring smell of him filling the air. He smirked. Ashton liked how her cheeks flushed and she looked down at their proximity. Playing with people was absolutely the most entertaining thing to do. **** Evangeline smiled and talked about her trip to the camp, and how she had managed to snuck a cat in. Halfway through her story, though, she noticed that the boy really didn't seem to be listening. She frowned, looking over at him as he poked at his food. "Are you even listening?" She asked him, a pout still on her lips. "No." He snapped, clearly annoyed with her. But, that made Evangeline smile. "You just listened to me! Yes! My name is Evangeline." She giggled, holding out her hand across the table. Ashton just ignored, it of course, and with a roll of her eyes she pulled her hand back. "Okay then," she sighed. "Ashton. Don't call me Ash. What do you even want anyways?" He nonchalantly spoke, as if he rehearsed this many times. His grey eyes pierced through her gaze, as he leaned in closer to her, heat radiating of his skin, and a alluring smell of him filling the air. He smirked. Ashton, she thought to herself with a smile. It was a really nice name, she liked it. It suited him. "Well, Ash," she began "I just wanted too.." she trailed off, her cheeks flushing when he leaned in closer to her. What in the world.. it seemed as if though his eyes just pierced right into her sole, and he could see all of her deepest and darkest secrets. "U-Um.." she stuttered shyly, quickly dropping her gaze to her pale fingers. It made her feel slightly uncomfortable, being that close to Ashton, but at the same time it was nice. He smelt good, and he was gorgeous, and they were so, so close.. she could just lean in and... she shook her head a little, clearing her thoughts. No. All he would do is break her heart, and that was the last thing she wanted. Evangeline swallowed and slowly looked back up at Ashton, continuing her sentence from before. "I just wanted to try and make a friend, that's all." She murmured, her cheeks still tinged red. **** Ashton thought the girl's blush was cute- which was weird for him, because he never thought anyone was cute, or had the ability to be cute. He shook himself out of his thoughts, and slowly inched away, back to a normal distance. "Well, I'll see you later, Ash," she called out, walking to throw away her trash, and back to her cabin. Hadn't he told her not to call him that? He rolled his eyes, once again. He hadn't been more confused in his entire life. Little did he know that he would be seeing her later. After taking off his shirt, and putting on a pair of basketball shorts, he had bundled himself up, ready for sleep. He crashed after a few seconds, before letting his demigod dreams take place. The dream was a memory. The first time he had ever stood up to his bullies. Ashton flinched at the thought. He saw himself cursing and punching the kids in the corner. He watched himself tie them up and scream what he felt. He watched himself beat each and every one of them to a pulp- the skin of his knuckles tearing and the blood streaming down his arms. He watched the sirens of the police fill the air, and the panic fill his void. He wanted to kill them. To kill.... Ashton bolted out of his sheets. He ripped them off, and snuck it of the cabin. He didn't know where he was going, but he soon found himself in front of the Selene cabin. He barged open the door, only to see the green eyed girl he had seen before. He made contact with her startled eyes first. Then, he saw the blush form on her cheeks. At first, he thought it was because she was surprised. He then he looked at what she was wearing. A tight little tank top with nothing underneath, easily showing off her cleavage in a alluring matter. Her shorts that were too short- they shouldn't even be called shorts. They curved around her rear in a perfect manner, outlining her body in a form he hadn't seen before. Her hair was messy and let down, framing her face in another way he hadn't noticed before. Ashton wanted to hold her. He wanted her. ****

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My blood pressure had shot up when I went to the doctor after getting Helena. She did tell me that she heard an alarm and saw a lot of police officers in her building as they took the kids to a safe room. The teach...
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          Deeper Than You Could Ever Know, or The Eternal Psychodrama   

The rabbit keeps digging. And digging. How far are you ready to go down?

I first began to follow this story when I heard about the drowning death of Jeff Buckley. I'm not sure why but the first thought that came into my head was that it had something to do with Elizabeth Fraser. 

I had no idea that all of this had been prophesied for years and years before, in ways that actually give me chills.

I had no idea that this was all closely following a very ancient script, for reasons I can't begin to wrap my head around. The symbolism is almost shockingly unambiguous, as we'll soon see.

I had no idea that a tragedy involving Chris Cornell, Jeff Buckley's close friend and posthumous spokesman, would take place on the banks of another river almost exactly 20 years later, a tragedy that seemed to follow a remarkably similar mythic script. And a tragedy that would seize the attention of millions all around the world.

And I most certainly had no idea twenty years ago that at the very same time police divers were scouring the muddy waters of the Wolf River Lagoon for Jeff Buckley's corpse a well-publicized reenactment of a mystery religion based on the drowning death of a revered ancient Egyptian god was being undertaken by an elite "secret society" just a few blocks away.

Yeah. That happened.

I'm still having trouble wrapping my head around that one too.


A reader asked a highly pertinent and perceptive question in the comments section of the previous post. It cuts to the heart of this extraordinarily unlikely mystery we're trying to crack here.
The thing that I keep asking is "why?" Why would spirits reenact this little passion play at all? Why with this small handful of singers and songwriters? It seems like a lot of effort, a lot of autistic attention to trivial details few would even notice - so where's the actual payoff for the Good Folk's effort? The only thing I can think up is that all the world's a play to them, but the dramatis personnae onstage never see more than a few glimpses of their lines before it's time for them to be spoken.
Why indeed? We're not talking about show biz superstars here, we're not talking about Benifer or Brangelina,  we're talking about two cult performers who never broke into the mainstream. 

We're talking about two very vulnerable souls whose supernatural gifts were balanced out by their struggles with their troubled upbringings and mental illness. But at the same time we're talking about two performers who could count the highest echelon of the music biz elite in their circle of apostles.

And we're talking about a love story whose tragic end was prophesied in a song that has garnered a staggering 48 million views on YouTube. Those people may not realize it but they've soaked all this in.

Which only makes sense because what we're actually seeing is a ritualistic reenactment of one of history's oldest love stories.

It's becoming increasingly well-known on the Internet that this song is about Jeff Buckley, though I think most people tend to underestimate how deep Fraser's obsession with the man really was. I don't think she ever got over it.

Buckley idolized Fraser, studied her, imitated her (the first time I heard Jeff Buckley- knowing nothing about him- I said to myself, "this guy sure sounds like he listens to a lot of Cocteau Twins records"). But when they met Fraser was in the middle of a serious- and painfully public- mental health crisis that would find her hospitalized twice within a year. 

Buckley brought color and excitement back into her life but he had far too many groupies chasing him to stay with an older woman who brought a lot of emotional baggage in tow. Plus, his star was rising and her band was in the process of winding down their long run.

The Wikipedia entry recites the almost-unimaginably eerie fact that Fraser was recording this song while the man about whom she was singing was dying on the other side of the world, but omits the fact that they were lovers:
Fraser wrote the song's lyrics. While recording the song on 29 May 1997, she found out that her once-close friend, Jeff Buckley, had drowned. "That was so weird ... I'd got letters out and I was thinking about him. That song's kind of about him – that's how it feels to me anyway." 
And what most people tend to overlook is that not only is she singing about Buckley- yet again- she is also unconsciously prophesying his death. Yet again:

Night, night of matter (?)
Black flowers blossom
Fearless on my breath
Black flowers blossom
Fearless on my breath
Teardrop on the fire
Fearless on my breath

I have a problem with this interpretation of the lyrics. As far as I can tell what Fraser is actually singing is "Night, night of murder" not "matter." Which makes a lot more sense when followed by "black flowers blossom." 


Because black flowers have traditionally been associated with death and mourning:
The color black has always been synonymous with death and mourning. It is thus the color of sadness and farewell. So, many people consider black roses to symbolize bereavement, loss and mortality. They are often used at funerals. 
And then there's this couplet, which connects us to a constellation of ancient goddesses whose dramas all center on lost loves ( and one of whose incarnations is known as "the first mermaid").

Water is my eye
Most faithful mirror


Some of Fraser's most extraordinary vocal performances come when she is channeling the dramas of ancient mythologies. This of course includes the Siren but also Lorelei, Echo, Pandora (not just once but twice), Persephone and Coatlicue.

She was, after all, "the Voice of God."

But there's one particular story that she seemed to embody and that's the story of the goddess who fell in love with the young shepherd boy. It seemed to start in an oblique and incidental way:
The Cocteaux released Moon and the Melodies in late 1986, which featured 'Sea, Swallow Me' and 'She Will Destroy You', among others. Then they released Blue Bell Knoll, which again is a reference to an old folk belief about a death omen. The bluebell is also known as Endymion non-scriptus. 
Endymion is yet another doomed mortal whom a goddess fell in love with: 
 Wandering farther afield from the British Isles, the bluebell is associated with the shepherd boy Endymion.  The moon goddess, variously called Seline or Diana, fell in love with him and cast an eternal sleep on him so that she could enjoy his beauty alone, forever.
One of the key cuts on Blue Bell Knoll is 'For Phoebe Still a Baby'. Phoebe is another name for Selene.  
This story goes back to the very cradle of civilization:
In Babylonia, the month Tammuz was established in honor of the eponymous god Tammuz, who originated as a Sumerian shepherd-god, Dumuzid or Dumuzi, the consort of Inanna and, in his Akkadian form, the parallel consort of Ishtar.
Inanna and Dumuzi also seem to be the stars of one of the earliest known tellings of the Descent into the Underworld, where Inanna traveled to retrieve the soul of her lost shepherd-boy consort. This story would be told over and over again.

This story was retold in Phrygia as the myth of Cybele and Attis (note see Tracy Twyman's dissertation of this myth at her blog):
Cybele loved the beautiful shepherd, and made him her own priest on condition that he should preserve his chastity inviolate. Atys broke the covenant with a nymph, the daughter of the river-god Sangarius, and was thrown by the goddess into a state of madness, in which he unmanned himself. 
This story was told in the pages of Sir James Frazer's Golden Bough, a book Elizabeth Fraser certainly seemed to have read. A variant on the story has the hermaphroditic Agdistis in place of Cybele. Strangely enough this version also correlates to the Fraser-Buckley drama, given the Cocteau Twins' singer's own innate androgyny. As the singer explained in 1995:
"I was very worried about being unattractive because I think I look quite masculine. Sometimes I feel more masculine than feminine and I don't like it. I mean, you've got a person who is in recovery from incest surrounded by men. I've never had a highly developed sense of being female."
Fraser would refer obliquely to Cybele in one of her many songs focused around moths and butterflies, 'Great Spangled Fritilary', a butterfly whose scientific name is S Cybele.

The Greeks retold the love-goddess and shepherd-boy story as that of Aphrodite and the shepherd-boy Adonis:
(Both) Aphrodite and Persephone, goddess of fertility and death, love Adonis, a beautiful young man. Adonis is killed by a wild boar while he is on the hunt: Aphrodite begs Zeus to restore him to life, but Persephone also demands that he be brought back to life for her sake. Zeus settles the dispute by resurrecting Adonis, but commands him to live six months in the upper world with Aphrodite and six months in the lower world with Persephone.

And sure enough, just before she would meet Jeff Buckley, Elizabeth Fraser would be depicted rising from a scallop shell like Aphrodite in the music video for 'Bluebeard'. 

The Syrian version of this archetype, widely believed to be the original incarnation of Aphrodite herself, who takes us right back to the world of sirens and mermaids. The very first mermaid, or so the story goes:
Atargatis was in love with a human shepherd but accidentally killed him.  Out of guilt, the goddess flung herself into the ocean hoping to become a fish.  But her beauty was so great, that she never could fully become a fish.  Instead she became half goddess, half fish, with a tail below the waist and human body above the waist.   


...let's play the Name Game. You see this little mythology primer here isn't just for the giggles and grins, it cuts right to the core of the very strange daisy-chain of synchronicity we are trying to untangle.

Because Jeff Buckley's very surname means "shepherd boy."
Ó Buachalla, taken from the Irish word 'buachaill' originally meaning 'herdsman' (in modern Irish it has come to mean 'boy'), was anglcised early as Ó Boughelly, Boughla, Buhilly and later as Buckley. 
So you see I'm not exaggerating when I claim that what we're seeing here is a very ancient psychodrama that chose to play itself out in real time. I mean it literally. Do you understand me now?

And what about Liz Fraser? Well, given the Egyptian origin of the Biblical name (the first Elizabeth was connected to Moses and Aaron, both of which are native Egyptian names) I will go to my grave believing that in fact it comes from Eloah-Esi-Beth, or "Temple of the Goddess Isis." We'll get to Isis shortly.

But first the Fraser name, which ties into Knights Templar history, of all things:
The Frasers are believed to have come from Anjou in France. The name Fraser may be derived from Fredarius, Fresel or Freseau. Another suggestion is that the Frasers were a tribe in Roman Gaul, whose badge was a strawberry plant (fraisier in French). 
Might come from "fraisier." Gee, you think? 

But what's the significance of strawberries in this tale here? Well, it ties right back into the lineage of the same goddesses we're looking at. In this case the Syro-Roman variant:
The strawberry was a symbol for Venus, the Goddess of Love, because of its heart shapes and red color.
In a connection that will take on greater significance when we get to the next chapter of this drama, it so happens that Venus had a very Roswell kind of origin story:
In another story, told by Hyginus, an egg fell from the sky into the Euphrates, was rolled onto land by fish, doves settled on it and hatched it, and Venus, known as the Syrian goddess, came forth
Yeah, we're going there. But don't worry- it's baked right into the cake.

Yeah, those eyes. I know.

But of course the big kahuna of love-goddess and doomed shepherd myths is that of Isis and Osiris. In the best-known telling of the tale, Osiris' first death comes when he is drowned in the Nile inside his sarcophagus:
In some cases the texts suggest that Set takes the form of a wild animal, such as a crocodile or bull, to slay Osiris; in others they imply that Osiris's corpse is thrown in the water or that he is drowned. This latter tradition is the origin of the Egyptian belief that people who had drowned in the Nile were sacred.
And just to establish his shepherd cred:
 He also carries the crook and flail. The crook is thought to represent Osiris as a shepherd god. The symbolism of the flail is more uncertain with shepherds whip, fly-whisk, or association with the god Andjety of the ninth nome of Lower Egypt proposed.[12]
And as the fathomless enigmas of fate would have it, one of the foundation texts for the Isis-Osiris myth takes us back to- you guessed it- Memphis:
Another important source is the Memphite Theology, a religious narrative that includes an account of Osiris's death as well as the resolution of the dispute between Horus and Set. This narrative associates the kingship that Osiris and Horus represent with Ptah, the creator deity of Memphis. 
Quoting directly from the Memphite Theology, we have this:
Isis and Nepthys without delay, for Osiris had drowned in his water. Isis [and Nephthys] looked out, [beheld him and attended to him].  
OK, we have a river, a drowning and a Memphis. Can I shoehorn a wolf into this little catty-corner?

Oh, yes I can:
In the beginning, Osiris was associated mostly with agriculture. This cult spread rapidly into Upper Egypt, and soon Osiris became identified with the funeral god, Abydos, Khenti-Amentiu, who was symbolized by the wolf.  
But then we get thrown right down the crazy-stairs...

Oh, the eyes. Interesting.

While police divers were still dragging the Wolf River Harbor for Jeff Buckley's body, just a few blocks east the Grand Krewe of Osiris was enjoying the Carnival Memphis, kicking off at the Crosstown Concourse:
The Carnival Memphis Association organizes, plans, budgets, and promotes the King, Queen, and Royal Court, as well as many of the events staged during Carnival week. However, the Grand Krewes (once known as secret societies) also stage their own festivities throughout the year, elect their own royalty, manage their own budget, and have their own membership requirements.  
Most of these organizations bear Egyptian names in accordance to tradition originally set out by the Mystic Memphi, and in conjunction with Memphis being the sister city of ancient Memphis, Egypt. The twelve Grand Krewes that Carnival Memphis recognizes are the Mystic Society of the Memphi, Osiris, Sphinx, RaMet, Ennead, Phoenix, Aani, Ptolemy, Kemet Jubilee, Ptah, Luxor, Queen Bees.  
The Carnival kicks off the first weekend following Memorial Day. 

But what exactly is the Grand Krewe of Osiris? Well, besides the hosts of, that is?
Osiris was founded in 1934 as a Mystic Secret Society. Osiris membership has always consisted of top professional and business leaders. 
The Great Eye, the hieroglyphic symbol of Osiris for thousands of years, continues looking intently forward to the future of great city of Memphis, on the American Nile.
The Great Eye? You mean the one glowing in the middle of that giant pyramid you got there? The one on the shore of the Wolf River Lagoon? OK. Thanks.

Good, clean Masonic fun

And what exactly do their ceremonies entail?
The ceremonies were mysterious and symbolic, but the most common feature was the procession of Queen Isis in her carriage, far beyond the precincts of her temple on occasions to other towns. 
These occasions were passed amid great rejoicing, music, dancing, and feasting which formed important parts of the festival rites. 
The feast was held within lofty walls, with an entrance between immense pylons inscribed with hieroglyphs. 
Those called to join celebrated the regeneration of the land, the renewal of friendships, and the hopes for a productive and joyful year!

Is it just me or does this sound like something straight out of Summerisle? And how exactly do these ceremonies climax?
Our Queen Isis has always been known for her beauty and membership in a prominent family. She wears the Ring of Isis, engraved with her hieroglyphic symbol. 
The identity of King Osiris is revealed at the Banquet of Past Kings. He and all Past Osiris Kings wear the King’s Medallion on a scarlet and white ribbon at all Osiris and Carnival events.
OK, now I'm sure this is all fun and harmless and zany (totally Masonic) fun for the Memphite upper crust. But that doesn't matter in the context of ritual, especially the kind of ritual that goes beyond ritual. 

Because all this was going on while Jeff Buckley's body was floating a few blocks away in the Wolf River in the same exact way Osiris' body floated in the Nile.

You know Osiris-- the star-sailor. 

I said the Starsailor.

But again, the point is that happened. That actually happened. A bunch of drunk lawyers, doctors and their wives were playacting the mysteries of Isis and Osiris while an aspiring rock superstar was actually playing the part of Osiris in a ritual who I can't begin to imagine who -or more accurately, what -- was staging.

I mean, I never heard of this Carnival until a few hours ago. Have you?

What are the odds Elizabeth Fraser knew about any of this while she was writing songs that prophesy how a man she wouldn't meet for another 12 years would die? 

Somewhere between slim, zip and fuckall I'd wager.

But stay tuned because this story is about to take a very dark and sinister turn, taking us into the world of elite UFO cultists, the Tower of Babel, demons of the air, World War Three, and a prophecy of the most momentous event of our times.

I wish I were kidding.


          Chris Cornell: The Muses Choose Broken Vessels   

Jesus Christ Pose

The Alternative Rock explosion of the early 90s was fueled by a wave of great singers. After a lost decade of metallic shriekers and New Wave gurglers-- which some call the 80s-- there was suddenly an embarrassment of strong voices revitalizing rock music, especially hard rock music. 

Most of these had cut their teeth on punk and hardcore and subsequently learned to trim back the fat and excess that torpedoed their 70s forebears. They also learned to step around the wretched excesses that ran the 80s metal explosion into the ground; cookie-cutter sameness, image over substance, half-written songs, cliche piled on cliche.

Alternative rock would itself get watered down and xeroxed into oblivion, especially as careerists figured out a way to counterfeit the formula (I'm looking at you, Candlebox and Seven Mary Three) and record companies signed up every pseudo-grunge band they could find (and strong-armed other acts to hop on the bandwagon). 

By the end of the 90s it all devolved into an obnoxious fratboy rock (I'm looking at you, Limp Bizkit and Creed) that reached its inevitable apotheosis at the disastrous Woodstock '99 (held on a decommissioned military base). 

But before that all went down some of the most vital and exciting rock music of all time was produced.

Alternative Rock, or more accurately GenX Rock, has taken its place in the classic rock canon. Tracks by Nirvana, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are snuggled in tightly between all the Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith and Pink Floyd cuts overplayed on FM radio. But five of the most remarkable vocalists of that era- Kurt Cobain, Layne Staley, Jeff Buckley, Scott Weiland and now Chris Cornell--- are lost to us.

And the 9-ton Tyrannosaurus lurking in the back of the concert hall is that modern plague, clinical depression. It's a subject I'm all too familiar with. It's the witches' curse on Generation X.

Chris Cornell was an enigmatic figure among the Grunge pantheon. If Kurt Cobain was the snotty punk, Eddie Vedder the self-serious poet, Layne Staley the tortured howler and Scott Weiland the Joker in the pack, Cornell was an entirely unique presence, as was Soundgarden. Tall, lean but ripped, possessing an odd, androgynous beauty and an enviable black mane, he came across as aloof, Olympian. His piercing, multi-octave voice felt like a weapon,  more like an incarnation of Apollo the Destroyer than Ozzy Osbourne.

Similarly, Soundgarden was perhaps the most effective translator of the power of early Black Sabbath yet, but were brainy, difficult, challenging. 

They were unmistakably Heavy Metal-- in the original, Blue Cheer definition of the term --but didn't shriek the usual ditties about dick size and date rape. It was pretty clear they had no time for that kind of nonsense (See "Big Dumb Sex"). It was clear they took as much inspiration from King Crimson and Black Flag as from Zeppelin and Sabbath. 

Their first major single was an epic environmentalist jeremiad that goofed on Metal's "kill-your-mother-music" reputation by screaming "you're going to kill your mother" in the refrain. The mother here being Mother Earth, of course.

Predictably, Chris Cornell's corpse was literally not cold yet before the modern ambulance chasers of the Internet were declaring it was obviously an Illuminati sacrifice. One hilarious YouTard video went on about how there was no other explanation for Cornell's death, that he'd have no reason to kill himself. 

Obviously someone who never actually listened to a single stitch of Soundgarden.

Like Ian Curtis-- who hung himself 37 years almost to the day before-- many of Cornell's lyrics read like suicide notes. After all, this is a man who kicked off one of his biggest hits with the couplet "Nothing seems to kill me/ No matter how hard I try." Two of his other big hits "Black Hole Sun" and "Fell on Black Days" are practically master classes in the art of expressing the utter hopelessness ("'Neath the black the sky looks dead") that can overtake you when a depressive episode strikes. 

The same goes for Soundgarden's breakout hit, "Outshined," practically a hymn about searching for a crack of sunlight while waiting a dire episode out. "The Day I Tried to Live" is even more astonishing, a documentary retelling of those mornings when depression- aggression turned inwards- becomes aggression turned on the world outside.

Cornell was very candid about his struggles with depression. In an interview with Rolling Stone he discussed the inspiration for "Fell on Black Days":
This reissue includes several versions of "Fell on Black Days," which is pretty dark. What inspired it? 

Well, I had this idea, and I had it for a long time. I'd noticed already in my life where there would be periods where I would feel suddenly, "Things aren't going so well, and I don't feel that great about my life." Not based on any particular thing. I'd sort of noticed that people have this tendency to look up one day and realize that things have changed. There wasn't a catastrophe. There wasn't a relationship split up. Nobody got in a car wreck. Nobody's parents died or anything. The outlook had changed, while everything appears circumstantially the same. That was the song I wanted to write about. 
No matter how happy you are, you can wake up one day without any specific thing occurring to bring you into a darker place, and you'll just be in a darker place anyway. To me, that was always a terrifying thought, because that's something that – as far as I know – we don't necessarily have control over. So that was the song I wanted to write. 
It wasn't just for the gloom-metal gimmick of Soundgarden that Cornell laid bare his struggles. They crept into tracks he recorded with Audioslave- the supergroup made up of Cornell and the musicians of Rage Against the Machine, including their biggest hit "Like a Stone."

Cornell was also candid about his history with clinical depression, which he traced back to a somewhat hardscrabble upbringing. 
Cornell abstained from drug use for a time following an adverse reaction to the hallucinogenic PCP, but the frightening, dissociative experience, coupled with the trauma of his parent’s divorce, plunged him into a severe depression. “I went from being a daily drug user at 13 to having bad drug experiences and quitting drugs by the time I was 14 and then not having any friends until the time I was 16. There was about two years where I was more or less agoraphobic and didn’t deal with anybody, didn’t talk to anybody, didn’t have any friends at all.”
And clearly showing that he also struggled with suicidal ideation, Cornell foreshadowed his own end in an interview with, saying, “You’ll think somebody has run-of-the-mill depression, and then the next thing you know, they’re hanging from a rope." 

Writer Kate Paulk wrote about the black dog of depression recently and offered up an apt metaphor lifted from pop culture:
Let’s start by clearing up one thing. Sadness, grieving in response to a loss… that is not depression. It’s sadness. Grief. It passes with time, and even at its worst there are moments of joy and hope. Depression is not like that. Everything is poisoned. 
J. K. Rowling is describing depression when she describes the Dementors and their impact. Get too near a Dementor and every good feeling, every happy memory will be sucked out of you. 
This is precisely what depression does. There is an absence of hope, an inability to believe that there can ever be anything positive in your life again. That isn’t sadness or grief, and it isn’t necessarily expressed by tears.
Cornell was also a substance abuser and dove headlong into an opioid addiction after Soundgarden split in 1997. It may well have come from a chronic pain issue, closely related to chronic depression: 
People with depression show abnormalities in the body’s release of its own, endogenous, opioid chemicals. Depression tends to exacerbate pain—it makes chronic pain last longer and hurts the recovery process after surgery. 
“Depressed people are in a state of alarm,” said Mark Sullivan, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Washington. “They’re fearful, or frozen in place. There’s a heightened sense of threat.” That increased threat sensitivity might also be what heightens sensations of pain. 
Opioids certainly aren't very effective painkillers in the long term but they are very effective anesthetics when you're struggling with chronic depression. 
Opioids treat pain, but depression and pain are often comorbid, and some antidepressants relieve neuropathic pain even in the absence of depression. Depression involves dysfunction in monoamine systems, the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, and hippocampal neurogenesis, but could it also be rooted in a deficit of endorphins, or even an endopharmacological withdrawal state? 
Before the modern antidepressant era, depression was often treated with opiates—with a sometimes heavy price of addiction.  
The real hell of opioids is that they rewire your brain, causing the natural processes that regulate depression and euphoria to atrophy. Depression can skyrocket when you stop taking them, since your brain basically forgot how to produce sufficient amounts of the neurotransmitters that manage your moods.
u-agonists relieve depression-like behavior acutely, but tolerance develops, and depression is worse on withdrawal from long-term administration. Delta-agonists appear to improve mood, while kappa-agonists worsen it. There is evidence that opioid dysfunction accounts for lack of pleasure in depression, while problems with dopamine impair motivation. Opioid systems, then, participate in many mood-related functions. They are examples of evolutionary repurposing of neurotransmitters that originally evolved for one purpose to meet a variety of other needs.

Cornell's family is understandably shocked by his death. His widow blames an elevated dose of the tranquilizer Ativan for the somewhat disturbing performance he put on in Detroit and his resulting suicide. 
Cornell died on the evening May 17th, 2017, shortly after performing a concert with Soundgarden in Detroit, MI. His death was met with shock by many; his representative described it as "sudden and unexpected," adding that the singer's family will be "working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause." 
Hours after his death was reported, the Wayne County Medical Examiner's office ruled Chris' death a suicide by hanging. According to Us Weekly, a family friend had found Cornell on the bathroom floor of his MGM Grand hotel room. ABC News also reported that two Detroit papers claimed that Cornell was found with "a band around his neck," though Detroit Police spokesman Michael Woody could not confirm that information. 
Cornell's wife, Vicky, released a statement on his death on Friday, May 19th, 2017, in which she cast doubts that his suicide was intentional. In fact, on the day of his death, Vicky claimed they had "discussed plans for a vacation over Memorial Day and other things we wanted to do." "When we spoke after the show, I noticed he was slurring his words; he was different. When he told me he may have taken an extra Ativan or two, I contacted security and asked that they check on him," she said. 
"What happened is inexplicable and I am hopeful that further medical reports will provide additional details," she continued. "I know that he loved our children and he would not hurt them by intentionally taking his own life."
I think the fact that Cornell ad-libbed verses from "In My Time of Dying" over a rendition of "Slaves and Bulldozers" during the closing encore in Detroit  gives a fairly compelling signal that he had resolved himself to a course of action that night. Despite an incredibly shaky performance he seemed in good spirits to some, all too common with depressives resolved to suicide. But others noticed he seemed irritable and unfocused, forgetting the lyrics. He complimented the Detroit audience and then said, "I feel sorry for the next city."

An extra Ativan or two is unlikely to induce suicide. But long-term use of it (it's recommended that lorezepam-- a member of the highly-problematic benzodiazepene family-- be used only a short term basis) might. And it's very possible he took an extra dose of the drug to gird his loins for a decision he had already made:
Suicidality: Benzodiazepines may sometimes unmask suicidal ideation in depressed patients, possibly through disinhibition or fear reduction. The concern is that benzodiazepines may inadvertently become facilitators of suicidal behavior. Therefore, lorazepam should not be prescribed in high doses or as the sole treatment in depression, but only with an appropriate antidepressant.
Depression and suicidal ideation go hand in glove. And there are all kinds of psychiatric drugs that tell you upfront that suicidal ideation is a major side effect. How that doesn't keep them off the market is a mystery to me. 

The other problem is that people who obsess on suicide usually don't talk about it with people close to them since they realize that confessing to it will very likely act to derail what they have been planning. And again, professionals will tell you that very often when a depressive has resolved themselves to suicide they can often seem very cheerful and upbeat, since they believe that their suffering will soon end. 

So the question becomes if a rich, celebrated and handsome rock star can't find a reason to stay alive, what hope is there for the rest of us? Well, it's a lot more complicated than that. Aside from his struggles with clinical depression, Cornell was also beset by tragedy, losing people closest to him to early death. 

The first of these was his roommate Andrew Wood, the flamboyant singer for legendary Seattle band Mother Love Bone who died of a heroin overdose in 1990. Cornell was so shaken by Wood's death that he formed a defacto supergroup with members of MLB and recorded the now-legendary Temple of the Dog album as a tribute, which produced the grunge anthem "Hunger Strike" (featuring a duet between Cornell and future Pearl Jam star Eddie Vedder).

Temple of the Dog in fact led to the formation of Pearl Jam, facilitated by the introduction of Vedder to the Seattle scenesters by drummer Jack Irons, a member of the original Red Hot Chili Peppers who also played with Pearl Jam and Joe Strummer, among an army of others. Strangely enough, Irons has his own struggles with depression. As did Joe Strummer, for that matter. 

The Muses choose broken vessels. It's a Secret Sun truism. 

Cornell was so shaken by Wood's death that it would haunt Soundgarden songs as well.
The song you workshopped the most was "Like Suicide." In the liner notes, you say it kind of became a metaphor for how you were feeling at the time about late Mother Love Bone frontman Andy Wood. 
Yeah, the lyrics were actually this simple moment that happened to me. I don't know that I ever directly related it to Andy, though there are a lot of songs that people probably don't know where there were references to him or how I was feeling about what happened with him. I just think that that was something that happened to me that was a traumatic thing and that I had a difficult time resolving it. I still never really have. I still live with it, and that's one of the moments where maybe in some ways it could have shown up, but I'm not really sure specifically where.
Another body blow was the 1994 death of Kurt Cobain, another friend who died in time to cast a pall of existential darkness over Soundgarden's epochal Superunknown album, released a month before Cobain's death. So even as Soundgarden were enjoying their moment, death and tragedy revisited Cornell. (Cobain had his own issues, exacerbated by years of opioid abuse, but there are those of us who don't buy the suicide angle in this particular case).

It had to hurt, especially since Cobain had told Cornell that Soundgarden has inspired him to form Nirvana in the first place. 

Superunknown was an instant classic, easily one of the top 10 Hard Rock albums ever recorded, hammering you with one killer track after another. Along with Stone Temple Pilots' Purple album, Pearl Jam's Vitalogy and several others it established 1994 as the watershed for Alernative Rock, despite Cobain's death and Nirvana's dissolution. 

Soundgarden's 1996 follow-up Down on the Upside, failed to capitalize on its predecessor's momentum, and seem to showcase a band uncertain of direction and sense of purpose. No one was really surprised when Soundgarden broke up the following year. Oddly enough the breakup seemed to go down almost exactly three years after Kurt Cobain's death. 

But Tragedy wasn't finished with Cornell yet. Shortly after Soundgarden broke up Cornell would lose another soulmate.
He lost two friends within the space of a few years. Cobain died in 1994 and, three years later, singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley, practically a brother to Cornell, drowned while swimming in a tributary of the Mississippi in Tennessee.

"Kurt was fairly quiet and introverted most of the time. Jeff was the opposite. He was very much full of life and had a lot to say. He was somebody in love with experiencing everything. Within a very short time, he had all these famous old rock stars coming to his shows. Which put a a lot of pressure on him. People talked about his concerts the way they used to talk about Hendrix: they'd sit there, wide-eyed, telling you stories about him. He definitely had an aura. It's impossible to say what it is exactly a guy like that has, that is so attractive to other people. But he had more of it than anyone I had ever met."
Of course, this brings all this squarely into the Secret Sun wheelhouse. Cornell would be haunted by Buckley's death, writing the aching "Wave Goodbye" (in which he seems to channel Buckley's ghost) for his first solo album and acting as a de facto executor-slash-curator for Buckley's posthumous releases.

This tells us a lot, since the 20th anniversary of Jeff Buckley's death is coming up fast and furious. Cornell showed he was clearly still haunted by Buckley's passing when he brought the late singer's old landline phone onstage with him during his 2011 acoustic solo tour.
KALAMAZOO — I've had several people ask about the red phone that was on stage during Chris Cornell's 130-minute set at the Kalamazoo State Theatre last week. Cornell never addressed it during the show and it never rang, so I didn't think much of it. After another reader asked Monday, I looked into it. 
According to a representative with the New York-based Press Here Publicity, which handled promotion for Cornell's solo tour, the phone belonged to singer/songwriter Jeff Buckley.
As Secret Sun readers will remember, the last song Jeff Buckley sang before his death was "Whole Lotta Love", a blues standard that Led Zeppelin turned into what one critic called "a themonuclear rape."

And it would be "In My Time of Dying," another old blues standard that Led Zeppelin turned into a jackhammering stomper that acted as Cornell's own self-elegy. This, along with the timing of Ian Curtis's own death by hanging in 1980 seems a bit too synchronized for Cornell's death to be some kind of mad whim because he took too much Ativan.  As painful as it might be to admit, it seems as if this was probably a very long time coming. After all, this is the man who wrote "Pretty Noose."

So it seems apparent that it wasn't the Illuminati but in fact the demon possession of depression that took Chris Cornell away from his family. With many of his closest friends gone and the glory days of the 90s more and more a fading memory in a world itself gripped by chronic depression, I can't say I'm surprised by the suicide ruling.  

The life of the rock star in 2017 is a galaxy away from the golden age of the rock star in 1977. It's become a grueling job in the age of streaming and piracy, since you need to make all your money on the road now. Spending your life traveling from one brutalist concrete box to another when you're fifty-two is surely a lot less appealing than when you're twenty-two.

If there's any good to come of this tragedy it's to understand that depression isn't some kind of scarlet letter, it's an inevitable result of what one scientist called "the greatest blind experiment in history," the bombardment of our brains and bodies with every manner of stimulus and stress imaginable, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and then some.

Having spend my teenage years in the white-hot cauldron of hardcore punk I can tell you that that kind of hyperstimulation had -- how do I put this? --less than a salutary effect on a lot of people I knew. Seeing that same formula translated into the mainstream culture goes a long way in explaining why depression has become the great mass epidemic of our time. Now it's claimed another trophy and we're all the poorer for it.

But as the Greeks and Romans once said, vita brevis ars longa

French philosophers once said that the invention of motion pictures had conquered death, that people would now live on forever once they were recorded. I guess the same goes for recorded music as well. So I think it's safe to say that after three decades of music, Chris Cornell has earned his place among the immortals. Let's hope someone learns something from his story.

          Spy vs Spy: Stuck in the Funhouse   

Funhouses are only fun when you can leave them. When the distorting mirror images become your new, day-to-day reality construct, then it's not so much fun anymore. 

I dreaded the 2016 Election because I had a very strong feeling that no matter who won we'd be plunged into a dystopian paradigm in which major power blocs would erupt into all-out warfare. And I sensed that neither Trump nor Clinton possessed the political skills or the communicative powers to keep the carnage fully out of our view. Or our path.

And I was right.

Trump's only been in office for a little over two months and I'm exhausted already. I'm certainly not alone in this. It all feels like a TV sitcom in its seventh season, well after the writers ran out of story ideas. The shark has been good and jumped. And the ratings (the approval ratings, in this case) are plunging too.

What is truly demoralizing though is the utter transparency of the secret war playing out, the seemingly endless spy vs spy thrust and counter-thrust, and the obvious deceptions. Even more so is the Animal Farm-like metamorphosis of the Democratic Party into a full-blown, funhouse mirror of McCarthy-era Republicans, but with Glenn Beck-worthy conspiracy theories thrown in for good measure.

I don't know about you but all of a sudden the world seems especially cold, hard, gray, harsh. Masks are coming off, velvet gloves tossed into wastebins. It doesn't seem to matter who wins the scorpion fight, you're still stuck with a scorpion.  

We can't call out the play-by-play because it's largely being acted out behind closed doors. But we can look at the collateral damage and make certain speculations. There's no doubt that it would all be just as bad-- probably worse-- if Hillary won. Even so, this all feels especially grating.

You've probably seen this story:
Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on Friday apologized to the owner of a Washington pizzeria that became the subject of a conspiracy theory about human trafficking last year. 
Pizza shop Comet Ping Pong was thrust into the spotlight last year after a gunman allegedly fired a shot inside the restaurant. The suspect said he was investigating the unsubstantiated conspiracy theory that Hillary Clinton and her campaign chairman, John Podesta, were operating a child sex trafficking ring out of the restaurant. 
The theory, which became known as Pizzagate, had circulated among far-right conspiracy theory websites and social media accounts. 
“In our commentary about what had become known as Pizzagate, I made comments about Mr. Alefantis that in hindsight I regret, and for which I apologize to him,” Jones, who runs Infowars, said in a video. James Alefantis is the owner of Comet Ping Pong. 
Jones said his website relied on reporters who are no longer employed by Infowars and that video reports about Pizzagate were removed from the website. He also invited Alefantis onto the show to discuss the incident.
It was preceded by this story:
According to McClatchy News, the FBI’s Russian-influence probe agents are exploring whether far-right news operations, including the pro-Donald Trump sites Breitbart News and Infowars, “took any actions to assist Russia’s operatives.”  Trump’s ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn and his son, a member of the Trump transition team, were among those who boosted the so-called “PizzaGate” pedophile conspiracy theory.
I doubt this will quell the fervor among the Pizzagaters on sites like 4chan and Voat. Given the suspicion many on the fringes regard Jones with it may in fact give the flagging movement a fresh jolt. Jones' apology may also have to do with the drive to purge YouTube of "extremist" content and the controversy over the use of advertising on videos corporate clients find objectionable. A World without Sin, as our Gordon might put it. 

Washington Post headline, pre-election.

So much for theories that the FBI was ready to make mass arrests of prominent Washington figures related to Pizzagate.  Has any "mass arrest" Internet story ever panned out?  

Maybe it has:
Donald Trump became president on Jan. 20. And in one short month, there were more than 1,500 arrests for sex crimes ranging from trafficking to pedophilia.  
Big deal? You bet. In all of 2014, there were fewer than 400 sex trafficking-related arrests, according to FBI crime statistics. Liz Crokin at has put together a great piece on the push by the Trump administration to crack down on sex crimes. And she notes that while "this should be one of the biggest stories in the national news... the mainstream media has barely, if at all, covered any of these mass pedophile arrests. This begs the question – why?
This may have nothing to do with Trump-- in fact, it's likely it doesn't-- since these kinds of actions are planned out months in advance. The arrests continue, in case you were wondering, with major busts going down on a near-weekly basis. Someone's cleaning house. 

For what it's worth, I always reckoned that Pizzagate was in fact cover/distraction for a more hidden struggle, one that would take place under the radar*. As I noted back in November:

No one is saying as much but this very much feels connected to a deeper, more covert war. 
Why would I say such a thing? Because at the same time the Pizzagate story went dark we've seen major strikes taken against international pedophilia, which actually is a global conspiracy, with its own networks, secret codes and moles within established centers of power such as schools, police departments and governments.  
With such combustible accusations-- and such potential for a scandal that could quickly spread out of control (ie., involve political figures you're not trying to destroy)-- you'd naturally expect the action to go dark and the fall guys to be placed pretty far down the foodchain. (Remember that a prior investigation bagged one of the most powerful people in Washington at one time, former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert).†


It may be sheer coincidence, but James Alefantis' former partner suffered a major heart attack this week
Media Matters for America founder David Brock was rushed to a hospital on Tuesday after suffering a heart attack. 
According to a press release from MMA, the founder of the liberal media watchdog and analysis website was rushed to the hospital early Tuesday afternoon and received treatment.
Sure, it may be coincidence. But I couldn't help but remember this story, published soon after the election
Dems to David Brock: Stop Helping, You Are Killing Us 
Democrats know they need someone to lead them out of the wilderness. But, they say, that someone is not David Brock.

As David Brock attempts to position himself as a leader in rebuilding ademoralized Democratic Party in the age of Trump, many leading Democratic organizers and operatives are wishing the man would simply disappear.
"Disappear." Huh. 
Many in the party—Clinton loyalists, Obama veterans, and Bernie supporters alike—talk about the man not as a sought-after ally in the fight against Trumpism, but as a nuisance and a hanger-on, overseeing a colossal waste of cash. And former employees say that he has hurt the cause.
It's worth remembering that Andrew Breitbart died of a heart attack at the age of 43. A year before he'd posted a cryptic tweet that some have since linked to the Pizzagate imbroglio.  Just before his death he hyped some revelation about Barack Obama's past. 

A coroner in the office handling Breitbart's body subsequently died of arsenic poisoning. The day Breitbart's autopsy results were revealed, in fact.


We also saw James Comey revive Russiagate, which had been flatlining after Vault 7. Any illusions among Trump fans that the FBI was secretly on their side were ground into powder, between this revelation and the Pizzagate conspiracy investigations. 

One can't help but wonder if the New Praetorians (I've noticed that the Praetorian meme has been picked up by more prominent commentators, but you heard it here first) are losing their last shred of patience with Donald Trump's shenanigans and are planning imminent regime change: 
WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI is investigating whether Donald Trump’s associates coordinated with Russian officials in an effort to sway the 2016 presidential election, Director James Comey said Monday in an extraordinary public confirmation of a probe the president has refused to acknowledge, dismissed as fake news and blamed on Democrats. 
In a bruising five-hour session, the FBI director also knocked down Trump’s claim that his predecessor had wiretapped his New York skyscraper, an assertion that has distracted White House officials and frustrated fellow Republicans who acknowledge they’ve seen no evidence to support it.
How surreal is the world in which you know live in? So much so that mainstream political site The Hill is comparing the action in Washington to a Stanley Kubrick film, one which has become notorious for the conspiracy theories that have been projected onto it (and is well familiar to Synchronauts):
On the 40th anniversary of the publication of The Shining, Stephen King must be wondering if Washington is working on its own sequel. For the last couple months, Washington has been on edge, like we are all trapped in Overlook Hotel with every day bringing a new “jump scare,” often preceded by a telltale tweet. Indeed, a Twitter whistle has replaced suspenseful music to put the entire city on the edge of their seats. 
In this Shining sequel, however, people are sharply divided on who is the deranged ax-wielding villain in this lodge, the president or the press. Ironically, with the recent disclosure that some of the Trump campaign may indeed have been subject to surveillance, the president is looking more like Danny Torrence, a character dismissed for constantly muttering “redrum, redrum” until someone finally looked in a mirror at the reverse image to see the true message.
Yeah, I'm not really feeling that metaphor there, but whatever. It's been that kind of year.

Now the Internet is burning up with theories that disgraced National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has "turned" and is going to testify against the Trump Administration, or at least figures attached to it. 

It's hard to imagine a three-star general can be stupid enough to be guilty of things Flynn's been accused of but that may speak to a culture of impunity in Washington, in which your misdeeds are only punished if you get on the wrong side of the wrong people.


One wonders if the secret war has spread outside Washington. Car service giant Uber seems to be having a major run of rotten luck lately: 
Uber Technologies Inc. is suspending its self-driving car program after one of its autonomous vehicles was involved in a high-impact crash in Tempe, Arizona, the latest incident for a company reeling from multiple crises. 
In a photo posted on Twitter, one of Uber’s Volvo self-driving SUVs is pictured on its side next to another car with dents and smashed windows. An Uber spokeswoman confirmed the incident, and the veracity of the photo, and added that the ride-hailing company is suspending its autonomous tests in Arizona until it completes its investigation and pausing its Pittsburgh operations.

The incident also comes as Uber, and Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick, are currently under scrutiny because of a series of scandals. The ride-hailing company has been accused of operating a sexist workplace. This month, the New York Times reported that Uber used a tool called Greyball to help drivers evade government regulators and enforcement officials. Kalanick said he needed "leadership help" after Bloomberg published a video showing him arguing with an Uber driver.
So who did Kalanick piss off? 

Coincidentally- there's that word again- the crash comes soon after Wikileaks revealed that CIA hackers had the ability to override the computer systems in automobiles. From Mashable:

WikiLeaks has published a trove of files it says are linked to the CIA's hacking operations — which apparently includes efforts to hack into cars.  
The first in a series called "Vault 7," "Year Zero" supposedly comprises 8,761 documents and files from an isolated, high-security network situated inside the CIA's Center for Cyber Intelligence in Langley, Virginia.  
"Year Zero" details the CIA's malware arsenal and "zero day" exploits against Apple iPhones, Google's Android operating system, Microsoft Windows and even Samsung TVs.  
 According to a document from 2014, the CIA was also looking at infecting the vehicle control systems used by modern cars and trucks. 
Oh, that's reassuring. Speaking of control systems, apparently pimps are controlling prostitutes with RFID chips:
It turns out this 20-something woman was being pimped out by her boyfriend, forced to sell herself for sex and hand him the money. 
 “It was a small glass capsule with a little almost like a circuit board inside of it,” he said. “It's an RFID chip. It's used to tag cats and dogs. And someone had tagged her like an animal, like she was somebody's pet that they owned.” 
This is human trafficking. It’s a marginal issue here in the U.S. for most of us. Part of that is because the average person isn’t sure what human trafficking – or modern day slavery – actually means.
Technology is our friend, right? And now this: 
Turkish Hackers Threaten To Wipe Millions Of iPhones; Demand Ransom From Apple 
Today, courtesy of CIO, we learn that a group of hackers referring to themselves as the "Turkish Crime Family", has been in direct contact with Apple and is demanding a $150,000 ransom by April 7th or they will proceed to wipe as many as 600 million apple devices for which they allegedly have passwords. 
The group said via email that it has had a database of about 519 million iCloud credentials for some time, but did not attempt to sell it until now. The interest for such accounts on the black market has been low due to security measures Apple has put in place in recent years, it said.

Since announcing its plan to wipe devices associated with iCloud accounts, the group claimed that other hackers have stepped forward and shared additional account credentials with them, putting the current number it holds at over 627 million.

According to the hackers, over 220 million of these credentials have been verified to work and provide access to iCloud accounts that don't have security measures like two-factor authentication turned on.
Of course, if credible, with an ask of just $150k, this is the most modest group of hackers we've ever come across.
Given the war that's erupted between the increasingly aggressive Turkish government and the EU, money may clearly not be the object here. Turkish PM Erdogan is clearly set on reconstructing the old Ottoman Empire and shivving Apple might just be part of the march.

Besides, Turkey is taking that recent coup attempt-- which is almost universally blamed on the CIA-- very personally.

Speaking of the EU, we've seen stories that Trump advisor Steve Bannon wants to dissolve the union. Which may be why Trump-adversary John McCain announced his unalloyed support for it- and the "New World Order" (his words, not mine):
The world "cries out for American and European leadership" through the EU and Nato, US senator John McCain said on Friday (24 March). 
In a "new world order under enormous strain" and in "the titanic struggle with forces of radicalism … we can't stand by and lament, we've got to be involved," said McCain, a former Republican presidential candidate who is now chairman of the armed services committee in the US Senate. 
Speaking at the Brussels Forum, a conference organised by the German Marshall Fund, a transatlantic think tank, he said that the EU and the US needed to develop "more cooperation, more connectivity". 
"I trust the EU," he said, defending an opposite view from that of US president Donald Trump, who said in January that the UK "was so smart in getting out" of the EU and that Nato was "obsolete". 
He said that the EU was "one of the most important alliances" for the US and that the EU and Nato were "the best two sums in history", which have maintained peace for the last 70 years. "We need to rely on Nato and have a Nato that adjusts to new challenges," he said.
Would McCain speak this way to a domestic audience? Of course not. Or maybe he would- I can't tell which way is up anymore. But either way it's good to know where he really stands.

Like McCain, China continues to sound a similar note of support for globalization, on which its very economic survival so desperately depends:
Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli told a gathering of Asian leaders that the world must commit to multilateral free trade under the World Trade Organization and needs to reform global economic governance. 
“The river of globalization and free trade will always move forward with unstoppable momentum to the vast ocean of the global economy,” Zhang said. China will remain a strong force in the world economy and for peace and stability, he said, adding that countries must respect one another’s core interests and refrain from undermining regional stability. 
I suppose this is why China is off the target list for our new Cold (?) Warriors.

I've resisted posting on all this because it's all so depressing. I've actually written a few pieces on this chicanery that I ended up roundfiling. But I suppose I just wanted to go on the record about all this skullduggery, for posterity's sake.

UPDATE: Sex trafficking arrests and trials continue to proliferate. Most recent bust, an international ring in Minnesota. There is way too much activity going down in too short a time for this to be spontaneous.

* Which is exactly why I refrained from commenting on it here for the most part, instead noting that it had become a kind of memetic virus in much the same way that the Franklin/Boy's Town scandal had in the 90s. (Note that prior to the election-- and Pizzagate-- Trump nemesis the Washington Post was all over the issue of sex trafficking in the nation's capital). 

† The ongoing legal and police actions coinciding with the moves to shut down the Pizzagate fringes on the Web seem like the exact kind of action one would expect if there were a serious operation at work. Shutting down the Internet chatter makes perfect sense in this context because it can only complicate cases made by prosecutors. 
          Allen Ginsberg: Naked Poet   
...all before the mind wakes, behind shades and closed doors in a darkened house
where the inhabitants roam unsatisfied in the night,
nude ghosts seeking each other out in the silence.
Love Poem on a Theme by Whitman, Allen Ginsberg

Never heckle a nonconformist.
A drunk started to heckle Allen Ginsberg during a reading of his poem Howlin Los Angeles in 1956.
“Allen politely asked him to hear out the reading and said he would be pleased to hear his opinions afterward,” biographer Barry Miles noted. “That stopped the heckler for a bit, but when Gregory (Corso) got up to read, the drunk interrupted. ‘What are you guys trying to prove?’ he demanded.
“Allen immediately yelled out, ‘Nakedness!’
“ ‘What do you mean, nakedness?” asked the drunk.
“ ‘I meant spiritual nakedness,’ Ginsberg explained later. ‘Poetic nakedness — candor. Then I suddenly realized what I had said. Inspired, I started taking off my clothes.’
“‘All right,’ Allen challenged the drunk. ‘You want to do something brave, don’t you? Something brave? Well, go on, do something really brave. Take off your clothes!’
The man was speechless. Allen advanced on him, tearing off his shirt. ‘Come on and stand here, stand naked before the people. I dare you! The poet always stands naked before the world.’ Allen threw his shirt and undershirt at the man’s feet, and he began to back away. ‘You’re scared, aren’t you?’ asked Allen. ‘You’re afraid.’ Allen kicked off his shoes and socks and pulled down his pants. Doing a little hopping dance, he kicked them off... He was now completely naked. The drunk had by now retreated to the back of the room. The audience sat in stunned silence.
“Suddenly the room exploded in cheers, jeers, applause and angry argument. The drunk was booed and hissed until he left. Anaïs Nin was impressed and wrote in her journal; ‘The way he did it was so violent and direct, it had so much meaning in terms of all our fears of unveiling ourselves.’”
Miles’ bio of the poet and his fellow Beat musketeers documents their intellectual insights and/or pretensions, drugs and more drugs, petty crime, sex of all sorts, doomed love affairs, cross-country wanderings, abandoned wives, automobile and mental breakdowns, jails, colleges, psychiatric hospitals, poetry, novels, a murder and various other accidental, if predictable, deaths: one when a drunk happily leaned out a train window, and another when a guy decided to “William Tell” a water glass off his wife’s head with a Star .380 automatic.
All the panoramic stupidity of young midcentury Americans, as fascinating as the rhythmic sway of a cobra.
Over all, I found Ginsberg and his self-absorbed comrades to be at least as exasperating as they were intriguing. People who’ve had experience with mental illness, as I have, may fail to see the charm in drug-induced psychosis.
And yet Ginsberg shares my birthday, June 3, and the insights it took him decades to discover — an appreciation of the deep psychological well of Buddhism, a suspicion of the tyranny of self — were the same ones I found, after a long search. My feelings about him are almost as complex as my feelings about myself.
On the plus side of the ledger, Ginsberg became a courageous voice against the deep-rooted hypocrisies of his time, a gay pioneer and a reflexively honest man who did much to popularize Buddhist thought in America.
The 17-year-old Allen Ginsberg had fallen for an 18-year-old cerebral charmer, his fellow Columbia University student Lucien Carr, at once.
Ginsberg’s infatuation with 21-year-old Jack Kerouac, a sensitive and articulate merchant seaman, was equally instant.
All three were also in the giddy early stages of a love affair with intellectual enlightenment. Carr later called it the rebellious students’ search for valid values.
“Their walk had taken them to the Union Theological Seminary; they stood on the corner of West 122ndStreet and Broadway and looked down the hill to the gray spread of Harlem,” wrote Miles. “Allen was moving out of the seminary and still had a few things to collect. He and Jack had discussed their admiration of Lucien, so there was a mutual understanding when Allen pointed out the door where he had first heard the Brahms Quintet (that had introduced him to Carr) six months earlier.”
“Allen collected the few books and belongings he had come for, and as he turned from the dormitory suite he bowed to it, made a gesture of farewell, and said, ‘Goodbye, door.’ He continued down the stairs, saying goodbye to each step as he went. He bade farewell to the seventh-floor landing, the sixth-floor landing and all the rest, like a poem, all the way down.
“Kerouac was struck by this: ‘Ah, I do that when I say goodbye to a place.’ They had a long, excited conversation about the recognition of each of the stairs as the final stair and about Allen’s realization of the changes in himself since he first climbed them six months before.
“‘That struck him as an awareness of a soul in space and time, which was his nature,’ Ginsberg said later. Jack asked him if he knew any other people with the same awareness. Was it awareness? Was it poetry? They decided that everyone had it who was in any way conscious or sensitive.
‘Everyone has the same soul. We’re all here together at once in the same place. Temporarily, with a totally poignant tearful awareness that we’re together,’ they decided. This recognition became the basis of their deep and lasting understanding of each other.”
Ginsberg was a tireless promoter of his fellow beat writers — Kerouac, Burroughs, Corso and others. “I wasn’t just plugging and promoting my friends,” he explained. “I had a larger agenda.”
He saw the literary establishment — Partisan Review, Kenyon Review, and so forth — as finally reactionary. “They were liberal but in the long run they would go along with a police state if it happened — they wouldn’t go to jail.”
Ginsberg wanted to promote writers made of sterner stuff, namely “philosophical anarchism.”
In 1965, jazz musician Jack Martin was arrested for marijuana possession in New York, and four narcotics agents had a little talk with him.
“(T)hey told him that his bail would be raised from five to ten thousand dollars and that additional charges would be added to his indictment unless he helped them out,” Miles wrote.
“Agent Bruce Jensen acted as their spokesman. ‘We want Ginsberg,’ he said. ‘How would you like to see your wife in jail? … We don’t want you, we want the guy you get it from … Do you know Ginsberg? … Can you get him for us? … Can you set up Allen Ginsberg?’
“To the enforcers, it was inconceivable that Ginsberg would advocate for marijuana (legalization) unless he was somehow involved in its sale and trafficking.”
In fact, Martin had never met Ginsberg, who was in California and knew nothing of these events.
Later, at a benefit for a friend, Martin rose and made a speech describing how Jensen had tried to force him to entrap Ginsberg. Three undercover agents in the crowd jumped him, and others — thinking the agents were mere thugs — scuffled with them.
It all ended up in court later, and by then Ginsberg had learned of the matter and appeared there, telling the New York Times: “I feel like the noose of the police state is closing in on me. I’ve had experience of police states in Prague and it’s very similar here.”
The accomplishment of which Ginsberg became proudest was helping to spread the knowledge of Buddhism in America.
About taking his Bodhisattva Vows, Ginsberg said he admired, “…the notion of relating to any situation and not boycotting any situations. Not avoiding, but trying to alchemize every situation, by skillful means to turn to advantage … To turn it from shit to roses.”
“It is easy to see why Ginsberg should be attracted to the Bodhisattva ideal, since one of his great strengths was always his willingness to take a difficult or painful situation and try to salvage something from it, whether it was dealing with his mother’s madness, becoming involved with the lepers and dying beggars in India, or taking amiably with street people and bag ladies,” Miles wrote.
“He would intervene in street arguments, talk to belligerent drunks and spaced-out junkies. If someone had a bad skin condition or disfigurement, Ginsberg would immediately ask about rather than pretend it was not there. His enormous inquisitiveness and almost complete lack of embarrassment sometimes led him to quiz complete strangers about their income or sex life and volunteer the same, uncalled-for information about himself.”
I can understand and appreciate that kind of honesty. Ginsberg once pointed toward the need for it in talking to the Washington Post: “The condition of society is one of homogeneity and hyper-industrialism, so the individual perceptions of body and mind are not valued. Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It’s that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that’s what the poet does.”

          Frank Lloyd Wright: American Architect   
 By the dawn of the 20thcentury, architect Frank Lloyd Wright had discovered something I didn’t learn until the 21st century — that kleptocapitalism must finally and necessarily destroy the standards of every profession with which it comes into contact.
In his 1900 speech to the Architectural League of America in Chicago, titled The Architect, Wright “…reminded his colleagues that in this country commerce had triumphed over art,” wrote Robert C. Twombly in his book Frank Lloyd Wright: His Life and His Architecture. “The lust for money had reduced the architect to a servant of the business community.”
Wright charged that the American architect “…panders to silly women his silly artistic sweets,” trading experimentation and individuality for financial security. Wright called typical turn-of-the-century Chicago homes for the well-to-do “fantastic abortions” and said they “lied about everything.”
“(The architect) now modeled commercial buildings after Greek temples and luxury homes after Louis XIV palaces, all because the businessman and his wife ‘knew what they wanted,’” Twombly wrote. “No longer an independent spirit, the architect had become a salesman, peddling prepackaged ‘styles’ from the files of huge ‘plan-factories.’
“At the height of the industrial revolution in America, Wright was painfully aware that the new corporate elite had usurped the status of the professional, reducing him to an employee at its beck and call.”
In 21st century capitalism-gone-wild America, that sad state of professional degradation applies not just to architects but to physicians, professors, military officers, police officers, attorneys, journalists, you name it.
For pity’s sake, judges have been caught framing innocent American children because they’ve been bribed by private prison corporations to provide warm bodies in order to increase the corporation’s lucrative taxpayer subsidy.
Wright employed stylistic innovations to achieve an inobvious family privacy in his prairie houses. The windows were easy to see out of but, because of overhanging features, difficult to see into. Shielded by broad eaves, windows could stay open even in rain. Exterior doorways were hidden in recesses, behind walls or around corners.
“A house that has character stands a good chance of growing more valuable as it grows older, while a house in the prevailing mode, whatever that mode may be, is soon out of fashion, stale and unprofitable,” Wright said.
The McMansions that now litter our landscape, with their bludging, tumorous protrusions, are an example of the latter.
Twombly noted that with five children by 1901, Wright, in his home designs, “…took greater pains to provide for group solidarity than for individual interests. Whether it was a symbolic inglenook, a formal entryway, a playroom for his children or his many exquisite dining and living rooms, his most elaborate efforts were areas of group activity.”
“Wright understood the family to be a tightly knit group within a larger community from which it withdrew occasionally (but did not reject) for its own sustenance. More concerned at this stage of his life with family unity than personal freedom, he assumed the former made the latter possible.”
Twombly suggests that Wright’s turn-of-the-century prairie houses offered a combination of innovation and protection that appealed to their forward-looking but finally insecure upper middle class owners.
“As independent businessmen likely to own their own moderate-sized manufacturing concerns, and as conservative Protestant Republicans, they frowned on eccentric social behavior, liberal causes and protest literature,” he wrote. “In a period of ‘progressive’ reform, they clung to 19th century values and like others in the rapidly growing metropolis felt themselves engulfed by sweeping changes not entirely to their liking…
“Wright’s designs satisfied needs and wishes murkily understood but deeply felt by large numbers of city dwellers and satisfied them more fully, in fact, than conventional styles. The prairie house appealed to an apprehensive upper middle class by emphasizing in literal and symbolic ways the security, privacy, shelter, family mutuality and other values people found increasingly important in a period of urban dislocation and conflict.
“Rapid industrialization and urbanization in late 19th century America created a disorienting situation. Armies of working class immigrants from Europe and from American farms and small towns helped escalate social tensions and instabilities in the cities. Newcomers of all classes, having lost their roots, found their places of residence determined not by family tradition or landholding but by unpredictable and insecure market situations. Vast impersonal corporations assumed control over the lives of laboring people, over white collar workers and executives, and over self-employed businessmen and professionals whose livelihoods depended upon the whims of an incomprehensible and seemingly capricious economic system. The depression of the 1890s, the most devastating in American history to that point, exacerbated the general uneasiness as even more people began to sense their helplessness.
“Few individuals could count on uninterrupted upward mobility, permanent employment or a secure future for their children. Even the upper middle class, especially people like Wright’s clients who did not possess inherited wealth, faced the specter of possible downward mobility and the loss of everything.”
As an inspiration for Ayn Rand’s architect hero Howard Roark in The Fountainhead, Frank Lloyd Wright had, in a sense, helped her write her fiction by overdramatizing his career.
In a 1914 Architectural Record article, Wright presented “…his first proclamation of the ‘persecuted genius’ legend, an interpretation of his life as a continuous battle against overwhelming odds, as a struggle for principle despite social ostracism, personal indifference, financial hardship, public ridicule and personal rejection,” Twombly wrote.
“Publicly begun by Wright in 1914 and perpetuated by his closest admirers until the present day, the ‘persecuted genius’ legend became a major component of his self-image.”
In fact, Wright had notable professional support and public acclaim at the beginning of his career.
“Even Hollywood paid its respects,” Twombly noted. “Warner Brothers asked him to design sets for The Fountainhead (1949), based on Ayn Rand’s novel by the same name, but when Wright demanded $250,000 for the job — he did not want it — negotiations ended.”
Wright died in 1959, just before his 92nd birthday, a venerable, outspoken sage whom some called a crackpot. But we’d have recognized many of his concerns easily enough.
“Continued growth of the military establishment and the mushrooming of governmental bureaucracy and of corporate hegemony made him despair for the future of democracy,” Twombly noted. “Fearing that centralized authority manipulating a mass society would crush individual liberties, he interpreted American foreign policy as a cover to advance overseas corporate interests and attacked internal anticommunism as a ‘smoke screen’ for political consolidation to further selfish partisan gain.”

Too bad we didn’t listen to the architect. We might have built something better than the shabby, ramshackle structure this country has become.

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Albanian police accompany ballot boxes at the end of Albania's general election voting in the capital Tirana, Sunday, June 25, 2017. Albanians voted Sunday in a general election with the country's two biggest political parties working together for membership of the European Union.

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 The first African-American woman to become a Louisiana State Trooper has died, according to State Police. 
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I will tell you how corrupt PPD is.....they even hate and assault and frame other law enforcement officers. These people are out of control and most are on the wrong side of the bars.
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          Your rental property can be seized as Proceeds of Drug Money Laundering   
Here is the situation;

Couple owns a few rental properties that they rent to [second chance] ex cons, people down on their luck, homeless people trying to re establish themselves, low income housing.

Police decide that rent payments made to the Landlord in cash must be the proceeds of crime since the only form of income for the tenant is dealing drugs.

This very scenario is playing out right now in the Ontario Courts under the Civil Forfeiture Act.  

Here are the details in Broad strokes;

Margaret and Terry Reilly are from Orillia, Ontario. The Reilly's own several rental properties, some of which are former single-family homes that they have converted into rooming houses for low-income tenants. Margaret has been involved in alleviating poverty and homelessness since her father became the priest at an inner-city Anglican church in Toronto and opened a youth hostel there, while Terry has served on the City of Orillia Homeless Committee. Providing housing to marginalized members of society has always been a deliberate choice for the Reilly's.In 2008, after police surveillance confirmed drug activity at two of the Reilly's rental properties, a branch of the government called the Director of Asset Management took control of them. Since then, the properties have languished largely unoccupied, falling into progressively worse repair. Stripped of their rights as landlords, the Reillys had no choice but to watch their properties deteriorate physically and depreciate in value. Then, in 2012, the Government of Ontario brought a motion to permanently seize and sell the properties on the grounds that some of the tenants’ rents may have been paid, in part, with the proceeds of their drug activity. There is no evidence that any funds paid by tenants was derived from drug money; the state merely assumed that cash payments must have come from the proceeds of illegal activity. 

This property(S) were seized under the Forfeiture Act without anyone being charged.
This family has NEVER had their day in court but had their property taken away.

The lesson here is monitor your tenant activity; visit twice of more time per year to ascertain the activity in YOUR PROPERTY.   Be more diligent in your tenant screening. Bad things can happen to good people. 


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          Sunday, June 25, 2017 - Do not be afraid   
To read the texts click on the texts: Jer 20:10-13; Rom 5:12-15;Mt 10:26-33

During his years as premier of the Soviet Union, Nikita Khrushchev denounced many of the policies and atrocities of Joseph Stalin. Once, as he censured Stalin in a public meeting, Khrushchev was interrupted by a shout from a heckler in the audience. “You were one of Stalin’s colleagues. Why didn’t you stop him?” “Who said that?” roared Khrushchev. An agonizing silence followed as nobody in the room dared move a muscle. Then Khrushchev replied quietly, “Now you know why.” It is not always easy to stand up and be counted.

The Gospel text of today deals with what it takes to stand up and be counted. It is part of Matthew’s Mission Discourse in which Jesus, after commissioning his disciples, gives them both instruction for and exhortation in Mission. Today’s reading deals with exhortation. The words “Do not be afraid” appear three times. ‘Do not be afraid to be open about faith, do not be afraid of powerful opponents, and do not be afraid about what future holds in store. All three lay in God’s hands.’ The message therefore is this: Confidence in God’s presence and promise even in the midst of persecution. The message is: ‘Do not be afraid to stand up and be counted because God is on the side of those who fight for justice and the truth.’

It is possible that fear might lead to the disciples remaining silent and not communicating the message of Jesus, which is a message of the Kingdom. While the disciples should expect persecution, they should not be paralyzed by fear. They must continue to give bold witness to the message entrusted to them that in Jesus and his words and works, the Kingdom of heaven has indeed come. The disciples will be tempted to give up when things get difficult, but they are called to persevere till the end with the witness that they must give. The ideas expressed in this part of the Gospel are similar to the first reading from Jeremiah.

After castigating the leaders for not obeying God’s word and warning them that therefore they would be conquered by Babylon, Jeremiah is scourged and put in stocks by Passhur, the head of the temple police. The text of today, spoken after his release, includes Jeremiah’s sixth lament, in which he begins by railing at God for “enticing” him into proclaiming God’s message and then allowing him to be mocked and shamed. Though he is tempted to give up his vocation of being a prophet (and so speaking God’s word on behalf of God) because he is aware that people are plotting against him, he perseveres. This perseverance results from his confidence in the fact that God will come to his aid and deliver him from his enemies.

These enemies cannot do real harm, because though physical death is indeed a possibility for a disciple of Jesus, it will only be a transition, says Jesus. God’s power is much more than even death. All that happens to the disciple is known by God. As surely as God knows the comings and goings of even the littlest bird, so he knows everything that happens to the disciple. He is always the one who is in charge. He is “father” to the disciples and so the disciples are related to Jesus as brothers and sisters. This relationship between the Father, Jesus and the disciples must lead to witnessing to Jesus and all that he stands for including justice and truth and to hope for the future.

The best example of this confidence according to the reading from Romans is Jesus himself. He was obedient unlike Adam; he remained sinless and faithful unlike Adam and thus made grace reign freely where there would have been universal condemnation. He dared to stand up and be counted. He was unafraid even in the face of ignominy, persecution and death. Thus through his life, mission, death and resurrection Jesus has given his disciples the example they must follow, the path they must take and the way they must walk.

To walk this way continues to be difficult especially today when fears of all kinds continue to dominate our lives and take control of us, not allowing us to be the kind of persons we are meant to be. There are numerous people who will try their best to stifle the message of justice and peace; simply because it is beneficial to them do so. There are many who will try to shut down the voices of those who protest against discrimination and violence.

By looking to Jesus we see that the trials and sufferings of this life, especially what we face as we try to live out and share our faith, are short-lived. We should, therefore, not give in to fear; knowing that in the end truth will triumph over untruth, justice over injustice, and eternal life over death, as we are able to see already in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.

          Re: Spc. Edward W. Brabazon, 20, of Philadelphia, Pa., died March 9, 2005   
My name is Christopher Michael Brabazon Sr. also from Philadelphia. I was born and raised in South Philadelphia and was a Philadelphia Police Officer, and now retired living in Deltona, Florida. I am very sorry to hear of my family member Spc. Edward W. Brabazon and his death. Please contact me as I am not aware of him being in the family, but if he is named Brabazon and was from Philadelphia then we are related. Again, please except my deepest sympathy for your/our lost.........sorry I didn't get to ever meet the young man. God Bless him and all of our troops...


Chris M. Brabazon Sr.
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          Critics want Capital Pride to expel police, corporations   
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          If you're going to steal a car, that's the one to steal. Maybe.   
Ouch. Daily Bulletin:

A Los Angeles gang member in police custody on a drug violation kicked through the metal cage of an Ontario police squad car, jumped in the driver's seat and led officers on a high-speed chase late Wednesday.

Jose Mora, 24, was arrested in the 5000 block of Flora Street in Montclair after he abandoned the patrol car and ran.

According to the article, Mora reached speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour during the chase.

Well, the good thing about stealing a police car is that it goes really fast, and it has sirens that you can turn on to help you go faster.

The bad news about stealing a police car? The police REALLY want to get that car back. And in this case, they did.
          Tent City Has No Suburbs (and a video report)   
From the Daily Bulletin:

Dusty, vacant campsites surrounded the city's secured homeless site Thursday, the day after police and code enforcement officers passed out dozens of warning tickets for "trespassing on public property."

In late April, MobLogic.TV produced this video report on Ontario.

          At least it drove the meth labs out of the news   
Someday, the Inland Empire is going to take off and become a true urban megacenter of business and residential opportunity.

Until then, we're going to be laughed at as hicks with meth labs, road races, and a prison down the street.

Stories like this aren't going to help our image:

Prosecutors filed dogfighting charges Tuesday against nine men accused of participating in or watching a battle between pit bulls in Ontario last month.

There is one good point in all of this, however; perhaps it will be easier to lure an NFL team to the area now.

But an NFL team may shy away after hearing the bad explanations for the dogfight:

[A] witness called police just after midnight on March 5 and reported a dog fight near Walnut Street and Cucamonga Avenue in Ontario.

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The witness said men were standing in the street in a circle surrounding the dogs. The witness said that when the dogs tried to flee the fight, the men grabbed them and tossed them back inside the circle....

When police came, the men claimed they were simply trying to breed the dogs in the middle of the street when they began fighting on their own....

Bad activity on Walnut Avenue. We have to put a stop to this.
          Another uncooperative case   
I love these half stories.

According to the Daily Bulletin, a man was at the corner of D and Sultana on Monday at 11:09 pm when he was approached by two other men. The three men got into an argument, and the first man was shot in the left bicep.

A friend took the victim, whose wounds were not serious, to San Antonio Community Hospital in Upland.

So will the two men be tracked down? Not likely.

The victim, who was not cooperative with police, gave few details about his attackers.
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          My CDO-Dahilayan 55k Trail Ultramarathon   
CDO City Hall
“Congratulations, pre! Ultramarathon virgin no more,” this text I received from my good friend Gifford, an ultrarunner, uplifted me as I was traversing the long stretch of gradual inclined trail leading to Dahilayan. I was already way past the ‘wall’ of the marathon distance of 42.195 km. Where I am was in the ‘death grip’ of the ultra. 

I had registered a month before for the Cagayan de Oro-Dahilayan (in Bukidnon) 55k Trail Ultramarathon, the first and longest to be held in Northern Mindanao and the first to use timing chips.

Pre-breakfast Pastel
I started the run in the back of the pack with 10 or so runners behind me. The bulk of the participants easily climbed the first of unending uphill climbs starting at km 2. My strategy was to finish the race within the cut-off time of 12 hours by running 3 minutes and walking 1 minute. At this rate, I could arrive within 10 hours with 2 hours to spare for any eventualities. I walked all the uphill climbs and ran downhill as planned.

I was also taking in the scenic route. Taking pictures along sleepy towns and barangays as my support vehicle leaped frog me every 3-5 km or so in between aid stations.

Brgy Kil-og
There were downhill trails I could not run lest I sprain an ankle this early as my headlamp provided only little illumination along the path.

Massage midway through an uphill
When the sun rose, I was at a mountain barangay where people greeted me and children gave me high fives.

I stopped often to take in the view. There was one stretch of trail where there was not a whimper of a ghost. I had heard that Bukidnon was a rebel infested area so I ran this course as fast as I could. I did not know that barangay tanods and policemen were strategically placed nearby.

The Municipality of Libona, Camp 09 and Camp Philips were just a glimpse. A spectator in the race in a small town called Agusan Canyon asked me in tagalog if I was from Manila. “Taga Agusan pod ko, manang. Pero Agusan del Sur”. That elicited laughter from her friends.

I was enjoying the run.

Km 20 spectators
But at km 48 and almost 10 hours of running and hiking, I was feeling rather fatigued, down and sleepy. The crunching sound of gravel and stone underneath my running shoes were becoming a sickening thud. I could see nothing but rows and rows of pineapple fields under the heat of the noontime sun. 

Hours earlier at km 40, my Garmin (GPS watch) had run out of battery. I had no idea now how far to go and how much time had elapsed. That disappointed me a lot. We were only using my support vehicle’s odometer reading to get an estimate and it said 48.

At one point, I told my crew I was going to take a nap for 5 minutes but then they let me sleep for 10. When I woke, I was energized once again.

I reached aid station 50 at the end of the field. 5 more to go, I thought. I gathered my strength and power hiked the rest of the way as I could no longer run for more than 20 seconds at most due to fatigue.

After what seemed like forever, I asked a local on horseback how far yet to Dahilayan Adventure Zone and her answer was around 5-6 km. What the…! I could not believe it! A fellow runner came up to me and said they made a mistake in the sign posts. Tough luck!

Downhill portion of Camp 09
More trails!
After more walks, lunch and rest, I came around a bend and saw km 55. Yes 55! But I was nowhere near Dahilayan yet or where the party was. I hiked for more. Another sign said “850 m to Dahilayan”.

Pineapple fields of Del Monte
That was probably the longest hike I have ever felt. Rain poured down on me and mud cakes were forming everywhere. It was quite slippery to run and my shoes were carrying mud, excess weight to a tired runner. My support vehicle was slipping and sliding as it went past.

At Km 55 with 2.5 more to go
I persisted and climbed on fours as the rain intensified. Finally at the top of the hill, I saw the big letters of the word “FINISH”. I raised my arms, stood for a few moments underneath and contemplated how I managed 55 as I heard the clicks of SLRs everywhere.

I made it! Yes, ultramarathon virgin no more!

Click to enlarge ultrarunner :-)
The advantage of finishing at the back of the pack is that everybody else is lined up to see you arrive.
Elevation profile 40 of 55 km
Map from my Garmin up to km 40

I’m thankful to my support crew for staying up with me. Without them, I wouldn’t be able to make it.
F1 (Ultra)Runner

To my families and friends who kept texting me words of encouragement that I can make it;

To my fellow runners and adiks in dailymile and Facebook who motivated me all those months during my training runs;

Thanks a lot! See you on the road… and on the trails, my friends! 

          A Valentine's Treat   

Ask any race organizer and he will most likely agree with me. While a runner’s day starts a few hours prior to a race, a race organizer’s starts on the day he said yes. 

How long does it take to get a race organized? The difference between this race and my first (hospital activity) and second (school activity) race directing duties was on the level of participation. This was an open run on a provincial scale.

My day started about 2 weeks prior when my proposal last year for a quarterly run was approved by the Provincial Government of Agusan del Sur.

Dubbed Valentine’s 8k and 5k Fun Run, my proposed race was unique in itself. Agusan del Sur divided into 2 Congressional districts since the latest elections will have 2 starting points but one finish line, the Governor’s residence.

This race will also usher in the 80th birthday celebration of the province's matriarch considered "Ang Inahan sa Agusan del Sur", former Governor Valentina Galido Plaza.

District 1 will have a hilly 8k from Prosperidad Municipal Hall with the gun being fired by none other than former Governor now Congresswoman Tina Plaza. Running the 8 on this one with its unforgiving elevations will feel like 10.  

Newly formed District 2 will have a flat 5k from neighboring San Francisco town, its gun start fired by Congresswoman Bebs Mellana. 

All runners will converge at Governor Eddie Bong Plaza’s residence in Patin-ay where Certificates and snacks await the finishers, as well as, prizes for the Top 3 finishers.

With the support of the Provincial Government of Agusan del Sur, anchored by the Regional Trial Court Branch 6, Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Agusan del Sur Chapter and the D.O.  Plaza Memorial Hospital Medics, the race started amidst foggy and cloudy conditions, perfect climate for runners.

And with over 300 registrants for the 5k division and more than 50 runners for the 8k, the race saw running enthusiasts as young as 10 to as old as 67, this despite the lack of full information dissemination through radio, print and broadcast media as the organizers were keeping the numbers down for safety reasons.

Special thanks to the following:

   -Former Governor Valentina Galido Plaza
   -Office of the Provincial Governor, Hon. Adolph Edward G. Plaza
   -Office of the Provincial Administrator
   -Office of the Provincial Sports Coordinator
   -Regional Trial Court Branch 6
   -IBP Agusan del Sur
   -Philippine National Police and Highway Patrol Group
   -Search and Rescue Agusan del Sur (SARAS)
   -Medical First Responders (MFR) 
   -Patin-ay National High School
   -Office of the Vice Mayor Frederick Mark Mellana, Prosperidad
   -Office of the Mayor of San Francisco
   -Office of House Representative Hon. Valentina "Tina" G. Plaza
   -Office of House Respresentative Hon. Evelyn "Bebs" Mellana
   -Edward P. Mellana

  -and the D.O. Plaza Memorial Hospital Medics composed of our tireless doctors (Lor, Marge, Erryll, Elmore, Susan, Mama Bau, Viern, Richard, Rhadz, Alain and the rest) and nurses (Kat, Alvin, Ed, Luchie, Bepven, Daryl and the rest) for making this event a success.

Mandated by the Governor himself who is an active outdoorsman, a planned 10 miler to a half marathon distance (21k) is in the works to herald the celebration of the Naliyagan Festival in June. The race will involve neighboring towns and NGOs so the number of registrants will be higher. 

This is probably one of those times when I want 3 of me, 1 to run the race, 1 to take photos, and the other to supervise.

Watch out for it!

Until then, see you on the road runners!

Photos at our fan page. Facebook: DOPMH Medics

          Conquering my Everest: The Cebu City Marathon   
"Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional." -- Haruki Murakami, Japanese author.


The culmination of the year's training runs came to a close. Last Sunday I ran the full marathon distance and joined less than 1% of the world's population who have run it. Who gave me that statistic? Beats me.

42.195 km is not an easy distance. Go ask everybody else who did their own virgin race topped off with the infamous heat and humidity in the SRP (South Reclamation Project)-- 22 km back and forth pan-fried by the unforgiving sun.

34 km. Photo by the master, Estan.
My race recap can be summed up in one word: 
S U F F E R I N G.   

Due to an Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome (ITBFS) on the right, I lagged behind in base training having failed to do LSDs (long slow distance running) and did a DNF (did not finish) in a 21k leading up to race day.

Too late to back out now. I was fine tuned for the marathon. 28 km was doable, perhaps 30. And the remaining 12?

So here I was on race day. I was already at the race venue some 2 hours before gun start. I made 4 restroom breaks owing to excitement. The roaming "taho" vendor curbed my hunger despite having a plate of pasta an hour earlier.

3.45 am: We congregated at the starting area. I finally met my elementary classmate after 28 years, JO from Australia. Chatted also with Coleen who was still nursing a fever (but did finish well). Saw a few more celebs from the Ungo group and TTB. Saw 5 Africans (must have been Kenyans) arrive earlier in a taxi and I was sure it spelled trouble for Cebu's elite runners.

4 am: Elaborate fireworks! Off we went, a thousand plus runners in the marathon. It was almost 2 minutes before my friend Kent and I crossed the starting line.

1 to 5 km: By the volume of runners, we were forced to slow down our pace. We saw the Marathon Foodie and followed her closely until YMCA when she upped her pace and never looked back. No, we weren't going to follow the ultrarunner. By my reckoning, I think she wanted to do a sub-5 while all we wanted to do was finish the race... smiling with our sanity intact.

6 to 10 km: I lost my friend, Kent, at this point. Traffic was at a standstill in the main thoroughfares as runners were given priority (sorry motorists). My planned splits were right on as I headed into the tunnel.

11 to 20 km: My Garmin went crazy having lost its signal in the tunnel. We came out into the SRP still dark. Some parts of the route had no lights so it was quite difficult to get your footing as I was in my Bikilas. I took my first potty break and like the typical Pinoy male, I made it by just facing the other side. Swisshhh! There were lots of water, energy drinks, chocolates, cookies, sponges, liniments, music and dancers along the way. The 5 Kenyans were already on their last 12 km when I was still in my first 12. Talk about fast! I could see other runners coming back from the U-turn near Minglanilla. Saw Jacob on KAI sandals streaming past and JO going against the sub-4 pacer. Saw my friend Salvdian. Saw Gifford's staff Larry, Arnel and Raj. Saw Katol on VFFs, too! Go brother! Saw mommy Phindy running her first 42 @ 42, Twinkle in costume (but of course!) and a runner from Manila dragging 2 tires from start to finish. Amazing! 

There were lots of spectators on the road but unlike the big ones you see in NY or Chicago cheering you on, people here see us runners as complications to their daily routine. There was a report of thumb tacs thrown on the road. Low point here. This was also where my demons started to come.  
Pain. Period. (photo by Abigail)

21 to 25 km: I felt something scratching the back of my left knee. I prayed it was not my ITB on the left acting up which surfaced 2 weeks ago. I stopped and unfolded my knee support and found out that I had chaffed a big part of my skin. It was small but was painful. My foot also started to hurt and I was crying. Crying due to the sun block I had applied earlier that was now pouring down my eyes. Surprisingly my calves were fine. Some of the runners were on grass. I took out my Alaxan pack and downed a cap. 2 caps.

26 to 34 km: I slowed down to a run/walk strategy. No longer could I maintain running as the sun was already high up and my ITB decided to say "Hi". Took out my music player and the upbeat 80s music helped a bit. I had long walks in the SRP as I contemplated my finishing time-- 5:30, 5:35 and 5:45 slipping by. I was passed by the sub-5:30 pacer, a platoon of police recruits, and the sub-6 pacer who was on a similar run/walk strategy. Not bad. So I resigned myself to follow him through the tunnel once again (thank God out of SRP!), Colon St and Osmena Blvd. I got so hungry this time I couldn't wait to get to McDonald's near Fuente Osmena where I've asked the missus to wait for me, not with a kiddie meal I hope.

Munching on my patty with Kent.
35 to 40 km: I was met by my wife at McDonald's with Kent, who surrendered his race bib to DNF at the 28-km point, injured too. I munched on the double patty  burger hungrily and felt good! Everything tastes good when you're running 35 km. Runners were passing me and looking at my burger. I saw one get inside McDonald's. I did not bother running just yet. I knew it was already hard to finish a sub-6 so I took my time and enjoyed the vehicular traffic, where not much is seen in the province. Run already! Haide is too far ahead of you. My wife said as I procrastinated with useless chatter. I did not want to continue truthfully. I was very tired and the vehicular traffic was a sight to behold. Really now.

Mango Avenue was busy. Again runners were given priority. I saw 74-year old Noy Rening on marshal duty who encouraged me, "5 km na lang, dong." May ka diha, ako kapoy na.

The sprint to the finish line. Oops, my wife missed the shot. :D
41 km and to the finish line: The sub-6 pacer and I kept passing each other as we both maintained our run/walk strategy from Osmena Blvd. and Escario St. While he maintained perfect form, I ran like Frankenstein dragging my left leg with me, favoring the right. But from UP Lahug onwards, I pushed and never looked back. I thought I left him behind until 200 meters to the finish line, the pacer suddenly appeared beside me. We were shoulder to shoulder as loud music and  rounds of applause greeted us. I saw my wife at the corner ready with her camera. With a burst of adrenaline, I suddenly sprinted the last few meters just to get ahead that my wife missed her shot as I suddenly streaked past. (Said burst of speed sprained my chest muscles in the process. Blah.)

I made it! I made it! 6:09:19 official time. Both me and the sub-6 pacer didn't quite get our target times but nevertheless, we made it! A girl handed me my Finisher's medal. I walked a few aimless steps before I slumped on the sidewalk, too stunned to move even forgetting to turn off my Garmin. The realization that I actually did cover the entire distance today made me teary-eyed for a moment. I actually did it!  

I. Am. A. Marathon. Virgin. No. More.

With my one-(wo)man support crew.
Goodies and looties!
And the medal was worth every mile! 

Shall I do it again? I'm too tired to answer and my legs are killing me. But ask me again in a few days time, and like most of my friends who finished with me, the answer is most definitely YES.

          Matthew T. Mangino: Convictions in police shootings rare   
Last month, former South Carolina police officer Michael Slager pleaded guilty in federal court to violating Walter Scott's civil rights by shooting him with no justification.
          By Any Means (2017)   

A C-list celebrity gets kidnapped and held hostage after a night-club appearance. When the police interrogate the man she accuses, they question whether she’s after justice or a front-page story. By Any Means (2017)

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          'GLOW' And 'Prime Suspect': Two TV Series You Won't Want To Miss   
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Should we try to make ourselves better physically, mentally, morally? Should we try a eugenics program? We could alleviate so much suffering - of the "thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to" we could get rid of maybe 900.

We have always been able to alter human nature, but recent discoveries have considerably enhanced our abilities. We could make people more intelligent, more creative, more athletic. We could make people better suited to monogamy. No one would have to be born with a propensity for addiction or excessive weight gain. We could make people who are more altruistic - who wouldn't commit crimes, who wouldn't allow anyone to go hungry, wouldn't permit war, wouldn't tolerate cruelty of any kind, or even indifference. We could banish inherited disease of all kinds. Why wouldn't we bestow these benefits on our children? Do we like suffering? Should we get busy sticking pins in each other?

Of course playing about with human nature can be dangerous. Here are some objections:

Objection - What if the program fell into the wrong hands - some sinister cabal? Would they manufacture a race of soldiers, obedient and deadly? Or make a herd of pig-people, self-satisfied and pleasure-oriented? Or build a monster like Frankenstein's? Or, conversely, will their creation be so tepid, so dull, so unable to give offense as to drown us all in a (luke-warm) sea of blandness. We'll all perish of insipidity.
Response - These mistakes are not inherent in a eugenics program and can be avoided.

Objection - It is impious to alter our nature.
Response - (Just as it was impious to rise above our station or invent the airplane.) We were made by our Creator to aspire and improving our nature is one of our grandest aspirations.

Objection - A eugenics program requires coercion.
Response - Coercion is not unknown at present. Have they stopped writing regulations? Making arrests? Dropping bombs? At present all the manipulation, all the force only brings about the apotheosis of certain unworthy individuals.

Objection - A eugenics program favors aristocracy.
Response - A eugenics program and democracy can coexist. The program should be entirely meritocratic, and everyone, regardless of their genetic endowment, should be cared for and respected.

Objection - A eugenics program is racist.
Response - There is no necessary connection between eugenics and racism. Personally I look forward to a time when everyone is kind of tan.

Objection - In the wake of eugenics life will be boring.
Response - Is it really necessary for so many children to die of leukemia or war (for instance) to provide us with entertainment? A desperate, never-resting search for drama does not find happiness. If some thinkers hold that a dearth of evil or suffering exists they can always (with the best motives) drive nails into their friend's eyes.

Objection to a eugenics program that aims at improving our morals - We are already pretty good, or at least capable of becoming pretty good. If only the political or economic system was fixed, we would approach Utopia, which is just around the corner.
Response - Both the French and Russian Revolutions descended into terror and despotism, destroying the hopes of naive humanists. Even the most successful countries are plagued with suicide, divorce, addiction and other social ills. Many nations still suffer war, police oppression, ethnic conflict, etc.

Objections to a eugenics program that aims at improving our morals - If the conflict of man vs. man vanishes, if the conflict of man vs. himself disappears as well, we will be diminished. If soldiers are no longer required to charge the foe, nor ascetics to trek into the desert, the necessary result will be mere lassitude.
Response - Life will still be worth living even if we neglect to torment our neighbors or ourselves. The conflict of man vs. the physical world will remain, and this struggle will be enough (sometimes too much). We will not run short of obstacles: To create we will have to contend with physical objects that are not always plastic. We will have to contend with the law of gravity also. To explore we will have to battle mountains, ocean currents, steaming jungles, frozen continents. I do not know which will challenge our understanding more - infinitely large distances of space or infinitely small particles. Accidents and finally death will frustrate our deepest desire for permanence. Obstacles will remain, only now we will go out to meet them with an undivided heart.

Why does science always have to serve such ridiculous ends? Thanks to the genius of our scientists we can now build amazingly destructive bombs. Thanks to remarkable improvements in microprocessors and materials we can now buy products that will never benefit us at all in any way.

In the wealthy countries many are alive only because of massive medical intervention. If these people reproduce defective genes could be passed on to the children. We are faced with a long-term problem: succeeding generations will be less and less healthy.

The religious hope God's grace will help us become better. Humanists think we already have become better. Conservatives favor vigorous punishments (stoning?, the rack?) to force us to become better. So why would any of them object when we actually become better? Is it really so necessary to maintain our precise current levels of rottenness?

Once, tens of thousands of years ago, we shared the earth with other hominid species. we helped exterminate them, however, and gained dominion over the world. Someday the more advanced humans created by eugenics will succeed us. What could be more fitting?

The world has been poisoned twice: First by the idea of a punishing god - a god who drowns us, burns us, inflicts plagues on us, even throws hailstones at us (see Joshua) - a god who likes nothing as much as the sound of weeping - a god who makes frequent use of a "terrible swift sword" - a god who scourges whole nations. The ancient Jews thought up the idea, they elaborated upon it in their sacred scriptures: the books of Joshua, Lamentations, etc. Their god at his worst is intolerant, legalistic (see Deuteronomy), racist (see 2 Samuel 1-15) - really a monster raging in the sky, lit by lightning, a danger to the earth.

Christianity and Islam have progressed beyond this primitive idea. Jesus proclaimed a gentle God, a loving father who forgave over and over again. Allah is merciful and compassionate. His moral code is clear - he doesn't want to trip us up so he can get us. Tragically, there are those within both faiths still in thrall to the punishing god, still eager to chastise in his name.

Second by "Modernism" (self-glorification and self-destruction). Modernism can best be understood by reading such works as James Joyce's Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (the Bible of Modernism, wherein the title character tries to avoid entanglement in the "nets" of religion, family, and nationality).

Modernists disdain traditional societies, some of them ancient, from Mexico to France to Thailand; disdain the values associated with these societies such as honor, loyalty, detachment, duty, compassion (values which generally involve a higher power or some form of self-sacrifice). As a substitute Modernists propose talk shows for the lower class, the Guggenheim for the upper class, and a low-birth rate for everyone - depression too, for the Modernist ridiculous moments of optimism (the October Revolution, Woodstock) only rarely interrupt long decades of despair.

Where did Modernism come from? It started in the 1700s. Large numbers of peasants, no longer needed on the land, migrated to the cities. There the peasants met artists and intellectuals, workers and thieves, Gypsies and Jews. Amidst this jumble, in the free city air, arose a cosmopolitan culture sometimes crass, sometimes exquisite, that some found liberating. What could be more pleasurable than negotiating a tradition-bound society, oneself unbound by any tradition? What could be more enjoyable than traversing the provinces, ridiculing the curious inhabitants thereof, taking advantage of every sod-headed lump you meet. It is the thrill of the imperialist or of the urban adventurer - the gangster, the sophisticate. Unfortunately it is a thrill at the expense of the majority.

Both these poisons are often detected together. Both punishment and crime, both the police state and social disintegration, both the harshest retribution and the vilest sin. And so many have a taste, a hunger, for both. Think of the celebrity-criminals, or criminal-celebrities, or celebrities playing criminals, etc. Think of the ritual sacrifice of such people on t.v. Ponder the symbiotic relationship between the authorities and the outlaws. The problem is: we are addicted to the drama of sin and punishment.
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          Sex and the City   
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          Comment on How do you write a book? by edireland   
Hi Ed...I tried to keep my stories under control once. After they stormed the castle, killed the guards and threw me in the dungeon to think about the horrible fate I had selected for them, I thought better of it. Instead, what I do now is keep side notes on what the ruffians are doing so that their story keeps its continuity. My lads and lassies are a boisterous bunch and run off in all directions. Like you, I have stories and they need to get out. Without my notes, I'm afraid anarchy would take control and my books would make War and Peace seem like a short story. So for me, my notes become my police and allow the story to be told in whatever length it needs to be. Some are short and sweet while others are bordering on a half-million words. In my world, the only control I have over my muse is to just let the little beastie have its way and use my notes as my security line.
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          Tree Don't Care What A Little Bird Sings   

I have not read much of Robert Fogel's work, not much at all, but I may need to read more of it. A Fine Theorem, one of the more under-appreciated blogs, has a summary of Fogel's Without Consent or Contract. Here's part of it:
... the paradox rests on the widely held assumption that technological efficiency is inherently good. It is this beguiling assumption that is false and, when applied to [American] slavery, insidious.”  

Roughly, it was political change alone, not economic change, which could have led to the end of slavery in America. The plantation system was, in fact, a fairly efficient system in the economic sense, and was not in danger of petering out on its own accord.
Here's the rest.

There are multiple views of the politics of technology. (Technology is, at its core, information aggregation.) One says that technology is liberating. Another says that technology is enslaving. Another says that technology is fueled by the state for purposes of control. (Oddly, skeptics of markets often make the first point of that point without understanding that the second point is the corollary.) Technology can destabilize the political equilibrium (but does that only apply if it goes in one direction? I doubt it). It's worth googling a bit for the views of Farrell, Drezner, and Lynch on this. It's worth noting that modern authoritarian regimes try to get to the technological frontier as rapidly as possible but they tend to have a tough time managing it. Francis Spufford's Red Plenty is on sale at Amazon right now, if you don't mind probably giving some of your metadata to the NSA.

Sarah Jaffe (on Twitter) asked for a political economy of the surveillance state. (Here's a short take, not very good.) I haven't got the time or background knowledge to build a real model, but if I was going to I'd start with Tilly and Scott and Weber at the foundation and ask what purpose this really serves. Knowledge is power, is it not? Power is needed for protection (in the Tillian sense), is it not? After that I'd go to Orwell like everyone already is, but not the dystopian cliches. Remember in 1984 that Winston Smith was pretty much the only one in society bothered by Big Brother. (Probably not, if you've read your Timur Kuran, but as far as Smith could tell he nearly enough was.) Everybody else just got on with it. The proles sang their songs and read their magazines. Sure, Julia was a bit inconvenienced by the whole thing, but it's not like she really had principles.

Now think about Havel. Now think about samizdat. Is information so easily controllable? Can the state not oppress on the basis of allegation, innuendo, or missing data? Can the citizenry not resist simply by living? Does the state need all information to "keep the locals in line" or just a vague threat -- the vaguer the better? Corey Robin addresses this and gives a precis of his book on the politics of fear. Stalin didn't have Bukharin's metadata... just the ability to credibly say "we know where your kids are". That hasn't changed. Yglesias is right: the biggest thing to fear from the surveillance state isn't the state, per se. But that's a micro story, and micro stories can dictate macro policies.

The U.S. public is not concerned about this. To the extent they are it's for partisan reasons, not out of principle. Note that this is not new. Note that, so far, it appears that these programs are legal at least in broad terms. Intellectuals are more concerned that the median pollee, as they should be, since they are much more likely to be targeted than a randomly-selected person. (If I was Glenn Greenwald I'd go back to snail mail and pay phones for a good long while.) But so? Democratic politics does not guarantee puppies and roses. As we debate whether or not this is constitutional we should remember that James Buchanon's insights do not only apply to economic policy. We should also remember that politicians and celebrities have been subject to heavier levels of scrutiny than this for as long as there has been human society.

Data, even metadata, can be used for ill. (Or good, as the case may be, since the 21st century version of Paul Revere is probably someone Healy wouldn't meet for a beer at Ye Olde Tavern. Possibly this isn't what Healy's driving at.) But let's not get carried away. The U.S. government is sophisticated in many ways, but this program has only $20mn in funding. Let's say they spend $5mn of that on high-powered computers (that's probably less than what the supercomputer I ran a bunch of my dissertation on cost), and the rest on twenty-somethings making $200k/year each (as Snowden apparently did). That's 75 guys trying to make sense of the 2.5 quintillion bytes of data created each day. Good luck with that. (No I don't believe only $20mn was funneled into this. Not for a moment do I believe that. But I'm not sure how much $20bn could really do absent some good old fashioned police work.)

So after you've read the Spufford (or even before) you might want to read some of the discussion at Crooked Timber on the book. See especially this wonderclass by Shalizi which has as much to say about social science theory and methods as it does about historical political systems or the contemporary political economy of the surveillance state or novels. The key question is Shalizi's first one: what is being optimized?

Then recall that Hayek's slippery slope is a logical fallacy to which the historical record is not kind. Should we be less concerned? Probably depends on how concerned you were in the first place... anonymity is a myth.

Remember too that the government oppresses and kills and makes terrible decisions when it doesn't have good intelligence. Given that, is the expected utility of (American or other) society better or worse with PRISM or without it? Apparently this program stopped one or more attacks at the London Olympics. What would the cost of those attacks have been? Was preventing them worth $20mn dollars plus some false positives? (The TSA spends $6.5 billion a year and probably gets almost nothing for it.) Could PRISM have stopped Nidal Hasan had it been better-implemented? If it could have, would it be worth it? We are quite literally behind the veil of ignorance at the moment (just a bit less in the wake of Snowden's leaks), but if we take engaged citzenry to be a desirable normative end in itself we need to put our Bayesian caps on now and start updating our priors.

What tail event has a greater probability: that this program is abused in such a way that it devastates liberal society, or that it prevents a significant attack the fallout from which would devastate the same society?

In the end the biggest repercussions of NSA spying might be felt in the US-EU trade negotiations.

Nevertheless, I oppose PRISM and related programs very strongly. I do so because I am not risk-averse.

I believe this is the most Cowen-esque thing I've ever written. I also believe that every link in this post is worth clicking on.
This is our new house....deposit paid, completion in April.

Ok, ok, so it's been a while since I last posted!!
So many things have happened since December 2006!
Our 2nd house, as pictured previouly fell through :o( The seller decided he couldn't wait for our re-mortgage to come through and took the house off the market. I can't describe how dissapointed I felt (and still do).
On December 22nd I had the worst work day of my life, having to have Police intervention about 6 times and the Fire Service called twice. The final straw was having a brick thrown at me through a window. Consequently I decided I needed some time off work. Upon arriving home I discovered my sister-in-law unconscious on her livingroom floor, having had a massive stroke the previous evening (she lives about 100 metres away, at the end of our avenue). So Christmas was an emotional rollercoaster ride for myself and Erika. It was touch and go as to whether her sister would survive the first few days.
After many varied emotions Erika and I decided to spend a couple of days in the Lake District on January 1st and 2nd which did us the world of good. Erika returned to work on January 4th in a different roll and I returned on January 25th.
Since then we've returned to Hungary to search for another house, which we found, by accident, on Monday of this week. It's only 10 years old and is in a fantastic position for our needs, being only 12 miles from our intended work place in Eger and ideal for renting out to tourists during Spring, Summer and Autumn. We go back in April for a holiday and our plans are still on track to emigrate in September.

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          Court remands 4 illegal miners   
A Cape Coast Circuit Court has remanded four persons into Police custody for engaging in illegal mining, popularly known as ‘galamsey,’ on the Offin river at Akwaboso, a suburb of Dunkwa-on-Offin.
          Aziz Senni: «Nos quartiers sont des poudrières»    

Azizsenni-portraitLa France est-elle menacée par des émeutes comme celles qui ont secoué l’Angleterre ? Aziz Senni est entrepreneur, fondateur de Business angels des cités (, le premier fonds d’investissement dédié au développement économique des banlieues. Auteur de L’ascenceur social est en panne... j’ai pris l’escalier (éditions de l’Archipel, 2005), il analyse les risques d’explosion des ghettos français.

Vous dites que la France n’est pas à l’abri d’une déflagration sociale du même ordre que celle qui a frappé l’Angleterre, pourquoi?

Plus de six ans après les révoltes de 2005, rien n’a changé. Le Plan Marshall pour les banlieues de 2007 est devenu le Plan banlieue puis le Plan espoir banlieue puis la Dynamique espoir banlieue puis en 2011 s’est réduit à… rien du tout. Nos quartiers sont des poudrières sociales et économiques. Des cocottes-minute. Tous les responsables associatifs disent la même chose, sur le terrain, ça grogne fort. Les banlieues ont toujours été un miroir grossissant des maux de la société française. Quand le chômage repart, il est multiplié par cinq dans les quartiers : il atteint 45% à certains endroits !

Voyez-vous le risque d’une contagion immédiate?

Nous sommes en pleine période estivale et de ramadan, les banlieues sont très calmes en ce moment. Mais les jeunes Français regardent ce qui se passe à Londres.

Quel pourrait être l’élément déclencheur?

Regardons ce qui s’est passé les fois précédentes. C’est toujours le même scénario. Les émeutes françaises de 2005 avaient démarré par la mort de deux adolescents électrocutés alors qu’ils étaient poursuivis par la police. En Angleterre, la révolte a éclaté après la mort d’un jeune noir tué par la police pour des raisons pas encore déterminées.

Les émeutes britanniques semblent avoir une composante raciale: des afro Caribéens s’en prennent aux blancs, mais également aux commerces des Pakistanais et des Turcs. Ce risque existe-t-il en France?

Le communautarisme est l’une des spécificités de la société anglaise. Cette organisation a des bons côtés mais le revers de la médaille, c’est les blacks qui vont casser les vitrines des Pakis. Dans les banlieues françaises, c’est plutôt blacks-blancs-beurs ensemble contre le système. Les révoltés français s’attaquent moins aux commerces de proximité qu’aux institutions, aux symboles du monde dont ils sont exclus. Les jeunes Anglais qui cassent les vitrines et remplissent leurs sacs sont très représentatifs d’une forme de consumérisme à l’anglo-saxonne. En 2005, à Clichy-sous-Bois, nous n’avons pas vu de jeunes partant avec un LCD sous le bras après avoir cassé une vitrine.

D’après un sondage de l’agence YouGov pour The Sun, 5 % des Britanniques désignent le chômage comme la cause principale des émeutes. 42 % estimant qu’elles ressortent de comportements criminels, comment analysez-vous ces chiffres?

Je comprends à travers ces chiffres que 58% pensent que les raisons de ces émeutes ne sont pas des raisons criminelles. BOn ne peut que condamner la violence employée par les émeutiers et il est effectivement nécessaire de ramener le calme rapidement. Il y a lieu d’apporter en premier une réponse de sécurité à l’ensemble des habitants spectateurs de ces émeutes Cependant, pour reprendre les propos du sociologue Matthiew Graham, «réduire les émeutiers à des simples criminels est la réponse la plus stupides que les médias ont trouvé». Dans ce type d’émeute on ne peut pas nier qu’il y ait des casseurs qui n’ont pour but que de piller les vitrines cassées. Mais jJe suis de ceux qui pensent qu’il n’y a pas de hasard : pourquoi le profil des émeutiers est-il toujours le même : issus d’un milieu pauvre, de quartiers frappés par la misère économique et sociale ? Pourquoi ces émeutes arrivent-elles maintenant, dans un cadre économique global de crise financière et boursière? Et après le printemps arabe, les manifestations portugaises, les Indignés espagnols, les protestations dures en Grèce ? Il existe une tentation politique de réduire ces événements à de «simples» actions criminelles : il est plus facile d’envoyer l’armée (proposition du 1er Ministre anglais qui nous rappelle le couvre-feu qu’avait instauré Dominique de Villepin en 2005) que de faire baisser le chômage et d’accroître l’éducation dans ces zones défavorisées. La bonne attitude serait à mon sens que la police ramène rapidement le calme en sécurisant les rues et qu’en même temps le gouvernement démontre que le message socio-économique a été entendu en mettant en place une cellule de crise composée des représentants du Ministère de l’Economie et du Ministère de l’Education.

Les trafics et les bandes existent. En France, la police ne pourrait plus entrer dans certains quartiers tenus par des trafiquants de drogue.Quelle réponse apporter à ce type de situation?

Il existe de nombreux quartiers où la police et même certains habitants ne peuvent plus entrer tranquillement. La plus grande fermeté doit être appliquée à l’égard de cette minorité qui pourrit clairement la vie et l’image de nos quartiers. Mais la seule réponse répressive, nécessaire et utile, ne serait que courtermiste. Si notre pays veut que ces territoires - que je qualifie de quartiers émergents - où vivent aujourd’hui 6 millions de nos compatriotes (10% de la population nationale), se développent et rattrapent leur retard socio-économico-culturel, il est important d’avoir une vision à long terme. Or, quelle que soit la couleur politique du gouvernement, cette vision n’a jamais été développée. Les réponses sont pourtant connues : des emplois et de l’éducation, des fiches de paie et des écoles, des collèges, des lycées adaptés et de qualité. La République n’est-ce la protection des faibles et donné plus à ceux qui ont moins ? Selon l’Insee, 25% des naissances se produisent aujourd’hui dans les 751 zones urbaines sensibles: il y a là un enjeu majeur pour l’avenir de notre pays. « Gouverner c’est prévoir » : espérons que nos dirigeants politiques deviennent de véritables gouvernants

Ces événements ne risquent-ils pas de faire le lit de l’extrême-droite?

Qu’un terroriste blond aux yeux bleus ait tiré dans le tas en Norvège pour protester contre le multiculturalisme, donne à réfléchir. En France aussi, le discours politique actuel alimente largement les fantasmes. Et pas uniquement à l’extrême-droite. Il y a une extrême porosité entre l’extrême-droite et la droite «ultra» menée par le collectif de la Droite populaire au sein l’UMP. La détresse sociale se nourrit de ce terreau mais aussi du contexte économique avec une Europe dans la panade, la crise financière, les bourses qui s’effondrent et le chômage qui repart à la hausse.

Que faudrait-il faire pour éviter de nouvelles émeutes?

Je suis très inquiet de voir qu’aux cris de détresse économique et sociale, le gouvernement répond exclusivement par un discours sécuritaire et des coups de matraque. J’ai lu sur Twitter que Claude Guéant (le ministre de l’Intérieur, ndlr), avait réuni les préfets d’Ile-de-France pour anticiper une éventuelle contagion à la France des émeutes anglaises (le ministère de l’Intérieur dément, ndlr). Pour régler «le» problème des banlieues, les ministères successifs ont commandé de nombreux rapports qui, globalement, reprennent deux axes vitaux et prioritaires : l’emploi et la formation, et l’éducation. Je trouve dommage que le ministre de l’Intérieur n’ait pas jugé utile de réunir aussi d’urgence, au côté des préfets, une cellule de crise composée de responsables des ministères de l’Economie et de l’Education nationale.Pour un Grenelle des banlieues il nous faudra manifestement encore attendre … attendre quoi ?

          Une caserne pour les musulmans du XVIIIe arrondissement de Paris?    

RTXVTND_Comp C’est un immense hangar, près de la porte des Poissonniers, à la frontière nord du XVIII arrondissement de Paris, entre le boulevard Ney et le périphérique, à l'angle de la rue Jean-Cocteau et de l’avenue de la porte des Poissonniers.

D’après des informations recueillies par Libération, la préfecture de police (PP) de Paris envisage d’y loger les musulmans qui prient, chaque vendredi, rue Myrha et rue Polonceau.

Hier, Hamza Salah, le recteur de la mosquée de la rue Myrha, a visité les lieux en compagnie de représentants de la PP et du ministère de l’Intérieur.

Moussa Diakité, recteur de la mosquée de la rue Polonceau a fait de même, il y a quelques jours. «Depuis plusieurs mois, la préfecture cherche des locaux permettant de résoudre le problème des prières de rue», affirme Daniel Vaillant, le maire PS du XVIIIe arrondissement.

Marine Le Pen en ayant fait un argument de campagne, le gouvernement veut y apporter une solution. Il y a un mois environ, la préfecture de Paris a découvert l’existence de ce site, propriété du ministère de la Défense. Une partie des bâtiments est utilisée par l’association Adoma pour loger des sans-abri.

L’autre, d’une surface de près de 1 500 m, est inoccupée depuis deux ans et sans affectation, pour l’instant. D’où l’idée d’y faire cohabiter les musulmans maghrébins de la mosquée de la rue Myrha et subsahariens de la rue Polonceau.

Dans quelles conditions ? «Il semblerait que les autorités se soient mises d’accord pour pour ouvrir des lieux de culte provisoires afin d’éviter prière dans la rue. Mais est-ce que cela va se faire sur les deniers publics?» interroge Daniel Vaillant.

La loi de 1905 interdisant à l’Etat de financer les cultes, il ne peut mettre les lieux gracieusement à la disposition des fidèles de l’islam. Une convention d’occupation précaire devrait être signée entre les deux parties, les associations musulmanes payant un loyer. Sur quelle base sera-t-il calculé, sachant que ces locaux ne seraient utilisés que quelques heures par semaine ? Les services fiscaux feraient chauffer les calculettes.

Les travaux de mise aux normes de sécurité (électricité, chauffage) seraient effectués par l’Etat et répercutés sous forme de loyer complémentaire.

Autre question : qui paiera les frais de fonctionnement (gardiennage ou chauffage) ?

Enfin, les musulmans sont-ils prêts à financer les travaux nécessaires pour transformer un hangar en lieu de culte ? D’après un spécialiste du dossier, le coût de ces aménagements – dont des salles d’ablutions – pourrait se monter à près de 180 000 euros. Trop cher ? La question se pose d’autant plus que l’utilisation de ces locaux serait provisoire. Ces lieux sont destinés, en effet, à être vendus.

La mairie de Paris construit dans le quartier de la Goutte d’or, où se trouvent les rues Myrha et Polonceau, un Institut des cultures d’islam comprenant deux salles de prière d’une capacité de 1000 personnes environ chacune selon Daniel Vaillant. Pas beaucoup plus que les capacités d’accueil actuelles des locaux existants.

Ces deux salles seraient revendues aux associations musulmanes. Montant de la facture : »de l’ordre de 6 à 7 millions d’euros«, précise le maire du XVIIIe. »Il n’est pas question que la ville en fasse cadeau«, ajoute-t-il.

Daniel Vaillant veut croire que ce dernier projet résoudra définitivement le problème des prières de rue. Pas sûr, puisque certains musulmans, dont  Hamza Salah, le recteur de la mosquée de la rue Myrha, refusent de s’y associer, par crainte de perdre leur indépendance en passant sous les fourches caudines de la mairie de Paris.

          Bank robbery in Lansing; Police looking for suspect   
The suspect was given money and fled on foot last week walking West.
          ‘Duty to Act’ walk to support law that requires action to prevent injury or harm   
Hours later the business partner took to Facebook asking if anyone had seen him. It ended up being Brandon's sister who called the police.
          Graduate enlistment not curtailed – Police   
The Ghana Police Service has announced to the public that its enlistment programme for graduates who wish to join the law enforcement body has not been halted.
          8000 Police officers to be recruited before end of year - Dery   
The Ministry of the Interior as part of efforts to transform the police force in the country will this year recruit an unprecedented 8000 officers into the service.
          Carmel Mayor Crashes City Vehicle...Again   
The Indianapolis Star reports:
[Carmel} Mayor Jim Brainard crashed his city-provided 2017 Ford Fusion hybrid into another motorist last month, IndyStar has learned. 
No one was injured or cited in the crash, although the driver of the vehicle Brainard hit faces a charge for driving without a license. 
Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard
Brainard was driving northbound on 3rd Avenue SW around 2 p.m. April 20 when he crossed the center line along the curve north of Carmel Drive, according to the Carmel Police Department report. Jose Guzman Uribe, 36, Indianapolis, was driving southbound in a 2006 Chevy Silverado hauling a trailer for his lawn-mowing business. Brainard crashed into the trailer. 
The mayor told police he was feeling fatigued before he crossed the center line, according to the report. 
[Carmel Spokeswoman Nancy Heck] said city employees are required to submit to a drug and alcohol screen in crashes while driving city vehicles, if there is injury or a vehicle was towed. Brainard's car was towed, but Heck said elected officials are exempt from the rule. She said the responding officer can choose to administer a test if he or she feels it's warranted. Lt. Joe Bickel, Carmel Police Department's public information officer, said it is up to the officer at the scene to decide whether to conduct a sobriety test or cite a motorist involved in a crash. In this case, the officer didn't think either was warranted.

It's not Brainard's first crash in a city-provided vehicle. In November 2002, he T-boned a school bus in a 2002 Mercury Mountaineer, while attempting to turn left on 99th Street to Westfield Boulevard. No one was injured, but both vehicles were damaged.
I have questions. First, why did it take more than a month for this accident to be publicly reported? Usually, newspapers monitor public records but maybe it was just missed.  Second, while I take the police at their word that there was no cause for a sobriety test, the fact is Brainard admitted crossing the center line which is plenty of cause to be ticketed for that offense.

By the way, the article also detail the shockingly high cost of the leased vehicle Brainard wrecked, an angle that is worthy of its own story.
          Turkish President's Bodyguards Beat Peaceful Protesters in Washington, DC   
The Wall Street Journal reports;
WASHINGTON—Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s security team was accused Wednesday of taking part in an unprovoked attack on protesters in the U.S. capital, marring a Washington visit for the second year in a row. 
District of Columbia police have joined the Secret Service and State Department in an investigation of what Police Chief Peter Newsham said appeared to be an unprovoked and “brutal attack on peaceful protesters” that sent nine people to the hospital on Tuesday. One police officer and two members of the Secret Service were also injured in the clashes, according to the police and a U.S. official. 

The attacks were captured on video and shared widely on social media, drawing denunciations from the State Department, U.S. lawmakers, the city’s mayor, and the police chief. 
“This is the United States of America,” U.S. Sen. John McCain, (R., Ariz.), said on Twitter. “We do not do this here. There is no excuse for this thuggish behavior.”
According to protesters and video showing the attacks, a few dozen demonstrators marched to the Turkish ambassador’s residence, where Mr. Erdogan was speaking, to protest his first official visit to Washington to meet President Donald Trump at the White House on Tuesday. 
The demonstrators included a mix of people opposed to Mr. Erdogan’s crackdown on opposition lawmakers, journalists, diplomats and military officers. They were met by a group of Erdogan supporters, District of Columbia police and members of the Turkish president’s security detail. 
The Turkish Embassy cast the demonstrators as terrorist sympathizers of Kurdish separatists known as the PKK who were “aggressively provoking Turkish-American citizens who had peacefully assembled” to support Mr. Erdogan. The Erdogan supporters “responded in self-defense,” leaving one seriously injured, the Embassy said. 
“The violence and injuries were the result of this unpermitted, provocative demonstration,” the Embassy said. “We hope that, in the future, appropriate measure will be taken to ensure that similar provocative actions causing harm and violence do not occur.”
Former President Barack Obama refused to meet with Erdogan who has jailed journalists and suppressed civil liberties in a crackdown on political opponents following a coup attempt.  President Trump, however, has praised the Turkey strongman who since has assumed dictatorial powers. President Trump offered no criticism of the beatings of peaceful protesters.  The State Department, however, told reporters that it was communicating corn about the incident to the Turkish government "in the strongest possible terms" and that {v]iolence is never an appropriate response to free speech."

          N.H. Gun Maker Sued By State of New Jersey Over Defective Guns   
Newington-based gun manufacturer Sig Sauer is being sued by the State of New Jersey over claims it breached a contract with their State Police.
          How Do N.H. Police Decide To Shoot - Or Not Shoot - When Facing Armed, Ill, Or Addicted People?   
When police in New Hampshire use deadly force, it’s most likely on someone who is armed, intoxicated and often severely mentally ill. That’s according to an NHPR review of police shootings in the state over nearly two decades. So how do police make a decision to shoot or not shoot when they know the person they’re pointing a gun at is suicidal, psychotic or intoxicated?
          N.H. State Police Saw Surge In Gun Sale Background Checks In 2016   
New Hampshire saw a surge in the demand for gun sale background checks in 2016. State police report administering 59,592 gun sale background checks last year. That marks a 19 percent increase from the 50,034 background checks the department conducted in 2015. State police conducted 42,650 background checks in 2014. In New Hampshire, all gun sale background checks are administered by the State Police. Sgt. Michael McQuade says of the 59,592 background checks last year, 591 led to a denial of sale. It’s not clear what impact the surge in background checks had on the department in terms of the time it takes to conduct them. “We do not keep statistics on the time allocated or resources impacted regarding gun sales," McQuade said. New Hampshire wasn’t the only state to see a surge in interest in gun sales last year. Connecticut saw a 73 percent increase in the number of pistol permits issued in the state last year.
          N.H. Senate Passes Concealed Carry Gun Bill   
The New Hampshire Senate has voted on party lines to allow people to carry a concealed weapon without a permit. With Republicans leaders and Governor Chris Sununu favoring the bill, it’s expected to become law. Similar bills have cleared the GOP-controlled legislatures in the past but have been vetoed by Democratic governors. With Governor Sununu promising to sign this bill, Republicans are moving fast. Senate majority leader Jeb Bradley is the bill's lead sponsor. “We are talking about law abiding citizens being able to protect themselves. We are not talking about criminals. This is not radical, this is not ideological -- this is practical.” Democrats say current law, which allows people to carry guns openly but grants local police chiefs the power to decide if an applicant for a concealed permit is “suitable,” strikes the right balance. Vermont and Maine already allow people to carry a concealed weapon without a permit. Vermont never required one; Maine lifted its requirement in 2015
          Police: 11-Year-Old Somersworth Student Brought Loaded Gun to School   
Police in Somersworth, New Hampshire, say an 11-year-old brought a loaded gun to school. Police say there's no evidence the gun was used or was intended to be used in any threatening manner at Somersworth Middle School on Wednesday. It's not clear where the student got the firearm from. No one was hurt. The Somersworth Police Department's juvenile division was handling the investigation.
          1.04.17: When Fake Guns Kill, Teaching Tolerance, & The Bookshelf   
A team of reporters tracking police shootings discovered an alarming trend - people brandishing phony weapons getting shot in confrontations with cops. Today, we'll learn about real fatalities with fake guns and why the pro-gun lobby is protecting the right to bear imitation arms. Also today, a New Hampshire high school confronts stereotypes and the national spike in hate crimes by asking refugee students to talk about their lives and cultures.
          Woman found dead in residential pool in Prosser   
PROSSER, Wash. (AP) -- Police are investigating the death of a 63-year-old woman who was found in a backyard pool in southeast Washington....
          Statuts Facebook (highlights)   

"[...] tout individu qui écrit pour la renommée n'est pas digne, aux yeux d'un poète, d'être admis comme mouchard dans une préfecture de police bien tenue."
(Villiers de l'Isle-Adam dans une lettre à Mallarmé, 1866)


"C'est trop singulier que personne ne soit jamais là quand on m'attaque. Toujours des alibis : donc c'est un complot donc tous sont complices !"
(August Strindberg, Inferno, 1896)


Il nous faut des berceuses. 
(L'infinie douceur de ces timbres...)


"Comment [l’amour] a-t-il pu te percer le cœur puisqu’aucune plaie n’est visible de l’extérieur ? Dis-le moi ! Je veux le savoir ! Comment a-t-il pu te transpercer ? — Par l’œil. — Par l’œil ? Et il ne l’a pas crevé ? — L’œil n’a pas été blessé mais le cœur l’a été grièvement. — Explique-moi comment la flèche a pu passer par l’œil sans le blesser et l’abîmer ! […] L’explication est pourtant simple : l’œil n’a aucun souci d’attention et il ne peut rien faire par lui-même. Il n’est que le miroir du cœur ; c’est par ce miroir que passe, sans le blesser ni l’abîmer, l’image sensible dont le cœur est épris. Le cœur est en effet placé dans la poitrine à la même place que la chandelle allumée dans une lanterne. Si on ôte la chandelle, aucune lumière ne peut émaner de la lanterne ; mais tant que dure la chandelle, la lanterne ignore l’obscurité et la flamme qui y brille ne l’abîme ni ne la détériore."

(Chrétien de Troyes, Cligès ou la Fausse Morte, 1176)


"À l'exemple des saints prophètes, les sages et les savants ont aussi inventé par leur savoir-faire humain de nombreux instruments afin de pouvoir chanter selon la joie de leur âme. Ils adaptaient leur chant à la flexion des doigts pour se rappeler qu'Adam fut créé par le doigt de Dieu."
(Hildegard von Bingen)


Rencontré un jeune peintre japonais qui m'apprend que le mot français le mieux rentré dans sa langue est "nuance" (prononcé "nu-an-seu"). Ce n'est pas tant qu'il comblait un vide, m'explique-t-il (tu m'étonnes), mais son chic s'est imposé.


[10 avril] Sinon j'ai assisté hier au début du meeting de Chonchon mais sous le cagnard qu'il y avait c'était assez pénible et quand il a tonné, homérique, "NOUS SOMMES L'AURORE AUX DOIGTS DE ROSE", bouleversé par tant de lyrisme à la fois grec et nord-coréen, je suis plutôt parti me prendre une bière à l'ombre.


Mettre à profit ses promenades. (György Ligeti, "Entre science, musique et politique", 2001)


Je me souviens : la première fois que j'ai lu ces mots [d'Edgar Poe], je me suis senti comme Moïse découvrant les tables de la loi :
"...admettre comme principe primitif et inné de l’action humaine un je ne sais quoi paradoxal, que nous nommerons perversité, faute d’un terme plus caractéristique. Dans le sens que j’y attache, c’est, en réalité, un mobile sans motif, un motif non motivé. Sous son influence, nous agissons sans but intelligible ; ou, si cela apparaît comme une contradiction dans les termes, nous pouvons modifier la proposition jusqu’à dire que, sous son influence, nous agissons par la raison que nous ne le devrions pas. En théorie, il ne peut pas y avoir de raison plus déraisonnable ; mais, en fait, il n’y en a pas de plus forte. Pour certains esprits, dans de certaines conditions, elle devient absolument irrésistible."


Très beau (et savoureux) portrait du claveciniste, réalisé deux mois avant sa mort (du sida, à l'âge de 38 ans, en France, où il était un étranger en situation irrégulière : encore un clochard céleste...)


"Ainsi, dans les petites choses, il était un sadique envers lui-même, donc un masochiste, autrement dit le plus tendre, le meilleur et le plus secourable des hommes." 
(Freud, à propos de Dostoïevski)

          Seattle council hears from public about fatal shooting   
SEATTLE (AP) -- Seattle residents and family members of Charleena Lyles demanded change from Seattle city officials during a public hearing about her fatal shooting by police earlier this month....
          A Ukrainian officer killed in a car bomb was reportedly...   

The Ukrainian military officer who was killed in a car bomb Tuesday was investigating Russia's involvement in the war in eastern Ukraine, Ukrainian news outlet reported on Tuesday. Col. Maxim Shapoval was driving a Mercedes Benz in Kiev when a bomb planted under the vehicle exploded, killing him instantly, according to Kiev police.

          Passenger Throws Coins Into Plane Engine for 'Good Luck'   
Chucking a handful of coins into a jet engine is no way to guarantee that fortune will smile on your flight, an elderly passenger at Shanghai Pudong International Airport discovered Tuesday. Police say the 80-year-old woman threw coins into the engine "for good luck" as she prepared to board the...
          Booktown #11 - A Just Clause    

Wow -- two Booktown books within a week? Go figure. But it's true, A Just Clause is out on Tuesday.

Tricia Miles, mystery bookstore owner and amateur sleuth, is in for a surprise when her ne’er-do-well father, John, comes to town—and promptly becomes a prime suspect in the murder of a woman with her own scandalous past. Even Tricia’s faith in the old man is shaken when the Stoneham police break the news that her father is a known con man who has done jail time. From merlot to murder, Tricia is determined to clear the family name before another body shows up and ruins Stoneham’s first—and highly anticipated—wine and jazz festival.

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          YouTube Stunt Ends With Teen Killing Boyfriend: Cops   
A Minnesota teen is charged with manslaughter after what police say was a YouTube stunt gone fatally wrong. Monalisa Perez, 19, told authorities she was making a video with boyfriend Pedro Ruiz III, 22, outside their home Monday night that involved her shooting a book Ruiz was holding to his...
          Personal Support Worker- Massey - Neural Rehabilitation Group - Massey, ON   
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          Teenager shot by police at Reno high school: Lessons to learn   

Teenager shot by police at Reno high school. Some lessons we can learn from the videos of this incident.

The post Teenager shot by police at Reno high school: Lessons to learn appeared first on Wim Demeere's Blog.

          Comment on Maersk contains cyber attack, other lines hit by Lee Williamson   
This was not a targeted attack at Maersk alone, lets not fool anyone to try and generate hype and headlines. It was a Cyber accident waiting to happen. Simply by not taking precautions such as patching updates provided by Microsoft could lead to this and many more organizations across many industries were effected yesterday, today and last month by wannacry. By deploying patches in a timely manner, using technologies which combat zero day threats like ransomware which have been commercially available for over two years would have reduced the threat and therein the risk The need to combine technology, with education, polices, procedures not just on an IT level but business level is needed to reduce the threat. If you aren't aware of a risk or how threats combined could effect your operations, how can you expect to mitigate them or be ready to recover in a planned timely manner?
          200 German Police Officers Relieved From Duty After Having Massive Orgy In Public   
          Re: Durban, South Africa danger warning.   
O.M.G!!! Are you kidding me??? No wonder I fear Nigerians so much! I know i'm wrong by generalising, BUT! then again better to generalise THAN! Be sorry or even worse DEAD! You never hear ANY! Good things about them over hear in South Africa, other than "sex" of which is kind of played out if you ask me. I'm so glad you are alive and hopefully well, trust me when I say GOD was with you that dreadful night, you could've been MURDERED! Like my cousin, it pains me to share this but what the hell?
she was married to a nigerian who wore a mask of a "God Fearing Pastor" after a few years all hell broke loose, she was brainwashed into turning her back against us HER family, she ended up selling and using drugs, running the streets of HILLBROW! (infamous inner part of JHB) she would run away when she saw us with police and hopped from one building to the other. When she was about 3 months pregnant, she tried leaving her Nigerian husband (we were told by her drug using friends)
She was chopped and placed into a rubbish bag tucked in a sports bag!!! With a written NOTE! Written along these lines..."she had it coming, no Whore messes with me and my stuff and lives to tell the tale". To make matters worst the gruesome bag was delivered at my late Grandmother's door step!!! She suffered from a mild-stroke, that's what the doctors told us, and she never recovered since. To some this might sound fictional BUT! It's all TRUE it happened to my family and this is the exact reason I fear NOT! hate Nigerians. Sorry...
          Eltern haften für ihre Kinder   
Wir haben heute Katharina besucht.
Katharina ist Single. Ansonsten ist sie vor allem groß, blond, blauäugig, unverschämt langbeinig, sportlich, gebildet und lustig. Nach dem Einfall der Hottentotten ( aka. meiner Kinder und mir) war sie aber irgendwie nicht mehr ganz so lustig wie sonst, denn wir haben ihr nagelneues Cordsofa zerstört.
In den ersten 5 Minuten.

Hingebungsvoll hatte mein damals 2-jähriger Sohn seinen frisch gepressten Orangensaft in das niegelnagelneue Cordsofa einmassiert, während Katharina mir ihre neue, frisch renovierte Wohnung in Hamburg-Eppendorf vorführte und meine Tochter (11 Monate alt) die glitzernde Weihnachtsdeko über dem Kamin aufaß.

Zunächst durchgoogleten wir hektisch das Internet nach SOS-Orangenfleckentfernung.
Hier ein kurzer Auszug aus unseren Recherchen: So entfernt man O-Saft und
Orangensaft, der "Fleck der Woche" bei
Nichts half.

Die Ersatzstrategie, nämlich alle bekannten Schwiegermütter dieser Welt anzurufen, war ebenso einseitig wie erfolglos. Populärster Tipp: "Tupfen! Nicht reiben, Kinder!"
Der Call-Center-Mitarbeiter der Hotline des Sofa-Herstellers war auch nach ca. 45 Minuten keine Hilfe, also gaben wir auf und mein letztes Telefonat galt meiner privaten Haftpflichtversicherung.
Sehr nett am Telefon.

Vorläufiges Fazit:
Cord-Textilien und Kinder sind natürliche Feinde. Mit Orangensaft bewaffnet trägt das Kind klar den Sieg nach Hause.

Da stellt sich die juristische Frage, wie und für was haften Eltern, wenn ihre Kinder was kaputt gemacht haben und wann zahlt die Versicherung den Schaden?

Haften Eltern für Katharinas Sofa? Haften sie, wenn die eigene Brut Häuser anzündet, Garagen in die Luft sprengt, Gärten verwüstet, mit dem Bobbycar gegen parkende Autos donnert oder den Spielzeugbagger des Sandkasten-Nun-Ex-Freundes vorsätzlich zertrampelt?Die Beispiele sind leider nicht frei erfunden.
Nein. Eltern haften nicht für ihre Kinder. Nicht immer zumindest.

Darauf wies ich Katharina erstmal hin und setzte zu einem kleinen, juristischen Vortrag an. Fand' sie kacke. Komisch. Aber Blogs sind geduldig, darum gebe ich hier zum Besten, wie das eigentlich ist und was man tun muss, wenn das eigene Kind etwas kaputt gemacht hat und wie man so einen Schaden bei der Versicherung meldet.

§ 828 BGB hilft insofern weiter, als er erstmal feststellt, dass Kinder unter 7 Jahren generell nicht haftbar gemacht werden können für das was sie tun.
Wenn Minderjährige etwas im oder mit dem Straßenverkehr anstellen, haften sie sogar nicht bis sie 10 Jahre alt sind, außer sie machen es mit vollster Absicht. Das nennt man dann Vorsatz.

Kinder zwischen 7 und 18 Jahren sind auch dann nicht haftbar, wenn sie einfach noch nicht reif genug sind, um die Folgen ihres jeweiligen Handelns zu erkennen. Dies hat (zunächst!) zur Folge, dass Eltern auch nicht für ihr Kind haften.

Beispiel: Ein 9-jähriger kann erkennen, dass ein brennendes Streichholz in einem Heuhaufen verheerende Folgen haben kann. Ein 11-jähriger kennt die Folgen des Downloads von Klingeltönen und eventuellen Abos aber nicht unbedingt, dessen Eltern aber müssen sie kennen, wenn sie ihm ein Handy zur freien Verfügung stellen.
Anders ausgedrückt: 
"Wenn Kinder rechtlich nicht verantwortlich sind, dann gibt es auch nichts, für das Eltern einstehen bzw. haften müssten."

Das hätte ich Katharina ja frei von der Leber weg vortragen können, dann meine Kindlein einpacken und selbstzufrieden mach Hause reisen können. Mein Sohn ist schließlich erst Drei und zeigt nicht mal die Spur eines schlechten Gewissens, wenn er Textilien untrennbar mit Lebensmitteln vereint.

Aber das macht man ja nicht! Eltern hätten ziemlich schnell gar keine Freunde mehr. Also bezahlt man den Schaden, um die Freundschaft nicht zu gefährden. 

Ich sehe unseren Schuldenberg ins Unermessliche wachsen, wenn das so weitergeht. Das kann's irgendwie nicht sein, oder?

DAS haben sich auch die Versicherer gedacht und es gibt Rettung vor dem finanziellen Ruin durch zerstörerische Kinderpfoten:
Die private Haftpflichtversicherung! 
Aus diesem Grund ist man nämlich (tunlichst!) haftpflichtversichert.

Allerdings lauern hier ein paar rechtliche Fallstricke. Wenn man die nicht beachtet, dann zahlt auch die Versicherung nichts.

Eine Haftpflichtversicherung muss nämlich nur dann für uns einstehen, wenn wir für einen Schaden "haften", wie der Name schon sagt. 
Wenn ein Schaden "so oder so" eingetreten wäre, ohne dass ich es hätte verhindern können, dann muss auch die Haftpflichtversicherung nicht für mich haften. Folglich gibt es auch keine Kohle von der Versicherung wenn das Kind nicht haftbar gemacht werden kann, zum Beispiel weil es unter 7 Jahre alt ist.

Also doch keine Rettung und einen Kredit aufnehmen für all die zukünftig zerschossenen Scheiben?

Nein, denn wir haben etwas Wichtiges vergessen, nämlich unsere Pflicht als Eltern unsere Kinder zu beaufsichtigen!
Eltern haben eine Aufsichtspflicht für ihre Kinder und das steht ebenfalls im Gesetz in 832 BGB

Wenn wir dieser Pflicht nicht nachkommen, dann haben wir als Eltern eine Pflicht verletzt und für diese Pflichtverletzung tritt unsere Privathaftpflichtversicherung dann ein und bezahlt den Schaden, den wir Rabeneltern angerichtet haben.
Katharina und ich sind munter durch die Wohnung gewandert und ließen einen Dreijährigen im Wohnzimmer mit einem Looping-Strohhalm, Orangensaft und einem 3000-Euro-Sofa alleine.
DAS ist eine fiese Verletzung der Aufsichtspflicht!

Das Fazit also:

Grundsätzlich sind Kinder in der Haftpflichtversicherung der Eltern mitversichert in sog. Familientarifen. Das ist aber etwas missverständlich, weil es nicht bedeutet, dass sie immer bezahlen muss, wenn kleine Leute großen Schaden anrichten.

Die Versicherung zahlt in der Regel nicht, wenn ein deliktfähiges Kind (über 7) einen Schaden vorsätzlich herbeiführt oder hätte erkennen können, dass sein Handeln die geschehenen Folgen hat. Dann haften die Eltern zwar für ihr Kind, kriegen den Schaden aber nicht von der Versicherung ersetzt = Schlecht!

Wenn das Kind keine Einsichtsfähigkeit hatte, fahrlässig handelte oder wenn es jünger war als 7 und die Eltern ihre Aufsichtspflicht verletzten, dann stehen die Chancen gut, dass die Versicherung für uns einspringen muss = Gut!

Die Versicherung muss also nicht einspringen, wenn ein Kind unter 7 etwas kaputt macht (weil es noch nicht deliktfähig ist) und die Eltern dabei keine ihrer Pflichten verletzt haben (meist die Aufsichtspflicht). 
Da viele Versicherer das moralische Problem erkannt haben, dass entsteht, wenn Euer Kleinkind bei Freunden vor Euer aller Augen einen Rechen durch das Wohnzimmer zieht, kann man deliktunfähige Kinder ausdrücklich mit in die Police aufnehmen lassen. 
Das trägt dem realen Umstand Rechnung, dass die kleinen Racker schneller schießen, als ihr eigener Schatten. 
Manchmal ist das kostenlos, manchmal kost' das ein paar Euro mehr und ist häufig auf eine bestimmte Schadenshöhe begrenzt.-

Fragebogen ausfüllen:
Wenn also was passiert ist und ihr den Fragebogen der Versicherung zum Schadenshergang ausfüllt und dort eine Frage zu dieser Aufsichtspflicht gestellt wird und die Versicherung wissen will, ob man diese denn verletzt habe... ja Jungs und Mädels, dann ist es keine Schande diese Frage ausnahmsweise und ehrlicherweise mit "JA" zu beantworten. 
Auch wenn man sich dann wie das schechteste Elternteil ever fühlt und den Impuls unterdrücken muss,  den Sachbearbeiter in einem Brief nochmal persönlich beleidigend über den Alltag mit Kleinkindern aufzuklären.

Also, ihr wisst jetzt was zu tun ist: 
1. Kein O-Saft auf Cord
2. Tupfen, nicht reiben!
3. Kinder beaufsichtigen...und ausnahmsweise mal ehrlich sein, wenn man mal nicht so gut aufgepasst hat.
4. Schäden durch deliktsunfähige Kinder mit in die Police aufnehmen lassen.

Gute Nacht,
Eure Juramama

P.S.: Wie der Fall gelagert ist, wenn ein Kind die Duschkabine der Großmutter zerschießt und somit der Schaden bei Verwandten aufgetreten ist (das mögen Versicherer nicht!), werde ich an einer anderen Stelle beantworten und jetzt erstmal Oma anrufen und mich entschuldigen. Oh Mann.


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          Mikuni Maisaki Gets Fucked By 2 Black Police Officers   
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          Railgate: Key accused seeks quashing of FIR, cognisance order   

New Delhi: Suspended Railway Board member Mahesh Kumar, a key accused in the Rs 10 crores cash-for-post railway bribery case, has moved the Delhi High Court seeking quashing of the trial court`s order taking cognisance of CBI`s charge sheet saying the Centre`s approval was not obtained prior to initiating the probe against him.

Justice Sunil Gaur today reserved his order on the plea which also seeks quashing of the FIR lodged against him as well as a stay on the Special CBI court`s proceedings in the case in which nine others including Vijay Singla, nephew of former Railway Minister P K Bansal, are also accused.

Kumar has sought quashing of the May 3, 2013 FIR lodged against him as well as the trial court`s July 4, 2013 order by which it had taken cognisance of the charge sheet in the case saying he was Secretary-level officer and under Delhi Special Police Establishment (DSPE) Act, it was mandatory for CBI to "seek prior approval of the central government before initiating any investigation" against him.

During the arguments, senior advocate U U Lalit, who appeared on behalf of Kumar, questioned the cognisance of the charge sheet saying "if the initiation (of probe) is bad, then as per law laid down, cognisance is bad".

Advocate Narender Mann, who appeared for CBI, submitted that once the investigation starts and the trial court takes cognisance of the charge sheet, then the initiation of the probe cannot be questioned.

CBI had on July 2 filed its charge sheet in the case against 10 accused -- then Member (Staff) of Railway Board Mahesh Kumar, Singla, Managing Director of Bangalore-based G G Tronics India Pvt Limited Manjunath Narain Rao, middlemen Ajay Garg and Sandeep Goyal, Rahul Yadav, Samir Sandhir, Sushil Daga, C V Venugopal and M V Murali Krishan.

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          e3 2012 - sigh   

This year, e3 leaves me feeling uncomfortable. Perhaps even a little dirty.

We've seen the young Lara Croft get tied up, bludgeoned, stabbed, molested and shot at whilst we stare at her lovingly blood-stained skin and listen to pants and groans that would sound just at home in the moment of orgasmic climax as they do in moments of terror.

We've seen Sam Fisher embark on a mission that seems to have been designed during the collective wet dream of the US army's propaganda department. We're asked to delight as he takes on the role of what might as well be an Obama sanctioned one-man-kill-squad, making the "hard choice" and brutally murdering lots and lots of Arabs in order to save America and the whole world.

We've seen Quantic Dream (a studio that since Heavy Rain I've been counting on as a breath of fresh air amongst the sewage smell of extreme-violence-for-fun) take a loving step back towards the absurdities of Indigo Prophecy instead. For the sin of my hope, they've given us a (wait for it) young girl with psychic powers on the run from the police. From gameplay footage, "Beyond" consists of the ability to knock over coffee with your mind, along with what promises to be an endless chain of "dramatic" chase sequences that have become the aspiration of every major studio under the sun since Naughty Dog wrote "you've got to be kidding me". Helicopters crash from the sky, buildings collapse around us, everything explodes, we jump over chasms, and all the while we could be playing Resident Evil, Tomb Raider, Beyond, Call of Duty, or watching 2012 for all it matters.

But wait! Could this be something different - for a moment, the announcement that the new Star Wars game would be "gritty and mature" was promising... until the gameplay happened and "you've got to be kidding me" was actually the first thing I thought - without a trace of irony. Uncharted-in-space sounds more exciting to write than this was to watch. No matter how incredible the graphics were. Perhaps when a games developer uses the word "mature", it means "appeals to adolescents who like blowing stuff up" instead of "fully developed and complex".

Even the kings of over-the-top chase sequences, Naughty Dog, left a sour taste in my mouth with a franchise that initially promised to be different. As beautifully designed and paced, as absorbing to watch as it was, The Last of Us presents us with a man who, uncannily like Nate, has to kill streams of inexplicably violent men intent on killing you for no obvious reason at all. So, shoot (or stab brutally in the neck, or burn to death) first, and never ask questions later at all.

And if we're bored of killing the living, we can kill them again, after they're already dead. Zombies don't count because they're not even people. Even Nintendo are headlining a Zombie game (although that at least looks like it might be a welcome return to the low-key tension and genuine scares of survival horror as opposed to shooty-shooty-action-explosion-chase-scene-this-isn't-really-horror-at-all-horror).

And thinking of Nintendo last, it was perhaps most sad to watch Reggie, stilted purveyor of wholesome family entertainment, get even more awkward than he usually is, "talking" to a sexed up Harley Quinn in a desperate bid to attract the swarms of big-budget-game players that have been dubbed "hardcore gamers" (and depressingly seem to account for most of the console market). Hardcore used to mean a love of complex stats and a penchant for grinding. Now it seems to just mean a love of guns with chainsaws attached.

In short, the message from e3, resounding from every manufacturer in horrible, unbroken unison is this:

Just switch your mind off, stare with a fixed expression at any and every screen you have (if that's more than one screen at the same time, then all the better), squeeze the universally standard trigger-buttons so handily provided, and pay us for it.

Thank god Matt Stone and Trey Parker were there to take the piss out of us all for it, if only for 30 seconds, because the sad thing is that these are all beautifully designed and produced games that have taken huge teams of artists, writers and engineers years to produce. They're probably stunningly put together and really fun to play, and I'll probably play a bunch of them and enjoy them quite a bit.

But I wish there were something different to choose instead, because I can think of so much I'd rather be experiencing through one of the most exciting and engaging storytelling media out there. I'm willing to bet that not a one of them will do for me what Journey did last year, and move me to tears because I felt like I'd lived the struggles of an entire lifetime in a few hours - or do what Heavy Rain did and actually make me feel horror and remorse the one time a gun is fired - or sit me on the couch with James Sunderland as the meaning of everything he has seen and done dawns slowly - or do anything at all but "entertain" me by allowing me to narrowly escape implausibly contrived death over and over again whilst murdering hundreds of people.

Lets hope the last day of the show proves me wrong. I seem to remember Journey being announced on the last day of the show last year.

          Blind lecturer threatened with death for converting from Islam to Christianity   
The Criminal Investigations Department of the Ashanti Regional Police Command has heard of how an Islamic group is threatening to declare Jihad (Holy War) on a blind computer instructor of the University of Cape Coast. Mr. Julius Braimah, 42, a native of Adankwame in the Atwima Nwabiagya District, has, since Tuesday June 20, 2017, lodged a compl ...
          2 Teenagers Arrested With 30 Parcels Of ‘Wee’   
Two teenagers are in the grips of the Eastern Regional Police Command for possessing narcotic substances, believed to be marijuana. The two, Evelyn Adade Korkor, 19 years, and Felix Gyimah, 18, were arrested while attempting to transport 30 parcels of the substance together with cassava in 2 sacks from Huhunya to Nkurakan in the Eastern Region. ...
          “The Arrest of Our Kinsman Is unjustifiable”- Family Cries   
The Nii Adama Pataku Family of Amasaman Abamman has accused the Accra Regional Police Command of conniving with one Henry Ashilley, a suspected land guard, to maliciously arrest their relative James Laryea for allegedly murdering Nii Tettey Sarbah, the development chief of Ardeyman. The suspect James Laryea, according to the family, was arrested ...
          Somanya ECG Fighters Granted Bail   
After spending one month in prison, 12 suspects, who damaged items at the Somanya office of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) and Police Station in the Eastern Region, were granted a bail in the sum of GH 70,000 with two sureties each by the Koforidua Circuit Court on Tuesday. The suspects, Adamptey Jones Dendenden, Teye Israel, Michael Adj ...
          PLOD OF THE YARD   
I am sure that many readers have been glued to their seats in front of the TV in recent days as the revelations about Murdoch’s iffy empire poured in and his bid for BSkyB unravelled.

However one man actually made me fall out of my seat. He was Andy Hayman who incredibly was a former Met assistant commissioner and was in overall charge of the 2006 investigation.

He was up before the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee and one of the MPs, Lorraine Fullbrook, described him as a “dodgy geezer”. Which is ironic as the chairman of the committee, the senior Labour MP Keith Vaz, has had his collar felt numerous times by the House of Commons authorities. As of yet Hayman is as straight as a dye till he’s ever found to be bent as a cork screw.

Hayman’s problem is he is a Cockney. Well many of us were born in the “Smoke” but few of us sound like extras playing small time crooks in an episode of Arthur Daley’s Minder.

Within months of leaving the force Hayman took a job with The Times, one of Murdoch’s upmarket organs. Not only did he see nothing wrong with this given the fact the Met have been investigating News International one has to wonder how if Hayman “can’t talk proper” he manages to write.

He told the committee his boyhood dream was to be either a journalist or a copper. A dream for him, a nightmare for both professions!

He also admitted he had enjoyed dinners with News International staff despite conducting an investigation into their behaviour although he wasn’t quite sure when the dinners took place. “It could look bad,” he admitted, “It does look bad.”

Hayman even had the nerve to mock the former Labour Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott’s complaints about phone-hacking saying he’d eat his words if the claims were true. I would have thought the verbally challenged Hayman and Prescott had much in common and as Prescott’s claims have been shown to be true we all await Plod of the Yard’s paper eating feat. I guess we have to wait for him to extract his ‘daisy roots’ from his mouth first.

There are allegations that police officers had been bribed and all those appearing before the Committee were asked if they had accepted any iffy cash. The previous two officers replied firmly they had not. Hayman lost his cool: “Good God!” he yelled, “I'm not letting her get away with it! I can’t believe you asked that!” She, the doughty Lorraine Fullbrook had, and his response suggested this man doth protest too much!

Having watched Hayman before the committee it would be easy to image him as a DI down the local nick. What is as shocking as the Murdoch revelations is that Plod of the Yard was one of the Met’s most senior officers. Pot Pourri! As Del Boy would say!
For over eighteen months I have been writing about the cases of the missing babies that were first announced in La Línea de la Concepción in November 2009 but which have since been reported throughout Spain. Indeed there are now 105 “denuncias” in the Campo de Gibraltar alone.

In La Línea the missing babies were largely all born either in the former municipal hospital or two private clinics in the town. The mothers were told their babies had died shortly after birth but the suspicion of many of these families is their babies were sold or offered up to adoptive families.

The cases in the Campo de Gibraltar have been taken over by the Algeciras prosecutor who in turn has ordered the National Police to investigate. The majority of the reports of the missing babies relate to the 60s and 70s although some extend in to the 1980s.

On Tuesday afternoon the San José cemetery closed its gates after a La Línea judge ordered three of the niches to be opened. At around 17.00, with the judge, a judicial secretary, forensic police and members of the specialised and violent crime squad in attendance, the exhumations started. The parents of the babies involved were only informed hours before the niches were opened and the mobile phones of the cemetery employees were impounded so no photographs could be taken.

The final resting places opened belonged to a baby that allegedly died in 1971 and two who passed away in 1988. In the first case the remains were supposedly buried but seven years later the parents decided to place their son in a niche. It was then the parents discovered the cemetery had not registered their child’s burial and in the place of a certificate for the moving of a tomb they were given one for interment. In the two 1988 cases the remains are in the cemetery but the families believe their own new born babies were sold or offered for adoption.

Now we are approaching the moment of truth in these specific cases. The remains from each tomb were placed in a separate cardboard box. In one tomb there was just dust, in the case of the baby from 1971 some suspicious bones and in the third bone fragments. These will now be analysed by the forensic scientists and if human remains then DNA tested to see if they match with their alleged family members.

Many of the mothers who gave birth and believe their babies were stolen did not have the support of a family around them because they had come to La Línea from another part of Spain looking for work, often in Gibraltar. However the story of Francisco del Valle, whose son supposedly died on July 7 1971, is pitiful to modern day ears.

Their baby died just two hours after it was born. The matron told them what had happened and said they were not to worry as they were young and could have more children. It was then explained to them that every time a whale passed through the Strait of Gibraltar a baby died, and that is what had happened in their case.

Del Valle says because of their ignorance and the epoch in which they then lived – the Franco dictatorship - they said nothing. However he was shocked to find the coffin supposedly bearing the body of his son weighed virtually nothing. Now the DNA of the pieces of bone will be matched with that of his wife and the truth will finally be known.
Violence flared in the plaza de Cataluña in Barcelona in the early hours of Friday morning as riot police moved in to clear the city’s major square of “los indignados” who since May 15 have been protesting against political corruption in Spain and calling for major changes to Spanish society.

The reason for the confrontations in which 120 people were injured was not political but soccer related. On Saturday night Barcelona played Manchester United in the European Champions League final at Wembley and the plaza had to be cleared so that giant TV screens could be erected for the crowds to watch the game. The ensuing battle between baton wielding police and the peaceful demonstrators gave a whole new meaning to soccer violence.

At the time the police moved in around 200 people were sleeping in the plaza as they have been for the previous two weeks. Soon another 1,000 protestors came to the square to attempt to prevent the officers from removing the protestors. The authorities said they just wanted to clean the square ahead of preparing it for the soccer match after which “los indignados” were welcome to return. Return they did for by mid-after over 9,000 people were said to be in the plaza. Now Jueces para la Democracía has called for an investigation to hold to account those officers of the Mossos d´Escuadra and the Guardia Urbana who attacked the protestors.

Meanwhile in Madrid the Movimiento 15-M who have occupied the Puerta del Sol said on Sunday they are to maintain their camp but it will undergo some restructuring. They announced the decision after the centre right Partido Popular ruled Comunidad de Madrid called on the Ministry of the Interior to remove the protestors as they were infringing the State of Law and had prevented the free movement of people. Curiously the PP had raised no objections to the protests in the run up to the recent elections in which they gave the ruling PSOE a bloody nose!

It is expected the protest zone will be reduced in size so as not to inconvenience local residents and businesses. However the assemblies in Málaga, Sevilla, Bilbao, Barcelona and Valencia have vowed to carry on whilst others such as in Toledo have opted to dismantle theirs.
As according to the Gospels Christ’s tomb was found open on Easter Sunday so the timing of the families who babies were allegedly stolen at birth in demanding just before Easter to have their niches opened is spot on.

For over a year I have written about the missing babies first from La Línea but then throughout Cádiz province and wider Spain. Their parents fear they were taken from them at birth and handed over to an adopted family.

The cases largely date from the 1960s and 1970s and the initial reports centred on La Línea’s former municipal hospital and two nursing homes. At least one of these babies, now a grown man, has links to Gibraltar.

Whilst the cases in La Línea were quickly taken up by the Algeciras prosecutor and handed over to the National Police for investigation the Cádiz prosecutor has been slower to act. The majority of cases in the provincial capital relate to the Zamacola nursing home which stood on the site of the present Punta Europa Hospital.

Anadir, the association that represents many of the families who fear their babies or brothers and sisters were stolen for adoption, has collected over 2,000 signatures to demand that the Cádiz investigation is speeded up. After a meeting of 300 members in Chiclana a protest has been called for May 4 when its delegate in Andalucía, Chary Herrera, will meet the Cádiz prosecutor to make two demands.

The first and most fundamental is that an order be issued to open the niches that are supposed to contain the remains of the babies that died in Cádiz hospitals. The majority from the Zamacola are interred at the San José de Cádiz cemetery.

Of course this is not possible for all the families. When Cristina Díaz Carrasco first hit the Spanish national headlines over the alleged death at birth of her brother in La Línea’s hospital in 1967 it was discovered there was no record of his birth, death or interment and his supposed grave had disappeared. When a family in Algeciras opened the niche of their baby son who is said to have died in La Línea hospital after the family were involved in a car crash it was found to contain just a t-shirt. To open a grave at any time is a traumatic experience for those involved - for the grieving families it could be very traumatic indeed.

Anadir also wants the prosecutor to establish a free DNA bank in the province so that the remains found can be tested against surviving family members. Whilst some tombs could be empty it is suspected that in some cases the healthy baby was substituted for another that died and given to that family, probably purchased. In that case the tombs could contain the remains of the baby from the adoptive family.

If the Cádiz prosecutor agrees to these demands then the province will become the pioneer and this example will almost certainly be followed throughout Andalucía. In Sevilla, Granada and Huelva there are other cases coming to light and there too signatures are being collected for action.

The number of suspected cases in La Línea and wider Cádiz now is in the region of 300 although those that have been formulated in to official reports stand at about half of this total.

Kyrgyzstan’s parliament wanted to exorcise evil spirits from the chamber after a string of violent incidents.

Earlier this month politicians arranged an armed show down in a row over corruption. Ten handguns and an AK47 were seized by police in the building.

So what did they do to stop the bloody violence that included the ousting of President Kurmanbek Bakiyev last year?

They ritually slaughtered seven sheep in the parliament building.

Bloody hell!

(It is the bloody business that informs – Shakespeare’s Macbeth)
          Re: Ghana-Experience with `penpals'   
hello all black lovers!
Be carefull to get in contact with some guys in Ghana. There are many fakers and try to get you in trouble!!!
My friend there also warned me many times, but if you want to meet nice guys there, contact me. I will try to
find you a thrustworthy person. (my friend is a police officer and having some friends who are looking for a life partner of friend from Europe) but keep in your mind that they only want to try a better life with your money, money is all what counts there. I'm lucky and find a thrustworthy person and pay for his education (was a lot of money but anyway, he's the best student in 5 districts and i'm proud!)
          'Petya' Computer Virus Spreads From Ukraine to Disrupt World Business   
A new cyber virus spread from Ukraine to wreak havoc around the globe on Wednesday, crippling thousands of computers, disrupting ports from Mumbai to Los Angeles and halting production at a chocolate factory in Australia. The virus is believed to have first taken hold on Tuesday in Ukraine where it silently infected computers after users downloaded a popular tax accounting package or visited a local news site, national police and international cyber experts said. More than a day after...
          Japanese Woman Police Officer Caught Robber And Punishes Him Good   
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          Old but great sex story from my Lagos days!!   
I must have been quite young and still in my early 20s, but not too new to Nigeria (and working for a bank), when I had a nasty experience in my car with a local sexy-looking hustler in Lagos. I was determined not to be caught like that again, so I got myself a strong 24 inches by 3 inches plank of solid wood and kept it under my driver's seat, just in case?? Right enough, one night a sexy guy I'd been lusting after for weeks outside the Dresler Bar off the Marina, in Lagos, happily jumped into my car when I happened not to be with any of my Brit friends, and we drove off to find a likely and empty area up towards the airport. At last we found a spot and I drove off the road and parked in the dark. I got out my beach mat and we both removed our trousers fully, both of us had been well hard and horny all the way up while in the car, however. We came together and cock-swapped, as they say. You can imagine my total surprise, hurt and shock when this seemingly horny guy (with a very good erection too) suddenly grabbed not only my hard cock but my balls too, all in one hand. "Stop, stop jumping," he kept ordering me in his pidgeon English, while I was hopping around trying unsuccessfully to retreat and get all my pieces back where they belonged, under my control. It was not possible though. I then spoke to him to try to calm him and the deteriorating situation down (he had gone well cold and had long lost his good erection by then, naturally), and over the next five odd minutes or so I was able to persuade him that the newish Omega Seamaster watch he had swiftly and expertly snatched off my wrist (as the second thing after grabbing all my bits) belonged to a Brit friend and if I did not return it to him first thing tomorrow morning (I'd borowed it, I told the prick, with a view of buying it), he would definitely report me to the police for theft. I had told him if we drove to the nearby Lido bar I could borrow a blank cheque off the Lebanese owner, whom I knew as a customer of my bank, and write him a cheque for £10, that he could easily encash the next morning. He swallowed that yarn and we settled down to dress up properly and drive back to find some lights and a bit of civilisation again. But before we got back into the car he had reluctantly given back my Omega watch. I went around to my driver's side, closely followed by him, and searched for my plank of wood under the seat, there for just these sorts of situations, I felt. Having got hold of it out of sight, I shot out from under the seat, raised the plank of wood shoulder high and then whacked him a stunning blow on his hard head. He fell down in total amazement and shock. Then he started whimpering and crying out in rage and temper, like a spoilt baby who had had a favoutite toy taken away. But having recovered a bit, he stood up and decided not hang around for the second blow, making off at full speed into the darkness and away from the main road we'd left earlier that eventful night, much to my relief. I organised myself, got into my little Renault Dauphine car, and drove off to the nearest bar to have a well earned drink before going home, but thanking my small plank of wood for coming to my rescue, at last. Some weeks later I saw the same guy standing outside the Dresler Bar hustling usual, but when he saw me with a few Brit friends, he took off in the other direction for the second time. Obviously even idiots like that worked on that well known saying of "discretion was the better part of valour", correct? Sometimes you win and at other times you lose! That night a few weeks back in the bush near the sirport I had won a small victory (and saved my Omega watch to boot), but I'd need to be on my guard at all times in the future when picking up any new and likely sexy-looking hustlers, which should be the rule the world over at all times, not so, Guys?
          Autodefensas form in Quintana Roo   
Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from a Reforma article

Subject Matter: Autodefensas
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Benito Jimenez
A group of businessmen of Quintana Roo integrated yesterday to auto-defensas to combat the insecurity and corruption in the state. "This venture of auto-defensas is very serious. The violations of the law on the part of the Government are repetitive, we have the proof of the corruption, and the authorities refuse to act."

"Not only are they not acting, they are attacking, intimidating and using death threats and executing people to stop the voices of Quintana Roo", businessman Carlos Mimenza, who heads the group said to Reforma.

Mimenza launched a video in which he figures with another 5 persons, all in black, to advertise that the auto-defensas will watch the functionaries of the state.

The initiative started with the participation of about 20 businessmen who said they felt betrayed by the new Governor, Carlos Joaquin Gonzalez, for new acts of corruption like those registered b in the last sexenio by Roberto Borge, detained in Panama.

"The formation of this group which includes 200 people is ready to act when there is an attack against us or those close to us", warned Mimenza.

This was after the execution of Hector Casique Fernandez, who was under the protection of The Executive Committee of Care for Victims, after having been declared a victim of the Mexican State.

Casique was a former Municipal Policeman of Cancun, arrested in March of 2013, and forced under torture, to pleading guilty to murder and organized crime. He spent more than three years in prison during the administration of former Governor Roberto Borge.

"The judiciary executed Hector", declares Hectors mother, because there are arrest warrant against 43 members of the court of Quintana Roo, and Prosecutor Miguel Angel Pech Cen has not legally proceeded to execute these arrest warrants, not only has he not arrested them but promoted them", claimed Mimenza.

" I have already received several calls where I received death threats because of publications of complaints I made on the Internet, we have complaints against Roberto Borge and more than 40 officials, we have political trials which are not followed through in Congress even with evidence", he lamented.

The employer denounced last March the current Secretary of Finance and Planning of Quintana Roo, Juan Melquiades Vergara Fernandez for embezzlement, money laundering, and illicit enrichment of money through the company Travel Channel.

He also promoted a political judgment in the Congress of the Union against Governor Carlos Joaquin Gonzalez for alleged embezzlement and assaults on activists.

"This is not a call to take up arms at this time, it is a call to organize and maintain a personal vigilance against the Governor, the officers of Public Prosecution and of the Court to stop them murdering and carrying out death threats, they are going to be monitored because we are going to defend ourselves, against any attack", warned Mimenza.

He ruled out the participation of Jose Manuel Mireles in the QR autodefensas, although he acknowledged that he was an inspiration for the movement.

Quintana Roo Government responds

The Government of Quintana Roo said that the former President Roberto Borge and his accomplices are under investigation and the administration of Carlos Joaquin Gonzalez will not give any room for impunity.

"In relation to the statements and insults in social media, the Government of QR says that real change is done within the law and people respecting it. With the fight against impunity, there will be partner ship for all, so that people can live better lives", said the Government in a statement.

"Based on the allegations, investigations have been launched against former Government officials and as a result Roberto Borge was arrested. His accomplices are also under investigation".

          look to travel to gambia   
does any one know anywhere in gambia i could have some fun and not get into trouble with the police. email me at
          Hong Kong democracy protests before Xi's visit   
Hong Kong police arrested pro-democracy protesters today, some of whom scrambled up a monument symbolising the city's handover from British to Chinese rule, a day before Chinese President Xi Jinping is due to arrive for the celebrations.
          Evans sues police for not charging him to court   

Suspected billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike a.k.a. Evans, on Wednesday, filed a fundamental rights enforcement action before the Lagos Federal High Court in Lagos, urging the court to order the police to charge him to court [...]

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          Horror Headlines: Friday May 13th, 2011   
In Real People News: 

A Florida woman was arrested on Tuesday after she whipped out her boobies in front of a school bus stop where a group of kids were standing. She was originally charged with lewd and lascivious exhibition but the charge was eventually downgraded but the judge, presumably because she's kind of hot.

A 20 year old Juggalo (yes I'm excited too) from Oklahoma has been arrested after he hit a person with his car and dragged him over 100 feet. Police are still trying to figure out what caused the crime but if I was a betting man I'd say it started over an argument about who likes rainbows more. And yes, he is wearing the face paint in his mug shot. Score!

News Bullet: 

I don't know how I missed this new movie called "Skinny Dip" that's starring Sasha Grey and Danny Trejo but a whole gang load of people have been added to the cast. Namely Pam Grier, Michael Madsen and Brigitte Nielsen. That last one being my favorite Girl Next Door. If you say Kendra you're a fool! Anyway, the movie is a throw back to the girls kicking ass movies of the 70's and 80's and based on that I think there's a solid chance we may see some hot Grey on Trejo action. I know, I just threw up too!

Low budget vampire horror comedy? How can this not be awesome!? "Vampires in Venice" is what we're talking about here and it's got a trailer up on the tubes for your viewing pleasure. Is it funny? No of course not, but that doesn't make the movie any less promising. Wait... no scratch that. I think that's exactly what it means.

A new poster for Troma's "Father's Day" is out there for your viewing pleasure and I"m giddy with delight. The movie which focuses on a man who rapes and kills fathers and the man trying to take him down comes out on June 19th. That's father's day in case you couldn't have guessed. You're a terrible person.

And because it's Friday the 13th and you really shouldn't go the entire day without seeing something really awful here's the first full trailer for the upcoming season 4 of "True Blood" that kicks off on June 26th. See you in hell folks.

          FBI agent in court on charge of lying about rancher shooting   
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- An FBI agent pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges that he lied about shooting at a key figure in last year's armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge just before the man was killed by Oregon police....
          Gay Experince in Botswana   
Was travelling to the north (from south, Mahalapye) when I had to overnight in Palapye. Booked into a Cresta Hotel there (can't remember the name) This guy came over saying he had been asked to repair a wall socket. He moved the table... and ended up bendingover, revealing his torn trousers and his hairy balls hanging through the torn holes. I knew I'd have to call him back after he fixes the socket to come and fix me... Other than that the country is devoid of m2m experiences. It's all chance, hit&miss. Who wants to miss and end up with his dick up in a policeman's ass. Anyway - There's more ass at prisons in Botswana than at night clubs
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          Comment on Groups advocate for future of homeless youth; a look at the numbers by Mike   
The (Federal) McKinney-Vento Education of the Homeless Act "requires" each school district to report numbers for the following "specific" categories: Sharing a residence with one or more families due to loss of housing or economic hardship, living in a hotel/motel, living in a shelter (domestic violence, emergency, or transitional housing units), living in a place without adequate facilities (running water, heat, electricity), or seeking enrollment without an accompanying parent. The WCSD is compliant with the law. This school year we had 1,021 doubled up, and 142 in the other categories combined. We had 94 students who were unaccompanied. Of those 94 students, 30 dropped out or moved out of our district. That is our most "alarming" statistic. Where did they go? These sites will provide some history and facts about the McKinney-Vento law: Our largest category (Living with one or more families) is consistent with the numbers throughout the country. In fact, this category accounts for 88.7% of our total homeless population within the Washington County School District. I believe this number will continue to grow because of the few options for affordable housing and the lower wage jobs available in our county. According to the commercial real estate firm NAI Excel, vacancy for multifamily housing in St. George currently stands at less than 0.1%. In 2010, monthly rent for a two bedroom, two bath apartment was $690, which has risen to an average of $848 today. This forces even "working" families to share residences and rent with one another. In my experience over the past 3 years as the homeless liaison, I have witnessed students and their families go in and out of homelessness several times during the year. That is why a student who is homeless even one day is entitled to the benefits and rights under the McKinney-Vento Law. The whole reason for the law was to take away the barriers for students living in homelessness to be able to attend school on a regular basis and be successful. They also are eligible to have an advocate (the homeless liaison) to help with the student's basic needs, birth certificates, immunizations, fee waivers, free breakfast and lunch, school supplies, clothing, and in some cases transportation to school. I invite anyone out there to visit the agencies and organizations that are dealing with the homeless population and families living in poverty on a daily basis and hear what they have to tell you, i.e. the DOVE Center, Switchpoint Community Resource Center, Department of Workforce Services, Southwest Behavioral Health Center, Doctors Volunteer Clinic, Family Healthcare Clinic, Southwest Utah Public Health Department, St. George Housing Authority, Five County Association of Government, Department of Child & Family Services, St. George Police Department, all local police departments, Washington County Sheriff's & Attorney's Departments, Children's Justice Center, St. George Catholic Thrift Store, Deseret Industries, the Family Support Center, The Learning Center for Families, Salvation Army, Utah Food Bank, Grace Episcopal Church, Solomon Porch, Utah Foster Care Foundation, System of Care, Washington County Youth Crisis Center, TEAM RAW, Southwest Adult High School, Big Brothers Big Sisters, SUU Headstart, Paiute Indian Tribe, Vocational Rehabilitation, Intermountain Healthcare, the Interfaith Council, any church leader, Dixie State University, the United Effort Plan Trust (in Hildale), Cherish Families, etc. etc. etc. many, more. The Washington County School District alone has close to 45 schools with faculty, staff, administrators, and counselors that can "personally" tell you stories of their students living in poverty or homeless conditions. Live in our world for a day and you will realize we are not lying about the desperate needs for our homeless youth. We just realize that we (alone) CANNOT give them what they need. It is going to take as many people and groups of people to make things better. The great thing about America is that you have the right to criticize and complain or get involved, OR do nothing? It is up to you what you decide to do. :)
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          UK charges 6 in stadium tragedy that killed 96   
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          Exclusion d’élèves-officiers de la Police : La DISS ouvre une enquête   
Exclusion d’élèves-officiers de la Police : La DISS ouvre une enquête La Direction de l’inspection des services de sécurité (Diss) a ouvert une enquête administrative, suite au renvoi d’élèves-officiers en formation à l’Ecole nationale de police et de la formation. Seuls les agents du concours professionnel, désormais mis à la disposition de la Direction du […]
          UPDATED: Missing Mt. Pleasant teen is safe   

A Mt. Pleasant mother who filed a police report and asked for help finding her missing daughter said Wednesday afternoon she is safe.

Stephenie O'Brien said on Facebook that her 16-year-old daughter had made contact.

"Thank you everyone who has shared my daughter's photo and information," O'Brien said.

          Thameslink, Still Shit   
As you know Thameslink is one of the poorest performing railway franchise in this country, whether they were until First Group or Govia (majority owned by Go-Ahead). On 7 May 2016 we traveled down to St Albans City for a day trip, and aimed to take the 11pm fast train from St Albans City back to South East London, catching the connecting train at London Blackfriars.

Unfortunately the train in St Albans City was delayed due to a passenger trouble at Harpenden, where it took police about 30 minutes to arrive (austerity innit). We managed to catch another train, which was a slow and also delayed train meaning we missed our connection at London Blackfriars. With no way back, we walked to London Bridge station hoping to catch another train home to South East London, only to find that the trains were cancelled there too!

We eventually got back home after paying for a taxi, and submitted a delay repay claim immediately only to find the claim rejected!

Thameslink, rather than connecting people, they would rather con them.
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          Suspects At Large After Shooting   
A man was shot around 12:55 this afternoon on the 2200 block of Dawnlight Ave. Police are still looking for a possible suspect who was last seen heading southbound on Dawnlight in a For F-150. If you have any information contact Columbus Police. Stay with Magic 95.5 for more details as this story develops. Source […]
          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  


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


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  


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


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


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


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


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.


  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.

Last Updated: 18 March 2017. 


          J. Geils - Gone at age 71 - A Guitar Retrospective   
J. Geils

J. Gelis was the leader of what was perhaps the preeminent band to come out of the Boston rock scene in the 1970’s.

The J. Geils Band

His group started up In Worcester, Massachusetts in 1967 and by 1970 the band had released their first album. By the 1980’s The J. Geils Band had a string of chart topping hits, including Centerfold, Love Stinks, Come Back, and Freeze-Frame.

While Peter Wolf stood out as the lead singer and front man, J.Geils was the guitarist and the name behind the band. .

You're Gettin' Even,
While I'm Gettin' Odd

The bands final album, Your Gettin’ Even, While I’m Gettin’ Odd, was released in 1984. The following year the band officially split.

1999 Reunion Concert

The group reunited for a reunion show in 1999. However in 2012 Geils filed a lawsuit against the band for conspiring to go on tour without him and unlawfully using the band’s trademarked name.

Bluestime - J. Geils and Magic Dick

After leaving the band Jay Geils remained a busy musician in the Boston area. In the mid 1990’s he put together a band called Bluestime along with The J. Geils Band harmonica player, “Magic” Dick Salwitz.

New Guitar Summit -
Geils,Beaudoin, and Robilard

By the next decade he remained active as a Jazz guitarist and recorded three solo albums. J. Geils was part of the New Guitar Summit along with Duke Robillard and Gerry Beaudoin.

Geils - KTR Motorsport Shop
As a young man, Geils attended the Worcester Polytechnic Institute and studied mechanical engineering. He parlayed that knowledge into restoring, collecting, driving, and racing sports cars.

Geils even started the KTR European Motorports Shop in a garage in Carlisle, Massachusetts which serviced vintage Italian sports cars; especially Ferraris and Maseratis. He eventually sold the business in 1996. But he remained active in the vintage car community, attending shows and displaying some of his personal automobiles.

John Warren Geils was born February 20th, 1946.

J. Geils 1946 - 2017

He was found dead in his home on April 11th of this year when police responded to a well-being call. He died of natural causes at the age of 71.

Aside from collecting automobiles, Jay had a wonderful collection of vintage guitars and amplifiers.

Modified '58 Flying V

During the years with The J. Geils Band he could be seen playing a Les Paul, a Fender Stratocater, or even a Gibson Flying Vee.

J. Geils with Gibson ES-335
In later years he performed with a Gibson ES-335, or some of his hollow body archtop jazz guitars.

His taste in archtop guitars was influenced by his love and admiration for the guitarists that he believed changed the way we played guitar; Charlie Christian, T-Bone Walker, and B.B. King.

He sought out the instruments similar to the ones that they played.

1936 Gibson ES-150
For Charlie Christian this included purchasing a Gibson ES-150 with the single coil pickup unit that came to be known as "The Charlie Christian" pickup.

He owned this guitar as well as a Gibson ES-250 with a Charlie Christian pickup, just like the guitar Christian used later in his career. In the picture you can also see an ES-150 tenor guitar. These are paired with Gibson EH-150 and EH-185 amplifiers. He parted with the Gibson ES-250.

1939 Gibson L-5
Part of the Geils' collection includes a Gibson L-5 that was previously owned by jazz guitarist Howard Alden.

Stromberg Deluxe
Geils owned a few Stromberg instruments that were made in his beloved city of Boston. One of these came with a Charlie Christian pickup, although the pickup was not original to the guitar.

Geils Archtop Collection

In fact Geil's collection of archtop guitars represented each of the major builders of archtop guitars.

Geils Archtop Collection

These included a Gretsch Synchromatic, an Epiphone Emperor, a D'Angelico New Yorker, a Gibson Super 400, and the Stromberg archtops.

1950's Fender Deluxe Amplifier

Geils also collected amplifiers. He states that he wanted to get the sound similar to what his guitar triumvirate of Christian, Walker, and King used to get "their sound".

Jay even owned an early 1950's Fender TV panel Deluxe amp that was decorated with the same wording as the one that B. B. King had used as a young man.

Jay got his love of Jazz music from his father, who encouraged him and exposed him to well known Jazz acts by taking him concerts when Jay was a child. As a boy Geils played trumpet up until he was almost out of high school. At this point he took up the guitar.

Geils' '60's ES-345

In 1967 Geils had purchased a 1960’s Gibson ES-345 after seeing B.B. King in concert playing an ES-335 through a Fender Super Reverb.

Geils with 1956 Les Paul
Upon hearing Eric Clapton playing with Mike Bloomfield, Geil set his sights on acquiring  a Gibson Les Paul. He found a 1956 Les Paul Custom at a New York city music store. This guitar  had an alnico and a P-90 pickup. Shortly after purchasing this guitar the J. Geils Blues Band was formed and the group started out by playing local gigs.

J. Geils with 1959 Les Paul
It was at one of these events he ran into a kid that wanted to sell his 1959 Les Paul Standard. The guitar needed a standard tailpiece, and someone had tried to varnish it with a brush. Despite its appearance, Geils spotted a treasure and offered to swap his ‘56 Les Paul Custom for that guitar. He took the guitar to a tech that scraped away the varnish, found the requisite parts, and took the covers off of the PAF pickups. He played this guitar on most of the J. Geils Band Records.

J. Geils with a Fender Stratocaster

During that era he also purchased a Fender Telecaster and Stratocaster and a Martin D-28 for use in the studio.

Geils' '58 Flying V
He also found a 1958 Gibson Flying V and got it by trading a Gibson ES-350 and a National Steel guitar. He took the Flying V on the road to play in concerts.

During his band years he purchased a 1958 Gibson Cherry Les Paul and put it to use. Geils later sold this guitar for three times what he originally paid for the guitar. The 1959 Les Paul is still part of the Geils' collection.

Ampeg Gemin II

As for amplifiers, his first amp was an Ampeg Gemini  II.

Late 1950's Gibson GA-40

During the early J. Geils Band recordings, he played through a tweed Gibson GA-40.

Fender Bandmaster Reverb

On the road he played through a pair on Fender Bandmaster Reverb amps, each with a cabinet housing two Electro-Voice SRO’s.

MusicMan RD112-100

During the final days of the band he was using a 100 watt Music Man amplifier.

KTR European Motorsports
As stated before, after leaving the J. Geils Band, Jay immersed himself in restoring classic Italian sports cars  opening his own shop; the KTR European Motorsports Shop.

Eventually he came back to the guitar, but this time as a Jazz player.

J.Geils and Gerry Beaudoin

He ran into guitarist Gerry Beaudoin, a notable jazz player, who invited him to join him on one of his regular gigs. This lead to his career as a Jazz guitarist.

Geils at a jazz gig with ES-250

He utilized several of the guitars in his collection at his jazz gigs, including the Howard Alden L-5 and his Gibson ES-250. He usually played through different Fender combo amplifiers.

J. Geils and Tennie Komar
in front of Jay's 1961 Ferrari.
Geils lead a most interesting life and his career revolved around the things he loved. Jay was a very dear friend to one of my childhood friends, Tennie Komar. Jay certainly left his mark on the world. Though his first love was playing Jazz guitar, he will always be remembered by most for his work in the J. Geils Band.

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          Study: Traditional Views on Same Sex Marriage, Abortion, Pornography in Britain Rapidly Diminishing   

British people, especially Christians, are increasingly more accepting of same-sex marriage, abortion, pornography, and sex before marriage.
          Never Too Old for Catwoman   

The stereotype of girls never going into comic book stores has always irked me a bit. I’ve shopped in those stores for twenty years, and I remember seeing other females in there, too. Part of my cynical brain says, “Hey, when people say that, they’re making a derogatory comment and inferring that “hot” girls are never in there, not normal chicks who just want the latest issue of Groo or Batman.”

Yeah, well…point taken. I was never in that category, but I’m now in a new rare group: forty-something women who go out in public to buy comics. I get a variety of stares when I do this, from the quizzical to the pitiful. Because so many comic book stores have come and gone in my time (I counted six different locations in the last fifteen years or so) I buy my comics now at the local Hastings. They have a decent selection, a nice back-issue collection, and they actually stock more than one copy of Previews. They also have the book side, so I figured I would see more women my age indulging in comics.

Eh, not so much. Yesterday I had the latest Wonder Woman and a copy of Non-Sport Update in my hands as I perused all the new “John Carter of Mars” spin-offs when I saw her: she was about my age, maybe a few years older. She was between the Captain America aprons and the first rack of back issues when we locked gazes; I smiled in recognition of a fellow comics fan. She gave me a once-over as if she were preparing to describe me to police later, and rushed off to herd her daughter away from the stoner t-shirt section. The John Wayne commemorative cup she clutched in a death grip should have been a clue, I guess.

The thing is, comic books have been around for a long time, and some people don’t see them as just a distraction for the kids. They’re part of a satisfying life for fans, and those fans will get older. More of them these days are women. Passers-by may think being a comic fan or a D&D fan or a anime fan is creepy after a certain age, but we still feel sixteen on the inside. So if you see a middle-aged, goofy-looking woman slowly browsing comics, remember this: I’m not after your kids. I just want the latest issue of Catwoman.

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          First Friday AW Review: A Life Gone Awry: My Story of the Elan School by Wayne Kernochan   

I’ve done a lot of book reviews, but I’ve never read a nonfiction book more painful and eye-opening than Wayne Kernochan’s book. His memories are laid down bare, and the narrative is a staccato, matter-of-fact voice, almost like an old-fashioned light-bulb interrogation in a faded police movie.

The abuse he describes during his years at the Elan school is shocking and sad. I can’t imagine anyone benefiting from beatings, emotional abuse and humiliation, let alone an entire facility thinking this program would be a good idea for teenagers with emotional problems. The description is powerful, and occasionally it literally is blow-by-blow as teens are beaten for hours or forced to fight with each other.

His recollections paint a vivid picture of inmates in charge of the asylum, ramping up the violence through control and frustration. There’s no mention of licensed therapists or other professionals intervening, which should be a chilling thought to any parent.

Even with the epilogue mentioning that the school finally closed in 2011, there doesn’t seem to be a happy ending here, and one would imagine that most of the kids processed through this facility suffer from PTSD at the least. Kernochan himself mentions that he went on to prison afterward.

As for the book’s style, I was a bit lost in the beginning, but that may have been the author’s choice to simulate his own innocence going into Elan. His personal history is mentioned later in the book, but I think it could be even more effective interspersed between the memories of Elan, showing his life before, during and even afterward. All together, it’s a young life torn asunder by ignorance and aggression, recorded for history’s sake by one brave survivor.

A LIFE GONE AWRY: MY STORY OF THE ELAN SCHOOL by Wayne Kernochan is available through Amazon in Kindle format.

          Man In Woods Located By Police Helicopter, Charged With 5th OUI   
A Boston man is facing his fifth OUI charge after he was located in the woods by a Massachusetts State Police helicopter on New Year’s Eve
          Teen Seriously Injured In Crash Following Police Pursuit   
A 17-year-old is in serious condition after crashing while trying to evade police in Wareham.
          70-Year-Old Man Found Shot To Death In Wareham   
Wareham and Massachusetts State Police are investigating the death of an elderly man found shot in his home Tuesday.
          Police Search For Owner Of Boat Dumped On Route 6   
The Wareham Harbormaster Department and Mattapoisett Police would like to find the owner of a boat that was illegally left on the side of Route 6.
          Pet Alligator Removed From Wareham Home   
Massachusetts Environmental Police said the alligator is now in the hands of “professionals trained in reptile care and rehabilitation.”
          1 Dead In Serious Wareham Collision   
An Onset man was killed in a serious car crash in Wareham early Sunday morning, police said.
          Wareham Police Arrest Man For Possession Of Drugs, Gun   
An Onset resident was arrested Friday in Wareham for possession of cocaine, marijuana, a gun and a large amount of cash.
          State Police Probe Fatal Motorcycle Crashes In Revere, New Bedford   
A Revere man died in a crash there Wednesday afternoon and a Wareham man was killed in a Wednesday night crash on Route 140 in New Bedford.
          PD: Wareham Woman Drunk, Passed Out At Wheel With Kids Asleep In Back Seat   
A Wareham woman is facing drunk driving and child endangerment charges after police say they found her asleep at the wheel with two children in the back seat.
          Officers Investigated After Confrontation Inside Wareham Home   
Two police officers are under investigation for a confrontation inside a Wareham home on Wednesday.
          Man In Wheelchair Struck & Killed In Wareham; Driver Charged   
A Middleboro man is facing charges after police say his vehicle struck and killed a 24-year-old man in a wheelchair.
          Train Strikes, Kills Man On Railroad Tracks In Wareham   
A train struck and killed a man Sunday night, the Waltham Police reported.
          Blog Post: Help! Pod-People Have Kidnapped our Hero!   

I know I'm dating myself a bit with this, but I remember playing the original Thief once upon a time. It was a neat change of pace from what I'd played previously, and a game centered around sneaking (yes, yes, it's the grandfather of all roguelikes, I know, etc etc.). It was also amusing and a world that could drag you into it with the main character's snarky personality and his interesting and sometimes goofy adversaries.

Where did it go?

This new game is like a mirror-world version of the original. Garrett the New is a growly sadsack who takes himself way too damn seriously (to the point that his seriousness overshadows his actual words and turns whatever he's saying into an incomprehensible mumble/growl, to say nothing of the vocal cue glitches). All the enjoyable snarky humor must have been sucked out of him during his year long magically-induced slumber, I guess. While the levels seem huge, they're a lot more pseudo-linear than the old sprawling estates, with points of no return hidden without warning that say "nope, you can't go back THERE, now move on." These make the levels a little hard to explore to your heart's content, especially now that the guards don't actually patrol but instead wander to specific points, then back again. This is kind of compounded with the audio issues, with footsteps three or four corridors away sounding like they're about to goose-step over your spine.

The world is kind of weird now, too. Gone are the drunken guards and fussy nobles, and in their place the Video Game Assholes Guild has moved in and set up shop (seriously, how many games are going to have police/guards/soldiers be evil dickholes for the sake of being evil dickholes?) I know "the masses are oppressed" is kind of a popular plot point right now, but this is getting just a little silly (yes, I know that's more a criticism of game industry at large over this specific game, but it's still relevant). Probably another question that should be asked is "why do we care?" Garrett has always been a singular individual; he's there to steal stuff and make money (because that's what he's good at), so why in the world would he care about the "plight of the people" (or a certain tagalong sidekick who gets the Alphonse Elric treatment, ahem)? We're talking about Garrett here, not Robin Hood. 

To be fair, the game does have it's good points. The "effect arrows" (an old Thief staple) are back, happily. The guard takedowns (not kills, but knockouts) are neat (until you get bored of them, but that's more an issue with pre-rendered takedown cinematics than this game specifically). And it is nice that the game encourages you to be stealthy and use your brain instead of run'n'gun(er, bow) your way through every problem. I've heard complaints about the simplistic combat system, but that's...well, that's kind of the point. It's Thief, not an action title. Garrett knows how to use a sword, yes, but he'd much rather not have to. Getting caught is the game's "You *** up" mallet, and the point is to run the hell away, not make like it's suddenly Pirates of the Caribbean, Landlubber Edition (that's what the Assassin's Creed games are for).

All in all, Thief isn't the nostalgic return that it was advertised to be. This new entry in the series has taken the old humor and dry wit and washed it down to be drab and serious and...well, boring. Putting aside the audio glitches, the game seems to want to be another game with a coating of Thief-paint, and just sort of fails at it.

          Man Shot in Belltown Friday – 5th Seattle Shooting Victim in Just 3 Days   

There have been five shootings in just three days recently in Seattle, with the latest occurring last Friday, May 5th at about 1:40 a.m. in Belltown. Police received reports of gunfire near First Avenue and Blanchard Street, and when they...
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          Seattle Drug Bust Uncovers Cache in Belltown   

SEATTLE, WA – Police seized a large cache of drugs across three downtown locations last week during operations against drug dealers. In the first operation, bike officers came across a 26-year-old alleged drug dealer and a 20-year-old sitting in an...
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          Three Injured in Drive-By Belltown Shooting   

Seattle Police have determined that the Belltown shooting on Thursday, January 19th at the Crocodile Cafe was gang related. An unidentified shooter opened fire on the live music venue, hitting three people. Police believe the target was an unoccupied car...
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          Buy yourself a TG comic for the holiday season! The Harper Kelly Story   

I like TG Comics. It has become the important gateway into transgender comics, erotic or otherwise. Quite a few of them are even free.

Today, however, I would like to draw your attention to one of their Premium comics, the Ballad of Harper Kelly. It is made by one of my favorite TG artists, Sturkwurk, together with Renee Roselli.

Sturkwurk is making 3D computergenerated graphics (using Poser, I believe), and as many of you will know, that is not without its risks. You easily end up in the socalled "Uncanny Valley", where people look nearly real, but not real enough. Hence the "uncanny".

Sturkwurk knows how to make use of genuine facial expressions and more to make the images look natural, however. This works. And Renee's story is fun and engaging.

Harper Lee works at a nanotech company that is not amused by his attempts at bringing ethics into the business model. They have the most interesting ways of making him and his police girl friend shut up.

The comic has some sexually explicit sections, but I guess the readers of this blog won't mind.

The Ballad of Harper Kelly. There are (so far) two parts, each priced at US$ 7.95.

          Duo is now asking to integrate with your phone's call history, but it might not be working yet   

Google might be planning on having your Duo calls appear in your phone's call history. A new prompt is appearing in Duo that asks if you'd like to merge its call history with your phone's. We found data to support this last month in a teardown of the Duo app, so it isn't too surprising. Either the switch flipped early for the prompt, or the feature might be coming soon. 

I was able to pull up the prompt myself after exiting a call in Duo.

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