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          From east London relic to modern family home — now worth twice as much   
Beset by the banking crisis, a five-year planning hold-up and a wire-chewing rat, a young family battled on to turn an Edwardian 'dump' in east London from drab to fab.
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          Some People Were Just Born With The “Fix It” Gene 21 Pics   

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          I’m Starting To Think They Have A Vending Machine For Everything These Days 16 Pics   

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          RE: Is it just me...   
Adding features to the OS will not "drag ex-users back". The real underlining problem is in the groups of people trying to create/support the OS. I dumped my Amiga because not only was it not improving, but they were going in the direction of expensive hardware that was not flexible in what it supported, plus the old 'add features till it breaks' approach that told me they were lost without a firm goal. Worse there was not even a working base of code, rather two different code bases being developed at the same time that were not compatible with each other. Presently I am a BeOS fan looking forward to Haiku. Progress has been slow, but it has been steady too. It is important to note that all the other BeOS clone projects that planned to out-BeOS BeOS collapsed under the weight of their ambitions, while the ports to Linux stalled on the amount of interfacing code needed. Haiku planned for a single, reachable goal and is still going strong. Amiga, RiscOS and others main problems do not seem to be in the nature of the OSes but rather the in the nature of the people controlling the development.
          Vino, ¿bebida nacional?: las importaciones desde Chile son récord y ya explican el 15% del consumo interno (iProfesional)   


El país vecino se convirtió en el principal proveedor externo. La causa es que los stocks están al límite y que las últimas dos cosechas figuran entre las peores desde los años `60. Sin embargo, alertan que los precios más bajos y las facilidades aduaneras también alientan el negocio


Por estos días, nadie debe verse sorprendido si, recorriendo las góndolas de supermercados, en botellas y envases tetrabrik de vino aparece una leyenda que informe "origen: Chile".

Los principales jugadores de la industria hoy están motorizando un nivel de importaciones desde el país vecino que está marcando un récord histórico.

Los productores vitícolas, que hacía tiempo venían reclamando una recomposición de los precios del kilo de uva –que durante años estuvo amesetado-, ven una amenaza concreta en el continuo ingreso de cientos de camiones con tanques cargados con vino, a través de la cordillera.

El flujo alcanza tal nivel que organizaciones como la Asociación de Viñateros Independientes de San Juan hasta evaluaron realizar piquetes en las rutas para evitar el avance de la competencia chilena.


La tensión en su momento alcanzó tal nivel que, en el marco de un encuentro con productores, el secretario de Agregado de Valor de la Nación, Néstor Roulet, afirmó que el Gobierno estaba monitoreando este flujo de importaciones ante la posibilidad de que se trate de una competencia desleal.

“Estamos viendo si se trata de un caso de dumping y si es así, el Gobierno Nacional se va a involucrar”, disparó el funcionario.


El gobernador de San Juan, Sergio Uñac, es uno de los que más viene protestando por el ingreso de camiones cargados con producto chileno.

"Importar vino sólo para bajar el precio no nos parece una medida acertada”, afirmó recientemente el mandatario provincial.

En este contexto, Mendoza viene de tomar medidas: a comienzos de año, la administración de Alfredo Cornejo aplicó un aumento de la alícuota de Ingresos Brutos al vino importado que ingrese a ese territorio, elevándola del 4% al 6%.

Con esta medida, buscó darle más protección a los productores cuyanos, en medio de las crecientes quejas por estas operaciones.

Para ponerlo en perspectiva, los últimos datos del Instituto Nacional de Vitivinicultura son reveladores: entre enero y mayo se importó vino a granel por 52,6 millones de litros.

El último récord desde que hay registros correspondía a 2010, cuando a lo largo de 12 meses se realizaron compras al exterior por 28,7 millones de litros.

Esto significa que, en apenas cinco meses, ya casi se duplicó ese volumen anual.


Hay otro dato revelador: según el INV, las bodegas despacharon al mercado interno 334,8 millone de litros fraccionados, en parte complementados con la ofertaimportada, dado que los grandes establecimientos envasan el granel que llega del país vecino y lo introducen en el circuito comercial.

Así las cosas, los 52,6 millones de litros que llegaron desde Chile hoy representan el 15% del volumen comercializado en el mercado interno.

O, dicho en otras palabras, por cada 10 litros que hasta mayo se comercializaron en la Argentina, más de 1,5 litros fueron en realidad producidos en el país vecino.

¿Oportunidad o falta de stock?
A medida que se potenció la importación, las críticas de los viñateros se hicieron más fuertes, dado que consideran este flujo como una forma directa de ponerle un tope a los precios de la materia prima en el mercado interno.

Fuentes del sector detallaron a iProfesional que el valor del vino a granel chileno, puesto en la puerta de una bodega en Mendoza, puede ser entre 15% y 25% más económico que el nacional, dado que la escasez generada por la caída de la producción durante las últimas dos cosechas disparó los valores de la materia primera.

Sin embargo, para el consultor Javier Merino, director de Área del Vino, no se trata de maniobras especulativassino de una necesidad real y concreta de abastecer la demanda.

"Las dos últimas cosechas, 2016 y 2017, fueron las peores de los últimos cincuenta años. Por eso, no debe extrañarnos que las importaciones también sean récord", acota.

Granizo, lluvias en los momentos menos propicios y hasta heladas, configuraron un cuadro difícil para varias zonas productivas de Mendoza y San Juan.

El experto agrega que "el año pasado, por la pérdida de parte de la producción, se limpiaron los stocks. Y una segunda vendimia también floja generó que no hoy no haya suficiente vino como para abastecer la demanda".

Según datos del INV, durante esta campaña se recolectaron 19,5 millones de quintales de uva. Si bien esta cifra fue superior a los 17,3 millones del año previo, se trató de un nivel que igualmente estuvo lejos delregistro histórico.


"En los últimos 20 años, el promedio de la cosecha es de cerca de 25 millones de quintales. Es decir que venimos de dos vendimias que se ubicaron muy por debajo y esto afectó los niveles de stock", afirma Carlos Fiochetta, gerente de la Corporación Vitivinícola Argentina (COVIAR).

El directivo señala que "hubo zonas de Mendoza que tradicionalmente tenían rendimientos de unos 10.000 kilos por hectárea pero que, por cuestiones climáticas, los dos últimos años mostraron caídas de hasta el 50%".

Más allá de esto, el directivo confía en que los flujos de importación deberían ir bajando, dado que en estos días están comenzando a liberarse al mercado parte de la cosecha 2017.

"Esto va a ayudar a recomponer los inventarios, por eso la proyección es que las compras a Chile no sigan creciendo e, incluso, bajen con fuerza", apunta Fiochetta.

Cerveza versus vino
Cabe destacar que, según Fiochetta, casi la totalidad de la producción que se importa desde Chile se destina a vinos sin denominación de variedad, que representan cerca del 80% de la oferta. La gran mayoría se comercializa en envases tetrabrik.

Este segmento conforma la base de la pirámide del consumo y es responsables de movilizar el amperímetro de ventas.

En este contexto, Merino advierte que esta bebida es uno de los productos más castigados por el bajón de la demanda.

Cabe destacar que en la Argentina el consumo percápita está estancado en torno a los 25 litros per cápita.

En la década del 70, cuando era común almorzar con vino y la cerveza no arrasaba en el market share, se superaban los 80 litros.

"Hemos llegado a un piso mínimo histórico. Pero así y todo, como las últimas cosechas fueron malas y no hay stock, no hay suficiente volumen. Y esto provocó que se disparara el precio, lo cual es preocupante, porque porcada peso que sube el litro, hay miles de consumidoresque dejan de comprar o buscan alternativas, como la cerveza", apunta Merino.

Si bien el consumo de esta última bebida también se vio afectado por la crisis, lo cierto es que supera holgadamente al vino, con más de 41 litros anuales per cápita.

Por eso, el consultor considera que "estas importaciones no sólo defienden a los consumidores, sino que también a la industria, porque cada litro que se pierde en manos de la cerveza, luego es muy difícilde recuperar".

Sufren las exportaciones


Como consecuencia de los menores stocks, además de tener que importar más, el complejo vitivinícola argentino padeció un desplome de las ventas al exterior.

Según datos del INV, entre enero y mayo se exportaron 127 millones de litros de vino a granel, lo que implicó un derrumbe del 48%.

En tanto que los envíos de mosto concentrado –utilizado por la industria alimenticia como endulzante- totalizaron apenas 21.700 hectolitros, una fuerte baja de casi 53%.

Frente a estos números, Fiochetta afirma que hay dos cuestiones que se potenciaron y que forzaron este escenario: la fuerte suba de precios y los problemas de competitividad cambiaria.

"El vino a granel y el mosto depende mucho del factorprecio. Con las bajas cosechas de los últimos años el producto se volvió muy caro para los exportadores y los dejó fuera de competencia, a lo que se suma el contexto macroeconómico del país", apunta.

Cabe destacar que los despachos al exterior de vino embotellado también se están viendo castigados: hasta mayo se exportaron 744.200 hectolitros, casi 10% menos que en el mismo período del año pasado.

Merino es contundente al afirmar que "en las gamas más bajas de precios, los costos no cierran".

A esto, el experto suma un cambio en las tendencias a nivel mundial: "El mercado internacional se ha puesto muy pesado. Ya no se puede aspirar a crecer a tasas chinas, porque los países productores europeos se pusieron muy competitivos y agresivos en los mercados importadores más dinámicos".

Por eso Merino afirma que "hoy no tenemos ninguna ventaja competitiva diferencial. A lo máximo que podemos aspirar hoy es a crecer en sintonía con la expansión del PBI mundial, es decir, a un promedio del 2% a 3% anual".

Para hacer frente a la situación, desde la Coviar vienen pidiendo una serie de beneficios fundamentales para apuntalar a esta economía regional estratégica.

Entre las medidas, Fiochetta menciona un aumento de los reintegros a las exportaciones o compensacionespara fletes, dados los elevados costos logísticos que enfrentan las bodegas.

Fuente: http://www.iprofesional.com/notas/252022-malbec-vino-competitividad-cambiaria-Vino-bebida-nacional-las-importaciones-desde-Chile-son-record-y-ya-explican-el-15-del-consumo-interno-

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          10 Epic Cheese Dishes For That Winning #CheesePull Shot On Instagram   

Epic cheese dishes to whip out your phones for Being a foodie and a slave to Instagram means I gotta whip out my phone for the slightest reasons at every meal – especially when it comes to capturing those #foodporn-worthy shots. Based on my Instagrammin’ experience, I found out nothing tops a cheese-pull shot when you want to achieve the ultimate drool-inducing picture. Word of advice: do not upload pictures of these epic cheese dishes in the middle of the night, or you might risk being at the receiving end of your friends’ wrath at your next gathering.   1. Dookki’s Double Cheese Ring Living up to their name, which translates to “two meals” in Korean, Dookki is the first restaurant in Singapore to offer tteokbokki buffet and DIY kimchi fried rice in one seating. $18.80++ gets you 90 minutes of unlimited tteok and noodles in a customisable sauce, along with eomuk (fishcake), kimchi fried rice, and deep-fried sides such as mandu (dumplings). To make the most of your time, add a Double Cheese Ring ($9.80) to your pot. This cheese ring comes with corn that’s mixed into a “secret” cheese. Be sure to keep an eye on the heat […]

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          Spies do spying, part 97: The CIA has a tool to track targets via Wi-Fi   

Thanks, WackyLeaks

The latest cache of classified intelligence documents dumped online by WikiLeaks includes files describing malware CIA apparently uses to track PCs via Wi‑Fi.…


          West Gate Tunnel project 'a dog's breakfast': Melbourne councillor   

The proposed $5.5 billion West Gate Tunnel project in Melbourne will create peak-hour traffic conditions for half the day in the city's north, undermine its tram network and should be dumped, a report prepared for City Of Melbourne finds.


          How a Bitcoin Whitehat Hacker Helped the FBI Catch a Murderer   
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An ethical hacker breached the database of a phony darknet website offering hitman services and leaked the data. The information from the data dump helped the FBI in their investigation of a man who murdered his wife.

In November 2016, Stephen Carl Allwine, 47, of Cottage Grove, Minnesota, killed his wife in “one of the most bizarre cases ever seen,” police officers reported. The husband tried to mask the murder as a suicide, including putting a 9 mm pistol next to Amy Allwine’s elbow. However, detectives arriving on the scene identified the case as murder and collected evidence — mostly electronic devices, such as computers — belonging to Mr. Allwine. Later on, in January, investigators arrested and charged Mr. Allwine with second-degree murder based on the forensic evaluation of the confiscated electronic equipment.

In May 2016, a hacker called “bRpsd” breached the database of a controversial hitman service offered on a darknet website. The service, “Besa Mafia,” offered a link between customers and hitmen, who could register on the site anonymously. The price for a murder ranged between $5,000 and $200,000, but clients seeking to avoid fatalities could also hire a contractor to beat up a victim for $500 or set somebody’s car on fire for $1,000.

The hacker uploaded the data dump to a public internet website. The leaked files contained user accounts, email addresses, personal messages between the Besa Mafia admin and its customers, “hit” orders and a folder named “victims,” providing additional information on the targets.

The breach highlighted the fake nature of the website, which operated only to collect money from the customers. Chris Monteiro, an independent researcher who also hacked into the site, stated the owner or owners of Besa Mafia had made at least 50 bitcoins ($127,500 based on the current value of the cryptocurrency) from the scam operation.

According to a message posted by a Besa Mafia administrator and uncovered in the dump, “[T]his website is to scam criminals of their money. We report them for 2 reasons: to stop murder, this is moral and right; to avoid being charged with conspiracy to murder or association to murder, if we get caught.”

The leak of the Besa Mafia database helped the police investigating the murder of Mrs. Allwine. As the officers analyzed her husband’s devices, they discovered the suspect had accessed the dark web as early as 2014. Furthermore, investigators identified the pseudonym Mr. Allwine used on the darknet, “dogdaygod,” which was also linked to his email, “dogdaygod@hmamail.com,” in some cases. Detectives found bitcoin addresses in the conversations between Besa Mafia and Mr. Allwine, which linked the husband directly to the “dogdaygod” pseudonym, providing authorities with necessary evidence for the case.

Eventually, law enforcement agents analyzed the data dump bRpsd leaked and discovered Mr. Allwine’s email in the list. In addition, investigators found messages between the suspect and the Besa Mafia admin. According to a criminal complaint, Mr. Allwine paid between $10,000 to $15,000 to the supposed hitman service to kill his wife. The complaint detailed how Mr. Allwine had decided to have the hitman shoot Mrs. Allwine at close range and burn down the house afterward.

However, once the funds were transferred, the Besa Mafia communicator told Mr. Allwine that “local police [have] stopped the hitman [from] driving a stolen vehicle and taken [him] to jail prior to the hit,” thus rendering him unable to complete his “service.” The complaint cited Sergeant McAlister who reported that during that time, “no one was apprehended in Minnesota and western Wisconsin in a stolen vehicle and possession of a gun.”

It is likely that the ethical hacker’s data breach had an impact on Mr. Allwine’s case; on March 24, 2017, the Washington County District Court charged him with first-degree murder. In addition, officers have gathered more evidence in the case — a drug called scopolamine was discovered at 45 times higher than the recommended level in Mrs. Allwine’s body. Investigators subsequently discovered that her husband had also ordered the substance on the dark web.

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          A Path Goes By   
A path goes by Along a gas line bare. Short grass grows or dies. Garbage gathers. The pole stands alone. Does the pole dream of rows of poles carrying telegrams then phone calls or perhaps electricity? Does the pole wonder why gas flows below why a person walks by why a truck dumps trash why […]
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          TS261: Face Shaming, Media Blame, Steve Bannon, Guest Ira Madison III   
This week Bryan attends a boot camp class and once again gets face shamed while Erin accidentally finds a dead dog in a bush. The media is starting to point blame as to what voters caused the election outcome and naturally, its women. Plus we have a new Chief Strategist in Steve Bannon, a crazed racist, minsogynst, human dumpster fire, and Guest Ira Madison III is here to discuss the election aftermath, pop culture, and binge watching The Apprentice. Keep it Nasty!
          TS239:Latin Night at a Gay Club,Orlando,Stanford,Guest Gabe Liedman   
The largest mass shooting in US history occurred this weekend at a gay club in Orlando on Latin night during Pride Month. It was a pointed attack on LGBT people that claimed 49 lives in Pulse nightclub, a place of congregation, celebration and safety. In addition to Orlando, we discuss human dumpster Brock Turner of Stanford and then thank god the hilarious and delightful Gabe Liedman joins us to throw a little bit of light on a lot of shade. To our brothers and sisters in Orlando...we love you, we are you, we will never forget you. 
          TS170:Garbage Keys, CATS, Alabama Equality, Renee Ellmers   
This week, Bryan tried dumpster diving for the first time and then watched The Bachelor and Erin watched Cats stone-cold sober. What a week. Also, Alabama wants to ban not just gay marriages but every marriage and the GOP is back again trying to ban abortion with the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act! And one of their own, GOP Congresswoman Renee Elmers is trying to stop it. Good luck everybody with everything! Subscribe and Rate Us! iTunes Tweet Us!  @gibblertron & @bryansafi Use the Hashtag #tspod Email Us! shadethrowing@gmail.com Like Us! Throwing Shade Facebook Page Old School Listen! RSS Feed
          Charges Re-Filed Against Restaurant Owners Accused Of Dumpster-Diving For Deer Heads   
Preventing food waste is good, but not to the point of dumpster-diving for deer brains at a wild game butcher. The former owners of a Chinese restaurant in Pennsylvania are accused of dealing in illegal deer meat, at least some of which came from the trash at butchers that process deer for hunters. PennLive.com reports that back in 2015, the …
          Re: FTM 2014.1   
FTM 2017 will export to FTM 2012 and import all prior versions as well as put out a GEDCOM format. FTM 2012 is already unsupported as it was an Ancestry version and they dumped all their customers.

Rootsmagic 7 was adjusted to be able to directly import FTM 2012 file formats to hopefully gain some of the dumped customers. Import works great.

In my case, I switched from RM7 mac bandaid version to mac FTM and am happily using a fast stable native mac app with ancestry hints and controllable data merging.
          START YOUR TINY ENGINES AS ‘MICRO MACHINES WORLD SERIES’ LAUNCHES TODAY   
START YOUR TINY ENGINES AS ‘MICRO MACHINES WORLD SERIES’ LAUNCHES TODAY  Celebrate the Miniature Multiplayer Mayhem Larkspur, Calif. – June 30th, 2017 – Codemasters and Deep Silver have today unleashed miniature multiplayer mayhem on the gaming world with the release of Micro Machines World Series on PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one entertainment system by Microsoft, and PC via Steam. To celebrate the launch and showcase the fun and carnage you’ll be experiencing in Micro Machines World Series. The iconic series makes a triumphant return with a mixture of fan-favorite and all-new content that will delight players of all ages. Classic game modes Race and Elimination are complimented by an all-new Battle mode, which ramps up the carnage to the highest end of the miniature scale. Supporting up to 12 players for online multiplayer and one to four players locally, Micro Machines World Series gives you 12 amazing customizable vehicles to race and battle across 25 classic locations including the kitchen table, garden, workshop and game room. With spy cars, hovercrafts, dump trucks, tanks and more, Micro Machines World Series lets you equip a unique loadout and collect a range of crazy NERF power ups and collectibles such as blasters, mines, hammers and bombs to get the best of your opponents. Micro Machines World Series combines gaming nostalgia with incredible visuals and endless party replayability, making it a hit for players old and new. Follow updates from the Micro Machines studio on Facebook (www.facebook.com/codemasters.) # # # ABOUT CODEMASTERS: Codemasters, the award winning video game developer and publisher, has a 30 year heritage. With titles distributed globally, Codemasters is a leading developer and publisher of driving and racing entertainment games including DiRT, GRID and the official BAFTA award-winning FORMULA 1 series of videogames. The company is fully controlled by Reliance Big Entertainment Ltd. (RBEL). For more information on Codemasters’ product portfolio, please visit www.codemasters.com. Join in the conversation with @codemasters on Twitter or Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/codemasters. ABOUT DEEP SILVER: Deep Silver develops and distributes interactive games for all platforms. The Deep Silver label means to captivate all gamers who have a passion for thrilling gameplay in exciting game worlds. Deep Silver works with its partners to achieve a maximum of success while maintaining the highest possible quality, always focusing on what the customer desires. Deep Silver has published more than 200 games since 2003, including its own brands like the open world extravaganza Saints Row, the zombie action franchise Dead Island, and the grim post-apocalyptic future of the Metro series. Upcoming highlights from Deep Silver include Dead Island 2 and Agents of Mayhem. Deep Silver also owns the development studios Deep Silver Dambuster Studios in Nottingham, UK; Deep Silver Fishlabs in Hamburg, Germany, and Deep Silver Volition based in Champaign, IL, USA. For more information please visit http://www.deepsilver.com/. ABOUT HASBRO: Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a global company committed to Creating the World’s Best Play Experiences, by leveraging its beloved brands, including LITTLEST PET SHOP, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, MONOPOLY, MY LITTLE PONY, NERF and TRANSFORMERS, and premier partner brands. From toys and games, television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive lifestyle licensing program, Hasbro fulfills the fundamental need for play and connection for children and families around the world. The Company’s Hasbro Studios creates entertainment brand-driven storytelling across mediums, including television, film and more. Through the company’s commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. Learn more at www.hasbro.com and follow us on Twitter (@Hasbro & @HasbroNews). MICRO MACHINES, NERF and all related names are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. ©2017 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved. All copyrights or trademarks are the property of their respective owners and are being used under license. Developed and published by Codemasters. “PlayStation”, “PLAYSTATION” and “PS” Family logo are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Trademarks are property of their respective owners. 
          Victory: PETA Wins Retirement for Former Hollywood Chimpanzee   

After more than a decade in solitary confinement in a tiny, decrepit enclosure at Alabama’s Mobile Zoo—where he was dumped by Hollywood animal trainer Steve Martin’s Working Wildlife, which ...

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          Bret Stephens and MSNBC’s hiring spree: The network keeps moving right   


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Update: MSNBC and Greta Van Susteren have agreed to part ways.

MSNBC is now a pasture for pseudo-intellectual conservatives. Climate denier and Iraq War booster Bret Stephens is just the latest right-wing hire at the network.

In recent months NBC News Chairman Andy Lack has overseen a hiring spree of right-wing pundits and former Fox News personalities. The stable includes Hugh Hewitt, Megyn Kelly, Charlie Sykes, Greta Van Susteren, and George Will. They join other conservatives at the network: Elise Jordan, Steve Schmidt, Michael Steele, Rick Tyler, Nicolle Wallace, and former Republican congressman Joe Scarborough. This is to say nothing of NBC News contributor and Trump apologist Mark Halperin; and given their frequent appearances, it may be just a matter of time until David Frum, a speechwriter for then-President George W. Bush, former George W. Bush chief of staff Andy Card, and neocon Bill Kristol join the network as well.

Compared to CNN’s boorish Trumpists or the state media apparatchiks at Fox News, the common thread among MSNBC conservatives is a certain pretentious shine. They’re frequently just arguing that President Donald Trump is the wrong type of conservative, when in fact Trump is the apotheosis of everything conservatism has been careening toward for some time. (The exception is Hugh Hewitt, who is now just a huge Trump booster after vacillating during the campaign.) 

Many of these hires have direct, intimate connections to Bush, the most disastrous president in decades. Card, Frum, Jordan, and Wallace worked in the Bush administration, and Stephens, Kristol, Will, Scarborough, and Hewitt were all huge cheerleaders for the Iraq War. And that history matters. Two major media institutions, including a newspaper of record, are now paying Stephens essentially just to troll liberals with climate denial and to push America towards a war with Iran.

You can separate Lack’s hiring spree into two buckets: pundits and brands. Neither offer much value in the long run. In this media environment, opinions are cheap (including mine!). Everyone has one and most of them stink. There’s no long-term return on opinions (and no lack of people wanting to get on TV to share theirs).

Adding brands like Megyn Kelly or Greta Van Susteren is equally pointless. It’s no wonder that both of these shows have failed. There’s simply no audience for them outside the Fox News bubble. Particularly with Kelly, NBC News executives seem completely unaware that her entire show at Fox News was built around racial dog-whistling (with occasional moments of bucking the party line).

Also, as Ryan Grim noted, it is the progressive shows that Lack hasn’t touched that are succeeding the most.

Rather than spending all this money on right-wing pundits and big names, the true value-add for news networks now is reliable and aggressive journalism. That’s hard to do. It’s expensive. It’s time-consuming. But it’s ultimately what will define NBC News and MSNBC.


           Suitcase with human remains dumped in Mexico's Los Cabos    
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexican authorities say a suitcase containing human remains has been found in the resort city of Cabo San Lucas, continuing a wave of...
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          UK lawmakers pass May government's 2-year agenda   
UK lawmakers pass May government's 2-year agenda
- Abortion is far more tightly restricted in Northern Ireland than in the rest of the U.K., ... the Conservative government's plans for a Brexit-dominated parliamentary ... But the government is likely to get its way thanks to Northern Ireland's ...

          Pump N’ Dump Brodie   
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One Thing Yuck Boy Figured Out Real Fast With Brodie Is That He Is A Total And COmplete Big COck Worshiper! He's Definately Down To Ride. We Took This Clip After About 4 Hours Of Yuck And Brodie FUcking Around. .. Yuck Boy Seems To Really Enjoy Someone That Can Keep Up With His Extreme […]
          Sorry no 64bit Vista decoder utility   
I've tried valiantly. I've scoured registry dumps that readers have kindly sent in. I've analysed all the relative entries - I've even worked out where a 64 bit version of my decoder utility should post the entries. The only problem is that my current 32 bit app is posting in the right place. Unfortunatley the issue is not in this case getting the entry in the right place its the fact that the decoders themselves are not installing properly for 64 bit operation. This is not easilly worked round if possible at all.

So I'm very sorry to disappoint you 64 bit users - I did try...
          Conficker Finally Awakes & Dumps Payload   

So it seems something big was brewing with Conficker, they just didn’t want to do what everyone expected and unleash it on April 1st when all eyes were on them. Smart move really, they kept quiet and waited a week or so after before dropping some fairly serious and complex payloads (encrypted rootkits). It seems […]

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          Ipswich Police Officer Hit By Dump Truck   
An Ipswich police officer suffered serious leg injuries after being hit by a dump truck Friday morning.
          MS SQL - bcp to export varbinary to image file   

Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/vaibhavgaikwad/archive/2017/05/16/244551.aspx

I don't do much SQL in regular day to day basis but when it comes to it then it gets really exciting. Here is one of the odd days where I wanted to push out a image file from SQL which was sorted as varbinary(MAX) in database. As you all know that bcp is a very handy utility when it comes to dumping data out. So, I made that as a first choice but soon realized it was difficult to handle varbinary with the default arguments. Reading the internet here is what I could learn...

You need a format (.fmt) file for such an export. To generate the format file you need first go to the command prompt and perform the following:

D:\>bcp "select top 1 annotation from [DEMO_0]..[MasterCompany_Demographics_files]"  queryout d:\test.png -T

Enter the file storage type of field annotation [varbinary(max)]:{press enter}
Enter prefix-length of field annotation [8]: 0
Enter length of field annotation [0]:{press enter}
Enter field terminator [none]:{press enter}

Do you want to save this format information in a file? [Y/n] y {press enter}
Host filename [bcp.fmt]: annotation.fmt {press enter}

Starting copy...

1 rows copied.
Network packet size (bytes): 4096
Clock Time (ms.) Total     : 1      Average : (1000.00 rows per sec.)


This will help you to generate your format file which then can be used to export out the images easily.

D:\>bcp "select top 1 annotation from [DEMO_0]..[MasterCompany_Demographics_files]"  queryout "d:\test.png" -T -f annotation.fmt

Starting copy...

1 rows copied.
Network packet size (bytes): 4096
Clock Time (ms.) Total     : 15     Average : (66.67 rows per sec.)

I hope this helps someone...

          Trump says Repeal, Replace Later and Self-employed/Small businesses might lose affordable coverage!!!   
Like Trump's comment that took the nations breath away...:


Yet House and Senate Republican plans are getting trashed, not surprisingly, in this most recent poll:



So if Republicans can't prevent 23 million people from losing their health care insurance with a new plan, at least just dump the Affordable Care Act outright?


Dumb doesn't begin to describe taking this kind of chance with 8 percent of the economy. But get a load of what his in-the-tank true believing followers think:
Among Republicans, Trump wouldn't bear the brunt of the blame if Congress is unable to repeal and replace Obamacare. Just 6 percent would blame him, and half said they would blame congressional Democrats. Another 20 percent said they would blame GOP lawmakers.
Of course Republicans are only doing what voters wanted them to do...see graph....

The Senate's Better Care Act adds mind-boggling costly complexity to the U.S. health care system. 

For me, an "all payer system" is simple; every doctor is your doctor, every hospital is your hospital. No bills, no worries ever. .

Waaayyyyyy too easy say Republicans, who want us to spend days, months and years maneuvering through their nightmarish and complicated idea of free market freedom. One idea is so ridiculously convoluted and costly that it numbs the mind, making people join a group formed to manage health policy...seriously?
KFFDotOrg: Association Health Plans for Small Groups and Self-Employed Individuals under the Better Care Reconciliation Act: The Senate Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), a proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), includes a provision to create new association health plan options for small employers and self-employed individuals ... the ACA requirement that premiums cannot vary based on health status does not apply in the large group market. Neither does the requirement for policies to cover ten categories of essential health benefits. 

SBHPs would be able to set premiums for small firm and self-employed members based on health and risk status ... However, in the event a covered individual becomes seriously ill or injured, nothing under federal law would prevent the SBHP insurer from raising the premium for that small employer or self-employed individual, even to unaffordable levels. This could lead to premiums in the traditional small group market becoming much higher for employers who need to seek coverage there ... making health insurance less affordable for sick individuals and small groups who would have to rely on them, and potentially not available at all.

          Cell Phone Summer   
Tech Dump and Tech Discounts are collecting cell phones for recycling between now and Labor Day.
          Adopt Kota a Boxer, Bull Terrier (Kota (Petfinder.com))   
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          Adopt Kota a Boxer, Bull Terrier (Kota (Petfinder.com))   
You can fill out an adoption form on-line on our main website. Get ready to say aww, how precious to Kota, the most precious senior girl ever! She was used to breed and once she could no longer breed, she was dumped in Pasco County. She loves giving... see more at Petfinder.com

          CNN Proven Very Fake News, Dollar Tanking, Yellowstone Could Blow   
By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com (WNW 290 6.30.17) A CNN producer and a top on air talent were both caught on hidden camera admitting the so-called Trump collusion story was a “nothing burger,” “pretty much BS” and was being followed “because of ratings.” Project VERITAS produced the videos that aired just after CNN was forced to […]
          Comment on Apostle Suleman Dumps Pregnant Canadian Lover, Gets Her Detained In Lagos by Stephanie Otobo Claims Mother Was Coerced Into Giving Apology (Video)   
[…] is coming after the Canadian-based Nigerian singer accused the fiery preacher of impregnating and abandoning her after he promised to marry […]
          Pho Nomenal Dumpling brick-and-mortar getting closer to opening date   
Pho Nomenal DumplingThe food truck's first brick-and-mortar location will be located in City Market.
          Comment on What’s New in C# 7.0 by Anand Kulkarni SG   
I tested the simple thread support on Linux using the latest 2.0.0-preview2-download and it seems the thread abort functionality is not supported on the Linux platform. When app is run https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa645740(v=vs.71).aspx Example 1. the oThread.abort() dumps a core file.
          IPOB: Pro-Biafra groups forge common force, make Nnamdi Kanu overall leader   
IPOB: Pro-Biafra groups forge common force, make Nnamdi Kanu overall leader


By Anayo Okoli

Published by Family Writers Press

UMUAHIA – SEVEN pro-Biafra groups Wednesday  agreed to work together under the leaders of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, with the aim of achieving faster the their quest for referendum that will lead to the emancipation of Republic of Biafra.

The groups said that they decided to work together so that they would be speaking with one voice seeking for one objective of securing the Republic of Biafra.

Well over 5000 people from the various groups converged on Afaraukwu, native home of Nnamdi Kanu to witness his appointment as the over leader of Biafra. The groups were the Movement for the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, Biafran Revolutionary Organization, BRO, Eastern People Congress, EPC, Joint Revolutionary Council of Biafra, JRCB, Biafra Liberation Crusaders, BLC, and Salvation People of Biafra, all of who agreed to work indiscriminately with the Nnamdi Kanu led IPOB to pursue the Republic Biafra. Rising from a closed down with Kanu, Comrade Uchenna Madu addressed journalists on their decision. He said the decision was to work together and speak with one voice under a central leader, saying however that all the groups still exist but would be speaking with one voice more so as the quest for referendum hits up.

“Distinguished members and great people of Biafra and supporters of divine mission of emancipation of the land of Biafra from the oppressing Nigeria State, we salute you. Today as we stand in this holy land of Bifra in unique and brotherly gathering to honour our own brother who distinguished himself in the self determination struggle for Biafra actualization and restoration. “Today in honour of our supreme leader, Chukwu Okike Abiama and in remembrance of Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, we the people of Biafra under the representation of all the pro-Biafra groups hereby adopt and declare our brother, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu as the new leader of Biafra Nation, whose under his leadership, through the grace of Chukwu Okike Abiama shall the people  of Biafra rest. “Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s leadership shall bring unity, peace, progress and brotherly love among the esteemed people of Biafra through the instrumentality of mutual and intimate understanding among the pro-Biafra groups”, the declaration read by MASSOB leader, Comrade Uchenna Madu said.

Kanu Reacts In his reaction, Nnamdi Kanu said that he was humbled by the decision of the various groups and assured that h would not let them down. “I am humbled by this decision of the groups, we started together and we have all ended up together because we are sincere and purposeful. I am not in the habit of letting my friends down, that thing you said I cannot do is what I will down. “Everybody will be carried along; if I am invited for any meeting I will take some people along. Today is a great day for Biafran all over the world.

Today we have shamed our enemies think that we cannot come together, who think that if when we get Biafra we will kill ourselves, we have shamed them”. In answer to a question, Kanu said he did not believe in the restructuring of Nigeria being called by eminent Nigeria, saying that Nigerian Government would not keep any agreement reached in the restructuring exercise. According to him, it is a referendum or nothing.

He said that Aburi agreement was reneged by Nigerian Government and that the 2014 National Conference was dumped where it was coated by dust until the Biafra agitation became intense and it was remembered. On whether the IPOB has formerly written to the United Nations demanding referendum, Kanu said that the best letter was the continuous civil disobedience which he said serves as “handwriting on the wall for the Government, they wake up to see it every day”. “We are going to compel the powers that be to recognize the inevitability of the referendum. Man made the law, man will change it. We will continue to deploy civil disobedience. It is not war, it is self-determination”, Kanu said.


UN OBSERVER.

A United Nations observer, Prof. Nwaimo Emma was around yesterday to see what was going on. According to Nwaimo, who said he is a professor of religion, he was overwhelmed with the crowd he saw and said that he would report back to the United Nations the true position of what he observed.

WE HAVE LOST CONFIDENCE IN IGP

Meanwhile, the leader of Afenifere Youths, Eric Olawale has said that the Afenifere youths have totally lost confidence in the leadership of the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris over his failure to arrested the Arewa Youths who gave the Igbo quit notice from the North. Olawale also said that they have lost confidence in the Northern governors over the same issue, saying with their action they have failed to provide leadership. Olawale who said he was in Umuahia in solidarity with Nnamdi Kanu and other pro-Biafra groups, said that they are also keenly interested in having Oduduwa Republic. He said that they came to give support to Kanu because they all part of Southern Nigeria, and will not watch and see their brother being punished.
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          The Waste of E-Waste   

We wanted to make people a bit more aware of what is in their tech. In the info graphic you can see the minerals used in your devices, the metals produced from them and what are they used for. The info graphic has an informative character. Pointing some light on the “Waste of E-Waste” and influencing proper waste management. The goal ,of course, is to spread the message! We have to do our best to minimise our impact on the environment. The ugly truth is that if those materials end up in the dump, they would never be reused for the making of new devices. And on top of that they are harmful to the environment. Making ourselves more informed and aware of our global problems is the key moment, making us take a step in the right direction.

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          I got a message now what?   
I got to thinking while reviewing the latest Exchange Beta, "why make it easier to keep things in the Inbox?".

The Inbox is the most unstructured quagmire of information people manage (I would even argue over the OS file system). $.07 bet anyone? The fact that information is mainly intended to come inbound to an Inobx hampers activities such as content management, compliance and a litteny of others.

So...where in the new Exchange, functions such as autoarchiving, searching, routing control, encryption and auditing are important; the most important feature would be easily moving this data from my unstructured Inbox to a more structured application to be managed. We did the genesis of this a long time ago in Notes (e.g. move a message to a calendar entry or task or another db). I also know that the extensions in Notes and Outlook make this possible to program (i.e. we did this at Groove to move messages from Outlook to a Groove space but unfortunately that was taken away with the latest release). The point though is that this needs to be made easier for businesses to implement, should have more emphasis placed on it and should be more out of the box. Give me a generic target on disk where I can register something similar to an XSLT++ that defines a path, transport and data migration to move things from the Inbox to a target. Then allow me to embed that in the message window. Then for goodness sake ship some of them out of the box. Every messaging company has plenty of targets that they could pre-program.

More emphasis should be placed on the Inbox being viewed as a temporary holding spot instead of the eternal dumping ground. When things come in, act upon what needs action and place the information in the right context and then discard or archive what is left. Maybe it is that people get too many messages that makes this behavior unrealistic or maybe it is the fact that they have no other option but to just take the message and file it away.

I remember my mom used to tell me "when you have something in your hand it takes just as much work to put in the right place as the wrong place". Now I didn't buy into that much as a teenager. I only somewhat buy into it as an adult usually because I have to pick it up later anyway and that's the point! After someone opens, reads a message and puts it in a folder do you really think they are going to go back once a week and say "hmmm....what needs to be done with this to ensure compliance?". Someone needs to figure out the Interact/Act model to capture the users attention when they first open a message to say "this needs to be placed in context".
          Offer - CV-LDA102R Battery Carpet Vacuum - CHINA   
Spotless Technology (Shenzhen) Co.,Ltd is a famous China cv-lda102r battery carpet vacuum manufacturer and supplier, welcome to buy discount and wholesale cheap cv-lda102r battery carpet vacuum products from our factory.Cordless Vacuum Cleaner CV-LDA102RModel No. : CV-LDA102R      Rated: 12v      Power: 75w      Vacuum power: 3.2kpaNoise: ≤75dB     Charging Time: 4Hours   Working Time: >20minInput: 100-240v 50-60Hz   Output: 13.8v 1AThis Cordless Vacuum Cleaner also called rechargeable vacuum cleaner, for it is powered by battery, no need cord. No trouble from cord length.This kind of cordless rechargeable vacuum cleaner now are really popular, for it is cordless, so it can be used anywhere. Now we call it vacuum cleaner for home and car, its tiny size and lightweight, it is portable for anybody does cleaning.According to "deep cleaning" idea, give full consideration to the users which have different clean requirements in the house and car, the use of different clean environment demand, suck dust ,also small liquid. So this is also a wet and dry cordless vacuum cleaner.This cordless rechargeable vacuum cleaner choose environmental lithium battery supply power, also named battery power vacuum cleaner, lithium battery supply power stably, persistent strong suction; Efficiently clean dust in every corner of house and car, leave you clean good life!The cordless vacuum cleaner choose exclusive Nano waterproof HEPA filter, the exclusive Nano waterproof high precision HEPA filter technology, after sucking dust, the HEPA filter can wash in water directly. After cleaning the HEPA filter, no need to dry up, directly dump water with the hand, which can be put back and use again, suction keep strong. In Addition Nano waterproof technology has such advantages: waterproof, oil-repellent, sterilization and so on.
          Offer - CV-LDA102R Battery Carpet Vacuum - CHINA   
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          Offer - CV-LDA102R Battery Carpet Vacuum - CHINA   
Spotless Technology (Shenzhen) Co.,Ltd is a famous China cv-lda102r battery carpet vacuum manufacturer and supplier, welcome to buy discount and wholesale cheap cv-lda102r battery carpet vacuum products from our factory.Cordless Vacuum Cleaner CV-LDA102RModel No. : CV-LDA102R      Rated: 12v      Power: 75w      Vacuum power: 3.2kpaNoise: ≤75dB     Charging Time: 4Hours   Working Time: >20minInput: 100-240v 50-60Hz   Output: 13.8v 1AThis Cordless Vacuum Cleaner also called rechargeable vacuum cleaner, for it is powered by battery, no need cord. No trouble from cord length.This kind of cordless rechargeable vacuum cleaner now are really popular, for it is cordless, so it can be used anywhere. Now we call it vacuum cleaner for home and car, its tiny size and lightweight, it is portable for anybody does cleaning.According to "deep cleaning" idea, give full consideration to the users which have different clean requirements in the house and car, the use of different clean environment demand, suck dust ,also small liquid. So this is also a wet and dry cordless vacuum cleaner.This cordless rechargeable vacuum cleaner choose environmental lithium battery supply power, also named battery power vacuum cleaner, lithium battery supply power stably, persistent strong suction; Efficiently clean dust in every corner of house and car, leave you clean good life!The cordless vacuum cleaner choose exclusive Nano waterproof HEPA filter, the exclusive Nano waterproof high precision HEPA filter technology, after sucking dust, the HEPA filter can wash in water directly. After cleaning the HEPA filter, no need to dry up, directly dump water with the hand, which can be put back and use again, suction keep strong. In Addition Nano waterproof technology has such advantages: waterproof, oil-repellent, sterilization and so on.
          For sale - 2001 Hasbro Tonka Dump Truck ~ Pressed Steel &... - $62   

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          Crystal Lake residents seek relief from city for continual flooding in backyards   
CRYSTAL LAKE – Donald Adams never knows how much water to expect in his backyard after seasonal showers and thunderstorms, but the 68-year-old Crystal Lake resident knows rain on his block means he will have to run the water pump.

In most cases, Adams or his wife, Susan, must throw on waders and trudge through about 3 feet of dirty rainwater to fill the pump with gasoline and keep it spitting water out in front of their house on Pine Street.

“If I wasn’t doing that, everybody’s basement would flood,” Adams said. “People don’t realize … I’m still sucking all the groundwater out so that when it does rain, there’s some percolation left.”

Residents living in the block immediately southeast of the Route 14 and West Crystal Lake Avenue intersection are frustrated with the city for not finding a solution to the flooding problem, which has cost them money and left them without access to their backyards for much of the summer. However, the city has been denied grant money to help fund a solution.

Pools of grimy, putrid rainwater stood for weeks after June 14 thunderstorms dumped nearly 5 inches of rain across McHenry County, and about 3 more inches of rain that fell Wednesday night in Crystal Lake made the problem worse.

For between 10 and 12 affected homes, rainwater on average ponds longer than a standard swimming pool and covers large portions of residents' yards. Mosquitoes and other flying insects are attracted to the standing water and make it nearly impossible for people to stand in the backyards at night without pests biting or bothering them, residents said.

“Half the summertime, it’s full of water back there,” said Mike Sanchez, who has lived on West Crystal Lake Avenue for the past two and a half years and is concerned about the safety concern the flooding poses to his children. Sanchez said the family has even considered moving to a different neighborhood.

Thomas O’Brien has lived on the corner of West Crystal Lake Avenue and South Oriole Trail for nearly 50 years and said the buildup of water in his backyard has always been a problem. He remembered watching geese land in "ponds of water" that sometimes extend more than 100 feet across the residents' yards.

O’Brien said the problem has continued over the years as the city has developed the area along South Virginia Street for businesses.

Specifically, O’Brien pointed to the business strip at 25 S. Virginia St. and suggested rainwater could be traveling down the downward-sloping asphalt drive that backs right up to the affected area.

“I think the city goofed on it,” O’Brien said. “My feeling is, if the city gave these people that built the office buildings permits to build, then they should have said, ‘All right, you should have some holding tanks.'"

Adams also takes issue with the businesses building along Virginia Street, which were developed more than decade ago, according to the McHenry County assessor records. Adams said he has kept notes on correspondence with the city dating back to the mid-1990s.

By his estimate, Adams has spent about $30,000 over the years for flooding-related expenses such as gas, oil, electricity and replacing a furnace and hot water tank. He also spent about $5,000 in order to have his basement sanitized.

“We never had water like this until all those properties went in,” Adams said. “Connect the dots; it’s completely absurd to say that has nothing to do with it.”

The city of Crystal Lake has identified the area as one that has “continually flooded,” City Engineer Abby Wilgreen said.

Hey and Associates Inc., an engineering and ecological consulting firm, prepared a report for the city in 2009 on the flooded area between Pine Street and Oriole Trail – labeled the “Pine Street depression” – that suggested a relief storm sewer or a stormwater pumping station could be implemented.

Wilgreen, however, also said the businesses along Virginia Street do not contribute at all to the ongoing problem.

“The area in the backyard is like a big bowl,” Wilgreen said. “Whether that was asphalt or that was grass back there behind that business, the water is still going to end up in those people’s backyards because water flows downhill. It’ll always end there in those backyards because there’s nowhere else for it to go.”

Wilgreen said the city has been pursuing possible solutions to the flooding since at least 2012 that would help resolve the problem for residents.

Between 2012 and 2014, the city twice applied for — and was twice denied — funding from FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program that awards grants to states, local governments and Indian tribes for long-term hazard mitigation projects, Wilgreen said.

Grant funding is awarded on a case-to-case basis to projects on either public or private property that are both “environmentally sound” and “cost effective” and aimed at solving a problem and preventing future damage, according to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency website.

“Since we didn’t get that grant, we’re trying to check for everything, and one of the possible options is potentially adding like a pump there that would pump the water into the storm sewers,” Wilgreen said.

She said if the city can create a feasible engineering plan to implement a working pump near the backyards, it would need to be added as an item for next year’s budget approval on May 1, 2018. It also would then need approval from the City Council.

For some residents, confirmation that the city is looking into the problem is enough to quell the frustrations that come with every rainfall. O’Brien’s wife, Mary, said she might not be able to build a small garden in her backyard in the near future but believes someday it will be a possibility.

“When she called, it gave us some hope,” Mary O’Brien said after talking with Wilgreen on the phone.

Other residents, such as Adams, feel like they are going around in circles with the city and believe there is no end in sight.

“They told us that kind of stuff in 2010 and that it would be resolved in 2015,” Adams said. “With all due respect, I don’t believe a word.”


          New comment on Item for Geeklist "Dumpty's Wishlist"    

by Steve Carey

Related Item: SpaceCorp

Hopefully JB has now broken completely free from the yoke of Decision Games.

This design looks cool...
          New comment on Item for Geeklist "Dumpty's Wishlist"    

by Steve Carey

Related Item: Gandhi: The Decolonization of British India, 1917–1947

Phenomenal game, the two non-violent factions are handled so well.

2018 can't come fast enough...
          MAD 7. It Only Takes 'HALF-A-DOZEN' Things!   
In all my experience... in many different adventures, sports and business projects that I have undertaken and enjoyed... and, from my extensive studies of many of the world's most successful people... it is clear that SUCCESS comes from focusing on getting just a few things right... and continually looking to improve upon those few things.

Yes, most often it takes only a few things... 1, 2, or 3 things... just a 'half-a-dozen' things to ensure success in most projects.

Some like to call it 'Pareto's Principle'... some call it the '80-20 Principle' - where 80% of your results come from 20% of what you do. I think it is much simpler than that... just focus on the few things that work.

Too many people look to make the simple things in life too complex to understand.

Sometimes I think that it is their way of retaining 'power' for themselves. This is especially so in autocratic business enterprises and in overly-officious bureaucratic government offices.

Look to extricate the complex, and isolate those that want to complicate life, and dump them for the simple things that will make any project fly.

There is almost always a simple solution to any complex problem... and sometimes it takes an uncluttered simple mind to see this solution.

Simple rules.. OK..!

While we're at it... if you can find just 1, 2, or 3 things... just 'half-a-dozen' insights from this GIFT of MAD principles/ideas... that you can take and apply to your life... to make a meaningful difference in your life... and in the lives of others... then I will have considered this effort, to share this information with you, as being well worth my personal time and my investment to host this information online.

Regards
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          New comment on Item for Geeklist "What Am I Waiting For...? (or A Kickstarter Sucker's Tale)"    

by dumpty

Related Item: Clans of Caledonia

From June 30...

Timeline

Start mass production: July 7
Start freight shipping: between August 23 and September 7
Freight shipping: 4-6 weeks
Start fulfillment: October

          Deploying Highly Available Virtual Interfaces With Keepalived   

Linux is a powerhouse when it comes to networking, and provides a full featured and high performance network stack. When combined with web front-ends such asHAProxylighttpdNginxApache or your favorite application server, Linux is a killer platform for hosting web applications. Keeping these applications up and operational can sometimes be a challenge, especially in this age of horizontally scaled infrastructure and commodity hardware. But don't fret, since there are a number of technologies that can assist with making your applications and network infrastructure fault tolerant.

One of these technologies, keepalived, provides interface failover and the ability to perform application-layer health checks. When these capabilities are combined with the Linux Virtual Server (LVS) project, a fault in an application will be detected by keepalived, and the virtual interfaces that are accessed by clients can be migrated to another available node. This article will provide an introduction to keepalived, and will show how to configure interface failover between two or more nodes. Additionally, the article will show how to debug problems with keepalived and VRRP.

What Is Keepalived?


The keepalived project provides a keepalive facility for Linux servers. This keepalive facility consists of a VRRP implementation to manage virtual routers (aka virtual interfaces), and a health check facility to determine if a service (web server, samba server, etc.) is up and operational. If a service fails a configurable number of health checks, keepalived will fail a virtual router over to a secondary node. While useful in its own right, keepalived really shines when combined with the Linux Virtual Server project. This article will focus on keepalived, and a future article will show how to integrate the two to create a fault tolerant load-balancer.

Installing KeepAlived From Source Code


Before we dive into configuring keepalived, we need to install it. Keepalived is distributed as source code, and is available in several package repositories. To install from source code, you can execute wget or curl to retrieve the source, and then run "configure", "make" and "make install" compile and install the software:

$ wget http://www.keepalived.org/software/keepalived-1.1.17.tar.gz  $ tar xfvz keepalived-1.1.17.tar.gz   $ cd keepalived-1.1.17  $ ./configure --prefix=/usr/local  $ make && make install 

In the example above, the keepalived daemon will be compiled and installed as /usr/local/sbin/keepalived.

Configuring KeepAlived


The keepalived daemon is configured through a text configuration file, typically named keepalived.conf. This file contains one or more configuration stanzas, which control notification settings, the virtual interfaces to manage, and the health checks to use to test the services that rely on the virtual interfaces. Here is a sample annotated configuration that defines two virtual IP addresses to manage, and the individuals to contact when a state transition or fault occurs:

# Define global configuration directives global_defs {     # Send an e-mail to each of the following     # addresses when a failure occurs    notification_email {        matty@prefetch.net        operations@prefetch.net    }    # The address to use in the From: header    notification_email_from root@VRRP-director1.prefetch.net     # The SMTP server to route mail through    smtp_server mail.prefetch.net     # How long to wait for the mail server to respond    smtp_connect_timeout 30     # A descriptive name describing the router    router_id VRRP-director1 }  # Create a VRRP instance  VRRP_instance VRRP_ROUTER1 {      # The initial state to transition to. This option isn't     # really all that valuable, since an election will occur     # and the host with the highest priority will become     # the master. The priority is controlled with the priority     # configuration directive.     state MASTER      # The interface keepalived will manage     interface br0      # The virtual router id number to assign the routers to     virtual_router_id 100      # The priority to assign to this device. This controls     # who will become the MASTER and BACKUP for a given     # VRRP instance.     priority 100      # How many seconds to wait until a gratuitous arp is sent     garp_master_delay 2      # How often to send out VRRP advertisements     advert_int 1      # Execute a notification script when a host transitions to     # MASTER or BACKUP, or when a fault occurs. The arguments     # passed to the script are:     #  $1 - "GROUP"|"INSTANCE"     #  $2 = name of group or instance     #  $3 = target state of transition     # Sample: VRRP-notification.sh VRRP_ROUTER1 BACKUP 100     notify "/usr/local/bin/VRRP-notification.sh"      # Send an SMTP alert during a state transition     smtp_alert      # Authenticate the remote endpoints via a simple      # username/password combination     authentication {         auth_type PASS         auth_pass 192837465     }     # The virtual IP addresses to float between nodes. The     # label statement can be used to bring an interface      # online to represent the virtual IP.     virtual_ipaddress {         192.168.1.100 label br0:100         192.168.1.101 label br0:101     } } 

The configuration file listed above is self explanatory, so I won't go over each directive in detail. I will point out a couple of items:

  • Each host is referred to as a director in the documentation, and each director can be responsible for one or more VRRP instances
  • Each director will need its own copy of the configuration file, and the router_id, priority, etc. should be adjusted to reflect the nodes name and priority relative to other nodes
  • To force a specific node to master a virtual address, make sure the director's priority is higher than the other virtual routers
  • If you have multiple VRRP instances that need to failover together, you will need to add each instance to a VRRP_sync_group
  • The notification script can be used to generate custom syslog messages, or to invoke some custom logic (e.g., restart an app) when a state transition or fault occurs
  • The keepalived package comes with numerous configuration examples, which show how to configure numerous aspects of the server

Starting Keepalived


Keepalived can be executed from an RC script, or started from the command line. The following example will start keepalived using the configuration file /usr/local/etc/keepalived.conf:

$ keepalived -f /usr/local/etc/keepalived.conf 

If you need to debug keepalived issues, you can run the daemon with the "--dont-fork", "--log-console" and "--log-detail" options:

$ keepalived -f /usr/local/etc/keepalived.conf --dont-fork --log-console --log-detail 

These options will stop keepalived from fork'ing, and will provide additional logging data. Using these options is especially useful when you are testing out new configuration directives, or debugging an issue with an existing configuration file.

Locating The Router That is Managing A Virtual IP


To see which director is currently the master for a given virtual interface, you can check the output from the ip utility:

VRRP-director1$ ip addr list br0 5: br0: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 1500 qdisc noqueue state UNKNOWN      link/ether 00:24:8c:4e:07:f6 brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff     inet 192.168.1.6/24 brd 192.168.1.255 scope global br0     inet 192.168.1.100/32 scope global br0:100     inet 192.168.1.101/32 scope global br0:101     inet6 fe80::224:8cff:fe4e:7f6/64 scope link         valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever  VRRP-director2$ ip addr list br0 5: br0: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 1500 qdisc noqueue state UNKNOWN      link/ether 00:24:8c:4e:07:f6 brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff     inet 192.168.1.7/24 brd 192.168.1.255 scope global br0     inet6 fe80::224:8cff:fe4e:7f6/64 scope link         valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever 

In the output above, we can see that the virtual interfaces 192.168.1.100 and 192.168.1.101 are currently active on VRRP-director1.

Troubleshooting Keepalived And VRRP


The keepalived daemon will log to syslog by default. Log entries will range from entries that show when the keepalive daemon started, to entries that show state transitions. Here are a few sample entries that show keepalived starting up, and the node transitioning a VRRP instance to the MASTER state:

Jul  3 16:29:56 disarm Keepalived: Starting Keepalived v1.1.17 (07/03,2009) Jul  3 16:29:56 disarm Keepalived: Starting VRRP child process, pid=1889 Jul  3 16:29:56 disarm Keepalived_VRRP: Using MII-BMSR NIC polling thread... Jul  3 16:29:56 disarm Keepalived_VRRP: Registering Kernel netlink reflector Jul  3 16:29:56 disarm Keepalived_VRRP: Registering Kernel netlink command channel Jul  3 16:29:56 disarm Keepalived_VRRP: Registering gratutious ARP shared channel Jul  3 16:29:56 disarm Keepalived_VRRP: Opening file '/usr/local/etc/keepalived.conf'. Jul  3 16:29:56 disarm Keepalived_VRRP: Configuration is using : 62990 Bytes Jul  3 16:29:57 disarm Keepalived_VRRP: VRRP_Instance(VRRP_ROUTER1) Transition to MASTER STATE Jul  3 16:29:58 disarm Keepalived_VRRP: VRRP_Instance(VRRP_ROUTER1) Entering MASTER STATE Jul  3 16:29:58 disarm Keepalived_VRRP: Netlink: skipping nl_cmd msg... 

If you are unable to determine the source of a problem with the system logs, you can use tcpdump to display the VRRP advertisements that are sent on the local network. Advertisements are sent to a reserved VRRP multicast address (224.0.0.18), so the following filter can be used to display all VRRP traffic that is visible on the interface passed to the "-i" option:

$ tcpdump -vvv -n -i br0 host 224.0.0.18 tcpdump: verbose output suppressed, use -v or -vv for full protocol decode listening on br0, link-type EN10MB (Ethernet), capture size 96 bytes  10:18:23.621512 IP (tos 0x0, ttl 255, id 102, offset 0, flags [none], proto VRRP (112), length 40) \                 192.168.1.6 > 224.0.0.18: VRRPv2, Advertisement, vrid 100, prio 100, authtype simple,                  intvl 1s, length 20, addrs: 192.168.1.100 auth "19283746"  10:18:25.621977 IP (tos 0x0, ttl 255, id 103, offset 0, flags [none], proto VRRP (112), length 40) \                 192.168.1.6 > 224.0.0.18: VRRPv2, Advertisement, vrid 100, prio 100, authtype simple,                  intvl 1s, length 20, addrs: 192.168.1.100 auth "19283746"                          ......... 

The output contains several pieces of data that be useful for debugging problems:

authtype - the type of authentication in use (authentication configuration directive) vrid - the virtual router id (virtual_router_id configuration directive) prio - the priority of the device (priority configuration directive) intvl - how often to send out advertisements (advert_int configuration directive) auth - the authentication token sent (auth_pass configuration directive) 

Conclusion


In this article I described how to set up a host to use the keepalived daemon, and provided a sample configuration file that can be used to failover virtual interfaces between servers. Keepalived has a slew of options not covered here, and I will refer you to the keepalived source code and documentation for additional details



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          Building an atomic database with clojure   

Atoms provide a way to hold onto a value in clojure and perform thread-safe transitions on that value. In a world of immutability, they are the closest equivalent to other languages’ notion of variables you will encounter in your daily clojure programming.

Storing with an atom

One of the frequent uses of atoms is to hold onto maps used as some sort of cache. Let’s say our program stores a per-user high score for a game.

To store high-scores in memory atoms allow us to implement things very quickly:

(ns game.scores
  "Utilities to record and look up game high scores")

(defn make-score-db
  "Build a database of high-scores"
  []
  (atom nil))

(def compare-scores
  "A function which keeps the highest numerical value.
   Handles nil previous values."
  (fnil max 0))

(defn record-score!
  "Record a score for user, store only if higher than
   previous or no previous score exists"
  [scores user score]
  (swap! scores update user compare-scores score))

(defn user-high-score
  "Lookup highest score for user, may yield nil"
  [scores user]
  (get @scores user))

(defn high-score
  "Lookup absolute highest score, may yield nil
   when no scores have been recorded"
  [scores]
  (last (sort-by val @scores)))

In the above we have put together a very simple record mechanism, which through the use of defonce keeps scores across application reloads or namespace reevaluations. Ideally this should be provided as a component, but for the purposes of this post we will keep things as simple as possible.

Using the namespace works as expected:

(def scores (make-score-db))
(high-score scores)         ;; => nil
(user-high-score scores :a) ;; => nil
(record-score! scores :a 2) ;; => {:a 2}
(record-score! scores :b 3) ;; => {:a 2 :b 3}
(record-score! scores :b 1) ;; => {:a 2 :b 3}
(record-score! scores :a 4) ;; => {:a 4 :b 3}
(user-high-score scores :a) ;; => 4
(high-score scores)         ;; => [:a 4]

Atom persistence

This is all old news to most. What I want to showcase here is how the add-watch functionality on top of atoms can help serializing atoms like these.

First lets consider the following:

  • We want to store our high-scores state to disk
  • The content of high-scores contains no unprintable values

It is thus straightforward to write a serializer and deserializer for such a map:

(ns game.serialization
  "Serialization utilities"
   (:require [clojure.edn :as edn]))

(defn dump-to-path
  "Store a value's representation to a given path"
  [path value]
  (spit path (pr-str value)))

(defn load-from-path
  "Load a value from its representation stored in a given path.
   When reading fails, yield nil"
  [path]
  (try
    (edn/read-string (slurp path))
    (catch Exception _)))

This also works as expected:

(dump-to-path "/tmp/scores.db"
  {:a 0 :b 3 :c 3 :d 4})          ;; => nil
(load-from-path "/tmp/scores.db") ;; => {:a 0 :b 3 :c 3 :d 4}

With these two separate namespaces, we are now left figuring out how to persist our high-score database. To be as faithful as possible, we will avoid techniques such as doing regular snapshots. Instead we will reach out to add-watch which has the following signature (add-watch reference key fn) and documentation:

Adds a watch function to an agent/atom/var/ref reference. The watch fn must be a fn of 4 args: a key, the reference, its old-state, its new-state. Whenever the reference’s state might have been changed, any registered watches will have their functions called. The watch fn will be called synchronously, on the agent’s thread if an agent, before any pending sends if agent or ref. Note that an atom’s or ref’s state may have changed again prior to the fn call, so use old/new-state rather than derefing the reference. Note also that watch fns may be called from multiple threads simultaneously. Var watchers are triggered only by root binding changes, not thread-local set!s. Keys must be unique per reference, and can be used to remove the watch with remove-watch, but are otherwise considered opaque by the watch mechanism.

Our job is thus to write a 4 argument function of the atom itself, a key to identify the watcher, the previous and new state.

To persist each state transition to a file, we can use our dump-to-path function above as follows:

(defn persist-fn
  "Yields an atom watch-fn that dumps new states to a path"
  [path]
  (fn [_ _ _ state]
    (dump-to-path path state)))

(defn file-backed-atom
   "An atom that loads its initial state from a file and persists each new state
    to the same path"
   [path]
   (let [init  (load-from-path path)
         state (atom init)]
     (add-watch state :persist-watcher (persist-fn path))
     state))

Wrapping up

The examples above can now be exercized using our new file-backed-atom function:

(def scores (file-backed-atom "/tmp/scores.db"))
(high-score scores)         ;; => nil
(user-high-score scores :a) ;; => nil
(record-score! scores :a 2) ;; => {:a 2}
(record-score! scores :b 3) ;; => {:a 2 :b 3}
(record-score! scores :b 1) ;; => {:a 2 :b 3}
(record-score! scores :a 4) ;; => {:a 4 :b 3}
(user-high-score scores :a) ;; => 4
(high-score scores)         ;; => [:a 4]

The code presented here is available here


          Diving into the Python Pickle formatt   

pickle is python’s serialization format, able to freeze data, as long as all leaves in class hierarchies are storeable. pickle falls into the category of formats that I’m not a huge fan of. Like all serialization formats heavily tied to a language, it makes interop harder and pushes platform and language concerns all the way to the storage layer.

You could do worse than look into Protobuf and Avro when looking for a fast serialization format for your network protocol needs. When speed isn’t so much of an issue, EDN and JSON are also good candidates.

I had no choice but to look into pickle since I am writing a compatibility layer for the carbon binary protocol in clojure within the cyanite project.

The work described in this article is available in pickler.

Format definition

One of the first hurdles when investigating pickle is finding its reference. I didn’t find a formal format definition, but it ended up not being that part to piece things together.

I started off looking at how graphite serializes metrics, the structure is rather simple, and ends up looking like this:

metrics = [
  [ "web1.cpu0.user", [ 1332444075, 10.5 ] ],
  [ "web1.cpu1.user", [ 1332444076, 90.3 ] ]
]

We can now add in some code to write the metrics out:

pickle.dump(metrics, open("frozen.p", "wb"))

In addition to this, the best source seems obviously to be the documentation and source code of the pickletools python modules (See https://docs.python.org/3.4/library/pickletools.html and http://hg.python.org/cpython/file/087cdbf49e80/Lib/pickletools.py#l38)

In addition to this, it’s going to be useful to work with the hexdump of the output data from above:

00000000: 8003 5d71 0028 5d71 0128 580e 0000 0077  ..]q.(]q.(X....w
00000010: 6562 312e 6370 7530 2e75 7365 7271 025d  eb1.cpu0.userq.]
00000020: 7103 284a ab7b 6b4f 4740 2500 0000 0000  q.(J.{kOG@%.....
00000030: 0065 655d 7104 2858 0e00 0000 7765 6231  .ee]q.(X....web1
00000040: 2e63 7075 312e 7573 6572 7105 5d71 0628  .cpu1.userq.]q.(
00000050: 4aac 7b6b 4f47 4056 9333 3333 3333 6565  J.{kOG@V.33333ee
00000060: 652e                                     e.

A stack-based virtual machine.

To get a sense of how pickle works, a good approach is to use the disassembly facility provided by python -m pickletools <file.pickle>, for the above file this generates:

    0: \x80 PROTO      3
    2: ]    EMPTY_LIST
    3: q    BINPUT     0
    5: (    MARK
    6: ]        EMPTY_LIST
    7: q        BINPUT     1
    9: (        MARK
   10: X            BINUNICODE 'web1.cpu0.user'
   29: q            BINPUT     2
   31: ]            EMPTY_LIST
   32: q            BINPUT     3
   34: (            MARK
   35: J                BININT     1332444075
   40: G                BINFLOAT   10.5
   49: e                APPENDS    (MARK at 34)
   50: e            APPENDS    (MARK at 9)
   51: ]        EMPTY_LIST
   52: q        BINPUT     4
   54: (        MARK
   55: X            BINUNICODE 'web1.cpu1.user'
   74: q            BINPUT     5
   76: ]            EMPTY_LIST
   77: q            BINPUT     6
   79: (            MARK
   80: J                BININT     1332444076
   85: G                BINFLOAT   90.3
   94: e                APPENDS    (MARK at 79)
   95: e            APPENDS    (MARK at 54)
   96: e        APPENDS    (MARK at 5)
   97: .    STOP
highest protocol among opcodes = 2

Looking at the code and documentation it becomes evident that we are dealing with a stack based virtual machine which keeps track of objects. The file is just a list of serialized opcodes, the first one being expected to be the protocol version and the last one a stop opcode. When the stop opcode is met, the current object on the stack is popped.

In the case of graphite data the objects built are simple collections, the relevant operations can be trimmed down to:

 2: ]    EMPTY_LIST
 6: ]        EMPTY_LIST
10: X            BINUNICODE 'web1.cpu0.user'
31: ]            EMPTY_LIST
35: J                BININT     1332444075
40: G                BINFLOAT   10.5
49: e                APPENDS
50: e            APPENDS
51: ]        EMPTY_LIST
55: X            BINUNICODE 'web1.cpu1.user'
76: ]            EMPTY_LIST
80: J                BININT     1332444076
85: G                BINFLOAT   90.3
94: e                APPENDS
95: e            APPENDS
96: e        APPENDS

Parsing opcodes

In terms of layout on disk, opcodes are either fixed size or contain a fixed size field indicating the size of the variable part.

Protocol opcode

The protocol opcode has a code of 0x80 and is followed by a single byte for the version.

    00000000: 8003 5d71 0028 5d71 0128 580e 0000 0077  ..]q.(]q.(X....w
    00000010: 6562 312e 6370 7530 2e75 7365 7271 025d  eb1.cpu0.userq.]
    00000020: 7103 284a ab7b 6b4f 4740 2500 0000 0000  q.(J.{kOG@%.....
    00000030: 0065 655d 7104 2858 0e00 0000 7765 6231  .ee]q.(X....web1
    00000040: 2e63 7075 312e 7573 6572 7105 5d71 0628  .cpu1.userq.]q.(
    00000050: 4aac 7b6b 4f47 4056 9333 3333 3333 6565  J.{kOG@V.33333ee
    00000060: 652e                                     e.

Stop opcode

The stop opcode (0x2e or . in ASCII) denotes the end of the pickle data.

    00000000: 8003 5d71 0028 5d71 0128 580e 0000 0077  ..]q.(]q.(X....w
    00000010: 6562 312e 6370 7530 2e75 7365 7271 025d  eb1.cpu0.userq.]
    00000020: 7103 284a ab7b 6b4f 4740 2500 0000 0000  q.(J.{kOG@%.....
    00000030: 0065 655d 7104 2858 0e00 0000 7765 6231  .ee]q.(X....web1
    00000040: 2e63 7075 312e 7573 6572 7105 5d71 0628  .cpu1.userq.]q.(
    00000050: 4aac 7b6b 4f47 4056 9333 3333 3333 6565  J.{kOG@V.33333ee
    00000060: 652e           e.

Empty list opcode

The empty list opcode has code 0x5d (the ASCII equivalent of ]), this opcode has no additional data.

    00000000: 8003 5d71 0028 5d71 0128 580e 0000 0077  ..]q.(]q.(X....w
    00000010: 6562 312e 6370 7530 2e75 7365 7271 025d  eb1.cpu0.userq.]
    00000020: 7103 284a ab7b 6b4f 4740 2500 0000 0000  q.(J.{kOG@%.....
    00000030: 0065 655d 7104 2858 0e00 0000 7765 6231  .ee]q.(X....web1
    00000040: 2e63 7075 312e 7573 6572 7105 5d71 0628  .cpu1.userq.]q.(
    00000050: 4aac 7b6b 4f47 4056 9333 3333 3333 6565  J.{kOG@V.33333ee
    00000060: 652e                                     e.

Append opcode

The append opcode denotes the end of a list, the currently open collection should be closed and pushed back onto the stack.

    00000000: 8003 5d71 0028 5d71 0128 580e 0000 0077  ..]q.(]q.(X....w
    00000010: 6562 312e 6370 7530 2e75 7365> 7271 025d eb1.cpu0.userq.]
    00000020: 7103 284a ab7b 6b4f 4740 2500 0000 0000  q.(J.{kOG@%.....
    00000030: 0065 655d 7104 2858 0e00 0000 7765 6231  .ee]q.(X....web1
    00000040: 2e63 7075 312e 7573 6572 7105 5d71 0628  .cpu1.userq.]q.(
    00000050: 4aac 7b6b 4f47 4056 9333 3333 3333 6565  J.{kOG@V.33333ee
    00000060: 652e                                     e.

Unicode opcode

The unicode opcode has code 0x58 (or ASCII X) and follows a simple structure:

    struct bin_unicode {
       char       code;    /* 0x58 */
       u_int32_t  length;  /* payload size in network byte order */
       char      *payload; /* variable size */
    };

Here are the three fields highlighted from our example payloads each time they appear:

    00000000: 8003 5d71 0028 5d71 0128 580e 0000 0077 ..]q.(]q.(X....w
    00000010: 6562 312e 6370 7530 2e75 7365 7271 025d  eb1.cpu0.userq.]
    00000020: 7103 284a ab7b 6b4f 4740 2500 0000 0000  q.(J.{kOG@%.....
    00000030: 0065 655d 7104 2858 0e00 0000 7765 6231  .ee]q.(X....web1
    00000040: 2e63 7075 312e 7573 6572 7105 5d71 0628  .cpu1.userq.]q.(
    00000050: 4aac 7b6b 4f47 4056 9333 3333 3333 6565  J.{kOG@V.33333ee
    00000060: 652e                                     e.

Integer opcode

Integers are stored with the 0x4a opcode at a fixed length of 4 bytes and in network byte order.

    00000000: 8003 5d71 0028 5d71 0128 580e 0000 0077 ..]q.(]q.(X....w
    00000010: 6562 312e 6370 7530 2e75 7365 7271 025d  eb1.cpu0.userq.]
    00000020: 7103 284a ab7b 6b4f 4740 2500 0000 0000  q.(J.{kOG@%.....
    00000030: 0065 655d 7104 2858 0e00 0000 7765 6231  .ee]q.(X....web1
    00000040: 2e63 7075 312e 7573 6572 7105 5d71 0628  .cpu1.userq.]q.(
    00000050: 4aac 7b6b 4f47 4056 9333 3333 3333 6565  J.{kOG@V.33333ee
    00000060: 652e                                     e.

The infamous double opcode

The way doubles are serialized is a bit startling, it comes down to just writing out the double storage. In C deserializing would come down to:

    double deserialize(const char *input) {
      double output;

      memcpy(&output, input, sizeof(output));
      return (output);
    }
    00000000: 8003 5d71 0028 5d71 0128 580e 0000 0077  ..]q.(]q.(X....w
    00000010: 6562 312e 6370 7530 2e75 7365 7271 025d  eb1.cpu0.userq.]
    00000020: 7103 284a ab7b 6b4f 4740 2500 0000 0000  q.(J.{kOG@%.....
    00000030: 0065 655d 7104 2858 0e00 0000 7765 6231  .ee]q.(X....web1
    00000040: 2e63 7075 312e 7573 6572 7105 5d71 0628  .cpu1.userq.]q.(
    00000050: 4aac 7b6b 4f47 4056 9333 3333 3333 6565  J.{kOG@V.33333ee
    00000060: 652e                                     e.

AST Generation

The Abstract Syntax Tree for such a format is nothing more than a list of opcode. Parsing just requires making sure the first opcode is a protocol one and should stop when a stop opcode is met.

Generating an AST for the above syntax in clojure turned out to be very simple, provided we worked with the java ByteBuffer class.

Here’s the bulk of the work:

(defn raw->ast
  "Convert binary data into a list of pickle opcodes and data"
  [bb]
  (lazy-seq
   (when (pos? (.remaining bb))
     (let [b    (bit-and 0xff (.get bb))
           elem (opcode b bb)]
       (cons elem (raw->ast bb))))))

A seq is built by fetching a byte and sending it to an opcode function, along with the rest of the buffer.

The opcode function is best built as a multimethod which dispatches on the opcode: (defmulti opcode (fn [b _] (bit-or b 0x00))), methods can then be implemented simply, for instance here are append and int parsing:

(defmethod opcode 0x4a
  [_ bb]
  {:type :int :val (.getInt bb)})

(defmethod opcode 0x65
  [_ bb]
  {:type :append})

With this, we end up with an AST of the following form. It’s now much easier to write functions that parse this AST and extract

({:type :protocol, :version 3}
 {:type :startlist}
 {:type :binput, :index 0}
 {:type :mark}
 {:type :startlist}
 {:type :binput, :index 1}
 {:type :mark}
 {:type :unicode, :size 14, :val "web1.cpu0.user"}
 {:type :binput, :index 2}
 {:type :startlist}
 {:type :binput, :index 3}
 {:type :mark}
 {:type :int, :val 1332444075}
 {:type :double, :val 10.5}
 {:type :append}
 {:type :append}
 {:type :startlist}
 {:type :binput, :index 4}
 {:type :mark}
 {:type :unicode, :size 14, :val "web1.cpu1.user"}
 {:type :binput, :index 5}
 {:type :startlist}
 {:type :binput, :index 6}
 {:type :mark}
 {:type :int, :val 1332444076}
 {:type :double, :val 90.3}
 {:type :append}
 {:type :append}
 {:type :append}
 {:type :stop})

Some final thoughts on pickle

I still think pickle should be avoided in general, but I found myself in one of the rare cases where it’s necessary to interact with it from outside python. If you’re a python developer and following along, please consider other serialization formats.

Hopefully This should give you enough to start playing around with pickle, here are a few resources for doing so in other languages:


          Dump Chicken Recipes   
This recipe site is crammed full of great recipes. I like the Dump Chicken page and thought you might like to check it out too. GREAT for busy service days! All the recipes on this page are made by putting frozen chicken in a ziploc bag, along with your chosen marinade ingredients, then putting it in the refrigerator to thaw overnight. The next morning you just empty the whole bag into a crockpot and let it cook all day.

When you get to the page, scroll down a little to see the...
          Found My Way Back...   
...I'm sorry that I have been away for so long. I have been "out of the loop" for awhile now...feeling stuck in a rut; kind of down in the dumps. Too much going on recently. Trying to get back to being more Balanced. I begin with a big Hello to all of You dear friends.

Have You all been to your DC? I went the first week-end of July...all I can say is WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL! Would love to see some discussion, after everyone has been there. My brain is so fuzzy these days, that I rea...
          Thank Jehovah   
Dear Brothers and Sisters Just a word of thanks for Jehovah's organization and the support that one finds, even when you physically do not know one another. A brief explanation as to why I was down in the dumps the last two weeks, which I am not sharing publically with all of Sparks. On May 23rd, on her one month anniversary, my darling daughter was diagnosed with an incurable (not fatal) disease. Even though we knew it was possible it still hit me hard and there was an adjustment period....
          House for sale in hinton, alberta, t7v0b8, $749900   
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          Random Friday Morning Thoughts   

  • In the last week I've had home grown tomatoes delivered to my office by two local attorneys. There appears to be a bumper crop in the county this year. (And that ends this Country Agricultural Minute.)
  • I ran into a former Bridgeport resident/former Texas House Rep in Brookshires in Bridgeport yesterday. (Wearing a Baylor visor, no less.) 
  • Something might be wrong with Fox 4's Steve Eagar. I might start a new game called "How long into the broadcast will it be before he stumbles over the teleprompter." (He's had to anchor the 10:00 p.m. newscast alone for about three days this week and it has not gone well.)
  • Fox Sports website has laid off a ton of sports writers this week (including the great Stewart Mandel) after announcing it will focus more on videos than the written word. That's stupid. That's Idiocracy.
  • I'm struggling in my fishing this year. What lure (including color) do you use when the water is incredibly clear?
  • The home page for each Texas appellate court is back up, but the back end database (which has the information that you go there to see in the first place) is still down. That makes three days in a row. Something is royally screwed up.
  • The NRA put out an ad which is a not-so-subtle call for an armed insurrection against the Dirty Lib.
  • "(CNN) - An Ohio city councilman has suggested a controversial solution to the growing opioid problem in his town: If an addict keeps overdosing, the city won't dispatch anyone to save their life." If you won't go out on the second or third time, why go out on the first?
  • A city in Iran, with 1.1 million people, set a world record in high temperature yesterday: 129 degrees. 
  • Loyal Christian and Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended Trump's offensive tweets yesterday by saying Trump shouldn't be considered a role model because, “When it comes to role models, as a person of faith, I think we all have one perfect role model." She followed that up with saying Trump "fights fire with fire." 
  • Former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach is still mad about not getting paid after his firing. (USA Today.) He was on The Ticket about a month ago with one of the conditions of the interview being that he got to rant that Tech, in his opinion, screwed him out of over $2 million. And, man, he went off. 
  • Speaking of, whatever happened to Craig James? He holds the distinction of getting Leach fired and losing to Ted Cruz in the same year. That's a bad year. 
  • You realize that they have no idea who the actual shooter and getaway driver were, right? 
  • I think I'm doubling down on my belief that the Bedford girl found in the Arlington landfill was a dumpster suicide. No arrests. No search warrants. No family outrage of "the police aren't doing anything!" I bet she left a note. 
  • Last night a rookie NY Yankee, Dustin Fowler, in the first inning of his first game suffered a gruesome "open ruptured patella tendon." I don't know what that is, and I'm not looking to find out.  
  • The Fort Worth PD Twitter account basically posts nothing but silliness with no real effort to seek the public's help in law enforcement. Then this morning they posted a video of a girl wearing a Peaster High School t-shirt and her friend taken from a Target security cam with the caption "she stole mascara." It even sought Peaster school's twitter account for help. It was quickly deleted and replaced with a different caption. I wonder if the girl wearing the T-shirt is not the one actually accused of theft but the original tweet, referencing Peaster, so implied. (Side note: Aren't there bigger crimes to post about?)
    The deleted tweet.
  • Replaced with this one.

  • Trump will leave for Trump National Golf Club at Bedminster, New Jersey this afternoon. That will make his 32nd day at a golf club as president.



          Dump Truck Driver - The Better Line - Coldwater, ON   
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          Yes, Petty Idiocy Still Rules Society    

Late night loud yowls, most precious Big Cat Beauties... sheesh, geez, what a long busy-overwhelming week for this Big Cat... okay, really who cares about ENEMY-MSM Mika? However, petty idiocy still rules our society...sadly! But come on, Mika looks like a programmed android, and she is STUPID ... all you have to do is look at her, listen to her for a few minutes, and it's obvious--her IQ is not impressive, let's say... and let's get a dose of reality, how obvious is it that President Trump is just fish-hooking these brainless-wonder presstitutes into reacting crazily... MEANWHILE he's doing the real business of being president of these united states. BEHIND THE SCENES.

Yeah, the Kougar couldn't resist this political cartoon. ~smiles~

Okay, according to Sorcha Faal of ~whatdoesitmean.com~ there is a plot to possibly assassinate President Trump during the G20, when The Donald and Putin are supposed to meet... thus, to blame it on the Russians and cause a world war.

MESSAGE TO THE SINISTER-FORCE GLOBALISTS: NO, YOU WILL NOT ASSASSINATE PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP. NOT EVER. WHATEVER YOU ATTEMPT WILL MERELY BACKFIRE ON YOU WITH DEADLY CONSEQUENCES. AND SO IT IS!!! 

~~~~~~

PAUL JOSEPH WATSON DOES A BRILLIANT JOB EXPOSING THE IDIOCRACY HYPOCRISY OVER POOR LITTLE ATTACKED MIKA. 


Save Me The Feigned Outrage Over Trump’s Mika Brzezinski Tweet

Paul Joseph Watson | The media has spent the last 2 years viciously attacking Trump over his appearance.


IF YOU WANT ANY KIND OF FREEDOM AND PRIVACY AROUND YOUR MONEY, THIS BILL MUST BE STOPPED. IT IS MORE THAN HORRENDOUS AND VIOLATES THE CONSTITUTION SIX WAYS TO SUNDAY. 





FANNIE AND FREDDIE WERE LOOTED BLIND BY OBOZO AND CREW, AND THE CONGRESS SIMPLY IGNORES THIS MASSIVE CRIME. 

SENATE OPENS LEGISLATIVE SEASON ON FANNIE AND FREDDIE IGNORING THEFT OF SHAREHOLDER VALUE

Senate Banking Committee features Sen. Corker plan to hand mortgage market to Wall Street and big banks

THE PEDO EMPIRE IS CRUMBLING DAY BY DAY... THANK THE DIVINE ... THIS BIG CAT IS ENTIRELY GRATEFUL FOR THE INCREDIBLE EXPOSURE THAT IS HAPPENING NOW, AND FOR THE ROUND UP OF THESE PSYCHO-PERVERTS WHO RULE AND RUN AND RUIN OUR LIVES. 


BREAKING: POPE’S PEDOPHILE NETWORK IMPLODING AS HIS TOP AIDE IS INDICTED FOR CHILD RAPE

Catholic church involved in child sex once again 


JAMES O'KEEFE, WHAT A HERO REAL JOURNALIST!!! 

WATCH: CNN CEO ‘COWARDLY’ RUNS AWAY FROM JAMES O’KEEFE

Fake news ringleader hides from press 


YEAH, THANKS STUPID-BRAIN NIKKI HALEY ... WE SO NEED A BIG OLE NASTY, KILL OFF HUMANITY, *KILL OFF THE PLANET WAR* WITH RUSSIA [SNARK] BECAUSE OF A MCMASTER-ORCHESTRATED FALSE FLAG ... YOU TWIT-ZOID. 

https://www.infowars.com/russian-senator-warns-u-s-preparing-provocation-to-attack-syria 

RUSSIAN SENATOR WARNS U.S. PREPARING “PROVOCATION” TO ATTACK SYRIA

Trump admin could launch false flag blamed on Assad


Russian Senator Alexei Pushkov warns that the United States is preparing a false flag “provocation” as a pretext to launch a military assault on Syria.
Responding to a CNN report that the U.S. “has ships and aircraft in place to strike Syria,” if ordered to do so by the President, Pushkov cautioned that this could be the precursor to a staged incident.
“The United States put its Navy and Air Force on alert, and is just waiting for an excuse to strike Syria. Assad will not give them one.” This, Pushkov wrote, makes it “the perfect time for a provocation.”
США привели в готовность силы ВМФ и ВВС и ждут лишь предлога для удара по Сирии. Асад им предлога не даст. Идеальное время для провокации.
Earlier this week, the administration warned Bashar Al-Assad that the U.S. was aware of new preparations for a chemical attack and that he would pay a “heavy price” for any such action.
This was followed up by a tweet from Ambassador Nikki Haley in which she asserted, “Any further attacks done to the people of Syria will be blamed on Assad, but also on Russia & Iran who support him killing his own people.”
Any further attacks done to the people of Syria will be blamed on Assad, but also on Russia & Iran who support him killing his own people.
On Wednesday, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders indicated that the Trump administration’s warning to Assad had been “successful,” but Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova took the move as “a warning sign of an intervention.”
“The campaign, which was started by the US and is being backed by London and Paris, on the alleged chemical attack that is claimed to be prepared by Damascus, is not original, it’s a textbook script, which has already been used in several countries in the region,” Zakharova said.
“The situation seems to be a massive provocation, both military and information-wise, a provocation which targets not only the Syrian leadership, but also Russia,” she added.
Back in April, the Trump administration launched 59 cruise missiles against a Syrian airfield claimed to be the base for government aircraft that carried out a chemical weapons attack in Khan Shaykhun.
The decision caused a split amongst Trump’s base because he specifically ran on the promise of not getting the United States entangled in more Middle Eastern conflicts that lead to the overthrow of secular leaders.
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THE EARTHQUAKES ARE STILL SHAKING UP THE PLANET ... THE KOUGAR CANNOT EVEN POST THEM ALL HERE

OKAY, SUPPOSEDLY, TO UPDATE THIS ARTICLE, RAND PAUL HAD A VERY GOOD MEETING WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP WHICH HE FEELS WILL YIELD POSITIVE RESULTS ... LET'S HOPE SO! 

RAND PAUL: HEALTH BILL IS NOW ‘OBAMACARE-PLUS’; IT SUBSIDIZES THE DEATH SPIRAL”

Legislation is "propping up" insurance companies

Senator Rand Paul continued to voice stern opposition to the Obamacare replacement legislation Friday, saying it isn’t even ‘Obamacare lite’ anymore, and instead is more like ‘Obamacare plus’.
Appearing on “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” last night, Paul noted that the Republican legislation may actually provide more subsidies than Obamacare.
“[W]hen we look at the bill, we actually find that with the Obamacare subsidies, not only are we keeping them, we may actually be providing more subsidies than Obamacare has.” Paul exclaimed.
“Our early estimates on the bill are that the bill may spend more in the next year or two than Obamacare does.” Paul added.
“And so, it’s hard for us to get our mind around that this is a repeal bill if we’re spending more, keeping all the subsidies, and then we’re going to start a brand new federal entitlement program where we give insurance companies money.” the Senator explained.
“I keep reading it and…it sounds like Obamacare to me. It doesn’t even sound like Obamacare-lite. In some areas, it may be Obamacare-plus, on the subsidy side.” he urged.
Paul also warned that the bill “subsidizes the death spiral of Obamacare.”
“It dumps a bunch of federal money, taxpayer money, or borrowed money into the insurance industry and says, ‘Hey, please lower the prices if we give you money.’” Paul told viewers.
In a further appearance on Morning Joe Friday, the Senator said that the so called healthcare overhaul is actually centered around “propping up” insurance companies.

“The insurance companies make all the money; all of this is predicated upon still propping up the insurance companies.” Paul said, adding that “you should be able to get insurance for $1 a day. I mean, you really should.”
The Senator argued that the legislation will amount to more “bailing out” of insurance companies.
“I want the bill to look more like a repeal bill. I promised people I was going to repeal it; I didn’t promise people that I was going to replace it with a federal program of bailing out insurance companies,” Paul asserted.
“I mean, we could do this for cars,” he added. “New cars are expensive. We could have a car stabilization fund.” he further argued.
In an interview with Breitbart, Paul noted that “The bill keeps ten of twelve Obamacare regulations that causes the prices of premiums to spiral upward.”


AT LEAST, THEY RECOGNIZE SOME LEVEL OF REALITY ... BLESS YOU WHEREVER YOU ARE, HERO SETH RICH 

  • cover image"How do you solve a murder when you can only remember yesterday? Imagine a world in which classes are divided not by wealth or religion but by how much each group can remember. Monos, the majority, have only one day's worth of memory; elite Duos have two. In this stratified society, where Monos are excluded from holding high office and demanding jobs, Claire and Mark are a rare mixed marriage. Clare is a conscientious Mono housewife, Mark a novelist-turned-politician Duo on the rise. They are a shining example of a new vision of tolerance and equality-until ... A beautiful woman is found dead, her body dumped in England's River Cam. The woman is Mark's mistress, and he is the prime suspect in her murder. The detective investigating the case has secrets of his own. So did the victim. And when both the investigator's and the suspect's memories are constantly erased--how can anyone learn the truth? Told from four different perspectives, that of Mark, Claire, the detective on the case, and the victim--Felicia Yap's staggeringly inventive debut leads us on a race against an ever-resetting clock to find the killer. With the science-fiction world-building of Philip K. Dick and the twisted ingenuity of Memento, Yesterday is a thriller you'll never forget"-- Provided by publisher.
          You Will Be Free…To Watch Dad Die… – Mike Malloy Show   

Conservatives were demanding that states be aloud to dump the ACA prohibition on insurance companies charging sick people more for coverage. Radio talk show host Mike Malloy gives his take. Read the full story here: Obamacare replacement lacks support from GOP

The post You Will Be Free…To Watch Dad Die… – Mike Malloy Show appeared first on The Ring of Fire Network.


          про_искусство: Необычные кинотеатры со всего мира    

Кафе-кинотеатр Sci-Fi Dine-In

Лос-Анджелес (Калифорния, США)
 

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Кинотеатр Electric
Лондон (Великобритания)
 

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Кинотеатр Paramount
Окленд (Калифорния, США)
 

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Кинотеатр Orinda
Калифорния
 

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Кинотеатр Hot Tub
Лондон
 

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Китайский кинотеатр TCL (Grauman's Chinese Theatre)
Лос-Анджелес
 

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Кинотеатр «Город Кино»
Иерусалим (Израиль)
 

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Кинотеатр Fox
Окленд
 

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Лодочный кинотеатр The Movie Theater
Париж (Франция)
 

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Кинотеатр Newport Ultra
Ньюпорт-Сити, Манила (Филиппины)
 

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Кинотеатр Crest
Лос-Анджелес
 

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The Orange Cinema Club
Пекин (КНР)
 

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Olympia Music Hall
Париж
 

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Амфитеатр города Пула
Хорватия
 

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Кинотеатр Cineteca Del Matadero
Мадрид (Испания)
 

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Кинотеатр Bijou
Бриджпорт (Коннектикут, США)
 

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Кинотеатр Cinema In Bed
Познань (Польша)
 

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Кинотеатр в «Зимнем саду»
Торонто (Канада)
 

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Puskin Art Cinema
Будапешт (Венгрия)
 

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Кинотеатр Fox
Детройт (Мичиган, США)
 

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Кинотеатр Urania
Будапешт
 

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Кинотеатр Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre
Лос-Анджелес
 

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Кинотеатр New People
Сан-Франциско (США)
 

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Кинотеатр «Архипелаг»
Таиланд
 

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Кинотеатр Куршумли
Скопье (Македония)
 

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          Beautiful Code   

Beautiful Code Edited By Andy Oram & Greg Wilson

2.5/5

Beautiful Code is a collection of essays from programmers working in a number of different areas, from language design, to operating systems, to enterprise application development. If you are a programmer, chances are good that at least a couple of essays in here will appeal to you.

First, the good. Some essays are great. Yukihiro Matsumoto, the creator of Ruby, has arguably the best (and shortest) essay in the collection, concentrating on what makes code beautiful and how those factors influenced his design of Ruby. Elliote Rusty Harold’s contribution on lessons learned creating XML verifiers is also a standout. He goes through several implementations, learning from each to improve the performance of the next, all while maintaining correctness across all cases. Charles Petzold’s description of on-the-fly code generation for image processing is dense, but interesting. As a sometimes Python programmer, Andrew Kuchling’s discussion of the design trade-offs in the design of Python’s dictionary implementation was much appreciated and gives insights into performance optimizations you can make with your application if needed.

Unfortunately there is also a fair amount of bad. One issue is that the book is simply too long. The editors mention they got a more enthusiastic response from contributors then they expected. They may have felt compelled to include all or most of the responses. But beyond the length, some of the essays are just bad. For example, Douglas Crockford’s “Top Down Operator Precedence” essay dives right in without actually explaining the algorithm. It is explained piecemeal throughout the code, but you never get a good feel for exactly what is going on. Other contributors have the view that whatever skills they need to do their work is essential to being a true software engineer. For example, Bryan Cantrill writes that postmortem debugging with core dumps “is an essential part of our craft - a skill that every serious software engineer should develop.” Quite honestly, only a very narrow niche of software engineers are serious then. Other authors take similar narrow views at times, whether it is the author of math libraries feeling that everybody needs to care about high performance computing or C programmers feeling that every real programmer should implement their own dynamic dispatch code in C at some point in their careers.

Beautiful Code is worth the read, but don’t hesitate to skim over the essays that don’t interest you. I probably would have enjoyed it more if I didn’t force myself through most of the them. (Also see Jeff Atwood’s review for a good explanation of why the title of the book is misleading.)


          Hedge Fund Traders Return To Banking As Trump Promises To 'Make Prop Trading Great Again'   

The hedge fund industry is finding itself in increasingly dire straits as persistently weak returns and the advent of low-cost investing have forced more and more funds to shut down. So, it's unsurprising that, amid this steadily worsening backdrop, more traders are heading for the exits. But where are the heading? Increasingly, more traders are moving back from where they came - i.e. the big banks, which expect to see a boost in trading revenue as President Donald Trump has vowed to dial back postcrisis regulations that forced banks to wind down their prop desks.

In recent months, a number of high-profile hedge fund names have made the leap back to banking, according to Bloomberg.

“This month, Barclays Plc hired Chris Leonard, a founder of two hedge funds in the decade since he left JPMorgan Chase & Co., to turn around U.S. rates trading. At the end of last year, ex-bankers Roberto Hoornweg and Chris Rivelli, both of Brevan Howard Asset Management, left that London hedge fund for banks.

 

Recruiters say these moves and others aren’t just the usual attrition: banks in New York and London are interesting employers again a decade after the financial crisis, and may get involved in more proprietary trading if President Trump eases regulatory burdens. There’s also another factor: many macro funds just don’t make money anymore.

 

One recruiter says he expects defections to increase over the next nine months.

 

“In the last quarter of the year or first quarter of 2018, you will find more people leaving the hedge funds to join banks to run proprietary money,” said Jason Kennedy, chief executive officer of the Kennedy Group in London, which hires for banks and hedge funds. “The banks will become more attractive in terms of jobs and pay.”

The Trump administration has struggled to pass elements of its agenda - most notable its plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. And it only recently scored a partial victory on its immigration ban. Yet financial deregulation is one area where the Trump agenda is moving inexorably forward. On June 13, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin issued a report – the first in a series that will detail how the administration plans to proceed with paring back post-crisis regulations.  Some of the more notable proposals in the highly-anticipated report include: adjusting the annual stress tests, easing trading rules (i.e., gutting the Volcker Rule), and paring back the power of the watchdogs - like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Unlike the administration’s health-care plans, these measures enjoy broad support among Republicans.

Meanwhile, hedge funds are finding it increasingly difficult to compete for top talent.

"...the bar within the hedge-fund world has increased dramatically over the last year,” Kennedy said.

 

Hedge funds, stung by years of underperformance and revolts from investors, are increasingly under pressure to dump their traditional 2 percent management and 20 percent performance-fee model, curtailing their ability to hire and retain talent. Louis Bacon’s Moore Capital Management, Tudor Investment Corp., Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC, Canyon Capital Advisors and Brevan Howard were among money managers who cut fees last year. More hedge funds shuttered last year than started, a trend that continued in the first quarter of 2017, according to data from Hedge Fund Research Inc.

 

“It is not surprising that traders are looking for a safe haven, and if banks have more room to operate these moves could make sense,” said John Purcell of Purcell & Co., a London-based executive recruitment firm."

The unprecedented easy money policies adopted by the world's largest central banks in the aftermath of the crisis have hurt macro funds' profits by suppressing two-way volatility.

“Tim Sharp made the move back to the sell side even earlier, and says banks now have attractive niche trading businesses and many are nearly done downsizing. He joined Credit Suisse Group AG in July 2015 after less than a year running money at BlueCrest Capital Management LLP, the firm led by Michael Platt. At the end of that year, Platt’s firm, once among Europe’s largest hedge funds, announced it would return about $7 billion of the $8 billion it managed.

 

“It’s very difficult for macro funds," Sharp said in an interview. “Central bank policies have crushed volatility and reduced opportunities, and also it’s survival of the fittest.”

 

Sharp, who is now a director at Credit Suisse, left BlueCrest a few months after the Swiss central bank’s shock decision to remove its currency cap, which caused losses at several firms.

 

"Macro as an overall strategy has recently experienced a prolonged phase of lackluster returns, triggering a number of unwinds at big shops," said Nicolas Roth, co-head of alternative assets at Geneva-based Reyl & Cie.”

As Bloomberg explains, the flow of traders back into banking is a reversal of a trend that began in 2008, when banks, reelingfrom the crisis, saw an exodus of traders move to the buy side as many hoped to cash in on the postcrisis recovery. The advent of the Volcker rule forced banks to wind down their prop trading desks, spurring even more defections. Another factor: the rising cost of regulatory compliance is making it increasingly expensive to start a hedge fund.

"Hedge funds were booming. In 2009, hedge funds gained almost 20 percent, their best yearly performance since 1999, according to the HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index; a year later, they returned 10.3 percent.

 

While macro strategies raised $13.8 billion in the first five months of this year, the most of any trading strategy tracked by eVestment, investors are disappointed by their returns. Traders wagering on currencies and rates continue to struggle, even as peers are showing signs of recovering from their multi-year funk.

 

Andrew Law’s Caxton Associates lost 8 percent this year through May and told clients that it’s slashing performance and management fees. Paul Brewer’s hedge fund Rubicon Global Fund plunged about 27 percent this year, hurt by wrong-way currency wagers, people said earlier this month.

 

It’s also more expensive to start a hedge fund than it was, because of the difficult capital raising environment and rising cost of regulatory compliance.

 

“Some macro traders are returning to the sell side, maybe in a hope that a Dodd-Frank rollback will re-open proprietary trading activity,” Roth said."

Here’s a breakdown of other personnel moves, courtesy of Bloomberg.

  • Anthony Kemp returned to Morgan Stanley at the beginning of May from Stone Milliner Asset Management, which he joined in summer 2015
  • Alex Silverman left Citadel to join Morgan Stanley in New York at the end of March 2017
  • Dipak Shah joined Citigroup Inc. as director in October 2016 from Capula Investment Services after previously working at Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
     

          A Room With A View: Dae Bak Reviewed   

On a steamy Wednesday afternoon, I eat steamed mandoo dumplings with metal chopsticks and pork soondubu with a raw egg bobbing in the center, poaching slowly in the chili-spiked tofu broth. On the big flat-screen hung at one end of the room, the Food Network is showing an old episode of Pioneer Woman. She makes…

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          Gateway to Frayser   
New development promises economic boost to North Memphis.

Once the site of a department store, a near-20-acre lot on Hollywood has sat vacant and blighted for over two decades. Now, Frayser Gateway, a grocery-anchored shopping center — the area's first project of its kind in the past 30 years — is in the works to transform the space.

In addition to a proposed 35,000-square-foot grocery store, Frayser Gateway will host other retail establishments, restaurants, and a hotel.

Total investment in the shopping center would equal a little over $16 million, with construction set to begin in 2018 and wrapping up sometime in 2020.

Known for his work on the retail side of the new Crosstown Concourse and the Binghampton Gateway development, Shawn Massey with the Shopping Center Group is working in collaboration with G2 Ventures, the group that currently owns the property, to develop the 97,000-square-foot space.

Massey says one of the goals of the project is to eliminate the huge source of blight that the abandoned lot, now used as a dumping ground and illegal parking lot for 18-wheelers, has created.

"It sets a bad example for what the Frayser community is perceived as and not really what exists in the community today," Massey said.

Another goal of the development is to address long-term poverty in Frayser by bringing economic development to the area, while providing access to food and jobs to the surrounding residents.

Introducing a grocery store to the area would provide relief to neighborhoods near the proposed project, which are certified USDA food deserts, with transportation-challenged residents lacking access to healthy foods.

Additionally, Frayser Gateway is expected to bring the equivalent of 136 part-time jobs with an average annual wage of $24,294 to South Frayser, which currently has unemployment rates between 15 and 30 percent.

Leaders in the Frayser community welcome the new shopping center, acknowledging the neighborhood's need for more businesses and avenues of revenue.

"The Frayser Gateway project would be a much needed shot in the arm for the community," said Steve Lockwood, executive director of the Frayser Community Development Corporation. "I believe it could spur other developments in Frayser, particularly in the nearby Watkins gateway area."

The Frayser Gateway project is made possible by a 15-year Community Builder pay-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) incentive awarded to the group by the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County (EDGE) last week.

EDGE board chairman Al Bright Jr. said the shopping center will prove to bring economic growth to Frayser and put money back into the community, as the Frayser Gateway group is expected to produce a little over $100,000 in taxes during the PILOT and over $400,000 post-PILOT.

The incentive gives the group a temporary abatement of taxes in return for spending $3.2 million of construction-related costs with city or county-certified minority or women-owned enterprises (MWBE).

Previously, terms of the PILOT required contracting only with locally owned small businesses, but after the EDGE board voted to amend its local participation policy last week, PILOT recipients must spend 25 percent of spending to contract with MWBE.


          Steve Jobs Movie Dropped by Sony But May Find Life Elsewhere   

It appears that Sony, like the rest of us, are sick and tired of waiting for the newest Steve Jobs movie to get off the ground. According to Deadline, Sony Pictures just dumped the project. If you haven't been following ... Read More

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          In The Future We Will All Have Multiple Digital Personas   

I am captivated by the news about Uber actively targeting regulators and police in cities around the globe. I specifically love thinking about the work that regulators and investigators are having to do to be able to build a case against Uber, and inversely the amount of work that Uber is doing to thwart these investigations, and break into new and often times hostile markets.

Regulators and police are using burner devices, and fake personas to do their work. Uber is delivering fake services and creating fake signals to create a foggy landscape where they can do business. I'm not rooting for law enforcement, regulators, or Uber, I'm rooting for everyone possessing more than one persona, throwaway versions of themselves that are used to distract, obfuscate, hide, and confuse the machine. It's a very beautiful dumpster fire of a digital world we've created for ourselves--good job everyone.

I'm preparing for some international travel in a couple weeks, so I'm firing up my alter egos. They aren't fake personas, but they are alternative versions of myself, that will be present on all my devices when I cross any international border, on devices I can stand to lose, or just throw away. This is the world now. We won't have just a single digital version of ourselves. We will have alternative version of our personal life, our work lives, and we'll create fake accounts as they are needed--our children are already well trained in this practice.

This will be the only way we can carve out any sense of privacy in a surveillance economy. Platforms and regulators will have to work overtime to connect the dots. Our digital self will become a schizophrenic reflection of our physical world, where devices have invaded every space and moment, and are trying to identify who we are, what we are doing, and connect the dots between each version of our self, as well as those around us. I can't help but feel like the Internet as we know it is somehow fracturing society, and any sense we have of the individual--something that will be difficult to recover from, and I fear we will always be different from here forward.


          Adam Foote-signed puck   
Reader Dave wisely recognizes that Adam Foote is persona non grata in Central Ohio (even though Foote still has a house in town with a sweet basement), so he asked that I preserve his anonymity in this photo:


Yes, this post is about more than just a photo with the reviled ex-captain.  There's a signed puck involved.  And, yes, there's a story...
This was taken during a Pre-Season game in the post game media center where Foote was not taking questions. Except for me as I had won an auction to be a "CBJ reporter for a game". I was fed a pregame meal during which ex-gmdm came over to my table and demanded my credentials for being there.(my cbj escort had stepped out for a moment) This was when they still fed the press and the meals were fantastic and the room filled with media and scouts and other NHL officials and dignitaries. Dougie Mac stopped the practice after that season as it cost too much so you had to pay the next year.

Anyways after dinner I was dumped to 1460 The Fan reporter Lori Schmidt and we went to the press box to watch the game where I was instructed on how not to cheer. Nevermind I've been working high school basketball games for more than 20 years now.

Ok after the game we go to the locker room and [CBJ PR director] Todd Sharrock comes and finds me and says we're gonna get a player for you to interview and he brings Foote out and a couple of reporters get miffed that he won't talk to them. One of them was the sports anchor at channel 10 at the time. Adam was cool enough, but didn't really want to be there. In any case he signed the puck i'm holding and that was that.
Quite the experience, one I'm sure Dave will never forget.
          It’s a stick up!   

As we said yesterday, we’ve been slowly turning our home office into a place where we actually want to work. It had become a bit of a dumping ground for clothes and shoes and stacked boxes of shop stock. We’ve cleared it all away and it’s looking like an actual room again! As part of […]

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          Trump gets the U.S. a better deal on sugar with Mexico   

By Rick Manning President Donald Trump proved once again when he campaigned in favor of getting better trade deals for America that he was not just telling a story to get votes, but really meant it through the recent sugar deal his Commerce Department just completed in response to Mexico’s sugar dumping throughout the Obama Administration. “New Sugar deal negotiated […]

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          Comment on Buffalo Sabres Acquire Marco Scandella, Jason Pominville From Minnesota by bheath33   
Wow... Ennis never will stay healthy.. guess wild wanted to dump Pominvilles salary
          Report: J.J. Redick interested in Rockets, but only if money is right   
Unless the Rockets can dump Eric Gordon's salary, this is not likely.
          Weekend Porn Roundup   
sean-cody-malcolm-blake-1.jpg Fit jock Malcolm has been an excellent addition to the Sean Cody family. This week Malcolm is super excited to get a shot at fucking blond hunk Blake. The action kicks off with Blake face down on the bed, his ass up in the air, ready for Malcolm's dick. I love watching Malcolm take control and show off how dominant a top he can be. Make sure you also check out Malcolm Topping Jayden and Blake Bottoming for Jakob. sean-cody-malcolm-blake-2.jpg bel-ami-hoyt-kogan-orri-aasen-1.jpg This week Bel Ami is bringing together Hoyt Kogan and Orri Aasen. Orri's a little down in the dumps and Hoyt know just what to do to cheer up this hottie. It's such a turn on watching Hoyt's handsome face as he swallow's Orri's uncut cock. The guys end up in the bed together with Orri riding Hoyt's tool. Hoyt fucks the cum out of Orri before cumming all over this sexy bottom. Make sure you also check out Orri's Foursome with Joel, Peter & Dylan and Hoyt's Orgy with Joel, Adam, Rocco, Scott & Yuri. bel-ami-hoyt-kogan-orri-aasen-2.jpg
          On water, MI GOP Atty. General shames WI GOP officials    
Make sure you read about Michigan Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette calling for the closing of an aging oil pipeline belonging to bad corporate actor Enbridge running beneath the Mackinac Straits and putting Lake Michigan and crucial drinking water and recreational industries at risk.

A link to the story is here:

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said Thursday it’s time to begin the process of shutting down the twin 64-year-old oil pipelines that run across the bottom of the picturesque Straits of Mackinac.
Schuette's name should ring a bell because he recently filed heavy-duty felony charges against several high-ranking state and local officials in the wake of the catastrophic poisoning of Flint's water supply, including the charging of appointees of incumbent Michigan GOP Gov. Rick Snyder.

A couple of things to keep in mind:

*  Because of a two-term limit, Snyder cannot run for re-election in 2018, and with Flint matters still ongoing and its nightmare cemented as Snyder's enduring legacy, it will behoove any candidate for Governor to run with a solid environmental and public record firmly established.

Schuette is considered a possible candidate: his actions in the Flint and Mackinac pipeline issues give him those bona fides.

*  It also places him back into what had been mainstream politics in Michigan, as I understand it, where Republican Governors like William Milliken and John Engler had good, even admirable environmental records because essentially all of Michigan is within the Great Lakes basin and strong, consensus water preservation was traditionally bi-partisan, or non-partisan, and certainly better than we have in Wisconsin right now.

Our "chamber of commerce mentality" GOP Governor Walker and Attorney General Brad Schimel move in lockstep with the ideological right's insistence on private control of public waters and our shared environment, regardless of proven consequences.

Note that Walker's Department of Natural Resources had not even followed its own procedures designed to fix known contamination issues and guarantee clean drinking water near a growing number of industrial-scale animal feeding operations. 

Part of a pattern of the separation of public policy from the public interest that the DNR has laid down at Walker's direction since the beginning of his administration, and which has accelerated her time.

And as the Mackinac Straits pipeline issue broke into the news, Walker's office had no comment, a TV news outlet reported.

Little wonder. Walker has used Enbridge as campaign photo op material, despite its horrible spill and pollution record nationally and in Wisconsin.

Walker and Schimel, with backing from the GOP-run Legislature, have separately or together worked to: evade the intent of the state's constitutional mandate that the waters of the state belong to everyone; privatize the state's groundwater; speed the expansion of a north-south oil pipeline by minimizing the project's environmental reviews; bulldoze wetlands to create sand mines, pull back prevention of phosphorous dumping into rivers, and on pollution enforcement generally, and cooperate with Trump initiatives to remove federal protections for wetlands and other surface waters.

Hard to overstate the differences between the current Wisconsin approach under Republicans and environmental law enforcement by the Republican Attorney General in our neighboring state across Lake Michigan.

And if the explanation is, 'that's what's been created in the wake of Flint,' wouldn't it be better if Wisconsin came to its senses and recovered what Gaylord Nelson, Aldo Leopold and John Muir had bequeathed us.

And so we wouldn't need a Flint-level disaster to snap us back to reality?





              
#true#sailormoon#usagitsukino#princess#dumplinghead #👸🏼 Happy Birthday Usagi
          The City Of Chicago Boldly Placed This Statue Right Outside Of Trump Tower   

Coincidence?

We're guessing it was more than chance that inspired the city of Chicago to place artist Scott Reeder's 2013 stature "Real Fake," right outside of the Chi Town Trump Tower.

The "second city" certainly knows how to send a clear message...

 

Art ✨ #realfake #ilychicago

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The truth. #realfaketrump #chicagoart #dumptrump

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          Guitars   

Why guitars are better than....
Men
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* Guitars don't work late.
* Your Guitar stays as clean as you want it to.
* Guitars don't have parents or kids.
* Guitars don't get sick.
* Guitars don't get overweight, unless you like the Jumbo style.
* If you say bad things to your Guitar, you don't have to apologize before you play it again.
* Your Guitar always has time for you.
* Guitars don't watch TV.
* Guitars never need a shave, nor do they have hair on their backs.
* Guitars don't snore.
* Guitars don't leave a mess in the kitchen or bathroom.
* If you don't like the length of your Guitar's appendage you can get a new one.
* You can try out as many Guitars as you like before you get your own.
* You don't have to feed your Guitar.
* Guitars never argue, you are always right.
* Guitars never wake you up in the middle of the night, for any reason.
* Guitars never try to show you off to their friends.
* Guitars don't come home drunk after a night out with the other Guitars.
* Guitars don't sneak around with other Guitars.
* Guitars don't care what you look like or what your age is.
* Guitars don't care and don't comment about what you spend your money on.
* Guitars don't care if you have to work late.
* When you're playing, your Guitar doesn't care if other Guitars are bigger or better.
* Guitars don't care about their performance.
* Guitars don't get you pregnant.
* Guitars don't have mothers.
* When you've finished playing, you can put it away.
* You don't have to praise a Guitar after playing it.
* Guitars don't sulk.
* Guitars don't bore you.
* Guitars don't abandon you at gatherings for more interesting players.
* Guitars don't have to prove anything.
* Guitars don't try to change you once you've bought them.
* Guitars don't get jealous of your male colleagues.
* Guitars never interrogate you.
* Second-hand Guitars don't brag about previous owners.
* Second-hand Guitars don't go to see previous owners when you're out of town.
* You don't have to explain to a Guitar if you don't feel like playing tonight.
* Guitars never put you down, yet you can put them down whenever you wish.
* Guitars don't complain if you wear "sensible" clothes.
* Guitars don't have egos.
* Guitars don't need remote control units.
* When you're lost you don't have to argue with your Guitar about stopping to ask the band for directions.
* When your Guitar is being played too slow, you can speed up.
* When you need someone to play with, your Guitar is happy to accomodate.
* You buy the tools your Guitar needs; it doesn't buy tools that never get used.
* You don't have to continually assure your Guitar that its string length is just right.
* You determine the length and frequency of playing, and you're always in control.
* Your Guitar never finishes before you do.
* Your Guitar doesn't complain about your going out to dinner with your women friends rather than staying at home with it.
* You never get helpful suggestions from your Guitar's mother.
* Your Guitars will allow you to play it even on Super Bowl Sunday.
* Your Guitar never complains if you put on a few pounds.
* When your Guitar is dysfunctional you know how to get it fixed (and know that it can be fixed).
* Your Guitar will never earn more than you do for the same job just because it's a Guitar.
* Your Guitar never spends a "night out with the Guitars" and comes home with a strange rash on its fretboard.

and last, but not least:

* Your Guitar will never turn into a beer bellied blob of wood and metal on the couch in front of the TV.





Why guitars are better than.....
Women
_______________

* Guitars don't get pregnant.
* You can play your Guitar any time of the month.
* Guitars don't have parents.
* Guitars don't whine... unless you want them to.
* You can share your Guitar with your friends.
* Guitars don't care how many other Guitars you've played
* Guitars don't care how many other Guitars you have.
* Guitars don't care if you look at other Guitars.
* Guitars don't care if you buy Guitar magazines.
* You'll never hear, "Surprise, you are going to proud father of a new Guitar" unless you go out to buy one yourself.
* If your Guitar is flat you can fix it.
* Your Guitar doesn't care if you never listen to it.
* Your Guitar won't care if you leave up the toilet seat.
* You don't have to be jealous of the guy who works on your Guitar.
* If you say bad things to your Guitar, you don't have to apologize before you play it again.
* You can play your Guitar as long as you want and it won't get sore.
* You can stop playing your Guitar as soon as you want and it won't get frustrated.
* Your parents won't remain in touch with your old Guitar after you dump it.
* Guitars don't get headaches.
* Guitars don't insult you if you're a bad player.
* Your Guitar never wants a night out with the other Guitars.
* Guitars don't care if you're late.
* You don't have to take a shower before you play your Guitar.
* If your Guitar doesn't look good you can refinish it or get new parts.
* You can play your Guitar the first time you meet it, without having to take it to dinner, see a movie or meet its mother.
* The only protection you have to wear when playing your Guitar is a decent thumb pick.
* When in mixed company, you can talk about what a great time you had the last time you played your Guitar.

and last, but not least:

* If you decide to part with an old Guitar, you don't have to give up half of everything you own.
__________________

Source - Brian the brilliant


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          The Dumping Grounds   

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          The Dumping Grounds   

  When you just tryna find dem good good fireworks but da cool kids don’t like ya   Audience Reaction to Steve Jobs Scrolling on an iPhone in 2007   Andre Berto describes what it’s like to fight Floyd Mayweather   What happens when somebody tries to be serious online in Flight Simulator X   […]

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          How the 2017 Arkansas legislature made life worse for you   
But it wasn't as bad as it could've been at the Capitol.

Arkansas's legislators were locked and loaded when they arrived for the 91st General Assembly this year, determined to get more guns into public places and take away voting and abortion rights, their evergreen attacks.

Thanks to the legislature, concealed weapons soon may be carried just about everywhere except Razorback games and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Unemployment benefits were cut, whistleblowers were silenced and charter schools were given advantages over regular public schools. Other legislation was symbolic but ugly, such as an act authored by Rep. Brandt Smith (R-Jonesboro) that aims to stop Sharia, or Islamic ecclesiastical law, from taking over Arkansas's court system.

Some of the silliest bills went nowhere, such as efforts by Sen. Jason Rapert (R-Conway) to wipe Bill and Hillary Clinton's names off the Little Rock airport, to indefinitely delay implementing the voter-approved medical marijuana program and to call a convention of the states to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. Anti-immigrant legislation that would have penalized colleges and cities with so-called "sanctuary" policies withered in committee. Rep. Smith, the sponsor of the bill targeting universities, warned that rogue professors might hide undocumented immigrants in their offices and then dump their human waste on campus in the dark of night; surprisingly, this argument did not persuade his colleagues. Rep. Kim Hendren (R-Gravette) proposed banning cell phones from public schools; later, he filed a bill prohibiting teachers from using books authored by leftist historian Howard Zinn. Neither gained traction.

What was good? A little. Conservatives tried to circumscribe the medical marijuana amendment with bans on smoking and edible products, among other roadblocks, but the worst of the anti-pot legislation stalled. Evidently reassured by Governor Hutchinson's promises to make the private option more conservative (read: stingier) down the line, the annual appropriation for Medicaid passed without a major fight — a relief for the 300,000-plus Arkansans receiving health insurance through Obamacare. Pushed by Hutchinson, the ledge directed some of Arkansas's tobacco settlement proceeds to expand a waiver program for the developmentally disabled, opening the door to services for some 500 to 900 desperate families stranded for years on a waitlist. At long last, the state will stop its reprehensible practice of celebrating Robert E. Lee's birthday simultaneously with Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a symbolic but important step forward that was championed by the governor.

Here's our survey of the damage:

GUNS
In Glock we trust

The biggest gun-related news this session was the passage and signing of House Bill 1249, now Act 562, which creates a new "enhanced carry" permit that will allow gun owners who have undergone eight hours of additional training — including active shooter training, with a curriculum still to be worked out by the Arkansas State Police — to carry a concealed handgun in many places previously forbidden under the state's concealed carry law, including the state Capitol, public colleges and universities, bars, churches and courthouses. Concealed carry in prisons, courtrooms and K-12 schools is still forbidden, and private property owners, including bars, churches and private colleges, can still prohibit firearms if they choose.

Sponsored by Rep. Charlie Collins (R-Fayetteville), the bill was a far piece from where it started by the time it was signed. Originally, Collins' bill would have solely mandated that public universities and colleges allow faculty and staff to carry concealed handguns. It was an attempt to push back against the state's public colleges and universities, which have steadfastly rejected Collins' and his colleagues' attempts to institute "campus carry" in the past. Amendments to HB 1249 soon pushed it several clicks further toward the broad "guns everywhere" approach favored by the National Rifle Association, and far beyond a potential shooting iron in a well-trained professor's briefcase. Now, anyone with the enhanced permit will be able to carry on a college campus, including into sometimes-contentious student and faculty disciplinary hearings and raucous college dorms.

The passage of the bill spawned some last minute scrambling when the Southeastern Conference expressed concerns about fans coming to college football games carrying heat, resulting in Act 859, a cleanup effort that prohibits concealed carry in college athletic venues. Also exempted by Act 859 were daycares, UAMS and the Arkansas State Hospital, an inpatient facility for the mentally ill. The bill also allows private businesses and organizations to ban concealed carry without posting a sign to that effect. If a private business decides to ban concealed carry without posting a sign, anyone caught carrying a concealed weapon on the premises can be ejected or told to remove their gun if they want to come back. If the concealed carrier repeats the infraction, they can be charged with a crime. Even after the purported cleanup, that still leaves a lot of places open to concealed carry unless those places set a policy forbidding the practice, including most hospitals, mental health facilities and off-campus high school and middle school sporting events. At the signing ceremony for HB 1249, Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action, said, "We believe that if you have a legal right to be somewhere, and you're a law-abiding person, you ought to have a legal right to defend yourself." For the NRA, that means the right to be armed everywhere, any time, as long as you don't have a criminal record. Notice Cox didn't say anything about pesky permits or training.

Speaking of law-abiding persons, also of concern when it comes to concealed carry is Act 486. Under the law, the Arkansas State Police is now prohibited from establishing or amending any administrative rule that would revoke or suspend a concealed carry permit unless the holder of the permit was found to be in violation of a criminal offense. While not penalizing a person if they haven't committed a crime sounds like a good idea, the problem is that people can and do go off the rails for a multitude of reasons, many of which have nothing to do with a violation of the criminal code. Before the passage of Act 486, the State Police had broad latitude to revoke or suspend concealed carry permits for a number of reasons, including serious alcohol and drug abuse, dangerous mental illness, or a mental health professional's determination that a permit holder might be a threat to himself, his family or the public. With the passage of Act 486, though, a concealed carry holder who suffers a complete mental breakdown to the point of visual hallucinations can keep on packing right until the moment he or she is admitted at the State Hospital (thanks Act 859!), even if the person's family or a doctor asks the State Police to pull their permit. Ditto with people suffering from substance abuse issues, elderly dementia patients and those who hint they might be capable of suicide or homicide. Under the law, a permit can still be revoked or suspended if the person is caught carrying into a prohibited place like a courtroom or jail, but as seen above, the list of places where handguns are prohibited is dwindling by the year. Otherwise, thanks to Act 486, we just have to wait until that person commits a crime. By then, it's too late.

In the What Could Have Been column, we have HB 1630, by Rep. Clarke Tucker (D-Little Rock), which would have created the misdemeanor offense of "negligently allowing access to a firearm by a child" if an owner failed to secure a loaded gun or left it in a place a child could easily access. Though the bill had exemptions for hunting, sport shooting and use of firearms on a farm and had a sliding scale of penalties, with incidents involving the death or serious injury of a child at the top of the list, it went nowhere.

EDUCATION

Traditional schools took licks, but the worst was kept at bay.

The single worst education bill passed in 2017 was probably Act 542, sponsored by Alan Clark (R-Lonsdale), which requires school districts to sell or lease "unused or underutilized" facilities to competitor charter schools. Charters already had right of first refusal in the event a district decides to sell a building — but after Act 542 goes into effect this summer, a charter can force a district to sell or lease a building, even if the district doesn't want to do so. If a different entity — a nonprofit, say, or a clinic or a business — wants to buy an unoccupied school building instead, that's too bad. Act 542 requires a district to hold on to unused buildings for two years, just in case a charter comes along and wants the facility for itself.

Clark pointed to a situation a few years ago in which the Helena-West Helena School District refused to sell a vacant elementary to KIPP Delta, a charter. But there are good reasons why a district wouldn't want to hand over an asset to a direct competitor: Charter networks tend to weaken districts by bleeding away higher-performing students and public money, and they often enjoy advantages their traditional public school counterparts do not. As some opponents of the bill pointed out, the new law is tantamount to forcing Walmart to sell a store to Target. That's why school superintendents across the state fought the bill and convinced no small number of Republicans to join Democrats in opposing it. In the end, though, it passed the House on a 53-32 vote. Republican legislators also rejected proposals by Democrats Sen. Joyce Elliott and Rep. Clarke Tucker — both from Little Rock, which is seeing unchecked charter growth at the expense of traditional public schools — to impose fairer rules on charters.

Thankfully, the legislature turned down an even worse proposal. HB 1222 by Rep. Jim Dotson (R-Bentonville) proposed a convoluted scheme to divert millions of dollars away from the public coffers (by means of a tax credit to wealthy donors) and toward private schools in the guise of "education savings accounts" to be used for student tuition. A school voucher plan in all but name, the bill would have been devastating to public education. Dotson eventually scaled back the legislation to a pilot program with a four-year sunset, allowing a Senate version of the bill to win passage in that chamber — but many Republicans remain fond of their local school districts, and it narrowly failed in the House.

Meanwhile, legislators expanded an existing voucher program, the Succeed Scholarship. Created in the 2015 session, it uses public tax dollars to pay private school tuition for a limited number of K-12 students with special needs. Parents are required to waive their child's civil rights protections under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. In the past, the scholarship was open only to kids with an Individualized Education Program, or IEP; now, foster children living in group homes will also be eligible, thanks to Act 894 by Rep. Kim Hammer (R-Benton). Act 327 by Rep. Carlton Wing (R-North Little Rock) will allow a nonaccredited private school to participate, as long as the school has applied for accreditation. And, the appropriation for the Succeed Scholarship rose from $800,000 to $1.3 million — an increase of 63 percent — potentially allowing as many as 200 students statewide to participate.

That bump is especially notable alongside the meager 1 percent increase in the state's overall K-12 education budget for the next two years — far less than the 2.5 percent boost recommended by legislative staff tasked with determining what constitutes "adequate" school funding. A bit more money will be directed to teacher pay and special education, and pre-kindergarten will see an overdue $3 million increase, so the money situation could be worse. Still, with state revenue squeezed hard by tax cuts, and private and charter schools knocking at the door, traditional public schools are clearly not the General Assembly's top priority.

On other fronts, school legislation was a mixed bag. Elliott's Act 1059, will limit the use of out-of-school suspensions and expulsions for students in grades K-5 — a much-needed reform — but her bid to end corporal punishment failed in committee. (Rural Arkansas still loves the paddle.) One of the better education bills to pass this session was Elliott's Act 1039 which gives teeth to a 2013 law (also by Elliott) requiring dyslexia screening and intervention. Its reporting requirements and enforcement mechanism hopefully will force districts to deliver better reading interventions to dyslexic students. A major accountability bill developed by the state Education Department, Act 930, will overhaul how schools are monitored by the state, though it's too soon to say how the changes will play out. Act 478 by Rep. Bruce Cozart (R-Hot Springs), will require high school students to pass a civics test before graduating; an attempt by Rep. John Walker (D-Little Rock) to impose the same requirement on legislators and state agency heads received a cold reception. A bill by Rep. Mark Lowery (R-Maumelle), now Act 910, will end September school elections and require them to be held concurrent with the November general or spring primary election date. That could spell trouble for future millage votes.

Finally, there's higher education: "Campus carry" dominated the news, but a major change in funding may be just as consequential. Act 148, which originated with the governor's office, creates a funding formula for colleges and universities that ties state money to metrics like graduation rate. HB 1518, now Act 563, a worthy bill by Rep. James Sturch (R-Batesville) requires the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board to create an action plan for addressing sexual assault on college campuses.

Benjamin Hardy

TAXES

Some help for the working poor and lots of punting.

Give modest credit to Governor Hutchinson. In the 2013 and 2015 legislative sessions, Republican legislators pushed a massive cut on taxes on capital gains and reduced the income tax burden on all but the working poor. This session, Hutchinson provided some relief at the lower end of the tax bracket. Hutchinson pushed through a $50 million tax cut, directed at households with a taxable income of less than $21,000. The cut is misleading, though, as it targets taxable income, which is often far less than salary or adjusted gross income. In fact, Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families pointed out that 48 percent of the overall $50 million cut will go to taxpayers in the top 40 percent of earners, while only 5 percent will go to those making less than $18,000 per year.

Establishing a refundable state Earned Income Tax Credit, tied to the federal EITC, would have been considerably more beneficial to the lower 40 percent of Arkansas earners, who often have no income tax liability, but pay a large share of their income in sales tax. An EITC would have provided a more substantial boost to the working poor at less cost than Hutchinson's cut. Rep. Warwick Sabin (D-Little Rock) and Sen. Jake Files (R-Fort Smith) were behind the EITC proposal, which historically has bipartisan appeal, but they couldn't get support from Hutchinson or enough other legislators.

Hutchinson also supported legislation that exempted all military retirement pay and survivor benefits from state income taxes. The first $6,000 of military retirement pay had been exempt previously. Since most veterans aren't career soldiers and eligible for a pension, the exemption will leave out many veterans (again, an EITC would have been a better avenue). But few politicians on either side of the aisle were going to stand in the way of helping veterans — even though Hutchinson unconscionably larded the measure with unrelated tax hikes. The legislation offset the eventual $13.4 million cost of the exemption by raising the sales tax on candy and soda. Completely unrelated to veterans' retirement income, the bill provided a $6 million tax cut on soft drink syrup, which it paid for by taxing unemployment benefits and digital downloads. So, veterans with pensions got a bump and corporate interests got significant help, while folks downloading books and movies, as well as people in between jobs, got screwed.

In the "could have been worse" column, more credit for Hutchinson: He held at bay lawmakers from his party such as Sen. Bart Hester (R-Cave Springs) who wanted to cut $100 million or more in taxes — threatening essential state services in the process — by creating a commission to consider the future of tax policies in the state.

The commission will have to consider two issues the General Assembly punted on. A bill that would have required out-of-state online retailers to collect sales tax on purchases made by Arkansans stalled in the House, with several Republicans decrying the proposal as a tax increase even though Arkansans already are required to pay the tax by law (few do because it requires self-reporting.) Still, Amazon said it would voluntarily begin collecting sales tax on Arkansas customers beginning in March. Another bill that merely would have referred to voters a proposal to increase the tax on gas to pay for bonds for highway construction failed on similar anti-tax grounds.

Lindsey Millar

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Atual reform

Act 423, "The Criminal Justice Efficiency and Safety Act," might be the most consequential piece of good legislation the General Assembly passed. It's a sprawling, omnibus law, with three primary components.

Most consequentially, it introduces swift and certain sanctioning, which means parolees and probationers who commit minor violations of the terms of their supervision will be sent for 45 to 90 days to Arkansas Community Correction facilities, where they will receive rehabilitative programming, instead of being sent to prison for significantly longer stints. Arkansas in recent years has had the fastest growing prison population in the country, fueled largely by parole violators returning to prison. Swift and certain sanctioning is expected to free up as many as 1,600 prison beds and save the state as much as $30-$40 million.

The law also seeks to divert people who commit nuisance offenses because they are high on drugs or having a mental health crisis in public from jail or prison. It establishes Crisis Stabilization Units, regional facilities where people in crisis could go to receive treatment for several days. The law mandates the creation of three such units, but $5 million earmarked in the state budget for the operation of the facilities, paired with significant additional federal money the state expects to draw from Medicaid, could allow for several more CSUs to open. The locations of the CSUs have not yet been selected, but Craighead, Pulaski and Sebastian counties are thought to be leading candidates. Finally, Act 423 also requires law enforcement officers to receive crisis intervention training to help them de-escalate interactions with people amid behavioral health episodes.

The law is the product of 18 months of study and presentations by the nonprofit Council of State Governments, which reported to a Legislative Criminal Justice Oversight Task Force that bill sponsor Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson (R-Little Rock) co-chaired. Hutchinson, co-sponsor Rep. Clarke Tucker (D-Little Rock) and CSG say the new law will save the state money, which can be reinvested in effective criminal justice policies. CSG's justice reinvestment program has successfully been implemented in states across the country.

Of course, whether it's successful here will depend on policymakers seeing the reforms through. One potential stumbling block: CSG recommended that the state hire 100 new parole and probation officers to better supervise the nearly 56,000 people on parole and probation. Current supervision officers handle on average 125 cases. Governor Hutchinson's budget didn't provide for funding to hire 100 new officers, though it did make temporary funding to Arkansas Community Correction permanent, which will at least allow the department to retain the 60 officers it had hired since 2015. That's not enough, Sen. Hutchinson (who is the governor's nephew) said. He hopes a future General Assembly will approve additional funding for more officers using some of the savings generated by Act 423.

A perennial stumbling block for any criminal justice reform is the inevitable violator who commits a serious crime. A significant portion of Arkansas's recent prison growth spike came because of punitive parole policies enacted in the wake of the 2013 murder of a teenager in Little Rock by a serial parole violator. It's natural to think that locking up people who commit crimes for long stretches reduces crime, but research shows it's just the opposite, Sen. Hutchinson said.

"I've had the luxury of studying this for years now. It's hard to wrap your brain around sometimes," Hutchinson said. "Longer sentences do not, in fact, result in lower crime rates. The longer [people are] incarcerated, the greater chance of recidivism they have."

Hutchinson chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee, and many of its members, chief among them Sen. Bryan King (R-Green Forest), were hostile to the idea of moving away from incarceration in certain situations. King introduced the tough-on-crime Senate Bill 177, which would have required anyone with three stints in prison to serve at least 80 percent of any subsequent sentence. Arkansas already has a two-strikes law: After someone commits a second serious violent or sexual crime, he's required to serve 100 percent of his sentence. So King's measure would have mostly targeted low-level property and drug crimes and at huge cost. According to an impact statement, it would have added 5,499 inmates at a cost of $121 million in 2026. The total 10-year cost to the state would have been $692 million, and that's not including the significant cost of building new prison housing. King let the bill die in the House Judiciary Committee after Governor Hutchinson forcefully spoke out against it.

Three other positive new laws: Act 566, sponsored by the odd couple Rep. John Walker (D-Little Rock) and Rep. Bob Ballinger (R-Berryville), has Arkansas opt out of a section in President Clinton's sweeping 1996 welfare reform law that prevents anyone who has been convicted of a felony drug offense from receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits. Act 1012, from legislation sponsored by Tucker and Hutchinson, allows someone on probation or parole for an offense that did not involve the operation of a motor vehicle who has a suspended drivers license because of unpaid fines or fees to continue to drive to work or school. Act 539, sponsored by Sen. Missy Irvin (R-Mountain Home) and Rep. Rebecca Petty (R-Springdale), prevents minors from being sentenced to life without parole. Before they become eligible for parole, the new law requires minors sentenced to life terms to serve 20 years for nonhomicide offenses, 25 years for first-degree murder and 30 years for capital murder. Of course, the Parole Board could repeatedly deny parole requests and force someone sentenced to a life term as a minor to spend his life in prison.

The heartbreaker of the session in criminal justice was the failure of Democratic Sen. Joyce Elliott's proposal to require racial impact statements for new criminal justice legislation. The impact statements would have provided research on whether proposed legislation would have a disparate impact on minority groups. Similar bills failed in 2013 and 2015, and this one was substantially amended to merely provide the impact statements as an option, but it died on the House floor. It was another reminder that for many white people, there is no greater insult than suggesting that they or something they do might be racist, even if the bias was unintended. One opponent, Rep. Ballinger, said he did not believe in systemic racism.

Lindsey Millar

ABORTION

Risking women's health

Women and their bodies were subjected to serious new insults this year by Arkansas legislators practicing medicine without a license.

Among the most egregious laws was the so-called "dismemberment abortion" bill, now Act 45, whose chief sponsors were Rep. Andy Mayberry (R-Hensley) and Sen. David Sanders (R-Little Rock). The bill prohibits doctors from performing what doctors believe is the safest method of second trimester abortion: dilation and evacuation. The alternatives would be something akin to a Caesarean section, in which the belly is cut open to remove the fetus, or an induced abortion, which requires the woman to go into labor to expel a fetus killed by an injection of salt water, urea or potassium chloride into the amniotic sac. Those procedures are what doctors call "high morbidity" — meaning they have a high risk of making patients sick.

Dilation and evacuation is recommended by the World Health Organization, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Medical Association. The difference between those organizations and the Arkansas legislature is that one group does not believe women should receive the best health care possible.

But Mayberry and Sanders and their co-sponsors think D&E, which uses a vacuum, is tantamount to butchery. But hysterectomy and induction abortions accomplish the same end as a D&E and are far less safe.

There is no exception for incest or rape in the law. And, like previous laws passed by legislators who think their particular religious beliefs give them the right to control women, the law particularly harms women who can't afford to travel to a more broad-minded jurisdiction to exercise a legal right.

Another evil of the law is that it allows a spouse, parent or guardian to bring a civil suit against the abortion provider if the woman has "received or attempted to receive" dilation and evacuation. That means, according to abortion rights activists and Mayberry himself, a husband can stop an abortion. He may have committed rape. A parent may have committed incest. Doesn't matter.

Rep. Charlie Collins (R-Fayetteville) and Sen. Missy Irvin (R-Mountain View) brought us the bill that became Act 733, the so-called "sex-selection abortion ban." Despite the fact that there is zero evidence that Arkansas women are dashing into abortion clinics because they've determined the sex of their fetus and don't like it, the bill has the potential to create an huge burden on the doctor provider.

Say a woman has had prenatal tests to see if her fetus has a genetic disorder. She learns there is a disorder and, by the way, the sex of the fetus. Her doctor must ask if she knows the gender of the fetus. If she answers that she does, the abortion must be delayed, because this new state law requires the doctor to "request the medical records of the pregnant woman relating directly to the entire pregnancy history of the woman." No abortion may be performed until every chart for every pregnancy generated by the woman's ob-gyn (or ob-gyns) and staffs and hospitals, every record generated during every trip to the ER she may have had to make, is supplied and reviewed by the abortion provider. Not only could that take a lot of time and generate a mountain of paperwork — what if the woman already had five children? — but it would also notify, perhaps against the woman's will, her doctors and their staffs that she is seeking to obtain an abortion.

The bill does not state what information in those records would suggest that the woman was hell-bent on not having another boy or girl.

"Why are physicians and the clinic made to be an investigative party into a woman's motives to have an abortion?" asked a spokesman for Little Rock Family Planning, the state's only clinic that offers abortion up to 21 weeks.

Rep. Robin Lundstrum (R-Elm Springs) and Sen. Scott Flippo (R-Bull Shoals), like Mayberry and Sanders, introduced what's called a model TRAP law (targeted regulation of abortion providers) meant to end abortion by imposing stricter inspection regulations on clinics. The bill allows the state Department of Health to make yearly trips to inspect clinic records and "a representative sample of procedures"; to regulate all aspects of the clinic "without limitation," and to collect an annual fee of $500.

While purporting to be a bill to protect women's health, the new law, Act 383, is designed to let the state shut down a clinic for facilities violations not spelled out in the legislation. It's not clear what violation would close the clinic. Towel on the floor? Out of paper towels? Scoop left in the break room freezer's icemaker?

As it happens, Little Rock Family Planning is inspected frequently, more than the once every year that the law already called for. The health department inspected the clinic four times in 2016, citing such things as discolored ceiling tiles and a chair with rips. The clinic's spokesman said some inspections are instigated by complaints from the anti-abortion protesters that picket outside.

The vague language of Act 383 "has potential for abuse. We don't know if we would be singled out and treated differently, if our license could be suspended for even minor paperwork violations," the spokesman said.

— Leslie Newell Peacock

TRANSPARENCY

The public's right to know took one step forward, two steps back.

Arkansas's robust Freedom of Information Act came under assault in 2017 as never before, with legislators proposing at least a dozen new exemptions to the open records law. Thanks to SB 131, now Act 474, by Sen. Gary Stubblefield (R-Branch), security plans of the State Capitol Police are no longer disclosable to the public; Stubblefield's reasoning was that someone seeking to do violence at the Capitol might request such plans, but the law is written so broadly that virtually any record of the Capitol police could fall under the new exemption. Stubblefield's SB 12 (Act 541) created a similar exemption for schools, including colleges and universities. HB 1236, now Act 531, by Rep. Jimmy Gazaway (R-Paragould), prevents the disclosure of a body-cam or dash-cam recording of the death of a law enforcement officer.

Thankfully, though, many anti-FOIA bills failed. The most significant was SB 373, by Sen. Bart Hester (R-Cave Springs), which proposed exempting attorney-client communications and work product from the FOIA if the client is a public entity. The force behind the bill was the University of Arkansas. The problem with this idea — aside from the fact that attorney-client communications can already be shielded on a case-by-case basis, by order of a judge — is that a public entity could declare almost any record exempt simply by emailing that record to its attorney. Had it passed, this loophole could have swallowed the entire FOIA.

On the bright side, Rep. Jana Della Rosa (R-Rogers) managed to pass HB 1427, now Act 318, to require candidates to file their monthly finance reports electronically, rather than on paper. HB 1010, now Act 616, by Rep. Warwick Sabin (D-Little Rock) extends the same requirement to political action committees and other groups. This matters because a searchable electronic database will make it much easier for the public to track contributions made to candidates and PACs, as well as their expenditures.

However, the legislature quashed an effort to shine a light on the darkest regions of campaign finance when it rejected HB 1005, by Rep. Clarke Tucker (D-Little Rock). The bill would have required disclosure of "electioneering" spending, meaning advertisements by independent organizations, nominally unaffiliated with any candidate, that dodge ethics laws by scrupulously avoiding the use of phrasings like "vote for" or "vote against." A growing number of states recognize that such ads — which have proliferated tremendously in recent years and comprise hundreds of millions of dollars in spending nationwide — are de facto campaign commercials and require them to be reported as such. Not Arkansas.

Benjamin Hardy

ANTI-LGBT

Threats stalled.

The legislature still shows animus toward people who don't fit its definition of normal, but Arkansans lucked out when three anti-LGBT bills failed. Two so-called "bathroom bills" that targeted transgender children and adults and another that would have let doctors refuse to perform a procedure if it offended their "deeply held beliefs" did not make it into law.

But the legislature also blocked a bill that would have corrected an injustice. SB 580, by Sen. Joyce Elliott (D-Little Rock), would have provided for the automatic listing of both parents' names on the birth certificates of children of married same-sex couples, an important factor in establishing inheritance and other matters. In a marriage between a man and a woman, the names of both parents are listed on a child's birth certificate, even in cases of surrogacy or artificial insemination. Arkansas is the only state that treats children of same-sex parents differently in this regard, seemingly in violation of the U.S. Supreme Court's 2015 ruling that struck down bans on gay marriage nationwide. Elliott's bill would have fixed the problem, but when SB 580 came before the Senate Judiciary Committee, vice-chair Sen. Linda Collins-Smith (R-Pocahontas) said same-sex parents could make a will if they wanted to ensure their kids get an inheritance.

Besides the children of same-sex couples, Collins-Smith doesn't much like transgender people, either. She introduced SB 774 to require that people had to use public bathroom or changing facilities that corresponded with the sex as listed on their birth certificates, and that the governing body of the public entity had to make sure the law was enforced. Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau director Gretchen Hall and Verizon Arena General Manager Michael Marion told Collins-Smith in a hearing on the bill said they could not see how it would be possible to know what was on the birth certificate on the thousands of people who might answer the call of nature at an event. "It's your job to find a way," Collins-Smith snarled. Collins-Smith pulled down the bill when she realized it was not going to pass.

The House passed a bill introduced by Rep. Bob Ballinger (R-Berryville), who also had his mind on bathroom use, to expand the state's indecent exposure law. State law already says it is a crime to expose one's genitalia with intent to gratify sexual desire; Ballinger's bill would have made it a crime simply to expose genitalia in front of a person of the opposite sex. (Maybe it's common practice to inspect genitalia in bathrooms up in Berryville.) Though the House vote for the bill was 65 to 3, the bill went down the Senate Judiciary Committee drain, as Collins-Smith's did.

Governor Hutchinson, who did not want Arkansas to suffer economically as North Carolina did when it passed its "bathroom bill" (since partially repealed), was relieved.

Another ugly bill was introduced by Rep. Brandt Smith (R-Jonesboro): the Health Care Freedom of Conscience Act, which would have allowed doctors to refuse to administer health care services that offended their "deeply held beliefs." Smith had in mind both reproductive rights and transgender reassignment surgery. There was no support for the bill from medical professionals, and state Surgeon General Dr. Gregory Bledsoe spoke against it, saying, "If you're a member of any sort of minority group ... these sorts of bills send a message that threatens you."

Leslie Newell Peacock

AVERAGE ARKANSANS 

Workers, consumers and other enemies of the state got a raw deal.

Governor Hutchinson deserves some recognition for passing a modest income tax cut for working people this session, even if it wasn't quite the boost for the poor that he claimed (see Taxes, page 15). But in almost every other way, the average Arkansan got screwed by the 2017 session.

Start with Act 986, by Rep. Laurie Rushing (R-Hot Springs), which will outlaw private class-action lawsuits under the Deceptive Trade Practices Act — a cornerstone of consumer protection law. Such suits are a powerful deterrent against businesses that intentionally scam customers in various small ways, such as false advertising or misleading promotional offers. Preventing consumers from bringing claims as a class gives the unscrupulous a freer hand to prey on the unsuspecting.

Act 606, by Rep. DeAnn Vaught (R-Horatio), provides a boon to corporations by allowing an employer to sue a worker who records a video or takes photos in the workplace "and uses the recording in a manner that damages the employer." In other words, it will stop whistleblowers from documenting unethical or illegal practices, such as animal abuse at factory farms. Animal rights organizations refer to it as an "ag-gag" bill.

Maybe the biggest prize for big business, though, was the "tort reform" measure that was referred to the 2018 ballot, Senate Joint Resolution 8. Sponsored by Sen. Missy Irvin (R-Mountain Home), it proposes a new amendment to the state constitution that would place ceilings on the noneconomic and punitive damages that may be awarded to a claimant in a civil suit. Attorney contingency fees would also be capped, at one-third of the net recovery. In short, this would sharply limit the ability of someone who was grievously harmed by an act of medical malpractice to seek compensation in court. SJR 8 sparked a bruising fight in the legislature, with a few Republicans breaking ranks to speak forcefully against abridging the right to a trial by jury. But business interests — especially nursing homes — have been pushing tort reform for years, and the measure proved unstoppable. Unless Arkansas voters reject it in 2018, that is.

Speaking of abridged rights, the legislature also referred a proposed amendment that would enshrine a voter ID requirement in the Arkansas Constitution. The hard truth is that House Joint Resolution 1016, by Rep. Robin Lundstrum (R-Elm Springs), will likely pass in 2018 given the state's electoral trends. Never mind that proponents of voter ID can't cite any documented instances of voter impersonation in Arkansas, and never mind the evidence that such measures elsewhere have resulted in voters being disenfranchised — voter ID has become gospel to Republicans, aided by President Trump's falsehoods about rampant fraud in the 2016 election. Redundantly enough, the legislature also passed a voter ID bill in addition to the referred amendment, Act 633 by Rep. Mark Lowery (R-Maumelle).

Arkansas's status as the worst state in the nation for renters went unchallenged. A bill by Sen. Blake Johnson (R-Corning), now Act 159, softened but preserved the state's unconscionable, one-of-a-kind criminal eviction statute, which courts in several counties have deemed unconstitutional. Thanks to the lobbying efforts of the Arkansas Realtors Association, Arkansas also remains the only state in which there is no minimum habitability standard for rental property. HB 1166, by Hot Springs Republican Rushing, purported to address that deficiency, but the bill's proposed standards were pitifully weak — limited to electricity, water, sewer and a roof — and it may have limited renters' meager rights in other ways, so it's best it failed.

Legislators' sympathy for landlords didn't translate to protecting small property owners railroaded by the oil industry. House Bill 2086, an effort by Rep. Warwick Sabin (D-Little Rock) to more carefully examine the use of eminent domain by pipeline companies, was drafted in response to the construction of the Diamond Pipeline, which will carry crude oil across the length of Arkansas from Oklahoma to Memphis. It failed to get out of committee.

Currently, unemployment benefits in Arkansas cover workers for a maximum of 20 weeks, which is a shorter span than any surrounding state except Missouri (also 20 weeks). Act 734 from Rep. Lundstrum will soon reduce that coverage time to 16 weeks ... and reduce weekly benefits checks paid to laid-off workers. This is despite the state's unemployment trust fund having amply recovered from the recession (it now contains around $500 million) and unemployment levels at record lows. So why trim benefits now? Simple: Employers want more money for themselves.

There was at least one good piece of consumer legislation, though, sponsored by none other than Sen. Jason Rapert (R-Conway). Act 944 aims to close a loophole exploited by payday lenders, which were driven out of Arkansas some years ago by a ban on high-interest loans but recently have been creeping back into the state by charging astronomical "fees" in place of interest.

And some bad measures failed, the most obnoxious probably being HB 1035 by Rep. Mary Bentley (R-Perryville). The bill would have prohibited SNAP recipients from using food stamps to purchase items the state Health Department deems unhealthy, such as soda; it stalled in the face of opposition from grocery stores and others. House Bill 1825 by Rep. John Payton (R-Wilburn), which went nowhere, would have seized lottery winnings from citizens who have received public assistance from the Arkansas Department of Human Services. And, efforts to chip away at workers compensation failed this time around. Got to leave something for 2019.

Benjamin Hardy



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          San Diego Runner Gets Some of Her 100 Stolen Medals Back   

After more than 100 running medals, including 10 from marathons and dozens from half marathons, were stolen from a San Diego woman while she was moving this week, some of the medals were recovered Wednesday.

"A lot of them were with personal engravings, like, 'This one’s for you, dad,' and just some really special things that I think are irreplaceable," said Andrea Abel, of Pacific Beach.

Her medals vanished mysteriously when she was moving boxes in and out of her apartment on Tuesday. 

The mementos are special because she runs to honor family members who passed away from cancer. Abel sees each medal as a symbol of grief, acceptance and hope.

She put up signs all over the community about the loss, and neighbors rallied to help her. By 4 p.m. Wednesday, Abel had recovered about 30 medals. 

About 20 of the medals were found around the neck of a homeless man hours after they were reported missing. The man said he found the medals near a dumpster.

"Never expected something like this to happen," Abel said. "To stay connected to my dad and my grandpa, and to honor so many survivors, just has been kind of stolen from me."

Abel earned the medals while raising $160,000 for cancer research in honor of her late father. They don't hold much monetary value but she says they are priceless.

"I just ran 5K on my dad's 15th anniversay of his loss, so this one is great," Abel said while showing one off.

Representatives from the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon, which holds races in 30 cities, have replaced 14 of her 16 medals, including a special run she finished in Chicago with her mother, who is also a cancer survivor.

"I run in memory of my dad and my grandpa. This here represents the first race I ever did with my mom. So we ran every single mile of that half together. She says I pulled her along but she ran," said Abel.

The medals were taken from a box outside Abel's apartment near Hornblend and Dawes streets Tuesday morning.

"I brought this bin of things down and realized I wasn't going to be able to get it in my car and I thought I should run up and get the lid,” she explained.

Abel said she ran upstairs for just a minute, leaving her keepsakes outside her car. When she came back they were gone.

The medals symbolize at least 20 relays, 40 half-marathons and about 10 marathons. Abel started running races in 2011 in honor of her father and grandfather who both died of cancer.

Her father died after a battle with cancer 15 years ago this month. Her grandfather died about five years ago from cancer, she said. Just last year, Abel's mother battled skin cancer.

“The medals are kind of this thing to represent this way to keep the connection to my dad alive in a way," Abel said.

Even if she doesn't get all of her medals back, Abel says this already feels like a victory. Either way, she would like to thank the community for their support.

Anyone with information about the missing medals is asked to call the San Diego Police Department at (619)531-2000.


          Working with Emotions   
I actually dreamed about writing this blog.  Sometimes, when I am laying down to sleep, and I know I have something to do the next day that requires some creative inspiration (like writing a blog!), I'll ask for inspiration while I dream.  I had this dream about my mom and a sister (which I don't have...) getting into an argument, and struggling to overcome the emotions involved in order to work things out.  And I remember clearly thinking, while dreaming, that this was what I was to blog about.

I almost scrapped it when I woke up.  I thought it was something I have blogged about before (though a quick check over the last year and a half doesn't show any obviously similar blogs...I really need to get better with my blog labels).  And I wasn't sure it really fit with the stuff I typically write about.

But the more I got to thinking about it, the more I was leaning towards writing it.  As an empath, I deal with emotions all the time (both my own innate emotions, as well as borrowed ones).  I also feel that we all interact with others in many different ways, and when emotions rear their heads, being able to navigate those emotions is helpful for anyone.  And finally, if I am going to ask for inspiration I shouldn't ignore what I receive.

So, when thinking about emotions, I think there are three basic categories:  personal emotions, borrowed emotions and other people's emotions.  Personal emotions are ones that well up from inside of you, are inspired by experiences in your own life and are innate to yourself.  Borrowed emotions are ones we feel because of some outside source.  This is typically what I think of when I think of emotions bleeding over as an empath.  If I see a commercial on the tv and start feeling emotional, that is a borrowed emotion, just as if I am around another person who is deep in an emotion so I start feeling it too.  Other people's emotions are the things they are feeling and going through while you are interacting with them.  Even if you aren't borrowing their emotion, trying to work with someone who is deeply sad or caught up in anger requires separate tools.

I think it best to start with personal emotions, as they are ours.  Everyone feels stuff, and you may notice that you have certain emotions that you feel easier than others.  I definitely have my share of anger (and the deep, brooding kind, not the flash in the pan kind) as well as a sort of baseline melancholy.  Over the last couple of years, I feel like I have developed a lot of anxiety around different things.  I definitely feel happy and content a lot of the time, but I also don't feel like those emotions need dealing with.  When I have emotions I need to sort out it is almost always anger, sadness, anxiety/fear or confusion.

My basic process for working with emotions is to really express them.  For me this typically manifests in two methods:  physical expression and journal work.  Physical expression doesn't always mean that I go outside and scream out my anger to the sky (although that can work..assuming that your neighbors don't call the cops on you), but it definitely involves some kind of physical action.  Sometimes, if I know I am angry, but I also know that the thing I am angry about isn't worth making a fuss about (I do get angry for no good reason sometimes...especially when I'm emotionally off kilter and something small and trivial sets me off).  At times like this, repetitive action works very well to help me burn off that emotion.  So I clean!  I will find something in the house that needs cleaned, and really go to town on it.  But other repetitive things can work too:  sewing, sanding, folding laundry...really anything that gets my body moving and lets my mind tune out.

I also like to dance as a form of physical expression.  I'll load up a song that really fits my mood and start moving.  It doesn't have to look pretty (I do this when I'm alone mostly), and you don't have to match the beat or anything.  Just loose yourself in the music and move!  Sometimes I'll sing along if I feel the need to.

But my favorite way to work through emotions is journaling.  I've worked with quite a few different methods of journaling now, from more or less standard "write about what your feeling" to very specific techniques that use journaling as part of something bigger.

One of the first emotional journaling techniques I learned I called the brain dump.  You grab some kind of paper (something that you can destroy later), and write everything and anything, as fast as you can.  Scribble out your feelings!  Write big and angry and fierce.  Don't worry about grammar or anything like that, you can make little doodles if you need to, or just write single words.  Just write until you feel like you are done.  Once your page is written, you may want to do a little ritual of releasing.  You can crumple up your page and hold it tight in your hands and whisper to it the reasons you appreciate the emotion but don't need it controlling you right now.  You can bless the paper to transform the emotion into something else.  Then you destroy it!  Tear it into little pieces, burn it, flush it down the toilet, bury it in the back yard. 

A slightly different version of this is the 'to whom it may concern' version.  This time, you are writing a letter, to someone who is making you feel what you are going through.  It may be to a specific person (your mother, an ex-partner, your gym teacher, your boss, the guy who cut me off on the road today, my younger self) or it may be a generic letter, addressed to the universe or to Divinity.  In the letter, you pour out all the things you are feeling.  You can say those things that you wish you could say (but often don't really mean) or the things you wish you had said (but didn't).  These letters can be burnt as well, to send the message out into the world.  I find this works really well when my emotion is directly aimed at a particular person.

I am really enjoying transformational journaling right now.  I'll start by journaling about a topic, then I'll transform my journal page in some way.  I may meditate on what I need to move forward and then paint or collage a new image over the words.  Or I might tear up my journal page and use those pieces to make a mojo bag or paper mache them into a totem to further work with that emotion.  The key here is to take the thing you wrote and turn it into something new, something that helps you further your work with that emotion.

When it comes to borrowed emotions, I find that the first thing I need to do is identify the source of the emotion (especially noticing that it is NOT my own emotion).  Even if I use one of the same methods to work with the emotion, I need to be aware that it is from an outside source and not an internal one, because that changes how I respond to the emotion.  If I treat a borrowed emotion as a personal one (or vice versa....) trying to work with it becomes much harder as I am not actually working with the source of the emotion, merely treating the symptoms (which often means it will come back).

I am extremely emotionally tied to the stories I encounter, in books and tv/movies.  It is very common for me to identify quite strongly with a character, to the point of going through the emotional states they go through.  Most of the time this isn't a problem....unless I don't finish the story!  If I set a particularly moving book down when I am only halfway through, especially if the character I am identifying with is caught up in a big emotional conflict, I will find myself manifesting that emotion myself.  The easiest way for me to fix this is to finish the story.  But, if for some reason I can't, I can pick up another story and essentially overwriting the emotion with new ones (which I can then see to completion).

When borrowing emotions from other people, I definitely turn to shielding.  I like knowing what other people around me are feeling, but I don't always want to be going through it myself.  I also feel it is very important, especially when I am trying to interact with someone who is going through an emotion, that I not because lost in it myself.  This becomes particularly counterproductive.  If you have a friend who is sad and you want to help them, but instead you join in their misery, you may find yourself not able to actually help them.  If you are in an argument with someone and you let their anger overcome you, it becomes much harder to present your perspective in a way that they will understand and appreciate.

My first step when shielding a borrowed emotion is definitely a deep breath and grounding/centering.  I want to pull myself back into myself, so that I can separate what is me from what is coming from outside.  For borrowed emotions, I think of my shields like glass:  I can see what is going on outside them, but things can't get in to me.  This way I can still empathize with the other person, but I am no longer borrowing their emotions and being effected by them.

Sometimes, a borrowed emotion will trigger a personal emotion though, and you will need to work with both sources at the same time.  If you only work with one, you won't fully work through the emotion. 

I think the hardest thing for many people to work with is other people's emotions.  There is a tendency (especially with empaths!) to treat other people's emotions as you would your own.  But not only do we all often respond to the same emotion in different ways.....other people's emotions aren't truly yours to deal with!  We can work with other people and help them work out their emotions, or we can work around someone else's emotions, but the work of actually dealing with the emotion has to fall on them.

My husband and I are a great example of how emotions manifest differently in different people.  He is very much a flash in the pan anger person.  He will get set off by something (things that, to me, seem silly and inconsequential) and his anger will flare!  He will get very angry, very quickly, and rant and rave.  But two seconds later, once the stimulus is past, he is over it.  Like absolutely over it, and confused by why I am still even thinking about it.  I, on the other hand, stew.  When something makes me angry, it will be like a little glowing coal deep inside me, and it will stay there for days or months.  I may not look angry on the outside, but that anger is there, waiting to burst into flame.

If I try to treat my husband's anger like I do my own, it doesn't work.  When I am really upset about something, I often want to talk about it.  My husband, in the throes of anger, just wants to lash out and burn it off.  Trying to talk to him just fans the fire.  Instead, if I remove myself from the situation or tune it out, it passes quickly.  So what I have found is that it is important to make sure you are thinking about other people's emotions from their own perspective, and not yours.

Sometimes this means that you have to give the other person time to work things through before you try to interact with them.  I think this is especially true for both grief and anger.  Some people need to figure things out on their own, before they can deal with other people.  If you try to interact with them too soon, they lash out or close up, because they just aren't ready yet.

Other people need support, they need someone to help them drag themselves those first few steps.  They may need a shoulder to lean on (or cry on).  You may not need to do anything at all, just to be there.  In this case, you might need to resist the urge to try to help them too soon.  They may need to fully express their emotions before they can start to work on them.

Emotions are ultimately a very tricky and individual thing.  Your emotions are different from my emotions, and I need to remember that when working with someone else who is in the throes of an emotion.  But my own emotions also stem from many different sources and I need to do my best to fully understand where an emotion is coming from in order to work through it.  And all anger isn't the same, what works for one situation might not work for another. 

By figuring out your general process for identifying and working through emotions, you can have a roadmap that helps you plan out how to work with any particular emotion.  Like any plan, you may have to adjust it along the way, but it will at least get you headed in the right direction.  And the more work you do with your personal emotions, the better you will become at working with other people who are caught up in their own emotional crisis.  Emotions can be overwhelming, but they don't have to be insurmountable!
          Comment on Back to Quagmire: Beware endless US Troop Escalations in Afghanistan by spyguy   
Half baked military engagement is ALWAYS a loser action. If the locals are not willing to die for their side then there is nothing the USA can do to change the situation and should just accept the situation and leave. All indications are the Taliban are more mentally into the fight than the Afghan army, so no matter how many "advisors" (actually mercenaries) the USA dumps into the country, the situation will not get any better. If the USA wants to defeat the Taliban, they will have to put several hundred thousand USA troops on the ground to die in large numbers until all the population is dead or subjugated. The it will have to install a puppet government and protect the (fake) government with several hundred thousands troops forever at great expense to the USA taxpayers and cannon fodder "donor" families. The USA can NOT do anything in Afghanistan that has not already been tried by the loser Brits (THREE TIMES) or the loser Soviets, or any of the losers that have attacked Afghanistan over the last several thousand years and went away defeated. The USA has LOST in Afghanistan and we should just admit it and walk away from a losing action. There is NO WAY the USA can "win" in any sense of the word in Afghanistan.
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          February Challenge -- Waste Not Want Not   

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"When we throw something away, what does 'away' mean? There's no such thing as 'away.' "

This little nugget of wisdom was brought to you by a 35 year old Berkely, CA resident, Ari Derfel, who decided to save the flotsam and jetsam of his life for one full year. These were my sentiments exactly when it came time to pack up and move house last year. I couldn’t just throw stuff away. My real estate agent, the sweetheart that he is, showed understanding but was unaccustomed to anyone turning away the welcoming arms of the 1-800-Got-Junk army -- who advertise themselves as the equivalent of a full-service trash dumpster.

Instead I invested the time and energy to donate to charities and to drop off re-usable materials for recycling.

How did we accumulate so much junk? A friend confided that she was surprised that my husband and I could have accumulated so much, since we aren’t really the “type” to acquire a lot of things. While this is true, we have, over the years, inherited possessions and hand-me-downs from family members, and we are also reluctant to dispose of anything that MAY prove useful one day. Lastly we are wickedly sentimental. If you bought me something atrocious that I really hated, I would probably still have that item several years later. In a box. In the basement. It’s labeled “sentimental hogwash” if you really must know.

What amazes me is that so many of these items that I considered absolute junk sold very well at the garage sale I had last fall. Never having participated in one before I concluded that: 1. garage sale junkies will probably buy just about anything, so long as it is cheap, and 2. Every item you own holds a little piece of your energy. That means getting rid of that item frees up a bit of your energy. Garage sales are great if you have the time and need to pad your wallet a little, but if not then giving your stuff to charity is just as beneficial.

Not only does each of our possessions absorb some slight slice of our time and energy, but as this article about Derfel states, “Each thing we throw away has been produced somewhere, shipped to a store, entered the home, and then is sent somewhere else - using up water, oil and land.”

If you’re a visual learner, have a looksie here. I must say that these images really make a big statement to me, one that numerical facts alone cannot convey.

OK, so you understand that the American way is just not sustainable, right? But the next time you go shopping, I’ll bet you will see something you just really fall in love with, something that you feel makes a statement about your personality or something that you actually feel you need. Whether you need it or you just want it might be a gray area. I know that holds true with me. I happened across an interesting suggestion for creating a “want book,” a place where you can record all those things you think you want or need and come back to them later with a clearer head.

But remember as you lean toward placing that object in your shopping cart that every object is in many ways an energy sink. We aren’t just draining worldly resources, there seems to be some evidence that we are also putting a damper on our own personal well-being:



“Researchers have found that low self-esteem and materialism are not just a correlation, but also a causal relationship where low self esteem increases materialism, and materialism can also create low self-esteem. The[y] also found that as self esteem increases, materialism decreases."


“The word 'believe' is the key here. People believe that buying more and more things will make them happy, when in fact research has shown time and time again that this simply isn't the case. What we do know for sure is that buying more and more unnecessary things is damaging our planet and contributing to global warming." (source)


Here are few suggestions of ways to cut back on the amount of waste we generate. I recommend choosing one of these options to work on for a month. If you like your results, you can always challenge yourself to do more.



  • Remove your name from mailing lists
  • Compost, compost, compost
  • Preferentially purchase items in recyclable containers
  • Look at your bad habits and try to minimize them
  • Shop with a list
  • Before you buy an item, decide on where it will be kept
  • If you don’t absolutely love an item, re-home it
  • For every item you bring in, get rid of two others (donate, garage sale, Craigslist)
  • Catalogue things in a want book before buying them

          Chilllounge 2017 (2017)   

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Title: Chilllounge 2017 (2017)
Genre: Chillout, Lounge, Downtempo, Electronic
Year: 2017
Tracks: 47
Time: 03:45:28
Format: MP3
Quality: 320kbps | 44.1 kHz | Stereo
Size: 528 MB

Tracklist:
01. Daki 2000 - Sempre [00:03:55]
02. The Sun Warrios - Terrestre [00:06:40]
03. Club Camarillo - Magic Pool [00:05:54]
04. Silent Breeze - Fragmentos [00:04:41]
05. The Chiller - Chiller [00:03:53]
06. DJ Denys - Marchando [00:05:40]
07. Blooma Root - Sunstairs [00:07:12]
08. Klub 59 - Our Generation Rise [00:04:23]
09. Sunset System - Sylt Sunrise [00:07:08]
10. Downbeat Crackz - Time Steps [00:07:13]
11. Blue Horizon - A Few Times Only [00:07:30]
12. H. F Project - Keday [00:03:42]
13. Sunny Bay - Dream of You Know [00:06:56]
14. Praya e Mare Soundsystem - Lightning [00:04:14]
15. This Way - Faster [00:03:18]
16. Mark Question - Das Leben [00:05:25]
17. Rock-Candy - Indonesia (Short Cut) [00:04:32]
18. Piet P - Transoceanic (Radio Version) [00:04:24]
19. 8 Bit - Bizzare [00:04:53]
20. Sunny Bay - So Far Away [00:03:42]
21. Cosmic Mantis - Liquid Stardust [00:08:14]
22. Luigi & Riccardo - Bossarella [00:04:07]
23. Vortex - Barita [00:04:57]
24. Sir Eliquante - Plump Dump [00:08:21]
25. Deep House School - I Need You Baby [00:04:02]
26. Piet P - Transoceanic [00:06:40]
27. Chillo - Evil Is Losing [00:03:51]
28. Cierra Ballester - Twilight Is My [00:03:53]
29. Chill House Factor - Preziosa [00:03:29]
30. Kiana Kazee - A Dream Comes True [00:03:51]
31. Aaron Steve - One World [00:03:57]
32. Alice Shelton - Slowmotion Dance [00:04:16]
33. Keyshawn Hargrove - Super Trooper [00:04:07]
34. Dionne Finnegan - Tale Three [00:05:12]
35. Crushing Excuse Me - Fin and Fine [00:04:14]
36. Double Go - Twins to Fall in Love [00:04:38]
37. Carli Rowberry - Tell Them You Are [00:04:08]
38. Broke Luxorius - Never Say Ever [00:04:12]
39. Alene Messina - Sentimental Borders [00:03:44]
40. Delbert Schneider - Nelke fur Selke [00:03:44]
41. Benigna Maier - Simsalabim [00:03:59]
42. Claudia Hunt - Sir Neverend [00:04:00]
43. Chillo - For My Big Love [00:03:44]
44. Benigna Maier - Neubau Gefuhl [00:03:23]
45. Aida Antonelli - Eye of the Sky [00:03:28]
46. Clementine Calaway - Firlefanz [00:03:52]
47. Bobbi Briere - Alles feine [00:04:10]

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          Christina Aguilera, 'Lotus' – Album Review   
The last time Christina Aguilera made an album, in 2010, she sounded as robotic as the cyborg she played on the ‘Bionic’ cover. But three seasons as a coach on ‘The Voice’ have brought the diva back down to earth, at least a little. She sounds more human on ‘Lotus,’ her seventh album, but she also sounds a tad desperate – for a hit, for attention, for the adoration dumped on Taylor Swift. Continue reading…
          Three Quick Recipes, Weekend Edition   
We had guests this weekend. The kids were over the moon with extra friends on hand to play with, and Phil and I got to visit with two people we adore and who we don't see nearly enough of. When they left, the house was quiet(er), and it was too hot to cook. Sylvie and I tackled our out-of-control basil and made pesto for the first time ever while Phil and the boys were swimming.

When the men got home, the kids had a quick dinner, during which Tommy complained of a sore throat. He went to a MedCheck that confirmed strep. This left me about 15 minutes between getting his prescription filled and the start of Mad Men to make dinner for the local friends who come over for Don Draper and dinner every Sunday night. Fortunately, the pesto made a delicious pasta dish that whipped up quickly and was consumed in about 10 minutes.

Monday, back to work, Tommy home with Grandma, I didn't think of what to make for dinner until I was driving home. The pantry and pressure cooker let me make dinner in about 10 minutes.

One day I'm looking to get back to lingering over cooking. Not now. I've made peace with that.

Pesto
Fill a food processor with four (packed) cups basil leaves, 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/3 cup pine nuts, and two peeled garlic cloves. Whir up until it's a smoothish consistency. Then stir in 1/2 cup grated Parmesan and a couple good-sized pinches of course sea salt. If you're not going to use it immediately, put it in the fridge covered by about 1/2 inch olive oil.

Pasta with Pesto, White Beans, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Start boiling about 8 to 10 ounces pasta like rotini. Meanwhile, heat up 2 Tbsp. olive oil and gently cook 1 minced garlic clove for about 2 minutes. Now throw in 1 can drained cannelini beans, about 1/3 cup pesto, about 1/2 cup white wine, and about 1/2 cup drained sliced sun-dried tomatoes in oil (I buy dried and reconstitute in olive oil). Let this simmer/bubble for about five minutes while it cooks down. By this point, the pasta's done, so drain it, add it to the pan with the tomatoes and pesto, stir it around, grab a bowl, and go check on the progress of Stirling Cooper Draper and Price.

Crazy-Quick Rice and Beans
Dump 1 cup jasmine rice, 1 can coconut milk, 1 can drained black beans, and 1 (14.5-oz) can diced tomatoes into a pressure cooker. Cook on high 7 minutes. I didn't add spices, lest the kids turn up their noses (which they did anyway; sigh), but sprinkled some Adobo seasoning and chili powder when it was done. Despite what the kids insist without trying it, I found it delicious.
          The Modified Compact   
I've been reading a lot about The Compact. Which sounds like a new John Grisham novel. But it's not.

The Compact began in California as a challenge between ten friends looking to cut down on their material consumption by purchasing nothing new (with a few exceptions) for a year. The goals were to counteract the American consumer culture, to cut down on their own personal waste and clutter, and to live more simply. Thousands of people have since joined the Compact, many extending it long past that first year. Members range from the casual to Freegans, who try to pay for nothing through means like dumpster diving behind restaurants for their food.

Many blogs document various Compact participants and their personal journeys in their Compact lifestyles; my favorite so far is the Nonconsumer Advocate. I can relate to the author's commitment to the Compact, as well as her drawing the line at used undergarments.

In the wake of the ongoing BP underwater oil gush, it's been shocking to read about the amount of oil that is used to create and transport goods. I feel convicted that I need to be more responsible and to go beyond just bringing my own tote bags to the store. I need to be mindful about even going to the store.

Yesterday I was canning jam with my friend Martha. If you're curious, we made strawberry, strawberry-jalapeno, and strawberry chutney -- notice a theme? Anyhoo, we've been friends for 20 years, and we were post-college poor singles at the same time, and share a love of the bargain. I told her I was thinking about doing a modified Compact, and she said, "Um... isn't that kind of what you already do?" I looked down and saw what she meant. My shirt, tank, and earrings were all from garage sales. My shoes were new, but they are Dansko's and built for life. She reminded me that most of Phil and my barware is vintage 60s. We've been eating off vintage Fiesta (and likely now glow from the lead paint) for about 15 years. Sylvia and Tommy were there with me, and both were wearing garage-sale duds.

"Why do you need to do anything formal?" she asked. I took another sip of wine and agreed.

But the more I thought of it, the more I thought that my garage-sale earrings weren't the whole story, and there's a lot I buy new that is unnecessary or completely wasteful. We're entering the most expensive time of year with Max out of school and requiring another $400 a month over the summer for day camp. And yes, for those of you not living in the Midwest, I realize how insanely cheap that is. But still.

So with the motivation of an extra $400 going out the door, and really wanting to be more mindful about what we bring into our house and the virgin materials necessary, I've made my own Compact in force for the next 10 weeks, starting tomorrow. Meaning I have an hour and 17 minutes to go crazy on Anthropologie.com. Here are my guidelines:
  • This compact is mine. Phil is on his own, and I won't cluck my tongue if he has a bender at Luna Music. That's his business. Maybe he'll even buy me something during his bender. Just saying...
  • Undergarments can be purchased new. I'm unbending on this point.
  • E-products can be purchased new. I am in the book business and staunchly support the purchase of information and entertainment. So books that are sent to my Kindle and don't require sacrificing trees or transportation costs are just fine.
  • Items needed to finish up craft projects are okay. So if I'm about to make a dress for Sylvie out of stash fabric, but need some medium-weight interfacing, I can go to town. $3-a-yard clearances on Amy Butler fabric at Fabric.com don't count as "items needed to finish up craft projects." No matter how hard I'll try to convince myself otherwise.
  • Likewise, items truly needed for the summer gardening season are at my discretion. I know I'm low on canning jars, so will try to get some through Freecycle.org. If that doesn't work, however, and I'm about to lose a crop of tomatoes that need to be preserved, I'm getting new jars. This doesn't extend to the rose structure I'm coveting.
So really not too bad for 10 weeks. And really not too different from the way we already live. I'm excited and curious to see if putting stricter parameters around what I can and can't purchase will make me realize how much money I've been wasting and how much more ecologically responsible I could be.

One hour and eight minutes and counting....
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          Comment on Open Forum: July 1, 2017 by Senile Old Guy   
That piece on Turnbull is gold, comedy gold. <blockquote>Malcolm Turnbull has taken a veiled swipe at Tony Abbott, writing in a column that it is time for builders “not wreckers”.</blockquote> Says the man who spent the entire time Abbott was PM, leaking and wrecking. <blockquote>He is hailing a “year of delivery” on schools, energ­y and national security as he embarks on a political offensive to win back electors while fending off a growing threat from his predecessor, Mr Abbott. </blockquote> Putting us 500 million dollars in debt. That's some 'year of delivery', of debt. <blockquote>Mr Turnbull, having batted away questions about his predecessor all week, wrote in the column that voters were sick of politics and personalities. “Frankly, so am I,” he said. “This is a time for builders, not wreckers. For leaders who get things done and don’t just talk. <strong>For negotiators and deal-makers who trade in results, not in platitudes.</strong>”</blockquote> Says the man who has delivered nothing but platitudes and only get things done at vast cost to the taxpayer. <blockquote>On energy, Mr Turnbull said his government was guided by engineering and economics - not ideology and politics.</blockquote> Engineering to pump water uphill, at a loss, and whose 'economics' will cost at least 500 million dollars. <blockquote>Mr Turnbull told The Weekend Australian the government had spent the past year delivering on policies, such as the $23 billion boost to school funding legislated last week over the objections of Labor and the Greens.</blockquote> With there being no evidence that these billions will do anything because there are no plans on how they will be spent (or pissed against the wall). <blockquote>“We’ve delivered tax cuts for small business. We’re acting to ease the pressure on energy prices by ensuring there is adequate supply­ for the domestic gas market and we are building Snowy Hydro 2.0,” he said.</blockquote> If they had not stuffed the market, there would be no need to ensure supply. And Hydro 2.0 is a grand plan to pump water uphill! At a nett loss! I do not expect it to proceed. We would be better off with Humpty Dumpty in charge. At least his head is not full of rocks.
          Dienstag, 12. Dezember 2006   
John Holbo: »Für ein einziges Wort«
—Ein Essay über China Miéville—

1. DREI DINGE ÜBER MIÈVILLE

Mein Beitrag ist größtenteils eine Collage aus vorhandenen Texten, die ich über China Miéville geschrieben habe: überarbeitete Segmente, die ich zu einer kritischen Betrachtung über seinen neuen Roman Der Eiserne Rat verwoben habe. Über wichtige Handlungsentwicklungen werde ich hier nichts verraten.

Ich werde einige Fragen an den Autor richten. Normalerweise ist es nicht meine Art, hinter den Kulissen nach Absichten zu schnüffeln. (Obwohl ich nicht der Ansicht bin, daß diese Herangehensweise verwerflich ist.) Doch im vorliegenden Fall bin ich ausnahmsweise neugierig, was der Autor sich gedacht haben könnte. Vielleicht antwortet er darauf, wie bewunderswert — wenn auch seltsam — diese Welt arrangiert wurde.

Zuerst nun eine kurze Darlegung, nicht meiner These, sondern von Offensichtlichem, auf dem meine Argumente hoffentlich fundiert aufbauen:

  1. Miéville ist, um Tolkiens Ausdruck für die Kunst des phantastischen Weltenbauens zu verwenden, ein Zweitweltschöpfer der Extraklasse;
  2. Miéville ist ein polemischer Kritiker Tolkiens — oder genauer: von Tolkiens Genre-Erben —, und China setzt sich für ein vermeidlich reiferes Konzept des Fantasy-Genres ein;
  3. Miéville erzählt selbst Geschichten die sich prinzipiell an den Konventionen des Fantasy-Genres orientieren, sowohl was die Form als Ganzes, als auch wasx viele Einzelheiten betrifft.

Eine kritische Frage zu Miéville könnte nun also lauten, ob Behauptung 1) bis auf einige Ausnahmen Behauptung 2) hinreichend stützt; denn Behauptung 3) neigt dazu die Glaubwürdigkeit von 2) zu zersetzten.

Man sollte zudem die Möglichkeit beachten, ob sich Miéville mit 2) lediglich schnarkischen Spaß gönnte, und als Punk einigen Dampf auf einer Website[1] abgelassen hat. Dann können die Behauptungen 1) und 3) nämlich nebeneinander bestehen, ohne daß sie sich stellvertretend wegen Behauptung 2) in die Wolle kriegen und gegenseitig müssen.


2. DIE DICHTGEDRÄNGTE MÜLLKIPPE DER MENSCHHEIT WIRD NIEMALS ORDENTLICH BEREINIGT WERDEN

Ridley Scott meinte über Blade Runner, daß »dieser Film eine Torte mit 700 Schichen ist«. Das ist eine Weltanschauung über Produktion und Komposition, wird aber zu einer entscheidenen Angelegenheit, wenn man sie auf den Inhalt einer fiktionalen Welt bezieht. Für SF-Fans war Blade Runner eine Offenbahrung, weniger wegen seiner Charaktere oder der Handlung, sondern aufgrund seiner überwältigenden Anhäufung von visuellen …(wie sollen wir es nennen?) Müllkippen[2], die uns überzeugen, daß die Welt des Filmes dicht, verklumpt und total überbevölkert ist. Die Science Fiction kommt mit ihrer gedankenexperimentellen Weise oftmals enttäuschend dünn daher, wie eine abstrahierte technische Darstellung. Man will ja die wesentlichen Umrisse der Ideen klar erkennen können. Doch in Sachen Fiktionen kann sich das als schlechte Idee herausstellen.

Die Müllkippe die in Blade Runner die klaren, wesentlichen Züge verdeckt, ist zum größten Teil chronologischer Art: auf 40 Jahre der Vergangenheit wurden 40 Jahre Zukunft aufgetürmt, um Scotts eigene Aussage zu umschreiben; doch diese Halde zeichnet sich auch durch kulturelle, wirtschaftliche, wissenschaftliche und soziale Aspekte aus. Die Menschheit ist zur Müllkippe geworden, sogar unsere eigenen Erinnerungen sind nur Flickwerk und Stücksel, die in unsere Köpfe geschüttet wurden, und sind vielleicht nur die nachträglichen Einfälle anderer. Die Geschichte kommt wie ein Abfalleimer der Historie daher. Dagegen bezieht Blade Runner freilich Stellung, und tritt für das indiviuelle menschliche Bewußtsein ein. Dabei ergibt seltsamerweise die Handlung des Films nicht sehr viel Sinnfälliges. Eine Menge Noir und harte Polizisten-Klischees wurden da miteinander vermengt, doch die aufwändige Produktion läßt darüber gnädig hinwegsehen. Darauf kommen wir noch stillschweigend, wenn nicht sogar ausdrücklich zurück.

Was hat nun Blade Runner mit China Miéville oder Der Eiserne Rat zu tun? Ich glaube, Miéville will den Blade Runner der Fantasy schreiben. Eben eine Welt erschaffen, in der (wie es in Miévilles Manifesto heißt) »es knrischt und verzwickt zugeht, gerade so wie im echten Leben.«[3]

Zurück zu Blade Runner. Jaja, schon gut, es wäre flasch zu behaupten, daß Blade Runner igendetwas als erster vollbracht hat. Düstere, eigenbrötlerische, harte, verzwickte, dreckige und dystopische SF gab es davor auch schon. Aber der Film war vor allem Visuell etwas Neues. (Ich erinnern mich an William Gibson[4] der auf auf einer Lesung sagte, — oder vielleicht hab ich's nur von ihm gelesen. Er sagte jedenfalls, daß er damals bei Blade Runner vor Begeisterung schreiend aus dem Kino gekommen ist. 1982 war er gerade dabei Neuromancer zu schreiben; und sehet, es wurde ihm offenbahrt! Dieser Filmemacher war Gibson zuvorgekommen, und hatte dessen sehr an Oberflächen orientierte visuellen Vorstellungen auf den Punkt gebracht.) Blade Runner bewirkte eine maßgebliche Schwerpunktverlagerung in der Art wie man SF aufnahm und sich darüber Gedanken machte. Zumindest bleibt der Film eine weithin sichtbare Marke für diesen Wandel in der Haltung gegenüber der SF, wenn es ihn denn nun auch nicht ausgelößt haben mag. Jaja, schon klar, daß heißt auf keinen Fall, daß wir vor 1982 in einer Hugo Gernsback-Rille[5] festhingen. Um aber nun zur Sache zu kommen: Man kann sagen, daß es keinen Blade Runner der Fantasy gibt. Noch nicht. Kein Werk hat bisher eine Welt zwischen all die Tolkien-Nachahmer herabdonnern lassen, dessen Anblick diese tippenden Affen losheulen läßt, als ob sie einen Monolithen gesehen hätten. Und genau das möchte Miéville tun.

Wie Ridley Scott komponiert Miéville mit der Müllkippe als Medium; kunstvolle Anhäufungen von planlosem Müll — lebendiges, unbelebtes, quasi-lebendiges — was eine mächtige Illusion von Tiefe und Dichte in alle Dimensionen erzeugt; zeitliche und horizontale Ausweitungen, aufeinander- und wiedererrichtete Lebensräume, sowie eine promiske Einwohnerschaft. Miévilles Anstrengungen als Zweitweltschöpfer gelingen, Dank des puren Überflußes an … Abfall; Details, wenn man den freundlichen Ausdruck vorzieht.

Das ist sehr markant, denn Fantasy ist wie SF oft unbefriedigend seicht, nicht wie trockenes SF-Gedankenexperiment, sondern durch mikriges Vertrauen auf Klischees. Henry Farrell hat vor einiger Zeit[6] eine schöne Passage von Mike Harrison dazu zitiert:

Bevor der Begriff ›Fantasy‹[7] zu einer Beschriebung für eine Monokultur wurde, war das Wort ein Baldachin, unter dem man tatsächlich ganz allegemein phantastische Werke versammelte. Niemand »schrieb Fantasy«. Man schrieb persönliche, stark vom Geschmack geprägte individualistische Sachen, und der Begriff »Fantasy« wurde erst im weiteren Verlauf der Dinge drangehängt. Unvorhersehbarkeit, Erfindungsreichtum, Seltsamkeit, Befremdlichkeit, Gewitztheit, all das ließ sich finden und auch so etwas wie eine Maschinerie, mit der die Welt ungewöhnlich verfremdet wird und sie damit wie etwas Neues erscheinen läßt. Was wir heute – oder zumindest noch bis vor kurzen – haben, sind gleichmäßige Kartoffelfelder die von Maschinen so abgeerntet werden, daß sich die Produkte gut an die typischen Konsumenten von Großunternehmen wie Sainsbury, McDonalds und HarperCollins verkaufen lassen.[8]

Und ich selbst schrieb damals (und da ich mit dem Einkaufswagen buchstäblich richtig lag, ist es denke ich angebracht, daß ich mich selbst zitiere):

Erstens: ›eintönige Monokultur‹ trifft den Nagel auf den Kopf; genau das ist das Problem der Fantasy, und Miéville gebührt alle Anerkennung dafür, seinen Kraftakt geleistet zu haben um den Karren aus der entsetzlich eingeschliffenen Spur gehieft zu haben. (Wenn ein neuer Roman von Robert Jordan erscheint, ist es wohl Samstag!) Und zweitens ist Tolkien natülich irgendwie schuld an all dem, hat er doch die idealen Blaupausen für diese Farmfabriken geliefert. Andererseits ist es natürlch nicht Tolkiens Schuld, denn es war bestimmt nicht seine Absicht, zur Verbreitung der beklagten Monokulturen anzuregen.[9]

Die richtige Strategie, um den Schaden wieder gut machen, besteht nun jedenfalls darin, daß man wild Zeugs zwischen all die gleichförmigen Äcker pflanzt. In diesem Sinne sollte man Miévilles gegen Tolkien gerichtete Polemik verstehen. Aber immer schön der Reihe nach.

Einer der feinsten dramatischen Ausschnitte von Der Eiserne Rat ist die Szene, in der das avantgardeistische Stück der Puppentheaters Flex'ibilis von Die Traurige und Lehrreiche Moritat von Jack Gotteshand von den Zensoren von New Crobuzon unterbrochen wird (wegen »unmanierlicher Umtriebe zweiten Grades gegenüber New Crobuzon«), und sich in einen Tumult auflöst.[10] (Hier zollt ein Gegner Miévilles widerstrebend den Flex'ibilis künstlerische Anerkennung.[11]) Solche kleinen Tricks in hunderfacher Vielzahl verleiten den Leser dazu die Stadt — ihre Gesellschaft, Kultur, Wirtschaft, Historie, Bevölkerung — als wirklich zu betrachten. New Crobuzon, die Stadt zu der alle Wege von Bas-Lag führen, ist nicht irgendein Potemkischer Ort, an dem Elfen und Zauberer aus Pappe klischeehafte Stücke vom üblichen Kampf gegen das abolute Böse aufführen. Nur weil die Szenerie offensichtlich realistisch angelegt ist, bedeutet das andererseits aber nicht, daß die Darsteller keine genretypischen Pappfiguren sind. Ich werde darauf zurück kommen.

Ich werde jetzt einen doofen Kritikertrick anwenden. China kann »Nein, Du hast nicht recht« sagen, und ich werde ihn beim Wort nehmen müssen. Aber lassen Sie mich eine Einzelheit aufgreifen und als wahrhaft ideale Linse postulieren, durch die gesehen sich alle Aspekte von Miévilles Kunst bestimmen lassen.

Miéville versucht für die Fantasy das zu leisten, was die Puppenspieler für Jack tun wollen. (Wenn Sie wissen wollen, was es mit Jack auf sich hat, dann lesen sie das Buch oder Henrys Beitrag.[12]) Betrachten wir die Kunst der Flex'ibilen (ich vermute, ihr Name ist eine Homage an den Märtyrer Benjamin Flex, oder?[13]) Das Fantasywägelchen, von dem ich schrieb, wird renovierungsbedürftig und mit einem Haufen neuen Abfall[14] planmäßig auf die Bühne geschoben:

Es gab das übliche – das karrengroße Puppentheater mit den kleinen geschnitzten Figuren in bunten Kostümen stocksteif auf der Bühne –, aber die Seitenflügel und das Proszedium hatte man entfernt, und die Puppenspieler waren sichtbar, Milizoffizieren täuschend ähnlich in dunkles Grau gekleidet. Und auf der Bühne verstreut befanden sich noch andere Gegenstände unklarer Verwendung. Auf ein aufgespanntes Laken im Hintergrund projezierte eine Laterna Magica Zeitungsartikel {…}

Aber diese Flex'ibilis waren Könner – freche Scherzbolde, ja, aber mit ernsthaftem Konzept –, und sie verstanden sich darauf, ihr Publikum bei Laune zu halten. Nach jeder Impertinzenz {verbotenden Obzönitäten} folgte schlagfertiger, witziger Dialog, oder mitreißende Musik, und es fiel schwer, den Unmut aufrechtzuerhalten. Trotzdem war das Ganze eine außerordentliche Herausforderung, oder vielmehr eine Reihe von Herausvorderungen, und das Publikum schwankte zwischen Verwirrung und Ärger. {…}

Man wusste nicht genau, was einem da zugemutet wurde, dieses unstrukturierte Bric-à-brac von Ausrufen und zerstückeltem Text und Geräuschen und den vielen komplizierten, rätselhaften Kostümen. Die Puppen wurden meisterhaft geführt, aber sie waren gedacht – und gemacht – hölzerne Akteure in volkstümlichen Fabeln zu sein, nicht diese kleinen Provokateure, die, von ihrem Lenker souffliert, dem Erzähler Widerworte gaben (immer in dem traditionellem Jargon der Marionetten, nachgeahmtes Kindergebrabbel aus zusamengesetzten Substantiven und Lautmalerei). Sie tanzten zur Musik und mimten Geilheit, so weit ihre Gelenke und Fäden es gestatteten

Über das aufgespannte Laken flackerten Bilder, sogar bewegte – in Abschnitte zerlegte Bewegungsabläufe in so schneller Folge, dass die Personen sprangen, liefen, Gewehre abfeuerten. Der Sprecher beschimpfte das Publikum, lieferte sich Wortgefechte mit den Puppen und den anderen Akteuren und unter zunehmender Unzufriedenheit in den Bogen schälte sich Stück für Stück die Geschichte von Jack Gotteshand aus dem Chaos.[15]

Dem stelle ich eine Passage aus einer Auslassung von Miéville über Tolkien gegenüber:

Tolkien ist der Pickel auf dem Hintern der Fantasy/Phanatstik-Literatur. Sein Werk ist gewaltig und ansteckend – du kannst es nicht außer Acht lassen, also versuch's erst gar nicht. Das Beste was man machen kann, ist zu versuchen, das Furunkel absichtlich aufzustechen. Und da gibt es viel was man verachten kann – sein nachgeahmter Wagner'ianischer Pomp; seine sich am Krieg berauschende Jungs-unter-sich-Abenteuerlichkeit; seine kleingeistige und reaktionäre Liebe für die bestehenden hierarchischen Zustände; sein Glaube an eine absolute Sittlichkeit, durch die moralische und politische Verzwicktheiten verwässert werden. Die Klischees von Tolkien – Elfen, Zwerge und magische Ringe – haben sich wie Viren verbreitet. Er schrieb, daß der Zweck der Fantasy darin besteht Trost zu spenden, und behauptet damit, daß es zur entscheidenen Angelegenheit eines Fantasyautoren gehört, die Leser zu verhätscheln.

Das ist eine abstoßende Vorstellung, die viele Phantasten dankbarerweise mißachtet haben. Von den Surrealisten bis hin zum Pulp – über Mervyn Peake und Michail Bulgakow[16] und Stefan Grabinski[17] und Bruno Schulz und Michael Moorcock und M. John Harrison, und ich könnte noch mehr Namen nennen – haben die besten Autoren die Ästhetik der Phantastik genau dazu genutzt, um herauszufordern, zu befremden, und subversiv Erwartungen zu untergraben.

{…} Warum probiert man nicht zur Abwechslung mal ein paar andere Themen aus, oder auch ungewöhnlichere Monster? Warum nutzt man die Fantasy/Phantastik nicht, um gesellschaftliche und ästhetische Lügen herauszufordern?[18]

Diese Forderungen sind nicht gerade ungebührlich, aber es ist seltsam, daß in beiden Passagen ›nachgeahmt‹ auftaucht. (›Nachgeahmtes Kindergebrabbel‹, ›nachgeahmter Wagner'ianischer Pomp‹. Gehe ich zu weit?) Miéville drängt drauf, die Fantasy zu einer entscheidenden Konzentration zu treiben, die New Wave[19] der Sechziger zu aktualisieren möglicherweise unter dem Begriff ›the New Weird‹.[20] Also: Tolkiens Pickelhintern nimmt sich verglichen mit Miévilles ›New Weird‹ aus wie New Crobuzons traditionelles Puppentheater, wenn man esmit der subversiven Schau der Flex'iblen vergleicht. (Lieg ich richtig, China?)


3. OH, DU SÜSSE BÄRENHAFTIGKEIT DES ZUSTANDS DES TODES

Auf diese Thesen aufbauend, folgt nun einiges über Puppen, Mannequins und Golems. Erstens: Die Vorstellung, daß man aus der Fantasy folgendes machen kann — oder, wie Henry[21] schreibt, was Miéville bereits daraus gemacht hat (siehe auch Henrys Speculative Economics[22]):

Miéville ist ein historischer Materialist und schenkt den wirtschaftlichen Fundamenten auf die seine erfundenen Gesellschaften errichtet sind viel Aufmerksamkeit. Aber damit steht er fast ganz alleine auf dem Feld der Fanatsyautoren, denn die meisten davon ziehen es vor, die schmuzigen Geschäfte der materiellen Anhäufung unter einem schön gewebten Teppich aus Ritterlichkeit, noblesse oblige und dergleichen zu kehren.

In Miéville's Das Silmarill sag ich durch die Blume etwas ähnliches.[23]

Zweitens: Puppentheater — egal wie gesellschaftlich wachsam und subversiv es ist — handelt niemals von den wirtschaftlichen Grundlagen, außer wenn es auf äußerst eindimenionale Art expressionistisch ist. Es ist also eine heikle, zweischneidige Sache, wenn Miéville in seinem Manifesto schreibt, daß »Charaktere mehr als nur Pappfiguren sind«. Macht er also aus den traditionellen, eindimenionalen nun dreidimensionale Charaktere, oder führt er diese eindimensionalen Figuren eben nur mit bemerkenswert geschickterem und durchdachterem Puppenspielerkönnen? Das wären zwei Möglichkeiten der Steigerung, zwei Geschmacksrichtunen die sich nicht unbedingt gut miteinander vertragen. Lassen Sie mich dazu nochmal aus einem alten Beitrag von mir zitieren, der einiges über die Angelegenheit der Puppenspielerkunst vorwegzunehmen scheint:

Es hat eine Weile gedauert, bis ich mit Miéville zurecht kam. Zwischen ihm und mir gab es Mißverständnisse. Er kommt daher, aufgemacht und angepriesen als rechtmäßiger Anwärter auf die Robe des Erbes von Mervyn Peake (dem sich seit Kurzem eine sehr schöne Website widmet.[24] Es gibt dort Gedichte die ich noch nicht kannte und Bilder die ich noch nie gesehen habe, und die Umschlaggestaltung der Erstausgaben und reichlich weitere wundervolle Sachen. Darf ich besonders auf diese reizende Umsetzung von Carroll's Walross und Zimmermann hinweisen[25]; oder auf diese eher jenseitige Alice.[26])

Miéville kommt also angepriesen als der neue Peake daher und erkennt Peake auch als ein Hauptvorbild an. Und — nun ja, diese Nähe kann ich durchaus sehen. Und es ist nicht fair, wenn man Miéville zum Vorwurf macht, von seinem Vorbild abzuweichen (immerhin zwingt eine dankbare Verbindlichkeit ja nicht dazu, sein Vorbild plagiieren zu müssen.) Wie dem auch sei, hat Miéville etwas von Peake übernommen, was ich nicht gerade am meisten schätze: seine groteske Launenhaftigkeit und die zwanghafte, selbstberauscht überzogene, verbale Energie der Gormenghast-Trilogie. Die haben Sie nicht gelesen? Stellen Sie sich vor, Edward Gorey hätte Die Pickwicker[27] geschrieben. Oder noch besser: lesen Sie Gormenghast.

Und nebenbei hier ein Verweis auf diese schöne Edward Gorey-Gallery mit Umschlagsillustrationen.[28]
Wie ich schon sagte, ist jeder Charakter bei Peake eine Puppe, und seine Sprache läßt diese ausgezeichnet gestalteten Artefakte mit äußerst erstaunlicher Meisterschaft tanzen, vor allem auf visuelle Weise. Es bietet sich geradezu an Gormenghast als Puppentheater aufzuführen, auch wenn es dann nicht mehr so beeindruckend wäre, denn immerhin erwartet man bei einem Puppenpiel eben Puppen. Zu erleben, wie diese Charaktere in Puppenform in einem Buch lebendig werden — tatsächlich zu sehen, wie sie von den Seiten des Buches aufsteigen — ist eine ungleich einzigartigere ästhetische Errungenschaft.[29]

In dem zitierten Kommentar führe ich viele Beispiele an, um diesen Unterschied zu verdeutlichen, falls Sie mehr darüber lesen wollen.

Und nun möchte ich, auch wenn es scheinbar an der Sache vorbeigeht, fragen, was Peake denn mit seinen Puppencharakteren in Gormenghast vorhatte? Eine durchaus wahrscheinliche, gute Antwort darauf — die pure ästhetische Selbstberauschtheit, die könnerhafte Konstruktion von Bühnenbildern und Mannequins — gibt für mich schon ein anderer Autor, den Miéville in seiner Polemik lobend erwähnt, und über den ich in letzter Zeit einiges geschrieben habe: Bruno Schulz.

In diesem Beitrag[30] von mir schreibe ich über Golems und Schulz Die Zimtläden (auch bekannt als Die Staße der Krokodile). Es findet sich dort ein Verweis auf diese Site über Schulz, wo Sie einige neue englische Übersetzungen seiner Geschichten umsonst lesen können. Der erzählende Sohn preist in Die Zimtläden die Vaterfigur als einen Helden der Flucht … weg von der Langeweile der eintönigen Dumpfheit der Wirklichkeit. Ich kann mir denken, daß man sich Peake so vorstellen kann, wäre er von seiner Familie mit krasser Abschätzigkeit behandelt worden:

{D}er letzte und glänzende Kontermarsch der Phantasie, welchem dieser unverbesserliche Improvisator, dieser Fechtmeister der Einbildungskraft, auf den Schanzen und Gräben des schalen und öden Winters aufführte. Heute erst verstehe ich das einsame Heldentum, in dem er mutterseelenallein dem grenzenlosen Element der stumpfen Langeweile den Krieg erklärte. Jeglicher Unterstützung beraubt, ohne Anerkennung unsererseits, verteidigte dieser wundervolle Mann die verlorene Sache der Poesie. Er war eine Zaubermühle, in deren Trichter die Kleie öder Stunden geschüttet wurde, um dann im Getriebe in allen Farben und Gewürzdüften des Orients aufzublühen. Doch, an die glänzenden Gaukelspiele dieses metaphysischen Zauberkünstlers gewöhnt, waren wir geneigt, den Wert seiner souveränen Magie, die uns vor der Lethargie öder Tage und Nächte rettete, zu verkennen.[31]

Das ist keine gesellschaftlich oder politisch herausfordernde Sprache, wie ich anmerken darf. Das ist kompromissloser Eskapismus, und das scheint der Kern von Peakes Werke zu sein (und auch von Schulz). Ich behaupte nicht, daß Miéville das leugnet. Aber vielleicht neigt er dazu, ›das Untergraben von Erwartungen‹ mit dem ›Herausfordern von Lügen‹ gleichzusetzten, oder er neigt dazu Eskapismus — d.h. die willentliche Weigerung der harschen Wirklichkeit ins Antlitz zu schauen — mit der Verhätschelung der Leser gemäß irgendeiner warmen, behaglichen Mode zu verwechseln. (Möglicherweise sind diese Dinge für Miéville nicht gleich. Kann sein, daß ich zuviel in all das hineinlese.)

Noch stärker beim Vergleich zwischen Schulz und Miéville fällt mir auf, daß Der Eiserne Rat nicht nur von Puppen handelt, sondern auch von Golems und von der fremdartigen Brut der Remade.[32] Schulz legt eine ganze Philosophie der Mannequins vor — oder der Golemetrie, wie Miéville die Sache nennt. Den folgenden Abschnitt habe ich schon einmal ausführlich zitiert, tue es aber hier nochmal, weil die Passage sich hier vorzüglich für meine Absicht eignet:

»Demiurgos«, sprach mein Vater, »besaß kein Monopol auf Schöpfung — Schöpfung ist ein Privileg aller Geister. Der Materie ist eine unendliche Fruchtbarkeit gegeben, eine unerschöpfliche Lebensmacht und gleichzeitig eine verführerische Macht der Versuchung, die uns zum Formen verlockt. In der Tiefe der Materie gestaltet sich undeutliches Lächeln, knüpfen sich Spannungen, verdichten sich Versuche von Formen. Die ganze Materie wogt von unbegrenzten Möglichkeiten, die in matten Schauern durch sie hindurchgehen. Während sie auf den belebenden Odem des Geistes wartet, fließt sie endlos in sich selbst dahin, und lockt mit Tausenden süßer Rundungen und Weichheiten, die sie sich selbst in blinden Schwärmereien erträumt.

Jeder eigenen Initiative beraubt, wollüstig biegsam und geschmeidig, plastisch auf weibliche Art, überhaupt allen Impulsen unterworfen, bildet sie ein Terrain außerhalb des Gesetztes, das jeglicher Art von Scharlatarnerie und Dilettantismus offensteht, eine Domäne für Übergriffe jeglicher Art und zweifelhafte demiurgische Manipulationen. Die Materie ist das passivste und wehrloseste Wesen im Kosmos. Jeder kann sie kneten und formen, jedem gehorcht sie. Alle Organisationen der Materie sind unbeständig und locker, leicht empfänglich für Rückbildungen und Auflösungen. Es steckt nichts Böses in der Reduktion des Lebens auf andere und neue Formen. Der Mord ist keine Sünde. Er ist manchmal eine notwendige Gewalt widerspenstigen und verknöcherten Daseinsformen gegenüber, die aufgehört haben interessant zu sein. Im Interesse eines aufschlußreichen und wichtigen Experiments kann der Mord sogar ein Verdienst darstellen. Hier ist der Ausgangspunkt für eine neue Apologie des Sadismus.«

Mein Vater war in der Glorifizierung dieses wunderlichen Elements, wie die Materie es ist, unerschöpflich. »Es gibt keine tote Materie«, lehrte er, »der Zustand des Todes ist lediglich ein Schein, hinter dem sich unbekannte Daseinsformen verstecken. Die Skala dieser Formen ist unendlich, ihre Schattierungen und Nuancen sind unerschöpflich. Demiurgos war im Besitz wichtiger und aufschlußreicher Schöpfungsrezepte. Dank diesen Rezepten schuf er eine Vielzahl von Arten, die sich aus eigener Kraft erneuern. Es ist unbekannt, ob diese Rezepte jemals rekonstruiert werden können. Aber ist auch nicht nötig; denn selbst wenn sich diese klassischen Methoden der Schöpfung ein für allemal als unzugänglich erweisen sollten, verbleiben noch bestimmte illegale Methoden, eine ganze Unermeßlichkeit häretischer und verbrecherischer Methoden.«[33]

Und:

»Es liegt uns nichts«, sprach er, »an Geschöpfen mit langem Atem, an Wesen auf lange Sicht. Unsere Kreaturen werden nicht die Helden vielbändiger Romane sein. Ihre Rollen werden kurz und lapidar, ihre Charaktere ohne weitläufigere Planung sein. Oft nur für eine Geste, für ein einziges Wesen werden wir uns der Mühe unterziehen, sie für diesen einen Augenblick ins Leben zu rufen. Wir geben offen zu: wir werden keinen Nachdruck auf Dauerhaftigkeit und Güte der Ausführung legen, unsere Geschöpfe werden gleichsam provisorisch, für das eine Mal gemacht sein. Wenn es Menschen sein sollten, werden wir ihnen zum Beispiel nur eine Gesichtshälfte, einen Arm, ein Bein geben — eben nur das, was sie für ihre Rolle brauchen. Es wäre Pedanterie, sich um das zweite Bein zu kümmern, das nicht zum Spiel gehört. Hinten können sie einfach mit Leinwand zugenäht oder geschweißt werden. Unseren Ehrgeiz werden wir auf folgende stolze Devise legen: Für jede Geste einen anderen Schauspieler. Zur Handhabung jedes Wortes, jeder Tat rufen wir einen anderen Menschen ins Leben.

So ist unser Geschmack, das wird die Welt nach unserem Gusto sein. Demiurgos gefiel sich in ausgewählten, vollkommenen und komplizierten Materialien, wir geben dem Trödel den Vorrang. Uns entzückt und ergreift einfach das Billige, das Minderwertige, das Trödelhafte des Materials. Versteht ihr«, fragte mein Vater, »den tiefen Sinn dieser Schwäche, dieser Leidenschaft für buntes Dekorationspapier, für Pappmaché, für Lackfarbe, für Werg und Sägespäne? Das ist«, sprach er mit schmerzlichem Lächeln, »unsere Liebe für die Materie als solche, für ihre Flaumigkeit und Durchlässigkeit, für ihre einzige, mystische Konsistenz. Demiurgos, dieser große Meister und Künstler, macht sie unsichtbar, läßt sie aus dem Spiel des Lebens verschwinden. Wir dagegen, wir lieben ihr Knirschen, ihren Widerstand, ihre klotzige Unzierlichkeit. Wir lieben es, unter jeder Geste, unter jeder Bewegung ihre schwerfällige Bemühung, ihre Unbeweglichkeit, ihre süße Bärenhaftigkeit zu sehen.«[34]

Da sind wir also wieder bei der Menschen-Kippe — dem kurzlebigen, entropischen Abfall eines demiurgischen Zweitschöpfers. Wiegesagt, habe ich diese Abschnitte schon einmal zitiert, jedoch ohne dabei auf die fast schon unfassbar bittere Ironik der Todesumstände von Bruno Schulz hinzuweisen: er wurde kaltschnäuzig von den Nazis ermordet, die es nicht als Sünde ansahen, eine unterlegene Lebensform auszumerzen. Wie sich zeigte, war das Zeitalter von Schulz, kurz nachdem er Die Zimtläden schrieb, der Ausgangspunkt für neue Formen der Apologien des Sadimus. (Ich habe in The Cildren of the Heart[35] und (eher beiläufig) in Some Versions of Mock-Pastoral, Part I[36] mehr über Schulz geschrieben. Siehe dazu auch, wie David Grossman mit Stichwort: Liebe Schulz als einen idealen romantischen Typus würdigt[37] .)

In keinster Weise möchte ich nahelegen, daß Schulz an seinem eigenen Tod irgendwie schuld war, nur weil er ein eskapitsches Werk in Form einer romantischen Phantasmagorie geschrieben hat, in dem er mit dem Gedanken spielt, daß Morden nicht schlimmes ist. Vielmehr möchte ich Miéville gemäß seiner eigenen Aussagen beim Wort nehmen. Er drängt ja drauf, daß auch Fantasyautoren sich mit politischer Ernsthaftigkeit und gesellschaftlichem Verantwortungsbewußtsein ihrer Sache widmen sollen, und damit hat er zweifellos recht. Mit manchen Dingen liegen auch puppenspielende Eskapisten liegen ab und zu nicht daneben. Meine Meinung ist aber (wie soll ich es sagen? Ich bin nicht ganz sicher), daß Miéville sich nicht wirklich klar gewesen ist, was er eigentlich wollte — ob seine Zweitschöpfungen verantwortungsbewußt gehaltvoll, oder brilliant aber dünn expressionistisch sein sollen. Sollten Fantasyromane zu wirtschaftlichen und politischen Traktaten heranreifen, oder sollten die Charaktere zu Puppen ausgedünnt werden, deren Fäden sich mit mehr Geschick zupfen lassen? Einen künstlerischen Weg gibt es immer, aber ich muß gestehen, daß ich hier keine Möglichkeit sehe, diese beiden Impulse auf wirklich gütliche Weise miteinander zu vereinen. Ich bin der Ansicht, daß Miéville sich selbst dabei hemmt, sein ganzes Vermögen auszuspielen, weil er sich nicht für einen dieser beiden Modi entscheiden kann, von denen er gleichermaßen angezogen wird, und die er jeden für sich durchaus überzeugend meistern könnte.


4. PAPIER-FIGUREN, FÜSSE AUS LEHM[38]

Lassen Sie mich Miévilles Neigung für's Vermischen des Politisch-Wirtschaftlichen mit der Puppemspielerei veranschaulichen — anhand seiner farbenfrohen Groteskerien, die theatralisch das menschlich Furchtbare behandeln. In folgendem Abschnitt wird berichtet, wie New Crobuzon in einen Krieg mit Tesh, die Stadt der Schleichenden Wasser gerät. (Miéville zeigt uns diese Stadt mit »ihren Ringgräben und gläsernen Katzen und d{er} Catoplepas-Ebene und {den} Kauffahrteischiffe{n} und unsteten Diplomaten und de{m} Weinende Prinz« nie direkt.[39])

Die geheimnisumwitterten Schiffe aus Tesh, die Barkentinen und schnittigen, mit flatternden bunten Tüchern behangenen Katboote, deren Manschaften sich mit Henna bemalten und die Zähne spitz feilten, hatte man seit längerem nicht im Hafen gesehen. Man hörte Gerüchte, durch seit einiger Zeit verödete und erst jüngst wieder benutzte Kanäle hätte Tesh geheimer und nie gesehener Botschafter der Bürgermeisterin die offizielle Kriegserklärung seiner Regierung übermittelt.

Berichte über Aggressionen Teshs gegen Crobuzoner Schiffe in der Lohwasser-Enge wurden häufiger und bekamen größere Präsenz in der Tagespresse und den Wandzeitungen des Magistrats. Die Bürgermeisterin versprach Vergeltungsmaßnahmen und Gegenschläge. Die Marine verstärkte ihre Rekutierungsmaßnahmen, parallel zu – hörte Ori – der Anwerbung mittels Schnappsflasche.

Das Ganze war immer noch fern, abstrakt: Seeschlachen tausend Meilen weit weg. Doch die Feindseligkeiten eskalierten. Immer mehr Reden von Ministern hatten den Krieg zum Thema. Der neue kaufmännische Unternehmungsgeist der Stadt brachte keinen Aufschwung: Absatzmärkte für Exporte blieben verschlossen, die Unsicherheit auf den Meeren blockierte den Import exotischer Luxusartikel. Schiffe liefen aus und kamen nicht wieder. New Crobuzons stillgelegte Fabriken nahmen den Betrieb nicht wieder auf, andere meldeten Konkurs an, und die Schilder am Tor wurden stockfleckig, zum Hohn der darauf verkündeten »vorrübergehenden Schließung«. Die Stadt stagnierte, sie wurde saft- und kraftlos und verlotterte. Der Krieg schickte seine Überlebenden nach Hause.

Soldaten, an Leib und Seele verwundet, vom Staat im Stich gelassen, sah man in Dog Fenn und Riverskin betteln und allen, die es hören wollten, ihre Erlebnisse predigten. Narbig, mit zerschmetterten Knochen, verstümelt vom Feind und im blutigen Chaos eines Feldlazeretts, hatten manche überdies befremdliche Blessuren davongetragen, wie nur die Streitkräfte Teshs sie ihnen zugefügt haben konnten.

Hunderte der Heimgekehrten waren ihres Verstandes verlustig gegangen, und in ihrem Wahn rabulierten sei in einer fremden, lispelnden Sprache. Alle, über die ganze Stadt verstreut, skandierten die gleichen Worte, synchron. Da waren Männer mit blutigen Gallertbällen als Augen, die dennoch sehen konnten, hörte Ori, und die unaufhörlich weinten, weil sie den Tod in allen Dingen sahen. Die Leute fürchteten, die Veteranen wie das eigene schleche Gewissen. Einmal, es lag inzwischen einige Monate zurück, war Ori an einen Mann vorbeigekommen, der auf seine verschreckten Zuhörer einredete und ihnen seine Arme zeigte, die wie gebleicht aussahen, fahlgrau.

»Ihr wisst, was das ist!«, rief er ihnen zu. »Ihr wisst bescheid! Ich war am Rand der Explosion – und ihr seht ja. Die Knochenflicker wollten mir die Arme abschneiden, sagten, sie müssten ab, aber sie wollten nur verhindern, dass ihr das hier seht…« Er schwenkte seine gespenstischen Gliedmaßen wie Scherenschnite, und die Miliz kam und brachte ihn zum Schweigen, schleppte ihn weg. Aber Ori hatte das Grauen auf den Gesichtern der Leute gesehen. Hatte Tesh wahrhaftig das vergessene Geheimnis der Farbenbombe wiederentdeckt?[40]

Für mich trifft das genau den richtigen Ton, der gelungen zwischen grimigem Realismus und herzhaftem Puppenspiel balanciert. Der Farbenbomben-Veteran könnte aus einem Bild von Otto Dix stammen.[41] Doch habe ich den Eindruck, daß dieser Ton nicht aufrechterhalten werden kann — oder jedenfalls eben nicht aufrechterhalten wird.

Zuerst aber ein weiteres ausgezeichnetes Beispiel. In New Crobuzon sind Thaumaturgen in den Straffabriken damit beschäftigt, aus Verbrechern groteske Gestalten zu machen. Die Philosophie die diesem Remaking, diesem Ummodeln zugrunde liegt, läßt sich, bis auf einen finsteren Foucault'schen Dreh, vergleichen mit der einfachen Freude der Vaterfigur bei Schulz, über den demurgischen Möglichkeitsreichtum, den langweilige Materie bietet. Arme Verbrecher werden umgemodelt (und dann zur Arbeit gezwungen, um ihr Remaking zu begleichen.) Entsprechend ihrer Verbrechen werden bei ihnen Körperteile durch Tier- oder Maschinenteile ersetzt, manchmal aber auch nur, um sie zu erniedrigen oder zu verhöhnen. Da gibt es dann sehr garstige Beschreibungen. Ein Junge, dessen Hals mit Insektenbeinen umwachsen ist, wie eine Krause. Menschen die sterben müssen, wenn ihnen die Heizkohlen ihrer eingemodelten Motoröfen ausgehen. Den unzureichend hergerichteten Remade-Sklaven, die gezwungen werden die transkontinentale Eisenbahnstrecke zu errichten, stehen tatsächlich über weite Teile des Romans im Mittelpunkt der Aufmerksamkeit. (Siehe dazu auch Henrys Essay.)

—Zu verdammt nichts nütze, flucht ein Aufseher und lässt den Knüppel auf einen gestürzten Mann niedersausen, dessen Hände mit Augen gespickt sind. —Was für einen Sinn hat es, mehr Remade zu fabrizieren, wenn dabei jämmerliche Pfauenvögel herauskommen, wie du? Jede verfluchte Woche predige ich ihnen, wir brauchen Remade, die für Schwerstarbeit gebaut sind, nicht irgendwelche Spaßfiguren zu ihrer eigenen Belustigung. Hoch mit dir und pack an.[42]

Ein entsetzliches Alptraumbild. Wie schon Schulz schreibt: »Wenn es Menschen sein sollen, werden wir ihnen zum Beispiel nur eine Gesichtshälfte, einen Arm, ein Bein geben – eben nur das, was sie für ihre Rolle brauchen.« Das läßt Gedanken an hässliche Folgen und Verwicklungen aufkommen. (Was ist in menschliches Fleisch geformt schlimmer: erzwungene Launenhaftigkeit oder maschinelle Effizienz?) Ich befürchte, daß sich spätestens mit Belles Esssay zeigen wird, daß Miéville im politischen und wirtschaftlichen Sinne nicht länger als erfolgreicher Expressionist gelten kann, sondern vielmehr jemand ist, der sich perverserweise weigert uns irgendetwas nettes oder erfreuliches zu zeigen, obwohl er versprochen hat, uns alles zu zeigen. (Wo bleiben die schönen Gegenden von New Crobuzon?)

Andererseits ist aber Golemetrie etwas durchaus hübsches; so etwas wie ein Hegel'scher Traum. In Der Eiserne Rat überlegt sich Judah Low:

Was genau habe ich getan? {…} Ich habe einen Golem aus Gas geschaffen. Kann ich einen Golem aus noch weniger festem Stoff bilden? Golemetrie ist eine Auseinandersetzung, eine Intervention, ist es ergo möglich, dass ich interveniere und einen Golem schaffe aus Dunkelheit oder Tod, aus Elektrizität, aus Klang, aus Reibung, aus Ideen oder Hoffnungen?[43]

Was ist denn Hegels Idee des Weltgeistes anderes, als ein seltsam beseelter, und dennoch im strengem Sinne lebloser Golem?

Als Gegenargument läßt sich dazu behaupten, daß wenn man denn nun Mitleid mit der Menschheit hat, wie sie als entropischer Abfallhaufen vom gedankenlosen Besen der Historie zusamen- und hinfortgefegt wird, dann kann Golemtrie etwas Humanistisches sein. Pennyhaugh hält Judah einen Vortrag über diese Wissenschaft:

Was lebt, kann nicht Golem sein. Ausgestattet mit der Vitalität des Orgon, haben wir bei Flora und Fauna Materie, die mit ihren eigenen Mechanismen interagiert. Das Unbelebte hingegen ist passiv, es kommt durch Zufall so zu liegen, wie es eben liegt. Wir geben ihm Bedeutung. Wir befehlen ihm nicht, sondern weisen hin auf die Ordnung, die immer vorhanden ist, inhärent, unsichtbar. Dieser Akt des Hinweisens auf Vorhandenes ist wenigstens ebenso sehr Bestätigung und Überredung wie Observation. Wir sehen Struktur, und indem wir sie analysieren, erkennen wir Mechanismen und greifen danach und legen den Schalter um. Weil Muster sich nicht in der Stasis geltend machen, sondern in der Veränderung. Golemetrie ist eine Unterbrechung. Zu verstehen als die Unterordnung des statischen IST unter das aktive BIN.[44]

Die Schwierigkeit liegt, wie der Vater bei Schulz es ausdrückt, darin, »den tiefen Sinn dieser Schwäche, dieser Leidenschaft für buntes Dekorationspapier, für Pappmaché, für Lackfarbe, für Werg und Sägespäne«[45] anzuerkennen, und dabei trotzdem jede noch so kleine Unterbrechung gegen die immanente Zerstörung zu unterstützen.

An dieser Stelle möche ich Sie, was diese Feststellung betrifft, und um keine entscheidenden Handlungswendungen auszuplaudern, weiterleiten zu Henrys Auseinandersetzung über Walter Benjamin und die nunc stans des Eisernen Rates.


5. GESCHICHTENERZÄHLEN

Nun wollen wir uns einmal anschauen, was für Geschichten uns Miéville erzählt. Das erste, was ich dazu sagen will, ist, daß mir diese Geschichten großartig gefallen. Stunden voller Unterhaltung. Zweitens finde ich das meine hier beitragenden Kollegen über das, was ich noch anmerken möchte, bisher in negativen Ausdrücken geschrieben haben. Belle behauptet, daß Miéville eine sonderbare Besessenheit für launisch-taktische Grabbelbeutel-Situationen pflegt. Matt Cheney stellt unverblühmt fest:

Die drei Bücher {Perdido Street Station, Die Narbe und Der Eiserne Rat} sind Abenteuerromane, und ihre großen Handlungsmuster gleichen einander: etwas Geheimnisvollen taucht auf und wird langsam enthüllt, das Leben der Hauptfiguren ist in Gefahr, die Schauplätze werden von völliger Vernichtung bedroht, dann bringen viele Leute sich gegenseitig um, mit bitter-süßen Ausklang. Diese Formel fünktioniert in Der Eiserne Rat prächtig, bis etwa 200 Seiten vor Schluß, zum Teil wegen der komplizierten Nebeneinanderführung der zeitlichen Abläufe und Ereignisse, aber auch, weil es überflüssig scheint, daß New Crobuzon wieder einmal von unheilvollen, jenseitigen Mächte bedroht wird, und für mich persönlch hätten halb so viele Schlachten auch gereicht, denn das Buch begann sich bereits wie ein Rollenspielszenario zu lesen, und weniger wie ein Roman: immerhin folgt eine scheinbar unmögliche Schlacht (»Deine Waffen sind gegen nicht-kooperationistische Wesen wirkungslos, doch glücklicherweise naht zur Rettung den Hügel hinab…«) auf die nächste und die nächste und …

Während ich also darauf hoffe, daß sich Miéville bald ein neues Rezept einfallen läßt, kann ich andererseits auch verstehen, daß diese Formel, auf die er immer wieder zurückkommt, der Art von Geschichten die er bieten möchte nun mal innewohnt, und daß andere Autoren diese Aufgabe schon viel schlechter bewältigt haben. Miéville hat auch sonst noch so vieles zu bieten, weshalb es schade ist, daß er seine Fäden immer wieder damit zum Ende bringt, daß seine Figuren die meiste Zeit damit beschäftigt sind, sich gegenseitig zu töten.[46]

Dem will noch ein Detail hinzufügen. Miéville pflegt (wenn man seine polemische Haltung beachtet) einen merkwürdigen Hang zu Hollywood-artigen Spezialeffekt-Extravaganzen, kurz bevor der Nachspann einsetzt. Ich bin mir sicher, daß Miéville nicht absichtlich mit Blick in Richtung Hollywood schreibt. Vielleicht ist eine unabsichtliche Hingezogenheit der Grund. Auch bei vielen kleineren Szenen denkt man sich als Leser: das ist besser als alle CGI-Sequenzen.[47] Kurz vor dem Ende des ersten Teils gibt es zum Beispiel 10 Sekunden an gehaltsvoller (und teurer) Filmzeit:

Der Golem war primitiv und einzig beseelt von dem Trieb zu vernichten. Gedankenschnell streckte er tonnenschwere Arme aus und ergriff die beiden Handlinger. Sie versuchten, Front gegen ihn zu machen. Im Nu hatte der Golem mit Urgewalt den Nacken des Tieres gebrochen und den Handlinger zerquetscht, der sich an die Mähne klammerte.

Der Mann war schneller. Er spie Feuer, das wirkungslos über das Gesicht des Golems fauchte. Mit unvorstellbarer Kraft zerrte der Mann an dem Arm aus aneinander haftenden Felsbrocken und renkte ihn aus dem Gelenk, sodass die Bewegungen des Golems schwerfälliger wurden. Dennoch hielt er eisern fest. Obgleich sein Arm Stück für Stück abfiel, zog der Golem den schwebenden Mann aus der Luft, packte seine Beine mit einer steinernen Hand, den Kopf mit der anderen und riss ihn mitten entzwei.

Sobald der Wirt tot war, noch ehe die beiden Hälften der Leiche den Boden berührten, erstarrte der Golem, sein Werk getan. Steine lösten sich aus dem Verbund, Staub wölkte. Krachend und rumpelnd zerfiel er zu einem blutspritzenden Haufen, begrub eine Hälfte des toten Pferdes unter sich.

Die zerrissenen Teile des menschlichen Wirtskörpers rollten ins Farnkraut und tränkten die Erde mit Blut. Unter dem Anzug zappelte etwas.

»Haltet Abstand«, warnte Cutter. »Das Ding sucht einen neuen Wirt.«
Drogon hatte den Leichnam unter Feuer genommen, während er fiel. Der Rumpf war kaum zur Ruhe gekommen, als ein Ding auf vielen Beinen, kränklich lila wie ein Bluterguss, aus den Kleidern kroch. Es lief behände über den Boden, spinnenartig.

Sie spritzten auseinander. Pomeroys Gewehr entlud sich donnernd, aber das Ding trippelte beharrlich weiter und war nur noch wenige Schritte von Elsie entfernt, die schrie wie am Spieß, als eine Salve Drogons es aufhielt. Der Wisperschmied schritt darauf zu und schoss im Gehen, drei wohl gezielte Kugeln trafen das Ungeziefer, dass sich ins Gras duckte. Er stieß es mit dem Fuß an, bückte sich und hob es eauf, zerfetzt und bluttriefend.

Es war eine Hand. Eine gescheckte rechte Hand. An ihrem Handgelenk wuchs ein kurzer Schweif. Hing herab als totes Gewicht und troff.

»Dextrier«, bemerkte der Wisperschmied zu Cutter. »Kriegerkaste[48]

Der Roman ist nun wirklich nicht nur wegen für solcher Szenen geschrieben worden. Man möchte eine entschuldigende Bemerkung über die Dramaturgie des orthodoxen Flex'iblen Theaters machen: »Bilder, sogar bewegte – in Abschnitte zerlegte Bewegungsabläufe in so schneller Folge, dass die Personen sprangen, liefen, Gewehre abfeuerten.« Doch selbst diese Stelle würde sich geradezu gut auf der Leinwand machen. Anders als bei einer gewissen Art von Jux, kann aus Schlag-auf-Schlag-Blutspritzerei[49] niemals großartige Romanprosa werden. Und dennoch: ich hatte meinen Spaß. Mehr noch: ich bewundere den ersten Teil für seine unglaublich schnelle Abfolge der Geschehnissse. Im Rahmen eines kleines Experimentes habe ich auf den ersten 40 Seiten des Buches alle neuen und originellen Szenerien und/oder aufregenden Kämpfe gezählt. (Die Maßeinheit ist freilich ein wenig subjektiv gewählt.) Der Eiserne Rat brachte es auf stattliche 25 Punkte. Vielleicht glauben Sie nicht ganz, daß dies ein ein guter Wert ist, aber es wird tatsächlich um einiges mehr geboten, als bei einem fortgeschrittenem D&D-Modul[50] wo im ersten Raum eine Mantikore ist, hinter Tür 30 Orks warten, und im Gang ein gallertartiger Würfel schwebt, und am anderen Ende des Ganges sind ein Hügelgrabunhold und ein chaotisch-böser Priester. Zeitweise ist die Geschwindigkeit des Romans in bester Ordnung: »Ihre Rollen werden kurz und lapidar, ihre Charaktere ohne weitläufige Planung sein. Oft nur eine Geste, für ein einziges Wort werden wir uns der Mühe unterziehen, sie für diesen einen Augenblick ins Leben zurufen.« Dieser Effekt von Miéville läßt sich geographisch und gesellschaftlich nicht vergleichen, mit einem kümmerlich durchdachten Verließlageplan, den ein Zölfjähriger entworfen hat, ohne dabei daran zu denken, von wo die Orks ihr Essen holen und wohin sie gehen, wenn sie aufs Klo müssen. Nein, Mißeville liest sich vielmehr wie ein Gemälde von Hieronymous Bosch. Man bewundert diese erfindungsfreudige Ballung von so viel Groteskem auf einer Grundfläche. Das wird umso besser, desto mehr diese totale Lebhaftigeit aufkommt. Man fragt sich nicht mehr: von was ernährt sich der Vogel-Typ? Wer bezahlt den Maurer für das Errichten der Wand?[51] (Streikt er jemals, und wenn ja, wer läßt sich dann als Streikbrecher anwerben? Der Kerl mit all den Wundkrusten?)[52] Schachern die mit diesen toten Typen, die aus dem Auge des Dämons kommen? Usw.

Und da sind wir wieder bei der problematischen Unvereinbarkeit von politisch-wirtschaftlichem und puppenspielerischem Expressionismus.

Miévilles Talent fürs Hervorbringen eines ungemein heftigen Überflußes an beiläufigen Bosch-artigen Einzelheiten ist mir eindrucksvoll klar geworden, als ich vor kurzem Steph Swainstons Komet[53] gelesen habe. Dieser Roman wurde als Beweis dafür angepriesen, daß so etwas wie eine ›New Weird‹-Strömung gibt; daß dieses neue Genre nicht nur durch China Miéville allein bestritten wird. (Obwohl ich befürchte, daß diese neue Spielart bald schon durch entsprechende Ettikettchen heimgesucht wird; vielleich ›Käfer und Drogen‹ statt ›Elfen und Zwerge‹.) Swainstons Roman kommt mit einem überschwänglichen Zitat von Miéville im Klappentext daher, aber für mich wird das Buch diesem Lob nicht gerecht, größtenteils deshalb, weil die Reisen des geflügelten Protagonisten Jant bei mir keinen reichhaltigen Eindruck erwecken, was diese Welt alles bietet. Das kam mir nicht wie ein Kuchen mit 700 Schichten vor, sondern wie einer mit höchstens 70 Schichten, wenn's hoch kommt. Ich verfiel nicht wie bei Miéville der Täuschung, jeden Quadratzentimeter dieser Welt zu sehen, durch die ich im Höchsttempo gezerrt wurde. Für mich wurde dadurch deutlich, daß Komet, abgesehen von den ganzen Käfern und Drogen, im Grunde ›die finsteren Mächte rücken an‹-Fantasy/Phantastik von der Stange ist, mit einem guten Schuß Kostüm-Soap Opera-Melodrama über interne Machtrangelein der strammen Verteidiger. Komet strebt an, eine Mischung aus Der König von Narnia und Aliens mit einer Priese Naked Lunch zu sein. Doch ich finde, daß weder die Der König von Narnia-, noch die Aliens-Aspekte wirklich gelungen sind, womit die wirklich beeindruckenden Käferschlachten übrig bleiben. Die habe ich auch sehr genossen, aber ich fand nicht, daß diese Käferschlachten grandios sind. Das war unterhaltsamer Eskapismus.

Das Dauerfeuer an grotekem Erfindungsreichtum — eine Puppe pro Seite — dient in Miévilles Fall dazu, die Konventionalität des überwiegenden Teils seiner Erzählung zu verschleiern (auch wenn sich, wie es Henry in seinem Beitrag tut, behaupten läßt, daß Der Eiserne Rat einen anderen Ansatz bietet.) Diese Tarnung wirkt die meiste Zeit, bleibt aber Tarnung.

Und das einzige Problem damit, daß Miéville ein konventioneller Geschichenerzähler ist, besteht darin — nun ja, daß dies eben nicht zu seiner Polemik über eine reifere, genre-sprengendere Art von Fantasy paßt, die uns eigentlich versprochen wurde. Wie auch Belle in ihrem Beitag sagt, lassen sich keine schwerwiegenden Einwände dagegen anbringen, eine schon absurd erfolgreiche Revolution zu veranstallten, wenn zuvor bereits lächerlich arg in die Ecke gedrängte Helden die Gierfalter abgewehrt haben. Ein reiferes Gespür dafür, daß ›die Historie nun mal so schmerzhaft ist‹ verträgt sich eben nicht mit den aufgetakelten, affirmativen (sentimantalen, nennt Sie das wie Sie mögen) ›Frodo und Sam können es schaffen‹-Konventionen die sonst vorherrschen. Psychologischen Realismus anzustreben ist ein ernsthaftes Prolem, wenn man diesen action-abenteuer Genre-Erwartungen nachgeben will. Keine wirkliche Person wäre so heldenhaft, so daß ihr Eindruck echte Menschen zu sein wie Wachs zerschmilzt, wenn die Action benzlig wird und für uns nur … nun, Genre-Mannequins übrigbleiben. (Und das nach all der anstrengenden Mühe, das Wachs richtig gut wirken zu lassen.)

Kurz gesagt, auch wenn es in Miévilles Geschichten »knrischt und verzwickt zugeht, gerade so wie im echten Leben«, bedeutet das nicht, daß es in ihnen auf die gleiche Weise knirscht und verzwickt zugeht wie im wirklichen Leben. Das echte Leben folgt gewöhnlicherweise nicht den üblichen dramatischen Dreiecks-Strukturen wie sie Gustav Freitag[54] beschrieben hat. Wie schon sagte, folgt das echte Leben nicht der Hollywood-artigen ›die Bombe wird explodieren und alle sterben, wenn niemand sie aufhalten kann‹-Achterbahn-Dramatik mit Nervenkitzel, Überschwang, Schauer und Toten.[55] Das echte Leben verläuft vielmehr so ähnlich wie eine Jim Woodring-artige Geschichte: »Lieber Höchster Alturist, ich danke Dir, daß Du eine Bombe in mein Inneres gelegt hast, die nie zu explodieren aufhören wird«.[56] Auf soetwas will Miéville hinaus mit seiner Eisenbahngeschichte. Die Handlungsdramaturgie der Bombe entspricht aber dabei ganz dem Hollywood-Stil, daran ändert auch alles Knirschen und alle Verzwacktheiten nichts.

Um mit positiven Bemerkungen diesen Punkt abzuschließen, will ich mich an die Szenen erinnern, die mir am besten in Miévilles Bas Lag-Büchern gefallen haben. Als Erstes muß man diese Anhäufung von Zeugs schon an sich würdigen. Das kommt an erster, zweiter und dritter Stelle. Dann folgen die Szenen in denen — wie oben beschrieben — für einen kurzen Augenblick das politisch-wirtschaftliche und puppenspielerhafte ausgewogen scheinen, auch wenn diese Momente nicht lange dauern. Anonsten mag ich die Passagen, in denen die eine oder andere Stimmung (politisch-wirtschaftlich oder puppelspielartig) deutlich gesteigert werden. So zum Beispiel in Perdido Street Station, wenn Rudgutter und Kollegen mit dem Teufel um Hilfe gegen die Gierfalter verhandeln, und erkennen, daß der Teufel aus Angst kneift, und die Gruppe sich (schaudernd) an den Weber wenden muß. Das ist ein herrlich albernes Puppenspiel über Machtpolitik und ›Profis‹, die man anheuert wenn die Angelegenheiten hässlich werden. Auf die gleiche Art ist der umfassende ›Jagd nach dem Schnark‹-Bogen[57] von The Scar schön (ich danke Henry, mich darauf aufmerksam gemacht zu haben; ich nehme an, daß China selbst Dir von den Namensscherzen erzählt hat. Ich selbst habe keinen davon bemerkt.) Für jemanden, der so stark von Peake beeinflußt wurde, bietet Miéville bedauerrlicherweise so gut wie keine Komik. Er sollte öfter versuchen komische Texte zu schreiben.

Am anderen Ende der Skala, wenn ich den politsch-wirtschaftlichen Pol betrachte, haben wir die rauen Arbeitsverhandlungen des Streiks der Vodyanoi-Hafenarbeiter. Sehr fein, wie auch der wendungsreiche Geheimagenten-Garn über eine Grindilow-Invasion in The Scar. Zu den meiner Meinung besten Abschnitten von Der Eiserne Rat gehören die Auftritte des Charakter Weather Wrightby (ob's recht sein wird?)[58], Industriekapitän der transkontinentalen Eisenbahnstiftung; sowie Judahs entbehrungsreiche Arbeit für Wrightby als Geländeauskundschafter, der unter den zum Untergang verdammten Stiltspear zum Antropologen wird. Die beharrliche Art und Weise, wie ironisch-verdreht gesellschaftliche Typisierungen und Probleme unserer Welt eingeflochten werden, hat etwas unaufdringlich Neues an sich. Ich vermute, das dies an der erwachseneren Reifere des Miéville'schen Fantasy/Phantastik-Ansatzes liegt. Nur allzuschnell könnten diese Abschnitte zur Parodie oder Abgedroschenheit geraten, was aber nicht der Fall ist. (Ich will nicht behaupten, das Parodien schlecht sind. Sie können sogar ziemlich gut sein. Ich denke dabei z.B. an Senator Bilbo[59] von Andy Duncan, einer Beschreibung von Rassenverhältnissen im Shire nach dem Fall von Sauron. Es gibt Immigranten-Orks, und der alte Biblo kann sie nicht ertragen, was auch ein netter Seitenhieb auf diesen Senator Bilbo ist.[60] Miéville unternimmt Sachen, die auch Tolkien-Parodisten anpacken, aber er tut es nicht parodistisch.)

Wie auch immer, glaube ich, daß Weather Wrightby, der trotz seiner monomanischen Onkelhaftigkeit seltsamerweise sympathisch wirkt, einem hohen Ziel, das sich Miéville selbst stellt, am weitesten annähert: gut und böse nicht vereinfachend darzustellen. Ich wünschte nur, es gäbe mehr Figuren wie ihn in den Roman. Aus dem Charakter läßt sich was machen.


6. TOLKIEN

Eigentlich wollte ich ein paar meiner Gedanken zu Tolkien im bisher Geschriebenen anführen, und nun weiß ich nicht recht, wie ich sie noch unterbringen soll. Sicherlich hab ich bereits genug dazu gesagt. Hier also als Erstes: Ich halte es für ungerecht, auf Tolkien wegen seiner »Verherrlichung des Krieges als Abenteuer für Jungs« einzuschlagen. Jemanden wie Tolkien, der auf dem Somme-Schlachtfeld war — dessen Freunde auf schreckliche Weise im Schlamm gestorben sind, und dessen Freund C.S. Lewis irrtümlich für tot gehalten auf dem Schlachtfeld zurückgelassen wurde, mag man womöglich Verherrlichung des Krieges vorwerfen können. Aber man kann ihn unmöglich beschuldigen, den Krieg auf eine ›Du glaubst nur, daß Krieg spaßig ist, weil Du Matsch und Blut nicht erlebt hast‹-Art gepriesen zu haben. Wenn also Tolkien moralisch gestört war, dann ist das eine anders geartete Störung. (Erinnere ich mich korrekt an die Kriegserlebnisse der Inklings?) Dazu möchte ich an einen Beitrag von Tom Shippey[61] in einer Dokumentation zu dem Die Zwei Türme-Film erinnern:

All diese Schriftsteller, ich nenne sie ›traumatisierte Autoren‹, {…} sie alle sind dazu getrieben worden, ihre eigene Erzählung {über den 1. Weltkrieg} zu schreiben. Seltsamerweise ist es fast immer so, dass sie das nicht in Form von realistischen Erzählungen tun konnten. Sie mußten etwas schreiben, das auf irgendeine Weise phantastisch ist. Nach dem 1. Weltkrieg erhielt die mittelalterliche Literatur plötzlich wieder eine völlig neue Relevanz. Sie sprach Themen an, die die Menschen vergessen oder für überholt gehalten hatten. Nun, da hatten sich die Leute geirrt. Diese Themen waren wieder aktuell geworden.[62]

Der Umstand, daß diese Autoren Kriegsveteranen waren, gibt diesen Autoren nicht automatisch recht, aber es macht die Deutung der Reaktionen auf ihre Erfahrungen komplizierter. Zudem könnte man erwidern, daß Miévilles Kampfszenen selbst wiederum durch einen Gutteil ›Bubenhaftigkeit‹ geprägt werden. In ihren gelungensten Momenten wirken sie wie Boschgemälde oder wie feuriges Puppentheater. Aber die erzählerische Spannung von Judah Lowes Golemetrie-Fähigkeiten — zuerst verfeinert durch Straßenwettklämpfe in New Crobuzon und dann auf die Kampfschauplätze gebracht — gleicht sehr den Siegen des Protagonisten in Das Große Spiel[63]. Statt eines videospielenden Jungen, haben wir halt einen Schlachtspiele-Champion der alles zum Guten richtet. (Diese Bemerkung ist etwas zu grob.)

Zur erzählerischen Struktur: eines der auffälligsten Dinge an Tolkien ist ja, wie schlecht er schrieb. Oder bessser gesagt, daß er Dinge anstellte, die kein respektabler Berufsschriftsteller versuchen würde, offensichtlich, weil Tolkien vornehmlich zur eigenen Freude schrieb und gar nicht von der ›richtigen Art und Weise‹ zu schreiben wußte. Tolkien errichtete, wie ich schon schreib, Texte wie ein Maurer; was auch dem entspricht, wie Tolkien das von ihm verehrte Beowulf auffaßte, wie er in seinem Essay Die Ungeheuer und ihre Kritiker darlegt.[64] Das verleiht Tolkiens Schreiben seine schon monumentale Würde, und ist nicht zu vergleichen mit der für die moderne Agrarindustrie typische Monokultur. Seine Texte sind wie gothische Architektur, auch wenn man eingestehen muß, daß sie klobig sind. Deshalb glauben die Horden von Tolkiens Nachahmern, sie könnten mit klobigen Zeug kommerziell Erfolg haben, was ja auch stimmt. Aber dabei ist nicht Tolkien der Schuldige.

Nun weitere interessante Informationen aus den Dokumentationen von Die Zwei Türme, die ich zusammenfasse.

Tolkien begann zu schreiben und geriet in Schwierigkeiten. Statt Stellen zu streichen, um- und zurückzuzustellen, fing er wieder ganz ganz von Vorne an. Nochmal stieß er auf Probleme. Wieder beginnt er von Vorne. Kommt etwas weiter als beim ersten Mal. Hat wieder Schwierigkeiten. Wie Wellen auf den Strand treffen, schafft es Tolkien bei jedem Anlauf ein Stückchen weiter, doch für jeden Anlauf kehrt er zurück bis zum Ausgangspunkt, wie die Beiträger in der Dokumentation bestätigen. Es ist beachtenswert, daß wir einen Autor der so arbeitet, schnell als besessen-zwanghaft einstufen. (Das fügt sich passend zu der irgendwie vorwurfsvollen Beschreibung Tolkiens, als eines ungeübten Außenseiterkünstlers.[65] Ja, ja, ich weiß. Wirklich isoliert war er gar nicht. Er hatte C.S. Lewis und andere Inklings, die seinem entstehenden Werk Kritik angedeihen ließen.)

Der Herr der Ringe ist nicht wie ein ordentlicher Roman strukturiert, wichtige Figuren werden nicht entwickelt, es gibt zu viele Wiederholungen, die Eröffnung ist zu zögerlich, das Ende ist zu kurz, es wird viel geredet, es gibt lange Abschnitte in denen nichts geschieht, Elronds Rat mit seinen 15000 Wörtern liest sich wie eine schlecht geleitete Vorstandsbesprechung, bei der auch viel über Figuren geredet wird, die dem Leser nicht ordentlich vorgestellt wurden. Was für ein Mut dazu gehört, zu glauben, daß die Leser mit all diesem Unsinn zurande kommen! Welch brilliante Naivität es braucht, gar nicht zu merken, daß dies ein mutiges Unterfange

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          Heavy Rain Leads To Flooding, Floating Cows Around Maryville   
The National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill, Missouri, issued a Flash Flood Warning for counties in northwest and north-central Missouri Thursday morning after a string of severe storms dumped up to a foot of rain in the area, starting Wednesday night. Video I took of what appears to be a tornado (unconfirmed) on the ground in far eastern Nodaway County, Missouri. #mowx pic.twitter.com/08fubJRMFJ — Mark Zinn (@NPNowZinn) June 28, 2017 The heaviest flooding seemed to be focused around Maryville. There were reports from the Nodaway County Sheriff's Office of cows floating across highways east of Maryville. "There have been numerous road closures, we have heard of one water rescue, there have been reports of floating cows, floating livestock up by the Maryville area," said Scott Watson senior service hydrologist with the Kansas City National Weather Service. Nodaway County Sheriff office reports cows floating across the highway east of Maryville. — NWS Kansas City (@NWSKansasCity) June
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          Bad bootlegs dump   
Hello guys.. although having been a lurker for quite a long time, I never felt the need to post or say anything (weird i know) so i never created an account... until now. these bootlegs made me crack up so i felt like sharing them with you!

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          The Toy Box Killer transcripts   
WARNING: SUPER LONG READ

The Toy Box Killer, David Parker Ray, was a supposed serial killer who tortured women. Though no bodies were ever found and he was not convicted of murder, he did get a lengthy prison sentence for kidnapping and torture and died in prison soon after his conviction. He was suspected to having killed between 40-60 people over his adult life.

Ray targeted prostitutes, and kept them in a homemade torture chamber - the 'Toy Box'. It was filled with sex toys, surgical equipment, chains, clamps, straps, syringes, diagrams of the human body and a gynecology table that the victims would be bound too. There was also a ceiling mirror so that the victims could watch themselves be raped and tortured. Ray would record the torture, by audio or with a video camera. The victims were usually drugged and let go once the torture was over so they wouldn't remember what happened correctly. According to Ray's girlfriend Cindy Hendy, the victims who were killed were dismembered and buried in the Elephant Butte Lake (New Mexico) or just dumped in a ravine.

This is the transcript of one of Ray's tapes that victims would listen too to understand what was happening to them.

Source for Transcripts: thinkingaboutphilosophy.blogspot.co.u...
          Reactie op Zweden als voorbeeld door Hemaworstje   
@Oink,spreekwoorden hebben gewoonweg bestaansrecht gebaseerd op opgedane ervaringen. Uit gouden korenaren schiep God de twentenaren,uit het kaf en de resten de mensen uit het westen. Wat hij zei over mensen uit het Zuiden laat ik maar even buiten beschouwing, irrelevant. Dat de meeste instroom naar het Westen wil is dan weer ons voordeel, nadeel dat alle vuilnis hier gedumpt (opslag nuclear,olieopslag, vuilverbrander etc )wordt en de grondstoffen geroofd. vraag het aan een Groninger. Little Afrika maar dan valt het sociaal democratisch geleuter van Jos stil. Is niet internationaal genoeg. Ik hoor hem niet miepen/schrijven dat tante jannie geen mobiel bereik heeft in mijn tuin of de laatste pinautomaat dicht is in het dorp maar wel hetzelfde tarief betaal als hij. Nee zwarte Piet is te zwart en oh zielige bewoners van de flat in GB. Nee hoofdstuk 88 over 1800 jaar bc in Assyrië,Ali in Zweden of een foute overboeking van een bank naar Iran. Kijk ons eens sociaal internationaal georiënteerd zijn met 151 bezoekers.
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          Found my ring   
My wedding ring has been missing since Monday night. I have felt naked without it. I have a habit of touching my pinky finger to my ring to make sure it's there. I have still been doing it this week without the ring. Ugh.

The girls have been very into wedding rings lately (they say "you are mawwied to Mommy"). K asked to hold it Monday night and I said yes. 45 minutes later I remembered that I had given it to her. She had been in the family room and was, until Thursday, still in her cast. And she didn't have her boot/shoe thing over the cast, so I knew she hadn't left the room. She won't walk on the hardwoods in her cast without her boot on. So I thought it was isolated to that room.

I looked through everything Monday night. No luck. Tuesday night I came home and moved everything from the family room into the kitchen and painstakingly re-assembled the room, going through everything, dusting, vacuuming, going through the contents of the vacuum, everything. No luck.

Wednesday night I looked again, but half-heartedly. It seemed so frustrating to look with no success. Last night I spent two hours going through every nook and cranny of the couch, the big chair and the leather chair. Nothing.

I became convinced that K had put it into her cast - it just seemed like the only place left. She would say at times that she had, then later would say she hadn't. We waited with anticipation for her Thursday doctor's appointment for an x-ray and cast removal. The leg had healed, but the ring wasn't there.

Tonight I was putting the girls to bed and came out of their bathroom. There was a small basket on the floor outside the study with a bunch of crafts in it. I had seen it last night and thought to look in it, but glanced and realized there was no way my ring was in there because it hadn't been in the family room earlier. So I passed it by and spent two hours on the family room instead.

Tonight on the way to the girls' bedroom I saw it again and picked it up to put it on the banister to remind myself to look later. Then I noticed two socks in there and was in the process of gathering socks for the girls to put on for bed. I grabbed them and one was heavy. I got excited because I saw it had something solid in in. I squeezed the sock and got more excited and was thrilled to dump the sock out and find my ring. What a joy! The girls rejoiced with me too.

My guess is that Kelly had been cleaning and brought that little basket upstairs sometime after K had set the ring in the sock in the basket, all within 45 minutes of me giving it to her and realizing it wasn't in plain view.

This sounds silly, but I have felt naked without that ring. It is such a symbol of my love for and commitment to Kelly. It's present on my hand every time I use my hands to talk at work, every time I walk through the store, every time I brush my teeth and go to bed at night. For almost nine years it has been as much a part of my body as my finger... I rarely take it off.

I felt this week like the woman who lost the gold coin who proceeds to "light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it[?] 9And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.'"

So friends, rejoice with me! Thank you Jesus for helping me to find this ring that I love and which always brings back to me the fond memories I have of that hot day in July when I stood before my friends and family and married my sweetheart.
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          #40671: Calling get_term() with just ID, then calling it again with ID and a different taxonomy returns the same term   

I have a category term ID of 29, and calling get_term() with that ID returns the category. However, if get_term() is called again with both ID and 'post_tag' taxonomy, the original category term is returned.

It appears that the $_term variable is not getting cleared out in WP_Term::get_instance() when there is a term already in the cache, so it's always using that term even when the taxonomy does not match.

Some sample code to replicate this:

<?php
add_action( 'init', function() {
        // Use a valid category term to replicate this.
        $category_term_id = 29;
        echo '<pre>';
        // Shows the correct category term.
        $term = get_term( $category_term_id );
        var_dump( $term );
        // Still shows the category term, but should be empty
        // due to the different taxonomy.
        $term = get_term( $category_term_id, 'post_tag' );
        var_dump( $term );
        die();
} );

Working on a patch, bug was originally brought to light by @ninnypants in our company Slack while working on a project.


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          Salient features of the NCERT expert committee recommendations   
Salient features of the NCERT expert committee recommendations:
to implement Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009.

Salient features of the recommendations (03.03.2010) of the NCERT expert committee headed by lawyer-activist Ashok Agarwal on Development of a Policy Framework for Implementation of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education ACT 2009 in Schools in the NCT of Delhi


1. One Unified Body: All State provided School Education (MCD, NDMC, Cantonment Board, Govt.) should be administered by one unified body-i.e. Government of NCT of Delhi and its schools managed with due regard to decentralization of responsibility; this body should also accord approval to all proposed academic changes, such as of textbooks, pattern of evaluation, medium of instruction etc. It should also be referred to for closure of any school.

2. Convert Double Shift Schools into Single Shift :All double shift schools would need to be forthwith converted to single shift schools, with the teacher pupil ratios as specified in the Schedule. The distance and accessibility norms will have to be adhered to and arrangements made to address any cases of difficulty anticipated or experienced. Supplemental instructions to children, including children with disabilities who have been (age appropriately) enrolled in classrooms will have to be carefully monitored, (and arrangements created for the same) in order to ensure that teachers are child friendly, and the teaching learning environment remains free from anxiety.

3. Only Full Time Formal Schools: All alternative modes of education such as for example ‘bus schools’ and other para formal schools would have to be replaced by full time formal schools.

4. Change Mode of Admission in Pratibha Vikas Vidyalayas: The right of all children to equal opportunities at this stage would render the ‘Pratibha Vikas Vidyalayas’ and their mode of selective admission as contrary to the spirit of the Act, at least till the end of class eight.

5.. No Extra Fee from Children with Disabilities: The rights of equitable access to private schools will also have to be strictly monitored by the Government of NCT of Delhi in order to ensure that children with disabilities are not discriminated against in their access to the school, nor are their parents asked to pay more fees because they have ‘special needs’. Sample checking and research is recommended to ensure equal opportunities in all schools for children with disabilities.

6. Inclusive Education to Children with Disabilities: As per orders dated 10.09.2009 of the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi in W.P.(C) No. 6771 of 2008 entitled Social Jurist, A Civil Rights Group vs. Govt. of NCT of Delhi, An Action Plan for education of children with disabilities was prepared. This committee recommends the implementation of the Action Plan for the implementation of the RTE. The needs of children with disabilities (Section 3) will need to be addressed through inclusive classrooms in accordance with the provisions laid down in Article 24 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Persons with Disabilities (2008) as ratified by the Government of India.

7. Appoint RTE Protection Officers: Posts of ten ‘attendance officers’ existed in the MCD and at one time were expected to deal with admission, and truancy in relation to compulsory education. Similar posts need to be created, and renamed for the implementation of the RTE. This committee also recommends that in view of the expansion of number of schools, and enrolment, the number of officers may be increased adequately. These posts may rightly be renamed as ‘Right to Education Protection Officers’ and as part of their duties they should:

 constantly ‘walk their beat’ especially at construction sites, garbage dumping grounds, urban villages etc. looking for children who should be in school;
 enable out of school children to secure admission;
 coordinate between home and school for children
 coordinate with community groups, especially mothers
 ensure issuance of transfer certificates
 respond to reports of violation of child rights
 serve to support admission and retention of children in government and private schools
 all tasks related to service as a ‘nodal officer’ for right to education

8. Road Marshals through Volunteers of NCC/ NSS/ Scouts etc. Delhi is a city state, and despite the best of planning, children will need to cross roads in order to reach schools, and in many places this is a risky exercise. Therefore, in order to literally facilitate access to schools, this committee recommends that traffic marshals be deployed at points at which children cross roads on the way to schools. Giving right of way to school goers will not only make the right to education ‘visible’, but will also give a new Delhi/ urban specific task to the NSS/ NCC volunteers to do. Coordination between school and the traffic police personnel is also recommended to ensure safety of the school going children.

9. Incentives for children identifying out of schoolchildren: It is recommended that children be used to search for and identify children who are for some reason not in school. An incentive of about Rs. 50/- could also be given to children who identify a child who could be brought to school.

10. Prohibit Closing of Schools: Govt of NCT of Delhi to deal in future to prevent extraneous reasons from operating to close down schools, or to resist encroachment of the school land for commercial purposes. (land in urban areas such as Delhi has high property value, and schools attended by the children belonging to economically weaker sections can fall prey to such designs). If for some reason, there are no children available to attend a particular school, then the school building shall be used for other purposes related to education only, such as for a residential camp for migrant children etc.

11. Supports for completion of EE: Schools should provide after school care and protection to children, especially girls, as one of the means of ensuring their continued attendance at school.

12. Pre-school education: Pre school arrangements need to be available either in schools or near to communities. Crèches and after school care arrangements required to be made to facilitate education of girls.

13. Appointment of heads of schools and Strengthening of SCERT and DIETs in Delhi:
a. Firstly, the selection of 75% of the heads of schools through direct selection processes, and only 25% through limited departmental examination.

b. The strengthening of the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) and DIETs in Delhi which will work towards the development of a cadre of educational management professionals for management of schools provided by the state. These institutions should also be engaged in full time policy research related to management of education in Delhi

14. EWS admission and support: The obligation of all private recognized schools stands at 25 per cent and the Delhi government is advised to ensure that the problems experienced in the past do not hamper the inclusion of the children of the EWS. The recommendations of the Krishna Kumar Committee and of the Janaki Rajan Committee, 2006 may be referred to in this regard, since they are all the more relevant, and it is imperative that a climate of ‘true inclusion’ is fostered in schools. Needless to say, it is expected that wide publicity shall be given to this provision, and rules shall be framed to enable, the eligible parents to take advantage of the choice offered to them.

15. Issuance of Birth certificates: Birth certification is a right of the child, and it is recommended that it be ensured that those children who enter state provided schools without a formal birth certificate are provided a certificate through the school. The government, if necessary, may bring amendment in the Birth and Death Registration Act thereby creating an obligation on the State to provide birth certificate to the school children without subjecting them to difficult procedure. This should be made a duty of the school. It also supports the UID project of the central government.

16. SMC, School Development Plan, capacity and information needs: The RTE Act 2009 mandate an SMC for each school at the elementary stage. In Delhi, there are no elementary schools. There are primary schools, or middle schools having classes 6-8, or composite schools having both primary and upper primary classes, and secondary schools having upper primary classes. Delhi will need to work out a mechanism to ensure that the children in classes 1 to 8 have the benefit of a school management committee and a school development plan prepared by the committee. The committee noted that Delhi will need to replace its nominated Vidyalaya Vikas Committees, at least at the elementary stage, with statutory School Management Committees having wide ranging powers.

17. Teachers’ salaries & Recognition of small schools: Protection of state salaries for teachers in private schools recognised under RTE Act and consideration in exceptional cases of grant in aid for payment of salaries of teachers. Where the neighbourhood Govt / MCD / NDMC School is witnessing declining enrolment, PTR lower than 1:30; this fact should be taken into consideration before giving recognition to another (unaided private) school within one km radius.

18. Leave substitute’ Teachers: The absence of a teacher violates the right of the child to education. Therefore, in order to ensure that a class is at no time deprived of a teacher, it is recommended that about 10% extra teachers are selected and placed on a reserve panel to be tapped whenever there is need for a substitute teacher.

19. Child line as in model rules to RTE: Again, in the model rules to the RTE Act 2009, this aspect has been dealt with and it was the view of the committee that a mechanism such as recommended in the model rules be adopted for Delhi. The system should be transparent and should enable cross check by NGOs, with Delhi legal services authority, by independent lawyers & by law colleges, in addition to the other safeguards provided. It is recommended that the model rules circulated by the MHRD in this regard be adopted by Delhi.

20. Awareness creation about rights against punishment and harassment: It is recommended that the model rules circulated by the MHRD in regards to a child helpline coupled with an alert and action mechanism be adopted by Delhi. Since this right relates to a school, and every school has a unique ID code number, it is suggested that the online mechanism should be linked using this unique ID code to the page of the school – so that all the details of the school are immediately at hand, and the complaints are recorded against a page related to the school. Linkage with NGOs, lawyers, legal services authority is also recommended. Discrimination, what constitutes discrimination in this context and Complaints mechanism should be given wide publicity

21. Part-Time Instructors: It is recommended that part-time instructors for art, music, health and physical education be also provided for the children of classes I to 5 in addition to the general teachers to develop potentiality, knowledge and talent.

22. Totally Free Education: No fee in any kind or form should be charged from the students of elementary school.

23. Government of NCT of Delhi may issue notification in terms of Section 1(d) bringing ‘children with disabilities’ within the ambit of “child belonging to disadvantaged group” as defined in Section 1(d) of the Act.

24. Information about Fees charged by Schools and salaries paid to its teachers should be placed in the public domain i.e. on the Delhi Schools website and also on the ‘school report card’ of each school

25. Unified Website: There needs to be a unified website for all state and state recognised schools in Delhi with School Report Cards and reporting on child progress on measures of continuous and comprehensive evaluation supplemented with remarks of the SMC. Information dissemination about RTE to children in schools and Child line as in Model Rules.

26 Orientation and Training of School Management Committees (SMCs) needs to be taken up as an ongoing exercise. This work could be shared among Community based voluntary organisations, SCERT, DIETs, universities and colleges (as part of their ‘extension’ responsibilities)

27. Girls Safety: Establishment of Police beats (with lady police constables) at girl schools to ensure safety and security to the girl students.

28. Exemption from Stamp Duty: Government of Delhi should exempt stamp duty on the affidavit regarding date of birth of the child to be submitted to the school for the purpose of admission.

29. HOS to Attest Affidavit: Government of Delhi should authorize head of the school to attest the affidavit regarding date of birth of the child to be submitted to the school for purpose of admission.

Ashok Agarwal, Advocate
Chairperson, NCERT Expert Committee
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07.03.2010

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Report of the Committee
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Development of a Policy Framework for Implementation of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education ACT 2009 in Schools in the NCT of Delhi


Report


March 3, 2010

National Council of Educational Research and Training
Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi

Report of the Committee
on
Development of a Policy Framework for Implementation of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education ACT 2009 in Schools in the NCT of Delhi

Contents


Page
Acknowledgments
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Introduction and Terms of Reference
5-7
Recommendations related to:
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Chapter II: Right to Free and Compulsory Education

Chapter III: Duties of Appropriate Government, Local Authority and Parents

Chapter IV: Responsibilities of Schools and Teachers

Chapter V: Curriculum and Completion of Elementary Education

Chapter VI: Protection of Right of Children

Summary of main recommendations
23-25
Annexure – List of documents 26


Acknowledgement
Ashok Agarwal
Advocate
Chairperson Report of the Committee
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Development of a Policy Framework for Implementation of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education ACT 2009 in Schools in the NCT of Delhi


March 3, 2010


The development of policy perspectives is an important task for National Level Resource Institutions, and in the context of education an initiative was taken by the National Council of Educational Research and Training, New Delhi to constitute a committee to develop a policy framework on the important issue of the implementation of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, using as an example the context of the NCT of Delhi. On behalf of the Committee, I would like to express gratitude and appreciation to Prof. Krishna Kumar, Director, NCERT, for setting up this committee and extending all the help that made it possible for this Committee to complete its assigned task in the stipulated time. On behalf of NCERT, the Committee was facilitated in its deliberations through the good offices of Prof. A.K. Srivastava, (Prof. and Head, DERPP, NCERT), and Dr. N.K. Gupta of the same department, and we are indeed grateful to them for their support.
The task of this Committee was completed only through the active involvement, participation and deliberation of its members. I would like to thank Prof. Nargis Panchpakesan for keeping the discussion going, both inside and outside of formal meetings. Dr. Siddiqui and Mrs,Indira Yadav with their experience of heading education in MCD and Ms. Leena Ratti as a teacher in an MCD school provided invaluable knowledge and insights. I am indebted indeed to Prof. Nalini Juneja for her initiative in giving structure to the report and preparing the all important first draft for further discussion.
After all this work, I can only hope that the recommendations given in this report, will be seriously considered by the Government of NCT of Delhi, in framing its rules to the Act, as well as in its implementation.


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Dated 03.03.2010

Report of the Committee
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Development of a Policy Framework for Implementation of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education ACT 2009 in Schools in the NCT of Delhi

INTRODUCTION

Article 45 of the Constitution of India was originally incorporated in chapter IV dealing with the Directive Principles of State Policy which provided that the State shall provide free and compulsory education to all the children up to the age of 14 years within ten years. The realisation of this provision remained elusive. In 1993, the Supreme Court in Unnikrishnan case interpreting Articles 21 and 45 of the Constitution held that the right to education is a fundamental right and children up to the age of 14 years are entitled to free education and the State shall have no defense to deny the said right. Though the decision in Unnikrishnan case led to debate and filing of cases in the courts to some extent, the realization of right to education has remained unrealized. Whatever achievements the government may claim, the state of public education in reality is dismal.

The Indian Parliament enacted the Constitution (Eighty-sixth Amendment) Act, 2002 amending the Constitution thereby inserting Articles 21-A and 51-A(k) and amending Article 45 in the Constitution. Article 21-A directs the State to provide free and compulsory education to all children of the age of six to fourteen years in such manner as the State may, by law, determine. Article 51-A (k) casts a duty on every citizen who is a parent or guardian to provide opportunities for education to his child or, as the case may be, ward between the age of six and fourteen years. The amended Article 45 provides that the State shall endeavour to provide early childhood care and education for all children until they complete the age of six years. The Central Government has issued notification dated 16th February 2010 under Section 1 (2) of the Constitution (Eighty-sixth Amendment) Act, 2002 appointing the 1st day of April 2010 as the date on which the provisions of the said Act shall come into force.

As a follow up legislation in terms of Article 21-A of the Constitution of India, the Indian Parliament enacted Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009. The Central Government has issued notification under Section 1(3) of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 appointing the 1st day of April 2010 as the date on which the provisions of the said Act shall come into force.

In terms of the provisions of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, the Government of Delhi is required to frame Rules. The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development has prepared Model Rules under Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 and sent the same to the States including the Government of NCT of Delhi to frame and notify the Rules to enable the Act to function. Certain provisions of the Act need urgent attention by the State Governments as the same contain a time frame of implementation of the same.

The NCERT has constituted a group of experts consisting of Shri Ashok Agarwal (Legal Expert) Chairperson, Prof. N. Panchpakesan; Prof. Nalini Juneja, (NUEPA); Smt. Indira Yadav; Dr. Naseem Siddiqi; Smt Leena Ratti, MCD school teacher; Dr. N.K. Gupta, Reader, DERPP; and Prof. A.K. Srivastava, Head, DERPP (Convener) to suggest a policy framework for implementation of the RTE Act 2009 in the NCT of Delhi.

Terms of Reference

1. To examine the arrangements for school education in NCT of Delhi
2. To examine the capacity of the MCD/ Delhi Government to meet the challenges presented by the RTE Act with focus on quality education
3. To recommend measures for implementation of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009 in the NCT of Delhi


Methodology of the Work of the Committee

The Committee held three meetings to deliberate upon the contentious issues raised by the learned members of the committee and another two meetings of a subcommittee to evolve a first draft of its recommendations. At the final meeting, they came to a unanimous decision on the recommendations submitted herein for the implementation of the RTE Act, 2009 in schools in National Capital Territory of Delhi.


Brief Report of deliberations and decisions of the Committee

The recommendations of this committee are focused on improving the ‘quality of education’ and its enjoyment by all children fully, equally and equitably. We are happy to note that the same is the objective of The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, as may be seen in the Statement of Objects and Reasons that accompanied its placement as a Bill before the Parliament of India in 2008. This statement speaks of ‘strengthening the social fabric of Democracy”; of ‘provision of equal opportunities to all’; of the belief in the values of equality, social justice, and democracy and the creation of a just and humane society – only through inclusive education for all. The committee shares with Statement of Objects and Reasons its emphasis on the right of every child to free & compulsory education of satisfactory and equitable quality in a formal school which satisfies certain standards and norms.

It is in order to guide the Government of the NCT of Delhi to achieve these very objectives, that the following recommendations are being submitted by this committee.


Chapter II: Right to Free and Compulsory Education

1.1 The committee noted that the right of the child to a ‘formal’ (recognised) school is clearly stated in the Act in Section 3 and the ‘full time’ nature of such school becomes more than apparent when this Section is read with the Schedule to the Act, which at serial No. 4 specifies 45 working hours for each teacher per week; which for a six day week works out to 7.5 hours per day . If each school would now be required to remain open at least for a normal eight hour working day, then:

a. All double shift schools would need to be forthwith converted to single shift schools, with the teacher pupil ratios as specified in the Schedule.

b. The distance and accessibility norms will have to be adhered to and arrangements made to address any cases of difficulty anticipated or experienced.

c. Supplemental instructions to children, including children with disabilities who have been (age appropriately) enrolled in classrooms will have to be carefully monitored, (and arrangements created for the same) in order to ensure that teachers are child friendly, and the teaching learning environment remains free from anxiety.

d. All alternative modes of education such as for example ‘bus schools’ and other para formal schools would have to be replaced by full time formal schools.

e. The needs of children with disabilities (Section 3) will need to be addressed through inclusive classrooms in accordance with the provisions laid down in Article 24 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Persons with Disabilities (2008) as ratified by the Government of India.

f. The right of all children to equal opportunities at this stage would render the ‘Pratibha Vikas Vidyalayas’ and their mode of selective admission as contrary to the spirit of the Act, at least till the end of class eight.

1.2 The admission plan of the Delhi Government for the transition to the upper primary/secondary classes is already a model.

1.3 Private schools- The rights of equitable access to private schools will also have to be strictly monitored by the Government of NCT of Delhi in order to ensure that children with disabilities are not discriminated against in their access to the school, nor are their parents asked to pay more fees because they have ‘special needs’. Sample checking and research is recommended to ensure equal opportunities in all schools for children with disabilities.

1.4 As per orders dated 10.09.2009 of the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi in W.P.(C) No. 6771 of 2008 entitled Social Jurist, A Civil Rights Group vs. Govt. of NCT of Delhi, An Action Plan for education of children with disabilities was prepared. This committee recommends the implementation of the Action Plan for the implementation of the RTE.

1.5 Attendance officers- Posts of ten ‘attendance officers’ existed in the MCD and at one time were expected to deal with admission, and truancy in relation to compulsory education. Similar posts need to be created, and renamed for the implementation of the RTE. This committee also recommends that in view of the expansion of number of schools, and enrolment, the number of officers may be increased adequately. These posts may rightly be renamed as ‘Right to Education Protection Officers’ and as part of their duties they should:

 constantly ‘walk their beat’ especially at construction sites, garbage dumping grounds, urban villages etc. looking for children who should be in school;
 enable out of school children to secure admission;
 coordinate between home and school for children
 coordinate with community groups, especially mothers
 ensure issuance of transfer certificates
 respond to reports of violation of child rights
 serve to support admission and retention of children in government and private schools
 all tasks related to service as a ‘nodal officer’ for right to education

1.6 Road Marshals through Volunteers of NCC/ NSS/ Scouts etc. Delhi is a city state, and despite the best of planning, children will need to cross roads in order to reach schools, and in many places this is a risky exercise. Therefore, in order to literally facilitate access to schools, this committee recommends that traffic marshals be deployed at points at which children cross roads on the way to schools. Giving right of way to school goers will not only make the right to education ‘visible’, but will also give a new Delhi/ urban specific task to the NSS/ NCC volunteers to do. Coordination between school and the traffic police personnels is also recommended to ensure safety of the school going children.

1.7 Incentives for children identifying out of schoolchildren It is recommended that children be used to search for and identify children who are for some reason not in school. An incentive of about Rs. 50/- could also be given to children who identify a child who could be brought to school.


Chapter III: Duties of Appropriate Government, Local Authority and parents

2.1 In the context of the provisions of this chapter of the Act, the committee had detailed discussions regarding the right of all children who choose to attend state provided schools to receive equitable quality of education– whether the schools are run by the Government of NCT of Delhi, the NDMC, the MCD, or the Cantonment Board, or even through unaided private and private aided schools.

2.2 It was brought to the notice of the committee that even in this very academic year (2009-10) itself, ad hoc decisions were apparently taken in the MCD resulting in for example i) mid session change of primary school textbooks; ii) mid session introduction of English medium classes in selected MCD schools; iii) mid session transfer of teachers.

2.3 These discussions lead the committee to note that eventualities of this nature were more frequent in MCD schools than in state government schools, perhaps because of the absence of a ‘buffer zone’ of professionally and managerially qualified personnel who could guide the expert implementation of policy decisions (and also serve to prevent ad hoc interferences).

2.4 The committee also discussed the difference in infrastructural provisioning, administration and monitoring and teacher facilities and supports in the different types of state provided schools in Delhi. The committee noted that while decentralisation and devolution to local bodies, and private (aided) managements should not per se be seen as a drawback, (quite the opposite in fact); the attendant differences in outcomes however cannot be condoned as they are contrary to the letter and spirit of the RTE Act.

2.5 The committee also noted the lack of availability of information about school education in Delhi on any one website. The various service providers of ‘state’ provided education, i.e. the Government of the NCT of Delhi, MCD, NDMC etc. by giving more importance to their separateness, with their separate websites, make mockery of the service of education being provided, and show little concern for the public who is expected to sift from one site to another in attempting to piece together fragments of a picture from different sources.

On the basis of the discussions on this subject, the committee recommends:

• All state provided EE / school education whether through State government as provider of EE through Sarvodaya, Pratibha, and Government schools having classes 6-8, MCD, NDMC, or DCB be administered by one single body, perhaps the Government of the NCT of Delhi, but on the basis of a set of non negotiable guiding principles.
• This body should also accord approval to all proposed academic changes, such as of textbooks, pattern of evaluation, medium of instruction etc. It should also be referred to for closure of any schools.
• A unified website for school education in Delhi with all information about all kinds of schools with a report card for every school.


2.6 In view of the number of children who continue to be not enrolled, or who have dropped out, children of migrants seeking enrolment, etc. the reported closure of almost one hundred MCD Schools in the past decade appears to be incomprehensible, and this committee recommends:

 Independent investigation of the reasons thereof, and of the steps that were taken to re allocate the children attending the closed schools.

 Govt of NCT of Delhi to deal in future with all such issues, to prevent extraneous reasons from operating to close down schools, or to resist encroachment of the school land for commercial purposes. (land in urban areas such as Delhi has high property value, and schools attended by the children belonging to economically weaker sections can fall prey to such designs).

 If for some reason, there are no children available to attend a particular school, then the school building shall be used for other purposes related to education only, such as for a residential camp for migrant children etc.

2.7 Supports for completion of EE- the state is required by Section 8(c), Section 9(c), Section 8(e), Section 9(e), to ensure completion of elementary education especially children of weaker sections, disadvantaged, and migrants. This committee was of the opinion that in the case of Delhi, there is a need to point out to the ‘urban disadvantage’ experienced by weaker sections, disadvantaged and migrants, especially in the case of smaller children and girls. In urban areas, mothers of these children are, more often than not, working to supplement the family income, and at the same time, lack the supports towards child care usually provided by extended families in rural areas. The second urban disadvantage, relates to the security of women and girl children in particular, and is reflected in the case of Delhi through one of the highest rates of reported crime against women. It is therefore recommended that schools provide after school care and protection to children, especially girls, as one of the means of ensuring their continued attendance at school.

2.8 Pre-school education – The RTE Act 2009 in Section 11 suggests that the state government may make arrangements for pre school education. However, the committee is of the view that in the case of Delhi, and in view of the urban disadvantage, the provision of early childhood care and pre-school education should be treated as mandatory.

2.9 Therefore, related to the previous recommendation of care arrangements and in addition to it, the committee recommends the formulation of a ‘workable’ scheme of early childhood care and its convergence with pre school education in such a way that the needs of parents, (rather than merely the needs of the parameters of a scheme) are met. The committee notes that in state schools, it shall be the SMC that shall hence forth be a major player in the site based management of schools. It is recommended that the SMC may design the manner of provision of early childhood care arrangements, and of pre school arrangements. On case to case basis pre school centers may be provided within the school or in smaller centers nearer to the homes of children.

2.10 Appointment of heads of schools and Strengthening of SCERT and DIETs in Delhi- Heads of schools in Delhi tend to be appointed by seniority and very often with only a short time to go before retirement. In such cases, they have little administrative experience (or interest), they are looking forward to retiring peacefully, without ‘audit objections’. In such a situation, dynamic and vibrant leadership can hardly be expected. The committee discussed this problem and suggested:

a. Firstly, the selection of 75% of the heads of schools through direct selection processes, and only 25% through limited departmental examination.

b. The strengthening of the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) and DIETs in Delhi which will work towards the development of a cadre of educational management professionals for management of schools provided by the state. These institutions should also be engaged in full time policy research related to management of education in Delhi

2.11 Inclusion of Private schools in Training Programmes Workshops, Evaluation and Election Duties: Private schools are seldom perceived to be belonging to the same ‘system’ and their teachers and heads of schools are hardly ever included in seminars, trainings and workshops organised by the state providers of education in Delhi. They are also treated differently in relation to the participation of teachers in invigilation and evaluation duties of board exams and for duties related to elections. This committee recommends the proportionate inclusion from private schools for all the above mentioned functions.


Chapter IV: Responsibilities of Schools and Teachers

3.1 In respect of the provision made in this chapter of the RTE Act, the committee took into consideration data, research studies, reports of committees, court cases and other material related to these aspects before making the following recommendations:

3.2 EWS admission and support- The committee noted that Delhi is perhaps the only state with the advantage of having experience in implementation of the rule recommending inclusion of children from EWS in its regular classes. However, this committee noted that the Hon’ble Delhi High Court by an interim order in Writ Petition No. 3156 of 2002 has permitted to the schools under obligation to provide free seats to the extent of 15% instead of 20% to the children belonging to the economically weaker sections but even that is not being honored by the schools.

3.3 Now, however, the obligation of all private recognised schools stands at 25 per cent and the Delhi government is advised to ensure that the problems experienced in the past do not hamper the inclusion of the children of the EWS. The recommendations of the Krishna Kumar Committee and of the Janaki Rajan Committee, 2006 may be referred to in this regard, since they are all the more relevant, and it is imperative that a climate of ‘true inclusion’ is fostered in schools.

3.4 Needless to say, it is expected that wide publicity shall be given to this provision, and rules shall be framed to enable, the eligible parents to take advantage of the choice offered to them.

3.5 Issuance of Birth certificates- Birth certification is a right of the child, and it is recommended that it be ensured that those children who enter state provided schools without a formal birth certificate are provided a certificate through the school. The government, if necessary, may bring amendment in the Birth and Death Registration Act thereby creating an obligation on the State to provide birth certificate to the school children without subjecting them to difficult procedure. This should be made a duty of the school. It also supports the UID project of the central government.

3.6 SMC , School Development Plan, capacity and information needs- The RTE Act 2009 mandates an SMC for each school at the elementary stage. In Delhi, there are no elementary schools. There are primary schools, or middle schools having classes 6-8, or composite schools having both primary and upper primary classes, and secondary schools having upper primary classes. Delhi will need to work out a mechanism to ensure that the children in classes 1 to 8 have the benefit of a school management committee and a school development plan prepared by the committee.

3.7 The committee noted that Delhi will need to replace its nominated Vidyalaya Vikas Committees, at least at the elementary stage, with statutory School Management Committees having wide ranging powers.

3.8 This committee discussed concerns about the awareness building and capacities of these committees, and felt that these areas represent spaces for proactive action, both by the government and the civil society. Orientation and Training of School Management Committees (SMCs) needs to be taken up as an ongoing exercise. This work could be shared among Community based voluntary organisations, SCERT, DIETs, universities and colleges (as part of their ‘extension’ responsibilities)


3.9 One of these measures could be the public display of the School report card since every school already has a DISE ‘School Report Card’. It is further recommended that:

i. a ‘public version’ (i.e. excluding details of SC, ST, minority, repeater, status of children) of this card be displayed in each school. (perhaps on a 3 by 4 ft. Flex sheet)
ii. details of funds received (and date of sanction and receipt) also be displayed, (as also details of fees charged from students and salaries paid to teachers)
iii. SMC members should be informed through easy to read graphs (prepared by DIETs, / colleges of education/ students of statistics of class eleven in government schools) showing progress of educational indicators related to the school (indicators could be enrolment, attendance, gender parity, teachers attendance, school facilities etc.). The state EMIS cell could even generate graphical pages for each school, which may be downloaded, and explained to the parent members of the SMC. Assistance of government secondary school students is recommended here both for the sake of making statistics come alive for these students, as well as for the sake of transparency. Past students of the concerned primary elementary school should be preferred.


3.10 Teachers’ salaries & Recognition of small schools It was discussed that all schools have, and by law can only exist if they are philanthropic, non-commercial, non-profit and community service, and existing recognised schools need to pay their teachers at scales approved by the Govt. of NCT of Delhi. However, the RTE Act 2009 opens up possibilities for the existence of another category of schools – the hitherto unrecognised schools running perhaps in small premises but now fulfilling the requirements of the schedule of the RTE Act 2009, and of its rules and perhaps with trained (as is required) but underpaid teachers.

3.11 At present, the law is silent on the matter of teachers’ salaries in schools recognised under the RTE Act 2009. While this fact will surely enable a number of small, but otherwise eligible schools to become recognised, it also opens up the possibility of this lacuna being exploited by elementary schools that will now prefer recognition under this Act, precisely in order to exploit a situation in which aspiring but qualified teachers may be willing to trade salary for ‘teaching experience’ in a recognised school. It may well lead to existing schools bifurcating themselves into an elementary stage recognised under the RTE Act 2009, (with no need or state salaries for teachers) and a secondary stage recognised under the Delhi Schools Education Act, 1973 (where teachers are paid state salaries) thus reverting again to the very conditions existing not so long ago when teachers in private schools were exploited by their school managements.

This committee recommends that this issue be seriously considered in the case of Delhi, since the Delhi is yet to frame rules under this Act. While small, unrecognised schools might be fulfilling a real need in some areas of the country, it is doubtful if such is the case for most areas of the city of Delhi, and it may be more advisable to adhere to norms that protect teachers’ salaries even in schools recognised under the RTE Act 2009. However, this committee also recognizes the existence of some exceptional schools run by NGOs which although fulfilling real but un/under served needs, may not be able to subsist on fees charged from students. In such cases, it is recommended that the Govt. consider aiding these schools towards payment of salaries of the teachers.

3.12 Where the neighbourhood Govt / MCD / NDMC School is witnessing declining enrolment, PTR lower than 1:30; this fact should be taken into consideration before giving recognition to another (unaided private) school within one km radius.

3.13 Teacher’ duties- The committee discussed at length the report submitted by a member of the committee on the clerical duties performed by the teachers in MCD schools. It was pointed out that the MCD teachers in the absence of any clerical support in schools have to do the following tasks:

Maintain records of details of expenditure on all funds provided to the school; maintain the staff pay bills, calculate income tax, maintain records of DA, CPC, ACP, GPF, CPF , pre sanctions, quotations, bills, receipts, and post sanctions etc.; maintain leave records, and obtain sanction for maternity leave, earned leave, compensatory leave, child care leave, and special leave; maintain school property register of items bought by school or donated to the school; maintain registers of consumable and non consumable articles; maintain records of teachers details, monthly attendance records of students (average attendance, total number of admissions, withdrawals, minority, SC, ST, total students) answer RTI queries; get books from Kamala Nagar and distribute them and maintain records class wise; distribution of stationery; measure, cut and distribute school dress material; fill different forms for minority/ SC/ST students getting above 50%; work related to Laadli scheme such as filling forms, verifying them, and submitting them at Rohini office; daily, weekly and monthly records of mid day meal; maintaining library records, old records, and providing other sundry details required for EMIS such as grades of students in different subjects according to categories (minority/ SC/ ST, girls, boys etc.) The committee was also informed that these tasks were performed by clerks using computers in Schools run by the Govt. of NCT of Delhi.

3.14 The committee discussion related firstly to the disparity in conditions of service in schools in Delhi, and secondly to the fact that almost all the tasks mentioned in the paragraph have been declared under the RTE Act 2009 as tasks for which teachers should not be responsible. Other solutions will need to be found for these administrative tasks, and under the model rules it has been made the duty of the SMC to ensure that teachers are not burdened with such tasks. The committee recommends that these model rules be adopted for Delhi.

3.15 However, committee also noted that as in all cases wherein the ‘culture’ of an organisation has to undergo a change, there will need to be a change towards a culture devoted to the teaching learning process. This may need steps for example regarding:

 Guidelines regarding the work that is required of a teacher of classes 1-5, outside the four hours of classroom instruction.
 Deployment of administrative staff, (or volunteer workforce of NGOs/ PPP mode personnel etc) for administrative tasks with which the teacher was earlier engaged.
 Capacity building of both teaching and administrative staff in the new roles etc.


3.16 ‘Leave substitute’ teachers- The absence of a teacher violates the right of the child to education. Therefore, in order to ensure that a class is at no time deprived of a teacher, it is recommended that about 10% extra teachers are selected and placed on a reserve panel to be tapped whenever there is need for a substitute teacher.



Chapter V: Curriculum and Completion of Elementary Education

4.1 Govt. of NCT of Delhi will also ensure continuous and comprehensive evaluation of all children in all state provided schools in Delhi, in such a manner that children are not subjected to anxiety but it becomes clear, which teachers are making efforts and which teachers are not engaging with their pupils (for reasons of their being deployed at other tasks or otherwise). The CCE should be supported with:

 ‘pupil level’/ ‘class level’ monitoring cards on the website (restricted access)
 Communication of progress to parents in a manner designed to encourage their continued interest in education, rather than to shift responsibility for ‘disciplining’.


Chapter VI: Protection of Right of Children

5.1 Child line as in model rules to RTE- Again, in the model rules to the RTE Act 2009, this aspect has been dealt with and it was the view of the committee that a mechanism such as recommended in the model rules be adopted for Delhi. The system should be transparent and should enable cross check by NGOs, with Delhi legal services authority, by independent lawyers & by law colleges, in addition to the other safeguards provided. It is recommended that the model rules circulated by the MHRD in this regard be adopted by Delhi.

5.2 Awareness creation about rights against punishment and harassment- It is recommended that the model rules circulated by the MHRD in regards to a child helpline coupled with an alert and action mechanism be adopted by Delhi. Since this right relates to a school, and every school has a unique ID code number, it is suggested that the online mechanism should be linked using this unique ID code to the page of the school – so that all the details of the school are immediately at hand, and the complaints are recorded against a page related to the school. Linkage with NGOs, lawyers, legal services authority is also recommended.

5.3 Discrimination, what constitutes discrimination in this context and Complaints mechanism should be given wide publicity


Miscellaneous

6.1 It is recommended that part-time instructors for art, music, health and physical education be also provided for the children of classes I to 5 in addition to the general teachers to develop potentiality, knowledge and talent.

6.2 No fee in any kind or form should be charged from the students of elementary school.

6.3 Government of NCT of Delhi may issue notification in terms of Section 1(d) bringing ‘children with disabilities’ within the ambit of “child belonging to disadvantaged group” as defined in Section 1(d) of the Act.

Summary of Main Recommendations

Administrative Changes

1. State provided School Education should be administered by one unified body-i.e. Government of NCT of Delhi and its schools managed with due regard to decentralisation of responsibility; this body should also accord approval to all proposed academic changes, such as of textbooks, pattern of evaluation, medium of instruction etc. It should also be referred to for closure of any schools (2.5)
2. Strengthening of SCERT and DIETs for policy level research and training of teachers and administrators for implementation of RTE (2.10)
3. Direct recruitment of 75% of Heads of Schools (2.10a)
4. Appointment of ‘Protection of RTE Officers’ (1.5)
5. Inclusion of Private schools in Training Programmes Workshops, Evaluation and
Election Duties (2.11)

Legislative Action

Delhi rules to RTE Act 2009 should specify:

1. Inclusive education of children with special needs in common classroom (1.1e)

2. Protection of state salaries for teachers in private schools recognised under RTE Act and consideration in exceptional cases of grant in aid for payment of salaries of teachers (3.11)

3. Information about Fees charged by Schools and salaries paid to its teachers should be placed in the public domain i.e. on the Delhi Schools website and also on the ‘school report card’ of each school (2.5)


Measures for Accountability and Voice

1. There needs to be a unified website for all state and state recognised schools in Delhi with School Report Cards and reporting on child progress on measures of continuous and comprehensive evaluation supplemented with remarks of the SMC (2.5, 5.2, 4.1)
2. Information dissemination about RTE to children in schools and Child line as in Model Rules (5.1, 5.3)
3. Orientation and Training of School Management Committees (SMCs) needs to be taken up as an ongoing exercise. This work could be shared among Community based voluntary organisations, SCERT, DIETs, universities and colleges (as part of their ‘extension’ responsibilities)


Supportive Measures

1. Pre school arrangements either in schools or near to communities (2.10)
Crèche and after school care arrangements to facilitate education of girls (2.9)
2. For admission of economically weaker section children in private schools, implement recommendations of Krishna Kumar Committee Report 2006 and Janaki Rajan Committee Report 2006 (3.2, 3.3)
3. Implementation of Action Plan for Education of Children with Disabilities prepared by Department of Education, Delhi Administration pursuant to the orders of the Hon’ble Delhi High Court in CWP 6771/2008 (1.4)

Leading initiatives

1. Road marshals (NCC / NSS) could be enlisted for helping children cross road to and from schools in addition to the deployment of traffic police personnel (1.6)
2. Birth certificates could be arranged for all children in state schools (3.5)
3. Incentive for each child identifying child out of school (1.7)

4. Establishment of Police beats (with lady police constables) at girl schools to ensure safety and security to the girl students.

5. Government of Delhi should exempt stamp duty on the affidavit regarding date of birth of the child to be submitted to the school for the purpose of admission.

6. Government of Delhi should authorize head of the school to attest the affidavit regarding date of birth of the child to be submitted to the school for purpose of admission

7. School education should be totally free. No fee in any form or under any head should be charged from any student in state funded schools.


List of Documents in Appendix


i. Order dated 29.08.2000 in CWP 3956
ii. . Affidavit dated 25.08.2000 in CWP 3956 (2000)
iii. Order dated 31.10.2002 in CWP 5982 (2002)
iv. Delhi Primary Education Act 1960
v. Order dated 3.03.2003 in CWP 7027 (2001)
vi. Status Report of the GNCT of Delhi dated 16.12.2009 in CWP 6771 (2008)
vii. Status Report of the GNCT of Delhi dated 18.12.2009 in CWP 6771 (2008) with final Action Plan for Education of Children with Disabilities
viii. Order dated 20.01.2010 in CWP 6771 (2008)
ix. Letter dated 15.12. 2009 to DCPCR regarding closure of MCD Schools

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A sparkling new production of The Wedding Singer will play at Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield for one week only from Tue 18 - Sat 22 July. Jon Robyns, Ray Quinn, Cassie Compton, Lucie Jones and Ruth Madoc will star in the hilarious musical based on the hit film.

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Genre: Light Paranormal Romance




Mike and Liz thought they'd gotten control of the specters haunting the Barrett Inn. But things get very complicated when they're the ghosts from your past life. The Category Five Hurricane bearing down on Cape Cod appears to be headed directly for them--or has it been spawned from inside them? Knowing it’s their last chance to end the hauntings, Mike and Liz must decide whether to run or to defy evacuation orders. Will they survive the storm?




EXCERPT #1

The engine whined and strained. The boat spun in the eddy, and Liz’s knuckles went white trying to prevent the steering wheel from spinning. Sandra looked like she was going to puke. Harley looked like he wanted to jump overboard.

“Liz, move over to the next seat but keep your hands on the wheel until I get there. Sandra, you and Harley get underneath the cabin into the berths, one on each side, and keep your heads down. We’ve got to stay balanced. This is going to be a rough ride.”

Mike got his ass in the seat, turned catty corner into the waves, and gunned the engine. The Whaler, made for stability in the surf, cut through it but crashed and rocked wildly between the swells. An air horn rolled back and forth across the deck, adding the effect of a ticking clock to an already nauseating ride.

The cuddy cabin kept the worst of the spray off them, but Mike had to unzip his roof panel and stand up to see over the salt encrusted windshield. A wave lifted the entire boat out of the water.

“Hang on!” He crouched and braced for impact. I hope everyone is where they’re supposed to be or we’ll flip. His lungs were about to burst.

The door thudded from side to side in knee-deep water. The motor bobbled and threatened to stall as the propeller came out of the water. He’d been out in weather this bad, but his two-way radio had been on and someone knew where he was.

EXCERPT #2

He passed the living room where the flashback of an emaciated Mary, in a hospital bed, being tended to by a hospice nurse, wiped all the good feelings away. He pushed past it, into the kitchen.
Mary stood at the stove, stirring and filling bowls with noodles and dumplings and gravy. He smelled lily of the valley, her favorite perfume. Wine-tinged bile rose into his throat. The light dimmed, and all the other voices in the room went silent as she hummed some catchy 80’s tune. The glass fell from his hand and shattered, but he didn’t hear the glass breaking or feel the blood-red wine soaking his feet.

“Dad! You okay?” Allison ran toward him.

The room brightened. “Yeah, my hands were still wet.” He eased himself down to the floor to pick up the glass shards.

“Careful, don’t cut yourself.” Mary knelt beside him. Her hair smelled like lily of the valley as it brushed his cheek.

Mike reached for her, and tumbled into the void when she vanished. He landed on the heel of his hand, miraculously avoiding the splintered glass, coughed, and shook it off. “Get me a paper towel. Damn. Waste of good wine.”

Jay stared. Dana brought a roll of paper towels.

Allison mopped up the spill. Concern etched her face. “Dad, you’re exhausted!”

His cheeks burned, and his hear raced. Mike tried to act nonchalant and hauled himself up. “Yeah, I’m tired. And hungry. Let’s eat.”






Liz Levine is convinced her recently deceased husband is engineering the sequence of events that propels her into a new life. But it’s sea captain Edward Barrett, the husband that died over a century ago, who has returned to complete their unfinished business. Edward’s lingering presence complicates all her plans and jeopardizes a new relationship that reawakens her passion for life and love. What are Captain Barrett’s plans for his wife, and for the man who is the new object of her affections?





Mike and Liz Keeny are newlyweds, new parents, and the proprietors of the Barrett Inn, an 1875 Victorian on Cape Cod, which just happens to be haunted— by their own ghosts from past lives. The Barrett Inn had become an annex of Purgatory, putting Liz and their infant son in danger. Selling the historic seaside bed and breakfast was the only answer, one that Liz and her own tortured specter refused to consider. Were Mike and Liz doomed to follow the same path that led to disaster in their previous lives? Was getting out, getting away, enough?







Carole Ann Moleti lives and works as a nurse-midwife in New York City, thus explaining her fascination with all things paranormal, urban fantasy, and space opera. Her nonfiction focuses on health care, politics, and women's issues. But her first love is writing science fiction and fantasy because walking through walls is less painful than running into them.

Books One and Two in the Unfinished Business series, Carole's Cape Cod paranormal romance novels, Breakwater Beach and The Widow's Walk, were published by Soulmate. Book Three, Storm Watch, is due out June 28,2017. 

Urban fantasies set in the world of Carole's novels have been featured in Haunted: Ten Tales of Ghosts, Seers: Ten Tales of Clairvoyance, Beltane: Ten Tales of Witchcraft, and Bites: Ten Tales of Vampires.

Carole also writes nonfiction that ranges from sweet and sentimental in This Path and Thanksgiving to Christmas to edgy and irreverent in the Not Your Mother's Books: On Being a Mother and On Being a Parent.

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My mom had a problem cooking chicken. Many times it was too dry, especially when she baked it or broiled it. By dry I mean sawdust dry. You know, the kind of dry chicken that sticks in your throat and even swallowing water on top of it doesn't dislodge it? Really, really dry chicken.

So when mom made chicken in the oven we would pray no one called on the phone or dropped by or else we knew the chicken would be bone dry.

She always served this baked chicken -- a recipe she picked up from Better Homes and Gardens magazine -- with mashed potatoes, which were really creamy and lumpless, and excellent tasting, and succotash (creamed corn and lima beans). Also, of course, the salad of greens for the end of the meal. Always a salad of greens for the end of the meal.

Her chicken and dumplings we loved. Her chicken croquettes we loved. Her chicken-a-la-king we loved. Her chicken cacciatore we loved. Her chicken, rice, broccoli, cheese casserole most of us loved that dish. Her fried chicken -- yummy. Her chicken soup, delish. And her chicken salad couldn't be beat.


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When I think of "comfort foods" I think of those early winter, late autumn foods that mom made frequently.

No recipes with this post, just a rambling recall of those dishes my mother made so often.

I would say first on the list was spaghetti and meatballs.  My did didn't particularly care for a meat sauce, but he loved meatballs.  So mom always made her sauce with meatballs.  She would complain from time to time that the meatballs were "tough".  Then she learned a trick, or rather Aunt Rita told her how to get a perfect meatball every time.  Don't cook it through, just brown it, and let the simmering sauce do the work of cooking the meat.  Soft, but not break-apart meatballs every time.

Mom also made a great meatloaf.  And she always served it was a brown gravy, never any tomato or ketchup in it.  Dad preferred it that way.  I loved it that way, and could never stand a meatloaf that had ketchup on top and peppers inside.  It's a personal taste thing.  I'm not saying that it's wrong to put peppers in a meatloaf, along with all the other things that one puts in meatloaves, I'm just saying we didn't like it that way.  When I started cooking for my own children I varied moms recipe by crushing barbeque potato chips and used them in place of bread crumbs, and then added a little bit of barbeque sauce inside, not on top of, the loaf.  If anyone wanted more bbq sauce they could have it straight from the bottle.

Comfort food number three would have to be chicken and dumplings.  I recently saw a Food Network program where the chef put the entire chicken sans head into a pot of boiling water in order to stew the chicken.  Exactly what mom did, including the feet.  Mom had an affinity for chicken feet.  Yuck!  After she stewed the chicken so that it was falling off the bones, she would scrape the meat from the bones, making sure no bones remained in the pot.  How she did that -- making sure no bones remained in the pot -- I don't know.  I haven't had much luck with that.  It seems I always miss one or two bones, and Alan gets them in his dish, even though I scour his chicken before I serve it.  Then she'd make dumplings as directed on the Bisquick box.  No additives to the dumplings.  I usually sprinkled in some parsley flakes and maybe some grated cheddar cheese before I put them into the boiling stew.

Another comfort food was shepherd's pie.  Mom made it whenever we had lamb.  She would take the left over lamb, get out the meat grinder, attach it to the table, and grind away.  Sometimes, she'd let me grind, which was a treat for me.  Now we would probably call it child labor, but I loved turning that crank and watching the meat spew from the tiny holes.  After she ground up the lamb, she would put it in a casserole dish, mix in the left over gravy, and top it with mashed potatoes.  Then all that would be put in the oven for about 30 minutes so that the tips of the mashed potatoes would turn a golden brown, like merangue. 

I think in our household -- that is my husband's and mine -- our favorite is tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches with chips and pickles on the side.  So easy to do, and so good to eat.

I would say that favorite is followed by chili.  In Cincinnati chili has a unique flavor, and it is always mixed with spaghetti, topped with onions, beans, and cheese.  I make a good chili, and I put the beans into the "gravy" with the meat.  I don't just put the beans on top of the chili.  I remember having chili when I was a child, and it was always served with Italian bread, crisp and fresh bread, never with spaghetti.  Different locales, different styles.

Now, it's time to go get Alan's lunch ready.  His favorite?  Grilled ham and cheese.  But today he's getting plain ham and cheese with Guilden's mustard on the bread.  Me?  I'll be having a salad -- honeymoon salad -- lettuce alone!

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Outstanding young Hurricanes centre Ngani Laumape has been rewarded for his impressive form with a call up to the All Blacks bench for the second Test against the British and Irish Lions on Saturday. Laumape finished this excellent try for the Hurricanes on Tuesday.

The 24-year-old, who played four years of Rugby League and was actually a forward when playing Union at high school, has had a stellar season of Super Rugby, combining well with Vince Aso to make it easy for fans to forget about the legendary pairing of Ma'a Nonu and Conrad Smith.

Laumape will make his Test debut in front of his home crowd in Wellington. His strong performances this year saw him lead Super Rugby for line breaks and defenders beaten and he's currently joint leading try scorer with 14 tries.

This effort against the Lions was just another stunning piece of Hurricanes backline play, and signaled the beginning of Laumape terrorising Lions flyhalf Dan Biggar, who made a courageous tackle over the line but felt the full brunt of it.

The bruising young centre then attacked his channel repeatedly throughout the contest, which was a thrilling game but ended in a stalemate, 31-31.

ALL BLACKS SQUAD (Test caps in brackets):
1. Joe Moody (26), 2. Codie Taylor (17), 3. Owen Franks (92), 4. Brodie Retallick (62), 5. Samuel Whitelock (86), 6. Jerome Kaino (79), 7. Sam Cane (42), 8. Kieran Read (98) - Captain, 9. Aaron Smith (60), 10. Beauden Barrett (51), 11. Rieko Ioane (3), 12. Sonny Bill Williams (35), 13. Anton Lienert-Brown (11), 14. Waisake Naholo (12), 15. Israel Dagg (63)
Subs:
16. Nathan Harris (6), 17. Wyatt Crockett (60), 18. Charlie Faumuina (48), 19. Scott Barrett (6), 20. Ardie Savea (14), 21. TJ Perenara (31), 22. Aaron Cruden (48), 23. Ngani Laumape - new cap

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          Take action on health care over July 4th Recess!   

Your calls, letters, signatures, stories, visits and loud, outraged voices are helping to slow down (and hopefully stop!) the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and massive cuts to Medicaid! U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was trying to rush his terrible, horrible, no good ‘health care’ (really, wealth care) bill, The Better Care Reconciliation Act/Trumpcare, through the U.S. Senate before the 4th of July recess, but on Tuesday he said he was delaying the vote because he doesn’t have support.

But to be very, very clear: we have won a very small battle—not the war. This is just a delay. They are going to rewrite some of the bill in an attempt to build support from key senators and schedule a vote in the coming weeks.

We can’t let up! We need to keep speaking out for our families’ health care!

While our Senators are home for July 4th Recess we want to make sure we are seen and heard. Here are a few ways you can make sure you stand up for health care over the next week:

1. Send a Letter to the Editor! Letters that are submitted this week to your local newspapers are likely to be published next week when Senators are back in their home states.  Perfect timing!  Senators and their staff pay close attention to letters to the editor in local newspapers as a way to gauge the opinions of constituents. Just click here and we’ll walk you through the whole process (including sample language and sending your letter directly to your local newspaper!).

2. Bring a MomsRising health care sign to your local 4th of July parade or make your own. These parades are often attended by local elected leaders and the press. Holding a sign to speak out for health care is a great way to show your support for you community and patriotism!

3. Tweet at your Senators about your health care story, local articles about how the Senate bill is damaging, or your disapproval of the Senate plan. You can find a full list of Senator’s twitter handles here.

4.  Attend a town hall meeting or a local event sponsored by one of our partner organizations. Countless local groups are mobilizing across the U.S. this July 4th recess to #RESIST the terrible, horrible, no good cuts and caps to our health care. There’s too many to list, so we encourage you to connect with other health care advocates in your community and speak out locally. You can find some of the hundreds of events here:

-Center for Public Representation

-OFA

-Planned Parenthood

Alaska

Families USA Rally to Protect Health Care

Time: Wednesday, July 5th at 11 AM- 1 PM AKDT

Location: Senator Lisa Murkowski’s Office

Location 1: 805 Frontage Rd Ste 105, Kenai, AK, 99611

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1928131477426193/

Location 2: 800 Glacier Ave, Juneau, AK 99801

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1894233367510874/

Location 3: Ketchikan, AK

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1882162828667236/

Location 4: Wasilla, AK

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/450611868636512/

Location 5: Fairbanks, AK

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/155744078304476/

 

California:

Rally to Stop the GOP Health Care Bill

Time: Monday, July 3 at 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM PDT

Location: Harbor- UCLA Medical Center 1000 W Carson St, Torrance, California 90502

Host: SEIU 721

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1389124424468664/

Health Care Action at Rep. David Valadao District Office

Time: Thursday, July 6, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM PDT

Location: 101 N Irwin St, Ste 110B, Hanford, CA, 93230

Host: SEIU Local 2015

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/118576435416803/

Health Care Action at Rep. Steve Knight’s Office

Time: Thursday, July 6, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM PDT

Location: 26415 Carl Boyer Dr, Ste 220, Santa Clarita, CA, 91350

Host: SEIU Local 2015

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/114552089161549/

 

Kentucky:

Let’s Tell Mitch to Dump Trumpcare

Time: Thursday, July 6, 11:15 AM CDT

Location: T.J. Health Pavilion, 312 N L Rogers Wells Blvd, Glasgow, KY, 42141

Host: Terri Jo Harris

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/121131838489193/

Louisiana:

Bill Cassidy Town Hall

Time: Friday, June 30 3pm CDT

Location: EBRPL- Central Branch Library: 11260 Joor Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70818

Michigan:

Save Our Health Care Rally

Time: Saturday, July 1, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM EST

Location: Post Office Paw-Paw, 125 N Kalamazoo St, Paw Paw, MI, 49079

Host: Vanburendems, Paw Paw Area Democrats

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/114616535818410/

People Over Profit Rally: Health Care is a Right-Pinery Park

Time: Wednesday, July 5, 5:30-7:00 PM EST

Location: 2301 De Hoop Ave SW, Wyoming, MI, 49509

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/245723385832674/

Health Care Town Hall w/Dan Kildee

Time: Sunday, July 16, 11:00 AM- 1:00 PM EST

Location: Plymouth-Ann Arbor Elks 325, 41700 Ann Arbor Rd E, Plymouth MI, 48170

Host: Indivisible Michigan-District 11

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1914030515517745/

Nevada:

Health Care Town Hall

Time: Wednesday, July 5, 6:00-8:00 PM PDT

Location: Northern Nevada HOPES, 580 W 5th St, Reno, NV, 89503

Host: Indivisible Northern Nevada

Action Together Nevada

Organizing for Action
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1944840062430709/

Oregon:

Corvallis 4th of July Parade

Time: Tuesday, July 4, 9:30-11:30 AM PDT

Location: Gazebo at Central Park, Corvallis, OR

Host: Mid-Valley Health Care Advocates

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1914473315495787/

Flash Protest Against Trumpcare

Time: Thursday, July 6, 2:00 PM PDT

Location: Near Three Rivers Community Hospital

Hosts: Rogue Indivisible

Health Care for All-Oregon

UniteOregon

ORD2 Indivisible

The Josephine County Democratic Party’s Resist Committee

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/320569815060828/

Tennessee:

Farmers Against the AHCA press conference and tractor march.

Nashville-Thursday, July 6. 12:30-4:30pm. https://www.facebook.com/events/1526572824049039/

Washington:

Town Hall: Impact of Trumpcare on Working Families

Time: Thursday, July 6, 5:30-7:00 PM PDT
Location: Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave, Seattle, WA, 98101

Host: Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1768897790022377/

West Virginia:

Community cookout and potluck in support of quality, affordable health care and immigration

WHERE: Ritter Park, Shelter 1, near the tennis courts at the end of the park

            1340 Eighth Street, Huntington, WV

WHEN: July 3, 2017, 10:30am

WHO: Huntington Mayor Steve Williams, moms, kids, caregivers and community members

https://act.moveon.org/event/cookouts/12244/signup/?source=&s=

FamiliesUSA Rally to Protect Health Care

Time: Wednesday, July 5th at 11 AM- 1 PM

Location 1: 220 N Kanawha St, Beckley, WV 25801

Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/818065641704752/

We appreciate you continuing to use your voice to speak out for the health and well-being of our families! If you have events you want to share or ways you are speaking out, please feel free to share that info in the comments.


          Jonathan Gold says Rossoblu may make you wish you knew a Bolognese grandmother   

Have you tasted the minestra nel sacco at Rossoblu, more or less a bowl of chicken soup with dumplings cooked in a cloth bag? It’s a pretty common dish in the area around Bologna, and you’ll find lots of recipes for it in Italian cooking magazines.

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          Another no-measure adventure   

Another no-measure adventure

Well, we're on holidays again. I usually try to bake at least once during any week that we're away, and have to make do with whatever equipment is available. We're at our usual resort (nice units, good kitchens but a little dated now) and I was expecting a certain number of baking items to be available. Alas, it was not to be!

I brought a small amount of bread flour with me, a strip of instant yeast packets, a dish of salt and another bag of 12-grain (I think; it was from the bulk store) cereal. The latter is a hot cereal blend with mostly cracked grains and seeds, and a few flakes of something. Mystery ingredient!

I did have a couple of bowls available, so I mixed up some flour, water and a tiny bit of yeast into a poolish (the hydration was probably about 100%, given the consistency), and added some hot water to the cereal mix in another bowl. After sitting most of the day the poolish wasn't terribly active but did show some signs of life, and the water in the cereal had all been absorbed. So on to mix the dough. Here's where I was a bit silly - I dumped some water into the poolish and stirred it up, then added a bit more yeast and the soaked cereal. Then I added the flour. I ended up adding all the flour I had brought with me, and the hydration was still very, very soupy. Whoops, no more flour! Silly me, too much water initially and too late to take it out. :) Oh well, let it sit for half an hour or so, add the salt and try to develop some gluten. This was very difficult, and I ended up using a rubber scraper to turn and mix the dough (more like batter) in the bowl. I did this several times over the next few hours then covered the bowl and put it in the fridge for the night, hoping time would be my friend.

In the morning the dough had visibly risen but was still wet, sticky and unable to hold any kind of shape. Added to this was the fact that I had no more flour to ease the shaping, so I poured the 'dough' out onto a wet counter and folded it a couple of times as best I could. I think this was even wetter than my ciabatta dough! And then came the really tough part - turns out there are no baking pans of any kind in this kitchen! All I had was a small casserole dish. I knew this wet dough would stick like glue to the dish, so I greased it as well as I could with both butter and oil, and dumped (poured, more like it) the dough blob into the dish. I covered it and left it to rise for an hour or so, preheating the oven to 450F. I put the dish in to the hot oven, covered, and set the timer for 15 minutes.

Well, it rose beautifully! And, of course, stuck to the glass lid of the casserole dish. Taking it off was a bit tricky and I tore the top crust a bit, but it wasn't too bad. I turned the oven down to 425F and let it bake for a further 20 minutes. It looked quite nice at the end of this time so I took it out (no thermometer). Of course, it was very stuck, but running a knife blade around the side several times (well, sawing was more like it) unstuck the side and, miraculously, the bottom released fairly well. Then I had to search for something to use as a cooling rack - how about an upturned colander?

I was also surprised to see that it wasn't burnt (it smelled burnt at the end of the baking time). The top crust indicated a lot of air bubbles so I was a bit impatient to cut into it, but we went out for lunch so that helped me wait. :) And I was pleasantly surprised - the crumb is wonderful! Open but not too holey, and very soft and moist. Nice flavour too.

Just goes to support the oft-given advice - always bake it to see how it turns out, no matter how much of a disaster you think the dough is!


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          When The Mirror Breaks... Beautiful Antique Dresser Makeover   
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Hi!!!!!!  You thought I'd abandoned Kammy's Korner, didn't you?
I may have just gotten too busy.  I even semi-retired from lawn care jobs this summer so I wouldn't be so busy!  And here I am, too busy to blog! :)

So last summer, one of my lawn mowing clients took me into one of her out buildings and asked if I'd like a couple pieces of furniture.  It was in rough shape BUT I WAS IN LOVE!  (See, there are major perks to having a grass cutting business!!  And wait until you see the SECOND piece she gave me..if I ever finish it!)


So that mirror.  It was reeeally messed up.  But I see these days, there are actually tutorials on HOW to antique your mirror to make it look all messed up and old.  Really?  If that floats your boat, hey I say put your sails up and hit the waves hard.  But if I have a mirror, I want to be able to see my pimples clear enough to pop them.  You are either "ewwwwing" right now or "amen-ing"!  Bahahaha.


And then.... my problem about what to do with the mirror was solved in one huge nasty wind storm.  The same storm that did THIS:


Also did this:  blew the mirror right over and broke it into a hundred pieces.
But ummmm, cool wood slats back there?  Uh, yes please?
Those slats told me loud and plain "make me a chalkboard!!"
So I mixed up my chalkboard paint and did as I was told (see my recipe HERE).
I'm obedient like that.


I'll just show you now the final result of the chalkboard before I get back to more details because oh goodness it's beautiful.  But I'm not patting myself on the back here.  No, you say?  No, because I couldn't make my handwriting look that good if my life depended on it.  My good pal Becky came to the rescue.  That girl is a free-handing WHIZ.  I'm so envious.  But so thankful she doesn't hoard her skills for herself.  See?  "There's ALWAYS something to be thankful for!".


So the question when done painting - which I went with a pale yellow to match the curtains in my guest room - is always "to distress or not to distress".  Okay it's not really that big of a question to me. 
I usually distress.  Mostly because then if it gets scratched, who cares?  Just looks like part of the patina. 

So I just did some light distressing on this - sandpaper by hand around the edges of the details, like these flowers.  See the comparison and how it brings out the design in this next photo?


I have to tell you this.  I wanted a table top oscillating fan for the guest room since there's no ceiling fan.  I had an old rusty aqua blue one in my booth at the Parma Antique Mall so I went in to get it when Darin tells me he's got one in his trailer that I  can have for a good price.  DUDE.
Exactlyyyyyyyyyy what I wanted!!  


Yeah for yellow!  I love the sunny "new" look in this room!
See what was there before, along with pictures of the whole room HERE.



Wow, that was a close one! It JUST barely fits under the wall sconce light!!



Oh, I forgot to mention about the drawer pulls!  If you noticed in the first photos, the top ones were broken or missing.  I just happened to "find" the two I used on the top drawer out in the little summer cottage behind our house on some cabinets down in a hidden corner.  They were the right size and exact right coloring!  Viola!  LOVE IT WHEN THAT HAPPENS.





Yeah, so there are business cards on it for when people stay in our airbnb.  Yes, I really do have it listed, don't freak out.  It's only available like .4% of the time. Ha.
And isn't that copper tray great?  My mom has an obsession with trays.  So pretty sure that was one she picked up for me. One of the 58 she's given me in the last couple of years. :)


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          Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme   
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At least once a week (and more like once a day) an idealistic urge overtakes me and I turn dramatically to my internal audience and swear to the gods that I will bake a tatin, and I will buy a bundt pan and I will stretch my own mozzarella. The chances are fifty-fifty that I will actually follow through with my oath (those odds are pretty good if you ask me), but if I were to make and buy on every whim, I'd be a beefy, bankrupt catastrophe.


However, I have vowed for months that I would grow my own food having been on the urban agriculture bandwagon for a year now. In Miami I attempted tomatoes and peppers, which suffered terribly through the tropical storms and blistering heat, not to mention their pots were probably one foot too shallow. Whoops. Though inedible, I once had a lily that bloomed all through the winter, and thinking I was a totally competent badass, took it home for Christmas vacation to nurture the wonder flower. I left in the car and, in the deep freeze of Ohio winter, it withered and never made a comeback.

I admit, I'm terrified that I might not have a green thumb. My fall back plan to go off-grid if globalization fails will be totally screwed. At the very least, my vacant lot turned lush urban garden will remain a figment. So I'm starting now. If I can't figure it out by the time I can afford my own lot, I'll just hire someone to do it for me.


Thus far the sage seems pretty saggy, like someone dumped a bucket of water on it (it wasn't me). The French thyme is fragrant, brushy and chipper, but the thyme in my fridge from a month ago looks pretty much the same way. The Italian basil is a bit yellow, but I'm hoping he'll pull the group together and give them a pep talk or something. Thinking they might need a little morale boost, I got a bunch of sexy lemon verbena and exotic lavender at the market to keep them company. Hopefully it'll perk 'em up because my morale is becoming low and my thumb ain't gettin' any greener.
          How did dumping on Kevin Love become an NBA pastime?   

The Cleveland Cavaliers forward is a four-time All-Star but cannot escape his biggest crime: not being LeBron James or Kyrie Irving

The NBA offseason is in full swing, which means it’s peak season for dumping on Kevin Love. The NBA finals lead to the NBA draft, which leads to the start of free agency, which leads to the opening of the NBA summer league in Las Vegas. And in between all of it is discussion and rumors about what the Cavaliers might be able to get, if anything, for Love. It’s the modern NBA offseason life cycle.

The latest rumor was Love being dealt away from the Cavaliers in a three-team deal that would have sent him to Denver, enabling Paul George to join LeBron’s latest superteam incarnation in Cleveland. That specific deal working out is now supposedly “very unlikely”. The Cavaliers also reportedly spoke before the draft with Phoenix to gauge their interest in a three-way deal to ship Love out and land George. There have even been rumblings of a discussed five-team framework that would have landed Cleveland George and Carmelo Anthony, with Love going ... to a city never determined. Some of these discussions undoubtedly took place after the Cavs parted ways with general manager David Griffin, meaning even Cleveland’s interim front office staffers – people with limited power and long-term job prospects – are going with the approach of: “Uhhhhh ... I guess we could try to trade Kevin and see if that works?”

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          Re: Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes   

Bumping an old thread, but I just finished this game.

I have to say, while I enjoyed the experience on the whole, there are a few areas that really underwhelmed me. Perhaps the most glaring is, for a puzzle game, there is a stark lack of replayability. I won't deny that there is some, but for a game that is more puzzles than RPG, I expected this to be the type of pick-up-and-play game that would keep me coming back for months.

Sure, there is the "quick battle" option, but it's fairly lackluster on the whole. It's probably my biggest complaint in this regard. No high scores? No win/loss tracking? It's just play one game and get dumped back to the title screen. It could've been fantastic if they included something so simple as a survival mode, or maybe the ability to purchase new artifacts or units with money you win by beating the challenges. Perhaps I'm not the same as other puzzle players, but I need some sort of goal to be working towards.

On a similar note, I was sort of annoyed that the world never really opens up in the campaign. There were some puzzle challenges that I skipped, because I couldn't figure them out. Unfortunately, once you go to the next chapter, your only option is replaying the campaign from the beginning. I had a similar problem because I accidentally skipped unlocking the unicorn unit. I didn't realize until it was too late and had to do without it for the rest of the game (and there is one challenge where that definitely would've come in handy). Even dumber, I can't use the unit in the quick battles either unless I go through and do it again. Fortunately, that's something you can unlock within the first 3-5 hours of the game. I would hate to miss something that comes much later in the game.

Complaints aside, I do enjoy what the game accomplished. I found the battles addictive and very engaging. The units are well thought out and diverse. But that's just something that further reinforces my complaints. I don't want my only option to be to start from scratch to experience it again. I'd love to be able have it be something I could play for a little bit before bed, but have it be so in a meaningful way. I also think they really missed their mark by not including wi-fi. That alone would've likely had me singing a different tune.

All in all, I don't think it's a bad game. The campaign is good enough to carry the game on its own, but the parts that they really missed out on have me disappointed. A little more work in some areas and the game would definitely deserve the high scores it's getting.


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          How To Get Over Being Dumped - Been Dumped, Feel Lost, Find Yourself   

If you currently had a breakup, I know you are feeling a bit fallen right now. Wasting your time roaming around and kicking stones along the road won't repair what's been broken. You need to stand up and do what is right to bring your ex back. Here are some helpful tips to help you get back on the road.



Learn More About How to Make Your Ex Boyfriend Want You Back

First, you need to be back. If you want that sweet comeback with your ex, you have to be prepared. So, overcome your pain and anger first before communicating with your ex If you contact your ex without being prepared, you would have just made them feel more defensive, thus, pushing them away.

The hurt from a breakup usually diminish for such a long period of time.take time to learn more about your feelings and face them as they come. After settling some issues within you, you have to decide if you are good to go and determine what you really want. And if you decided to go back and rebuild the relationship with your ex, then go on. In entering once again in a relationship, you should keep in mind that you have to be willing and ready because once you are not prepared, a lot of problems may arise and the more you are prone to get hurt.

Now, when you are ready, you message or call your ex and invite her for a cup of coffee. If they are willing to meet you, you need to have planned out what you want to say. This isn't the time to fly by the seat of your pants. Never attempt to start a conversation begging your ex to come back with you. Now is the time to try and reconnect and remind them how much fun the two of you used to have.

During your conversation, you might already have stated your opinion as well as the concerns that caused problems in your relationship. If so, this meeting could be a great time to let your ex see these improvements with their own two eyes.

Of course, if the two of you are going to make things work for the long haul both of you will most likely need to assess your habits and attitudes and make some changes. Now isn't the time to worry about that though, the only person you can change is you. Let that be your focus for now. Then when the two of you get back together and you are trying to keep things strong you can work on other issues that may be driving a wedge between you and creating difficulty in your relationship.

Don't lose hope. No matter how difficult both of you had and at times both of you wanted to give up, there will always be a way for both of you to work things out. There is always hope after you have been dumped.

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The Paulaner menu in Berlin is quite similar to the one in Jakarta but there are more variants.

Salad
This salad is a side dish for some dishes.

Knusprige Schweinshaxn frisch aus dem Ofen - EUR 15.50
This crispy pork knuckle fresh from the oven was my order.
 It is served with sauerkraut and bred dumpling.

The meat was so tender and the skin was very crispy. A very satisfying meal.

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Telefon: 030 - 39 88 14 26

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Buff Vada Recipe in Hindi | Aloo Patties Recipe | बफ़ वडा.

बफ़ वडा (Buff Vada) एक बहोत ही स्वादिष्ट और उम्दा भारतीय फ़ास्ट फ़ूड रेसिपी (Indian Fast Food Recipe) है जो एक जाने माने व्यंजन के अंतर्गत आती है और वह है गुजराती व्यंजन. इसका स्वाद बेहद लज़ीज़ और बेमिसाल होता है. मुख्य रूप से इस फ़ास्ट फ़ूड डिश को कृष्ण जन्माष्टमी के त्यौहार पर बनाया जाया है गुजरात में. तब लोग व्रत रखते है और इसे बनाते है लेकिन व्रत के लिए बनाना हो तो इसमें से कुछ सामग्री को निकलना होगा.

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मुख्य रूप से इस पोटैटो पेटिस (Potato Patties) को आलू, भुनी मूंगफली, तिल, सोंफ, काजू, बादाम और कुछ मसालों से बनाया जाता है. बनाने में यह बहोत ही आसान होते है साथ ही साथ कुछ ही मिनटों में बन भी जाते है. इस झटपट बफ़ वडा (Quick Buff Vada) को बनाने के लिए इसकी स्टफिंग और बहरी परत (डो) दोनों को अलग-अलग बनाया जाता है, फिर डो को पूरी के जैसा बेलकर उसके बिच स्टफिंग की बोल को रखकर बंद करके तेल में तला जाता है.

यह स्वादिष्ट और लाजवाब वडे को गुड़ इमली की चटनी के साथ परोंसा जाए तो इसे खाने में बहोत ही मज़ा आता है लेकिन आप इसे अपनी पसंद की चटनी के साथ भी परोंस सकते है. आप यहाँ इस रेसिपी को बहोत ही आसान और सरल तरीके से पाएंगे जीसे पढ़कर बिना किसी कठिनाई के अपने घर बना पाएंगे. इसके साथ-साथ आपको साबूदाना वडा, गुजराती बटाटा वडा, दही वडा, वडा पाँव जैसी रेसिपीज भी पसंद आएँगी.

बफ वडा बनाने के लिए आवश्यक सामग्री:

स्टफिंग के लिए:

1 बड़े चम्मच उबले आलू (Boiled Potatoes).
1 बड़ा चम्मच भुनी हुई मूंगफली (Peanuts).
1 बड़ा चम्मच भुनी हुई तिल (Sesame Seeds).
1 बड़ा चम्मच भुनी हुई सोंफ (Fennel Seeds).
1 बड़ा चम्मच काजू (Cashew Nuts).
1 बड़ा चम्मच बादाम (Almonds).
1 बड़ा चम्मच किशमिश (Raisins).
1 बाद चम्मच अदरक लहसुन का पेस्ट (Ginger Chilli Paste).
1 बड़ा चम्मच पीसी हुई चीनी (Powdered Sugar).
1 बड़ा चम्मच कसा हुआ सुखा नारियल (Dry Coconut).
1 छोटा चम्मच निम्बू का रस (Lemon Juice).
1 बड़ा चम्मच हरा धनिया (Coriander Leaves).
स्वाद अनुसार नमक (Salt).

बाहरी परत के लिए:  

3 बड़े उबले आलू (Boiled Potatoes).
4 छोटे चम्मच तपकिर का आटा या मकई का आटा (Tapkir or Corn Flour).
स्वाद अनुसार नमक (Salt).
तलने के लिए तेल (Oil).

बफ वडा बनाने का तरीका:

चरण 1.

सबसे पहले 3 आलू को स्मेश कर के एक बाउल में लें फिर उसमे स्वाद अनुसार नमक और तपखीर या मकई का आटा डाले, अब उसे अच्छे से मिला के एक डो जैसा बना ले, तो तैयार है बाहरी परत.

चरण 2.

अब स्टफिंग बनाने के लिए सबसे पहले एक मिक्सर जार में भुनी हुई मूंगफली, तील, सोंफ, काजू और बादाम को दरदरा पीस ले फिर उसे एक बाउल में निकालकर उसमे उबले हुए आलू को डाले.

चरण 3.

अब उसमे नमक, नींबू का रस, अदरक मिर्च की पेस्ट और पीसी हुई चीनी डाले उसमे हरा धनिया, किशमिश और सुखा नारियल डाल के सभी चीजो को अच्छे से मिक्स कर के स्टफिंग तैयार करे, अब स्टफिंग से छोटे छोटे बोल्स बना ले.

चरण 4.

अब सबसे पहले उबले आलू से बनाया डो लें फिर उसकी एक पूरी जैसा बेल ले फिर उसमे स्टफिंग से बनाई एक बोल को रख के उसे अच्छे से बंध कर दे, इस प्रकार सभी बोल्स को तैयार करे और फिर सभी बोल्स को मकई के आटे या तपखीर से कोट कर ले.

चरण 5.

अब एक कढ़ाई में तेल गर्म करे फिर उसमे बफ़ वड़ा को डालकर गुलाबी होने तक तले, जब वडे गुलाबी हो जाए तब उसे सर्विंग प्लेट में निकाल के गुड़ इमली की चटनी के साथ सर्व करे.

Buff Vada Recipe in Hindi | Aloo Patties Recipe | बफ़ वडा
 
Healthy and Delicious Buff Vada Recipe.
Author:
Recipe type: Fast Food
Cuisine: Indian

Ingredients
  • स्टफिंग के लिए:
  • 1 बड़े चम्मच उबले आलू (Boiled Potatoes).
  • 1 बड़ा चम्मच भुनी हुई मूंगफली (Peanuts).
  • 1 बड़ा चम्मच भुनी हुई तिल (Sesame Seeds).
  • 1 बड़ा चम्मच भुनी हुई सोंफ (Fennel Seeds).
  • 1 बड़ा चम्मच काजू (Cashew Nuts).
  • 1 बड़ा चम्मच बादाम (Almonds).
  • 1 बड़ा चम्मच किशमिश (Raisins).
  • 1 बाद चम्मच अदरक लहसुन का पेस्ट (Ginger Chilli Paste).
  • 1 बड़ा चम्मच पीसी हुई चीनी (Powdered Sugar).
  • 1 बड़ा चम्मच कसा हुआ सुखा नारियल (Dry Coconut).
  • 1 छोटा चम्मच निम्बू का रस (Lemon Juice).
  • 1 बड़ा चम्मच हरा धनिया (Coriander Leaves).
  • स्वाद अनुसार नमक (Salt).
  • बाहरी परत के लिए:
  • 3 बड़े उबले आलू (Boiled Potatoes).
  • 4 छोटे चम्मच तपकिर का आटा या मकई का आटा (Tapkir or Corn Flour).
  • स्वाद अनुसार नमक (Salt).
  • तलने के लिए तेल (Oil).

Instructions
  1. सबसे पहले 3 आलू को स्मेश कर के एक बाउल में लें फिर उसमे स्वाद अनुसार नमक और तपखीर या मकई का आटा डाले, अब उसे अच्छे से मिला के एक डो जैसा बना ले, तो तैयार है बाहरी परत.
  2. अब स्टफिंग बनाने के लिए सबसे पहले एक मिक्सर जार में भुनी हुई मूंगफली, तील, सोंफ, काजू और बादाम को दरदरा पीस ले फिर उसे एक बाउल में निकालकर उसमे उबले हुए आलू को डाले.
  3. अब उसमे नमक, नींबू का रस, अदरक मिर्च की पेस्ट और पीसी हुई चीनी डाले उसमे हरा धनिया, किशमिश और सुखा नारियल डाल के सभी चीजो को अच्छे से मिक्स कर के स्टफिंग तैयार करे, अब स्टफिंग से छोटे छोटे बोल्स बना ले.
  4. अब सबसे पहले उबले आलू से बनाया डो लें फिर उसकी एक पूरी जैसा बेल ले फिर उसमे स्टफिंग से बनाई एक बोल को रख के उसे अच्छे से बंध कर दे, इस प्रकार सभी बोल्स को तैयार करे और फिर सभी बोल्स को मकई के आटे या तपखीर से कोट कर ले.
  5. अब एक कढ़ाई में तेल गर्म करे फिर उसमे बफ़ वड़ा को डालकर गुलाबी होने तक तले, जब वडे गुलाबी हो जाए तब उसे सर्विंग प्लेट में निकाल के गुड़ इमली की चटनी के साथ सर्व करे.

 

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          The Farm Show Satisfies Yet Once Again   

MLW and I visited the Farm Show last Sunday, the day after it started.  We went on Sunday night because The Princess was volunteering at the Pennsylvania Dairy Farmers milk shake booth.  What better place for her to be, might I ask? So what did we think of the food being offered?  Because that is the only thing that...

MLW and I visited the Farm Show last Sunday, the day after it started.  We went on Sunday night because The Princess was volunteering at the Pennsylvania Dairy Farmers milk shake booth.  What better place for her to be, might I ask?

So what did we think of the food being offered?  Because that is the only thing that I got the opportunity to check out this year.  And I know that you are waiting breathlessly to find out what I think.  Seeing as I am a food expert.  A foodie, so to speak.

Moving on.  The food.  Ah, the wonderful food.  First off, the milk shakes.  If you have never had a Farm show milk shake you have not lived a complete life.  The milk shakes are thick, creamy, and the most delicious milk shakes you will ever have.

Ever.

MLW had to have a baked potato by the Potato Growers group.  It was excellent as always.  I , on the other hand had to have some fried mozzarella.  EVeryone in the world needs to eat batter fried mozzarella.  It just has to happen.  Because it is excellent.  Beyond excellent, it is a slice of heaven on earth.

Our next stop was the the apple producers booth.  MLW got an apple dumpling with ice cream on it here.  I spent a few  minutes talking to the guys there about cider for my apple cider The Out cider.  I am still trying to find a consistent supply of cider that has no preservatives in it. 

While MLW was enjoying her apple dumpling, I traveled over to the vegetable growers booth and picked up some onion rings.  And they were just ok.  I was expecting a stronger onion taste, and didn't get it.  They were good, but not excellent.

So, we had milk shakes, fried mozzarella, apple dumpling, and onion rings.  So of course I had to cruise over to the beef booth and get the new meatball sandwich.  And it didn't do the trick either.  Ok, but not really something to write home about.  Being unsatisfied at this point, I had to, yes I had to go to the mushroom growers booth and get fried 'shrooms.  And they hit the spot  I just wish that I had room at that time to have the portabella sandwich.  Next year I will make sure that that will be one of the first boothes to hit.

We didn't take the time to walk the booths this year, which I regret because I wanted to check out the alpacas, and look for a soy candle maker.  But we didn't, and I will have to now wait for next year. 

But you gotta have those milk shakes.

 


          FARM SHOW!!!!!!   

Yes sirree Bob it is coming back just like clock work.  The 2010 Pennsylvania Farm Show!!   And you know what that means, now don't you?  Milk shakes, baked potatoes, potato donuts, fried mushrooms, fried cauliflower, apple dumplings with ice cream, another milk shake, pulled pork sandwiches, chicken corn soup, more fried mushrooms, another milk shake.    And that...

Yes sirree Bob it is coming back just like clock work.  The 2010 Pennsylvania Farm Show!!

 

And you know what that means, now don't you?  Milk shakes, baked potatoes, potato donuts, fried mushrooms, fried cauliflower, apple dumplings with ice cream, another milk shake, pulled pork sandwiches, chicken corn soup, more fried mushrooms, another milk shake. 

 

And that is just on opening day.  I do love me some Farm Show food.  And don't forget the all pervasive odor of farm animals and their accompanying funk of manure.  It kind of reminds me of Mackinaw Island, Michigan in the summer.

 

For those of you who don't know, Mackinaw Island is an island at the tip of Michigans Lower Peninsula.  You get to the island by a ferry, there are no cars on the island only horse drawn carriages.  The other thing that the island is famous for is fudge.  You know, the kind where they pour it out on a slab of marble and mix it all up as it cools.  Lovely smell.  Up until you mix it all up with the smell of the horse manure on a nice hot, muggy Michigan summer day.

 

 

MMMMMmmmmmmm.  Yummy.

 

Now I just have to make sure that I have the time off so that I can get that milk shake.

 

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Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical left and Islamic terrorism.

The left has a problem. 

Americans are doing all the wrong things. They’re voting for Republicans, reading conservative sites and donating to conservative organizations. Something needs to be done about it. Something is being done.

Post a conservative story on Facebook or search for it on Google and out pops Snopes, a partisan site, to warn you of wrongthinking. And, until recently, when you searched for a conservative organization on Guidestar, out popped the Southern Poverty Law Center to accuse you and it of being deplorable bigots.

The Southern Poverty Law Center and Snopes are left-wing partisan groups with no qualifications to do anything except hate conservatives. The SPLC’s list of hate groups includes numerous individuals, including me, also listed until recently as a hate group was a sign outside a Pennsylvania bar. 

Morris Dees, a mail order guru and cut rate lawyer for a KKK thug, built the Southern Poverty Law Center into one of the greatest mail order scams on earth. Harper’s Magazine dubbed the SPLC a “fraud” that casually throws around the “hate group” label, “shuts down debate” and “stifles free speech”. 

The FBI dumped SPLC’s scam artists, but Guidestar decided to help the left-wing group stifle speech.

Guidestar’s mission is providing information about non-profits. Instead its boss, leftist activist Jacob Harold, pursued a partisan agenda. 46 organizations were accused on Guidestar’s listings of being hate groups. According to Harold, the SPLC "has the most comprehensive information on hate groups".

There’s no question that the SPLC’s listings are comprehensive. They included, at one point, Ben Carson, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz’s father, a Republican nominee for Governor of Colorado, a former Republican member of the House from Colorado, a Republican member of the House from Iowa and the African-American former Secretary of State of Ohio. Current SPLC targets include the President of the United States and nearly every member of his cabinet. The SPLC’s definition of extremist is Republican. 

The David Horowitz Freedom Center was among the conservative groups targeted by the SPLC/Guidestar collaboration. Having lost the White House and its access to the IRS, the left was looking for a new way to attack the finances of conservative organizations. Jacob Harold first dragged Guidestar into partisan waters with an election post that praised the Clinton Foundation and disparaged Trump.

Now he was looking to go after conservatives. But the Freedom Center didn’t let him get away with it. 

The Freedom Center’s legal team warned Guidestar that it would be held accountable for these slanders. Other conservative groups joined the outcry. And before too long, Guidestar backed down.

The Guidestar attack was the latest manifestation of the left poisoning the open informational spaces of the internet with partisan agendas. Harold, a “social change strategist” was a veteran of left-wing organizing. He had participated in at least one anti-Trump rally. Even afterward, Harold had insisted in an editorial that Guidestar’s mission would still include attacks on “hate groups”. 

"Hateful words can cultivate a climate of hostility. That hostility can yield tragic consequences: The FBI documents thousands of hate crimes each year, with most directed against vulnerable people in marginalized communities,” Harold wrote.

There is zero evidence linking the conservative groups smeared by Harold and his SPLC allies to violence. The same cannot be said for the SPLC which has been linked to violence against its political targets.

Floyd Lee Corkins’ shooting spree at the Family Research Council began with the SPLC. Corkins confessed to the FBI that he had used the SPLC website to research targets. James Hodgkinson, who opened fire at a Republican charity baseball practice, was a fan of the SPLC. The Middlebury College assault which injured a female professor was driven by the SPLC’s wrongful listing of Charles Murray.

While the SPLC claims to fight bigots, it defended a Hamas supporter who had called for the mass murder of Jews in its attack on David Horowitz, while calling Horowitz “the Godfather of the anti-Muslim movement in America,” which actual hate groups continue to use against him.

If Guidestar wants to list hate groups that harm vulnerable people, it can start with the SPLC. Unless Howard thinks that defending Hamas calls for the murder of Jews is acceptable behavior.

And then there’s one of the SPLC’s “Active Hate Groups”: Bosch Fawstin

Bosch is only one man. But the SPLC decided to list him as a hate group. It added him to the list after the first ISIS terrorist attack in America. Their target was the Draw Mohammed contest. Had the attack succeeded, Bosch would have been killed. But instead of adding Islamic terrorists to its list, the SPLC’s Heidi Beirich announced that it was adding him instead because it had figured out a location for him.

Tragic consequences indeed.

The Freedom Center’s victory is important. The left had overreached this time. Pressure from a range of conservative activists forced a temporary retreat. But Harold has made it clear that he will try again.

Newly emboldened conservative activists are turning the tide against the left. They are refusing to accept being harassed, abused, threatened, assaulted, marginalized and silenced as business as usual.

Conservatives rallied, stood up and fought back. The targets included the Family Research Council, which had come under fire because of the SPLC hate map, and AFDI, which was targeted in the ISIS attack. Among other groups listed by Guidestar/SPLC was Tea Party Nation and the Center for Security Policy.

The SPLC list is heavily biased, tainted and flawed. It is not based on any meaningful research. And yet it continues to be widely used. Meanwhile the SPLC’s Heidi Beirich is campaigning to further censor internet search results. The message is that the left’s agenda of embedding its worldview into the informational spaces of the internet will be the major battle of the next five years. 

And the Freedom Center is eager to fight that battle.

The Freedom Center has fought hard for academic freedom. It believes that the marketplace of ideas should stay open. It is convinced that the internet must also remain free of left-wing censorship.

The first freedom is the right to dissent. The SPLC’s mission is the suppression of dissent. It deliberately jumbles together totalitarian and open organizations, racists and conservatives, Nazis and anti-Islamists as a smear campaign to delegitimize everyone it disagrees with. And that’s everyone to the right.

Guidestar can’t be a trustworthy information source and participate in a partisan campaign; particularly an unprincipled extremist campaign such as the SPLC is conducting. Like Google and Facebook, it must choose. And the Freedom Center will remain vigilant in this fight for freedom.

This time the Freedom Center beat the Southern Poverty Law Center. But the battle goes on.


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It is hard to make sense of the numerous contradictions in the official explanation of what causes Aids and how to best fight the scourge. But then - the confusion may be fully intentional. Aids as a strategy and cover for de-population would make perfect sense. It is race specific, its victims are the poor and socially deviant, and if we believe the press, the whole population of the African continent is at grave risk. A high percentage of those treated eventually do die. What they die of is the hard question that must be asked. Aids testing, prevention and treatment are promoted by the medical/pharmaceutical world and by the mainstream press as essential counter-measures. Yet both Aids testing and treatment target certain racial and social groups and the populations of developing countries, especially if they are located on the African continent. The interpretation of test results is largely arbitrary. Prevention consists of giving both mother and child a highly toxic shot of medicine, and treatment - more often than not - seals the fate of the victim. Treatment leads to a more or less certain death. All that is promised is that the death will be slowed by "life extending" drugs. What makes me think of a deliberate strategy with regards to Aids and the confusion that surrounds it, is the point-blank refusal of the reigning pharmaceutical/medical establishment to even address those contradictions, to discuss in an open way with those who point out that something's not right. Perhaps I am too suspicious, but it seems to me that so much bungling cannot be the result of mere inadequacy. Contradictions, Contradictions Some of the most egregious contradictions I have found over the years are: Tests identify people who "have Aids" but they do not find a virus, merely some specific proteins that could be (and apparently are) associated with a host of non-Aids conditions. The interpretation of tests is different for people with different life stories. Likelihood of a positive test result is increased by being gay or promiscuous, by being of African descent or just by living in a poor part of town, yet "universal testing" is being advocated. In Africa, the definition of Aids does not rely on a test. It is sufficient if you have the symptoms of several of the diseases that are rampant there, diseases brought on by poor hygiene and by bad nutrition. Instead of helping Africans overcome the endemic diseases of their continent with better sanitation and freshly grown produce, we send them toxic Aids drugs and industrially produced, often genetically modified grains. Prevention and treatment of Aids are always highly toxic. More Aids victims die of iatrogenic liver disease brought on by the doctor-prescribed pharmaceutical drugs than of the "opportunistic" diseases that a failing immune system is said to bring on. People who refuse treatment often do not get ill - especially if they adopt a healthy lifestyle - some have been documented to stay healthy for decades. Most people who take Aids drugs suffer horrible "side effects", among them immune deficiency brought on by the drugs. They also die early. Yet no studies have been done to compare a natural, healthy regimen of nutrition and good life with the recommended antiretroviral drug treatment. The isolation of the viral entity that is said to cause Aids has never been published in a peer-review journal. The virus cannot be isolated from sick individuals. No one has shown how the viral entity actually CAUSES immune deficiency. Yet a Nobel prize has recently been awarded to Luc Montagnier and a collaborator for the discovery of HIV. That rabbit hole is very deep. The more you dig, the more absolutely incomprehensible facts and contradictions emerge. One of the most articulate critics of the Aids orthodoxy is Dr Andrew Maniotis, a Professor of Pathology and Program Director in the University of Chicago's Department of Pathology, Anatomy, Cell Biology and Bioengineering. In the following piece, Dr Maniotis highlights the failures of the paradigm that says Aids is caused by an infective agent called HIV and it must be treated with anti-retroviral drugs. In the second part of this post, Dr Maniotis comments on an article in the New Statesman that comments on the controversy around Aids. Perhaps I should be clear that Dr Maniotis, while pointing at the various inconsistencies, does not advocate any conspiratorial view of Aids. If I imply such a conspiratorial (de-population) connection, that view is mine alone. The failures of the HIV/Aids hypothesis According to former NIH director, and Nobel Laureate, Harold Varmus who formed the committee that named “HIV” “HIV,” retrovirus-derived DNA sequences (genes that come from viruses whose genes are made out of RNA instead of DNA), may be ancient molecular “parasites” in their associations with other organisms. As such, they may not be recognizable as foreign molecules to the human immune system (which explains the STEP trial and 60 other "HIV" vaccine disasters, perfectly). Thus, “retroviruses” or their components are not immunogenic (capable of being seen as foreign by the human immune system), because “HIV’'s” molecules, and those of other “retroviruses” are not seen as foreign or non-self,” because they are, and always have been, part of the incredible repertory of the combinatorial complexity of the normal human genome. Supposedly, if we are around on this planet millions of years from now, the human immunoglobulin cassette (that part of the T-cell genome that immunologists claim can be instantaneously rearranged to respond to foreign antigens) new immuonglobulins will continuously be produced to counter any “foreign” molecular challenge, which are not yet present on this earth yet. Therefore, we have NOT sequenced the total human genome, because some of it’s sequences don’t yet exist. And they may not exist in persons said to have “AIDS,” hepatitis B or C or D, as a response to a foreign virus, but these signatures may instead represent the breakdown products of autoimmune diseases that cause cells to spit out “virus-like particles.” As molecular parasites, and as response of our own cellular reactions to common diseases, foreign proteins or metabolic and even psychological stressors such as an AIDS or cancer death sentence, “retroviruses,” their genes, and their molecules, may be simply a byproduct of our stressed cells, because they always have been, are, and always will be, made by our own cells. The amazing thing is that: some antiretroviral drug regimens in some people (almost half of them it appears) can stop the cells from producing these stress responses and their consequent virus-like particles as shown in the German drug addiction clinics by Heinrich Kremer and Juliana Sacher. But these doctors warn, when taken long-term, HAART will cause damage to the bone marrow and others systems, as literally dozens of mainstream clinical trials have demonstrated. It isn’'t only the 60 vaccine failures that raise issue with the “HIV=AIDS” hypothesis. And it isn’'t that cures for cancer or “HIV-disease” have been foiled in every case by “mutation.” Other failures of the “HIV=AIDS” hypothesis include: The failure to really isolate “HIV,” from all other objects in the Universe, or to explain what its confusing presence in healthy drug-naïve persons means; The failure to appreciate, that the association of a molecular marker with any disease state, does not prove, disprove, or even suggest causality; The failure of the Nobel committee to appreciate, in the case of Montagnier’'s and Barre-Sinoussi’'s recent award of the Nobel Prize, that their Patient One’'s “viral” isolate,” was derived from a fellow with swollen lymph nodes, a history of syphilis and syphilis treatment the year before, a history of gonorrhea, a history of cytomegalovirus infection, a history of herpes I and II infection, a history of Epstein-Barr virus infection, and God knows what else; The failure to appreciate, in the case of Robert Gallo'’s so-called amplification of “HIV” markers in stimulated tumor-cell cultures not killed by “HIV,” that “HIV markers” are detectable in less than half to a third of of 72 healthy persons, and not persons now considered to be AIDS patients. And as shocking as it is, a failure to appreciate that there still is no rational or acceptable cell culture model or method to grow HIV” in Petri dishes; The failure of the Nobel committee to appreciate that, a) “HPV” (human papilloma viruses) molecular sequences that are sometimes associated with cervical cancers are just that: they are molecular sequences, not Human papilloma viruses. HPV virus particles, to date have not been shown to induce cervical cells or any other kind of cells to become cancerous, and b) the failure of the Nobel Committee to acknowledge and heed the widely publicized warnings in the Journal “College of American Pathologists (CAP),” and also by senior investigators at the National Cancer Institute, and the company Digene who make “HPV” molecular tests, that HPV-sequences” have not been validated against the clinical occurrence of clinical cervical cancer. In this context, the Nobel committee also failed to appreciate the shameful carnage currently being perpetrated by the so-called first cancer vaccine GARDASIL (made by the same company Merck, who 20 years ago claimed that their hepatitis B vaccine was the first “anti-cancer” vaccine, before France filed a class action suit to stop the hepatitis B vaccine mandate for its young citizens, because it harmed so many); The failure to sequence the “HIV” genome as a consistent pattern or sequence, or to identify specific proteins that are not also found in normal, “non-infected” contexts; The failure to inform the public (and most scientists) that reverse transcriptase is not specific to viruses, nor are the gag, pol, env, p24, and other so-called “HIV-specific” genes and their products, which all can be detected in normal, “non-infected” contexts, and which are published on Medline; The failure a) to block transmission of “HIV” or AIDS in mother to child transmission studies (MTCT) as shown by the Cochran Meta-analysis and other peer-reviewed reports, which showed increased “HIV mutation rates” after black box label drugs such as nevirapine were discontinued in the U.S., and ashamedly administered to more than eight hundred seventy five thousand African mother-infant pairs by Max Essex of Harvard, and others and b) the failure to acknowledge or appreciate that safety officers of the NIH, such as Dr. Fishbein, who monitored such trials as a safety officer, were fired, while those individuals such as Edmond Tremont who directed the nevaripine trial(s) were not even reprimanded after he had changed the data in safety reports that Dr. Fishbein and others had uncovered, in order to push forward George Bush’s PEPFAR pogrom and the eugenics pogram on Africans; The failure to understand why ARV’s (anti-retrovirals) in some individuals, can prevent "AIDS syndromes," because their toxicity to normal immune cells can not only can block these cells from expressing HIV-specific” molecules as a normal response to a physiological stress, or as evidence of a rare genetic polymorphism, but because these drugs are so toxic, that like antibiotics, they suppress both fungal and bacterial growth, but cannot prevent theoretical virus proliferation, because if the HIV” paradigm is correct, these genomes of “HIV” are rapidly integrated into the DNA of the “infected,” and will never be sensitive to drugs designed against their “molecules.” The failure of microbicides, condom campaigns, and circumcision, that more often than not, have increased the rate of detecting “HIV’s” molecular markers, instead of decreasing them among African human “lab rats;” The failure to a) appreciate the disaster and infant mortality caused by breast feeding dissuasion campaigns, designed to decrease infant mortality from “HIV-infection,” but which increased infant mortality 20 times in formula fed infants, compared to mother-infant pairs that didn'’t listen to their doctors, and who weren'’t dissuaded from breast feeding, and b) the failure to appreciate the corresponding terrorism that has been waged against new mothers to promote formula dumping on 3rd World nations, and perhaps because of a hatred of the human female’s breast and the disgusting nature of breast feeding; The failure to acknowledge how projected and WHO-manufactured “HIV” and AIDS”...
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          [Glenn Petersen] Yahoo to buy back $3 billion worth of stock before Verizon deal closes Chris ...   
Yahoo to buy back $3 billion worth of stock before Verizon deal closes


Chris O'Brien @obrien
VentureBeat
May 16, 2017 6:15 AM

As Yahoo slogs toward the finish line of its acquisition by Verizon, the purple-investor-value eater announced it is buying back $3 billion worth of its stock.

Why?

Apparently large numbers of shareholders need to sell their stock before the deal closes sometime in June. That would be almost one year after the deal was announced, which seems like another lifetime. Several earnings misses and one embarrassing email hack later, Yahoo had to drop the sale price by $350 million to $4.48 billion.

When the deal closes, Yahoo will shed most of what we think of as Yahoo and dump it in the lap of Verizon, where it will be crazy-glued to AOL and live on under the new brand name Oath. Announced in early April, Oath quickly became the internet’s most hated thing.

Yahoo will mainly hold the company’s 15 percent stock ownership of Alibaba but will otherwise live on as an empty corporate shell.

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          [Intelim] They take an oath to get Yahoo out of the dumpster I reckon.   
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A frayed cable, get it?

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At this point it's pretty obvious to anyone who is paying attention that streaming is the future
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          Planes, Boats, Automobiles, a Lion Fish and the Maldives   

Things always go mad in the Motor Trade when you’re due to go on holiday, I had sold more cars than usual, the phone was ringing constantly and I needed to leave for the airport in the next 30 minutes or we would miss our flight to the Maldives. I had a car going out, and the bonnet cable had snapped. Rover in their wisdom had routed the bonnet release cable underneath the bonnet and out of reach, so when it snapped, it was impossible to get at. I had tried from underneath the engine bay to get to the broken cable, but my arms were scratched and burned off the hot engine. In temper and frustration and as a last resort I punched through the grille and forced the bonnet up, now my knuckles were a mess too, my day couldn’t get any worse or so I thought.

I still had things I needed to do, so I checked the airport web site, just my luck for the first time ever when I was going on holiday the plane was on time. The journey to the airport was pretty uncomfortable, we had booked a return trip with the local taxi firm, and I wasn’t sure the car they had sent should have even been on the road, I was convinced that there was no oil in the shock absorbers, and I wasn’t convinced that there was any in the engine. I was contemplating asking him to turn back as I didn’t think we were going to make it all the way. They should have been paying me to travel in the Taxi, not the other way around. I should have learned my lesson not to book them as the same firm had once picked me and my mate up in a Transit Van, with 2 park benches in the back, what made it worse was the benches weren’t even screwed down so we were sliding around in the back whenever he turned a corner, then there was the time when the car caught fire and i had to walk the rest of the way to the pub with my shoes smouldering after stamping the dashboard out.

Our holiday was an absolute bargain, and I was beginning to realise why when we got to the checkout we were told that the start of our holiday would be delayed by 24 hours as there was a problem with the plane. Apparently there was a crack in the Planes windscreen and the regulations for planes are a little bit stricter than for cars, they couldn’t ring the local windscreen firm and have a new one fitted on the runway, so they were going to put us up in a local hotel for the night.

I had too much work to do back at the garage, so I rang the taxi firm who dropped us off to try and get the driver to turn back and collect us. They said they couldn’t contact him and woild have to send another car for us, but as this wasnt a pre booked trip it wouldnt qualify as an “Airport Special” or even as our return which we had already paid for so they would “have” to charge us full price. I knew I was being conned but I was desperate to get back so I paid, needless to say that I have never used that Taxi firm again, a lot of firms (especially Car Sales) try to benefit from short sighted short term gain, I didn’t mind them using shit cars, but I object to being ripped off and they lost my business for ever.

The next day when we returned to the Airport, we were greeted with even more bad news. Our plane was being diverted to Gatwick to pick up more passengers. I started to doubt the cracked windscreen excuse when i realised that they had actually filled the plane with passengers and saved them selves all the fuel for a return trip to the Maldives by delaying us for 24 hours. I needed the beach and I wasn’t best pleased, another passenger was even more displeased, she hadn’t been told that we were diverting to Gatwick and she was furious as she had driven from London to Manchester that morning and considered it to be a waste of time and money. She was demanding that she and her 4 kids be upgraded to first class for the inconvenience. It wasn’t the Stewardesses fault, and I’m sure that if it had just been her, they would have done it, but her 4 kids had been running riot and she was paying no attention to them. One had been eating a bag of Maltesers and was covered in chocolate, so was the seat the little brat had been sitting in, and also the armrests all up the isle where he’d been running out of control. The chocolate covered kid had nearly fallen on me but I had managed to catch it by its hair and stop my linen pants being ruined, any way at least it had chosen to go back to its own seat to blubber, rub its head and stare at me, that kid wasn’t going to come anywhere near me anytime soon.

Clearly the woman hadn’t thought things through as her car was in Manchester, and we were now 200 miles away in London, she issued an ultimatum to the Stewardess that unless they upgraded her she wanted to get off the plane. The Cabin Crew stopped short of deploying the safety chute and throwing her down it, but she was out of the door before she had chance to change her mind, they had already had enough of her whining and her unruly kids on the 35 minute flight to London, and they realised that we had another 13 hours ahead of us to the Maldives, the Women, her kids and her luggage were promptly kicked off the plane. All the passengers clapped when the nasty bitch finally went through the door and we could get on our way, how she was going to get her car back from Manchester I don’t know, and I didn’t care, but somehow I knew it would be her Husband who would cop for it when she got home.

The rest of the flight was great, and the transfer “speed boat” was waiting for us just a short distance away from Airport Arrivals. I was a little disappointed to be travelling by speed boat, not just because I had expected it to be like Sonny Crockett’s 42 foot Wellcraft Scarab, but because I had tried to book the Sea Plane and had been told by the Travel Rep of the firm we booked the holiday through that it didn’t go to the Island that we were staying on (roughly translated, she couldn’t be bothered to check, or make the arrangements for us).

The Island was Paradise and it was an All Inclusive resort, we were given free drinks on arrival and we sauntered down to the beach just in time to see the Sea Plane arriving with some of the other guests on board. I took a photograph and started to compose an email to the Travel Rep “Dear Travel Rep, You know the Sea Plane that you said didn’t go to the Island that we are staying at, Well guess what? “

The scenery was fantastic, there were shoals of beautifully coloured fish, Black Tipped Sharks and Stingrays swimming just yards from the shore. The food was great, the staff were so nice. I asked our dedicated waiter Labib if he knew the score at the Man United game as I had missed it while travelling and from then on he used to come to our table every morning and tell me all the sports results that he had specifically memorised to report to me, the staff asked me if I would like to play football with them, and as there was no TVs in the rooms they also invited me to watch Manchester United play on the TV in their staff quarters.

I was admiring the magnificent display of food available and I happened to mention to my Girlfriend that the soup looked good, the guy that dished it out and also made it overheard me and you could see his chest swell with pride in his work, he was overjoyed as he ladled out an extra big helping for me, which technically I hadn’t actually asked for, but hadn’t got the heart to refuse. From then on he waited for me every night and as soon as I walked in, he came over to tell us what soup of the day it was, so for two weeks I had soup every night, it was 40 degrees outside, and I was eating red hot soup, that’ll teach me not to compliment people, after 2 weeks I was sick of the sight of soup!

Usually I can’t relax on holiday, I was forever on the phone underwriting vehicles for the trade, answering emails or checking my works web cam to see if there are any customers on my pitch. With no 3 G signal I couldn’t do this and was forced to enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of Maldives, and pretty soon I forgot about work all together. This was the life, I started to question the sanity of Tom Hanks and the film Castaway, if I was marooned on a desert island and I saw a ship going past, I would hide in the deepest undergrowth I could find, why on Earth would you want to be rescued, was at the time beyond me, the Universe works in mysterious ways and the answer was soon forthcoming.

We had been there for a few days when my girlfriend at the time was bitten or stung on the foot, her ankle and foot were swollen and looked incredibly painful. Again the bar staff  took it in turns to relay a supply of ice cubes and towels to us, and making them into a cold compress to relieve the pain and swelling, but it was getting worse for her. There were medical facilities at the resort but only to dispense aspirin and plasters, I was afraid that we were getting beyond that as I could see she was in tremendous pain. I kept asking if she was alright, and she assured me she was. Now when I am feeling under the weather I make sure that everybody knows and suffers with me, but she was different, as long as I had known her she had never had a day off work, or moaned about having a cold or anything, she used to say Children get colds, Men get Flue and Women get on with it, to be fair she did..

Again my “Hope for the best, plan for the worst” instincts had taken over. I had seen a
Pterois (Lion Fish) in the sea not far from where we had been walking through the surf. I knew they were extremely poisonous, the bite/sting was on my Girlfriends foot and she had developed several of the symptoms that were associated with their stings which could cause paralysis and also prove fatal  (I’d Googled Lion Fish on the Computer in Reception). I had enquired and pre warned the staff at reception to be on stand by in case if she did need urgent medical attention. I was told that there was a possibility of getting the Air Taxi, but after 6.00 pm it went dark (Pitch Black) and our only option would be to sail to the Prison Island. This sounded like it would make an ideal plot for the next Die Hard film so I thought I would call the “Prison Island” excursion Plan B.  I also thought it best to keep my Lion Fish theory to myself as I didn’t want to panic her and make the situation worse than it was already.

The crew on High Alert 
We were rapidly burning daylight and she looked like she was getting worse, I kept asking her if she was sure that she was ok, but it was about 10.00 pm that night I knew she wasn’t, I heard the first sniff.  She’d had all day, but she chose that time at night to succumb to the pain, she could no longer walk, or put any weight on her leg. But it was too late now to get a ride in the Air Taxi!

I carried her to reception and Plan B was put into action, the boat was ready with her 3 man crew and we set sail through the Inky blackness towards the flickering light of the Prison Island. One of the crew was standing at the bow holding a lantern with a candle in it, it was as dim as an usherettes torch and we couldn’t see anything in the distance. Im like a shit magnet, and things happen to me that wouldn’t happen to normal everyday people, so when I go on Holiday, I go equipped, up until the travel laws changed I always carried my own medikit complete with syringes, Intravenous Catheters and Field Dressings. I had still managed to take a few of my essentials with me, I whipped my trusty mag light out and pushed the candle equipped pointman out of the way, he didn’t want to relinquish his position so he pushed me back. I shone my torch in his face, this insured he wouldn’t be able to see anything for a while so he went and sat down till his night vision recovered leaving me in charge which is where I like to be. I pointed my Mag Lite forward and lit up the sea between us and the prison Island, no one would get in our way.

It took us well over an hour to sail to the Island and when we docked there was a member of
the prison hospital staff waiting to meet us, the hospital was quite a distance away and he offered to get us transport, but when he came back he was driving a 1 seater tipper truck, good luck getting her to sit in the bucket I thought, I couldn’t get her to travel in anything less than the passenger seat of my Porsche.

Long story short I carried her to the hospital, and then I had to go to the other side of the Island to pick up the syringes and antibiotics that the Doctor needed to treat her. My journey was like something off a horror film, and I clasped my trusty maglite all the way there and back, I made a mental note not to shine it into the shadows anymore as all the eyes staring back at me was starting to freak me out.

A few injections later, and another trip through the unbelievable non light polluted blackness that is night in the Maldives, and my girlfriend was already showing signs of improvement. The cost of her treatment on the Island was the Maldivian equivalent of £3.00 I tried my best to give the Doctor a tip but he refused, in the end he agreed to take a small donation to the clinic he ran in his spare time. I wasn’t looking forward to getting the bill from the Hotel for 3 crew, their time, a boat and fuel. If they had the same ethics as the Preston Taxi Firm that we had used, the cost would probably Bankrupt me, thank goodness for Holiday Insurance.

Until I could claim the money back from the insurance company I would have to settle the bill, I could hardly bring myself to open it. I was expecting it to be in the hundreds and I laughed out loud when I saw the Total was a mere £29.00,  obviously the Maldivians are committed to making sure their patrons thoroughly enjoy their holidays (actually it’s not a Holiday it’s a Life Changing Experience!) , repeat business is more important to them than short term gain, and they cannot bring themselves to profit from someone else’s misfortune, there is a lot to be said for that.

The rest of the Holiday was fantastic, and went far too fast, I was very sad when our last day arrived and I could have quite happily stayed there for the rest of my life. My Girlfriend and I went back to our room after breakfast to see that our Bed had been decorated with petals, the message said “Good Luck” I think the message was aimed more at my Girlfriend than me but we really felt like the staff meant it.

Our Maldivian adventure was almost over, or so I thought when we boarded the “Speed
Leatherman Multi Purpose Tool
Boat” for our homeward bound journey to Male Airport. The Island was a spot in the distance and we had just about got to the point of no return when I thought I heard the engine miss a beat, then I heard it again, and again, a cloud of black smoke came out of the back of the boat and we ground to a halt. I wasn’t too worried and just thanked my lucky stars that it was the engine of the boat that had cut out and we weren’t making a Mayday call from the Air Taxi.

Swiss Army Knife
There was no anchor on the boat and we had no drive so we were at the mercy of the tide, we started to drift in the current as the boat bobbed up and down on the swell. The crew broke out the 3 tools they had on board which looked like they had gotten from a Christmas Cracker. They lifted the hatches up and started to dismantle the engine, that’s when one of the female passengers who was sat next to them, almost whispered in disbelief “There’s water coming in!” she was right it was coming in, and it was pouring in too, our Adventure wasn’t quite over, I put my camera down, and searched in my rucksack for the 2 pieces of equipment that I never leave home without, my “Leatherman” and my "Swiss Army Knife" I can repair anything with these, and I was ready in case the crew needed assistance.


It struck me that I should really be a Castaway, I don’t like people,  I was rapidly running out of Women who were prepared to take the risk of going on Holiday with me and succumbing to “The Curse Of The Cramptons”

What a fantastic Holiday, I need to go back, SOON!!!!!!!!!!!!  And if you haven’t been, You need to go too!







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          1 Careful Owner, and loads of maniacs who just drove it!    

Watching Top Gear this week made me laugh a little more than usual, it also brought a wry smile to my face as I recalled something that happened to me in my past, and something that is going to happen again in the future to the poor unsuspecting Salesmen who sell the Volkswagen Tiguan that had Captain Slow James May behind the wheel or the Mazda CX 5 that Jeremy Clarkson was driving in the program. They were racing the 4 Wheel Drive cars across country, and just to add to the mayhem and giggles they were both towing caravans. 

The manufacturers usually sell their ex demonstrators and company cars directly to their dealers or through their closed sales (Auctions for registered dealers) however I am pretty sure that this won’t be the case with the 2 cars featured, they will be sold to some poor unsuspecting Indy Dealer who is desperate for stock, the reason they will be syphoned out of the network is that they were abused by Clarkson and May and hammered round the track by the Stig, the Tiguan crossed the line pulling a 1 wheeled caravan thats stub axle was cutting into the ground and was leaving a spectacular shower of sparks in its wake,

On the Mazda’s fast lap it was lifted off the tarmac and hoisted into the air when the caravan it was attached to overturned, the car which weighs over 1400 kg’s was then pushed forward by a force applied directly to its chassis via the tow bar, im not clever enough to work out the kgs per cm squared that it would take to do this, but if i can aliken it to the damage even the most svelte like woman wearing stiletto heels does to a wooden floor, when all her weight is concentrated and transferred to the floor through the very tip of her high heels.

Phew its suddenly got very hot in here and I've lost my train of thought, now where was i? Argh yes, her rear end, erm, the Mazda's that is, and not the Woman in the stilettos, was lifted off the ground causing it to bunny hop down the track with its sump shield and front bumper scraping the floor, it came to rest suspended in mid air, and was left hanging precariously,  the Stig wasn’t hurt but Clarkson and May took the precaution of taking The Stig to the recycling centre and throwing him away, (Stig of the Dump, Get it, See what I did there?),  what they should have done is left the Mazda there instead. 

The automatic braking system on the Mazda stopped Clarkson driving into a hedge, and James May driving into Clarkson, but it failed to stop Clarkson rear ending the Tiguan, supposedly damaging the intercooler and leaving Clarkson stranded on car park which was also the local Dogging site, (I'm ashamed to say that I found that mildly amusing too, especially as I had a similar experience in Avenham Park Preston. )

During the race with Clarkson, James May jack Knifed the Tiguan and the caravan made contact with the nearside rear wing of the car, at some point in the future an unsuspecting dealer will take these cars into stock, they will have only the Manufacturers name in the log books,  and the salesman will tell his customer that it is a low mileage, 1 owner vehicle with a full service history, sounds good doesn’t it but the truth is that it has been driven by several maniacs, been red lined through every gear and crashed several times.

The sale of goods act is a funny thing, but not for Car Dealers,  and these days the courts seem to interpret it in a way that ensures even if the Dealer made some money when he originally sold the car, the customer now has an unbelievable amount of time to get his money back and some of the Car Dealers too, by suing him should the car develop a fault, or if it has been miss described, who on Earth is going to be able to describe these two cars accurately and stand any chance whatsoever of selling them, they will be sold on a need to know basis (what they dont know cant hurt them) and if at some point in the future the customer discovers the cars true history, I imagine he will have the courts sympathy and be awarded a full refund and costs?

           If this was a film and not a blog, the camera would zoom in, I would stare at the heavens, touch my chin with my thumb and forefinger and the screen would go all shimmery as I drifted back in time to when I found myself in exactly that situation, I think it was 1988 when we had started to sell Isuzu Troopers, they were fantastic cars and pretty bullet proof, we were selling more new ones (that we’d imported) than the local main dealer and we couldn’t get enough second hand vehicles to sell.

It had come to the attention of Isuzu management that we were denting their sales figures and they approached us and offered us the franchise, one of the conditions of getting the Isuzu Franchise was that we took on the Suburu Franchise that came with it first, this was pre Imprezza and World Rally Championship days, the range was poor, they weren’t good sellers and we thought it would be a good way to lose lots of money very fast so we politely declined and started sourcing our new vehicles from Ireland.

Perhaps politely wasn't quite accurate, Isuzu were quite upset when we broke it to them that we would rather have Aids than the Subaru Franchise, the inference being that there was no known cure for Aids but it would still be easier to get rid of than a new Subaru Legacy Wagon. One thing that came out of our brief encounter with International Motors was that we were able to add a couple of new names to our Roladex (Jees i wonder what happened to Roladex's?)  one of  our new contacts was the guy who sold off their company cars, we gave him a ring to see if there he had any Isuzu's to sell us, and after he'd gone through all the delivery mileage self registered Subaru Legacy's he had on his books he reluctantly mentioned one Trooper.

I said earlier that we needed used stock desperately so we jumped in the car and went to try and buy it, slight drawback it was army green, it had a couple of dents on it and it looked like someone had emptied the contents of a builders yard in it, but I knew by the time I had finished valeting it it would look like new, we couldn’t believe our luck, and neither could we understand why it hadn’t been snapped up by one of the Franchised Isuzu dealers. It soon became clear that maybe International Motors were harbouring a bit of a grudge.

When we picked the car up, we were given a book, it was an Isuzu Lifestyle Hard Back book on the front cover was the car we had bought, it was featured heavily throughout with photographs of it crossing a shallow stream, reversing a boat trailer into a lake, driving up a gentle gradient, a family having a picnic in the middle of a field, with the Trooper parked up in the background, you know it was kind of like a TV advert for Feminine products except the director had substituted an Isuzu Tampon, it was a collection of all the things that you would buy a 4 wheel drive for with the intention of doing,  but then end up just taking the kids to school in it.

The book would really help us with the provenance of the car and show that it had belonged to the manufacturers, as a Demonstrator it would have had no expense spared on its service and maintenance history, we had customers waiting to buy and this car would fly out. 

As usually happens the service department tries its best to piss on your chips, and charge the sales department as much as they can possibly get away with for reconditioning the vehicle pre sale, usually the mechanics all congregate and examine a sales car en mass, they like nothing better than to find every little fault (including some that don’t actually exist) and do their very best to make sure that all the money goes to their department and you don’t make any profit when you sell it.

When they put the car on the ramp, they noticed that the bumps and bangs on the body work were nothing compared to the ones it had sustained underneath, never mind gentle slopes, it looked like it’d had its wheels removed then been dragged up and down K2, or a high rocky mountain that youve heard of, there was lots of damage that we would need to repair, the exhaust was battered, brake pipes almost flattened, the floor was gouged, most of the cars underseal had been scraped off, and the cause of the rattling on tickover was discovered, and rectified by removing the half a ton of shale and rocks that had collected in the heat shields and sump guard.

After all the rectification had been carried out, the car was as good as new and we put it on
sale in early December,  it wasn’t long before a guy came to buy it, he lived at the top of Winter Hill where the massive 450 foot mast which supplies the TV signal to all the North West region is situated. Winter Hill is one of the most inhospitable places in the UK and my customer was fed up of being snowed in and unable to get to or from his house, he definitely needed a 4 Wheel drive, he had done his research, he wanted a trooper, and we had the only one in his price range, he was very easy to deal.


A few days later I was just sitting down to my Christmas Dinner when my phone rang, my Boss sounded even more depressed than usual, he said “Switch on ITV Now you wont believe it” There was a program on called “Celebrity Challenge” the TV warmed up just in time for me to see the Formula 1 driver Emerson Fittipaldi  racing Mike Smith the car fanatic and Radio 1 Disc Jockey round a track that would normally be used for Motor Cross, Mike and Emerson were fighting tooth and nail, they were neck and neck, wheel to wheel, they both hit the biggest Jump on the circuit at precisely the same instant, the vehicles launched off the ramp soared into the air, and collided at the top of their trajectory. Emerson was driving our Green Isuzu Trooper, and the registration Numbers was on for all to see, I was horrified, any chance of plausible deniability had gone! and thats why International Motors sold the car to us instead of one of its own Franchised Dealers.

I prayed that for some reason even though he lived next door to the TV transmitter he couldn’t get that channel or he was watching The Queens Speech instead, as you probably know I have a, hope for the best, plan for the worst "Shit Happens" kind of mantra,  but basically on this one I was f#### .

Addendum,

Neither the customer nor any of his friends must have seen the program,  although I did take the precaution of locking myself in the boot of a car when I saw him walking in to the showroom a few weeks later (my favourite hiding place) , but I was safe he had just called in to tell us how much he loved his car, it never developed any problems, and continued to be fit for the purpose which he had bought it for many years to come.

Cars in those days literally were bullet proof, even if they broke down, they were relatively easy to fix,  they didn't have computer designed crumple zones that bend like tin foil if you lean on them, or airbags that explode in your face when you switch your I phone on, neither could  the customer reject a car and ask for his money back if he got it home and found out that his wife didn’t like it because the colour clashed with her curtains.

I will close this blog with a short message to the future sellers of the Mazda CX 5 and the VW Tiguan that were featured on Top Gear, I pray that unlike Isuzu, the manufacturers had the good sense to put on false registration numbers, and that whoever buys the cars doesn’t have the benefit of endless Top Gear reruns on his Sky TV Dave and Dave ja vu channels

Or failing that, I hope that you, like me are, living proof that it’s far better to be lucky than smart!

May the force be with you!

          Has the foreclosure crisis hit bottom? Don't bet on it   

So it seems we have a variety of opinions regarding the proverbial bottom of the market: folks with vested interests in a thriving real estate market, like Zillow.com and commercial real estate mogul Sam Zell, claim that there are signs the market will improve in the next few months. Well, actually, Zillow did an opinion poll of users and reported that a majority of respondents think the market has hit bottom...wishful thinking, perhaps?

Meanwhile, economists familiar with the details of the actual economy - you know, employment, consumer purchases, home sales, default rates - have a sobering, and ultimately more accurate assessment.

Here's why we're nowhere near the bottom of the foreclosure-driven real estate market:

1. Unemployment continues to rise. Unemployment is near 9% nationally, and over 11% here in California. The rate is expected to top 10% nationally by the end of the year, and may top 12% in California. What's more, unemployment has a ripple effect on salaries and household incomes, because the few available jobs generally offer lower salaries and fewer benefits than jobs in a healthier economy. Because housing values (in a stable, realistic market - please ignore the 2002 through 2006 fiasco) are inextricably linked to household incomes, the "real" (read: the part of the market other than foreclosure investors and bargain hunters) housing market cannot recover until household incomes stabilize.

2. The foreclosure rate of prime loans is increasing. I hope that Congress is paying attention to this figure. According to data released by First American CoreLogic , the number of prime loans at some stage of serious delinquency (90+ days late) or foreclosure is more than 1.5 million - nearly equal to the number of subprime loans in serious delinquency or foreclosure. What this means is that we can no longer pretend that the foreclosure crisis is limited to "irresponsible people who bought more than they could afford" - the problems in the housing market are hitting literally millions of people who fall outside that stereotype. Some economists estimate that more than half of the defaults this year will be caused by unemployment.

3. The shadow inventory. We have a large number of homes that are not currently on the market, but will be soon, as REOs. Banks have been dragging their heels on foreclosures, mainly due to political pressure and their requests for taxpayer handouts. But now, with foreclosure activity ramping up again, banks will end up owning a lot more real estate. This is in addition to the real estate they already own but have kept off the market. Rising inventories of REOs will have to be liquidated sooner or later. This inventory is estimated to be hundreds of thousands of homes, and as we're on track to see close to 3 million foreclosures this year, those numbers are sure to rise. Banks keen on ridding their balance sheets of non-performing real estate assets will dump their REOs at rock-bottom prices, which will keep values depressed.


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          As A New Wave Of Cyberattacks Rolls Out, Rep. Ted Lieu Asks What The NSA's Going To Do About It   

Leaked NSA exploits have now been the basis for two massive cyberattacks. The first -- Wannacry -- caught hospitals and other critical infrastructure across several nations in the crossfire, using a tool built on the NSA's ETERNALBLUE exploit backbone. The second seems to be targeting Ukraine, causing the same sort of havoc but with a couple of particularly nasty twists.

This one, called Petya, demanded ransom from victims. Things went from bad to worse when email provider Posteo shut down the attacker's account. Doing so prevented affected users from receiving decryption keys, even if they paid the ransom.

It soon became apparent it didn't matter what Posteo did, no matter how clueless or ill-advised. There was no retrieving files even if ransoms were paid. Two separate sets of security researchers examined the so-called ransomware and discovered Petya is actually a wiper. Once infected, victims' files are as good as gone. No amount of bitcoin is going to reverse the inevitable. The ransomware notices were only there to draw attention to the infection and away from the malware's true purpose.

Both cases are considered to be attacks by nation states. Inconsistently-applied patches -- most of them released with zero information by Microsoft -- have led to an insane amount of damage.

Through it all, the NSA -- whose tools were leaked -- has remained consistently silent. There's been no indication if the agency is working to mitigate the ongoing threat or whether it's far more concerned with discovering who left behind the malware toolkit first exposed by the ShadowBrokers.

It's unlikely we'll hear much being said publicly by the agency, but Rep. Ted Lieu has sent a letter to NSA chief Mike Rogers demanding answers. The letter [PDF] points out both attacks have been based on NSA exploits (ETERNALBLUE and ETERNALROMANCE). Lieu also states he fears the attacks seen in the past few weeks are only the "tip of the iceberg." The agency's refusal to discuss the attacks apparently isn't going to fly anymore.

Lieu makes two requests: the first is for the agency to see if it has some sort of magic "OFF" switch just laying around.

My first and urgent request is that if the NSA knows how to stop this global malware attack, or has information that can help step the attack, NSA should immediately disclose it. If the NSA has a kill switch for this new malware attack, the NSA should deploy it now.

It's far more likely the NSA has information it would rather not share than it is the agency has a way to shut down this attack, much less prevent future variations on its ETERNAL theme. But that's directly related to the second part of Lieu's request: work with companies whose software is being exploited to prevent further attacks. If the NSA still has security holes it's hoping won't be patched anytime soon, the current situation would seem to call for a rethink of its exploit-hoarding M.O.

What may be in order is the NSA stepping up and playing defense. It has stated a desire to be a larger cog in the US cyberwar machinery, but often seems more interested in playing offense than pitching in to help on the defensive end. That may need to change quickly if the NSA isn't going to be seen as more of a problem than a solution.



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          VTech Nursery Rhymes Book   

The VTech Nursery Rhymes Book has 6 illustrated pages featuring 6 popular rhymes, including Hey Diddle Diddle, Humpty Dumpty and London Bridge. Classic, best-selling nursery rhymes book featuring. The Book has hard plastic pages are designed to be durable and easy to clean so baby can play over and over again and fun sound effects, phrases and light-up buttons encourage baby to interact.

 

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          Ticket Watch Plans Ahead   

Season tickets are going out, which means this year’s market is about to start trading. Those of you who think in terms of hotels (cough cough stay downtown cough) and flights are already trying to figure out which game to come to, and securing seats. So I figured it’s a good time to preview this year’s secondary ticket market based on past trends.

I haven’t tried predicting the market this early before so bear with me. The data provide an enticingly safe shore to stick to, but I don’t know how much value to you I’d be if I ignored a few plausibly navigable lanes.

The home schedule and face pricing:

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Movie Night

Where: Michigan Stadium

When: July 15th at 7pm

What Movie? Beauty and the Beast

Face: Free. Seating is like the spring game.

Worst-case scenario: A cartoon candelabra is whimiscal and endearing, but becomes grotesque in live-action. First you’ll feel as awkward as Hermione Granger looks, and feel even worse when your daughter’s crawling into your bed with nightmares for the next week. Speaking of nightmares…

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HomeSure Lending Classic vs Florida in the Empty Heart of Texas

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LET’S GO PARKING!

Where: Jerryworld, a post-apocalyptic cement hellscape between Fort Worth and Dallas, Texas

Face: $118 (upper deck, row 19, 40 yard line)

Current Secondary Price: $121 (way upper deck, corner, row 13)

Best value right now: Face. You can get a lower bowl seat for $225 right now.

Market outlook: I’m getting a lot of emails about this game because NFL stadium games overprice the face. This creates a weird market where you can still buy tickets from the ticket office and the secondary ticket market bottoms out at that face value. The only way such a market breaks is if one team suddenly becomes unwatchable (doubtful for the first game of the season) or on the ground outside the stadium when all those big groups of tickets are still unsold. This is a good college football game moved to charmless, soulless shrine to a megalomaniac, and unlike a bowl game Dallas’s weather on Labor Day weekend is going to be a significant downgrade from home (for the Michigan fans—Floridians welcome any excuse to get out of the swamp from June-October). However the Michigan-side tickets are already officially sold out.

Arlington is also a charmless giant parking lot with ridiculous parking fees so it’s difficult to get the whole ticket market out there like a bowl game would. I’ve wanted to try bringing an inkjet printer you can plug into your car then buying a last-minute ticket online so this might be the game to do that.

The big bit of advice for this one is the $10 per ticket to get out of the corners is worth it—this stadium was designed to get as many wallet-carrying organisms into it as possible, and the consensus is many (not all) of the crappy seats are particularly bad.

Worst-case scenario: Let’s never do this again.

[Hit THE JUMP for more pleasant afternoons, and evenings]

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Cincinnati

Where: Ann Arbor

Face: $75 plus ~$15 in fees. You can get still get those ticket packs (MSU plus 1-3 yawners) from the mothership but only stranded single tickets remain. I don’t recommend them—MSU is not MSU(!) this year and only Minnesota has a chance of going over face.

Single-game tickets will go on sale in a couple of weeks, with donors getting a few days to buy before it opens up to the community. If you’ve got zero standing, sign up for their email list and you’ll make their equivalent of silver elite.

Current Secondary Price: $50 in trade, $80 for 2 e-tickets together. These are a ton of single tickets on the market right now and lists aren’t yet consolidated so you get this weirdness:

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…where it’s the same ticket.

Best value right now: Face. But wait for the secondary market to open up.

Market outlook: This could get trickier than a typical mid-major September game for myriad reasons:

  • Michigan could lose to Florida.
  • Cincy isn’t that far away and a new coach well known to Ohioans could get a pretty large road fanbase.
  • Weather in September can be great or awful
  • Still the home opener and it’s a Harbaugh season.

But it’s Cincy, not a name opponent. If you get your tickets for $50 each out the door it’s fine. You’ll probably be able to scalp them for $40 or $20 the day-of, depending on factors you’ll know about by then.

Worst-case scenario: Potato.

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Air Force

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Where: Ann Arbor

Face: $50 with $15 in fees. See above.

Current Secondary Price: $50, and not likely to be more.

Best value right now: Your friend who bought these because he wanted to make sure he got MSU tickets.

Market outlook: Dog of the year, made even less valuable because they’re bundling them with MSU tickets. The secondary market is going to be trying to offload these for face and won’t give up until gameday, when they’ll be all over the place from $30 to “Do you want them? Come pick them up.” If your friend says buy him dinner for them, tell him they’re worth two beers.

But still more than two Cokes.

Worst-case scenario: Being unable to move while they’re carting a precious starting defensive lineman off the field with Michigan still uneasily up just 13-7.

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Purdue

Where: West Lafayette

Face: $30 plus $10 in fees.

Current Secondary Price: $56

Best value right now: You can get PRIME seats (that’s what they call them) for under $100. Purdue football ladies and gentlemen. You can find cheap tickets any time; I’d just buy seats from the ticket office. Call them, make up something about how it’s a gift for your Purdue wife, and they’ll set you up.

Market outlook: Given the current conference alignment and the fact that the world is ending when the cable contract is up, you won’t get another chance to visit Purdue in your lifetime, probably. That said this one won’t be expensive—Purdue fans have a new coach but this team isn’t going to be any good and Michigan, though the best game on the home schedule, isn’t going to move their needle enough, especially on a year they have Indiana at home and Louisville in Indianapolis.

Worst-case scenario: Jeff Brohm trick play extravaganza. Also West Lafayette is suprisingly unattractive as college towns go.

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Michigan State

Where: Ann Arbor

Face: $125 plus $20 in fees plus $125 in tickets to other games.

Current Secondary Price: $229

Best value right now: Wait for some embarrassing losses then ask your Sparty buddy if he’d get them through the MSU ticket office for you. They get a lower endzone section that isn’t half bad, and Sparties are not going to be interested this year.

Market outlook: The secondary market still thinks this is a rivalry game, and there are strong rumors this will be a night game to bump the price up. Michigan fans are gonna want to go, but the lack of Sparties will keep the price around $100-$150 by gametime I bet.

Worst-case scenario: Sparty gives Michigan a game because this is the only game they have to play for. Then while trying to get out of town you’re assaulted by a roving band of helots who’ve been drinking all day, and are now carrying off our couches while chanting “Defeat with Dignity.”

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Indiana

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non-zero chance this image from their homepage was doctored to fill in the empty seats

Where: Bloomington

Face: $10 (Youth) or $70 plus $15 in fees.

Current Secondary Price: $54

Best value right now: Go pick your seats on the IU website and use the promo code TICKETS10 (update: that didn’t last long) or join their email list and wait for a better one. Seriously they have online promo codes for football tickets!

Market outlook: IU has visits from Ohio State and Wisconsin as well this year so the Michigan game isn’t interesting except that they always tend to play us close and lose. This time they’ve got a good enough defense to do that again despite Mike DeBord, but it’s late enough in a rough schedule that you can probably bet you’re walking into basketball season, not a high-interest game. Buy some crappy seats from the ticket office if you can’t find them on your walk to the stadium, and move down.

Worst-case scenario: IU has a decent case that they should have won.

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Penn State

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The strip of red on the left are sections NAU through NLU, and will be mostly Michigan fans.

Where: Beaver Stadium in Happy Valley which includes State College, wherein you’ll find University Park.

Face: All ticket requests go to an interest email form so it’s hard to tell.

Current Secondary Price: $160.

Best value right now: Not yet on sale really, but you can get someone’s season tickets for a fair $160.

How to read PSU ticket sections: I actually like their system. Your ticket section starts with an N, S, E, or W, and then the letters of that section start with “A” (in the corner”, center at “E”, and roll through L. If there’s a third letter it means it’s a deck up, e.g. “U” for upper deck. So NEU would mean north endzone, centered, upper deck.

Market outlook: It’s a white-out game at night…of course.

2015 prices went down to $75 online and got super-cheap off the standard market—with the hoops team playing Xavier on Friday night a bunch of core fans who’d bought tickets from the Alumni Association way in advance decided it wasn’t worth the trip. The Michigan section wound up with empty seats, which means if you called somebody’s uncle on Friday night and got him to call the athletic department to changes his tickets to will call, you could have gotten in for the price of a lawn cut.

This again is a game I urge you to use Michigan avenues to secure your seats. That’s because PSU’s secondary market is a weird one for a multitude of reasons: cultish fanbase, long drives, night game, by far their best home game, coming off a bye). I’ve been in the worst seats in the building (for the worst part of the worst game of football ever played) and you can still see everything just fine.

If Penn State turns out to be pretty bad, ticket prices will drop and you can find good seats in the lower bowl for prices in the $150 range, however their schedule before Michigan isn’t that daunting: Akron, Pitt, GSU, @Iowa, Indiana, @NW. There are two potential losses in there. They also have a bye week before us, so there’s an extra week for whatever trend to keep affecting the market. You don’t want to be in week 2 of that trend if they’re undefeated; if they have losses to Iowa and Pitt you can wait and see if prices will tank after Northwestern, but buy before the uptick.

Of note, I’ve been to two away games at Penn State now and confirmed this with my PSU friends, and the on-the-ground scalping market for Michigan games is always seller- not buyer-friendly. Michigan is a huge draw for one, but the bigger thing is they’re in the middle of nowhere, and State College is a tiny town. In Ann Arbor or Madison or Columbus a lot of the early morning street sales are locals—honey would you go sell our extra tickets then pick up Jacob from soccer practice? That doesn’t happen as much in Happy Valley, and in course the tickets you can get on the street are largely scalpers and (this happened once to me) sometimes multiple-copy printouts. I recommend if you’re planning on going, get your tickets through the Michigan Alumni Association or suck it up and buy online. You should find them around $150 or even $100 after a PSU loss, and at that point it’s worthwhile.

Worst-case scenario: Lavert Hill gets called out by their goofy stadium announcer. #GrapentineIsaTreasure.

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Rutgers (Homecoming)

Where: Ann Arbor

Face: $75 plus fees don’t buy this one for face.

Current Secondary Price: $41 (!!!!)

Best value right now: Waiting.

Market outlook: The latest attempt to make Rutgers happen is to make it the Homecoming game. This is unlikely to make Rutgers happen. This is a bad mid-major we play every year with no traveling fanbase, and in proximity to way more interesting games. The homecoming price tag on the season tickets doesn’t matter because that’s really just an Ohio State/Michigan State surcharge, and the fact that the plane of face value is so easily broken really opens up the likelihood of this game being really cheap to buy online.

Worst-case scenario: Missing the superfluous two-point conversion in front of Mom and Dad would be mortifying.

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Minnesota

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Where: Ann Arbor

Face: $70 plus fees

Current Secondary Price: $67.

Best value right now: Secondary ticket market right now.

Market outlook: If there’s a ticket besides Ohio State you should buy early this year it’s this one. Minnesota fans do travel well and P.J. Fleck makes this an exciting year—they’re underrated in my opinion from Claeys losing them some games they had the abiilty to win given the talent on hand. The market is already reacting to that, pricing even single-ticket hand swaps around face value.

If you miss the opportunity I bet these will be trading at $80 for most of the year, until it gets close to Game Day and the regular home cycle dips it down at the end. Weather in early November is also a toss-up—a cold rain can drop a game like this to…not gonna make that joke again. Even in nice weather scalping will still be plenty doable, but I’d bring extra $20s unless you really want to play the market.

Worst-case scenario: ROW THE BOAT! t-shirts for days.

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Maryland

Where: College Park

Face: Single-game sales won’t be availabe until August—season tickets are less than one Michigan-Ohio State game though

Current Secondary Price: $70 and this is speculative.

Best value right now: Wait.

Market outlook: Maryland isn’t that good this year, and every time Michigan has played there or they’ve played here the ticket’s been a dog. There are factors for that, but it’s still mid-November in a game not expected to be very competitive. I think decent seats for $50 is fine, and it’s worth waiting this one out to reap the last-minute dumps.

Worst-case scenario: Maryland fans want to come.

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Wisconsin

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The Art! The Art! The Art!

Where: Madison

Face: $110 for season ticket holders but Wisconsin is a marketplace seller, using Stubhub for individual ticket sales.

Current Secondary Price: $180

Best value right now: Use the Alumni Association or buy through Umich.

Market outlook: Wisconsin tickets are a tough market and this is a quasi-rivalry they haven’t seen in a long time (and they smell blood). It’s likely both teams will lose a few games before they meet so I’d gamble on buying after one of those (Badgers preferably for multiple reasons). I wouldn’t expect to get them below face, and $150 sounds about right. One thing in your favor is Iowa is right before us on their schedule and the road rivalry the week after, so Wisconsin fans don’t necessarily have to circle that one weekend in November. On the other hand an Iowa win easily gets them to 10-0 and prices will blow by $200 in a heartbeat.

Worst-case scenario: Last year’s Iowa game against a better team.

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The Game

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[Bryan Fuller]

Where: Ann Arbor

Face: “$125” but all the ridiculous prices on the rest of the season ticket package are really Ohio State ticket surcharges.

Current Secondary Price: $246

Best value right now: ^that.

Market outlook: This is the real question isn’t it. The Game tends to start bidding at $200 and go up from there unless somebody’s team sucks. The only dips come when there’s a loss between them. But they also tend to cap at $350 since at that point people look at a day in the cold versus covering most of their season ticket package. Also Michigan fans aren’t as good as Ohio State fans about holding onto their seats/not letting them fall into the hands of the enemy—just the nature of the culture.

Last year it got up to $340. The lowest plausible is $155, which is what it went to in 2015 for a hot minute after OSU lost to Michigan State. It had been $255 for awhile and peaked at $300. Of course with OSU’s flagging hope Michigan’s got up again.

If Michigan is going into The Game with three losses it’ll be a more buyer-friendly market, but Ohio State fans will buying at too high of a rate to get it down near face again. On the other hand, Harbaugh. If you’re planning to come home for Thanksgiving and be in Ann Arbor on Saturday, unless you’re willing to wait the whole season to see this come down, you won’t feel too bad about this price. The other option is to watch all season and jump at $180.

Worst-case scenario: 2015


          VTech Peek a Boo Book Pink   

VTech Peek a Boo Book is an Interactive nursery rhyme book which comes to life with flashing lights and music. The 6 pages are very bright and colourful and include some of the classic nursery rhymes like Humpty Dumpty,Old MacDonald and twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. The Book has slide and push buttons to encourage manual dexterity and this book helps develop early language and reading skills.

Regular Price: £20.16

£11.63


          MSNBC Dumps Greta Van Susteren After Just Six Months   
Greta Van Susteren, who joined MSNBC six months ago, is out at the liberal network. Van Susteren tweeted about it this afternoon: I am out at MSNBC – — Greta Van Susteren (@greta) June 29, 2017 “MSNBC and Greta Van Susteren have decided to part ways. Greta is a well-regarded television veteran and one of […]
          [Local News] Police Appeal After Dumper-Truck Driven into House in Clanfield   
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          Big stink: Manure pile at center of neighborhood dispute   
Ernie Loy and Rosalie Newman live next to a pile of horse and chicken manure their neighbor, John Riddell, dumped, and they dispute his reasons for it.
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          Lib Billionaire Steyer Calls $7.5 Million for Voter Registration 'Grassroots'   

Climate activist Tom Steyer thinks “grassroots” and Astroturf are the same thing.

The billionaire told Politico he would spend $7.5 million in eight states this year to teach young voters about “traditional American ways of grass-roots organizing.”

A California billionaire dumping millions of dollars in out-of-state campaigns is the opposite of grassroots. Any athlete can tell you that phony grassroots are called Astroturf. But Steyer and Politico seem to have missed the irony.

Steyer’s NextGen Climate PAC “plans to hire more than a dozen full-time field organizers” to work on more than 200 college campuses across Virginia, Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Nevada and California, Politico senior reporter David Siders wrote on June 22.

The $7.5 million from Steyer is just the beginning. Siders further wrote Steyer “will spend more money organizing young voters in those states in 2018.”

Since Politico’s story was published last week, most major media have ignored it. ABC, CBS and NBC broadcast morning and evening news shows never mentioned Steyer between June 22 and June 29. Neither did The New York Times or The Washington Post.

Steyer was the largest donor in the last two elections, giving $89.8 million to liberals in 2016 and $73.7 million in 2014. His climate change goals were also adopted as part of the official 2016 Democratic Party Platform.

Since President Donald Trump’s election, Steyer has made it abundantly clear he is opposed to the administration. He hyperbolically accused Trump of committing a “traitorous act of war” when he withdrew from the Paris Climate Agreement. Steyer has also repeatedly criticized and opposed the president on Twitter.

Despite his dedication to environmentalism, Steyer made money off of coal investments until June 2014 through Farallon Capital Management, a hedge fund he founded that invested in coal mining and oil and gas companies. Yet in late 2015, Steyer claimed his climate “conversion” came a full 10 years before he divested from coal.


          Hornoxe.com – Picdump #525   

Nehmt euch bitte Zeit für dieses Dump. Denn er ist sehr gut.

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          Laguna research cell holder   
Forum: Mark 15x Posted By: horaceanddumpling Post Time: 30th June 2017 at 23:43
          Baie murdară curăţare timp   
Acest lucru este baie şi nu este clar la toate. Baia pare foarte murdar. Acum este timpul să curăţaţi-l în caz contrar acesta va deveni mai rău. Dump lucrurile nedorite în lada de gunoi şi spălaţi-cada de baie, chiuvetă şi toaletă care arata curat şi shinny. Face baie un loc minunat. distracţie plăcută
          Taped up tight.   
This was a week of trauma in Calgary. June is our rainy month and this year was both not exception and quite exceptional all at once. Having achieved success in turning the boat last week, I entered the week full of enthusiasm. I had posted previously that unlike my last build which took place a decade ago, finding energy to stay up late to knock things off. Maybe it was seeing the boat the right way up or maybe it was the long summer solstice nights but this week I did have energy.

My wife calls me the "prairie sunshine boy" because after too many days of grey, my energy depletes, I get grumpy and I need my sunshine to get it all right again. And this week is was grey.  And it rained. For the rainy season in Alberta, the skies outdid themselves dumping up to some 12"/300 mm of rain onto the foothills west of us, a lot of it onto the remaining snowpack and onto a ground already saturated with water.  So it was wet.


And unfortunately for many residents, these things conspired and result was that the whole Bow River valley and the Elbow River Valley was flooded and put the whole city into a state of emergency. Fortunately, here up top of the hill above the river valley, the workshop was dry, except for the rain.

Like I said, others were less than fortunate. Now the Bow River has finally begun receding but the damage in all the communities is huge. Power and roads are out all over the place, residents have to contend with flooded and washed away houses, and the parts downtown core is shutdown without power for the next few days.


Swollen Bow River

All that being true, I did have energy and opportunity to work on the boat. This week's progress was the interior epoxy fillets, tapes, the drain tube through the centre compartment, and multiple layers of clear epoxy. And two tubes for fishing rods - I couldn't forget about those.

I really liked the instructions from Sam on how to go about interior fillets and taping. The part that really made it clear was the photos in the guidebook that showed the tape organisation. The plan was very clear but the photos connected it all well for me. The fact that I got it done within a few hours, followed by over-coating during two following days, was super time efficient and felt mighty successful. A "well-done" for the guidebook author. 

Once the boat was the right way up, the panels which I had struggled to force onto BH1 showed a nice even gap.  Here I am filling the gap with triangles of scrap BS1088 ply.

Bulkhead fillets done with 105/206/cab-o-sil/wood-flour

Transom fillets done with 105/206/cab-o-sil/wood-flour

Entire hull coated with 105/207 with the first layer of 4" 6-ounce tape going on.

Large fillets of 105/206/cab-o-sil/wood-flour applied to lower chines and the second layer of 6" 6-ounce tape applied and over-coated with 105/207.  I found a small foam roller on top of the tape worked very well in smoothing the tape over the still wet fillet.  All layers, here and above, were applied wet-on-wet.

Additional coats of 105/207 were rolled on top: wet-on-wet. The 1" PVC drain pipe was added connecting the front footwell with the rear footwell while keeping the contents of the centre storage dry. The holes are 2-3/8" for the 2" PVC pipes that act as fishing rod holders. The pipes allow the rods to pass under the deck and out the way, while fully-rigged and again ensure the contents of the centre storage remain dry.

All filler pieces in place, coated, filleted and taped.

PVC tubes for the rods in place.  These were bonded to double-wet-out holes with 105/206/403. I had used regular 105/206/cab-o-sil/wood-flour for the 1" tube but found the result from using 105/206/403 superior in retrospect.  The rod holders are still to be sanded flush with the outside bulkheads.

A close-up of the 1" PVC centre drain pipe.

I had thought progress was dragging on the boat but after these few days, I'm feeling caught-up. Now I'm onto the interior hardwood pieces.

Transom knee at 1-3/4" thick, fitted but not bonded in place.

I had cut the transom knee earlier but I now needed more white oak or purpleheart for the gunwales, the knees, the breast hook and the transom outboard stiffener. 

In Calgary, there was no way to cross the river to any place that sold the wood and no where on the north side of the rivers had any. The bridges were mostly closed and any that were open were needed for access by the clean-up crews. There was no valid reason to getting in line on any bridge as buying hardwood was not an essential service.  So I enjoyed the fruits of my labour and waited for the roads to open.



          Big Dump Truck Jigsaw   
Select one of the game modes before you start playing the game, is it going to be the jigsaw mode or the sliding mode As you probably know, the goal inside these games is to put the pieces from the puzzle in their right positions to complete the puzzle at the end. If playing with limited time is simply too hard for you, you can turn it off and continue playing without the time limitation. In sliding mode you can turn on background if you need more help.
          Disneyland dumps 'wench bride' auction from Pirates of the Caribbean    

Disneyland is once again changing some classic-yet-controversial elements of its Pirates of the Carribean ride.

The park has announced plans to give the iconic 1967 dark ride a makeover that will include replacing its animatronic bride auction scene. Instead of a redhaired woman being shown on an auction block as part of a “Wench Sale” (along with a pirate calling out, “We wants the redhead!”), the character will be changed into a female pirate. While the scene has for decades been a part of the beloved ride depicting traditional pirate tropes, it’s also increasingly been criticized as sexist.

“Our team thought long and hard about how best to update this scene,” said a Walt Disney Imagineering executive in a statement to the Orange County Register. “Given the redhead has long been a fan-favorite, we wanted to keep her as a pivotal part of the story, so we made her a plundering pirate! We think this keeps to the original vision of the attraction as envisioned by Marc Davis, X Atencio, and the other Disney Legends who first brought this classic to life.” A park spokesperson added: “We believe the time is right to turn the page to a new story in this scene, consistent with the humorous, adventurous spirit of the attraction.”

VIDEO: Disneyland Hikes Up Ticket Prices

Several years back, Disneyland changed another sexually suggestive scene in which marauders were endlessly chasing female villagers in a loop. The designers gave the women trays of food to suggest the pirates were merely hungry.

The changes will be completed on the ride in 2018 and will affect versions in Anaheim, California; Orlando, Florida; and Paris, France.

Back in 2006, the park added in characters from Pirates of the Carribean film franchise, including Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow and Geoffrey Rush’s Captain Barbossa.


          From toxic prisons to sand's scarcity, good reads for the holiday weekend   

As we head into the holiday weekend it occurs to me to offer for your attention some of the better long reads I’ve enjoyed lately on environmental topics.

So here are four standouts on subjects ranging from environmental health hazards in U.S. prisons to the looming world shortage of sand, from the biodiversity in your gut to how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency gave Monsanto a pass on studying probable links between Roundup and cancer in mice. All were freely available Wednesday and should be still.

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At the crossroads of mass incarceration and environmental injustice — the practice of burdening poorer and/or nonwhite communities with a disproportionate share of pollution — sits much of America’s prison system, whose population has grown more than sevenfold since the 1970s.

Perhaps it shouldn’t be a surprise that prison administrators sometimes turn a blind eye to environmental conditions in and around their facilities. But the findings of a new investigation by Earth Island Journal and Truthout suggest that the health-threatening exposures are neither occasional nor unusual.

In Toxic Prisons, writers Candice Bernd, Zoe Loftus-Farren and Maureen Nandini Mitra report that “at least 589 federal and state prisons are located within three miles of a Superfund cleanup site on the National Priorities List, with 134 of those prisons located within just one mile.”

Many were simply built in a hurry on sites nobody else wanted, like the medium-security prison in Pennsylvania whose proximity to a massive coal-ash dump has tainted inmates’ air and water with heavy metals and other toxins.

In Texas, arsenic contamination prompted a federal court order directing a prison to provide inmates with safe drinking water. And at prisons across California, the soil-borne fungal disease known as valley fever has been a chronic problem:

In the past decade, more than 3,500 California prisoners have become sick from valley fever and more than 50 have died from it. Though infection rates decreased significantly after 2011, to fewer than 100 cases each in 2014 and 2015, last year saw another spike with 267 prisoners infected.

In 2011, a particularly bad year, infection rates for the highest risk California state prisons were dozens of times above those in nearby communities, according to Centers for Disease Control data. Although the fungus is poorly understood, researchers suspect that out-of-town prisoners bused to the Central Valley are especially susceptible because they are not native to the region. Locals may develop some kind of immunity that shields them from the worst valley fever symptoms.

California now offers to test prisoners for immunity and to transfer vulnerable inmates to lower-risk facilities. Like most official responses noted in the article, this one was ordered by the courts. Much less has happened to safeguard the population of the SCI Fayette prison at LaBelle, Pennsylvania:

The 237-acre men’s prison began operating in 2003 on one corner of what, in the 1940s through the 1970s, was one of the largest coal preparation plants in the world, where coal from nearby mines was washed and graded. The “cleaned” coal was then shipped off to power plants and other markets, while the remaining coal refuse was dumped on and around the hilly, 1,357-acre site. By the mid-1990s, when its owners filed for bankruptcy and abandoned the site, an estimated 40 million tons of coal refuse had been dumped there. At some places the waste piled up some 150 feet.

An inmate survey conducted by a Pittsburgh prisoner advocacy group called the Abolitionist Law Center ask about their health problems and found that:

Eighty-one percent of the 75 prisoners who responded … claimed to suffer from respiratory, throat, and sinus conditions; 68 percent experienced gastrointestinal problems; 52 percent reported adverse skin conditions; and 12 percent said they were diagnosed with a thyroid disorder. The report also noted 11 of the 17 prisoners who died at SCI Fayette between 2010 and 2013 had died of cancer.

Contacted by the reporters for comment, prison officials said the facility meets OSHA-type safety standards, without providing data to back that up.

* * *

David Owen’s gift for juxtaposing the odd little detail with the stunningly large issue, while maintaining tone of bemused fascination, are on ample display in his New Yorker piece, “The World Is Running Out of Sand.”

He begins with the logistically massive if socially trivial effort to obtain appropriate sand for internationally regulated beach-volleyball competitions, for which ordinary beach sand is rarely sufficient (too large and variable in grain size).

An event in Toronto last year required 1,360 tons of sand to be delivered in 35 semitrailer loads. But at least it came from a few hours away. Sand for the first European Games, held in Azerbaijan two years ago, was brought by sea from southern Turkey because moving it by road would have meant crossing potential combat zones in Syria and Iraq.

Elsewhere in the world, sand is moved much greater distances at much greater cost for the construction of nearly everything that uses concrete or asphalt and, with increasing frequency, to rebuild storm-ravaged coastlines and levees.

Sand covers so much of the earth’s surface that shipping it across borders—even uncontested ones—seems extreme. But sand isn’t just sand, it turns out. In the industrial world, it’s “aggregate,” a category that includes gravel, crushed stone, and various recycled materials. Natural aggregate is the world’s second most heavily exploited natural resource, after water, and for many uses the right kind is scarce or inaccessible. In 2014, the United Nations Environment Programme published a report titled “Sand, Rarer Than One Thinks,” which concluded that the mining of sand and gravel “greatly exceeds natural renewal rates” and that “the amount being mined is increasing exponentially, mainly as a result of rapid economic growth in Asia.”

Pascal Peduzzi, a Swiss scientist and the director of one of the U.N.’s environmental groups, told the BBC last May that China’s swift development had consumed more sand in the previous four years than the United States used in the past century. In India, commercially useful sand is now so scarce that markets for it are dominated by “sand mafias” — criminal enterprises that sell material taken illegally from rivers and other sources, sometimes killing to safeguard their deposits. In the United States, the fastest-growing uses include the fortification of shorelines eroded by rising sea levels and more and more powerful ocean storms — efforts that, like many attempts to address environmental challenges, create environmental challenges of their own.

Aggregate is the main constituent of concrete (eighty per cent) and asphalt (ninety-four per cent), and it’s also the primary base material that concrete and asphalt are placed on during the building of roads, buildings, parking lots, runways, and many other structures. A report published in 2004 by the American Geological Institute said that a typical American house requires more than a hundred tons of sand, gravel, and crushed stone for the foundation, basement, garage, and driveway, and more than two hundred tons if you include its share of the street that runs in front of it. A mile-long section of a single lane of an American interstate highway requires thirty-eight thousand tons. The most dramatic global increase in aggregate consumption is occurring in parts of the world where people who build roads are trying to keep pace with people who buy cars. Chinese officials have said that by 2030 they hope to have completed a hundred and sixty-five thousand miles of roads — a national network nearly three and a half times as long as the American interstate system.

Windowpanes, wineglasses, and cell-phone screens are made from melted sand. Sand is used for filtration in water-treatment facilities, septic systems, and swimming pools. Oil and gas drillers inject large quantities of hard, round sand into fracked rock formations in order to hold the cracks open, like shoving a foot in the door. Railroad locomotives drop angular sand onto the rails in front of their wheels as they brake, to improve traction. Australia and India are major exporters of garnet sand, which is crushed to make an abrasive material used in sandblasting and by water-jet cutters. Foundries use sand to form the molds for iron bolts, manhole covers, engine blocks, and other cast-metal objects. I once visited a foundry in Arizona whose products included parts for airplanes, cruise missiles, and artificial hip joints, and I watched a worker pouring molten stainless steel into a mold that had been made by repeatedly dipping a wax pattern into a ceramic slurry and then into sand. The work area was so hot that I nervously checked my arm, because I thought my shirt was on fire. Factories that produce plate glass — by pouring thin layers of molten silica onto baths of molten tin — can be hotter.

* * *

Moving from global geology to the body’s internal flora, I commend Kyle Frischkorn’s tour of the microbiome in the human gut, “You Are What You Eat, And What You Eat Is Millions of Microbes,” published in Smithsonian magazine.

“Poop is nothing short of a scientific miracle,” he begins, then makes his case with a quick survey of all we’ve learned by studying fresh human samples of same. I highlight that right away because this particular article might not be the one you save to read over lunch.

Much of it deals with Rob Knight, founder of the American Gut Project, which in the last five years has enlisted 9,000 volunteers to send cash and/or fecal samples to a research team which has now used DNA analysis to “create the first census of the 40 trillion or so bacteria that call our guts their home.”

The origins of those bacteria are well understood — we’re ingesting them all day long via food and all the other things we put into our mouths, not always with full awareness. What interests the researchers is understanding what drives an amazing diversity in gut microbiomes from one belly to the next.

For the study, volunteers had self-reported their diets, with the vast majority following omnivorous diets, and less than 3 percent each identifying as "vegetarian" or "vegan." When researchers crunched the numbers, however, they found no discernible correlations between gut communities and those with seemingly similar diets. 

In other words, the bacteria in poop were telling a different dietary story than the people making that poop. “You can be a vegan who mostly eats kale, or you can be a vegan who mostly eats fries,” Knight explains. “Those have totally different consequences for your microbiome.” Anyone can claim to be a die-hard adherent to the Paleo Diet, it seems, but the data suggested that the microbiome remembers all those midnight ice cream transgressions.

Every time you ingest, you change the interior landscape of you. Because the bulk of bacteria in the microbiome live in the gut, when we feed ourselves, we feed them too. The chemistry of what we eat, be it fries or kale, alters the chemical landscape of the gut, making it more cozy for some and less hospitable for others. 

It gets livelier. Because microbes are everywhere — on the table, in the air, on the surface of the muffin you left out on the counter — you’re also adding new microbes to the mix. Some stroll through your body like polite tourists. Others stick around and interact with the locals. Every bite has the potential to alter the microbiome, and subsequently human health. But researchers have yet to figure out how.

Ultimately the goal is to develop scientific understanding that will help people plan the best diets to fight disease and promote higher levels of health. In the meantime, it’s an exercise in pure science that is fundamentally redefining how we think of food and bacteria:

It’s not that all food has some bacteria on it, it’s that bacteria themselves are intrinsically and unavoidably a major component of food, inseparable from proteins and vitamins, micronutrients and fat.

* * *

For all those who still believe the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency engages in needless regulatory nitpicking and anti-business obstructionism, please have a look at Carey Gillam’s article for Environmental Health News, “Of mice, Monsanto and a mysterious tumor.”

Over the next year or so, U.S. courts will begin to wade through heaps of lawsuits challenging Monsanto Co.’s position that glyphosate, aka Roundup, poses no human health risk if used correctly.

Which is important, considering the glyphosate’s No. 1 ranking for decades now among herbicides favored by farmers, public land managers and residential applicators. Also, considering that glyphosate routinely turns up in food and in human urine samples.

Gillam’s is a history piece and its focus is on research conducted in 1983 that proved inconvenient for Monsanto, and became the focus of a concerted effort by the company and like-minded EPA regulators to minimize its significance:

The two-year study ran from 1980-1982 and involved 400 mice divided into groups of 50 males and 50 females that were administered three different doses of the weed killer or received no glyphosate at all for observation as a control group. The study was conducted for Monsanto to submit to regulators. But unfortunately for Monsanto, some mice exposed to glyphosate developed tumors at statistically significant rates, with no tumors at all in non-dosed mice.

A February 1984 memo from Environmental Protection Agency toxicologist William Dykstra stated the findings definitively: “Review of the mouse oncogenicity study indicates that glyphosate is oncogenic, producing renal tubule adenomas, a rare tumor, in a dose-related manner.” Researchers found these increased incidences of the kidney tumors in mice exposed to glyphosate worrisome because while adenomas are generally benign, they have the potential to become malignant, and even in noncancerous stages they have the potential to be harmful to other organs. Monsanto discounted the findings, arguing that the tumors were “unrelated to treatment” and showing false positives, and the company provided additional data to try to convince the EPA to discount the tumors.

But EPA toxicology experts were unconvinced. EPA statistician and toxicology branch member Herbert Lacayo authored a February 1985 memo outlining disagreement with Monsanto’s position. A “prudent person would reject the Monsanto assumption that Glyphosate dosing has no effect on kidney tumor production,” Lacayo wrote. ”Glyphosate is suspect. Monsanto’s argument is unacceptable.”

Eight members of the EPA’s toxicology branch, including Lacayo and Dykstra, were worried enough by the kidney tumors in mice that they signed a consensus review of glyphosate in March 1985 stating they were classifying glyphosate as a Category C oncogen, a substance “possibly carcinogenic to humans.”

Monsanto then found scientists willing to re-examine the results and conclude, essentially, that the tumors occurred for reasons other than glyphosate exposure. The company also resisted EPA’s call for a repeat of the mouse study, and the regulators’ enthusiasm for the fight began to fade.

The discussions between Monsanto and the EPA dragged on until the two sides met in November 1988 to discuss the agency’s request for a second mouse study and Monsanto’s reluctance to do so. Members of the EPA’s toxicology branch continued to express doubts about the validity of Monsanto’s data, but by June of 1989, EPA officials conceded, stating that they would drop the requirement for a repeated mouse study.

By the time an EPA review committee met on June 26, 1991, to again discuss and evaluate glyphosate research, the mouse study was so discounted that the group decided that there was a “lack of convincing carcinogenicity evidence” in relevant animal studies. The group concluded that the herbicide should be classified far more lightly than the initial 1985 classification or even the 1986 classification proposed by the advisory panel. This time, the EPA scientists dubbed the herbicide a Group E chemical, a classification that meant “evidence of non-carcinogenicity for humans.”


          Trip Part I - Prague ♥   



Ui! Três meses sem publicar é obra!
Muita coisa aconteceu e muitos são os posts atrasados. Prometo, prometo que os vou colocar um por um :) O trabalho tem sido muito (e ainda bem...!) e o tempo revela-se pouco para escolher e editar as fotografias, assim como para escrever.

Bem, mostro-vos então a minha viagem no final de novembro! 
Como fui à República Checa e à Áustria, visitei imensas cidades pelo que divido as publicações em 4: Praga, Pilsen, Viena e Karlstein.

Relativamente a Praga, era uma das cidades que mais queria conhecer. Durante toda a minha infância e juventude vi imensas fotografias da Ponte Carlos (presente nestas primeiras fotografias) e bem, foi muita emoção para uma pessoa só! É tão ou mais imponente ao vivo do que nas fotografias. Cada uma das 30 estátuas tem um significado próprio e é simplesmente maravilhoso passear na ponte e vê-las com muita atenção :)
O Castelo de Praga, que se vê em muitas das imagens, acaba por não ser verdadeiramente um castelo mas sim um complexo de vários palácios, jardins e a magnífica Catedral de S.Vito, que também mostro neste post. Os seus muitos vitrais deixam-nos completamente de boca aberta e a beleza da arquitetura gótica está à vista de todos. De facto, Praga é uma cidade bem medieval, mais até que Edimburgo, achei eu. Até os ratos a andar tranquilamente na rua e a própria construção da cidade, nas margens do rio Moldava, me transportavam para uma cidade saída de um filme.
Quanto à comida checa, é simplesmente divinal. É quente e pesada mas aconchegante. Nas fotografias coloquei um belo strudel de maça com natas e creme de baunilha caseiro, doce que é a cara do Café Louvre. Este café é lindo e o próprio Franz Kafka e Albert Einstein o frequentavam.
Os chocolates quentes são deliciosos e, claro está, não pude deixar de beber o meu no Hard Rock Café Praga =D Também fui ao Choco Café, onde fazem todas as especialidades de chocolate quente que se possam imaginar! Em relação aos pratos, o Goulash e os Dumplins fazem as delícias de qualquer um. E as cervejas? Praticamente são todas artesanais e cada restaurante tem a sua! Por meio litro, às vezes chegava a pagar pouco mais de 1€! Porém, parece ser um problema neste país pois a cerveja acaba por ser bem mais barata do que uma água, o que causa alguns problemas. Prova disso, são os táxis que existem especialmente para bêbados e, à sexta e ao sábado, parece que é regra todos ficarem com uns copos a mais =P Resumindo, provei TUDO o que era tradicional e coloco o meu selo de garantia :)
Mais coisas... O nosso hotel (Residence Bologna) era espetacular, tudo muito bonito, um quarto mega grande e com todas as facilidades! O staff era muito simpático também. Quanto ao tempo, apanhei imenso frio e nevou um pouco. Também apanhei uns dias de sol sem uma única núvem no céu, o que me parece ser raro por lá.
Os jardins e o monte da Torre Petrin são lindíssimos e de lá consegue ver-se toda a cidade.
Relativamente a talentos, os checos trabalham muito a madeira pelo que trouxe para casa muitos souvenirs para oferecer, incluindo um brinquedo super giro para a minha sobrinha Tita <3
Em Praga, existe também uma rua muito estreita onde existem semáforos para que todos passem à vez (creio que a única assim no mundo inteiro).
A Praça da Cidade Velha, com o Relógio Astronómico e a Igreja da Nossa Senhora de Týr, foi o que mais me encantou. Passei lá imenso tempo e nunca cansei de parar  de olhar para as torres da igreja! Era altura dos Mercados de Natal e este é um dos mais falados do mundo,  Para quem gosta da Disney, tem uma família que gosta de tudo o que é medieval e viveu rodeada de histórias de castelos, acreditem que é muito difícil abandonar esta praça. Simplesmente, não dá para descrever o quão bonita é. Não dá.
E pronto, Praga foi isto e muito mais. Uma viagem da qual sonhava há muito e que veio numa altura em que precisava de parar um pouco e ver novas coisas. Ainda consegui visitar um amigo de universidade e conhecer a sua casa, as saudades eram muitas! Deu também para estar com dois amigos do meu mais-que-tudo, e foi super, super giro. Aluguei um carro e muito conduzi sempre com a minha companhia de eleição. Segura e encantadora, esta cidade ficou-me marcada e, por tantos dias que lá passei, sinto que a conheço bem. Aconselho a todos <3 

E, para quem quer mesmo visitar Praga e já está a organizar a viagem, aconselho também a visualização dos vídeos do Janek Rubes, o Honest Guide de Praga. Devo-lhe completamente esta viagem!
Se tiverem alguma dúvida ou curiosidade, não hesitem em perguntar por email, por mensagem na página de facebook ou como comentário a esta publicação :)

Até ao próximo lugar: Pilsen! 




Ponte Carlos






Castelo de Praga











Café Louvre




                                                             Hard Rock Café Praga




                                                                          Hotel Bologna










Torre Petrin


















Church of Mother of God before Týn






Choco Café


















          Xavier Mertens: SSTIC 2017 Wrap-Up Day #3   

Here is my wrap-up for the last day. Hopefully, after the yesterday’s social event, the organisers had the good idea to start later… The first set of talks was dedicated to presentation tools.

The first slot was assigned to Florian Maury, Sébastien Mainand: “Réutilisez vos scripts d’audit avec PacketWeaver”. When you are performed audit, the same tasks are already performed. And, as we are lazy people, Florian & Sébastien’s idea was to automate such tasks. They can be to get a PCAP, to use another tool like arpspoof, to modify packets using Scapy, etc… The chain can quickly become complex. By automating, it’s also more easy to deploy a proof-of-concept or a demonstration. The tool used a Metasploit-alike interface. You select your modules, you execute them but you can also chain them: the output of script1 is used as input of script2. The available modules are classified par ISO layer:

  • app_l7
  • datalink_l2
  • network_l3
  • phy_l1
  • transport_l4

The tool is available here.

The second slot was about “cpu_rec.py”. This tool has been developed to help in the reconnaissance of architectures in binary files. A binary file contains instructions to be executed by a CPU (like ELF or PE files). But not only files. It is also interesting to recognise firmware’s or memory dumps. At the moment, cpu_rec.py recognise 72 types of architectures. The tool is available here.

And we continue with another tool using machine learning. “Le Machine Learning confronté aux contraintes opérationnelles des systèmes de détection” presented by Anaël Bonneton and Antoine Husson. The purpose is to detect intrusions based on machine learning. The classic approach is to work with systems based on signatures (like IDS). Those rules are developed by experts but can quickly become obsolete to detect newer attacks. Can machine learning help? Anaël and Antoine explained the tool that that developed (“SecuML”) but also the process associated with it. Indeed, the tool must be used in a first phase to learning from samples. The principle is to use a “classifier” that takes files in input (PDF, PE, …) and return the conclusions in output (malicious or not malicious). The tool is based on the scikit-learn Python library and is also available here.

Then, Eric Leblond came on stage to talk about… Suricata of course! His talk title was “À la recherche du méchant perdu”. Suricata is a well-known IDS solution that don’t have to be presented. This time, Eric explained a new feature that has been introduced in Suricata 4.0. A new “target” keyword is available in the JSON output. The idea arise while a blue team / read team exercise. The challenge of the blue team was to detect attackers and is was discovered that it’s not so easy. With classic rules, the source of the attack is usually the source of the flow but it’s not always the case. A good example of a web server returned an error 4xx or 5xx. In this case, the attacker is the destination. The goal of the new keyword is to be used to produce better graphs to visualise attacks. This patch must still be approved and merge in the code. It will also required to update the rules.

The next talk was the only one in English: “Deploying TLS 1.3: the great, the good and the bad: Improving the encrypted web, one round-trip at a time” by Filippo Valsorda & Nick Sullivan. After a brief review of the TLS 1.2 protocol, the new version was reviewed. You must know that, if TLS 1.0, 1.1 and 1.2 were very close to each others, TLS 1.3 is a big jump!. Many changes in the implementation were reviewed. If you’re interested here is a link to the specifications of the new protocol.

After a talk about crypto, we switched immediately to another domain which also uses a lot of abbreviations: telecommunications. The presentation was performed by  Olivier Le Moal, Patrick Ventuzelo, Thomas Coudray and was called “Subscribers remote geolocation and tracking using 4G VoLTE enabled Android phone”. VoLTE means “Voice over LTE” and is based on VoIP protocols like SIP. This protocols is already implemented by many operators around the world and, if your mobile phone is compatible, allows you to perform better calls. But the speakers found also some nasty stuff. They explained how VoLTE is working but also how it can leak the position (geolocalization) of your contact just by sending a SIP “INVITE” request.

To complete the first half-day, a funny presentation was made about drones. For many companies, drones are seen as evil stuff and must be prohibited to fly over some  places. The goal of the presented tool is just to prevent drones to fly over a specific place and (maybe) spy. There are already solutions for this: DroneWatch, eagles, DroneDefender or SkyJack. What’s new with DroneJack? It focuses on drones communicating via Wi-Fi (like the Parrot models). Basically, a drone is a flying access point. It is possible to detected them based on their SSID’s and MAC addresses using a simple airodump-ng. Based on the signal is it also possible to estimate how far the drone is flying. As the technologies are based on Wi-Fi there is nothing brand new. If you are interested, the research is available here.

When you had a lunch, what do you do usually? You brush your teeth. Normally, it’s not dangerous but if your toothbrush is connected, it can be worse! Axelle Apvrille presented her research about a connected toothbrush provided by an health insurance company in the USA. The device is connected to a smart phone using a BTLE connection and exchange a lot of data. Of course, without any authentication or any other security control. The toothbrush even continues to expose his MAC address via bluetooth all the tile (you have to remove the battery to turn it off). Axelle did not attached the device itself with reverse the mobile application and the protocol used to communicate between the phone and the brush. She wrote a small tool to communicate with the brush. But she also write an application to simulate a rogue device and communicate with the mobile phone. The next step was of course to analyse the communication between the mobile app and the cloud provided by the health insurance. She found many vulnerabilities to lead to the download of private data (up to picture of kids!). When she reported the vulnerability, her account was just closed by the company! Big fail! If you pay your insurance less by washing your teeth correctly, it’s possible to send fake data to get a nice discount. Excellent presentation from Axelle…

To close the event, the ANSSI came on stage to present a post-incident review of the major security breach that affected the French TV channel TV5 in 2015. Just to remember you, the channel was completely compromised up to affecting the broadcast of programs for several days. The presentation was excellent for everybody interested in forensic investigation and incident handling. In a first part, the timeline of all events that lead to the full-compromise were reviewed. To resume, the overall security level of TV5 was very poor and nothing fancy was used to attack them: contractor’s credentials used, lack of segmentation, default credentials used, expose RDP server on the Internet etc. An interesting fact was the deletion of firmwares on switches and routers that prevented them to reboot properly causing a major DoS. They also deleted VM’s. The second part of the presentation was used to explain all the weaknesses and how to improve / fix them. It was an awesome presentation!

My first edition of SSTIC is now over but I hope not the last one!

[The post SSTIC 2017 Wrap-Up Day #3 has been first published on /dev/random]


          Xavier Mertens: Identifying Sources of Leaks with the Gmail “+” Feature   

For years, Google is offering two nice features with his gmail.com platform to gain more power of your email address. You can play with the “+” (plus) sign or “.” (dot) to create more email addresses linked to your primary one. Let’s take an example with John who’s the owner of john.doe@gmail.com. John can share the email address “john.doe+soccer@gmail.com” with his friends playing soccer or “john.doe+security@gmail.com”  to register on forums talking about information security. It’s the same with dots. Google just ignore them. So “john.doe@gmail.com” is the same as “john.d.oe@gmail.com”. Many people use the “+” format to optimize the flood of email they receive every day and automatically process it / store it in separate folders. That’s nice but it can also be very useful to discover where an email address is being used.

A few days ago, Troy Hunt, the owner of haveibeenpwned.com service (if you don’t know it yet, just have a look and register!), announced that new massive dumps were in the wild for a total of ~1B passwords! The new dumps are called “Exploit.In” (593M entries) and “Anti Public Combo List” (427M entries). The sources of the leaks are not clear. I grabbed a copy of the data and searched for Google “+” email addresses.

Not surprising, I found +28K unique accounts! I extracted strings after the “+” sign and indexed everything in Splunk:

Gmail Tags

As you can see, we recognise some known online services:

  • xtube (adult content)
  • friendster (social network)
  • filesavr (file exchange service in the cloud)
  • linkedin (social network)
  • bioware (gaming platform)

This does not mean that those platforms were breached (ok, LinkedIn was) but it can give some indicators…

Here is a dump of the top identified tags (with more than 3 characters to keep the list useful). You can download the complete CSV here.

Tag Count
xtube

37

spam

18

filedropper

17

daz3d

12

bioware

11

friendster

10

savage

10

linkedin

8

eharmony

7

filesavr

6

bryce

5

savage2

5

porn

4

precyl

4

bravenet

3

comicbookdb

3

freebie

3

freebiejeebies

3

freebies

3

hackforums

3

junk

3

kffl

3

social

3

youporn

3

97979797

2

brice

2

dazstudio

2

detnews

2

eharm

2

free

2

gamigo

2

hack

2

heroesofnewerth

2

itickets

2

lists

2

luther

2

paygr

2

policeauctions

2

test

2

texasmonthly

2

toddy

2

trzy

2

usercash

2

xtube2

2

[The post Identifying Sources of Leaks with the Gmail “+” Feature has been first published on /dev/random]


          Xavier Mertens: FIRST TC Amsterdam 2017 Wrap-Up   

Here is my quick wrap-up of the FIRST Technical Colloquium hosted by Cisco in Amsterdam. This is my first participation to a FIRST event. FIRST is an organization helping in incident response as stated on their website:

FIRST is a premier organization and recognized global leader in incident response. Membership in FIRST enables incident response teams to more effectively respond to security incidents by providing access to best practices, tools, and trusted communication with member teams.

The event was organized at Cisco office. Monday was dedicated to a training about incident response and the two next days were dedicated to presentations. All of them focussing on the defence side (“blue team”). Here are a few notes about interesting stuff that I learned.

The first day started with two guys from Facebook: Eric Water @ Matt Moren. They presented the solution developed internally at Facebook to solve the problem of capturing network traffic: “PCAP don’t scale”. In fact, with their solution, it scales! To investigate incidents, PCAPs are often the gold mine. They contain many IOC’s but they also introduce challenges: the disk space, the retention policy, the growing network throughput. When vendors’ solutions don’t fit, it’s time to built your own solution. Ok, only big organizations like Facebook have resources to do this but it’s quite fun. The solution they developed can be seen as a service: “PCAP as a Service”. They started by building the right hardware for sensors and added a cool software layer on top of it. Once collected, interesting PCAPs are analyzed using the Cloudshark service. They explained how they reached top performances by mixing NFS and their GlusterFS solution. Really a cool solution if you have multi-gigabits networks to tap!

The next presentation focused on “internal network monitoring and anomaly detection through host clustering” by Thomas Atterna from TNO. The idea behind this talk was to explain how to monitor also internal traffic. Indeed, in many cases, organizations still focus on the perimeter but internal traffic is also important. We can detect proxies, rogue servers, C2, people trying to pivot, etc. The talk explained how to build clusters of hosts. A cluster of hosts is a group of devices that have the same behaviour like mail servers, database servers, … Then to determine “normal” behaviour per cluster and observe when individual hosts deviate. Clusters are based on the behaviour (the amount of traffic, the number of flows, protocols, …). The model is useful when your network is quite close and stable but much more difficult to implement in an “open” environment (like universities networks).
Then Davide Carnali made a nice review of the Nigerian cybercrime landscape. He explained in details how they prepare their attacks, how they steal credentials, how they deploy the attacking platform (RDP, RAT, VPN, etc). The second part was a step-by-step explanation how they abuse companies to steal (sometimes a lot!) of money. An interesting fact reported by Davide: the time required between the compromisation of a new host (to drop malicious payload) and the generation of new maldocs pointing to this host is only… 3 hours!
The next presentation was performed by Gal Bitensky ( Minerva):  “Vaccination: An Anti-Honeypot Approach”. Gal (re-)explained what the purpose of a honeypot and how they can be defeated. Then, he presented a nice review of ways used by attackers to detect sandboxes. Basically, when a malware detects something “suspicious” (read: which makes it think that it is running in a sandbox), it will just silently exit. Gal had the idea to create a script which creates plenty of artefacts on a Windows system to defeat malware. His tool has been released here.
Paul Alderson (FireEye) presented “Injection without needles: A detailed look at the data being injected into our web browsers”. Basically, it was a huge review of 18 months of web-­inject and other configuration data gathered from several botnets. Nothing really exciting.
The next talk was more interesting… Back to the roots: SWITCH presented their DNS Firewall solution. This is a service they provide not to their members. It is based on DNS RPZ. The idea was to provide the following features:
  • Prevention
  • Detection
  • Awareness

Indeed, when a DNS request is blocked, the user is redirected to a landing page which gives more details about the problem. Note that this can have a collateral issue like blocking a complete domain (and not only specific URLs). This is a great security control to deploy. Note that RPZ support is implemented in many solutions, especially Bind 9.

Finally, the first day ended with a presentation by Tatsuya Ihica from Recruit CSIRT: “Let your CSIRT do malware analysis”. It was a complete review of the platform that they deployed to perform more efficient automatic malware analysis. The project is based on Cuckoo that was heavily modified to match their new requirements.

The second day started with an introduction to the FIRST organization made by Aaron Kaplan, one of the board members. I liked the quote given by Aaron:

If country A does not talk to country B because of ‘cyber’, then a criminal can hide in two countries

Then, the first talk was really interesting: Chris Hall presented “Intelligence Collection Techniques“. After explaining the different sources where intelligence can be collected (open sources, sinkholes, …), he reviewed a serie of tools that he developed to help in the automation of these tasks. His tools addresses:
  • Using the Google API, VT API
  • Paste websites (like pastebin.com)
  • YARA rules
  • DNS typosquatting
  • Whois queries

All the tools are available here. A very nice talk with tips & tricks that you can use immediately in your organization.

The next talk was presented by a Cisco guy, Sunil Amin: “Security Analytics with Network Flows”. Netflow isn’t a new technology. Initially developed by Cisco, they are today a lot of version and forks. Based on the definition of a “flow”: “A layer 3 IP communication between two endpoints during some time period”, we got a review the Netflow. Netflow is valuable to increase the visibility of what’s happening on your networks but it has also some specific points that must be addressed before performing analysis. ex: de-duplication flows. They are many use cases where net flows are useful:
  • Discover RFC1918 address space
  • Discover internal services
  • Look for blacklisted services
  • Reveal reconnaissance
  • Bad behaviours
  • Compromised hosts, pivot
    • HTTP connection to external host
    • SSH reverse shell
    • Port scanning port 445 / 139
I would expect a real case where net flow was used to discover something juicy. The talk ended with a review of tools available to process net flow data: SiLK, nfdump, ntop but log management can also be used like the ELK stack or Apache Spot. Nothing really new but a good reminder.
Then, Joel Snape from BT presented “Discovering (and fixing!) vulnerable systems at scale“. BT, as a major player on the Internet, is facing many issues with compromized hosts (from customers to its own resources). Joel explained the workflow and tools they deployed to help in this huge task. It is based on the following circle: Introduction,  data collection, exploration and remediation (the hardest part!).
I like the description of their “CERT dropbox” which can be deployed at any place on the network to perform the following tasks:
  • Telemetry collection
  • Data exfiltration
  • Network exploration
  • Vulnerability/discovery scanning
An interesting remark from the audience: ISP don’t have only to protect their customers from the wild Internet but also the Internet from their (bad) customers!
Feike Hacqueboard, from TrendMicro, explained:  “How political motivated threat actors attack“. He reviewed some famous stories of compromised organizations (like the French channel TV5) then reviewed the activity of some interesting groups like C-Major or Pawn Storm. A nice review of the Yahoo! OAuth abuse was performed as well as the tab-nabbing attack against OWA services.
Jose Enrique Hernandez (Zenedge) presented “Lessons learned in fighting Targeted Bot Attacks“. After a quick review of what bots are (they are not always malicious – think about the Google crawler bot), he reviewed different techniques to protect web resources from bots and why they often fail, like the JavaScript challenge or the Cloudflare bypass. These are “silent challenges”. Loud challenges are, by examples, CAPTCHA’s. Then Jose explained how to build a good solution to protect your resources:
  • You need a reverse proxy (to be able to change quests on the fly)
  • LUA hooks
  • State db for concurrency
  • Load balancer for scalability
  • fingerprintjs2 / JS Challenge

Finally, two other Cisco guys, Steve McKinney & Eddie Allan presented “Leveraging Event Streaming and Large Scale Analysis to Protect Cisco“. CIsco is collecting a huge amount of data on a daily basis (they speak in Terabytes!). As a Splunk user, they are facing an issue with the indexing licence. To index all these data, they should have extra licenses (and pay a lot of money). They explained how to “pre-process” the data before sending them to Splunk to reduce the noise and the amount of data to index.
The idea is to pub a “black box” between the collectors and Splunk. They explained what’s in this black box with some use cases:
  • WSA logs (350M+ events / day)
  • Passive DNS (7.5TB / day)
  • Users identification
  • osquery data

Some useful tips that gave and that are valid for any log management platform:

  • Don’t assume your data is well-formed and complete
  • Don’t assume your data is always flowing
  • Don’t collect all the things at once
  • Share!

Two intense days full of useful information and tips to better defend your networks and/or collect intelligence. The slides should be published soon.

[The post FIRST TC Amsterdam 2017 Wrap-Up has been first published on /dev/random]


          Dump Truck Jigsaw   
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          How To Start A Local Labor Union   
It's time to dump the old union ways and forget a stronger middle class
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Dora trăieşte într-o zonă rurală frumoasă şi a admira frumusetea împrejurimile ei. Există un pârâu care curge de casa ei. Dar a devenit un loc de dumping ca sticle şi alte rubbishes plutesc în pârâu. Dora este foarte preocupat de mediul înconjurător. Prin urmare, ea se va curata de Pârâul şi locul în jurul acestuia. Alăturaţi-vă Dora în această sarcină nobilă şi ajutor în curăţarea. distracţie plăcută
          Trump calls on South Korea to stop exporting dumped steel   
CNBC's Eamon Javers reports on remarks by President Trump and South Korean President Moon at the White House on their trade relationship.
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          Samoa Joe vs. Braun Strowman: Who Is WWE Raw's Scariest Monster Right Now?   

The WWE Raw jungle is home to two fearsome animals in Samoa Joe and Braun Strowman.

Joe is a menacing terror with a penchant for choking out anyone in his path. Strowman is a massive human being with otherworldly strength whom we have seen abuse many a WWE talent.

Which of these behemoths of the red brand, though, is the most terrifying monster?

Roman Reigns may answer Strowman as he's been the victim of the big man's assaults, including being smashed into the side of an ambulance. Joe may get Brock Lesnar's vote. The Destroyer has risen to the top of Raw in recent weeks by way of leaving Lesnar reeling.

A look at each man's resume of ruin, their aura and how WWE has presented them recently reveals whether Joe or Strowman occupies the top spot on the food chain.

      

The Case for Joe

It doesn't take much to incite The Destroyer's rage.

Sami Zayn discovered that in February when he found himself face down and unconscious on the entrance ramp courtesy of Joe. He had simply fired back at Joe's comment about not being like Zayn and fell into blackness as his punishment.

That image of Joe snaked around his victim, his arms around their neck has been a common one of late.

WWE has made painted the Coquina Clutch as a most dangerous move. It has taken down the likes of Seth Rollins, Zayn, Finn Balor and even the mighty Lesnar.

Much of Joe's other offense is overwhelming as well. He smashes foes with rapid-fire right hands and nasty slams. He issues it all with a pissed-off expression and an unsettling glare.

And while Strowman walked away from Lesnar during their confrontation, Joe brawled with him and floored with a cheap-shot kick one week and brought him to his knees with a chokehold the next.

Miami Herald columnist Scott Fishman was among those impressed by the visual of Joe taking down The Beast Incarnate:

Joe's destruction is fresh in fans' minds. His list of victims is impressive.

Where Strowman roars, Joe displays a quiet rage. Joe lays out exactly how he will devour you, calmly and callously. 

The Destroyer telling Paul Heyman something terrible was about to happen to him before leaving him motionless on the mat was a haunting moment:

Strowman is an animal who acts on instincts. There is something scarier about a predator like Joe, who is more purposeful and deliberate and a sadist with a clear-cut plan.

       

The Case for Strowman

Don't let Strowman's time away dull the memories of his wrath.

Before going down with an elbow injury, The Monster Among Men tore through the Raw roster in savage fashion. He beat up wrestlers backstage, tipped over an ambulance with Reigns inside and pushed a dumpster that contained Kalisto off the entrance ramp.

Upon his return, he reminded everyone of his raw power and heartless ways when he hurled Reigns into the side of an ambulance. Kyle Fowle of the A.V. Club wrote of the scene: "It's yet another moment of Braun Strowman, backed by a hot crowd, looking like a million bucks."

As strong as Joe is, he can't match strength with Strowman. Few human beings can.

Strowman has the edge in look and size, too. At 6'8", 385 pounds, he is six inches taller and over 100 pounds heavier than Joe. Joe looks like a mobster's muscle; Strowman has more in common with a grizzly bear.

And while Joe's in-ring arsenal overwhelms foes, Strowman's offense simply wrecks them.

The Monster Among Men flings rivals around the ring like he's trying to throw them through a wall. He charges like a rhino and flattens his opposition. He smashes their chests with such force you have to wonder how they're not completely breathless afterward.

Plus, Strowman is the man-beast who wielded an oversized, hand-carved hammer in a WrestleMania workout in the depths of the forest.

     

Verdict

Joe has a slight edge when it comes to recent wins and losses. 

His record in his last 10 bouts sits at 6-4. Strowman has gone 5-3-2 in that span, per CageMatch.net. Numbers are a bit misleading in this case, though.

Distractions led to a number of those victories for The Samoan Submission Machine, including his latest against Reigns. 

Rollins defeated Joe at Payback, and it's hard to envision a scenario where Rollins would beat Strowman short of downing with a tranquilizer dart first. The New Face of Destruction, meanwhile, has lost mostly in fluky fashion and defeated Big Show, Mark Henry, Reigns and, in February, four jobbers at once.

Thanks to Strowman recovering from surgery, Joe has more momentum right now.

He's thriving as the monster clawing at Lesnar and the Universal Championship. He's imposing and intimidating, but simply can't "out-scary" Strowman.

The Monster Among Men's look, build and general aura is more monstrous. 

He has a better collection of destructive images to display. When Joe starts flipping over ambulances, the debate will shift. For now, Strowman holds tight to the top monster spot on Raw, even as Joe is closing the gap.

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          Rentokil Initial Malaysia Shares Useful Insights on Dengue Outbreak in Conjunction with ASEAN Dengue Day   

15th June marks the ASEAN Dengue Day; an annual campaign to raise awareness on the dangers of dengue and Aedes mosquitoes. Experts share useful insights on global innovations and factors that contributed to the significant spike in dengue cases in Malaysia.

Petaling Jaya, Selangor -- (SBWIRE) -- 06/18/2015 -- Launched in 2011, the objective of this annual event is to raise awareness of dengue and strengthen the regional collaboration in prevention and control. While dengue is most prevalent in ASEAN region, the disease is spreading rapidly with a 30-fold increase in cases worldwide. Today, there are approximately 2.5 billion people at risk in over 100 countries.

Besides resulting in poor health and excess mortality, dengue has also affected the tourism sector and the socioeconomic development due to loss of work and productivity. The economic losses resulting from this disease made it even more compelling to accelerate the prevention and control efforts around the world.

Scientists in Brazil, Australia and the United Kingdom are currently conducting experiments with genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes to help control the emergence of dengue cases. Once the experiments and field trials are completed, the scientists believe that the GM mosquitoes will dramatically reduce the population of Aedes mosquitoes.

Other than that, the continuous spread and intensity of dengue cases have driven the interest and investment in dengue vaccine development. Hence, some of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies are working hard to create a vaccine that is safe, effective and affordable. One of these vaccines has successfully advanced to phase-3 clinical trial with an efficacy of 60% and it is expected to be licensed sometime this year.

Meanwhile, the key to dengue control is to tackle the root of this problem by denying Aedes mosquitoes any chance to breed. An integrated mosquito management from Rentokil Initial Malaysia aims to control the breeding of Aedes mosquitoes by attacking each stage of the mosquito's life cycle with different solutions from larviciding to fogging. At the same time, customers are provided with sanitation advices and informative dengue knowledge through educational materials that can help to reduce their risk of being infected in the long run.

In Malaysia, dengue remains as a serious public health problem. As of 30th May this year, our Ministry of Health has reported a total of 141 deaths. The accumulated cases are now up to 47,112. The hardest hit states include Selangor (27,282), Perak (5,018), Johor (2,986) and Kuala Lumpur (2,938). In 2014, there was a 151% increase in dengue cases compared to 2013—with 108,698 cases and 215 deaths.

There are many factors that contributed to this alarming growth of dengue cases. Firstly, the switch of serotypes dengue virus from DAN2 to DAN1 also added to the surge in dengue cases. Although both serotypes are similar, as they share approximately 65% of their genomes, there is a vast difference in how each one interacts with our antibodies. As a result, people who were previously not exposed to the DAN1 virus are now vulnerable. Besides that, our monsoon season also played a major role in creating pockets of stagnant water that serve as Aedes breeding sites.

Other than that, we are fighting a losing battle due to lack of dengue awareness among Malaysians. As the public continues to litter, dump garbage illegally and practice poor environmental cleanliness that will ultimately lead to the increasing mosquito breeding sites.

As Aedes mosquitoes prefer to breed in stagnant water, by implementing good environmental hygiene practices and sanitation measures may help to minimise the disease. Here are a few simple and proactive tips to keep dengue at bay:

- Turn over empty pails and containers, so that they do not collect water. If the containers cannot be emptied, remember to keep it covered when not in use.

- Remove leaves, empty bottles and cans to avoid water collection.

- Clean and discard stagnant water collected in empty flower pots and add larvicide at least once a month to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.

- Clean and clear drains around the house on weekly basis to prevent it from clogging.

- Clean and discard any dried leaves that may clog the roof gutters once a week to prevent water stagnation.

- Use aerosol spray or conduct fogging activities at home to kill and repel Aedes mosquitoes.

- Install window screens to prevent mosquitoes entering your home.

"According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), mosquito bites have resulted in hundreds of thousands human fatalities every year, making them the deadliest creature in the world. Like any other pests, mosquitoes can also develop resistance towards pesticide, hence, it is extremely important that proactive measures are taken along with eradication of breeding sites and adult mosquitoes in order to minimise the growing numbers of dengue cases." say Ms. Carol Lam, the Managing Director of Rentokil Initial Malaysia.

About Rentokil Pest Control Malaysia
Rentokil Pest Control is part of Rentokil Initial group, one of the largest business services companies in the world. As the market leader in pest control industry, Rentokil's Mosquito Control services provide home and business owners with effective mosquito control solutions that are specifically designed for different needs and preferences.

As one of Malaysia's leading pest control experts, Rentokil continues to be at the forefront in the battle against dengue. Rentokil provides both the public and commercial organisations with various training and education programmes such as the Community Oriented Health Education Programme (COHEP) and Total Hygiene Awareness Talk (THAT).

At Rentokil Initial Malaysia, three brands are focused on providing the best services with nationwide coverage, fast response and expert technical knowledge: Rentokil Pest Control, Initial Hygiene and Ambius Interiors. Visit http://www.rentokil-initial.com.my to find out how Rentokil Initial (M) Sdn Bhd services can add value to different business sectors.

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          Dompling Mami Yetty   

Los dumplings son pelotitas de masa que se cocinan en un líquido, como agua, caldo o sopa. Se elaboran con harina y sal y se les añade agua hasta formar una pasta; algunas recetas incluyen puré de papa, queso, huevo. Los jamaicanos fueron los primeros en crear dumplings en el Caribe, que eran de influencia inglesa. Una receta simple de una masa espesa con harina con levadura, agua y sal, fritos en aceite hasta dorar. La receta se extendió por las Antillas y llegó hasta la Provincia de Limón, donde se elabora de forma simple y donde tomó el nombre de “domplin”.

Doña Lidieth Brenes Ramírez, llamada con todo cariño “Mami Yetty”, vecina de la zona de Turrialba tiene su versión en un sustancioso caldo, que sirve para levantar los ánimos  a cualquiera. Ya sea de un fin de semana intenso, o cuando se requiere cargas de buenas energías.

Para 12 personas bien llenitas, requiere de 2 kilos de carne “cecina” en trocitos, 1/2 kilo de frijoles rojos, 1 sobre de cola de res, tomillo, ajos, orégano, culantro, 1 consomé de carne, Sal al gusto, 2 plátanos verdes en rodajas, 1 tarro de leche de coco (390g) y 1 chile panameño.
Es cosa de poner a cocinar la carne con agua suficiente que la cubra y todo lo anterior. Cuando está cerca de hervir, se elaboran los dompling: mezclar harina, una pizca de sal, agua a poquitos. Se forman bolitas pequeñas (del tamaño de un popi – confite) y se incorporan en el caldo a terminar de hervirse con la carne y los frijoles. Una delicia. Todos los sabores se fusionan y se crea algo sin igual. Se puede servir con arroz blanco fresco, tortillitas tostadas o pan con ajo. 


          Oldbury man lands £3,000 fine for not cleaning up tonnes of dumped rubbish   
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          O CANADA AVOIDS GENDER NEUTRAL LIBERAL POLITICALLY CORRECT REDICULAS NONESENSE UNTILL NEXT YEAR AT LEAST.   
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Dreams of a gender-neutral O Canada are over — for now-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-June 28, 2017

Canadians will not be singing a gender-neutral national anthem on Canada Day after a bill before Parliament to officially change the lyrics has stalled.The House of Commons overwhelmingly passed a private member's bill last summer that would alter the national anthem by replacing "in all thy sons command" with "in all of us command" as part of a push to strike gendered language from O Canada.Although the bill sailed through the House with government approval, Conservative senators opposed to the changes have scored a victory in the Red Chamber. A yearlong campaign successfully punted a vote on the bill until the fall, at the earliest, and even then the legislation faces an uncertain future."I'm trying to protect the tradition rather than, you know, water it down with a politically correct version that is historically inaccurate," Conservative Senator David Wells said in an interview with CBC News on Tuesday."I don't misrepresent why I'm [using parliamentary stall tactics] … I don't like this bill, and I will do what I can to ensure it doesn't pass."Wells and a number of other senators have said they oppose efforts to tinker with the lyrics written by a man long dead.(The lyrics have been changed since they were first penned by Robert Stanley Weir in 1908, but not since O Canada officially became the country's national anthem in 1980.) The late Liberal MP Mauril Bélanger introduced the bill, and many MPs backed the legislation as a salute to a colleague on his death bed."The bill was passed in the House compassionately and out of sadness for a dying colleague. While that is touching, it is not the way we make public policy in this country and it is not the way we do our legislation," Ontario Conservative Senator Lynn Beyak said.A flurry of amendments were introduced to the bill in the last few weeks of the parliamentary sitting — all failed to pass in the face of opposition from most Liberal and Independent senators — which dragged out debate considerably. Parliament rose for summer break before a final vote at third reading could be held.Ramona Lumpkin, the chancellor of Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, and a strong proponent of the bill, said she was deeply disappointed by the developments."We're so close and I really regret that there are a few senators who seem to have dug in and decided to delay. I hope it's not a permanent block," said Lumpkin, in an interview with CBC News."It's not as if the words were brought down from Mount Sinai on stone tablets like the Ten Commandments, they are words created by humans and subject to change as our social and cultural conditions change, and thank goodness they do," she said.Wells said national symbols cannot be altered to simply adhere to the "flavour of the day." He said Canadians were not consulted by the government and that there hasn't been an adequate conversation about a fairly significant change."I'll be working my hardest to delay this bill until there's a full debate," he said. "I get a lot of emails, and many comments to me personally, from people who don't want to see the anthem change, who see it as a part of our tradition and who see this attempt to change it as political correctness run amok. It is a slippery slope. Calls for inclusion will always be there, but my belief is all Canadians are already included in the national anthem."He said pictures adorning the walls of the Senate depict men in combat during the First World War. "Would we now airbrush females into those pictures to accurately reflect what it might be today with those pieces of Canadians' history? My answer is no, that would be an abomination, and I think that's what it is with the anthem as well."If the bill is amended in the Senate it would be sent back to the House for another vote. As per parliamentary rules, because Bélanger is dead, MPs will have to unanimously agree to replace him as sponsor or the bill drops from the order paper; that is unlikely given entrenched opposition from some corners of the chamber."That worries me," Lumpkin said. "I know language matters and I talk to students and young women regularly who still feel their voice doesn't carry as strong as the voice of their male friends. I think the gesture, even though it's symbolic, would say a lot to those young women."The Liberal government could also choose to introduce legislation of its own — with the same wording — to avoid some of the problems that often befall private member's bills; namely, the government could invoke time allocation to prevent procedural time delays.

DANIEL 7:23-24
23 Thus he said, The fourth beast (EU,REVIVED ROME) shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth,(7TH WORLD EMPIRE) which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.(TRADING BLOCKS-10 WORLD REGIONS/TRADE BLOCS)
24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings(10 NATIONS-10 WORLD DIVISION WORLD GOVERNMENT) that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.(EITHER THE EUROPEAN UNION DICTATOR BOOTS 3 COUNTRIES FROM THE EU OR THE DICTATOR TAKES OVER THE WORLD ECONOMY BY CONTROLLING 3 WORLD TRADE BLOCS)

REVELATION 17:9-13
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