12 Industries Millennials ACTUALLY Want To Kill   

The greatest serial killer of our time is...MILLENNIALS!!! They keep killing industry after industry, and no amount of bloodshed can quench their thirst. Well, either that or baby boomers crashed the economy and twiddled their thumbs as wealth became more and more held by only the richest 1% and Millennials inherited a job market that makes stuff like "buying diamonds constantly" a little unrealistic.

Either way, millennials definitely ENJOY doing whatever they can to destroy certain industries - especially these 12:



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And because it can never be said enough: BROAD GENERATIONAL LABELS ARE FAKE THINGS INVENTED BY MARKETING EXECUTIVES AND HAVE NO MEANING OR SIGNIFICANCE. But don't take my word for it - take Adam Conover's!


          Amazon Ranked Most Intimate Brand Among Millennials, According to MBLM’s Brand Intimacy 2015 Report   

Apple and PlayStation Round Out the Top Three

(PRWeb September 28, 2015)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/09/prweb12981427.htm


          MBLM’s One-Month, In-Depth Study of Apple Watch Users Reveals that Millennials Express Dissatisfaction and Guilt   

Millenials in the study claim that after using the watch for 30 days, it has started to feel like a weak extension of their iPhones.

(PRWeb June 25, 2015)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/06/prweb12811230.htm


          La Virgen de Guadalupe inspira la moda de las millennials latinas   
"Ponerte tu cultura en tu ropa y demostrar que eres latino en ese aspecto es superpoderoso, es como decir que no tienes miedo".
          Millennial’s Car Rental Issues & Alternatives   

We can drive a car at 16, vote at 18, drink at 21, but until recently, we couldn’t rent a car until 25. Fortunately for the 25-and-under crowd, those rules have changed … slightly. Most car-rental agencies now rent to anyone 21-and-older, but there’s a catch, or rather a surcharge. They hit us with a […]

The post Millennial’s Car Rental Issues & Alternatives appeared first on Debt.org.


          Il Genoa prova a bruciare Juventus ed Inter per un millennial del Cesena   
Si è parlato molto di questi giorni di due millennials del Genoa, i classe...
          TS202:Raisins,Christmas,Kim Davis Returns,Working Girls   
This week it’s Millennials v. Baby Boomers! Church v. State! TSPOD v. Land Lines!  Watch the war unfold as Bryan takes a deeper look into the total ineptitude of government employees and Erin cracks down on gender bias in the work place. Call your local HR department because this episode is about to get saucy!
          How do the millennials search?   
[ Note: This article was first published in the Deep Web Technologies Blog. ] Here’s a paper worth reading: “A study of the information search behaviour of the millennial generation.” No, not because there are any earth-shattering conclusions, but you may want to read the article to confirm that what you already suspect to be […]
          More employers promoting financial wellness among employees   

Surveys show employees' money angst hurts productivity

By Mark Huffman of ConsumerAffairs
June 29, 2017

PhotoAfter several high-profile and well-paid professional athletes retired from their sport in near-bankruptcy, leagues began providing rookies with some financial coaching in addition to athletic coaching.

It's made a difference, as more players now have diversified portfolios to fall back on when their playing days are over.

When you boil it down, it's an example of a financial wellness program -- learning good habits to build wealth and avoiding financial mistakes. These days, businesses are adopting a similar approach, with financial wellness programs becoming a popular employee benefit.

SunTrust has just rolled out a financial wellness program and reports Home Depot, Delta Airlines, Equifax, McKee Foods, Waffle House, Haverty's, and 1-800 Contacts are among the early adopters.

Financial fitness programs

"More than 40% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck, and 75% report experiencing financial stress," said Bill Rogers, CEO of SunTrust. "Progressive companies can improve overall wellness in America by offering a financial fitness program for their employees."

Participating employees take part in workshops and online sessions to learn how to establish financial goals. The program stresses the importance of having an emergency savings fund and managing spending habits.

SunTrust says a follow-up survey found employees who had a household budget rose from 43% before the start of the program to 87% when it was completed. By the time the program ended, nearly all participants had set up an emergency funds and increased their contributions to retirement savings accounts by 35 percent.

No sales pitches

SunTrust stresses that its program is non-profit and there are no advertisements or sales pitches for financial products anywhere in the curriculum.

"We've had terrific feedback from our associates about this program," said Scott Smith, vice president of Human Resources at Home Depot. "It's a great way for us to put more power behind the great financial benefits we already offer."

You're likely to hear more about these programs in the months ahead, and maybe even have access to one at your place of employment.

PWC's 2017 Employee Financial Wellness Survey found that employees' financial stress takes a toll on company productivity. Nearly a third of employees said they are distracted by personal financial issues while at work. Nearly half admit to spending three hours or more each week dealing with personal finances at work.

What's behind this growing financial stress? Not surprisingly, for many it is student loan debt.

Forty percent of Millennials and 31% of Gen X employees with student loans reported these debts are having a significant impact on their ability to set and meet other financial goals.

Companies interested in adding a financial wellness program can learn more by reading this report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.


          Comment on Giving the finger by Millennial voter   
Bynd, can you tell me what meaningful legislation Donald Trump has signed into law?
          Comment on Giving the finger by millennials, guppys in a shark tank   
And while your focus is on the one hand, the other is stealing you blind. I'll bet you watch the collusion investigations everyday also. If that is all you are watching, you're missing all the important stuff. But what else can we expect.
          Take your pick: “Baby Driver”-“Despicable Me 3”-“The Beguiled”-and “The Hero” Popcorn Bag movie reviews!   
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Is “Baby Driver” infantile? “Despicable Me 3” criminal? “The Beguiled” beguiling? “The Hero” heroic? Popcorn Bag movie reviews! 1) BABY DRIVER (R) Sony Decadent, violent, profane…and wildly entertaining, “Baby Driver” is a zippy heist film fueled by a kinetic soundtrack that should appeal to both Baby Boomers and Millennials. Ansel Elgort plays a skilled getaway driver who uses music to help him concentrate and overcome tinnitus. Things get sticky when he crosses his fellow thieves, played by […]
          Average Millennial Eats Out Five Times A Week, Study Finds   
According to a new study, the average Millennial eats out five times a week, which significantly dents their savings.
          The Brutal Truth About Feminism   
Inez Feltscher slams it home: Having been sold a pack of feminist lies that make both men and women unhappier, those of us in the millennial generation who are interested in happy marriages have had to rediscover a lot of politically incorrect truths from scratch. But there’s one truth that is particularly difficult for our […]
          Urban-dwelling millennials are having strokes at alarming rates — and scientists can’t figure out why   
A new Scientific American analysis of stroke trends reveals that millennials are having more strokes than ever before — and that risk factors include living in large cities in the Midwest and on the west coast. Along with higher risk factors based on living in West and Midwestern urban centers...
          Vitcord, the Collaborative Videos that Attract More and More Millennials Every Day   

With Vitcord you can Continue the stories of your friends with your videosBARCELONA, Spain, June 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Share, collaborate and record videos. This is the idea behind Vitcord, the mobile app that gives young people a new way of interacting through video, allowing them to participate in the creation of stories in a collaborative way, offering...



          A decade since its birth, here are 5 things you didn’t know about the iPhone   
Thursday marked the 10-year anniversary of when Apple launched the original iPhone. Now, the device seems like an extra appendage to most millennials, but it has taken many smaller milestones along the way. View the gallery above to see some of the lesser-known highlights in the iPhone's 10-year history >> The late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was arguably a master at presenting products that frequently received “oohs” and “ahs” at keynotes, especially when he revealed the iPhone in 2007. But…

          5 Effective SaaS Marketing Strategies for Reaching Millennials   

We’re entering a new era: millennials, formerly a favorite target audience for many “hip” B2C marketers, are becoming relevant for B2B industries as well. The oldest members of this generation are now in their early thirties, entering management positions with buying power and becoming prime targets for SaaS providers. Even if your software is targeted […]

The post 5 Effective SaaS Marketing Strategies for Reaching Millennials appeared first on Rethink Commerce Blog.


          From food smells to millennial pink: this week’s fashion trends   

What’s hot and what’s not in fashion this week

Food smells Key to Christopher Shannon’s Verdúu perfume, along with sulphur and copper. A heady cocktail.

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          Comment on An Open Letter to Moderates by Ron P   
Dave, "If Trump can manage to pull growth off the 2% peg its has been on for 2 decades – republicans will do well in 2018. If he can not then republicans should not do well." First, I think this administration is showing that the President does not have much influence in Washington when the party is not aligned with the presidents agenda. And I suspect that future GOP presidents will have the same problem as Trump given the fact the Democrats are of two mind sets, liberal and socialist, while the GOP is a multi headed monster where they are unable to come to "compromises" within the party to get anything done. Where the Democrats are all aligned like ducks crossing the street, the GOP is like a group of chickens scattering every which way possible when anything comes up. (Worse than herding cats!) As for your comments about economic growth, one thing that is mentioned occasionally, but not by the conservative mouth pieces, since they want growth as their talking points, is the changing demographics in the country. 1. The baby boomers that fired up this economy for decades are aging, they are no longer buying big ticket items, they are downsizing and their money is now going to leisure and healthcare. 2. The housing boom of the 90's will most likely never be seen again like it had been. Why? The cost of new housing. And much of that is due to land cost. Where land could be purchased for a few thousand per acre when housing boomed and houses could be put on postage sized lots, land now cost up to, and sometimes over 6 figures per acre. Then add to it the growing regulations where communities require lots to be of a certain size, and the land alone has added thousands to a cost of housing construction. 3. The millennials, the next largest demographic group are now starting families and they are now finding they have to pay for things themselves. They no longer are living with mommy and find that what she paid for the past few years is really expensive. They also are finding they have to pay off high student debt that resulted in a somewhat do nothing degree so, due to these reasons and some others, they do not have the money for big ticket items. 4. The millennials also do not want to start out small like their parents did in housing. They grew up in large homes with spacious yards and that is what they want. So the small starter homes are not being built, this generation is living in rental property and that also reduces large ticket purchases, like appliances. 5. The growth in the Hispanic population. One of the fastest growing demographics is the Hispanic population. It will take some time for this group to achieve the standard of living that middle class America enjoys for a number of reasons.. They do not have the money to spend on large items, but their money goes to basic needs. 6. And my last comment, the changing job markets. Over the long run, it is estimated that 40% of all jobs by 2050 (just 30 years from now) will be gone and taken over by robots. Cabbies, Uber drivers, truck drivers, railroad employees, restaurant workers, most warehouse workers and most all manufacturing left in America will be done by robots. This leaves healthcare and service workers, like plumbers, electricians, etc as the major employers in America. (They say technology will drive jobs, but I believe all of those will be overseas and not in America). So as we move toward this 40% reduction which is happening now, people will experience a down turn in income also impacting economic growth. I think 1-2% is the new normal.
          Rolls-Royce Dawn Black Badge Tries To Attract Millennials With 593 Horsepower   

Millennials are the most prized market segment for any brand right in the world –...

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          I love malls. I hate that they’re dying. I have a suggestion: Teitel    

My soul is so suburban that when I visited the shopping mall of my youth last week (Hillcrest Mall in Richmond Hill), I nearly cried because of how much it had changed. Gone was the Mr. Sub, the Zellers, and, saddest of all, the General Store: an overpriced knick-knack shop that sold model cars and special items for left-handed people (my late Bubbie Shoshie called this the “crap store”; clearly she wasn’t the only one who felt this way).

Those who grew up in cities might be under the impression that every suburb and shopping mall is more or less the same. And perhaps to outsiders they are. But if you’re an insider — if you grew up, like I did, on a residential grid of cookie cutter houses — you don’t feel this way. In fact, it’s precisely because you weren’t spoiled with stuff to look at that you’re more attuned to the details of your environment. The sameness of the landscape sharpens your senses. As a result, you know your Indigo, your Silver City, your Kelseys restaurant and of course, your mall, like the back of your hand. (I could pick the Richmond Hill Indigo out of a lineup blindfolded.)

But no matter how well we know our suburban landmarks and defend their existence to our city-slicker friends, they are apparently not long for this world.

Read more: How neighbourhood malls are struggling to survive

According to new research published by Credit Suisse, 20 to 25 per cent of all malls in the U.S. are projected to close by the year 2022. This month, Sears Canada, a mall mainstay, announced plans to close 59 stores, a move that will result in the elimination of nearly 3000 jobs.

Retail analyst Robert Warren says there are a few major contributing factors to the demise of the North American mall: the baby boomer demographic isn’t spending at malls as often as it once did, millennial consumers want more choice — which they can find online — and TV streaming gives us more reason than ever to stay home.

But there’s something else in the mall-decline mix too. And that’s the reality that at the vast majority of North American malls, there simply isn’t enough to do. Most western shopping centres are devoted almost exclusively to retail, which means if you aren’t buying clothes or renewing your criminally overpriced cellphone plan, you don’t have much reason to stick around after you’ve run your errands.

In many parts of Asia, however, the opposite is true. This winter, I travelled throughout Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan, where I observed and participated in a mall culture totally unlike our own. Nearly every mall I visited had some element of amusement totally unrelated to the purchasing of stuff. No matter how small, every shopping centre was a miniature West Edmonton Mall, complete with at least one of the following amenities: an aquarium, an arcade, a petting zoo, a batting cage, a bowling ally, laser tag, a high-tech photo booth, a pop culture-themed restaurant, a karaoke stall and even occasionally a museum.

What’s more, it wasn’t just families with young children and teens using these amenities; they were popular with everybody, regardless of age. In East Asia, it became clear to me very quickly that there’s no shame in enjoying the recreational activities you loved as a kid well into adulthood.

Warren says Canadian shopping centres might benefit from the amusement model popular in Asian malls. He even notes that where West Edmonton Mall does well is on “the theme stuff.”

“(Asian) malls are different than ours in that they’ve turned them into entertainment locations,” Warren says. “I think with the massive population we’re (Canada) drawing in from Asia, if a mall operator started to do things like (adding more amusement) they’d draw those consumers in because it’s a bit of a touch of home for them.”

In my mind, the Asian mall model wouldn’t just attract new Canadians from Asian countries or tourists looking for a touch of home, but anyone looking for a variety of amusement in one place. Social media went wild this week with news that Cineplex opened the Rec Room in downtown Toronto — what is essentially a sprawling arcade for adults. Among the activities Torontonian millennials currently go nuts for: escape rooms, axe throwing, board game cafes and lining up for hours on Queen St. W. for something called “charcoal ice cream.”

All of these things point to the reality that millennial adults want to participate in recreational activities that don’t involve getting plastered and going to a bar or nightclub. Malls can use this desire for wholesome recreation to their advantage. Right now most of these activities are spread thin throughout the city and suburbs, often in repurposed warehouses. Why aren’t they at your local mall?

The suburban shopping centre is a town square. If you live in the suburbs, it’s where you go to see and be seen, especially in the wintertime, where the mall is pretty much the only public space you can go to and not freeze your butt off. For a lot of suburbanites, malls aren’t cultural dead zones. They’re meeting places, walking tracks and study spots. In other words, they’re hotbeds of culture. We can turn our noses up at them or we can save them. I say we save them, one arcade and board game cafe at a time. Hillcrest, I’m rooting for you.

Emma Teitel is a national affairs columnist.


          Fr. James Martin's LGBT book: Where it's strong, where it falls short   

Washington D.C., Jun 29, 2017 / 01:10 pm (CNA).- There’s been a lot of chatter about Fr. James Martin’s new book, “Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity,” and given the topic, it’s understandable why. Pope Francis’ call to “encounter” has reinforced the necessity for Catholics to go bring the Gospel to those on the margins. Within American society at large, one of the most visible minorities on the margins are those who experience same-sex attractions or identify as LGBT, and ministry to this community has been of special concern among faithful Catholics in recent years. At the same time, both communities have borne legitimate struggles, as the Church faces pressures to choose between its teachings and public service, and those who identify as LGBT – including celibate Catholics who abide by Church teaching – have for years faced violence, ridicule and discrimination for their attractions.

The book contains many good and practical explanations for why conversations between these groups can come to a standstill. Fr. Martin points out how the scandal of the sex abuse crisis or mistreatment by persons in the Church can make it difficult for members of the LGBT community to listen to the Church’s guidance. Additionally, he explains to members of the LGBT community why it’s important to respect the teaching authority of the Church. Advice like this is clarifying and can help facilitate conversations with more patience and understanding. The book closes with a series of prayers and spiritual reflections, some of which provide a welcome antidote to the Pelagian poisons of our time: Fr. Martin rightfully reinforces God’s love for all his children in a world that places terms and conditions upon our human dignity and worth.

Yes, all of us are sinners and fall short of the glory of God and face the consequences of our actions. But all of us are created in the image and likeness of God; it is not our action or inaction, but God’s grace, which secures our salvation. I can only hope that these reflections provide spiritual fruit for all of the book’s readers who feel rejected, neglected, hurt, or who think their deeds somehow have rendered them unworthy of God’s love, particularly readers who experience same-sex attraction or identify as part of the LGBT community.

However, there were other aspects of the book that were troubling.  

Most of all, I was confused by the book’s avoidance of the Church’s teaching on the Sacrament of marriage, as well as the importance of the gifts of celibacy and chastity for the life of the Church. Likewise, I was baffled by Fr. Martin’s reluctance to acknowledge Catholics who experience same-sex attraction who live in obedience to Church teaching – either through celibacy or in sacramental marriages to persons of the opposite sex. If the purpose of the book is to build a bridge between the Church and the broader LGBT community, why skip over the perspective of those at the crossroads of living a Catholic life and experiencing same-sex attraction?

Eve Tushnet, an author, pro-life activist and Catholic who identifies as a lesbian spoke to similar frustrations, particularly the book’s avoidance of sexual ethics, in her review of Fr. Martin’s book for the Washington Post. “The Catholic sexual ethic is this book’s embarrassing secret. It’s never mentioned, and so the difficulties the teaching itself poses for gay Catholics in our culture are never addressed.”  

Tushnet later continues: “In a culture where everything from pop songs to health insurance urges us to structure our lives around romance and marriage, gay Christians have a chance – or a duty – to show that you can make a life of devotion, joy and mutual sacrifice within celibacy. And straight Christians have a chance not only to live the models we’ve shown them, following the paths we’ve blazed, but to support us when our callings to non-marital love leave us economically or emotionally vulnerable.”

Given the topic, it seemed jarringly incomplete to be denied even a reference to the call of Tushnet and other LGBT Christians trying to live in accord with Church teaching.

After reading, I also found myself wondering about the definitions Fr. Martin lays out, particularly those surrounding identity.

While certainly respect and sensitivity are necessary for any difficult conversation, I can’t help but wonder if Fr. Martin’s fixation on identity as LGBT overlooks Catholics who experience same-sex attraction but do not wish to identify as such. For instance, members of groups such as Courage share experiences of same-sex attraction, yet many choose not to identify as “gay” or “lesbian.” Furthermore, even within the LGBT community, those labels of “gay” and “lesbian” are falling out of use among the Millennial generation, with the terms like “queer” taking their place. If this book is to help bridge an understanding, why limit this conversation to their exclusion?

On top of that, all of these sexual identities – including that of “straight” – are very recent social constructions. This isn’t to say that identities don’t reflect on how we are shaped and encounter the world, or that they cannot be an effective shorthand for describing one’s background or community. Yet, as Pope Benedict XVI wrote while he was still Joseph Ratzinger, “the human person, made in the image and likeness of God, can hardly be adequately described by a reductionist reference to his or her sexual orientation” (or any other temporal identity). While we might claim a given identity – Gentile, Jew, Gay, Straight – they aren’t essential to who we are as children of God, nor should they limit us in doing what the Church, our Mother, asks of us.

Sadly, this point of Church teaching and historical understanding doesn’t come across clearly in Fr. Martin’s book. In one section, Fr. Martin rightly points to the hypocritical “acceptance” of some other groups who publicly disobey Church teaching such as known usurers or those in cohabiting relationships. However, he doesn’t merely call for consistency, but for consistency in acceptance of these forms of public sin. This is problematic for a number of reasons, but most of all because it seems to despair of God’s grace and sells short Christ’s call for all of us to live lives of virtue.

Overall, there are some useful insights in the Building a Bridge’s prayers and descriptions of where many conversations on this topic come to a standstill. And, the book may be a useful tool for a well-formed Catholic who wants a better insight into the LGBT experience, or for a member of that community who wants to understand a neighborhood priest's perspective. However, bridge-building is a difficult task. Hopefully the fruits of this book will prove to be a solid plank, but there is clearly a need for other resources, materials and direction to make up for what is lacking in this book as we seek to span these waters.

 

 


          This writer believes ‘Wonder Woman’ is the best representative of Biblical womanhood   
Read it here and discuss below.

          Another Testimony of Joseph Smith   
Facebook reminded me today of a post I wrote a few years ago about how I gained my testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith. From the original post: “Growing up in the Church I think I look the life and … Continue reading

          A Picture of the Sun   
This is a guest post by Nick Galieti, a podcaster for LDS Perspectives and Book of Mormon Central. Nick Galieti was recipient of the 2015 John Taylor: Defender of the Faith Award by FairMormon, is author of the books Tree … Continue reading

          If I Were President: Healthcare Edition   
Today, we’ll discuss healthcare, since the Senate is debating their bill. The Senate bill is similar to the House bill in many ways. Neither repeals Obamacare, but do repeal many of the mandates. Four Senators, Paul, Cruz, Lee and Johnson … Continue reading

          If I were president: foreign affairs edition   
If I were president, I would do the following in regards to foreign affairs: Re-establish President George Washington’s insistence on no long term alliances, and no adventurism in the world. We are not the world’s police force. Get out of … Continue reading

          Regarding that testimony by a 12-year-old girl with same-sex attraction   
This very fine post by Scott Gordon of FAIRMormon is quite good.

          Visions of the Spirit World   
Although it happened back in Feburary, until yesterday I hadn’t seen President Russell M. Nelson and Sister Wendy Nelson’s wonderful joint address to the RootsTech conference. President Nelson shared a remarkable story from his family history. This weekend Elder Kopischke … Continue reading

          Podcast: Help! Teaching in Gospel Settings with John Hilton III   
http://traffic.libsyn.com/ldsperspectives/LDSP40_Help_with_Gospel_Teaching.mp3 In this episode of the LDS Perspectives Podcast, Laura Harris Hales visits with John Hilton III about teaching in church settings. John has spent a good deal of his adult life working in religious education. He began his teaching … Continue reading

          The Perils of Misunderstanding Judgment   
 Yesterday, Greg Trimble posted a response to critiques of his earlier article on the coming “revolution” in the Church. Although I had nothing to do with those critiques, I wanted to respond to Greg’s post yesterday. Greg misread the responses … Continue reading

          Not even a hill worth debating (Lunn and the ending of Mark)   
There is a popular post booming on social media that summarizes a book by Nicholas P. Lunn. Lunn argues the current ending of Mark (everything after 16:8) really is original to Mark (against the clear scholarly consensus) and that the … Continue reading

          Female business leaders in Charlotte offer this advice to millennial women   
The conversation at the Ernst & Young (EY) women's business conference began with an empowering tone.

          We Sent a Millennial to McDonald's to Try Her First-Ever Big Mac -- What Happened Was Sad   
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          Flexi-work, collaboration top two job priorities for employees: Study   
Gen X and Millennial workforce in India are open to digital workspaces, value work-life integration and are embracing flexi work styles that enable them to be mobile professionals, says a study.
          Nike venderá directamente desde Amazon   

NUEVA YORK (AP) — Nike comenzará a vender de forma directa algunos de sus zapatos deportivos a través de Amazon, como parte de un plan para llevar los productos de su marca a más sitios en línea.

Los clientes ya pueden encontrar productos de la marca deportiva en la gigantesca tienda en línea, pero solo a través de terceros.

Nike dijo que la nueva asociación con Amazon ayudará a tener un mejor control de su marca en Amazon. Al inicio, solo una pequeña selección de zapatos, ropa y accesorios estarán disponibles, pero la idea es ofrecer más productos en la plataforma si la prueba tiene éxito.

“Estamos en las primeras etapas, pero realmente estamos esperando evaluar los resultados”, dijo el director general de Nike, Mark Parker, el jueves en la noche en una conferencia.

A inicios de este mes, la empresa anunció la eliminación de 1.400 empleos, una reestructuración encaminada a vender zapatos directamente online. Nike ya tiene acuerdos con rivales de Amazon en China y Europa y Nike está haciendo más disponibles en el mundo sus apps para comprar.

Además del acuerdo con Amazon, Nike también se alió con Instagram para facilitar a los usuarios la compra de zapatos a través de la app para compartir fotos.

Vender directamente a través de Amazon dará a Nike más acceso a los millennials, dijeron analistas de Nomura. Los expertos también opinan que la empresa podrá tener mejor control de los precios en Amazon y ayudar a reducir el número de falsificaciones que se venden.

Amazon.com Inc. con sede en Seattle, no respondió el viernes a una solicitud para comentar al respecto.


          Football Manager: How Simulations Changed the Game   
Research indicates that millennials are entrepreneurial, which shouldn’t come as a surprise looking at the popular gaming trends. Football Manager, now in its 13th incarnation, proves this. The game revolves around being the manager of a football team – in gambling with players’ abilities, players’ strengths and weaknesses, and attempting to rise through the ranks …
          Chat with Natalie: " -- Getting To Know Yourself" ENCORE of "The Spiritual Significance of 2012" with Corelight   
GuestEncore presentation due to the intensity of information shared and the many requests. December 21, 2012 is the end of a several millennial cycle according to the Mayan calendar. Mystics and seers through the ages have predicted great changes as humanity transitions from the Age of Patriarchy to a new potentially "Golden" era of heart-centered consciousness. Leslie and Brad will share their insights about this pivotal time in humanity's evolution.
          Chat with Natalie: " - Getting to know Yourself" On today's show I am welcoming Leslie Temple-Thurston and Brad Laughlin to learn more about "The Spiritual Significance of 2012."   
GuestDecember 21, 2012 is the end of a several millennial cycle according to the Mayan calendar. Mystics and seers through the ages have predicted great changes as humanity transitions from the Age of Patriarchy to a new potentially "Golden" era of heart-centered consciousness. Leslie and Brad will share their insights about this pivotal time in humanity's evolution.
          ¿Quién ha matado al Big Mac?   
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El reinado y declive de la hamburguesa estrella de McDonalds bien podría servir de metáfora de los cambios que se están produciendo en los gustos de los consumidores y la tendencia consolidada por comer sano.
          Millennial taste buds fuel a home-foodie boom   
A new food flight is going on in Wall Street and in corporate boardrooms, and much of it boils down to how millennials want to eat. Blue Apron sold shares to the public recently, as the meal-kit company hopes to cash in on demand for home-cooked food. The New York Times started charging for its new NYT Cooking recipe site, asking for $5 a month to access its recipes. Amazon said it's buying Whole Foods for $13.7 billion as the internet retailer seeks to expand into grocery services and delivery.
          Rosa Millennial: A cor do momento!   
Uma cor que está fazendo sucesso nesse ano, entre estilistas e fashionistas, é o rosa pastel. Batizado de “Rosa Millennial”, por ter um caráter moderno e “genderless”, é uma cor que pode ser usada por homens de todos os gostos e estilos. Segundo o WGSN, empresa especializada em análise de tendências, o número de peças masculinas em [...]
          8 creative ways to show your love for stars and stripes   
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          Study: 17% Of Millennials Cite Amazon As A Favorite Food Retailer   

But Amazon still has a ways to go before it topples Walmart, Target and Costco.

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          Peak 2017? Lebron James and James Comey Drove Similar TV Ratings   

Bloomberg TV's Twitter livestream of the former FBI Director's testimony commanded 2.8 million (mostly millennial) viewers.

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          The US fertility rate just hit a record-low — and it could signal a 'demographic time bomb'   

Newborn baby at hospital

After years of consistent decline, new data reveal the US fertility rate has hit a record low, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Provisional 2016 data showed a 1% decline from the year prior. That brings the general fertility rate among women 15 to 44 to 62.0 births per 1,000 women.

Experts in demographic trends fear the falling rate could signal the beginning of larger economic woes for the US.

In many industrialized countries around the world, the male-dominated labor force is shifting to become more egalitarian. As more members of both sexes choose to prioritize their careers over their personal lives, family planning is taking a backseat.

In the most extreme cases, such as in the so-called "demographic time bomb" that has formed in Japan, populations have actually started declining. Economists have forecasted this demographic time bomb — a way of referring to the vicious cycle of low fertility and economic downturn — could spread in 20 years' time to other countries that have similar demographics as  Japan in the late 1990s.

They call it the "Japanization" of the global economy.

US population growth has followed a similar, albeit less extreme, trajectory. Millennials are increasingly choosing to forgo parenting in an effort to move up in their careers, pay off their massive student debt, and gain financial independence from their parents.

The US case is notable, however, when it comes to its lack of federal parental leave policies. There are only three other countries on Earth that do not offer employees paid time off on a national level. Research has found this factors into low fertility because poor work-life balance forces couples to choose between having kids or pursuing careers. They can't do both.

For that reason, demographers often encourage world leaders to enact more family-friendly policies if they want to boost fertility rates. 

"The countries that have been most successful at adjusting for a dual role for women, both as mothers and as professionals or at least workers, interestingly end up with more of both," Richard Jackson, president of the nonprofit research group Global Aging Institute, told Business Insider in 2016. " They end up with higher fertility rates and more working women."

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          BBC Set to Balance Kerry-Anne Mendoza on QT with Robbie Travers Appearing next week.   
Robbie Travers, Right-Wing Millennial to appear on QT to ‘balance’ left-wing firebrand Kerry-Anne?  Following the announcement that Kerry-Anne Mendoza is to appear on QT this week well established rumour has it that Robbie Travers will be on soon to offer ‘another view’ to  the respected left-wing political commentator. Oor Robbie….from the Official Travers’ Blog Site, “Things […]
          En 2030, los adultos mayores superarán a los millennials en Chile   
El envejecimiento de la población chilena ya dejó de ser novedad hace mucho. Hace ya varios años el país se enfrenta a bajas tasas natalidad, por lo que el porcentaje de población de 60 años o más continúa en aumento, alcanzando en la actualidad los 2.680.000.Según un estudio realizado por GFK-Adimark, en 2025, el número […]
          Aarron replied to the topic How to love as a Millennial in the modern, technological world? in the forum Creative Corner   
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          The latest thing that Millennials are/are not doing that's ruining the country: Not having enough babies [Strange]   
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          Nev. State Sen: Recreational Pot in Vegas This Saturday, Like 'Amsterdam on Steroids'   

Dispensaries in Nevada are preparing to open for recreational sales on July 1, a move hailed as a "game-changer" for the state, the Las Vegas Sun reports. "Everything we know shows that millennials are very pro-marijuana, and that's the new marketing push," Nevada state Sen. Tick Segerblom told the Sun.


          Israel is losing support among Democrats, minorities and millennials, study finds   
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          What Is HBO’s Next Breakout Comedy Hit?   

HBO has two of TV’s great comedies with “Veep” and “Silicon Valley.” But does it have another to join their ranks?

HBO’s biggest ratings success is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s “Ballers,” which averaged 7.1 million viewers last season. Audiences (including Sen. Elizabeth Warren) clearly love it — but it hasn’t earned the Emmy buzz of shows like “Silicon Valley” (which averaged 4.74 million this past season), “Girls” (4.17 million) or “Veep” (3.64).

“Girls” has bowed out after six seasons, leaving shows like Aziz Ansari’s “Master of None” on Netflix and Donald Glover’s “Atlanta” on FX to snag some of its millennial fans. Both, like “Girls,” are strong Emmy contenders.

HBO could use a brightly burning new prospect, given that “Veep,” coming off its widely acclaimed Season 6, is no longer the new kid on the block, and “Silicon Valley” will be without co-star T.J. Miller when it returns for its fifth season. Its recent half-hour additions include the Sarah Jessica Parker vehicle “Divorce” (which averaged 4.41 million viewers), Issa Rae’s “Insecure” (3.6 million) and Pete Holmes’ “Crashing” (2.61 million).

“They’re definitely at a transition moment in that ‘Girls’ just left,” Jason Mittell, professor of film and media culture at Middlebury College, told TheWrap. “‘Silicon Valley’ is solid but not a huge hit — and maybe there’s a little bit more risk losing a main cast member. ‘Veep’ is long-running at this point — obviously, I think it’s seen as creatively very strong — but it’s not the new generation.”

Saul Austerlitz, pop culture writer and author of the book “Sitcom,” told TheWrap that HBO is making promising moves in the genre: “I would say they’ve introduced a bunch of new shows in the last year or two — at least some of them have peaked my interest personally and have a lot of potential for the future.”

Asterlitz praises “Vice Principals,” the Danny McBride comedy that launched in July 2016 and returns later this year for its second and supposedly final season. Asterlitz calls the ribald series “absolutely terrific and just extremely well done, and a show that’s very much of the moment. So that felt to me like it was flying a little bit under the radar.”

Mittell said that both “Insecure” and “High Maintenance” are “really interesting shows,” although he added that neither is “hugely successful.” He also appreciates that both were developed by the network from web series: “It shows another line of development.”

“Insecure” returns for its second season on July 23, the same night that Dwayne Johnson’s “Ballers” begins its third season. Both arrive a week after the drama “Game of Thrones,” HBO’s marquee show.

“‘Game of Thrones’ still casts the biggest shadow, and ‘Westworld’ was fairly successful — but I don’t know if it will be able to sustain — and ‘Leftovers’ has finished up,” said Mittell, co-author of the book “How to Watch Television.” “So there aren’t a lot of programs on HBO right now besides ‘Game of Thrones’ that you can say, ‘This is the brand for the network.'”

He continued, “Every channel, every network needs to get a new hit every few years, and right now, I don’t think HBO has a comedy hit in the works. I don’t think that they are in a rocky place, but I don’t think that they are in a highly developed and confident place with their comedies.”

Bill Mesce, author of “Inside the Rise of HBO,” is confident that HBO is doing what it takes to adjust and evolve.

“‘Girls’ was a signature, only-on-HBO kind of show, but it was not a huge ratings pillar for the service,” Mesce told TheWrap. “If HBO has proven anything in its 55 years, it’s its resiliency. They’ll be fine.”

HBO declined to comment on this story.

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          Poll: More than a third of millennials say they’re “not very patriotic”   

Change.

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          Outlook is sunny for museum employees, AAMD survey says   
Assistant curators might want to move West, where the median salary for the position is $58,785
Despite the arts having a reputation for being a difficult field in which to find employment, and recent high-profile staff cuts at major museums including MoMA and the Metropolitan Museum, institutional jobs overall are shown to be stable positions, according to the American Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD)s 2017 Salary Survey, made public today (29 June). Two hundred and ninety-one museums in the US, Canada and Mexico (a 94% response rate) participated in the 2017 Salary Survey, a partnership between the AAMD and the global strategy consultancy firm Stax Inc, which examines pay and other benefits for 2016. It also compares data from 2011 to 2016.

As a [museum] director, this survey is invaluable, says Lori Fogarty, the director of the Oakland Museum of California and the president of the AAMD. There are very few surveys that are as comprehensive in terms of covering positions at every level of the museum organisation, Fogarty adds. The survey looks at over 50 staff positions in every department, from curatorial to museum security. It also compares salaries in terms of museum location and budgets.

This years survey reveals that museums spend a great deal of their operating budget on payroll expenses: for around two-thirds of the museums that participated, this was 41%-60% of their budget. It also shows that museums are a stable workplace in relation to the overall job force, with an average median salary rise of 3% in 2016 (greater than the US economic growth rate). And from 2011 to 2016, curatorial staffan in-demand profession for nearly a decade according to the Bureau of Labor Statisticshad a salary growth of around 4.6%.

Meanwhile, in that same period of time, salaries of Chief Operating Officers had a compound annual growth rate of 5.5%, around twice the average increase for salaries across all departments. Fogarty says this may reflect the growing importance of such roles, as the complexity of business and operational areassuch as facilities, human resources and technologymake a number two leader necessary.

On the other hand, museum director salaries had a 1.6% rise in median salaries and a compound annual growth rate of 1.2%. One reason this might be, Fogarty says, is because museum directors often sign multi-year contracts with a negotiated salary. And perhaps they do not want to have huge disparities with the salaries of their staff, she adds.

The survey has many uses for museums, such as getting an idea of the competitive salary landscape when hiring new staff, Fogarty says. The other areas of compensation, such as paid vacation time and a flexible work schedulewhich Fogarty believes are especially valuable to job-seeking millennialsare also important, since museums cannot always compete with salaries in other sectors, especially in places with a high cost of living such as the Bay Area, where her museum is located. It can also be useful when speaking with museum boards about budgets.

The breakdown also allows museums to compare salaries based on geographical areas, budgets and size, showing there really is no one-size-fits-all solution, Fogarty points out. For instance, the median salary for a chief curator or director of curatorial affairs in Mid-Atlantic states (including New York) was $168,600, compared to $93,846 in the Southeast, while the position had a median salary of $121,186 for museums with an annual operating budget of less than $1m, and $226,171 for museums with an operating budget over $20m.

The survey is also a useful tool for museum professionals, whether they are trying to negotiate a raise, or looking for new positions. Previously available for free to AAMD members, with a $100 fee for other users, the survey has been published without charge for everyone this year. This kind of research is a big investment if youre new in the profession and trying to understand what your expectations can be, Fogarty says.


The AAMD has been looking at data on museum salaries since 1918 (and has carried out a survey with a similar format to this years report since 1991).




          Hidesign bets on the millennial lifestyle   
For a brand that is still heavily reliant on traditional brick-and-mortar channels, airports are its new malls, drawing in young travelling professionals and encouraging impulse purchases.
          ¿Cómo serán los empleos futuros? Los expertos opinan   
Los empleos que tenemos hoy no serán los que tengamos mañana. Tampoco lo serán nuestras habilidades. Entonces, ¿cómo será el futuro de los empleos y qué debemos hacer para prepararnos? Esto opinan los expertos.

No más trabajos para toda la vida

"Un niño de hoy puede esperar cambiar de trabajo por lo menos siete veces en el curso de sus vidas - y cinco de esos puestos de trabajo no existen todavía".
Esteban Bullrich, ministro de Educación de Argentina

Nuevos empleos con el respaldo de la formación adecuada

“En un futuro muy cercano no tendremos los mismos trabajos que tenemos hoy, pero se crearán nuevos puestos de trabajo. Debemos capacitar a las personas brindándoles la educación y las oportunidades adecuadas. Creo que hay mejores días por delante, aunque esto depende de que tomemos nuestras tecnologías más prometedoras — y las adaptemos— para ayudar a las personas y crear oportunidades en todos los niveles”.
Devin Wenig, presidente y CEO de eBay

Valores esenciales para nuestros hijos

“El cultivo de la inteligencia digital basada en los valores humanos es esencial para que nuestros niños se conviertan en expertos en tecnología en lugar de ser dominados por ella”.
“Sin un programa nacional de educación digital, el dominio y el acceso a la tecnología se distribuirán de manera desigual, lo que agravaría la desigualdad y dificultaría la movilidad socioeconómica”.
Yuhyun Park, presidente, Infollution ZERO

La política necesita actualizarse

“Si bien hay opiniones muy contrapuestas acerca del modo en que la tecnología afectará al empleo, existe un consenso en que nos hayamos en un período de transición. Es necesario que las políticas se actualicen y simplifiquen esta transición. Proponemos cuatro áreas de acción: el reconocimiento de todos los modelos de trabajo y la rápida adopción de nuevas regulaciones, la actualización de la asistencia social, la formación de adultos y la capacitación continua, y los servicios de empleo proactivos”.
Saadia Zahidi, directora de Educación, Género y Trabajo y miembro del Comité Ejecutivo, Foro Económico Mundial en Ginebra

Los cambios no son nada nuevo

“Los efectos perturbadores de la innovación no son nada nuevo: el trabajador agrícola, que se trasladó a las fábricas industriales en la segunda mitad del siglo XVIII, sufrió grados de devastación en su vida y sociedad que hacen que los actuales cambios parezcan menores en comparación”.

Mark Dodgson, director del Centro de Gestión de Tecnología e Innovación de la Escuela de Negocios de la Universidad de Queensland y David Gann, vicepresidente del Imperial College.

El aprendizaje es importante

“En un entorno en el que surgen nuevas habilidades más rápido de lo que otras desaparecen, la posibilidad de conseguir un empleo tiene menos que ver con los conocimientos y más con la capacidad de aprender”.
Jonas Prising, presidente y director ejecutivo, ManpowerGroup

¿Hombres o máquinas?

“El piloto automático no ha dejado a los pilotos sin trabajo; en su lugar, anticipó una creciente cooperación entre el hombre y la máquina en tareas complejas”.

Cambio de habilidades... y cambio de puestos de trabajo

“Muchas personas no pueden hacer frente al cambio y mejora en las habilidades, lo que algunos consideran como parte de la evolución de la Cuarta Revolución Industrial”.
Allen Blue, cofundador y vicepresidente de Gestión de Productos, LinkedIn

Un futuro igualitario

“El futuro no será un mundo de hombres, será un mundo especializado; un mundo en donde las mujeres tendrán igualdad de acceso, representación y habilidades para aprovechar las oportunidades en las industrias y los trabajos".

Mara Swan, vicepresidenta ejecutiva de Estrategia Global y Talento, ManpowerGroup

Los robots no se quedarán con nuestros trabajos

“El error más grande que he oído aquí en Davos es la idea de que la tecnología se quedará con todos nuestros trabajos y que no hay nada que podamos hacer al respecto. La realidad es que es una herramienta muy poderosa pero que puede ser adaptada al futuro”.
Erik Brynjolfsson, director de la Iniciativa del MIT para la Economía Digital

Tampoco las computadoras

“Las actividades que utilizan computadoras crecen más rápido, no más lentamente, y no hay señales de que la tecnología genere desempleo o polarización a gran escala. La segunda idea es que, en lugar de perder puestos de trabajo, existe una consiguiente necesidad de nuevas habilidades: las nuevas tecnologías pueden aumentar la demanda de una actividad, compensando las supuestas pérdidas de puestos de trabajo”.
Erik Brynjolfsson, director de la Iniciativa del MIT para la Economía Digital

Fuente:Foro Económico Mundial

          Ghanaian Startup OMG Digital Recieves $1.1M Funding   
Ghanaian Startup OMG Digital Recieves $1.1M Funding
Ghanaian tech startup, OMG Digital, has announced that the company has closed on Seed Funding of $1.1M having received backing from a number international investors. Backed by the Y-Combinator, the new media company is targeting Africa’s millennial population through shareable and hyper-local pop-culture content, which has seen the startup being dubbed as the ‘Buzzfeed of [&hellip
          Holiday weekend roundup: Why millennials cannot save a dime | Nvidia’s threat to AMD | How to save a lot of money   
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          A Prayer for Busy Families   

“You are special.” ~Mister Rogers

Am I special? Parents of Millennials have certainly drilled into their children the notion that they are indeed special. We let them know...

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          David Davenport: The Future Of Freedom   

A new survey by the Fund for American Studies reminds us that millennials do not understand economics. The same group that does not know basic civics—such as who their senator is or whether Judge Judy is on the Supreme Court—also doesn’t get how free markets work. While 60% of millennials said they would choose liberty...

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          Builders Target Young Homebuyers With Less-Expensive New Houses   

Companies such as D.R. Horton and LGI Homes have introduced new starter homes

May 17, 2017

Photo: Dwight Burdette/Wikimedia Commons

Big builders are starting to introduce new homes at lower price points in an effort to appeal to Millennials, who are finally starting to buy homes.

CNBC reports that the median price of a new house in March was $315,000, which is around $80,000 more than the median price of an existing home. The reason is because after the recession, builders focused more on constructing bigger homes for high-end buyers. Many new starter homes were also snatched up by investors and turned into rental properties.

D.R. Horton and LGI Homes have entry-level houses. Over the last few years, NVR, Tri Pointe, Meritage, The New Home Co., and MDC have introduced low-price options as well.

Builders may want to capture starter-home demand, but they know that will come at a cost to their bottom lines. … The only way for builders to lower prices and take that hit to margins is to see big growth in new orders for new homes.

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          The Human Dignity Crisis of the Millennials   
There is a human dignity crisis in the millennial generation.   Millennials have become desensitized to murder. Each day we see news stories that remind us how steeped our society is in the culture of death. For instance, we recently saw the story of Michelle Carter who convinced her boyfriend over text and phone calls […]
          7/1/2017: INQUIRER: Millennial leviathan awakes, destined to be square — just like mum and dad   

There are many things young people should do with their lives, so writer and keen student of humanity Kurt Vonnegut once said, but the “most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be...
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          Honor 9 lancio ufficiale in Italia   
Honor 9, dopo la presentazione in Cina dello scorso 12 giugno, arriva anche in Italia ad un prezzo interessante. (CCM) — Honor 9, il top di gamma di casa Huawei dedicato ai Millennials, arriva finalmente anche in Italia. Honor 9 è stato presentato, nella sua versione europea, ieri a Berlino dal presidente Honor, George Zhao, ed è da subito disponibile all’acquisto anche nel nostro paese. Come
          Great Job, Internet!: Hip millennials taste-test cyanide   

We here at Great Job, Internet! are no strangers to “taste test” videos, wherein game gourmands snack on insects and dangerously hot chicken wings. Hey, we even have a section of The A.V. Club devoted to our gastronomic adventures (yes, bugs were eaten). But every now and then we watch a video that feels just a step or two away from an honest-to-god snuff film, spurring us to wonder just how much we should be enjoying the documentation of what’s undoubtedly going to haunt these people’s intestines far into the foreseeable future. Where is there possibly to go from here?

That brings us to this video, a parody of Buzzfeed-style taste tests from Be Nice To Me Productions. In it, an eager gang of millennials shake off their nerves and dive headfirst into a vile of cyanide (mixed with water, of course).

“This packs a big ...


          Spoiler Alert: Millennials Can’t Get Enough of Social Media   
by eMarketer A new study from private software research company Qualtrics and venture capital firm Accel looked at how plugged in to social media internet users in North America, the UK and Australia really are. It found that many millennials haven’t gone more than five hours without checking social media. Internet Users in Australia, North America [...]
          Fr. James Martin's LGBT book: Where it's strong, where it falls short   

Washington D.C., Jun 29, 2017 / 01:10 pm (CNA).- There’s been a lot of chatter about Fr. James Martin’s new book, “Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity,” and given the topic, it’s understandable why. Pope Francis’ call to “encounter” has reinforced the necessity for Catholics to go bring the Gospel to those on the margins. Within American society at large, one of the most visible minorities on the margins are those who experience same-sex attractions or identify as LGBT, and ministry to this community has been one has been of special concern among faithful Catholics in recent years. At the same time, both communities have borne legitimate struggles, as the Church faces pressures to choose between its teachings and public service, and those who identify as LGBT – including celibate Catholics who abide by Church teaching – have for years faced violence, ridicule and discrimination for their attractions.

The book contains many good and practical explanations for why conversations between these groups can come to a standstill. Fr. Martin points out how the scandal of the sex abuse crisis or mistreatment by persons in the Church can make it difficult for members of the LGBT community to listen to the Church’s guidance. Additionally, he explains to members of the LGBT community why it’s important to respect the teaching authority of the Church. Advice like this is clarifying and can help facilitate conversations with more patience and understanding. The book closes with a series of prayers and spiritual reflections, some of which provide a welcome antidote to the Pelagian poisons of our time: Fr. Martin rightfully reinforces God’s love for all his children in a world that places terms and conditions upon our human dignity and worth.

Yes, all of us are sinners and fall short of the glory of God and face the consequences of our actions. But all of us are created in the image and likeness of God; it is not our action or inaction, but God’s grace, which secures our salvation. I can only hope that these reflections provide spiritual fruit for all of the book’s readers who feel rejected, neglected, hurt, or who think their deeds somehow have rendered them unworthy of God’s love, particularly readers who experience same-sex attraction or identify as part of the LGBT community.

However, there were other aspects of the book that were troubling.  

Most of all, I was confused by the book’s avoidance of the Church’s teaching on the Sacrament of marriage, as well as the importance of the gifts of celibacy and chastity for the life of the Church. Likewise, I was baffled by Fr. Martin’s reluctance to acknowledge Catholics who experience same-sex attraction who live in obedience to Church teaching – either through celibacy or in sacramental marriages to persons of the opposite sex. If the purpose of the book is to build a bridge between the Church and the broader LGBT community, why skip over the perspective of those at the crossroads of living a Catholic life and experiencing same-sex attraction?

Eve Tushnet, an author, pro-life activist and Catholic who identifies as a lesbian spoke to similar frustrations, particularly the book’s avoidance of sexual ethics, in her review of Fr. Martin’s book for the Washington Post. “The Catholic sexual ethic is this book’s embarrassing secret. It’s never mentioned, and so the difficulties the teaching itself poses for gay Catholics in our culture are never addressed.”  

Tushnet later continues: “In a culture where everything from pop songs to health insurance urges us to structure our lives around romance and marriage, gay Christians have a chance – or a duty – to show that you can make a life of devotion, joy and mutual sacrifice within celibacy. And straight Christians have a chance not only to live the models we’ve shown them, following the paths we’ve blazed, but to support us when our callings to non-marital love leave us economically or emotionally vulnerable.”

Given the topic, it seemed jarringly incomplete to be denied even a reference to the call of Tushnet and other LGBT Christians trying to live in accord with Church teaching.

After reading, I also found myself wondering about the definitions Fr. Martin lays out, particularly those surrounding identity.

While certainly respect and sensitivity are necessary for any difficult conversation, I can’t help but wonder if Fr. Martin’s fixation on identity as LGBT overlooks Catholics who experience same-sex attraction but do not wish to identify as such. For instance, members of groups such as Courage share experiences of same-sex attraction, yet many choose not to identify as “gay” or “lesbian.” Furthermore, even within the LGBT community, those labels of “gay” and “lesbian” are falling out of use among the Millennial generation, with the terms like “queer” taking their place. If this book is to help bridge an understanding, why limit this conversation to their exclusion?

On top of that, all of these sexual identities – including that of “straight” – are very recent social constructions. This isn’t to say that identities don’t reflect on how we are shaped and encounter the world, or that they cannot be an effective shorthand for describing one’s background or community. Yet, as Pope Benedict XVI wrote while he was still Joseph Ratzinger, “the human person, made in the image and likeness of God, can hardly be adequately described by a reductionist reference to his or her sexual orientation” (or any other temporal identity). While we might claim a given identity – Gentile, Jew, Gay, Straight – they aren’t essential to who we are as children of God, nor should they limit us in doing what the Church, our Mother, asks of us.

Sadly, this point of Church teaching and historical understanding doesn’t come across clearly in Fr. Martin’s book. In one section, Fr. Martin rightly points to the hypocritical “acceptance” of some other groups who publicly disobey Church teaching such as known usurers or those in cohabiting relationships. However, he doesn’t merely call for consistency, but for consistency in acceptance of these forms of public sin. This is problematic for a number of reasons, but most of all because it seems to despair of God’s grace and sells short Christ’s call for all of us to live lives of virtue.

Overall, there are some useful insights in the Building a Bridge’s prayers and descriptions of where many conversations on this topic come to a standstill. And, the book may be a useful tool for a well-formed Catholic who wants a better insight into the LGBT experience, or for a member of that community who wants to understand a neighborhood priest's perspective. However, bridge-building is a difficult task. Hopefully the fruits of this book will prove to be a solid plank, but there is clearly a need for other resources, materials and direction to make up for what is lacking in this book as we seek to span these waters.

 

 


          Study: College a buffer against Great Recession, but not a cure-all   

Those who graduated from college in 2008 often say it wasn’t the best time to be entering the working world. As graduates were searching for those first jobs, the economy was shedding them and the world was plunging into recession. If those prospects weren’t dire enough, many of those graduates were also carrying debt from student loans.

Those millennials, however unlucky, fared better than their non-college-educated counterparts, though.

A new longitudinal study from the National Center for Education Statistics -- the primary collector of student data on the federal level -- found these results by taking a sample of students who were high school sophomores in the 2001-02 academic year and tracking them through 2012. The nationally representative sample was measured for a variety of factors -- co-habiting, marriage, unemployment, underemployment, student debt carried -- but the economic breakdown in those categories between those who attained completed a postsecondary degree and those who didn’t is especially telling.

Great Recession

Although those who attended college fared better, the 2008 recession was not kind to the study’s cohort of millennials: 41 percent reported being unemployed at least once between 2009 and 2012, a number that cut across the range of those studied, considering 52 percent had achieved some sort of postsecondary credential, and 33 percent had attained a bachelor’s degree.

Even though the timing of graduating might not have been ideal, attaining a four-year degree was still a good economic move for these millennials, on average, according to the report, which attempted to control for outside factors in its economic modeling. Put simply, even in the face of a recession, going to college still paid off.

“Individuals with less education had higher unemployment rates, while those with more education had higher employment rates and were more likely to be working full-time,” the report stated.

By 2012, 78 percent of those who had earned a bachelor’s degree were working more than 35 hours a week. Eleven percent were working fewer than 35 hours, 5 percent were unemployed and 6 percent were out of the labor force.

Of the members of the cohort who only had high school degrees, 64 percent were employed 35 hours or more a week, with 12 percent working fewer than 35 hours -- similar to the number of those with a bachelor’s degree -- and 14 and 10 percent were unemployed and out of the labor force, respectively.

In addition to employment, earning power was also differentiated along educational lines. Those surveyed who had a bachelor’s degree earned, on average, $17 an hour. Those surveyed with a high school diploma earned, on average, $13. (The study also found disparities in pay when accounting for race and gender, as well as socioeconomic background.)

The study notes that it’s still early to be drawing overly expansive conclusions from its data, however.

“It is important to note that this section only addresses cohort members’ early career and labor market outcomes,” it reads. “At age 25-26, many individuals are just starting their careers; some are still enrolled in undergraduate or graduate studies; and others will return to school for additional training later in their careers.”

Still, as the study notes, early labor data is often correlated with later outcomes.

By 2012, 83 percent of those in the cohort were employed, 11 percent were looking for jobs and 7 percent were out of the work force.

Underemployment

The study offered two ways to measure underemployment: based on whether a person’s posted job requirement was less than what that person had, and whether the person’s job was related to what they studied in college.

Neither of these methods is perfect -- after all, 20 percent of those surveyed with associate degrees said they were working in a job that required a bachelor’s degree, and people switch careers and find different fields to work in other than their field of study -- but they’re correlated with underemployment.

As many as 35 percent of those surveyed with a bachelor’s degree were estimated to be potentially underemployed by the first measure, with 16 percent working in a job that only required an undergraduate certificate, and 19 percent working in a job that only required an associate degree. Only 44 percent of those with a bachelor’s degree reported working in a field that was closely related to their major.

Ultimately, the results of the study point to the largely agreed-upon takeaway that -- although economic uncertainty remains, policy prescriptions surrounding higher education abound and debt often has to be taken on in the process of seeking a degree -- those with college degrees go farther economically.

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          Great Lakes Caring Named Of Of Best Workplaces For Millenials   
WARSAW — Great Lakes Caring Home Health and Hospice was ranked 94th on the list of the country’s Best Workplaces for Millennials, announced by research and consulting firm Great Place to Work and Fortune. Adam Nielsen, Chief Executive Officer of Great Lakes Caring, shared that Millennials thrive at … Read More
          Here's how millennials spend their money, compared to their parents   
Sixty percent of young people admit to spending more than $4 on coffee.
          How to Turn Into a Penny Pinching Millennial   

Being at the forefront of adulthood is a tricky phase to manage. We are looking for a new job, trying to navigate the world outside the college cocoon, and calculating how we could ever afford to leave our parents’ house. We may feel just lost for a while but slowly we all catch up, start…

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          KJ dihujani gangguan seksual di laman sosial    
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Menteri Belia dan Sukan, Khairy Jamaluddin dikatakan menerima banyak mesej berbaur lucah yang disifatkan sebagai gangguan seksual dari pengikutnya.

Khairy yang popular dengan panggilan KJ melalui laman Twitter, menasihatkan para pengikutnya agar jangan terlalu mengikut perasaan ketika menjamah juadah sempena sambutan Aidilfitri pada kali ini.

“Sudah masuk hari ke-3 (di bulan Syawal), sekiranya anda (masih) menjamu selera tanpa peduli, mungkin ada baiknya untuk mula pelahankan (nafsu makan) tersebut.

Adalah sangat mudah untuk menambah (berat badan) berbanding menurunkannya,” katanya memetik kenyataan di status berkenaan pada Selasa.

Status tersebut kemudiannya dibalas oleh seorang remaja lelaki yang mahu ‘menjamah’ Ahli Parlimen Rembau itu.

“Boleh saya ‘makan’ kamu daddy,” soalnya.

KJ kemudianya membalas tweet remaja lelaki tersebut dengan ucapan ringkas “kamu akan tercekik”.
Ekoran ‘tweet’ tersebut ramai dikalangan pengikutnya mula memberikan komen-komen berbaur lucah dan yang mempunyai maksud tersirat.

Malah ada yang mengucap panjang ketika membaca status tersebut sambil menyifatkan komen-komen tersebut merupakan gangguan seksual.

Terdahulu ahli parlimen Rembau itu bertanya kepada para para pengikutnya, mengapa ada dikalangan mereka sering memanggil dirinya dengan perkataan ‘daddy’.

“Kenapa ada orang yang tidak mempunyai sebarang pertalian darah dengan saya (sering) merujuk saya dengan panggilan ‘daddy’ di laman media sosial?

“Apakah maksud (perkataan) ini menurut percakapan millennial (generasi Y), apakah ia membawa maksud seperti pakcik,” soalnya pula lapor portal MassaTV.


          ‘The Bold Type,’ a Modern Gloss on Sex and the Single Girl   
The frothy Freeform mash-up of “Sex in the City,” “Girls” and “Central Park West” aims to depict the millennial viewers the network was built for.
          June’s Hospitality Headlines: Travel Tech   

HITEC just ended, so it’s fitting that this month’s hospitality headlines mostly touched on tech trends in the industry. Why is the Hawaii Tourism Authority fixated on appealing to Millennial travelers? And when they inevitably start venturing out on their own, what will Generation Z travelers want when they stay at a hotel? These questions … Continue reading "June’s Hospitality Headlines: Travel Tech"

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          Best Books of June   
Since it's the last Friday of the month, it's time to tell you all about the great books I read this month.




If you like dogs, you'll smile at this month's first book. Kristin O'Donnell Tubb is an amazing Southern writer and one of the kindest, most upbeat people you'll ever meet. Plus, her cover is perfect for the upcoming holiday:



I never thought I'd say this about an author, but Kristin captures the "voice" of a dog's inner thoughts perfectly! With A Dog Like Daisy, I actually feel like I understand my own dog much more after reading. Added to that is a touching relationship between a rescue dog and her owner. This is a story that will make a lasting impression on you, no matter how old you are!

Next up is the perfect beach read if you love a little adventure in your summer. J. Murray is always eager to help out other writers with tips on her blog, so you know she has the craft of writing down.



Twenty-Four Days takes us into the world of military technology, with two countries hurrying to find their missing nuclear submarines. As with To Hunt a Sub, I was amazed at the author's level of knowledge about all things military. I especially loved the way each chapter was part of a countdown to the 24 days referenced in the title. It added urgency to the story that intensified the reading experience. You'll love this one!

I love cozy mysteries. There's something about a female sleuth that takes me back to my childhood Nancy Drew-reading days. The next book by Anna Simpson fits the bill perfectly.



White Light: A Mystery Novel introduces us to Emma, a millennial who has formed a friendship with her quirky but lovable neighbor, Mrs. Perkins. Emma is living in her deceased aunt's house, but her aunt isn't quite gone. Thanks to her aunt's meddling, Emma finds herself in the middle of a murder mystery. You can't help but smile at the interactions between Emma and her neighbor, but the book isn't short on suspense, either. An all around great read!

Next up is a sequel to a book I've already read. That's exciting because it means its author, Kristin Smith, and I have been friends for a while!



Forgotten continues the story of Sienna Preston, a brave teenager who is determined to get to the truth behind a genetic engineering experiment. She has the help of a guy named Zane, who is the right amount "hunky" to make teen girls crush on him. Problem? She still has feelings for Trey. This has everything fans of dystopian YA love: suspense, action, plenty of twists and turns, and a love triangle!

The next book is my Audible read for the month. Unfortunately, it's been a while since I've read one of these psychological thrillers that I actually liked. Apparently, the quote "the next Gone Girl" is now applied to just about every suspense novel with a female protagonist. But this month's book was one I loved.



Every description you see of Behind Closed Doors lets you know this book is intense. They all also emphasize the fact that the book is unsettling. You think you're signing up for a book about domestic abuse, but that doesn't quite fit. You'll see. And you really don't appreciate the author's brilliance until you get to the end and say, "Oh...I see what you've done here!" I highly recommend this one, but if you're sensitive to dog deaths as I am, you'll need to skip over a section toward the beginning. You'll know when you get there!

What's the best book you read in June?
          Comment on Millennials and Affluent Prefer Mobile for Brand Connection After Purchase by Robert Dawson   
I have been with Yahoo for decades.. This is the crapiest thing you people have done in years. I don't think you should change my mail and all my yahoo accounts. Thew way they were in the old classic, they were neat and i could find anything anytime. this new mail is crap. put my stuff back the way it was . Bob Dawson dsaptap@yahoo.com
          Las 10 profesiones preferidas por los Millennials   
Las nuevas generaciones inclinan sus preferencias hacia las profesiones relacionadas con la tecnología, la creatividad, el cuidado al ambiente y los avances digitales.
          Do old Italian-American restaurants hate new Italian wine?   
For those whose families emigrated from Italy over 100 years ago, it is a secure bet that we still identify with our roots. In the U.S., we’re Italian-Americans, although many of us prefer to be seen first, as Americans, with Italian heritage. If anyone doubts that, all one would need to do is get on a plane, go back to one of their family towns and see what they call you. Here comes the “Americano,” they would call. And that’s if you were born there and had only been gone for five years, let alone 100.

When one delves into the complicated mesh of food, especially from Italy, there are snags. First of all, where you came from. If from Trento or Alba, you will have your specific traditions and foods. And if you came from south of Rome, you will have another. And, seeing as many of the Italians that came to America 100+ years ago came from the south, their influence on how we perceive Italian food, historically, has been overarching.


One of the most mystifying things I have had to reckon with is the Southerner who opens up an Italian restaurant and calls it “Northern Italian cuisine.” To explain this would take a book. And when I open up a menu in a place like that and see Veal Marsala, I become cross-eyed and confused, wishing I had opted instead for an Indian restaurant and Chicken Tikka Masala.

Oh, to seek solace and refuge in one of those old Italian-American eateries that dot the East and West Coasts, for a simple plate of spaghetti and meat balls, with a never-ending basket of garlic bread and a bottle of Chianti, the one in the quaint bottle wrapped in straw. Ah, comfort…

I had my places growing up in California, like Petrillo’s in San Gabriel, with their flat pizza covered in tomato sauce and anchovies. Or Green Valley Restaurant in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood, where I supped as a cash-strapped student, craving a little “down home” cooking.

Nowadays, the old Italian-American restaurant is an endangered species, even in places like New York, where rents have threatened places that have passed from generation to generation. But there are some standouts. Pete Wells recently reviewed Don Peppe in Queens, and looking at the pictures and reading about it had me wanting to book a flight to NY just for lunch. Wells briefly mentioned wine at Don Peppe, “A person who knows of Don Peppe only as a scheme of Turtle’s in an 'Entourage' subplot may ask to see the wine list. Everybody at Don Peppe drinks the house white or the house red. Both come in bottles with no cork and no label. Both are well chilled. Both have the carefree good cheer of the very young.”

Chilled red wine – we’ve come so far, in such a short time. I still want to go to Don Peppe, though.

Years earlier, I drove from New Orleans to Houma to do a wine dinner. Along the way, we stopped at Mosca’s, another Italian-American shrine to eating. One of my Italian colleagues lived in the seaside town where the owners came from, and it was one of those nights under the umbrella of an Italian-American dining experience that I will never forget. The wine list, though - even though it tried (and still tries) to cover most of the bases - it’s as if there are irreconcilable differences between (classic) Italian-American taste and the current state of Italian wine. The wine list appeared more as an archeological artifact, evidence of the state of Italian wine at the beginning of the third millennium. Thankfully, they allow outside bottles to be brought in ($20 corkage per bottle – two bottle maximum – no checks- no credit cards).

In an alternate universe, gone are the straw covered bottles of cheap and cheerful Chianti. Gone is Bolla Soave (or was it Soave Bolla?). And more currently, gone is heavy, testosterone-laden Brunello. The scandal at the beginning of the century changed that course. Didn’t the Italian-American restaurateurs get the memo? Oak is out, fruit (and acid) is back in. And natural, the more the merrier, is making inroads. And the millennials are calling the shots. That’s what Donatella Versace is saying. So, why this disconnect?

Recently I was in a restaurant with an Italian motif. The front-man was born in Italy, although he probably needs to go back for a refresher course. I ordered the salmon, knowing, that even though it’s probably farm-raised, it will be predictable, and not over wrought with sauce or garlic.

While there, a group of elderly white gents were sitting at a table. They were in the concrete business; rumor had it they were investors in the place. As a sign of good will and respect, we sent over a couple of bottles of relatively good wine that we were trying out with a client. I noticed over at their table they were sipping on Ruffino Ducale. Nothing wrong with that, after all wasn’t it the favorite wine of Tony Soprano?

On leaving, one at our table who knew several of the gents, stopped by to say good-bye. Asking if they liked the wines, one of the Silverbacks at the table remarked, “Yeah, thanks, but next time, bring some of the good stuff!”

And therein lays the crux of the issue. Everyone wants more. More sauce, more garlic, more cheese, more good, more of anything. An old guy is looking down the barrel of time, sensing (but maybe not wanting to admit it) that there is less and less of the one thing he cannot acquire – time. So, let’s have a really “big” wine. And so, here comes the Sassicaia, the Ornellaia, the Any-aia as long as it is “huge.” Subtlety is lost on a man who is losing a race.

Now, the many folks who go into the many venerable Italian-American spots like Don Peppe and Mosca’s are not all in that boat. But let’s face it, that boat landed many moons ago. And people get “set” in their preferences. Look, I’m kind of glad that Ruffino Ducale is still doing well. It’s one of the few selling missions I’ve been on in my career that is still a “thing.” So many windmills those of us in the trade have tilted at over the years, and what do we have to show for it? A preponderance of Chianti, Pinot Grigio, Moscato and Prosecco. Meanwhile, over in little ‘ol Ittly, they keep making up new wines from old grapes, hoping to sell them to their Italian-American counterparts here in the good ‘ol USofA.

Well, we aren’t going to change the folks at Don Peppe or Mosca’s. I don’t believe old Italian-American restaurants hate new Italian wine. I just think, for many of them, they’re not anywhere near to being on their radar. But there are those chefs, like Mario Carbone, who along with his partners, get the new Italian wine with the old Italian-American food thing. And there are more and more coming, so this isn’t a hopeless rant.

It’s more of a 7th inning stretch. We’ve come a long way. We’re not there yet. And we’ve gone through a couple of pitchers. But relief is on the way.

I have to believe that. And so do all those hopeful producers, holding their wines up to those on the big steam ship, eager for someone, anyone, to grab up one of their babies and take them to that brave new world called America.



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          The Fortunes of the Times - Great Italian Vintages from the “Noughties” - 2012-2016   
Frequent readers already know this little secret – Italy is in a full-blown Golden Age for wine. Never have we seen more great wine coming out of this land once called Oenotria. After thousands of years, we have arrived to the Promised Land. And the last five vintages have bestowed a largess upon wine lovers almost to the point of excess. Before one thinks this a protestation, let’s examine our collective fortune.

While on this last trip to Italy, covering Tuscany and Piedmont with a dollop of Vinitaly in the middle, we tasted through many wines from these five vintages from 2012 to 2016.


2012 – The new and current release for Brunello di Montalcino. Tasting through wines from La Gerla, La Fiorita, Barbi, Casanova di Neri, Renieri, Fuligni and Le Chiuse I recorded a lot of “Wow!” in my tasting notes. Look, one doesn’t need to read this blog to know the producers in Montalcino are pumped up about the 2012 vintage. Other producers, other wines, Marchesi Pancrazi’s Pinot Noir and Selvapiana’s Pomino, Felsina’s Rancia, Badia a Coltibuono’s Riserva, even Losi-Querciavalle’s regular Chianti Classico impressed. Common threads, for me, were power with balance, tannin for a healthy spine-life and gorgeous fruit. And that’s just Tuscany. Notes for 2012 red wines from the Marche region, from Piedmont and the Veneto (Amarone) presented this taster with high marks. This is a solid vintage for cellar-worthy reds. I already own a cache of Barolo, Barbaresco and Chianti Classico wine and suggest anyone who takes my words seriously to buy in now. The excitement over new vintages (like the 2013 in Piedmont) often leaves the previous vintage in a limbo state. There are some good values to be had.

2013 – Four days in Piedmont, after Vinitaly, which bordered on a death-march, nonetheless produced notes of astonishment. 2013 is the current (and new) release for Barolo, and the producers we saw were showing wines that had grip, warmth, openness, freshness and lots of energy/tension/balance. Among the wineries we tasted were Burlotto, Massolino, Pio Cesare, Rocche Costamagna, Renato Ratti, Conterno Fantino and Carlo Revello. There is a plethora of enthusiasm for 2013, and rightfully so. If you read in the old books about Barolo being a tannic wine (and not the tannins of the barrels) and like me, have labored to detect those tannins (having grown up drinking Napa Valley red wines from the 1970’s), 2013 display and confirm that Nebbiolo indeed can be tannic. Again, great for the long-haul, great to put in the cellar and wait 20 years for the wines to blossom. Note to anyone under 40: this vintage is for you, not for the Silverbacks in the audience.

2014 - What can I say that I didn’t say last week? Choose classic producers; do not forsake Barbaresco (or Etna) in this vintage. Find the producers who knew what to do with the swirling weather and the unending blather from the naysayers. There are some lovely wines, and not just reds. Umani Ronchi’s Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC Classico Superiore Vecchie Vigne, Bucci’s Verdicchio Classico Riserva "Villa Bucci" DOCG, both from the Marche and Rivetto’s Nascetta all are worthy white wines for the table.

2015 – It wasn’t the Italians that first clued me into this vintage, it was Burgundy. And yes, there are those experts who don’t see Burgundy in 2015 as a great overall vintage. But what it did to me was shoot off a flare. And then I tasted the 2015’s in the Langhe, you know the simple Nebbiolo wines and I said to myself, “Wow!” Yeah. All the reds, the Dolcetto, Barbera, Freisa, Pelaverga, mesmerized me. These wines were rich and fruity and fresh. And yes, in the youth of a wine, those are attractive, even seductive. But after they slough off their baby fat, will there be any there – there? If the Nebbiolo I tasted, many of them, are any indication, this is another round-tripper. I said to myself, “when have I seen such a run of the bases in Italy? Four years, some great wines, and not just from Piedmont or Tuscany?” Yeah, I was talking to myself a bunch, wishing I was a wee bit younger, to be able to really enjoy the 2015’s from Barolo and Barbaresco when they have 10-20 years of aging. But I’ve had great exposure to great vintages in the last 50 years, so no real bellyaching from me. Just a slight bit of jealousy for the millennials (and the Gen-X’ers) who will see these wines in full bloom. Tasting notes with words like fragrant, delicate, powerful, rich, not heavy, delicious, intense. Yes, the producers were a small sampling, not like one would find at the vintage tasting they hold in the Langhe. But what I saw and tasted really made an impression. So, save room in your cellar for these wines, and also for Burgundies as well (hey, if the new French president can admit one of his favorite composers is Rossini, we can show some love to our French wine cousins. They’ve earned it).

Which leads us to 2016 - So far, the whites and rosé wines have been bottled. The reds are still in barrel, Inox or concrete.

The 2016 whites and rosé wines that have been bottled are exactly what they’re supposed to be: crisp, fresh, fruity and lively. Italians drink them to shred the long, dark winter months from their metaphysical frames. Americans are starting to adapt a similar mien. It might be too soon to anticipate greatness from the white wines in Italy that have staying power. But for now, the youthful entries are refreshing and delicious.

The 2016 reds are still in process. So how can one tell how great the great red wines will be from that vintage? Again, I will draw from my French cousins in evaluating them, something I learned from going to Bordeaux En Primeur time and again, tasting hundreds of wine from the same vintage, day after day. Some people say it is impossible to evaluate by tasting such young, tannic, fruit-forward wines. But walk a mile in those shoes and it is clear one can come to some relatively accurate conclusions as to the depth and width (and greatness) of a vintage. And in the case of 2016 in Italy, there is a lot of enthusiasm for the quality of the vintage. The barrels I tasted from in Tuscany and Piedmont kept giving me notes like “not overly extracted,” “rich, expansive flavors,” “nice grip with respect to the tannins,” “very smooth” and “unencumbered.” Look, we still have many miles to go before release (and many promises still to keep). While the ‘13’s, ‘14’s and ‘15’s unfold the 2016 will eventually cycle into the order of business. But I believe this vintage will be welcomed by wine lovers looking to store wine in their closets until they come of age.

All this to say that the last five years we have seen unprecedented return from the great vineyards of Italy - and not just the usual suspects from Tuscany, Piedmont and the Veneto. This Golden Age has been crowned in the 21st century and now in the twenty-tens (or the “noughties”) we have before us five admirable vintages, with unique strengths - not all appearing the same - but full of promise.


It really doesn’t get any better than this.



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          Italian Wine and its Truth-Adjacent Death Spiral    
I was making my rounds in the wine job circuit. Serving tables. Sommelier. And now (1981) I was managing a wine bar in Dallas. My son was nearing school age. I needed a day job, being a single parent. A wholesale wine manager, sitting at my bar, told me I’d do great in the distribution side and offered me a job. And so I took a leap.

Over the years, it has been a good ride. I took a few years in between, working for an importer. I loved that side of it as well. But it was always distribution that called to me.


They don’t tell you these things in college, or at least they didn’t then. All I knew was that it was a steady job, with insurance and a modicum of freedom. So I could be a parent, have a life outside of work.

To those who are slaves to the vine, having a life is a bit of a mixed bag. A young salesperson yesterday told me that in the company she previously worked for, they told her to turn off her phone on the weekends, don’t look at your email. Let it be. Monday will come soon enough. I wish someone would have told me that, back then, when I was her age. But they didn’t. I spent many Sunday nights, making shelf talkers, preparing for the week, doing proposals, studying my inventory. So it goes. Or so it went.

For Italian wine in the wholesale distribution end, it has never been better. Remembering how little choices the buying public had in 1980, it was what we in Texas called slim pickins’. Now it is an embarrassment of riches.

Over the last 30 years, I have witnessed unprecedented consolidation. Just when you think it is over, another round starts. It’s like the sparrow hawk and the wild parrots in my back yard. Monday there were 11 parrots and 2 sparrow hawks. Today there are 10 parrots and 2 sparrow hawks. Mind you, 10 slightly more pissed off parrots. But 10, nonetheless. So it goes. It’s a natural progression, whether you like it or not. It is.

From my perch, I see a young sales force and I see a lot of dedication. The Millennials are coming along just fine, in their own way. Brands are being born, some are dying. Babies are being born, older folks are dying off. That’s just the way it is. It’s nature’s way.

But for Italian wine, I’ve never seen more choices than I do today. When I look at my inventory (now on Monday morning, no longer on Sunday night) and look at what is available, I am amazed at how far we have come. I guess I’m a glad half-full kind of guy, not a half-empty person. Just like I like to look at things the way they appear, not some truth-adjacent view of the world, which pits the consumer as left out in the cold, with no choices. How many Roero Arneis are enough? Ten? In 1983, we had one. Or how about wine from Etna? In 1987, you might have been able to scrape up one. Now, there isn’t enough room on the shelves for them all. And that’s in Texas. New York? San Francisco? The real estate is too valuable to put them all on the shelves. There isn't enough storage room to put them all on a wine list.

I’m looking at a list of Sauvignon Blancs from Friuli. On the same list is a slightly orange Pinot Grigio wine. All great stuff. On the same list is a single vineyard Aglianico Del Vulture. As well, there is a Grillo from Mozia, a couple of Malvasia wines from Lipari. Rosso Conero to die for. Brunello from all persuasion and corners of Montalcino. Chianti, not just Classico, bit Rufina, Montespertoli. Colli Senesi. And Classico, some going back 25 years or more. In the inventory. Now. Today. All ready and available. Sitting patiently, in cool rooms, in the warehouse, of the distributor.

Like I’ve said, time and again, we’re living in the Golden Age for Italian wine in America.

Come and take ‘em.
A gaggle of masters at SouthFork Ranch - the "real home" of J.R. and Sue Ellen



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          16 Money Management Books To Achieve Financial Freedom   

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Money. It's a touchy subject for some people, and it's just a game for others. I've been on both ends of that spectrum: totally broke and busted on one end — and total financial freedom on the other. The former is stressful beyond belief; while the latter is friggin’ awesome. Now, I’m no Warren Buffet by any means, but I do know what it feels like to pull myself out of the brink of bankruptcy and learn how to finally get finances together. And most of my money management education came from two places: 1) Failing miserably in the real-world (and eventually learning from those failures); and 2) Reading lots and lots of books. Today, I we’re going to talk about the latter... More specifically, I’ll be dropping a list of the 16 most powerful money management books I’ve ever read.

Some of them are old-school classics. Others are new-age money management books written to help us adapt to the evolving economic conditions of the modern world. But ALL of them will be useful towards helping you to not merely manage your money -- but towards achieving total financial freedom.

Let’s dive in, shall we?

#1. Millennial Money by Patrick O’Shaughnessy

The money game isn’t anything like it use to be. And for us Millennials, it’s taken an unrecognizably different form than what our parents were used to. Millennial Money provides unconventional strategies that modern Millennials can actually put to use.

#2. Happy Money by Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton

In Happy Money:The Science of Happier Spending, co-authors Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton explore how the way you spend your money can have more of an impact on your happiness than how much money you have or make. This is not a book about how to make more money, but a book that teaches us how to spend money in ways that will yield true happiness in both our personal and professional lives.

#3. Bold by Peter Diamandis, Steven Kotler

Bold is the modern money book we’ve all been waiting for. Learn about using exponential technologies, moonshot thinking, and crowd-powered tools to create extraordinary wealth while you make a meaningful difference on the world doing work that matters… Expect to learn new and unconventional methods to leveraging the web’s infinite tools to raise money, make money, and manage money.

#4. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

This is the grandaddy of money management books… it’s been around for awhile, but that doesn’t mean we Millennials can’t learn a thing or two from it. If you’re looking to learn a balanced combination of money management techniques to help you pave your path to success and financial abundance — then this is your book. This classic is filled with stories, strategies, and inspiring insights to help you achieve the financial fitness you deserve.

#5.  Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

This is a real book of wisdom that goes far beyond what its title entails. Originally published back in 1937, Think and Grow Rich tells us the principles, habits, and secrets of some history’s wealthiest people: Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and many more. Think & Grow Rich is more than just a money management book -- it's a money mind-set book.

#6.  I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi

Cheesy title. Great book. I Will Teach You To Be Rich is a practical money management book that’s based around is based around four simple pillars of personal finance: (1) banking, (2) saving, (3) budgeting, and (4) investing–and the wealth-building ideas of money management and financial success.

#7. Secrets of The Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker

This is a book about how to develop a successful psychology and mindset for money… which I believe is the most important aspect of — not just managing money — but building the abundance and financial freedom you deserve. The essential money management book for learning how to develop a millionaire mind.

#8. Flash Boys by Michael Lewis

I’m going to be straight with you: this money management book will piss you off. But that doesn’t mean it’s no good. It’s an incredibly compelling read. The reason it’ll get you angry is because it exposes the how Wall Street has been rigged for the benefit of the insiders — and only the insiders. Until now.

#9. How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life by Russ Roberts

What's it really take to be happy? Money? Fame? Respect? The feeling that we're doing something that matters with our lives? ... What's it really take? In How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life, author Russ Roberts takes the old-school money management principles and applies them in a more modern context to better suit the world we live in today. More than just another money book, pick this best-seller up to lessons on life from one of history’s greatest thinkers about how happiness, virtue, fame, and fortune are all intertwined one another.

#10. The One-Page Financial Plan by Carl Richards

Let’s face it: Money Management can be a daunting topic. In The One-Page Financial Plan, author Carl Richards simplifies the complex money management concepts and distills them into actionable advice anyone can follow to get a handle on their finances.

#11. MONEY - Master The Game by Anthony Robbins

Based on extensive research and detailed interviews with over 50 of the world’s most legendary financial experts—from Carl Icahn and Warren Buffett, to Ray Dalio and Steve Forbes—Tony Robbins has condensed the incredibly complex concepts of investing and financial lingo into a simple 7-step money book that anyone can use for financial freedom, regardless of how much (or how little) you know about this subject. Money plays such a crucial role in our lives, so we might as well learn to “master the game”, right?

#12. The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham, Jason Zweig

In The Intelligent Investor, you'll learn money management lessons from the greatest investment advisor of the twentieth century, Benjamin Graham. This gem of a money management book contains an updated approach on Graham’s original philosophies; allowing you to implement these time-tested principles in the modern market our economy presides in today. This is the perfect book for anyone who wants to combine old-school investing wisdom with the realities of today’s market.

#13. Get Rich Carefully by Jim Cramer

Get Rich Carefully is the battle-hardened how-to guide for effectively managing your personal finances. Author Jim Cramer teaches you his principles on turning your savings into real, lasting wealth in a practical and easy to follow format.

#14. The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous & Broke by Suze Orman

Learn the basic principles of money management from one of the world’s most trusted financial experts… In this money book, author Suze Orman covers all the fundamentals: credit card debt, student loans, credit scores, home-buying, insurance, and even how to handle the financial conundrums that come with your first real job (or business).

#15. Why Didn't They Teach Me This in School? by  Cary Siegel

The lack of basic information taught in our public schools on the topic of money management (and life, in general) is a total embarrassment. The very place we’d expect to be taught these critical skills are the last place any of us ever learned how to get a handle on it. This book breaks down what we should’ve learned about managing our money growing up.

#16. The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey

In this book, famed financial coach Dave Ramsey breaks down a battle-hardened playbook for building up your financial fitness. Here’s some of what’s covered in the book: The 10 most dangerous money myths; a sure-fire plan for paying off all your debt; and how to secure a huge money reserve for those unexpected moments that matter most.

That was right on the money.

Now that you’ve got this list of the 16 best money management books — there’s only one question left… Which one do you read first? Should you go out and get all of them immediately? Should you read them all at once? Or should you take a lifetime to read them? So many options. So little time. Ultimately, it’s totally your decision what you do with this list and how you apply it to your life and career. But if I may, here’s what I would suggest you consider as you get started:

  • Subscribe to a book summary site, like FlashBooks to get the key-takeaways from the books on this list.
  • If you’d prefer to read an entire book, I would highly suggest that you read just ONE book at a time. Sometimes, when we see something new and exciting, we have tendency to want to do/learn/read it all at once… and as we all know, this is nearly impossible to do without stressing ourselves out. So, choose a book. And then commit to reading it from start to finish.

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Ironically, it is this grizzled 68-year-old who has inspired many millennials to “stay woke”, the currently trendy term for being politically engaged. Huge numbers of them went to the polls in the election on June 8th, often for the first time, and they voted overwhelmingly for Labour. But although the personal devotion that Mr Corbyn inspires among tented grime fans has given the party a big boost, Labour remains divided on how it might capture power. As several Labour...


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          Schools have killed off Home Economics classes. No wonder millennials eat out   

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          The 5 best apps to help you manage your money   

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Every time a paycheck clears your bank account, you may feel pretty powerful. But if you're not paying close attention to your spending, that money could be gone just as quickly as it hit your account.

As dull as it may seem, creating a budget is crucial. In fact, ignoring your cash flow and spending patterns are among the dumbest things you could do with your money.

But budgets don't have to be rigid. Believe it or not, once you establish the habit of tracking your money, the effort can be minimal.

Below, Business Insider rounded up five apps that make it surprisingly easy to keep tabs on your money.

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Mint

Why it's good: Mint, the popular budgeting app from Intuit, is an all-in-one resource for managing your money. Sync your bank accounts, credit cards, and monthly bills to one account and get a snapshot of your net worth at any time. It also keeps track of your investment portfolio and flags unnecessary fees.

The app categorizes your spending into several categories and calculates your average monthly spending for each, which becomes your budget. If you're spending too much already, you'll want to manually reduce the limits. The charts and graphs make it easy to see where you stand at any given time. Plus, Mint sends notifications if you go over your budget or if you have bills coming up. 

Best feature: You can check your credit score for free inside the app, and get an easy-to-understand explainer on credit.

Cost: Free



Level Money

Why it's good: Capital One's Level Money does the work for you.

After linking your bank accounts, credit cards, income, and how much you want to save, the app will crunch the numbers and give you a "spendable" amount — how much money you can afford to spend each day, in whichever way you decide.

Level Money breaks the numbers down into smaller amounts, rather than taking a monthly approach to budgeting.

Best feature: Easily compare your month over month spending and set up custom "trackers" to keep an eye on specific types of purchases over time, like how much goes toward Uber or Lyft rides, for instance.

Cost: Free



Penny

Why it's good: Penny, an AI chatbot, can text with you about your finances. After linking all the appropriate accounts, she can answer any money question you ask. Penny will also give you information you didn't know you needed, from how much you spent today to what bills are coming up and what subscriptions are raising their rates.

For certain responses, she'll include simple charts, graphs and even the occasional gif. You can only respond with pre-populated messages — like, "Breakdown for category" or "Thanks, Penny!" — so the bot will understand and be able to answer quickly, which keeps the interface as simple as possible.

Best feature: There's minimal clutter since it's just a long text thread, and you only see what you ask for.

Cost: Free, but there's a premium membership available called Penny+ that allows you to edit transaction names, create new spending categories, refresh balances at any time, and set custom bill reminders.



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          America is hooked on credit cards — and it's pretty clear why (JPM, TSYS)   

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Americans have racked up $1.01 trillion in revolving debt — primarily credit card debt — according to the Federal Reserve. That's the highest tally since the financial crisis in 2008. 

The credit card is now the preferred method of payment among Americans, edging out debit cards and cash, according to the 2016 US Payment Study by payment processing company Total Systems Services, or TSYS.

It's the first time credit cards claimed the top spot in the six years TSYS has been conducting the study, which surveys 1,000 consumers who hold at least one debt card and one credit card (you can read more about their methodology on page four of the study).

Why have credit cards grown more popular? The study offers some insights as to why: 

Forty percent of respondents from the TSYS study picked credit cards as their favorite form of payment, followed by debit cards (35%), and cash (11%). Credit cards have been gaining on debit cards for several years now.



TSYS found that credit cards aren't universally loved, currying the most favor from older millennials.



Credit card love also skewed toward high-income households. The more money a household earns, the more they prefer credit cards.



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          Introducing Ms. Camille Jones   
Attributions: 

Ms. Jones will be new to Spanish Fork Junior High next year and will be teaching math, and language arts. We asked Ms. Jones to introduce herself and this is what she had to say:

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I am from Springville, Utah and graduated from Springville High School. I graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Family Life and am currently attending Grand Canyon University where I am studying Special Education. This year I will be teaching resource math, resource language arts, and inclusion language arts. I am excited to become a part of Spanish Fork Junior High! Music, books, and travel are a big part of my life.I have played the cello for almost 15 years and have the opportunity to play in the orchestra for Millennial Choirs and Orchestras. I went to Romania on an internship for a few months where I fell in love with the people and culture. I most recently enjoyed reading The Seedfolk, by Paul Fleischman. My favorite books include Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Prydain, and Anne of Green Gables."


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          Venture Christian Church - Family Pastor   

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About the Organization:

Venture Christian Church (Venture) is a non-denominational, externally focused bible church whose purpose is to “be a catalyst to transform the Bay Area from a place of spiritual darkness to a global strategic teaching and discipleship center for the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

 

Venture was born out of the merging of Los Gatos Christian Church and South Valley Community Church in 2007. The pastors of both churches began praying for God to take control of this brand new church and create unity within the body. In 2008, Chip Ingram became Venture’s Senior Pastor as a final step in joining the two churches as one. Chip is a nationally known speaker, author, leadership coach, and the founder of Living on the Edge. This ministry has a mission to teach and inspire Christians to intentionally and continuously pursue a desire to grow spiritually and become mature, authentic disciples of Christ.

Since Chip Ingram’s arrival in 2008, Venture has grown into a thriving ministry with over 3,000 attending each weekend. God has given the church a vision to reach the Bay Area for Christ and help believers live the mission to which God has called them. Venture is housed on a beautiful 28-acre campus, located at the foot of the Santa Cruz Mountains on the border of San Jose and Los Gatos. 


About the Position:

The Family Pastor of Venture Christian Church will pastor/shepherd ages infant through college, while providing tools and resources for parents of young children and students. They will additionally bear responsibility for working with the Directors of each aforementioned ministry department, in administering and developing comprehensive standards, curriculums, and programming elements.

The successful candidate for this position will be highly relational, with complementary skills in development. They will possess a pioneering spirit with a strong desire to nurture, expand, and maximize the potential of family ministries at Venture. The ideal prospect will possess a foundational understanding of systems development and relational management in both congregational and staffing spheres of the church. They will complement the environment and culture of Los Gatos and embrace the community and its surrounding regions.


What We Are Searching For:

The ideal candidate for this role will have a heart for family ministry, and focus around their passion and gifts for the benefit of families at Venture Christian Church. The successful candidate will show a specific and measurable track record of growth in building a children's, youth, and adult ministries. They will also have developed leaders and achieved numerical growth in ministries of which they’ve maintained oversight.


Qualifications:

  • Master of Divinity or higher, with a minimum of 10 years experience OR Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field, with 15 years experience of successfully building a ministry from its beginnings.
  • Leadership and communication skills evidenced by the growth of ministries.
  • Body of work that speaks to growing ministries.
  • A theology consistent with Venture Christian Church.
  • A track record of innovative ministry methodologies that have produced remarkable fruit, with the ability to leverage it on a larger platform at VCC.
  • A strong ability to work with the millennial demographic.
  • Fast-paced multi-tasking abilities.
  • Evidence of aforementioned experience, skills, and giftedness, which can provide the basis for successfully achieving the purpose of the position.

About the Location:

The Town of Los Gatos is nestled at the base of the Sierra Azules and is located approximately 60 miles from San Francisco, just west of San Jose where the Santa Clara Valley meets the Santa Cruz Mountains. It is also a 30-minute drive to the beaches of Santa Cruz along the Pacific Coast. Los Gatos and the surrounding communities boast outstanding schools, abundant outdoor activities, and one of the most temperate climates in the world, year round. With its proximity to San Francisco and San Jose, area residents enjoy all the benefits of small town living along with the entertainment and educational opportunities that are only available in larger cities.

Once an agricultural town, Los Gatos retains its 19th century charm with Victorian architecture and streets lined with quaint, upscale shops, and eateries. The town is also closely tied to Silicon Valley and its fast paced economy. Los Gatos, however, retains a mix of residential, commercial and light industrial uses, still attracts visitors, and continues to retain its small town image.

Los Gatos prides itself as a self-contained community. Over 3,000 businesses serve the residents and act as a destination point for visitors who are attracted to its restaurants, hotels and variety of shops within a pedestrian oriented downtown setting. The town is also an inclusive community with the full mix of ages, family sizes and incomes. Los Gatos has many parks and greenbelt areas, as well as a vibrant downtown area. Downtown Los Gatos is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the model of what communities strive to achieve in a downtown.


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          Pastor of Worship Arts and Assimilation   

The Pastor of Worship Arts and Assimilation  is responsible for the oversight and administration of a comprehensive worship program spanning the tapestry of cultures and generations within the church, and the integration of adults (ages 25-45) of a variety of cultures into the foundation of the congregation that produces Spiritual maturity and equips the Millennial generation for congregational leadership.

 

• In the role with Worship Arts, the pastor will be responsible for the oversight and fulfillment of the Sunday morning /Weekend worship gatherings as well as other worship events across generational and cultural platforms.
• In the role assimilation, the pastor will be responsible for building community among all attenders, particularly adults that are within the child-bearing and young families age group (generally ages 25-45), with the goal of developing servant leaders that are missionally-focused to achieve the Mission of “Building Community in Christ. Taking Christ to the Community.”
• This position requires a heart for Jesus and a heart for growing his church through leading people in worship and strong teaching of the Word of God that produces a culture of Spiritual maturity in all worship teams and adults. This role will require a constant pursuit of excellence, steady growth as a follower of Christ, shepherd of people, and musician/worship leader. In addition, the pastor will manage/oversee the creative and communications elements of LMCC including our media presence, video production and technical needs.
• This position requires someone who enjoys seeing others succeed and grow in their leadership abilities. The pastor must first be an equipper, and secondly a doer.

 

Reporting Responsibilities:

• Pastor Reports to: Directly to Senior Minister; Indirectly to Elders.
• Pastor Participates on: Staff Vision Team which includes Senior Minister, Teaching Pastor (English), NextGen Pastor, Women’s Pastor, and Administrative Pastor.
• Pastor Supervises: Worship Technology Minister, Ministers of Music, Music Directors within all generations, venues, and cultures.

 

Desired Professional Qualifications:
• Bachelor degree or higher from a Christian College or University.
• 10+ years as a paid church staff member, five of which at a church affiliated with the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement (RM) would be a plus..
• Experience working in a multi-generational and multi-ethnic/cultural church and directly working with these groups.
• Training in Vocals, Music Theory, score arranging, sight-reading, and choral/ensemble conducting.
• Proficient to lead congregational music vocally and instrumentally on keyboard or guitar.
• Knowledge, experience and ability to incorporate current technology into the family ministries and music ministries of our church.
• Experience in developing the next generation of leaders through mentoring, internships, and instruction.
• Experience in leading, overseeing, and administrating groups that include Millennial Adults, and programs that develop Spiritual maturity and community (internally) and mission (externally).

 

Personal Responsibilities:

• Demonstrates commitment to spiritual growth by spending regular time with the Lord.
• Participating in a Life Group on a regular basis.
• Strong relationship skills.
• Setting appropriate boundaries to protect character and integrity.
• Developing personal evangelism opportunities within and outside the church.
• Support church ministries by faithfully giving a tithe of at least 10%.

 

Worship Arts Leadership Responsibilities:

• Develop a culture of passionate worship fostered by live worship leaders (when possible) for all ages and stages from Children to Seniors by developing fundamental programs that will train volunteers for a life of service and musicianship.
• Develop servant leadership within subordinate staff through appropriate administration and delegation of duties and responsibilities.
• Prepare and/or oversee the creation and coordination of energetic, lively worship gatherings spanning all genres (traditional, contemporary, progressive, and multicultural) as appropriate, and ensure the addition of new, relevant, and theologically acceptable worship songs/elements in our services.
• Develop and oversee a variety of worship leading teams across all cultures and generations ensuring that the worship gatherings as stated above are appropriately staffed, rehearsed, and available to carry out the mission of developing a culture of mature Christian worship.
• Cast vision, monitor, and influence the musical direction of the church to ensure it reflects the vision, values and goals of the church across all platforms.
• Recruit and train and/or oversee the recruitment and training of band members, vocalists, and technical teams who will staff and participate in our worship services and events.
• Ensure that overall worship services are effective and on target regarding content, style, structure and design.
• Assist with planning special worship services such as Christmas Eve, Good Friday, Easter, and other special programs as assigned.
• Will oversee set design, video production, sound and lighting, service timing, graphic design, consistent branding throughout worship, media and campus venues.
• Develop the people, philosophy, systems and deadlines related to the video, graphic and technical elements of the church.
• Produce creative and effective graphics, in-service videos including: drafting concepts, scripting, video shoots, editing and post-production.
• Strategize creative tactics to use video to promote and send the messages the church wants to communicate to the church and the world.
• Oversee the audio, lighting, and video technology for the church including maintenance, programming and purchasing.
• Oversee the recruitment and empowerment of volunteers to serve for scheduled programs.
• Maintain a strong network of relevant professionals (worship leaders, musicians, technical engineers, graphic designers, web developers, etc.) both internally and externally.

 

Assimilation Leadership Responsibilities:

• Ensure that “family” (25-45) adults are taught first on the Word of God then other appropriate resources.
• Build a culture of servant leadership within their homes, the church, and the community through teaching, fellowship, and missional opportunities.
• Be attentive to the hopes, concerns, and needs in the community-at-large, and oversee opportunities for outreach and assimilation.
• Work with others to plan and carry out ministry with adults in a varied and wide-ranging program that includes worship, study, fellowship, family life, professional and career integration, biblical family values, service opportunities, and so forth.
• Build networks with community organizations and people to connect the congregation with the community for a strong program, and will look for new ministry opportunities.

 

Programming Responsibilities:

• Meet weekly with Senior Minister to evaluate prior weekend services and plan future weekend services.
• Meet regularly with the Staff Vision Team to facilitate brainstorming sessions that generate fresh ideas and creative elements for service programming.
• Interface with communicators to ensure a consistent message is being told in program details, i.e. music, video, offering, announcements, etc. across all communications platforms.
• Participate in weekly service meetings to plan and coordinate music, video and other program notes and assets with team leaders in all venues.
• Develop and oversee systems to create detailed service plans at least two weeks prior to the event date including musical, technical, video, and other programming needs.
• Lead regular evaluation and critique sessions to maintain a high standard of excellence and monitoring the impact of service programming.

 

Congregational Responsibilities:

• Assist with maintaining a high touch ministry.
• Counsel as requested and refer to professionals for extensive counseling as needed.
• Provide leadership and input regarding development, approval, managing and implementation of annual budget for areas of responsibility.
• Participate and assist in events to foster community relations and outreach.


          How millennials are changing the banking industry   

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          Prince William Did Yoga, Was Almost Too Bougie To Function   

Prince William did yoga this weekend to warm up for a charity polo match this weekend. The only thing that could possibly make that sentence preppier is if this was his gap year. We now have official calendars of the future King of England doing the triangle pose, so it's good to know that Will is channeling his inner millennial. Plus, the man was wearing white jeans, a chambray shirt, and an embroidered belt.

He and Prince Harry compete in charity polo matches all the time, so it's not that surprising that he was photographed at one. But the yoga and outfit just really put him over the top. It's like if the Hamptons threw up on a person, and then that person graduated from Eton.

If only we could get a video of Will doing daddy-and-me yoga with Princess Charlotte. 


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          Mercedes-Benz A-Class Coming for the Millennials   
Any luxury automaker that doesn’t have a premium compact on the market is missing out on a huge, and potentially imperative, market. No longer are BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi in the business of selling only large luxury vehicles to well-off Boomers. The market has shifted in favor of millennials, and with that change comes the […]
          Con el estreno de Gru 3 los minions lo invaden todo. Hasta nuestras manicuras más villanas    

manicura uñas maquillaje minion

El mundo entero está expectante, y es que nunca una serie de películas infantiles había enamorado tanto al público. Gru, nuestro villano favorito, regresa a la gran pantalla acompañado de sus minions, esos simpáticos bichos amarillos que han marcado el antes y el después de la empresa Pixar (y de todas nuestras vidas). Mientras esperamos, ¿qué mejor forma de llevarlos cerca que con una manicura minion muy malvada?

#minionnails 😏🤔 #minions ✨🤗

Una publicación compartida de DURA ADELA 👸🏼 (@ade_elisaa) el

Estas características criaturas son bastante sencillas de hacer en nuestras uñas. Si observamos algunas de las locuras que se han convertido en manicura en los últimos meses, alucinaríamos con la complejidad. Pero los minions solo necesitan una base amarilla, un peto azul oscuro por encima y un ojo gordo y grande como el suyo. Aunque también podemos lanzarnos con la temática minion, mucho más amplia y extensa: unicornios, gritos, cachivaches, minions malvados y morados y, por supuesto, bananas.

BABABA..BANANA..minions is the trend! #minionnails #socute😍😍

Una publicación compartida de @watermelonnail el

Quizá no sea la manicura más chic y elegante ni la opción adecuada para un evento de alfombra roja. Pero los más jóvenes y locos por esos bichitos tan simpáticos y traviesos serán muy felices si su primera manicura está protagonizada por minions. Y oye, no hace falta ser demasiado llamativo, siempre se puede optar por llevarlos en un solo dedo y mantener el resto de las uñas neutras.

Fotos | @caitlinpaintsnails.

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          Phil Strazzulla posted a blog post   
Phil Strazzulla posted a blog post

Differences in Professional Expectations Across Generations, aka recruiting millennials

A few weeks ago, we co-hosted a great event with Universum around their recent Generations research which dives deep into what professionals and students of various generations hope, fear, and expect about their careers.  With all the talk of millennials, and now Gen Z, it was great to have a trove of data to better understand what is really happening, and if these groups of people are so different.We did two events to talk through this information.  One was at the new GE HQ in Boston in a small roundatable discussion with HR practioners from startups to Fortune 500, along with the career services offices of Harvard, MIT and Northeastern.  Needless to say, it was a great discussion.  Here’s a quick video from the event.The second event was a larger group at the Microsoft NERD center.  We brought in Ed Nathanson, an expert on culture and talent acquisition, to help us lead the discussion.Here are some of the takeaways:Most people won’t be surprised to hear there are in fact large differences across generations.  Gen Z has a lot more insecurities about their work performance having never worked before (the oldest of this generation is around 20 now).  While Gen X is starting to think more and more about retirement.That said, there are many similarities as well.  All generations are focused on a workplace culture of integrity, and one that will allow them to develop and grow.Freedom was a common theme across the generations when they wrote about what matters to them in an employer.  While freedom means different things to people across the globe, we see this theme as a general reflection of the rise of the gig economy and the ability to work from home for many companies.In our discussions with practitioners, it was surprising how few organizations had done research into their own candidate’s behavior and journeys.It was even more surprising to see how few companies had effectively tried to message to different demographics through talent communities, microsites, etc.Overall, it was a lot of fun to dig into this data and have a rich discussion on why different groups felt one way or the other about their hopes, fears, etc.This blog originally appeared on the NextWave Hire Blog where we write about employer branding tips and trends.See More

          Cartier Watches Are Top Pick for China's Wealthy   
Photographer: Michael Nagle/BloombergPhotographer: Michael Nagle/BloombergPhotographer: Michael Nagle/BloombergPhotographer: Michael Nagle/BloombergPhotographer: Michael Nagle/BloombergPhotographer: Michael Nagle/BloombergPhotographer: Michael Nagle/BloombergPhotographer: Michael Nagle/BloombergPhotographer: Michael Nagle/BloombergCartier Watches Are Top Choice for China’s Wealthy

RBC Capital Markets survey shows Cartier outranking Rolex and Longines, especially among millennials.

Cartier Watches Are Top Choice for China’s WealthyCartier Watches Are Top Pick for China’s Wealthy

RBC Capital Markets survey shows Cartier outranking Longines and Rolex, especially among millennials.


          The Big Sick delivers more than just big laughs   

Romantic comedy takes on millennial apathy, illness and culture clash.
          Pave Stops Lending   
Pave, an online lender that came on the scene several years ago by marketing fair funding to millennials, is no longer lending, according to their website. American Banker reported that the company stopped making new loans earlier this month and was exploring strategic options. Like many several online lenders of their time, Pave touted innovative […]
          2 Ways to Tackle Snacking Trends   

Brought to you by Ovention.

It seems everywhere you turn, the industry is buzzing about new consumer snacking trends—and there’s good reason for the buzz. Snacking contributes to the 5.6% growth convenience-store foodservice sales saw last year, according to NACS State of the Industry Summit. It’s no surprise foodservice sales are growing—94% of Americans are snacking daily, says Mintel.

Because of this, snacking now accounts for 50% of all eating occasions, according to The Hartman Group’s The Future of Snacking 2016 report. But that’s good news! There’s ample opportunity for convenience-store foodservice programs to step in and step up with the snacks consumers crave.

But what are they craving? Just about everything.

From healthful fare to indulgent sweets to chicken and meat snacks, there’s certainly a trending snack out there for everyone. According to Mintel, 70% of millennials have even gone so far as to say that anything can be considered a snack these days.

Unfortunately, “anything goes” doesn’t provide a sound tactical approach to making menu changes. A foodservice program trying to be everything to everyone is bound to fail. So how do we wade through all of the noise and find a way to win? Let’s focus on what you can control, no matter which trending route you choose.

Taste

No matter if you take your snacks into the realm of healthfulness, indulgence or ethnic flavors, taste is one of the most important factors. Almost 90% of consumers say taste is important when choosing a snack, according to Mintel. Specifically, 51% of consumers agree taste is more important than health, says Mintel. Invest in taste by offering made-to-order items such as personalized flatbreads or freshly baked cookies.

Size

Many consumers see snacking as a pitfall for overconsumption. Even though nearly everyone is snacking regularly, 36% of consumers report actively trying to limit the amount they snack. Snacking is defined by its size and its departure from traditional meal times. Help curb consumer snack attacks by offering portion-controlled options such as sliders or mini sandwiches. Appeal to health-focused consumers by offering small versions—think bite-sized warm brownies for indulgent items.

Whether you choose to specialize in health, indulgence or everything in between, there’s an oven for you that can offer unmatched culinary versatility. From baking sweets, pizzas or tater tots and even roasting vegetables, Ovention’s Matchbox Ovens can seamlessly prepare anything on your menu. Their Precision Impingement® Technology utilizes hot air for a fast, high-quality cook without microwaves—allowing you to control time, temperature and independent blower speeds for every item. These ventless ovens hold in heat, and with up to 1,000 preprogrammed cook settings you can stage each item to its individual specifications to cut down on cook time and prep time between items.


          The 2020 Workplace   





Meister, Jeanne C. and Willyerd, Karie. The 2020 Workplace: How Innovative Companies Attract, Develop, and Keep Tomorrow's Employees Today. New York: Harper, 2010.

Call no.: FDC 658.3 M479t

Publisher's Description: What companies need to know—and do—to win and hold on to tomorrow's best employees.


The workplace of the future is being shaped today by Web 2.0—a collection of breakthrough social media technologies—and by the Millennial Generation, people born between 1977 and 1997. The convergence of these emerging workplace trends has created a generation of hyperconnected workers who are placing increased pressure on employers to overhaul their approach to talent management. In The 2020 Workplace, human resources experts Jeanne C. Meister and Karie Willyerd offer a practical game plan companies can use to attract and keep these employees, and, in doing so, transform their organizations; achieve compelling business results, such as increased innovation and improved customer connectedness; and compete more effectively in the global marketplace.

Based on key findings from two surveys of global professionals, as well as case studies from organizations such as Deloitte, Cisco, Bell Canada, JetBlue, Nokia, and NASA, this book shows how the social technologies that are used outside the company in marketing to connect with customers can be adapted for use inside the company to connect with employees. Meister and Willyerd bolster their thought-provoking research with real-world examples of these practices in action, including a YouTube new-hire orientation contest, the use of Twitter for sourcing job candidates, and a video game for new hires. With twenty predictions for the 2020 workplace and a glossary for those who have never texted, posted to Facebook, or Tweeted, this book is a must-read guide to what companies should do—and are already doing—to create tomorrow's workplace of choice.
          La crisi dei 25 anni   

La crisi dei 25 anni

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          La moda española es mucho más fuerte de lo que muchos se empeñan en creer   
Moda española

La moda española es un sector lleno de desafíos y oportunidades que siempre es motivo de debate. Pasarela, subvenciones, fortalezas y debilidades, talento… fueron sólo algunos de los aspectos que se abordaron ayer por la tarde en la mesa redonda sobre la competitividad del sector textil, organizada por IMF Business School y en la que participaron: Charo Izquierdo, directora de Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Madrid, el diseñador Juan Duyos, la modelo Laura Ponte, Ton Pernas, director del MBA en especialidad de Moda de la propia escuela, y Carlos Martínez, presidente de la escuela de negocios, como moderador.

La conversación tuvo mucho de debate y de autocrítica. “Tenemos una moda mucho más fuerte de lo que muchos se empeñan en creer, en la que nuestros diseñadores viven de su trabajo. Es un negocio con diferentes maneras de entenderlo: están los que quieren una marca que produce y los que han optado por la costura”, comentó Charo Izquierdo, cuyo paso por distintas revistas de moda (Elle, Yo Dona y Grazia) hasta recalar en la pasarela madrileña le han permitido conocer el sector de manera muy completa.

Esta reivindicación dio lugar a la palabra subvenciones, uno de esos mantras que se achaca a las marcas que participan en los desfiles con mayor o menor acierto. “Había subvenciones en los 80, pero recordemos que también las tienen los coches, los teatros, el cine…”, aclaró Juan Duyos, que lamentó la falta de unidad en un negocio en el que cada uno parece ir por su lado.

Para los ponentes, la industria de la moda española tiene que ser capaz de creérselo. “El otro día me reuní con un diseñador que se quejaba de que casi ninguna marca tiene tienda. Nos pusimos a repasar una por una de las que desfilan en Madrid y comprobamos que más de la mitad tienen”. Tras esta anécdota, Charo Izquierdo recordó la necesidad de aprobar esta parte de la Marca España por parte de todas las partes: el propio sector, los medios de comunicación, las instituciones. Una declaración que generó unanimidad entre los ponentes y algunos de los asistentes a este encuentro.

Para Ton Pernas, director del MBA de Moda de IMF Business School, hay dos aspectos muy importantes que deben revisarse para mejorar las cosas: la comunicación y la formación. Una afirmación en la que volvieron a coincidir todos. Comunicar mejor y servirse para ello de la digitalización, de las redes sociales, ante las cuales tanto Juan Duyos como Laura Ponte mostraron cierta reticencia. “No tengo ningún interés en contar en las redes dónde voy y lo que como”, dijo Duyos. Tras la risa de los presentes, la directora de la pasarela madrileña le recordó que no se trata de eso, sino de que la marca tenga una buena página web. “Son las tarjetas de visita de hoy, que te permiten explicar qué quieres vender y cómo”, matizó.

Falta contactar al diseñador con la industria, coincidieron. Y se necesita formación, tanto para el industrial como para el diseñador. “En Elda, donde hay buenísimos zapateros, o producen para marcas de lujo o para marca blanca”, lamentó Juan Duyos. “A mí me cuesta encontrar a alguien que ensamble el latón de mis piezas”, añadió Laura Ponte, quien tras muchos años de éxito como modelo ahora se dedica al diseño de joyas. Izquierdo recordó a uno de los países a los que se mira cuando se habla de hacer bien las cosas: Francia. “Tienen Chanel, Dior… pero moda venden poca. Sí lo hacen con barras de labios, perfumes, algunos bolsos y cinturones. Tendríamos que hacer buenos accesorios”, aconsejó. No en vano, apuntaron, hay algunos aspectos en los que España es una superpotencia. “Nos hemos inventado la manera de distribuir, que es lo que hace Inditex. Tenemos Puig, Loewe, Pronovias, Magrit”, comentaron.

Y la calidad. Porque talento y gestión sigue siendo la fórmula de éste y otros sectores. En un país que abandera y presume de fast fashion, es hora de trabajar por la mayor calidad de lo que se produce. Más que nada, como se apuntó en el debate, porque es lo que piden los millennials, ese segmento de población en que hoy todos tienen puestos sus ojos. “Por eso es importante lo que se hace en las escuelas”, explicaron. En un entorno creativo como el del diseño, la falta de conocimientos o recursos de gestión empresarial ralentizan el crecimiento del sector. Con estrategia, modelo de negocio y plan de acción, el resultado del talento del diseñador puede ser más eficiente.


          The NBA's 10 most important free agent moves since 'The Decision'   
LeBron James remade NBA free agency in 2010. (AP)
LeBron James remade NBA free agency in 2010. (AP)

The start of NBA free agency is now one of the most exciting times on the league’s calendar, a period where every rumor can occasion a massive shift in several teams’ fortunes. For the next few days, every team is capable of remaking itself into a contender, or at least setting itself to be one in the future. The mere hint of a meeting with a top free agent will bring hope or despair. By the end of the first week in July, we’ll have a sense of the shape of the 2017-18 season.

Free agency did not always feel so important. Although the league has attempted to incentivize stars to stay with the same team, players have exercised unprecedented power to put themselves in their preferred situations. Additionally, shorter max contracts have turned every summer into a time of rampant movement. This offseason will likely feature more storylines and surprises than the 2017 postseason. It’s a sport unto itself.

The pivot point was undoubtedly the summer of 2010, when LeBron James held “The Decision” and changed the very structure of NBA free agency. LeBron’s ability to make his own future and the intense speculation surrounding his choice created the free agent world we live in today. The league hasn’t been the same since.

Here’s the free agent world LeBron left in his wake.

10 (tie). Chandler Parsons to the Dallas Mavericks in 2014 and Chandler Parsons to the Memphis Grizzlies in 2016

There is an argument to be made that Chandler Parsons is the most successful figure in the last five years of free agency. More than anyone, his public image has been constructed during the offseason.

The onetime Houston Rockets wing became one of Daryl Morey’s greatest successes as a second-round pick who exceeded expectations and appeared on the brink of stardom in 2014. Then Morey surprisingly declined the option on Parsons’s fourth season to chase another All-Star to pair with James Harden and Dwight Howard (with Chris Bosh at the top of his list). That move offended Parsons, and he moved to the in-state rival Dallas Mavericks on a three-year, $46-million deal that seemed to hinge on a budding bromance with owner Mark Cuban.

Parsons began to sell himself as a star recruiter when the Rockets wooed Howard in 2013, and that reputation reached a new high when DeAndre Jordan agreed to leave the Clippers in 2015. The dissolution of that deal issued a blow to Parsons, but it did not change the fact that he seemed like the sort of player who understands how these offseason games are played. His self-awareness meant something, even if it didn’t always result in achievements.

Chandler Parsons has added to his reputation during the NBA's offseason. (AP)
Chandler Parsons has added to his reputation during the NBA’s offseason. (AP)

A knee injury suffered in 2015-16 convinced Parsons to opt out in search of a major payday last summer, and he signed a four-year, $96-million contract with the Memphis Grizzlies. That salary looks like an albatross around the Grizzlies’ neck after Parsons played just 34 games in his first campaign with the club, but it’s hard to say the player didn’t make a great move. If Parsons had hit the market this year, he’d have seen far fewer options.

Parsons is definitely a good player when healthy, but his level of fame does not quite jibe with a career that peaked as a third option on a middling playoff team. Apart from his piercing eyes, the biggest reason he’s at this level is that he understands how to maximize his value every free agent summer. Parsons understands that this portion of the league calendar requires different strengths.

9. Al Horford to the Boston Celtics in 2016

Horford did not exactly enter free agency on a high note. Despite four All-Star seasons and a strong reputation as a frontcourt mainstay for the Atlanta Hawks, he had just come off a playoff series against the Cleveland Cavaliers in which he looked physically incapable of grabbing a rebound. No one could have denied that Horford was a solid player many teams would be lucky to have. But was he really a difference maker?

We learned last July that scarcity and desperation can make the best available option look like a grand prize. Suddenly, Horford was the piece who could turn any number of franchises into an top destination. The Celtics saw Horford as the guy to convince Kevin Durant they were for real. The Thunder were going to use him to prove to Durant that they meant business. The Hawks were ready to trade Paul Millsap and build the team around Horford and Dwight Howard in the middle (????). All of this, somehow, was supposed to make these teams more attractive than the Warriors and their 73 wins.

Al Horford is very good, and his presence in Boston certainly helped the Celtics nab the best regular-season record in the East. But he’s not a guy to lure free agents. Outside of just a few players, there is no one who holds that sway. Most everyone is just someone who helps turn the team itself into the selling point.

Knicks fans will always have Linsanity. (AP)
Knicks fans will always have Linsanity. (AP)

8. Jeremy Lin to the Houston Rockets in 2012.

It made sense for the Knicks not to match this contract, because Lin is now a journeyman reserve. Plus, they finished with the second-best record in the East the next season. But Linsanity marks the last time Knicks fans were truly happy. Every day since this move, they’ve proceeded under the assumption that the franchise resents them. And it’s hard to say the feeling isn’t warranted.

7. Ray Allen to the Miami Heat in 2012

Allen would hold a place on this list if only for his season-saving three-pointer in Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals. It’s the biggest shot in Miami Heat history and a key moment in the considerable legacy of LeBron James. If a signing helps a legend win a title, then it mattered a lot.

In a broader sense, though, Allen’s move to a fierce in-conference rival represented a conscious break with the standards held by his generation of players. To be sure, players like Paul Pierce now greatly exaggerate the degree to which loyalty and pride factored into their past decisions. But moves like Allen’s, in which he headed to a team the Celtics had just faced (and led) in the conference finals, flew in the face of those admittedly arbitrary standards. It was enough of as light that the Celtics’ core still can’t shut up about it.

It’s easy to knock Allen for this decision, but history proves that he made the right move in taking his future into his hands. A year later, the Celtics dealt Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets to create a squad that immediately hit its expiration date. Rajon Rondo stuck around and has only suffered since. Allen’s the only one of the Big Four who ended his career in a position of strength.

6. Isaiah Thomas to the Phoenix Suns in 2014

NBA writers grade every free agent move as it happens, often with considerable certainty. We are often right, but sometimes so wrong it’s a wonder why we keep trying.

When Thomas joined the Suns three years ago, I didn’t see how it could fail. Phoenix was coming off an unexpectedly impressive 2013-14 in which they began as a rebuilding outfit but won 48 games and had a chance at a playoff berth until the final day of the season. Thomas had established himself as an excellent scorer with the Sacramento Kings and looked like a steal at $27 million over four years. The Suns already had Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic at point guard, but they had thrived with both in the starting lineup. Adding Thomas was sensible protection against the injuries that had helped keep them from the postseason the prior season.

It seemed like a no-brainer. Even the potential pitfalls seemed fixable:

The worst-case scenario is that things don’t work out, the Suns assess who fits their needs best, and McDonough deals one of three talented, reasonably proven young players for an impressive player at another position and/or more picks. Despite a successful 2013-14, the Suns aren’t in a position where they have to win now. They may feel more pressure to win than they imagined they would a year ago, but it’s not as if a single 48-win season has compelled owner Robert Sarver to issue ultimata. This team has room to experiment and take gambles on what could be a great future.

He didn’t even last a full season in Phoenix. The point guard logjam created chemistry issues that alienated both Thomas and Dragic, who were traded at the deadline for underwhelming returns. The Suns’ promising future never materialized, and the Suns have encountered enough problems that Sarver has felt compelled to blame it all on millennials. The franchise is a mess.

Thomas is doing just fine as a star for the Celtics, and he’ll likely make more than $27 million per season when he hits free agency next summer. Adding his talent was never the problem for the Suns. The issue was the uneasy calculus that involved everything but his individual value.

The lesson, as always, is that it’s foolish to treat any deal as anything like a sure thing (unless it involves Kevin Durant or LeBron James). We know less than we think, and the need to issue an immediate assessment helps no one. It fills a need created only by our own mania.

5. Dwight Howard to the Houston Rockets in 2013

Howard’s pre-draft trade to the Charlotte Hornets last week held the character of a postcard from the abyss, an opportunity for the eight-time All-Star to face his severely diminished reputation and consider just where things started going wrong. By contrast, it’s remarkable that his acquisition could justify entire methods of team construction a mere four years ago.

There was once a time when Daryl Morey’s method of flipping every asset for an incrementally better asset resembled not so much a sensible method of team-building as the NBA’s version of “One red paperclip.” In Morey’s view, all that wheeling and dealing would lead to a team with several stars. In practice, the Rockets looked firmly ensconced in the league’s middle, with little more than a glut of low-lottery picks to show for his considerable efforts.

Dwight Howard could once justify a general manager's entire method. (AP)
Dwight Howard could once justify a general manager’s entire method. (AP)

The Rockets’ fortunes began to change a few days prior to the 2012-13 season, when Morey flipped numerous pieces to the Oklahoma City Thunder for James Harden. The presence of a legitimate star immediately legitimized the Rockets, to the point where Morey could go to Howard the next summer and make a convincing case that they were on the verge of contention. His three seasons in Houston didn’t come close to working out as planned — the Rockets suffered two first-round eliminations and made one trip to the conference finals in a year Howard played just 41 games — and the franchise’s trek back to contention has been anything but a steady climb. But the questions about Morey immediately stopped when he signed Howard. The plan had undoubtedly worked.

Howard’s decision had two far-reaching effects around the league. For one, it signaled that the Lakers’ mystique didn’t hold much value if the franchise was in disarray. On a deeper level, though, it bought wiggle room for any general manager selling a long-term, asset-heavy rebuilding process. The patience for Sam Hinkie’s method and Danny Ainge’s can-kicking pick accumulation does not exist to nearly the same extent if not for Morey’s success. Results matter, but progress no longer follows a straight line.

4. Andre Iguodala to the Golden State Warriors in 2013

In retrospect, this move helped turn the Warriors from a decent playoff team into a genuine contender. Without Iguodala, Golden State’s incredible defensive versatility and ability to play small without sacrificing anything do not exist. He’s the 2015 NBA Finals MVP and a vaunted member of both the Death and Hamptons Five lineups. There is no juggernaut without him.

At the time, it was just a signing that made the Warriors better. They needed a wing defender and someone to serve as a secondary facilitator, and Iguodala filled both those requirements well. General manager Bob Myers made the money work with a bold sign-and-trade deal not because the Warriors were on the brink of a title, but because he needed to improve the lineup and ensure that a franchise not used to making the postseason could solidify its spot in the middle of the Western Conference playoff picture.

The best-case scenario for the Iguodala contract seemed to be four seasons of playoff participation and a full-on culture change surrounding the franchise. The fact that it ended with three-straight finals appearance and a burgeoning dynasty feels like a happy accident. Not every move needs to turn a team into a champion. It just has to improve the odds of getting there, at some point, even if it’s 10 years later.

3. DeAndre Jordan to the Los Angeles Clippers in 2015

OK, so Jordan technically didn’t move to a new team. But his free agent saga was simultaneously the most hilarious and dramatic of the modern era. Just a few days after committing to join the Dallas Mavericks, Jordan reneged on his pledge and holed up in a Houston mansion with the core of the Clippers to ensure he didn’t change his mind again before putting pen to paper. Every Twitter update added a new, fantastic layer. Some of us never wanted it to end.

It had everything. There was an emoji war. Blake Griffin tweeted out a photo of a poorly barricaded door. DeAndre wouldn’t answer his door. Chris Broussard reported that Mark Cuban was driving around the city aimlessly trying to find Jordan’s house. It would have been believable if someone had said the Mavericks had smuggled Jordan out of the building under a dining cart.

I was working that day, but it would have been impossible to keep my eyes off Twitter regardless. More than any single event, Jordan’s change of heart encapsulated what makes contemporary NBA free agency so fun. It’s absurdist theater at its best.

2. Kevin Durant to the Warriors in 2016

KD’s move to the league’s best team was in many ways a replay of “The Decision,” albeit with far more complications and the benefit of hindsight. Like in 2010, Durant’s choice upset the power structure surrounding the league. Unlike the prior event, media reaction was split relatively cleanly between those who resented Durant’s decision and those who felt no ill will over a grown man exercising a preference. There was still an uproar, but it felt comparatively sane.

It was progress, of a sort, if only because LeBron’s lambasting remains one of the most hateful and racially tinged outcries of this era, to the point where it will likely serve as the basis for several documentaries and studies once we gain more perspective. If anything, though, some of the pro-Durant arguments seemed like over-corrections. Is a world-class athlete’s choice of basketball team really like picking any job? Doesn’t the spirit of competition matter for something, even if it doesn’t have to serve as the foundation of so much animosity? Shouldn’t we want to feel some doubt over the results when a season starts?

The Durant-Warriors marriage served as a reminder that the morality of an individual choice and that decision’s impact on a game are separate issues. It’s OK to accept one and reject the other.

1. LeBron James to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014

The King stays the king. If “The Decision” offended with its supposed arrogance and lack of loyalty, then “The Essay” was the event everyone could love. The narrative was clean — LeBron returned to Cleveland as a prodigal son ready to right his wrongs. He avoided the self-serving welcome events, pledged himself to the community (which he’d never really left), and committed himself to giving an entire region its much-desired title. The Cavs’ comeback from a 3-1 deficit last June served as the perfect climax.

LeBron James was welcomed back to Cleveland with open arms. (AP)
LeBron James was welcomed back to Cleveland with open arms. (AP)

In reality, the story is not so simple. Look back over the past seven years and LeBron appears to be the same person throughout. He grew up and learned during his years in Miami, but the same is true of anyone who goes from 25 years old to 29. He’s still someone who doesn’t treat a loss like a personal failure. Did he change, or did we decide to view him differently?

Last Friday, Rob Mahoney of Sports Illustrated wrote that free agency most clearly shows us who players are (i.e. what they value most from their profession). I tend to agree with this point. But if LeBron has shown us nothing else, it’s that what everyone wants can change with both time and the observer’s frame of reference. We don’t know what free agency means until the moves happen, and even then we’re often wrong as soon as a few months later.

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Eric Freeman is a writer for Ball Don’t Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at efreeman_ysports@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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          Fan Mail Friday #121 | 21st Century Millennial Loneliness   

Time for Fan Mail Friday, where we'll be answering your questions and dropping some knowledge and feedback to help you kick the weekend off right. Let's cut to it! In this episode:

  • Is the clock ticking on your window for big adventures? Consider mini-retirements.
  • How do you tell your conservative religious family that maybe you've decided to go a different way -- especially when being disowned is a possibility?
  • Is there a cure for 21st century millennial loneliness?
  • Is there a cognitive difference between listening to audiobooks and visual reading?
  • When you're growing good corn in this day and age, you've got more good neighbors than you may realize.
  • How do you deal with a coworker who acts like they have complete disdain for you?
  • Can you make your resting face more approachable?
  • If Jordan had to be a lawyer again, what would be his specialty?
  • A quick shoutout to Mo the Uber driver in Denver!
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          More millennials are having strokes. Here’s where   
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An analysis by Scientific American has revealed significant differences in where these strokes among young adults are occurring, depending both on region and whether people live in rural or urban settings. Photo by trac1/via Adobe

Not all of Mitchell Elkind’s stroke patients are on social security. In recent years he has treated devastating attacks in people as young as 18. And he is not alone. A growing body of research indicates strokes among U.S. millennials—ages 18 to 34—have soared in recent years.

But an analysis by Scientific American has revealed significant differences in where these strokes are occurring, depending both on region and whether people live in rural or urban settings. The investigation, which used data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), was reviewed by five stroke experts and found that the West and Midwest have seen especially worrisome increases among younger adults. Moreover, large cities appear to have seen bigger increases than rural areas. The analysis employed hospital discharge data from 2003 to 2012 from the AHRQ’s Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) database.

“I would have expected it to be more uniform across the country.”

The findings align with earlier studies that pointed to nationwide increases in strokes in this age group: In a study published earlier this year in JAMA Neurology, researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded that in a nine-year span from 2003 to 2012 there was a 32 percent spike in strokes among 18- to 34-year-old women and a 15 percent increase for men in the same range. Scientific American’s analysis sought to dig deeper into the data by exploring whether the stroke trend differed by location.

The findings “are intriguing and interesting,” says Elkind, a stroke expert at Columbia University and New York–Presbyterian Hospital who reviewed the analysis.

“I would have expected it to be more uniform across the country,” Ralph Sacco, president of the American Academy of Neurology, notes that “data has been scant” about strokes among younger people.

“There has been mounting evidence from different studies suggesting that even though the incidence and mortality of stroke is on the decline, the rates may not be dropping quite as much—and even [may be] increasing—among younger populations,” Sacco says. “The reasons for these trends are not entirely clear but there are concerns about obesity, diabetes and physical inactivity having a greater impact in younger stroke victims.” Drug use may be another factor, he adds.

Infographic by Credit: Amanda Montañez; Data source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Infographic by Credit: Amanda Montañez; Data source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Although many of the details are murky, the potential impact is clear: In the short term severe strokes among younger adults are a big problem because disability in people in their peak earning years can severely impact their families and future lives, Elkind says. Longer-term, more strokes—even relatively mild ones—among younger adults are worrying because they portend an upcoming epidemic of worse attacks in another 30 years (since survivors’ second strokes are more likely to be stronger and potentially fatal).

“We are just seeing those little waves hitting the beach now but that tsunami will come in the future,” says Elkind, who notes that risk factors such as obesity and smoking are cumulative over time.

Scientific American’s number crunching found that not all the 18- to 34-year-olds’ stroke data mirrored trends seen in other age groups.

Unraveling the reasons behind the trend remains a complex matter. The earlier analysis from stroke expert Mary George and colleagues at the CDC, published this year in JAMA Neurology, found stroke risk factors such as obesity, smoking and hypertension are growing among younger adults. And Scientific American’s number crunching found that not all the 18- to 34-year-olds’ stroke data mirrored trends seen in other age groups. Younger adults, for example, saw statistically significant increases in stroke rates in the Midwest and West.

This is somewhat at odds with regional risks in the broader population, which are more concentrated in the southeastern U.S. In western cities with more than one million residents, for example, the analysis found strokes increased about 85 percent during the 2003 to 2012 time period. In the West as a region, strokes rose 70 percent at the same time. Across the Midwest they increased 34 percent. But in the South the relative increase was smaller and, unlike the spikes in other mentioned areas, this jump did not appear to be statistically significant.

What might explain the difference? The South, known for being part of a “stroke belt” with the highest stroke mortality numbers in the country, also had the highest younger adult rates to begin with—so the relative increase was lower. Other explanations for the regional trends remain to be explored. Pollution might be a contributing factor, which could help explain the higher rates in urban settings, because past studies associate strokes with long-term exposure to high levels of air pollution, Elkind says.

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There could also be differences in detection rates. Perhaps an area like the Northeast—which saw less of an increase in strokes than some other areas—may have already been routinely using imaging technology to confirm strokes back in 2003, Elkind says. (The HCUP data did not have regional imaging information for an exploration of that question.)

Still, there are some preliminary indications this phenomenon is due to more than imaging differences: “If it was, then we would see a similar increase in strokes across all age groups,” notes Sacco, who is also chair of the neurology department at the University of Miami. (Nationally, overall stroke numbers have dropped in recent years.)

“I think this data is consistent with other data, and so whenever you have replication consistency across different data sets we begin to take it seriously,” Sacco adds. “I think the fact that we see this [trend] across all regions, and that we see the amount of relative increase for hospitalizations rising for stroke, is alarming.”

Moreover, a 2012 analysis involving younger adult stroke rates in Ohio and northern Kentucky from the mid-1990s through 2005 found rising numbers were not just due to better brain-scanning technology and related improvements in stroke detection.

“That’s the first thing everyone thinks of: increasing [magnetic resonance imaging] utilization. That is certainly a true phenomenon, but in our data we saw this [youthful stroke] increase independently of that,” says Brett Kissela, professor and chair of the Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Cincinnati, who headed the 2012 work. It is likely drug use among the younger adult population also plays a role, he says. “But it really is terrible we don’t [have] an answer to this important question.”

…racial disparities in stroke risk could also muddle results.

Because the Scientific American analysis is based on hospital discharge data, differing levels of health care access could also play a role in these trends, says Virginia Howard, a stroke epidemiologist at the University of Alabama School of Public Health. With many rural hospitals closing in recent years, it is possible rural residents are seeking care farther from home in urban or suburban areas. This could make it appear that rates are going up in certain urbanized areas more than rural ones.

Finally, racial disparities in stroke risk could also muddle results. (For example, strokes generally occur more often among black Americans than among white Americans.) This type of disparity could also be at work in younger adults and could affect the results, Howard says. (The HCUP data were not adjusted for racial differences).

This kind of analysis “is exactly what we should be doing with the data—looking at it in different ways to tease it out,” Howard says. It helps clarify questions for researchers to explore and underscores the need for more prospective studies on stroke risk among younger adults, she adds: “Looking at this in different ways can help us figure out how to approach this issue, and promote community policies and discussions.”

This article is reproduced with permission from Scientific American. It was first published on June 28, 2017. Find the original story here.

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          Digital Natives im Berufsleben – Nur digital? Nicht optimal!   

„Alles digital, immer online und mobil“. So werden die „Digital Natives“ in der Regel charakterisiert. Aber sind die technikbegeisterten Millennials, Centennials und die Generation X und Y Wirklichkeit oder Mythos? Warum bleiben viele Ausbildungsplätze in Deutschland unbesetzt und was müssen Unternehmen tun, um junge Talente an sich zu binden? Die Digital Natives und ihre Karrieremöglichkeiten […]

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          Luxury Apartment Trends Luring Millennials   
In order to boost slumping luxury apartment sales worldwide... real-estate developers are getting creative with amenities to recruit millennial buyers. Monohaus in East London is getting equipped with a craft-beer bar, vinyl music shop, and Nordic café that serves avocado toast. The industrial apartments will start at $635k for a one-bedroom. 550 Vanderbilt in Brooklyn will offer a rooftop farm and garden terrace with condos starting at $890k. Childer's Street in London will offer an on-site movie theater, communal workspaces, and Sonos music systems. Goodbye lonely apartment gyms,
          Ep 164 – Learning from Pearl Harbor   

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          Ep 076 – Entitled Millennials   

Recorded Wednesday, October 28th Beer of the Week – Schell’s Oktoberfest Marzen Style Tim and Brian spend this Wednesday reviewing the final Oktoberfest brew of 2015, before delving into the problems associated with the self entitled culture of millennials. The duo also touches on the Federal Reserve, new legislation to remove silencers from NFA regulations, […]

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          1000 TEACHER PROGRAMING FOR IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF EDUCATION   
MORE GOOD TO QUALITY EDUCATION
Improving the quality of education becomes an urgent need and can not be put off no longer. Because, the quality of education is one of the factors that determine the future of this nation. If Indonesia want to be able to compete and become one of the country to be reckoned with at international level, like it or not education should be addressed.

Work to fix education in Indonesia is clearly not an easy thing. From the scale, the Indonesian education system is the fourth largest in the world, after China, India and the United States. World Bank report mentions, the Indonesian education system involving more than 50 million students and 2.6 million teachers in more than 250 thousand schools.

Of course too much to expect to be able to improve the quality of millions of students in a short time. There are many related factors. One effort that can be done is to improve teacher quality. The reason, teachers have a central role in the learning process at school.

In learning practices in schools in Indonesia, the teacher is a motivator and mediator for students to be able to learn effectively and efficiently. Teachers' role is to encourage more students to study hard. In this case, teachers are required to be professionals who have the ability to control the materials, methods, media, and assessments, as well as having a comprehensive knowledge of the subject areas taught.

In fact, these expectations are not easily realized. Research has shown, the professionalism of teachers, particularly at primary school level (elementary) still needs to be improved. Observations of teachers of mathematics, just mention an example, shows that teachers do not give priority to the creative activity that can develop students' thinking abilities, abilities that should be the focus of learning. Conversely, the more fun math teachers explain math concepts in the style of tutoring institutions with practical methods, rapid, and brief, but ignoring the aspect of creativity. Similar complaints also came for the learning science and Indonesian language.

Uapya that has been done to improve the quality of learning, among others, through cooperation between educational institutions, government, and society. Settling is also made to the legislation. Referring to the recent regulations in the field of national education, among others, Law No. 20 Year 2003 on National Education System, Government Regulation No. 19 Year 2005, to the Ministerial Regulation No. 22, 23, and 24 in 2006, the core teachers to act more actively prosecuted , creativity, initiative, and responsible.

Within that framework, one state-owned enterprises, namely Pertamina (Persero), in collaboration with the University of Malang, engage Millennial Teacher Empowerment through Teacher Quality Enhancement Program Integrated with Lesson Study. For Pertamina, were included in the Community Development activities that are part of the Community Development Partnership Program (CSR). This program aims to improve the quality of Indonesian education through quality teachers and professionals.

1000 PROGRAM FOR FUTURE TEACHERS
Success in educating teachers can be seen from the way of thinking and acting students. Not all teachers in Indonesia, including the category of teachers that work. For example, can be seen in some primary schools (SD). In fact, SD is the most important education to foster basic skills students.

According to Drs. H. Isnandar, M. T., IV, Vice Rector, State University of Malang (UM), the education it takes a huge investment. Moreover, 20% state budget may not be able to fix the educational needs of education in various sectors.

Seeing this, Pertamina activities for Community Development (BL) which is part of the Community Development Partnership Program Activities (CSR), namely Teachers Quality Improvement Program (TEQIP) working with the State University of Malang (UM). This program aims to promote education in Indonesia through qualified teachers and professionals.

Isnandar added that this program is a partnership beneficial to both parties. Pertamina's own UM trusted thanks to his experience in the field of education. Examples of training ever undertaken by the UM is Cendana Education Foundation in this town for about three years to develop kindergarten, elementary, junior and senior high school.

Pertamina 1000 program participants, held in Malang teachers are from the region around Pertamina's operation areas. Participants were selected from five provinces, 15 districts and 18 subdistricts. The five provinces are East Java (Bojonegoro, Madison, and Banyuwangi), East Kalimantan (Malimau, Penajam, North and Sand), NTB (West Lombok, Bima and Dompu), Bengkulu (Kaur and Rejang) and Jambi (Jambi Muaro and the Cape West Jabung).

Program which runs from April 21, 2010 until mid-December 2010 system features TOT (training of trainers). So, no teachers trained in all of 1000. But a few representatives who will be trained to become trainers. Then, they will convey the knowledge gained to fellow teachers in the area.

This program focuses on three subjects namely UN Science, Mathematics, and Indonesian. In total there are 108 teacher trainers from each province. They will be accompanied by approximately 18 supervisors in each district. So, in total there are 126 participants.

Technically the first TOT was the beginning of the training material in Malang for two weeks. Then, they'll On Going one, namely the practice in their respective schools during the two weeks. After that, they returned to training following the TOT 2 in the form of deepening the experience based on the On Going 1 for 2 weeks.

Then, they return melukan Going On 2. Here they began to design a program that has been obtained from TOT 1 and 2. Afterwards, one teacher trainers will teach nine teachers. Later, there will be a total of approximately 1080 teachers.

This empowerment leads to a primary school teacher with the consideration that the number of primary schools in Indonesia is very big. In addition, elementary education is the beginning of the estuary of the basic education of every child, said Isnandar.

Program UM TEQIP Pertamina is certainly a breath of fresh air amid the negative stigma of Indonesian education. Hopefully through these steps, can make a world of education in Indonesia is more talk in the world arena and student loan consolidation center
          #Kellman20 - Emma Gannon   
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CliffCentral.com — Thrill seeker - Melanie Berliet, a daring writer who goes undercover to shape incredible content, speaks to Arye Kellman about Millennial writing and her truth.
          #KELLMAN20 - Yusuf Omar   
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          #KELLMAN20 - Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh   
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          #Kellman20 - Boity Thulo   
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          #Kellman20 - Daniel Calderwood   
CliffCentral.com — Digital is part of modern-day life, Millennials can either get on board or get left behind. Someone who knows this all too well is Digital Content Specialist, Dan Calderwood who joins Arye Kellman for a revealing and inspirational interview on his life in digital content creation before it even had a name. Dan opens up about the early days on News24, his high pressure job, and his passion for breaking news stories, his story is one of foresight, blind faith and innovation.
          #Kellman - Andy Jordan   
CliffCentral.com — Being a TV personality, talented musician and a Millennial, it can be easy to put Andy Jordan in a box, but as you’ ll soon discover, Andy is not happy living in any box that others place him in. Best known for his role in the hit television series ‘ Made in Chelsea’ , Andy Jordan goes in-depth with Arye Kellman on issues of life, art, enlightenment and inspiration. It’ s not easy being a Millennial, but if like Andy you make the journey the main focus, you might just realise the beauty along the way
          #Kellman20 - Melanie Berliet   
CliffCentral.com — Thrill seeker - Melanie Berliet, a daring writer who goes undercover to shape incredible content, speaks to Arye Kellman about Millennial writing and her truth.
          World Cafe Nashville: Daddy Issues   
Formed out of friendship, the trio blends a love of noise with powerful melodicism and a knack for capturing the ups and downs of millennial life.
          Comment on Berlin Spree – A Millennial Parody by Lola   
Cool and catchy :)
          Jonathan Bree's 'A Little Night Music' Released Today!   
Jonathan Bree's second album 'A Little Night Music' is officially released today.

Featuring 'Weird Hardcore', 'Murder' and 'Once It Was Nice', Flood magazine accurately described it as sounding like 'Scott Walker in a Lynchian dream sequence'.

The new album has been influenced significantly by classical music, after inheriting some classical music on vinyl - a first time for Beatles-mad Bree who was always too busy listening to the White Album to bother with Tchaikovsky.

Thematically Bree has begun exploring interesting territory moving on from The Primrose Path and complaining about being 30 something.   On A Little Night Music, Bree addresses Drone strikes (Drones & Satellites), Feeling like a tool (Tear Your Face Off), NZ racism (Murder), and disliking narcissistic millennials (There is Sadness).



You can order 'A Little Night Music' on LP, CD or purchase it digitally on Bandcamp, Itunes, or its up on Soundcloud streaming.








          Procrastination Pro-Tips: Harry Potter’s 20th Anniversary, Horse-Riding Librarians, and more!   
Procrastination Pro-Tips: Harry Potter’s 20th Anniversary, Horse-Riding Librarians, and more!

Welcome to the weekend (almost)! Let's you get you through these final hours courtesy of the interwebz:

Book Related Things

Harry Potter had an ancestor named ....Harry Potter.

The Four Best Harry Potter Podcasts

Mashable ranked the most dateable Harry Potter characters because the world needs to know.T

TIME is getting in on the Harry Potter game with their sorting quiz; did anyone else get the same sorting as Pottermore?

Sid over at BMD wrote up a really nice Harry Potter piece for the 20th anniversary.

Horse-riding librarians were the Great Depression's bookmobiles.

TSA considers forcing airline passengers to remove books from carry-ons, because air travel isn't already terrible.

Millennials are saving libraries.

Ellie Marney has a new book coming that is a spinoff of the Every series.

Eight London bookshops where you can have a nosh

This tale of how one of the Grenfell tower victims is getting a character named for her in Philip Pullman's new series will bring a tear to your eye.

City of Bones gets a 10th anniversary cover.

Penguin's The United States of Books

That horrible feeling when you realize that a well-regarded author equates being gay with cheating on your spouse.

This library devoted solely to sketchbooks is pretty incredible. 

Steamy book recs, courtesy of Book Riot readers.

YA Onscreen Things

ICYMI, this week on YA Onscreen: trailer for Pitch Perfect 3, books to help you get over the end of Pretty Little Liars, and more!

Our Alexis wrote a great article about the Mean Girl Heroine (Mona Vanderwaal/Cordelia Chase) for Paste!

Holly Black's The Cruel Prince has already been optioned!

On Pitch and Sweet/Vicious: Why Are Diverse Shows the First to Get Axed?

Bustle debates the Veronica Mars boyfriends. "Troy shippers are monsters." (Duh.) #TeamLogan

Inhumans trailer:

Social Media Things

Support survivors and proclaim your love for Sweet/Vicious:

Jeff Zentner announced his next two books:

 

Guys! They're letting me write more books! Props to @iamdavidarnold who invented the pitch.

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Brittany Cavallaro revealed the cover for The Case for Jamie:

 

What did we miss? What do y'all think about the Inhumans trailer? Iwan Rheon is perfect in everything, I swear. Let's convo below!


          The $26 Hydrating Face Cream that Works Better than $400+ Products   
You guys know that I'm all about splurging when necessary, but why spend extra moolah when you don't have to. I've featured this cream on SS before because it works wonders, and Good Housekeeping Institute can now vouch for me. They recently performed an independent test on Olay's Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream and found that it outperformed 10 top prestige creams including one with a $440 price tag.
Solid hydration means everything to me so I love that this product's fast-acting and long-lasting.  At the 3-hour mark, GHI found that Olay moisturized 400% better than a cream nearly 18 times its price. They also discovered that it increased moisture by 50% on average over a 24-hour period and improved skin's texture by 10% in only four weeks thanks to powerhouse ingredients like niacinamide and hyaluronic acid.
I like to use it on cleansed skin at night post-shower, but if I feel dry in the morn, I layer it on top of my sunscreen.  A little goes a long way so don't go too crazy - I recommend using a dime sized amount and patting it onto your skin in an upwards motion from your jawline.  Rubbing your face with a towel or your hands is a big no-no because it'll create fine lines.  

IMO, this is the perfect everyday cream for woman of all ages.  It's rich yet absorbs quickly so there's no greasiness whatsoever.  I can pretty much guarantee that you'll wake up glowing.  I personally saw a big difference in my skin after just a couple of days - it left it even, silky smooth and seriously hydrated.  
You don't need to spend an arm and a leg to look good, and this cream proves it!  My blog's all about living large on a budget, and this product truly allows you to do so.  You CAN pamper yourself like a celeb without spending an obscene amount of money and get a similar effect (if not better to be honest) in the comfort of your home.  Trust me, I've tried a lot of different creams in my lifetime - because I'm kind of crazy when it comes to skincare - but nothing beats the price + quality of Olay Regenerist.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Olay. The opinions and text are all mine. #ad #ageless


          5 Millennial Instagramers Share How They Get Paid To Travel The World   
Learn how to get paid to live your dream lifestyle with Instagram.
          Is America heading toward a baby crisis?   

The United States could be heading toward a national emergency as birth rates, which have been on the downturn for years, just hit a record low, The Washington Post reports. While it's too soon to tell what the consequences could be — or if this trend is just a blip — low birthrates have the ability to send tremors through the economy as young people are unable to replace retirees and tax revenue falls.

So what's going on?

According to provisional 2016 population data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday, the number of births fell 1 percent from a year earlier, bringing the general fertility rate to 62.0 births per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44. The trend is being driven by a decline in birthrates for teens and 20-somethings. The birthrate for women in their 30s and 40s increased — but not enough to make up for the lower numbers in their younger peers. [The Washington Post]

Like most things in life, you can blame this on millennials; many experts fear the generation is less likely to have babies, while others caution that millennials are simply putting off parenthood longer. But Donna M. Strobino, a professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, told The Washington Post that there is another decline, too, that we should be celebrating: teen pregnancies.

"What this is is a trend of women becoming more educated and more mature," Strobino said. "I'm not sure that's bad."


          Pokemon GO hits 752 million downloads, $1.2 billion in revenue   

The following info comes from Apptopia...

- Pokémon Go has now earned a total of $1.2 billion in revenues
- the game has been downloaded 752 million times
- total revenue for 2016 was $950 million
- the game had about 60 million monthly players in June, with 20 percent of them opening the game at least once a day
- 57.4 percent of the game’s players are male, while 38 percent are millennials (ages 19 to 34)
- 32.5 percent of its users are 18 or younger


          New Release Round-Up 06-30-17   

WASHED OUT - Mister Mellow - Stones Throw Washed Out is Ernest Greene, a young guy from Georgia (via South Carolina) who makes bedroom synthpop that sounds blurred and woozily evocative, like someone smeared Vaseline all over an early OMD demo tape, then stayed up all night trying to recreate what they heard. The brand new studio release from Washed Out, the debut on Stones Throw and follow up to 2013’s Paracosm, includes a DVD visual album companion to the full length album that utilizes almost every form of animation (collage, claymation, hand-drawn, stop-motion). Boredom. Laziness. Complete apathy. Is it a quarter-life crisis or just an excuse to never grow up? This is the world of Washed Out's (Ernest Greene) new album Mister Mellow . A fully immersive multimedia experience, the album guides the listener through the highs and lows of this often ridiculous struggle. In classic Millennial fashion, most young adults' perception of their own lives are overblown and over-dramatized to the point of absurdity - as are the many ways they distract themselves from the insecurities faced on a daily basis (see social media, fantasy, drugs, music). Mister Mellow shines a light on the humor found in this paradox - how we can be so bored and unhappy in what is often a very privileged, contented life? CALVIN HARRIS - Funk Wav Bounces Vol.1 -Sony Funk Wav Bounces Vol.1 , is the highly anticipated 5th studio album from Calvin Harris . The ten track album features the previously released singles "Slide" featuring Frank Ocean & Migos, plus "Heatstroke" featuring Young Thug, Pharrell Williams & Ariana Grande. The album boasts 19 guest artist collaborations including Frank Ocean, Travis Scott, Kehlani, Future, Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, Big Sean, John Legend, Khalid, Migos, Schoolboy Q, Ariana Grande, Young Thug, D.R.A.M., Nicki Minaj, Lil Yachty, Jessie Reyez, Partynextdoor plus Snoop Dogg. The Grammy Award-winning record producer, songwriter and DJ Calvin Harris stands as the figurehead for modern music, having broken world records and dominated global charts with his continued hit releases. As one of the most successful artists of all time, he currently has over 5 billion streams across all major streaming services, 5 billion video views, and 10 consecutive platinum singles.

SOULWAX - From Deewee -PIAS America 2017 studio album. After a period of extensive rehearsals and a level of planning to befit such a huge feat, From Deewee was recorded with the full touring band in one take at the Dewaele brother's DEEWEE Studio in Ghent, Belgium on February 7, 2017. PIAS. Look out for the Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Black and White 2LP .

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TELEVISION - Live At The Old Waldorf (San Francisco 6/29/78) [Limited Edition RSD Vinyl Club 2LP] - Record Store Day This double LP was released for RSD 2011 on white vinyl. The Record Store Day Vinyl Club release will be a double black vinyl set. BEACH HOUSE - B-sides And Rarities - Sub Pop This compilation contains every song Beach House – aka Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand – has made that does not exist on one of their albums. The band explains: When we announced that we were releasing a B-sides and rarities album, someone on Twitter asked, “B-sides record? Why would Beach House put out a B-sides record? Their A-sides are like B-sides.” This random person has a point. Our goal has never been to make music that is explicitly commercial. Over the years, as we have worked on our 6 LPs, it wasn’t the “best" or most catchy songs that made the records, just the ones that fit together to make a cohesive work. Accordingly, our B-sides are not songs that we didn’t like as much, just ones that didn’t have a place on the records we were making. The oldest song is “Rain in Numbers” and was recorded in 2005, during the summer when we formed the band. We didn’t have a piano, so we asked our friend if we could use his, which was pretty out of tune. We used the mic that was on the four-track machine to record the piano and vocals. It was originally the secret song on our self-titled debut. The next couple of songs are from late 2008. We were so excited about “Used to Be” that we quickly recorded it and put it on a 7” for our fall tour with the Baltimore Round Robin. The same session begat our cover of Queen’s “Play the Game” for a charity compilation benefiting AIDS research; we will continue to donate all profits from the song to that charity. As fans of Queen, we thought it would be fun and ridiculous to try to adapt their high-powered pop song into our realm. These songs were recorded at the same studio where we made Devotion. There are a bunch of songs written and recorded in the 2009-2010 window. “Baby” was written and recorded in October 2009 with our friend Jason Quever. “10 Mile Stereo” was recorded during the Teen Dream session in July 2009. Since we used tape, we often slowed the tape way down to create effects while recording, which led to “10 Mile Stereo (Cough Syrup Remix).” “White Moon” and “The Arrangement” were both songs that we didn’t believe fit on Teen Dream. “White Moon” originally appeared on our iTunes live session. Since that was recorded and mixed very hastily, we have remixed it to better match our current aesthetics. We have also remixed and included the version of “Norway" we did at that same session. We wrote and recorded “I Do Not Care for the Winter Sun” during a break between tours and released it on the internet for free, unmastered. Well, it’s finally been mastered… STONE SOUR - Hydrograd - Roadrunner Records Recorded at Sphere Studios in North Hollywood, CA with producer Jay Ruston, Hydrograd features the lead tracks "Fabuless" and "Song #3". Stone Sour will celebrate HYDROGRAD with an epic summer trek alongside fellow Roadrunner recording group Korn. THE BEACH BOYS - 1967 Sunshine Tomorrow - Capitol This unique 2CD compilation pulls together a slew of previously unreleased material from America's favorite band, The Beach Boys . The collection includes the new stereo remix of Wild Honey, as well as unreleased outtakes from the session recordings. Also included are unreleased session tracks from the Smiley Smile sessions and live tracks from Hawaii, Washington, DC and Boston.

ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

Baio - Man Of The World Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires - Youth Detention TLC - TLC The Acacia Strain - Gravebloom Junior Astronomers - Body Language ZZ Ward - The Storm Floating Points - Reflections: Mojave Desert [w/DVD] The Cash Box Kings - Royal Mint Mark Kozelek - Yellow Kitchen Jim Lauderdale - London Southern Laurel Halo - Dust The Mojo Gurus - Gone Dave Matthews Band - Live At Red Rocks 8.15.95 [Vinyl Box Set]

& More .....

Broken Social Scene - Stay Happy The Melvins - Jam In The Van - Live Sessions EP Public Service Broadcasting - People Will Always Need Coal Arcade Fire - Creature Comfort

For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section and don't forget that many of these titles are also available on vinyl.


          The Hasidic Millenial Internet Sensation & Other Orthodox Jews in the News   
The Real Reason Rachel Zoe Waited 3 Years To Cut Her Son’s Hair For the curious, there is a reason that stylist Rachel Zoe chose to keep her three-year-old son Kaius’ hair long: She and her husband, Rodger Berman, are Jewish, and they chose to honor the ceremonial custom of upsherin. Popular in certain Orthodox and Hasidic sects, upsherin involves waiting until a boy turns three before he gets his first haircut. Meet Melech Zilbershlag, the Israeli Millennial Who’s Becoming a YouTube Sensation Melech Zilbershlag, a 20-year-old, kippah-clad Israeli who’s quickly becoming a Hebrew-language YouTube sensation, is helping to bridge the gap of understanding between Orthodox and the secular cultures in his country. Zilbershlag’s videos, which typically run about two minutes long, are published by Kan 11, the newly established Israeli Public Broadcasting Corp., which recruited Zilbershlag as new talent. This Is the Orthodox Community’s Go-To Cool Sandwich Shop Opened in March across from Pan Pacific Park by chef Eric Greenspan, Fleishik’s is where Orthodox men in black hats and schoolgirls in tartan pinafores queue up with customers who might usually opt for the pork belly at Animal. Because as Greenspan proves, rotisserie brisket layered over beet horseradish with crunchy chicken-skin gribenes and fried onions is exactly the kind of flavor-packed dish anybody would want to line up for. Why You Should Give Kosher Restaurants A Second Chance Someone who puts effort into a kosher dining experience will find an array of options the likes of which modern history has never known before. Not only is the kosher world thriving, but because of its small world, patrons are eating food on par with many of the country’s greatest restaurants, and our chefs, servers, work hard for you, making incredible, fresh, innovative fare, served in delightful settings. Inside the Orthodox Singles...

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          Comment on India warns China over road construction near border amid stand-off by Fre Okin   
Modern generations, Millennials Don't Care about all the old stuff. They Don't Remember, have No Connections. That is why Taiwanese, HK Chinese and other diaspora Chinese in Singapore, Malaysia Don't Care and In Fact Despise China just because of Western propaganda 'China is a Commie, human rights abuse blah blah blah'. I am a Hua Chiao and I have Seen both Asia and US and I can tell you how bad China's image is in the West. I am All Over The Internet trying to help polish China's Image but that stupid GT even ban me perhaps they don't like my idea about Arunachal Pradesh/S Tibet and the exiled Tibetans. Moronic Commie!
          Generation Z: What Every Employer Needs to Know   

While millennials in the workplace have dominated our thinking about generations for years, we are learning more every day about their successors. Now is officially the time to get serious about Gen Z (the generation born approximately 1998 and later), … [Read more...]

The post Generation Z: What Every Employer Needs to Know appeared first on Lindsey Pollak.


          Cultured Vegetables, The Ultimate Superfood   

Cultured Vegetables, The Ultimate Superfood Eating cultured vegetables has increased in popularity among hipsters, millennials and baby boomers. Reports are that miso, sauerkraut (my favorite), pickles and kimchi, all bottled up and ready to go, have been flying off supermarket shelves as peoples’ understanding of the importance of gut health has become more widespread. Supplements, […]

The post Cultured Vegetables, The Ultimate Superfood appeared first on Live Trading News.


          Smartphone: il ritorno del Nokia 3310   
San Francisco (Usa) E' il piu' amato e il piu' venduto di sempre. E' il Nokia 3310, lo storico cellulare lanciato dalla casa finlandese nel settembre 2000, che a sorpresa tornera' sul mercato tra pochi giorni. Lo ha anticipato HMD Global Oy, l'azienda che ha comprato i diritti del marchio Nokia per la telefonia tradizionale, dopo l'acquisizione della parte industriale del gigante finlandese da parte di Microsoft. L'erede del 3310 avra' un prezzo di 59 euro circa e connessione 3G: potrebbe essere il 'dumb phone ' del futuro. E' un rilancio, quello programmato dalla societa' di produzione HMD Global e pronosticato dal blogger americano Evan Blass, che ha riportato agli onori della cronaca il figliol prodigo della multinazionale finlandese, descritto da Steve Jobs come 'il miglior cellulare di sempre '.Come il Nintendo per gli anni '80 e il Tamagotchi per i '90, cosi' anche il mitico Trentatre'dieci - cimelio hi tech con 126 milioni di esemplari venduti fra il 2000 e il 2005, anno del ritiro dal mercato - ha rappresentato, al grido di 'connecting people ', un logo generazionale amatissimo col suo schermo bicolore e nessuna moderna applicazione di 'messaggistica istantanea ', in appena 1 kb di memoria interna segno' il passaggio dai telefonini di grande ingombro a quelli di nuova concezione, smart si' ma non ancora smartphone.Prima che gli apparecchi 'ultrapiatti ' per utenti 'iperconnessi ' prendessero il sopravvento, e che gli standard 3G dessero un calcio in culo alle tecnologie di seconda generazione, fu lui, il granitico Nokia dalla suoneria monofonica, col suo caricabatterie dalla temperatura incendiaria e una capacita' di ricezione del segnale anche in condizioni apocalittiche, l'oggetto di culto dei Millennial.E oggi, 17 anni dopo il suo lancio, la magia di questo telefono potrebbe ripetersi. Certo non senza correttivi - 30 giorni di standby e 22 ore di chiamate di fila, una dual sim e una radio Fm integrata, ma anche un lettore mp3 e una fotocamera da 2 megapixel. Per un ritorno alle funzioni base - telefonare e 'messaggiare ', come si diceva - che odora di buono (e di sold out, visto il prezzo politico a meno di 59 euro).R.R.
          The PAWS Act: Protecting Women and the Pets They Love   

Support grows among Millennials for domestic violence legislation aimed at keeping abuse victims and their pets together.

Los Angeles, CA -- (ReleaseWire) -- 07/06/2015 -- Introduced in March 2015 by Rep. Katherine M Clark of Massachusetts, The Pet and Women Safety Act (H.R. 1258) is just beginning its journey to becoming a law that could potentially save lives, and help countless victims of domestic violence, regardless of gender.

It's a little-known piece of legislation that is getting a big push from MiLLENNiAL Magazine. With animal rights advocate and editor-in-chief Britt Hysen at the helm, the magazine hopes to bring attention to an often-overlooked cause.

New Jersey animal advocate Adriana Meucci took an in-depth look at the problem in the June 10th issue of MiLLENNiAL. What she found was a problem that was serious beyond expectation. She learned that nearly half (48%) of victims of domestic violence stay in abusive situations longer than they otherwise would have out of fear of leaving their pet. And it's a justified fear: the numbers show that abusers often harm or kill a pet when their victim escapes to a shelter.

The PAWS Act would increase emergency shelter for the pets of domestic violence victims, allowing them to leave with their pet and make sure their pet is safe. Just as importantly, the PAWS act would offer legal protection to pets in domestic violence situations. Threatening a pet would be a crime, states would be encouraged to include pets when a victim is granted a protection order, and abusers would be required to pay financial compensation for any injury that they cause to a pet.

In states that include pets in protection orders, an abuser would be subject to arrest if they approached the pet, something that would offer more peace of mind for victims and help them and their pets move forward with their lives.

As of June 15, PAWS Act (H.R. 1258) has the bipartisan support of 83 US Representatives. To support the Act, which has yet to pass the House and Senate, advocates should contact their State Legislators via the Animal Welfare Institute's Contact form, or by contacting their representative directly.

About MiLLENNiAL
MiLLENNiAL Magazine is an image-centric digital platform for young adults founded by editor-in-chief, Britt Hysen. With a socially minded Forbes-meets-Rolling Stone format, MiLLENNiAL curates news and cultural trends and seeks to honor "average individuals with inspirational stories," as well as millennial celebrities, entrepreneurs and activists working for positive change. Debuting in June 2014, MiLLENNiAL added its Mentor Series in 2015 to increase cross-generational understanding and to honor those who paved the path for today's millennial successes.

To learn more, visit MillennialMagazine.com

For more information on this press release visit: http://www.releasewire.com/press-releases/the-paws-act-protecting-women-and-the-pets-they-love-605653.htm

Media Relations Contact

Sylvia Dorrall
Publicist
Millennial Magazine
Telephone: 818-261-7702
Email: Click to Email Sylvia Dorrall
Web: http://MillennialMagazine.com


          Jungle Hikes, Nightlife, Beaches – MiLLENNiAL Discovers Perks in Studying Abroad   

Region surrounding the Philippines’ Mapúa Institute of Technology redefines “study break!”

Los Angeles, CA -- (ReleaseWire) -- 06/29/2015 -- Millennials are applying for passports and packing their sling bags in ever-increasing numbers, indicate statistics released by the U.S. Department of Education. Why? The siren song of travel and studying abroad.

"All the 'cool kids' realize work and play don't have to be mutually exclusive," says Britt Hysen, 26-year-old editor-in-chief of MiLLENNiAL Magazine, which is tracking the international study trend in an editorial series about studying in the Philippines. "You can get an education while having some of the best adventures of your life in a setting that is pretty close to Paradise."

MiLLENNiAL Magazine's "Why You Should Play in the Philippines" appears in its June issue. The online article is the first installment of a four-part series about studying abroad.

"Studying STEM at Mapua Institute of Technology would sharpen the minds of students, while letting them travel," says Hysen, "and, tuition is comparable to U.S. fees. Exploring the region with classmates would expose millennials to the Filipino culture as well as provide high-octane adventures just a short distance from the school. That stunning landscape – it'll change you. The beaches, volcanic mountains and vegetation will leave an imprint on students' psyche, forging an unbreakable connection with the majesty of our planet."

Hysen, a millennial herself, and her magazine's video crew have just returned from a stint of immersion journalism in southeast Asia, visiting Mapua Institute of Technology in Manila, where international and local students study science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and other coursework. The magazine crew also checked out the local nightlife scene and options for students with free time on the weekends. What they found was off the charts!

"Millennials crave adventure," says Hysen. "Because of social media and TV, they have grown up with global awareness. More than acquiring material goods, young adults want to experience the world and what it has to offer. They want to "do" and "document." What better place to learn than the exotic Philippines?"

More than 80,000 American college students study away each academic year, reports the United States Network for Education Information (USNEI), an arm of the U.S. Department of Education. This number has grown steadily at about a 2 percent rate. While approximately 60 percent of American study-abroad students head to Europe, a growing number are choosing academic adventures in Latin America, Australia and Asia.

"Young adults can benefit greatly from study-abroad programs. Such educational opportunities move people out of their comfort zone and promote maturity. Ultimately, studying at Mapua would be a great adventure," says Hysen.

Mapua Institute of Technology is a non-sectarian, research-oriented Filipino institute with campuses in Manila, Intramuros and Makati. Mapua was founded by Filipino architect Don Tomas Mapua, a 1925 graduate of Cornell University, and is considered one of the premiere engineering schools in the Philippines. The STEM school also is known for its architecture and other science programs at the graduate, undergraduate and high school levels. Coursework is offered in computer science, accounting, psychology, information technology, nursing, business management, digital cinema, multimedia arts and sciences, tech communication, entrepreneurship, and hotel and restaurant management.

Watch the behind-the-scenes video of the MiLLENNiAL editorial crew, providing ample evidence to support why US college students should consider studying abroad.

About MiLLENNiAL
MiLLENNiAL Magazine is an image-centric digital platform for young adults founded by editor-in-chief, Britt Hysen. With a socially minded Forbes-meets-Rolling Stone format, MiLLENNiAL curates news and cultural trends and seeks to honor "average individuals with inspirational stories," as well as millennial celebrities, entrepreneurs and activists working for positive change. Recently, MiLLENNiAL was honored for being among the "Top 100 Most Influential Digital Media Sites for Millennials" by the White House. To learn more, visit MillennialMagazine.com

For more information on this press release visit: http://www.releasewire.com/press-releases/jungle-hikes-nightlife-beaches-millennial-discovers-perks-in-studying-abroad-605654.htm

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Sylvia Dorrall
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Millennial Magazine
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Email: Click to Email Sylvia Dorrall
Web: http://MillennialMagazine.com


          MiLLENNiAL Magazine's Britt Hysen Invited to United Nations Dialogue   

Editor among 50 “global millennial influencers”, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and Nancy Pelosi at upcoming UN’s 70th anniversary ceremony.

Los Angeles, CA -- (ReleaseWire) -- 06/22/2015 -- Britt Hysen, editor-in-chief of MiLLENNiAL Magazine, has been invited to attend the United Nation's Charter Commemoration Ceremony this week in San Francisco. She and 49 other "identified global millennial influencers" will also participate in exclusive roundtable discussions on topics that will be up for vote at the United Nations (UN) in September in New York City.

To mark the 70th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter in San Francisco in 1945, the UN will host a public ceremony on June 26 in the Rotunda at City Hall with 1,000 diplomats and dignitaries, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, community members and students in attendance. Prior to the commemorative event, Hysen and her peers will attend a breakout session with the UN anniversary host committee, the UN Foundation, and influential world changers who seek input, feedback and connections prior to the UN's upcoming vote on global Sustainable Development Goals.

"MiLLENNiAL Magazine is honored to have been invited to the UN celebration and I'm excited to take part in discussions that could be the catalyst for positive world change," says Hysen, 26, of Los Angeles.

The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945, comprising 193 member states. It is based in New York City, and housed in the United Nations Secretariat building. The UN's mission and work are guided by principles established in the founding charter.

The United Nations Foundation mobilizes the energy of social influencers and the expertise of business and non-governmental organizations to help the UN tackle global issues including climate change, health standards, peace and security, women's empowerment, poverty eradication and energy access, as well as U.S.-UN relations.

"The 70th anniversary of the United Nations is an opportunity to reflect – to look back on the UN's history and take stock of its enduring achievements," says UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. "It is also an opportunity to spotlight where the UN – and the international community as a whole – needs to redouble its efforts to meet current and future challenges across the three pillars of its work: peace and security, development, and human rights."

MiLLENNiAL is available digitally at Millennialmagazine.com. The US-based news and lifestyle brand has an international reach, and spotlights both American and International stories.

About MiLLENNiAL
MiLLENNiAL Magazine is an image-centric digital platform for young adults founded by Editor-in-chief Britt Hysen. With a socially minded Forbes-meets-Rolling Stone format, MiLLENNiAL curates news and cultural trends and seeks to honor "average individuals with inspirational stories," as well as millennial celebrities, entrepreneurs and activists working for positive change. Recently, MiLLENNiAL was honored for being among the "Top 100 Most Influential Digital Media Sites for Millennials" by the White House.

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          MiLLENNiAL Puts the Focus on Women at E3   

Editor Britt Hysen aims to show that feminism and gaming aren’t mutually exclusive.

Los Angeles, CA -- (ReleaseWire) -- 06/15/2015 -- MiLLENNiAL magazine's Britt Hysen, an avid gamer herself, is taking on E3 this week in Los Angeles, with her sights set on women in the industry. The Electronic Entertainment Expo hasn't always had the best reputation when it comes to the representation of women in the gaming industry. Just last year, game developer Rami Ismail's tweet that Playstation continued to feature "more severed heads than female speakers" at E3 became a media sound bite. While it may have raised the ire of gamers who don't want to think about feminism and video games at the same time, it shed light on an issue that isn't going away.

For Hysen and other women in her generation, a love of gaming is nothing new. "Millennial women were raised on video games," she says. "From Donkey Kong to Crash Bandacoot, any child of the 90s was inherently a gamer. It only makes sense that this trait would carry through to our adulthood."

Hysen isn't covering E3 to complain about the lack of women in gaming, but to celebrate the women who are already working (and playing) hard in the industry. Recently, MiLLENNiAL featured Smosh Games' Mari Takahashi, one of the Internet's most famous gamers. As the female voice in the Smosh clan, a Youtube-based gaming channel, Takahashi believes women have ample opportunity in the industry. "I always think there is a place and an entry way for women. In my experience, I never felt like there was this gatekeeper that has kept me from doing anything I want to do in this industry," she says. "I've never felt victimized in any way."

Several female-led titles, including Microsoft's Rise of the Tomb Raider, Skullgirls: 2nd Encore from Lab Zero Games, and Sony's Cosmic Star Heroine and Fat Princess Adventure are rumored to make their first appearances at this year's E3. And, with a rise in games that are gender-balanced and/or feature playable female characters, from Kingdom Hearts to Star Wars Battlefront and its playable female Stormtroopers, woman gamers are seeing themselves increasingly represented. It's a smart move for the industry, which can't ignore the numbers: according to the Entertainment Software Association, 44% of all gamers are female, with women over 18 representing almost twice as many gamers than boys under 18.

"Mobile gaming has made it incredibly accessible for anyone to play," says Hysen. "The stereotype that women somehow aren't gamers is simply not true. We are just as much if not more addicted to our games than our male counterparts."

Whether E3 2015 will buck the "more severed heads than female speakers" trend remains to be seen. But when women do speak at E3, Hysen and MiLLENNiAL magazine will make sure their voices are heard.

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          Recognizing the Unsung Heroes of the Millennial Generation   

Millennial Magazine confidently thwarts the negative stereotypes associated with the millennial generation and urges readers to change the world.

Los Angeles, CA -- (ReleaseWire) -- 05/22/2015 -- Hailed as one of the 'Top 100 Most Influential Digital Media Sites for Millennials' by the White House, Millennial Magazine aims to highlight the positive impact our youngest adult generation has on society and to inspire individuals to take action for a better world.

Millennials are classified as those born between 1975 to 1995 and it is no secret that they commonly suffer from backlash suggesting that they are disconnected from social consciousness, that being unemployed is a choice, and that there is an overall expected sense of undeserving entitlement about them. This negative mindset is what Millennial Magazine wishes to change.

Helmed by 26 year old, Britt Hysen, a journalist and actress who appeared on the first two seasons of Mad Men, Millennial Magazine is dedicated to telling the success stories of the unsung heroes of the millennial generation. From celebrities passionately involved in causes to CEOs disrupting their industries to activists standing up for their beliefs, the magazine highlights the positive social impact of individuals born between 1975 and 1995.

Millennial Magazine is confidently changing the world one step at a time. Its first international cover featured Yao Ming, millennial Chinese NBA basketball star and ambassador of WildAid, a nonprofit organization fighting the world's illegal wildlife trade. The feature successfully raised awareness on the staggering global ivory trade and highlighted the importance of wildlife conservation. From shared posts on social media to participation in activism campaigns, readers the world over chanted in unison on the importance of preserving Africa's biodiversity.

Also featured on the digital platform was Mayukh Ghosh and Raktim Majumdar, documentary filmmakers from India whose mission is to make documentary films a part of Indian mass culture. From southern Asia to the United States, Millennial Magazine has no qualms about featuring incredible people who are flying under the radar yet taking the necessary measures to make their world a better place.

The March 2015 issue of the publication featured Rising Appalachia, two sisters in their 30s who inspire activism through folk music. From spreading the word on the power of locality to encouraging conversations on human rights and equality, the dynamic duo have made it their life's mission to tackle unsustainable issues in a fun, dramatic and sustainable manner. Their story perfectly conveys that there are millennials out there who have the foresight, passion and ability to do something great for the world and not remain apathetic about it.

By thwarting the negative stereotypes associated with Generation Y, Millennial Magazine successfully puts a face to this international demographic and showcases the bounds of accomplishments that they are amassing. The same way Yao Ming and Rising Appalachia encourage others to take a stand for the good of the community, the magazine encourages its readers to take a stand for the good of the world.

According to editor-in-chief Hysen and fellow millennial, "We're bringing out the positivity and showcasing the hard work that all the individuals in our generation are doing and we're essentially positioning ourselves to be the Life Magazine of this era. We aim to give insight into who the everyday Millennial is and what they're doing with their life to improve our world."

There is no better way to get the word out on how powerful millennials truly are than through the media. In today's fast paced and color-splashed world, the louder one preaches, the less one is heard. The only way to make a difference is to walk the talk and that is exactly what Millennial Magazine is doing.

For more information visit Millennial Magazine.

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          Changing the Way the World Sees Millennials, One Issue at a Time   

Britt Hysen’s inspirational news and lifestyle brand, Millennial Magazine, busts myths about misunderstood millennials

Los Angeles, CA -- (ReleaseWire) -- 05/20/2015 -- Millennials- the generation born between 1975 and 1995, have received their fair share of negative stereotyping as they've worked their way into their 20s and 30s. To change that perception, actress-turned-journalist Britt Hysen has set out to show the world what Generation "Y" is really about with her up-and-coming news and lifestyle brand, MiLLENNiAL.

While some news media aimed at the demographic maintain a cynical air, MiLLENNiAL strives for inspiration by highlighting the generation's heroes. And inspire it has. With just 37 issues under its belt, The White House has already recognized the digital platform as a Top 100 Millennial Influencer.

What makes MiLLENNiAL Magazine stand apart from the pack is its positive attitude.

"I've seen our generation design masterpieces, build billion dollar businesses, and help save the world," says Hysen, who, before starting her media company, acted on the show Mad Men. "The times we live in can get you down -- we want to tell stories that give hope to those in need of a quick pick-me-up. Stories of the champions of humanity."

With over 80 million millennials in the US today, there are plenty of stories to tell. MiLLENNiAL has identified a hundred-plus inspiring influencers in its first year alone, including NBA star and Wildlife Advocate, Yao Ming, free solo rock climber, Alex Honnold, marine activist and model, Ocean Ramsey, Grammy award-winning producer, Alex da Kid, media mogul, Stephanie Horbaczewski, 'Gold Rush' miner, Parker Schnabel, and renagade journalist, Abby Martin.

The Magazine's positivity doesn't mean turning away from injustice. Far from it. From social issues like homelessness, education inequality, and modern-day slavery to conservation and everyday environmentalism, MiLLENNiAL takes a hard look at the world, without giving in to hopelessness.

That hope for the future and the will to change the world is indicative of the millennial generation, Hysen says. And it isn't limited to people born within a certain time span. "Millennial is a lifestyle. It applies to anyone who made the transition from the analog world to the digital world at a young age, but people who transitioned later and embrace those changes can be seen as millennials, too." Add to that the 25 percent of MiLLENNiAL's readership that is over the age of 45 who identify with a conscious lifestyle and the term "millennial" becomes much more inclusive.

Hysen doesn't take her news platform for granted, however, and insists "that through inspirational messaging and conscious action, media has the power to motivate viewers to occupy their hearts."

MiLLENNiAL is available digitally at millennialmagazine.com. The US-based news and lifestyle brand has an international reach, and spotlights both American and International stories.

About MiLLENNiAL Magazine
Founded in June 2014 by Editor-in-Chief Britt Hysen, MiLLENNiAL features the great influencers and issues of the generation born between 1975 and 1995. Before she began her news and lifestyle brand, Hysen worked as an actress, a journalist, and had her own web series focusing on Generation Y.

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          Food for Thought: Helping Millennials Change the World Through Mindful Eating   

Gen Y is choosing healthy, socially-conscious diets over GMOs. Millennial Magazine is helping them do it.

Los Angeles, CA -- (ReleaseWire) -- 05/15/2015 -- In an age of diet fads, big agriculture, and genetically modified food, Millennial Magazine is working to provide clarity. Ranked as a Top 100 Digital Media Influencer for Millennials by the National Security Council, this fresh news and lifestyle brand looks at more than trends; it dissects popular ideas, busts myths, and promotes the new lifestyles of a healthy, socially conscious generation.

As expected, the site is run by a millennial, editor-in-chief Britt Hysen, who describes the digital publication as a "Forbes meets Life magazine with a social impact twist." It approaches health-conscious lifestyles from all angles: culture, life hacks, news, and – of course – health, diet, and mindful consumption.

Recent issues have covered the benefits of drinking raw milk, easy hacks for improving sleep in this digital age, and recipes that turn something unhealthy (like a hamburger) into a healthy meal (like a gourmet black bean burger.) Articles range from breaking down the latest dieting trends (Paleo, Gluten Free, and even "Smartphone Diets") to highlighting the work of an "edible cannabis chef."

Millennials want to be informed about the way they are living and how it affects the world around them. A 2010 marketing study conducted by Cone, Inc. and AMP found that [millennials] are "civic-minded and active participants" in society and strive to make "a lasting, positive impact on the future." This includes leveraging their purchasing power to influence the global economy – from protesting agricultural giant, Monsanto, for health reasons to boycotting a number of corporations to incite social change. Even altering one's dietary habits is now a practice of social consciousness. Many are moving toward a more natural, organic way of living, where they can identify the source of their food – local or otherwise. That way they can monitor, to some extent, the treatment of animals, fruits and vegetables, the workers cultivating them, and the residents living near those farms who might be affected by its practices.

In a current article on raw milk, journalist Alexandra Zuccaro writes: "Cows that are raised eating natural, fresh grass produce more essential fatty acids in their milk than cows that are simply fed grain. They also live longer and are not forced to undergo the harsh conditions involved in 'factory farms.'" Like many of the magazine's other articles, Zuccaro delves into the nutritious benefits in additon to the social impact of milk consumtion.

Other lead writers are also boldly speaking out against genetically modified organisms used in big agriculture, and continue to highlight ways millennials can circumvent GMO foods, such as through home hydroponics, "Food Forests," and neighborhood farming. Another recent article tackles the "gluten-free epidemic" and the reasons behind the rise in celiac disease, pointing out the potential link to genetically altered foods.

To its community, Millennial Magazine is a refreshing swim from the clutter and "click bait" of other digital media, and provides what most millennials are looking for: a holistic supplement and guide to the new lifestyle they desire. Enough perusing and readers eventually notice there is a call-and-answer in almost every article: a call for better living and an answer consistent with mindful practices.

About MiLLENNiAL
MiLLENNiAL Magazine is an image-centric digital platform for young adults founded by editor-in-chief, Britt Hysen. With a socially minded Forbes-meets-Life format, MiLLENNiAL curates news and cultural trends and seeks to honor "average individuals with inspirational stories," as well as millennial celebrities, entrepreneurs and activists working for positive change.

Britt Hysen, editor-in-chief, can be contacted by email at: editor@milmagz.com

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          Millennial Magazine Interviews Trailblazers for New Mentor Series   

MiLLENNiAL Magazine finds inspiration for its Mentor Series in chats with tech pioneer David Bohnett, digital media veteran Fran Hauser, and music exec Jacqueline Saturn.

Los Angeles, CA -- (ReleaseWire) -- 05/07/2015 -- Nelson Mandela said, "A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination." It's wisdom such as this that inspires the generations and why MiLLENNiAL Magazine has dedicated part of its online editorial coverage to showcase role models for today's budding entrepreneurs and world changers.

"Our Mentor Series is to pay homage to the great leaders that have paved the path for the millennial lifestyle," said 26-year-old Britt Hysen, editor-in-chief of the digital magazine. "While our platform focuses on the heroes of our generation, we don't want to neglect the heroes of past generations. They have great wisdom to impart, and it's important to remember where we came from."

Social media pioneer and LGBT rights advocate David Bohnett kicked off MiLLENNiAL Magazine's 2015 Mentor Series. Followed by upcoming issues with the exposes of two powerhouse women who have proven themselves in the boardroom and are now sharing their wisdom: Rothenberg Ventures partner Fran Hauser, the former President of Time Inc. Digital (Style and Entertainment), and Jacqueline Saturn co-GM of Harvest Records (a Capitol Records subsidiary), and former Head of Promotions for Epic Records.

David Bohnett, founder of GeoCities in 1994, took the social media platform public, and was quickly acquired by Yahoo! for a head-snapping $3.5 billion. Bohnett has since turned his attention to Baroda Ventures, his private equity and venture capital firm, which seeds early-stage tech investments such as DogVacay, Surf Air and Fab.

"The millennial generation has a much greater sense of the problems in the world and how to contribute to solve those," said Bohnett, who believes millennials' empathy, insight and career skills combine to make a unique formula for change.

A lifelong supporter of the advancement of LGBT community rights and philanthropy, Bohnett also established the David Bohnett Foundation to mentor social activism through scholarships, grants and initiatives in order to develop the next generation's municipal leaders.

Fran Hauser led the acquisition of Moviefone to AOL before becoming the President of Time, Inc. Digital where she brought digital products such as PEOPLE, Entertainment Weekly, InStyle and Essence online. Now a partner at Rothenberg Ventures, a San Francisco-based millennial venture firm, she actively invests and mentors young adults. In particular, Hauser likes to work with enterprising women one-on-one.

Hauser's interest in millennials does not stop there. She's on the board of Young Women's Leadership Network and chairs GlobalGiving, a non-profit crowd-funding platform that has raised more than $100 million for charitable grassroots projects around the world. She also advocates for women and children through the HelpUsAdopt organization – a financial assistance program for prospective adoption families – and for projects such as "Half the Sky," a PBS documentary about gender-based oppression.

Jacqueline Saturn, a 19-year veteran of Epic Records, rounds out MiLLENNiAL's initial Mentor Series trifecta. Now the co-general manager at Harvest Records in Los Angeles, the Nashville native is working with the next generation of unique musicians and projects including Banks, Glass Animals, TV on the Radio, Matt and Kim, The Preatures, and Best Coast.

Because she was mentored by music industry giant Frank Dileo, Saturn embraces her role as a talent developer among dozens of millennial artists. She loves shepherding a pair of other youngsters, too – her daughters, who reportedly adore music as much as their mom. Motherhood and a high-energy career are a juggle, Saturn has admitted, but it's a life she wouldn't change.

"It is incredibly exciting to interview the innovators of the world," said Britt Hysen, a millennial herself. "As young adults, mentors like David Bohnett, Fran Hauser, and Jacqueline Saturn are extremely important and vital to our professional lives. They offer perspective on facing challenges. The beauty of the mentor is to gain knowledge from their experiences, so why not learn from their mistakes?"

About MiLLENNiAL
MiLLENNiAL Magazine is an image-centric digital platform for young adults founded by editor-in-chief, Britt Hysen. With a socially minded Forbes-meets-Life format, MiLLENNiAL curates news and cultural trends and seeks to honor "average individuals with inspirational stories," as well as millennial celebrities, entrepreneurs and activists working for positive change. Debuting in June 2014, MiLLENNiAL added its Mentor Series in 2015 to increase cross-generational understanding and to honor those who paved the path for today's millennial successes.

To learn more, visit MillennialMagazine.com

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          New Survey from Millennial Magazine Aims to Examine Millennial Engagement in the Workplace   

Millennial Magazine, Virtuali team up to give one lucky entrant a trip to Buenos Aires

Los Angeles, CA -- (ReleaseWire) -- 04/28/2015 -- The incorporation of Millennials into the workplace has not been an easy transition. Many Millennials have found it challenging to find satisfaction in their jobs, and as a result, many employers have struggled to engage and retain their younger talent.

To bridge the disconnect, Virtuali has teamed up with Millennial Magazine and Escape the City to launch an employee engagement survey that measures employees' perceptions and behaviors — a combination that is missing from traditional engagement surveys. By measuring how employees feel in addition to what they do, the survey creates a two-dimensional view of engagement that enables companies to more precisely identify and remedy the causes of disengagement.

"Millennials are a group with high expectations", says Sean Graber, Co-founder and CEO of Virtuali.

"They want purpose-driven work, challenging projects, top-notch learning and development programs, international rotations, flexible working arrangements, and the opportunity to make a social impact," Graber said. "It's difficult for companies to provide many of these benefits — but it's nearly impossible for any one company to provide all of them. This is an enormous challenge because Millennials — having grown up in the digital age — have been programmed with a fear of missing out. When one or more of these benefits are missing in their job, they will leave and search for them elsewhere."

The information gleaned from this survey will benefit Millennial employees as well as their employers. Millennials will be able to express their opinions, and their employers will gain previously unavailable insight into what drives their engagement in the workplace.

"The biggest challenge employers have with Millennial employees is their need to be heard and valued. While work-life balance may have turned into work-life integration in the 21st century, Millennials are looking for a position where they don't feel like a slave to their job but are rather empowered by the work they do," said Britt Hysen, Editor in Chief for Millennial Magazine. "The results of this survey will reveal how Millennial employees feel about their role within the company."

There is an additional benefit that Millennials may receive from taking the survey. One individual will win tuition for Virtuali's Go! program — a one-of-a-kind leadership development experience in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The program, which takes place between Sept. 28 and Nov. 21, includes two weeks of luxury accommodations, MBA classes, a philanthropic weekend retreat, one-on-one coaching, and a variety of other course and project work focused on developing fundamental leadership skills. All non-winning entrants will also receive a 10 percent discount toward future tuition.

The electronic survey takes approximately five minutes to complete and respondents have the opportunity to opt out of further communication, should they choose. For more information or to take the survey, visit govirtuali.com/engage.

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          Bogey Is Life Golf T-Shirts   
A new fad in golf is t-shirts, for the millennial crowd I suppose. Maybe it’s the Top Golf thing. A new brand in the T space is “Bogey Is Life.” Bogey Is Life makes a few comfy casual apparel pieces like this one below, as well ask long sleeves, tank tops and hats. I’ve been […]
          Veuve Clicquot’s pay-to-play social strategy yields category’s best returns: L2 - Luxury Daily   
Luxury Daily today - Veuve Clicquot’s pay-to-play social strategy yields category’s best returns: L2; Luxury brands falter with young millennials: report.
          Alain Mabanckou’s six favorite books, the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter, and more   
Friday Lit Links
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News, Reviews, and Interviews

The 2017 Lambda Literary Writers Workshop Retreat fellows have been announced. The annual retreat for emerging LGBTQ voices was established in 2007 and is a one-week immersive writing program.

In partnership with the It Gets Better Project, Story Corps shares Patrick Haggerty’s story “The Saint of Dry Creek,” which was the 2016 Sundance Film Festival selection.

A new PEW Research Center study has unveiled that millennials are the most likely generation of Americans to use public libraries.

Restless Books was named Foreword Reviews’ Publisher of the Year! Restless Books publisher Ilan Stavans is a frequent WLT contributor who most recently translated two poems by Óscar Hahn.

It was announced this week that Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo is in critical condition and on medical parole with a terminal illness. Joanne Leedom-Ackerman reflects upon China’s imprisonment of this courageous thinker.

Sherman Alexie shares with Buzzfeed what it’s like to not be “the kind of Indian that’s expected” and how President Trump treats the entire country like a reservation.

The Millions details Valeria Luiselli’s unique translation challenge in recording the stories of children seeking sanctuary in the US. Her book Tell Me How It Ends is her attempt to record, in English, what didn’t get translated in these children’s stories.

Children’s authors Andrea Beaty, Cece Bell, Betsy Bird, Erica Perl, and Rita Williams-Garcia weigh in on overcoming the “unfunny women” stereotype and recommend humorous books for middle-grade readers.

Via The Week, Alain Mabanckou lists his six favorite books, and yes, a work of James Baldwin’s (Giovanni’s Room) is among them. You can read an overview of Mabanckou’s spectacular yet “anxious” tribute to Baldwin on the WLT website.

Writer and translator Daniel Hahn is donating half of his winnings from the International Dublin Literary Award to establish a new prize for debut literary translation.

                                                             

Fun Finds and Inspiration

Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Endless Poetry tells the story of his years spent as an aspiring poet in Chile in the 1940s. The film debuts in theaters July 14 and you can watch a trailer on YouTube.

This week marked Harry Potter’s 20th anniversary—the first book went on sale in the UK 20 years ago on June 26. To celebrate, you can listen to Harry Potter’s NPR debut, follow in J.K. Rowling’s footsteps in a Harry Potter guide to Edinburgh, or head over to Pottermore to discover your Patronus and get sorted into your Hogwarts house.

Thinking of going to Florida for a summer vacation? Take this literary walking tour of Key West that features former homes and favorites haunts of writers including Neustadt Prize laureate Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Frost, Ernest Hemingway, and more.


          Why Live Nation Is Singing a Happy Tune This Summer   
More artists are going on tour and millennials are happy to pay for tickets. Concert promoter Live Nation is benefiting from the trend.
          Older millennials don’t want people to call them ‘millennials’ anymore, so they made up a new name for themselves   
Mmkay, good luck with that.
          Urban-dwelling millennials are having strokes at alarming rates — and scientists can’t figure out why   
A new Scientific American analysis of stroke trends reveals that millennials are having more strokes than ever before — and that risk factors include living in large cities in the Midwest and on the west coast. Along with higher risk factors based on living in West and Midwestern urban centers...
          Is VBS Driving People Away?   
A new MP3 sermon from Knowing The Truth Radio Program is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: Is VBS Driving People Away?
Subtitle: Is there a Downside to VBS?
Speaker: Kevin Boling
Broadcaster: Knowing The Truth Radio Program
Event: Current Events
Date: 6/29/2017
Length: 26 min. (64kbps)

Overview: The Federalist posted an article recently written by Peter Burfeind entitled- How -VBS Drove Millennials Away from Church- ----Are there downsides to VBS-----I will read and comment on this article on the program today.
          10 Reasons to Cut Millennials Some Slack About Their Money   
Millennials are getting beat up these days for their money habits. According to observers, people between the ages of 18 and 34 are financially irresponsible — one CEO even suggested they are spending too much money on pricey avocados when they should be saving for a home. But these reports...

          imaginBank: reinventant la banca per donar servei a la generació millennial   
Alguns joves pensen que no necessiten un banc: no els agrada anar a les oficines. A més, creuen que, si necessiten alguna cosa, no cal que es desplacin a cap [...]
          Partnering with Amazon, Nike gauges marketplace   
The apparel company is hoping the e-commerce giant gives it more access to millennial shoppers.
          Mexican Tequila-Makers Threaten Heineken Over Tequila-Flavored Beer   
Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Tequila makers are not happy with the beer brewer Heineken. The beer company has offered tequila-flavored beer. Apparently if you age your beer in old tequila barrels and market to millennials and call your beer Desperados, you will offend traditional tequila makers. (SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "DESPERADO") THE EAGLES: (Singing) Desperado... INSKEEP: Now Mexico's Tequila Regulatory Council threatens a lawsuit. The council contends there's just not enough tequila in beer to include the name tequila. Cheers. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.
          A Millennial Life Stage 'Reality Check' For Marketers   
“I'm sick of reading about Millennials,” said my Millennial colleague. I had to laugh. We all know that not a minute can pass without yet another article being written on this...
          Comment on New Parents, The Public Library Has Got Your Back by Top Picks Thursday! For Writers & Readers 06-29-2017 | The Author Chronicles   
[…] Spend some time in your local library this summer. The people you see there might not be who you expect. Abigail Geiger reports that millennials are the most likely generation of Americans to use public libraries, and Dana Staves tells new parents: the public library has got your back. […]
          MAD Volunteers Brave Martial Law in Mindanao; Bring School Treats for Kids   

Wazzup Pilipinas!

In spite of the crossfire gripping Marawi City and the declaration of martial law in Mindanao, no fear had ceased the passion, determination and courage of 17 millennial volunteers from across the country to hold its 34th outreach program called “I am M.A.D. (Making A Difference) Camp” in Zamboanga City, recently.

I am MAD volunteers spearheaded the distribution of “Bag of Dreams” gift packs of school supplies for 73 school children of Muruk Elementary School in Brgy. Upper Pasonanca, about 13 kilometers from the city proper.

The three-day camp gave both the volunteers and kids a time to interact through educational and entertaining activities which included the ‘share your dream’ getting-to-know-you session, team-building, storytelling, games, arts and crafts that promote the organization’s four key advocacies anchored on the Department of Education’s core values—love of God (maka-Diyos), love for others (makatao), love of environment (makakalikasan), and love of country (makabayan). All these are integrated in the “10 I am MAD Commitments”.

To support the program, I am MAD Zamboanga chapter led by Meryl Hilda Jalani, raised P60,000 by selling school supplies and holding a mini-art exhibit months before the actual camp. A portion of the proceeds was also shared to evacuees from Marawi City.







  “We actually thought of cancelling the camp in Zamboanga,”Mark Conrad ‘Maco’ Ravanzo, CEO and co-founder of I am Making a Difference, Inc. said, noting it was his first time to experience Martial Law like the rest of his fellow volunteers. “But our hearts tell us not.”

“I believe that it was the best time to be there, it was the right time to show what we millennials can do during these trying times and during martial law. It was the perfect time to let Mindanaoan people, especially the kids, to feel that people care, and that they are truly loved and there is still hope,” the 28-year old Lamitan, Basilan native added. 

The volunteers also had a chance encounter with Zamboanga City Mayor BengClimacoafter the group's 'MAD Talks', a forum on volunteerism with the local youth leaders at the city hall. The mayor reassured the group’s safety while the Task Force Zamboanga, led by Col. Leonel Nicolas, provided further assistance.

Beneficiary turned volunteer

Despite the turmoil and tensions in the region, the group remained steadfast to help bring positive change. Third year IT student DamharPahalawan proves to be a testament to I am MAD’s thrust and collective actions. Pahalawan was a student-beneficiary and scholar of the group on its first ever outreach activity in Lamitan in 2010.

After seven years, the student from Western Mindanao State University in Zamboanga City pays it forward by celebrating his maiden volunteering task with I am MAD. The group considers Damhar’s recent participation as its first success story for a beneficiary-turned-volunteer case.

Established in December 2009 as an SEC-registered volunteer organization, I am Making a Difference, Inc. (I am MAD) is a 2016 TAYO Awards (Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations) awardee for Culture and the Arts, Peace and Human. I am MAD is a millennial-driven, non-profit group that aims to spread the passion of creating value and impact to the school-community by giving hope and showing love to children and youth.

The group is slated to launch similar camps in Cavite, Mindoro and IlocosNorte later this year, after the successful staging of outreach programs in Romblon, Zamboanga and Guimaras.


I am MAD relies on the goodwill of people through fundraisers and the power of social media. For local community partnerships, interested volunteers and sponsors, send an email to iammadph@gmail.com or visit and like its Facebook page: facebook.com/IamMakingADifference or follow @iammad_ph on Twitter and Instagram.

          Let the Sun Shine Brighter Every Early Sunday Morning with Wazzup Pilipinas Radio    

Wazzup Pilipinas!

We consider it a great achievement to have a radio show named after our own blog - Wazzup Pilipinas!

Wazzup Pilipinas is not just a blog anymore but a network of media (website, social media like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, etc,) and now radio aired over DZRJ 810 AM and with livestreaming at 8Trimedia Network's site and social media pages.

We nearly made it to television but had to delay that opportunity since it would mean a lot of work, and defeat the ultimate purpose to have fun while sharing our thoughts, opinions, learning and creativity. Since television has a lot of limitations in promoting brands, that option would not be considered at the moment, unless they finally let us do anything we want.

We, including co-hosts Master Pogi David D'Angelo, Millennial Momshie Sarah Muyco, and Ate ng Bayan Ayla de Joya, are grateful to the one and only Voicemaster of the Philippines, Pocholo De Leon Gonzales, for the trust he has given us.

Thank you to all who have continued to support and believe in us.

Wazzup Pilipinas is for you, from you, and about you!

We will forever yell out the iconic shout-out and greeting of "Wazzup Pilipinas!!!"

Tutok na po sa Wazzup Pilipinas Radio every Sunday morning from 6am to 7am. Kami po ang gigising at magbibigay sigla sa inyo tuwing linggo ng umaga.


There is truth to the old adage that "the early bird catches the worm" since several studies have also correlated waking up early with success. It seems success could easily be attained when an individual maintains the habit of beating the sunrise to eagerly start his daily adventures feeling refreshed, highly energized and with renewed enthusiasm.

Most successful people are those who get a head start on the day by knocking out tasks before the rest of the world, especially their peers and competitors, has rolled out of bed. They are the go-getters who want to work longer hours but still have enough time for their personal lives too. The biographies of history’s greatest men would reveal that most of them were early risers. "They were men of action who had things to do and people to see. They couldn’t dilly dally under the covers."

Early risers can be more productive, successful, and calm. They are happier, healthier and more productive than night owls. Normally, those who are punctual and are never late for work, events, meetings, and other gatherings and activities, often get the biggest opportunity because not only do they gain the admiration of their superiors and peers for their punctuality, they often send across the message that they are highly reliable, resourceful and organized.

Since traffic congestion has become a normal scenario nowadays, giving it as an excuse for being late no longer counts as an acceptable reason. Early risers have a habit of making their way to their destinations even before they get caught in a jam. They avoid such hassles because they plan ahead so that even before all the rest of the PUVs and private cars congest the streets of Metro Manila, they've already managed to mark the most convenient routes to reach their target destinations.

Now, there are more reasons to wake up early even on Sunday mornings. Wazzup Pilipinas Radio has been regularly on air on a weekly basis every Sunday at 6 to 7 am, and has proudly topped all the rest of the early morning radio shows during that time. The radio show has been airing live on DZRJ 810 AM and livestreaming on 8Trimedia Network's social media pages via YouTube: http://bit.ly/2sDn0dU and via Facebook Live: http://bit.ly/2sDTe8L

Hosted by the Pambansang Blogger Ross Del Rosario, with co-hosts Master Pogi David D'Angelo, Millennial Momshie Sarah Muyco, and Ate ng Bayan Ayla De Joya, the radio show promises to further brighten up the Sunday mornings of early risers with discussions on pop culture, latest viral issues, event updates and trends, inspirational stories and advocacy, and a lot more topics featuring special early-rising guests.

Since the radio show has an online presence, followers of the multi-awarded blog could now also listen and watch the radio version of Wazzup Pilipinas online. The livestream of the radio show is also shared at Wazzup Pilipinas Facebook fan page at http://www.Facebook.com/wazzuppilipinas and the blog site at http://www.wazzuppilipinas.com. Wazzup Pilipinas is a top emerging community blog site that has formed numerous collaborations with many brands and organizations as media partner, brand ambassador and social media influencer. It has been featured in many TV and radio shows, newspapers and magazines, and has received several awards and recognition from different award-giving bodies. The Wazzup Pilipinas radio show is a proud achievement highlighted as one of its many efforts to reach more people in the Philippines and around the world.





Previous topics discussed on the Wazzup Pilipinas radio show were about Philippine anime enthusiasts and cosplayers, virtual assistance (VAPreneur), Filipino wrestlers (Manila Wrestling Federation), Independence Day special, e-Sports (Emperor e-Sports), helping out for Marawi incident victims (First Kick for Peace Foundation), K-Pop Fandom, Hataw Padyak biking group, Training using Ventriloquism with Puppets and Magic, Spoken Word, and soon on our next episode, Team Voltes V!

With every topic, the Wazzup Pilipinas Radio team instills thoughts and opinions to further engage, inspire and motivate people to become more successful in life. It is truly your early morning mental stimulation to enhance and boost your passion and creativity.

The Wazzup Pilipinas radio show is produced by the one and only Voicemaster of the Philippines, Pocholo De Leon Gonzales, of Creativoices Production and Pochology Academy.

Please visit the website: www.8trimedia.com. and look for Radio Broadcasting http://8trimedia.com/broadcast-live/ for the list of programs that you could watch and subscribe. There are live streaming feeds and links of our social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You could also contact the program through our Textline 0939-9143988 and hotline 412-0288.

           India’s millennial workforce embracing flexi-work styles: Microsoft   
One thing India’s millennial workforce values the most is flexi-work styles that enable them to be mobile professionals with a personalised way of how they work and live, a Microsoft study said. Adoption of practices and advanced technology that enable flexi-work was ranked number one reason for joining and staying in an organisation by most respondents of the study titled “Microsoft Asia Workplace 2020″. The findings suggest that 74 percent of respondents are already spending 20 percent or more of their time working outside of the office. The study was conducted between February and March 2017 and involved 4,175 respondents in 14 Asia markets including India, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan,
          Book Review: How To Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie   
I bought and started to read this book under the impression it was good. I have had people at work and in private conversation sing the praises of the programs related to it, the seminars and the classes and everything else.

I only read completely the first few chapters, after which I started skimming to see if the new impression that I was forming was wrong. It wasn't.

You must consider is that this book was originally published in 1936. The United States was still in the grips of the Great Depression, and WWII wouldn't formally be recognized as starting for another three years. This book was first accepted and its advice followed by the generation that would birth and raise the Boomers.

Why the short history reminder? Because we have the benefit of being able to see the effects of the advice played out over the decades, and because the Boomers who were raised in it have also gone on to have children of their own.

Take the three summary ideas from the first three chapters:

1) Don't criticize, condemn or complain.
2) Give honest and sincere appreciation.
3) Arouse in the other person an eager want.

Nothing terrible, right? Well, to get to these summaries, you need to wade through a series of anecdotes, varying from the famous to the mundane, about how people using the advice achieved a positive outcome. The belief then is supposed to be along the lines of "it worked for them, it can work for you too!"

Does that kind of tagline sound familiar? If you've ever watched an advertisement on TV relating to anything about improving aspects of your lifestyle, you've heard it a million times, and that's because it works as a tool for persuasion. Diets, home gym equipment, food gadgets, technological toys, things to make life more convenient and you would be foolish to miss out on this great offer.

In short, it works because it sounds good and is appeals to the ego, and whether rich or poor, people by default certainly enjoy their vanity being catered to.

This becomes especially obvious when the book also regularly references the successful people of the era, like the Rockefellers and Carnegies, as if they'd not already been convicted in courts of law as having been guilty of corruption and criminal activity in their brutal climbs to power and influence. Their success in the book is credited to the principles the book is trying to teach, blissfully ignoring any reasons why some of these same champions of industry were referred to as "robber barons".

The assertion is that all those "champions" were so because they followed the advice captured in this book, not because they broke laws, created and sustained monopolies, paid off government employees, treated people like slaves while always clawing for more power and influence.

Let that sink in for a bit.

You ever hear "rich" people give advice that sounds dumb? Do remember that almost everyone in Hollywood is "rich" if you aren't sure who would qualify and need some examples.

The next set of summaries, under the heading of "Six Ways to Make People Like You":

1) Become genuinely interested in other people.
2) Smile.
3) Remember that a person's name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.
4) Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves.
5) Talk in terms of the other person's interests.
6) Make the other person feel important-and do it sincerely.

You see, you don't get people to actually like you, you act like what you think people already like and feed their vanity. All you need to do is put on a facade that is agreeable and everyone will like the real you, not just the facade you put on for their benefit. What could go wrong with that, right?

There are two big problems with this, and they're tied to each other. The first is that you should look at what people do, not what people say, and the second is that one of the the best ways to take advantage of someone is to give them bad information cloaked as good information that they then act on to your benefit.

In looking at what people do, not what people say, the Boomer generation is a fantastic example of saying one thing and doing another. They'll denigrate younger generations for "being lazy", but not realize that the entry-level jobs they started in don't exist anymore, the career paths they enjoyed having been destroyed in the search of profits, and because of the Boomer trends of still trying to increase value while not actually producing anything of value, the costs of living have all increased across the board.

How is it anything but lazy to expect your house, which you likely pay someone else to fix for you, to gain in value just because it still stands? Laziness is turning everything into an investment, and then having the gall to pretend like those who missed the boat were ever even given a chance to get on board.

Minimum wage in 1976, for example, was $2.30/hr. Adjusted for inflation to 2017 that is around $10. The current national minimum wage in 2017 is $7.25.

Guess who was largely responsible for legislation relating to minimum wage since 1976? It hasn't been the Millennials that are now demanding to at least have some parity in the wage growth since the same people who didn't want to raise it also don't ever want to see deflationary trends in the monetary policy either.

Boomers complain about how children are staying home longer, not buying houses or cars, settling down, having families, etc. Yet my neighbor pays more to rent a 2 bedroom house than I do for my mortgage on a house one with three bedrooms. My house is also currently estimated at almost $30k more than it did in 2007, the peak of the last real estate bubble, and that's already considerably higher than what we paid for it just a few years ago, and much more than $100k above where it bottomed out in 2011.

The actual material value of my house is probably less than $200k, which it saw in 2011, but due to how older generations were sold on the idea of their homes as "an investment", it's "worth" considerably more than that. Who wants to sell their investments to a first-time home buyer at anything less than a profit fit for a real estate tycoon?

What else could you expect from the same generation that wanted their kids that lost in competition to be lauded as much as the ones which won?

The advice my generation was given was to work hard and save money, but if the cost of rent and home ownership, let alone gas (don't even get me started on oil futures) and groceries has gone up faster than the ability for individuals just entering the job market to keep up, all while the older generations are at the same time trying to cut costs to earn just that much bigger a margin so they can blow it on a luxurious retirement, who is really benefiting from the advice?

And what does this have to do with advice on interpersonal relationships?

That's where the second item comes into play: they're giving you advice that helps them at your expense.

Who benefits the most from someone who is willing to put up a facade and avoid direct competition?

The people who don't put up a facade and instead assert their own will on others.

Who benefits the most from the hard work of someone today that is saddled with debt just to get started as a homeowner, to rent a house or apartment, or to go to college?

It certainly isn't helping the people the advice is intended for, as they'll still be stuck paying the bill when those that added to it are long dead.

In school, one of my math teachers would put a wrong answer up on the board to see if anyone was paying attention and call it out. This book feels like that, only that the author seems to genuinely think it was decent advice, and many have joined in to create a chorus.

Like being on the inside of a practical joke, folks will giddily play along as the target thinks that everyone else is behaving in good faith. The advice in this book is designed to create people who are malleable, compliant, willing to lie about who they are just to get along with people, and following its advice is a signal to the competitors that you aren't in on the joke.

Pray tell, when a book insists that you don't tell someone else that they are wrong, what is someone who follows this advice supposed to do when they interact with people who do not follow the advice of the book, or act in complete contradiction to it?

Material success in life is guided by the simplest of mechanics: might makes right.

Without the supernatural, without God, to ground objective moral values, the appeals to higher morality are a literal waste of time that should be otherwise spent acquiring resources and refining the techniques to acquire resources.

Whether intelligence or muscle is your forte, the material life is a struggle over finite resources. Debt has hidden that struggle for a time, but all that does is push the struggle into the future, not eliminate it completely.

The advice in this book is a lot like the libertarian movements over the past decades. It appeals to higher ideals, to a superior moral fiber, and so it is lauded for its ideological purity. The problem is that humans aren't pure, and so the advice in the book comes across as either dangerously naive or sinisterly manipulative.

Lies and deception about your true intent is not a morally or ethically superior position, and absent God, the superiority is immaterial anyway. If you really want to "Win Friends and Influence People", read something else.
          Average Millennial Eats Out Five Times A Week, Study Finds   
According to a new study, the average Millennial eats out five times a week, which significantly dents their savings.
          Millennial Wanderlust   

As the summer holidays are just around the corner, it is just the perfect time to talk about travelling!  Indeed, travelling and going on adventures is a top priority for Millennials (age 20 – 36), but it might actually be... [:nl]Lees meer[:en]Read more

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          Why Millennials Are Struggling With Financial Vices -- And What To Do About It   
The average millennial dines at a restaurant or buys take-out food five times per week, says a recent Bankrate.com survey.
          Millennials Don't Care All That Much About Their Credit Score   
Only about half of Millennials say their credit standing is important to them, according to a recent Discover survey. Here's why they might want to rethink that.
          What Every Millennial Should Know About Phone Scams   
Millennials are big targets for phone scammers now. Here's how you can protect yourself.
          Millennials Why Should HR Care?   

Words are made to categorize reality so that we can be better at handling it.


          Understanding Generation Z (after Millennials) for Talent Attraction   

Generation Z (born between 1995 and 2010) accounts for 60 million in the US, being digital natives, they are nostalgic of a pre-digital world. 52% of them would love to have their digital footprint completely deleted, and 83% are nostalgic of the pre-digital days!  They want real exchange, virtual tours or AI pre-canned answers may not cut it.  However, you can engage many of those already because 41% of teens are doing some type of gig work today.


          Will Millennials Kill Email Marketing?   
The biggest myth around about Millennials is that they don’t use email. Fact is, the average young person checks email more often than most older people. But that doesn’t mean Millennials are reading your email. Rather, there’s a good chance that your email is getting deleted unread, prompting an unsubscribe, or worst of all, marked... Listen to episode
          U.S. birthrate hits historic low, and millennials are getting blamed   
The debate now is about whether the U.S. is headed toward a “national emergency,” as some have feared, or whether this is a blip.
          12 Industries Millennials ACTUALLY Want To Kill   

The greatest serial killer of our time is...MILLENNIALS!!! They keep killing industry after industry, and no amount of bloodshed can quench their thirst. Well, either that or baby boomers crashed the economy and twiddled their thumbs as wealth became more and more held by only the richest 1% and Millennials inherited a job market that makes stuff like "buying diamonds constantly" a little unrealistic.

Either way, millennials definitely ENJOY doing whatever they can to destroy certain industries - especially these 12:



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And because it can never be said enough: BROAD GENERATIONAL LABELS ARE FAKE THINGS INVENTED BY MARKETING EXECUTIVES AND HAVE NO MEANING OR SIGNIFICANCE. But don't take my word for it - take Adam Conover's!


          Oreo Is Mailing People Customized Flavors And Twitter Is Taking Full Advantage   

Oreo's latest ad campaign is taking off because it's giving everyone an opportunity to do what they love most—fantasize about what kind of cookies they want to be eating right now. The hashtag #MyOreoCreation on Twitter is full of wild ideas from people with rabid sweet tooths. The campaign has been going on since May, according to Mashable, who report that flavor suggestions have included Coffee, Glazed Donut, Bacon, Nut 'N Honey, Raspberry Danish, as well as Unicorn and Millennial Pink, whatever that means. I'm picturing bland cotton candy?

But there are plenty of other flavors to shake your head at or start salivating over:

But then last week, a few people actually received samples of their flavor suggestion by mail, which is perhaps the greatest gift Nabisco has ever given:

But some people just got an animation? You can't eat that!

OK, admit it: Who wants an avocado Oreo?


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          Comment on Reaching The Millennials: Mobile Marketing Trends And Techniques by James hunter   
Anya, You did a great job! Absolutely you have explained very well about future of technologies. That's happening but it will take time to understand and clearing the mind of people. ;)
          Why Live Nation Is Singing a Happy Tune This Summer   
More artists are going on tour and millennials are happy to pay for tickets. Concert promoter Live Nation is benefiting from the trend.

          10 Millennial Hobbies Corporate America Should Be Aware of   

  Some hobbies look like a quarter-life crisis; others are building the future By Monica Sanchez If it seems like Millennials talk about their hobbies incessantly to the point of exhaustion, then it might be due to the fact that “Millennials have a greater range of activities they are passionate about than those over 35” […]

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          Links to Start the Week   
Al Mohler on President Obama and same sex marriage. 10 reasons why Kodak, Blackberry, Yahoo & other major brands fail. Brad Lomenick on How to lead millennials. Parents, cuddle with your children. Critics and character. Some good points here. Crossway has … Continue reading
          17-jährige Mode-Bloggerin: Ich, ich, ich   
Selbst Miuccia Prada und Karl Lagerfeld sind beeindruckt: Tavi Gevinson, 17, scharte mit ihrem Mode-Blog Zehntausende Online-Fans um sich. "Millennials" heißt die Jugend in den USA, die eine Welt ohne Blogs und Twitter nicht kennt.
          Weekly Discoveries - Electro Swing, Amazing Dance Moves and Kosher Spam    

Zebra Corner's take on popular commercials, like Chevy's Millennials is just too perfect. I found the video randomly and it could a couple of watches to realize that he was using Chevy's footage verbatim. Too funny.

I managed to find myself in the world of Swing Music last week, and spent quite a bit of time rocking out to Electro Swing.

One of my favorite videos from the Swing genre has to be Catgroove by Parov Stela. This video is remarkable: to the untrained eye, it appears to be some dude dancing to music in his basement. His dancing is good, I'll grant you that. But what's amazing is that the video has 40 *million* views. I love that I live in a world where someone can amass 40 million views by dancing on lime green carpet with wood paneling in the background.

It's interesting to see how quickly you connect the dots from swing to dubstep; it's all about having the moves.

The tune Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen is a solid one, but the story behind it is even more impressive. The creators of this Yiddish song apparently sold the rights to it for $30 (which they split evenly, as a couple of mensch's would no doubt do). The song was eventually performed by the Andrew Sisters, who turned it into a hit and in the process were the first female vocal group to earn a gold record. The song grossed $3 million dollars. OK, not the most brilliant business decision ever made by a couple of yids.

Say My Name by Peking Duk opens with the pick up line: On a scale of one to America...how free are you tonight?, so yeah, you know it's going to be good. And it didn't disappoint.

The Hilltop Hoods, an Australian Hip Hop Group, has an awesome sound. Check out Higher for a great example. Their song Cosby Sweater is also a solid entry, though Higher seems a bit more serious.

Meet the Canjo, tin-can powered, single string, banjo. What an awesome instrument. This video shows how one can be created in a mere 20 minutes. It's really impressive to watch some spare parts be turned into a music instrument and then listen as a beautiful tune is extracted from it. Here's another great example of this instrument in action.

Not only did I get an introduction to music theory and a better appreciation for how string instruments work, the Canjo also introduced me to Breef - the Kosher variant of Spam. Apparently using a Spam can is pretty common for Canjos, and in doing a bit of research I came across mention of a Kosher version of Spam.

In May 1946, the Chicago Kosher Sausage Manufacturing Company — a Winnipeg-based company — registered a word mark with the Canadian patent office for a canned meat product called Breef.

Neil Feinberg, 74, the last owner of the Feinberg Sausage Co. in Minneapolis, says he’s well familiar with Breef.

"That was the best quality product of the bunch” among kosher canned meats, he says.

“Canned corned beef is like Spam — very similar texture,” explained Feinberg, 74, who is retired and living in Palm Springs, Fla. “Only it was made of beef and had a corned beef flavor to it,” an effect achieved by using the same seasoning from the company’s regular corned beef.

Canned Kosher corned beef, now that's innovation.

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          Work vs. Play: Meaning and Connection in the Millennial Workplace   
Ah, the Millennial worker. Tattooed, trendy and full of it (you know – meaning his eight dollar green juice); he’s always the last one in and the first one to leave. At least he has good taste in music, right?...
          Is Quitting Your Job A Good Idea? A Millennial's Guide To A Quarter Life Crisis   
Many people surmise quitting a job with no plan is not a good idea, but the answer is not as clear cut as some may claim.
          Why Texting May Be The Future For Hiring Millennials   
Text messaging is still the most popular form of communication among millennials. Why not use it to recruit them?
          A Quick Look at Reverse Mortgages: The Golden Ticket to Enjoying Your Golden Years   

With a high volume of millennials set to enter the real estate market this year, it may seem like all the available options out there were created to snag new home buyers. However, there are products available on the market that cater to those who are in their golden years too. If you're older than 62 and are currently weighing the options with your mortgage, here are the basics on reverse mortgages and why they might positively benefit you.

The post A Quick Look at Reverse Mortgages: The Golden Ticket to Enjoying Your Golden Years appeared first on Ishakis Finance Report Mortgage Broker Brooklyn.


          Average Millennial Eats Out 5 Times a Week, Study Finds   
According to a new study, the average millennial eats out five times a week, which significantly dents their savings.
          Nike to start selling sneakers through online giant Amazon   

NEW YORK — Nike said it will sell some of its sneakers through e-commerce giant Amazon, part of a plan to make its swoosh-branded products available in more places online.

Shoppers can already find Nike goods on Amazon, but they are sold by third-party sellers. Nike said the new partnership with Amazon will help it better control its brand's presentation on the site. Only a small selection of shoes, clothing and accessories will be available at first. But Nike may sell more products on the platform if the test is successful.

"We're in the early stages, but we really look forward to evaluating the results," said Nike CEO Mark Parker, in a conference call late Thursday.

Earlier this month, Nike said it would slash 1,400 jobs in a restructuring aimed at selling more shoes directly online. It already has deals with Amazon's rivals in China and Europe, and Nike is making its sneaker-selling apps available in more parts of the world. In addition to the Amazon deal, Nike also partnered with Instagram to make it easier for users to buy sneakers through the photo-sharing app.

Selling directly through Amazon could give Nike greater access to millennials, analysts from Nomura said on Friday. Those analysts also said Nike may be able to better control prices on Amazon and help reduce the number of counterfeits being sold.

Seattle-based Amazon.com Inc. did not respond to a request for comment Friday.

Nike also reported better-than-expected earnings and revenue for the previous quarter on Thursday, and the Beaverton, Oregon-based company said it expects revenue to rise in the current year.

Shares of Nike Inc. jumped $4.43, or 8 percent, to $57.60 in morning trading Friday.

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          Bible Prophecy On End Times   
Some Christians don't believe there will be a millennial period at all.
          Grammy & Oscar-winner Annie Lennox told she has “potential” by music coordinator at online radio station   
Jeffrey Mayer/WireImageHey, millennials: Here’s one reason to learn something about music that came out before you were born. If you do, it may save you from becoming the subject of online ridicule…like one poor young woman at an online radio station is right now. Annie Lennox, a chart-topping four-time Grammy winner, an Oscar winner and a multi-platinum-selling artist, received a letter from a music coordinator at an online radio station telling her that she thought Annie’s music had potential. In the letter, which the former Eurythmics frontwoman posted on Facebook, the music coordinator, named Kylie, writes, “I came across your music on line and really like what I heard! I find artists who I think have potential and get them in rotation on our station. If you’d like, please send over the MP3 for your latest single. I’ll forward it to Glenn our program director…to see if he’s interested in putting it in rotation.” Underneath the post, Annie wrote the joking caption, “I think I’m in with a chance ??!!!”...
          "Tonight's Word: Dog Shaming" - Heisenberg - 6.30.17   
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Ain't that a shame?
my tears fell like rain.
Ain't that a shame?
you're the one to blame
Oh well, goodbye
although I'll cry.
Ain't that a shame...? - Fats Domino

No time left now for shame
Horizon behind me, no more pain
Windswept stars blink and smile
Another song, another mile - Black Crowes


SHAME..SHAME..SHAME - Game Of Thrones

And that brings us to tonight's word: DOG SHAMING

Dogs do the strangest things. And thank God we now have the internet to share the hijinx. And their shame. Look at that face. She's so sorry. Please forgive her. She thanks you. She loves you.



I guess a healthy dose of shame is not a bad thing every now and then. Especially when one starts to think they're hot shit. Or that their poop doesn't stink. Let's take em down just a notch. They're flying a little to high. And I guess now that we're walking across home plate off the grand slam bat of our clean up slugger, it's tempting to do a little dance over home plate. Tempting to forget about all the hard work and sacrifice that got us to this walk off grand slam. Tempting to forget all the rat bastard shenanigans. Tempting to forget we let it happen on our watch. So maybe a little shame reminder is good for the soul. You know what you did.



There are two Americas. The first America we all know and love. The land of hope and dreams. The land of milk and honey (just don't tell the Mexicans and the Haitians that). The land of the Grand Canyon and the natural disaster responders around the world. It's the America we all pray that we are. It's a place where we can get a job, raise a family and someday retire. Work 5 days a week, bbq with friends and family on the weekends, maybe go to the lake. Conscience clean, soul satisfied, ready to meet our makers.

And then there's AmeriKa with a K. The AmeriKa that creates wars in the world. That destabilizes countries. The grows and floods drugs all over the world. That hypnotizes its people. That assasinates leaders. That puts thugs into the seats of power. That has the cops collecting for the cons. You know the ones.

The definition of Amerika is an alternative spelling for the name America (referring specifically to the United States of America) intending to portray the country as fascist and oppressive and culturally inferior. - Yourdictionary.com

I guess pretty soon we'll all be walking around with black cards and $100 haircuts. Maybe racing in the streets in that Maserati. Here comes the ugly American. And I'll probably be one of them. Ever been to Europe? When I went to London, someone told me that the older generation loves the Americans. They love us because the US soldiers helped defeat Hitler in World War II. It was true. A little old lady walked 3 blocks out of here way to show us the restaurant we were looking for. It was something I'll never forget. Now would a New Yorker do that? I keed. I keed. Not funny, bro.



But guess what? That generation is dying off and the younger generations have no love for AmeriKa. Or America. All they see is sanctions and misery and puppet regimes carrying out AmeriKa's warped world order. So here come the chosen ones touching down in third world fresh from Nordstroms. Got the new watch..got the new duds...obviously doing well for ourselves (with a little help). Speaking english like only Americans do. Just a little heads up, be prepared to answer for your country's actions. Cause they do things differently there. They'll call you out and see if you stand behind your countries ideals. It's not the isolationism like it is here. And from the conversations here, there are some here that will stand behind their country's actions come hell or high water (although be it from the safety of their own home). Anonymous. But it's going to be a different story when you're face-to-face with another human asking you where you stand. Maybe at a restaurant, or a pub, or a concert or at the world cup. What say you? Shame?



Will you walk away? Will you say, "Oh no, I didn't vote for him. I'm innocent. It wasn't me, Pierre."? Will you say, "Screw you. Who the hell are you to tell me about my country?"? Or will you say "I had no idea what was going on. I was just trying to survive paycheck to paycheck."? Or will you say " I'm sorry. I know my country f****ed up. And I did nothing. I turned a blind eye to what my country was doing to the world. I didn't protest in the least." Pono.

Ever see band of Brothers? There's a part where the US soldiers find the concentration camps. General Walker called the local town folk to come up and make them see for themselves the corpses and survivors. One US soldier says "You must've known!! You can smell the stench! Don't tell me you didn't know." So...just be prepared when European millennials step up to you in the street and call you out. Unless you never want to leave the US then you'll be fine. Shame.

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Over a year ago, I was really drawn to what was being taught here. Kinda lost interest in religion and politics over the years...something just Pope Francis just creeped me out. Those red shoes, gross. So all this tin foil hat stuff was just fascinating. I entered with an open-mind and an objective heart as I started to wander around Zimland. It wasn't easy to swallow those jagged little pills. And the grapes?...sour. Some things went down easy. Others, had to get my Heimlich on. So here's the hard questions: Did I care to know how bad it was? Did I use the great excuse of "I'm just trying to get by, man"? Did I turn a blind eye? Could I have put up a better fight for my Mexican, Vietnamese, Filipino brothers and sisters? Questions I asked myself over year ago when Yosef first hit the scene. And perhaps it's a great reminder now for the vets or a great first lesson for all the new human cannonball Zim owners. Maybe...try not to act like you're all that. Try not to act like you're Gods gift to humanity. That would be the ZIM, remember? The ZIM is God's gift to humanity. Might not be so easy, though, with that shiny new passport, new digs, arm candy and all. Tough lessons. Running out of time. I think the word I'm looking for is "humility".



My family, if you're like me and you been around the block more than a couple times, this is the part of the movie where the slave reaches his hand up and catches that stick mid swing going straight for his head. He stands up, takes that stick in his hands and cracks it in two over his knee and says "No more." I love that part. However, we know we drove America into a ditch. What happened was wrong, but we're here to fix it. Invasion of our planet by pirates was wrong, but we're here to fix it. I'm not too proud to apologize for being asleep at the wheel, but we're here to fix it."

As for that poor pug that knows he did his business all over your Persian rug, let's give him a pass. I think he's learned his lesson. Besides, we don't want to dog shame him into a complex do we?



And that's the word

Heisenberg

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"Wiser Time"

No time left now for shame
Horizon behind me, no more pain
Windswept stars blink and smile
Another song, another mile

You read the line every time
Ask me about crime in my mind
Ask me why another road song
Funny but I bet you never left home

On a good day, it's not every day
We can part the sea
And on a bad day, it's not every day
Glory beyond our reach

Fourteen seconds till' sunrise
Tired but wiser for the time
Lightning 30 miles away
Three thousand more in two days

On a good day, it's not every day
We can part the sea
And on a bad day, it's not every day
Glory beyond our reach

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          The NBA's 10 most important free agent moves since 'The Decision'   
LeBron James remade NBA free agency in 2010. (AP)
LeBron James remade NBA free agency in 2010. (AP)

The start of NBA free agency is now one of the most exciting times on the league’s calendar, a period where every rumor can occasion a massive shift in several teams’ fortunes. For the next few days, every team is capable of remaking itself into a contender, or at least setting itself to be one in the future. The mere hint of a meeting with a top free agent will bring hope or despair. By the end of the first week in July, we’ll have a sense of the shape of the 2017-18 season.

Free agency did not always feel so important. Although the league has attempted to incentivize stars to stay with the same team, players have exercised unprecedented power to put themselves in their preferred situations. Additionally, shorter max contracts have turned every summer into a time of rampant movement. This offseason will likely feature more storylines and surprises than the 2017 postseason. It’s a sport unto itself.

The pivot point was undoubtedly the summer of 2010, when LeBron James held “The Decision” and changed the very structure of NBA free agency. LeBron’s ability to make his own future and the intense speculation surrounding his choice created the free agent world we live in today. The league hasn’t been the same since.

Here’s the free agent world LeBron left in his wake.

10 (tie). Chandler Parsons to the Dallas Mavericks in 2014 and Chandler Parsons to the Memphis Grizzlies in 2016

There is an argument to be made that Chandler Parsons is the most successful figure in the last five years of free agency. More than anyone, his public image has been constructed during the offseason.

The onetime Houston Rockets wing became one of Daryl Morey’s greatest successes as a second-round pick who exceeded expectations and appeared on the brink of stardom in 2014. Then Morey surprisingly declined the option on Parsons’s fourth season to chase another All-Star to pair with James Harden and Dwight Howard (with Chris Bosh at the top of his list). That move offended Parsons, and he moved to the in-state rival Dallas Mavericks on a three-year, $46-million deal that seemed to hinge on a budding bromance with owner Mark Cuban.

Parsons began to sell himself as a star recruiter when the Rockets wooed Howard in 2013, and that reputation reached a new high when DeAndre Jordan agreed to leave the Clippers in 2015. The dissolution of that deal issued a blow to Parsons, but it did not change the fact that he seemed like the sort of player who understands how these offseason games are played. His self-awareness meant something, even if it didn’t always result in achievements.

Chandler Parsons has added to his reputation during the NBA's offseason. (AP)
Chandler Parsons has added to his reputation during the NBA’s offseason. (AP)

A knee injury suffered in 2015-16 convinced Parsons to opt out in search of a major payday last summer, and he signed a four-year, $96-million contract with the Memphis Grizzlies. That salary looks like an albatross around the Grizzlies’ neck after Parsons played just 34 games in his first campaign with the club, but it’s hard to say the player didn’t make a great move. If Parsons had hit the market this year, he’d have seen far fewer options.

Parsons is definitely a good player when healthy, but his level of fame does not quite jibe with a career that peaked as a third option on a middling playoff team. Apart from his piercing eyes, the biggest reason he’s at this level is that he understands how to maximize his value every free agent summer. Parsons understands that this portion of the league calendar requires different strengths.

9. Al Horford to the Boston Celtics in 2016

Horford did not exactly enter free agency on a high note. Despite four All-Star seasons and a strong reputation as a frontcourt mainstay for the Atlanta Hawks, he had just come off a playoff series against the Cleveland Cavaliers in which he looked physically incapable of grabbing a rebound. No one could have denied that Horford was a solid player many teams would be lucky to have. But was he really a difference maker?

We learned last July that scarcity and desperation can make the best available option look like a grand prize. Suddenly, Horford was the piece who could turn any number of franchises into an top destination. The Celtics saw Horford as the guy to convince Kevin Durant they were for real. The Thunder were going to use him to prove to Durant that they meant business. The Hawks were ready to trade Paul Millsap and build the team around Horford and Dwight Howard in the middle (????). All of this, somehow, was supposed to make these teams more attractive than the Warriors and their 73 wins.

Al Horford is very good, and his presence in Boston certainly helped the Celtics nab the best regular-season record in the East. But he’s not a guy to lure free agents. Outside of just a few players, there is no one who holds that sway. Most everyone is just someone who helps turn the team itself into the selling point.

Knicks fans will always have Linsanity. (AP)
Knicks fans will always have Linsanity. (AP)

8. Jeremy Lin to the Houston Rockets in 2012.

It made sense for the Knicks not to match this contract, because Lin is now a journeyman reserve. Plus, they finished with the second-best record in the East the next season. But Linsanity marks the last time Knicks fans were truly happy. Every day since this move, they’ve proceeded under the assumption that the franchise resents them. And it’s hard to say the feeling isn’t warranted.

7. Ray Allen to the Miami Heat in 2012

Allen would hold a place on this list if only for his season-saving three-pointer in Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals. It’s the biggest shot in Miami Heat history and a key moment in the considerable legacy of LeBron James. If a signing helps a legend win a title, then it mattered a lot.

In a broader sense, though, Allen’s move to a fierce in-conference rival represented a conscious break with the standards held by his generation of players. To be sure, players like Paul Pierce now greatly exaggerate the degree to which loyalty and pride factored into their past decisions. But moves like Allen’s, in which he headed to a team the Celtics had just faced (and led) in the conference finals, flew in the face of those admittedly arbitrary standards. It was enough of as light that the Celtics’ core still can’t shut up about it.

It’s easy to knock Allen for this decision, but history proves that he made the right move in taking his future into his hands. A year later, the Celtics dealt Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets to create a squad that immediately hit its expiration date. Rajon Rondo stuck around and has only suffered since. Allen’s the only one of the Big Four who ended his career in a position of strength.

6. Isaiah Thomas to the Phoenix Suns in 2014

NBA writers grade every free agent move as it happens, often with considerable certainty. We are often right, but sometimes so wrong it’s a wonder why we keep trying.

When Thomas joined the Suns three years ago, I didn’t see how it could fail. Phoenix was coming off an unexpectedly impressive 2013-14 in which they began as a rebuilding outfit but won 48 games and had a chance at a playoff berth until the final day of the season. Thomas had established himself as an excellent scorer with the Sacramento Kings and looked like a steal at $27 million over four years. The Suns already had Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic at point guard, but they had thrived with both in the starting lineup. Adding Thomas was sensible protection against the injuries that had helped keep them from the postseason the prior season.

It seemed like a no-brainer. Even the potential pitfalls seemed fixable:

The worst-case scenario is that things don’t work out, the Suns assess who fits their needs best, and McDonough deals one of three talented, reasonably proven young players for an impressive player at another position and/or more picks. Despite a successful 2013-14, the Suns aren’t in a position where they have to win now. They may feel more pressure to win than they imagined they would a year ago, but it’s not as if a single 48-win season has compelled owner Robert Sarver to issue ultimata. This team has room to experiment and take gambles on what could be a great future.

He didn’t even last a full season in Phoenix. The point guard logjam created chemistry issues that alienated both Thomas and Dragic, who were traded at the deadline for underwhelming returns. The Suns’ promising future never materialized, and the Suns have encountered enough problems that Sarver has felt compelled to blame it all on millennials. The franchise is a mess.

Thomas is doing just fine as a star for the Celtics, and he’ll likely make more than $27 million per season when he hits free agency next summer. Adding his talent was never the problem for the Suns. The issue was the uneasy calculus that involved everything but his individual value.

The lesson, as always, is that it’s foolish to treat any deal as anything like a sure thing (unless it involves Kevin Durant or LeBron James). We know less than we think, and the need to issue an immediate assessment helps no one. It fills a need created only by our own mania.

5. Dwight Howard to the Houston Rockets in 2013

Howard’s pre-draft trade to the Charlotte Hornets last week held the character of a postcard from the abyss, an opportunity for the eight-time All-Star to face his severely diminished reputation and consider just where things started going wrong. By contrast, it’s remarkable that his acquisition could justify entire methods of team construction a mere four years ago.

There was once a time when Daryl Morey’s method of flipping every asset for an incrementally better asset resembled not so much a sensible method of team-building as the NBA’s version of “One red paperclip.” In Morey’s view, all that wheeling and dealing would lead to a team with several stars. In practice, the Rockets looked firmly ensconced in the league’s middle, with little more than a glut of low-lottery picks to show for his considerable efforts.

Dwight Howard could once justify a general manager's entire method. (AP)
Dwight Howard could once justify a general manager’s entire method. (AP)

The Rockets’ fortunes began to change a few days prior to the 2012-13 season, when Morey flipped numerous pieces to the Oklahoma City Thunder for James Harden. The presence of a legitimate star immediately legitimized the Rockets, to the point where Morey could go to Howard the next summer and make a convincing case that they were on the verge of contention. His three seasons in Houston didn’t come close to working out as planned — the Rockets suffered two first-round eliminations and made one trip to the conference finals in a year Howard played just 41 games — and the franchise’s trek back to contention has been anything but a steady climb. But the questions about Morey immediately stopped when he signed Howard. The plan had undoubtedly worked.

Howard’s decision had two far-reaching effects around the league. For one, it signaled that the Lakers’ mystique didn’t hold much value if the franchise was in disarray. On a deeper level, though, it bought wiggle room for any general manager selling a long-term, asset-heavy rebuilding process. The patience for Sam Hinkie’s method and Danny Ainge’s can-kicking pick accumulation does not exist to nearly the same extent if not for Morey’s success. Results matter, but progress no longer follows a straight line.

4. Andre Iguodala to the Golden State Warriors in 2013

In retrospect, this move helped turn the Warriors from a decent playoff team into a genuine contender. Without Iguodala, Golden State’s incredible defensive versatility and ability to play small without sacrificing anything do not exist. He’s the 2015 NBA Finals MVP and a vaunted member of both the Death and Hamptons Five lineups. There is no juggernaut without him.

At the time, it was just a signing that made the Warriors better. They needed a wing defender and someone to serve as a secondary facilitator, and Iguodala filled both those requirements well. General manager Bob Myers made the money work with a bold sign-and-trade deal not because the Warriors were on the brink of a title, but because he needed to improve the lineup and ensure that a franchise not used to making the postseason could solidify its spot in the middle of the Western Conference playoff picture.

The best-case scenario for the Iguodala contract seemed to be four seasons of playoff participation and a full-on culture change surrounding the franchise. The fact that it ended with three-straight finals appearance and a burgeoning dynasty feels like a happy accident. Not every move needs to turn a team into a champion. It just has to improve the odds of getting there, at some point, even if it’s 10 years later.

3. DeAndre Jordan to the Los Angeles Clippers in 2015

OK, so Jordan technically didn’t move to a new team. But his free agent saga was simultaneously the most hilarious and dramatic of the modern era. Just a few days after committing to join the Dallas Mavericks, Jordan reneged on his pledge and holed up in a Houston mansion with the core of the Clippers to ensure he didn’t change his mind again before putting pen to paper. Every Twitter update added a new, fantastic layer. Some of us never wanted it to end.

It had everything. There was an emoji war. Blake Griffin tweeted out a photo of a poorly barricaded door. DeAndre wouldn’t answer his door. Chris Broussard reported that Mark Cuban was driving around the city aimlessly trying to find Jordan’s house. It would have been believable if someone had said the Mavericks had smuggled Jordan out of the building under a dining cart.

I was working that day, but it would have been impossible to keep my eyes off Twitter regardless. More than any single event, Jordan’s change of heart encapsulated what makes contemporary NBA free agency so fun. It’s absurdist theater at its best.

2. Kevin Durant to the Warriors in 2016

KD’s move to the league’s best team was in many ways a replay of “The Decision,” albeit with far more complications and the benefit of hindsight. Like in 2010, Durant’s choice upset the power structure surrounding the league. Unlike the prior event, media reaction was split relatively cleanly between those who resented Durant’s decision and those who felt no ill will over a grown man exercising a preference. There was still an uproar, but it felt comparatively sane.

It was progress, of a sort, if only because LeBron’s lambasting remains one of the most hateful and racially tinged outcries of this era, to the point where it will likely serve as the basis for several documentaries and studies once we gain more perspective. If anything, though, some of the pro-Durant arguments seemed like over-corrections. Is a world-class athlete’s choice of basketball team really like picking any job? Doesn’t the spirit of competition matter for something, even if it doesn’t have to serve as the foundation of so much animosity? Shouldn’t we want to feel some doubt over the results when a season starts?

The Durant-Warriors marriage served as a reminder that the morality of an individual choice and that decision’s impact on a game are separate issues. It’s OK to accept one and reject the other.

1. LeBron James to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014

The King stays the king. If “The Decision” offended with its supposed arrogance and lack of loyalty, then “The Essay” was the event everyone could love. The narrative was clean — LeBron returned to Cleveland as a prodigal son ready to right his wrongs. He avoided the self-serving welcome events, pledged himself to the community (which he’d never really left), and committed himself to giving an entire region its much-desired title. The Cavs’ comeback from a 3-1 deficit last June served as the perfect climax.

LeBron James was welcomed back to Cleveland with open arms. (AP)
LeBron James was welcomed back to Cleveland with open arms. (AP)

In reality, the story is not so simple. Look back over the past seven years and LeBron appears to be the same person throughout. He grew up and learned during his years in Miami, but the same is true of anyone who goes from 25 years old to 29. He’s still someone who doesn’t treat a loss like a personal failure. Did he change, or did we decide to view him differently?

Last Friday, Rob Mahoney of Sports Illustrated wrote that free agency most clearly shows us who players are (i.e. what they value most from their profession). I tend to agree with this point. But if LeBron has shown us nothing else, it’s that what everyone wants can change with both time and the observer’s frame of reference. We don’t know what free agency means until the moves happen, and even then we’re often wrong as soon as a few months later.

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Eric Freeman is a writer for Ball Don’t Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at efreeman_ysports@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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          Poll: More than a third of millennials say they’re “not very patriotic”   
A little something to brighten up your July 4th weekend from your old pal Eeyore. You know, if you people had just taken my advice & deported a millennials years ago, we wouldn’t have this problem. ay’ve grown up in a bad economy, saddled with skyrocketing education debt, reminded daily that air st&ard of living […]
          Mobile Ads Need to be Thumb-Stoppers Not Show-Stoppers   

The following is a guest contributed post by Alex Burn, Creative Director, Collective. There’s a lot of noise being made about how clients and agencies need to take a ‘mobile first’ approach when they’re planning campaigns that target Millennials and Generation Z consumers – but the evidence suggests marketers haven’t really taken this argument on …

The post Mobile Ads Need to be Thumb-Stoppers Not Show-Stoppers appeared first on Mobile Marketing Watch.


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          Digital Literacy: Blurring the line between digital natives and digital immigrants   


As a writing professor who has had the privilege of teaching students from diverse linguistic, cultural, and economic backgrounds, I have learned that it is never a good idea to label students or make assumptions about them. Regarding their skills levels, I am generally able to glean each student's level of language proficiency  and subject knowledge from the diagnostic assessment I give at the beginning of a course. However, as the semester progresses, I begin to get a clearer picture of each student's strengths and weaknesses which helps me target instruction towards relevant areas.

One of the areas I have come to realise many freshmen in university fall short is in the use of computer for academic writing, specifically researching reliable sources and word processing.  Consequently, an assumption that our millennial students are digital natives is flawed because it suggests that they all possess a high level of digital literacy. However, using Internet ( cellphones, social media, Ipad, etc.) from a young age does not equal proficiency in use of computer for academic purposes. In fact, a significant number of millennial students lack the computer skills needed for tertiary education - which some so-called digital immigrants possess. It is, therefore, wrong to have preconceived notions of students' digital literacy levels based purely on generational consideration. It is a great disfavour to students, especially those who did not receive a commendable amount of exposure to the use of computer for research and word processing in high school.

After careful consideration, I have reached the conclusion that a more comprehensive way of describing a digital native or digital immigrant should incorporate level of digital literacy, not mere ability to use cell phones and mobile apps. Hence, a millennial student may be a digital native or digital immigrant based on their ability to use the computer for multiple purposes, not based on whether they belong to the Millennial generation, Generation X, or Baby Boomers.

So, why don't we blur the lines and make it about digital literacy, discover the current level of each student, and leave a positive dent in their journey in the land of academe?

That way, they will become more proficient in their use of the computer as a tool for academic research and word processing.


Cheers! :)



          Career advice for millennials (and really, anyone) from Margaret Heffernan   
It’s a few months after graduation, which means the luckiest new college grads are knee-deep into internships and entry-level jobs. How to stand out? Business writer Margaret Heffernan suggests: Start by taking a coffee break with your coworkers. Companies grow best, she suggests, when workers are connected by social bonds. Heffernan’s TED Book, Beyond Measure: []
          A Special Message   
I recently read this pieceabout how NFL football player Brian Holloway responded to vandalism of the home he has for sale by inviting the teenagers who vandalized the home to have a picnic and repair the damage that they had done.  I found the story compelling, and I saw value in the sentiments expressed, but then I got to this line:   “Instead of teaching your kids to work hard and earn things, you give a trophy to every kid in youth sports.”

That statement is another in a long line of jeremiads about the “problem” of teaching each child that he or she is special – the same kind of jeremiad expressed in another piece that made its way around Facebook recently, which suggests that the source of unhappiness for folks in Generation Y (a.k.a., the Millennial generation, consisting of folks born from around 1980 to the mid-1990s) is that they’ve all been told they’re special growing up, only to grow up and find out that they’re not.  Indeed, part of the author’s advice for finding happiness juxtaposes the “You’re not special” sentiment with the same value of hard work expressed in the piece I reference above.  The author states, “Stop thinking that you're special.  The fact is, right now, you're not special.  You're another completely inexperienced young person who doesn't have all that much to offer yet.  You can become special by working really hard for a long time.”

I guess to an extent I understand this sentiment, but I also think the sentiment and the corresponding advice are misguided.  I don’t think there’s anything wrong with telling folks that everyone is special and, as a component of that, telling each individual that he or she is special.  Indeed, democracy itself relies on acknowledging the particular contributions that each person can offer, valuing each of those contributions and providing both for the expression of those contributions and for the process of listening to those contributions.  In this regard, I rest on the fifth word of the definition of the word “special” that the second piece offers:  “better, greater, or otherwise different from what is usual.”  Each of us is different from one another, based on differences in cultural backgrounds, personal experiences, and more.  A working democracy recognizes those differences, calling upon each of us both to contribute our own perspectives and what we have to offer and to recognize the contributions of others.

So, I don’t think telling people they’re not special is the answer.  To do so suggests that folks don’t have contributions to offer.  Furthermore, when combined with the sentiment that one needs to work hard to make oneself special or to prove that one is special, it becomes a way of reinforcing the unearned privileges of those whose positions the structure of society has advantaged.  Indeed, this correlates with the kinds of sentiments that people of color, women, working-class individuals, the differently abled, and so on have had to deal with historically, wherein they have been told they just aren’t working hard enough to earn consideration, while white folks, men, the rich, those whose abilities serve as the basis for the structure of society, and so on have faced less laborious paths to the kind of “special” status that provides a basis for consideration of their contributions.  Indeed, this is why multiculturalism is so important in connection with democracy.  It asks us not only to allow, but to celebrate the diversity of cultures, peoples, and perspectives that all might contribute to the governance and richness of society.

I think the answer, rather, is that while we’ve found ways to tell people they’re special, we have not done a good job of including the other side of the “Everyone is special” message—namely, that everyone else is special, too.  In other words, each of us should be told that we are special because we are—we each have something to contribute, and we should contribute it—but in doing so, we must also take care to remember to accept, consider, and celebrate the contributions of each of our fellow members of society.  And, in doing so, we must seek to understand, empathize, and respect others even as we do that for ourselves.  It’s the kind of thing that many colleagues and I teach about in communication courses:  For as much as expression is a fundamental part of communication, listening remains half of the process as well, and to be good communicators (and, by extension, I would suggest good citizens) we must work not only on expressing ourselves well, but also on listening well to others.

Yet, in a society such as the United States, we have the economic imperatives of a capitalist system that teach a competitive rather than cooperative ethic, thereby creating “winners” and “losers” by which to declare some folks special and others not special.  Meanwhile, we also have the political imperatives of a republic that ask us to judge individuals as more or less representative of classes of groups and the concomitant overgeneralizations about those groups, thereby promoting a society based on demography and not democracy.  These imperatives provide means for teaching the message that a person is special, but they struggle with providing the means for teaching the corollary message that everyone else is special, too.  And, so, when we start to see problems with the “You’re special” side of the message, we turn the wrong way, toward “You’re not special,” rather than toward the much more hopeful and affirming message of “And don’t forget that everyone else is special, too.”

How about this time we eschew the discouraging message of the former path and instead give that more encouraging latter path a better try?

          What Every Millennial Should Know About Phone Scams   
Millennials are big targets for phone scammers now. Here's how you can protect yourself.
          Quicken Loans named third best company to work for if you're a millennial   

Perhaps that meme of Congresswoman Maxine Waters expressing her love for millennials should be changed with Dan Gilbert's face instead? That's because Gilbert's Quicken Loans was just named by Fortune as the third best workplace for millennials.…
          Comment on Cory Doctorow: The Jubilee: Fill Your Boots by chris heinz   
Commenting on the content of this article rather than providing a PV solar data-dump, I am greatly anticipating getting to read "Walkaway". I have been (fearfully) wondering for several years if the Millennials/Occupy solution to our corrupt and unfair oligarchy/plutocracy/kleptocracy would be to opt out and use tech to develop parallel systems. Sure hope it works! But how do you get around the old lizards' still controlling all the natural resources? The other author I'm very interested in hearing on this subject is Karl Schroeder. I think he is supposed to have some new stuff coming out soon. How about a Doctorow/Schroeder collaboration? "And the Canadians shall show us the way". ;->
          Older millennials don’t want people to call them ‘millennials’ anymore, so they made up a new name for themselves   
Mmkay, good luck with that.
          Are You Wearing Text Goggles?   
As a millennial, I understand the appeal of the text message. It’s easy, convenient, non-threatening, and can be ignored. I have texted guys to suggest a hang out when I hadn’t heard from them in a while; I have received tweets, texts, and emails from men for last-minute ‘dates’ that never seemed to work out […]
          Interesting polling numbers   

Gallup conducted a poll recently.  Among adults who do not currently own a home: 10% plan to buy in the next 12 months 49% plan to buy in the next 5 years They got slightly higher figures when they asked Gen-Xers and Millennials the same question. But housing supply may not keep up with demand.  […]

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          Millennials and Home Ownership   

Millennials are jumping into homeownership in droves.  Nearly 9 of 10 are eager to move because “renting is more expensive than buying” and because they “understand the benefits owning can have on their long-term financial picture”.   In the same vein, owners across all generations said they would tell their younger selves to start saving sooner […]

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          Homeownership Is Still Valued.   

Homeownership remains extremely important to most Americans.  In a recent Bank of America survey, 86% of those surveyed said homeownership represents a life goal.  The survey found that 80% of Baby Boomers and 76% of Millennials believe “owning a home is a smart financial investment.”  Both groups  overwhelmingly agreed that “Homeownership is a source of […]

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          The US fertility rate just hit a record-low — and it could signal a 'demographic time bomb'   

Newborn baby at hospital

After years of consistent decline, new data reveal the US fertility rate has hit a record low, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Provisional 2016 data showed a 1% decline from the year prior. That brings the general fertility rate among women 15 to 44 to 62.0 births per 1,000 women.

Experts in demographic trends fear the falling rate could signal the beginning of larger economic woes for the US.

In many industrialized countries around the world, the male-dominated labor force is shifting to become more egalitarian. As more members of both sexes choose to prioritize their careers over their personal lives, family planning is taking a backseat.

In the most extreme cases, such as in the so-called "demographic time bomb" that has formed in Japan, populations have actually started declining. Economists have forecasted this demographic time bomb — a way of referring to the vicious cycle of low fertility and economic downturn — could spread in 20 years' time to other countries that have similar demographics as  Japan in the late 1990s.

They call it the "Japanization" of the global economy.

US population growth has followed a similar, albeit less extreme, trajectory. Millennials are increasingly choosing to forgo parenting in an effort to move up in their careers, pay off their massive student debt, and gain financial independence from their parents.

The US case is notable, however, when it comes to its lack of federal parental leave policies. There are only three other countries on Earth that do not offer employees paid time off on a national level. Research has found this factors into low fertility because poor work-life balance forces couples to choose between having kids or pursuing careers. They can't do both.

For that reason, demographers often encourage world leaders to enact more family-friendly policies if they want to boost fertility rates. 

"The countries that have been most successful at adjusting for a dual role for women, both as mothers and as professionals or at least workers, interestingly end up with more of both," Richard Jackson, president of the nonprofit research group Global Aging Institute, told Business Insider in 2016. " They end up with higher fertility rates and more working women."

SEE ALSO: 'This is death to the family': Japan's fertility crisis is creating economic and social woes never seen before

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          Comment on Pour Some Scrolling on Me (In the Name of Deadpan) by The Roaming Asshat   
Very late to the conversation here, apologies. Some very real, very brilliant people do battle with social anxiety and can have a very hard time in just about any work environment. With these people it does very little good to tell them that they have to be a grownup and live in the real world. They are trying. This person doesn't seem to fit that mold. They are usually identified fairly well in the job interview process and if she was in a room with a 5 person interview, you would have seen the red flags. I'm as confused as you are as to what her actual "deal" was. That being said, I do (as a fellow get-off-my-office-lawn person) want to throw some respect to that certain generation. The company I work for hires, predominantly, young professionals, many straight out of college. Most of my co-workers are young enough to be my children. Some work out, some don't. But I haven't really experienced any that exhibited the entitled-I-should-be-CEO-within-5-years attitude that I saw in undergraduate students when I was teaching as a graduate student. And that was 10 years ago. We may just be good at hiring, but I suspect that the millennials are harder working and less whiny than they are made out to be.
          Millennials, Mexico and Musk: The Hot Topics of the Year Covered in World Finance 2017   

LONDON, ENGLAND--(Marketwired - June 30, 2017) - The years 2016 and 2017 have seen vast political shifts in the world, from the ascendency of Donald Trump to the UK's decision to come out of the European Union.

Nowhere have these changes been felt more pertinently than in the financial sector, which has proven itself to be incredibly resilient and adept at adapting to shifting decisions and sentiment.

          Meet the racers: A look at this year's 'Amazing Race Canada' contestants    

Mother-and-son funeral directors… a millennial same-sex power-couple… a cancer-survivor dad and his son… surfer-dude best friends… and the series' first homegrown YouTube stars.
          Rip the resume : job search & interview power prep by Ellis, Torin, author.   
Infused with real-life examples, self-analysis exercises, and advice from an industry professional, Rip the Resume is more than a "how to write a better resume" book; it's a proven system designed to challenge job seekers to take complete control and responsibility during a job search. Follow a ground-breaking roadmap on your journey to becoming the candidate that employers are seeking-whether you are a millennial looking to launch an exciting and fulfilling career or an experienced individual e
          Si no te sientes millenial, tal vez no lo eres. ¿Y si eres Xennial?    

Pexels Photo 57851 Si naciste entre 1977 y 1983 y nunca te sentiste millenial, tu primer móvil lo tuviste ya de adulto y tampoco te sientes identificado con la Generación X que tan bien describió Douglas Coupland en sus libros, quizás es porque estás en un punto intermedio. Quizás eres un xennial y nunca te diste cuenta.

En las últimas semanas se ha hecho tremendamente popular en las redes sociales un meme que resume al dedillo las características de esta generación que está entremedias, para los que no se sienten ni parte de la Generación X ni millenials aficionados al café y a los aguacates (o a un extraño mix de los dos) y recuerdan cómo era la vida antes de que existieran los móviles.
Xennial

El término Xennial lo encontramos por primera vez en un artículo publicado en Good, donde se define como “una microgeneración que funciona como puente entre el descontento de la Generación X y el alegre optimismo de los millennials”, pero “sin estar tan enfadados como la Generación X ni tan seguros como los millennials”.

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Aunque el verdadero padre del concepto es Dan Woodman, un profesor de Sociología de la Universidad de Melbourne, que se ha convertido en el principal defensor del concepto y cuya definición de los xennial no puede ser mejor, una mezcla entre el pesimismo de la Generación X y el optimismo de los Millenials.

Estamos hablando de una generación que vivió su infancia alejada de las redes sociales y sin saber qué era un móvil, pero que se adaptó rápidamente en su época universitaria a su existencia y consiguió hacerse pasar por nativa digital sin mayor esfuerzo. En una entrevista para Mamamia Dan Woodman añadió esta reflexión sobre sentirse como un xennial: “tienes una infancia, juventud y adolescencia libre de preocupaciones de redes sociales y teléfonos móviles. Era un tiempo en que tenías que organizarte para ver a tus amigos a través del teléfono fijo y elegir un lugar y hora para ir. Después llegó esta revolución tecnológica poco antes de esa agotadora etapa de tener hijos y que no te quede tiempo para aprender algo nuevo. Justo en el momento en que pudimos adoptar, de forma selectiva, las nuevas tecnologías”

Los Xennials son una generación a caballo entre el nuevo milenio y el anterior, precursores y defensores de algunos movimientos sociales realmente rupturistas como la igualdad de derechos de las personas del mismo sexo, las igualdad plena de derechos entre ambos sexos, la defensa de la compra tradicional pero también la afición a la compra online y, por supuesto y como nos recuerda el meme, son muy fans de la trilogía de Star Wars... la original.

En definitiva, si nos contagiamos del optimismo de los millenials, podríamos afirmar que los xennials disfrutan de lo mejor de las dos eras, de lo mejor de los finales del siglo XX y de lo mejor del principio del siglo XXI. Toda una suerte, ¿no?

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En Trendencias| Este encuentro entre un padre y la persona que recibió el corazón de su hija es a la vez triste y esperanzador

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          CCABs: Let the Holy Spirit Blow!   

I've just returned from a gathering in St. Louis of the Committees, Commissions, Agencies, and Boards of The Episcopal Church, where some 200-250 people gathered to advance the work of the church.  I serve as the Executive Council liaison to the Standing Commission on Mission and Evangelism (SCME), and I found myself in the room with some very bright and passionate people.  Here's a nice picture of them! This group was ready to roll up our sleeves and get to work empowering Episcopal evangelism and mission.  When you gather so many talented people together, it is always an opportunity for synergy, for the Holy Spirit to begin to blow.

Yet we immediately ran into a roadblock, and that was the very nature of our mandate. Pay attention here, Restructure Task Force Players-to-be-Named-Later, because I heard a similar frustration coming from members of at least four other CCABs. That frustration is this: CCABs are not actually supposed to DO anything.  All we are supposed to do is think up ideas and draft legislation for the next General Convention to approve or reject.  Here is the stated mandate of the SCME:

CANON I.1.2(n) (4) A Standing Commission on the Mission and Evangelism of The Episcopal Church. It shall be the duty of the Commission to identify, study and consider policies, priorities and concernsas to the effectiveness of The Episcopal Church in advancing, within this Church’s jurisdictions, God’s mission to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ, including patterns and directions for evangelism, Church planting, leadership development, and ministries that engage the diversity of the Church’s membership and the communities it serves, and to make recommendations to General Convention(emphasis mine)

Get it? You gather a group of bright, talented leaders in the church, experts in their various fields, representing the diversity of the church in age, ethnicity, ordination status, etc., get them excited about a particular area of mission, and then tell them they can't actually DO anything. You pay $1,100 per person for an in-person meeting of hundreds of people, to be repeated at least once and maybe more during the triennium, and the end product of all this work is ... The Blue Book?

Look, I am a General Convention nerd, and I like the Blue Book (whatever color it happens to be) as much as anyone. But is legislation really the appropriate work product for such an amazing and talented group of leaders spending that much time and that much money?  

If so, let's follow a chain of events through to their natural conclusion. Last triennium, at the end of its three years together, the SCME proposed several resolutions, including A072, (to see the resolution, click here and scroll down to A072, then click “English current” on the right-hand side).  A072 adds a canonical requirement that new ordained and lay pastoral leaders be trained as missional leaders in evangelism, cross-cultural competency, non-profit leadership, empowering lay leadership, etc. Terrific, right? Such training could provide great hope for a new generation of leaders now emerging.

But how are dioceses and seminaries supposed to provide such training? Should each one reinvent the wheel in its own way? Under our polity, they certainly have the right to do so (and some will choose simply to ignore the new rules). But maybe it would be helpful to overworked leaders to have some common resources to draw from should they choose to do so.  And in fact, there are a number of groups working on missional leadership development across the church. Wouldn't it be a great idea to get them together and encourage them to share or even create a set of common resources, even possibly a curriculum, in missional leadership training, that dioceses and seminaries could draw from?

When this idea was proposed, it got a lot of energy. Yet then someone reminded us of our mandate: we're not supposed to DO stuff (like gather people together to follow up on A072 and share resources), we're just supposed to write a Blue Book report.  The only time a CCAB is allowed to DO something is if past GC legislation specifically directed them to do it (and there were no specific directions in A072). 

So if the SCME thinks a leadership development gathering should happen and a curriculum should be developed, we should, I guess, write a resolution, hope it passes in 2015, hope it gets funded sometime, hope it gets put at the top of some 815 staff person's priority list (should there still be an 815 staff person at that time), and hope the gathering happens by 2018 so we can start training the post-Millennial generation to be missional leaders by about 2022.

It was at this point in our group's discussion that I made the following point, which I subsequently tweeted:  We are not over-burdened in The Episcopal Church with too many people doing evangelism. Let's go ahead and do it now.

(For the benefit of those who are concerned about the "rules," we found a way to make our gathering fit within our mandate. It could be possible if we get grant funding from outside the TEC budget, which we will apply for.  And the end product of the gathering can certainly be "advice" to General Convention. I'm sure we will write a resolution of some sort. But how silly, really, that a proposed resolution is the only acceptable outcome of our work.)

Here's the point: if we are appointing members of CCABs to talk about a subject, and they have some helpful ideas and the energy to accomplish them, why not use this set of talented and passionate leaders to take action right now?

I'll tell you why not. Because we have somehow gotten ourselves to the point where we think that legislation is an effective form of ministry.  That if something is important, it should be decided by a cumbersome and expensive legislative process, complete with officially sanctioned committees, proposals, amendments, rules of order, and majority votes. That the proper function of General Convention is to micro-manage every aspect of our common life, and that nothing can be done until General Convention agrees to do it. 

(Which is why, for instance, Convention had to vote last year on many supplemental but unnecessary liturgical resources created by the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music, which some 1,000 deputies and bishops had to read, critique, and vote on.  The SCLM couldn’t just create lovely resources  and submit them to Forward Movement or Church Publishing for people to use if they wished.  Their work could ONLY result in legislation of “official” resources.)

There ARE things that legislation is vital to achieve. Ordination of women, a process for Title IV disciplinary proceedings, ordination requirements, blessing of same-sex unions, revision of the prayer book (but please God, not anytime soon!), funding and budgets - all these are vital issues of church policy that our legislature should decide. Legislation is necessary to decide what the rules are, what the boundaries are, how much money we have, and what we are NOT allowed to do.

But the belief that legislation is necessary before anyone can do any actual ministry is, I believe, a sign of high anxiety in our church.  If we don’t believe the Holy Spirit is calling us to do something, or if we have no idea what God is calling us to do, we fall back on administrative permission-giving, rules and procedures.  Don’t know how to do evangelism?  Let’s write legislation about it!  Until the legislation is passed, though, no one better take an unauthorized step to empower evangelism!  It might be against the rules!  (Which was not a concern of Philip’s in Acts Chapter 8, I might add.)

Of course that is absurd.  Legislation is not necessary to accomplish ministry. What is necessary to accomplish ministry is the Holy Spirit's call and the human being's answer.

Restructure Task Force, pay attention. Let's restructure ourselves to encourage ministry, not limit it and frustrate it and shut it down when it threatens to appear, like in the CCABs that are yearning to take action, not write legislation. Let's limit the legislative work of General Convention to matters that require it, such as finances and boundaries.  (Hey, maybe we could even reduce General Convention's length!) Let's gather leaders in CCABs, yes, but let's empower them to do non-legislative ministry. Especially as we move away from a strong-staff structure (because budget cuts will mean more staff cuts are coming), let's let the volunteers who are passionate about the work of the church DO the work of the church. Let's let the Holy Spirit blow.  Because this time in our church is a time for the Holy Spirit. Not a time for legislation.

          The Acts 8 Moment: A Call to Prayer and Action   

What time is it?  It's 2012, but it's not the end of the world!  Instead, it is a time of transition in the church, a time to listen for the voice of the Holy Spirit, a time to go where God says to go.  It's a time for action, but first and primarily, it's a time for prayer, conversation and discernment.  Together with Scott Gunn and Tom Ferguson, I am hoping to start a new conversation at General Convention.  Come and join us to think, pray and dream!  Read more at the bottom of this post.  We would like to open up a space for the Holy Spirit, because ...


This is an Acts 8 Moment.  


It’s a dark time for the church.  Social forces have impacted believers so that it’s not clear how the community of faith can continue.  The institutions that have held the church together are breaking apart, and people are scattered, unsure of their next step, uncertain that the gospel will survive into the next generation.

The Episcopal Church in 2012?  No – the Followers of The Way in Jerusalem, 40 A.D.  Acts Chapter 8 has the story.  A persecution has broken out against the followers of Jesus.  In Jerusalem, the apostles have created an organization, with assigned roles and delegation of responsibilities to deacons and others.  It seems to work, until Stephen speaks out of turn, insisting that the older Temple organization is not necessary.  Stephen gets killed as a result, and a persecution begins.  The fledgling institution is destroyed and scattered, and no one knows what to do.

No one, that is, except the Holy Spirit.  Where human plans have failed, God is doing something new.  It turns out that the very persecution that scatters the believers and destroys their institutions now becomes the seed of new life in unexpected places.  The Twelve had assumed that the main life of the church would always continue in Jerusalem, headquartered in the Temple.  But the Spirit flung the church out into new and frightening places:  Samaria and the road to Gaza and a place called Azotus.  Simon the Magi and an Ethiopian eunuch become Christians.  Baptism happens in a puddle of water alongside a road, instead of in a carefully planned liturgical ceremony.  What will God think of next?

Here in The Episcopal Church, we are not in any danger of being martyred as Stephen was.  But our anxiety over a changing world and a changing role for the church has created a transition point for us, as it did for the church in Jerusalem so long ago.  Our institutions are no longer useful in the same way they once were, society around us often seems hostile to our mission, and we’re not sure what’s coming or how the church can survive into the next generation.  We are being scattered, flung headlong into a new world.

This sounds like a job for the Holy Spirit.  Where human plans fail, God may truly be planning a new thing, something that none of us anticipated.  And the new thing that is coming may well be the very thing that brings life where we least expect to find it.  We may find ourselves in our own symbolic Samaria, on the road to Gaza, or in Azotus, reaching new people in new ways with the good news of God’s grace to us in Jesus. 

The Episcopal Church in 2012 is in an Acts 8 Moment.

Where Should We Go From Here?

As we approach General Convention, we seem to be consumed with questions of “restructuring” and the budget and how we will organize our institutions in the years to come.  I’ve been paying a lot of attention to some of these questions myself.

But I don’t think our structure or our finances or even our decline in membership is what we should be focused on. 

I think we need to focus on what the Holy Spirit is doing. 

How do we do that?

>  First, don’t make any hasty decisions.  In 2009, we restructured by slashing the budget.  No long-term strategic thinking went into what line items were slashed, even though those cuts resulted in long-term changes in how we did our mission.  PB&F was faced with an impossible task, and they did what they could. 

But restructuring by budget-cutting is not a healthy way to run any organization.  Let’s pass a transition budget that does some responsible and sensible cuts, but gives us the time we need to seek out the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

>  Next, don’t deceive ourselves that changing the way General Convention operates, or the place the Church Center does its work, or way we create our budget, or any other organizational fix, is going to get us where we need to be.  Those might be good things to do, but they’re not going to put us on the road to Gaza.  Restructuring our organization isn’t the answer to our problems.

>  Then, allow some space for the Holy Spirit to do its work.  Philip listened, and the angel of the Lord told him to go out to the Gaza Road.  We need to listen too. 

The Episcopal Church in the 21stcentury is not in a restructuring moment – we’re in an Acts 8 moment.  Let's open up a process of prayer and discernment that allows people across the church to pray together, to study the Bible together, to dream together about what the church could be.  Let's put everything out on the table, including our dearest structures.  The disciples learned that they didn’t become Christians in Jerusalem – they had to move to Antioch.  Everything has to be open to change, and we have to be ready to listen. 

>  And let's make sure that the group that is coordinating this churchwide discernment process IS open to change.  Yes, we should listen to the voices of experienced folks who have worked on Structure and Executive Council and 815 and other positions of leadership.  But if we are truly going to change, then we can’t depend on our current leadership structures to initiate that change.  We need outsiders to lead us into a new era.  We need Gen Xers and Millennials.  We need people in minority groups.  We need people who understand technology.  We need evangelists and teachers.  We need dreamers and thinkers and organizers.  Let’s get a group together who will lead us into a new generation. 

What’s Next?

A whole bunch of folks will be together at General Convention!  Let’s get the conversation started there.  I am working with Scott Gunn and Tom Ferguson – go check out their blogs too.  Together, the three of us would like to invite anyone who is interested to come together in Indianapolis at 9:30 p.m. on July 5 (location TBA - like us on Facebook or follow the Acts 8 Moment on Twitter for details).  We want to start the process by gathering, praying, reading the Bible, and talking together about the church we dream of seeing.  Let’s listen for where the Holy Spirit is calling us to go!  Let's hear each other's prayers and dreams!  Let’s enter into our own Acts 8 Moment.


History belongs to the intercessors, who believe the future into being….The future belongs to whoever can envision … a new and desirable possibility, which faith then fixes upon as inevitable. This is the politics of hope. Hope envisages its future and then acts as if that future is now irresistible, thus helping to create the reality for which it longs.”
Walter Wink, 1992 "Engaging the Powers: Discernment and Resistance in a World of Domination" Augsburg Fortress p. 299 (reprinted  in Avery Brooke's "Healing in the Landscape of Prayer")

          Would I Lie to You? Annie Lennox told she has “potential” by music coordinator at online radio station   
Kevin Winter/WireImageHey, millennials: Here’s one reason to learn something about music that came out before you were born.  If you do, it may save you from becoming the subject of online ridicule…like one poor young woman at
          In-crowd liberals are so easily fooled   

Promoter behind disastrous Fyre Festival arrested for wire fraud

Concert promoter Billy McFarland — the man behind the Fyre Festival fiasco in the Bahamas where hundreds of music lovers spent a miserable weekend with little food and primitive accommodations — was busted by the feds Friday.
He’ll be arraigned in Manhattan federal court Saturday on a charge of wire fraud, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years.
The weekend festival, held last April, was organized by the 25-year-old McFarland and Rapper Ja Rule, who was not charged.
The men convinced well-to-do millennials and music lovers to shell out thousands of dollars for tickets based on promises of getting to socialize with models and enjoy musical acts like Migos, Lil Yachty and Blink-182.
But dozens of festival-goers have since sued, saying that instead of the gourmet food and luxury accommodations they were promised, they got sandwiches made of bread and cheese and FEMA tents.
One lawsuit claimed that despite knowing the festival was going to be a disaster, McFarland and Ja Rule, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, continued to promote the event and sell tickets.
A class-action lawsuit, filed in California, also accused McFarland and Rule of personally reaching out to A-listers in advance to warn them not to attend.
McFarland was also accused of spending lavish amounts of money hyping the event rather than getting it ready for attendees.
The indictment said he gave $250,000 to Kendall Jenner, who then promoted it on Instagram.
Others hyping the show on social media were Emily Ratajkowski and Bella Haddid. It was not immediately known if they had been paid.
Acting Manhattan US Attorney Joon Kim said, “McFarland promised a `life changing’ music festival but in actuality delivered a disaster.’’
Kim said McFarland showed fake documents to at least two investors, who then $1.2 million in his company, “Fyre Media.’’
McFarland allegedly told investors Fyre Media earned millions of dollars from thousands of artist bookings from at least July 2016 until April 2017.
But during that period, it earned less than $60,000, Kim said.
McFarland was arrested at his Manhattan home.


          Myer to foot the bill for Katy Perry's Australian tour   

In a bid to lure in millennials, Myer is set to become a music promoter.
          3 Very Real Things That Happen to Your Body When You Stop Having Sex    

Sure, there are some obvious advantages and disadvantages to being sexually active. However, what exactly happens to your body when you decide to abstain from sex?

I don't know shrug

Well, ATTN: spoke with two sexual health doctors - sex counselor and psychologist Dr. Candice Nicole and Dr. Anne Mauro, who specializes in sex therapy and human sexuality - about the mental and physical effects of abstaining from sexual intercourse.

While the effects are not all bad, they will definitely catch your attention.

carrie bradshaw shocked

A 2014 study reported that 45 percent of millennials are having non-partner sex, also know as casual sex. However, for those abstaining from sex after participating in the physical activity as a teen, in college, or as an adult, there are a few things to look out for when it comes to this decision or circumstance.

1. Penal dysfunction and vaginal atrophy.

south park male anatomy

The penis is an organ that requires a workout to maintain. The penis should have regular erections and ejaculations in order to lower chances of prostate cancer and erectile dysfunction issues. Vaginal atrophy, the thinning of the vulva and vaginal lining, is typical with women not having sex before or after menopause and following childbirth. “The changes in hormones can cause vaginal atrophy and decreased lubrication. When someone starts a new relationship, with penetrative sex, she can experience painful intercourse,” Mauro explained to ATTN:.

Masturbation can help prevent or mediate these potential problems in the event you choose to abstain or are unable to participate in sexual activity.

2. Inability to manage stress.

tony soprano frustrated

Sex-related stress, or lack there of, is actually quite common. Nicole told ATTN: that the frustration and emotional tension that comes from not being sexually active can take a toll on a person.

“Experiencing frustration and irritability is normal and the tension some people experience when they are not sexually active is usually related to feeling like they 'should' be. The tension is less about the absence of sex and more about the internal disappointment they feel with not having it, for whatever reason. This stress can look like frustration, irritability, disappointment, and even a sense of loss,“ she explained.

3. Lack of health maintenance.

gynocologist

Sexual activity can be a discovery period for health issues when it comes to breast lumps, penetration, or other body parts. Mauro explained that many people fail to check on their health when they stop having sex and recommend staying on top of everything during this non-sexual period.

“Many times, it is sex with a partner that helps a woman discover something is wrong (i.e. breast lumps or painful penetration). Just because you’re abstaining from sex, does not mean you should stop paying attention to your body and genitalia," she said. "Men with penises have it easier while women with vulvas have a harder time checking out their internal anatomy. I recommend staying consistent with gynecological appointments.”

But real talk, it isn't all gloom and doom if you're not having sex anymore. 

Nicole tells us there are alternatives to manage any heightened anxiety or stress that sets in from no physical sexual activity.

“A person can experience psychological distress specifically due to their lack of sexual encounters but ultimately there are benefits to having a healthy pleasurable and protected sex life, which are measurable in reduced stress levels and improved heart health," she said. "When abstaining, a consistent cardio workout and diet can substitute for an endorphin release and balanced heart rate.”


          Here's What These Memes Get Wrong About How Millennials Spend Their Money   

There are plenty of memes advising millennials on ways to better use their money, or criticizing their spending habits.

A Vince McMahon meme.

Justin Timberlake meme.

Even an Australian millionaire decided to throw his hat in the personal finance ring by blaming millennials' financial insecurity on wasting money on "avocado for $19 and four coffees at $4 each."

However a new analysis reveals the truth about millennials and money: they barely have enough money to cover their basic expenses, never mind save or invest.

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The Center for Financial Services and Innovation, a company that monitors national consumer financial health, released a survey showing that 54 percent of Americans ages 18 to 25 say they have expenses that are eat their entire paycheck or are are greater than their paycheck, CNN reported. Millennials aren't the only ones facing the struggle to pay for the basic needs. The same survey found that nearly half of all Americans are spending their entire income.

"It's your co-workers, the receptionist, the guy mowing your lawn, the woman who takes care of your kids," Jennifer Tescher, president and CEO of CFSI told CNN.

People aren't spending all their money on avocado toast either.

The biggest expense for Americans was housing followed by transportation. Tescher told CNN that Americans' paychecks are completely spent because costs are going up while wages are staying the same.

jar-of-money

In a 2015 report, researchers at the Economic Policy Institute found that starting in the early 70s, the pay for American workers has not risen with productivity in the economy overall as it had for previous decades, but instead the rise in compensation went to people already at the top of the pay scale like CEOs. The study found that "net productivity grew 72.2 percent between 1973 and 2014. Yet inflation-adjusted hourly compensation of the median worker rose just 8.7 percent." The study also states, "the wages of the top 1 percent of all wage earners grew 167 percent between 1973 and 2013 (the latest data), and their share of total wages grew from 6.8 percent to 13.2 percent."

EPI's Josh Bivens and Lawrence Mishel wrote that this trend has contributed to the income inequality in the U.S. today.

"These trends indicate that while rising productivity in recent decades provided the potential for a substantial growth in the pay for the vast majority of workers, this potential was squandered due to rising inequality putting a wedge between potential and actual pay growth for these workers," they wrote.

Tescher said that personal finance is often a taboo topic but hiding money struggles doesn't lead to solutions.

"We have a series of structural challenges in this country that require policy solutions," she told CNN. "We need to remove the stigma of talking about money problems and make it clear that a lot of people are struggling."

RELATED: How Much Millennials Should Be Saving From Each Paycheck


          Matt Easton and Siobhan Roso Shoot Kate Upton for the Latest Daily Summer   
When Kate Upton last graced the cover of The Daily Summer, she was a gorgeous teenage upstart who had grand plans for world domination. Six years later, the 25-year-old has graced countless covers, dominated Hollywood, and now, signed with The Lions Model Management. Now the millennial bombshell proves her star power in Americana-inspired fashion. Time for […]
          Sister Act the Musical: Reminiscing the Movie with a Very Glittery Broadway Version   

Wazzup Pilipinas!

Sister Act the Musical is a "hilarious, feel-good musical straight from Broadway, New York playing right now since June 27 up to July 9, 2017 at the Theatre at Solaire.

The limited two-week run of the musical based from the hit movie of the 1990s featuring Whoopi Goldberg as the lead star promises the audience to groove to the original score with music by 8-time Oscar Academy, Grammy and Golden Globe Award-winning composer Alan Menken (Disney’s Alladin, Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, The Little Mermaid, Enchanted, Little Shop of Horrors), with its vast inspiration of musical styles from Motown, soul and funk to great big disco anthems.

Though we won't be hearing the iconic songs like "I will Follow Him" from the actual movie, the new somngs from Alan Menken would equally delight teh audience because of their very meaningful lyrics and outstanding beats that could offer Last Song Syndrome (LSS) effect that would make you go sing some of the memorable songs again even after the show.

As media, we were given the opportunity to watch three (3) musical numbers including the festive and glittery finale song when even the giant statue of Mother Mary was all shiny and splendid to the eyes. Aside from the backstage tour, the interview with the lead cast was the ultimate highlight of the media event. You would notice that I may be a bit shaky or nervous in my video selfie interviews, and honestly my lips were all drying up from the nerve-wracking experience to be up close and personal with Broadway stars.








Above are the video interviews, including the backstage tour with the Stage Manager, from the Sisters Act the Musical media event. we've previously uploaded the same videos on our social media account on Facebook fan page during the same day after the media event and even before the gala night show so these videos on YouTube are a duplicate of what you can find on our Facebook fan page. You can see more videos on both platforms like shout-outs of the iconic Wazzup Pilipinas from the model ushers to the musical play actors and actresses.

I would highly recommend the show because it treats the audience with some memorable moments from the view and an appreciation of the original characters that would probably motivate you to re-watch the movie.

Though the lead actress of the musical is definitely a lot sexier and attractive than Whoopi Goldberg (sorry Whoopi but I have to be honest with my review), she brought in her own humorous rendition of the Deloris Van Cartier character, just as how Mother Superior strikes a resemblance of her movie counterpart but with an appeal worth praises on its own.

Now if I was given an opportunity to watch it again (up close this time, since I was seated at the balcony during the gala night) I would have appreciated and commented on even the acting including the facial and body gestures of every actor. Sadly, I have poor vision and watching the musical from up above was not really helpful. I'm betting it is a lot more engaging watching from better seats.

I could have sworn the gangsters are almost trying to steal the show with their wacky antics. They're even funnier than the nuns who were already reminiscent of the laughable characters we loved back in the movie especially the youngest nun that stood out not only because she wore a different kind of clothing compared to the other nuns, but also because of her similarity with the character as revealed from our interview with her. The leader of the gang may not have had the girl in the end, but I still feel that scenario doesn't really happen in real life (think beautiful women married to politicians and business tycoons). In real life, the good men always has a lot of disadvantage compared to the affluent and influential. Some women of today are cunning enough to set aside love for promises of comfort and luxury. Love alone could no longer feed us - do you agree?

Did the movie also have a rapping nun? I guest we should watch the movie again. Though the musical could really stand on its own especially that Millennials would not be able to relate if they had no opportunity in watching the old movie.

We also appreciate the backstage tour where the multi-tasking Stage Manager toured us around to show the props, equipment, clothing and a lot more.

Even though there were some changes done for the broadway version, like changing the year of events to probably match the music, it still lives up to the same lovable story we witnessed in the movie.

I am humbled for getting a lot of praises from the organizers, actors, and even fellow media, for what I did at the Sister Act the Musical media event.

Salamat and thank you for all the kind words. It is but appropriate for me to say that they sound like music to my ears. Lol!









Produced by Whoopi Goldberg, TROIKA Entertainment and Sister Act On Tour, LLC, SISTER ACT received five 2011 Tony Award nominations including BEST MUSICAL, BEST ORIGINAL SCORE (Alan Menken (music)/Glenn Slater (lyrics), and BEST BOOK OF A MUSICAL (Cheri & Bill Steinkellner and Douglas Carter Beane).


For the Manila production, the cast of SISTER ACT are as follows:


DENÉ HILL - Deloris Van Cartier, a powerhouse disco diva wannabe with a dream of Donna Summer-esque glory. Mouthy, ballsy, brassy and quick on the quip. She has no faith in anything but herself.

REBECCA MASON-WYGAL - Mother Superior, an old-school Catholic mother superior with a spine of steel, a will of iron, and an acid tongue, but underneath a hidden heart.

BRANDON GODFREY - Curtis Shank, a super cool, super confident, smooth bad guy with soul. He is a tough narcissist with sex appeal, and charisma. He is elegant and dangerous.

WILL T. TRAVIS - Lt. Eddie Souther, a desk cop. He is charming, appealing and straight forward. He imagines himself as hip and sexy in the ‘dream’ sequence.

JARRED BEDGOOD – TJ, an undersized or oversized overeager young man with comic chops. He is the nephew of Curtis who is well-intended, but doesn’t always have the brain power to think ahead.

MOSES BERNAL
– Pablo, a comic and Curtis’ bodyguard who keeps mouthing off in Spanish.

SOPHIE KIM - Sister Mary Robert, a young timid novitiate who is torn whether to take her final vows or leave the convent to rejoin the world that intimidates her so. Her shy personality masks a huge, show stopping powerful singing voice.

EMMA BROCK - Sister Mary Patrick, an upbeat, fun and the eternal optimist who is filled with love and delight in God, and friendship. A comic, she is always the head cheerleader ready for an adventure, a life experience, or between meal-time snack.

NANCY EVANS - Sister Mary Lazarus, a tough, full of vim and humor, with twice the energy of anyone half her age. She’s quick on the wisecracks and always ready to roll up her sleeves and dig in.

HARRY McENERNY – Joey Finnochio, a big, burly, and fiercely loyal comic. He fancies himself as a guy women cannot resist.

KEVIN D. O’NEIL - Monsignor Howard, a stately but benevolent priest, with an Irish twinkle.

The other cast members are as follows: D’NAYSA JORDAN – Michelle/Ensemble; CAITLIN MASIANO – Mary Martin of Tours/Ensemble; MEGHAN DEELEY and TYLER SIMAKH(Swing), BERLANDE MILLS – Ensemble, Tina, Deloris (Understudy); GABRIEL RODRIGUES – Ensemble, Joey /Monsignor (Cover); DENZEL EDMONDSON, SCOTT FUSS, OLIVIA GJURICH, HEIDI HAYES, KRISTIN LITZENBERG, TAYLOR MORGAN MARSH, ASHLEY MASULA, PAIGE McNAMARA, DAMON McTOY, MEGAN OPALINSKI (Ensemble); STEPHANIE MILLER – Dance Captain/Swing)
          2 New Agents Actively Seeking Fiction   
Here are two new agents seeking clients. Laura Crockett (TriadaUS) is interested in YA and adult fiction. Claire Roberts (Trident Media Group) is looking for all types of fiction as well as narrative nonfiction.

IMPORTANT: You should NEVER query an agent without checking the agency website first. Submission requirements change, and agents may close their lists, or switch agencies.

Note: You can find a comprehensive list of new and established agents seeking clients here: Agents Seeking Clients

Good luck!
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Laura Crockett of Triada US

What she is seeking: ​In YA, she is interested in contemporary realistic fiction (such as study abroad experiences, strong female friendships, falling in love, mental health, diversity, LGBTQ) and fantasy (particularly with excellent world-building, authentic characterization, fantasy inspired by fairytales and other cultures' mythology, and historical fantasy). Some favorite titles include Fangirl, The Lie Tree, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, All the Bright Places, Shadowfell, When We Collided, Anna and the French Kiss, A Shadow Bright and Burning,The Star-Touched Queen, and The Winner's Curse.

In adult fiction, she is interested in contemporary women's fiction (heartfelt, juicy moral dilemmas, historical bends with parallel narratives), humorous chick-lit (especially if it's millennial-driven), and fantasy (excellent world-building, authentic characterization, fantasy inspired by fairytales and other cultures' mythology, and historical fantasy). Some favorite titles include The Night Circus, Outlander, The Queen of Blood, Daughter of the Forest, The Winter Witch, The Hating Game, and authors like Jodi Picoult, Kate Morton, Gayle Forman, and Sophie Kinsella.

How to submit: When querying Laura, please include the first ten pages in the body of your email. She can be contacted at laura@triadaus.com.

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Claire Roberts of Trident Media Group

About Claire: Claire Roberts had a very successful career in publishing already, focusing on selling rights internationally for authors both at publishing houses and most recently at Trident Media Group, where she was the head of the Foreign Rights department and had worked on the global careers of such authors as Marilynne Robinson, Marlon James, Justin Cronin and Paul Harding. She is now developing her own clients whose work she will handle in the US as well as internationally. Claire has an MFA from the University of Michigan. She is looking for writing that’s fresh, immediate, and character-driven, and above all, writing that stays with you.

She is seeking: She loves many types of fiction, and of course, in view of her MFA in literary fiction, she finds that genre very appealing. “In fiction I am most interested in upmarket/mainstream to literary fiction and upmarket to literary crime fiction.” She also seeks narrative nonfiction. Claire says that “the books that do best in the international markets are those that tell great stories, with the kind of writing that stays with you after the book has been put down. And the authors of those kind of books, are exactly who I am looking to work with and represent in the United States.”

How to submit: Use Trident’s online submissions form here.

          Educated Millennials Are Moving to Metro Areas   

Educated Millennials Are Moving to Metro Areas Millennials is defined as those between the ages of 18 and 34 as of Y 2015. Millennials have become the nation’s largest generation cohort, surpassing Baby Boomers in Y 2016. And because of their unique living and spending habits, so far by passing up many of the features of […]

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          When the Deal Goes Down   
SUBHEAD: Stresses and tensions are a’buildin’ and the time for being a nation of feckless idiots is drawing to a close.

By James Kunstler on 30 June 2017 for Kunstler.com -
(http://kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/when-the-deal-goes-down/)


Image above: Oil painting "Feeding the Baby" by Mark Bryan, 2017 subtitled "Baby Trump loves Bannon’s Total...itarian Bullshit. He wants you to have some too." From (https://www.artofmarkbryan.com/feeding-the-baby-trump-bannon-art/).

Who needs Russia when the Tweety-Bird-in-Chief is hacking his own presidency into a global joke? Or at least it might be a joke if the USA weren’t such a menace to international order, and to itself, by the way. Interestingly, the 25th amendment allows for the removal of a president from office on account of incompetence or disability, but not for being an embarrassment to the nation.

They may come after him anyway with the 25th, especially as the financial system unravels later this year, because this time, unlike 2008-9, central bank interventions will not avail to rescue the faltering money system from nine years of previous central bank interventions.

All it takes is for the “liquidity” flows to seize up and before you know it, there’s no food in the supermarkets because everything in our just-in-time economy is exquisitely calibrated to the sure expectation of getting paid, and when that goes, it all goes.

Then the question arises: well, can’t you just re-start the liquidity flows? Not when the process requires another abracadabra magic act of summoning X-trillions of dollars out of absolutely nothing when the previous X-trillions created out of absolutely nothing are rushing at warp speed into the black hole of deleveraging because it has been discovered that the “loans” they were based on can never be paid back, not in this universe or any number of universes like it. In a word, they’re worthless.

Deleveraging is the polite term economists give to your net worth rapidly evaporating. Liquidity is the polite term for cash money and things denominated in them that can readily be converted into cash money. The problem with the kind of liquidity-creation solution to deleveraging is that it rapidly leads to money itself becoming worthless.

The preview of coming attractions is currently playing out in Illinois — soon to be joined by Connecticut, California, Kentucky, and many other bankrupt states. Illinois is dead broke. It can’t pay the contractors who fix things like roads and storm drains, and supply food to its prisons.

It’s over $200-billion deep in pension obligations that will never be honored. Its Medicaid system is a shambles. It doesn’t even have the cash-on-hand to pay lottery winners (what happened to all the cash paid into the lottery by the suckers who didn’t win, which is supposed to pay off the winners?). The state legislature hasn’t passed a budget in three years.

The governor and the mayor of Chicago and everybody else nominally in charge have no idea what they’re going to do about it. Think the federal government is going to just step in and save the day there?

They’d have to bail out every other foundering state and that’s just not going to happen, especially with that same federal government about to run out of cash money itself, with no resolution of the debt ceiling controversy that might allow it to even pretend to borrow more money by issuing treasury bonds that are instantly bought by the Federal Reserve — which, of course, is not an official government agency but a private banking consortium contracted to manage the nation’s money.

Do you begin to see the outlines of the clusterfuck rising like a bad moon over the harvest season of 2017? The American people, by and large, have no more idea how false and fragile the financial arrangements of the nation are than the average eight-year-old has about why the re-po squad is towing away Daddy’s Ford-F150.

We’re just doing what we always do: gittin’ our summer on. Breaking out the potato salad and the Bud Lites — at least those who have enough mojo left in their MasterCards to charge the party supplies.

An awful lot of Americans must be maxed out, though, people who actually used to work at things and get paid for it.

Each one of them is a walking Illinois now, facing each dawning day with a bigger load of problems, more things they can’t pay for, and moving closer to the dreadful day when everything is gone, every chattel, every knickknack, the very roof over their head, and most particularly the belief that they live in a fair and decent society.

So, I wonder what we’re going to do with a Tweety-Bird-in-Chief in the White House when this deal goes down. Stresses and tensions are out there a’buildin’ and the time for being a nation of feckless idiots is drawing to a close. The sad thing is: it wasn’t even fun while it lasted.



Trump to Unleash Trade War

SUBHEAD: Trump - true to his campaign promises - is set to launch a global trade wars after all,

By Tyler Durden on 30 June 2017 for Zero Hedge -
(http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-06-30/trump-overrules-cabinet-prepares-unleash-global-trade-war)

While one of Trump's recurring campaign promises was that he would "punish" China and other key US trade counterparties if elected, for taking advantage of free-trade by imposing steep tariffs and duties on foreign imports to "level the playing field", the President's stance changed drastically after the election, U-turning following his amicable meeting with China's president Xi Jinping in March, but mostly as a result of pressure by his ex-Goldman advisors to keep existing trade arrangements in place and not "rock the boat."

Now, all that may be about to fall apart.

According to Axios, behind the constant media scandals, "one of the most consequential and contentious internal debates of his presidency unfolded during a tense meeting Monday in the Roosevelt Room of the White House" where with "more than 20 top officials present, including Trump and Vice President Pence, the president and a small band of America First advisers made it clear they're hell-bent on imposing tariffs — potentially in the 20% range — on steel, and likely other imports."

In other words, Trump - true to his campaign promises - is set to launch a global trade wars after all, one where then main country impacted would be China, however the collateral damage would extend to Canada, Mexico, Japan, Germany and the UK.



There will be another financial crisis?

SUBHEAD: We are already seeing the early warning signs with delinquency rates rising and commercial lending on the decline.

By Robert Lance on 29 June 2017 for Real Investment Advise -
(https://realinvestmentadvice.com/yes-ms-yellen-there-will-be-another-financial-crisis/)

[IB Publsiher's note: To see the several charts relating to this article, please click on link above for original article.]

Janet Yellen, Federal Reserve Chair, recently stated;
“Will I say there will never, ever be another financial crisis? No, probably that would be going too far. But I do think we’re much safer and I hope that it will not be in our lifetimes and I don’t believe it will.”
That is a pretty bold statement to make considering that every one of her predecessors failed to predict the negative consequences of their actions.

Will there will be another “Financial Crisis” in our lifetimes?

Yes, it is virtually guaranteed.
The previous “crisis” wasn’t about just “an asset gone bad,” but rather the systemic shock caused by a “freeze” in the credit markets when Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy. Counterparties evaporated, banks froze lending and the credit market ceased to function.

Credit, not the stock market, is the “lifeblood” of the economy.

Of course, it is all good now because the Federal Reserve says so with Ms. Yellen placing a great amount of faith in the Federal Reserve’s own carefully constructing, and recently released results, of “bank stress tests.” Interestingly, EVERY bank passed with flying colors.

In other words, the Millennial generation has now passed the baton of “Everybody Gets A Trophy” to the banking sector.
“Test results released by the Federal Reserve show that the 34 institutions under scrutiny have enough capital to make it through the two scenarios regulators posed — one akin to the financial crisis and another entailing a shallower downturn.
Under the scenarios, the banks tested ‘would experience substantial losses.’ However, in total, the institutions ‘could continue lending to businesses and households, thanks to the capital built up by the sector following the financial crisis.’
In the most severe scenario, bank losses are projected to be $493 billion. In the less severe, the losses were put at $322 billion.”
This passage of the “test” by every bank, of course, is based on several faulty assumptions including:
  • FASB Rule 157 is still repealed allowing banks to mythically mark bad assets to “face value” which makes balance sheets stronger than they appear. So, how do you know what “toxic assets” still exist?
  • There is roughly $2 Trillion of excess reserves supporting banks which will evaporate IF the Fed actually commences with shrinking their bloated balance sheet. 
  • The worst case scenario only accounted for a “doubling” of the unemployment rate, or 8.6% from current levels, despite the fact we have an exceptionally low labor force participation rate and a surge to more than 10% is quite likely in the next recession. 
  • With more leverage in the system than at any point any previous history, and banks inextricably linked to the financial markets, just how sensitive are the tests to another “worst case scenario?”
What was NOT included in the test was another “Financial Crisis” scenario which SHOULD be the baseline of the stress tests to begin with. Unemployment rates of 15% or more, asset price declines of 50% and default rates of 20% or greater on outstanding debt should be the baseline by which you stress test financial systems against another systemic shock.

The Federal Reserve is once again engaging in very faulty thinking by believing the system will operate normally during a more severe economic scenario.

It isn’t just the losses projected on the banking sector in terms of defaulting loans that are the problem, but also the collapse in the asset markets when defaults ramp sharply as recessionary pressures build.

Most assuredly, lenders will immediately shut off access to capital leading to another “freeze” in the credit system. (Not to mention the sharp losses in market capitalization due to share price declines.)

Here is why Janet Yellen is wrong in believing another “Financial Crisis” can’t occur.

Catalyst 1: Delinquency & Defaults

We are already seeing the early warning signs with delinquency rates rising and commercial lending on the decline in both consumer and commercial and industrial loans.

Of course, as I noted above, once delinquency and default rates begin to rise, the first thing banks tend to do is to stop lending. Naturally, as banks shut off capital to businesses, private investment begins to slow which reduces employment and leads to slower economic growth.

Of course, this also includes the credit problems of the collapse in Commercial Real Estate which is grossly leveraged at a time when prices have begun to stagnate with an oversupply of inventory sitting on the ground.

Catalyst 2: Leverage & Robots

It isn’t just bank loans which will catalyze the coming financial crisis. It is also, be the massive surge in debt and leverage over the last eight years including student loans, credit cards, corporate debt and margin loans. As I discussed recently in the “Illusion Of Liquidity:”
“The illusion of liquidity has a dangerous side effect. The process of the previous two debt-deleveraging cycles led to rather sharp market reversions as margin calls, and the subsequent unwinding of margin debt fueled a liquidation cycle in financial assets. The resultant loss of the ‘wealth effect’ weighed on consumption pushing the economy into recession which then impacted corporate and household debt leading to defaults, write-offs, and bankruptcies.”
“With the push lower in interest rates, the assumed ‘riskiness’ of piling on leverage was removed. However, while the cost of sustaining higher debt levels is lower, the consequences of excess leverage in the system remains the same.”
You will notice in the chart above, that even relatively small deleveraging processes had significant negative impacts on the economy and the financial markets. With total system leverage spiking to levels never before witnessed in history, it is quite likely the next event that leads to a reversion in debt will be just as damaging to the financial and economic systems.

Of course, when you combine leverage into investor crowding into “passive indexing,” the risk of a “disorderly unwinding of portfolios” due to the lack of market liquidity becomes an issue. As Mark Carney, head of the BOE, recently opined:
“Market adjustments to date have occurred without significant stress. However, the risk of a sharp and disorderly reversal remains given the compressed credit and liquidity risk premia. As a result, market participants need to be mindful of the risks of diminished market liquidity, asset price discontinuities and contagion across asset markets.’”
At some point, that reversion process will take hold. It is then investor “psychology” will collide with “margin debt” and ETF liquidity. As I noted in my podcast with Peak Prosperity:
“It will be the equivalent of striking a match, lighting a stick of dynamite and throwing it into a tanker full of gasoline.”
When the “robot trading algorithms” begin to reverse, it will NOT BE a slow and methodical process but rather a stampede with little regard to price, valuation or fundamental measures as the exit will become very narrow.

Importantly, as prices decline it will trigger margin calls which will induce more indiscriminate selling. The forced redemption cycle will cause catastrophic spreads between the current bid and ask pricing for ETF’s.

As investors are forced to dump positions to meet margin calls, the lack of buyers will form a vacuum causing rapid price declines which leave investors helpless on the sidelines watching years of capital appreciation vanish in moments.

Catalyst 3: Pensions

Lastly, and a point clearly missed by Ms. Yellen in her quest to dismiss financial crisis risks, is the $3 Trillion “Pension Crisis” that is just one sharp downturn away from imploding. The cresting of the “baby boom” generation now puts these massively underfunded pensions at risk of a “run on assets” during the next downturn which could send the entire system into chaos.

Of course, this problem can be directly traced to the malfeasance of pension fund managers, and pension boards, which used excessively high return rates to lower costs of contributions.
“Pension computations are performed by actuaries using assumptions regarding current and future demographics, life expectancy, investment returns, levels of contributions or taxation, and payouts to beneficiaries, among other variables. The biggest problem, following two major bear markets and sub-par annualized returns since the turn of the century, is the expected investment return rate.
Using faulty assumptions is the lynch-pin to the inability to meet future obligations. By over-estimating returns, it has artificially inflated future pension values and reduced the required contribution amounts by individuals and governments paying into the pension system.
It is the same problem for the average American who plans on getting 6-8% return a year on their 401k plan, so why save money. Which explains why 8-out-of-10 American’s are woefully underfunded for retirement.”
The chart below demonstrates the problem pensions face today. The chart shows a $1000 investment into the S&P 500 TOTAL return from 1995 to present. There is a substantial difference between a dollar-weighted outcome in markets versus just looking at a market-capitalization weighted index return. I have then projected for using variable rates of market returns with cycling bull and bear markets, out to 2060 along with projections of 8%, 7%, 6%, 5% and 4% average rates of return from 1995 out to 2060.

See the problem here. The average rate of return growth is far above what markets are expected to return over a long period of time. But this has not deterred pension funds from clinging on to exceptionally high return rates. According to a recent report from the Hoover Institution:
Despite the introduction of new accounting standards, the vast majority of state and local governments continue to understate their pension costs and liabilities by relying on investment return assumptions of 7-8 percent per year. This report applies market valuation to pension liabilities for 649 state and local pension funds. Considering only already-earned benefits and treating those liabilities as the guaranteed government debt that they are, I find that as of FY 2015 accrued unfunded liabilities of U.S. state and local pension systems are at least $3.846 trillion, or 2.8 times more than the value reflected in government disclosures. Furthermore, while total government employer contributions to pension systems were $111 billion in 2015, or 4.9 percent of state and local government own revenue, the true annual cost of keeping pension liabilities from rising would be approximately $289 billion or 12.7 percent of revenue. Applying the principles of financial economics reveals that states have large hidden unfunded liabilities and continue to run substantial hidden deficits by means of their pension systems.”
If the numbers above are right, the unfunded obligations of approximately $4-$5 trillion, depending on the estimates, would have to be set aside today such that the principal and interest would cover the program’s shortfall between tax revenues and payouts over the next 75 years.

That ain’t gonna happen.

As Axel Merk recently penned:
“So while the banks may not need a bailout, I’m not so sure about pension funds or individual investors. Yet, ‘needing a bailout’ and actually getting one are different stories.”
Axel is right. When the next major bear market comes growling, the “financial crisis” won’t be secluded to just sub-prime auto loans, student loans, and commercial real estate. The real crisis comes when there is a “run on pensions” when the “fear” prevails that benefits will be lost entirely.

As George Will recently wrote:
“The problems of state and local pensions are cumulatively huge. The problems of Social Security and Medicare are each huge, but in 2016 neither candidate addressed them, and today’s White House chief of staff vows that the administration will not ‘meddle’ with either program. Demography, however, is destiny for entitlements, so arithmetic will do the meddling.”
Ms. Yellen is wrong about the next financial crisis. The only question is the timing and magnitude of its occurrence?


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          100 Days of the Resistance: One Action for Every Day of Trump's Presidency   
From the Women's March to rogue Twitter accounts, US citizens are fighting back one day at a time. by Stranger Staff

Day 1: More people seem to protest than attend Donald Trump's inauguration. The stands in DC, normally filled with fans, are eerily empty. A limo is set on fire. Also: White nationalist Richard Spencer is punched during an interview near the inauguration.

Day 2: More than three million people wear pussy hats and attend the Women's Marches around the world. In Seattle, 175,000 people march, the biggest protest in the history of the city.

Day 3: The euphoria of the previous day has dwindled. People realize that Trump is actually fucking president. They start drinking all the beer in the house until they've finished that and then move on to the whiskey.

Day 4: White House staffers begin leaking to the press.

Day 5: For the past few days, a mysterious pirate-radio broadcast has been interrupting radio signals across the country—an oldies station in Texas, a community radio station in Kentucky, and others in Indiana and South Carolina, including local Voice of Vashon's 101.9 FM—airing (the uncensored version of) YG and Nipsey Hussle's "Fuck Donald Trump" continuously on repeat.

Day 6: Six days in. Drinking all the vodka in the universe.

Day 7: @RoguePOTUSStaff, an anonymous Twitter account claiming to be "the unofficial resistance team inside the White House" sends its first tweet: "Pres. Trump is already making waves at the office. Wants to be 'the President who will be remembered as a King.' His words, not ours."

Day 8: Dozens more "rogue" accounts show up on Twitter, people somehow believe they are all real, Twitter becomes an even more insufferable website than it already was.

Day 9: Fueled by rage (and possibly by post-inauguration binge drinking), more than 3,000 protesters demonstrate at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport after six people were detained in response to Trump's first executive order, which sought to ban refugees and immigrants from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen—all Muslim-majority countries—from coming into the United States.

Day 10: Amid protests over Trump's travel ban, the American Civil Liberties Union announces that it received a record $24 million in donations over a single weekend. In just January alone, the organization saw a 1,900 percent increase in donations from the same month in 2016.

Day 11: Washington becomes the first state to sue Trump over the Muslim-majority country travel ban, arguing it's unconstitutional. In doing this, Washington State attorney general Bob Ferguson becomes a national heartthrob.

Day 12: It has been only 12 days of the Trump presidency, and everyone we know has aged 1,000 years.

Day 13: Everyone is talking about the Budweiser pro-immigration ad. Set in the 19th century, it has a young German man arriving in the US. He gets yelled at by drunk Americans, who want him to go back to his country. He doesn't listen to them and instead settles in the heartland and starts a brewery that will grow into a massive corporation that creates lots of American jobs. The commercial made it clear that corporate America does not like the Muslim ban.

Day 14: Utah congressman Jason Chaffetz's proposed bill HR 621—which aimed to sell off 3.3 million acres of federally-owned land—is withdrawn due to public outcry and backlash from hunters, sportsmen, and conservationists on both the left and the right. Turns out, people don't like the idea of privatizing public land.

Day 15: Washington proves that we aren't going to take any unconstitutional bullshit when Seattle-based US District judge James Robart grants Washington attorney general Bob Ferguson's request for a temporary restraining order against Trump's (first) Muslim-nation travel ban, prohibiting federal employees from enforcing it and spurring collective 'Fuck yeahs!' and high-fives around the nation.

Day 16: Former Chumbawamba member Danbert Nobacon—now living in Twisp, Washington—pens an anti-Trump song titled "Revolution 9.01" that champions science and disdains the incoming ignoramus-in-chief. It's off his Stardust to Darwinstuffalbum, which you can buy now.

Day 17: The New England Patriots win a big sports game, which, because of tradition, grants them access to the White House. But shortly after their victory, six Patriots players announce they won't be attending the visit for political reasons. When the visit happens in April, more than two dozen players skip.

Also: Melissa McCarthy plays Sean Spicer and it enrages Trump, who more than anything hates that a woman has portrayed his moronic press secretary.

Day 18: Ninety-seven companies—including Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter—file an amicus brief opposing Trump's travel ban.

Day 19: Two sterling indie-rock comps from the Northwest—Battle Hymns

out of Portland and SAD! A Barsuk Compilation for the ACLUout of Seattle—come out, earnestly striving to raise funds for organizations (Planned Parenthood and the ACLU) necessary in the fight to thwart Trumpism.

Day 20: Rosie O'Donnell impersonator Sean Spicer says that Nordstrom dropping Ivanka Trump's brand of shoes and handbags is an attack on the president, erasing whatever little respect anyone had left for him.

Day 21: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals refuses to reinstate Trump's travel ban, writing a stinging rebuttal of the idea that the judiciary has no role in mitigating presidential power. Trump tweets: "SEE YOU IN COURT!" to the court.

Day 22: Protesters in DC block newly appointed secretary of education Betsy DeVos from entering a public school. "Shame, shame," they shout as DeVos drives away in a black SUV. No bears were sighted at the demonstration

Day 23: Protesters gather at Cal Anderson Park (and across the country) for an LGBTQ Solidarity Rally after word that an executive order is in the works aiming to allow organizations to use religious beliefs to deny services to gay and transgender people.

Day 24: Seattleites hold the Seattle-esty event ever by flocking to Optimism Brewing on Capitol Hill to send Valentine's Day–themed postcards expressing their values to their political representatives.

Day 25: Michael Flynn quits as the national security adviser just before midnight. He had admitted to misleading VP Mike Pence regarding contacts with a Russian envoy.

Day 26: Love is dead, but the Resistance isn't.

Day 27: Victory! A Trump cabinet member goes poof! Andrew Puzder withdraws as labor secretary nominee after Mitch McConnell says the Republicans will withhold support for the CEO of CKE Restaurants (which owns Hardee's and Carl's Jr. fast-food chains) after Puzder came under fire for allegedly hiring an undocumented immigrant.

Day 28: Across America and in Seattle, workers take the day off for A Day Without an Immigrant. Some restaurants close in solidarity.

Day 29: The White House sends out a very slanted e-mail questionnaire, "Mainstream Media Accountability," about "media bias." Non Trump supporters fill out the form and troll him.

Day 30: Don Lemon grows balls, stands up to Trump defender/commentator Paris Dennard, tells him to shut it on referring to reporting on Trump and Mar-a-Lago as "fake news."

Day 31: Nation realizes it's barely been a month since Trump was inaugurated. Doesn't get out of bed.

Day 32: Milo Yiannopoulos is booted from his keynote speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Old interviews on YouTube resurface of him talking about how he thinks sex between older men and younger boys is A-okay. Cue sudden conservative outrage.

Day 33: Stranger

staffers pick at the stale leftovers of Heidi Groover's birthday sheet cake, which had Alex Jones's (of Infowars) face printed on it. He was crying.

Also: Milo Yiannopoulos resigns as editor of Breitbart. Other conservatives, including Richard Spencer, have turned on him, deciding that racist and sexist remarks are fine, but man-boy love is a bridge too far. Milo goes into exile.

Day 34: The Washington Post has no chill and changes its motto to "Democracy Dies in Darkness."

Day 35: Trump gives his first address to Congress to some fanfare, but Lindsey Graham says Trump's draconian budget cuts will be DOA.

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Also: In response to Congressman Dave Reichert's (WA-8) failure to hold public meetings for his constituents, silver-haired boomers and youthful residents of the district hold the first of many protests outside Reichert's Issaquah office. A mandola player leads the crowd of 100 in song: "Hangin' around his office in town, / waitin' for my congressman. / Just wanted to tell him my concerns, / what I want from Washington. But I can tell you now, Dave's not here, / he sure don't want to listen to me."

Day 36: Leaked details of the Republicans' Obamacare replacement plan reveal that said plan would cover fewer people, despite Trump's promise that, somehow, everybody would have insurance. This foreshadows weeks of town-hall meetings with angry constituents who need Obamacare to, you know, live.

Day 37: Even Fox News anchor Shepard Smith belatedly realizes that the administration his network elected into office is dangerously incompetent, or incompetently dangerous. After White House press secretary Sean Spicer bars CNN, Buzzfeed, Politico, the Hill, the BBC, and the LA Times

from a White House press gaggle, Smith defends CNN on air.

Day 38: During the Oscars, the New York Times

runs an ad titled "The Truth Is Hard." Also, some celebs air their feelings about the ad's target audience, a man who almost certainly watches the ceremony from the comfort of his own bathrobe.

Day 39: Noble defender of civil liberties George W. Bush tells NBC's Matt Lauer that the media is "indispensable to democracy." This from the former president whose administration leaked bad intelligence to the New York Times' Judith Miller, who printed said intelligence, intelligence that would be used to justify the invasion of Iraq. Yanks!

Day 40: The sixth iteration of #ResistTrumpTuesday kicks off outside the Federal Building in downtown Seattle. For the first 100 days of Trump's reign, a group of resisters led by local Indivisible chapters hold mid-morning rallies before heading up to the offices of Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell. In groups of four or five, organizers then meet with congressional staff in order to praise the senators for correct action or encourage them to stand firm against Trump's agenda.

Day 41: Sixty-one police chiefs and sheriffs from all over the country—including deep red states Trump won—tell the administration in a letter that they refuse to turn their precincts into mini ICE enforcement agencies.

Day 42: Attorney General Jeff Sessions temporarily joins the Resistance by recusing himself from the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. This comes after the revelation that Sessions met with the Russian ambassador during the run-up to the election. Wow, Jeff! Stick it to the man!!!!

Day 43: Briefly considered calling Trump "45," but didn't want to sully the reputation of those little vinyl records that people care about for some reason.

Day 44: Double-checked the plaque at the base of the Statue of Liberty, mother of exiles, as Trump signs a new executive order banning immigration from six Muslim-majority countries.

Day 45: Responding to Trump's lie about President Obama putting "wiretaps" on his phone, former director of national intelligence James Clapper flatly denies any such monitoring.

Day 46: Nation takes day off work, goes to a spa. Decides they are worth it.

Day 47: Standing in the lobby of Trump Tower, Jeff Bergman reads from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail." The arts administrator and inadvertent activist began solitary read-ins at the tower during his lunch hour, and has now formed a group called Learn as Protest and a syllabus. On the list: Rebecca Solnit's Hope in the Dark, Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States, and Hannah Arendt's The Origins of Totalitarianism, among others.

Day 48: Organizers with the Women's March dub this International Women's Day "A Day Without a Woman." Women are encouraged to eschew paid and unpaid work to show the might of the women's workforce. Those who can't afford to take the day off work are encouraged to wear red in solidarity and to support women- and minority-owned businesses. Scores of think pieces are written about the privilege of skipping a day of work.

Day 49: Trumpcare passes through the House Ways and Means Committee. The Resistance begins to seriously worry about its health.

Day 50: One month after Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell silenced Senator Elizabeth Warren's speech criticizing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, impassioned members of the Resistance are still getting "Nevertheless, she persisted" stick-n-poke tattoos.

Day 51: Today is Sydney Brownstone's birthday. She does not cry in public.

Day 52: After Trump moves to purge Obama-era US attorneys, New York's Preet Bharara refuses to submit his resignation. Shortly after, Bharara gets fired.

Day 53: The GOP's replacement for the Affordable Care Act gets eviscerated by the Congressional Budget Office. It finds that 24 million people would lose insurance under the GOP's plan.

Day 54: Rachel Maddow's scoop on Trump's tax returns is met with criticism. Maddow loves a long lead, and people unaccustomed to her show whined about the 25-minute wind-up to the less-than-blockbuster findings, which were from a 2005 return. While more complete than the previous leak from the 1990s, it still didn't reveal the full extent of Trump's possible financial and political entanglements.

Day 55: Trump survives his first Ides of March.

Day 56: A Hawaiian federal judge freezes Trump's travel ban. It is also shut down in Maryland.

Day 57: Northwest Film Forum and film distribution company Abramorama announce "The Seventh Art Stand," a film series featuring movies from countries affected by the travel ban, to screen in more than 30 venues across the country. Included is The Salesmanby Asghar Farhadi, an Iranian filmmaker who won an Oscar in February but did not attend, issuing a statement that said: "Dividing the world into the 'us' and 'our enemies' categories creates fears... Filmmakers can turn their cameras to capture shared human qualities and break stereotypes of various nationalities and religions. They create empathy between us and others. An empathy which we need today more than ever."

Day 58: Took ecstasy and went dancing at Re-bar.

Day 59: The deputy director of the NSA mocks Trump's claims that England had anything to do with "spying." Calls the assertion "just crazy."

Day 60: The left cheers when FBI director James Comey tells the House Intelligence Committee that the FBI has found no evidence of Obama wiretapping the Trump Towers but it is investigating connections between Trump and Russia.

Day 61: Liberals wake up in bed next to the House Freedom Caucus, who vow not to vote for Trumpcare/Ryancare unless more benefits are removed from the bill.

Day 62: Trump and Ryan slash more benefits from the AHCA in an attempt to appease the Freedom Caucus, but they remain unmoved. You cannot kick enough people off of health care to satisfy this recalcitrant bunch of Tea Partyers. Meanwhile, Democrats say the bill has no chance in the Senate. Many credit their new, steely spines to calls from constituents.

Day 63: As a cocktail of one part national resistance and two parts Republican Party infighting threatens to kill the GOP plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, Washington's own congressman Dave Reichert (R-Auburn) appears to get cold feet. Though Reichert is one of few Republicans who has already voted for the bill, his spokesperson tells the Seattle Timeshe's undecided the day before a final vote is expected.

Day 64: Trumpcare/Ryancare is dead. After it becomes clear the bill doesn't have the votes to pass, House leadership pulls it, delivering Trump an embarrassing defeat and saving insurance coverage for millions.

Day 65: An estimated 8,000 people in Moscow protest against corruption and Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, the president of the Russian Federation. Some commentators even wonder if the man who runs the White House, Putin, is facing his Arab Spring or Green Revolution.

Day 66: In an attempt to shine a light on the shadowy figures visiting Trump at the White House and the "winter White House," Democrats introduce the adorably titled "Mar-a-Lago Act," an acronym for "Making Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness Act."

Day 67: The Resistance's target shifts as Jared Kushner becomes president of the United States of America. As head of the "White House Office of American Innovation," Kushner is suddenly in charge of fixing America's opioid crisis, dealing with China on trade, brokering peace between Israel and Palestine, overseeing Trump's internal personnel, and criminal justice reform.

Day 68: Millions briefly consider giving up porn in response to the passage of a bill that allows internet providers to sell a client's browsing history to advertisers. Though the bill is complete bullshit, it would have been "nice" if lawmakers waited one more day to pass it. ;)

Day 69: Seattle sues Trump. After Attorney General Jeff Sessions blasts "sanctuary" cities and counties, and the Trump administration threatens to strip funding from those jurisdictions, Seattle mayor Ed Murray and the city attorney announce a lawsuit against the Feds. In making their announcement, city leaders focus on Sessions's claims that cities and counties that label themselves "sanctuaries" for undocumented immigrants make the country less safe. "We know, anecdotally, just from what people themselves have told us, that they don't want to come forward because they're afraid, and they know other people in the community who won't come forward and report crimes because of fear," Deputy Chief of Police Carmen Best told The Stranger. A decision has not yet been reached in the case.

Day 70: Former national security adviser Michael Flynn offers to testify in exchange for immunity. Some people think this is a huge deal.

Day 71: Michael Cox, a Bainbridge Island resident, resigns from the Environmental Protection Agency after serving as a climate-change adviser for the Pacific Northwest region for nearly 30 years. In a letter to Trump-appointed EPA head Scott Pruitt, Cox cited proposed budget cuts and climate-change denial within the department as his reasons for leaving.

Day 72: The NYT's Nicholas Kristof points out in his excellent post "In Trump Country, Shock at Trump Budget Cuts but Still Loyalty" that there is no real hope for Trump voters, many of whom live in rural areas. They still support him, still believe he is going to return greatness to them and their America, even as he is threatening to deprive these supporters of life-improving and even life-saving federal services. The Resistance needs to be sober to this fact and move on.

Day 73: A poster that says "!NO¡ ¡A EXPULSAR AL REGIMEN DE TRUMP Y PENCE!" is spotted on First Hill.

Day 74: Senate Democrats officially gather the 41 votes needed to filibuster the Supreme Court nomination of Neil Gorsuch, an extremely conservative jurist who consistently favors corporations over human beings in lawsuits.

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Day 75: Democratic Socialists of America reaches 20,000 members.

Day 76: Two things today: One, Stephen Bannon, the lord of darkness, gets booted out of the Principals Committee of the US National Security Council. Two, many on the left spend the day panning and blasting a Pepsi ad that shows Kendall Jenner joining a Black Lives Matter–type protest, and then leaving it to give a Pepsi to a cop who is preparing to crack some millennial skulls. The cop accepts the Pepsi, takes a sip, and everything is solved.

Day 77: It's the first day of class for students of the Resistance School, founded by a group of Harvard graduate students to teach the art of taking a stand against Trump. Classes include how to mobilize your community, communicating political advocacy, and how to sustain the Resistance in the long term. More than 200 students show up for the class on campus, while 15,000 people from 50 states and 20 countries tune in via the livestream.

Day 78: After months of complaints about bots and fake news, Facebook finally does something about it and posts "fake news tips" at the top of its users' feeds.

Day 79: The radical left and alt-right unite in their opposition to Trump's strikes on Syria. Well, at least until they meet in the same spot. In another test of our perception of reality, white nationalist Richard Spencer adds a Syrian flag to his Twitter bio and leads an anti-bombing protest in front of the White House. He's met by antifascists who throw glitter in his face and attempt to pull him out of a cab.

Day 80: Alec Baldwin's SNLskit of Trump meeting his supporters and shitting on them is circulated on social media.

Day 81: About 100 immigrant detainees at Tacoma Northwest Detention Center launch a hunger strike to protest conditions at the lockup, which has seen a surge in inmates since the Trump administration implemented a plan to ramp up deportations. That number would grow to 750 within three days, according to activists.

Day 82: A Kansas special election nearly flips for the Democrats. The close race had Republicans panicking, with Trump and Pence flying in to hold impromptu rallies.

Day 83: The first protest in space (as we know it) occurs when the Autonomous Space Agency Network (ASAN) tapes a printed tweet to a weather balloon. The tweet is based on a remark made by Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who said: "From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, 'Look at that, you son of a bitch.'"

Day 84: After Seattle filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration, Portland follows suit and sues over withholding grants from sanctuary cities. Portland mayor Ted Wheeler tells the Oregonian: "Five years ago, I never would have envisioned myself suing a president of the United States on an issue that I believe is an issue of morality, and yet here we are. It's very important that we're taking this action."

Day 85: Hundreds of Jewish activists hold a Passover "Seder in the Streets" rally in New York City to call attention to the city's policing policies and to force Mayor Bill de Blasio to "give New Yorkers a real sanctuary city," in the words of a protester. Six were arrested.

Day 86: Dan Savage's ITMFA (Impeach the Motherfucker Already) raises $100,000 for the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and the International Refugee Assistance Project. Also, people across the US take to the streets in support of the national Tax March movement. They demand to see Trump's tax returns and for the country to adopt a fairer tax system.

Day 87: We turn off push notifications from @RealDonaldTrump.

Day 88: Teen Vogue, a newly woke magazine in the age of Trump, reports that Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos's pick for acting head of the department's Office for Civil Rights, Candice Jackson, is not only a woman who once claimed that she was discriminated against because she is white but also "dismissed those who have accused Donald Trump of sexual violence as 'fake victims.'" She is a piece of work.

Day 89: Upstart Jon Ossoff nearly wins his House race in Georgia outright. He's just short, but he forces a run-off in June, giving Democrats another opening to flip the House.

Day 90: Another one bites the dust: Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), the "powerful" Republican congressman, announces he won't run for reelection in 2018. #Winning. Also: Bill O'Reilly gets fired from Fox News.

Day 91: After two hopeful political events, Democrats roll a fat blunt and celebrate on 4/20.

Day 92: Trump is still sucking at the polls with a 39 percent approval rating.

Day 93: Hundreds of thousands of people around the country fill the streets for the March for Science. Trump once called climate change a myth created by China.

Day 94: Badass writer Ijeoma Olou hosts "This Is What Resistance Looks Like" at Northwest Film Forum. Presenting "short films, political talks, and comedy with Seattle movers and shakers like mayoral candidate/activist/poet/boxer Nikkita Oliver and local-politics-related humorist Brett Hamil."

Day 95: California Democratic US representative Ted Lieu calls Attorney General Jeff Sessions a racist and a liar.

Day 96: After two California jurisdictions sue the Trump administration for withholding funds from sanctuary cities, a US District judge halts Trump's executive order blocking funding.

Day 97: "Let's Make America Gay Again!" is held at Coastal Kitchen. "Coastal Kitchen will join in the 'Decline to Sign' effort, which exhorts citizens not to support I-1552, a proposed initiative that would impose hardships on trans people trying to use public bathrooms."

Day 98: The Factory hosts a benefit for Planned Parenthood: "Stand with PP Poster Show" featuring "14 prints by artists who have depicted how the sexual-health organization benefits everyone."

Day 99: "SLAY: A Hiphop Party for LGBT+, POC, and Open-Minded People" is held at Chop Suey.

Day 100: Trump is impeached. (Not yet, but we won't stop trying.) recommended

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          The Special Generation   
Am I Generation Y, or X, or a Millennial?  What is the divide?  Recently David McCollough Jr. gave an exceptional commencement speech at Wellesley High now entitled, "You're not special".  Sparking a startling backlash by disgruntled bloggers and readers, a number of  angry articles such as Open Letter from a Millennial: Quit Telling Us We're Not Special have gained traction.

Honesty has never been easy to swallow and in the present climate, the aftertaste is particularly unpleasant. A great deal of articles have sprung up about those born after 1983... also nicknamed "Generation F**ked). Are they? Hardly.  We aren't going through a war, it isn't The Great Depression.. and heck, if you're living in United States, Sweden, England, France, Germany, Canada, Japan.. etc.. you've won the lottery in terms of human rights.

As a student who graduated when my industry crashed and burned, I often wish our teachers prepared us for the painful reality rather than coddle our egos.  I was one of the lucky ones of my class.  My parents have never been easy on me, and they made sure I tasted both the bitter and sweet.  If I was the best, they would purposely pull me out of a class and toss me into a group with better, stronger students.  If I lagged behind, they would find someone to assist me, quitting was NEVER an option.  Failure has always been the best path to success.

If you are younger than 25.. 35.. heck even 40, you may never satisfy your unending craving for consumerism... and who is to blame? Parents? Baby Boomers? Wall Street? The Government? Our teachers? Probably everyone had a hand in it, just like the next generation, will have a hand in the royal f**k-ups of the future.

It's an endless vicious cycle and frankly... whining won't solve anything.

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          ¿Por qué odiamos a los veganos?   


Estaba mañana estaba checando mi muro del feis cuando de pronto me topé con un meme provegano compartido por uno de mis contactos. Mi primera reacción, como casi siempre que se trata de algo vegano, fue de una ligera irritación y un impulso por poner algún tipo de burla o refutación. Pero luego me quedé pensando, ¿por qué? ¿qué me importa? Además vi que otros ya habían reaccionado expresando su desdén o asco al meme y yo no quería ser mainstream pensé que era lo mejor detenerse y reflexionar un momento.

El meme no era agresivo contra los consumidores de carne y productos animales. Era sólo una defensa del veganismo y lo que ellos significa para sus adherentes. Todo esto me llevó a pensar, ¿por qué nos cagan tanto los veganos?



Ya había hablado de mi opinión sobre el vegetarianismo y el veganismo en esta entrada ya clásica que incluye a un becerro chupándole las tetas a una modelo brasileña. En pocas palabras, me parece una postura ética completamente respetable, siempre y cuando no nos la quieran imponer a los demás y no anden difundiendo pseudociencias para sostener sus ideas.

Es cierto que sus aires de superioridad moral y su postureo nos cagan, como la de otros grupos mochos (como los religiosos moralinos) y que a nadie le agrada que los demás estén chingue y chingue tratando de "convertir" a uno. 

Pero, ¿tienen amigos veganos o vegetarianos? Yo sí, varios de ellos, porque #Millennial. De hecho, como les conté, yo fui vegetariano en mi adolescencia, por #PinshiChiquitoContreras. Bueno, si los conocen en persona notarán que en realidad los veganos no cumplen con el estereotipo de loco que anda chingando gente. Pueden ir a comer contigo, y no te la van a estar haciendo de pedo a menos que tú los cuestiones primero. Entonces naturalmente defenderán sus creencias. Pero por lo general pueden convivir sin estar queriendo meternos brócolis por el esófago a la fuerza.

Es cierto que en Internet muchos de ellos se ponen al pedo y aprovechan cualquier oportunidad para polemizar al respecto en los foros públicos y secciones de comentarios, pero también es cierto que asi lo hace todo mundo, porque Internet nos vuelve peleoneros y medio idiotas.

Digo, que alguien sea cursi y medio mamón no es para odiarlo... ¿o sí? Entonces, ¿por qué tanta hostilidad contra los veganos? Hostilidad que a menudo llega al punto de usar jaque mates estúpidos y que no vienen al caso como cuando se demuestra que las plantas sí sufren de alguna forma al ser comidas, o que hasta el veganismo ocasiona la muerte de animales pues ésta es inevitable en la agricultura. Digo que son observaciones estúpidas y que los omnívoros nos vemos tontos celebrándolas, pues los veganos (por lo menos los que no están chiflados) ya saben todo esto y en su mayoría no presumen que sus hábitos estén por completo exentos de causar sufrimiento, sino que reducen el sufrimiento total en el mundo de los seres vivos.



Una de las razones es que lo diferente por lo general causa hostilidad y el veganismo es, hasta ahora, una excentricidad. Pero eso no es todo, ni lo más importante. Sucede que si a menudo los veganos hacen afirmaciones factualmente falsas (y muy a menudo creen en toda clase de mamadas esotéricas), la verdad es que su postura es de naturaleza ética: independientemente de si los seres humanos somos omnívoros por naturaleza, independientemente de si el consumo de carne y lácteos es bueno para la salud, comer animales es moralmente incorrecto.

Creo que es esto lo que nos pone al brinco. Porque si bien la mayoría de las tonterías en las que cree la gente son para rodarles los ojos y dejarlos ir, el veganismo, al tratarse de una postura ética, amenaza nuestra identidad, nuestro concepto de nosotros mismos. Porque resulta que si el veganismo está en lo correcto, entonces nosotros no solamente estaríamos equivocados, sino que implicaría que de alguna forma somos malvados

Y eso es lo que nadie quiere pensar, que uno es malvado, que el estilo de vida que uno lleva, que considera normal y moralmente neutro, es realmente de una perversidad tal que condena a la muerte y sufrimiento de millones de seres sentientes todos los años. 



Pues he ahí la razón por la que odiamos con los veganos, por la cual pensamos que no son sólo unos loquitos, sino gente que merece el escarnio constante y a la que queremos verla equivocarse y ser humillada.

No comparto la postura vegana, y creo que cualquier persona que ande jodiendo a los demás o difundiendo mentiras merece encontrarse con una buena refutación, o incluso con una buena sátira para frenarla. Tampoco creo que ese "miedo a ser el malo de la película" sea la única razón para querer meterle un coscorrón a alguien. 

Pero creo que los omnívoros deberíamos repensar nuestra actitud hacia estas personas, en especial cuando reaccionamos visceralmente y queremos ser nosotros quienes joden a quien no se estaba metiendo con nadie. Vive y deja vivir, pues.



PD: Escribo esto con una rebanada de rica pizza de pepperoni en la mano.


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Dit artikel is geschreven door Jacqueline Fackeldey voor publicatie op Fackeldeyfinds.


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New name targeting Millennial customer base
          Millennials ep02 : DC Heroes   
4/9/2017
Millennials

"Thieves"

The Louvre, Paris
Security guards are talking about the pasta burrito and the sushi meatballs that certain restaurants have been serving. But both realize they heard a noise and turn to face the source. They illuminate an empty wall where the Mona Lisa should have been.

Gemäldegalerie, Berlin
A man talks on the phone about agreeing to support the invasion in France if the other supports his moves in Italy. The man turns out to be simply playing Diplomacy with a friend remotely. But he stops when he stares at an empty wall where The Glass of Wine should be on display.

Ayala Museum, Manila
A woman is shooting a livestream video of a new exhibit being opened.  But then the people begin screaming and cussing in horror and shock as they find a glass case empty. The case was supposed to contain something extremely expensive, but now it is gone.

Traverse City
Hundreds of media people are gathered. Lights flash and flicker as the cameras take shots of a young ten-year old girl in a cloth cape, mask, and gloves that cover all the way to her elbows. She is addressed as Missus Teniente.  Headlines feature "The Teniente Family" as the city's new heroes. 

At home, Diego Franko and his family are watching the news and Diego's family seems to be very excited to see the unfolding news. Lucita is very happy that the heroes are giving the Latin community representation. She asks Diego what he would wear if he was superhero, not like he would ever be one though. "The only thing you are good at is riding your bike."  Diego challenges back that he mops well, and that worked for the Toxic Avenger.  The young girl on the screen talks about them being the Avengers in the Real World.  And how she and her boyfriend are giving the city hope. Lucita wonders if the girl's parents are comic creators. Diego wonders if she's just a fan girl. Lucita feels El Teniente is a stupid name though for someone wearing armor.  Especially since the armor is more medieval than military.  Diego insists he believes El Teniente had a reason to choose that name.

Flashback, inside the White Room
El Teniente and Buzz are shocked to see they're all "inside" of Warpath. Buzz runs off in one direction, testing the limits of the room. He runs off for half a mile and still finds no end to the room.  He suddenly gets worried he might get lost and starts heading back. El Tentiente stares at the DVD movies, the iron, the bath tub, some cooking utensils and pots, and what looks like a cache of guns and asks Warpath if he lives "inside himself? And how the hell did you get guns at your age? Did you steal all this?" Warpath admits he would not call it stealing.  El Teniente finds Starbucks mugs each from a different country.  And piles of cash showing currencies of different countries. Buzz returns and tells them the place is huge.  Warpath tries to claim this was more a Robin hood thing, but El Teniente insists that sort of thing only works when you give it to the poor.  Warpath defensively explains, "I stole them from bad guys to make this harder for them!"  The three stare at the walker.  Buzz wonders if there's a bathroom and where the.. plumbing goes.  Warpath admits he doesn't know but things do work, other than they just do. He ends up admitting that it probably is stealing.

Diego and Lucita talk again about the rich girl that visited the other day. Diego thinks that girl is delusional since she seems to have tracked him down since he never gave her their address. Lucita thinks the girl is cool, but insists it has nothing to do with hoping she'd treat her out to check out some concerts and stuff. She asks about the guests supposedly coming over tonight, since abuela got ice cream.  Diego realizes that still is happening and he sighs in disappointment.

On the TV 
Missus Teniente is the topic of discussion in a talk show. The hosts marvel over her look and even throw the illogical idea that given the two are a couple, what if Buzz and Warpath are actually their children!  The hosts then talk about a witness coming on the show who witnessed them being on a date!

Lucita claims Maria mentioned one of the kids in the supermarket was super cute so she feels she needs to stay down there to watch over the guests.  Diego however reminds her they all have a strict plan to follow of how they will work after school, a plan they all set to help their family. Lucita feels however they should be more like El Teniente, who has time to study, save lives, and have a social life. Diego thinks its suspicious that only Missus Teniente has ever spoken on the media about this relationship, and that they've never been seen together.  Lucita thinks its just guys being guys. If they didn't agree with her, they would have said something. 

At the Takenoko Apartment
Elsewhere, Ren finishes making more tweaks on Shin's systems and reminds him that they've discussed a lot about avoiding running too fast or he'll break the Sound Barrier and create sonic booms.  Shin remembers the White Room and realizes that place might be a place where he can practice safely!

Flashback, inside the White Room
El Teniente thinks maybe they should just complete the journey, since they stepped into this one to head somewhere else. Buzz tells him to wait and reminds them they've never introduced themselves yet. Buzz proudly tells them he is a superhero and strikes a pose after giving his name. Warpath claims to be a super hero too and that his name was meant to be Warp Path. Warpath and Buzz however start cheering El Teniente to tell them since they both find him to be an awesome hero. El Teniente however feels he's nothing big.. that would be Savior. El Teniente tells them there's nothing special about him. He just has a job to do and sometimes he has to help out. Buzz feels its remarkable of him to be so altruistic. Warpath envies the glory El Teniente gets. El Teniente however insists he doesn't get any glory, and he still has to go to school.   He adds he's not sure if "they" would approve him being friends with a thief. Neither Warpath nor Buzz get what he means though, having no "higher calling" or someone giving them instructions.

Shin asks Ren if Ren is his "higher calling" since El Teniente reports to a higher authority who tells him what he should do.  Ren asks Shin if they are a team.  Shin wonders...

Flashback, inside the White Room
The three debate if they're supposed to be a team given Mister E's instructions that they work well together. Warpath reminds El Teniente, "He literally said, 'you guys are a team now.'"  Warpath insists he's not lying and that he really does know about a lot of the criminal groups in the city, since he steals from them.  An alarm rings and a mechanized voice tells them, "Bowling for Soup concert in thirty minutes, Japan." El Teniente asks if he bought tickets.  Warpath admits he never saw the need to since he was just watching it from afar... "So yeah.. Team!"

Shin admits they are a team now according to the Tinente Family. Ren admits he thought they'd be more like Buzz and the Super Friends or something. Ren fells Shin is turning this into a legacy and the best come up with a good name.   Shin knows the El Teniente Family is not the real name of the group but Ren does remind him until they come up and tell him this isn't really their name, that's the name people will believe.  Missus Teniente even has set up a Twitter account called #INeedAHero and over 2000 users have used the hashtag in the last 24 hours alone. Shin learns that there's even merchandise now being sold from websites of El Teniente family shirts. Ren informs Shin that he's been given a few new systems, including a transmitter and receiver system to stay in touch, and an automatic recording system as well as a head's up display of a life bar and his heart rate meter.  Shin is told that the recording system will record his interactions so Ren can study his social interactions.  Ren admits he never thought Shin would go this far and while he will never know how he works, he feels Shin has become more and more alive each day.  Shin muses that its because Ren made him. Ren deflects the question, however, and focuses more on reminding Shin to enjoy the overnight. When Ren gives Shin a hug to bid him goodbye, Shin however can sense Ren is sadder more than he admits.

Ren watches the TV
News on the various tombs and other museums that have been struck by thieves.  He switches to different channels and watches briefly the report on a comet closing in on the earth. He switches channels again and sees one where girls are being interviewed and all are screaming at the thought of meeting El Teniete whom they all admire.

Elsewhere, Guy Garlond is with his "Parents"
The two are practicing with Guy at the cafe and they make a mistake calling Guy, "Gary" as that was the name he originally used to try to hire them to show up as his parents to meet with the Principal. The two actors however have some complicated dramatics, which Guy struggles to deal with. The actress excuses herself to visit the bathroom. The guy however explains she's a great actress and just needs to have time to immerse herself into the role more.  Which includes staying over her place so she can cook him breakfast. Guy wonders if he's gotten himself into deeper hot water when lo and behold, the Principal is in the same cafe! The parents claim to have come from Africa, but the Principal admits he was in Africa too for a time! The woman panics, slips the name Gary once more, and quickly excuses himself to leave. The dad adds Gary just died. Guy claims they are a very emotional family.  The excuses are going really bad, but thankfully the Principal Skinner doesn't seem to pick up on any of them.

Diego worries over abuela's abuse of the credit cards and he discusses this with his mother. The two eventually come up to an agreement that someone has to cut up her credit cards. The mother insists she is too busy, extremely busy as she juggles so many jobs including the role of a paramedic and other odd jobs at the same time.  She hurries through the house to prep her things and strikes a pose as Corazon Franko, CSI, nurse, and more.  Mateo shows up on his bicycle and his eyes narrow as he focuses on Diego and promises to stop him from doing so... just as El Teniente would do so.  Diego tries to ask Lucita to do it for him but she refuses to.

Shin Takenoko arrives at the door with a bottle of wine in one hand, a pizza box in the other, and a knapsack by his feet. Diego is surprised how Shin was able to carry so many things at once and welcomes him in. He complains though that they accepted abuela's offer. Shin asks what was wrong with the offer. Diego growls, "Everything!"  As they go in, Shin notices Lucita by the staircase and the two send up staring at each other for a very uncomfortably long silence.  Diego yells at her, "Graduate college!"   Shin explains the wine is for their parents.  While Shin waits in the living room, Mateo bikes into the room and announces himself as El Teniente.  When Shin asks him where Missus Teniente is, Mateo makes a face and admits girls are yucky. Mateo asks if Shin is a good person and tells him that only good people can be close to the family. Mateo asks Shin to be "Buzz" and they can be a team, "Just make sure you go woosh when you move!"

Guy was in the city when he sees an interview on television of the mayor of Traverse City being interviewed. He talks about the Teniente Family and sees them as a force of change in the city. The Mayor assures them the government is doing what they can to reach out to the heroes and the fact they were seen with Mister E shows they're at least getting the support of the older heroes as well. "Know that my office is just waiting to hear from you. Let's talk. Maybe there's a way the city can help you keep the place safe."  People cheer as he walks back to his family and hugs them. The wife walks with a cane, and their only daughter, a very energetic ten-year old girl. News then shifts to a spectacular meteor shower happening within the month. The fragments of the meteor Savior stopped when he saved the Icarus should be giving a spectacular display.  The reporter invites everyone to catch the display.  Guy makes his way to where Diego's place should be but he stops when he sees a familiar face staring straight back at him.  They have not seen each other in almost six years. The man turns out to be his father and he seems to be running a card con at the corner.  It becomes quickly evident that the father knows about Guy's power and his "White Room." The father claims he was worried for Guy and so he's passed by to check on him. Guy feels though the father's here to trap him. When the father tries to bet triple or nothing with the mark he found on the street, Guy tries to tell the guy to back out but he decides to go for the bet anyway. When the guy loses three hundred bucks to the bet, Guy claims his father cheated, asks to look at the cards, and he secretly nicks the card to make it look like his father cheated. Guy's father however is impressed with what Guy did and asks if he's playing with the opposite side of the fence now.  Guy's father thought Guy was behind the recent thefts. He pulls his son into the Blue Room.
In the Blue Room, there are news reports pasted on the walls of the recent thefts and Guy explains they aren't him. The father claims he genetically modified Guy to be a perfect thief. The father complains that he went all the way here for nothing since he thought he was here to congratulate his son for finding his path. Guy tells him he's never going back no matter what or how he pushes him. "I'm never going to just steal again. Everything has to have a reason." The father takes it bad, feeling his son feels he's better than his dad now. Guy admits half the world is better than him cause he's an asshole. The dad tells him to leave.  But Guy finds himself plunging into nothing but water!  He pulls himself back into his own White Room and realizes the water was salty! Was that the sea?!?! Guy is annoyed that he has to get dressed again and head back to Diego's place. "I was already there, damn it."

Elsewhere
A room. A bed room. Pictures of different actors are pasted on the walls.  A vanity is in the room with a large crack on the glass. There is also a computer with lots of pop-up windows on them filled with messages of hate. There is a girl crying on the floor near the computer.  The doorbell rings. The girl stands up, answers the door, and finds a delivery guy with a box for her. "Miss Cole?"  Cole admits she didn't order anything. The man leaves the box with her and it suddenly glows when she touches it. The box opens, casting rays of light. She begins to smile as it opens like an unfolding device.

Diego's house.
The doorbell rings again. Shin and Lucita are at the living room watching the news on the television about how a certain musician has decided to no longer attend the coming awards as a show of solidarity for some ongoing drama in the entertainment industry. Shin asks Lucita if he should open it. She looks at Shin and asks, "So what's this counter-feminism they're talking about?" The actress on the screen talks about counter-feminism, women who believe women should stop thinking about women needing anything. "We don't need to be the victims of your stories. We can fight our own fight." Lucita complains how the world seems to be filled with people finding reasons to do anything. Diego had gone to abuela's room to cut the cards when abuela shows up and the two argue about what Diego should do. She tells him he has no permission to cut the cards! Diego isn't certain on what to do. 

Shin heads to the door to answer it and finds Guy outside. Lucita smirks when Guy walks in and acts all handsome. Guy is surprised when Lucita seems unfazed by his looks. Guy tells Shin he brought beer and corrects him when Shin asks if the beer was for the parents. He joins the two at the couch and they talk about how short a time they've been friends so far. Upstairs, abuela insists she knows what she is doing with the cards, and how she gets a new card every month to transfer the money she owes to the new card. Abuela demands Diego give the cards back to her. But Diego stands firm and reminds abuela that he has to be the man of the house. Abuela smiles as an idea enters her head.

Shin, Lucita and Guy begin drinking the beer. Shin admits they are not supposed to be drinking. But since Diego isn't with them, Lucita decides to try tasting it but only if Shin does. Shin decides to do so. Only Guy seems to enjoy it as they drink.  The television show is of a special guest from "The Truth Exists" and the pixelated image of the blog writer talks about how the group is not known as the Teniente Family. The pixelated guest explains the Missus Teniente only announced herself to be that name. Prior to that, the three young heroes were working independently and have yet to really work as a team. Guy and Shin are shocked to see someone who actually knows what's going on. They even discuss that Warpath most likely is male, but given SOGIE, his physical looks as male might not match what gender identity he would be identifying as. Lucita admits the name Warpath sounds like someone who is trying to sound more masculine. Lucita asks Guy if he's a big fan as he has the same haircut as Warpath. Guy insist guys can have the haircut he has too.

"Buzz!" a voice calls out and Guy looks a bit surprised to see Shin react to the call. Shin stands up and excuses himself, and goes whoosh as he walks up to Mateo. Guy looks confused. Lucita tells him the kids are playing a game.  Lucita shares how Mateo likes pretending to be El Teniente. Guy nods. The show continues and the pixelated guest continues explaining how El Teniente historically has shown to dislike publicity, even when the Mayor Saint Thomas tried to declare an El Teniente day, the hero did not show up. "El Teniente does not like the spotlight, so why would he ever name his team the Teniente family?" The screen shows numbers for people to send in their questions. Guy pulls out a phone and tries calling. Lucita tries calling too using the land line. 

At the kitchen, Mateo and Shin talk about their mission. Mateo suggests they have to do something before Diego gets access to the wallet... "and then the world is doomed!" Shin learns from Mateo what Diego plans to do and if he destroys the cards, Diego will destroy the ice cream money. When Shin shows his own credit card, asking if that's what Diego plans to destroy, Mateo exclaims that Shin has already "saved it!" and declares how much he loves Buzz. Shin feels an honest appreciation from the child, despite the case of mistaken identity. He realizes children have an honesty he's never experienced before.

Diego tells abuela to stop being clever. She tells Diego that a good host must be with the guests. Diego takes abuela's wallet with him and tells her he will head downstairs... with the cards. Abuela watches him leave the room. At the foot of the steps, Diego sees Shin being hugged by Mateo. Shin explains Mateo believes he's saved abuela already. Diego doesn't quite get what happened, more so when he overhears Guy and Lucita going crazy dialing numbers on their phones. 

The pixelated guest on the screen is given the label "Fan Girl" by the show. They announce a caller is asking, "Fan Girl, are you actually part of the team and merely trying to mislead everyone in thinking they are not really a team to catch enemies off guard?" The pixelated guest gives no clear answer on any affiliations but does state she does believe they know each other to say the least.  The host asks Fangirl who among the three of the heroes is still single. Fangirl states that all three are likely single, but he suspects El Teniente does have a special lady in his life.  Guy gets through and he asks to talk to Fangirl directly. He uses his charisma to try to get them to agree to let him speak on air. Given its the last question for the night, the host allows Guy to speak on air. Lucita calls Diego and Shin to watch! Guy asks, "Hey... okay.. so I'm on air.  Warpath is a guy. Warpath is totally a guy. I don't know what you're talking-" Lucita grabs the phone, claims the speaker was her stupid brother, and she asks Fangirl, "How is it you knew about the heroes before the media started talking about them?"  When the host asks Fangirl to answer the question, she suddenly stands up and walks off. The show cuts to a commercial break. Lucita stares at the phone, feeling cheated.  Diego notices the beer and reminds them they are all under age. Guy mutters how Diego sounds like someone he knows.  Diego tells them to stop drinking the beer.  But then Diego notices the two other cans and exasperatedly realizes Lucita might have been drinking! Mateo runs into the room asking what is beer! Diego takes charge of the siblings once more, telling them of the house rules.

As night comes, Diego gathers the cans for recycling. Guy feels the urge to run out and get beer but realizes he can't just run out to grab beer. Maria and Lucita are preparing ice cream and Shin has joined them to see what they can create with the ice cream and bowls.  Mateo keeps a watch on Diego making sure Diego doesn't try to do anything. Guy admits he finds it cute that the kid likes pretending to be El Teniente. Curiosity hits Guy as he looks at all the old stuff in the house, and there's an urge to try peeking at the history of the objects using his powers of Object Reading.  Guy pulls an old book in the shelf written in Spanish and starts reading it to occupy himself.   At the kitchen, Lucita and Shin enjoys the ice cream. Maria runs off from brain freeze and asks Diego for help. Mateo has a can of beer in his hands and Diego takes the can empties it in the sink. Mateo is spitting out the bitter stuff. Diego tells him to stand at the corner. Mateo calls Diego a super villain.

Lucita's spoon slips from her hand and ice cream splatters on her shirt. Shin offers to help, but as he reaches for her shirt, she splatters ice cream on his shirt.  The two begin spoon fighting with the ice cream.  Diego hears the commotion, goes in and gets splattered on the face with ice cream.  Diego goes to the list of chores on the wall and adds laundry to Lucita's list of chores for the week.  In retaliation, Lucita splatters more on Diego's shirt as, "I'm doing it anyway."  Diego grumbles why aren't the two just going home lamenting this is an overnight. Guy can't take it anymore and excuses himself to the comfort room.  There, he locks the door, and while inside, he tries peering at the book's history. But he can't seem to read it maybe due to the beer buzz he's floating on.   

With the night near its end, laughter (everyone) and exasperation (Diego) leads to bonding moments happening out of the blue.  Guy gains respect towards Shin when he sees Shin finish a can of beer despite the first time bitterness.  Shin feels attachment towards Diego and his siblings, feeling a sense of family he never had before.  Guy and Diego don't seem to mesh well, Diego likes the fact he can just speak in Spanish when talking to Guy. Diego however realizes Guy can understand abuela this whole time! Diego tells him to put the book back. Diego reminds him not to touch anything from that shelf as it belonged to their dad. Diego shared with Guy that they lost their dad some time back and that he actually didn't want to be in charge of his siblings. Guy admits he wished his dad was dead, but Diego tells him that once your dad is dead, everything about him becomes special. Guy counters his dad never did anything for me. Diego hopes he never has to find out.  "Even the crap becomes something you will miss."  Guy however insists for him, it is different.

Abuela heads down, looks at her watch, and a door bell rings on cue. Diego goes to the door and finds a delivery man outside.  Abuela mutters, "I may be old but I still have excellent memory." The delivery turns out to be a special order which paid premium delivery service within the hour. The three boxes are given to Diego, each one a long box with a label that mentions "Tents."  Abuela tells everyone that they can use the tents for an overnight party! Diego inwardly weeps.  Guy and Shin starts setting them up. Abuela grins and tells Diego, "There are more where that came from." Diego realizes in horror that Abuela may have memorized her cards!

House Pass
Later that night, with each of them in their tent, they watch the television and it shifts to an emergency broadcast of a condo unit at the university belt is in chaos as reports of a strange robotlike  creature has run amok in the area. The police have moved into position but none have gone in and the reporter wonders if the group formerly known as the Teniente Family will make an appearance. Guy glances and sees everyone is still awake and realizes he needs to go and help. He excuses himself, goes to the restroom, locks it up, and warps back to the White Room. The strange transforming robot is terrorizing the women in the women's dormitory. The news report shows a blurry image of something that looks almost techno-organic. There are still students trapped in the building, who have barred their doors to try to stay safe.  Shin heads to the kitchen, and realizing he can't just leave, he finds Lucita there preparing a new bowl of ice cream. When Shin asks to step out to call his brother, Lucita warns him its not safe to be out at night and that cellular signal is strongest by the door. Shin stands by the door, opens the window, and when Lucita looks away, he hangs his hand outside the window and his double splits from him outside.  Shin heads off for the street, while the other Shin pretends to be on the phone.   Diego hears the interviewed witnesses talk about how the robot think seems to have these dancing pixels on the screen.  Diego stands up, heads upstairs to check on his abuela. She asks if he's come to apologize. He tells her that she and his mother should work out their own issues and throws back to her bed her credit cards. He tells her that he has to step out for a while, to finish a delivery he almost forgot to do. Abuela tells him she does not mind that Diego has to act like an adult, but she does mind that Diego thinks he can be disrespectful. Diego apologizes and admits he's been under a lot of pressure.  He doesn't like being caught between her and his bother, "It's scary."  She reminds him, "Sometimes, breaking the rules does not mean bad. Sometimes it is necessary." Diego is surprised as this was not what they were taught before. Abuela admits the world is different now. Diego promises to be back as soon as possible. She tells him to take care. They hug. And she reminds him to tell Mister Chin, the man Diego works for, that he is over-working him. Abuela promises him that something is coming soon and the credit card problem will be done.  She promises him she will stop using them too much.  "Every bit counts right?" They exchange I love yous and Diego leaves.

On the computer screen, "The Truth Exists" is on display. Abuela watches Diego close the door and she begins typing .

***

Guy changes to his Warpath outfit.  He remembers the last moment before they all left the White Room and hopes the two others have the walkie talkies that he handed to each of them to be able to contact each other.  The walkie talkies have these wireless earpieces that they can all wear.  Warpath tests the earpiece at the White Room but accepts the fact signals don't seem to transmit from this room.  He begins to warp towards the condo, hoping the others will respond when he gets there.

Buzz, instachanged into his costume, remembers the communications earpiece and regrets leaving it in the backpack. He runs to the location, thinking when he gets there, it will be easier to find them. At the kitchen, Shin remembers the radio, goes to the backpack and considers what he can do. Lucita comes up to him, offering him a bowl of ice cream that she prepared. Shin grin, and ends up forgetting about the earpiece for now. 

Diego grabs his bike and begins biking to the condo area. Despite having boots that allow him to leap distances, he never changes near the house.

***

Glass shatters from the upper windows in the condo as an arm impossibly stretches outwards.  Warpath stares at it and realizes it reminds him of how Buzz looks like when he stretches.  Warpath warps to the roof of the condo and tries to peek in from above.  He hears the voices of the panicked women who are yelling at each other to bar the doors.  A mechanical voice can be heard calling out, "Pretty!  PRETTY!" and Warpath sees the thing trying to break open the door. A spotlight suddenly shines from below at Warpath and he realizes the media below with the emergency services have spotted him. People cheer.  They begin calling out his name.  "Warpath!" "I love her!"  Warpath turns to them and yells back, "I am a MAN!" 

Buzz runs past the museum of arts and sciences.   Diego on a bike hurriedly bikes past the museum as well.  Then a car comes to a stop near the museum.  A person walks up to the gates, pulls back a sleeve to show a watch, which is activated to start a timer, then the person slips between the bars. 

Near Mister Chin's place, Diego slows down to find a place to park his bike. But before he could leave, Mister Chin calls out for Diego, having noticed him arrive. He asks what Diego is doing here to late and he tells him he is working too hard. Mister Chin reminds him he does not want Diego's abuela thinking he's working too hard and even asks if he's already paid him for the month. Diego admits it can wait. Mister Chin, however, insists he step inside to get paid. 

As Warpath assures them he will do what he can to help, cheers erupt from the other part of the street. The cheers are for Missus Teniente who emerges from the crowd and makes her way to the condo. She calls out to Warpath and suddenly leaps, causing the sidewalk to crater as she leaps into the air and lands beside Warpath.  Missus Teniente calls back down and says sorry for her terrible launch, then turns to give Warpath a hug. Warpath tells her to wait, asks her to not get into trouble, and tells her to stay put. She reminds him they're the Teniente family and that she's his mother! Warpath begins walks down the wall to head to where the trouble is, but Missus Teniente suddenly jumps off the ceiling to let Warpath catch her. Warpath grabs hold of her and the people below begin cheering. Warpath asks what else she can do, and she tells him that she knows she's very strong, and very tough, but that's it.  Warpath notices she doesn't sound sure and she admits she didn't realize she could jump that high either. She tells him to stop talking to her like she is a kid.  Warpath reminds her she is a kid. 

Another scream from the building. Warpath realizes there's no time to bring her down. He asks her to punch the wall so they can go in.  As she does so, Warpath sees a blue and gold blur closing in from the street. Buzz has arrived!  But with the punch Missus Teniente does, large debris from the building begin falling down towards the crowd of people below!  Buzz leaps upwards from the crowd, turning his body into a massive net to catch all the falling rocks.  The crowd cheers louder. Warpath sees the hole she created is enough to expose both the floor and the floor below it. Warpath tosses Missus Teniente inside and jumps inside as well.   The scene they see catches them off-guard.  The college girls are mostly in their nighties and underwear, but are screaming as one of them is being dragged towards a door. From the bottom of the door where some wood has splintered, techno-organic tentacles have grabbed hold of the woman's leg and is dragging her closer. Warpath grins without realizing it and tries to focus on the action and not the exposed skin. He reaches into himself and searches for something he can use to help free the woman. He feels around the White Room blindly and pulls out an acetylene torch! He activates the torch and tries to use it to burn the tentacle and free the woman. People begin to cheer as they realize Buzz has arrived. Buzz transforms one arm into a propeller as he gently brings the rocks down on the side.  He flies up to the upper floors.

Mister Chin gives Diego the payment he owes him.  Diego notices a nearby computer showing a blog post in the process of being written. The scheme reminds him of "The Truth Exists" and Diego overhears Mister Chin calling out to his daughter, asking if she's still working on her blog. She calls out she's almost done. The dad even asks where she was earlier and she claims she was just at home. He counters however he saw her shoes and knows she went out.  Diego asks what is going on and he admits she's one of eight daughters and that she blogs because it is like a diary. He admits not knowing these internet things.  Diego thanks him and makes his way out. Mister Chin tells him to get home safely, and Diego hurries back to his bike, heads to the park overlooking the Arts and Sciences Museum, and chains the bike to the stand.

At the Museum, a person is moving inside.  Security cameras turn to face the person, but by the time they face in that direction, there is nobody there.  At the opposite end of the room, the person can be seen already there, moving on. The banners in the next room read, "The Mayan Secrets" and the illustration shows the gigantic stone wheel structure.  The figure arrives at the display room where the actual stone wheel is on display.  

Diego places his hand in the closest puddle and he sees the Lady.  He tells the Lady he has a team now and admits he has questions but he has to go for now.  She touches his cheek, tells him to trust in his heart, and lets him go.  El Teniente stands now in full armor and begins leaping the rest of the way to the condo.

The museum chamber is now empty. A security guard comes in and panics upon realizing the 1,600 year old Tzolkin of the Sixth Age which weighs around 10 metric tones has disappeared into thin air.

Missus Teniente mentions how the tentacles look like Warlock from the New Mutants and warns Warpath that it might have some kind of techno-virus that will turn him into the same material so it can absorb him! Warpath rolls his eyes and tries to free the woman who is screaming her lungs out. The tentacle seems to ignore the blow torch's heat.  Warpath grabs hold of the tentacle even as Missus Teniente yells at him, "Don't!"  Thankfully, nothing happens to Warpath's hand.  He pulls but he doesn't even cause it to budge.  Buzz lands at the window and sees Missus Teniente call out to him and tell him to turn into a giant slide to let everyone slide down faster.  Buzz realizes that's actually not a bad idea. He transforms and the women start sliding down Buzz's slide body. Warpath realizes he needs to find a way to free this last one. Missus Teniente yells, "Make room!" and charges at the door, but then she smashes a full foot to the side, and she falls down to the lower floor instead completely missing the tentacle.  Warpath grabs hold of the woman held by the tentacle, then warps her into the White Room.  The woman screams as they emerge in the White Room, but to Warpath's happiness, the techno tentacle did not port along!  His gamble worked.

The door smashes open.  Buzz sees the thing emerging and stares at  the horrible jellyfish like thing with tentacles, arms, and multiple limbs, all glowing with the techno-organic material structure. A single screen contains a face that calls out, "Pretty! Pretty!" but when it sees Buzz, it mutters, "Ugly. That we can fix."  It begins to float towards Buzz.  Buzz raises one arm and transforms it into a morning star to smash at the thing. The arm crashes into the jellyfish monster and it is shoved backwards from the impact. A car would have been crushed by the impact, but this thing seems to have taken minor damage.  "Ugly not want help? Ugly not need feel unwelcome."

As El Teniente lands on the ground, the people cheer as they see him land. He looks up and sees the massive slide where people are hurrying down.  He leaps up and lands at one of the floors and knows he needs a few more jumps to get to the top. As he leaps up, Buzz grabs El Teniente to stabilize his leap... but he misses him. El Teniente hears everyone collectively gasp as they see him falling. He curls into a ball and hopes for the best, but suddenly his shield manifests back in his arm to absorb the impact!

The woman asks Warpath why that thing is after him. She explains that the box appeared at her door and the moment she touched it, that monstrous robot emerged. She has no idea what it is.  Warpath asks where the box is and she explains the thing itself is the box. "It kept trying to grab me..." Warpath warps them back to the ground floor to head back to the others and share what he knows. As he emerges, he sees the crowd moving back to give El Teniente some room.  Buzz descends down to check on El Teniente as well. He's standing with his shield back on his arm. Warpath complains aloud why none of them are responding to his calls with the earpieces. The three quickly meet up and Warpath explains all he knows, which is it was a box that became that thing.  The jellyfish thing begins to slide down as well to join them at the street. Buzz suggests the pull away the people who might be in the danger zone. Warpath suggests pushing it back in, and fighting it in the condo building. But then he remembers, "Oh shoot! Missus Teniente is still in the building!" He warps into the White Room to try and find her.  El Teniente is just happy that he got his shield back. Buzz tells him to disperse the crowd knowing they'd listen to him more than to Buzz. "The crowd is too pretty for it," he explains. Buzz reminds them they need to evacuate the people out. Warpath considers if they can find a way to put them back in. El Teniente suggests that if the robot is anything like the things they fought before, his sword should work against it. Warpath finds Missus Teniente and pulls her into the safety of his White Room.  Buzz tries yelling at the could to disperse, but none of them are paying attention. El Teniente raises his sword and yells at everyone that it is not safe and that they have to go! In the White Room, Missus Teniente is shocked to be in the other dimension. She refers to it as a secret Headquarters. He warps back to the others with her. The group hears the machine muttering about needing to help Uglies and make them Pretties.  The thing closes in on them, shattering the ground as it makes it way towards them with its telescoping arms with limbs that are... for giving makeovers? Rather than dangerous blades and stuff, it has brushes, combs, hair irons, and the like!  "It is a makeover monster?" Warpath gasps.

Buzz changes into a tractor and charges towards the thing to hold it in place.  Warpath warps from above and lands on top of the thing. He plants his hand on it to try to see as far as he can of the thing's past. He sees glimpses of the delivery confirming this thing used to be one of those boxes sent to people in the city. El Teniente yells at everyone to look away.  As people duck, Missus Teniente turns to him and yells back, "Why?" and the light flashes outwards blinding her and striking the monstrous thing. The tips of the telescoping arms melt away into pixels. But the thing is still functional. Missus Teniente starts to panic as she realizes she is blind! In frustration she stomps at the ground, unleashing a seismic tremor outwards from where she hits it. The machine hates the strong light, claiming it destroys contours. It launches a massive telescoping arm at El Teniente and he braces for impact. He is thrown backwards a few feet from the impact. The thing calls them Bullies and that they do not deserve to be beautiful. The machine unleashes arms in all directions like a sea urchin to strike at them. El Teniente parries with his blade. Warpath vanishes into a portal. Buzz runs back in time. Missus Teniente hits the ground, smacked by an arm. The monster growls about punishing bullies, but Buzz shapeshifts into a massive camera to use a Flash effect similar to El Teniente's sword ability. The thing's eyes have gone blank from the light. Warpath warps back atop of the thing, hoping to try to read more of where it came from! El Teniente grabs the Missus to stay close and reminds her they will discuss, "their marriage" later. He then leaps at the machine to strike at it with his sword again. Sparks fly. Buzz twists mid-air, transforming into an anvil to crush the machine. The thing "opens up" to avoid Buzz from impacting with it. He hits the floor, missing it completely. Warpath tries one last time to read the machine's past. Unfortunately the thing tosses him off before he could get a good read. El Teniente strikes at it, swinging again and again, ripping the thing open to reveal more shattering pixels. Missus Teniente apologizes, admitting now she only made that her name because she was jealous of Teniente's "relationship" with Warpath. The machine flickers faster and faster, on the verge of blowing up!  El Teniente positions between the machine and the others, and raises his shield. Warpath sees Buzz still inside, so he warps El Teniente and Missues Teniente out as well. The explosion begins to erupt, but Buzz expands to capture the eruption and contain it. They return and find Buzz at the same spot, with Missus left behind in the White Room.  Buzz smiles, goopey but alive. The two help him back to his feet and he admits he was happy it was only light. People cheer, thankful for their having saved them all from the machine.  They ask for the team's real name.

"We're the Millennials," Warpath answers.  The crowd cheers.  As media trucks arrive, the group warps back to the White Room.

In the White Room, Missus Teniente continues to complain about not being able to see anything. In panic, she tries pulling her mask off to see if her sight returns. The three stare at her face and they recognize her to be the mayor's daughter: Abigail Newark Gordon Saint Thomas. She admits her family knows nothing of her powers and she blushes when they ask her about having a crush on El Teniente. She shares her story, having discovered she had powers after a fight with her older sister. She threw the doll out the window and it flew.... perhaps all the way to the moon. She realized her strength is tied to her emotions. She seems to be a huge comic fan, knowing a lot about the stuff other superheroes did and stuff. She is shocked to know the group does not know about each other's secret identities. The three all realize they have to head back to Diego's home before the others realize they're missing. El Teniente reminds Missus that they've yet to talk about him being part of the team, including naming the team without consent and her being very young. As El Teniente admits there's a lot of factors to think about, Warpath stares at him and wonders why he reminds him of Diego right now. They exit at the Mayor's house and she tells them the White Room is like the room in Howl's Moving Castle, and this is a perfect secret headquarters. Warpath tells her to step through and head home. She asks why the villain looked so much like Buzz, with the changing shape and stuff. Warpath admits he saw the vision of a man sending the package out. Abigal thinks that means there's a paper trail to track. She wonders if any of them is a psychic who can uncover more info by reading the brains of their enemies. El Teniente reminds her it is past her bedtime and points at the mayor's house. "It is time to go home." They realize there are police cars up front and that the parents probably realize she's gone missing. They warp her to the back yard and she hurriedly makes her way back into the house to the mayor, who was smoking outside from worry.  Warpath heads back.

Buzz asks if they should discuss Abby and let her in. Warpath doubts they should given she's a kid. Buzz raises however they all are, including El Teniente. El Teniente however suddenly tells Warpath that he's Guy and that he's always late.  Warpath worries that El Teniente is Professor Arbuckle! Buzz says he can't be cause Arbuckle is taller. Warpath turns to Buzz, shocked, "You KNOW Arbuckle!?!" Buzz recommends they go home for now and discuss things later. El Teniente is dropped off at the park. Buzz asks to be dropped off near the Latin Community. Warpath tries to follow El Teniente and he sees the armored figure vanish in the park and from the same spot, Diego Franco emerges with his bicycle.   Buzz hurries down the roads to try and contact the other Buzz but gets no response. He knocks at the door and then hides to see Lucita peek out.  At the window beside the door, Buzz peeks out.  They're... together?  Buzz sees the other Buzz, and they rejoin.  Lucita asks if Shin is okay, given they were both shocked when someone knocked. The memories begin to flood back into Shin's head. The other Buzz was making out on the couch with Lucita earlier that night. Abuela calls out, having stepped down and finding the two awake downstairs. Lucita claims she went down for a glass of water. Abuela tells Shin that she does not believe they were just talking. Shin claims they were startled when someone knocked at the door. Abuela checks the door. Lucita tells Shin to hurry and go back to the living room. Abuela tells Lucita that she does not trust Asians. "I know what they did to the Philippines." Lucita tells her that the guy is from Japan but he grew up here. Abuela growls about knowing people who marched.  Lucita tells Shin to go to bed. Before Abuela sees anything, Lucita rushes forward, kisses him on the cheek, and heads upstairs.   Buzz splits again in the camping tent and asks him what he was doing. One thing lead to another, Buzz just sighs, and admits it was a great fight. He wonders which one Ren recorded and if he knows why the enemies looked like them. They both end up smiling at the memories of making out.

Diego arrives home and slips into the house with the kitchen keys. He is heading upstairs and he sees the tents.  He goes past them, goes to the bills by the refrigerator and marks where his salary will go. Then he sits at the kitchen, thinking about what happened.

In the White Room, Guy starts pondering on the fact that El Teniente is Diego. And that Buzz knows Arbuckle. He's starting to think they're all from that same house.  And that he's paired off with these losers. He goes back to the bathroom at Diego's house. He steps out with a fresh six-pack in his hands and returns to the camping area. Diego tries to tell him no beer is allowed in this house. But Guy tells him he's not dealing with him today. Guy stares at Diego straight in the eye. Diego grabs the beer. "Not in this house!" Guy just cannot believe it is the same person. He can see how similar they are now completely in personality. It somewhat changes how he views him.

*
A modern day miracle.
The daughter of the mayor, miraculously escaped from her kidnappers. The reporter suggests her rescue was connected to the sightings of the Millennials.  In other news, theft strikes the Mayan display in the art and science museum.

*

Monday. Guy is walking with his "parents" to the school. He bumps into Diego but gives him some attitude.  He walks by Selena and gives her a cold shoulder. But then Selena nearly bumps into Shin who was with Lucita. Lucita hurriedly walks away. Selena wonders what that was about. Shin stops upon seeing a bench by the basketball courts. A group of lower batch students are there, and Shin recognizes one of them to be Abigail.  She is reading a comic book. Before Shin can get close, however, he witnesses three older girls bullying her for her lunch money. Abigail drops her money to the floor, telling them not to bother. When Shin scares the girls off, Abigail asks why Shin would care to help her. Shin claims to be into comics. Abigail admits Shin is the third Japanese guy she's ever met, and the other one was wearing a mask. She claims to have recognized the accent. Shin claims to not have an accent but Abigail tells him everyone thinks they don't. She finds it suspicious that after the events that happened to her the previous night, a stranger shows up to help her out. He notices she's reading Watchmen and she admits she read Maus when she was six. Shin insists he just saw someone being bullied so he came over to help. But as Shin leaves, she throws him a pebble with her augmented strength. Shin dodges it and the pebble strikes a metal signpost and leaves a dent on it. She calls out that he has nice reflexes. He teases she almost killed him, and he hears the bell and rushes to class.

Arbuckle fails to show up in class and a substitute teacher shows up and asks the class to say where the lesson last ended. No one in the Diego's class however bothers to answer her questions. Diego explains they were talking about the history of some political figure, and he asks what happened to Mr. Arbuckle. She mentions he's handling a parent teacher concern.  The substitute teacher is named Grace and most of the students keep interrupting her as she tries to control the class. "This isn't really your job right?" Many start standing up, claiming to need to use the bathroom.  She just tells them that those who want to leave, go for it. She then hands out a paper for attendance. The ones standing start sitting down again. Shin arrives too late and sees the class already in session. He crawls into the classroom and the others start giggling. Grace doesn't seem to notice and focuses on the board, writing the lesson for today. As Shin arrives at his desk, he and Diego notice Guy isn't in his seat.

To their surprise, the teacher places on the board the words: Chateau d' Univers + Women's Dorm + Mayor'a daughter.  She talks about history and how these three are historical events happening in the city.  The last topic they covered was the American Revolution and the search for independence, but Grace relates it to the current events. The topic grabs the attention of the class and they begin sitting down. One jokes that super powers were involved in the events, and before others can laugh, Grace shows them how ordinary people tried to effect change and made decisions that shaped nations for years to come. A tiny group of people made choices against vast powers.  Davids against Goliaths. She asks if the Millennials are heroes. Or terrorists acting without government approval. Or children acting without discipline.  "But history is written by the winners."  El Teniente is related to Alexander Hamilton, with both being immigrants. But Grace reminds them no one knows what is beneath the armor but if he is Hispanic, why would he wear such a European design for his armor? Does El Teniente favor the European influence? Is he merely a carrier of a legacy? Diego talks about being American as being more than being white or any other culture. The Statue of Liberty for example was built by France. "We look up to a European statue." Another student is exasperated and asks if that means no matter what we've done, everyone is actually still saluting a European creation. The class is abuzz with questions and discussions. Grace asks them all to write a short essay on the events and how they have changed their views on the city. To the surprise of Diego and Shin, people are pulling out papers and writing down notes.

Elsewhere in campus, Guy's "parents" meet Arbuckle. They talk about his moments of being distracted while in school. Guy realizes this relates to back when he was distracted by the thought of working with El Teniente and he spent time sketching symbols he wanted to offer the super hero to use. The professor brings up the other concern, that being Guy bringing strange artifacts which he shows off in school events.  Many of them turned out to be... priceless authentic items which people do not normally have. Many being items that have gone missing at a museum.  Guy can see the panic on the parents' faces as the topic seems to go off script.  As Guy and the "parents" discuss what they should do, their discussion is suddenly interrupted by military men with semi-automatic weapons.  The two actors begin confessing they're just actors in panic. Guy stares as a woman seems to be leading the group. The woman is dressed in clothes suggesting she's some sort of secret service. She addresses Guy as Mr. Garland and asks him to come with them. Her badge is flashed to all present and it does not look familiar to Guy.  The professor seems to recognize it and relents.

The woman and Guy speak privately in a room. She tells him she won't reveal he's hired actors to pose as his parents if he cooperates. She recommends they discuss further the matter in private, unless Guy really wants to risk discussing things in campus especially considering this relates to the Gentleman Fox - the alias his father uses.  Guy tells the professor he has to go with them. The professor wished Guy had come forward with the truth, thinking this has to do with the stolen things, but Guy insists this is unrelated. Guy tells his "parents" to head home and that he will text them.

Diego starts to hear rumors from those who went to the restroom about the events in campus. He hears about armed guards escorting Guy out of the campus. Diego decides to focuses on the essay for now, believing school is more important. Shin is bothered that Guy isn't in campus, more so when he sees the Professor at the door who talks to Grace about something that seems to concern him.   By the time the school day ends, everyone is talking about how Guy left the school with men with guns walking with him. Some are wondering if Guy tried to shoot people in campus.  Others wonder if he tried to bomb the school or something. The rumors are going out of control.

Shin tried using the headset to see if any of the others are around, but no one responds. He was hoping Guy would answer since El Teniente was certain Warpath was Guy. Shin hurries home to check if Ren can help. He finds his brother asleep on the table, tired from working on blueprints.  He tries to wake Ren more and Ren looks up, clearly exhausted from a long night of work. He shares that someone in school has been taken away by armed men and is kind of worried about that. Ren is startled at the thought there were armed men in the school but it wasn't even on the news. Ren starts running a search on any news in the last 24-hours of the event in campus and finds none. Ren suggests the friend wasn't abducted but left voluntarily. Using the time he supposedly was taken, Ren begins running a meticulous search, tapping into CCTVs in the area to try to retrace the path the group had taken. Shin wonders if that's even illegal, and Ren admits, "So is going vigilante."  Ren and Shin confirm its the government who has taken him. Ren isn't sure what group they are from, but he can tell from the deadends he's seeing that they are affiliated with them to say the least. Shin isn't too happy with this revelation. Shin asks for the last location of the vehicle and Ren admits the footage is almost from a whole day ago.

Diego is worried himself, but he thinks Guy is a thief and thinks this is just justice getting a hold of him. Back home, his family goes through the usual routine of asking how things were for his day. He shares with Abuela his concerns about Guy, about how he isn't a good guy and probably steals things and probably has no intention of changing. Abuela however asks if it would be better to be his friend to try to be a better person. Diego doesn't think he should fight the police for him, a statement which Abeula doesn't quite grasp. When their discussion shifts to her credit cards, Abuela asks Diego to sit near her and she explains the world is not filled with good and bad. It is filled with people trying to be good or acting bad. One day, Abuela tells him, he can pretend the bad things don't exist and keep them from going near him, or see them as what they are and find ways to make them better. Diego feels one should fight the darkness and face it. "You can't force the light of truth on everyone. That's not how justice works." Abuela reminds him that seeds take time to grow. But they should also be properly watered.  "The sun does not stop shining on them to grow even if it cannot see them growing out of the earth."Abuela asks him if he would like to check with the police and she admits she has a friend in that area. Diego agrees.  Abuela and Diego get to the police station and meet a guy named Harold, who seems to have met Diego when he was still very young. Harold admits its not smart for Abuela to be here, but still has them go to his office. They look up Guy but find no sign of him on their records. Harold finds an APB on Guy Garland which even marks him as someone they should not approach. Abuela admits Diego's friend is starting to look "scary." Unable to get more info, Harold asks Abuela to give his love to the "missus". Diego learns Harold has had a crush on his mother.  Not knowing what to do, Diego now worries he may be truly in trouble. She suggests they go to Church.

In the car, the woman tells Guy that they have reason to believe his father is once more operating in the city. Guy realizes they mean the museum thefts. The woman asks him to confess his father's participation in this, then they will make things easier for him. Guy admits he had no contact with him in such a long time. They note that Guy has not been staying in the apartment they provided him via Witness Protection Program when his father was sent to prison. But records show he's been living else where the last few years. Guy admits he had a chat with his father recently. They ask for the address where he's been staying and Guy realizes they have no idea that he's inherited his father's supernatural abilities.  He leads them to a warehouse he knows of.  But he refuses to let them in, claiming he's been trying to be hospitable and all but they have been shady the whole time. He admits he does not trust them. But before the woman can say anything, Guy realizes his father is seated beside him. He tells her, "Pick the queen!" then throws a card on her face. While distracted, he pulls her into his Blue Room.

In the Blue Room, Guy's father tells them they have to pack now and prepare to leave. He tells Guy that someone is trying to make him the scapegoat of the thefts happening all over. Guy looks around and realizes the Blue Room is the simplest it has ever been. Guy however confesses he cannot trust his father anymore after everything that he's done. Guy changes into his own warp, hoping to leave. The father asks him to not leave and promises him answers if Guy goes with him. Guy agrees if he handles warping to the location. They warp to some kind of island far away from everything and inside, he is shown a temple and told the answers can be found inside.

Ren and Shin study the video and Ren admits he suspects the guy has been abducted. Shin finally shares to Ren that the missing friend is actually Warpath, the guy who can teleport. A window suddenly shatters as a canister hits the floor and smoke fills the room.  Shin grabs Ren and the two rush out the door to leave. Spotlights shine on them, forcing them to stay where they are. Ren raises his hands, yelling they are unarmed. The men with guns yell at the two to lie down and keep their hands behind their heads.  Stepping onto Ren's back, the woman who had taken Guy informs the team that they've apprehended the hackers they were tracking.  The woman identifies herself as Agent Chase.

Abuela goes inside the Church to pray. While praying, however, Diego walks up to the baptismal font and cringes when he realizes it is closed with a metal dome cover.  He slides it open and tries to reach out to the Lady but there is no sign of her. She seems to pull away from the religious site. On his way back to Abuela however, Diego sees the responsible psalm display begin to have letters addressed to him, promising to show him where Guy is, and lead him there.

Ren and Shin are on a chair. They are not handcuffed. They however are interrogated to learn why they were hacking into the closed circuit TV systems of various companies. Ren explains he works for a company for the last five years and they were merely trying to find a missing friend. Ren tries to ask them to look for his file to see that he actually normally has done something like this in the past.  Agent Chase reiterates there are no records of any such company nor of any mention of next of kin. Ren looks at Shin. Agent Chase asks them to explain that the company Ren works for, Armscorp, does not even exist. Agent Chase steps out to confer. Shin look at Ren and tries to calm him down. As they are escorted out, Shin trasnforms into a jet to escape, pulling Ren with him. As they fly away, Agent Chase tells them to hold their fire. The jet flies away, not hearing how Agent Chase's men think the shapechanger (Shin) might be the mechamaster himself. They consider calling for Savior.

As Diego walks out of the Church, he tries looking for more clues to lead him where he should go. Electronic signs begin to lead him further from the Church and offer to give him information on his friend. Diego notices the cameras that watch him and asks who the person is. The informer has him follow an ice cream truck.

The temple is open from the top, allowing sunlight inside. The murals on the walls begin to share information about a race of people called Navigators. Guy and his father seem to be these kind of people, who have allowed others reach the "many islands" by guiding them across the oceans. Guy's father admits the temple was the same one his own grandfather showed him.  The stuff he's been having Guy drink were not changing him. Instead, they were trying to trigger his powers sooner.  
          Forty Year Old Fanboy Update#3   
Stepped out to pee.  When I got back, seemingly started a chain reaction as the woman closest to me stepped out to pee, leaving her bag on the seat, then she returned and two others beside her then left, and so on. It was like a pee ripple. Only no one got wet.

Saw the Globe charging station too late, and the crowd of millennial sa huddled around it looks kinda amusing. Was tempted  to take photos but decided against it as that would eat more battery power. No charging prior to flight it seems. Good thing I brought a book.  Either that or make up rules to play Sushi Go solitaire some how. Had nice flashbacks of our D.C. heroes game last night. I hope Peter David forgives me for using a Madrox Multiple man story arc to enhance our game.

No particularly cute passengers save for myself today. Rocky and I always joke about seeing if there are any cute guys in the flight we are in. Today, flying solo, no one looks like a looker. I'm afraid the truth plainly is that Rocky is the magnet of good looking guys. 

He did attract me, after all. 

Still waiting. One hour to go before boarding. 

          Fr. James Martin’s LGBT book: Where it’s strong, where it falls short   

Washington D.C., Jun 29, 2017 / 01:10 pm (CNA).- There’s been a lot of chatter about Fr. James Martin’s new book, “Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity,” and given the topic, it’s understandable why. Pope Francis’ call to “encounter” has reinforced the necessity for Catholics to go bring the Gospel to those on the margins. Within American society at large, one of the most visible minorities on the margins are those who experience same-sex attractions or identify as LGBT, and ministry to this community has been one has been of special concern among faithful Catholics in recent years. At the same time, both communities have borne legitimate struggles, as the Church faces pressures to choose between its teachings and public service, and those who identify as LGBT – including celibate Catholics who abide by Church teaching – have for years faced violence, ridicule and discrimination for their attractions.

The book contains many good and practical explanations for why conversations between these groups can come to a standstill. Fr. Martin points out how the scandal of the sex abuse crisis or mistreatment by persons in the Church can make it difficult for members of the LGBT community to listen to the Church’s guidance. Additionally, he explains to members of the LGBT community why it’s important to respect the teaching authority of the Church. Advice like this is clarifying and can help facilitate conversations with more patience and understanding. The book closes with a series of prayers and spiritual reflections, some of which provide a welcome antidote to the Pelagian poisons of our time: Fr. Martin rightfully reinforces God’s love for all his children in a world that places terms and conditions upon our human dignity and worth.

Yes, all of us are sinners and fall short of the glory of God and face the consequences of our actions. But all of us are created in the image and likeness of God; it is not our action or inaction, but God’s grace, which secures our salvation. I can only hope that these reflections provide spiritual fruit for all of the book’s readers who feel rejected, neglected, hurt, or who think their deeds somehow have rendered them unworthy of God’s love, particularly readers who experience same-sex attraction or identify as part of the LGBT community.

However, there were other aspects of the book that were troubling.  

Most of all, I was confused by the book’s avoidance of the Church’s teaching on the Sacrament of marriage, as well as the importance of the gifts of celibacy and chastity for the life of the Church. Likewise, I was baffled by Fr. Martin’s reluctance to acknowledge Catholics who experience same-sex attraction who live in obedience to Church teaching – either through celibacy or in sacramental marriages to persons of the opposite sex. If the purpose of the book is to build a bridge between the Church and the broader LGBT community, why skip over the perspective of those at the crossroads of living a Catholic life and experiencing same-sex attraction?

Eve Tushnet, an author, pro-life activist and Catholic who identifies as a lesbian spoke to similar frustrations, particularly the book’s avoidance of sexual ethics, in her review of Fr. Martin’s book for the Washington Post. “The Catholic sexual ethic is this book’s embarrassing secret. It’s never mentioned, and so the difficulties the teaching itself poses for gay Catholics in our culture are never addressed.”  

Tushnet later continues: “In a culture where everything from pop songs to health insurance urges us to structure our lives around romance and marriage, gay Christians have a chance – or a duty – to show that you can make a life of devotion, joy and mutual sacrifice within celibacy. And straight Christians have a chance not only to live the models we’ve shown them, following the paths we’ve blazed, but to support us when our callings to non-marital love leave us economically or emotionally vulnerable.”

Given the topic, it seemed jarringly incomplete to be denied even a reference to the call of Tushnet and other LGBT Christians trying to live in accord with Church teaching.

After reading, I also found myself wondering about the definitions Fr. Martin lays out, particularly those surrounding identity.

While certainly respect and sensitivity are necessary for any difficult conversation, I can’t help but wonder if Fr. Martin’s fixation on identity as LGBT overlooks Catholics who experience same-sex attraction but do not wish to identify as such. For instance, members of groups such as Courage share experiences of same-sex attraction, yet many choose not to identify as “gay” or “lesbian.” Furthermore, even within the LGBT community, those labels of “gay” and “lesbian” are falling out of use among the Millennial generation, with the terms like “queer” taking their place. If this book is to help bridge an understanding, why limit this conversation to their exclusion?

On top of that, all of these sexual identities – including that of “straight” – are very recent social constructions. This isn’t to say that identities don’t reflect on how we are shaped and encounter the world, or that they cannot be an effective shorthand for describing one’s background or community. Yet, as Pope Benedict XVI wrote while he was still Joseph Ratzinger, “the human person, made in the image and likeness of God, can hardly be adequately described by a reductionist reference to his or her sexual orientation” (or any other temporal identity). While we might claim a given identity – Gentile, Jew, Gay, Straight – they aren’t essential to who we are as children of God, nor should they limit us in doing what the Church, our Mother, asks of us.

Sadly, this point of Church teaching and historical understanding doesn’t come across clearly in Fr. Martin’s book. In one section, Fr. Martin rightly points to the hypocritical “acceptance” of some other groups who publicly disobey Church teaching such as known usurers or those in cohabiting relationships. However, he doesn’t merely call for consistency, but for consistency in acceptance of these forms of public sin. This is problematic for a number of reasons, but most of all because it seems to despair of God’s grace and sells short Christ’s call for all of us to live lives of virtue.

Overall, there are some useful insights in the Building a Bridge’s prayers and descriptions of where many conversations on this topic come to a standstill. And, the book may be a useful tool for a well-formed Catholic who wants a better insight into the LGBT experience, or for a member of that community who wants to understand a neighborhood priest's perspective. However, bridge-building is a difficult task. Hopefully the fruits of this book will prove to be a solid plank, but there is clearly a need for other resources, materials and direction to make up for what is lacking in this book as we seek to span these waters.

 

 


          Fr. James Martin’s LGBT book: Where it’s strong, where it falls short   

Washington D.C., Jun 29, 2017 / 01:10 pm (CNA).- There’s been a lot of chatter about Fr. James Martin’s new book, “Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity,” and given the topic, it’s understandable why. Pope Francis’ call to “encounter” has reinforced the necessity for Catholics to go bring the Gospel to those on the margins. Within American society at large, one of the most visible minorities on the margins are those who experience same-sex attractions or identify as LGBT, and ministry to this community has been one has been of special concern among faithful Catholics in recent years. At the same time, both communities have borne legitimate struggles, as the Church faces pressures to choose between its teachings and public service, and those who identify as LGBT – including celibate Catholics who abide by Church teaching – have for years faced violence, ridicule and discrimination for their attractions.

The book contains many good and practical explanations for why conversations between these groups can come to a standstill. Fr. Martin points out how the scandal of the sex abuse crisis or mistreatment by persons in the Church can make it difficult for members of the LGBT community to listen to the Church’s guidance. Additionally, he explains to members of the LGBT community why it’s important to respect the teaching authority of the Church. Advice like this is clarifying and can help facilitate conversations with more patience and understanding. The book closes with a series of prayers and spiritual reflections, some of which provide a welcome antidote to the Pelagian poisons of our time: Fr. Martin rightfully reinforces God’s love for all his children in a world that places terms and conditions upon our human dignity and worth.

Yes, all of us are sinners and fall short of the glory of God and face the consequences of our actions. But all of us are created in the image and likeness of God; it is not our action or inaction, but God’s grace, which secures our salvation. I can only hope that these reflections provide spiritual fruit for all of the book’s readers who feel rejected, neglected, hurt, or who think their deeds somehow have rendered them unworthy of God’s love, particularly readers who experience same-sex attraction or identify as part of the LGBT community.

However, there were other aspects of the book that were troubling.  

Most of all, I was confused by the book’s avoidance of the Church’s teaching on the Sacrament of marriage, as well as the importance of the gifts of celibacy and chastity for the life of the Church. Likewise, I was baffled by Fr. Martin’s reluctance to acknowledge Catholics who experience same-sex attraction who live in obedience to Church teaching – either through celibacy or in sacramental marriages to persons of the opposite sex. If the purpose of the book is to build a bridge between the Church and the broader LGBT community, why skip over the perspective of those at the crossroads of living a Catholic life and experiencing same-sex attraction?

Eve Tushnet, an author, pro-life activist and Catholic who identifies as a lesbian spoke to similar frustrations, particularly the book’s avoidance of sexual ethics, in her review of Fr. Martin’s book for the Washington Post. “The Catholic sexual ethic is this book’s embarrassing secret. It’s never mentioned, and so the difficulties the teaching itself poses for gay Catholics in our culture are never addressed.”  

Tushnet later continues: “In a culture where everything from pop songs to health insurance urges us to structure our lives around romance and marriage, gay Christians have a chance – or a duty – to show that you can make a life of devotion, joy and mutual sacrifice within celibacy. And straight Christians have a chance not only to live the models we’ve shown them, following the paths we’ve blazed, but to support us when our callings to non-marital love leave us economically or emotionally vulnerable.”

Given the topic, it seemed jarringly incomplete to be denied even a reference to the call of Tushnet and other LGBT Christians trying to live in accord with Church teaching.

After reading, I also found myself wondering about the definitions Fr. Martin lays out, particularly those surrounding identity.

While certainly respect and sensitivity are necessary for any difficult conversation, I can’t help but wonder if Fr. Martin’s fixation on identity as LGBT overlooks Catholics who experience same-sex attraction but do not wish to identify as such. For instance, members of groups such as Courage share experiences of same-sex attraction, yet many choose not to identify as “gay” or “lesbian.” Furthermore, even within the LGBT community, those labels of “gay” and “lesbian” are falling out of use among the Millennial generation, with the terms like “queer” taking their place. If this book is to help bridge an understanding, why limit this conversation to their exclusion?

On top of that, all of these sexual identities – including that of “straight” – are very recent social constructions. This isn’t to say that identities don’t reflect on how we are shaped and encounter the world, or that they cannot be an effective shorthand for describing one’s background or community. Yet, as Pope Benedict XVI wrote while he was still Joseph Ratzinger, “the human person, made in the image and likeness of God, can hardly be adequately described by a reductionist reference to his or her sexual orientation” (or any other temporal identity). While we might claim a given identity – Gentile, Jew, Gay, Straight – they aren’t essential to who we are as children of God, nor should they limit us in doing what the Church, our Mother, asks of us.

Sadly, this point of Church teaching and historical understanding doesn’t come across clearly in Fr. Martin’s book. In one section, Fr. Martin rightly points to the hypocritical “acceptance” of some other groups who publicly disobey Church teaching such as known usurers or those in cohabiting relationships. However, he doesn’t merely call for consistency, but for consistency in acceptance of these forms of public sin. This is problematic for a number of reasons, but most of all because it seems to despair of God’s grace and sells short Christ’s call for all of us to live lives of virtue.

Overall, there are some useful insights in the Building a Bridge’s prayers and descriptions of where many conversations on this topic come to a standstill. And, the book may be a useful tool for a well-formed Catholic who wants a better insight into the LGBT experience, or for a member of that community who wants to understand a neighborhood priest's perspective. However, bridge-building is a difficult task. Hopefully the fruits of this book will prove to be a solid plank, but there is clearly a need for other resources, materials and direction to make up for what is lacking in this book as we seek to span these waters.

 

 


          Mexican Tequila-Makers Threaten Heineken Over Tequila-Flavored Beer   
Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Tequila makers are not happy with the beer brewer Heineken. The beer company has offered tequila-flavored beer. Apparently if you age your beer in old tequila barrels and market to millennials and call your beer Desperados, you will offend traditional tequila makers. (SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "DESPERADO") THE EAGLES: (Singing) Desperado... INSKEEP: Now Mexico's Tequila Regulatory Council threatens a lawsuit. The council contends there's just not enough tequila in beer to include the name tequila. Cheers. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.
          Food - Average Millennial Eats Out Five Times A Week, Study Finds   
Everyone loves eating out or grabbing a few drinks, but Millennials may be enjoying these luxuries a bit more frequently than generations before them. A new study by Bankrate...
          6/30/2017: IDEES & DEBATS: Splendeurs et misères de l’écosystème des start-up   

La romancière, mais aussi directrice de la communication de Station F, Rachel Vanier est une groupie. Elle admire ces Millennials qui tentent de lever des millions avec leur conviction et un projet de start-up ! De Paris à San Francisco, elle esquisse...
          Comentario en La TV contraataca por eduardo gabelloni   
La TV Contraataca?: Caramba no puedo identificar en cuál de las cuatro barras estoy localizado (al menos preferentemente) como “mirador de TV”. Tengo TV paga, accedo a TDA y a TV abierta analógica y, además, miro programas de TV (canales de cable o abierta) cuando, donde y como quiero vía internet con el celu (si el Operador lo facilita) o en la PC. Varios canales locales y del extranjero se pueden ver “on-line” y en diferido. En mi caso, noto que hay muuuuy poco para ver en la paga a pesar de la cantidad de canales ofrecidos y de los que mudados del paquete básico al paq de “plus-pago”. Habitualmente, me olvido que tengo TDA (se ve que no me interesa mucho o no hay nada diferencial) y circunstancialmente “me copé” viendo Las 24 hs de Le Mans por internet (y en diferentes idiomas) en cualquier momento de ese día -o noche- en una pantalla grande vía Chromecast. También observo que yo podría calificar en rubro No-Miran-TV por los prgm/document mirados por fuera del ámbito de alcance de la ex-AFCA. Lo describí en forma personal pero se debería entender como genérico aun no siendo yo un millennial. QUIZZ: ud se inclina por: a) bigotes, b) carburador, c) inyecc multipoint, d) autónomo. Se entiende?
          Comment on Moveable Feast Cafe 2017/06/28 … Open Thread by Tony_0pmoc   
Oh, dear - it is most of the houses I haved lived in, that are over 100 years old, not me,.. yet - though I'm aiming for it.. But seriously, when i was born and from the start of the Industrial revolution, us British (and my Dad was an engineer >100)..We designed and built things to last (but only after we had tested them to death..and modified and rebuilt the prototypes (including everything we had learnt..until we couldn't kill them apart from using a sledgehammer) then we gradually put them into production and sold them and asked the customers "What do you think? - what can we do to improve it - have you any ideas? We want to improve it with your help. Now they build things to fail, so that you will have to buy another, just after the guarantee expires - in order to maintain company profits. You will have to buy another .. or they will go bust. Throw it away and buy another?? That is Capitalism gone crazy - in its quest to completely destroy the earth. Why can't you Millennials build things to last?? (our generation has been almost completely useless you can't possibly be as bad as us) Sorry about that. (We can hardly blame our kids) It's not very good is it? That's our fault. "And I don't want the world to see me 'Cause I don't think that they'd understand When everything's made to be broken I just want you to know who I am" - Goo Goo Dolls (iris 1997) This one's a bit older (it was a magical time) (we were all innocent) "the beatles - nme - 1964 live " https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MG-DXGKDBcA Tony
          Holiday weekend roundup: Why millennials cannot save a dime | Nvidia’s threat to AMD | How to save a lot of money   
Here are MarketWatch articles to read this weekend.
          Comment on Freezer-to-slow cooker chicken chili by Dennis   
Hey Kelly, this dish looks perfect. As someone who know a thing or two about <a href="https://businessfirstfamily.com/what-is-a-millennial-marketing/" rel="nofollow">what is a millennial</a>, I love quick meals that I can warm up from the freezer. However, this is way better quality than what I'm used to eating. Can't wait to give this a try!
           Meet the racers: A look at this year’s ‘Amazing Race Canada’ contestants [Photos]    
Mother-and-son funeral directors… a millennial same-sex power-couple… a cancer-survivor dad and his son… surfer-dude best friends… and the series’ first homegrown YouTube stars.
          When will the emoji marketing madness stop?   
Yeah, I know. Emojis are everything. I know it’s how all the Millennials of Mother Earth communicate. I know brands
          Las prestaciones que buscan los millennials   
Los jóvenes millennials es una generación que llegó para revolucionar a las empresas ya que sus aspiraciones laborales son diferentes a las de sus padres.
          Grammy & Oscar-winner Annie Lennox told she has "potential" by music coordinator at online radio station - KTIC   

KTIC

Grammy & Oscar-winner Annie Lennox told she has "potential" by music coordinator at online radio station
KTIC
Hey, millennials: Here's one reason to learn something about music that came out before you were born. If you do, it may save you from becoming the subject of online ridicule…like one poor young woman at an online radio station is right now. Annie ...
A radio station thought it just discovered Annie LennoxCBS News
'I think I'm in with a chance': Annie Lennox 'scouted' by US radioThe Guardian
Scarleh! LA radio station 'scouts' Annie LennoxRTE.ie
Evening Standard -Facebook -TheWrap -Exclaim!
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          What To Say To The Millennials Who Want To Save The World   
Millennials are voicing strong dissatisfaction with the state of our society and the leadership of the older generations. They have some fair points, but they don't have all the answers. How can we go forward together?
          Friday Wrap #220: Renamed AVEs still suck, trust in newspapers grows, older Americans get social   

Friday Wrap #220I extract items for the Wrap from my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow. To make sure you never miss an issue, subscribe to my weekly email briefing.

The Big Stories

Voice search advertising is years away—Smart audio is upon us and its adoption is on a rapid pace (see “From the Blog” below). That presents challenges to both SEO and SEM, since rather than presenting a page with multiple results, voice search delivers “one true answer” (even though the answer could be different each time based on algorithms that choose from multiple search results). For SEO experts, the challenge is getting their content into the mix. It’s even harder for SEM, since there is no paid advertising yet in the smart audio ecosystem. Part of the problem is that getting an ad in response to a query is likely to dampen user enthusiasm for the technology. Google isn’t investing much in voice search advertising, opting instead to improve the user experience for now. In the meantime, some marketers are mulling over what voice search ads might sound like. Forrester predicts voice search will end digital advertising “as we know it.” The takeaway: While these are early days and somebody might crack the voice-tech ad code, marketers and communicators should be thinking about great content for interactive smart speakers. NPR is among the organizations thinking about how to make its traditional one-way audio content more interactive, responsive to queries and instructions, while lmany brands have developed “skills” for the Amazon Echo that make life easier for customers (like Tide’s quick advice for removing dozens of different kinds of stains). Don’t waste time learning the ins and outs of smart audio in its current state. Gartner expects 100 million smart speakers will be in American homes by 2020. Read more

We’re not preparing for a post-mobile world—Some argue that it’s a fantasy, that the smartphone is here to stay, but by 2020, 50% of all consumers expect AI and smart audio will be part of their day-to-day lives. A survey of communication professionals find an expectation that the future will be dominated by smart audio, voice search, and the Internet of Things. However, few communicators in-house or in agencies have done anything to prepare themselves. In fact, most marketers are still dealing with the transition from desktop to mobile, with more than a quarter believing mobile is still the next big thing. Only about 34% of marketers are planning to prepare for voice search, and 57% are unlikely to implement any element of AI this year, even though 32% believe it’s the next big thing. The takeaway: Little frustrates me more than our industry’s continued dismissal of technologies that are clearly destined to become core channels we’ll have to use. I have seen it with desktop publishing, email, the Web, and social media. History is repeating itself. If we don’t want PR and organizational communications to be driven into irrelevance (boutiques that get these technologies could be where organizations redirect their budgets), we have to get on top of these technologies now. Read more

Internal communications are also adopt new technologies—Even though employees are using newer channels to communicate and collaborate, internal communicators remain mired in the technologies of yesteryear. A survey found that 62% of respondents “either don’t have access or have a very difficult time accessing their company’s intranet through their mobile device.” Email remains a dominant form of internal communication. The takeaway: My new model for employee communication features the vital element of multiple channels. The intranet is dying and mobile is the go-to tool most employees use for accessing news and information outside the company. Forcing people to a single home page for news and information contradicts consumer behaviors bigly. Read more

Someone thinks renaming AVEs will keep them relevant—There’s a new PR metric in town calling itself Earned Media Value (EMV). It’s not new at all, though. It’s just a new name for the reviled Advertising Value Equivalencies (AVE). EMV “is being promoted by tool vendors, media, and public relations agencies as a simple means to measure and benchmark campaigns,” writes Stephen Waddington. EMV is being applied to influencer campaigns as they become more common. It’s calculated “by multiplying the reach of a piece of earned or social media content by the cost per so-called impression,” Waddington explains. “A further multiplier is added to the calculation based on the likelihood of conversion.” However, EMV as a valid PR metric is a chimera, failing “to provide clients with any measure of whether the campaign is actually working,” according to management consultant Scott Guthrie. Social media thought leader Philip Sheldrake calls EMV “an idiotic response that brings ridicule to the public relations and marketing professions.” The takeaway: Do not, under any circumstances, employ EMV or AVE. The International Association for the Measurement and Evaluation of Communication (AMEC) has condemned this kind of measurement, as has the Chartered Institute for Public Relations and most halfway intelligent PR professionals. Yet some clients still insist on them, leading good PR people to capitulate and provide them. That’s not a solution. We must educate ourselves and our employers/clients on why these are meaningful feel-good metrics, and why we need focus instead on the actual outcomes of our communications. Read more

News

Facebook reaches 2 billion user milestone—Facebook has announced that it now serves 2 billion monthly active users. As of March, it also had 1.28 billion daily users, meaning most people who use Facebook use it regularly. Among other data the company shared, 800 million people Like something every day and over 1 billion people use Groups at least once a month. Read more

Did Trump communications study use flawed methodology?—Last week, I reported on a study from the Center for Public Relations at USC’s Annenberg School that found over 80% of PR professionals believe White House spokespeople change their views and distort the truth, resulting in a diminished public perception of public relations. In a Wall Street Journal editorial, self-described moderate conservative Mary Beth West, who runs a PR agency in Tennessee, takes issue with the study. The poll was open to anyone online despite its target of PR professionals; “The online poll required no validation of PRSA affiliation or other professional credentials,” West wrote. “Respondents were merely asked what kind of company they worked for and how long they had been in a PR-related position. That setup yields what is known as a ‘convenience sample’—a survey group not necessarily representative of the population. Read more

Facebook offers cover videos—Instead of a cover photo, brands can now add a cover video to their Facebook pages. Facebook says the cover videos are designed to let brands better tell their story, though the feature will be available to everyone with a page. The move, which should increase engagement, is consistent with Facebook’s shift to video. Read more

Advocacy groups blast lack of influencer disclosure—Influencer marketing is still a gray ethical area, with a lot of the celebrities pitching products on Instagram failing to adequately disclose that they’re being paid for their posts. FTC letters have not been effective, according to a letter to the agency from Public Citizen, Commercial Alert, campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, and the Center for Digital Democracy. The letter asserted that most posts lacking disclosures featured beauty products or cosmetic treatments. Read more

$2.7 billion antitrust fine could change Google search—On top of the staggering fine for favoring its own shopping service in search results, the European Union is demanding that Google change the way Google Shopping works in Wurope within 90 days. Google could change back to an earlier version, add links for competing products not included in its ads, or take other action. The company is considering an appeal. Read more

Facebook is getting into the TV programming game—Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and a host of other media outlets are spending big money to produce original TV programming, in the process ushering in a new “golden age of television.” So why not Facebook? The social network is reportedly “in talks with Hollywood studios about producing scripted, TV-quality shows, with an aim of launching original programming by late summer.” Read more

Confidence in newspapers is on the rise—Lest you think it’s time to scale back your media relations efforts, Gallup reports those saying they have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in newspapers has risen 7% since last year. Twenty-seven percent is still low, but the rise is occurring in the midst of controversies over “fake news” and presidential attacks on the media. It’s also the highest level of confidence in newspapers in 30 years. Not surprisingly, Democrats account for the increase; only 13% of Republicans shared the positive view of newspapers. Twenty-four percent of Americans have high confidence in TV news and only 16% are confident of news credibility on the Internet. Read more

Podcast sponsorship revenue surges—Podcast advertising revenue has grown 85% since last year and is poised to reach more than $220 million this year. A report from the Internet Advertising Bureau and Pricewaterhouse Coopers finds that podcasting is becoming mainstream and thus “podcasting is an important and powerful marketing platform,” according to an IAB executive. Read more

Publicis CEO takes heat for Cannes snub—Publicis Groupe elicited gasps with the announcement it would submit nothing to the 2018 Cannes International Festival of Creativity. President and CEO Arthur Sadoun told a group of top Publicis creative leaders in a closed-door meeting that the group’s companies “have lost their thought leadership in Cannes.” Thus, he paused spending on Cannes and other award programs for a year. “The savings will fund development of an internal, AI-powered professional assistant program called Marcel,” according to one report.

Research

Older Americans have taken to social media—A Nielsen report finds that the total amount of time the 50-plus demographic spends on social media increased by 64%, to 20%. That doesn’t mean they’re using all the same social media channels their grandchildren are, nor do they respond to the same kinds of content. Read more

Facebook is the top news source—Ogilvy’s annual global survey of reporters and editors found that Facebook is the top gatekeeper for news, ahead of legacy traditional media sources and maintaining a huge lead over other social networks and digital platforms (including Twitter and Google). Read more

Influencer videos are most trusted, drive purchases—Ninety percent of social media users make a purchase after seeing a video about the product or service, and 33% say social media influencers are their most trusted resources for products and services they’re interested in. Social media influencers are trusted nearly seven times more than celebrities. Read more

Gen Z likes branded stories—Ninety percent of Gen X, Millennials, and GenZ like custom branded content as a way for brands to engage them, and nearly as many believe branded content helps brands break through online clutter. Gen Z in particular is receptive to deepening their relationships with brands via branded content. Ninety-three percent want brands “to do something new and unique in order to connect with them, and 88% believe custom content is a way for new brands to reach out to them.” Read more

Twitter’s predictive capabilities outpace law enforcement—Analyzing tweets can identify dangerous situations up to an hour faster than reports made to police departments. A Cardiff University study applied machine learning algorithms to 1.6 million tweets from the 2011 London riots, looking at factors like location, frequency, the recurring use of key words, and timing. The result was detection of incidents faster than the police nearly every time.  The report cautions that the approach is focused on large-scale events and that it’s more difficult to detect smaller incidents like fires or car accidents.  Read more

Share Instagram posts on the weekends—Most marketers take weekends off, decreasing the total number of Instagram posts, which means your posts have a better chance of being seen thanks to less competition. As a result, posts on Saturdays and Sundays get the most engagement. Read more

Healthcare PR failing to meet journalists’ needs—A study has found a massive chasm between the information drug companies deliver and what journalists need to craft their content. Eighty-five percent of health journalists view healthcare communications as either “out of shape” or “on life support.” Only 2 % of journalists think the press releases and other information pharmas and healthcare companies release are “trustworthy.” Journalists also complain about the lack of video content, saying they want independent medical expert testimonials, patient testimonials, and B-roll. Only 22% of journalists said pharma and healthcare news and launches include enough relevant visual content. Read more

How to pronounce GIF—Among the weighty issues we face, few are more divisive than whether to use a hard G or a soft one when pronouncing GIF, the acronym for the Graphics Interchange Format. A survey found 65% using the hard G with 26% favoring the soft G. Even when factoring in the fact that some countries don’t use a soft G and others don’t use a hard one by “weighting answers from each country by its population,” the hard-G faction still comes out on top. For what it’s worth, the inventor of the GIF favors the soft G. Read more

The 20 most effective phrases in Facebook headlines—When it comes to articles on Facebook, which trigams (three-word phrases) in generate the most engagement? According to analysis of 100 million headlines, “will make you” is at the top, followed by “this is why,” “can we guess,” “only X in,” “the reason is,” and “are freaking out.” The study also found the worst-performing headline phrases, which start with “control of your, “your own business,” “work for you,” “the introduction of,” and “what’s new in.”  You’ll also find the top phrases starting and ending headlines. Read more

Mobile and Wearables

Millennials prefer vertical videos on their phones—I know you may hate vertical videos, but not only are they not going anywhere, their popularity is growing. Young adults prefer vertical videos and 72% of Millennials don’t rotate their phones to watch a video in landscape mode. Read more

Create Snapchat filters in the app—Users can now create geofilters from directly within the Snapchat app rather than having to visit the website. Snapchat features a number of templates based on occasions and celebrations that you can then customize with text, bitmoji, and stickers. Prices start at $5.99 for a few hours and a minimum coverage of 20,000 square feet. It takes about a day for approval of filters. Read more

Virtual Assistants aren’t gaining traction—Siri, Alexa, Bixby, and Cortana get a lot of ink these days. If only they got corresponding love from smartphone owners. In a survey, only 5% of consumers ranked voice capabilities on their mobile wish lists. Sixty-two percent won’t give up their apps, even in exchange for a perfect voice assistant. Read more

Publishers sharpen focus on Instagram video—Video has become a key publisher focus on Instagram in the 15 months since the platform increased the maximum video length to one minute from 15 seconds. More than half of Time’s monthly Instagram output is now video, up from just 11% last March. ABC News’ output went from 4% to 87%; BBC News’ is now over 90%.” Most publishers contacted by Digiday said they were “pulling resources away from Snapchat or adding more to Instagram.” Read more

Top 15 apps is a stable list—“Over 80% of consumer time on mobile devices is now spent on the apps, websites, and properties” of Facebook, Google, Apple, Yelp, and Bing. The math isn’t hard. If your company has an app, it has to fit into the 20% of time consumers have left. Read more

Artificial Intelligence, Smart Audio, and Chatbots

Amazon partners with coding school to expand Alexa skills—Developers will be able to attend workshops hosted by Coding Dojo, which has six campuses across the U.S.. The 30-plus courses will teach developers how to work with the Alexa smart audio system and, in particular, how to use the Skills Kit and create new commands. Read more

Facebook makes it easier to discover chatbots on Messenger—Discovery has been one of the more problematic aspects of chatbots. To address that, Facebook is rolling out a Discover tab on the Messenger app. If the inclusion of tens of thousands of bots in Messenger makes it the “White Pages” of bots, the Discover tab adds a “Yellow Pages” component. Read more

Google Assistant outperforms Amazon’s Alexa—Amazon’s Alexa products may own 70% of the smart speaker market, but Google Assistant (available on Android phones and the Google Home smart speaker) is six times better at answer a user’s question, according to a Business Intelligence study. Of course, answer questions is just one of dozens of uses to which consumers put smart speakers (including playing music, delivering news, checking traffic, and more). Read more

IBM to use AI to create Wimbledon highlights—Cognitive Highlights is the AI tool IBM will use to produce Wimbledon highlights packages this year. “Using computer vision and other advanced AI technologies, Cognitive Highlights will assess footage and automatically produce highlight packages for individual matches that will be rolled out across digital platforms shortly after play comes to a close. The system works by combining information recorded by an on-court statistician with data from an array of different sensors.” Read more

New expertise required as AI becomes the face of brands—Whether it’s chatbots, smart speakers, actual robots, or some other tool employing AI, as customers interact more and more with it, it will become the face of your brand. Companies “will need to employ people with new types of expertise to ensure the brands continue to reflect the firm’s desired qualities and values,” according to a trio of Accenture experts writing in the Harvard Business Review. Read more

Alexa gets an intercom function—The Amazon Echo and Echo Dot now feature intercom functionality, letting users access one Echo device from another, or from the Alexa app. Each device in the home needs a name so you can say, “Alexa, call the kitchen,” for example. Families can use the feature to call from other rooms or from outside the home using the app. Read more

Three AI tools from Salesforce now available to developers—Three AI tools, part of Salesforce’s new Einstein Platform Services, have been launched for third-party developers to include in applications they are building using the Salesforce platform. The services include sentiment and intent analysis and image recognition analysis tools. The image recognition app could be used, for example, in inventory apps and for identifying products during customer service calls. Read more

Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality

Apple takes the AR lead—They may not have invented Augmented Reality (let’s be honest, Apple doesn’t really invent anything, they just take nascent technologies others have developed and make them gorgeous, easy to use, and practical), but the introduction of AR as a dominant feature in the next iPhone release means “AR will immediately reach millions of people who already have the requisite hardware.” Apple’s AR will find an audience with apps and tools that are genuinely useful, like one developed with its ARKit that adds a ruler to any image on the screen. Need to measure the space for a couch? Just point your iPhone at it and the ruler appears. Read more

Developers shift away from mobile—Virtual and Augmented Reality developers are shifting away from mobile-based platforms to higher-end systems like the HTC Vive and Sony Playstation VR, and Oculus Rift. Gaming is driving the trend. Read more

Blockchain

Blockchain oised to disrupt every industry—Jeremiah Owyang’s Crowd Companies has assembled a report that summarizes how blockchain technology will “upend the way every industry manages its information and data.” The report covers 10 industries: legal, government, energy, retail food, healthcare, travel and hospitality, education, insurance, education, and supply chains. Read more
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Today’s wrap image is courtesy of John Rusk’s Flickr account. Rusk writes about the snake lily that its name ” comes from the twining habit where it wraps stems around itself and other plants.”


          Mobile Ads Need to be Thumb-Stoppers Not Show-Stoppers   

The following is a guest contributed post by Alex Burn, Creative Director, Collective. There’s a lot of noise being made about how clients and agencies need to take a ‘mobile first’ approach when they’re planning campaigns that target Millennials and Generation Z consumers – but the evidence suggests marketers haven’t really taken this argument on …

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          The Mobile Path to Purchase   

The data is in, and it shouldn’t surprise you: consumers of all ages shop using mobile devices. In fact, online shopping ranks among the top uses for a mobile device across all age groups, right up there with “staying connected” and “entertainment activities.” Millennials, not surprisingly, lead the pack when it comes to perusing, purchasing […]

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          Jewish Millennial Project   

The San Diego Jewish Journal has created a Jewish Millennial Project. Instead of going by anonymous survey data and stats, they are actively seeking young Jews to discuss their personal feelings and lifestyle. After hearing endless scary talk that Millennials are anti-God and anti-religion, this study proves that is truly not the case. I do think […]

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          Podcast: What’s the point of ‘women’s publications’?   
On this week’s episode, I’m joined by CJR Senior Editor Christie Chisholm and Delacorte Fellow Meg Dalton to critique The Washington Post‘s new product targeting Millennial women, The Lily. We debate the elements of a good “women’s publication.” Then, I chat with CJR correspondent Trudy Lieberman about media coverage of the secretive Republican push to overhaul the […]
          Auto-enrollment boosts millennials' participation in retirement plans   
Eighty-five percent of millennials who were automatically enrolled in a retirement plan have stayed in the plan, while 38% of -More

          Official Poster and International Trailer Revealed For JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE   

Family favourite Jumanji gets the millennial treatment in JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE, the new international trailer reveals. In the brand new adventure Jumanji: Welcome [...]

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          Comment on The Alt-Right Triumphant by Someone   
RS is actually Gen Y, which overlaps with early Millennial.
          Trump’s misogynistic tweets reflect sexism in America   

As the Trump administration moved forward on Thursday with new guidelines that severely restrict travel from six Muslim-majority countries, yet again the country was distracted by Trump’s latest grotesque, sexist tweetstorm.

Trump took to Twitter Thursday morning to berate the media, this time targeting Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski. Together, the tweets read: “I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don't watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year's Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!”

Calling a woman stupid, insane, and attacking her appearance is nothing new for Trump. His record of misogynistic commentary is vast and memorable. Even earlier this week, the President interrupted a phone call with Ireland’s new prime minister, Leo Varadkar, to single out Irish journalist Caitriona Perry and tell her she has a “nice smile,” after commenting on all the “beautiful Irish press” in the oval office and summoning her to his desk. The uncomfortable moment, captured on video, was a deeply familiar one for any woman who has been harassed in the workplace. In April, Trump allegedly joked with an acquaintance during a visit with Japanese prime minister Shinzō Abe that he was obsessed with the translator’s breasts. These recent incidents are just the tip of the “pussy-grabbing” iceberg.

Yes, Trump’s latest sexist drivel is worth getting angry about. But his attitudes should not be surprising: They reflect an inherent misogyny and sexism among men in America. The broader attitudes that thrive in the U.S. may be easier to overlook than the president’s words, but still, consider that this country elected Trump in spite of his amply demonstrated lack of respect for women.

Last year, researchers at the National Institutes of Health found male college biology students routinely underestimate the intelligence of their female peers, even after the semester progressed and the women students demonstrated their smarts to their classmates through their work. In 2014, a Harris poll of more than 2,000 U.S. adults found just 35 percent of men aged 18-34 were “comfortable” with the idea of a woman president. Only 34 percent felt comfortable with women as engineers, and just 39 percent felt at ease with the idea of women as Fortune 500 CEOs. It’s worth noting that these are millennials—a generation more often associated with progress than outdated gender norms. The gender pay gap, especially for women of color, is alive and well and, according to the American Association of University Women, will be that way until 2152.

These archaic views of women often fly under the radar as other progress toward gender equality is made, making them all the more insidious. Those wins should be celebrated, but it shouldn’t take Trump’s blatant misogyny to remind us that we still have a long way to go.  


          Marketing to Black Millennials - US - June 2017   

"Black Millennials are a diverse group, across age, educational attainment, family structure, and income, all of which impacts how they see themselves and their worldview. While diverse within themselves, there are similarities among them as a group that reveal what they believe about their future and how they interact within their inner circle as well as associates and opportunities to better connect with them from a societal and consumer perspective."
- Toya Mitchell, Multicultural Analyst

This Report discusses the following key topics:

  • While most Black Millennials are optimistic about their future, institutions garner skepticism
  • Education underlies Black Millennials’ behavior and expectations
  • Social media is a lifeline to Black Millennials’ personal and professional world
  • Black Millennials’ lives are more likely to impacted by social and economic trends 
  • Working independently is the new normal among Black Millennials
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          Giant days: la dura vita delle millennials   
Daisy, Esther e Susan sono tre ragazze che hanno appena iniziato l’università, si sono conosciute e sono diventate immediatamente amiche per la pelle, condividendo gioie e dolori tipici della loro età e del sistema universitario britannico. Niente di nuovo sotto il sole: da pellicole cinematografiche a sit-com televisive, da libri rivolti agli adolescenti agli stessi fumetti, non si contano le opere che nel corso degli anni si sono concentrate su questo tipo di storie e sentimenti. E anche circoscrivendo l’ambito di ...

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          How Young Drivers Can Earn Car Insurance Discounts   

If you’re like most young adults, your car is number two or three on your list in terms of where your money’s going. Depending on where you live and what type of car you drive, it may even be number one when you add in gas, maintenance, and car insurance. Since you have no control over the cost of gas and maintenance, you are left with insurance as your best option for finding some savings.  

 

Facts and Figures

 

Car insurance rates are the highest for teens and beginners, with average annual costs of insurance at $8,226 and $6,456 for 16- and 18-year-olds, respectively. The biggest decrease you’ll ever see comes when you turn 21 and rates are cut in half, to $3,620 on average.

 

You’ll see another drop at age 25, to $2,374, then smaller decreases each year until you are 60 and rates start climbing again. For millennials, that means average monthly bills of $300-plus in your early 20s and $200-plus in your later 20s.

 

All states mandate that drivers carry insurance, but many feel they simply can’t afford it. They would rather run the risk of being fined $500 or more if they are caught. The industry estimates that 16 percent of drivers at any time are driving without insurance, which is ironic because uninsured motorists are one of the causes of higher premiums.

 

Types of Discounts Available

 

Since you can’t?and don’t want to?age any faster, here are some things young drivers can do to save on car insurance.

  • Bundle policies: If you’re lucky enough to own a home in your 20s, that’s awesome. You may qualify for a discount just for that reason. If not, most companies offer discounts for bundling all your policies with them. If you don’t own a home, young couples can save by having both their cars covered by the same insurer.
  • Anti-theft system: A simple gas boot may not qualify, but an electronic security system will.
  • Newer and “green” vehicles: Newer-model cars are less likely to break down and they also include updated safety features. “Green” vehicles such as hybrids and those that use alternative fuels also qualify at some companies.
  • Safe driver: The longer you remain accident- or claim-free, the more you save. Taking a defensive driving class may also earn you discounts at some companies.
  • Low mileage: The less you drive, the higher your safety rating.
  • Military service: Automatic discount at most agencies; don’t forget to mention it.
  • Pay in advance: Paying for everything up front instead of breaking it into monthly payments earns you a discount with most carriers. If the discount is worth it, ask to borrow money from the “bank of mom and dad” and make monthly payments to them.
  • Electronic billing: Sign up for electronic bill pay and save.
  • Loyalty: If you’ve had the same insurer for a few years, you may qualify for a loyalty discount.
  • Early bird bonus: Just like cell phone service companies, some insurers will pay you to switch, as long as you do so well in advance of the expiration of your current policy.

Shop Around

 

It’s only smart to compare discounts among a variety of companies. You can do that through an Internet service such as www.carinsurancecheap.net. Sites like this send your request to several car insurance companies and you just sit back and watch the quotes come in. If you see a quote you like, you can follow up.

 

Usage-Based Policies

 

Several carriers now offer insurance based on how you drive. Basically, the carrier installs a small electronic device that transmits information about how fast you drive, how hard you brake and where and when you drive, or what times of the day you’re driving. This gives them a snapshot of what kind of driver you are and the risks you take and they use that information to give you a quote. Be honest with yourself about what type of driver you are; if you opt for this program, it could backfire and actually increase your rate.

 

Since car insurance is likely one of your biggest expenses, it makes sense to shop around. Make sure you ask about any discounts you may qualify for, too. The money you save may be the difference between a tight budget and one that allows you a little breathing room.


          Cartier Watches Are Top Pick for China's Wealthy   
RBC Capital Markets survey shows Cartier outranking Longines and Rolex, especially among millennials.

          The Future of Retail Technology   
Imagine a day when your customers pay for coffee by scanning a cell phone, and play their favorite music at the gas pump with a quick swipe of a loyalty card. Well, ready or not, such technology is already out there and it’s coming for c-stores—the only question is how soon. As the Millennial generation
          Beat the Heat With Summer Camp   

The Las Vegas heat is unkind and unwavering, and you’d be hard-pressed to have a conversation about much else this summer. But what about the little ones? How will they fare? The school year is over, and the kids are getting restless. Fret not: This season there are plenty of summer camps to keep the youngsters occupied. Whether you’ve got a sports fanatic, scientist-in-training or outdoor explorer at home, here are some camps where they can  keep cool and busy while the temperatures soar.

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Topgolf Summer Academy

Swing into summer with a five-week golf academy hosted by Topgolf beginning June 12 and ending July 14. Walk the walk and talk the talk by learning proper green habits, mastering the rules and learning how to chip. It’s time to move beyond the putt-putt and wedge mini Michelle Wie or Jack Nicklaus into this hands-on camp experience while it’s still available. In addition to golf instruction, a lifetime membership card, a Topgolf Summer Academy T-shirt, one junior golf glove, a Topgolf gift and a certificate of completion are included along with daily provided lunch. Monday through Friday, June 12–July 14, 9 a.m.–Noon, $224 per child per week, 4627 Koval Ln., ages 6–12 and 13–16, topgolf.com/us/las-vegas/

Art Classes for Kids

If you’ve got more of an artist than an aspiring athlete at home (or both, because Gen Z and Millennials can have it all), try painting, where the majority of the physical labor is limited to the cleanup. From now through July 21, Art Classes for Kids is hosting weekly art camps, teaching techniques such as drawing with pencil, sculpting plaster and watercolor painting as well as offering art history. (Sign up soon as classes are quickly selling out.) Art camp won’t stop the kids from drawing on the walls, but maybe a white orchid or a starry night might add a hint of bohemian to your modern living room. Monday–Friday, June 12–July 21, 8:30 a.m.–Noon or 1–4:30 p.m., locations in Downtown and Summerlin, prices vary, ages 5–12, artclassesforkids.com

Springs Preserve Camps

With weekly classes, there’s something for every kid at Springs Preserve. For the mini marine biologists and merkids, Under the Sea, July 10 to 14, is dedicated to the world below sea level. The camp is all things ocean, and is a great excuse to get the kids out of the pool.

If a dry climate is preferred, then Jurassic Preserve summer archaeological excavations take place July 17 through 21. For the tiny archaeologists who wish to find the bones of the great Tyrannosaurus Rex, this is their week. Kids work to unravel the mysteries of preserved dinosaur tracks in clay and cement by observing and re-creating the steps of an archaeological adventure.

Last up, kids can join the battle at Superheroes and Villains camp, July 24 to 28, where they learn the science behind the extraordinary abilities of their favorite superheroes. All the action of the thrilling movies without the threat of breaking the expensive vase on the coffee table—be ready to pick up an Avenger instead of your elementary schooler by the end of the week. Monday–Friday, June 12–August 11, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., $225 per child per week ($50 extra for after-hours care), ages 6–12, 333 S. Valley View Blvd., springspreserve.org/apps/event/details.cfml?id=446

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          Power Rangers: The Adventures of Seven Free-Spirited Liquor Brand Ambassadors   

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Brand ambassadors: How they just seem to swoop in out of the blue, drop the knowledge hammer at festivals, parties and tasting events, and then fly off into the sunset, leaving a social media trail of wittily hashtagged adventures in their wake. Best gig ever, right? But have you ever pondered the origin stories of these wild-mannered spirituous superheroes? We rounded up some William Grant & Sons brand ambassadors to find out exactly how they acquired their superpowers.

Trevor Schneider, Mr. Reyka Vodka

If it looks like Reyka Vodka’s U.S. ambassador is having serious fun spreading the gospel of Icelandic volcanic-rock-filtered spirits, that’s probably because he is. But Schneider’s affable, high-energy manner and confident ease addressing a crowd are not accidental. The former Manhattanite routinely calls upon his previous double life as a bartender and screen actor with late-night talk show host aspirations to build rapport with any audience. Over time, his paths merged: “[Hospitality] became more of a love and became the real passion because the bar became my stage,” he says, and those acting chops have come in handy. “Ninety percent of my job has to do with interaction—the way I dress, the way I carry myself, the way I interact with people, the way I tell the story of Reyka, the way I get behind the bar and make cocktails. Pretty much the last 10 years of my experience is embodied every day in my job.” Still, don’t let Schneider’s poise and polish fool you: he can and often does let his hair down.

Mark Stoddard, Mr. Hendrick’s Gin

Curiosity comes with the job at Hendrick’s Gin. The delightful English cucumber- and Bulgarian rose-forward gin embodies the spirit of exploration, aligning its brand with all that is “unusual,” “peculiar” and “wondrous.” As ambassador to the Western U.S., a tweedy and ginger Stoddard has access to toys such as the Hendrick’s Negroni Machine (with mechanical arms that prepare drinks at the pull of a lever) and hands out tiny cocktail field guides. But Stoddard’s adventurous streak dates back to his days studying international relations, and aspiring to join the State Department, CIA or foreign service. The student and bartender (later, a certified sommelier and bar owner) routinely saw his two worlds collide. “I was studying world history, imperialism and colonialism, but at the same time, I started to dive a little bit deeper into the history of alcohol. And I saw a lot of parallels,” Stoddard says. “Throughout human civilization—doesn’t matter if we’re going back to Egypt or into recent times—humans have had a very deep relationship with alcohol. It could’ve been medicinal, religious, ceremonial or recreational.” A keen observer and storyteller, Stoddard uses his grasp of world history and alcohol history to connect with consumers and industry members. “I think I made the right choice. [The other path] would’ve been a lot more bureaucratic paper pushing, and the parties that we throw as liquor ambassadors are much more fun.”

Sebastien Derbomez, Mr. Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

Scotch is a complex spirit that warrants ample explanation—which can sometimes knock the wind out of a good party. Therefore, repping for the mixable, youthful, social side of blended malt Scotch whisky is Derbomez, a charming and polite Frenchman by way of the U.K., Australia and U.S. with an accent that attests to his travels. Graduating with a degree in mathematics and electrical engineering, the man known as Seb became a schoolteacher and therefore is well equipped to help consumers and bartenders monkey around with his product, named in tribute to history’s maltmen, who turned malting barley by hand with a heavy iron implement. Derbomez is every bit the vivacious party animal, often outfitted head to toe in monkey-logo’d gear (even on the slopes!), but he is still very much a teacher. Albeit a cool one: “Enjoy your whiskey the way you want it—we just want you to have fun. Play with your whiskey. Forget about the stuffy rules.”

Charlotte Voisey, Madame Director

For every team of operatives, there must be a leader—the M to James Bond, the Colonel Nick Fury to The Avengers. As director of brand advocacy for William Grant & Sons USA, Voisey represents the entirety of the portfolio, mentoring and managing its 25 ambassadors, and she educates consumers and beverage professionals through live events as well as her online show, The Perfect Pour. But before joining the team in 2006 as the first Hendrick’s Gin ambassador, Voisey was a student of international hospitality management, which took her to London, Spain, Argentina and back, working in restaurant and bar operations. “It’s quite a normal path these days for a bartender to go into brand ambassador work because of the skill sets needed. But I find that I draw upon my bartender experience for a different reason than the most obvious, and that is the idea of multitasking, keeping calm and being everything to everyone,” Voisey says. The subsequent years spent in the ranks of the team she now leads means that Voisey can instantly connect with her colleagues while maintaining a bird’s-eye view of the overall mission. “Mostly it’s advice. They are going through the steps of their career, steps that I already went through. So it might be advice on how to handle certain situations, inspiration about how to break through the clutter and make a name for themselves, or they’ve seen what I’ve done but they’re not quite sure how I got there—also just morale and support. That’s not necessarily what they ask me for, but it’s definitely what I see that they need and, in the perfect situation, could provide for them.”

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Ashley Marsh, Ms. Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum

Cars, tattoos, booze—that’s the aesthetic of the Sailor Jerry brand, but also of its San Diego-based ambassador, Ashley Marsh. Degrees in photography and art history couldn’t quite match the excitement and allure of the spirits business, which attracted Marsh early on and quickly led to work in experiential marketing, promo team management and eventually large-scale tours including Comic-Con and auto shows. A chance meeting in a bar is what led Marsh to take up the Sailor Jerry mission; now six years in, her territory stretches from Milwaukee to Hawaii and all the way up to Alaska, and represents some 75 percent of the world’s consumption of the spiced rum. And perhaps no one is more suited to it than Marsh: “I was raised on stock cars, motorcycles, bike weeks and tattoos,” she says. “Living in San Diego, we like fast cars and motorcycles and just doing what we want. Respecting others, but doing what we want—that's everything that the Sailor Jerry brand stands for.”

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Jennifer Wren, Ms. Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch

Addressing the more serious side of Scotch takes serious presence, which is the only way to describe the arresting charisma of Jennifer Wren, Glenfiddich ambassador for the western third of the U.S. Commanding the room with a potent cocktail of charm and authority, Wren calls upon her background as a trained stage actor to convey knowledge and a personal connection to everyone attending her seminars, tastings or pairing dinners. Initially a spokesmodel by day, Wren handed out samples of first Champagne and later single malt whisky and sparkled in her presentation. She used her personal time to dive deeply inter her new category and took up the Glenfiddich mantle two years ago. “What a lot of people don't realize [about theater] is, it looks flawless from the audience, but backstage is chaos. Then the lights go up and you have to have a fearlessness,” Wren says. “So for me [this job is] that fine combination of weaving a tale in front of an audience, but fearlessly being able to drop down in any city, bar, convention center or setting, and never be afraid to share that story and be present in that space.”

 

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Vance Henderson, Mr. Drambuie

How do you breath new life into a venerable liqueur brand? You put it in the hands of someone like Henderson. Drambuie’s D.C.-based U.S. ambassador has the kind of unique skillset needed to explain why this heather-honey-kissed Scotch-based liqueur from the late 1800s is still relevant. After graduating with a dual degree in education and radio, TV and film production, and with minors in African studies and theater, Henderson did a complete 180, as bartending swept him into restaurant management, catering and eventually having his own underground supper club. So it’s no wonder that Henderson is able to bridge the gap between the Rat Pack-era Rusty Nail-drinkers and the millennial marketplace.  “Each ambassador kind of fits the brand they represent, and the brand kind of fits them,” he says. “Each person has to have their own flair and soul and character that complements and gives life to the brand they represent.” Henderson’s own flair would be for showcasing the soave, modern and social aspects of what he calls a “super classic” and a “living liquid legend,” doing so with a natural swagger and impeccable style. “Literally everything that I’ve done—whether it was the bar, catering company, the supper club—they have all shaped me for this position. It encompasses event planning, training, organization, marketing, acting, working with people, scouting venues… All of those, wrapped into one job, fulfill this need that I have to do many things. I call it the dream job.”

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          6th Annual Bar Hall of Fame   

We’ve knocked back hundreds of drinks to find the 30 bars inducted into the Vegas Seven Bar Hall of Fame, which began in 2012. The group runs the gamut, and last year we added to the variety, bringing in a blues bar, tiki joint, century-old saloon, posh hotel lounge and heavy-metal hangout—and 2017 will introduce even more. To be considered for the Hall of Fame, a bar must have been open for at least five years and have a distinct personality that adds something special to our city’s libation landscape.

From June 29 through midnight on July 14, go vote for your favorites in four regional categories listed below. Need to know more about the bars? We’ll be checking out a few on a Vegas Seven BHOF bar crawl on July 6, which you can watch via livestream (check our website for the exact time). At the close of voting, our panel of drinkers—ahem, editors—will consider the votes and declare a winner for each area, as well as an “editor’s choice” to join our hallowed list. The inductees will be revealed in the July 20 issue of Vegas Seven.

Already know all the bars? Skip the descriptions and go straight to voting. 

Don’t see one of your favorite bars? It might be a past winner

Two of our inductees have also graced Spike TV's Bar Rescue. See how they've fared since.


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Artifice
Est. 2011 

From hip-hop showcases to goth night, it’s likely the walls at Artifice has felt the reverb of just about every musical genre known to mankind. The Arts District bar has managed to outlive many of its neighbors, thanks to versatile programming and mass appeal. Here, you can rub elbows with Downtown suits, cosplay fanatics and bikers—both Harley-Davidson and ten-speed. And with all the makings of a proper cocktail program, including fresh juices, niche spirits, seasonal ingredients and an engaging bar staff, the art-heavy spot has cemented its place as a neighborhood institution. 1025 First St., artificebar.com —Jessi Acuna

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Beauty Bar
Est. 2004

One of the early pioneers of Fremont East, Beauty Bar’s theme is based on the New York City original Beauty Bar (an authentic ‘60s beauty salon with bar installed), but has developed its own unique flavor. The manicures are still available and the walls still sparkle with pink glitter, but the real draw is the entertainment, which ranges from multimedia hip-hop nights to touring stoner rock bands to showcases for rising stand-up comedians. And, hey, if the band doesn’t do it for you, the beer/shot deals might517 Fremont St., beautybarlv.com —Lissa Townsend Rodgers

Commonwealth
Est. 2012

With its velvet rope, beefy doormen and high-end interior design, Commonwealth brings a taste of the Strip to DTLV. Sure, the spot has a split personality, but that’s part of the appeal. Stop in early and it’s a chill joint to drink with a date or pregame with friends. Later? You’ll usually find it’s morphed into a nightclub, boasting an upstairs patio with a dance party under the stars. Commonwealth often has midweek special events geared to locals, and it offers a wide beer selection as well as a cocktail menu. We’ve heard it’s expensive, but we avoid that conversation by ordering well drinks, natch. 525 Fremont St., commonwealthlv.com —James P. Reza

Hitchin’ Post Saloon and Steakhouse
Est. 1953

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Located on the far north end of Las Vegas Boulevard, the Hitchin’ Post has been serving up beef and beer for more than six decades. Located at the far end of the Hitchin’ Post RV Park and Motel, the Saloon’s knotty paneling and natural stone reminds us that Las Vegas’ original style was not mid-mod, but Wild West. The bartenders are friendly, the grub is tasty and the mugs are cold. The Hitchin’ Post is a slice of old-style Nevada … albeit with a new Amazon distribution center going up across the street. 3650 Las Vegas Blvd. North, hpsslv.com —L.T.R.

German-American Social Club
 Est. 1981

The German-American Social Club of Nevada is a charming chalet located just off Las Vegas Boulevard. Founded in 1971, the club bought its current home a decade later. It’s a slice of the old country for anyone who loves German culture, or just beer and schnitzel. It features classic jazz on Tuesday nights and German traditional fare on Saturday nights at 6 p.m., and, being Germans, everything happens right on time. The bar features Bavarian comfort libations and there are a number of special events throughout the year, including a schoene Oktoberfest. 1110 E. Lake Mead Blvd., germanamericanclubnv.com Ginger Bruner

The Griffin
Est. 2007

If you’ve been frequenting Downtown since before the “D” was capitalized, then you’ve surely had a run-in at The Griffin. Whether it was an intimate moment near the fireplace, the urge to get Johnny Cash into rotation on the jukebox or a sweaty dance-off in the back room, this Fremont East bar helped many older millennials come of age and learn the art of blacking out—OK, maybe that was just us. Although the bar tends to attract a more suburban crowd these days, you can still count on the mainstays making an appearance. 511 Fremont St., facebook.com/theofficial.vegasgriffin J.A.

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Oscar’s
Est. 2011

This spot overlooking Fremont Street oozes old Vegas. In 1971, it was the elevated platform pool of the Union Plaza. Later, the dome went up and the space became the fancy Center Stage restaurant. More recently, it was a Downtown outpost of Firefly Tapas Kitchen & Bar, before relaunching as Oscar’s Beef, Booze & Broads, named for our martini-loving ex-mayor. The restaurant’s expansive bar and lounge hosts a weekly Locals’ Night on Wednesdays, with $5 well drinks and half-price appetizers. The food is excellent, and these bartenders (some are Downtown Cocktail Room veterans) know their stuff. Cheers! 1 Main St., oscarslv.com —J.P.R.


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South

Blondies
Est. 2007

Blondies might be an “official” HQ for Ohio State fans, but you don’t have to be a Buckeye to appreciate the frat-party feel of this Strip sports bar. With waitresses sporting cheerleader uniforms, lively competitions at the beer pong tables (aided by tournaments and $10 Busch Light pitcher specials) and drink specials that rival campus dive bars (bottomless wells and domestics set you back $20 during the afternoon and late-night happy hours), it’s easy to feel like an Animal House extra at this watering hole. Inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, blondieslasvegas.com —Mark Adams

Casino Royale
Est. 1979

Of the hundreds of bars on the Strip—or Downtown or in the local casinos, for that matter—only Casino Royale sells bottles of Michelob for a buck. And we’re not talking happy hour: The dollar deal runs 24/7/365. You’re sittin’ center-Strip here, so the customers tend to be tourists, many of whom have been coming back for years, mixed with value-seeking locals and after-shift casino employees. If you’re a quarter light, a draft Coors in a plastic cup is just 75 cents. Got the munchies? Walk across the casino floor anytime day or night and order two or three (or 10) sliders from White Castle.  3411 Las Vegas Blvd. South, casinoroyalehotel.com —Anthony Curtis

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The Chandelier
Est. 2010

This lounge inside The Cosmopolitan has become the go-to place for locals to impress visitors. The high-end cocktails served by serious mixologists are as beautiful as the sparkling crystal strands that encase the three separate floors of the bar. Each level offers a different experience, whether it’s listening to a jazzy lounge act on the bottom or catching a glimpse of the casino floor over a signature Fire Breathing Dragon cocktail on the top. The Chandelier is so glamorous, you’ll won’t mind dropping almost $20 on a drink. Inside The Cosmopolitan, cosmopolitanlasvegas.com —Jessie O’Brien

Piero’s Monkey Bar
Est. 1987

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Opened in its original location in 1982, few places in Sin City do Vegas as right as Piero’s, where old Vegas exists in concentrate and business deals and booty calls overlap over gin martinis and a 17-page wine list. Tourists show up here because they have an expense account or they read somewhere that it was featured in Casino. But the locals who frequently warm the same seats at the bar do so because they know discretion and decorum are served in equal doses, just like in the old days. 355 Convention Center Dr., pieroscuisine.com —J.P.R.

Cleopatra’s Barge
Est. 1970

Why hang at a throwback when you can party with the original? Cleopatra’s Barge is one of the last classic Vegas cocktail lounges, whose theme stems from the floating stage/dance floor decked out as a gilded barge, replete with hieroglyphs and a topless Cleo figurehead. After a period of relative quiet, the Barge has been reborn as the happening lounge it once was, hosting shows as disparate as jammy stalwarts Blues Traveler and post-R&B crooner CeeLo Green, as well as DJs and live bands. Inside Caesars Palace, caesars.com —L.T.R.

Free Zone
Est. 1998

This Fruit Loop mainstay is Las Vegas’ quintessential gay bar, and that’s a very, very good thing. Free Zone has everything you want from an LGBT nightspot—or day spot, considering that it’s open 24/7: beer busts, all-you-can-drink cocktail specials, drag-queen revues and a diverse playlist sprinkled with everyone’s favorite diva and disco favorites. If you’re not having fun at Free Zone, just ask the shot boy in a neon-colored banana hammock for another test tube of sugary, boozy deliciousness. 610 E. Naples Dr., freezonelv.com —M.A.

Huntridge Tavern
Est. 1962

The Huntridge Tavern is the dive bar’s dive bar. Located at the corner of Maryland Parkway and Charleston Boulevard since Jackie Kennedy was first lady, the HT is known for cheap booze, honest bartenders and one of the creepiest hallways in Las Vegas. There are a number of enhancements happening at the property, including new bathrooms, but the front room, where the magic happens, is keeping its O.G. flavor (velvet wallpaper, ancient bar signage). Put it this way: When noted dive-bar aficionado Anthony Bourdain comes to town, the Huntridge is where he parks his tuchus. 1116 E. Charleston Blvd., facebook.com —G.B.

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Lagasse’s Stadium
Est. 2009

Calling this restaurant/sportsbook/watering hole a “stadium” isn’t quite hyperbole—it’s a multilevel 24,000-square-foot space with four bars, private luxury suites and white leather couches and loungers facing a massive screen. In fact, there’s a TV screen everywhere you look, but we advise taking a peek around during commercial breaks. The place is littered with sports memorabilia: autographed jerseys from Brett Favre, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Joe Montana, Oscar de la Hoya and others. Of course, there’s also a chef’s coat autographed by Emeril Lagasse, the venue’s namesake and creator of its “kicked-up game-day fare.” Inside The Palazzo, emerilsrestaurants.com/lagasses-stadium —Zoneil Maharaj


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Backstop Sports Pub
Est. 1993

Originally a rec hall for Hoover Dam workers in the 1930s, the Backstop is one of Boulder City’s oldest dives: loud rock on the speakers, $2 PBR and Rolling Rock on tap, as well as pool, darts, shuffleboard and, of course, a Big Buck HD machine. To go with the latter, several taxidermied big-game heads adorn the cavernous space. By far the most striking attraction is the beautiful mahogany bar—a piece from boxer Jim Jeffries’ Los Angeles tavern, made in 1904. And if it’s raining, there’s a sign out front that boasts, “A free drink to anyone any day the sun doesn’t shine in Boulder City.” 533 Avenue B, Boulder City, backstopsportspub.com —Z.M.

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The Dillinger
Est. 2011

In any other town, The Dillinger might be a hipster hang: craft beers on tap, gourmet burgers with artisanal buns (The Baby Face Nelson comes with baked Brie and fig jam; how bougie is that?), modern rustic decor and a quirky 1930s gangster theme, hence the name. But this is blue-collar Boulder City, which means no snobs or curly mustaches—just quality food, drinks and small-town talk, with the occasional live band. Pro tip: Drop by in May for their annual block party. 1224 Arizona St., Boulder City, thedillinger.com —Z.M.

Dive Bar
Est. 2010

Well, it’s truth in advertising, if not creativity. Located in the same strip-mall spot that held industry after-hours hangout Favorites and, before that, mob thug Tony Spilotro’s pizza joint, Dive Bar is a lo-fi, no-frills hangout. The bartenders are heavily tattooed ladies slinging cheap cans of Hamm’s and shots of Jameson to a crowd that likes it loud and smoky. Bands are mostly punk with the occasional metal or ska outfit playing on a tiny stage—Murphy’s Law, the Toasters and the Mentors are among the acts that audiences have been able to get up close and personal with (occasionally a little too close if the mosh pit gets wild). 4110 S. Maryland Pkwy., facebook.com/divebarlv —L.T.R.

Italian-American Club
Est. 1965

“Back when the mob ran the town ...” is a familiar phrase for many Las Vegans, but only a fraction of the Valley’s population can say they experienced that era. That’s what’s so great about the more-than-five-decades-old Italian-American Club, where you can step back in time to an age when dimly lit lounges with crooners behind the mic ruled the city’s entertainment scene. And you don’t need paisano blood to enjoy the club’s live music, robust wine list or bocce ball courts. That’s right: The old-school pastime is alive and well at the IAC. 2333 E. Sahara Ave., iacvegas.com —M.A.

 

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Jake's
Est. 1990

Located just north of Sahara Avenue, Jake’s began its existence as an Italian restaurant before becoming a bar. Current owner Glenn Hill kept the name when he bought it from Jake in 1997, and even rebuilt it to the original Jake’s specs after a fire in 2008. If you’re a Broncos fan, you are likely already acquainted with the plethora of big-screen TVs, $2 Jake’s drafts and the homemade $2 food menu made by the owner (his red sauce is yummy). The pool tables draw a crowd and you can sing karaoke Friday through Sunday. Jake’s Friday night T-bone steak dinner special is a big deal, too. 2301 S. Eastern Ave., jakesbarvegas.com—G.B.

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Badlands Saloon
Est. 1995

This cowboy-themed gay bar holds down its corner of Commercial Center, welcoming all kinds through its (faux) swinging doors, from the old and wise to the young and shirtless, drag queens and leather daddies—even straight couples front-loading before heading over to the nearby Green Door. At one point, the Western theme included cow-print on everything, but today it’s a bit more refined, with wood paneling and black-and-whites of country legends dotting the walls. With cheerful bartenders and friendly patrons, Badlands Saloon always provides a good vibe. 953 E. Sahara Ave., badlands-saloon.com —L.T.R.

Stake Out
Est. 1981

Remember back when you were a disaffected poli-sci major at UNLV, and you got 86’d from Carlos Murphy’s? You probably ended up here. You were smoking cloves, downing Rolling Rock, chatting up vegetarian art majors and grooving to some KUNV Rock Avenue DJ. Well, wake up, Gen X, because that was a few decades ago, Carlos Murphy’s is long gone and you already divorced that art major. But the Stake Out rolls on, and in the roiling sea of change that is Las Vegas, that’s important. C’mon pal. Let’s have a beer. And a Philly cheesesteak—we aren’t vegetarians anymore. 4800 S. Maryland Pkwy., facebook.com/stakeout.bar —J.P.R.

Rum Runner
Est. 1988

Over the many years the Rum Runner has been slinging drinks, it’s garnered a very specific clientele: those who like to drink and drink cheap. With pints starting at $2.50 and 25-ounce brews in the $4–$8 range, you’re getting buzzed for less than $20. The Runner’s a fun place to be, especially if you’re a Packers fan. It’s got enough sports paraphernalia to create a pop-up, and the energy that comes with watching a game with fans makes the beer taste just a bit sweeter. Best yet: Good bar food that’s more dinner and less bite-size is just a step away at the 24-hour Badger Cafe, which will deliver right to the bar. 1801 E. Tropicana Ave., rumrunnervegas.com —Amber Sampson


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West

Big Dog’s Draft House
Est. 1988

An outpost of Wisconsin hospitality (think walleye and cheese curds), the Draft House has been slinging delicious food and libations on north Rancho for almost three decades. Big Dog’s relocated its award-winning brewery there in 2003, after being the first microbrewery in Southern Nevada at their Holy Cow location on the Strip. The facility has steadily expanded, and the patio is the place to be on Thursday nights for live music. There are always brewmaster specials and several guest taps. It’s heaven for hops lovers, and Big Dog’s even makes a wonderful house-made root beer for nondrinkers. 4543 N. Rancho Dr., bigdogsbrews.com—G.B.

Hard Hat Lounge
Est. 1962

The Hard Hat was pouring on Industrial Road long before the art galleries and dispensaries arrived, but it’s adapted to the changes. An outdoor patio and indoor food service have been added, as well as frequent live entertainment. But the Hard Hat’s main draws remain the same: cheap drinks and the pulp-style mural behind the bar, a depiction of shirtsleeved men gambling, drinking and ogling blondes, an image straight out of a Mike Hammer novel. Painted by a long-ago patron, it continues to intrigue new ones. 1675 S. Industrial Rd., hardhatbar.com —L.T.R.

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John Cutter
Est. 2008

As delicious as smoked sable tartare and a scientifically crafted Old Fashioned may be, many prefer a simpler time when a bloody steak and cold brew were enough to satisfy our tastes. That’s what guests can get at John Cutter. The dark and woody traditional tavern offers an extensive menu of American fare, some breakfast and Mexican food items, a handful of cocktails and a couple dozen beers, served by the cute all-women waitstaff. Expect to find different crowds throughout the day—gamblers, families, bro daters, drinkers and Red Rock hikers grabbing a bite on their way back to the city. 11770 W. Charleston Blvd., johncutterlv.com —J.O.

Irene’s
Est. 1977

Located on Spring Mountain Road, about three miles west of the Strip, Irene’s offers pool, darts and one of the finest 24-hour kitchens in Vegas. Remember those old-time ham-and-egg breakfasts with the ham steak so big it had to be served on a separate plate? You’ll find it here around the clock for $9.99. There’s a Friday-night open darts contest with a $10 entry fee that’s matched by the bar, plus a free NFL contest every week during football season. The beer deal is a frosty PBR draft for $2.75 and, on Sundays, spicy horseradish-splashed Bloody Marys in a tall glass are $2.50 apiece all day long. Do it! 5480 Spring Mountain Rd., facebook.com/irenescocktaillounge —A.C.

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Jackson’s Bar & Grill
Est. 2003

This neighborhood gaming bar is home to some of the best steak specials in Las Vegas, including a 16-ounce rib eye for $15.99 and a 10-ouncer for $13.99, both available 24/7. Better yet is the Mondays-only $14.99 prime rib, which might be the best prime rib value in the entire city. Shots start at $5 and a draft Busch is $2.50, or get two—yes, two—pitchers for $11. This is the rare bar with a bitcoin machine on the premises and the joint is flat-out jammed for Packers games. 6020 W. Flamingo Rd., beststeakdeal.com—A.C.

Moon Doggie’s
Est. 1999

Bedecked with sports flags, surfboards and other frat-house paraphernalia, Moon Doggie’s Bar is unconcerned with creating any kind of atmosphere besides “dive.” Highballs are served in red Solo cups, and there’s beer on tap and in the bottle. The bartenders are polite, prompt and will ID you if you look remotely underage, as Naked City Pizza’s jurisdiction ends just inside the order window at the back. Patrons understand if you need to use your outside voice inside Moon Doggie’s: Not only can you yell at any of the eight screens playing the game, but you can also sing Billy Joel lyrics—or whatever else you can find on the jukebox—at the top of your lungs. 3240 Arville St., facebook.com/moondoggieslv—Shannon Miller

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Nora’s
Est. 1991

Las Vegas overflows with great restaurants boasting great bars, but just about every bearded mixologist from the Strip to the suburbs can credit Nora’s for celebrating the civilized drink in a town spoiled by cheap booze and crappy mixers. For more than a quarter century, it has elevated the boozing experience, curating a collection of local fans who appreciate proper drinks and tasty nosh. Last year, the Mauro family nudged Nora’s into a brand-new building; we like to slide in on Sunday nights, when the UNLV jazz band complements the best Sazerac in town. 5780 W. Flamingo Rd., norascuisine.com —J.P.R.


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