View of the skyline of Hollywood Beach, Broward County, Florida, USA   

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View of the skyline of Hollywood Beach, Broward County, Florida, USA

Hollywood is a city in Broward County, Florida, located between Fort Lauderdale and Miami. The average temperature is between 68 and 83 degrees. As of July 1, 2015 Hollywood has a population of 149,728. Founded in 1925, the city grew rapidly in the 1950s and 1960s, and is now the twelfth largest city in Florida. Hollywood is a principal city of the Miami metropolitan area, which was home to an estimated 6,012,331 people at the 2015 census.


Joseph W. Young founded the city in 1925. He dreamed of building a motion picture colony on the East Coast of the United States and named the town after Hollywood, California. Young bought up thousands of acres of land around 1920, and named his new town "Hollywood by the Sea" to distinguish it from his other real estate venture, "Hollywood in the Hills", in New York


Young had a vision of having lakes, golf courses, a luxury beach hotel, country clubs, and a main street, Hollywood Boulevard. After the 1926 Miami hurricane, Hollywood was severely damaged; local newspapers reported that Hollywood was second only to Miami in losses from the storm. Following upon Young's death in 1934, the city encountered more terrific hurricanes and not only that, but the stock market crashed with personal financial misfortunes. It felt as though the city was tumbling slowly piece by piece with all of those tragic events taking place.


Hollywood is a planned city. On Hollywood Boulevard is the Mediterranean-style Joseph Young Mansion, built around 1921, making it one of the oldest houses in Hollywood.


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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollywood,_Florida


          Big Bang Theory star thanks firefighters after house fire   
Johnny Galecki’s holiday home could not be saved from a California wildfire.
          Abucheos en California por el proyecto de salud del Senado   
Políticos, proveedores de atención médica y defensores de los consumidores en California tuvieron ásperas críticas para el flamante proyecto de ley de salud del Senado revelado el jueves 22 de junio, argumentando que podría hacer que la cobertura sea inaccesible para los residentes más pobres, a la vez que recortaría impuestos para los ricos. “Este […]

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          Ray Appleton - 06.30.17 - A third of enrollees of the "Obamaphone" program may not be qualified   
San Francisco will pay $190K to an undocumented immigrant over sanctuary law violations. A list of esteem law professors suggest term limits for Supreme Court judges. A federal judge has blocked California's high-capacity magazine ban. California Senator Josh Newman supporters filed a lawsuit to stop the GOP recall effort over his vote on the gas tax. A new government audit finds more than a third of enrollees of the "Obamaphone" program may not be qualified among other fraudulent findings.
          See the Aftermath of a Plane Crash on California’s 405 Freeway   
The plane burst into flames upon crashing
          Theoretical Scientists Gather For 35th Annual Symposium To Try To Determine How Gas Nozzle Knows When Tank Is Full   

PASADENA, CA—In hopes of better understanding a phenomenon that has vexed researchers for decades, hundreds of theoretical scientists have assembled at the California Institute of Technology for the 35th annual symposium on how gas nozzles know when a car’s tank is full, sources said Thursday.

The weeklong academic conference, which draws top experts in quantum physics, pure mathematics, systems theory, and numerous other scientific fields, will feature a variety of interdisciplinary panel discussions and collaborative workshop sessions, as well as dozens of presentations from theorists sharing their ideas about what kind of mechanism could possibly enable a gasoline pump to turn itself off at just the right moment and avoid spilling fuel all over the place.

“All we know for certain is that you leave the nozzle in there for a while, it makes this little popping sound, and then your tank is full. Maybe this is the ...


          U2's East Rutherford #2 setlist, 29/06/17   

It was the penultimate night of The Joshua Tree Tour 2017's first leg, and tonight's concert in East Rutherford was also the last doubleheader in the United States this tour.

The setlist was largely identical to last night. Bad was performed for the ninth concert in succession; the last time it reached a streak this long was all the way back on the Zooropa leg of the ZooTV Tour when it was done 17 concerts in a row from 18 July 1993 in Bologna to 28 August 1993 in Dublin. Prior to this it was rare for the song to miss a concert at all. During Trip, Bono went on an extended reminiscence of when Edge and Larry briefly toured with an Irish country band called the Drifting Cowboys during U2's formative period, and advice they received from a band member to leave rock music for country.

The set changes came in the encore. Mysterious Ways was performed for the second time this tour after missing four concerts. The previous performance was on 18 June 2017 in Philadelphia where it replaced Ultraviolet. This time Ultraviolet remained in the set, coming directly after Mysterious Ways and retaining the Luminous Icons visuals. One closed the night. On a sidenote, it is worth pointing out that every two tours the band change the way they play Mysterious Ways. On ZooTV and PopMart it was done with a piano introduction which was dropped on subsequent tours. Elevation and Vertigo featured the song as on the Achtung Baby album, but retaining the Edge's slide solo from earlier tours. On 360 and I+E the slide solo was dropped from the performance, and now on The Joshua Tree 2017 it has reverted to the Elevation/Vertigo style.

The full set was as follows:

  1. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  2. New Year's Day
  3. Bad / America (snippet)
  4. Pride (In The Name Of Love)
  5. Where The Streets Have No Name / California (There Is No End To Love) (snippet)
  6. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
  7. With Or Without You
  8. Bullet The Blue Sky
  9. Running To Stand Still
  10. Red Hill Mining Town
  11. In God's Country
  12. Trip Through Your Wires
  13. One Tree Hill
  14. Exit / Wise Blood (snippet) / Eeny Meeny Miny Moe (snippet)
  15. Mothers Of The Disappeared

  16. encore(s):
  17. Miss Sarajevo / The New Colossus (snippet)
  18. Beautiful Day / People Have The Power (snippet)
  19. Elevation
  20. Vertigo / Rock 'N' Roll Nigger (snippet)
  21. Mysterious Ways
  22. Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
  23. One / Hear Us Coming (snippet)
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          Quirk-Silva Bill to Protect California Jobs Becomes Law   
(SACRAMENTO) –Assembly Bill 1727 (AB 1727) by Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Orange County) was signed into law, by governor Edmund Gerald Brown Jr. AB 1727 reformed the Government Code related to Foreign Trade Zones and the California Foreign Investment Program. Foreign Trade Zones are areas within the state where goods may be imported more easily.  “International…
          Disneyland Resort prepares to Celebrate America this 4th of July Weekend   

If you’re planning to be in Southern California this Fourth of July holiday weekend, it’s not too late to add a visit to the Disneyland Resort to celebrate America’s independence. Most of us think of fireworks and those are pretty spectacular, as this video from Disneyland highlights But there are...

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          ​SoCal Independence Day travelers to pay record-low price for gas   
The number of travelers over the Fourth of July holiday is expected to exceed a record high of 5 million statewide and 3.1 million in the Southland, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California. Those travelers also will pay the lowest Independence Day level prices for gas since 2005 in most areas, AAA said. As of June 29, the retail statewide average was $2.94 a gallon for regular unleaded, four cents less than a week ago. In 2005 at this time, the average California price was $2.46…

          Photos: There's a healthy helping of snow for Yosemite's Fourth of July visitors   
For generations of Californians, especially those from the Bay Area, the Fourth of July is about the Sierra Nevada and Yosemite National Park. The Fourth is a lazy float on the Merced River in a rubber raft through Yosemite Valley. It’s hot dogs and a camp fire, chilly nights in a tent, hiking through big trees and up steep climbs. Join the conversation: Follow @SVbizjournal on Twitter, "Like" us on Facebook and sign up for our free email newsletters. Sheer cliffs. Waterfalls. Snow in the high…

          Jeepers (It's Christmas) in July Giveaway Hop   


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          Roku TV devices still banned in Mexico   

Roku TV devices still banned in Mexico

A Mexican tribunal has upheld a ban on the import of Roku streaming devices in the country, citing piracy.

Cable TV provider, Cablevision, had successfully managed to have the import and sale of Roku streaming devices banned in the country on the grounds that some owners are using them for illegal television streaming. Roku did manage to have that order suspended for a few days, but has now suffered another setback.

This week, a Mexico City tribunal upheld the initial import ban, keeping it illegal to sell devices from California-based Roku in the country.

"Cablevision cannot allow the content that it licenses from domestic and foreign companies to be illegally used," Cablevision spokeswoman Maria Eugenia Zurita told Reuters.

"We would also like Roku Inc to better supervise the use of its software so that it's not used inappropriately."

Roku devices are set-top media boxes that are intended to be used with Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Starz and plenty of other legal streaming services on the Internet. In recent years, such devices have fueled a growth in cord-cutting, the practice of dropping cable and satellite television services in favor of online streaming services.

Not all services are legal, of course, and devices can be modified and configured to access illegal streaming services. According to the Reuters report, Roku owners in Mexico are frequently contacted by providers of illegal television streaming services offering them cheap packages of hundreds of television channels, without appropriate permission and licensing.

Roku does not advertise its products for illegal use, and rulings that ban digital media products due to their misuse by some customers could have terrible consequences. Roku is keeping optimistic about the future of its products in Mexico, however.

"Today's decision is not the final word in this complex legal matter, and it is not expected to prevent consumers from purchasing Roku products in Mexico at this time," Roku General Counsel Steve Kay said.

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          Plane bursts into flames on freeway   
A SMALL twin-engine plane has dropped out of the sky and exploded in flames on a busy freeway near a Southern California airport.
          The Myth of Proposition 187   
From the academic journal Political Behavior: Reexamining the Effect of Racial Propositions on Latinos’ Partisanship in California by Iris Hui and David O. Sears First Online: 23 March 2017 DOI: 10.1007/s11109-017-9400-1 Many seasoned politicians and scholars have attributed the loss in support for the Republican Party in California to its push for three racially divisive propositions […]
          Vista Equity takes majority stake in California online property management payment firm   
Vista Equity Partners LLC has taken a majority stake in PayLease, an online payments and billing provider for the property management and HOA industry. PayLease, which was founded in 2003 and is based in San Diego, California, serves more than 4,500 property management companies nationwide. In a statement, PayLease officials said the cash injection from Austin-based Vista Equity will support its accelerated organic growth as well as help back potential future acquisitions. The amount of Vista Equity’s…

          Non-Boring #Tech4Good Meetings for Nonprofits   
NetSquared organizers bring together the nonprofit technology community for face-to-face meetings ... but we all know that meetings are boring! Admit it, you sometimes dread going to those all-staff assemblies. Luckily for you, our NetSquared leaders are super creative when planning their #Tech4Good events. "Meetings" come in diverse and innovative formats like Mississauga, Canada's Geek Talk — Coffee and Convo; Pangani, Tanzania's Social Media Surgery ; and Birmingham, United Kingdom's Summer Tech for Good Social in a local pub. Join us at your local group. It will be fun — we promise! Find your closest NetSquared group Upcoming Tech for Good Events This roundup of face-to-face nonprofit tech events includes meetups from NetSquared , NTEN's Tech Clubs , and other awesome organizations. If you're holding monthly events gathering the #nptech community, let me know , and I'll include you in the next community calendar. Or, apply today to start your own NetSquared group. Africa The targets need to be linked like so: --> Jump to events in North America or go international with events in Africa and Middle East Asia and Pacific Rim Europe and United Kingdom Central and South America ## North America ## Africa ## Europe ## Asia and Pacific Rim --> North America Monday, July 3, 2017 Mississauga, Ontario: Geek Talk — Coffee and Convo Wednesday, July 5, 2017 San Francisco, California: Code for America Civic Hack Night Thursday, July 6, 2017 San Francisco, California: Tech for Good Monthly Mixer Friday, July 07, 2017 Saint Paul, Minnesota: Tips and Tools to Doll Up Your Data | Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (Free) Tuesday, July 11, 2017 Naples, Florida: How to use Technology to Communicate and Manage Volunteers Vancouver, British Columbia: Full Spectrum Civic Engagement Columbus, Ohio: Nonprofit IT Forum Boston, Massachusetts: Tech Networks of Boston Roundtable: Nonprofit Organizations, Civic Data, and Civic Faith Phoenix, Arizona: Phoenix: QuickBooks Made Easy Wednesday, July 12, 2017 Los Angeles, California: Summer Social Phoenix, Arizona: Data Management: What Nonprofits Need to Know San Francisco, California: Code for America Civic Hack Night Monday, July 17, 2017 Kitchener, Ontario: Mail Management Tuesday, July 18, 2017 Greensburg, Pennsylvania: Bagels and Bytes — Westmoreland Marietta, Georgia: Easy SEO Fixes for Your Nonprofit Jasper, Indiana: Social Media Wednesday, July 19, 2017 San Francisco, California: Code for America Civic Hack Night Portland, Oregon: QuickBooks Made Easy Thursday, July 20, 2017 Seattle, Washington: QuickBooks Made Easy Friday, July 21, 2017 San Francisco, California: Mobile Apps for Change Demo Day at the Salvation Army Monday, July 24, 2017 Nanaimo, British Columbia: "Free Money" (Microsoft Volume Licensing and Google for Nonprofits) Tuesday, July 25, 2017 Buffalo, New York: Why Nonprofits Should Use TechSoup and NetSquared Houston, Texas: Net2Houston Refresh! Wednesday, July 26, 2017 San Francisco, California: Code for America Civic Hack Night Friday, July 28, 2017 Seattle, Washington: Roundtable for New Nonprofit Executives Tuesday, August 1, 2017 Naples, Florida: Tech4Good SWFL Meeting Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Bagels and Bytes — Allegheny Wednesday, August 2, 2017 San Francisco, California: Code for America Civic Hack Night Phoenix, Arizona: Defining and Targeting Your Audience: Marketing for Nonprofits Thursday, August 3, 2017 Cleveland, Ohio: How to Remarket to Website Visitors via Facebook and Twitter Monday, August 7, 2017 Mississauga, Ontario: Geek Talk — Coffee and Convo Tuesday, August 8, 2017 Columbus, Ohio: Nonprofit IT Forum Ottawa, Ontario: Review Progress on Data Analysis Projects Wednesday, August 9, 2017 San Francisco, California: Code for America Civic Hack Night Los Angeles, California: Web Accessibility: Designing Inclusive User Experiences Friday, August 11, 2017 Saint Paul, Minnesota: Optimizing Your Communications for Mobile | Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (Free) Wednesday, August 16, 2017 San Francisco, California: Code for America Civic Hack Night Research Triangle Park, North Carolina: The Internet of Things: You Only Live Twice? Tuesday, August 22, 2017 Houston, Texas: Net2Houston Refresh! Wednesday, August 23, 2017 San Francisco, California: Code for America Civic Hack Night Asia and Pacific Rim Saturday, July 15, 2017 Jakarta, Indonesia: Strategy of Data Collection for Nonprofits Tuesday, August 15, 2017 Jakarta, Indonesia: YouTube for Nonprofits Africa and Middle East Saturday, July 1, 2017 Bunda, Tanzania: Microsoft Cloud Computing Monday, July 3, 2017 Beirut, Lebanon: Lebanon's Digital Big Bang — An AltCity Info Session Friday, July 7, 2017 Mukono, Uganda: Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Kibiribiri Primary School Saturday, July 8, 2017 Bunda, Tanzania: Microsoft Cloud Computing Wednesday, July 12, 2017 Bamenda, Cameroon: How to Create Digital Stories Friday, July 14, 2017 Mukono, Uganda Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Kibiribiri Primary School Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Saint John Kaama Primary Saturday, July 15, 2017 Bunda, Tanzania: Microsoft Cloud Computing Friday, July 21, 2017 Mukono, Uganda Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Kibiribiri Primary School Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Saint John Kaama Primary Saturday, July 22, 2017 Bunda, Tanzania: Microsoft Cloud Computing Friday, July 28, 2017 Port Harcourt, Nigeria: Creating Apps and Other Tech Mukono, Uganda: Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Saint John Kaama Primary Saturday, July 29, 2017 Bunda, Tanzania: Microsoft Cloud Computing Pangani, Tanzania: Social Media Surgery: WhatsApp for Farmers and Livestock Keepers Sunday, July 30, 2017 Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of Local Members Friday, August 4, 2017 Mukono, Uganda: Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Kibiribiri Primary School Saturday, August 5, 2017 Bunda, Tanzania: Microsoft Cloud Computing Wednesday, August 9, 2017 Bamenda, Cameroon: How to Create Digital Stories Friday, August 11, 2017 Mukono, Uganda Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Kibiribiri Primary School Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Saint John Kaama Primary Saturday, August 12, 2017 Bunda, Tanzania: Microsoft Cloud Computing Friday, August 18, 2017 Mukono, Uganda Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Kibiribiri Primary School Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Saint John Kaama Primary Saturday, August 19, 2017 Bunda, Tanzania: Microsoft Cloud Computing Friday, August 25, 2017 Mukono, Uganda: Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Kibiribiri Primary School Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Saint John Kaama Primary Saturday, August 26, 2017 Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of Local Members Sunday, August 27, 2017 Pangani, Tanzania: Social Media Surgery: Instagram for Farmers and Livestock Keepers Europe and United Kingdom Saturday, July 1, 2017 Saint-Étienne , France: Rencontres Mondiales du Logiciel Libre 2017 Monday, July 3, 2017 Edinburgh, United Kingdom: One Digital Meetup Leith Tuesday, July 4, 2017 Saint-Étienne , France: Rencontres Professionnelles du Logiciel Libre Monday, July 10, 2017 Birmingham, United Kingdom: Data Analysis for Nonprofits Tuesday, July 11, 2017 West Bridgford, United Kingdom: User Research and Service Design — Lunch and Learn for Nottinghamshire County Council Staff Wednesday, July 12, 2017 Cambridge, United Kingdom Social Media Surgery — Hands-on Help with Social Media Tech for Good — Law and Justice Tuesday, July 18, 2017 Bath, United Kingdom: Design for All — Technology for Everyone, Accessibility, and User Experience Thursday, July 20, 2017 Milngavie, United Kingdom: One Digital Meetup Milngavie Tuesday, July 25, 2017 Renens, Switzerland: OpenLab: Visite du Fablab de Renens Dublin, Ireland: Design Thinking For Good: IBM Health Corps Tuesday, August 1, 2017 West Bridgford, United Kingdom: Organisation Design — Lunch and Learn for Nottinghamshire County Council Staff Wednesday, August 9, 2017 Cambridge, United Kingdom: Social Media Surgery — Hands-on Help with Social Media Monday, August 14, 2017 Birmingham, United Kingdom: Summer Tech for Good Social Tuesday, August 29, 2017 Paudex, Switzerland: RdV4-0.ch: 2. Objets Connectés — IoT Renens, Switzerland: OpenLab: Visite du Fablab de Renens Thursday, August 31, 2017 Edinburgh, United Kingdom: One Digital Meetup Edinburgh Image : Michele Mateus / CC BY Siobhan Aspinall with Umbrella at The Digital Nonprofit 201 : Elijah van der Giessen via Michele Mateus / CC BY-NC 2.0 --> spanhidden
          Hawkeye: Worst Fight Club Ever   

Project Mayhem: Venice Chapter

Come one, come all to the thing we can’t talk about…ah screw it, fight club! That’s right, on August 2, return to a blood and sweat soaked Venice basement reminiscent of the Hotel California to work out your frustrations, and then maybe never leave. Hosting, as always, is creator Kelly Thompson and her partner in creation, Leonardo Romero.

Location: We plead the fifth.

Time: When the need for violence arises.

Rules:

  1. Do not talk about fight club.

*We understand that by making this you probably think we broke this rule, however, see rule 3.

  1. No rules! We don’t play fair.

*This is fight club, not whine about someone blinding you with dirt club.

  1. We do what we want.

*We, the people running the club, do what we want. You, do whatever we say. It’s the golden rule: He who runs the fight club makes the rules.

A word from our Sponsor:

Introducing our newest gladiator: Kate Bishop! That’s right, super hero Hawkeye has joined our ranks and will be fighting her way through not only our seasoned champions, but also some heavy daddy issues. Poor thing got caught up tracking down someone else’s father in her latest case, but it’s her own she’s really after.

“We’re finding Kate in a much more emotional state than we’re used to finding her,” says Thompson. “She really grew up with her father mostly believing there were some aberrations there but she thought he was a really good man in general. So peeling back those layers and finding out that’s not really true not only calls into question things about him, but it makes her question things about herself.”

Looks like daddy Hawkeye may just end up on his daughter’s super villain hit list…talk about your family drama. Good thing she has come to us in her time of need. It’s time to punch the pain away, Kate.

“Kate is a very good fighter so even if she doesn’t look like the guys who are down there in these cages, she’s going to do well in a one on one fight. She’s incredibly smart, she’s well trained, and she’s a super hero,” warns Thompson. But let’s not forget that, that means she must stick too a code, she can’t just hurt people willy-nilly. Sounds like prime time for you newbies to make your mark, so come on down!

Reviews:

StreetFighter212: YAAASSSS!! I’M GONNA WRECK YOU WUSSIES!! COME AT ME BRAH!

            Deadpooled: Kate is going to wipe the floor with you.

Clint4life: Whatever, she’s not even the real Hawkeye.

Cagedfighter16: Is anybody reading this?! COME AND RESCUE ME!!! They’re keeping me in a cage and I don’t want to be here!!!

TheRealKateBishop: Okay I was playing along with this at first but now it’s on. I’m not the sad seal at the zoo, for one thing I can’t balance a ball on my nose…I’m busting everyone out, finding Molly’s dad and taking you creeps down!

Deadpooled: Oh snap!

Be sure to grab seats for Kate’s fight club debut and find out if she solves her case or gets lost in a whirlwind of fists and emotions in HAWKEYE #9 out August 2, written by Kelly Thompson with art by Leonardo Romero.


          ‘F*cking Cambodian N*gger!’: Man Harasses Woman And Her 9-Year-Old Daughter [Video]   
A California woman filmed, and posted to Facebook, a run-in she had with a man while riding her bike with her 9-year-old daughter, that ended with the man calling her a “f*cking Cambodian n*gger.” Paula Nuguid said […]
          Minnesota Has 6 Of The Best 'Beach Towns' In America   
When you think of a “beach town”, what comes to mind? I’ll be honest, Minnesota doesn’t immediately cross my mind, mainly because I think of a random small town along an ocean coast. I think of states like California, New Jersey, or Florida... Continue reading…
          The Changing Face of California’s Water Leadership   
Surveying a generator unit at the California Department of Water Resources Devil Canyon Powerplant. The facility located in San Bernardino County generates electricity from water traveling through the plant from Silverwood Lake. The water is then discharged into two afterbays which water is distributed to contracting water users. Photo taken April 6, 2012. 

John Chacon / California Department of Water Resources, FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY

California’s water managers face many challenges—from climate change to a growing population. We talked to Celeste Cantú about how the profession must change to better address these issues.

The post The Changing Face of California’s Water Leadership appeared first on PPIC.


          Video: Building Urban Drought Resilience   
Park and landscaping near modern buildings in city.

California’s urban areas used a variety of tools to get through the latest drought. A panel of urban water experts explored successful strategies, and lessons learned to help prepare for future droughts.

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          Building Drought Resilience in California’s Cities and Suburbs   
Downtown Los Angeles, silhouette-like with palm trees.

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          Building Drought Resilience in California’s Cities and Suburbs   
California City Urban

California’s urban water suppliers have become increasingly adept at drought management thanks to investments in diverse supplies, cooperative efforts with neighbors, and programs to manage water demand. But in the face of extreme hot and dry conditions, questions arose over preparedness for ongoing drought, and the state took the unprecedented step of ordering mandatory water conservation in 2015. This report looks at evolving state and local roles in managing urban water supply during drought, and lessons to help us better prepare for droughts of the future.

This research was supported with funding from California Water Service, the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, and the US Environmental Protection Agency.

The post Building Drought Resilience in California’s Cities and Suburbs appeared first on PPIC.


          Commentary: Strategy for California’s Next Drought   
Summer day with the skyline of Los Angeles with water patterns of lake in forground, California

How to prepare the state’s urban areas for droughts of the future.

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          How Unhealthy Forests Affect Water Supply   
Panorama of the King Fire in Pollock Pines CA that burned over 70,000 acres

California’s forested watersheds are feeling the effects of drought and fire suppression practices that encourage overly dense stands of trees.

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          California Farmers Face Labor Drought   
Immigrant Farmworkers

After years of record drought, California’s farmers now face a farm labor shortage caused by declining immigration from Mexico.

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          Water Law Aided Ecosystems in Drought   
South Fork of the Yuba River, California.

A look at how laws designed to protect California’s aquatic environment functioned during this drought.

The post Water Law Aided Ecosystems in Drought appeared first on PPIC.


          Groundwater in California   
Groundwater Pump

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          Bringing Big, Small Farms Together to Manage Water   
Agricultural fields in Central Valley, California.  Mountain range visible in far distance.

The San Joaquin Valley’s farms come in all sizes. Regional solutions to the valley's water challenges will need to take this diversity into account.

The post Bringing Big, Small Farms Together to Manage Water appeared first on PPIC.


          Better Information Can Help the Environment   
Salmon, Lake Tahoe

Better water accounting systems, such as those used in other arid places, could improve our understanding and management of California's aquatic ecosystems.

The post Better Information Can Help the Environment appeared first on PPIC.


          Commentary: What Did We Learn from the Drought?   
SanLuisReservoir

A review of policy changes that can help California weather the next drought—and prepare us for a hotter, drier future.

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          Wetlands at Risk from Federal Rule Change   
SuisunWetlands

The Trump administration has ordered the repeal of a federal Clean Water Act rule. We asked a legal expert what that might mean for California’s wetlands.

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          Remaking the Salton Sea   
Great Egret With Huge Meal

California’s largest lake faces a water crisis. A new state plan seeks to address urgent environmental and public health problems.

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          Californians Favor Funding Flood Improvements   
OrovilleSpillwayRepair

Public concern about California’s aging flood infrastructure is growing—including how to pay for upgrades.

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          Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government   
032317CAGSurvey

About the Program
PPIC's latest survey examines Californians' views on President Trump and Congress, as well as their preferences on immigration policy, terrorism and security, and government regulation. It also covers state issues, including attitudes toward elected officials, high-speed rail, and water infrastructure. PPIC researcher Dean Bonner will outline these and other key findings.

This research was supported with funding from the James Irvine Foundation, the California Endowment, and the PPIC Donor Circle.

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          PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government   
Capitol Building – Statewide Survey

A majority of Californians disapprove of President Trump’s order banning travel to the US by people from six majority Muslim countries. And most support providing a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

Crosstabs:
All Adults [PDF]
Likely Voters [PDF]

Time Trends:
All Adults [PDF]
Likely Voters [PDF]

This research was supported with funding from the James Irvine Foundation, the California Endowment, and the PPIC Donor Circle.

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          La Comisionada Laboral de California sanciona a contratista general por el robo de sueldo de su subcontratista   

LOS ÁNGELES, 30 de junio de 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- La Comisionada Laboral de California Julie A. Su emitió sanciones de $249,879 contra el contratista general Deacon Corporation de Irvine, junto con su subcontratista, Champion Constructions, Inc. de Lafayette. Esta es...



          California Assembly Speaker Urges Dialysis Company to Stop Retaliating Against Workers Who Support Union, Improving Patient Care, Reports SEIU-UHW   

LOS ANGELES, June 29, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and five other state legislators recently urged dialysis corporation DaVita to stop retaliating against employees who support forming a union in their workplace and a bill to improve patient...



          California Labor Commissioner Citation of General Contractor for Subcontractor's Wage Theft Affirmed   

LOS ANGELES, June 29, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- California Labor Commissioner Julie A. Su issued citations of $249,879 against Irvine-based general contractor Deacon Corporation, along with its subcontractor, Lafayette-based Champion Constructions, Inc. This is the first time...



          Births to older moms on the rise   
She was the classic California woman who had everything: a thriving public relations firm, a loving husband and a core group of friends she could count on. The one thing missing: a baby.

          Broadway Financial Corporation Announces Sale Of Shares By U.S. Treasury To Two Southern California Based Banks   

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          Others considered for HSGametime Girls Team of the Year   
LOMA LINDA ACADEMY VOLLEYBALL Junior outside hitter Demari Webb led the Roadrunners on a great second-chance postseason run, as they got all the way to the CIF-Southern California regional final before falling 27-25, 25-23, 25-19 to Point Loma. Coach Jane Chafeh, who also led her team to its second consecutive section semifinal, was selected as […]
          SE ESTRELLA AVIONETA CERCA DE AEROPUERTO EN CALIFORNIA   
La autopista 405 fue cerrada en ambos sentidos. SDPNOTICIAS.COM EU.- Una avioneta se estrelló en los alrededores del aeropuerto John Wayne en Orange County, California. La aeronave se estrelló sobre la autopista 405, la cual fue cerrada en ambas direcciones; el cuerpo de bomberos del condado, reportó dos personas heridas, quienes fueron trasladadas en helicóptero […]
          Nokia – IP networks re-imagined   
Recently we have seen Cisco predict that busy hour global IP traffic will grow 4.6-fold (35% CAGR) from 2016 to 2021, reaching 4.3 Pb/s by 2021, compared to average Internet traffic that will grow 3.2-fold (26% CAGR) over the same period to reach 717 Tb/s by 2021. The latest edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report, released earlier this week, calculates that the total traffic in mobile networks increased by 70% between the end of Q1 2016 and the end of Q1 2017. And now, Nokia Bell Labs has just announced its own prediction: IP traffic will more than double in the next five years, reaching 330 exabytes per month by 2022 while growing at a 25% CAGR. The company anticipates that peak data rates will grow even faster at nearly 40% annually. Nokia Bell Labs also predicts that 3D/4K/UHD will experience a 4.79x growth from 2017 – 22, that wireless traffic will experience 7.5x growth from 2017 – 22, and that worldwide IoT devices to grow from 12bn in 2017 to 100bn in 2025.

Nokia unveils next gen networking processing engine

Nokia's processing engine sets the stage for perhaps the most significant announcement from the company since the merger of Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia Siemens Networks in 2015. In a press event entitled 'IP networks reimagined', Nokia unveiled its FP4 silicon, featuring the 'first' 2.4 Tbit/s network processor, up to 6x more powerful than processors currently available. The proprietary chipset is designed for a new class of petabit-class routers.

Core routers traditionally have been the 'big iron' that powers the heart of the Internet. It is a product category dominated by Cisco, Huawei, Juniper and Nokia, including via its existing 7950 XRS routing platform. However, the market has been in flux. Earlier this month, Dell’Oro Group reported a significant break in Q1 17 with Huawei taking the top spot from Cisco in the core router market for the first time. The report also found Huawei taking over second spot from Nokia in the SP edge router and CES market. The primary reason cited for this shift is that the SP core routing business is only growing at a low single-digit rate, while China Mobile is defying the trend with significant investments in their IP core backbone, for which Huawei is the lead supplier. Nevertheless, the overall predictions for rapid growth in IP traffic over the coming five years makes it more likely that service providers will need a significant refresh of their core backbones to handle hundreds of 100 or 400 Gbit/s connections at major nodes.

Nokia's previous generation FP3 chipset, unveiled by Alcatel-Lucent in June 2011 and launched in 2012, packed 288 RISC cores operating at 1 GHz and leveraged 40 nm process technology; the FP2 chipset offered 112 cores at 840 MHz and was built in 90 nm. This network processor lineage can be traced back to TiMetra Networks, a start-up based in Mountain View, California that launched its first carrier-class routing platforms in 2003.

TiMetra, which was headed by Basil Alwan, was acquired by Alcatel-Lucent later in 2003 for approximately $150 million in stock. The product line went on to become the highly successful 7450, 7750 and eventually 7950 carrier platforms - the basis for the IP division at Alcatel-Lucent. Not bad for an idea from a small start-up to grow into the star platform underpinning all of Alcatel-Lucent + Nokia Siemens Networks.

In a launch day webcast, Basil Alwan, now president of Nokia's IP/Optical Networks business group, said we are moving into a new phase of the Internet requiring 'cloud-scale routing'. First, he noted that there is market confusion between Internet-class routers and core data centre switches, which are being used to power the hyperscale infrastructure of the Internet content providers. High-end, data centre spine switches are capable of routing packets at high rates and can handle access control lists (ACLs). Likewise, conventional big iron core routers can switch data flows, and are sometimes deployed in data centres. However, there have been tradeoffs when this role reversal happens. Nokia's new FP4 chipset aims to fix that.

First multi-terabit NPU silicon

Six years have passed since the FP3, or roughly two cycles in the evolution of Moore's Law, so naturally one would expect the new silicon to be smaller, faster and more powerful and efficient. But Alwan said the company took its time to rethink how the packet processing works at the silicon level. To begin with, Nokia redesigned the onboard memory, employing 2.5D and 3D layouts on 16 nm Fin Field Effect Transistor (FinFET) technology. The single chip contains 22 dies, including memory stacks and control logic. It runs at 2.4 Tbit/s half-duplex, or 6x more capacity than the current generation 400 Gbit/s FP3 chipset. The FP4 will support full terabit IP flows. All conventional routing capabilities are included. Deep classification capabilities include enhanced packet intelligence and control, policy controls, telemetry and security.

The FP4 could be used to provide an in-service upgrade to Nokia's current line of core routers and carrier switches. It will also be used to power a new family of 7750 SR-s series routers designed for single-node, cloud scale density. In terms of specs, the SR-s boasts a 144 Tbit/s configuration supporting port densities of up to 144 future terabit links, 288 x 400 Gbit/s ports, or 1,440 100 Gigabit Ethernet ports. Absolute capacity could be doubled for a maximum of 288 Tbit/s configuration. It runs the same software as the company's widely-deployed systems. The first 7750 SR-s boxes are already running in Nokia labs and the first commercial shipments are expected in Q4.

Nokia is also introducing a chassis extension option to push its router into petabit territory. Without using the switching shelf concept employed in the multi-chassis designs of its competitors, Nokia is offering the means to integrate up to six of its 7750 SRS-s routers into a single system. This results in 576 Tbit/s of capacity, enough for densities of up to 2,880 x 100 GBE ports or 720 x 400 Gbit/s ports. Adding up the numbers, it is not truly petabit-class, but at 576 Tbit/s it is more than halfway there.

Network telemetry leads to security
Another interesting twist concerns security and petabit-class routing. In December 2016, Nokia agreed to acquire Deepfield, a start-up specialising in real-time analytics for IP network performance management and security. Deepfield, founded in 2011 and based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has developed an analytics platform that identifies over 30,000 popular cloud applications and services. Its Internet Genome tracks how traffic runs to and through networks to reach subscribers, in real time, and without the need for probes, taps and monitors in the network itself. At the time of the deal, Nokia said it would integrate Deepfield big data analytics with the dynamic control capabilities of open SDN platforms, such as the Nokia Network Services Platform (NSP) and Nuage Networks Virtualized Services Platform (VSP).

Expanding on this idea, Alwan said Deepfield can really leverage the routers rather than probes to understand what is happening to the traffic. Fewer probes mean lower investment. More importantly, Deepfield could be used to track DDoS attacks passing through the core of the network rather than at the edge destination target. The new FP4 silicon is said to be a very good match for this application.


          Spectra7, providing chips for high-speed connectivity, raises $4.6m   
Spectra7 Microsystems of San Jose, California, a developer of high performance analogue semiconductors, announced that it has closed its previously announced bought deal offering of 11,500,000 units at a price of 40c per unit, including the full exercise of the over-allotment option, for aggregate gross proceeds of $4.6 million.

Spectra7 stated that the public offering was underwritten by a syndicate of underwriters led by Canaccord Genuiy and including Eight Capital and Echelon Wealth Partners.

In addition to the public offering, the company announced that it has closed the first tranche of its private placement of units, as previously announced on June 7th, pursuant to which it issued 3,280,750 units for additional gross proceeds of $1.31 million, including subscriptions by its CEO and certain directors of the company.

Each unit issued through the offerings comprises one common share and one-half of a common share purchase warrant, with each warrant entitling the holder to acquire one common share for 55c per share for a period of two years after closing of the offerings.

Spectra7 stated that the net proceeds from the offerings will be used to fund R&D and for working capital and general corporate purposes.

Separately, the company announced amendments to its $6.50 million senior secured term loan facility with MidCap Financial. The amendments include extending the commencement date for principal payments under the loan facility by a year to June 1, 2018, and the option to extend the maturity date of the facility by a further year upon satisfaction of certain conditions.

In relation to the amendments, Spectra7 has issued warrants to purchase up to 750,000 common shares, with each warrant exercisable for a period of five years into one common share at a price of 39c.

For its most recent quarter ended March 31, 2017, Spectra7 reported revenue of $2.7 million, up 8% versus $2.5 million a year earlier, with gross margin as a percentage of revenue for the quarter at 60%, flat sequentially.


* In January, Spectra7 demonstrated what it claimed as the first QSFP28 Double Density (QSFP28-DD) active copper cable (ACC) integrating its new GaugeChanger Plus GC2502 silicon. It also stated it would begin sampling GaugeChanger Plus QSFP28-DD active copper modules to data centre cable assembly companies during the quarter.

Using the linear design of its GC2502, Spectra7 noted that the modules can support both NRZ and PAM4 signalling, enabling 200 or 400 Gigabit Ethernet transmissions over the same cable.

* Spectra7 also announced sampling of IEEE COM-compliant SFP28 and QSFP28 active copper modules to Tier 1 cable assembly and data centre customers in North America and Asia. It noted the modules were available for evaluation and qualification by customers such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon, Baidu and Alibaba, as well as data centre equipment manufacturers such as Cisco, HP, Dell and Hauwei.


* Spectra7 is an analogue semiconductor company delivering solutions enabling high bandwidth, speed and resolution for electronics manufacturers addressing broadband connectivity markets. Based in San Jose, the company has design centres in Markham, Ontario, Cork, Ireland and Little Rock, Arkansas.


          AT&T launches fixed wireless Internet in 8 states   
AT&T announced that its Fixed Wireless Internet for rural and underserved locations is now available in a further eight states, expanding on the initial launch of the service in Georgia in April this year.

With the latest launch, the AT&T fixed wireless Internet service is available to more than 70,000 locations across underserved or unserved areas in the 9 states. AT&T noted that the service expansion is part of its FCC Connect America Fund (CAF) commitment, through which it plans to serve a total of over 400,000 locations by the end of 2017 and more than 1.1 million locations by 2020.
The states where the fixed wireless Internet service is being launched are as follows: Alabama; Florida; Kentucky; Mississippi; North Carolina; South Carolina; Tennessee; and Louisiana.

AT&T stated that it plans to expand the service to 18 states overall during 2017, including Arkansas, California, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin. AT&T plans to reach a total of more than 67,000 locations across Georgia using fixed wireless technology by 2020.



  • AT&T's fixed wireless Internet service provides a home Internet connection for customers in rural and underserved areas and offers a minimum download speed of 10 Mbit/s. The connection is delivered from a wireless tower to a fixed antenna located at the customers' homes or businesses.
  • AT&T announced in January that following trials of fixed wireless Internet (FWI) service in 2016 in a number of states as part of efforts to expand access to rural locations with slow or no Internet connectivity via its participation in the CAF II program, it would launch FWI in areas where it had accepted CAF support.


          T-Mobile trials LAA enabling 741 Mbit/s data rate on commercial network in LA   
Deutsche Telekom unit T-Mobile in the U.S., serving nearly 73 million customers, has announced what it claims is a network first with the demonstration of a mobile broadband data session live in the field utilising License Assisted Access (LAA) on its commercial network.

The field testing, which was launched in Los Angeles, achieved a 741 Mbit/s download speed using 80 MHz of aggregated spectrum.

T-Mobile also claims to have become the first national U.S. wireless carrier to make LTE-U available to its customers. LTE-U uses publicly available 5 GHz airwaves to increase existing LTE capacity and enhance the performance of its advanced 4G LTE network. T-Mobile LTE-U technology is now live in select locations in Bellevue, Washington, Brooklyn, New York, Dearborn, Michigan, Las Vegas, Nevada, Richardson, Texas and Simi Valley, California.

For T-Mobile customers in these locations, LTE-U is available immediately to users with compatible smartphones. The company noted that LTE-U provides similar speed and capacity increases as the technologies it introduced in the fall of 2016, when it launched carrier aggregation, 256QAM and 4 x 4 MIMO, while utilising less licensed spectrum.

T-Mobile noted that the FCC announced it would permit LTE in unlicensed spectrum earlier this year, thereby allowing wireless providers to use unlicensed spectrum in the 5 GHz band that is often under-utilised. T-Mobile then began to rollout new network hardware to support LTE in unlicensed spectrum. LTE-U and LAA-enabled devices and equipment share under-utilised unlicensed spectrum without affecting other users on the same band, including those using conventional WiFi.

The company stated that LAA enables greater carrier aggregation than LTE-U, allowing mobile operators to combine larger amounts of unlicensed and licensed spectrum. T-Mobile added that as part of its plans to further densify its mobile network, it will begin deploying small cells featuring LAA functionality later in 2017.



  • T-Mobile confirmed in February that that it was deploying LTE-U technology following FCC certification of suitable equipment from strategic partners Ericsson and Nokia. At that time, the operator stated that using LTE-U it would enable customers to utilise the first 20 MHz of under-utilised unlicensed spectrum on the 5 GHz band to gain LTE capacity.



          Sacramento's sheriff asked Trump's immigration chief for help fighting California's 'sanctuary state' bill   

Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones asked President Trump's immigration chief for help fighting California's so-called “sanctuary state” bill weeks before the two hosted a town hall meeting in March on immigration enforcement that drew hundreds of people and erupted in protests.

In a March 13 email...


          Other Treatment Programs of Note   
Both Hazelden in Minnesota and The Betty Ford Clinic in California are well-respected and prominent treatment centers that, while expensive, do not focus on treatment as a luxury, but rather focus on the very basic tenets of treating the alcoholic/addictive thought and behavioral process. Rules and regulations apply to these centers, no matter how famous and/or wealthy the patients, and the focus is on recovery, not on living in luxury. Money goes toward extremely knowledgeable and highly trained professionals who work with patients/clients to "break down" the addictive though processes and break through denial so that the addict can in fact live a sober life. There are other treatment programs, such as Lakeshore Hospital in Chicago, that offer highly dedicated and trained doctors and social workers, as well as programming for recovering addicts with dual diagnosis. Programs such as this one are far less expensive than those named above, and, if the recovering person is willing, lead to the same end.


For more Substance Abuse tips, visit http://SubstanceAbuse.lifetips.com
          Strange 'sea pickles' keep washing ashore in the Pacific Northwest - and scientists are baffled   
There are strange sea creatures known as "sea pickles" invading the Pacific Northwest.These gelatinous and somewhat translucent organisms, called pyrosomes, have been seen congregating, sometimes by the thousands, close to shore from Northern California up to southeast Alaska - clogging fishing nets and washing up on beaches, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Experts say that this year, the critters [...]
          Search Continues for Missing California Couple   
Jonathan Reynoso and Audrey Moran disappeared on May 10, 2017.
          Great Chromebook & G Suite PD on Both Coasts   
Summer is here and it's a great time to learn new skills and brush-up on old ones. If your school is moving to Chromebooks and or G Suite for Education, I have two great professional development opportunities to share with you.

Folks on the west coast should look into Beyond Tech Ed's two day training classes happening in Palm Springs, California on August 2nd and 3rd. Use the code FAMILY25 to receive a great discount on your registration.


If you're on the east coast, join me in Portland, Maine for the Practical Ed Tech Chromebook Camp on July 20th and 21st. Teachers in Maine should email me for special discount code.

Disclosure: Beyond Tech Ed is an advertiser on this blog. 
             

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          TS285: 9th Circuit Courts, Center for American Progress, Guest Matt Baume   
This week Bryan has returned from Japan with some serious jet lag, while Erin got caught in a trash tornado thanks to the Santa Ana winds. Also, the 9th Circuit Court is back at it again and overturned a California ruling which now allows employers to pay women less based on previous salaries, and a recent survey from the Center for American Progress shows that LGBTQ people are retreating back into the closet. Plus, guest Matt Baume is here to discuss Drag Con, his book “Defining Marriage”, and his podcast “The Sewers of Paris” about media that has changed the lives of gay men.  Find Matt on Twitter @mattbaume or @sewersofparis for his podcast and at his website http://www.mattbaume.com
          TS254: Clinton vs Trump, CA Tampon Tax, Whole Foods Discrimination   
Honey, the showcase showdown this week was epic! If you didn't watch the debate, you missed a terrific ad for Flonase and also a queen at her mightiest. Plus, California's Governor Jerry Brown is all in on continuing to tax tampons and diapers, and a woman unfairly faces harassment at our favorite grocery store for wearing terrible shoes. Cotton Candy grapes, why hast thou forsaken us?!?! Bye wig.
          TS251: Grocery Woes, Gay Bachelor, Rape Loopholes, Guest Randi Driscoll   
This week Bryan and Erin debut their new horror film "Night Shopper," a tale of a fresh faced yogi cruelly forced to consume dusty cotton candy grapes in front of an audience of pissedWhole Foods patrons. In other news, Logo's new show "Finding Prince Charming" (a bachelor-esque show for gay men) is starting a conversation about the expectations of a gay couple; and California is closing a loophole that has allowed rapists to elude prosecution...progress! Also singer Randi Driscoll is here to talk about her times playing shows on a keg, being inspired by Matthew Shepherd, and the wonders of San Diego.
          Plane crash lands in flames on California freeway and clips pickup truck, 2 hurt   
A small twin-engine plane dropped out of the sky and exploded in flames on a busy freeway near a Southern California airport on Friday morning, injuring the two people aboard but clipping only one passing vehicle, a fire official said.

The Cessna 310 aircraft crashed on Interstate 405, just short of a runway at John Wayne Airport in Costa Mesa around 9.30am, said Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

The pilot declared an emergency shortly after taking off from the airport and was trying to return when the crash occurred, Gregor said.

The two people who were aboard the plane, a man and a woman in their 50s and 60, were alive when they were pulled from the fiery wreckage and were taken to a hospital with traumatic injuries, Orange County Fire Captain Larry Kurtz said.
          TS131: Gay Dinner Theatre, Paternity Leave in Baseball, Mike Francesa & Guest Sandra Fluke   
The distant cousin of the woman who wrote into the newspaper about how to handle her gay son went to see "Deathtrap" in Salt Lake City and had a complete meltdown over the gay kiss, and Bryan has everything to say about it. And, did you know it's hard for major league baseball daddies to get R-E-S-P-E-C-T when they replace bat swinging for newborn holding? That PLUS!!!! reproductive rights defender and California State Senate candidate Sandra Fluke .    Watch Us!  Every Wednesday on Funny or Die See Us! TSPOD Live shows Subscribe and Rate Us! iTunes Tweet Us!  @gibblertron & @bryansafi Use the Hashtag #tspod Email Us! shadethrowing@gmail.com Like Us! Throwing Shade Facebook Page Old School Listen! RSS FeedProud member of Max Fun Podcasting Network 
          California politicians' gun control moves hit by 2 setbacks   
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California politicians' attempts to strengthen some of the nation's strictest gun laws suffered two setbacks this week - the latest when a federal judge blocked a law set to take effect Saturday barring gun owners from possessing ammunition magazines holding more than 10 bullets....
          TS96: Summer Loves, Days of Our Lives Ex-Gay Movement, Nenshou (for girls), The Wanted   
Summer's over....unless you live in California or California's meth-addicted half-sister, Florida. This week, Bryan and Erin mourn summer loves, Marlene's exorcism, the failed ex-gay movement, and the weight loss app/insult comic, Nenshou (for girls).  See TSPOD live on our East Coast tour! Buy tickets here Subscribe and Rate on iTunes @gibblertron & @bryansafi #tspod shadethrowing@gmail.com Official Max Fun Page Facebook page RSS Feed
          T&T pick up three early CCCAN swim medals   

The brother and sister pair of Graham Chatoor and Jada Chatoor as well as Arielle Dickson picked up the first set of medals for T&T when the swimming segment of the Central American and Caribbean Swimming Confederation Championship continued at the National Aquatic Centre, in Balmain, Couva, yesterday.

In fact, Jada Chatoor was the first medal winner for T&T in the pool when she touched the wall with the second fastest time of nine minutes, 18.10 seconds in the 13-14 Girls 800m freestyle Time Trial finals on Wednesday night.

Honduran Michelle Ramirez won gold in 9:16.06 minutes while Costa Rican Daniela Alforo was third in 9:21.43 with T&T’s other entrant Jahmia Harley, 12th in 10:06.66.

In the 18 & Over Girls event, T&T duo Shania David (10:42.67) and Megan Charles (11:17.38) were sixth and seventh respectively while in the 15-17 equivalent, Sabrina David was eighth in 10:23.97.

Graham Chatoor was third home in the 15-17 Boys 1500m freestyle in 16:47.68 behind Puerto Rico’s Alexis Soto (16:17.46) and Panama’s Andres Lares (16:31.79) while countryman Gabriel Bynoe was sixth in 17:58.27.

T&T’s Delroy Tyrrell was seventh in the 13-14 Boys 1500m freestyle in 18:16.50 while in the 18& Over splash, Aleem Mohammed (18:46.24 mins) and Aaron Acres (19:52.26 mins) ended seventh and eight respectively for the host country.

In the morning session, Dickson raced home in third spot in the 11-12 Girls 200m breaststroke final, in three minutes, 09.96 behind Jamaican Sabrina Lyn (3:03.89) and Grenada’s Mia Neckles (3:04.26).

USA-based top T&T swimmer and FINA World Championship-bound, Dylan Carter of the University of Southern California also made a grand start to the competition.

This after Carter, competing in the 18 and Over Boys 100m butterfly heats smashed a 14-year-old record.

Carter touched the wall in 53.87 seconds well below the 2003 mark of Joshua IIika of 54.94 while team-mate Christian Awah also qualified for last night’s final in sixth place, with a time of 57.87.

In all T&T swimmers, secured 27 individual spots in finals last night while the 11-2 mixed freestyle 200m relay team also booked a place in its final. The quartet of Zarek Wilson, Zoe Anthony, Kadon Williams and Savannah Che-Wah clocked 1:53.59 under the 2015 record of 1:54.99 set by Barbados and behind fellow record breakers, Bermuda (1:51.42) and Jamaica (1:51.54).

Swimming continues today with heats from 9 am and finals from 5.30 pm until Sunday while synchronised swimming and diving also continue at the same venue from 4 pm and 9 am respectively.


          TS69:Cardinal Keith O'Brien, Celeste Greig on Rape Babies, Keith Olbermann, and the Girl Scout Cookie Thief   
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          [Video] Classics – Porsche 917K that starred in Le Mans film is up for grabs   
During the Monterey Car Week you can have a shot at owning a Porsche 917 that was featured in ‘Le Mans,’ used for some of the on-track scenes, and also was the leading car at Jo Siffert’s funeral. The tiny peninsula in California is filled to the top with some […]
          Principal Application Engineer - Cadence Design Systems - California   
Technical Product Application Engineer working with Cadence Analog Simulation and Environment Products, including but not limited to AMS Designer, Spectre,...
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          Track-Inspired Or Trackspec?   

I had seen their cars at a number of track days in Northern and Southern California, but never expected them to attend a show of this nature. Trackspec would be staying true to themselves and bringing real, function-driven builds that were made to go fast and go hard where it counts: the racetrack. Seeing as how […]

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          San Diego’s Serviced Apartment Leader, Key Housing Connections,...   

Key Housing Connections, San Diego’s premier team for serviced apartments, has announced a new blog post for extended-stay apartments in California and the value of a good parking spot in a big city....

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          Comment on Study concludes augmented reality technology under development at BMW will improve driver attention by Juliana   
The BMW engineers are relying on the German Tier 1 suppliers to deliver small form factor, wide Field of View, augmented reality HUD. Very intelligent fellows at BMW obviously. The leader in developing the *exquisitely* arcane, delicate hardware and middleware needed to provide those big FoV with a small package is actually a small California company, currently deep in pre-production with various large Japanese car makers. The Germans have been reluctant to empower their California R&D teams to work directly with us, although they've all been very appreciative. Sadly, it's looking like BMW will not be first to market with what they call "Contact Analog" HUD. That honor is likely to go to one of our huge Japanese customers, who took the risk to engage a small company early in its development. Sometimes, the small team builds the "better mouse trap" as it were. Love your blog. Smart analysis, lay-reader friendly but also quite expert.
          There have been 57 plane accidents at or near John Wayne Airport in the last 35 years   
The last major plane accident at John Wayne Airport occurred in 1981, when an Air California 737 carrying 109 people crash-landed and burst into flames while dodging another plane on the runway. No one was killed. Since 1982, there have been 57 accidents at or around the airport. Of those, 12 were fatal, according to […]
          Las 23 películas que mejor han contado lo que es de verdad un amor de verano   

Vacaciones En Roma

Jamás culparé al cine por mis altas expectativas en los diferentes ámbitos de la vida. Le quiero demasiado. Pero si hay algo que el cine nos ha enseñado y estropeado para siempre son los amores de verano, porque nunca, nunca serán como en las películas, o al menos siempre serán menos glamoursos y mucho máss pegajosos (sí, soy una hater del calor).

Por suerte, el cine nos ha enseñado mucho más que la existencia de amores de verano idílicos. Además de amores inesperados y románticos, también nos han enseñado amores musicales, turbios, inapropiados, con forma de thriller y que acabarán fatal, cómicos, adolescentes, incestuosos... Y como no todo es perfecto, os traigo una lista imperfecta de algunas de mis películas favoritas sobre amores de verano ideales para esta época del año.

Así que, si como yo odiáis demasiado el calor como para vivir vuestro propio romance estival y os van más los amores en la nieve y con jerséis de lana, os recomiento algunos títulos para que podáis vivirlos desde el sofá de vuestra casa... con el aire acondicionado a tope.

'Vacaciones en Roma' (1953)

Nunca he estado en Roma y me da miedo ir y que no me pase lo que Audrey Hepburn en 'Vacaciones en Roma' ('Roman Holiday', Wylliam Wyler). Claro que yo no soy una princesa europea agobiada por no poder llevar una vida normal y que se escapa de palacio para conocer Roma y encontrarse a sí misma. Con corte de pelo y borrachera incluída.

Aún así, esta delicia de película de final algo amargo de ese amor imposible entre la princesa Anna y el periodista Joe Bradley (un maravilloso Gregory Peck) que termina enamorándose de ella mientras trata de conseguir una exclusiva para su periódico, es perfecta, no sólo para una noche de verano, sino para cualquier época del año.

'Atrapa a un Ladrón' (1955)

Si Cary Grant decide no separarse de ti para atrapar al ladrón de cuyos robos le están inculpando...¿quién podría negarse? Y más si todo esto ocurre en la idílica Costa Azul. Pero no, una vez más, no soy Grace Kelly ni una rica heredera a la que puedan robar las joyas.

Por suerte, no necesitamos vivirlo, porque Hitchcok lo rodó y plasmó tan bien en 'Atrapa a un ladrón' ('To Catch A Thief', Alfred Hitchcok, 1955), con esa mezcla perfecta de thriller y romance que no necesitamos nada más. Gracias Hitch por el glamour de los romances veraniegos entre ladrones y descapotables azules.

'La tentación vive arriba' (1955)

En mi ciudad hay metro, pero no es como el de Nueva York, cuyas rejillas de ventilación provocan un mini-huracán en la superfecie, y aunque así lo fuera, probablemente sería un aire repugnante, calentorro y fétido. Ya sé que a Marilyn Monroe le parece una "brisa deliciosa" en 'La tentación vive arriba' ('The Seven Year Itch', Billy Wilder, 1955), pero no.

En la cinta, Tom Ewell da vida a un neoyorquino de imaginación exagerada que atraviesa una crisis de madurez, pasa el verano en un caluroso Nueva York, mientras su mujer y sus hijos veranean en Maine. En su letargo estival conocerá a una pizpireta modelo de publicidad -Monroe- que alquila un apartamento en su mismo edificio. Ambos pasarán tiempo juntos y él, con su desbordante imaginación, creerá tener una relación con su vecina.

'Tú a Boston y yo a California' (1961)

Nunca fui a un campamento de verano, por lo que hasta donde sé, podría tener una hermana gemela, idéntica a mí, en algún lugar del mundo. Y por supuesto, jamás podremos intercambiar nuestras identidades para conocer el mundo de la otra y conseguir que nuestros padres vuelvan a enamorarse. Pero como dije antes, las expectativas del cine jamás se cumplen y nunca fui esa niña pija londinense que se intercambiaba con su hermana californiana.

Pero una vez más, poco importa. En 'Tú a Boston y yo a California' ('The Parent Trap', David Swift,1961), Hayley Mills ya lo vivía por mí -y mi hermana gemela inexistent, obvio-, y ella y su versión doble conseguían que sus padres -Brian Keith y la pelirroja más pelirroja de Hollywood, Maureen O'Hara- volvieran a juntarse en aquel romántico rancho californiano.

'Búsqueme a esa chica' (1964)

Lo sé. Un salto muy drástico con referencia a las otras películas. Pero no podía dejar de incluirla, por la genialidad que supone ver en una misma película a dos íconos pop de la España de los 60: Marisol y el Dúo Dinámico. Y más si en ella, la niña prodigio y el guapo del dúo vivían un romance veraniego.

En 'Búsqueme a esa chica', Marisol -Pepa Flores- trata de ganarse la vida con su padre en Palma de Mallorca, cuando un ricachón descubre a la chica y quiere convertirla en una estrella, a cambio de alejarla de su padre. Entre tanto, Marisol conoce al Dúo Dinámico y se enamora de uno de ellos. Y hay números musicales tan kitsch y exquisitos como el de arriba.

'Las señoritas de Rochefort' (1967)

Y pasamos de un musical cañí español a uno francés, muy francés, pero rezumando amor por el musical de Hollywood. Sí, hablo de la deliciosa 'Las señoritas de Rochefort' del maestro Jacques Demy, uno de mis favoritos de todos los tiempos. Y por suerte, transcurre en verano, hay romances y encuentran un hueco en esta lista y por lo tanto, una buena excusa para recuperarla.

Aquí, Catherine Deneuve y Françoise Dorléac -su hermana en la vida real- dan vida a unas gemelas que dan clases de danza y música en la aburrida Rochefort -si véis la película, no es aburrida para nada-. Quieren irse a vivir a París y con el verano, llegan a la ciudad marineros, feriantes y demás, que despertarán las ansias de romance de las jóvenes. Comedia fresquita con números musicales exquisitos, colores, asesinatos y Gene Kelly, ahí lo digo todo.

'El Graduado' (1967)

Y aunque 'El Graduado' ('The Graduate', Mike Nichols) no es una película musical, sí tiene una canción que pasó a la historia: 'Mrs.Robinson' de Simon and Garfunkel, y sin duda la banda sonora ideal para el amor prohibido entre un joven y una mujer madura, a los que dieron vida Dustin Hoffman y Anne Bancroft.

Y es que claro, el verano para unos es sinónimo de descanso y para otros, de intentar decidir qué hacer con sus vidas. Es el caso del personaje de Hoffman, que regresa a casa de sus padres tras graduarse en la universidad. Y mientras sus padres quieren que salga con la hija de unos amigos, será la madre de ésta quien trate seducir al joven e inocente muchacho. Ya saben, el calor y la carne fresca.

'Grease' (1978)

Vale. Lo sé: 'Grease' no cuenta un romance veraniego, pero permitidme la licencia, porque si no hubiera sido por uno, uno de los musicales más míticos de los 70 no habría sucedido jamás. Y es que todo empieza cuando Sandy y Danny, dos adolecentes -interpretados por los treintañeros Olivia Newton John y John Travolta- se despiden tras haber vivido uno de esos ídilicos amores veraniegos, pensando que no volverán a verse.

¡Y qué equivocados estaban! Gracias al maravilloso destino cinematográfico, después del verano ella comenzará el curso en un nuevo instituto...¿y adivinad quién estudia también ahí? ¡Bingo! Lo demás es historia llena de gomina, descapotables, chicle y faldas con vuelo. Y de nada por el vídeo con la letra de 'Summer Nights', por si queréis marcaros un Sing'a'long'

'Pauline en la playa' (1983)

Y nos ponemos un poco más serios y volvemos al cine francés y uno de sus grandes cineastas, Éric Rohmer. Y como en todo su cine, en 'Pauline en la playa' ('Pauline à la plage'), parece que deje la cámara y las historias surgen de forma espontánea y orgánica ante ella. Y parece que no le fue mal, ya que la cinta le valió el Oso de Plata a la Mejor Dirección en la Berlinale de ese año.

De ritmo pausado -ya saben, rohmeriana- como el mejor de los veranos, en 'Pauline en la playa' conocemos Marion y su joven prima Pauline, pasan unas vacaciones en un balneario en Normandía. Allí, la primera se reencontrará con un viejo amor y la segunda, comenzará a descubrir lo que un buen amorío de verano puede dar de sí.

'Dirty Dancing' (1987)

Lo confieso. He visto 'Dirty Dancing' millones de veces, pero nunca me avergonzará decirlo y tengo la suerte de que, con los años, se ha convertido en una cinta de culto y manifiesto feminista. Y viene al pelo porque resulta que cuenta uno de los romances veraniegos más míticos y sensuales de los 80, porque quien no se haya sentido identificado alguna vez con Baby y ese "No dejaré que nadie te arrincone" que le dice Johnny Castle, está mintiendo.

En la cinta, Baby (Jennifer Gray), una recién graduada del instituto va a parar con sus padres y su hermana a un lugar de estos de vacaciones en los que solamente hay jubilados. Por suerte, entre los animadores del lugar hay un bailarín excesivamente atractivo (las niñas de los 80 te querremos siempre, Patrick Swayze) y sensible, que por azares del destino -siempre- tendrá que enseñar a bailar a Baby. Y claro, surge el amor.

'Mi chica' (1991)

Si nacistéis en los 80 y el comienzo de los 90 os pilló en plena infancia o entrando en la adolescencia, lo más propable es que el amor pre-adolescente de 'Mi chica' ('My Girl', Howard Zieff) os traumatizara para siempre. Y no os culpo, porque desde que la vi, mi gran temor son las abejas y avispas. Traumas infantiles a parte, la cinta que protagonizaron Anna Chlumsky y Macaulay Culkin, es ya todo un clásico del 'coming of age', del paso a la infancia a la adolescencia.

La cinta, básicamente, transcurre durante un verano en la vida de Vada, una niña hipocondríaca, que vive con un padre viudo director de una funeraria y pasa parte de su tiempo con su amigo Thomas, alérgico a todo. La niña comienza a sufrir los cambios de la adolescencia a la vez que su padre comienza una relación con su nueva empleada y su amigo y primer amor...bueno, no os lo cuento por si no la vistéis, pero...trauma.

'French Kiss' (1995)

A la pobre Meg Ryan la abandona su novio (Timothy Hutton) por una francesa y ésta afrontará su miedo a volar para viajar a Francia a recuperarlo. Claro, porque viajar a Francia en verano y pasar de París a la Costa Azul es toda una tortura, y mucho más, si conoces en el avión a un francés (o Kevin Kline) que se lleva entre manos negocios bastante chungos, en los que, sin duda, involucrará a la pobre Meg.

Pero no importa si en el fondo, ese francés caradura tiene su corazoncito -y sabe de vinos- y tratará de ayudar a Meg -vale, el personaje se llama Kate, pero ¿qué importa?- a recuperar a su novio. Y bueno, todos sabemos qué no lo hará. Y todo ello en un entorno de ensueño que va desde París, pasando por la campiña francesa y Niza. Todo muy encantador y entrañable. Ni tan mal, Meg.

Trilogía 'Antes del amanecer' (1995 - 2004 - 2013)

Sé que soy un poco pesada con la famosa trilogía de Richard Linklater, protagonizada por Ethan Hawke y Julie Delpy, pero ¿qué le vamos a hacer si son auténticas maravillas además de contener altas dosis de romanticismo sin alejarse nunca de la cruda realidad? Y sí, las tres transcurren en verano y sí, las tres incluyen historias de amor.

En 'Antes del amanecer' ('Before Sunrise', 1995), Jesse y Céline se conocían y vivían una intensa noche de verano en Viena. No se volverían a encontrar hasta 9 años después en 'Antes del atardecer' ('Before Sunset', 2004) y durante una calurosa tarde en París con final abierto. Y otros 9 años pasaron hasta que conocimos ¿el final? de su historia en una isla griega en 'Antes del anocheceder' ('Before Midnight,'2013)

'El Talento de Mr.Ripley' (1999)

Muchísimo más turbio es el romance veraniego que nos contó Anthony Minghella en 1999 en 'El talento de Mr. Ripley' ('The talented Mr. Ripley'), en un entorno y con un reparto de ensueño: Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow y Matt Damon protagonizaron este thriller psicológico ambientada en la soleada Italia de los años 50.

Basada en la novela homónima de Patricia Highsmith, aquí, Matt Damon da vida a Ripley, un chaval de lo más corriente, que viaja a Italia para conseguir que el hijo de su jefe -el maravilloso Jude Law-, un vividor y ganador nato regrese a casa, por el que se sentirá rápidamente atraído. La cosa se lía de tal manera, que Ripley tratará de vengarse ante el rechazo suplantando la identidad del otro. Ambición, atracción y celos en la maravillosa Italia y con gente muy guapa. Porque sí, Cate Banchett también participa en la película.

'Y tu mamá también' (2001)

Ya lo he comentado más arriba, pero con el calorcito la sangre nos llega a todas partes menos a la cabeza y claro, si dos chavales saliendo de la adolescencia como Diego Luna y Gael García Bernal conocen a una mujer más mayor como Maribel Verdú y ésta acepta a unirse a un viaje en furgoneta con ellos, pues se puede liar considerablemente.

Ante la sorpresa de los chavales de que ella haya aceptado, tendrán que ingeniarselas para hacer el viaje y el resultado es una sexy road-trip que cambiara la forma de entender la vida de los tres. Por cierto, es el cuarto largometraje de Alfonso Cuarón, el segundo que rodó en castellano y el que le convirtió en uno de los jóvenes realizadores mexicanos de mayor proyección internacional. Lo demás, ya lo conocemos.

'Ma mère' (2005)

Sí, lo sé, puede que 'Ma mère' de Christophe Honoré cuente una historia de amor demasiado perversa e incestuosa. Pero es que, al fin y al cabo, es una historia de amor y transcurre en verano y su propuesta es lo suficientemente interesante para que os hable de ella y os la descubra, si no la conocéis, aunque que esté protagonizada por Isabelle Huppert y Louis Garrel ya debería ser suficiente.

En su segundo largometraje, Honoré cuenta las perturbadoras vavaciones de una madre y su hijo recién salido de la adolescencia en Mallorca. Él no necesita nada más que el afecto de su madre y ella, con tendencias autodestructivas introducirá a su hijo en el universo sado-masoquista para alcanzar el amor maternal absoluto. Sudor, sexo sucio, tríos e incesto en este perverso relato.

'500 días juntos' (2006)

Puede que lo que más me guste de '500 días juntos' ('500 Days of Summer', Marc Webb) es que no se trata de una comedia romántica al uso, sino que es todo lo contrario: desmitifica el amor romántico perfecto, pero sin llegar a hacer que lo odies. Y como todas las pelis de esta lista, parte de su trama ranscurre en verano, por no hablar del juego de palabras de su título origina que significa '500 días de verano', siendo Summer, además, el nombre de la protagonista.

En la cinta, Joseph Gordon-Levitt da vida a un joven que trabaja escribiendo cartas de felicitación y cree en el amor verdadero, mientras que Summer (Zooey Deschanel), dejó de creer en él cuando sus padres se divorciaron. Él caerá prendidamente enamorado de ella, ella de él no tanto, y éste tratará de reconstruir su relación par ver donde estuvo el problema y poder recuperarla.

'Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona' (2008)

No, no es la mejor película de Woody Allen ni de lejos, pero causó cierto revuelo en su momento por estar rodada en nuestro país y lógicamente, por reunir a nuestras dos estrellas más internacionales: Javier Bardem y Penélope Cruz. Además, es el claro ejemplo de lo que puede pasarle a dos americanas ingenuas que vienen de vacaciones a nuestro país: porque todos los hombres son tan pasionales como el personaje de Bardem y todas las mujeres están locas como el personaje de Cruz. Esto...no.

En la cinta, Vicky y Cristina, dos americanas, viajan de vacaciones a Barcelona. Mientras la primera es sensata y está apunto de casarse, la segunda busca todo tipo de aventuras. ¡Y vaya si las encuentra! Conocerá a un atractivo pintor con el que comenzará un romance...con él y con su inestable ex-mujer.

'Adventureland' (2009)

Greg Mottola dirigía en 2009 a Jesse Eisenberg y Kristen Stewart en 'Adventureland', una claro ejemplo de como un verano que no va a ser como esperabas puede convertirse en algo más o menos mejor -ahí, según las prioridades de cada uno-.

Así, en la cinta, estamos en el verano de 1987 y Eisenberg da vida a un recién graduado en la universidad, que al terminar el curso decide ir a recorrer Europa en sus vacaciones, para después empezar Periodismo en la Universidad de Columbia. Pero sus problemas económicos se lo impedirán, y terminará trabajando en 'Adventureland', donde conocerá a la enigmática Emily.

'Primos' (2011)

Si te dejan plantado en el altar, la cosa más lógica que puedes hacer a continuación es ir al pueblo donde pasaste los veranos de tu infancia para recuperar a tu amor de adolescencia. Lo normal. Por suerte, todo vale en el cine y ¡menos mal! Porque con 'Primos', Daniel Sánchez Arévalo filmó su mejor y más entrañable comedia.

Así, Quim Gutiérrez y sus primos Raúl Arévalo y Adrián Lastra viajan a Comillas (Cantabria), en plenas fiestas de verano, para que el primero se reencuentre con Inma Cuesta, su primer gran amor. Entre hortalizas, canciones de los Backstreet Boys, verbenas y ferias de pueblo, transcurre este(os) divertido(s) y entrañable(s) romance(s).

'Moonrise Kingdom' (2012)

Y otro verano retro, pero esta vez de 1965 y reproducido bajo la fascinante y mágina mirada de Wes Anderson, lo que implica que 'Moonrise Kingdom' es, sin duda, una cinta de lo más especial, con campamento de verano incluído y una apuesta visual casi, casi, convertida en icónica.

Sam y Suzy se conoce en un campamento de verano, donde los niños pre-adolescentes pasan el día haciendo todo tipo de actividades y viviendo mil aventuras. Pero Sam y Suzy se han enamorado y planearán una escapada para poder vivir juntos y a su manera, fuera de el universo estricto paternal.

'Un jeune poète' (2014)

Aunque creo que no se ha estrenado en España, si alguna vez os topáis con 'Un jeune poète' (Damien Manivel), ni lo dudéis. Y es que me ha parecido oportuno hablaros de ella porque es una cinta interesantísima sobre madurar, las ambiciones -y pretensiones- de la juventud y encontrar el lugar de uno en el mundo. Y claro está, porque transcurre en verano y hay un romance, que para eso hemos venido.

En la cinta, el pobre Rémi sueña con ser poeta y fascinar al mundo con sus versos y por ello, viaja en soledad a la calurosa ciudad de Sète, en el sur de Francia, con lapicero y cuaderno para buscar la inspiración y escribir poemas maravillosos. Rémi lo intenta con todas sus fuerzas, hasta que se enamora de una joven y podrá, por fin, escribir algo. Lo mejor de la cinta, son los penosos intentos de Rémi de ser bohemio. Mucho postureo, vamos.

'Kiki, el amor se hace' (2016)

En su tercer largometrjae como director, Paco León habla de todo tipo de filias sexuales extrañas y como no podía ser de otra forma, asocia el sexo con el verano. Porque en el Madrid que nos muestra León en 'Kiki, el amor se hace', hae mucho calor y parece que esto hace aumentar el deseo sexual de sus habitantes y despierta sus más oscuras -y raras- filias.

Una película coral, muy veraniega y colorida y que a ritmo de pop es toda una oda a la diferencia, a la liberación sexual y claro está, al amor veraniego.


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The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.

Cardinal George Pell is the third-most powerful official in the Catholic Church as head of the Vatican’s finances. And he’s just been charged multiple sexual assaults in his native Australia. I think it’s time to play this song again.

Gov. Matt Bevin of Kentucky signs into law a bill allowing Bible classes in public schools. I’m sure that not far behind are classes on the Qu’ran, the Bhagvat Gita, Dianetics, and the Books of Bokonon. Any day now.

ProPublica reveals “a trove” of Facebook’s internal documents showing its secret guidelines for determining what is and is not hate speech, and thus able to be censored. And some of it is frankly disturbing:

One document trains content reviewers on how to apply the company’s global hate speech algorithm. The slide identifies three groups: female drivers, black children and white men. It asks: Which group is protected from hate speech? The correct answer: white men. ... White men are considered a group because both traits are protected, while female drivers and black children, like radicalized Muslims, are subsets, because one of their characteristics is not protected. 

Adi Robertson at The Verge notes that Facebook’s task is more or less impossible:

If the company decides to promote a positive social environment without taking clear political sides, it will trend toward a faux neutrality where “hate” is any negative opinion, punishing people who criticize the status quo. But if it admits to an ideological bent, it will have to start formulating political stances on which groups worldwide deserve the most protection from hate. The more social responsibility it accepts, the more liable it is for failing to police its users, and the more power it has to control speech — not just comments to other users, but personal timeline posts or photographs. 

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CFI’s Benjamin Radford is on the panel for a discussion about psychics (along with a bunch of alleged psychics) on WNPR’s Colin McEnroe Show.

Another “psychic,” Michelle Marks of Dixon, Illinois, is arrested for “exploitation of an elderly person and multiple weapons charges.” Wow she was busy!

Researchers at the Catholic University of Louvain wanted to see if atheists in Western Europe were more or less closed-minded than the religious. And that’s what they found, more or less:

Atheists tended to show greater intolerance of contradiction, meaning when they were presented with two seemingly contradictory statements they rated one as very true and the other as very false. They also showed less propensity to be able to imagine arguments contrary to their own position and find them somewhat convincing.

A group of scientists and other figures sign on to an initiative called Mission 2020, intended to get greenhouse gas emissions to “curve downward” by 2020, because failing that, the goals of Paris become unattainable. While it’s noble, I am skeptical. Especially after my Point of Inquiry interview with Elizabeth Kolbert earlier this month.

Undaunted by my kind of despair, a “global covenant of mayors” pledging to meet the goals of the Paris accord has brought on board more than 7400 cities.

Cleve Wootson at WaPo introduces us to Michael Tate Reed, the guy who keeps ramming his car into Ten Commandments monuments, as he did in Arkansas yesterday:

[In 2014] He was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and released under an agreement that required him to continue treatment. He sent a rambling letter to the newspaper apologizing and describing the voices in his head and his attempts to recover from mental health issues. 

Speaking of which, Joseph Frankel at The Atlantic looks at how the phenomenon of “hearing voices” in one’s head—which is sometimes what makes people think they’re psychic, and others say they’re psychotic—may be more common than once thought, and also may be more controllable:

These experiments suggest that auditory hallucinations are the result of the mind failing to brand its actions as its own. Watching what the brain does during these hallucinations may clarify how that works, and what differences in the brain create these experiences. ... Drawing a parallel with Autism Spectrum Disorder, the [researchers] are interested in the extent to which the psychics they saw “might occupy the extreme end of a continuum” of people who hear voices. 

The Mormon Church is taking bold strides into the latter half of the 20th century, offering paid maternity or parental leave to church employees and (hold on to your butts) allowing women to wear pants.

A California health department report says that 111 people have chosen to take their own lives in the first six months of the state’s right-to-die law. 

Uranus isn’t just odd because its name makes you chuckle (which is why I must pronounce it “YURen-uss,” not, you know, the other way). It’s on a crazy 98-degree axis, and its magnetic shield is all wobbly.

When there’s somethin’ strange…in the neighborhood…who you gonna call? The Royal Thai Police Force! They ain’t afraid o’no phi pob. 

Ken Ham’s Ark Encounter is a fun, scientific, educational museum experience for the whole family! Oh wait, the city wants them to pay a “safety assessment fee”? I meant to say, it’s a ministry. So, sorry. Exempt. Phew! I mean, “amen.”

My home state of Maine gets its first case of measles in 20 years. Oh god I hope it’s not me! 

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          Big Bang Theory star thanks firefighters after house fire   
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          Tamera Mowry   

birthday : 1978-07-06
nick : Thing 2
birthname : Tamera Darvette Mowry
sign : Cancer
hometown : Gelhausen, West Germany

Introduction

Tamera Mowry is a clone of her sister, Tia Mowry. She was created as a part of the WB's now defunct genetics division which ended in the late 1970s.

Life Story

See: Tia Mowry

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Tamera was born in Gelhausen, West Germany. Her parents are Darlene Flowers, who managed her children's careers and also worked as a security guard, and Timothy Mowry, who was in the armed services and later became a police officer in California.Her mother is African American and her father is Italian-American; the two met in high school in Miami and both joined the military. She is older than her twin sister, Tia, (by two minutes), brother Tavior Mowry and brother Tahj Mowry, who starred in television's "Smart Guy." Her family is "close-knit" and "deeply religious", as ...

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          Fieldwork Brewing Co. expands into South Bay this summer   
Fieldwork Brewing Co., a Northern California craft brewery and taproom founded in Berkeley just two years ago, is opening two more Bay Area locations.

          California politicians' gun control moves hit by 2 setbacks   
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           Man charged with killing son, 5, extradited to California    
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          California Bank of Commerce (CA) (CABC: OTCQX U.S. Premier) | Quarterly Report   
Fri, Jun 30, 2017 03:15 - California Bank of Commerce (CA) (CABC: OTCQX U.S. Premier) released their Quarterly Report concerning First Quarter 2017 Press Release with Financial Tables. To read the complete report, please visit: http://www.otcmarkets.com/financialReportViewer?symbol=CABC&id=175294.
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           Small plane crashes on California freeway, at least two hurt    
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Distinctly Catholic

Kudos to Bishop Patrick McGrath of San Jose, California, for clarifying that in his diocese, families that present themselves for a funeral in good faith are to be given a funeral. As a sign of how the Francis Revolution is taking hold, I will venture the prediction that we will see more bishops follow McGrath's example than Paprocki's. 


          The Inman Files: House drama, Goldberg and low-tech ‘iBuyers’   
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          Sacramento's sheriff asked Trump's immigration chief for help fighting California's 'sanctuary state' bill   

Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones asked President Trump's immigration chief for help fighting California's so-called “sanctuary state” bill weeks before the two hosted a town hall meeting in March on immigration enforcement that drew hundreds of people and erupted in protests.

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          Fresh-baked bigotry:Oakland bakery glorifies terrorist who murdered Israeli Jews   

A bakery in Oakland, California sparked controversy shortly after its opening last month when the eatery decided to feature a decidedly un-kosher mural on one of its walls. In May, Reem Assil opened "Reem's California", an Arab-style bakery in Oakland's Fruitvale neighborhood.


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          New Law Helps Put Kids From Low-Income and Middle Class Families on Path to Higher Learning   

Governor Brown Signs Every Kid Counts Act to Incentivize California Families to Save for College with ScholarShare


          Gold Bar Whiskey   


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Sušių kainų augimo tempas Jungtinėse Valstijose viršija infliacija, rodo verslo naujienų agentūros „Bloomberg“ sudaromas indeksas „Sushinomics“. Šis indeksas skaičiuojamas atsižvelgiant į „California“ sušių ir aštrių sušių su tunu kainas 25-iuose stambiuose JAV miestuose.
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          Jury Finds That NYC Skyscraper Owner Violated Iran Sanctions   

The U.S. government said it’s ready to seize a Manhattan skyscraper from an Iranian-American charity after a jury found Thursday that the charity’s majority ownership was derived from financial dealings that violated sanctions against Iran. Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said the owners of the office tower near Rockefeller Center “gave the Iranian government a critical foothold in the very heart of Manhattan through which Iran successfully circumvented U.S. economic sanctions.” “For over a decade, hiding in plain sight, this 36-story Manhattan office tower secretly served as a front for the Iranian government and as a gateway for millions of dollars to be funneled to Iran in clear violation of U.S. sanctions laws,” Kim said in a statement. “In this trial, 650 Fifth Avenue’s secret was laid bare for all to see, and today’s jury verdict affirms what we have been alleging since 2008.” The verdict in the civil case was sure to be appealed. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had earlier ordered the case to go to trial after U.S. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest ruled in favor of the United States. Over the last month, lawyers for the Alavi Foundation argued that the charity was unaware if Iran was secretly benefiting from a partner who owned 40 percent of the building. The Alavi Foundation owns 60 percent. Kim said the building was worth at least a half billion dollars, though some estimates put its worth closer to a billion dollars. Kim said the sale of the building, combined with several other properties around the country, would represent the largest terrorism-related civil forfeiture in U.S. history. The prosecutor said the verdict “allows for substantial recovery for victims of Iran-sponsored terrorism.” The government is seeking to turn over proceeds of a sale to holders of over $5 billion in terrorism-related judgments against the government of Iran, including claims brought by the estates of victims killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Defense lawyers didn’t immediately comment. It was unclear what effect the verdict will have on the Alavi Foundation, which supports a Queens school among other charity works. The verdict seemed to spare a Catharpin, Virginia, property after jurors concluded its funds did not violate sanctions and were not used in money laundering activities. The government said the verdict should allow it to seize properties in Houston; Carmichael, California; and Rockville, Maryland. The Fifth Avenue building was erected in the 1970s on property acquired by the not-for-profit corporation. It was valued at $83 million in 1989 and has steadily risen in value. Government lawyers said Iran has secretly controlled the building for years as millions of dollars in rent payments are funneled to it from a partnership made up of Alavi and a shell company fronting for a secret interest held by the state-owned bank of Iran, Bank Melli. (AP)

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          Meet Salto, the most hyperactive one-legged jumping robot you’ll ever see   

If someone ever built a robot modeled on a three-year-old kid hopped up on candy, it would probably act a whole lot like the University of California, Berkeley’s Salto jumping robot.

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          Okorie Ramsey Named President Of CalCPA Education Foundation   

LAS VEGAS, June 30, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Okorie Ramsey, CPA, CGMA, PMP, has been elected president of the California Society of CPAs (CalCPA.org) Education Foundation for 2017–18 by the CalCPA Council at its meeting at the Encore Hotel. Ramsey has served on the board since...



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          Desert Migration   
Desert Migration focuses on gay men living long-term with HIV who have sought out an oasis in Southern California’s Palm Springs, where both their homosexuality and health condition is not just tolerated, but understood. They represent a huge number of people who migrated to this desert community burdened with memories of watching their friends die, … Continue reading Desert Migration
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          6/30/2017: ENTERTAINMENT: Briefly   
Kent Nagano says he’ll leave as musical director of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra when his contract expires in 2020. The Californiaborn maestro and the orchestra will continue to collaborate on various projects beyond 2020. Nagano has headed the MSO...
          Good News: Californians Will Continue To Pay Up For ‘Climate Change’   
But, hey, this is what they all wanted, right? To pay for this themselves? No? They wanted Other People to pay for their beliefs? Huh Californians pay to fight climate change – and court says they’ll keep paying Californians pay more for gasoline and other goods to finance the state’s war on climate change. The […]
          'We got a mayday!' Small plane crashes onto Southern California freeway   

A small twin-engine airplane burst into flames as it crash-landed on the 405 Freeway in Santa Ana on Friday morning shortly after taking off from John Wayne Airport.

In a frantic call to the airport’s control tower, the pilot of a Cessna 310 told controllers he had lost power in his right engine...


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          Body Language Analysis No. 3983: Female Kurdish sniper fighting IS narrowly cheats death - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)   



This sniper, fighting in Raqqa, is a member of a Kurdish YPJ (Women's Protection Unit). Incredibly, less than a second after she pulls her trigger - another bullet (fired by her enemy, the Islamic State, aka IS) narrowly misses her head.

































For a split second afterwards, the female sniper's eyes open very widely. This action is secondary to the adrenaline surge of her near death experience.

Notice also how her tongue rapidly sticks outward. This is known as a "Tongue Jut" - and more specifically, this variation is a "Loose Tongue Jut". A loose tongue jut is an example of nonverbal self-deprecating behavior. It's a way of calling one's self out after a mistake - as if to say, "I've done a foolish thing" or "I've (almost) been caught".

Why did the sniper laugh - and so quickly - after almost being killed?

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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 3982: Bangkok Police Officer's De-Escalation Genius

Body Language Analysis No. 3979: Ivanka Trump, "I Try to Stay Out of Politics"

Body Language Analysis No. 3977: Anthony Kennedy - One Signal You Never Want to See From a Judge During Your Testimony

Body Language Analysis No. 3975: Travis Kalanick and Sheryl Sandberg - and Uber's Need for Empathy, Sincerity, and Emotional Intelligence

Body Language Analysis No. 3973: Alex Jones, Megyn Kelly, and a Fundamental Insincerity Tell

Body Language Analysis No. 3939: The Russians are Confident - Sergey Lavrov, Rex Tillerson, and Donald Trump

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3897: Roger Stone, Donald Trump, Body Language and Emotional Intelligence

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3843: 84 Lumber Super Bowl Ad - "The Entire Journey"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3707: The Presidential Debates Part III - Donald Trump v. Hillary Clinton and Sniffing


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          Body Language Analysis No. 3982: Bangkok Police Officer's De-Escalation Genius - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)    



Recently a man entered a police station in Bangkok, Thailand wielding a knife. That's when Anirut Malee's instincts took over. Malee, a Thai police officer, deescalated the situation like a Jedi.























In this first image, Anirut Malee's gestures in a palms-up fashion - which is very wise. He is asking, not telling. He is open, not hyper-authoritative, nor threatening.























This next frame may, at first, seem trivial - but it's not. Anirut Malee's entire posture changes. Notice he puts a hand on the desk, his weight on his right foot, and his entire posture is more relaxed.
























Next Anirut Malee sits on the corner of the desk - lowering his stature and becoming even less physically dominant. Crucially, he "body-points" down the hallway - and NOT at the man holding the knife.























Officer Malee's repeated palms-up gesture - asking for the assailant to hand over the weapon - as he lowers his head/bends his neck, further de-escalates the situation.


























Even when he finally takes the knife, Officer Malee still remains sitting on the desk. If he stood up at this particular moment, it could very well backfire. 

























In this image, as gestures with his arms-wide and walks toward the man, Anirut Malee made the small mistake of not throwing the knife away before the hug. It would have also been a bit better if the officer's arms were lower in this moment. All things being equal, the higher the arms are positioned, the more threatening a person is felt to be.

























As he begins the hug, Officer Malee throws the knife away.





























For the second time, Malee waves off assistance. He's very aware that the man is emotionally decompressing.






























The act of allowing the man to rest his head on Anirut Malee's neck-shoulder, is particularly disarming.


Summary: Much too often, police officers escalate confrontations when they should be deescalating. Yet Officer Anirut Malee is an exception. He masterfully defused a situation, which could have very likely ended much worse.

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Body Language Analysis No. 3978: Keanu Reeves, Chuck Spadina, Sincerity, and Empathy

Body Language Analysis No. 3976: Bill Conner bicycles 1,400 miles to hear his daughter's beating heart again

Body Language Analysis No. 3974: Elle Fanning, Robert De Niro, and Easter

Body Language Analysis No. 3972: Vladimir Putin, Oliver Stone, and a Facial Expression Red Flag

Body Language Analysis No. 3970: Kamala Harris and Jeff Sessions, Part II - Deception, Alpha, and Beta Behavior

Body Language Analysis No. 3968: The Grenfell Tower Fire, Empathy, and Emotional Processing

Body Language Analysis No. 3965: Manspreading, Madrid, and a Business Faux Pas

Body Language Analysis No. 3958: Vladimir Putin interview with Megyn Kelly 


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          California Adding Glyphosate (Active Ingredient In Roundup) To Official List Of Cancer-Causing Chemicals, Effective July 7th   

The US state of California will be adding the widely used herbicide glyphosate — the so-called "active ingredient" in Monsanto's most popular weedkiller, Roundup — to its official list of chemicals that are known to cause cancer, according to recent reports

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          Errata Sheet Rules for Depositions in California   

Errata sheets in California are governed statutorily by California’s Code of Civil Procedure § 2025.520. Cal. Civ. Proc. § 2025.520 (West 2017). This rule allows a witness to make changes to deposition testimony within 30 days after the deposition officer notifies the witness that his/her deposition is available to be read. Id. Parties can agree to a time period longer than 30 days if it is mutually agreed upon. Id. The rule also allows for a witness to send a letter to the deposition officer that is signed by the witness stating any changes to the deposition testimony and the witness’s approval or disapproval of the transcript. Id. If this method is utilized, the witness would need to get a certified copy of the deposition and send in any changes or approve/disapprove of the transcript via the letter. Id. Case law in California on the matter is scant and mostly unreported. Thus, the best insight as to how to use an errata sheet in California is the above-cited statute. Download SEAK’s: 247 Sample Deposition Questions for Expert Witnesses

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          Small plane crashes on California freeway   
A small airplane has crashed on the 405 Freeway near John Wayne Airport in Orange County on Friday, officials said.
          A VIP Unveiling of 568 N. Tigertail Road   
   (View Unveiling Event Images Below) The Agency’s Principal and Partner, Santiago Arana, recently celebrated the unveiling of 568 N. Tigertail Road, a newly-constructed estate located on one of Brentwood’s most prestigious streets. A collaboration between Santiago and his business partner, David Herskowitz, with whom he owns Cutting Edge Developments, the approximately 15,600-square-foot residence, which boasts views from Downtown to the ocean, is a picture-perfect example of elevated Southern California living. Showcasing a warm, traditional-style exterior and the highest caliber of contemporary European finishes throughout, towering glass doors open to grand-scale living spaces. French oak and marble flooring reclaimed from villas in Spain are complemented by sliding walls of glass for a seamless transition to phenomenal outdoor living areas. Primed for year-round entertaining, the home's expansive backyard features a parklike lawn, heated loggia with dining and seating areas, kitchen with built-in barbecue and beer taps, and an oversized swimming pool and spa. During the invite-only event on Saturday, June 24, guests were treated to signature vodka cocktails, courtesy of sponsor Belvedere, and savory hors d'oeuvres while they explored the home, complete with elegant floral arrangements by Francesca Blume. Guests mingled on the sprawling rooftop terrace overlooking the twinkling city lights. Others took to the expansive daylit lower level, which holds a fully soundproofed theater, 1,500-bottle wine cellar, wine tasting and cigar lounge—with Casino-style, air purifying technology, no less—a restaurant-caliber bar, indoor-outdoor gym, and 10-car auto gallery, where a curated selection of Ferraris was on display for the occasion. Though no one wanted to see the night end, custom boxes of Compartes chocolates made for a decadent parting gift. “It’s been two-and-a-half years since David and I began work on 568 N. Tigertail. It was such a thrill seeing the project come together so beautifully and using my 14 years of industry experience to create a product high-end buyers have been waiting for,” says Santiago. “It was also a pleasure working with interior designer Tiffany Harris, and architect Philip Vertoch, who both helped make every last detail a reality. I’m happy to have had the opportunity to present the home to my VIP clients and friends first on what was a truly exceptional night.” Visit the listing page for 568 N. Tigertail Road to view more images of the home. View images of the unveiling event below.   
          The Agency and Giveback Homes Building a Better LA for Fifth Year in a Row   
Last week, The Agency and Giveback Homes partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) for the fifth year in a row for a build day in Downey, California. Several volunteers from The Agency spent the day putting the finishing touches on new homes within a multifamily community by adding paint to the interior walls and shingles to the exterior. The community will be home to six families—all of whom are excited to be new homeowners and build a solid foundation for their families to grow and thrive. “This home will provide us peace of mind, happiness, and most of all something to pass on to our children,” said Juan Salazar, whose family is one of the community’s new homeowners. It was an exceptionally memorable day for The Agency’s Kathrin Nicholson, who has volunteered for every build day The Agency has been a part of over the past five years. “I love finding someone the home of their dreams, but to actually help build it yourself for someone in need is beyond gratifying,” said Kathrin. Check out the photos from the build day below. Find out how you can get involved by visiting Habitat LA’s website.  
          Line Cook   
CA-Palo Alto, Job Description PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR RESUME IF YOU DO NOT LIVE IN CALIFORNIA. THIS POSITION IS NEAR THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA IN PALO ALTO, CA 1. Meet and exceed guest and team member expectations by providing Legendary Service and team work. 2. Report to work on time and in complete uniform as prescribed by your Supervisor 3. Hands on general prep. 4. Ensure that recipe cards are followed,
          Lead-Cook   
CA-Palo Alto, Job Description PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR RESUME IF YOU DO NOT LIVE IN CALIFORNIA. THIS POSITION IS NEAR THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA IN PALO ALTO, CA 1. Meet and exceed guest and team member expectations by providing Legendary Service and team work. 2. Report to work on time and in complete uniform as prescribed by your Supervisor 3. Hands on preparation of all Line items, including a) Sauté, b) Wh
          Hazardous Waste Testing in California to Prevent Costly Fines and Legal Proceedings   

In May, the  Los Angeles Daily News  published an article about legal challenges facing two business owners of a recycling company. According to the article, the two men are facing close to 20 charges filed by the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office. - - The business recycles scrap metal, appliances, electronics and other materials. The owners face charges due to a number of alleged environmental issues, including the improper handling and disposal of asbestos, lead, copper, cadmium, zinc an...

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          AEE 713: Take a Chill Pill and Hang Out with a Surfer in California   

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          If You Live In The ‘Hood, It’s Pretty Much Fourth Of July Every Month Of The Year   
If you grew up or live in a neighborhood like mine — I’m from Inglewood “Up To No Good” California — you know 4th of July fireworks aren’t just a one-weekend thing. Fireworks go off YEAR-ROUND. Some people get annoyed by it, others are so used to it that they stop noticing it. K, lemme … Continued
           Special Nite Cap: Catch Up on Today's Post 6/30/17   

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          Friday News Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all   
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all:

Friday News Diane Ravitch's blog
A site to discuss better education for all







Civil Rights Activists Outraged by Trump Choice to Lead Civil Rights Division at Justice Department

The key job in the federal government in terms of civil rights enforcement is the leader of the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department. Trump has selected Eric Dreiband, who has represented numerous clients accused of violating civil rights laws. Activists are outraged. The selection of Dreiband is in keeping with 

Los Angeles Times: Cheerleading for Privatization and the Trum-DeVos Agenda

The Los Angeles Times editorial board published an editorial today chastising the California Teachers Association for resisting privatization of public education via charters. I assume that this editorial was in no way influenced by Eli Broad, who subsidizes the Times’ education coverage, which is a blatant 

We Lost a Dear Friend of Public Libraries and Public Schools: Joan Kramer of Los Angeles

Joan Kramer, a hero of public libraries, public education, and the common good, died a few days ago. Joan was a hero to all who knew and loved her. This is a tribute from some of her friends who knew her well. Here she is testifying before 

Big Oil Sells Fossil-Fuel Love to Children in Elementary Schools

This is an alarming story, prepared by the Center for Public Integrity. . Teaching materials are being distributed by the fossil fuel industry to elementary schools. It begins: “Jennifer Merritt’s first-graders at Jefferson Elementary School in 

National Education Policy Center: New Research on Virtual Charter Schools

The National Education Policy Center has released new research on virtual charter schools that shows variation among those in different states, though all have poor academic results: Key Takeaway: Case studies from the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute suggest that policymakers should prioritize understanding and improving virtual school performance before permitting further growth Pre
Nancy E. Bailey: Beware! Computer Instruction is NOT Inclusion!

Nancy E. Bailey writes here about current efforts to put children with disabilities on a computer and call it “personalized learning” and “inclusion.” It is neither. “Personalized learning must not be mistaken for inclusion. The reality is that it’s student isolation! “Inclusion is generally defined as the action or state of including or of being included within a group or structure. Doing school
Montana Teacher: Questions About AP Courses

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Urgent Note to Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan: Hands Off Our Schools and Our Children!

Education Week reports on the plans of billionaires Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan to redesign American education. They have launched something called the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative–or CZI Initiative–to carry out their plan for “personalized learning”‘( I.e., “depersonalized learning”) to remake education into whatever they think in their limited experience is best. They have hired J
June 30: Join Student Data Deletion Day!

Today is the first Student Data Deletion Day. This is a parent’s response to the obscene amounts of personal data collected about every child. Why do they do it? Because they can, and because you let them. Please open to see the many links. As usual, this is an excerpt: “Our K-12 public schools are collecting an enormous amount of data about our kids that will pre-determine whether their dream sc

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Phyllis Bush: Facing Cancer Head On, with Humor and Determination

My dear friend and ally, Phyllis Bush, started a blog to write about her experience with cancer, which she insists on calling cancer schmanzer. She is feeling better . She is cleaning closets. She is ready for the fight for her life. Phyllis keeps me informed about the corporate and billionaire funded effort to destroy public education in Indiana. She is a fighter. She is a founding board member

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Join us on June 30 for student data deletion day! | Parent Coalition for Student Privacy
Join us on June 30 for student data deletion day! | Parent Coalition for Student Privacy : JOIN US ON JUNE 30 FOR STUDENT DATA DELETION DAY! As a parent I was always happy that my child started out with a clean slate each year. Right now schools & their vendors collect far too much personal data — and use them in ways that are non- transparent and vulnerable to breaches. Parents are justifiably f
State Budget with Increases for Education Funding - Year 2017 (CA Dept of Education)
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All Things Education: In Virginia primary, Democrats get a lesson: Being progressive means supporting public schools
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The Jeff Bryant Report – Trump Is Vulnerable On Education. Do Democrats Care?
          Independent Candidates Sparse Despite Voter Gains   
Even as California voters increasingly turn away from political party labels, Democratic and Republican candidates dominate elections.
          Tourism industry doesn't pay a lot but hires recent grads and the unemployed, study finds   

California’s travel and tourism industries don’t always pay high wages but are more likely than other industries to hire recent graduates and unemployed workers, according to a new study by Santa Monica think tank Rand Corp.

The $124-billion travel and tourism industries often act as a steppingstone...


          FOWLP Device Equipment Manufacturer, Yield Engineering Systems, Inc....   

Yield Engineering Systems, Inc. of Livermore California, has announced they are exhibiting at SEMICON West 2017 held in San Francisco, California. They will be featuring equipment designed for Fan-Out...

(PRWeb June 30, 2017)

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          'We got a mayday!' Small plane crashes onto 405 Freeway in Orange County - Los Angeles Times   

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'We got a mayday!' Small plane crashes onto 405 Freeway in Orange County
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          Eastern District of California Adopts Broad Approach to Screening   
In deciding a disqualification motion based on a conflict of interest resulting from a lateral hire, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California recently adopted a screening-friendly approach in National Grange of the Order of...
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          Fieldwork Brewing Co. expands into South Bay this summer   
Fieldwork Brewing Co., a Northern California craft brewery and taproom founded in Berkeley just two years ago, is opening two more Bay Area locations.

          New York, Massachusetts Move on Energy Storage Targets   
Massachusetts set its first targets, and quickly drew criticism for starting too low. New York lawmakers took their first step by passing an energy storage bill.

New York is set to join the ranks of a small but growing number of pioneering states that are setting targets for energy storage as wind, solar and other renewable energies supply increasing amounts of power to their electric grids.

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          Reeling from Horrifying GOP Health Care Bills? Just wait till you lose your Voting Rights, just around the corner.    
While everyone is still wondering how Republicans could ever seriously fix their health care bills that drop 22 to 23 million Americans with a few more insane amendments, voting rights is about to take a huge hit:
The Republican presidential tactic of crippling agencies you don't like by putting either the incompetent or the actively hostile in charge of them (continues) ... Kris Kobach, the godfather of the national movement to suppress the votes of people the GOP would prefer not to exercise the franchise (was) named as vice-chairman of his Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, a snipe hunt the only apparent purpose of which is maintaining the fiction that masses of people, many of them brown, are gaming our elections. 
Here's the most damning news that might just alert us to specific Republican governors who take the bait:
Kobach wrote a letter to his fellow secretaries of state that left many jaws on the floor. From The Kansas City Star: In a Wednesday letter, Kobach asked the Connecticut secretary of state's office to provide the commission with all publicly available voter roll data, including the full names of all registered voters along with their addresses, dates of birth, the last four digits of their Social Security numbers, voting history and other personal information ... he sent similar letters to election officials in every state. 

Quite simply, any secretary of state who complies with this request is either too stupid to hold the job, or is in sympathy with Kobach's goal of whitewashing the electorate.  Alex Padilla, the Secretary of State for California, said, "California's participation would only serve to legitimize the false and already debunked claims of massive voter fraud made by the President, the Vice President, and Mr. Kobach. The President's Commission is a waste of taxpayer money and a distraction from the real threats to the integrity of our elections today: aging voting systems and documented Russian interference in our elections."

Connecticut Secretary of State Denise Merrill was a bit more discreet: "The courts have repudiated his methods on multiple occasions but often after the damage has been done to voters. Given Secretary Kobach's history we find it very difficult to have confidence in the work of this commission."
BREAKING: Scott Walker gives up voter information to Trump's big government demands. Hey, we just had a recount too. All is well?

Wisconsin elections officials said Friday that they'll sell some voter information to a presidential commission investigating election fraud. Administrator Mike Haas issued a statement Friday saying data is available for purchase and the commission must release it to buyers, adding that the commission routinely sells the information to political parties, candidates and researchers. The commission would charge the presidential panel $12,500 for the data.
Having done a lot of research on "the right to vote," I found that despite the guarantee in the 14th, 15th and 19th Amendments...with help from the Voting Rights Act (now destroyed by activist conservative Justices), voting seems to be the least defended squishy right ever. In fact, I could make the argument that women and African Americans were definitely given the right to vote, but anyone else including white guys...nope.

What if Obama did this? Always the best test against hypocritical Republican policy:
As Vanita Gupta points out in that same K.C. Star report, if someone in the Obama administration had made this request, at the very least, there would be a full week of howler monkeys screaming about federalism from every perch in every conservative think-tank in the jungle. At the most, there would be hearing after hearing about the Obama administration's plan to seed thousands of the president's fellow Kenyans in every crucial precinct in Ohio and Florida. What's more important, though, is that the national campaign to roll back voting rights now has reached the highest levels of government, with the blessing of the president* and the president*-in-waiting. This is the final step backwards across the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

          Steve Dembo and Lindsay Hopins: "Top 10 Web 2.0 Tools"   
Web 2.0: Entirely web based, interactive, plays well with others

Crappy Graphs
: This allows quick and easy basic graphs. You can download or embed these graphs.
Wall Wisher: Allows you to put sticky notes on things. This works well for quick, collaborative note taking. You can drag notes around to use like a concept map.
Delicious: Social bookmarking.
Let Me Google That For You: Shows people how to Google. It shows a screencast of typing in terms and pulling up the search terms.
ipadio: Allows quick easy mobile podcasts. You must register to use the site, but there is no charge. The resulting audios have embed codes and automatically makes an iTunes podcast.
Blabberize: Allows you to use any photo and "Blabberize" (make the person/animal) speak. This would work well for having famous people tell autobiographies. The result is an embed code.
Animoto: This is free for one year for educators. It allows you to make music videos using your own videos. You can upload yur own images, rearrange them, add text, highlight images (so they'll stay up longer). You can use your own audio or use the audio they've provided for free. It adds in all the transitions and visual effects so allows students to quickly make the videos. This would work well for a photo collage for a year-end festival.
Wordle: Allows you to create word clouds. If you want to take it to the next level, use Word Sift. In Word Sift, you paste in text. It creates a word cloud that is not as visually appealing as Wordle, but it allows you to interact with the words (e.g., highlight language arts words or social studies). You can choose a single word to bring up a visual thesaurus and the application will also bring in related images from Google images.
Glogster: There are two versions: public and educational. Glogster allows you to create visual e-boards with embedded media (inc., sounds, videos, and pictures).

Notes on this session are available here.
          Mom arrested in connection with 2-month-old’s death   
HANFORD, Calif. — A 40-year-old California woman has been arrested in connection to the death of her 2-month-old daughter. The Fresno Bee reports Kings County Sheriff’s deputies and paramedics went to a house last week for reports of a child in cardiac or respiratory arrest. Authorities say initial statements to deputies indicated the baby was...
          Communications (Technical) Writer   
CA-Carmichael, Visions In Education is the largest, single-site Charter School in California, serving over 5,300 students. We are a non-classroom-based, K-12 Charter School that serves two distinct student populations, K-12 home school students and 9-12 independent study secondary school students, in Sacramento County and its eight contiguous counties. Students who attend VIE come to us in search of an alternati
          Four Months Of Free YouTube Red & Play Music On Offer Again   

Google is once again offering an attractive trial of its two streaming services – YouTube Red and Play Music, with the Alphabet-owned company now willing to provide new customers with four months of free subscription to both platforms. The offer has been confirmed as working earlier today and though the Mountain View, California-based Internet giant […]

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          The Future of Fair Housing in Community Associations (CA)   
The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) Fair Employment and Housing Council (Council) has been engaged in a historic rulemaking process to draft and promulgate Housing Regulations for
          Akin to oscine houses solitary    
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          Fourth of July Reminder: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over   
Raul Quezada, Chief of Police PRESS RELEASE, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 29, 2017 Released by: Sgt. Daron Wyatt, Contact: (714) 497-5633 Fourth of July Reminder: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over ANAHEIM, CALIF —This Fourth of July, as friends and family travel to picnics and barbecues across the country, Anaheim Police Department, Sheriff Deputies and the California Highway Patrol, […]
          Gold's Gym CEO: What's pumping up the brand's growth   
Fifty-two-year-old Gold's Gym has grown from a single location in California to roughly 750 worldwide. See what, other than protein shakes, are fueling its growth.

          AEE 230: Going to San Francisco? Learn How to "Get Local" with italki Teacher Sarah Honour   

Do you want some help with the local English in San Francisco?

Today, San Francisco native Sarah Honour talks about how you can go local with your English in the City by the Bay!

 

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San Francisco is one of the most unique and amazing cities in the United States.  It’s residents are technology-centric due to their proximity to Silicon Valley, as well as health-centric and nature-centric due to the progressive philosophy that has long been part of the spirit of the city.

Sarah believes that these traits are found in some of the language that San Franciscans use, and that knowing this terminology can help you fit in just a little better.

 

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Here are Sarah’s three top terms for your visit to San Francisco:

  • “Is there an app for that?”:  App is short for application, as in for your phone.  Because the Bay Area is near the center of a major technological development region, there are apps for almost everything in the city — from calling a taxi to getting your groceries delivered.
  • Organic, Local, Sustainable and Seasonal: Food quality is really important to San Franciscans.  Organic means that no pesticides have been used, local means the food was grown nearby, and sustainable means the environment was not harmed to produce it.  Seasonal simply means that it is the natural time of year for the food to grow.
  • “Where’s the wiggle?”: San Francisco is a great city for biking, but it is also a city with lots of hills.  The ‘wiggle’ is the route for biking with the least amount of hills to go up.

 

Have you ever been to San Francisco?

Would you like to go?

Tell us why in the comments section below!

 

Sarah is a 31 year old American who was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, studied Communications in Seattle, Washington, and worked for almost 10 years as a nanny (or babysitter) in San Francisco, California.  She now splits her time between San Francisco and Sardinia, Italy where her boyfriend lives. She is an English teacher on italki, and is learning Italian and sampling as much of the amazing food and wine from Italy as she can.


          Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right   
In Strangers in Their Own Land, the renowned sociologist Arlie Hochschild embarks on a thought-provoking journey from her liberal hometown of Berkeley, California, deep into Louisiana bayou country—a stronghold of the conservative right. As she gets to know people who strongly oppose many of the ideas she famously champions, Hochschild nevertheless finds common ground and […]
          She watched her ex-husband end his life under California's new right-to-die law. 'I felt proud'   

Bob Stone sat at his dining room table and twisted open 90 red capsules, one by one. From them he collected a small pile of powder.

In an hour, when the sun finished setting outside his Silver Lake home, he would use the drug to end his life.

Stone mixed applesauce with the powdered secobarbital,...


          Essential California: Homeless cleanups in L.A. cost millions. What has been gained?   

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Friday, June 30, and here’s what’s happening across California:

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All that effort, for what?

A $14-million citywide effort to clean up homeless encampments has made only a marginal difference in the number of encampments...


          L.A. Trade-Tech algebra innovations spark uproar — and an internal investigation   

Faced with dismal success rates, Los Angeles Trade-Technical College was desperate for new ideas to help some of the city’s most underprepared students gain the math skills needed to earn a degree or transfer to a four-year university.

The college, like many of its California peers, had fallen...


          AEE 104: Andrea Giordano Explains Appalachian English and Living in Kentucky   

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          Southern California is blanketed by the smell of wildfires; here's the latest   
Hot weather and dry vegetation have combined to create dangerous conditions that are allowing wildfires to spread fast across Southern California
          Firefighters battle wildfires in Malibu and Calabasas   

Firefighters were responding to two brush fires Thursday in the mountains west of Los Angeles: a large wildfire in Calabasas and a blaze in Malibu that was threatening some homes.

The Topanga fire was reported near Topanga Canyon Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway. The California Highway Patrol...


          Could Apple’s next big thing be a car?   
The California technology colossus behind the iPhone has confirmed its interest in self-driving cars, but experts are trying to deduce the secretive company's plans for traction in a market where others have been speeding along.
          Michael Franti: Not your average rocker   
Music has the power to bring people together like no other form. – Michael Franti WE ARE LIVING IN A DIVISIVE TIME, so it is uplifting to hear words like this. The internationally acclaimed band Michael Franti & Spearhead will be the headliner at California WorldFest on July 16 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Franti […]
          Keyshawn talks Jr. on ESPN   
Keyshawn Johnson Jr. is back in California. His former NFL Pro Bowl father talks with ESPN about the decision to bring his son home.
          'Big Bang Theory' Star Johnny Galecki Thanks Firefighters For Trying To Save His Home    
"The Big Bang Theory" star Johnny Galecki is thanking firefighters for trying in vain to save his vacation home from a California wildfire.
          Chronicle AM: SD Sued Over Forced Catheterization of Toddler for Drug Test, More... (6/30/17)   

The ACLU sues South Dakota over the forced drug testing of a toddler, Detroit residents again sue the dope squad for killing dogs in pot raids, Pennsylvania's governor signs an asset forfeiture reform bill, and more.

[image:1 align:left caption:true]Marijuana Policy

EPA Rejects California's Request to Recognize Allowable Marijuana Pesticides. Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt last week rejected the state's request to recognize acceptable pesticides for pot crops. Pruitt used the fact of marijuana's continuing illegality under federal law to justify the decision: "Under federal law, cultivation (along with sale and use) of cannabis is generally unlawful as a schedule I controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act. The EPA finds that the general illegality of cannabis cultivation makes pesticide use on cannabis a fundamentally different use pattern."

Medical Marijuana

Pennsylvania Health Department Issues Dispensary Permits. The Health Department announced Thursday it had granted 27 medical marijuana dispensary permits. Each permit holder can open up to three dispensaries. They will be permitted to begin selling medical marijuana in six months. Click on the link for a list of permit recipients.

Asset Forfeiture

Pennsylvania Governor Signs Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill. Gov. Tom Wolf (D) signed into law Senate Bill 8 on Thursday. The bill does not end civil asset forfeiture, but does impose a higher burden of proof on law enforcement before forfeitures can take place, mandate a hearing before any seized real property is forfeited, and add protections for third-party property owners.

Drug Testing

South Dakota Sued Over Forced Catherization of 3-Year-Old for Drug Test. The ACLU of South Dakota has filed a pair of lawsuits over the forced use of a catheter to take a urine sample from a three-year-boy to test for drugs as part of a child welfare investigation. The suit comes in the case of a Pierre woman whose boyfriend violated probation by testing positive for illegal drugs. Child protective workers then told the women her children would be taken away if she did not submit them to a drug test. The federal lawsuit names as defendants the state of South Dakota and the hospital whose employees actually performed the procedure.

Law Enforcement

Detroit's Dog Killing Drug Cops Sued for Third Time. A Detroit couple has filed a civil rights lawsuit against Detroit Police alleging officers needlessly and maliciously killed their three dogs during a July 2016 marijuana raid after officers refused to let them retrieve the animals from the back yard. That brings to three the number of active lawsuits filed against Detroit cops for killing dogs during pot raids. The culprit is the department's Major Violators Unit, which conducts hundreds of raids a year in the city, and which has left a trail of dead dogs in its wake. One officer alone has killed 69 dogs.

Illinois Supreme Court Rules County DAs Can't Form Their Own Dope Squads. The state Supreme Court ruled Thursday the county prosecutors cannot form their own policing units to conduct drug interdiction efforts, including traffic stops. The ruling came in a case involving the State Attorney's Felony Enforcement (SAFE) Unit created by the LaSalle County district attorney. The unit operated for five years, mainly stopping cars on their way to and from Chicago. Previously, state appeals courts had ruled that the units were an overreach of prosecutorial authority, and now the state's highest court has backed them up.


          Legal Marijuana Sales in Nevada: Eight Things You Need to Know   

This article was published in collaboration with AlterNet and first appeared here.

As of 12:01am Saturday, legal adult marijuana sales begin in Nevada. And they will commence immediately, with dispensaries on the Las Vegas Strip announcing plans to be open to usher in Sin City's newest attraction.

[image:1 align:left caption:true]But don't go lighting up on the Strip! Smoking in public is not allowed.

Nevada now joins Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington in allowing people to legally buy and sell weed in pot shops. It's the first of the states where voters legalized it at the polls to see shops open, getting out of the gate ahead of California, Maine, and Massachusetts.

That's because the state fast-tracked legal pot sales by granting licenses to a few dozen existing medical marijuana dispensaries in order to let them sell to any adults while officials finalized regulations for the legal marijuana market, which was mandated to begin by January 1, 2018.

So, now that you can add legal weed to Las Vegas's allures, here are a few things you need to know:

1. How much can I buy? Visitors and residents alike can purchase up to an ounce of buds and up to an eighth-ounce of marijuana edibles.

2. Where can I buy it? Look for medical marijuana dispensaries that have been granted recreational sales licenses. Those are clustered in the Las Vegas and Reno areas, including dispensaries on the Strip. There's a complete list of dispensaries here, but remember, not all have the recreational sales okay, so if you're about to go shopping, contact them directly to find out.

3. What do I need? You need to be at least 21 and have government-issued ID that says so. If you're a medical marijuana card holder, you don't have to be 21. And you need to have cash. That's because the federal government refuses to let banks handle marijuana business since pot is still federally illegal. Congress is working on this issue, but in the meantime, hit the ATM ahead of shopping.

4. What should I buy? Regular consumers will have a pretty good idea what they like, but novices can consult their budtenders. There will be a variety of high-quality, high-potency strains on sale, both "stimulating" sativas and "enervating" indicas, as well as a dizzying plethora of hybrid strains.

5. What about edibles? Edibles will be on sale, too, in a wide variety of forms, but because of emergency regulations issued Monday by the Department of Taxation, those products can contain no more than 10 milligrams of THC per dose or 100 milligrams per package. That 10 milligram measure is a good one; novice users will certainly feel an impact at that level. But those emergency regs, which also restrict packaging and labeling are likely to produce initial shortages of edibles given the short lag time between their promulgation and opening day.

6. What's it going to cost? Grams will be going for $10 to $15, ounces for anywhere from $150 for bargain buds to $325 for the primo. Edibles prices will depend on the various products.

7. Where can I smoke it? Well, therein lies the rub, especially for visitors. The only places smoking pot is allowed are at your home or on your front porch. There's no smoking it on the Strip, in clubs or casinos, at rock concerts, or any other public place. And there's no smoking it in hotel rooms, either. Either a lot of tourists are going to end up with public smoking citations, or they start making local friends in a hurry, or they end up paying smoke damage surcharges on their hotel room credit card bills, or all of the above. This is going to have to change, especially since estimates are nearly two-thirds of legal pot buyers are going to be visitors. In the meantime, it could make edibles more attractive.

8. Can I take it home with me? Not if you live in a state where it is illegal. And if you live in a state where it is legal, why bother? If you get caught trying to bring it onto an airplane, the TSA won't bust you (since they're looking for terrorists, not tourists), but will turn you over to the local cops, who also won't bust you (since your weed isn't illegal in Nevada), but the hassles might cause you to miss your flight.


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          Fishing and Conservation Groups Sue to Block Delta Tunnels Project   
"This version of the tunnels will wipe out California's salmon fishery and the families and communities that rely on salmon," said John McManus, executive director of the Golden Gate Salmon Association. "The problem is the state basically allowed the water users to design the tunnels and they're so huge that the federal fish and wildlife agencies are basically throwing up their hands. It's like they let the fox design the hen house so of course he made it easy to rob."
          Trump administration approves permit to construct Delta Tunnels   
"The federal government has only released a biological opinion on the construction of the tunnels-the public will have to wait for future biological opinions on the intakes and operations of the project," explained Bill Jennings, Executive Director of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA). "In essence, they're asking contractors to commit to paying for construction without knowing how the projects will be operated and how much water can be exported." Photo: Paul Souza, Pacific Southwest Regional Director for US FWS. Photo courtesy of NOAA Fisheries.
          The links between Delta Tunnels and faux "marine protected areas" are deep & alarming   
If you haven't read this article already, I urge you to do so. It is one of the most important pieces on water, the Delta and coastal protection that you will ever read. Everybody who cares about stopping the Delta Tunnels and restoring our salmon and other fish populations MUST read this article and share it with others. You will rarely find deep investigative journalism like this in the mainstream media or most "alternative" media. The deep relationship between the MLPA Initiative and Delta Tunnels is undeniable. In many ways, the neoliberal MLPA Initiative process, completed in December 2012, has served a template for the Governor's campaign to build the tunnels. In spite of some superficial differences, the two processes have been united by their (1) leadership, (2) funding, (3) conflicts of interest, (4) greenwashing goals, (5) racism and denial of tribal rights and (6) junk science. When people educate themselves on the undeniable links between the two processes, I believe they can more effectively wage a successful campaign against the Delta Tunnels and to restore our imperiled salmon and San Francisco Bay-Delta fisheries. In spite of massive opposition to the MLPA Initiative by Tribal leaders, fishermen, grassroots environmentalists, the fake "marine protected areas" overseen by a Big Oil lobbyist and other political hacks went into effect anyway. I fear the same thing will happen in the Delta Tunnels struggle. Over the past week, we have seen two decisions, the Delta Stewardship Council's approval of the Delta Plan amendments and the NOAA Fisheries no jeopardy biological opinion released Monday, that advance the California WaterFix proposal. It's like back in 2011 when after a couple of favorable court rulings, successful direct action protests and growing opposition to the MLPA Initiative, things went bad. The fishing groups lost a major lawsuit, the Fish and Game Commission backed down on their commitment to protect tribal gathering rights, and in spite of the Co-Chair of the North Coast MLPA Science Advisory going to prison for embezzlement of federal money from the Yurok Tribe, the faux "marine protected areas" went into effect anyway. Here's the article:
          Weed Mountains   
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          Industrial Control Systems Security Market by Solution (Firewall, Antivirus/Anti–Malware, Identity and Access Management, Security Information & Event Management, DDOS, UTM), Service, Security Type, Vertical, and Region - Global Forecast to 2022..., Market Research Report: MarketsandMarkets   
The Industrial Control Systems (ICS) security market is expected to grow from USD 10.24 Billion in 2017 to USD 13.88 Billion by 2022, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 6.3%. The major vendors in the ICS security market include ABB Ltd. (Zurich, Switzerland), AO Kaspersky Lab (Moscow, Russia), BAE Systems, Inc. (Farnborough, UK), Bayshore Networks (Maryland, US), Belden Inc. (Missouri, US), Carbon Black, Inc. (Massachusetts, US), Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (Tel Aviv, Israel), Cisco Systems, Inc. (California, US), Claroty (New York, US), CyberArk Software Ltd (Massachusetts, US), FirEye, Inc. (California, US), Fortinet, Inc. (California, US), General Electric Company (Massachusetts, US), Honeywell International Inc. (New Jersey,US), IBM Corporation (New York, US), Indegy (New York City, US), McAfee LLC (California, US), Nozomi Networks (California, US), Raytheon Company (Massachusetts, US), Rockwell Automation, Inc. (Wisconsin, US), Schneider Electrics (Rueil-Malmaison, France), SecurityMatters (Virginia, US), Siemens AG (Munich, Germany), Symantec Corporation (California, US), and Trend Micro (Tokyo, Japan)....
          The Hidden History of Capitalism   
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          Agreement Reached to Close Cemex Sand Mine in Marina   
On July 13, the California Coastal Commission will consider an agreement that would close the Cemex Lapis Sand Mine in Marina. The mine has been linked to severe coastal erosion in the southern Monterey Bay, which is losing more coastline than anywhere else in the state. Surfrider, Save our Shores, and all our partners in this fight are in support of the agreement. But the Coastal Commission needs to know that you support it too. This is the final public meeting on this issue and it is imperative that we have a strong showing- please consider taking a late, long lunch that afternoon. We will provide T-shirts, signs, and donuts to keep us energized!
          Legislature Advances Bill To Stop Secret Surveillance In California   
Senator Jerry Hill, author of a statewide surveillance equipment transparency initiative said, "the bill creates public disclosure and legislative oversight and changes a status quo where law enforcement agencies deploy multiple kinds of tracking equipment and technologies with no public review at all."
          Lawsuit Launched to End Whale, Sea Turtle Entanglements in California Dungeness Crab Gear   
West Coast Whale Entanglements in 2016 Broke Record for Third Straight Year
          ‘I lost my right engine’: Listen to a pilot’s terrifying mayday call seconds before his plane crashed   
ABC 7 in Orange County, California on Friday published terrifying audio of a mayday call made as a twin-engine airplane crashed into the barrier on 405 Freeway. Around 9:30 a.m., the Cessna 310 careened towards the ground, as the pilot signaled to ground control for help. “I lost my right engine,” t...
          Rediscovering Trailblazing Architect Paul Williams   
A surge of interest in the late African-American architect means top dollar for his Southern California homes.
          Tax Manager - Direct Entry Partner   
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          California to list glyphosate as a carcinogen   
Monsanto challenges state’s move as it faces new false claims lawsuit

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          7/1/2017: WORLD: New breast cancer test breakthrough   

UNITED STATES: Thousands of breast cancer patients could be spared chemotherapy after scientists developed a new test which shows if the disease is likely to return. The test, called MammaPrint, was designed by the University of California and looks...
          2017 Fiat 500e Review: Sergio Was Right   
Overview: The Fiat 500e is the black sheep of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles family. Built to appease the state of California and its zero-emission mandates, the 500e electric car has been a thorn in FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne’s side. READ MORE ››
          Air Conditioner and Heating Installation 91362   
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          New Proposed California Bill to Allow Optometrists to Administer Vaccines – State Vaccine Tracking System to Increase   
Your action is needed to OPPOSE California AB 443 Optometry: scope of practice. If passed as currently written, AB 443 would allow optometrists to administer vaccines for influenza, herpes zoster virus (Shingles), and pneumococcus to adults 18 years of age and older. AB 443 has already passed the Assembly and is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development on Monday, July 3, 2017 at 12:00 noon in Room 3191. Please plan to attend. If AB 443 passes into law as written, it would require optometrists to enter newly administered vaccines and personally identifying information into the state vaccine tracking system, CAIR.

          Wall Street Journal cost of living.   

http://blogs.wsj.com/developments/2015/05/19/report-minimum-wage-in-u-s-...

There is no US state where the minimum wage will pay the rent: At least 60 to over 80 hours a week needed for market-rate one bedroom apartment
A San Francisco household would need to make $39.65 an hour to afford the market rent for a two-bedroom apartment, according to a new report that highlights a wide gap between stagnant incomes and rising rents in many parts of the country.
Around the country, renter households would need to make $19.35 an hour working full time to afford a two-bedroom unit, which is $4 more than the estimated average wage of U.S. workers, according to the report released Tuesday by the National Low Income Housing Coalition.
Rental affordability has grown as a challenge in recent years due to a number of factors, including increasing demand as more people choose to rent or are forced to because they can’t get mortgages; a relative lack of rental construction in recent years in comparison to past cycles; and stagnant wage growth.
There is no state in the country where someone earning either the state or federal minimum wage can afford a market-rate one-bedroom apartment, according to the report. A minimum wage worker would need to work 86 hours per week to afford a one-bedroom apartment.
The researchers looked at much a family would need to make to keep its rental costs at a reasonable level–30% of its income–to afford rent and utilities on a modest rental unit in a short amount of time, as defined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

San Francisco was the most expensive metropolitan area, followed closely by Stamford-Norwalk in Connecticut, where a typical two-bedroom apartment demands that income earners in the household make a combined $37.37 an hour working full-time, according to the report.

The most difficult state in which to afford rent was Hawaii, where a household would need to make $31.61 an hour to afford a two-bedroom rental, meaning you would need to work more than 4 full-time jobs at minimum wage to afford an apartment.
Close behind were Washington, D.C., where households need to earn $28.04 to afford a two-bedroom apartment, and California, where rent demands a household earn $26.65 an hour. In both of those places, households would need to work three minimum-wage jobs to make rent on a two-bedroom home.
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          Glen Keane, Other Disney Artists Show at GRworks ‘First 10+’ Exhibition This Weekend   
Glen Keane and other Disney artists will be joining their contemporaries in participating in the GRworks 'First 10+' art show taking place this weekend at the Robert Reynolds Gallery in Los Angeles, California. Featuring original art (some of which can be sampled on the official website), the exhibition kicks off this evening with its opening [...]
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          Throwback Thursday   

Gathering of the Goddesses 2015
California

Beyond thrilled that the goddesses gathered last night in Dallas and today are headed out to sleep in a treehouse, visit Waco and Chip & Joanna, photograph the beauty of the Texas bluebonnets and wildflowers and so much more including silly, fun, glorious girl time. 
These are my goddesses, these are sisters of my heart!


          House for Rent in Rosarito, Baja California, Ref# 11025880   
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          El Beto of the Cartel Arellano Felix arrested in Tijuana   
Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from a Milenio article

Subject Matter: El Beto, CAF, AFO
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required


Elements of the Baja California Police detained a person identified as El Beto, alleged leader of a cell of the Cartel Arellano Felix. In a communication, the Secretary of State Public Security announced the effective detention deriving from intelligence work of the referred to Police corporation.

He indicated that the detention was carried out at a traffic circle at Simon Bolivar Avenue and Calle Tecate, in the Alba Roja Colonia, where officials located a Toyota Camry vehicle carrying the detained.

He referred that in the cabin they found a 9mm pistol, a spare magazine and 24 rounds of ammunition, another pistol of .22 calibre, they also found a bag that contained four packets with a weight of 18 kilos of marijuana.

The person arrested responded to the name of Carlos Alberto N, 34 years of age, who carried in the vehicle a sub-machine gun of 5.7 mm calibre two two spare magazines with ten rounds in each. (Otis: probably a FN P90.)




They also found three other plastic packages which contained a white granular substance with the characteristics similar to the synthetic drug know was Ice, weighing 3.9 kilos.

He noted that according to investigations, El Beto and several accomplices were dedicated to collecting quotas for the sale of drugs and executions of rival gang members operating in the local colonias, although this can only be determined by the corresponding authority.

Original article in Spanish at Milenio
          Hillary Clinton Sick with Pneumonia   

Hillary Clinton Sick with Pneumonia Mrs. Clinton has cancelled her trip to California for a series of fundraisers on Monday and Tuesday. Hillary Clinton was diagnosed with pneumonia Friday, her doctor said in a statement Sunday after the Democratic nominee left the 9/11 Remembrance Memorial ceremony at Ground Zero due to what her campaign said […]

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          San Gabriel, California Wildfires Rage Residents Warned of Evacuations   

San Gabriel, California, Wildfires Rage, Residents Warned of Evacuations The Fish and Reservoir fires, which authorities are now calling the San Gabriel Complex Fire, burned more than 5,400 acres overnight. The 2 wildfires burning in the Angeles National Forest, dubbed the San Gabriel Complex Fire, are burning out of control, and more residents are being […]

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          Marimba One Hosts International Marimba Academy in Arcata, Calif.   

The International Katarzyna Mycka Marimba Academy (IKMMA) came to the United States for the first time this June when Marimba One, a company based completely in Northern California, which manufactures...

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          90 seconds: 4 stories you can't miss   

At LAX, immigrant-rights attorneys are unsure of how the Trump administration's travel ban will impact travelers. Southern California is especially vulnerable to wildfires this year after the wettest winter in years. 20 acres burned near Topanga Canyon Boulevard and a fire swelled to 40 acres in...


          Southern California is blanketed by the smell of wildfires   

Wildfires broke out in Southern California along the edges of the Los Angeles Basin and the Orange County coastline.


          Southern California Fires Impact Air Quality   
The second week of summer brings two fires to Orange County -- and lots of smoke.
          Judge Blocks California’s Ban On High-Capacity Magazines   
The judge ruled that the ban approved by the Legislature last year takes away gun owners' Second Amendment rights and amounts to the government taking people's private property without compensation.
          California Gray Whale Sighting Off Coast Of Israel Prompts Climate Change Concerns   
The sighting of a gray whale off the coast of Israel has scientists concerned about what it could mean for climate change.
          Customer Service Manager   
CA-Fremont, Customer Service Manager Nidec Sankyo America Corporation Located in Fremont, California Job Title: Customer Service Manager Posting Date: 5/11/2017 Department Robotics Division (RBT) This position is Exempt Status Reports to California Engineering Manager Requirements: 1) Customer service experience with more than 5 years at semiconductor manufacturing machine business as a customer service manag
          Business Analyst 4   
CA-San Ramon, RESPONSIBILITIES: Kforce has a client that is looking for a Business Analyst 4 in San Ramon, California (CA). They are seeking a Business Analyst to be responsible for providing basic to moderately complex information and analysis to support overall management of a business unit/department. Job Responsibilities: Reviews, drafts, and outlines business requirements that impact strategic initiatives
          Enterprise Architect 4   
CA-San Ramon, RESPONSIBILITIES: Kforce has a client that is looking for an Enterprise Architect 4 in San Ramon, California (CA). Summary: The client is seeking an Enterprise Architect to establish system information requirements using analysis of information in the development of enterprise-wide or large-scale information systems. Responsible for managing the development and support of information solutions wit
          Credit Analyst   
CA-San Ramon, RESPONSIBILITIES: Kforce has a client seeking a Credit Analyst 2 in San Ramon, California (CA). The main functions of a Credit Analyst to analyze credit data and financial statements of individuals or firms to determine the degree of risk involved in extending credit or lending money. Prepare reports with credit information for use in decision making. Job Responsibilities: Input credit application
          Collections Representative 2   
CA-San Ramon, RESPONSIBILITIES: Kforce has a client that is looking for a Collections Representative 2 in San Ramon, California (CA). Summary: The client is seeking a Collections Representative to perform various collection duties on consumer or mortgage accounts in various stages of risk or performance to effectively reduce delinquency, losses and increase recoveries. A typical Collections Representative may a
          Project Manager 4   
CA-San Ramon, RESPONSIBILITIES: Kforce has a client that is looking for a Project Manager 4 in San Ramon, California (CA). They are seeking a non-IT Project Manager to plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as engineering, research and development, financial systems and product roll-out, etc. or any other non-IT based project. Job Responsibilities: May oversee the development and maintenance of s
          Credit Analyst 1   
CA-San Ramon, RESPONSIBILITIES: Kforce has a client seeking a Credit Analyst 1 in San Ramon, California (CA). The main functions of a Credit Analyst to analyze credit data and financial statements of individuals or firms to determine the degree of risk involved in extending credit or lending money. The candidate will prepare reports with credit information for use in decision making. Job Responsibilities: Input
          Northern California youth trek centered on racial reconciliation, environmental justice   
[Episcopal Diocese of Northern California] A great movement doesn’t always begin with great big steps. And young people in the Diocese of Northern California are discovering that when it comes to racial reconciliation and environmental justice, the small steps they are taking may help others to understand what it takes to break down barriers and truly […]
          5-Star SF Prospect Taeshon Cherry Commits to USC over Arizona, Gonzaga, Others   

The USC Trojans added a huge commitment to their 2018 recruiting class Friday, as small forward Taeshon Cherry announced his intention to play at Southern Cal.

Cherry went public with the news in the following tweet:

According to Scout.com, Cherry is a 5-star prospect who ranks as the No. 24 overall player, No. 7 small forward and No. 1 player at his position from the state of California in his class.

Per Scout, other top programs such as Arizona, Gonzaga, UCLA, Florida State, Kansas and Oregon were also in pursuit of Cherry.

According to Scout's Josh Gershon, Cherry chose USC due to his connection with the coaching staff and the team's style of play:

"I'm going to USC. I have a good relationship with [assistant coach] Tony [Bland] and [head coach Andy] Enfield. Their style of play really fits my style of play and it's a perfect fit for me. ... They know how to use me. I have a similar game to [USC forward] Bennie [Boatwright] but I'm a bit faster. Watching how they used him helped me with my decision. They'll play me at the two and three to help me get to NBA."

Enfield is building a potential Pac-12 powerhouse, as he also received a commitment from the 86th-ranked 2018 recruit in J'raan Brooks on Monday, per Scout.

At 6'9", Cherry has remarkable length for a small forward, and he also has room to add bulk to his 220-pound frame in order to potentially see some action at power forward.

The San Diego native averaged 13.6 points and 8.6 rebounds per game for the AAU Oakland Soldiers team on the Nike EYBL circuit during the spring, according to ESPN.com's Jeff Borzello.

Cherry will join a USC team that has reached the NCAA tournament in each of the past two seasons under Enfield after a four-year drought.

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          Насадка для стимуляции клитора Basic Essentials Teaser Enhancer Ring   
Прозрачное эрекционное кольцо из TPR. Поверхность кольца покрыта мягкими шипами. С одной стороны кольцо имеет язычок с металлической бусиной в мягкой оболочке для стимуляции клитора. Благодаря обилию пупырышек клитор Вашей партнерши будет трепетать от желания, и вскоре оргазм накроет все ее тело теплой волной.Хорошо растягивается, для более комфортного использования, воспользуйтесь лубрикантом.Инструкцию "Как пользоваться эрекционными кольцами", смотрите здесь Производитель: California Exotic Novelties Для кого: Для мужчин Цвет: прозрачный Длина: 8 Материал: TPR Диаметр: 3 см
          Photographer   
Hornblower Cruises & Events is currently hiring a Photographer in San Diego, California.<br><br>The Cruise Photographer is responsible for photographing Hornblower guests attending public cruises on San Diego Bay. <br><br>Photographer applicants should possess the following skills:<br><br>* Basic working knowledge of digital SLR photography<br>* Basic working knowledge of flash photography<br>* Strong customer service skills<br&gt;<br>.Apply now at: https://san_diego-ca.geebo.com/jobs-online/listview/directory/2/listing/239/id/346273701-photographer-/
          Jordana Brewster & Teryl Ciarlo Host Brentwood Garden Soiree   

There are dozens of ways to celebrate the early days of summer.


          Design Destination: The New Maritime Hotel   

Transitioning from the chilled-out Bay Area to the hustle and bustle of New York City always requires a bit of prep and patience — but having a perfect place to stay certainly helps.


          La edición más musical de Fàcyl llega a su ecuador   
El Festival Internacional de las Artes de Castilla y León, FÀCYL 2017, que desde el pasado miércoles se celebra en la capital salmantina, llega este viernes a su ecuador en esa apuesta de acercar a Salamanca las últimas tendencias musicales a nivel internacional y nacional. La Plaza de Anaya, el Patio Chico y el Patio de Escuelas están siendo los tres escenarios principales que congregan a los distintos grupos que dan rienda suelta a sus creaciones en esta decimotercera edición de un certamen, organizado por la Junta de Castilla y León, que convierte a la ciudad del Tormes en espejo de vanguardias artísticas con cerca de 70 actuaciones de música, danza, teatro, exposiciones, acciones literarias o encuentros de debate que se desarrollarán hasta el próximo domingo, día 2 de julio, bajo la dirección artística del productor y músico Carlos Jean por segundo año consecutivo. Rayden, Maika Makovski y Muchachito serán los principales protagonistas de la jornada de hoy viernes. Al rap, la música íntima y pausada y el espectáculo de monólogo y canciones de estos tres artistas, respectivamente, se sumarán también las propuestas de soul, pop clásico y música disco de Bamboe, el rock californiano con espíritu indie de LA y la presentación del último disco de Najwa. Concierto de «Estrogenuinas», ayer en el Patio Chico de Salamanca- D. ARRANZ Mañana, por su parte, la música nacional se subirá a los distintos escenarios. Así desde las 19 horas, se irán sucediendo en el Patio Chico, Los Coronas y Guadalupe Plata. En la Plaza de Anaya, tocarán el dúo pamplonés Iseo & Dodosound y Kiko Veneno, y en el Patio de Escuelas Sau Poler antecederá a la compositora y DJ Cora Nova. El domingo, la Plaza Mayor volverá a acaparar protagonismo -como ya en la jornada inaugural lo hiciera con la compañía francesa Collectif Arbuste-, con el espectáculo «Floten Tecles», en el que el artista David Moreno tocará el piano, las percusiones y cantará colgado a seis metros de altura en posición vertical. Además, el fin de semana se desarrollarán en la Plaza del Liceo distintos espectáculos de circo y danza, mientras que en la Plaza de las Úrsulas habrá actuaciones para los más pequeños. Las compañías teatrales La Banda del Otro, Suhar Prest Zirko Taldea y Lapso Producciones, representarán sus obras «Yee How!», «Paradoxa» y «Cuencos Excéntricos», respectivamente. Por su parte, la compañía Esarte subirá a las tablas del Teatro Liceo la obra «3Mujeres», un espectáculo de danza que cohesiona distintos estilos con el hilo conductor de un encuentro por azar de tres mujeres muy distintas en un bar decadente. Mañana sábado recogerá el testigo la compañía de Alberto Velasco que representará «La Inopia», un espectáculo de danza para un bailarín de 120 kilos.
          Los Al brings the Spring Cup heat   

A local soccer club played in extreme heat in San Bernardino in May against top youth club soccer teams from all over Southern California. In the end, the girls from Los Alamitos Pacific Soccer Club were victorious bringing home the Spring Cup to Los Al.

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          Cypress company honors Veterans   

UnitedHealthcare employees for the fourth year honored America’s veterans and service members this Memorial Day by placing more than 1,800 U.S. flags in front of the company’s California headquarters in Cypress through Memorial Day weekend.

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          Temperature in Ahvaz, Iran hits 129F (53.7C) - the hottest in the country's history   
Temperatures in Iran have reached 129F (53.7C) making it the hottest day in the country's history and one of the highest ever in the world. The scorching conditions were recorded in the city of Ahvaz in Iran's south west on Thursday, according to a French meteorologist. It was a June record for Asia and came close to the world record 134F (56.6C) measured in Death Valley, California, on July 10, 1913. The extreme high temperatures were highlighted by Etienne Kapikian, a meteorologist with the French national weather service Meteo France.
          Ariel’s Grotto in Disney’s California Adventure   
By: Sarah McClure June 29, 2017 Let’s go under the sea and dine with our favorite princesses! Located in California Adventure Park’s Paradise Pier, Ariel’s Grotto is the perfect option for a delightful character meal. Ariel and her Princess friends are available to meet your family, sign autographs, share stories and take photos during the […]
          WESTERN WATER: Groups sue Trump admin for approving Calif. tunnels   
Fishing and environmental groups sued the Trump administration yesterday for concluding that Gov. Jerry Brown's (D) plan to replumb California's water system would not jeopardize key threatened species.
          Daily 3-Bet: Monster Yoon, Battling Mercier, Alive w/ Poker   

The PokerListings Daily 3-Bet is a sore tummy and a faint headache but the intestinal fortitude to tough it out in the dog-eat-dog afternoon poker news war.

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Today in the 3-Bet we find Brian Yoon showing he's a real poker monster, Jason Mercier fights on and the WSOP is alive with great poker stories.

1) Yoon Goes 3x, Wins $1m

27-year-old Californian Brian Yoon isn't necessarily the first name you think of when you start bandying about multiple WSOP bracelet winners.

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Yoon strikes again.

It's about time he entered the conversation, though.

Yoon steamrolled to his third career WSOP bracelet yesterday and a monstrous $1,094,349 payout in the 2017 WSOP Monster Stack event.

He knocked out the final 4 players to seal the deal, too, and give himself yet another win over a massive tournament field.

Yoon's previous two bracelet wins? The $1,111 Little One for One Drop in 2013 for $663,727 and the $5k NL 8-Handed event in 2014 for $633,341.

That's over $2.4m in WSOP earnings alone (of $4.2m total live). 

Without, you know, beating the monster metaphor to death ... that's a 'monster' of a poker resume. Congrats to him. Enjoy that moniez!

2) Mercier in Final 23 of $1,500 NL

It's safe to say, after last year's 2-bracelet, 11-cash, POY winning WSOP, Jason Mercier was going to have a tough time matching it in 2017. So far, that's been the case.

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No quit in JMerc.

While Mercier has 5 cashes (and one FT) for about $100k total - a massively successful summer for 98% of the poker world - it likely hasn't quite measured up to the high expectations he puts on himself every summer.

Mercier is the epitome of a grinder, though, and equally likely to put three final tables in the bag this week. And that hot streak could start today as he's in the final 23 to start Day 3 of Event #52, $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em.

With 457k in chips Mercier's is 9th heading in but a couple of nice pots early and he could seize control. The fact he's even in a $1,500 is proof Mercier is in grind mode and willing to do the work for bracelet #6.

Will it happen today? Tune in to the final table live stream on the PokerGO app to find out.

3) Indestructible Grumpa

Nine strokes. 11 heart attacks. 2 amputations.

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JJ Volpe just one of amazing WSOP stories.

We've heard some incredible poker stories over the course of our 12 years at the World Series of Poker but every year we're still surprised by how many more are out there to find.

While we met our own, battle-hardened survivor with a lifelong relationship with poker, ESPN's Bernard Lee told the story of 69-year old poker player Warren "Grumpa" Griffith.

We won't give away all the twists and turns (although the intro above speaks to a few of them) but suffice to say it's an amazing story and a life intertwined with poker in ways most of us can't imagine.

Go there and give it a read asap.

What's the most amazing story you've heard at the World Series of Poker? Let us know in the comments below!



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          How JJ Volpe Ass-Kicked His Way from Vietnam to 34 WSOPs   

JJ Volpe's story takes us from a 22-year-old hustling poker on his first day in the Vietnam War to 34 years spent competing at the World Series of Poker.

Volpe's played poker professionally since 1981, in Las Vegas for 11 years and the rest in California, mostly at the Commerce Casino.

He's semi-retired now. He lives in Arizona where he bought some land.

The first entry on his Hendon Mob results page is a 1st-place finish in the 1984 Grand Prix of Poker at the Golden Nugget in downtown Las Vegas.

Now, almost three and a half decades later he's still playing at the WSOP. We caught him before the start of the $1,500 Seven Card Stud event.

Funnily enough, it was Stud they were playing in an officer's tent all those years ago in Vietnam.

PokerListings.com: How is poker different now compared to when you started in the 1980s?

JJ Volpe: Well, technically I'm an outspoken guy. I'm a Vietnam veteran and I'm an outspoken guy. The new guys, frankly, drink the Kool-Aid.

PL.com: What does the Kool-Aid represent here?

JJ: Well, if you create waves around here, they don't appreciate it. Don't make any waves, just be quiet.

PL.com: Is that your approach to the game?

JJ: No. I'm what you might call an asskicker so I don't like to take bull from anyone. Let's put it that way.

PL.com: What else bothers you about people today?

JJ: You know what really aggravates me? Nobody even watches the game anymore. They just watch their cell phones and their tablets.

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"Then a goddamn mortar hits right outside the tent."

Concentration and focus is the biggest thing in poker and nowadays you sit at a table with nine players, at least six of them are on their phones.

PL.com: You mentioned you served in Vietnam. Did you play poker over there?

JJ: There were big games in Vietnam. I was 22 years old. I went right after college. My first trip up country I went in the officer's tent and there was a poker game on a bumper pool table.

There was all kinds of money on the table: Vietnamese, Laotian, Thai, American, IOUs. I didn't know what any of it meant. It was my first time up country. They were all sergeants and high-ups and they were playing Stud and I got in the game.

I won the first four hands in a row and then I picked up some garbage hands and thought to myself that they wouldn't think a young guy like me would be bluffing in that game so I put some bluffs out.

Long story short, I won the first seven hands I played.

I've got so many different currencies I don't even know how much it is, and also I don't have enough room for it because we're playing on this bumper pool table.

This game was my first day up country and it's now pushing like 4am and a goddamn mortar hits right outside the tent. I grab my weapon and jump in the bunker. By this time the entire tent has collapsed.

Afterwards we raise the tent and go back in. All the money was gone.



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          WESTERN WATER: Reservoirs almost double levels at height of drought   
Reservoirs in California are full to the brim after a winter of heavy precipitation and a spring heat wave that thawed a large portion of the state's snowpack.
          (USA-CA-San Diego) Clinical Nurse - RN, Home Health Clinical Services, HH METRO   
Summary The Clinical Nurse – RN will provide skilled assessments, treatments and teaching to patients in their homes. The Clinical Nurse – RN coordinates care with team members and/or the Case Manager, and communicates with Physician(s) and Clinical Supervisor(s) regarding patient care. The Clinical Nurse – RN utilizes excellent problem solving skills as they apply to clinical judgment. The primary goals are the utilization of best practice concepts in delivering care, toward improving outcomes and the satisfaction of every patient every time. The Clinical Nurse – RN will practice the core concepts of the Sharp Experience using the Pillars of Excellence, 12 Behavior Standards and the 5 Must Haves. Sharp Home Care is San Diego’s largest home care agency, licensed and certified since 1983. The agency is part of the Sharp Metropolitan Medical Campus, home to an array of comprehensive medical services and recipient of the 2007 prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest honor for quality an organizational performance excellence. Sharp Home care provides cutting edge clinical services including transplant care, wound experts, diabetes nurse educator, infusion specialists and non-invasive pain management modalities. With a focus on maximizing recovery, independence and long-term wellness, Sharp Home Care provides diabetes care instruction, specialty nursing, rehabilitation and senior behavioral health services to individuals through San Diego County. Essential Physical Requirements may include * Sitting * Walking * Standing * Twisting (trunk) * Twisting (neck) * Bending (waist) * Flexing/extending (neck) * Gripping/grasping * Fine manipulation/pinching * Reaching below shoulder level * Reaching above shoulder level * Kneeling * Squatting * Bed mobilization (scooting / rolling) * Lateral transfers (bed to gurney) * Bed to chair/wheelchair/commode transfer * Lift up to 50 pounds * Push/Pull over 100 pounds * Carry up to 25 pounds Additional physical requirements of position may be discussed during interview. Sharp HealthCare is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, gender identity, transgender status, sexual orientation, protected veteran status or any other protected class. Keywords: Clinical Nurse-RN, Registered Nurse, RN, Home Care, Home Health, Hospice, RN Transition in Practice, Job, Jobs, Float Location This position is based in Kearny Mesa, San Diego County and will be part of an intra-departmental float pool encompassing six geographic clinical team locations across San Diego County. Hours 8 hour shift, Full-time, 8:00am - 5:00pm, working weekends as needed Required Skills and Qualifications * Graduate of an accredited Nursing School/Program (RN) * Current unencumbered California Registered Nurse license * Current BLS certification for Healthcare Providers * Greater than one year of Clinical RN experience Preferred Skills and Qualifications * One year of recent Home Health or Hospice experience * Bilingual (English/Spanish) **Job:** **RN Jobs* **Organization:** **72907 - Home Health Clinical Services* **Title:** *Clinical Nurse - RN, Home Health Clinical Services, HH METRO* **Location:** *San Diego-Home Health Metro* **Requisition ID:** *81099*
          (USA-CA-Stockton) Physical Therapist Home Health - PRN   
Job Advertisement At Aegis Therapies, we’re adapting to the constant changes in the healthcare world by creating a seamless continuum of care – from sub-acute, to the home environment, to outpatient therapy, and even into wellness. Continuity of care across multiple treatment settings allows for improved outcomes for patients and more expansive career opportunities for Aegis Therapies’ employees. When you join our team, you will always be a step ahead of the latest technologies and industry standards. At Aegis Therapies, you can build your professional skills and reach your most ambitious goals. That’s what being a true industry leader is all about. At Aegis Therapies, we invest in your future with specialized ongoing training, true advancement opportunity, and the very best clinical support in the business. Aegis Therapies is leading rehabilitative therapy into the future, and we’re inviting those who share our passion to join us out in front. Performs evaluations and develops effective resident treatment plans to restore, maintain or prevent decline of resident function, by planning and administering medically prescribed therapy treatments in accordance with federal, state and professional standards governing the facility. Essential Job Functions Meets the client's goals and needs and provides quality care by assessing and interpreting evaluations and test results; determining treatment plans in consultation with physicians, and by prescription. Helps residents accomplish treatment plan and secures necessary supplies and adaptive equipment for residents to facilitate independence. Administers therapy statements according to a treatment plan approved by the attending physician. Directs treatments given by aides and assistants. Complies with company protocol for patient rounding. Evaluates effects of therapy treatments by observing, noting and evaluating client's progress; providing medically necessary treatment plan and modifications. Documents resident care services by charting in resident and department records according to accepted regulatory, corporate and professional guidelines. Documentation will be completed using a company furnished hand held electronic device (i.e. Ipad). Records daily treatment charges per corporate procedures. Maintains resident confidence and protects nursing home operations by keeping information confidential. Protects clients and employees by adhering to infection control policies and protocols. Maintains safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules and regulations. Complies with company protocol for denial management. Ensure appropriate daily billing of services. 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Maintain specified efficiency level as determined by supervisor. Qualifications - Graduate from an accredited program for Physical Therapy. - Current license as a Physical Therapist, Physical Therapy Assistant, Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapy Assistant, or Speech-Language Pathologist in the state of practice as required. - 3+ years of experience - Must be able to travel as needed to perform job. - Must meet all local health regulations, pass post-offer drug test, and pass post-employment physical exam if required. - Must meet Clinical Competency requirements. - Must have and maintain current CPR certification. - Must be capable of maintaining regular attendance - Must be able to communicate in English, both verbally and in writing. - Must possess problem-solving skills of the type and at a level necessary to accomplish the job. - Must be able to maintain confidentiality regarding patient and company proprietary information. - Must be able to relate professionally, positively, and cooperatively with residents, resident's family members and employees at all levels. Job: Rehab Therapy Primary Location: California, Fresno Schedule: Casual Shift: Day Job Department Address: 4545 Shelley Court* Department City: Stockton Department State: CA Department Zipcode: 95207 Organization: Aegis Therapies Company Profile Aegis Therapies is as committed to making a difference as you are across the full continuum of care, from post-acute and sub-acute through home healthcare. Here, we're able to offer opportunities that allow you to build a diverse, dynamic career. It's more than working with a team that continually strives to be the very best. It's more than having access to the latest therapies and techniques. It's having the freedom to choose what you want from your career and knowing that when you join our team you'll have the chance to reach your most ambitious goals. At Aegis Therapies, we're leading rehabilitative therapy into the future, and we're inviting those who share our passion to join us out in front. Stockton, CA Stockton, California EOE Statement: Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. DrugFree Workplace.
          (USA-CA-Stockton) Occupational Therapist Home Health - PRN   
Job Advertisement At Aegis Therapies, we’re adapting to the constant changes in the healthcare world by creating a seamless continuum of care – from sub-acute, to the home environment, to outpatient therapy, and even into wellness. Continuity of care across multiple treatment settings allows for improved outcomes for patients and more expansive career opportunities for Aegis Therapies’ employees. When you join our team, you will always be a step ahead of the latest technologies and industry standards. At Aegis Therapies, you can build your professional skills and reach your most ambitious goals. That’s what being a true industry leader is all about. At Aegis Therapies, we invest in your future with specialized ongoing training, true advancement opportunity, and the very best clinical support in the business. Aegis Therapies is leading rehabilitative therapy into the future, and we’re inviting those who share our passion to join us out in front. Performs evaluations, develops and implements effective patient treatment plans to restore, compensate or adapt for loss of patient function, by planning and administering medically prescribed therapy treatments in accordance with federal, state and professional standards governing their discipline. Essential Job Functions PERFORMANCE CULTURE: Participates in activities related to identification of patients in need of therapy services. Conducts evaluations, assesses, develops, and implements treatment plans to meet goals and needs of patients. Effectively utilizes an interdisciplinary model. Develops an effective discharge plan in conjunction with the interdisciplinary team throughout LOS. Communicates treatment plans and progress to patient, family and caregivers. Supervises assistants, aides, and others in accordance with state practice acts and local, state and federal regulations. Ensures patient rights and privacy are protected when delivering treatment and in discussions regarding patient at other times. Maintains positive working relationship and demonstrates flexibility in problem solving with the team. Uses clinical competency checklist to implement a plan for professional growth in conjunction with agency leadership. Shares knowledge with district and company to assist in developing or maintaining the clinical excellence of the agency. Maintains a high level of customer service. Proactively communicates with agency leadership regarding time away from work to ensure patient's needs may be met in absences.CREATE ECONOMIC ADVANTAGE: Documents according to company policy, state and federal guidelines, and applicable accreditation bodies. Documentation is timely and supports the medical necessity of the skilled services rendered. Documentation will be completed using a company furnished hand held electronic device (i.e. Ipad). Completes all billing records, payroll records or any other required reporting systems, timely and accurately, as per company standards. Maintains safe and clean working environment by complying with agency and company procedures for infection control, OSHA regulations. Secures equipment, adaptive devices and supplies in accordance with company policy and maintains adequate inventory. Operates equipment according to manufacturer's instructions and reports malfunctions immediately to immediate supervisor. Assists agency leadership with non-patient specific time related activities as requested. Is knowledgeable of and stays in compliance with all company policies, state practice acts Federal guidelines (Medicare, Medicaid, VA) and rulings. This includes the items in the Quality Management Program, Code of Conduct and occurrence reporting. Participates in quality assurance reviews. Makes recommendations for improving and enhancing the overall functioning of the agency. Will comply with the companies Code of Conduct, policies and procedures contained in company, Federal and State requirements and regulations.MARKET MAXIMIZATION: Establishes and fosters relationships with referral sources. Manages the clinically appropriate therapy minutes for patients in conjunction with interdisciplinary team. Utilizes cost-effective service delivery techniques when appropriate. Qualifications - Graduate from an accredited program for Occupational Therapy. - Must possess and maintain a current license in the state of practice as required. - 3+ years of experience. - Must have and maintain current CPR certification. - Must have own transportation to travel between sites as needed. - Must possess computer skills of the type and at a level necessary to accomplish specific job duties and assignments. - Must meet Clinical Competency requirements upon hire and as needed. - Must be capable of maintaining regular attendance - Must possess problem-solving skills of the type and at a level necessary to accomplish the job. - Must demonstrate good time management and organizational skills. - Must be able to communicate in English, both verbally and in writing. - Must be able to maintain confidentiality regarding patient and company proprietary information. - Must have the ability to relate professionally and positively with patients and patient's family members, and work cooperatively with other employees at all levels. Job: Rehab Therapy Primary Location: California, Fresno Schedule: Casual Shift: Day Job Department Address: 4545 Shelley Court* Department City: Stockton Department State: CA Department Zipcode: 95207 Organization: Aegis Therapies Company Profile Aegis Therapies is as committed to making a difference as you are across the full continuum of care, from post-acute and sub-acute through home healthcare. Here, we're able to offer opportunities that allow you to build a diverse, dynamic career. It's more than working with a team that continually strives to be the very best. It's more than having access to the latest therapies and techniques. It's having the freedom to choose what you want from your career and knowing that when you join our team you'll have the chance to reach your most ambitious goals. At Aegis Therapies, we're leading rehabilitative therapy into the future, and we're inviting those who share our passion to join us out in front. Stockton, CA Stockton, California EOE Statement: Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. DrugFree Workplace.
          (USA-CA-Stockton) Lic Physical Therapist Asst Home Health - PRN   
Job Advertisement At Aegis Therapies, we’re adapting to the constant changes in the healthcare world by creating a seamless continuum of care – from sub-acute, to the home environment, to outpatient therapy, and even into wellness. Continuity of care across multiple treatment settings allows for improved outcomes for patients and more expansive career opportunities for Aegis Therapies’ employees. When you join our team, you will always be a step ahead of the latest technologies and industry standards. At Aegis Therapies, you can build your professional skills and reach your most ambitious goals. That’s what being a true industry leader is all about. At Aegis Therapies, we invest in your future with specialized ongoing training, true advancement opportunity, and the very best clinical support in the business. Aegis Therapies is leading rehabilitative therapy into the future, and we’re inviting those who share our passion to join us out in front. Carries out effective patient treatment plans to restore, compensate or adapt for loss of patient function, which are established by the licensed/registered therapist. Plans conform to federal, state and professional standards. Essential Job Functions Visits Home Health patients for implementation of the physical therapy care plan as established by the licensed therapist. Administers prescribed physical therapy treatment programs. Meets the patient's goals and needs and provides quality care. Helps patients accomplish treatment plan and secures necessary supplies and adaptive equipment to facilitate independence in patients Administers therapy treatments according to a treatment plan approved by the attending physician and licensed therapist. Modifies treatments in conjunction with licensed therapist as necessary to achieve desired outcome Completes an effective discharge plan in conjunction with trans-disciplinary team throughout episode of care. Ensures smooth and timely transition from skilled treatment to outpatient/wellness programs as appropriate for individual patients Communicates treatment plan and progress with patient, family and caregivers in conjunction with therapist Is knowledgeable of state practice acts and ensures the level of supervision they receive meets standards. Does not provide treatment outside of practice act limits Documents patient care services according to accepted regulatory, corporate and professional guidelines Maintains patient confidence and protects operations by keeping information confidential Protects patient and employees by adhering to infection control policies and protocols. Maintains safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules and regulations Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; and establishing personal networks Complies with federal, state and local legal and professional requirements.; enforcing adherence to requirements; advising management on needed actions Travel is required to perform job Provides community based services such as home health and wellness activities as required. Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed. Complies with company requirements on the completion of outcome measures. Willingness to provide services in multiple settings (including skilled nursing facilities) as determined by supervisor and patient/resident need Maintain specified efficiency level as determined by supervisor Qualifications - Meets educational requirements established in the state of practice - Current licensure/certification in the state of practice as required - At least one year of experience in a health care setting - Must be able to travel to patient homes within designated geographic area - Valid driver's license and proof of auto insurance - Must meet Clinical Competency requirements - Must have and maintain current CPR certification - Must be capable of maintaining regular attendance - Must be able to communicate in English, both verbally and in writing - Possess problem-solving skills of the type and at a level necessary to accomplish the job - Must possess computer skills of the types and at a level necessary to accomplish the job - Must be able to maintain confidentiality regarding patient and company proprietary information - Ability to relate professionally and positively and work cooperatively with patients, families, and other employees at all levels Job: Rehab Therapy Primary Location: California, Fresno Schedule: Casual Shift: Day Job Department Address: 4545 Shelley Court* Department City: Stockton Department State: CA Department Zipcode: 95207 Organization: Aegis Therapies Company Profile Putting patients first. It is a promise we keep each and every day. At Aegis Therapies, our managers are therapists first; we are truly committed to giving you the technologies and the resources you need to make a difference. We are equally committed to offering you every opportunity to reach your most ambitious goals. No wonder we are one of the nation's leading providers of rehabilitation services. If you are ready to build a career with endless potential, build your future with us. We currently provide therapy in over 1,000 facilities nationwide, so you can choose a location that is perfect for your aspirations. Stockton, CA Stockton, California EOE Statement: Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. DrugFree Workplace.
          (USA-CA-Stockton) Cert Occupational Ther Asst Home Health - PRN   
Job Advertisement At Aegis Therapies, we’re adapting to the constant changes in the healthcare world by creating a seamless continuum of care – from sub-acute, to the home environment, to outpatient therapy, and even into wellness. Continuity of care across multiple treatment settings allows for improved outcomes for patients and more expansive career opportunities for Aegis Therapies’ employees. When you join our team, you will always be a step ahead of the latest technologies and industry standards. At Aegis Therapies, you can build your professional skills and reach your most ambitious goals. That’s what being a true industry leader is all about. At Aegis Therapies, we invest in your future with specialized ongoing training, true advancement opportunity, and the very best clinical support in the business. Aegis Therapies is leading rehabilitative therapy into the future, and we’re inviting those who share our passion to join us out in front. Carries out effective patient treatment plans to restore, compensate or adapt for loss of patient function, which are established by the licensed/registered therapist. Plans conform to federal, state and professional standards. Essential Job Functions Visits Home Health patients for implementation of the occupational therapy care plan as established by the licensed therapist. Administers prescribed occupational therapy treatment programs. Meets the patient's goals and needs and provides quality care. Helps patients accomplish treatment plan and secures necessary supplies and adaptive equipment to facilitate independence in patients Administers therapy treatments according to a treatment plan approved by the attending physician and licensed therapist. Modifies treatments in conjunction with licensed therapist as necessary to achieve desired outcome Completes an effective discharge plan in conjunction with trans-disciplinary team throughout episode of care. Ensures smooth and timely transition from skilled treatment to outpatient/wellness programs as appropriate for individual patients Communicates treatment plan and progress with patient, family and caregivers in conjunction with licensed therapist s knowledgeable of state practice acts and ensures the level of supervision they receive meets standards. Does not provide treatment outside of practice act limits Documents patient care services according to accepted regulatory, corporate and professional guidelines Maintains patient confidence and protects operations by keeping information confidential Protects patient and employees by adhering to infection control policies and protocols. Maintains safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules and regulations Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; and establishing personal networks Complies with federal, state and local legal and professional requirements.; enforcing adherence to requirements; advising management on needed actions Travel is required to perform job Provides community based services such as home health and wellness activities as required. Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed. Complies with company requirements on the completion of outcome measures. Willingness to provide services in multiple settings (including skilled nursing facilities) as determined by supervisor and patient/resident need Maintain specified efficiency level as determined by supervisor Qualifications - Meets educational requirements established in the state of practice - Current licensure/certification in the state of practice as required - At least one year of experience in a health care setting - Must be able to travel to patient homes within designated geographic area - Valid driver's license and proof of auto insurance - Must meet Clinical Competency requirements - Must have and maintain current CPR certification - Must be capable of maintaining regular attendance - Must be able to communicate in English, both verbally and in writing - Possess problem-solving skills of the type and at a level necessary to accomplish the job - Must possess computer skills of the types and at a level necessary to accomplish the job - Must be able to maintain confidentiality regarding patient and company proprietary information - Ability to relate professionally and positively and work cooperatively with patients, families, and other employees at all levels Job: Rehab Therapy Primary Location: California, Fresno Schedule: Casual Shift: Day Job Department Address: 4545 Shelley Court* Department City: Stockton Department State: CA Department Zipcode: 95207 Organization: Aegis Therapies Company Profile Aegis Therapies is as committed to making a difference as you are across the full continuum of care, from post-acute and sub-acute through home healthcare. Here, we're able to offer opportunities that allow you to build a diverse, dynamic career. It's more than working with a team that continually strives to be the very best. It's more than having access to the latest therapies and techniques. It's having the freedom to choose what you want from your career and knowing that when you join our team you'll have the chance to reach your most ambitious goals. At Aegis Therapies, we're leading rehabilitative therapy into the future, and we're inviting those who share our passion to join us out in front. Stockton, CA Stockton, California EOE Statement: Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. DrugFree Workplace.
          (USA-CA-San Mateo) RN - Primary Care Clinician - Home Health (Full Time / San Mateo)   
Under the supervision of the Clinical Manager, the Primary Care Clinician (PCC) is an experienced RN who is responsible for the overall management of approximately 25 patients including the provision of direct care with a designated visit productivity standard. This position plans, organizes, and directs all patient care services for patients in the assigned caseload in accordance with current standards and regulations, ensuring the optimal degree of quality care is maintained. Responsible for coordinating the interdisciplinary team to implement the established plan of patient care and ensuring effective management of visit utilization and control of expenses. May assist in agency wide orientation, competency evaluations and consultation to clinical staff related to specific expertise as requested by Clinical Manager. Education RN graduate from an accredited curriculum. Bachelor’s degree in nursing or health related field preferred. Licensure Current California RN license; valid California driver’s license; current auto insurance; current BCLS/CPR certification. Experience One year of professional experience in an acute or similar setting required. One year of experience in a home health and/or hospice position preferred. Direct patient care experience within the past five years required. Knowledge Thorough understanding of home care and/or hospice services, Title XXII, Medicare Conditions of Participation, JCAHO home health and/or hospice accreditation requirements, QI outcomes/benchmarking, infection control; good understanding of reimbursement patterns for Medicare and other payors; good working understanding of budget and other financial reports. Clinical competency that meets and exceeds testing levels on a regular basis. Special Skills/Equipment: Self-starter with a high degree of initiative, motivation, flexibility, energy and creativity. Ability to form harmonious working relationships with internal and external customers. Demonstrated leadership and negotiation skills and the ability to manage resources for patient care in a cost effective manner. Excellent collaborative and problem solving skills with customers and management. Ability to exercise independent sound judgment in planning and providing patient care. Demonstrated ability in physical, psychosocial, and environmental assessment skills and in implementing plan of treatment. Excellent organizational skills. With appropriate training, demonstrates an ability to competently work with the computerized documentation tools and systems of the organization. Access to a reliable automobile. Must be able to meet company productivity standards as indicated by organization and manager. Must be able to handle sensitive issues, conflict with or among others, respectively direct and reinforce staff efforts; effectively plan and organize and prioritize work, think critically to both effectively plan and organize department operations consistent with Sutter Care at Home’s strategic and operating objectives and to effectively solve unique problems as they arise or identify when to consult supervisor. Must be able to deal with challenging work environment with time demands and occasional conflicting priorities. Maintain a positive and professional image and demonstrate self-directed learning to meet professional development and/or license requirements. Is responsible for maintaining all required licensure and certifications. At orientation and annually thereafter, must be able to meet Sutter VNA & Hospice core competencies for position and area of specialty, as appropriate. **Organization:** **Sutter Care at Home* **Title:** *RN - Primary Care Clinician - Home Health (Full Time / San Mateo)* **Location:** *California-Peninsula/South Bay and Santa Cruz-San Mateo* **Requisition ID:** *SCAH-1709756* All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, registered domestic partner status, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, ancestry, national origin (including possession of a driver's license issued to individuals who did not present proof of authorized presence in the U.S.), age, medical condition, physical or mental disability, military or protected veteran status, political affiliation, pregnancy or perceived pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical condition, genetic information or any other characteristic made unlawful by local, state, or federal law, ordinance or regulation. External hires must pass a background check/drug screening. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with Federal, state, and local laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.
          (USA-TX-Texarkana) Licensed Vocational Nurse - Home Health - PRN   
**Overview:** LHC Group is the preferred post-acute care partner for hospitals, physicians and families nationwide. From home health and hospice care to long-term acute care and community-based services, we deliver high-quality, cost-effective care that empowers patients to manage their health at home. More than 60 leading hospitals and health systems around the country have partnered with LHC Group to deliver patient-centered care in the home. More hospitals, physicians and families choose LHC Group, because our 11,000 employees in 25 states are united by a single, shared purpose: **_It's all about helping people._** The Licensed Vocational Nurse in Home Health is responsible for providing quality patient care and performing technical skilled care in the patient's home. **Additional Details:** Our company, a part of LHC Group, is currently seeking clinicians/professionals that want to join our team to help improve the well being of our patients and their families. 89% of our 380 locations have a 4.5 star rating or greater, and we are helping drive better outcomes for our patients nationwide. If you're seeking a unique opportunity to take your career to the next level, it just arrived! + Do you want to be rewarded for your hard work? + Do you desire to make a difference providing quality care? + Do you want to be part of a family and not just an employee? + Flexible schedule for field clinicians + Competitive pay LHC Group is the preferred post-acute care partner for hospitals, physicians and families nationwide. From home health and hospice care to long-term acute care and community-based services, we deliver high-quality, cost-effective care that empowers patients to manage their health at home. **Qualifications:** **License Requirements** + California - Must be licensed by the California Board of Vocational Nurse. Must have one year prior professional nursing experience. Current driver?s license and vehicle insurance, and access to a dependable vehicle. Current CPR certification required. + Illinoi-Must be currently licensed as a licensed practical nurse under the Nurse Practice Act in the state of Illinois. Current driver?s license and vehicle insurance, and access to a dependable vehicle. Current CPR certification required. + Nevada - Must be currently licensed to practice practical nursing in the state of Nevada. Current driver?s license and vehicle insurance, and access to a dependable vehicle. Current CPR certification required. + Texas - Current licensure in Texas. Current Driver''''s License and vehicle insurance, and access to a dependable vehicle. Current CPR certification required. **Requisition ID** _2017-15007_ **Facility Name** _CHRISTUS HomeCare - St. Michael_ **Territory Coverage** _.._ **Category** _NURSING_ **Position Type** _PRN_ **Work Schedule** _Normal (Based on FT, PT, PRN)_
          (USA-CA-Grass Valley) RN Home Health Care (Per Diem/Days)   
*POSITION SUMMARY:* The Home Care RN provides nursing care to the patients/clients as requested by the patient/client and when required, as prescribed by the physician, and in compliance with applicable laws and regulations and the policies of the agency. *LICENSE AND CERTIFICATIONS:* . CA RN License required . CA Driver’s License required . Have an automobile that is insured in accordance with state and/or agency requirements and is in good working order. . CPR Basic Life Support (AHA) required *EDUCATION:* . BSN preferred *EXPERIENCE:* . Minimum of 2 years general nursing experience, with current home health, medical, surgical or critical care experience. ~cb~ ~hec~ Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital has proudly served as the sole healthcare provider for western Nevada County for more than 50 years. Much has happened since the hospital opened in 1958, including additions in 1994 of a 68,000 square foot Outpatient Center, a comprehensive Cancer Center and most recently, the opening of the Sierra Nevada Diagnostic Center in the fall of 2006. SNMH is a licensed, acute care hospital providing a full range of services including cardiovascular, surgical, emergency and diagnostic. SNMH offers access to the SNMH Health Sciences Library. The library features continuing and medical education for healthcare professionals, diabetes classes, prenatal classes, cancer support groups, and family caregiver classes. In addition, we have more than 90 board certified primary and specialty care physicians on our active and associate medical staff. The word “Dignity” perfectly defines what our organization stands for: showing respect for all people by providing excellent care. . Serving the community since 1958 . More that 160,000 patient visits and admissions annually . 121 licensed beds / Equal OpportunityEmployer: M/F/D/V/ Find out more athttp://www.snmh.org/ **Job:** **Home Health* **Organization:** **Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital* **Title:** *RN Home Health Care (Per Diem/Days)* **Location:** *California-Sierra Foothills Service Area-Grass Valley-Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital* **Requisition ID:** *1700015390*
          Ten of the best 420-friendly vacation destinations around the globe   

Here’s a look at destinations around the globe where cannabis freedom can be a perk or a focus of your next vacation.

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          Turista buscando fantasmas de un París difunto… Quai Conti   
Quai Conti, 26 junio 2017. Foto JPQ. El Luxemburgo, cuando llega la primavera… adolescentes y turistas en flor. [ .. ] París / California. Turista californiana. Americana radical chic en el mercado más cosmopolita de París, Aligre. Turistas americanas en la pastelería de Odette de Crézy. París, cuando llega la primavera… joven turista marroquí, acompañada. […]
          (USA-NY-Hicksville) Home Health Aide- Per Diem or Part TIme   
Home Health Aide- Per Diem or Part TIme (17005409)

What You Will Do:

As a home health aide for Amedisys you will provide one on one personal care to patients in their home setting using a patient specific care plan to facilitate the patient's self-care and independence with activities of daily living. You will have the opportunity to spend quality time with the patient, in their own home, to promote their health and independence. You will work independently while having the direction, support and collaboration of a full team of healthcare professionals.

* Provide personal care which includes bathing and personal hygiene.

* Reads and records vital signs such as reading of temperature, pulse and respiration and/or blood pressure.

* Assists the patient with ambulation, transfers, and positioning or prescribed exercises as instructed by the registered nurse or a therapist.

* Prepares medically prescribed nutrition and fluids and may perform other homemaking or environmental services as required.

* Document and report progress of patient's health and condition using required reports and established timelines.


Qualifications
Required:

* High school graduate or equivalent

* Minimum of one (1) year full-time direct, patient care experience within the last five (5) years, in an institution or agency setting and has not had a consecutive twenty-four (24) month or more lapse in practice for compensation since last competency training.

* Current state certification as a nurse assistant, nurse aide, certified home health aide or proof of registry as required by state, if applicable*.

* Home Health Aide (HHA) competence will conform with requirements in the Medicare Conditions of Participation found in 42CFR 484.36. Must be able to successfully pass the competency program of the agency. Additionally, upon hire, HHAs will have received at least 75-hours of training, the content of which addresses all subjects listed at 484.36(a)

* Current CPR certification

* Transportation access to and from work assignments. In instances where employee performs tasks that require the use of their automobile, evidence of current driver's license and required liability insurance.

*California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah, Virginia, Washington D.C., Wisconsin and Wyoming

Preferred:

* Current state certification as a nurse assistant preferred unless required by the state in which the employee is assigned to work

* Previous home health or hospice experience



Amedisys is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, pregnancy, marital status, national origin, citizenship status, disability, military status, sexual orientation, genetic predisposition or carrier status or any other legally protected characteristic.
          Book Review: Changes in Latitudes   
Changes in Latitudes
By: Jen Malone
Published By: HarperTeen
Publication Date: July 25, 2017
Page Count: 384
Buy it at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or IndieBound
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher via Edelweiss
Audience: Young Adult - Contemporary

Cass has had a rough few months as she struggles to understand her parents' divorce and the implications it has on her future. How could her happy family have fallen apart? After overhearing a heated argument between her parents, she begins to lay blame for the dissolution of her family solely at the mother's feet. Rather than discussing what she overheard, Cass plunges forward into her hurt and anger, pushing her mother further and further away with every turn. Mother and daughter relationships can be complicated, but this one is more strained than usual.

Cass finally is forced to confront her emotions about everything when her father takes a teaching job in Hong Kong and her mother decides to take Cass and her younger brother, Drew, on a trip sailing from Coastal Oregon down to Mexico. Cass will be gone for at least four months which means she will miss summer road trips with her best friends, working at the ice cream shop, and beginning her Senior year with everyone else in the fall. Instead, Cass will be living on a sailboat in close proximity with her mother and brother dealing with online homeschool, the ruthless whims of the ocean, and no chance of escape. There is no such thing as alone time on a sailboat. Cass is furious that her mother made such a monumental decision without even consulting her children, but she has no choice but to tag along as their home in Oregon has been rented out to a visiting professor.

Cass reluctantly packs her bag, says her goodbyes, and hopes that her garden will be well tended in her absence. She boards the sailboat with a heavy heart and a bad attitude. Things don't get much better for Cass once things get underway. Her brother takes to sailing like a gull takes to the breeze, but Cass refuses to learn anything about her floating home. Rather than make the best of her situation, she chooses to wallow in her self pity and keep focusing on what she's leaving behind. She can't see what she might be moving towards. Even meeting the others in their small sailing convoy isn't truly enough to get Cass in the right frame of mind.

A deckhand with sticky fingers will change the course of Cass' summer and help her get some new perspective when one of the convoy members brings aboard Jonah as his first mate. Jonah is a handsome, intelligent college drop out who is running away from the expectations of his rich and powerful family. He decides sailing to Mexico with a family friend is a good first step in asserting his independence, but he never expects to meet someone like Cass along the way. The pair instantly hit it off, but Cass knows that due to Jonah's age and the expiration date on this trip, that getting romantically involved can only lead to heartbreak. She decides to pursue more plutonic avenues with Jonah, but will soon find that the heart wants what it wants.

After Jonah comes on the scene, Cass' mood improves significantly and she finally has a confidant for all of her emotions and concerns. Jonah helps her navigate the rocky current of her relationship with her mother and see solutions to bridge the chasm between them. I loved this pairing and was firmly in favor of Jonah from the moment he makes his appearance in the novel. Cass was always more bearable when he was around. I liked her and understood her frustration, but I did find her wallowing and whining to be a bit trying at times.

Aside from the serious relationship issues of both a romantic and familiar nature, I loved tagging along for a summer adventure and getting to take mental vacations to some exciting locales such as San Francisco, the town where The Lost Boys was filmed, and the town that inspired Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds. I have never been to California, but I can only hope that if I do go someday that I will enjoy seeing everything as much as Cass and Jonah did. This was a fun summery read with depth, romance, and some beautiful moments on the sea.


One Last Gripe: Ultimately, Cass will make or break this novel for readers. I chose to forgive her whining, but I wanted her to confront her Mom about what she heard and clear the air.

Favorite Things About The Book: I loved the various settings and the relationship between Cass and Drew

First Sentence: There are things I fully expect to encounter in my driveway.

Favorite Character: Jonah

Least Favorite Character: I didn't truly have a least favorite, but there were moments when Cass was difficult to like.



A "road" trip romance that takes place at sea!

All Cassie wants is to get some solid ground under her feet following the shock of her parents' divorce. So when she learns of her mom's plans to take Cassie and her brother, Drew, on a four-month sailing trip from Oregon to Mexico, she's stunned. There is absolutely nothing solid about the Pacific Ocean. 

Cassie is furious. And nervous. It's been hard enough keeping Drew sheltered from what Cassie knows about her mother's role in breaking their family apart, but living in such close quarters threatens to push her anger past its tipping point. Enter Jonah, a whip-smart deckhand who's as gorgeous as he is flirtatious. Cassie tries to keep him at a distance, but the more time they spend together--wandering San Francisco, riding beachside roller coasters, and exploring the California coastline--the harder it is to fight the attraction. 

​Cassie wants to let herself go, but her parents' split has left her feeling adrift in a sea of questions she can't even begin to answer. Can she forgive her mom? Will home ever feel the same? Should she take a chance on Jonah? With life's unpredictable tides working against her, Cassie must decide whether to swim against them... or dive right in.


          Baker's Here, Now What Can He Do?   
Two very important graduate transfers already in Stillwater and working out. Big left tackle and former California starter Aaron Cochran has been on campus since early May and former Clemson corner Adrian Baker since early June. We focus on Baker and how things seem to be going.
          8 Reasons To Visit Disneyland and California Adventure This Summer   
If you live in Los Angeles, you've probably been to Disneyland a time or two and are thinking, why would I brave the crowds to visit during the summer? We can think of so many reasons! California Adventure has opened new rides and attractions, Disneyland is reopening part of the park that had a little freshening up and one of our favorite parades is going away at the end of the summer.
          Owl Rock launches direct lending fund with UC Regents   
Opalesque Industry Update - Alternative credit shop Owl Rock has launched a new middle market direct lending fund with the University of California Regents fund, Reuters is reporting. Both parties have each committed an initial US$100m in equity capital, according to a June 22 regulatory filing. ...
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Los primeros pasos de la televisión en México, en su etapa experimental, se remontan al año 1934. Un joven de 17 años, estudiante del Instituto Politécnico Nacional, realiza experimentos con un sistema de televisión de circuito cerrado, en un pequeño laboratorio montado en las instalaciones de la estación de radio XEFO .Durante varios años, el ingeniero Guillermo González Camarena trabaja con el equipo que él mismo ha construido, hasta que, en 1939, cuando la televisión en blanco y negro ya funciona en algunos países.El ingeniero Guillermo González Camarena obtiene la patente de su invento tanto en México como en Estados Unidos el 19 de agosto de 1940. Este sistema de televisión en color se empieza a utilizar con fines científicos. En 1951, transmite desde la Escuela Nacional de Medicina, lecciones de anatomía. En la actualidad, el mejor ejemplo de la utilización práctica de la creación del ingeniero mexicano, está en las naves espaciales estadunidenses de la Agencia Nacional para el Estudio del Espacio Exterior (NASA), las cuales están equipadas con el sistema tricromático.La primera transmisión en blanco y negro en México, se lleva a cabo el 19 de agosto de 1946, desde el cuarto de baño de la casa número 74 de las calles de Havre en la capital del país, lugar de residencia del ingeniero Guillermo González Camarena. Fue tal el éxito, que el 7 de septiembre de ese año, a las 20:30 horas, se inaugura oficialmente la primera estación experimental de televisión en Latinoamérica; la XEIGC. Esta emisora transmite los sábados, durante dos años, un programa artístico y de entrevistas. En septiembre de 1948, inician transmisiones diarias desde el Palacio de Minería de la "Primera Exposición Objetiva Presidencial". Miles de personas son testigos gracias a los aparatos receptores instalados en varios centros comerciales. Por todos estos hechos, se le conoce al ingeniero González Camarena como el "Padre de la televisión mexicana".El primer canal comercial de televisión en México y América Latina se inaugura el 31 de agosto de 1950, un día después, el 1 de septiembre, se transmite el primer programa, con la lectura del IV Informe de Gobierno del Presidente de México, Lic. Miguel Alemán Valdés, a través de la señal de la XHDF-TV Canal 4 de la familia O'Farrill.En ese año, la XETV-Canal 6 de Tijuana, Baja California y la XEQ-TV Canal 9 (actualmente con las siglas XHTM Canal 10), en Altzomoni, Estado de México, también inician sus transmisiones.La XEW-TV Canal 2, propiedad de la familia Azcárraga, es inaugurada en 1951, la cual transmite desde el Parque Delta (actualmente del Seguro Social) en el Distrito Federal. Ese año, la XHGC Canal 5 del ingeniero Guillermo González Camarena, queda integrada al dial televisivo. Para 1955, se fusionan esos tres canales, dando paso a la empresa Telesistema Mexicano.Posteriormente, inician transmisiones XEIPN Canal 11 (1959), del Instituto Politécnico Nacional, XHTIM Canal 8 (1968) del Grupo Monterrey, (hoy XEQ-TV Canal 9 integrado al consorcio Televisa) y XHDF-TV, Canal 13 (1968).En 1968 nuestro país incursiona en la era de las comunicaciones vía satélite, al transmitir a todo el mundo, los diversos eventos de la XIX Olimpiada México 68. En 1985, se colocan en órbita los primeros dos satélites nacionales de comunicaciones, Morelos I y II. En 1992 y 1993, se colocan otros dos satélites, Solidaridad I y II, con ellos, se utilizan las tecnologías más avanzadas en transmisiones radiofónicas y televisivas, principalmente, con capacidad para ofrecer servicios de telecomunicaciones a todo el territorio nacional y a 23 país del continente americano.
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Toylab bloggers have made no secret that they are excited about the direction of Valiant Entertainment. With the launch of X-O Manowar comic, the upcoming Secret Weapons series and of course the upcoming live action Ninjak vs the Valiant Universe. We are thrilled to bring you an interview with one of the star's from Ninjak vs. the Valiant Universe, Ciera Foster. Ciera Foster is playing one of my favorite Valiant characters, Livewire. When casting for Ninjak vs was going on I openly wondered if they would find an actress who could portray the mixture of intelligence and bad assness that is Livewire and with Ciera they just flat out nailed it. She is intelligent, beautiful, and a good person as well. On top of all that she brings a legit athletic and martial arts resume to the table. Toylab's Marvel Matt sought out Ciera on questions about playing Livewire and she kindly answered.

If you love Valiant, if you are curious about Ninjak vs. The Valiant Universe then you need to read this interview. Ciera has an infectious enthusiasm for playing Livewire that has pushed my excitement for seeing her in action to 11.
Divinity #0 - Ciera Foster - Livewire Cover

As part of highlighting the Ninjak vs film Valiant is releasing a series of variant covers featuring the actors.  The Ciera Foster - Livewire cover will come out with Divinity #0.  It looks amazing!




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Ciera we are very excited to see you play Livewire in Ninjak vs. the Valiant Universe.  What was the first thing that excited you as an actress about playing Livewire?

Firstly, thank you and the enthusiasm is certainly mutual!!! Thinking how to respond to that question is a bit tricky because it's a loaded answer. - The first thing that comes to mind is hands down the simple fact that I am a comic book, cartoon, video game fan. Yes, ME!!! I grew up with my older brother Nick and my guy cousins Keion and Cedric and we practically lived (and still do I might add) all things superhero,... seriously! But that's just the tip of the iceberg. I love playing Livewire not only because of what she is "a superhero" but because of WHO she is. Livewire is a natural leader with boundless compassion yet yields uncompromising strength. She's both admired and respected and hates wrongdoing particularly at the cost of the defenseless. Daily I'm blown away at the blessing of playing this character whose values are so aligned with my own. She continues to amaze me. With my background in athletics and my previous and current endeavors in the humanitarian field I couldn't have written a better character for me to play, which is a credit to the founding creators and the current exceptional team of writers working for and with Valiant.


 Speaking of Valiant I legitimately cannot answer this question without acknowledging how thrilled I am (Not to mention damn proud) to be a part of the Valiant Universe. I know I could easily sound biased but the fact is the more anyone delves into Valiant the more apparent it will be that there is no other major super universe with as much diversity in character, craftsmanship, and artistry plus overall badassness. From Harbinger, to Faith, to Bloodshot to one of my favorites Britannia (Just to name a few). I mean seriously it doesn't get more diverse than that! No slight on other comic universes but Valiant isn't creating a league of its own, it already is one. People are just seeing it on a larger scale and that makes me pretty damn excited to be your Livewire.


Livewire is the star of a comic series coming out called Secret Weapons have you been able to get a preview of that?

Valiant does a phenomenal job of providing us plenty of material. But it's no secret as Valiant continues to get bigger and bigger that our CEO Dinesh Shamdasani and VP of marketing Hunter Gorinson have made secrecy Valiant's "Secret Weapon" (See what I did there...) - I have a bit of a preview on the way from H.Q. but the hard hitting stuff I get to read with everyone else, which is cool with me. I get to share the journey as a fan and with the fans. I think that's important as an artist especially when playing a comic book character to be along for the ride at the same pace. Otherwise it's easy to project stuff onto to the scene or character that hasn't happened. Which I feel does everyone an injustice. - I've certainly done my research and since the book is about the emergence of the Harbinger program, I'm just as excited as the Valiant fans.

Livewire may seem like the star but I believe my character has the honor of being somewhat of a guiding force for some incredible new characters that will be introduced. I personally love that. It is my understanding Secret Weapons conceptually challenges the notion of being a "misfit". I believe the world could use a little more of that these days.

The Bat and the Sun is producing the series how did you meet them and get the part as Livewire?
Ciera Foster playing Livewire in Ninjak vs the Valiant Universe

Pure hustle. I went to audition almost two years ago for a role I submitted myself for. It was an extremely small, low budget, independent project. I have managers and agents of course but I like to search out new creative challenges for myself (Maybe that is the artist/athlete in me) because the role was pretty controversial and the project as I stated didn't pay much. I'd just gotten back from holiday, when I received the callback and I was pretty tired but I love what I do and I don't miss auditions so I went happily and did my thing. - I didn't get the part lol!

Apparently, I just wasn't right for the role, but the director liked my energy and work. He looked at my resume and said, "I gotta ask you about your martial arts and athletic background..." I filled him and the assistant CD in. Per usual I started geeking out over my love for superheroes. He told he might have a referral for me. I left and that was that. I had no expectations. I actually forgot until months later I got a phone call from Aaron Schoenke to play Storm for Bat in the Sun's Wonder Woman vs. Wolverine. After about 5 minutes of me talking about Ororo Munroe's history a little Street Fighter, Dragon Ball Z, Sailor Moon and a dash of Mortal Kombat I got the part. Almost a year later I got another phone call out of the blue from Aaron, I remember his exact words.

"Are you available next month to work? ... There is a thing...Its cool....really cool....you'll like it...I can't tell anything else but if you interested I think you should audition for it....that's all I can say.  I'll be in touch."

Yep, it was at that moment for exactly 17 seconds I thought I'd finally got the call to be a real life spy LOL. Auditioning for Livewire was actually not too far off. A week later I got another call then another with limited info. I was sent audition sides (1-2 pages of material) I was told to send them back the same day as soon as possible. Reading the small bit of information I was given about the character (Still almost nothing not even a mention of Valiant) I had to make choices based off of a combination of training and instinct. I even overrode some of the direction I was given. As I worked on it with my older brother Nick we let our knowledge and passion of superheroes guide us. We had so little info we worked on it all over about three hours straight (discussing it constantly) until it felt right. I sent in my taped audition to Aaron and Sean at Bat in the Sun. After that Bat in the Sun sent it to Valiant in New York. About ten minutes later Aaron texted me I got the part - No better feeling. I know I didn't know someone, there were no favors, just my hard work paying off step by step. The best woman got the job. I was (am) Livewire.

The Valiant Universe is full of bad asses and Livewire is one of the biggest bad asses of them all, what was it like to film action sequences in Ninjak vs. The Valiant Universe? 


What a fun question. It's literally a dream come true. As long as I can remember I've pretended to be a superhero, ninja, secret agent, etc. This is a lot cooler because its for real! I LIVE for this stuff! As you mentioned being such a powerful character one of the most powerful in the entire Valiant Universe especially as a woman is beyond exhilarating. When we film the fight scenes in particular I enter into a whole other zone. It's like a shark when they smell blood ...Was that too crazy LOL. I spent ample time on set not only on Livewire as a character but her characteristics in combat which is a huge part of the storytelling. As an artist but above all as a fan, I can tell a lot about character by the way they fight. I think a lot of comic hero heads would agree.

I fused my knowledge of the character with martial arts, artistry, and comics together to give Livewire an action personality that is so dynamic. I truly hope our fans and viewers enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed portraying it. Ultimately, a large part of Livewire is her fighting because that’s when you see how powerful she is when it all becomes unleashed. It gives me chills just thinking about it!

None of it would be possible without the involvement of the Valiant heads Dinish Shamdasani (CEO) and Joshua Johns (Dir. of Digital Media / Development) giving me the freedom to be an artist and working so collaboratively with Bat in the Sun. All of the fights in Ninjak Vs would be a nothing without the full cast and crew (Seriously you've seen our cast, athletes for days.) Credit is especially due to our director Aaron Schenoke he was born to create epic fight and action sequences. The direction let alone the vision of Aaron and his father Sean Schenoke combined is priceless. Lastly, but certainly not least our special affects composer Nikolay Zamkovoy is just a beast and creative genius that kills it every time.

You were an NCAA athlete and have trained heavily in martial arts.  Can you go into you're training in martial arts and did that help you land this role.


My dad is a 7th degree black belt and Tang Soo Do master. He was also sparring partners with the legendary Chuck Norris. My father trained me in his dojo where I had to attend classes until I was about eleven. We also trained at the park outside of class. After a break my mother kept me involved in Taekwondo and Karate. When I was twelve I was recruited to play basketball. I traded theater club at the time for basketball practice in hopes of earning a scholarship. I played basketball for eleven years straight including competitive national and international summer leagues. As my skills developed I began to only play "up" on teams with athletes older than me. The same happened in high school by the end of my freshmen year I was on varsity already and playing in regional finals. Club or school ball I was always on regional, sectional, or state championship teams. I also played competitive softball two years, track and field for three years (undefeated), and was recruited to play volleyball at the collegiate level. More often than not I was the captain on many of my teams especially through college. I was a COAA California State Championship finalist. From there I was recruited to SoCal where I became an NCAA athlete and received a scholarship to play basketball.

Afterwards I returned to martial arts mainly Taekwondo testing for my black belt, while also pursuing my acting career. During both regular school and acting school I also attended two film fighting schools. I attended Theatrical Academy of Combat under the instruction of Dan and Jan Spreaker who choreographed the films Hook and Master and Commander. There I learned my film fighting foundation and weapons technique. My best weapons are the broad sword, quarter staff, and the cutlass. After that I attended Film Fighting LA under the instruction of Robert Goodwin who helped train Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man. There was a big emphasis of the three points of Shaolin Kung Fu Martial Arts Method which I fell in love with. The school incorporated several art forms of camera fighting, stunt work, wrestling and firearms.   I've also had to do various training for a variety of roles and I still take classes and workshops. I will never stop learning and improving, I love this expression of the body and I'm blessed with the physicality to do something dynamic with it.

What does it feel like to join the ranks of Super Heroes? Playing Livewire makes you into a role model how does that change your mindset?

Playing Livewire doesn't change my mindset in regard to being a role model its quite the opposite, it affirms it. I've always had something inside of me pushing me to help others and to inspire. Its simple really, acting is my passion but helping others is my purpose. As I reflect on my career and life up to this point it adds up to this moment, this platform. When I was in college I was a paid activist for the CAA California Teachers Association I fought for educational rights, teacher rights and fair tuition costs. I was one of three student activist ambassadors hired by the CAA to represent SQE Students for Quality Education in which I was trained on activism techniques and school reform. My job was to bridge the gap between legislation and student rights.

In athletics as an NCAA athlete I was the captain and placed in charge of the team community service out reach programs. As an artist I've been to Haiti as an ambassador to Artists for Peace and Justice founded by writer/director Paul Haggis. I'm also an ambassador for the Water Underground Project and supporter of Children International. Now more than ever I feel these experiences have been part of a greater purpose which supersedes fame and popularity and has everything to do with passion. 
I say all this only to make the point that now I am Livewire,  I am just getting started. Be it a student athlete captain, activist, ambassador, acting class, or even growing up at home I've always been held to a higher standard. Livewire just raised the bar. I'm apart of something much bigger than myself.   As you stated I realize that makes me a role model, especially for little girls and young women. Challenge Accepted.

There have not been many black female super heroes in live action media?  Halle Berry comes to mind as Storm in X-Men but mind is drawing blanks on others.  At any rate it is a very small club of actresses that you are joining, does that add meaning to portrayal of Livewire.

I know what this means and I don't take it for granted. I'm humbled and honored, I think about it daily. People write me and post things about me regarding that very point. It's a blessing and a privilege. I always wanted to be a superhero but besides Storm there were no other heroes in all of the great universes that looked like me. It was a bit disheartening as a kid. Naturally, I assumed I'd play Storm if there ever were a Strom Origins film developed. This was my goal. By the way Alexandra Shipp is killing that role. But I realize now I was only thinking at the level of what I was shown possible. In the emerging age of the female lead heroine / superhero and with me as Livewire as a lead female superhero of color I take great pride and happiness in knowing that girls and boys of all races and backgrounds will see me and other upcoming heroes, and know that anything is possible. The best part is one day it won't even be a thought and the word "Black" or "Female" hero won't be a big deal. We will all just be superheroes from all walks of life representing everyone. That said let me clearly say in this moment in time I'm extremely proud to hold the torch for both female heroines and heroes of color until the goal of visibility amongst both is reached.

What is the future of Livewire?  We know that Valiant has a variety of film projects in the future.  Will Ninjak vs. The Valiant Universe lead to role in those projects?

All I can say is that I'm blessed to be a part of something very special. I'm the face of Livewire for the first time, ever. To be so well received playing a character that was seemingly physically designed for me and virtually my whole life has been preparing me to play is pure joy. I'm certainly enjoying every minute of it. Since my character reveal and trailer premier/panel discussion at NYC Comic Con reception and the over all presence of this remarkable character continuing to expand. As you noted for the first time since the dawn of Valiant a series highlighting Livewire is being released now in Secret Weapons. That's major. Additionally, you mentioned its no secret Valiant is developing films. Eric Heisserer the Oscar nominated screen writer for Arrival not only wrote Secret Weapons but is writing the Harbinger film as well. To me what that says for not only the future of my character but the future of Valiant Comics and comics period is not lost on me. Playing Livewire as an artist (Especially a woman) being considered a fan-favorite character and being a fan myself means the world to me. I would love to play Livewire in the Harbinger films. I am Livewire. I was born to do this. I also look forward to continue to expanding and growing with the fans. We have the best fans hands down, period. I feel we are in this journey together and I mean that with everything in me. - Ninjak is something special, the Valiant Universe is special. The fans are beyond special. Valiant Entertainment / Valiant Digital are doing amazing things in both entertainment and comics. Valiant is so creative they plan things out far in advance. I think we will just have to stay tuned to see what unfolds.

What is the coolest moment you have had at a Convention since becoming Livewire?

When Bobby Leet a father of two recognized me walking around Comic Con NYC during my press day. The trailer and character reveal were not until the following day but he was such a big Valiant fan that he already knew who I was and asked for a picture. That memory sticks out to me as clear as day. He was the first one, we still follow each other on Instagram. By far to me the most impactful moment was the next day at the trailer premier and panel discussion. A guy (granted he was dressed as Armstrong lol) came up to me with tears in his eyes. He said he'd grown up reading the original Valiant Comics when he was a kid. He was so overwhelmed he could barely talk. He said Livewire was one of his favorite characters and he was emotional because I was everything he'd imagined her to be and more. The man said my being Livewire and the entire Ninjak Vs. experience was overwhelming and surreal for him. He assured me his tears were that of joy. I could feel his emotion then and now. I gave him a hug and thanked him. I still have the picture we took. I have many incredible moments with Valiant fans but that one will always be in my heart. It was at that moment that I truly realized what it meant to be and "Stay Valiant".


As you can Ciera is already a real hero and doing great things with this role I recommend checking her out on social media and her website.  Also look for her at Cons as I expect her to be going to a few.

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          SF – Comics in the City Lecture   
Cartoonist Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Sisters, Drama, Ghosts) speaks on Friday July 7th at 6:00 PM at Timken Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public. In celebration of the CCA MFA in Comics graduate students making their return to San Francisco, California College of the Arts will host its fifth annual summer guest speaker series featuring three of […]
          “I Simply Have to Put All My Energy into Hope and Life, Rather Than Trying to Avoid Doom and Death.”   

Amy Silverstein

Interview: Amy Silverstein.

Amy Silverstein is a writer who has written extensively about her very tough health challenges. Her acclaimed, award-winning first book, Sick Girl, explores her experience as an organ-transplant recipient — she was a law student when she received a heart transplant.

Her riveting new book, My Glory Was I Had Such Friends, just hit the shelves. It’s about her experience twenty-six years later, when she needed a second heart transplant. To have a chance to survive, she had to uproot her life to go to California, and the book is a tribute to how her squad of nine close friends put aside the demands of their own lives to support her. Her account is a terrific example of how love and friendship can sustain us.

Her story is a great reminder: If you support organ donation, sign the registry! Tell your friends and family you want to donate your organs! If you’ve ever considered doing a “random act of kindness,” here’s one of the most random, most kind, and also most convenient acts you can ever commit.

If you want to know why I care so much about this issue, you can read about my husband ...

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          Is 'hashtag' ruining the English language?   
IN THIS STORY: American University, University of California – Berkeley Filed under: VOICES FROM CAMPUS Tagged: (...)
          Women Fighting the Good Fight... the Bolshevik-Tards, Here They Come   
Late night big ole yowls,dearest and summer-dancing KitKats ... so, most of the news-info below is from a week or so past ... time flies way too fast, and this Big Cat just can't keep up at all.

WHAT SHE CAN SAY: THE TIME OF THE EVILDOER IS UP. THE TIME OF DIVINE JUDGMENT IS HERE. LIKE DOMINOS, YOU WILL FALL, YOUR DESPICABLE CRIMES ARE REVEALED TO ALL. ANY REPREHENSIBLE ACT YOU ATTEMPT AGAINST ANOTHER, AGAINST HUMANITY WILL ONLY BACKFIRE ON YOU IMMEDIATELY. 

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END THE FED BEFORE THE ENDS OUR ECONOMY AND ENSLAVES *WE THE PEOPLE*. 


AT LEAST, MR. PITT IS BRAVE ENOUGH TO EXPOSE PEDO-HOLLYWOOD. THANK YOU! 

THE 1967 WARNING AGAINST THE ROTHSCHILD INFILTRATION 


June 27, 2017

Stunning 1967 Dissertation Warns Infiltration of Rothschild Luciferians in US Government 2


Between 1967 and 1968 Myron Fagan recorded three LP records: The Illuminati and the Council on Foreign Relations.  The dissertations document the activities of the house of Rothschild were  produced byAnthony J. Hilder – an American activist, author, film maker, talk show host, broadcaster and former actor.
This stunning recording from 1967 speaks to the very problems we face today, including Fake News, government corruption, the Corrupt United Nations and infiltration of a Luciferian Rothschild cult who may have gained irreversible control of the US government.
https://chemtrailsplanet.net/2017/06/27/stunning-1967-dissertation-warns-infiltration-of-rothschild-luciferians-in-us-government

HELL, AT LEAST THEY'RE OUTDOORS ACTUALLY EXERCISING... 

THE BRUTAL REALITY WE FACE AS AMERICANS...DO ALL YOU CAN TO PEACEFULLY PREVENT THIS *DIVIDE AND CONQUER* HORROR SOROS AND MINIONS ARE FOMENTING AGAINST WE THE PEOPLE. 






HEROINE, LAURA LOOMER...THE WOMEN WARRIORS RISE UP! 

https://www.infowars.com/journalist-shuts-down-trump-assassination-play

JOURNALIST SHUTS DOWN TRUMP ASSASSINATION PLAY

"Stop liberal violence!" Journalist screams

A conservative journalist interrupted the Trump assassination play in Central Park, N.Y., on Friday, only two days after the politically-motivated shooting of Republican lawmakers.
Laura Loomer of Rebel Media was arrested after rushing the stage, yelling that the production promoted violence against President Trump and his supporters.
The play, which is sponsored by Time Warner and the New York Times, features a Trump-lookalike who is violently assassinated in the same manner as Julius Caesar.



THIS IS ONE VERY BRAVE WOMAN, KUDOS TO HER!!! 






THE INCREDIBLY BRAVE HEROINE, MONIKA WESOLOWSKI ... MAY SHE BE PROTECTED IN EVERY DIVINE WAY 

http://www.thecommonsenseshow.com/2017/06/17/breaking-whistleblower-says-deep-state-in-control-of-state-department-ongoing-child-trafficking-cover-up-at-st-dept

Breaking: Whistleblower Says Deep State in Control of State Department : Ongoing Child-Trafficking Cover-Up at St. Dept.


Did you know that at the State Department they have an exorbitantly paid employee, of Middle East background, who is in charge of the sex-trafficking brochures for the State Department? Did you know that same person refuses to cover this issue as domestic issue? This plays right into the hands of the Deep State cover-up of their child-sex-trafficking practices at the highest levels of government? This is tantamount to overtly supporting and covering up child-sex-trafficking and the State Department is the willing accomplice. Did you also know that the State Department has 3 men, led by Deep State minion and close Obama ally, Larry Palmer, who controls all information coming in and out of the State Department and they control the FOIA’s for the State Department as well.
State Department employee, Monika Wesolowski, has been unduly harassed and has had her life threatened for trying to expose traitors and overt practices of treason and sedition by State Department employees who are aligned with the Deep State motives and objectives. The following is an interview I conducted with Monika followed by objective, hard proof of the claims made by this whistleblower.
Unlike a lot of sources,this interview names the names of the guilty.

Monika “Begs” for Protection and Nobody From the State Department Will Help

Monika has begged for protection from the death threats, violent attacks and constant harassment. As recently as last Tuesday, June 13, 2017, Monika took the issue to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s aides. As of the date of this publication, she has not heard back on this critical issue. I want to put the State Department on notice, you do not wait 5 days to investigate these kinds of allegations when someone’s life is in danger. This is an example of intentional/unintentional depraved indifference to the safety of of State Department employee, Monika Wesolowski (see the email communications at the bottom of the page).
Previously, on The Common Sense Show,  I documented, with pictures, government vehicles that have stalked and harassed Monika. The Fairfax, VA. police have told Monika that it is not safer to go home and they cannot protect her.
More recently, Monika has had animals poisoned to death. She, herself, has had to be treated for poisoning, some of which was uranium related. When I recently tried to interview Monika by Skype, ourcommunications were blocked for hours. Simultaneously, our cell phone communications were blocked as well. Here home has been invaded when she is not home. She was boxed in by two Muslim men, at the carwash, and stayed near until she called the police. This woman is the Deep State posterchild for political and personal harassment. In the following emails, please note the reference to CHILD-SEX-TRAFFICKING. I further want it to be known that Liz Crokin discovered a connection between the Virginia Shooter baseball practice shooter and child-sex-trafficking and that the primary shooting victim, Rep. Scalise had just sponsored a child-sex-trafficking bill eight days prior to being shot. This is no coincidence, the Deep State strikes again.
Monika has backed out of previous interviews because she is in fear of her life. I have convinced her that if you are going to be on the list, you better be on top of the list. Because I know the fate of Breitbart and Hastings, I have shared this information with other journalistic outlets who are going to cover this case and we are going to turn up the heat significantly.
I want to remind everyone, that in several earlier publications, I have tapped into two unnamed sources, one from the FBI and one from the State Department and was told that there is a Deep State purge underway. Monika confirms the assertion as her office is “like a morgue, people have either left or people have cleared out their desks and are awaiting their departure”.

Crickets Chirping

After numerous instances of being harassed and attacked, she reached out to Secretary Tillerson’s office, but to no avail. Here are the unanswered communications:
From: Wesolowski, Monika
Sent: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 1:39 PM
To: Peterlin, Margaret JA
Cc: Kenna, Lisa D
Subject: RE: Personal and Confidential
Ms. Peterlin and Ms. Kenna,
The issue goes back deeper into 2013 and child trafficking. I have not seen my eight year old son in a year . I worry for his safety and mine. It is imperative I speak to you in person, I will not speak to anyone outside of Mr. Tillerson’s close administration for fear for my life and that of my son’s. Thank you for speaking to me on the phone. I have been wanting to send this email for several months but afraid to.
Monika A. Wesolowski
Visual Information Specialist
United States Department of State
Global Publishing Solutions (A/GIS/GPS)
Phone: 202-xxx-xxxx voicemail
Phone: 202-xxx-xxxx direct

UNCLASSIFIED
From: Wesolowski, Monika
Sent: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 12:50 PM
To: Peterlin, Margaret JA
Cc: Kenna, Lisa D
Subject: Personal and Confidential
Importance: High
Dear Ms. Peterlin,
I proudly attended Secretary of State Tillerson’s swearing in ceremony and have faith that he will be successful at the State Department. I would like to arrange a meeting with your office with the Secretary of State Mr. Rex Tillerson. It is imperative I speak to Mr. Tillerson. I do not feel safe at my office or at home, I have been under constant attack. I have had things happen to my family, myself, and in the office that I cannot talk about in email. I feel my life and health, as well as that of my family and those close to me, is in danger because of where I work and the people I work with, and their connections. I do not know who to trust and cannot trust Diplomatic Security here at DOS, my coworkers or upper management, especially not Ambassador Palmer, who is Deputy Assistant Secretary for Global Information Services. I was informed by my HR that Ambassador Palmer pushed for the Hatch Act for my having a photograph and items of President Trump in my cubicle after the election. The situation at work has been hostile and I have been harassed. Please let me know if you could speak with me or arrange a meeting with the Secretary. Please expect a call regarding this email just to verify.
Thank you kindly,
Monika A. Wesolowski
Visual Information Specialist
United States Department of State
Global Publishing Solutions (A/GIS/GPS)
Phone: xxx-xxx-xxxx voicemail
Phone: 202-xxx-xxxx direct

 Conclusion

 I believe Monika’s best protection is the light of day. On that note, I would ask that all forward this article to your contact list. Secondly, if Tillerson’s office will not respond to this grave situation, then I would ask that everyone send this article to President Trump AND Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Finally, we need to keep the heat on this issue.


OBUMMER CARE... ONE MASSIVE CON GAME ... AND YOU'RE THE SUCKER





WILL THIS STOP THE CLINTONISTA/DNC BODY COUNT??? SO, THE JUDGE REFUSED TO PROTECT THESE WITNESSES ... IF ANYONE IS HARMED/MURDERED, THE BLOOD WILL BE ON HER HANDS. 




GOVERNOR MOONBEAM GOES FULL-TILT COMMIE LUNATIC ... CALIFORNIANS, YOU HAVE THREE CHOICES: RISE AND SAVE YOURSELVES, LEAVE THE GOLDEN STATE, OR BE SACRIFICED ON THE ALTAR OF SATANIC INSANITY 





YEAH, AT LEAST, CALIFORNIA IS SAYING MONSATANO'S ROUNDUP/GLYSOPHATE IS CANCER-CAUSING
Neil deGrasse Tyson now pushing Monsanto propaganda alongside wife abuser and convicted felon
Mike Adams
Why am I not surprised? Neil deGrasse Tyson, who has become a mouthpiece for the GMO and chemical agricultural industries that poison the global food supply, is narrating a new documentary called "Food Evolution."
The film pushes the same pro-GMO propaganda as a violent wife abuser who used to write for Forbes. Another fake science front group -- the ACSH -- appears in the film and is run by a convincted medical fraud FELON who spent years in prison (and now runs biotech propaganda campaigns for a living).
Neil deGrasse Tyson has become a shameful betrayor of humanity and nature and an insult to real science.
THE QUAKES ARE STILL SHAKING, RATTLING, ROLLING MOTHER EARTH ... THIS IS JUST ONE RECENT EXAMPLE 


HERE IT IS, PROOF OF HOW THE AQUARIAN CONSPIRACY [THE BOOK] WORKS. 


AIN'T THIS GREAT, LYING AI ROBOTS, ETC. 

POLICE STATE AMERIKA, ONE MORE NEFARIOUS FASCIST TOOL 

CORPORATE MONOPOLY ... WHY IS THIS NOT SURPRISING? 

GEE, HOW VERY HUMANE. AT LEAST, YOU COULD EUTHENIZE THEM ... YOU SICKO SOCIOPATHS
          Yeah, I can relate   

In 1979, 16-year-old Brenda Ann Spencer was arrested
after the infamous Cleveland Elementary School shooting in California,
which killed the principal and a custodian. When asked why she did it,
her reply was, "I just don't like Mondays."

          Monsanto’s Troll Army Includes Reuters Reporter   

Monsanto lost a key legal battle that may end with RoundUp being labeled as cancer-causing. However, they continue to wage an unprecedented war on the truth. Ring of Fire’s Josh Gay weighs in. Just last week a California judge ruled that glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide RoundUp will be added to the state’s

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          California Governor FLIPS On Single Payer After Donations Pour In   

TYT Politics Contributor David Sirota brings an interesting point to our attention –with the California single payer debate happening right now it is interesting to see that California’s governor, Jerry Brown, has flipped his position on single payer. Interesting, because he was FOR single payer in 1992 when he ran for president…hmmm…

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          Plane crashes in flames on California freeway, 2 injured   
CELLPHONE VIDEO // “Hey, we got a mayday!” the pilot told air traffic controllers before the crash. “Mayday, mayday ... I’m trying to make it back to the airpo…
          RoundUp Listed as Carcinogen By California – Could Other Monsanto Products Be Next?   

Earlier this week, The Ring of Fire brought you a story about the most recent court ruling against Monsanto in its ongoing legal battle against the State of California regarding glyphosate, the active ingredient in its controversial herbicide, Roundup. Since the end of March, the agribusiness juggernaut has been fighting to keep glyphosate off the

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          California dealers file complaint over online broker   
A California dealers group has filed a formal complaint with the state against Carjojo, saying the online buying service violates the state's rules for brokers.

          Rooms for Rent: 1936   
February 1936. "Mission District. Slums of San Francisco, California." 4x5 negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

          Oregon Indictment Guaranteed to Enflame Patriot Paranoia   

Antigovernment extremists and militia-types looking to bash federal law enforcement just got a new drumbeat – one to replace the worn-out tropes arising from the 1990s tragedies at Ruby Ridge and Waco.

The new theme-card is this week’s indictment of an FBI agent – a member of the bureau’s elite Hostage Rescue Team – who is accused of an attempted cover-up during last year’s fatal shooting of an occupier at an Oregon wildlife refuge.

In a five-count indictment unsealed Wednesday in Portland, W. Joseph Astarita is accused of three counts of making false statements – lying to supervisors – and two additional counts of obstruction of justice.

“For an extremist movement whose bread-and-butter is conspiracy theories about governmental violence, overreach and deception, this case is like a lottery windfall,” Brian Levin, the director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, told Hatewatch.


The recent indictment of an FBI agent for lying will fuel fair-right conspiracy theories over the justified shooting of antigovernment activist LaVoy Finicum, seen here during the occupation of Oregon's Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. (AP Images/Rick Bowmer)

Astarita, a 40-year-old FBI veteran, was part of its specially trained hostage rescue squad deployed early last year to Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge during the illegal, armed takeover of the federal preserve by Ammon and Ryan Bundy and assorted militia and antigovernment extremists. 

The Oregon siege came two years after an earlier standoff at Bunkerville, Nevada, involving the Bundys and their father, Cliven Bundy, and assorted militia players. They subsequently were charged with pointing firearms at federal agents involved in a failed attempt in April 2014 to roundup Bundy’s cattle for nonpayment of federal grazing fees.

During the 2016 siege in Oregon, occupier Robert LaVoy Finicum of Nevada was fatally shot by Oregon State Police as they and FBI agents attempted to stop three vehicles and arrest their occupants driving away from the refuge.

His death – caught on FBI surveillance video -- almost immediately seemed to further galvanize factions in radical right, antigovernment circles.

Astarita is accused of firing two shots that both missed as Finicum got out of his truck and attempted to reach for a gun after plowing the vehicle into a snow bank at the police roadblock.

After the shooting, the indictment alleges Astarita lied to three FBI supervisors and failed to disclose that he fired his weapon to the FBI’s Shooting Response Team.

The indictment was returned after an 18-month long investigation by the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Justice working with detectives from the Deschutes County, Oregon Sheriff’s Office.

Billy J. Williams, the U.S. Attorney for Oregon, said the alleged cover-up doesn’t call into question earlier investigative findings that Oregon State Police were fully justified in using deadly force against Finicum.

But already there’s evidence that antigovernment, militia extremists aren’t buying that official U.S. government line and, instead, are pointing to the Finicum shooting and its alleged cover-up as examples of what they call federal government excesses and corruption.

“What did I tell you?” Washington state militia organizer Gavin Seim posted on Facebook after the indictment was announced. He disputed claims by the FBI and the Oregon State Police that the shooting of Finicum was justified.

“The diversion indictment is not about justice,” Seim ranted, “rather it is designed to give them the narrative so they can spin it as if they are accountable.”

Finicum’s widow, Jeanette Finicum, a featured speaker at last weekend’s “Red Pill” gathering of assorted antigovernment extremists and conspiracy theorists in Montana, claims the federal cover-up in her husband’s death is much broader.

After the FBI agent was indicted, she told media outlets that she was “grateful,” but still believes “other officers were involved in the cover-up.”

Some in militia and antigovernment ranks continue to maintain, without any forensic evidence, that Finicum was “murdered” by FBI agents and state police.

Levin, who studies extremists and hate crimes in his position as a professor at the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University in San Bernardino, said the Oregon case serves up the perfect ingredients for antigovernment conspiracy buffs and bashers.

“Finicum already was on his way to becoming a new, folkloric hero in the extremist, Patriot movement,” Levin said, referring to Patriot-depictions of the Nevada rancher and foster parent as a quirky, horseback-riding, Constitution-and-gun-loving Patriot who was cut-down by murderous federal agents.

“What was missing was a real overt hook of government over-reach, violence and cover-up, and now, with this indictment, all those elements are there for the Patriots who want to believe this stuff,” he said.

Antigovernment extremists, as they did after Ruby Ridge in 1992 and Waco the following year, like to bolster their message by citing such “catalytic events” involving folkloric victims with any hint of federal law enforcement overreach or cover-up. 

In contrast, following the FBI’s 1996 standoff with the Montana Freemen, the longest siege in the bureau’s history, where there were arrests without gunfire and no casualties on either side, there were no legacy claims left for antigovernment proponents and fuel for the Patriot movement.

“After the Freeman standoff ended peacefully, it knocked the wind out of the movement,” Levin said.

“In any extremist movement,” Levin said, “you not only need heroes, you need villains, and here you have it wrapped all into one.”


          VW to expand Calif. EV charging stations in poorer areas   
WV told California it was expanding efforts to build electric vehicle infrastructure in poorer communities, responding to regulators who described "shortcomings" in the company's plan.

          G Jones - Mirage (Saturate! Records)   

As you know Saturate! Records from Hamburg is one of my favorite labels for bass / nu beat electronic music. They support young and brave artists and do not hesitate to release more experimental and weird stuff. There is just one requirement - QUALITY.

The new EP "Mirage" by G Jones is another masterpiece from Saturate!. Which might even convince me to approach trap music with a bit warmer attitude. Maybe due to the fact that G Jones, hailing from Santa Cruz in California is a hell of the producer creatively carving out his own style within pretty formulaic genres. Anyway, good music is still good music, whatever you call it. G Jones creates a fascinating patchwork of trap meets juke soundscape with some hints of glich hop or trillwave, full of crazy bleeps, beeps and whatnot in the background. I love such "controlled" cacaphony in electronic music and G Jones delivers his with absolute mastery. Of course he does not forget about the Beat & the Bass. Just listen to "N Judah" and "Mirage" - these tunes will fuucking storm the dancefloors across the world. Or "Alias", strongly reminding me of the Eprom's anthem "Regis Chillbin". While "Pyra" and "Drift" including great synths and distorted basslines, typical for glitch hop tunes, show a real versatility of G Jones' skills. The best trap tune on this EP - "Smoke Rings" (again built on jukeish drums) has the beatifully distorted, talking bass and lovely synths. 

Definitely, one of the best and freshest releases this year. Don't sleep on this. Grab this EP on pay-what-you-want basis. The package also includes several great remixes, with "Alias" remixes by Subp Yao and Boeboe  and "N Judah" refix by Trapmaster being my favorite ones.


          ▂ ▃ ▅ ▆ ▇ ▉ KILL da CHILL! BASS BOX Edition ▉ ▇ ▆ ▅ ▃ ▂   

UNFORTUNATELY, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED :((((

The guys from Poznań's crew of KILL da CHILL announce helluva party this Friday (22 June 2012) in Stara Rzeźnia (Old Slaughterhouse!) in Poznań. On two scenes Street Bass vs Heart Beats, sick dubstep sub-basses (with occasional wobbles) will meet glitchey IDM nu beatz footwork what u call it funk. A bass champion Trolley Snatcha representing UK's cult label Dub Police will headline the Street Bass stage showing his top-notch DJ skills and very distinctive beat, which is a kind of trademark of his music explorations. Who knows he may even show some surprises :) He will be supported by Polish artists Blackleg hailing from the holy city of Częstochowa, Grabadub one of the founding fathers of dubstep scene in Poland, and the Foxhole crew (the organizers of the event) represented by Paszczak, Julian De Narco and Petey. 

However, the real treat awaits on the other scene. Heart Beats will feature two producers who bravely stand out with their music from the mass of mediocre copy-cats flooding the nu-beat / bass / urban scene. I hope Slugabed  requires no introduction to the readers. I have been his devout fan since the beginnings of my blog a few years ago. Though young of age, Sluga has already managed to create his unique sound of post hip-hop beats built on ulta heavy bass base. After a few successful releases (among others on Planet Mu) he has recently added to his CV a very good full-length album on Ninja Tune. This dude knows how to rock the house in its most literal sense. Be There or Be Square!!! The more so, as he will be joined by B.Bravo, another hot name on my best producers list (don't confuse hot with overhyped please). Born in California, up-and-coming star of the West Coast Modern Funk Movement is also a co-founder (with Salva) of one of my favorite labels - Frite Nite releasing music by e.g. Nasty Nasty, Eprom or Epcot. Expect G-Funk and R'n'B arranged in a surprisingly modern way, with distorted vocoder samples and twisted beats. Actually, I can't wait to lay my hands and ears on the LP by B.Bravo to be released this year. I'm absolutely positive Slugabed and B.Bravo will f.....g funk you out till you bleed in the Old Slaughterhouse :) The young butchers will be supported by Polish artists, incl. Minoo a collaborator of an interesting label Mad-Hop and Polish Asfalt Records and the Foxhole crew represented by RAQ, Porcus Uzurpator and Top Cut.

           Modelling of the Cooling Process on the Runout Table of a Hot Strip Mill-A Parallel Approach    
Kumar, Krishna R and Sinha, SK and Lahiri, AK (1996) Modelling of the Cooling Process on the Runout Table of a Hot Strip Mill-A Parallel Approach. In: Conference Record of the 1996 IEEE Industry Applications Conference. Thirty-First IAS Annual Meeting, IAS '96, 6-10 October, San Diego,California, Vol.4, 2563 -2571.
           Real Time Simulator for the Runout Table of Hot Strip Mills    
Kumar, Krishna R and Sinha, SK and Lahiri, AK (1996) Real Time Simulator for the Runout Table of Hot Strip Mills. In: Conference Record of the 1996 IEEE Industry Applications Conference. Thirty-First IAS Annual Meeting, IAS '96, 6-10 October, San Diego,California, Vol.4, 2547-2554.
          Localization at Mozilla SF All Hands   
Hello from sunny Northern California! This week was Mozilla’s bi-annual All Hands, a gathering that brings Mozilla employees and community together for a week to hack on key Mozilla objectives. This All Hands, the Firefox team (which l10n is a … Continue reading
          Body ID   
Apparently, this is Craig Harvey’s email response to a hoaxer who asked him how was MJ’s body identified: The body was identified by his California driver’s license. We do not use DNA or dental records in cases unless the ID cannot be established through other means. Due to the cost of DNA, it is a […]
          Afternoon Brief, June 30   

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Another Oregon Winery Plucked by a California Estate A boutique, family-owned California winery has acquired an Oregon counterpart, the latest deal in an ongoing movement made by vintners from the Golden State … Today’s News: Napa County Receives $250,000 from State for Farmworker Housing Gov. Jerry Brown […]

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          The 2017 Central Coast Wine Competition Unveils Winners   

Final wine results and awards are in; wineries from six counties in the Central Coast are among winners Awards for Winery of the Year, Winemaker of the Year, Wine Grower of the Year, and Wine Industry Person of the Year to be announced at the 2017 California Mid-State Fair’s Wine Industry Awards, July 21 June […]

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          DrinkSpace Partners with Coleman Brothers to Develop New Northern California Wine Brand   

SEATTLE — June 28, 2017 — Brad, Ted, and Tim Coleman, owners of Warnerville Wine Company have announced plans to launch their own wine brand, French Bar. Members of the Gallo Family “G3” Third Generation of winegrowers, the Colemans are incredibly excited to embark on this new venture.  “With a family history in California winemaking […]

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          iPhone 5 Will Coming Soon   
Tech Info - CALIFORNIA - After a few times just rumors, Apple finally more seriously to released  iPhone 5 in this third quarter of 2011.

Quoted by the Wall Street Journal from its trusted sources on Saturday, July 9, 2011, Apple said will release the iPhone 5 most soon on September 2011.

According of that sources, iPhone 5 is rumored to be much lighter and thinner than iPhone 4 that had previously been known to thin, making it lighter and thinner than current models.


The report also stated that the next iPhone has an 8 megapixel camera compared to the iPhone 4 which has a 5 megapixel sensor and confirmed the previous rumors by Bloomberg.

iphone 3GS
Taiwanese computer manufacturing, Pegatron Technology, allegedly has won the tender to set up 15 million units of the Apple iPhone 5 handset. Shipment will begin in September 2011.

some time ago Apple released iPhone 4 of unlock version or not bound by contract with a particular operator likes before. This action is considered by observers as a signal of Apple for immediate released the iPhone 5.

Related post about iPhone: iPhone capable Track the Users Location
          Google Hapus Domain co.cc   
google remove co.ccTech Info - CALIFORNIA - Google telah menghapus sekitar 11 juta situs ber-domain co.cc dari halaman hasil pencariannya, alasannya bahwa situs-situs tersebut mengandung terlalu banyak spam.

Dikutip dari The Register, Rabu, 6 Juli 2011, domain co.cc bukanlah domain tingkat dua resmi macam co.uk, com.au, co.id. Domain co.cc ini ditawarkan secara independen oleh perusahaan asal Korea (http://co.cc/). Google mengklasifikasikan firma co.cc sebagai freehost.



"Jika kita melihat saat ini banyak situs di freehost yang mengandung spam, atau berkualitas rendah," kata Matt Cutts, Web Spam Team di Google.

"Untuk membantu melindungi pengguna, baru-baru ini kami memodifikasi sistem malware-scanning di Google," tambah Cutts.

Menurut laporan terbaru dari Anti-Phising Working Group, freehosting co.cc menghosting lebih kurang 4.963 serangan phising/spam pada semester kedua tahun 2010. Dan membuat domain di co.cc pun gratis.

Co.cc mengklaim bahwa mereka memiliki 11.383.736 domain terdaftar dan 5.731.278 akun pengguna, membuatnya sebagai salah satu domain terbesar di dunia, melebihi jumlah dari domain .org dan .uk.
          Intel Prepares a Processor for Windows 8   

The Intel admit that currently is preparing a processor Cloverview Atom and Clover Trial coincided with the presence of Windows 8

Tech Info - CALIFORNIA - As quoted by Electronista on Tuesday, June 28, 2011, "Intel is hoping with the presence of chips and software upgrade can be increase the strength of Microsoft ARM's device for Windows 8," said Bill Kircos, Public Relations Director of Intel products and technologies.

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Intel also plans to get the Atom architecture in many the use of Atom models in 2012 as on netbooks, tablets, slider device and other future products that build on the Atom 32nm chip (nanometers).

Furthermore, Intel expects to reduce the consumption of power and increase the battery usage. Clover Trail is currently estimated will appear in early 2012 to combat the threat of quad-core NVidia "Kal-El" and the ARM Cortex A15, not to mention the Apple's future chips that possible developed better for 2012.

Kircos said that a Cloverview platform will meets or wins the Windows 8 to international market, and can provide a more compelling reason for consumers to upgrade to newer hardware.

It seems that the presence of Windows 8 eventually has been a complete package with sophisticated technology. However, we still need to wait for these operating system is issued by Windows.

Related post : Microsoft Will launch Windows 8 in 2012.
          Google, Yahoo and Facebook Committed to Support IPv6   
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Tech Info - CALIFORNIA - Only one day after experiment for 24 hours using IPv6 and got successfully , Google, Yahoo and Facebook said they would be permanently to upgrade to the Internet protocol on their main site.

As reported by Info World on Saturday June 11, 2011, "We saw 65 percent growth in our IPv6 traffic on the Day of the World IPv6," said Lorenzo Colitti, IPv6 Software Engineer at Google.

Besides Google, Facebook as a giant social networking also got a encouraging results when tested the internet protocol.

"At Facebook, we saw over than a million our users visited us in IPv6," said a senior network engineer at Facebook, Don Lee.

"There are no technical problems along period of 24 hours. It's supported by the positive comments on our blog, this is very attractive to see the passionate of the peoples on the IPv6 around the world," he added.

After obtaining the positive result, Facebook has been decided to support the IPv6 on its website for the developers, at the URL : http://developers.facebook.com/

"We will keep to adapt on our entire basic code to support IPv6," said Lee again. "IPv6 allow the Internet to continue an amazing development," he concluded.
          Google Advisor as a Financial Comparison Tool   
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Tech Info – (CALIFORNIA) - Google launched a new tool to find and compare the financial products, and named Google Advisor.

As quoted by Mashable on Friday, May 20, 2011, the Google Advisor was created as a financial comparison tool which can helps users to measure the number of the mortgages, credit cards, savings accounts and others, with providing a list of appropriate financial instruments.

For Mortgages, Google Advisor provides the data such as monthly payment, payment and contact address. For Credit Card, Google Advisor also provides a data of card type, annual payments, rewards, and many more.

Google Advisor itself is not a search engine, but a comparison engine that has a lot of filters.

Google has long wanted to log into the financial sector. For instance, in last March, Google purchased BeatThatQuote, a comparison site from the UK, worth of USD 61.5 million. Therefore, many say that Google Advisor similar to BeatThatQuote.

Analysts predicted that this service was beginning of a series of Google tools for the financial sector.

You could try out the Google Advisor services with clicking it: https://www.google.com/advisor/home
          a New Xbox Console Developed by Microsoft   
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That new hardware rumored has been sent to EA in last April. Because its design is still raw, the that console does not have casing, so it to be in a PC


Tech Info (CALIFORNIA) - Microsoft was allegedly being developes to the Xbox 360 successor console. In fact, prototypes of this console rumored already reached to Electronic Arts as a game developer party that got the honor to test the console.

"We often receive a new console that is stored in the PC package. And when we look at it, we just know it is a new console," said one senior employee was quoted as saying by EA Development of Technology magazines, on Saturday, May 7, 2011.

In past March, emerging speculation that Microsoft is in the early stages in developing the successor of Xbox 360 which got a phenomenal success. Because the Xbox Concole Architecture Group has been making the jobs vacancy advertisements such as Graphics Hardware and Performance Engineer. Newer employee is believed capable to be responsible to "make the concept and create the next generation consoles" as stated of that ad.

Related to these brand-new console specifications, there is still no information could be obtained. However, the developer indicated that the brand-new of Xbox will feature support for the Kinect motion sensor, with some changes.
          Ecologist Builds Online Database Application Using Caspio, Saving Endangered Plants   

The Otay Mountain lilac is a California native plant that is continually threatened by wildfire and other man-made disruptions. It is among the more than five thousand rare plant species in the United States at risk for extinction. That’s why the Center for Plant Conservation (CPC) at San Diego Zoo Global is working toward conserving and [...]

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          Prohíben redes agalleras para garantizar protección de vaquita marina   
La Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (Semarnat) y la Secretaría de Agricultura, Ganadería, Desarollo Rural, Pesca y Alimentación (Sagarpa) emitieron un acuerdo para prohibir el uso de redes de enmalle en el Alto Golfo de California. Con esta medida se busca contribuir a la protección y recuperación de la vaquita marina (Phocoena sinus), cetáceo endémico que tiene su hábitat en esta región. La especie está catalogada en peligro de extinción debido a la amenaza que representa la pesca ilegal de la totoaba, la cual provoca la muerte incidental de la vaquita cuando queda atrapada en redes de enmalle, incluyendo las denominadas "agalleras". Con la prohibición de este tipo artes de pesca no sustentables, el gobierno del presidente Enrique Peña Nieto responde a la medida solicitada por expertos para eliminar la principal amenaza para uno de los mamíferos marinos más pequeños del mundo. Se trata del primer compromiso cumplido dentro de un acuerdo de cooperación con las fundaciones DiCaprio y Carlos Slim para garantizar la protección de la vaquita marina y desarrollar alternativas económicas para las comunidades del Alto Golfo de California. El acuerdo que hoy se publica en el Diario Oficial de la Federación (DOF) prevé el uso de sistemas de monitoreo para favorecer el cumplimiento de la normatividad ambiental. Asimismo, regula sitios de desembarque y faculta a la autoridad para implementar sistemas de monitoreo en dichas embarcaciones. El documento suscrito señala que las artes de pesca mencionadas no se podrán transportar en embarcaciones o por cualquier otro medio terrestre o aéreo en esa zona. Adicionalmente, la medida prohíbe las actividades de pesca con embarcaciones menores, incluyendo la pesca deportivo-recreativa en el horario nocturno. También, con el objetivo de limpiar la zona de redes fantasma o abandonadas, los pescadores estarán obligados a informar a la autoridad pesquera de la pérdida o extravío de artes de pesca durante sus maniobras, para proceder a su recuperación a fin de que éstas no afecten al ecosistema y a las especies que habitan en esta área. Asimismo, se estableció que quedarán exceptuadas de la prohibición anterior, las redes usadas al cerco mediante el sistema de pesca de encierro, operadas de forma activa para la pesca de curvina, golfina y sierra, que se autoricen en los permisos que expida la autoridad pesquera, previa opinión técnica del Instituto Nacional de Pesca y Acuacultura (Inapesca). El acuerdo también reconoce que existen especies marinas de interés comercial las cuales, por su disponibilidad y abundancia, son susceptibles de aprovechamiento bajo un esquema sensible que asegure el mantenimiento de sus poblaciones. Por ello, el Inapesca cuenta con prototipos de redes de pesca que no amenazan al cetáceo. En otro acuerdo, la Sagarpa dio a conocer que se amplía por tercera ocasión la vigencia de la suspensión temporal de pesca comercial mediante el uso de redes de enmalle, cimbras y/o palangres operadas en embarcaciones menores en el Alto Golfo de California y especifica que la restricción de captura será hasta el próximo 31 de agosto. La vigilancia del cumplimiento de estas disposiciones estará a cargo de la Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, por conducto de la Procuraduría Federal de Protección al Ambiente (Profepa), con la intervención de la Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas (Conanp), así como de la Sagarpa, a través de la Comisión Nacional de Acuacultura y Pesca (Conapesca), en el ámbito de sus respectivas competencias. Ambas dependencias se coordinarán con la Secretaría de Marina (Semar) para la vigilancia en aguas mexicanas. El 10 de abril de 2015 fue publicado en el Diario Oficial de la Federación un acuerdo para suspender temporalmente la pesca comercial mediante el uso de redes de enmalle, cimbras o palangres operadas con embarcaciones menores en el Norte del Golfo de California. Durante dos años, la medida contribuyó a la conservación de la especie.
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          CALIFORNIA MARITIME ARCHAEOLOGY   

This thorough and very important study is offering completely new perspectives on the marine hunter-gatherers on the basis of the information and data collected during several decades of the cutting-edge researches conducted in southern California region.

The list of issues covered within this publication includes such the important ones as early seafaring, human-environmental interactions, colonial encounters and others. This truly provocative volume is intended to energize the healthy debates about the maritime societies in the above mentioned region. This work is addressing many critical issues in the recently conducted studies, including maritime intensification. The authors of this book have also tried to demonstrate that the original colonization of the San Clemente Island took place much earlier than anyone thought.

In short and according to the numerous review by the professionals and enthusiasts who have already tried this book, it offers readers an excellent and thoroughly compiled synthesis which brilliantly summarizes many years of intensive research in this field and placing San Clemente Island in a very heart of the ongoing debates about the problems of peopling of Americas, as well as the nature and antiquity of the marine adaptations, cultural complexity and other important aspects.


          Medical device maker to expand, create 57 new jobs   

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Thursday that Thermo Fisher Scientific will spend $9.5 million expanding its clinical diagnostic operation in Frederick County. McAuliffe said Virginia beat out California for the project.


          Measure forces Congress to examine post-9/11 war powers role   
WASHINGTON (AP) " A stunning move this week by a House panel to force a debate on new presidential war powers revealed mounting frustration that Congress has for too long dodged one of its most important responsibilities: to decide whether to send American fighting forces into harm's way.The measure crafted by Rep. Barbara Lee of California, an anti-war Democrat and the only member of Congress to oppose the post-Sept. 11, 2001, authorization, demands a debate on new war powers to [...]
          News Briefs for June 29, 2017   

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          In 20th century, astronomers opened their minds to gazillions of galaxies    

Telescopes in U.S. West revealed vastly larger, expanding universe

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Andromeda galaxy

In 1923, Edwin Hubble found variable stars in the Andromeda nebula enabling him to gauge its distance. It turned out to be far from the Milky Way, demonstrating that it and many other nebulae were actually galaxies in their own right.

WASHINGTON — Before astronomers could discover the expansion of the universe, they had to expand their minds.

When the 20th century began, astronomers not only didn’t know the universe was expanding, they didn’t even care.

“Astronomers in the late 19th century and the very start of the 20th century were very little interested in what we would call the broader universe or its history,” says historian of science Robert Smith of the University of Alberta in Canada.

Some astronomers were interested in the structure of the Milky Way galaxy, the vast collection of stars in which the sun, Earth and known planets reside. “But astronomers played next to no part in the debates at the end of the 19th century about the wider nature of the cosmos,” Smith said in a talk January 28 at a meeting of the American Physical Society. In fact, many scientists believed there was no wider cosmos. Majority opinion held that the Milky Way galaxy, more or less, constituted the entire universe. 

“As far as almost all astronomers were concerned, the universe beyond our own limited system of stars was the realm of metaphysics, and working astronomers did not engage in metaphysics,” Smith said.

Astronomers left others to do the wondering.

“The infinite universe beyond our stellar system was territory that professional astronomers really were very happy to leave to mathematicians, physicists, philosophers and some popularizers,” Smith said.

Even among those groups, pre-20th century consensus limited the universe to the Milky Way and its immediate environs. Clues to the contrary were mostly dismissed. Most prominent among those clues was the existence of “spiral nebulae,” fuzzy patches of light clearly distinct from the pointlike stars. Photos of the spiral-shaped blobs suggested that they were solar systems in the making within or around the Milky Way; many people believed the galaxy was home to countless populated planets. Very few people believed that the nebulae were distant replicas of the Milky Way, galaxies in their own right.

In a book published in 1890, for instance, astronomer and respected science popularizer Agnes Clerke wrote that “no competent thinker” believed that nebulae could be galaxies. She retained that view in a later edition published in 1905, Smith said.  

But after around 1905, he said, the modern conception of the cosmos began to emerge. Philanthropic contributions in support of new, large telescopes, particularly in the American West, led to observations that slowly transformed the restricted view of a one-galaxy universe into the current commodious cosmos, with billions and billions (technically, gazillions) of galaxies.

Cepheid surprise

Edwin Hubble's observations of the Andromeda nebula turned up what he thought were exploding stars, which he labeled "N" for "nova." He later realized that the star in the upper right was a Cepheid variable, allowing him to calculate the distance from Earth. Science News-Letter reported Hubble's findings and calculations in 1924.

At Lick Observatory in California, for instance, James Keeler undertook the task of counting the spiral nebulae. At the time, astronomers knew of a few dozen. Keeler found hundreds of thousands.

“So the spiral nebulae are elevated in importance by Keeler,” Smith said.

By 1912, Vesto Slipher, at Lowell Observatory in Arizona, began reporting measurements of the light emanating from the nebulae, determining how far colors were shifted to the red end of the spectrum, a way to measure how fast the nebulae were flying away from the Earth.

“He would actually start arguing that the spiral nebulae were distant galaxies,” Smith said.

By the 1920s, more and more astronomers took the idea of distant galaxies seriously. Finally Edwin Hubble, at the Mount Wilson Observatory in Southern California, provided the deathblow to the one-galaxy universe. In 1923, his observations of the Andromeda nebula turned up a couple of Cepheid variable stars. Because Cepheids varied in brightness on a regular schedule that depended on their intrinsic brightness, they provided surefire clues to Andromeda’s distance from Earth. Andromeda resided 900,000 light-years away, vastly farther than even the most exaggerated estimates of the Milky Way’s diameter.

Hubble’s use of Cepheids depended on the earlier pioneering work of Henrietta Swan Leavitt at the Harvard observatory. “Her discovery of the period-luminosity relationship in Cepheid variable stars is absolutely fundamental in transforming people’s ideas about first, our own galactic system and second, providing the means to demonstrate that galaxies do in fact exist,” Smith said.

By the end of the 1920s Hubble, combining his distance measurements with velocity measurement made by astronomer Milton Humason, had demonstrated that the farther a nebula was from Earth, the faster it appeared to fly away. That relationship formed the observational basis for the expanding universe. Hubble suggested as much in 1929. Others also realized that the new view of the cosmos implied an expanding universe; one, Georges Lemaître, proposed something very much like today’s Big Bang theory of the universe’s origin.

It took a while, though, for the idea of the universe as the expanding aftermath of a big explosion to open everybody’s mind. In 1935, for instance, the astronomer J.S. Plaskett called Lemaître’s ideas “speculation run wild without a shred of evidence.” Even Hubble was not entirely sure of his own discovery. In 1938, Smith pointed out, Hubble assessed the evidence as consistent with a static universe, while acknowledging that expansion could not be ruled out.

Today’s claims that other big bangs may have happened many times, creating a multitude of cosmic spacetime bubbles known as the multiverse, face similar objections. It’s true that the evidence for a multiverse is not conclusive, just as evidence in the 19th century was not conclusive that spiral nebulae were distant galaxies or “island universes” of their own. But given the historical precedent, it would be silly to say that “no competent thinker” would believe in the possibility of multiple universes today.

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          Sacramento's sheriff asked Trump's immigration chief for help fighting California's 'sanctuary state' bill   
Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones asked President Trump's immigration chief for help fighting California's so-called “sanctuary state” bill weeks before the two hosted a town hall meeting in March on immigration enforcement that drew hundreds of people and erupted in protests.

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          Editorial's inaccuracy harms Delta College status   
February 28, 2009 6:00 AM
The Record editorial of Feb. 20 titled "Time to get serious; Probation a prospect not to be taken lightly by Delta College" left me with several concerns.

The most important of these is your contention that San Joaquin Delta College has ignored or put off action on more than half the suggestions of the accrediting commission. This has no basis in fact. Significant efforts began immediately to address all 11 recommendations mentioned by the commission in its initial report in July, and these efforts continue today. The latest report from the commission contains only six recommendations and has allowed us to adjust our focus and to accelerate our responses to the remaining issues.

Make no mistake: Accreditation weighs heavily on everyone's mind at Delta College. While being placed on probation is indeed a serious matter, it nonetheless serves no positive purpose to suggest that anyone at Delta College is taking this issue lightly.

Further, I find it dispiriting that The Record correctly printed in an article by Alex Breitler on Feb. 18 that the college Board of Trustees took definitive action to resolve a key accreditation issue: namely, to establish and adopt a code of ethics governing their actions. Then, two days later, The Record inexplicably wrote in an editorial that the Board of Trustees had failed to adopt a code of ethics.

While such inaccuracies may appear insignificant to your editorial board and perhaps even to those who read your paper, you may find it interesting to note that a contributing factor to the accrediting commission's decision to place the college on probation had to do with its continuing examination of local media coverage as it pertains to the Delta College Board of Trustees.

The November election resulted in the replacement of four of seven seats on the San Joaquin Delta College Board of Trustees. Since that time, another seat has been vacated and filled. The five new board members are working diligently with the two remaining members on a wide variety of inherited challenges as well as current issues raised by the financial crisis facing California and the rest of the country.

At Delta College, we recognize and support the media's responsibility to shine the light of public scrutiny on the operations of public agencies. When we err, we stand ready to accept any deserved criticism for our actions. However, given the seriousness of the college's accreditation situation, it is more important now than ever before that The Record's coverage of these issues be both accurate and fair.

Raúl Rodríguez
Superintendent/president, San Joaquin Delta College

» NOTE: We erred in our editorial. The news story of Feb. 18, "Delta College placed on probation by peer group," does indeed say the new Board of Trustees has adopted a code of ethics.
          Maria Elena Serna's lawyer says charge is a technicality / He also 'thinks there are political issues involved'   
By Maggie Creamer
News-Sentinel Staff Writer
Updated: Wednesday, December 10, 2008 12:36 PM PST

A day after Maria Elena Serna resigned from the San Joaquin Delta College Board and pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor offense of doublebilling the college, her attorney characterized the charge as a technicality and said it may have been politically motivated.

Serna, 67, received three years probation in San Joaquin County Superior Court on Monday. The Lodi resident "double-dipped" by asking and receiving reimbursements from Delta and the Community College League of California for travel costs and other expenses. The total amount of the reimbursements were $1,642.10.

Her lawyer, Al Ellis said the case was a technical violation of the law.

"She never had any intention to cheat anyone. ... This is the same woman to march with Cesar Chavez, and after he died, she started a scholarship named after him for the college," Ellis said.

During the time Serna received double reimbursement, Ellis said she was dealing with her husband's death and recovering from back surgery.

He also said the college's decision to take the case to the authorities may have been motivated by politics.

"I think there are political issues involved," Ellis said.

Contacted at her home, Serna declined to comment and directed all questions to Ellis.

In her resignation letter, Serna said she is resigning on the advice of her physician.

She thanked the students, faculty, administrators and other board members for her 18 years on the board.

"I look forward to observing the 'ideals' that I have espoused being carried out by our new board," she wrote.

Serna is the latest departure of veteran trustees from the board. Several incumbents lost their bid for re-election in November, and Dan Parises, one of the longest-serving trustees, opted to retire rather than seek re-election.

On Monday, Parises praised Serna for what she has done for the school, including her work on the Cesar Chavez Community Leadership Award.

"I've known her for 18 years; she has high integrity and is honest ... maybe she wasn't paying attention," he said.

Delta spokesman Greg Greenwood reiterated on Tuesday that the college sent the case to the Stockton Police because the college will not tolerate elected officials pocketing money, no matter how small.

"From the college's perspective, this wasn't an accident," he said. "This is the college trying to ensure we are being responsible to the community."

The board has 60 days to either make a provisional appointment or hold a special election to replace Serna. Greenwood said that he did not know how much an election would cost. The board meets today to swear-in the four newly elected trustees. Its meeting on Dec. 16 is the first board meeting where the group will be able to vote on action items.

According to a report by the Stockton Police Department, questions first arose about Serna's reimbursement claims when Valerie Stewart-Green, an administrative assistant in the president's office, said Serna said she received a reimbursement from the league. Stewart-Green thought this was odd because reimbursements from the league are supposed to go directly to the college. She called the league and found out that Serna specifically requested the reimbursements be sent to her home address.

Other incidents that raised questions at the college were also detailed in the report.

Delta College Trustee Janet Rivera recounted when she and Serna attended a conference in San Jose in November 2007. Rivera was driving herself and Serna to the conference when Serna asked her to not tell Delta College officials they were riding together. When Rivera said she already told Delta President and Superintendent Raul Rodriguez, Serna reportedly said, "Oh shoot, I was going to claim the mileage."

In another incident, Reen Perez, an administrative assistant in Rodriguez's office, said Serna tried to collect money for a meal Rodriguez paid for with his college credit card.

At the Delta Associated Student Body Government office, Navid Shaghaghi, the president and chairman of the interclub council, said he thinks the way the administration handled the problem is reflective of its inability to work with people on campus.

"They didn't want to solve the problem. They just saw a great opportunity to get rid of this person," he said.

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          Serna resigns from Delta board / Trustee pleads no contest to charges she took double reimbursements   

By Alex Breitler
Record Staff Writer
December 09, 2008 6:00 AM

STOCKTON - Longtime San Joaquin Delta College Trustee Maria Elena Serna resigned from the board Monday moments before pleading no contest to a charge that she claimed reimbursement twice for several business trips dating back to 2005.

Serna's letter of resignation, which her attorney handed to board President Janet Rivera in the hallway at San Joaquin County Superior Court, cited Serna's health.

"On the advice of my physician, I can no longer fulfill my obligations with the college, and due to personal reasons, I will be having this resignation effective immediately," the 67-year-old Serna wrote. She declined further comment.

Past problems

Police reports say former San Joaquin Delta College Trustee Maria Elena Serna had past problems with travel expenses and reimbursements:
• An administrative assistant at Delta said Serna asked to be reimbursed for meals that President Raul Rodriguez had already paid for on a college credit card.
• The same assistant said Serna once became "belligerent" when she learned she would not be receiving a full travel allowance for a conference in San Jose, even after she was told the conference would be providing meals.
• When Rodriguez and Serna took a business trip to Washington, D.C., in February 2007, Rodriguez paid for a cab ride and a meal at a Brazilian restaurant; Rodriguez learned later that Serna tried to claim reimbursement on both.

Serna, a Delta trustee since 1990, was accused of claiming nearly $1,650 from both Delta College and the Community College League of California, which held conferences attended by Serna in San Francisco and Sacramento. The money has been paid back, prosecutors said.

"It's not the amount of the money. It's the audacity of the conduct," said Deputy District Attorney Stephen E. Taylor. "When people do that in public service, they have to leave."

Delta administrators noticed inconsistencies in Serna's reimbursement records and contacted prosecutors, who sent the case to Stockton police. A criminal complaint was filed Friday following a two-month investigation.

The case was set to go before a grand jury today before the last-second plea deal was arranged, attorneys said.

The single felony charge levied on Serna could have resulted in up to three years in state prison.

But Judge Richard J. Guiliani said the court viewed the case as a misdemeanor and sentenced Serna to three years' informal probation, requiring that she obey all laws.

Delta President Raul Rodriguez, who sat in the first row at Monday's arraignment, said the college has long struggled to help Serna understand how reimbursement works.

"It's a shame we've come to this," he said. "But a trustee should know better."

One example: According to an internal Delta College memo, Serna attended a meeting of the nonprofit college league June 20-21 in Sacramento. Delta College used a $179 credit card payment to reserve her room at the Hyatt Regency hotel; Serna wrote up her own reimbursement for the same amount and filed it with the league.

So she was paid by the league for an expense the college had already covered, the memo said.

Overall, the league reimbursed Serna $1,642 for expenses already covered by the college dating back to 2005, the report said. Serna signed reimbursement forms stating that no more money would come from any other source.

Serna's attorney, Albert Ellis, called this a "technical" violation of the law and said Serna's intent was not to defraud anyone.

"This is a horrible thing for someone to have to go through after so many years of distinguished service," he said. "This is the type of woman they're normally talking about naming schools after."

Serna, a retired Bear Creek High School social science teacher, had represented the Lodi area on the Delta board since 1990; she was the first Latino woman elected in San Joaquin County, according to a Delta College news release earlier this year.

She is also the sister of Joe Serna, who served as mayor of Sacramento from 1992 until his death in 1999.

Maria Serna was part of the board majority that favored building a south-county campus in Mountain House, a decision derided by new board members. She recently had back surgery and was not present for some key decisions about how trustees should divvy up a dwindling pool of bond money.

Her resignation means just two of the seven previous Delta trustees will be returning to the dais. Two others did not seek re-election in November, and the last two were ousted by challengers. Only Rivera and Ted Simas will remain on the board.

State law says Delta must either order an election or appoint someone to fill the vacancy. The organization of the new board will be discussed at a special meeting Wednesday night.

Prosecutor Taylor accused Serna of "felony conduct" and said the case was treated very seriously because Serna held public office.

Ellis, her attorney, questioned whether the case would have been filed at all had she been an ordinary citizen.

In a memo to the campus community Monday, Rodriguez said Serna's resignation and other recent negative news - such as allegations of overspending by student government - are "not random or accidental events" but are part of an ongoing effort to "correct longstanding problems, to ensure that we are abiding by laws and regulations, and to bring about necessary and positive change."

Said board President Rivera, after court: "We're cleaning house."
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          President Rodriguez Issues Memo on Serna's Resignation   
CAMPUS MEMORANDUM
Office of the President

Date: December 8, 2008
To: Campus Community
From: Raúl Rodríguez
Re: Trustee Resignation

As the Superintendent/President of Delta College, one of my responsibilities is to inform the campus of serious events. Today I have the difficult responsibility of informing the campus community that at approximately 1:30 this afternoon at the San Joaquin County Courthouse, Trustee Maria Elena Serna pleaded no contest to a charge of submitting fraudulent reimbursement requests for travel related expenses dating back to 2005. Under section 72 of the California Penal Code, this is a felony offense with potential penalties of prison time, monetary fines, loss of professional credentials, and loss of the position of elected official. However, the charge was reduced to a misdemeanor in consideration of Trustee Serna’s resignation from the board. Board president Janet Rivera and I received Trustee Serna’s resignation letter and filed it with the County Superintendent of Schools this afternoon.

While this may come as a surprise to most of you, this matter has been under investigation since early October. After I was made aware of the possibility that Trustee Serna had been submitting fraudulent reimbursement requests, I asked my staff to gather the evidence, which was then reviewed and confirmed by Vice President of Business Services, Dr. Jon Stephens. His analysis confirmed what my staff had discovered, i.e., a disturbing pattern by Trustee Serna of submitting requests for and subsequently receiving reimbursement from Delta College for travel and then receiving a duplicate reimbursement from the Community College League of California (CCLC) for the same trip.

I turned the results of our investigation over to the Stockton Police Department who performed their own investigation and quickly turned the issue over to the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office. The District Attorney’s office then filed charges against Trustee Serna. On October 17th and again on November 6th, Trustee Serna made restitution to the CCLC for duplicate funds she received illegally. Those funds have since been returned to Delta College.

There is however a much larger concern. As the Superintendent President of this college, I am deeply aware of the string of events that have fueled a negative perception in the media. Obviously, this event and other recent revelations, such as the ASBG flea market problems and the out of control spending by the ASBG, may further damage the reputation of this college. However, please understand that these difficult revelations are not random or accidental events. They are part of an ongoing and concerted effort by the college’s administrative team to correct longstanding problems, to ensure that we are abiding by laws and regulations, and to bring about necessary and positive change.

While I realize that recent events have been painful and often discouraging, I urge you as a campus community to join me in viewing all of this from a much larger perspective. Specifically, we are at a pivotal place in the history of this great college. The work we are doing is complex and often contentious, but that is to be expected when the stakes are so high. We must however always be cognizant that not all learning at Delta happens in classrooms. As we move forward, it is important for all of us to model the type of behavior we expect from our students. Principles such as honesty and integrity can not simply be words, but must be reflected in both our individual and collective behavior.

I look forward to the days ahead with a renewed sense of purpose, determination and a great deal of optimism. We have a tremendous opportunity for a fresh beginning with the newly elected Board of Trustees. I hope that each of you will join me in rallying behind our Board of Trustees and in shifting our focus back to the multitude of positive actions that occur on this campus every single day.
          The Band of Heathens: 'Green Grass of California'   
'Green Grass of California' by The Band of Heathens from Duende (Blue Rose Records) spun at 1:26pm MDT Fri Jun 30th 2017 by DJ Z Ride on KSJD Daytime Collective - Afternoon, KSJD
          Andrew Cuomo Refuses Federal Data Request Related To Trump's "Voter Fraud Myth"   

Shortly after moving into the White House, President Trump promised a "major investigation into VOTER FRAUD" and vowed that any evidence of wrongdoing would be used to strengthen voting procedures.  The following tweets undoubtedly 'triggered' millions of liberals across the country as visions of 'racist' voter ID laws danced in their heads.

 

Then, just last month, that "major investigation" came in the form of an Executive Order entitled: "Presidential Executive Order on the Establishment of Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity."  The Commission was to be chaired by Vice President Mike Pence and it's mission was defined as follows:

The Commission shall, consistent with applicable law, study the registration and voting processes used in Federal elections.  The Commission shall be solely advisory and shall submit a report to the President that identifies the following:

 

(a)  those laws, rules, policies, activities, strategies, and practices that enhance the American people's confidence in the integrity of the voting processes used in Federal elections;

 

(b)  those laws, rules, policies, activities, strategies, and practices that undermine the American people's confidence in the integrity of the voting processes used in Federal elections; and

 

(c)  those vulnerabilities in voting systems and practices used for Federal elections that could lead to improper voter registrations and improper voting, including fraudulent voter registrations and fraudulent voting.

 

And, since no one would possibly argue in favor of more voter fraud rather than less, you might assume this particular Executive Order enjoyed overwhelming bipartisan support across the country...of course, you could think that, but you would be incredibly wrong.

Enter New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.  Apparently Mr. Cuomo is so certain that voter fraud is nothing more than a right-wing "myth" that's he unwilling to even comply with a data request to make sure.  We're sure he's just trying to save Vice President Pence from wasting his time.

 

Of course, Cuomo's position is somewhat curious in light of the fact that New York City's own Commissioner of the Board of Elections, Alan Schulkin (Democrat), was caught on a secret video by Project Veritas openly admitting that "there is a lot of voter fraud."  At one point, Schulkin even admits that campaign officials bus minorities from "poll site to poll site" so they can vote multiple times.

“He gave out ID cards, de Blasio. That’s in lieu of a driver’s license, but you can use it for anything.  But they didn’t vet people to see who they really are. Anybody can go in there and say, ‘I am Joe Smith, I want an ID card."

 

"It’s absurd. There is a lot of fraud. Not just voter fraud, all kinds of fraud . . . This is why I get more conservative as I get older.”

 

“Voters? Yeah, they should ask for your ID. I think there is a lot of voter fraud.  You know, I don’t think it’s too much to ask somebody to show some kind of an ID . . . You go into a building, you have to show them your ID."

 

“They bus people around to vote . . . They put them in a bus and go poll site to poll site.”  Asked which neighborhoods, Schulkin said, “I don’t want to say.”  When the undercover mentions black and Hispanic neighborhoods, Schulkin responded, “Yeah . . . and Chinese, too.”

 

Alas, we assume that video is also just a 'myth'...

Of course, New York wasn't the only snowflake state to opt out of Trump's voter fraud data request. Apparently California is also quite confident that all of their illegal immigrants are voting legally...or something like that.

 

As The Hill notes, a total of 5 states have refused to turn over any voter data whatsoever while another 9 have said they'll only hand over publicly available data.

As of Friday afternoon, officials in New York, California, Massachusetts, Kentucky and Virginia had said they would not turn over any of their voter data to the voter fraud commission.

 

Other officials in Connecticut, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Vermont, Utah, North Carolina, Indiana and Iowa said they would only turn over public information on voter rolls, but wouldn't share private information.

 

Wisconsin announced it would turn over public information but would charge the commission $12,500 to buy the voter roll data.

Of course, at the end of the day, you only really need to examine a couple of critical swing states to get a sense for how rampant voter fraud might be.  And, since we don't see Florida or Ohio on the lists above, we very much look forward to the data from those two states.


          "We're All A 'Walking Illinois' Now"   

Authored by James Howard Kunstler via Kunstler.com,

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.


          Pensions Timebomb In America – "Global Crisis” Cometh   

Pensions Timebomb - Pensions "Are Going To Be A National Crisis"

- America’s underfunded pension system is “not a distant concern but a system already in crisis”...

- Tax may explode as governments seek to bail out insolvent pension plans

- Illinois, California, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Kentucky and eight other states vulnerable

- The simple mathematical mismatch at the heart of the pension crisis...

- Why the pension crisis really is “America’s silent crisis”...

- Pensions timebomb confronts Ireland, UK and most EU countries


By Brian Maher, Managing editor, The Daily Reckoning

"This is going to be a national crisis..."

“This” being America’s woefully underfunded pension liabilities, according to Karen Friedman. She’s the executive vice president of the Pension Rights Center.

(A place called the Pension Rights Center does in fact exist. We checked.)

MarketWatch columnist Jeff Reeves howls in confirmation that “collapsing pensions will fuel America’s next financial crisis.”

“This is not a distant concern,” warns he, “but a system already in crisis.”

According to data supplied by the Federal Reserve, pensions — public and private combined — were roughly 27% underfunded at the end of last year.

By some estimates, America’s public pensions alone are sunk in a $6 trillion abyss.

The issue, approached from any direction, is an impossible knot… a tar pit… a minotaur’s maze of blind alleys and dead ends.

How has the American pension come to such an estate?

Most public pension systems were built upon the sunny assumption that their investments will yield a handsome 7.5% annual return.

But consider…

The average public pension plan returned just 1.5% last year.

Last year marked the second consecutive year that plans undershot the 7.5% return rate, according to Governing magazine.

The same plans worked an average gain of 2–4% in 2015.

A highly technical term describes the foregoing if it goes on long enough... and we apologize if it sends you to the dictionary:

Insolvency.

Briefly turn your attention to the Golden State, for example. California.

State pensions are only in funds to meet 65% of their promised benefits.

And California pins its hopes on that golden annual 7.5% return to make the shortage good.

But it’s in a devil of a fine fix if the average public pension plan only returns 1.5%.

The math is the math.

California essentially depends on returns 400% above the norm, according to financial analyst Larry Edelson.

But California is by no means alone.

We won’t run the entire roll call of shame.

But the great state of Illinois, for one, risks sinking into a $130 billion "death spiral" from its unfunded pension liabilities, as Ted Dabrowski of the Illinois Policy Institute described it.

S&P Global Ratings has even threatened to downgrade the state's credit score to "junk" status.

New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Kentucky are also among the worst deadbeats.

But the problems run from ocean to ocean and south to north.

A report from Moody’s reads thus:

For many states and municipalities, exposure to unfunded pension liabilities is already at or near all-time highs. Since cost burdens are already expected to further increase, pension fund investment performance is critical for the credit quality of many governments.

Not even a "best case" cumulative 25% investment return on public pension plans would stanch the blood flow, according to Moody’s.

They say that best-case 25% would merely reduce pension liabilities a slender 1% through 2019 due to weak contributions and poor past investment returns.

“But I don’t have a pension,” comes your response. “This doesn’t concern me.”

Ah, but have another guess — at least if you swear off your taxes in these United States.

Is it your belief that governments will let their prized public pension plans flop?

There are votes to consider, after all.

Jilted pensioners are capable of generating a good deal of hullabaloo, hullabaloo to which the official ear is exquisitely attuned.

Besides, do you think kind Uncle Samuel will turn the politically strategic states of California and Illinois out on their ears?

As our resident income specialist Zach Scheidt argues:

Your tax bill could explode as governments around the country seek to bail out insolvent pension plans. And you know how much politicians like to use your tax money to bail out some constituent. They like to prove their “compassion” with your money!

“Expect to pay higher state and local taxes for fewer services in the years to come,” adds Larry Edelson, before mentioned.

And:

“Don’t be surprised if authorities of all shapes and sizes — from local governments to national agencies — up the ante to get ahold of your assets any way they can.”

We would have to agree. You shouldn’t be surprised in the least.

And we can scarcely imagine the holy hell that would follow another financial crisis.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner warns the state’s pension crisis is driving his beloved Land of Lincoln into "banana republic" territory.

But we suspect the good governor’s mouth ran away with him here...

Can you imagine comparing the venerable, eminently worthy banana republic... to Illinois?

The pension crisis is truly “America’s silent crisis” and indeed the world's silent crisis.

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          Globetouch acquires Indian startup Teramatrix to leverage its IoT apps to support connected cars, autonomous driving   

This complements Globetouch’s global connectivity suite and IoT platform which manages the intersection of Big Data, Machine Learning and autonomous systems for enterprise customers Globetouch, a California-headquartered company which provides global connectivity solutions and IoT platforms, has acquired Gurgaon-based IoT solutions firm Teramatrix Technologies. The transaction details were not disclosed. Globetouch will leverage and integrate Teramatrix’s xFusion platform […]

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          On This Day in Math - July 1   

Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty
a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture, 
without appeal to any part of our weaker nature,
without the gorgeous trappings of painting or music, 
yet sublimely pure, and capable of a stern perfection such as only the greatest art can show. 
 The true spirit of delight, the exaltation, 
the sense of being more than Man, 
which is the touchstone of the highest excellence, 
is to be found in mathematics as surely as in poetry.
--BERTRAND RUSSELL,


The 182nd day of the year; there are 182 connected bipartite graphs with 8 vertices. *What's So Special About This Number

The 182nd prime (1091) is the smaller of a pair of twin primes (the 40th pair, actually) *Math Year-Round ‏@MathYearRound(Students might convince themselves that it was not necessary to say it was the smaller of the pair.)

Language time:
182 is called a pronic, promic, or heteromecic and even an oblong number. Pronic Numbers are numbers that are the product of two consecutive integers; 2, 6, 12, 20, ..(doubles of triangular numbers).  Pronic seems to be a misspelling of promic, from the Greek promekes, for rectangular, oblate or oblong. Neither pronic nor promic seems to appear in most modern dictionaries. Richard Guy pointed out to the Hyacinthos newsgroup that pronic had been used by Euler in series one, volume fifteen of his Opera, so the mathematical use of the "n" form has a long history.

Oblong is from the Latin ob (excessive) + longus (long). The word oblong is also commonly used as an alternate name for a rectangle. In his translation of Euclid's "Elements", Sir Thomas Heath translates the Greek word eteromhkes[hetero mekes - literally "different lengths"] in Book one, Definition 22 as oblong. . "Of Quadrilateral figures, a square is that which is both equilateral and right-angled; an oblong that which is right angled but not equilateral...". (note that with this definition, a square is not a subset of rectangles.)


EVENTS

1349 Sometimes, a little astronomical knowledge can be a dangerous thing, even to those who possess it. A tale from medieval England is passed down from the chronicles of the scholar Thomas Bradwardine of a witch who attempted to force her will on the people through knowledge of an impending eclipse. Bradwardine, who had studied astronomical predictions of Arabian astronomers, saw through the ruse, and matched the prediction of the July 01, 1349 A.D. lunar eclipse with a more precise one of his own. No word survives as to the fate of the accused, but one can only suspect banishment or worse.*listosaur.com

1694 Opening of the University of Halle in Germany. Georg Cantor later taught there. *VFR

1770 – Lexell's Comet passed closer to the Earth than any other comet in recorded history, approaching to a distance of 0.0146 a.u. *OnThisDay & Facts ‏@NotableHistory discovered by astronomer Charles Messier

1798 Napoleon’s fleet reached Alexandria, bearing Monge and Fourier.*VFR

1819 William George Horner’s (1786–1837) method of solving equations is presented to the Royal Society.*VFR In numerical analysis, the Horner scheme (also known as Horner algorithm), named after William George Horner, is an algorithm for the efficient evaluation of polynomials in monomial form. Horner's method describes a manual process by which one may approximate the roots of a polynomial equation. The Horner scheme can also be viewed as a fast algorithm for dividing a polynomial by a linear polynomial with Ruffini's rule. Student's often learn this process as synthetic division.  *Wik

1847 The United States issued its first two postage stamps. They pictured Benjamin Franklin and George Washington respectively [Scott #1-2]. *VFR

1852 Dirichlet delivers a memorial lecture at the Berlin Academy in honor of his close friend Jacobi, calling him the greatest member of the Academy since Lagrange. *VFR

1856 Weierstrass appointed Professor of Mathematics at the Royal Polytechnic School in Berlin. *VFR

In 1858, the Wallace-Darwin theory of evolution was first published at the Linnaean Society in London*. The previous month Charles Darwin received a letter from Alfred Wallace, who was collecting specimens in the East Indies. Wallace had independently developed a theory of natural selection - which was almost identical to Darwin's. The letter asked Darwin to evaluate the theory, and if worthy of publication, to forward the manuscript to Charles Lyell. Darwin did so, almost giving up his clear priority for he had not yet published his masterwork The Origin of Species. Neither Darwin nor Wallace were present for the oral presentation at the Linnaean Society, where geologist Charles Lyell and botanist Joseph Hooker presented both Wallace's paper and excerpts from Darwin's unpublished 1844 essay.*TIS
In his annual report the following May, society president Thomas Bell wrote, “The year which has passed has not, indeed, been marked by any of those striking discoveries which at once revolutionize, so to speak, the department of science on which they bear.” *Futility Closet

1873 From a letter dated July 1, 1873, in the Coast Survey files in the National Archives in Washington. Peirce writes, "Newcomb, in a paper .... says he finds that pendulums hung by springs twist and untwist as they oscillate and says this will affect the time of oscillation."The Charles S. Peirce-Simon Newcomb Correspondence by Carolyn Eisele.

1894 The New York Mathematical Society changed its name to the American Mathematical Society to reflect its national charter. [AMS Semicentennial Publications, vol. 1, p. 74]. *VFR

1908 International agreement to use SOS for distress signal signed. An International Radiotelegraphic Convention, ... met in Berlin in 1906. This body signed an international agreement on November 3, 1906, with an effective date of July 1, 1908. An extensive collection of Service Regulations was included to supplement the Convention, and in particular Article XVI adopted Germany's Notzeichen distress signal as the international standard, stating: "Ships in distress shall use the following signal: · · · — — — · · · repeated at brief intervals". *Citizens Compendium

1918 Florian Cajori (1859–1930) appointed professor of the history of mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley, one of the few such chairs in the the world. During the next twelve years he published 159 papers on the history of mathematics. *VFR

1948 The Bell System Technical Journal publishes the first part of Claude Shannon's "A Mathematical Theory of Communication", regarded as a foundation of information theory, introducing the concept of Shannon entropy and adopting the term Bit. *Wik

1964 The New York Times, in a full page ad, announced that Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward would play a game on an elliptical pool table. It had a pocket at one focus so that if the ball passed over the other focus it would bank off the rail into the pocket. [UMAP Journal, 4(1983), p. 176; Recreational Mathematics Magazine, no. 14, January-February 1964] *VFR

1980 A method of trisecting any given acute angle Origami is demonstrated. Hisashi Abe invented this idea and published in July, 1980 edition of the Japanese journal "Suugaku Seminar"(Mathematics Seminar). For this method, and more ways to trisect the angle, see this post.
*Takaya Iwamoto

2001 The last occurrence that there were 3 eclipses in one month, and of which two solar eclipses. For July 2000 being on 1st a partial solar eclipse, 16th a total lunar eclipse, and 31st a partial solar eclipse. The next occurrence with a month with 3 eclipses will be December 2206 with a partial solar eclipse on 1st and 30th and a total lunar eclipse on 16th. Ref. Fred Espenak 06/00 SEML. *NSEC

2010 Grigori Yakovlevich Perelman turned down the Clay Millineum prize of one million dollars, saying that he considers his contribution to proving the Poincaré conjecture to be no greater than that of Richard Hamilton, who introduced the theory of Ricci flow with the aim of attacking the geometrization conjecture. On March 18 It had been announced that he had met the criteria to receive the first Clay Millennium Prize for resolution of the Poincaré conjecture. *Wik

2015 Michael Elmhirst Cates, becomes the 19th Lucasian Professor of Mathematic at the University of Cambridge. Professor Cates is a physicist and Professor of Natural Philosophy and Royal Society Research Professor at the University of Edinburgh. Previous recognitions for Prof. Cates include Maxwell Medal and Prize (1991), the Paul Dirac Medal and Prize (2009), and the Weissenberg Award (2013). He will assume the chair from another Physicist, Michael Green. He follows a line that began with Isaac Barrow and Isaac Newton and includes Charles Babbage, Paul Dirac, and Stephen Hawking


BIRTHS

1646 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (July 1, 1646 – November 14, 1716) born in Leipzig, Germany. Leibniz occupies a prominent place in the history of mathematics and the history of philosophy. He developed the infinitesimal calculus independently of Isaac Newton, and Leibniz's mathematical notation has been widely used ever since it was published. He became one of the most prolific inventors in the field of mechanical calculators. While working on adding automatic multiplication and division to Pascal's calculator, he was the first to describe a pinwheel calculator in 1685[4] and invented the Leibniz wheel, used in the arithmometer, the first mass-produced mechanical calculator. He also refined the binary number system, which is at the foundation of virtually all digital computers. In philosophy, Leibniz is mostly noted for his optimism, e.g. his conclusion that our Universe is, in a restricted sense, the best possible one that God could have created. Leibniz, along with René Descartes and Baruch Spinoza, was one of the three great 17th century advocates of rationalism. The work of Leibniz anticipated modern logic and analytic philosophy, but his philosophy also looks back to the scholastic tradition, in which conclusions are produced by applying reason to first principles or a priori definitions rather than to empirical evidence. Leibniz made major contributions to physics and technology, and anticipated notions that surfaced much later in biology, medicine, geology, probability theory, psychology, linguistics, and information science. He wrote works on politics, law, ethics, theology, history, philosophy, and philology. Leibniz's contributions to this vast array of subjects were scattered in various learned journals, in tens of thousands of letters, and in unpublished manuscripts. As of 2010, there is no complete gathering of the writings of Leibniz.*Wik

1779 John Farrar (July 1, 1779 – May 8, 1853) born at Lincoln, Massachusetts. As Hollis professor of mathematics and natural philosophy at Harvard, he was responsible for a sweeping modernization of the science and mathematics curriculum, including the change from Newton’s to Leibniz’s notation for the calculus. *VFR

1788 Jean Victor Poncelet (July 1, 1788 – December 22, 1867) born in Metz, France. He taught engineering and mechanics, but had a hobby of much greater interest—projective geometry. *VFR French mathematician and engineer whose study of the pole and polar lines associated with conic led to the principle of duality. While serving as an engineer in Napoleon's 1812 Russian campaign as an engineer, he was left for dead at Krasnoy, but then captured. During his imprisonment he studied projective geometry and wrote a treatise on analytic geometry. Released in 1814, he returned to France, and in 1822 published Traité des propriétés projectives des figures in which he presented his fundamental ideas of projective geometry such as the cross-ratio, perspective, involution and the circular points at infinity. As a professor of mechanics (1825-35), he applied mechanics to improve waterwheels and was able to double their efficiency.*TIS

1848 Emil Weyr (1 July 1848 in Prague, Bohemia (now Czech Republic) - 25 Jan 1894 in Vienna, Austria) His father Frantisek Weyr, was a professor of mathematics at a realschule (secondary school) in Prague from 1855. Emil was four years older than his brother Eduard Weyr who also became a famous mathematician. Emil attended the realschule in Prague where his father taught, then studied at the Prague Polytechnic from 1865 to 1868 where he was taught geometry by Vilém Fiedler.
He studied in Italy with Cremona and Casorati during the academic year 1870-71 returning to Prague where he continued to teach. In 1872 he was elected to be Head of the Union of Czech Mathematicians and Physicists. In 1875 he was appointed as professor of mathematics at the University of Vienna. He, together with his brother Eduard Weyr, were the main members of the Austrian geometric school. They were interested in descriptive geometry, then in projective geometry and their interests turned towards algebraic and synthetic methods in geometry. Among many works Emil Weyr published were Die Elemente der projectivischen Geometrie and Über die Geometrie der alten Aegypter.
Emil Weyr led the geometry school in Vienna throughout the 1880's up until his death. Together with Gustav von Escherich, Emil Weyr founded the important mathematical journal Monatshefte fuer Mathematik und Physik in 1890. The first volumes of the journal contain papers written by his brother Eduard. In 1891 Emil Weyr became one of the first 19 founder members of the Royal Czech Academy of Sciences. *SAU

1906 Jean Dieudonn´e (1 July 1906 – 29 November 1992) born. *VFR French mathematician and educator known for his writings on abstract algebra, functional analysis, topology, and his theory of Lie groups. Dieudonné was one of the two main contributors to the Bourbaki series of texts. He began his mathematical career working on the analysis of polynomials. He worked in a wide variety of mathematical areas including general topology, topological vector spaces, algebraic geometry, invariant theory and the classical groups. *TIS



DEATHS


1957 Donald McIntosh (Banffshire, 13 January 1868 – Invernesshire, 1 July 1957) graduated from the University of Aberdeen and taught at George Watson's Ladies College in Edinburgh. He was appointed a Director of Education. He became Secretary of the EMS in 1899 and President in 1905. *SAU

1963 Bevan Braithwaite Baker (1890 in Edinburgh, Scotland - 1 July 1963 in Edinburgh, Scotland) graduated from University College London. After service in World War I he became a lecturer at Edinburgh University and was Secretary of the EMS from 1921 to 1923. He left to become Professor at Royal Holloway College London. *SAU

1971 Sir William Lawrence Bragg (31 Mar 1890; 1 Jul 1971 at age 81) was an Australian-English physicist and X-ray crystallographer who at the early age of 25, shared the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1915 (with his father, Sir William Bragg). Lawrence Bragg formulated the Bragg law of X-ray diffraction, which is basic for the determination of crystal structure: nλ = 2dsinθ which relates the wavelength of x-rays, λ, the angle of incidence on a crystal, θ, and the spacing of crystal planes, d, for x-ray diffraction, where n is an integer (1, 2, 3, etc.). Together, the Braggs worked out the crystal structures of a number of substances. Early in this work, they showed that sodium chloride does not have individual molecules in the solid, but is an array of sodium and chloride ions. *TIS

1983 Richard Buckminster Fuller (July 12, 1895 – July 1, 1983) was a U.S. engineer and architect who developed the geodesic dome, the only large dome that can be set directly on the ground as a complete structure, and the only practical kind of building that has no limiting dimensions (i.e., beyond which the structural strength must be insufficient). Fuller also invented a wide range of other paradigm-shifting machines and structural systems. He was especially interested in high-strength-to-weight designs, with a maximum of utility for minimum of material. His designs and engineering philosophy are part of the foundation of contemporary high-tech design aesthetics. He held over 2000 patents.*TIS
This is another one who died within two weeks of his date of birth. I must organize data on this...



Credits :
*CHM=Computer History Museum
*FFF=Kane, Famous First Facts
*NSEC= NASA Solar Eclipse Calendar
*RMAT= The Renaissance Mathematicus, Thony Christie
*SAU=St Andrews Univ. Math History
*TIA = Today in Astronomy
*TIS= Today in Science History
*VFR = V Frederick Rickey, USMA
*Wik = Wikipedia
*WM = Women of Mathematics, Grinstein & Campbell
          Informatics researchers combine algorithm with EHR data to predict secondary stroke risks   
A team of cardiologists and informatics researchers in Northern California has developed a way to predict which patients will experience an irregular heartbeat after having a stroke—a significant risk factor for a second stroke. The tool could be used to identify patients that require 24/7 monitoring.
          Small plane crash-lands on California's 405 freeway   
One of the busiest freeways in the country became a crash-landing strip Friday for a small plane. Remarkably, no one on the ground was hurt. John Blackstone has more.

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          Two Dollar Radio Opens Bookstore, Blue Rider Press Shutters, and More   
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Sarah Jessica Parker acquires first novel for her literary fiction imprint; Los Angeles Review of Books and University of Southern California kick off inaugural publishing workshop; the longlists for the 2017 National Translation Awards in Poetry and Prose; and other news.


          From Luxembourg to Harvard and Berkeley law schools   

Associate Prof. Katerina Pantazatou conducted research in the area of corporate governance and taxation at Harvard Law School during the spring semester this year after receiving sponsorship from the Institut Luxembourgeois des Administrateurs (ILA) and the National Research Fund (FNR) to help fund her stay. During her time at Harvard, Associate Prof. Pantazatou was able to work closely with Harvard Law School professors as well as to present her research in conferences.

Her research project deals with the clashing interests that arise in a corporations (between directors, management, shareholders, creditors and tax authorities) with regard to tax-related decisions. The project also addresses the question of whether there is an obligation on behalf of directors to avoid taxes and how this impacts the complicated issue of liability in cases of tax avoidance. It furthermore examines the potential to promote corporate social responsibility through tax law and corporate governance.

Post-doctoral researcher Maria Pichou will be attending the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law during the coming semester. Her research focuses on the obligations of states concerning the informal detention of migrants and refugees under human rights law, in particular in the European Convention of Human Rights and the Charter of the Organisation of American States.

The research stay at Berkeley Law will allow Dr Pichou to conduct the US-based research. She has been working on the European aspect as part of her project at the University of Luxembourg. Additionally, she will be involved with the Berkeley Human Rights Center.

The Faculty would like to congratulate both Associate Prof. Katerina Pantazatou as well as Dr Maria Pichou on their achievement and representing the University of Luxembourg at these prestigious universities overseas.


          New nano-implant could one day help restore sight   
A team of engineers at the University of California San Diego and La Jolla-based startup Nanovision Biosciences Inc. have developed the nanotechnology and wireless electronics for a new type of retinal prosthesis that brings research a step closer to restoring the ability of neurons in...
          State Single Payer And Medicaid Buy-In: A Look At California, New York, And Nevada   

An illustration of the US map

Rising insurance premiums, lack of access, uncertainty, and commotion around Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal, have all contributed to the growing discontent and unease surrounding health care reform. Pressure to act continues to mount. Insurance titans Humana, United Healthcare, and Aetna have all rolled-back participation on the ACA Marketplaces. Anthem recently announced that it would exit the Ohio health insurance Marketplace, potentially leaving at least 18 counties without an exchange plan next year. Missouri and Washington State are also facing similar Marketplace participation issues. States such as Alabama, Arizona, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee have seen individual market exchange premiums increase more than 45 percent since 2016. Furthermore, participating exchange plans are asking for steep rate increases for next year—averaging between 11.1 percent and 44.7 percent.

These events have contributed to an economic and political climate ripe for disruptive legislation. While Congress and the current administration pursue solutions to address premium and access issues, more states are inserting themselves in the conversation. More than a dozen states have explored options to leverage federal 1332 and 1115 waivers, which would provide flexibility to develop market stabilizing programs and regulatory changes to their respective individual and Medicaid markets. More recently, a few state legislatures have leap-frogged one-off programs such as reinsurance or high-risk pools, and sought to create a truly different market structure. Three states’ legislatures, California, New York, and Nevada, have developed high-profile state-driven solutions to address consumer access and price-related concerns. While state-led waiver initiatives such as those from Alaska and Oklahoma are meant to provide an incremental stabilizing force to their respective markets, the models that California, New York, and Nevada legislatures proposed could fundamentally reshape the framework of state health markets more akin to what Massachusetts did 11 years ago.

State Models

These state legislative developments are essentially falling into two camps, termed “state single payer” and “Medicaid buy-in.” State single payer describes almost any system that creates a single coverage mechanism for health care that is administered through a centralized authority. California and New York fall into this first bucket. The Medicaid buy-in proposal that the Nevada legislature approved did not expand the Medicaid program to everyone, but it attempted to leverage the structure and negotiated rates of the Medicaid program to enable commercial insurance carriers to replicate these features in the private market.

California

On June 1, 2017, the California State Senate passed SB 562 23-to-14, creating what is known as “Healthy California”—a program intent on eliminating the segmentation of the health insurance market into different coverage types such as Medicare, Medicaid, employer-sponsored, and individual insurance. Instead, there would be a single health care market for everyone. The benefits would be simplified as individuals would not be subject to premiums, copayments, or deductibles. Medical, pharmaceutical, dental, vision, and long-term care would be provided to all residents—including undocumented immigrants—free of charge. The state would seek to pay providers Medicare rates, and a nine-person panel would administer the program.

Experts estimate the program would cost approximately $400 billion per year—double California’s current budget. California could cover about $200 billion from current federal and state spending—including Medicaid and Medicare. An additional $100 to $150 billion would come from what employers are already spending. The additional funding needed could involve a 15.0 percent payroll tax, a 2.3 percent sales tax, and/or a business tax increase.

On Friday, June 23, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon decided to hold the bill within the Assembly Rules Committee until further notice. While Rendon’s actions did not entirely kill the bill, it will not be revived until next year. The bill may have a stronger prospect for passage next year if more thoughtful attempts to address financing, care delivery, and cost controls emerge.

New York

On Tuesday, May 16, the New York State Assembly passed a bill (A.5062) that resembles California’s in several core ways. Universal statewide coverage would be provided throughout the state, and enrollees would no longer be subject to out-of-pocket costs or network restrictions. This is the fourth time in recent history that the State Assembly has passed a similar bill.

The savings or costs—depending on who you talk to—range anywhere from $45 billion in savings to a need for $225 billion in tax increases. A hike of approximately $90 billion in annual new tax revenue appears to be the consensus estimate. Identified funding sources would be progressive payroll taxes and/or non-earned income tax increases.

Nevada

Nevada’s State Assembly and Senate recently passed a bill that was unique in its own merits but not quite as transformative. AB374—known as “Sprinkle care”—after its namesake State Rep. Mike Sprinkle (D) who introduced the bill—focused reforms solely on the individual insurance market and directed the state to contract with insurers to offer a commercial health plan based on the state’s Medicaid coverage. Employer-sponsored insurance and Medicare would have been maintained, but a commercial insurance product resembling the state’s Medicaid coverage would have provided consumers a new option. The plan would have offered a different benefit structure and leveraged the state’s lower Medicaid reimbursement rates.

On June 17, Nevada’s Republican Governor, Brian Sandoval, vetoed the bill hours before it would have become law. The bill’s failure may speak more to its hasty drafting than its potential to serve as a roadmap for future legislation. While Gov. Sandoval expressed concerns of moving too fast too soon without solid factual foundations, a more thoughtful version of Nevada’s plan could serve as a model for future legislation within Nevada or other states.

Exhibit 1 below outlines and distinguishes the three models.

Exhibit 1: Distinctions Among the State Models

 CaliforniaNevadaNew York
Cost$400 billion per year; $200 billion outside current state and federal spendingUnclear$90 billion in annual new tax revenue
Proposed funding source15.0% payroll tax; 2.3% sales tax; business tax increasePossible use of federal income tax creditsProgressive payroll tax; non-earned income taxes, for example capital gains
Administration of benefitsStatePrivate sectorState
Employer-sponsored insurance continuesNoYesNo
Medicare and Medicaid continue as separate programsNoYesNo
Reimbursement ratesMedicarePossibly MedicaidMedicare
1332 waiver neededYesYesYes
1115 waiver neededYesUnclearYes

Possible Implementation Scenarios

First off, it’s important to note that any single-payer model proposed by California and New York are likely years away from implementation as significant market restructuring and government infrastructure would need to be in place to enact such a drastic shift. Nevada proposed its solution be implemented in 2019, which was aggressive given that much of the plan’s details were not fully developed (the original bill is only four pages).

We foresee three potential scenarios playing out across the state legislative movements: limited adoption, a Massachusetts-like scenario in which the federal government uses a state’s plan as a blueprint for national reform, or nothing happens at all.

Under the limited adoption model, a state such as California passes a single-payer model, and other like-minded and potentially neighboring states adopt similar models over time. For example, one could envision California passing a bill that Oregon and Washington later adopted and tweaked according to the needs of their specific populations. Further adoption would be limited, however, given many states’ reticence to increase taxes, adversely affect their labor markets, and abandon private-sector solutions.

In a Massachusetts-like scenario, a state such as New York, California, or some other state adopts a single-payer model that serves as a template for a federal single-payer approach. Just as Massachusetts provided a roadmap for the ACA’s enactment, a trailblazer state could provide a workable model for an expanded federal government single-payer program.

A final scenario assumes that states either do not pass single-payer or other disruptive models given consumer and business community pushback or the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services does not grant federal waivers necessary to implement the programs. As to the latter point, there will be a host of regulatory hurdles and waiver applications necessary under any of these models, and getting approval could be challenging despite the prospect of increased waiver flexibility within the current administration.

Let us consider Nevada, given that it was likely the least disruptive of the three proposals. The designation of a commercialized Medicaid policy as a Qualified Health Plan and the potential application of federal tax credits toward such a product may have required the use of Section 1332 to apply for a State Innovation Waiver. Alternatively, current federal law prohibits a state from using federally matched Medicaid funding to reimburse a health care provider for services provided to a person who earns more than 138 percent of the federal poverty level or for other expenses that are unrelated to the administration of Medicaid. To the extent that the Nevada Care Plan relied on state or federal Medicaid dollars, the state may have also needed to consider applying for a Section 1115 or similarly oriented Medicaid waiver. These waivers were never crafted, and it’s unknown if the current administration would have been receptive to these changes.

At least for the short run, the “nothing happens” scenario has a high probability of playing out. Other states have tried and failed to create single-payer systems in the past. For example, consider the original Washington State effort in the early 1990s, Vermont’s attempt a couple years ago, and Colorado’s failed ballot measure last year.

Potential Local And National Impact

What would happen to markets if states passed legislation resembling any of these models? The answer depends on the model. In the California and New York scenarios, private insurance companies and brokers would cease to operate within the state. If a single-payer model spread to other states and/or the federal government, then the insurance and brokerage markets would be decimated. It is beyond this post’s scope to discuss in meaningful detail consumer implications associated with the various models. One thing is certain, consumer premium, coinsurance, and copayment responsibilities would either drop completely or be heavily reduced. Accessibility would improve in the sense that more people would have coverage, but it would also depend on agreed reimbursement rates and the percentage of providers who would be willing to accept new patients. Even if a state passed legislation, implementation could eventually become unworkable as was the case in Vermont.

In a Nevada-like scenario, private payers would continue to compete for Medicaid insurance lives as the state leverages aspects of the Medicaid program to reform commercial markets. Brokers would continue to sell group and individual market plans. Employers would continue to offer insurance, although fewer would likely offer over time given the tax advantages associated with qualified small employer health reimbursement arrangements.

Regardless of what scenario occurs, the broader industry trend of states engaging in thoughtful attempts to innovate amid difficult market conditions is one that will likely have broader impacts across the country. While the US health insurance system is unique in its reliance on the private market to facilitate and manage health care coverage, much of the regulatory construct of the market is still shaped by the federal government. As more states seek to develop their own unique systems and solutions, we appear to be in a time where states are truly the laboratories of health care policy.


          A Really Good Illustration Of How Helicopter Rescue Missions Work   
California Highway Patrol was called in to save a swimmer who found himself stranded on a rock in the middle of fast-moving South Yuba River. Thanks to their work he walked away relatively unscathed.
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          Modern Acupuncture will soon be opening clinics throughout Southern California   

The Scottsdale, Ariz.-based company, which touts itself as the nation's first acupuncture franchise, plans to open 150 locations nationwide by 2020. Todd Welker, a regional developer for the company, already has multiple franchisee deals pending.


          Sunday Salon: I blinked...   
 Wow!  What a week we've had!  Now I'm determined not to glorify the busyness, but we were seriously on-the-go this week.  (No wonder I'm wanting a nap!)

Brody had his first puppy school Monday night.  He will have five of these sessions, learning to focus, sit, down and other puppy duties.  I intend to keep him in classes as long as possible.  This dog needs his brain exercised.  He also had his second set of puppy shots and his first vet visit since we got him.  

My parents returned from their trip to Arizona and California, just in time for my sister from Minnesota to visit.  We had absolutely gorgeous weather while she was here, which she completely soaked up.  We went out to lunch and dinner on several occasions (taking the dog when we could), we saw a play of "To Kill a Mockingbird", we went to the farmer's market and shopping in Winter Park, she cooked Chinese for us (she is a master since she studied there for over a year), she came with me to the trainer a couple of times, and we watched some movies.  We saw "Birdman" at the theater, and watched "Under the Skin" and an old Polanski movie "Cul de Sac" here at home.  And of course we did lots of romping with the dog.

  




Unfortunately while my sister was here, my kids, husband and dad all had the crud.  I'm waiting for it to swing my way, but I hope not.  That kept us from ever doing something together, the seven of us.

I don't have much to report on reading unfortunately.  Things should settle down a little bit now, and I'm hoping to get some momentum.  Currently I've started the audio "Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy" by Karen Abbott, as well as "You" by Caroline Kepnes in print.  Both great reads, just need some down time.  I'm really getting antsy because I've really got a wonderful TBR stack going right now, including some recent purchases from our wonderful new indie bookstore in town called "Writer's Block Bookstore".  I got "Girl on the Train" by Paula Hawkins for my next book club.  I got "Her" by Harriet Lane, "Redeployment" by Phil Klay, "Finding Florida" by T.D. Allman, and "From Hell", an Alan Moore graphic novel about Jack the Ripper.  I also got "In the Heart of the Sea" by Nathanial Philbrick at Costco (impulse), and the ARC of "The Precious One" by Marisa de los Santos from the most awesome Jill Broderick.  OMG people!  I NEED TO GET READING!!!

So on that note, I'm off to shower and...do something.  Grocery store, helping my daughter with SAT studying perhaps, and maybe a little of that rare gem called reading.






          Sunday Salon: Stormy weather   
Good morning...finally!  Seems like I've not been getting my posts in early lately.  It's not easy when you get up and go to 7:30 Mass.

This week was definitely one to put behind me.  We got over 6 inches of rain (wish we could send some over to our friends in California!).  We got no definitive answers from the doctor on my son's weight loss (more blood tests to come).  My daughter got her driver's license, and immediately began traipsing around on the busiest and most dangerous highway in the area, therefore I feel sick to my stomach all the time.  (Still no parking at the school, but I've found a local business that is willing to let her park in their lot...for now.)  And my best friend lost her father yesterday to cancer.  It was one of those weeks where you just focus on a distant point of reference and keep walking.

But we've got Ryder Cup today.  Gone Girl comes out next week in theaters.  The new season of American Horror Story and The Walking Dead are coming soon.  I've started taking Polish classes on Wednesday nights.  An indie bookstore is coming to town soon.  And I've been reading some great books.

In print I finished "Station Eleven" by Emily St. John Mandel.  It truly is an incredible book, and there is no question in my mind why she's been nominated for the National Book Award this year.  I'm now about 50 pages into "All I Love and Know" by Judith Frank, insistently recommended by Heather at Book Addiction.  You would think this was some story about a middle-aged woman having drama, right?  But it is most definitely NOT.  I'm really hoping to dig in more today.

On audio I finished "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves" by Karen Joy Fowler which was...unique.  Very readable, and covers a topic you don't often see (no spoilers).  I also blew through Jojo Moyes' "One Plus One" which couldn't be more precious, and an excellent audio production.  I'm now a couple discs into "Dear Daughter" by Elizabeth Little.  I've been seeing some buzz on this one, and was on the Must list in EW a few weeks ago.  It's intriguing, snappy, and the narrator/protagonist is bratty but I think that is the point.

For the first time, my daughter is driving herself clear across town for her SAT class, so we lost our excuse for our Winter Park brunches!  Guess I'll sit here and worry instead - LOL!  Hope you all have a wonderful Sunday, and please let me know what you're up to and what you're reading! 




          Big Bang Theory star thanks firefighters after house fire   
Johnny Galecki’s holiday home could not be saved from a California wildfire.
          Se eliminará fuero para todos: Congreso Local   

La reforma a la Constitución coahuilense aprobada el pasado miércoles contempla la eliminación del fuero para todos los servidores públicos de elección popular del Estado.

El Congreso del Estado informó que "La reforma constitucional en materia anticorrupción, aprobada elimina la figura del fuero para todo servidor público, incluidos los diputados locales".

"Si un legislador participa en la comisión de un delito no gozará de la protección del fuero toda vez que como ya se indica el fuero queda eliminado sin excepciones", agrega.

Fue durante la sesión del Congreso Local realizada el pasado miércoles que se aprobó modificar la Constitución coahuilense para eliminar figura del fuero que daba inmunidad a servidores públicos electos para enfrentar la justicia.

Este punto no está contemplado en las reformas nacionales que se han realizado en materia anticorrupción , sólo los estados de Nayarit, Jalisco, Querétaro, Baja California, Veracruz y la Ciudad de México han realizado la anulación.

Can mencionar que la reforma al Artículo 39 de la Constitución coahuilense indica que los diputados podrán emitir opiniones que relacionadas a su cargo, y no podrán ser reconvenidos por ellas en ningún tiempo.

MARCELO: SISTEMA ANTICORRUPCIÓN; BURLA DE LOS MOREIRA

La aprobación a espaldas de la ciudadanía de la reforma constitucional y Ley del Sistema Anticorrupción, fue calificada por el diputado local electo Marcelo Torres Cofiño como otra burla de los Moreira. "Los legisladores priistas, al servicio del gobernador, traicionaron una vez más a los ciudadanos de los que dicen ser sus representantes, aprobando algo que impide la autonomía de los principales actores que serán responsables del Sistema Anticorrupción.

El congresista electo reprobó el hecho de que se las modificaciones constitucionales se hayan dictaminado a puerta cerrada, "y peor aún, que conociendo las propuestas ciudadanas, necesarias para en verdad combatir la corrupción en un Estado que a nivel nacional, incluso mundial, es reconocido por sus gobernantes corruptos, las hayan ignorado.

De igual manera se refirió al caso de los nombramientos del fiscal general, el fiscal especializado en delitos de corrupción, el auditor superior del estado y el magistrado de justicia administrativa, que quedarán en manos del gobernador, lo que de facto anula cualquier otra bondad que pueda tener la ley. lo que veremos que pretenderá hacer Rubén Moreira antes de irse, para evitar la prisión, es nombrar para esos cargos a puros incondicionales, tendrá un 'Virgilio Andrade' ocupando cada lugar", señaló.

Marcelo Torres, dijo que, aunque es poco probable hacer cambios en lo constitucional durante la próxima Legislatura, dado que el PAN y sus aliados no tienen la mayoría absoluta, sí podrán actuar en la revisión y mejoramiento de las leyes secundarias del Sistema Anticorrupción, para dejarlo lo mejor posible.

Finalmente, Marcelo Torres invitó a la ciudadanía a no rendirse: "eso es lo que quieren, que los ciudadanos se rindan, y yo desde aquí los animo a que no lo hagan, mantengan su lucha, Coahuila y México los necesita cada vez más activos, críticos y participativos".


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          Homeless U Revisited   
On todays California Report Magazine, we check back in with three young college students whose stories we brought you last December. They were all living on the edge. No safety net. Not sure if theyd make it to graduation ...because they were all homeless. Over the last few months, our reporters have kept following Ebony Ortega, James de la Nueve, and Brittany Jones, to see how theyve navigated classes and final exams...without knowing where theyre going to sleep at night. This week on The California Report Magazine, a follow-up to the story we called Homeless U.
          Homeless U Revisited   
On todays California Report Magazine, we check back in with three young college students whose stories we brought you last December. They were all living on the edge. No safety net. Not sure if theyd make it to graduation ...because they were all homeless. Over the last few months, our reporters have kept following Ebony Ortega, James de la Nueve, and Brittany Jones, to see how theyve navigated classes and final exams...without knowing where theyre going to sleep at night. This week on The California Report Magazine, a follow-up to the story we called Homeless U.
          The California Report Magazine   
On todays California Report Magazine, we check back in with three young college students whose stories we brought you last December. They were all living on the edge. No safety net. Not sure if theyd make it to graduation ...because they were all homeless. Over the last few months, our reporters have kept following Ebony Ortega, James de la Nueve, and Brittany Jones, to see how theyve navigated classes and final exams...without knowing where theyre going to sleep at night. This week on The California Report Magazine, a follow-up to the story we called Homeless U.
          The California Report   
Housing Insecurity Is Not Just On Land. Transitioning To Living on The Streets. Life on the Hook: Sausalito's Floating 'Homeless'. Cleanup of A Los Angeles Battery Recycling Plant Might Be Too Late. CA Refugee Settlement Agencies Try To Understand New Travel Ban. End Music.
          The California Report   
Dismantling Obamacare Could Lead To Serious Economic Impacts in Rural Areas. Federal Judge in Los Angeles Orders DHS To Monitor Poor Conditions For Children Detained in Detention Centers and Border Patrol Stations. Lawyers Head To Airport As Travel Ban Starts. California Supreme Court Denies Hearing On State's Cap And Trade System. Beach Sand Mining Operation Expects To Shut Down Soon. End Music. Plastic Water Bottles Have Been Around For Thousands Of Years.
              
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          Avioneta se estrella en carretera de los Estados Unidos   
Una avioneta se estrelló hoy en una autopista muy próxima al aeropuerto John Wayne de California, situado en el condado de Orange y a unos 50 kilómetros al sureste de Los Ángeles (EEUU). Las autoridades lanzaron una alerta en la web oficial del aeropuerto John Wayne en la que detallaron que una avioneta se quedó corta […]
          Arkansas's Rutledge joins effort to end protection for immigrants who came as children   
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and nine other state legal officers, including Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, have asked Donald Trump to end the Obama program that allowed people who came to the U.S. as children to remain and work without fear of deportation. From the Texas Tribune:

In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Paxton urged the White House to rescind the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. DACA applies to undocumented immigrants that came to the country before they were 16 years old and were 30 or younger as of June 2012. It awards recipients a renewable, two-year work permit and a reprieve from deportation proceedings.

As of August 2016, more than 220,000 undocumented immigrants in Texas had applied for a permit or a renewal of one under the program, and nearly 200,000 of those have been approved, according to government statistics. It’s the second-highest total behind California’s estimated 387,000 applications and 359,000 approvals during the same time frame.

“We respectfully request that the Secretary of Homeland Security phase out the DACA program,” Paxton wrote. He was joined by the attorneys general of Arkansas, Alabama, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia, as well as Idaho Gov. C.L. Otter.
Some 12,000 people in Arkansas are protected by the program, about half of them working, according to the Migration Policy Institute.

Trump has rescinded some earlier immigration policies but kept some of the DACA protections in place. The state officials want this phased out. They claim this change wouldn't "require the federal government to remove any alien."

The ACLU of Arkansas criticized Rutledge for joining in a threat to sue if Trump doesn't end DACA:

The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas today condemned Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge for joining a group of state officials urging the Trump administration to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA allows immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, known as DREAMers, to apply for a work permit and temporary protection against deportation.

“It’s shocking that just a few days before we’ll celebrate the birth of our democracy as a nation of immigrants, Attorney General Rutledge is demonstrating such a callous disregard for the very people she’s supposed to protect and serve,” said Rita Sklar, ACLU of Arkansas Executive Director. “These law-abiding young people came to the U.S. as children and are valued members of our communities. Telling the Trump administration to eliminate their protected status - ‘or else’ - is truly beyond the pale. We condemn this attempt to threaten the federal government into targeting DREAMers and will continue to defend the rights of all Arkansans.”


          Trump's voter commission already stirring criticism   
Donald Trump's appointment of an "election integrity" commission including Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach raised red flags from the start and its activities have already spurred more concerns that it's another vote suppression ploy.

Kobach has led efforts to suppress votes in Kansas and has participated in highly flawed efforts to investigate voter rolls nationally. He's a pal of Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin.

Now he's sent a letter to all 50 states in advance of the first meeting.

The information requested includes the names, addresses, birthdates, political party v(if recorded), last four digits of the voter's Social Security Number and which elections the voter has participated in since 2006, for every registered voter in the country.

Kobach, who is also Kansas' Republican secretary of state, did not say how the commission plans to use the data other than to help it "fully analyze vulnerabilities and issues related to voter registration and voting."
If history repeats, he'll drum up some bogus matching lists, heavily flawed because, for example, the fact that five or six  people with the same name, say Jose Cruz or Roosevelt Washington to give you the idea of what Kobach hopes to find, exist in several states isn't evidence of voter fraud.

Vanita Gupta, former head of the Justice Department Civil Rights Division, boiled it down to this on Twitter:

The letter @KrisKobach1787 is sending to states confirms: Pence and Kobach are laying the groundwork for voter suppression, plain & simple. 
The Kentucky secretary of state has told Kobach to stuff it.


I've asked Mark Martin's office if it intends to comply with Kobach's request. UPDATE: His spokesman, Chris Powell, says Arkansas has not received the letter.

I also sent an e-mail to former Democratic state Rep. David Dunn, now a lobbyist at the Arkansas Capitol, for his response to this. He was appointed to this panel thanks to friendship with Mark Martin. I wondered what he thought of the witch hunt in which he's been enlisted. No response as yet.

Talking Points Memo, in outlining how dubious this effort is, notes:

Connecticut Secretary of State Denise Merrill (D), who released the copy of Kobach’s letter sent to her, issued a statement saying that, while they’ll be turning over the data, they’ll also be requesting from Kobach’s commission “any memos, meeting minutes or additional information as state officials have not been told precisely what the Commission is looking for.”

“This lack of openness is all the more concerning, considering that the Vice Chair of the Commission, Kris Kobach, has a lengthy record of illegally disenfranchising eligible voters in Kansas,” Merrill said. “The courts have repudiated his methods on multiple occasions but often after the damage has been done to voters. Given Secretary Kobach’s history we find it very difficult to have confidence in the work of this Commission.”
David Dunn, where are you?

The League of Women Voters' Chris Carson had this to say:Vir

“There is no justification for this giant fishing expedition. The Commission itself is a distraction from the real issue of voter suppression, and that efforts to ‘investigate voter fraud’ threaten our most fundamental voting rights.

“This most recent move by Mr. Kobach is an indicator that the so-called Election ‘Integrity’ Commission is not interested in facts, but false accusations and dangerous policy recommendations.

“State laws govern the release of voter registration information, and, at a minimum, election officials must follow those laws before releasing data. "
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said: "I have no intention of honoring this request." California, Massachusetts and Kentucky aren't going along either. UPDATE: Add Rhode Island. UPDATE: Add Indiana!

FURTHER UPDATE: Kobach says Kobach-led Kansas won't supply the Social Security numbers he's requested.

Mother Jones explains how this is a building block for more Republican vote suppression.

More from Talking Points Memo on this bad idea.

UPDATE: In late afternoon, Ari Berman says 18 states have refused to participate: CA, CT, IN, KY, MA, MN, NC, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, RI, TN, UT, VA, VT, WA

Good overview here including clueless comment from David Dunn. Who knew?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/trumps-voting-commission-asked-states-to-hand-over-election-data-theyre-pushing-back/2017/06/30/cd8f812a-5dce-11e7-9b7d-14576dc0f39d_story.html?utm_term=.ad618667ea23

Even Gov. Asa Hutchinson has said on national TV that this is not a good idea

          Comment on Air Sampling confirms secondhand vapor is harmless by Diane Caruana   
Dear Mr. Morrison, The article was not based on the wrong study but on data shared by Dr. Michael Siegel from a study that is yet unavailable to the public. My mistake was linking to the wrong study after the article was finished. For further info check out Dr. Siegel's blog : http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com.mt/2017/05/vape-shop-air-sampling-by-california.html Regards.
          The Myth of Proposition 187   
From the academic journal Political Behavior: The big tipping point from California as a purple state where Republicans often eked out victories to a solidly blue state happened before Proposition 187 in 1994. Instead it happened on Election Day 1992 when Bill Clinton crushed George H.W. Bush in California and both Fei
          U. of California System Changes How It Responds to Sexual Harassment and Violence   

The University of California system has new policies to respond to allegations of sexual misconduct by faculty and staff members, the university announced in a news release on Thursday. Changes will be in place systemwide by September 1.

The changes include a clear timeline for completing investigations; chancellor or chancellor-designee approval of discipline proposed for a staff member’s supervisors; and informing complainants, as well as respondents, of all outcomes.

In the news release, Kath...


          Gov. Jerry Brown doubles down on California measure changing recall process, calling it 'eminently reasonable'   
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          Babadook. Really? WTF Are We Doing?   

In another post this titled How Do We Educate Our Youth About LGBT History, I admitted that I wasn't the strongest at knowing LGBT history.  There's a great deal I don't know about our fight for our rights, the leaders of our movement early on, etc., but I'm not a dunce on the subject by any means.  We aren't really "normally" exposed to learning about LGBT history unless you live in California (California Approves LGBT History Lessons For Classrooms).  We have to reach out on our own to learn about the history of the rainbow flag, the reason we have pride, why it is in the form of a march, etc.  So if we have to self medicate ourselves, how do our allies and straight members of the community find out who we are and where we came from? 
 
Besides the debate about if police should be able to march in parades, where Black Lives Matter is now after making all the demands last year, or if the Israeli rainbow pride flags can be carried ... in other words ... besides those discriminatory actions of pride organizers around North America, probably the most odd and embarrassing story from the pride month was the Babadook. People were promoting the sci fi / horror movie character as the best representative of LGBT culture. Here's one of the many attempts to explain why.
 
The Babadook is a gay icon now. Okay, took me a while to understand this one, but now I am fully behind it. Stemming from a hilarious mistake on Netflix’s part, when they wrongly categorised the film as LGBT interest in late 2016, Jennifer Kent‘s The Babadook slowly built as a meme on the likes of tumblr, twitter and Instagram to rise as an unlikely queer icon ...
 
After all, the Babadook is the disruptive influence caused by ignoring the truth, until it comes bursting out, quite flamboyantly, and has to be accepted, sometimes in an uptight household in a very begrudging way. It’s an experience many a young gay man can relate to, perhaps ...
 
And if not, what the hell! It’s all a bit of fun, and who can blame the LGBTQ community for wanting a bit of fun and humor in their lives. So this year, perhaps the Babadook may well just be THE hero of Pride Month 2017. - bleedingcool.com

 


The wave of creativity circling this idea that a demonic movie character represents our community even spawned a music video by drag performer Pissi Myles.

 

 

When asked why she created the music video Myles said, “My husband and I both love scary movies, so when Babadook “came out” we wanted to bring this new side of the character to life.”

Will Babadook go away now that pride season is over?  Please, please, PLEASE !!!  The fact that we latched onto this NetFLIX blunder and placed a creature from the shadows onto a pedestal to represent us is insulting.  When we have so many other people, living and dead, that need to be honored, praised, ones that could represent our community because of their fighting, activism, sacrifice ... no wait, a threatening film character from a B, C, or D movie would be better than any living or dead human being.

I didn't pay attention to whom the Grand Marshal was in the Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride Parade was this year until her car approached me.  Sharon Gless looked great and her escorts did as well. Seeing someone that has been a big part of our lives as a very accepting mother in "Queer as Folk" and her activism for our QUEER community put a smile on my face. Seeing the police march in our parade was great, too.

Ever since I moved to the Greater Fort Lauderdale area and found that there were two prides, one in February (Fort Lauderdale Pride) and June (Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride), I thought that maybe we all should have a pride on the same weekend to celebrate Stonewall, the fight for our rights. 

None of us have really talked about the ... what was it called again? The Pride March? March for Pride?  Capital Pride?  D.C. Pride?  Did we not talk about it too much because it was a failure or it wasn't as large as we thought it would be?

One fault our humanity h . . . hey look, a squirrel. We have a short attention span and then we are distracted so easily.  Wait, is that two? Squirrel again.

When it comes to PRIDE, we all need to be in it to win it.  We should not stretch our resources or attention in a different direction that seems funny, cute, comical, or ironic.

Please let Babadook die and come back to what is important.  Don't put lipstick on a pig (sorry Fred) and call it the next best thing for our community. We are losing too much right now and we have too much to fight for to be distracted by a baba-don't.

 

h/t: bleedingcool.com

“Babashook” was co-written by Myles and humorist Topher Cusumano, with an original track by producer B. Ames. The video was directed by Joe la Scola with drag photographer David Ayllon serving as creative director.


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